SWANTON — Winifred Babbie Favero, age 100 years, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 2013, in the Northwestern Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Winifred was born Oct. 23, 1913, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of the late Frederick and Lena (St. Johns) Babbie. She attended the former St. Anne’s Academy in Swanton. On April 26, 1933, she married Romeo Favero in Swanton. Winifred was the consummate wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was her large extended family. She shared Romeo’s passion for the great outdoors, fishing and discovering the many by-ways of Lake Champlain and the Missisquoi River. They were avid boaters and campers. They spent many hours enjoying the wonders of Lake Champlain even venturing up the Richelieu River in a small 20 foot cabin cruiser. Winifred was an active and devoted member of The Church of the Nativity, Ladies of St. Anne and Altar Society for many years. Her complete devotion to Saint Anne was evidenced by her annual pilgrimages to St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec City and her love of attending Mass at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte throughout the summer months. Winnie and Romeo also served as foster parents during the 1930’s for many children whose parents were unable to care for them.
She is survived by her six children and their spouses, Lanny and Estelle (Bechard) Favero, Sandra (Favero) and Robert Renaudette, Elizabeth (Favero) and the late John Jean, Julie (Favero) and Richard Brier, Trudie (Favero) and Cleo Yandow and Gail (Favero) and Douglas Medor; her grandchildren and their spouses, Joseph and Patricia Favero, Michelle Fecteau, Denise and Robert Cartelli, David and Stephanie Favero, Tina and Gerard Iervalino, Tracy and Donald Bruyette, Linda and Craig Vandevord, Lanny and Madeline Jean, Bonnie and Charles Catcher, Ernest and Jacqueline Jean, Wade and Marcy Jean, Kirk Jean, Kelly and Steve Blouin, Heather and Thomas Tremblay, Christopher and Mary Shawn Brier, Beth and Larry Greene, Lisa and Ronnie Ouimette, Penney and Douglas Collins, Karen Yandow, Jennifer and Jaime Cortez, Jeff and Leanne Medor, Jody and David Chevalier and Michael and Kelly Medor; her great grandchildren, Nicholas and Christopher Favero, Rachel and Marissa Beaton, Lauren and Tony Iervalino, Sara and Hilary Fournier, Jessica and Shelby Vandevord, Anna Marie, Lanny and Elizabeth Jean, Jacqueline and Brittany Catcher, Tyler and Haley Jean, Sienna and Emma Jean, Tucker, Samantha and Aidan Jean, Molly and Nathan Blouin, Bonnie, Thomas and Isabella Tremblay, Tucker and Sully Green, Nathan and Emily Ouimette, Danielle and Cody Collins and Jessica, Jordyn, Kamren and Samuel Dukas, Noah Hurlbut, Justin and Jerome Cortez, Griffin and Mason Medor, Riley Barna and Callie Parks, Molly and Gage Medor as well as a great great granddaughter, Lillian Collins.
Winifred is also survived by three sisters, Marjorie Mysorski of Urbandale, Iowa, Eileen Bisceglia of Danville, Calif., and Beverly Connors of St. Albans; one brother, Roger Babbie and his wife, Jo of Sierra Vista, Arizona; a sister-in-law, Marian Babbie of Greensboro, Vt., as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by Romeo on June 2, 1985, following 53 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by three brothers, Albert, Herman and Leon Babbie and four sisters and their respective spouses, Eulah Babbie, Beulah and her husband, Kenneth Larrow, Anna Charest and husband,Grover; two sisters-in-law and their respective spouses, Juliette (Favero) and Frederick Palmer and Rosamond (Favero) and Larry Lovely.
Special thanks goes out to all of the staff and caregivers at Our Lady of the Meadows, Franklin County Home Health-Hospice Program and the Northwestern Medical Center for all of the wonderful care she received in her final days. She was an amazing woman who was loved by many as a substitute mother and friend.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada Street, Swanton, Vermont. Father Emmanuel I. Ajanma will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Favero family lot in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Gifts in Winifred’s memory may be made in the form of Masses or to Saint Anne’s Shrine, 92 Shrine Road, Isle La Motte 05463.
To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com