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WEST TOWNSEND — Louise D. (Tibbetts) Bataitis, 65, of West Townsend, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Aug. 18, in Leominster Hospital after being stricken ill at her home.

She was born in Fitchburg, on Dec. 6, 1944, to the late Charles R., Sr. and Davida M. (Christian) Tibbetts. She grew up in Lunenburg and graduated from Lunenburg High School in 1963.

Louise worked at Colonial Press in Clinton before going to work for Courier Printing in Westford where she worked for several years prior to her retirement in 1999. Louise received recognition from the Printers Guild of America for her outstanding work in the printing field.

She was a member of the Townsend Congregational Church, the Lunenburg Turkey Hill Garden Club and the Fitchburg Y.M.C.A. where she enjoyed swimming. Louise also loved to cook and was always very giving with her culinary gifts. She found solace in her gardens, but most of all her true passion was reading and love of books.

She leaves her husband of 34 years, John F. “Skip” Bataitis, Jr. of W. Townsend; a daughter, Mary L. Bataitis of W. Townsend; two brothers, Charles Tibbetts, Jr. of Tewksbury and David Tibbetts of Victorville, Calif.; four sisters, Doris Stockah of Fitchburg, Michelle Lora of Sarasota, Fl, Susan Estrada of Long Beach, Calif. and Patricia Morse of Townsend; and several nephews and nieces.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 25. Burial will be held privately at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, N.H. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lunenburg Turkey Hill Garden Club or to a charity of one’s choice.