Putnam – Marie A. (Galante), 82, of Poulin Dr., died Saturday morning, January 10, 2015, in Day Kimball Hospital. She is the loving wife of the late Richard O. Poirier who passed away on November 20, 2001. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Catherine (Homiak) Galante.
Marie was united in marriage to Richard O. Poirier on July 12, 1952, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Philadelphia, PA.
Prior to raising her family, Marie worked for Holmes Electric Protection Company in Philadelphia, PA as an Operator Supervisor. Marie worked in the cafeteria at Putnam Elementary School until her retirement and then went to work in the Day Kimball Hospital Coffee Shop.
She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella at St. Mary Church. Marie saw beauty in everything. She loved nature, all animals and was especially fond of birds. She was very artistic and enjoyed oil and watercolor painting, and crafts. Marie was a great cook and was passionate when it came to cooking for her family and friends. She was light hearted and had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh with everyone. One thing that she cherished most of all was helping to raise her grandchildren and was thought of as their second mother. Marie will be remembered as a loving, gentle, and caring woman.
Marie is survived by her three children Cynthia Gaucher and her husband Leo of Woodstock, Richard W. Poirier and his wife Jane of N. Grosvenordale, and Cheryl Laporte and her husband Paul R. of Putnam; a brother George Pondish and a cousin Marie McLaughlin in PA; a sister in law and best friend Marilyn Poirier of Thompson; seven grandchildren Alison (Joseph) Gaucher-Pedersen, Tara (Tiffany)Gaucher-Gibson, Ryan Poirier, Neil Poirier, Alisha Nadeau, Alexa Laporte, and Aaron Laporte; a great grandson Linden Gaucher; and her cherished companion Cocker Spaniel Bella. She was predeceased by a brother Anthony Pondish and a sister Anna Mae Ruffead.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Marie’s family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations in Marie’s name may be made to P.A.W.S. , P.O. Box 191, Eastford, CT 06242. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.