Obituaries

Janice A. Whittemore, 89, of Cornwall

JANICE A. WHITTEMORE

CORNWALL — Janice A. (Stone) Whittemore, age 89, passed on to her heavenly home on Jan. 10, 2023, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, Vt. She was born in Rutland, Vt., on March 17, 1933, daughter of Perley C. and Irene L. (Gocha) Stone. She attended school in Rutland, graduating from Rutland High School in 1951. 

After high school she went to work for Killington Manufacturing Company in Rutland. 

On June 25, 1955, she married Robert C. Whittemore. They moved to Middlebury in 1968 and to Cornwall in 1989. Bob predeceased her on March 27, 1999. 

Upon relocating to Middlebury, Janice worked part-time for Sol Rosenburg, Accountant, until September 1973, when she accepted the position as Director of Religious Education at St. Mary’s Parish in Middlebury. Upon resigning that position in 1982, she began her banking career as a teller at Proctor Bank in Middlebury. In 1990 she was promoted to Branch Manager of the Proctor office, later becoming Manager of both the Proctor and Middlebury offices, though the bank’s owners and names changed over the years. Her philosophy was that the customer always comes first, and excellent customer service was a must in her branches. She received the Manager of the Year award for Green Mountain Bank in 1994 and was among the top five managers of Albank for 1997. 

Following retirement in 1998, Janice became a volunteer at Porter Hospital. She also worked part-time in the Admissions Department at the hospital and part-time as secretary at St. Mary’s Church until her final retirement in 2011. 

Janice was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish. She was a past lector and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoyed working with people and serving as Chairperson of St. Mary’s Bazaar for a number of years. 

She was devoted to doing her part in finding a cure for diabetes, having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1950. She was extremely grateful for having lived with the disease for so many years with no significant complications. She received the 50-year diabetes award from the Joslin Diabetes Center and participated in a Joslin Research Program regarding those having the disease for over 50 years. 

She leaves behind three devoted children and their spouses, Martin J. and Patricia (Gates) of Franklin, Vt., Julianne M. Boucher and (Terryn) of Middletown, Conn., and Daniel R. and Rebecca (Newton) of Cornwall, Vt.; also, her three loving granddaughters, Jessica Boucher, Elizabeth Boucher and Morgan Whittemore (Jonathas Dos Reiss); one stepgrandson, Jonathan Fuller; and one stepgreat-grandson, William Fuller. She also leaves one sister, Joyce Denno of Holiday, Fla. She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Stone, and sister, Avis Orzell. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Steven Marchand as the celebrant. Visitation hours will be held on Monday evening, Jan. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Sanderson Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s Church, 326 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753; Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215; or the charity of one’s choice. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com. ◊

 

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