Snowboarders compete at Jay Peak

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Walker Farley catches air and twists his board under him, a trick called a shifty, on his way to taking tenth place at the state slope style competitions at Jay Peak on February 12. He was the highest scoring man on the North Country Union High School team. Photos by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 18, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

JAY PEAK — The last high school snowboard competition before the state championships drew 70 boarders to Jay Peak Thursday afternoon, February 12. Judges rated riders as they performed tricks on a slope style course that included three jumps and a pair of boxes.

The event is judged according to both the difficulty of aerial maneuvers performed by the riders and the quality of their execution, said Natalie Guillette, who coaches the North Country Union High School team.

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Obituaries February 18, 2015

obit DoncasterWayne E. Doncaster Sr.

Wayne E. Doncaster Sr., 89, of Irasburg died peacefully on February 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on April 7, 1925, in Derby, to Vernon and Annie (Aiken) Doncaster.

In 1952, he married Elizabeth Rhodes, who survives him.

As a young farmer on the home farm in Derby on Salem Lake, he milked cows by hand, worked with horses in the hayfield, and in the woods logging. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, and left high school early to work on the family farm with his mother while his father was away working as a master machinist. When tractors came to the area he was one of the first to have a hay baler and worked as a custom baler for many farmers. He ran a successful Christmas tree business with his father. After he married, he was hired as herdsman at Eagle Point Farm.

In 1956, he and his wife purchased Hillandale Farm and have lived and worked there ever since. He was an avid gardener and he loved music. He played the steel guitar, accordion, guitar, the bones, and piano. He loved calling square dances and playing music with family and friends. He also loved family gatherings, being outdoors, fishing as a young boy on Salem Lake, and he was a history buff, especially about World War II. Education was important to him. He earned his GED diploma, took a course in animal husbandry at the University of Connecticut, and studied music later on in life.

He was a member of the Vermont State Guard, Company B, 3rd Division. He was active in 4-H as a club leader, the Parent Teacher Association, the Grange, and he was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He was a maple sugar maker for many years. With his wife, they established Warebrook Kennel, during which time they bred champion St. Bernards. He had a robust sense of humor and was well known for his wisdom, patience, fairness, and generosity. He was an excellent herd manager and developed a registered herd of Jerseys that are descended from the original animals that came with Hillandale Farm. He took great joy in his farm — his cows, the land, and the historic buildings. He carefully retrofitted the 1875 barn for use as a modern dairy and was recognized by the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation and the Vermont Department of Agriculture with a “Barn Again” award for his work. Hillandale Farm and Waybee Jerseys will continue under the care of Wayne Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, and family.

Most of all, he was proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Doncaster, of Irasburg; his children: Colleen Goodridge of Albany, Rebecca Doncaster and her husband, Reginald Gilbert, of Maine, Barbara Ross and her husband, Warren, of Coventry, Sara Doncaster of Coventry, and Wayne Doncaster Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Irasburg; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Otis and Wendell Doncaster, Vida Powers, Vivian Austin and Joyce Jenness.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of his life will be held at Hillandale Farm this summer for extended family and friends (date to be announced).

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Respiratory Therapy, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit georgeRoy Eugene George

Roy Eugene George, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Orleans, on February 15, 2015, following a two and one-half year battle with cancer.

He was born in Cabot, on December 2, 1935, to the late Raleigh and Mary (Smith) George.

He was educated in Calais and Montpelier schools, entered the U.S. Marine Corps in January of 1954, and served during the Korean Conflict, until he was honorably discharged in 1957.

He married Deanna Davis of Northfield on September 7, 1957, in Washington, D.C., and it was there he began his life-long career in the plumbing and heating field, having worked as a journeyman plumber before becoming a master plumber. He worked for Wiggett Brothers Plumbing & Heating in Northfield Falls and Randolph for several years, as well as Gillespie Fuels of Northfield. He then went to work for Mahaney Company of Biddeford, Maine, as mechanical foreman on several hospitals and schools throughout Vermont. He was self-employed from 1972 to 1974, then he began a 20-plus year employment with Pizzagalli Construction Company of South Burlington as mechanical foreman and superintendent, working on various industrial jobs in Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, and South Carolina, before retiring in 1998.

He returned to Vermont in 2000 and made his home in the Northeast Kingdom. He was caretaker for several cottages at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and surrounding areas, and continued to enjoy his trade by doing occasional maintenance and repair work for several family and friends in the Northeast Kingdom, until his declining health forced him to retire completely. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Deanna; his sons: Michael George and his wife, Keri, of Warner Robins, Georgia, David George and wife, Lolita, of Orleans, and Allan George of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his daughter Rhonda Hernandez and her husband, Hugh, of Midlothian, Virginia; nine grandchildren: Tamara George of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Alexander Hernandez and his wife, Lindsay, of Lynchburg, Virginia, Sean George of Chelsea, Massachusetts, Matthew Hernandez of Citrus Heights, California, Kaitlyn George, Kyle George, and Kolby George of Orleans, Mitchell George of Oklahoma City, and Liam George of Warner Robins; his sister-in-law Andrea Goodrich of Northfield; his nieces: Judith Kellogg of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Barbara and Gary Brown of Northfield, and Shari Lokey and her companion, Jimmy Nowakowski, of Ware, Massachusetts; three great-grandchildren; several great-nieces and -nephews; as well as by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Betty Doney.

If there was a quote we were to attribute to him, it would be this one from Will Rogers: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” That, was Roy George.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, February 21, at 11 a.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield. Immediately following the memorial service, the family invites everyone to a gathering to continue the celebration at Sorrell-Maynard American Legion Post, on Depot Square, in Northfield. Stories and photos would be most welcome. A graveside service will be conducted in the spring in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with memorial donations to one of the many organizations furthering cancer research or helping United States veterans.

obit kennisonLouise Marilyn Kennison

Louise Marilyn Kennison, 76, of Newport died peacefully on February 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 11, 1938, in Newport, to Henry and Loretta (Rivard) Lunna.

On December 11, 1956, she married Donald Kennison, who predeceased her on November 13, 1995.

She was a librarian for 16 years for the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, from where she retired on June 12, 1999.

She was a member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, canning, spending time with her family, and she loved her dog Ginger.

She is survived by her children: Donna Annis and her husband, Tim, of Newport, John Kennison and his friend, Jeannette Pare, of Newport, Michael Kennison and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, and Donald Kennison of Kittery, Maine; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her siblings: Claire Wright of Orleans, Albert Lunna and his wife, Linda, of Bristol, and Henry Lunna and his wife, Sue Mary, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, at the Newport Center Methodist Church. Spring interment will be in Westfield Cemetery.

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 at curtis-britch.com.

obit LadueRaymond “Ray” W. Ladue Jr.

Raymond “Ray” W. Ladue Jr., 82, of Newport died peacefully on February 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 24, 1932, in St. Albans, to Raymond and Marion (Delaney) Ladue.

On August 27, 1954, he married Elsie Story, who survives him.

He attended elementary schools in Sheldon, and graduated in 1951 from BFA High School in St. Albans. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Johnson State College in 1955 and a master’s degree in administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, in 1963.

He taught and was a principal from 1955 to 1992. He started at South School, then West School and the junior high in Newport, math at North Country Union High School, and he was supervising principal at Newport City Elementary School.

He once belonged to the Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star, and he was a charter member of the Jaycees. He was on the Newport Recreation Committee for 18 years and he coached Little League. He was also a member of the local Retired Teacher’s Association and State Retired Teacher’s Association.

His great love was being a member of the Newport Elk’s #2155. He served as exalted ruler and later as state president and district deputy grand exalted ruler north, and Hoop School chairman for many years, and he was in charge of renting the Elks for functions for many years.

He enjoyed hunting, golfing with John D. and Rene P., and working on building projects until his decreased vision became an issue.

He and his wife spent many years camping and going to St. Martin’s with Dave and Donna.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elsie Ladue, of Newport; his son James Ladue of Newport; his sister Betty Hubbard of New York; his daughter-in-law Donna Ladue of Derby; his grandsons: Tory and Cody Ladue and Jamie Longley; and by his sisters-in-law: Leona Brook and Pearl Belanger.

He was predeceased by his dear son David in 2011; his parents, Ray and Marion Ladue; his brother Bob Ladue; his brothers-in-law: Mark Brook, Robert Belanger, and Clark Hubbard; and by his mother- and father-in-law, Delmar and Eschol Story.

Funeral services were held on February 14, in Derby. An Elks service was held on February 13, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Elks Silver Towers, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont 05766.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LormanCarolyn Edna Lorman

Carolyn Edna Lorman, 84, died peacefully in her recliner at home, on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

She struggled with pulmonary fibrosis for over three years. Even in her decline, she had a sweet spirit and never complained. Her dear friend was by her side.

She was born on June 7, 1930, to Beatrice (Neal) and Walter Lorman, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1948. She received her bachelor of science in physical education from Bridgewater State College, in Massachusetts, in 1952.

She began her distinguished career in Newburyport, Massachusetts, before moving to New York State, where she taught in Cooperstown and Saranac Lake. During that time, she earned her master’s degree at Cortland State College, in New York.

Her love of skiing (Killington) brought her back to Springfield in 1963. In 1970, she moved to Newport, to begin the physical education programs for the new school, North Country Union High School. She retired from there in 1992.

She was a member, and held offices, in the Association of Women in Physical Education of New York State, and the Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She was very active in these associations, planning conferences, workshops, and other programs for the advancement of women, and physical education in general. She was a former member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter, an organization for women in education.

She was well regarded by students and peers. She liked each and every student she ever had. Some of her greatest accomplishments and joys were her successful state championship field hockey teams. She also had good basketball and track and field teams. She loved her home on the lake, and enjoyed many wonderful rides as captain of her party boat. Skiing was her passion until she developed heart trouble in 1984. She had skied every challenging mountain in the East. She was first on and last off the mountain.

She loved people, a good party, laughter, and good stories. She loved her birds, and they loved her for feeding them! She spent 22 wonderful winters in Arizona to be near her sister Frances. Both were political junkies and had lively discussions. She loved her church friends in Arizona.

She was a devoted Baptist. The Lord had blessed her with a kind heart. The Lord blessed us with her presence in our lives. She will be missed. Now, the Lord is pleased with her life and has called her home to be with him and her family.

She is survived by her dear nieces: Andrea Dwyer of Newport, Rhode Island — she and Andie had fun in Arizona and shared a love of sports, especially the baseball games — and Sherry Hagearian of Acton, Massachusetts — where visits to see Auntie were welcome and so special, and York Beach, and her New York Giants versus Patriots, and Red Sox, and strong faith in common — Cynthia Murphy of Concord, Massachusetts, and Karen Wilbur; her nephews: David and Paul Wilbur, all of Jacksonville, Florida; several grand-nieces and –nephews; and by her brother-in-law Arthur Tiffany of Arizona. She is also survived by her good friend Jean, who was like a sister. They were longtime friends from way back in the 1960s. They enjoyed camping, boating, working in summer camps in Maine, including at York Beach, and maintaining their lake home.

She was predeceased by three beloved sisters: Frances Tiffany, Phyllis Doherty, and Charlotte Wilbur; as well as by her parents.

Per her wishes, there will be no service. The family will have an interment service in the spring at the family cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts. However, there will be a celebration of her life, open house, on Saturday February 21, at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary “Lorraine” Lussier

Mary V. Lorraine Bertha Lussier, 80, formerly of Hardwick, most recently of the Greensboro Nursing Home, died on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

She was born on August 26, 1934, in Albany, daughter of the late Antonio P. and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier. She attended East Albany public school.

She was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick. She loved animals and enjoyed training them, horseback riding, and long walks. Most of all she enjoyed music, playing records, dancing, and she had mastered the lost art of playing the spoons.

Survivors include five siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Noel Lussier of Greensboro, Bert Lussier of Berkshire, and Bernard Lussier of Craftsbury; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by three siblings: Muriel Stone, Laurent Lussier, and Roger Lussier.

Funeral services were held on February 16, in Hardwick. Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

obit nicholsJesse Brooks Nichols III

Jesse Brooks Nichols III, 80, longtime resident of the Pomfret Valley and Lake Seymour, died on February 3, 2015.

He loved the life he had and he lived it fully and well. To family and friends he had a large personality in a large frame and there was no doubt when you were in his presence.

Even as his health declined, he was never one to complain. There was no grief, no bouts of anger or denial. It was as if, for him, it would sound ungrateful given the life he’d led and the love he shared with his wife and family.

Lumberman, entrepreneur, specialty knife distributor and collector, railroad aficionado, cartoonist, lord of the limerick, storyteller, and consumer of big bellied fried clams at Tozier’s, he led a life of quiet accomplishment. When he was running Vermont Pacific, a veneer and plywood business, he was in his element in the company of loggers and the smell of freshly cut timber. Always on the prowl for a “new” diner, his all-time favorite was The Wasp. He was a skilled fly fisherman. It was a passion he shared with his family. He wet lines in the wild rivers of Alaska, Wyoming, and Canada, the bonefish and permit flats of the Bahamas and Mexico, as well as the rivers, lakes, and streams of his beloved Vermont.

On October 10, 1954, he married Lee Lonegren. They had five sons: Jesse IV and his wife, Amy, David, Brad and his wife, Dorothy, Stephen, and John. He has four grandchildren, Jesse V and his wife, Lorren, Benjamin, Mara, and Ella Nichols, who have been blessed with wonderful memories and the storytelling of “Poppie.” He leaves two brothers, Ashton Nichols and John Hopkins, and one sister, Suzie Hopkins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nikki Clifford.

On June 27, 1980, he married Janice Gramling, his loving and devoted wife. She was his selfless caregiver and best friend until his death. Dad would often say how blessed he was to have her in his life. With their four-legged fur ball Music, they were inseparable. Thank you, Janice, for loving our father.

Private memorial.

Donations may be made to Mertens House, 73 River Street, Suite 2, Woodstock, Vermont 05091.

obit PionHilda B. Pion

Hilda B. Pion, 83, of Lowell died on February 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 21, 1931, to Floyd and Mable (Snider) Norway.

In 1948, she married Anselme Pion, who predeceased her in 1996.

She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the St. Ignatius Ladies Society. She enjoyed knitting, much to the delight of her family and friends. She was very active in the Ladies Group, including working on meals for weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling with her husband.

She worked with her husband for over 40 years on their farm, including sugaring.

She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

She is survived by her children: Richard Pion and his wife, Sherry, of Lowell, Maurice Pion and his wife, Mary, of Lowell, Annette Baraw and her husband, Fred, of Newport Center, Armand Pion and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Albert Pion and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell, Laurette Palin and her husband, Jim, of Newport, Reginald Pion and his wife, Karen, of Lowell, Norman Pion and his wife, Missy, of Lowell, and Sam Pion of Lowell; 31 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Velma Colburn of Newport, Ami Gray and her husband, Lyle, of Coventry, Arlene Pettingill and her husband, Denny, of North Carolina, Flo Verge and her husband, Roger, of Coventry, Betty Farazzie and her husband, David, of Massachusetts, and Bruce Norway and his wife, Laurie, of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her son Ernest; her grandsons: Armand Pion Jr. and Tim Pion; her great-grandson Cody Cole; her sister Donna Norway; and by two brothers: Marvin and Edwin Norway.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, February 18. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 11 a.m., at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Ladies Society, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit van zileTheresa M. Van Zile

Theresa M. Van Zile, 70, died on January 23, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire after a courageous 13-year battle with cancer. She was a long-term resident of Westmore.

She was born in Newport on July 13, 1944. She was a daughter of Ulric and Clara (Laroque) Choiniere. She grew up in Brownington.

She was a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful, devoted, loving mother raising four kids, while working full time, going to college full time, and earning a master’s degree in education. Family was always very important to her. She was very involved with her children, and later her grandchildren, often attending many school events when she could. She loved to have her family around and every year she would plan and organize several gatherings, in which all her adult children, grandchildren, and, if able, other relatives, would attend. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed feeding people.

She worked at University of Vermont for over 25 years, where she started at the cashier’s office and worked her way up to become associate director of financial aid. Then she worked at Lyndon State College in the financial aid department, until she retired. While working at Lyndon State College, some of the employees donated their time off so that she could continue seeking cancer treatment in Florida during winter months. Throughout the years while working in financial aid, she made many lifelong friends. She was always very dedicated to helping students in any way she could.

She is survived by her children: Robert Jr. and his wife, Kelly Van Zile, of Georgia, Tracy and her husband, Bernard Houle, of Irasburg, Suzette and her husband, Alan Garey, of Georgia, and Bradley Van Zile of Westmore; her grandchildren: Rennie, Christian, and Cody Van Zile of Georgia, Erica Houle and her fiancé, Robert Shangraw, of South Burlington, Courtney Bowen and her husband, Billy, of Enosburg Falls, Nicole Garey of St. Albans, and Ethan Garey of Georgia; her step-grandchildren: Morgan and Skylar Gagne of St. Albans, Samantha Houle of North Troy, and Melissia Houle of Newport; her great-grandchildren: Landon Domina, Harrison Shangraw and Jackson Bowen; her sister Clarabelle and her husband, Robert Jannetti, of Stony Creek, Connecticut; her brothers: Reynold Choiniere of Newport, and Lionel and his wife, Doris Choiniere, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Van Zile Sr.; her parents, Ulric and Clara Choiniere; and by her brothers: Harvey, Victor, Alton, Alcide, Ovide, and Raymond.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on May 30 at 11 a.m., with interment at the Westmore Lake View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please submit donations to the Salvation Army in your own community.

obit WhitehouseJames W. Whitehouse Jr.

James W. Whitehouse Jr., 90, formerly of Derby, died on February 10, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on November 26, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to James and Gertrude (Hoffman) Whitehouse Sr.

In September of 1948, he married the former Britta Poulsen, who predeceased him in July of 2011.

He worked in England and Europe for the American Bureau of Shipping, where he also raised his family for many years, before moving to Connecticut and working for Castrol Oil Company. He then moved to Derby, to retire.

He loved hunting, fishing, and marquetry.

He graduated from Kings Point New York Merchant Marine Academy and was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his loving and devoted children: Annabella Wakefield of England, Gail Martin of West Charleston, James Whitehouse and his wife, Maria, of Huntington, and Eric Whitehouse and his wife, Joanne, of Freedom, New Hampshire; and by 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Black.

Funeral services were held on February 14, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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In Newport: Guns, drugs stolen from police evidence room

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Mikeal Rivers.  Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police

Mikeal Rivers. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police

copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015 

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Police say they arrested a man Sunday night whose pockets bulged with drugs and guns stolen from the Newport Police Department’s evidence room. The thefts could place some prosecutions in jeopardy, according to the affidavit filed in the case by State Police Sergeant Matthew Amadon.

Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett declined to comment on what effect the theft might have on her office’s work. She said it will take several days to review cases connected to the stolen evidence.

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On Seymour Lake: Annual fishing tourney is “a family thing”

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The Falconer family poses on Seymour Lake with Connor's catch, a three-pound, 24-inch lake trout.  Behind him are his father, Chad, and big brother Taylor. The Falconers woke up at 2 a.m. to get ready for the Derby Line Fire Department's benefit tourney Saturday.  By the end of the weekend, big brother Taylor had captured the youth record with a four-pound, four-ounce lake trout.  Photos by Maria C. Young

The Falconer family poses on Seymour Lake with Connor’s catch, a three-pound, 24-inch lake trout. Behind him are his father, Chad, and big brother Taylor. The Falconers woke up at 2 a.m. to get ready for the Derby Line Fire Department’s benefit tourney Saturday. By the end of the weekend, big brother Taylor had captured the youth record with a four-pound, four-ounce lake trout. Photos by Maria C. Young

copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015

by Maria C. Young

There were more stories than fish coming out of the ice at the start of the Derby Line Fire Department’s Annual Ice Fishing Tournament on Seymour Lake Saturday.

Three feet of snow and 20 inches of ice made a formidable barrier between the fishermen and the landlocked salmon, lake trout and brown trout they were after.

From the center of Seymour Lake, there’s an awesome view. Looking south, Elan Hill forms the backdrop, and beyond is Bald Mountain’s pyramid peak.  To the north is Wildwood Valley, where stories and remnants of a skier’s rope tow and the four-cylinder engine that ran it still linger.

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Novel brings Haitian slave children to light

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Reviewed by Tena Starr

The Gold Exchange, Exposing Haiti’s Child Slavery System, by Susan Belding. Paperback. 273 pages. Published by Willoughby Gap Press. $8.14 on Amazon.

Susan Belding (who many of you would know as Susan Ferland) is a former Lake Region Union High School English teacher. She now lives in Florida, where until last month, she continued to teach, although to a quite different student body than the Northeast Kingdom’s. Many of her students have been Haitian, and those students inspired her to write The Gold Exchange, a young adult, coming of age novel that takes a look at Haiti’s deplorable restavek system.

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Obituaries February 11, 2015

obit BenoitNorman “Jake” W. Benoit

Norman “Jake” W. Benoit, 88, of Barton died on February 2, 2015, in Barton. He died on his sixty-third wedding anniversary.

He was born on October 1, 1926, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Theodore and Aimee (Harvender) Benoit.

On February 2, 1952, he married Elizabeth White, who predeceased him on January 22, 2015.

He owned and operated Benoit’s Garage, his own automotive shop, with his father, which started out as a blacksmith shop in North Brookfield, Massachusetts.

He was a veteran of World War II.

The family summered in Barton on Crystal Lake and he eventually moved here with his family in 1972. He was an avid fisherman, cribbage player, and he loved animals and going for rides with his son Norman.

He is survived by his children: Jeanne Tinker of Naples, Florida, and Norman D. Benoit and his girlfriend, Sarah Darling, of Orleans; his grandchildren: Franklin Miller Jr., Miranda Miller, Tyler Tinker, and Theodore Benoit; his great-granddaughter Jenna Bacon; his brother Joseph Benoit, and his sister “Teeney” Laflam, both of North Brooksfield; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Leigh Ann Benoit; and by three brothers and four sisters.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit harrnessShirley M. Harrness

Shirley M. Harrness, 66, died on Thursday, February 5, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Sheldon.

She was born in North Hampton, Massachusetts, on October 9, 1948, the daughter of the late Audrey (Finn) Daniels.

She grew up and attended schools in North Hampton, and South Royalton.

On September 5, 1969, she married Stephen M. Harrness of Randolph, and began the life of farming in Vermont. They worked side by side on their farms in Randolph, Grand Isle, and Enosburg Falls. They started milking 55 cows in Randolph, then grew to milking 100 in Grand Isle and they reached 900 in Enosburg Falls.

They have owned a house in Island Pond since 2002.

When in Grand Isle, Ms. Harrness became active with the children’s school and Parent Teachers Association, the Boy Scouts and 4-H Dairy. She was on the Vermont State 4-H Dairy Committee and she chaperoned 4-H Dairy trips to Vermont fairs as well as Eastern States for many years.

She leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Steve Harrness; and three sons: Thomas and his wife, Liza, of Sheldon, Lawrence and his wife, Mary Jane, of Berkshire, and Dennis of Sheldon. Her grandchildren were her life: Jonathan, Anthony, Perry, Ryan, Makayla, and Lawrence all survive her and she loved making her annual trips with them to the Great Escape, Santa’s Village, and other fun places. She never went a day without her grandchildren around her. She also leaves behind her siblings: Jean Jones and her husband, Bruce, and Audrey Frary and her husband, David, all of South Royalton, Roland Daniels and his wife, Wanda, of Meriden, New Hampshire, and Robert Daniels and his wife, Allison, of El Paso, Texas; her family in Bethel: Debbie and Bill Richards, and father-in-law Mitchell Harrness; her dear, loving friends: Mary Mason of Enosburg Falls, Brenda Dupont of East Haven, and Jackie Dragon of Franklin; Mary, Brenda and Jackie brought her laughter, joy, support, and beautiful friendship; and numerous nieces and nephews who she loved and enjoyed.

Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her siblings: Mary Thurston and her husband, Frank, Roberta Marcroft, Darlene Zonay, and Mark Daniels; her mother-in-law, Corrine Harrness; and her brother-in-law Gregory Harrness.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 13, at 11 a.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Jason McConnell officiating. Friends are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will be held this spring in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Association, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vermont 05478; or to the Vermont Make-A-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

obit HeathWilliam C. Heath Sr.

William C. Heath Sr., 82, of Island Pond died on February 4, 2015, at his home.

He was born on February 2, 1933, in Island Pond, to Sherman and Mildred (Aldrich) Heath.

On January 2, 1953, he married Gleigh Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Heath was a self-employed dairy farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 of Island Pond, and Better Breathers. He was a former lister and a member of the zoning board in Island Pond and the farm bureau.

He liked woodworking, gardening, reading, and enjoyed family gatherings just about every Saturday night. As a jack-of-all-trades he was always giving a helping hand to family and friends. He was often called upon to chauffeur several of the white haired ladies of the family on shopping trips.

He is survived by his wife, Gleigh Heath, of Island Pond; his children: Shirley Mooney and her husband, Steve, of Barton, William Heath and his wife, Donna, of Plainfield, New Hampshire, Lorrie Heath of Island Pond, and Peggy Reed and her husband, Earl, of Newark; his grandchildren: Christopher Mooney, Scott Mooney, Amanda Mooney, Tamara Heath, and Troy Heath and his companion, Sarah Cram; his great-grandchildren: Alice Ball and Raelyn Pytka; his brother Milton Heath and his wife, Fay, of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray, Charlotte Gunn, Gunda Gray, Monique Gray, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan; several nieces and nephews; and by a special longtime family friend, Diane Brindley.

He was predeceased by his brothers- and sisters-in law: Earl “Sonny” Gray, Marilyn Wade, Anna Johnson, Glenn Gray, and Niles “Jody” Gray.

Funeral services were held on February 8, in Island Pond. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Better Breathers at the Cardio-Pulmonary Department, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr., 68, of North Troy died on January 31, 2015, in St. Johnsbury, to the loving arms of his parents, Georgette (Bacon) and Laurent Leblanc Sr.

He was currently greenskeeper at the Newport Country Club. He formerly worked at Jay Peak for many years.

He leaves three sisters: Lorraine Warner of Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rose-Marie Pepin of Meriden, Connecticut, and Rachel and her husband, Richard Powers, of Coventry; two nephews and three nieces; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins who mourn him. He is also survived by his special cousin and friend David and Candy Leblanc whom he enjoyed visiting with and were there for him; his special friend Terry Medley; and by his basketball buddy Pete Gonyer, who enjoyed the games.

At his request, there will be no services.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Special Olympics, which was dear to him.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-rowellGeorge Rowell

George Rowell, 85, died on January 15, 2015, in Crossville, Tennessee.

He was born on April 8, 1929, in South Albany. He was born and raised on a dairy farm, the oldest son of eight children of Harry and Helen (Urie) Rowell.

He was married to his first wife, Ruth McBride, on August 14, 1952. She died on January 11, 1980.

Mr. Rowell married Alta Jackson Wheeler in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on April 23, 1983.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. His college years were interrupted by his Korean War service. He also earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After serving active duty, he continued in the Air Force reserves, with reserve weekend trainings at Hanscom Air Force Base. He was liaison officer commander with the Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he went for five days, for 17 years. He retired as a colonel.

He began his 33-year engineering career with GE in Pittsfield, in ordnance division, and retired from GE in their Cincinnati, Ohio, office, aerospace division, in 1990. He also served as chairman of the Pittsfield Airport Commission for 15 years. He had a passion for flying and owned three small aircraft in his lifetime.

He was a member of the Linary Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Alta; his daughter Susan Hartloff of Ballston Spa, New York; his son, Brian and his wife, Laurie, of Saxtons River; three stepchildren: Laurie Gingras and her husband, Mark, of Pittsfield, Carol Boyer and her husband, Phil, of Nashville, Tennessee, and John Wheeler and his wife, Leisa, of Denver, Colorado; his sisters: Louise, Eunice, and Harriet; his brothers: Marvin, Morris, and Wilbur; 11 grandchildren; and by two great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Ruth; and by his brother Hollis.

There will be a memorial service in Saxtons River in the spring. A memorial service was held in Crossville, on January 19.

obit StebbinsRobin Mary Stebbins

Robin Mary Stebbins, 57, of Craftsbury died on February 3, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 24, 1957, in Petersburg, Virginia, to Rodolph and Mary (Fortune) Chase Sr.

On September 4, 1982, she married George Stebbins, who survives her.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1976 and in 1980 received a bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science at the University of Vermont.

She was a medical transcriptionist for Med Quest.

Her hobbies included making crafts, sewing, needlepoint, gardening, and cooking.

She was a great mother, grandmother, sister, and very hard worker. She had a great sense of humor and liked playing practical jokes. She made the best dinner rolls in the county.

She is survived by her husband, George Stebbins, of Craftsbury; her sons: Alex Stebbins and his wife, Nicole, of Danville, and Benjamin Stebbins and his wife, Amanda, of Morrisville; her grandchildren: Bella and Chase Stebbins; her brothers: Rudy Chase Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Craftsbury, and by her twin brother, Raymond Chase, and his wife, Joyce, of Craftsbury; her nieces: Karen and Valerie Mason, Andrea Phelps, Katie, Julianne, and Mykaela Chase; and by her nephew Nick Chase. She loved her dogs, Sophie and Bailey.

Funeral services were held on February 8, on Craftsbury Common.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VanasseGilles Louis Vanasse

Gilles Louis Vanasse, 84, of Barton died on February 7, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on April 20, 1930, in Sainte Edwidge, Quebec, to Victor and Imelda (Cliche) Vanasse.

On June 21, 1952, he married Jeannette Couture.

He worked as an auto body repairman in various auto body shops before starting Vanasse Auto Body. He ran his business until age 52. After he sold his business, he worked as a carpenter with his son Daniel for ten more years, when he retired at age 62.

In the years before retirement he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and working in the woods. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeannette Vanasse, of Barton; his children: Helene Taylor and her husband, Francis, of West Glover, Paul Vanasse and his wife, Luanne, of West Charleston, Lucille Vanasse of Queensbury, New York, Bertrand Vanasse of Barton, Daniel Vanasse and his wife, Pauline, of Barton, and Gaetan Vanasse of Ocala, Florida; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leo Vanasse of Orleans, and Andre Vanasse of Quebec; his sister Monique Lebel of Quebec; and by several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by seven sisters and three brothers, all of Quebec.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 13, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit whitingLeora Lea J. Whiting

Leora Lea J. Whiting, 78, of Brownington died on January 31, 2015.

She was a beloved and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

She was born on July 18, 1936, to Lee and Alta (White) Barrup.

On March 24, 1956, she married Hazen Whiting, who predeceased her in 2000.

She was a rural route mail carrier for the U.S Postal Service for over 25 years, which she enjoyed until her retirement.

She enjoyed helping her husband, Hazen, with the family farm and spending time with her grandchildren. She was the pastor of the Zion Pentecostal Church of East Charleston for many years.

She is survived by her children: Donna Shelton of Brownington, Deborah Couture and her husband, Richard, of Addison, Maine, and Larry Vance and his wife, Janice, of North Woodstock, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Michel Lawson and his wife, Jena, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Debbie Willard and her husband, Luke, of Brownington, Nick Couture and his wife, Joanie, of Stratton, Maine, Brandon Couture of Middlebury, Larry Vance Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of New Hampshire, Brian Vance of New Hampshire, and Robert Vance and his wife, Mariah, of Newberry; 14 great grandchildren; her brother James Barrup of Brownington; her sisters: Rachel Pray and Sherry Barrup, both of Brownington; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hazen; her son Donald; her brother Everett Barrup; and by her sisters: Pearl Barrup and Ruth Curtis.

Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.

There was a celebration of her life on February 7, in West Charleston. Interment will take place in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Barton Ambulance, P.O. Box 364, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Service 

Althea Blair

A memorial service for Althea Blair, who died on December 10, 2014, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the American Legion in Island Pond, from 2 to 4 p.m., with Pastor Sue McKay officiating.

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In girls basketball: Falcons fall to Comets 50-40

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Comets guard Hannah Earl (left) and Falcons forward Morgan Greene (right) vie for a loose ball in the Falcons loss Thursday. Photos by David Dudley

Comets guard Hannah Earl (left) and Falcons forward Morgan Greene (right) vie for a loose ball in the Falcons loss Thursday. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons lost to the Bellows Free Academy St. Albans Comets Thursday, 50-40. Though the Falcons trailed the Comets for most of the game, they took a hard-nosed approach to the game that rattled the Comets early.

“Any time you come to Newport to play these scrappy girls, there’s always going to be a battle,” Comets Coach Richard Berthiaume said after the game. “Tonight was no different. Nothing was easy for us tonight. They fought us the whole way.”

Comets sophomore guard Hannah Earl, who led all scorers with 21 points, heated up early. She hit a wide open jumper from the left perimeter in the opening moments of the game.

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At the Newport Penguin Plunge: The brave leave luau for freezing waters

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Scott Whitehouse of Newport took the Penguin Plunge Sunday. Though he's new to the area, he raised $300 for Special Olympics Vermont.  Photos by David Dudley

Scott Whitehouse of Newport took the Penguin Plunge Sunday. Though he’s new to the area, he raised $300 for Special Olympics Vermont. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

NEWPORT — Before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the Internet by storm, there was the Penguin Plunge. Now in its thirteenth year, the Penguin Plunge drew participants from all over the Northeast Kingdom to raise money and awareness about the Special Olympics by taking a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Memphremagog.

Liza Reed, special events manager at Special Olympics Vermont, has organized the event for the past three years. At Sunday’s Plunge, she said they were hoping to match last year’s mark of $30,000.

“We have teams from all over the Northeast Kingdom,” Ms. Reed said. “We have 130 participants this year, so we’re confident that we will at least match last year’s number. That is, if we don’t surpass it.”

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the Chronicle changes hands

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A solid reminder of how we used to operate — an old manual typewriter — sits in a corner of the Chronicle office.  The hat belonged to Anna Baker, the artist responsible for the Chronicle cows, and on the wall behind it is a copy of the original flyer announcing the start of a new newspaper, the Chronicle.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

A solid reminder of how we used to operate — an old manual typewriter — sits in a corner of the Chronicle office. The hat belonged to Anna Baker, the artist responsible for the Chronicle cows, and on the wall behind it is a copy of the original flyer announcing the start of a new newspaper, the Chronicle. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

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by Chris Braithwaite

To me the Chronicle will always be a novelty — a shot in the dark, a crazy gamble undertaken with almost no money but all the energy a 30-year-old immigrant could summon in himself, his wife, and a handful of friends.

But more than half the people living in Orleans County today had a Chronicle to read when they were old enough to read anything. And when my mind wanders up and down the streets of Barton Village, I can’t find a business that has been around, under continuous ownership, any longer than the Chronicle.

Those are hardly the trappings of a novelty. And at 70, I am a long way from the youngster who set out to see if small-town weekly journalism could be as complex, as challenging, as rewarding as the big-city journalism he’d left behind four years before.

After four decades I can report the result of that experiment. The stories I’ve encountered have been every bit as complex, and just as “good” — in the hard-eyed way that reporters evaluate their raw material — as the stories any reporter covers, anywhere.

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Obituaries February 4, 2015

obit benoitElizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit

Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit, 82, of Barton, beloved wife of Norman W. Benoit, died on January 22, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 22, 1932, in Ryegate, a daughter of George and Anne (Tillison) White Sr.

On February 2, 1952, she married Norman W. Benoit, who survives her.

She was an animal lover and enjoyed watching and feeding birds.

She is survived by her husband, Norman W. Benoit, of Barton; her children: Jeanne Tinker of Naples, Florida, and Norman D. Benoit and his girlfriend, Sarah Darling, of Orleans; her grandchildren: Franklin Miller Jr., Miranda Miller, Tyler Tinker, and Theodore Benoit; her great-granddaughter Jenna Bacon; a brother, George White, and his wife, Pat, of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Carmen Sheldon, of Barre, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Leigh Ann Benoit.

Funeral services will be held 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 Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit Chaplin RoySandra Chaplin-Roy

Sandra Chaplin-Roy, 65, of Derby Line died peacefully on January 29, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on August 4, 1949, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Leon and Darlene (Walker) Bednarczyk.

She married Roland “Buzz” Roy on January 2, 2015, after 38 years of courtship.

She worked as a paraprofessional for an early childhood program.

She was a member of the Memphremagog Yacht Club. She enjoyed sailing, scrap booking, reading, and she was a dance instructor for the Wellness Center for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Buzz Roy of Derby Line; her son Daniel Chaplin of Cedar Park, Texas; two grandchildren: Mia, and Alex Chaplin; two brothers: Edmund Bednarczyk and his wife, Nancy, of Washington, and Kevin Bednarczyk of Florida; a niece, Tara Bednarczyk, of South Carolina; and by her nephew Damian Bednarczyk of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Union High School, for the dance program, 209 Veterans Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Haskell Opera House, 93 Caswell Avenue, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GaudreauJeanne Therese Gaudreau

Jeanne Therese Gaudreau died on Sunday, January 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in Compton, Quebec, on May 11, 1922, to Yvonne (Thiverge) and George Theberge.

She married Lucien Gaudreau on October 28, 1944, in Stanstead, Quebec. They lived for many years in Connecticut until their retirement, and then they became snowbirds to Florida.

Mrs. Gaudreau was a professional businesswoman and held the position of office manager for Prudential Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, for 20 years.

Several years after her beloved husband died, she decided she wanted to move closer to her roots, so she packed up, sold her home, and headed north. She resided at Michaud Manor for about six years until she transferred to Bel-aire Nursing Home.

Mrs. Gaudreau did not have children of her own, but was always surrounded by her many nieces and nephews who adored both her and her husband.

She had a wonderful spirit and a beautiful smile. She was a joy to have around, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends and those who cared for her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lucien; her brothers: Larry, Paul, and Andre Theberge; her sisters: Rita Day and Lucienne Waite; her sisters-in-law: Claudette Theberge, Cecile Gaudreau, Marcelle Gosselin, and Denise Gaudreau and her husband, John; and by her brother-in-law Rene Gaudreau.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stanstead.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GuyetteJoyce Guyette

Joyce Guyette, 83, of Newport died peacefully on January 31, 2015, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by her loving husband, Leo, and family by her side.

She was born in Coventry on October 29, 1931, to Laurence and Ola (Wells) Webster.

After a brief encounter when they were teens, she and her husband, Leo, started their lives together many years later on February 24, 1963, after each had been married with families. This union brought three more to the mix.

She enjoyed reading books, and knitting and crocheting, for friends and family. She made lots of baby blankets and dishcloths. Everyone who got married usually received a blanket and matching pillows. She loved being with family and friends and always enjoyed going to Florida in the winter once they were retired.

She was mostly a homemaker and mother but did lots of side jobs throughout her life. She sold Avon for many years, which Leo helped with as she didn’t drive, and she was a guardian ad litem for the family court system in Newport. She helped many families through difficult times. She also worked at the Glass Man, which she loved as she could watch her soaps in her living room and run through the hall when the bell rang in the shop.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Guyette, of Newport; her children: JoAnn Guyette and her husband, Mark, of Newport, Fay Willis and her husband, Gary, of Troy, Larry Davis and his wife, Barbara, of North Troy, Rita Johnson and her husband, Jim, of Canaan, New Hampshire, Brent Hodgdon of Hardwick, Rene Guyette and his wife, Linda, of Groveton, New Hampshire, Keith Guyette and his wife, Ellen, of Sebring, Florida, and Ann Jones and her husband, Rusty, of Derby; her stepdaughter Lorine Hines and her husband, Bob, and their family, of Dumfries, Virginia; her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn Cassavant and her husband, Leo, of Island Pond; her sister-in-law Laura Jean Webster of St. Johnsbury; her brother-in-law Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; her special friends: Connie Knowles, and Raymond and Patty Jones and their family, as she considered all of them her family; her special homecare nurse, Ashley Shangraw, who is now part of the family; 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Wayne Davis; her brother Arthur Webster; her brother-in-law Arthur Guyette and his wife, Rosalie; her sister-in-law Anita Forcier and her husband, Fernand; her brother-in-law Joseph Guyette; and by a special friend, Joan McNeal (we can see them up in heaven gossiping now).

She fought through breast cancer 12 years ago, but it was Alzheimer’s that took her in the end. She fought as hard as she could but decided she had had enough. She was a special person to many and will be missed by all who knew her.

Per her request, there will be a service at the United Church in Newport on Wednesday, February 4, at 2 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the church downstairs.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Mom Supported Relay for Life Team, “Raging Turtles,” in care of Kathy Duckless, 827 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LeblancGaston Leonard Leblanc

Gaston Leonard Leblanc, 89, of North Troy died peacefully on January 30, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 10, 1927, in Jay, to Joseph and Leda (Audette) Leblanc.

On October 4, 1944, he married the former Maxalene Mead, who predeceased him on October 15, 2001.

As a young man he worked in the woods with his team of workhorses and later hauled milk and was employed at the mill in North Troy. He was also a well-known dairy farmer and later worked for the village and town of Troy, from where he retired.

He and his wife then enjoyed many years in Florida until her death.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 of Newport.

In his younger years he and his wife’s home was open to many children in town. They later became foster parents. He loved attending farm auctions, ski-dooing, and playing cards with the family and friends. He also liked gardening and growing blueberries, which he still did not long ago.

He is survived by his sister Juliette Bourne of Morrisville; his brother Leonard and his wife, Joyce, of Wesley Chapel, Florida; his children: Gaston Jr. and his wife, Christine, David and his wife, Candy, Roger and his wife, Patricia, Brian and his wife, Jane, Kathy and her husband, Dana, and Lori and Ali Hooshmand; his grandchildren: Todd, Kim, Eric, Shane, Heather, Holly, Marcie, Hope, Carrie, Vanessa, Bridgett, Brian Jr., Angie, Dana, Joshua, Michael and Loren; 23 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be announced in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 5452 U.S. Route 5, Suite A, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RobergeFelix R. Roberge

Felix R. Roberge, 98, of Derby died on January 28, 2015, in Derby.

He was born on April 7, 1916, in Bonsecours, Quebec, to Arense and Rose (Girouard) Roberge.

On October 27, 1945, he married Monique Tessier, who predeceased him on April 9, 2012.

Mr. Roberge owned and operated the family farm in Westfield for many years. He enjoyed going to Florida during the winter months with his wife for 27 years.

He was a jack-of-all-trades, adored his family and family get-togethers, and he enjoyed camping.

He is survived by his children: Rejean Roberge of Newport Center, Vivian “Connie” Verdon and her husband, Claude, of Newport Center, Ghislaine “GiGi” Lemay and her husband, John, of Derby, Etiennette Poutre and her husband, Donald, of Irasburg, Gaetane Stone and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, Francine Guillette and her husband, Marcel, of Derby, Jean-Pierre Roberge and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center, Jean-Claude Roberge and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, Marianne Sanville and her husband, Brian, of Irasburg, and Robert Roberge and his wife, Shelly, of Derby; and by 90-plus grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Emile Roberge and his wife, Lucette, of Granby, Quebec; his sister Geralda Petit of Valcour, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Gerard and Raoul Roberge.

Funeral services were held on January 31, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Kathleen Frances Twofoot

Kathleen Frances Twofoot, 86, formerly of Island Pond died on January 30, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on October 13, 1928, in Rouses Point, New York, to Joseph and Margaret (Foy) Etheze.

She married Roland Twofoot, who predeceased her in 1964.

She was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and making scarves and mittens for her grandchildren. She also liked drawing and painting.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Worth of Waterville, Maine, Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joseph, of Morgan, Linda Twofoot of Island Pond, Dennis Twofoot and his wife, Linda, of Standish, Maine, and Mark Leavitt of New Hampshire; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her only surviving sibling, Helena Gagne Rogerson, of New Hampshire; her brother- and sister-in-law Wyman and Mary Twofoot, of Charleston; and by her sisters-in-law: Mary Twofoot of New Hampshire, and Vernice “Bunny” Payeur of Derby.

She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter Darlene Leavitt; her son Joe Twofoot; eight siblings; and by her brother-in-law Doland.

Private graveside services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. James Catholic Church, in care of Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Marcia M. Cubit

Marcia M. Cubit, 67, of Soldotna, Alaska, formerly of Albany, died unexpectedly on December 18, 2014.

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