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PUTNAM — Claire (Labossiere) Main, 82, of Putnam died April 12, 2017, at Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam. She was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Putnam, daughter of the late Gerald and Alida (Jette) Labossiere.
She was the wife of the late George Main. He died in 2005.
Claire was a steam press operator for Laurion Cleaners in Putnam. She enjoyed trips to Foxwoods, traveling and loved to read. Claire was a member of the Putnam Travelers and enjoyed the local trips with them.
She leaves her daughters Susan Lucier (Keith) of Jacksonville, Fla., Sandra Main of Putnam, Laura Williams (John) of Putnam, brother Gerard Labossiere; grandchildren Kathryn Burke (Andrew), Keith Lucier, Amy Murphy (Chris), Jonathan Williams, Kyle Senick, Matthew Senick, Kendrick Dexter, Zachary Dexter (Olivia); great-grandchildren Jacob and Kyleigh Murphy, Ryker, Haven and Lexi Burke. She was predeceased by her sister Phyllis Rogers.
Visitation is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 22 at the Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam, followed by a Funeral Service at noon at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Putnam. Burial at a later date in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic. Donations: Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.
BERLIN, N.H. — Joanne (Hickey) Walsh, 84, of Berlin, died April 14, 2017, at home. She was born on Jan. 18, 1933, to the late Mark J. Hickey and Cecile (Routhier) Hickey.
She worked at the telephone company out of high school. She enjoyed singing and performed at the logging camps, and with the St. Anne Church Choir where she met her husband, William Walsh. The couple married and moved to Putnam, where they raised their 13 children. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Putnam, and St. Anne Church in Berlin.
Family includes her nine sons, Kevin Walsh (Sharon) of N. Grosvenordale, Gregory Walsh (Deninse) of Danielson, Christopher Walsh and partner Maritsa of Danielson, Bernard Walsh (Penny) of Montague, Mass., Matthew Walsh of Moosup, Martin Walsh (Linda) of Putnam, David Walsh of Worcester, Thomas Walsh (Angie) of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Benjamin Walsh and partner Rachel of Sharon, Mass.; four daughters Maura Mills (Patrick) of Moore, S.C., Monica Bouchey (Joseph) of Chester, Va., Jenny Sullivan (Kevin) of Duncan, S.C. and Brigid Saucier (Raymond) of Berlin; one sister Martha Campbell of Oakdale, Calif.; 29 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband William Walsh and three brothers, Mark, Paul and Herbert Hickey.
A Mass of Christian Burial was April 18 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery. The Bryant Funeral Home.
PUTNAM — Marie Gilberte Denyse Balthazar aka Gil Marie Balthazar completed her earthly journey April 14, 2017, at Matulaitis Nursing Home. Marie Gilberte was born in Sheldon Springs, Vt., to Arthur Joseph Balthazar and Noella Adrienne Fontaine Balthazar on March 12, 1934, the youngest of four.
Gil Marie professed her first vows in the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit on April 9, 1959. Over the years Gil Marie (Sister Claire Terese, DHS) was involved several different ministries. She taught in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Canada; then she was chaplain in a regional school in Canada, this was followed by pastoral care among migrant farm workers in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Gil Marie went back to school to receive her LPN degree and work as private nurse at the Daughters of the Holy Spirit until she retired.
Gil Marie transferred from being a Daughter of the Holy Spirit to being a member of the Secular Branch of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit on June, 2003.
She leaves her oldest sister Mariette Morrow, who lives in Vermont. Her two brothers, Reale and Bernard predeceased Gil Marie.
A Funeral Mass was April 19 in the Daughter of the Holy Spirit Chapel with burial in Vermont. Cremation and Funeral Services by Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.
BRISTOL — Blanche Gosselin, 86, of Bristol, died April 10, 2017, at The Pines of Bristol.
Blanche was born on Aug. 23, 1930, and was a daughter of the late Donat and Louise (Bolduc) Gosselin. She lived in Putnam for most of her life and had lived in Bristol for the past three years.
She was a school teacher for many years. She taught English in Vietnam and International Language in Maine. She was a published author, publishing most of her work in Christian Magazines. Blanche will be remembered for the tremendous amount of charity and volunteer work she did throughout her life.
She leaves a sister and brother-in-law: Jacqueline and Tony Sekorski, of Bristol; nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister: Juliette Gosselin.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. April 22 at the Funk Funeral Home, Bristol, with burial in St. Thomas Cemetery, Thomaston.
NORWICH — Roxanne Spaulding, 56, of Old Canterbury Turnpike, died April 14, 2017, at home. Born in 1961 in Putnam, she was the daughter of Constance (Martin) Spaulding and the late Carroll Spaulding.
Roxanne last worked as a payroll coordinator for Common Sense Payroll.She loved the ocean and enjoyed Country and Blues music.
In addition to her mother, she leaves her daughter, Melissa Payne of Putnam; her sisters, Eileen Spaulding of Pueblo, Colo., and Jennifer Miller of New London; her granddaughter, Natalie Payne of Putnam; her niece and nephews, Abbey Rose Miller of New London; Jonathan, Christopher, and Aaron Vandermark and their families, all of Colorado. She was predeceased by her brother, Timothy Spaulding.
The Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. April 21 in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes, 104 Church St., Putnam.
N. GROSVENORDALE — Theresa M.C. (LaFleur) Rice, 87, of N. Grosvenordale, died April 12, 2017, at home.
She was born in N. Grosvenordale, daughter of the late Felix and Lyda LaFleur and lived in N. Grosvenordale all her life. She was a spinner at Cluett Peabody and she worked at Bates Shoe, and also Putnam Manufacturing. She enjoyed square dancing and spending Thursday evenings setting up and playing bingo. She leaves her husband of 65 years, James A. Rice Jr. of N. Grosvenordale; a son, James A. Rice III (Irene) of N. Grosvenordale; a daughter, Elaine Levesque and her companion Al Fougere of N. Grosvenordale; four grandchildren, Scott Rice(Jeanne), Allan Levesque (April), Kelly Jansing (Rob), Aimee Jalbert and her companion Mike; five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Armand, Leo, Wilfred, Alcide, Adelard and William LaFleur; by a sister, Adrienne Cardinal; and by a great-grandchild, Kauri Levesque. A Mass of Christian Burial was April 19 in St. Joseph Church, N. Grosvenordale, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Donations: The Food Bank. Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.