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BETTY LUCILLE GRIPPIN - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Betty Lucille Grippin, 88, of South Burlington, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and inspiration, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, with family by her side in the University of Vermont Medical Center. Betty was born May 30, 1926, in Binghamton, N.Y., to Harold and Edith Goodrich, and graduated with highest honors from Binghamton North Senior High School in 1945. She worked at WNBF radio and television in Binghamton, writing ad copy before marrying Spencer L. Grippin in 1955 and becoming an Air Force wife, mother and Domestic Engineer. Life in the military meant moving every few years to a different base; Spokane, Wash., Granby, Mass., Denver, Colo., Ludlow, Mass., Grand Forks, N.D., Bainbridge, N.Y., Ramey, PR, and finally Springfield, Mass.; and months with dad away on deployment during the later years of the Vietnam War. Mom was the family foundation, inspiration, sewer, knitter, reader, cook, lunch mom, teacher, bookkeeper, banker, tax preparer, planner, counselor, and most intelligent woman we will ever know. We were always proud of her and proud to be her children and grandchildren. She loved crossword puzzles and Scrabble, and was a voracious reader. Even at 88, and with only one good eye, she was still reading like it was going out of style. Mostly she loved family, especially family gatherings for birthdays, thanksgiving and Christmas most of all. We will miss her dearly, especially at this time of the year, but we know she will be with us smiling at the joyful faces of the little ones and all our laughter, and singing along with us at the piano. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Edith Goodrich; stepfather, Elbert Jensen; sister, Arlene Grippin; former husband, Spencer; infant son, Dale; and grandson, Derrick. She is survived by her sons, David Grippin and wife, Doris, of South Burlington, and Brian Grippin of Milton; daughters, Denise Smith and husband, Mark, of Chicopee, Mass., Edith Gingras and husband, Michael, of Colchester, and Cheryl Gingras and husband, Edward, of Milton; grandchildren, James, Michael, Jessica, Jeffrey, Christine, Daniel, Jacquelyn, William, Stephanie, Shiloh, Raymond, and Millisa; and great-grandchildren, Dylan, Ethan, Jacob, Autumn, Alyssa, Caleb, Natalie, and Kolten. A gathering of friends and family to share warm memories and laughter will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Eagles Club on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty's name to the Burlington Food Shelf and Wounded Warriors Project.
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ARTHUR FRANK GREEN - SHELBURNE - Art Green died of natural causes on Dec. 19, 2014, one day after his 84th birthday. He was surrounded by his family, his primary focus in life. He was born on Dec. 18, 1930, in Somerville, Mass., to Arthur and Alice (DePugh) Green. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and later in the Air Force Reserves and Army National Guard. In 1973, after working at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., his skills in aviation radar brought him and his family to Vermont, where he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, until his retirement in 2005, ensuring radar sites at Vermont airports functioned flawlessly. At the age of 79, he earned an Associate's Degree in Electronics and the title Master Electrician from Ashworth University. Art had the incredible ability to fix anything. He was the master of "jerry-rigging" when called for. He married his best friend and wife, Nancy (Pratt), on March 23, 1957, in Waltham, Mass., and together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. They found joy from camping, traveling to Europe numerous times, and in more recent years, driving their RV to Key West each winter. Art was a gregarious, friendly gentleman who always found a way to help those around him. Whether it was snowblowing a neighbor's driveway, helping coach pee-wee hockey, or volunteering with numerous organizations over the years, he found happiness from knowing his acts improved the lives of others. His legacy lives on through organ donation. He had a love of trains and recently was part of the restoration of the "220 Engine" at Shelburne Museum. He was also a member of Isaac Parker Masonic Lodge of Waltham, Mass. He will be dearly missed by those who survive him including his wife, Nancy; their five children, Art Jr. (Tammy) of Windham, Maine, Deborah Rooney (John) of Shelburne, Steve of Burlington, Betsey Dempsey (Don) of Williston, and Penny Fairhurst (Sean) of Shelburne; grandchildren, Heidi Green Fowler, Jeremiah Green, Kane Rooney, Maggie Rooney, Jack Rooney, Katie Dempsey, Aaron Dempsey, Abby Fairhurst, and Molly Fairhurst; great-grandson, Evan Fowler; sisters, Frances Drew (twin), M. Elaine Sakowich, and Evelyn Knight; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is already missed by his adored Gordon Setter, Libby. He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Grace. A memorial service and celebration of Art's life is planned for Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the Shelburne United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Online condolences may be made through www.gregorycremation.com . In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shelburne Rescue.
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CHRISTO GREENE - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Christo Greene, of South Burlington, formerly of New Britain, Conn., died on his 93rd birthday, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Burlington Health and Rehab. He was born in 1921 in Middletown, Conn., the third of seven children born to Sophie and George Greene, and graduated from Southington High School. He served his country as a tanker in the 12th Armored Division during W.W.II. Following the war, he worked as a machinist for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn. From the 1950's, until his retirement at age 65, he "walked the iron" as an Ironworker out of Local 15 in Hartford, Conn., helping to construct numerous buildings, bridges, and nuclear power plants throughout New England. In 1954, he married Marion Zelek of New Britain, Conn. They had two sons, Christopher and Darius, as well as a daughter, Maris, who died as an infant. Christo worked tirelessly throughout his life, and was especially proud of the fact that he was able to support his sons through their many years of undergraduate and medical school education. Christo especially enjoyed going to Amherst and Yale football games, and continued to attend games during his retirement. He loved gardening and being outdoors, and moved to Vermont in 1999, at which time he learned how to downhill ski. Vermont winters never bothered him, and he continued to ski and snowshoe into his nineties. Christo is survived by his sons, Dr. Christopher Greene and wife, Christine, and their children, Tyler and Matthew, of South Burlington; and Dr. Darius Greene and wife, Lisa, and their children, Nicholas and Brittany, of Huntington Station, N.Y.; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 32 years, Marion; and their daughter, Maris. The family would like to thank his caregivers at Pillsbury Manor North, at Shep 4, and then at Burlington Health and Rehab for their help and kindness during his final days, and Dr. Robert Luebbers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Holy Cross Church in New Britain, Conn., with interment to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain.
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