Christine and William Griffin of Shelburne are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara Estee Griffin, to Paul Edward Valente, son of Peter and Kelley Valente of Cumberland, Maine.
Tara is a graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School and Northeastern University, and is employed as a buyer at the TJX Companies in Framingham, Mass. Paul earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Bentley University. He is a CPA at RSM in Boston, Mass. A Sept. 2017 wedding in Vermont is planned.
Mrs. Norma Marion Sutton Denu, age 83, of Shelburne, Vt., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Norma was the only child born to W. Harry and Marion Slockbower Sutton on July 21, 1933 in Paterson, N.J. Norma grew up in Glen Rock, N.J., where her father was a Methodist minister. She attended Ridgewood High School and graduated in 1951. She was a proud alumna of St. Lawrence University and earned her degree in sociology in 1955. She began a legacy at St. Lawrence University with her son, David, and daughter, Kristen, and grandson, Douglas, also graduating from SLU. She belonged to the Kappa Delta sorority, while attending the University. Norma married Philip Edwin Denu Jr. on July 2, 1955. She aided her new husband in starting his dental practice before becoming a homemaker. Norma was a warm, giving woman, who enjoyed taking care of others. She always placed others before herself. She volunteered at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., as a gray lady, and then later at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. Norma was an active member of The Ridgewood United Methodist Church, and sang in her church choir for a time. She enjoyed playing bridge, piano, and Scrabble, as well as solitaire on her computer. She was a member of a college book group as well. She actively immersed herself within her new Wake Robin community and prided herself on learning new things, such as the computer and even taking selfies.
Norma was a true matriarch where her family meant everything to her.
Norma is survived by her husband, Philip Edwin Denu Jr; her three sons, Philip Edwin III (Neusa), David Sutton (Theresa), and Eric Roger (Janice); her two daughters, Nicole Marion Thorn (Kenneth) and Kristen Norma; and her 11 grandchildren, Christopher Eric, Timothy Lawrence (Amanda), Douglas Charles, Kayla, Brian Raymond, Andrew Philip (Hannah), Nicholas David, Benjamin Alexander, Joshua Philip, Meredith Nancy, and Cameron Jeffrey; and one great-grandchild, Beckett Philip.
She is predeceased by her parents, W. Harry Sutton and Marion Slockbower Sutton, and stepmother, Edith Pearson Sutton.
The service of remembrance was held on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Middlebury United Methodist Church.