Obituaries: Shirley ‘Gayle’ LaVoie

Shirley “Gayle” (Whitman) LaVoie, 81, of Barton, VT, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Maple Lane Nursing Home, Barton, VT.  Gayle was born in Milford, MA on July 13, 1935 and was a daughter of the late Frederic and Cecil Mae Walker Whitman.  Gayle lived most of her life in Bristol prior to moving to Vermont in 2014.  Gayle retired from Quality Coils, enjoyed traveling in her later years and crocheting.  Gayle is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Samuel L. LaVoie, Jr. and Susan Williams-LaVoie, of Chesapeake, VA, two grandchildren: Stephen Michael LaVoie, of Stamford and June Power, of Fayetteville, NC; a great-granddaughter: Katy Power, of Fayetteville, NC: her niece; Judy (Divitto) Parmenter and a nephew: Robert A. Divitto.  She was predeceased by her longtime companion: Andrew Bedard; a brother: Robert Garrity; and a sister: Mary Divitto.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12 PM at the Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.  Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday between 6 and 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.  Please visit Gayle’s memorial website at