WESLEY F. KIDDER

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WESLEY F. KIDDER - SWANTON - Wesley F. Kidder, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Wes was born in Swanton on June 4, 1927, the son of the late George M. and Clara Kinsley Kidder. Wes was a U.S. Navy veteran. He married Elvy M. Hubbard on June 16, 1950, and they had three children. Wes operated Wood & Kidder Furniture Store for many years and in 1975 established Kidder Memorial Home. A funeral director for over 64 years, he also served his community as an active member of many civic organizations. Wes was predeceased by his son, George H. Kidder who died in 2002; and his sister, Dorothy K. Bliss who died in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Elvy H. Kidder; and their other two children, Stephen H. Kidder and his wife, Marian C. Kidder, and Linda J. Kidder and her husband, W. Patrick White, and their families; brother, Alan K. Kidder; six grandchildren, John W. Kidder, Benjamin K. Kidder, Michael S. Kidder and his wife, Danielle D. Kidder, Emily A. Kidder, Ryan P. White, and Jillian M. White; three great-grandchildren, Sean, Nicholas and Riley Kidder, as well as two more great-grandchildren expected in the coming year; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Wes's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all those who provided him with exceptional care including, Dr. Mark Pitcher, Dr. Joseph Salomone, Dr. William Roberts, Dr. Brian Irwin, Dr. Paul Unger, the doctors, nurses and staff of the Northwestern Medical Center and The Condon Family, Dr. Teig Marco and all the nurses and staff at Franklin County Rehab Center. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada St., Swanton. The Pastor, Fr. Emmanuel I. Ajanma, will be the celebrant and the homilist will be Fr. Brian J. Cummings, SSE, Spiritual Director of Saint Anne's Shrine and Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Michael's College. Interment will follow in the Kidder Family lot in Riverside Cemetery, Swanton. Gifts in Wes's memory may be made to Saint Anne's Shrine, 92 Saint Anne's Drive, Isle LaMotte, VT 05463, or to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, PO Box 22, Swanton, VT 05488.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012
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