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Obituary: Deacon John P. Gratton

Deacon John P. Gratton, 86, of Derby, died Dec. 7 at North Country Hospital in Newport.
 
He was born Aug. 19, 1931, in Derby Line, the son of Herve and Blanche (Roy) Gratton. He was a border at the Catholic school in Saint-Césaire, Québec, and attended grade school in Rock Island, Quebec.
 
He attended Sacred Heart High School in Newport and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport.
 
On June 14, 1951, he married Norma Hendrick who survives him; they had 10 children.
 
On Sept. 23, 1989, he was ordained a deacon and served at St. Benedict Labre Church in West Charleston and St. Edward the Confessor Church in Derby Line where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
 
He held several different positions at Columbia Forest Products; his last position was that of purchasing agent.
 
Besides his wife, he is also survived by his children and their spouses: Michael Gratton of Derby, Bobby Gratton and his wife, Linda, of Council, Indiana; Neena Gratton of Derby; Peter Gratton and his wife, Janet, of Newport Center; Timmy Gratton and his wife, Kendi, of Bristol; Danny Gratton and his wife, Mary, of Essex Junction; Angela Cerkovnik and her husband, Michael, of Davidson, North Carolina; Andre Gratton of Cherryville, North Carolina; Ronnie Gratton and his wife, Paula, of Fairfax; and Ricky Gratton and his wife, Neha, of Derby.
 
He is survived also by his 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
 
His sister, Pauline Gratton, predeceased him.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Derby Line.  Calling hours in the church will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
 
 
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Thanksgiving baskets

The annual Thanksgiving basket partnership between Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington and Vermont Catholic Charities Inc. took place Nov. 16. 
 
The students, teachers, staff and Rice community put together baskets of food and decorations for a full Thanksgiving feast for needy families from the Chittenden County area.  From turkeys and stuffing to pies and candles, goodies were placed with care in baskets and boxes. 
 
Twenty-one families (46 adults and 59 children) will enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner thanks to this project.
 
“Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving basket. Without your generosity, we would not have a Thanksgiving this year. We all appreciate it more than you know,” said one recipient.
 
“Thank you so much for your help this year in helping my children have a great Thanksgiving. It is people like you that help us all grow.  Thank you!” said another.
 
Members of the Vermont Catholic Charities and Diocese of Burlington staff judged the baskets. The judges were inspired and impressed with the creative and overflowing baskets.  
 
The students who worked on the winning basket earned a dress-down day. There was a tie this year so the dress down day was awarded to the students from Gretchen Fricke-Langan’s and Sarah Smith Conroy’s classes.  
 
“As emergency aid coordinator at Vermont Catholic Charities, I feel blessed and thankful this Thanksgiving for the support of our extended community at VCC and Rice,” said Irene Manion, emergency aid coordinator at Vermont Catholic Charities. “It is so gratifying to see the generosity and spirit of the entire Rice community come together from the students, staff, parents — the abundant food donations, the beautifully decorated baskets and the spirit of sharing and helping our neighbors in need. The families we assisted could not have been more excited and appreciative, some were overwhelmed with the generosity, some almost tearful for the kindness. It truly makes me thankful to see how VCC and Rice working together can bring holiday joy to our friends and neighbors.”
 
  • Published in Schools

Obituary: Deacon John Place

Deacon John F. Place, 77, died Oct. 23 after a year-long battle with cancer, his family by his side.
 
He was born in Burlington to the late Ralph and Mary (Soucy) Place.
 
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1960. He married Joyce Larivee in 1960, and they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this year. He served as a deacon for more than 30 years.
 
Upon retirement from UPS he went to work with his son. In retirement he and his wife spent winters on St. George Island in Florida. An avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
 
He leaves behind his wife and his three children: Pamela Bolster (Jeff), Amy Place-Roux (Rejean) and Jon Matthew Place (Heather); his three grandchildren, Jacob and Sarah Roux and Noah Place; his nephew, Rob Larivee; his brother in-law, Robert Larivee; his brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Marge Larivee.
 
There will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski. Burial will be at a later date in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. 
  • Published in Diocesan

Rice Memorial High School Homecoming

Eight new members were inducted in the Rice-Cathedral Athletic Hall of Fame in October. Hall of Famers from previous classes welcomed the newest members at the induction ceremony during Homecoming for Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington. There were seven different events over three days.
 
These included a Pep Rally at which Rice Memorial students gathered in anticipation of Homecoming weekend and a faculty/staff dodge ball game.
 
During a “Knight to Remember,” more than 250 alumni and parents gathered under a tent on the Rice campus to kick off Homecoming weekend and celebrate Rice's 100th birthday.
 
For the Cow Maneuver, alumni from all corners of the country purchased plots in the Return of the Great Cow Maneuver. Daisy the cow plopped in an unpurchased plot thereby awarding Rice the winnings.
 
A record number of runners and walkers participated in the fourth annual RJ Rice Run to conclude the Homecoming weekend festivities. Brian Mongeon '03 won the race.
 
Rice Memorial High School had its start with Cathedral High School in Burlington, which opened 100 years ago.
 
 
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