SOUTHBRIDGE....Marcelle Bonvouloir Van Vooren passed away at her home in Southbridge on Wednesday Feb. 10, 2010.
She was married to the late Dr. Robert Van Vooren, who started the Cardiac Rehab program at Harrington Memorial Hospital.
Marcelle was born in North Adams Massachusetts, the daughter of Armand and Antoinette (Lemoine) Bonvouloir.
She leaves seven children: Marc and his wife Elinor, Michèle, Lise and her husband Robert Wilson, André and his wife Sheryl, Denise, Paul and his wife Carol,and Susan. Marcelle also leaves seven grand-children and many nieces and nephews, and is survived by her siblings: Claire and her husband Harry Wells, Dr. Armand Bonvouloir and his wife Monique, Antoinette and her husband Bernard Garceau, and Louise and her husband Edward Rougeau.
Marcelle graduated High School as the outstanding student of her graduating class of Saint Anne’s Academy of Marlborough, MA, and earned her BS in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After graduation she worked at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury.
She was an active member of Notre Dame Parish in Southbridge for 50 years, and an enthusiastic volunteer for the Harrington Hospital Auxiliary for
over 40 years. She volunteered at Notre Dame bingo for several years and was a Trustee at Jacob Edwards Library, including at the time of the library expansion project. Through the library, she also volunteered teaching English as a second language. Marcelle was an avid amateur artist with dozens of her paintings and stained glass windows finding a place of honor in the homes of relatives and friends.
A funeral mass will be held at Notre Dame Church in Southbridge on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11 AM. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in her memory to her favorite charities in Southbridge, including: Dr. Van’s Cardiac Gang
(Cardiac Rehabilitation, Harrington Hospital, 100 South Street, PO Box 8002), Notre Dame Church (61 Marcy Street) and Jacob Edwards Library (236
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