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Obituary: Ruth “Jean” Dashnow, 1936-2014, Colchester/Winooski

Published August 11, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Ruth "Jean" Dashnow
  • Ruth "Jean" Dashnow

Ruth “Jean” Dashnow, 77, a longtime resident of Colchester and formerly of Winooski died peacefully at the home of her son in Milton on August 8, 2014 following a short illness.

Jean was born in Morristown, VT on August 14, 1936, the daughter of Paul L. and Elizabeth, “Liz” (Fisk) Stewart. She was married in Winooski, VT on March 10, 1956 to Raymond “Buddy” Dashnow, who predeceased her on April 29, 1997.

Jean formerly owned and operated Jean’s Day Care, and later, following raising her children, was proudly employed at IBM.

She was a past-president and life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John Ryan Post 1767 Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, pizza and subs nights, and cooking for her family. Like her Mom, she enjoyed all birds, especially the hummingbirds. She was the “Best Mom in the world”, always there to care for and protect her family.

Jean is survived by her children, Linda Gover and Len Trombley, Randy Dashnow and Lisa Lapointe, Jay Dashnow and his wife Dianne, and Brent Dashnow and his wife Cara; grandchildren, Travis, Chantelle, Brent II and Chelsea, Nicholas, Brent and Becky, Amber and Keith, Skyler and Kristen, Reeve, and Livia; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Carter, Brooklynne, Landon, Brayden, Owen, Evan, and Lane; brothers, Paul Stewart Jr., and Bobby Rivers; sisters, Pam Rivers, and Sandra Lewia and her husband Gorden; in-laws, Geneva and Marcel Fregeau, and Gerry and John Larivee; and extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her grandson, Carrigan Fitzgerald.

A very special thanks to Dr. Marion Couch and Dr. John Wright whom Jean valued and trusted dearly.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, August 15th at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. On line condolences can be shared with the family at

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