Irene A. Briere
1921 – 2011
Putnam –Irene A. (Robitaille) Briere, 90, of Harrison St. died Saturday July 16, 2011 in Day Kimball Hospital. She was the Beloved wife of Edward J. Briere Sr. for almost 68 years. Born in Putnam, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Anna (Latour) Robitaille.
Mrs. Briere worked for the former Belding Corticelli in Putnam and later worked for Danco Manufacturing before retiring in 1987. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church and always had a devotion to St Jude. She enjoyed knitting, circle-a-word puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed birds and yellow roses. She loved spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Marie B. Desautels and her husband Paul of Putnam, Edward J. Briere, Jr. and his wife Donna of Putnam, Jane A. Briere of Putnam, and William J. Briere of Dayville; four grandchildren, John M. Labossiere, Jr. and his fiancé Deb Rose of N. Grosvenordale, Lynne M. Labossiere of Putnam, Lauren E. Briere of Putnam and Todd Desautels of Savannah, GA; three great grandchildren, Marquis T. Shaw of Putnam, Dominique and Conner Desautels of Georgia; a God daughter, Dolores Wallick of Mystic, CT; six nieces and nephews, Omer Briere of Danielson, Lucille Gauthier of Webster, MA, Richard Briere of Brooklyn, Theodore Messier of Putnam, Carol Rodriguez of Ann Arbor, MI and Robert Messier of Manchester, CT and several great nieces and great nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Irene’s family on Tuesday July 19, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. A gathering will begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Memorial donations may be made in Irene’s name to Saint Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT 06260 or to the National Center of St. Jude Devotions, 512 West Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21201