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Lorraine Mary (Thomas) Townes

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lorraine Mary (Thomas) Townes, 72, of Meadow Street, died peacefully Sunday morning at her home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born North Adams on March 7, 1931, a daughter of the late Everett Thomas and Rose M. (Gelinas) Thomas. She moved to Troy, N.Y. at an early age and attended schools there.

Mrs. Townes was employed by the Sprague Electric Company in North Adams for many years until her retirement in 1993. She was devoted mother and homemaker for her family.

She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. She enjoyed bingo and gardening, plants and flowers. She also cared for her pet cat, Sabrina.

She was the widow of Albert DiLorenzo

Survivors include two daughters, Diane M. Snyder of Bennington, Vt., and Mary Goodermote of North Adams with whom she made her home; one son, James C. Townes of North Adams with whom she made her home; six grandchildren, Mark Snyder Jr. of North Bennington, Eric Snyder of Manchester, Matthew Snyder of Bennington; Michael Goodermote and Katie Goodermote of North Adams, and Sarah Townes of North Adams; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Alyssa, Paige and Grace Snyder; four sisters, Ida DeGrenier, Margaret Kryston, Dorothy Pennock, and Laura Comeau of North Adams; one brother, Norman Thomas of North Adams; one stepsister, Linda Bissaillon of North Adams; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams. Funeral mass will be at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial will be at Southview Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4-6 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 29, 2003
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