Dolores Leary of Ludlow passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family, on Monday, January 16, 2023. She was 88. Daughter of the late Albert and Irene (Lambert) LaPierre, she was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 22, 1934. Dolores was the oldest of five children. She worked for many years as a floral designer at Grey Nook Florist and then Harold’s Flower Shop. In her youth Dolores was a fashionista who enjoyed getting dressed up and going out on the town. Dolores married the love of her life Arthur Leary on January 23, 1954. Arthur and Dolores were together over 36 years until his death in April of 1990.
Dolores loved spending time with family, and especially enjoyed vacations with her husband in Ogunquit, Maine. Walks on the Marginal Way were her favorite. She loved to dance. She loved her dog, Buddy. She never met a hot fudge sundae that she didn’t like.
Dolores was predeceased by her sister Joan Cote, her brother-in-laws Carl Fisher and Jim Thompson. She is survived by her sisters Diane Thompson, Elaine Fisher and brother Raymond LaPierre and her loving children Cheryl Matthess and husband Albert of Ludlow, Michael Leary and wife Susan of Chicopee and Karen Leary of Ludlow. She also leaves grandchildren Elizabeth and husband Matt, Nicholas, Jennifer and husband Pedro, Amanda and husband Adam and Jessica; and her great grandchildren Alexis, Jameson, Jaxson, Gabriel and Abagail.
There will be a small service for immediate family members only.
Dolores’s family would like to thank Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care in honor of Dolores at holyokevna.org/donate.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care in honor of Dolores at holyokevna.org/donate.