NORTH HERO – Marilyn M. Hamel, beloved wife, mother, “grandma,” daughter, sister, aunt and teacher to so many, passed away peacefully at her home in North Hero on August 14 at the age of 69.

Born in Cambridge, Mass. to Janet and Harold Mercer, Marilyn attended Wakefield (MA) High School where she met her best friend and the love of her life, Paul.

She graduated from Skidmore College in 1970, and she and Paul were married later that year.

After a brief stay in Arizona while Paul finished his degree, they settled in Vermont and she embarked on a 30-year teaching career at Essex Middle School, where she impacted the lives of thousands of students and colleagues.

They welcomed their son, Brad, in 1977, and Marilyn became a bonafide “hockey mom” who vigorously supported all of her son’s sports pursuits.

All roads led back to their special home on Lake Champlain, where Marilyn always seemed her happiest and most at peace.

She and Paul enjoyed traveling and seeking out new adventures, especially those that included their energetic and adoring grandsons.

She was taken from us long before her time and leaves behind her devoted husband of 48 years, Paul; her son, Brad, and his wife, Emily, along with cherished grandsons Colby and Cormac; and her mother, Janet Mercer. She was predeceased by her father, Harold. She is also survived by her brother, Jim Mercer, and his wife, Donna, and nieces Jamie Preski and Lauren Mercer.

At her request, no service will be held and her family will hold a celebration in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those seeking to make a donation please do so to a charity of their choice in her honor. Condolences may be made to