Sentinel & Enterprise Fitchburg, MA
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Doris M. Pelletier
of Fitchburg; 88
Doris M. Pelletier, 88, died peacefully early Monday morning, March 29, 2010, at the Life Care Center (The Highlands), Fitchburg, where she resided for the last nine years.
Doris was born on November 6, 1921 in Leominster, MA, the oldest daughter of Eugene and Olivine (Valliere) Pelletier.
Doris leaves a sister, Theresa L. Legere of Leominster; and two nieces, Judith A. (Legere) Pierce and her husband, Robert of Fitchburg, and Patricia (Trish) LaVallee and her husband, Michael Rosenzweig of Wilmette, IL. She also leaves two nephews, James D. Legere and wife, Lynn of New Smyrna Beach, FL, and Jan M. Legere of Lunenburg. Doris also left behind a great-niece, Paula Rupp; and a great-great-niece, Noelani Rupp of South Burlington, VT; and a few cousins, including Howard Rivers of Fitchburg. Her former husband, Charles E. Lord, resides in Princeton.
She was predeceased by her sister, Lucille L. LaVallee of South Burlington, VT, and her niece, Nancy (LaVallee) Provencher of Williston, VT.
Doris attended Leominster schools, including St. Cecilia's School while living on French Hill. During her early adult years, Doris led quite an exciting life, often being compared to Lucille Ball.
She was employed as a model in Philadelphia, as well as New York and Lowell, MA during the 1940's.
She enjoyed traveling, spending a year in Turkey in the early 1950's before settling down in Fitchburg.
Doris was a well-known fixture on Main Street in Fitchburg as an outfitter at Parke Snow's Department Store, retiring after 31 years of service.
Following her retirement, Doris refused to slow down. She received her driver's license at age 65, and enjoyed taking long drives with family and friends. You could always find her at a yard sale or a Bingo game.
Doris loved being with the ones she loved, whether taking them out to eat or going for a ride in her latest Crown Victoria. She will be greatly missed.
There will be a graveside service for Doris at a later date. Lavery-Chartrand and Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer Street is assisting the family with final arrangements.