Obituaries July 29, 2015

obit AldrichMarion Annie Aldrich

Marion Annie Aldrich, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2015, having had a long, happy life.

She was born on September 10, 1923, to Annie and Lyle “Mitch” Fox. She grew up in Brownington with her half-brothers Ted, Albert, and Archie Bellway.

She married Roderic Aldrich on March 29, 1939, and soon started a family. She was a wonderful mother to sons John, Michael, and Stephen, and her only daughter, Gail.

Ms. Aldrich worked hard for many years at American Maple and Selbar Weaving, both in Newport. For several years, she also was the Brownington school cook and owned and operated her own school bus.

She was dearly loved by many friends and neighbors, and was immensely loved by her family. Her dearest of friends were family such as her cousin Marjorie Blake and sisters-in-law Avis Joslyn, and Eileen Provost. She set a wonderful example as a wife who showed deep respect and devoted support to her husband of 58 years. Her ability to care for her family with beautiful, delicious meals was always greeted with excitement, and the way she would offer helpful advice and encouragement was trustworthy.

Missing her greatly will be her daughter-in-law Neta Aldrich of East Charleston; her sons: Michael Aldrich, and his wife, Claire, of Isle Lamotte, and Stephen Aldrich and his wife, Linda, of Brownington; her daughter Gail and her husband, Timothy McKenna, of Jericho; and nearly 50 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband and her son John.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral. The burial will be held shortly after at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans, and will conclude with refreshments at the American Legion Post #23.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mckayMartha Ann Wellman McKay

Martha Wellman McKay died peacefully in her sleep at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne on June 12, 2015.

She was born on September 14, 1921, in a two-room house in Hereford, Texas, to Robert Elliott and Corinne Hopkins Elliott. Dust-bowl conditions prompted her family to move to Dallas, Texas, where her father began working for Ford Motor Company.

When she was nine, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. During World War II, the family lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while her father was a superintendent at the nearby Willow Run bomber plant.

She received a bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Michigan during that time.

She also met First Lieutenant Thomas Jerome Wellman, who she married in August 1945.

Mr. Wellman’s career as a chemical salesman for DuPont meant frequent moves to Delaware, Cleveland, Ohio, Connecticut, California, New York, and California again.

Mrs. McKay was an active member of her church and volunteered in nonprofit organizations wherever she went.

The couple had a strong interest in music, singing in church choirs and attending the opera, symphony and ballet. They were both accomplished cooks and loved to entertain.

In the early 1960s, the family built a small camp on Lake Willoughby that became the family’s anchor throughout their marriage and travels.

After Mr. Wellman died in 1995, Mrs. McKay moved to the wonderful Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne.

There, in 2000, she met and married Dr. R. James McKay, who established the pediatrics department at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, and who predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. McKay was also predeceased by her older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Dell Elliott.

She is survived by her daughter Brynn Raupagh and her husband, Paul; her son Keith Wellman; three grandchildren: Lisa McVety and her husband, David, Elliott Raupagh and his wife, Ariel, and Daniel Raupagh and his wife, Ruth; and three great-grandchildren as well as her McKay stepsons: Robert and his wife, Barbara, David, Daniel and his wife, Nancy, Timothy and his wife, Betsy, and their families, to whom she was equally devoted.

A memorial service will be held at Westmore Community Church on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. Interment will be a private, family-only event.

Donations in her name may be made to the Westmore Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 143, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

obit merrickAddison H. Merrick

Addison Hoyt Merrick, 91, of Craftsbury died on July 21, 2015.

He was completely independent and active physically, intellectually and socially until shortly before his death of complications from injuries in a car accident. He was a teacher and a citizen, a lover of words and wood — a chainsaw-wielding poet and a liberal in the finest sense of the word.

He was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on August 2, 1923, the son of Elliott Tucker Merrick and Margaret Emma (Day) Merrick. The family spent summers in Ogunquit, Maine, where the Hoyt family had two huge mansions. One of these can still be spotted by the large metal H on the roof. The 17-year-old Mr. Merrick served as a chauffeur for one of the wealthy aunts, played tennis, and hiked up Mount Agimenticus. The place is now a resort town, jam-packed with tourists. Then, it was a “quiet little farming and fishing village,” in the words of Mr. Merrick’s brother. The natural world, rocks and beaches were the main features of the place. A walking path at water’s edge called the Marginal Way has a bench in memory of Mr. Merrick’s parents, his sister Margaret, and his niece Tucker.

Mr. Merrick’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and sent him to a boarding school, Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, where he was part of a championship basketball team. He loved tennis, football and basketball as both an athlete and a fan. He was especially a fan of the Boston Celtics and the Denver Broncos.

Mr. Merrick was the youngest of four children. His brother Elliott Tucker Merrick III was 19 years older, the author of Green Mountain Farm and Northern Nurse among other books. Elliott Merrick came to Craftsbury and wrote about his back-to-the-land life during the Great Depression. Addison Merrick visited and fell in love with Craftsbury. His love of the place drove his career path and life after that. He moved back to Vermont in 1968 and built a stone house in Craftsbury where he lived until his death. He loved growing potatoes and corn, working in his woods, and floating on an air mattress in his pond.

He got a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College in 1948, and later a PhD from Harvard University. He was not a humble man, but neither did he put on airs. He dressed like a woodsman and never allowed anyone to address him as Dr. Merrick, preferring to be called Ad or Addison, even by his grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe served in World War II as a radio operator in a B-29 bomber in the South Pacific. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 883rd Bombardment Squadron. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he went back to Montclair and worked for the Montclair Times newspaper. He met Helen Peirce Ellis, and they were married on June 7, 1952.

The couple spent their first year of marriage on a fire tower in Montana, and later traveled west to live in a houseboat in Seattle, Washington.

The Merricks moved to Arlington, Massachusetts, and had two daughters. Mr. Merrick taught English and writing at the Lowell Technological Institute while he worked on his doctoral degree. Ms. Merrick and her brothers inherited a summer home in Tamworth, New Hampshire, that was in the Ellis family for 100 years.

Mr. Merrick played tennis in tournaments with family members of former U.S. President Grover Cleveland. He loved to drag his children, nieces and nephews out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to go kayaking on Great Hill Pond as quietly as possible to try to see the moose.

Mr. Merrick taught English literature at Johnson State College, including science fiction, fantasy, and Russian literature. After his retirement in the mid-1980s, he led a reading group consisting of neighbors and former students. He published poems in the Northern New England Review, the Green Mountain Review, the Chronicle, the Hardwick Gazette and others.

Later in life, he became interested in genealogy and traced his roots to three brothers who came from Wales in 1636. He became fascinated with an ancestor named Llywelyn who fought in the battle of Bosworth in 1485. A sword of Llywelyn’s hangs in a manor in Wales to this day.

Mr. Merrick was a champion of wilderness and donated regularly to nonprofit organizations that helped protect the natural environment. Even in later years, as his income dwindled, he considered himself middle class and gave money to dozens of causes.

Mr. Merrick leaves his daughters: Bethany Margaret Merrick Dunbar and her boyfriend, Jim Bowes, of West Glover, and Ann Elizabeth Merrick Harrington and her husband, Steve, of Burlington; four grandchildren: Tristan Dunbar, Katie Dunbar, Jamie Harrington and Willa Harrington; nephews: Austen Merrick of Harrisonville, Missouri, Bruce Mock of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Bill Ellis of Clifton, New Jersey; and nieces: Jolly Booth of South Bend, Indiana, Sue Merrick Hoover of Port Townsend, Washington, and Susan Ellis Kruckow and her husband, Jim, of Elmira, New York.

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years; his parents; his brother Elliott Tucker Merrick III; his sisters: Josephine Mock and Margaret Halpin; his nieces: Tucker Halpin and Ann Mock; and by his nephew Kim Merrick.

Services will be held on September 6 with the Reverend Alan Parker at the United Church of Craftsbury Common at 2 p.m., with a celebration of his life afterwards at his home. Donations in his memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy at 27 State Street, Suite 4 in Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Moore vetJohn R. Moore

John R. Moore, 83, of Troy, died on July 19, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Reuel Moore and Elizabeth Mullin. On January 21, 1985, Mr. Moore married Mary Lou Peterson.

He served his country as a Marine in the U.S. military, serving in the Korean War, and he was a policeman for the Chicago Police Department. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, North Troy chapter, and he enjoyed studying criminology and politics.

Mr. Moore is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Huseby-Moore, of Troy.

He was predeceased by his brother James Moore.

obit vets flagFuneral services took place at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass will be celebrated on July 25.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Tri Parish, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit PotwinRosalie Lynn Potwin

Rosalie Lynn Potwin, 41, of Newport, died on July 26, 2015.

She was born on February 6, 1974, in Newport, to Donald Aiken and Mary Hoose. On August 30, 2013, she married Kenneth Potwin Sr.

She was a caregiver at ARIS Solutions in White River Junction. She loved to read, play bingo, crochet, fish, and watch soap operas. She also loved to take care of her mother. She loved her husband, Kenny, and enjoyed time with her grandchildren who loved her very much.

She is survived by her children: Dereck Collins and Amanda Collins, both of Newport; along with her two stepsons: Kenny Potwin Jr. and Devon Potwin, both of Island Pond. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Iziah, Ayriel, and Wyatt; by her brother Roger Aiken and his wife, Miranda, of South Carolina; her sister Joyce Jenness and her husband, Don, of Newport; her half sister Shirley Rose of St. Albans; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her twin brothers Ray and Roy Aiken, her brother Rocky, and by her sister Bonnie Sargent.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, at the Coventry Village Cemetery in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the family in care of Pamala LaRock, P.O. Box 538, East Barre, Vermont 05649. A potluck supper will follow the graveside service at her sister Joyce Jenness’ home at 704 Clyde Street in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit SnyderJohn Philip Snyder

John Philip Snyder of Wilmington, Delaware, and Morgan died on July 18, 2015, at the age of 73.

He was born in 1941 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and later moved to New Jersey where he graduated from Metuchen High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Asian studies from Seton Hall University.

In 1959 he joined the Air Force, through which he studied the Chinese language at Yale University and then worked as a translator, stationed in Japan. As an astute businessman and skilled linguist, fluent in both Chinese and Japanese, he began a career in international sales with the Westinghouse Corporation in Japan. He later worked at Sanyo Business Systems, which allowed him additional travel throughout Asia.

After moving to Delaware in 2010, he taught Chinese Conversation at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where he was thrilled to share his interest in, and lifelong passion for, the language and cultures of China and Japan.

Mr. Snyder was a multi-talented individual with diverse interests. From his youth until the recent past, he enjoyed working on construction projects, renovating homes, making furniture, and his most impressive effort, the construction of an expansive bridge across his creek in Morgan. Moreover, he never hesitated to help others with electrical work, plumbing or carpentry.

His other interests included a deep love of music, ranging from bluegrass to classic rock to opera. He also enjoyed collecting antiques and had an extensive collection of Asian and American art. He took great pleasure challenging himself by trying to identify and translate marks on his Chinese and Japanese paintings, scrolls and porcelains. However, his greatest joy in life was fresh water fishing, especially at his home in Morgan, a place he cherished for its beauty, tranquility and long lasting friendships.

He is survived by his mother, Jean Catherine Snyder; his brother Jeffrey Bruce Snyder; his wife of 49 years, Therese Snyder; their three sons and their families: David and his wife, Mary Benson Snyder, Gary and his wife, Jessica Johner Snyder, and Erich and his wife, Lauren Saracene; three granddaughters: Alexandra, Chloe, and Morgan; as well as several beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, John H. Snyder, and his brother Joel David Snyder.

The family has requested that as a condolence, donations be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

 

 

obit SpauldingMarilyn Spaulding

Marilyn Spaulding, 82, of St Johnsbury died on July 18, 2015.

Born in Barton on August 26, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Garold and Margaret (Morrison) Wright and graduated from Orleans High School.

Ms. Spaulding and her husband, Gordon Spaulding, were married in Orleans on December 6, 1958.

She met her husband while working at New England Telephone in St. Johnsbury, where she continued working until the birth of her son. She found great joy in life in her roles as wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In later years she worked for Hovey’s Department Store until its closing, and volunteered with the auxiliary of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) for many years until retiring in 2014. The many people that she met at Hovey’s and in the NVRH Auxiliary were very dear to her. The Spauldings were good members of the North Congregational Church.

She is survived by her grandson Michael Spaulding and Amanda Halle of Warner, New Hampshire; her granddaughter Elise Kent and her husband, William, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren: Kae Spaulding, Evan Kent and Jocelyn Oliver; and two sisters: Arlene Wright of St Johnsbury, and Paula Moloney and her husband, Charles, of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband in November 2014, and by her dear son Todd Spaulding, in February 2015.

Funeral services were held at the Sayles Funeral Home on Saturday, July 25 at 11. The Reverend William Cotte officiated. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the volunteers at NVRH Auxiliary, 1315 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the North Congregational Church at 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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On pulling rabbits out of hats – adventures with balsamic vinegar

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Twenty years ago people were lucky to find balsamic vinegar on the grocery shelf.  Now trendy tasting bars offer dozens of different balsamics.  Customers can taste samples in small cups or on squares of French bread, then choose the size bottle they want.  Even supermarkets now offer an assortment of grades and prices.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Twenty years ago people were lucky to find balsamic vinegar on the grocery shelf. Now trendy tasting bars offer dozens of different balsamics. Customers can taste samples in small cups or on squares of French bread, then choose the size bottle they want. Even supermarkets now offer an assortment of grades and prices. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

“Try this, you won’t believe it,” said my mother, pushing a small bowl of thinly sliced strawberries toward me. She had the look on her face of someone about to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

I plop food on a plate; my mother creates edible art. I eyed the berries skeptically. These were in a footed glass bowl, garnished with a sprig of mint. The fruit looked dark and glossy, but the lighter inner parts were slightly orange, and there was undeniably a brown liquid in the bottom of the bowl. Not a color I usually associate with summer fruit salad, however elegantly presented.

Mom couldn’t hold the secret for long.”

“It’s balsamic vinegar,” she said triumphantly. “It makes the strawberries taste incredible.

This sounded entirely too much like

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Melissa Mount and Steffie head to the Nationals

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In mid-July, Steffie took reserve champion in Open Training Level Dressage at the Arabian Horse Association Regional Horse Show in Springfield, Massachusetts.  She also placed in the top five in the amateur division.   Photo courtesy of Melissa Mount

In mid-July, Steffie took reserve champion in Open Training Level Dressage at the Arabian Horse Association Regional Horse Show in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also placed in the top five in the amateur division. Photo courtesy of Melissa Mount

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by Tena Starr  

NEWPORT — Melissa Mount of Westfield got her first pony when she was three years old. It was a Shetland, a small pony, which is the reason parents tend to buy them for children — despite the fact that they have anything but a cooperative nature.

The romance with horses ends for many kids as they become adolescent, but not for Melissa Mount. Somewhere in her youth, she got hooked on dressage, and now she and her eight-year-old Arabian mare are headed for the national championships in North Carolina, to be held in September.

The pair has qualified, which puts them among a small number of Vermonters who have done well enough at that demanding sport to get to the nationals.

On July 11, Ms. Mount and Steffie (registered name Profit’s Sweet Steps) took reserve champion in…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Merrick dies from injuries related to crash

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Addison Merrick (left) and his longtime friend Seymour Leven were captured together in a video made last year.  Photo by Catherine Dunbar

Addison Merrick (left) and his longtime friend Seymour Leven were captured together in a video made last year. Photo by Catherine Dunbar

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by Joseph Gresser

Addison Merrick of Craftsbury died at the University of Vermont Medical Center on Tuesday, July 21, from the effects of a traffic accident a few days earlier.

According to a press release from State Trooper Steven Fauteux, Mr. Merrick was headed north on Route 14 in Craftsbury around 5:15 p.m. He attempted a left turn onto the Wild Branch Road, but turned into oncoming traffic.

Mr. Merrick’s 2000 Subaru Legacy collided head on with a Honda truck driven by Scott Smith, 57, of Hardwick. His car was totaled, while Mr. Smith’s truck sustained front-end damage.

No injuries to Mr. Smith were reported by Trooper Fauteux, but Mr. Merrick was transported to Copley Hospital in Morrisville, and then to Burlington.

Mr. Merrick was 91 years old, and a well-respected member of the Craftsbury community where he often taught classes on…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Lake Willoughby is deeper than previously thought

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Arthur Brooks at his home on Lake Willoughby.  Mr. Brooks has spent three or four summers measuring the lake and discovered that it’s at least 337 feet deep, although the state map says it’s 308 feet at its deepest point.  Photos by Tena Starr

Arthur Brooks at his home on Lake Willoughby. Mr. Brooks has spent three or four summers measuring the lake and discovered that it’s at least 337 feet deep, although the state map says it’s 308 feet at its deepest point. Photos by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr  

WESTMORE — Lake Willoughby is deep, but until recently just how deep it is has been questionable. State watershed maps say it’s 308 feet at its deepest point.

Arthur Brooks differs. For three or four summers, Mr. Brooks has been traversing Willoughby in his boat taking depth measurements, and has found its deepest point to be 337 feet, making it the deepest lake entirely in Vermont. Lake Champlain is deeper, but part of it is in New York.

Mr. Brooks and his wife, Ann, spend their summers on Lake Willoughby, and he is currently president of the Westmore Association. He’s retired now, but for about 40 years the couple lived…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Aquafest in Newport

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Soldiers Anthony DeGreenia and Justin Roy (left to right) of the Vermont National Guard, had special permission to appear in less than regulation uniform when they competed in the VT105 Challenge race at the 2014 edition of the Aquafest.  As part of the race, they took a selfie at Pick and Shovel in Newport, with an iguana in the background.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Soldiers Anthony DeGreenia and Justin Roy (left to right) of the Vermont National Guard, had special permission to appear in less than regulation uniform when they competed in the VT105 Challenge race at the 2014 edition of the Aquafest. As part of the race, they took a selfie at Pick and Shovel in Newport, with an iguana in the background. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Newport’s Aquafest 2015, sponsored by Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, will take place on Saturday, August 1, in Newport.

Events include the Waterfront Festival commencing at 11 a.m. along the boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog. Vendors, family entertainment, and live entertainment.

Chowderfest will be held at the Gateway Center in Newport from noon to 2 p.m. where locals compete in the chowder competition. Buy a spoon for $5 and dig into a variety of chowders entered to win. The VT 105 Amazing Race Challenge is a fun and exciting race that includes challenges such as eating large amounts of food, counting a large number of items, finding an item/items or people, finding a shop or location, carrying items long distances, assembling a difficult structure, or solving riddles in order to get the next clue and protect your balloon at all costs!

A Plein Air Event (French for “open air”) will be presented by the Wooden Horse Arts Guild and artists from anywhere are invited to “paint outdoors in natural light” in and around Newport during Aquafest.

For more information about Aquafest activities, visit www.northcountry.org or call Lynne Bertrand at (802) 334-7782.

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Obituaries July 22, 2015

obit CorriveauDenise C. Corriveau

Denise C. Corriveau, 62, of Summerdale, Alabama, died on Friday, July 10, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was a native of the Newport area. Ms. Corriveau was a loving wife, a devoted mother and a loyal friend. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, she remained dedicated to her family, friends and to her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, strong-willed woman to the very end.

She is survived by Bruno Corriveau, her husband of 32 years, and by her two wonderful sons, Alex and Brian.

Her family, including in-laws, is quite extensive: Germain and Loretta Deslandes, Richard and Lorraine Brasseur, Roger and Carmen Kerr, Eugene and Irene Delabruere, Maureen McGuire, Norbert and Yvette Deslandes, Richard Deslandes, Roland and Beatrice Deslandes, Richard and Bernice Messier, Lionel and Janice Deslandes, Michael and Sandra Deslandes, Herve Corriveau, Lise Doyon, Yves and Ginette Corriveau, Pierre and Marian Corriveau, Gaetan Corriveau, Louise Corriveau, Claude Corriveau, Clement and Kathy Corriveau, Daniel Corriveau, Darryl Petelinski, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and numerous great friends.

A Catholic service will be held in September, and her ashes will be interred in the St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line. An exact date will be determined as arrangements are made.

 

obit LeachMary L. Leach

Mary L. Leach, 82, of Newport died peacefully on July 10, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 25, 1933, in Montgomery, to Arthur and Helen (Domina) Lefevre.

She was head teller at the Chittenden Bank where she retired after 50 years. She loved her job at the bank and working with people. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing cards, and bingo.

She is survived by her children: Jody Casey of Newport, and Jim Smith and his wife, Christine; her grandchildren: Kristina Nowakowski and her husband, Rich, of Tampa, Florida, Kelli Rhodes and her husband, Dustin, of Brownington, Molly Smith of Newport, and Dylan Casey of Newport; and by her great-grandchild Weston Joseph Nowakowski. She is also survived by her sister Lucille Wing of Derby; her sister-in-law Gertrude Lefevre of Derby; and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Albert Lefevre; and by two grandchildren, Ryan Casey and Elizabeth Smith.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit MartinAdelard P. Martin

Adelard P. Martin, 86, died in Newport on July 14, 2015.

He was born to William Martin and Matilda Roy on May 24, 1929, in East Angus, Quebec.

He worked as a lumberjack, worked on farms milking cows, and enjoyed restoring furniture. He loved to fish, watch the Montreal Canadiens, and enjoyed playing the violin, harmonica, and the guitar.

He is survived by his children: Leonard Martin and his wife, Linda, of West Charleston, Lisa Melton of Milton, Florida, Luc Martin and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, Donald Martin and his wife, Lori, of Derby, and Dan Martin and his fiancée, Marsha, of Derby Line. He is also survived by several grandchildren; his sisters, Jeannette Stebenne and Mary Blanche, both of Sherbrooke, Quebec; and by his brother Leonard.

He was predeceased by his son George; and two brothers.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Edward A. McAllister

Edward A. McAllister, 57, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House of Merrimack, New Hampshire, after a year-long battle with cancer, on July 15, 2015.

He was born on August 10, 1957, to William and Barbara McAllister of Lowell.

He leaves behind his son William McAllister and granddaughter Autumn of Manchester; his mother, Barbara, of Deltona, Florida; four brothers: Mark of Barton, David of Lowell, Greg of Troy, and Keith of Charlestown, New Hampshire; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Lillian, for whom he provided care.

He was predeceased by his father, William, and older sister Carolyn.

A graveside memorial will be held on July 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Donations may be made to the Community Hospice House of Merrimack, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, New Hampshire 03045 in appreciation of the great care provided to him in his final days.

 

obit mckayMartha Ann Wellman McKay

Martha Wellman McKay died peacefully in her sleep at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne on June 12, 2015.

She was born on September 14, 1921, in a two-room house in Hereford, Texas, to Robert Elliott and Corinne Hopkins Elliott. Dust-bowl conditions prompted her family to move to Dallas, Texas, where her father began working for Ford Motor Company.

When she was nine, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. During World War II, the family lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while her father was a superintendent at the nearby Willow Run bomber plant.

She received a bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Michigan during that time.

She also met First Lieutenant Thomas Jerome Wellman, who she married in August 1945.

Mr. Wellman’s career as a chemical salesman for DuPont meant frequent moves to Delaware, Cleveland, Ohio, Connecticut, California, New York, and California again.

Mrs. McKay was an active member of her church and volunteered in nonprofit organizations wherever she went.

The couple had a strong interest in music, singing in church choirs and attending the opera, symphony and ballet. They were both accomplished cooks and loved to entertain.

In the early 1960s, the family built a small camp on Lake Willoughby that became the family’s anchor throughout their marriage and travels.

After Mr. Wellman died in 1995, Mrs. McKay moved to the wonderful Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne.

There, in 2000, she met and married Dr. R. James McKay, who established the pediatrics department at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, and who predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. McKay was also predeceased by her older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Dell Elliott.

She is survived by her daughter Brynn Raupagh and her husband, Paul; her son Keith Wellman; three grandchildren: Lisa McVety and her husband, David, Elliott Raupagh and his wife, Ariel, and Daniel Raupagh and his wife, Ruth; and three great-grandchildren as well as her McKay stepsons: Robert and his wife, Barbara, David, Daniel and his wife, Nancy, Timothy and his wife, Betsy, and their families, to whom she was equally devoted.

A memorial service will be held at Westmore Community Church on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. Interment will be a private, family-only event.

Donations in her name may be made to the Westmore Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 143, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

obit ParmeleeDorothy May (Jenness) Dunn Parmelee

Dorothy May (Jenness) Dunn Parmelee died on June 16, 2015, in Tupper Lake, New York, surrounded by family members.

She was born in Barton on November 12, 1914, to George Harold Jenness and Nellie Elaine Scott Jenness.

She had six brothers: Richard, Harold “Pete,” Ray, Elwin, Kenneth, and Walter; and one sister, Irene, all of whom predeceased her.

She graduated from Barton Academy as Valedictorian of the Class of 1933. She was editor of the school paper in her senior year, played four years of varsity basketball, and was in the school choir and drama club.

She married Lloyd E. Dunn in 1933 and had four sons, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Ms. Parmelee’s two oldest sons, Arnold and Alden, predeceased her but provided several grandchildren. On Arnold’s side are David and his wife, Noreen, Kim, Michael and his wife, Cheryl, Lynn Mahon and her husband, Eugene, and Evelyn Braddock and her spouse, Paige. On Alden’s side are Susan Weinberg and her husband, Joseph, Deborah Ayuso Mateos, and her husband, Jose, and James.

She is survived by two sons, Earl Dunn and his wife, Linda Fisher, of Vienna, Virginia, and Leo Dunn and his wife, Rosalie, of Haynesville, Louisiana. The grandchildren added by Earl are Michael and his wife, Nancy, Arthur and his wife, Misty, Charlton and his wife, Denise, and the late Patrick. On Leo’s side are Pamela, Todd, Dale, Christopher, and Mark and his wife, Ashleigh. She is also survived by two daughters-in-law, Betty Dunn and Patricia Dunn.

She worked for the U.S. Bobbin & Shuttle Company in Sutton, which moved the family in 1949 to Tupper Lake, where she continued hand-turning bobbins.

After the plant closed she worked for three years at the Oval Wood Dish in Tupper Lake until she was hired by the Draper Corporation to continue making bobbin blanks. At Draper, she worked ten years in the mill and ten years in the office as a secretary until she retired in 1976.

In 1962, she spent six months in Reno, Nevada, working at a casino “salt mine” counting money and taking an accounting course. While there, she received a divorce from Mr. Dunn then returned to Tupper Lake to continue to work and take business courses.

In March 16, 1987, she and Samuel Ross Parmelee were married at his home in Tupper Lake. Through this, Ms. Parmelee gained three stepchildren: William Parmelee and his wife, Lois, of New York, Robert Parmelee and his wife, Joan, of Brazil, and Debra Johnson and her husband, Ken, of Oswego, New York, as well as the late Linda.

Mr. and Ms. Parmelee then traveled to visit their children to share the good news. This was just the beginning of the many and vast travels of the Parmelees.

She was on the Tupper Lake Volunteer Emergency Squad for 17 years and was qualified to teach CPR and Advanced First Aid. She was also qualified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician 1 and 2, and could give IVs in the field and do endotracheal intubation. The highlight of her career on the squad was delivering a baby on the way to the Saranac Lake Hospital, a first for the Tupper Lake Squad. She was also secretary-treasurer and memorial chairman for a number of years, retiring in 1988.

She was always interested in sports, and bowled, golfed, fished, hunted and snowmobiled a great deal. She fished locally, mostly for native brook trout. She fished for Atlantic salmon in the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, and fished for salmon in Alaska and Oregon. She bowled for a number of years and held offices at the opening of the present bowling alley in Tupper Lake. She bowled against one of the professionals, Marty Pirano, beating him with a score of 194. Ms. Parmelee was an avid sportswoman throughout her life.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton, with the Reverend Richard Fisher officiating.

Contributions to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad, 49 High Street, Tupper Lake, New York 12986 would be appropriate.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit RaymondRoland E. Raymond

Roland E. Raymond, 90, Derby died on July 15, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on July 15, 1925, in East Hampton, Massachusetts, to Henry and Rosanna (Fugere) Raymond.

On April 1, 1945, he married Estelle Schwartz, who predeceased him in 2002.

He entered the United States Navy, where he was a veteran in World War II. He was a former member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155, the American Legion Post #21, and past president of the chamber of commerce.

He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed traveling with his wife, and he also enjoyed his cat Shadow, who was a great companion. He was the last of the group that enjoyed weekly trips for lunch all over northern Vermont. He absolutely loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and delighted in their visits.

obit vets flagHe was a member of the Memphremagog Yacht Club along with his wife, who was at one time the commodore. At one time, he was the manager for The Landing restaurant in Newport.

He is survived by his children: Teresa LaPorte and her husband, David, of Newport, Vanessa Raymond and her fiancé, David Palmer, of New York; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and by his sister Eleanor Taylor of Southington, Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his son Michael; his daughter Melissa; and by his sister Theresa Raymond.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Honor Flight of New England, in care of Teresa LaPorte, 2103 Alderbrook Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit RichardsonJohn R. Richardson

John R. Richardson died peacefully at his home in South Albany surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

He was born on September 28, 1954, to Francis and Pearl (St. Louis) Richardson in South Albany. He was the youngest of four children.

On August 18, 1977, he married Nancy Field of Craftsbury, and they started their married life next to his childhood home in South Albany. In 1983 they welcomed their son, Sterling, and five years later their daughter, Sara.

Growing up, Mr. Richardson worked on the neighboring farm for Marvin and Georgette Rowell, and after high school worked on the Houston Farm in Craftsbury.

Over the years, he raised calves of his own, milking his first cow in the garage at their home. He built a barn, and when his herd reached ten milking cows he farmed full-time for himself.

He made further additions onto the original barn until it reached the current capacity of 40 milking cows. Over the years a sugarbush was added as well. Much to his surprise and delight, both of his children are farming today — Sterling on the home farm where he took over for his father in 2011, and Sara with her husband in Hardwick.

Mr. Richardson enjoyed the farm, making good hay and “fancy” syrup, riding snow machines, hunting whitetail deer, watching his kids’ ball games home and away in high school and college, cookouts with his family and friends, riding his motorcycle, and later his trike. The joy of his life over the last couple of years was his first grandchild, Allie.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy; his children: Sterling Richardson and his wife, Kelly, of South Albany, and Sara Ackermann and her husband, Jimmy, of Hardwick; and by his granddaughter Allie Rae Ackermann and her soon-to-be born sister, Andee Rose Ackermann, of Hardwick. He is also survived by his mother, Pearl Urie, of West Glover; his sister Harriet Sweeney and her husband, Dale, of Albany; his brothers: Jim Richardson and his wife, Sue, of Albany, and George Richardson and his wife, Nadine, of Monroe, Connecticut; as well as many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Francis; and his stepfather, John Urie, of West Glover.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Jacqueline (Lemieux) St-Pierre

Jacqueline St-Pierre died peacefully on June 30, 2015, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She was born in Coaticook, Canada, on July 3, 1935. She was a longtime summer resident of Island Pond, where she enjoyed gardening.

For the last few years, she lived in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.

She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Renald St-Pierre; her daughters: Lynne and her husband, David Coffey Sr., of Barre, and Nathalie and her friend, Mark Oliver, of Stoney Creek; her granddaughters: Diane and Nicole Supernault of Barre; her step-granddaughter Katrina and her friend, Jeremy Sneed, of Waterbury; her step-grandson David Jr. of Morrisville; two step-great-grandchildren: Kara and Maddux; a brother, Raymond Lemieux and his spouse, Anita; a brother-in-law, Robert McAlpine; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Theodoric Lemieux and Maria-Anna (Letourneau) Lemiuex; and by one sister, Huguette (Lemieux) McAlpine.

A celebration of her life took place in Coaticook on July 13. Interment was in St. Edmond Cemetery in Coaticook.

Donations in her name may be made to the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Vermont chapter of the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

 

obit whitakerCharlotte Marie Whitaker

Charlotte Marie Whitaker died peacefully on the evening of July 12, 2015, with family at her side.

She was born on November 27, 1938, in South Strafford, to Julius and Estella (LaBelle) Roberts.

On March 15, 1957, she married Gerald Whitaker and they had six children.

For most of her life she was an extremely hard-working farmer but after her husband died she became a hard-working child advocate with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a paraprofessional at North Stratford school, and she was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in North Stratford, New Hampshire.

She enjoyed gardening, attending church activities, making arts and crafts, spending time with loved ones, and chocolate.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Chilafoe of Whitefield, New Hampshire, Gerald “Gerry” Whitaker Jr. and his wife, Kathryn, of Coventry, Timothy Whitaker and his wife, Jennifer, of Brunswick, Amy Whitaker of Concord, New Hampshire, and Deborah Hudman and her husband, Stephen, of Kirksville, Missouri; her grandchildren: John and Crystal Chilafoe, Jesse Whitaker, Amanda Dobler and her husband, Adam, Scott Whitaker and his wife, Rachel, Brian Whitaker and his wife, Monique, and Elisabeth Whitaker; by nine great-grandchildren; her brother Harold Roberts and his wife, Roberta, of Goshen, New Hampshire; her daughter-in-law Lisa Atherton-Whitaker of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sandy; her husband, Gerald; her brothers: John, Jason, and Michael; and by her sister Maureen Lalonde.

A graveside service was held on July 16 in Hyde Park. A Mass will be held at a later date at the Sacred Heart Church in North Stratford.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Sacred Heart Church, 58 Main Street, North Stratford, New Hampshire 03590.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Norrie pleads guilty to O’Hagan murder

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Michael Norrie is brought into court.  He pled guilty to murdering Mary Pat O’Hagan.  Photo by Todd Wellington courtesy of the Caledonian-Record

Michael Norrie is brought into court. He pled guilty to murdering Mary Pat O’Hagan. Photo by Todd Wellington courtesy of the Caledonian-Record

copyright the Chronicle July 22, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

ST. JOHNSBURY — The man who pulled the trigger admitted his role in the murder of Mary Pat O’Hagan Tuesday. Michael Norrie, 24, of Sheffield stood in the courtroom of the Criminal Division of Caledonia County Superior Court and pled guilty to burglary, kidnapping, and first degree murder in Mrs. O’Hagan’s death in 2010.

His plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors that, if accepted by Judge Robert Bent, will see Mr. Norrie spend 23 years of a 23-year-to-50-year sentence in prison. When released he will be on indefinite probation unless released by the court, the agreement states.

First degree murder carries a penalty of up to…

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Local history buffs present work

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Pictured from left, Joan Alexander of the Glover Historical Society, writer Dolores E. Chamberlain, and Earl Randall of the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association were the presenters on Monday night at a meeting on local history at the Barton library.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Pictured from left, Joan Alexander of the Glover Historical Society, writer Dolores E. Chamberlain, and Earl Randall of the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association were the presenters on Monday night at a meeting on local history at the Barton library. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle July 22, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

BARTON — The area here changed drastically in the last century. Where Barton was a hub of activity, now the industry is gone and once-busy factory buildings are crumbling.

This was part of the focus of Earl Randall’s presentation on Barton’s history, which he gave at the library here on Monday. About ten people came to the meeting, to hear from different presenters about the stories, people, and general history of the area.

Mr. Randall, of the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association, Joan Alexander of the Glover Historical Society, and writer Dolores E. Chamberlain presented the work they’ve done on the area to keep memories alive.

Mr. Randall brought old pictures of Barton and used a pointer to bring attention to different businesses that were once here, what happened to them, and what replaced them.

What made Barton the economic and social center of Orleans County were…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Arts guild plans paint out in Newport

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Pictured here with the dolls that she makes is Camilla Mead, president of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild.  The guild aims to build the local community through the arts and provide a space for artists to come together.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Pictured here with the dolls that she makes is Camilla Mead, president of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild. The guild aims to build the local community through the arts and provide a space for artists to come together. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle July 22, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NORTH TROY — The Wooden Horse Arts Guild, or WHAG, is adding a new event to the Aquafest in Newport on August 1: a plein air paint out. Artists can bring their materials and paint outdoors during the festival.

The live painting initiative is one of many activities WHAG organizes in order to benefit both the community and local artists.

Artists have few options if they want to display their work and sell it. A common one is having a gallery display the art in exchange for a commission on a sale, sometimes as much as 50 percent of the sale price.

WHAG gives artists and crafters an alternative. The nonprofit guild doesn’t require a commission, and its permanent gallery is located online.

For $50 a year, artists get their own webpage on the WHAG website, complete with…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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