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Lavoie, Beatrice (Lanctot)  
Beatrice (Lanctot) Lavoie, 99, of Enfield, entered into eternal rest Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 44 years to the late Dominique Lavoie. Beatrice was born Nov. 12, 1915, in St. Constant De La Prairie, Quebec, Canada, to the late Dominia and Amanda (Soucey) Lanctot, and had resided in Enfield for the past 64 years. She received her teaching degree from Ecole Normale de Saint Jerome in St. Jerome, Quebec. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church, Enfield, and attended Enfield Senior Center. In her leisure time, she spent countless hours crocheting baby blankets for St. Francis Hospital. Beatrice is survived by her loving daughter, Suzanne Morano and her husband, Thomas; her two beloved grandchildren, Jason Morano and his wife, Anne, and Kirsten Biggs and her husband, Stephen, all of Enfield; and her three dearly loved and cherished great-grandchildren, Samuel Biggs, Jacob Morano, and Cecilia Morano; along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family with interment in St. Patrick's King St. Cemetery, Enfield. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels is assisting her family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence message or more info visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 2 to Sept. 6, 2015
Lessard Sr., Lionel J.  
Lionel J. Lessard Sr., 91, of Manchester and Riviera Beach, Florida, loving husband for over 68 years of Virginia "Ginny" (DiLisio) Lessard, entered into eternal life Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, with his caring family by his side. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Sept. 1, 1923, a son of the late Laurent J. Lessard and Emma (Camire) Lessard Roux. He had been a resident of Hartford for several years prior to moving to Manchester over 61 years ago. Lionel was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime communicant of The Church of the Assumption in Manchester. At Assumption, he was an usher and a minister of the Eucharist for many years. A strong advocate of catholic education, Lionel and his wife, Ginny, generously supported Assumption School and East Catholic High School in Manchester. In 1997, they were inducted into the East Catholic Hall of Fame for their generosity and support to the school since 1960. Prior to his full-time retirement at the age of 85, Lionel was employed as a quality control chief inspector at area machine shops manufacturing helicopters. He was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Campbell Council 573 in Manchester and of the fourth degree. He was also very active with UNICO of Manchester and was a delegate for many years for UNICONational. Lionel enjoyed his home in Riviera Beach for over 30 years, gardening (vegetables and roses), and was a loyal lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox. Most of all, Lionel was a devoted husband, proud father, and grandfather who enjoyed family gatherings. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Robert "Bob" L. Lessard, of Manchester; a brother, Emile Lessard, of Enfield; and his stepfather, Wilfred Roux, of West Hartford. Besides his beloved wife, Ginny, Lionel is survived by three children, Angela L. Mac and her husband, John, of Cape Coral, Florida, Patricia L. Gerrity and her husband, James, of South Windsor, Lionel J. Lessard Jr. and his wife, Christina, of East Hartford; eight cherished grandchildren, Michelle Mac Palmer, of Cape Coral, Brian Gerrity and his wife, Nicole, of Manchester, John Robert Mac and his wife, Laura, of Jupiter, Florida, Kelley Baccei and her husband, Steve, of Framingham, Massachusetts, Michael Gerrity and his wife, Ali, of Ellington, Colleen Gerrity, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dan Lessard and his wife, Emma, of East Hartford, and Kyle Robert Lessard, of East Hartford; a step-granddaughter, Jaime Sablitz, of East Hartford; and 11 adored great-grandchildren, Kyle Palmer, Hannah, Karley, and Jonah Mac, Abigail, Emily, and Matthew Gerrity, Julia and Olivia Baccei, and Emma and Jack Gerrity. He also leaves a sister, Theresa Jahne, of Wethersfield; a brother, Andre Lessard, of Bristol; a stepsister, Yvette Daigle, of Vernon; two sisters-in-law, Frances Larco, of Wethersfield, and Annette Lessard in Virginia; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Assumption, South Adams Street, Manchester. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church Wednesday morning. Burial with military honors will follow at St. James Cemetery (Section F), Broad Street, Manchester. Relatives and friends may call at D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions in Lionel's name may be made to the Robert L. Lessard Scholarship Fund, c/o East Catholic High School, 115 New State Road, Manchester, CT 06042. For online expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopo.com
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