• Madeleine A. Benoit
    July 22,2014

    BARRE — Madeleine A. (Pinard) Benoit, 90, a resident of Lincoln House for the past nine and a half years and formerly of 24 Brook St., Barre, died peacefully in the Central Vermont Medical Center Palliative Care Unit, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, following a brief illness.

    Born in Montpelier on March 19, 1924, she was the daughter of French Canadian parents, the late Lucien and Bibianne (Blais) Pinard. Madeleine attended St. Michael’s and St. Monica’s elementary schools and was a proud pro merito graduate of Spaulding High School, class of 1941. Upon graduation she was employed as a bookkeeper-secretary for the Letter Granite Co., a telephone operator for New England Telephone and Telegraph Co., and part-time secretary for North Barre Granite Co., retiring in 1990.

    On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Leonard V. Benoit at St. Monica Church in Barre. After their marriage, Madeleine dedicated her life to raising her seven children and spending time with her 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Madeleine was predeceased by her husband of 46 years and their two infant daughters, Marie and Anne Marie, as well as her parents and her sister Jeanne D’Arc (Pinard) Verrett, as well as many dear sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

    Her memberships included St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre for most of her life, Sodality, the Ladies of St. Anne, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica 1181.

    Mother’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and extended family. Her beautiful smile, gentle spirit and warm heart made her loved by all who knew her. Her deep faith sustained her through every aspect of her life, and her rosary was her constant companion.

    Survivors include her seven children: Andre “Andy” Benoit and his wife, Janice, of Hope Mills, North Carolina; Robert Benoit and his wife, Connie, of Dubuque, Iowa; Diane Noyes and her husband, Bill, of Barre; Denis “Ben” Benoit and his wife, Robin, of Mystic, Connecticut; Janet Connor and her husband, Stephen, of East Montpelier; Steven Benoit and his wife, Bonnie, of Barre; and James “Jim” Benoit and his wife, Stacey, of Graniteville. She is also survived by her 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and her four brothers: Francis Pinard, of Barre, Richard Pinard, of Winooski, Father Paul Pinard, SSE, of Selma, Alabama, and the Rev. Raymond Pinard, of Galveston, Texas; her sister Marguerite Worthing, of Omaha, Nebraska; as well as many nieces and nephews.

    The family would like to acknowledge and thank registered nurse Pam Heffernan and the staff of Lincoln House for their care and concern for our mother, and Dr. David Ospina, Dr. Paul Cameron and the staff of Central Vermont Medical Center. The family also extends special thanks to Madeleine’s longtime primary care physician Dr. Lucy Patti, for her care and compassion. The family also wishes to thank Sister Elizabeth Driscoll and Paul Plante for their spiritual support.

    A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre on Wednesday, July 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    Interment will follow the Mass at Hope Cemetery in Barre.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lincoln House Activity Fund, 120 Hill St., Barre, VT 05641, or the CVMC New Palliative Care Unit fund in care of Central Vermont Medical Center.

    Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.

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