Alice (Byington) Lauritsen
Alice Lauritsen passed away April 22, 2016. She was born June 6, 1923 to Stanley A. Byington and Fannie Ellen (Bacon) Byington. She spent her young years on the Byington farm in Charlotte and the Bacon homestead in Shelburne.
She attended high school in Shelburne and graduated from Burlington High School in 1941 and from Green Mountain Junior College in 1943.
In 1948 Alice moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska where she married Oluf Lauritsen. She was active as a 4-H and Cub Scout leader and volunteered as a Civil Defense airplane watcher during World War II.
In 1960 she moved back to her beloved state of Vermont where she worked as a secretary for Drake Smith Company in Bristol and later as a bookkeeper for Hood’s Farm Engineering in Middlebury.
In 1968 Alice purchased the trailer park which became known as the Lauritsen Trailer park. She spent many hours updating the park and her home there. She loved cooking, flowers and gardening.
In 1998 Alice sold the trailer park and her home and moved to a condo in Middlebury.
Alice was a member and active participant in the Federated Church in Bristol where she taught Sunday School. She served on the Federated Board and was instrumental in renovations of the parsonage and church. Alice held several offices in the Ladies Aid.
Mrs. Lauritsen was initiated into the Order of Eastern Star in South Sioux City, Nebraska in 1956. After moving back to Vermont she became a member of Libanus Chapter #47 where she served as a worthy Matron for six years. She also held many other offices and was Vermont grand Ruth in the 1991-1992 session. In 1999 she joined Union Chapter #21 in Middlebury as a dual member. In 1998 she served as District Deputy of District #11. She was also a member of the Vermont and International Grand Representative Association.
She leaves her son Mark (Jan)Lauritsen of Omaha, Nebraska and their children Christine (Ryan) Beckman of Lincoln, Nebraska, Brad Lauritsen of Omaha, Nebraska and Katie (Mike) Molick of St. Louis, Missouri. She also leaves a daughter Phyllis Anne (Bill) Nathlich of Dakota Dunis, SD and her children Kim (Gary) Hinrichsin of Des Moines, Iowa and Kirk Goodrich of Las Vegas, Nevada, great grandchildren Alexandra and Ashley Beckman of Lincoln, Nebraska, Evan and Maria Molick of St. Louis, Missouri and great grandchildren Austin and Dillon Godfrey, sister-in-law Carol Byington of Williamsburg, Virginia and half sister Margaret Bouvier of Middlebury and her children Kathy LaFleche and Mary Wright along with special nieces and nephews.
Alice was preceded in death by her mother Fannie Bacon Byington, two brothers Stanley Jr., Gerald and sister-in-law Elinor Byington, father Stanley Byington and a special aunt Marie Hamilton.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26th at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol with an Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Federated Church in Bristol on Wednesday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Shelburne Village Cemetery where she will be buried next to her mother. Donations may be made to the Bristol Federated Church, 6 Church Street, Bristol, VT 05443.