Jessica Lynn Brunelle, 38 of Winooski and Oklahoma City, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in Oklahoma on May 4, 2014 due to complications from diabetes. Jessica was born in Burlington on May 10, 1975, the daughter of Raymond and Cecile (Leclerc). She was a graduate of Winooski High School, Class of 1993. Jessica was diagnosed at the age of 10 with Juvenile Type 1 diabetes and lived her life battling this disease each and every day. Jessica lived her life fully and loved to be in the spotlight. Even early on as a child, she always walked around on her tiptoes singing every jingle from the TV while putting on her own little show. She had a remarkable wit, loved to laugh and had a charm and spunk all her own. She loved to meet up with old friends, make new friends and her love of travel had shown her many parts of the country. Jessica grew up in Winooski and spent most of her adult life in Vermont. However, in recent years, she had moved to Phoeniz, AZ and in July 2013 moved to Oklahoma City for a new position with UPS. She was very proud of her work and promotion with this move and had been taking college courses to strive for continued success within that company and her life. Jessica is survived by her parents, Raymond and Cecile Brunelle of Winooski; sister Melinda and husband Samuel Elmadjian of Stratford, CT; brother Dwayne and wife Ashley of Austin, AR; brother Shawn and fiancee Barb Depo of Winooski; niece Shauna and husband Greg Bates; nephew Kyle and fiancee Susan Thomas; and niece Samantha Elmadjian. Jessica was blessed with an extended family of many uncles, aunts and cousins. She touched so many of their lives as they did hers. Jessica was the joy of our lives, the sparkle in our eyes and is now our shining star.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 10:00AM at the Essex Alliance Church 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct., VT. Visitation will be Monday May 19, 2014 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM at the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, VT. Donations in Jessica’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.
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