Obituaries May 20, 2015

obit BuckRoger A. Buck

Roger A. Buck, 79 of Derby died on May 14, 2015, at his home.

He was born on September 4, 1935, in Newport, to Harold and Helen (Bullis) Buck.

On December 13, 2003, he married Diane Bowen, who predeceased him on December 18, 2009.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was the former co-owner of B&B Repair, and worked for L&R Automotive, Pike Industries, and he helped build the upper Tram House at Jay Peak. More recently he was a mechanic for Moe’s Consignment.

He was a member of the Newport Order of the Elks Lodge #2155 and the Eagles Club of Newport.

He is survived by his children: Carmen Doe and her husband, Earl, of North Port, Florida, and Robyn Buck of Oceanside, California; his grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, Ravyn Bowen, and Sabrina Giroux; his great-grandchildren: Nicholas Buck, Taylor Bressette, Ross Lowery, and Aidan Lowery; his brother Charlie Buck of Newport Center; and by his sister Carmen Bartee and her husband, Jerry, of Tucson, Arizona. He is also survived by his extended family: the Randalls, the Jones family, Becky Miller, Becca and Caitlyn Rice, Kim, Jason and Nicholas Binghman, Dan and Sheila Green, DJ Green, Tim Sykes, Samantha Corkins, and Ashley Schnider.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, 3736 U.S. 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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obit HuntGerry Hunt

Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while traveling in Spain and Portugal. His beloved wife, Elaine Lockwood, and brothers, sons, and their partners were at his side.

Known for his uncommon kindness, warm smile, and joi-de-vivre, he was a man of great intelligence, accomplishment, humility, and wide-ranging interests. He was blessed with charisma and the simple gift of making everyone around him feel important and loved. It was always easy for his children, his wife, and brothers to look to him for guidance.

Son of Pat Hunt and the late Paul Hunt, he was born in Burlington in 1952. He grew up in Island Pond and later Morgan, with his brothers Don and Andy. He enjoyed skiing at Burke Mountain, fishing in Island Pond and Lake Seymour, biking, and camping trips with the family. As a teenager, he met and fell in love with Ms. Lockwood during summers at the Orleans Country Club. Although they slowly lost contact when he went off to university, he would speak of her as his first real love.

In 1970 he graduated from St. Paul’s and continued on to serve as an intern for Vermont Senator Winston Prouty in Washington, D.C. After the internship, he enrolled at the University of Vermont (UVM) as a film major and was heavily involved in UVM theater as both cast and crew, a passion he later shared with his eldest son, Eli. During the 1980s he directed a number of plays in Woodstock. When UVM celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their Royal Tyler Theater in 2014, he helped organize the event including restoring the 1974 recordings of “The Contrast,” the first show performed in the theater, in which he had acted.

Mr. Hunt met the mother of his children, Faith Gaskell Hunt, at Vietnam War demonstrations in Washington, D.C. After graduation from UVM, they married and moved to Hartford to start a family. He worked at the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, and earned his MA in public administration from Antioch University.

He later redirected his career, entering the software industry, working for Houghton Mifflin and then Computer Microsystems Incorporated. There he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and along with two partners founded his first company, Netrights.

Netrights was eventually purchased by an Oregon-based company, causing him to uproot and move to Portland, Oregon, for several years before once again settling back in the Northeast Kingdom. Back home in Vermont, he started working with his brother Don on the financial services offerings tied to his mother’s business, Pat Hunt Incorporated. Along with his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt, they also started Northeast Kingdom Homecare (NEKHC), a business allowing their elderly clients to stay in their own homes, while still receiving the personalized care and companionship they need. Over time, NEKHC added an adult daycare offering and currently maintains over 60 employees.

In 2010, after 40 long years apart, Mr. Hunt reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Elaine Lockwood. Ms. Lockwood introduced him to the sport of diving and her love of African wildlife. Mr. Hunt shared a love of good food and his rather large family. Together they shared their joys in experiencing the world. He had shared these passions with his sons as they grew up, by taking each of them on travels of their own. He always enjoyed telling the stories of his adventures.

An avid reader, he also enjoyed writing, genealogy, and playing games. He was an amazing chef and loved to share foods inspired by the many places he had traveled. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was a wonderful singer who loved to play for family and friends. His children have fond memories of being sung to sleep.

Passionate about public service and citizens’ obligations to serve and shape our government and the local community, he had become focused on conservation and environmental issues. He recently created a nonprofit, Vermont Students to Africa, which plans to send six students to Africa to study conservation in 2016.

His parting words to his friends and family were: ”Work hard, reach farther. Do great things. I’ll be watching. Love to you all. — Gerry.”

Besides the love of his life and childhood sweetheart, Elaine, he leaves a legacy including his sons: Eli and his fiancée, Emily, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ezra and his partner, Anna, of Portland, Oregon, and Eben and his partner, Katharine, of Canaan, New Hampshire; and his stepchildren: Eliot Brooks and Grace Brooks. He is survived by his mother, Pat Hunt, and her longtime friend, Al Callahan, of Morgan; his brothers: Donald Hunt and his wife, Andrea, of Coventry, and Andy Hunt and his wife, Trish, of Vestal, New York; his uncle the Reverend Stuart Brush and his wife, Laura, of Woodbury, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceasing him were his father, Paul Hunt; his daughter Erin; and his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt.

The family asks that those who desire to contribute to his legacy donate to the Vermont Students to Africa, 136 Coche Brook Crossing, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

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obit LeMayConstance T. LeMay

Constance T. LeMay, 68, of Troy died peacefully on May 16, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 22, 1947, in Newport, to Frederick and Theresa (Lawson) Gosselin.

On April 22, 1966, she married Roger LeMay, who predeceased her in 1990.

She loved water skiing, dancing, cooking, mowing the lawn, sewing, quilting, her flower gardens, and most of all the company of her three children and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: Anthony LeMay and his wife, Dawn, of Troy, Robert LeMay and his wife, Cynthia, and Todd LeMay and his wife, Lucy, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Colby LeMay, Caleb LeMay, Elizabeth LeMay, Aidan LeMay, Christopher Varney, Catherine Smith and her husband, Michael, and Corinne Boone; her great-grandson Asher Smith; her siblings: Conrad Lawson and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Larry Lawson and his wife, Cheryl, of West Charleston, Sandra Snay and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center, Shirley Lawson of Irasburg, Gail Chaffee and her husband, Ron, of Newport, and Cheryl Lawson of Proctorsville; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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 millerAngele A. Miller

Angele A. Miller, 83, of Barton died peacefully on May 9, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 8, 1932, in Dixville, Quebec, to Adelard and Marie Anne (Theroux) Tanguay.

In 1994, she married Ernest Miller, who predeceased her in 1995.

After selling the family farm in Glover she worked for St. Paul’s School from 1980, and she retired from there in 1993. She helped her husband, Ernie, with his plumbing business for ten years.

She was a dedicated 50-year member of the Daughters of Isabella and she was also a member of St. Paul’s Ladies Guild. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and could be found working in them at any time during the day. She and her husband made many pilgrimages to Ste. Anne de Beaupre, to whom she had a great devotion.

She is survived by her children: Rachel Ducharme of Derby Line, Madeleine Robert of Franklin, New Hampshire, Gabrielle Ducharme of Burlington, Roger Ducharme and his wife, Donna, of Piasa, Illinois, Jeanne Snell of Tilton, New Hampshire, Rene Ducharme of Derby, Lorraine Ducharme of Rogers, Arkansas, and Denise Constant and her husband, Aaron, of Concord, New Hampshire; her stepdaughter Debbie Newsom and her husband, Kent, of Barton; her 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: her twin sister, Angeline Tanguay, of Coaticook, Quebec, and Therese Morin of Fort Edward, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Daniel Ducharme; her brothers: Norbert, Hermann, Rolland, Robert, Jean Claude, infant brother Rock, and infant sister Rachel.

Funeral services were held on May 15, in Barton. Interment followed in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit richardsonGailene I. Richardson

Gailene Iris Richardson, 74, a longtime East Hardwick resident, died suddenly on May 13, 2015, following a brief illness.

She was born on April 13, 1941, in Greensboro, daughter of the late Frank H. Brock Sr. and Iris R. (McIntyre) Brock. She attended public schools in Greensboro and Hardwick Academy.

On October 3, 1959, she married Maurice Henry Richardson at St. Anthony’s Church in Silver Lake, New York.

She was first employed as a secretary at Atkins Garage in Hardwick. She was a home knitter for several years and for more than 43 years she made electrical components for Sprague Electric (SBE) in Barre. She retired in 2013.

She was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who cared greatly for her family. She loved family gatherings and had an impressive green thumb, which allowed her to maintain a variety of houseplants. She was an avid cook and baker who also enjoyed knitting items for her family members. She also enjoyed watching the wildlife that frequently visited her backyard.

Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Maurice, of East Hardwick; four children: Maurice H. Richardson Jr. and his wife, Karan, of Barre, Michael Richardson and his wife, Amy, of Walden, Tammy (Richardson) Molleur of East Hardwick, and Marc Richardson and his companion, Billie Jo Nick, of Lowell; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: Frank H. Brock Jr. of Colchester and John W. Brock Sr. of West Charleston; two sisters: Harriet Phillips of Mendon and Carol Frafack of Stafford Spring, Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

A graveside service was held on May 21, in the Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Services

Yvette Elaine Thompson

Memorial services for Yvette Elaine Thompson of Derby will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at the Derby Community Church, with the Reverend John Genco and Pastor Josh Calmes officiating. Following the service, burial will take place at the Derby Center Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will follow at the American Legion on Veterans Avenue in Newport.

Arland Macie

Committal services for Arland Macie of Coventry will be held on May 30, at 11 a.m., at the Irasburg cemetery.

Floyd Coulter

Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.

Barbara Boutin

Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Gilles Vanasse

Committal services for Gilles Vanasse will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans.

William Heath

Committal services for William Heath will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.

Terrill Mason

Committal services for Terrill Mason will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at North Troy Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

Jack Taylor

Committal services for Jack Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Wilma Beck

Committal services for Wilma Beck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Elaine Urie

Committal services for Elaine Urie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.

Dr. Ray Griffin

Committal services for Dr. Ray Griffin will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Warren Brown

Funeral services for Warren Brown will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Friends may call at the church on May 25, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.

Sharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

John D. Mason

A graveside service for John D. Mason will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

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Barton Motors to be sold at auction

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The former Barton Motor Company property.  Photo by Tena Starr

The former Barton Motor Company property. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

BARTON — The Barton Motor Company, for many years a thriving Ford dealership, will go up for foreclosure auction on June 15.

Court papers say that Winston Harper, who once owned the company with his brother Woody Harper, is owed $434,802 in principle and interest. They also say that there are six federal tax liens on the property, amounting to a little over $103,000.

Woody Harper died in February, 15 years after he and his brother parted ways as co-owners of the company.

Winston Harper said their father bought the dealership and garage in 1958….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Truck fished out of Willoughby

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A pickup in Willoughby.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A pickup in Willoughby. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

WESTMORE — Bob Wesoja was out fishing on Willoughby Lake last week — for his truck.

Back in February, Mr. Wesoja was headed for his fishing shanty when the wind kicked up, and in white-out conditions he lost his way, steering his brand new Ford 150 onto a patch of thin ice.

He and a friend jumped through the windows to safety as the truck plunged into the lake’s frigid waters.

On Thursday of last week Mr. Wesoja, Chris McCarthy and Jereme LeBlanc started off at around 8 in the morning figuring the job would be done in a couple of hours.

They had little reason to think otherwise….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In Newport: “Downton Abbey” comes to the Goodrich library

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Helene Lang of Shelburne, appearing in the persona of children’s author Beatrix Potter, was the guest speaker at the tea. Her performance, called “Beatrix Potter Revisited,” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The famous children’s author lived at the same time as the characters of “Downton Abbey.”  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Helene Lang of Shelburne, appearing in the persona of children’s author Beatrix Potter, was the guest speaker at the tea. Her performance, called “Beatrix Potter Revisited,” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The famous children’s author lived at the same time as the characters of “Downton Abbey.” Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

NEWPORT — It could have been a scene from England between the wars.  In the kitchen, maids in lacy white pinafores laid out trays of iced cookies, thinly sliced cake, and cucumber sandwiches on triangles of thin bread — crusts cut off, of course.  Out in the grand dining room, about 45 guests in their finest hats and gloves admired elegant table settings and chatted with friends while they waited for their tea to be served.

The event was the Goodrich Memorial Library’s “Downton Abbey” Tea, held on Saturday afternoon in the elegant upstairs rooms of Newport’s historic library.  With its grand staircase, high ceilings, and carved paneling, the 1899 library building was the perfect setting for a step back in time.  The library has held fancy teas for a number of years — first a mother’s tea, then a senior’s tea, and for the past two years, the “Downton Abbey” tea….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In boys baseball: Rangers trip to Florida apparently paid off

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The Rangers pose in their camouflage uniforms for a group portrait.  In the back row, from left to right, are Coach Eric Degre, Ethan Willey, Eli Leroux, Matt Messier, Logan Harper, Brennan Perkins, and Liam Kennedy.  In the front are Kolby George, Noah Royer, Zach Royer, Dakota Macallister, Denver Bodette, Brady Perron, and Dillon Gile.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Rangers pose in their camouflage uniforms for a group portrait. In the back row, from left to right, are Coach Eric Degre, Ethan Willey, Eli Leroux, Matt Messier, Logan Harper, Brennan Perkins, and Liam Kennedy. In the front are Kolby George, Noah Royer, Zach Royer, Dakota Macallister, Denver Bodette, Brady Perron, and Dillon Gile. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

Major Leaguers begin each season with spring training, a time to polish skills that may have gotten rusty over the winter. For almost all clubs that means heading south to warm weather.

What works for the bigs ought to work for high school, thought Lake Region Union High School Baseball Coach Eric Degre. His staff and players agreed.

Deciding to head to warmer places was easy; making it happen was harder. Each player had to raise more than $1,000 to pay for the trip, but with help from the community they managed the feat. Their destination was Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida…. To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries May 13, 2015

Fernand Denis Joseph Alix

Fernand Denis Joseph Alix, 73, of Glencliff, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at the Glencliff Home for the Elderly on May 3, 2015, on Sunday evening, where he was residing.

His daughter Sherry lived near him in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

He was born on October 24, 1941, in Newport Center, to Antonio and Rose Marie (Cardin) Alix.

He was employed by Kraft Foods in Troy for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, walking, and hearing about his grandchildren and loved ones’ lives.

He is survived by his children: Jody Alix of Morgan, and Sherry Alix of Bethlehem; his grandchildren: Kortney Alix of New Britain, Connecticut, and Zachary Alix of Morgan; his siblings: Laurier Alix of Villages of Florida, Pauline Dagesse of Newport, and Gerard Alix of Lady Lake, Florida, and Newport Center; the following nieces and nephews: Gail, Mark, Linda, Todd, Trudy, and Corey; and by his former spouse, Priscilla Platt, of Whitefield, New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his niece Susan.

A graveside service was held on May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, any contributions in his memory may be made to the Glencliff Home for the Elderly, 393 High Street, Glencliff, New Hampshire 03238.

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obit AustinLois Drew Austin

Lois Drew Austin, 89, of Orleans, died peacefully at home, in the company of her family, on May 6, 2015.

She was born on October 29, 1925, in Ayers Cliff, Quebec, to Blanche and Roland Drew, the oldest of five children.

She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, knitting, cross-stitch, sewing, and going on cruises. When she was unable to carry on those pastimes she loved watching golf, the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins, and old movies on television. She also loved listening and dancing to big band music and playing cribbage with her husband.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Warren Austin; her son Richard Austin and his wife, Carol, of Delta Junction, Alaska; her son Larry Austin and his wife, Joanie, of Orleans; her daughter Ann Austin of Orleans; her grandchildren: Jenny, Kim, Chesley, Derek, Bob, Kathryn, and Jessica; her six great-grandchildren; and by her sister Marilyn Farr and her husband, Robert, of Leesburg, Florida.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Jacquelyn, Helen, and Robert; and by her grandchildren: James Raftery, Molly Raftery, and Rachel Dunlap.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans Federated Church on Saturday, May 16.

For those wishing, donations may be made in her honor to the Orleans Ambulance Service; or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit DionNorman Francis Dion

Norman Francis Dion, 92, of Irasburg died peacefully on May 8, 2015, in Barton.

He was born in Irasburg on August 25, 1922, son of Frank and Sophronia (LaBounty) Dion.

On November 3, 1941, he married Marion Lacoss, who predeceased him on March 16, 2005.

He was a self-employed dairy farmer for many years, taking the farm over from his father at age 19. He was a foreman in road construction using his own water and dump trucks back when farming years were lean on the pocket book. He also served as postmaster in the Irasburg Post Office for one year. He retired from farming in 1973. Shortly after, he started a used furniture business and Dion’s Barn Sale was born. The barn sale became famous across the New England area and beyond.

Mr. Dion loved working outdoors, gardening, selling vegetables, selling firewood, maple sugaring, and he loved going to auctions throughout New England. He loved being with his large family on picnics, gatherings, and trips. His stories, practical jokes, and generous heart will be missed by family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his children: Ronald Dion and his wife, Martha, of Huntsville, Alabama, Dennis Dion and his wife, Denise, of Sheffield and Ellenton, Florida, Wayne Dion and his wife, Jennie, of Irasburg, Clarice Dion Boutin and her husband, Roland, of Tucson, Arizona, Linda Dion Chagnon and her husband, Pete, of Burlington, Alan Dion and his wife, Catherine, of Albany, David Dion and his wife, Anita, of Irasburg, and Charles Dion of Coventry. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

He was predeceased by his son Clare of North Concord; and by his sisters: Eleanor Smith, Doris King, and Veda Nichols.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. The funeral will be held on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with Father Timothy Naples officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activity Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Burlington, 56 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, or through tab at the top right of the homepage at CareNetBurlington.org.

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obit DufourGeraldine A. Dufour

Geraldine A. Dufour, 86, of Island Pond died peacefully on April 16, 2015, in Marietta, Georgia.

She was born on August 28, 1928, in Island Pond to Clifton and Sylvia (Cross) Powers.

On May 3, 1950, she married John Dufour, who predeceased her on September 1, 1982.

In 1946, she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond.

She worked at the Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 26 years from 1962 to 1988, when she retired.

She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, where she was president for one year and treasurer for 33 years. She was also a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #2309 and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She was treasurer for the Essex County American Cancer Society for 20 years.

She is survived by her children: Mark and his wife, Kelly Dufour, of Watertown, Massachusetts, Eric Dufour and his partner, Andrew Sawyer, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, Christian and his wife, Marlys Dufour, of Westminster, Colorado, and Susan and her husband, Jonathan Steele, of Kennesaw, Georgia; her grandchildren: Marquelle Dufour of Watertown, Nicholette Davis of Leadville, Colorado, Andrew Dufour of Lawrence, Kansas, Erica Duckwall of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Cameron Steele of Vicenza, Italy, who is a specialist in the Army; her siblings: Marion Deslandes of Island Pond, Clifton Powers of Zephyrhills, Florida, Carol Dodge of Island Pond, and Duane Powers of Island Pond; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Nathleen Fortin.

Friends may call on Friday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, Children and Youth Fund, P.O. Box 170, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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obit foleyEdith Jean Foley

Edith Jean (Swanekamp) Foley, 80, died on March 16, 2015, in Gastonia, North Carolina.

She was born on November 15, 1934, in Cranford, New Jersey, to Frederick and Edith (Mainhart) Swanekamp. As a child, “Jeanie” loved to be outdoors and enjoyed summer vacations as well as working in many capacities at Camp Skyland on Lake Champlain, South Hero Island in Vermont. She was a graduate of Cranford High School and then attended Averett College in Danville, Virginia, in 1952, where she studied secretarial sciences. Upon graduation, she worked for a period of time at Federated Inc. in Springfield, New Jersey, where she met John Foley in 1956.

She married Mr. Foley on September 7, 1957. They raised eight children in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

She was active in the community for several years and was a member of the Junior Women’s Club, Republicans’ Club, and served as the president of the local Little League Association. She also went back to work in a part-time capacity. Then, in 1977, the family moved to Barton, where they owned and operated the Country Corner Store. She worked hard to make the store a success and helped where she could in the local community. In 1979 and 1980, she took a job working for the Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport. Later she would accept a job with the state social services of Vermont, where she would embark on a career as a secretary. She would work there until her retirement in 2003. Throughout this time she was a fixture on the Diversion Board for the city of Newport, where she diligently helped many of the youth in the city.

She was an avid gardener and her green thumb transformed many a property. She enjoyed cooking, especially her mother’s recipes from childhood, and was known for her clam dip. She was a voracious reader of mysteries and detective novels, and enjoyed puzzles later in life. Her favorite color was yellow, or gold as we referred to it, and she enjoyed incorporating it into her décor. She had also what we liked to call the “clean Jean” which some of us possess and some don’t. She also was an avid sports fan — she taught most of her children how to play baseball and appreciate all sports. She was very happy that the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

She loved singing, and fondly reminisced about her own mother’s lovely soprano voice.

She was very proud of her German heritage and often had to remind some of her children that we were half German as well!

Our mother was a formidable force when it came to work and family and always led by example, having overcome many adversities in life that affected her health, and other aspects, to which she took pride in overcoming. The very definition of mother was truly written in every sense of the word when describing her. Many called her a saint, queen, friend, colleague, neighbor, and Nana, but we were blessed in having been able to call her our mother.

She leaves behind a large family that will miss her dearly, including her children: Sharon Ader and her husband, Bruce, of Lowell, North Carolina, John J. Foley III of Jeffersonville, Greg Foley of Newport, Jennifer Foley and her husband, Uwe Hartmann, of Nashua, New Hampshire, Maryellen Foley of Jeffersonville, Michael Foley of Penacook, New Hampshire, and Steven Foley and his wife, Jennifer, of South Burlington; a brother, John Bernard Swanekamp, and his wife, Patricia, of Sunset Beach, North Carolina; her sister in-law Yolanda Swanekamp of West Palm Beach, Florida; her sister-in-law Margaret and her husband, Fred Gayder, of Bayville, New Jersey, her brother-in-law Thomas and his wife, Betty Foley, of Apex, North Carolina, her sister-in-law Virginia Giordano of Wrightstown, New Jersey, her brother-in-law Raymond and his wife, Jacklyn Foley, of Spring Lake, New Jersey; and by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. There are 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John J. Foley Jr., in 2008; a daughter, Laura Jean Foley, in 2012; and by her brother Frederick Swanekamp in 2001.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of her life on May 17, in Jeffersonville, at the 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery at 4 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Cards of condolence may also be sent to 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery, 158 Main Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont 05464.

obit MorinAgathe J. Morin

Agathe J. Morin, 87, of Holland died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 6, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born in Frampton, Quebec, on November 8, 1927, a daughter of Wilfred and Beatrice (Patoine) Audet.

On August 27, 1949, she married Leonard Morin, who predeceased her in 1999. She was also predeceased by her son Normand in 1978.

She enjoyed the family reunions, playing cards and checkers with her family, gardening, and cooking for her children.

She lived for her children: Claude Morin and his fiancée, Johanne, of Holland, Donald Morin and his wife, Bonnie, of Richmond, Gilles Morin of Holland, Richard Morin and his wife, Helen, of Morgan, Yolande Bronson and her husband, Tim, of Derby, Rene Morin of Holland, Marc Morin of Derby, Celine Rathe and her husband, Eddie, of Colchester, Gerald Morin and his wife, Carolyn, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Andre Morin and John Morin, both of Holland; 19 grandchildren: Whitney, Matthew, Danielle, Justin, Emily, Jennifer, Jonathan, Nathan, Christine, Anita, Jacqueline, and Chase Morin, Tim Bronson II, Tara, Gregory, and Christopher Bronson, and Anne, Ellen, and Benjamin Rathe; two great-grandchildren: Gillion Schutt and Xavier Mayhew; her siblings: Gregoire Audet of Framtpton, Richard Audet of Frampton, Celine Audet and her husband, Edgar, of Frampton, Denis Audet and his wife, Yvette, of Querillion, Quebec, Raynald Audet and Daniel Audet, both of Frampton; and by her sisters-in-law: Simone Menard and Carmen Morin.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters: Patricia and Francoise; and by her brother Normand.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, 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 Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WoodMarion Alice Wood

Marion Alice Wood, 68, died after failing health on November 29, 2014, in Newport, where she had resided for many years. Previously she resided in Rutland and Montpelier.

She was born on April 8, 1946, in Barton, to the late F. Herbert Wood Jr. and Irene (LaCourse) Wood. She was a twin to her sister, Marilyn.

She was most recently a resident of Newport Health Care for the past few years. Prior to her failing health, she lived independently while being a kind and generous person to many. She endured many challenges in her life but was strong throughout all of them.

She loved to play cards, visit with friends, and watch Western movies.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and Douglas Maxwell; her sisters: Marjorie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, and Ruby Cook of Fort Myers, Florida; and by her brother Carl Wood of British Columbia, Canada. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Wilmot, Ruth Martin, and Dorothy Rundle; and by her brother Alton “Bud” Wood.

A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston on Saturday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Services

Janice Anderson

Committal services for Janice Anderson will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Junnie Peck

Committal services for Junnie Peck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Beverly Harbec

Committal services for Beverly Harbec will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Barbara Boutin

Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Derby Center Cemetery.

Maria Buck

Committal services for Maria Buck will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Dorothy Prue

Committal services for Dorothy Prue will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Hilda Pion

Committal services for Hilda Pion will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Gertrude Sanville

Committal services for Gertrude Sanville will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

John Hunter

Committal services for John Hunter will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Marcel Therrien

Committal services for Marcel Therrien will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Derby Center Cemetery.

Gilbert Turgeon

Committal services for Gilbert Turgeon will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Alice Cook

Committal services for Alice Cook will be held on Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Mathild “Tillie” Fugere

Committal services for Mathild “Tillie” Fugere will be held on Monday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Helen Seube

Committal services for Helen Seube will be on Saturday, May 23, at 1 p.m., at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore. A brief coffee and cake get-together will follow at the Westmore Community Center.

Audrie Wright

Committal services for Audrie Wright will be held on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m., at the North Monroe, New Hampshire, cemetery on Route 135.

Ms. Wright’s children invite all who knew her and family friends to the service and a potluck to follow, to be held at the home of Leonard and Lanette Wright in Danville. For more information, contact the Wrights at 748-1125, or Amy and Scott Brill at 467-1176.

Death notice 

Gerry Hunt

Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while he was traveling in Spain and Portugal.

Services were held in Morgan on May 11. Full obituary to follow.

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In girls golf: NC girls take first in Barre

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From left to right are Carley Giroux, Katie Goulet, Lindsey Brownfield, and Taylor LaBlanc, of the North Country Union High School girls golf team.  Photo courtesy of Brian Hampton

From left to right are Carley Giroux, Katie Goulet, Lindsey Brownfield, and Taylor LaBlanc, of the North Country Union High School girls golf team. Photo courtesy of Brian Hampton

The North Country Union High School girls golf team took first place at the ten-team tournament held at the Country Club of Barre. The NC girls outscored their closest competition by ten strokes at this tournament, which was their opening round of the season.

The travel team for this tournament consisted of captains Taylor LaBlanc and Katie Goulet, who was medalist, Lindsey Brownfield, and Carley Giroux who had the second best score for the team. Also on the team this year are sophomores Dehlia Wright and Alexis Domingue.

Katie said she was “a bit surprised to finally have a good day to play, and it is great to be out.” Taylor found the course challenging but “overall a good day — bad driver but my short game saved me.”

Turning in a respectable score was Lindsey Brownfield who outscored over half of the field. — submitted by NC girls golf coach Brian Hampton.

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More agriculture, more jobs

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Sweet Rowen Farmstead owner Paul Lisai poses in front of his creamery with his 16-year-old dog, Bailey.

Sweet Rowen Farmstead owner Paul Lisai poses in front of his creamery with his 16-year-old dog, Bailey.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The six-year-old Farm to Plate initiative appears to be doing its job and has noticeably helped bolster Vermont’s farm and food economy, according to a report released earlier this year.

Among other things, the report, conducted by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, says that, statewide, there were 748 food manufacturing firms in the state in 2014, a 37 percent increase over 2009. And between 2009 and 2013 4,189 new jobs were created in the food system. In all, about 60,000 Vermonters are employed as farmers, waiters, cheesemakers, brewers, bakers, butchers, grocery stockers, restaurateurs, manufacturers, marketers, distributors and other food related jobs, the report says.

Farm to Plate was part of the Vermont Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Les Misérables comes to Orleans

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Katie Kelly, playing the young Cosette, sings “Castle on a Cloud” in the first act of Les Misérables.  The show was put together as part of the Vermont Family Theatre.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Katie Kelly, playing the young Cosette, sings “Castle on a Cloud” in the first act of Les Misérables. The show was put together as part of the Vermont Family Theatre. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

ORLEANS — The cast of Vermont Family Theatre’s Les Misérables nailed the opening night of their show on Friday, remembering every line and singing every note.

Friday was the first of a three-day run of the show, put together by Artistic Director Karen Perry.

It was obvious that all the actors loved the show and gave it their all. The choruses were excellent and very effective, moving the story forward and making hearts race.

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Obituaries May 6, 2015

obit coutureLucille M. Couture

Lucille M. Couture, 80, formerly of Morgan died on April 30, 2015, in New Bedford, New Hampshire.

She was born on February 21, 1935, in Morgan, to Telesphore and Lucia (Plante) Guillette.

On June 11, 1966, she married Damien Couture, who predeceased her in 2005. She was also predeceased by her daughter Rachel in 2011.

She was a self-employed seamstress sewing drapes and upholstery.

She was a Eucharistic minister at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in West Charleston and enjoyed being a part of the church community. She also loved gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Michelle Couture of Manchester, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Abigail and Benjamin Longtin, both of Manchester; her siblings: Arthur Guillette and his wife, Linda, of Connecticut, Telesphore Guillette of Connecticut, Ernest Guillette and his wife, Sylvia, of Connecticut, and Cecil Card of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Leonard, Camile, and Henry; and by her sisters: Angela, Jean, Mary, Anable, and Yvette.

Funeral services were held on May 4, in Derby Line. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Annette G. Girouard

Annette G. Girouard, 93, of Orleans died on May 3, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on May 22, 1921, in Irasburg, to Maxime and Edwardina (Jubinville) Poirier.

On January 7, 1956, she married Alfredo Cappon, who predeceased her in 1982. She later married Moise Girourd, who died in 1991.

She was a supervisor for Pandora Clothing Manufacturing in Manchester, New Hampshire, for many years.

She enjoyed sewing and making dresses for the orphanages in Haiti. She also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her stepchildren: Celine Lafaille and her husband, Raymond, of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Lawrence Girouard of Forbestown, California, and Diane Choiniere and her husband, John, of Brownington; her grandchildren: Lynn Rae Allain, Norman Lafaille, Andrea Pope, and Adam and Joshua Choiniere; and by five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by six brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vets flagNorman Edmund Houle

Norman Edmund Houle, 79, of Acton, Massachusetts, died on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the E.N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, after a stoic battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Born in Merrimac, Massachusetts, he spent his formative years in Manchester, New Hampshire, the second child of the late Richard A. and Gertrude (Tremblay) Houle. He graduated from Manchester High School and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving honorably during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. Following his discharge, he graduated with honors from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, with a degree in mathematics, and later earned an advanced degree in mathematics from Boston College.

Mr. Houle taught math for many years at Bedford High School in Massachusetts, and enjoyed working summers driving tractor-trailer trucks. He left teaching to pursue a career at Raytheon Corp., where he was a manager in the transportation division at the time of his retirement.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Houle was a longtime active member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton. He enthusiastically encouraged his children in pursuing their interests and was the quintessential “hockey dad.” He was an avid reader of American and European history. He enjoyed spending time at and working on the family camp on Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and he was always up for a game of scrabble or dominoes.

Mr. Houle was the husband of Hiltrud G. “Hilli” (Spors) Houle, USAF Colonel, Retired, and was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (Gaudreau) Houle, who died in 1996. He is survived by their five children: Stephen P. Houle and his husband, Marc Ming Chan, of Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin J. Houle and his wife, Tracey, of Plattsburgh, New York, Maureen E. Houle of Acton, Gardena M. Abramowitz and her husband, Kris, of Acton, and Jeffrey TN Houle and his wife, Amy, of Maynard, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren: KJ, Tagan, Molly, Sydney, Ethan, Jake, Gram, Harry, Kate and Christopher; three brothers: Richard Houle and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Bedford, New Hampshire, Robert Houle of Hampton, New Hampshire, and Joseph Houle and his wife, Lynn, of Poulsbo, Washington; and by many nieces, nephews, and extended family including his sister-in-law Ursala (Spors) Calvert of Villa Grove, Illinois, and many of Hilli’s family. He was predeceased by his brother Paul Houle and his wife, Janice; and by his sister Simone Houle.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home in Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton, with military honors to follow at church. Interment in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the hospice program at the E.N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford via www.bedford.va.gov.

Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com.

obit KimballAnnemie Kimball

Annemie (März) Kimball died peacefully at North Country Hospital in Newport on April 29, 2015, at the age of 88.

She was born on April 4, 1926, in Neuenhain, Germany, to Martin and Else März.

She married Jesse Kimball, a military police officer (MP) in the Army, in 1948. Eventually they settled in Derby, where she worked as a housekeeper for North Country Hospital and her husband began farming.

She was a generous and witty individual who loved word searches and who was passionate about baking and chocolate. She took great pleasure in baking large amounts of desserts for her family, especially during the holidays. She was a wonderful great-aunt, whose great-nieces and -nephews adored her immensely.

She is survived by her sister Helga Geiss of Derby; and by her nephew Andreas Geiss and his wife, Lisa Geiss, of Newport, Vermont.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jesse Kimball, of Derby.

Funeral services were held on May 5, at 1 p.m. in Newport. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LemadelineRock J. Lamadeleine

Rock J. Lamadeleine, 74, a longtime resident of Barton, died peacefully on May 2, 2015, in Newport, on what would have been his mother’s birthday. His family feels as though a bright light has vanished from this world.

He was born on July 8, 1940, in Barton, son of Albert and Germaine (Tetreault) Lamadeleine.

He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School and worked on the family farm for many years. He learned to cook meals in the farmhouse with his mother. He liked animals, bowling, walking, and seeing his three nieces. He played harmonica with his brothers, Guy and Clement. One of his greatest joys was cooking for family, and listening to his mother, brothers, and sister play music on piano, violin, trumpet, spoons, and concertina. He simply enjoyed sitting with someone and listening while they spoke. He spent most of his life being pleasant to everyone who he came into contact with.

He had a strong faith in God and a sincere, heartwarming, and strong love for people, especially his family and friends. He had a way of seeing the best in people and despite the challenges in his life he always managed to smile, laugh, and persevere and helped others do the same.

He had a great memory with a knack for remembering people’s birthdays and names. He will truly be missed by the many people who knew him. He also enjoyed bowling, walking in the woods, playing cards, and visits from his family.

He is survived by his sister Therese Bonnette and her husband, George, of Barton; his brother Guy Lamadeleine of Barton; his sister-in-law Henriette Lamadeleine of Barton; his three nieces: Anne Gamble and her husband, Rob, of Bangor, Maine, Claire Beck and her husband, Gene, of Anderson, Nevada, and Dorothy Bonnette of Barre; and by his area cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Marie Anne; and by his brothers: Clement and Bernard.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarrotteJoshua D. Marrotte

Joshua D. Marrotte, 26, of Westfield died peacefully on April 29, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 10, 1989, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, a son of Elizabeth (Myers) and the late Wayne Marrotte.

He attended North Country Union High School.

He worked on the Roberge family farm in North Troy.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his daughter Destiny and family. He will be missed by his dog Mia. He loved life and always had a smile. He made friends easily. He also enjoyed tinkering around the house, and he was a very hard worker and willing to help others in need.

He is survived by his beloved daughter Destiny Marrotte of Westfield; his fiancée, Danielle Ahlquist, of Westfield; his mother, Elizabeth Myers-Parker, of Troy; his father Donald Parker, of Troy; his brothers: Erik Parker of Troy, Travis Calloway of Newport, Brandon Brewster of Newport, and Nathan Brewster of Colorado; his sisters: Courtney Parker of Troy, and Samantha Marrotte of Newport; his stepmother Brenda Marrotte of Newport; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Wayne Marrotte.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call from noon on Wednesday until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Interment to follow.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Destiny Marrotte Education Fund, care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit MasonJohn D. Mason

John D. Mason, 45 of West Charleston died on April 26, 2015, in Brattleboro.

He was born on June 26, 1969, in Newport, a son of Earl C. and Beverly (Labounty) Mason.

He loved to go fishing, wrestling, lifting weights, and being outdoors.

He is survived by his siblings: Ronnie Sheltra of Derby, Brad Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Ocachobe, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Newport, Joyce Hillis and her friend, Danny Hutchins, of Brattleboro, Linda Marsh of Derby, Earl Mason Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida, and Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia; his girlfriend, Priscilla Peret of North Hampton, Massachusetts; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by a half-sister, Peggy Poulin.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 22, at the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Barton, with Paul Essaff officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory be made to Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group, P.O. Box 207, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

Peggy J. Poulin

Peggy J. Poulin, 61, of Newport died peacefully on April 25, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 11, 1954, to Ronald and Beverly (Labounty) Sheltra.

On June 19, 1970, she married Donald Poulin Sr., who survives her.

She was family oriented and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and she loved all her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Poulin Sr., of Newport; her children: Jason and Donald Poulin Jr., both of Newport; her grandchildren: Natasha, Jasmine, Makalia, Bridgett, Maya, Avirex, and Tiana; her siblings: Ronnie Sheltra of Derby, Brad Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Ocachobe, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Newport, and Joyce Hillis and her friend, Danny Hutchins, of Brattleboro, Linda Marsh of Derby, Earl Mason Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida, Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia, and Cindy Willis and her husband, Todd, of Derby.

Her half-brother Johnny Mason died on April 26, 2015.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PriceElizabeth A. Price

Elizabeth A. Price, 87, of Newport died peacefully on April 30, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport, with her family at her side.

She was born on November 14, 1927, in Bethel, a daughter of Edward D. and Ada E. (Pease) Hickey Sr.

In 1951, she married John Price, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 of Newport.

She enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, square dancing, going to the family camp on Holland Pond, hunting, and fishing, and she was always ready to give a hand to relatives and friends for any reason. She was a happy, giving, and loving person, especially to family members and also her many friends.

She is survived by her sons: Jeff Price and his wife, Mary, of Morgan, David Price of Derby, and Brian Price and his wife, Lucinda, of Ontario, New York; her grandchildren: Beth Price and her companion, George Reed, of Derby, Jason Prue and his wife, Kim, of Newport Center, Jennifer Cook and her husband, Brian, of Newport Center, Jeremy Prue and his wife, Jessica, of Virginia, Merranda Rae Price of Derby Line, Heather Dawn Moulton and her husband, Adam, of Newport Center, Tarin Elizabeth Pratte and her husband, Derek, of Derby Line, Tricia Price and her companion, Jake, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, Gillian Price of New York, and Jessica Lewis and her husband, Jordan, of Newport; her great-grandchildren: Bree Jewer, Jacquelyn and Hunter Prue, Addison Cook, Katelyn, Zoe, Isabella, Lawson, and Easton Prue, Dawson and Connor Oliver, Zoe Wheeler, Jonathan and Danyka Moulton, Quinn and Baylor Pratte, and Jakob and Rhilee Lewis; her sisters: Marion Lawrence and her husband, Donald, of Sharon, Kathy Spenser of South Carolina, Carol Labounty and her companion, Dick Colburn, of New Hampshire, and Cheryl Paradis and her husband, Ken, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Dave Hickey.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory made be made to the Bel-Aire Care Center, care of the Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Roberta Margaret Francis

Roberta Margaret Francis, 78, of Newport died on April 29, 2015, in Newport.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

John Cadieux

Committal services for John Cadieux will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Theresa Rivard

Committal services for Theresa Rivard will be held on Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Marie Reid

Committal services for Marie Reid will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Bernard Riendeau Sr.

Funeral services for Bernard Riendeau Sr. will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Albany Elementary School gymnasium, with the Reverend Gary Ashton officiating. Interment will be at the Albany Village Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Albany Elementary School.

Raymond Pion

Committal services for Raymond Pion will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Dorothy Prue

Committal services for Dorothy Prue will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Helen Seube

Interment for Helen Seube will be on Saturday, May 23, at Overlook Cemetery in Westmore. The service is at 1 p.m.

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