Beatrice V. LaRoche

Died: Fri., Aug. 24, 2012


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 29, 2012
Location: Poliks Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Aug. 30, 2012
Location: Poliks Funeral Home

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GARDNER - Beatrice V. (Kuzmicki) (Pilkovsky) LaRoche of 25 Crawford St. died peacefully at home on Friday, August 24, 2012 after a brief illness.

She was born May 9th, 1926 in Gardner MA daughter of John Kuzmicki and Helen (Narkiewicz) (Kuzmicki) Pilkovsky.

              Beatrice grew up in Gardner and graduated from Gardner High School with the class of 1944. While at Gardner High Beatrice was very active in field hockey and basketball. She was recognized as the "Best Athlete" in the class of 1944 and on October 1, 2005 she was inducted into the Gardner High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

              Beatrice’s most notable title was that of "First Female Letter Carrier." She carried this title during WWII. Her hardest delivery was a letter to her mom informing her that her son Eddie who was serving in the US AIR Force was missing in action. Beatrice also worked at the Florence Stove and Thayer Mattress.

            After her family were grown and gone she provided home health care for many years in the greater Gardner area.

Beatrice was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was their chaplain for many years and played on the American Legion II Pool League.  Bowling was another one of her passions, bowling many years out of the Gardner Ten Pins lanes.

During the last couple of years she enjoyed knitting and crocheting for family and friends. In her spare time she watched the Boston Red Sox, she was an avid fan.

            She was a communicant of St Josephs Church and a member of the Holy Rosary Sodality.

She leaves three children; one daughter, Kathleen Letendre and her husband Forrest (Chet) Letendre of Acworth GA; two sons, Brian LaRoche of Temecula CA and Bruce LaRoche and wife Linda of Hubbardston; she also leaves many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

              Beatrice was pre-deceased by her husband Edward C "Sonny" LaRoche who died in 1988; by three sisters, Jennie Zigas, Eleanor Zigas and Regina Taylor; and by two brothers Edward Pilkovsky and Dimitri "Jim" Pilkovsky.

            A service will be held at Poliks Funeral Home, 431 Pleasant St., Gardner on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Johns Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012, from 5 to 7 in the Poliks Funeral Home, 431 Pleasant St. Gardner.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that a memorial contribution be made in her memory to a charity of one's choice.

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Poliks Funeral Home 431 Pleasant St., Gardner is directing arrangements.



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Buttons and Dan
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Dear Kathy, Bruce, Brian and Families.

What a wonderful picture of your Mother. Fond memories of the PACC beach, diving board, snack bar, swimming, picnics and the flag pole on the beach. St. Joseph’s Church, breakfast and long conversations. Your Mother was an amazing person, hard worker, firm, and honest, caring, and loving. We will always remember her smile, bright eyes and her friendly voice. She will be missed and remembered by all the lives she touched. With Deepest Sympathy.
Love and a hug.
Buttons and Dan

Ted & Ginny Reid
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Mrs. B, as we called her at Ten Pins, was one of the best friends that one could ever want. God now has a wonderful new angel.

God Bless,
Ted & Ginny Reid

Donna McCaie
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
My deepest regrets for the loss of your mother, I remember the summer days at the pacc, she was always there under the big pine tree, with blanket and towels, and you guys, those were great times, and she was a great friend too all, she will be missed but never forgotten, my memories of growing up on conant street and your family on crawford along with other great family"s will remain in my heart forever.
Donna (LeBlanc) McCaie

Sue Bettey
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Kathy & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom''''s passing. You are in my thoughts. I will never forget how kind you were to me years ago.

Sue Bettey

Jane Parrish Hall
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Thank you for calling, Kathy, to let me know of your Mom''s passing. I will pass it on to all the remaining Parrish family. Bea, as we knew her, was a significant person in our lives; she worked for Auntie Grace and for the Parrish family for years; she -with you, Kathy - took care of my Dad''s home and yard after my Mom died; she organized a group of caretakers to see that my Dad was well and lovingly cared for in his home after his stroke; and she and Kathy cleaned our summer camps for many years. I will especially miss her wonderful sense of humor!

My sympathy, love and blessings to you, Kathy, and Brian and Bruce. I see her resting in peace and singing with the angels.

Jane Parrish Hall

Lori (Rumery) Szoc
   Posted Tue August 28, 2012
I remember Bea taking care of our Grandmother''''''''s home on Elm St. when we were kids. And then helping out our mother in East Templeton. We all remember her fondly.
Then when we lost a brother and two sisters, there was Bea in the back of the church at their funerals. Showing us that she too remembered us fondly. You just can''''''''t fake that kind of sincerity.
I''''''''m sure I can speak for my brother''''''''s and sisters and send our deepest sympathy, along with our fondest memories of Bea.

Thank you.
Lori (Rumery) Szoc

Jane Baxter
   Posted Tue August 28, 2012
I knew Bea my whole life. I loved her very much- she was a part of our family and she will always be in my heart.

Biff Zub
   Posted Wed August 29, 2012
Memories of PACC and good times. Both Moms enjoyed the times also.
Sorry for your Sorrows.

carrie hannula
   Posted Wed August 29, 2012
Kathy-sending mythoughts,prayers&condolences on the loss of your mother.

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