WINCHENDON - Diane L. (Barrows) Charland, 51, of 39 Baldwinville State Road, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, after being stricken ill at home.
She was born in Fitchburg on October 16, 1966, daughter of Sandra A. (Kittredge) Barrows of Winchendon and the late Everett E. Barrows. Diane graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1984 and attended Mount Wachusett Community College. She had been a resident of Winchendon for over 30 years.
Diane had worked as a paraprofessional in the Winchendon Public School System, where she was well loved by her students and fellow teachers. Diane also worked as a waitress for many years at the Carriage House Restaurant and most recently at Flipside Grill. At one time, Diane sold automobiles at the former Putnam Chevrolet.
Diane was an avid fan of the New England Patriots. Her greatest enjoyment was hosting family events and spending time with her sons and family. She also enjoyed the ocean and going to Maine. She was an incredible mother, sister and aunt.
Her husband, Steven G. Charland, died in 2003. In addition to her mother, she leaves two sons, Mitchell G. Charland and Jackson E. Charland; five brothers, Keith R. Barrows and his wife Tracey, Leo R. Barrows and his wife Joan, Jeremy J. Barrows and his wife Tracy, all of Winchendon; Daniel Barrows of Gardner and Edward Hoover of Gardner; her mother and father-in-law, Gerard and Cheryl Charland of Westminster; a sister-in-law Sherry Gallant and her husband Tim of Ashburnham; a sister-in-law Melissa Arvanigian and her husband Mark of Paxton, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11 A.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in the spring.
Calling hours in the funeral home are Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charland Children Education Fund, care of Colonial Cooperative Bank, 1 School Square, Winchendon, MA 01475.