Angele Arsenault - custom

Angèle Arsenault recently returned to recording music after a long hiatus. (Angele Arsenault)

A funeral service for Angèle Arsenault, a world-renowned P.E.I. Acadian performer, will be held Saturday.

The singer-songwriter sold hundreds of thousands of albums over her career and was a member of the Order of Canada.

She died February 25 at the age of 70 in a Quebec hospital.

Her sister Marie Anne Arsenault says Angèle will always be remembered for her contribution to Acadian music and culture.

"She was quite a special girl. I believe she was the first one, like to come out professionally, the first Acadian, like she kind of paved the way for all the others. And she was you know, for a little Acadian girl from Abrams Village, she did pretty well for herself, really," said Marie Anne.

Educated as a teacher, Angèle Arsenault moved to Quebec to pursue her musical career. She hosted several television shows in the 1970s and in 1977, her album Libre went triple platinum.

In the mid-1990s she moved back to P.E.I. to be closer to her family.

Arsenault was commissioned to translate the lyrics for the P.E.I. 2014 celebration theme song Forever Strong, and was part of a show that travelled across Canada promoting events on P.E.I. celebrating 2014.

The service is at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Philippe/St. Jacques Catholic Church in Egmont Bay.