MeaningfulFunerals - 4:02 pm Mon May 20th, 2013
Jeannine G. Wood slipped away peacefully in her own bed at home with loved ones at her side to hold her hand and kiss her good-bye, with tears in their eyes and a smile on their lips that her suffering had ended.
Our cherished Mom was born Jeannine Jeannette Gagne on March 4, 1931 in Montpelier to the late Emile and Augustine Gagne. She started her schooling in a one-room schoolhouse in Berlin Four Corners. When the family moved to Montpelier she continued at St. Michael's Catholic School and graduated from that High School in 1949. She soon started work for the Vermont State Department of Taxes, becoming secretary to the Commissioner at a very young age.
In early 1956 Mom met the man who would become her husband while buying cashews from him at McClellan's Department Store. Noel Wood was a suave, handsome, hard-working young man. A whirlwind courtship culminated in an engagement by Easter. Jeannine and Noel married on July 7, 1956 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Montpelier. In short order they became the parents of Candace, George, Douglas, and twins Philip and Stephen. When Dad died on March 28, 2010 they had been married for nearly 54 years.
Mom returned to work when we were older, shortly before she and Dad watched with pride as their new house on Berlin St. was built in 1971and into which they moved their family on November 4. This new home was lived in and lovingly maintained throughout their lives, with neither one willing to ever move anywhere else. A part-time job turned into a series of full-time jobs at the Department of Labor and Industry, with ever-increasing responsibility and importance. She retired from Labor and Industry in the early 1990's as the Worker's Compensation Specialist and Wage and Hour Supervisor, positions in which she truly helped people.
Shortly after retirement a series of ailments and conditions started to plague her and cause a great deal of pain. Mom tolerated everything with grace, strength and a ready smile. She learned to use all kinds of helping, adaptive equipment, often teaching her teachers a better way to do something! She also had to learn to depend on others for help, most notably our Dad. Until very recently Mom rolled along on her walker, reserving the wheelchair for kitchen use so she could have her hands free to cook, clean and wash dishes. In addition to her cooking talents, she had a beautiful singing voice. In her teens and twenties she sang professionally at weddings. In her frailer, sicker years it would be a good day if you heard her singing and sometimes dancing in her wheelchair.
After Dad passed away in 2010, Mom asked George to move in with her. The other four of us soon started rotating weekends, staying with her every 4th weekend. Mom often noted how wonderful these one-on-one times with all of us were as they helped her to know us so much better, and conversely we got to know our mother better. We found that she was even sweeter than we thought, yet also spicy, sassy and even naughty at times! She was thankful for the time we devoted to her and we were thankful to be able to keep her at home as she desired.
Mom's health continued to fail, with several hospitalizations followed by short stints at Woodridge Rehabilitation to regain strength and return home. During her last stay at Woodridge she became weaker, not stronger, and just wanted to go home. Through heroic efforts by George and many others, this wish came true. She passed away in her own bed, in her own room, and went to be with her darling Noel and her God in heaven. "MTYLTT" Mom and Dad.
Mom is survived by her 5 children and their families: Candy Bedard, her husband Brian and son Kyle of Winooski; George of Berlin/Montpelier and his daughters Natasha, Victoria and Brittany of Barre; Doug of Hudson, NH; Phil, his wife Karen, daughter Erin and stepson Patrick McInnis of Nashua, NH; Steve and his children Kaitlyn and Ben of Barre. She was predeceased by Noel, her husband of nearly 54 years, her 1st grandchild, Andrew Bedard, her parents and older siblings Merrill, Marie, Gerard, Trudy, and Madeleine.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Augustine's Roof Replacement Fund or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice.
Funeral Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 22nd at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Burial will be at Berlin Corners Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home.
Those wishing to send on-line condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com
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