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Catherine Maureen St.Laurent passed away on January 25, 2017 at Care One Nursing Home in Peabody, MA surrounded by her daughters and sisters.
Catherine (Cathy), was born on April 9, 1939 in Peabody, to William and Mary (Mame) Glencross.
As a student at Peabody High School, Peabody, Catherine was the secretary of her class and a cheerleader. She has also been on the committee that has planned their class reunions over the last 60 years. After graduating in 1956, Catherine went on to attend Lynn Hospital School of Nursing. Registering at the age of 17, she was the youngest student in her class. She went on to become one of the youngest graduates in the history of Lynn Hospital School of Nursing at the age of 20. She passed her board exams and earned her RN, also at the age of 20, becoming the youngest registered nurse in the state of Massachusetts. She was an RN Charge Nurse at Lynn Hospital for over 24 years, also working in the ER and Walk-in Center until it’s closing in 1983. She continued on as an RN working at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton, MA, as the school nurse for Breed Junior High School in Lynn and with the Public Health Department for the City of Lynn until her retirement in 2010.
As a mother to four daughters, Catherine instilled in them a love for music and traveling. Listening to everything from old sing-alongs with Mitch Miller albums to the Beatles, Cathy would dance and sing along to any music she heard. That love of music led her daughters to march with the Saugus Socialites Drum and Bugle Corp during the 1970’s and 80’s. Always there for her girls, Catherine was the Socialites’ corps nurse and travelled as a chaperone on several of the Socialites’ summer tours.
Cathy and her good friends Nancy Moody and Pat Dineen continued their love for drum corps and spent many years following the Malden Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corp., and later traveling around the country to attend Drum Corp National Championships in Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia. Later on Catherine, Nancy and Pat travelled with an older group on what her daughters lovingly called “the old lady bus”. Her adventures included surprising her daughters with a trip to Boston to see the Rockettes on Christmas, trips to Boston for the theater, train rides through New Hampshire, cruises to Nova Scotia and Alaska and trips to Branson MO and Newport RI.
In earlier years, summers were spent on Sebago Lake, Naples, Maine with Catherine’s sisters and brothers, her many nieces and nephews, and her daughters.
Catherine is survived by her four daughters Michele Collins and her husband, Patrick, Lisa Guay and her husband Donald, Cathy DiPietro and her husband John, and Susan St. Laurent. She leaves five grandchildren Elise Eliot and her husband, Ryan, Alex Guay, Jonathan St. Laurent and Julia and Kathleen Collins, and Lucas DiPietro. She will be missed by her sister Beverly “Chubby” Griffin, sisters and brothers-in law, Jean and Peter Matvichuk, Dorothy and Bob Peach, Jim Liston, Irene and Lois Glencross. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews along with her former husband Paul R. St.Laurent.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers William and John Glencross, her sister, Alice Liston and her brother-in-law, Richard “Brownie” Griffin.
Her funeral will be held from the Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn, on Tuesday at 9 a.m., followed by a memorial mass in St. Ann’s Church, Peabody at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care One Activities Department, 3rd floor, 199 Andover St., Peabody, MA 01960. Directions and guest book at www.solimine.com.
Published on  January 27, 2017
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