Savoy, MA: Barbara I. (Bolte) LaBonte, a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed and will always be cherished, passed away peacefully at her home on May 28, 2018 with her loving husband of 43 years and family by her side.
Barbara's story began in Butler, PA; born on September 19, 1954, the daughter of Joseph W. and Margaret (Erb) Bolte, one of four children. At the age of 14 the family moved to North Adams, where she graduated from Drury High School in 1972. On August 10, 1974 Barbara married the love of her life Robert LaBonte, having two children; a daughter Bobbie Jo and son Brandon. The family would eventually make their home in Savoy. Barbara retired in 2017 from BHS where she worked in the lab. Previous employment included; Thomas McNulty MD where she was a phlebotomist and earlier with Waverly.
Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family and their pet dog Squirt; horseback riding and especially long motorcycle rides with her husband, Robert
Loved ones that cleared the path for Barbara include: her brother in law Michael Dix (1985); her mother Margaret (Erb) Bolte (2000); her brother Galen Bolte (2002) and son Brandon LaBonte (2005). Loved ones that will miss Barbara until they meet again include- her husband Robert LaBonte of Savoy; daughter Bobbie Jo Hurley (Timothy) of Pownal, VT; her father Joseph W. Bolte of Savoy; her brothers Joseph "Gary" Bolte (Theresa Wlodyka) of Douglas, MA; Kenneth Bolte (Linda Charron) of Readsboro, VT; her in laws- Gail Dorval (Fern) of Prescott, AZ; David LaBonte, Daniel and Sandra LaBonte of Savoy; Kathleen Dix of North Adams and Raymond LaBonte of Savoy; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be truly missed by her close friends Carol Meeker of FL; Barbara Scolforo of NH; Mary Wood of Dalton; Barbara Aaron of Pittsfield; Tara Liljeholm of New Lebanon, NY; Jan and Chip Winnard of Cheshire; Zita Serrano and Jennifer Therrien, both of Savoy.
Barbara's family would like to thank Harvey Zimbler MD and his amazing staff; the nurses of Hospice and VNA and Barbara's amazing co-workers at BHS, that showed unwavering kindness and support.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Barbara LaBonte will be celebrated Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Notre Dame Church in Adams. Burial will be at a later date. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Monday from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.