Obituary: Mary Ellen (Laprade) Contois, 83

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AUBURN, Mass. - Mary Ellen (Laprade) Contois, 83, of Auburn, died Thursday, November. 22, 2012, where she was reunited with her late husband of 54 years, Donald E. Contois, who died in 2002.

She leaves her six children, Donna L. Tomaszewicz and her husband Ronald of Millbury, Dianne E. Remillard and her husband Paul of Littleton, Linda E. Hammond and her husband Michael of Auburn, Mary Ann Olson of Auburn, Carol J. Bowes and her husband Thomas of Leicester and Donald E. Contois, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Auburn; her three sisters, Joan Contois of Auburn, Jayne Richards and Susan Collette, both of Spencer; her brother, Robert Laprade of Spencer; 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her two brothers, William and Thomas Laprade.

Mary Ellen was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late William V. and Edna (Walsh) Laprade and has lived in Auburn for many years. She graduated from Auburn High School and later attended hairdressing school. As a longtime homemaker, Mary Ellen cared for so many. She enjoyed her tea and cookies, and was an avid collector of bells, collecting well over 100 different ones. Her favorite color was blue and she loved her home, being blessed to be able to stay there until her final days. She was a member of Saint Joseph’s Parish as well as its former Women’s League. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, Nov. 26t from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, Nov.27 gathering at the funeral home at 9 a.m. then proceeding to Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street North to celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. She will then be laid to rest with her beloved husband at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Auburn VNA Health Network, 191 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA 01501

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