Patricia Rae Bissonette

December 24, 1936 ~ March 3, 2022 (age 85)


Patricia Rae Bissonette
Hinesburg, VT

Patricia Rae (Downs) Bissonette 85, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2022 surrounded by family in the comforts of her own home in Hinesburg.  Patricia was born in Hinesburg on December 24, 1936, to the late William and Harriett (Francis) Downs. 

Patricia married Stanley J. Bissonette, her high school sweetheart, on September 22, 1956.  They and have been married for 65 years.  During that time, they enjoyed traveling and visiting many area casinos. 

Patricia was an amazing cook, loved family gatherings around the holidays and the annual corn roast.  These times held a special place in her heart.   She looked forward to afternoon cribbage games with Stanley, which she kicked his butt most of the time.  How she smiled and laughed with victory.  She had a great love for gardening.  She looked forward to spring so she could admire the plants that made it through the winter and of course the opportunity to purchase more.  If she wasn’t gardening, she was working on jigsaw puzzles.  She had a passion for shopping and going to craft shows.  These were special time she enjoyed with her daughters.  She looked forward to spending the winter months in Arizona with her daughter and son in-law, being a snowbird.  Patricia played a big part in the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary for many years.  She was a dedicated blood donor and a longtime volunteer for the American Heart Association.  Patricia worked several years at Chittenden Bank and later joined the clerical pool at Champlain Valley Union High School, where she made great friends. 

Patricia leaves behind her husband Stanley J. Bissonette, and four children, Sally Duchaine and husband Timothy of Mesa, AZ, David Bissonette of Hinesburg, Cindy Bissonette of Hinesburg and Amy Bissonette and her husband Tom Charbonneau of Hinesburg, along with 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  Patricia also leaves her sisters Ilene Steins, Lena Pierce, and the late Glenna Milham.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Saint Jude’s Catholic Church, 10759 VT Rt. 116, Hinesburg, VT between 4:00pm – 7:00 pm.  A Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:00am with a reception immediately following.  

In Lieu of flower, donations in Patricia’s memory can be made to the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department by mail:  10340 Route 116 Hinesburg, Vermont 05461 or American Heart Association by mail:  P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas. 75284 or

Arrangements are in care of Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot Street, Richmond, VT.

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Visiting hours
March 8, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St.Jude's Catholic Church
10759 route 116
Hinesburg, VT 05461

A Mass
March 9, 2022

11:00 AM
St.Jude's Catholic Church
10759 route 116
Hinesburg, VT 05461

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