In Memory

Memory YearMember Name Pictures WriteUp
Iris Bronson beloved Garden Club Member
Iris Lee Bronson, 87, of South Street died peacefully Wednesday morning, May 13, 2015 at Pine Heights Nursing Home, Brattleboro Vermont.

Mrs. Bronson was born in Halifax, Vermont on July 4, 1927, the daughter of Robert and Minola (Bird) Allen. She was a graduate of Jacksonville High School, Class of 1945 and went on to attend the Henry Bishop III Memorial School of Nursing in Pittsfield, MA where she earned her R.N. degree in 1948. She served in the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corp just prior to 1945.

She had been a resident of Brattleboro for the past 50 years and had worked as a sales associate at the former B. Robinson Store for a number of years. Mrs. Bronson also served as a chaperone for Miss Vermont in 1977-1978 for the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City.

Mrs. Bronson was a volunteer for several years in the coffee shop at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and also served as a volunteer at the Brattleboro Museum.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, Dixieland music, playing bridge and cross country skiing. Additionally she especially enjoyed time shared with her family.

On March 1, 1949 at Saint Patrick's Church in Chicopee Falls, MA she was married to Hugh Bronson who survives.

Besides her husband of 66 years she leaves one son, Keith Bronson of Whitingham, three daughters, Kathy Welch of South Royalton, VT, Marsha Froburg of Haverhill, MA and Kimberly Gauthier of Lynchburg, VA, one sister, Nancy Long of Brattleboro, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mrs. Bronson's final wishes there are no formal funeral services scheduled.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Bronson's name may be made to Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of VT & NH, P.O. Box 976, White River Jct., VT 05001-097. - See more at: 
Mary Wright - Brattleboro Garden Club - Vermont
1921 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO Mary C. A. Wright, 93, of Oak Grove Avenue, died peacefully on Jan. 13, 2015 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She was born in Turners Falls, MA on Nov. 25, 1921, the daughter of Felix and Marie (Sills) Paulin. Mary was a 1940 graduate of Turners Falls High School and received a B.S. degree in accounting from Bryant College in Providence, R.I. in 1950. Mary played on basketball teams in high school, college, and the military. As a young woman, she was a Red Cross-certified water safety instructor and she taught combat survival swimming in the Army. Early in World War II, Mary enlisted in the WAAC, which later became the WAC. She served in the United States for three years, then in Japan for two years after the war ended. Mary also served in the U.S. Air Force for three years during the Korean Conflict, including one year in Iceland. On Oct. 5, 1953, in Millbrook, IL, she married John R. Wright, who survives. After moving to Brattleboro from Chicago in 1970, Mary was employed in the business office of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union and subsequently at the Vermont National Bank from which she retired in 1984.

She was very active in the local Floral Arts and Garden Club where she held many positions, President, Treasurer, Chairwoman of the Annual Plant Sale for 15 years,.

Auditor, the Women's Evening Club, the Brattleboro Area AARP chapter, Pennywise Home Dem, and the Silver Liners dance group. For many years, Mary was a volunteer worker at Red Cross blood drawings and at the polls on election days. Her other interests included operatic and symphonic music, and travel. In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by two sisters, Celina of Palm Bay, FL and Claire of Georgetown, TX; and one brother, Joseph of Intervale, N.H. In accordance with Mary's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Mary was an organ donor. Her remains will be cremated and her ashes scattered over a lake in northern Wisconsin, where Mary and John were directors of a summer camp for boys and girls during the first summer of their marriage. Mary hoped that those who wish to make memorial gifts would do so to the Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence please visit Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home. - See more at:
 2014     Alice Chapman 
Brattleboro Garden Club Member Alice Chapman
1928 - 2014 BRATTLEBORO Alice Elizabeth Mitchell Chapman, 85, of East Bonnyvale Lane, ended her journey on May 3, 2014, with her children by her side. She was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Plymouth, N.H., the daughter of Lester and Ethel Newton Mitchell.

She was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire at Keene, N.H. with a BEd and MAT from Antioch Graduate School. Her teaching career began in Chesterfield, N.H. and continued in the Brattleboro area for 23 years, in fourth and sixth grades. During her teaching career, she enjoyed creating curriculum and integrating learning and hands-on experiences for her students. She retired in 1990 and continued in the field of education as a supervisor of student teachers for Norwich University and Vermont College from 1991 to 2001.

She was a member of All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church in Brattleboro, since 1950. Later, she joined the Floral Arts and Garden Club, Vermont Retired Teachers, and AARP. She was formerly married to Philip B. Chapman. They raised their children in Brattleboro. She enjoyed her family and is survived by a son, John M. Chapman and his wife, Debra, of Brattleboro; a daughter, Nancy A. Sprague of Brattleboro; grandchildren, John Chapman of Walla Walla, Wash., Elizabeth Gazo of Colchester, Vt., Tad Pritchard of Flagstaff, Ariz., and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brothers, Harold N. Mitchell and Lester E. Mitchell; four sisters, Ruth Loring, Mildred Shepard, Lilla Sjostrand, and Arlene Horton, and a grandson, Tyler W. Chapman.

She enjoyed life, in particular, her elementary school teaching, and supervising her graduate school students. She traveled to all 50 states as well as abroad, finding all rewarding experiences. She shared the bounty of her gardens with many. She enjoyed reading, researching her genealogy, quilting, knitting and other crafts, sharing the results willingly. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on May 24, 2014, at The West Village Meeting House in West Brattleboro. In lieu of flowers, her wish was that donations be made to Rescue, Inc., 541 Canal St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St., Brattleboro, VT, 05301, or Pulmonary Rehab, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro, VT 05301. - See more at:
Diana Loiselle Diana Loiselle - Brattleboro Garden Club In Memory

1918-2013 BRATTLEBORO Diana Regina Loiselle, 95, of Western Avenue died peacefully on June 25, 2013 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Loiselle was born in Highgate Center, Vermont on April 1, 1918 the daughter of Albert and Leona (Bilodeau) LaRoche. She was raised and educated in Highgate where she attended local schools eventually moving to Brattleboro in 1940.

She was employed for 25 years at American Optical and retired in 1980. Previously, she worked at Bradley Laboratories and during the Second World War was employed by A.G. Spaulding Company on Birge Street.

Fondly known as the "Cake Lady", she created beautifully decorated cakes for generations of families. It was common for her to have made baptismal, birthday, graduation and wedding cakes for the same individual. Her love of flowers shone through in her cake designs for it was often difficult to determine whether the flowers were natural or confection due to the intricate detail of her work.

Mrs. Loiselle was a member of the former Sodality (Confraternity of Christian Mothers) and was a member of the Floral Arts & Garden Club of Brattleboro where she frequently took home the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Floral Arrangement using floral cuttings from her own gardens.

She enjoyed flowers and working in her gardens that surrounded her home. She received many compliments by those passing by and would often share her beautiful flowers with anyone who asked.

A devout Catholic, she was a longtime communicant of Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church. Throughout the years, she touched many lives and will be remembered for her generosity toward others and her kind heart.

On February 22, 1941 at Saint Louis Church in Lowell, MA, she was married to Joseph E.M. Loiselle. Her husband of 45 years predeceased her on June 12, 1986.

She is survived by her sister Doris Paquette of Harrisville, RI; sons Mendoza "Ron" (Kaysone) Loiselle of Hinsdale, NH, David (Lori ) Loiselle of Simi Valley, CA, Joseph (Mary) Loiselle of Bristow, VA; daughters Joanne (Michael) Wojchick of Hinsdale, NH, Donna (Mark) Sousa of Buford, GA, Ruth (Joseph) Pogoda of Chelmsford, MA, and Claudia Loiselle of Swanzey, NH.

Additionally, she leaves 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Roland LaRoche and sisters; Delia Lapan, Noela Branca, Dora Belisle, and Imelda LaRoche.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM at Saint Michael Catholic Church with the Very Rev. Richard O'Donnell, V.F. pastor, celebrant. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Saint Michael's Parish Cemetary.  Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday from 7 to 9 PM.  Memorial contributions in Mrs. Loiselle's name may be made to Saint Michael School, 48 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 att: Elaine Beam, Principal.

 2012Doris E. Lane 
Doris E. Lane Brattleboro Garden Club Member
 September 1, 1924 - November 28, 2012      Resided in Brattleboro, VT

Brattleboro- Doris Elizabeth, "Dessie" Lane, 88, a lifelong resident of town died peacefully early Wednesday morning, November 28, 2012 at the Holton Home where she had been a resident for the past two and one half years.

     Dessie was born in Brattleboro on September 1, 1924 the daughter of Leslie and Minnie (Hamilton) (Burch) Taylor. She made her home with her grandparents Harry and Mary Hamilton on Western Avenue, attending Academy School. She was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1942.
     On September 2, 1944 in Brattleboro she was married to Sgt. Arnold Pierce Lane who at the time was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp.  After his honorary discharge from active service the couple returned to Brattleboro, her husband working as a building contractor. He predeceased her on August 1, 1994, one month before celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
     Dessie had been employed as a banker with the former Burlington Savings Bank, now Bank of America, from the opening of the Brattleboro branch in 1991 until her retirement at age 66.
     Active in community affairs, she was charter president of the Brattleboro Floral Arts Club, longtime secretary and board member of the Brattleboro Outing Club, Past President and Queen's pageant director of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival, and a member of Lake Spofford Family Recreation.  Of her pastimes and interests she enjoyed skiing, landscape painting, aerobics and her bridge club. Dessie enjoyed many activities at Holton Home including singing in the chorus and pottery.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Dana Nelson and husband Edward of Vernon and Brooke Finnell and husband Stephen of Brattleboro; three grandchildren, Rebecca Wenz of Moscow, ID., Eric Nelson of Vernon and Abby Finnell of Normal, IL; and two great grandchildren, Mya Wenz and Wylie Nelson.  Additionally she leaves one sister, Ruth Tripp and husband Richmond of Vernon, sisters-in-law Ruth, Juanita and Thelma Lane, and many nieces and nephews as well as her devoted caregivers and friends at Holton Home.
     A service in celebration of her life will be held in the Blue Room at the Holton Home on Sunday, December 23'rd at 2:00 P.M. There are no calling hours at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 AM with Pastor Joseph Amico officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Dessie's name may be made to Holton Home, 158 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

Shirley Hathaway   Shirley H. Hathaway, 91, formerly of Fuller Drive, died Thursday evening, April 26, 2012 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health.

Shirley was born in Barre, Vermont on June 14, 1920, the daughter of Lawrence Winfred and Edith (Goodrich) Holmes of East Brookfield, Vermont. She attended grade school in East Brookfield and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre, Class of 1938. She received her B.S. in Education from Lyndon State College and her Master's in Education from Boston College. Shirley also attended Keene State College and the University of Vermont.

She taught elementary grades for 40 years in schools in Barnard, Bridgewater, Williston, Williamstown and Brattleboro. She served as principal of Canal Street School in Brattleboro from 1967 to 1976.

Shirley was a Vermont delegate to the National Education Association conventions in Dallas, Texas and Portland, Oregon. She was a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, attended conferences in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Shirley served as president of Elementary School Principals Association; president of Beta Chapter, Alpha Lamda State, Delta Kappa Gamma where she held membership for 49 years; president of the Teachers Association of Brattleboro; director of Vermont Education Association and served on several State Education Committees. She also served as Chapter AARP president.

She was a life member of the Bingham Chapter #30, Order of the Eastern Star in Brattleboro, was a member of the Women's Evening Club of Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Floral and Garden Club. Additionally she held membership in the Retired Teachers Association and Vermont NEA.

Steadfast in her walk of faith, she was a former member of the United Church of Christ in East Brookfield and a National Associate Member and 17 year member of Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro.

Shirley, an avid gardener, enjoyed floral arranging and oil painting.  On March 19, 1949, in East Brookfield she was married to Howard Hathaway of Burlington. They moved to Brattleboro in 1953 and Mr. Hathaway predeceased Shirley in 1992.

Survivors include a sister, Cynthia Saldi and her husband Alfred of Barre, one niece, one nephew and several cousins.  She was predeceased by a sister Sylvia Woodard who died in November of 2011.  A memorial service in celebration of her life will be conducted Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro with Rev. Carra McFadden, pastor officiating. A reception will follow the services to be he held in the church fellowship parlor. Burial will take place in East Brookfield Cemetery.  Memorial contributions:  Centre Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301, or to Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

 2012 Mary Gordon Dunham Mary Gordon Dunham Brattleboro Garden Club Member  
1925 - 2013 BRATTLEBORO Mary Gordon Dunham, 87, of Brattleboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2013, in Shelburne, at The Arbors residential care home to which she had moved recently due to a decline in her health and to be close to her immediate Vermont family. Prior to her move to Shelburne, she had lived at Holton Home in Brattleboro for the year following the death in November 2011 of her husband of 63 years, Philip Dunham.
     Mary was born July 21, 1925, in Trenton, N.J., daughter of Clarence Gordon of Trenton and Fannie Prince of Randolph, Vt. Mary's mother died when she was 8 years old. Her father remarried three years later to Edith Sigler and they moved to Montclair, N.J. 
     From when she was one year old, Mary spent her summers at Camp Wilson, a boys' YMCA camp on an island in the Delaware River where her father was director. The focus of her father's program was learning about natural things and making things with them. This instilled in Mary her lifelong love of creating art from natural things. 
     Starting when she was 11 years old, she went to Girl Scout camp and then to Camp Mudjekeewis on Kezar Lake, a feeder to the Saco River in Maine. 
Mary completed high school in Montclair, N.J., graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Md., and did graduate work at Penn State. While working in Virginia Beach after her graduation from Hood College, she met Philip H. Dunham of Brattleboro, who was stationed there as a naval dentist. They were married on Feb 5, 1949, and returned to Brattleboro.
     After starting their family, Mary and Phil began homesteading in what were then the natural woods on New England Drive. When their first house grew too small for their expanding family, they built a larger home further into the woods on Timber Lane. When Mary and Phil needed more room, they moved to a farm on Upper Dummerston Road, which remained their home for the rest of their lives.
     Mary devoted her life to family and community. She and Phil shared their love of the outdoors and sports including skiing, tennis, swimming, boating and camping with their four sons and with the community. Mary was a Girl Scout and Mariner leader for six years and ran a Brownie day camp for three summers. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for all four boys. She was the Fresh Air Fund Chairman for five years. She was active in the Garden Club and Flower show for over 10 years.
     Mary and Phil were very active in the Brattleboro Outing Club. Together they served as BOC tennis chairmen for 15 years. They ran the BOC cross country program for 10 years and later ran a downhill ski lesson program for Brattleboro school children at Memorial Park. Many Brattleboro youth were supplied with their first pair of skis by Mary and Phil.
     After all of her own children were in school, Mary took courses in Remedial Reading and Learning Disabilities at Keene State and became a Chapter 1 special teacher. For 22 years, she helped Brattleboro area children with special needs learn to read. She loved working with the children and often took them on outings or to the family home. She continued to do private tutoring for six years after retiring from the school system. She helped many area youth get off to a good start through her creative and energetic efforts.
     Mary loved nature, the out-of-doors, flowers, going for a walk in the woods. She expressed this love through her artistic skill, using materials from nature. Many area friends will remember her for beautiful wreathes and decorations she made from green or dried flowers, wood, pine cones, shells and other natural materials. 
     As an active life-long member of All Souls Unitarian Universalist church in West Brattleboro, she was for many years responsible for greens and decorations for the annual Church Fair and cared for the church gardens and plants. For 50 years, she regularly provided floral decorations year round for Sunday services.
     Mary loved doing things with her seven grandchildren. Each of them will keep wonderful memories of adventures with her and Phil, including stays at the family farm, camping trips, and times at Spofford Lake, N.H., and Biddeford Pool, Maine. 
     Mary was predeceased by her husband, Philip H Dunham. She is survived by her four sons and their families, Jeffrey Gordon Dunham and wife Betsy Emmel of Starksboro; Steven Philip Dunham and wife, Cindy Friel of Fairfax; Craig Thomas Dunham of Ithaca, N.Y., and Scott Thayer Dunham and wife Mari Ostendorf of Seattle, Wash. In addition, she is survived by her seven beloved grandchildren, Jesse, John, Anne, Molly, Carol, Ben and Hallie, each of whom she loved dearly.
     In 2011, the Brattleboro Outing Club Educational Foundation (BOCEF) established a special scholarship fund in honor of Mary and Phil Dunham's years of service to the Brattleboro Outing Club. The funds are being used for children in the area to be able to participate in BOC programs and other related activities. 

 2011         Delores Wollam

Delores Wollam is described by her daughter as having Strength Courage and Determination.  She enjoyed Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Garden Club, and said that they were some of her happiest year.

Delore's daughter donated the Bird Bath in the new Brattleboro Creamery Covered Bridge Park, in memory of her mother's love for Brattleboro.

You can see Deloris in the video  

Garden Club Plant Sale at 2:50 min in.


We dedicated our 2010-2011 yearbook to the memory of Alice LaRosa.

A long time member and a loving friend to us all.

Thank you Alice for all you did for our club. 
Alice MacMenamin - Brattleboro Garden Club member
Alice Margaret MacMenamin  Dec 12, 1927 - Dec 10, 2006

She worked at Catholic Relief Services on the 88th floor in the Empire State Building in New York City.  In 1995 she moved to Brattleboro, Vermont to be near family, and joined the Brattleboro Garden Club.

Daughter of Irish Immigrants: John MacMenamin and Elizabeth (Lily) Powderly MacMenamin.  

Aunt Alice is survived by her brother John and  sister-in-law Carol MacMenamin.  3 nieces and their husbands; Jil & Pete, Cathy & Gene and Claire & Mark, 2 nephews Jeff and John & wife Brenda.  12 great nieces and nephews and 2 great nieces and nephew. Several  God Children, and many many cousins. 

She Rests at:  Ashbury Methodist Church on Old Post Road & Maple Street, Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY  10520  Bethel Cemetery Plot #51 Section #NewC, Alice is in the middle, between her parents.  Father Mike (Rev. Michael Keene) of Holy Mary Catholic Church in Croton-on-the-Hudson, Young Mark McDermitt’s church, gave Blessing of the Grave Site.

Paul Bearers:  Jeff MacMenamin, Paul McDermitt, Mark McDermitt, assisted by the Atamaniuk  and Cemetery staff.