Harriet E. Descheneaux of Lowell, MA

5760 DescheneauxMrs. Harriet E. (Lawrenson) Descheneaux, 86, of Lowell, MA, died  Friday night, April 1, 2016 at the Heritage Skilled Nursing Center in Lowell, MA.

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.

8 Condolences for Harriet E. Descheneaux of Lowell, MA

    Tom and Diane Webber

    Our deepest condolences to everyone. Harriet was such a great lady. I remember going to the campground with Maura to visit Moe and Harriet they were always so welcoming. Tom remembers her eating apple pie and skim milk for lunch every day when she worked at St. Joe’s and he would tease her that the skim milk took all the calories away.! She will be missed by all of us, but we have to remember she is happy and at peace now. Love to everyone


    Lise tucker

    Our deepest sympathies to Ernie and the family. Harriet was a wonderful lady – kind, respectful. Loved her boys ! May you all find peace knowing that she is in God’s hands.
    George and Lise


    Maribeth ONeil

    Ernie, I know you loved your mother dearly. I remember the story you wrote years ago, in a UML class with Marlowe Miller—about how you first learned to love reading as a result of those bedtime stories your mother read to you. I am sorry for your loss. Maribeth


    Karen joslyn

    I am heartbroken to hear the news. Your mom was a wonderful women. I had the opportunity to work with her at Pawtucketville for a few years where I got to know her and to hear stories of love and pride for her family. She was remarkable and will be truley missed.


    Mike & Bumpy Richard

    Ernie, Paul & Jimmy – Your Mom was one of the best, prayers for you an the rest of the family
    R.I.P Mrs. D…


    Tom Logan

    Ernie, Paul and Jimmy – my condolences I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make it to the wake and funeral. I’ll have celebrate her life without you guys. Your Mom is the Best! Only Great memories. Lots of laughter! Love you guys – Tom


    Rebecca Runion

    My condolences to the entire Descheneaux family. I’m thinking of you all and sending lots of love your way. Xo


    Rachel Normandin

    So sorry to hear the sad news. She was an amazing person. She made the world a better place. When I think of her – it just makes me smile. So sorry for your loss.

    Rachel Normandin


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