ST. ALBANS — Mrs. Catherine M. Paquette, wife of the late Captain Rodney H. Paquette of the St. Albans Fire Department. She was born Dec. 5, 1920 in Milton, the daughter of Margaret Trayah and John E. Larocque. Catherine died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Franklin County Rehab Center.
She leaves four daughters and a foster son: Patricia Hamilton of Colchester, Carol Mott of Milton, Sandra Courville and her husband, Joseph, of Burlington, Lynda Boardman and her husband, Bruce, of Swanton, and Douglas Larmie and his wife, Emma of Randolph; her sisters Tessibell Slosson and Gloria Wildgrube, both of Washington state; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sisters, Ethel Lamphere, Rosella Walsh, and a brother, Franklin Larocque.
Catherine has always enjoyed music and being with people. She was an entertainer at the Grand Opening of the Welden Theater in St. Albans, under the stage name ‘Montana Kit’. During World War II, she worked in the Winooski Woolen Mill. Catherine also raised honey bees and strawberries to help provide for her family. She also played for country dances. Catherine loved gardening, horses, music, dancing, fishing and hunting. She was a lady auctioneer and also a member and Director of the Auctioneer Association. Catherine was a member of St. Mary’s Parish and Prayer Group for many years. She had an antique and gift shop on North Main Street in St. Albans as well as her own small business called “Creations in Glass by Kay Paquette”. She was a long-time member of the Green Mountain Banjos Band. Kaw was noted for her crafts and collecting and loved to make people laugh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, with Father Maurice Roy celebrating. Interment will follow in the Milton Village Cemetery. The family will receive condolences on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, St. Albans. Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Online condolences may be sent to her family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.