NEW BERN | Mary "Gwen" Robbins Chioffi passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center after a short illness. She was born in Barre, VT on December 3, 1917, the daughter of John D. Robbins and Mamie DeCoteau Robbins.
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Gwen moved to Rutland, VT as a young adult and married Orlando Nicolas Chioffi on January 12, 1944. They celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his death in 2004.
Gwen retired from the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks and was a charter member of the Rutland Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). She was active in TOPS for over 40 years, including a few years in the Jasper, NC Chapter.
In 2009 Gwen moved to New Bern, NC and remained active in the community until the time of her death, playing the piano at the Senior Center, walking the mall and making numerous friends and acquaintances. She will be missed by many.
Surviving family members include one daughter, Sandy Hickman and her husband David of New Bern and one son, Stephen Chioffi of Rutland, as well as numerous cousins.
Funeral services at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rutland, VT are pending.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland, VT. With the assistance of Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Dr., Rutland, VT 05701, or to a non-profit organization of your choice. The family wishes to thank Gwen's many friends, Sr. Monique Dissen, IHM and medical staff at CarolinaEast for their support.
Published in Sun Journal on Aug. 5, 2014