Feb. 23, 2012
RUTH M. BOUCHARD
Ruth M. Bouchard, 97, formerly of Williston, passed away quietly on Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, in the St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ruth was born April 15, 1914, in Winooski, the daughter of Fred and Margaret (Companion) Willette. Ruth married Homer Bouchard in April 1934. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ruth had a great sense of humor and an amazing zest for life. In earlier years, Ruth worked for the Winooski Woolen Mills until 1954. She then moved to Milford, Conn. from 1954 to 1972. Ruth returned to Vermont after retiring from Burndy Corporation in Milford, Conn. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Bouchard; her son, Robert Bouchard and his wife, Lynn; her grandchildren, Keely and Tom Power, Katie and Paul Leclerc, Kyle Bouchard and Monica Emmons, Jennifer and Phil Cyr, Sarah and Simon Alexander, Steven Morin, and Vicki Metivier; her great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by Homer in May 1996; and her son, Norman in April 2005. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all the staff at the St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center for all their loving care and kindness. Visiting hours were on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. and funeral services began at 11 a.m. Interment followed at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. A Mass celebrating her life will be at a later date and at the convenience of the family. In light of Ruth’s love of animals, the family would like to suggest donations made in Ruth’s name to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
WILFRED JAMES BISSONNETTE
Wilfred James Bissonnette of Taft Farms, Williston, died Friday, Feb. 17, in Fletcher Allen Health Care. He was 94 years old. He was born at home on Jan. 23, 1918, to Anne (Proulx) Bissonnette and William Bissonnette, in Malone, N.Y. He graduated from nursing school at King City Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1942, where he met his wife, then Halina Blaskowitz. He attended New York University where he was awarded a bachelor of science degree in nursing. He served in World War II as an Army medic in the European theatre and on the Pan American Highway. He worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Staten Island Hospital. He was a Boy Scout leader and was involved in Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island. Bill had a zest for life and socializing. He enjoyed road trips, camping, gardening, Amway, and spending time with his family and friends. Bill was well known for his rare and quirky sense of humor. He took great pleasure in the various game nights and community activities with his friends at Taft Farms, where he will be greatly missed. Bill was also an avid sweepstaker and kept up with technology, working daily on his computer. Bill was devoted to Charlotte Larrabee, his longtime sweetheart, who he would visit daily at Burlington Rehabilitation. He is survived by his children, Wilfred J. Bissonnette II and his wife, Ellen, of Bristol, Mona Gambardella of Cornwall, Robert Bissonnette and wife, Allyson, of Queens, N.Y., and Susan Bissonnette of Woodstock, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Halina Bissonnette, mother of his five children; daughter, Maura Ann; and his wife, Josephine (Padd) Bissonnette of Cheektowaga, N.Y. A Mass was celebrated on Monday, at 4:30 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 7415 Williston Road, Williston.
MARY T. PEATE
Mary Teresa (Todd) Peate, 84, died peacefully at Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester, on Sunday, Feb. 19. She was born in Mimico, Canada on May 13, 1927, daughter of the late Valent and Augusta (Choate) Todd. Mary was a writer of fiction, non-fiction, comedy, radio and TV scripts, and a radio broadcaster for the CBC.
She is the author of a memoir trilogy: “Girl in a Red River Coat [1970; second edition 2005];” Montreal Gazette Best Seller, “Girl in a Sloppy Joe Sweater ;” “Girl in a CBC Studio ” and nominated for the Stephen Leacock Humor Prize (2000). Chapters from her books have been anthologized in five Canadian specialty books as well as Canadian textbooks.
She wrote and hosted her own radio show, “Tea & Trumpets.” The show aired on CBC from 1958 through 1965 and was heard throughout Canada, the United States bordering Canada, 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle, France and Germany.
During her show’s seven-year run, she wrote for and appeared on Don McNeill’s “Breakfast Club,” and wrote daily editorials for him for “Flair.” Both these shows aired on ABC out of Chicago. During this time Mary also released the comedy album, “If You Lived Here, You’d be Home Now .” Mary also did runway modeling, print ads, fashion layouts and TV commercials in Montreal in the 1950s-60s. After a 27-year career at the CBC, she moved to California (1980-93) where she contributed to the Los Angeles Times, a number of West Coast publications and wrote a weekly column for the Los Angeles Daily News in the late 1980s. Since 1993, she lived in Williston and later Essex. Her work has appeared in Vermont Life Magazine, The Burlington Free Press and she conducted a Life History Writing Workshop for the women of UVM for ten years.
Mary was totally captivated by the written word and happiest when reading her favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau and J.D. Salinger. She was also an avid jazz fan and collector of antiques, memorabilia and dolls. Mary saw the humor in almost any situation; her wit was razor sharp.
She is survived by her two sons, George Peate and wife Michele of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Rick Peate and wife Debbie of Williston; her daughter Candy Padula and husband Chuck of Westford; her grandchildren, James, Dan, Mary Clare, Joe, John and Angela; her great grandchildren, Sophia, Madeline, Danny and Anthony. She is predeceased by her husband Robert Peate.
Visiting hours were held at A. W. Rich Funeral Home in Essex Junction on Wednesday Feb. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Essex Jct., with Reverend Richard Tinney officiating. Burial will be held in the family plot in Holy Family Cemetery in the spring. The family invites you to share your memories and online condolences by visiting www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.
MICHAEL TIMOTHY POIRIER
Michael Timothy Poirier, 19, formally of Williston, died suddenly on Feb. 18, in Kenduskeag, Maine, where he moved a month ago to live with his brother, Matthew, who is a college student in that area. Michael was born at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, on Dec. 31, 1992, and is the son of Christopher and Linda Poirier who were longtime Williston residents, until they relocated to Grafton, Mass. in January 2012. Mike is the second born of five children who include his older brother Matthew (20), Melissa (17), Marlena (15) and Madeline (13). Mike was proud to be an infantry soldier in the Vermont Army National Guard. He was very enthusiastic about his future military career in the Guard, and constantly kept himself in top physical shape. For a fitness challenge, he often enjoyed donning his combat boots, fatigues, and a full rucksack, and going on long hikes along the back roads of Vermont. Mike graduated from South Burlington High School in 2010, and planned to eventually move in with his brother in Maine, work fulltime for a year and attend college starting in 2012. Ever since he was 15, Michael always worked hard in his part-time employment at the Hannaford grocery store in Williston. He was frequently commended for his diligence on the job where he always gave his maximum effort. Michael will be remembered for his playful wit, dynamic energy and thirst for adventure. He was always the comedian with his friends and family, and loved to stage pranks and other antics to entertain them. Despite his rambunctiousness, Mike had a gentle heart, thoughtfulness and childlike demeanor to those close to him. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 7415 Williston Rd., Williston. A reception will follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family.