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Erald Amelia Charbonneau

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MANCHESTER -- Erald A. Charbonneau, 84, a longtime resident of Manchester, died Thursday morning, July 21, 2005, at her Equinox Terrace home in Manchester. She had previously lived at the Meadows in Manchester.

She was born in Jamaica, Vt., March 1, 1920 and was the daughter of Albert and Loyla (Slade) Coleman. She grew up in Jamaica and attended local schools.

In 1955, Erald graduated from the Thompson Nursing School. She worked as a nurse for two years at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and for more than 10 years at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. She assisted Dr. Frank Harrigan in Manchester for eight years.

In 1972 she married Leo F. Charbonneau Jr. The couple ran Leo’s Motors in Manchester for many years. Erald was a hard worker and performed many tasks at the business including the bookkeeping.

Erald was a life member of the Manchester VFW Post 64-71 Ladies Auxiliary. In her free time she enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. When Leo became ill, Erald nursed him back to health many times before his death in 1997. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her son Jerry Coleman of Manchester; her stepsons, Bruce Charbonneau of Dorset and Richard Charbonneau of Manchester; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her four brothers, Rexford, William, Roy and her twin, Elton Coleman; and her three sisters, Marguerite Slason, Harriet Coleman and Ruby Garfield.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Church in Manchester. A graveside service of committal will follow in the Saint Columbans Cemetery in Arlington where Erald will be laid to rest alongside her husband. The Rev. John Whalen, pastor of Saint Paul’s, will officiate.

Memorial gifts may be made in her memory to the Grace Cottage Hospital, Manchester Health Services or the VFW Ladies Auxiliary c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O., Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255

To send the Charbonneau family e-mail condolences, consult www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 22, 2005
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