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Kathleen L. (McGee) Lavoie, 67, of Beverly, wife of Leonard J. Lavoie, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family at her home on Saturday, April 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kathleen was born in Lynn on February 4, 1950, the daughter of the late Arthur and Louise (Linehan) McGee. Raised and educated in Peabody, she was a graduate of Peabody High School, Class of 1968. She then pursued her education at Salem State University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master's from Cambridge College.

Kathleen had a passion for teaching and was employed for 20 years in the Beverly School System, primarily teaching kindergarten. She was a loving mother who created a warm home for her family and who enjoyed spending precious time with her three grandchildren. Kathleen was also an avid reader and enjoyed knitting.

In addition to her husband, Leonard, she is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Cheryl Lavoie of Newton and Peter Lavoie of Haverhill; her siblings and their spouses, Arthur “Bobby” and Kathy McGee, William “Billy” and Carol McGee, John “Jack” and Candice McGee, Karen and Thomas Carter, all of Peabody, Laurie and Michael Madison of Salem, and Mary Lou and Karl Kravchuk of Groveland; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Lavoie of Hull, Claudia and Richard Perron of South Carolina, Christine and Lawrence Damigella of Billerica, Denise and Wayne Britton of Topsfield, Joseph and Brenda Lavoie of Peabody, Michael and Patty Lavoie of Upton, and David Brown of Methuen; three aunts and one uncle, Simone Roy of Peabody, Lauraine Dion of Hollis, N.H., and Vivian and Peter Mandragouras of No. Reading; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Jeanne Brown.
Her family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home on Wednesday, April 5, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 140 Lynn St., Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bread and Roses, www.breadandroseslawrence.org, 58 Newbury St., Lawrence, MA 01840. The interment will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for directions, online obituary and memorial guest book.
Published on  April 3, 2017
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