Rachel Evelyn Lavoie

December 31, 1927March 11, 2021

Rachel Lavoie passed away peacefully on Thursday March 11 in Encinitas, California at the age of 93. The daughter of longtime New Hampshire state senator Louis Paquette and his wife Eva, Rachel was born and raised in her hometown of Nashua, New Hampshire along with her late siblings Edward, Roger, Cecile (Ouelette), Yolande (Ricard), Theresa (Bleau), and Jeanne (Cocozziello). After graduating from St. Louis de Gonzague Academy for Girls in 1946, she worked as a bookkeeper at several local businesses, including City Cash Market, owned by her brother-in-law, the late Hermes Ouelette. In 1952 she married Raymond V. Lavoie; they were together 48 years until his passing in 2000.

After Raymond’s death, Rachel dedicated herself to volunteer work, putting her skills as a bookkeeper to use in service at the parish office of St. Louis de Gonzague church, where she was a life-long communicant, and at the Nashua branch of the New Hampshire Food Bank. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and later in life played an active role in helping to care for her two grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Raymond V. Lavoie, Jr. and his wife Cynthia Chamberlin, her daughter Celeste Blankenship and her husband Chris, two grandchildren, Kyle and Rachel Blankenship, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A walk-through visiting hour will be held at Zis-Sweeney & St. Laurent Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St. in Nashua on Tuesday, March 30 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. A funeral mass will follow at St. Louis de Gonzague Church, 48 West Hollis St. in Nashua at 10:30 am, with burial immediately following at St. Louis de Gonzague Cemetery, 752 West Hollis St., Nashua.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rachel’s name to the New Hampshire Food Bank.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021


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Joanne Charpentier

March 30, 2021

Just came back from Rachel’s funeral mass. Celeste did such a beautiful job describing the life of her mother.
I volunteered with Rachel at the food pantry in Nashua. She was very much loved along with her sister Terry. She always had compassion for those less fortunate than us . She was a gentle soul & I have absolutely no doubt that she has a special place
In heaven with Jesus.
My prayers are with her family.

Denise Corcoran

March 20, 2021

I have so many wonderful childhood memories of cousins Rachel and Ray. Outings to the beach, cookouts, parties and much more. But I am most grateful for their frequent visits with my parents Jean Paul and Theresa Lavoie. Cousin Rachel continued to visit often after Ray passed away. She brought them thoughtful little gifts and so much joy. I will always cherish her memory. My sincere condolences to her family. Denise Corcoran

Lena Robert

March 18, 2021

My sincere condolences to Rachel's family. For several years, I co-volunteered at the Corpus Christi Food Pantry with Rachel and her sister Terry. Rachel was the sweetest lady, so soft spoken and quiet. We used to enjoy kidding Rachel and Terry on how different they were; Terry was the party girl; Rachel was more timid. It was a joy getting to know them and being friends with them. Heaven received another angel in Rachel; may she rest in peace, and may God bless her family during this difficult time. Lena Robert

Debbie Cocozziello

March 18, 2021

So sorry to hear of Aunt Rachael's passing, she was such a sweet gentle person, I don't think I ever heard her raise her voice. I remember all the get togethers at her house, we had so much fun as kids and then adults. My thoughts and prayers go out to her kids. You are now back beside your love Uncle Ray ❤️