1917 – 2017
NORTH GROSVENORDALE, CT – Theresa (Trudeau) Labonte, 99, passed away peacefully at Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam, CT on April 24, 2017.
Memere leaves her grandson, main caregiver and the light of her life, Charles R. Trudeau, Jr.
Theresa is survived by her daughter, Loretta Para of Webster, and her husband Edward. Her son, Charles R. Trudeau, died in 1996 at the age of 53.
Memere leaves seven additional grandchildren: Denise Harkins, Michael Trudeau and Kathy Bowen, all of Thompson area, Dale Para of Oxford MA, Lynn Para Dartmouth, MA , Linda Marion of Hubbardston, MA and Sandra Guay of Webster, MA.
Though small in stature, Theresa was “Big Mem” to 11 great-grandchildren: Candis Labby, Cayla Trudeau, Taylor Rose Trudeau, Victoria Mungham-Trudeau, Trevor Vogel, Stephanie Vogel, Nicholas Trudeau, Cody Trudeau, Margaret Bowen, Andrew Guay and Danni Marion. She was also Great-Great Memere to Damian Bakerlis, Deken Labby and Dmetri Labby.
A proud lifelong resident of North Grosvenordale, Theresa was born to Antonio Houle and Victoria (Larochelle) Houle and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale. She had a special fondness for the Blessed Virgin Mary; her 4-foot handmade rosaries of pearls and 1” roses adorned the Blessed Virgin on the altar at St. Joseph Church for more than 30 years. She attended St. Joseph Grammar School and, as it often happened in those days, immediately went off the work in the North Grosvenordale Mills, proudly attaining the title of “floor lady”. She later worked at Bates Shoe in Webster until her retirement in 1979.
Theresa married Rosario “Red” Trudeau at St. Joseph Church in 1937. The train of her satin wedding dress was cut to make a baptismal gown for her children, and was then used 15 more times by grandchildren and great grandchildren. Circa 1940, Rosario started R. W. Trudeau & Heating (telephone WALNUT 3-9003); son Charles Sr. continued the business as C. R. Trudeau Plumbing & Heating. Charles, Jr. continues the now-third generation business today. Rosario died in 1969 at the age of 53 and Theresa was later married to Roger Labonte from 1976 until his death in 1997.
Theresa’s family wishes to thank Matulaitis Nursing Home C-wing where the nurses, aids, staff and the cleaning lady lovingly cared for Memere for the last 2 years of her life. Memere’s sense of humor kept everyone at Matulaitis laughing and it was evident that they loved her too.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Matulaitis Nursing Home, 10 Thurber Road, Putnam, CT 06260. Also, please take some time to visit a friend or family member at a nursing home…like Memere once said, “Visiting makes a difference in a person”.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with Theresa’s family on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT from 9:00 to 10:00am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery will take place at a later date. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.