PAULINE RITA TRUDELL - ESSEX JUNCTION - Pauline R. Trudell, 94, formerly of Essex Junction, went to be with Jesus in Heaven on Aug. 18, 2014. She was born in Burlington on Nov. 20, 1919, daughter of Napoleon and Eva (LaRiviere) Trudell. Pauline attended French Canadian boarding schools and was especially thankful for the religious education she received there, as well as learning the French language. Pauline also received a Laureate diploma for piano, and was awarded a gold medal for her rendition of the Claire de Lune by Debussy. During W.W.II, she worked at Pratt and Whitney in Hartford, Conn., as an inspector and x-ray technician. She later worked as a domestic helper in Gladys Irwin's Nursing Home, and for Dr. Irwin and his wife, Virginia. After retirement, Pauline also worked on weekends as a nurse's aide in Johnson's Nursing Home, and a few years for Majda Juvan's Home Sitting Services. She then worked as a priest's housekeeper for almost 20 years. Her employers were Msgr. Edward Fitzsimons and Msgr. Edward Gelineau, first at Christ the King rectory and then at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Charlotte. In Charlotte, she had tried her hand at a garden, with beginner's luck to compensate for the fresh vegetables that resulted. God blessed Pauline with many good friends, Erica Cain, who was faithful for more than 30 years and seemed like another sister, also, Better Ray, Theresa Bapp, Alice and Jay Benson, Betty and Gordon DeMag, Dr. Edward Irwin and his wife, Virginia, just to mention a few. "A special thanks to the visiting nurses who helped me when I needed them, and thanks to the priests for their spiritual support and to the religious sisters for my education." Pauline was a member of St. Lawrence Parish, of the Secular Order of Franciscans, of Confraternity of St. Joseph, and a life member of the VFW Howard Plant Post #782. Pauline, the oldest of nine children, is survived by one brother, Robert Trudell and his wife, Theresa, of Florida; and one sister, Theresa "Teri" Taylor of Iowa; several nieces and nephews, including Neal and Diane LaRiviere, both of Colchester. She was predeceased by her brothers, Edmund, Norman, Bernard, and Paul Trudell; and sisters, Sister Claire Burgoyne, and Sister Margaret Trudell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in St. Lawrence Church, with interment to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Annex, Pomeroy Street, Burlington. Visiting hours will be at St. Lawrence Church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors. Contributions may be made to the pastor of St. Lawrence Church for charity work.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 19, 2014