Priscilla J. (LeCain) Belcher, age 92

of Braintree

Priscilla J. (LeCain) Belcher, age 92

Priscilla J. (LeCain) Belcher, age 92, of Braintree, died peacefully, Thursday, January 21, 2021 in the comfort of her home. She was surrounded by her loving family in the home she and Harold H. Belcher, her late, beloved husband, built and where she lived for seventy years.

Priscilla was born in Cambridge, to the late James M. and Geneva (Fisher) LeCain. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of The Woodward School for Girls in Quincy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tufts University and her Master’s degree in Education from Bridgewater State University.

Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Patricia Yoerger (Roy), Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Kuhn (Dave), her brother James (Kathy), and her son-in-law, Wolfgang Piegorsch.

After raising her family, Priscilla became an elementary and special education teacher for the Hanover Public Schools, teaching at both Cedar Elementary and Center Elementary, for twenty-five years. In retirement, she taught English as a Second Language courses, recorded books on tape for the blind, and also graded MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure) tests for aspiring teachers. In her spare time, she enjoyed attending a Harvard Divinity School program specific to women’s issues and concerns of learning, faith and growth, as well as water-color painting and traveling with Harold.

She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church of Braintree where she was a Deaconess, active in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and a member of the bell choir.

Priscilla was the devoted mother of Carol J. Piegorsch of Tyngsboro and late husband Wolfgang, Stephen H. Belcher and wife Frances of Wareham, Nancy S. Wilbur and husband John of Merrimack, N.H., and Janet B. Holton and husband Glenn of Braintree. She was the loving grandmother of Weylin (Marie), Walker (Ebyon), Jessica, Erina (Mike), Robert (Susan), William (Susan), Lydia, Mollie (Dan), Stephen (Larry), John (Lindsey), Michael (Jen), Thomas (Kara), Brian, Jared, and Rachel; and cherished great-grandmother of Wyatt, Evelyn, Micah, Jason, Evan, Chris, Ryan, Laila, Sophia, Gabriel, Hadley, Calvin, Lucas, and great-great-grandmother to Leland. Priscilla is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving will be held at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary on Saturday, January 30th. Due to COVID restrictions and limited seating, reservations are required for all who plan to attend. Please contact the office, office@firstchurchbraintree.com, to reserve your pew.

Everyone is invited to attend virtually through a live streaming video broadcast. If you are interested in joining the feed, please contact gholton@yahoo.com. The service is being celebrated on Saturday, January 30, at 10:00 AM EST, in First Congregational Church of Braintree by Reverend Michael Frady, Pastor. Her interment will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne and is being postponed to an appropriate time to travel this spring or summer.

For those who wish, donations in Priscilla’s memory may be made to First Congregational Church in Braintree, MA; feedthechildren.org; or the charity of your choice.

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  • Aunt Priscilla and Uncle Harold were my (Roy Jr’s) God Parents. I knew as a child, teenager, and young adult, they were always there for me if needed. I went to school at Northeastern U and visited them often especially freshmen year as my parents lived in Maryland. As a young person Aunt P always gave me a special present for my birthday. I still have those gifts. As kids we loved to go to the Belcher’s house, on entry, Aunt P would light up the house as always and her Boston Baked Beans were the best! Love You Aunt Priscilla!!

  • Always a smile. That is what I remember about Aunt Priscilla. We were the little cousins so everything was a wonder at the Belcher house. Two stories that are etched in my memory. First was the day a number of cousins were sitting on the living room floor playing cards. Someone put a recording of the old radio show “The Shadow” on the record player. You can ask my kids, to this day I repeat the famous quote. “Only the Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hears of men.”
    Second story, the Fish. Do you remember the fish Dad ( Uncle Dave) caught in Maine and brought back to Quincy to be cooked up for all? I can still see it on the serving plate.
    OK one more. The Hat. A bunch of cousin went out to the store one day while we were in Quincy. The came back with a felt hat which they presented to Dad. Not a cowboy hat but more of a hillbilly hat. He loved that hat and wore it every time he went to the woods from that day forward. It was a great hat. Well at least his eldest son thought so!!!
    Prayers and blessings to each of you for the joys you remember and sorrows you will endure.

    The Houston Kuhns

  • Remembering Priscilla fondly as a collegue when I taught at Center School. She was always kind and helpful to me., And remembering her when my daughter, Beth had her as a 2nd Grade teacher. I had been pregnant that year and Priscilla allowed Beth to bring me and her baby sister Kate to school as sort of a “show and tell”. Wouldn’t Priscilla have been happy to know that that baby Kate became a Congregational pastor now serving in Saratoga Springs, New York.. RIP dear Priscilla!

  • I student taught with Priscilla in the early nineties. She was an amazing teacher and really helped me to become the teacher I am today. I will always be so thankful to her for advice, her wisdom and her flexible attitude in the classroom. Until all the testing took the time, I did a winter holidays unit every Christmas based on her play. One year she came to my holiday show and I was unbelievably thrilled to have her at my school and for her to see what she started oh so long ago. I am so thankful I got to learn from her.