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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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Obituary: Edmundite Father Michael P. Cronogue

BURLINGTON—Edmundite Father Michael P. Cronogue, 68, died Oct. 13.
The son of George and Mary Cronogue, he was born on Nov. 8, 1947, in West Hartford, Conn. He was a professed member of the Society of St. Edmund for 43 years and an Edmundite priest for 39 years.
Father Cronogue received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Northeastern University in 1970. He completed his master’s degree in theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto in 1976. In 2009 he was awarded a doctor of education from the University of Vermont.
Burlington Bishop John A. Marshall ordained Father Cronogue on May 7, 1977, at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.
Following ordination to the priesthood, Father Cronogue served as parochial vicar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Selma, Ala., from 1977-80, and the next 30 years of his priesthood at St. Michael’s College as campus minister and director of the Center of Peace and Justice.
In 1990, he founded the Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts.
His commitment to the students at St. Michael’s College is acknowledged by numerous awards including the yearbook dedication from the Class of 2000; the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award in recognition of his tireless championing of service, ethics and rights at St. Michael’s College; and most recently the Rev. Gerald Dupont Award presented by the Student Association of St. Michael’s College.
Father Cronogue served the Edmundite Community in several leadership positions from 1991-2014 as local superior of the Society of St. Edmund at St. Michael’s College, general councilor of the Edmundite Community and as superior general from 2006-2014. He also served as director of formation and vocation director of the Edmundite Community and as a member of the St. Michael’s College Board of Trustees.
Along with his Edmundite community, Father Cronogue is survived by his brother, Mark, of New York City; and his brother, Ronald, of North Carolina and his wife, Tina and sons, Graham and Ian from Washington, D.C.
Viewing will be on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael’s College followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to M.O.V.E. at St. Michael’s College, P.O. Box 256, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439.

Read about Fr. Cronogue’s service at the Burlington Ronald McDonald House in "Serving Up Mercy" from the August 2016 issue of Vermont Catholic Magazine

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Obituary: Sister of Mercy Joyce Barrett

BURLINGTON--Sister Of Mercy Joyce Barrett (Sister Mary Petronilla), 84, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community died at Mount St. Mary Convent Sept. 28.
She was born in Burlington on Dec. 3, 1931, the daughter of Eveline (Blanchette) Barrett and Daniel Barrett. She attended Mount St. Mary grammar and high schools, received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Burlington and a master’s degree from St. Michael's College in Colchester.
She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Aug. 15, 1949, and was professed on Aug. 18, 1952.
Sister Barrett taught for 25 years at Mount St. Mary, Christ the King and Cathedral Grammar schools in Burlington, Marian High School in Barre and Winooski High School. She also worked in religious education in St. Albans, was involved in peace and social justice concerns and was the coordinator of the Mercy Justice Coalition.
She ministered as a nurse's aide to the terminally ill at Calvary Hospital and Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx and as the director of health care for the Sisters of Mercy in Burlington. When she was no longer able to be in active ministry, she volunteered at Mount St. Mary Convent.
She is survived by her sister, Colleen Pelkey, and her husband, Harry; many nieces and nephews; her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy; and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Eveline Barrett; her sisters Lorraine Barrett (Sister Mary Charles), Arlene Barrett and Kathleen Dannehy; and her brother, Norman Barrett.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3, at Mount St. Mary Chapel.

Obituary: Deacon Louis A. Meunier

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Deacon Louis Arthur Meunier of South Burlington died unexpectedly after a brief illness on Sept. 12.
He was born in Windsor on Dec. 8, 1926, to Alice Marie (Danis) and Louis Henry Meunier.
He attended schools in Burlington and graduated from Cathedral High School before continuing his education at the seminary in St. Albans and later at Middlebury College. He was a Navy veteran, serving on the USS Mt. Olympus during World War II. He worked at the Louis H. Meunier and Sons market, Lou's Cities Service gas station, General Electric Armament Division and a variety of carpentry jobs.
He was ordained a deacon on June 25, 1983, and served in this ministry at St. Anthony and Christ the King parishes in Burlington for more than 30 years. He also was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
One of eight siblings, Deacon Meunier was predeceased by his brothers: Gaston and Claude; Clarence and his wife, Barbara (Brown); Ronald and his wife, Pauline (Fregeau); Robert; and by his sister, Mona Murphy, and her husband, Peter Murphy.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helene E. (Dubois) Meunier and their three children: Louis Maurice Meunier and his wife, Rose Marie, of Pittsfield, Mass.; Collette Helene Galusha and her husband, Robert "Dennis," of Arlington; and Michele Elizabeth Celeste of Burlington. He leaves one brother, Richard Meunier, and his wife Marguerite (Guilmette), of Shelburne and a sister-in-law, Anne Marie (Kompa) Meunier, of South Burlington. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and cousins, nieces and nephews.
On Sept. 19 at St. Anthony Church in Burlington there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington.
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Deacon Bernier Mayo

Deacon Bernier Mayo of Corpus Christi Parish in St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville and Danville died Aug. 14 at the age of 78.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on Feb. 24, 1938, the son of Francis and Dometille (Bernier) Mayo. 

 He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1956 then attended the University of Vermont and the seminary at the University of Montreal. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from UVM and a master's degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

In 1964 he became an English teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy. 

He and the former Jeanette Pike were married in 1965.  

He became headmaster at the School of the Holy Child on Long Island in 1972. In 1976, the Mayos moved to northern Virginia, where he served as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Arlington. In 1978 he accepted a position as superintendent of schools in Gouverneur, N.Y. During this time, he began studies to become a deacon in the Catholic Church. He was ordained in 1983.

The Mayos returned to St. Johnsbury when he was appointed headmaster of St. Johnsbury Academy. He helped found Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury, served in the Vermont State Senate and was principal of St. Paul School in Barton.

Deacon Mayo is survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughter Erin Mayo and husband Peter Gurnis of Fryeburg, Maine, and grandchildren Musa, Maeve and Gunnar; daughter Darcy Dugas and husband Scott of Guilford, Conn., and grandchildren Andre, Molly and Parker; two brothers, John and Michael Mayo of St. Johnsbury; a sister, Marceline Nadeau of Lancaster, N.H.; nieces, nephews and their extended families.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church on Aug. 19.

Sister Marguerite Blackburn, SSJ

Sister of St. Joseph Marguerite Blackburn (Jean Frances), 87, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Mass., died in Rutland on July 23.

Born in St. Albans, she was the daughter of William and Frances (Frost) Blackburn.

Sister Blackburn entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland from Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Albans in 1948. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two congregations merged. 

She graduated from St. Mary High School in St. Albans and earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Joseph the Provider in Rutland and a master’s degree from St. Michael’s College in Colchester.

Sister Blackburn served in the ministry of education in St. Peter and Christ the King schools in Rutland, St. Francis de Sales School in Bennington, St. Anthony School in White River Junction, St. Michael School in Brattleboro and St. Mary School in Fair Haven. She ministered in the Appalachia Child Development Program in Lancaster, Ky. Most recently, she served in the Foster Grandparent Program and as library coordinator at Christ the King School in Rutland.

She is survived by her sisters in community.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated July 28 at St. Peter Church in Rutland with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Obituary: Deacon Gary Griffin

Deacon Gary Griffin

Deacon Gary G. Griffin, 67, deacon at Our Lady of Good Help Church in Brandon, died Nov. 30 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Newport on May 5, 1948, the son of Glendon and Irene Aubin Griffin. He grew up in Newport, where he received his early education. Later, he attended Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.

As a working father and husband, he earned his bachelor's degree in business, graduating magna cum laude from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter repairman on a Huey helicopter. Among his numerous military decorations are the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Following his honorable discharge from active duty, he returned to Vermont. Later, he re-enlisted in the Army National Guard, retiring following 20 years of service as a master sergeant.

Deacon Griffin moved to Brandon with his family in 1977 from Fort Bliss, Texas. He was the test and manufacturing manager at Brandon Coils for several years. Afterward, he joined the staff at Time Zero, in Clifton, N.J., as the New England manufacturing sales representative. Later, he accepted a job at Simmons Precision as the quality assurance specialist for defense contract services.

He continued working for Simmons in various positions afer it transitioned to the Goodrich Corporation, culminating as the director of information technology.

He served as a deacon at Our Lady of Good Help Church for more than 16 years.

Surviving is his wife, Jeannine McDuff Griffin of Brandon, whom he married in St. James Church in Island Pond in 1971; his daughter, Elaine M. Dailey, and her husband, Whitman, of Fairborn, Ohio; and two sons, Gregory G. Griffin and his wife, Camille, of Arlington, Va., and Mark E. Griffin and his wife, Emily, of Grand Prairie, Texas; and his grandsons Griffin Dailey and Seamus Dailey. His parents and a sister, Gladys Griffin, predeceased him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 5, at Our Lady of Good Help Church in Brandon. Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne was the celebrant.

Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newport.

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