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SPRINGFIELD Roland J. Tetreault, 88, passed away Sunday, April 19th peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Born in Shelton, Ct and raised in Central Falls, RI, where he joined Sacred Heart Brotherhood, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Math. Roland attended and graduated from Providence College as a chemical engineer, he continued his education while working at Dow Chemical and recieved his Masters from Michigan State U. He worked for DOW Chemical and General Electric before moving to Springfield in 1965 where he raised his three children, John, Marie and Alan with his wife, Iris (Ivins) Tetreault, and spent his career as a chemist with Monsanto. In 1976, he married Judy (Anderson) LaFleur and together they raised her 2 children, Stetson and Jim LaFleur. Roland and Judy shared 43+ good and active years together pursuing their interests and passions, which included love of the outdoors (hiking/ backpacking every summer for a week or more, gardening, traveling), award winning wine making, genealogy research resulting in the publication of three family history books, numerous family construction projects, and community involvement through volunteerism at the local schools. Roland was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He was a great support to all members of his immediate and extended family. He approached every day as a new beginning with enthusiasm. Roland was predeceased by his parents, Irene Tougas and Louis Tetreault, his son John and brother Raymond. He is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Alan Tetreault; his daughter Marie (Mark) Draymore; grandchildren, Alan Tetreault Jr., Alec, Matthew, Daniel & Eva Draymore; step-children, Jim and Stetson (Candi) LaFleur; step- grandchildren, Justin, David and Alyssa LaFleur (Scott O’Connor), and step-great grandchildren, Jerich LaFleur and Rebecka O’Connor; sister Margie Kelly; brother, Gerald Tetreault; and all his nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Special thanks to the Hospice staff and especially Sandi, Roland’s caregiver for the past 8 months, whose loving devotion brought much comfort to Roland and his family. Roland last wish was to donate his body to the University of Mass Medical School to be used for research. Memorial contributions can be made to Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care or to a charity of one’s choice. May Roland’s enthusiasm for life and his memory live on in the hearts and mind of his family and all who know him. A memorial gathering will be planned at a later date.
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