Josephine P. Lavalette

March 7, 1921May 31, 2018

Josephine P. Lavalette passed away peacefully on May 31 at Our Lady’s Haven in Fairhaven. Born in New Bedford on March 7, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Kate Pietkiewicz.

She married Elwin C. Lavalette in 1942 and celebrated 56 years of marriage before he passed away in 1998. Josephine loved her small home in Padanaram which she lovingly decorated with a designer’s eye. She was an expert seamstress, making custom curtains, bedspreads, cushions, even a wedding dress. She loved her gardens and plantings which thrived near her beloved beach.

In her early years, Josephine worked as a bookkeeper for the Cornell Dubulier and later for Small World Photography. She was a long time member of the South Dartmouth Congregational Church and enjoyed her years as a member of the White Circle.

Josephine is survived by a daughter, Maureen Andujar and her husband Lewis of Eastham, MA and a son, Gary Lavalette and his wife Nancy of Fairhaven. She leaves 4 grandchildren, Christopher Andujar and his wife Melissa of Mooresville, N.C, Craig Andujar and his wife JoAnne of Lake Balboa, CA, Robert Lavalette and his wife Crystal of Acushnet, MA, and Kristy Lavalette of Fairhaven. She is also survived by 5 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Our Lady’s Haven for taking loving care of Josephine during her many years of residency there.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:30AM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748. Visitation is prior 10:00 to 10:30AM. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial in South Dartmouth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Josephine’s name may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For tributes and online registration:


  • The late Edward Pietkiewicz, Father
  • The late Kate Pietkiewicz, Mother
  • The late Elwin C. Lavalette, Husband
  • Maureen Andujar and her husband Lewis, Daughter
  • Gary Lavalette and his wife Nancy, Son
  • Christopher Andujar and his wife Melissa, Grandson
  • Craig Andujar and his wife JoAnne, Grandson
  • Robert Lavalette and his wife Crystal, Grandson
  • Kristy Lavalette, Granddaughter
  • She is also survived by 5 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

  • Alzheimer’s Association


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Josephine P. Lavalette

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Susan Davis

June 7, 2018

I took care of Josie for many yrs at the Haven . She always had a smile and missed you if you had a day off . Sorry to hear of her passing , my condolences to Maureen and the rest of family . She was a pleasure to take care of !

Michael Roderick

June 4, 2018

My condolences to Gary and his family

Deb Dion

June 3, 2018

I will always remember “Josie’s” beautiful smile whenever I visited my Mom at Our Lady’s Haven. Rest In Peace, Josie. I will miss you!

My sincere condolences to the family.

Deb Dion