Obituaries September 10, 2014

obit aronsonDouglas V. Aronson

Douglas V. Aronson, “The Ole Troll,” died peacefully at home in Woodbury on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Born January 23, 1935, to Harry and Iris Aronson in Hartford, Connecticut, he was one of four children.

Mr. Aronson attended public schools during early childhood in Hartford. With the onset of World War II, he was moved to Woodbury, to live with his grandparents and help work their family farm. At this time, he attended Woodbury Graded School. After WWII, he moved back to Hartford and finished high school. His love of the land and animals led him to continue his education at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, and then to Howell Cheney Technical College in Manchester, Connecticut, where he earned his AS in animal husbandry.

On July 7, 1974, he married Sandra (Trefren) Aronson in East Montpelier. They blended their families to raise a family of nine before having a child together. In 1975, after running a family dairy farm in Berlin, Mr. and Mrs. Aronson bought the Woodbury Country Store and moved to Woodbury. For years, the Woodbury Country Store thrived and diversified as an authentic general store by selling bait and tackle, and having a snack bar and deli. Customers fast became friends, as the store was a hub for the town. Mr. Aronson’s love of hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling was obvious to those who patronized the store. His fishing tips and advice soon turned into a radio show on WDEV known as the “The ‘Ole Troll.”

Mr. Aronson went on to do various jobs including as a meat cutter for Grand Union and in retirement he became a part-time delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts, Inc. Over the years, he served the town of Woodbury, in various capacities including serving on the volunteer fire department and as a justice of the peace. He helped organize the children’s Christmas and Halloween parties, and he worked tirelessly on the town skating rink. He was proud to be a Mason and enjoyed the camaraderie of his brothers.

Those close to Mr. Aronson never knew when they would be on the other end of one of his fun-loving pranks — as he loved to laugh, tell stories, pick on people he liked, party, and talk about his large family. He had a huge heart and would help anyone he could — he always found the good in someone no matter who they were.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Sandi Aronson of Woodbury; his sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Maria Aronson of Mt. Hood, Oregon, Carl and Marina Aronson and Scott and Tammy Aronson of Randolph; his daughters: Tammy Aronson of North Fort Myers, Florida, Karen Lilley of Berlin, Kim Aronson of Wilmington, and Ann and her husband, Mike Cookson, of Cabot; his stepchildren: Marilyn Ready of Bristol, Connecticut, Carlos Gomez of Kingman, Arizona, and Diana Lisevick of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and by his 25 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters: Dawna Stewart of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Althea Aronson of Woodbury.

He was predeceased by a brother, Clarence “Cal” Aronson.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Woodbury Methodist Church in the center of Woodbury Village 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, followed immediately by a graveside service at the South Woodbury Cemetery. The family encourages all to share a favorite memory at his service and invites people to join them directly after the graveside service for a luncheon at the Woodbury Town Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.

obit KelleyMaxine M. Kelley

Maxine M. Kelley, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on August 25, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Brownington.

She was born on August 15, 1923, in Barton, to Perley and Arline (Burdette) Ingalls.

On July 29, 1941, she married Elwin Kelley Sr., who predeceased her.

She was a clipper for Columbia Forest Products, from where she retired after 18 years of service.

She liked to dance, especially the Charleston. She also enjoyed playing darts, going for rides, and going out to eat. She spent many hours crocheting, as the family each received many of her works. She was an avid reader and was always very independent and lived next door to her daughter, Brenda, which enabled her to do so. She was a very big part of her family.

She always enjoyed her many cats and dogs over the years.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Simons and her husband, Earl, of Brownington, Dorine Lombarto of Florida, Wayne Kelley and his wife, Linda, of Quebec, and Dean Kelley and his wife, Pauline, of Alabama; her grandchildren: Kim and Tom Thompson, Terri and Jeff LaClair, Lynn Farrand, Kenni Ann and Joe Hawkesworth, Elwin and Shelley Kelley, Bobbie-Jo and Paul Beauregard, Lisa and Jeff Lanoue, Scott and Shelley Kelley, Chad Kelley, Kelly, Phillip, Sherry, Christine, Robin, Carmen, Tonya, Tammy, Christie, and Skylar; her great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Natalie, Dillon, Perry, William, Ethan, Sheyanne Thompson, Tom Thompson, Dustin, Alex, Caleb, Matthew and Derrick; her great-great-grandchildren: Jessie and Savanna Thompson, Aiden Farrand, Mikalya Farrand, and Kaya Moore; and by her sister, Marcella Dow and her husband, Dick, of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son, Elwin Kelley Jr., in 2008; her special grandson, Josh Simons, in 2011; and by five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on August 30, in Brownington. Interment followed at the Derby Line Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, in care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Peter T. Leck

Peter T. Leck, 62, of Glover, formerly of North Troy, died on August 22, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on October 12, 1951, in Yonkers, New York, to Charles and Marguerite (Farese) Leck.

He was a cook for the North Troy Inn.

During his lifetime, he enjoyed doing woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Marguerite Savio of North Billerica, Massachusetts; and by seven brothers and sisters: Philip, Richard, Charles, Kathy, Deborah, Elizabeth, and Karen.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles Leck, and by his brother, Michael.

A graveside service was held on August 30, at the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SykesArdis A. Sykes

Ardis A. Sykes, 85, formerly of Morgan, died on September 6, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on June 16, 1929, in Newport Center, to Eben and Carrie (Norris) Wilcox.

On April 4, 1949, she married Raymond Sykes, who survives her.

She was a helpmate to her husband on their dairy farm in Morgan for many years.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping her husband with the farm work.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Sykes of Newport; her children: Richard Sykes and his wife, Helene, of Newport, Kenneth Sykes and his wife, Denise, of Morgan, Randy Sykes and his wife, Sharon, of Derby Line, and Gary Sykes and his wife, Christine, of Norton; and by her 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Merna Ashman of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two infant sons; four brothers: Marshall, Wendall, Basil and Kenneth; and by two sisters: Shirley and Audrey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 12, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Ashley Marie Allard

Calling hours for Ashley Marie Allard of Derby will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Fred and Carol Ann Barker officiating.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.  A reception will follow at the Community Church of Derby, located at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 105 in Derby.

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Vermont Watercolor Society’s MAC show opens September 12

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“Breath Taking Ride” by Ann Lisner is one of the watercolors which is part of the Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall 2014 show at the MAC in Newport.  Image courtesy of Darlene Ratte

“Breath Taking Ride” by Ann Lisner is one of the watercolors which is part of the Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall 2014 show at the MAC in Newport. Image courtesy of Darlene Ratte

Opening day of the Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall 2014 watercolor show at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport is Friday, September 12, with an opening reception that day from 5 to 7 p.m.

This year’s theme will be “It Happens In Vermont.”  There will be stunning works of art painted by over 20 very talented watercolor artists that live and create in Vermont and mostly in the Northeast Kingdom.

The show will be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays, through October 3.  The exhibit will be in the lower gallery at the MAC.  All work is for sale.

At the reception, the Wind Quintet of the Newport Area Community Orchestra will play music, and there will be light refreshments.  MAC writer-member Catherine Holm will read a short excerpt from her work at 6:15 p.m., after an awards ceremony to three of the artists, when prizes will be announced with a first prize of $75.  — from the MAC and Darlene Ratte.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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Two handmade Shipley books honor writing and farming

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Woodcuts by Mary Simpson illustrate Adam’s Mark; Writing from the Ox-House.

Woodcuts by Mary Simpson illustrate Adam’s Mark; Writing from the Ox-House.

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Adam’s Mark: Writing from the Ox-House, published by Plowboy Press in Burke, with woodcuts by Mary Simpson. A limited edition hard cover version is available directly from the publisher for $250. A smaller softcover trade copy, 54 pages, is $12. First Do No Harm, by Honeybee Press in Burlington and New Orleans, Lousiana, 48 pages, softcover, $15. Both published in 2014, both written by Julia Shipley. Both available locally at the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick.

Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar

Wesley Langdell’s barn and paddock are across the street from the Morrisville Price Chopper. He sold his southern hayfield in the early sixties to developers who built the Ames Plaza, Price Chopper and McDonald’s. I gaze at his place from the parking lot where I shop because I cherish things that are about to vanish.

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Doctor publishes first book of bedside tales

Sally Willard Burbank, MD, originally from Derby, has published her first book.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Sally Willard Burbank, MD, originally from Derby, has published her first book. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

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Patients I Will Never Forget, by Sally Willard Burbank. 282 pages. Paperback. Published by Clovercroft Publishing. $14.99. 

by Natalie Hormilla

Sally Willard Burbank, MD, remembers writing her first book when she was in fourth grade.

“It was about a girl named Aggie who was fat, picked on, and it was definitely autobiographical,” Dr. Burbank said. She wrote the novel shortly after her family moved from Derby to Montpelier, where she didn’t really fit in.

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World War II friends reunite after 45 years

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Left to right are Seymour Leven, a female acquaintance, and Addison Merrick.  This photo was taken in Texas in 1945.

Left to right are Seymour Leven, a female acquaintance, and Addison Merrick. This photo was taken in Texas in 1945.

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by Bethany M. Dunbar

Addison Merrick of Craftsbury and Seymour Leven of Cavendish met in Peyote, Texas, in late 1944 or the very beginning of 1945.  They were in the U.S. Army Air Corps getting ready to be shipped out to the Mariana Islands in the South Pacific during World War II.

Dr. Leven, who later became a psychiatrist, remembers it well.  He walked into a Quonset hut where a bunch of the men had already chosen bunks. He looked around.

“The only one who was reading was him,” said Dr. Leven.

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In Glover: Association wants to close part of Shadow Lake

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The Shadow Lake Association has petitioned the state, asking that a roughly one-acre section of Danforth Cove at the north end of Shadow Lake be temporarily closed to human use in order to control milfoil.  The area is already marked by orange buoys and is not supposed to be used for fishing, boating, or swimming.  Photo by Tena Starr

The Shadow Lake Association has petitioned the state, asking that a roughly one-acre section of Danforth Cove at the north end of Shadow Lake be temporarily closed to human use in order to control milfoil. The area is already marked by orange buoys and is not supposed to be used for fishing, boating, or swimming. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

GLOVER — Members of the Shadow Lake Association have petitioned the state, asking that a roughly one-acre section of the lake be closed to human use in order to control milfoil. It would be only the second time in Vermont that part of a lake has been closed to public use because of milfoil.

The last time the rule was exercised was in 1998 when part of Lake Morey was closed due to a milfoil infestation, said Matthew Probasco, aquatic nuisance control and pesticide general permit coordinator at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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Obituaries September 3, 2014

obit JanesMyrth E. Janes

Myrth E. Janes, 87, of Barton died peacefully on August 29, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on June 10, 1927, in Fairfield, to John and Grace (Lemnah) Morgan.

On September 1, 1978, she married Ralph J. Janes, who predeceased her in 2005.

She graduated from Montpelier High School in the Class of 1944.  She was an analyst for Digital Corporation in Williston for several years.

Her hobbies included crocheting afghans and donating them to the Winston Salem Hospital in North Carolina.  She also enjoyed reading and sewing.  Her major passion was her family and to go shopping with her sister, Myrle.

She is survived by her children:  Richard Douse and his wife, Abelina De La Rosa, of Barton, Rachel Douse of Milton, Jacqueline Douse of Milton, and David Douse and his wife, Gladys, of King, North Carolina; her seven grandchildren; her 13 great-grandchildren; her sister, Myrle Sylva of St. Albans; and by her special friend, Bill Torrisi of Barton.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Boyd, Wade, Bruce, Phyllis, Faith, and June.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarchAndrew Sumner March

Andrew Sumner March, 90, Vermonter, Cape Codder, and retired corporate executive died on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was the husband of Elizabeth L. (Savage) March of Newport, progeny of Sandwich, Cape Cod founders Elizabeth and Edmund Freeman and cousin of early American patriot James Otis.

Mr. March graduated president of his high school class in Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 1943.  A World War II U.S. Army aviation cadet, he served in the Mediterranean Training Theater of Operations, earning three battle stars.

He is a life member of Alfred Pepin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport.

Mr. March graduated from Mount Union College in 1950.  His career identities culminated in international assignments at Curtiss-Wright Corporation where he had technical responsibility for subsidiary plants in the Eastern United States and Canada.

He may be remembered as deacon at the Union Congregational Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, elder at First Church of Christ in Simsbury, Connecticut, and parish visitor at First Church of Christ in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

He leaves, in addition to his beloved wife Elizabeth, his son, Andrew II of Ridgefield, Connecticut; his daughter, Susan Pelcher of Newport; his son, Douglas March in Warwick, Rhode Island; and his grandchildren:  Lindsay March-DaCosta, Whitney March and Corey Pelcher.

A graveside ceremony was held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on August 28.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit morseThomas J. Morse

Thomas J. Morse of Underhill died on August 16, 2014, at his home in Underhill.

He was born in Island Pond on March 2, 1937. He graduated Salutatorian of his class in 1954 from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond. In 1954, he joined the Air Force and served for four years in Savannah, Georgia.

In 1958, he was hired by General Electric as an armament technician and continued to work with all branches of the military, traveling worldwide installing new weapon systems. He actually had “Have Guns Will Travel” business cards. He is best known for his installation of weapons in the first gun ship, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” in Vietnam. Six months later, he was present at Wright Air Force Base, where 24 new gun ships and crews took their last training flight before going to Vietnam. Mr. Morse actually spent time with a Navy Seal floating in the Atlantic Ocean, when during bad weather they were thrown off their gunboat.

In 1961, he married Betty Anne Kane and they had one son, Matthew Thomas Morse. Mr. Morse was a native of Vermont, and established Green Mountain Foam Products (GMFP) in 1967, which for nearly 50 years acted as a resource center in Underhill for the upholstery, slip cover, drapery, automotive, and marine businesses. GMFP helped hundreds of people establish their own businesses by supplying all of the necessities.

He leaves his son; his grandson, Sammy; his brother, Carroll and his wife, Pat; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held in Underhill Center on August 20, followed by burial in the Park Street Cemetery in Underhill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Marcelle L. Viens

Marcelle L. Viens, 97, of Burlington died peacefully on August 16, 2014, at the Burlington Health and Rehab Center.

She was born on December 1, 1916, in Morgan, to Alfred and Paula (Marois) Viens.

She worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Massachusetts for nearly 30 years and for the State Street Bank in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was a devout Catholic and had been an active member of the St. John the Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed helping elderly people with their errands when she was still able.  Going for car rides gave her much enjoyment.  She liked coming back to Vermont for visits with family and finally moved to the Burlington area for her final years.  Burlington Health and Rehab gave her several years of total happiness, doing many things she had never been able to do.

She is survived by Tillie Fugere, her first cousin; her nieces and nephews:  Paul, Claire and Helene Rodrigues of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Pauline Robert and Howard Viens, Joanne Hornung, and Leonard Viens; and her second cousin, Louise Mathews, who had been her caretaker for several years.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Joseph and Leonard Viens; and by her sisters:  Martha Rodrigues and Pauline Viens.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Burlington Health and Rehab Recreational Therapy Department, 300 Pearl Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Barrett defeats Franklin for state’s attorney nomination

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Jennifer Barrett.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Jennifer Barrett. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Jennifer Barrett was a clear victor in the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s race in the Republican PrimaryTuesday evening, and Paul Lefebvre won as a Republican nominee for the House district that covers parts of Essex County, Caledonia County, and Westmore in Orleans County.

Ms. Barrett had 953 votes to incumbent Alan Franklin’s 656 in the Chronicle’s unofficial election night results.

Mr. Franklin was overwhelmed by a strong challenge from his former deputy.  Ms. Barrett won in all but one of Orleans County’s 19 towns.

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Obituaries August 27, 2014

obit BernierPaul A. Bernier

Paul A. Bernier, 48, of Newport died suddenly on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 10, 1966, in El Paso, Texas, to Edward and Shirley (Farnam) Bernier.

He was a self-employed security fence installer.

On July 17, 1992, he married Cynthia Little, who survives him.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and he loved to fish and hunt and go camping with Cindy. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Taco.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bernier of Newport; his children: Kayla Bernier, Taylor Bernier and her companion, Ben St. Marie, of Troy, Brooklyn Bernier of North Carolina, and Lance Tabor of Derby; his grandchildren: Kylie and Ryah Tabor and Hailey St. Marie; his brothers: Roger Bernier and his wife, Paula, of St. Johnsbury, and Larry Lucas of Arkansas; his sisters: Sherry Lucas and her companion, Pete May, of Brownington, Lori Coburn of Glover, Maria Green and her husband, Walter, of Texas, and Shannon and her husband, Robert, of Williamson, Utah; his sisters-in-law: Jennifer Bowen and her companion, Buckley Duby, and Lisa Little; and by his brothers-in-law: Reginald and Mark Prue and Mike Little.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Cynthia Bernier, 75 Indian Point Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BlodgettVirginia (Larabee) Blodgett

Virginia (Larabee) Blodgett died in Newport, surrounded in love by her family, on August 10, 2014, at the age of 86.

She was born in Newport Center on September 14, 1927, daughter of Oscar and Fannie (Wilson) Larabee.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1945. On September 22 of that same year, she married Warren Blodgett, who survives her.

Together, Mrs. and Mr. Blodgett farmed in Waterford, then moved to a farm in Irasburg in 1959. They raised six children of their own, as well as opening their home to many foster children.

Mrs. Blodgett had many hobbies that she loved, including ceramics, painting, cooking, sewing and knitting. Any day that you went to the Blodgett home, you would be greeted with the delicious tastes and smells of baked goodies and homemade bread.

One of her greatest enjoyments in life was family gatherings. In July of this year she was thrilled to have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren from across the country at the Blodgett home for an early family birthday party for Warren.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Warren; her children: Barbara Blodgett Russell, Dennis Blodgett, Shirley Moulton and her husband, Dwight, Patricia Blodgett and her partner, Gary Crosby, David Blodgett and his partner, Susan Babineau, Neil Blodgett and his wife, Christine, and her daughter-in-law Cathy Blodgett; her nine grandchildren: Jason, Christopher, Scott, Todd, Cindy, Nicholas, Corinne, Nichole and Neil Jr.; and by several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her siblings; her son, Russell Blodgett; and by her daughter-in-law, Mildred Nault.

A memorial service was held on August 16, in Albany. A private burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Albany Methodist Church or the Vermont chapter of the American Heart Association.

obit brochuThe Reverend Gerard Brochu

The Reverend Gerard Brochu died in Statesville, North Carolina, on February 20, 2014.

He was born in Newport, son of Adelard and Irma (Desbiens) Brochu, on May 29, 1923.

He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Newport High School. He attended St. Thomas Seminary, St. Paul Seminary, and the University of Ottawa, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Edward F Ryan.

His priestly ministry began at Holy Family in Essex Junction, and ran from 1950 to 1954. He also served at St. Joseph in Burlington from 1954 to 1959, and at Notre Dame in St. Johnsbury from 1959 to 1961.

His first pastorate was at St. Teresa in Hyde Park, and ran from 1961 to 1972; at St. John in Johnson from 1961 to 1965; at St. John in Northfield from 1972 to 1984; at St. John in St. Johnsbury from 1984 to 1990; and at Sts. Donatian and Rogatian in Randolph from 1990 to 1995.

Diocesan responsibilities include the Ecumenical Commission for nine years, Liturgical Commission for three years, marriage encounter for four years, and Cursillo for six years. He also served for three years on the Hyde Park school board.

He retired in 1995 in Fort Myers, Florida, and later to Statesville. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, and he enjoyed visiting relatives and friends. He always enjoyed the Desbiens family reunions and was able to attend the last one in 2012.

He is survived by his sister Anita Brochu of Conway, New Hampshire; his nephew Kevin and his wife, Suzanna, and their children, Sabina and Livia of Williston; his nieces: Kim of Colchester, and Kara of Colorado; his sister-in law Louise Brochu of California; his aunt Jeanne Desbiens of Rhode Island; and by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his younger brother, John; and by his parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport on August 29, at 11 a.m. Committal will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

obit EmersonBeverly “Becky” R. Emerson

Beverly “Becky” R. Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died suddenly on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

She was born on August 12, 1959, in Putnam, Connecticut, to Charles and Beverly (Carey) Pezanko Sr.

She was employed at one time at Sel-Bar Weaving, Hedma, and Vermont Teddy Bear.

Her hobbies included, crocheting, four-wheeling, fishing, camping, playing cards, watching football and NASCAR, listening to country music, and she also enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and everyone around her.

She is survived by her parents: Charles Pezanko Sr. of Attawagan, Connecticut, Beverly Pezanko and Richard Pellerin of Brooklyn, Connecticut; her children: Christy Kirsch and her husband, Brian, of North Troy, and Jason Emerson and his wife, Nichole, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Brian II and Christopher Kirsch, and Kaylee and Alexis Emerson; her brother, Charles Pezanko II of Killingly, Connecticut; her sister, Patricia Leclerc of Pomfret, Connecticut; her nephews: James Warner and his wife, Sarah, Charles Pezanko III, and Zachary Leclerc, all of Connecticut; her companion and life partner, Marc Pouliot of St. Petersburg and his son, Kyle; her dog, Tucker; and by her extended family and friends.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport on Saturday, August 30, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions for a memorial garden for Ms. Emerson in the form of shrubs, trees, perennials, or gift cards would be greatly appreciated, in care of Christy Kirsch, 1758 U.S. Route 101, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FreehartPatricia Mae Freehart

Patricia Mae Freehart, 84, of Orleans died on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 9, 1930, in St. Johnsbury, to John and Alice Nolan.

On October 28, 1961, she married Hubert Freehart, who predeceased her on May 3, 2013.

She volunteered at the Orleans senior meals.

She loved to watch the hummingbirds come to her feeder as she sat on her porch. She loved life, people, and always brought joy to others with her great big smile.

She and her husband, Pin, liked to go for rides and stop at Tim & Doug’s for ice cream.

She is survived by her children: Tim Freehart and his companion, Shirley, of St. Johnsbury, and Linda Gregor and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Shawn Chapdelaine and Linda Simonphone of Massachusetts, Diamond Redding of Massachusetts, and Gerald and Lorraine Freehart; her great-grandson Shawn Chapdelaine Jr.; and by her sister Gloria Gambel.

She was predeceased by her sister Mary.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit limogesGerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges, 54, of Edgewater, Florida, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and family on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Born in Newport, Mr. Limoges, owner of a landscape business, moved to Florida in 1991 from Westfield.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and he enjoyed fishing, and he loved the beach.

Mr. Limoges enjoyed music and singing karaoke, known as “Gerryoke” by friends and family.

He was a devoted husband, and father to Adam, whom he adored.

Mr. Limoges is remembered by his son, Adam, as “strong, loving, impressive, kind throughout, always willing to help others. My strength, my teacher, taught me to be a caring man, taught me to be the best of men, like him.”

Survivors include his wife, Christine; his only son, Adam, and future daughter-in-law, Jaime Garrand, of Seattle, Washington; three brothers: Norman and his wife, Lyne, of Troy, Donald and his wife, Meredith, of Marietta, Georgia, and Michael of Wilton, New Hampshire; a sister, Nicole, and her husband, Jerry Pion, of Troy; his mother, Yvette Limoges of Troy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Roland Limoges.

The service will be postponed until October due to his son’s wedding and honeymoon. Prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3, at Settle-Wilder’s New Smyrna Beach chapel with Redemptorist Fathers, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating, followed by a celebration of life and refreshments from 7 to 8 p.m.

A Vermont celebration will be held in October, with the date to be announced later.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, Attention: Edgewater Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129.

Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com.

obit RenaudetteJeannine Y. Renaudette

Jeannine Y. Renaudette, 74, of Derby died peacefully on August 20, 2014, in White River Junction.

She was born on December 31, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Thomas and Helen (Poitz) Genoway.

In 1988, she married Stanley Renaudette, who predeceased her on September 11, 2005.

She entered the United States Marine Corps where she served her country during peacetime.

She loved spending time with her family.

She was a member of the VFW Post #798 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post #21 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children: William Barlow Jr. and his wife, Shannon, of Newport, George Barlow and his wife, Heather, of Moores, New York, and Jeannine Gilman and her husband, Bill, of Woodsville, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Raymond Barlow, William Barlow III and his wife, Ashley, Justin Barlow, Joshlynne Barlow, Ashley Williams, Amber Huntington, and Wayne Ledoucer; her great-grandchildren: Bailee, Aliyah, Tyrell, and Karter Barlow; her siblings: Antoinette Eves of Riverside, California, Thomas Peter Genoway of California, Kathleen Genoway of Missouri, Teri Genoway of Reno, Nevada, and Jerry Pete Genoway of Tucson, Arizona; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Rosalie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Newport. Friends may call at the church on August 27, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SheltraEverett Allen Sheltra

Everett Allen Sheltra, 72, of Newport Center died suddenly on August 19, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on December 7, 1941, in Lowell, to Theodore and Ellen (Caswell) Sheltra.

On July 13, 1963, he married June Sherlaw, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1959.

He was employed by the following companies: Kraft Foods Inc. of Troy, Ethan Allen Manufacturing of Orleans, McAllister Construction of Orleans, The Converse Co. of Orleans, and as a custodian and bus driver for the Newport Center Elementary School for 27 years. He was also a school bus driver for North Country Union High School in Newport.

Mr. Sheltra was a former member of the Newport Center Fire Department. More recently he was sexton for the Newport Center Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, June Sheltra of Newport Center; his daughter Lynne Sheltra and her husband, Doug Matten, of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Michelle Matten of Newport Center, and Andrew Matten of Newport Center; his brothers and sisters: Wilfred Sheltra of Island Pond, Charles Sheltra of Voluntown, Connecticut, Phillip Sheltra and Karen of Westfield, Phyllis Sheltra of Colorado, Paul Sheltra and his wife, Yvette, of Irasburg, and Judy Blanton and her husband, Tim, of Morgantown, Kentucky; his mother-in-law Alena Sherlaw of Newport Center; his sister-in-law Edna Baraw and her husband, Frank, of Newport Center, Mary Price and her husband, Jeff, of Morgan; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on August 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Daniel J. Szatkowski

Daniel J. Szatkowski, 63, of Newport died suddenly on August 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 24, 1951, to Martha (Gurbacki) Szatkowski and the late John Szatkowski.

He received his master’s degree and was a highly skilled computer programmer who shared his knowledge with others.

He loved animals and cooking.

He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother Martha Szatkowski of Sloan, New York; his brother Norman Szatkowski; his sister Tammy Ernst and her husband, Michael, all of Sloan; and by his nephew Matthew.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Vivian Rita Trucott

Vivian Rita Trucott, 87, of Sheffield died peacefully on August 23, 2014, surrounded by her family at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center.

She was born on October 24, 1926, in Derby Line, to Gilson and Blanche (Monfette) Reynolds.

On September 15, 1941, she married Leo Trucott, who predeceased her in 1980. She was also predeceased by two sons and a grandson.

She worked as an LPN for many years, caring for people.

She enjoyed bingo, cribbage, cooking, sewing, and company stopping by to visit.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with John Sleeper officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 27, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the residents’ activities fund, in memory of Vivian Trucott, St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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