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Charles Lavalla

1930-2014 HINSDALE, N.H. Charles L. "Chuck" Lavalla, 83 of Pierce Road, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014 at his home. Mr. Lavalla was born in Montgomery Center, VT on October 25, 1930 the son of Laurence and Blanche (Paquette) Lavalla. At the age of seven, with his family he moved to Brattleboro where he was raised and educated attending Brattleboro public schools. He was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1951. Following high school, on July 4, 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. serving during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged from active service on July 4, 1954 at the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return home he went to work as a car salesman for Preston Motors, Brattleboro's American Motors dealership then located on Putney Road. He later joined Kinny Pike Insurance Agency managing the company's Brattleboro office for twenty years. From 1990 until his retirement in 2010 he was employed by the Windham County Sheriff's Department working as a deputy sheriff. Mr. Lavalla was a former selectman for the town of Hinsdale where he served for a term as chairman of the board, and was a past corporator, Southern Vermont Health Services/ Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. He was a life member and past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499 and served as state president Vermont Elks Association. Mr. Lavalla was a former member and past commander of the American Legion, Chesterfield Post #86, held membership in the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5, and was an active member of the Marine Corps League, Brattleboro Detachment #798. He was a member of the former Brattleboro Lions Club and a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445. Mr. Lavalla was a communicant of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Hinsdale. Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed golf and had been a member of the Brattleboro Country Club. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed time shared with his family. On March 2, 1952 at St Ann's Catholic Church in Edenton, N.C. he was married to Ann Bevis who survives. Besides his faithful and loving wife of almost 62 years he leaves two sons, Mark Lavalla and his wife Suzanne of Nashua, N.H., Kevin Lavalla of East Greenwich, R.I., one daughter, Holly Morelli and her husband Daniel of Winter Garden, FL, eight grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces, nephews and several cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph's Church in Hinsdale. Committal Rites and burial with full military honors will be held in the springtime in Pine Grove Cemetery in Hinsdale. Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 P.M. Memorial contributions in Mr. Lavalla's name may be made to Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Department, 13 Depot Street, Hinsdale, NH 03451 or to the Camp Leadership Fund, c/o Windham County Sheriff's Dept., P.O. Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.


Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 19, 2014
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