We sadly announce the passing of our beautiful mom, Virginia Chicoine at the McClure Miller Respite House on April 30, 2020, she was 96. Our mother was born on August 26, 1923 the youngest of three children. She grew up during the Great Depression living on local farms where our grandfather worked & where she learned to ride horses which she loved; needing rescue on more than one occasion by her beloved dad. The family moved to Burlington in the late 30’s to be closer to their extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. She graduated from Catherdral High School in 1943 & worked as a telephone operator at the phone company & Bell Aircraft during WWII.
Mom loved to roller skate & like many of their generation met our Dad while doing so at the Roller Skating rink in Colchester. We’ve heard stories they were beautiful together and made a perfect pair. They dated, fell in love, were soon married and had 6 beautiful children together. Our parents loved each other & had many good years, piling all the kids in the station wagon, going out together for ice cream, drive in movies, rides in the country, ice skating, skiing in Stowe and travelling to Quebec City. Being a mom, with 5 children she was always the last one in the car and never left home without a Kleenex! Married for 16 years sadly our parents decided to part company.
Soon after she entered the workforce, first working the food line at St. Michael’s College where she met and worked with wonderful people. Our mom never one to take short cuts walked the 2+ miles twice a day working the split shift. She never complained and always had a smile on her face especially when one of us kids would walk to meet her!
Following, she went to work with the State of Vermont at Vermont Job Service first as the friendly voice as the telephone operator, (the same occupation she held in WWII) then working on the front desk where she helped hundreds of people complete their job applications. We believe if there was ever an award for being kind & helpful our mother would have won, unanimously! She treated everyone with kindness, dignity & respect.
Retiring in 1991, she was hired for her favorite job becoming full time Grandma to her grandchildren Jennifer, Michelle, Angie, Matt, Justin, Jacob, Becca, Shelley & Lance. She spent countless times babysitting, going to movies, taking rides, & was easily convinced that a trip to McDonald’s was absolutely necessary.
She continued well into her 80’s hosting all the family dinners on the holidays & keeping up with the family. For many years she assisted in the care of her brothers, allowing them to remain in their home on North Avenue bringing their groceries, meals & monitoring their medications and their caregivers. She did area volunteer work including delivering Meals on Wheels & helped many a senior citizen get to their doctor’s appointment, or connect socially by taking them to Al’s for a hot dog and french fries which she loved. Mom lived in her golden years happily with her cat Cortland, in her home in Winooski where she resided & raised her family & grandchildren for 62 years.
We could never thank our mom enough for the never ending sacrifices she made for us, we could count on her door always open to lend a hand to anyone who came to visit & the lessons she taught us, especially that love was more than a word you used. She will always be our favorite person & we will cherish her memory & our family times together.
Mom was predeceased by her parents, Harold (Joe) & Margaret Leddy Wilder, her brothers, Harold & Gerald, our Dad, Reginald Chicoine, Son, Gary Reginald & infant son, Gregory John, son-in-law Mark LeClerc, & brother & sister in-laws.
She leaves her children, Gail Chicoine (California), Lynn LeClerc (Maine), Brian Chicoine (Rose) (North Hero) Joanne Cross (Lee) (Huntington), & daughter-in-law Mary Chicoine (Florida).
Her grandchildren Jennifer Olson (John), Shelley Clark (Tim), Lance Chicoine (Stephanie), Michelle Buswell (Joe), Angie Gerace (Ben), Matt Chicone (Elyse), Justin LeClerc, Jacob LeClerc (Amanda), & Becca Beaudoin (Chris) Step-grandchildren Tammy Tomlinson (Bruce), Matt Cross (Michelle), Lance Cross (Kim), Cornell Cross II (Sarah) & 16 beautiful Great-Grandchildren, good friend Dot Cross and her loving cat, Cortland.
We would like to thank our sister Lynn for the loving care of mom at home hospice & everyone at the Respite House for their kindness & compassion. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, prayers are always welcome!
When time who steals our years away shall steal our pleasures too, the mem’ry of the past will stay and half our joys renew. – Moore.
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