WINCHENDON- Alice T. (Cardin) LaPointe, 92, of 359 Central Street, died peacefully at home Sunday morning, February 24, 2019.
A lifelong resident of Winchendon, Mrs. LaPointe was a 1945 graduate of Murdock High School.
During her senior year of high school, Mrs. LaPointe worked part-time as a seamstress at Kolodny & Myers on Railroad Street in Winchendon; prior to her marriage to Lionel M. LaPointe in 1947, she worked as a sketcher in the registration office of the Guernsey Cattle Club in Peterborough, NH; following the death of her daughter Melanie in 1977, Mrs. LaPointe worked briefly as a teacher’s aide at Memorial School–a position she cherished.
Mrs. LaPointe belonged to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, where she taught C.C.D. for 40 years; orchestrated various events in the church hall, including children’s plays and multi-cultural programs; and organized a booth at Christmas bazaars. She was a Cub Scout den mother in the early 1960’s and an active, longstanding member of the Winchendon Women’s Club.
Mrs. LaPointe enjoyed sewing projects, decorating cakes for family and friends, and hostessing. Her many friends, across several generations, meant the world to her. She was loyal, loving, and discreet–with a ready smile, a sympathetic ear, a cup of tea, and something freshly baked. In recent years when asked, “Do you remember the days when you would bake in the morning, then telephone your friends to come for tea?” Mrs. LaPointe replied, “I didn’t have to call them. They just came.”
She was a gentle woman, attuned to the rhythms of a slower and sweeter time.
Daughter of Mathilda (Ricard) and Albert Cardin, wife of Lionel M. LaPointe, mother of Melanie J. LaPointe, sister of Beatrice E. May, Elaine D. Cardin, and Maurice J. Cardin—who predeceased her, Mrs. LaPointe is survived by her sister Annette Duvarney; children Jane, Michael, Dale, and June; daughters-in-law Sue and Fanny; son-in-law Tom; grandsons Benjamin, Nicholas, and Nadav; and step-grandson Jonas.
Mrs. LaPointe’s family wish to acknowledge publicly the loving kindness, skillfulness, and dedication of their mother’s home-health aides; the nurses, OTs, PTs, and aides of GVNA Healthcare; Dr. John Harrington and the nurses, aides, and chaplain of GVNA Home Hospice Care; the Ministers of the Eucharist from Immaculate Heart of Mary parish; and Rev. Francis Roberge of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Baldwinville, MA.
Calling hours are Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. at Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 P.M. in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1 Forest Street, Baldwinville with the Rev. Francis Roberge officiating.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in the spring.