Laurette J. (Turcotte) Sasseville
1925 - 2021
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Laurette J. Sasseville (Turcotte), of Manchester N H, passed away on February 23, 2021, at her beloved Hackett Hill Care Center. She was born on February 4, 1925, in Manchester NH, daughter of Egide and Louisa Lemay (Camire).

She was married to Wilfrid ("Willy") Turcotte for over 40 years, and had 5 children. They met at Manchester Knitted Fashions. While courting they loved music and dancing, and had many sing-a-longs and music at her parents' house. He passed away in 1987. She was also pre-deceased by her older sister Yvonne Gagnon, and many other friends and family members, having lived a long and full life. Her first-born child, Connie, tragically passed away soon after birth in 1947. However, her dream of and faith in having 2 boys and 2 girls still came true. Surviving are Ronald Turcotte (and Judy Nelson) of Canterbury NH, Lee (and Buck) Mercier of Hooksett NH, Mona (and Ronald) Morse of Loudon NH, and David (and Mallaney) Turcotte of Norridgewock ME.

Laurette re-married in 1994 to Roland Sasseville, an old "flame" from 2nd grade!

They moved to Merritt Island Florida, and had 19 wonderful years in retirement together.

She stayed there till 2017, and then moved back to her home town here in Manchester, NH, where she could be close to family. She soon settled into her new "home" at the Hackett Hill Care Center, and made herself a part of their everyday life, where she was often visited by her 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, old friends, nieces and nephews, and her 1st great, great grandchild.

A very outgoing and fun-loving woman, she made many friends everywhere she went.

Even when facing several years in a "nursing home", she made the best of her situation, and many wonderful staff members soon came to love her. She was even put in charge of the social calendar, and proudly wielded her gavel at their meetings.

Laurette had a very successful career with Beeline Fashions for many years, even while raising a family. She was also active in the Ladies of St. Ann's, at St. Marie's Church in Manchester.

She was a social butterfly and loved gathering around family and friends whenever possible.

Whether dancing, playing cards, going to the pool, or having a barbecue around her daughter's pool, she always had funny stories to share. She believed that friends and family were flowers in the garden of life.

She loved her family most of all and bored many of her friends with their accomplishments, whenever possible.

She came to be known as "the butterfly lady", and was quick to show off her butterfly tattoo, as well as the many butterfly mementos she received as gifts.

Her adaptation to being quarantined once the COVID crisis struck, including surviving a severe case herself, was inspirational. She reached out to the other residents as much as she could, and spent many hours on the phone with friends and family, remaining upbeat and entertaining.

We want to thank the many people at Hackett Hill who got to know Mom, and helped to fill a void due to contact restrictions, as we were not able to hug her over the last year.

She was a great hugger! Your loving care surely extended a quality life for her, and gave her more purpose to living. We will forever be grateful.

So "Ta-Ta for now" Laurette, as she so often said. She is now with her beloved Willy, and her many other loved ones that went before her. They are certainly in for an earful!

No calling hours are planned. There will be a private celebration of her life later this spring or summer. Contributions in her name can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published in Union Leader on Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 1, 2021
Forever in our hearts Mem. Tata for now! Love always Tam and Fam!
Tammy Hebert
March 1, 2021
My sympathies to the Turcotte family, may she fly around you as a beautiful butterfly does. My prayers to all. Stay well and safe during these troubling times.
denise bergeron
March 1, 2021
Sincerest condolences to all the family of Laurette. She was a beautiful person.
The Bourque family
Family Friend
March 1, 2021
"My Mom was an inspiration to me, the wind beneath my wings. I respected how she both raised a large, united family, while embarking on a successful career in fashions. We shared so much - whether across the miles or together - and I am grateful for the love she showered upon me/us. And it meant so much to me how she became close to my wife Mallaney. All the way to 96, she maintained purpose to her life by reaching out to whoever was around her, and lightening up their life with the joy of a smile, joke, story or song. I thank her - and my father - for the work ethic, morals, values and spiritual foundation that they bestowed upon me, along with giving me 3 beautiful siblings. I will miss them forevermore...
David Turcotte
March 1, 2021
Beautiful story for a beautiful soul. Soar with the Angel's. You left on my birth. Love and condolence s for all her peeps
Penny Pare
February 28, 2021
To Ma Tante Laurette's family, We feel your loss... as do all the people privileged to have known her. She brought light everywhere she went. What a life to remember: feisty, caring, thoughtful, always stylish, devoted to her family and definitely unique. She was a role model to all of us girls growing up. A true inspiration and always will be! She will surely be missed but she will always live on in our hearts and memories.
Pauline Grant
February 28, 2021
Dear Aunt Laurette, words cannot begin to express the gratitude I had in reconnecting with a soul who was such an integrate part to the Chabot family and my most memorable childhood. I will always hold a special place in my heart, just for you. Je t'aime tante Laurette, toujours! Votre neveu pour toujours! Roger
Roger J Chabot
February 26, 2021
Laurette, aka Mem Butterfly was our mom, and soooo much matter her daily aches and pains were, she ALWAYS had a can do positive attitude, always wanting to reach out to anyone in need around her. All her many children/grandkids in her life LOVED going to Mem's house! Whenever we would end our conversations, it was NEVER was always "Ta Ta for now"...WE WILL LOVE AND ADORE YOU FOR ETERNITY MOM !!! Your the BEST!! (Her Obituary is long,, but we could have gone on much longer :) LOL!
Mona Morse
February 26, 2021
To Laurette's Family,

Laurette was a wonderful friend and we shared many happy times. She will be greatly missed. Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time.

Pauline Goudas
Pauline Goudas
February 26, 2021
We love you Meme. You were an inspiration and a beautiful soul. Love always Heidi, Julian, Brooke, Lily, Brayden.
Heidi Morse
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