Geraldine T. (Burke) LaBerge, 93, formerly of Leominster, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in Venice, Florida.
The daughter of the late Jude and Doris (Leard) Burke, she was born on May 5, 1928 in Leominster and graduated from Leominster High School, class of 1946. Upon graduating, she founded Gerry Burke’s Dance Studio and presented her first annual dance review on June 29, 1948. “Miss Gerry” enjoyed a long and successful career as a dancer and dance instructor.
Gerry married Robert “Bob” LaBerge in 1954 and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage before Bob passed away in 2008. They thoroughly enjoyed traveling, bowling, entertaining at their home and having barbecues by their pool. They were members of Oak Hill Country Club for many years and enjoyed playing golf and tennis.
Gerry is survived by her daughter, Robyn Rouleau, her son-in-law John Rouleau and her grandchild, Joseph Rouleau all of Venice, Florida. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Erdman, her brother-in-law Laurent Laberge, his wife Priscilla and several nieces: Candace Race, Bonnie McGrath, Michelle Spirlet, Nancy McGovern, Susan Babineau, Sandra Rantala, Sharon Laberge, Sherry Francis and nephews: Burke Leger, William McGuinness II and Mark Laberge. Gerry was predeceased by her sisters, Beverly McGuinness, Nancy McGovern and Mary Ellen Petricca.
In addition to dancing, Gerry loved to play bocce and cards. She enjoyed reading and listening to music. She was a life-long lover of dogs and enjoyed the companionship of her dog, Nampa, well into her 80s. When asked her age, she enjoyed telling people that she was the same age as Mickey Mouse and she collected Mickey Mouse memorabilia. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Joe.
A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc. 109 West Street, Leominster, with a calling hour from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Leo’s Church, 128 Main St, Leominster at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charitable organization of your choice.
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