|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1917|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 14, 2010|
Daughter of Catherine (Foley) and Matthew McGoey.
JERICHO - Catherine M. Ffrench, 92, a former resident of Jericho, died in Burlington Health & Rehab Center on Friday, May 14, 2010 following a brief illness.
Visiting hours are Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction from 5 to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church in Essex Center.
Burial will follow in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 15, 2010
JERICHO - Catherine M. Ffrench, formerly of Jericho, passed away on May 14, 2010, at the age of 92.
Catherine was born July 24, 1917, in New York, N.Y., to Catherine (Foley) and Matthew McGoey.
She grew up in New York City, spending summers at Rockaway Beach with her family as a child. After graduating from Blessed Sacrament High School, she went on to Grace Institute Secretarial School, before going to work for Metropolitan Life and Casualty Insurance. As a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she enlisted with the second group of women to serve in the United States Marine Corps, and was stationed at the Cherry Point AB, N.C., where she was trained to work as a Corporal in the Weather Station. During her service, Catherine was injured when the building she was working in exploded and caught fire. She was forced to jump from the third floor to escape the fire and sustained fractures in her back which prevented her from returning to duty.
After her honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in May 1945, she returned to her job at Metropolitan Life.
Catherine then met the love of her life, Willard Ffrench, in the summer of 1947. They were married in Good Shepherd Church, New York City, in Feb. 1948. In the early days of their marriage, they lived in Seaford, Long Island, where they had their three children, Harry, Richard, and Mary. In 1963, her husband, who worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, was transferred to Montreal, where they lived in Beaconsfield, Quebec for nine years. In 1972, Willard's job brought them to Vermont, where they bought their final home in Jericho. In 1975, when her husband retired they began spending winters in St. Augustine, Fla., and their summers in Vermont sailing on Lake Champlain with her grandchildren, and delivering Meals on Wheels in both Florida and Vermont. For all these blessings, she never forgot to thank God, the Father of us all, and always looked for opportunities to help others.
Catherine is survived by a son Harry, and his wife, Rachel, of Montreal, a son Richard, of Newtonville, Mass., and daughter, Mary Quiet, and her husband, Steven, of Richmond. Five grandchildren, Alex Ffrench and his wife, Dominique, Kathleen Ffrench and her boyfriend, Alex Eder, all of Montreal, Justin Quiet, currently serving in Afghanistan, and his wife, Kristin, of Westford, Sonya Quiet of Clarks Summit, Pa., Patrick Quiet, and his girlfriend, Alisa Terzic, of Richmond. Catherine's five great-grandchildren that were the delight of her life, Celeste and Noah Ffrench of Montreal, Grace and Kaelie Quiet of Westford, Charlotte Quiet of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Willard, in Aug. 2008, who she cared for in their home until June 2007; her siblings, Matthew McGoey, Anna McGoey (1963), Mary McGoey (1975), and Jane Hogan, who passed away on May 14, 2009.
The family would like to thank the VA at Ft. Ethan Allen for all their services and support; the Visiting Nurses Assoc. for their home care while Mom was still living in her house in Jericho; the Converse Home in Burlington where she was able to live with respect and a quality of life in a home style environment, and finally to all the staff at the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation, especially Lynn Avery, her case manager, and the third floor staff, along with Dr. Pitcher, who made her final days and hours as comfortable and peaceful as possible.
Funeral arrangements are by Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, Vermont, where family and friends may gather on Wednesday May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. A mass at St. Pius X Church in Essex Center will be on Thursday May 20 at 10 a.m. with a luncheon reception to immediately follow, before a 1 p.m.
Internment with Full Military Honors at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolf, Vt. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
Published in The Burlington Free Press from May 15 to May 17, 2010
Willard H. Ffrench (1916 - 2008)*
Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: May 15, 2010
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