January 29, 2023
Ann Marie (Bissonette) Curran – VTDigger
Ann Marie (Bissonette) Curran – VTDigger

Born 
Buffalo, New York

Died 12/24/2022
Burlington, Vermont

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A memorial service will likely be held within the spring.


Ann Marie (Bissonette) Curran, 77, died unexpectedly on the College of Vermont Medical Middle, Burlington, Vt., on Saturday, December 24, 2022.

Ann was born in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of Larry and Mary Bissonette.

She graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy, Kenmore, N.Y., and Nazareth School in Rochester, N.Y., with a bachelor’s diploma in English. She then attended graduate faculty on the College of Buffalo and earned her grasp’s diploma in communications from the College of Vermont. She met the love of her life and husband of greater than 50 years, Fred A. Curran, who was a scholar at St. John Fisher School, in Rochester.

In 1970, Fred and Ann married and settled in Vermont. She started her profession on the PBS affiliate, Vermont Instructional Tv (now referred to as Vermont Public), in 1975. Till her retirement, she labored in senior management positions, together with Supervisor, Advertising and Communications, by way of many station title adjustments. For the final 5 years, she was the legislative liaison.

Ann’s face was acquainted to Vermonters all through the state as a result of her quite a few appearances on the community’s many pledge drives. Apart from the Vermont neighborhood, she usually labored with nationwide PBS officers, in addition to staff of different PBS stations within the nation, and in 2009, she was named Broadcaster of the 12 months by the Vermont Affiliation of Broadcasters. In 2013, the Ann Curran “inexperienced room” (the place friends waited for interviews) was created by the station to honor her. She retired later that 12 months.

She was an unbelievable good friend to all — her good humor and her willingness to pitch in for anyone was legendary. A very good good friend and former colleague referred to as her “the very best boss I ever had.”

She was a mentor and had a capability to carry the utmost tact and style to any troublesome state of affairs. She began a small group of colleagues who’ve celebrated one another’s birthdays for many years.

Her humor expressed itself in some ways, together with enhancing spelling errors on menus when eating out with associates and sending out the occasional cartoon that struck her fancy, from a supply that she knew some associates couldn’t entry in any other case.

Ann and Fred have been avid birders and vacationers, together with a number of journeys to Europe and to Sri Lanka and Khartoum. In addition they loved opera and had a subscription to the Opéra de Montréal. She loved exploring all cuisines and all the time loved a glass of white wine.

She volunteered for a lot of neighborhood organizations. For a few years, she was on the board of administrators of the ACLU of Vermont, persevering with to serve on its improvement committee past her board service. She was additionally on the board of HomeShare Vermont and sang as an alto with the Burlington Choral Society, serving as its board secretary and publicist. At her loss of life, she was engaged on its spring 2023 efficiency.

Ann is survived by her husband, Fred; her brother, Paul Bissonette, and his spouse, Barbara Silvestri; her niece, Maya, and husband, David; her nephew, Bohdan, his spouse, Melissa, and daughter, Josie; and cousins in New York, California, and Arizona. She was predeceased by her dad and mom; her mom and father-in-law, Alma and Tracy Indivino; and her sister-in-law, Larissa Bissonette.

In Ann’s reminiscence, donations are inspired in her title to: Habitat for Humanity, the ACLU of Vermont, HomeShare Vermont, or the Burlington Choral Society.

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