1925 – 2021
Putnam – Laura M. Laroche, 95, a resident of Wing A at Matulaitis Nursing Home, went peacefully home to our Lord and Savior, on Sunday, January 24, 2021, with her loving Granddaughters by her side.
Laura was born in Thompson CT, the daughter of Christ and Adrienne (Berthiume) Mike. She married Norman Laroche in 1952 and they had over 63 fun and adventure filled years together until his passing in April of 2016.
Laura worked at various mills in her younger years, but her favorite jobs were working at Bugbee’s Department Store and the Children’s Clothing Shop in Putnam.
Affectionately known as Mem, she enjoyed time spent with her family, playing cards, flower gardening, making crafts out of seashells, cooking her specialties of boiled dinner, spaghetti, and pancakes, but her biggest passion was creating beautiful hand sewn heirloom quilts for her cherished family and friends.
Laura is survived by her grandchildren, Donna and Michael Faucher of Putnam, Darlene Baker and Robert Booth of Brooklyn, and Kerri and John Price of Putnam; great-grandchildren; Matthew Faucher and Jennifer O’Connor, Thomas and Christine Faucher, Hannah Baker, Raymond Baker and Molly Longland; great-great grandchildren, Chloe, Brendan, Ziggy, Brody, Hailey, Emma, Bentley, and Alexus; son-in-law Ron Donavan, nephew Ronald Mike; a special friend in Florida, Shirely O’Callaghan, several nieces and nephews, and her many wonderful caretakers and friends at Matulaitus, where she has received the most exceptional and compassionate care for the past seven years. In addition to her parents and husband, Laura was predeceased by her beloved daughter Paulette Donovan, brother Ted Mike, and nephew Rodney Mike.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at St. Joseph Church, 18 Main Street, North Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. There will be no reception due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and Gilman & Valade Funeral Home request that all family and friends wear facial coverings and respect social distance guidelines. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Matulaitis Nursing Home, 10 Thurber Rd, Putnam, CT. 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.