Bennington, VT- Virginia Marie “Molly” Wheeler, 86, of North Street in East Dover, VT died peacefully Thursday morning, August 22, 2019, at the Bennington Health & Rehabilitation Center with her family by her side following a period of declining health.
Molly was born in Norwich, Connecticut on May 24, 1933, the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Carey) DeVivo. She was raised and educated in Norwich and was a graduate of Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut, Class of 1951. She went on to attend Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, earning her RN diploma in 1954. Molly later earned her Bachelors degree and Masters in Psychology from Connecticut College in New London in 1977.
She had been employed as Registered Nurse Psychologist at the Brattleboro Retreat where she retired from in 1996. Previously she was administrative director at the Outpatient Clinic at Lawrence Hospital in New London and previously worked at Manchester (CT) Hospital. Her first position in nursing was at Willimantic Memorial Hospital.
A devout Catholic, Molly was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church where she served as a eucharistic minister. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Ave Maria Circle #128.
Of her leisure time activities, Molly enjoyed gardening, quilting, alpine skiing, travel and time spent with her family.
On February 19, 1955, at Saint Joseph’s Church in Willimantic, she was married to Rowe Wheeler, Jr. who survives.
Besides her faithful and devoted husband of 64 years she leaves her six children, Michael J. Wheeler “Karen” of Mystic, CT, Timothy P. Wheeler “Barbara” of Amesbury, MA, Jeffrey E. Wheeler of Ft Myers, FL, Rowe J. Wheeler “Cindi” of Rome, NY, Millie Brosseau “Rick” of Mansfield, CT and Jay Wheeler “Julianne” of New London, CT; one sister, Mary K. McCarthy of Colorado Springs, CO, 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Patrick and James DeVivo.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Walnut Street in Brattleboro. Burial and committal rites will follow in Saint Michael’s Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to Saint Michael’s School, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
Molly’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and at the Bennington Health & Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care she received during her illness.