Francis N. TenneyNovember 24,2012
Francis N. Tenney
EAST ROXBURY — Francis N. Tenney, 77, of Tenney Road, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre, with his family at his bedside.
Born in Barre on Nov. 8, 1935, he was the son of the late Fred M. and Doris Y. (LeClair) Tenney.
Francis attended elementary school, Spaulding High School in Barre and Vermont Technical College. After his schooling, he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. After the service, he resided in Enosburg and later moved to Barre, where he was employed at Northfield Wood Products; Ethan Allen Wood Products in Randolph, where he retired in 2002.
On Feb. 24, 1962, he married Joan Jerry in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Northfield. The couple made their home in East Roxbury, where they raised their family.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Randolph and the Knights of Columbus, third degree.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years of marriage, Joan Tenney, of East Roxbury, and 11 children, Francis Tenney and his wife, Luiza, of Northfield; Teresa Godfrey and her husband, James, of Brookfield; Joseph “Joe” Tenney and his wife, Vickie, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Mary Thayer and her husband, George, of Berlin; Clare St. John and her husband, Jeff, of East Roxbury; Philip Tenney and his wife, Kim, of East Roxbury; Joanne Tracy and her husband, Nate, of Virginia; Kathy Jaffe and her husband, Edward, also of Virginia; Jeanette Bates and her husband, Mark, of Orange; Michael Tenney and his wife, Julie, of Williamstown; and Elizabeth Parks and her husband, Jason, of Maryland. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Paul Tenney, and his wife, Barbara, of Washington; one sister-in-law, Bernice Tenney, of Barre; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Walter Tenney.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre Monday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Extra parking is available in St. Monica’s parking lot.
Burial with military honors will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center, “Patient Activity Fund,” 378 Prospect St., Barre, VT 05641 or to Project Independence, 420 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641.
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
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