HOLYOKE - Constance Golfin Johnson, 84, (nee Laurin) passed away Dec. 3, 2012, at Holyoke Healthcare Center, 282 Cabot St., after a long illness.
She was born Nov. 10, 1928, to Lucien and Florida Laurin in Holyoke, where she was raised. Although she lived in Amherst for most of her adult life, she married in Miami Beach, Florida, and lived there in the late 1940s.
She graduated from Precious Blood Grammar School and Holyoke High School. Part of the first generation of her family to have attended college, she achieved her bachelors degree in two years, summa cum laude, from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she went on to obtain her masters degree and ABD Ph.D in French literature, while she was teaching high school in Chicopee. She taught later in the Amherst school system, which she loved.
From her 20s onward, she was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, an international women's social, cultural and service organization. She played violin from the age of four, and in her later years she played at all family holidays.
Vacations at the ocean, her pet cats, and of course, her grandchildren never failed to elicit her dazzling smile. Always a determined, strong, and independent personality with a lifelong love of learning, she greatly influenced all those around her.
She was predeceased by her parents; her sister. Cecile E. Laurin; her first husband, Andrew S. Golfin, Sr.; her second husband, Archibald R. Johnson; and her son, Mark Andrew Golfin.
She is survived by her children, Diane Golfin Raheb of Charlestown, N.H. and Andrew S. Golfin, Jr. of Canton, Conn. and his wife, Peggy Golfin; as well as her grandchildren, Mark Raheb, Bay Golfin, David Golfin and Liam Golfin.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Douglass Funeral Service, 87 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA, with a remembrance at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with her lifestyle, memorial contributions may be made to Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst, MA.
Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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