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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Bread and Puppet open house June 8

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The Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover announces its thirty-ninth year with a festive open house on Sunday, June 8, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The official season runs from June 1 to November 1. The Northeast Kingdom Shape Note Singers will greet guests with traditional Sacred Harp songs near the outdoor clay bread oven, followed by the ceremonial waking up of the museum guard and opening of the museum door. On the second floor of the museum, poet and neighbor Burt Porter and Sophia Cannizzaro will fiddle and strum lively country tunes. Elsewhere on the grounds, guest artists from the area — Modern Times Theater, Clare Dolan, Geoff Goodhue and Ben Matchstick — will perform short pieces and music. Throughout the day, slices of sourdough rye bread with aioli will be served.

The second year of the Woodshed Gallery will kick off with an exhibit of paintings by Max Schumann. Mr. Schumann was one of the earliest converts to the theory of “cheap art,” which emerged at Bread and Puppet in the early 1980s. The museum houses countless inanimate creatures of every ilk, and the new reading corner features over- and under-sized artists’ books. In the museum store, visitors will find the 2015 calendar, and the cheap art bus, found across Route 122, will be crammed full of pictures and booklets by puppeteers.

The afternoon ends at 4 p.m. with a new work performed by the Bread and Puppet Theater Company in the Dirt Floor Theater. Following all events, there will be a community volunteer meeting in the backyard, open to all, to discuss this summer’s events and volunteer opportunities.

Bread and Puppet also announces its Vermont tour in May of “Birdcatcher in Hell,” a revival of the historic 1971 show created at Goddard College in Plainfield with members of the original cast.

The Bread and Puppet Museum is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until November 1.

For more information about the event, the theater, museum, or upcoming tours, go to www.breadandpuppet.org, or call 525-3031. — from Bread and Puppet.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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In Derby: New Walmart could add 218 jobs

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An architect’s rendering of the front of Derby’s new Walmart gives an idea of the range of merchandise the new store will offer.

An architect’s rendering of the front of Derby’s new Walmart gives an idea of the range of merchandise the new store will offer.

copyright the Chronicle May 28, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — A new Walmart Supercenter could add 218 jobs and $4.7-million to area payrolls, according to an economic analysis submitted with permit applications on May 22. If the permitting process hits no snags, the new store could open by late fall of 2015.

The project will increase traffic on Route 5 by more than a third and could require at least two sets of new traffic signals on the Newport-Derby Road.

According to the permit documents submitted to the Derby Zoning Administrator and the District #7 Environmental Commission, the Walmart will likely include a grocery store, pharmacy, and auto center. It’s to be built between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill Road by Shattuck Hill Investments, LLC, a company owned by Burlington developer J.L. Davis.

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Obituaries May 28, 2014

obit DolanShirlene Warner Dolan

Shirlene Warner Dolan died on May 25, 2014, at the Manor in Morrisville, after suffering many years from Alzheimer’s.

She was born on March 12, 1923, in Lowell, the daughter of Wallace and Lillis Warner.

She was the eldest of seven siblings: Winston, Althea, Lawrence, and John, who are deceased, and her surviving sister, Beth, and surviving brother, Michael.

She received her education in Lowell and at Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

She worked in the war plants in Detroit, Michigan, during World War II as a “Rosie the Riveter.” After the war, she returned to Lowell and married Lloyd Dolan in 1945, with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006.

Her interests included reading, antiquing, genealogy, sewing, cooking, gardening, singing and drama.

For years she worked in the Jay and North Troy school systems. In later life she and her husband were instrumental in founding the Lowell Historical Society.

She is survived by their three children: Andrea Fournier and her husband, Philip, Daphne Christiansen and her husband, Keith, and Byron, all of whom live in the area. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Michael Dudley and his wife, Phyllis, Peter Dudley and his wife, Debbie, Erin Boxer and her husband, Andrew, and Kelly Ochs and her husband, Chris. She also had ten great-grandchildren.

A committal service is planned for a later date.

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

Bryan John Fontaine

Bryan John Fontaine, 45, of St. Johnsbury died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 17, 2014, with his son, Tyler, by his side.

He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on May 23, 1968, son of Raynald (Ronald) and Evelyn (Cox) Fontaine.  He was a 1988 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and recently joined the men’s auxiliary at VFW Post #793.

He was employed as a project superintendent with H.P. Cummings out of Woodsville, New Hampshire, for the past seven years.  Prior, he worked with Don-Vac Construction for ten years and before that spent eight years at EHV.

There really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or figure out.  He loved to play golf and go kayaking, hunting, playing around on the tractor, sitting in front of bonfires and enjoying the sweet summer air out on the deck.  The camp he shared with his little sister in North Danville on the Coles Pond Road was his favorite place.  He was whole-heartedly dedicated to his family and friends.  He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Kim of St. Johnsbury; his son Tyler Fontaine of Danville; his daughter Brittany Terhune of Hardwick; his mother Evelyn Carter and her husband, Colin, of Barton; his maternal grandmother Sarah Cox of East Lyndon; his two brothers:  Paul Fontaine and his wife, Kim, of South Burlington and Roger Fontaine and his wife, Heather, of Lyndonville; one sister, Annette Jewell, and Kris McAllister, of Passumpsic; his step-sisters:  Christelle Plourde of Dallas, Texas, and Corey Boardman of Swanton; Kim’s son, Alexander Belliveau; Kim’s parents, Fred and Pat Harris, each of St. Johnsbury; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held in North Danville at the family camp on Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m.  A gathering of friends and family was held in St. Johnsbury on May 20.

Given his love for the outdoors, memorial contributions, payable to Green Mountain Conservation Camp (run by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department) and marked in Mr. Fontaine’s name, may be mailed to Sayles Funeral Home at 525 Summer Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.  It is hoped these contributions might support a child or children wishing to attend camp this summer.

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

Services

Phil Daigle

Funeral services for Phil Daigle will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Jeannine Poulin

Committal services for Jeannine Poulin will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 31, at St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Arlene Thompson

Committal services for Arlene Thompson will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Laurette Cookson

Committal services for Laurette Cookson will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Lyle Cargill

Graveside services for Lyle Cargill will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at the Morgan Center Cemetery.

Philip Gonyaw

Committal services for Philip Gonyaw will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with full military honors.

Etta Lucas

Graveside services for Etta Lucas will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 31, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Gloria Boulanger

Committal services for Gloria Boulanger were held on May 27, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Gloria Jean Stevens

A memorial service for Gloria Jean Stevens will be held on June 7, at 9 a.m., at the Craftsbury Church on the Common.

Agathe Boutin

Graveside services for Agathe Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at St. John’s in East Albany.

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Beverly H. Ronk

Beverly H. Ronk, 87, of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on May 22, 2014, in Lake Worth.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the Morgan United Church with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

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GMO bill splits local legislators by party

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Wheat at Butterworks Farm in Westfield is grown organically, with no genetic modifications.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Wheat at Butterworks Farm in Westfield is grown organically, with no genetic modifications. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle May 21, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

Orleans County farmers and consumers won’t be immediately affected by Vermont’s first-in-the-nation passage of legislation requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The legislation allows two years for the rulemaking process, and potential challenges are brewing in the courts and in Congress in the meantime.

“I’m really proud of Vermont as a state,” said Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, a leader in the organic farming movement. He said he has always thought those who like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) ought to be happy to include them on their labels.

“Well, if it’s that safe, label it and be proud of it,” he said.

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Obituaries May 21, 2014

obit BenjaminHarold “Benny” Benjamin Jr.

Harold “Benny” Benjamin Jr., 53, of Holland died on May 12, 2014, at home, with his loving family by his side. He is finally at peace after a long, courageous, battle with cancer.

He was born on December 17, 1960, in Newport, a son of Harold Benjamin Sr., and the late Bettie (Taylor) Benjamin.

He was a loving husband of Cara (Guillette) Benjamin. They were wed on January 28, 1989.

He was also an amazing father, son, brother, uncle, friend, and acquaintance to anyone he met.

He took great pride in his work for the town of Derby during the winter, working in road maintenance, and the Derby Center Cemetery during the summer. He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery he worked. He began working there with his father, in high school, where he took gratification in its appearance, and had great respect for the deceased and their families.

When he wasn’t working hard, Mr. Benjamin enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, playing poker, cooking, gardening, puttering around the house, going to camp on Long Pond, and most of all, spending precious time with his family and friends.

His son was the pride and joy of his life. He was very proud of every accomplishment and achievement he made.

He is survived by his wife Cara; his son Harold “Ben” Benjamin III and his girlfriend, Desiree Charron; his father Harold Sr.; his sisters: Vicki Martin and her husband, Bill, and their son, Tim, Katie Morissette and her husband, Harvey, and her son, Jordan, Toni Benjamin and her fiancé, David Guillette, and Tara Benjamin and her fiancé, Kenny Greene; his loving father- and mother-in-law, Louis Sr. and Gail Guillette; his brothers-in-law: Alan and his wife, Christina Guillette, Louis Jr. and his wife, Tracy Guillette, Jerry and his wife, Madonna Guillette, and Ted and his wife, Amy Guillette; and by all of his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, who brought him great joy.

He was predeceased by his mother Bettie Benjamin; his grandparents: Donald and Gwen Benjamin, Ralph and Mable Taylor, Perry and Phostine Austin, and John and Lucille Guillette; his sister Edie Benjamin; and by his nephews: Benjamin Martin and David Benjamin.

His entire family will miss him greatly, and are incredibly proud of his outlook on life, even after being diagnosed with cancer. He never gave up, and Cara never gave up on him. Though he has now left us, his indomitable spirit still lives. Benny beat his cancer.

In lieu of flowers, people may donate to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, in his memory.

Funeral services were held on May 16, in Newport. Interment will take place at a later date in Derby Center Cemetery.

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

obit brownReynold Aurelle Brown

Reynold Aurelle Brown of Ivoryton, Connecticut, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at home.

He will be dearly missed by all.

He was born in Fort Kent, Maine, on October 28, 1934.

He was an avid fisherman and pilot. He loved to fly with his friends from the Chester Airport in Connecticut. He was also a former member of the Essex Sportsman Club and the former owner of Lower Valley Form Service-Middlesex Concrete Construction. He marveled at new technology and leaves behind his iPad instructor and little buddy, Dylan Brown, his grandson. He loved the outdoors and previously enjoyed his home, which he built himself in Vermont, where he could enjoy the mountains and take care of his little farm and sugar grove.

He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had full confidence in the resurrection hope.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alma Elizabeth (Donnelly) Brown; his brother Earl William “Brownie” Brown of Ivoryton; his son William Earl Brown and his wife, Patricia Brown, of Clinton, Connecticut; his son Michael Harry Brown of Ivoryton; his daughters: Lynn Marie (Brown) Beal of Glover, Linda Lee (Brown) Aldrich and her husband, Stephen, of Brownington, Nancy Brown-Denny and her husband, William, of Moodus, Connecticut; along with nieces, nephews, 12 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, all of whom he loved dearly.

He was predeceased by his father William Earl Brown; his mother Leda Marie (Therrieault), Brown; his brother Harry Brown of Houlton, Maine; his sister Patricia Marie Brewer of Mars Hill, Maine; and by his son-in law Rodney Victor Beal of Glover.

Funeral services will be privately held by the family.

To share a memory of Mr. Brown, or to send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.

obit carlesonMerle H. Carlson

Merle H. Carlson, 77, of Holland died on May 7, 2014, in Holland.

She was born on December 8, 1936, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Oscar and Helen (Seltsam) Carlson.

Merle attended high school in Bridgeport, and was a drummer in the high school band.  She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in wildlife management and she attended Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire.  She was very active in the Outing Club as an undergraduate in college.

She enjoyed the outdoors and was passionate about the environment.  She loved teaching others about nature.  She also enjoyed hiking, fishing, skiing, canoeing, camping, and gardening.

She raised Golden Retrievers for over 20 years and she loved horses.  She loved to sing in the church choir, square dance and listen to bluegrass music.

She is survived by her daughter Tamia Rudnicky and her husband, James, of Williamsburg, Virginia; her grandchildren:  Christopher and Meaghan Rudnicky, both of Virginia; her sisters:  Lois Martin and Barbara Nelson, both of Connecticut; and by her companion Morton Gellman of Holland.

Funeral services were held on May 20, in Derby.  Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the National Parks Conservation Association, 777 6th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20001 or online at http://www.npca.org.

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

obit ChaffeeRuth Chaffee

Ruth Chaffee of Albany died peacefully on May 7, 2014, at her home.

She was born in April of 1944, in the home owned by her Aunt Clara, a fact she was very proud of her entire life.  She spent her childhood years growing up first in Greensboro, and later in South Albany.  During those years, she attended elementary school in Greensboro Bend, and also the Bailey Hazen School in Greensboro.  In 1962, she graduated from Craftsbury Academy.

After graduation, she went on to enjoy a long and fulfilling life with family, friends and a great deal of travel.

She began her working career at National Life in Montpelier for a brief time before marrying Carl Chaffee on April 26, 1963, in Albany.  While they raised their three children in Albany, Ms. Chaffee worked for 34 years at Bogner of America before her retirement in 2009.

She was well known as a wonderful cake maker and a gifted cake decorator.  Her other hobbies and talents included knitting, crafts and gardening.  She also had the itch to travel.  She had many wonderful trips including vacations to Ireland, Costa Rica, where she first found her love of zip lining, Alaska, and many places throughout the United States.  In the summer of 2012, she spent nearly five weeks on a cross-country road trip with friends.

Ms. Chaffee was also committed to helping others.  Over the years, she donated many gallons of blood.  She was also a tireless supporter of the Lamoille Area Cancer Network for ten years, and was later a recipient of their kind support.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Carl Chaffee of Albany; her sons:  Keith Chaffee of Los Angeles, California, and Karl and Amber Chaffee of Morgan; her daughter Kelly, and Andrew Swett, of Brownington; three grandchildren:  Hilary, McKenna and Kaden of Brownington; her sisters:  Nancy, and Bob Ferland, of Barre, Sherry, and John Dudley, of Waterbury, and Rachel MacNeal of Barton; her brother Rod, and Darlene Sweeney, of Craftsbury; as well as by many cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Dolphis and Avis Sweeney, in 1987; and by her brother Ronald Sweeney in 2002.

In her final months, she showed everyone who was blessed to be around her the unique ability to accept death with a great sense of peace and dignity, while never giving up on life.

A celebration of life for Ms. Chaffee will be held at the Albany Community School on Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of sending flowers, please send donations in her name to any of the following:  Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; Hope Lodge, American Cancer Society, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit HaleRuth Hilton Hale

Ruth Hilton Hale, 65, of Albany died on May 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born on August 25, 1948, in Bath, Maine, to Fred and Marjorie (Quinn) Soule.

On June 22, 1968, she married Stuart W. Hale Sr., who survives her.

She graduated from Morse High School in Bath.

While a student at Johnson State College, she was awarded the Truman Scholarship, which enabled her to pursue her master’s degree in social work at Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts.

She started as a social worker at Casey Family Services in Waterbury, and later established her own family therapy practice in her home.

Her hobbies included going for rides with her husband, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, photography, and she was a painter of oil and pastels.

She is survived by her husband Stuart W. Hale Sr. of Albany; her children: Stuart Hale Jr. and his wife, Cathleen Shattuck, of Seattle, Washington, Adam Hale and his companion, Susan Bedusa, of New York, New York, Carol Hale Rowell and her husband, Tim, of Albany, and Jason Hale and his fiancée, Sonya Sackett, of Albany; her grandchildren: Gratia, Alora, Zac, JJ, Shania, Ramic and Courtney; her sisters: Jeanne Hamlin and her husband, John, of Florida, Jill Hunt and her husband, Joseph, of Maine, and Carol Oulton of Maine; and by her dear friend and mentee Stephanie Currier of Coventry.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Albany Methodist Church, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to NEKCA, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit hathawayErma M. Hathaway

Erma M. Hathaway, 103, of Barton, formerly of Walton, New York, died peacefully on May 12, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on August 30, 1910, in Downsville, New York, to George and Alice (Hunter) Bull.

On July 14, 1941, she married Orville Hathaway, who predeceased her in 1949.

She graduated from Downsville High School in Downsville, and Oneonta Normal School in Oneonta, New York, where she received her teaching degree.  She was employed part time for CPA in Walton and as a leader of the 4-H Club.  She was an elementary school teacher in Central, New York for many years.

She was a member of the Walton Methodist Church, assistant to the village clerk in Walton, and for many years school tax collector in Walton.

She loved to listen to music and she was a New York Yankees fan.

She is survived by her children:  David Hathaway and his wife, Dorothy, of Barton, and Jane Thorick and her husband, Philip, of Binghamton, New York; her grandchildren:  Christopher Hathaway of Shelburne, Michael Hathaway and his wife, Melissa, of Burlington, and Matthew Leete of Bangkok, Thailand; her great-grandchildren:  Reid, Iris, and Tyler; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Norris, Homer, Marvin, Raymond, and Milo Bull, and Elsie Wheat.

A celebration of her life was held on May 18, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit KelleyAlice R. Kelley

Alice R. Kelley, 93, of Newport died on May 15, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on April 8, 1921, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Mabel (Clark) Shea.

On December 17, 1941, she married Raymond Kelley Sr., who predeceased her in 1989.

She was a custodian for North Country Hospital in Newport for many years and she was also a waitress at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.  She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #798, where she was also past president.

Her hobbies included sewing and making crafts and she enjoyed her annual Fourth of July sale in Derby.  She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, working in her flower gardens and having a good time.

She is survived by her children:  Richard Kelley and his wife, Jean, of Newport, Kimball Kelley of Newport, and Lori Kelley of Newport; her 11 grandchildren:  Tina and Robert Favreau, Colleen and Lawrence Percy Jr., Mindy and Kevin Bowen, Melanie and Paul Perkins, Heidi and Scott Flynn, Richard Jr. and Amy Kelley, Ryan and Heather Kelley, Michael and Alyssa Kelley, Justin Kelley, Meagan Kelley and her companion, Aaron Lontine, and Bobbie Jo Kelley; many great- and great-great-grandchildren; her brother Charlie Shea and his wife, Marilee, of California; her sisters:  Midge Gill and her husband, Danny Sr., of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and Millie Carnett and her husband, Nick, of Derry, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Patricia Shea of Lowell, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Raymond Kelley Jr. on September 23, 2008; her brother Thomas Shea; and by her sisters:  Kay, Dorothy, Frances and Marion.

Funeral services were held on May 20, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit PatenaudeAdrien Rufus Patenaude

Adrien Rufus Patenaude of Newport died on May 13, 2014, at age 64.

He died peacefully at the Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington after a brief and courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  He is now gone to his heavenly father.

Mr. Patenaude was born in Newport on April 10, 1950, to Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude, and grew up on their farm in Holland.  He attended Holland Central Schools and North Country Union High School and graduated in the Class of 1970.  He attended the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

He had various jobs, and later had his own company, in the Burlington area, worked in Maine, and finally returned to run a business in his hometown area of Newport.

He was a very talented artist with many wonderful paintings and also produced many local signs.  He had a passion for nature and landscape scenes and sold paintings locally and internationally.  His paintings have been displayed in many different galleries all over New England and are also on display at Jay Peak and many other places.  His artwork will live on in all of his paintings.  He was a longtime member of the Saco Bay Artists in Maine.

He was very generous with donations of his paintings to many local worthy causes.  He was well known in Newport and the surrounding area.

His signature name was Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude because he loved yellow so much and put it in all of his paintings.  He recently finished illustrating a book for the famous poet and author, Jerry Johnson.  The name of the book is Noah’s Song and will soon have a special edition coming out in Mr. Patenaude’s memory.  There is also a CD with the book with “Noah’s Song” sung by Jon Gailmor.

He is survived by a son, Aaron Patenaude, who is stationed in Fort Drum, New York, and by Aaron’s mother, Carol Forbes, of Leland, North Carolina.  He is also survived by his loving girlfriend of 11 years, Patricia Warner of Newport, and her two children:  Steve Warner and his wife, Jean, with three children, of Springfield, and Loraine Warner, and her husband Gene Petrella, with two children, of Massachusetts.  He is also survived by his parents, Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude; three brothers and five sisters:  George Patenaude and his wife, Gale, of Richmond, Diane Forcier and her husband, and John, of Colchester, Susan Letourneau and her husband, Bertrand, of Holland, Marcel Patenaude and his wife, Gaetane, of Holland, Joanne Aulis and her husband, Michael, of Franklin, New Hampshire, Christine Sykes and her husband, Gary, of Norton, Alan Patenaude of Rutland, and Anna Hutchins and her husband, Jeff, of Westford; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his twin sisters, Faith and Hope, who died at birth in 1949.

Funeral services were held on May 17, in Derby Line.  Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FAHC Renal Home Program, 35 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403, in memory of Adrien Patenaude.

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

obit payeurDavid M. Payeur

David M. Payeur, 56, of Derby died on May 10, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on June 19, 1957, in Lancaster, New Hampshire, to Vernice (Twofoot) Payeur and the late Bernard Payeur.

Mr. Payeur was employed by Newport Furniture Parts.

He liked fishing and the outdoors.  He also enjoyed working on his trucks.

He is survived by his children:  Tiffany Payeur of Portland, Oregon, and Samantha Payeur of Plattsburg, New York; and by his mother Vernice Payeur of Derby.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Craig and Philip Payeur.

A graveside service was held on May 16, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

Services

Rodney V. Beal

A burial service for Rodney V. Beal will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m., at Westlook II Cemetery in Glover (go past Westlook Cemetery and turn left on Route 122; Westlook II is the first right).

Mayland Mason

Committal services for Mayland Mason will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Reynold Paquette

Committal services for Reynold Paquette will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Donald Griffes

Committal services for Donald Griffes will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Eva Vetter

Funeral services for Eva Vetter will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 25, at the Holland Methodist Church, with the Reverend John Genco officiating. Interment will follow in Clark Cemetery in Morgan.

Gloria Boulanger

Committal services for Gloria Boulanger will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, May 28, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Dale Chaffee

Committal services for Dale Chaffee will be held at noon on Saturday, May 24, at the Albany Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

George Niles

Funeral services for George Niles will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Christian Advent Church in Newport Center, with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the church.

Gerard and Beatrice Lacroix

Committal services for Gerard and Beatrice Lacroix will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Barbara Maxwell

Committal services for Barbara Maxwell will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Janet Urie

Funeral services for Janet Urie will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.

Mitchell Rowell

Committal services for Mitchell Rowell will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 23, at the Brownington Center Cemetery, with full military honors.

Ethel Rivers

Graveside service for Ethel Rivers will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Wilfred Houle

Committal services for the Reverend Wilfred Houle will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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In boys tennis: Falcons win over U-32 on strength of singles matches

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Nathan Marsh is enjoying his second season on the North Country Falcons tennis team, having come late to the program.  A lifelong hockey and soccer player, Marsh has emerged as one of the top four singles players in the Falcons tennis program. Photo by Richard Creaser

Nathan Marsh is enjoying his second season on the North Country Falcons tennis team, having come late to the program. A lifelong hockey and soccer player, Marsh has emerged as one of the top four singles players in the Falcons tennis program.
Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle May 14, 2014

by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — The North Country Falcons tennis team extended its winning streak to two matches and evened up their season record at 3-3 with a 4-3 win over the visiting U-32 Raiders on Thursday, May 8. Coming into the contest, Coach Gary Atchinson predicted that the victory would be attained or lost on the strength of the singles matches.

“Our top four are very strong with a lot of experience,” he said. “We kind of need that to balance out the fact that we have a lot of inexperienced players.”

The Falcons team has only nine players — the exact number needed to field a team for each match. With very little wiggle room, it falls on the team to perform to its maximum capability each and every time. So far, they have not disappointed, Coach Atchinson said.

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Obituaries May 14, 2014

Joyce Marion Aldrich

Joyce Marion Aldrich, 71, of Derby died on April 30, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side.

She was born on January 20, 1943, in Stanstead, Quebec, to James and Beatrice (Kenneson) French.

On November 6, 1964, she married James Aldrich of Derby and moved with him to the family farm. She enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker and worked side by side with Jim in the family business.

She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and it was an important part of her life. She enjoyed being active in the ministry, teaching people about the Bible and the positive message it contains. She had several hobbies, including sewing, cooking, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, James, of Derby; her daughter Leah and son-in-law Charlie Heath of Newport; and by special friends: Cindy Turner, Garri Favreau, Nancy Poston, and Chesley Stone.

She was predeceased by her parents, James and Beatrice French of Rock Island, Quebec; and by her sister Joan Perrault of Ottawa, Ontario.

A celebration of her life was held on May 10, in Derby.

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

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

David T. Barrett

David Thomas Barrett, 83, of Sherburne, New York, died on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the New York State Veterans’ Homes in Oxford, New York.

He was born on February 11, 1931, in Syracuse, a son of Mary Barrett.

He was a graduate of Sherburne High School in 1949.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July of 1950, serving with the First Shoran Beacon Unit in Korea, and he was honorably discharged in February of 1952.

On April 16, 1955, he married Agnes Teresa Blaszczyk at St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne.

He worked for Proctor & Gamble in Norwich, New York, and was a postal clerk at the Sherburne Post Office until his retirement. He had previously worked for the Utica Knitting Mill, T.A.C.O. and the Ontario and Western Railroad.

He was a communicant of St. Malachy’s Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post #876 of Sherburne.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Agnes; his daughter Denise L. Foster of Sheffield; two grandchildren: Teresa Foster-Jones of Norwich, New York, and Jason Foster of Beaufort, North Carolina; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on May 7, in Sherburne. Interment with military honors followed in St. Malachy’s Cemetery in Sherburne.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations in his memory be made to St. Malachy’s Food Pantry, P.O. Box 722, Sherburne, New York 13460.

To send a condolence, visit www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.

obit BlakeHerbert L. Blake

Herbert L. Blake, 90, of Newport died peacefully on May 10, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on January 11, 1924, in Newport, to Raymond and Julia (Leavens) Blake.

On December 24, 1966, he married Lorraine Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Blake was a veteran of World War II.

He was employed by Yankee Milk Co. in Troy for several years.

He loved his horses and attending horse shows and raising laying hens.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Blake of Newport; his children: Linda Hahn and her husband, Raymond, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Donna Laplume and her partner, Joe Desrochers, of Newport Center, Robert Blake of Florida, and Lisa Desroches and her husband, Alan, of Coventry; his stepchildren: Harold Gage and his wife, Jocelyne, of Derby, and Larry Gage and his wife, Pauline, of Newport; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by his sisters: Mary Jean Pierce and her husband, Ken, of Newport, and Hazel Fontaine of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brother Charlie Blake; his sisters: Marion Kerr and Lucille Lague; and by his stepdaughter Rosalyn Cook.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Norm Brown officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 18, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in West Charleston Cemetery, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association, in care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

obit collinsRaymond H. Collins Jr.

Raymond H. Collins Jr., 75, of Brownington died suddenly on May 9, 2014, at his home.

He was born on November 22, 1938, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Raymond and Emma (Besaw) Collins Sr.

Mr. Collins was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line, where he retired after 35 years of service.

He enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, telling jokes, hunting, fishing and camping. His favorite dog, Snoopy, died a couple of years ago but he recently had his dog, Bear.

He is survived by his beloved wife Birdena Collins of Brownington; his children: Mark Collins of Newport, Douglas Collins Sr. and his wife, Gloria, of Brownington, and Lori Collins and her fiancé, Roger Calloway Jr., of Derby; his grandchildren: Reginald Collins Jr., Travis Collins, Dereck Collins, Tonya Calloway, Doug Collins Jr., Amanda Collins, Jacob Calloway, Dakota Calloway, and Kevin Collins; his great-grandchildren: Olivia Collins, Iziah Allen and Ayriel Allen; his sister Beverly Armstrong of Florida; his daughter-in-law Debbie Collins of Newport; several nieces and nephews who would stop by and play cards with him; and by his special friend, George Greenwood of Brownington.

He was predeceased by his son Reginald Collins Sr.; his brothers: Wayne and Bruce Collins; and by his sister Marion.

A celebration of his life and potluck will be held at noon on Saturday, May 17, at his residence, at 3212 Willoughby Lake Road in Brownington.

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

obit hislopPatricia A. Hislop

Patricia Ann Hislop, 71, of Morrisville died peacefully on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born on May 15, 1942, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Howard and Ruth (Coolbeth) Salls. She attended Greensboro public schools.

On November 5, 1960, she married Donald Willey Hislop in Greensboro.

In her earlier years, she stayed at home to care for her young children. She later was employed for many years as a seamstress and inspector at Concord Manufacturing and until she retired she worked for Vermont Fleece, both in Morrisville.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, the Lamoille Grange #233, and the Morrisville Swingers Square Dancing Group.

She loved family gatherings and shared a love for auto racing with many friends and family. She loved camping, traveling, horses and family. She was a sincere and kind-hearted woman, full of life and love, and feisty by nature!

Survivors include her loving husband, Donald of Morrisville; a sister, Jennie Allen, of Rock Hill, South Carolina; one son, Daniel Hislop, and his wife, Lorilee, of Greensboro Bend; three daughters: Debora Cote and her husband, Brian, of Morrisville, Gwen Hislop of Morrisville, and Donna Hislop of Richford; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Edward Salls, in 1997.

To honor her request, there will be no public services.

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

Robert James Pasho

Robert James Pasho, 78, of Derby died on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 21, 1936, to Marie (Longe) and Marce Peter Pasho, in Burlington, where he lived, attended schools and married Eunice Harper on October 14, 1957.

Mr. Pasho was a jack-of-all-trades, but his main passion was capturing the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom on paper, canvas and wood, using oils, acrylics, watercolors and pottery.

As a lifelong resident of Vermont, he never found another place that filled him with so much love and peace. It was his hope, that in some small way, he could help others take a second look at life around us and enjoy what we see, and know how wonderful nature really is.

He is survived by his wife of 56 and a half years, Eunice; three daughters: Joan White and her husband, Robert, of Underhill, Robyn and Tom LeFebvre of Milton, and Eloise Pasho of Huntington; six grandchildren: Chris, Sarah, Liza, Ryan, Corey and Kristy; one sister, Dorothy Cross, of Huntington; many nieces and nephews; and by many close and very special friends.

He was predeceased by his only son, Robert James Pasho II; his parents; his sisters: June Barron, Lorraine and Nancy Lee Pasho; one brother, William Pasho; and by many extended family members and friends.

There will be no services, as per his wishes. A Mass will be offered at a later date and place.

Roderick Charles Phillips

Roderick Charles Phillips, 78, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 12, 2014.

He was born on December 24, 1935, in Irasburg, to Clare and Barbara (Lanou) Phillips.

He went to Irasburg Graded School, graduated from Orleans High School in 1953, and attended Saint Johnsbury Trade School.

In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Division of the Navy and was stationed in Alameda, California, while spending time overseas patrolling the seas of Japan.

He married Marlene “Skeet” Lafoe in 1956. After 47 years of marriage, she predeceased him in 2003.

In 1959, he returned to Vermont, and he purchased the Gulf Service Station in Barton, where he and his wife made their home. They ran the business for 17 years which provided towing, snowplowing, and auto mechanic services. They sold the business in 1977 and he went to work for Barton Motors, where he was employed for 20 years. After retiring, he continued to keep busy by delivering parts for Sanel in the Northeast Kingdom in the summer, selling pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida, and then traveling west meeting up with fellow snowbirds in Arizona.

He traveled to every state with his fifth wheel camper, except Hawaii. All across America he made friends with all he met as he truly enjoyed people and loved to share his stories through his unique style and one could count on him to voice his opinion. In his spare time, he enjoyed snowmobiling, entertaining at camp, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He supported his community and belonged to the Barton Fire Department, the Orleans Legion Post #23, and the Orleans Lions Club, through which he received the Melvin Jones Fellow award.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Perron and her husband, David; his son Michael; his grandchildren: Phillip Perron and his wife, Laura, Elizabeth Perron and her fiancé, Bruce Thomas, Roy Phillips and his wife, Annie, and Courtney Phillips and her partner, Ryan Ovitt; his great-grandchildren: Willow, Ember, Colby, Claire, George, Jillian and Natalie; and his nephew Bradley Chase and his special lady friend, Mary Anne Lisk.

He was predeceased by infant sons, Mark and Carl; his parents, Clare and Barbara; his wife, Marlene “Skeet”; and by his sister Rolinda (Dinny) Chase.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, May 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Donald Vincent officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 21, from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. He will be laid to rest where he began his life, in Irasburg, with full military honors.

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

Sister Solange Poutré

Sister Solange Poutré, of Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sister Marie-Germain), died on May 7, 2014, at Mount Sacred Heart Provincial House Convent in Littleton, New Hampshire, after several months’ illness, at the age of 85.

Ms. Poutré was born on November 25, 1929, in Troy. She was the daughter of Alcide Poutré and Almida Choquette.

She professed her vows with her religious congregation on August 1, 1948. During her 66 years of religious profession, she served in various missions in Newport, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and Lyndonville in Vermont; Champlain and Rochester in New York; Portland, Maine; and Colebrook, Whitefield, and Littleton in New Hampshire.

She was a dedicated educator in schools and religious education resource centers for many years, turning to the nursing profession in 1980, and more recently as a volunteer for charitable organizations, and she worked in hospitality for groups seeking to make spiritual retreats or to meet for planning their benevolent organizations’ activities.

In July of 2013, due to her health, she joined her sisters at Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton. She was known for her spirit of generosity and diligent work ethic, and would enthusiastically support worthy causes. Her ready sympathy and sense of compassion made her a good advocate when someone needed practical help for surmounting their difficult personal or family circumstances.

She is survived by three brothers and one sister: Fabian and Beverly of Newport, Jean-Guy and Marielle of Plattsburgh, New York, Rejeanne and Paul McGee of Point Claire, Quebec, and Denis and Judy of Venice, Florida; many nieces and nephews; and by her sisters in the religious community.

She was predeceased by her parents and several relatives, including six sisters and brothers: Réal, Fernand, Sister Carmelle, Hermance, Gervais, and Germain.

Memorial donations in her name may be addressed to Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Funeral services were held on May 12, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Send a private note of condolence at www.rossfuneral.com or curtis-britch.com.

Susan F. Sarracco

Susan F. Sarracco, 74, of Newport died peacefully on May 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on June 21, 1939, in Newport, to Harold and Evangeline (Foster) Lewis.

On September 5, 1959, she married Lewis Sarracco, who survives her.

She enjoyed going to yard sales, playing golf, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and going for walks. She loved animals, especially her two cats, shopping with her granddaughter, and attending her grandson’s hockey games and her great-granddaughter’s basketball games.

She is survived by her children: Donna Blais and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Lewis “Butch” Sarracco and his wife, Teri, of Northfield; her grandchildren: Shanna Pinheiro and her husband, Paul, of New Hampshire, and Shaun Sarracco and Jordan Sarracco, both of Northfield; her great-grandchildren: Haidyn Pinheiro and Milel Pinheiro; her brother Mickey Lewis and his wife, Mona, of Newport; her sister Jeralyn Wolcott of Franklin, West Virginia; four step-sisters: Rita Fortin of Newport, Jeanne Bates of Florida, Annette Bliss of Rutland, and Terry L’esperance of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Cecile Lower; and by her brother-in-law Bill Wolcott.

Calling hours were held on May 8, in Newport. Interment will follow at the convenience of the family.

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

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

obit webbMuriel J. Webb

Muriel J. Webb, 80, of Island Pond died peacefully on May 8, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 13, 1934, in Berlin, New Hampshire, to Omer and Ruth (Hobbs) Lurvey.

On October 25, 1952, she married Elmer Webb, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Webb was tax collector for the town of Brighton.

She enjoyed maintaining her property and mowing the lawn. She loved flower gardening, playing the piano, bird watching, traveling throughout Vermont and making arts and crafts. She was also an avid reader.

She is survived by her children: Sharon Patenaude and her husband, Rene, of Newport Center, Susan Webb of Island Pond, James Webb of Island Pond, and Sandy Frizzell and her husband, Marty, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Shawn and Jason Patenaude, Celine Cote, Jimmy and Ashley Webb, and Brittany and Fraser Frizzell; her great-grandchildren: Dawson and Jordan Cote, Mya Patenaude, Elijah Patenaude, and Tyler Webb; her sisters-in-law: Shirley Dunn of North Troy, and Laura Morrissette of Johnson; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She loved her dog, Newt.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Wayne and Wendell Lurvey.

Funeral services were held on May 13, in Island Pond. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Funeral and committal services

Committal services for Woodie Harper will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Committal services for Robert Damon will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Committal services for Richard Dill will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the East Randolph Cemetery in East Randolph with full military honors.

Committal services for Clarice Messier will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Donald Lacourse will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors.

Funeral services for Eveline Wagner will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Committal services for Logan Blais will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. A gathering for family and friends will be held immediately following the service at the East Side Restaurant.

Funeral services for Marybeth Houghaboom will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Orleans Federated Church in Orleans. Interment will follow at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Christopher Renaudette will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.

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Kilmartin won’t seek re-election

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Duncan Kilmartin.

Duncan Kilmartin.

copyright the Chronicle May 14, 2014

by Paul Lefebvre

Duncan Kilmartin will not seek re-election to the Vermont House.

In a farewell address to members of the House last week, Mr. Kilmartin did not explain his decision to step down, preferring instead to thank legislators for their prayers and thoughts for his wife, Gail, who is known to be ill.

Mr. Kilmartin, a Newport attorney, was known for his biting wit and his elocution skills.

“He was never at a loss for words,” recalled his friend and running mate, Michael Marcotte of Coventry.

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