CAROL E. (LACASSE) LYNCH - SWANTON - Carol E. (LaCasse) Lynch, 62, of Swanton, passed away with her family at her side on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after a bold fight against cancer. Born in Colchester on Oct. 7, 1950, Carol was the second of 13 children to Albert and Theresa (Dusharm) LaCasse. Carol attended Essex High School, graduating in 1968. Carol was predeceased by her beloved mother, Theresa (Dusharm) LaCasse, and a brother, Robert M. LaCasse. Carol was a numbers person, so fittingly one of her jobs as a young adult was in the MasterCharge department of the (former) Chittenden Trust Company, Burlington. It was during her high school years and her time at "the bank" that Carol made two very dear lifelong friends, Betsy (Norton) Allen and Sherry (Ward) Kennish. During another career venture as a young woman, Carol worked at The New England Telephone Company with her best friend and older sister, Ann (LaCasse) LeFebvre. It was through the phone company that the sisters met Joanie (Josinsky) Montour and Dianne (Crete) Graziano. Ann, Carol, Dianne and Joanie were inseparable as young women, and over the next several decades continued to keep in touch and exchange Christmas cards. Thank you to these very special women for filling our mom's heart with laughter and wonderful memories. In 1973, Carol LaCasse married Edward D. Lynch of Burlington. The couple had two daughters, Amy E. Lynch and Kelley (Lynch) Burke, and Carol was able to stay home while the girls were young. Although the marriage ended in divorce several years later, "the girls" were always Carol's priority. As well, Carol and her former in-laws have remained as family, still being referred to as "Aunt Carol" by her several nieces and nephew in the Lynch clan. It was at a younger sister's wedding in 1986, that Carol met her soul mate, Joe Irish, of Williston. Carol and Joe began talking at the wedding reception and, as they say, the rest is history. Joe grew up on the same road where Carol's family had been running a large dairy farm for decades, so the two families were already acquainted. Although they never married, Carol and Joe made a life together for 27 years and were every bit the part of husband and wife. They were inseparable since day one and loved each other's company. Carol and Joe spent their quality years together camping, crafting, fishing, gardening, cooking, farming, canning, raising animals such as chickens, pigs, turkeys, several crazy pet dogs, a cat named Jack, most recently &%*$ goats, working on their old farmhouse, talking about the VT weather, traveling to see "the girls," occasionally enjoying a barbecue and a beer with family and good friends and, when the time came, they cared for each other in sickness until parted in death. Carol worked for more than 22 years with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, retiring from the South Burlington office in 2011, as a Mission Support Specialist. Carol will be mostly missed for her generous nature; as much food as she would inappropriately steal from your plate, dubbed "Carol-izing," she was also the one always trying to stuff you full during your visit. Carol had an unwavering sense of honor and loyalty to her family, but especially to her parents. She also demonstrated an infallible strength when it came to right and wrong. Carol is survived by the love of her life, Robert P. "Joe" Irish Jr. of Swanton; her two daughters, Amy E. Lynch of Austin, Texas, and Kelley (Lynch) Burke and Tim of Clinton, Mass.; one dear grandson, the joy of her life, Harrison Albert Burke of Clinton, Mass.; three sisters, Ann (LaCasse) Lefebvre and husband, David, of Colchester, Pauline (LaCasse) Lang and husband, Bruce, of Washington, Vt., and Charlene (LaCasse) Baron of St. Albans; eight brothers, James LaCasse and wife, Marie, of Swanton, Anthony LaCasse and wife, Debbie, of Barre, Steven LaCasse of Petersburg, Ind., Thomas LaCasse of Elmore, Andy LaCasse and wife, Nancy, of Pownal, Brian LaCasse and wife, Debbie, of Cabot, Kenneth LaCasse and wife, Darlene, of Hardwick, and Gregory LaCasse and wife, Joann, of Greensboro Bend; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jim and Kathleen (Irish) Hill of South Burlington, Jerry and Eileen (Irish) Shatinsky of Somersworth, N.H., Matthew Irish of Williston, Michael Irish of Cuttingsville, and Daniel and Colleen Irish of St. Albans. Carol also leaves several very dear nieces, nephews and other extended relatives. Special thanks to Dr. Steven Emmons and Tara Gibbons, RN, FAHC, Hem./Onc., and all the ladies in the chemo suite including Jen B., Kelly and Amy; Franklin County Home Health, Annette Blanchard, Ann Grandchamp, RN, Sue Dewey, RN, Becky Kane, LNA, and Patricia Bolt, LNA. Also many, many thanks to the fabulous team of Valet and Security Staff at FAHC, who not only have their act together, but treated our mom with compassion and respect each and every day we were there. You made the daily radiation trips a little more tolerable. Thank you so much. Visitation to be held at des Groseilliers Funeral Home, 97 Church Street, Hardwick, on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Norbert's Catholic Church, Main Street, Hardwick, on Monday, July 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Hardwick. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider donations to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network; or The Jim Bashaw Memorial Fund, NMC, St. Albans, c/o Olivia LaPorte.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 28, 2013