Louise P. Houle, 90
Northborough – Louise P. (Roche) Healy Houle, 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010 at Beaumont of Northborough. She was predeceased by her first husband, Edward J. Healy II, in 1951 and her second husband, Joseph A. Houle, in 1992.
Born in Westborough, the daughter of John W. Roche and Justine (Bette) Forsythe, she graduated from New Rochelle High School in New York and the Peacock School of Hair Design in Worcester, where she went on to be an instructor.
She leaves five children, Michael R. Healy and his wife, Penny, of Shrewsbury; Kathleen Ledoux and her husband, Ronald, of Northborough; Edward J. Healy III and his wife, Donna, of Westborough; Suzanne Houle of Northborough; and James J. Houle and Michelle Tebo of Grafton. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, Michael Healy and wife Michelle of Auburn, Shane Healy of Millbury, Drew Balunas and wife Kristen of Marblehead, Kimberly Murphy and husband Sean of Harvard, Michelle Wardell and husband Witt of Ohio, Dr. Matthew Ledoux and wife Dr. Stacey Applegate of Virginia, Edward J. Ledoux of Northborough, Jason Healy and wife Shelena of Dennis, Cody Abolin, Vaughn and Shawna Houle of Northborough and Ryan Tamulevicz of Grafton, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Houle was active in Northborough for the past 57 years. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, where she was involved in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a member of the Alter Society and its President from 1968 to 1970, taught CCD for 26 years, served six years on the parish council and was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Women’s Club. She was a Girl Scout leader for 25 years and a regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the Northborough Women’s Club since 1959 and the Northborough Garden Club, serving several terms as President, and was active in both organizations up to her passing.
A member of the Democratic Town Committee, she was selected to attend five Democratic State Conventions. In 2002, she was chosen to be Northborough’s Grand Marshal of the Applefest Parade. In 1966, she and her husband chaired the Northborough Bicentennial Ball and she was the Bicentennial mistress of ceremonies at the fashion show. She served for two years on the Northborough Historical Commission and was on the Village Improvement Society, which restored the downtown Lion Monument. She was appointed to the Northborough Community Affairs Committee in 1983 and in 1985 started the annual town cleanup drive which she chaired up to this year.
Mrs. Houle was especially proud of her efforts as a member of the Northborough Nurses Association and enjoyed helping people. In addition to her community efforts, she was a real estate agent for several years, working for Dorothy Hickox Realtor, and was an Avon distributor and a sales person for the Peacock Gallery in Sudbury and Northborough. She also worked many years for the Town of Northborough at the election polls and as a teller at the annual Town meeting.
She most enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and gardening in her yard.
Calling hours will be Sunday Jan. 2, from 1-4 p.m., at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. A funeral Mass will be Monday Jan. 3 at 10 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St., Northborough. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Northborough Helping Hands, P.O. Box 383, Northborough, MA 01532 or the St. Rose of Lima Youth Ministry. For online condolences, please visit www.haysfuneralhome.com.
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