Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mim Gagnepain, Regular Walker until 101, Dies at 105 at Home in Normandy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mim Gagnepain, Regular Walker until 101, Dies at 105 at Home in Normandy

Article excerpt

Marie Louise "Mim" Gagnepain told her pastor she was tired. She made it to Sunday Mass as usual but, at age 100, needed to rest.

So do plenty of considerably younger people after the walk from the parking lot. Mrs. Gagnepain's walk was the half-mile trek from her home, as she had done for decades.

"She walked five miles each day for exercise even when she was 90. She cut back to two and a half miles at 95," said the Rev. Bill Kempf, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Normandy. "If you can still walk to church at 100, you're pretty amazing. She was vibrant."

Mrs. Gagnepain, who stopped walking to church about four years ago, died Thursday (June 16, 2016) at her home in Normandy. She was 105. Relatives said they believed she suffered a stroke a few days before her death.

Mrs. Gagnepain had lived in Normandy since she was 2 years old. …

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