Eunice G. White
Worcester - Eunice G. (Carlson) White, 74, of Worcester and West Palm Beach, Fla, died Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence surrounded by loving family after a brief illness.
She leaves her husband of 26 years, Paul D. White; three children, Deeann Laureyns of Worcester, Kim Tatro of Dudley, and Mark D. Laureyns and his wife Laura-Lee of Worcester; six grandchildren, Desirah Laureyns, Destinie Suits, Robert and Andrew Tatro, Miranda Quinn Laureyns and Mark Laureyns Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Xavier Garvey and Jaiden Rodriguez; three sisters, Barbara J. Nicholson of Webster, Joan P. Walton of Worcester, and Bette A. Rampanelli of Tampa, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.
Her son Glenn E. Laureyns died in 1982. She was also predeceased by her brothers Edward J. Carlson and Robert Carlson.
Eunice was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Gustaf Carlson and Mathilda M. (Doucette) Carlson Ullstrom. She was also the stepdaughter of the late Roy R. Ullstrom.
Eunice was a seafood dept. manager at Price Chopper for many years. Previously, she had worked for Hersh Neckwear Co. and Bradlees. She later worked at the Greenery Rehabilitation Center. She also worked for many years as a mixologist.
Eunice's real vocation was as a community activist. She always remained interested in improving the lives of others and battling injustice. She was involved in Massachusetts politics for many years, and was a delegate to the 1986 Democratic State Convention.
Eunice was a longtime proponent of the Head Start program. She was a committed advocate for the protection of children from abuse and lobbied forcefully in recent years for legislation to strengthen accountability for any offenders.
In the past few years, Eunice has spent winters in West Palm Beach with her extended family of close friends. She served as president of the Dorchester B Condominium Assn. and Treasurer of the Cambridge C Condominium Assn., both in the Century Village neighborhood. She also worked as a representative for the Drew Waldman Co., a Florida real estate development company, and for Century Real Estate.
When she had the time, Eunice enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching and playing cards.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sunita Trivedi and her husband for their care over the years. They would also like to express their appreciation for the many nurses in the emergency ward and on the floors of St. Vincent Hospital and to the VNA home care nurses for their excellent care.
Calling hours are Sunday, December 20, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St. Worcester. The funeral will be Monday, December 21, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. John's Church, 40 Temple St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the VNA Care Network, 120 Thomas St., Worcester 01608, or the John Foley Walkathon in care of the Knights of Columbus Alhambra Council 88, 44 Circuit Ave. North, Worcester 01603.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2015.