Rita LaPlante Raffman
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Dear Diana and Nancy,
I was so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was truly one of the most wonderful people I have met, and had the privilege of knowing in all of my life. She was a lovely lady with such a kind heart and great intellect. Rita left her mark on this world for certain. She will be missed. What beautiful music she is playing in heaven! My dearest sympathies to you both.
Dear Nancy & Diana, I was thinking about Jeannette Giguere today and, as so often happens on the Net, one thing lead to another. I am so sorry for your losses, your mom and dad. I was so sorry to hear that your father died relatively young, and am glad that you had your mom longer. My recollection is so dated (44 years?), but I recall your dad as fun-loving and your mom as always kind, as I'd sit on your living room couch, waiting to study with Nancy. I always imagined a grand romance, a story behind the two grand pianos, nestled together in the music room. And they raised two wonderfully talented daughters. I hope that life has been kind to you both, over the intervening years. Our family sends our condolences.
My sympathies to Diana and Nancy. My mom, still in Worcester, called to tell me the sad news. I recall my first "coffees" on Lovell Street after school; mostly milk I suspect, and I looked forward to visits in part because of your mom's treats. Diana, I see you in your mom's picture. May she rest in peace.
My sympathies to the family. I remember Rita from the '50s and '60s when my parents, Hob and Helen Crockett, were good friends of Rita and Relly. We would visit their house on Lovell Street, in the Hadwen Arboretum. She was a kind woman with a friendly smile, and, of course, a very talented musician. In later years, when my parents visited from Kansas, they would always try to get together with Rita and Sue Barron.