Milestones

Deaths
Lilian (Becker) Lisman – Shelburne
Lilian Edith (Becker) Lisman passed away on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, having just celebrated her 99th birthday. Lily was born in New York City on Oct. 7, 1915, the oldest of three children. The family moved to Burlington in her youth. Her father was a cattleman and beef distributor on what is now Suzy Wilson Road in Essex. Her family lived in the Old North End where she attended H.O. Wheeler School and later Burlington High School. She met her future husband, Irving Lisman, when she was 12 and he was 15. They were married in 1938, and remained so until his death in 2011. It was a long, happy marriage and they were apart only during Irving’s service in WWII. Lily was a smart and outspoken enthusiast, a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction to her last days who, along with a few friends, organized an early book club in Burlington. It later grew into a larger, more serious crowd that had no problem challenging an author. She hardly ever accepted assertions at face value, often asking “why” until satisfied. Lily worked for the University of Vermont and was a lifelong supporter of the Fletcher Library and the Fleming Museum. She and Irving attended UVM college classes well into their 80’s, and she painted, mostly self-taught, into her 70’s. They traveled often, usually visiting familiar places, but also obscure ones, such as Kazakhstan and Turkistan. She was featured in the Burlington Free Press on several occasions, modeling fashionable clothes for the season or recommending books, and was an ardent feminist before it became part of our vocabulary, speaking often of the unfair limits placed on women in business, politics, and academia. Lily is survived by her sons, Todd and wife, Bonnie, of Newport Beach, Calif., and Bruce and wife, Kyla, of Shelburne, Vt.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers, Dr. Arnold Becker of Avon, Conn., and Dr. Irwin Becker of Tustin, Calif. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the National Gardening Association at www.garden.org will be gratefully accepted, and condolences can be mailed to PO Box 1269, Shelburne, VT 05482.

Madge Marjorie Peet – Hyde Park
Madge Marjorie Peet, 83, died peacefully with her loving family by her side in the Vermont Respite House in Williston on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. She was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Elmore, the daughter of Stanley and Ethel McKee Merriam. She attended elementary school in Elmore, and was a 1949 graduate of Peoples Academy. She received her Master’s degree in Education from Johnson Teacher’s College in 1953. Madge was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, holding positions in Colchester, Springfield, and Hinesburg schools, which also included 28 years at the Chamberlin School in South Burlington. She enjoyed rug hooking, reading, and tending to her flowers. She loved to paint most any type of picture and also enjoyed doing pastel drawings. Her children and grandchildren were the most important part of her life. Among her survivors is a son Charles Peet and wife, Kristin, of Shelburne; grandchildren, Michael, Erica, Heather, Tiffany, Joshua, Jeremy, Sydney and Madison; five great-grandchildren; siblings; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vermont Respite House, c/o Visiting Nurse Association, Development Office, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.

John G. Boucher – Swanton
John G. Boucher, age 87 years, died late Sunday evening, Oct. 19, 2014, in the Northwestern Medical Center. Born on the family farm in Highgate Center, Aug. 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Rene and Imelda (Choquette) Boucher. He was the middle child in a family of 11 children. From 1943 to 1973, John was a dairy farmer in Highgate Center. On Aug. 16, 1952, he married his true love, Anita (Viens) Boucher. Together they settled on the home farm and began a family that would include six children. In 1968, John and Anita established Boucher Equipment in Highgate. It began as a small garage and grew substantially over the years to its present size. After suffering from heart problems, John retired in 1986 when his son, Jim, purchased the dealership. Following retirement, John and Anita spent their winters in Vero Beach, Fla., enjoying golf, bridge and socializing. John was active in the community as a member of the Champlain Country Club, Elks Lodge in Saint Albans, life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council of Swanton. He also served on both the Highgate and Missisquoi Valley school boards, was a member of the Franklin Lamoille Bank Advisory Board, and was a director of the New England Dealer Board. He was a faithful parishioner of both Saint Louis Church in Highgate Center and The Church of the Nativity in Swanton, serving many years on both parish councils. Among his survivors is siblings and their spouses, Yvette and George Mazuzan of Shelburne and Claire Gabso of Shelburne. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 24 at 11am from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Luke P. Austin will be the celebrant and Father Thomas D. Nadeau the homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Boucher family lot in Saint Louis Cemetery, Lamkin Street, Highgate Center. Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Father Austin will conduct a Vigil Service at 8:45pm, followed by private confessions. For those who wish, gifts in John’s memory may be made to the Saint Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.