Sturbridge...Rachel C. (Bonnette) Vilandre, 91, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, at The Overlook in Charlton after a long battle with dementia.
Rachel was born April 5, 1929 in Southbridge MA to the late Evelyn (Guillette) and Antonio Bonnette. She lived in Sturbridge all of her life. She was predeceased by her sister, Lorraine Breen of Southbridge.
She is survived by her 4 children, Sharon (Vilandre) Gardner of Woodstock CT, Randall Vilandre and his wife Roberta of Holland, MA, Denise (Vilandre) Pontbriand and her husband Marc of West Brookfield, and Darlene Vilandre and close friend Terry Banusiewicz of Dudley MA. She leaves six grandsons, Andrew Gardner of Chester, CT, Jared Gardner of Eastford CT, Ryan Pontbriand of Warren MA, Jeremy Pontbriand of Brimfield MA, Matthew Vilandre of Brimfield MA, Luke Vilandre of Holland MA a granddaughter Rachel Gardner of Brighton MA. and 2 great-grandchildren, Brynn Pontbriand and Jack Vilandre.
Rachel was the Billing Coordinator at Harrington Hospital retiring in 1991.
Rachel loved her cat Mindy, was an avid reader, she enjoyed gardening, knitting and never lost a scrabble game. One of her favorite places was spending time at the ocean. Her family was her life. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. Rachel always had a smile and great sense of humor. Her quick-witted responses brought laughter and joy to all around her.
The family would like to thank The Overlook care team including Kathy Walker, Director and the staff of Fieldstone Assisted Living. As well as the 3rd floor memory care team, (especially her primary caregivers Chris and Kim) for the love, compassion and care that Mom received during her stay.
The service will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family requests in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to The Second Change Animal Shelter East Brookfield, MA.
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