Lorraine M. Brislin

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BARRE - Lorraine Marie Brislin, 71, of Barre, Vermont, and Orlando, Florida, peacefully passed away on July 4, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in Rutland, Vermont, on Nov. 22, 1946, Lorraine was the first of 10 children of Leonard and Sarah (Cotrupi) Thompson. She was the best big sister ever and throughout her life, she quietly took care of everyone and everything.
Lorraine graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, Class of 1964, and immediately began her lifelong career in banking. She married John W. Brislin III, now of Milton, Vermont, on Nov. 12, 1966. Though she retired in 2015 after more than 50 years in the banking industry, Lorraine took a respite in May of 2000 and became executive director of the Central Vermont Humane Society. This was where her gifts of compassion and caring were truly highlighted, as she opened her heart and home to many pets who were in need.
Through her work with Community National Bank, Lorraine became involved with many local events, including the Fourth of July Parade, the Barre Heritage Festival, and participated with Barre Opera House events. She was recognized by Mayor Thomas Lauzon in December of 2015 for the advocacy and support she offered within the community.
Lorraine enjoyed planting bulbs and designing flower gardens for the short summer months. She spent her winters carefully updating her cozy home, creating a welcoming space with vivid colors and elaborate Christmas decor for all to enjoy.
As mothers, sisters and nieces, the women in the family eventually moved to different locations on the East Coast, but kept a tightly knit connection through emails every day for more than 20 years in an exclusive group of "Durls." This is a powerful group of strong women, and Lorraine's presence will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Julius and Sandra Brislin, both of Orlando, Florida; her mother; her sisters, Joan Watson (Jim), of Rutland, Vermont, Peggy Csencsitz, of Orlando, Florida, Mary Lou LaFantano (Bob), of Brattleboro, Vermont, Betty Candon (Jim), of Jericho, Vermont; and brothers Larry Thompson, of Rutland, Vermont, Craig Thompson, of Orlando, Florida, and Sean Thompson, of Rutland, Vermont; aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and her brothers, Baby Len and Tommy Thompson.
Her pets, Lola, Gracie, and Zoey, are now with loving family members who will see them through until they are greeted by Lorraine.
The date and time of our celebration of Lorraine's life will be announced separately.
Please consider a memorial donation in Lorraine's name to Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601, or online at centralvermonthumane.org.
Published in Times Argus on July 11, 2018