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ELIZABETH GERALDINE (DAIGNEAULT) EMILO - MIDDLEBURY - Gerry passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, with her caretaker, Laurie, by her side. Born in Vergennes on June 20, 1931, Gerry was the daughter of Foster and Evelyn (Choquette) Daigneault. She attended Vergennes Union High School. In 1947, she married Louis J. Emilo, Sr. in St. Peter's Church in Vergennes. Louis predeceased her in Dec. 2008 after 61 years of marriage. Gerry worked for a brief time in the kitchen at Middlebury Union High School, was active in the Home Demonstration Club, and enjoyed candlepin bowling. Her devotion to raising and caring for her family was unrelenting. She was an amazing cook who took great pride in providing Sunday meals for her family, including her famous spaghetti sauce. During many winter months, Gerry and Louie enjoyed spending time with their friends and family in Florida. In the summer, they were able to celebrate, relax and enjoy each other's company at their cottage on Lake Dunmore. Gerry was predeceased by four infant daughters, Mary, Jane, June and Joan; and by six brothers and two sisters. Surviving her are her children: sons, Louis J. Emilo, Jr. and wife, Susan, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Richard S. Emilo and wife, Glenna, of Middlebury and Ronald A. Emilo and wife, Sheila, of Essex Junction; and daughter, Wendy and husband, James Giard, of Shoreham. "Nana" leaves grandchildren, Chris Emilo and companion, Gail Mannigan, of Middlebury, Brett Emilo and wife, Kate Farnsworth, of Montour Falls, N.Y., Jason Emilo and wife, Stephanie, of Malaysia, Tony Emilo of Shoreham, Eric Emilo and wife, Whitney, of Stone Ridge, Va., Dana Livingston and husband, Mark, of New Haven, Jocelyn Emilo and companion, Mike Mulligan, of Shoreham, Bailey Emilo and companion, Brian Wilkinson, of Monkton, Gina Emilo and companion, Darren Ouellette, of Shoreham, Amanda Giard and companion, Patrick Needham, of New Haven, Ryley Giard and companion, Brittany Moylan, of Boulder, Colo., and Gerritt Badger of Essex Junction. Gerry has left behind six great-grandchildren. She is survived by one sister, Rita Benson, of West Rutland; many nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law, Teri Hagen-Emilo; and best friends, John and Donna Hendy. Gerry was deeply and compassionately cared for at the end of her life by Norma Dragon, Laurie Ellis, Sally Cyr, Patti Fitzsimmons and Gina Emilo. Our family will be forever grateful for their commitment to our mother. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, especially Kathy Laframboise. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Middlebury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Addison County, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 6, 2012