DONA A. "DON" BEAULIEU

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DONA A. "DON" BEAULIEU - UNDERHILL - Dona Alfred "Don" Beaulieu, 84, passed away in Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home in Burlington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Dona was born in Southbridge, Mass., on Sept. 14, 1928, son of the late Alfred and Bridget (Cody) Beaulieu. Dona was very proud to have served his country during W.W.II and the Korean Conflict as a member of the US Navy. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Rita Baglioni, on Feb. 28, 1948, in St. Mary's Church in Southbridge, Mass. He graduated from Mary E. Wells High School in 1947, and was a Worcester County All Star Football player. He was awarded a football scholarship to Boston University, but declined in order to work for his father in the family restaurant business. Dona was employed by Russell Supply in South Burlington for 15 years and then worked part time for Green Mountain Messenger. He fully retired in 2005. Dona had been a member of the VFW, American Legion, Rotary Club, St. Thomas Church volunteer, and supported the VT Special Olympics in any way he could. He was also a member of the Southbridge Recovery Scuba Diving Club. He was a man of many skills and talents. Throughout his life he worked as an auxiliary policeman, welder, "master" chef and restaurant owner and salesman. Dona was a loving and devoted husband and father and had an incredible sense of humor. His favorite hobby was photography as noted by the thousands upon thousands of pictures that he took over his lifetime, especially of his family. He also loved to travel and particularly enjoyed taking the family on trips to the zoo, the beach or anywhere there was a new ice cream stand that he wanted to try out. Dona will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all those who truly knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Rita (Baglioni) Beaulieu of Underhill; two sons, Alfred Beaulieu and wife, Lynn, of Holland, Mass., and Jonathan Beaulieu and wife, Elizabeth, of Colchester; four daughters, Donna Kelley and husband, Patrick, of Milton, Natalie Aiuto and husband, Francesco, of Underhill, Susan Lassiter and husband, Craig, of Underhill, and Ann Horning and husband, George, of Jeffersonville; brother, Leo Beaulieu and wife, Constance, of Southbridge, Mass.; sister, Lorraine Kispert of Milford, Mass.; brother-in-law, Vincent Fantaroni of Southbridge, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy and Tracey, Wesley and Dawn, Emily, Francesca, Alessandro, Smylin and James, Cody, Chelsea, Shawn, Lane, and Kate; four great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Aiden, Connor, and Emily; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Rita Radziewiz and Doris Rusiecki. The family would like to thank the VNA, with special thanks to his companion, John Earhardt, and all of the nurses and caregivers at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home. Without all of you this journey would have been even more difficult. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at A.W. Rich Funeral Home - Essex Chapel, 57 Main Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Underhill, with the Reverend Charles R. Danielson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Spring in the family lot in St. Thomas Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Dona's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Home Care or Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Suite # 1, Colchester, VT 05446, or , VT Chapter, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495, or Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, 76 Pearl Street, Suite 201, Essex Jct., VT 05452. The family invites you to share your memories and online condolences by visiting www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.

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A.W. Rich Funeral Home
57 Main Street Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 879-4611
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 30, 2012
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