Obituaries March 11, 2015

Lucy S. Bousquet

Lucy S. Bousquet, 81, of Irasburg died peacefully on March 1, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 16, 1934, in Newport Center, to Claude and Ruth (Edmunds) Smith.

She was a bookkeeper for Desmarais Equipment for many years. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, and traveling. She was a big country music fan and loved jam sessions. In her retirement, she greatly enjoyed her work with the local Senior Companion Program.

She is survived by her children: Robin Orne and his wife, Karen, of Coventry, Kathleen Jaquish and her husband, Charles, of Irasburg, and Chad Orne and his wife, Kelly, of St. Johnsbury; her stepchildren: Gail Hurlbut and her husband, Don, of Albany, Wayne Marckres of Orleans, Lyle Marckres and his wife, Peggy, of Lyndonville, Marie Bolduc and her husband, Phil, of Bristol, and Rick Marckres of Orleans; her grandchildren: Kristopher Jaquish and his wife, Virginia, Jessica Jaquish, David Guay and his wife, Amy, Dennis Guay and his wife, Tina, Bob Ladouceur and his wife, Andrea, and Andrew Ladouceur; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sisters: Esther Watson of Maine, and Margaret Sheltra of Florida; many nieces and nephews including one special niece, Mary Trembly; and by one special step-grandson, Dana Lesperance.

She was predeceased by her three husbands: Karlton Orne, Winifred Marckres, and Omer Bousquet; her brother Wallace Smith; her sisters: Charlotte Bousquet and Helen Bessett; her children: Debra Guay and Kevin Orne; and by her stepchildren: Arlene Lesperance and Randy Marckres.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Irasburg United Church, care of Bev Johnson, P.O. Box 9, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

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obit CookAlice W. Cook

Alice W. Cook, 96, of Coventry died on February 27, 2015, in Newport.

She was born at the Webster Home in Coventry on December 17, 1918, to Percy and Hazel (Jackman) Webster. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1937.

In 1939 she went to Forest Hills off Long Island, New York, where she was a housekeeper and waiter for a family named Briggs. There in New York she was also a hand model for the Chevrolet Company and a photo of her hand was in a Saturday Evening Post commercial. But that lasted for one time because she was homesick and came back to Coventry.

In May of 1940 she married Kenneth Cook. They had three daughters: Mona, Patty, and Priscilla. At the time, they lived on a farm in Irasburg in the 1940s, but their little girl of 18 months, Priscilla, died and financial hardship discouraged them, and so Mr. Cook landed a job at the Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and he worked on the Nautilaus, the first atomic submarine.

Mr. Cook died in 1959 and Mrs. Cook moved back to Coventry where she brought up her two young sons, Everett and Kevin. She never remarried. In 1969, she became the head cook at the North Country Union High School cafeteria, from where she retired in 1979.

She loved the outdoors, and enjoyed walking in the woods where she enjoyed being one with nature, and she would pick wild berries. All of her family remembers her wild strawberry shortcake and wild raspberry sauce over homemade vanilla cake. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers. She enjoyed going to area restaurants for dinner until her health declined. When she could no longer go outside because of Parkinson’s disease she enjoyed word puzzles, embroidering, and knitting. She was a very giving mother right up to the very end.

She is survived by her children: Patty Davis of Barton, Mona Bouler of Sweet Water, Alabama, Everett Cook of Isle Lamont, and Kevin Cook of Coventry; her grandchildren: Gabriel Davis, Becky Baker, Tom Bouler, and Stephanie Highland; five great-grandchildren; and by her brother Frederick Webster of Coventry.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter Priscilla; her son-in-law Harold Davis; her brothers: Richard and Charles; and by her sister Bernice Moulton.

Funeral services were held on March 5, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158.

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Ruby (Gray) Davies

Ruby (Gray) Davies died on January 11, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

She was born in Holland to Glenn and Effie (Wheeler) Gray on June 30, 1918.

She was very proud to have graduated from Derby Academy in Derby in 1938, and she loved Vermont.

She leaves four children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the West. She is survived by three sisters: Gertrude Cross, Phyllis Derick, and Gerry Barber and her husband, Louis; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by one aunt, Vivian Geoffroy, in the United States.

She was predeceased by her husband; one grandson; two sisters: Vera and Velma and her husband, Roland Curtis.

obit MeredithScott Norman Meredith

Scott Norman Meredith, 64, of Island Pond died on March 1, 2015, at his home.

He was born on November 11, 1950, in Newport to Roland and Norma (Christie) Meredith.

On October 20, 2002, he married Katherine Kontoes, who survives him.

He attended North Country Union High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target practicing, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Meredith, of Island Pond; his children: Eli Meredith and his son Tyler of Twin Falls, Idaho, Emily Meredith and her finance, Chris Milam, and their three children, Aubrey, Sam, and Ryker, of Twin Falls; Ian Meredith of Boise, Idaho; and David Meredith and his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Aiden and Brandon, of New Bern, North Carolina; and by his siblings: Barbara Hodsden and her husband, Wayne, of Michigan City, Indiana, Sandra Nadeau of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Wayne Meredith of Island Pond, and Brenda Johnson and her husband, Paul, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Services will be held at the American Legion in Island Pond on May 2, 2015, at 1 p.m.

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obit PatenaudeJoseph A. “Joe” Patenaude

Joseph A. “Joe” Patenaude, 87, of Derby died peacefully on March 3, 2015, in Newport.

He was surrounded by his loving family and is now gone to his heavenly father.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Holland, to Rufus and Dorillda (Lussier) Patenaude.

On August 21, 1948, he married Lucille Fontaine, the love of his life, who survives him.

He was a successful farmer in Holland until 1985. After selling his farm, he and his wife started Joe’s Laundromat in Newport and moved to Coventry.

In 2000, they moved to Derby and have enjoyed many happy times with family at their home on Main Street. He had a passion for composing songs and singing them. He truly enjoyed working with his workhorses in his earlier days on the farm and continued after with his daughter’s horses. He also loved his cows and enjoyed bird watching.

He had a strong faith and loved being with his family as well as traveling. He enjoyed dancing and family gatherings and enjoyed his French Canadian heritage.

He was a member of Agri-Mark, United Farmers, Yankee Milk, and Community Circle at Community National Bank.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Patenaude; his children: George Patenaude and his wife, Gale Hansen, of Richmond, Diane Forcier and her husband, John, of Colchester, Susan Letourneau and her husband, Bert, of Holland, Marcel Patenaude and his wife, Gaetane, of Holland, Joanne Aulis and her husband, Mike, 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; his 21 grandchildren: Aaron, Celestiane, Hannah Rose, Christian, Kim, Chad, Jill, Troy, Patrick, Jennifer, Bobbi-Jo, Andrew, Natalie, Matthew, Steven, Pamela, Stephanie, Rachel, Nicole, Jordan, Joanna, and their spouses; his 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Raymond Patenaude, Leo Patenaude, Jeannine Lague, Cecile Wheeler, Rita Gobeil, Anita Lafleur, and Rose LaChance, plus their spouses; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Larry, Peter, and Homer; his sister Marielle Morin; and by his son Adrien Patenaude on May 13, 2014. He also has many surviving and deceased family members of his wife’s (Fontaine) family.

Funeral services were held on March 7, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit PetitZillah “Jiggs” Petit

Zillah “Jiggs” Petit, 83, of Coventry died peacefully in Newport, with her family at her side, on March 5, 2015.

She was born on March 10, 1931, in Mille Run, Maine, to Everett and Zillah (Newman) Rockwell.

On June 26, 1949, she married Robert Petit, who predeceased her on September 19, 2011.

From the time they were married, she and Mr. Petit owned and operated a large dairy farm until they retired. She was a lay pastor in several area churches and was very involved in many different areas of ministering, such as speaking to church groups, children’s camps, and performing weddings, etc. She and her husband also served in Haiti as ministers with both physical and financial support. They also served as foster parents for many years involving 56 children.

Beyond all else, their farm, family, and faith were the most important in their lives. She helped a lot of people in a variety of ways over her lifetime.

She is survived by her children: Lewis, Brenda Whitehill and her husband, Richard, Tom and his wife, Donna, Gary and his wife, Edna, Donna Heath and her husband, Bill, Everett and his wife, Laurie, Lisa Hurd, Sheldon, and Ernie; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her brothers: Everett, Paul, and Arthur and his wife, Donna; her brother-in-law Floyd Keniston; her sister-in-law Lois Rockwell; and by several dozen nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Colby and his wife, Mary Rockwell, and John Rockwell; and by her sisters: Ida Bacon and her husband, Charlie, and Evangeline Keniston.

Funeral services were held in West Charleston on March 9. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Free Will Baptist Church, 1028 Vermont Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

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obit riceHester D. Rice

Hester D. Rice died in Montpelier on March 2, 2015, at the age of 95.

She was born on November 6, 1919, in Alburgh, to Herbert A. and Dorris E. (Willey) Rice.

The family moved when she was a year old to Derby Line, when her father was appointed deputy collector of customs at that port of entry to the United States from Canada.

She was educated at the Derby Line Elementary School, Derby Academy, and the University of Vermont, graduating from the latter in May of 1942, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

In June of 1942, she married Forrest W. Rice of Derby in Boise, Idaho, where he was stationed at Gowen Air Field. They subsequently lived in Casper, Wyoming, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where Mr. Rice was stationed at Army Air Force bases, and she at the civilian personnel offices. Later she worked at the Army Welch Convalescent Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. They returned to Vermont in 1946 and resided in Newport from then on.

A son, William Herbert, was born in 1953. After he became of school age, Mrs. Rice worked at Radio Station WIKE in Newport, taught third and fourth grades at the Newport Elementary School, and then for 30 years at Associated Insurance Agencies, Inc. in Newport.

She was an active member of the United Church of Newport, at various times teaching in Sunday School, serving on church committees and being a faithful member of the church choir for 55 years. As a volunteer in the community, Mrs. Rice worked in recruitment of donors in Newport City and other Orleans County towns during the earliest years of the Red Cross blood drawing program, for North Country Hospital from the time of its opening in 1971 until 2007, and at Newport’s Hillside School for several years with second-grade readers.

In December of 2007, Mrs. Rice moved from Newport to Westview Meadows in Montpelier to be closer to her family. While living at Westview she enjoyed taking part in the daily activities and social gatherings. Her greatest joy and achievement there were the summer days when she would walk as much as three miles in a day around the Westview property.

She is survived by her son William H. Rice and her daughter-in-law Gloria Kelley Rice of Calais; her grandson Warren E. Rice and his significant other, Anna Carpenter, of South Burlington; her granddaughter Caroline Rice Forni and her husband, Steven Forni, of West Springfield, Massachusetts; and by her sister-in-law Dorothy Rice McHenry of Williamsburg, Virginia.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Forrest W. Rice, of Derby; and by her sister-in-law Mary Cooper Kusik of University Heights, Ohio.

Funeral services were held on March 6, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the United Church of Newport; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, in care of Betsy Hampton, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit reidel 2George “Jersey” Riedel

George “Jersey” Riedel, 60, of Rockaway, New Jersey, died peacefully on February 21, 2015.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. He loved cooking — his clam chowder and “pig roasts.”

He liked hunting, and he enjoyed his hunting trips in Vermont.

Remember him when you’re partying — his infectious laughter and generous manner. “Clink those beer bottles together” in his memory.

He was so active and will be missed.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Nancy; his son George M.; his daughter Michelle and her husband, Andrew; and his cherished grandchildren, Liam and Elizabeth. He was a lifelong friend of Brian and Linda Hinton of Barton, and he’s had a long connection to this area.

Death notices

Marian Ruth Flanders Amadon

Marian Ruth Flanders Amadon of Orleans, wife of Kenneth E. Amadon, died unexpectedly on February 20, 2015.

A complete obituary will follow and will include information on a memorial service to be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor, 81, of Charleston, beloved husband of Janice Taylor, died suddenly on March 5, 2015, in Newport.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston. A full obituary will follow.

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen, 82, of Brownington died peacefully on March 8, 2015, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 Laurette Houle

Laurette Houle, 89, of Irasburg died on March 9, 2015, in Barton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on March 12, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.


Ruminations: On the historic rise of the birthday cake


Photo by Lara Starr

Photo by Lara Starr

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by Tena Starr

My family isn’t overly fond of cake, which got me to wondering about the history of the ritual. How is it that cake and candles are such an entrenched tradition that people who don’t even really like cake still have it at a birthday celebration?

(To be honest here, Chris at Parker Pie made this year’s birthday cake, and most of us confessed that we did, indeed, like it. So maybe it’s just the cakes we make ourselves that we’re not so fond of.)

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Industrial sugaring comes to Brighton


Art by Brianne Nichols

Art by Brianne Nichols

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by Joseph Gresser

BRIGHTON — The days of making maple syrup to raise a little cash for property taxes have been gone for quite a while now. But an Island Pond sugaring operation getting ready for its first season could usher in a whole new era of industrial sugaring.

Sweet Tree, LLC, started and owned by a Connecticut-based investment firm, just finished tapping trees on 3,600 acres in Warren’s Gore and will be ready to fire up the steam-powered evaporators at the old Ethan Allen furniture plant in Brighton as soon as the weather breaks.

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In girls basketball: Lake Region loses hard fought championship game


Molly Horton drives to the hoop in the face of the resolute Mill River defense.   Photos by Joseph Gresser

Molly Horton drives to the hoop in the face of the resolute Mill River defense. Photos by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

BARRE — It’s a sad truth that no matter how well they play, only one team will come off the basketball court with a victory. Saturday the girls of Lake Region Union High School played magnificently in the Division II finals at the Barre Auditorium, but fell just short of their goal — the state championship.

The Rangers bowed to the Mill River Union High School Minutemen in a game that was even tighter than the 50-46 final score might suggest. With less than a minute to go, its outcome was still very much in doubt.

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Obituaries March 4, 2015

obit AndersonJanice Lucy Anderson

Janice Lucy Anderson, 89, of Greensboro, formerly of Craftsbury, died on February 21, 2015, in Greensboro.

She was born on November 25, 1925, in Craftsbury, to Walter and Leona (Morey) Anderson.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1943 and in 1947 she graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of science degree in education. She taught first grade at the Hillside Elementary School in Newport.

Miss Anderson was an avid reader and she enjoyed reading to folks in nursing homes or their homes. She made quilts, worked in her garden, and walked for exercise.

She was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury Common, where she volunteered in many functions. She was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association and the Ladies Union of the Church.

She is survived by her sisters: Helen Bissell and her husband, Victor, of Palmyra, Maine, and Carolyn Rowell of Albany; her sister-in-law Jeanette Anderson of Craftsbury; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Robert Anderson; and by her sisters: Elaine Anderson and Esther Sweatt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury Common, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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obit belwayPriscilla (Bates) Belway

Priscilla (Bates) Belway of Bradenton, Florida, and Newport, died on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the age of 94.

She died at the Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor, surrounded by her two daughters, Deborah Smith of Chester and Donelle Wright, of Holden, Massachusetts.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on September 1, 1920, and lived most of her life in Newport before moving to Bradenton in her later years. She was a graduate of Derby Academy, in the Class of 1937, and Lyndon Normal School, in the Class of 1939. She taught elementary school for more than 30 years, retiring from the Newport City school department in 1983.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #21, the Mizpah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Vermont Retired Teachers Association.

She loved music, played the piano, and found enormous enjoyment from watching her children and grandchildren develop as musicians. She loved to travel. She and her husband saw much of the United States together in their RV. Later in life, she joined many tours seeing Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, and Eastern Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska. She loved her country, and was proud of both her husband’s and her grandson Ryan’s military service.

She is survived by four grandchildren: Laurel Dodge and her husband, Joe, of Rumney, New Hampshire, Ryan Smith and his wife, Melanie, of Penacook, New Hampshire, and Erin and Jana Wright of Holden; five great-grandchildren: Gretchen and Olivia Dodge, and Dominic, Victor, and Gavin Smith; her sister-in-law Marion Bates of Bradenton; and by three nieces, a nephew, and their families.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 39 years, Ted; and by her brother Philip Bates.

Services will be held in the spring with interment at the Derby Center Cemetery.

As a tribute to her patriotism, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at

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obit BoutinBarbara Boutin

Barbara Boutin, 69, of Derby died on February 17, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on February 2, 1946, in Newport to Armand and Althea (Blay) Sylvester.

She married Bruce Boutin, who survives her.

She was a cook at a restaurant in Connecticut. Her hobbies included crocheting tablecloths, towels, etc.

She is survived by her sister Darlene LaMadeleine of Derby; her nephews: John Crowley Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Massachusetts, Robbie Crowley and his wife of Connecticut, and Steven Haslam and his wife of Connecticut; her niece Cindy Persha and her husband, Sam, of Derby Line; and by several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Nancy Rahmann; and by her brother Irving Sylvester.

Services were held on February 21, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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obit duranleauAlex Duranleau

Alex Duranleau, beloved son of Richard Duranleau and brother of Ben Duranleau, left us sadly, abruptly, and much too early.

He was born 22 years ago on November 3, 1992, in Newport. He spent most of his childhood in that city, attending Newport City School, North Country Union Junior High School, and North Country Union High School. He graduated with honors with the Class of 2011, earning the Newport Rotary Club scholarship and various others. He was an active member in Junior ROTC all four years, earning the highest rank of lieutenant colonel, and was the commanding cadet during his senior year, marching at Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day parades, and many other community service and volunteer events.

Besides working in the pine forest with his uncle and learning carpentry, he was a crewmember at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center for three full summers, learning many leadership skills. He worked with the after-school program at Newport City school and the summer program there, loving his work with children. Entering Castleton State College in the fall of 2011, he majored in social work and interned at the Boys & Girls’ Club in Rutland. Transferring to Lyndon State College in 2013, he was a senior, pursuing his psychology degree and doing his internship once a week at Turning Points School in St. Johnsbury.

He was a smiling, cheerful, positive-thinking individual, helping his many friends, co-workers, day-care kids and classmates. Quiet, sincere and non-judgmental, he touched many lives and was a wonderful young father to his “little Lizzie.”

In addition to his father and brother, he leaves his grieving partner of five years, Ashley Keement, of Coventry, their 18-month-old daughter, Elizabeth Marie, and her parents, John and Kerry Keement; his grandparents, Penny and Robert Horner of Albany and Florida; his lifelong mentors, Aunt Kay and Uncle Allen Yale of Derby; his aunts: Paula Coty, Ruth Fearon and Helen Wasuck; his uncles: Doug and Mike Burnham; and many cousins.

His mother, Melissa Burnham Tinker, predeceased him in October 2011.

A celebration of his life will be held later in the spring. A notice of details will be sent out via the media.

Those wishing to give in his memory may send to the Elizabeth Duranleau Fund to Ashley Keement in care of John and Kerry Keement, 1644 Vermont Route 14N, Newport, Vermont 05855.

obit KrzyskoJozef Francis Krzysko

Jozef Francis Krzysko, 91, of Newport died on February 26, 2015, in Newport.

He was born in Amsterdam, New York, on July 31, 1923, one of eight children born to Andrew and Anna Krzysko.

His childhood and school years were spent in Amsterdam with his mom, brothers, and sisters. His father died when he was six. He attended both English and Polish schools.

On December 12, 1942, he enlisted in the regular Army, with basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Upon completion he was assigned as drill instructor in Miami, Florida, later in Greensboro, North Carolina, and then in Kearns, Utah.

He served two assignments in Germany as an intelligence specialist, a career field that continued throughout his 22 years of service with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Assignments also included hours at Mitchell Air Force Base in New York, Panama, Korea, and Otis Air Force Base (AFB) in Massachusetts, from where he retired as master sergeant USAF on November 30, 1963. After retirement, he worked for over 20 years at Chittenden Bank, from where he retired in 1986.

He enjoyed many dogs and cats over the years and they enjoyed traveling. He liked horse racing, and he enjoyed taking the kids to the rail yard and airport.

On December 27, 1959, he married Edyth Joan Mosher in Newport. They made their first home at Otis AFB, where both were serving in the Air Force. After retirement, they moved to Newport, where they built a home and raised a son, Lawrence Andrew Krzysko, of Newport, and a daughter, Joan Frances (Krzysko) Barragy, of Olive Branch, Missouri.

In addition to his wife and children he is survived by his son-in-law David J. Barragy; two grandchildren: Christopher, who is with the USAF in Oklahoma, and his wife, Brittany, and Amanda of Starkville, Missouri; his brother Frank Krzysko; his nephew Edmund Krzysko of Amsterdam; and by his sister-in-law Benita and her husband, Ronald Benson, and their daughters, Susan Groff and Rhonda Bullis, and their families, of Newport.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. There will be no calling hours.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit MooreLois E. (Magoon) Moore

Lois E. (Magoon) Moore, 88, of Orleans died peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in the loving hands of her family.

She was born on October 26, 1926, in Newport, the daughter of Guy and Esther (Geer) Magoon.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1944 and worked at the Burns Theater where she met her future husband. She married the late John A. Moore Jr. on July 1, 1950.

She excelled in all her career choices: testing milk for HP Hood, working for Modern Woodmen Insurance, JJ Newbury’s, Associated Insurance, and the state of Vermont’s Department of Aging and Disabilities. She was intellectually curious, attending classes at Lyndon State College and numerous continuing education opportunities, studying the Bible, genealogy, local history, computer science, and following financial markets. She valued learning throughout her life.

Her passions were her family and travels with her husband to Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, Maine, New York, and Florida. They were members of the 251Club and always found the road less traveled.

She was a member of the Memphremagog Historical Society, the Grange, Rebekkahs, Eastern Star, and the United Church of Newport.

She is survived by her children: Carol Moore-Whitney of East Burke, and Betty Nollmann and her husband, Ed Nollmann, of Hudson, Florida; her grandchildren: Maya and Joleil Whitney of East Burke; two sisters-in-law: Judy Magoon of Newport, and Rachel Magoon of Waldorf, Maryland; several nephews; two close friends: Al and Becky Wood of Randolph; and by several good friends she made while residing at Michaud Manor in the last year.

She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Moore Jr.; her son-in-law Peter Whitney; and by her brothers: Alton Magoon, Richard Magoon, and Kenneth Magoon.

A springtime memorial service is planned at one of her favorite places, Magoon Park in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Memphremagog Historical Society, care of Barbara Malloy, 96 Stagecoach Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit PlanteHelen Irene Plante

Helen Irene Plante, 93, of Derby died peacefully on February 28, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 15, 1922, in Holland, to Eugene and Hattie (Judd) Mosher. On November 20, 1948, she married Edmond Plante, who predeceased her.

She and her husband owned and operated the family trucking business for many years. She kept the books for it and tended to things at home while her husband and son Ronald were on the road.

She enjoyed playing cards, doing puzzles, and, in earlier years, she and her husband liked going to dances. She especially loved her family visits and she was always in touch with her siblings. She was kind, loving, and a friend to all.

She is survived by her son Ronald Plante and his wife, Darlene, of Derby; her grandchildren: Travis Plante and his wife, Sarai, of Newport, and Grady Plante and his wife, April, of Newport; her sister Beulah Paddleford and her family of West Charleston; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her two brothers: Earl and Reginald Mosher; and by her sisters: Kathleen Mosher, Audrey Dunn, and Regena Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 7, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

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

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obit SanvilleGertrude M. Sanville

Gertrude M. Sanville, 88, of Newport died on March 1, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on December 6, 1926, in Troy, to Wilfred and Josephine (Carl) Diette.

On September 10, 1945, she married Bernie Sanville, who predeceased her on May 22, 2000.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, reading, and going to bingo games. She was a member of the Orleans Senior Center.

She is survived by her son Philip Sanville and his wife, Marie, of Derby; her grandchildren: John Sanville and his wife, Jenn, of Derby, and Kerry Bowman and her husband, Steven, of West Charleston; her great-grandchildren: Josh, Kayla, and Zachary Sanville, and Ryan and Mariah Bowman; and by her sister Theresa Taylor and her husband, Richard, of West Charleston.

She was predeceased by her son Raymond Sanville; three brothers: Albert, Hector, and Ernest; and by three sisters: Emma Phinney, Bea Anderson, and Corine Reil.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit sinonScott C. Sinon

Scott C. Sinon, 52, loving companion of Elizabeth Bialas, died after a long illness on Friday, January 16, 2015, in New Britain, Connecticut.

He was born in Meriden, Connecticut, on September 3, 1962, the son of Carol Erardi Sinon of Meriden and the late Charles P. Sinon.

He was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School and worked on the Greenbacker Dairy Farm. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and later transferring to Plattsburg, New York. He had been employed by the Veterans Administrative Health Care System in Newington, Connecticut.

He enjoyed fishing, repairing cars, barbecue grilling, and his cats.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his two sons, Nicholaus S. Sinon of Wallingford, Connecticut, and Andrew J. Sinon of Florida; his grandson Andrew Sinon; his brother Stephen P. Sinon of Bronx, New York; his sister Patti A. Bene of Florida; and by his former wife, Deborah Wanat Sinon, of Wallingford. He is also survived by his Sinon aunts and uncles: Barbara (Sinon) Crouse, Shirley (Sinon) Curley, John Sinon, and Ray and Mary (Sinon) Murray, and a number of cousins.

He was also predeceased by his grandfather Charles Sinon; and by his grandmother Alice (Pudvah) Sinon.

Funeral services were held in Wallingford on January 24. Interment with military honors will be private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06450; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Dean Howard Urie

Dean Howard Urie, 86, of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly Lansing, Michigan, died peacefully in the early morning of Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Curry House in Cadillac.

Mr. Urie was born on February 12, 1929, in Craftsbury, one of four children to Walter Roland Urie and Marie Baker Urie.

A scientist at heart, he was a graduate of Craftsbury Academy and went on to receive a bachelor’s of science in forestry with distinction from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources; a master’s of science in agricultural soils from Oregon State College; and a doctor of philosophy in forestry from Michigan State University, where he also served as an adjunct professor.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant for serving during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Service Award, Mr. Urie was employed by the University of Vermont Forestry Department, followed by the United States Department of Agriculture in the Forest Service in Michigan.

He brought his amiable professionalism and expertise to forestry research and wastewater management projects in Michigan as well as in Pakistan and Poland.

Mr. Urie was involved in many activities in the communities where he lived.

He served on the Cadillac Board of Education, received the Scout Master of the Year Award for the Southern District Scenic Trails Council of the Boys Scouts of America, and the Yellow Merit Star Award from the National Ski Patrol System.

In retirement, he was a docent for 25 years at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, where, in addition to docent training, he shared his passion for conservation, especially regarding wolves, and he was frequently asked to assume the roll of Santa Claus.

Mr. Urie is survived by his sister Irene Vollbrecht of Fremont, California, and her daughters: Sarah Silber and Anne Moody, and their families; and by his sister-in-law Joan Urie and her children: Gene, Glenn, Gary, Grant, Geoffrey, and Tina Mastrianni and their families. He is also survived by his adopted family: Bob and Marcia Larsen of Lansing, and their daughters: Kim Koppi, Kelly, and Michael and their families. Mr. Urie leaves behind a legacy of lasting friendships made with his neighbors Ed and Ruth Bosworth of Cadillac; and his colleagues at the Forest Service and at the zoo. All will miss his wit, intellect, humor and common sense.

He was predeceased by his sister Velma Urie of Craftsbury; and by his brother Walter Urie of South Hero.

A celebration of his life will be held later this spring in Cadillac, and also in Vermont, where his remains will be interred at the family plot in the East Craftsbury cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, he requested donations be made in his name to the Potter Park Zoological Society, 1301 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48912.

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Death notice

Alice W. Cook

Alice W. Cook, 86, of Coventry died on February 27, 2015, in Newport.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Spring interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery.


At LR Rocks: Live experience cultures young performers


April Streeter shows off the electric guitar she played live for the first time.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

April Streeter shows off the electric guitar she played live for the first time. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

COVENTRY — April Streeter, 15, is no stranger to singing in public, but Saturday night’s LR Rocks showcase at Parker Pie Wings did include a first for her — a whirl on the electric guitar in front of a live audience.

“It’s kind of a rush,” she said. “It’s really fun to get up there. The energy is really great, especially in places like this.”

Parker Pie Wings had set up the concert venue on one side of its bar. The smaller space created a packed atmosphere for the 100 people in attendance.

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Your GPS sent you where?


Backroads are beautiful but can be hard to drive on.  Photo courtesy of Heidi Myers/the Dirty 40

Backroads are beautiful but can be hard to drive on. Photo courtesy of Heidi Myers/the Dirty 40

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by Natalie Hormilla

WESTFIELD — Here’s an increasingly familiar scenario: Friends, or strangers, visiting from elsewhere are stuck on a back road and need help.

Which road? you ask.

They say the name, and you can only wonder why on Earth they would choose an unplowed, class four road as the best option for getting to your house.

The GPS said so, they explain.

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In girls basketball: Rangers shut down Yellow Jackets 45-34


Tyrah Urie, who led all scorers with 25 points, gets out on the break.  “I've been focusing on finishing at the basket,” Urie said.  “So tonight I worked really hard on finishing.”  Photos by David Dudley

Tyrah Urie, who led all scorers with 25 points, gets out on the break. “I’ve been focusing on finishing at the basket,” Urie said. “So tonight I worked really hard on finishing.” Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

Editor’s note: The following is an account of a game that took place Friday. The following Monday, the LR girls beat Lyndon Institute (LI) at a play-off game at the Barre Auditorium, to advance to the final four for division II girls basketball for the state of Vermont. The last time the LR girls were in a division II final was 1974. Monday’s game saw LI dominate, sometimes by as much as ten points, until the final 35 seconds of play, when the LR girls scored a quick eight points to win, 45-43. The LR girls will play again in Barre on Saturday, at 3:45 p.m., against whoever wins the other semi-final game Wednesday night, either Fair Haven or Mill River. “Both the kids and the fans last night were phenomenal,” said Coach Joe Houston.

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Haskell library invites public for special day March 3


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Drawing by Lori Kuron

The Haskell Free Library in Derby Line and Stanstead, Quebec, invites families to stop by on Tuesday, March 3, to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD). There will be activities and giveaways of all sorts throughout the day and a special, all-ages story time at 10:30 a.m.

TYCLD is an annual library awareness event that began in Connecticut in 2011 and quickly spread nationwide. TYCLD showcases what libraries are doing for children and raises public awareness of the importance of library services to children. This is one of the few days in the school year that local schools on both sides of the border are not in session and the Haskell hopes many families will attend.

All library programs are free of charge.

For more information, stop by the library, or contact librarian Nancy Rumery at (802) 873-3022, or follow the Haskell on Facebook or visit — from the Haskell Free Library.

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


Obituaries February 25, 2015

obit ballMary Jean Ball

Mary Jean Ball, 69, of Newport died peacefully in her sleep on February 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 18, 1945, in Hanover, New Hampshire, to Harold and Regina (McCabe) Frost. She was raised by her mom and loved by her stepfather, Earl Thompson, who died on February 17, 2015.

In 1974, she married the love of her life, Edward Ball Sr., who predeceased her in 1982.

At one time, she was a very active member of the Montpelier branch of the Mormon church. She graduated magna cum laude from Vermont College in 1983 with an associate’s degree in nursing and became a registered nurse. She worked for a few years at Dumont Nursing home in Morrisville.

She was an outspoken advocate for people with mental illness. Recently, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, arts and crafts, writing, and baking. She had a kind soul and an extremely strong will to live. She loved her family immensely.

She was a proud mother of two children, her son Edward Ball II and her daughter Catherine Ball Becher, both of Broomfield, Colorado. She was known fondly as Grammy Ball by her three grandchildren: Grant, Burke, and Mara Becher.

She is also survived her son-in-law Dane Becher, also of Broomfield; and by her siblings: Harold and his wife, Bev Frost, of Sheffield, and Barb and her husband, Dave Mitchell, of Fair Haven, Massachusetts; an especially close nephew, Harry Frost, of Sheffield, as well as her nephew Matt Mitchell of Portland, Oregon; and by her niece Sara and her husband, Joan Cabañas, of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

She had many lifelong friends, but a few who were especially near and dear to her heart, who survive her, are Joan and Skip Lamere of Waterbury, and Harriet Beattie of Lancaster, New Hampshire. She also was grateful for her friendship with Nikki Carpenter of Johnson.

She lived her life with great determination and courage despite many serious physical health challenges. She once wrote, “When I look upon my final sunset I want to feel that inner peace that comes with having done my very best at life.”

At her request, there will be no ceremony. Later this year, her ashes will be interred next to her beloved husband at Green Mountain Cemetery in Montpelier.

Steven Keith Dentel

Steven Keith Dentel died on February 18, 2015, after a long struggle with prostate cancer, which he faced with his signature mix of humor and scientific analysis.

He was born on November 4, 1951, in Washington, D.C., to Keith and Marcene (Chudomelka) Dentel, and grew up in suburban Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University and master and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from Cornell University.

He was a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), where he was a teacher and researcher for over 30 years. He was well known in his field as an expert in water and biosolids treatment processes. He was instrumental in the creation of an undergraduate major in environmental engineering at UD and in 2006 became the faculty advisor for the newly formed Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at the university. Known as Dr. Steve to his EWB students, he traveled to Cameroon 11 times, working with EWB and community members to build water systems in two villages and was designated a “Prince and Village Notable” by the people of Bakang II, Bamendjou. His experience with Engineers Without Borders served as a catalyst for his research on water and sanitation issues in the developing world. Most recently, he received funding from the Gates Foundation to explore the use of water-permeable membranes in latrines as a means of limiting pathogens in ground water. This innovative treatment is currently being tested in India and, if successful, could have a significant impact on sanitation processes in the developing world.

He was a loving, funny, smart, adventurous man devoted to making the world a better place. As a member of the City of Newark Conservation Advisory Commission for 15 years, including ten years as chairman, he advocated for recycling, green energy, and passage of Newark’s anti-idling ordinance. He was also active in local Democratic politics and served as chairman of the twenty-fifth district for a number of years.

His passion for travel took him to more than 30 countries during his lifetime for both work and pleasure. He had a great love of beautiful places around the world, but perhaps his favorite place to be was spending time with family and friends at the family cottage on Lake Willoughby in Vermont.

He received recognition for his work over the years and most recently was awarded the Order of the First State, Delaware’s highest civilian honor, by Governor Jack Markell. In 2014, he was awarded the inaugural Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

He is survived by his partner in life of 34 years, Carol Post; two sons: Aaron Dentel-Post and Colin Dentel-Post; Colin’s wife, Crystal Woodford; and by his brother William Keith Dentel and his wife, Jan Kinney. He is also survived by a wide circle of friends, colleagues, and students who will deeply miss his quirky sense of humor, thoughtful analysis, and loving spirit.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Richard Keith Dentel.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. DuPont Music Building, at 100 Orchard Road at the University of Delaware, in Newark, Delaware 19711.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach endowment fund at; or to Engineers Without Borders at the University of Delaware. Checks may be made to University of Delaware with “Engineers Without Borders in Memory of Steve Dentel” in the memo line, and sent to the University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 East Main Street, Third Floor, Newark, Delaware 19716, or at (select “other” and fill in “Engineers Without Borders in Memory of Steve Dentel”).

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obit farnhamElwin Roy Farnham

Elwin Roy Farnham, 93, affectionately known as “Red” to his many friends, died on February 15, 2015, in Fairfax, Virginia, after a period of declining health.

He was born on January 29, 1922, in North Troy, to the late George Arthur and Eva May Willey Farnham.

He proudly served his country as a member of the Army Air Force in Natal, Brazil, during World War II.

In 1947, he married Muriel Benoit, also a native of North Troy. They settled in East Hartford, Connecticut, and later, Manchester, Connecticut, to raise their family.

He was employed for 35 years in Department 954 of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. In addition, he worked for Dzen Farms in South Windsor, Connecticut, for over 40 years. During his later years, he was known as the “Old Man” who loved to help families pick out their Christmas trees.

He leaves behind four children: Dana and his wife, Pamala Farnham of Normal, Illinois, Shelley and her husband, Jeffrey Hilber, of Vienna, Virginia, Mary and her husband, Harold Wong, of Dove Canyon, California, and Gregory and his husband, Christopher Varga, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. His legacy includes six grandchildren: Courtney and her husband, Todd Baker, Caitlin Hilber, Stephen Hilber and his fiancée, Alexandra Bullard, Maya Wong, Megan and Rachel Varga-Farnham; and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Barbara Rabun of San Diego, California; his brother Bruce Farnham of Richmond; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Muriel, in 2001; his brothers: Maurice and Lynn Farnham; and by his sisters: Wilma Farnham and Louise Farnham Sargent.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Vermont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online at Capital Caring,, or mailed to Capital Caring Resource Development-Donor Services, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

obit hebertMichael P. Hebert

Michael P. Hebert Sr., 67, of Norfolk, Virginia, died on February 20, 2015.

He was born in Barton. He was a 1965 graduate of Newport High School.

He served with the U. S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Robert A. Owens (DD827) based in Norfolk, and was a member of the Robert A. Owens Shipmates Association. After his naval service, he worked as an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) mechanic for 45 years and the last 19 years at Behrends Mechanical Inc.

His hobbies included gardening, estate sales, and collecting various items. He was an avid NASCAR fan, loved Westerns, movie classics, musicals, big band music, oldies, and dancing. He enjoyed going to his family’s reunions in Vermont.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Poynter Hebert; his daughter Kristie Johnson and her husband, Ricky, of Alexandria, Virginia; his son Michael P. Hebert Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his grandchildren: Reagan, Gabrielle, Marlena, Nicholas, and Katelynn; his brothers: Ronald Hebert and his wife, Anne, and Rodney Hebert of New Hampshire, Phillip Hebert and his wife, Sallie, of Montana, Terry Hebert and his wife, Joyce, Dennis Hebert, and Craig Hebert and his wife, Martha, all of Vermont; his sister Pam Hebert of Vermont; his brother-in-law Ransom Adams and his wife, Becky, of Ohio; and by many other loving family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Cecile and Antonin Hebert, of Newport; his sister Charmaine Adams of Ohio; and by a brother, Robert Hebert, of Virginia.

Funeral services with military honors were held on February 24, in Norfolk.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society in his name.

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obit JennessKenneth L. Jenness

Kenneth Leo Jenness, 95, died on February 20, 2015, at his home in Morgan, surrounded by four generations of his loving family.

He was one of eight children — two girls and six boys. He was born in Barton on December 9, 1919. He married Ruby Josephine Petelle of Holland on July 15, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He received a bachelor of science degree from Lyndon State College in 1967.

Mr. Jenness served in the United States Army in World War II with the 18th Airways Detachment, supporting the “Flying Tigers” at air bases in Kunming and Luliang, China. In the years following the war, he owned and operated the Morgan Corner Store and served as the town’s postmaster. In 1948, he joined the Vermont National Guard and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. After the National Guard was ordered to active duty, he served in the regular Army for three years with the 172nd Infantry Regiment in Germany and for three years as recruiting officer on Okinawa, Japan.

He also served two tours in Korea: one with the United Nations Military Armistice Command at Panmunjon (on the DMZ), and the second in Seoul as officer-in-charge, Pacific Stars and Stripes-Korea. He served three years with the infantry training center at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, and three years as the public information officer at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. On May 31, 1966, he retired with the rank of major. Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal with three overseas bars, the Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, the Army Combat Infantry Badge, the American Defense Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the Army, he built a large family home in Brattleboro and for 15 years taught at Brattleboro Union High School. For 12 of those years, he conducted an after-school driver’s education program at the Austine School for the Deaf. He also worked at the state level, developing an alcohol education program to be incorporated into the driver’s education curriculum. He retired from teaching in June of 1980.

Upon retirement from teaching, he built another large home, this time on Seymour Lake. He served the town of Morgan for many years as selectman and delinquent tax collector. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport and served two tours as commander. He was especially proud of his work to feed the homeless and indigent. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing for many years and traveled extensively around the world before settling down. Mr. Jenness enjoyed his woodworking projects, his raspberry patch, his woods, and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; six children: Sonia M. Stockard and her husband, Walter, of Alexandria, Virginia, Karen O. McCormack and her husband, Frank, of Pickens, South Carolina, Kenni E. Freire and her husband, Paul, of Clearwater, Florida, Michael J. Jenness and his wife, Barbara Peterson, of Palm Harbor, Florida, Krystal R. Jenness of Fairfax, and Matthew T. Jenness of Shelton, Connecticut; his sister Dorothy Dunn Parmalee of Tupper Lake, New York; as well as by 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister.

A wonderful person just left me on February 20 — I am his wife, Ruby. He was a loving husband in every way, a wonderful father to six whom he taught so much, a friend to many and a neighbor. He leaves me, the only promise he ever broke. I will miss him forever. Until we meet again.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on February 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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obit LabountyAlpha Merl Labounty

Alpha Merl Labounty, 99, of Irasburg died on February 22, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on January 10, 1916, in Albany, to Harlow and Ora (Decker) Ingalls.

She married Karl Labounty, who predeceased her on July 11, 1985.

She loved gardening and growing strawberries and raspberries. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandson Karl and her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping with her late husband, watching soap operas, and going for drives through the countryside.

She was a member of the Community Circle of Community National Bank.

When she was 12 years old, she helped raise her brothers and sisters when her father died.

She is survived by her daughter Lorraine Adams of Newport; her grandson Karl Loukes and his wife, Christy, of Newport; six great-grandchildren: Holly, Cody, Alexis, Hannah, Kloie, and Karl Jr.; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Fortin. She is also survived by her brothers: Richard Ingalls and his wife, Mary, of Albany, Maurice Ingalls of Irasburg, and Harlow Ingalls of California.

She was predeceased by her daughter Ann Buttendorf; and by her siblings: Fern Ukrijs, Helen Sanville, Arlene Ingalls, and Patrick Ingalls.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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obit MingWilliam H. “Bill” Ming

William H. “Bill” Ming, 86, of Island Pond died on February 19, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 29, 1928, in Island Pond to John and Alice Ming.

On May 28, 1949, he married Beth Moutlon, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was the owner of Ming’s Sales and Service in Island Pond for many years.

He loved his John Deere and Kubota. He enjoyed snowmobiling, grooming the trails, and was a founding member of the Brighton Snowmobile Club. He formally owned the Brighton Gas Service where he sold Polaris snowmobiles and four-wheelers. He enjoyed family time and working with the public.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Ming, of Island Pond; his children: Gary Ming and his wife, Phyllis, and Larry Ming and his wife, Sylvie, all of Island Pond; his grandchildren: Nicholas, Jenny, Jennifer, Brandy and Derek; and by eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Ming.

Funeral services were held on February 21, in Island Pond. Spring interment with full military honors will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brighton Fire Department, 102 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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obit thompsonYvette Elaine Thompson

Yvette Elaine Thompson, 69, of Derby died unexpectedly on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at her winter residence in Scottsdale Arizona.

She was born in Newport on July 14, 1945, to Aime and Gertrude-Gagne Parenteau. She was raised in Newport Center. She was married to Laurence Thompson on May 30, 1968, and they made their home in Derby. After retirement in 2010, they began wintering in the warmer climates of Arizona.

Being a wife and mother filled her life with an overwhelming love and joy, and she enjoyed all it brought to her life. She liked to stay active and worked at several local businesses over the years, including the Pick & Shovel’s pet shop. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, crafts such as wood and rock carving, travel, decorating, and going for walks. She was a great cook and a wonderful host. But what she loved most was the time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She attended their school and sports events when she could, and enjoyed things like taking the kids to visit the elk farm, picking strawberries, swimming in the pool, watching them play a spirited game of whiffle ball in the yard, and eating Sunday brunch at The East Side together.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Laurence Thompson of Derby; her son Todd Thompson and daughter-in-law Danielle of Enfield, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Sydney, Connor, and Zachary Thompson of Enfield; her brother Albert Parenteau of Plainfield, Connecticut; her sister Mary Jane Malouin and her husband, George, of Scottsdale, Arizona; her in-laws: Kenneth Thompson and his wife, Nancy, of Rutland, Susan Blair of Claremont, New Hampshire, Jane Thompson of Milton, Betty Thompson of Rutland, Lois Brock and her husband, Colin, of Newport, Carlton Thompson and his wife, Sandra, of Milton, Mary Choquette of North Clarendon, and Wanda Gosselin and her husband, Andrew, of Derby; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and family members. She was also fortunate to be surrounded by good friends and neighbors in both Vermont and Arizona.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Theresa Laflin; her mother- and father-in-law, Grace and Kenneth Thompson; her sister-in-law Yvette Parenteau; and by her brothers-in-law: Bruce Roy Laflin, Herbert Blair, and Philip Choquette.

All that knew her, loved her, and she will be dearly missed. The gift of her life and the memories shared are treasures that will last forever and live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

A celebration of her life was held at the Road Runner Lake Resort in Scottsdale on February 19. Memorial services in Vermont will be held at a later date.

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

obit UrieJohn R. Urie Sr.

John R. Urie Sr., 95, of West Glover died on February 22, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 17, 1919, in Glover to Ernest and Mae (Coumer) Urie.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was a dairy farmer for many years in West Glover.

He married Pearl Louis Richardson, who survives him.

He was a member of the American Legion in Barton, a former lister, selectman of Glover, in rural conservation and development, and director of Co-op Insurance Company of Vermont. He enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, fishing, dancing, partying, woodworking, sugar making, working in the woods, and he loved family gatherings, and he was a justice of the peace.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Urie, of Glover; his children: John Urie Jr. and his companion, Virginia Brown, of West Glover, Caroline Langmaid and her husband, Francis, of Bellows Falls, Bonnie Ingalls of West Glover, and Dennis Ingalls and his wife, Sherri, of West Glover; and by 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bernard Urie and his wife, Elaine; his sisters: Harriet King and her husband, Donald, and Beverly Grant; his sister-in-law Ellen Urie; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Yvonne; his daughter Gloria Urie; his brothers: Edwin and Howard; and by his sister Mary Ellen Knapp.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Fire Department and Ambulance Service, in care of Donna Sweeney, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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obit wrightGerald “Nick” Edward Wright

Gerald “Nick” Edward Wright, 45, of Warner, New Hampshire, died suddenly on February 18, 2015.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on April 29, 1969, the son of Russell H. Wright and Mary Ryan Wright.

He was a meat cutter at Market Basket in Warner and also worked for many years as a chef at Bricker’s restaurant in Claremont, New Hampshire, and Perry’s Boathouse in Newbury, New Hampshire.

He loved life and lived each day with a passion. He left a lasting impression on all those who met him. He enjoyed reading, fishing, bowling, going to movies and long conversations with his new found love, Ellen.

He is survived by his wonderful girlfriend, Ellen Manning of Warner; his uncle Michael Ryan and his family of Shaftsbury; his aunt Margaret “Peggy” Moulton and her family of Coventry; and by many cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ryan Wright, when he was three months old and his grandparents, who were his second parents, Gerald “Joe” and Veda Ryan of Derby.

Friends may call at the Chadwick Funeral Home in New London, New Hampshire, on Saturday, February 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. A service will be held at 3 p.m. with The Reverend Robert Biron, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London, officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warner Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 64, Warner, New Hampshire 03278.