Dozens gathered Thursday night to pay respects to a woman who dedicated her life to helping those in need.
Lorraine Houle, the founder of Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in Chicopee died on December 23rd.
Calling hours were held Thursday night at the Grise Funeral Home in Chicopee. People remembered Lorraine for her impact on the community.
“Absolutely, in Chicopee and in the wider area people want to help other people, it’s what we need to do as a community, look to how we can help one another,” said Seth Dussault of Easthampton.
A funeral service will be held Friday morning at the St Rose De Lima Church at 10:00 a.m.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our beloved founder and only director, Ms. Lorraine Houle, on December 23rd. Despite her retirement in 2012, her influence has remained strong. Without her, there would be no Lorraine’s. Her kindness, compassion, and service did more than feed the hungry in our city; but transform many lives and making all feel loved and heard. Lorraine is the kind of human being we all should aspire to be in our own lives. Please keep the Houle family, along with our staff and all who knew and loved her, in your prayers during this difficult time. Calling hours will be held today from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Grise Funeral Home on 280 Springfield Street in Chicopee. A funeral service will take place tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose de Lima Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lorraine’s. We will miss you Ms. Lorraine, and thank you for your tireless service to our friends and neighbors in Chicopee.