Obituaries December 23, 2014

obit BeaudryRachel Ann Beaudry

Rachel Ann Beaudry, 57, of Mooresville, North Carolina, died on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, North Carolina.

She was born on March 11, 1957, in Newport, to the late Romeo Beaudry and Irene Lathe Beaudry.

She was an accounts payable analyst for Ingersoll Rand.

She is survived by her son Jonas Illingworth; her sisters: Yvette and Doreen Beaudry; her brothers: Lucien, Phillip, Leo, Nelson Beaudry and Theodore Lathe; her niece Gabrielle Loux; and by her nephews Ryan and Zach Beaudry.

She was predeceased by two nieces: Tina Fontaine and Tara Beaudry.

A memorial service was held on December 22, in Mooresville. Services will be held in Vermont at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.cavin-cook.com.

obit BlairAlthea Rae Carr Blair

Althea Rae Carr Blair, 67, of Island Pond died peacefully on December 10, 2014, at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 26, 1946, to Alton and Marion (Damon) Carr.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville. She was a residential counselor at the Northeast Kingdom Human Services, from where she retired in 2011.

She is survived by her children: Carmen Gunn and her partner, Robert DeLaBruere, of Island Pond, Kelly Blair of St. Johnsbury, Holly Blair and her partner, Richard Cole, of St. Johnsbury, and Sarah Blair and her partner, Kyle Lowe, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Robyn Cogle and her husband, Jason, Emma Gunn and her partner, Zack Maxwell, Corey Gunn, Zach Blair, Travis Moulton and his partner, Sierra Phillips, Sierra Moulton, Erin Brunelle, Chelsey Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Kolby Blair, and Adrianna Cole; her great-grandchildren: Kayde Maxwell and Triton Moulton; her siblings: Carolyn Burrlington of Palmer, Texas, John Carr of Poultney, Wayne Carr and his wife, Susan, of East Burke, Mike Carr and his wife, Linda, of West Burke, and Paul Carr and his wife, Sally, of Westmore; several nieces and nephews; and by special, longtime friends: Marya Wing of Island Pond, and Sue MacKay of St. Johnsbury.

A celebration of her life at a later date will be announced. A memorial tree planting will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PionRaymond A. Pion

Raymond A. Pion, 87, of Lowell died on December 17, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on April 20, 1927, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion.

On September 3, 1949, he married the former Gilberte Cabana, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the former Seguin Oil Company, from where he retired after 35 years. He also worked for Kraft Foods, farmed for 20 years, and at one time was employed by the town of Lowell. He was also a logger and hauled milk.

He and his wife enjoyed their family get-togethers. He helped his wife with the family garden and she helped him with the farm work.

He held memberships with St. Ignatius Church in Lowell and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #1157 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Gilberte Pion, of Lowell; his children: Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, of Lowell, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, of Lowell, Denise Pothier and her husband, Andreo, of Newport Center, Robert Pion and his wife, Suzy, of Lowell, and Rejean Pion and his companion, Lorieann Lewiq; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; his brother Roger Pion and his wife, Annette, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 19, in Lowell. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Church, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

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Obituaries December 17, 2014

obit BonnellJeanne Bonnell

The saying, “When god made you, he broke the mold,” must have been written for Jeanne Bonnell, who was known by many as Jeannie B, Nana, Mom, Auntie, and Madame.

Ms. Bonnell died peacefully on Monday, December 8, 2014. She lived a fulfilling 83 years of life, spending 64 of them with her husband, Art.

They moved to the Northeast Kingdom 35 years ago, on a whim, from Montreal, Quebec, where they were both born and raised. Ms. Bonnell left a well-appointed job as the first female manager at IBM in Canada, which was something she never told people, because, to her, it was not a big deal. When moving to Newport they had no plans, no jobs, just the desire to enjoy life at an early age and to see where the cards would fall.

The cards never fell, they continued to build. Ms. Bonnell spent 27 years at the Community National Bank, where her official title was director of Community Circle, however, she was so much more than that to those she worked with: she was a mentor, a consultant, a shoulder to lean on, the funny lady at the bank, in the eyes of a child, and, quite frankly, to the adults as well.

Her grandson Evan’s post on Facebook summarizes how everyone who had the privilege of knowing Ms. Bonnell feels: “I don’t usually write these sorts of things but that lovely, spunky, funny, caring, and stubborn lady helped shape me into the man I am today. May you rest in comfort and peace and know that all of us down here thank you for everything you’ve done for us and taught us throughout your incredible journey on earth. I love you, Nana, to the end of the earth and back, and I’ll miss you dearly but know that every life you touched was that much better for you being a part of it. We’ll be seeing you, make sure you save us a seat up there ;)”.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; her son Garry and his wife, Lynda; her daughter Judy; her daughter Sandra and her husband, Walter; her granddaughter Amanda and her husband, Miguel; her grandsons: Evan, and Alex and his wife, Lauren; and her first great-grandchild, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Country Hospital Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Bonnell’s wishes were to have a gathering in the spring to celebrate her life. Details will be announced at a later date.

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obit BrownWarren Harding Brown

Warren Harding Brown, 94, also known as “Brownie” and CB handle Brown Mouse, formerly of Island Pond, died on December 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in Newport.

He was born on November 25, 1920, in Kingman, Maine, to Walter and Mary (Nelson) Brown.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, as a paratrooper instructor.

He also marched in President Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral.

During his lifetime, he was an auto mechanic for his father-in-law, Hill’s Garage in Island Pond, Harley Blake’s garage in Barton, Brighton Garage in Island Pond, and Albert Laliberty Farm Equipment in Island Pond. He also worked for Pike Industries and Caledonia Sand and Gravel and the Canadian National Railroad as a section foreman for ten years in Island Pond.

He was an antique picker, among other trades and talents. He held membership with the American Legion Brighton Post #80 of Island Pond.

He is survived by his children: Richard Brown and his wife, Anne, of Lyndonville, and Beverly Pepin and her loving companion, George “Russ” Russell, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Brown had a dear friend, Joyce Nougeim, of St. Johnsbury, and they had a daughter, Ellen Vigeant, who resides in Lyndonville with her fiancé, Jeffrey Charron, and her children: Michael and Katherine Ruggles, and Keisha Hall. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christine Boemig and her husband, Joe, of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Boucher and her husband, Bruce, of Lyndonville; his great-grandchildren: Gabriel Kelly of Maynard, Massachusetts, Mollie Kelly of West Burke, Hillary Kelly of Laconia, Elizabeth and Lane Sanderson of Lyndonville, and Emily Sanderson of East Burke; his great-great-grandchildren: Aiden and Stella Albright of West Burke, Jacob Bigelow of East Burke, and Rebecca Sanderson of Lyndonville; the children of Beverly and Raymond Pepin: Bernie Pepin and his companion, Michele, of Island Pond, David Pepin and his wife, Heather, of Island Pond, and Michele McNally of Barre; great-grandchildren: Paige McNally, and twins Haley and Emily, all of Barre, Tyler and Dylan Pepin of Island Pond, Brayden and Farrah Pepin of Island Pond; a great-great-grandson, Mayson Pepin, of Island Pond; step-great-great-grandchildren: KK and Brent of Island Pond; a special nephew, Alden Way, of Augusta, Maine; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by twin children in the 1950s; a grandson, Richard Pepin, in 1985; and by his siblings: Adian, Donald, Earl, Paul, Beverley, DeLose Brown, Vina Cushman, and Barbara Way, all of Maine; and by his former wife of 25 years, Theo Hill Brown.

A memorial service will be held on Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80, care of Peggy Powers, P.O. Box 350, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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obit kittredgePreston L. Kittredge

Preston L. Kittredge, 77, of Barton died on December 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 14, 1937, in Barton, to Leigh and Beatrice (Butler) Kittredge.

He was employed for over 35 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he enjoyed many friendships he forged. He also worked many years on the family farm in Barton.

He loved to watch sports, NASCAR and his favorite driver, #88 Dale Earnhart Jr. He also enjoyed family get-togethers.

Mr. Kittredge was active in the community and was always there to bring a smile to everyone he met. His sense of humor would fill a room with laughter. He enjoyed holiday family dinners and spending time with his children and grandsons.

He is survived by his children: Keith Kittredge of Barton, John Kittredge and fiancée, Afton LeFebvre, of Irasburg, and Ann Usher and her husband, Paul, of Manchester, New Hampshire; his brother Gary Kittredge of Albany; his sisters: Dorothy Campbell of Barton, and Kathi Raymond and her husband, Slugger, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; two grandchildren: Michael and Nathan Kittredge; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 9, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 1 to 2 p.m. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

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obit LamondaVirginia Myrtle Lamonda

Virginia Myrtle Lamonda, 78, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1936, in North Troy, to George and Myrtle (Sargent) Vincent.

On February 1, 1958, she married Felix Lamonda, who predeceased her on September 9, 2004.

She was a homemaker where she enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, and baking for others. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She held membership with the VFW Auxiliary Post #798 of Newport, and the American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her children: Lawrence Lamonda of Newport, Danny Lamonda and his wife, Dianne, of Troy, Scott Lamonda of Newport, Ronnie Lamonda and his partner, John Vogt, of Newport, and Kelley Collins and her husband, Daniel, of Coventry; nine grandchildren; two step-grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; her siblings: Madeline Dingman and her husband, Darwin, of North Troy, and Maurice Vincent and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Katherine Brooks in 2014, Irene Pudvah and her husband, Meril, Florence Robert and Lawrence, Roland Felix, and Henry Vincent.

At the family’s request, a barbecue will be held at her home in the summer of 2015.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LittlePatricia Ann Quinn Little

Patricia Ann Quinn Little, 71, of Irasburg died on December 8, 2014.

She was born on October 10, 1943, at home in Island Pond, the middle child of three daughters, to June (Cilley) Quinn and Edward Quinn, both deceased.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse for the first five years of her education prior to graduating from Brighton High School in 1961. From there, she went to the Fanny Allen School of Nursing, becoming an LPN. She worked at Brightlook Hospital, Darling Inn, Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she was an emergency room nurse at North Country Hospital. She then began working with Dr. Charles Schurman as his office nurse. Dr. Richard Beloin and Dr. James Holcomb joined that practice and she continued to work with them until her retirement.

In her retirement, she worked at many local schools as the school nurse, keeping her license active. She was an integral part of Border Hoop, along with Eugene Tessier, for many years. She was serving on the board of Northern Counties Health Care, representing Island Pond Health Care, at the time of her passing. She spent many hours at her beloved Island Pond campground, swimming and caring for her niece, nephews, and grandson.

She and her husband spent many years camping at Lakeside, making many friends and looking after people. She was always the nurse.

She is survived by her husband, Stewart; her son Jason and his wife, Kathy, and their son Jacob; her sister Kay Hopkins and her children: Cyndi White and her husband, Dan, and their sons: Jordan, and Jared and his wife, Kaity, and their son Wade, and Dale Newland and his wife, Carrie, and their sons: Billy and Joey; and by her nephew Ryan and his wife, Jennie, and their son Quinn.

She was predeceased by her younger sister Donna Nutting in 2002.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Jacob Ryan Little Scholarship Fund, care of Jason Little, 113 Endicott Court, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ReidMarie Elaine Courchesne Reid

Marie Elaine Courchesne Reid, 93, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on November 14, 1921, in Derby, to Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens.

She married Leo Courchesne on October 4, 1943, and he predeceased her in 1961.

On December 21, 1974, she married Jesse Reid, who predeceased her in 1983.

In 1940, she received her teacher’s certificate from Lyndon Teachers College and in 1968 she completed her bachelor’s degree in education from Lyndon State College. She was an elementary schoolteacher whose first year was in a one-room schoolhouse on Buck’s Flat in East Charleston. In 1980, she retired from Newport Elementary School.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and St. Mary’s Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by her children: Susan Green of St. Petersburg, Florida, James Courchesne and his wife, Penelope, of St. Johnsbury, and Sara Williams and her husband, Jerry, of St. Johnsbury; her grandchildren: Travis and Trace Green, Ian, Payson, and Sean Courchesne, and Thomas and Jeremy Williams; her great-grandchildren: Robert and Madison, Sidney Green, Tea, Seth, Maya, Josh, Sean, Caitlyn, and Connor Courchesne; her siblings: Lucille Meunier of Newport, Harold Lippens and his wife, Patricia, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeannine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Paul and Pauline in infancy, Leonard Lippens, Rosalie Guyette, and Madeline Nault; her brothers-in-law: Arthur Guyette and Hazen Nault; and by her sisters-in-law: Ruth and Freda Lippens.

Funeral services were held on December 12, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RhodesCecil Philip Rhodes

Cecil Philip Rhodes, 74, died after a courageous battle with cancer on December 13, 2014, in Newport.

He received care from very compassionate, caring, and well trained personnel on the third floor at North Country Hospital.

He was the son of the late D. Emily (Peabody) and Cyrus Edwin Rhodes. He was born on May 18, 1940, at Orleans County Memorial Hospital in Newport.

He earned his high school diploma from Newport High School in 1958 and then earned his associate’s degree in engineering at Vermont Technical College in 1960. He served as a Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965 in South Korea, in the DMZ overseeing the Hawk Missile Battery. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport, and the Moose Club in Inverness, Florida.

He worked for the state of Connecticut and state of Vermont in drafting the design of the new interstates, then worked in the engineering department at Butterfield’s UTD Corp. in Derby Line, followed by working at the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 20 years, and then Bogner of America for 18 years.

Mr. Rhodes loved the outdoor sports of deer hunting, fall duck hunting, and most especially fishing on Lake Memphremagog. He could usually be seen in the spring into early summer cruising the lake after 5 p.m. and all weekend. He found great solace trolling on Lake Memphremagog as often as he could. He spent much time with friends and family at deer camp and in the duck blinds.

He and his wife enjoyed going to Florida for the past ten years. They spent time with good friends in a wonderful climate.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia L. (Stoddard) Rhodes, whom he married on September 24, 1965; his children: Raymond B. Rhodes and his wife, Linda, Kimberly A. Roberge and her significant other, Mike, Sharon Lea Rhodes-Duston and her husband, Steve, and Catherine Patricia Rossi and her husband, Joe; his grandchildren: Thomas J. Rhodes and his wife, Jamie, Dena Girard and her husband, Justin, Ashley Blais and her significant other, Casey, Ryan P. Roberge and his significant other, Jen, Jeremy J. Roberge and his fiancée, Emily, Cyrus, Mariah L. and Hallie N. Rhodes-Zoroufy, Alexa T. Rhodes-Duston, Charles W. Norton III, and Jenny Rossi; his great-grandchildren: Makenna Rhodes, Haven and Miah Girard and Cailyn Roberge; a sister, Elizabeth Doncaster and her husband, Wayne; two brothers: Edwin P. Rhodes and his wife, Sue, and Reginald L. Rhodes and his wife, Marte; a brother-in-law, Richard Stoddard; a sister-in-law, Sarah Foss; and by numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the U.S.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Sunday, December 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Food Pantry,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport Vermont 05855; or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Obituaries December 10, 2014

obit carpenterRandy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter, 56, of Coventry died on November 30, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 24, 1958, in Newport, to Gardner and Madeline (Nutting) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter loved spending time with his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

He enjoyed watching Boston Red Sox games and NASCAR races, and visiting with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Jessica Peters and her husband, Tim, of Liberty, North Carolina, Jeffrey Carpenter of North Troy, Amy Gosselin and her husband, Matthew, of Irasburg, and Justin Carpenter of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Haley and Addison Carpenter and Hayden and Rya Gosselin; his brothers: Gardner Carpenter Jr. and Scott Carpenter; his sisters: Marlene Messier and Darlene Choquette; his aunt Dale Nutting; and by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline and Gardner; and by his brother Terry.

A memorial service was held in North Troy on December 4. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Randy Carpenter Memorial Fund, in care of Amy Gosselin, 588 Chilafoux Hill, Irasburg, Vermont 05845 or online at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-randy-carpenter-memorial-fund/271232.

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Beverly Ruth Harbec

Beverly Ruth Harbec, 88, of Barton died on November 28, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Orleans, to Grant and Heavenia (Davis) Hussey.

On September 1, 1967, she married Adrien Harbec, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, Anderson Mills, and Barton Cleaners.

She loved to read, play cards, play board games, working on puzzles, and watching the birds.

She and her husband spent several winters in Florida and enjoyed other traveling as well as going for rides with family members.

She is survived by her children: Linda Chase of Brownington and her companion, Gerald Pray, Edwin “Buzz” Shaw of Newport Center, and Joyce Ward and her husband, Douglas, of Lutz, Florida; and by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Rebecca; and by her sisters: Marjorie, Flossie, Caroline, Velma and Bernice.

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

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obit McCarthyRaymond Francis McCarthy Jr.

Raymond Francis McCarthy Jr., 75, of Derby, formerly of Stow, Massachusetts, died suddenly on December 7, 2014.

He was born on April 13, 1939, in Concord, Massachusetts, to Dorothea (Tracey) and Raymond McCarthy Sr.

He graduated from the Stow, Massachusetts, high school, and Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

On February 14, 1981, he married Carolin Armstrong, who survives him.

He was a finance analyst for the United States Army for 26 years where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served in Germany and later retired from Raytheon in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

He held membership with the Masons, Shriners Scottish Rite and VFW in Massachusetts, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 of Derby, and Bentley Association in Waltham.

His hobbies included doing income taxes for people, reading, map reading, playing cribbage, and playing with his beloved dog Chip.

He is survived by his wife Carolin McCarthy of Derby; his children: Laura Bartlett and her husband, Gary, of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Rebecca Wade and her husband, Geoff, of San Diego, California, Steven McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kevin McCarthy of Worcester, Massachusetts; his stepchildren: Diane Marie Ryan and her fiancé, Michael Chaves, of Hudson, Massachusetts, and Thomas Ryan Jr. of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; his sisters: Faye McCarthy of Berlin, Massachusetts, Patricia Nading of Berlin, and Dorothea Paquette of Bolton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Byran McCarthy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 11, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140.

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obit vearJohn A. Vear

John A. Vear, 77, of Eden Mills died on Monday, December 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on March 7, 1937, in Morrisville, son of Clinton and Eleanor Hinds Vear. He graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1955 and then joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1955, serving through June of 1959. He married Sandra Williams on January 7, 1961.

Mr. Vear spent most of his career working as a machinist, beginning with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, before moving on to positions with General Electric, Stinson Canning Company, and then Champion Paper in Maine.

He devoted much of his free time as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Hancock, Maine.

In 1996, he and his wife moved back to Vermont, where he became an active member of the Eden community. He served as a town lister, as well as a member of the Eden Cemetery Commission and Eden Town Beach Committee. He also quickly developed many close friendships through his and his wife’s regular attendance of the Wednesday jam sessions, which they helped organize following its relocation from the Bobbin Mill in Westfield and then to its current location in Lowell.

He is remembered by his family for his tireless dedication to improving the lives of those he loved, giving his undivided time, expertise, and advice. He would always take on projects that would better the lives of those around him. He would see what needed to be done and simply do it. His family relied and depended on him for his wisdom and generous support. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Williams Vear; their children: Wendy Vear of Eden Mills and Gary Vear and his wife, Anne, of Belgrave, Australia; his grandchildren: Nicole Vear Adams and her husband, Gregory Adams Jr., Jason Vear, Madeline Vear, Tyrone Vear, and Eleanor Vear; his great-grandchildren: Mya and Avah Adams; his sister June Howe of Dummerston; his brother Wayne Vear of Eden; his step-mother Virgie Kinney of Eden; and by his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Elsie Vear Godin.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 10, at 3 p.m., at the United Church of Johnson. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 p.m. on Wednesday until the time of the service. Interment will be in the spring in the Eden Corners Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Northern Emergency Medical Service, 62 Wilson Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

OBIT VezinaRomeo Hector Vezina

Romeo Hector Vezina, 75, of Barton died on December 4, 2014, in White River Junction.

He was born on May 8, 1939, in Newport, to Leo and Germaine (Boudreau) Vezina.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1962 where he was stationed in north Africa.

Mr. Vezina was owner of Vezina Vacuum Sales and Service. He was a former officer of the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and a member of Masonic Lodge #62 of Irasburg. He invented the vacuum cleaner called the Vermonter, which was the only vacuum made of wood. He was a law enforcement officer for many years, working for the department of corrections, as constable, and sheriff’s officer.

He is survived by his children: Marie Breault of Fort Edward, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Douglas Vezina of Derby, and Debra Vezina of Irasburg; 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leonel Vezina and his wife, Gloria, of Burlington, and Charlie Vezina and his wife, Lillian, of Barton; and by his sister Paulette Cooke and her husband, David, of Florida.

He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Marie Vezina.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton. A graveside service will be in the spring at St. Theresa’ s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries December 3, 2014

obit campbellFernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 19, 1931, in Orleans, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell.

On September 6, 1958, he married Monique LeBlond, who predeceased him on July 5, 2011.

Mr. Campbell was born on the farm that he later owned and operated with his brother Raymond. Music was always such a big part of his life. He had a wonderful voice and played the guitar and a little piano. He always sang in the church choirs and would often sing solo. In his younger years, he had a small band and played music for weddings. In his later years he played music at area nursing homes. It was such a joy to hear him sing.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third Degree, and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

When he retired from farming, he traveled to Florida with family and friends in motor homes for part of the winter. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. He was hard to beat — he usually won. He loved all the family gatherings and visits.

After his wife died, he was cared for in his home by several caregivers. He was so pleased to be at home and he greatly enjoyed and appreciated his caregivers. He enjoyed them and cared about them.

He is survived by his children: Denise King and her husband, Wayne, of Williamstown, Carmen Riendeau and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans Louise Campbell and her husband, Norman Fortin, of Holland, and Francis Campbell and his companion, Rhonda Cole, of Newport Center; his 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his brother Raymond Campbell of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on November 28, in Orleans. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CoulterFloyd R. Coulter

Floyd R. Coulter, 87, of Westfield died on November 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 8, 1927, in Bennington, to Raymond and Rena (Montgomery) Coulter.

On November 26, 1949, he married Delpha Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Coulter was a veteran of World War II. During his lifetime, he was employed as a sander at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he was employed for 23 years.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing word books, watching the Red Sox with his wife, hunting, fishing, going for walks, and he enjoyed the company of his cats. His biggest joy was the various cars that he owned and giving them tender loving care.

He is survived by his wife, Delpha Coulter, of Westfield; his children: Susan Deuso and her husband, Dennis, of Montgomery Center, and Lynn Danforth and her husband, Rick, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Gerard Bouchard Jr. of Westfield, Christopher Bouchard of Richford, and Krystle Piette and her husband, Ross, of Essex; and by his great-grandchild Kaitlynn Bouchard of Westfield.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard.

A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Raymond E. Gravel

Raymond E. Gravel, 76, of Wolcott died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on August 31, 1938, in West Glover, son of Raymond Noel Gravel and Margaret Lussier Gravel.

He married Anna Rainville in Troy, in 1958.

He was employed by Pizzagalli Construction for nearly 40 years as a construction foreman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Boivin Chapter, and had served as grand knight.

He enjoyed camping and his Yorkies. He liked to bowl in a local league with the Knights of Columbus and always looked forward to putting on his Fourth of July celebration at the family camp in North Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna; their children: Daniel, Edmund, Francis and Bernice; grandchildren: Amanda, Dawn, Michael, Shawn, Dylan, Joshua, Sky, and Avery; several great-grandchildren; his siblings: Roland, Robert, Jane, Arline, Lucien, Paulette, Norman, Hazel, Deborah, Marcel, and Edward; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Joseph; and by his sisters: Susan and Delores.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Morrisville. Visitation will be held Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faith Funeral Home in Morrisville. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

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

Joyce (Durgin) Butler Little

Joyce Little, 80 of Irasburg, beloved wife of Rudy Little, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014, at her daughter Lynn’s home in Barre, after her courageous battle with cancer.

Her daughter and husband took very good care of her 24 hours a day after she was released from the hospital with Hospice care on October 28, 2014.

She was born to the late Earl and Bertha (Moulton) Durgin of West Charleston on August 11, 1934.

She loved to put puzzles together then donate them to the local nursing homes. She also loved to knit and make many, many mittens and hats for the local children who were in need, and for the WCAX-TV Channel 3 mitten tree.

She married Clayton W. Butler on October 20, 1952, where they lived in Albany.

She is survived by the five children they raised: Carol Currier and her husband, Colby, of Troy, Christine DeLaBruere and her husband, Gilles, of West Charleston, Clayton E. Butler of Irasburg, Anita Dion and her husband, David, of Irasburg, and Alan Butler and his wife, Darlene, of Irasburg.

Mr. Butler was struck with polio and died on November 29, 1965.

She then married Rudolph “Rudy” W. Little and they had just celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniversary on November 4. Together they had a daughter, whom she is survived by: Lynn Carter and her husband, Arland, of Barre.

She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Dot Mason and her late husband, Larry, of Albany, Marjorie Annis and her late husband, Austin, of North Carolina, and half-sisters Rachel Williams of North Carolina, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg, and Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg; one half-brother, Raymond Durgin, of Morgan; and a special sister-in-law, Patricia Little, and her husband, Stuart, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by three infant sons: Ronald, Ricky, and Wilbur Little; her sisters: Norma Mathieu and her husband, Jack, Nancy Mathieu and her husband, Ben, and Doris Haddock and her husband, Charles; and by a brother, Durward Durgin, and his wife, Tootsie.

There will be no calling hours or services as requested by Ms. Little, and respected by her family.

If friends and family wish to donate in her memory, please send your donations to CVMC National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, Vermont 05641. This cancer clinic was like no other, they took such good care of her. Dr. Daniel Fram would call on a regular basis and ask how she was doing through her radiation treatments. They were very kind, sincere people and they allowed her special four-legged friend, Walker, to come with her to the clinic. They treated him like he was family, and that’s what he is.

obit ProvostRichard “Pinky” F. Provost

Richard “Pinky” F. Provost, 92, died at home on November 25, 2014.

He was born on September 29, 1922, at home in Derby, to Louis and Bertha (Couture) Provost.

He attended school in Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby. It was in graded school where he was given the nickname “Pinky.”

On August 27, 1947, at Sacre-Coeur-de-Jesus in Stanstead, he married Regina Ferland, who survives him. After 67 years of marriage he still said his marriage was the best decision in his life.

He lived in Derby, and operated Hillside Farm, which included the original family farm and expanded over the years with additional neighboring farms. He also owned and operated a fertilizer business. It was until his late eighties that he continued to manage his gravel pit business. Retirement also included the purchase of a home in Lake Worth, Florida, where family and friends were welcomed to visit, play cards, and enjoy wonderful hospitality.

Mr. Provost served on the Derby board of selectmen, the Agway board of directors, he was a member of the Elks, Le Club Canadien Francais de Lake Worth, and the Antique Car Club of Newport.

Mr. Provost took a great deal of pride in his collection of Farmall tractors, which are now housed in Paquette’s International Farmall Museum in Leesburg, Florida. He very much enjoyed driving his 1940 Packard, with “Pinky” on the license plate. He was also an extraordinary and witty raconteur. He shared his colorful stories until his final hours.

In addition to his wife, Regina, he is survived by eight children: Maurice “Moe” Provost and his partner, Joan Poutre, of Derby, Lise MacDonald and her husband, John MacDonald, of Swanton, Ginette Provost and her husband, Tom Cyr, of Derby, Nancy Moore and her husband, John Moore, of Derby, Pauline “Poe” Provost of Underhill, Sylvia Provost and her husband, Jim Henderson, of White River Junction, Suzanne Provost and her husband, David Benway, of Underhill, and Cecile Provost and her husband, Gary Sexton, of Jericho; his 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Marguerite Smyrski of Montpelier; and by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews who enjoyed visiting their mon oncle Pinky.

He was predeceased by his son Henri Provost in 1981; his brothers: Roland, Romeo, Roger, George, and Paul; and by his sister Anita Curran.

Funeral services were held on November 29, in Derby. Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Road, Suite 40, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Edward’s Parish, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Audrie E. Wright

Audrie E. (Powers) Wright of Greensboro, formerly of Waterford, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born in Waterford in October of 1929, the second youngest child of Glenn and Eva (Page) Powers. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy’s Class of 1947, and married Rolla Wright Jr. on her eighteenth birthday that year. They settled near their families’ farms in Waterford and together raised five children.

As a younger woman, Ms. Wright enjoyed reading, swimming, and fishing for brook trout. She and her husband taught their children to know and appreciate the wildflowers and animal life of the Northeast. Favorite places included the Old Swimming Hole beside the little red schoolhouse on Shadow Lake Road in Concord, Dodge Pond in Lyman, New Hampshire, and Long Sands Beach in York, Maine. Picnics, going out for ice cream, and listening to WSTJ and her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, created special memories. For many years she was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of St. Johnsbury.

She is survived by her children and their families: E. Lynne and her husband, Douglas Mitchell, of Fort Ann, New York, Kathryn Bennett of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Leonard and Lanette Wright of Danville, Lyle and Sheryl Wright of Princeton, West Virginia, and Amy Brill and Scott Brill of Sutton; her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sister and brother, Geneva Wright and Willard Powers, both of Waterford; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to the following organizations: Residents’ Activity Fund of Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to Davies Memorial Library, P.O. Box 56, Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848.

Online condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

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Obituaries November 26, 2014

obit AldrichMichael C. Aldrich

Michael C. Aldrich, 49, of West Charleston died on November 22, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on June 7, 1965, in Middletown, Connecticut, to Neta (Brooks) Aldrich and the late John E. Aldrich.

He was a cabinetmaker in Ocala, Florida, before moving to Vermont three years ago.

He loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Neta Aldrich, of West Charleston; his children: Ashlee Aldrich of Wells, and John Aldrich and Alicia Aldrich, both of Florida; his siblings: Ted Aldrich and his wife, Tammy, of West Charleston, David Aldrich and his wife, Sharon, of Haddam, Connecticut, and Wanda Folsom and her husband, Reginald, of Colchester; his stepbrothers: Tim, Rodney, and Ronald Aldrich; his grandmother Marion Aldrich of Jericho; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where a service of remembrance will be held. Interment will take place at a later date in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

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 BreaultMarjorie L. Breault

Marjorie L. Breault, 83, of Newport died on November 21, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 9, 1931, in Island Pond, to John and Julia (Annis) Meehan.

On April 22, 1972, she married Alcide R. Breault, who survives her.

She enjoyed her family get-togethers and she was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Alcide Breault, of Newport; her children: Gregory Abbott, Wanda Abbott, and Julie Perry, all of Newport; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and by her sister Elsie Keltz of Dalton, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by two children: Jerry Abbott and Penny Abbott; and by the following siblings: Irving, Harold, Neil and Clayton Meehan, and Joyce Martin.

Funeral services were held on November 24, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HolmesIsabelle A. Holmes

Isabelle A. Holmes, 90, of North Troy died on November 19, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on October 20, 1924, in Newport to Joseph and Florence (Marandola) Lantagne.

She married George Frost Sr., Fred Westover, and Edward Holmes, who all predeceased her.

She was a homemaker who provided for her children. She loved her family and having them visit and she especially enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Joe Bedell and his wife, Lynn, of Ahwanee, California, Geraldine Morin and her husband, Mike, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Barbara Vigeant and her husband, Richard, of Newport, Gloria Frost of North Troy, George Frost Jr. and his wife, Rosalyn, of Newport Center, Lynda Leonard and her husband, Bruce, of Irasburg, and Amy Frost of Littleton, New Hampshire; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Lawrence Lantagne of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Antonio Lantagne and Janice Jacobs of Newport, and Anne Hansen and her husband, Jim, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers: Roland Lontine, Donald and David Lantagne; and by her grandson Sergeant Ryan Leonard.

Funeral services were held on November 25. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit IsabelleJacqueline Isabelle

Jacqueline Isabelle of Newport died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at the age of 92.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on August 2, 1922, the daughter of Alcide and Laura (Brunelle) Toussaint.

Her husband, J. Leo Isabelle, died on January 3, 2005.

The Isabelles were longtime residents of Newport and former residents of St. Johnsbury.

Mrs. Isabelle grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy. She worked at W.T. Grant’s in St. Johnsbury, and later for the Vermont State Employment Agency where she met the love of her life, Leo, after he returned from active duty in the Marine Corps.

Mrs. Isabelle was a stay-at-home mom who loved and nurtured her children and grandchildren. She was truly a role model for her family with her examples of her faith in the Lord and love of her family. She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by nine children: Christine Wolf and her husband, Phillip, of Brownington, Claudette Schoolcraft and her husband, Gary, of Peacham, Marc Isabelle and his wife, Deborah, of Hamilton, New Jersey, Bernard Isabelle and his wife, Crystal, of Underhill, Donald Isabelle of Pittsford, Brenda Isabelle of Derby, Brian Isabelle and his wife, Allyson, of Loveland, Colorado, Richard Isabelle and his wife, Constance, of Derby, and Suzanne Schmitz and her husband, James, of Beavercreek, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Leo’s three brothers and one sister, all of Barre: Hector Isabelle and his wife, Marilyn, Ellis Isabelle and his wife, Jacqueline, Romeo Isabelle and his wife, Yvonne, and Claire Carmell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Celeste, in 1976; a sister, Gloria Carlton; and by two brothers: Leo and Normand Toussaint.

Mrs. Isabelle was able to remain in her home with the help of her loving caregivers over the last several years. They became her extended family.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, November 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Newport on Saturday, November 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in May at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Isabelle may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr., 75, of Newport died on November 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 15, 1939, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Pasquale and Elizabeth (Wagner) Sarracco.

On September 5, 1959, he married Susan Lewis, who predeceased him on May 5, 2014.

Mr. Sarracco was a machine operator for Pike Industries, from where he retired in 2000.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed candle pin bowling, watching hockey games, and spending time with his family. He loved his cats and his dog Tracer.

He is survived by his children: Donna Blais and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Lewis “Butch” Sarracco and his wife, Teri, of Northfield; his grandchildren: Shanna Pinheiro and her husband, Paul, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Shaun and Jordan Sarracco of Northfield; his great-grandchildren: Haidyn Pinheiro and Milei Pinheiro, both of Dover, New Hampshire; his siblings: Jack Sarracco and his wife, Kristy, of Florida, Pat Sarracco and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut, Tom Sarracco of Connecticut, and Frank Sarracco and his wife, Penny, of Connecticut; his brother-in-law Mickey Lewis and his wife, Mona, of Newport; his sister-in-law Jeralyn Wolcott of West Virginia; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit StoddardMavis Stoddard

Mavis Stoddard, 91, of Craftsbury died on November 17, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on August 3, 1923, in Craftsbury, to Theodore and Ila (Parkhurst) Morey. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the Class of 1942.

On December 19, 1942, she married Neil Stoddard, who predeceased her in 2009.

She worked along with her husband on their dairy farm for many years.

She enjoyed walking her cocker spaniels, cooking, reading, boiling sap, spending time outdoors, and her family was very important to her. In her earlier days, she was known to ride horseback to school.

She is survived by her children: Jane Stoddard of Morrisville, Joyce Stenger and her husband, Bill, of Brunswick, Georgia, John Stoddard of Craftsbury, and Brenda Adams of Morrisville; nine grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Linda Usher on March 24, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit tylerCarl A. Tyler

Carl A. Tyler, 75, of Derby died after a long illness on November 22, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 22, 1939, in Derby to Roland and Katherine (Marcotte) Tyler.

On April 10, 1987, he married Eleanor Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Tyler was custodian for Community National Bank, from where he retired in 2004.

He enjoyed doing yard work and helping people. He also enjoyed going for rides in the country. He will be remembered for his wonderful smile and great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Tyler, of Derby; his son Wayde Tyler and his wife, Diane, of Newport; his grandchildren: Ciera Tyler and her boyfriend, Brad Glodgett, of Newport Center, and Carl Tyler and his girlfriend, Chelsea Poginy, of Newport; his great-granddaughter Carlie Twofoot of Newport Center; his sisters: June Dorion of Glover, Mary Beardsley and her husband, Tom, of Waterbury, and Alice Lebel and her husband, Lucien, of Derby; his sister-in-law Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts; his brother-in-law Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; and numerous nieces and nephews and by his dog Chloe.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Evelyn Tino; and by his two brothers: Raymond and Roland Tyler.

At Mr. Tyler’s request, there will be no calling hours or service.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Fernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.

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Obituaries November 19, 2014

obit BakerFrank H. Baker III

Frank H. Baker III, 75, of Newport Center beloved husband of Gloria Baker, died suddenly on November 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 12, 1939, in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Rebecca (Rushton) Baker Jr. He was raised in Derry, New Hampshire, where he attended Pinkerton Academy until the twelfth grade when he left school to join the service.

Mr. Baker served his country in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 21, 1958.

On September 2, 1970, he married Gloria Goodbout, who survives him.

He spent his life working in the woods logging with his draft horses, and from 1986 to 1992 he farmed in Newport Center. His horses and hard work were his life’s passions. He also enjoyed boxing, playing, watching professional football, reading, music, and history. He also drove tractor-trailer for several years in the early 1970s.

Besides his wife of 44 years, Gloria, he is survived by his children: Tracey Baraw and her husband, Andy, of Derby, Heather Henderson and her husband, Randy, of Daytona, Florida, Frank Baker IV of Newport Center, and Joshua Baker and his wife, Jessica, of Holland; his grandchildren: Devon James and Hannah Baraw, and Jarrett and Kaitlyn Henderson, Jordan Lanou, Joshua Jr. and Jacob Baker; his sisters: Alys Cady of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Frances Bramhall of Grafton, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: June Graham and Christine Kelly.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

obit BevansJames William Bevans Jr.

The family of James William Bevans Jr., known as Bill, has gathered together to celebrate the life of their brother and father who died from cancer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on November 10, 2014.

Mr. Bevans’ wife and their children — Kelley, Heather, and Michael Bevans — have been joined by his brother John Patrick Bevans and sisters, Kathryn Mullervy and Margaret Jerger, for support and to share loving and happy memories.

Mr. Bevans was born on December 18, 1935. He and his wife, Judy, met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Elizabethan drama. His love for entertaining and theater led to a long career in helping people work together to achieve common goals.

He began his career in human resources while living in Baltimore, and later culminated 26 years as vice-president of organization development with General Foods USA.

When Mr. and Mrs. Bevans moved to Vermont, Mr. Bevans continued his career, working for organizations as a consultant and facilitator. He was a member of the OD Network.

He loved his home and his small conference facility, Coach Works Farm, and his family of pets — especially Tess, his Yorkshire terrier — the outdoors, and he enjoyed the gifts of the Vermont landscape. Cross-country skiing, hiking, and working to conserve our forests and water became his passion. He loved music, whether it was classical, jazz, or bluegrass.

He was an active member of Hannaford’s Volunteer Fyfe and Drum Corps.

He served on the board of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, both as a member and president. Being part of an organization that presented pathways for everyone, children and adults, exploring our natural heritage was one of his most meaningful experiences.

He is deeply loved and was ever deeply loving, laughing, and encouraging to everyone he met.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Northwood Stewardship Center, P.O. Box 220, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

At this time, there is no memorial service. A celebration of his life is being planned for the spring.

To Bill: L’chaim. Love you forever.

obit CarpenterCorey Adam Carpenter

Corey Adam Carpenter died suddenly on November 12, 2014.

He was born on February 14, 1987, in Newport.

Mr. Carpenter enjoyed working on cars and four-wheelers, and being outdoors. He also had a fondness for animals in need.

He is survived by his children, Brianna and Brogan Carpenter, of Collingswood, New Jersey; his mother, Beverly Miller, of Barton; his father, Gardner Carpenter, of Coventry; his brother Gary Miller of Lyndonville; his sister Pattie Dudley of Glover; and by his nieces and nephews: Robert Stringer of Andover, Massachusetts, Holly Loukes of Derby, Isaac Miller of Randolph, Rachelle and Alayni Miller of Glover, and Bailey Turner and Taylor Dudley of Glover.

Our hearts are broken by your sudden departure and we are left with questions that may never be answered. God called you to heaven for a reason. At this time we may hurt and not know why, but someday we will be together again my friend, brother, daddy, uncle, cousin, and son. Until then, may you save a place for us in heaven and we will save a place for you in our hearts.

A memorial of remembrance was held on November 18, in Barton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit coleAlfred C. Cole Jr.

Alfred Cole Jr., local grocery store entrepreneur, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Friday, November 14, 2014, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Barton.

He was the former owner and founder of several stores in the Northeast Kingdom including Cole’s Market in Orleans, C&C Supermarket in Barton, Cole’s Redemption in St. Johnsbury, and Lyndonville Redemption. He was 78.

He was born in Bloomfield on January 8, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Ada (Bennett) Cole. He graduated from Lyndon Institute (LI) in 1954 and maintained his pride in the school throughout his life; he especially loved rooting for the LI football team.

A member of the Hiking Club, Mr. Cole was a great hiker and had hiked the length of the Long Trail in Vermont. He loved his sports and all the Boston sports teams.

He is survived by his wife, Anita (Sheltra) Cole, whom he married on May 5, 1956; six children: Kathleen Martel and her husband, Richard, of Waterford, Jeffrey Cole and his wife, Diane, of Lyndon, Donna Gilman and her husband, Paul, of Lyndon, Tina Rivers and her husband, Dave, of Sheffield, Debra Newton and her husband, Luke, of Sutton, and Michael Cole and his wife, Regina, of Weare, New Hampshire; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Stuart Cole, of Newark; his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Cole, formerly of St. Johnsbury Center; Anita’s sister Lucille Belval of Lyndonville; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard “Babe” Cole.

A funeral service will be held in Lyndonville on Wednesday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Church. Burial will follow at the St. Elizabeth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions could be directed to Lyndon Institute, attention Melissa Hall, development director, P.O. Box 127, Lyndon Center, Vermont 05850.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

obit darlingRussell Frank Darling Jr.

Russell Frank Darling Jr. died on November 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Glover on March 29, 1941, to Ruth Hancock and Russell Frank Darling Sr.

After completing school, he went to basic training and joined the Vermont Army National Guard. He worked throughout his life as a machinist, mechanic, carpenter, jack-of-all-trades, and master of many.

He returned to the family farm on Dexter Mountain as a dairy farmer until the time of his retirement.

He married Marion English Adair on March 6, 1965, and together they raised five children.

Mr. Darling loved traveling to Florida with his wife during the winter months, always returning to the farm in the spring. He loved to attend the draft horse and pony pulls all around the Northeast Kingdom. He also enjoyed fishing and snorkeling in Florida.

He is survived by his children: Gerry English and his wife, Michelle, of Glover, Sherry Provencher of Newport, Pam Massey and her fiancé, Kevin Collins, of Barre, and Deborah Wease and her husband, Mike, of Glover; his grandchildren: Chris Provencher and his wife, Valerie, of Enosburg, Bill Stevens of Glover, Tina Provencher of South Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy, Gerry English II of West Glover, Ami English of Glover, Jessica Massey and her fiancé, Jason, of Barre, Amanda Atwood and her husband, Ethan, of Glover, Justin Darling of Glover, and Abigail Darling of Glover; his great-grandchildren: Emma, Lily, Brooklynn, Hayleigh, Jacob, Bryer, Annika, Jaxon, Lilian, Violet Bryson, and Alex; his brother Raymond Darling of Orleans; his sisters: Marion Cubit of Albany, Rachel Bean and her husband, Bob, of Concord, and Rona Bruneau and her husband, John, of Irasburg; and by many special nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion; his mother, Ruth; his father, Russell; and by his son Randy.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a gathering at the family farm in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orleans County Fair Pulling Association, P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822, in memory of Russell Darling.

Online condolence can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit gosselinMarc Edouard Gosselin

Marc Edouard Gosselin, 52, of Burlington died peacefully on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a short battle with cancer.

Son of the late Mathias and Blandine (Chaput) Gosselin, he was born on January 6, 1962, in Newport, and spent his childhood years on the family dairy farm in Barton. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1980, and from Johnson State College in 1986.

Mr. Gosselin was a contemplative soul with a gentle spirit who loved and marveled at nature. His family has deep and fond memories of time spent with him while growing up and later in his adult years. He enjoyed music and took a special delight in seeing his nieces and nephew grow up.

Survivors include his brothers: Jacques and his wife, Marisa, of South Burlington, Luc and his wife, Theresa, of East Amherst, New York, and Pierre and his wife, Doris, of Quakenbruck, Germany; his sisters: Joanne Winter and her husband, Richard Codling, of South Burlington, and Christine Lazicki and her husband, David, of Underhill; his nephew Max of Germany; and his nieces: Megan Pelchat of Colchester, Erin Galinas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Anna Gosselin of Germany, and Celine and Solange Gosselin of East Amherst.

There will be no visiting hours. Services will be held on Friday, November 21, at 11 a.m. at the St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington, followed by a reception and luncheon at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory can be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.

obit GrenierArvilla “Evelyn” Grenier

Arvilla “Evelyn” Grenier, 83, of Clarksville, Tennessee, former longtime resident of Newport Center and Lyndonville, died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and kidney disease.

She was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, on April 8, 1931.

She and her husband enjoyed being part of the North Country Swingers Square Dance Club, panning for gold, golfing, bowling, and traveling. She enjoyed bingo, making crafts, and spending quality time with family.

She was an amazing inspiration to all who knew her with her fighting spirit and ability to face her illnesses with grace and courage. Her tender, caring personality and beautiful smile will be greatly missed.

She was a former member of the Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville.

She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Philippe “Pea Wee” Grenier, of Clarksville; three daughters and one son: Joyce Davis of Newport, Norma Sloan of Clarksville, who helped care for her over the past nine years, Brenda Lontine and her husband, Bruce Sr., of Barton, and Paul Grenier of Hoboken, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Vicki Custer of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Bruce Lontine Jr. of Limaville, Ohio, Shane Lontine of Coventry, Billy Grenier of Newport, Tammy Cornell of Newport, Christopher Prue of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Philip Prue of Statesville, North Carolina; 16 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Alton Porter Jr. and his wife, Pearl, of Colebrook, Alda Barnett and her husband, Melcom, of Errol, New Hampshire, Gloria Sweatt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Lois Smith of Newport, Eva Byard and her husband, Terry, of Clarksville, and Mildred Pellitier of Swazy, New Hampshire; and by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Fenoff, of Lyndonville.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alton Porter Sr. and Arvilla (Sweatt) Porter; and by two brothers: Norman Porter and Wendell Porter.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill in Newport. Services will be held in the spring at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Lyndonville. Time and date to be announced.

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

Ruth (Nelson) Lamotte

Ruth Lamotte died on October 26, 2014, at age 75, at her home in Mossyrock, Washington.

She was born in Barton on May 6, 1939, the daughter of Allen and Marion Nelson of Albany. Raised in Albany, she graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After graduating from Lyndon Teachers College in 1962, she taught in Lunenburg until 1964, when she married Phil Lamotte and moved to the West Coast.

While in Washington, she taught at the Onalaska School District and raised six children. When her children were all school age she went to work for DeGoede Bulb Farms for 37 years, until her passing.

She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities, Seahawks football games, Mariners baseball, doing puzzles of all kinds, and summer vacations at the beach with her family. Even though her family and friends were in Vermont, they were in her thoughts and a large part of her family stories.

She is survived by her six children: Shawn, Allen and his wife Michelle, Dan, Ramona Romine and her husband, Gary, Andy and his wife, Kathleen, and Renee Drake and her husband, Kevin; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brothers: Tom Nelson, Roger Nelson and his wife, Beatrice; and by her sister-in-law Janet Nelson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson; a grandchild, Morgan Romine; and by a brother, George Nelson.

There was a potluck celebration of life for Ms. Lamotte held November 8, in Mossyrock, and a private family burial.

obit ToddMaxine Melina Todd

Maxine Melina Todd, 77, of Orleans, beloved wife of Durwood Todd, died peacefully on Sunday, November 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 24, 1936, in Irasburg, a daughter of Emma Royer.

On April 24, 1955, she married Durwood Todd, who survives her.

She graduated from Orleans High School in 1955. She was a bookkeeper for Blanchard Oil in Orleans for several years.

She held memberships with the Quilters from Vermont State Police Barracks, and was very involved with the Orleans High School Roger Barton Scholarship Program.

She enjoyed quilting and attended many quilting seminars around the country, knitting and crocheting with others, spending time with her grandchildren, and doing things with her family and friends.

Besides her husband of 59 years, Durwood, she is survived by her children: Michele Todd of East Montpelier, and Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; her grandchildren: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Christopher, Jennifer, Jessica, Jamie, and Jeremy; and by several great-grandchildren, brothers, and a sister.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Brownington Village Cemetery.

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

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

obit WarnerJoAnne Warner

JoAnne Warner, 69, of Derby died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Joseph and Helen (Worthiem) Johnston in Burlington in 1945. After the death of her mom at a young age, she was raised by her great-grandmother Mary Worthiem and her companion, Irma Isham.

Upon graduating from nursing school, she met and married Stanley Warner of North Troy. They moved to the Newport-Derby area and proceeded to raise their two daughters.

Ms. Warner loved nursing and took care of her patients at the Newport Health Care Center with kindness and compassion for 32 years. She will be greatly missed by both the patients and staff of the Newport Health Care Center.

She loved skiing, skating, cross-stitching, and watching NASCAR. Her greatest joy was riding motorcycle with her husband, Stanley.

Along with her husband, Stanley, she is survived by her children: Lauri Bonneau Warner and her fiancé, Mike Place, of Newport, and Lisa Warner of Ithaca, New York; her grandchildren: Jay and Michelle Bonneau of Island Pond, Samantha and Caleb Gross of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and Benjamin Bonneau of Newport; two cousins who were like sisters to her: MaryAnn Tabor of Burlington, and June Giroux of Hinesburg; as well as by several other cousins and many dear friends.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries November 12, 2014

obit EasonKate Elizabeth Eason

Kate Elizabeth Eason, 32, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Born in Newport, she was the daughter of Douglass and Deborah Haselton.

She was a registered nurse at Carolina Bone and Joint Surgery Center.

She was a gentle soul and free spirit who touched everyone she met.

She loved to shop, especially for shoes and jeans, and always remained frugal. She wholeheartedly made the earth a better place. She loved her family and her husband.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher Lynn Eason, of Myrtle Beach; her parents; a brother, Kurt Douglass Haselton, and his wife, Michelle; her grandparents Grammy and PaPa Simoneau; her father-in-law, William Eason and his wife, Linda; her mother-in-law, Barbara Eason; her brother-in-law Michael Eason; two sisters-in-law: Michelle Sykes and her husband, Steve, and Lauri Springsteen and her husband, Eric; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, along with a great number of friends.

A celebration of life was held on November 8, in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LLS MA Chapter, 9 Erie Drive, Natick, Massachusetts 01760.

Sign a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

obit FortinColombe Rita (Faucher) Fortin

Colombe Rita (Faucher) Fortin, 85, of Newport died on November 2, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 12, 1929, in Magog, Quebec, to Ernest and Mariange (Cliché) Faucher.

On August 3, 1946, she married Roland Fortin, who predeceased her on August 28, 2013.

She is survived by her children: Rosaire and Brenda Fortin of Derby, Joseph and Lillian Fortin of North Troy, Reginald Smith of West Charleston, Francine and Earl Martin Jr. of Island Pond, Andre Fortin and his wife, Cathy, of Coventry, and Gilles and Mary Fortin of Chazy, New York; her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and by her sisters and brothers: Jean Rocke, Omer, Jean Claude, and Origene Faucher, Marie Berthe Faucher, Yolande Robert and her husband, Yves, and ReJeanne Bombardier all of Magog, Quebec;

She was predeceased by one daughter, Rolande Fortin, of West Charleston; two brothers: Emilien and Onario; and by two sisters: Marguerite and Suzanne.

Funeral services were held on November 8, in Derby. Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit GatesJames R. Gates

Peacefully surrounded by his family, James R. Gates died on November 4, 2014, after a courageous and strong willed two-plus-year battle with leukemia.

He was born on April 24, 1946, in Hardwick.

He proudly served his country in the Vermont Army National Guard.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Helen Gates; along with his children: Aaron and his wife, Amy Gates, of Brimfield, Massachusetts, Anthony Gates and Kara of Hyde Park, Amanda and her husband, Sam Gabaree, of Hardwick, and Alissa and her husband, Tracy Harvey, of Walden; her stepchildren: Cory and his wife, Jackie Rivard, of Newport, Joey and his wife, Susie Rivard, of Hardwick, and Tammie Rivard of Charlestown, Massachusetts; her siblings: Patricia Gates of Vero Beach, Florida, Reginald Gates of Hardwick, Barbara and her husband, Howard Keough, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Betty and her husband, Lynn Heney, of Port St. Lucie; his 13 grandchildren: Josh, Zack, Alleigh, Ryan, Russell, Tyler, Tanner, Tessa, Ethan, Avery, Piper, Tyler and Kelsie; and many nieces and nephews along with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Onis Gates; and by his siblings: Sheila, Bob, and Beverly.

He began working at Gates Salvage Yard in 1960 alongside his family members and he became sole owner in 1990. Since then he has owned and operated it making it one of the largest salvage yards in the state of Vermont. His other passions included racecar driving, driving truck, operating his equipment, hunting, fishing, farming, bowling, dancing, horseshoes, playing cards with his buddies, and above and beyond all, spending time with his grandchildren. Most recently his passion for outdoor recreation led him to open Buffalo Mountain Powersports in 2010.

Mr. Gates’ life lessons he would like to leave behind would be to work hard, waste nothing, and remember to dance.

Funeral services were held on November 7 in Hardwick. Committal followed at Lake Elmore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

obit GerawChester H. Geraw

Chester H. Geraw, 89, of Glover died peacefully on November 7, 2014, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on November 23, 1924, in Orleans, to Bert and Lydia (Mergs) Geraw.

In 1972, he married Desneiges Coderre, who predeceased him on November 27, 2012.

He was a janitor for the Canaan Elementary School and also worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for several years.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching old Westerns on television.

He is survived by his children: Chester Geraw Jr. and his wife, Sheri, of Bristol, Connecticut, Raymond Geraw and his fiancée, Tammy, of Glover, and Eddie Geraw of Glover; his grandchildren: Vikki, Destiny and Dylan; and by his sisters: Eva Geraw of California, and Irene Forest and her husband, Gary, of Forest Dale.

He was predeceased by his son Freddie; by his grandson Michael; and by his brothers: Charlie, Peter, and Perley.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RiceLeona M. Rice

Leona M. Rice, 95, of Brownington died on November 3, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 28, 1919, in Brownington to Clyde and Mable (Marsh) Herman.

On March 21, 1936, she married Merrick M. Rice, who predeceased her in 1991.

When they were first married they ran a farm and when they were done farming she worked for several families in the area. At one time she cooked meals for hot lunches in schools.

She enjoyed going to Home Dem meetings and was a member of the Ladies Christian Club and also was a member of the Brownington Village Church.

She also enjoyed playing cards, making afghans, which made prize possessions for family members in addition to ones that she sold and others that she gave away. Along with everything else, she enjoyed playing board games and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her children: Linda Child, Robert Rice and his wife, Laurie, and Carla McCoy and her husband, Peter, all of Brownington; her grandchildren: Karen and Rick Marston of Naples, Maine, Wendy Child of Portland, Maine, Michael Child and his wife, Melissa, of Dover, New Hampshire, Sharey Rice and her friend, Joseph Lund, of Burke, and Adam Rice and his wife, Yuka, of Walden; her five great-grandchildren: Haley Hammond, Kasey Rice, Alexandria and Emily Child, and Cameron Rice-Lund; her brother Willard Herman and his wife, Nancy, of Collinsville, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Arnold; and by her sisters: Pauline Green and Velma Cook.

Funeral services were held on November 7, in Brownington. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Village Congregational Church, 126 Parker Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit stoneMargaret Bernice (Ford) Stone

Margaret “Maggie” Bernice (Ford) Stone of Richmond died peacefully on Thursday, November 6, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a long and beautiful life.

She was born in Compton, Quebec, on August 29, 1922. Her family moved to East Charleston in 1928 to live on the Tripp Hill farm and later moved to a farm on Echo Lake. She attended the one-room Echo Lake schoolhouse in her early years. She graduated from Orleans High School, and nursing school at Brightlook Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

During World War II, she worked at a hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she met Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt was an inspiration for her throughout her life.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, she taught nursing and, in later years, worked at Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington.

She married Fred Stone in 1950 and together they raised two daughters, Elaine and Dorothy.

She was an active volunteer for the Richmond Rescue, the VNA, and a devoted member of the Richmond Congregational Church. She loved her faith, her family, and her profession.

She returned every summer to her beloved Echo Lake. Many happy family times were had at her mother’s cottage and her own log cabin overlooking the lake. Though she lived in different towns in Vermont throughout her life, she always considered herself a country girl from the Northeast Kingdom.

She is survived by two daughters: Elaine and her husband, Greg Carpenter, of Fairfax, and Dorothy Stone and her partner, Zacciah Blackburn, of Richmond and Ascutney; her grandchildren: Amos Parker of Lee, New Hampshire, Ben Parker and his wife, Liz, of Montpelier, Caitlin and her husband, Michael Woodard, of Copper Mountain, Colorado, Elliot Smith and his partner, Carrie, of Nederland, Colorado, and Ian Carpenter of Fairfax; her great-grandchildren: Forrest and Fisher Woodard and George Parker; her brother Albert Ford of East Charleston; many nieces and nephews; and by two special cousins: Russell and Robert Nichols of Compton.

She was predeceased by three sisters: Mabel Schenk, Marion Petell, and Dorothy Farrell; and by her brother George Ford.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Congregational Church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Stowe at a later time.

Donations may be made in her name to Richmond Rescue, P.O. Box 404, Richmond, Vermont 05477.

obit willisJohn Melvin Willis

John Melvin Willis, 72, died in Inverness, Florida, on November 2, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on November 14, 1941, to Melvin and Thelma (Willey) Willis.

He worked for many years at Butterfield’s as a machinist, where he proudly served as union president. He later worked as bartender at the American Legion, where he made many lifelong friends.

Mr. Willis lived life fully and enjoyed hunting, politics, bocce ball, travelling, reporting the weather, and spending time with his family. In recent years, he enjoyed annual trips to St. Pete Beach with family. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Griffin) Willis; his children: Cathy and her husband, Dan Lowell, Lisa Spooner, and their mother, Rosemary Rowe, Chris Willis and his wife, Jamie, Adam Willis and his fiancée, Jessica Hastings, and their mother, Ruth-Ann Fletcher; his mother, Thelma (Willey) Willis; his grandchildren: Rob, Danny, Tom, Zach, Olivia, Emily, Natalie, Natalee, Trysten, Lily, and great-granddaughter Meka; his siblings: Duane “Red” Willis, Marlene Bullis, Trudy Roberge, and Jody Cleveland; and by his stepsons: Ben, Jason and Tyler Marcoux. He was joyfully anticipating the birth of a new grandchild. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was especially close to his brother and sister-in-law, Red and Bev; his nephew Todd and his wife, Cindy, and to his stepson Tyler. He will be sadly missed by many dear friends in Vermont and Florida.

He was predeceased by his father, Melvin Willis, in 1972.

As per his wishes, there will be no funeral.

Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida 34464.

Death notices

JoAnne Warner

JoAnne Warner, 69, of Derby, beloved wife of Stanley Warner, died on November 9, 2014, in Newport.

Graveside service will be held on Friday, November 14, at the North Troy Village Cemetery, at 11 a.m.

Maxine Todd

Maxine Todd, 77, of Orleans, beloved wife of Durwood Todd, died on November 9, 2014, in Newport.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans on November 14, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating. Interment will follow at Brownington Village Cemetery.

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Obituaries November 5, 2014

obit DeWittVinal A. DeWitt

Vinal A. DeWitt, 83 of Glover died peacefully on October 28, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on February 19, 1931, in Medford, Maine, to Arthur and Lyna (McGray) DeWitt.

Mr. DeWitt was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Armored Division as a mechanic on tanks after training at Fort Hood in Texas.

During his lifetime he was self-employed in Bucksport, Maine, owning and running two garages and a wrecker service for the area.

In 1969, he came to Vermont to work as a heavy equipment mechanic for SV Rossi on what is now I-91. At the completion of the highway, he became a mechanic for Calkins Sand & Gravel in Lyndonville, until his retirement in 1999.

Repairing heavy equipment, building and remodeling, and trips to Florida and Maine for vacation were his hobbies; but, farming was his passion. Mr. DeWitt was a proud member of The American Angus Association.

Besides his family in Maine, his main love was the Russell family and his associations with them for 40 years, especially his ownership in D&R Farms, where he and his ex-wife, Patricia Russell, raised Registered Angus Cattle, which they showed all over the country for 20 years.

He is survived by his grandchild: Brandi-Jo DeWitt of Bangor, Maine; his brothers and sisters: Ronald and his wife, Joyce Hopkins, Harold Hopkins and his life partner, Patricia Jordan, Keith DeWitt, Edwin DeWitt and his wife, Ellen, Kathy Hopkins and her daughter, Mandy Worden, and Dale DeWitt and his wife, Christine, all of Maine; several nieces and nephews; and by his ex-wife and friend, Patricia Russell, of Barton.

He was predeceased by his son Vinal DeWitt Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Don Vincent officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on November 6, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at Cedar Valley Cemetery in Charleston, Maine, at 1 p.m. on November 10.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund at Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

obit DuquetteRoger Lionel Duquette

Roger Lionel Duquette, 78, of Irasburg died on October 31, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on February 21, 1936, in Orleans, to Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette.

On September 12, 1964, he married Louise (Snyder), who survives him.

During his lifetime, he was an electrician for Citizens Utilities, and he later worked for Columbia Plywood. More recently, he was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and working on his car.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Duquette, of Irasburg; his sons: Howard Duquette of New Hampshire, and Maurice Duquette of New Jersey; his brother Lewis Duquette and his wife, Nancy, of Barton; his sister Gloria Whittemore of Glover; his brother-in-law Donald Stoddard of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Wayne Whittemore.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Full military honors will be held.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit leblancPaul A. LeBlanc

Paul A. LeBlanc, 69, of Albany died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 3, 1945, in Barre, son of the late Emmanuel and Pauline (Guillette) LeBlanc.

He served in the Vermont Army National Guard and reserves in his early twenties. When his left the military, he worked for his father at E&E Tire. He was married for a short period and had four beautiful daughters. After leaving E&E Tire, he moved to Hardwick and began his own business, Paul’s Auto. When he closed his shop, he worked for Green Mountain Sanitation and then S.D. Griswald. He spent much of his life living in Hardwick, until making his home in Albany.

He was a member of the Hardwick Fire Department and a member of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed the friendships and comradeship when he was with his buddies.

On July 1, 1995, he married the love of his life, Joanne, and together they had a son. For the past 19 years, Mr. LeBlanc has enjoyed raising his son and making his home in Albany with his wife and two dogs, Bandit and Cuddles.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding a motorcycle, a four-wheeler, skeet and trap shooting, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved cooking, especially for family and friends, particularly when having a chicken barbecue. Time with his family and friends was his source of joy.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne (Patoine) LeBlanc; his children: Dana LeBlanc, Lori LeBlanc Dell’Amore, Elizabeth Hill, Nicole LeBlanc and Tamatha Clark; his grandchildren: Cassie Osgood, Heather Osgood, Acacia Hammel, Amber Boisvert, Aaron Clark, Megan Hill, Johnathan Hill, Julie Dell’Amore, Matthew Dell’Amore, Sarah Hill, and Gabriella Beaumier; his nine siblings: Arthur LeBlanc, Irene Hill and her husband, Warren, Rachael Williams and her husband, Gary, David LeBlanc and his wife, Gail, Albert LeBlanc and his wife, Robin, Anne LeBlanc, Diane LeBlanc, Denise Whitcomb and her husband, Rob, and Rita Griffen and her husband, Peter; and by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Hope Community Church in South Walden, with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating.

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

obit RowellEthel Marie Rowell

Ethel Marie Rowell, 57, of Albany died on October 28, 2014, at her home.

She was born on November 20, 1956, in Newport, to Paul and Jean (Madden) Boulanger.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1975.

On March 1, 1975, she married Mitchell Rowell, who predeceased her on December 13, 2013.

Ms. Rowell was a stitcher for both the former Bogner and Slalom Ski Wear.

Her hobbies were crocheting, and gardening, which included making strawberry beds and flower beds.

She is survived by her sons: Andy Rowell and his wife, Britta, of Heidelberg, Germany, and Cory Rowell and his wife, Desiree, of Essex; her grandchildren: twins Angela and Alyssa, and Caleb and Natalie; her siblings: Thomas Boulanger and his wife, Wilma, of Newport, Georgia Fournier of Troy, Ruth Forbue of Lyndonville, Sharon Provoncha and her husband, Dale, of Westfield, and Joan Therrien and her husband, Roland, of Derby; numerous nieces and nephews; and by one grand-grandniece.

She was predeceased by her sister Patricia Hall in 2008; her brother Peter Boulanger in 2011; and by her nephews: Timmy Verdon and Billy Joe.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Brownington Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on November 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 29, 2014

obit BaileyMarie D. Bailey

Marie D. Bailey, 77, of Island Pond died from natural causes during the early morning hours on October 22, 2014, at the home of her daughter Jennifer Hanlon, where she had lived, with her son-in-law Thomas and granddaughter May, since 2011.

Though she moved to Vermont late in her life, she always said she was proud to be a Vermonter, and especially enjoyed all things maple. She enjoyed summering with her family on the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York, and this past summer spent two very relaxing months “on the river” there with her beloved sister Judith and brother “Buzz.”

Marie Gertrude Derenberger was born on July 3, 1937, in Tracy, Minnesota. She was a daughter of Floy Mae Derenberger and William Derenberger.

The Derenberger family moved to Ogdensburg in 1940. Ms. Bailey was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Class of 1955, a graduate of St. Lawrence School of Nursing in the Class of 1958, and she received her B.A. at Plattsburgh State University.

She embarked upon her nursing career with the American Red Cross, followed by service at the Veterans Administration in Syracuse, New York, and as a school nurse in Peru, New York. She also was employed in the Ausable Valley School District for several years as a school nurse. She will be remembered by many for her gentle, compassionate spirit and her dedication to nursing and caring for those around her.

It was at Peru Central School that she met a teacher, George Arthur Bailey, of Keeseville, New York, whom she married in 1964. Though their marriage was short lived, she remained in the Keeseville area for many years, supporting her children and always opening her door to them and their friends.

She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and she enjoyed sharing recipes, cooking, and eating tasty food. She was an avid fan of the Enquirer and other tabloids, and could spend hours watching crime dramas on television. When she came to Vermont she began surfing the Internet and communicating via e-mail. She was always interested in current events on the local and national level, and always was sure to vote. She always had a strong faith in the Lord, and always found a reason to laugh and smile every day.

She is survived by four children: Jennifer and her husband, Thomas Hanlon, and granddaughter May Marie of Island Pond, Jeffrey Bailey of Keeseville, and Suzanne and her husband, Bret Leonhardt, of Kernersville, North Carolina; and by her grandchildren: Kyle, Ansley, and very specially loved grandson Seth, Sara and her husband, Jude Perkett, of Ausable Chasm, New York, and Ledge, Keene, Chasm, and Ridge. She is also survived by her siblings: William Derenberger of Moravia, New York, and Judith Derenberger of Winter Haven, Florida, along with her niece and goddaughter Cathy Giglio; and by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

She had many lifelong friends, including her beloved sister-in-law Mary Bailey of Port Kent, New York, who was like a second mother to her children. Many people often thought they were sisters or even the same person, since they were often seen with the same set of children. She also had lifelong friendships with Bernadette (Morrow) Kolonski and Barbara Wylie.

She was predeceased by her parents; her older sister Wilburna Derenberger Giglio; and by her brother Sargent LeRoy Derenberger.

During her lifetime she was referred to as “Sis” by her siblings and by those in the Ogdensburg region.

At her request, there will be no calling hours, and cremation will be provided by Curtis Britch Converse Rushford Funeral Home. An informal memorial dinner with her family will be held on November 8 in the Plattsburgh, New York, area, and the interment of her cremains will take place on Memorial Day in 2015, at the family plot in Ogdensburg, at the convenience of her family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ClapperJob Robert “Bob” Clapper

Job Robert “Bob” Clapper died on October 18, 2014, at his home in Holland, surrounded by his pets.

He was born on May 7, 1940, to Lawrence and Marianne Lathye Clapper.

He is survived by his life partner of 38 years, Rachael Pelletier; his daughter Lorri LePage; and by his son Lance Clapper. He also helped raise Rachael’s children: Kathlene Pelletier and David Pelletier. He loved those two as though they were his own. He is also survived by his brother Richard of Ausable Forks, New York.

Mr. Clapper was a Vermonter through and through. His parents had a camp on Salem and when his brother and he were growing up, they spent every summer carefree as can be, swimming and fishing. He loved to tell the stories about their always-leaky rowboats and catching baby skunks, squirrels and chipmunks, or how they used to steal their mother’s cigarettes and hide them in the woods so they could smoke them later.

All of his grandchildren were special to him, especially Sean who lived with the couple for five years before moving to Rutland with his mother. After that, along came Christopher and Josh, followed by Sara, Elizabeth, and then Amber and lastly followed by Skyler, Dillon and Deven. He had a great time with the grandchildren when they came to visit.

Mr. Clapper enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. He was a radioman on the U.S.S. Neptune and received an honorable discharge after completing his tour. After discharge, he went to work at Ethan Allen in Orleans. After nearly 20 years and working himself up to a supervisory position, he decided to return to attend college. He graduated magna cum laude from Johnson State College with a degree in elementary school education, K-8 with an additional specialization in special education. He worked for North Country Union High School in special education for a short time and decided it wasn’t for him.

Because of his involvement with special needs students, he decided to take a position with Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Services at the Group Home on the Bluffs. While working there he met a special client, Alan, and they developed a special relationship so Mr. Clapper decided to bring Alan into his and Ms. Pelletier’s home. Alan was with them through thick and thin, until Mr. Clapper was ready to retire at 62.

After retirement, he became a “house husband” and “kennel keeper” to many pets. He was especially fond of golden retrievers and did adopt several — the newest dog is Cooper, who slept with Mr. Clapper until the end. When his closest dog, Gabriel, passed, Mr. Clapper had him cremated so then when he passed, Gabe’s and his ashes could be mixed and spread together over the bridge between the two Salems.

Mr. Clapper was a volunteer for Orleans Essex Home Health for a few years. While Ms. Pelletier was involved with getting her increased education, Mr. Clapper was her typist with much gnashing of teeth because of her habit of actually cutting and pasting her papers. He never wanted to learn to use a computer, preferring a manual or electric typewriter.

As a religious man, one of his greatest wishes was to visit the holy land and he was able to do so before his health began to fail. While there, he was baptized in the Jordan River. Another great moment in his life was the day he participated in the great Cadillac parade through Barton. He was up before daylight to make sure he could get in line and managed to be number 34.

The past two years were very trying for Mr. Clapper, with one health care problem after another. We cannot wish him back, but can visualize him romping through heaven’s fields with his golden retrievers who have gone before him. He is at peace now.

Funeral services were held on October 25, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CollinsDurward P. Collins

Durward P. Collins, 89, of Westfield died suddenly on October 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1925, to Harley and Maud (Besaw) Collins.

On September 16, 1944, he married Rita Breault, who predeceased him on July 17, 2009.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

During his lifetime, he was a foreman for the Vermont Asbestos Group Mine in Lowell.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, walking and listening to country and bluegrass music.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, William Collins of Westfield, Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his son-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Pamela Niles; two grandchildren: Lisa Collins and “Little” Gerard Pion; his sister Florence Miclette; and by his brothers: Elsidor and Elroy.

Funeral services were held on October 24, in Lowell. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery.

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obit durocherRichard Dennis Durocher

Richard Dennis Durocher, 53, of Vero Beach, Florida, and formerly of Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, died at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

He was born on March 27, 1961, in St. Johnsbury, son of Larry and Gloria Durocher.

He graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1979 and from Lyndon State College in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science in business.

He was a three-season athlete in high school, excelling in football, basketball, track and field, and he also played in the Lyndon Youth Baseball program for many years. As an adult, he is well known for his exceptional contributions to the Lyndon Youth Softball program, helping to lead numerous teams to state and regional competitions.

In Vermont, Mr. Durocher was employed as a territory sales merchandiser for 14 years at Hibbert & McGee out of East Barre, until his relocation with his wife, Lynn, four and a half years ago to Vero Beach.

He was a dedicated Red Cross blood donor over the last several decades. He enjoyed watching sports — an avid Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Vikings fan — golfing, motorcycle rides, family gatherings and dancing with his wife, Lynn. He took extreme pride in maintaining his home!

He his survived by his devoted wife of nine years, Lynn Daviault Durocher; his parents, Larry and Gloria Durocher; his siblings: Barbara and her husband, Maurice Chenette, Sandra and her husband, Randy Amadon, Robert and his wife, Rosemary Durocher, and Raymond and his wife, Kathleen Durocher; his sister-in-law Diane and her husband, Paul Rioux; his children: Gregory and his wife, Crystal Durocher, Eric Durocher, and Megan Durocher; his stepchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Dennis McCall, Scott and his wife, Jessica Brewer, and Benjamin and his wife, Dani Marie Brewer; his grandchildren: Sophia, Gemma, Isabella, Troy, and Jaxon; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Roger E. and Jeannette Blanchard Daviault.

Visiting hours will be held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Sunday, November 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lyndonville, on Monday, November 3, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, November 4, at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Lyndon Youth Baseball and Softball Program, care of Jon Prue, P.O. Box 1146, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the American Red Cross, Vermont and New Hampshire Region, Attention: Local Disaster Relief, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt, née Merle Ash, 94, of Glover died peacefully at the Union House in Glover on October 15, 2014.

She was born on March 11, 1920, in Sheffield, daughter of Warren and Bernice (Smith) Ash.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1938 and the University of Vermont in 1963.

She married Maurice Dutton of Brownington in 1939. He predeceased her in 1978. In 1985, she married John Vance Hewitt Jr., who died in 1997.

She taught in several schools in Burlington from 1958 until her retirement. Prior to this, she taught grammar school in the Northeast Kingdom. Following her retirement, she and Mr. Hewitt moved to Shingle Springs, California, to be with her daughter. After Mr. Hewitt’s death, she moved to Half Moon Bay, California, and from there she moved to Tampa, Florida, to live with her son Gilbert and his family, and then to John Knox. Her loving niece, Gwen Maynard, has cared for her for eight and one-half years in Glover.

She was active in CFO (Camps Farthest Out) and CFOI (CFO International). She attended many camps: Winni, New Hampshire; Silver Bay, New York (where she and Mr. Hewitt were married); Asilomar and Mount Shasta in California, among them. She had various positions in CFO and also attended JFO (Journey Farthest Out) Tahoe in Nevada. She was also active in CFOI, attending in several countries and serving on the CFOI Board.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Bradley of Shelburne, Gilbert Dutton and his wife, Bonnie, and their son Christopher and his wife, Janis, of Brandon, Florida, and Phillip Dutton of Shelburne; her sister-in-law June Winhold of Waitsfield; her niece Gwendolyn and her children: Pamela and her husband, Donald Clark, Patty Caron and her fiancé, Glenn Gage, Paula and her husband, Bill Chamberlain; her nephews and their wives: Connie Ash and Lynn Ash, Ruth and her husband, George Wells, Sandra and her husband, Hale Hemingway, MickiAnn and her husband, Ron Thomas, Tom, Ernie, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Maurice Dutton and John Hewitt; her brothers, sisters, and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Fern Ash, Ruby (Ash) Beadle, Velma (Ash) Eastman, Alice (Dutton) and her husband, Tom Emmerson, and Ernest Dutton; her parents, Warren and Beatrice Ash; and by Mr. Dutton’s parents, Gilbert and Ruth Dutton.

Interment and memorial services will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in early June.

obit LantagneJames L. Lantagne

James L. Lantagne, 36, of Newport died suddenly on October 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 2, 1978, in Newport, to Deborah Lantagne and the late Gilles Desroches.

He was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed hunting and going to the family hunting camp. He also enjoyed fishing, snowboarding, four-wheeling, kayaking, snowmobiling, listening to music, playing solitaire, joy riding and watching television which included the Discovery, History and Science channels. He was also very social and enjoyed visiting with people. He always had a smile and brought joy to all he came in contact with.

He always had a soft spot for animals. He especially loved being with family and friends and spent a lot of time with his son and grandmother.

He is survived by his son Nicholas Lantagne; his mother, Deborah Glodgett; his step-dad, Terry Glodgett; his grandmother Esther Lantagne; his companion, Melissa Stone, and her two sons: Bruce Stone III and Nicholas Stone; his siblings: Michelle Desroches and her companion, David Walker, Pamela Bedard and Dan Bedard, Cindy Dodds and her husband, Brian, Carmen Flynn and her husband, Kurk, Jane Perry and her husband, Leroy, Andrew Desroches and his wife, Jennifer, Ted Glodgett and his wife, Renee, John Glodgett and his wife, Tracy, Joey Glodgett and his wife, Alicia, and Steve Glodgett and his girlfriend, Lisa; his aunts and uncles: Gary and Adalene Lantagne, Rock and Judy Desroches, Jocelyne and Terry Gage, and Raymonde Mayhew; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins; and by the mother of Nicholas, Michelle Carbonneau.

He was predeceased by his father, Gilles Desroches; his grandfather Aristide Lantagne; and his best friend, Nicholas Blay.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 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 the American Red Cross, Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Ave, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3323; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MurrayJoshua R. Murray

Joshua R. Murray, 29, of Newport died on October 20, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on December 31, 1984, in Newport, to Margaret Murray and Alan Shaw.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the Class of 2003.

He was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport.

He enjoyed playing magic, basketball, and anything with superheroes, especially Superman and Captain America. He was given an honorary black belt in tae kwon do.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy Murray, of Barton, and her boyfriend, Gene Rollins, of Barton; his brother John M. Baxter and his wife, Liz, of Watertown, New York; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 31, with Robert Trombly officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Margaret Murray, 327 Main Street #5, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PattenGlen M. Patten

Glen M. Patten, 59, of Derby died on October 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 8, 1955, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Jeannette (Rice) Patten and the late Kenneth Patten.

On January 26, 1973, he married Sharon Percy, who survives him.

He was owner and operator of Glen Patten Trucking Co.

His hobbies included playing chess, risk, going to auctions, antiquing, and talking politics.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Patten, of Derby; his children: Tammy Patten and her fiancé, Tracey Lamoureux, of Derby Line, Chad Patten and his wife, Renee, of Derby, Jeremiah Patten of Derby, and Adam Patten and his wife, Tara, of Derby; his mother, Jeannette Patten, of Coventry; his grandchildren: Nicholas Giroux, Hailey Lamoureux, Celina Patten, Ava Patten, Kayla and Isaiah Patten, Bailey Cloney, Caitlin and Treyton Patten, Austin Lamoureux, and Kirstein Lamoureux; his brothers: Keith Patten of Brownington, and Randy Patten and his wife, Christine, of Newport; his sisters: Nadine Cray and her husband, Robert, of Ohio, Terri Ryan and her husband, Frank, of Coventry, April Blake of Coventry, and Fern Wright and her husband, Byron, of Derby; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, Stewart Patten; and by his father, Kenneth Patten.

Funeral services were held on October 20, in Morgan. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit reedWalter E. Reed

Walter E. Reed, 76, of West Addison died on October 27, 2014, in Middlebury.

He was born in West Addison on February 28, 1938, the son of Charles Edward and Audrey (Wells) Reed.

He attended school in Addison before graduating from the St. Johnsbury Trade Academy in 1956.

In 1958, he married Margaret Bearor.

He was employed on the family farm before starting his own bulk milk hauling business, which he operated for many years. In later years, he worked for the Agency of Transportation and retired in 2012.

He was a past member of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department and a 35-year member of the Morning Sun Masonic Lodge in Bridport. He was also a member of the West Addison Methodist Church.

Mr. Reed loved his family above all; he enjoyed summer cookouts and holidays with his family. His true passion was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle; he was known to say he was going “around the block” and end up in Newport. He loved Tootsie Pops, going to Goodie’s for ice cream, and going to the King’s Inn for supper with family and friends. He loved a good party and was a genuinely fun-loving man.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of West Addison; two sons: Walter II and his wife, Joan, of West Ferrisburgh, and Todd and his wife, Dawn, of West Addison; his grandchildren: Kevin and his wife, Lindsey, Christopher and his wife, Erin, Kelsey and her husband, Kevin Bradford, and Jade and his friend, Emily; his great-grandchildren: Colton, Logan, Cooper, Eva, Kolby, Colin, and Joleigh; one great-granddaughter soon to be born; his brother Robert and his wife, Christine, of Orleans; his cat Harley; and by his best friend, Millard Flint, and his wife, Joan.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Anne; and by his sister Carole.

A memorial service will be held at the West Addison Methodist Church on Thursday, October 30, at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following in the Lake View Cemetery in West Addison. The Reverend Jill Robinson will officiate. Visiting hours will be held at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury on October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Addison Volunteer Fire Department, 811 Route 22A, Vergennes, Vermont 05491

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Obituaries October 22, 2014

obit BergeronFannie L. Bergeron

Fannie L. Bergeron, 77, of Newport Center died on October 15, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on March 7, 1937, in Topsham, to Everett and Esther (Bruno) Rowe.

On July 31, 1954, she married Henry Bergeron, who predeceased her.

Her hobbies included cooking, playing bingo, feeding hummingbirds, and collecting teapots and Native American artifacts. She also enjoyed traveling and going out to dinner.

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

She is survived by her children: Roland Bergeron and his wife, Pauline, of Derby, Henry Bergeron of Newport Center, and Esther Dillon and her husband, Terry, of Newport Center; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her special friend Olivine Perrault of Lyndonville; and by her cat Tigger.

She was predeceased by her grandson Nicholas Blay in 1995; and by a brother, Everett Rowe Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on October 22, from 10 a.m. 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 American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 710, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CaseyCharlotte M. Casey

Charlotte M. Casey, 92, of Barton died on October 18, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on April 19, 1922, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, to Armand and Maud (Locke) Therrien.

She married James A. Casey Sr., who predeceased her in 1968.

She was a teacher at the Adult Learning Center in Newport.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport.

Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, sewing, playing bingo, listening to music, teaching, dog showing and grooming, and canning.

She is survived by her children: James A. Casey Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Westmore, and Ann E. Johnson of Worcester, Massachusetts; her grandchildren: Larry Casey of Worcester, Eliza Casey of Worcester, Joshua Casey and his wife, Michelle, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Hannah Cannon and her husband, Joseph, of Barre, and Isaiah Casey and his wife, Kelly, of Derby; and by her great-grandchildren: Tamera Casey, Matthias Cannon, Kanysa Johnson, Moniah Casey-Johnson, and Kaitlyn and Xavier Casey.

She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Chavoor; and by her nephew Richard Chavoor. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport, with President Eric Pingree officiating. Interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery in Worcester.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit JewettMina C. Jewett

Mina C. Jewett of South Burlington, beloved wife of Theodore N. Jewett, died in Burlington on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

She was born in Newport on January 29, 1942, to Dorothy (Korb) Carter and the late Melvin Carter.

She became a dental hygienist and worked for several area dentists in the past.

She and her husband live in South Burlington and also have a summer home in Morgan.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed her family and their visits. She spent several years as a major caregiver to her daughter Melissa. She was a guardian ad litem in Newport, a volunteer at the Fletcher Allen hospital, a manager of the Window Box Shop at North Country Hospital, and she was also a manager of the Interfaith Care Givers in Moorestown, New Jersey.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ted; her sons: Matthew Jewett and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Brian Jewett of South Burlington; her mother, Dorothy Carter, of Newport; her sister Janet Selby and her husband, Homer, of Morgan; her grandchildren: Timothy, Elizabeth, and Cyrus Jewett; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving daughter Melissa; and by her father, Melvin H. Carter.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at JDRF.org or to 26 Broadway, New York, New York 10004.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LaharEmily L. Lahar

Emily L. Lahar died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the age of 97, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.

She was born in Newport on February 13, 1917, where she lived all her life.

She was a daughter of Joseph and Anna (Dube) Lahar.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella for over 50 years.

She was the office manager for the W.T. Grant store until her retirement.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching television.

She is survived by one sister, Audria Girouard, of South Barre; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Austin Lahar, Edmond Lahar, and Raymond Lahar; and by her sisters: Evelyn Davio, Doris Hamilton, Lula Gardner, and Muriel Lahar.

Funeral services were held on October 21, in Newport. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Michaud Memorial Manor, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit NewtonBeulah C. Newton

Beulah C. Newton, 90, of North Andover, Massachusetts, died on October 12, 2014, in Andover.

She was born on April 15, 1924, in Irasburg, to Walter E. and Hazel J. (Heath) Coffey.

On October 15, 1945, she married Roland Newton, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. She liked to write poetry and to knit.

She and her husband had three children: Richard and his wife, Ellen Newton, of Waterboro, Maine, James Newton of Vermont, and Joyce Newton Delaney of Salem, New Hampshire. She is also survived by the following grandchildren: Richelle and her husband, Peter Hammond, Richard G. and his wife, Jamie Newton, Carrie and her husband, Scott McFarland, Kristen Grames, and Rebecca and her husband, Jeremy Morais; a brother, Everett, and his wife, Ann Coffey, of Waterbury; a sister, Esther Young, of Lyndonville; her nine great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Roland; her brother John and his wife, Shirley Coffey; her son-in-law Norm Delaney; and by her brother-in-law Fay Young.

Funeral services were held on October 18, in Barton. Interment followed in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

obit PepinFernand Pepin

Fernand Pepin, 92, of Southington, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Southington Care Center. He was the husband of the late Yvette (Lapointe) Pepin.

Born December 27, 1921, in St. Hubert Audet, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Luc and Alice (Couture) Pepin.

Mr. Pepin was a mason working until the age of 80.

He is survived by three sons: Dennis Pepin and his wife, Yvette, of Southington, Jean-Luc Pepin and wife, Helen, of Southington, and George Pepin of New Hampshire; a daughter-in-law, Martha Pepin, of Vermont; a sister, Laurette Bertrand, of Lake Megantic, Canada; seven grandchildren: Steve, David, Jason, Maryse, Stephanie, Alicia and Josh Pepin; and by seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Rene Pepin.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 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 October 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

For online expressions of sympathy, or directions, visit curtis-britch.com.

obit SchererMichael Eugene Scherer

Michael Eugene Scherer, 33, of Beebe Plain, beloved husband of Melissa, died unexpectedly on October 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 5, 1981, in Somerville, New Jersey, son of Thomas Sr. and Nancy (Knowles) Scherer.

On July 3, 2004, he married Melissa Gyles, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1999, where he was on the boys state championship soccer team in 1998, the University of Vermont in 2003, and Norwich University in 2008, receiving a master’s degree in justice administration.

He worked for Northeast Kingdom Human Services in Newport as an emergency services case manager.

He enjoyed scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, playing tennis, traveling across the country, soccer, hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, making homemade pickles, reading, skiing, remodeling his house, going to Wells Beach, Maine, with his family, and he was a huge New York Yankees fan. He was a Boy Scout and he achieved Eagle Scout status, and he also received the Governor’s Award from the Vermont Department of Corrections.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa, of Beebe Plain; his cherished children: Rachel, Harrison, and Dylan Scherer; his parents, Thomas Scherer Sr. and Laurie Gray of Holland; his mother, Nancy Knowles, of Brownington; his brothers: Thomas Jr. and his wife, Jessica, of Newport, Benjamin Scherer and his wife, Emily, of Newport Center, and Trevor Gray of Holland; his sisters: Amy Dull and her husband, Tim, of Burlington, and Pamela Abbott and her husband, Stephen, of Derby; eight nieces and nephews: Jacob, Zachary, Adam, and Matthew Abbott, Elizabeth, Sarah, David, and Caleb Scherer; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; his mother-in-law, Ann Cota, of Jay; his father-in-law, Bruce, and his wife, Erin Gyles, of Newport, New Hampshire; his sister-in-law Meghan Peck and her husband, Cory, of Derby; his grandparents-in-law, Lee and Dona Richardson, of Jay; and by his faithful companion, Bode.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, James and Gladys Scherer; his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Joan Knowles, all of New Jersey; and his father-in-law Del Cota.

Funeral services were held in Newport on October 16. Interment followed in the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions for his children’s education may be made to North Country Federal Credit Union, 1474 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit shumskiArthur Florian Shumski

Arthur Florian Shumski of Central City, Pennsylvania, a native of Springfield, died comfortably on October 12, 2014, while surrounded by family.

He was born on June 20, 1934.

Mr. Shumski proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and Air Force from 1951 to 1958. Throughout his life, he worked for Brunswick Corp., as well as numerous restaurants up the East Coast.

He was a member of the American Legion.

For recreation, he could be found at the bowling center or fishing in a nearby lake or pond.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jane S. Shumski, of Central City, native of Derby Line; his brothers: Anthony Shumski of East Amherst, New York, and Stanley Shumski of Springfield; his son Marc Staff of Katy, Texas; his daughters: Diane Roberts of Central City, and Candice Shumski of Graniteville; and by his grandchildren: Larissa, Ashleigh, Zachary, Rhylea, Kristopher, Reece and Abygayle, who will cherish many memories with their Pop-Pop.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lena and Stanley Shumski; his brother Hendry “Hank” Shumski; and by his grandson Ryan Roberts.

Instead of a funeral service, there will be a celebration of his life held in central Vermont in the summer of 2015.

Condolences can be sent to the Shumski Family, P.O. Box 161, Central City, Pennsylvania 15926.

To correspond online with the Shumski family, please visit www.mulcahyfuneralhome.com.

obit VantubergenMartha “Martie” Louise Vantubergen

Martha “Martie” Louise Vantubergen died on Friday, October 10, 2014, at home, after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

She was born in Bellflower, Illinois, on July 26, 1930. She moved with her parents, John and Lucille Smith, to New Jersey in 1932 and lived there up until 1977 when she moved to Lowell.

Her accomplishments include graduating from Kent Place in Summit, New Jersey, in 1948, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology at Barnard College in New York in 1952, and continued her education with postgraduate work in the biochemistry department at Columbia University in New York.

On May 15, 1953, she was elected as an active member to the New York Academy of Sciences and was a member of the American Association of University Women.

While studying at Columbia, she met her first husband, Thomas W. Murphy, who was at the time attending Columbia Law School. They married on December 21, 1954. In 1970, she was remarried to Richard Vantubergen, who introduced her to Vermont.

While living in New Jersey, she was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on April 15, 1950, and became a dedicated member of the Loantaka Chapter in Morris County, New Jersey. She served as regent, vice-regent, recording secretary, and state chairman of the DAR magazine. She was also chosen as Outstanding Junior Member and State Winner of New Jersey by the National Society of the DAR in 1965. She was selected to appear in the 1966 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. Upon moving to Vermont, she became a member of the Saint John de Crevecoeur Chapter, which is based in the Northeast Kingdom.

Ms. Vantubergen loved Vermont. She took up skiing in her forties and loved to cook and entertain for anyone who came to visit. She enjoyed playing the organ at the Westfield Church and took up golf at the Orleans Country Club. On September 19, 1990, she had a hole in one. Other pursuits included gardening, canning, bridge, solitaire, crafts, sewing, reading, genealogy, and fashion: she was a “Coldwater Creek” gal. She loved dogs, owning them throughout her life. She also enjoyed traveling especially to Puerto Rico during winter months.

She will always be remembered for her good nature, compassion for others, integrity, generosity, inner strength and boundless energy.

She is survived by her daughter Sunnie and her son Jay; numerous grandchildren; a great-grandchild; several stepdaughters; and by her beloved dog Clancy.

A memorial service was held on October 18, in Westfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Westfield Congregational Church, P.O. Box 125, Westfield, Vermont 05874.

Online condolences can be made at awrfh.com.

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