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Gloria T. LaBarre, 87, of Roxbury Road, Keene, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021, at Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene, surrounded by her family following a brief illness.

Her parents, Josephine K. (Foohey) and Harold G. Black Sr., accepted their daughter into the world on July 28, 1934, in Keene. Gloria worked at former Robert Hart Shoe Manufacturing at Keene, and later with Concord Labs for 23 years. However, her greatest role is as homemaker, wife and mother. Gloria found great comfort in the cottage she and her husband Joe built in 1965 at Russell Reservoir in Harrisville. Many special memories were created there with her children and later with grandchildren and great -grandchildren. She loves the ocean, traveling to Maine to enjoy the sites and to visit the Nubble Lighthouse. She is a great cook, and preparing food for family reunions and meals means the world to Gloria. Her favorite family gathering is on Christmas Eve, preparing a feast for all her family, friends and anyone who wants to join the celebration, including the children waiting for Santa’s arrival, which will bring each child a gift, secretly given by Gloria, Santa’s Elf. This tradition has continued for 50 years and has brought joy and fond memories to so many.

She is survived by her four children: Jo-Anne L. Yardley and husband Steven, of Roxbury; Joseph A. LaBarre Jr. and his wife, Sylvia, of Swanzey; Jay A. LaBarre of Fitzwilliam; and John D. LaBarre and his wife, Tina, of Swanzey; his grandchildren: Emily Yardley and wife Travis Gontz, of Fayetteville, Pa.; Joseph A. LaBarre III, of Swanzey; Courtney Welch and her husband, Shawn, of Berwick, Maine; Erika Russell and her husband Dan, of Swanzey; Shelbie LaBarre of Keene; Kade LaBarre of Fitzwilliam; Jesse LaBarre of Fitzwilliam; and Hannah LaBarre of Swanzey; 17 great -grandchildren; his best friend, Mary Schnyer of Keene and Faith Cody of Danville, Va.. and many nieces, nephews and family. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Joseph A. LaBarre Sr., on March 31, 2016; and 10 siblings.

The family will hold funeral and burial services at St. Joseph Cemetery, Keene, in private. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff on the third floor at Cheshire Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care given to Gloria.

For those who wish, donations can be made in Mrs. LaBarre’s memory to the Maplewood Resident’s Activity Fund, 201 River Road, Westmoreland NH 03467. Keene’s Foley Funeral Home is assisting the family with organizing.


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