Lona J. (Elliott) Belanger

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Salem - Mrs. Lona Jeannette (Elliott) Belanger, 84, of Salem, former wife of the late Kenneth E. Belanger and dear loving, longtime companion of the late Poppy Ray, died unexpectedly Monday, December 10, 2018 at her home.
Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Augustas J. and Alice (LaBorde) Elliott and was raised and educated in Salem. She was a graduate of Salem High School.
Mrs. Belanger began her professional career with the City of Salem School System and would matriculate to working for the State of Massachusetts as an Office Administrator at the former Danvers State Hospital for many years. Later in life, she had worked as a receptionist at the City of Salem Senior Center and at the Orange County Council of Aging in Virginia, until the time of her retirement.
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lona was devoted to her family. She was artistically talented in many ways and enjoyed sharing her talents for others enjoyment. For many years she was the piano and organist at the Salvation Army Church, North Shore Corps, Sunday services and also played with the Army band. Music was such an important part of her life. Her musical talents would touch your soul. Her thoughtful nature and artistic ability would endear her to many and she was always so kind and giving. She often created gift baskets made from sweets for others to enjoy. Lighthouses always brought her great joy and she enjoyed spending her time completing the most difficult of word search puzzles.
She was the matriarch of her family and often considered mother to many. Family was always first in her life, especially when nurturing and care taking for her grandchildren. She treasured her family, organ and piano music and the company of friends. Her legacy of love lives on through the generations. She will be deeply missed.
Lona is survived by her daughters, Sarah Ingemi and her husband, Stephen S. of Salem, Rebecca Jacques and her husband Christopher of Gloucester and Victoria A. Barbeau and her husband Joseph of Ormand Beach, Fl, her son, Joseph James Elliott of Lynn and Maria Nadolna, Tina Ricci and Kathy Fowler, all of whom she considered her daughters, her 15 grandchildren, her 12 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, her dear friend Marcie of VA and beloved canines, Bella Mia, Matteo, Sonny, Molly B, Mia and Ella. She was the mother of the late Norman Edward Belanger, Catherine J. Belanger and grandmother of the late Kassandra Lee. She was also the sister of the late Evangeline Kastanopolous and John, James and Peter Elliott.
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service which will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte. 62) Danvers, Saturday, Dec. 15th at 5:15 p.m. Burial is private. Visiting hours prior to the service from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Lona’s memory to the Salvation Army North Shore Corps, 93 North St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on December 13, 2018
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