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MAURICE JOSEPH LAROCHE - SWANTON - Maurice Joseph Laroche, age 89 years, rejoined his wife, Juliette, on her birthday, early Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014, in the Franklin County Rehab Center with loving family at his side. Born in Highgate Center on Feb. 5, 1925, he was the son of the late Omer J. and Yvonne (Plante) Laroche. He attended the North Gore School in Highgate Center, as well as Saint Joseph's School For Boys in Ste. Cesaire, P.Q. On Aug. 28, 1947, he was married to the former Juliette Hebert, who predeceased him on Jan. 3, 1975. In earlier years, Maurice, along with his family, owned and operated a dairy farm on the Saint Armand Road in Highgate Center. While on the farm, Maurice had a milk route transporting milk from Highgate to H.P. Hood in St. Albans. He was also a sales person for Wirthmore Feeds and Shur-Gain Fertilizer. Following the sale of his farm in June of 1969, he went on to become a Master Electrician working on countless projects throughout Vermont's northern counties. More recently, Maurice resided at the Swanton Village Green Apartments serving as superintendant for nearly 13 years. He will be fondly remembered for his love of eating and attending most all family, church and community dinners. He especially enjoyed anything maple. Maurice was a lifelong member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Saint Louis Parish, and a honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Council #297 (past Grand Knight), and Fourth Degree Assembly #1149, and was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1090, all in Saint Albans. Maurice leaves his daughter, Ginette Laroche Young and companion, Art Goodhue, of Swanton; four sons, Richard and companion, Kathleen Grover, of Swanton, Raymond and wife, Suzette, of Highgate Center, Guy and wife, Louise, of Swanton, and Gilles and wife, Brenda, of Chalfont, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, Michelle, Mark and Renee Laroche, Darci and B.J. Benoit, Jonathan and Arleigh Young, Amanda Young, Matthew Laroche, Michael and Shelley Laroche, Jeremy Laroche, and Pat and Stacy Laroche; 11 greatgrandchildren, Nixon and Scarlett Laroche, Amelia Benoit, Violet Young, Lily Whitcomb, Tyler and Isabelle Laroche, Ian Laroche, Ashley Caceres, Alyssa Selser, and Jade Casey; four sisters, Armande Tremblay of Highgate Springs, Aline Bouchard of Franklin, Claire Menard of Sheldon, and Denise Rainville and husband, Roger, of Swanton; one brother, Norman Laroche and wife, Charlene, of Highgate Center; sister-in-law, Cecile Laroche of Highgate Center; longtime friend and companion, Claire Lussier of Saint Albans; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Laroche; daughter-in-law, Annice Laroche; sister, Rita Ferland; two brothers, George and Marcel Laroche; two sisters-inlaw, Ida and Anita Laroche; and four brothers-in-law, Pamphile Tremblay, Philip Bouchard, Fabien Ferland, and Claude Menard. Maurice's family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the management and staff of The Holiday House and Franklin County Rehab Center for their love, care and support during his stay with them. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada St., Swanton. Father Luke P. Austin will be the celebrant and Maurice's cousin, Father Leonidas B. Laroche, the homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Laroche family lot in Saint Louis Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lamkin Street, Highgate Center. Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Father Austin will conduct a Vigil Service at 8:45 p.m., and will be available for private confessions immediately after. For those who wish, gifts in Maurice's memory may be made to The Christopher Laroche Memorial Award, c/o Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Foundation, Attn.: Amy Shields, 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. To offer private online condolences please visit:

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2014
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