BARRE TOWN - Rita L. Benoit, 92, of Farwell Street, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at her home with her family at her bedside.
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Born in St. Edwidge, Quebec, Canada, on Nov. 21, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Hector and Florida (Sylvain) Chaloux.
Rita attended schools in St. Edwidge, Canada, and was a graduate of a business school, and was employed as a secretary.
On June 26, 1940, she married Paul E. Benoit in St. Edwidge Catholic Church in St. Edwidge, Canada. After their marriage they came to Barre where they resided until 1949 when they moved to East Barre, where they made their home and raised their family.
Rita was employed as a cook at the former One Room School House on the East Barre Road, and later at Marion High School in Barre, and her last employment was at the Wayside Restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road until her retirement.
Her memberships included St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre and the Ste. Jean the Baptiste Society, also of Barre.
Among her interests were sewing, gardening, puzzles and she enjoyed history, but most of all spending precious time with her family.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Searles and her husband, Robert, of Barre Town; Yvonne Palmisano and her husband, Charles, of Naples, Fla.; Carmen Blaise and her husband, Everett, of Concord, N.H.; and Lorraine Eldred and her husband, Jerry, of Austin, Texas; one son, Rock Benoit, and his wife, Nancy, of Colchester, Vt.; as well as 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Maurice Chaloux, of Barre; two sisters, Lucille Provost, of Berlin, and Gisele Fontaine, of Williston, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Emile Benoit; two sons, Ronald Benoit and Norman Benoit; one grandson, Eddy Searles; three sisters, Pauline Marquis, Madeline Allen and Theresa Rathe; three brothers, Rene Chaloux, Sylva Chaloux and Gerard Chaloux.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Monica Catholic Church, 79 Summer St. in Barre, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Extra parking is available in St. Monica's parking lot.
Burial will follow the Mass at Hope Cemetery in Barre.
Contributions, in Rita's memory, may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vt. 05641.
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home Inc
58 Summer St
Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus from May 6 to May 7, 2013