Obituaries September 2, 2015

obit biron VETHanford E. “Jack” Biron

Hanford E. “Jack” Biron, 92, of Derby and Norton died in Newport on Tuesday August 25, 2015.

He was born on May 18, 1923, in Norton to Joseph and Eva (Pelletier) Biron. In 1951, he married Nina “Jean” Bates, who predeceased him in 2001.

He graduated from Brighton High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II from October 1943 to February 1945. He worked on the family farm, was a Railway Mail Agent and eventually went to work for U.S. Customs in Morses Line, Island Pond, Norton, Derby Line, and Newport, retiring in 1978 as a Supervisory Inspector.

Mr. Biron was a member of the Island Pond American Legion, a past president and director of the Orlex Credit Union, former lister of the Town of Norton, as well as many other positions.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling to many different areas of the country. He liked gardening, tree farming, coin collecting, hunting, fishingobit vets flag, and especially spending time at his camp in Norton with his family.

Mr. Biron is survived by his children: Dale Biron and his wife, Debbie, and Bonnie Birchard and her husband, Dean; his grandsons: Matthew and Adam Birchard, and Devan Biron. He is also survived by his brother Clifford Biron of Island Pond; and his sisters: Pearl Brissette of Michigan, Elizabeth Biron of Newport, and Pauline Wolf and her husband, Gil, of California; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Bette Ann Biron in 2010; and by two brothers: Wilfred and Edward.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont with the Reverend John Genco officiating with full military honors to follow. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 2, from 1 p.m. until the hours of the funeral. A turkey dinner will follow at the American Legion 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, for those who are fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CargillEdith May Cargill

Edith May Cargill, 95, of Derby died on August 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1920 in East Charleston to Howard and Bertha (Lassonde) Nichols.

She married Merle Gray, who predeceased her. She later married Glen Griffin, who also predeceased her, and on October 19, 1963 she married Lyle James Cargill, who predeceased her on December 16, 2013.

Mrs. Cargill was a member of the First Congregational Church in Island Pond and she was also a Girl Scout leader.

Her hobbies included family genealogy, sewing, knitting, and making crafts and cakes.

She is survived by her children: Stuart Gray and his wife, Janice, of Concord, and Reginald Gray and his wife, Colleen, of Charlotte; her stepchildren: Gary Griffin and his wife, Jeanine, of Brandon, Brian Cargill of Monkton, Colleen Gray of Charlotte, Duane Cargill of Great Falls, and Dwight Cargill of Fairfax; her sister Ruth Seidell of Enfield, Connecticut; her brother Rendall Nichols of Newport; many grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother Rodney Nichols; and by her sister Marjorie Crouss.

A graveside service was held on Friday August 28, at the Derby Line Cemetery with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

 

obit collins VETWilliam Collins

William Collins, 68, of Westfield died on August 25, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 3, 1947, in Newport to Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and served in the Vermont Air National Guard.

Mr. Collins was a building contractor for Gerard Pion and Sons Construction Company of Lowell. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, coaching little league and basketball in the Westfield area, and also played baseball. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping in the woods and watching westerns on television.He is survived by his sons: Joel Collins and his wife, Melissa, of Newport, and Peter Collins and his friend Darlene Peters of Hancock; his grandchildren: Morgan of Newport Center, and Justin of Barton; his great-grandchildren: Ivy and Robert; his brother Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; his sisters: Carolyne Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his brother-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by his former wife Cheryl Houston Collins of Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents: Rita Collins on July 17, 2009, and Durward Collins on October 20, 2014; and by his sister Pamela Niles in 2013.

obit vets flagA graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital nursing staff on all floors and emergency room, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit dean VETElwin W. Dean

Elwin W. Dean, 91, of Derby Line died on August 27, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 6, 1924 in Orleans, a son of Levi and Altheda (Metcalf) Dean.

On May 29, 1953, he married Patricia Chapdelaine, who survives him.

Mr. Dean served 42 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked as the head of Veterans Affairs in Vermont.

He was a selectman in Coventry for many years. He was a member of the Coventry Congregational Church and the Orleans Federated Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He enjoyed listening to and playing country music on his guitar and he also played the clarinet and the saxophone. Mr. Dean loved farming, driving his tractor, and he played semi-pro-baseball. He was valedictorian of his class and was also inducted in the Orleans County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

Mr. Dean spent his life defending our country and helping others. He was a wise and gentle man who will be missed by many.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Dean, of Derby Line; and their two children: Wayne Dean and his wife, Elizabeth, of Westbrook, Connecticut, and Christy Dean-Dunn and her husband, Matthew, of Middletown, Connecticut. He was loved by four grandchildren: Nicole, Jacob, Matthew, and Amy Dean; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dean was predeceased by a son Elwin Dean Jr.; and brothers and sisters: Mike, Lyle, Ray, Elaine and Thelma.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 5, at 2 p.m. at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Friends may call on September 5, at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PhillipsRaymond R. Phillips

Raymond R. Phillips, 73, of Hyde Park, died on August 29, 2015, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

He was the fifth child born to Louis and Catherine (Weeks) Phillips.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed sitting and telling fish stories with his great-grandson Levi. He also enjoyed going to powwows and meeting new family members.

He was a longtime employee of the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad until it closed as the Lamoille Valley Railroad. He enjoyed the job and the many friends he made there.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 51 years, Roxie (Germain) Phillips; his son Raymond and his wife, Ann, of North Troy; his daughters: Melody of Hyde Park, and Francine of Derby; his youngest son Timothy of North Troy; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren, plus three more on the way. He is also survived by his siblings: Albert “Tom” Phillips and his wife, Shirley, of Belmont, New Hampshire, Margaret Young of Claremont, New Hampshire, Richard and Cory of North Carolina, Ralph and Darlene of Ludlow, Susan and her husband, Leo Dagesse, of Derby, Michael and his wife, Barbie, of Johnson, Deborah and her husband, Charley Phillips, of Fair Haven; many nieces and nephews; and his two fur babies Precious Angel, and Lacy J.

Mr. Phillips, who has gone to his Lord and Savior, was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and by a grandson.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, with the Pastor Alden Lauver officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery on Thursday, September 3, from noon until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit rowellMary Patricia (McGue) Rowell

Mary P. Rowell, 86, of Highgate Falls, died on Sunday afternoon, August 23, 2015, in St.Albans, at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, with loving family at her side.

Mrs. Rowell and her beloved husband, Willard, lived for many years in the Fairfax community. Following the onset of health issues, they made their home near family in Highgate Falls.

Born in Fairfield on April 21, 1929, Mrs. Rowell was the daughter of the late Ralph Sheridan McGue, and Harriet (Clay) McGue. She graduated high school from Mount St. Mary’s in Burlington, Class of 1947.

On October 20, 1951, she married Willard Rowell, of Albany, a young gentleman who had studied at Champlain College. The young couple wanted their own farm, and hoped to raise a family. The Rowells later owned and operated a sizeable dairy farm in Albany, where they raised a family of six. During years of lean milk pricing, Mr. Rowell frequently worked construction on oil and gas pipelines to supplement the farm income. Mrs. Rowell was then charged with managing farm operations and addressing family needs, often for months at a time. She was a tireless worker, had great compassion for others, and proved herself many times as a well-seasoned business manager.

During the late 1970s the Rowells moved to Fairfax to care for family, and eventually purchased her parents’ home there.

Mrs. Rowell had a discerning eye for fashion and her home was beautifully furnished. She bought and sold antiques for many years, and with a smile would tell you, “It had its rewards.”

While the barn sale seemed to pique her interest, it was the people she most enjoyed. Perceived as an opportunity, gardening offered a tranquil moment. Her beautiful flower gardens and vegetables were always nicely tended. She was proud of her family, she was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed large family gatherings. She was an avid reader, found board games, cards, and puzzles enjoyable, but most of all she was a kind person, a devoted wife, and loving mother.

Mrs. Rowell was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years.

She is survived by her six children: Bill Rowell and his wife, Nancy (Rollins), of Highgate, Brian Rowell and his wife, Tammy (Pilbin), of Highgate, Steven Rowell and his wife, Carmie (Maietta), of Hinesburg, Jane (Rowell) Fisher and her husband, Chuck, of Irasburg, Carolyn (Rowell) Powers and her husband, Stephen, of Anderson, South Carolina, John Rowell and his wife, Tina (Reicker), of Saint John, New Brunswick; her grandchildren: Elizabeth and her husband, Andrew, Matthew, Megan, Michael, Anthony, Emily and her husband, Jenoah, Anna and her husband, Craig, Patricia and her husband Nathan, Jennifer, Nikki and her husband, John, Kristina and her husband, Robbie, Joshua, and Jenna; great grandchildren: Peyton, Xavier, Landon, Derek, Myles, Charlie, Hayley, Asa, Jonathon, and Julia; one sister, Kathleen (Thomas) Bott, of Plainville, Connecticut; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Jacobs of Florida, Carol Sheridan of Connecticut, and Marguerite Chambers of Texas; and by her infant brother Patrick McGue of Fairfax.

The Rowell family would like to offer their gratitude to the caregivers at Mrs. Rowell’s residence, Franklin County Home Health, Northwestern Medical Center, Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, Am Care, and Missisquoi Valley Rescue for their care, compassion, and support.

A funeral service was held on Friday, August 28, at the Kidder Memorial Home, in Swanton. Father Maurice J. Roy officiated. Interment was at the Rowell family lot in the Albany Village Cemetery, where a graveside service was held on Saturday, August 29. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Gifts in Mrs. Rowell’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit TaborLance J. Tabor

Lance J. Tabor, 29, of Brownington died suddenly on August 20, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 21, 1986, in Newport, to Cindy (Little) Bernier and Larry Tabor Jr.

He was a carpenter for Gochie Carpentry in Lyndon. Among his hobbies were fishing, swimming, camping and football. He also loved sliding with his kids.

He is survived by his children: Ryah and Kylie both of Barton; his mother, Cindy Bernier of Newport; his father, Larry Tabor Jr. of Jay; his girlfriend Amanda Gochie of Lyndon; and by three sisters: Brooklyn Bernier and her boyfriend Nathan Green of Newport, Taylor Bernier and her boyfriend Ben Ste. Marie of Derby, and Kayla Bernier of North Carolina. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents: Lawrence Tabor Sr. of Derby, and Ann Tabor of Newport; his maternal grandparents: Albina Flanders of Newport, and Frederick Little and his wife, Beth, of Newport Center; his four nieces: Rayna, Hailey, Rowan and Olivia; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his stepfather Paul Bernier.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home, Inc, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

Mrs. Westover graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read The Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at Solid Rock Assembly in Brownington Center Church and at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid, supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly but will rejoice in knowing that she has moved to her heavenly home with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as by daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

She is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida; Betty Larose of Vermont; Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont; Ed Westover of Vermont; and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina; Christopher Larose and his son Dylan and daughters Kayana, Kaylene and Kaydriene of Vermont; Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina; Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut; Monica Larose of Vermont; Roany Meyer of Massachusetts; Brittany Howard (Westover) and her husband, Chase, of Georgia; and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister in-law Florence Whitcomb and by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on August 22 at noon.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

The above is a corrected version of an obituary that ran on August 19.

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Obituaries August 26, 2015

obit BaronLucienne H. Baron

Lucienne H. Baron, 84, of Newport Center died on August 15, 2015.

She was born on October 9, 1930, in New Brunswick, Canada, the youngest of 14 children. She immigrated to the United States in 1963.

She was employed as a secretary for many years in the Ridgewood, New Jersey, public school system. She and her husband relocated to Newport Center after their retirement in 1988.

After caring for her husband throughout his illness, Ms. Baron became an active member of the community. She was a longtime member and volunteer at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was also a volunteer at the hospital as well as hospice.

She joined a bowling league, which welcomed her as much for her handicap as her skills. Recently she decided to learn to play bridge and enthusiastically participated in several bridge clubs.

Ms. Baron was always quick with a smile, greeting all she met. Her sense of humor brought laughter to those who were around her. She was often seen dining and laughing with friends at The East Side Restaurant. She also enjoyed experiencing the beauty all around her home on her frequent walks down the Lake Road.

Her final wish was that her family and friends remember how much she loved them all.

She is survived by her son Gerald Baron and wife, Stephanie, of Charlotte, North Carolina; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brothers: Leonce Haché and his wife, Claudette, of St. Jean, Québec, and Alban Haché and wife, Beatrice, of New Brunswick.

She was predeceased by her parents; eleven siblings; her husband George Baron; and her daughter Lynn.

Services were held on Wednesday, August 19, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Ms. Baron’s desire was to be cremated with ashes to be interred at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to a favorite charity.

Online condolences at curtis.britch.com.

 

obit CastrogiovanniBentley James Castrogiovanni

Bentley James Castrogiovanni, three, of Island Pond died on August 16, 2015.

He was born on December 10, 2011, and lived on Mountain Street.

Bentley enjoyed riding four wheelers, the great outdoors, and helping Mom and Dad. He and his dad spent their mornings together having breakfast. He and his mom went on walks, and loved blueberry picking, and being with his brother and cousins. Bentley enjoyed playing at the beach with his family and friends. Within the community he was notable for his smiling face and pleasant greetings.

Bentley is survived by his parents, Christina Sylvia Deslandes and James Kenneth Castrogiovanni of Island Pond; his little brother Carson Castrogiovanni; his grandparents Betty Castrogiovanni, Clare Deslandes, and Linda Deslandes of Island Pond.

He had a very large family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lots of friends in the community.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond on Saturday, August 22, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

A memorial fund has been set up for donations to help pay for Bentley’s funeral services at Giveforward: gfwd.at/1fiQRhg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CraftNicholas J. Craft

Nicholas J. Craft, 34, of Derby, beloved son of Nancy Craft, died in Derby on August 20, 2015, after a short illness.

He was born on March 26, 1981, in Newport to Nancy (Willis) Craft and the late Ricky Craft.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1999. In high school he was a four-year varsity football player and a member of the track and field team. He was also in DECA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He went on to earn all three Eagle palms as well. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended many scouting functions including the national jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, the world jamboree in Santiago, Chile, and the High Adventure camp in the Florida Keys.

After college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, he settled in southern New Hampshire where he worked for Marshall’s as an event planner. He also helped with the family business, R.C. Video whenever he was available. He recently moved back to the Newport area. He was a past member of the Masons, and a former member of the Newport Fire Department.

As an only child, his local cousins Travis and Kim, Tully, and Karen and Greg became his siblings, as well as his best buddies Dana and Josh, whose children all called him Uncle Nick.

Mr. Craft was an avid hunter. Those skills, he learned from his grandfather Willis and Uncle Butch. His favorite place was at the family camp in Albany, and the Cheney camp in Lowell. He loved hunting with Dana.

He was also a die-hard Earnhardt fan, along with his dad. Many tailgate parties were enjoyed at the racetrack with his dad, mom, Paul, Nick R., and Jeremy and Alissa. Football season was always a big event, especially if his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders, happened to win. In the summer, he loved to go fishing with Eric.

Mr. Craft, who was called Nicholas or Nick by his friends, was always ready to help a friend. All one had to do was ask and he would do anything. He was a friendly, outgoing, kind individual who will be sadly missed. Now he will be swapping stories with his dad and grandfathers, and playing cribbage with his gram.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Craft; his grandmother Iris Willis; his godparents Gerry and Pat Royer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his father Ricky Craft; his maternal grandfather, Wallace Willis; his paternal great-grandparents: Mae Craft-St. Marie and Rene St. Marie, and Ray and Loretta Lontine; and his paternal grandparents, Rudy and Sheila Craft.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ricky C. Craft/Newport City Firefighters Scholarship Fund in care of Jamie LaClair, 40 Sunset Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Newport Health Care Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LawsonBarbara Irene Lawson

Barbara Irene Lawson, 76, of Irasburg died peacefully on August 22, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving sons.

She was born on August 9, 1939, in Burke to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting.

On April 7, 1961, she married William Lawson who predeceased her on November 12, 2012.

Mrs. Lawson was clerk for the town of Irasburg for 30 years. She retired in 2011.

She attended the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Farm Women’s Support Group. She was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Irasburg, and she formally taught many children piano lessons. She also taught Sunday school and helped her husband farm for many years. She also enjoyed knitting, writing poetry, gardening and visiting with her family.

She is survived by her sons: Douglas Lawson and his wife, Manon, of Irasburg, and their children: Donna Wilson and her husband, Jesse, Seth Lawson, and Emily-Rose Lawson; and Mark Lawson and his wife, Joann, of Coventry, and their children: Danielle Ingalls and her husband, Kyle, Shawn Lawson and his wife, Christi, and Kevin Lawson; by her great-grandchildren: Emma and Nora Ingalls, and Scarlet Lawson; by her special niece Elaine Collins, who was loved like a daughter and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg, and by their children; by her brother Donald Cutting of Irasburg; by her sisters: Mary Corbett of Middlebury, Florence Stowell, and her husband, Clayton Jr., of Coventry; by her sister-in-law Nancy Newton and her husband, Edwin, of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two grandchildren: William James Lawson, and Jason Lawson; her sister-in-law Lynette Cutting; and by her brother-in-law Albert Corbett.

Friends called on Tuesday, August 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, with the Reverend Glen Saaman officiating. Interment will follow in the Coventry Cemetery. A meal will follow the burial at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church on the Quarry Road in Newport.

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 LeBlanc VETTheodore “Ted” LeBlanc

Theodore LeBlanc, also known as Ted, 70, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Middlesex Hospice Center after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Orleans on July 11, 1945, he attended schools in Vermont and graduated from Orleans High School, Class of 1965. Mr. LeBlanc served his country and was stationed in Korea for all of his military career. He moved to Connecticut after serving in the military. He worked at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut, Cuno in Meriden, Connecticut, and then he worked at Morgan Advanced Materials in Durham, Connecticut, until his death.

He was an avid fisherman and golfer with his close friend Jack Armack. He was the beloved husband of Roberta LeBlanc for 28 years.

He is survived by his father, Paul LeBlanc; his brother Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda; his sisters: Carmen LaMarche, and Paulette Riendeau; all from Vermont. He is also survived by his son Joseph LeBlanc; his stepson Michael Johnson and his wife, Jo-Ann; his stepdaughters: Lisa Hunter and her husband Leroy, and Sunde Warner and her fiancé, Joe; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who loved him dearly; and his special pet poodle Cookie.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his mother, Gertrude LeBlanc; his sister Joanne Hamel; and his brother Alan LeBlanc; all from Vermont.

He will always be loved forever, and missed by his family and friends.

Family and friends called at the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home in Meriden, on Tuesday, August 25. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to Midstate Medical Center Oncology, 455 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451 or to the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, care of Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457.

 

obit MaxhamJay Alan Maxham

Jay Alan Maxham, 79, died on August 17, 2015, at home, in Barton, after a period of failing health.

He was born on January 20, 1936, the youngest child and only son of Charles Jay Maxham Jr., and Tonette Elizabeth “Betty” Nelson.

He was raised on Elm Valley Farm in Pomfret, where he learned to love animals and people. Growing up he exhibited Jersey cattle at Rutland Fair, Tunbridge Fair, and Champlain Valley Exposition, while working on the family farm.

On June 13, 1954, he married Nancy Louise Tierney, and they recently celebrated their sixty-first anniversary. Following the death of his father he took over the farm in Pomfret and moved the herd to Johnson, renaming the farm JAM Holstein Farm. He also farmed in Ryegate, Groton, Barnet, and Morrisville, before finally ending up back in Johnson where he finished his dairy career milking his beloved goats. After suffering a major stoke, he and his wife moved to High Street in Barton, where he quickly became a frequent sight, racing around town in his power chair, often bearing gifts of fresh vegetables or some of his wife’s pickles and relish.

Mr. Maxham was always involved in community activities, serving on many boards for many organizations, including the Northwest Holstein Club, The Northeast Kingdom Holstein Club, Vermont Holstein Club, New England Holstein Association, Jersey Cattle Club, New England Milking Shorthorn Society, Lamoille County Field Days board, Northern Farms Coop board, Extension and 4-H advisory boards, and many other organizations.

He showed dairy cattle all over New England and made several trips to the All American Jersey Show in Columbus, Ohio. He was a farming advocate and a master gardener. He even did a stint as Pound Keeper for the town of Johnson. He could always be counted on to do the jobs no one else wanted to do.

Ms. Maxham especially liked working with kids. He was a long time 4-H leader in Lamoillle County and was barn manager for the Vermont 4-H exhibit at Eastern States Exposition for many years, affecting many young lives. He always made room in his heart and home for others, sharing what he had and watching out for those in need. Over the years he and his wife opened their home to many animals and teens needing a safe place.

Many will remember Mr. Maxham as a member of the Darling and Young Sales crew, Northeast Kingdom Sales crew, or working sales for Doug Gilmore while still operating a large farm of his own. He was a very visible advocate for dairy farming whether it be the cows of his younger years or the goats he downsized to as he got older. He was a hard worker and a good friend to all.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: James Maxham, and Kim Maxham of Barton; his daughter Lori Before and her husband, Martin, of Derby; seven grandchildren: Crystal Maxham of Hyde Park, Miranda Maxham of Johnson, Alan Before of Derby, Kevin Before and his partner Mandy Aubin of Derby, Rebecca Bent and her husband, Matthew, of East Thetford, Rachel Before of Derby, and Scott Maxham of Georgia; by six great-grandchildren; and by his nephew Peter Gourley of Hartland. He is also survived by his special neighbor Rita Royer and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Jensine and Daryl Gourley; and by his nephew, Daryl John Gourley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help support the 4-H Dairy program by sending to UVM- VT 4-H Dairy fund, 655 Spear Street, Burlington, Vermont 05405 in Mr. Maxham’s name.

There was a graveside service on Monday, August 24 at the Nye Cemetery in Barton, which was followed by a meal at the New Hope Church in Brownington.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PatenaudeDaniel “Dan” Patenaude

Daniel “Dan” Patenaude, 53, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Burlington after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born on January 18, 1962, in Newport, a son of Alphonse and Yvette (Rainville) Patenaude.

On August 8, 1992, he married Rhonda Gibeault, who survives him.

Mr. Patenaude was a heavy equipment operator at Green Mountain Mulch in Derby for 25 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his family, and he was a practical joker.

Mr. Patenaude is survived by his wife, Rhonda Patenaude, of Derby; by his children: Michael Patenaude and his wife, Leslie, of Killington, Tyler Patenaude and his wife, Chelsea, of Craftsbury, and Taylor Patenaude of West Charleston; by his granddaughter Payton Daniel; a brother-in-law Tom Wilson of Chazy, New York; by Brenda “Momsie” and Bob Lepage, his mother- and father-in-law of Derby; by Roger and Beverly Gibeault, father- and mother-in-law of Westfield; and by many nieces and nephews.  His brother and sisters are Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe.

Mr. Patenaude was predeceased by his loving mother, Yvette Patenaude; his brother Michael Patenaude; and his sister Louise Wilson.

He was a very special soul who loved being around people. He touched people’s lives wherever he went. He loved spending time with his family, cousins, friends, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.  He fought a very tough battle with ALS with great courage.

Mr. Patenaude had a great support system from family, friends, and the whole community, which made him shine every day. He had some very special friends who had a big impact on his life: Randy and Kris Patten, Daryl and Kim Martin, and Stacy and Jennifer Atherton. He loved spending time with them.  He was a man who truly loved his job at Green Mountain Mulch, where he worked running all the various types of equipment.  He loved his dog Harley who used to sit beside him every morning and have coffee with him. In the end, Dan fought and won his battle against ALS.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire to make contributions in his memory, please donate to the ALS Walk Vermont for “Team Patenaude.” Contributions can be sent to Rhonda Patenaude, 2695 Beebe Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 and made payable to The ALS Association.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit SwiftHelene G. Swift

Helene G. Swift, 97, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, to Harold and Christiana (Colburn) Gustin. On June 6, 1943 she married William D. Swift, who predeceased her on July 12, 1978.

Mrs. Swift was a longtime employee of, and head teller at, the former Chittenden Bank of Newport.

She was a member of the United Church of Derby and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Stanstead, Quebec, and visiting family and friends.

She is survived by her son in-law Jack Haefeli of Albany, New York, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Beverly Haefeli and by her brother Lynas Gustin.

Calling hours start at noon and will be followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries August 19, 2015

obit BerardMaria Dolores “Loli” Berard

Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard, 55, died with grace on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with amyloidosis. She was surrounded by her family’s love. She is now reunited with her son Jason A. Berard.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on June 10, 1960, she was the fifth child of seven to Pedro Barquin and Luisa Olagorta Barquin. She grew up in Miami, Florida, and Manila, Philippines, before moving to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. It was in Burlington that she met her husband of 32 years, Roger E. Berard, and began building their life and family together.

Having established their home in St. Albans, with four children, Ms. Berard founded and co-owned the successful children’s clothing brand, Loli of Vermont, for which she received the Franklin County Business and Professional Women, Woman of Achievement Award. That was only the beginning.

Dedicated to education, social justice, and equality, she tackled every opportunity with gusto, and always fought to support youth voices, promote excellence and equity in education, and create lifelong learning opportunities. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Johnson State College, her master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, and participated in the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.

Most recently the Vermont Regional Coordinator of Franklin Grand Isle Building Bright Futures, Ms. Berard was the principal of the Alburgh Community Education Center, the school and community coordinator for Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU), and she was involved with Project New Beginnings, Everyday Democracy, Youth in Transition, Franklin Grand Isle United Way, and Bellows Free Academy Northwest Technical Center.

She had more than 15 years of teaching experience, community service and development, and civic engagement, and Ms. Berard was connected, loyal, passionate, determined, and loved by the community she created.

Along with her adoring husband, she continues to guide her sons, Roger A. Berard and Lucas A. Berard, and her daughter, Sophia A. Berard and her fiancé, Luke Gellatly, with strength and will of heart. She is loved and missed by her family: Maria, Richard and Ari Arratia, Pedro and Betty Barquin, Maipi, Richard, Christopher, and Devin Deraney, Jose, Lana, Tristan, Gabriella and Alesio Barquin, Maite and Alan Brace, Pablo and Victoria Barquin, and Gilles, Jeannine, Paul, and Lynne Berard.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 8, by Father Maurice J. Roy at Holy Angels Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of her life at her home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Dream Big Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/6fa4wew4.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit duvalSister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval

Sister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval, 93, died at Holy Cross Health Center (HCHC) in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

She was born in Richford, on November 14, 1921, to Basil Duval and Mabel Jane (Donlon) Duval.

She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1938 and professed her vows on August 21, 1940.

Her primary missions were teaching in Champlain and Morrisonville, New York, (where she later became part of the school administration), Newport, and Colebrook, New Hampshire, and bookkeeping and secretarial services in Derby Line, Burlington, Newport, and Littleton, New Hampshire.

She retired to Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton in 1997, then to HCHC in 2014.

She loved her religious community and was very dedicated to her various ministries. Her eyes had a special sparkle when she spoke of her family. She will be remembered and missed by all.

She is survived by her nieces: Norma Yandow, Cecile Deblois and her husband, John, and Jane Frances Maxwell and her husband, Paul; and by her nephews: Douglas, Martin, Jim, Ken Jr., and Dennis Duval.

She was predeceased by her parents and six brothers: Archibald, Norman, Elmer, Francis, Kenneth, and Rémi.

Prayer at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel took place on Sunday, August 16. A Mass was celebrated on Monday, August 17, at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

To sign a guest book, please visit rossfuneral.com.

 

obit gloverPauline S. Glover

Pauline S. Glover, 86, of Derby died peacefully on August 11, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on December 26, 1928, in Derby to Arthur and Beulah (Curtis) Storey.

On August 26, 1950 she married Hayden Glover who predeceased her.

Pauline was town clerk for the town of Derby for 40 years. She was a member of the Derby Academy Alumni Association, and the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston. She was an avid reader, watched her favorite TV shows, enjoyed farming and attending activities with Mr. Glover, tending to her vegetable garden, going to yard sales, and she always loved and cared for her many animals over the years.

She is survived by her children: Valerie Glover of Derby, and Edward Glover and his wife and stepdaughter of Derby; her granddaughter Kim Robinson of Winooski; by her sisters: Laura Labrecque of Massachusetts, and Evelyn Willard of Derby; her aunt Phyllis Davio of Newport; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Dailey Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hendersonPenelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson

Penelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson, 82, of Newport died on August 10, 2015.

She was born on October 25, 1932, the second child and first daughter of Canon R. Kenneth Naylor and Mary Barton Naylor, and a Montreal resident for her first 45 years.

She was the wife of the late Rod Henderson, whom she lived with in Newport later in life.

Her passion was being a pilot when it was very unusual for a girl just out of high school to aim to do that. Working at Bell Canada gave her the needed money to take flying lessons at Laurentide Aviation in Dorval, Quebec. After obtaining her private pilot’s license, she went on to obtain her commercial license and her instructor’s rating. However TransCanada Airlines (later Air Canada) was not hiring women at that time, so she became a flight instructor in her spare time. She was featured in an interesting article in The Blue Bell of Bell Canada from August 1965.

She also acquired a motorcycle and toured England, Scotland, and Wales on it for six months. She worked there, among other things, harvesting hops.

In her work at Bell Canada, French language usage meant that she was required to attend many meetings in French. She took an early medical retirement, and married Mr. Henderson, a fellow pilot, in 1975.

She was predeceased by her husband; and her brother Ronald in 2009.

She is survived by her sisters, Rachel Fletcher and Gillian Villeneuve; her stepchildren: Debbie, Denyse, Joan, Anne, Roddie and Pennie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.

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 LeclercDenis J. Leclerc

Denis J. Leclerc, 61, died on Monday August 3, 2015, at his home in Island Pond.

Born in Sorel, Montreal, Québec on August 19, 1953, to Victor J. and Yvette R. Leclerc, he moved to Island Pond in 1963 as his father was transferred from the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal.

Mr. Leclerc began his career in cooking at the age of 17 at the infamous Buck & Doe Restaurant under the watchful eye of Ronny Langford. From there he spent the majority of his career at the Spa Restaurant in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, turning the restaurant into what it is today. He devoted countless hours and was an instrumental part of its success for which Francis and Stephanie will be forever grateful.

He was a devoted employee and friend with a large extended family. He loved to spread his culinary knowledge and taught many how to cook.

He enjoyed many activities, including golf and pool. He enjoyed hunting camp with his buddies back in the day for some good poker, and he was an avid sportsman. He played in many pool leagues. He loved to read and had a vast knowledge on many subjects.

He had a heart of gold and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by three sisters: Sylvie Ming and her husband, Larry, of Island Pond, Lynn Leclerc, and Michele Leclerc, both of Island Pond; his brother Peter J. Leclerc and his wife, Debbie, of Wallingford, Connecticut; nine nieces and nephews: Brandy Pepin and her husband, Tyler, of Island Pond, Derek Ming of Island Pond, Renee Delachevrotiere and her husband, Jay, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Michael V. Leclerc of Detroit, Michigan, Jonathan P. Leclerc of Wallingford, Connecticut, Nathan Stebenne and his wife, Krystal, of Island Pond, Brandon Stebenne of Island Pond, John Langmaid of Washington, D.C., Tara Langmaid, who is also his godchild, and her boyfriend, Andrew Martin, of Island Pond; his stepfather Harry Weatherstone of Island Pond; his aunt and uncle Claudine and Adellard Pelletier of Island Pond; and by several great nieces and nephews and by many aunts and uncles in the United States and Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents in 1977 and 2006.

There will be a graveside service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond where he will be buried beside his parents on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. There will be a luncheon at the American Legion directly following.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PercyGeraldine M. Percy

Geraldine M. Percy, 92, of Titusville, Florida died on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

A native of Island Pond, Ms. Percy moved to Florida in the early eighties from Pocasset, Massachusetts.

She attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. She was a charter member of St. John’s Women’s Guild in Pocasset, a member of the Rosie The Riveter Organization, and received the Marian Award.

She is survived by four sons: James and his wife, Jean, Donald and his wife, Margaret, Ellis and his wife, JoAnn, and Kenneth and his wife, Diane; her daughter Mary Mysona; her brother-in-law Basil Percy; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Newell R. Percy; a brother, Donald Aldrich; and a sister, Lucille Bresse.

Funeral services were held in Titusville, Florida. An inurnment service will be held Friday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School, 203 Ojibway Street, Titusville, Florida 32780.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read the Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at the Solid Rock Assembly Brownington Center Church and Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly.

Mrs. Westover is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida, Betty Larose of Vermont, Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont, Ed Westover of Vermont, and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina, Christopher Larose and his son Dylan, and daughters Kayana, Kaylene, and Kaydriene, of Vermont, Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina, Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut, Monica Larose of Vermont, Roany Meyer of Massachusetts, Brittany (Westover) Howard and her husband, Chase, of Georgia, and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Florence Whitcomb, and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister, Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as her daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on Saturday, August 22, at noon.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Westover may be made to the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at awrfh.com.

 

obit whipple VETFoster Metcalf Whipple

Foster Metcalf Whipple, 84, of Newport, died on August 9, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 24, 1930, in Coventry, to Max and Lettie (Metcalf) Whipple.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a truck driver for Pike Industries where he retired after 18 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Order of the Elks. He owned his own trucking business for several years before working for Pike Industries and he had a snowplowing business for several years through which he met and made a lot of friends. He always had a smile on his face, enjoyed lots of laughter, and had good things to say about everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Kish Whipple of Newport, who he married in March 2007; his nieces: Linda Walker of Canaan, New Hampshire, Mary Walker and her husband, Robert Greenhalgh, of Arizona, Karen and Jesse Conley of Barton, Bruce and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his great-niece Jeannie Greenhalgh of California; Ms. Whipple’s children: Edward Kish and his wife, Nancy, and Keith Kish and his wife, Lisa, all of Hardwick, and David Kish and his wife, Karen, of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his brother Leland Whipple; and his first wife, Francese Miles who he married on April 14, 1956, and who died on June 20, 2006.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 167, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to Love is Caring Home Health Care, 7827 Route 14, Craftsbury, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries August 12, 2015

obit BergeronClovis F. Bergeron

Clovis F. Bergeron, 98, of Troy died peacefully on August 2, 2015, at his son’s home in Derby surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 26, 1917, in St. Jude, Quebec, to Antoine and Lydia (LaPrade) Bergeron. On October 4, 1958, he married Gertrude Tift.

He owned and operated his own farm in North Troy for 40 years and then worked as a lift attendant for 27 years, retiring in 2004. He used to mow lawns around Troy, and he loved gardening and being outside.

He is survived by his children: Jean Bergeron of Hartford, Connecticut, Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Denise, of Derby; by his stepchildren: Richard Handy and his wife, Liz, of North Troy, and Helen Handy of Kansas; by his brother Paul Bergeron and his wife, Pat, of Derby; by his sisters: Antoinette Hazen of Barnet, Yvonne Kaskel of Burke, and Blanche Bergeron of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, who died on July 17, 2014; his stepson Louis; his brothers Ernest and Henry; and his sister Jane.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 6, at the Church of God on the Crawford Road in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating. Interment followed in Troy Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Berthiaume VETLouis Victor Berthiaume

 Louis Victor Berthiaume, 82, of Westfield died suddenly on August 2, 2015, at his home.

He was born on November 22, 1932, in Westfield to Azarius and Agatha (Quintal) Berthiaume. On April 16, 1955 he married Joan Gelo.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a self-employed dairy farmer all of his life. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, Knights of Columbus, North Troy Jay Peak Post #28 American Legion, and the Cursillo Movement.

His hobbies included fishing, working in his garden, taking care of his home and farm, and motorcycling. He also liked to travel when he was able to leave his farm duties. Mr. Berthiaume was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a friend to all and his kind and generous nature made him a pleasure to be around. He will be missed by many.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Joan Berthiaume, of Westfield; his children: Judi Hussey and her husband, Bob, of Coventry, David Berthiaume of Westfield, Karen Bathalon and her husband, Allan, of North Troy, Donald Berthiaume and his wife, Christine, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Scott Hussey of Oregon, Amanda Hussey of Lyndonville, Autumn Thompson of Quincy, Massachusetts, Zachary Thompson of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sienna and Maeve Bathalon of North Troy, Justin and Olivia Berthiaume of Westfield; his great-grandchild: Savannah Jean Hussey of Lyndonville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by five brothers, and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Lowell.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit DavisAlice Rita Davis

Alice Rita Davis, 91, of Derby died on Saturday, August 1, 2015, following a long illness.

Born Alicja Baszynski on May 23, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated top of her class from South Cleveland High School and was the class valedictorian. Although she was unable to attend college herself, she stressed the importance of education and encouraged her children to pursue their college degrees.

She was the devoted and loving wife of Ercil Franklin Davis, the center of her world, who predeceased her on July 13, 2015. They were married 69 years. Mr. Davis, who grew up in Caledonia County, brought Mrs. Davis to Vermont, and the couple settled into farming in West Barnet and later in Lyndonville. In addition to working as a secretary, Mrs. Davis worked long and hard on the farm.

She was well known as a person of warmth and hospitality. She inherited her parents’ Polish work ethic and always stressed the importance of doing things “right.” She had a passion for cooking and often celebrated family occasions with five-course meals, complete with appetizers, place settings, decorations and table linens. She also loved to bake and was known for her decorated cakes and Polish pastries.

She spent much of her life as a secretary, first at the White Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio, then at the Fairbanks Morse Company in St. Johnsbury, and finally at Vermont Tap and Die in Lyndonville. When the couple retired from farming, they bought and operated the Border Motel in Derby, where Mrs. Davis got to hone and use her skills as a hostess and cook.

She was always active in her church and was a devoted Roman Catholic. She would say her rosary daily. When facing her final illness, she spent much of her time in prayer.

She is survived by her son Gregory Davis and his wife, Connie, of Londonderry, New Hampshire; their son Joshua Davis and his wife, Madison, of North Carolina and their daughter Ellyse Davis of New York City. She is also survived by her daughter Susan A. Davis and her husband, George Rumery, of Newport; their daughter Jessica Stone and her son Jagger Stone of San Antonio, Texas; their son Paul Stone of Ocala, Florida; and their daughter Therese Rumery and her fiancé, Charles Austin, and their son Archer Austin, of St. Johnsbury. She is also survived by her nieces: Kathleen Church and her husband, Riley, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Ohio; and by Shirley Eizember of Cortland, New York, and her children and grandchild.

She was predeceased by her parents, Anastacja “Nettie” and Walter Baszynski; her husband; her sister Grace Glaze of Ohio; and two nephews: David and Timothy Eizember, also of Ohio.

A Mass was held on Saturday, August 8, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit gomesLorraine Irene Gomes

Lorraine Irene Gomes, 87, a longtime resident of East Hardwick died peacefully late Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehabilitation Center in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on October 2, 1927, in Stannard, the daughter of the late Charles and Grace (Taylor) Lanphear. She attended Stannard public schools.

Following her education, she moved to Greensboro Bend where she waited tables in a local restaurant and was a housekeeper to Greensboro residents.

She was first married to Herbert Gomes for many years. During that time she stayed at home to care for her young children. For more than 50 years she was a life companion to Everett Goddard. He died on June 11, 2009. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, and sewing.

She is survived by six children: Bradley Gomes of East Hardwick, David Gomes of Hardwick, Linda Clow and her husband, Rod, of Hardwick, Bonnie Rossi and her husband, Charles, of East Orange, Millie O’Neil of Greensboro, and Sharon Marchetti and her husband, Mike, of Merritt Island, Florida; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; her life companion; her grandson Jonathan M. Gomes; a son-in-law Edward O’Neill; and four siblings: Robert Lanphear, Raymond Lanphear, Gordon Lanphear and Sayde Maxwell.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home at 60 Elm Street in Hardwick with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab Center, Activity Fund, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 225 Water Tower Farm, Marshfield, Vermont 05658.

 

obit trowBeverly Richardson Trow

Beverly Richardson Trow, 90, of Tequesta, Florida, died on July 20, 2015, at her home with her cousin and longtime live-in companion, Betty Jane Durkee, and Ms. Durkee’s daughter Tammy Dopp, both of Newport, by her side.

She was born on September 28, 1924, in Newport. Her ashes will be brought back to Vermont to be scattered in her final resting place, at her request.

Ms. Trow very much enjoyed spending time up at her lakefront cottage in Newport with lots of frequent visits from her family. She was an accomplished artist and has painted numerous works, which friends and family enjoy. She also spent many years as a photographer and worked alongside her parents in the family owned business, Richardson Studio.

In later years she retired from the Bell South telephone company where she worked as an operator. Her favorite pastime was reading, and one would often find her in her favorite chair reading away the hours. She had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother and friend and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.

She is survived by her stepdaughter Mary Frances Trow; her two sons: Craig Stewart Grieve and his wife, Gisele, and Mark Cameron Grieve and his wife, Linda, and their families.

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Obituaries August 5, 2015

obit Cusson VETRichard A. Cusson Sr.

Richard A. Cusson Sr., 75, of Westfield died suddenly on July 27, 2015, at his home.

He was born on September 8, 1939, in Burlington to Adelord and Rita (Therriault) Cusson.

On September 17, 1960, he married Barbara (Stankwich) Cusson of Westfield, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a self-employed electrician.  He was a volunteer firefighter, enjoyed hunting and fishing, woodworking, riding his ATV, and was a NASCAR fan.

Mr. Cusson was a member of the Essex Lions Club and a lifetime member of the Vermont Trappers Association.  He was a generous man who expected nothing in return.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife; by his children:  Karen Pion and her husband, Reginald, of Lowell, Richard Cusson Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of South Royalton, Laura Smith and her husband, Dale, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Mary Marsden and her husband, Greg, of Dallas, Texas; by 19 grandchildren; and by six great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings:  Reginald Cusson and his wife, Jeannette, of Winooski, Ronald Cusson and his wife, Betty, of Summerville, South Carolina, Rene Cusson and his wife, Peggy, of Winooski, Gloria Pratt and her husband, Jim, of Plattsburg, New York, and Annette Ratta and her husband, Michael, of Davenport, Florida.

He was predeceased by his sister Louise Genderon and her husband, William.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Dean photoMildred M. Dean

Mildred M. Dean, 97, of Newport, died on July 30, 2015.

She was born on December 24, 1917.

As a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was beloved by all. There will be a void in our hearts because of her passing, but we will rejoice in knowing that she now rests in the heavenly kingdom with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Dean was a faith-filled person with a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin as witnessed by her daily rosary and the ever-present miraculous medal, which she faithfully wore.

She is survived by her son Gary Dean and his wife, Ruth; her daughter Carolyn Higgins and her husband, Paul; her grandson Christopher Higgins and his wife, Susan, and their children Sean and Catherine; her granddaughter Deana Branch and her husband, Todd, and their children Emily, Dean, and Paul.

She was predeceased by her husband, Romeo Dean, who died in 1976.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to the Bel-Aire Activity Fund in Mrs. Dean’s memory. The address is 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Monday, August 10, at 10 a.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Mona E. Rivard

Mona E. Rivard of Colchester died on July 22, 2015, at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born October 29, 1933, to Philip and Gertrude Brooks of Glover.

She leaves nieces Donna Dopp and her husband, Lawrence, of Barton, Penny Brooks of New Hampshire, Sondra Thomson of Colchester, Bonnie Currier and her husband, Raymond, of Glover, and Stephanie Lesage and her husband, Peter, of Colchester. She also leaves her nephew Philip Brooks and his wife, Kelly, of Glover, as well as a number of great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Gertrude Brooks; her brothers Neil and Alton Brooks; her sister Phyllis Amyot; and her nephew Douglas Brooks.

A private graveside service will be held at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover at the convenience of her family.

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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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