Madeleine DeRondeFebruary 05,2013
MONTPELIER — Madeleine DeRonde passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Feb. 3, 2013. Madeleine was born at home in Montpelier during the Great Flood of 1927, to Emile and Augustine Gagne. She spent the entirety of her life in Montpelier, attending St. Michael’s Catholic School and St. Augustine Church. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Montpelier Emblem Club #369 and the Ladies Home Dem.
At age 16, she took her first job at the Woolworth’s five-and-dime. By age 25, she was a single mother of five, a waitress at The Lobster Pot and a lab technician at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helping to make Vermont a brucellosis-free state. She later married Philip DeRonde, owner of DeRonde Plastics. After his passing, Madeleine became a land developer; the road bordering their property in East Montpelier still bears the DeRonde name.
Madeleine was an avid gardener and needlepoint enthusiast. She enjoyed the many pleasures of life — food, dancing and music of all kinds. Above all, she loved spending time with her extensive family.
Madeleine was predeceased by her husband, Philip DeRonde; two sisters, Marie Law and Trudy Miccolo; and two brothers, Merrill Gagne and Gerard Gagne. She is survived by three sisters, Jeannine Wood, Lucille Collins and guardian angel Pauline Goodrich. She is lovingly remembered by her five children, John Feddersen Jr., Tom Feddersen and his wife, Linda, Marcy Kontis and her husband, George, Richard Feddersen and his wife, Patti, and Fred Feddersen, as well as 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, for to know her was to love her.
Visiting hours will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier. The funeral Mass will follow beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to The Sister of the Lamb of God, 2063 Wyandotte Ave., Owensboro, KY 42310.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at http://www.guareandsons.com.
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