Flora J. Chicoine
Flora J. (Brosseau) Chicoine of Winooski, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 after a long and valiant battle with Lewy-Body Dementia. Flora was born in Morristown, Vermont on September 12, 1930, the daughter of Felix and Ina (Cloutier) Brosseau. Flora was employed as an Electrical Engineering Technician at IBM for 25 years (1965-1990) working in the lab. She was a member of the Quarter Century Club. After her retirement from IBM in 1990, Flora was employed at the Shelburne Museum as an Interpreter for 20 years (1990-2010). Flora volunteered and worked with special needs children and adults for over 30 years through the Special Needs Program at the Brady Center. She was a member of the IHS prayer group as well as a member of St. Joseph's Confraternity and a Cursillo member since 1978. Flora's biggest achievement and love in her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Flora is survived by six children: Suzanne (Chris) Washburn; Vicki (Greg) Matthews; Deb Hendee (Dan O'Shaughnessy); Randy (Jeanne) Chicoine; Patricia (Duane) Crowley; and Pam (Skip) Ballou. Flora is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Erin and Shawn Washburn; Jason Matthews and Mandy Connor; Sarah Rich and Chris Hendee, Danielle Springer, Michael Chicoine and Christine Boomer, Ashley and Brittany Crowley; Jessica, Corey and Kyle Ballou. Flora is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren. Flora is survived by one brother, Roger (Simone) Brosseau of West Berkshire, VT. She was predeceased by four brothers (Gerald, Orville, Geoffrey and Omer Brosseau), and one sister (Ella Symons). She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Flora leaves behind many, many special friends, including her very best friends, JoAnn Howard and Agnes Snide. Flora was very wise in counsel, tender in judgment and in all charity. She was strong in Christian faith and purpose. She had a great gift of discernment. Calling hours will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT. In celebration of Flora's life, a Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00am at Our Lady of Providence, 47 West Spring Street, Winooski, VT. A private burial will take place at Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington, VT. Memorial contributions in Flora's memory can be sent to Our Lady of Providence, 47 West Spring Street, Winooski, VT 05404, to the attention of Gail Potter, Director. Flora would like to thank Dr. Karen Sokol for the best care given to her during her illness. And to all of those that loved and took such amazing care of her during her illness, especially the nurses and staff at Our Lady of Providence. A very special thank you to the Sisters at Our Lady of Providence for their continued love, guidance and support given to her over the past four years.
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