Laurette R. Hamel

Died: 2016-06-06
Resided in: Boxford, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-06-10 / 9:30am-11:30am
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Contributions: In Lieu of Flowers: MSPCA.ORG

Visitation on Friday from 9:30am-11:30am.

Laurette “Lari” Hamel passed away on June 6, 2016 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Lari is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Dennis Wolz, her sons, Matthew Hamel Wolz and Christopher Hamel Wolz, and her daughter in law, KatieMae Dell Isola. Lari was born in Providence, RI on September 24, 1949 to Bertrand Hamel of Lewiston, ME and the late Barbara Ballem of Quincy, MA. She lived the final 32 years of her life in Boxford, MA. Lari spent much of her childhood abroad in Puerto Rico and Italy, where she attended grammar school and high school. She attended Chamberlain College in Boston and then joined Pan American World Airlines, where she was employed for 17 years as a flight attendant, purser, and finally as president of the Pan Am Miami Independent Union of Flight Attendants. She traveled the world with Pan Am, making extensive use of her knowledge of many languages including Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese. In 1983 she retired from Pan Am to raise her sons. After raising her family, she returned to work in order to follow her lifelong love of animals by working at the Borash Veterinary Clinic in Peabody, MA.

In addition to her husband and children, Lari is also survived by her father, as well as her sisters, brothers, and their families: Brenda Hamel Baxley of Cataumet, MA; Robert Hamel of Cataumet, MA; Martha Hamel Fisher of Boxford, MA; and Jason B. Hamel of Falmouth, MA. She leaves behind a large, loving family of nieces and nephews who adore her and to whom she taught her love of life and animals. She also leaves behind an army of friends from Boxford, Pan Am, and Forest Sherman High School in Naples, Italy.

Lari died as she lived: with courage, spunk, generosity, thoughtfulness, a never-ending love of food and an unsurpassed joie de vivre. She was surrounded by her loved ones in her passing and will be missed tremendously by all of us she leaves behind, perhaps in particular by the dragonflies, the bullfrogs, and the hummingbirds.


Lari, I hope that you realized the impact you had in the lives of all of us who shared with you the joy of being a part of the PanAm family. Whenever I saw your name on the crew list while checking in, I knew I was going to have the best time. It did not matter if it was an exotic destination or a turnaround to the Caribbean. And how can I forget that day - The First Crew Party- when coincidentally we were flying to Puerto Rico for a wedding party and way into the conversation we discovered your cousin was marrying my nephew. Our screams were heard half way around the world. Oh, the joy of "bumping" into each other while vacationing with our husbands and boys. And the time we ran into each other at a supermarket in Cape Cod. Another session of screaming and alarming all shoppers. You were so unique and special, there will always be a special place for you in my heart. Dennis, Mat and Chris, words cannot express my sympathies for your loss. God Bless.
Lari, now has two sets of wings, soar high my Pan Am sister. Deepest condolences. BA Miller-Stacey JFK
Lari, I will miss you and hope you know what a presence you had around others and the love for life that you always showed. I smile just thinking of sitting at the pool in Westport, surrounded by family and laughter. Your love for animals always evident, even your desire to fix the wing of a dragonfly using superglue. Dragonflies symbolize the ability to overcome times of hardship, courage and strength. I could not think of a better comparison to the way you lived your life, like a dragonfly. A dragonfly to remind us even though we are apart, your spirit is always with us forever in our heart. I will forever smile anytime I see a dragonfly and think of you… Denny, Matt, and Chris, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that to me, you are family always. May you be comforted by the memories and be surrounded by much love . Love, Pam Cowan
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Lari's family. I was always so glad to fly with her, and then, later, see her at Pan Am reunions and luncheons. It was good to read that she was surrounded by family during her illness and passing. May she rest in peace. And peace be to all her family.
Dearest Denny, Matt and Chris, Your Wife and Mom was a wonderful person, and I was so lucky to have known her and to have flown with her. We will miss her terribly. She was the life of the party and always looking out for everyone else. Hope you take comfort in knowing she was loved by all and will be missed by all. Hugs and kisses to you at this very sad time. Moira and Jerry Lichen
Dearest Lari - You have always been a shining light to those of us who have shared the joy of knowing you. Soar with the eagles and give Denny, Matt and Chris peace in this time of their profound sense of loss. You have brightened my life - and I thank you with all my heart! Ron Cornelison
Farewell Dear "Sistah". Until we meet again.... Knowing you has been one of the great blessings of life. Your graceful beauty was matched by your courage and generosity and indomitable spirit. My deepest condolences to your family and for us all. Vonna Brode Thomas
What a lovely video. Thanks for sharing. I went out and bought some mangoes today because they always make me think of Lari. We ordered them from room service for breakfast in Manilla, we drove around Honolulu looking for ones that had fallen off trees in residential streets to pick up, and she mailed me boxes of them when she lived in Florida! I recognize the crocheted dress in the video because we bought them in Manilla. Lari brightened the world. She was a wonderful, generous person, always fun to be around. She will be greatly missed by a lot of people. Love Suzy
Dearest Den and family, I am overwhelmed with sadness with Lari's passing. She loved so deeply whether it was friends, family or her pets. Her laugh was contagious. I have wonderful memories of us being together at work, on the boat and having wonderful dinners at your home. She was one of the nicest, most interesting individuals that I have ever met. Heaven has gained an angel and we have lost a dear friend. There will never be another " Lari " God Bless you and your family. Deepest sympathies, David and Gail
There are people in this world who light up a room when they enter, who make you break into a smile upon seeing them. Lari was one of these vibrant human beings who enriched the lives of those of us who were lucky to know her. What do you expect from an adorable child who used to hang lizards from her ears when living in Puerto Rico and ask the tourists for a dollar to take her picture? That she would grow up to be a woman made of pluck and grit. On her last email to me Lari said she could not imagine anyone having a better, more fun filled life than she had. My love always Lari, Yvonne Conde
My deepest sympathies. We had many good flights with The Worlds Most Experienced Airline. My heart cries with you. Soar Lari,soar...God's speed. Susie Ruschelau
There is only joy in taking flight for those who rise and sail that Light. It's those of us left on the ground feel the weight of hearts earth-bound. I hold you each in my heart softly. Know without a doubt you are loved... there and here, Laurie Tuttle
We will miss all the wonderful dinners together in Boxford and Newburyport, the great stories, the hearty laughter, your visits and travels with us in Italy. We will see you in the celestial rose, save us a seat. Un bacione, Ugo and Kay
ENORMOUS HUGE HUGS to the Family &Friends of Lari for a loss of One who touched us along our journey in life. Her motto was "Vive La Vida con Gusto" which Lari did Every Day of Her Life. No one has left such a legacy as Lari because she Cared so much for the BEST. I will miss her more than I can say. - she Left More than a Footprint to Follow - she lived a Life of Dedication to Improve, Energize, & Enjoy Everyone & Everything around her. Her laugh will be with me every day & Lari will continue to be in my thoughts - Maybe Gone. - Never Ever Forgotten Lynn Collins-Dale

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