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Naomi W. LaPorte

1927 - 2012 BENNINGTON, VT Naomi W. LaPorte, 85, recently of South Burlington, slipped away quietly on Sept. 8, 2012, at the Vermont Respite House after a long illness.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1927, in Boston, Mass., daughter of the late Albert R. Willard Sr. and Adelaide (Hemstreet) Willard. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Robert J. LaPorte, in June 2007.

Naomi grew up in North Bennington, where she graduated from North Bennington High School in 1944. She received her BA in English from Radcliffe College in 1948. Naomi married Robert (Bob) LaPorte in September 1948, and they lived in the Bennington area where they raised four children. She was a talented pianist and gave lessons for several years. She was also a student of the ballet. Later in life she attended the Putman School of Nursing in Bennington and received her LPN license.

Naomi was a devoted housewife and homemaker. She was the family bookkeeper for her husband's Bennington Tile Co. and later helped to operate the Bennington Bus Station. Her many hobbies included reading, needlework and bird watching. She also was an avid flower gardener and anyone passing by the Bus Station could see the evidence of her "green" thumb!

Naomi is survived by her four children and their spouses, Sharon (Richard) Corcoran of Colchester, Beverly (Brian) Pierce of West Rutland, Robert (Paula) LaPorte of Bennington, and David LaPorte and Susan Manchester of Milton; eight grandchildren, Pamela and Alison Corcoran, Brian and Kimberly Pierce, Renee and Eli LaPorte and Vera and Hillary LaPorte; five great grandchildren, Violet and Isaac Corcoran, Brian Thomas Pierce, Elias LaPorte and Emerson Cairns; a brother, Albert R. (Bob) Willard Jr. and several nieces and nephews.

Naomi's favorite place to spend time was at the family camp on Little Averill Pond in the North East Kingdom. She and her husband enjoyed many weeks there each summer. Naomi spent her days on the beach quietly reading or doing crossword puzzles, watching the sunsets and listening to the call of the loons. She and Bob have left a lasting legacy for their children and Naomi will be greatly missed by her loving family.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington from 11 AM to 1 PM on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Burial will take place at the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery immediately following calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Respite House through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 05201.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net


Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 11, 2012
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