1938 – 2017
CLERMONT, FL – Arlene B. (Boynton) Bellerose, a longtime area funeral director formerly of Putnam and Dayville, CT, died peacefully on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Colonial Lakes Health Care, Winter Garden, FL. She was 79.
Arlene was born and raised in Rutland, VT the daughter of the late Reginald F. and Luella D. (Bell) Boynton. She attended Rutland Schools and graduated from Rutland High School, Class of 1956. She then attended the former Rutland Business School and Arlene relocated to Hartford, CT to work for the Travelers Insurance Company. She met a young man enjoying lunch at the same diner, Larry Bellerose, who was working as a funeral director in Hartford. They married in Rutland in May of 1959 and moved back to the Putnam / North Grosvenor Dale area and settled down while Larry started to work at the local funeral home, The Gilman Funeral Home. In 1973 they purchased the funeral home together. In 1980, they purchased the Valade Funeral Home in North Grosvenor Dale and Arlene joined her husband full time as a funeral director following her graduation from the New England Institute in Boston, where she earned her funeral directing degree. Together, they owned the funeral homes until 2000. Arlene was active in many community groups including past president of the Women’s Board of the Day Kimball Hospital, a former member of the Rotary Club of Putnam, where she was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, and former member of the Connecticut and National Funeral Directors Associations. A faith filled woman, Arlene was a former member of Saint Mary Church of the Visitation Parish in Putnam, Saint Joseph Parish in Dayville and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Clermont. She was also a former member of the Daughters of Isabella in Putnam. Arlene enjoyed sewing, embroidery, knitting and baking. For many years, she enjoyed spending summers on Alexander’s Lake in Dayville, and moved there full time in 2002. She then moved to Clermont in 2006.
Arlene will be lovingly missed and forever remembered by her beloved husband of 58 years, Lawrence J. “Larry” Bellerose; her three children, John L. Bellerose and his companion, Wendy Monroe of Newmarket, NH, David B. Bellerose and his wife, Kimberly of Oxford, MA and Kathryn B. Willard and her husband, Robert of Thompson; her brother, R. Gary Boynton and his companion, Kathy Davis of Shelburne, VT; her five grandchildren, Ryan Bellerose and his wife, Kat of Putnam, Alexandra and Anneliese Bellerose, both of Oxford and Emma and Zachary Willard of Thompson; and a great grandson, Raiden.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Arlene’s family on Friday, November 3rd , 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, November 4th from the funeral home starting at 10 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence Street, Putnam. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vermont will be held privately on Monday. Flowers may be sent or memorial donations may be sent to the Northeast Cancer Fund of DKH, Development Office, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260.