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Margaret A. (Oberley) LaPierre

HAVERHILL: Margaret A. (Oberley) LaPierre of Bradford passed away at the blessed age of 93 on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. Her passing on the last day of Summer was befitting to her as the proverbial Last Rose of Summer, survivor of almost all her generation's family and friends. More gracious times passed with her.

The youngest child of Catholic Polish/Slavic immigrants, Margaret Alice Oberley was born in Oliver 111 near Uniontown, PA on April 15, 1917. Margaret's young life played out the epic events following the First World War. At 1 1/2, the Spanish Influenza of 1918 deprived her of her mother, Maria (Lopotovski) Oberley. Her father John soon joined his family of six motherless siblings with the widow Veronica Claya's four, with more soon to follow.

Squeezed between the two families, young Margaret was anxious to leave the severe work of the family dairy farm. So at just 14, with one hundred thousand others, she made her way in the midst of the Great Depression to seek a living in New York City. There she began a long career as a dedicated Nanny that would crown her beloved Second Mother to dozens of children over the next 70 years.

At 19 green-eyed Margaret married Ernest LaPierre and bore two sons, Ernest, Jr. (deceased) and Robert James, before moving to her husband's hometown of Bradford, MA, which she called home for her last 70 years. She also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Foss and Peg Sutherland both of Bradford. Besides three children and their spouses, Alson Foss and Linda (Polano) LaPierre of Shalimar, FL. Margaret is survived by at least ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and their families.
Her family would like to extend special Thanks to the memory of veteran James E. Miner for his assistance.

Margaret took special pleasure in nature, gardening and preserving. A widow for her last four decades, she remained undaunted at such single-handed tasks as paper-hanging and stonemasonry. A lifelong pedestrian, this is a woman who invented the power-walk. She cast her cares upon God and Jesus, and loved to hear songs of praise, despairing that she herself had hardly been able to carry a tune. Humble as
water, Margaret was a rock not only to her family but to others who knew and depended on her openhanded hospitality and cheerful fortitude.

Second only to "Mother", Margaret identified and distinguished herself as a Fabric Artist of exquisite
precision and array. Raised among old-country quilters and lace tatters, the citified country girl expanded her seamstress' horizons by also mastering the divergent skills of custom tailoring, upholstering and leatherwork. Until her eyesight finally failed her, there was nothing Margaret's clever hands could not do; nor anyone her generous heart would not do it for. She's more than earned the affectionate title of "Mamma Pia".

Friends are invited to the funeral Saturday, Sept. 25th , at 8:30 AM at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 AM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 166 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH (Rt. 93N, rt. of exit 8, rt. on Union St., and then 1st rt.). Calling hours will be 5-7 PM Friday, Sept. 24th . Interment at Linwood Cemetery.

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