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Phyllis (McCormick) LaPlante

July 28, 1937 ~ July 21, 2020 (age 82)


“Being a family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”

Phyllis left this world peacefully in the arms of her family. Her deep, unending devotion to her husband, Eddie, her children, parents, sisters, brothers- in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends was something special to behold. She measured her life by how she loved others. Phyllis’ love had no boundaries, no limits, and was all-encompassing. She offered her heart, her home, her monetary support, and her wisdom to anyone in need, whether she knew them or not. If you had the good fortune to know Phyllis, she considered you part of her family. Those of us lucky enough to be part of her family will never be able to replace her light, her love, her kindness and her compassion. Our hearts will be forever broken. When her family and friends think of her, remember her sense of humor, her Kindergarten stories, her twinkling eyes, and her infectious laugh. 

Phyllis taught for 35 years in the Holyoke Public Schools, where she excelled as an amazing teacher, bringing the Montessori method, which she strongly believed in, to the public school system. She was dedicated to the success of all of her students. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Felix and Mary (Skelton) McCormick, her sisters/best friends and brothers in law, Catherine (Edward) Daly, Mary (Edward) Nolan, Ann (John) Rohan, Lillian (Henry) Wilk, Margaret (James) Leahy, and Charlotte (Robert) Rohan. She was predeceased by several nieces, nephews and members of her beloved LaPlante family.

Phyllis leaves behind the love of her life, her husband and best friend of over 60 years, Eddie LaPlante. Watching him care for her the past few years with love and tenderness, was to witness true love. She also leaves behind her four children, Steven LaPlante, Mary Wright, Todd LaPlante, and Michael (Leslie) LaPlante, the loves of her life, her grandchildren, Courtney LaPlante Stringer (Michael), Jackson LaPlante (Tessa), McCormick LaPlante, Kaylee LaPlante, Shelbe Wright, Johnny Wright and Jayden Wright. She leaves behind a clan of nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers in law, who she loved as her own, every day of her life. 

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, July 25th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton Street.  Burial will be private. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to Jericho PO Box 1039, Holyoke MA or St, Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN,38105.  Masks and social distancing required.


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July 25, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home
2049 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Mass of Christian Burial
July 25, 2020

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Church
1945 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

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