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Armand Leo Begnoche

December 18, 1923 February 28, 2008
Armand Leo Begnoche
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Armand “Leo” Begnoche St. Albans - Armand “Leo” Begnoche, 84, passed away at the Franklin County Rehab Center on Thursday, February 28, 2008. He was born in Swanton, Vermont on December 18, 1923, the son of the late Treffle and Columbe (Daigneault) Begnoche. Leo attended St. Ann’s Academy in Swanton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 5, 1943, and took his basic training at Davisville, Rhode Island, where he was assigned to the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion. At Williamsburg, Virginia he enrolled in Deep Sea diving School and achieved the rank of Diving Instructor. Detached to the 3050th he was sent to Quoddy Village, ME and assigned to sea patrol duty especially when President Roosevelt visited his summer home. The 3050 Division was sent to the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Leo saw duty in the Philippines with the Naval 7th Fleet in Samara, Maniciani, Okinawa, Leteye Bay, Tsingtao and Peiping China. He received his honorable discharge on March 27, 1946. Leo remained on the active reserve list and was recalled to duty during the Korean Conflict on August 21, 1950, and was assigned to the USS Monetary and later to the USS Midway. He was separated from service on November 30, 1951, at Boston, Massachusetts. Upon Leo’s discharge from the Navy, he was employed at the H.P. Hood milk plant in St. Albans until he left to commence his own business of landscaping and installing swimming pools. Leo installed many of the areas first in ground swimming pools. He was an ardent snowmobile and 4 wheeler enthusiast and made many such excursions throughout Vermont, Quebec, Maine and Michigan. He was a member St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Green Mountain Post #1, American Legion. On July 29, 1950, Leo married Elaine Lace, who survives him. He is also survived by his son, Stephen and his fiancée, Debbie Charbonneau, his daughter, Susan and her fiancé, Andre Jette; two grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Reed; one great granddaughter, McKenzie Reed; his sisters and brothers-in-laws, Yvette Ouimet, Roland and Clayton Therrien, Juliette and Andrew Guy Ouimet and Lorraine and Ezra Mulheron; a brother, Real Begnoche and his wife, Solange; four sisters-in-law; Marie, Elaine, Jeanne and Patricia and several aunts uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his faithful companion, Nuisance. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Treffle and Columbe Begnoche, his infant son, Michael Charles, his four brothers, Arthur, Romeo, Ronald and Bernard Begnoche. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. in the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Church Street. Interment will follow at the family lot in Riverside Cemetery with full military honors. Leo’s family will receive friends on Sunday from 1-4 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Messages of condolence to the Begnoche family are welcome at www. healdfuneralhome.com.

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