We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wilbraham Funeral Home
Linda Jane (LaRiviere) Rooney, 71, passed away unexpectedly at home on Father’s Day surrounded by her loving family. Born in Springfield to the late Richard and Mercedes (Labrecque) LaRiviere, she was a graduate of Cathedral High School and attended Westfield State University. She worked at New England Telephone, as a customer service representative and later as Office Manager at HJ Rooney and Sons for many years until her retirement. While living in Springfield, Linda was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Church, where she served as the first woman Head of Parish Council and ran the Christmas Pageant. Upon moving to Wilbraham in 1989, she joined St. Cecilia Parish where she was a Eucharistic Minister and ran the Christmas Pageant. Linda was a member of the theater group “Culturama” where she starred in My Fair Lady and Carousel. Linda is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years D. Thomas Rooney, their sons; Sean P. Rooney, Sr. and his wife Jennifer of Wilbraham, Timothy A. Rooney and Kate Kelley of Milford, MA, Christopher D. Rooney and his wife Stacy of Southwick and Patrick F. Rooney and his wife Nicole of Lynnfield, MA, brothers; Keith LaRiviere of Orange, MA, Robert Paul LaRiviere of Springfield, Michael E. LaRiviere of FL, John M. LaRiviere of Chicopee and the late USMC Sergeant Steven LaRiviere, sisters; Cheryl Cossaboom of Springfield, Joanne Zimmerman of Lunenberg, MA, Nancy LaRiviere of Deland, FL and Lesley “Buffy” LaRiviere of Chicopee and seven adored grandchildren; Sean P. Rooney, II, Ava, Liam, Aiden, Blake, Declan and Hudson “H.J.” Rooney. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5th from 4:00-7:00 PM at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. Family and friends may meet for Linda’s Funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 6th at 10:00 AM at St. Cecillia Church. Inurnment will follow in St. Michael the Archangel Mausoleum at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cecilia Church HOPE Ministries, 42 Main St., Wilbraham, MA 01095.