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Mary (Melvin) Chouinard BARRE CITY — Mary Melvin Chouinard, 86, of Allen Street, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at the Woodridge Rehabilitation Center in Berlin. Born in Graniteville on March 27, 1933, she was the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Edwards) Melvin. Mary attended the Lower Graniteville Elementary School and was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Class of 1951. Mary received the Pro-Merito Award. During her senior year, she was a part-time employee at the Barre Granite Association; upon graduation, she later was a full-time employee and was transferred to their shipping department, The Barre Guild Consolidation Service, retiring after 13 years of employment. Mary became a stay-at-home mom. She later was employed with Salvador & Babic, P.C. On July 7, 1950, she married Andre M. Chouinard in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. In 1957, Mary and Andre built their new home at 120 Allen St. where they were still residing. They also purchased a camp at Joe’s Pond in 1968 which they enjoyed for 33 years. Upon Andre’s retirement in 1993, they purchased a home in Nokomis, Florida, and completely remodeled it themselves – they enjoyed wintering there for 12 years. Among her interests were playing the piano, reading, watching movies, and she enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Andre Chouinard, of Barre; one son, Steven Chouinard, also of Barre; two granddaughters Amber, of Texas, and Makayla, of Barre. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Elizabeth "Betty" Melvin, of East Barre; as well as nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers George William Melvin and Eldon Melvin. A funeral service to honor and celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Extra parking is available in St. Monica Parking Lot. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre, Vermont. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at: www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

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