Gloucester, MA — Rena (Calledare) Laughlin, 89, of Gloucester, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on July 5, 2013, after an extended illness. She was the wife of the late John M. Laughlin, who died in 2009.
Born in Gloucester on September 30, 1923, Rena was the daughter of Italian immigrants, Virginia (DeMarco) Calledare and Michael Calledare, a quarry worker. She lived in Bay View during her early childhood, but the family moved to East Boston when her father found work as a stonecutter in the area. Rena and John met when he was in the U.S. Army, and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage together. They lived in East Boston most of their lives, moving to Gloucester about five years ago to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.
Rena loved her job as an office worker at Greater Boston Distributors of books and magazines. She worked for the company for more than 35 years, retiring only because of poor health.
Rena was known by her family and friends for her gentle, kind, and agreeable nature. She always put others ahead of herself, almost to a fault. Rena was a person who put others at ease, and she was immensely likable. People liked her and she liked people. She enjoyed the simple things in life, such as dining out, riding along the Back Shore, taking a vacation on Cape Cod, watching a suspenseful movie, or attending a play. She loved animals, especially her two cats, Daisy and Kibby. She was a wonderful mother, wife and friend, and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Dolores Laughlin and her husband, Robert K. Whitmarsh Jr., of Gloucester; nieces; a nephew; and special cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Laughlin, and her brothers, Anthony Calledare and Alfred Calledare.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ann’s Church on Tuesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
A visiting hour will precede the funeral Mass on Tuesday, from 9 to 10 a.m., in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Burial will be held in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.