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Rita Abair

Rita Abair (Corriveau)

Monday, December 28th, 1931 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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Obituary

Rita Abair – 87, a longtime resident of Essex Jct. passed away on September 24, 2019 and went to be in the hands of the Lord and to be with her seven siblings and parents who she missed so, so much.

Born in Rochester, VT on December 28, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria (Peloquin) Corriveau. Rita grew up in Moretown, VT and attended a one room schoolhouse grades 1-8 which was next door to her parents’ farmhouse. She was a graduate of Waterbury High School.

On July 17, 1951, she was married to Charles Abair and shortly after moved to Essex Jct. In December, 1951, she gave birth to a son, Steven Charles, whom she worshiped and spoiled rotten! (Love you Mama!) In 1954 Rita and Charlie purchased a brand new home on Stanton Drive in Essex Jct., where she lived until 11 months of her passing.

Rita worked for many years at United Maple Works in Essex Jct. In 1965 she and Charlie purchased the Park Street Store in Essex Jct., which she proudly ran for 32 years before her retirement in December, 1997. The store was her life and she loved all her regular customers, especially the children who flocked there to buy penny candy. She was well known to all and was truly missed when she retired and closed the store.

Rita is survived by her son, Steve Abair and his significant other Terrie Bothfeld of Essex Jct., 2 grandchildren that she idolized, Kelsey Abair Patterson and husband Thomas of Essex and Travis Abair of So. Burlington, and their mother Janet Abair of Underhill, as well as several nieces and nephews. Rita was predeceased by her husband Charles, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and her parents.

There will be no services per Rita’s request. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home – Memory Loss Floor for taking such good care of “Little Rita” as they called her, for the last 11 months of her life.

Mother, we all will miss you and we know that you are now in a better place and happy to be with your family. All our love will always be with you.
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Barbara Dryer

Posted at 06:19pm
I was shocked to learn of Rita’s passing I thought she would live forever. I remember her as a strong willed lady that shared a lot of stories with me when I stopped at the park street store.i looked forward to my daily stops just to chat. She will be missed. My sincere sympathies goes out to the family.
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Mikayla Dubuque (Ruch)

Posted at 06:43am
I am just hearing of Rita's passing. I truly sorry for your loss! I was one of the many children that "lived" at her store. Rita was an amazing woman! She loved her son and her grandbabies so much! I know you all have the fondest memories of her as I do! The most memorable ones I have are her dog(sadly I can't remember his name but he was a gray schnauzer) and Rita paying me and my friends in candy to cut coupons for her. I'm not sure she really needed or used them or if she was just keeping us out of trouble but it kept us busy for hours. Rita was a spit fire and ALWAYS told it like it was! She was honest sometimes too honest! I think she should have been paid for some of her mental health services! I know times were tough sometimes for a lot of families in the neighborhood(park St, silverbow Terr., Stanton and River St) and Rita was always willing to allow them to run a tab and make payments. ( Nobody else would do that!) Every time I drive by her house or Steve's business I think of her. She will forever be an important person in my life! May she rest in peace.
J

John Burroughs

Posted at 10:04am
Steve , Kelsey , Travis and Family ,
We have Aways lived near the Famous Park Street Store and Rita was like another Mother to my Two Girls (Who idolize her) . Each Halloween Rita would let the Girls have the "Pick of the store" , how exciting for young trick or treaters ! What a wonderful beautiful Lady that will never be forgotten. Peace and prayers Legend of Park Street and thank you for allowing all of us in your remarkable Journey.
The Burroughs Family
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Art Bristol

Posted at 09:37am
Steve sorry for you loss - I remember buying lots of candy there.
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Jane Hennessey

Posted at 07:45am
Not only I, but all my children (penny candy lovers) remember Rita. Every time I drive by the store, I think of her. Beautiful obituary. You are all in my thoughts! Jane Hennessey
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