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Gisele Aurore Merrills

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NORTH PETERSBURG, N.Y. -- Gisele Aurore Merrills, 65, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, surrounded by her family at her daughter’s residence in Cambridge. She resided in North Petersburgh and was the wife of the late David Merrills Sr., who died in 1994.

Gisele was born on April 18, 1940, in St. Albert, Ontario, Canada, daughter of the late Romeo and Yvonne (Page) Matte. She attended schools in Canada and moved to Shoreham, Vt. in 1948. She and her family then moved to Clarksburg, Mass., and after marrying her husband, David, on Nov. 23, 1967, they resided in North Petersburgh. Gisele then attended the Troy Beauty School, after which she operated a beauty salon from her home in North Petersburgh for 13 years. She then worked for Tansitor, now Vishay, in Bennington, until retiring in July 2005. Gisele enjoyed reading, making ceramics, music, crocheting, gardening and especially spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Cassano of Cambridge and Jackie Wheeler of Wilmington, N.Y.; three sons, Chris Merrills of Cambridge, David Travis Jr. of North Petersburgh and David Merrills Jr. of Berlin, N.Y.; seven sisters, Francoise Matte of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., Louise Weber of Buskirk, N.Y., Suzanne Matte and Diane Baczek, both of Connecticut, Marie Ciuk of Petersburgh, Christine Salvato of Adams, Mass., and Theresa Matte of California; five brothers, Ivan Matte of Bennington, Vt., John Matte of Hoosick Falls, Richard of Adams, and Noel and Robert Matte of North Adams; also survived by 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Reginald Matte Sr. and George Matte, predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2006, at 11 a.m. from the Coila Church, Coila, N.Y. Burial will be private at Meadowlawn Cemetery in Petersburgh. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 2 Park Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, N Y 10016. The Autism Speaks foundation educates families of autistic children and supports research to find a cure.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 5, 2006
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