SWANTON – Normand Eli Tarte, 91 of Swanton passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on September 29, 2021. Normand was born at home on the Oakland Station Road in Georgia, VT, on November 21, 1929, to Sylvio and Lillian (Demers) Tarte.
Normand met Martha Rogers at a barn dance and knew soon after his first date that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. They married on August 11, 1951 and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
By nature, Normand was very passionate about his faith, family, farming, and many cherished friendships. He was a lifelong member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Albans and a 4th-degree Honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Order 297.
He was very proud of his family and their accomplishments, he also treasured the time he spent with them.
Normand and Martha started their life in Georgia on Conger Road where they owned and managed a dairy farm. They later expanded the dairy operation to a farm on the Highgate Road in Swanton. They soon after settled at their present location on the Highgate Road farm where they raised five children and received numerous awards for the quality of their milk production.
Normand leaves his wife Martha and their five children and spouses: Mary Anne Langlois of Swanton, VT; Conrad Tarte of Waterbury, CT; Michael Tarte and his wife Diane of Paso Robles, CA; David Tarte and his wife Karen of San Diego, CA, and Randall Tarte and his wife Reina of the Philippines. He is grandfather to seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Jeannine Pouliot of South Hadley, MA; Roger Tarte and his wife Geraldine of Fresno, CA; Claire Tarte of Phoenix, AZ; sisters-in-law Laurette Rogers, Margaret Bechard; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Normand is predeceased by his newborn son Baby Joseph Tarte, his parents, his brothers Fernand Tarte and Maurice Tarte, his in-laws Maynard Rogers Sr. and Jennie (Martell) Rogers; his brothers-in-law Richard Pouliot, Grant Yeo, Maynard Rogers Jr., and Germain Bechard.
Family and friends are invited to Normand’s Life Celebration events to include a visitation on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Goss Life Celebration Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Lake Street, St. Albans, VT. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Albans. At the family’s request, please wear a mask. A livestream of Normand’s Mass may be viewed through the Goss Life Celebration Home Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Normand’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or a charity of your choice.
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