Winifred Samson

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BARRE - A Mass of Christian burial to honor and celebrate the life of Winifred "Winnie" Samson, 103, formerly of Valliere Avenue and more recently of Barre Gardens, was held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
She passed away on Dec. 14, 2017, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
The concelebrated Mass was led by the Rev. Leopold J. Bilodeau, assisted by Msgr. Peter A. Routhier, pastor of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of Stowe, Vermont, both former pastors of St. Monica Catholic Church.
Crucifer Fred Letourneau was altar server.
Words of remembrance were shared by her daughter, Cynthia LaFayette.
Organist and vocalist Rosemary Badeau accompanied singers Ronald Routhier and Paul Plante in the hymns, "Here I Am Lord," "J'irai La Voir Un Jour," "Be Not Afraid," "Song of Farewell," "Prayer of St. Francis" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth." Pianist Cassie Lafayette, granddaughter, played "Amazing Grace." A prerecorded song, "Ave Maria," was sung by Sally Olson, granddaughter.
Scripture readings from the Old Testament were read by Paula Atkinson, granddaughter, and Bonnie Olson, also a granddaughter, read from the New Testament.
Msgr. Routhier read the gospel and led the prayer of the faithful.
Father Bilodeau delivered the homily.
Offertory gifts were presented at the altar by her daughters, Eveline Atkins, Joanne Tremblay and Irene Brown. Roses were presented by Karen Abrahamovich, granddaughter, and Leah Olson, great-granddaughter.
Ark bearers were Steven Machia, Alan Machia, James LaFayette, grandsons, and Jeff Abrahamovich, great-grandson.
Burial followed the Mass at Hope Cemetery, where she was laid to rest next to her beloved husband. Father Bilodeau read the committal prayers.
Following the burial, family and friends gathered at the Canadian Club in Barre for a time of sharing memories and dinner.
Arrangements were in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre, VT.
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Published in Times Argus on May 16, 2018