BROOKFIELD — Elena “Lena” (Sandole) Langlois, 95, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, Worcester, after an illness.
She leaves her beloved husband and life partner of 45 years, Robert L. Langlois; her beloved seven nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, along with several cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Arthur Sandole, her two sisters, Mary Arsenault and Laura Wojtas and three nephews. She was born in Southbridge the daughter of Fileno and Rosalina (Fortucci) Sandole.
Lena worked as an office manager for Westwood Textile Co. in Southbridge for many years, retiring many years ago. She also worked part time at Mathieu’s Shoe Store in Southbridge for many years. Lena had a lifelong affection for children, particularly for those in need. Lena made a donation in memory of her mother for the construction of a school building to provide education to underprivileged children in Savanna Du Bois, Marigot, Haiti. She traveled to Haiti in 2018, at the age of 92, and continued to support the school through fund raising for the Light of Education Foundation. She was a woman of deep faith and was an active member of her beloved St Anne-St Patrick Parish and St Anne’s Shrine in Fiskdale for decades, providing countless hours of service until recent illness. Some of her many roles included serving as Eucharistic Minister and lector. She headed the Environmental Committee and was known as “the flower lady” and founded the Memorial Garden project. She worked tirelessly with the committee for the annual Novena to St Anne. She was the recipient is service awards from the parish and the Diocese of Worcester. She loved to entertain and was famous for her delicious muffins and pizzelles. She died never having gotten old. At 95 she died young. She will be severely missed.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a Mass at 10:00am in St. Anne’s Church, 16 Church St., Sturbridge. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Light of Education Foundation, P.O. Box 183, Malden, MA 02148.