Eva Marie Houle
1969 – 2012
Thompson – Eva Marie Houle, 43, of Quaddick Rd, died Thursday, September 13, 2012, in the home of her mother Shirley J. Houle of Grosvenordale surrounded by all of her family after a courageous eleven-year battle with breast cancer.
Eva was a 1987 graduate of Tourtellotte High School where she was a standout athlete in softball, basketball, and soccer. She was the first female athlete of the school to be inducted into the Tourtellotte High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. She was a dedicated softball player throughout her life. She started playing at the young age of eight and played her last game at the age of forty due to her declining health. She participated in several Connecticut and Massachusetts Leagues after college, becoming well known throughout the area for her speed, agility, and plays on the field. She graduated from Becker Junior College in 1989 and Eastern Connecticut State University in 1991. Prior to her battle with breast cancer, she was employed by Arbella Insurance in Worcester and Westoboro, MA.
As an Aunt, there was nothing like her. She doted over all of her nieces and nephews. They were a bright spot in her life and meant the world to her.
In addition to her devoted mother, Eva is survived by her fiancé with whom she was engaged to since 2005, William “Jack” Maloney, Jr. of Thompson; her father Lawrence O. Houle, Sr. of Brooklyn, her brothers, Lawrence O. Houle, Jr. and his wife Beverly of Grosvenordale, Rene C. Houle of Grosvenordale, Jean C. “Plooky” Houle and his fiancé Jona Hagen of Rapid City,SD, Phillip T. Houle of Grosvenordale, and Daniel L. Houle and James Keegan of Boston, MA; her sisters, Virginia L. Houle of North Grosvenordale, and Valentine (Houle) Iamartino and her husband Joseph of Thompson; her nieces and nephews, Jenelle Burke and her daughters Brileigh and Brooke Sundthimer of Putnam, Lindsey Burke of Old Saybrook, CT, Nicole Houle of Rockton, IL, Kaitlyn Burke and her daughters Jesseniah and Giovanna Diaz of Danielson, Jonathon Houle and his son Caleb of Audubon MN, and Christian, Marissa and Alexander Iamartino of Thompson; her father’s second wife, Kim Houle; and her half-sister, Laurel O. Houle both of Brooklyn, CT; her in-laws to be, William and Lynn Maloney, Sr. of Wheeling, IL; many supportive aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, teammates, acquaintances and community neighbors; her three adorable cats, Fenway, Duncan, and Chino. She was predeceased in 2001 by her brother Shawn T. Houle and in 2008 by her beloved dog, “Mocha.”
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Eva’s family from 4:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT. A gathering will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial will follow in West Thompson Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Attn: Cancer Center Donations, 95 Woodland Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105, or to Hospice & Palliative Care of NECT, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.