Today’s Obituaries—May 21: Hunking Teacher Paquette, Crowley, Desmarais

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Michelle M. (McGovern) Paquette.

Michelle M. (McGovern) Paquette, 57, a longtime teacher at the Caleb Dustin Hunking School, died from natural causes, after being stricken at her home Saturday, May 18.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, daughter of Frederick W. McGovern and Mona E. Stinson, she was educated and raised in Lynn and graduated from Saint Mary’s High School with the class of 1979. She earned her associates degree in Criminal Justice from Northshore Community College, bachelor’s in American Studies from Lesley University and master’s in Special Education from Salem State College.

Paquette was a well-respected and loved sixth, seventh and eighth grade teacher at the Hunking School since 1998 as well as a special education Teacher for grades 5-8 during the summer program since 2004. She previously was employed by the Department of Public Safety in Boston.

A member of the Hunking School Leadership Team, Paquette held a professional license in Moderate Disabilities for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also was a volunteer at the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill.

She enjoyed cooking as well as hosting family and friends in her home. She enjoyed boating and spending time on Lake Ossipee, skiing in her younger years and was a devoted and caring dog owner.

She leaves her husband Normand R. Paquette; daughters Kara H. Shanahan and Megan S. Shanahan, both of Haverhill; sons Nicholas A. Paquette and his fiancé Jessica Palermo, of Haverhill and U.S. Navy Seaman Ryan F. Shanahan of Haverhill; mother Mona E. Stinson of Haverhill; father Frederick W. McGovern and his wife Patricia of Salem; brother Joseph McGovern; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to her life celebration Thursday, May 23, from 3-7 p.m., at Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, N.H. The funeral begins Friday morning, at 9:15 a.m., from the funeral home, with her funeral service at 10:30 a.m., at Sacred Hearts Church, South Main Street, Bradford. Donations in her name may be made to the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 10 Reed St. Haverhill.

Tomas D. Crowley, 68, of Haverhill, died May 16, at Edith Nourse E. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He was employed in the cleaning and maintenance industry and served as a volunteer firefighter in Canton, Ill. A calling hour takes place Saturday, May 25, from 2-3 p.m., at Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. A funeral service follows in the funeral home at 3.

Alfred O. Desmarais, 84, of Haverhill, died May 16, at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen.  He attended school in Haverhill and served in the United States Army as a private during the Vietnam War. Desmarais worked for Lionel Lavallee Beef Company as a meat cutter and packer, and as a truck driver until his retirement. There are no calling hours. A graveside service takes place Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m., at St. James Cemetery, Primrose Street, Haverhill. Arrangements are by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill.

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