Joseph Tetreault

September 14, 1935 - February 6, 2018

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Obituaries » Joseph Tetreault

Joseph “Joe, Dad, Pepere, Great Joe” Tetreault, 82, died on February 6, 2018 at his home, after living with multiple myeloma for 14 years.
He was born on September 14, 1935, the 4th child of 7, to Thomas and Laurette (Bouthellier) Tetreault.  He grew up in Newport, VT and attended Sacred Heart Elementary and High School.

Joe enlisted with the United States Navy in 1953.  He served on the submarine, USS Blenny until his honorable discharge in 1957.
On September 15, 1956 he married Beverly Larocque, and eventually they moved to Worcester, VT, where they raised their four children.  Joe and his family, and his children’s friends, spent many summers at their camp on Lake Elmore.  Beverly predeceased him in 2003.   Joe worked for the FAA as a Flight Service Coordinator at the Edward F .Knapp airport in Berlin and later at the Burlington International Airport, retiring in 1987. He continued on as a part-time weather observer at the Burlington International Airport until 2015. After retirement he volunteered at the Kellogg Hubbard Library for 26 years.  He loved to travel and did so extensively throughout the U.S. with his wife Bev before her passing.

As a widower, he branched out and tried new adventures including hang gliding, and tandem parachuting.  He became a driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery and continued to travel to many parts of the world including, China, Fiji, Hawaii, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Quebec, and France.  During a trip to New Zealand he met and fell in love with his partner, Joan Polanshek.  He and Joan continued to travel to Spain, France, New Orleans, California, Florida, Maine, and Alaska. Even after he was unable to participate, he looked forward to visiting the deer camp he built with his brothers in the Northeast Kingdom, and especially the “Big Dinner” with his nephews.

He is survived by his partner, Joan Polanshek; his children, Donna Houghton and her husband Greg, Deborah Tetreault, Andrew Tetreault and his wife Claudia, and James Tetreault and his wife Beth; grandchildren, Andrea Churchill and her husband Martin, Jennifer Houghton, Evan Tetreault, James Tetreault and his wife Nicole, and Joseph Tetreault; great grandchildren, Alice Churchill and Elliott Churchill; his siblings, in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of his life in a warmer month of summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05641 or to the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or .  Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at <> .

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