Melanie Anne (Buska) Blair BARRE — Melanie Anne (Buska) Blair, 43, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. She was born on July 18, 1976, in Berlin, Vermont. Growing up, she lived in East Montpelier and attended Barre Town, Twinfield and Montpelier schools. In her early years, she worked at Green Mountain Transit in Montpelier, later moving to Central Vermont Medical Center as a phlebotomist. She also worked at the Third Branch Flower farm in Roxbury, as well as her parents' store, Mapleside Deli, in Barre. Melanie enjoyed many things about spending time with her family. Every year, she would host a Christmas party and bake with her children and nieces, something she always looked forward to. She also had frequent bonfires where she would sing, dance and play basketball with family and friends. Melanie loved to cook homemade meals, draw, which she did very well, and spend time with her pets whom she was very, very passionate about. However, the love she had for her three children was her greatest love of all, which she talked about often. Some of Melanie’s children's best memories include her singing lullabies and telling stories, their favorites being Baa Baa Black Sheep and The Three Little Pigs. They also remember how she would support them in school, even when they were in trouble. She would also play games and watch movies with her children which led to blanket forts and laughter. Melanie was very giving, always helping others in need which brought her great joy. She enjoyed taking pictures and especially many, many selfies. Melanie is survived by her three children Courtney (LaRose) Silk and husband Gregory, Emily LaRose and Dominick Leffler; her only grandchild, Ezio Silk; as well as her father, Olin Buska Sr.; and her siblings Olin Buska Jr. and Elizabeth (Buska) Barnaby. She also leaves behind a sister-in-law, nieces, a nephew and a great-niece. Melanie was predeceased by her mother, Cynthia (Geaves) Buska; and all four of her grandparents whom she was very close with. A celebration of Melanie’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. at Websterville Baptist Church located at 143 Church Hill Road in Websterville. The family is requesting everyone in attendance wear an accent of blue on their person in memory of Melanie. Blue was her favorite color. A potluck gathering will follow at the church. Any dishes can be dropped off downstairs prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made through the gofundme account set up in Melanie’s name.

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Our condolences Olin to you and your family.. we are very sorry you are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏


Sorry for your loss Olin and family, no words will ever ease the pain however you should know friends and family feel your grief. Take care.

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