Obituaries September 26, 2012

Howard Adams

Howard “Red” Adams

 Howard “Red” Adams, 92, a summer resident of Barton and a winter resident of Georgetown, Massachusetts, died peacefully on September 18, 2012, in Newport.

Mr. Adams was born on October 4, 1919, in Webster, Massachusetts, the only child of James Adams and Lillian Townsend Adams.  He grew up in nearby Uxbridge, graduated from Uxbridge High School, and later attended Worcester Trade School.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Coastal Patrol, stationed in Ellsworth, Maine, and later was a corporal and sharpshooter in the infantry of the 3rd Division, 7th Army under General George Patton.  He saw action in French Morocco, Italy, France, Austria and Germany, and was proud to have served on several missions with Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of that war.

Mr. Adams married Miriam Doane Stranger in 1948 and became stepfather to her two adult children, Marilyn Stranger and Walter Verne Stranger.  He and his wife moved from Ellsworth to Georgetown in 1950, and he began his career as a machinist at United Shoe Machinery in Beverly.

In 1954 they bought a summer cottage in a remote area of northern Maine where the hunting and fishing was excellent.  They replaced that cottage in 1977 with another at Crystal Lake in Barton where, following Mr. Adam’s retirement in 1982, they lived each year from May through October.

For most of his life, Mr. Adams was an avid fisherman and he was a longtime member of the Georgetown Fish and Game Association.  He also enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching baseball.

Mr. Adams always tried to be a good neighbor and friend and was fortunate to be surrounded by both.

In recent years in Barton, he especially enjoyed the camaraderie and card games at the Barton Senior Center.  In Georgetown, he looked forward every day to coffee, a muffin, and laughter with his many friends at Theo’s Restaurant.

Mr. Adams is survived by his four grandchildren:  Dale Manos of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Valerie Manos Lounsbury and her husband, Bill Collins, of Lost River, West Virginia, Pamela Stranger Longo and her husband, Bob, of Longs, South Carolina, and Dana Stranger and his wife, Pat, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; by his nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his “adopted family” in Barton:  Jack and Dorothy Ruggles, Lyndsay Ruggles Sykes and her husband, Barry, and their daughter Avery, and goddaughter Laura Ruggles Nye and her husband, Andrew.

Mr. Adams was predeceased by his beloved wife, Miriam, in 1990, his stepdaughter, Marilyn, in 2003, and his stepson, Walter, in 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton.  Friends may visit at the funeral home on October 4 from 2 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Adams’ memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Leopold Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux, 92, of Newport died in Barton on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Mr. Lehoux was born on January 23, 1920, in Thetford Mines, Quebec, a son of Leonidas and Maria (Jolen) Lehoux.

In 1959 he moved to North Troy, where he owned and operated a dairy farm.  He married Irene Desroches on August 31, 1952.

Mr. Lehoux also worked as a carpenter for many years for several contractors.  In 1975 he went to work for Newport Furniture Parts and retired after 12 years.  He also served in the Canadian Army from 1941 to 1945.

Mr. Lehoux was a very active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and for several years helped as an usher and server of the alter.  He was past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Gibbons Council #2285 of Newport.

He is survived by his daughters:  Ginette Perry and her husband, Roland, of Lyndonville and Claire O’Rourke and her husband, Michael, of Marion, Ohio; by the following grandchildren:  Jennifer Langer and her husband, David, of Portland, Oregon, Christopher Perry of Portland and Kevin Perry of Stowe; by his great-granddaughter Aysha Langer of Portland; and by his brothers:  Raymond, Edouard, Marcel, and Lucius; and by his sisters:  Noella Desmaris and Eveline Therrien, all of Quebec.

He was predeceased by his wife on January 9, 2012, and by his brothers Alfred and Daniel and his sisters Cecile Lehoux, Eloise Delisle, and Denise Denoyner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Priest Benefit Fund, Charitable Fund, Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, in care of Katlyn Miller, P.O.Box 2226, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ryan A. D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard, 29, of Derby, died suddenly on September 18, 2012, in Burlington.  He was born July 8, 1983, in St. Johnsbury, a beloved son of Bruce and Lynda (Frost) Leonard.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 2003.  He entered the U.S. Army where he was deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2011 he married Melissa Whittemore, who survives him.

As a young man, Mr. Leonard learned the rewards of giving of himself.  He volunteered for several years to the American Legion Christmas for the Lonely Program by helping in the kitchen.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts, Newport Ambulance Explorer Post, the American Red Cross Disaster Team, and the Newport Church of the Nazarene youth group.  Mr. Leonard enjoyed fund-raising for these groups.  It was this drive and energy that empowered him to pursue his ultimate goal of deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his free time, Mr. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family and his children. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved hunting and hoped, one day, to shoot a ten-point buck.  He had fun fishing with his kids.  He loved his kids and he loved his truck.

Mr. Leonard loved all of his brothers-in-arms, whether they were ones he served with or ones he met in passing.

He loved helping his friends even if they didn’t ask for help.  He enjoyed being himself around his friends.

Mr. Leonard learned his passion for cooking from one of his best friends.  He was always willing to offer his opinion, was strong willed, and willing to fight for what he wanted.

He enjoyed bonfires and having small get-togethers with his friends and family.  He often watched the stars at night wondering what was out there.

He was greatly loved by almost everyone who knew him.  Mr. Leonard hated showing his sensitive side and he was always putting on the “I’m tough” attitude, but everyone who knew him, knew who he really was.

He wouldn’t want a teardrop shed, but instead would want the good times people had with him remembered, whether it be from childhood mischief to his adult life.

We all will remember and love him.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Melissa Leonard, of Derby; by his children:  Ryan J. Leonard, Natasha Leonard, Katie Whittemore-Leonard, Jonathan Whittemore, and Jacob Whittemore; by his parents, Bruce and Lynda Leonard of St. Johnsbury; by his ex-wife, Jennifer Birch-Leonard, and her son, Devon Birch, both of Newport; by his sisters: Amy Frost of North Troy, Melissa Ann Leonard and Samantha Leonard all of St. Johnsbury; by his many aunts, uncles, and grandparents from both sides of the family; by his brother and sister-in-laws; and by his best friend, Josh LaClair, and his mother, Edna LaClair-Petit.

He was predeceased, in 1986, by his brother, Hunter.

Funeral services for Mr. Leonard were held on September 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend James Gamble officiating. Mr. Leonard was interred at the Derby Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends wish, contributions in his memory may be made to Family Readiness Group, in care of SFC Urie, 540 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ann Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick, 87, of Island Pond died on September 18, 2012, in Newport.

Mrs. Letrick was born August 21, 1925, in Island Pond, a daughter of Michael Joseph Carbonneau and Zelma Marie (Hurley) Carbonneau.

She was predeceased by her husband, John George Letrick.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  In her early years she was a gifted athlete and loved the out of doors, actually swimming the length of Island Pond.  She graduated from Brighton High School and was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Mrs. Letrick lived in Drayton Plains, Michigan, for 27 years then moved back to her native Island Pond after raising her children.

She loved playing cards, playing Bingo, and watching her favorite game shows.  She took great pride in Island Pond and enjoyed helping her friends decorate the town for the holidays.  She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

A heartfelt thank you to all those who cared for Mrs. Letrick in her last years, especially her devoted sister, Patricia Carbonneau.  She had a most giving and loving heart and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Patricia Pelletier-Jones and her husband, James, and William Pelletier and his wife, Beverly; by her grandchildren:  Janet, David, Aimee, Adriana, and Breea; and by her great grandchildren:  Zane, Ansel, and soon-to-be-born Nova; by her sister Patricia Carbonneau; by her brother, John Carbonneau, and his wife, Elaine; and by her former daughter-in-law, Patricia-Lichvar-Pelletier.

Mrs. Letrick will be cremated and a remembrance gathering will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Robert Picken

Robert A. Picken

 Robert A. Picken, 72, of Brownington died on September 19, 2012, at his home.

He was born November 9, 1939, in Wilder, a son of Arthur and Beatrice (Wheeler) Picken.  On April 9, 1960, he married Shirley Vance, who survives him.  Mr. Picken was employed as a truck driver for Mowers News in White River Junction, where he retired in 2002.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and attending family gatherings.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley Picken, of Brownington; his children:  Alan Picken of South Royalton, Steven Picken and his wife, Cathy, of Sharon, and Elizabeth Picken of Brownington; by his grandchildren:  Michael Perkins, Robert Perkins, Jessica Picken, Alan Picken Jr., Andrew Picken, Steven Picken Jr., Megan Mae Picken, Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, and Jonah Rhodes; by his five great-granddaughters; by his brothers and sisters:  Norman Picken and his wife, Linda, of White River Junction, William Picken and his wife, Noreen, of Texas, Norma McClelland of White River Junction, and Saundra Koloski and her husband, Henry, of Quechee; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Johnson.

A gathering will be held at the Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Theodore Quintin

Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin

 Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin, 73, of Montgomery Center died on September 21, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Quintin was born September 5, 1939, in Houlton, Maine, a son of Romeo and Hilda (Norway) Quintin.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1957, and attended Norwich University.

He was honorably discharged as a reserve commissioned officer of the Army.  He was owner and operator of Granny Grunts, and the Grampa Grunts Lodge, Granny’s Too Restaurant, and the Thirsty Boot Bar and was a pillar of the community in Montgomery Center for 40 years.

Mr. Quintin was a member of the Jay Peak American Legion Post #28, and was the first paid ski patroller at Jay Peak.  He loved the action of playing cards, especially bridge, Texas hold ’em, and craps.  He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Jay Quintin and his girlfriend, Wara Cerretti, of Lake Tahoe, California, Brad Quintin and his wife, Greta, of Montgomery Center, Karie Quintin and her boyfriend, Travis Startwell, of Montgomery Center; by his grandchildren:  Brody, Kayden, and Mason Quintin; by his sister Carol Ann Temple and her companion, Wayne Blake, of Newport Center; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Dubois.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Friends may call at the funeral home on September 27 from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jay Peak American Legion Post #28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Emile Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer, 84, of Irasburg died suddenly on September 18, 2012, at his home in Irasburg.

He was born April 14, 1928 in Barton at the home of his parents, Clement and Melina (Poiré) Royer.  On April 11, 1953, he married Jeannette C. Bernard, who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was a self-employed logger and worked at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Orleans.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans and the VFW Post #798 in Newport, and DAV Post #22.  He was also a member of the Orleans Rod and Gun Club.  He was a parishioner of the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Irasburg.

Mr. Royer’s hobbies included hunting, and fishing, and listening to his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.  He also coached Little League baseball and the Irasburg Ranger softball team.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette C. (Bernard) Royer; by his sons:  Stephen A. Royer and his wife, Diane, of Irasburg, Michael J. Royer and his fiancé, Lisa Dubois, of Derby, Paul C. Royer and his wife, Lori, of Newport, Rene J. Royer and his wife, Kimberly, of Irasburg, Randy J. Royer and Sue Mitchell of Irasburg, Anthony (Tony) Royer of Barre, and Christopher Royer and his wife, Betsy, of Coventry; by his daughters:  Angela (Royer) Allard and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg, and Catherine M. Royer of Irasburg; by his grandchildren:  Steve, Monique, Tanya, Tasha, Tricia, Michael, Travis, Trevor, Kiana, Andrea, Lisa, Rene, Brandon, Tyler, Jenna, Jaime, Andrew, Meagan, Alicia, Randi, and Devin; by his great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Dominic, Dylin, Ariel, Michael, Rayven, Keagan, Ashlynn, Talea, Natalie, and Braelynn; by his brothers:  Ernest Royer and his wife, Virginia, Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucille, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; by his sister-in-laws:  Priscilla Royer, Norine Royer and Irene Bond; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his beloved cat Lily.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Hector, Victor, Clairmont, Burton, Phillip Sr, by two sisters: Emma and Gertrude; and by his brother-in-law Richard Bond.

Funeral services were held on September 21 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822, to the Orleans Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 203, Orleans, Vermont 05860, to the American Legion Post #23, P.O. Box 72, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Eileen Wigget

 

Eileen Wiggett

Eileen Alys Wiggett died peacefully on September 22, 2012, in Newport.

She was born January 26, 1932, to Florence and Edward Darby in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

She was full of life and love from an early age.  In high school she was a cheerleader, basketball player, editor of the school newspaper, the lead in the school musical her senior year, and earned the alumni award for leadership.  After graduation, she was trained as a Western Union clerk and worked in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.

She later graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of arts in music education, and so began her lifelong passion for the arts.

She married Henry Roland Wiggett and they had five children together.  She was predeceased by Henry and two of her children:  Tracy and Michael.

She is survived by her three remaining children:  Danny, Susan, and Neil; and by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Some of her favorite pastimes were singing, playing the piano, dancing, reading, watching musicals, and painting. She devoted many faithful years of service to her church through various callings including pianist, Sunday school teacher, and stake missionary. She was a bright light and a beautiful spirit and she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Derby.  A private family burial will be held immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Stawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries September 19, 2012

Raymond J. Adams Sr.

Raymond J. Adams Sr., 70, of Craftsbury died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington.

Son of the late Harlan and Roberta (Houston) Adams, he was educated in Stowe and graduated from Essex High School in 1959.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy and returned to Vermont, where he married Sandra Butler in 1968.  They made their home in Essex until 1982, when they moved to the camp on Eden Mountain while building their home on Denton Hill Road in Craftsbury, where they have since resided.

He was employed by IBM in Essex for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1990.  He was an electrician as a second occupation as well as a builder of homes with his family prior to and after his retirement.  He enjoyed his camp in Eden, especially as deer camp, and playing horseshoes with family and friends.  He also enjoyed sugaring with family and all family gatherings.

Mr. Adams was instrumental in establishing the Little League and softball teams in Essex, and the community afterschool sports program.  When he moved to Craftsbury he again was active with the sports program, coaching basketball and baseball teams.  He also served on the Craftsbury school board.

He leaves his wife Sandy of Craftsbury; a daughter, Lisa, and her husband, Gary Tatro, of St. Albans; two sons:  Raymond Jr. and his wife, Chole, and Karl and his wife, Valerie, all of Craftsbury; three brothers:  Robert Adams and his wife, Debbie, of Morrisville, Harlan “Dick” Adams of Johnson, and James Adams of Nashua, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Stephanie and Justin Banfield, Tyler Tatro, Tomas and Ana Rodriguez, Teresa Adams, and Kyle Adams; one great-granddaughter, Amelia Rodriguez; two brothers-in-law:  James Butler of Adams, Massachusetts, and Keith Butler of North Adams, Massachusetts; as well by nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A time of remembrance was held at the Adams Camp on Eden Mountain Road in Eden on September 16.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Schools Gym Project, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Merle Benway

Merle Benway, 82, of Glover died on Monday, September 10, 2012, at home.

He was born on January 22, 1930, in North Troy.  He was the son of Russel Alfred Benway and Hazel Watson Benway.

He worked on construction for many years and was the road commissioner for the town of Glover for over 20 years.  He loved his horses and his faithful dog, Emma.

He is survived by his daughters:  Valerie and her husband, Lawrence Gaboriault, of Sheffield, Trudy and her husband, Kenny Blackburn, of Glover and Wanda Webster of Glover; and by two granddaughters:  Jennifer and her husband, Jeremy LeBlanc, of North Troy, and Andrea Webster of Glover.  He also leaves a special neighbor who was like a daughter to him, Mary Christiansen, and her husband, Johan, and their son, Wyatt.  He was predeceased by his two sons:  Alfred and Owen; his brothers:  Bob and Wayne; and by his sisters:  Mertha Simpson, Dora Prue and Betty King.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, at 1 p.m. at his home on Dexter Mountain in Glover with a potluck lunch to follow.

Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Glover Ambulance Squad.

Richard “Dick” Powell Carr

Richard “Dick” Powell Carr, 84, died on March 31, 2012, in Mesa, Arizona, in his sleep at home.

He formerly lived in Derby and had a long career working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

He was born on July 29, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and started his family in Berlin, New Hampshire, before moving to Derby.

He spent his golden years traveling around the country, eventually landing in Arizona.  He loved the desert.  He developed his skills as a craftsman and put together an impressive woodworking shop, producing work that is treasured by many.

He was a loving and giving father and man, always ready to lend a hand.

He will be missed and remembered forever.

He is survived by his wife Mary Gertrude (Landers) Carr, originally from Gorham, now of Mesa, Arizona; and by five of his children:  Sandra Domina of Ellington, Connecticut, Richard Patrick Carr of Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Michael George Carr of Bellingham, Washington, Deborah Anne Benning of Lyndonville, and Laurie Anne Carr of Albany.  He was predeceased by his eldest son, William “Bill” Carr, of Derby; and by his only brother, Donald Carr, of Noblesville, Indiana.

His children will host a memorial celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 10:49 a.m., at “Railroad Camp” in Brunswick.  Parking will be in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge visitor center parking lot in Bloomfield (formerly the Bear Mountain), with just a short walk to the camp.  Any and all are invited to attend.

Louise A. Duckless

Louise A. Duckless, 83, of Newport died on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on August 23, 1929, in Mansonville, Quebec, a daughter of Albert and Iris (Bailey) Brouillette.

She married Kenneth Duckless on October 26, 1959, and lived in North Troy, Newport Center, and Newport for the past 52 years.  Mr. Duckless predeceased Mrs. Duckless on August 8, 2001.

She was well known in the community as a long time employee of the A&P and Grand Union, until her retirement in 1994.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the American Legion Auxiliary, and spent countless hours over the past 40 years volunteering with Mr. Duckless at various functions and parties at the Newport Elks Club.  They enjoyed travel throughout New England, including many vacations to the Maine coast and annual trips to the Big “E” Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her children:  Edward Duckless and his wife, Ann, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Dottie Provencher and her husband, Mike, of Irasburg; her grandchildren:  Amber Provencher, Gregory Provencher and his fiancée, Ashley Fenoff, and Michelle Provencher; her great-grandchildren:  Hazen and Alexis; and by her three sisters:  Jean Robidas of Sherbrook, Quebec, Helen St. Hilare and her husband, Roger, of St. Michel, Quebec, and Barbara Brouillette of Mansonville, Quebec.  She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Johnson.

Calling hours were held on September 16 in Newport.  Interment followed at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Richard B. Dudley

Richard “Dick” Dudley, 87, of Orleans died on Monday, September 10, 2012, following a short illness.

He was born on February 23, 1925, in Hanover, New Hampshire, to Edwin and Orene Dudley and was a lifelong resident of Orleans.

Upon graduation from Orleans High School in 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany.

He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Libby” Pike, in September of 1946.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950 and returned to Orleans to work with his mother and brother in the family business, The Converse Company, until his retirement in 1987 when his son, Brad, took over.

He was the financial secretary of the Orleans Federated Church, a Vermont Freemason, a 22-year volunteer at North Country Hospital, treasurer of the Orleans Country Club, a justice of the peace, and town auditor.

He loved all sports and especially enjoyed the game of golf and the friendships and camaraderie that it provided.  He was the Orleans Country Club champion several times and was regularly scoring below his age as recently as three weeks ago!

Mr. Dudley and his wife traveled extensively, visiting friends and family in many locales.  They enjoyed playing cribbage with friends, dancing to big band music, reading, attending plays, and being of service wherever and whenever needed.

Mr. Dudley was especially fond of his four children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, all of whom affectionately called him “Papa.”  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  Papa transcended generations and touched many with his kindness, humility and generosity; we will miss him.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Pike Dudley of Orleans; their daughters:  Pam Downer and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and Jennifer “Lynn” Brennan and her husband, Terry, of Orchard Park, New York; his son Brad Dudley and Cori of Irasburg; his daughter-in-law Terry Dudley of Orleans; and by his dear family friend Daniel Belanger of Stanstead, Quebec.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Kirstie Bean, Greg Downer, Tricia Doran, Wendy Leithead, Jonathon Dudley, Travis Dudley, Zach Leach and Beth Hibshman; as well as by his 15 great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his beloved son Charles Dudley of Orleans.

Funeral services were held on September 13 in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Federated Church, care of of Rita Nye, P.O. Box 427, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Andre J. Guillette

Andre J. Guillette, 93, of Derby died on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 1, 1918, in Stanstead, Quebec, a son of Euclide and Priscilla (Piquette) Guillette.

On August 4, 1947, he married Julia Murphy, who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime, he was employed by the former Pete Logan’s Service Station for 27 years and then for his son Gary at Guillette’s Service Station in Newport.  He held membership with the American Legion Post #21 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.  His hobbies included playing horseshoes, snowmobiling, and watching the Detroit Red Wings on television.

He is survived by his wife Julia Guillette of Derby; his children:  Peter Guillette and his wife, Jacqueline, of Claremont, New Hampshire, Gary Guillette and his wife, Evelyn, of Coventry, and Ann Gosselin and her husband, Rick, of Newport Center; the following grandchildren:  Matthew Gosselin and his wife, Amy, of Irasburg, Katherine Palardy and her husband, Jared, of Essex Junction, Maurice Guillette and his wife, Lisa, of Westfield, Anne-Marie Gray and her husband, Jason, of Westfield, Christina Guillette and her partner, Kendall, of Seattle, Washington, Carmen Arcudi and her husband, Joey, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Suzanne Blish and her husband, Bill, of Grantham, New Hampshire, Peter Guillette II of Norwich, and Jon Chartrand and his wife, Paula, of Seattle; 12 great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 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 in Derby Line, with full military honors.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

David A. Jaques

David A. Jaques, 53, of Milton died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his home.

He was born on May 6, 1959, in Montreal, Ouebec, the son of the late Glen and Gwenn (Farrow) Jaques.

On August 2, 1986, he married Suzanne Meunier in Newport.

Mr. Jaques was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He served in communications aboard the USS Camden.  After his duty onboard the USS Camden, he served with the Navy reserve for 22 years.  While in the reserves, he served on the committee that brought the Lone Sailor to the Burlington waterfront at the Naval Reserve Center, an accomplishment of which he was very proud.  For 17 years, he was a student counselor at Vermont Job Corps in Vergennes.  He was most recently employed with the Vermont Department of Corrections as a youth corrections specialist.  He had a strong passion for helping out youth in Chittenden County.  A member of St. Ann Church in Milton, he belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 10417 in Milton, having served as former grand knight.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends as he was a very devoted husband, father, son, and brother.

He is survived by his wife Suzanne of Milton; their children:  Kitina Squadrito and her husband, Mark, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and David Jaques II and his girlfriend, Bobbi Jo Benson, of Milton; his sister Janet Cartee and her husband, Richard, of Newport; his mother-in-law Jeannine Meunier and her friend, Conrad Roy, of West Palm Beach, Florida; his sisters-in-law:  Rachel Turgeon and her husband, Dennis, of Balston Spa, New York, Suzette Pearson and her husband, Martin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Laramee and her husband, Maurice, of Jay; his brother-in-law Michael Meunier and his wife, Linda, of Jay; and by his nieces and nephews:  Patrick, Tim, Heather, Dawn, Nicholas and Karin.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law Marcel Meunier; and by his brother in-law Marcel Meunier Jr.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 19, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton.  Burial will be held on Friday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centerpoint, 1025 Airport Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403

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

Vivian L. Nash

Vivian L. Nash, 76, of Derby died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, in Burlington.

She was born on March 15, 1936, in Lowell, a daughter of Harold and Beulah (Wiltshire) Pope.  She was brought up in the Lowell area, however she did spend a few years in Florida before moving back to Derby.

She worked at Butterfield’s in Derby Line for several years before becoming an LPN and working as a private caregiver as well as at Michaud Manor in Derby Line.  She loved bowling, playing bingo, and going to the casino in Rock Island, Quebec.  She especially loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Ryan Degreenia and her husband, Cory; her son Timmy Hagan of Johnson; her grandchildren:  Mikayla, Jason, Cory, and Kaylee; and by several nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews, and by many friends at the Derby Trailer Park where she lived for over 30 years.  She was predeceased by her brothers:  Stanley, Robert, and Richard; and by her sister, Virginia Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, at the Lowell Congregational Church with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.  A potluck luncheon will follow the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Angeline Yvette Perrault

Angeline Yvette Perrault, 81, of Irasburg died on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Newport, following an extended illness, with her eight daughters and her husband at her side.

She was born on September 22, 1930, in West Charleston, the daughter of Lucien and Olive (Chainey) Desjardins.

On October 2, 1950, she married Gerard Perrault who survives her.  They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Mrs. Perrault was especially proud of her eight daughters.  She was a dedicated, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed dearly.

The Perraults operated a dairy farm for 43 years on the Lake Region Road.  After farming, Mrs. Perrault worked at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton as an activity director and as an LNA until the 1990s, among being a homemaker and bookkeeper for the farm.  She also volunteered for different organizations.  She was also a member of St. Theresa’s Church, Daughters of Isabella and the Ladies Guild.

She is survived by her husband Gerard Albert Perrault of Irasburg; her eight daughters:  Lucille and her husband, David Lawes, of Barton, Joanne and her husband, Richard Dealy, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, Denise and her husband, Alan Turner, of Newport, Carmen and her husband, Christopher Gage, of Orleans, Marie and her husband, Albert Beaudry, of Albany, Estelle and her husband, Thomas Nelson, of Williston, Lisa and her husband, Bruce Quigley, of Biddeford, Maine, and Gisele “Gigi” and her husband, Randy Poginy, of Barton; by her grandchildren:  Julie Bronson, Melissa (Bronson) Moulton and her husband, Scott, Meghan (Dealy) Shaheen and her husband, Michael, Catherine and Lauren Dealy, Eric and Jeff Turner, Jonathan and Ryan Gage, Miranda Beaudry, Erin and Greg Nelson, Lindsey and Brittney Gilman, Alexandria and Alicia Quigley, and Rebecca, Chelsea, and Whitney Poginy; two great-grandchildren:  Tyler Smith and Hayley Rae Gage; her brothers and sisters:  Huguette McA’Nulty Black of Maplewood, New Jersey, Roland Desjardins of Springhill, Florida, Jeannette Auger of Barton, Paulette Lebrun of Tampa, Florida, Mona Brouseau and her husband, Guy, of Fort Myers, Florida, Mary Jane Denney and her husband, Geoffrey, of Ontario, Canada, Roger Desjardins and his wife, Barbara, of Sebring, Florida, and Hubert Desjardins of West Glover; her sisters-in-law:  Jeannette Poulin, Theresa Fortin, Yvette Bruneau, Marie-Paul Perrault, and Theresa Perrault; and by her brother-in-law James Baker.  She was predeceased by her brother Emile Desjardins; her brothers-in-law:  Donat Perrault and George Perrault; and by her sister-in-law Lorraine (Perrault) Baker.

Funeral services were held on September 14 in Orleans.  Interment followed at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Emile Paul Royer

Emile Paul Royer, 84, of Irasburg died suddenly on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at his home.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 21, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Tim Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries September 12, 2012

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais, 80, of Newport died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home among family.

He was born on July 30, 1932, in Holland, a son of Albert and Ida (Carignan) Blais.  He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1951 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He served honorably until 1954 with deployment to France.  After his honorable discharge he was employed by New England Telephone and proudly retired from Verizon in 1991 after 37 years.

On May 6, 1961, he married Marylou Jackson of Bellows Falls, who survives him.

He held memberships in the Knights of Columbus and the Telecom Pioneers Club.  He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  He enjoyed hunting and playing cards with his brothers.  He was an avid Notre Dame football fan and loved watching college football.  He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He is survived by his wife Marylou Blais of Newport; by his children:  Thomas Blais and his wife, Cynthia Morello, of Canton, Connecticut, Michael Blais and his wife, Janet, of Newport, Nicole Gaboriault and her husband, Norman, of Derby, and Monique Blais of Newport; the following grandchildren:  Sophia, Connor, Lindsey, Patrick and Jeffrey; his brothers:  Russell Blais of Newport and Guy Blais of Windsor, Connecticut; and by his sisters:  Gisele Kerner of Derby and Carmen Blais of Littleton, New Hampshire.  He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings:  Marcel Blais, Armand Blais, Robert Blais, and by his sister Ruth Kupperblatt.

Funeral services were held on September 6 in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Hedy L. Carrier

Hedy L. Carrier, 40, of Glover died suddenly on Friday, August 31, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on December 15, 1971, in Norwich, Connecticut, beloved daughter of Edith (Baker) Generous and the late Robert Generous.  On May 9, 1992, she married Alfred Carrier Jr., who survives her.

She was currently employed at Parker Pie in West Glover.

Among her hobbies, she enjoyed scrapbooking, making Christmas wreaths and garlands and talking about her future grandchild.

She is survived by her husband Alfred Carrier Jr. of Glover; her children:  Katrina Carrier of North Troy and Gerard Carrier of Glover; her brother Brian Generous of Virginia; and by her sister Robin Dupuis and her husband, Shane, of Norwich.  She was predeceased by her father Robert Generous.

Funeral services were held on September 8 in Barton.  Interment followed in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Anita K. Hodges

Anita K. Hodges, 71, of Newport died on Friday, September 7, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on May 7, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Frederick and Kathleen (Cooker) Hodges.

She graduated from Atlantic City High School in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1960.  She was a teacher’s aide for preschool for many years.  She attended and volunteered at the Newport United Church where she helped with rummage sales, cooking and the food shelf.

She is survived by her sons:  Kevin Tartaglio of Barton, and Tim Hodges and his wife, Jenn, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Kevin Jr., Amanda, Rayven, Keagen, Brittany, Timothy Jr., Giada and Zylus.  She is also survived by a sister, Gerry Call, and her husband, Gary, of Absceon, New Jersey; her nephew Mathew Bird; and by her niece Katie Bird.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Margaret G. (St. Amand) LeBlanc

Margaret (St. Amand) LeBlanc, 85, died on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

She was born on January 20, 1927, in Irasburg, to the late Arcade and Georgianna (Stewart) St. Amand.

She was the widow of Bernard G. LeBlanc, who died on January 30, 1989.  They shared 42 wonderful years together.

She has been an active member of the American Red Cross, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Daughters of Isabella.  She is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, and playing word and card games.  She was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family.

She is survived by her children and in-laws:  Raymond and Suzanne LeBlanc of Westmore, Dr. Dennis and Cindy LeBlanc of Derby, Claire and Jan Hansen of Delray Beach, Florida, Francis LeBlanc of Barton, Lorraine and David Staunch of Fairpoint, New York, and Marie and Michael Tule of Milford, New Hampshire; numerous grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law Jean and Louise St. Amand of Brooklyn, New York; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service was held on September 8 in Newport.  Interment prayers and burial followed in St. Theresa Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Paul Lehouillier

 Paul Lehouillier, 67, of Irasburg died on Friday, September 7, 2012, at his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on April 23, 1945, in Ham-Nord, Quebec.  The Lehouillier family moved to Vermont in 1955.  He attended Johnson High School and graduated in 1965.  He was in the United States Navy for six years during the Vietnam War.  He was stationed on the USS Independence.

In 1969, he married Diane Benware, living in Johnson while raising their daughter, Sara.

For all Mr. Lehouillier’s life, his passion was dairy farming.  He married, in 1994, Maureen (Seyer) Lehouillier, raising their son, Jared, on their organic dairy farm in Irasburg.

He will be most remembered for the tremendous love he held for his family.  He was dedicated, hardworking, courageous and adventurous, living his life to the fullest.  He was a talented herdsman.  He will always be remembered for being “right there, ol’ boy!”

He is survived by his daughter Sara (Lehouillier) Henn and her husband, Donny Henn; two grandchildren:  Mariah and Chantal Henn; his son Jared Paul Lehouillier and his cherie, Maureen Lehouillier, and his step-daughter Heather Lefebvre; his mother Irene Lehouillier, who is 100 years old; his siblings:  John Lehouillier and his wife, Rita, of Johnson, Camille Lehouillier and his wife, Polly, of Johnson, Helen Walker of Hyde Park, Lorraine Easton and her husband, Bob, of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Denis Lehouillier of Johnson, and Gilles Lehouillier and his wife, Laura, of Johnson; his sister-in-law Patty Lehouiller; as well as by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.  He was predeceased by his brother Jacques in 1960; his father Armand Lehouillier in 1985; and by his brother Claude in 1998.

A funeral service was held on September 11 in Johnson.  Interment with military honors followed at St. Teresa’s Cemetery in Hyde Park.

Contributions in his memory may be sent to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38 Elmore, Vermont 05657.

William A. Malshuk

William A. Malshuk, 87, of Irasburg died on Thursday, September 6, 2012, in Glover.

He was born on February 9, 1925, in Orleans, a son of Alex and Natalie (Korneluk) Malshuk.

In 1941, he married Genevieve Labor, who predeceased him in 1988.

Mr. Malshuk was foreman for the state of Vermont road maintenance department where he retired after 39 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was an avid Yankees fan and he was a ticket holder of the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training in Bradenton, Florida, for 35 years.  He enjoyed putting up his woodpile on his beloved property in Irasburg.  He and his late wife spent many winters in Bradenton, until she passed away in 1988, and he then continued to winter in Bradenton with his son Keith.

He served with the Marines during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and was at Okinawa during April of 1944 to July of 1945.  He was a member of the Alfred Pepin Post #798, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport, and American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his children:  Linda Wright and her husband, George, of Barton, Karen Johnson and her husband, Verlon, of Bradenton, Keith Malshuk of Irasburg, and Dennis Malshuk and his friend, Gloria Iverson, of North Troy; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, September 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on September 15 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Irasburg Fire Department, 161 Vermont Route 58, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Donald W. Nutbrown

Donald W. Nutbrown, 74, of Orleans died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home.

He was born on September 22, 1937, in Inverness, Quebec, a son of Clarence and Dorothy (Kinnear) Nutbrown.  On April 5, 1958, he married Betty Davis who survives him.

Mr. Nutbrown was traffic manager for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for several years.  His interests included NASCAR racing, traveling to various places, flower gardening, family gatherings and he loved camping in Island Pond for the past 33 years.

He is survived by his wife Betty Nutbrown of Orleans; his children:  Sherry Sample of Orleans, Kerry Prue and her fiancé, Mark Whipple, of Orleans, Tammy Little and her fiancé, Dave Watson, of West Charleston, and Cindy Lague and her husband, Rene, of Troy; his grandchildren:  Donny, Derek, and Devin Prue, Justin and Shane Dewing, Craig Lague, Michelle Nick, and Angela Lantagne; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrna Labor, of Beebe; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Sydney Nutbrown; and by a baby daughter, Sherry Nutbrown.

A celebration of his life was held on September 8 in Orleans.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Anita Marie Pizza

Anita Marie Pizza died on Thursday, August 30, 2012, at the Marianna Rehab Center in Marianna, Florida, with her son, Steve, and his close friend by her side.

She was born in Kingsbury, Quebec, a daughter of Alcide and Regina Boisvert, on April 9, 1934.  She married Jack Pizza on October 24, 1957, and has lived in Florida since 1968.

She attended Sacred Heart High School in Newport, and studied piano under the tutorship of Sister Edmund of Jesus.  She was awarded her Laureate from the Montreal Music Conservatory.  She was invited to compete for the Miss America contest in Vermont, but was declined by her parents for religious reasons.

She performed her music with her group and singly in several states, including New York and Los Angeles, California, where she was considered a budding star as a solo jazz pianist and vocalist.  Her jazz trio was famed on Cape Cod for five years.  She was a world-class musician, having performed at private occasions for many notables, including President John F. Kennedy and the king of Saudi Arabia.  She also performed for a wedding at the Vatican in Rome, Italy.  She performed for several community occasions in Bay County, Florida, including concerts in Downtown Park and at the Martin Theatre.  She, as a volunteer, formed and then directed the choir at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Panama City, Florida, for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John “Jack” Pizza, retired U.S. Air Force from Tyndall Air Force Base in Marianna; by their children:  Michael and his wife, Judy, of Nokomis, Florida, Lee of Panama City, and Steve and his close friend, Lori, of Southport, Florida; four grandchildren; eight sisters:  Annette Pike and her husband, Woodrow, of Newport, Simone Felty of Burlington, Noella Buschbaum and her husband, Charles, of Alstead, New Hampshire, Angele Larson and her husband, David, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Alice Brown and her husband, Gordon, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan Crossland of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, Jeanne Boisvert of Pittsburgh and Newport, and Gail Lontine and her husband, Rocky, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on September 3.  Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Sunny Hill, Florida.

“She made others happy.”

A. Michael Richard

 A. Michael Richard, 71, of Newport died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Ruth Drown Richard.  They would have celebrated their thirty-sixth anniversary in November.

Mr. Richard was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on December 19, 1940, the son of the late Henry and Helen (McInnis) Richard, also of Nashua.  He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School, Nashua High School (1958), St. Anselm College (1962, bachelor of arts in history), and Fitchburg State College (1974, master of arts in educational administration).

Immediately after his graduation from St. Anselm, he joined the Navy and served his country proudly as a Lieutenant JG on the USS Kretchmer 329 during the Vietnam War.  He worked 14 years as a junior high history teacher in Nashua until 1980, followed by a position as teaching principal in Coventry.  He served as a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2006, and until very recently worked at Green Mountain Electric.

His lifelong love of government and the political process led to a term on the Nashua Board of Aldermen at the age of 29 and two years later he ran for mayor.  He was an impassioned advocate for employee rights and fairness in the workplace.  Early in his educational career, he was a member of the Nashua Teacher’s Union, serving on the first negotiating team to successfully attain a collective bargaining agreement, a framework still used today.  He continued his civic involvement in Newport City where he served on the zoning board for 12 years and was chairman of the school board for several years.  He was instrumental in the consolidation of Newport’s east and west side elementary schools.  He loved talking about politics with everyone, and was always ready for a good debate.  MSNBC will definitely notice a decline in its ratings with the loss of Mr. Richard.

He was never afraid to take on new and difficult challenges and did so throughout his life as restaurant proprietor, Triple R Remodeling, real estate sales, purchase and restoration of homes, and he established Richmond Hill Bed and Breakfast and Lake Road Perennials.

However, above all of his educational- and work-related accomplishments, it was his home and family in Newport that gave him the greatest sense of love, joy, and satisfaction.  He will be remembered for his caring ways, his willingness to listen and offer “free” advice, his fairness and patience, and his quick wit and dry humor.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; two sisters:  Louise Richard Smith and Margaret Richard Maffee; two brothers-in-law:  Jack Smith and Donald Maffee; and by his in-laws Jersey and Gertrude Drown.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; his son Michael Morey and his wife, Shelly; his dear granddaughter Jenna of Newport; his daughter Kristen Morey and Will Kulakowski of Newport; and by daughter Sara Richard and Cameron Cook of Burlington.  Additional family survivors include his special aunt, Phemie (Euphemia) Richard of Nashua; a sister, Elizabeth Richard Burpee, and her husband, Dick, of Milford, New Hampshire; two brothers:  John Richard and his wife, Susan, and Louis Richard and his wife, Nancy, all of Nashua; his brother-in-law Charlie Drown and his wife, Ginny, of Newport Center; his nieces and nephews:  Jonathan, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Keith, Caryn, Laura, Gregory, David, Danny and Chuck; and by many very special cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on September 8 in Nashua.  A private burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Mike Richard to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, California 90266; or to an organization of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ivan J. Roberge

Ivan J. Roberge, 74, of Newport died on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at his home.

He was born on November 6, 1937, in Montpelier, a son of Henry and Jeanne (Geoffrey) Roberge.

He was a foreman for the Latrobe steel company in Pennsylvania, where he retired after 30 years.

He moved back to Vermont in 2010.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling the back roads of Vermont, helping his brother on the farm doing odd jobs, and he enjoyed his sister-in-law’s cooking.  He also enjoyed watching tennis tournaments, Little League baseball and several other sports on television.

He is survived by his children:  Sheila Santiago, Randy and Kendall Roberge, all of Connecticut; by his mother Jeanne Roberge of Brompton, Quebec; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother, John Roberge, and his wife, Georgette, of Derby.

At Mr. Roberge’s request, there will be no services.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Colin C. Sheehan

 Colin C. Sheehan, 65, of Richford died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home, with his family present.

He was born on August 16, 1947, in Barton, to the late John Sr. and Anabelle (Noyes) Sheehan.  He attended schools in Sutton and Lyndon Institute in Lyndon.

In 1966, SSG Sheehan entered the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam.  In 1990 he served with the One Hundred Thirty-first Engineers in Desert Storm.  He earned many medals and certificates throughout his 42 years of military service with the VTANG out of Camp Johnson.  He retired from the One Hundred Thirty-first Engineers in 2003.  He leaves behind many comrades and friends.

He is survived by his wife and best friend Valerie (Shattuck) Sheehan of Richford, whom he married on May 4, 1995; his children:  Kelly and Brian Giroux of Essex, Shannon and Dave Bessery of Burlington, Pierre and Charlene Letourneau of Irasburg, Ronnie Letourneau of Berkshire, Travis Letourneau and Sara Gelo of Richford, and Jessica Sheehan and Harold Morse of Derby; his grandchildren:  Mariah, Pierre Jr., Carly, Brooklynn, Natalie and Joey; his step-grandchildren:  Ashley, Brandi, Jacob, Caleb and Christian; a very special family whom his wife and he regarded as part of their family:  Jason, Judy, Jordan, Jared and Jayce Bryce; a close friend, Danny Murray Sr.; his brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Edward and Linda Shattuck, John and Penny Queenin; several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews; and by his faithful companions:  Daisy Mae and Lucky; and his grandpuppies:  Clara, Dora, Annabelle, Jackie and Tinkerbelle.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his former wife JoAnn (Barry) Sheehan; and by his brother John Sheehan Jr.

Funeral services were held on September 6 in Enosburg Falls.  Interment was held on September 7 in the Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery in Colchester.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vermont 05478; or to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family online through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

Alison Theodore Stoddard

Alison Theodore Stoddard, 87, a World War II veteran, died on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, following a brief illness.

He had been a resident of Craftsbury for the past eight years, living at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Richard Morrison.

Mr. Stoddard was born in Braintree on December 2, 1924, the youngest son of Daniel and Edith Wright Stoddard.  His two older brothers, Willis “Buster” Stoddard and D. Richard “Dick” Stoddard, have both predeceased him.  He grew up mostly in Bethel, graduating from Whitcomb High School in 1941.  In May of 1943, he entered the Army, seeing action in Italy, France, and Germany before being discharged in 1946 and coming home to marry his high school sweetheart, Hilda Billings.  They lived and raised their family in Rochester, sharing 60 years together.  She died in 2007.

Being a child of the Depression in rural Vermont, Mr. Stoddard learned early on to join the family in working hard, and that work ethic stayed with him all of his life.  From driving log trucks for D.F. Stoddard and Sons, to farming, to car bodywork, to selling insurance, to building houses — he mastered many skills and was a good provider.  A gifted woodworker, his family is proud of the many pieces of furniture that he built for them.

He leaves a son, Linwood “Woody” Stoddard, of Springfield and his wife, Sharon.  Besides his daughter Valerie, he leaves a second daughter, Lori Carter, and her husband, Norman, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania.  In addition, he leaves a foster daughter, Sandra Applegett, and her husband, Dave, of Westerville, Ohio.  He was proud of his 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  He also leaves his two sisters-in-law, Udell Stoddard of Bethel and Lois Stoddard of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews.

The family is planning a service in Rochester in early October, and burial will be beside his wife, Hilda, in the family plot there.

Celon George Wheeler

Celon George Wheeler, 78, of Newport Center died while working at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

He was born in Troy on April 3, 1934, the son of Leo and Grace (Searles) Wheeler.

On June 17, 1956, he married Jean LeClear, who survives him.

Mr. Wheeler’s first love was farming on the family farm in North Troy, then moving to Newport Center in 1967 where he continued to farm.  He established Wheeler’s Bus Service and served the town of Newport Center and Sacred Heart Schools.  As time went on he became sexton for the Newport Center Cemetery and later to the Lake Road Cemetery.  He worked on sunny days and on cloudy days, but never on Sundays.  He will be missed and loved by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Jean Wheeler of Newport Center; and by his children:  Kathleen Draper and her husband, David, of Newport Center, and Caroline Wheeler of Newport Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  The family requests no flowers.

Duane I. Wilson

Duane I. Wilson died on November 18, 2011, at home with his wife, Ellen, in Laguna Woods, California.

He was born on November 9, 1920, in Westmore, the youngest son of Isaac Allen Wilson and Ina Elizabeth (Hinton) Wilson.  He spent his early years in Island Pond and Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Bulkeley High School in 1937 and from Trinity College in 1949, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in general science.

Mr. Wilson served in World War II in the U.S. Army’s 156th Battalion from 1942 to 1943.  He married Helen Henrickson of Granby, Connecticut, in April of 1943 and their beloved son, Keith, was born in March of 1949.

He began his early career in management with the Roerig division of Charles Pfizer in Boston, Massachusetts, and Chicago, Illinois, and then with Lloyd Brothers (Hoechst Pharmaceutical) in Michigan.  In 1963, he went on to establish and run an executive search and career coaching firm in Michigan called Duane I. Wilson Associates.  Finally, he established another company, VERITAS:  Truth in Capabilities, which was a background verification company from which he never seemed to actually retire.

He experienced profound sadness in this life with the loss of his first wife, Helen, in 1985, and the death of his dear son Keith in 2000.  Mr. Wilson was the last of his siblings, ten in all, to pass away.

He remarried in April of 1995 to Ellen Clarke.  They had known each other since working together at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Chicago.

Mr. Wilson was a resident of Troy, Michigan, from 1961 until his death.  He and his wife split their time between Michigan, southern California and Vermont until his health failed.

He had a keen mind and many interests.  He held several patents for inventions, belonged to many organizations and was an avid writer.  He loved to golf, bowl and was a professional horseshoe pitcher.  He enjoyed stamp collecting and joined a stamp collecting club in his later years.  He was always researching current events with his computer and belonged to a computer club in California as well.

He was active in Masonic organizations as a member of Corinthian Lodge #241, King Cyrus Chapter #133 Royal Arch Masons (serving as High Priest in 1979), Detroit Commandery #1 Knights Templar, Monroe Council #1 Royal Select Masters, and Detroit York Rite College #1.  He was a former member of the Detroit Concert Band and Masonic Temple Association in Detroit, Michigan.  He was an active Rotarian and a member of the Bloomfield Hills Rotary Club and its board of directors.  He was a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Finally, he liked people and people liked him.  He was a wondrous storyteller with an imagination as big as a child’s.  He had a deep and abiding faith that sustained him in times of deep sorrow, of which he surely did experience.  Though successful in business, his most profound success is his legacy of love and care.

He leaves behind his wife Ellen of Laguna Woods; as well as his nephews:  John Wilson of Del Mar, California, and Earl Wilson of Connecticut.

Interment is at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

 

Death Notices

 Angeline Perrault

Angeline Perrault of Orleans died on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Newport.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 14, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.  Interment will follow at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Richard “Dick” Dudley

Richard “Dick” Dudley of Orleans, died on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 13, at the Orleans Federated Church at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Harvey Bartlett officiating.  Friends may call at the church on September 13 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  A gathering at the church hall will follow the service.  All are welcome.

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Chronicle.

 

Service

Ruth M. Skinner

A graveside service for Ruth M. Skinner will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, with the Reverend Harvey Bartlett officiating.

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Obituaries September 5, 2012

Arthur H. Blouin

Arthur H. Blouin, 72, the last of his generation, died on August 27, 2012, in Burlington.
He was born on December 14, 1939, in Barton, the son of George and Roseanna Blouin.
He was a carpenter and handyman who also loved tinkering on cars and helping friends and neighbors in need.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Elizabeth Blouin; Arthur Blouin and his wife, Cheryl Blouin; April Blouin and her companion, Travis Cole; step-children:  Duane Stetson and his wife, Janette, Rosemary Rosado and her husband, Douglas, Homer Stetson and his wife, Arlene, and Rokie Stetson and his wife, Kerry; children from his former marriage:  Rosemarie Loughlin, Donna Blouin, and Albert Blouin; 23 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sisters:  Geneva White, Belle Blouin and Agnus Blouin; his brothers:  Albert Blouin, and Fredrick Blouin; and also by his daughter Angela Blouin.
Funeral services were held on August 31 in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Sandra Geratowski

Sandra J. Woodard Leonard Geratowski, 67, died on Friday, August 31, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with two of her daughters and a close family friend by her side.

She is survived by her daughters:  Pamela Leonard of Claremont, New Hampshire, Anne Geratowski of Hinesburg, and Mary Kate Geratowski of Williamsburg, Virginia; her brothers:  Richard Woodard of Waban, Massachusetts, Darrell Woodard of Detroit, Michigan, and Wayne Woodard and Frank Baraw, both of Newport Center; and by her sisters:  Phe Deering of Rochester, and Marilyn “Dolly” Corkins and Marjorie Benjamin, both of Newport.

Funeral services were held on September 4.

Condolences may be expressed to the family in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com, where a full obituary appears.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

William R. Page

William R. (Bill) Page, 91, longtime Westmore resident, died on Monday, August 27, 2012.

He was born on October 5, 1920, in Somerville, Massachusetts, and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he met his true love, Janet, at their high school graduation (both were second tallest in their class, and were paired to walk together to receive their diplomas).

Mr. Page was a former Polaroid executive and lifelong advocate for world peace.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and his master’s in chemical engineering from MIT.  He began his career with the Atlas Power Company, making explosives used against the Nazis.  He went on to serve as a Lieutenant with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.  He described, with horror, his experience being dive-bombed by Kamikazes at the Battle of Okinawa.  But after the war he felt great guilt over the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying “there’s always a way to rationalize cruelty.”

Mr. Page was the director of corporate planning at Polaroid Corporation during the company’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, guiding the creation of popular instant cameras, and working to get them introduced into the education world.  As just one example of his work there, he taught urban children to use the cameras to visualize their conception of peace and the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Page founded a timber company, Tree Growers Inc., in the 1960s with his good friend Brownie Parker.  While on one level the company maintained forests and sold timber, its primary purpose was the preservation of thousands of acres of pristine woodlands, which, thanks to Mr. Page and his colleagues, are enjoyed by outdoorsmen to this day.  He was an active town meeting member in Lexington for over thirty years, founding the Committee on Aging.  He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts and was very involved at First Parish Church.

After retiring from Polaroid, Mr. and Mrs. Page retired to Westmore.  Mrs. Page’s family had been there since 1907.  It was, in Mr. Page’s view, the finest place on earth.  But he was not content just to hike the beautiful mountains and swim in Lake Willoughby — although he loved these things very much.  His voracious mind and yearning to change the world led him to volunteer his services for the benefit of all Vermonters.  A student of E.O. Wilson and the study of evolutionary psychology, he convinced Joe Patrissi and John Perry of the Vermont State Corrections Department to learn more about human nature.  This led to the creation of a Reparation System, the first of its kind in the United States.  It was based on the human behavioral trait called “reciprocal altruism”; when we do good things, good things happen in return.  First time offenders were put to work in their communities, doing some good instead of escalating bad behavior with more bad behavior learned in prisons.  According to Mr. Perry, the Vermont Reparation System is now being used in 42 states, in schools, and in nations around the world.  Thanks to Mr. Page, many people who might otherwise be failing to live up to their potential have become successful citizens.  His ideas are detailed in his unpublished book, Natural Democracy:  Governance by Human Nature.

While Mr. Page was a man of many achievements, he believed his greatest accomplishment was his five sons — Calvin, Charles, Nick, John, and Ted.  It takes two to tango, however, and before any children could be born and raised it was essential for Mr. Page to win over Mrs. Page.  Longtime Westmore friend, Wayne French, recounts a story Mr. Page loved to tell.  “He told me of the time during his early married years when he borrowed his father-in-law’s boat and motor.  While out on the lake the motor came loose from the boat and sank to the bottom of the lake.  He came back and found a hook and rope, went back out on the lake and upon finding the oil slick he managed to retrieve the motor with the hook. When talking about it he says that the successful recovery of the motor saved his marriage.”

He is survived by his five sons, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren — none of whom profess to have his maritime skills.

There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, September 18, at 1 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, those interested may make donations to the Westmore Community Church, 27 Hinton Hill Road, Orleans, VT 05860.  The good people at the church were very kind to Mr. Page in his last years, welcoming him on Sunday mornings, greeting him with a smile.

Anyone who would like to send a card that will be displayed at the Massachusetts memorial reception, please mail them to Nick Page, 5 Walnut Street, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176.

Patricia Veronica Place

Patricia Veronica Place, 79, of Derby Line died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on July 10, 1933, in Bronx, New York, a daughter of William and Barbara (Wolanek) Gueth.

On November 9, 1952, she married Philip Place who survives her.

She was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and Altar Society.  She was also a volunteer for 40 years at North Country Hospital and, being an Army wife, she traveled around the world for 21 years.  She was an avid seamstress, knitter, and basket maker and enjoyed all types of crafts.

She is survived by her husband Philip Place of Derby Line; the following children:  Theresa Stokes and her husband, Nicholas, of Yorktown, Virginia, Elizabeth Place and her partner, Anthony Eastwood, of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Michael Place of Newport, Patricia S. Place of Newport, Margaret M. Place and her partner, Clifford Gaudette, of Pownal, and Mary Becker and her husband, Paul, of Bennington; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Barbara Low, of Cooperstown, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Peter Place; and by a sister, Katherine Gregory.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 7 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, 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 St. Edward’s Altar Society, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ruth M. Skinner

Ruth M. Skinner, 90, former resident of Irasburg, died on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born in Barton on October 25, 1921, the daughter of Joseph and Fleda (Vinton) Racine.

She was raised and attended grade school in West Charleston.  On July 25, 1953, she married Myron Skinner in Lyndonville.  They made their home in Irasburg where she was active in and received her 50-year pin with the Indevale Chapter #61 Order of Eastern Star.

She leaves a sister, Ruby Choiniere of Derby Line; a brother, Rudy Racine of Florida; a stepdaughter, Myra Gauthier of Colchester; her son Paul Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, and their two children; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Myron; a daughter, Mary Jane; a son, Myron Jr.; a stepdaughter, Ruth Holbrook; and by her special friend, Lynn Perry.

A graveside service will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans, at a date and time to be announced.  There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, Vermont 05860-0038; or to a charity of one’s choice.

William Lewis Slaiby

William Lewis Slaiby, 76, of Derby died suddenly on Monday, August 27, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on August 11, 1936, in Torrington, Connecticut, a son of Samman and Mary (Ferris) Slaiby.

On October 31, 1981, he married Jacalyn Choiniere who survives him.

He graduated from Torrington High School and the Oliver Wolcott Technical School, both in Torrington.  He retired after 20 years of service from Kollsman Instruments in Merrimack, New Hampshire, as well as several years at Raytheon in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Among his hobbies were spending time with his family, and he enjoyed reading, walking, traveling, playing cards, working in his workshop and tinkering.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He held a membership with the Derby Fish and Game Club in Derby.

He is survived by his wife Jacalyn Slaiby of Derby; by their children:  Cynthia Keator of Berlin, New Hampshire, Cherie Tate of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Marie Hardiman and her husband, Stephen, of Nashua, New Hampshire, Daniel Slaiby and Linda Jean of Nashua, New Hampshire, Linda Slaiby of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Sandra Palladino and her husband, Vincent, of Hudson; by his grandchildren:  Shane, George, Ryan, Sandra, Tanya, Kyle, Terry, Erica, Amanda, Czar, Emerald, Daniel, and Kaiden; by 12 great-grandchildren;  by his sisters:  Eva LaCombe and Emma McMilleon, both of Torrington; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, William Charles Slaiby; his grandson R. Joshua Switser; and by his siblings:  Mayer Slaiby, Edna Rossi and Lena Thebarge.

A graveside service was held on September 2 at the Little Salem Lake Cemetery in Derby, with military honors.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Services

Pam Crandall

Memorial services for Pam Crandall, who died on July 13, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, at the First Universalist Church in Derby Line.  A catered reception will follow.

James Cunningham

Committal services for James Cunningham, who died on on December 24, 2011, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Phyllis Cunningham, 25 Church Street, Apartment 2, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Death notices

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais, 80, of Newport died peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home among family.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.  Members of the Knights of Columbus will meet at 7 p.m. at the funeral home on September 5 for prayers.

Hedy L. Carrier

Hedy L. Carrier, 40, of Glover died on Friday, August 31, 2012, in Newport.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton on Friday, September 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 8.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

A. Michael Richard

A. Michael Richard, 71, of Newport died peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.

Calling hours will be held at the Curtis- Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, September 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 8 in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Contact Curtis-Britch Funeral Home at 334-2720 for details.  A private burial will take place at a later date.

Donald W. Nutbrown

Donald W. Nutbrown, 74, of Orleans died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 8 at the Orleans American Legion Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.

Colin C. Sheehan

Colin C. Sheehan, 65, of Richford died on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at his home, with his family present.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, September 6 at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls from 5 p.m. until the funeral at 7 p.m.  Interment will be held on Friday, September 7 at 3 p.m. in the Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery in Colchester.

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Obituaries August 29, 2012

Ann L. Allen

Ann L. Allen, 67, of West Charleston died peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2012, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 27, 1945, in West Charleston, a daughter of Seth and Mabel (Moore) Garland.

On September 17, 1960, she married Jackson Allen who survives her.

During her lifetime she was a dairy farmer on the family farm in West Charleston and aide for the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc.  At one time she was also head housekeeper at the Super 8 Motel in Derby.

She was an avid reader, gardener, bird watcher, and she enjoyed photography and spending time with her granddaughter.

She was a member of the Sheriff’s Association.

She is survived by her husband Jackson Allen of West Charleston; and by her children:  Hazen R. Allen and partner, Janice Smarsik, of Meriden, New Hampshire; Julie A. Lamoureux and her husband, Francis, of West Charleston, and Candace H. Allen of West Lebanon, New Hampshire.  She is also survived by her granddaughter Elana Midura of West Lebanon; her brother Ormond B. Garland and his wife, Betty, of Orleans; and by her nephews:  Doug and David Garland, Donald Morrisette, and George and Arthur Proulx.  She was predeceased by two sisters:  Althea Smith and Dorothy Allen; and by a brother, Seth Garland.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Affiliate, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

William C. Armstrong

William C. Armstrong, 91, of Derby died peacefully on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

He was born on September 20, 1920, in Charleston, a son of Charles and Eleanor (Palin) Armstrong.

On June 6, 1958, he married Phyllis Worth who survives him.

Mr. Armstrong was a machinist and inspector for Union Butterfield’s in Derby Line.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 where he worked with the American Legion Baseball League of Newport.  He was also a member of the Island Pond Lodge #44 Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Newport.  He also volunteered at North Country Hospital and founded the Border Lodge Credit Union.  He prepared income taxes for the elderly, enjoyed hunting and gardening in his earlier years, and he loved watching baseball.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Armstrong of Derby; his children:  Dana Armstrong and his wife, Margaret, of Princeton, Massachusetts, Jana Armstrong of Canton, Massachusetts, and Paul Perkins and his wife, Daryl, of Moberly, Missouri.  He is survived by the following grandchildren:  Sariah, Eleanor, William, Amelia, Kashaun, Trey, Shelley, Chad, and Jacob; and by great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Abigail, Beau and Grace.  He is also survived by a sister, Sylvia Russell, of Lompoc, California; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Cydney; and by his brother Wayne Armstrong.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Baseball Fund, in care of Frank Ormsbee, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Island Pond Lodge #44 Free and Accepted Masons, 60 South Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

James Clifton Avery

James Clifton Avery, 87, of Newport Center died on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on August 31, 1924, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to James H. and Hazle (Dibble) Avery.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Arleene Henn on August 31, 1945, in New York.  They resided in Mount Kisco, New York, for 36 years.  Mr. Avery worked for the New York Telephone Company and retired after 35 years of service.  Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Marco Island, Florida, where he enjoyed deep-sea fishing, playing golf and bridge.  In 1998, they moved to Newport Center.

He is survived by his wife Arleene Avery of Newport Center; and by their daughter Barbara Buchanan and her husband, Craig, of Derby.  He is also survived by two brothers:  Austin Avery and his wife, Gloria, of Naples, Florida, and Gordon Avery and his wife, Marie, of Naples; his sister-in-law Muriel Dreher and her husband, Frank, of Tucson, Arizona; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters:  Ruth Lauricella and Joan Closius.

A memorial service will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport, on Thursday, September 6, at 3 p.m.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 6, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Quinn P. Finnegan

Quinn P. Finnegan, 23, of Westmore died suddenly on Thursday, August 23, 2012, in Barton.

He was born on February 3, 1989, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the beloved son of Brian Finnegan and Darlene (Kennedy) McGlone.

He graduated from Louisburg College and Greensboro College in 2011.  He played baseball for four years and made first team all conference, third base.  He was an avid golfer and tennis player.  He loved his dog, Shamus.

He was currently a bartender at Parker Pie and the Orleans Country Club.

He is survived by his parents:  Brian Finnegan of Westmore, and Darlene McGlone and Brian of Metuchen, New Jersey; his grandmother Mary Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale; his two sisters:  Casey and Kelly Finnegan, both of Ashville, North Carolina; his girlfriend Kristdel Coble of Graham, North Carolina; and by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Services will be private.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Michael Rosenfield

Michael “Sid” Rosenfield, 63, of Isle La Motte died on July 17, 2012, from heart failure, peacefully at his home.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, son of the late Albert Rosenfield and Margarete Diggins.  He was the former husband of Anita “Byrd” Prentiss, and the caring and loving father of his son, Michael G. Rosenfield of Charlotte.

Mr. Rosenfield moved to northern Vermont in the early 1970s.  He had homes in East Charleston and then Sutton.  He loved the Northeast Kingdom and spent many years with family and friends at the Lakeview Cottage on Lake Willoughby each summer.  He could be found with his dog (either Boomer, Barley or Rudy), fly fishing in the ponds, lakes and rivers of northern New England, and more recently he enjoyed his time improving his home and gardens on Isle La Motte.  He was an accomplished woodworker, and owned and operated a successful woodworking business in Richmond for over 20 years.  In his later years he worked with several Vermont building developers as a dedicated building site superintendent.

He was an Eagle Scout, Little League coach, and always a leader who lived an adventurous life, and he will be sorely missed by his family, fellow workers, neighbors, and extended family of lifelong friends.

A memorial and gathering in his honor will be held on Saturday, September 15, at his home on the Isle La Motte from 2 to 4 p.m.

Donations may be made in his name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Vermont Public Radio, or the American Heart Association.

Lucille Bernice Squires

Lucille Bernice Squires, 71, died quietly on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on September 16, 1940, to Effie and Basil Squires of West Glover.

Her interests included collecting family photos, listening to country music, sewing, crocheting and virtually anything to do with arts and crafts.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren especially when cooking and reading them stories.

She is survived by her brothers and sister-in-law:  Jerry Squires, and David and Susan Squires; her three children:  Roxana Bailey, Douglas Bailey and Suzette James; and by her grandchildren:  Hesper Butkovich, Sheldon Leland, George Leland, Mandy Bailey, Angelica Bailey, Shyla Bailey, Maya James, Ezra James, Xavier James and Elijah James.

Memorial services are being held privately, by her family.

 

Services

Art and Peggy Moran

A memorial Mass will be held for Art and Peggy Moran on Thursday, August 30, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a gathering in the church hall.  All are welcome.

John C. Rogers

A memorial ceremony for John C. Rogers will be held on Sunday, September 2, at Mad Brook Farm in East Charleston at 4 p.m.  There will be a remembrance gathering, interment, an Italian-themed potluck, and music to celebrate the life of a beloved friend and extraordinary man.

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs

A memorial service for Frieda Gibbs of Island Pond and Woodstock will be celebrated on Saturday, September 1, at 11 a.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston.  The graveside service to follow will take place at Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a humane society of choice.

Condolences may be sent to the website www.simplicity-funeralcare.com.

Death notices

Ruth M. Skinner

Ruth M. (Racine) Skinner, 90, died on Friday, August 24, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

Arrangements will be announced upon completion.  A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Chronicle.

William Lewis Slaiby

William Lewis Slaiby, 76, of Derby died suddenly on Monday, August 27, 2012, in Newport.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, at the Little Salem Lake Cemetery in Derby, with military honors.  Reception following, at the house.

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Obituaries August 22, 2012

Ronald Edmund Draper

Ronald Edmund Draper, 68, of West Charleston died on August 13, 2012, in Newport.

He was born February 27, 1944, in Fletcher, a son of Frederick and Viola (Mitchell) Draper.  On September 5, 1981, he married Dianne Fassett, who survives him.

Mr. Draper was employed on the family farm in Fairfield and on other local area farms.  He enjoyed hunting and working on the farm day and night.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Draper, of West Charleston; by his children:  Nichole Provencher and her husband, Shane, of Troy, Samantha Corrow of West Charleston, Crystal Howard and her partner, Keith Langmaid, of East Charleston, Clayton Corrow and his wife, Julie, of Eden, Wayne Corrow and his wife, Lisa, of Newport, Laurie Carlson of Maine, Wendy Kittell of St. Albans, Cindy Sanville of Westfield, Ronetta Bushey of Berkshire, and Brian Draper of Franklin; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his brother Gray Draper and his wife, Veronica, of Enosburg; by his sister Carol Graves of California; and by his ex-wife Emma Chaplin of Highgate.

There will be no calling hours.  In accordance with his wishes, there was a small service at his home in West Charleston on August 19.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Margery M. Moore

Margery M. Moore, 92, of Brownington died on Friday, August 17, 2012, peacefully at her home.

She was born on November 24, 1919, in Brownington, a daughter of Charles and Grace (Govero) Moore.  She married Maurice Powers, who predeceased her.

She was employed by Northeast Kingdom Community Action, where she was a counselor and advocate for the poor.  She also worked for Northeastern Vermont Development Association and helped found the Orleans County Council of Social Agencies, and represented Vermont at several national meetings that were held around the country.  She was well known at the Vermont Legislature.

She was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II and became a floor supervisor.  She was born and died on her family farm where she loved all of her animals.  She also lived and worked in many different states around the country.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Moore and his wife, Lesley, of Brownington, John Moore and his wife, Connie, of Brownington, and Stephen Powers and his wife, Geana, of Douglas, Wyoming; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and by her sister Rose Gilman of Lyndon Corner.  She was predeceased by two sons:  James in 1976 and David in 2001; her granddaughter Serena Powers in 2000; and by her sister Mary.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 27, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 37 Concord Avenue in Newport, with Pastor Darrel Muehlhauser officiating.  Interment will follow in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 37 Concord Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Ernest A. Pike

Ernest A. “Buster” Pike, 92, died on Saturday, August 18, 2012.

He was a World War II veteran, a farmer, the Craftsbury postmaster, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

He was born at home in Craftsbury to Kate (King) Pike and Allen E. Pike on January 26, 1920.  His first years were spent on a small family farm.  His parents then moved to Craftsbury Common to run a hotel and livery stable.  When the hotel failed during the Depression, his father worked in away hotels.

When he finished high school at Craftsbury Academy, lacking resources to go on to college, he went to Eastport, Maine, under the aegis of the National Youth Association.  The U.S. government was trying to harness the tides for electricity in Fundy Bay.  Mr. Pike trained there as an electrician.

After the year of training, he got a job at the Glen L. Martin aircraft factory in Baltimore, Maryland, installing, as he put it in a memoir written years later, “everything electrical on the B-26 bombers:  instrument panels, radios, bomb switches, pilots’ dashboards, intercoms.  Hundreds of planes.  And some of them twice when they came back to the factory shot up.”

He wanted to enlist when the war came, but no one would let him because of his vital work.  He finally resigned his job and went home, where he was quickly drafted.  After training as a machine gun specialist, he was thrown into battle as a replacement during the drive toward the bridgehead at Remagen.  He was severely wounded in the fierce fighting in the village of Kesternich, where he was the only survivor of his squad.

After months of recovery, he moved back to Vermont, where he met and married Genevieve McKnight.  They ran a farm for as long as he could with the effects of his wounds, and had four daughters:  Alison, Meredith, Lesley, and Averill.  In the late fifties he became postmaster in Craftsbury Village, where he worked and lived for 30 years, and where his and wife’s son, Jeremy, was born.

After their retirements, Mr. and Mrs. Pike moved to Barton to be closer to children and grandchildren, and then great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pike’s older brother, Henry, and younger brother, Jimmy, both also served and survived World War II, but predeceased him.  Mrs. Pike grieves for her partner of 65 years, as do their children, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, descendants, relations, and friends, but Buster will live long in their collective memory of him.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Cemetery, on Tanguay Lane in Barton, with Father Timothy Naples officiating.  There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Our Lady of Fatima, care of Mary Queen of All Saints Parish, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Jean-Paul Pouliot

Jean-Paul Pouliot, 78, of Montreal, Quebec, died on Monday, August 13, 2012, in Montreal.

He was born on July 2, 1934, in Stanstead, Quebec, a son of Aime and Alice (Roy) Pouliot.  In 1958, he married Simone Blouin who survives him.

Mr. Pouliot graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and Johnson State College in Johnson.  He taught school in Underhill and then went on to become a college professor in Montreal.

He is survived by a son, Roch (Sylvie) Pouliot; a granddaughter, Meghan; and a daughter, Renee, all of Montreal; his brothers:  Normand Pouliot and his wife, Claudette, of South Barre, and Eugene Pouliot of St. Petersburg, Florida; three sisters:  Carmen Bernier of Ontario and Florida, Denise Benoit-Cartner of Derby, and Therese Grenier of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Aime and Alice Pouliot; and by three brothers:  Francois in 2008, Gilles in 2009, and Michel this past April of 2012.

Services will be held in Montreal.

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Obituaries August 15, 2012

Patricia Luella Allard

Patricia Luella Allard, 50, of Island Pond died on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 17, 1962, in Burlington, beloved daughter of Francis and Luwina (Dubois) Allard.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport in the Class of 1980.  She was employed as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at the Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, New Hampshire, and she was a paraeducator at the North Stratford, New Hampshire, elementary school.  She was also a bartender at the Groveton Legion in Groveton, New Hampshire.

Her hobbies included cooking, working in her flower gardens, decorating and she had a love for horses.

She is survived by her children:  Jennifer Doolan and her husband, Mitchell, of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and Ashley and Robert Bean of Island Pond; her parents, Francis and Luwina Allard of Island Pond; her grandchildren:  Layliah, McKenzie, Henry, Madison, Morgan, Sawyer, and Kamryn; her brother Edward Peter Allard and his fiancée, Tammie Perez, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; her nieces:  Sarah Allard, Nina Perez and Nicole Perez; her special friend Kathryn Manning of Portsmouth; and by many cousins and her dog Zoey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, for St. James Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Raymond D. Cloutier

Raymond D. Cloutier, 80, of San Ramon, California, died on Sunday, August 5, 2012, surrounded by his family after a one-year battle with cancer.

He was born on December 22, 1931, in Richford, and spent his childhood living in Barton with his parents, Severin and Rose Marie (Vandal) Cloutier, and his five brothers and three sisters.  He attended St. Paul’s School and graduated from Barton Academy in 1947 after which his wanderlust led him to a four-year stint in the Air Force where he served in the Korean War as flight crew on bombers.  He served his country with distinction for 11 years and received an honorable discharge.  He received the National Service Medal as well as numerous other awards and military honors.  He went on to serve in the California Air National Guard for an additional 15 years.

Mr. Cloutier traveled to sunny California where he attended Pasadena College and UCLA, and met, and fell in love, and married one of his private pilot students, Francine Kellerman of Beverly Hills, California.  They shared 49 years of marriage together.

He began his commercial airline pilot career in California and Hawaii, which lasted through many years, many countries and many airlines, including stints as the personal pilot to the President of Liberia.  He also worked as a commercial pilot instructor both in the U.S. and abroad.  He loved mentoring hundreds of his students in their love of flying big aircraft in the U.S., Russia and even Turkey and China.

Mr. and Mrs. Cloutier had two daughters who were the apples of their dad’s eye.  He loved visiting his eldest daughter Michele Cloutier-Valdez of Mount Shasta, California, and riding jet skis and snowmobiling with her and her husband, Daren.  He also loved visiting his daughter Suzanne Cloutier-VanDerwater of Sandy, Oregon, and helping her with “all of her projects” on her horse sanctuary.

Mr. and Mrs. Cloutier enjoyed traveling around the globe and enjoying different cultures.  Mr. Cloutier was a lifetime ski bum who was proud to still be sporting his leather ski boots on the slopes well into his 70s.

In his later years, he was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion in addition belonging to the National Association of Atomic Veterans.  He had a passion for genealogy and spent many years tracing his family history.  He was a founding member of L’Association des Cloutiers of North America.  He loved a good cup of Peet’s coffee and a maple bar as well as a good gin martini — with three olives, of course, for his “girls.”  He will be missed by many for his kind heart, giving nature and outstanding sense of humor.

His is survived by his brothers:  Robert, James and Gaetan; his sisters:  Martha and Rita; his wife, Francine; and by his daughters:  Michele and Suzanne.  He was predeceased by his parents, Severin and Rose Marie; his brothers:  Gaston and Regent; and by his sister, Bertha.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, California.

Donations to Hope Hospice in Dublin, California, are welcome, in lieu of flowers.

Roger John Coleman Sr.

Roger John Coleman Sr., 62, of Newport died on Monday, August 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on September 20, 1949, in Hanover, New Hampshire, a son of Winfield Coleman and Virginia Allen.

On February 15, 1975, he married Patricia Cahill who survives him.

Mr. Coleman was a carpenter in his younger years.  He enjoyed tinkering on cars, woodworking, and adored spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Coleman of Newport; five children:  Roger Coleman Jr. of Connecticut, Abby Hallock and her husband, Todd, of Jericho, Matthew Colemen Sr. and his wife, De, of Windsor, Evelyn Coleman and her husband, Edward Wheeler, of Montpelier, and Dakota Coleman of Newport; 16 grandchildren; his mother Virginia Allen of Windsor; five brothers and sisters:  Nancy Brooks of Barre, Peter Coleman of Windsor, Susan Coleman of Windsor, Richard Coleman of Windsor, and Patricia Williams of Arkansas; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and by a special friend, Ken Foster Sr., of Newport.  He was predeceased by his father Winfield Coleman; an infant daughter, Darlene Cahill; and by a brother, Billy Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the River of Life Church in Irasburg.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Joseph G. Connolly

Joseph G. Connolly, 83, of Barton died on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on February 24, 1929, in Groton, Massachusetts, son of Francis and Beatrice (Holly) Connolly.  On August 2, 1985, he married Clara Creighton who survives him.

Retired from contracting, the Connollys lived in New Hampshire for several years then in St. Johnsbury for four years and in the Barton area for the past five years.  They traveled extensively for many years in their motor home.  Mr. Connolly enjoyed playing cards with his family and he enjoyed winning.  He also loved farming and all outdoor activities.  He liked to joke and was kind and caring to all who came in contact with him.  He especially loved his family and enjoyed their visits.

He is survived by his wife Clara Connolly of Barton; his children:  Linda Parker and her husband, Jerry, and Timothy Connolly; his 11 stepchildren; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

Services are private for the family.

Eugene delaBruere

Eugene delaBruere, 74, died on Thursday, August 9, 2012, peacefully though unexpectedly in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the company of many family members.

He was born on October 22, 1937, in Canaan, the ninth of twelve children to Hector and Florentine (Lestage) deLaBruere.  While he had just a few years of formal education, he delighted in reminding us that “I went to school three days and the teacher never showed up…the fourth day (and thereafter) has been a learning opportunity…”

On October 6, 1956, he married Irene Deslandes, and to this happy marriage were born:  Francois and his wife, Sandy, and their children:  Shawn Lanoue and his wife, Sheena, and their children:  Madison, Logan and Gavan; and Lucien; Raymond, and his wife, Tina, and their children:  Tim and his spouse, Thomas, and Brent; Janet Gratton and her husband, Peter, and their children:  Jamie Petit and her husband, Eric, and their children:  Eli, Levi, and Ruth; and Nathan and Scott; David and his wife, Deborah, and their children:  Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian; Ivan and his wife, Nicole, and their children:  Joel and his partner, Sylvia, and their child, Estela; and Desirae, Regan, and Lianna; and Debra Hamilton and her husband, Reed, and their child, Landon.

Through the years, Mr. delaBruere worked in farming, in the woods, construction, factory work and then he found his passion for electrical work.  He was a loyal employee of Newport Electric for 16 years.  In early 1983 he and his wife established Gene’s Electric.  He welcomed his son, David, as a partner and he was always proud of the service and work Gene’s Electric provided.

He was a man who leaves a rich legacy of lessons for all of us.  His method of living was to teach by example:  hard work, loyalty and always letting us know that he loved us, were his principles.  In spite of numerous difficulties, he always made the best of what he had.  He encouraged living within your means and being satisfied with what you have.

Sadly, he lost his wife on July 14, 1988, following a hard fought battle with cancer.  During her illness, a special devotion to St. Anne was established.  He often enjoyed Mass and a picnic with family at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte. The Catholic faith was always dear to his heart.

Through the years, family was most important to him.  He celebrated and was proud of the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His sense of humor, pranks and jokes were an important part of who he was and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  He loved music whether it was singing or whistling and especially playing his guitars.  While he worked hard, he also made time for fun including cookouts especially the famous “corn roasts,” maintaining his pools, and horseshoes.  In more recent years he was able to enjoy the camper and boat at Seymour Lake — especially giving exhilarating tube rides.  He was delighted to mow a large lawn with his zero turn mower.  Snow plowing, snowmobiling, tending the pellet furnace and decorating for Christmas were a part of his winter pleasures.  He did enjoy traveling, especially when these adventures included additional family.

On November 25, 1989, he married Maureen McGuire and was warmly welcomed by the extensive McGuire clan.  He reminded us often that he had married two “Santa Clauses.”  This marriage also included her three horses.  While he preferred trail riding, he enjoyed caring for the expanded herd of horses as well as the dogs and cats that shared his home.  Additionally, he always supported and encouraged Maureen’s horse interests.

He is survived by his sisters:  Helen Routhier, Jeanne Harvey and Louise deLaBruere and her husband, Noel Boutin; and by his brothers:  Gilles and his wife, Christine, and John and his wife, Helena.  Additionally, he leaves his mother-in-law, Margaret McGuire; and Maureen’s siblings:  Sheila Johnson and her husband, Gary, Kathleen Dolan and her husband, Gregory, Monica, Thomas and his wife, Stephanie, Barbara, and Michael and his wife, Cynthia.  He is also survived by the Deslandes family:  Lorraine Brasseur, Norbert and his wife, Yvette, Roland and his wife, Bea, Lionel and his wife, Janice, Denise Corriveau and her husband, Bruno, and Michael and his wife, Sandra.  He also leaves many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews of the delaBruere, Deslandes and McGuire families.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Irene; his infant son, Paul; his granddaughter, Renee; his parents; and by siblings:  Roland, Maurice, Gerard, Roger, Therese and Rene.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport, followed by burial in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Relay for Life, NEK, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Anne’s Shrine, P.O. Box 280, Isle La Motte, Vermont 05463-0280.

Online condolences may be sent through www.curtis-britch.com.

Earle S. “Buddy” Holland Jr.

Earle Seymour “Buddy” Holland Jr., 73, of Morgan and Winter Haven, Florida, died on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Readsboro on October 23, 1938, to the late Earle S. Sr. and Thelma Berard Holland.  He attended Readsboro Central School, Drury High School, and Whitingham High School.

Prior to moving to Morgan and Winter Haven, he resided in Jacksonville for 44 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of Post #17 American Legion; Unity Lodge #89 Free and Accepted Masons, serving as master a couple of times and doing many benefit auctions each Labor Day weekend; Scottish Rites Valley of Brattleboro; past member of Readsboro Baptist Church and Jacksonville Community Church; Jacksonville Couples Club; and the Whitingham and Morgan historical societies.  At one time, he was quite active in the Windham County Republican Party.

He had many different jobs, starting at Deerfield Specialty Papers after being discharged from the service until his back surgeries forced him to change careers.  He decided to go to auctioneer school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and for a number of years ran Holland’s Auction Barn in Whitingham where he also held benefit dances and other fund-raisers.  For a few years he taught vocational education at Wilmington and Whitingham High Schools, mowed cemeteries and Whitingham School, was a school bus driver for Gerdes Transportation for nearly 20 years, and was a rural route mail carrier.  He was president of the village of Jacksonville for a number of years, the town of Whitingham’s health officer, zoning administrator, justice of the peace, and he served on the school board.  As justice of the peace, he performed many weddings in the area, over 100 in his first 15 years.  While master of the Masons he started doing the Masonic funeral service and went on to do many eulogies and funeral services in the Whitingham area and beyond.  He retired in November 2003 as Town Clerk for the Town of Whitingham.

For a number of years he performed with his brothers, Eric and Elwin, singing for benefits, bus tours, and nursing homes.  Together they did a recording of songs that were written by Buddy and Eric — Holland Brothers Sing.

His favorite past time since retiring was working on his land around his home in Morgan with his John Deere tractor and spending his winters in Florida, walking in the sun.  He enjoyed his time with family and friends.

He was married to Mildred Dix of Jacksonville on November 7, 1959.

Besides his wife, he leaves three children:  Monique Covey and her husband, Richard, of Wilmington, Angelique Colford and her husband, Mark, and a son, Earle III “Rusty,” of Jacksonville; four grandchildren:  Tyler and Corey Colford and Danielle and Nicole Covey; two great-grandchildren:  Gracelyn Moore and Aaryanna Rounds; a sister, Valerie Eldred, and her husband, Allen, of Franklin, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Brenda Holland, of Bennington; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his brothers:  Eric in March of 2006 and Elwin in May of 2006.

He was cremated and a memorial service was held on August 11 in Wilmington.  Burial followed at the Jacksonville Cemetery.  A reception was held at the Jacksonville Municipal Center following the burial.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Pool Learning Center, Guy Hawkins Cancer Fund; or a charity of one’s choice, care of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, Vermont 05363.

To send e-mail condolences to the family, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Bertha D. O’Keefe

Bertha D. O’Keefe, 81, died on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

With a last and longing smile on her face, her head held high, and a song in her heart, she left us to go on a new journey in the footsteps of the Lord.

She worked for the Island Pond Dress Factory until she moved on to work at the Ethan Allen Furniture Factory of Island Pond, which she retired from in 1995.

She loved doing things for her family including making holiday dinners, playing cards and also her favorite game, which was called “buttons.”  She was also a big fan of the game Bingo.  She loved trees and animals as well.

Mrs. O’Keefe was like a “Mother Goose” to all our friends growing up and still in the very end her door was always open to anyone who came past her threshold.

She was born on November 20, 1930, in Norton, to Fred and Inola Henry, both of whom have predeceased her.

Bertha had six siblings:  Cora Hill of Norton, Ted Henry of Lyndonville, Eva Martin of Island Pond, Rita Daniels of Island Pond, Shirley Adams of Milton, and her brother Ned Henry who predeceased her.

In 1949, she married Lawrence “Muscles” O’Keefe and they were married for 43 years before he died in 1992.  They had four children together who are all still living:  Michael O’Keefe and his girlfriend, Linda Deslandes, of Island Pond, Patrick O’Keefe and Lisa O’Keefe of Island Pond, Gary O’Keefe and Ginette O’Keefe of Island Pond, and Roger O’Keefe and Shawnda O’Keefe of Ferdinand; also, her daughter-in-law Vicky O’Keefe of Island Pond and her very special friend Camille Deslandes of Island Pond.  Also surviving are her grandchildren:  Thomas O’Keefe of Washington, D.C., Molly O’Keefe and her boyfriend, Lucian Ducharme, of Cranston, Rhode Island, Lucas O’Keefe of Island Pond, Jonathan O’Keefe and his fiancée, Crystal Tetreault, of Island Pond, Jeffrey Adams and Laurie Adams of Jericho, Keith O’Keefe of Island Pond, and and Jacob O’Keefe of Ferdinand; as well as numerous other nephews and nieces.

We will miss you and you will be forever in our hearts.  We will never forget you.  Love, all your family and friends.

Services will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond on Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m. where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends and family may feel free to stop at Mrs. O’Keefe’s house at any time as there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Mater Dei Parish, for St. James Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Please, no flowers, as per the wishes of Mrs. O’Keefe.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Sister Francis Patrick

Sister Francis Patrick, FCSCJ (S. Patricia Ann Dunn), a Daughter of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a long illness.

Patricia Ann Dunn was born on October 19, 1937, in Yorkville, New York.  She was the daughter of William Francis Dunn and Catherine Edna O’Hara.

She professed her vows with her religious congregation on December 27, 1982.  During her 30 years of religious profession, Sister Francis Patrick served in various missions in Newport and Rutland and in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Sister Francis Patrick was a dedicated educator for many years, but she also developed other skills and talents that benefitted many who were fortunate to encounter her.  Prior to joining the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she taught with the Sisters of St. Joseph at Mater Dei College in Ogdensburg, New York.  With the Daughters of the Charity, she initially taught at Sacred Heart School in Newport from 1982 to 1986.  She also wrote grants for Sacred Heart School during those years.  From 1986 to 1988, she practiced nursing at the Loretto Home in Rutland, and continued in that capacity from 1988 to 1989 at Mount Sacred Heart Infirmary in Littleton.  During her earlier years in Littleton, she also served Saint Rose of Lima Parish as adult education resource person.  In the year 1989 to 1990, she dealt with the beginning of her long-term health issues, but rebounded enough in 1990 to offer what turned out to be many good years of service to the people of the Rutland area:  first as professor at St. Joseph College, followed by guidance counselor at Christ the King School, then as parish secretary for Christ the King Parish.  In 2009, Sister Francis Patrick joined her sisters at Mount Sacred Heart, where she remained until a few days ago.

She is survived by her sisters in the religious community.  She was predeceased by her parents; five brothers who died at childbirth:  Timothy, James, Michael, Patrick, and Billy (her twin); and by aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel on August 13.  Interment took place in St. Mary Cemetery in Newport the same day.

To offer condolences, visit www.rossfuneral.com.

Lucille F. Prebish

Lucille F. Prebish, 87, of Newport died peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on July 20, 1925, in Newport Center, a daughter of Ambroise and Eva (Tetrault) Tetreault.

On September 30, 1950, she married Stephen Prebish who predeceased her.

She was a nurse’s aide at the Pilgrim State Hospital in New York and she was also employed by Estée Lauder Company, also located in New York, for eight years, from which she retired.

She loved to play cards with her friends and relatives and gardening.  She also loved spending time with people she loved, always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need, and she enjoyed cooking, especially cakes and pies, and having her family and friends over for dinner.  She also adored her poodle.

She is survived by her brothers:  Bernard Tetreault of New Jersey, Denis Tetreault and his wife, Cecile, of Quebec, Albert Tetreault and his wife, Jacqueline, of Fairfield, and Norman Tetreault of New York; and by her sisters:  Marielle Tetreault of Quebec, and Helene Plante and her husband, Philipe, of France.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Germaine Willey; and by three brothers:  Ivan, Raymond and Jean Tetreault.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will take place in the Veteran National Cemetery in Randolph at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Michaud Manor, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-com.

John Cameron Rogers

John Cameron Rogers, 72, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at his home in East Charleston.

Mr. Rogers graduated summa cum laude from the University of Harford with a BA in english literature and remained a dedicated reading enthusiast.  Along with careers as a leather craftsman and builder of houses, he founded the Green Mountain Trading Post, a bi-weekly classified ad publication whose motto is “no news is good news,” and which also features original art and local writing, for which he was the editor.  He relished this role and often wrote encouraging notes to the amateur poets and storytellers he published.

He was a singular man of great intellectual curiosity, caustic wit and empathy.  He was a natural leader and teacher, whose influence was felt by many.  His presence among us cannot be replaced and will be greatly missed.

Born in Bristol, Connecticut, he was predeceased by his father, Howard William Rogers of Plainville, Connecticut, and his mother, Helen Somers of Portland, Maine.  He is survived by a brother, Howard Rogers, and his sisters, Peg Wheeler and Mary Kirch, all of Bristol; a daughter, Shari Marshall, of Meriden, Connecticut; two granddaughters:  Jessi and Rachel Marshall; a great-granddaughter, Jaymi; and by several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by an extended family of friends and neighbors at Mad Brook Farm and throughout the Northeast Kingdom; and by his beloved dog Ranger.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Labor Day weekend.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Gerard R. Roy

Gerard R. Roy, 90, of Derby Line died on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on May 1, 1922, in Stanstead, Quebec, a son of Odila and Marie Louise (LaFlamme) Roy.

In 1955, he married Germaine Paquette who survives him.

Mr. Roy worked in construction for over 60 years including at Roger Dagesse Building among others.

He enjoyed woodworking, traveling many years to Lake Placid, Florida, where he worked part-time in a friend’s store.  He enjoyed going for coffee at McDonald’s both in Derby and Florida.

He is survived by his sister Georgette Carbonneau of Magog, Quebec; a sister-in-law, Therese Ledoux Paquette, of Magog; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers:  Haudier, Hector, Aldor, Alphonse, Henry and Robert; his sisters:  Juliette, Alice, Rachel, and Jeanne D’arc; and by sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Jeanne Fournier, Alberta Rivard, and Rodolphe Paquette.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Michaud Manor Activities Fund, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith, 88, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends close by her side.

She was born in Leeds Village, Quebec, on November 22, 1923.  She married Ernest Smith on July 3, 1943.

No one had a greater love of life than mom… she loved her home, her family and her friends.  She had the most amazing support group and circle of friends that hand carried her with love and encouragement.

Her favorite hobby was dancing, and she danced whenever her legs allowed.  When she was not dancing, she was making pickles and jams… all grown in her garden, or picked by her and her friends.  She was a pioneer living alone in an old farmhouse in Richmond, Quebec, and promising her worried children that she would soon move to town.

She was very involved in all the activities surrounding her home.  She belonged to many groups, but the Richmond Hill Women’s Institute was her true favourite, and this small group worked very hard to keep the Richmond Hill Institute afloat for this remarkable woman.

She is survived by her three daughters:  Judy and her husband, Donnie Johnston, Betty and her husband, Tom Horgan, and Alma and her husband, Stephen Marsh; six grandchildren:  Cindy and her husband, Gary, Scott and his wife, Kelly, Barbie, Sherry and her husband, Ron, Shelly and her husband, Jim, and Laurie; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  She was predeceased by her husband Ernest; her brother Alton; and by her sister Freda Raymond.

Funeral services were held on August 7 in Richmond.  Interment followed in St-Anne’s Cemetery in Richmond.

Donations may be sent to St-Anne’s Cemetery, care of Raymond Lancaster, Apartment 4, 273 Lorne, Richmond, Quebec, J0B 2H0.

Vera R. Stewart

Vera R. Stewart, 94, of Barton died peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on May 25, 1918, in Barnet, a daughter of Philip and Catherine (Russ) Adams.

She was very active in church and local politics.  She spent 20-plus years in Bradenton, Florida, where she was very active in the church there and visiting shut-ins.

She is survived by two daughters:  Josie Jean Lorimer and her family of Barton, and Jennifer Marie Deencan and her family of Turner, Maine.  She was predeceased by her loving husbands, Salvatore Joseph Frigilio and Robert Stewart.  She was also predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.

A graveside service was held on August 11 at the West Barnet Cemetery in West Barnet.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Armand J. Young Sr.

Armand J. Young Sr., 67, of Kirby died on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born on June 18, 1945, he grew up in Barton.

He was a graduate of Littleton High School in Littleton, New Hampshire, and shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam with the Seabees.

He was a well-known stonemason in the Northeast Kingdom and was known for his stone fireplaces.  He enjoyed his privacy and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He will be remembered as a person who would lend anyone a helping hand.

He is survived by his longtime companion Karlene Humphrey; his son Armand Young Jr. and his longtime companion, Stacie Clark; a daughter-in-law Katrina March; his grandchildren:  Amanda, Rachel, Cameron, and Patrick March, Trisha, Angelica, and Morgan Clark; a brother, Roy Young, and his wife, Mabel; his sister-in-law Beverly Young; and by many extended family and friends.  He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Young; a brother, Ray Young; and by his sisters:  Laura Faust, Caroline Marsh, and Hazel Powers.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville.  Calling hours will be held from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18 at the funeral home prior to the service.

For the online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.

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Obituaries August 8, 2012

Linda Mae Calloway

Linda Mae Calloway, 64, of Orleans died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on July 12, 1948, in Barton, a daughter of Harris and Edna (Larocque) Chamberlin.  On July 16, 2005, she married Donald Calloway Jr. who survives her.

Her hobbies included crocheting, embroidery, word search, latch hooking and playing bingo.

She is survived by her husband Donald Calloway Jr. of Orleans; her children:  Angel Simpson and her husband, Jeff, of Orleans and Blaine Wright and his companion, Wanda Abbott, of Derby; her stepdaughter Cindy Turgeon and her husband, Bobby, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Sean and Abbi Simpson; her stepgrandchildren:  Jazmine, Sierra and Dakota Turgeon; her sisters and brother:  Terry Chamberlin of Barton, Barbara Carrier of Glover, and Valerie Hinton of Brownington; her father and mother-in-law:  Donald Sr. and Ilene Calloway of Orleans; her brother-in-law:  Norman Stevens and Louise of Orleans; her niece Terry Stark of Fairlee; her nieces and nephews:  Rusty and Ann Dionne and Heather Dionne and Dustin Dionne; and by a family friend, Junior Storey.  She was predeceased by her parents; her children:  Rusty and Stacey Skinner; and by a brother, Butch Chamberlin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on August 8 from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Coventry Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Cody Alan Elwin Cole

Cody Alan Elwin Cole, 15, of Irasburg died suddenly on Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on September 8, 1996, the beloved son of Gary and Rhonda (Fulford) Cole.

He was a sophomore at Lake Region Union High School, where he was a straight A student.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father where he has shot many deer and turkeys.  Among his hobbies he loved to play soccer with his cousins on his Uncle Bruce’s Lime team and play board games with his grandpa.  He also loved to go four-wheeling and snowmobiling and play video games.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and he enjoyed doing Boy Scout activities with his Nana and Papa Jim.

He is survived by his parents Gary and Rhonda Cole of Irasburg; his siblings:  Chantelle, Brooke, Joshua and Cierra Cole; his paternal grandparents:  Mabel Webb of Newport and Lawrence Tabor of Derby; his maternal grandparents:  Loretta Palin and her husband, James, of Newport, and Sam and Laurel Fulford of Orford, New Hampshire; his maternal great-grandmother Hilda Pion of Lowell; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on August 2 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Cody Cole Scholarship Fund, in care of Passumpsic Bank, 1 Gardner Street, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Richard A. Harter

Richard A. Harter, 81, a lifelong summer resident at Willoughby Lake in Westmore, died on March 12, 2012, in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from complications due to chemotherapy.

He was born on October 14, 1930, in Philadelphia and was raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he attended the Hill School.  He went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he was an outstanding basketball player.  After graduation he spent two years in the Marine Corps and it was there that he developed his tough minded defensive philosophy that became his trademark during his 57 years as a basketball coach at the college and NBA levels.

Mr. Harter coached the Pennsylvania Quakers to two Ivy League championships and had one of the few undefeated regular seasons in NCAA history.

He left the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 to coach the Oregon Ducks for seven years, where his “Kamikaze Kids” snapped UCLA’s 98-game home winning streak.  He went on to coach at Pennsylvania State before leaving college basketball for the NBA.

Mr. Harter helped create the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons as Chuck Daly’s assistant and he also worked as the top assistant for three other Hall of Fame coaches:  Jack Ramsay in Indiana, Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and Larry Bird in Indiana.  He was the first head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and also coached with the Portland Trailblazers, the Boston Celtics, the 76ers and the Indiana Pacers.  He retired in 2010 at the age of 79.  He is in the University of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, the Big Five Hall of Fame, the University of Oregon Hall of Fame, the Pac 12 Hall of Honor, the Hill School Athletic Hall of Fame and will be posthumously nominated to the State of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame next year.

Besides his remarkable coaching career where he was renowned as a defensive genius and motivator, Mr. Harter spent many years working at the Songadeewin of Keewaydin Girls’ Camp on Willoughby Lake which was owned by his parents and then by him and his brother, Jack Harter.  As a boy he attended Keewaydin Boys’ Camp in Dunmore, and worked there as a counselor until becoming part of the staff at Songadeewin.  He also loved teaching and mentoring youngsters and spent several weeks every summer lecturing at youth basketball camps in Vermont and all over New England.  He was still diving on loose balls until he was in his late 70s and also was a featured lecturer for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in Italy and Spain.

On a more personal note, he loved college football, especially the Oregon Ducks.  He was a voracious reader and had an amazing collection of sports books and biographies.  His favorite pastime was chatting with friends about sports, telling stories about his adventures in basketball or reminiscing about the girls’ camp at Willoughby Lake.  He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his five children from his first marriage:  Linda, Rich, Jim, Robin and Kerry; his four grandchildren:  Koby, Zoe, Mark, and Matt; and by his loving wife, Mari, and their two white golden retrievers.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m. at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore.  This will be followed by a military honor guard in the adjacent park and a reception.

Joyce M. Jenness

Joyce M. Jenness, 81, of Derby died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1931, in Barton, a daughter of Ernest and Thelma (Tinker) Ferrin.  On November 24, 1948, she married Walter Jenness who predeceased her on December 5, 2007.

Her hobbies included watching the hummingbirds and other birds come to her feeders.  She was also an avid reader and she loved to make donuts for the family and other favorite recipes.  She traveled with her late husband to conventions for their business and to several of the organizations he belonged to.  They spent many winters in Florida.

Mrs. Jenness and her husband founded Walt’s Sales and Service in 1967.

She is survived by her children:  Ed Jenness and his wife, Alta, of Derby Line, and Elaine Morin and her fiancé, Dale Smith, of Florida; her grandchildren:  Christopher and Deanna Jenness of Derby, Scott Jenness of Derby, Timothy Jenness and his wife, Sara, of West Charleston, Emily and Chris Micknak of Derby, Whitney Morin of New Hampshire, and Matthew Morin of Holland; her great-grandchildren:  Brianna Madden of Derby, Gage and Cayde Micknak of Derby, Rylie Jenness of Derby, Bryn Jenness of Derby, and Grant Jenness of West Charleston; her sister Bev Conley of Glover; and by her in-laws:  Kenneth and Ruby Jenness of Morgan, and Dorothy Dunn of Tupper Lake, New York.  She was predeceased by her brothers:  Kermit and Wendall Ferrin; and by her sisters:  Winifred, Genevive, and Frannie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill, in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on August 9 from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Margaret Mary Beattie Kambour

Margaret Mary Beattie Kambour died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, peacefully in her sleep at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Complications from a spinal compression fracture became too numerous and acute for her strong will and constitution to overcome.  She is now in the next great adventure that awaits us all.

“Maggie,” as she was affectionately known to her contemporaries, was born on March 19, 1920, to Allen and Irene Graves Beattie in St. Johnsbury.  A nice piece of serendipity regarding her birthday is that March 19 is the day the swallows return to Capistrano.  She loved feeding and watching birds and it was a “rare bird” indeed if she couldn’t identify it.

She attended Portland Street School in St. Johnsbury where she completed eight grades in seven years.  In her eighth grade year she won the Vermont State Spelling Bee and traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete at the White House with other state champions under the supervision of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  Gilding it not too lightly, she was the original spellcheck.

She received her secondary education at St. Johnsbury Academy where she began cultivating her interest in languages, notably French and Latin.  In 1937 she graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy as the class Valedictorian.  Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge were virtually insatiable.

She then continued her schooling at the University of Vermont.  In 1941 she finished her degree work and graduated magna cum laude, majoring in French with concentrations in Latin and education.  She was selected for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society.  Her ability to apply herself until the matter at hand was completed was formidable.

From 1942 to 1945 she taught in Jeffersonville.  During that era a broader spectrum of responsibilities was placed on teachers as she taught not only French and Latin, but English and some business courses as well.  She was multi-tasking fifty years before it become a buzzword.

She lived in Seattle, Washington, from 1945 to 1947, traveling there with her sisters, Irene and Allene.  This redoubtable trio was known in St. Johnsbury as the “Beattie Girls.”  She worked in a shipyard as a bookkeeper and took courses at the University of Washington, including one on Constitutional law.  Years later, one of her sons, who rather fancied himself a “smarty pants,” had the temerity to cross swords with his mom on a point of Constitutional law.  When she was finished slicing and dicing her impious child into quivering shreds that would have impressed any litigator, that particular boy knew the meaning of chastened.  All right, that “particular boy” was yours truly.

She returned to Vermont in 1947 and took a job in St. Albans at Bellows Free Academy teaching French and Latin.  In 1949 she met Theodore Kambour Jr. and in 1950 she married our dad, her partner for 55 years.  They moved to Lancaster, New Hampshire, to accommodate his career.  While there, my two big brothers were born, Peter George in 1951 and James Dodge in 1953.  In 1953 the young family moved to Barton.

As it is with most mothers, family was of paramount importance to our mom.  She shelved her career until her youngest son entered first grade.  Son number three, Thomas Charles, arrived in 1955 and number four, Theodore III, made the scene in 1959.  Chiefly a blessing, certainly a trial at times, her four boys were her biggest joy and focus in life.

In 1965 she returned to education as the French teacher at Orleans High School.  Two years later Lake Region Union High School’s doors opened and she was installed as the French and Latin teacher.  Additionally, she was the faculty adviser for the French and Latin clubs.  Although Latin was dropped from the school curriculum, she continued as a French teacher/faculty adviser until 1984 when she retired and proceeded to an active and fruitful post-career life.

Not surprisingly, much of her “golden years” activity involved learning and education.  She attended Elderhostels on both sides of the pond, continuing her quest for knowledge and cultural enrichment.  She tutored a handful of former students who felt the need for increased fluency in French.  She also did volunteer stints with the court-related Guardian Ad Litem program and the sheriff department’s RSVP Operation call-in.  Naturally, she was very involved in ONERTA (the Orleans and Northern Essex Retired Teachers Association), serving as local president and on the state board.  She traveled extensively with Dad, again on both sides of the pond.

The marathon has often been used as a metaphor for life.  Mom, you ran the race as well as anyone.  Our unwavering moral compass, our bastion of strength and an endless source of unconditional love, you will live forever in our hearts.  If this tribute seems a tad hyperbolic, please forgive a grieving son who loved his mother dearly and esteemed her to the point of awe.  You inspired us, Mom.  We will all meet in the clearing someday.

Our mom is survived by her sister Irene Beattie Trenholme of St. Johnsbury; her son Peter and his wife, Carol, and their son, Nicholas, all of Westford, Massachusetts; her son James of Barton and Glover; her son Thomas of Barton; her son Theodore III and his wife, Sandy, of East Lyndon, and their son, Cory of Newport; a great-grandson, Ethaniel Theodore, Cory’s son; her brother-in-law Russell Smith of South Carolina and Chautauqua, New York; her niece Penelope Smith Schwartz and her husband, Eric, of northeast Pennsylvania; her niece Tracy Smith Peters and her husband, Scott, of Lake Placid, Florida, and Mayville, New York; her nephew Tyler Trenholme of New Gloucester, Maine; her nephew Gilbert Trenholme and his wife, Sandy, and their children, Megan and Nathan, all of Waterford; her sister-in-law Eleanor Kambour Sableski of Durham, North Carolina; her niece Nancy Sableski and her partner, Annie, of Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts; her nephew Steven Sableski of Charlotte, North Carolina; and by her niece Sarah Sableski of Wilmington, North Carolina.  She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Theodore Kambour Jr.; her sister Allene Beattie Smith; and by her sister-in-law Ruth Kambour Lang.

You have earned your rest, Mom.  Love forever.

Elizabeth “Betty” Frances Mosher

Elizabeth “Betty” Frances Mosher, 93, of Newport died on Friday, July 27, 2012, in Newport.

She was born in Montpelier on May 31, 1919, the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth (Kelty) Chamberlin.

She suffered the death of her mother in infancy and lived her early years with her paternal grandparents on Echo Lake in East Charleston.  She was a graduate of Orleans High School, Lyndon State College and Goddard College.

She married Bruce Mosher of Newport in 1942.  She taught school in Glover, Troy, Barre City, Montpelier, and Marshfield.  During World War II she was employed by Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle, Washington.

In 1985 she moved from Montpelier to Polk City, Florida, spending summers in Island Pond.  She moved to Newport in 1998.

She is survived by her daughters:  Jean and her husband, David Gosselin, of North Montpelier, Jill and her husband, Michael Booth, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jaye and her husband, Michael Phillips, of Colchester; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Lynda Mosher.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Tim Wilcox officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Children’s Literacy Foundation at clifonline.org.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Robert M. Nelson

Robert M. Nelson, 73, died on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at his home in Albany in the care of his loving companion, Sadie Watters.

He was born in Albany on May 12, 1939, the son of Maurice and Ethel “Jackie” (Shatney) Nelson.

He attended grade school in Albany and was a 1957 graduate of Craftsbury Academy.  He served his country from 1959 to 1964 in the U.S. Army, of which about one and a half years were in Bamburg, Germany.

He was a welder, working in all types of welding.  He worked most of his life as a self-employed welder from his garage in Albany.  He was also a fire chief for the town of Albany Fire Department for many years.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, AERIE 4329, in Newport.

He leaves his brothers:  Donald Nelson and his wife, Shirley, of Albany and Douglas Nelson and his friend, Rosemary, of Derby; his companion of many years, Sadie Watters; and by nieces, nephews and extended family.

To honor his wishes, there will be no service.

Leo E. Perron

Leo E. Perron, 63, of Newport died on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at his home.

He was born on October 4, 1948, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Leo and Ruth (Menard) Perron.

Mr. Perron graduated from Newport High School and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Lyndon State College.  He entered the United States Army and Navy for 20 years.  He was an avid baseball and football fan.  He also enjoyed his hobbies of collecting coins and other items of personal interest.

He is survived by his parents:  Leo and Ruth Perron of Newport; his sisters:  Jeannine Mislak and her husband, Jody, of Plainfield, and Joanne Lalime and her husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; his nieces and nephews:  Michael Mislak and his wife, Mandy, Stephanie Kevin and her husband, Matt, and by Jillian and Jonathan Gray.

Funeral services were held on August 6 in Newport.  Interment with military honors followed at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Veterans Hospital Cardiac Care Unit, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Death notices

John Cameron Rogers

John Cameron Rogers, 72, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at Mad Brook Farm in East Charleston.

Memorial plans to be announced.

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith, 88, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends close by her side.

Funeral services were held on August 7 in Richmond, Quebec.  Interment followed in St-Anne’s Cemetery in Richmond.

Roger John Coleman Sr.

Roger John Coleman Sr., 62, of Newport died on Monday, August 6, 2012, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 at the River of Life Church in Irasburg.

Vera R. Stewart

Vera R. Stewart, 94, of Barton died peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, at the West Barnet Cemetery in West Barnet.

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Obituaries August 1, 2012

Brian Albert Goulet

Brian Albert Goulet, 71, died suddenly on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in a tragic accident while working on his beloved farm.

He was born on August 5, 1940, in Vermont to Albert Joseph Goulet and Beatrice Nugent Goulet and was raised in Island Pond.  He graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond, served in the U.S. Army and, shortly after being discharged from the military, he met the love of his life, Judith Flow.  They were married on July 7, 1962; they recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in Vermont with family.

Mr. Goulet and his wife moved from Vermont to Alexandria, Virginia, where he started his career in automobile sales and quickly became the general sales manager for Koons Ford.  Later he joined his father-in-law in the heating and air conditioning business.  He became the president of M.E. Flow and expanded the business from Alexandria to Leesburg and Winchester, Virginia.  His son, Scott, and daughter, Michelle, joined him to create a very successful business.  A friend once said that Mr. Goulet “walked the walk” without anyone dictating to him what he “must do.”  He simply “did it” by living his life and running his business in such an admirable way.

He was a beloved member of the communities of Leesburg and Island Pond.  He was active with the Leesburg Lions Club, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Relief, and other charities in Virginia and Vermont.  He was generous and always gave back to his community.  He never forgot his Vermont heritage.  He always wanted to be home around his family, friends, horses, dogs, and farm.  He was especially proud of his grandkids and attended many of the games and events in which they participated.  He was generous, cheerful, and funny with a charismatic personality.

He is survived by his wife Judith D. Goulet; his son Scott B. Goulet and his wife, Teri Goulet; his grandchildren:  Michael, Ben and Krista Goulet of Hamilton, Virginia; his daughter Michelle Goulet-Swart and her husband, Frankie Swart; his granddaughter Amanda Swart of Hamilton; his sisters:  Bonnie Goulet Maurycy of Niskayuna, New York, and Claire Goulet Barnes of Island Pond; his brothers:  Craig and Albert Goulet of Island Pond; and by his aunt Roberta Harvey of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Leesburg.  Internment will follow in Union Cemetery in Leesburg.  Eulogy and reception to follow for friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s Catholic School in Barton, Catholic Charities of Leesburg, or American Legion Brighton Post #80 in Island Pond.

Theresa Agnes Gosselin Lawson

Theresa Agnes Gosselin Lawson, 84, of Newport Center died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

She was born on January 4, 1928, a daughter of Henry and Bertha (Paquette) Gosselin.

She married Frederick Lawson in 1945 and they were blessed with over 50 years of being together.  They lived for many years in North Derby, where they raised their family.

Mrs. Lawson enjoyed working in her flower garden, crocheting, and doing outside work.  She worked as a nurse’s aide in area nursing homes for over 25 years and enjoyed taking care of people.  She also worked part time at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport.

Mrs. Lawson was a blessing to know and was always willing to be the first to help others in need and never complained about anything; a kind, God-loving lady who had a smile that would make anyone feel good and that would brighten up a room when she walked in.

She felt that she and Mr. Lawson were blessed with seven children, all whom she loved dearly, and she did not take that responsibility from God lightly.  They are Conrad Lawson and his wife, Rita, Larry Lawson and his wife, Cheryl, Sandra Snay and her husband, Tom, Shirley Lawson and her companion, Ed Coderre, Connie Lemay and her late husband, Roger Gail Chaffee, and her husband, Ron, and Cheryl Lawson; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Annette Willis and her husband, Milton, Rose Macie, and Dianna McAllister and her husband, Vincent; and by her sisters-in-law:  Pat and Lynn Gosselin.  Besides the love of her life, Fred, who predeceased her in 1996, she is also predeceased by her brothers:  Gerard, Rene, and Roger Gosselin; her brother-in-law Elwin Macie; and by her sister-in-law Jackie Gosselin.

We will miss her much but know, not think, that we will see her again because life is not over, it is just beginning.

JOHN 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Thank you God for blessing us with the best mother in the world.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Beverly V. McElroy

Beverly V. McElroy, 82, of Lowell died on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Morrisville.

She was born on December 3, 1929, in Laconia, New Hampshire, a daughter of Ernest and Effie (Warner) Blanchard.

On May 8, 1949, she married Donald McElroy who predeceased her in 1983.

She was a 4-H leader for 20 years.  She held membership with the Lowell Congregational Church, the Ladies Aide, the Tri Town Ladies Group and the she was very active with the Lowell Historical Society.

She loved playing bingo and gardening.  She and her late husband raised rabbits and she formerly was a hot lunch cook for Lowell Graded School and she formerly worked at Kelley’s Restaurant.

She was active with F.O.L.K. and she was an avid Yankees fan.

She is survived by her children:  Verniece St. Onge and her husband, Raymond, of Lowell, Coleen Jenne and her husband, Robert Sr., of Orleans, and Gregory McElroy and his wife, Helen, of Johnson; the following grandchildren:  Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, Cassandra St. Onge, Sara-Lee Kimball and her husband, Brian, Rhonda Colburn and her husband, Marvin, Robert Jenne Jr. and his wife, Judy, Nathaniel McElroy and his wife, Stephanie, Claire Acevedo and her husband, Christopher, Gregory Duval and his wife, Anna, and Joseph Duval and his companion, Karen; her great-grandchildren:  Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin, Michael, Jenna Letourneau and her companion, Cory Warren, Torre Colburn and her companion, David Meyer, and Nicholas Jenne; her great-grandchildren:  Kaye-Lynn and Madeline McElroy, Ava, and Logan Acevedo, and Alexander Duval; her great-great-grandson Karson Meyer; the following brothers and sisters:  Elmer Durivage and his wife, Clarice of Eden, Dorman Durivage and his wife, Nancy, of Derby, and Merrinott Durivage Sr. and his wife, Jacklyn, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Ernest Jr.; her twin sister Beatrice Blanchard in 1929; and by her granddaughter Alicia Lague in 1981.

Funeral services were held on July 31 in Lowell.  Interment followed in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Congregational Church, in care of Darlene Lamphere, P.O. Box 72, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Jane Chouinard Davis

Jane Chouinard Davis, 65, died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at her home in Albany, in the loving care of her family, following a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born in Newport on February 17, 1947, the youngest daughter of Gerard and Aldea (Gendron) Chouinard.  She was a 1965 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport and a 1969 graduate from Trinity College in Burlington, receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in elementary education.

On December 21, 1968, she married Terrence “Terry” Davis.  They made their home in Newport until they built their home on Lake Hosmer in Albany in 1980.

She taught at several schools in the area, including Sacred Heart, Newport City, Coventry and Newport Center but mostly in Albany teaching grade four from 1996 to 2004.  She had also been employed for two years, from 1985 to 1987, as the head teacher-acting principal for grades kindergarten through six at the Albany school.

She was a member of the Albany PTC for 15 years, served on the Vermont Council of UVM members for six years, served as the Orleans County Girl Scout cookie chairman from 1976 to 1977, cadette leader from 1978 to 1979, and was a member of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary and the Orleans County Home Dem Club from1971 to 1980.  She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and also a member of the St. John of the Cross Church in East Albany and  St. Mary’s Church in Newport.

She enjoyed gardening, cross-country skiing, cooking, traveling, reading and her pets, Matilda and Scarlett.  But mostly, she enjoyed time with her family, especially her four grandsons whom she adored.

She leaves a daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Adam Trevits, and a son, Jonathan Davis, and his wife, Lindsay, all of Albany; four grandsons:  Connor and Nicholas Trevits and Asa and Elijah Davis; three sisters:  Geraldine Galpeau and her husband, Reynold, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Rosemarie Allard and her husband, John, of Oakridge, Tennessee, and Monica Chouinard and her companion, Maurice Cote, of Derby; two brothers-in-law:  Richard Davis and Blaine Davis and his wife, Mary, all of Albany; as well as nieces, nephews, and many extended family and friends, including her special companion John Adams III of Enosburg.  She was predeceased by her husband Terry Davis; her parents, Gerard Chouinard and Aldea Gendron Chouinard Patenaude; and by her parents-in-law, Dr. Everett and Isabelle Davis.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 3, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  There will be no visitation.  The graveside service in Albany Village Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Please join the family for a luncheon and celebration of memories following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Albany Community School, 351 Main Street, Albany, Vermont 05820, for the Jane Davis Memorial Fund for the Student Enrichment of Culture and the Arts.

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Obituaries July 25, 2012

Reginald Jerry Aiken

Reginald Jerry Aiken, 65, of Derby died on Saturday, July 14, 2012, in White River Junction.

He was born on August 19, 1946, in Newport Center, son of Kenneth and Grace (Wood) Aiken.

Mr. Aiken entered the United States Army and served his country from 1966 to 1969.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years by Spates Construction.  He held membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 and the Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his children:  Rebecca Aiken and her companion, Chris Patrick, of Albany, and Elizabeth Aiken and her companion, Andrew Gayne, of Woodford, Virginia; two grandchildren:  Thomas and Tyler Hansen of Albany; his brothers and sisters:  Uriel Aiken of St. Johnsbury, Malcolm Aiken of Lyndonville, Ronald Aiken and his wife, Nancy, of Burke Hollow, Ruby Guay of Florida, Audrey Charland and her husband, Donald, of Derby, Marylou Duff of Coventry, and Faith Leonard of West Burke; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Grace Aiken; his brothers:  Donald, Durward, and Douglas “Joe” Aiken; and by his sisters:  Annabella Boutin and Madeline Petit.

A celebration of his life with full military honors was held on July 21 in Newport.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Russell Lee Cook Sr.

Russell L. Cook Sr., 62, died on Wednesday, June 18, 2012, in Florida, from complications of cancer, with his family by his side.

He was born on October 10, 1949, in Barton, to Charles Burt and Lorraine (Wheeler) Cook.

Mr. Cook attended Glover Graded School and Barton Graded School and graduated from Enfield High in Connecticut.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably for four years.  After returning home from Vietnam, he became an electrical apprentice under his father’s tutelage.  He was a journeyman electrician until he retired for health reasons in 2009.

He married Ruby Wood of Island Pond in June of 1976.  They relocated to Bradenton, Florida, in 1978.  They had two sons:  Jamie and Russell Jr.  Mr. Cook was very active in his sons’ lives.  He coached his sons’ teams for many years in soccer and baseball.  He held leadership positions and even refereed youth soccer.  This support continued with his grandchildren, as he attended and cheered at countless recreational league basketball games.

Later in life, Mr. Cook was active with organizations such as the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He devoted countless hours at American Legion Post #312 in Oneco, Florida.  He was proud to wear many hats for the American Legion.  He could be found helping in the office, kitchen, calling bingo, or organizing various charity events, and was honored to have been a past commander for the American Legion.

He is survived by two sons:  Jamie Cook and his wife, Cristi, of North Port, Florida, and Russell Cook Jr. and his wife, Crystal, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; five grandchildren:  Connor, Emily, Ben, Ayden, and William; his mother Lorraine Cook Carter of Newport; two brothers:  David and Larry Cook; two sisters-in-law:  Elizabeth Cook and Linda Cook; an aunt, Wilma Devost; an uncle, Wayne Wheeler; his close cousins:  Chuck Cook and Diane Parenteau; his nieces:  Kristine, Jodie and Kim; and by his nephew Lance.  He was predeceased by his father Charles Burt Cook of Greensboro, and by his step-father Richard Carter of Albany.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Russell Lee Cook Sr. may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th Street W, Bradenton, Florida 34221.

 Irving L. Kimball

Irving L. Kimball, 85, of Salem, New Hampshire, died on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire.

Mr. Kimball was born and educated in Vermont.  He retired from Granite State Electric in Salem after 20 years of service.  He was a member of the Electrical Workers Union Local #326.  He enjoyed tennis, hunting, fishing and playing cribbage.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia (Guenet) Kimball, of Salem; by sons Norman Kimball and his wife, Mary, of Virginia, Ivan Kimball and his wife, Mary, of Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Michael Reed and his wife, Karen, of Salem; three daughters, Phyllis and her husband, Thomas Sherwood, of Exeter, New Hampshire, Karen and her husband, Richard Nault, of Leominster, Massachusetts, Lesley Kimball and her husband, Adam Shlager, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; two sisters, Katherine Stark of Derby and Alma Malshuk of Orleans; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral services.  Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home of Salem.

Contributions in Mr. Kimball’s memory may be made to:  Salemhaven Resident Council Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, New Hampshire 03079.

To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.douglasandjohnson.com.

Cary Jay Scher

Cary Jay Scher, 68, died on Friday, July 13, 2012. 

He had been diagnosed with cancer four weeks before he died.  He was a renowned local market gardener and author of The Ten Week Garden.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Gladys and Lawrence Scher.  He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Long Island University in 1966.

He met his first wife, Linda Larisch, while working for the Department of Justice Welfare in New York City.  They moved to northern Vermont in 1968, part of the “back to the land” movement of the 1960s.  They traveled extensively as well, living in Costa Rica and Mexico City.  It was in Mexico that Mr. Scher’s first son, Ravi, was born, in 1971.

Upon returning to Vermont, he became interested in gardening and soon developed quite a knack for growing excellent produce.  He was encouraged to write a book on gardening by his good friend and founder of The Something Else Press, Dick Higgins.  His book, The Ten Week Garden, which was illustrated, and hand written by Mr. Scher’s wife, Linda, was published in 1973 and it was a great book for growing vegetables in a Zone Three climate.  The book was translated into two foreign languages.  The book was reviewed in the first edition of the Chronicle, dated March 28, 1974.

In 1975, Mr. Scher met Donna Laurin, who became his wife several years later.  They had three sons and a daughter.  They lived a “homesteading” lifestyle on their three acres of land in West Glover, raising vegetables, fruits and small livestock.  After working at several human services jobs, he decided to devote his life to full-time gardening and raising the children while his wife worked.  He became a “market gardener” and sold his vegetables and small fruits for 22 years at the Newport Farmers’ Market where he had a devoted customer base.

He is survived by his 92-year-old mother, Gladys; his sister Fern and her husband, Frank, of Brooklyn, New York; by a special niece, Maggie, and her husband of Chicago; his cousin Karl and his wife, Dee, of New York; his cousin Sheila and her husband, Arnie, of Staten Island, New York; his cousin Stanley and his wife, Harriet, of Florida; and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  He will be greatly missed by his five loving children:  Ravi, 41, Justin, 32, Brandon, 28, Tyler, 23, and Jessica, 21.  He leaves two grandsons:  Emilio, 11, and Grayson, 15 months.  He also leaves behind his two best friends:  Donna Laurin of Glover and Sandy Kepler of West Glover.

A celebration of his life will be held at Parker Pie in West Glover on Tuesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m.

Kristi Henault Wheeler

Kristi Henault Wheeler, 41, of Westfield died on Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Williston, after living with pancreatic cancer for the past two years.

She was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts, on November 14, 1970, and grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Barbara (Egan) Henault and the late James A. Henault.  She was the youngest of the Henaults’ six children and attended the Bridgewater schools.  She graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School in 1989, and went on to attend Lyndon State College in Vermont.  She graduated in 1993 with a degree in human services counseling.

She put her degree to work in several positions that she held over the next 20 years and ended her career in the employ of the State of Vermont in the Economic Services Division.  She was well known for her professionalism and strong work ethic.

It was in Vermont that she met her beloved husband, Michael Wheeler.  They were married in May of 2000 and together they raised four children who were the pride of Ms. Wheeler’s life.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and providing them with a warm and loving home.

She is survived by her husband Michael; her sons:  Nathan, Joshua, and Michael; her daughter Rosemarie; her five siblings and their spouses:  Kathleen Henderson and her husband, Robert, of Wareham, Massachusetts, Karen Crowley and her husband, Michael, of Hinesburg, Steven Henault and his wife, Suzanne, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, James Henault and his wife, Lori, of Middleboro, and Robert Henault and his wife, Kathleen, of Bridgewater; her in-laws, including:  Robert and Joan Wheeler, Anna Henderson, Flo Miller, Peter Wheeler, Robert Wheeler and Janette Wheeler; several nieces and nephews:  Tom Henderson, Dawn (Henderson) Moodie, Mark, Heather and Sam Margolis, Stephanie and Erin Henault, and Corilyn and Zachery Henault; two great-nephews:  Travers and James Moodie; and by one great-niece Sadie Kohlmeyer.

In lieu of flowers, it was her wish that donations be made to either the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane Williston, Vermont 05495.

Funeral services were held on July 19 in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 Dale M. Willey

Dale M. Willey, 72, of Lowell, died suddenly of a heart attack on July 18, 2012, at his home.

He was born September 12, 1939, in Brighton, a son of Harold and Ella (Judd) Willey.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  On October 10, 1959, he married Sadie Cutting, who survives him.  Mr. Willey was employed as a heavy equipment operator for most of his career with Blow & Cote Inc., of Morrisville.  He retired in 2011 with Gravel Brothers in Wolcott.

He held membership with the American Legion in Morrisville.  Mr. Willey loved hunting, fishing, gardening and working on his gentleman’s farm.  His grandchildren were the light of his life during his later years.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie Willey, of Lowell; by his children:  Anita Gagner and her husband, Mark, of Eden, Brian Willey of New York City, and Darcy Patch and her husband, Jeremiah, of Eden Mills; by his grandchildren:  Emily, D.H., and Joseph Gagner, and Sidney, Caleb, and Casey Patch; by the following siblings:  Marilyn Curtis and her husband, William, of Newport, Paul Willey and his wife, Mary, of North Adams, Massachusetts, Harold Willey Jr. of Derby, Wayne Willey and his wife, Patricia, of Florida, Donald Willey of Massachusetts, Roger Willey and his wife, Deborah, of Lowell, and Brent Willey and his wife, Judy, of Troy; by sisters-in-law Linda Willey of Wolcott and Beverly Willey of Williamstown; by his former sisters-in-law Susan of Massachusetts and Avis of Enosburg; by numerous nieces, and nephews; and by great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Craig Willey, in 1987 and by three brothers, Bruce, David, and Larry Willey.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on July 23.  Interment followed in Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell with full military honors.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Richard D. Wright

 Richard Danforth Wright died on Friday, June 29, 2012, in Newport.

He was born in Albany, New York, on June 2, 1933.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Williams College and two master of arts degrees, including one from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.  He was a lifelong student and a teacher of many different subjects, including English at North Country Union High School until his retirement.  He was a scholar for the Vermont Council on the Humanities and the Vermont Center for the Book, and led reading discussion groups at many libraries.  He taught meditation classes for the Wellness Center and many years of free classes on meditation and non-denominational spiritual subjects for the nonprofit Center for Awakening in Derby Line.

He and his wife, Pat, have lived in Derby Line since 1973, where they have a book and gift shop called Tranquil Things.  In that community, Mr. Wright helped organize the Bicentennial Celebration, was an officer and later executive director of the North Country Concert Association that then organized four concerts a year at the Haskell Opera House, was in the past a chairman of the board at the First Universalist Church and an officer of the nonprofit Quemont-Verbec Craft Center and School, that at that time brought together Vermont and Quebec craft students and teachers for summer classes.  He loved the natural world and participated in many Vermont Earth Institute reading and discussion programs.

He was also a dowser and had been a trustee for the American Society of Dowsers and an editor of their journal, The American Dowser, to which he often contributed articles.  With T. Edward Ross II, in the mid-’80s, he organized a two-day dowsing school focused on dowsing as mind reach that brought many people with medical and scientific backgrounds to Danville.  He gave many dowsing talks and participated in the symposia on dowsing and consciousness that he and his wife organized as part of three annual dowsing conventions they planned.  He had two published books, The Divining Mind, written with Terry Ross, and The Divining Heart, Dowsing and Spiritual Unfoldment, written with his wife, both books published by Inner Traditions International.  He leaves behind two unpublished manuscripts, one on the formal retreat process and another on similar lessons learned in raising three sheltie siblings.  He read widely and wrote many reviews of new books.

He was also the stepfather and guardian for a disabled son, Michael.

He enjoyed a great many things, including collecting books (with a special interest in Sherlock Holmes-related ones), films, and Irish music, and playing the autoharp and the native flute.  He took great pleasure over the years from the companionship of wonderful dogs — two collies, and five shelties, and he felt blessed by many dear friends.  He was a loyal, hard-working, humorous, gentle and kind man who was valued very highly by those who came to know him.  They will miss his physical presence greatly:  as the Irish say, “His like will not be seen again.”

Services

Amanda Sanborne Krieble

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Amanda Sanborne Krieble will be held on Saturday, August 4, at 3 p.m., at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore with Chaplain Kurt Geib officiating.  A reception will follow in the Community House directly after the service.

Bernard R. “Bernie” Henault

 A celebration of the life of Bernard R. “Bernie” Henault will be held on Saturday, July 28, at the Vermont State House cafeteria in Montpelier from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be a potluck lunch, so everyone should bring a dish and a story to tell about Bernie.

 

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