ELPHEGE A. ROCHELEAU - ST. ALBANS - Mr. Elphege A. Rocheleau, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at the age of 83, after a long illness. He was born in St. Albans, Jan. 20, 1930, son of the late Arthur and Harriet (Nichols) Rocheleau. Elphege attended Holy Angels School. He married Cecile Lapierre, Aug. 4, 1951. He spent his entire working life as a dairy farmer operating Rocheleau's Dairy along with his brothers, and was also a well known and loved bus driver for the St. Albans Town School for 61 years. He was a member of the St. Jean de Baptiste Societe, and a lifelong communicant of Holy Angels Church. Spending time with his wife, family and friends was the most important thing to Elphege, and also cheering on his favorite team, the Montreal Canadiens. He is survived by his wife, Cecile Rocheleau; two children, Diane and her husband, Joseph Dutra, of South Burlington, and Mark and his wife, Louise Rocheleau, of Highgate; two grandchildren, Danielle Dutra of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ashley Dutra of Miami, Fla.; brother, Robert and his wife, Virginia "Ginger" Rocheleau, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; sister, Pauline Desjardins; sisters-in-law, Josephine and Rena Rocheleau of St. Albans; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Beatrice Rocheleau; brothers, Wilfred and his wife, Katherine Rocheleau, Andrew Rocheleau, Phillippe Rocheleau, and Maurice and his wife, Lillian Rocheleau; and brother-in-law, Laurent Desjardins. His family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Our Lady of the Meadows for the loving care he was given during his final days. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. Interment will follow in the Rocheleau family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., St. Albans, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening. Online condolences can be sent to Elphege's family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque. com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services. Memorials in his memory can be made to the Breast Cancer Support Services at Northwestern Medical Center, 133 Fairfield St., St. Albans, VT 05478.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 20, 2013