Obituaries May 7, 2014

Jessie D. Beliveau

Jessie D. Beliveau, 91, formerly of North Troy, died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Bristol, Connecticut.

She was born on February 14, 1923, in Concord, to Will and Jennie (Williams) Dodge.

She married Ralph A. Wheeler Sr., who predeceased her in 1970.

Mrs. Beliveau attended high school in Concord. She was a cook at Lyndon Institute and also operated a dress store in Lyndonville. She was also a clerk at the May Store in Lyndonville at one time.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart League in Troy, and at one time a member of the Methodist Church in Lyndonville.

She later married Roger L. Beliveau on January 1, 1972. He predeceased her in 1998.

She is survived by her sons: Warren Wheeler of Southington, Connecticut, and Arthur Wheeler of Bristol; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews: Roland Beliveau and his wife, Judy, of Hyde Park, Monique Lafley and her husband, Douglas, of Morrisville, Andre Beliveau and his wife, Debra, of Wappingers Falls, New York, John Beliveau and his wife, Marie, of Westfield, Reginald Beliveau and his wife, Rita, of Swanton, Denise Bergeron and her husband, Kenneth, of Derby, Aline Breton and her husband, Dennis, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Alain Beliveau and his wife, Dorothy, of Clifton Park, New York, Anita Prouty and her husband, Peter, of Swanton, Paul Beliveau and his wife, Amanda, of Milton, Paulette Jones and her husband, Brian, of Hyde Park, Diane Ash of Bath, New Hampshire, Leonard Bowen of Derby, and Shirley Clark of North Carolina, and by many, many more. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Germaine Beliveau of Morrisville.

She was predeceased by her brother Ervin Dodge; her sister Bernal Bowen; her nephew Ray Bowen; and by her half-sister May Burlock.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place at a later date, at the Beliveau Family Cemetery in North Troy.

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

obit champlinHarriet “Hat” Champlin

Harriet “Hat” Champlin, 89, of Albany died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Mrs. Champlin was born in Lyme, Connecticut, on April 7, 1925, a daughter of Joseph and Rosa (Latham) Rand.

She graduated from Pratt High School in Essex, Connecticut.

A self-taught musician, she and her brother and sister formed a band, Ell’s Rand and Sister’s.  They played at the local Grange suppers, firehouse suppers, and even won a radio contract at a talent show.

She was a school driver for 50 years in Connecticut, Colorado, and Florida.

Moving to Albany after retirement, she and her sister, niece and grandnephew formed the Albany Hillbillies and entertained with their lively music at variety shows, nursing homes and churches.

She was an amazing cook and loved to invite family and friends to share.  She had artistic talent as well.  She painted many beautiful canvases.

She leaves a niece, Jacalyn Tollmann and her husband, Robert; a grandnephew, Chad Tollmann, and his wife, Jennifer; a great-grandniece, Mollee Tollmann; and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Richard Champlin.

She was laid to rest in the family lot in the North Lyme Cemetery in Hamburg, Connecticut.

obit coutureRuth S. Couture

Ruth Seguin Couture, 91, wife of the late Albert A. Couture, died on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Meriden Center in Meriden, Connecticut, after a brief illness.

She was born in Island Pond on August 24, 1922, daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Pelow Seguin.  She had resided in Meriden since 1962.

She was employed by Spartan Tool Manufacturing from 1969 through 1987.

She was a member of Family Living Worship Center in Meriden.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, doing puzzles, and reading.

She is survived by three daughters:  Alberta Roy of Meriden, Suzanne LeHerissier and her husband, Paul Larouche, of Meriden, and Laurie Collins of Meriden; two sons:  Donald Couture of Suffield, Connecticut, and Dennis Couture of Terryville, Connecticut; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Francesca “Anne” Jodrey of Gorham, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Greiser; two sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 16, 2013, in Meriden.  Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

For online condolences, visit www.jferryfh.com.

obit forcierFernand J. Forcier Sr.

Fernand J. Forcier Sr., 93, of Newport died on April 27, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on January 1, 1921, in Newport Center, to Oscar and Cornelie (Trudel) Forcier.

On June 2, 1952, he married Mary Anna Anita Guyette, who predeceased him on December 5, 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a truck driver for Worthmore Feeds of Newport for 40 years.  He was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 16 years, and after retiring from there, he was a driver for RCT for 17 years.

In his earlier years, he played tennis with the Azur boys.  He loved to “tinker” with many things, such as cars, TVs, radios, lawn mowers — basically anything he could “tinker” on.  He loved watching tennis on TV and enjoyed taking his daily walks, which allowed him to visit with his friends around town.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

He is survived by his children:  Fernand Forcier Jr. and his wife, Linda “Cookie,” of West Charleston, and Lynn Forcier of East Burke; his grandchildren:  Shawn and his wife, Tarrah, Jeremy, Dawn-Marie, Michael and his fiancée, Brittany, Keira Gann and her husband, Adam, and ChrisitannaNoelle Hurd; and by his great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Conner, Donovan, Trinity, Jay’Shawnand Payton.  He is also survived by his brothers-in-law:  Leo Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport, and Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Conrad and Morice Forcier; his sister Valeda Labrecque; his half-sisters:  Maryann Pelletier, Corona Lavoie, and Alice Chamberlin; and by his half-brothers:  Donat Dube, Joseph Dube, Valmore Dube, Julian Forcier, and Roland Forcier.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 16, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Full military honors will be held.

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

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

obit KelleyRay “Skip” Kelley

Ray “Skip” Kelley, 61, of Derby died on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1952, in Newport, to Leona (Jewett) and Gordon Kelley Sr.

On September 22, 2012, he married Brenda White, who survives him.

He was an inspector for quality control at Tivoly in Derby Line, for 41 years.

He graduated from North Country Union High School where he played in the band.  He played the drums in the Newport Rotary Festival from 1968 to 1972.

He was formerly a member of the Newport Center Fire Department and was secretary and treasurer of the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center.  He attended the Church of God, played softball for Tivoly, enjoyed bowling, and he was an avid Red Sox fan.  He loved his church, singing, and he was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21.

He was also a member of the Cars of Yesteryear and he enjoyed traveling and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Kelley of Derby; his children:  Danielle Blake and her husband, Andy, of Morgan, Eric Trucott and his girlfriend, Paula Kimball, of Holland, and Craig Trucott and his fiancée, Samantha Shaw, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Taylor, Garrett, Chelsea, Brooke, Aidan, Amelia, Alden, and AraBella; his brothers:  Gordon R. Kelley Jr. and his fiancée, Brenda Turgeon, of Newport, and David Kelley of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and cousins.  He also survived by very supportive, special friends:  Paul and Bernie White, and Brian Kimball.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Cars of Yesteryear, 1680 Nelson Hill Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit KingDean Alexander King

Dean Alexander King, 90, of Island Pond died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 3, 1924, in Norton, to Alexander and Kathleen (Foster) King.

On July 24, 1949, he married Martha Boucher, who survives him.

He was employed for 40 years at the United States Post Office as a postal clerk.

For 30 years, played the saxophone, clarinet and drums in a seven-piece band with the Dean King Orchestra.

He held many positions for the town of Island Pond including town selectman.  He was also at one time on the board of North Country Union High School.

He is survived by his wife Martha King of Island Pond; his children:  Bexie Devost and her husband, Roland, of Alburg, Heather Goulet and her husband, Albert, of Island Pond, Brent King and his wife, Betty, of Seattle, Washington, and Ward King and his wife, Kelley, of Bozeman, Montana; his grandchildren:  Kristie, Tiffany and her husband, Craig Bertrand, Jamie and his wife, Brandy, Joshua and Ashley King, Austin and his wife, Katie, and Wesley; eight great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Brian King and his wife, Mary, of Barton, Gayle Currier and her husband, Vernon, of Media, Pennsylvania, Lois Webster of Enosburg, and Sherry Pinard of Littleton, New Hampshire; his sister-in-law Anita King of North Stratford, New Hampshire; his brother-in-law John Boucher and his wife, Suzanne, of Stanstead, Quebec; his many nieces, and nephews; and by his special friends:  John MacDonald and his wife, Allison.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Reid and James King; his sister Gloria Canario; his parents, James A. “Pop” King and Kathleen Foster King; his brothers-in-law:  Royce Pinard, Robert Webster and Edwin Bruhmuller; and by his sisters-in-law:  Evelyn Bruhmuller, Glenna King and Marion Boucher.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Anyone wishing to donate in his memory please send to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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

obit MartinDale Alan Martin

Dale Alan Martin, 53, of Nashua, New Hampshire, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born on October 13, 1960, in Newport, a son of Earl Sr. and Ruth (Wood) Martin.

He loved going to the movies, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, fishing, motorcycling and spending time in Vermont with his family.  He also enjoyed going to the Rockingham Track.

Mr. Martin was an electrician in the Nashua area and a carpenter by trade.  He enjoyed volunteering his time on many Nashua community projects.

He is survived by his two sons:  Adam Martin and Cody Martin, both of Derry, New Hampshire; his sister Tammy Barrup of Island Pond; three brothers:  Earl Martin Jr. of Island Pond, Robert Martin of Florida, and Denis Martin of Morgan; his special friend Nancy Dyer Clayman of Nashua; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his maternal grandmother Irene Woods; and by a special friend, Bonnie Stupak.

A graveside service was held on May 5, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit MayFred S. May

Fred S. May, 76, of Barton died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on September 20, 1937, and he always said, “I was a Chicago born Vermonter.”

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1955 and from the University of Vermont in 1959.  He received a Master’s in education from Bishop’s University.  He came back to teach at his alma mater, Barton Academy, and taught there until he started at Lake Region Union High School, where he was chairman of the math department.  He also coached soccer, basketball and baseball there.

With John St. Onge, they started Little League baseball in the Barton-Glover area.  He also coached soccer at Barton Academy and he was later the assistant principal and athletic director at Lake Region, where he left in 1980.  He worked at E.M. Brown & Son until his retirement.

He was a member of the Barton Fire Department for many years and was one of the original ambulance squad members.  He was in one of the first classes of EMTs that were trained at North Country Hospital in Newport.  He was also a member of the Barton Medical Clinic Board, which was responsible for creating the Barton Medical Clinic.  He was on the board of directors of North Country Hospital for 15 years and he served as chairman for a number of years.  Mr. May was elected to the Orleans Northeast Essex Athletic Hall of Fame.

He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, and golf.  After his retirement, he enjoyed working at the Barton Golf Club, which was built on the farm he grew up on.

He is survived by his wife Jane May of Barton; his children:  Mark and Christine May of Jacksonville, Florida, David and Lisa May of Canton, Georgia, Kathy and Steve Jones of Morrisville, and Peter and Sherry May of Brownington; his sisters:  Mary and her husband, Brian King, of Barton, and Dorothy and her husband, David Hathaway, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Nathan May and Kelsey Cochran, Ian Jones, Eric Haselton, and Steve Martin; and by three great-grandchildren:  Tyson, Nathan Jr., and Makayla.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Harold and Jessie May.

Funeral services were held on May 5, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Union High School Athletic Department, 317 Lake Region Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit PerronLeo A. Perron

Leo A. Perron, 86, of Newport died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1928, in Glover, to Ernest and Maria (Gagnon) Perron.

On March 29, 1948, he married Ruth Menard, who survives him.

He graduated from Berdett College in Massachusetts with a degree in accounting.

He enjoyed building camps with his wife and they also built their home together.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Mr. Perron started his career as an accountant and after 45 years he retired from Hayes Ford in Newport, in 2001.  He also enjoyed selling cars.

He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Perron of Newport; his children:  Jeannine Mislak and her husband, Jody, of Plainfield, and Joanne Lalime and her husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; his grandchildren:  Michael Mislak and his wife, Mandy, Stephanie Kevin and her husband, Matt, Jillian Gray and her fiancée, Tyler Cochran, and Jonathan Gray and his fiancée, Amy Williams; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his siblings:  Richard Perron and his wife, Marilyn, of Glover, Walter Perron and his wife, Dee, of Connecticut, Eddie Perron and his wife, Carol, of Glover, Nelson Perron and his wife, Ginni, of Arizona, Rita Haag of Colorado, Estelle Parmeter of Massachusetts, Martha Alexander of Glover, Yolie Chamberlain and her husband, Dale, of St. Johnsbury, and Cecile Davignon and her husband, Ernest, of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his son Leo Perron Jr.; and by four brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life, 209 Veterans Ave, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Linda R. Reick

Linda R. (Metcalf)Reick, 70, died on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois.

She was born in Irasburg on May 19, 1943.  She graduated from the Irasburg grade school, Orleans High School in Orleans, and Champlain College in Burlington.

She married John Reick on September 19, 1964, in Irasburg.

She began her career with Glenwood Medical Group in Joliet, and then she was office manager for Dr. Warren Wunderlich.  She also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Coventry.

She was a deaconess and former member of the Irasburg United Church in Irasburg.  She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Joliet.

She enjoyed quilting, antiques and traveling.  She was actively involved with the Orleans High School Class Alumni Committee.

She is survived by her husband John P. Reick; two sons:  Jon C. Reick and his wife, Andrea, of Peoria, Illinois, and Jeff R. Reick and his wife, Michelle, of Channahon, Illinois; four grandchildren:  Courtney, Jacob, Samantha and Curtis Reick; her sister Janine and her husband, Raymond LaMarche, of Coventry; her brother Brady Metcalf and his wife, Mariette, of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Dorothy Metcalf; and by a brother, Wayne Metcalf.

A memorial service will be held in Irasburg at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Irasburg United Church will be appreciated.

obit WhittemoreJessica J. Whittemore

Jessica J. Whittemore, 33, of Newport died suddenly on May 3, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 5, 1981, in Morrisville, to Dean and Sandra (Welch) Whittemore.

She was full of love and laughter.  She was an outstanding daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and companion.  She spoiled her nieces and nephews with all the love in the world.

Her contagious laughter and personality brightened every room.  The love she bestowed upon her family and friends will last forever.

Being the oldest of eight siblings meant she was a second mother, best friend, and a shoulder to lean on.

She was a dedicated LNA and worked at the Manor Nursing Home in Morrisville for 14 years.  The residents and her co-workers looked forward to seeing her smiling face.  She took pride in the care she provided.  There is a hole in the hearts and lives of everyone she left behind.

She also enjoyed traveling whenever she got the chance.

She will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her parents:  Sandra and David Rhodes of Derby, and Dean Whittemore Jr. of Morrisville; her siblings:  Daniel Whittemore and his fiancée, Jessica Jackson, and their daughter, Danica Whittemore, of Johnson, Timothy Whittemore and his significant other, Nicole Sykes, of West Charleston, Melissa Whittemore Leonard and her fiancé, Anthony Bolio, and her children, Jacob Whittemore, Jonathan Whittemore and Katie Whittemore-Leonard of Barton, Kristin Whittemore and her fiancé, Danny Green Jr., and their son, Warren Green, of Newport, Autumn Whittemore and her fiancé, Eric Smith, and her son, Clyde Ovitt, of Newport, Matthew Rhodes of Derby, Nicole Rhodes of Derby and her boyfriend, Jordan Brasseur; her step-siblings:  Jeffrey Rhodes of South Burlington, Jessica Lyon and her husband, Daniel, and their children, Bethany and Emma Lyon of Derby, and her significant other, David Crane, of Newport, and their beloved dog Priscilla; and by her grandparents: Dean Whittemore Sr. and Fonda Whittemore of Morrisville; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandparents:  Wilber and Sylvia Welch of South Ryegate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, May 8, at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Manor Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

Services

Marilyn Dickson

Committal services for Marilyn Dickson will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 9, at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Brian Gillis

A burial service for Brian Gillis of Island Pond will be held at the Catholic cemetery in Island Pond on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

Anyone wishing to share memories with the family may gather at the Gillis house at 691 Railroad Street at around 3 p.m.

Bruce Martin

Committal services for Bruce Martin will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Loretta McCoy

Committal services for Loretta McCoy will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at St. Theresa Cemetery in Orleans.

Georgette LeBlanc

Committal services for Georgette LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Perlie Jones Jr.

Committal services for Perlie Jones Jr. will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the North Troy Cemetery.

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Obituaries April 30, 2014

obit AllenWilma Marilyn Wallace Allen

Wilma Marilyn Wallace Allen, 93, of Newport died on April 25, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family members.

She was born on December 2, 1920, in Newport, to Earle and Elsie (Unwin) Wallace.

On September 5, 1943, she married David Allen, who predeceased her on June 13, 1999.

Upon graduating from Newport High School in 1938, she moved to California with her family where she studied fashion design. She returned to Vermont and was employed as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone. She then married Mr. Allen before he was deployed to the European Front during World War II.

While raising her children, Mrs. Allen was involved in many community activities such as the United Church Women’s Group, the Newport Women’s Club, Home DEM, the Parent Teacher Association, and as a Boy Scout den mother.

Throughout her life, she and her husband had many adventures: building one of the first ski lodges, the Jay Barn Village, in Jay; living in California for a time; and traveling to Hawaii. In retirement, they spent hot summer days at Echo Lake, cold winter days in Texas, and other seasons at their home in Newport.

She is survived by her children: Winsome Hamilton of Derby Line, Tom Allen and his wife, Nini, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, daughter-in-law Karen Allen of Ramsey, New Jersey, and Barry Allen and his wife, Anita, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Scott Hamilton and Diana Guillette, Reed and Deb Hamilton, Leeland Allen, Joselyn Allen, Sean and Kristin Allen, Ryan Allen, Wesley Allen, and Schuyler Allen; her great-grandson Landon Hamilton; and by her sister Winsome Wallace of Burlington.

She was predeceased by her son D. Michael Allen; and her brother Bernard Wallace.

Her wishes were expressed in a segment of an anonymous poem she gave to her daughter: “When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?”

A gathering for all those who would like to attend will be held at Barry and Anita Allen’s home at 267 Maple Ridge in Coventry, on Wednesday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, supporting the Children’s Room, at 202 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit DeMichaelAveril I. DeMichael

Averil I. DeMichael, 85, of Newport died peacefully on April 23, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 4, 1928, in Nice, France, to Ernest and Florence (Bates) Ingram.

On August 22, 1953, she married Nicholas C. DeMichael, who predeceased her in 2005.

Mrs. DeMichael loved her home, her family, watching the birds, gardening and her cats.

She and her late husband went camping with their children when they were young.

She was a member of the National Alliance on Mental Health in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children:  Steven DeMichael of Connecticut, Sharon Lynn of Florida, and Debbie Gabucci of Westfield; her grandchildren:  Carly Lynn, Jeremy Lynn, and Danielle Gabucci; and by her great-grandchildren:  Xavier Lynn, Kayla Lynn, and Giovanni Lynn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit hallFayalene Hall

Fayalene Hall, 78, of Barton died peacefully on April 22, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on October 27, 1935, in Sutton, to Clarence and Bernice (Gray) Sylvester.

She attended Lyndon Institute and worked as an LNA at the Greensboro Nursing Home.  She also sold Avon for many years.

Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing, growing plants and watching the birds.

She always looked forward to the annual family reunion held at her sister Ruby’s.  She so enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children:  Lawrence Paquette and his wife, Sue, of Lyndonville, and Tammy Gagnon and her husband, Sylvain, of Orleans; her stepchildren:  Nancy Sheltra, Larry Hall and his wife, Vickie, Kenneth Hall and his wife, Bev, Shirley McCormick and husband Ramon, Joanne Cleveland and her husband, Richard, James Hall, and Judith Rutunno; her grandchildren:  Hope Bonneau, Ann Bathalon, Christopher Grenier, Tiffany Paquette, Crystal Brigham, Michelle Gagnon, Kristen Gagnon, Bria-Tylynn Vigeant and Dakota Vigeant; her seven great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and by many special nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter Gabriel Grenier; her siblings:  Reginald Sylvester, Bill Sylvester, Roland Sylvester, Opal Randall, Ruby Stone, Lila Nolan, Orene Muzzey, Eula Freeman, and Erlene Sudman; and by a special companion, Sonny Salls.

Funeral services were held on April 26, in Newport.

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

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

obit RondeauBernard P. Rondeau

Bernard P. Rondeau, 84, of Newport died peacefully on April 21, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born to Joseph and Evelina (LeBlanc) Rondeau, the fifteenth of 18 children, and he grew up in Newport Center.

On August 21, 1954, he married Alice Hebert, and they would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this summer.

Mr. Rondeau was a dairy farmer for most of his life and was later employed by Yankee Milk and Tivoly.  He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  He was an avid square dancer for 28 years, and he greatly enjoyed all of the traveling he and his wife were able to do, primarily after retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Newport; his three children:  Catherine Comtois and her husband, Richard, of Derby, Deborah Cormier and her husband, Mark, of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Stephen Rondeau and his wife, Sheri, of Vashon, Washington; his nine grandchildren; his eight great-grandchildren; his sisters:  Noella Rondeau of Newport, and Sr. Lucienne Rondeau of Methuen, Massachusetts; his brothers:  George Rondeau of Columbia, Tennessee, and Paul Rondeau of Claremont, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; six sisters:  Simone Therrien, Jeanne Bathalon, Therese Laramee, Laurette Tweed, Lucille Brouillard, and Sr. Francoise Rondeau; and by his brother Gerard Rondeau.

A funeral Mass was held on April 25, in Newport.

Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

obit tennyFrancis B. (Frank) Tenny

Frank (Francis B.) Tenny died on April 5, 2014, at the retirement home, RiverWoods, in Exeter, New Hampshire.  He had developed dementia over the last years.  At 93, he had lived a long and satisfying life.

Mr. Tenny was probably destined for a life involved with Asia.  Born in Rochester, New York, on December 22, 1920, he was whisked off by his parents to Yokohama, Japan, at the age of three months.  Later on, he enjoyed his Japanese kindergarten, but he was always annoyed when his Japanese playmates slipped on their wooden geta and rushed out the door ahead of him while he had to wait to get his shoes tied.

He said, “I spent my early childhood in Japan where my father was founder and first president of Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama.  I attended the University of Rochester, but the Pearl Harbor attack took place the year I graduated and at age 21 I was drafted.

“Because of my knowledge of Japanese, I spent World War II in code breaking activities in the U.S. and New Delhi.  At the end of the war I was in China investigating Japanese code breaking efforts there.  I got an M.A. in Chinese at Harvard, and after a few years in a newspaper career, I joined the U.S. Information Agency, was later absorbed into the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Department of State, and had postings in Surabaya, Indonesia, Bangkok and Tokyo.

“When Henry Kissinger reopened cultural exchanges with China, I accompanied the Philadelphia Orchestra on their China tour during the Cultural Revolution.  Later I directed the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, established by Senator Javits.  I received the Order of the Rising Sun Class Three from Japan and also the Knowlton Award from the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps.”

Mr. Tenny and his wife, Robin, and daughter, Laura, moved from Virginia to Barton in 1983.

Mr. Tenny thrived on a life of farming in the morning and translating early twentieth century Japanese novels into English in the afternoon.  He enjoyed battling the raccoons for the peas and the corn (they usually won), driving the John Deere tractor into town, working with the Old Stone House Museum, getting to know Vermonters, going to concerts, and walking among the hills and lakes of this beautiful country.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Robin, and by his daughters, Carol and Laura.

He was predeceased by his son Charles Tenny.

Donations may be made in Mr. Tenny’s memory to the Charles Tenny Memorial Fund of the Japan-America Society of Vermont, which promotes cultural exchange between Japanese and Vermont high school students, care of the Japan America Society of Vermont, 123 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 306, Colchester, Vermont 05446; or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Orleans, Vermont, 05860; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services

Lorraine Maloney

Committal services for Lorraine Maloney will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Robert Picard

A graveside service for Robert Picard will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Harold Hansen

A graveside service for Harold Hansen will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

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A history of Vermont through architecture

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Buildings of Vermont, by Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Published by University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville and London, 2014.  504 pages. Hardbound.  $85.

Reviewed by Joseph Gresser

Buildings of Vermont meets such an obvious need that it’s somewhat astonishing it didn’t already exist. It’s a book that belongs next to Esther M. Swift’s Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History on the shelf of anyone seriously interested in the state.

At first glance the book appears to be a catalog of noteworthy architecture in Vermont. It is that, but in detailing the variety of building styles it sheds new light on the history of the state.

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Rasputitsa cyclists brave chilly weather and mud season

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A mass start heralded the beginning of the 47-mile Rasputitsa cycling race.  More than 350 racers began and ended the 47 mile race in downtown Newport on a cool Saturday morning in support of the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation.

A mass start heralded the beginning of the 47-mile Rasputitsa cycling race. More than 350 racers began and ended the 47 mile race in downtown Newport on a cool Saturday morning in support of the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation.   Photo by Richard Creaser

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by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — Mud season is typically a time of year that Vermont residents have come to dread. For the 350 riders in Saturday’s Rasputitsa cycling event, however, mud season represented a challenge that begged to be accepted.

The lure of the Rasputitsa is one that finds its roots in the European Spring Classic bicycle races, co-organizer Heidi Myers told the Chronicle on Friday. The growth of gravel road racing nationally, coupled with the success of Ms. Myers’ and fellow co-organizer Anthony Moccia’s Dirty 40 race last August, led them to attempt a second race in the Northeast Kingdom. The fact that so many cyclists braved a blustery April morning and 47 miles of often treacherous back roads appears to have confirmed their belief in the sport’s popularity.

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Railroad car derails in Barton

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Above, a workman guides the operator of a crane as he sets a derailed railroad car onto a new set of wheels. The car went off the rails in Barton Friday evening because of a faulty bearing. Just setting it back on the tracks was not an option, so a special crane was brought in from Maine to help with repairs. By Tuesday afternoon, the damaged car had been taken to Orleans and the railroad was back in business. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Above, a workman guides the operator of a crane as he sets a derailed railroad car onto a new set of wheels. The car went off the rails in Barton Friday evening because of a faulty bearing. Just setting it back on the tracks was not an option, so a special crane was brought in from Maine to help with repairs. By Tuesday afternoon, the damaged car had been taken to Orleans and the railroad was back in business. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

BARTON — Faulty bearings caused a railroad car loaded with pulp logs to leave the tracks as it crossed May Farm Road here on Friday evening. The northbound train that it was attached to continued on for about 100 yards until the coupling came undone and the brake line separated, said Selden Houghton, assistant vice-president of Vermont Rail System, who was on hand Monday and Tuesday to oversee repairs. Continue reading

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Nelsons and GMP reach settlement

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Shirley and Don Nelson at their home in July of 2013.  Photo by Chris Braithwaite

Shirley and Don Nelson at their home in July of 2013. Photo by Chris Braithwaite

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by Bethany M. Dunbar

LOWELL — Don and Shirley Nelson have reached a settlement with Green Mountain Power that says the power company will pay them $1.3-million for their home and 540 acres of their farm.

The couple has up to two years to stay in their home and will keep 35 acres of the property on the Albany side of the town line.

The Nelsons said in a statement that they intend to “move from their farm to a location well away from the turbines.”

They said the place has been in the family for 72 years.

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Book review: Bird seeks truth about God

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The Starling God, by Tanya Sousa.  Paperback.  265 pages.  Published by forestrypress.com.  $12.50

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Tanya Sousa’s The Starling God is part allegory, part adventure story, part coming of age tale, and very much a social commentary.  She tackles the interconnectedness of species, the dangers of both conformity and superiority, and the pitfalls of blind and unquestioning adulation — for starters.

This is also a book written by a person who knows a great deal about birds and who is deeply passionate about her message.

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Surviving the Bataan Death March: one POW’s story

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Karen Zale holds a photograph of her father, John Zale (born John Zubrzycki).  Ms. Zale recently participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico in honor of her father, who was a prisoner of war in World War II.  Photos courtesy of Karen Zale

Karen Zale holds a photograph of her father, John Zale (born John Zubrzycki). Ms. Zale recently participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico in honor of her father, who was a prisoner of war in World War II. Photos courtesy of Karen Zale

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by Tena Starr

Karen Zale of Newport grew up knowing that her father, John Zale (born John Zubrzyck), was a veteran of World War II.  What she didn’t know, until very late in his life, was that he was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, one of the more horrific events of the war and considered a Japanese war crime by an Allied military commission.

On April 9, 1942, more than 70,000 American and Filipino soldiers, who surrendered to the Japanese at Bataan in the Philippines, were marched roughly 75 miles with little or no food or water.  Many were already wounded, malnourished, and sick, and hundreds died, either from illness, exhaustion, brutality, or outright slaying.

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Obituaries April 16, 2014

obit bealRodney V. Beal

Rodney V. Beal, 64, of Glover, died on April 4, 2014, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, from a short illness.

He was born in Milbridge, Maine, to Nehemiah and Esther (Standwood) Beal.

He loved lobster fishing with his brothers in Maine, and hunting and fishing with his friends and family.

He is greatly missed by his sidekick, Victoria, his dog.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynn (Brown) Beal; his three daughters:  Geneva Bertolini and her spouse, Matt, Renee Dunbar and her spouse, Peter, and Jessica Sweeney and her spouse, Raymond, all of Glover; his six grandchildren:  Alex and Bradley Whipple, Camden and Ezra Dunbar, and Jacqueline and Trevor Sweeney; his three brothers:  Barney and his spouse, Linda, Jeffery and his spouse, Sandra, and Leland and his spouse, Lynda; his three sisters:  Ann West and her spouse, Clifford, Anita Merrit and her spouse, Paul, and Tamie Rhodes and her spouse, Steve; his in-laws, Reynold and Pat Brown of Ivoryton, Connecticut; his brothers-in-law:  Steve Aldrich and his spouse, Linda, of Brownington, Michael Brown of Ivoryton, and Bill Brown and his spouse, Pat, of Clinton, Connecticut; his sister-in-law Nancy Denny and her spouse, Bill; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Nehemiah and Esther Beal; and by a sister, Linda (Beal) Pinkham.

Graveside services will be held on May 24, at 2 p.m., at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

obit EmersonLennie Mae Thompson Emerson

Lennie Mae Thompson Emerson, 93, formerly of Brownington, died on April 8, 2014, at her home in South Portland, Maine.

She was born on June 14, 1920, in Irasburg, to George and Eliza (Stone) Thompson.

On February 29, 1936, she married Richard Ovis Emerson, who predeceased her.

She attended Brownington schools and Lyndon Institute.

She was a cook for the Derby Line Graded School, Orleans High School and Brownington schools for many years.  She was a member of the Grange and the Methodist Church where she served as secretary, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.

She was known as a caretaker to children and all others who needed care and attention, a fabulous cook, a talented woman who sewed, and she put up wallpaper and made amazing crafts.  She was a good, Christian woman who lifted her voice in singing to the Lord (and, boy, could she whistle), and she was a friend to all.

She is survived by her daughters:  Betty Ann Emerson Towle of Gray, Maine, and Mary-Lou Emerson Stenberg and her husband, Jan, of Greenville, South Carolina; her grandchildren:  Laurie Towle Grant and her husband, Peter, Jon Emerson Towle and his wife, Wendy, Stephen David Towle and his wife, Mazie, Sven Peter Stenberg, and Christine Stenberg Lites; her great-grandchildren:  Cory Towle, Krystal Towle, Margaret Towle, Lily Towle, Erica Brewster, Griffin Lites, Emerson Lites, Avery Lites, Tor Stenberg, and Val Stenberg; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Maleeya Towle, Brylee Poynton and soon-to-be-born Stella Severi on May 11; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Louis, Harry, Gerald, Merrill, Roland, Elwin and Ernest; and by her sisters:  Blanche, Rhoda, Josephine, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 50 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center, Maine 04201.

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

obit HandyLouis R. Handy

Louis R. Handy, 73, of North Troy died on April 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 31, 1941, in Bennington, to Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron and the late Robert Handy.

On August 15, 1970, he married Louise Jones, who survives him.

Mr. Handy was owner and operator of Handy’s Auto Repair in North Troy.  He was an active member of the Church of God in Derby.

His passion was to restore old cars.  He held memberships with the Troy Area Lions Club and he was a member of the Cars of Yesteryear.

He is survived by his wife Louise Handy of North Troy; his children:  Robert Handy of North Dakota, Lisa Duncan and her husband, Edward Jr., of Derby, Louis Handy Jr. of Nevada, Laurie White of Rhode Island, Leonard Carroll and his wife, Laura, of New Jersey, Bethany Harrington and her husband, Hilton, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and Ann Lamoureux of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; numerous grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his mother Gertrude Bergeron and his stepfather Clovis Bergeron of Troy; his brothers:  Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, and Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Denise, of Derby; his sister Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Handy; and by his daughter Linda St. Pierre.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 17, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on April 17, from 10 a.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, Matthew 2540, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit HansenHarold R. Hansen

Harold R. Hansen, 73, of North Troy died on April 7, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 12, 1940, to Reginald and Laura (Bocash) Hansen.

On February 10, 1962, he married Margo St. Onge, and they were married for 52 years.

Mr. Hansen worked for the town of Troy for many, many years with his brother and father.  He was also a bus driver for Troy School where he retired in 2011 after many years.  He enjoyed all the many hours spent on the bus getting to know the children.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He loved being outside, camping, being in the water, and having cookouts.  He was a tell-it-like-it-is kind of man and loved to joke around.

He was a member of the North Troy Fire Department for over 40 years, 26 years of which he was the fire chief.  He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16 of Troy and the Order of the Eastern Star in North Troy.

He is survived by his wife Margo Hansen of North Troy; his children:  Craig Hansen of North Troy, and Laurie Hisman and her husband, Gary, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Isabella Hisman of Derby, Melissa Rollins of Newport Center, Amy Phillips and her husband, Brandon, of Derby, Thomas Hansen and his girlfriend, Nicole Pennington, of North Troy, and Tyler Hansen of Albany; his great-grandchild Brandon Phillips II of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his siblings:  James and his wife, Ann, of Newport, Phillip Hansen of Bristol, Connecticut, Reginald Hansen Jr. and his wife, Susan, of North Troy, and Jane Morris of North Bethesda, Maryland; his sisters-in-law:  Janice Hansen of North Troy, and Pat Hansen of Illinois.

He was predeceased by his sister Joyce Hastings and her husband, Harry; and by his brothers:  Bruce, Roger, and Harley Hansen.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  A light luncheon will follow at the St. Vincent DePaul Church in North Troy.

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

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

obit klinkeOlivia Klinke

Olivia Klinke of Craftsbury died on April 11, 2014.

She was born on a beautiful summer day, on July 27, 1979.

Ms. Klinke had a lot of challenges in her life.  She had three amazing siblings and parents.  She thought she was the favorite, but knew her place in line.  She had a joyful life and loved playing with her nieces and nephew.  She will be missed by all.

She loved music, shopping and drinking her favorite soda, Coke, and eating chips.  Her favorite flower was the rose.  She was loved by all.

In her short life, she had many accomplishments.  She was a Girl Scout for 12 years, she received her silver and gold awards, and she was a camper at sleepaway Girl Scout camp.  She spearheaded the birth of a local Global Campus chapter, making the organization more accessible to others in her community.  She attended self-advocacy conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and shared her experience with her group.

She was an unpublished author, writing books appropriate for her nieces and nephew, having just finished her fourth book, a bilingual alphabet book for her nephew’s first birthday.  She loved doing for others, volunteering at the local Craftsbury library and she loved playing games with the residents at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.  She loved to travel, ride horses and accomplished things that defied what doctors expected and did more in her short lifetime than most people do in 80 years.

She is survived by her parents, Monica (née Ruszkiewicz) and Paul Klinke; her older and younger sisters, Sarah Klinke and Emily Klinke Rodriguez and her husband, Mario; her younger brother Jason and his partner, Ana; her four nieces:  Hannah, Ashlynn, Adriana and Cianni; and by one nephew, Mateo.

Funeral services were held on April 16 in Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or through www.phassociation.org; or to the Norris Square Neighborhood Project, 2141 N. Howard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, or through www.myneighborhoodproject.org.

obit LumsdenAdrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Retired Master Sergeant Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a veteran and longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his family at his bedside.

He was born on May 26, 1937, in Greensboro, the son of the late Donald B. Lumsden Sr. and Irene (Brown) Lumsden.

He attended public schools in Greensboro, East Hardwick, the Hardwick Center School, and he graduated from Hardwick Academy in the Class of 1955.

Mr. Lumsden was employed by his father, as a logger for a short time, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on November 28, 1955.  He was stationed in many locations including:  New York, Wyoming, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, North Carolina, the Philippines and Thailand.  He also served proudly during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Master Sargeant Lumsden retired from the military on November 30, 1975, returning to Stannard.

On October 29, 1956, he married Inez Rose Willey in Stannard.  Together they raised five children:  Adrian Jr., Willie, Rose, Ruth and Sue.

Upon his retirement from the military, he drove a school bus and was road commissioner for the town of Stannard.  He also owned and operated a private trucking business and he worked at two bowling centers — in Bangor, Maine, and Berlin — as a mechanical technician.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, the Retired Enlisters Association and the Disabled American Veterans Association.

He enjoyed bowling, traveling and trips to casinos as well as being involved in his children’s various activities while they were growing up.

Survivors include his loving wife, Inez, of Stannard; a son, William “Willie” Lumsden and his wife, Carol, of Hardwick; three daughters:  Rose M. Lovejoy and her husband, Daryl, of Waterboro, Maine, Ruth J. Pickard and her husband, Steve, and Susan V. Thomas and her husband, Jay, all of Stannard; four grandchildren:  Jamie Lovejoy of Dayton, Maine, Justin Thomas and his wife, Jen, of Colchester, Connecticut, Elizabeth Lumsden of Hardwick, and Eric Lumsden of Baltimore, Maryland; and by his great-grandson Paxton Lovejoy of Dayton.

He was predeceased by a son, Adrian L. Lumsden Jr.; and by a brother, Donald B. Lumsden Jr.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in May at the Stannard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

obit MessierClarice Cecile Messier

Clarice Cecile Messier, 92, of Newport died on April 7, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1921, in Brownsburg, Quebec, to Albert and Donalda (Bellinguette) Lafleur.

On October 26, 1940, she married Lucien Messier, who predeceased her in 1976.

She was a member of the Forever Young Club of Newport.  During her lifetime she farmed, worked in the cafeteria at North Country Hospital in Newport, and for 18 years was a senior companion at the Area Agency on Aging.  She also enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her children:  Leo Messier and his wife, Marlene, of Coventry, George Messier and his wife, Maxine, of Barton, Claire Broe and her husband, Larry, of Coventry, and Lucille Young and her husband, Larry, of West Charleston; her grandchildren:  Kim, Adele, Michelle, Dan, Jennifer, Chad, Aaron, Anitra, John, and Theresa; her great-grandchildren:  Joshua, Danielle, Nicholas, Dominic and Haley; and by her step-grandchildren:  Melissa, Joni and Anthony.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Richard Lafleur of Irasburg and Maurice Lafleur; her sisters:  Delores Harbec of Derby and Gertrude Beauregaurd and her husband, Ernest, of Glover; her sisters-in-law:  Anita Lafleur of Orleans and Rejeanne LeBlond of Derby Line; and by numerous nieces and nephews and her special friends at the nursing home, especially Kelly.

She was predeceased by her infant son Ronald; her brothers:  Donald, Michael and John Lafleur; her sister Rose Lafleur; her sisters-in-law:  Geneva and Yvette Lafleur; and by her brother-in-law Andrew Harbec.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Derby.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

obit MeunierMichael Andre Meunier

Michael Andre Meunier, 53, of North Troy died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Newport, after a courageous battle with a long illness.

He was born on March 8, 1961, in Newport, to Marcel and Jeannine (Fournier) Meunier.

On July 29, 2000, he married Linda Turgeon, who survives him.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools in Newport.

He was a skilled, self-employed carpenter.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda Meunier of North Troy; his mother Jeannine Meunier of Westfield; his stepchildren:  Douglas Aulis and his companion, Amy Blacketer, of Newport, and Krystal Collins and her husband, Patrick, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dammieon, Giddieon, Pennelopea, Haley, Zackery, Dylan, and Porcha; his siblings:  Suzanne Jacques of Colchester, Rachel Turgeon and her husband, Dennis, of Balston Spa, New York, Suzette Pierson and her husband, Martin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Laramee and her husband, Maurice, of Jay; his sisters-in-law:  Laurette Jones and her husband, Robert, of Holland, and Jo-Ann Barrup and her husband, Bradley, of Newport; and by his best friend, his dog Brie.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews:  Kitina, David Jr., Nicholas, Dawn, Karin, Christopher, Jaime and Adam; and by his aunts and uncles:  Roger Fournier of Newport, Donald and Lise Fournier of North Troy, and Aldea Kellogg and her husband, Charlie, of Connecticut.  He will be truly missed by his loyal friends and neighbors, Joseph and his wife, Lillian Fortin, of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his father Marcel Meunier Sr. in 2004; his brother Marcel Meunier Jr. in 1969; and by his brother-in-law David Jaques in 2012.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Troy.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit MorinPatricia E. Morin

Patricia E. Morin, 81, of Newport Center died peacefully on April 12, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 5, 1932, in Newport, to Lionel and Marion (Loux) Mills.

On June 3, 1950, she married Homer Morin, who survives her.

She was a member of the women’s auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

She volunteered at the front desk at North Country Hospital in Newport for many years.

Her hobbies included cooking, doing arts and crafts and free hand drawing and painting.  Her joys were holidays and the annual family fish fry.

She is survived by her husband Homer Morin of Newport Center; her children:  Mike Morin and his wife, Monique, of Newport Center, Tim Morin of Troy, and Pam Starr and her husband, Gary, of Jay; her grandchildren:  Michelle Silva and her husband, Michael, Liza Morin, Shane Morin and his companion, Kara Campbell, Eric Morin, Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, Robin Coulter and her husband, Tom, Angie Moore and her husband, Ryan, Andy Starr and his companion, Tonya Ashman, and Joseph Starr and his wife, Amanda; her brother Kenneth Mills of Texas; her sister Janice Poginy and her husband, Bernard, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

obit platoDavid A. Plato

David A. Plato, 46, of Newport died on April 6, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 9, 1966, in Vancouver, Washington, to Alfred and Irene (Kaszycki) Plato.

He was formerly a security guard in Arizona.

He enjoyed summertime barbeques, watching crime shows on television, growing plants, and he loved listening to rock and country music.

Mr. Plato was a genuinely nice and pleasant guy.

He is survived by his beloved friends:  Carl P. King, Jericho E. King, and Patty Place, all of Newport, and Joe Lewis of Hartford.  He is also survived by his two cats, Demon and Critter, who he considered his children.

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

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot, 66, of Middlebury died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on April 17, 1947, in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, to Irene (Goupil) Pouliot and the late Albert Pouliot.

During his lifetime, Mr. Pouliot was a self-employed painter.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening, and doing arts and crafts work.  He had a unique sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother Irene Pouliot of Newport; his siblings:  Jocelyn Pouliot and his wife, Barbara, of Newport Center, Clement Pouliot of Newport, Yvon Pouliot and his wife, Melanie, of Middlebury, Nicole Poginy and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Suzanne Coggeshall and her husband, Robert, of New Hampshire, and JoAnne Allen and her husband, Danny, of North Troy; and by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his father Albert Pouliot on November 11, 2011.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

obit PrueFrederick Albert Prue Jr.

Frederick Albert Prue Jr., 95, of Irasburg died on April 11, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on May 6, 1918, in Newport, to Olive (Pelkey) and Frederick Prue Sr.

On July 26, 1939, he married Marjorie J. Rowland, who predeceased him on February 26, 2007.

Mr. Prue was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, where he retired after 40 years of service.

He enjoyed gardening, and he loved to go to the farmers’ market to sell his wife’s baked goods and vegetables.  He liked to play cards with his family and friends in a very quiet and subdued manner.  He loved to write music as well as play his guitar and he played with Doc and Chickie Williams on more than one occasion.  He, above all, loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his children:  Fred Prue, Val Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Stewart, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Pam Prue and her friend, Pat Pine, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, Marjorie Morley and her husband, James, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine, and David Prue and his wife, Barb; his daughter-in-law Roxanna Prue; his 33 grandchildren; his 62 great-grandchildren; his two great-great-grandchildren; his numerous stepchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Terry Prue on February 23, 2014; his daughter Janice; his brothers:  Vernon, Reginald, Kenneth, and Leonard; and by his sisters:  Madeline Collins, Doris Karabarus, Elaine Daniels, and Marion Lakin.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Grace Brethren Church, 3 Route 14, Coventry, Vermont 05825.

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

Remembering Arlene (Robinson) Thompson, 1929-2014

by Wanita S. Thompson

I wrote this tribute to my mother-in-law and read it at her funeral on March 28:

First let me begin by saying that I don’t believe my mother-in-law would be extra pleased to have folks fussing over her, even now, and maybe she wouldn’t be that happy about my tribute to her.  But, on the other hand, she didn’t say I couldn’t….

Arlene was a planner and she lived her life on her own terms.  She lived a life of service to others, caring for family members, educating three generations of students right here in Craftsbury, and contributing crafts and baked goods for school and community events.

She was a storyteller and a wonderful conversationalist.  At family gatherings, I would notice that she would visit with just about everyone, and usually asked the children about what they had been up to and how school was going (always a teacher, you know).  She kept track of the honor roll in the paper and often sent notes of congratulations or encouragement to relatives, friends, and former students.

Mrs. Thompson was a cheerleader!  If you have an image of someone in a short skirt with pom poms — wrong!  But, she was the greatest fan and supporter anyone could ask for.  Her son, Dave, would tell you that his parents went to all his basketball, soccer, and baseball games, and when our children were old enough to play T-ball, there they were, cheering them on all the way!  They attended all the games right up through high school as well as concerts, science fairs, award ceremonies, and anything else that Meghann and Derek participated in.  Of course, Gram cheered for all her students over the years, too, in whatever games, spelling bees, or other competitions they were involved in.  She rooted for us all in all our endeavors — sincerely.

Now, how would she want to be remembered?  She was a caring daughter who took special care of her parents, along with an older brother whom she loved dearly.  She was a devoted and loving wife, and an amazing mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a generous person who gardened and picked berries by the carload and always shared the vegetables and fruit with family, friends, and neighbors.

I’ll share a few stories now.  First, one from her childhood on the family farm in Irasburg.  Her family enjoyed many family get-togethers over the years.  Almost every Sunday, relatives would come over to enjoy a meal together and spend hours reminiscing or just chatting.  Christmas was a special holiday in the Robinson household and oftentimes extended family would come over for a feast and to celebrate.  One year an uncle who was quite a trickster brought a gift for the family and quickly put it under the Christmas tree.  Well, my mother-in-law’s father heard this scratching sound coming from under the tree, and he attempted to shoo that darn cat out from under it.  He could not find that cat anywhere!  The scratching was coming from the Christmas package — a live rooster was the gift inside the box from that dear uncle; how she laughed as she regaled us with that story and other of the fun Christmases she experienced in her youth, and I understand how important it was for her to bring that joy to her child and grandchildren.  Passing on traditions was very important to her.

When Dave was growing up, the family had a few snow machines and would oftentimes meet up with uncles, aunts, and cousins for some wonderful Sunday afternoon rides.  Dave’s mom didn’t always go out on the sleds, but this one particular Sunday she decided to go along with the gang.  Apparently, at some point, it was just Dave and his mom on the trail, each on their own machine, and returning home from a jaunt when they arrived at the foot of a very steep hill.  Dave stopped at the bottom of the hill and advised his usually slow and careful-driving mom that she would need to give the machine some gas if she was ever going to make it up the hill.  Otherwise she might get stuck.  So up the hill, Dave went.  Well, about halfway up the hill, he thought he better look back down to see how close to the bottom of the hill his mother still was, and he got the surprise of his life.  There she was right close behind him and almost about to run into him, full throttle!  He stepped on it and got out of the way just in time, but he never forgot the determination of his normally cautious mom to get up that hill!

Over the years, Gram and Grandpa have been fun and loving grandparents to Dave’s and my children.  When Meghann was about two years old, Gram had the idea that Meg would like a shopping cart to play with, so Gram, Grandpa, Meg, and I set out on a Saturday afternoon in search of this shopping cart.  When we arrived at the store, they had shopping carts, but it was a three-wheeler that took Meg’s eye.  She rode it all over the store and we weren’t sure we could get her off it long enough to pay for it.  For as you can tell, a three-wheeler is what we came home with!

Another time, Gram and Grandpa spent an entire day shopping just for the right sneakers for Derek.  They started in St. Johnsbury, but could not find shoes that would meet Derek’s approval there.  No such luck!  Then, off to Barre!  And there, they found just the right shoes.  I don’t know who was more pleased — Derek with his snazzy new sneakers or the grandparents who made sure he ended up with them.

Gram often said that it was a good trait to know what you like and not to just settle for any ol’ thing.

Well, they are always talking about our footprint that we leave behind.  Well, my mother-in-law has left a big footprint on my heart.  There are many jokes about them, and I know a lot of folks don’t think you’re supposed to like your mother-in-law, but I loved mine and I’ll miss her always as will our whole family.  I will end with a quote by Maltbie D. Babcock:

Life is what we are alive to do.

It is not length, but breadth…

Be alive to…goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.

Death notice

Randi A. Wright Sr.

Randi A. Wright Sr., 60, of Barton died on April 12, 2014, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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The Legislature this week: House raises minimum wage to $10.10

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David Mealiea and Anna Dirkse, both of Burlington, were two of four singing pickets who stood outside the State House in March, in support of raising the minimum wage.  “We fight for human rights so all can be free,” they sang.  Photo by Paul Lefebvre

David Mealiea and Anna Dirkse, both of Burlington, were two of four singing pickets who stood outside the State House in March, in support of raising the minimum wage. “We fight for human rights so all can be free,” they sang. Photo by Paul Lefebvre

copyright the Chronicle April 9, 2014

by Paul Lefebvre

MONTPELIER — Vermont is going to increase its hourly minimum wage.

Vermont legislators generally agreed that it was the right and ethical thing to do.

But when, and by how much, is still hanging in the air.

Under a House bill that won preliminary approval Tuesday, next year on January 1, 2015, a minimum wage worker could see his or her weekly pay check jump by roughly $40.

That’s the result of an increase in the minimum wage going from $8.73 to $10.10 an hour.

“Forty dollars in your pocket is not a theory,” said Representative Tom Stevens of Waterbury, speaking in the urgent tone of legislators who wanted to make a change.

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