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Madeleine Patricia (Duquette) Rabideau passed peacefully on August 15, 2017 at the age of 60, surrounded by her loving family at her daughter's home in Fort Collins, Colo. She was born on August 17, 1956 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. and grew up in Rouses Point, N.Y. Madeleine met her husband, Ronnie, in high school and on March 31, 1973, she married the love of her life.
In 1986, her family moved to Underhill Center, Vt. and she initially worked at the Essex Health Center. In 1988, she began working at St Michael's College in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs as an Executive Administrative Assistant for 26 years, retiring in 2014.
Madeleine will always be remembered for her love of life, her love of beautiful things and her immense generosity of giving to others. She talked about so many fond memories; especially how she, her sister and mother would spend hours baking, gardening, taking walks, doing crafts or about enjoying the "shenanigans" of her older brothers; she spoke often of how they were a "wild bunch". She recalled trips to Quebec to visit her Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. She had a great interest in sewing and her meticulous skill showed in everything she made. Madeleine loved to be with friends and family. One of her favorite things was to "head to camp" to go snowmobiling. She loved when the "whole gang" would get on their four-wheelers for a day of exploring or motorcycling through the Adirondacks and Vermont. What Madeleine would most like to be remembered for, though, was her love of travel to new places. She had many dreams of going to more places and left her family with the promise that they continue on with her list of places to go.
She was an amazing woman, wife, mom, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and confidant to so many. She always said "don't sweat the small stuff" and that she was "ready for anything". She will be greatly missed but her memory will shine in all those who knew and loved her.
Madeleine is survived by her husband Ronald of 44 years; daughter's Chrissy (Mike) Battaglia and Jessica (Patrick) Miller, both of Colorado. She adored her grandchildren, Ella and Justin Battaglia and Evelyn Miller. She also leaves behind her loving brothers, Donald of Margate, Fla. and Robert (Cindy) of Peru, N.Y.; and sister, Beverly (Larry) Sokol of Marlboro, Mass.; sister-in-law, Luanne (Ron) Poland of Plattsburgh; Aunt Murielle (Gagnon) Pharand of Pierrefonds, PQ; Uncle Michel Merango of Sherbrooke, PQ; Uncle Andre Lemire of Dorval, PQ; along with many nieces and nephews (Michelle, Kimberly, Matthew, Tiffany, Debbie, Nicole, Julie, Lorrielle and Sieanna); loving cousins from Canada, as well as many dear friends near and far.
She is predeceased by her parents, Rene and Raymonde (Gagnon) Duquette; father-in-law, Francis T. Rabideau; mother-in-law, Elizabeth (Guerin) Rabideau; brother-in-law, F. Thomas Rabideau, and sister-in-law, Rosemary (Rabideau) Faille.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on September 2, 2017 at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. (https://www.smcvt.edu). The service will be followed by a "Celebration of Life" in the Roy Room of the Dion Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have pictures, a story or memory to share for this celebration, please email a copy to Christine.Battaglia@colostate.edu. A complete obituary and updates will be posted on the Bohlender Funeral Chapel website at www.bohlenderfuneralchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the CurePSP foundation at https://www.psp.org in her memory. If flowers are ordered, please contact Sally's Flowers at 802-655-3894 or www.sallysflowers.org.
Published on August 23, 2017
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