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Service: Jean Barbara McAuliffe

    Jean (Choiniere) McAuliffe passed away, after a long illness, on January 3, 2024, at Thompson House Long Term Care Facility, in Brattleboro, Vermont. She was 77 years old.  Jean was a long-time resident of Brattleboro and is dearly missed by her family and friends.  

    She was born September 7, 1946 in Barton, Vermont, daughter of Germain A. Choiniere & Ruby (Racine) Choiniere.

     Jean attended 3 years at OHS, and participated in Girls Chorus, North Eastern Music Festival 4 years, and also a Majorette.   A 1964 graduate, of Sacred Heart High School in Newport. In 1965, she graduated from Houle’s Beauty Academy, Manchester, NH. (Beautician) and worked several years with her mother (Ruby) in her hair salon located in the family home.

     August, 1966 Jean married Joseph S. von Dembowski (who predeceased her). 

    They resided in Orleans for many years. Jean learned her cooking skills from her father-in-law, “Sid”, who was a Chef. 

    Jean married Paul M. McAuliffe in 1996, they had two children; Jacquelyn B. McAuliffe, and Jonathan P. McAuliffe of Brattleboro.

    Jean was an employee of New Chapter for many years and especially enjoyed her trip to Costa Rica, and was truly impressed by its natural beauty.

    She was the happiest when entertaining and cooking for her family members and friends.  She also loved to sing and dance, play scratch tickets, garden, and cook.

    Jean loved her family, all of whom were especially important to her. She is survived by: her daughter, Jacquelyn B. McAuliffe (John King), and her Grandson, Keegan J. McAuliffe, as well as her son, Jonathan P. McAuliffe (Autumn). Her siblings include: Jim Choiniere (Fran) John Choiniere (Diane), Sisters: Jacalyn Slaiby (William L. Slaiby-deceased), and Janet Goodine (Frank). Her stepchildren include: Paul McAuliffe (Melissa), William McAuliffe (Chrissie), and Jamie McAuliffe. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.

    She was predeceased by her husband, Paul C. McAuliffe, and her parents, Germain and Ruby Choiniere.

    Graveside services will take place on May 18, at 12:00 at St. Michael's Cemetery, Oak Grove Avenue, Brattleboro VT. Followed by a Celebration of her Life, at The American Legion, 32 Linden St. Brattleboro, VT. 05301.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s name to: American Legion, Brattleboro, Post 5, 32 Linden St. Brattleboro, VT. 05301.
    Ker Phaneuf Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To view an online tribute, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please visit 

    Sep 7, 1946-Jan 3, 2024
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