December 26, 1935 - February 8, 2014

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MARINELLI, CLAUDETTE L., 78, of Montpelier, died on February 8, at her home, in the company of her loving family. She was born on December 26, 1935, the daughter of Albert and Fleurette Trahan, in Southbridge, Mass. She graduated from the Notre Dame High School in Southbridge, Mass., and attended Becker Junior College. On February 9, 1957, she married Ronald J. Marinelli at the Notre Dame Church in Southbridge, Mass., and moved to Montpelier in 1965. Claudette joined the state of Vermont legislative council staff in 1966 and during her 36-year tenure, performed and managed all its operations, serving all members and all committees of both chambers of the Legislature. She innovated and initiated new services and technology to facilitate legislative drafting, communications and administrative support for the General Assembly in ways never envisioned in 1966. Her presence was a welcome and friendly support to hundreds of Vermont legislators. Claudette retired from the Legislative Council on December 31, 2002. Claudette enjoyed traveling with her husband, family trips to Pine Point, Maine, time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cooking at home and the supportive community of friends at Westview Meadows and The Gary Home. She was a member of St. Augustine’s Church and past president of the Montpelier Emblem Club. She is survived by her two daughters, Lisa Maxfield and husband, Steve, of Barre, and Beth Smith and husband, Ted, of Georgia, Vt.; her three sons, Michael Marinelli and wife, Elise, of Montpelier, Kevin Marinelli and wife, MartieAnne, of Needham, Mass., and Steven Marinelli and wife, Nancy, of Georgia, Vt; and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Joan Marinelli and Johanne MacDonald; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Marinelli, in 2012; her parents; her brother, Frank Trahan; and her grandson, Scott Smith.

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