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Kathleen Smith


1943 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
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Kathleen Smith

1943 - 2015 WEST CHESTERFIELD, NH - Kathleen Rose Smith died peacefully in her home in West Chesterfield, NH on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Kathleen was born in Gardner, Massachusetts in 1943, daughter of Jack and Helen Gilfoy. Kathleen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters of Education from American International College. Her career in teaching and school admini-stration brought her a great deal of joy and pride. When she retired from the Amherst Regional School system, Kathleen went on to be a Weight Watchers leader who helped hundreds of people with health and weight loss goals. Kathleen's family was extremely important to her. She was a dedicated daughter, mother, wife, and grandmother. She was an amazing cook and seamstress. Her grandchildren never had to wear a store- bought Halloween costume. As the family matriarch, Kathleen made sure holiday celebrations included food, songs and traditions passed down through many generations. Family summer vacations on Cape Cod were special times for Kathleen and her family enjoyed reconnecting each year for walks on the beach, bike rides, and family fun. Kathleen will be deeply missed by her husband and best friend, Norman Smith. Kathleen and Norman shared a special bond later in life and enjoyed long walks in the woods, pancakes on Sunday mornings and rooting for the Red Sox. Kathleen is survived by her mother, Helen Gilfoy of Greenfield as well as her three children, George LaChance and John LaChance of Tampa, FL and Leanne LaChance Porter of Glover, VT. She will always be remembered by her seven beloved grandchildren, Amber, Shannon, Katrina, Colton, Madaline, Jack, and Luc. Kathleen always showed great appreciation for her son-in-law, Erik Porter and daughter-in-law, Kitty LaChance. SERVICES: The family will be holding a memorial service in the spring of 2016. For information you may contact : [email protected] Donations can be made in her name to Hospice at HCCS, P.O. Box 564, Keene, NH, 03431. Their dedicated service was immeasurable. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit : www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Dec. 22, 2015
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