Milestones, Obituaries


JOHNSON – Ernestine May Shatney, 90, of Johnson passed away peacefully on Friday October 22, 2021 at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. 

She was born January 30, 1931, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of the late Seymour and Emily (Morse) Hutchinson. She attended Danville Public Schools and St. Johnsbury Academy.

On February 19, 1947, she married the love of her life, Ale William Shatney in West Danville. Together they raised five daughters. They lived in Walden, Cabot, Hardwick and Wolcott Following the death of her husband, William “Ole Ted” in 2004, Ernestine made her home with her daughter, Florence and husband Howard Allen of Wolcott for 10 years and with her daughter, Barbara HIll of Johnson for the last four years. 

Ernestine first was employed at the Greensboro Nursing Home as a cook and dietician. For more than 20 years, she cared for special needs state children in her home.

She loved family gatherings and cooking large meals for all to enjoy. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. The highlight of her life was spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, arranging flowers, vegetable and flower gardening. She will be remembered as a very shy lady who loved to stay at home and care for her family.

Survivors include five daughters, Florence Allen and her husband, Howard of Wolcott, RoseMary Hoadley and her husband, Lewis of Morrisville, Beverly Chase and her husband, Donald of Bethel Me., Barbara Hill of Johnson, and Alice Boudreau and her husband, Lambert of Hyde Park; a step-son, John W. Sweeney of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Bill Hutchinson of Danville; many grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a niece. 

She was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Boudreau.

To honor her request, all gatherings will be private at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.

The family of Ernestine Shatney would like to extend many thanks to the staff at Copley Hospital for the care and kindness shown to our mother during her last days.Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick. Online condolences are welcomed at

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