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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. 
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Obituary: Deacon Walter Luther Brenneman Jr.

Deacon Walter "Ted" Luther Brenneman Jr., 80, died Aug. 19 at The Residence at Quarry Hill in South Burlington.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1936, the son of Walter L. and Beatrice (Blouse) Brenneman in Harrisburg, Penn.

He attended Gettysburg College and received a bachelor's degree in 1958. He received his master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and his doctorate in philosophy from the Union Institute in 1974.

He taught at The Stowe School and Marlboro College and retired as professor emeritus of religion at the University of Vermont College of Arts and Sciences. He also authored several books on topics like the holy wells of Ireland, mythological symbolism and religion. He enjoyed research and traveled extensively to Ireland and throughout the world. He and his wife, Mary, walked the Santiago Pilgrimage together and ran a dairy farm in Marshfield for a number of years. He enjoyed skiing, fishing, kayaking and music; he loved all creatures.

For many years he served as a deacon at St. Augustine Parish in Montpelier. Most recently he was a member of St. John Vianney Parish in South Burlington.

On Sept. 19, 1963, he married Mary Helen Gavin in Gettysburg, Penn. She predeceased him in 2011.

Survivors include his children, Leslie Wheelock and her husband, John, of Colchester; Laurie Covington and her husband, Steve, of Palmdale, Calif.; Tracy Gandin and her husband, Dan, of Leland, N.C.; Valerie Brock and her husband, Ronnie, of Wilmington, N.C.; Robin Wright and his wife, Christine, of Bailey, Colo.; and Gavin Wright and his wife, Karen, of Essex; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by one grandson, Owen Wheelock.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Aug. 25, at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier. Committal prayers will be offered immediately following the Mass at the Doty Cemetery in East Montpelier.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at guar eandsons.com.
 

Obituary: Mercy Sister Claire Boissy

Sister Claire Boissy (Sister Mary Bernice), 77, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, Vermont, died at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington on Aug. 4.
 
She was born in Winooski on Nov. 5, 1938, the daughter of Isabelle (Devino) and Arthur Boissy. She attended St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski and Mount St. Mary Academy in Burlington. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College in Burlington and a master’s in Sacred Scripture from St. Mary's College in Norte Dame, Ind.
 
She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1957, and professed her vows on Aug. 16, 1960. She taught at Mater Christi School and Mount St. Mary Academy in Burlington and at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington. She also taught religious education in several parishes of the Diocese of Burlington.
 
Sister Boissy served on the General Administration for the Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy, Vermont; she also served on the Initial Formation Team and was director of novices for the regional community.
 
She was involved in national leadership, serving on the governing board for the Federation of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; chairperson of the Leadership Board -- Religious Formation Conference and chairperson of the New England Region of the Religious Formation Conference.
 
In 1989 Sister Boissy became director of the Institute for Spiritual Development, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. She was also a spiritual director.
 
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Blanche Boissy; many nieces and nephews; and her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Pauline, and brothers Paul and Clayton Boissy.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Mount St. Mary chapel. Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Mount St. Mary's. 
 

Obituary: Edmundite Father Paul Pinard

Edmundite Father Paul Pinard, 85, died on June 12.
 
The son of Lucien and Bibianne (Blais) Pinard, he was born on Feb. 25, 1932, in Montpelier. He was a professed member of the Society of St. Edmund for 65 years and an Edmundite priest for more than 58 years.
 
Besides his brothers in religion, Father Pinard is survived by three brothers and a sister: Francis Pinard of Barre; Richard Pinard and his wife, Paula, of Winooski; Raymond Pinard and his wife, Vivian, of Galveston, Texas; and Marguerite Marie Worthing of Omaha, Neb.
 
Father Pinard was predeceased by his parents; his sister Jeanne d'Arc Verrett and her husband, Albert, of Plainville, Conn.; his sister, Madeleine Benoit, and her husband, Leonard, of Barre; his sister-in-law, Doreen Pinard; and brother-in-law, Daniel Worthing.
 
Father Pinard completed his undergraduate degree at St. Michael's College in Colchester in 1955 and, after completing his theological studies with the Society of St. Edmund, he was ordained a priest on May 22, 1959, by Burlington Bishop Robert F. Joyce. He continued his education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., from 1959-1960 and at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., from 1972-1973, graduating with a master’s degree in religious education.
 
Father Pinard served as assistant pastor at St. Elizabeth Mission in Selma, Ala., from 1960-1961, where he was also assistant director of the Don Bosco Boys Club. He served two parishes in Quebec: St. Anastase in Greenfield Park from 1961-1964 and Holy Cross in Rosemere from 1969-1972 and again from 1989-1991.
 
He worked as director of St. Anne's Shrine in Isle LaMotte, from 1964-1968 and as administrator of St. Amadeus Parish in Alburgh from 1967-1969. Father Pinard served on the Board of Trustees of St. Michael's College from 1984-1988 and was the procurator of the Edmundite Generalate in Burlington from 1991-1995. From 1995-2004, he acted as procurator and treasurer of St. Edmund's Retreat in Mystic, Conn.
 
He retired in 2004 to the Edmundite residence in Englewood, Fla., moving in 2013 to the Edmundite residence in Selma. He returned to Vermont in 2016, residing with the Edmundite community at St. Michael's College.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael's College on Tuesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Calling hours are from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the chapel. Interment will take place at Merrill Cemetery, across the street from the college, immediately following the Mass. A reception will follow in the Edmundite dining room in Alliot Hall on the campus of St. Michael's College.  
 

Obituary: Sister Marie Anna Antoinette Lesage, RHSJ

Sister Marie Anna Antoinette Lesage, 84, a Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph,  died at the motherhouse of the congregation in Montreal on June 2.
 
She was born on June 13, 1932, to Arthur and Anna (Brunelle) Lesage in Winooski. She was educated at St. Louis Convent and Mount St. Mary Academy. After graduation she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
 
She entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph on Aug. 11, 1952 and made her final profession on Aug. 22, 1959.
 
Sister Lesage served at the former Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester and at hospitals throughout the United States and Canada as an operating room scrub nurse. After her retirement she returned to the motherhouse, making frequent trips to visit family and religious sisters at Our Lady of Providence Convent in Winooski.
 
Sister Lesage was predeceased by her parents and 11 siblings: Bernard (Anita), Rita (Celse) Martelle, Robert, Dollard, Lawrence, Louis, Lauretta (Roger) DuHamel, Lillian (Ferdinand) Cournoyer, Brother John, Norman and Rose Marie.
 
In addition to her religious sisters, she is survived by her brother, Andre Leo (Rocheline) Lesage of Florida; and sister, Cecile (Dr. Gerard) West of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law Emily Lesage and Shirley Lesage, as well as many nieces and nephews.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was June 9 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski with burial in the cemetery of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in Colchester.
 
 

Obituary: Sister Mary Clare Naramore

Sister of Mercy Mary Clare Naramore, 102, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, Vermont, died at Mount St. Mary Convent in Burlington on April 12, in her 73rd year of religious life.
 
She was born in Lowell on May 28, 1914, the daughter of Louise (Stephenson) and Donald Naramore. She attended Lowell grade school and Peoples' Academy in Morrisville. She also attended Strayer Business College in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in education.
 
Before entering the Sisters of Mercy, she taught in Lowell Village and Westfield schools and worked as a clerk in the Valley Savings Bank.
 
She became a Catholic in 1942; she entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1944, and made her profession of vows on May 16, 1947.
 
She taught in parochial schools in Burlington, Barre and Montpelier. Following her retirement from education, Sister Naramore served as a volunteer missionary to Matsu, China, for 11 years. When she returned from China, she worked in prison and hospital ministry.
 
She is survived by her nieces, Mary Speroni and Nancy Naramore; a cousin, Irene Hayes; and by her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, William Naramore.
 
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Mount St. Mary Chapel. Visiting hours will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at Mount St. Mary's. 
 

Obituary: Sister of Providence Lorraine Boyer

WINOOSKI--Sister of Providence Lorraine Boyer, 96, died Nov. 18 at Our Lady Providence Residence.
 
She was born in St. Andre, Quebec, on Oct. 8, 1920, to Rosa Hayes and Donat Boyer. One of 11 children, her mother died when she was 7, and two years later, her father remarried bringing five more children into the family.
 
She attended the parish school in St. Andre Avellin where the Sisters of Providence taught her. After the death of her mother, she and her younger sister were boarders at the school for two years. She entered the postulate of the Sisters of Providence in Montreal on Nov. 17, 1939, and pronounced her temporary vows on Nov. 19, 1941.
 
Sister Boyer began her life ministry in the United States on Nov. 20, 1941. She was assigned to the care of small children at St. Joseph Orphanage in Burlington, and she continued in that work for the next nine years. In 1944, she pronounced her perpetual vows as a Sister of Providence.
 
In 1950, she was transferred to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill., where for the next 14 years, she was responsible for the care of boys and girls who came from separated families.
 
In 1964, Sister Boyer returned to Burlington where she dedicated herself to the care of children from separated families and, at the same time, assumed the role of superior for the local community of Sisters of Providence.
 
Pursuing her love of nursing, in 1970, she went to St. Ann Nursing Home in Jersey City, N.J., and, after a year of studies, earned her diploma as a licensed practical nurse.
 
In 1971, she assumed the role of administrator at St. Vincent De Paul Nursing Home in Berlin, N.H., and continued in this role until 1994. She also fulfilled the role of superior for the local community of Sisters of Providence from 1991-1994. In 1979, she took a year's leave to pursue religious studies in theology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
 
After serving for 25 years at St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home in Berlin, in 1995 she returned to Vermont where she continued to dedicate herself to the care of the elderly at Our Lady of Providence in Winooski. For the next 10 years, she served, at various times, as director of nursing, as local superior, as a local councilor and as a driver.
 
 
Sister Boyer is survived by her brothers Paul, M. Germain, Andre Jean and Richard Boyer and her sister, Estelle) Cousineau.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Providence Residence, 47 West Spring St., Winooski. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of the Mass. Burial will follow in the Sisters of Providence plot of St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. 
 
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Obituary: Sister of St. Joseph Mary Polworth

RUTLAND--Sister Mary Polworth (John Joseph), 89, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died Nov. 10 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
 
She was a former president of The College of St. Joseph (the Provider) in Rutland.
 
Born in Manchester, N.H., she was the daughter of Robert and Sophronia (Dubie) Polworth.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland from Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Parish in Burlington in 1952. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield (Mass.) in 2001 when the two communities merged.
 
She graduated from Cathedral High School in Burlington and earned her bachelor of science degree from Trinity College there.

Sister Polworth was a faculty member and chair of the Business Department at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland and a faculty member at St. Joseph College in Bennington. She briefly served as executive secretary at the Southern Vermont Computer Center in Bennington before being named President of the College of St. Joseph the Provider, a post in which she served from 1974-83.
 
She ministered in many capacities in the religious congregation: as vice president, director of development and secretary to the president. She also was a member of the Burlington Diocesan School Board and the Bishop's Commission on Women. She served on the boards of many other educational, business and civic organizations in Vermont. In 2004 she retired to St. Joseph Kervick Residence in Rutland.

In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by her sister, Elsa Polworth, of South Burlington. She was predeceased by her sister, Sister Jean Polworth, C.S., and by her brothers, James and John Polworth. 

On Nov. 17 a Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Peter Church, Rutland. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
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