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Viola M (Lashua) Brochu

May 2, 1933 — November 3, 2023


Gardner-Viola M. (Lashua) Brochu, 90, died Friday, November 3, 2023, at Alliance at Baldwinville after an illness.
Viola was born in Gardner on May 2, 1933, a daughter of the late Walter J. Lashua and Gladys V. (Columbia) "Lashua" "Goodrich" "Johnson". She graduated from the Old Templeton High School in 1951. During her senior year, she worked at the Five and Dime Store and the American Red Cross in Gardner. After graduation from high school, she traveled to Germany, France, Holland, Austria, Luxemburg and Switzerland. Upon her return, she resided in Gardner.
Viola enjoyed traveling, dancing, camping, bingo, going to the ocean and casinos. She also helped to organize the New England Country Two Steppers Club. She made floral arrangements and cakes. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Red Sox.
She worked at the former Lil Peach, Bettez, La Roche Upholstery Co, J's Service Station, Ray Plastic's, First Safety Fund National Bank, Rich's Dept. Store, New Hampshire Ball Bearing, and TRW.
Viola leaves her two sons, Robert J. Brochu and his wife Theresa of Gardner, and Kevin J. Brochu of South Carolina; one sister, Pauline St. Martin; one brother, Leston Goodrich and his wife, Rosemarie of Winchendon; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and many cousins.  
She is predeceased by her longtime companion of many years, Robert E. Sears, a step-sister, Betty Boutell, a brother, John Walter Lashua, and a step-brother, Ernest Johnson.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.
To leave an online condolence please visit,
The Stone Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475 has been entrusted with Viola's care.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, Funeral Directors. 

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