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Patrick H. Cleary

ESSEX JUNCTION — Patrick Harold Cleary, 87, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Born May1927 in Websterville, Vt. to Joseph and Anna Rose (O’Connor) Cleary. Patrick enlisted at 17 in the U.S. Navy, serving on LST 25 in the Pacific in WWII. A graduate of St. Michael’s High School in Montpelier. He began work at Olivetti-Underwood as a toolmaker moving to Vermont to finish his career as a MFG tech at IBM retiring in 1990.

On trips home to Vermont he met Flossie, the love of his life. They were married July 11, 1953 at St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. Moving to Manchester, Conn., they shared a duplex with his dear brother Gene and raised their families together in early years.

In 1965, he moved to Essex Junction and a new career with Big Blue. His interests included time on Lake Champlain especially with Flossie’s family in Grand Isle. In the 70’s he was an active CB’er with the handle “Toolmaker”. Since moving to Essex he had been a member of Holy Family Church. He was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was active in the VFW and American Legion. He also loved gardening, trips, and socializing.

Survived by his son, Patrick Joseph Cleary, of St. Albans Bay who was his caregiver for 11 years, his daughter, Sheila Ann Cleary, of Websterville and her children, Heather and Dan. He also is survived by his special friend, Steve Goodwin, and many nephews, nieces and their families.

He was predeceased by his wife, Florence Elizabeth Cleary (Borne) after celebrating 50 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his brothers and sisters: Joseph, William, Gene, Mary O’Connell, and Gertrude Fitzpatrick.

The family would like to thank the MICU staff at UVM Medical Center for their compassionate care, the VNA staff and clientele at Falcon Manor for enriching his last years, the Veteran Affairs Home Based Patient Care Program, Dr. Gonzalez, his current nurse Matt, and others who worked hard so he could live at home.

Services were held on March 14, 2015. Burial will be held in the family lot in the spring in St. Sylvester Cemetery, Barre at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in memory of Patrick Cleary to: VNA Williston Adult Daycare. 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT, 05446 or online at vnacares.org. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

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John Metruk

ESSEX CENTER — John Metruk, 84 passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at UVMC in Burlington, Vt.; he was born July 14, 1930 in Massena, N.Y. son of the late Emile and Ksenie (Fiell) Metruck.

John was an everyday-man of extraordinary dimensions to his family and friends. It’s been written that “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” … John, our Dad was all of these and more – he lived and lived well.

John joined the Marine Corp at seventeen, honorably fought for his country and was shot in the Battle of the Chosen Reservoir during the Korean War. Returning home he used the G.I. Bill to earn his degree from Canton State College in N.Y. John and Margaret married in 1954. He was a devoted husband and dedicated father. He provided for his growing family by working for the NYS Power Authority during the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Niagara power projects; moving his family to Vermont joining IBM in 1966 as part of their High Voltage Engineering team until his retirement in 1991. John was a journeyed Master Electrician – one of the many skills he shared with his family.

John found tremendous purpose and joy in the outdoors, spending the Archery Season teaching his sons and daughters and their sons and daughters the elite sportsmanship involved in hunting deer with the Bow and Arrow. It was a passion he shared with his family throughout his life. The fresh air and exercise provided him with his full and active life; John was even still hunting from tree stands into his eighties.

His advice and perspective in the workshop, on construction projects and in life will be profoundly missed, but the wisdom and life lessons will live on in us. All of his children and grandchildren benefited tremendously from his Jack-of-All-Trades abilities and his never-ending “you can do it attitude” that he imparted to us throughout our lives. John Metruk ‘lived his life well’ – we will miss him in our everyday lives, but know his legacy lives on in us.

He is survived by his six children three sons John S. Metruk and wife Debbie of Essex, Paul Metruk and wife Carlene of Underhill, David Metruk and wife Patti of Huntington; Three daughters Susan Cogley and husband Robert of Essex, Nancy Gianni and husband Bruce of Syracuse, N.Y., Margo Metruk of Randolph, Brother-in-law Dan Conklin and wife Lena of New Mexico, nine Grandchildren, Joshua and wife Stephanie, Jesse and wife Stephanie, Joseph, Thomas, Michael, Sarah, Nicholas, Gabriel, Taylor, two great-grandchildren Peyton and Tristan, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

We are deeply grateful for the wonderful people who have helped our Dad through his life’s journey including his caring neighbors Kevin and Jodi – we thank you.

John was predeceased by his wife Margaret (Conklin) Metruk January 4, 2010, his brothers Peter Metruck, Willy Metruck and Stephen Metruck, Sister-in-law Marylou Metruck Stephen’s wife and sisters Jenny Bower, Mary Podgurski and Helen Susese all of Massena, N.Y.

Visiting hours were held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. at AW Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel, 57 Main St. Essex Jct., VT 05452. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. Pius X, Essex, Vt., with Reverend Charles Ranges S.S.E. officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 or by visiting www.nra.org. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com

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In loving memory of

Autumn Lee Whitehouse

10/07/1986 – 03/29/2005

Autumn, while your spirit and love lives on in the lives you touched during your short time on earth, ten years ago today became the saddest day of my life. The tears in my eyes can be wiped away but the ache, emptiness and sadness in my heart will never go away. You are always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. I miss you so much.

All my Love, Mom

The Autumn of Life

The autumn leaves can dazzle us with their magnificent colors: deep red, purple, yellow, gold, bronze, in countless variations and combinations. Then, shortly after having shown their unspeakable beauty, they fall to the ground and die. The barren trees remind us that winter is near. Likewise, the autumn of life has the potential to be very colorful: wisdom, humor, care, patience, and joy may bloom splendidly just before we die.

As we look at the barren trees and remember those who have died, let us be grateful for the beauty we saw in them and wait hopefully for a new spring.

Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen