Charlene T. Patno

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LOWER GRANITEVILLE - Charlene Therese (Gilbert) Patno, 63, of Graniteville Road, died suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born June 8, 1947, in Barre, she was the daughter of Orance and Beryl Gilbert of Graniteville. Charlene attended Holy Ghost Convent School in Graniteville and St. Michael's High School in Montpelier.

On Dec. 28, 1968, she married Harrison Patno in St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. His career was in the military and they lived in Germany, Texas and Pennsylvania, where he was stationed. Charlene later returned with her two young sons to Central Vermont where she has since made her home. Her primary role in life has been that of a devoted mother.

In earlier years, she had worked at the Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant in Barre. For the last 30 years, she was employed at Central Vermont Medical Center in the dietary department.

Charlene was a member of St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville, where for many years she sang in the church choir. An ardent Catholic, she had lived a faith-centered life. She maintained a happy, contented and uplifting disposition and a kind manner toward everyone.

Over many years, Charlene was very active in her mother's care and provided her with great companionship. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

She enjoyed many interests and activities including knitting, drawing and painting, etching, various other crafts, Sudoku, crossword puzzles and reading. She spent her vacations camping with her family and traveling to Pennsylvania to see her granddaughter, Xaria Amor Patno, the light of her life.

She leaves her former husband, Harrison Patno, of Enola, Pa.; son Brent Patno, of Etters, Pa., and his daughter, Xaria; son Gordon Patno and his companion, Mindy Anthony, of Plainfield; 12 brothers and sisters, John and his wife, Pierrette, of Graniteville, Sylvia Palmisano and her husband, Joseph, of Arizona, Lorraine Violette and her husband, Dan, of South Barre, George and his wife, Mary, of Williamstown, Edward and his wife, Louise "Lisa," of Graniteville, Steven and his wife, Mae, and James, all of Graniteville, Denise Plante, Claire Goodell and her husband, Wendell, and Peter and his wife, Linda, all of Williamstown, Dan and his wife, Janet, of Williston, and Lucie Gilbert, of Graniteville; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. All will miss her gentle presence and her sense of humor.

She was predeceased by her parents; three nephews, Eric Gilbert, Jeff Violette and Aaron Gilbert; and one grandnephew, Taylor Allen Gilbert.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. in St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m. Entombment will be in the Hooker and Whitcomb vault to await later interment in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Food Bank, c/o Patrick Gilbert, 33 Parker Road, Barre, VT 05641.
Published in Times Argus from Feb. 7 to Feb. 10, 2011