Genie Verge, 70, died Feb. 25


March 02, 2011
Genie Verge, 70

Genie Verge of Littleton and Rye died peacefully Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 with her life-partner at her bedside. She was born Oct. 11, 1940 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Genie was the eldest of seven children born to Helen (Lavature) and Napoleon Verge.

A graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, Genie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New England College and a Masters Degree and Certificate of Advance Studies in Psychotherapy and Counseling from the University of Maine (Orono). She had completed all of her course work for her Ph.D. Her professional life was one of challenge and entrepreneurial accomplishment and included the following: assignment as personal assistant to New Hampshire Senator Norris Cotton; owner/operator of a health and fitness spa and an instructor of yoga. She was a licensed insurance underwriter and developed pension plans in a four state area. She started and operated a professional placement agency for engineers and technical writers. She later opened her own design studio.

Genie was proud of her Native American heritage and embraced her Missiquoi Abenaki origins. As a psychotherapist, perhaps her most rewarding efforts were those of counseling and of directing the outreach to off-reservation Native Americans residing in Central and Coastal Maine for the Central Maine Office of Indian Affairs. She was a sought after private counselor.

Genie's eye for color and design were vital to her success as an interior designer and a major contributor to the development and success of T.J. Burke Vintage Oriental Rug Co, of Bangor, Maine, Littleton and Rye. She was a fine artist, expressing her talents in painting in oils and watercolors. Her interest in fine arts led her to becoming involved in the presentation of theater and classical music.

She performed on stage and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Weathervane Theater and the North Country Chamber Players. Genie was currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Littleton Studio School.

She is survived by her life-partner of twenty-two-and-a-half years, Thomas J. Burke of Littleton; her two children, son Michael Verge, his wife Tracey and their two children, McKenna and Hunter Napoleon of St. Johnsbury, Vt., her daughter Michelle Verge and Matt Graham of Newark Vt.. and four children, Joshua, Crystal, Craig and Noah: her two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Zandon. She is also survived by her six siblings Edward, David, Jacqueline, Donna, Paula and Poley.

A celebration of Genie's life will be observed in St Johnsbury with a gathering of family and friends at the Sayles Funeral Home, Summer Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt., Thursday evening, March 3 from 4-6 p.m..

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Littleton on Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church, High Street, Littleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to either The Weathervane Theatre, P.O. Box 127 Whitefield, N.H. 03598 or the Studio School, 21 Mill St., Littleton, N.H., 03561

Memories and condolence messages may be shared privately with Thomas and family at www.saylesfh.com. Sayles Funeral Home is located at 525 Summer St. in St. Johnsbury.

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