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Letter

LaPlante’s life and love shine through

To the editor:

Miss Sunshine’s rays have now gone out for the last time. I want to recognize the untimely death of Laura LaPlante with short recognition of her abbreviated life and reflect on what might have been.

Last Tuesday, Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Jaffrey to wish her well and to say thanks for the joy and happiness she brought to all who came within her gift of love.

I was unable to share these last moments at the service, but I had a parishioner reflect on the event. Words of appreciation, hope and kindness were heard as presenters added to her message of love .

The family’s influence on Laura reflects itself in every word, friends, family, priests, bishop and educational acquaintance expressed. Would that others shared the gift of love she was endowed with.

While Laura was a beautiful spirit, a caring friend, and a great athlete, she also performed the studies she pursued. In the end it’s hard to imagine what might have been, but as Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci suggested, he would like others who come under her influence for good to tell him of their personal experience.

I was surprised to learn Monsignor Gerry from Divine Mercy Parish in Peterborough, Father Wilfred “Bill” Deschamps from St. Patrick in Jaffrey and Father Kelley from Nashua were participants, and the Bishop of the Manchester Diocese led the service.

We have been blessed by her vision of what can be when we work at it.

Fran Chapman

Peterborough

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