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In loving memory of
Rena LaFrance
  • March 19, 1949
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  • October 12, 2021

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Rena J. (Rondini) LaFrance 72 passed away peacefully on 10/21/21 with her loving family by her side. She was born on March 19,1949 and was a lifelong resident of New Britain, CT until 2016 when she retired to Port Charlotte, FL.

Rena is survived by her husband and Soulmate, Harry J. LaFrance, who she married on Block Island and shared 45 amazing years. Rena lived a very full life while traveling around the world. Rena had a passion for the islands where she and Harry spent nearly 2 decades in Aruba for the month of November; their home away from home. Prior to extensive traveling the two were avid boaters for more than two decades having a 32 Ft Cabin Cruiser off Long Island Sound docked at Harry’s Marina in Westbrook, CT. The boat was appropriately named “Rena”.

Being entertainment buffs, over the course of their journey together saw countless musicians and celebrities. She was fortunate enough to meet Tobey Keith, Paul Anka and Chubby Checker to name a few.

If you knew Rena well, you were her “Honey”, “Buddy” or “Baby doll”. There is not a person that met Rena that did not instantly adore her. She had the best stories which she told with detailed passion. Anyone who knew Rena was touched by her kindness, humor, and positive outlook on life. She would like to strike up conversation with anyone, anywhere. She enjoyed cooking and you could taste the love in everything she made. Some her favorites include Chicken Soup, Bolognese, Meatballs, Chicken Pot Pie and Lasagna.

She is also survived by her three daughters and their spouses, Patricia and Christopher McFarland, Ann and Michael Fortier, and Tracy LaFrance and Ted Hoadley. She was blessed with 9 wonderful grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren who she loved dearly. And a sister, Anna (Rondini) Drago.

After being a stay-at-home Mom for many years, Rena reentered the work force and landed a position with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company (CML) where she excelled and inevitably was appointed an officer of the company as an Assistant Vice President. Additionally, she was a member of the CML Golf League for many years where she developed lifelong bonds of friendship with many.

She was predeceased by her parents Anio & Fanny Rondini, and her brothers Joseph Rondini and Anio Rondini, Jr.

She leaves behind many very dear friends who she regarded as family. She was a devout Catholic. Rena has gone on to the next phase of her journey and will continue to spill rays of sunshine into the lives of many. Rena left a lasting impression in the hearts of many and will be greatly missed.

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  1. Thea & George says:
    05 Nov 2021
    For our dearest honey, Rena…may the light follow you to your new adventure. We had SO MANY years of fun, adventures, parties, friends, great dinners and our hilarious adventures at golf! We will miss you here, honey, but you will always be in our hearts. Harry will be our honey, too, and we will always be close to him. Chicken soup and chicken pot pies will never be the same. We won’t need to say “Rest in Peace” honey because we know you’re already up to something! Love you, always. Thea & George.

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  4. Laney Caron/Weber says:
    31 Oct 2021
    Gramma, when it comes time to speak of you all I can think of is your beautiful smile, your beautiful hair and nails, and most of all your beautiful spirit. I've always felt like I didn't belong, I was always nervous going to see family and family friends. The second you greeted me with a big hug, I immediately felt welcomed and a part of. You are the person who taught me how to cook for many summers, and I'll never forget those recipes. I'll never forget all the memories. I carry your picture with me everywhere I go. I don't go in the cat without it, I don't go from the car to the house without it. I love you so very much. It's my belief that the human English language at least, since I only know English, I know the words even the most Beautiful of words cannot describe the amazing person you are. I'm not saying were, because science has proven you are still alive, I'm a bit of a quantum physics geek, and I just keep researching all the proof and it's all there. I believe you are in a beautiful place, and you are so very happy with that Beautiful smile shining down on grampa, your girls, and everyone who loves you so very much. So many of my childhood greatest memories are of you and grampa. I will look after grampa if he let's me. I live you gramma. ❤ please keep shining down on everyone who loves you. I plan to keep all your memories I know of going through new traditions with my babies. You never ever forgot any of my 600 kids or me on every birthday and holiday, it means so much to me that you never forgot me. I have most all the cards and my kids and I just ponder over how beautiful even your penmanship is. You are such a Beautiful person, who taught many the reality of unconditional love. I will carry all I have learned from you. I love you gramma ❤

  5. Tracy LaFrance says:
    28 Oct 2021
    Oh Mom, I can’t even find the words I want to say. I was always the quiet one but you always knew my thoughts overwhelmed me and I just couldn’t speak them and somehow you always knew exactly what to say, even if it was to not saying anything at all and just sharing your incredible smile or your infectious laugh, always exactly what I needed to know everything was going to be okay. You were sent to us to make us a family and I can’t thank you enough for everything you have taught me about life and about love - unconditional love. You were an amazing human and I have no doubt that you will be an even more amazing angel guiding all of us as you always have. I am trying so hard to not feel like I’ve lost my mother but instead that I have gained a guardian angel that is with me always.

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  11. Brenda Gray says:
    28 Oct 2021
    My thoughts and prayers are with you you all.

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    28 Oct 2021
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  13. Harold Lafrance says:
    28 Oct 2021
    Honey, You have no idea how much I miss you day and night. Could you please come back to me. I am not doing good. I am not eating right. I am not sleeping right. I am not doing anything right. I am so,so sorry for my screw ups. You forgave me and we moved on. You were a saint on earth so I know you are a saint in Heaven. I wish you could come back to me but I know you can't. I long for the day I could join you. I wish I could say more. Our daughters are better at this. It is 3 in the morning. my eyes are half closed. Be safe until I can join you.

    All my love, Honey

  14. Harold Lafrance says:
    28 Oct 2021
    Honey, I miss you every day and every night. Please send me a sign that you are okay. You were a saint on earth and i am quite sure you are a saint in Heaven. You have no idea how much I miss you. Then again, you probably do. You came into our lives and made us a Family. You Lit up every room you entered. I am so,so sorry for my screw ups but you forgave me and we moved on. You touched everyone with your smile. I am lost without you to tell me what to do. There will never be anyone else in my life. No one could ever come close to you. I long for the day I could join you where ever you are. Until then my love, I love you.

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  17. Ann M. Fortier says:
    27 Oct 2021
    Well, never ever did I think I would be here. Coming here to share your "story" I do not want to call it an obituary. I cannot tell you how much I miss you each and every second of the day. My heart is broken. You have taught me every valuable lesson in my life. You have taught me what it is to have morals by "showing" me what that look like and not simply stating it. I miss the touch of your soft hands. I miss your beautiful smile and that glistening in your eyes when you did smile. You had the most amazing disposition in life, every time we talked, you laughed. You were and still are my world. There is not one thing I can do or look around that is not some part of you. I am struggling Mom, but I also know you would not want me to be. Daddy and my sisters (and Mike) are helping me through this. I would be lost without them. I am actually bonding pretty well with Daddy which should make you smile. You were the Angel that was sent to us, to raise us, mold us, teach us, love us... and now you are and Angel in Heaven doing whatever work he has for you up there. Please send signs, out of selfishness, I need them badly. You continue to be the most important person in my life. I will try to balance every thought into what you set me up to do in life, instead of mourning. It's hard Mom. So hard. But I have so so many wonderful memories that I want to start writing them down to share. Everyone who knew you has the most amazing memories of you. Rest easy my mother, my friend, my everything. I will share every memory with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Your memory will be as close to amazing as you being here because EVERYONE deserves to have that piece of you. Having a little piece of you is a blessing anyone would beg to have. I will share all I know with everyone I know so they are aware of what they meant to you. I love you Mumma, so deeply, more than I have ever loved. <3

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