EI "MICHIKO" LAVALETTE HINESBURG - Ei "Michiko" Lavalette, 81, of Hinesburg died on Wednesday, February 26 after a long battle of Alzheimer's. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother, Michiko was born on May 2, 1932, in Morioka, Japan. Michiko was the only one in her family of eight sisters and two brothers who left Japan for America. Michiko met Bernard Lavalette, who was serving in the Korean War. They fell in love and were married in Toyko on Sept. 25, 1952. They had one child, Mary, born in Sendai, Japan. The family came to America in 1954 and lived in Hinesburg for a short time before buying an apartment house in South Burlington, and then a farm in Essex Center. Later, they moved to Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester and built their present home in Hinesburg where they both lived for over 50 years. For many years they both ran a used furniture antique shop in the downstairs of their home. Michiko enjoyed going to garage sales, car rides, gardening, shopping, and going out to eat. She was an avid gardener and seamstress. But more importantly, she enjoyed working at Mary's Childcare for over 30 years. She was known by all the children as "grandma", and she will be greatly missed. "Rose", as her husband called, her will always be remembered for her sweet gentleness, her kind heart and warm generosity. She is survived by her husband, Bernard, of Hinesburg; her only child and best friend, Mary Lewis and her husband, Rick, of Hinesburg; two grandchildren, Kerri Wolynec and husband, Josh, of Essex, and Ryan Lewis and fiancee, Shannon Estep of South Burlington; four greatgrandchildren, Benjamin and Sophia Wolynec, and Ziya and Mycah EstepLewis; and many sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and assistants at Burlington Health and Rehab who helped Michiko throughout her illness, especially Dee Dee. At Michiko's request there will be no funeral service. Donations in Michiko's memory can be made to: The
, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Set 128, Williston, VT 05495.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 28, 2014