Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard
Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard, 55, died with grace on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with amyloidosis. She was surrounded by her family’s love. She is now reunited with her son Jason A. Berard.
Born in Havana, Cuba, on June 10, 1960, she was the fifth child of seven to Pedro Barquin and Luisa Olagorta Barquin. She grew up in Miami, Florida, and Manila, Philippines, before moving to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. It was in Burlington that she met her husband of 32 years, Roger E. Berard, and began building their life and family together.
Having established their home in St. Albans, with four children, Ms. Berard founded and co-owned the successful children’s clothing brand, Loli of Vermont, for which she received the Franklin County Business and Professional Women, Woman of Achievement Award. That was only the beginning.
Dedicated to education, social justice, and equality, she tackled every opportunity with gusto, and always fought to support youth voices, promote excellence and equity in education, and create lifelong learning opportunities. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Johnson State College, her master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, and participated in the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.
Most recently the Vermont Regional Coordinator of Franklin Grand Isle Building Bright Futures, Ms. Berard was the principal of the Alburgh Community Education Center, the school and community coordinator for Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU), and she was involved with Project New Beginnings, Everyday Democracy, Youth in Transition, Franklin Grand Isle United Way, and Bellows Free Academy Northwest Technical Center.
She had more than 15 years of teaching experience, community service and development, and civic engagement, and Ms. Berard was connected, loyal, passionate, determined, and loved by the community she created.
Along with her adoring husband, she continues to guide her sons, Roger A. Berard and Lucas A. Berard, and her daughter, Sophia A. Berard and her fiancé, Luke Gellatly, with strength and will of heart. She is loved and missed by her family: Maria, Richard and Ari Arratia, Pedro and Betty Barquin, Maipi, Richard, Christopher, and Devin Deraney, Jose, Lana, Tristan, Gabriella and Alesio Barquin, Maite and Alan Brace, Pablo and Victoria Barquin, and Gilles, Jeannine, Paul, and Lynne Berard.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 8, by Father Maurice J. Roy at Holy Angels Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of her life at her home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Dream Big Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/6fa4wew4.
Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.
Sister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval
Sister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval, 93, died at Holy Cross Health Center (HCHC) in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
She was born in Richford, on November 14, 1921, to Basil Duval and Mabel Jane (Donlon) Duval.
She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1938 and professed her vows on August 21, 1940.
Her primary missions were teaching in Champlain and Morrisonville, New York, (where she later became part of the school administration), Newport, and Colebrook, New Hampshire, and bookkeeping and secretarial services in Derby Line, Burlington, Newport, and Littleton, New Hampshire.
She retired to Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton in 1997, then to HCHC in 2014.
She loved her religious community and was very dedicated to her various ministries. Her eyes had a special sparkle when she spoke of her family. She will be remembered and missed by all.
She is survived by her nieces: Norma Yandow, Cecile Deblois and her husband, John, and Jane Frances Maxwell and her husband, Paul; and by her nephews: Douglas, Martin, Jim, Ken Jr., and Dennis Duval.
She was predeceased by her parents and six brothers: Archibald, Norman, Elmer, Francis, Kenneth, and Rémi.
Prayer at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel took place on Sunday, August 16. A Mass was celebrated on Monday, August 17, at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.
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Pauline S. Glover
Pauline S. Glover, 86, of Derby died peacefully on August 11, 2015, in Newport.
She was born on December 26, 1928, in Derby to Arthur and Beulah (Curtis) Storey.
On August 26, 1950 she married Hayden Glover who predeceased her.
Pauline was town clerk for the town of Derby for 40 years. She was a member of the Derby Academy Alumni Association, and the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston. She was an avid reader, watched her favorite TV shows, enjoyed farming and attending activities with Mr. Glover, tending to her vegetable garden, going to yard sales, and she always loved and cared for her many animals over the years.
She is survived by her children: Valerie Glover of Derby, and Edward Glover and his wife and stepdaughter of Derby; her granddaughter Kim Robinson of Winooski; by her sisters: Laura Labrecque of Massachusetts, and Evelyn Willard of Derby; her aunt Phyllis Davio of Newport; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Dailey Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Penelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson
Penelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson, 82, of Newport died on August 10, 2015.
She was born on October 25, 1932, the second child and first daughter of Canon R. Kenneth Naylor and Mary Barton Naylor, and a Montreal resident for her first 45 years.
She was the wife of the late Rod Henderson, whom she lived with in Newport later in life.
Her passion was being a pilot when it was very unusual for a girl just out of high school to aim to do that. Working at Bell Canada gave her the needed money to take flying lessons at Laurentide Aviation in Dorval, Quebec. After obtaining her private pilot’s license, she went on to obtain her commercial license and her instructor’s rating. However TransCanada Airlines (later Air Canada) was not hiring women at that time, so she became a flight instructor in her spare time. She was featured in an interesting article in The Blue Bell of Bell Canada from August 1965.
She also acquired a motorcycle and toured England, Scotland, and Wales on it for six months. She worked there, among other things, harvesting hops.
In her work at Bell Canada, French language usage meant that she was required to attend many meetings in French. She took an early medical retirement, and married Mr. Henderson, a fellow pilot, in 1975.
She was predeceased by her husband; and her brother Ronald in 2009.
She is survived by her sisters, Rachel Fletcher and Gillian Villeneuve; her stepchildren: Debbie, Denyse, Joan, Anne, Roddie and Pennie; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Denis J. Leclerc
Denis J. Leclerc, 61, died on Monday August 3, 2015, at his home in Island Pond.
Born in Sorel, Montreal, Québec on August 19, 1953, to Victor J. and Yvette R. Leclerc, he moved to Island Pond in 1963 as his father was transferred from the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal.
Mr. Leclerc began his career in cooking at the age of 17 at the infamous Buck & Doe Restaurant under the watchful eye of Ronny Langford. From there he spent the majority of his career at the Spa Restaurant in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, turning the restaurant into what it is today. He devoted countless hours and was an instrumental part of its success for which Francis and Stephanie will be forever grateful.
He was a devoted employee and friend with a large extended family. He loved to spread his culinary knowledge and taught many how to cook.
He enjoyed many activities, including golf and pool. He enjoyed hunting camp with his buddies back in the day for some good poker, and he was an avid sportsman. He played in many pool leagues. He loved to read and had a vast knowledge on many subjects.
He had a heart of gold and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by three sisters: Sylvie Ming and her husband, Larry, of Island Pond, Lynn Leclerc, and Michele Leclerc, both of Island Pond; his brother Peter J. Leclerc and his wife, Debbie, of Wallingford, Connecticut; nine nieces and nephews: Brandy Pepin and her husband, Tyler, of Island Pond, Derek Ming of Island Pond, Renee Delachevrotiere and her husband, Jay, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Michael V. Leclerc of Detroit, Michigan, Jonathan P. Leclerc of Wallingford, Connecticut, Nathan Stebenne and his wife, Krystal, of Island Pond, Brandon Stebenne of Island Pond, John Langmaid of Washington, D.C., Tara Langmaid, who is also his godchild, and her boyfriend, Andrew Martin, of Island Pond; his stepfather Harry Weatherstone of Island Pond; his aunt and uncle Claudine and Adellard Pelletier of Island Pond; and by several great nieces and nephews and by many aunts and uncles in the United States and Canada.
He was predeceased by his parents in 1977 and 2006.
There will be a graveside service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond where he will be buried beside his parents on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. There will be a luncheon at the American Legion directly following.
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Geraldine M. Percy
Geraldine M. Percy, 92, of Titusville, Florida died on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
A native of Island Pond, Ms. Percy moved to Florida in the early eighties from Pocasset, Massachusetts.
She attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. She was a charter member of St. John’s Women’s Guild in Pocasset, a member of the Rosie The Riveter Organization, and received the Marian Award.
She is survived by four sons: James and his wife, Jean, Donald and his wife, Margaret, Ellis and his wife, JoAnn, and Kenneth and his wife, Diane; her daughter Mary Mysona; her brother-in-law Basil Percy; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Newell R. Percy; a brother, Donald Aldrich; and a sister, Lucille Bresse.
Funeral services were held in Titusville, Florida. An inurnment service will be held Friday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School, 203 Ojibway Street, Titusville, Florida 32780.
Joyce A. Westover
Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.
She graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.
She loved to read the Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at the Solid Rock Assembly Brownington Center Church and Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.
Her family and friends will miss her greatly.
Mrs. Westover is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida, Betty Larose of Vermont, Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont, Ed Westover of Vermont, and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina, Christopher Larose and his son Dylan, and daughters Kayana, Kaylene, and Kaydriene, of Vermont, Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina, Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut, Monica Larose of Vermont, Roany Meyer of Massachusetts, Brittany (Westover) Howard and her husband, Chase, of Georgia, and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Florence Whitcomb, and by many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister, Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as her daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on Saturday, August 22, at noon.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Westover may be made to the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences at awrfh.com.
Foster Metcalf Whipple
Foster Metcalf Whipple, 84, of Newport, died on August 9, 2015, in Newport.
He was born on August 24, 1930, in Coventry, to Max and Lettie (Metcalf) Whipple.
He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a truck driver for Pike Industries where he retired after 18 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Order of the Elks. He owned his own trucking business for several years before working for Pike Industries and he had a snowplowing business for several years through which he met and made a lot of friends. He always had a smile on his face, enjoyed lots of laughter, and had good things to say about everyone.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Kish Whipple of Newport, who he married in March 2007; his nieces: Linda Walker of Canaan, New Hampshire, Mary Walker and her husband, Robert Greenhalgh, of Arizona, Karen and Jesse Conley of Barton, Bruce and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his great-niece Jeannie Greenhalgh of California; Ms. Whipple’s children: Edward Kish and his wife, Nancy, and Keith Kish and his wife, Lisa, all of Hardwick, and David Kish and his wife, Karen, of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brother Leland Whipple; and his first wife, Francese Miles who he married on April 14, 1956, and who died on June 20, 2006.
Funeral services were held on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 167, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to Love is Caring Home Health Care, 7827 Route 14, Craftsbury, Vermont 05827.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.