Obituaries October 1, 2014

Joanne Estelle Hamel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit HammondWinston H. Hammond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit KlanskyThomas Klansky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit PikeWoodrow “Woodie” D. Pike

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

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

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

He married Annette Boisvert, who survives him.

Mr. Pike was a World War II veteran.

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his son William Pike in 2008.

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

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

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obit PoutreFabien Claude Poutre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit St OngeArchie L. St. Onge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place on Saturday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

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obit warrenNancy Warren

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit O'KeefeGloria Jean O’Keefe

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

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

She was a driver for RCT.

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Obituaries September 24, 2014

Bruce A. Booth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit debloisLisa DeBlois

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

She was the mother of three beautiful daughters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit EldredMaurice W. Eldred Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert Earl Fairbrother

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brother Walter.

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

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

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obit fellSuzanne F. Fell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit haskinsRoyden “Punk” A. Haskins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit KelleyLinda J. Kelley

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

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

She was a cashier at Jolly Association in Derby.

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her sister Joanne.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

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obit LysterHarold J. Lyster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The family will hold private services.

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

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


Obituaries September 17, 2014

obit ApplebeeElizabeth Gray Applebee

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

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

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

She enjoyed traveling and visiting her family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Everett L. “Bud” Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit HuntGeraldine Wilcox Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit KroegerDouglas Ira Kroeger

Douglas Ira Kroeger, 34, of Craftsbury Common died suddenly on September 9, 201