Obituaries October 15, 2014

obit DeckerJohn R. Decker

John R. Decker, 87, of Barton, formerly of Greene, New York, died peacefully on October 7, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on April 25, 1927, in Butternuts, New York, to Royce and Bertha (Lamb) Decker.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II.

He married Marilyn Coleman. During his lifetime, he was a machine operator for Raymonds Corporation in Greene, for 32 years.

His hobbies included riding his Indian motorcycle and he also raced motorcycles. He was an avid traveler and camper, he loved country music, and he was a bowling champion in Greene and Oneonta, New York. He came to Vermont from Michigan to be near his daughters and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Arlean Hillis and her fiancé, Michael Labounty Sr., of West Charleston, Randy Decker of Witchita, Kansas, Elaine Henderson and her husband, Robert, of West Charleston, and Kathleen Decker and her husband, James L. Allen, of Newport; his grandchildren: Dustin, Aaron, and Neal Hillis, Cortney and Christopher Alston, and Janice Rose Allen; his sister Janice Haskell of Oneonta; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Clarence; and by his sister Kathrine. He was formerly married to Rose Ellen Bunting and then to Martha Russell, who he will be buried next to in Greene, and then he married Marilyn Coleman, who predeceased him.

A graveside service will be at the cemetery in Greene on October 17, at 2 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit hallWilliam Vincent Hall Jr.

William Vincent Hall Jr., 77, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, died on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, New Hampshire.

He was born in Barton on March 7, 1937, son of William Vincent Hall Sr. and Shirley (Hunt) Baird.

He was in the U.S. Air Force.

The family includes his children: Dianne Hall and Duane Hall, both of Charlestown, Debbie Fougere and her husband, Quaile, of Chester, Roberta Nunn of Penacook, New Hampshire, and Corey Nunn of Concord, New Hampshire; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his brothers: Robert A. Hall and his wife, Cheryl, of Concord, and Bruce Hall and James Baird of Penacook; his sisters: Dorcas “Dodie” Wood of Penacook, Evelyn “Effie” Brown of Franklin, New Hampshire, Sandra Elliot of Pembroke, New Hampshire, Susan Hall of Concord, Donna Richardson and her husband, Dana, of Florida, and Marilyn Collins and her husband, Kurt, of Oregon; and also many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son David Hall; and by a brother, John Baird.

A memorial service was held in Claremont on October 10. Burial will be held in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton at a later date.

Online condolences at www.stringerfh.com.

obit HoustonJohn F. “Jack” Houston Sr.

John F. “Jack” Houston Sr., 90, of Orleans died on October 7, 2014, at his home.

He was born on September 22, 1924, in Evansville, to Claude and Gladys (Marshall) Houston.

He graduated from Orleans High School in 1943.

On June 12, 1948, he married Arvilla (Billie) Smith, who survives him.

He entered the United States Army in 1943 and served as a corporal in antiaircraft artillery. He reenlisted in 1946 as a firefighter in Germany and was honorably discharged from the reserves in 1949.

Mr. Houston worked at Butterfield’s (Tivoly) until he retired in 1988. He continued his work on the Orleans Fire Department for 56 years and the Orleans Ambulance for 40 years.

He was a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Valley Masonic Lodge #106 Free and Accepted Masons of Orleans.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Billie, of Orleans; his sons: John Houston Jr. and his wife, Liz, and Robert Houston and his wife, Diane; two grandchildren: Jennifer Riendeau and her husband, Daniel, and Tyler Houston; his sister Janine Robillard; several extended family members; lifelong friend Dale McCoy; and by his recent hunting buddy Chris Smith.

He was predeceased by his sister Mona Marotte; and by his brother Merton Houston.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no calling hours or formal services.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Fire Department, 102 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SawyerAnita Elise Sawyer

Anita Elise Sawyer, 70, of Pine City, New York, formerly of Albany, died on October 7, 2014, in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

She was born on May 18, 1944, in Newport, to Walter and Blanche (Norway) Rushlow.

Her hobbies included reading, cooking, canning, and gardening.

She is survived by her children: Alicia Albrecht and her husband, Bob, Douglas Sawyer and his wife, Missy, Jenny Storch and her husband, Steven, Thomas Sawyer and his wife, Wendy, and Shelly McNew; her brothers: Edward Rushlow and his wife, Rosalie, and Howard Rushlow; her sisters: Vernonica Griggs and Judith Schnupp and her husband, John; her brother-in-law Larry Kilborn; and by her loving companion, Kenneth White. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, George H. Sawyer; her brother Robert Rushlow; and by her sister Patricia Kilborn.

Funeral services were held on October 14, on Craftsbury Common. Interment followed in Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Jenny Storch, 159 Kinner Hill Road, Pine City, New York 14871, for funeral services.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 8, 2014

obit chaffeeLillian R. Chaffee

Lillian Ruby Chaffee, 93, of Hardwick died peacefully on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born on May 19, 1921, in Greensboro, the daughter of the late John G. and Adella (Dezan) Dickson. She attended Greensboro public schools.

On July 30, 1938, she married Charles Chaffee in Island Pond.

Much of Ms. Chaffee’s working years were spent in the Greensboro area, where she was a domestic for many years. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for more than 28 years. Later, she was a nurse’s aide at the Greensboro Nursing Home. Following the sale of the farm, the Chaffee family relocated to East Hardwick. In the early 1970s, Ms. Chaffee moved to Hardwick, where she has since made her home.

She loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed being with her friends, meals, games, trips, especially the music provided by the Hardwick senior citizens. Other enjoyments included quilting, sewing, and handiwork.

Survivors include three daughters: Shirley Sicard of Barton, Louise Russell and her husband, Roderick, of Morrisville, and Holly Hill of Fairfax; a brother, Eugene Dickson, of Albany; and by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, in 1964; a daughter, Sarah Chaffee; five siblings: Roger Dickson, Willard Dickson, Lulabelle Marckres, Gertrude Sargent, and Wallace Dickson; a great-grandson, Roger Simino; two sons-in-law: Lawrence Sicard and Terry Hill; as well as by a dear friend, John Phelps.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m on Saturday, October 11, in the Irasburg Cemetery in Irasburg.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Fire Department, P.O. Box 1279, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

obit ComtoisEvelyn E. Comtois

Evelyn E. Comtois, of Derby died peacefully on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born in Lowell on June 22, 1923, to Eugene and Ethel (Sherbert) McAllister.

She and her husband, Ernest, owned and operated a family farm for over 16 years, where they brought their family up, in the Newport Center area. In later years, she worked at J.J. Newberry and Slalom Ski Wear and Newport Plastics, from where she retired after five years.

They spent many winters in Florida as well as in Vermont.

She enjoyed playing cards, puzzle books, sewing, and she loved to cook, write poems, have family come to visit, and family gatherings.

She is survived by her children: Reg Comtois and his wife, Diane, of Milton, Bernard Comtois and his wife, Rita, of South Carolina, Francis Comtois and his wife, Pauline, of North Carolina, Rene Comtois and his wife, Nancy, of Missouri, Yvette Bathalon and her husband, Jean, of Irasburg, and Maurice Comtois and his wife, Mary Ellen, of South Carolina; her daughter-in-law Carole Comtois of Georgia; her sisters-in-law: Dianna McAllister, Barbara McAllister and Lillian Tessier; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; her brother Ronald McAllister and his wife, Sally; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; her son Arnold; her brothers: Stanley, Glendon, Vincent and Urban; and by her sister Idel Bonneau.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ConnSuzanne Fay Conn

Suzanne Fay Conn, 61, of Westfield died on September 26, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 9, 1953, in Concord, to Arthur and Louise (Daniels) Stanley.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971 and later received a bachelor’s degree in human services. She was a family resource social worker employed by the Orleans Coordinating County Supervisory Union.

Her hobbies included gardening, boating, swimming in her pool, working in her flower garden, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Charles Winston Norton Jr. and his wife, Delaina, of Essex, and Trent Laramee and his fiancée, Kim Dodson; her grandchildren: Charles Winston Norton III, and Gwen, Adrian, and Eligah Lamoureux; her brother John Conn and his wife, Judy, of Clute, Texas; her nephews: Chad and Jonathan Conn; her nieces: Carmon and Tara; her boyfriend, Don Savage, of Westfield; and by extended Stanley family members.

She was predeceased by her children: Erin Ranai Norton in 1989, and Dustin Ryan Laramee in 2005; and by her brother Harold Conn in 2011.

Funeral services were held on October 4, in Newport. Interment took place in North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dystonia Foundation, Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, Mclean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Mailstop 138, Belmont, Massachusetts 02478.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dignanEllen F. Dignan, MD

Ellen F. Dignan, MD, died on October 3, 2014, about a week shy of her eighty-fourth birthday, in Middlebury, after a brief illness.

She was born in 1930 in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Thomas G. and Hester C. (Sharkey) Dignan of Wakefield, Massachusetts.

A graduate of Tufts University (1952) and its School of Medicine (1958), she originally trained in surgery and practiced for almost 40 years as a surgeon, and emergency care and primary care physician. She performed much of that work in distant lands, traveling twice with CARE Medico, to serve in Pahang, Malaysia, and, later, with the Medical Missionaries of Mary, in Nigeria and Tanzania. At home in the U.S. she served from time to time at various institutions, including Pondville Cancer Hospital in Massachusetts, Northwest Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Massachusetts. In 1964, she was credited with saving the life of a Catholic nun who, according to a contemporary press account, was “swept from a rocky ledge into a surging sea off Swampscott.” After firefighters had fished out Sister Leona of the Sisters of Mercy, Dr. Dignan performed an emergency tracheotomy there on the rocks, using the barrel of a ballpoint pen to maintain the victim’s airway.

Dr. Dignan retired from medicine in 1995, took up botany and horticulture and ran a small business, Haile Selassie Memorial Gardens, for five years, raising day lilies and planting and maintaining flower gardens for customers on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In the spring of 2000, she suffered a fall, which brought an end to this physical work, but for several years thereafter, she drove herself daily to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Salem, Massachusetts, where she volunteered as an administrative assistant. She continued traveling well into her later years, spending time out west with her sister Marion and her niece Maria and her family, and visiting Africa again. Eventually, she came to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Alfred Fuller, in Craftsbury. She involved herself as a volunteer in the town, computerizing vital records to make them readily searchable by genealogy aficionados and other researchers. The town of Craftsbury honored her for these efforts by dedicating its 2009 Town Report to her.

“Binky,” as she was known to her family and friends, was a great animal lover — particularly dogs and guinea hens. A lifelong Catholic, she took the middle name “Francis,” after St. Francis of Assisi, at her confirmation. She maintained a lively, ongoing interest in current events, and in the fortunes and foibles of her many nieces and nephews, who adored her for her abiding concern, her sense of humor, and the vivid accounts of daily life in Asia and Africa that she meticulously penned to them on thin, blue air letters. Always a frugal soul herself, she was ever mindful of human need around her, and carefully preserved many of the gifts she was given, passing them on to others who could make use of them.

Dr. Dignan is survived by her sisters: Joan Fuller of Vermont and Beth McGinty of Duxbury, Massachusetts; her brother Thomas G. Dignan Jr. of Bonita Springs, Florida; and by her eight nieces, six nephews, 23 grandnieces and grandnephews, one great-grandnephew and one great-grandniece.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Hester Curtis and Marion Drury.

Since 2012, she has made her home in an assisted living residence at Eastview at Middlebury, where she died while resting, shortly after midnight on Friday. Per her wishes, there will be no funeral, but a memorial gathering will be scheduled at the convenience of the family.

obit dowBrenda Kay (Schoppe) Dow

Brenda Kay (Schoppe) Dow died on Sunday, September 28, 2014, after a period of failing health. She had been a resident of the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehabilitation Center for the past two years.

Born in Newport in 1932, she was the oldest of Rolfe Weston Schoppe and Dorothy Spencer Schoppe’s four children.

She attended elementary school in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1950. She married Winston Cecil “Pete” Dow on January 17, 1951, and they in turn had four children together, living in Orleans during the first few years of their marriage and then moving to St. Johnsbury, where they resided for the rest of their lives.

Ms. Dow found work at St. Johnsbury Trucking and did coding on the evening shift for more than 25 years. Because of her work schedule, she became a night owl, shopping for groceries when she got out of work at midnight, staying up reading till 3 or 4 a.m., then sleeping late in the morning.

She will be remembered by her family, friends, and co-workers at St. Johnsbury Trucking for her affinity for blue denim, her quirky sense of humor, and for her cooking: her signature recipes are still “must-have” fare at family celebrations and holiday meals. She also contributed a number of recipes to the St. Johnsbury Trucking Employees Cookbook of Favorite Recipes, published in 1988.

Ms. Dow loved decorating her house, and the footbench near her favorite chair was always covered with stacks of Country Home and Country Living magazines. Each summer she’d hang baskets of bright-red geraniums on her porch, plant sunflowers in her garden, and train morning glories to grow on a trellis outside her back door. She was very attached to the animal companions she had over the years: numerous cats and kittens (some from Patenaude’s barn in East St. Johnsbury), her German Shepherd Gretchen, and in later years, her much-loved golden retriever Murphy.

She didn’t learn to drive until she was in her forties, but once she started, there was no stopping her. She was especially fond of exploring back roads in the area, often with her grandson Matt, who was her constant companion when he was growing up. After she and her passengers had some, shall we say, “memorable” experiences on the less-traveled roads around St. Johnsbury, she eventually settled on one rule for herself: if a road has tall grass growing in the middle of it, it’s probably not a good idea to take it! But everything else was fair game, and she had some great adventures over the years.

She enjoyed antiquing and she collected all kinds of interesting pieces, especially blue and white china. She was an avid reader and a familiar face at the Athenaeum, where she would head directly for the mystery section and bring home five or six books at a time.

When she was still mobile, she enjoyed going up to “Time-Out,” the family camp on Shadow Lake in Glover that was built by her parents back in 1940. She spent many happy days there, starting when she was a child herself and continuing well into her 70s. Her husband Pete’s parents, as well as other members of the extended Dow, Bassett, and Jones families, also cherished their time there.

She was not only a good mother, she was also a devoted daughter. When her parents were in their 80s and needed help with everyday tasks, she was always there for them, bringing them groceries, cooking favorite foods, doing errands, and taking them to their doctor appointments. In 1992, when they both went into the nursing home within a week of each other, she visited them there every day for the next four years.

Survivors include her children: Nancy Dow Bassett of St. Johnsbury, Michael Peter Dow and his fiancée, Karen Bugbee, of St. Johnsbury, and Lori Ann Dow and her husband, Dan Kelliher, of Peacham; her sister Joan Spencer Weston of East St. Johnsbury; her brother Scott Weston Schoppe and his wife, Clara, of St. Johnsbury; and by three grandchildren who meant the world to her: Matthew Bassett and his wife, Lindsay, of Danville, Justin Dow of St. Johnsbury, and Warren Dow of St. Johnsbury. Other survivors include her husband Pete’s brother and sister and their families, as well as nieces, nephews, and two young grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her youngest daughter, Joni Lynn Dow, in 1974; her husband, Pete Dow, in 1984; her sister Carol Schoppe Jones in 1992; her parents, Rolfe and Dorothy Schoppe, in 1995 and 1996; and by her oldest daughter Nancy’s husband, Wayne Bassett, in 2001.

A gathering was held on October 2 in St. Johnsbury. A private graveside service will be held in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her name could be directed to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, specified for the employee fund, made payable to St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Memories and condolences may also be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com.

obit FournierRobert R. Fournier

Robert R. Fournier, 86, of Troy died peacefully on September 28, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 30, 1928, in Newport to Arcade and Alexandrine (Jacques) Fournier.

On April 30, 1951, he married Pauline Lahar, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War.

He was a self-employed auto mechanic and also worked for various auto shops in the area and in Florida. He and his wife spent over 23 years in Eustis, Florida. There he raised beautiful roses and poinsettias. They enjoyed camping in their RV and traveled the east coast before retiring and moving back to Vermont.

Mr. Fournier loved model railroading and filled their basement with track and trains.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Fournier, of Troy; his children: Gail Sicotte and her husband, Marc, of Lowell, Sandra Stephens and her husband, Mark, of Arkansas, and Gary Fournier and his wife, Christine, of North Carolina; his grandchildren: Brittany Marquette and her husband, Phillip, David Sicotte and his wife, Shana, Chelsey Carpenter and her husband, Kyle, Alex Sicotte, Nicholas Stephens, Ashley Dutta and her husband, Vik, Jacob Stephens, and Brynn Fournier; his great-grandchildren: Spencer, Paige, and Parker Marquette, Taylor and Natalie Sicotte; and by his sisters and brothers: Leonard Fournier of Copake, New York, Roger Fournier of Copake, Paul Fournier of Coventry, Gerard Fournier of New Hampshire, Dennis Fournier of Westfield, Rita Deslandes of Troy, and Evelyn Meunier of New York.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard, and a sister, Aline.

Funeral services were held on October 4, in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Margaret Josephine (Brown) Hodgdon

Margaret Josephine (Brown) Hodgdon, 84, of Craftsbury died at her home on October 4, 2014, following a brave battle with lung cancer.

She was born in Greensboro on January 12, 1930, the daughter of Linvel and Celia (Olmstead) Brown. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1948 and in 1949 she married Edward Hodgdon.

All her married life, she worked at many different jobs to help support her family. She served hot lunch at Craftsbury Academy for several years, was employed by the Greensboro Nursing Home as a cook, did wallpapering in the area, picked potatoes, made wreaths on the kitchen table of her home, and in later years worked as a housekeeper and cook for many families who came to Caspian Lake in Greensboro during the summer months.

She enjoyed spending time with friends and her family, always insisting that family holidays and get-togethers be held at her house. She was an avid reader and well known for her knowledge of birds and waterfowl.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, in 2006; and by her brother Francis Brown of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts in 2004.

She is survived by five sons: Warner Hodgdon and his wife, Kathleen, of Waterford, Brad Hodgdon and his wife, Nancy, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gary Hodgdon and his wife, Roberta, of White River Junction, Dennis Hodgdon and his partner, Gail Durkee, of Craftsbury, and Paul Hodgdon and his wife, Carole, of Craftsbury; 13 grandchildren: Barrett, Ethan, Travis, Meghan, Katie, Michael, Kristen, Eric, Daniel, Dennis, Greg, Joel and Janelle; eight great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. A public graveside service will be held at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery in Craftsbury, on Saturday, October 18, at 11 a.m. The family wishes to invite everyone to attend a light luncheon after the service, to be held at Ms. Hodgdon’s home in Craftsbury.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library, care of Sherry Urie, 300 Shields Lane, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or The Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit lafoeVernal Harold Lafoe

Vernal Harold Lafoe, 88, beloved husband of the late Alice E. Lafoe, died peacefully on September 17, 2014, in Inverness, Florida.

He was born on June 7, 1926. He was a U.S. Navy (Seabee) veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #550 in East Hampton, New York.

A native of northern Vermont, Mr. Lafoe was the son of Harold and Pearl Lafoe of Brownington Center. He was a sibling of six, survived by Dooreen Roberts of Florida, and Louis Lafoe of Louisiana. He was predeceased by his brothers, Leon Gage and Thomas Lafoe, and his sister Greta LaMonda.

After the war, he worked as a dairy farmer in East Hampton, New York, and at Schwenk’s Dairy for over 20 years before retiring to Florida in 1983.

He was blessed with four children: Vernal Chris and his wife, Sally, Scott and his wife, Suzie, Kathryn and her husband, Danny, and Perry and his wife, Ceci; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Pop, Dad, Grandpa, G pa, friend and veteran — thanks!

A celebration of his life took place on September 26, in Inverness. Internment followed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, with full military honors.

Online condolences at www.chronicleonline.com.

Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep,
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

obit perryJulian Ballard Perry

Julian Ballard Perry, 85, died in the log home he built in Derby on September 30, 2014, after battling lung cancer. His family and beagle, Grace, were at his side.

Mr. Perry was born in St. Albans on March 6, 1929, the son of Eliza (Sweeny) and Lucius Perry.

He graduated from BFA St. Albans and attended the University of Vermont for two years before enlisting in the United States Army for the Korean War. In 1951, he married Ethelyn Roche, and together they raised four children. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he was accepted into the United States Border Patrol where he served in places from Colton, California, to Houlton, Maine. His last station was Derby Line, where he was an immigration supervisor and port director. He retired in 1985 with 30 years of service.

Following his retirement, he drove a school bus in Derby for several years because it was fun and he loved the little kids. He and wife, Ethie, enjoyed snowmobiling, traveling with a camper, attending the grandkids’ activities and square dancing with the North Country Swingers.

Mr. Perry’s passion was always the outdoors, especially deer hunting in the deep woods of the Allagash in northern Maine, where he built a camp dubbed “Fort Courage” at Nine-Mile on the St. John River. He was an excellent tracker and marksman. His hunting partners considered him one of the best hunters of his time.

Being the son of a veterinarian, animals were always a big part of Mr. Perry’s life. Over the years, he rescued numerous dogs and cats, along with raising basset hounds. Later in life, he helped to found the Northeast Kingdom Spay-Neuter Program and worked countless hours to raise money to spay or neuter dogs and cats. His most favorite fund-raiser was the Kingdom Run in Irasburg.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Rebecca Boulanger, who he married in 2003; his three sons: Dave Perry and his wife, MaryAnn, of Landaff, New Hampshire, Michael Perry and his wife, Tammy, of Bangor, New York, and Dennis Perry of Westmore; his sister Josephine Perry Smith of St. Albans; and by his brother-in-law Steve Boulanger and his wife, Margo, of Winchester, Massachusetts. He was greatly loved by nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Ethelyn Roche Perry; his sister Martha Perry Lyon; and by his daughter Patricia Ann Perry.

Keeping with Mr. Perry’s wishes, his ashes will be buried in the family gravesite at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line with a family gathering, and at his favorite spot on Kidder Hill, marked by a stone engraved with Psalm 121:1, “I lift up my eyes to the hills.”

obit ThibeaultEdward H. Thibeault

Edward H. Thibeault, 91, of Derby died peacefully on September 28, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on October 14, 1922, in Paquetteville, Quebec, to Arthur and Mary (Daignault) Thibeault.

On June 16, 1945, he married Leona Pariseau, who survives him.

Mr. Thibeault owned and operated his own dairy farm in Irasburg for many years.

He loved farming, bowling, playing cards, and watching the Red Sox and Montreal Canadians.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Thibeault, of Derby; his children: Serge Thibeault and his wife, Marcia, of Swanton, Patricia Anderson of St. Albans, and Aline Blanchard and her husband, Edwin, of Barton; his daughter-in-law Sharon Thibeault of Irasburg; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sisters: Hanna Dube of Hartford, Connecticut, and Henryette Pariseau of Paquetteville; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Marcel Thibeault; his grandson Chad Blanchard; and by three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on October 4, in Derby Line. Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vigneaultTherese Blanche Vigneault

Therese Blanche Vigneault, 72, of Norton died peacefully on Friday, October 3, 2014, at her home, with her loving family and companion, Franklin Henry, at her side.

She was born on June 30, 1942, in Colchester, a daughter of Archille and Blanche (Cote) Chamberland.

She attended Sacred Heart High School in Newport.

On October 21,1961, she married Lucien Henri Vigneault, who predeceased her on November 12, 2007.

From 1982 to 1990, she worked at the Norton Village School as a bilingual teacher’s aide. She worked at the Norton Post Office for 28 years, until her health no longer allowed her to do so.

She was an active member of St. Bernard’s Church until it closed in 2012. She could often be found volunteering her time to help with benefits for the church. Ms. Vigneault could always be found helping the church and community, whether it was decorating the church for Christmas, renovating the church and hall, planning and participating in the Hunters’ Suppers, or singing in the choir. She was a pillar of the community serving as both an auditor and a school board member for many years.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed knitting, going out to eat, going for rides, and spending time with her family, especially going on family vacations in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Florida.

She is survived by her sons: Roland Vigneault and his wife, Gina, and Ronald Vigneault; her daughter-in-law Sarah Vigneault and her companion, Bill Taylor; her grandchildren: Laura Marquis and her husband, Daniel, Diana Thurow and her husband, Jeremiah, Lyanne Vigneault and her companion, Jason Riley, Dencie Vigneault and her companion, Zacharie Covill, Ashley Smith and her husband, Cody, and Monica Vigneault and her companion, Elias Emerson; her great-grandchildren: Aidan Thurow and Blake Smith; her brother Raymond Chamberland and his wife, Penny, of Lyndonville; her sister Jeannette Buck and her husband, Andy, of Blairsville, Georgia; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Norton, on October 8, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetary in Norton.

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

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Obituaries October 1, 2014

Joanne Estelle Hamel

Joanne Estelle Hamel, 67, of Brownington died peacefully on September 21, 2014, at her home.

She was born on April 24, 1947, in Barton to Paul and Gertrude (Choiniere) LeBlanc.

She loved to ride around looking for moose and other wildlife. She cheered for the Red Sox, enjoyed watching Ultimate Fighting Championship on television, and she loved being with her children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed going to a family camp at South American Pond in Ferdinand.

She is survived by her children: Raymond Hamel Jr., John Hamel and his life partner, Sissy Ball, Renee Hamel, and Robin Beaton and his wife, Tammy; her father, Paul LeBlanc; her beloved companion of 24 years, Robin Beaton; her grandchildren: Alyssa, Chelsea, and Samantha Hamel, and Autumn and Shaylyn Beaton; her brothers and sisters: Theodore “Teddy” LeBlanc and his wife, Roberta, Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda, Carmen Lamarche, and Paulette Riendeau and her husband, Bernard; her mother-in-law, Hazel Morely; her sister-in-law Irene LeBlanc; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother, Gertrude LeBlanc; and by her brother Allen LeBlanc.

A celebration of her life was held on September 28, at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HammondWinston H. Hammond

Winston H. Hammond, 86, of Derby died suddenly on September 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on April 30, 1928, in Newport to Stanley and Florence (Hoadley) Hammond.

On August 22, 1953, he married Lucille Bernier, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was an auto body repairman for Camirand’s Auto Body and Newport Auto Supply and also for the former Mulkin and Frawley’s Chevrolet.

Mr. Hammond enjoyed going out to eat with friends, and going for long rides in his car. He also enjoyed time with his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his family. He enjoyed picking on people in a friendly way.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hammond, of Derby; his children: Sherry Lefebvre and her husband, Andre, of Morgan, and Scott Hammond and his wife, Lisa, of Shelburne; his grandchildren: Jeremy Hammond, Jason Lefebvre and his wife, Lindsey, Erin Morse and her husband, Nick, and Brennan Lefebvre and his fiancée, Danielle; his great-grandchildren: Bryan, Bracen, Breelle and Braelyn Lefebvre; his sister Vivian Urie; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Theresa Goddard of Derby, Richard Bernier of Newport, Sophie Bernier of Phoenix, Arizona, Carole Lussier of Newport, and Fran Bernier of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his children: Karen, Melody, and Allen Hammond; his parents: Florence and Stanley Hammond; his brothers: Lyle and Bill Hammond; and by his mother- and father-in-law, Elias and Malvina Bernier.

Funeral services were held on September 25, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Preschool Program, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KlanskyThomas Klansky

Thomas Klansky, 54, of Newport died peacefully on September 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 18, 1960, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Jean Lillian Sorensen and the late David Joseph Klansky.

On August 9, 1986, he married Ruth Jackson, who survives him. They were married in Minnesota and honeymooned in Nashville, Tennessee.

He attended Stratford High School in Stratford, Connecticut, and graduated in human services from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree. He grew up in Connecticut.

In 2003, Mr. Klansky and his family moved to the Northeast Kingdom.

His interests were old country music, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. He was a great family man, and handyman, from his cars to household jobs. He was a great listener and was able to help people in many ways and from all walks of life. He had a great sense of humor and had the ability to see the funny side of life. His hobbies included the outdoors, camping, walking in the woods, and fishing.

Mr. Klansky was a very spiritual person, a faithful Catholic and a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. His family was very important to him.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Klansky, of Newport; his mother, Jean Klansky, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; his children: David Joseph Klansky and his partner, Kayleigh Butler, of Morrisville, Aaron Patrick Klansky of Newport, Andrew Thomas Klansky, Maya Rose Newton of Morrisville, and Angela Rose Klansky and her special friend, Chandler Prue, of Newport; his brothers: David Klansky and his wife, Diane, of Stratford, and Patrick Klansky of Mechanicsville; his sisters: Kathleen Silvestro and her husband, Frederick, of South Carolina, and Ellen Bradley and her husband, Alan, of Mechanicsville; his nieces and nephews: Tina, Diana, Christine, Anne, Neil, Matthew, Melissa and Michael; and by his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 3, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on October 3, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PikeWoodrow “Woodie” D. Pike

Woodrow “Woodie” D. Pike, 97, of Newport died peacefully on September 21, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on September 8, 1917, in Irasburg to Clement and Nettie (Healey) Pike.

His first wife, Marjorie Jeanne Pike, died in 1972.

He married Annette Boisvert, who survives him.

Mr. Pike was a World War II veteran.

He was a salesman for Barton Motors, from which he retired in 2000.

He was a member of both the Newport and Orleans country clubs, and a member of the Hole in One Club. He was a former member of the Newport Elks #2255 and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #21. He was also a member of the Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons of Newport.

He was a pilot during World War II and was a member of the Silver Wings. He was former president of the Orleans County Dealers Association and vice-president of the Vermont Pilots Association. He was also a member of the Kidder Pond Club and Herb March Coffee Club.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Pike, of Newport; his children: Steven Pike and his wife, Linda, of Swanton, Andrew Pike of Newport, and Sharon Pike of St. Johnsbury; his step-children: Patricia Williams of Newport, Nancy Menard of Houston, Texas, and Rick Menard and his wife, Carmen, of St. Johnsbury; his grandchildren: Kimberly Jean Pike, Randall Pike, Christopher Pike, Rebekah Miura, J.D. Williams, and Sean Donovan; his great-grandchildren: Shelby, Jackson, Taylor, Simon, Madeline, Oliver, and Maelle; his sisters: Avis Harper of Barton, Lucie Anderson of Rutland, and Elizabeth Dudley of Orleans; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son William Pike in 2008.

Funeral services were held on September 27, in Irasburg. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Irasburg Church, Route 14 and Route 58, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PoutreFabien Claude Poutre

Fabien Claude Poutre, 89, of Newport Center died peacefully on September 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on September 7, 1925, in Troy, to Alcide and Almeda (Choquette) Poutre.

On June 20, 1953, he married Beverly Bourne, who survives him.

He entered the U. S. Army where he was a specialist 3.

Mr. Poutre was an auto mechanic for many years and owned and operated his front end alignment business on Coventry Street in Newport. He was a multi-talented person who was able to fix almost anything and even built his own house and camp.

He and his wife loved to dance and spent countless hours playing cards with family and friends. They also went to Florida during the winter for almost 25 years.

Mr. Poutre was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends as well as being involved in his church, which included working on the bells in the towers of St. Mary’s Church. He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and the choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Poutre, of Newport; his children: Faye Hilliker and her husband, James, Daniel Poutre, and MaryKaye Fortin and her husband, Marcel; his grandchildren: Kristie Foster and her husband, Mike, Mark Fortin and his wife, Samantha, Jaclyn Fortin, and Bridget Fortin; his great-grandchildren: Braedyn Morse and Parker Fortin; his brothers: Jean Guy Poutre and his wife, Marielle, and Denis Poutre and his wife, Judy; his sister Rejeanne McGee and her husband, Paul; his sisters-in-law: Betty Poutre, and Jean Poutre; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Real, Fernand, and Germain; his sisters: Gervais, Hermance Lamoureux, Sister Carmelle Poutre, and Sister Solange Poutre; his brother-in-law Charlie Lamoureux; and by his sisters-in-law: Rosemary Lamoureux, Violet “Bunny” Poutre, and Dorothy Poutre.

Funeral services were held on September 26, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit St OngeArchie L. St. Onge

Archie L. St. Onge, 86, of Derby died on September 27, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on December 13, 1927, in Huntington, Quebec, to Lorenzo and Margaret (Boucher) St. Onge.

On December 27, 1949, he married Theresa V. Quenneville, who survives him.

He was a self-employed dairy farmer in Coventry, where he farmed for 27 years. After he sold his last farm, he worked and retired from Newport Furniture Parts.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where he was also an usher. He took great pride in his farm and properties. He loved gardening and doing yard work.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa St. Onge, of Derby; his children: Denis St. Onge of Stanstead, Quebec, George St. Onge and his fiancée, Gloria, of Newport Center, Francine Bourassa and her husband, Norman, of Jay, Christianne Bumps and her husband, James, of Derby, Michael St. Onge and his wife, Joanne, of Derby, and Roger St. Onge and his wife, Tammy, of St. Pauls, North Carolina; his grandchildren: Denis St. Onge Jr., Armand St. Onge, Daniel St. Onge, Nicholas Bourassa, Jocelyn Bourassa, Jesse Bumps, Lucien St. Onge, April St. Onge, Natalie St. Onge, Christopher St. Onge, Bradley St. Onge, Connor St. Onge, Tasha St. Onge, and Trevor St. Onge; his brothers and sisters: Adrien St. Onge of Longeiuel, Quebec, Lucienne Lalonde of Valleyfield, Quebec, Gabrielle Legault of Ormstown, Quebec, and Beatrice Brisson and her husband, Claude, of St. Stanislas De Koska, Quebec; his daughters-in-law: Tina St. Onge of Bentonville, Arkansas, and June Mcmanus of Brick, New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children: Norman St. Onge and Madeleine St. Onge; and by his sister Adrienne.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 8 p.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 Thursday, October 2, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place on Saturday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Ave, Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit warrenNancy Warren

Ann H. Warren, 86, died in her sleep on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Monadnock Lodge at RiverWoods in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Known to all as Nancy, she was born on April 13, 1928, in Mineola, New York, the daughter of Edgar D. and Mary Fox Hellweg. Her mother died early in her life and her father remarried Frances Winklemann when Ms. Warren was 12.

She was raised in Garden City, New York, where her father was an editor at the publishing house Doubleday and Company. Along with his wife, they later founded the Odyssey Press.

Ms. Warren graduated from Abbot Academy and Bennington College and received master’s degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College and the University of New Hampshire. In June of 1951, she married John C. Warren and they lived for several years in St. Johnsbury before settling in Exeter in 1955, when Mr. Warren began teaching mathematics at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Ms. Warren was a fierce and lifelong advocate for people with disabilities. After her children started school, she began her long and dedicated career in special education. She was principal of the Rockingham School for Special Children, followed by more than 20 years pioneering and directing special education programs for the southeast New Hampshire public school systems. As a gifted and passionate educator, she helped hundreds of families find the energy and courage to attain productive and meaningful lives with their children when others had been less optimistic.

During retirement in East Burke, Ms. Warren remained active and involved. While her pursuits were many and varied, she particularly valued her time serving on the board of trustees for the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and volunteering with the Burklyn Arts Council. Upon her return to Exeter later in retirement, she enjoyed being engaged with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She also found more time to travel with children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A liberal thinker all her life, Ms. Warren was ahead of her time in many ways. With boundless energy and generous spirit, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. For her, there was always tomorrow. For a woman who gave so much, she was happiest surrounded by family and friends, sharing in good food and wine, conversation, laughter and a few sips of good Kentucky bourbon.

She is survived by her four sons: David of London, England, Peter of South Freeport, Maine, William of Coconut Grove, Florida, and Michael of Dover, Massachusetts; her daughter, Ann, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and by five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2012.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m. at Phillips Church in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The family suggests memorial donations can be made to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital or OLLI at Granite State College.

obit O'KeefeGloria Jean O’Keefe

Gloria Jean O’Keefe, 72, of West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, died peacefully on September 27, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on March 29, 1942, in East Charleston to Marvin and Donna (Moulton) Gonyaw.

She was a driver for RCT.

Ms. O’Keefe had lots of love for her family and friends. She liked Elvis Presley music and her 1985 Renault convertible. She also loved her special dog, Abby, watching scary movies, and she loved to have New Year’s Eve parties at her home. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her children: Angela Cook and her husband, Ken, of Derby, Shane O’Keefe of West Stewartstown, and Jason Berry and Julie of Gorham, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Eric, Jeremy, Star, Toma, and Jason; her great-grandchildren: Jaron, Brayden, G-man, and Glo-Bug; her brothers: Don Gonyaw and his wife, Joan, of Island Pond, and Dennis Gonyaw and his wife, Veda, of East Charleston; her sister Ann Shover of East Charleston; her special nephews: Sky Shover of Lyndonville, and Luke Shover and his wife, Jessica, of West Burke; and by other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends and relatives of Colebrook, New Hampshire, and West Stewartstown.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Angela Cook, P.O. Box 90, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries September 24, 2014

Bruce A. Booth

Bruce A. Booth, 76, of Barre, formerly of North Troy, died in Berlin on Friday, September 12, 2014.

He was born on December 17, 1937, in North Troy to Campbell and Freda Mae (Westover) Booth.

He went to school in North Troy and served in the U.S. Army. He was a Sergeant of Arms and a former member of the North Troy American Legion as well as a member of the Moose Club.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood and retired as a supervisor.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and traveling over the years.

He is survived by his sister, Edna Stuart, and her husband, Russell; his sister-in-law Dorothy Booth; and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was also predeceased by his three brothers: William, Harold, and Robert.

A graveside service was held at the North Troy Village Cemetery on September 22.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit debloisLisa DeBlois

Lisa DeBlois, 53, of Coventry died on September 15, 2014, after having fought a courageous battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

She was the mother of three beautiful daughters.

Ms. DeBlois had a “wicked sense of humor” and her humor was contagious to all who knew and loved her. She loved to hunt. One of her most memorable hunts was on October 19, 2009, with her daughter Michelle, when they shot their first moose together on a friend’s property in northern Vermont. She was very grateful for that opportunity. She also enjoyed fishing for striper bass and camping at Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts, with her family.

She was employed by the state of Vermont as a business manager at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, for 11 years. She enjoyed her work and was very thankful for the wonderful friendships she formed there over the years.

She had the most amazing family and countless friends who stood by her and supported her daily throughout her illness.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Stephanie and James of Ottawa, Ontario, Hilairy and Damon of Wheelock, and Michelle and Abby of Coventry. Her love for her three daughters was always foremost in her life.

A celebration of her life will be held at her residence, at 3064 Pine Hill Road in Coventry, on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a sense of humor and stories to share — and please do not park on her lawn, at her request!

Should friends desire, donations can be made in her name to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the fund-raiser being put on by the Department of Corrections. Please contact Andrea Smith for more information about the bowling tournament and fund-raiser at 802-748-8151.

obit EldredMaurice W. Eldred Jr.

Maurice W. Eldred Jr., beloved grandfather of Randy and Tonya Langmaid of Lowell, died peacefully at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on September 19, 2014.

He was born on January 19, 1927, one of eight children born to Maurice and Hersa Eldred of Belevidere. He often told stories of his happy childhood and of his close family.

He was stationed in Germany during the occupation as an MP, and he rode the trains to keep peace. While there, he met the love of his life, Lydia Gampe. They married on November 11, 1947, and remained so until her death in February of 1996.

They returned to the U.S. on Christmas Eve in 1948. After a brief time in Belevidere, they purchased a house in Lowell where they lived ever since.

Together they had three children: one son, Roland, and two daughters, Nanette and Leta Lydia H.

Mr. Eldred worked over 40 years at the asbestos mines in Lowell, for GAF, then Vermont Asbestos Group. He was a shareholder and on the board of directors. He was known for his hard work, opinions, and outspokenness for people’s rights, but he was famous for his hot temper!

He also was a member of the VFW and past member of the free Masons and a longtime member of the Lowell Congregational Church.

While he wife was alive, he enjoyed yard saling and traveling to Florida, Europe, Michigan and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his great-grandsons, Ryan and Shane.

After his wife’s death, Mr. Eldred spent a lot of time with his cows he and his grandson Randy were raising together.

Due to the fact that his grandchildren Randy and Tonya Langmaid lived close by, they were able to care for him up until and a year and half ago when his health got to the point that he had to stay at Maple Lane. He spent so much time with them at church and school functions that the children and adults called him “Grandpa.” He wanted everyone to know that he had a good, full life and was looking forward to being with his blessed wife who he missed every day.

He leaves behind a brother and several sisters; his children: Roland and his wife, Mary Lou, of Orlando, Florida, and their children: Roland, Rodney, and Tammy and their spouses and children; Nanette (Eldred) and her husband, David Symonds, and their children and spouses; and by his grandchildren: Tonya and Randy Langmaid and their children, and Sonya Elwood and her children and their spouses and children.

He was predeceased by one brother; two sisters; his precious wife, Lydia G. Eldred; his beloved daughter Leta Lydia H. Eldred; and by his two grandsons: Shane and Ryan Langmaid.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 29, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place on Friday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Forever Young Club, in care of Lorraine Sargent, 3936 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Robert Earl Fairbrother

Robert Earl Fairbrother, 89, of Newport died peacefully on September 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1925, in Newport to Burns and Margery (LaFountain) Fairbrother.

In 1946, he married Mary Elizabeth (Blake), who predeceased him in 2011.

He entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.

He was an electronics engineer for United Technologies. He was an officer in the Border Amateur Radio Club in Newport and a lifetime amateur radio operator at W1PYO.

He enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, and he was interested in science fiction.

He is survived by his children: Douglas C. Fairbrother of Newport, Lisa Fairbrother of Newport, Pamela Veilleux and her husband, Denis, of Rutland, and Eileen C. Fairbrother; his grandchildren: Tristen and Jan Veilleux, both of Rutland; his brother Donald Fairbrother and his wife, Joan, of New Port Richey, Florida; and by his nieces and nephews: Barbara, David, Donald, Dennis and Gregory.

He was predeceased by his brother Walter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, 57 South Main Street # 2, Waterbury, Vermont 05676; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit fellSuzanne F. Fell

Suzanne F. Fell, 83, of Fishkill, New York, and formerly of Barton, died on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Born in Oradell, New Jersey, on June 25, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Florence (Prell) Keeney.

On March 31, 1951, in Oradell, she married Franklin Fell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2013.

Ms. Fell was a parishioner at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Altar Guild.

She is survived by her children: William Fell and his wife, Lynn, of Winterville, North Carolina, Stephen Fell and his wife, Sue, of Pollocksville, North Carolina, Robert Fell and his wife, Liz, of Mahopac, New York, Michael Fell and wife, Marie, of Mission Viejo, California, Patricia Herring of Fishkill, and Frances Lay and her husband, Clive, of Colts Neck, New Jersey; her brother Joseph Keeney of Bergenfield, New Jersey; her sister Martha Pronovost of Westwood, New Jersey; her 11 grandchildren; and by her ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Joyce Fell.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, New York. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Mother of the Church, P.O. Box 780, Fishkill, New York 12524.

For driving directions, online condolences, or memorial donations, please visit Ms. Fell’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

obit haskinsRoyden “Punk” A. Haskins

Royden “Punk” A. Haskins, 67, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at his home in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 5, 1947, in North Troy. He was raised in Newport before moving to New Hampshire.

He was a resident of Boscawen for about 30 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Page Belt Company, where he worked as a machine operator.

His hobbies and interests included his cat, Midnight Special, horses, playing cards and buying lottery tickets, scratch tickets, and talking on the phone to special friends.

Members of his family include his sister Nancy (Haskins) Parris of Andover, New Hampshire; his bother Lawrence Haskins of Concord, New Hampshire; three stepsons and two stepdaughters; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Kenneth and mother Irene (Wheeler) Haskins; two brothers and his sister; and by his wife, Mary (Hill) Haskins, in 2007.

Those who wish may make donations in his memory to a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the American Lung Association.

obit KelleyLinda J. Kelley

Linda J. Kelley, 67 of Derby died on September 8, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 14, 1947, in Malone, New York, to Lawrence and Nancy (Jones) Andrews.

She was a cashier at Jolly Association in Derby.

Her hobbies included crocheting and knitting, much to the delight of her family. She also enjoyed camping in her camper with her longtime companion.

She will be greatly missed by all her family and her cat, Missy Muffett.

She is survived by children: Amy Kelley and her companion, Cable Pennington, Anne Dubois and her husband, Raymond, Terry Kelley, and Tim Kelley and his wife, Laura; her grandchildren: Jennifer, Nancy, Shannon, Nicole, Tamera, Jamie, Ryan, Tucker, Hunter, and Skyler; three step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren: Christian, Guiliana, Skiler, Whyatt, Addyson, and Silas; five step-great-grandchildren; her sister Patty Gore of West Virginia; her longtime companion, Paul Fortin; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Joanne.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LysterHarold J. Lyster

Harold J. Lyster, 79, of Derby died peacefully on September 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 10, 1935, in Fargo, North Dakota, to James and Margaret (McNamee) Lyster.

Known as Hal to his family and friends, he spent a number of years in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where he worked and retired as postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service.

He previously served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Berry) Lyster, whom he married on November 7, 1980. After retiring to Vermont, they traveled and enjoyed family gatherings at their home.

Mr. Lyster was a former volunteer EMT for the fire department in Suffield, Connecticut. He enjoyed volunteering at North Country Hospital in Newport, the Newport Welcome Center, and he was an area coordinator for the AARP Tax Preparation Program. He helped establish the Newport-Stanstead area OSHER lecture series.

He is also survived by his daughter Laura Lyster-Mensh and husband, Mark; his son Erik Lyster and his wife, Megan; his son Ryan Lyster and his wife, Stacey; his son Alan Lyster and his wife, Michelle; his five grandchildren: Lianna Mensh, Carlie Lyster, Daniel Mensh, Samantha Lyster, and Nathan Lyster; his sisters: Jeanette Love and Marcy Cowen; and by several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold private services.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be left at curtis-britch.com.

Omission

An obituary for Maxine M. Kelley came to the Chronicle missing some family members’ names, and with a name misspelled. A grandchild’s name should have been spelled Shelly Kelley. The obituary should have included the following as survivors: great-grandchildren Courtney and Isaiah Kelley, and Gabriel and Benjamin Kelley.

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Obituaries September 17, 2014

obit ApplebeeElizabeth Gray Applebee

Elizabeth Gray Applebee, 95, of Newport, formerly of Morgan, died on September 10, 2014, in Newport.

She was born to Ora and Eliza (Moore) Cargill in Morgan on November 6, 1918.

She held several different job positions including being a housemother at Champlain College Whiting Hall in the 1980s, a nurses’ aide at the Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she also worked at both of the Morgan post offices.

She enjoyed traveling and visiting her family.

In 1936, she married Martin Gray, who predeceased her in 1981.

In 1989, she married Riley Applebee, who predeceased her in 2008.

She is survived by her children: David and Jackie Gray, Brenda Jenks and her companion, Rod Blair, and Brian and his wife, Marilyn Gray; her eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces, nephews and stepchildren.

She was predeceased by her children: James and Jane Gray; a brother, Delmar, and his wife, Marion Cargill; and by her sisters: Doris Morse and Wealthy Cargill.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan United Church, with Reverend John Genco officiating. Friends may call at the church on September 20, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow at the Morgan Beach Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Everett L. “Bud” Carter

Everett L. “Bud” Carter died on September 9, 2014.

He was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, on October 12, 1920, to Everett P. “Duke” and Franke Carter.

He was a lifelong New York Giants football fan and a World War II veteran.  During the war, he served in Libya and Italy for more than three years as a mine-disposal specialist with the 835th Combat Engineers.

In the 1970s, he moved to Vermont and began a career as a real estate appraiser, working throughout the state.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margaret; his children:  Victoria, and John and his wife, Sherrie; his grandchildren:  Christina, Peter and Rachel; and by his great-grandson, Kaleb.

He was predeceased by his sisters:  Virginia, Marion, and Eleanor; and by his wife, Jule Handwerg Carter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 19, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will be in Westfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell Fire Department, P.O. Box 239, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HuntGeraldine Wilcox Hunt

Geraldine Mae Wilcox Hunt of Derby, formerly of Newport, died on September 13, 2014.

She was born in Newport on October 26, 1919, to Gertrude Spear Wilcox and Thaddeus Wilcox.

“Deanie,” as her parents called her, graduated Valedictorian from Newport High School in 1937 and received a degree in commerce and economics from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1941, and also a Master’s of Education from UVM in 1968.

She was executive secretary to the state commissioner of health in Burlington for seven years before moving back to Newport.  During World War II, she enjoyed being a USO girl and corresponded with many soldiers around the world.

In 1947, she married Kenneth Hunt, who predeceased her in 1976.  She was also predeceased by her brother, Grenville Wilcox.

She worked for the Public Health Department in Newport and then in 1961 began teaching business subjects — first at Brighton Academy, and then at North Country Union High School, retiring in 1988.

“Gerrie,” the name by which she became known after moving back to Newport, was involved in many aspects of the community.  She was secretary of the Newport Women’s Club for many years and a member of the United Church of Newport.  She was also on the board of directors for the North Country Concert Association, the board of directors for the Northeast Schools and Hospital Credit Union, treasurer for the Newport Country Club ladies’ league, a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Orleans-Northern Essex Retired Teachers Association, a volunteer at the hospital, as well as a member of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, and a North Country Swinger.  She was a member of Community Circle and loved traveling to see the world.

She enjoyed square dancing, round dancing, golf, crafts, and collecting dolls from her travels.  She played with the gourmet bridge club and was an avid reader.

In 1964, she bought a camp on Lake Memphremagog, which was her joy.  It became her full-time home in 2004 and she could be seen playing her electronic bridge, doing crossword puzzles, and reading by the water if she was not watching a Red Sox or college basketball game.

She always had at least one cat as a companion, spoiling it unmercifully.

In 1982 and 1983, her grandsons Bud and Evan were born and she immediately became an integral part of their lives, babysitting, attending their school functions, watching their sports events, playing games and cards together, and traveling with them.  In 2004, her lakefront home also became home for her daughter, Pat, as well as Bud and Evan.

She is survived by Pat Vana, George “Bud” Vana IV and his girlfriend, Bethany Halliday, and Evan Vana and his fiancée, Andrea Patrikis; as well as by her cats Chessie, Marley, and KC.

Funeral services were held on September 15, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KroegerDouglas Ira Kroeger

Douglas Ira Kroeger, 34, of Craftsbury Common died suddenly on September 9, 2014, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

He was born on March 25, 1980, in Lincoln, Maine, to Gayle (King) Kroeger and the late Richard D. Kroeger Jr.

He graduated from the Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, Maine.

He was a commercial construction worker and he also built and painted custom homes.

He enjoyed playing cards, kayaking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities. He was an outgoing and free spirited individual who enjoyed his family and especially his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Gayle Kroeger, of Craftsbury Common; his siblings: Benjamin Kroeger and his wife, Marie, of Craftsbury Common, Andrew Kroeger and his wife, Sarah, of Greensboro Bend, Annemarie Wakefield and her husband, Richard, of Statesboro, Georgia, Ruth Kroeger of Herdon, Virginia, Anita Niles and her husband, John, of Oakland, Maine, and Karen Kroeger of Craftsbury Common; his nieces and nephews: Lauren, Katelyn, Nathan, Kayla, Keagan, Kylee, Kaleb, Kendrick, Cameron, Elizabeth and Liam; and by several aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard D. Kroeger Jr., in 2002.

Funeral services were held on September 13, in East Craftsbury. Interment followed in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Adult and Teen Challenge, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LockwoodLillian G. Lockwood

Lillian G. Lockwood, 98, of Morgan died on September 11, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 23, 1915, in Garfield, New Jersey, to Joseph and Grace (Stiles) Torrey, and lived most of her life in Waldwick, New Jersey.

In later years, she resided with her daughters in Georgetown, Kentucky, and most recently in Morgan.

On September 24, 1949, she married Arthur W. Lockwood, who predeceased her.

During World War II, she served with the Red Cross in Hawaii, and afterward worked at the Radio Division of the United Nations.

She will be remembered for her intelligence and her sense of humor. She often commented, “I’m 98 years old but I don’t look a day over 93.”

She is survived by her three daughters to whom she was a dedicated mother: Dr. Frances Lockwood and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Partymiller, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Marcy Lockwood Peterman and her husband, Richard, of Naples, Florida, and Elaine G. Lockwood and her husband, Gerry Hunt, of Morgan; her four grandchildren: Andrew Peterman, Matthew Partymiller, Kyla Grace Lockwood Brooks, and Eliot Lockwood Brooks; two great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Ann Pope, of Ramsey, New Jersey; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in New Jersey later this year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit nelsonLee Minerva Simpson Nelson

Lee M. Nelson, 78, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, died peacefully on September 12, 2014.

She was the wife of William T. “Bill” Nelson.

She was born in New York City, the daughter of Ruth H. Seavey and Robert McDonald Simpson.

She was raised in Garden City, Long Island, and summered in Rye Beach, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1958 from the business school, one of the only women in her class. Longtime Wenham, Massachusetts, residents, they moved to Ipswich in retirement.

She was a member of First Church in Wenham for 40 years, managed the Wenham Exchange Gift Shop for the Wenham Village Improvement Society, and she volunteered at the Wenham Museum and the Ipswich Museum.

She was an organic gardener, photographer, and she loved clamming and lobstering. She was an avid worldwide traveler and explorer.

In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by two daughters: Cathleen T. Wardley and her husband, Frank, of Ipswich, and Drew R. Nelson of Marblehead, Massachusetts; two granddaughters: Elizabeth and Margaret Wardley of Ipswich; and by several nieces and nephews.

The Nelson family has summered in the Barton area for many years.

The funeral and celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, at First Church in Wenham. Family and friends are welcome.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the University of New Hampshire, the First Church in Wenham, or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit strykerRichard Anthony Stryker

Richard Anthony Stryker of Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly of Carthage, Texas, died on September 2, 2014, in Shreveport.

He was born on January 22, 1943, in San Francisco, California, to the marriage of Harry Francis and Isabella Anello Stryker Jr.

He was raised and schooled in San Francisco, graduating with the Balboa High School Class of 1960.

He was an executive manager, owner and entrepreneur of many business ventures.

His many hobbies included photography, gun collecting, hunting, cars, and watching John Wayne movies. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Stryker of Shreveport; his children: Richard Anthony “Tony” Stryker and his wife, Holly, of Kansas City, Kansas, David Bruce Stryker and his wife, Deanna, of Fair Oaks, California, Christie Stryker of Carthage, Jessica Jay Desrochers and her husband, Randy, of Newport, and Isabella Stryker Lisitza and her husband, Teo, of Oakland, California; his son-in-law James Berns of Carthage; his brothers: Daniel Stryker and his wife, Bethany, of Idaho, and Tom Stryker and his wife, Catherine, of Reno, Nevada; his sister Mary Wetmore and her husband, Michael, of Snohomish, Washington; his grandchildren: Patrick Scott and Jordon Scott, both of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashlynd Berns of Carthage, Baylee Stryker of Kansas City, Kansas, JoDee Stryker of Fair Oaks, California, Isabella Berns of Carthage, Justin Stryker of Kansas City, Missouri, Ava Stryker and Cohen Stryker of Oakland, Cameron Joseph Desrochers and Isaac Chase Desrochers of Newport, and Sophia Berns of Carthage; and by his special cousin, Tamera LaRossa, of Chico, California.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: William “Bill” and Harry Stryker; and by a special cousin, James “Jimmy” LaRossa.

A private memorial Mass was held on September 5, in Carthage. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries September 10, 2014

obit aronsonDouglas V. Aronson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit KelleyMaxine M. Kelley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Peter T. Leck

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

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

He was a cook for the North Troy Inn.

During his lifetime, he enjoyed doing woodworking.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SykesArdis A. Sykes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Ashley Marie Allard

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

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Obituaries September 3, 2014

obit JanesMyrth E. Janes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarchAndrew Sumner March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit morseThomas J. Morse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcelle L. Viens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries August 27, 2014

obit BernierPaul A. Bernier

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

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

He was a self-employed security fence installer.

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BlodgettVirginia (Larabee) Blodgett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit brochuThe Reverend Gerard Brochu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit EmersonBeverly “Becky” R. Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FreehartPatricia Mae Freehart

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

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

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

She volunteered at the Orleans senior meals.

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her sister Mary.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit limogesGerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his father, Roland Limoges.

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

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

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

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

obit RenaudetteJeannine Y. Renaudette

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

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

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

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

She loved spending time with her family.

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

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

She was predeceased by a sister, Rosalie.

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SheltraEverett Allen Sheltra

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

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

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

He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1959.

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Daniel J. Szatkowski

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

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

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

He loved animals and cooking.

He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Vivian Rita Trucott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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

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Obituaries August 20, 2014

obit BennettJessie T. Bennett

Jessie T. Bennett, 88, of North Troy died on August 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born on June 29, 1926, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Nicholas and Rosa (LaPiccarella) Tassielli.

She was a retired registered nurse.

She is survived by her children: Beverly Maxfield of North Troy, and Byron Wickham Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida; her grandchildren: Jay Wickham, Opal Stewart, and Jayson Maxfield; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family.

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obit ColburnRichard Alden Colburn Jr.

Richard Alden Colburn Jr., 58, of East Charleston died suddenly on August 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on November 3, 1955, in Newport, to Richard Colburn Sr. and the late Alta (Allbee) Colburn.

On July 4, 1998, he married Diane Nielsen-Hogge, who survives him.

He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing after nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and a life member of the Charleston Historical Society. He was also sexton of the Charleston Cemetery, working with his dad for over 30 years, and a strong supporter of his wife’s dancing school, North Country School of Dance.

Mr. Colburn served as a fence viewer for the town of Charleston and as a past member of the East Charleston Fire Department.

He and his wife vacationed in Maine many times. He enjoyed gardening and was especially proud of his potato garden. An excellent marksman, he looked forward to deer season every year. He also repaired and sold chainsaws. He was an avid snowmobiler in the winter and enjoyed bike riding in the summer.

Always full of humor, he brought smiles and laughter to everyone he knew. A strong supporter of his big family, he always gave a helping hand, as a Good Samaritan to all. He loved to cut firewood and spend time in the forest.

He enjoyed his dogs, Hunter and Lulu, along with his cats. He took pride in maintaining his antique Mercury Montego.

He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Colburn of East Charleston; his children: Jennifer Turgeon and her husband, Tom, David Colburn and his wife, Alma, Jamie Colburn and her companion, Jason Brochu, and Sarah Leah Colburn and her companion, Damon Jones; his step-daughter, Krista Grenier; his father, Richard Colburn Sr. of East Charleston; his sister, Grace Frizzell of East Charleston; his mother-in-law, Marie Nielsen; his grandchildren: Martina and Shania Turgeon, Caden Colburn and Leo Colburn; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Cesare, and his brother-in-law, Julius Cesare; and by the following nieces and nephews: Amy and Fred Sherlaw, Dan and Alicia Frizzell, Mike and Marina Cesare, Mark and Jenn Cesare, and Matt and Patsy Cesare.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Kenneth Frizzell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston with the Reverend Stuart Brush officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Charleston Historical Society, or to the Charleston Fire Department, or to the Plymouth Congregational Church, all in care of Diane Colburn, 542 Twin Bridges Road, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtisWilliam “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr.

William “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr., 78, of Newport died on August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1935, in Newport to William and Elizabeth (LaPlante) Curtis Sr.

On June 5, 1959, he married Marilyn Willey, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport High School in 1953 and entered the United States Army in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1957.

He was a self-employed mason contractor for over 45 years. He took great pride in his work and did projects all over Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa.

In 1974 he moved the entire family to Hartley and Spencer, Iowa, where they resided for two years. Upon his return to Vermont, he purchased the land that is now the Newport Car Wash and Poulos Insurance. He developed the car wash property mostly by himself and also had an ice cream stand at the current Poulos Insurance location for many years. He also established Northern Canoe, in which he took great pride in building canoes and kayaks.

Early in life he was a lineman and an auto body repairman. His last job was at the Jay Peak Resort, where he was a maintenance person.

His hobbies included hunting, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Curtis of Newport; his children: Clark Curtis and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Bernard Curtis of Newport; his grandchildren: Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, and Spencer Curtis and Faith Curtis, both of Newport. He was about to be a great-grandfather in a few weeks. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Monfette, and her husband, Paul, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Vivian, Shirley, Alice, and Gladys “Red.”

Funeral services were held on August 18, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit laroseRobert “Rocky” Gene LaRose

Robert “Rocky” Gene LaRose, 65, of Brownington died peacefully in the predawn hours of August 15, 2014.

Truly, there will never be another LaRock LaRose.

He was born on May 2, 1949, in Burlington to Gabriel Andrew LaRose and Flora Louise Shepard, who predeceased him.

Around eight years of age, he was removed from his home because he wasn’t safe, which began his 37-year odyssey of living in institutions and group homes. He attended school through the fourth grade, and was always proud to say he “never went in Brandon Training School.”

Just before his thirty-fifth birthday, while living in Colbyville, he was sent to the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Requesting an advocate, he met Bethany Knight, then the long-term care ombudsman for the Central Vermont Council on Aging in Barre. Thus began a lifelong friendship with Ms. Knight, her then four-year-old son, Elliot Kaiman, and their friends and family. In her family, Mr. LaRose found and returned great love.

When Ms. Knight and Thurmond Knight moved from Montpelier to Glover in 1994, Mr. LaRose hitchhiked to the Kingdom and declared he wanted his own apartment. After living in community care homes across central Vermont, he was ready to try independent living. Thanks to the courage and kindness of landlords Dr. Judy and Stan Dunklee, he moved into his first home on Elm Street in Barton. He lived a 20-year adventure in the Northeast Kingdom, well supported by the loyal staff at Northeast Kingdom Human Services, in particular, Deb Cogan and crew.

A few years later, Mr. LaRose was handed a box of markers and a pad of paper, and a natural folk artist was born. His earliest drawings were houses, perhaps to mark the significance of his finally having his own home. For several years, he sold his cards and posters at the Orleans County fairgrounds, using the profits to buy cowboy boots and Indian jewelry.

Sometime between the release of Rocky III and Rocky IV, Mr. LaRose announced he “was Rocky, and these hands are licensed.” A man with a rich imagination, he often created wonderful memories of a life he hadn’t lived; a practice that helped him transcend childhood pain and the absence of experiences. He was forever announcing he had adopted someone, warmly calling them “son, son-in-law, daughter, aunt” and so on. To be named friend or family by him was simply good karma.

When Elliot Kaiman joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997, Mr. LaRose also became a military man. With every advancement in rank that Mr. Kaiman earned, Mr. LaRose leapt ahead of him, until one day he announced to the staff at Pierce Pharmacy in Barton that he was now General LaRose. And as a general, he focused on protecting others and the community at large. He was often seen wearing a badge, and would sometimes refer to himself as a sheriff or a Social Security guard.

With the support of his mental health workers, Mr. LaRose took his first plane trip, spending a week in Orlando, Florida, and touring Disney World. He took other trips out of Vermont as well, participating in the Peer Counseling network.

He married twice and enjoyed his years as a husband. He especially liked the wedding ceremony, cake, and gift table. For several summers, he and his second wife held re-marriages at the Knights’ home, with Roger Greeley officiating. Many folks have wonderful memories of those lovely summer parties, with Mr. LaRose encouraging the guests to sing and make some remarks.

Other highlights in his life include calling upon his Cherokee heritage to track down a lost dog, vacationing in Maine and seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, winning numerous bowling trophies, having a fishing license in his wallet and occasionally catching a fish, staying overnight at the Knights’ in his self-titled Marine Coop, buying a washing machine, attending he law school graduation of his brother, Mr. Kaiman, in Massachusetts, and drawing elaborate scenes on all of the downstairs doors in the Knights’ home.

He was also a member of many churches, most recently the River of Life in Brownington and Life in Christ in Newport, where he always appreciated the fellowship, coffee, and doughnuts.

The last three years of his life, Mr. LaRose had the enormous good fortune of living with Marcia and the late Arthur Pepin of Brownington. Spending time with the Pepins’ beautiful draft horses gave him great purpose and pleasure. Ms. Pepin’s fine cooking and kind heart made his final days what he had always yearned for: living in a wonderful home with people who loved him.

He is survived by his adopted mother and father, Bethany and Thurmond Knight of Glover; his grandparents, Roger and Kay Greeley of Marquette, Michigan; his brother Elliot Kaiman and his wife, Alison Brodhagen, of Madison, Connecticut; his sister, Chelsea Knight of Brooklyn, New York; his nephews: Malcolm and Otto Kaiman; and by all the other fortunate folks he met throughout his life.

As per his wishes, his burial was at a small graveyard on the Knights’ property in Glover where his best friend, William Henry Legier, was buried in 2005.

A public celebration of his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on September 25, in the state conference room of the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport, prior to the weekly gathering of Global Campus. Mr. LaRose enjoyed being part of Global Campus, and could be counted on each year to give a talk on “How to Be a Great Bowler.”

To honor his memory, friends may make a contribution online at www.globalcampuses.org or by mail to Global Campus Foundation, 43 South Main Street, Suite 3, Randolph, Vermont 05060.

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine, 99, of Craftsbury Common died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on October 21, 1914, in Craftsbury, to William and Helen (Paterson) Dustan.

In 1940 she married Emanuel Levine, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Levine graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1932 and in 1934 from the dental hygienist program at the University of Syracuse. She was a dental assistant at the Veterans Administration in Orange, New Jersey, where she retired in 1979.

She was a volunteer at the Craftsbury Public Library up until the time of her death. She was a voracious reader of American history, a splendid cook, and she enjoyed gardening, flowers, and life.

She is survived by her children: Charles Levine of Oceanside, California, and Laura Noble of Bay Village, Ohio; her grandchildren: Aron Tavakoli, David Levine, Sam Noble, and Hannah Noble; and by her great-grandson Henry Tavakoli.

Funeral services were held on August 11, on Craftsbury Common. Interment will take place at a later date at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Public Library, Attention: Susan O’Connell, P.O. Box 74, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MonfetteFrancis Oliver Monfette

Francis Oliver Monfette, 89, of Orleans died peacefully, with his family at his side, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 27, 1925, in Newport to Levi and Eva (Elie) Monfette.

On February 10, 1950, he married the love of his life, Florence (Picard) Monfette.

He was a man of all talents. As a young man, he worked many jobs, including working on the railroad, painting, and 25 years at Ethan Allen, from which he retired. He then went back following his retirement as a night watchman for many years.

He was a true family man and a very dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was the patriarch of the family.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Monfette of Orleans; his children: Brian Monfette and his wife, Rhonda, of Orleans, Debbie Monfette of Irasburg and her partner, Craig Hankins of Barton, and Steve Monfette of Orleans; his grandchildren: Sonya Sackett and her fiancé, Jason Hale, of Albany, Tosha Wilcox of Irasburg, Angela Carlin and her husband, Raymond, of Irasburg, Tonya Hackett and her husband, Richie, of Newport, and Renee Monfette of Orleans and her friend, Todd Larose, of Eden; his great-grandchildren: Shania Hayes and Zachary Hale of Albany, Breanne Silvestro of Barton, Hunter Carlin of Irasburg, and Donnie Kontoes Jr. of Irasburg; his sister Betty Keement and her husband, Anthony, of Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lori Ann Monfette; five sisters: Shirley Amyot, Evelyn Day, Gladys Kelley, Winifred Stevens, and Alfreda Bowen; and by his brother, Raymond Shackett.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-paradisClaire Paradis Proteau

Claire Paradis Proteau, 90, of Magog, Quebec, formerly of Newport, died on July 21, 2014.

She was born on January 28, 1924, in Lambton, Quebec.

On September 1, 1945, she married Roger Proteau, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Pierrette and her husband, Rob, Marc, Claudette and her husband, Bob, Andie and her husband, Reg, Muguette and her husband, Denis, Carolle, and John and his wife, Kathy; her 16 grandchildren; and her 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two daughters: Micheline and Jocelyne; and by one sister and six brothers.

For the first 15 years of their married life, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau lived in Canada with their growing family. On June 30, 1960, they pulled up roots with their seven children and moved to Newport, on a dairy farm. They had one more child a few years later.

Throughout her long life, Mrs. Proteau did many things; her talents were limitless. She loved to cook and bake, many times creating delicious meals from just a few simple ingredients. Her love of cooking was one of the many gifts that she passed down to her children. Mom could fix anything! She was very handy with tools and loved to make something new out of something broken. Her hands were never idle. She loved gardening and canning, proud that she had an abundance of vegetables for her family all winter long.

When their children were grown, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau began spending their winters in Florida, and would return to Newport for the summer.

As time went on, Mrs. Proteau’s health started to decline. She made the decision to move back to Canada where assisted living was a safer option for her. She lived there until the end of her life.

At her final request, a funeral Mass at St. Jean Bosco in Magog was celebrated on July 28. Her burial will take place on Friday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. A celebration of her life will follow at the Gateway Center in Newport for family and friends.

obit TinkerDolores M. Tinker

Dolores M. Tinker, 75, of Orleans died on August 14, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Barton.

She was born on March 24, 1939, in Barnston, Quebec, to Ovide and Irene (Viens) Ducharme.

She liked to travel, cook, knit, crochet, and take care of her flowers. She especially enjoyed feeding the birds and watching wildlife around her home. Her family enjoyed her homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies.

She is survived by her children: Eugene Tinker and his significant other, Stephanie Gee, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Susan Cloutier and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Homer Tinker of Brownington; her significant other, Paul Montague of Orleans; her grandchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Chad Saari, Samantha Tinker, Zachary Tinker, Christopher Wells and his significant other, Jamie Pell, Geromy Wells, and Alexandria Cloutier; her great-grandchildren: Tommy, Geno and Paige Saari, Avah Frasca, Joshua, Brooke and Melanie Wells, and Jazmin Wells; her brother and sisters: Paul Ducharme of Leesburg, Florida, Lucille LeBlanc and her husband, Louis, of Clinton, Massachusetts, and Georgette Stratton and her husband, George, of Beebe, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers: Gerard, Leo, and Claude Ducharme.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Andrew Eric Wright

Andrew Eric Wright, 46, died suddenly at his home in Littleton, New Hampshire, on August 6, 2014. He had been struggling with MS (multiple sclerosis) for the last 16 years.

He was born to Al and Nancy Wright and raised in Littleton.

Mr. Wright enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His pride and joy was his granddaughter, Arianna, and his motorcycle.

He is survived by his parents, Al and Nancy Wright; two brothers: Aldis Wright and his wife, Heather, and Anthony Wright, all of Littleton. He leaves the love of his life, Vanessa English; their daughter, Patricia, and son, Nick, and his stepson, Eric, and a very special granddaughter, Arianna. He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles: Edie Stevens of Orleans, Betty and her husband, Bob, Gravel of Woodbury, Harold Patrick of Kentucky, Bev Patrick of Hardwick, Hazen Wright and his wife, Alice, of Coventry, Mark Wright and his wife, Elaine, of Glover, Nancy Larose and her husband, Bob, of Glover, Kay Friend and her husband, Francis, of Pownal, and Milo Wright of Glover. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A beautiful celebration of his life was held on August 16, at the VFW in Littleton. This event was well attended by his family and friends.

Donations may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163; or to Vanessa English and family, 50 Lilac Lane, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

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Beverly Rebecca Emerson

Beverly Rebecca Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

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

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Obituaries August 13, 2014

Mahlon “George” Allen Jr.

Mahlon “George” Allen Jr. of Craftsbury died on August 7, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on December 8, 1960, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Mr. Allen was an avid hunter, golfer and horseshoe player. He enjoyed traveling to Florida, taking cruises, and spending time with close friends and family.

His love for his children and grandchildren was evident in their return of love and support during his life. He was known as a friendly and caring man, always willing to help anyone that asked or those that didn’t.

His life’s work of forestry management was one of his passions. Whether it was cutting firewood or working closely with a forester to help preserve the beautiful Vermont forests, it was hard and labor intensive but he was dedicated on even his worst days.

His custom baseball bats gave many professional athletes the opportunity to experience his craftsmanship.

He was a member of the AMVETS, NRA, and Copley Golf Association, where he mentored many young golfers during his time spent there, sharing his passion and expertise.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Keoppen of Leesburg, Florida; his sisters: Deby Lutterschmidt and her husband, Gabe, of Oakwood, Illinois, and Corrina Allen of Tampa, Florida; his sons: Jason Allen of Barre and Shaun Allen and his wife, Misty, of Craftsbury; six grandchildren: Matthew, Nicholas, Natalie, Lillian, McKenzie, and Devin Allen; several nieces and nephews; one great-nephew, Damien Burns; and by a special niece, Amber Martin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Claudette, in 2008; his father, Mahlon, in 1992; and Papa Neil in 2008.

Funeral services were held on August 9, 2014 in Craftsbury. Burial followed at the East Craftsbury Cemetery in East Craftsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses and to provide a college fund for his grandchildren. Contributions may be sent to Shaun Allen, 451 Hines Road, Craftsbury, Vermont. 05826.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DesautelsLeo J. Desautels

Leo J. Desautels, 94, of Holland died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on November 26, 1919, in St. Theodore d’Acton Vale, Quebec, to Omer and Yvonne (Dion) Desautels.

In 1950, he married the former Claire St. Amand, who predeceased him on July 8, 2006.

He was a carpenter during his lifetime and was employed by Union Local 397.

His hobbies included playing cards, and he enjoyed his garden and was very proud of it. He loved family gatherings. He built the first drive thru McDonald’s in Connecticut, and he was a big fan of professional wrestling.

He is survived by his children: Robert Desautels and his wife, Ginny, of Plainville, Connecticut, Richard Desautels and his wife, Carrie, of Morgan, Rita Landry and her husband, Jeannot, of Holland, and Ronald Desautels and his wife, Robin, of Lebanon, Maine; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his siblings: Gilles Desautels of Richford, Jean-Noel Desautels of Richford, Laurent Desautels of Texas, Albert Desautels of Enosburg Falls, and Germaine and Jacqueline, both of Canada; his half-sister Marthe of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Florian, Marcel, Germain, and Andre, Yvette, Laurette, Laurencia and Lucienne.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 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, August 14, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FontaineLionel A. Fontaine

Lionel A. Fontaine, 74, of Barton died on August 9, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 4, 1940, in Weedon, Quebec, to Albini and Jeanne (Gauthier) Fontaine.

On October 20, 1962, he married Laurette LaMadeleine, who survives him.

He was employed for Rodd’s Roofing in St. Johnsbury for 42 years.

He loved watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. He liked to putter around the house and was always available to give a helping hand to family and friends.

He was a quiet person who had a charming smile that affected all who he came into contact with.

He is survived by his wife, Laurette Fontaine of Barton; his children: Lisa Hansen and her friend, Dave, Monica Menard and her husband, Tony, and Kim Blanchard and her husband, Rick; his daughters-in-law: Reene Fontaine and Tammi Hodgdon; his grandchildren: Billy Hansen and his friend, Becky, Samantha Fortin and her husband, Mark, Fawn Coderre and her husband, Roland, Michael Fontaine, Anthony Menard, Mark Fontaine, Alex Menard, Brianna Fontaine, Tyler Blanchard, Abigail Blanchard, and Isabelle Blanchard; his great-grandchildren: Alex, April, and Jason Coderre and Parker Fortin; his siblings: Gerard Fontaine and his wife, Helen, Ronnie Fontaine, Real Fontaine and his wife, Rose, Marcel Fontaine and his friend, Sharon, Noella Roy and her husband, Raymond, Peggy Collins and her husband, Lee, Aline LaMadeleine, and Diane Mudgett and her husband, Mark; and also by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sons, Michael Fontaine and Mark Fontaine; two brothers: Leonard and Alan Fontaine; and by his sister Nicole.

At his request, there will be no services.

Family and friends are welcome to visit his family at his home to share their memories and condolences.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit grayVirginia “Gene” B. Gray

Virginia “Gene” Bell Gray, 93, a 61-year resident of Greensboro, died on Monday July 7, 2014, in Tarpon Spring, Florida.

She was born on January 16, 1921, in Glover, daughter of the late Benjamin and Lillian (Chadburn) Thompson. She attended Parrish school in Glover.

On June 20, 1939, she married Roland David Gray in Glover.

Mrs. Gray stayed at home to care for her young children. In 1953, she and her husband purchased a dairy farm in Greensboro which they operated for more than 16 years. In 1969, when the farm was sold, they moved to Greensboro village. She worked at Hardwick Knitwear and became involved in the cottage industry knitting for Moriarty Hats.

She was one of several ladies to testify before a Congressional committee in 1985 in defense of the right to participate in a cottage industry without paying union dues to the International Ladies Garment Workers. The union felt that these women who were using knitting machines in their own homes to produce products for a distributor should be required to pay union dues. Congress subsequently passed a law protecting the right of those in cottage industries to do so without union interference

She was a member of the Hope Community Church in South Walden. She enjoyed sewing, dancing, flower gardening and spending the winter months in Florida.

One of her passions in life was children. In addition to her own family, she cared for many other children in town and was affectionately known as “Grammy Gene.”

She is survived by three children: Sherwood Gray and his wife, Barbara, of Boyd, Texas, Shirley Lyles and her husband, James, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Stewart Gray and his wife, Dianna, of Barre; seven grandchildren: David and Michael Lyles, Laurie Bean, Tammy Jernigan, Scott Gray, Scott Greene and Kim Greene; several great-grandchildren; her sisters: June St. Louis of Greensboro Bend, and Katherine Dean of St. Albans; her brother-in-law Roger Gray of Willimantic, Connecticut; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and her companion of many years, Kenneth Brown Sr.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Roland, in 2000; two sons: Sherman and Stanley Gray; a daughter, Priscilla Greene; a grandson, Keith Gray; and by six siblings including her brothers: Carroll, George, and Merrill Thompson, and her sisters: Lila Tyler, Ila Gray and Muriel Thompson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, at the Hope Community Church in South Walden with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating. Burial will be in the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Fire Department, P.O. Box 83, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to the Hope Community Church in South Walden, care of the Reverend Ernest Machia, 855 Main Street, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.

obit kaneJ. Paul Kane

J. Paul Kane, prominent Hartford, Connecticut, attorney and gritty Vermont gentleman farmer, died on July 24, 2014, at his home in East Burke. He was 78.

He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Throughout most of his adult life, he traveled back and forth on Interstate 91 between his career practicing law in Hartford, and his home and family in Vermont. A man of simple pleasures and humorous rituals, he often claimed he had a favorite rest stop midway between work and home where he would change out of his suit and back into his cut-off jeans. As an attorney, he was known for his competence and integrity; and as a regular skier on Burke Mountain, he was known for his silver beard, chairlift cigars, and classic alpine style.

He graduated from St. Michael’s College, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1959, and then received his law degree from Boston University Law School. In 1969, he became a founding partner in the law firm Michelson and Kane, now known as Michelson, Kane, Royster and Barger in Hartford.

Mr. Kane met Linda (Bucciarelli), an ER nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford. They married in 1968 and started a family in Broad Brook, Connecticut. Their enthusiasm for gardening and the outdoors quickly outgrew their Connecticut yard. While maintaining his career in Hartford, in 1977 they moved the family to East Burke, and built the house on Darling Hill Road where he lived for the rest of his life.

During their 40-plus years in the Northeast Kingdom, they raised their three children as well as many generations of sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, barn cats, horses, and llamas, and two dogs.

A charismatic storyteller and lifelong learner, Mr. Kane loved to tell and re-tell tales, and relay mostly accurate facts on any topic from the U.S. Constitution to the proper technique for stacking a cord of wood. He was in his best spirits skiing the east side of Burke Mountain, paddling a canoe on a river, or sipping a beer on the back deck with his wife, family, and lifelong friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, and their three children and their families: Bridget Kane, Michael Kane his wife, Kristine, and Cathleen Kane and her husband, Stefan, and his granddaughter Zora Kane-Tornquist, who adored her “Pa.” He also leaves cousins, several sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and a tight community of friends and extended family.

He was predeceased by his brother Howard Kane, and their parents, Howard and Norma (O’Melia) Kane.

In his memorial directions, his Yankee thrift and impish sense of humor were evident with his instructions, “If you elect to lay me out, don’t put me in a suit. Comfortable clothes please, but don’t waste a good sweater.”

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 23, at the Union Meeting House in Burke Hollow, with a “large and boisterous party” to follow, as per his last requests.

obit mangesRobert “Bob” Paul Manges

Robert “Bob” Paul Manges, 43, of Riverton, Wyoming, died suddenly on July 28, 2014, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, having sustained a traumatic brain injury from a fall while traveling with his beloved Arapaho sister, Alberta Little.

He was buried at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery on the Wind River Reservation following a traditional Native American mass and wake.

Robert (Little Crow) began his journey on February 7, 1971, with his Arapaho family. At one and a half years old, he was adopted by Indian Health Service physician Dr. John Manges and his wife, Carol. He and his new brother, Chris, moved to Vermont, where he loved tractors, trucks, the outdoors, and drawing. He grew up to be a determined cross-country runner at Lyndon Institute, an enthusiastic swimmer, and a fearless downhill skier. He enjoyed trout fishing and won awards for his forestry skills.

But more than anything, he was known for being big-hearted and loyal to his friends and family. His sense of humor was contagious! Those who loved him in Vermont always wished him well as he reconnected with his Arapaho roots and became a dedicated truck driver.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked on the Arapaho Ranch in Wyoming and as a Sho-Rap wildland firefighter. He received his CDL and heavy equipment training at Utah State University. As a driver with hazmat endorsements, he went on to a career with various long haul trucking companies including Dick Simon and, most recently, Wind River Transport.

He leaves behind his loving family and friends: his only son, John Luke Manges of St. Louis, Missouri; his mother Carol Krochak and his stepdad Mark Kilburn of Burke Hollow; his brother Chris Manges and his sister-in-law Desiree Hertz, and his nieces Kate and Erin O’Farrell of Burke Hollow; his sister Tayva and his brother-in-law Steve Young, and his nephew Nolan and his niece Norah Young of Derry, New Hampshire; his sister Breanna Kilburn and her fiancé, Joshua Barnes, and his niece Sycada of Danville; his uncle and aunt, Tom and Jackie Manges of West Burke; his cousins: Lindsey and Christian Gauderer of Burlington, and Jordan Manges of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; his aunt and uncle, Molly and Bill Boyle, and family, of Bristol, Tennessee; his aunt Marianne Koehler of Flanders, New Jersey; his cousin Karen Quinn and family of Galloway, New Jersey; his cousin Scott Schaefer and family of Succasunna, New Jersey; his stepmom Jeanne Desrochers and her husband John Miller of Coventry; his best buddy Joshua Doyle of Jericho; and many friends in the Northeast Kingdom and in Maine. He also leaves behind a large and loving Arapaho family on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

He was predeceased by his father Dr. John P. Manges Jr., formerly of Danville; his Arapaho birth parents, five siblings, and grandparents in Wyoming; and his adoptive grandparents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 31, at the Riverside School, at 30 Lily Pond Road in Lyndonville. A potluck feast will begin at noon.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to a fund for Arapaho schoolchildren, to be announced on August 31; or locally, to the Burklyn Arts Council, P.O. Box 1056, Lyndonville, Vermont 05871.

obit McMullenCarol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen, 75, of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by her family, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

She was a daughter of Samuel and Grace (Taylor) Curtis of Morgan. She was born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and moved to Vermont with her family when she was young, graduating from Newport High School in 1957.

She worked as a receptionist for 28 years at Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, retiring from there in 2002, and started working as a medical transcriptionist at North Country Hospital until her surgery in January of 2013.

She loved being with her children and grandchildren and made sure they knew they could rely on her for anything.

She enjoyed going to visit relatives in Cape Cod, going to baseball games, watching the Red Sox, fishing, shopping, gambling, knitting, baking, and feeding wildlife.

She is survived by four children: James Millett of Brownington, Cam Green and her partner, Ramiro, of Derby, Robin Scott and her husband, Ed, of Richmond, and Bud McMullen and his wife, Jocelyn, of Morgan; her precious grandchildren: Dylan Doane, Courtney Millett, JJ Millett, Sasha Green, Sawyer Green, Saigelyn Green, Christopher Martel, Ian Martel, Isabel Scott, Brooke McMullen and Autumn McMullen; one great-grandchild, Kaylee Farnsworth; her siblings: Bud Curtis and his wife, Helen, of Texas, Philip Curtis and his wife, Susan, of Massachusetts, Nancy Green, Craig Curtis, and David Curtis, and their spouses, all of Vermont; and by several cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends: Shirley Lutz, a cousin, of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Iola Barnard of Morgan, and Lisa Burke of Coventry.

She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Grace Curtis; and by a brother, Paul Curtis.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 1 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, friends are welcome to donate to the Carol McMullen Memorial Fund, at Community National Bank, which contributes to her grandchildren’s college expenses.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Omission

In last week’s obituary for Claire Lyon of Brownington the family inadvertently left off the name of Mrs. Lyon’s surviving sister, Clemence LeBlond.

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