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Theresa ‘Lorraine’ Rhodes (Bleau) 

1928-2016, Burlington/Winooski

click to enlarge Theresa ‘Lorraine’ Rhodes (Bleau)
  • Theresa ‘Lorraine’ Rhodes (Bleau)

Lorraine went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

Lorraine was born in Winooski on May 6, 1928. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She married the love of her life, Homer, on August 3, 1946. Her love for him never faded, and she recently said she was looking forward to their next date in Heaven. Lorraine lived her life guided by her faith and was most happy when surrounded by family. She devoted most of her life to taking care of others, and had compassion and empathy for all those in need. She enjoyed fishing with Homer, playing cards with her family, and knitting and crocheting beautiful gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lorraine was the cornerstone of her family and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her three loving daughters; Barbara and her husband, Richard Poirier; Sharon Corrigan; Linda Bombard and her partner, Jim Bissonette , and a very special niece, Carol Rhodes. She leaves seven grandchildren; Stacy Miner and her husband; Christian, Kristopher Poirier and his wife, Meghan; Bradley Corrigan and his partner, Jill Cohen; Jennifer Corrigan-Drury and her husband, Frank; David Bombard and his partner, Robin Mitchell; Melissa Bombard and her partner, Joseph Luksevish; and Margaret Bombard and her husband, Stephen Hadeka. She also leaves fourteen great-grandchildren, Emily and Zachary Miner, Dylan and Claire Poirier, Hannah Corrigan, Ella and Ian Corrigan-Drury, CJ Cohen DiPerro, Summer and Indigo Albani-Bombard, Amede and Royal Bombard, Sage Luksevish, and Sailor Hadeka. Lorraine also leaves brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Frank and Pauline Rhodes, many loving nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Charlene Barcomb.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Homer Thomas Rhodes, her parents, George and Florida Bleau, her five siblings, Norman Bleau, Blanche Brown, Florence Quenneville, Geneva Goodreau, and Beatrice Godin, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Vern and Ida Fleming, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Floyd and Doris Rhodes. Lorraine was also predeceased by her son-in-law, David DaCosta Bombard, whom she helped care for during his final days.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wright’s office and staff, as well as the VNA who provided such loving care and support to Lorraine and her family. They truly are God’s angels.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Peter Street, Winooski. Visiting hours will be held on March 10, 2016 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main Street, Winooski. Internment will be on March 19, 2016.

Contributions can be made in her memory to Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or St. Francis Xavier School, 5 St. Peter Street, Winooski, VT 05404

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