Mary Gwen’ Robbins Chioffi
Mary ‘Gwen’ Robbins Chioffi
Mary “Gwen” Robbins Chioffi passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Carolina East Medical Center, New Bern, NC.
She was born in Barre, Vermont, on December 3, 1917, the daughter of John D. Robbins and Mamie DeCoteau Robbins. She graduated from Spaulding High School and moved to Rutland as a young adult.
Gwen married Orlando Nicolas Chioffi on January 12, 1944. They celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his death in 2004.
Gwen retired from the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks and was charter member of the Rutland Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). She was active in TOPS for over 40 years, including a few years in the Jasper, NC Chapter.
In 2009 Gwen moved to New Bern, NC, and remained active in her community until the time of her death, playing the piano at the Senior Center, walking the mall and making numerous friends and acquaintances. She will be missed by many.
Surviving family members include one daughter, Sandy Hickman and her husband David of New Bern; one son, Stephen Chioffi of Rutland; as well as numerous cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Monday August 11 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Rutland at 11 am. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Houle. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Dr., Rutland, VT 05701, or to a nonprofit organization of your choice.
The family wishes to thank Gwen’s many friends, relatives and the medical staff at Carolina East for their support.