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Roland Edward Church

April 3, 1950 October 23, 2017
Roland Edward Church
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Swanton – Roland Edward Church a longtime area resident passed away, Monday October 23rd, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Roland was born in St. Albans on April 3rd, 1950, son of the late Howard and Mildred (Garrett) Church. Roland was 67 years old.

On August 5th, 1972, in Swanton, he married the love of his life, Carolyn, who survives him.

He was a 1969 graduate of Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and then was a longtime employee of Lane Press. Roland proudly served in the Vermont Army National Guard, was a member of Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion and enjoyed his outings at the Champlain Country Club. He enjoyed vacationing in Maine with his wife and family. Roland was, and will always be, very loved.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carolyn, of Swanton, their daughter, Debra McMahon and her husband, Brian, of Highgate and three grandchildren, Shannon McMahon and her partner, Austin Underwood, Matthew McMahon and Hannah McMahon.

He is also survived by his siblings, Howard Church and his wife, Joyce, of St. Albans, Norman Church of Swanton, and Linda Bates and her husband, Louis, of Franklin, several nieces and nephews and lifelong friends, Tommy and Diane Belrose.

Family and friends will honor and remember Roland’s life by gathering for calling hours on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 27th, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield Street, St. Albans. Interment with military honors will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donating to Voices Against Violence, P.O. Box 72, St. Albans, Vermont 05478, the domestic & sexual violence agency serving Franklin County, VT.

To send Roland’s family a written expression of sympathy or share a memory, please go to his on-line guest book at

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7:00 PM 10/26/2017 7:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 10/26/2017 9:00:00 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 10/27/2017 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

45 Fairfield Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

St. Mary's Catholic Church
45 Fairfield Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Cemetery Details


Holy Cross Cemetery Final Resting Place

Fairfax Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Fairfax Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Voices Against Violence

P.O. Box 72
Saint Albans, VT 05478

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