Rita J. (Langlois) Desmarais, 77, Former Shoe Worker

Rita_DesmaraisRita J. (Langlois) Desmarais, 77, a native and lifelong resident of Haverhill, died April 16, at Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill.

Daughter of the late Leonard and Anna (LaPierre) Langlois, she attended Saint Joseph Grammar School and was a member of the Haverhill High School class of 1958. She was employed in the local shoe industry at Colonial Stay Co., Davco and Novelty Shoe. She enjoyed cooking, playing board games and cards.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Alfred Desmarais; two sons, Allen Desmarais of Norton, and Thomas Desmarais and his wife Michelle of Newton, N.H.; daughter Tammie Hamlett of Kingston, N.H.; brother, Emile “Buddy” Langlois of Haverhill; two sisters, Janet Colletto of Haverhill and Kathleen Clarke of Kingston, N.H.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, April 21, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill. Services follow at 6 p.m., at the funeral home.