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Obituary: Josephine Haines, 1925-2021 

Active community volunteer found the greatest joy in her family

Published October 12, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated October 12, 2021 at 7:39 p.m.


Josephine (Galvin) Haines of Williston, Vt., passed away on October 1, 2021.

Josephine was born in Salisbury, Vt., the daughter of George and Florence (Gale) Galvin. She received her nursing degree from Mary Fletcher Hospital and worked as an OR nurse.

On September 21, 1945, she married Carleton Haines. Their marriage lasted 70 years, until his death in 2015. Together they raised three children.

Josephine was active in the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, the Burlington Garden Club, the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the University of Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary for many years. She enjoyed bird-watching, golf, bowling, furniture refinishing, sewing and travel, and she was an avid gardener; however, Jo's greatest joy was her family.

She is survived by her son Peter (Marguerite) of Chapin, S.C.; her daughters Jill Stout (Tony) of Ferrisburgh, Vt., and Joanne of Milton, Vt; and her grandchildren, Josephine Stout, Pierson Haines and Joanna Haines. She was predeceased by her husband; five sisters, Laura, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Marjorie and June; and two brothers, Stan and Elsworth.

The family would like to thank family friend Chris Sandt, the staff of the Arbors in Shelburne, Vt., and care providers Donna, Heather and Louise for their caring and support.

If desired, donations in her memory may be made to UVM Medical Center Auxilary, UVM Medical Center, 111 Colchester Ave., Development Office, Given 3N, Burlington, VT 05401 ( or to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Feeding Chittenden, P.O. Box 1594, Burlington, VT 05401 (

Services will be private, per her wishes. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Family. To send online condolences, please visit

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