Beryl E. Gilbert

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GRANITEVILLE - Beryl Elizabeth (Simons) Gilbert, 88, of Cogswell Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, surrounded by her family, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin where she was kindly cared for during the last year of her life.

Born on Aug. 21, 1920, in Williamstown, she was the daughter of George and Grace (Bruce) Simons. She grew up in Mill Village and attended Williamstown schools, graduating from Williamstown High School in the Class of 1938.

On Aug. 2, 1939, she married Orance Charles Gilbert in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. They first made their home on the Gilbert Farm in Williamstown until 1942, when they moved to Orance's childhood home in Graniteville. It was there that they raised their family and where she has since resided. He died Sept. 11, 1974.

She was a full-time homemaker until she went to work at the Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant in the early 1950s. For a few years, she cooked hot lunches at the Quarry School and later became a dietary aide at the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin where she worked until her retirement.

Beryl was lovingly known as "Nana" by her 27 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. A devoted mother and a model of serenity, she never ceased to take delight in the company of children. She leaves her family a legacy of love.

What little time she had to pursue personal interests was spent reading, gardening, cooking, and researching and preserving family history records.

A devout Catholic, she was active in the St. Sylvester Parish in Graniteville and was a long-time member of the Ladies of St. Sylvester, a church society for women. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court of St. Monica.

She is survived by her seven sons, John and his wife, Pierrette, George and his wife, Mary, Edward and his wife, Lisa, Steven and his wife, Mae, James who still lives in the family home in Graniteville, Peter and his wife, Linda (all of the central Vermont area) and Daniel and his wife, Janet (of Burlington); her six daughters, Sylvia Palmisano and her husband, Joseph (of Arizona), Lorraine Violette and her husband, Dan, Charlene Patno, Denise Plante, Claire Goodell and her husband, Wendell (all of the central Vermont area), Lucie who was the tireless and primary caregiver for her mother for the last several years and who continues to live in the family home; 27 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a stillborn baby Lucille; three grandsons, Jeffrey Violette, Aaron Gilbert, and Eric Gilbert; one great-grandson, Taylor Allen Gilbert; and her only sister, Lois Rebecca Simons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Interment will follow in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville. Family and friends my call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05649 or to the Woodridge Nursing Home, Patient Activities Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.

Published in Times Argus on Sept. 19, 2008