Orvilla Louise Whisler Potvin went to be with the Lord on Feb. 6, 2019. Born July 11, 1931 to Harold Claude Whisler and Alice Genevieve Aldrich Whisler in their barn in Vacaville, CA. Her grandparents were William Perry Whisler and Ida Ellen Rahm as well as Charles Edward Aldrich and Elizabeth Theresa (Bessie T) Linehan. Most of her years were spent in California and Arizona. She resided the past 15 years in or near Winooski, VT. She has been in Mesa, AZ since October to be near her children and grandkids after her husband passed in 2018.
Orvilla had a lifelong love affair with reading, learning and music. Family outings were historical in nature, or on a hiking trail checking out the vegetation or sunning at the beach. She loved family and most conversations in later years were keeping track of the grandkids that are all over the nation. She had a great sense of humor even when times were tough. She was active in the PTA and held several offices; in Native Daughters of the Golden West while in California; Volunteered as a Docent of Meso-American Art at the Tucson Art Museum; teacher's aide (Mother of Sorrows); Winooski Library; VFW Auxiliary; and was a member of a book club in every location she lived. She was also an avid fan of Jeopardy, old movies, new movies, Jazz Festivals and art or craft classes. She was also a walking encyclopedia for the classic operas and symphonies.
She leaves a sister Julie Arenstein, her friend Marge Keyes, sister-in-law Darlene DeKorver Whisler, children Susan (Gil) Gray Cancio, David (Lynn) Gray & Kathleen Gray Lumbert, 6 grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren, with a host of cousins, nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death recently by her husband of 62 years, Maurice D. Potvin, son Francis D. Potvin, sister-in-law Theresa Fregeau Potvin, her brother Harold Claude Whisler and her mother Alice Aldrich Arenstein.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on May 16, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 3 St. Peter St., Winooski, VT 05404, at 11:00 a.m. with Burial to follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, and a gathering of friends and family afterward at the VFW on Main Street.