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“So sorry to hear of the passing of Elsa. Knew her for many years thru Radiology.She was a great lady. ”
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Elsa Marie Polworth 80, after a long illness, died peacefully on May 7, 2018 at her residence in Burlington, VT. Born in Burlington, Vermont on January 14, 1938 she was the daughter of Robert and Sophronia (Dubie) Polworth. Elsa attended Cathedral High School where she participated in basketball, played the trombone in the high school band as well as the Burlington City Band, both participated in and coached for Stunt Night. She graduated from Cathedral High School with honors and went on to graduate from Mary Fletcher School of Radiology. She began her professional career at St. Albans Hospital. Worked for Dr. Simpson in Burlington followed by St. Peter Hospital in Albany, NY. Most of her professional career was spent in Boston where she participated in groundbreaking work in mammography. Worked at these hospitals: Brigham & Women’s, Faulker, New England Baptist, Quincy Medical Center. Elsa ended her career back in St. Albans followed by a stint as an instructor in the radiology program of Champlain College at Fletcher Allen Hospital. Elsa’s Catholic faith was very important to her throughout her life. She was both a lector at St. John Vianney Church as well as a volunteer on the funeral committee. In her retirement, Elsa volunteered as a tutor at So. Burlington Elementary School, was a mentor to several elementary students at Chamberlin Elementary school in So. Burlington, worked with So. Burlington Library to delivery books to shut-ins, delivered Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed her Thursday night bridge group, the book clubs she belonged to, her friends at the YMCA, as well as her many friends at Allenwood. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Sr. Mary Polworth, S.S.J and Sr. Jean Polworth, C.S., and by her brothers, James and John Polworth. Elsa leaves behind her special god-daughter, Anne Guyette Scarpa, and her dear friend, Sr. Martha St. Onge. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Elsa was a friend to many people throughout her life. She was repaid by the kindness of many friends during her time of illness with visits, phone calls and cards for which she was very grateful. Special thanks to Dr. Dennis Plante and to her two dedicated friends, Josephine Curry and Nancy Crowley, whose loving kindness made it possible for Elsa to remain in her home, to all the staff at Allenwood, the VNA and Hospice people. There will be no Calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Hinesburg Rd in South Burlington. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery on May 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA of Chittenden County.

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