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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.


Obituary: Sister Cecile Smith RHSJ

Sister Cecile Smith RHSJ

Sister Cecile Smith, Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph in Winosski, died Nov. 18.

She was born in Berkshire on Feb. 1, 1931, to Ferdina and Mary (Larose) Smith who predeceased her as well as her brothers Armand, Gerard, Raymond and Lawrence and sisters Rose West and Mary Jane Mayhew.

Besides her sisters in religion, she is survived by her sisters Simone Frechette of Winooski; Theresa (Wellington) Towle of St. Albans; Annette (Francois) Montagne of St. Albans; Maria (Donald) Ploof of Mansfield, Mass.; sisters-in-law Shirley Smith of Cicero, N.Y.; Clara Demers of Deland, Fla.; Kathy Smith of St. Albans and several nieces and nephews.

She received her basic education at St. Mary High School in St. Albans and entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in Burlington in 1949. She made her first profession at Bishop deGoesbriand Hospital in 1951 and final profession in Montreal in 1954. She completed her nursing program at Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Burlington in 1956.

Sister Smith was proficient in pediatric nursing, serving as supervisor of the Pediatric Department at the deGoesbriand Hospital. She was assigned to Notre Dame Hospital in Biddeford, Maine, for six years prior to her assignment to the Dominican Republic serving the children and poor families for 38 years. She assisted in establishing a rehab center, two nursing homes, eye and diabetic clinics and recruiting health care staff and specialists from the Burlington hospitals as well as in Canada and the United States.

She returned to the Fanny Allen community at Our Lady of Providence residence in 2010. She volunteered at the O'Brien Center in Winooski and offered assistance for various functions at the residence.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 23 at Our Lady of Providence. Internment followed at the Fanny Allen Cemetery in Colchester.
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