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KINGSTON- Pauline Parmenter, loving sister-in-law and aunt, died peacefully, with family by her side, at Mountain Valley Manor, in Kingston, on Jan. 20, 2013. She enjoyed a long, wonderful, full life as she was 99 years old.
She is survived by local sister-in-law, Roslie (Parmenter) Gilpatric, and husband James; niece Amy Ryan, husband Robert Jr. and children, Cailin, Micaela, Robert III, and Cian; as well as nephew, Craig Parmenter. An additional niece and many cousins also survive, including a special cousin, Susan Berube.
Pauline was born to Clarence and Mabel (Cogswell) Parmenter on Oct. 29, 1913, in Windsor, Vt., the oldest of five children. She enjoyed a very close relationship with her brothers, Donald, Rex, Russell, and Terry, all of whom predeceased her. It was with Terry, however, that she shared an extra special bond.
At a very young age, Pauline moved with her parents from Vermont, to 342 Concord Street in Manchester, N.H., and spent the majority of her life there. She was a graduate of both Manchester Central High School and Hesser's Business School. Pauline began her career in retail at W.T. Grant's Department Store, working there for many years. She then spent the rest of her career working for Sears Roebucks in the drapery department, retiring at the age of 70.
Family and family history were always at the center of Pauline's life. In her earlier years, she faithfully attended almost all of her brother Terry's basketball games, and always enjoyed the large, frequent Parmenter and Cogswell family picnics, reunions, and gatherings in Henniker, N.H. Pauline's close relationship with Terry was broadened when Terry married Roslie (Janosz) and enriched even more when their children Amy and Craig were born. After Terry's premature death, Pauline's intimate relationship with Roslie, Amy, and Craig remained steadfast. In time, it expanded again to include the Gilpatric family, who welcomed her with open arms, and with Amy's marriage to Bob and their exciting family-life of four children.
In 2000, Pauline relocated to Kingston, and was able to enjoy even more time with family.
For the past several years, Pauline benefited from the compassionate care of the staff at Mountain Valley Manor,and support by friends, and many members of Fair St. Reformed Church.
The family asks that, lieu of flowers,donations be made to the Professor Terry L. Parmenter Memorial Scholarship, C/O Ulster Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 557, Stone Ridge, N.Y., 12484.
Pauline truly loved her family and spending time with them. Her family feels equally blessed to have been able to experience all of Pauline's gifts for as long as they did, and will cherish her memory deeply.
Entrusted to the care of Harry VanVliet, of Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. A simple but meaningful service will immediately follow with Rev. Dr. Robert Gram officiating. Expressions of condolence may be left on Pauline's memorial page by visiting:
Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home - Ulster Park
339 Broadway Ulster Park, NY 12487
Published in Daily Freeman on Jan. 23, 2013