We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at The Butterfield Home and Chapel
Gerri Lajoie 94, passed away July 31,2022 at the Medway Country Manor after a brief illness. She was a music teacher in the Cape Cod School System for many years, and also had many private students throughout her lifetime. She was predeceased by her husband Archibald in 1985. Gerri was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April t5, 1928 to Aurianna (Charbonneau) and Edward Laurin. After the death of her husband, she returned to Rhode lsland to live and taught where she sparked the love of music to many students as several went on to further their music careers.
She was a communicant of St. Matthew Church in Cranston and was an avid supporter and promoter of her Catholic faith. For many years she volunteered her time teaching children music in several Cranston elementary schools even when budget cuts eliminated music programs in the school system. She was active in four major orchestras, Ocean State Pops Orchestra, Fall River Symphony, Rhode College String Ensemble, and the Warwick Symphony Orchestra. She also received her master's degree from Boston University for teaching all string instruments.
She is survived by her niece Denise Winston, of Toledo, Ohio.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 5:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held for one hour before the service beginning at 4:00pm. A private burial on Cape Cod will take place at a later date.