She was married to the late Maurice L. Descheneaux who died on Feb. 10, 1988.
Born in Lowell, MA on July 1, 1929, the daughter of the late Harry and Helen (Shea) Lawrenson. She was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1947, she attended Fisher College.
Over the years she was employed as a receptionist at the Courier Citizen Corp., was a buyer for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell, MA, and in 1980 she joined Wang Laboratories where she was a Mechanical Buyer with the Research and Development, until her retirement in 1993, and then worked part time at the University of Mass. Lowell in Regional Economic & Social Development Dept., and she volunteered at Lowell General Hospital, at the out-patient area registration desk. She also was a License Real Estate Agent. Harriet was a volunteer grandmother at Pawtucketville Memorial School in Lowell, MA
She was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church, and was a past member of the church’s Blessed Virgin Sodality.
In the early 1950’s she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, where she held the office of Vice Regent.
She is survived by three sons, Ernest J. and his wife Laurie (Tucker) Descheneaux of Lowell, MA, Paul R. Descheneaux of Nashua, NH, James E. and his wife Paula (Vivier) Descheneaux of Lowell, MA, a son-in-law Robert Polewarczyk of Derry, NH, and a sister-in-law Antoinette (Danas) Lawrenson of Lowell, MA, eight grandchildren, Paul R. Descheneaux Jr. of Saugus, MA, Stacey J. Haddad of Auburn, NH, Lindsay E. Descheneaux of Londonderry, NH, Tyler M. and Ryan J. Descheneaux, Tucker J., Luke J. and Jake E. Descheneaux all of Lowell, MA, and two great grandsons, Declan P. and Nolan F. Descheneaux. Harriet is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Maura Polewarczyk of Hudson, NH, who died on May 8, 2002, and was the sister of the late Henry and his wife Eleanor (Peltier) Lawrenson of Dracut, MA, the late Ernest Lawrenson, Richard Lawrenson all of Lowell, MA.
Visiting hours Tues. 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral Wed. at 10 a.m. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Rita’s Church. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.