Elizabeth (Betty) Lagana

Elizabeth (Betty) Lagana, beloved wife of Frank and matriarch of four generations of the Lagana family, passed away February 6th. She was surrounded by her entire family.

Betty devoted her entire life to loving her family. She was counselor, cook, sympathetic ear and cheerleader, and worked tirelessly to assure that her brood had a clean home, clean clothes, good food and good manners. After raising five of her own children, she took on a whole new group of eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

In earlier years, Betty was the bookkeeper for several iterations of the family business: The Meat Shoppe, Lagana’s Supermarket and then Frank’s Place, but Job No. 1 was always her family. Nobody left the house without her putting “a little bit of love” in their pocket. And, if you were really lucky, you also got some banana bread. Betty’s grandchildren could do no wrong.

The family is heartbroken by our loss, but so grateful for her love and devotion to us. Our lives will never be the same without her, but we know she’s watching over us.

Betty is survived by the love of her life and husband of 63 years, Frank, and five children, Jim and his wife, Debbie, and daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman and Emily, Karen and her son, Nick, Frank and his love, Karen Hall, and his children, Christina and Stephen, Janet and her spouse, Heather, and Julie and her husband, Matt Farnum, and children Zachary, Meghan and Aiden. Liz Hoffman and her husband, Jimmy, are the parents of Emily Elizabeth, Betty’s great-grandchild, and another namesake.

A resident of Merrimack for 47 years and communicant at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Betty was born on May 29, 1931. She was predeceased by a brother, Fran, and sister, Evelyn.

The Lagana family plans a private family service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Betty’s name to Catholic Charities of N.H., 215 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH 03104-4354, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.