Lena, A lifelong resident of Claremont, NH, was born in Bradford, NH, on August 7,1922. She was the daughter of Albert and Odeanna Gaudreau Lena was predeceased by her husband, Richard, in 1976,and son Edward in 2002 She is survived by two daughters, Carol Bourque of Springfield, VT, and Linda Labaire, wife of Neal Labaire of East Brookfield, MA, and granddaughter ,Alison of Medford, MA.; three grandsons David Bourque and his wife, Celeste of Claremont, Michael Bourque and his wife, Mary of Wilmot NH, and Edward Jewell, and his wife, Jackie. Of New London. Also, granddaughters Odeanna Call, and Marissa Hayes of North Carolina, and 10 great grandchildren.
Lena had an infectious laugh, with a great smile. Her energetic personality always focused on the positive, and; there was nothing this spunky lady couldn’t do.
She was a waitress at the Pleasant SWEET for many years, a member of Catholic Daughters, a Eucharistic minister and volunteered at the soup kitchens; she belonged to the Red Hat Society and was a member of Curves until the age of 85. She took great pride in caring 25 years for the Adoration Chapel. Her Christian generosity knew no limits. She was the “Hostess With the mostest” when it came to preparing the funeral luncheons at St. Joseph’s and St Mary’s. Her kind, loving and thoughtful ways will be greatly missed.
There will be calling hours at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont were from 10-12:30 on Wednesday, March 28, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s cemetery. Instead of flowers or donations, go have a nice lunch and toast Lena. She will be smiling down at the gesture.
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