Janet French Laughlin

  • Born: November 13, 1926
  • Died: November 24, 2020
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Janet French Laughlin, longtime resident of Chelmsford, MA and recently of Concord, MA, passed away on November 4, 2020. She was 94.

Janet was born in Lowell, MA to Leonard and Gertrude (Bachmann) French. She grew up in Lowell, attended Northfield School, and graduated from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1948. While at Brown, Janet met the love of her life, Bailey. They married in 1948 and lived most of their 68 years together in Chelmsford, where they raised five children. Janet was a member of All Saints' Church, was an active member of the Chelmsford Garden Club, and, later in life, obtained her real estate license and worked at Emerson Real Estate in Chelmsford and Westford.

Janet was the catalyst for getting her family on the ski slopes. They started skiing on local hills in Massachusetts and then explored other areas in New England. The family built a ski house in 1962 in Intervale, NH, which became a place of refuge and joy for many years.

Janet was preceded in death by her beloved husband Francis Baily Laughlin, and a brother, Calvin French. She leaves her five children Jennifer Laughlin and husband Jake Broderick, Francis (Buz) Laughlin and wife Shawn, Ann Ostroski and husband Phil, Pamela Emerson, and Alexander Laughlin, and seven grandchildren.

Service and burial in Lowell Cemetery will be private.

The Laughlin family is grateful to Newbury Court in Concord and Janet's devoted caregivers for all their support and understanding.

Condolence & Memory Journal


I read Your Mom's obituary in the Lowell Sun and wanted to offer my condolences. My grandmother, Mildred Walsh (Bamba) who lived on Parkview Avenue, was Leonard's sister. My Mom and Dad, Patty and Ricky Walsh kept in touch with Janet and Bailey through the years. Although I didn't know her, I do remember the few times I met her she was always friendly and smiling which was very welcoming and rare! (To a shy, young girl). You were so fortunate that she lived to 94! May God comfort you all in your loss and give you strength at this sad time.

Posted by Missy Walsh - Pepperell, MA   January 03, 2021

Ann, we are sorry for your loss. Your mother left a wonderful legacy, passing along the gift of skiing.
Our condolences,
Kim and Peter Provencher
Leland, NC

Posted by Kim & Peter Provencher - Leland, NC - Friend   December 10, 2020

Janet and I were friends for more than eighty five years. We grew up on Holyrood ave and went through school together and since I was in Lowell and she in Chelmsford staying in touch all these years.She was a good friend! Grace Reilly Conway

Posted by Grace Conway - Friend   December 07, 2020

To the Laughlin Family,

So sorry to hear about your mom. So many memories of both of your parents and your family, visiting you in N. Conway, Pam and CSC, different events in either Lowell or Chelmsford etc... During my parents (Barbara and Charlie Wilson) later years I spent a lot of time driving both of them around and many a time it was into your parents driveway to say hello. We also ventured over to Newbury Court a few times. My parents considered yours two of their closest friends. They valued their friendship so much.
Sending my deepest sympathy to all, Dede Wilson McQuillan

Posted by Dede Wilson McQuillan - Drakes Island, Wells, ME - Friend   December 06, 2020

Alex & Family - I am very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful person. - Jason Reynolds

Posted by Jason Reynolds - Acquaintance   December 06, 2020

I grew up on Holyrood Avenue near Gertrude and Leonard French ( my friends and I called him King Leonardo and Gertrude, while being rather stern was so good to us). I didn't know Janet and Calvin well but I always knew of them from their proud parents...and of course, I shared a first name with Janet which felt special. My thoughts and prayers to the family in the loss of their their Mom / Grandmother.

Posted by Janet Leggat - Lowell, MA - Neighbor   December 06, 2020

To the Laughlin Family..

My sincerest condolences...

Mrs. Laughlin was a close friend of my mothers...and after Virginia Smith's too early death...Janet and the legendary Bailey were there for support to my Father and his children....I know..I was one of them....great memories of Park Road and North Conway....Janet..at times..was a mother to me way back then..I imagine..she was to many...high praise to her from this corner...she will be missed by so many.

Richard R. S. Smith
Greenwich, Conn.

Posted by Richard R. S. Smith    December 04, 2020

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