In Loving Memory with teary eyes and broken hearts, we sadly announce that Laurie Ann Shannon-Peaslee, 63, of Westborough, died unexpectedly on January 11, 2023, at Umass Medical Center, as a result of complications during her courageous fight with cancer. She was surrounded in her last minutes by her adoring husband of 23+ years, William A. Peaslee (former longtime resident of Hopkinton), her loving parents, Robert and Lois (DeSantis) Shannon of Milford; her sister-in-law, Beverly Mulkey of Northborough, and close friends, Kim Knox and Rick Souza of Milford.
Born on September 8, 1959, Laurie was the only child of Robert and Lois Shannon. She was raised in Milford and was a graduate of Milford High. Laurie went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Westfield State College, and then a Masters degree from Framingham State College. She was a gifted teacher who devoted her career to helping individuals with special needs recognize their potential. She began her career at the Evergreen Center of Milford, later working 30 years for the Leicester, MA school system, predominantly and before retirement at the High school as a Special Education inclusion teacher.
Laurie and William met in November of 93’. Together they bought a house and moved to Westborough in April of 1996, and were married amongst family and friends in Bermuda during August of 1999. Laurie loved to travel with William; their adventures took them all over the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, London, and more. Her favorite places were Bermuda, Key West, Bar Harbor, ME, and Hawaii. When not traveling, she truly enjoyed the simple things. Shopping with her husband, looking for new finds for their home, crafting, flowers, planting, working around, and enjoying their yard. She was an avid reader, especially on warm days while lying on her treasured comfy hammock, and was very good at drawing and painting. Laurie was also amazing in the kitchen and her cooking will be sorely missed.
Besides her parents and husband, Laurie leaves behind many close family members as well, including her Aunt Judy and Uncle Ernest Kapatoes, Joann Costantino; her nieces and a nephew, cousins, friends, and valued colleagues; and their beloved cats, Tiki and Kailani.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A Memorial service will take place at 2:00. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton will take place at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, please remind those who matter to you of your love, and do something nice for them.