Remembering Joseph Foley

RUTLAND - Joseph Michael Foley, age 98, of Rutland, died peacefully with his family at his side at his home on Nov. 18.

He was born at home on Forest Street in Rutland, April 14, 1911, the youngest of four children of Michael Joseph and Mary (Reardon) Foley.

He attended St. Peter's School and was a 1929 graduate of Rutland High School.

Foley attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. During his junior year, his father died; he was called home to take over the family laundry business with his only brother, John. Foley's Laundry is the longest-running family-owned business in the state of Vermont. Foley Services of Rutland City holds the distinction of being the oldest, continuously running, privately-owned commercial laundry in the nation.

He was a lifelong member of Christ the King Church in Rutland, a member of the Holy Name Society, a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was the oldest lifetime member of the Rutland Country Club.

Foley was on the board of directors of the Rutland Hospital during the transition from Nichols Street to Allen Street.

He was the devoted father of Maryanne Billings and her husband Preston of Rutland Town, Michele Buzzell and her husband Robert of Mendon and Kathryn Fagan and her husband Michael of Clifton Park, N.Y.; two sons, Joseph M. Foley of New Windsor, N.Y., and Mark K. Foley and his wife Nancy of Rutland Town; 10 grandchildren, Mark Foley Jr., Megan Foley, Joseph, Patricia and Katie Fagan, Brian and Jessie Billings, Breanna and Allison Buzzell and Brendan Foley; four great-grandchildren, Jack, Abagail and John Foley and Kylie Fagan; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Smith) Foley, who died April 19, 1991; by his brother, John, and two sisters, Mary Foley Hall and Catherine Foley Harrison.

Funeral services were held last week at Christ the King Church in Rutland. Officiating was Rev. Justin Baker, pastor. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Foley Cancer Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland 05701.

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