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METHUEN - Rita Marie (Paquin) LaPlante, 86, passed away on March 5, 2018 at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH surrounded by her family. She was born on January 23, 1932 in Lawrence, the daughter of Aime and Antoinette (Bretton) Paquin.
On June 2, 1952 she married Robert LaPlante. They settled in Methuen, where they built a home and raised their four children. Rita retired from AT&T in North Andover where she worked for 25 years.
She is predeceased by her husband, Robert LaPlante, and her brother, Paul Paquin.
She is survived by her children, Jim and his wife Kristie of Harrison, Maine, Cheryl and her husband Doug Thompson of Newton, N.H., Cindy and her husband Jon Palen of Raymond, NH, and Karen LaPlante of Portsmouth, N.H. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
She is survived by a sister, Irene Mills and her husband Don of South Windsor, Conn.; a brother, Bill Paquin and his wife Cora of Venice, Fla; and a sister, Jane Moffatt of Spokane, Wash. She leaves behind 23 nieces and nephews.
Rita also had a loving companion, Fred Pultar whom they shared many happy years together.
Rita was extremely active throughout her lifetime. She was a strong walker. Most recently she walked three miles in the Portsmouth Alzheimer's Walk in September. She loved walking in her neighborhood and tending to her rose garden around her beloved home. Whenever there was 50s music playing, especially Perry Como, you would find her lighting up and dancing. She also enjoyed her yearly camping trip with family and loved to swim in the lakes and ocean. Most family gatherings you would find Rita laughing and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. A celebration of life service will be held during the visitation at 3 p.m. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on March 7, 2018
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