Navigating the complexities of the simple life

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WEB Hewitt bookcopyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit, by Ben Hewitt with Penny Hewitt. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, 2015; Paperbound, 352 pages; $29.95.

Reviewed by Joseph Gresser

Some books need to be written again as each new generation comes of age. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, may have set the template for one of these books, the exhortation to the reader to give up conventional expectations and live a radically simplified life.

Living the Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, set forth a version of that message adapted for a very different world. To give them full credit, the Nearings lived according to their principles far longer than the year or two Mr. Thoreau spent in the woods.

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In Greensboro: After 114 years, Willey’s Store remains famously eclectic

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Robert Willey-Hurst, current president of Willey's Store, Inc., has worked tirelessly these past six years to see that the store remains a community center.  Photos by David Dudley

Robert Willey-Hurst, current president of Willey’s Store, Inc., has worked tirelessly these past six years to see that the store remains a community center. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

by David Dudley

GREENSBORO — While stories about Black Friday’s frenzied shopping flooded the Internet, the day after Thanksgiving began like any other at Willey’s Store, which is now in its one hundred and fourteenth year of operation.

Robert Willey-Hurst, president of the Willey’s Store, Inc., opened the store at 7 a.m. as usual. The only thing he did differently was stretch the annual winter sale, which usually runs for a single weekend, into a two-week event this year.

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Sargent opens World Cup season with personal best

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Ida Sargent of Barton opened her third World Cup season with a personal record.  Photo courtesy of Dave and Lindy Sargent

Ida Sargent of Barton opened her third World Cup season with a personal record. Photo courtesy of Dave and Lindy Sargent

copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

U.S. Ski Team member Ida Sargent of Barton started off her third World Cup season on opening day November 29 with a personal best — she came in fifth among a field of 73 women in a classic sprint. She ranked top for the U.S. in the 1.4-kilometer race, held in Ruka, Finland.

She once came in sixth place in Sochi, Russia, the year before the Olympics, said Ms. Sargent’s mother, Lindy Sargent, in a brief telephone interview Monday.

“But this was her top score. She hasn’t ever gotten a fifth place,” Ms. Sargent said.

The next day wasn’t as amazing. Ms. Sargent came in fifty-first place in a ten-kilometer classic race on November 30, with a time of 28:52.8, nearly 96 minutes behind the top racer. Ms. Sargent was third for the U.S. in that race, which was also held in Ruka.

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U.S., Quebec police practice cooperating in emergencies

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State Police Lieutenant Walter Smith, who commands the Derby barracks, offers his thoughts at the fourth annual Quebec-Vermont Cross Border Workshop at Jay Peak Tuesday.  Photos by Joseph Gresser

State Police Lieutenant Walter Smith, who commands the Derby barracks, offers his thoughts at the fourth annual Quebec-Vermont Cross Border Workshop at Jay Peak Tuesday. Photos by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

JAY — A bus taking U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to a meeting in Quebec is rammed by a man who committed a robbery in Vermont and escaped by speeding through Canadian customs.

Governor Shumlin is severely injured, the robber and Vermont State Police troopers, acting as security for the Governor, exchange gunfire. One trooper is wounded, and the robber is killed. The incident ends as the Governor is airlifted to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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Obituaries December 3, 2014

obit campbellFernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 19, 1931, in Orleans, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell.

On September 6, 1958, he married Monique LeBlond, who predeceased him on July 5, 2011.

Mr. Campbell was born on the farm that he later owned and operated with his brother Raymond. Music was always such a big part of his life. He had a wonderful voice and played the guitar and a little piano. He always sang in the church choirs and would often sing solo. In his younger years, he had a small band and played music for weddings. In his later years he played music at area nursing homes. It was such a joy to hear him sing.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third Degree, and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

When he retired from farming, he traveled to Florida with family and friends in motor homes for part of the winter. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. He was hard to beat — he usually won. He loved all the family gatherings and visits.

After his wife died, he was cared for in his home by several caregivers. He was so pleased to be at home and he greatly enjoyed and appreciated his caregivers. He enjoyed them and cared about them.

He is survived by his children: Denise King and her husband, Wayne, of Williamstown, Carmen Riendeau and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans Louise Campbell and her husband, Norman Fortin, of Holland, and Francis Campbell and his companion, Rhonda Cole, of Newport Center; his 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his brother Raymond Campbell of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on November 28, in Orleans. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CoulterFloyd R. Coulter

Floyd R. Coulter, 87, of Westfield died on November 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 8, 1927, in Bennington, to Raymond and Rena (Montgomery) Coulter.

On November 26, 1949, he married Delpha Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Coulter was a veteran of World War II. During his lifetime, he was employed as a sander at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he was employed for 23 years.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing word books, watching the Red Sox with his wife, hunting, fishing, going for walks, and he enjoyed the company of his cats. His biggest joy was the various cars that he owned and giving them tender loving care.

He is survived by his wife, Delpha Coulter, of Westfield; his children: Susan Deuso and her husband, Dennis, of Montgomery Center, and Lynn Danforth and her husband, Rick, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Gerard Bouchard Jr. of Westfield, Christopher Bouchard of Richford, and Krystle Piette and her husband, Ross, of Essex; and by his great-grandchild Kaitlynn Bouchard of Westfield.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard.

A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Raymond E. Gravel

Raymond E. Gravel, 76, of Wolcott died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on August 31, 1938, in West Glover, son of Raymond Noel Gravel and Margaret Lussier Gravel.

He married Anna Rainville in Troy, in 1958.

He was employed by Pizzagalli Construction for nearly 40 years as a construction foreman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Boivin Chapter, and had served as grand knight.

He enjoyed camping and his Yorkies. He liked to bowl in a local league with the Knights of Columbus and always looked forward to putting on his Fourth of July celebration at the family camp in North Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna; their children: Daniel, Edmund, Francis and Bernice; grandchildren: Amanda, Dawn, Michael, Shawn, Dylan, Joshua, Sky, and Avery; several great-grandchildren; his siblings: Roland, Robert, Jane, Arline, Lucien, Paulette, Norman, Hazel, Deborah, Marcel, and Edward; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Joseph; and by his sisters: Susan and Delores.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Morrisville. Visitation will be held Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faith Funeral Home in Morrisville. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Joyce (Durgin) Butler Little

Joyce Little, 80 of Irasburg, beloved wife of Rudy Little, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014, at her daughter Lynn’s home in Barre, after her courageous battle with cancer.

Her daughter and husband took very good care of her 24 hours a day after she was released from the hospital with Hospice care on October 28, 2014.

She was born to the late Earl and Bertha (Moulton) Durgin of West Charleston on August 11, 1934.

She loved to put puzzles together then donate them to the local nursing homes. She also loved to knit and make many, many mittens and hats for the local children who were in need, and for the WCAX-TV Channel 3 mitten tree.

She married Clayton W. Butler on October 20, 1952, where they lived in Albany.

She is survived by the five children they raised: Carol Currier and her husband, Colby, of Troy, Christine DeLaBruere and her husband, Gilles, of West Charleston, Clayton E. Butler of Irasburg, Anita Dion and her husband, David, of Irasburg, and Alan Butler and his wife, Darlene, of Irasburg.

Mr. Butler was struck with polio and died on November 29, 1965.

She then married Rudolph “Rudy” W. Little and they had just celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniversary on November 4. Together they had a daughter, whom she is survived by: Lynn Carter and her husband, Arland, of Barre.

She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Dot Mason and her late husband, Larry, of Albany, Marjorie Annis and her late husband, Austin, of North Carolina, and half-sisters Rachel Williams of North Carolina, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg, and Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg; one half-brother, Raymond Durgin, of Morgan; and a special sister-in-law, Patricia Little, and her husband, Stuart, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by three infant sons: Ronald, Ricky, and Wilbur Little; her sisters: Norma Mathieu and her husband, Jack, Nancy Mathieu and her husband, Ben, and Doris Haddock and her husband, Charles; and by a brother, Durward Durgin, and his wife, Tootsie.

There will be no calling hours or services as requested by Ms. Little, and respected by her family.

If friends and family wish to donate in her memory, please send your donations to CVMC National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, Vermont 05641. This cancer clinic was like no other, they took such good care of her. Dr. Daniel Fram would call on a regular basis and ask how she was doing through her radiation treatments. They were very kind, sincere people and they allowed her special four-legged friend, Walker, to come with her to the clinic. They treated him like he was family, and that’s what he is.

obit ProvostRichard “Pinky” F. Provost

Richard “Pinky” F. Provost, 92, died at home on November 25, 2014.

He was born on September 29, 1922, at home in Derby, to Louis and Bertha (Couture) Provost.

He attended school in Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby. It was in graded school where he was given the nickname “Pinky.”

On August 27, 1947, at Sacre-Coeur-de-Jesus in Stanstead, he married Regina Ferland, who survives him. After 67 years of marriage he still said his marriage was the best decision in his life.

He lived in Derby, and operated Hillside Farm, which included the original family farm and expanded over the years with additional neighboring farms. He also owned and operated a fertilizer business. It was until his late eighties that he continued to manage his gravel pit business. Retirement also included the purchase of a home in Lake Worth, Florida, where family and friends were welcomed to visit, play cards, and enjoy wonderful hospitality.

Mr. Provost served on the Derby board of selectmen, the Agway board of directors, he was a member of the Elks, Le Club Canadien Francais de Lake Worth, and the Antique Car Club of Newport.

Mr. Provost took a great deal of pride in his collection of Farmall tractors, which are now housed in Paquette’s International Farmall Museum in Leesburg, Florida. He very much enjoyed driving his 1940 Packard, with “Pinky” on the license plate. He was also an extraordinary and witty raconteur. He shared his colorful stories until his final hours.

In addition to his wife, Regina, he is survived by eight children: Maurice “Moe” Provost and his partner, Joan Poutre, of Derby, Lise MacDonald and her husband, John MacDonald, of Swanton, Ginette Provost and her husband, Tom Cyr, of Derby, Nancy Moore and her husband, John Moore, of Derby, Pauline “Poe” Provost of Underhill, Sylvia Provost and her husband, Jim Henderson, of White River Junction, Suzanne Provost and her husband, David Benway, of Underhill, and Cecile Provost and her husband, Gary Sexton, of Jericho; his 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Marguerite Smyrski of Montpelier; and by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews who enjoyed visiting their mon oncle Pinky.

He was predeceased by his son Henri Provost in 1981; his brothers: Roland, Romeo, Roger, George, and Paul; and by his sister Anita Curran.

Funeral services were held on November 29, in Derby. Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Road, Suite 40, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Edward’s Parish, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Audrie E. Wright

Audrie E. (Powers) Wright of Greensboro, formerly of Waterford, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born in Waterford in October of 1929, the second youngest child of Glenn and Eva (Page) Powers. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy’s Class of 1947, and married Rolla Wright Jr. on her eighteenth birthday that year. They settled near their families’ farms in Waterford and together raised five children.

As a younger woman, Ms. Wright enjoyed reading, swimming, and fishing for brook trout. She and her husband taught their children to know and appreciate the wildflowers and animal life of the Northeast. Favorite places included the Old Swimming Hole beside the little red schoolhouse on Shadow Lake Road in Concord, Dodge Pond in Lyman, New Hampshire, and Long Sands Beach in York, Maine. Picnics, going out for ice cream, and listening to WSTJ and her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, created special memories. For many years she was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of St. Johnsbury.

She is survived by her children and their families: E. Lynne and her husband, Douglas Mitchell, of Fort Ann, New York, Kathryn Bennett of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Leonard and Lanette Wright of Danville, Lyle and Sheryl Wright of Princeton, West Virginia, and Amy Brill and Scott Brill of Sutton; her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sister and brother, Geneva Wright and Willard Powers, both of Waterford; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to the following organizations: Residents’ Activity Fund of Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to Davies Memorial Library, P.O. Box 56, Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848.

Online condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

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In Norton: Bo, the two-legged goat

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Bo, who lives in the house with the Greenleafs, was born without the use of his hind legs.

Bo, who lives in the house with the Greenleafs, was born without the use of his hind legs.  Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014 

by David Dudley

NORTON — One afternoon in the summer of 2012, David Greenleaf and his wife, Bunny, went out to run errands. They had been raising and breeding goats for three years at this point and knew one of their nanny goats was due any day. Though they knew it would be soon, Mr. and Mrs. Greenleaf were surprised by what awaited them when they returned home that day.

“The mother had birthed four little ones,” Ms. Greenleaf said. “Three of them were dead. And then there was Bo —short for Bow-legged — a baby French Alpine goat, laying there in the wood shavings. We knew he was special from the moment we saw him.”

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Debut novel draws page-turning journey

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WEB mill horse reviewcopyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014

The Clever Mill Horse, by Jodi Lew-Smith. Paperback. 409 pages. Published by Caspian Press, Hardwick. $16.99

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Jodi Lew-Smith has written a rollicking story here, as unlikely as that seems, given that the plot revolves around securing a patent for a flax-milling machine. I would not, myself, have thought of patent rights as the most gripping subject for a young adult adventure novel.

But it works. The characters are well drawn, for the most part, and the plot has considerable twists and turns.

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Dions accused of elaborate poaching scheme

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Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008.  Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds.  Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds.  Photos courtesy of the Dions

Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008. Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds. Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds. Photos courtesy of the Dions

copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014

by Tena Starr

An Irasburg couple will be brought to court next month for allegedly running an elaborate deer poaching operation that included baiting and spotlights in their well concealed backyard and a gun portal in a wall of their house.

Wayne Dion, 66, and Jennie Dion, 63, are facing multiple charges related to deer baiting and illegal hunting, Major Dennis Reinhardt, who is in charge of law enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said Monday.

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Shop Small, Shop Local kicks off November 29

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Santa visits Newport’s Main Street. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Cities may have Black Friday for one day, but Newport merchants answer that with a promotion of their own: Small Business Week. Many area retail stores will be offering incentives and discounts during this Shop Small, Shop Local week, from Saturday, November 29, to Saturday, December 6. Merchants and restaurants throughout Newport are planning this event, designed to kick off the big holiday shopping season locally.

In addition to the savings, shoppers can enter to win prizes from local businesses when they stop in and shop locally. Prizes will be awarded on December 6 during the Newport Santa Festival. Details about the Santa Festival can be found at www.newportlive.com.

To make the Newport and Derby area more accessible and easy to shop, Rural Community Transportation (RCT) will be offering a special, free bus route on the first day of Small Business Week, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., between Main Street in Newport to Country Thyme and Jed’s Maple in Derby. Busses will stop at retail shops along that route, running on the half-hour.

The important contributions small businesses make to their communities is recognized by Newport City Renaissance Corporation and Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce, who are jointly promoting the Shop Small, Shop Local campaign. The promotion is designed to encourage Northeast Kingdom residents to support independent businesses in the Newport area by doing their holiday shopping within the community.

As part of the weeklong promotion, local businesses will be giving away Shop Small gifts, such as tote bags, buttons, and balloons, while supplies last.

For more information about Shop Small, Shop Local, visit www.discovernewportvt.com. — from the Newport City Renaissance Corporation.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Obituaries November 26, 2014

obit AldrichMichael C. Aldrich

Michael C. Aldrich, 49, of West Charleston died on November 22, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on June 7, 1965, in Middletown, Connecticut, to Neta (Brooks) Aldrich and the late John E. Aldrich.

He was a cabinetmaker in Ocala, Florida, before moving to Vermont three years ago.

He loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Neta Aldrich, of West Charleston; his children: Ashlee Aldrich of Wells, and John Aldrich and Alicia Aldrich, both of Florida; his siblings: Ted Aldrich and his wife, Tammy, of West Charleston, David Aldrich and his wife, Sharon, of Haddam, Connecticut, and Wanda Folsom and her husband, Reginald, of Colchester; his stepbrothers: Tim, Rodney, and Ronald Aldrich; his grandmother Marion Aldrich of Jericho; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where a service of remembrance will be held. Interment will take place at a later date in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BreaultMarjorie L. Breault

Marjorie L. Breault, 83, of Newport died on November 21, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 9, 1931, in Island Pond, to John and Julia (Annis) Meehan.

On April 22, 1972, she married Alcide R. Breault, who survives her.

She enjoyed her family get-togethers and she was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Alcide Breault, of Newport; her children: Gregory Abbott, Wanda Abbott, and Julie Perry, all of Newport; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and by her sister Elsie Keltz of Dalton, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by two children: Jerry Abbott and Penny Abbott; and by the following siblings: Irving, Harold, Neil and Clayton Meehan, and Joyce Martin.

Funeral services were held on November 24, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HolmesIsabelle A. Holmes

Isabelle A. Holmes, 90, of North Troy died on November 19, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on October 20, 1924, in Newport to Joseph and Florence (Marandola) Lantagne.

She married George Frost Sr., Fred Westover, and Edward Holmes, who all predeceased her.

She was a homemaker who provided for her children. She loved her family and having them visit and she especially enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Joe Bedell and his wife, Lynn, of Ahwanee, California, Geraldine Morin and her husband, Mike, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Barbara Vigeant and her husband, Richard, of Newport, Gloria Frost of North Troy, George Frost Jr. and his wife, Rosalyn, of Newport Center, Lynda Leonard and her husband, Bruce, of Irasburg, and Amy Frost of Littleton, New Hampshire; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Lawrence Lantagne of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Antonio Lantagne and Janice Jacobs of Newport, and Anne Hansen and her husband, Jim, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers: Roland Lontine, Donald and David Lantagne; and by her grandson Sergeant Ryan Leonard.

Funeral services were held on November 25. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit IsabelleJacqueline Isabelle

Jacqueline Isabelle of Newport died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at the age of 92.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on August 2, 1922, the daughter of Alcide and Laura (Brunelle) Toussaint.

Her husband, J. Leo Isabelle, died on January 3, 2005.

The Isabelles were longtime residents of Newport and former residents of St. Johnsbury.

Mrs. Isabelle grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy. She worked at W.T. Grant’s in St. Johnsbury, and later for the Vermont State Employment Agency where she met the love of her life, Leo, after he returned from active duty in the Marine Corps.

Mrs. Isabelle was a stay-at-home mom who loved and nurtured her children and grandchildren. She was truly a role model for her family with her examples of her faith in the Lord and love of her family. She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by nine children: Christine Wolf and her husband, Phillip, of Brownington, Claudette Schoolcraft and her husband, Gary, of Peacham, Marc Isabelle and his wife, Deborah, of Hamilton, New Jersey, Bernard Isabelle and his wife, Crystal, of Underhill, Donald Isabelle of Pittsford, Brenda Isabelle of Derby, Brian Isabelle and his wife, Allyson, of Loveland, Colorado, Richard Isabelle and his wife, Constance, of Derby, and Suzanne Schmitz and her husband, James, of Beavercreek, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Leo’s three brothers and one sister, all of Barre: Hector Isabelle and his wife, Marilyn, Ellis Isabelle and his wife, Jacqueline, Romeo Isabelle and his wife, Yvonne, and Claire Carmell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Celeste, in 1976; a sister, Gloria Carlton; and by two brothers: Leo and Normand Toussaint.

Mrs. Isabelle was able to remain in her home with the help of her loving caregivers over the last several years. They became her extended family.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, November 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Newport on Saturday, November 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in May at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Isabelle may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr., 75, of Newport died on November 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 15, 1939, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Pasquale and Elizabeth (Wagner) Sarracco.

On September 5, 1959, he married Susan Lewis, who predeceased him on May 5, 2014.

Mr. Sarracco was a machine operator for Pike Industries, from where he retired in 2000.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed candle pin bowling, watching hockey games, and spending time with his family. He loved his cats and his dog Tracer.

He is survived by his children: Donna Blais and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Lewis “Butch” Sarracco and his wife, Teri, of Northfield; his grandchildren: Shanna Pinheiro and her husband, Paul, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Shaun and Jordan Sarracco of Northfield; his great-grandchildren: Haidyn Pinheiro and Milei Pinheiro, both of Dover, New Hampshire; his siblings: Jack Sarracco and his wife, Kristy, of Florida, Pat Sarracco and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut, Tom Sarracco of Connecticut, and Frank Sarracco and his wife, Penny, of Connecticut; his brother-in-law Mickey Lewis and his wife, Mona, of Newport; his sister-in-law Jeralyn Wolcott of West Virginia; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit StoddardMavis Stoddard

Mavis Stoddard, 91, of Craftsbury died on November 17, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on August 3, 1923, in Craftsbury, to Theodore and Ila (Parkhurst) Morey. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the Class of 1942.

On December 19, 1942, she married Neil Stoddard, who predeceased her in 2009.

She worked along with her husband on their dairy farm for many years.

She enjoyed walking her cocker spaniels, cooking, reading, boiling sap, spending time outdoors, and her family was very important to her. In her earlier days, she was known to ride horseback to school.

She is survived by her children: Jane Stoddard of Morrisville, Joyce Stenger and her husband, Bill, of Brunswick, Georgia, John Stoddard of Craftsbury, and Brenda Adams of Morrisville; nine grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Linda Usher on March 24, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit tylerCarl A. Tyler

Carl A. Tyler, 75, of Derby died after a long illness on November 22, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 22, 1939, in Derby to Roland and Katherine (Marcotte) Tyler.

On April 10, 1987, he married Eleanor Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Tyler was custodian for Community National Bank, from where he retired in 2004.

He enjoyed doing yard work and helping people. He also enjoyed going for rides in the country. He will be remembered for his wonderful smile and great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Tyler, of Derby; his son Wayde Tyler and his wife, Diane, of Newport; his grandchildren: Ciera Tyler and her boyfriend, Brad Glodgett, of Newport Center, and Carl Tyler and his girlfriend, Chelsea Poginy, of Newport; his great-granddaughter Carlie Twofoot of Newport Center; his sisters: June Dorion of Glover, Mary Beardsley and her husband, Tom, of Waterbury, and Alice Lebel and her husband, Lucien, of Derby; his sister-in-law Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts; his brother-in-law Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; and numerous nieces and nephews and by his dog Chloe.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Evelyn Tino; and by his two brothers: Raymond and Roland Tyler.

At Mr. Tyler’s request, there will be no calling hours or service.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Fernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.

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