ELEANOR J. GILBERT - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Eleanor J. Gilbert of South Burlington died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. She was born at home, in East Berkshire, to Josseph and Marion Jolley. On Oct. 19, 1957, she married Frank R. Gilbert in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Her beloved husband died on May 20, 2001. Frank and Eleanor were blessed with three children, Thomas B., John D. and Jennifer S. Their son, Thomas, died on Aug. 14, 1983, a loss they grieved every day of their lives. Life was forever changed for them. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Madonna Circle #730; GE Wives Club; and a wonderful cancer support group, Carol, Mary, Pam, Ann and Veronique. She was also a very active volunteer for the Red Cross, the Burlington Senior Center, and she volunteered over 5,000 hours for Fletcher Allen Health Care. She is survived by her son, John David Gilbert; daughter, Jennifer Gilbert Lawson and husband, Dan, of Florida; grandchildren, Ben, Tyler and Spencer; nephews, Bruce Jolley and Robert Simons; nieces, Judy Warrich, Cathy O'Donnell, Mary Ellen Jolley, and Cherri Jolley; brother-in-law, Claude Simons; and a dear friend, Jeannette Levesque. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas; husband, Frank; brother, Emanuel Jolley; sister, Marlene R. Jolley; a very special nephew, Robert Jolley; and sisters-in-law, Frances Simons and Doris Jolley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at 12 noon in Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. Arrangements are by the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 9, 2012