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COLCHESTER – Lorraine J. Brigante, 75, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family, entered the gates of heaven on May 28, 2016, After 12 years of courageously battling a lung condition she is finally at peace.

Lorraine was born June 13, 1940 in Bakersfield to Everett and Doris (Reed) Atherton. After graduating from Brigham Academy in 1958, she met her soulmate Cosimo ‘Coke’ Brigante. They were married April 30, 1960 and spent the next 56 years working tirelessly and raising a family of four at the Brigante Farm Stand in Colchester.

There was nothing she loved more than a Sunday afternoon sitting at the kitchen table playing a game of Five Hundred with whoever was around and willing. There were also those weekday afternoon games that had a running score throughout the winter with George and Mary. Her happiest moments were when the entire family – children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were around. Whether spending time at the lake house in North Hero, with the Atherton ladies laughing and telling stories, or simply sitting around the table talking with Coke and the kids, she was always front and center.

Lorraine was always sure to speak her mind, we never had to wonder what she was thinking and loved her for that. She was always the life of the party and the heart and soul of our family, always putting her family first and never thinking twice about it. She will be dearly missed.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, Coke Brigante of Colchester; four children, Pamela Cutting and husband, Mike, Steve Brigante, Joe Brigante and wife, Diane, and Sue Rublee and husband, Tim; five grandsons Eric and wife, Stephanie, Doug, Bobby, Nicholas, and Alex; Her long awaited and only granddaughter, Molly; she also was recently blessed with her great-granddaughter, Abigail Evelyn; sisters, Corrine and husband, Paul, Janice and husband, Noel; brothers, Garth and wife, Judy, Garry and wife, Debbie, brother-in-law, Lawrence and sister-in-law Sue; in-laws, Frances, John, Peter and wife, Marge, Mary and husband, George, Cathy, Frank and wife, Dottie. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Monique Brigante, parents, Everett and Doris Atherton, her sister, Phyllis Gregoire, brother, Everett Atherton, mother- and father-in-law Pietro and Cecilia Brigante, brothers-in-law, Ray Bosley and Ray Halnon, and sister-in-law, Velma Brigante.

Visiting hours will be Thursday June 2, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main Street in Winooski.

A Christian Mass will be celebrated on Friday June 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Colchester. Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the VNA 1110 Prim Road in Colchester. www.lavignefuneralhome.com.