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MALBERGE CLARA BESSERY- SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Malberge C. Bessery, 100, died on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Mae was born on Oct. 23, 1913, the daughter of Joseph and Clara Poirier. She was the last surviving member of her family of seven girls and one boy born into the Joseph Poirier family. She married Edward Bessery and they had two children, son, Raymond, who predeceased her in 1974, and his wife, Linda Bessery Larow; and daughter, Katherine Lavallee. She and her husband started Ed's Market on Williston Road in the 1950s. It was the first "supermarket" in the area. After her husband passed, she worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care for a number of years, as well as for the priests at Fairholt. Mae was very active in the Catholic Church. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, Lady of Fatima, and the Ladies of Lebanon. Mae really loved life. She liked to go out and listen to music, and dance with her friends, enjoyed traveling, and especially loved to visit with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her grandchildren, Tod Bessery and wife, Elaine, Laurel Cobb and husband, Jefferson, Lesley Bessery, Michael Bessette, and Raymond Bessette; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Eric Bessery; Ella, Ava and Iris Cobb; Emily, Cameron, Kai and Koa Yee; Taylor, Bryce Bessette, Chanelle and Beau Bessette; and several nieces and nephews she was extremely close to especially, Laura, Shirley and Marie. We would like to thank the caregivers at Pillsbury Manor for the loving care she received from them for the past few years. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., in Winooski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington. Interment will follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Ta-Cum-Ta's Swimming Pool Campaign, http://leisureworldpool.kintera.org/, or Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 3, 2014
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