Obituaries July 29, 2015

obit AldrichMarion Annie Aldrich

Marion Annie Aldrich, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2015, having had a long, happy life.

She was born on September 10, 1923, to Annie and Lyle “Mitch” Fox. She grew up in Brownington with her half-brothers Ted, Albert, and Archie Bellway.

She married Roderic Aldrich on March 29, 1939, and soon started a family. She was a wonderful mother to sons John, Michael, and Stephen, and her only daughter, Gail.

Ms. Aldrich worked hard for many years at American Maple and Selbar Weaving, both in Newport. For several years, she also was the Brownington school cook and owned and operated her own school bus.

She was dearly loved by many friends and neighbors, and was immensely loved by her family. Her dearest of friends were family such as her cousin Marjorie Blake and sisters-in-law Avis Joslyn, and Eileen Provost. She set a wonderful example as a wife who showed deep respect and devoted support to her husband of 58 years. Her ability to care for her family with beautiful, delicious meals was always greeted with excitement, and the way she would offer helpful advice and encouragement was trustworthy.

Missing her greatly will be her daughter-in-law Neta Aldrich of East Charleston; her sons: Michael Aldrich, and his wife, Claire, of Isle Lamotte, and Stephen Aldrich and his wife, Linda, of Brownington; her daughter Gail and her husband, Timothy McKenna, of Jericho; and nearly 50 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband and her son John.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral. The burial will be held shortly after at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans, and will conclude with refreshments at the American Legion Post #23.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mckayMartha Ann Wellman McKay

Martha Wellman McKay died peacefully in her sleep at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne on June 12, 2015.

She was born on September 14, 1921, in a two-room house in Hereford, Texas, to Robert Elliott and Corinne Hopkins Elliott. Dust-bowl conditions prompted her family to move to Dallas, Texas, where her father began working for Ford Motor Company.

When she was nine, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. During World War II, the family lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while her father was a superintendent at the nearby Willow Run bomber plant.

She received a bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Michigan during that time.

She also met First Lieutenant Thomas Jerome Wellman, who she married in August 1945.

Mr. Wellman’s career as a chemical salesman for DuPont meant frequent moves to Delaware, Cleveland, Ohio, Connecticut, California, New York, and California again.

Mrs. McKay was an active member of her church and volunteered in nonprofit organizations wherever she went.

The couple had a strong interest in music, singing in church choirs and attending the opera, symphony and ballet. They were both accomplished cooks and loved to entertain.

In the early 1960s, the family built a small camp on Lake Willoughby that became the family’s anchor throughout their marriage and travels.

After Mr. Wellman died in 1995, Mrs. McKay moved to the wonderful Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne.

There, in 2000, she met and married Dr. R. James McKay, who established the pediatrics department at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, and who predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. McKay was also predeceased by her older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Dell Elliott.

She is survived by her daughter Brynn Raupagh and her husband, Paul; her son Keith Wellman; three grandchildren: Lisa McVety and her husband, David, Elliott Raupagh and his wife, Ariel, and Daniel Raupagh and his wife, Ruth; and three great-grandchildren as well as her McKay stepsons: Robert and his wife, Barbara, David, Daniel and his wife, Nancy, Timothy and his wife, Betsy, and their families, to whom she was equally devoted.

A memorial service will be held at Westmore Community Church on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. Interment will be a private, family-only event.

Donations in her name may be made to the Westmore Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 143, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

obit merrickAddison H. Merrick

Addison Hoyt Merrick, 91, of Craftsbury died on July 21, 2015.

He was completely independent and active physically, intellectually and socially until shortly before his death of complications from injuries in a car accident. He was a teacher and a citizen, a lover of words and wood — a chainsaw-wielding poet and a liberal in the finest sense of the word.

He was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on August 2, 1923, the son of Elliott Tucker Merrick and Margaret Emma (Day) Merrick. The family spent summers in Ogunquit, Maine, where the Hoyt family had two huge mansions. One of these can still be spotted by the large metal H on the roof. The 17-year-old Mr. Merrick served as a chauffeur for one of the wealthy aunts, played tennis, and hiked up Mount Agimenticus. The place is now a resort town, jam-packed with tourists. Then, it was a “quiet little farming and fishing village,” in the words of Mr. Merrick’s brother. The natural world, rocks and beaches were the main features of the place. A walking path at water’s edge called the Marginal Way has a bench in memory of Mr. Merrick’s parents, his sister Margaret, and his niece Tucker.

Mr. Merrick’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and sent him to a boarding school, Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, where he was part of a championship basketball team. He loved tennis, football and basketball as both an athlete and a fan. He was especially a fan of the Boston Celtics and the Denver Broncos.

Mr. Merrick was the youngest of four children. His brother Elliott Tucker Merrick III was 19 years older, the author of Green Mountain Farm and Northern Nurse among other books. Elliott Merrick came to Craftsbury and wrote about his back-to-the-land life during the Great Depression. Addison Merrick visited and fell in love with Craftsbury. His love of the place drove his career path and life after that. He moved back to Vermont in 1968 and built a stone house in Craftsbury where he lived until his death. He loved growing potatoes and corn, working in his woods, and floating on an air mattress in his pond.

He got a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College in 1948, and later a PhD from Harvard University. He was not a humble man, but neither did he put on airs. He dressed like a woodsman and never allowed anyone to address him as Dr. Merrick, preferring to be called Ad or Addison, even by his grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe served in World War II as a radio operator in a B-29 bomber in the South Pacific. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 883rd Bombardment Squadron. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he went back to Montclair and worked for the Montclair Times newspaper. He met Helen Peirce Ellis, and they were married on June 7, 1952.

The couple spent their first year of marriage on a fire tower in Montana, and later traveled west to live in a houseboat in Seattle, Washington.

The Merricks moved to Arlington, Massachusetts, and had two daughters. Mr. Merrick taught English and writing at the Lowell Technological Institute while he worked on his doctoral degree. Ms. Merrick and her brothers inherited a summer home in Tamworth, New Hampshire, that was in the Ellis family for 100 years.

Mr. Merrick played tennis in tournaments with family members of former U.S. President Grover Cleveland. He loved to drag his children, nieces and nephews out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to go kayaking on Great Hill Pond as quietly as possible to try to see the moose.

Mr. Merrick taught English literature at Johnson State College, including science fiction, fantasy, and Russian literature. After his retirement in the mid-1980s, he led a reading group consisting of neighbors and former students. He published poems in the Northern New England Review, the Green Mountain Review, the Chronicle, the Hardwick Gazette and others.

Later in life, he became interested in genealogy and traced his roots to three brothers who came from Wales in 1636. He became fascinated with an ancestor named Llywelyn who fought in the battle of Bosworth in 1485. A sword of Llywelyn’s hangs in a manor in Wales to this day.

Mr. Merrick was a champion of wilderness and donated regularly to nonprofit organizations that helped protect the natural environment. Even in later years, as his income dwindled, he considered himself middle class and gave money to dozens of causes.

Mr. Merrick leaves his daughters: Bethany Margaret Merrick Dunbar and her boyfriend, Jim Bowes, of West Glover, and Ann Elizabeth Merrick Harrington and her husband, Steve, of Burlington; four grandchildren: Tristan Dunbar, Katie Dunbar, Jamie Harrington and Willa Harrington; nephews: Austen Merrick of Harrisonville, Missouri, Bruce Mock of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Bill Ellis of Clifton, New Jersey; and nieces: Jolly Booth of South Bend, Indiana, Sue Merrick Hoover of Port Townsend, Washington, and Susan Ellis Kruckow and her husband, Jim, of Elmira, New York.

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years; his parents; his brother Elliott Tucker Merrick III; his sisters: Josephine Mock and Margaret Halpin; his nieces: Tucker Halpin and Ann Mock; and by his nephew Kim Merrick.

Services will be held on September 6 with the Reverend Alan Parker at the United Church of Craftsbury Common at 2 p.m., with a celebration of his life afterwards at his home. Donations in his memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy at 27 State Street, Suite 4 in Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Moore vetJohn R. Moore

John R. Moore, 83, of Troy, died on July 19, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Reuel Moore and Elizabeth Mullin. On January 21, 1985, Mr. Moore married Mary Lou Peterson.

He served his country as a Marine in the U.S. military, serving in the Korean War, and he was a policeman for the Chicago Police Department. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, North Troy chapter, and he enjoyed studying criminology and politics.

Mr. Moore is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Huseby-Moore, of Troy.

He was predeceased by his brother James Moore.

obit vets flagFuneral services took place at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass will be celebrated on July 25.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Tri Parish, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit PotwinRosalie Lynn Potwin

Rosalie Lynn Potwin, 41, of Newport, died on July 26, 2015.

She was born on February 6, 1974, in Newport, to Donald Aiken and Mary Hoose. On August 30, 2013, she married Kenneth Potwin Sr.

She was a caregiver at ARIS Solutions in White River Junction. She loved to read, play bingo, crochet, fish, and watch soap operas. She also loved to take care of her mother. She loved her husband, Kenny, and enjoyed time with her grandchildren who loved her very much.

She is survived by her children: Dereck Collins and Amanda Collins, both of Newport; along with her two stepsons: Kenny Potwin Jr. and Devon Potwin, both of Island Pond. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Iziah, Ayriel, and Wyatt; by her brother Roger Aiken and his wife, Miranda, of South Carolina; her sister Joyce Jenness and her husband, Don, of Newport; her half sister Shirley Rose of St. Albans; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her twin brothers Ray and Roy Aiken, her brother Rocky, and by her sister Bonnie Sargent.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, at the Coventry Village Cemetery in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the family in care of Pamala LaRock, P.O. Box 538, East Barre, Vermont 05649. A potluck supper will follow the graveside service at her sister Joyce Jenness’ home at 704 Clyde Street in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit SnyderJohn Philip Snyder

John Philip Snyder of Wilmington, Delaware, and Morgan died on July 18, 2015, at the age of 73.

He was born in 1941 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and later moved to New Jersey where he graduated from Metuchen High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Asian studies from Seton Hall University.

In 1959 he joined the Air Force, through which he studied the Chinese language at Yale University and then worked as a translator, stationed in Japan. As an astute businessman and skilled linguist, fluent in both Chinese and Japanese, he began a career in international sales with the Westinghouse Corporation in Japan. He later worked at Sanyo Business Systems, which allowed him additional travel throughout Asia.

After moving to Delaware in 2010, he taught Chinese Conversation at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where he was thrilled to share his interest in, and lifelong passion for, the language and cultures of China and Japan.

Mr. Snyder was a multi-talented individual with diverse interests. From his youth until the recent past, he enjoyed working on construction projects, renovating homes, making furniture, and his most impressive effort, the construction of an expansive bridge across his creek in Morgan. Moreover, he never hesitated to help others with electrical work, plumbing or carpentry.

His other interests included a deep love of music, ranging from bluegrass to classic rock to opera. He also enjoyed collecting antiques and had an extensive collection of Asian and American art. He took great pleasure challenging himself by trying to identify and translate marks on his Chinese and Japanese paintings, scrolls and porcelains. However, his greatest joy in life was fresh water fishing, especially at his home in Morgan, a place he cherished for its beauty, tranquility and long lasting friendships.

He is survived by his mother, Jean Catherine Snyder; his brother Jeffrey Bruce Snyder; his wife of 49 years, Therese Snyder; their three sons and their families: David and his wife, Mary Benson Snyder, Gary and his wife, Jessica Johner Snyder, and Erich and his wife, Lauren Saracene; three granddaughters: Alexandra, Chloe, and Morgan; as well as several beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, John H. Snyder, and his brother Joel David Snyder.

The family has requested that as a condolence, donations be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

 

 

obit SpauldingMarilyn Spaulding

Marilyn Spaulding, 82, of St Johnsbury died on July 18, 2015.

Born in Barton on August 26, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Garold and Margaret (Morrison) Wright and graduated from Orleans High School.

Ms. Spaulding and her husband, Gordon Spaulding, were married in Orleans on December 6, 1958.

She met her husband while working at New England Telephone in St. Johnsbury, where she continued working until the birth of her son. She found great joy in life in her roles as wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In later years she worked for Hovey’s Department Store until its closing, and volunteered with the auxiliary of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) for many years until retiring in 2014. The many people that she met at Hovey’s and in the NVRH Auxiliary were very dear to her. The Spauldings were good members of the North Congregational Church.

She is survived by her grandson Michael Spaulding and Amanda Halle of Warner, New Hampshire; her granddaughter Elise Kent and her husband, William, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren: Kae Spaulding, Evan Kent and Jocelyn Oliver; and two sisters: Arlene Wright of St Johnsbury, and Paula Moloney and her husband, Charles, of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband in November 2014, and by her dear son Todd Spaulding, in February 2015.

Funeral services were held at the Sayles Funeral Home on Saturday, July 25 at 11. The Reverend William Cotte officiated. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the volunteers at NVRH Auxiliary, 1315 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the North Congregational Church at 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Obituaries July 22, 2015

obit CorriveauDenise C. Corriveau

Denise C. Corriveau, 62, of Summerdale, Alabama, died on Friday, July 10, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was a native of the Newport area. Ms. Corriveau was a loving wife, a devoted mother and a loyal friend. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, she remained dedicated to her family, friends and to her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, strong-willed woman to the very end.

She is survived by Bruno Corriveau, her husband of 32 years, and by her two wonderful sons, Alex and Brian.

Her family, including in-laws, is quite extensive: Germain and Loretta Deslandes, Richard and Lorraine Brasseur, Roger and Carmen Kerr, Eugene and Irene Delabruere, Maureen McGuire, Norbert and Yvette Deslandes, Richard Deslandes, Roland and Beatrice Deslandes, Richard and Bernice Messier, Lionel and Janice Deslandes, Michael and Sandra Deslandes, Herve Corriveau, Lise Doyon, Yves and Ginette Corriveau, Pierre and Marian Corriveau, Gaetan Corriveau, Louise Corriveau, Claude Corriveau, Clement and Kathy Corriveau, Daniel Corriveau, Darryl Petelinski, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and numerous great friends.

A Catholic service will be held in September, and her ashes will be interred in the St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line. An exact date will be determined as arrangements are made.

 

obit LeachMary L. Leach

Mary L. Leach, 82, of Newport died peacefully on July 10, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 25, 1933, in Montgomery, to Arthur and Helen (Domina) Lefevre.

She was head teller at the Chittenden Bank where she retired after 50 years. She loved her job at the bank and working with people. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing cards, and bingo.

She is survived by her children: Jody Casey of Newport, and Jim Smith and his wife, Christine; her grandchildren: Kristina Nowakowski and her husband, Rich, of Tampa, Florida, Kelli Rhodes and her husband, Dustin, of Brownington, Molly Smith of Newport, and Dylan Casey of Newport; and by her great-grandchild Weston Joseph Nowakowski. She is also survived by her sister Lucille Wing of Derby; her sister-in-law Gertrude Lefevre of Derby; and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Albert Lefevre; and by two grandchildren, Ryan Casey and Elizabeth Smith.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 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 Friday, July 31, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit MartinAdelard P. Martin

Adelard P. Martin, 86, died in Newport on July 14, 2015.

He was born to William Martin and Matilda Roy on May 24, 1929, in East Angus, Quebec.

He worked as a lumberjack, worked on farms milking cows, and enjoyed restoring furniture. He loved to fish, watch the Montreal Canadiens, and enjoyed playing the violin, harmonica, and the guitar.

He is survived by his children: Leonard Martin and his wife, Linda, of West Charleston, Lisa Melton of Milton, Florida, Luc Martin and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, Donald Martin and his wife, Lori, of Derby, and Dan Martin and his fiancée, Marsha, of Derby Line. He is also survived by several grandchildren; his sisters, Jeannette Stebenne and Mary Blanche, both of Sherbrooke, Quebec; and by his brother Leonard.

He was predeceased by his son George; and two brothers.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Edward A. McAllister

Edward A. McAllister, 57, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House of Merrimack, New Hampshire, after a year-long battle with cancer, on July 15, 2015.

He was born on August 10, 1957, to William and Barbara McAllister of Lowell.

He leaves behind his son William McAllister and granddaughter Autumn of Manchester; his mother, Barbara, of Deltona, Florida; four brothers: Mark of Barton, David of Lowell, Greg of Troy, and Keith of Charlestown, New Hampshire; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Lillian, for whom he provided care.

He was predeceased by his father, William, and older sister Carolyn.

A graveside memorial will be held on July 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Donations may be made to the Community Hospice House of Merrimack, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, New Hampshire 03045 in appreciation of the great care provided to him in his final days.

 

obit mckayMartha Ann Wellman McKay

Martha Wellman McKay died peacefully in her sleep at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne on June 12, 2015.

She was born on September 14, 1921, in a two-room house in Hereford, Texas, to Robert Elliott and Corinne Hopkins Elliott. Dust-bowl conditions prompted her family to move to Dallas, Texas, where her father began working for Ford Motor Company.

When she was nine, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. During World War II, the family lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while her father was a superintendent at the nearby Willow Run bomber plant.

She received a bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Michigan during that time.

She also met First Lieutenant Thomas Jerome Wellman, who she married in August 1945.

Mr. Wellman’s career as a chemical salesman for DuPont meant frequent moves to Delaware, Cleveland, Ohio, Connecticut, California, New York, and California again.

Mrs. McKay was an active member of her church and volunteered in nonprofit organizations wherever she went.

The couple had a strong interest in music, singing in church choirs and attending the opera, symphony and ballet. They were both accomplished cooks and loved to entertain.

In the early 1960s, the family built a small camp on Lake Willoughby that became the family’s anchor throughout their marriage and travels.

After Mr. Wellman died in 1995, Mrs. McKay moved to the wonderful Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne.

There, in 2000, she met and married Dr. R. James McKay, who established the pediatrics department at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, and who predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. McKay was also predeceased by her older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Dell Elliott.

She is survived by her daughter Brynn Raupagh and her husband, Paul; her son Keith Wellman; three grandchildren: Lisa McVety and her husband, David, Elliott Raupagh and his wife, Ariel, and Daniel Raupagh and his wife, Ruth; and three great-grandchildren as well as her McKay stepsons: Robert and his wife, Barbara, David, Daniel and his wife, Nancy, Timothy and his wife, Betsy, and their families, to whom she was equally devoted.

A memorial service will be held at Westmore Community Church on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. Interment will be a private, family-only event.

Donations in her name may be made to the Westmore Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 143, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

obit ParmeleeDorothy May (Jenness) Dunn Parmelee

Dorothy May (Jenness) Dunn Parmelee died on June 16, 2015, in Tupper Lake, New York, surrounded by family members.

She was born in Barton on November 12, 1914, to George Harold Jenness and Nellie Elaine Scott Jenness.

She had six brothers: Richard, Harold “Pete,” Ray, Elwin, Kenneth, and Walter; and one sister, Irene, all of whom predeceased her.

She graduated from Barton Academy as Valedictorian of the Class of 1933. She was editor of the school paper in her senior year, played four years of varsity basketball, and was in the school choir and drama club.

She married Lloyd E. Dunn in 1933 and had four sons, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Ms. Parmelee’s two oldest sons, Arnold and Alden, predeceased her but provided several grandchildren. On Arnold’s side are David and his wife, Noreen, Kim, Michael and his wife, Cheryl, Lynn Mahon and her husband, Eugene, and Evelyn Braddock and her spouse, Paige. On Alden’s side are Susan Weinberg and her husband, Joseph, Deborah Ayuso Mateos, and her husband, Jose, and James.

She is survived by two sons, Earl Dunn and his wife, Linda Fisher, of Vienna, Virginia, and Leo Dunn and his wife, Rosalie, of Haynesville, Louisiana. The grandchildren added by Earl are Michael and his wife, Nancy, Arthur and his wife, Misty, Charlton and his wife, Denise, and the late Patrick. On Leo’s side are Pamela, Todd, Dale, Christopher, and Mark and his wife, Ashleigh. She is also survived by two daughters-in-law, Betty Dunn and Patricia Dunn.

She worked for the U.S. Bobbin & Shuttle Company in Sutton, which moved the family in 1949 to Tupper Lake, where she continued hand-turning bobbins.

After the plant closed she worked for three years at the Oval Wood Dish in Tupper Lake until she was hired by the Draper Corporation to continue making bobbin blanks. At Draper, she worked ten years in the mill and ten years in the office as a secretary until she retired in 1976.

In 1962, she spent six months in Reno, Nevada, working at a casino “salt mine” counting money and taking an accounting course. While there, she received a divorce from Mr. Dunn then returned to Tupper Lake to continue to work and take business courses.

In March 16, 1987, she and Samuel Ross Parmelee were married at his home in Tupper Lake. Through this, Ms. Parmelee gained three stepchildren: William Parmelee and his wife, Lois, of New York, Robert Parmelee and his wife, Joan, of Brazil, and Debra Johnson and her husband, Ken, of Oswego, New York, as well as the late Linda.

Mr. and Ms. Parmelee then traveled to visit their children to share the good news. This was just the beginning of the many and vast travels of the Parmelees.

She was on the Tupper Lake Volunteer Emergency Squad for 17 years and was qualified to teach CPR and Advanced First Aid. She was also qualified as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician 1 and 2, and could give IVs in the field and do endotracheal intubation. The highlight of her career on the squad was delivering a baby on the way to the Saranac Lake Hospital, a first for the Tupper Lake Squad. She was also secretary-treasurer and memorial chairman for a number of years, retiring in 1988.

She was always interested in sports, and bowled, golfed, fished, hunted and snowmobiled a great deal. She fished locally, mostly for native brook trout. She fished for Atlantic salmon in the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, and fished for salmon in Alaska and Oregon. She bowled for a number of years and held offices at the opening of the present bowling alley in Tupper Lake. She bowled against one of the professionals, Marty Pirano, beating him with a score of 194. Ms. Parmelee was an avid sportswoman throughout her life.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton, with the Reverend Richard Fisher officiating.

Contributions to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad, 49 High Street, Tupper Lake, New York 12986 would be appropriate.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit RaymondRoland E. Raymond

Roland E. Raymond, 90, Derby died on July 15, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on July 15, 1925, in East Hampton, Massachusetts, to Henry and Rosanna (Fugere) Raymond.

On April 1, 1945, he married Estelle Schwartz, who predeceased him in 2002.

He entered the United States Navy, where he was a veteran in World War II. He was a former member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155, the American Legion Post #21, and past president of the chamber of commerce.

He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed traveling with his wife, and he also enjoyed his cat Shadow, who was a great companion. He was the last of the group that enjoyed weekly trips for lunch all over northern Vermont. He absolutely loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and delighted in their visits.

obit vets flagHe was a member of the Memphremagog Yacht Club along with his wife, who was at one time the commodore. At one time, he was the manager for The Landing restaurant in Newport.

He is survived by his children: Teresa LaPorte and her husband, David, of Newport, Vanessa Raymond and her fiancé, David Palmer, of New York; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and by his sister Eleanor Taylor of Southington, Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his son Michael; his daughter Melissa; and by his sister Theresa Raymond.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Honor Flight of New England, in care of Teresa LaPorte, 2103 Alderbrook Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit RichardsonJohn R. Richardson

John R. Richardson died peacefully at his home in South Albany surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

He was born on September 28, 1954, to Francis and Pearl (St. Louis) Richardson in South Albany. He was the youngest of four children.

On August 18, 1977, he married Nancy Field of Craftsbury, and they started their married life next to his childhood home in South Albany. In 1983 they welcomed their son, Sterling, and five years later their daughter, Sara.

Growing up, Mr. Richardson worked on the neighboring farm for Marvin and Georgette Rowell, and after high school worked on the Houston Farm in Craftsbury.

Over the years, he raised calves of his own, milking his first cow in the garage at their home. He built a barn, and when his herd reached ten milking cows he farmed full-time for himself.

He made further additions onto the original barn until it reached the current capacity of 40 milking cows. Over the years a sugarbush was added as well. Much to his surprise and delight, both of his children are farming today — Sterling on the home farm where he took over for his father in 2011, and Sara with her husband in Hardwick.

Mr. Richardson enjoyed the farm, making good hay and “fancy” syrup, riding snow machines, hunting whitetail deer, watching his kids’ ball games home and away in high school and college, cookouts with his family and friends, riding his motorcycle, and later his trike. The joy of his life over the last couple of years was his first grandchild, Allie.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy; his children: Sterling Richardson and his wife, Kelly, of South Albany, and Sara Ackermann and her husband, Jimmy, of Hardwick; and by his granddaughter Allie Rae Ackermann and her soon-to-be born sister, Andee Rose Ackermann, of Hardwick. He is also survived by his mother, Pearl Urie, of West Glover; his sister Harriet Sweeney and her husband, Dale, of Albany; his brothers: Jim Richardson and his wife, Sue, of Albany, and George Richardson and his wife, Nadine, of Monroe, Connecticut; as well as many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Francis; and his stepfather, John Urie, of West Glover.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Jacqueline (Lemieux) St-Pierre

Jacqueline St-Pierre died peacefully on June 30, 2015, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She was born in Coaticook, Canada, on July 3, 1935. She was a longtime summer resident of Island Pond, where she enjoyed gardening.

For the last few years, she lived in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.

She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Renald St-Pierre; her daughters: Lynne and her husband, David Coffey Sr., of Barre, and Nathalie and her friend, Mark Oliver, of Stoney Creek; her granddaughters: Diane and Nicole Supernault of Barre; her step-granddaughter Katrina and her friend, Jeremy Sneed, of Waterbury; her step-grandson David Jr. of Morrisville; two step-great-grandchildren: Kara and Maddux; a brother, Raymond Lemieux and his spouse, Anita; a brother-in-law, Robert McAlpine; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Theodoric Lemieux and Maria-Anna (Letourneau) Lemiuex; and by one sister, Huguette (Lemieux) McAlpine.

A celebration of her life took place in Coaticook on July 13. Interment was in St. Edmond Cemetery in Coaticook.

Donations in her name may be made to the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Vermont chapter of the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

 

obit whitakerCharlotte Marie Whitaker

Charlotte Marie Whitaker died peacefully on the evening of July 12, 2015, with family at her side.

She was born on November 27, 1938, in South Strafford, to Julius and Estella (LaBelle) Roberts.

On March 15, 1957, she married Gerald Whitaker and they had six children.

For most of her life she was an extremely hard-working farmer but after her husband died she became a hard-working child advocate with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a paraprofessional at North Stratford school, and she was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in North Stratford, New Hampshire.

She enjoyed gardening, attending church activities, making arts and crafts, spending time with loved ones, and chocolate.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Chilafoe of Whitefield, New Hampshire, Gerald “Gerry” Whitaker Jr. and his wife, Kathryn, of Coventry, Timothy Whitaker and his wife, Jennifer, of Brunswick, Amy Whitaker of Concord, New Hampshire, and Deborah Hudman and her husband, Stephen, of Kirksville, Missouri; her grandchildren: John and Crystal Chilafoe, Jesse Whitaker, Amanda Dobler and her husband, Adam, Scott Whitaker and his wife, Rachel, Brian Whitaker and his wife, Monique, and Elisabeth Whitaker; by nine great-grandchildren; her brother Harold Roberts and his wife, Roberta, of Goshen, New Hampshire; her daughter-in-law Lisa Atherton-Whitaker of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter Sandy; her husband, Gerald; her brothers: John, Jason, and Michael; and by her sister Maureen Lalonde.

A graveside service was held on July 16 in Hyde Park. A Mass will be held at a later date at the Sacred Heart Church in North Stratford.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Sacred Heart Church, 58 Main Street, North Stratford, New Hampshire 03590.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries July 15, 2015

obit BennettJoanne “Joanie” Bennett

Joanne “Joanie” Bennett, 80, of Derby died peacefully on July 4, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 14, 1935, in Deep River, Connecticut, to George and Louise (Salzgeber) Atwood.

On September 9, 1961, she married Francis “Bud” Bennett Jr., who predeceased her on September 17, 2010.

During her lifetime, she was a plane spotter, made parachute cords, drove the school bus, was the first woman lister in Lowell, and was on the North Country Union High School board. She also served on Coutts-Moriarty’s board and worked at North Country Hospital in the dietary department.

She is survived by her children: Penni Pomeroy and her husband, Theodore, of Sagamore, Massachusetts, Michael Bennett and his wife, Cathy, of West Charleston, and Patricia Bennett of Derby; and by her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved and loved having them come for visits: Amanda, Abigail, Brandon, Brian, and Sarah.

She was predeceased by her brother William Atwood.

A graveside service was held on July 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit burgessPriscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess

Priscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess, 70, died early Thursday morning, July 9, 2015, at her home in Enfield, New Hampshire, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 26, 1944, in Island Pond, daughter of Earl T. and Dorothy Mary (Boutin) McKinney.

Her family moved from Island Pond to Thetford when she was in the fifth grade. When she entered seventh grade her family moved again, this time to White River Junction, where she attended Hartford High School. She left school before graduation but would later, along with several of her siblings, complete her education and receive her GED.

Following the death of her first husband, Nelson Picard, she married William Burgess Jr. on October 25, 1969, and they made their home in Enfield. Ms. Burgess completed some college courses and became a phlebotomist. She worked for many years in the blood laboratory at Alice Peck Day Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire. When she left the hospital she stayed at home as a single mom to raise her five children. To help make ends meet she did upholstery work for the Paint and Paper Barn in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. She also did a fair amount of babysitting. She worked for ten years at the senior center in Lebanon, and later for Life Line. She loved older people. She also loved to hunt, fish, camp, garden, and was an awesome seamstress and a very talented wedding cake maker.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Burgess of Enfield; three sons: Tate Picard and his wife, Lynn, of Enfield, Nelson Picard and his wife, Thelma, of Houston, Texas, and William Burgess III of Beaumont, Texas; two daughters: Sherrie Ruel of Enfield, and Stacey McIntyre of Sutton, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren: Emily, Jessica, Aaron, Tyler, Tanner, Andrew, Cameron, Devin, and Hunter; two brothers: Lawrence McKinney of Wilder, and Bruce McKinney of White River Junction; four sisters: Patricia Belisle of Hartland, Charlotte Lyman of White River Junction, Bonnie Vitagliano of White River Junction, and Alice Whitney of Quechee; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers: Thomas McKinney Sr., Earl McKinney, Ronald McKinney, William McKinney, and Richard McKinney; her son-in-law Mark Ruel; and by a grandson, Kyle Wilson.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction.

Memorial contributions may be made to a special fund that helps the volunteers in the chemotherapy department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Online condolences at knightfuneralhomes.com.

obit CarrJames Carr

James Carr, 84, of Derby died on Monday, July 6, 2015, at North Country Hospital in Newport with his wife, Gabrielle, at his side, following a long period of declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born on December 24, 1930, in Washington, D.C., son of James and Victoria (Esposito) Carr.

He was employed at North Country Hospital for three decades as a purchasing agent until his retirement in 2000. He had many personal and community interests. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, boating, and vacationing in Florida with a large group of friends from the Newport area. He was a member of the Newport Rotary Club, serving as president for one year, and was always available to assist in various community fund-raising activities.

He is survived by Gabrielle, his wife of 38 years whom he married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1977. He also leaves three children: James and his wife, Susan, of Salem, New York, John and his wife, Millicent, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Jane and her husband, Wesley Dintaman, of La Plata, Maryland; his granddaughters: Jennifer Zeglin of Washington, D.C., and Jessica Carr of Salem; his great-grandchildren: Noah and Julia Zeglin; and by his sisters-in-law: Pierrette Paradis, Denise Bouffard, Lucille Gaudreau, and Suzanne Gaudreau.

He was predeceased by his sister Frances, and a brother-in-law, Andre Gaudreau.

Mr. Carr was a devout and faithful communicant at St. Mary’s Parish in Newport. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on July 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Mater Dei Parish in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DayNancy Joan Day

Nancy Joan Day, 72, of Newport died in Newport on July 5, 2015.

She was born on June 4, 1943, to Stanley Buskiski and Lucy Benin.

She was a member of the Newport Elks #2155. She and her husband, Charlie, enjoyed traveling, and she also enjoyed traveling to Florida to see her daughter in the winter. She was a person who enjoyed talking to friends and was very comfortable with strangers who soon became her friends. She and her husband spent many wonderful years together.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Hussain, of Newport; her children: Susan White and her husband, Richard, of New York, and Michelle Pagan and her husband, Hector, of Florida; her grandchildren: Richard and Connor White of New York, and John Pagan of Florida; two cousins: John Vaitkunas and his wife, Jane, and Patricia Wilson and her husband, Edward; her nieces and nephews: Saundra and Jonathan Wilson, and Katrina, John, and Samantha; and by her very good friends: Steve and Carman Vincent, and Manon Perrault and Sonny Sloan.

Funeral services were held in Newport on July 9. Burial will take place in New York.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dewittSteven H. DeWitt

Steven H. DeWitt, 43, of Holden, Massachusetts, died on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He was born on October 21, 1971, and raised in Holden, the son of Richard H. and Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt.

He graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 1989, and from Unity College with a major in conservation law enforcement in 1992. He worked for the Holden Department of Public Works for 22 years. He was also a second-generation on-call firefighter for the town of Holden. He was stationed for 21 years at the Chaffin Firehouse where he was the primary engineer of Engine 3. He was a member of the Nimrod Club of Holden, the Holden Association of Firefighters, the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 806.

Mr. DeWitt was a lifelong outdoorsman, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was happiest when he was doing these things with his father, kids, and dear friends at the family camp in Craftsbury. He very much enjoyed doing these things with his three children; they loved learning from their dad and he loved teaching them about these activities he had a lifelong love and respect for.

He will be lovingly missed by his wife of 20 years, Jennifer H. (Cross) DeWitt; his three children: Ethan, Owen, and Molly DeWitt; a brother, Christopher M. Angelo, of Northborough, Massachusetts; his mother, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; his two sisters: Nicholette Cunningham and her husband, Alvin, of Fairfield, California, and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard H. DeWitt.

A funeral service honoring his life was held on July 11 in Holden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the DeWitt Family Educational Fund, care of Leominster Credit Union, 715 Main Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520.

Online condolences at milesfuneralhome.com.

Roland Emile Duchesneau

Roland Duchesneau, 82, of Palm City, Florida, died on July 4, 2015, following a long illness.

He was born on February 1, 1932, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. During the mid-1940s, the Duchesneau family moved to Barton, where they operated a dairy farm for many years.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he met and married Alice Houle in 1952. After a few years they moved their family to Burlington, and then to Barton, where he was employed by DONVAC Construction for several years. Eventually they purchased and operated the Blue Grille Restaurant in Barton. He went on to work for Union Butterfield’s in Derby Line for many years.

He always took great pride in his small farm in Barton raising heifers and pigs as well as working in his vegetable gardens. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

In 1994, they retired to Palm City. Each Christmas, Mr. Duchesneau looked forward to his favorite food, maple syrup, to arrive from Vermont.

He will be missed by his children: Mark of Providence, Rhode Island, David of Palm City, Philip and his wife, Beverly, of Albany, and Annette and her husband, Doug Sparks, of Gladstone, Oregon. He also leaves his sisters: Irene Duchesneau and Annette Mulcahy of Colchester; as well as his grandchildren: Mark Jr., Kerry, Aaron, Katie, and Jordon Duchesneau, and Blake Sparks.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; his parents, Eugene and Adrienne Duchesneau; and by his sister Claire Vachon.

Mr. Duchesneau requested no services. He will be laid to rest beside his wife at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.

Linda Derick Laflam

Linda Derick Laflam, 71, of Sunrise, Florida, died peacefully at her home on June 27, 2015, with her loving sons by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 5, 1943, in Newport, to Leonard Derick and Adele (Gage) Derick. She attended Newport schools and went on to cosmetology school in Burlington, where she lived and worked for years before moving to Florida, where she continued to work up until her illness. She enjoyed her many colleagues and the relationships she formed with them over the years.

She is survived by her stepmother, Phyllis Gray Derick, of Newport; her sons: Todd and Troy Laflam of Sunrise; her granddaughter Celina Herz Laflam of Germany; her sister Deborah Derick Greenwood and her husband, Glenn, of Bradenton, Florida; her brothers: Michael Derick and his wife, Margaret, and Robert Derick of Newport; her nieces and nephews, and many cousins; and by good friends: Zaida Rojas and her son Gabriel, and Sigrid Kirchner Laflam of Germany.

She was predeceased by her longtime friend, Joe Pironti, with whom she spent many wonderful years.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of her family at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to VITAS Community Connection, care of VITA Innovative Hospice Care, 5420 NW 33rd Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309; or to the American Cancer Society.

obit StoreyRobert Storey

Robert Storey, 77, died peacefully on July 9, 2015, in Glover.

He was born on April 16, 1938, to Carroll P. Storey and Sophie Shover in Brownington.

During his lifetime, he worked as a handyman doing farm work.

He enjoyed going to local meal sites for socializing, and liked to make curtains, placemats, and quilts. His pride and joy was his cat Rosco. He enjoyed old cars, playing cards, especially “500,” and visiting with family and friends over a cup of coffee. He was an easy and enjoyable man.

He is survived by his niece Harriet Hall and her husband, John, and their children, Alfred and Joshua, all of Newport.

He was predeceased by his sister Ruth T. Green, in 1990.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on July 15, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VallieresAnnette T. Vallieres

Annette T. Vallieres, 90, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 8, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 7, 1924, in St. Camille de Wolf, Quebec, to Phébia and Aline (Campagna) Lapointe.

On July 13, 1946, she married Clement Vallieres, who predeceased her on February 16, 2006.

Mrs. Vallieres owned and operated Vallieres Sporting Goods Store in Island Pond for many years. She enjoyed her customers at the store and she also enjoyed knitting and putting puzzles together.

She is survived by her children: Michael Vallieres and his wife, Holly, Liliane Sprague and her husband, Peter, Nicole Tardiff and her husband, Simon, and Alaine Vallieres and his companion, Evelyne Kinney, all of Island Pond. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joe, of Morgan; and by her sisters: Lucille Lapoint of Cookshire, Quebec, and Madeleine Lussier and her husband, Simon, of Quebec.

She was predeceased by her son Gaetan Vallieres, and by her brother Paul Lapointe.

Services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences at curtisbritch.com.

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Marie Judith Foy

Funeral services for Marie Judith Foy, who died on February 26, 2015, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, followed by a luncheon at Sunrise Manor.

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Obituaries July 8, 2015

obit barrowsCharles Parker Barrows

Charles Parker Barrows died on June 30, 2015, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury with his wife, Lois, at his side.

He was born in Barton on September 9, 1932, to William Parker and Virginia (Rives) Barrows.

He attended Barton Academy, graduating as Salutatorian, in 1951. For one semester, he attended Arizona State College at Tempe, after which he transferred to the University of Vermont, receiving a bachelor of arts in psychology in 1956.

On June 22, 1957, he married Lois Mansur in her hometown of Weston. In 1959, they purchased the Carl and Isabelle Bean house in Glover, where he lived until his recent admission to Union House Nursing Home in Glover.

Before graduation from college, he had worked in the family clothing store, C.A. Barrows & Son, in Barton, and later at the A&P grocery store next door. After college, he entered the banking profession, choosing not to join the family business. He rose in the ranks of the Barton Savings Bank and Trust Company, later the Howard Bank, to become assistant vice-president and administrative supervisor of the Barton branch.

During the 1980s, he began a career change by enrolling in Lyndon State College, building on his graduate credits from St. Michael’s College in guidance. He received his master of education in teaching and counseling. He did some substitute teaching but was most proud of his time as day manager and substance abuse counselor at the NEKCA detox facility in Coventry. He was also a therapy group facilitator and set up 12-step programs in the community and at the Newport lock-up. He did presentations in area schools on substance abuse and its impact on the individual and families. He later served as a child protective services caseworker for the state of Vermont. He returned to banking at the Lyndonville Savings Bank & Trust Company, until he retired, but he continued as a mentor in the AA program as a volunteer counselor.

Mr. Barrows served on many boards and committees and did extensive volunteer work. To name a few: he was treasurer and a director of the Orleans County Fair Association; consultant to Community National Bank in Derby; select board member, lister, and moderator for the town of Glover; trustee for the Orleans County Historical Society; and board member for both the Craftsbury Chamber Players and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

He was a lifelong member of the Barton Congregational Church and a lifelong musician of the highest order. As a child, he sang in the church choirs and became the choir director at the age of 25 when Grace Hanson was organist. Upon her retirement, he became the organist for the Barton United Church, while substituting as organist in other churches (in Glover, after the retirement of Charlotte Locke). He sang in other choral groups in Orleans County, including in Northsong and the NEK Community Chorus.

He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lois; and several cousins.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and by his parents.

A memorial service will be announced at a later day.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Glover Ambulance, 48 County Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

obit FortinClermont M. Fortin

Clermont M. Fortin, 69, of Derby died at his home on July 2, 2015.

He was born on August 23, 1945, to the late Emile and Germaine (Thibault) Fortin.

On September 25, 1965, he married Priscilla Erno, who survives him.

Mr. Fortin attended Canaan High School. He was a truck driver for McDermott’s Transportation.

His hobbies included brook fishing, watching hockey (the Canadians), and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Fortin, of Derby; his children: Marcel Fortin and his wife, Theresa, of Salcha, Alaska, Tanya Fortin and her partner, Wendell Rivers, of Coventry, and Sonya Smith and her husband, Carl, of Coventry; his grandchildren: Melanie Fortin, Nicholas Fortin, Kiara Fortin, Hailey Meehan, Natacia Sawyer, and Roger Sawyer Jr.; his great-grandchildren: Darion, Mykenna, Owen and Alayna; and by his siblings: Rejeanne Winslow and her husband, Chris, of Charleston, Danielle Sevigny and her husband, John, of Williamstown, and Linda Fortin of Enosburg.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Viateur Fortin, Guy Fortin, and Rachel Fortin.

There will be no services.

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 MarshPierrette “Pret” N. (Martin) Marsh

Pierrette “Pret” N. (Martin) Marsh, 62, of Newport died peacefully at her home on June 30, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on April 29, 1953, in Derby, to Fernand and Solange Martin.

On July 15, 1995, she married her soul mate, Michael G. Marsh, who survives her.

For over 30 years she owned and operated the well-known “Pret’s Beauty Shop” in Newport. She most recently acquired her teaching degree and took great pride in developing the cosmetology program at the North Country Career Center from 2008 to 2015. She very much enjoyed her colleagues and valued the relationships she created with her students and watching them succeed.

She enjoyed gardening, golfing, cooking, kayaking, reading, and spending summers at the family camp on Seymour Lake. Her family meant the world to her and she always enjoyed their visits and family gatherings.

She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Marsh, and her three sons: Todd Pronto and his close friend, Deveney Choquette, Ryan Pronto and his girlfriend, Holly Nadeau, and Corey Pronto and his girlfriend, Amber Bennett; her stepsons: Greg Marsh and his wife, Jamie Marsh, and Ryan Marsh and his girlfriend, Amanda Staples; her mother, Solange Martin; her brother Daniel Martin and his wife, Renee; her nephew Spencer Martin; her niece Meghan Martin; her mother-in-law, Ruth Marsh; and by her grandchildren: Hunter, McKenna, Aaliah, and Morgan Marsh, and the most recent addition to the family, Cade Pronto. She is also survived by extended family: Jordan Eastman, Daniel Dobart, her husband’s brothers and sisters: Mary Lou, Paul, Barb, Randy, Gary, Donna, and Frank; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and more.

She was predeceased by her father, Fernand Martin; her father-in-law Joe Marsh; and by her stepson Shawn Marsh.

She had an unbelievable amount of supporters and friends throughout the community. She truly blessed everyone she ever met and was considered to many as the nicest, loving, and most caring person on Earth!

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, with the Reverend Mike DeSena officiating. Interment will be at a later date at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Career Center, Pret Marsh Scholarship Fund, in care of Eileen Illuzzi, 209 Veterans Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Lucille Margaret McCandless

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Lucille Margaret McCandless will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at the Irasburg United Church. A reception will follow the service, at the home of Deborah and Gary Johnson.

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Obituaries July 1, 2015

obit AtwoodJeanette I. (Brown) Atwood

Jeanette I. (Brown) Atwood, 78, of Craftsbury, died suddenly on June 16, 2015, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

She was born in Williamsville on November 12, 1936, daughter of Merle and Gloria (Cole) Brown and graduated from Bellows Falls High School.

On April 2, 1955, she married Eugene (Jack) R. Atwood and they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Ms. Atwood helped out her husband on the family dairy farm in Chester and Craftsbury for many years. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a member of the Horse and Buggy Club and a leader for the Cub and Girl Scouts.

Her favorite things were going out to eat with family and friends, dancing on Saturday night, playing cards, watching a Red Sox game, and gabbing on the phone.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; a daughter, Vicki, and her husband, Douglas; two sons: Eugene and his wife, Cheryl, and Jeff and his wife, Diane; her grandchildren include Shaun, Amanda, Matthew, Tanner, Cody, Ethan, Kylie, and Justin; and her great-grandchildren include Kennedy Rose, Hayleigh and Brooklyn. She is also survived by her sister Lorraine Quelch; a brother, Eugene Brown; a stepmother, June (Brown) Lawrence; a stepsister, Sandra (Brown) Matterson; a stepbrother, Jerry Brown; her nieces and nephews; and by many of her lifelong family friends.

She was predeceased by her youngest son Mike in January of 2012; her mother, Gloria Brown; her dad, Merle Brown; her youngest sister Connie Grant; her niece Cheryl Trumbull; and by her nephews: Bruce Martin and Daryl Lyon.

There will be no calling hours. A private family graveside service and luncheon will be held at a later date. She will be interred at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Berdina J. Baraw

Berdina J. Baraw, 86, died on June 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 25, 1928, in Newport, a daughter of Arthur and Doris (Wheeler) Gibney.

In August of 1946, she married Charles Baraw, who predeceased her on September 16, 1992.

She enjoyed going for rides on all the back roads in Orleans and Essex counties. She enjoyed her many pets over the years. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother and always enjoyed having them come and visit.

She is survived by her children: Eula Lucas and her husband, David, of Newport, Charles Baraw and his wife, Judy, of Derby, Frederick Baraw and his wife, Annette, of Newport Center, Wilbure Baraw of Newport, and Bruce Baraw of Newport; Brenda LaCross and her husband, Dennis, of Westmore, Robert Baraw of Newport, Cynthia DeGreenia and her husband, Terry, of Brownington, Richard Baraw of Newport, and Arlene Willis of Cavendish; and by several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two infant siblings; two brothers: Dale and Gordon; and by two sisters: Lillian and Ila.

Funeral services were held on June 19, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BrochuStephen R. Brochu

Stephen R. Brochu, 65, of Derby Line, beloved husband of Paula, died at his home on June 28, 2015.

He was born on August 25, 1949, to Gerard and Bella (Bedard) Brochu in St. Johnsbury.

On May 15, 1971, he married the former Paula Bullis, who survives him.

He was on active duty serving in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. After serving in the Marines, he was a recruiter for the Vermont National Guard. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the Elks Club Post #2155 of Derby. He spent a lot of time and enjoyed being an advocate for many of the veterans. He loved to have his family together for family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Brochu, of Derby Line; his children: Christine Yates and her husband, Brian, of Jericho, and Stephen Brochu and his wife, Amy, of South Burlington; his cherished grandchildren: Ashley Papin and her husband, Andrew, of South Burlington, Joshua Yates of Jericho, and Damian and Emily Brochu of South Burlington; the following brothers and sisters: Eva Brochu, Anna Sanville and her husband, Charles, Clara Brochu, Rita Choquette and her husband, Omer, Martha Dupont, Theresa Round, Patty Mann, Leah Cook and her husband, Ron, Rene, Gerard, Alfred, and John Brochu; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Jack Bullis, obit vets flagDianne Bullis, Craig Bullis and his wife, Diana, Dan Bullis and his wife, Sharon, Mary George and her husband, Wendell, and Judy Bullis.

He was predeceased by his sister Maria Buck; as well as by his parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 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, July 2, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Doris Elaine Barbin Monette

Doris Elaine Barbin Monette died on June 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in Newport on October 27, 1927, the only child of Joseph O. Barbin and Zula May Dymond.

After graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1945 at Newport High School, she worked for the W.C. Lister Insurance Agency and Montgomery Wards and later as a dispatcher at the Derby Barracks of the Vermont State Police, from where she retired in 1990.

On October 24, 1949, she married John A. Monette in Newport. They enjoyed traveling, both on their own and in later years with Community Circle. For several years after her retirement, they spent winters in Texas and South Carolina.

After retirement, she joined RSVP and volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce booth and the Goodrich Memorial Library. She also knitted many hundreds of pairs of mittens and countless hats and other items for the RSVP Christmas projects. She was also interested in local history and genealogy. She had researched the Barbin and Monette families back to the late 1600s, translating many materials from French to English in the process.

She is survived by her sons: John P. Monette and his wife, Janet (Hussey), of Newport, Gerard R. Monette of Greenville, North Carolina, and his former wife, Denise (Quenville), of South Burlington, Paul L. Monette, of Newport, and Roger J. Monette and his husband, Jonathan Welch, of Portland, Oregon; and by her three granddaughters: Megan Monette of Fayston, and Danielle and Michelle Monette, both of South Burlington.

She was predeceased in 2003 by her husband.

In accord with her wishes, there will be no service. Visiting hours were held in Newport on June 26. Internment will be at the convenience of the family in the family plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit sableskiEleanor (Kambour) Sableski

Eleanor (Kambour) Sableski, a long-time resident and musician who lived in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for 47 years, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, after a brief hospitalization.

She lived at Rogerson House in the Boston area for the past year.

Born in 1925 in Providence, Rhode Island, she grew up in northern Vermont and spent her summers at a family cottage on Shadow Lake in Glover. She attended Smith College briefly before relocating to Boston. She moved to the Triangle area in 1967, and soon found herself fully active in the life of the newly emerging Eno River Fellowship as the music director. Her musical talents bloomed over the years as she completed a degree in music education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and assumed musical leadership of the Common Women’s Chorus from 1983 to 2001. As a choir conductor, she was kind, encouraging, and inspiring. She did not accept bad music (and what an ear she had!), and she elicited the best from the people she worked with. She was also a long-standing member of the Choral Society of Durham; her skill as a chorus member gave her the opportunity to perform in Israel and at Carnegie Hall, and she later participated in the Triangle Jewish Chorale and the Village Review. On at least one occasion she played the organ at Duke Chapel.

Each summer, she made a spiritual pilgrimage to her family cottage in Vermont, and a musical pilgrimage to SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute).

She moved to Rogerson House in May of 2014, and, in spite of a failing memory, made an impression on residents and staff alike as “a human jukebox,” playing hymns and leading sing-alongs for the residents on a daily basis. During her final days in the hospital she sang to the staff, her daughter, and her doctors.

She is survived by her three adult children and her daughter-in-law: Nancy Sableski and Anne Rousseau of Boston, Steven Sableski of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Sarah Sableski of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vermont Land Trust at vlt.org, or the Campaign for Southern Equality at southernequality.org, or the Rogerson Communities at rogerson.org.

A memorial service was held in Durham, North Carolina, on June 6.

obit SheltraRosemary C. Sheltra

Rosemary C. Sheltra, 63, of Derby died on June 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 17, 1951, in Newport to Alva and Maxine (Austin) Batchelder.

On February 14, 1999, she married Dennis Sheltra, who predeceased her in 2012.

She enjoyed watching NASCAR and Star Trek. She also enjoyed making floral arrangements and ceramics. She loved her dog Molly and her cat Oreo.

She is survived by her children: Tina Lucas of Wolcott, Casandra Dailey and her husband, Harry, of Woodbury, Becky Miller and her husband, Eric, of Derby, Stanley Crowe II of Derby, and Kimberly Bingham and her husband, Jason, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Samantha Corkins and her husband, Cole, Tamara Burnett, Christopher Schneider, Ashley Schneider, Rebecca, Kaitlin, Brianna, and Shawn Rice, Nicholas Bingham, Thomas and James Dailey, McKenzie, Maverick, and Graham Crowe, Tyler Perkins, and Jamie Royer; her seven great-grandchildren; and by her sisters: Nickolet Simpson and her significant other, David LaBelle, of Derby, and Joi Merritt and her husband, Rory, of North Carolina.

She was predeceased by her father, Alva Batchelder; her mother, Maxine Austin; her stepfather Burton Austin; and by her granddaughter Jessie Lynn.

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service; or to the Derby Pond Animal Hospital, 2757 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SpringMarion E. Spring

Marion E. Spring, 76, died peacefully in Newport, on June 22, 2015.

She was born to Howard Lynaugh and Nora Stuart on October 10, 1938, in Concord.

She loved to travel to Atlantic City and Foxwoods Casino. She also enjoyed knitting, and she loved her dog Shorty.

She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Inverness, Florida.

She is survived by her children: Rhonda Jackson and her husband, David, of Fairhaven, Penny Flynn of Troy, Tammy Vallieres and her husband, Gaetan, of Inverness, and John Spring and his wife, Michelle, of Jay; her brothers: Oscar Lynaugh of Victory, Johnny Lynaugh, and Larry Lynaugh; her sister Betty Stowell of Lyndonville; and by her special friend, Meagan Tomczak, of Inverness. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Connie Williams; and by her brother Bernard Lynaugh.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center at 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries June 24, 2015

obit BakerHilda May Baker

Hilda May Baker, 84, of Newport died peacefully on June 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 19, 1930, to Harry and Margaret (Bell) Manning.

On September 11, 1954, she married Robert Baker, who survives her.

She was interested in needlecrafts, gardening, visiting with her friends and family, and baking, as she was known for her whoopee pies.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Baker, of Newport; her children: Deborah Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Timothy, of Mobile, Alabama, Brad Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Robert, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Meghan Duquette, Jenna Hurd, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin; her siblings: Charles Manning of Stanstead, Quebec, Percy Manning of Canada, Harry Manning of Canada, Sally Schanze of Florida, Shirley Parenteau and her husband, Ed, of Derby, and Marion Coolbeth and her husband, Bernard, of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Kennison.

A graveside service was held on June 19, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit LamereBeverly Joyce Mason Lamere

Beverly Joyce Mason Lamere, 79, of Brownington died suddenly on June 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 24, 1935, in North Troy to Ira and Vera (Crandall) Mason.

She grew up in North Troy and Island Pond, where she attended schools. She married Frank E. Lamere Sr. and they had two sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and Danny L. Lamere. Her husband, Mr. Lamere Sr., died in 1981.

Mrs. Lamere moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1982, where she was a security guard at a college. She came back to Vermont in 1996, where she took care of the elderly until 2010.

She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary in St. Petersburg. She enjoyed bingo and the casino.

She is survived by her sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and his wife, Sharon, and Danny L. Lamere and his wife, Candy; her grandchildren: Kevin Lamere, Jamie Taft and her husband, Justin, Carl Lamere and his companion, Chelsey, Liza Lamere and her companion, Roy Stone, and Melanie Fontaine and her husband, Robbie; her great-grandchildren: Cheyann Stone, Kaitlan and Cody Lamere, Jasmin and Jordan Taft, Tyler Lamere, Kaylee Fontaine, Destany Fontaine, and Gavyn Fonatine; her brother Harley Mason and his wife, Marilyn, of Guildhall; her sister Esther Lantagne of Barton; her brother-in-law Mike Amato of Nashville, Tennessee; and by her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Patricia Amato and Sara Carbonneau; and by her special friend, Sylvio Williams, who for 30 years brought each other many good times going on trips and also their winter trips to Florida.

A graveside service was held on June 20, 2015 at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit NadeauMarilyn R. Nadeau

Marilyn R. Nadeau, 73, of Newport died suddenly at her home on June 21, 2015.

She was born on September 1, 1941, in Newport, to Percy Blay and Alma (Davio) Blay.

On April 17, 1971, she married Louis Nadeau, who predeceased her in 1980.

She worked in payroll services for Phoenix Engineering.

She was a past member and very involved with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries for many years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting, doing puzzles, and she was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Her family meant everything to her, and she always enjoyed their visits and family gatherings.

She is survived by mother, Alma (Davio) Blay of Newport; her children: Christina Montminy of Newport, and Ginny Lynn Gray and her partner, Nathan Kelley, of Newport Center; her stepdaughter Tina Nadeau of Enfield, Connecticut; her stepson-in-law Joseph Robishaw of Derby; her grandchildren: Nicole Montminy of Newport Center, Samantha Corey and her husband, Christopher, of Livermore, California, Drew Gray and Dylan Gray of Newport Center, David Robishaw of Newport, Aimee (Robishaw) Bonin of Broomfield, Colorado, and Joanna Robishaw of Derby Line; her brother Stanley Blay of Newport and his daughters: Britt Blay and Renee Rivard and their families; her great-grandchildren: Ava Grace Lefebvre, Ellis Rushford, Joey Rushford, Michelle Provencher, Jessica Robishaw, Jennifer Stevens and her husband, Dakota, and Ashley Robishaw-Morin; her five great-great-grandchildren; and also by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Nadeau; her father, Percy Blay; her stepson Louis Nadeau Jr.; her stepdaughter Donna Robishaw; and by her great-grandson David Robishaw Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service in Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Verna S. Thayer

Verna S. Thayer, 96, of St. Johnsbury, formerly of Newport Center, died on June 13, 2015, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on September 22, 1918, in Coventry to Clayton and Sadie (Temple) Brooks. On May 2, 1940, she married Merton Thayer, who predeceased her on March 6, 2013.

She was a former member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed making crafts, quilting, cooking, bowling, and playing golf.

She enjoyed attending events at the Elks Lodge with her late husband.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Rainville and her husband, Arnold, of Lyndonville, Roberta Ellis and her husband, Wendell, of Newport, and Rebecca Poulos of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Scott, Todd, and Shelly Rainville, and Chris Donovan; her great-grandchildren: Patrick, Brady, Emily, and Alex Rainville, and Kaitlyn, Jullian, and Riley Donovan; her sister Doris Hughes of Connecticut; and by her sister-in-law Tony Brooks of Montpelier.

She was predeceased by her brother Bernard Brooks; and by three sisters: Charlena Brown, Marion Renihan, and Gwen Crellen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Thayer’s memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Robert E. Clark

A graveside service for Robert E. Clark will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with military honors.

Roy George

Committal services for Roy George of Orleans will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, where full military honors will be accorded.

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Obituaries June 17, 2015

obit DesrochersFlorence H. Desrochers

Florence H. Desrochers, 82, of Sheffield died on June 8, 2015, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

She was born on June 7, 1933, in Sheffield, daughter of Everett and Evelyn (Gilman) Simpson.

She enjoyed watching old Western movies, going out to eat, and spending time with family (especially playing with Dominic, her great-grandson), and her cat.

She is survived by her daughter Debra Renaudette; her son Dale Johnson; her sister Ila Albright; four grandchildren: Christine, Samantha, Kolten, and Jasmine; three great-grandchildren: Brooklin, Alexianna, and Dominic; one soon-to-be great-granddaughter in July, Khrystaliah; several nieces and nephews; as well as Dawn Marshall, who was like a daughter, and her husband, Pete, Omi Larrabee, and Jadyn Newland.

She is predeceased by her siblings: Cora Heath, Shirley Simonds, John Simpson, Harry Simpson, and baby Everett; a son-in-law, Chris Renaudette; and by a nephew, Leslie Heath.

A graveside service was held at the Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield on June 13.

obit FrizzellMichael D. Frizzell

Michael D. Frizzell, 68, of Newport died suddenly on June 12, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on February 1, 1947, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, to Francis and Rowena (Brockney) Frizzell.

On October 4, 1969, he married Suzanne Leblond, who predeceased him on March 14, 2013.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He was supervisor for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.

He enjoyed gardening, the company of his black lab, and he loved being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters: Melissa Frizzell and Angela LaPlante and her husband, Dana, all of Newport; his brother Stephan Frizzell and his wife, Jeannie, of Antrim, New Hampshire; his sister Laurie Frizzell of Derby; his special companion, Terry Grenier; and by several nieces and nephews.

obit vets flagFriends may call on Thursday, June 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. 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.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MacDonaldJessica L. MacDonald

Jessica L. MacDonald, 30, of Derby Line died suddenly on June 11, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 15, 1984, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Kim MacDonald Lague and Dominque Gervais.

Her life was spent caring for her three children, whom she adored with all her heart. She put all others ahead of her own needs and was always a pillar for everyone in her life to lean on and count on. Her kindness and compassion for all people knew no bounds and was a force that brought a special light into this world for us all.

She is survived by her parents: Kim MacDonald Lague and her husband, Ray, of Colorado, and Dominque Gervais and his wife, Donna, of Coventry; her children: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell; her longtime companion, Doug Russell, of Derby Line; her sisters: Melissa MacDonald of Missouri, and Jennifer Vitalis and her husband, Randy, of Connecticut; her brothers: Keith Gervais of Vermont and Christian Gervais of Newport Center; her grandparents: Gilbert Gervais of Connecticut, Josianne Downs of Kentucky, and Keith and Ann MacDonald of Missouri; her stepsisters: Holly Larose of North Carolina, and Meghan Gervais of Newport Center; and by Douglas Russell’s parents and sister: Brian and Kim Russell and Tracy Russell, all of Derby.

Funeral services were held on June 16, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Tracy Russell, 583 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, for her children.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary Ann Merrill

Mary Ann Merrill of Craftsbury, 66, died on April 23, 2015, in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

She was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Merrill.

After graduating in a class of ten students at Craftsbury Academy, she attended the University of Vermont. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1971.

For over 20 years she was a secretary at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Later, she did volunteer driving for senior citizens and was a private duty caregiver.

As a member of the fourth generation, she worked on the family farm. She spent many happy summers at her camp, which her father built.

She belonged to the United Church of Craftsbury, Ladies Union, and Homemakers.

She is survived by her sisters: Nancy Merrill and her partner, Robert Lambert, and Jane Linck and her husband, David; her niece Jennifer Linck and her partner, Cedar, and their daughters: Posey and Alice Hannan; her nephew Robert and his son Stig Linck, all of Craftsbury; her uncle and aunt, Everett and Phyllis Merrill of Cobleskill, New York; her aunt Beverly Merrill of LaCrescent, Minnesota; and by several cousins. She also leaves behind three very special longtime friends: Marjorie Stoddard, Fay Waterhouse, and Jean Anderson and their extended families.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Martha Jenkins; her uncle Leland Merrill; her uncle, aunt, and cousin: John, Jane Ellen, and Martin Wehncke.

A memorial service will be held on June 27 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury on Craftsbury Common.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury, care of Cheryl Bailey, Treasurer, 181 Collinsville Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit SmithMarilyn Bates Smith

Marilyn Bates Smith, 83, of Shelburne, formerly of Newport, died on June 13, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 13, 1932, in Morgan, to Carl and Marion (Mudgett) Bates.

She graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1950 from Newport High School. In 1954, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

On June 30, 1958, she married Robert Winfield Smith, who predeceased her on July 12, 2003.

She was a teacher in Randolph and Cabot, as well as a substitute teacher in Danville, St. Johnsbury, and Lyndon. She was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and an active member of the North Congregational Church. She loved cats and was a volunteer at the Frontier Animal Society.

She is survived by her children: Brian Carl Smith and his wife, Dawn, of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Alan Robert Smith and his wife, Susan, of South Burlington; her grandson Christopher Brian Smith and his wife, Krystle, and their three daughters: Zerviah, Matilda and Elphaba of Johnstown, New York; her two nieces: Sheri and Deborah; and by her five nephews: Jeff, Greg, Tom, Steven, and Craig.

She was predeceased by her sister Carleen Cummings.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit urieRichard James Urie

Richard James Urie, 80, of Livingston, Montana, died on Friday, June 5, 2015, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born on March 31, 1935, in Albany, son of Leslie and Isabel (Anderson) Urie of Bonnie View Farm. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy and then earned a degree in agronomy from the University of Vermont. After college he worked for the Soil Conservation Service until he was drafted in 1958. He served two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Urie returned to Bonnie View Farm to work with his father. In December of 1965, he married Ellen Boyd and she joined him at Bonnie View Farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Urie enjoyed 29 years raising a family and farming together. He took great pride in the stewardship of the farmlands and improving their productivity. He also spent many hours teasing and playing with his four children, Wendi, Barb, Kelly, and Dan, and was well know for his sense of humor and enjoyment of a practical joke. The family’s “city cousins” and friends with summer homes all loved to visit the farm and to be part of the fun he created.

Mr. and Mrs. Urie retired from farming in 1994, traveled the country for a full year, and then settled in Asheville, North Carolina, where they lived for eight years. In 2003, they relocated to Livingston, to be closer to their daughters. Mr. Urie was immediately fascinated by Western farming and ranching, and especially irrigation. For a Vermont farmer the idea of not having enough water was completely foreign! Mr. Urie was also drawn to the mountain landscape and enjoyed hikes, bicycle rides, and snowshoe outings with his daughters and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Ellen; his favorite daughters: Barb and her husband, Jim Marshall, Kelly Elder, and Wendi and her husband, Mike Cimonetti; his siblings: Ellen Jane and her husband, Wes McGrew, Arthur, and Paul and his wife, Sue; and by his five grandchildren: Marissa, Jack, Abby, Hazen, and Caroline.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Isabel; his son Dan; and by his brother Andrew.

A celebration of his life was held on June 12, in Livingston. Interment will be at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to Park County Senior Center, 206 South Main Street, Livingston, Montana 59047.

obit wellsGeorge W. Wells

George W. Wells, 73, of South Burlington died at his home on Friday, June 12, 2015.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 11, 1942, son of the late Harland and Evelyn (Wallace) Wells.

Following high school, Mr. Wells entered into the U.S. Navy, starting a 20-year career, proudly serving his country on various submarines as Radioman Chief Petty Officer. He was a Vietnam veteran and was actively involved during the Cuban Blockade and Lebanon Crisis. His submarine duties included the USS Carp, USS Blenny, USS Entemedor, USS Seawolf, USS Kamehameha, USS Benjamin Franklin, USS Escape, and the USS Andrew Jackson. He was also a mortgage broker — he owned and operated Express Mortgage for ten years.

Mr. Wells was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He treasured time spent with his family. He took great pride in his brother, son, grandson, niece, and nephews, and swelled whenever he spoke of their service to our country. He enjoyed family hunting trips to Jay Peak, and salmon fishing in Pulaski or Anchorage, Alaska. He adored his grandchildren.  He was an avid Red Sox fan, enjoyed working in the yard, grilling, and “sharing” recipes, but not the grilling duties.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Ruth (Emmerson) O’Keefe-Wells of South Burlington; his children: Karol Leggett and husband, Creg, of Birmingham, Alabama, Karl Wells and his wife, Jeannie, of Beaufort, South Carolina, Timothy O’Keefe and his wife, Melissa, of Albany, New York, Kathleen O’Keefe of South Burlington, and Patricia Cutler and her husband, Matthew, of Albany, New York; his eight grandchildren: Richard Hunt, Daniel O’Keefe and his partner, Caitlyn Ribeiro, Zachary Wells, Ryan O’Keefe, Emma Leggett, Tessa Leggett, Emily O’Keefe, and Connor LeClair; a great-granddaughter and his pride and joy, Amelia O’Keefe; his brothers: Edward Wells and his wife, Joanne, Harland Wells and his wife, Carol, and Roger Wells and his wife, Barbara; his sisters-in law and brothers-in-law: Sandra Hemenway and her husband, Hale, Thomas Emmerson and his wife, Anna, Betty Emmerson, Ernest Emmerson and his wife, Diana Emmerson, and Micki Ann and Ronald Thomas; and by his very special aunt, June Windhold.

He was predeceased by his brother Richard Wells.

A celebration of life with reception to follow will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, at 5171 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Burial will be held later at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit wolfgramViolet Ruth Wolfgram

Violet Ruth Wolfgram died on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Artisan Assisted Living in DeForest, Wisconsin.

She was born on March 5, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Known as Peachy to her parents and siblings on Cape Cod, and as Ruth when she raised her children in Vermont, she became Ruthie and Grandma Ruthie as the days went by and she moved to Rotterdam, New York, and finally to Wisconsin.

Ms. Wolfgram always had an artistic flair and an entrepreneurial drive. Her artful creativity showed up in the form of charcoal and pencil sketches of family members, pets, and interesting strangers; she also dabbled in oil painting, created hundreds of dried flower arrangements that she called “beautifuls,” and later moved on to pressed flower, fern, and leaf pictures under glass.

Her entrepreneurial side found its expression in the world of sales. From her earliest married days, she worked with her husband, Dick, as a traveling saleswoman. Together they sold a variety of goods, but they particularly enjoyed and did well in the photography business. When they moved with their children Cory and Steve to Vermont in 1960, they ran a photography studio and Ms. Wolfgram started a sign painting business, G&W Signs, with Libby Garneau. The sign business allowed her to use her artistry and her sales abilities, and she and Ms. Garneau had a great time creating designs and painting everything from signs outside of businesses to school buses and oil delivery trucks.

The stories she told in her final years often focused on the time that she was living in Rotterdam, in the cute little house owned by her brother Gerry and his wife, Mac. She reminisced about her grandchildren, Chad and Erica, and her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Amber, Cierra, and Cydney. Some of her most animated stories came from her years as a salesperson for Under Cover Wear, the lingerie firm for which she conducted home parties. As part of her compensation as one of the top sales people in the nation, she won vacation trips to Australia, Rome, Hawaii, and Thailand. She was so successful that on many of her trips, she won two tickets and was able to take along a second person.

Told with eyes wide and arms flailing, she would joyfully recount how, on the trip to Australia while seated in first class, her guest and in-law, Ann Frost, told the flight attendant as they approached the equator crossing that they should have a glass of whiskey. The flight attendant brought Ms. Wolfgram and Ms. Frost the bottle, and left it. While she struck a more respectful tone when talking about her trip to Rome and looking up at the Pope from Vatican Square, her tales from Thailand were rollicking — from the locals staring and pointing at her bright red hair — she loved it — to the “mild” soup that set her mouth on fire, and finally to her riding the mother elephant while Cory rode the baby elephant.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters and their spouses: Gerry and Eleanor Pierce, David and Barbara Pierce, Eleanor and John Cunningham, and Carol and Willie Nobre. She is also survived by her two children and their spouses: Cory Wolfgram and John Burton and Steve and Jane Wolfgram; numerous nieces and nephews; her grandchildren: Andrew, Amber, Cierra, and Cydney Wolfgram, and Carter Webster and Kai Williams; her great-great-grandson Cayden Wolfgram; and by her former daughter-in-law Jo, who stayed in close touch with her over 40 years.

At her request, a simple family ceremony is being held on Cape Cod in the fall.

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Obituaries June 10, 2015

obit BrosseauGerald Roger Brosseau

Gerald Roger Brosseau, 63, of Derby died on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at his residence, following a period of declining health.

Born on June 5, 1951, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Orville Entiene and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau.

He graduated from Northeast High School, Class of 1969, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and subsequently Miami-Dade College in the field of funeral directing and embalming.

He was married to Margaret Ellen (Brundage) Brosseau on April 19, 1980.

He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in New Hampshire and Florida. He proudly served on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Funeral Directors’ Association for many years, holding the position of treasurer until his death.

He was the chief executive officer and a co-founder of Always On Call Answering Service, LLC, an award-winning company based in Concord, New Hampshire. In his position, he developed a niche to provide specialized services to funeral professionals as an extension of their business. Prior to becoming a funeral director, he was an accomplished chef, restaurateur, and writer, including being a radio announcer at WFTL Radio in his teenage years, earning the coveted Silver Mic Award at the age of 14. He also enjoyed his time as an owner of a successful dairy farm in Troy.

Mr. Brosseau was an ordained Christian minister and dedicated his life to helping others. He was recognized for many years as Santa Claus for the Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and for the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale.

His memberships included Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #249 of Sebring, Florida; Mahi Shiners of Miami, Florida; Orient of Florida — Scottish Rite of the Valley of Lake Worth; York Rite Bodies, Lauderdale Council No. 24 Royal and Select Masters of Fort Lauderdale; past watchman of shepherdess of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Judea Shrine No. 14, of Fort Lauderdale; Order of the Eastern Star, Tri-Gate Chapter No. 276, of Fort Lauderdale; Loyal Order of Moose; and the National Funeral Directors Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his sons: Gerald R. Brosseau II and his fiancée, Vicki Lopez, and son Braiden of Cape Coral, Florida, and George J. and his wife, Heather Brosseau, of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; his godson Dakota Brosseau of Jeffersonville; his sister Gisele Phipps of Maine; his brothers: Richard Brosseau of Vermont and George Brosseau of Texas; as well as by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Orville and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau.

Burial will be held in the Slatedale Cemetery in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 11, at 1 p.m.

The family has asked that memorial donations be sent in loving memory of Mr. Brosseau to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children — Tampa, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607-1460.

Online condolences at mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

John David Christensen

John David Christensen of West Glover, beloved son, father, brother, and uncle, died on the morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 2, 1951, to Christian Christensen and Marion Thornton.

He leaves behind a daughter, Kelsey Christensen; and a longtime partner, Roberta Ashe.

He was a professor and coordinator of online learning at the Community College of Vermont for over 25 years, consummately dedicated to learning and education in Vermont.

He will be missed by family, students, colleagues, and the community.

obit DemersNorma Demers

Norma Demers, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on June 6, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 18, 1920, in Burlington, to John and Peninnah (Foss) Thomas.

She was employed at one time by Indian Head Plywood, Newport Plastics, and Ethan Allen Manufacturing.

She was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, politics, crossword puzzles, and going to Old Orchard Beach in Maine with her family.

She resided in Newport Center for 68 years. She had a special dog, “George W.,” and also several others in the past. She brought her family to see the stone house in Alburg where she lived as a child. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandson Gavin who was a special caregiver to her.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy Hemingway of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Susan Hansen and her husband, Reginald, of North Troy, Shirley Santaw and her husband, Alfred, of North Troy, Lisa Blanchette and her husband, Dennis, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Mary Blake of Newport Center, Gail Demers of Newport Center, James Demers of Derby, John Demers and his wife, Sue, of Newport Center, and Mark Demers of Newport Center; her 24 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and by 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by three sons: Robert and Philip Demers and by infant George; her brother John Thomas; and by her former husband Paul Demers in 2000.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend O’Hara officiating. Interment will follow in North Troy Village Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit roundBrian David Round

Brian David Round, 37, of Newport died unexpectedly on May 31, 2015, in Hillsboro, Florida.

He was born on February 15, 1978, in Newport to David and Theresa “Tess” (Brochu) Round.

Mr. Round graduated from North County Union High School in 1996. He played soccer, was a member of the alpine ski team, and he enjoyed other outdoor recreations. He went on to study at the University of Vermont.

He became a wonderfully talented chef who was at his best when he let his talents and creativity lead him to delicious experiments. He could improvise a five-star meal from whatever materials he had available. He worked in many locations, which included stops at the Hillsboro Club in Florida, Big Sky Ski Resort in Montana, Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, and Junior’s and McKee’s in Winooski. He was especially close and had great friendships with the staff at McKee’s. As he did his culinary travels, he enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new locations.

He had a love and compassion for animals. He loved his pets and enjoyed the company of Mikey the dog, Mary Jane the cat, and had a special pet cat, Walter, when he was a youngster.

He was an incredibly voracious reader, often absorbing a book or more per week. He was the kind of person who preferred holding a real book in his hands instead of electronic gadgetry. He read every topic, but especially enjoyed historical novels. His recall of movies and famous movie lines was epic.

Lately he had many fishing adventures in fresh and salt water. He spent many days on the slopes on his Montana trip, and golfed at Basin Harbor. Video games, comedy shows like Family Guy, and music were also pleasures he enjoyed. A particularly special time was spent one spring working in the sugarhouse with his mom and uncle Rene. In the fall he especially liked hunting adventures in Virginia with his dad and uncles at Fort Willey.

Mr. Round was a man of few words, but on the occasion when he articulated on a subject, one had better listen as he had a wealth of information to share on nearly any topic. A conversation with “Encyclopedia Round” would always conclude with new knowledge, learning that took place, and a fresh perspective on the horizon. In his usual quiet way, you would have to listen carefully to catch his extremely intelligent sense of humor.

He is survived by his father, David Round, of Newport; his mother, Theresa “Tess” Round, and her companion, Todd Morey, of Troy; and by his brother Torrie Round of Grand Isle. He had a large number of relatives on both sides of his family, and has numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly. He also leaves the following aunts and uncles: Eva Brochu, Rita and Omar Choquette, and William and Sarah Round of Newport, Anna and Charles “Sonny” Sanville, Charles Buck, and Rene Brochu of Newport Center, Gerard Brochu and Mary and Michael Roy of Derby, Steven and Paula Brochu of Derby Line, Lea and Ron Cook of Irasburg, John Brochu and Claire Tetreault of North Troy, Alfred Brochu of Kentucky, Robert and Linda Round of Virginia, Clara Brochu of Maine, Patricia “Patty” Mann of New Hampshire, Martha Dupont of Florida, and John and Laurie Round of Illinois.

There will be a private graveside committal service for the family at a date to be determined. He will be interred with his grandmother Vera “Jan” Round, who predeceased him in January. He was also predeceased by his grandfather Franklin Round; and by his aunts: Maria Buck and Madeleine Brochu.

In lieu of flowers or donations, his family would like those inclined to purchase a book to read with a child or spend a quality day with a youngster fishing, hunting, camping, or doing another outdoor activity.

obit SmithWalter Edwin Smith

Walter Edwin Smith, 84, of North Troy died on June 6, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on August 15, 1930, in Newport, to William and Minnie (Page) Smith.

He married Tessie Lahue on September 3, 1954. She predeceased him on June 17, 2011. Also, his son Albert Smith predeceased him on March 21, 2009.

Mr. Smith was a rural route letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 1994. He was a member of the North Troy High School Class of 1948. He was a veteran of the Korean War as well as a member of the Air National Guard of Vermont. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 of Troy. He poured his heart and soul into Jay Peak Post #28. The members were his second family. He served as commander in the past as well as adjutant for many years up until he could no longer physically do the job. Many hours were also spent on fund-raisers for the club, the least of which was the weekly bingo. That kept him busy in his retirement.

As well as enjoying his family he enjoyed many years of camping, playing bingo, and the beloved board game Aggravation with his wife.

He is survived by his daughter Mary Cota and her husband, Arnold, of Jay, and their children: Susan Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of California and their son Luca, Karen Sheahan and her husband, Doug, of California, and Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, of Milton, and their son Aden, as well as Cindy’s children: Sabrina, Tyler, Andrea, and Mariah Rocque. He is also survived by his daughter Kathy Mayhew and her husband, Marcel, of Jay, and their daughter Angela Mead and her husband, James, of Newport Center and their children: Sierra and Tyler Mead of Newport Center, and Melinda Smith and her boyfriend, Chris Collier, and her son Mathieu of North Troy. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating. Interment will be on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m., in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

obit vets flagShould friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, care of Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service, 1375 Cross Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

He fought a hard battle until the end and will be missed by all. As in his famous good-bye words, we now say to him, with love and admiration, “catch you come later,” Dad, Grandpa, and friend.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit thompsonElliot Raymond Thompson Sr.

Elliot Raymond Thompson Sr. of Derby died peacefully at home in the early hours of January 16, 2015, after a long battle with illness. He was 86.

He was born on April 28, 1928, in Evanston, Illinois, to Ruth Elliot Thompson and Harold Thompson.

He received an engineering degree from Michigan Tech University in 1953. He served in the Air Force.

He married Betty Smith on August 21, 1949, in Petoskey, Michigan.

He worked for Metal Flex in Newport for 25 years. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and attended St. Mark’s in Newport, where he sang in the choir and served on the vestry. He was a member of the Golden M Club, an association for Michigan Tech alumni who had been alumni for 50 plus years.

He was an avid reader of history and mystery. He loved to jog, golf, fish, and to boat.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Smith Thompson; a brother, Walter George Thompson, and his wife, Betty, of Williamsburg, Michigan; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Smith and his wife, Carolyn, of Big Rapids, Michigan. He is also survived by his children: Sandra Pealer and her husband, Judson, of Rangeley, Maine, Elliot Thompson and his wife, Peg, of Garrettsville, Ohio, Walter Thompson of Chicago, Illinois, the Reverend Mark Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Scott K. Thompson and his wife, Tanya, of Parkton, Maryland. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Lauren and her partner, Kyle, Alissa, obit vets flagEmma, Connor, Sacha and her partner, Matt, Shawn and his wife, Catrina, Benjamin and his wife, Erica, Megan, Elliot Thompson III, Nathan, Sarah and Rachel; and six great-grandchildren: Daniel, Elliot, Lily, Everett, Daniel, and Teigan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Harold; and by his three children: Sherry and twins Matthew and Johnathan.

He will be buried in Derby Cemetery. A memorial fund request has been made for contributions to St. Mark’s Food Shelf, P.O. Box 125, Newport, Vermont.

obit TiceBrian L. Tice

Brian L. Tice, 49, of Derby died on June 5, 2015, in Newport, after a short fight battling cancer.

He was born in Newport on October 23, 1965.

He was currently a dairy farmer working for Nelson Farms of Derby.

He loved farming, mudding, fishing, four-wheeling, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jodi Tice, of Derby; his children: Chad Byers and his wife, Shannon, and Anthony Byers and his wife, Kristin, all of Irasburg; his grandchildren: Mariah, Steven, Aubrie, and Tyler Byers, and Logan and Bailey Martin; his mother Beverly Keenan-Kilby and stepfather John Kilby of Derby; his brother Gordon Tice and his wife, Billie, of Derby; his sister Rose Daigle and her husband, Jean, of Troy; his stepsiblings: Sarah, John Jr., and Tim Kilby and their families; his mother-in-law, Connie Carpenter, of Derby; his father-in-law, Reg Carpenter, of North Troy; his brothers-in-law: Richard Carpenter and his wife, Lucy, of Derby, and Randy Carpenter of Derby; his sister-in-law Sheila Carpenter of Derby; and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on June 9 in Newport.

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.

Services

Frank Medor

Committal services for Frank Medor will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Albert Lebeau

A graveside service for Albert Lebeau will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Frederick S. Chatley

There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Frederick S. Chatley at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at the Westmore Community Church. The church is located on 27 Hinton Hill Road, near his beloved Lake Willoughby, in the town of Westmore. Please contact his daughter Megan McCrery at (484) 883-0526, if you have questions or need assistance.

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Obituaries June 3, 2015

obit AllenEsther M. Allen

Esther M. Allen, 90, of North Troy died peacefully on May 28, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 21, 1925, in Newport Center, to George and Mary (Horskins) Armstrong.

On May 8, 1948, she married Richmond Allen, who predeceased her on July 31, 1971.

During her lifetime she was a splicer operator for the Weyerhaeuser Mill in North Troy. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #28 of North Troy.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, attending adult day services in Newport and meal sites in North Troy, and doing activities with her grandchildren. She loved to walk with her little tagalongs.

She is survived by her children: Elizabeth Handy and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Mary Brown and her husband, Arthur, of Derby, Hazel Santaw and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Katherine Allen of Orleans; she was Gram to eight grandchildren: Kenneth Handy, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Marcel, Carrie and Kristy Santaw, Kevin Allen and his wife, Kelley, Karen Miller and her husband, Arjay, Cody MacFarlane, and Liza Campbell; 16 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son Roger Allen on September 13, 1971.

A graveside service was held on June 1 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit hartWilliam Hart Jr.

William Hart Jr. died on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 90 and had been in declining health in recent years.

He maintained his friendly and engaging personality to the end of his life.

He was born on July 11, 1924, in Leominster, Massachusetts, the youngest of five children of William and Katherine (Lilley) Hart. He grew up in Leominster and his family spent summers at Long Beach in Rockport, Massachusetts, which fostered a lifelong love of the seashore.

He graduated from Leominster High School in 1942 and started at Dartmouth College. World War II interrupted his college career and he joined the Navy V12 training program at Dartmouth. He received his commission in 1945 and served as a Naval officer in the Pacific on the U.S.S. DuPage, an attack transport. After the war, he returned to Dartmouth and graduated in 1949 with a degree in mathematics.

He married Ursula Anglim of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1949, and they lived in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Port Chester, New York, and Wyckoff, New Jersey, over the next 20 years.

He worked as an industrial engineer for Cluett Peabody and A.O. Smith. In 1961 he joined Southwestern Engineering Company (SWECO) as a sales engineer. Because of his gregarious nature and love of people, he was a very successful salesman and manager, and became the eastern regional manager.

After the death of his first wife in 1969, he married Mavis Perry Buchanan in 1971 and they settled in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He retired in 1989 and they moved to Coventry, where they spent many happy years in a house they built with a beautiful view of Lake Memphremagog. During his retirement, he was active in the Newport Rotary, the Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Service, and the United Church of Newport.

He is survived by his four children: daughter Susan and her husband, Gregory Schwarz, of Lebanon, New Hampshire; daughter Sara and her husband, Robert Demers, of Merrimack; son William Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire; and son Craig and his wife, Heather Hart, of Weymouth, Massachusetts. There are eight Hart grandchildren. He is also survived by his three stepchildren: stepson Norman and his wife, Ruth Buchanan, of Pomfret; stepson William and his wife, Sharon Buchanan, of Deerfield, New Hampshire; and stepson Paul and his wife, Martha Buchanan, of Weare, New Hampshire. There are seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Both wives and his four sisters predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Church of Newport in Newport.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/manh.

Online condolences at rickerfuneralhome.com.

Joshua Erlon Michaud

Joshua Erlon Michaud of St. Johnsbury died on April 16, 2015.

He was son of Gerald Michaud and Joanne Martin of Greenbush, Maine, born on May 3, 1977.

He is survived by his parents; his uncle Reggie Michaud of New Britain; his cousins; and by many friends who tried to provide for him these last few years.

His aunt Sheila Michaud of Glenburn, Maine, died the day after him.

He was predeceased by his uncles: George Michaud of New Britain, Connecticut, and Dennis Michaud of St. Johnsbury.

A memorial gathering will take place at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury on Sunday, June 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. A potluck meal will be shared.

Patricia Ann Morrill

Patricia Ann Morrill, 70, of Randolph, formerly of Barton, died on May 21, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on November 27, 1944, in Springfield, the daughter of Edward G. Morrill and Judith M. (Rash) Morrill-Billings.

While living in Ludlow, she attended schools for the developmentally disabled in Vermont and Massachusetts and participated in Special Olympics of Vermont for several years. She resided in Waterford for several years before relocating to Springfield in 1985, when she joined the Lincoln Street Inc. (LSI) group. She was employed by ThermaDyne in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, for more than 15 years and retired in 2009. She volunteered at the Good Neighbor Free Health Clinic and the Bugbee Senior Center, both in White River Junction.

She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed many hobbies along with biking, horseback riding, camping, hiking, and swimming. She loved history and traveled to many historical sites throughout New England and the United States. She had been a member of Global Campus Springfield since 2008. She was passionate in doing her research and enjoyed sharing her adventures with family and friends. Some classes she taught during her time with Global Campus included: Nelson Mandela, John Quincy Adams, 9-11, Paul Revere, and Queen Elizabeth. She was a life-member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #36 and Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1034.

She is survived by her mother; her siblings: Robert and his wife, Maria Morrill, of Naples, Florida, Susan and her husband, Norman Gagnon, and Kevin Morrill of Ludlow; two nephews: Norman Gagnon III and his family of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, and Retired Major Sean Gagnon and his family of Cibolo Texas; her 13 great-nieces and -nephews; her stepbrothers: Edgar Billings Jr. and his family of Baltimore, Jeffrey Billings and his family, and Timothy Billings of Ludlow, and Neil Billings of Castleton; and by her stepsister Kelley Billings of Ludlow.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward G. Morrill, of Ludlow in 1980; and by her brother David A. Morrill of Seattle, Washington, in 1990.

A graveside service was held on May 29, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow.

obit PerkinsMable J. Perkins

Mable J. Perkins, 92, of West Charleston died on May 22, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on September 16, 1922, in Morgan to Lester and Margaret (Vincent) Holmes.

On June 17, 1939, she married Ralph Perkins, who predeceased her on February 4, 2014.

She loved to cook not only as a job, but for family and friends. They were active in the Elks, loved to snowmobile, enjoyed family gatherings, their camp on Westmore Mountain, playing cards, dancing, and the company of their many friends.

She and her husband owned and operated a farm in West Charleston for many years. In addition to helping on the farm she also found time to work at Camp Winape, Selbar Weaving, JJ Newberry, and North Country Union High School.

She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Myron, of Derby, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, of West Charleston, Gerald Perkins and his wife, Margaret, of West Charleston, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston; her grandchildren: Dawn Brainard and her husband, Tim, Ricky Brainard and his wife, Donna, Pam Brainard and her husband, Dennis, Lindsay Brainard and his wife, Nikole, Cindy Lewis, Cathy Etheze and her husband, Jim, Dwayne Bowen and his fiancée, TammyLee, Scott Perkins and his friend, Anick, Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, Tammy Kroyman and her husband, Phil, and Angel Graves; her 22 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Bertha Robbins; her sister-in-law Catherine Perkins; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins; two great-great-granddaughters: Rita and Tyra Ladue; her brothers: Gerald and Chester; and by her sisters: Muriel Turenne, Rena LaCoss, and Pearl LaCoss.

Funeral services were held on May 30, in Newport. Interment followed in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Free Will Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 1028 Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ProvencherGladys I. Provencher

Gladys I. Provencher, 61, of Newport Center died suddenly on May 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 26, 1953, in Newport, to Phillip and Rosanna (Kelley) Provencher.

She enjoyed playing cards, poker, and crocheting blankets for her nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed attending The Meeting Place, she loved listening to country music, and spending time with her family at gatherings and cookouts and with her niece’s grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother Butch Provencher and his fiancée, Diane Graham, of Newport; her nieces and nephews: Kelley Robinson and her husband, David, of Newport Center, Tina Provencher of Williamstown, North Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, Christopher Provencher and his wife, Valerie, and David Johnson and his wife, Wendy, of Clinton, Maine; and by several nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased her sister Janice Sheltra Shepardson.

Funeral services were held on May 29, in Newport. Interment followed in Derby Line Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Judie L. Quick

Judie L. Quick, 70, of Newport Center died suddenly on May 25, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 16, 1945, in Fort Benning, Georgia, to Jack and Helen (Moss) Ingram.

She attended schools in Fort Benning and Clarksville, Tennessee.

Ms. Quick was a pet groomer most of her life and a professional dog breeder.

She loved all animals, traveling to the beach and the ocean, and caring for her horses. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was a member of the American Kennel Club.

She is survived by her children: Gary Quick and his wife, Monica, of Island Pond, and Tracey Quick of Newport; her grandchildren: Robert, Krystal, and Judy; her great-granddaughter Emma; her brother Donald Ingram of Tennessee; and by her lifelong partner, Steve Jackson, of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Jackie and Beverly Ingram.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RhyeBetty Lou Rhye

Betty Lou Rhye, 72, of Newport died peacefully on May 23, 2015, in Newport, with her loving husband at her side.

She was born on May 17, 1942, in Colchester, to Joseph and Glenna (Lafayette) Rotunda of Jericho.

On April 4, 1970, she married Ronald “Jack” Rhye of Newport, who survives her.

She loved reading romance novels, doing word puzzles, playing games on her computer, and spending all her time at home caring for her husband and second love of her life, her son Travis Rhye.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Jack Rhye; her grandson Nicholas Rhye of Newport; her sister Pauline Tomes of Deland, Florida; her brother Thomas Rotunda and his wife, Barbara, of Venice, Florida; her sister-in-law Marilyn (Teeney) Kozlowski of Jericho; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her son Travis; her parents; and by her brother Joe Rotunda.

Ms. Rhye and her son Travis were laid to rest on June 1, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, 830 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SweeneyEthel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1941, in St. Johnsbury, to James and Lillian (Cole) Bryant.

She married Charles Sweeney, who predeceased her.

She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. More recently, she was a cook at the senior center in Barton.

She enjoyed reupholstering furniture, hunting, going to yard sales, watching General Hospital on television, and reading mystery and suspense books.

She is survived by her children: Barbara Kilburn of Barton, Ricky Merchant of Connecticut, Mike Merchant and his wife, Diana, of Greensboro, and Ellis Merchant and his wife, Linda, of Barton; several grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; her stepdaughter Beverly Cleveland and her husband, Harvey, of Newport, and her stepson Raymond Sweeney and his wife, Donna, of Glover.

She was predeceased by her son John Merchant; her stepsons: Richard Sweeney, Donald Neil, and Robert Neil; her sister Gloria Bryant; her brother Clifton Carter and his wife, Ernestine; and by her son-in-law Paul Kilburn.

A graveside service was held on May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VreelandRichard Scott “Rick” (Papa) Vreeland

Richard Scott “Rick” (Papa) Vreeland, 53, of Brownington, beloved husband of Brenda, died suddenly on May 25, 2015, in Brownington.

He was born on September 20, 1961, in Sommerville, New Jersey, son of Dorothy and William (Gallagher) Vreeland Sr.

He served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1979 to 1980.

On April 12, 2003, he married Brenda Wheeler, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the Eustis Cable Enterprise for three years.

He enjoyed mowing his lawn, tinkering around the house, hanging out with his niece Melissa, ice cream and coffee, four-wheeling, riding motorcycles with his cousin George, and most of all his precious grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Vreeland, of Brownington; a daughter, Erica Garland, and her husband, Landon, of Florida; his step-children: Jessica Burns and her husband, Dustin, of West Charleston, Sarah Ray and her fiancé, Tyler Before, of Newport, Rebecca Prue and her husband, Matthew, of Brownington, and Johnathan Ray of Brownington; his precious grandchildren: Jasmine and Malcolm Garland, Nathan and Natilee Burns, Faith, Eligh, and Keira Before, and Avery Prue; a sister, Cynthia Vreeland, and her companion, Charlie Synder, of Florida; his brothers: Tracey Vreeland of Florida, and Marc Vreeland and his wife, Jacki, of Pennsylvania; his brother-in-law Joseph Jasniewicz of Pennsylvania; his cousins George and Dianne Vreeland of New Jersey; many other cousins, nieces, and nephews; his mother-in-law Sheila Sperry and her companion, Richard Flagg, of Massachusetts; and by two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, William Vreeland Jr.; and by a sister, Deborah Jasniewicz.

Funeral services, with full military honors, were held on May 31, in Newport.

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

Services

Jozef Krzysko

A graveside service for Jozef Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. Mr. Krzysko was a retired World War II veteran. Full military honors will be held. A luncheon to follow for family and friends.

Roy Davis

Committal services for Roy Davis will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Stephen Richards

A graveside service for Stephen Richards will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Helen Plante

Committal services for Helen Plante will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Jeanne Gaudreau

Funeral services for Jeanne Gaudreau will be held on Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Lois Moore

A celebration of life for Lois Moore will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Magoon Park in Newport.

Floyd Coulter

Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.

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Obituaries May 27, 2015

obit vets flagHarold Benjamin Sr.

Harold Benjamin Sr., 82, of Derby died peacefully, with his family by his side, on May 19, 2015.

He was born on April 22, 1933, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, son to Donald and Gwendolyn Benjamin.

He married Bettie Jane Taylor on March 2, 1957, who predeceased him on January 1, 1996. Together they had seven children.

When Mr. Benjamin was 16 he worked driving trucks for Earl Hackett. He then went on to serve in the military, where he took 16 weeks of basic training and then served 18 months in Korea.

He worked at Butterfields for 20 years, on nights as a superintendent, then on days as a quality control supervisor. He worked some in the woods and doing carpentry work. He started working at the Derby Cemetery and then his son Harold Jr. joined him in 1980. Harold Sr. retired in April of 1998.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, motorcycle riding, four-wheeling, bowling, horseshoes, and playing poker with his family and friends. He always kept his sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Vickie Martin and her husband, Bill, of West Glover and their son Tim Martin and his wife, Tanya, and their children, Guin and Noah; Katie Morrisette and her husband, Harvey, of Morgan, and son Jordan Benjamin of Morgan; Toni Benjamin and her fiancé, David Guillette, of Derby; Tara Benjamin and her fiancé, Kenny Greene, of St. Albans; his daughter-in-law Cara Benjamin of Holland and her son Harold Benjamin III and his girlfriend, Desiree Charron, of Maryland; his granddaughter Jennifer Martin of Holland; his great-granddaughters: Charlotte and Annabelle Martin of Holland; his sister Betty Jacobs of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Beverly Parsons and her husband, Andy, of New Jersey, and Francine Taylor of Derby; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his pets: his special buddy, Zoey, Baxter, and Nikeama.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bettie; his infant daughter Edie Jane; his son Harold Benjamin Jr.; his grandsons: Benjamin J. Martin and Davey Taylor Benjamin; his brother Anthony Benjamin; his sister Audrey Wells; his brothers-in-law: Gardner Taylor, Dean Wells, and Jim Jacobs; his parents; and by his mother- and father-in-law.

Per the wishes of Harold Benjamin Sr., there will be no calling hours and a private burial service with military honors will take place at a later date.

Donations in his name can be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CrowellHenrietta Watson Crowell

Henrietta Watson Crowell, 83, of Newport died peacefully on May 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 13, 1932, in Newport to Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

On September 13, 1975, she married Roy Crowell, who predeceased her in 2007.

She was a waitress for the former Frank’s Steak House in Newport and also for a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her hobbies included reading, playing bingo, cards, and dominos, and watching television.

She is survived by her children: Lorelei Willis and her husband, Cliff, of Troy, Wanda Lawton and her husband, Art, of Perth, Ontario, Lorena Buck and her husband, Ed, of Charleston, and Belinda Smith and her husband, John, of Lenoxville, Quebec; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; her sister-in-law Joan Watson of Island Pond; and by her brother-in-law Paul Domina of Chickopee, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Marion, Margaret, and Melda Watson, Orloff, Albert, and Edward Watson, Helena Domina, and Betty Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtinJames W. Curtin

James W. Curtin, 63, of Naples, Florida, and Derby died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015, in Derby.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 23, 1951, to Thomas and Anne (Johnston) Curtin.

On November 10, 1978, he married Regina M. dos Santos Lima, who survives him.

He graduated from Biscayne College. He was a border patrol agent and criminal investigator for the United States government, retiring in 2004.

He was a stamp collector and avid fisherman and he enjoyed spending time with his grandson Adam.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Curtin, of Naples and Derby; his children: Michael Curtin and his fiancée, Julie Davis, of Burlington, and Brian Curtin of Derby; his grandson Adam J. Curtin-Sykes of Brownington; and by his brother Thomas J. Curtin Jr. of Massapequa, New York.

He was predeceased by his brother Kevin Curtin in 2000.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DavisAl Davis

Al Davis, 86, of Derby Line died peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center, in the company of his loving family, on May 15, 2015.

He was born on September 10, 1928, at the Line Farm in Holland, the only son of Roy E. and Hazel (Hartley) Davis.

He attended Holland schools and graduated from Derby Academy.

On January 22, 1949, he married Rita C. Vachon, who predeceased him on July 26, 2001.

He was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and 1950 to 1951, serving in the Korean War. He was also a member of the Air Force Reserves. Upon his return, he was employed by Butterfields in Derby Line. In 1962, he began his career with the U.S. Customs Service, working at the border in Derby Line. In 1967, he was transferred to the Toronto international airport. He completed his career at the Burlington International Airport, retiring in 1988. Upon his retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and summers in Holland.

He is survived by his six children: Barbara Dauphin and her husband, Richard, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Lynda Carter and her husband, Rick, of Derby, John Davis and his wife, Joann, of Lutz, Florida, Jim Davis of Lyndonville, Debra Sicard of Colchester, and Brenda Davis and her partner, Kathy O’Donnell, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Melissa Carter, Kirsten Dauphin Riegler, Kylee Dauphin Charbonneau, Danielle Davis, Tyler Davis, Sullivan Davis, Matthew Sicard, Caitlin Sicard, Heather Tetrault-Millard, and Courtney Tetrault; his great grandchildren: Emerson, Wyatt, Ainsley, Deaglan, Savanna, Mason, Cameron, Logan, and Kinsley; his brother-in-law Roland Vachon and his children; his sister-in-law Denise Wright and her husband, Ron, and their daughters; his nephew David Flanders and his family of Derby; and by his special companion, Sue Jacobs, and her family.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his parents; his sister Iris Flanders and her husband, Raymond; his wife’s parents, Treffle and Marie Vachon; and by his sister-in-law Claire Vachon.

In honor of his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held in July.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dewittRichard H. DeWitt

Richard H. DeWitt, 66, of Holden, Massachusetts, died peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Worcester, he was son of Walter and Virginia (Johnson) DeWitt and lived several years in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, before moving to Holden in the late 1960s.

He graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in Holden and attended Worcester State College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He began his career working for the town of Holden’s Department of Public Works in 1971 at the age of 22. He worked his way through the ranks and held the position of highway foreman before being appointed Holden’s first director of operations for the Department of Public Works. He was an extremely effective leader and managed his department with a “no nonsense” style that earned him the respect of his staff and town officials. He took great pride in his work and empowered his staff to do the same with unwavering dedication and high standards. After his retirement in 2010, he was able to spend much deserved time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

In 1971, he also joined the Holden Fire Department as an on-call firefighter. He spent the next 43 years with his brother firefighters protecting their community with only one thought in mind, “the safety of others.” He served as a lieutenant for a period of time until his position at the Department of Public Works became overwhelmingly demanding.

He was thought of as “everyone’s friend,” and was always there to lend a hand. He looked forward to vacationing at his camp in Craftsbury, located on Jones Farm. He especially enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips in Vermont with the boys including his son Steve and closest friend, Jim Oberg, who died unexpectedly in February.

He leaves his wife and soulmate of 45 years, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; two sons: Christopher M. Angelo and his companion, Amy Quinlan, and her two children, Jack and Caroline, of Charlton, Massachusetts, and Steven H. DeWitt and his wife, Jennifer, of Holden; two daughters: Nicholette and her husband, Alvin Cunningham, of Fairfield, California, and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester, Massachusetts; a sister, Elaine Morrison, and her husband, John, of Charlton; nine grandchildren: Demetri, Danielle, and Noelle Angelo, Julieanne and Matthew Cunningham, Katelynn Wackell, and Ethan, Molly, and Owen DeWitt; and by a former son-in-law, Joseph Wackell, of Holden, and daughter-in-law Lisa Angelo of Worcester.

A brother, Steven DeWitt, predeceased him.

Funeral services were held on April 18, in Holden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Holden Fire Explorer Program, 1370 Main Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520.

Online condolences at milesfuneralhome.com.

obit GarfieldSharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

She was born on March 20, 1944, in Barton, to Victor and Winifred (Leclaire) Moquin.

On March 6, 1971, she married Donald Garfield, who predeceased her on June 12, 2002.

She enjoyed watching the birds and wild animals on her front lawn. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed puzzle books, cooking, fishing, and TV shows: Walking Dead, CSI, NCIS, Snap, Judge Judy, and other TV shows.

She is survived by her daughters: Cindy Thompson and her husband, Marc, of Colchester, and Sharon Martin and her significant other, Brian Mooney, of St. Johnsbury; her ex son-in-law James Jarvis and his fiancée, Melissa James, of Newport; her grandchildren: Hunter Thompson of Johnson, Courtney and Alex Mooney of Newport, Gerard LaMadeleine and his wife, Katie, of St. Johnsbury, and Jason and his significant other, Toni, of Westfield; her great-grandchildren: Brianna, Little Jason, Austin, Leo Gerard III, and Tie; her two sisters: Evelyn Brooks and her husband, Royce, of New York, and Lorraine Smith and her husband, David, of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Winifred Moquin.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolence at curtis-britch.com.

obit JuddLarry Judd

Larry Judd, of Upton, Massachusetts, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, with his family by his side.

He was born in North Troy on May 6, 1944, the son of the late Ralph Judd and Mona (Bradford) Choquette.

Upon graduation from North Troy High School, Mr. Judd entered the Air Force and served bravely in Japan and Vietnam. An electrician by trade, he held various positions as a facilities manager in Massachusetts prior to establishing his own business. He also served as Post Commander of the VFW in Upton.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed bass and trout fishing, winning numerous trophies in competitions over the years. He loved his family and was happiest when surrounded by his loved ones.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter, Cathryn Ste.Marie, and her husband, Peter, of North Troy; a son, David Judd, also of North Troy; his sister Donna Darling and her husband, Kenneth, of Ellington, Connecticut; his sister Sandra Burkard and her husband, Allen, of Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nieces; and by two nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Judd.

Funeral services with military honors were held on May 23, in Upton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Medical Development Office-Cancer Care, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit LebeauAlbert Lebeau

Albert Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on May 15, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 12, 1924, in Irasburg to Wilfred and Mary (Dionne) Lebeau.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was employed by Park View Garage in Barton for many years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and working on his car. As a young man he worked on the family farm for many years and he also enjoyed working for the Park View Garage.

He is survived by his nieces: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, and Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; six grand-nieces and -nephews; and by his sister-in-law Cecile Lebeau of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brother Henry; two nephews: Marcel and Robert Lebeau; and by a grand-nephew, Marc.

obit vets flagA graveside service will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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 SantawDale K. Santaw

Dale K. Santaw, 78, of Derby died peacefully on May 23, 2015, at his home in Derby, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 10, 1937, in Lowell.

On February 19, 1956, he married Ruth Baraw, who survives him.

He was a machinist at Tivoli Manufacturing in Derby Line, where he worked for 42 years.

He enjoyed working on small engines, golfing, hunting, fishing, shooting, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Santaw, of Derby; his children: James Santaw and his wife, Laura, of Lowell, Jeffrey Santaw of Newport, and Brenda Wesolow and her husband, Ed, of Lowell; his grandchildren: Nathan, Michael, and Anthony Santaw, Stacy, Melissa, and SFC Kevin Wesolow, Alan and Taylor Wesolow, and Bryce Collins; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Alice England of Attleboro, Massachusetts; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Jerry Santaw; his grandson Tyler Collins; and by his foster parents Pearl and Harley Taylor.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Montainview Cemetery in Lowell, with Pastor David Dizzazo officiating.

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.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Sharon Maxine Siamon

Children’s author Sharon Siamon of Sharbot Lake, Ontario, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on March 11, 1942, daughter of Max and Aileen (Treleaven) Braithwaite. She attended public schools in Streetsville and Orangeville, Ontario, and was a member of the first class to graduate from York University in Toronto in 1963. She married Jeff Siamon in Santa Barbara, California, in 1968.

She drew from the experiences of her growing family for her first books, including The Little Girl Who Hated Dinner, based on her daughter Kate; A Poolie Named Sandor, about a wayward family dog; and Bokelia, based on her encounter with a pig while visiting West Glover.

She went on to write many books for juvenile readers, particularly girls who loved horses as much as she did. Several series of such books, set in Western and Maritime Canada and the southwestern United States, were translated into many languages and sold more than a million copies around the world.

She is survived by her husband and their three daughters and five grandchildren: Amy Rolf von den Baumen of Oakville, Ontario, and her husband, Jeff, and their children: Emileah, Teagan, Jeffrey, and Kyleise; Kate Camara of Glover and her husband, Greg, and their daughter Ila; and Becky Siamon of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also survived by her four siblings: Beryl Hart of La Mesa, California, Chris Braithwaite of West Glover, Sylvia Braithwaite of Ottawa, and Colin Braithwaite of Toronto.

Her life will be celebrated at a private gathering of friends and family.

obit thibaultSister Lillian Thibault

Sister Lillian Thibault (Ste. Victoire) of Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Thursday, May 14, 2015, after a brief illness.

She had resided with the Mount Sacred Heart Community in Littleton since August of 2007.

She was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, on June 13, 1924, to Romeo and Yvonne (Grenier) Thibault. She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1946 and professed her vows on July 27, 1948. Her missions included nursing and care of the elderly, and hospice work in Newport, Derby Line, Rutland, and Littleton, and hospitality work in Augusta, Maine, Hudson, New Hampshire, and Littleton.

She is survived by her sister Therese; her sister-in-law Jeannine; and by several dear nieces and nephews: Francois, Sylvie, and Josette Dupuis, and Danielle, Pierre, Jean, Serge, and Luc Thibault in Quebec Province.

Her nieces and nephews were especially close to her, considering her generosity in giving her entire life to what she believed in — her mission. She likewise was very thoughtful and present to them all. Many dear ones kept in touch with her regularly, particularly families with whom she had connected through hospice in the Northeast Kingdom.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Marcel.

Funeral services were held on May 26 in Littleton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Condolences at www.RossFuneral.com.

Death notice

Ethel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

Services

Ida Chaffee

Committal services for Ida Chaffee will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Leona Lucas

A graveside service for Leona Lucas will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

Lynette Cutting

A graveside service for Lynette Cutting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Coventry Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating. Following the graveside service, a meal and memorial service will be held at the Coventry Community Center.

Alpha Labounty

A graveside service for Alpha Labounty will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with Pastor George Lawson officiating. A memorial gathering will follow at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg at 1 p.m.

Joseph Patenaude

Committal services for Joseph Patenaude will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Louise Kennison

Committal services for Louise Kennison will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westfield Cemetery. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in North Troy.

Gaston LeBlanc

Funeral services for Gaston LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the North Troy Cemetery.

Joseph Krzysko

A graveside service for Joseph Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with military honors.

John Urie

Committal services for John Urie will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Rachel Beaudry, Tara Beaudry Devoid, and Tina Fontaine

Committal services for Rachel Beaudry, and a remembrance for Tara Beaudry Devoid and Tina Fontaine, will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the Albany Village Church at noon. Interment will follow at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery for all three (Ms. Beaudry Devoid and Ms. Fontaine are being relocated from Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans). Friends and family can then meet back at the church for a barbecue dinner.

Steven Hutchings

A celebration of life for Steven Hutchings will be held on Saturday, May 30, at his home at 20 North Avenue in Orleans, from noon on. Watch for signs on Main Street in Orleans, near the railroad tracks to find his home.

Bring memories and beverages.

Dean Howard Urie

A memorial service for Dean H. Urie of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly of Craftsbury, will be held at 11 a.m. on June 6, at the East Craftsbury Cemetery on Whetstone Brook Road. A reception and refreshments will follow the service in the vestry downstairs at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church at 1097 Ketchum Hill Road. In case of inclement weather, the service will also be held downstairs at the church.

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