Obituaries August 20, 2014

obit BennettJessie T. Bennett

Jessie T. Bennett, 88, of North Troy died on August 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born on June 29, 1926, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Nicholas and Rosa (LaPiccarella) Tassielli.

She was a retired registered nurse.

She is survived by her children: Beverly Maxfield of North Troy, and Byron Wickham Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida; her grandchildren: Jay Wickham, Opal Stewart, and Jayson Maxfield; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family.

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obit ColburnRichard Alden Colburn Jr.

Richard Alden Colburn Jr., 58, of East Charleston died suddenly on August 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on November 3, 1955, in Newport, to Richard Colburn Sr. and the late Alta (Allbee) Colburn.

On July 4, 1998, he married Diane Nielsen-Hogge, who survives him.

He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing after nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and a life member of the Charleston Historical Society. He was also sexton of the Charleston Cemetery, working with his dad for over 30 years, and a strong supporter of his wife’s dancing school, North Country School of Dance.

Mr. Colburn served as a fence viewer for the town of Charleston and as a past member of the East Charleston Fire Department.

He and his wife vacationed in Maine many times. He enjoyed gardening and was especially proud of his potato garden. An excellent marksman, he looked forward to deer season every year. He also repaired and sold chainsaws. He was an avid snowmobiler in the winter and enjoyed bike riding in the summer.

Always full of humor, he brought smiles and laughter to everyone he knew. A strong supporter of his big family, he always gave a helping hand, as a Good Samaritan to all. He loved to cut firewood and spend time in the forest.

He enjoyed his dogs, Hunter and Lulu, along with his cats. He took pride in maintaining his antique Mercury Montego.

He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Colburn of East Charleston; his children: Jennifer Turgeon and her husband, Tom, David Colburn and his wife, Alma, Jamie Colburn and her companion, Jason Brochu, and Sarah Leah Colburn and her companion, Damon Jones; his step-daughter, Krista Grenier; his father, Richard Colburn Sr. of East Charleston; his sister, Grace Frizzell of East Charleston; his mother-in-law, Marie Nielsen; his grandchildren: Martina and Shania Turgeon, Caden Colburn and Leo Colburn; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Cesare, and his brother-in-law, Julius Cesare; and by the following nieces and nephews: Amy and Fred Sherlaw, Dan and Alicia Frizzell, Mike and Marina Cesare, Mark and Jenn Cesare, and Matt and Patsy Cesare.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Kenneth Frizzell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston with the Reverend Stuart Brush officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Charleston Historical Society, or to the Charleston Fire Department, or to the Plymouth Congregational Church, all in care of Diane Colburn, 542 Twin Bridges Road, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

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obit CurtisWilliam “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr.

William “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr., 78, of Newport died on August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1935, in Newport to William and Elizabeth (LaPlante) Curtis Sr.

On June 5, 1959, he married Marilyn Willey, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport High School in 1953 and entered the United States Army in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1957.

He was a self-employed mason contractor for over 45 years. He took great pride in his work and did projects all over Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa.

In 1974 he moved the entire family to Hartley and Spencer, Iowa, where they resided for two years. Upon his return to Vermont, he purchased the land that is now the Newport Car Wash and Poulos Insurance. He developed the car wash property mostly by himself and also had an ice cream stand at the current Poulos Insurance location for many years. He also established Northern Canoe, in which he took great pride in building canoes and kayaks.

Early in life he was a lineman and an auto body repairman. His last job was at the Jay Peak Resort, where he was a maintenance person.

His hobbies included hunting, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Curtis of Newport; his children: Clark Curtis and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Bernard Curtis of Newport; his grandchildren: Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, and Spencer Curtis and Faith Curtis, both of Newport. He was about to be a great-grandfather in a few weeks. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Monfette, and her husband, Paul, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Vivian, Shirley, Alice, and Gladys “Red.”

Funeral services were held on August 18, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit laroseRobert “Rocky” Gene LaRose

Robert “Rocky” Gene LaRose, 65, of Brownington died peacefully in the predawn hours of August 15, 2014.

Truly, there will never be another LaRock LaRose.

He was born on May 2, 1949, in Burlington to Gabriel Andrew LaRose and Flora Louise Shepard, who predeceased him.

Around eight years of age, he was removed from his home because he wasn’t safe, which began his 37-year odyssey of living in institutions and group homes. He attended school through the fourth grade, and was always proud to say he “never went in Brandon Training School.”

Just before his thirty-fifth birthday, while living in Colbyville, he was sent to the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Requesting an advocate, he met Bethany Knight, then the long-term care ombudsman for the Central Vermont Council on Aging in Barre. Thus began a lifelong friendship with Ms. Knight, her then four-year-old son, Elliot Kaiman, and their friends and family. In her family, Mr. LaRose found and returned great love.

When Ms. Knight and Thurmond Knight moved from Montpelier to Glover in 1994, Mr. LaRose hitchhiked to the Kingdom and declared he wanted his own apartment. After living in community care homes across central Vermont, he was ready to try independent living. Thanks to the courage and kindness of landlords Dr. Judy and Stan Dunklee, he moved into his first home on Elm Street in Barton. He lived a 20-year adventure in the Northeast Kingdom, well supported by the loyal staff at Northeast Kingdom Human Services, in particular, Deb Cogan and crew.

A few years later, Mr. LaRose was handed a box of markers and a pad of paper, and a natural folk artist was born. His earliest drawings were houses, perhaps to mark the significance of his finally having his own home. For several years, he sold his cards and posters at the Orleans County fairgrounds, using the profits to buy cowboy boots and Indian jewelry.

Sometime between the release of Rocky III and Rocky IV, Mr. LaRose announced he “was Rocky, and these hands are licensed.” A man with a rich imagination, he often created wonderful memories of a life he hadn’t lived; a practice that helped him transcend childhood pain and the absence of experiences. He was forever announcing he had adopted someone, warmly calling them “son, son-in-law, daughter, aunt” and so on. To be named friend or family by him was simply good karma.

When Elliot Kaiman joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997, Mr. LaRose also became a military man. With every advancement in rank that Mr. Kaiman earned, Mr. LaRose leapt ahead of him, until one day he announced to the staff at Pierce Pharmacy in Barton that he was now General LaRose. And as a general, he focused on protecting others and the community at large. He was often seen wearing a badge, and would sometimes refer to himself as a sheriff or a Social Security guard.

With the support of his mental health workers, Mr. LaRose took his first plane trip, spending a week in Orlando, Florida, and touring Disney World. He took other trips out of Vermont as well, participating in the Peer Counseling network.

He married twice and enjoyed his years as a husband. He especially liked the wedding ceremony, cake, and gift table. For several summers, he and his second wife held re-marriages at the Knights’ home, with Roger Greeley officiating. Many folks have wonderful memories of those lovely summer parties, with Mr. LaRose encouraging the guests to sing and make some remarks.

Other highlights in his life include calling upon his Cherokee heritage to track down a lost dog, vacationing in Maine and seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, winning numerous bowling trophies, having a fishing license in his wallet and occasionally catching a fish, staying overnight at the Knights’ in his self-titled Marine Coop, buying a washing machine, attending he law school graduation of his brother, Mr. Kaiman, in Massachusetts, and drawing elaborate scenes on all of the downstairs doors in the Knights’ home.

He was also a member of many churches, most recently the River of Life in Brownington and Life in Christ in Newport, where he always appreciated the fellowship, coffee, and doughnuts.

The last three years of his life, Mr. LaRose had the enormous good fortune of living with Marcia and the late Arthur Pepin of Brownington. Spending time with the Pepins’ beautiful draft horses gave him great purpose and pleasure. Ms. Pepin’s fine cooking and kind heart made his final days what he had always yearned for: living in a wonderful home with people who loved him.

He is survived by his adopted mother and father, Bethany and Thurmond Knight of Glover; his grandparents, Roger and Kay Greeley of Marquette, Michigan; his brother Elliot Kaiman and his wife, Alison Brodhagen, of Madison, Connecticut; his sister, Chelsea Knight of Brooklyn, New York; his nephews: Malcolm and Otto Kaiman; and by all the other fortunate folks he met throughout his life.

As per his wishes, his burial was at a small graveyard on the Knights’ property in Glover where his best friend, William Henry Legier, was buried in 2005.

A public celebration of his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on September 25, in the state conference room of the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport, prior to the weekly gathering of Global Campus. Mr. LaRose enjoyed being part of Global Campus, and could be counted on each year to give a talk on “How to Be a Great Bowler.”

To honor his memory, friends may make a contribution online at or by mail to Global Campus Foundation, 43 South Main Street, Suite 3, Randolph, Vermont 05060.

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine, 99, of Craftsbury Common died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on October 21, 1914, in Craftsbury, to William and Helen (Paterson) Dustan.

In 1940 she married Emanuel Levine, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Levine graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1932 and in 1934 from the dental hygienist program at the University of Syracuse. She was a dental assistant at the Veterans Administration in Orange, New Jersey, where she retired in 1979.

She was a volunteer at the Craftsbury Public Library up until the time of her death. She was a voracious reader of American history, a splendid cook, and she enjoyed gardening, flowers, and life.

She is survived by her children: Charles Levine of Oceanside, California, and Laura Noble of Bay Village, Ohio; her grandchildren: Aron Tavakoli, David Levine, Sam Noble, and Hannah Noble; and by her great-grandson Henry Tavakoli.

Funeral services were held on August 11, on Craftsbury Common. Interment will take place at a later date at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Public Library, Attention: Susan O’Connell, P.O. Box 74, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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obit MonfetteFrancis Oliver Monfette

Francis Oliver Monfette, 89, of Orleans died peacefully, with his family at his side, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 27, 1925, in Newport to Levi and Eva (Elie) Monfette.

On February 10, 1950, he married the love of his life, Florence (Picard) Monfette.

He was a man of all talents. As a young man, he worked many jobs, including working on the railroad, painting, and 25 years at Ethan Allen, from which he retired. He then went back following his retirement as a night watchman for many years.

He was a true family man and a very dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was the patriarch of the family.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Monfette of Orleans; his children: Brian Monfette and his wife, Rhonda, of Orleans, Debbie Monfette of Irasburg and her partner, Craig Hankins of Barton, and Steve Monfette of Orleans; his grandchildren: Sonya Sackett and her fiancé, Jason Hale, of Albany, Tosha Wilcox of Irasburg, Angela Carlin and her husband, Raymond, of Irasburg, Tonya Hackett and her husband, Richie, of Newport, and Renee Monfette of Orleans and her friend, Todd Larose, of Eden; his great-grandchildren: Shania Hayes and Zachary Hale of Albany, Breanne Silvestro of Barton, Hunter Carlin of Irasburg, and Donnie Kontoes Jr. of Irasburg; his sister Betty Keement and her husband, Anthony, of Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lori Ann Monfette; five sisters: Shirley Amyot, Evelyn Day, Gladys Kelley, Winifred Stevens, and Alfreda Bowen; and by his brother, Raymond Shackett.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit-paradisClaire Paradis Proteau

Claire Paradis Proteau, 90, of Magog, Quebec, formerly of Newport, died on July 21, 2014.

She was born on January 28, 1924, in Lambton, Quebec.

On September 1, 1945, she married Roger Proteau, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Pierrette and her husband, Rob, Marc, Claudette and her husband, Bob, Andie and her husband, Reg, Muguette and her husband, Denis, Carolle, and John and his wife, Kathy; her 16 grandchildren; and her 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two daughters: Micheline and Jocelyne; and by one sister and six brothers.

For the first 15 years of their married life, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau lived in Canada with their growing family. On June 30, 1960, they pulled up roots with their seven children and moved to Newport, on a dairy farm. They had one more child a few years later.

Throughout her long life, Mrs. Proteau did many things; her talents were limitless. She loved to cook and bake, many times creating delicious meals from just a few simple ingredients. Her love of cooking was one of the many gifts that she passed down to her children. Mom could fix anything! She was very handy with tools and loved to make something new out of something broken. Her hands were never idle. She loved gardening and canning, proud that she had an abundance of vegetables for her family all winter long.

When their children were grown, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau began spending their winters in Florida, and would return to Newport for the summer.

As time went on, Mrs. Proteau’s health started to decline. She made the decision to move back to Canada where assisted living was a safer option for her. She lived there until the end of her life.

At her final request, a funeral Mass at St. Jean Bosco in Magog was celebrated on July 28. Her burial will take place on Friday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. A celebration of her life will follow at the Gateway Center in Newport for family and friends.

obit TinkerDolores M. Tinker

Dolores M. Tinker, 75, of Orleans died on August 14, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Barton.

She was born on March 24, 1939, in Barnston, Quebec, to Ovide and Irene (Viens) Ducharme.

She liked to travel, cook, knit, crochet, and take care of her flowers. She especially enjoyed feeding the birds and watching wildlife around her home. Her family enjoyed her homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies.

She is survived by her children: Eugene Tinker and his significant other, Stephanie Gee, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Susan Cloutier and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Homer Tinker of Brownington; her significant other, Paul Montague of Orleans; her grandchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Chad Saari, Samantha Tinker, Zachary Tinker, Christopher Wells and his significant other, Jamie Pell, Geromy Wells, and Alexandria Cloutier; her great-grandchildren: Tommy, Geno and Paige Saari, Avah Frasca, Joshua, Brooke and Melanie Wells, and Jazmin Wells; her brother and sisters: Paul Ducharme of Leesburg, Florida, Lucille LeBlanc and her husband, Louis, of Clinton, Massachusetts, and Georgette Stratton and her husband, George, of Beebe, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers: Gerard, Leo, and Claude Ducharme.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Andrew Eric Wright

Andrew Eric Wright, 46, died suddenly at his home in Littleton, New Hampshire, on August 6, 2014. He had been struggling with MS (multiple sclerosis) for the last 16 years.

He was born to Al and Nancy Wright and raised in Littleton.

Mr. Wright enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His pride and joy was his granddaughter, Arianna, and his motorcycle.

He is survived by his parents, Al and Nancy Wright; two brothers: Aldis Wright and his wife, Heather, and Anthony Wright, all of Littleton. He leaves the love of his life, Vanessa English; their daughter, Patricia, and son, Nick, and his stepson, Eric, and a very special granddaughter, Arianna. He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles: Edie Stevens of Orleans, Betty and her husband, Bob, Gravel of Woodbury, Harold Patrick of Kentucky, Bev Patrick of Hardwick, Hazen Wright and his wife, Alice, of Coventry, Mark Wright and his wife, Elaine, of Glover, Nancy Larose and her husband, Bob, of Glover, Kay Friend and her husband, Francis, of Pownal, and Milo Wright of Glover. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A beautiful celebration of his life was held on August 16, at the VFW in Littleton. This event was well attended by his family and friends.

Donations may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163; or to Vanessa English and family, 50 Lilac Lane, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Death notice

Beverly Rebecca Emerson

Beverly Rebecca Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 30, at the East Side Restaurant in Newport from 12 to 2 p.m.


At Bread and Puppet: Fire revival for Gaza draws reflection, silence


Bread and Puppet Theater performers practice for a revival of Fire.  Photos by David Dudley

Bread and Puppet Theater performers practice for a revival of Fire. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle August 13, 2014

by David Dudley

GLOVER — Before the Bread and Puppet Theater’s Friday night performance of Fire, Genevieve Yeuillaz rakes the dirt floor theater. Though the audience rarely acknowledges her effort, she carefully makes lines in the dirt before each performance. It’s a way of making the space feel fresh. The raking is, perhaps for Ms. Yeuillaz, a meditation, a kind of prayer. She focuses her attentions on a seemingly small, repetitive task to rest her mind before the intense performance.

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Entrepreneurs pitch ideas in a Lowell barn


Trish Sears is reflected in a mirror as entrepreneur Justin Larose presents his pitch.  Photos by Bethany M. Dunbar

Trish Sears is reflected in a mirror as entrepreneur Justin Larose presents his pitch. Photos by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle August 13, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

LOWELL — What do a doggie treat maker, someone who wants to make an alcoholic tea, and an online marketing consultant have in common? They were all gathered in a barn in Lowell last week to make business pitches to a group of people who have the wisdom and financial resources to help them make their small businesses grow into big ones.

It was the first annual Barn Pitch, held Thursday, August 7.

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Obituaries August 13, 2014

Mahlon “George” Allen Jr.

Mahlon “George” Allen Jr. of Craftsbury died on August 7, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on December 8, 1960, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Mr. Allen was an avid hunter, golfer and horseshoe player. He enjoyed traveling to Florida, taking cruises, and spending time with close friends and family.

His love for his children and grandchildren was evident in their return of love and support during his life. He was known as a friendly and caring man, always willing to help anyone that asked or those that didn’t.

His life’s work of forestry management was one of his passions. Whether it was cutting firewood or working closely with a forester to help preserve the beautiful Vermont forests, it was hard and labor intensive but he was dedicated on even his worst days.

His custom baseball bats gave many professional athletes the opportunity to experience his craftsmanship.

He was a member of the AMVETS, NRA, and Copley Golf Association, where he mentored many young golfers during his time spent there, sharing his passion and expertise.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Keoppen of Leesburg, Florida; his sisters: Deby Lutterschmidt and her husband, Gabe, of Oakwood, Illinois, and Corrina Allen of Tampa, Florida; his sons: Jason Allen of Barre and Shaun Allen and his wife, Misty, of Craftsbury; six grandchildren: Matthew, Nicholas, Natalie, Lillian, McKenzie, and Devin Allen; several nieces and nephews; one great-nephew, Damien Burns; and by a special niece, Amber Martin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Claudette, in 2008; his father, Mahlon, in 1992; and Papa Neil in 2008.

Funeral services were held on August 9, 2014 in Craftsbury. Burial followed at the East Craftsbury Cemetery in East Craftsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses and to provide a college fund for his grandchildren. Contributions may be sent to Shaun Allen, 451 Hines Road, Craftsbury, Vermont. 05826.

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obit DesautelsLeo J. Desautels

Leo J. Desautels, 94, of Holland died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on November 26, 1919, in St. Theodore d’Acton Vale, Quebec, to Omer and Yvonne (Dion) Desautels.

In 1950, he married the former Claire St. Amand, who predeceased him on July 8, 2006.

He was a carpenter during his lifetime and was employed by Union Local 397.

His hobbies included playing cards, and he enjoyed his garden and was very proud of it. He loved family gatherings. He built the first drive thru McDonald’s in Connecticut, and he was a big fan of professional wrestling.

He is survived by his children: Robert Desautels and his wife, Ginny, of Plainville, Connecticut, Richard Desautels and his wife, Carrie, of Morgan, Rita Landry and her husband, Jeannot, of Holland, and Ronald Desautels and his wife, Robin, of Lebanon, Maine; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his siblings: Gilles Desautels of Richford, Jean-Noel Desautels of Richford, Laurent Desautels of Texas, Albert Desautels of Enosburg Falls, and Germaine and Jacqueline, both of Canada; his half-sister Marthe of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Florian, Marcel, Germain, and Andre, Yvette, Laurette, Laurencia and Lucienne.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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obit FontaineLionel A. Fontaine

Lionel A. Fontaine, 74, of Barton died on August 9, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 4, 1940, in Weedon, Quebec, to Albini and Jeanne (Gauthier) Fontaine.

On October 20, 1962, he married Laurette LaMadeleine, who survives him.

He was employed for Rodd’s Roofing in St. Johnsbury for 42 years.

He loved watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. He liked to putter around the house and was always available to give a helping hand to family and friends.

He was a quiet person who had a charming smile that affected all who he came into contact with.

He is survived by his wife, Laurette Fontaine of Barton; his children: Lisa Hansen and her friend, Dave, Monica Menard and her husband, Tony, and Kim Blanchard and her husband, Rick; his daughters-in-law: Reene Fontaine and Tammi Hodgdon; his grandchildren: Billy Hansen and his friend, Becky, Samantha Fortin and her husband, Mark, Fawn Coderre and her husband, Roland, Michael Fontaine, Anthony Menard, Mark Fontaine, Alex Menard, Brianna Fontaine, Tyler Blanchard, Abigail Blanchard, and Isabelle Blanchard; his great-grandchildren: Alex, April, and Jason Coderre and Parker Fortin; his siblings: Gerard Fontaine and his wife, Helen, Ronnie Fontaine, Real Fontaine and his wife, Rose, Marcel Fontaine and his friend, Sharon, Noella Roy and her husband, Raymond, Peggy Collins and her husband, Lee, Aline LaMadeleine, and Diane Mudgett and her husband, Mark; and also by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sons, Michael Fontaine and Mark Fontaine; two brothers: Leonard and Alan Fontaine; and by his sister Nicole.

At his request, there will be no services.

Family and friends are welcome to visit his family at his home to share their memories and condolences.

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obit grayVirginia “Gene” B. Gray

Virginia “Gene” Bell Gray, 93, a 61-year resident of Greensboro, died on Monday July 7, 2014, in Tarpon Spring, Florida.

She was born on January 16, 1921, in Glover, daughter of the late Benjamin and Lillian (Chadburn) Thompson. She attended Parrish school in Glover.

On June 20, 1939, she married Roland David Gray in Glover.

Mrs. Gray stayed at home to care for her young children. In 1953, she and her husband purchased a dairy farm in Greensboro which they operated for more than 16 years. In 1969, when the farm was sold, they moved to Greensboro village. She worked at Hardwick Knitwear and became involved in the cottage industry knitting for Moriarty Hats.

She was one of several ladies to testify before a Congressional committee in 1985 in defense of the right to participate in a cottage industry without paying union dues to the International Ladies Garment Workers. The union felt that these women who were using knitting machines in their own homes to produce products for a distributor should be required to pay union dues. Congress subsequently passed a law protecting the right of those in cottage industries to do so without union interference

She was a member of the Hope Community Church in South Walden. She enjoyed sewing, dancing, flower gardening and spending the winter months in Florida.

One of her passions in life was children. In addition to her own family, she cared for many other children in town and was affectionately known as “Grammy Gene.”

She is survived by three children: Sherwood Gray and his wife, Barbara, of Boyd, Texas, Shirley Lyles and her husband, James, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Stewart Gray and his wife, Dianna, of Barre; seven grandchildren: David and Michael Lyles, Laurie Bean, Tammy Jernigan, Scott Gray, Scott Greene and Kim Greene; several great-grandchildren; her sisters: June St. Louis of Greensboro Bend, and Katherine Dean of St. Albans; her brother-in-law Roger Gray of Willimantic, Connecticut; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and her companion of many years, Kenneth Brown Sr.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Roland, in 2000; two sons: Sherman and Stanley Gray; a daughter, Priscilla Greene; a grandson, Keith Gray; and by six siblings including her brothers: Carroll, George, and Merrill Thompson, and her sisters: Lila Tyler, Ila Gray and Muriel Thompson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, at the Hope Community Church in South Walden with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating. Burial will be in the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Fire Department, P.O. Box 83, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to the Hope Community Church in South Walden, care of the Reverend Ernest Machia, 855 Main Street, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.

obit kaneJ. Paul Kane

J. Paul Kane, prominent Hartford, Connecticut, attorney and gritty Vermont gentleman farmer, died on July 24, 2014, at his home in East Burke. He was 78.

He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Throughout most of his adult life, he traveled back and forth on Interstate 91 between his career practicing law in Hartford, and his home and family in Vermont. A man of simple pleasures and humorous rituals, he often claimed he had a favorite rest stop midway between work and home where he would change out of his suit and back into his cut-off jeans. As an attorney, he was known for his competence and integrity; and as a regular skier on Burke Mountain, he was known for his silver beard, chairlift cigars, and classic alpine style.

He graduated from St. Michael’s College, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1959, and then received his law degree from Boston University Law School. In 1969, he became a founding partner in the law firm Michelson and Kane, now known as Michelson, Kane, Royster and Barger in Hartford.

Mr. Kane met Linda (Bucciarelli), an ER nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford. They married in 1968 and started a family in Broad Brook, Connecticut. Their enthusiasm for gardening and the outdoors quickly outgrew their Connecticut yard. While maintaining his career in Hartford, in 1977 they moved the family to East Burke, and built the house on Darling Hill Road where he lived for the rest of his life.

During their 40-plus years in the Northeast Kingdom, they raised their three children as well as many generations of sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, barn cats, horses, and llamas, and two dogs.

A charismatic storyteller and lifelong learner, Mr. Kane loved to tell and re-tell tales, and relay mostly accurate facts on any topic from the U.S. Constitution to the proper technique for stacking a cord of wood. He was in his best spirits skiing the east side of Burke Mountain, paddling a canoe on a river, or sipping a beer on the back deck with his wife, family, and lifelong friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, and their three children and their families: Bridget Kane, Michael Kane his wife, Kristine, and Cathleen Kane and her husband, Stefan, and his granddaughter Zora Kane-Tornquist, who adored her “Pa.” He also leaves cousins, several sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and a tight community of friends and extended family.

He was predeceased by his brother Howard Kane, and their parents, Howard and Norma (O’Melia) Kane.

In his memorial directions, his Yankee thrift and impish sense of humor were evident with his instructions, “If you elect to lay me out, don’t put me in a suit. Comfortable clothes please, but don’t waste a good sweater.”

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 23, at the Union Meeting House in Burke Hollow, with a “large and boisterous party” to follow, as per his last requests.

obit mangesRobert “Bob” Paul Manges

Robert “Bob” Paul Manges, 43, of Riverton, Wyoming, died suddenly on July 28, 2014, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, having sustained a traumatic brain injury from a fall while traveling with his beloved Arapaho sister, Alberta Little.

He was buried at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery on the Wind River Reservation following a traditional Native American mass and wake.

Robert (Little Crow) began his journey on February 7, 1971, with his Arapaho family. At one and a half years old, he was adopted by Indian Health Service physician Dr. John Manges and his wife, Carol. He and his new brother, Chris, moved to Vermont, where he loved tractors, trucks, the outdoors, and drawing. He grew up to be a determined cross-country runner at Lyndon Institute, an enthusiastic swimmer, and a fearless downhill skier. He enjoyed trout fishing and won awards for his forestry skills.

But more than anything, he was known for being big-hearted and loyal to his friends and family. His sense of humor was contagious! Those who loved him in Vermont always wished him well as he reconnected with his Arapaho roots and became a dedicated truck driver.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked on the Arapaho Ranch in Wyoming and as a Sho-Rap wildland firefighter. He received his CDL and heavy equipment training at Utah State University. As a driver with hazmat endorsements, he went on to a career with various long haul trucking companies including Dick Simon and, most recently, Wind River Transport.

He leaves behind his loving family and friends: his only son, John Luke Manges of St. Louis, Missouri; his mother Carol Krochak and his stepdad Mark Kilburn of Burke Hollow; his brother Chris Manges and his sister-in-law Desiree Hertz, and his nieces Kate and Erin O’Farrell of Burke Hollow; his sister Tayva and his brother-in-law Steve Young, and his nephew Nolan and his niece Norah Young of Derry, New Hampshire; his sister Breanna Kilburn and her fiancé, Joshua Barnes, and his niece Sycada of Danville; his uncle and aunt, Tom and Jackie Manges of West Burke; his cousins: Lindsey and Christian Gauderer of Burlington, and Jordan Manges of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; his aunt and uncle, Molly and Bill Boyle, and family, of Bristol, Tennessee; his aunt Marianne Koehler of Flanders, New Jersey; his cousin Karen Quinn and family of Galloway, New Jersey; his cousin Scott Schaefer and family of Succasunna, New Jersey; his stepmom Jeanne Desrochers and her husband John Miller of Coventry; his best buddy Joshua Doyle of Jericho; and many friends in the Northeast Kingdom and in Maine. He also leaves behind a large and loving Arapaho family on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

He was predeceased by his father Dr. John P. Manges Jr., formerly of Danville; his Arapaho birth parents, five siblings, and grandparents in Wyoming; and his adoptive grandparents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 31, at the Riverside School, at 30 Lily Pond Road in Lyndonville. A potluck feast will begin at noon.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to a fund for Arapaho schoolchildren, to be announced on August 31; or locally, to the Burklyn Arts Council, P.O. Box 1056, Lyndonville, Vermont 05871.

obit McMullenCarol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen, 75, of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by her family, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

She was a daughter of Samuel and Grace (Taylor) Curtis of Morgan. She was born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and moved to Vermont with her family when she was young, graduating from Newport High School in 1957.

She worked as a receptionist for 28 years at Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, retiring from there in 2002, and started working as a medical transcriptionist at North Country Hospital until her surgery in January of 2013.

She loved being with her children and grandchildren and made sure they knew they could rely on her for anything.

She enjoyed going to visit relatives in Cape Cod, going to baseball games, watching the Red Sox, fishing, shopping, gambling, knitting, baking, and feeding wildlife.

She is survived by four children: James Millett of Brownington, Cam Green and her partner, Ramiro, of Derby, Robin Scott and her husband, Ed, of Richmond, and Bud McMullen and his wife, Jocelyn, of Morgan; her precious grandchildren: Dylan Doane, Courtney Millett, JJ Millett, Sasha Green, Sawyer Green, Saigelyn Green, Christopher Martel, Ian Martel, Isabel Scott, Brooke McMullen and Autumn McMullen; one great-grandchild, Kaylee Farnsworth; her siblings: Bud Curtis and his wife, Helen, of Texas, Philip Curtis and his wife, Susan, of Massachusetts, Nancy Green, Craig Curtis, and David Curtis, and their spouses, all of Vermont; and by several cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends: Shirley Lutz, a cousin, of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Iola Barnard of Morgan, and Lisa Burke of Coventry.

She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Grace Curtis; and by a brother, Paul Curtis.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 1 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, friends are welcome to donate to the Carol McMullen Memorial Fund, at Community National Bank, which contributes to her grandchildren’s college expenses.

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In last week’s obituary for Claire Lyon of Brownington the family inadvertently left off the name of Mrs. Lyon’s surviving sister, Clemence LeBlond.


Ruminations: On seasonal cooking in northern Vermont


web ruminations cookbookcopyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014

by Tena Starr

Marcie Kaufman is a professionally trained chef who lives in Jay. She graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier in 1992, but began her career earlier, in 1987, as an apprentice boulanger and patissier.

To translate broadly, that means she is a very good baker and pastry maker.

Ms. Kaufman has now written a cookbook called Seasonal Appetite, a Chef’s Celebration of Vermont’s Seasons. She says the solitude of her own kitchen has replaced the restaurant’s “animated discourse.”

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Quebec man makes 400-mile sojourn on foot


Regent Hurtubise finds rest and an omelet at Paddie's Snack Bar in North Troy Saturday morning.  Photos by David Dudley

Regent Hurtubise finds rest and an omelet at Paddie’s Snack Bar in North Troy Saturday morning. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014 

by David Dudley

DERBY — If you were driving along Route 105 this past weekend, or Route 5 on Monday, chances are you passed a well-tanned man, walking, pushing a cart with bicycle wheels alongside the road, accompanied by his dog. On Monday afternoon, he rambled his way through Derby, on his fiftieth consecutive day of walking this summer.

That man is Regent Hurtubise, 66, of Chartierville, Quebec, which is just across the New Hampshire border. His beloved dog, who travels with him, is named Rocky. Though Mr. Hurtubise may look, at first glance, like a drifter, he is a homeowner in Quebec, living off a pension from the Canadian government. Mr. Hurtubise and Rocky are on the final leg of a 400-mile walk.

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Perkins wins titanium in national dance competition


Kendra Perkins is wearing the medal she won in Sheer Talent national competition in Las Vegas in July.  Behind her are some of her dance photos and trophies.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Kendra Perkins is wearing the medal she won in Sheer Talent national competition in Las Vegas in July. Behind her are some of her dance photos and trophies. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

DERBY — At age 19, Kendra Perkins was no stranger to national dance competition. She had been there four times before.

July 7 to 12 was her fifth time at the Sheer Talent competition, and she came home from Las Vegas with a titanium medal. Her score was 298 out of a possible 300 points from three judges.

“I came off the stage and I was bawling,” she said. She thought she had done badly. A perfectionist, she often reviews videos of herself dancing to try to improve. It turns out she did pretty well, even though she wasn’t satisfied herself.

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Stenger admits investors were informed late


The Tram Haus Lodge is the first project using EB-5 funds to be completed at Jay Peak.  Some investors in the project are unhappy about changes to the ownership structure made unilaterally by Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, the general partners in the project.  Investors were notified of the changes nine months after they were put into effect.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Tram Haus Lodge is the first project using EB-5 funds to be completed at Jay Peak. Some investors in the project are unhappy about changes to the ownership structure made unilaterally by Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, the general partners in the project. Investors were notified of the changes nine months after they were put into effect. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014 

by Joseph Gresser

JAY — Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros didn’t live up to state standards when they waited nine months before notifying 35 EB-5 investors they had dissolved the partnership that owned the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort, according to Brent Raymond, director of International Trade and the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center.

Mr. Stenger, co-owner of Jay Peak along with Mr. Quiros, agrees that the notification process was botched.

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Obituaries August 6, 2014

obit AldrichJames L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, of Derby died on July 27, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.

He was born on the family farm in Derby on August 25, 1935, to Ira and Beatrice (Coutts) Aldrich.

He married a local girl, Joyce French of Rock Island, Quebec, in 1964 and for the past 50 years, they have lived on the family farm.

Mr. Aldrich was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was very active in the local congregation as well as in their building construction program. He enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others and he especially liked talking about the future.

He was a “jack of all trades” and had a wide variety of interests such as farming, operating his sawmill, woodworking, gardening and sitting on the front porch with family and friends. He kept up with the “neighborhood news” and enjoyed having visitors and meeting new people.

He was the oldest of five children and leaves behind his daughter, Leah, and his siblings: Bob Aldrich and his wife, Betty, of Derby, Dean and his wife, Chris, of Orleans, and Beatrice Nelson and her husband, Roger, of Derby; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his younger brother Bill; his grand-dog Dakota; and by his wife.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit ConnollyArthur Henry Connolly

Arthur Henry Connolly, 76, of Brownington died suddenly on August 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 11, 1938, in Sullivan, New Hampshire, to Henry and Emily (Bernier) Connolly.

On June 1, 1988, he married Marcia Jacobs, who survives him.

Mr. Connolly was a self-employed logger and farmer. He was an avid lover of horse pulling. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Pulling Association and the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association. He enjoyed shooting his guns, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Connolly of Brownington; his children: Steven Connolly of Winchester, New Hampshire, and Lynn Bodo and her husband, Todd, of Moosup, Connecticut; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Roland Fontaine of Cannan, New Hampshire, Don Connolly of Northfield, and Henry Connolly and his companion, Jane Stone, of Brookfield, Pauline Menard and Deb Shambo, both of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mildred Henderson.

He was predeceased by a son, Arthur Connolly; and by three brothers: Ed, Bob, and Ron.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Barton fairgrounds on August 16, at the horse pulling arena starting at 3 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit DeLaBruereGaetan Yvon De La Bruere

Gaetan “Gate” Yvon De La Bruere, 50, of Coventry died suddenly on August 2, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on September 7, 1963, in Newport, and was the beloved son of John and Helena (Perron) De La Bruere.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1983, he entered the family business and worked for his father as a Master Electrician at Newport Electric. In 1989, he left to formulate Gate’s Electric, Inc. with business partner Dennis Lantagne.

Outside of work, he enjoyed teaching, including classes for aspiring electricians at the North Country Career Center. He was also fond of the outdoors, spending most weekends on the lake or in the forest. A proud father, Mr. De Le Bruere never missed an opportunity to cheer on his children at the rink, on the track, or at the field.

He was happiest when he was helping people. His children called him “Superman” because he would always drop whatever he was doing to come to the rescue. When a friend or family member was in need, he was always the first person to call on. He always said his purpose in life was to lighten the burdens of others, and it was a purpose fulfilled.

Members of the community likely met Mr. De La Bruere on a late night call to restore power and to keep their families warm, or giving light to their new dream home. He brought warmth and light into every life he touched, and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons: Mitchell, Collin, and Spencer; the mother of his children, Carla; his beloved granddaughters: Gabrielle and Lily; his parents: John and Helena De La Bruere; his brothers: Alain and his wife, Irene, and their children: Alaina, Olivia, Donovan, and Aaron; Bert and his friend, Katrina, and his children: Kyle and Lori; and by his sister Louise Whipple and her husband, Don, and their children: Jonathan and Sydney. He had a special friendship with Robert Desrochers and Daniele Simpson, Richard and Louise Bouffard and their children, his business partner Dennis Lantagne and his wife, Annette, and his dear friend Sheila McFarlane.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Derby Elks Club. He will be interred in a private family service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a trust for the benefit of his grandchildren at Passumpsic Savings Bank on 1 Gardner Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit graves 2Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves

Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves, 37, of Island Pond died suddenly on July 31, 2014, in Morgan.

She was born on August 13, 1976, to Joseph and Lise (Archambault) Marcoux.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1995.

She worked at Tivoly in Derby Line and Poulin Lumber in Derby.

Her hobbies included drawing, camping, fishing, and playing music, especially the guitar and keyboard.

She is survived by her children: Zachary Hawkins of Island Pond, Julia Graves of Holland, Ethan Graves of Holland, and Noah Twofoot of Brownington; her mother Lise Archambault and her companion, Percy Lagasse, of Derby; her father Joseph Marcoux and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center; her brother Shannon Marcoux and his wife, Teresa, of Cabot; and by numerous, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lise Archambault, in care of the Community Bank, P.O. Box 455, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, for a fund for her children.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit LyonClaire C. Lyon

Claire C. Lyon, 89, of Brownington died on July 29, 2014, in Burlington, after a short illness.

She was the oldest of nine children of Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.

She had a longtime love of cooking, having been a chef at the East Side Restaurant in Newport for 25 years. She then worked at the Maple Lane Day Care Center for ten years.

She enjoyed making wedding cakes and birthday cakes for all her grandchildren. She also enjoyed making doughnuts for her family and friends.

The joys of her life were her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They made her face light up. She would always put others’ needs before her own.

On January 18, 1945, she married the love of her life, Harold A. Lyon. Together they had five children.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Thibault, and her husband, Michael, of Burlington; three sons: John Lyon and his wife, Lorraine, of Derby, Jessie Lyon and his wife, Connie, of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and Robert Lyon and his wife, Rose, of Brownington; several grandchildren: Aurie Thibault, Jed Thibault and his wife, Allie, Daniel Lyon and his wife, Jessica, Amanda Dagesse and her husband, Gerard, Melanie Munroe and her husband, Chris, Ryan Lyon and his wife, Kristan, Sarah Merrill and her husband, Ron, Jared Lyon, James Lyon, Brandy Robillard and her husband, Zachary, Michael Cyr and his wife, Heather, and Matthew Lyon; and by her great-grandchildren: Reese Thibault, Bethany Lyon, EmmaLou Lyon, Christopher Dagesse, Miles Munroe, Trevin Merrill, Sean Merrill, Ethan Robillard, Nicholas Robillard, and Hayden Robillard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Lyon; her parents; her daughter, Sally Lyon; and by several brothers and sisters: Blanche Coates, Maurice Perry, Loretta McCoy, Noel Perry, Francis Perry, Leon Perry, and Mary Ann Darling.

A memorial service will be held at the Brownington Congregational Church on Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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obit QuirionMonique Prevost Quirion

Monique Prevost Quirion, 86, of Coventry died peacefully on July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 10, 1928, in St. Victor de’Beauce, Quebec, to Benoni and Delina (Doyon) Prevost. On May 28, 1952, she married Marcel Quirion, who predeceased her on October 31, 1985.

They owned and operated the family dairy farm in Coventry and they also owned and operated the former Royal Restaurant in Newport and the Newport Redemption Center.  Mrs. Quirion was also a cook for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for 11 years. She was an excellent seamstress and had many other hobbies: knitting, crocheting, gardening, embroidery, making all sorts of crafts, baking, and cooking.  Her entire life was devoted to the Lord and to her loving family. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella since 1954 and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Helene Chilafoux and her husband, Rance, of Coventry, Louis Quirion and his wife, Leigh, of New Haven, Connecticut, Luc Quirion and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Roger Quirion and his wife, Christine, of Holland, Julie Carrier and her husband, Peter, of Coventry, and Robert Quirion and his wife, Tracie, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Alan Desroches and his wife, Lisa, of Coventry, Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, of North Troy, Gilles Gentley and his wife, Sarah, of Hardwick, Jeff Gentley and his wife, Angie, of Waterbury, Andrew Ouimette of Newport, Erica Ouimette of Newport, Erin Yarborough and her husband, Trey, of Michigan, Jennifer Davis and her husband, Jeremy, of Derby Line, Michael Quirion and his wife, Moira, of Newport, Kyle Quirion of Plymouth, New Hampshire, Alisha Clark and her husband, Drew, of Burlington, Ann Harnish and her husband, Joe, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Eric Carrier and his wife, Heather, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, Marc Quirion of Coventry, and Patric Quirion of Coventry; by numerous great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Leandre Prevost of St. Thomas Daquin, Quebec, Leonard Prevost of Beloeil, Quebec, Hugues Prevost of Longueil, Quebec, Theresa Plante of Newport, and Claire Charpentier of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; and by her son-in-law Rock Desroches and his wife, Judy, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by her son Gilles Quirion on July 13, 1974; her daughter Suzanne Desroches on December 30, 1998; by her son-in-law Roger Ouimette on April 24, 2004; and by her siblings: Alban Prevost, Jean-Marc Prevost, Gerard Prevost, Yolande Beaudoin, Marilouis Prevost, and Patrick Prevost.

Funeral services were held on August 1 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

obit RuggieriMary E. Ruggieri

Mary E. Ruggieri, 48, of West Charleston died on July 28, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 7, 1966, in Newport to Gilbert and Linda (Murphy) Hill. She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1984 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Lyndon State College.

Ms. Ruggieri enjoyed doing craftwork, gardening, housekeeping, and collecting antiques.

She is survived by her children: Travis Bartley and his wife, Johanna, Logan Bartley and his fiancé, Mariah Goodell, and Drew Bartley, all of Derby; by her parents, Gilbert and Linda Hill, of Lowell; by her boyfriend, Randy Sheltra, of West Charleston; by her grandchildren Madyson, Colton, Denver, and Paislee; by her sisters Lisa Pion of Lowell and Erin Oeschger of Derby; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Death notice 

Carol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at 1 p.m.


Patty A. Paige

A memorial service for Patty A. Paige will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the First Congregational Church in Orwell, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow.


Beer book serves up history, profiles, tales


web beer bookcopyright the Chronicle July 30, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

Vermont Beer; History of a Brewing Revolution; by Kurt Staudter and Adam Krakowski, published by the History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 2014, paperback, 190 pages, $19.99.

Since 1991, Vermont has had more breweries per capita than any state in the nation. But for 100 years, until the Vermont Pub and Brewery and Catamount Brewing Company went into business in 1989, the state had no legal breweries.

The state’s earlier past was quite spirited, with an estimated 125 to 200 active distilleries in 1810.

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