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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. 
 
  • Published in Diocesan

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.



 
 
  • Published in Diocesan

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.
 
 
 
  • Published in Parish

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
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