LACONIA- Helena B. Bouffard, 92, a resident of Laconia since 2017, passed away Friday, April 28th at the Granite VNA Hospice House surrounded by love.
Born August 11, 1930 in Walpole, MA, she was the daughter (1 of 9 children) of Emile and Marie (Fournier) Pelletier.
Helena was a 1948 graduate of Walpole High School, then becoming a Capital Airlines Stewardess before marrying and becoming a loving mother of 6. She moved to Pembroke NH to join the love of her life, Lucien Bouffard, before retiring as a Lounge Manager for Howard Johnson’s Queen City. She proceeded to take in children for daycare, which brought her great joy, before moving to St Petersburg Florida with her husband, several family members and friends.
Helena was very active in her community and world. She was an auxiliary member of the VFW, AMVETS and the American Legion. Helena was AMVETS (St Petersburg FL) Women of the Year in 2014, recognized for sending gift packages overseas to our military and supporting disabled veterans. Helena was very charitable, sending love to St Jude’s, Doctors without Borders, Alzheimer's research, St Joseph's Indian and Food for the Poor, just to name a few that are close to her heart.
Besides her parents, Helena was predeceased by her husband, Lucien Bouffard; 2 sons, Steven Button, and Alan Button; stepson, Darren Bouffard; 4 siblings: Omer (Linola)Pelletier, Raymond (Phyllis)Pelletier, Roland (Muriel) Pelletier, Florence (Arthur) Simoni; brother-in-laws, Ken Smith and Peter Straehl and many other family and friends she held very dear.
Helena is survived by her daughter, Kelli Towle (Michael Duhaime) of Laconia NH, Anthony (Carleen) Button of Walkon MN, Howard Button and Bryan Button both of Manchester NH, Kenneth(Janice) Button of Hudson FL as well her daughter-in-laws, Jodi Button, Debbie Button and Doris Button and her son-in-law, Glenn Towle. She also leaves her husband's children, Michael Bouffard of Pembroke, Ronald (June) Bouffard of Comstock MI, Patricia (Brad) Plant of Concord NH, David (Evelyn) Bouffard of Allenstown NH. She is also survived by her siblings: Francis (Joanne) Pelletier of Dover NH, Claire Pelletier of Walpole MA, Rose Straehl of Laconia NH, Theresa Smith of Fort Mohave AZ, and her brother-in-law, Maurice (Dorothy) Bouffard; as well as 25 grandchildren, 27 greatgrandchildren, who always had a very special place in her heart, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Helena loved fiercely, having many sons, daughters and grandchildren from other mothers, believing that family are friends you find along the way.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 5 to 7 P.M. in The Roan Family Funeral Home, 167 Main St. Pembroke. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 5th at 10:30 A.M. in St. John the Baptist Church, Allenstown. Interment will follow at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helena’s memory may be sent to her local food pantry, LRVC, 175 Mechanic St. Laconia NH 03246 or online at LakesRegionVineyard.org. Please specify Food Pantry with your donation. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.roanfamilyfuneral.com