ST. ALBANS – Theresa Rochette Smith, 77, of Venice, Fla. and St. Albans Bay, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family at the Vermont Respite House on Aug. 1, 2013 after a courageous, four-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Theresa was born in Winooski, Vt. on Jan. 21, 1936, the daughter of Alice and Charles Rochette. She is a graduate of Cathedral High School, class of 1954. She was bilingual and spoke both French and English throughout her life – to her children, and especially to her sisters and cousins in Canada. She was a life-long learner and studied and accomplished many things including computers, knitting, and various arts and crafts. She set an example for her family on how to have fun and found much enjoyment from golf, bowling, playing cards, Mah-Jong, and singing songs with any and all members of her family.
On Oct. 4, 1958, Theresa married John at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. Theresa taught religion classes at Holy Family Church in Essex Junction, was a member of St Lawrence Church in Essex Jct., Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Venice, FL and Holy Angels Church in St. Albans. Theresa has enjoyed & organized many golf leagues and outings, was extremely active and supportive of her family, and many Right to Life events and causes. Theresa worked with New England Telephone and retired from Verizon New England, Inc. after 25 years.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John; her three children Brian and Melody of Rockville, Maryland, Brenda and Eric of Waterbury Center, Vermont, and Brad and Lauri of Manahawkin, New Jersey; seven grandchildren – Joseph, Ashley, Amanda, Christopher, BJ, Christy and Dominic; five great grandchildren Anthony, Jake, Sophia, James and Travis, one brother Paul, and four sisters Carmen, Yvette, Anita, and Dina and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Theresa was predeceased by her brother Arsene and nephew Jimmy.
Please keep Theresa and her family in your prayers; she would like that. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Angels Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Visiting hours were at Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Interment was in the family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at the following websites: www.bradyandlevesque.com or www.caringbridge.org/visit/theresasmith. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is requesting donations to Vermont Respite House or Caring Bridge Organization.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.