RENE A. LABERGE
Rene A. LaBerge, 83, died Tuesday, March 29, 1994, in Burlington.
He was born in Burlington on April 5, 1910, the son of Leonidas and Melina Rondeau LaBerge. He grew up on the LaBerge farms in Underhill and later in Charlotte, with 11 brothers and sisters.
He married Simone Despault on Aug. 16, 1932, in Shelburne. For many years he owned a hardware store and operated the post office in Bridport. He retired as chief electrician at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes in 1972.
He was a founding member of the Bridport volunteer fire department, a boy scout leader, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a longtime parishioner of St. Bernadette Church, Bridport Democratic chairman, and justice of the peace.
Rene will be remembered as a friend to all, by his love of children, a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
He is survived by his wife, Simone of South Burlington; his daughter and her husband, Renette and Richard Schmitt of Burlington, his son and his wife, Rene "Dan" and Linda LaBerge of South Burlington, his son and his wife, Richard and JoAnne LaBerge of Ferrisburgh, and his daughter, Ann LaBerge and Jonathan Hodgkin of Colchester; his very special grandchildren, Dan Schmitt, Carol Schmitt Judge, Hollis Schmitt Shore, Bill Schmitt, R. Daniel LaBerge, Richard "Joe" LaBerge, Sarah LaBerge Bicknell and Zachary Filan; and greatgrandchildren Melissa and Jessica Kirker, Amanda and Nicholas Judge, Rachel Schmitt, Dakotah Shore, Alexis and Reilly LaBerge, and Gaven and Michaela Bicknell.
His sisters and brothers, Rose, Pete, Raoul, Joe, Leo and Robert, predeceased him, and he is survived by Alice McDurfee of Charlotte, Lucien of Orlando, Fla., Raymond and Marie of Charlotte, Simone Curtis of Burlington, and Theresa and Tom L'Esprance of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Shirley LaBerge of Charlotte, Lena LaBerge of Orlando, Fla., and Reina LaBarge of Burlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 71 S. Union St., Burlington, on Tuesday, April 5, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. in St. Bernadette Church in Bridport with burial following in Central Cemetery in Bridport. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in his name to the Adult Day Program of the Visiting Nurse Association, 25 Prim Road, Colchester, Vt. 05446, to be used for specific purposes.
[Submitted by Rene LaBerge, his son]