LEOMINSTER – Dolores Jeanine (Charette) Valeri, 85, of Leominster, MA, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones, on June 2, 2021. Dolores was born in Leominster, MA on August 29, 1935, daughter of Raymond Charette of Leominster and Althea (Legere) Charette of Old Town, ME.
Dolores is survived by her husband of 65 years, Victor Valeri, her children, Pamela Hebert and husband Ricky of Leominster, Michael Valeri and wife Theresa of Orange, Bonnie Fluet and husband Michael of Leominster, Richard Valeri and fiancé Cinda Pittman of Ballston Spa, NY, Stephen Valeri and wife Jennifer of Williamsville, NY, Christopher Valeri and wife Ramona of Danville, NH, and Andrew Valeri and wife Karen of Leominster, her siblings, Betty Haines and husband Joe of Hillsborough, CA, Thomas Charette and wife Susan of Leominster, and Deborah Namvar and husband Babak of Fitchburg, her 16 grandchildren, Kristen, Jonathan, Jenny, Lisa, John, Scott, Elizabeth, Michael, Rebecca, Sara, Thomas, Stephen, Caleb, Joshua, David, Phillip and 24 great-grandchildren to whom she will always be “Nana.”
Dolores was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Althea Charette, her siblings Donald Charette, Raymond Charette, Helen DiPrima, Carol Dignard, and John Charette.
She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Cecelia’s parish, a French Hill native, and a 1953 graduate of St. Bernard’s High School. For over 30 years, she worked as an insurance representative at Legere Insurance and LeBlanc Insurance companies.
Upon retirement, she pursued her many creative passions, enjoying classes at Mt. Wachusett Community College and becoming an active member of a writers’ group. She leaves us with an impressive collection of poetry and other writings on nature, life experiences, and family. She was delighted when her first poem, written for her grandson Stephen, was published in Mature Living magazine.
Dolores enjoyed gardening, quilting, painting, reading, and had a special passion for musical concerts, plays and events. She loved to travel, spend time in York, ME, and family trips to California and France were among her special memories.
Family and friends were always welcome in her home. She was a very proud, encouraging, and supportive mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, whose unforgettable smile, faith in God and family, and genuine desire to listen to all who sought her out, made, for those who knew her best, an ideal mother; for that, her most humble and lasting aim, she will always be at peace.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:00 am, St. Cecilia’s Church, 180 Mechanic Street, Leominster. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch St., Boston, MA 02110.
To leave an online condolence please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com
Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker Street, Leominster is assisting with arrangements.