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NO. R-147.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Rochester Town Clerk Frances G. Guilmette.


Offered by:  Representative Haas of Rochester.

Whereas, for over three decades, Frances Guilmette served the citizens of Rochester as a dedicated public servant who was respected both in her hometown and among her professional colleagues across Vermont, and

Whereas, born in Randolph, she resided in Rochester for many years and graduated from Rochester High School in 1961, and

Whereas, subsequent to her high school graduation, she attended the Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Burlington and was employed at the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, and

Whereas, Frances Guilmette found her true calling in municipal public service when she was appointed as Rochester’s assistant town clerk-treasurer in 1971, and

Whereas, the voters of Rochester were impressed with her service in the appointed position, and, in 1972, she was elected as the town’s clerk-treasurer for the first of many consecutive terms, and

Whereas, Frances Guilmette performed her municipal duties professionally and with the utmost integrity, and

Whereas, in 1995, she completed the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers’ Association’s certification program, and, in 1999, the association’s membership honored her as the “Treasurer of the Year,” and

Whereas, aside from her responsibilities at the Rochester town offices, Frances Guilmette served on the board of trustees and as treasurer of the Park House in Rochester where she lent her assistance to many routine but critical tasks, and

Whereas, a lively theatrical interest led to her involvement in the White River Valley Players where her roles included board member, backstage props coordinator, and assistant stage manager, and

Whereas, among Frances Guilmette’s other community activities were the Rochester Historical Society, where she had served as treasurer, the Moss Glen Grange No. 554, and participation in fundraising efforts in support of finding a breast cancer cure, and

Whereas, religion played an important role in her life, and she was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, its parish council finance committee, and the Catholic Daughters of America, and

Whereas, the entire town of Rochester was deeply saddened at the news of Frances Guilmette’s death, and the loss of a special individual who contributed so much to the town’s well‑being and vitality, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family and many friends of Frances Guilmette, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to her brother, Maurice Guilmette, in Lebanon, Connecticut and to the Rochester Town Clerk.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont