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RICHARD G. "BONHOMME" BRUNELLE - WINOOSKI - Richard G. "Bonhomme" Brunelle, 88, a lifelong resident of Winooski, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, with his loving family by his side. Richard was born in Winooski on June 7, 1925, the son of Walter and Corrine (Richard) Brunelle. He was educated at St. Louis Convent in Winooski. Richard was a veteran of World War II, 3rd Army 90th Infantry Division, serving under General Patton. He fought in five campaigns in the European Theatre including the Normandy Invasion. After the war, he worked as a carpenter. Richard was married in Elizabethtown, N.Y., on Feb. 2, 1948, to Barbara (Faford) Brunelle, who predeceased him on Jan. 21, 1995. Following his mother's death, he joined his father in the grocery business at Tom's Market in Winooski, and then he and Barbara owned and operated the Anchor Way Motel in Lyndon, until his retirement when they moved back to Winooski. Richard enjoyed model ship building, carpentry work, and going to yard sales and antique shops with Barbara. He is survived by his children, David and Susan Brunelle, Ricky and Helen Brunelle, Debbie and Victor Tirrito, and Sandy McGregor; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Robert McGregor; and extended family and friends. Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Brunelle; brother, Eugene; and sister, Aline. Graveside services at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St. in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 28, 2013
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