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EAST HARDWICK – Mary Anne Gusha, 77, of East Hardwick, died peacefully, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at UVM Medical Center in Burlington with her loving family at her side.

She was born August 1, 1943, in Newmarket, N.H., the daughter of the late Wilbur F. and Matie (Ellsworth) Gusha. She attended Thetford Academy.

On August 14, 1961, she married Francis Sydney Gusha Jr. in Barre. Together they raised five children.

Mary was employed at several local restaurants including Mer-Lus, Village Restaurant, E. Gauthier’s Snack Bar, and the House of Pizza, all in Hardwick. She also worked for Ames Department Store in their snack bar and Price Chopper, both in Morrisville. She retired in 2002.

She was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Hyde Park. She enjoyed Facebook, word puzzles, cooking, playing cards and putting puzzles together. Mary loved the time that she spent with her family and listening to country music, especially Rick and the Ramblers and Elvis Presley. She will be missed by her dear friends Pauline Parkhurst, Bertha Blair and all who knew her.

Survivors include four children: Debbie Cook and her husband, Gregory (“Pete”) of East Hardwick; John A. Gusha and wife, Angie of Lakeland, Fla.; Charles “Chuck” Gusha and Marilyn Davison of Hardwick; and Florence Colbeth of Burlington; a daughter-in-law, Candy Gusha of Plymouth, N.H.; two brothers, Chuck Gusha and wife, Terri of Virginia; Peter Gusha and companion Cathy of Springfield; two sisters: Stella George of White River Junction, and Clara Savery of South Strafford; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; a sister-in-law, and her husband, Janet Morris and Kenneth of East Barre; a brother-in-law and his wife, Frank Gusha and Gladys of Essex; and a sister-in-law, Cathy Gusha of Plainfield, N.H.; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was predeceased by a son, Francis Wilbur Gusha in the fall of 2020; a brother, Wilbur Gusha and a sister, Grace Smith.

Graveside services will be held in late spring at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street Hardwick is assisting family with arrangements.

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