Jeannette (Keller) McLaughlin, 87, of Woodbury, died Saturday, Sept. 8, surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

She was the widow of Dr. A. Howard McLaughlin, who died in December 2010. They were married for over 62 years.

Mrs. McLaughlin was born in Thompsonville, on July 14, 1925, the daughter of the late Wilfred W. Keller and Yvonne (Poirier) Keller of Enfield. She was a graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., and St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

Mrs. McLaughlin moved to Woodbury in 1952 when her husband opened his dental practice there. This is where they raised their six children.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a member of the Woodbury Women's Club and of St. Teresa of Avila Church Women's Guild. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of several different groups who played every week. Mrs. McLaughlin also had a knack for floral design. She loved to decorate her home with her seasonal arrangements. She was a voracious reader and was known to read one or two books a day.

Mrs. McLaughlin is survived by her daughters Maureen E. McLaughlin, Ph.D. of Woodbury and Meghan M. Bove and her husband Vincent of Bethlehem; her sons A. Laurence McLaughlin and his wife Sarah of Edenton, N.C.; James H. McLaughlin and his wife Julie of Darien; Kevin S. McLaughlin, DMD and his wife Jean Marie of New Canaan, and Brendan C. McLaughlin of Woodbury. She leaves seven grandchildren: Kyle W. McLaughlin, Michael L. McLaughlin, Timothy K. Bove, Gregory N. Bove, Lauryn K. McLaughlin, Maggie E. McLaughlin, and Austin W. McLaughlin.

In addition, she is survived by her sister Bernice Griffin of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters-in-law Elizabeth Gibson of Hampstead, N.C., and Sheila Freckmann-Dillon of Sydney, Australia. She is predeceased by her sister Beatrice Horwitz of Sarasota. She also leaves 27 nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: Funeral 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church, 146 Main Street South, Woodbury. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at the New North Cemetery in Woodbury. Calling hours are 4 to 7 on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 1579 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762 and to the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798.

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