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LIONEL "RED" BROCHU - WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Lionel "Red" Brochu, 86, passed away early Thursday morning, May 9, 2013, in the Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction. He was born July 30, 1926, in Greensboro Bend, the son of Joseph and Roseabelle (Demars) Brochu. He graduated from St. Edmunds High School in Swanton, in 1944, and St. Thomas Seminary in Simsbury, Conn., in 1945. He served three years in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. After the service, he attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 1951. In October 1956, he married Shirley Larrabee. They resided in Hardwick, where they lived most of their married life. Red entered the U.S. Postal Service in 1958, serving in the Hardwick office, and then later at the White River Junction office, retiring in 1986 as the Director of Customer Service. They moved to White River Junction to be near Red's work. He was a life member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Elks Club where he served as Vermont State President 1990/1991. He was also an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus of Hardwick. Red was also a member of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church of White River Junction. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, who died July 12, 2009; his parents; brothers, Albert and John; infant sister, Mary Claire; sister-in-law, Darlene Brochu; brothers-in-law, Michael Brochu, Larry, Earl and Robert Larrabee; as well as brother-in-law, James Larrabee and his wife, Theresa. He is survived by his son, William and his companion, Lori Pratte, of Springfield, Mass.; daughter, Susan and her husband, Douglas Plummer, of Plainfield, N.H.; five grandsons, Christopher, Jonathan, and Matthew Hamilton, and Nathan and Sean Plummer; sister, Jeanette Brochu of Hardwick; aunt, Hazel Demars; uncle, Frank Philbrook; cousins, James and Thomas Philbrook; brothers-in-law and their spouses, Richard and Terri Larrabee, Dennis and Betty Larrabee, and Garey and Jane Larrabee; sisters-in-law, Patricia Larrabee, Dorothy Larrabee, Irene Larrabee, Pauline Martin, and Carmelene Brochu. Calling hours will be held Monday, May 13, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church in White River Junction, with a luncheon to follow downstairs in the church hall. Burial will be held later at 3 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick. Condolences may be expressed to Red's family in an online guest book at Memorial contributions maybe made to Silver Towers, c/o Hartford Elks, P.O. Box 502, Hartford, VT 05047.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 11, 2013
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