• Donna McLeod Tomasini
    May 09,2014

    Donna McLeod Tomasini Rites

    GRANITEVILLE — The largely attended service to honor and celebrate the life of Donna McLeod Tomasini, of the Middle Road, was held Monday, May 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Barre. She died April 29, 2014, at her home.

    The Rev. Carl Hilton-Van Osdall, pastor of the church, led the service, reading from the Scriptures and offering the meditation. Organist and pianist Alison Cheroff accompanied the congregation in the hymns “How Great Thou Art” and “Lead, Kindly Light” and special song “The Rose.”

    The musical offerings included “Wind Beneath My Wings,” sung by Nicole Woodcock, accompanied by pianist Cheroff, and “This is Your Song,” which was composed and rendered by guitarist-soloist and granddaughter Ali Grenier. Ali also sang with Nicole the James Taylor song “Fire and Rain.”

    Those who shared memories included her daughter the Rev. Tamara Tomasini Grenier, from her text “My Mother is a Story Woman,” as well as daughter Rhonda Tomasini Thygesen; grandchildren Kellan Grenier and Ryan, Kristy and Katie Thygesen; and longtime friend from Spaulding High School days Sue Lague.

    Fellowship and luncheon followed in the church vestry.

    The Rev. Hilton-Van Osdall conducted the graveside and committal service in the Hope Cemetery, prior to the church ceremony.

    The bearers were grandsons Ryan Thygesen and Kellan Grenier; son-in-law Shawn Thygesen; and family friends Corey Robbins, Philip Daye, Luke Lacroix, Ben Taylor and Eric Lajeunesse.

    Poetic tributes were offered by Donna’s sister Dianne Vanderbush, who read the poem “Her Journey Has Just Begun,” and daughter Rhonda, who read the poem “If You Have a Mother.”

    Prior to departing the grave site, daughter Tamara led the family in a circle of prayer for closure and benediction.

    The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, was in charge of the arrangements.

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