Laura Barchard-O'Leary
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Laura Barchard-O'Leary, 48

WORCESTER - Laura Barchard-O'Leary, 48, of Worcester, died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at home after a long battle with complications of Lupus Disease.

She leaves her husband and best friend of 26 years, William J. O'Leary Jr.; three children, Erin O'Leary of Worcester, Amanda Lavoie of Springfield and Joseph Barchard. She was the sister of Donald, John, Clare and Lisa Barchard. She also leaves dear friends Francis Bjorndal and Sue Vinton along with numerous loving family and friends.

Laura grew up in Lowell where she attended grammar and high schools. She later moved to Worcester and graduated from Quinsigamond Community College. She worked in the field of home health care for many years as an aide and a supervisor, primarily for Home Staff of Massachusetts, before retiring ten years ago due to her own health issues.

Laura loved to cook for her family and friends. In spite of her illness she was always willing to help others who needed her generous and loving support. She enjoyed the great outdoors from hiking the mountains of New England to walking the beaches of the New England coast. Laura will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

The family would like to thank Doctor Fournier, Hospice, UMass memorial 2-CCU for their extended care and support over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Lupus Foundation of New England.

Calling hours will be held Friday, January 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Saturday, January 14, from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 931 Main St., Worcester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2017.
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January 13, 2017
Bill & Family Deepest condolences to all of you. May you all find peace during this difficult time. Remember all the good times and special memories that you have with her for in those memories she will live in your hearts forever.

Felicia & Brian
January 12, 2017
My Condolences to my Cousin,Bill O'Leary and his Family on the Loss of his wife,Laura,May Her Soul Rest in Peace,Amen.
Alfred G."Jerry" Laverty
January 11, 2017
To the O'Leary family: My sincere condolences for your loss. Laura will be missed by all who knew and loved her. May she rest in the Lord's hands and rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

J. Mike Wyman
J. Michael Wyman
January 11, 2017
Laura I don't even know where to start.I loved you.You were a wonderful friendIt was like we were sisters.I will be so lost.Love Sue & Bob Vinton
Laura Barchard-Oleary
January 11, 2017
Laura I don't even know where to start.I loved were a wonderful friend.I will be so lost.Love,Sue & Bob Vinton
January 11, 2017
Laura I loved you.You were a wonderful friend & I will be so lost.Know that Bobby & I will always be there for Bill.RIP my friend.Sue & Bobby Vinton
January 11, 2017
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
January 10, 2017
Will miss you always my dear friend. Rest in peace. Love Joe and Brenda
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