Westfield, MA and Port St. Lucie, FL – Dorothy (Dot) Laura (Cooper) LaFreniere. It is with heavy hearts that Dot’s family announces her passing, Saturday, November 5, 2022, at home with loving family by her side. She was born in Westfield, MA to the late John and Beatrice (LaFogg) Cooper. She attended Westfield Schools. On November 9, 1946, she married Louis (Duke) LaFreniere, Sr. They raised three children: Louis LaFreniere, Jr. (Debbie) of Becket, MA and Claire Cooper (Bruce) of Russell, MA. Their daughter, Colleen Cooper (David) and Dot (Grandma Dear) have been inseparable and joined at the hip, since childhood, and Claire and Colleen teamed up as her devoted caregivers, alternating day and night shifts, seeing her through her intermittent trying medical obstacles, until the end.
She was predeceased by her husband Louis (Duke) LaFreniere and daughter Jane (Terry) Jones of Titusville, FL. Five brothers: John Cooper Jr., William Cooper, Kenneth Krupa, Fredrick Krupa, and Robert Cooper. One sister Shirley Broadhurst.
She is survived by one sister Marilyn (Butchie), her husband Don Starzyk. Sisters-in-law Joan Krupa and Teresa Burzynski. Six grandchildren: Bruce II (Valerie) Cooper of Blandford, MA, Colleen Cooper (David Proctor) of Russell, MA, Judd (Jaime) LaFreniere of Becket, MA, Travis (Natalie) LaFreniere of Suffield, CT, Cory LaFreniere of Becket, MA, Sean (Samantha) Jones of Savannah, GA, Tyler (Stephanie) Jones, and Zack Jones of Lawrenceville, GA. Eleven great-grandchildren: Sara and Kelsey LaFreniere, Alexis and Jacob Cooper, Jack and Rachel LaFreniere, Philip, Terra, Mila, Monroe, and Piper Jones. Many nieces and nephews.
Dot was a caring and loving person with many friends, especially a sister-like Florida friend, Marie Nowacki who has the same exact items in her house. They bought the same things over the years. After being a devoted mom and homemaker, she worked for fond and loyal friends Carol and Roger Slate’s Building 451, where she said she was their best customer. Spending most of her wages buying items she didn’t need and spoiling her grandchildren. Dot enjoyed sunflowers, robins, word search puzzles, Phase 10, Sequence, and puzzles. But, most of all she loved her customized photo calendars made by Jaime and Colleen to watch everyone grow through the years as she enjoyed summers in Becket and winters in Florida.
On Saturday, November 12th, the visiting hours will be 10 AM-12 PM, followed by the funeral and graveside service at Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, please address donations to The Dorothy LaFreniere Fuel Assistance Fund care of Colleen Cooper.