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NAPOLEON S. JEAN - BERLIN - Napoleon S. "Nappy" Jean, 82, of Barre, died on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre. He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Fall River, Mass., the son of Napoleon Jean and Delvina (Della) Rayta. In 1944, his father died from tuberculosis, and in 1947 his mother married Earl Ashley, who raised him as his own son. Nappy served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. In 1953, he married Jane Brunelle at St. Peter Catholic Church in Vergennes. He was employed for over 40 years as a truck driver at Greenhouse Groceries. He also worked for many years at Sam Mazza's Farm in Colchester. Nappy is survived by his sister, Judy Ann Ashley and husband, Walt McLaughlin; six children, Rick, Diane Hogan and husband, Dennis, Bruce and wife, Louanne, Mike and wife, Michelle, Kevin and wife, Karen, and MaryAnne and partner, Mike Bedard; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Napoleon and Delvina (Della) Jean Ashley; brother, Ronald; sister, Dianna Lockerby; and granddaughter, Ligia Collins. The family would like to thank his daughter, MaryAnne, and Mike Bedard for the loving care they provided him in the final years of his life. The family also appreciates the wonderful care he received at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation during his final days. Family and friends are invited to gather at the home of Rick Jean, 24 Cottonwood Crossing/816 East Road, in Colchester, on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 1 to 5 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Berlin Health and Rehab, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 4, 2013
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