Obituary of Margaret LeClair
Margaret E. (Gero) LeClair, 90, formerly of High St., Thorndike left this earth to be with the Lord on October 15th, 2022. She was born August 26, 1932 in Mooers Forks, NY to the late Henry and Emma (LaValley) Gero. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Roland; brothers Alfred, Victor, Earl, and Donald, sisters Doris, and Cora and grandson Matthew. She is survived by sisters Mildred Momaney and Lily Record of Brattleboro, VT and Mary Oates of Greenfield, MA. She leaves behind her daughter Nancy Dranka and her husband Richard with whom she resided in Bondsville, sons Roland LeClair of Wilbraham, Alan LeClair of San Diego, and daughter Donna Mason and her husband Robert of Three Rivers, a daughter-in-law Suzanne LeClair and son-in-law David Kosloski. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Margaret moved to Massachusetts from Vermont with her husband and family in 1963. She worked for several local businesses over the years and retired in 1991as manager of the Salvation Army store in Palmer, a job that she loved. Gardening was something she enjoyed immensely, often sharing her vegetables with family and neighbors. Another of her hobbies was identifying the birds that would come to her backyard feeders and keeping them safe from neighborhood cats that might stray into the yard. She loved nature, flowers, and her dog Molly who until last year was her shadow and faithful companion. A self-taught master of all trades she could fix any household problem with a few small tools and her ingenuity. God blessed her with an abundance of good old “common sense” and a quick wit that could bring laughter to any conversation.
A member of St. Anne’s Parish in Three Rivers for many years and then of New Birth Christian Church in Thorndike, Margaret shared in many a pot luck supper while enjoying the company of her church family. As a born again Christian, her relationship with Jesus Christ was very important to her and everyday she would set aside time to read her Bible. When presented with an opportunity, she did not hesitate to share the “good news” and to pray for those in need. She loved the Lord and was not ashamed to show it.
Holidays were always special. The family would gather together, retelling funny stories of past events and enjoying the delicious meals she prepared with love, which always included several varieties of pies. Get togethers would always end with hugs and “love you” all around and that meant the world to her. She loved her family, always.
We would like to thank Overlook Visiting Nurse & Hospice for their compassion, care and guidance during a difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Margaret’s name. There will be a private graveside ceremony for family at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Three Rivers.