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Ruth L. Bergeron, 95, of Waitsfield, passed away in the comfort of her family at the St. Joseph Residential Care Home in Burlington on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Born in Colonial Heights, VA, on May 25, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Creed K. Sr. and Lily (Ross) Lemon. On December 25, 1945, Ruth married Richard F. Bergeron in Cape Canaveral, FL.
Ruth graduated high school in 1934 in Roanoke, VA, and continued her education at Sullins College in Bristol, VA, graduating in 1936. She began her working career as an administrative assistant with the Appalachian Electric and Gas Co. in Roanoke for several years and then, following her marriage, was happy and busy as a wife and homemaker.
Ruth and Richard traveled the world following Richard’s work with Mobil. She very much enjoyed their time spent in France, particularly while living in Paris. Moving to the Mad River Valley in 1997, they have made their home since in Waitsfield.
Ruth was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Waitsfield where she and Richard dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy in all aspects of the church. Artistic and gifted musically, Ruth was an accomplished pianist from her early youth, she loved to draw, create intricate needlepoint and stencil and is fondly remembered for her culinary abilities. She was cherished and loved by her husband, as well as the greater Catholic community. Ruth was very proud of the fact that she earned her private pilot’s license to fly single engine planes in 1944.
Ruth is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard F. Bergeron, currently residing at the St. Joseph Residential Care Home in Burlington; a special niece, Patricia Whitehurst and her husband, Arthur, of Durham, NC, who remained very close to Ruth and Richard; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family. She is predeceased by five brothers and a sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated from Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Waitsfield on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. A reception followed at the Founders Hall. Interment will take place in the Waitsfield Common Cemetery. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to the Bishop John A. Marshall School, 680 Laporte Road, Morrisville, VT 05661. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury.