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Obituary: Theresa Ann (LaChance) Ralston, 

Published September 10, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

1958-2013, Colchester/South Burlington

Theresa Ann (LaChance) Ralston, 55, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013, at home with loved ones and friends at her side after a long-fought battle with COPD.

Terri was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 14, 1958, to Kenneth and Patricia (Rasmasson) LaChance. She married Fred Ralston on February 13, 1982, and together raised four beautiful children.

She is survived by her children, Patti Colleen Ralston, Laura Mae Whitten, Frederick Ralston III and Timothy Patrick Ralston; two wonderful sons-in law, Evin and Josh; and five grandchildren, Dylan Ralston, Lauralye Richards, Samuel Whitten, Yasmina Smailagic and Avery-Theresa Whitten. She is also survived by three sisters and their husbands, Kathy and "Uncle Walt" Olver, Cyndy and Mike Bakos, and Lori and Dave Cottrill; her brother, Ken LaChance and his wife, Cindy; her father-in-law, Ken Ralston Sr.; her brother-in-law, Ken Ralston Jr.; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Donna Carlson.

Theresa loved her husband, children and grandchildren more than life itself. She will be surely missed. Terri was as compassionate and loving as anyone that we will ever know. Terri was an avid gardener who loved her marigolds and enjoyed sewing.

A memorial service to celebrate Terri's life was held on Friday, August 30, 2013, at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, Terri's wishes were to make a donation in her name to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

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