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FRANK ALBERT MERCIER, SR. LEXINGTON, S.C. - Frank Albert Mercier, Sr., 79, of Lexington, S.C., formerly of Essex Junction, passed away Nov. 22, 2012, after a short illness, surrounded by his immediate and extended family, in Lexington Medical Center of Lexington, S.C. Frank was born Feb. 22, 1933, of the late Dewey Mercier and Alberta (Bo) Barber (Bushey). He was predeceased by his wife, Ruby Mercier (Kimball); and his sister, Audrey Bushey. He was also predeceased by his stepfather, Clement Barber, who treated him like his son. Frank proudly served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps, Charlie Company division, as Corporal (E-3) from Jan. 1951 to Jan. 1956. Frank sailed ship on the U.S. Naval Ship General John Pope in route to Korea. Frank earned a National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Frank continued to be a big supporter of the Veterans Association. Prior to retirement, Frank was employed by Ralph Bushey, L. Hershberg and Jordan's Fine Food Products of Vermont. After retirement, Frank and Ruby moved to South Carolina to be closer to her sister, Rena Owens. Frank loved to do carpentry work. In the quality of the finished work of his cabinetry you could see your reflection in the cabinet doors - it was like looking in a mirror. He also liked to build models, go to deer camp, camp and fish, cook and BBQ, ride his motorcycle, snowmobile, have a few drinks, laugh, play cards and be surrounded by family. Frank is survived by his daughter, Denise Marcelino and her husband, Donald; his son, Frank Mercier, Jr.; granddaughter, Shannon Marcelino-Aureli and her husband, Michael; and his great-grandson, Matthew Sestilio Aureli. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Jacqueline Mercier. Frank is also survived by his brothers, Donald Mercier and his wife, Phyllis, and Walter (Wayne) Mercier and Virginia. Frank is also survived by his extended family in South Carolina, Ruby's niece Diane Watson (Owens) and her friend, Walter Blenman, Sr.; and Stephanie Smith and her daughter, LaDonna King, and their children, who all lovingly called him Uncle Frank. Frank lost a good best friend, George Trombly, a short time ago and has joined him. We wonder what mischief they could be up to. Frank is also survived by his ex- brother-in-law and best friend, Richard Twitchell and his wife, Oneida. Visiting hours will be held at the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Holy Family Church, 4 Prospect Street, Essex Junction at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Resurrection Park Cemetery, 200 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, please donate to a .

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012
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