Rita Lavalliere, 96, of Manchester, NH passed away peacefully at her home, 258 Cartier Street on March 25, 2022. Rita was born on October 3, 1925 to the late Gustave and Laura (Beaudoin) Dusseault. She was the loving wife of the late Rene Lavalliere who she was married to for 24 years before he passed away in 1968.
Rita was an avid card player and played up to one week before her death. She loved to play Rummy and taught everyone who would visit how to play. Rita enjoyed going to the Manchester West Side Senior Center as well to play bingo and cards with family and friends. She was a lifelong resident of Manchester, NH. Rita worked for West High School for 15 years retiring at age 75. She was honored as the Mother of Year by Les Coeurs Joyeux (The Happy Hearts) of Manchester in 2000.
She is survived by seven of her children; Richard and wife Lorraine (Smith) Lavalliere, Lorraine (Lavalliere) Boucher and husband Roger, the late Ronald Lavalliere, Maurice and wife Louise (Dionne) Lavalliere, the late Charles Lavalliere and wife Sandra (Huard) Lavalliere, Paul Lavalliere and Tammy Barry, Frank and wife, Diane (MacEachern) Lavalliere, George and wife Mona (Poulin) Lavalliere, and Bill Lavalliere.
Rita was predeceased by two of her children, Charles Lavalliere in 2002, and Ronald Lavalliere in 2012.
Rita is also survived by her grandchildren, Michelle (Lavalliere) Bicirevic and husband Ferid, Lisa Lavalliere, Jennifer (Lavalliere) Boisvert and husband Nathan, Eric Lavalliere and wife Courtney, David Lavalliere, Jesse Lavalliere, Kevin Lavalliere, the late Jeffery Lavalliere, Keith Lavalliere and wife Cassie, Joseph Lavalliere, and Julie (Lavalliere) O’Toole and husband, Patrick. She leaves eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She came from a large family of 11 children. She is survived by her siblings; Theresa Giovanelli and Rene Dusseault. She was predeceased by her siblings, Louis Dusseault, Marie Belanger, Gertrude Lavalliere, Earnest Dusseault, Charles Dusseault, Jeanne Biron, George Dusseault, and Lucille Montminy.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 10:00AM in Ste. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Avenue, Manchester. Interment to follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend. A memorial lunch will follow the service. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Coolidge Ave., Manchester. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Rita Clara Lavalliere to Ste. Marie’s Church, Attn: Madeleine Dionne, 133 Wayne Street, Manchester, NH 03102 378 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester, NH 03102 or to your local Catholic Church. To view Rita’s Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.phaneuf.net.