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Therese C. Trahan

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Therese C. Trahan 1921-2008 BENNINGTON Therese C. Trahan, 87, a resident of Village Lane in Bennington, died Sunday May 4, 2008 at Albany New York Medical Center. Born April 29, 1921 in Richford, Vt., daughter of Armand and Emma Comeau Coderre, she received her education in Richford schools, graduating from Richford High School, class of 1939. Upon graduation she attended the University of Vermont where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in music in 1941 and a masters degree in 1968. Therese taught music in Orleans, Highgate and Swanton. She was the Director of Music at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, where she was known for her many Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Later she became head of the music department at Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington. Therese was a professional opera singer, and was the runner-up to sing the national anthem at John F. Kennedy's Inauguration. She studied voice for one year in France and later studied with Madame Donalda in Montreal, Canada. She performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and also at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Pottsdam Chorus. Therese was also an avid tennis player. She was a member of a 3.5 tennis team which represented the State of New York at the USTA Nationals in Tuscon, Ariz. She also sponsored the Hoosick Open Tennis Tournament in her own backyard. While in Florida, she enjoyed entertaining and was often the center of the social life at Timber Ridge in Vero Beach. Therese was a former member of the Church of the Nativity in Swanton where she was a member of the Altar Society and of the St. Ann's Society. She was past president of the Vermont and New England Music Educators' Association, and a member of the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Mass. where she often had the role of a Docent She was a member of the United States Tennis Association and belonged to the Red Hatters in Vero Beach, Florida, where she wrote their theme song. She also participated in the Bennington Garden Club. In Swanton, she was very active in the Vermont Democratic Party and she was also a justice of the peace. She loved a good martini and could turn any session into a party. Therese was also known for her Thanksgiving and her Fourth of July gatherings with her family and friends. She leaves her life partner, Paul Goodrich of Bennington; her sons, Paul Trahan and his wife, Anne, of St. Albans, Marc Trahan and his wife, Jane, of Purceville, Va. and Robert Trahan and his wife, Regina, of Glen Allen, Va.; her daughters. Marie George and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Michelle Trahan and her husband, Jim Taylor, of Arlington, Va.; her sister, Georgette Langevin of Swanton; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul B. Trahan, who died in 1968. FUNERAL NOTICE: At the request of the family funeral services will be private. The family will receive friends Thursday May 8, 2008 from 3 to 5 p.m. at HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 213 West Main Street in Bennington. Interment will be held at a later date in the family lot in Church of the Nativity Cemetery in Swanton. A celebration of Therese's life event is planned for later in the summer. If friends desire memorial gifts in Therese's memory may be made to the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Albany Medical Center or to the Village at Fillmore Pond, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201. For directions or to send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafunerahhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vermont.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 7, 2008
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