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Madeline Fonteneau Brunina

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BENNINGTON -- Madeline K. Fonteneau Brunina, a resident of County Street, Bennington, died peacefully in the presence of her family at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation on Monday, May 28, 2007, at the age of 83.

The daughter of the late Guy and Betty (Giles) Gulley, she was born in Dinuba, Calif., on Feb. 13, 1924, and received her early education in Ely, Nev. Madeline later attended Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she received her RN degree.

Madeline was married to the late Richard Fonteneau at Kearns Air Force Base, Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1944. After Richard’s discharge in 1946, the couple returned to Richard’s hometown of Bennington. Richard died in October 1967 after 23 loving years with Madeline.

Madeline later married Francis Brunina of Bennington.

Madeline’s life and career revolved around helping others. For four years she was in charge of the Well Baby Clinic of Bennington, which was sponsored by the Bennington County Nurses Association, and then as a private duty nurse. Madeline later served various roles as an RN at Putnam Memorial Hospital, Sourdiffe’s Nursing Home, and the Vermont Veterans Home.

Madeline also enjoyed membership in the Saint Anne’s Society at the Sacred Heart-Saint Francis Parish as well as the Bennington Lioness Club.

Following Madeline’s retirement in 1986, she moved to Lexington, N.C., with Francis and continued her volunteer work in the Lexington School System and for the Meals on Wheels organization. In the late 1990s, Madeline returned to Bennington and continued volunteer work at the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and for the Bennington Car Show. Madeline was a member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in North Bennington.

Survivors include her husband, Francis Brunina; three daughters, Elizabeth Bradford and husband Richard of Beaverdam, Va., Lynne McCann and husband Michael of North Bennington, and Madelyn Fonteneau and husband Brennan; four sons, Christopher Fonteneau and wife Wendy of San Diego, Calif., Andre Fonteneau of Bennington, William Fonteneau of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Etienne Fonteneau and wife Michelle of Hartsville, S.C.; three step-daughters, Patricia Carpenter of Bennington, Barbara Lamphere of Grafton, N.Y., Mary Snead of North Topsail Beach, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by three sisters, Virginia Barbee of Las Vegas, Nev., Patricia Dory and Margaret Smith both of Ely, Nev. She was pre-deceased by her son, Jeffrey Fonteneau; sister Betty Jean, and three brothers William, Wallace and James Gulley.

The funeral Mass of Resurrection will be held at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church at 10 a.m. A private burial will take place at Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Thursday, May 31, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. where the family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made on Madeline’s behalf to the Sacred Heart School, the Vermont Chapter of the American Cancer Society, or the Vermont Association for the Blind through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 30, 2007
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