Irene L. (Pina) LaPlante-Lavoie

April 27, 2020

Irene L. (Pina) LaPlante-Lavoie

Irene L. (Pina) LaPlante-Lavoie – of Woburn, April 27th at eighty years of age. Beloved wife of the late Walter E. LaPlante and Norman Lavoie. Cherished mother Linda Wiebold and her husband Robert, Lisa Booker and her husband William,  Renee Burke and her husband James, all of Woburn, and Cheryl Flynn and her husband Peter of Bourne. Dear twin sister of Esther Pina, Louis Pina and his wife Terry, the late John, Jean and Rose. Devoted Nana of Bryan and his wife Jean, Brendan, Jennifer, Michael, Kerri, Michelle, James and Kevin. Adored great- grandmother of Blake. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Irene (Pina) LaPlante-Lavoie of Woburn passed at the age of eighty on April 27 at her beloved home surrounded by family after a long, courageous battle with multiple worsening medical conditions over the past year.

Irene was born July 10, 1939, in Everett, Massachusetts, to the parents of Louis and Gertrude Pina. She was the youngest of six children and one of two sets of twins.

The family moved to Woburn in 1943 when Irene was four years old. The family purchased their home at 100 East Dexter Avenue in North Woburn, which has long been considered the homestead and foundation of the family. Irene resided here for the majority of her life up until she passed away.

Irene graduated from Woburn High School in 1957 and then worked at her first job as a secretary. She married the love of her life, Walter Edward LaPlante, on September 3, 1960. Together, they had four beautiful daughters, Linda, Lisa, Cheryl and Renee.

She was the beloved wife of Walter from the age of 21 until 36, when she became a widow. She was left to raise four daughters by herself. They were the focus and commitment of her life and she rose to the challenge with perseverance and strength, until they were able to marry and begin their own lives.

In pursuit of a part-time job to “get out of the house”, she took on a part-time role at Purity Supreme in the Spring on 1976. Unfortunately, this became a full-time job when she had no choice but to financially support raising four girls when her husband, Walter, tragically passed away in the Summer of 1976. Irene first worked in the bakery department at Purity Supreme and when it was acquired by Stop and Shop, she took on the role overseeing the salad bar. Irene loved her fruit and sweets and met many friends throughout these two jobs. She was always known as “Irene from the salad bar”.

Once the youngest of her daughters graduated high school and her mission of raising four, strong-willed and accomplished daughters was met, she then married her companion and second husband, Norman Lavoie, in 1990, at the age of 51. Norman grounded Irene to relax and together, they seized the opportunity to travel. They spent time at their “homestead up- country” in New Hampshire and took many trips to Florida to visit relatives and friends and popular tourist destinations.

Still passionate about working and never wanting to retire, she was always in constant motion and worked until the age of 72. After losing her second husband in 2011 to a sudden death, she found great joy and purpose in the community involvement at the Woburn Senior Center.

Irene is survived by her loving daughters Linda Wiebold and her husband Robert, Lisa Booker and her husband William,  Renee Burke and her husband James, all of Woburn, and Cheryl Flynn and her husband Peter of Bourne. Dear twin sister of Esther Pina and brother Louis Pina and his wife Terry. Devoted Nana of Bryan and his wife Jean, Brendan, Jennifer, Michael, Kerri, Michelle, James and Kevin. Adored great- grandmother of Blake.

A private, graveside ceremony will be held on Friday, May 1st. A celebration of Irene’s life will be planned at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Woburn Senior Center at 144 School Street in Woburn, MA 01801. Monies will be utilized to improve the courtyard garden center and the community room.

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

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  1. Your Loving Lisa

    Gone are the days we used to share—it’s been 3 weeks and I still can’t believe you’re gone——Love and Miss You Forever and Always!!

  2. Lisa & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
    Your all in my thoughts & prayers at this time.
    My Deepest sympathy
    Chuck Shea

  3. Kelly Dineen

    LaPlante family,
    We are so sad to learn of your mom’s passing. She was such a happy, kind person. I will always remember her as the person that drove me home when I was pregnant and fainted at Stop & Shop. May all your happy memories of her, bring you peace.
    Kelly(White) and Doug Dineen

  4. Bob Gonsalves

    Dear friends and family of Irene, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Irene. I knew her for 70 years, having first met at the family home in the woods of North Woburn. We were at a birthday party for the younger twins and all of my buddies – Louie and John Pina, Frank Caruso, Ray Waldrem, Dick Menelly, Don Dempsey, Johnny Gonsalves and me, were there. When she married Walter we (my wife Pat and I, and Irene and Walter) met often to talk about the joys of young marriage and children. She was a happy, generous, warm-hearted, and loving soul. She was blessed to have her family with her when she passed, a family that has grown to be as loving as she was. She will be missed as she joins her parents, her older twins, John, Walter and Norman in Heaven.

  5. LINDA,LISA,RENEE,AND CHERYL I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR MOM.. YOUR MOM AND I GO WAY BACK WE WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER AND GRADUATED THE SAME YEAR, SHE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON AND ALSO WE USED TO TALK WHEN SHE WORKED AT THE STOP AND SHOP . SHE WILL BE MISSED A LOT. OUR LOVE,THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU AT THE TIME.. lOVE THE LUTHER FAMILY

  6. Rest In Peace dear sister. Thanks for the wonderful memories you left us.
    Our love and condolences to all the family.

  7. Sheryle D’Amico

    Dear Linda, I was sorry to learn about your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of being at your house when we were young. She had such a warm spirit and kind heart – making your friends feel right at home. My mother was happy to bump into you today, albeit under difficult circumstances. I’ll reach out to you soon. Sincerely, Sheryle D’Amico

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Sending big hugs to all of you during this difficult time. Love, Lee (Robillard) Meagher

  9. Carol Belcastro

    Linda, Lisa, Cheryl, Renee-

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers for peace and comfort during this time of loss.

    Reeny,

    Our dearest friend for over 56 years, our hearts are filled with sorrow. We were truly blessed with the life long friendships that were formed on Pilgrim Road. Over the years we shared in life’s happiness and heartache. We created memories of a lifetime that will carry on with us as we lovingly remember you. God bless you and may you rest in eternal peace our sweet friend.

    Love Carol, Kathy and Eileen.

  10. Linda Holcombe

    Linda, Lisa, Cheryl and Renee- so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. I will always remember her energy, love for her family and bubbly personality. So many great childhood memories on Pilgrim Road and through the years. Rest peacefully Irene.

    Love Linda

  11. Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center Physicians and Staff

    Dear Renee, Jim & Sons; Esther & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers to all, at this time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center
    Physicians and Staff

  12. Nana,

    I will miss your laugh and smile but most of all your loving heart. I am so happy to hold onto all of the fun times we had and many laughs. I know the last year was so tough for you but you kept your spirits up and stayed strong just like you always have. I miss you so much but I know you’re an angel looking down on me. I love you so much.

    Your love bug,
    Jamesy

  13. Lisa and family, we’re so sorry for your loss and heartache. Your sounds like your mom lived a full and wonderful life. I’m sure she’s found peace and love in her new life and will be forever missed by all. Love Carol and Paul Lecesse

  14. So sorry to hear this Renee sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time

  15. MOMS “GIRLS”

    Your voice is stilled—but our hearts will be forever be filled with your never ending LOVE for us!!!

  16. Carolyn Cribbie

    So sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She had an amazing ability to make people feel like they were the most important person in the room. She was a fantastic person and will certainly be missed by many.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie

  17. Sorry the loss of a great person! My father still mentions her from many years back. She was always so nice to talk with.

  18. Girls, sorry to hear about your mother. I have great memories of her she was a great lady and neighbor to me. Your mom treated me like I was one of her own kids. And I still tell stories of her yelling out the window, Rafferty I know it you. Go home. We had great times up in your yard and house.she always asked me about my family when I would see her. Sorry for your loss she will be missed!

  19. My deepest sympathies for the loss of my beloved Aunt and Godmother. She was always smiling, always loving and caring. Rest In Peace

  20. To Irene’s family,
    Irene was like my second Mom and Grandma to my kids while I lived at the house. I’ll never forget her kindness or her great stories. She was so strong and amazing and she could never sit still, no matter how much we tried!
    I’m so glad I got to see her here in Florida one last time. I’m so sorry for your loss and wish I could hug you all. Love Maureen, Phil Alex and Bethany

  21. Daniel Sabatino

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our love and prayers 🙏 are with you. Love Madeline and Dan Sabatino.

  22. margarette masotta

    I am saddened to read of Irene’s passing.Every time I saw her she was so cheerful and happy.I enjoyed the conversations with her. Take care of yourselves ad each other. With sincere thoughts M argarette Masota

  23. Irene's family

    This morning the strongest women we know, our mom and nana transitioned to heaven from her home..

    It could not have been a more perfect beautiful experience

    Our family was so blessed with the time spent these past few days, weeks, months, and year
    not to mention a lifetime of memories…

  24. Eileen and Paul Cudmore

    So sad to hear of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this awful time. Love to you all.

  25. My deepest sympathy and condolences for your family. Auntie Irene will be forever loved and remembered by me for the wonderful loving person that she always was. She was an angel on earth, and now in Heaven.

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