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Ann M. Bessette 

1937-2015, South Burlington, Vt.

Ann M. Bessette, 77, of South Burlington passed away on Sunday April 19, 2015 at Vermont Respite House surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 6, 1937 to Wilfred and Daisy Rouille. She lovingly raised her 8 children. Ann enjoyed puzzles, board games, outdoor activities, but mostly family get-togethers. Left to cherish her memory are her children; Franklin Bessette Jr, Rosemarie Brueckner, Fredricka Bessette, Bonnie Whitcomb, Patrick Bessette, Wilfred Bessette, Elizabeth Charbonnneau, and Marlene Delisle, as well as her 26+ grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren including three unborn, sisters Muriel Lamoge and Marlene Quenville, brother John Rouille, extended family, and countless friends. She is predeceased by 6 siblings, 2 children, and 2 grandsons. A visitation will be held from 2pm-5pm Sunday April 26, 2015 at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Services 132 Main St, Winooski. A mass of Catholic burial will be held at 1pm on Monday April 27, 2015 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, South Burlington. Donations can be made to Vermont Respite House 99 Allen Brook Rd, Williston, VT. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Watchful Mother

By Jenny

She always learned to watch for us,

Anxious if we were late,

In winter by the window,

In summer by the gate.

Though we mocked her tenderly,

Who had such foolish care,

The long way home would seem more safe,

Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,

She never could forget.

And so I think that where she is,

She must be watching yet.

Waiting ‘til we come home,

Anxious if we are late.

Watching from Heaven’s window,

Leaning on Heaven’s gate.

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