American Veteran 02

Philip L. Villeneuve

August 12, 1920 ~ February 4, 2020 (age 99)


Philip Louis Villeneuve, 99, of St. Johnsbury, VT passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the Pines Rehabilitation Center in Lyndonville, VT.

Phil was born in Coventry, VT on August 12, 1920, to Phillippe and Cecile (Anger) Villeneuve.  He was raised in the local area. Phil served in the Navy in WWII as a minesweeper in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.  On August 30, 1941, he married Mary Elizabeth Collins and shared 57 years with her until her death in 1998. Phil worked as a mechanic for Goss’s, the St. Johnsbury Garage, and the Town of St. Johnsbury, from which he retired in 1985.  He was a member of VFW Post 793.

Survivors include three sons: Paul of Waterford, VT, Robert and wife, Kathy, of St. Johnsbury, and Richard of Waterford, VT; three daughters: Joan Soulia and husband, Donald, of Rochester, NY, Rosemary Crane and husband, Jack, of Lunenburg, VT, and Rita Libby and husband, Keith, of McIndoe Falls, VT; daughter-in-law: Jeannette Villeneuve of West Burke, VT;12 grandchildren: Michael, Danny, and Matthew Villeneuve, Randy Soulia, Thomas and Timothy Villeneuve, Amy Hill, Melissa Davis, Jennifer Thomas, and Krystine, Gage, and Gina Villeneuve; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife: Mary E. Villeneuve; son: John; brothers: Robert, Laurent, Cyril, and William; and sisters: Mary Vellener, Jeanne McKenzie, Rose Cady, and Ferne Perron.

Friends may call on the family Sunday, February 9, 2020, 6-8PM, at Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer Street in St. Johnsbury, VT

A Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Fr. Karl Hahr will be celebrated on Monday, February 10, 2020, 11AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Johnsbury, VT.  Burial will follow immediately at Mt. Calvary Cemetery on St. John Street in St. Johnsbury, VT. All are invited to a reception at St. John’s.

Memorial donations may be made in Phil’s name to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

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February 9, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sayles Funeral Home
525 Summer Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Mass of Christian Burial
February 10, 2020

11:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (St. Johnsbury)

February 10, 2020

12:30 PM
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Johns Street, St. Johnsbury, VT


Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice
161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury VT 05819
Tel: 1-802-748-9405

marked for 'Hospice'

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