CLAUDETTE DESROCHERS CHAPUT NEWPORT CENTER - Claudette Chaput, 76, of Newport Center, passed away surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren, family and friends, on Jan. 7, 2012. She was born on Sept. 19, 1935, to Oscar and Yvonne Arel Desrochers in Newport Center. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and married Leo Paul Chaput on Sept. 1, 1956, who predeceased her on Sept. 2, 1994. Claudette will be remembered for many things, but foremost the most important thing was her family and friends. She was able to spend her favorite holiday, Christmas, home with her family for several days. Oh how she loved that. Anytime anyone needed some help, she was there. She will be also be remembered for her home cooking which many people enjoyed. She could put a whole meal together for a very large gathering in no time at all. Her favorite pastimes were watching the Boston Red Sox games and seeing them win the World Series and was especially excited that she attended a couple of the games in Boston. She enjoyed reading, especially her cooking magazines, and cutting out new recipes. You could always go to Mom's and find her watching the cooking channel. If she could have a family gathering everyday, she would have loved it. As many know, her greatest joy was working in her flowers and mowing the lawn. As recent as this summer, she was on her lawnmower with her baseball cap on, going to her flower gardens. She was in heaven then. She would have woodchucks eating all of the flowers she planted and painstakingly tried to trap them. This was a running joke within the family. She belonged to the Daughters of Isabella and was a member of the Community Circle. She loved to travel. She and her husband travel extensively. Several of the places were Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Nashville and overseas. She was also a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea parish. Her religion was a very important part of her life. She was employed for many years at Sacred Heart High School and then North Country Union High School as a cook. She leaves behind her loving children, Reg and his partner, Kim, Diane, Mike, Brian and his husband, Jonathan, Roger and his wife, Nicole, Caroline and her partner, Colleen; her cherished grandchildren, Derek Royer, Dustin Royer and his wife, Shawna, Danielle Weisz and her husband, DJ., Melissa, Miranda, Mallory, Nathan Chaput, Megan Oxford and her husband, Justin, Cody, Logan and Adrianna Chaput, and Sasha Morton; she was blessed with three great-grandchildren, Aiden and Liam Oxford, and Hunter Royer. She is also survived by her siblings, sister-in-law, Connie Desrochers, Roland and his wife, June, Rita LeBlanc and her husband, Rejean, Real Desrochers and his wife, Denise, and Joe Desrochers and his partner, Donna; and her closest and dearest friends, Audrey Bean, Judy Bean, Harriet Trottier, and Judy Roberge. She will always cherish her "girls' night out." She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brother, Claude; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Spring interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery on May 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-ConverseRushford Funeral Home locally family owned and operated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Ron Holland, NC Hospital Dialysis Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, VT 05855.

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4670 Darling Hill Road Newport, VT 05855
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 9, 2012