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John Maurice Viens

July 24, 1939 May 21, 2017
John Maurice Viens
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Georgia – John Maurice Viens, a longtime resident of the Georgia community, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 21st, 2017, shortly after arrival at the Northwestern Medical Center.

John was 77 years young, born on July 24th, 1939 in Swanton - the youngest son of 15 children of the late Arthur and Louisa (Laroche) Viens. Married to his loving wife, Joan Mahoney, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on October 8th, 1960.

John’s professional career was spent with Local 98, International Union of Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator, where he worked on many projects throughout the Northeast. He also was a 3rd Degree Knight with St. Albans Council # 297, Knights of Columbus. He was an avid sports fan, but had a true love for hockey. John loved all facets of hockey, from playing hockey in his youth to later a spectator of any possible game: local youth to rooting for his favorite team - the Chicago Blackhawks. Baseball season revealed his love of the New York Yankees. He also loved all aspects of horses, especially harness racing and draft horses.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joan of Georgia. His children and their spouses Lorie Bachand and Alan, of Georgia, Donna Cadieux and Michael, of Swanton, and his son Robert Viens and Tina, of Derry, New Hampshire; 6 grandchildren and their spouses Matthew Cadieux and Precious, Nichol Astillero and Ramon, Derek Cadieux and Laura, Melissa Durham and Robert, Jessica Viens, and Mark Viens; 7 great-grandchildren Madison Cadieux, MaKenna Cadieux, Gwendolyn Astillero, Myron Cadieux, Jillian Cadieux, Felix Durham, and Theodore Cadieux. He is also survived by his siblings; Claire Planzo, Anita Boucher, Leo Viens, Laurette Demers, Suzanne Mangano, and Diane Viens.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Fernand Viens and his sisters, Cecile Moreau, Madeleine Noel, Theresa Miclette, Monique Champagne, Mariette Champigny, Bertha Viens, and Pauline Viens.

John’s family will greet family and friends on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Angels Catholic Church 245 Lake Street, St. Albans. Interment will follow in the family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials in John’s name may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or the American Heart Association, Vermont Chapter, 110 Main Street – Suite 203, Burlington, VT 05401 or in the way of Masses.

To send John’s family a written expression of sympathy or share a memory, please go to his on-line guest book at
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4:00 PM 5/25/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/25/2017 7:00:00 PM
Heald Funeral Home

87 S. Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Heald Funeral Home
87 S. Main Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

A Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 5/26/2017 11:00:00 AM
Holy Angels Catholic Church

245 Lake Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Holy Angels Catholic Church
245 Lake Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Cemetery Details


Mount Calvary Cemetery Final Resting Place

Calvary Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Calvary Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association,

7273 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231

Franklin County Home Health Agency,

3 Home Health Circle
Saint Albans, VT 05478

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