• Emile J. Desautels
    March 25,2013
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    Emile J. Desautels

    MIDDLEBURY — Emile J. Desautels, 88, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his home, following a long illness.

    He was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Middlebury, the son of Henry and Justine (Bourgeois) Desautels, and attended area schools.

    He grew up helping on his parents’ farm and learned to move buildings from his father. As a young man, he worked erecting radio towers on the East Coast. He later owned and operated Desautels House Moving Inc. until retiring in 2008.

    Mr. Desautels was an avid stock car racing fan and enjoyed annual trips to the Daytona 500.

    Survivors include two children, Roger Desautels of Middlebury and Victoria Aubert of India; two granddaughters; and a brother, Maurice of Middlebury.

    He was predeceased in 1991 by his first wife, Mary (Sankowski) Desautels, whom he married in 1948 in West Rutland; and in 2007 by his second wife, Elizabeth “Bette” (Swenor) Pratt.

    The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury.

    Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.

    For online condolences, visit www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.
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