Gertrude G. (Pratt) Laurin(1923-2012)

AMHERST – Gertrude G. Laurin, 89, passed away Nov. 5, 2012, at The Center for Extended Care in Amherst where she was a resident.

She was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Amherst, to the late Samuel Pratt and Ruth (Pierce) Pratt.

She is survived by her children, Roland Laurin, Jr. of Hatfield, Theresa Marrero of Holyoke; and her sister Shirley Ely of Florence.

She was predeceased by her son Charles Laurin (2003) and her siblings Dorothy Jordan, Charles Pratt and Nelson Pratt, Sr.

She also leaves behind four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren whom she loved very dearly and was always speaking about them with a smile on her face.

Gertrude was educated in Amherst and lived and worked there all her life. She could be seen walking around town talking to everyone and taking her daily rides on the PTVA buses to see new areas or just chat with everyone on the bus. She also enjoyed the trips that were arranged through the Amherst Senior Center.

Gertrude was an avid New England sports fan and enjoyed watching the games on TV. For many years she was on candlepin leagues at Pioneer Bowl in Hatfield. Even after retiring from bowling she enjoyed taking her grandchildren there to watch and cheer on her friends.

Gertrude's family would like to thank the entire staff at The Center for Extended Care for their exceptional care and compassion during the years she was a resident.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Amherst VFW Post 754 on Main Street from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gertrude's memory can be sent to the , Inc., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 10, 2012