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Irene P. Graziano

SHELBURNE - Irene P. Graziano, 85, formerly of Bethel, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born July 20, 1927, in Bethel, the daughter of Frank and Ethel (Edmunds) Pease.

She graduated from Whitcomb High School and attended the University of Vermont.

She married Lawrence Graziano in Bethel on April 15, 1955.

She helped organize blood drives in Bethel, Stockbridge, Pittsfield and Rochester for many years. She also coached girls basketball at Whitcomb High School and was the Bethel reporter for the Randolph Herald.

She moved to Shelburne in 2002.

She was a member of Christ Church in Bethel, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and led the Inspired Teenagers Group. She was also a member of Trinity Church in Shelburne.

She enjoyed gardening, music, sports and animals.

Survivors include her husband, of Shelburne; three daughters, Diane Rooney, of Shelburne, Connie Graziano-Burns, of Carriere, Miss., and Mary Cassell, of Weathersfield, Conn.; a sister, Mary Harrington, of Shelburne; a brother, Jonathan Pease, of Tunbridge; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Hickey, and a brother, George Tucker.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church in Bethel, with burial following at Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C. 20090-6929.

Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.

Published in Times Argus on May 15, 2013
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