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Jeanine Deckers aka "Sœur Sourire" (October 17, 1933 — March 29, 1985)

Jeanne Deckers, aka Jeannine Deckers, better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc-Gabrielle.
Born: October 17, 1933, Laeken
Died: March 29, 1985, Wavre, Belgium
Education: Catholic University of Leuven
Buried: Cheremont Cemetery, Wavre, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Buried alongside: Annie Pécher
Find A Grave Memorial# 11350
Albums: Best of Sœur Sourire, Dominique, Chants d'enfants, more
Parents: Lucien Deckers, Gabrielle Deckers

Jeanine Deckers, better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc Gabrielle. She acquired world fame in 1963 with the release of the French-language song Dominique. In 1963, she was sent by her order to take theology courses at the University
of Louvain. She reconnected with a friend from her youth, Annie Pécher, with whom she slowly developed a very close relationship. Pulled between two worlds and increasingly in disagreement with the Catholic Church, she left the convent in 1966. She still considered herself a nun, praying several times daily, and maintaining a simple and chaste lifestyle. In the late 1970s, the Belgian government claimed that she owed $63,000 in back taxes. As her former congregation refused to take any responsibility for the debt, Deckers ran into heavy financial problems. Citing their financial difficulties in a note, she and her companion, Annie Pécher, committed suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol in 1985. In their suicide note, Decker and Pécher stated they had not given up their faith and wished to be buried together after a church funeral.

Together from 1963 to 1985: 22 years.
Annie Pécher (1944 – 1985)
Jeanine Deckers aka Sœur Sourire (October 17, 1933 — March 29, 1985)

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Cemetery: Jeanine Deckers (1933-1985), better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc Gabrielle. She acquired world fame in 1963 with the release of the French-language song “Dominique.” In 1963, she was sent by her order to take theology courses at the University of Louvain (Grand-Place 23, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve) where she reconnected with a friend from her youth, Annie Pécher, with whom she slowly developed a very close relationship. Pulled between two worlds and increasingly in disagreement with the Catholic Church, she left the convent in 1966. Citing their financial difficulties in a note, she and her companion, Annie Pécher, committed suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol in 1985. In their suicide note, Decker and Pécher stated they had not given up their faith and wished to be buried together after a church funeral. They are interred together at Cheremont Cemetery (Avenue de Chèremont, 1300 Wavre).

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