ENOSBURG FALLS/SHELDON — Pauline Mary Minckler, passed away Sunday April 12, 2015 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born Oct. 4, 1939 in Highgate the daughter of the late Raymond and Lucille (Durkee) Machia.
Pauline attended schools in New York and Highgate. She loved playing cards and belonged to a cribbage group and two 500 groups. Pauline was a great cook and was famous for her wonderful desserts, which she brought to all the family reunions. She was also an accomplished painter and crafter. She was a feisty woman with a quick tongue and a huge heart. She was always there to help someone. Plagued by illness throughout her lifetime, she was not a complainer and found happiness in the littlest things, like an afternoon of tea with friends, Joan Pariseau and Marie Raymond. She loved being with her family, especially her great grandchildren. Pauline was a very strong lady and much loved, she will be missed more than words can say.
Pauline was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she devoted her time and talents on the annual Christmas Bazaar.
Pauline leaves her children, Randy Minckler and his wife, Jenni, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Steven Minckler and his wife, JoAnne, of Sheldon, Brian Minckler and his fiancé, Sandi Budziak, of Sheldon, Anne Paradee and her husband, Mark, of Fairfield, Brenda Godin and her husband, Pierre, of Enosburg Falls; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Rodney Machia, Larry Machia and his wife, Alice, and Patsy Conder and her husband, Dan; her sisters-in-law, Betty Machia, Audrey Jewett and Marie Raymond; the father of her children, Wilfred Minckler and his wife, Rita; and her good friend, Mary Larivee; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her faithful companion, Koa. Besides her parents, Pauline was predeceased by her brother, Robert ‘Bobby’ Machia; sisters-in-law, Carol Ann Machia and Theresa Stanhope; brothers-in-law, Doug Farrar, Spencer Stanhope and Laurel Kittell.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 62 Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held later this spring in the Sheldon Village Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Pauline’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Condolences may be sent to Pauline’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.