FUNERAL HELD: Charles Joseph Charbonneau

DATELINE: Swanton, Vermont


The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Thomas D. Nadeau was the celebrant and homilist. Eugene LaBombard and Cleo Yandow served as Ministers of the Altar. Music was provided by soloist and guitarist, Gail Perras.


A large guard of honor was formed by members of Missisquoi Valley Rescue, Vermont State Police, Saint Albans City Police, Swanton Village Police and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.


The White Funeral Pall was draped over Charlies casket by daughters-in-law, Chelsea and Mariah Charbonneau. The Crucifix was then placed by his wife, Denise Charbonneau. Scripture readings from The Old and New Testament were proclaimed by nephew, Matthew Martin and brother-in-law, James Martin.


Among the large delegations in attendance were representatives from the Swanton and Highgate Town and Village Offices, Charbonneau’s Body Shop, BFA Athletics, Peoples Trust Company, Peoples United Bank, O.C. McCuin and Sons, Swanton Lumber Company, ACE Hardware, Tuttle’s Trucking, Wellness Massage, Leduc’s Construction, Northwestern Medical Center, Ray’s Dies and Tubing, Cota’s Auto Parts, Swanton Village Fire Department, Highgate Volunteer Fire Department, Laroche Repair, Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, J & L Service Center, E,J, Barrette and Son, Green Mountain Insurance, M&T Sand and Gravel, Terricel Transit, Swanton McDonald’s, Drummac, Missisquoi Amateur Hockey Association, Harvest Equipment, Champlain Housing Trust, Swanton Historical Society, The Parts Store, Chevalier Drilling, Local Avon Representatives, Green Mountain Forest Products and Dairy, Ray Trombley Excavating, Swanton Rexall, Office of Doctor Taylor Yates, Office of Attorney George Spear, Desorcie’s Store, Missisquoi Valley Union High School Class of 1971 and the parish community of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Saint Louis.


The Rite of Committal and Interment will take place in the Spring at the Charbonneau family lot in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. The bearers Charlie’s four sons were, Roger Beauregard, Danny Beauregard, Scott Charbonneau and Marc Charbonneau.       


Following the liturgy a reception was held for family and friends at the Nativity Parish Center hosted by Mrs. Theresa Begnoche and the Nativity Ladies of Saint Anne.


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