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Elfriede Hedwig Besemer Lemieux


Sunday, September 03, 2017

Hartland, Vt. — Elfriede Hedwig Besemer Lemieux, 93, of Hartland, Vt. died on, Wednesday evening, Aug. 30, 2017 at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor after 8 months of failing health.  She was born on May 26, 1924 in Nesconset, (Long Island) N.Y. to immigrant parents Emma Besemer Otto and Max Besemer. She had one sister Charlotte, a brother Siegfried and stepbrother Ernest Otto and his wife, Gloria Otto.She spent her early childhood on Long Island. Later her family moved to North Troy, Vt. where she met her husband to be Lionel Lemieux. They were married on Sept. 25, 1943 at St Paul's Church Barton, Vt. After marriage they moved to Windsor, Vt. and started their family. Shortly thereafter they moved to Hartland Four Corners where she lived for the next 67 years raising her family of nine children;Armand (Becky) of Derby, Linda Wiggins (Dennis) of Moreno, Calif., Robert (Judy) of Pittsford, Donald (Julie) of Hartland, Richard (Caroll) of Mooreland, Okla., Roland (Roxie) of Canaan, N.H., Mary Nimblett (Paul) of Seabrook, N.H., David (Donna) of Hartland, John (Sarah) of Hartford. She leaves 23 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and the 22nd due end of September, 4 great great grandchildren, her stepbrother Ernest of N.Y. and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her main occupation was a homemaker but also worked at Maple Leaf Motel and the home of local icon Miss Bishoff. She had a "green thumb" for raising her vegetables, berries and fruit trees with an array of houseplants and an abundance of flowers throughout her yard. Having grown up during the Depression she learned to be frugal and make use of the fruits of her labor by canning, persevering and freezing which supplied her family with nutritious food. She was well known for her donuts, dill pickles and jams. No one ever left her home hungry or without a care package. She spent hours knitting, crocheting and putting together puzzles. You were considered lucky to receive a pair of her handmade socks. Education was important to her. She was unable to graduate from high school with her class due to family issues but later in life she went to classes and received her GED.

She was predeceased by husband Lionel after only 27 years of marriage, her parents, stepfather, her brother and sister last year, 2 grandchildren and her son-in-law Paul.

Calling hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor on Tuesday evening, Sept. 5, from 6 p.m. 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11a.m.  Burial will follow in the St. Francis Cemetery in Windsor, Vt.

A special thank you for the Meals on Wheels staff that delivered her lunches five days a week for years. They became her friends. Also a thank you to the staff of the Cedar Hill Complex for their compassionate care for the last year and a half.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Meals on Wheels c/o Stoughton House, at 46 Main Street, Windsor, VT 05089 or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com  The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor, VT has been entrusted with arrangements.