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Sally Mausert LaPlante

The heavens opened on September 17, 2016 for our dear Nana, Sally Mausert LaPlante, age 87. She continues on her spiritual journey without us. There will be an empty spot in our hearts until we meet again. Sally Mausert LaPlante was born in North Adams Massachusetts on February 28, 1929. After graduating high school in 1947, she joined her military father and mother in Japan for 2 years. When she returned to the states she enrolled in Russell Sage College. While in college she met her future husband Roger A. LaPlante, and they were married in August of 1950. They moved to Irvington NY, and later to Long Island New York where they lived for 7 years, and had 2 children. After her husband changed jobs, the family relocated to Scotch Plains New Jersey in 1961. While living in New Jersey, Sally was an industrious homemaker and entertainer who became legendary among Rogers coworkers for her dinner parties. She also attended college in the evenings in pursuit of a Psychology degree, and served as a Girl Scout leader helping her troop earn several badges. Despite these wonderful times, the late 60s brought health issues where Sally struggled with clinical depression for several years. The medicines of the time were primitive, so she availed herself of the latest experimental drugs and techniques, and finally emerged fully healed by the mid-70s. After living in New Jersey for 8 years, her husbands company SFD merged with Varian Inc., and the family relocated to Beverly Massachusetts in 1971. They settled in the outer Linebrook Road area of Ipswich Massachusetts. After the kids left home, Sally went to work in Ipswich shucking clams. Soon after, she became a lunch lady at the Ipswich middle school for several years. After 47 years of marriage, she lost her husband Roger in 1997 to cancer. The next year, after living in Ipswich for 28 years, she decided to move to California, along with her beloved cat Teddy Bear, so as to be close to her son and grandchildren. While living in a beautiful condo in a retirement community just blocks from her son in Encinitas CA, she became involved with the family almost daily. She will always be remembered for her invaluable help and generosity during those days. She was always thinking of others, planning gifts or outings, and offering to help with the kids. Little notes and gifts appeared on John and Julias doorstep almost daily. She was known for never forgetting birthdays and frequently taking the grandchildren swimming in the pool at her condo. She would often bring the family spaghetti sauce to help with dinner. In 2014, her daughter joined the family in California. With the passing of time, Sally finally moved into a local assisted living in 2011 where she enjoyed her last years with her cat Lily Belle. It was very important to Sally that she live in a facility that allowed pets because she was a lifelong cat lover. These years were marked by continued close involvement with family since she remained within a mile of the grandkids. We finally lost her on September 17, 2016 to natural causes after eighty-seven years of loving devotion to her family. Her health was strong to the end - she doggedly survived health issues that would have doomed the average person - depression, breast cancer, a broken hip, several strokes, and years of smoking. She had a great sense of humor and was cracking jokes until the last days of her life. She will be survived by her daughter, Nancy LaPlante Boucher Bachmeier,  her son, John Roger LaPlante, his wife Julia, and their three children, Lindsay, Michael, and Lyra. There are also numerous adoring cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sally Mausert LaPlante Memorial Fund with the national MS Society either online here or by phone at 800-486-9266. A celebration of life ceremony is scheduled at Cowles Memorial Cemetery in Ipswich, on July 1, 2017, 10am. A west coast Celebration of Life ceremony was held at Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas CA on October 16, 2016. The immediate family feels that God has blessed them with an amazing mother and grandmother. Her life lessons and beliefs will be passed down for generations. May God give strength to Sallys friends and family during these difficult times.

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