She was born in Worcester and raised in Auburn, daughter of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Ricker) Peterson. She graduated from Auburn High School with the Class of 1951 and later graduated from Boston University.
Jean’s main focus in life was being a wonderful wife and mother to her husband and children. When her children were school age she maintained secretarial positions at several companies through the years; her last job was as an executive secretary for the Bay State Gas Company in Westborough before she retired.
Family was everything to Jean, she loved spending time with all her family especially the grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She traveled with her husband Don, she was an avid reader, gardener; she enjoyed sewing and knitted all of the families Christmas Stockings; she was a talented baker and made Christmas Cookies for everyone .
Jean leaves her loving husband of 41 years, Donald R. LaBrie, a daughter, Susan L. Gentuso and her husband, Michael of Stow; a son, David M. Butler and his wife, Jean of Auburn; three grandchildren, Erika Carr and her husband, David of Lancaster, Stephanie Beauchamp and her husband, William of Stow and Justine McAlpine and her husband, Jonathan of Lancaster; four great grandchildren, Ryan, Hailey, Evan, and Brady; two sisters-in-law, Beverly and Ann LaBrie of Auburn and Florida. She was predeceased by her first husband, Lt. James P. “Rusty” Butler who was a Navy Pilot that was killed in 1956 in a plane crash south of Honshu, Japan in the post Korean War period.
Funeral services for Jean will be held privately in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central St, Auburn. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) .