Thelma I. LaRochelle WILLIAMSTOWN — Thelma I. LaRochelle, 97, formerly of The Gardens and Downes Avenue, Barre, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Barre Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born Dec. 7, 1922, in Williamstown, she was the daughter of Edmond and Lucy (DeCoteau) Bisson. She attended graded schools in Williamstown and South Barre, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1941. On Aug. 9, 1941, she married Marcel LaRochelle. They spent most of their married life in East Barre and Barre. During World War II, Thelma worked at the Jones and Lamson Machine Shop in Springfield and Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant which later became Sprague Electric. In 1967, she went to work for Merchants Bank, retiring from there in 1987. Thelma volunteered for many years at Central Vermont Hospital and was also a dedicated member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. In her spare time, she also enjoyed camping, reading, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her two sons, Marcel LaRochelle Jr. and wife Janet of Barre and Danny LaRochelle and wife Joann of Washington; her daughter, Dr. Jan Guffey and husband Fredrick of Mineville, New York; her grandchildren, Robert LaRochelle (Patricia), Karen Marsh (David), Dr. Winter Guffey (Corey), A.J. Guffey and Sherrilynn Polson (Antonio); and her great-grandchildren, Ryan LaRochelle, Sean LaRochelle, Jaime Marsh, Taylor Marsh and Cecelia Polson. She also leaves her brother, David Bisson and wife Joan; her sisters, Barbara Fraser and Patricia LaVoie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Marcel; and her brothers, Robert, Donald and James. A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Thelma’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 10 a.m. in the St. Monica Catholic Church on Summer Street in Barre. Burial will follow in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions in Thelma’s name may be made to Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, please visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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