Obituaries June 18, 2014

MDaniel Belanger

Daniel Belanger, 57, of Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, died on June 2, 2014, after a very courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Stanstead on December 20, 1956, son of the late Evelyn (Winter) and Eugene Belanger.

Mr. Belanger supported many different activities to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and support, including Relay for Life and his own fund-raisers. He was an avid supporter of the Monique Dudley Memorial Golf Tournament, one of the most popular women’s golfing events in Vermont, which raises money to fight breast cancer. Every year he honors winners by having their names engraved on a plaque honoring his sister’s memory at the Orleans Country Club. This June is the thirtieth anniversary of the tournament, which is in its thirty-first year.

He was also known for his love of children, whether a “relative” or just a child he came across. He always took the time to make them feel important and special. He also could be counted on to be around to help out and to be there even when things were tough, with a big smile. He had a big heart, loved helping people, enjoyed the company of furry friends and most of all made life special for all who came in contact with him. He will be missed.

He is survived by his children: Emma Belanger and her boyfriend, Nasser, of Calgary, Canada; his son Greg Belanger and wife, Angela, of Stanstead; his grandson Zachary; and by his step-grandchildren: Jacob, Joey-Rejeanne, Alexander and Anderson. He is also survived by his relatives “south of the border”: his nephew Jonathan Dudley, who is Monique’s son, and his wife, Annie, of Whitsett, North Carolina; his brother-in-law Brad Dudley, who was Monique’s husband, and his wife, Cori; Brad’s mother Libby Dudley; and the entire Dudley clan. He was fondly known as “mon oncle” and was a cherished part of the Dudley family.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Monique and Suzanne; and by his brothers: Marc and Denis.

Funeral services were held on June 7. Donations were made in his name to Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The following was read at the service:

To Emma, Greg, and family — This is not best work, but I wanted to write something for Uncle Daniel and you. I suppose I had my own father in mind as well…. How could I not? I am sorry I was unable to attend the services; this is what I would have wanted to share, had I had the opportunity to do so:

An Angel Among Us

Parent, Father, Dad, Daddy,

Thought these are names that we classify them,

No one single name embodies how we fell.

 

These men led by example,

Are compassionate and selfless.

Family members admire and look up to them,

They lead with a quiet yet fierce determination.

 

One of these men is Daniel Belanger.

Whenever a family member is in crisis,

He is the first to pick up the phone

Or drive straight to the hospital.

His kind words and sense of wisdom

Infiltrate a room; people want to be near him.

 

His smile warms your heart

And always makes your day brighter

His love for his family always comes first.

 

A hero — one who is stoic, brave,

Courageous, selfless, and enduring —

Daniel, you are all of these qualities.

But a true hero never boasts of his strengths,

and that is indeed what you never did.

 

You will forever be missed;

A member of the Dudley family.

We know God welcomes you

With open arms.

Someday, we, too,

will also spread our wings.

 

Much love,

Tricia Dudley Doran

obit  CataniRichard F. Catani

Richard Francis Catani, 86, of Newport died peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

He was born in Athol, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1928.

He was the son of the late Ricardo Catani and Marguerite (Diricco) Catani. He was a brother to seven siblings, and was the oldest son.

He resided in Newport for the last 45 years.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran. He was a Seabee and Iron Man serving on the USS Rupertas and he completed his service with seven months in Normandy, France. After an honorable discharge, he served as an operations engineer and became an established welder and Journeyman’s pipefitter in the U.S. Plumbers and Pipefitters, covering throughout the United States and Canada. He contributed to significant projects, including work at IBM, nuclear power plants, and the construction of all of Interstate 91 from start to finish. He and his son, David, were lucky to have worked alongside each other for several years.

Mr. Catani enjoyed more than 20 years of retirement. Some of his greatest passions were enjoying nature, living on Lake Memphremagog, fishing, boating, skiing, golfing, gardening, reading, traveling, photography, and doing puzzles. He was an avid sports fan and he especially loved the Red Sox. He also enjoyed politics and playing Power Ball.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He extended a kindness and touched so many lives along his way.

He is survived by his brother Frank Catani of Kingston, Massachusetts; his sister Sandra Catani of Framingham, Massachusetts. He was the beloved father of Peggy Catani Rea, and son-in-law Salvatore Rea, of Doylestown Pennsylvania, Therese Catani-Brock of Plainville, Massachusetts, and David S. Catani of Atlanta, Georgia. Surviving grandchildren include Jennifer Pecor and Katlyn Santoro of Doylestown, Christopher Catani and Zachary Brock of Attleboro, Massachusetts, Stephen Catani of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Crystal Catani of Phoenix, Arizona; and by his great-grandson Benjamin Santoro of Doylestown. He is also survived by the mother of his children, former wife, Carol Catani Thebarge of Charlestown, New Hampshire. He is survived by his lifetime companion, Bernice Campbell, and by her children: Peter Campbell, and Sheila Taylor, David Campbell, and Nancy Baker, Bob and Joan Green, David and Janice Urie, Jim and Kim Campbell, and Bart and Karen Bacon, all of Newport; and by several grandchildren.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Joseph Catani, Gloria Carbone, Marguerite Carbone, Anita Seaman, and Marion Ablondi; his daughter Victoria Marie Catani; his granddaughter Tara Rae Keefe; and by Tyler Green, son of Bob and Joan Green.

Funeral services were held on June 16, in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ChurchillStanwood Bray Churchill

Stanwood Bray Churchill, DVM, of Orleans died on June 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 16, 1926, in Whitefield, New Hampshire, the son of Florence (Bray) and Benjamin S. Churchill.

He grew up in Whitefield, helping his parents run The Churchill Inn. After graduating high school, he attended Dartmouth College for a semester before enlisting in the Air Force during World War II. After serving two enlistments, one of which included being a member of the 691st Army Air Force Band, he returned home to finish his history degree from Dartmouth College.

On September 7, 1950, he married his sweetheart, Eleanor Hunt.

He attended the University of New Hampshire and then applied for admission to veterinary school at Cornell University, and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1957. Upon graduation, he and his wife moved to the Northeast Kingdom to set up his practice and raise their sons.

Mr. Churchill treated both large and small animals in his practice, which covered four counties, two states, and the occasional excursion into Quebec. In 1987, he downsized and began treating small animals only. Due to hi-tech regulations he chose retirement over computerization in 2012. During these years he also acquired many hobbies, which included disappearing overnight in 1960 and returning home with his first standard bred racehorse, Addison Hanover. For the next 36 years he bred, raised, raced and drove his beloved standard breeds from New York to Maine and Canada at the fairs and raceways. He and his childhood friend, John Simons Jr., went into partnership creating Vermont Farms, a business that owned two dairy farms — one in Brownington and one in Barton.

In addition to his full-time practice, horses, family, and friendships, he found time to be a chairman of the Lake Region Union School Board during its inception, a director of the Howard Bank, a stockholder and director of the Orleans County Fair, a longstanding member of the square dance club, North Country Swingers, a Mason, a member of the American Legion Post #23, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Orleans Federated Church.

A creature of habit, he could be found every day having his morning cup of coffee around town and reading his newspapers in order to be up-to-date on the standings of his cherished New England sports teams. He frequented the local library and he rarely missed listening or watching his sports teams play. He looked forward to Sunday breakfast with his family and enjoyed all family gatherings. His kindness and dry sense of humor will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by his family: Benjamin S. Churchill of Barton, George S. Churchill and his wife, Robyn, of Barton, and Terese Churchill of Barton; his grandchildren: George and Maggie Churchill of Alaska; and by his close friends: Maurice and Polly Bouchard, Amy Curtis, the Simons family including John, Dave, Kim and Bill, and Kim Brooks and Steve Vance.

He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor Hunt Churchill; and by his parents, Florence and Benjamin Churchill.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., at the Orleans Federated Church, with a private interment to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital in Newport, or to the Orleans County Fair Association Harness Racing Program, to help sustain harness racing.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ferlazoElizabeth Julia (Morris) Ferlazo

Elizabeth Julia (Morris) Ferlazo of Barton died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after complications from a stroke.

She was born on August 23, 1963, in Concord, New Hampshire, daughter of Robert and Dariel (Smart) Morris of White River Junction. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1981.

She worked for several years in the hospitality business including the Lake Morey Resort and Rhapsody, a family establishment in Bradford.

Shortly after moving to the Northeast Kingdom, she started a 12-year career with the Northeast Kingdom Human Resources. The most recent years she has worked as an independent homecare provider.

Her greatest joys were her two sons, Grant and Clint, and her husband, Bob. She loved to entertain and would spend hours selecting special recipes, shopping and preparing meals to be enjoyed by family and friends. She loved summers on Crystal Lake and the festivities of the season.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Ferlazo, of Barton; her two sons: Grant Peyronel, petty officer third class, stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, and his wife, Danielle, and Clinton Peyronel, who is studying for a degree in fitness training and also living in Jacksonville; a sister, Bobbie, and her husband, Paul, of Woodbury; and by a brother, Michael, and his wife, Cynthia, of Quechee and their children: Jenny and Mike Jr.

She was predeceased by her mother Dariel and her brother Blake.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the Barton Memorial Building, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Georgette Hackett

Georgette (Patient) Hackett died in the early morning hours of June 10, 2014, after a long illness.

Born on April 6, 1928, in St. Elie d’Orford, Quebec, she was the oldest daughter of a large French-Canadian family. As was the custom in those days, oftentimes the eldest stayed home to help care for siblings. She left school in the third grade to help her mother, who was blind, becoming a caregiver at an early age. She was proud that despite little formal education, her resourcefulness and desire to learn enabled her to read and write not only in French, but later also in English. Her level of competence was even more special for her because she was self-taught. You could often hear her say, “Not bad for someone who didn’t make it through third grade!”

She went on to marry Raymond Richard. They lived in border towns for several years, until moving to Orleans in 1958. He predeceased her in 1964 at the young age of 40, leaving her with three children to care for on her own. These children and their families survive her: Rejean and his wife, Francoise, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Marie Flood and her husband, Larry, of Lyndon, and Gilles, and his wife, Kim, of Lyndonville. This family provided her with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all who gave her great pleasure and of whom she was most proud: Karine Wilcox, and her daughter, Ashley; Melanie Richard; Shelly Noyes and her husband, Ryan, and their children: Delaney and Lucas; Jason Flood, and his wife, Sarah, and their children: Kaleah and Rowen, with another daughter expected on September 26, 2014; and Raymond Richard and his wife, Hannah, and their son, Tucker.

Later in life, she married Earl “Buck” Hackett, who predeceased her in 2011. After his retirement, they traveled to warmer parts of this country in the winters and returned to Vermont for the summers. They enjoyed their travels and the new friends they made along the way, many of whom still keep in touch to this day.

She was predeceased by all of her siblings with the exception of one sister, Marthe Filion, who resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention, who were very fond of “ma tante Georgette.” Many weekends were spent with extended family, forming a tight bond that is difficult to replicate today.

She was a very outgoing person who loved to socialize and entertain. She was strong-willed and determined. These traits served her well, but often frustrated those around her. These strengths, however, enabled her to navigate her oftentimes arduous life with the courage and strength she needed to push forward. Bingo and card games were her passion and these games helped keep her mind sharp until the end of her days.

At her request, there will be no services. We ask that you remember her with your prayers and fond memories; perhaps a particular event will cross your mind that will bring a smile to your face. Anyone wishing to make contributions in her memory could forward them to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, Attention Hospice, Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

obit johnsonDavid D. Johnson

David D. Johnson, 73, of Newport died on June 8, 2014, surrounded by his family, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on September 4, 1940, in Hardwick, to Donald and Dorothy (Spaulding) Johnson.

On June 26, 1982, he married Constance Cook, who survives him.

He worked at IBM for 27 years in the microchip division as an engineer tech. More recently he was custodian for Craftsbury School and the United Church of Newport. He was in the National Guard for 17 years.

He loved the Red Sox and enjoyed watching the various members of his family as they grew up and participated in many different activities. He and his wife made several trips to the coast of Maine. He was one of the first to be inducted into the Orleans-Essex Sports Hall Of Fame. He loved being with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Connie Johnson of Newport; his children: Lori Somerville and her husband, Paul, of Colchester, Kevin Johnson of West Danville, Darryl Johnson and his wife, Holly, of Greensboro, Julie Lavalette and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, and Jim Slicer and his wife, Brandie, of Beebe Plain; his grandchildren: Patrick, Erin, and Emily Somerville, Kyle and Connor Johnson, Nick Allen and Sierra Johnson, Kevin, and Kaitlyn Lavalette, Christopher Hay, Ashleigh Watson, Haden Hebblethwaite, and Tristan and Katherine Slicer; his brother Douglas Johnson and his wife, Deanne; his sisters: Donna Long, and Darlene Johnson and her husband, Bruce; and by several nieces, nephews, and his cats, Molly and Mickey.

Funeral services were held on June 12, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the United Church of Craftsbury, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Roger Norbert Lamothe

Roger Norbert Lamothe, 79, of Derby died on June 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 21, 1934, in Newport to Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

On October 27, 1956, he married Joyce Galipeau, who predeceased him.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Mr. Lamothe was an executive with Travelers Insurance Co, of Hartford, Connecticut, for 30 years.

He loved spending time with good friends, caring for his family, and he was very devoted to his faith. He was loved for his generous heart and wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Gregory Lamothe and his wife, Shawna, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Judith Lamothe of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Cynthia O’Laughlin and her husband, Kelly, of Simsbury; his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters: Anita Salmon of Maine, and Theresa Goulet of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers: Roland, Maurice and Rudolph.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Most Holy Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit starrGeorge E. Starr Sr.

George E. Starr Sr., 59, of Wabash, Indiana, formerly of North Troy, died suddenly on June 7, 2014, in Largo, Indiana.

He was born on April 28, 1955, in Newport, to Rejane (Martel) Starr and Urban Starr Sr.

He attended North Country Union High School where he was a member of the ski team and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1974.

He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. His family meant a great deal to him. Although he was not near, he always kept family close to his heart. His joys in life were spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Mr. Starr was a truck driver all of his life. During the summer months he enjoyed spending time at the campground with friends and riding his motorcycle. He was loved by all, was easy to talk to and a great friend to many. From his sense of humor, to his political views, people would always enjoy his company.

To say he will be missed is an understatement — he will never be forgotten and will always be carried in the hearts of many.

He is survived by his children: George Starr Jr. and his wife, Mindy, of Derby, and Jenna Nemeth and her husband, Andy, of Charleston; his grandchildren: Brandon, Kameron, and Madison Starr, and Michael, Eva, and Waylon Nemeth; his siblings: Urban Starr Jr. and his significant other, Carol, of North Troy, Linda Alberghini and her husband, Tom, of Rochester, New Hampshire, Sally McAllister and her husband, Tom, of Florida, Jane LeBlanc and her husband, Brian, of Lakeland, Florida, and David Starr and his significant other, Claudia, of Tucson, Arizona; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He is also survived by a long loved member of the family, Denise Pigeon of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother Jay Starr.

Funeral services were held on June 13, in Newport. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice 

Betty (Filby) Masson

Betty Madeline (Filby) Masson died peacefully on June 13, 2014, among family, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the East Main Street Baptist Church in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Interment will take place at the cemetery in McAdam, New Brunswick, at a later date.

Services

Lennie Emerson

Committal services for Lennie Emerson will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Cheryl Cornell

Burial for Cheryl Cornell is private. A gathering for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Marylou’s house on Day Street in Derby Line.

Lillian Hoyt

Graveside services for Lillian Hoyt will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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Brown’s life made on the water, in the woods

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The cover photo for On Northern Waters is of Lana Hill and David Birdsall on the Winisk River in Ontario in 1985.  David Brown took most of the photos in the book, but a few were taken of him by his companions.

The cover photo for On Northern Waters is of Lana Hill and David Birdsall on the Winisk River in Ontario in 1985. David Brown took most of the photos in the book, but a few were taken of him by his companions.

copyright the Chronicle June 11, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

For those who love the wilderness, northern Quebec and Labrador are close enough to be enticing. On Northern Waters, by Dave Brown of Craftsbury, will take you there vicariously if the complications of backwoods canoe travel seem daunting. Watch out — it might spark the desire to experience these far northern places into an overwhelming craving. Mr. Brown hopes so.

The large format (11 by 13 inches) hardcover book is a collection of photos of 40 years of such trips, with an essay for each chapter. Mr. Brown created the book himself in the same way he creates wooden bowls, his home, and his furniture. He figured out how it was done, and then he did it, with quality as a goal instead of quantity. Continue reading

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Minimum wage hike will have ripple effect

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by Joseph Gresser

Local employers say a rise in pay for those at the bottom of the ladder is sure to increase salaries for those on the higher rungs.

That will be good news for many workers, they say, but could come at the cost of increased prices for goods and services.

Vermont’s minimum wage will rise on New Year’s Day 2015 and on each January 1 until 2018. The Vermont Legislature voted to increase it from the present level of $8.73 an hour to $10.50 in four annual jumps.

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Obituaries June 11, 2014

obit bizzozeroDebra Lee Bizzozero

Debra Lee Bizzozero, 60, of Montpelier died on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin after a yearlong battle with cancer fought with all the spunk, perseverance, and determination she was well known for.

Born on December 15, 1953, in the Barre City Hospital, she was the daughter of Caroline (Sironi) and Aldo Bizzozero of Montpelier. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1971.

At the time of her diagnosis, she was working on her degree through the Community College of Vermont.

In 1972, she married Randolph Gonyaw Jr. in Montpelier and they later divorced. In 1983, she married William Snovich Jr., who predeceased her in 1988. Ms. Bizzozero met David Scott in 1991 and they have been together since, both enjoying many of their summer weekends at their camp on Shadow Lake in Glover.

Growing up in Montpelier, she worked for a number of local businesses and agencies including Vermont Legal Aid, National Life Insurance Company, attorney Mary Skinner, The Times Argus, and Fountains. Most recently, she had worked for the Community College of Vermont and the Law Offices of Theriault and Joslin.   She also worked as an area realtor.

Survivors include her partner of 23 years, David Scott of Montpelier, and their Lab, Petey; her two sons: Randolph Gonyaw III and his partner, Annabel, of Barre Town, and Kasey Gonyaw and his wife, Ashley, of Tucson, Arizona; two grandsons: Adam and Ryan of Tucson; a sister, Mary Maxfield, and her husband, Terry; a brother, Michael Bizzozero, and his wife, Rachel, all of Barre Town; and by many nieces and nephews. Very important to Ms. Bizzozero and not to be forgotten are her very close friends, affectionately known as “The Bitches.”

She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband, William Snovich.

Her bubbly smile and sharp wit will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on June 13, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Berlin Corners Cemetery at the convenience of her family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 Route 14, East Montpelier, Vermont 05651.

obit chapdelaineMerrilee Chapdelaine

Merrilee Catherine Lady Leimomikahokulani’alohapo’ina’ole Maalea Waikiki Chapdelaine, 39, of Cyril, Oklahoma, died on May 24, 2014.

She was born on November 9, 1974, in Wailuku Maui, Hawaii.

She is a former employee of Structural Dynamics and Pacific Electro-Mechanical Inc., both of Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband Wilfrid of Brownington; her mother Nellanet (Roy) Watanabe; her father Oliver (Ipo) Perreira; her four sisters: Melveen Maalea Turrieta, Waiola Perreira, Rachel Perreira-Shodahl, and Sandy Perreira; her four brothers: Clayton Waikiki, OJ, Kaimana, and Micah Perreira; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, Maui, on June 8. Burial followed the next day at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.

Colleen C. DeRoehn

Colleen C. DeRoehn, 82, of Derby died on June 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 30, 1932, in Derby, to Harris and Goldie (McDonald) Crowe.

On June 26, 1952, she married Walter DeRoehn, who predeceased her on January 15, 2006.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1950. She retired from the town of Derby as assistant town clerk.

She enjoyed knitting, cooking, baking and reading.

She is survived by her children: James DeRoehn and his wife, Carole, of Derby, William DeRoehn of Hyde Park, and Michael DeRoehn and his wife, Chastity, of Derby; and by six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Audrey Sanborn and Beverly Morse.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lucien Parenteau

Lucien Parenteau, 88, of Meriden, Connecticut, beloved husband of 63 years to Simone (Blair) Parenteau, died on June 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at his home.

He was born on November 7, 1925, in Beebe, son of the late Alzear and Clara (Laroche) Parenteau.

He retired as a machinist in 1988 from Pratt & Whitney in North Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons: George Parenteau and his wife, Fran, of Wallingford, Robert Parenteau and his wife, Doris, of California, and Claude Parenteau and his wife, Pat, of California; his daughters: Marie Parenteau of Meriden, and Mariette Riss and her husband, Robert, of Meriden; his beloved grandchildren: Keith Bouchard, Michael Parenteau, Mark Riss, Amy Parenteau, Shelley Riss-Conant, Karyn Parenteau, Sarah Parenteau, and Wyatt Parenteau; and by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Jeanette Parenteau, of Magog, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Theo Parenteau and his wife, Cecile, Irene Parenteau, and Odila Goudreau and her husband, Leo.

Funeral services were held on June 6, in Meriden. Interment followed in St. Laurent’s Cemetery in Meriden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

To leave a message of remembrance, visit www.bcbailey.com.

obit robinsonRena Robinson

Rena Lucienne (Chainey) Robinson of Calais died peacefully in the early morning hours of June 4, 2014, in her home, surrounded by family, after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

She was born on August 25, 1937, daughter of the late Lucien and Marie Chainey and was born and raised on a dairy farm in Morgan. After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, she made her way to Montpelier where she met and married Vaile Robinson on June 6, 1959.

She raised her six children in the home she and her husband bought in Calais. She was an avid gardener, cook, baker, and an all-around great homemaker. She was also a mother to many various and sundry stray animals.

When her children were all finally in school, she went to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles for many years, and then in her “retirement years,” she worked at Morse Farm, where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with visitors from all over the world.

Her memorial bench reads, “She laid hold on the word.” And she did. She had the spiritual support of very dear friends, Marilyn Wemitt, Betty and the late Bill Boisvert, and Sandy and the late Gene Raymond. Throughout her illness, she never complained once — about anything — and her faith never faltered.

After her husband died in 1997, she embraced life and fulfilled some of the dreams that she and her husband shared. Alone and knowing no one, she boarded a Christian cruise ship in Boston, Massachuetts, and sailed to Novia Scotia then down the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal, Quebec. On the cruise ship, she made many friends with whom she continued to cruise over the years to such places as Alaska and the Caribbean. She really loved these cruises and making new friends.

Many passersby stop to admire her lush flower gardens, her many hummingbird feeders alive with the buzz, and the seas of Forget-Me-Nots we will continue to mow around.

She is survived by six children: Kim Robinson of Oakland, California, Tim Robinson of Townsend, Kathy Robinson of East Barre, Tom Robinson of Marshfield, Kelly Robinson of Greensboro, and Karlyn Proulx of Calais. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren.

She would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Mitzvah Fund at Worcester Veterinary Care, 10 Elmore Road, Worcester, Vermont 05682.

obit Strong webHorace Warner Strong

Horace Warner Strong, 89, of Craftsbury Common died from an accident at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1925, and came with his parents to Vermont in 1928, just in time for the Great Depression.

Educated in the Craftsbury schools, he graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1943. He farmed for four years and then went to the University of Vermont, where he graduated in 1952, after taking a year off.

He taught an exploratory course in agriculture at Craftsbury for a year and farmed with his brother Burton until 1960. He then began teaching math and science in the Greensboro school. For a farmer to become a teacher required many summers of additional education. He then taught in Craftsbury where he established an industrial arts program and was instrumental in establishing the CAPE program of physical education. He finished out teaching his 15 years at Lamoille Union High School. Later, he taught part time for 15 years at Sterling College as a woodworking teacher.

In 1950, he married Ruth Esser. They had five children and enjoyed traveling and canoeing in the summers.

In 1964, he established Strong’s Canoe Yard, a shop that repaired, restored, and built cedar canvas canoes. The shop started with fiberglass canoes, but soon saw the light and made over 125 cedar canvas canoes. The shop also taught canoe building, offering more than 25 classes.

In 1986, he married Shirley Bruns of Latimer, Iowa. They worked together in the canoe shop, and teaching classes until Mr. Strong’s retirement in 1998. They traveled winters throughout the United States, finally wintering in Uvalde, Texas, in 1997, where they continued to live in their recreational vehicle during the winter months.

He leaves his wife Shirley of Craftsbury Common; his daughter Nancy West and her husband, Jim, of Craftsbury; his son Nathan Strong and his wife, Vicky, of Albany; his son Russell Strong of Craftsbury; his daughter Lynn Calderwood and her husband, Ricky, of Highgate; his son Matthew Strong and his wife, Patty, of Stowe; his stepsons: Steven Bruns and his wife, Karen; Mark Bruns and his wife, Debbie, of Iowa; his stepdaughter Dee Ann Arlow and her husband, Steven, of Alaska; his brother Burton and his wife, Irene, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Patty Rodemyer and her husband, Marvin, and LaDona Roelfs and her husband, Keith, of Iowa; his sister-in-law Jackie Campbell and her husband, Keith, of Alaska; and by his six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Shirley Strong; and by his grandson U.S. Marine Sergeant Jesse Strong.

Funeral services were held in Craftsbury on June 9, with a committal service at Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society or the Craftsbury Historical Society.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Ruth Lippens

Graveside services for Ruth Lippens will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Robert Stratton

Graveside services for Robert Stratton will be held at 10 a.m. on June 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Ardys Goodwin

Graveside services for Ardys Goodwin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Albany Village Cemetery with Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Patricia Morin

Committal services for Patricia Morin will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Louis Handy

Committal services for Louis Handy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Troy Cemetery.

Kasha Carrington

A graveside service for Kasha Carrington will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery, with a gathering to follow.

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Exhibit brings Gerald Bull back to light

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The Gerald Bull exhibit at the Sutton, Quebec, museum includes large photographs of the cannons at the international Space Research compound.  The gun in the top photo has a 172-foot-long barrel.  Photo by Chris Braithwaite

The Gerald Bull exhibit at the Sutton, Quebec, museum includes large photographs of the cannons at the international Space Research compound. The gun in the top photo has a 172-foot-long barrel. Photo by Chris Braithwaite

copyright the Chronicle June 4, 2014

by Chris Braithwaite

SUTTON, Quebec — People who end up on the wrong side of history tend to fade quickly from public view. Too quickly, perhaps, because history is not entirely written by its heroes.

Though he was once vital to its economy, Orleans County has no streets or schools or public parks that grateful community leaders have named for Gerald Bull.

And though it must stand as the most disturbingly fascinating place in the region, the headquarters of Mr. Bull’s Space Research Corporation are all but impossible to find. A narrow dirt road runs into the woods off a back road out of North Troy. There’s a For Sale sign outside the rusting gates, whose No Trespassing signs warn off the curious.

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ETA releases self-titled album of originals

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The cover for the Evansville Transit Authority’s new CD of original music is nothing if not homegrown and simple.

The cover for the Evansville Transit Authority’s new CD of original music is nothing if not homegrown and simple.

copyright the Chronicle May 28, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

The estimated time of arrival for the new ETA compact disc of original music is:  now.

The Evansville Transit Authority (ETA) band has been a local phenomenon for a dozen years and got its first paid gig when the boys were in high school. For the most part, they have played other people’s songs, from famous rock and country bands.

Their new self-titled CD is their own original music, and it’s good — good guitar playing, good singing, lyrics, and percussion.

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Island Pond’s island is up for sale

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Robert Hall has owned the island in Island Pond for the past 57 years.  Now he wants to sell it, hopefully to the town of Brighton, which would preserve it.  Photo by Tena Starr

Robert Hall has owned the island in Island Pond for the past 57 years. Now he wants to sell it, hopefully to the town of Brighton, which would preserve it. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle June 4, 2014 

by Tena Starr

ISLAND POND — For the last 57 years, Robert Hall of been a member of a small, elite group that includes the likes of actors Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, and singer Celine Dion. Like those celebrities, Mr. Hall owns a private island.

Johnny Depp’s island is in the Caribbean; Mr. Hall’s island is in Island Pond. He’s reached the point in life, however, where he wants to sell it, ideally to the town of Brighton, which he considers the logical next owner. He’s been in a wheelchair since he broke his back cutting firewood in 1977 and hasn’t set foot on the property for more than 30 years.

It’s hard to navigate a wheelchair through a sandy beach, he wryly noted in an interview Friday. “I can’t use it, but I could use the money.”

Mr. Hall is asking $1.975-million for the island he and his mother bought when he was 18 years old. He’s now 76.

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In boys baseball: Falcons finish season with best record since 2007

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The Rice Memorial Green Knights displayed their aggressive base running all day as this spectacular collision with Falcon catcher Andrew Gonyaw (left) shows.  Coming in to score is Green Knight Tommy Fitzgerald, who recorded seven stolen bases on the day as teammate Timmy Shea (number 11) looks on. Photos by Richard Creaser

The Rice Memorial Green Knights displayed their aggressive base running all day as this spectacular collision with Falcon catcher Andrew Gonyaw (left) shows. Coming in to score is Green Knight Tommy Fitzgerald, who recorded seven stolen bases on the day as teammate Timmy Shea (number 11) looks on.  Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle June 4, 2014

by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — While the Falcons were unable to match a 20-year-old record, they did equal their best record since 2007, finishing the season at 8-8 on Saturday. Had the North Country baseball team won one or both games over the weekend, they could have matched a more than 20-year-old record, Assistant Coach Jared Gonyaw said.

“They’ve put together a great season, and this is without a junior varsity program,” Coach Gonyaw said. “We had three underclassmen pitch today, and they held heir own.”

Finishing with a .500 record is an especially significant feat given the peculiar nature of the 2014 spring sports season. The Falcons played nine regular season games in the last two weeks and only seven games in the first three weeks of the season.

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Obituaries June 4, 2014

obit cooksonLogan Allan Cookson

Logan Allan Cookson of Cabot died on May 24, 2014.

He was born on May 11, 2004, in Berlin, the youngest child of Scott and Tammy Cookson of Cabot. He formerly resided in East Barre and attended Central Vermont Catholic School. The last two years, he attended Cabot School.

Logan touched many people in some small way throughout his short yet memorable life. His life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

He was a country boy at heart. He loved everything from exploring the woods, to hunting, camping, mowing the lawn, and stacking wood with his Dad. He always looked for something to fix or take apart. He also enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, hockey, and chess. Since moving to Cabot, he enjoyed guiding his mom through the woods, showing and teaching her the wonders of nature. Logan and his brother, Brock, mentor and best friend, were inseparable. They enjoyed animals, farming, and playing outside. He spent many hours on the floor playing with his Army men and wrestling figures. Logan also loved to talk on the phone. He had a passion for party planning. He would often make calls to family and friends to arrange get-togethers. Logan was especially proud of his greatest accomplishment, passing the hunter safety course.

Family members that live on to honor and remember Logan’s life include his parents, Scott and Tammy Cookson; his best friend and brother, Brock “Brockie”; his brother Shayne of Burlington; his sister Shantal Cookson of Barre; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth Allan Adams and Jacqueline Bissonnette Adams of Berlin; his paternal grandmother Connie Martin Murray of Waterbury; and his great-grandmother, Elva Martin of Waterbury. Aunts and uncles include Maureen Adams and her companion, Ron Lackey, of Stowe, Jody and Jaime Fewer of Barre Town, Andrew and Karen Adams of Cabot, Nancy McLaney of Crestview, Florida, John Cookson and his companion, Shannon Buziak, of Cabot, Dan Cookson of Waterbury, Tammy and Kevin Johnson of East Calais, Dawn Cookson of New Hampshire, and Angela and Gary Ward of Cabot; a nephew, Trenton Cookson, of Plainfield; and his cousins include Spencer, Camryn, Julia, and Seth Fewer of Barre Town, Karissa, Lindsay, and Kaden of Crestview, Courtney Cookson, Christopher, and Kyle Johnson of East Calais, and Garan Ward of Cabot.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Cookson. He also left behind his pets, three chickens and a bunny.

With Logan’s death, we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him every day, he will forever remain in our hearts. In his short ten years, we were able to create many wonderful memories and it has been a privilege and a blessing from God to be his parents.

A Mass of celebration in honor of Logan’s life was held on May 31, at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Barre.

Those who wish to make donations in Logan’s memory may contribute to the Cabot School, Main Street, Cabot, Vermont 05647; or to the Central Vermont Catholic School, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702.

obit cummingsWilliam J. Cummings

William “Bill” J. Cummings, 64, of East Albany died peacefully on Monday, May 26, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 10, 1949, in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of the late Harold and Pauline (Kampf) Cummings.

He graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 1972.

He worked at Ames Electric and Vermont Interactive Television.

He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States before settling down in Canaan to raise his family.  He recently wrote, “I truly believe that life is for learning and that is what I have experienced in my life.”  He lived what he believed, with interests in astronomy, the outdoors, planes, games, athletics, Star Trek, and everything else.

The last eight years of his life, he shared a loving home with Cherie Lowry and her daughter, Caroline, in East Albany.

He is survived by his two daughters, Kara Wildflower Cummings of Boston, Massachusetts, and Airole Sage Cummings and her fiancé, Justin Warden, of Canaan, and their mother, Roberta Bunnell of Canaan; his sister and brother-in-law, Betsey and Chuck Clarke; his niece Heather and her husband, Michael Anderson; his nephew Adam Clarke; and by his cousin Marie Fitzgerald.

He was predeceased by his favorite uncle, Gilbert Kampf.

A graveside service was held on May 31, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Norwich, Connecticut.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Summer House of Northeast Kingdom, Inc., care of Community National Bank, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit FontaineCharlotte Benware Fontaine

Charlotte Benware Fontaine, 81, of Lowell died on May 29, 2014, at her daughter’s home, with her loving family at her side.  She is finally at peace after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on October 28, 1932, in Lowell, to Asa and Gladys (Swett) Morse.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.

Her hobby was working in her flower garden and she was a member of the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.

She is survived by her husband Leo Fontaine of Lowell; her children:  Larry Benware and his wife, Sandra, of Derby, Roger Benware and his wife, Bonnie, of Lowell, Laura Santaw and her husband, James, of Lowell, Gordon Benware of Troy, and Roland Benware and his wife, Linda, of Coventry, Alan Benware and his wife, Janet, of Lowell, and Michael Benware and his wife, Judy, of Newport Center; her 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; her brother Robert Morse and his wife, Rita, of Derby; her sisters:  Anita Cornish of Connecticut, Eleanor Derocher of New Hampshire, Shirley Clifford of Tennessee, Barbara McAllister of Newport Center, and Sally McAllister and her husband, Ronald, of New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Annette Morse of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband Gordon Benware Sr., in 1981; her infant daughter Karen Lynn; her brothers:  Asa Morse Jr. and Roger Morse; and by her sisters:  Madeleine Laramee, Faye Stentson, Betty Verge, and Gloria Geoffroy.

Funeral services were held on June 3, in Lowell.  Interment followed 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; or to the Mississquoi Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GriffinValerie J. Griffin

Valerie J. Griffin, 62, of Derby died on May 30, 2014, at her home in Derby.

She was born on June 23, 1951, in Newport, to M. Jeanne (Chainey) Griffin and the late H. Dean Griffin.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in the Class of 1969.  She was in the first madrigal singing group started by Sister Edmund of Jesus.  She was also in the first folk group at St. Mary’s Church.  She was the concert pianist for many of the musicals at Sacred Heart School.

She attended nurses’ training at Fanny Allen in Burlington and later worked as an LPN at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for a few years and in the Tacoma, Washington, area for nearly 30 years.  Her nursing and compassion encompassed more than just in a working situation.  She took care of two young boys in Tacoma, while their mother was unable to care for them.  She loved animals and was always supplying them with food and care, especially chipmunks.

She moved back to the Derby in November of 2006 after the death of her brother, whom she cared for for ten years.  She joined the senior choir and folk group at St Mary’s Church until her lungs no longer allowed her to sing.  She organized the Sunday adorations and the veterans adorations with her best friend.  She was also co-founder of the Cenacle of Life group at St. Mary’s Church.  She was a Eucharistic minister for Mater Dei Parish and visited the sick, bringing them the holy Eucharist.

Cancer is a monster but Ms. Griffin never gave up helping others and doing the things she enjoyed the most.  She spent most of the summers along brooks fishing for trout with Neena.  She planted a blueberry, raspberry and strawberry patch on her land along with a small fruit tree orchard and still made time for a vegetable garden.

She is survived by her best friend Neena Gratton of Derby; her mother M. Jeanne Chainey of Hyde Park; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter Kellie Marie; her father H. Dean Griffin; and by her brother Robert Griffin.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 4, 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, June 5, at St. Mary’s Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport, with Monsignor Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the NEK Spay-Neuter Program, 172 Sias Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit karasinskiAlexander Karasinski

Alexander Karasinski died on May 29, 2014.

He was a peaceful, thoughtful man.

He was born on July 31, 1922, the son of John and Theresa Karasinski.

He served in the Navy and the Sea Bees.

He was a mechanic for many years at Healey’s in Connecticut, before retiring to Vermont with his wife, Anna.

He liked sports and he loved to fish.  He loved to talk about the world and how things work in the universe.  He was forever curious about the world.  He knew human nature.  He loved his family deeply and his family was devoted to him.

He is survived by his daughter Pam Micknak and her husband, Robert, and their children:  Susan Rivard and her husband, Joe, and Chris Micknak and his wife, Emily; and great-grandchildren:  Tyler and Kelsie, and Gage and Cayden.  He is also survived by his son Jim Karasinski and his wife, Leta, and his grandchildren:  Erin and Elizabeth; and his great-grandchild Presleigh.  He is also survived by his son John Karasinski and his wife, Cindy, and grandchildren:  Michael and Jared and his wife, Danielle.

His wife, Anna Sally Saroka Karasinski, predeceased him on May 30, 2002.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.  There are no calling hours.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit lagueAlbert E. Lague

Albert E. Lague, 69, of Derby died peacefully on May 26, 2014, at his home, after a long illness.

He was born on November 28, 1944, in Newport, to Thomas E. and Lucia (Tetreault) Lague.

On August 19, 1967, he married Wanda M. Willard, who survives him.

Educated at Sacred Heart Schools, he graduated in 1963.  After a stint in the National Guard, he was employed by C.H. Willard’s Plumbing and Heating, and Butterfields Corp. in Derby Line.  In 1966, he was hired by I.B.M. in Essex Junction and worked there until he took early retirement in 1995, retiring as a senior computer engineer.  He then worked for Orleans Office Products until he started his own business, Al’s PC repair, in 1996.

He enjoyed many things.  In the spring it was maple sugaring.  Summers were spent fishing, cutting wood, and tending his garden.  In the fall, everything stopped for hunting camp.  Winter, it was snowmobiling and ice fishing.  He loved to tinker on things, and he reloaded shells for lots of his friends and hunting buddies.  He served his community as both an usher and member of St. Mary’s Council for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda M. (Willard) Lague; his son Thomas C. Lague and his wife, Merry Jane E. (Emmons), of Derby; his daughter Michelle D. Whalen and her husband, Matthew, of Washington; his sisters:  Jane Triaureau and her husband, Patrice, of L’Epine, France, Lorraine Towle of West Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Anita Fleming and her husband, Jim, of Prescott, Arizona; his brother George H. Lague and his wife, Shirley, of Brownington; his sister Theresa Patenaude and her fiancé, Mike O’Malley, of Falmouth; his grandchildren:  Kedron and Keirstan Lague, Matthew, Lily, and Jamie Whalen; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on May 30, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Nongame Wildlife Fund, care of Charlee Drury, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit pageRachel Marie (Bonneau) Page

Rachel Marie (Bonneau) Page, 70, died on May 30, 2014, in Lakeland, Florida, following a sudden illness.

She was born on January 1, 1944, in Lowell the daughter of the late Ange Marie and Idel (McAllister) Bonneau.

During her husband’s career in the U.S. Navy, she lived in various locations in the U.S. and the Philippines.

She received a kidney transplant from her sister MaryAnn in July of 1975 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before returning to Vermont in 1978.  She relocated to Florida in 1990.

She retired after working many years in the retail field.

She loved to read, work jigsaw puzzles, cuddle with her cats, and enjoy a good laugh with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Page of Lakeland; her son James Page of Phoenix, Arizona; her sister MaryAnn Capetz and her husband, Larry of Lakeland; her brother Armand Bonneau of South Paris, Maine; her brother Leonard Bonneau and his wife, Rhoda, of Sheridan, Wyoming; her brother Martin Bonneau and his wife, Kathy, of Williston; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Dale Page; and by her brother Raymond Bonneau.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, followed by burial at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org; or to support organ donation at www.lifelinkfoundation.org or www.organdonor.gov.

obit ProvonchaHolly A. Provoncha

Holly A. Provoncha, 36, of St. Albans died on May 20, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on March 24, 1978, in Newport, to Victor and Margaret (Heath) Provoncha.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1997 and on May 17, 2014, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College. She had received two associate’s degrees before that from the Community College of Vermont.

Ms. Provoncha battled cystic fibrosis all of her life and she didn’t let it get her down as she always had a happy outlook on life.

Her hobbies included going fishing and riding ATVs.

She is survived by her parents, Victor and Margaret Provoncha of Newport; her brother Barry Provoncha of Troy; her fiancé Steven Lagasse of St. Albans; and by several aunts and uncles.

She was predeceased by her sister Cindy Provoncha; and by her brother Randy Provoncha.

Funeral services were held on May 25, in Newport. Interment will take place at a later date at Griffin Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G&H, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ronkBeverly Norton Ronk

Beverly Norton Ronk, 87, died on May 22, 2014, after a period of declining health, at her daughter Judy’s home in Lake Worth, Florida.

She was born on May 18, 1927, in East Liberty, Pennsylvania, to Winston and Roxie (Hall) Hunt of Morgan. She had one sister, Geraldine, who died at three months old.

She was first married to Robert Norton on May 18, 1949, and they had six children who they raised in Morgan: Charlie Norton of Morgan (his children are Charlie Jr., Tristan, and Julia), Robert Norton Jr. and Meredith of Parker of Colorado (their children are Christopher, Thomas, Jennifer, and Allison), Susan and Charles Leavitt of Newport (their children are Heather, Kevin, and Kristie), Debi and Brian Kerr of Morgan (their children are Fae, Ericka, and Tyrel), Johanna and Steve Millheiser of Naples, Maine (their children are Kyle and Kelley), and Judith and Pat Love of Lake Worth (their children are Hannah and Dylan). She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1947. She was one of the first phone operators and worked as one until her retirement. After she retired, she worked a few years per-diem at Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice because she liked to keep active and help others.

After her divorce, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. She ended up finding love again with someone she met at Bible study, Paul Ronk. They married on March 7, 1984, and later moved back to Vermont in 1990. Unfortunately, he died in 2008.

The last few years, she had the enjoyment of living with her daughter in Florida and then spending vacations at her daughter’s home in Morgan where she couldn’t wait to see every one of her grandchildren and to do something with them — shopping, or going out to eat. She was always on the go when she was still able to drive herself. You would almost have to schedule an appointment to see her.

She had many interests and hobbies, many activities and youth groups through church, and she liked painting, sewing, knitting, and shopping, but her grandchildren she loved deeply and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and loved researching her family tree. She said we should always be proud of who we were because we came from good stock — William Bradford from the Mayflower.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Erin Norton.

Funeral services were held on May 29, in Morgan. Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit TurbiniJoseph D. Turbini

Joseph D. Turbini, 85, died on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, after a period of failing health.

He was the husband of the late Linda L. (LeBeau) Turbini.

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, he was a graduate of Watertown schools.

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

He was a resident of Stoughton for over 30 years.  He worked for Dole & Bailey in Massachusetts for over 40 years as a longtime salesman and he retired as the vice-president of purchasing, at age 65.  He later worked for the John Dewar Company in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Turbini was a longtime fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.  He enjoyed spending winters in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, summers in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and hunting and fishing at his home in Barton.  He loved to travel, spend time entertaining family and friends, and was the “Number One Meat Man.”

He is survived by his children:  Damien J. Turbini and his wife, Wendy, Victoria L. Turbini and her husband, Dean Hashimoto, and Laura M. Lafleur and her husband, Rene, all of Massachusetts, and Leonard L. Turbini and his partner, Judy Doyle, of New York; his sister Eda Doherty and her husband, Richard, of Massachusetts; and by his grandchildren:  Joseph Lafleur, Robert Lafleur, Gary Hashimoto, and Sachi Hashimoto.

Funeral services were held on May 31, in Stoughton.  Interment took place at VA National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, the family has asked that donations in his memory be made to the Care Dimensions Hospice, 70 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481.

obit WarnerMarie Gwendolyn Warner

Marie Gwendolyn Warner, 95, of Barton died on May 30, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 27, 1919, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Donald and Louise (Malo) MacKenzie.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1936.

On July 24, 1937, she married Melvin Warner, who predeceased her.

She was a custodian along with her husband for four years at the Lowell Elementary School.

Her hobbies included gardening, working in her flower beds, cooking, baking, and writing short stories for the Green Mountain Trading Post.  She and her husband loved to go to dances and bingo.

She is survived by her children:  Joanne Dawson of Bellows Falls, and Patrick Warner of Evansville; her daughter-in-law Greta Scott and her husband, Gaelen, of St. Johnsbury; her brother-in-law Lionel Carbonneau of Derby; her sister-in-law Eleanor (Penn) Mackenzie of Gardner, Massachusetts; and by her 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two children:  Janet Jones in 2009, and David Warner in 2006; and by her siblings:  Robert MacKenzie, Donald MacKenzie, Geraldine Higgins, and Elaine Carbonneau.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 4, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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 wesenRuth Louise Mabon Wiesen

Ruth Louise Mabon Wiesen, 93, of Holland died peacefully at her home on May 27, 2014.

She was born on January 23, 1921, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

On June 1, 1943, she married her loving husband, George William Wiesen Jr.  Together they traveled to many destinations taking beautiful photos and making a lifetime of memories.

Ms. Wiesen enjoyed caring for others, traveling, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Kurt, and her son Bard and his wife, Tammy; her grandchildren:  Scott, Tyler, Matthew, Joshua and his wife, Brittany, and Nicole and her fiancé, Joe; and by her great-grandchildren:  Hayden, Aubry, and Reagan.

She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Leslie Glenn Mabon; her brothers:  Dick and Don; her sister Doris; and by her husband George.

Service arrangements for Ms. Wiesen will be made at a later date by her family.

Services

Aline Raboin

Committal services for Aline Raboin will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 7, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Michael Meunier

Committal services for Michael Meunier will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 7, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Brenda Colburn

Committal services for Brenda Colburn will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, June 8, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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Memorial Day weekend

Hannah Roberts, 13, of Newport Center opened Sunday's tractor pull at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on her 1950 Allis-Chalmers C tractor.  Hannah, who is a seventh-grader at North Country Union Junior High School, is pictured here in a pull-off for the 2,750-pound stock class, in which she took second place with 312 feet, 3.24 inches.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Hannah Roberts, 13, of Newport Center opened Sunday’s tractor pull at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on her 1950 Allis-Chalmers C tractor. Hannah, who is a seventh-grader at North Country Union Junior High School, is pictured here in a pull-off for the 2,750-pound stock class, in which she took second place with 312 feet, 3.24 inches. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Tyler Young of Irasburg smacks the ball in the Cal Ripken League at the Lake Region Youth Baseball five-team tournament held at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on Sunday.  The Irasburg Angels played the Brownington Indians in the co-ed league for eight- to ten-year-olds.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Tyler Young of Irasburg smacks the ball in the Cal Ripken League at the Lake Region Youth Baseball five-team tournament held at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on Sunday. The Irasburg Angels played the Brownington Indians in the co-ed league for eight- to ten-year-olds. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Island Pond Monday included a speech from Representative Vicki Strong of Albany.  Two students from Brighton Elementary School, who won second place in a recent contest sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, took turns reading the names of 42 Vermonters who were killed from 2003-2011 in either Afghanistan or Iraq.  Cooper Densmore is pictured behind the podium, while classmate Joshua Rivers is standing to his right.   Photo by Paul Lefebvre

Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Island Pond Monday included a speech from Representative Vicki Strong of Albany. Two students from Brighton Elementary School, who won second place in a recent contest sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, took turns reading the names of 42 Vermonters who were killed from 2003-2011 in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Cooper Densmore is pictured behind the podium, while classmate Joshua Rivers is standing to his right. Photo by Paul Lefebvre

An enthusiastic group of musicians from Newport City Elementary School marches down Main Street on Memorial Day.  Pictured is Victoria Young playing a cowbell.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

An enthusiastic group of musicians from Newport City Elementary School marches down Main Street on Memorial Day. Pictured is Victoria Young playing a cowbell. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Gage (in yellow) and Joey Prue atop a van in the Memorial Day parade in North Troy Monday.  Pam Prue and Pat Pyne of Paddie’s Snack Bar were their chauffeurs.   Photo by Tena Starr

Gage (in yellow) and Joey Prue atop a van in the Memorial Day parade in North Troy Monday. Pam Prue and Pat Pyne of Paddie’s Snack Bar were their chauffeurs. Photo by Tena Starr

Suki wears this patriotic outfit every Memorial Day and Fourth of July, said her owner, Linda Lyons.  Ms. Lyons and Suki were among those who didn’t mind getting a little wet in order to watch the Memorial Day parade in North Troy on Monday.  Photo by Tena Starr

Suki wears this patriotic outfit every Memorial Day and Fourth of July, said her owner, Linda Lyons. Ms. Lyons and Suki were among those who didn’t mind getting a little wet in order to watch the Memorial Day parade in North Troy on Monday. Photo by Tena Starr

This bell from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department's 1938 International was chimed in memory of the Vermont soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country in the War on Terror.  Fire department member Justin Peart rang the bell after each name was read aloud by members of American Legion Orleans Post #23 at Monday's Memorial Day observances.  Photo by Richard Creaser

This bell from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department’s 1938 International was chimed in memory of the Vermont soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country in the War on Terror. Fire department member Justin Peart rang the bell after each name was read aloud by members of American Legion Orleans Post #23 at Monday’s Memorial Day observances. Photo by Richard Creaser

American Legion Orleans Post #23 veteran Maurice "Joe" Blair, accompanied by Mark Wright, takes a place of honor during Monday's Memorial Day observances in Orleans.  Ann Parenteau (second row from left), Mary Ellen Orcutt, Donna Smith, and Dawn Wilcox of the Orleans American Legion Women's Auxiliary follow close behind.  Photo by Richard Creaser

American Legion Orleans Post #23 veteran Maurice “Joe” Blair, accompanied by Mark Wright, takes a place of honor during Monday’s Memorial Day observances in Orleans. Ann Parenteau (second row from left), Mary Ellen Orcutt, Donna Smith, and Dawn Wilcox of the Orleans American Legion Women’s Auxiliary follow close behind. Photo by Richard Creaser

Girl Scout Daisies Eva Thompson (left) and Bianca Davis of Barton Troop #30813 lent a festive air to Barton's annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.  Like their namesake flowers, the Daisies provided a welcome burst of color amidst the rain showers.  The Daisies marched alongside their fellow Girl Scouts from Barton Troop #30053.    Photo by Richard Creaser

Girl Scout Daisies Eva Thompson (left) and Bianca Davis of Barton Troop #30813 lent a festive air to Barton’s annual Memorial Day parade on Monday. Like their namesake flowers, the Daisies provided a welcome burst of color amidst the rain showers. The Daisies marched alongside their fellow Girl Scouts from Barton Troop #30053. Photo by Richard Creaser

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