Obituaries September 24, 2014

Bruce A. Booth

Bruce A. Booth, 76, of Barre, formerly of North Troy, died in Berlin on Friday, September 12, 2014.

He was born on December 17, 1937, in North Troy to Campbell and Freda Mae (Westover) Booth.

He went to school in North Troy and served in the U.S. Army. He was a Sergeant of Arms and a former member of the North Troy American Legion as well as a member of the Moose Club.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood and retired as a supervisor.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and traveling over the years.

He is survived by his sister, Edna Stuart, and her husband, Russell; his sister-in-law Dorothy Booth; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was also predeceased by his three brothers: William, Harold, and Robert.

A graveside service was held at the North Troy Village Cemetery on September 22.

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obit debloisLisa DeBlois

Lisa DeBlois, 53, of Coventry died on September 15, 2014, after having fought a courageous battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

She was the mother of three beautiful daughters.

Ms. DeBlois had a “wicked sense of humor” and her humor was contagious to all who knew and loved her. She loved to hunt. One of her most memorable hunts was on October 19, 2009, with her daughter Michelle, when they shot their first moose together on a friend’s property in northern Vermont. She was very grateful for that opportunity. She also enjoyed fishing for striper bass and camping at Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts, with her family.

She was employed by the state of Vermont as a business manager at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, for 11 years. She enjoyed her work and was very thankful for the wonderful friendships she formed there over the years.

She had the most amazing family and countless friends who stood by her and supported her daily throughout her illness.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Stephanie and James of Ottawa, Ontario, Hilairy and Damon of Wheelock, and Michelle and Abby of Coventry. Her love for her three daughters was always foremost in her life.

A celebration of her life will be held at her residence, at 3064 Pine Hill Road in Coventry, on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a sense of humor and stories to share — and please do not park on her lawn, at her request!

Should friends desire, donations can be made in her name to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the fund-raiser being put on by the Department of Corrections. Please contact Andrea Smith for more information about the bowling tournament and fund-raiser at 802-748-8151.

obit EldredMaurice W. Eldred Jr.

Maurice W. Eldred Jr., beloved grandfather of Randy and Tonya Langmaid of Lowell, died peacefully at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on September 19, 2014.

He was born on January 19, 1927, one of eight children born to Maurice and Hersa Eldred of Belevidere. He often told stories of his happy childhood and of his close family.

He was stationed in Germany during the occupation as an MP, and he rode the trains to keep peace. While there, he met the love of his life, Lydia Gampe. They married on November 11, 1947, and remained so until her death in February of 1996.

They returned to the U.S. on Christmas Eve in 1948. After a brief time in Belevidere, they purchased a house in Lowell where they lived ever since.

Together they had three children: one son, Roland, and two daughters, Nanette and Leta Lydia H.

Mr. Eldred worked over 40 years at the asbestos mines in Lowell, for GAF, then Vermont Asbestos Group. He was a shareholder and on the board of directors. He was known for his hard work, opinions, and outspokenness for people’s rights, but he was famous for his hot temper!

He also was a member of the VFW and past member of the free Masons and a longtime member of the Lowell Congregational Church.

While he wife was alive, he enjoyed yard saling and traveling to Florida, Europe, Michigan and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his great-grandsons, Ryan and Shane.

After his wife’s death, Mr. Eldred spent a lot of time with his cows he and his grandson Randy were raising together.

Due to the fact that his grandchildren Randy and Tonya Langmaid lived close by, they were able to care for him up until and a year and half ago when his health got to the point that he had to stay at Maple Lane. He spent so much time with them at church and school functions that the children and adults called him “Grandpa.” He wanted everyone to know that he had a good, full life and was looking forward to being with his blessed wife who he missed every day.

He leaves behind a brother and several sisters; his children: Roland and his wife, Mary Lou, of Orlando, Florida, and their children: Roland, Rodney, and Tammy and their spouses and children; Nanette (Eldred) and her husband, David Symonds, and their children and spouses; and by his grandchildren: Tonya and Randy Langmaid and their children, and Sonya Elwood and her children and their spouses and children.

He was predeceased by one brother; two sisters; his precious wife, Lydia G. Eldred; his beloved daughter Leta Lydia H. Eldred; and by his two grandsons: Shane and Ryan Langmaid.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 29, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place on Friday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Forever Young Club, in care of Lorraine Sargent, 3936 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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Robert Earl Fairbrother

Robert Earl Fairbrother, 89, of Newport died peacefully on September 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1925, in Newport to Burns and Margery (LaFountain) Fairbrother.

In 1946, he married Mary Elizabeth (Blake), who predeceased him in 2011.

He entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.

He was an electronics engineer for United Technologies. He was an officer in the Border Amateur Radio Club in Newport and a lifetime amateur radio operator at W1PYO.

He enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, and he was interested in science fiction.

He is survived by his children: Douglas C. Fairbrother of Newport, Lisa Fairbrother of Newport, Pamela Veilleux and her husband, Denis, of Rutland, and Eileen C. Fairbrother; his grandchildren: Tristen and Jan Veilleux, both of Rutland; his brother Donald Fairbrother and his wife, Joan, of New Port Richey, Florida; and by his nieces and nephews: Barbara, David, Donald, Dennis and Gregory.

He was predeceased by his brother Walter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, 57 South Main Street # 2, Waterbury, Vermont 05676; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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obit fellSuzanne F. Fell

Suzanne F. Fell, 83, of Fishkill, New York, and formerly of Barton, died on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Born in Oradell, New Jersey, on June 25, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Florence (Prell) Keeney.

On March 31, 1951, in Oradell, she married Franklin Fell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2013.

Ms. Fell was a parishioner at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Altar Guild.

She is survived by her children: William Fell and his wife, Lynn, of Winterville, North Carolina, Stephen Fell and his wife, Sue, of Pollocksville, North Carolina, Robert Fell and his wife, Liz, of Mahopac, New York, Michael Fell and wife, Marie, of Mission Viejo, California, Patricia Herring of Fishkill, and Frances Lay and her husband, Clive, of Colts Neck, New Jersey; her brother Joseph Keeney of Bergenfield, New Jersey; her sister Martha Pronovost of Westwood, New Jersey; her 11 grandchildren; and by her ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Joyce Fell.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, New York. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Mother of the Church, P.O. Box 780, Fishkill, New York 12524.

For driving directions, online condolences, or memorial donations, please visit Ms. Fell’s Book of Memories at

obit haskinsRoyden “Punk” A. Haskins

Royden “Punk” A. Haskins, 67, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at his home in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 5, 1947, in North Troy. He was raised in Newport before moving to New Hampshire.

He was a resident of Boscawen for about 30 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Page Belt Company, where he worked as a machine operator.

His hobbies and interests included his cat, Midnight Special, horses, playing cards and buying lottery tickets, scratch tickets, and talking on the phone to special friends.

Members of his family include his sister Nancy (Haskins) Parris of Andover, New Hampshire; his bother Lawrence Haskins of Concord, New Hampshire; three stepsons and two stepdaughters; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Kenneth and mother Irene (Wheeler) Haskins; two brothers and his sister; and by his wife, Mary (Hill) Haskins, in 2007.

Those who wish may make donations in his memory to a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the American Lung Association.

obit KelleyLinda J. Kelley

Linda J. Kelley, 67 of Derby died on September 8, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 14, 1947, in Malone, New York, to Lawrence and Nancy (Jones) Andrews.

She was a cashier at Jolly Association in Derby.

Her hobbies included crocheting and knitting, much to the delight of her family. She also enjoyed camping in her camper with her longtime companion.

She will be greatly missed by all her family and her cat, Missy Muffett.

She is survived by children: Amy Kelley and her companion, Cable Pennington, Anne Dubois and her husband, Raymond, Terry Kelley, and Tim Kelley and his wife, Laura; her grandchildren: Jennifer, Nancy, Shannon, Nicole, Tamera, Jamie, Ryan, Tucker, Hunter, and Skyler; three step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren: Christian, Guiliana, Skiler, Whyatt, Addyson, and Silas; five step-great-grandchildren; her sister Patty Gore of West Virginia; her longtime companion, Paul Fortin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Joanne.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

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obit LysterHarold J. Lyster

Harold J. Lyster, 79, of Derby died peacefully on September 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 10, 1935, in Fargo, North Dakota, to James and Margaret (McNamee) Lyster.

Known as Hal to his family and friends, he spent a number of years in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where he worked and retired as postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service.

He previously served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Berry) Lyster, whom he married on November 7, 1980. After retiring to Vermont, they traveled and enjoyed family gatherings at their home.

Mr. Lyster was a former volunteer EMT for the fire department in Suffield, Connecticut. He enjoyed volunteering at North Country Hospital in Newport, the Newport Welcome Center, and he was an area coordinator for the AARP Tax Preparation Program. He helped establish the Newport-Stanstead area OSHER lecture series.

He is also survived by his daughter Laura Lyster-Mensh and husband, Mark; his son Erik Lyster and his wife, Megan; his son Ryan Lyster and his wife, Stacey; his son Alan Lyster and his wife, Michelle; his five grandchildren: Lianna Mensh, Carlie Lyster, Daniel Mensh, Samantha Lyster, and Nathan Lyster; his sisters: Jeanette Love and Marcy Cowen; and by several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold private services.

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

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An obituary for Maxine M. Kelley came to the Chronicle missing some family members’ names, and with a name misspelled. A grandchild’s name should have been spelled Shelly Kelley. The obituary should have included the following as survivors: great-grandchildren Courtney and Isaiah Kelley, and Gabriel and Benjamin Kelley.


Compete in Newport’s Scarecrow Contest September 20


The Brown Cow’s 2013 entry in the Scarecrow Contest to be held during Newport’s Fall Foliage Festival.

The Brown Cow’s 2013 entry in the Scarecrow Contest to be held during Newport’s Fall Foliage Festival.

The Newport Fall Foliage Festival Scarecrow Contest is expected to add a lot of fun to this year’s festival.  Families and businesses will make scarecrows and place them outside their homes, businesses and along Newport’s Main Street.

Prizes will be awarded for the Most Traditional, Most Creative, and Most Colorful in both the Business and Family categories.  Prizes have been donated by the Newport Daily Express and radio station Moo 92. Greens fees and golf passes at area golf courses will be given courtesy of the newspaper, and an advertising certificate will be given courtesy of the radio station, in the business category. Families will compete for the prize of a Moo 92 Pizza Party.

Contest rules and an entry form are available online at Both businesses and families should pre-register to make sure their scarecrows are judged. Judging will take place Saturday, September 20, with the winners announced on Moo 92 during its broadcast from the festival and on Monday in the Newport Daily Express.

For more information on the Scarecrow Contest or the Newport Fall Foliage Festival schedule of events, go to, or write event coordinators at  — from Newport Live.

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Ruminations: on dumpster diving, or clearing out the garden


WEB rumination curious harvestcopyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything, by Maximus Thaler and Dayna Safferstein; published by Quarry Books, Beverly, Massachusetts, 2014; 160 pages, softbound, $24.99.

There is hardly any point in searching for a topic for this column. Like a cow grazing in the field, the writer is best off using what he finds before him.

In this case it is A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything. Elka Schumann handed a copy of the book to me a week or so ago while we stood talking in the kitchen at the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover.

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In boys soccer: Rangers best Vikings in hard-fought game


Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday's soccer game.  Photos by David Dudley

Rangers freshman Rian Hayman-Jones looks for an angle against Vikings defender Kyle Morin during Friday’s soccer game. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014 

by David Dudley

LYNDON — The Lake Region Rangers traveled south Friday to face the Vikings of Lyndon Institute.

It was roughly 48 degrees at game time, but the competition between these two teams was hot.  According to Rangers Coach Tom Evans, the two teams were equally matched.

After a scoreless first half, Fernando Tejero set up Alvaro Cortadellas to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

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Coach Tom Evans talks soccer, math, family, and how he became a lucky man


Coach Tom Evans watches as his players run drills at practice Monday afternoon.  Now in his thirty-third year coaching boys soccer at Lake Region, he says “I've coached 33 teams, but it's really all one big family.”   Photo by David Dudley

Coach Tom Evans watches as his players run drills at practice Monday afternoon. Now in his thirty-third year coaching boys soccer at Lake Region, he says “I’ve coached 33 teams, but it’s really all one big family.” Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — “I tell this story to my players all the time,” Lake Region Union High School soccer Coach Tom Evans said, as he settled into a cream-colored leather chair.  “But, mind you, it’s not really about me. Capiche?”

Though Mr. Evans has achieved a certain degree of success in his 33 years of coaching soccer at Lake Region, he doesn’t view his achievements as his own.  He doesn’t much care for the glare of a spotlight in his face. He’d prefer that the light shine on someone else.

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Employees to buy the Chronicle


Drawing by Anna P. Baker

Drawing by Anna P. Baker

copyright the Chronicle September 17, 2014

Eleven long-time employees of the Chronicle have agreed in principle to buy the weekly newspaper from its founding publishers, Chris and Ellen Braithwaite.


While some details remain to be worked out, the basic elements of the deal have been agreed to, and the purchase should be complete by early 2015.

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Obituaries September 17, 2014

obit ApplebeeElizabeth Gray Applebee

Elizabeth Gray Applebee, 95, of Newport, formerly of Morgan, died on September 10, 2014, in Newport.

She was born to Ora and Eliza (Moore) Cargill in Morgan on November 6, 1918.

She held several different job positions including being a housemother at Champlain College Whiting Hall in the 1980s, a nurses’ aide at the Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she also worked at both of the Morgan post offices.

She enjoyed traveling and visiting her family.

In 1936, she married Martin Gray, who predeceased her in 1981.

In 1989, she married Riley Applebee, who predeceased her in 2008.

She is survived by her children: David and Jackie Gray, Brenda Jenks and her companion, Rod Blair, and Brian and his wife, Marilyn Gray; her eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces, nephews and stepchildren.

She was predeceased by her children: James and Jane Gray; a brother, Delmar, and his wife, Marion Cargill; and by her sisters: Doris Morse and Wealthy Cargill.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan United Church, with Reverend John Genco officiating. Friends may call at the church on September 20, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow at the Morgan Beach Cemetery.

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

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Everett L. “Bud” Carter

Everett L. “Bud” Carter died on September 9, 2014.

He was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, on October 12, 1920, to Everett P. “Duke” and Franke Carter.

He was a lifelong New York Giants football fan and a World War II veteran.  During the war, he served in Libya and Italy for more than three years as a mine-disposal specialist with the 835th Combat Engineers.

In the 1970s, he moved to Vermont and began a career as a real estate appraiser, working throughout the state.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margaret; his children:  Victoria, and John and his wife, Sherrie; his grandchildren:  Christina, Peter and Rachel; and by his great-grandson, Kaleb.

He was predeceased by his sisters:  Virginia, Marion, and Eleanor; and by his wife, Jule Handwerg Carter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 19, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will be in Westfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell Fire Department, P.O. Box 239, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

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obit HuntGeraldine Wilcox Hunt

Geraldine Mae Wilcox Hunt of Derby, formerly of Newport, died on September 13, 2014.

She was born in Newport on October 26, 1919, to Gertrude Spear Wilcox and Thaddeus Wilcox.

“Deanie,” as her parents called her, graduated Valedictorian from Newport High School in 1937 and received a degree in commerce and economics from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1941, and also a Master’s of Education from UVM in 1968.

She was executive secretary to the state commissioner of health in Burlington for seven years before moving back to Newport.  During World War II, she enjoyed being a USO girl and corresponded with many soldiers around the world.

In 1947, she married Kenneth Hunt, who predeceased her in 1976.  She was also predeceased by her brother, Grenville Wilcox.

She worked for the Public Health Department in Newport and then in 1961 began teaching business subjects — first at Brighton Academy, and then at North Country Union High School, retiring in 1988.

“Gerrie,” the name by which she became known after moving back to Newport, was involved in many aspects of the community.  She was secretary of the Newport Women’s Club for many years and a member of the United Church of Newport.  She was also on the board of directors for the North Country Concert Association, the board of directors for the Northeast Schools and Hospital Credit Union, treasurer for the Newport Country Club ladies’ league, a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Orleans-Northern Essex Retired Teachers Association, a volunteer at the hospital, as well as a member of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, and a North Country Swinger.  She was a member of Community Circle and loved traveling to see the world.

She enjoyed square dancing, round dancing, golf, crafts, and collecting dolls from her travels.  She played with the gourmet bridge club and was an avid reader.

In 1964, she bought a camp on Lake Memphremagog, which was her joy.  It became her full-time home in 2004 and she could be seen playing her electronic bridge, doing crossword puzzles, and reading by the water if she was not watching a Red Sox or college basketball game.

She always had at least one cat as a companion, spoiling it unmercifully.

In 1982 and 1983, her grandsons Bud and Evan were born and she immediately became an integral part of their lives, babysitting, attending their school functions, watching their sports events, playing games and cards together, and traveling with them.  In 2004, her lakefront home also became home for her daughter, Pat, as well as Bud and Evan.

She is survived by Pat Vana, George “Bud” Vana IV and his girlfriend, Bethany Halliday, and Evan Vana and his fiancée, Andrea Patrikis; as well as by her cats Chessie, Marley, and KC.

Funeral services were held on September 15, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit KroegerDouglas Ira Kroeger

Douglas Ira Kroeger, 34, of Craftsbury Common died suddenly on September 9, 2014, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

He was born on March 25, 1980, in Lincoln, Maine, to Gayle (King) Kroeger and the late Richard D. Kroeger Jr.

He graduated from the Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, Maine.

He was a commercial construction worker and he also built and painted custom homes.

He enjoyed playing cards, kayaking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities. He was an outgoing and free spirited individual who enjoyed his family and especially his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Gayle Kroeger, of Craftsbury Common; his siblings: Benjamin Kroeger and his wife, Marie, of Craftsbury Common, Andrew Kroeger and his wife, Sarah, of Greensboro Bend, Annemarie Wakefield and her husband, Richard, of Statesboro, Georgia, Ruth Kroeger of Herdon, Virginia, Anita Niles and her husband, John, of Oakland, Maine, and Karen Kroeger of Craftsbury Common; his nieces and nephews: Lauren, Katelyn, Nathan, Kayla, Keagan, Kylee, Kaleb, Kendrick, Cameron, Elizabeth and Liam; and by several aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard D. Kroeger Jr., in 2002.

Funeral services were held on September 13, in East Craftsbury. Interment followed in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Adult and Teen Challenge, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

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obit LockwoodLillian G. Lockwood

Lillian G. Lockwood, 98, of Morgan died on September 11, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 23, 1915, in Garfield, New Jersey, to Joseph and Grace (Stiles) Torrey, and lived most of her life in Waldwick, New Jersey.

In later years, she resided with her daughters in Georgetown, Kentucky, and most recently in Morgan.

On September 24, 1949, she married Arthur W. Lockwood, who predeceased her.

During World War II, she served with the Red Cross in Hawaii, and afterward worked at the Radio Division of the United Nations.

She will be remembered for her intelligence and her sense of humor. She often commented, “I’m 98 years old but I don’t look a day over 93.”

She is survived by her three daughters to whom she was a dedicated mother: Dr. Frances Lockwood and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Partymiller, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Marcy Lockwood Peterman and her husband, Richard, of Naples, Florida, and Elaine G. Lockwood and her husband, Gerry Hunt, of Morgan; her four grandchildren: Andrew Peterman, Matthew Partymiller, Kyla Grace Lockwood Brooks, and Eliot Lockwood Brooks; two great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Ann Pope, of Ramsey, New Jersey; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in New Jersey later this year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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obit nelsonLee Minerva Simpson Nelson

Lee M. Nelson, 78, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, died peacefully on September 12, 2014.

She was the wife of William T. “Bill” Nelson.

She was born in New York City, the daughter of Ruth H. Seavey and Robert McDonald Simpson.

She was raised in Garden City, Long Island, and summered in Rye Beach, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1958 from the business school, one of the only women in her class. Longtime Wenham, Massachusetts, residents, they moved to Ipswich in retirement.

She was a member of First Church in Wenham for 40 years, managed the Wenham Exchange Gift Shop for the Wenham Village Improvement Society, and she volunteered at the Wenham Museum and the Ipswich Museum.

She was an organic gardener, photographer, and she loved clamming and lobstering. She was an avid worldwide traveler and explorer.

In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by two daughters: Cathleen T. Wardley and her husband, Frank, of Ipswich, and Drew R. Nelson of Marblehead, Massachusetts; two granddaughters: Elizabeth and Margaret Wardley of Ipswich; and by several nieces and nephews.

The Nelson family has summered in the Barton area for many years.

The funeral and celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, at First Church in Wenham. Family and friends are welcome.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the University of New Hampshire, the First Church in Wenham, or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit strykerRichard Anthony Stryker

Richard Anthony Stryker of Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly of Carthage, Texas, died on September 2, 2014, in Shreveport.

He was born on January 22, 1943, in San Francisco, California, to the marriage of Harry Francis and Isabella Anello Stryker Jr.

He was raised and schooled in San Francisco, graduating with the Balboa High School Class of 1960.

He was an executive manager, owner and entrepreneur of many business ventures.

His many hobbies included photography, gun collecting, hunting, cars, and watching John Wayne movies. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Stryker of Shreveport; his children: Richard Anthony “Tony” Stryker and his wife, Holly, of Kansas City, Kansas, David Bruce Stryker and his wife, Deanna, of Fair Oaks, California, Christie Stryker of Carthage, Jessica Jay Desrochers and her husband, Randy, of Newport, and Isabella Stryker Lisitza and her husband, Teo, of Oakland, California; his son-in-law James Berns of Carthage; his brothers: Daniel Stryker and his wife, Bethany, of Idaho, and Tom Stryker and his wife, Catherine, of Reno, Nevada; his sister Mary Wetmore and her husband, Michael, of Snohomish, Washington; his grandchildren: Patrick Scott and Jordon Scott, both of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashlynd Berns of Carthage, Baylee Stryker of Kansas City, Kansas, JoDee Stryker of Fair Oaks, California, Isabella Berns of Carthage, Justin Stryker of Kansas City, Missouri, Ava Stryker and Cohen Stryker of Oakland, Cameron Joseph Desrochers and Isaac Chase Desrochers of Newport, and Sophia Berns of Carthage; and by his special cousin, Tamera LaRossa, of Chico, California.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: William “Bill” and Harry Stryker; and by a special cousin, James “Jimmy” LaRossa.

A private memorial Mass was held on September 5, in Carthage. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.

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Free screening of American Winter September 17


WEB American WinterA free screening of the documentary American Winter will play at the Gateway Center in Newport on Wednesday, September 17, at 6 p.m.

American Winter presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it’s playing out in the lives of real American families.

Few people would argue that “the American dream” has changed and controversy swirls around why people end up homeless or in poverty and what they should or can do about their situations and what the government and fellow citizens should or can do. American Winter, by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, highlights the work of “211 Info” in Portland, Oregon, a hotline connecting callers with community resources and social services. The film follows eight families who experience homelessness after loss of employment.

The film shows a lot of spirit and creativity, and a big change in attitudes in the people featured who once shared the idea that people became poor from being lazy, or that cutting social assistance was a good way to save money and better the nation. One woman in the film said that prior to her own need for assistance, she thought it was “easy for people who depended on government programs” and that “the system bred abuse.” Now she thinks that safety net programs “help keep families like [hers] just barely above water.”

A community discussion will follow the film.

The screening is sponsored by Rural Edge, the Newport Community Justice Center, HealthWorks ONE Coalition, and Northeast Kingdom Learning Services.

For more information, call Healthworks ONE at 334-6532, extension 8. — from Healthworks One.

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Girl treks to Vermont in post apocalyptic novel


WEB polly reviewcopyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014

Polly And The One And Only World, by Don Bredes. 335 pages. Paperback. Published by Green Writers Press. $14.95.

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Polly and the One and Only World is a page-turner.

I picked up the book on a Monday night, was a little late for work Tuesday morning because I desperately wanted to know what happened next, and finished it at two Wednesday morning.

You know that kind of book — the kind where you look at the clock and tell yourself you really should turn the lights off and go to sleep. Instead, you say, well, maybe just one more chapter, and keep saying it, until you’re at the end and know you’ll regret it in the morning.

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At 91, Francis Whitcomb recalls varied career


Judy Bevans, former chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, looks on while Representative Sam Young of Glover reads a resolution honoring Francis Whitcomb of Albany.   Photo by Donald Houghton

Judy Bevans, former chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, looks on while Representative Sam Young of Glover reads a resolution honoring Francis Whitcomb of Albany. Photo by Donald Houghton

copyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014

by David Dudley

ALBANY — At 91 years of age, Francis Whitcomb has held any number of titles, formal and otherwise: Lister, moderator, planning commissioner, justice of the peace, chairman of the Orleans County Democratic Committee, teacher, principal, farmer, sugarmaker, singer, advisor, father, and husband, among many others.

Mr. Whitcomb tried to add state Representative to that list, but the title eluded him through seven campaigns.

Sitting at the head of the kitchen table in his old farmhouse in Albany Monday, Mr. Whitcomb had the air of a preacher. He’s tall and was dressed simply, as though he were going to spend the day in the garden, in the sugarhouse, or engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, walking.

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