Norwich - Pearl Coté Cotnoir passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. She was a longtime resident of Norwich, widely recognized in her community as singer. Pearl was born Marie Thérèse Pearl Coté, in Warwick, R.I., to Edouard Coté and Georgiana Aurore Blais. In 1946 she married Roger Cotnoir, a highly-decorated veteran of the battle of the Arno. Her daughter Elaine was born 1947 and Kathryn was born in 1952. Pearl and her younger sister, Lorraine, became known the Coté Sisters, performing weekly on radio WICH and appearing throughout eastern Connecticut at various venues. She became a well-known torch singer in the area. Pearl sang with the Paul Szenher Orchestra at the Norwich Inn and the Wally (Piascik) Sands Band at the Lighthouse Inn. Her red hair, unfailingly stylish presentations, complemented her extroverted stage personality. On stage, she was usually surrounded by a coterie of male accompanists. In other venues, she played the vibraphone and mandolin. In later years, it made her day, when people would recognize her and compliment her on her musicality, voice and stage presence. At age 84, Pearl stood center court at the Connecticut Sun 2011 Labor Day WNBA game and belted out the National Anthem. She was also an avid Patriots and Red-Sox fan. Pearl will be remembered as a fiercely independent mother, performer, secretary and athlete. She is survived by daughters, Elaine Camillucci of Norwich and Kathryn Cotnoir of Aberdeen, Wash.; her sister, Lorraine Charron; nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment will be a private family ceremony. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 27, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Preston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Pearl Coté Cotnoir Music Scholarship, NFA Foundation Inc., 321 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360. An extended obituary can be found at http://cummings-gagnefh.com/ .
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