WEBSTER, MA — Louise McDonald LaVergne passed away peacefully on January 16 while visiting her granddaughter in West Virginia. She was born July 7, 1921 to William B. and Sadie (Galvin) McDonald in Wilmington MA. She married William LaVergne in Sturbridge MA on September 5, 1942. He passed away June 23, 2010.
Her greatest joy was spending time with family. Louise tried to stay in touch with her many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. Most birthdays, one could count on her card being the first to arrive. She will be remembered for her many stories and words of wisdom. She had a green thumb growing her flower garden and arranging bouquets. Her freezer was stuffed with preserved vegetables from their garden. Louise and Bill looked forward to attending annual Navy reunions. Louise loved these events where she could socialize and dance. At the annual family clam bake, she made a huge pot of clam chowder. Family and friends looked forward to her chowder every year. At age 14, she went to work in Boston to help support her family during the Great Depression. She also worked at Hyde Manufacturing Co and Gay’s Jewelry Store in Southbridge MA. She worked for many years at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Clarence, James, George, and William McDonald; a half-brother, Oscar McDonald, as well as three sisters, Grace McDonald, Margaret Meagher, and Lillian Mack. She is survived by her daughter, Lynne and husband James Martel; and her son, Jeffrey and wife Mary LaVergne. She also leaves two granddaughters, Patricia and her husband Michael Donnelly; and Bethany and her husband Sandro Tobias; and one grandson, John and his wife Nancy Rapp. She will also be missed by her nine great grandchildren, Peter, Matthew, Joseph, Nathan, Grace, Faith and Joshua Donnelly; and Aiden and Evangeline Tobias. A special thank you is extended to Patty and Mike Donnelly for their loving care of her during her last days. The family is also thankful to the Hospice of the Panhandle of Kearneysville WV for their help and support.
Calling hours will be Saturday, January 26 from 9:30 – 11:00 am with a funeral service to follow at 11:AM in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St, Southbridge, MA. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Sturbridge and a reception at the Public House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sturbridge Federated Church, 8 Maple St. Sturbridge, MA 01566 or Hospice of the Panhandle of Kearneysville, 330 Hospice Ln, Kearneysville, WV 25430WV.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Belanger Funeral Home.)
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