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Viola G. (Sheltra) Surprenant

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mrs. Viola G. (Sheltra) Surprenant, 96, a resident of Rockwell Victorian Assisted Living on Church Street, passed into eternal peace and light in the early morning of July 26, 2004 at the North Adams Hospital. Viola had been a patient at the hospital since July 7, after suffering a fall.

She was born on June 5, 1908 in Barton, County of Orleans, Vt. to Clement J. and Nellie (Aiken) Sheltra. Her parents moved to Pittsfield when she was four years old, later moving to Hancock. She was a 1926 graduate of Pittsfield Commercial High School, after which she was employed in the office of the J.B. Estes, Woodworking Company in Hancock.

In 1928 she married Raoul Surprenant of Hancock, and shortly afterward they moved to Williamstown, where they lived most of their lives. Mr. Surprenant died March 31, 1972.

Viola’s main interests during her long life were her family, reading and music. In her earlier years she enjoyed playing the piano and organ for her family and friends, and in her later years she took pleasure in crossword puzzles, playing dominoes and watching animal programs on television. She was a quiet, frail, but exceptionally strong person who will be greatly missed.

Viola leaves one daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Ernest Hass of Pownal, Vt.; one granddaughter and her husband, Kathleen and Larry Turoczy, and two grandchildren, Timothy James Turoczy and Sara Kate Turoczy, all of Adams; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is predeceased by a sister, Ruth Lapier of North Adams, and a brother, Vernon of Pittsfield.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. from St. Anthony’s Church on Marshall Street in North Adams. Burial will follow the mass at Southlawn Cemetery in South Williamstown.

Relatives and friends may call at the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 27, 2004
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