Gisèle de la Bourlière dit Laplante Spiegelthal was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed away on February 28, 2022, at age 90.
She was born to Léon Laplante and Adrienne Paradis Laplante on September 20, 1931 in St. Pascal, Kamouraska, Canada. After graduating from college with a nursing degree she worked as a nurse in Canada, where she met her future husband, Edwin Spiegelthal. Gisèle and Edwin were married on October 9, 1955 in Ottawa, Canada. Shortly thereafter the couple moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, where their first child was born. In addition to Robert, they had four more children, David, Lisa, Nicole and Anne. After a long illness, Edwin passed away on March 4, 1986.
Gisèle loved spending time with her children, and then her seven grandchildren: Michael and Tommy Esposito; Laurel, Margaux, and Valerie Spiegelthal; and Amelia and Hannah Ack; and when time and health allowed, pursuing her passions for tennis, painting, sewing, knitting, gardening, bike-riding, walking (especially around Greenbelt Lake, which she lived near for over five decades), and listening to music, particularly opera and Edith Piaf, though surprisingly also the music of the 60s, which she first heard her children playing.
Gisèle loved her siblings and her parents, all of whom remained in Canada, and she brought her own children and husband to visit with them as time and finances allowed. She was the 4th of 10 children, who were, from oldest to youngest, Madeleine, Yvon, Lilianne, Guy, Yolande, Suzanne, Carmen, Noella and Claudette. She is predeceased by all but Carmen and Guy, who both live in Gisèle’s hometown of St. Pascal.
A celebration of life is scheduled for June 8, 2022 at Greenbelt Lake, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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