BURLINGTON -- Alice Maria Whitney Rouleau passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 10, 2019, after having suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the week.
Born January 25, 1945, she was the third of five children born to Alli (Westerinen) and Charles T. (Bill) Whitney. Educated in South Burlington and Burlington schools, she spent her senior year as an American Field Service student in the Netherlands. Alice graduated from the University of Vermont, where she met her husband, John Rouleau. They were married May 27, 1967, and from that moment on, they were a dynamic team, a creative and steady influence for those around them, with Alice coming down on the level headed side of the equation.
Soon after they married, they joined Volunteers in Service to America who sent the newlyweds off to Detroit just after the riots there. Soon thereafter they were sent to Del Rio, Texas, for two years where they worked with the Mexican-American community. They returned to Burlington to work in the Urban Youth Center in the old North End.
Alice had a series of varied jobs, always with education at the center. At Rock Point School she was a dorm parent, an English teacher, and the bookkeeper for the school. At UVM she worked in a warehouse and found it necessary to sue for equal pay, a suit she won. She became Registrar of Trinity College and stayed through its closing. Then she became Associate Registrar at Middlebury College until her retirement. As a loyal member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Alice served as Treasurer, usher, communion bread baker, wreath decorator extraordinaire, and hymnal repair person. She served on several boards supporting low and middle income and senior housing.
She accumulated and maintained friendships throughout her life. She met monthly with a group of high school friends. She enjoyed her time in a challenging exercise group of limber older folks. She was the flower authority in her weekly walking group, and she regularly met with a circle of church friends for lunches. She never hesitated to teach others the crafts and skills she knew.
Over the decades, Alice, John and Becky hosted foreign students who inevitably became part of the family. She and her husband frequently hosted parties for friends and neighbors – even when they had to invent a holiday – and perfected the ability to make everyone feel welcome. Together they enjoyed several trips to Europe and Asia. Alice was a skilled knitter of mittens and an award-winning quilter and blackberry jam maker. Among her other interests were ancestry research, Chinese checkers, Quiddler,Outlander, gardening, the aroma of mock orange blossoms, bird watching, and crocheting. She lived near the bike path and walked frequently with friends, then went back to her house with them for coffee, cookies, and card games. Alice loved remembering her athletic achievements on the high school basketball team, hitting nothing but net from all over the court and her time working with her father in the garden and going with him on veterinary farm calls. Her family loves remembering her.
Alice was pre-deceased by her parents and her brother, David. She is survived by her husband, John; her daughter, Becky Mandeville, and her husband, Mike; two sisters, Mary Whitney Campbell and Sara Denny; her brother, Tom Whitney; many loving nieces and nephews and family and friends around the world.
A service in her memory will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry St., Burlington, VT. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be held at a later date.