Obituaries July 9, 2014

obit BullisBeverly Bullis

Beverly Bullis, 78, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at home in Derby Line, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 11, 1935, in Orleans, the daughter of Roy and Violet Glodgett. She joined two brothers, Royce and Richard Glodgett.

She attended school in Brownington and Orleans.

On November 26, 1953, she married John “Jack” Bullis. They made their home in Derby Line, where they raised their four children.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, and family.

She worked at Newport Plastics, Slalom Skiwear and Bogner of America, before retiring in 1994.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John “Jack” Bullis of Derby Line; their children: Theresa and Edward Fortin, David and Lori Bullis, Debra and Richard Turner, and Thomas and Colleen Bullis; and by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the local cancer fund.

Graveside services will be at the Derby Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road, on Friday, July 11, at 1 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GouletTheresa Lamothe Goulet

Theresa Lamothe Goulet, 85, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 2, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 29, 1929, in Newport, daughter of Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, as Salutatorian, in the Class of 1947.

She was a special and talented musician. Sacred Heart would not have achieved its prized musical standard had it not been for the hard work of Theresa and Sister Edmund, music director at Sacred Heart.

Besides taking time for numerous extra-curricular activities, Ms. Goulet was the church organist for the high school choir, conductor of the Sacred Heart Band and Orchestra, and a member of the Sacred Heart Girls Glee Club and Catholic Youth Club. Exceptionally talented in music, she devoted many hours of her time to mastering the principles of conducting bands and orchestras.

After graduation, she was accepted to The Juilliard School in New York City, but was not able to attend. She worked at the Orleans Trust Bank in Newport.

On July 4, 1953, she married the love of her life, Raymond H. Goulet of Island Pond.

Ms. Goulet worked at the Island Pond National Bank and Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 20 years.

She played the church organ at Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond for over 50 years and also helped to conduct the choir. Additionally, she played in the Dean King Orchestra for several years.

She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Brighton Post #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She enjoyed camping in Maine and snowmobiling.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Goulet of Island Pond; her sister Anita Salmon of Augusta, Maine; her three sons: Michael and his partner, Michael, of Richford, Mark and his partner, Marie, of Canton, Massachusetts, and David and his wife, Diane, of Milton; her daughter-in-law Paula Goulet of Milford, Massachusetts; her four grandchildren: Laura, Michelle, David and Matthew; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers: Roland, Rudy, Maurice “Pete,” and Roger “Pop” Lamothe.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Island Pond.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit nilesBetty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles

Betty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles died on July 1, 2014, from a long battle with kidney disease.

She lived in Troy and Westfield before retiring to Pinellas Park, Florida.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on September 2, 1930. Her parents were Dawson E. Davis and Hazel A. (Jesmer) Davis. She attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She worked a number of years in the office of Ethan Allen in Orleans, and in the Vermont State Unemployment Office in Newport.

She married Rollo P. Lowe on May 8, 1948. They had two daughters, Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler.

She married Harry O. Niles Jr. on December 29, 1967. They lived in Troy for many years before moving to Westfield, and then retiring to Pinellas Park.

She enjoyed the horses they kept, gardening, playing cards, camping in their RV, and her cat, Coco.

She is survived by her husband Harry O. Niles Jr. of Seminole, Florida; her daughters: Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and her husband, Peter Sr., of Live Oak, Florida, and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler and her husband, Barry, of Largo, Florida; her stepchildren: Harry O. Niles III and his wife, Claire, of Brush Prairie, Washington, Frank Niles and his wife, Delores, of Newport Center, Stuart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts, and Patricia Anne Graves and her husband, Ronald Jr., of Waitsfield; her five grandchildren: Peter J. Kwiatkowski Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Lafayette, Colorado, Elke (Kwiatkowski) Day and her husband, John, of Live Oak, Sheryl (Nadler) Sheppard and her husband, Marc, of Clearwater, Florida, David Nadler of Largo, and Allison (Nadler) Lewis and her husband, Kevin, of Orlando, Florida; and by her 11 great-grandchildren: Cullen and Hallie Kwiatkowski, Jake, Kate, Nate and Grace Day, Logan and Aidan Sheppard, Benjamin and Gavyn Nadler and Isabella Lewis.

There will not be any public services. Her ashes will be buried in Vermont, as per her wishes. Her beloved cat, Coco, will reside with her daughter in Largo. He will have a loving home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Mary Margaret Pechalonis

Mary Pechalonis of Lyndonville died on Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014, at the age of 83.

She was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, on August 6, 1930, daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Boguslawski) Retkowski.

The Pechalonis family resided on Daniels Pond in Glover for over 30 years before moving to Lyndonville in 2004.

Mrs. Pechalonis worked as a nurse’s aide at both the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center and at The Pines.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, gardening, knitting, fishing, and cruising in her and her husband’s antique vehicles.

She is survived by her husband Edward of Lyndonville; three daughters: Ellen Pechalonis and her husband, Kenneth Hurst, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Frances Ullmann and her husband, Joseph, of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, and Debra Towle and her husband, Dennis, of North Concord, and their son Ryan Towle and his wife, Jasmine, and their daughter Aylah Mae, of Montpelier; her two sisters: Jennie Kalinoski and her husband, Raymond, of Terryville, Connecticut, and Bernice Massart of Providence, Rhode Island; and by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held in Lyndonville on July 5. Burial followed at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

Service

Frederick E. Doucette Sr.

A graveside service for Frederick E. Doucette Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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Pickup field hockey: League is roaring success for Newport Rec Department

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Denise Robert (right) tries to defend against Brittany Royer's charge during pickup field hockey play at Prouty Beach in Newport on Monday evening.  Adrianna Fournier (background) moves in to support Ms. Robert.  The pickup field hockey league, organized by Jessica Booth of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, plays every Monday night at 5:30 p.m.  Photos by Richard Creaser

Denise Robert (right) tries to defend against Brittany Royer’s charge during pickup field hockey play at Prouty Beach in Newport on Monday evening. Adrianna Fournier (background) moves in to support Ms. Robert. The pickup field hockey league, organized by Jessica Booth of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, plays every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014

by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — Field hockey has long been a passion for Jessica Booth of Irasburg. Hoping to find some women who were equally enamored of the sport, Ms. Booth, as a member of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, decided to put out feelers via the rec department’s Facebook page to gauge interest in forming an adult league.

“I was expecting maybe five or six women,” Ms. Booth said of the inaugural field hockey game on June 23. “There were more than 24 women who came out. I was thrilled at the response.”

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Guardians ad litem can make a big difference

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Kathy White of Barton has been a guardian ad litem for nearly eight years and says it’s a rewarding experience.  Photo by Tena Starr

Kathy White of Barton has been a guardian ad litem for nearly eight years and says it’s a rewarding experience. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014

by Tena Starr

BARTON — Nearly eight years ago, Kathy White of Barton decided she’d like to “pay it forward,” as she put it. “I wanted to find something I could do that had meaning,” she said in a recent interview.

That desire led her to become a guardian ad litem, or a GAL, a person who volunteers his or her time to represent the interests of “children in need of care or supervision” (CHINS).

That could involve anything from a nasty divorce to a situation where a family can’t properly care for a child anymore. The Guardian Ad Litem Program’s mission statements says its goal is to make sure that children and their families receive “appropriate services in a timely manner; that case plans and court decisions are based on the child’s best interests; and every child has a safe, stable and permanent home within a reasonable period of time.”

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Lyme disease victims seek more options

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This is a tick that Graci Rudolph found on her skin recently.  She saved it to be tested for Lyme disease.  She was bitten by a tick three years ago and got Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

This is a tick that Graci Rudolph found on her skin recently. She saved it to be tested for Lyme disease. She was bitten by a tick three years ago and got Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

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by Bethany M. Dunbar

HOLLAND — Graci Rudolph was the director of an active nonprofit organization in New York, working long days. It was work she thrived on and a cause she believed in. She did public speaking and fund-raising, including television appearances.

Then one day — three years ago — she got bitten by a little insect, a tick, and got Lyme disease. Soon she could not sleep, her body became wracked with the most intense pain she has ever felt, she lost her physical balance and her ability to think clearly, or sometimes even get out of bed.

She wanted to die and says she can understand some Lyme disease patients’ impulse to commit suicide.

Ms. Rudolph, who now lives in Holland, is one of a sharply increasing number of people in Vermont who have contracted Lyme disease. According to the Vermont Department of Health, there were 37 cases in Vermont in 2002, and 623 in 2011. Most of the cases have been in the southern part of the state, but cases have been reported in every county except for Essex.

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Obituaries July 2, 2014

obit audetMaurice T. Audet

Maurice T. Audet, 89, of Troy died peacefully on June 25, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on March 7, 1925, in Compton, Quebec, to Josephat and Alma (Gilbert) Audet.

In 1947, he married Claire Cote, who predeceased him on May 19, 2010.

He worked at the Blair Veneer Mill in North Troy, and at Jay Peak for eight years. He farmed in Westfield for ten years, and he retired from Columbia Forest Products.

He and his wife enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and going on trips with community circle, and they enjoyed gardening and attending senior meal sights in Troy, North Troy, and Westfield.

Their family was the most important part of their lives.

He is survived by his children: Noella Berthiaume and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Roger Audet and his wife, Rita, of Westfield, Diane Roberts and her husband, Andre, of Troy, Carmen Bouchard and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Rejean Audet and his wife, Rebecca, of Newcastle, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: Vicky, Jennifer, Roger Jr., Jean, Robert, Denis, Patrick, Jessica, Johanna, Nicholas, Jonathan “Bobby,” Claire, and Teddy; and by his 17 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Scott F. Bailey

Scott F. Bailey, 51, of Clearwater Beach, Florida, died on June 23, 2014, in the arms of his family, after a long illness.

He was born to William and Donna Bailey in Hanover, Massachusetts. He grew up in Hanover and Duxbury, Massachusetts, before relocating to Shirley, Massachusetts, and graduating from Ayer High School in 1981. He majored in business at Mount Wachusett and Fitchburg State College, and served six years as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond. He lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and later Clearwater Beach, while pursuing a successful career in electronic sales.

As a youth, he excelled at skiing and hockey, representing Duxbury, Massachusetts, in the Bruins’ “Mini One on One,” and later in tennis as the MVP of Ayer High School’s tennis team.

As an adult, he was active and fun-loving. He enjoyed boating and golfing, and he hit a hole-in-one on his forty-first birthday. He was known for his generous heart and warm smile.

He is survived by his loving parents, William Bailey of Morgan and Donna Bailey of Onset, Massachusetts; his stepmother Darlene Bailey of Westford, and stepmother Francine Canton of Morgan; his two sisters and their husbands: Dawn and Bob Black of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Susan and Bruce Sullivan of North Leominster, Massachusetts; his stepbrother Eddy Boisvert; his beloved nieces and nephews: Rory, Lyndsay, Allison, Nick, and Sean; and by his great-nephews: Robbie and Brody.

A service was held on June 27, in Centerville, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.

obit bensonThomas Fitts Benson

Thomas Fitts Benson, 50, of White Mills, Pennsylvania, died at home on June 19, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer.

He was born on September 24, 1963, in Long Branch, New Jersey, son of Cyrus Jr. and Miriam (Fitts) Benson.

He grew up in Morgan, where he enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1981.

Mr. Benson was a carpenter who loved to fish and boat with his family and friends. He was a genuine, intelligent, strong, and loving person. He touched many with his kindness and caring. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandy Jean Stewart; his two daughters: Danielle Toms of White Mills, and Desiree Toms of Scranton, Pennsylvania; his son: Jacob Toms of White Mills; his parents Cyrus Jr. and Miriam Benson of Morgan; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Cyrus III and Jessica Benson of London, England, Robert Fitts and Juli Benson of Albany, New York, and William Fitts and Nancy Benson of Reading Massachusetts; his grandson Damien Carson of White Mills; and by his numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, who meant so much to him.

In honor of his wishes, there will be no services. An honorary, chartered fishing trip will be held for his family and friends at a future date.

Arianna Lynn Brault

Arianna Lynn Brault, beloved infant daughter of Deidreanna Wood-Bethke and Adam Brault, died on June 27, 2014, in Burlington.

She is also survived by her maternal grandmother Christin Lesprence; her step-grandfather Mike of Rutland; her paternal grandmother Lynn Lontine of Newport; and by her paternal grandfather Anthony Brault of Troy.

No services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Pediatric Care, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Arvid M. Deuse

Arvid M. Deuse, 97, of Derby died suddenly on June 18, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 7, 1917, in Chester, Connecticut, to Eldon and Alfreda (Lund) Deuse.

On January 25, 1943, he married Dorothy Julia Brooks, who predeceased him November 9, 2009.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

He was a machinist for M.S. Brooks & Son in Chester.

During his lifetime, he was very interested in antique engines. He loved his dogs and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed sight seeing.

He is survived by his children: Virginia Ziemba and her husband, Richard, of Tennessee, Thomas Deuse and his wife, Marcia, of Ivoryton, Connecticut, and Sally Nedobity and her husband, Frank, of Derby; his grandchildren: Richard Mislick and his companion, Summer Brunelle, Shelly Spurgeon and her husband, Carl, Thomas A. Deuse, Tamara Fahey and her husband, Brian, Frank A. Nedobity, and Paul Nedobity; and by several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Morton Deuse of California.

He was predeceased by his brother Daniel and his sister Roselyn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary A. (Espinola) Duma

Mary A. (Espinola) Duma, 93, of Newport, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts, died peacefully on June 24, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was the wife of the late William Duma.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 12, 1921, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cunha) Espinola. She attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.

She worked as an assembler at Western Electric for over 20 years until her retirement. She had been a member of the Methuen Senior Activity Center, where she helped with their Meals on Wheels program.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons: William J. Duma and his wife, Rose Marie, of Newport, and Joseph Duma and his wife, Cynthia, of Methuen; her four grandchildren: Tara, Eric, Katherine, and Bethany; and by her several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on June 26, in Methuen. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested, in her honor, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

To send online condolences, visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com.

obit ShafeWinston Lee Shafe

Winston Lee Shafe, 61, of Newport died on June 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 9, 1953, to Frederick and Irene (Varnese) Shafe.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1971.

He worked for several area people including Dick Scott on the Bluff Road farm.

He enjoyed watching westerns on television and taking care of his cats. He also enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia.

He is survived by his brothers: Bill Clothier of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Herb Shafe and Reginald Shafe, both of Newport; and by his nephews and niece: Scott, Frederick, and Derek Shafe and Irene Oriani.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Wayne and Lionel Shafe.

Committal services were held on June 27, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Arnold R. Uttin

Arnold R. Uttin, 78, of Barton died on June 26, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on August 25, 1935, in Irasburg, the third child of Artie and Esther (Paye) Uttin.

He moved to Barton in 1940 and received his education at Barton Academy and Graded School. Throughout his lifetime he also took adult education classes along with correspondence courses, selecting subjects he enjoyed.

He was a licensed amateur radio operator, a hobby which enabled him the opportunity to communicate with people around the world as well as with people in space vehicles.

He enjoyed work and adapted well to any task he did.

He is survived by numerous cousins and a wide circle of friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.

It was his wish to be cremated with no services. Interment will be in the family lot in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vergeGayton V. Verge

Gayton V. Verge, 84, died on June 25, 2014, at his home in Morrisville.

He was born on November 29, 1929, in Westfield, son of George and Margaret Verge.

Mr. Verge had worked as a logger and carpenter for many years and also served as a deputy sheriff in Orleans County and as a mounted officer in Canada for 20 years. He was a long-time member of the Morrisville Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, baseball and hockey. He was an avid Yankees fan. He also liked playing dice and cards and playing the scratch-offs.

He is survived by his children: Leo Verge and his wife, Norma, of Brownington, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, of Newport, Roger Goodell and his wife, Christine, of Coventry, Burt Goodell and his companion, Laurie Campbell, of Newport Center, Marilyn Stevenson and her husband, Dave, of Barnet, Gayton Verge Jr. of North Troy, and Susan Robarge and her husband of Magog, Quebec; his brother Marshall Verge of White River Junction; his former wife, Beverly Cleveland, of Newport; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his siblings: Hector Verge, Adelore Verge and Isabelle Sargent.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

White-Fiess Funeral Home of Morrisville is assisting with arrangements.

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In Glover: What you never knew about the toothbrush

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Clare Dolan, the guiding intelligence of the Museum of Everyday Life, stands outside of her young institution alongside a giant toothbrush built by Newark artist Martin McGowan.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Clare Dolan, the guiding intelligence of the Museum of Everyday Life, stands outside of her young institution alongside a giant toothbrush built by Newark artist Martin McGowan. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 25, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

GLOVER — The word “everyday” means usual or common. It might seem, then, that the Museum of Everyday Life would be a humdrum collection of boring objects. The selection of themes covered in the museum’s four-year history — matches, safety pins, pencils, and, now, toothbrushes — might do nothing to change that view.

A visit to the museum, though, quickly upends any such preconception. Curator Clare Dolan has filled an old dairy barn with a collection of exhibits that uses dental hygiene alone as a lens through which to view the world.

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Two Barton men charged for child porn

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William Allen reacts to an argument in favor of $250,000 bail from Assistant Attorney General Evan Meenan (not visible).  He appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans Superior Court with his lawyer Zack Weight Monday and pled innocent to six felony charges related to distributing child pornography.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

William Allen reacts to an argument in favor of $250,000 bail from Assistant Attorney General Evan Meenan (not visible). He appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans Superior Court with his lawyer Zack Weight Monday and pled innocent to six felony charges related to distributing child pornography. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 25, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT— An online investigation led to the arrest Monday of two Barton men on child pornography charges. The two cases appear to be unrelated to each other.

William M. Allen, 29, and Colton E. Chenard, 21, appeared Monday in the Criminal Division of Orleans Superior Court where they denied charges of “promoting visual sexual recordings.”

Mr. Allen pled innocent to six such felony charges, and Mr. Chenard pled innocent to four. If convicted, each man faces the possibility of a ten-year prison sentence on each charge.

Judge Howard VanBenthuysen released Mr. Chenard, who has no prior record, on $25,000 bail. Mr. Allen, though, is being held at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.

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Obituaries June 25, 2014

Pierre H. Cotnoir

Pierre Henry Cotnoir, 54, of Poland, Maine, died suddenly after a brief illness on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He was born on September 26, 1959, in Newport, to Charles and Alice Cotnoir, of Derby.

On August 31, 1985, he married his best friend and soul mate, Susan J. Hill. During this time they had recently moved from Vermont to Maine, where they began to build a life together. In the blissful years to follow, they found out they would be unable to have children. While both felt sad and a little discouraged, Mr. Cotnoir grabbed onto her and shared with her the words of the circle of love, and that no matter, what they would always be together, and that they were. He was an honest and loving man who always tried his hardest to follow through with his words and actions. Despite the fact that he was always busy working on this and that or thinking up his next project, he would drop whatever he was doing to help anyone who needed a hand. He was also known as a very unique and intelligent individual, who always had wonderful advice to give anyone who had the time to listen.

He loved to spend time figuring out tough puzzles and playing challenging games of any kind. He also enjoyed fishing and four-wheeling with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife, Susie; his mother, Elaine Hill; his brothers: James and Ronald. Also his family: brothers Denis, Real, Claude, Luc, Yves and Rene Cotnoir; and sisters: Claudette Grenier and Lise Gleason.

Funeral services were held on June 20, in Lewiston, Maine, and at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Please send all donations to Susan Cotnoir, P.O. Box 1495, Auburn, Maine 04211.

obit DrownBrent E. Drown

Brent E. Drown, 59, of Orleans died suddenly on June 19, 2014, at his home in Orleans.

He was born on September 21, 1954, in Newport, to Grosvenor and Lucille (Crandall) Drown.

He was a part-time cook at McDonald’s Restaurant in Derby.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing, doing crossword puzzles and buying lottery cards.  He enjoyed working and seeing people.

He is survived by his children:  Joshua Drown and his wife, Alice, of Orleans, Erin McGee and her partner, Steve, of Enosburg, and Deveney Wolfe and her husband, Mike, of Ohio; his grandchildren:  Avery, Amelia, Isaiah, Zeke, Zoe, Benny, and Paulina; his brother Brian Drown of Barton; his sister Bonnie Bousquet and her husband, Lou, of Brownington and Florida; and by one niece and one nephew.

A private graveside service was held on June 23, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MassonBetty (Filby) Masson

Betty (“Elizabeth” and “Lizzy”) Madeleine (Filby) Masson died peacefully on June 13, 2014, among family, in Newport.

She was born in Ochre River, Manitoba, Canada, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1922. She was the daughter of Julia (Lepla) Filby Degroff (1891-1968) and Robert James Filby (1877-1947), who emigrated to Canada from Belgium and England respectively. Her mother, Julia, was one of 18 children who came to Canada to settle and farm.

Her mother and father had eight children.

She graduated from Ochre River high school, and afterward joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, where she met her husband, Sargent James Masson. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 1943 at the United Church in Ochre River, and enjoyed over 70 years of married life together.

Following World War II, they moved to McAdam, New Brunswick, where her husband was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1968, they moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec, for a short period of time and later to Newport, where the family settled for over 40 years.

During her lifetime, Ms. Masson worked in the retail industry. She was an active member of the Newport Baptist Church serving as treasurer, educational supply coordinator and choir member. Additionally, she was a member of the Community Circle and Forever Young Club.

She enjoyed sports, especially badminton, curling, dancing and bowling. She was a member of the Stanstad Border Curling and Ayers Cliff Club of Quebec, as well as Newport bowling leagues. She enjoyed playing card games, especially Skipboo and Uker, and cherished this special time with her grown up children, grandchildren, and friends.

She loved gardening and her children benefitted from fresh vegetables and berries, as well as home baked breads. Her other interests included crocheting, knitting, quilting, and sewing. She was proud of her quilt making and continued to create quilts throughout her lifetime.

She is survived by her children: Marlene and her husband, Angus Dalley, Lawrence, and Robert “Bob” and his wife, Betty Ann Yetter; five grandchildren: Robert Masson and his wife, Arla, Andrew Dalley and his wife, Cecilia, Jennifer Masson and her husband, Rick Morin, Michael Dalley and his wife, Alana, and Darlene Masson and her husband, Patrick Haugwitz; and by her 11 great-grandchildren: Hunter and Kaitlyn Masson, children of Robert; Maeve and Lydia Dalley, children of Andrew; Christopher, Riley and Gabriel Morin, children of Jennifer; Baron and Stuart Dalley, children of Michael; and Alex and Sophie Haugwitz, children of Darlene.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Cecil, Murray, Renee Meunier, Norman, and Bill. Her sister Amelia died at birth and her brother Roy died at age 41 in a train yard accident.

Funeral services were held on June 19, in Newport. Interment will take place at the cemetery in McAdam, New Brunswick, at a later date.

May heaven give you many happy days!

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Forever Young Club, in care of Lorraine Sargent, 3936 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit McConvilleThomas H. McConville

Thomas H. McConville, 69, of Newport Center died at the Veterans Hospital in White River Junction on June 17, 2014.

He was born on November 26, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to James and Edna (Condon) McConville.

On November 13, 1989, he married Jadwiga Wojdat, who survives him.

He was a high school graduate and received an associate’s degree in Chicago. He was a Vietnam War veteran and obtained the rank of sergeant first class while serving his second tour.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chicago, a past member of the American Legion in Bloomington, Illinois, and a member of the Disabled Veterans Association.

He was a great historian. He loved reading the history of World War II and the Civil War. He was very patriotic, loved his country, wildlife and being outdoors. Mr. McConville loved life and didn’t waste a moment.

He is survived by his wife JadwigaMcConville of Newport Center; his stepson Jaromir Baykowski of Poland; his stepdaughter Malgosia Baykowski and her friend, Christian, of Montreal, Quebec; his grandchildren: Ewa, Katie and Alexandre, all of Montreal; and by his special friends: John and Karen Stevens of Newport Center, Harmon Olmstead, George “Little G” Azur, Sherry Provencher, and Sue Prue, all of Newport.

Funeral services were held on June 20, in Newport. Interment followed in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8540.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit strattonLori Stratton

Lori Stratton of Newport died peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of June 20, 2014, after a valiant, courageous, five-year battle with cancer.

She was born on March 14, 1959, the daughter of William “Bill” and Gwendolyn “Sally” Blake. She grew up in Orleans and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1977.

She possessed an indomitable, positive spirit that cancer could not take away. She dearly loved her family and friends, and she was a joy to spend time with. She touched the lives of many and she will be greatly missed.

On July 27, 1996, she married Kelly Stratton, who survives her.

Additional survivors include her son, Seth Cartee; her beloved grandbabies: Landyn, Bentley and Mekenna; her sister Vicki Strobridge and her husband, Roger; her brother William “Bill” Blake and his wife, Gloria; her brother-in-law Monte Stratton; her sisters-in-law: Becky Ladouceur and her husband, Craig, and Heidi Stratton; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

For 20-plus years, she worked at North Country Hospital in Newport where she developed a network of valued co-workers and friends she lovingly referred to as her “hospital family.” She also had a loving circle of friends from near and far, including those in her “Jasper’s family.”

In honor of her wishes, there will be no services. There will be a celebration of life at Jasper’s Tavern in Newport on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 1 p.m. She wanted family and friends to gather to remember her, the good times spent together, and the happy memories made. She wanted family and friends to remember her love and know that she’s left a little piece of her heart with everyone.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport Vermont 05855.

 

obit tribute valley 3A tribute to the best neighbor and friend forever

Words cannot express the feeling I had on December 19 when I received the call that Francis Valley had been taken away. It was a very bad car accident. You’re in shock. You’re not believing what you just heard.

Francis was truly the kindest, most caring, thoughtful, helping and loving neighbor anyone could ask for.

Francis and Nancy built their home in 1976. Then I built my home in 1977. So we basically all grew up together you might say.

Francis and Nancy had three wonderful children. The first being Joey, now married to Katrina with three children. Then came Barbara, married to Mylo with three children. And then there was Tommie with his companion, Katrina, with three children.

Francis had been a member of the National Guard in Lyndonville, for what seems to be all of my years knowing him. He so enjoyed the National Guard. I remember him getting packed to go for his two-week stay, which seemed to be most of the time at Fort Drum, New York. He would call himself a weekend warrior, and was so proud of his time helping serve his country. I always told him he looked so handsome in his uniform.

Francis was at one time a member of the Barton Fire Department, which he very much enjoyed. Then he and Nancy became active members of the Barton Ambulance Squad. You always knew when there was a call. You’d see Francis and Nancy take off with their lights going.

They were always willing to help anyone. They have done a lot of on-duty call at the Barton fairgrounds, during the fair. Francis would say he’d get to see a lot of family, a lot of people he worked with.

Francis and Nancy Valley.

Francis and Nancy Valley.

Francis spent a big share of his life working at Ethan Allen in Orleans. He also spent a short time working at the cheese factory in Cabot. Then he started working as a flagger. He most recently was working with NVT Control. He was able to pretty much make his own hours, which was great for him. And it never mattered when you called him. He was ready to go.

Francis and Nancy got into camping a few years ago, and absolutely loved it. They parked their camper around Littleton, New Hampshire. He loved the relaxing part of camping, taking rides to different areas. They enjoyed going out to restaurants all over.

Another big part of his life was he enjoyed hanging out with Eddie and Sandy playing cards and games — lots of laughs. Francis said you couldn’t help but laugh when Sandy was around. He also thought there was a little bit of cheating going on at times. But he loved every minute of it.

We talked about his mother, and all his brothers and sisters. He said he had a very big family.

Francis has done so much for me, from plowing, to mowing my lawn, to fixing things for me. He was always willing to come whenever I was having a crisis.

I miss him blowing his horn in the mornings. He would go to hang out with friends at the Candlepin Restaurant, then go to Pierce’s Pharmacy, and most recently at Parson’s Corner.

I asked him why he went to the restaurants one day. He said to get all the local gossip, get the newspaper and have a good cup of coffee. On occasion he also rescued me with two quarts of milk, or bread, whatever I needed.

Francis always told me he never wanted a funeral service. But he never told me I couldn’t write this article on how special a neighbor he was to me. I will so miss him coming up on his tractor with Little Miss Alexis — she loved riding on the tractor with Grampa.

The other day I went by the scene where the accident was, and there was a little building with a sign on it that says Ashley’s Garden of Eden.

obit tribute valley 1I can only imagine Francis is working hard planting a garden which he so loved, or mowing the lawn, building a garage or maybe just going for a ride on his tractor. Whatever he may be doing I know he’s doing it with a big smile, lots of laughter and, for sure, helping someone in need.

Francis Valley, you are so missed, in so many ways. I could talk forever about your kindness.

Leblanc Road just isn’t the same.

You take care, my bestest neighbor ever.

I will never forget your smile and your laugh.

You will always be in my memories and in my prayers.

Love you always, Francis

Your neighbor,

Karen Chaffee

 

Death notice

Arvid M. Deuse

Arvid M. Deuse, 97, of Derby died suddenly on June 18, 2014, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Walmart hearings: Residents worried about increased traffic

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Giselle Seymour, who spent almost a decade gathering signatures to encourage Walmart to come to Derby, celebrates with developer Jeff Davis at Tuesday night’s Act 250 hearing. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 18, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — As determined by the ballot and by anecdotal evidence, a large percentage of Derby residents favor the new Walmart Super Center slated for construction on Route 5.  But that doesn’t mean some don’t have serious reservations about the project.

Those reservations, particularly ones concerning how the 160,000-square-foot store will affect traffic and the economy of the town were well aired in a pair of hearings held at the Derby Municipal Building Monday and Tuesday.

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Insectopia! from June 23 to August 9

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This piece is called “Look What I Got!” by Amanda Weisenfeld and Jean Matray.  Photo courtesy of the NEK Artisans Guild

This piece is called “Look What I Got!” by Amanda Weisenfeld and Jean Matray. Photo courtesy of the NEK Artisans Guild

What do all insects have in common? Three body parts, six legs, one pair of antennae, and they wear their skeletons on the outside.

That’s where the similarities end.

Body shape, size, color, function — the sky’s the limit for diversity.

The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury will celebrate insect diversity with a group show called “Insectopia.” From Monday, June 23 to August 9, the Backroom Gallery at the guild will be creeping, crawling, hopping, flying, and buzzing with a multitude of art inspired by insects. Artisans from around the state of Vermont will exhibit interpretations of their favorite insects. There will be papier-mâché wasps, a copper praying mantis, felt bees, and more. Insects will come to life in clay, paper, felt, braided rugs, stained glass, prints, fine art, jewelry, and much more.

There will be an artists’ reception to be held in the gallery on Saturday, July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. In addition, on Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m., Beth Prondzinski, director of collections at the Fairbanks Museum, will speak on the history of the Fairbanks’ insect collection.

For information call the guild at 748-0158. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. — from the NEK Artisans Guild.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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