Lydia M. (Lannaville) CastonguayMarch 22, 1928 ~ April 4, 2017 (age 89)
Lydia M. (Lannaville) Castonguay, age 89, of Woodstock, formally of Putnam, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Westview Health Care Center, Dayville, where she has been a resident for the past year.
Lydia was born in Woonsocket, RI on March 22, 1928, daughter of the late Arthur and Mabel (Gaumond) Lannaville and was educated in the Putnam school system. On August 18, 1945, she married Donald P. Castonguay Sr., with whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage, until his passing on December 20, 2008.
She leaves her son, Michael P. Castonguay and his wife Judith "Judy" Castonguay of Woodstock; five grandchildren, Michelle Comtois and her husband Mark Comtois of Dayville, Thomas Castonguay and his wife Rebecca Castonguay of Del Valle, Texas, Kara Wilk of Woodstock, Jackie Wilk of Oxford, MA and Mikayla Wilk of Lexington, KY; six great-grandchildren, Tyler Castonguay, Alyssa Comtois, Christopher Comtois, Corinne Castonguay, Kaylee Castonguay and Eli Andrade; two great-great-granddaughters, Olivia and Aubree; a daughter-in-law, Christine Castonguay of Putnam; a brother-in-law, Harvey Bennett of Putnam; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dick and Mildred Cole of Belchertown, MA; several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Lydia was predeceased by a son, Donald P. "Butch" Castonguay Jr. of Putnam, by a brother, Arthur "Sonny" Lannaville and by her three sisters, Rose Boucher of Putnam, Alma "Elsie" Bennett of Putnam and Jeannette Preston of Thompson.
In her younger years, Lydia worked at Ace Cleaners as a press operator and after the birth of her children was a homemaker. For many years, she and Donald lived on Mill Street in Putnam, before moving to St. Onge Apartments where she became affectionately known as "the Mayor" and enjoyed spending time with "the ladies" of St. Onge apartments. Although she did not travel often, one of her favorite memories was a family trip to Disney World in Florida. She enjoyed ceramics, bingo and eating sweets. Additionally, she looked forward to and enjoyed her annual birthday celebration at either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun casino, playing slots and enjoying the buffet. Lydia loved spending time with her family, which was more than evident, a couple years ago, when Mike and Judy hosted the Lannaville family reunion, with a vast majority of her remaining family and friends attending. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxillary at the V.F.W. in Putnam and served as a chaplain for many years at the Putnam Grange.
Visitation for Lydia will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, beginning at 1:00 pm in the Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School Street, Webster, MA, with a prayer service at 2:30 pm, celebrated by Rev. Tom Meyer. Private burial will be in Abington Cemetery, where she will rest beside her beloved husband Donald. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may light a candle or post a message of condolence.