Obituaries

Victor Joseph Giroux
– Hinesburg
Born on Sept. 2, 1923, in Hinesburg, Victor Giroux passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2014, in Hinesburg. Victor, affectionately known as “Vic”, proudly spent his entire 91 years and 23 days in Hinesburg. The son of Joseph P. Giroux and Hermina (Gervais) Giroux, Vic found his calling early in life at his father’s metal shop in Hinesburg. Vic learned how to fix wagon wheels and bend horseshoes in the early days. Vic proudly served his country in World War II, with his service taking him to the South Pacific from 1943 until 1946. Upon his return from the war, Vic married Ramona Dubrule on Aug. 21, 1948. Vic and Mona had recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Their courtship and early years were typified by speeding along, together, on the dirt roads of Vermont on Vic’s Indian Scout motorcycle. Vic would remark later in life that his only regret in 91 years was selling that motorcycle. Only one regret after 91 years is quite a testament to a man who made the most of every moment and was always looking ahead. Vic and his two brothers, Ernie and Bernard, were certainly looking ahead when they purchased hundreds of acres of land and property in Hinesburg. Today, one of Vic’s legacies is the many affordable apartments and small businesses that exist on land he once owned or developed. Vic was one of the founders of the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department. In fact, he was the last surviving member of that pioneering group. Vic also played a key role in building the original Saint Jude’s Parish Church in Hinesburg. Vic and his two brothers inherited their father’s metal shop, which became Giroux Body Shop – a local landmark in Hinesburg and a destination for many across the state. Not surprisingly, Vic was firmly planted in his chair at “The Shop” office just two days before he died, dispensing wisdom, opinions, and stories to all who stopped by. Vic lived simply and nothing made him happier than a grandchild on his knee and a fresh tomato from his garden. Vic was born with more common sense and instinctive knowledge than just about anyone you ever met, Vic could solve any and every problem you had. Whether you asked for his help or not. To this day, no one is brave enough to fill Vic’s shoes and step in to decide when to flip the barbecue chicken at the annual 4th of July cookout. Giroux Body Shop is where he delivered his daily lessons on problem solving, metal work, and life in general. The interesting part is that he was correct almost every time. Vic’s lessons and full legacy are far too numerous to mention. But like many old Vermonters, those lessons live on – handed down to anyone who was smart enough to listen. Vic leaves behind his wife Ramona; and his seven children and their significant others, Pamela and Bill Cutright, Vickie and Scott Wendel, Michael Giroux, Robert and Mary Beth Giroux, Steven and Kathy Giroux, David Giroux and Bobbi Bergeron, and Patti and Bill Drew. Vic is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Theresa Giroux and June Giroux. He was predeceased by his parents; and brothers, Ernie Giroux and Bernard Giroux. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association , 62 Tilley Dr., South Burlington, VT 05403; or to The St. Jude’s Church Special Collections, P.O. Box 69, Hinesburg, VT 05461.

Robert C. Badger Sr.
– Richford
Robert C. Badger Sr. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, with his family at his side. Born in Burlington on Nov. 13, 1963, he was the son of Louis A. Badger and Loretta R. (Cross) Jr. Robert was 50-years-old. Robert was a 1981 graduate of Essex Junction High School and for many years was a self-employed painter. He was an easy going, quiet man who had a witty sense of humor and loved being with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed being on the lake, fishing with his brothers. Survivors include his brothers, Charlie Badger and June of Hinesburg and Billy Badger of Hinesburg. A private family service is planned for at a later date.

Joan (Moran) Limanek
– Burlington
Joan (Moran) Limanek died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the age of 84, after a final bout with cancer. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 1, 1930, daughter of the late Joseph P. and Madeline (Brown) Moran. She grew up in Westfield, N.J., and graduated from Westfield High School in 1948. She continued her education at Trinity College, Washington D.C., where she graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1952. On July 5, 1952, she married Stephen J. Limanek, her lifetime love, in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, N.J. They spent their honeymoon traveling Europe on motorized bikes for two months. In July 2012, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a large family reunion. She had seven children in 10 years, spent decades raising her children, and loved her involvement with their different sports and activities. She enjoyed many years as Girl Scout leader with the Christ the King troop. She was a second mom to all her Girl Scouts, as well as to many of her children’s’ friends, all of whom spent lots of time hanging out, listening to music, and playing sports and games at the Limanek home. Joan ran the house with her easygoing, casual style. She was content in the midst of the constant bustle of family and friends. Joan is remembered as a loving and gentle mom, a great listener with a wonderful laugh. She was seen most often in the middle of all her children at family gatherings, listening to the stories of their lives. When the children were grown, Joan worked as a tax preparer with H & R Block for many years, and became Manager of the Sears H & R Block office. She was an avid reader, an excellent seamstress, and loved to play bridge with her friends. Joan was an enthusiastic golfer and tennis player. She was a longtime member of the Burlington Tennis Club and Monarch Country Club (Fla.). Her Catholic faith was an important part of her life, and she was a member of Christ the King Church in Burlington and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Florida. When they retired, Joan and Steve spent their winters in Florida, where they continued to enjoy tennis, golf, and bridge. Joan also spent many years traveling the world with her husband to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and throughout the US. She was predeceased by her husband, Steve. Among her survivors is a son, John Limanek and wife, Laurie Thompson, and their sons, Thompson and Taylor, of Charlotte. There will be visiting hours on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, from 4 to 7pm at the Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne Road, in Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Christ the King Church at 10am, followed by interment in Resurrection Park Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Girl Scouts of Green & White Mountains, 60 Knight Lane, Suite 30, Williston, VT 05495.

Therese M. Stowe
– Winooski
Therese M. Stowe, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, after a brief illness. She was born in Fairfield on April 4, 1932, the daughter of the late Adelorde and Blanche (Gagne) Metayer. Therese was married on July 5, 1952, to Luther Stowe. She was a stay-at-home mom who raised nine children and prepared meals for the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington for 21 years. Because of her tireless work, Elizabeth Lund dedicated a cook book in her name. Among her many interests, she also enjoyed garage sales, knitting, reading, cooking, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will always be remembered for having patience like a saint and temper like a devil. Among her survivors is her son Peter of Hinesburg. She was predeceased by her son, Mark in 2001; and her three brothers and three sisters. The family would like to give special thanks to Bernie from McClure 5, and to daughter-in-law, Helen, for all of the care and kindness given to Therese and support for her husband, Luther. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, University of Vermont Development Office, at the Courtyard Given South, 89 Vermont Ave. Burlington, VT 05405; or to LUND, P.O. Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406.