June 3 1936 December 19 2021
Elaine “Tish” H. Senecal June 3, 1936 – December 19, 2021 Share this obituary Send Sympathy Gifts View Photo Galleries| Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elaine H. Senecal (Tish) of West Rutland, Vermont. She passed away in her home on December 19, 2021. Tish was predeceased in June of this year by her husband Louie H. Senecal of 68 years, her grandson Conrad Carruth II, her granddaughter Jessica Wells, her sister Judith Bean, her father Ernest Hemenway, and her mother Theresa (King). She is survived by her loving and devoted children, and their spouses; Debra & (Conrad) Carruth, Louie & (Mary) Senecal, Michael & (Marcia) Senecal, Douglas & (Stacia) Senecal, Karleene Senecal, Kathleen Senecal, and Diana & (Hal) Peters. Tish is also survived by her sisters Claire Savage and Dorothy Wells as well as her beloved cat Tiger. Tish was a beloved grandmother to twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She was known as Nana and adored by all. Born June 3, 1936, in Rutland, Vermont Tish entered the world as the second of four daughters. She was close with her sisters and had fond memories of hiking with them in the mountains of Central Vermont and swimming at Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow. During their younger years, Tish and her sisters spent time in a residential home for children, run by the Catholic church. It was during her time with the sisters that Tish developed her faith and contemplated becoming a nun. Her plans for a life of service to God were thwarted when she met Louie Senecal, ‘the most handsome man she had ever met’, and as the story goes, the rest is history. Tish and Louie started their family in 1953 and that is when she found her true calling as a mother and caregiver. She not only raised and mothered her own seven children, but she cared for countless others through the years. She did not need to become a nun to serve God, she served by extending grace, kindness, an open door, and a seat at the kitchen table to those in need. Tish could outrun the most unruly child and had an unending reservoir of love (sometimes the tough kind) and the ability to see goodness and light all people. She truly lived the values of building a longer table, not a taller fence. Tish loved to be surrounded by her nearest and dearest, always making everyone feel welcome. The big white house on Durgy Hill was always filled to the brim with adults and boisterous kids, music, card games, nourishment, and an endless supply of coffee. The record player (or live musicians!) was always churning out her beloved country music, and in later years, bluegrass. She had a special knack for making it all look easy, at least to her grandchildren. Grandchildren were never in the way; she loved you big, even though there were always a handful or more underfoot at any given time. Tish had many talents and interests. She was an accomplished seamstress and dressmaker, making anything from cheerleading uniforms for the local high school to wedding gowns and bridal attire for nearly all of her daughters’ weddings. She was also an excellent crocheter, crocheting many, many beautiful afghans for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends through the years. After her children were grown, Tish put her organizational skills to good use as the Receiving Manager for the regional department store chain, Zayre. She was with Zayre for many years, including through the acquisition by Ames, and retired after 23 years of service. Tish had a love of travel and spent her later years on the road with Louie traveling across the country in their RV taking in the sights of our beautiful country, visiting friends and family, and attending bluegrass festivals. She also ventured to Ireland for a special trip with her sister and her niece. She was always thinking of others, especially children in need, and was a philanthropist at heart, donating what she could to her favorite nonprofit organizations: Catholic Charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Native American Children’s Fund. She also made and donated afghans to the Foley Cancer Center at the Rutland Regional Medical Center for cancer patients. Tish was as authentic as they come; a true New Englander, and most especially a Vermonter…kind-hearted, humble, unfussy, genuine, and right up until her last breath she loved the beautiful bounty of snow that blankets Vermont each winter. She was a great one and heaven certainly gained an angel. She will be greatly missed. Her children will host a private celebration of life on June 4th and a private graveside ceremony on June 5th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here to make a donation online or visit www.stjude.org for more information. Online condolences at www.ducharmefuneralhome.com To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Elaine “Tish” H. Senecal, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Print Obituary Sign Guestbook Name: Location: Video: Image: Light A Candle Candle 1 Candle 2 Candle 3 Candle 4 Email: Please keep my message private Personal Message: Confirm: Submit Guestbook entry
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Elaine Tish H Senecal June 3 1936 December 19 2021.
Death notice for the town of: Castleton, state: Vermont