Elizabeth L. Sherwood

PETERSHAM — After a battle with cancer, Elizabeth LaPlante Sherwood died peacefully at home with her family on Oct. 27, 2015, at the age of 74. She leaves behind the love of her life, Harold Sherwood.

Elizabeth was born on Dec. 17, 1940, in Astoria, Long Island, N.Y., to Arthur and Mary-Anne Laplante, who predeceased her. She grew up in Biddeford and Saco, Maine, in a large and loving family with four sisters and two brothers. In 1972 she moved to Gardner, where she graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College with a degree in human services.

Elizabeth lived in Petersham and retired from the Sisters of the Assumption. She was a member of the Elks Club, Deep Sea Club, and Quabbin Anglers, and was on the board of directors for the Wheelerville Club. She loved hosting parties, especially Independence Day, and bowling and dancing.

Betty is survived by her husband Hank, her daughter Connie Helstowski and husband Stan of Athol; her daughter Patricia Tourigny of Ashburnham, her sisters Theresa Leblanc of Orange, Barbara Nelson of Baldwinville, Linda Haskins of Fitzwilliam, N.H., and Lana Montbreand of Winchendon; and a brother Peter LaPlante of Lee, Maine. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Alana Meserve, Nicholas Chiasson, Gabrielle Tourigny, Kristen Gutierrez, Madalyn Gutierrez, Daniel Ayotte, Matthew Tourigny and Lauren Tourigny; and a stepdaughter, Abigail Sherwood of Petersham; as well as two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased in death by her parents, her brother Roger LaPlante, her daughter Corinne Ayotte, and her sons Daniel and Donald, who died in infancy.

She remained dedicated to her family and in her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, iron-willed and humorous woman, even through her final months.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at noon, in St. Peters Church, 18 North St., Petersham. A reception at the Orange American Legion will follow.

The family would especially like to thank the staff of Beacon Hospice for their constant, attentive treatment.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home (www.stone-ladeau.com), 343 Central St., Winchendon, is directing arrangements.

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