For over 65 years Louise and Stanley Bartlett were each other's valentine. Stanley died last August 21, 2015 and just six months later Louise joins him in eternity. Louise died at home embraced in the love of her family on Thursday, February 11, 2016. She was 85. Louise and Stanley met in 1948 and were later married in The First Congregational Church on April 22, 1950, and remained lifelong Shrewsbury residents.
Born on December 3, 1930 in Worcester, Louise was a daughter of the late John Lee Settle and Ella (Hodgson) Settle. She graduated from the former Maj. Howard W. Beal High School with the class of 1948. After staying at home and raising her four children, Louise worked at State Mutual Insurance Company in Worcester for over twenty years.
Louise was at the heart of her family. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and most especially, a friend to everyone in her family. Louise will be remembered as a gentle woman with a great sense of humor. She made life easy and had an ability to make everyone feel genuinely loved. Louise loved adding new flowers to her perennial garden. As a talented musician, Louise played the piano, organ and accordion. She also enjoyed square dancing with Stanley. Other pastimes included crossword puzzles and watching the abundant birds and turkeys that frequented her many birdfeeders.
In addition to her husband, Stanley, she is predeceased by her siblings, John Settle and Muriel Pollock.
She leaves her children, Joyce E. Perreault and her husband, Jack of Shrewsbury, Nancy J. Bartlett and her husband, Paul Ruggiero of Braintree, Debora L. Mawdsley and David E. Bartlett, both of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Jason Perreault, Andrea Fogg, Jonathan Perreault, Jennifer, Laura, Kara and Matthew Ruggiero; her great-grandchildren, Brandon, Andrew, Ethan, Travis, Isabella, Ella, Sofia and Allie Rose; and she is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Louise's life by gathering for a calling hour in Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center, on Monday, February 15th from 9:00 – 10:45 am and then walking in procession to The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road where her Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery
Memorial donations in her name may be made to Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604 or to Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Place, Worcester, MA 01608.