CHICOPEE – Beatrice P. Graham, 70, of Chicopee entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Holyoke Medical Center surrounded by the love and care of her family. She was born in Holyoke on March 13, 1949 a daughter of the late Philidor and Antoinette (Lambert) Lemay. Bea grew up in Chicopee, attending local schools including St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Aldenville and graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive in 1967. She married Peter L. Graham and they settled in Chicopee to raise their family. She began a long career as a Radiology Technician, graduating from the School of Radiologic Technology at Mercy Hospital. She worked as an X-Ray Technician and CAT scan technician at Holyoke Hospital and CAT scan technician at BSMC in Springfield. As technology progressed, so did Bea, studying and receiving her certification as an MRI Technician, and continuing her career at Holyoke Hospital, retiring after 40 years of dedicated service. Bea was a communicant of St. Rose de Lima Church and the former St. Patrick's Church, both in Chicopee. She was a member of the Moose Family Lodge where she also volunteered her time with the Bingo Committee. Beatrice’s beloved husband of 39 years, Peter L. Graham, passed away in 2012. She leaves her devoted children; Jennifer L. Briere and her husband Adam of Chicopee, Michael P. Graham of Chicopee, and Catherine A. Demers and her husband Rafe of Chicopee; four adored and cherished grandchildren, Payton, Madison, Josephine, and William. Her dear siblings; Jeannette Beaulieu of Chicopee, Lorraine LeClerc of Maysville, NC., Rita Bernier of Chicopee, Leon Lemay of Glastonbury, CT., Leonard Lemay of Chandler, Arizona, Emil Lemay of Brandon, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. Beatrice was sadly predeceased by two sisters; Annette Fontaine and an infant sister, Cecile Lemay. Beatrice’s family will receive relatives and friends at the visitation on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at the Tylunas Funeral Home, 159 Broadway St., Chicopee. Friends are invited to a Liturgy of Christian Burial on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan St., with Rites of Committal to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fuller Rd., both in Chicopee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Beatrice’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104.
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