Laura Lee Poitras

June 22, 1948October 29, 2021
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Laura L. (Collins) Poitras, of Southington, beloved wife of William Poitras, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021 at home. Laura was born on June 22, 1948 in Hartford and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (King) Collins. She was educated at Immaculate Conception Elementary School and graduated from South Catholic High School in Hartford. Laura retired from Shelco Filters of Middletown where she was an office manager for many years. Laura was an avid shopper and would head out to the stores with anyone that wanted to tag along. She was also an exceptionally good cook, preparing mouthwatering meals for her beloved family. But most of all, Laura loved to dote on her grandchildren. This was her true passion. She went to every single soccer game that involved them, whether it was here in Southington or half way across the country in Minnesota, she was there, cheering them on from the side lines. Besides her husband William, whom she spent 55 years with, she is survived by her children, son Thomas Poitras and his wife Alison of Southington, daughter Mary-Elizabeth Sousa and her husband Bernadino of Southington, and son Christopher Poitras and his wife Maria of Blaine, MN. Laura will also be sadly missed by her seven grandchildren, Ian Poitras and Ella Poitras of Southington, Hannah Sousa and Trevor Sousa of Southington, and Connor Poitras, Brady Poitras, and Addison Poitras of Blaine, MN. She is also survived by her brother Thomas Collins and his wife Barbara of South Windsor, and by her two sisters, Mary Ella Miliard and her husband Fern of Southington, and Kathie Ledoux and her husband Richard of Newington. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews. She will be missed by her life-long friends and by her four legged best friend, Stella. Her family will receive relatives and friends at The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Southington on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Masks must be worn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9:15 am from the funeral home and at 10:00 am at St. Dominic’s Church 1050 Flanders Rd, Southington. Burial will follow in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6thFloor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. To leave an online condolence or for directions, please visit



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, November 4, 2021


  • Burial


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Russ & Jan Berube

November 5, 2021

Bill, Tom, Mary Beth and Chris, your families and especially all of Laura's beloved grandchildren:

We were shocked and saddened to hear of Laura's untimely passing. We know that she was the true matriarch of your family. Her love for her family was boundless. She always spoke with pride of each and every family member. She was a kind and caring person and we are all better people to have known her. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss.

Gregory DiDonato

November 4, 2021

Tom, Alison and the rest of the family:

So sorry to hear of your moms passing and we offer our condolences. Saying prayers for her at this time and hope she is in a much better place.

Sarah Howard

November 3, 2021

I’m not ready to say goodbye so soon to such a loving women. 💔

Laura was the matriarch, the leader, the glue, of the Collins family.

My Auntie Laura lived each day making everyone in her life feel special, included, and loved. She built unique and loving relationships with each member of our family and she was always someone I could lean on. With her , I knew I would get honest advice paired with comforting hugs.

She worked tirelessly to keep the Collins family united. She didn’t let the petty things get in the way of cherished time spent as one BIG family. She gave many speeches at family gatherings reminding us to love one another, forgive one another, and to always remember FAMILY FIRST.

It’s going to be a difficult journey ahead but the Collins family and friends all have each other to lean on , thanks to her efforts to keep everyone so close . ❤️

I will miss my beloved Aunt dearly. May she Rest In Peace.

Donna Boruchov

November 3, 2021

We are all so sorry for your loss. Laura was one of a kind, gentle, supportive and loving. May she rest in peace.

Wayne and Roberts

November 3, 2021

Wayne and I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
Bill once described Laura as an Angel here on earth and he was absolutely right. There is and never will be another Laura. Wayne and I have known your family for over 60 years. Laura was not just a dear friend, but family to us as all of you are. We'll always remember her gentleness, wonderful smile, compassion and huge heart. We loved her so much. But we know that she is not gone, just out of immediate sight. We know she is with us and looking down on all her loved ones. Rest in Peace, Laura.

Fran & Dick Geary

November 2, 2021

Two years ago we had the wonderful pleasure of spending some time with Laura & her sister-in-law...our Best Friend Barbara Collins.. on a trip to New Hampshire. I treasure this memory of meeting such a kind, happy, caring, pleasant person. Our Prayers & Hearts go out to her Family, but be happy that you have this beautiful angel looking down on you from Heaven and keeping watch over all of you. May she RIP .

Susanne Blaszczyk

November 2, 2021

Love and prayers go out to the entire Poitras family. We remember Laura fondly on the soccer field sidelines cheering on her children many years ago. There were many wonderful memories.

nancy barone

November 1, 2021

To The Poitras Family.
I worked with Laura many years ago at Cheshire Tool. She was the best co worker anyone could want...friendly, caring, kindhearted and always fun to be around. I'll always remember her love and dedication to her family.
My deepest sympathy.
Nancy Barone

Marisa Sousa

November 1, 2021

I have many great memories of grandma Poitras…she treated me like her own when her daughter Marybeth married my dad Dino. She made sure every holiday I felt included…she let me watch her cook and her food was so tasty! She will be so very missed! My heart is heavy…I send my love to everyone feeling this loss!!! The heavens gained a beautiful angel….xoxo

john poitras

November 1, 2021

Janet and I can't find the words to say how much lost we feel. Laura has been my big sister for most of my life and will always be. I know you will always be looking down on us all and I will always be looking up to you. With love from Janet,John and our entire Family