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Obituary: Sister Alice Durand, RHSJ

Sister Alice Durand, a Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph, died Dec. 30 at Our Lady of Providence Residential Care Facility in Winooski. 

She was born in Coventry on Feb 4, 1920, the daughter of Joseph A. and Alouisia (Marcotte) Durand. They predeceased her along with her brother, Armand, and three sisters Cecile, Jeannette Lepus and Theresa Garceau. Besides her sisters in religion, she is survived by several nieces, nephews and grand nephews and nieces. 

Sister Durand received her basic education in Manchester, New Hampshire, and entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph at the Fanny Allen convent in Colchester in 1940. She fulfilled several community assignments at St. Joseph's Home for the Aged, Fanny Allen Hospital and the Bishop deGoesbriand Hospital until 1968 at which time she was assigned as director of housekeeping at the Fanny Allen Hospital until 1982. 

Conscious of the importance of environmental services, and in preparation for the opening of the new hospital in 1968, she pursued ongoing education/training from the Executive Housekeepers Association and received credentials as executive housekeeper.

At the time of her retirement from this position in 1982, she upheld and promoted high standards of cleanliness resulting in the Fanny Allen Hospital being recognized as one of the cleanest hospitals in the country.

On Feb. 4, 2004, Sister Durand along with 10 other Sisters from the Fanny Allen convent, moved to Our Lady Providence, a residential care facility, joining the Sisters of Providence, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, as well as lay men and women. 

Visiting hours for family, friends and colleagues will be on Jan. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 3 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Providence residence. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the spring. 
 
 

Obituary: Sister Alice Durand, RHSJ

Sister Alice Durand, a Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph, died Dec. 30 at Our Lady of Providence Residential Care Facility in Winooski. 

She was born in Coventry on Feb 4, 1920, the daughter of Joseph A. and Alouisia (Marcotte) Durand. They predeceased her along with her brother, Armand, and three sisters Cecile, Jeannette Lepus and Theresa Garceau. Besides her sisters in religion, she is survived by several nieces, nephews and grand nephews and nieces. 

Sister Durand received her basic education in Manchester, New Hampshire, and entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph at the Fanny Allen convent in Colchester in 1940. She fulfilled several community assignments at St. Joseph's Home for the Aged, Fanny Allen Hospital and the Bishop deGoesbriand Hospital until 1968 at which time she was assigned as director of housekeeping at the Fanny Allen Hospital until 1982. 

Conscious of the importance of environmental services, and in preparation for the opening of the new hospital in 1968, she pursued ongoing education/training from the Executive Housekeepers Association and received credentials as executive housekeeper.

At the time of her retirement from this position in 1982, she upheld and promoted high standards of cleanliness resulting in the Fanny Allen Hospital being recognized as one of the cleanest hospitals in the country.

On Feb. 4, 2004, Sister Durand along with 10 other Sisters from the Fanny Allen convent, moved to Our Lady Providence, a residential care facility, joining the Sisters of Providence, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, as well as lay men and women. 

Visiting hours for family, friends and colleagues will be on Jan. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 3 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Providence residence. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the spring. 
 
 

Obituary: Mary Markle McNamara

Mary M. McNamara died Dec. 16 at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester. She was a former executive director of Vermont Catholic Charities Inc.
 
She was born in Burlington on April 7, 1941, the daughter of Ruth (McGovern) Markle and Ralph Markle, both of whom predeceased her. Her husband Dan, whom she married in 1982, predeceased her in 2005. She was also predeceased by her cousin, Judy Moriarty, in 2014.

Mary was educated in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy from kindergarten through college at Mount St. Mary’s elementary and high school and at Trinity College in Burlington. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Trinity College and a master’s in social work from the State University of New York in Albany.
 
She began her social work career at the Vermont Catholic Charities Inc. in 1963, becoming executive director in 1998 and retiring in 2008. After completing her work for the Diocese, she delivered flowers for Chappell's Florist.

She is survived by her sister, Pat Markle, and nephews Josh (Elly), Seth and Ben (Carrie) as well as by extended family and friends.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Mount St. Mary Convent, 100 Mansfield Ave., Burlington. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9.
 
Burial will follow at Resurrection Park in South Burlington. 
 
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Obituary: Sister Claudette Martineau

Sister Claudette Martineau of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa died Dec. 19 at Our Lady of Providence Residence in Winooski.

She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Jan. 25, 1940, the daughter of Arthur and Cecile (Cote) Martineau.

She attended St. John Baptist School, Villa Augustina Academy in Goffstown New Hampshire, and took courses at St. Anslem's College in Manchester and Mt. St. Joseph College in Rhode Island.

She entered the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa in 1961 and after initial formation was sent to England where she continued studies in preparation for her mission work in Africa.

During her 54 years as a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa, Sister Martineau returned several times to United States for sabbatical programs that enabled her to carry out her mission work as pastoral assistant in various parishes in Kenya. Later she spent 10 years in chaplaincy work in a Baltimore hospital. She was involved in mission animation and vocation promotion at various times. 

Sister Martineau was predeceased by her parents; by her sister, Sister Therese Martineau  of the Congregation of the Presentation of Mary; by her brothers, Gerard and Andre Martineau; and by her three priest-brothers, Albert, Donald and Maurice. 

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Vivian; her niece, Dora Dunn; and many cousins, including Father Roland Cote who will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial and committal service. She is also survived by her sisters in religion, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa. 


There will be a prayer service on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Providence chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, at Our Lady of Providence Residence, 47 West Spring St. in Winooski.

Burial will take place in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski.



 
 
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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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Obituary: Father Gerald Ragis

Father Gerald R. Ragis died Nov. 17 at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
 
Born in Burlington on March 31, 1935, he was the son of Bruno J. Ragis and Ruby Anne Sawtelle.
 
He was educated in the Burlington Catholic school system and at Genessee Abbey in Piffard, New York; Le Grand Seminaire de Montreal; and Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York.
 
Father Ragis was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert F. Joyce at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, on May 25, 1963. He served in various ministries in Rutland, St. Johnsbury, Burlington, Newport and Orleans. For 12 years he was a monk of Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York, and in Benson. He then served as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Charlotte and St. Jude Church in Hinesburg.
 
He is survived by his sister, Gloria Stowell, and her children; his brother, Ronald, and his son; and his sister, Ruth Ann Jones, and her children.
 
Funeral services will be at a later date. Burial of his ashes will be private and at the discretion of the family.
 
 
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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.
 
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