Salem, New Hampshire — Rita LaBelle, age 92, of Salem, NH passed peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House , Haverhill.
Born in Lawrence, MA on August 26, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Victoria and Louie Gagne. She was one of 7 children. She is survived by her son, R. James LaBelle, her daughter in law Sandra LaBelle and her grandson Ryan LaBelle, of Derry, NH; as well as her brother Edward Gagne of Methuen, Ma, and sister, Blanche Faucher of Salem, NH.
Rita was educated in the Lawrence School System. She graduated from Lawrence High School. She met and married Paul LaBelle of Lawrence, MA in 1942. They were married for 59 years. Rita worked in the Lawrence Mills and later as a homemaker, caring for neighborhood children. She and her husband loved to travel, play bingo, dance to big band music, play cards and spend time with their grandson Ryan and family. Rita was a 40 year member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence, MA prior to moving to Salem, NH in 2006.
ARRANGEMENTS: There are no calling hours. A future memorial service will be planned. Arrangements are by The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. To send an online condolence, please visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/dewhirstfuneralhome.