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Obituaries 02-12-13

Elaine Annette Holbrook

SALISBURY— Elaine Annette Holbrook, age 75, died Monday, February 4, 2013, at her home in Salisbury.

   Elaine Holbrook was born in Middlebury on August 12, 1937. She was the daughter of Concetto and Dorothy (Bigelow) Poalino. She grew up in Middlebury where she received her early education and had attended Middlebury High School. September 4, 1953 she married the love of her life Charles Holbrook I in Middlebury. They moved to Salisbury in1955 where they lived and raised their family. Charles predeceased Elaine on November 1, 2002. In her earlier years Elaine had worked at Abram's Department Store in Middlebury. She has been an Avon Representative over 40 years proudly winning many awards for her sales. Elaine was a cancer survivor who has been a member of the Ova Chick's Relay for Life team at Middlebury College since 2004 with her daughter Amy. Elaine proudly raised thousands of dollars each year for the American Cancer Society. Elaine loved gardening, so much in fact, that a double knee replacement did not keep her from it. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury where she loved singing in the church choir.  But what Elaine loved most in life was her children and her grandchildren.

    Surviving are 3 sons; David S. Holbrook & his wife Lynda of East Middlebury, Charles E. Holbrook, II & his fiancée Louise Smith of Ripton, James P. Holbrook & his wife Mary of Colchester, 3 daughters; Cheryl A. Holbrook of Tampa, FL, Amy R. Holbrook of Salisbury, Becky L. Holbrook, a step son; Everett C. Holbrook & his wife Denise of Otisfield, ME, 3 brothers; Concetto “Junior” Poalino & his wife Shirley of Fair Haven, Robert Paulino & fiancée Marci Mends of Hamburg, NY and Richard Paulino of Chicago, IL, 2 sisters; Dian Fiegl & her husband Eugene of Williamsville, NY and Irene Stoller of Corfu, NY. 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews & cousins also survive her. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by an infant son; Gary Michael Holbrook, a brother Carl Paulino who was killed in action in VietNam and a grandson Raymond Charles Holbrook.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Reverend Justin Baker, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Rutland was the celebrant. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

    Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to: Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, 19 Elm Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 or to the American Cancer Society via her Relay for Life teammate and daughter Amy Holbrook, PO Box 707, East Middlebury, VT 05740 or Relay for Life Vermont Division, 43 Swift Street, South Burlington, VT 05403.

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