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Shirley K. Streeter


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chelsea, Vt. — Shirley K. Streeter, 76, died peacefully at her home overlooking the valley and surrounded by people that loved her on Monday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2017.

She was on born June 5, 1941, the daughter of Maurice F. and Doris (Downing) Kennedy. She attended Chelsea school, graduated in 1959 from Chelsea High School and began a career as a well-respected secretary for the Vermont Department of Agriculture and then for the Vermont Department of Education. She took a number of years away from full-time employment to dedicate her time to raising her family. When Shirley returned to work she worked for Walter "Peanut" Kennedy, for Steve Watson as a waitress, then for the Chelsea School cafeteria, and finally for the UVM Extension Services, retiring in 1991.

Shirley mastered a number of crafts with extreme skill and talent which included sewing, upholstering, and quilting, belonging to the First Branch Quilters Club. She was also an incredible cook. She was well known as an accomplished and organized typist, Shirley worked on many books, projects and for a number of businesses in the area; she typed the entire Chelsea Bi-Centennial Cookbook.

Shirley enjoyed car rides around the back roads, listening to country music and many church suppers. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and most importantly, her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Philip Clark Streeter; her four children, Cheryl Lubrano, Terry Lemieux, Debra Upham and her husband, John and Leonard Lemieux Jr. and his wife, Cindy; her two step-children, Philip C. Streeter, Jr. and Heidi Streeter; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her four siblings, Clarence Kennedy, Nancy Royce, Kenneth Kennedy and June Leggio and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea, with Pastor Tom Harty officiating. The burial will be held immediately following the service at the Highland Cemetery in Chelsea. The family would like to invite everyone to the church hall for a Kennedy tradition of food, family and fellowship. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bayada Hospice, P.O. Box 1590, Norwich, VT 05055. A private message for the family can be shared at boardwayandcilley.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.