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“God Bless you Tara. ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: John Corcoran - waltham, MA

“God bless you and your beautiful children Tara. You are in my heart, always - for your generosity, your humor, and your keen insight. I will be...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Diane O'Connell - Scituate, MA

“May God be with you Tara. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Tom O'Connell - Pasadena, MD

“I ran into Tara after 30-40 years!! at Shaws n was thrilled to see her. It was nice to catch up with her n now Im so glad I was able to see her. Im...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Jeanne Nocera - Waltham, MA

“I became friends with Tara when I moved to Waltham when I was around 10 and Tara 9. I have fond memories of Tara growing up in Lakeview. As a...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Darlene Butler - Acton, MA

“Jodi,I am so sorry for the loss of your sister Tara. May your family and hers cherish the wonderful memories that you have. May Tara rest in Eternal...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“We are in total shock to hear of Tara's passing. As a neighbor we moved to Waltham several years ago and I remember vividly when she greeted us for...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: David Nuzzi - Waltham, MA

“I had not seen Tara in about 20 years until several months ago when I saw her in a car next to me on Trapelo Road in Waltham. I knew in an instant...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Kymberly Casey - Stoneham, MA

“Sorry for you loss I was a friend of Tara's a long time ago. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: cheryl schofield - tewksbury, MA

“Jodi, Sean, Danny & family,,,I am so very sorry to hear of Tara's passing. Fond, happy memories growing up across the street from the Donlon house. ...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Laura Callahan-McCann - Waltham, MA

“Heartbroken hearing of Tara's passing. She was such a beautiful person. Prayers and love to the entire family. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Gail DellaCamera - MA - Friend

“Deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. She will be forever in our hearts.She was simply wonderful. So sorry. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Marybeth, John and Julianne Newell - MA

“I grew up with tara i had fun times with her she was a great friend and had a great heart she will be missed ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Violet cyr - Friend

“Tara was part of what made growing up in Lakeview special. To Jodi, Sean, Danny and all of her family, friends and neighbors-we're so sorry. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Tisha Shaughnessy Sullivan - MA

Jade visits with Julia and Rya “It is with a heavy heart that I read the news of Tara's passing. We will remember her strong, creative spirit, optimism, and love for life. Living...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Mariana St.Germain - Waltham, MA

“So very sorry to hear of Tara's passing. Our family has such wonderful memories of growing up together, camping together, and enjoying being...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Carolyn Callahan Hough - Waltham, MA

“To her family and friends, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Lots of fond memories in Lakeview of the Donlon family and neighbors. She will...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so very sorry to hear of Tara's passing.Many fond memories of growing up across the street from the Donlon family.My prayers go to all of you. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: mary callahan - waltham, MA

“To her family, my condolences in the loss of such a wonderful, wonderful woman. May your memories help at this difficult time. Tara, my Sundance...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Ronda Hobbs - Coshocton, OH

“So very very sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt, Pat, Jodi, Sean and the entire Donlon/Gidney/LaPlante families. With...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Tina, Tim, Nick & Pat Brennan - MA

“So sorry to hear, loved Tara as a friend growing up in Lakeview! I send all her kids and family lots of love! ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Lori Chase Walsh - Mattapoisett, MA

“Sean I am so so sorry. I loved Tara. She was such an inspiration to me about being confident as a woman. I will forever love her. I am so so sorry...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Kerri Egan - CHELMSFORD, MA


Waltham – Tara J. (Donlon) LaPlante, of Waltham, died at her home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 following a courageous twelve year battle with chronic leukemia. She was 58.

Tara was born in Waltham on August 22, 1961, a daughter of the late Thomas J., Jr. and Arlene A. "Tisha" (Sullivan) Donlon. She was a 1979 graduate of Waltham High School and went on to pursue her lifelong passion of being a hairstylist.

While Tara loved helping others look their 'best' on the outside, she had a special talent for helping them feel their best on the inside, too. She made her clients feel like old friends and anyone that sat in her chair could be comforted with her friendly smile and casual, calming nature. She had a thirst for adventure which brought her on numerous journeys camping, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and traveling to any new place.

While she delighted exploring new places the world offered, her sense of adventure did not stop at home. Much to her family's pleasure she had great talent in the kitchen where she would cook and bake meals and treats to keep them well-fed and satisfied. She also enjoyed gardening, bike riding, and jogging. She remained active in mind and body and was truly a bright light in many lives and will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she is reunited with her brother, the late Thomas J. Donlon, III.

Tara leaves her children. Matthew W. Gidney (Johanna) of Waltham, Patrick J. Gidney of Oceanside, California and Jade T. LaPlante of Waltham; her granddaughter, Lana A. Gidney; her sister and brothers, P. Jodi Ohnemus (Walter 'Ted') of Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Sean P. Donlon (Marsha) and Daniel J. Donlon, all of Brownfield, Maine, and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will honor and remember Tara's life by gathering for her Funeral Mass in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.