Henriette “Henri” (Lajoie) von Trapp, age 85, of Adamsville, RI, passed away on April 13, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born in Fall River, the third daughter of the late J. Edward and Cecile (Laurent) Lajoie.
In 1947 she married Dr. Rupert von Trapp and they settled in Adamsville, to serve the community and raise a family. In 1949, Henriette was afflicted with polio. Despite severe paralysis and two children to care for, she bore four more children and ran a bustling household. At the age of 50, she began working at the Newport Naval Base, a job she enjoyed until her retirement at the age of 70. She lived for her family and friends and “the most beautiful beach in the world,” Elephant Rock.
She leaves her sons George and wife Patricia of Waterbury Center, Vt., Christopher and wife Kelly Sweeney of Waltham, Vt., her daughters Monique and husband James Saflund of Cranston, RI, Elizabeth and husband Vern Walker of Fairfield,Va., Stephanie and husband Peter Derbyshire of Adamsville, and Francoise von Trapp and partner Stephen Rayle of Phoenix, Az., 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother James Lajoie and wife Jane of Salem, MA and her sisters Anne Marie and husband Joseph Ripanti of Swansea, MA, Marie Claire Cote of Montreal, PQ, Gabrielle McBride of Albuquerque, NM, Elizabeth Lajoie of Essex, Conn., and Francoise Brunette of San Raphael, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her, brothers Henri and Laurent, sisters Marguerite Brais, Therese Collette, Bernadette and her grandson Marc.
Mrs. von Trapp’s funeral will be Saturday, April 20, at 9:45 a.m. from the Boule Funeral Home, 615 Broadway, Fall River, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Rd Westport. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Flowers are welcome or memorial gifts may be made to Rhode Island Infantile Paralysis Foundation (Post-Polio Foundation) c/o Mark McGovern 95 Crosswynds Dr., Saunderstown, RI 02874 Online guestbook available at www.boulefuneralhome.com