Irma Praetsch Obituary, 73

Irma Praetsch
Irma C. Praetsch, 73, of Woodstock died at her home on Sept. 6 of stage 4-lung cancer.
Daughter of Martin and Gertrude (Champney) Lavalette and sister of four older brothers was born on Sept. 22, 1944 in Bolton.
The family moved to Sharon on Feb. 1948 where she grew up and attended the Sharon Elementary School and South Royalton High School.
She married Richard A. Praetsch of Needham, Massachusetts’s son of Robert and Margaret (Ziegler) Preatsch, on Jan. 5, 1963.
She was a member of the Sharon Congregational Church and Lady Washington Chapter, No. 86, Order of the Eastern Star, Chelsea, and Vermont. She was a 50 plus year member of the Order.
Irma and her husband lived in Needham, Massachusetts for three years where their two oldest daughters were born. Then they bought a home in Milford, Massachusetts where they lived until 1972 moving back to Sharon, where they lived for over 30 years before moving to White River Jct. then to Woodstock, in 2007.
She enjoyed cooking, taking care of their home, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, gardening, reading, knitting, hunting, fishing, and crafts on her computer.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years; three daughters; Linda Moore and husband Leslie of Sharon, Wendy Praetsch and partner Richard Broughton of White River Jct., and Paula Welch and husband Jerry of Tunbridge; eight grandchildren; Matthew, Kenneth, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Rachel, and Andrew Moore of Sharon, and Thomas and Robert Ingham of Tunbridge; four granddaughter-in-laws; Sylvia, Willow and Karina Moore of Sharon, and Lindsey Ingham of Tunbridge; four great-grandsons; Maple, Meadow, Ripple, and Mason of Sharon; three great-granddaughters; Eleora and Heidi of Sharon, and Sabrina Ingham of Tunbridge; three brothers; Donald Lavalette and wife Patricia of Claremont, New Hampshire, Roland Lavalette and his wife Evelyn of Franklin, New Hampshire and Gerald Lavalette and his wife Joyce of Concord, New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and oldest brother Sgt. Harold J. Lavalette of the U.S.M.C. and a nephew David Lavalette.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Irma to the Anatomical Gift Program, Department of Anatomy, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, NH 03755.
The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting the family, an online guest book can be found at

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