1920 – 2017
Eva Cormier, 96, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Facility in Putnam, CT, where she had received loving care since 1995. She was born in Putnam on December 29, 1920, the daughter of the late Emery and Marie Louise (Balard dit Latour) Marion. She graduated in 1935 from St. Mary School in Putnam, and then attended Putnam Catholic Academy. On May 29, 1941, Eva married Louis Victor Cormier at St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Putnam. Except for a period of a few months early in their marriage, Eva and Louis spent their 56 years together in Putnam. Louis passed away on December 5, 1997.
Eva’s life was guided by her strong faith and her commitment to her husband and family. She presented a loving home environment where she was always present, offering physical and emotional care, support and guidance based on her wisdom and life experience.
Once her children were grown, Eva worked during pre-Christmas seasons as a clerk at Toni’s Specialty Shop, a children’s clothing store in Putnam. For many years, she volunteered as a library aide at St. Mary School and held memberships in AARP, Ladies of St. Anne, Daughters of Isabella, and League of Catholic Women. In the early 1990s, she also joined Quinebaug Pomona Grange No. 2 and Putnam Grange No. 97.
Eva enjoyed reading and sewing, and was especially skillful with knitting. She and Louis had a special relationship with Eddie and Irene Briere; together they enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing, and performing with the RSVP Happy Singers.
Eva leaves her children, Claire Emond and husband Philip of Woodstock, Al Cormier and wife Joyce of Putnam, and Janet LaBelle and husband John of Dayville; grandchildren, Deborah Bayne, Carolyn Riendeau and husband Christopher, Amanda Bernat and husband James, Joanne Sward and husband Ross, and Jacqueline Young and husband Joshua; great-grandchildren, Brandon Emond, Samantha Pedersen, Stephanie Emond, Marcus Riendeau, Miller Riendeau, Caitlyn Sward, Garrett Sward, Louis Young, Marion Young, and Emmanuel Young; great-great-grandchildren, Sage Bibbee, Christian Bibbee, Kezlee Baker, and Maxson Morrarty; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Lillian Marion, Doris Provencal and husband Gabriel, Leo Marion and wife Leonie, Lawrence Marion and wife Marjorie, and by her grandson, Steven Emond.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 8:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence Street in Putnam. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Putnam.
Memorial donations in honor of Eva may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678 (stjude.org or 800-805-5856), or The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 565 Ashford Center Road, Ashford, CT 06278-1720 (holeinthewallgang.org or 203-772-0522).For Eva’s memorial guestbook, please visit www.gilmanandvalade.com