Obituaries March 6, 2013

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Donna Bryant

Donna J. Bryant

Donna J. Bryant, 73, of Westfield died on February 26, 2013, in Newport.  She was born May 11, 1939, in Rutland, the daughter of Alice Rice.

She married Kenneth Bryant Sr., who survives her.  Mrs. Bryant enjoyed arts, crafts, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bryant Sr. of Westfield, and by her children:  Kenneth Bryant Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Warren, Sandra Bryant and Stacey Amsden, both of Shelburne.  She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a brother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Ready Funeral Home, Shelburne Road, Burlington.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Clair Chaffee

Clair Chaffee

Clair Albert Chaffee, 61, of Albany died March 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on November 3, 1951, in Newport, the son of the late Lee and Irma Chaffee.

He married Debra Maskell on May 1, 1970, and together they had three children:  Tammy Lynn, Todd Allen and Jennifer Lynn.  He was a self-employed logger for most of his life.  Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee also owned the Chaffee General Store in Albany for five years.  Among his hobbies, Mr. Chaffee enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, sugaring, pony pulling, and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; his son, Todd and his wife Wendy, their three children, Leah, Erin, and Eli of Essex; and his daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Chad Tollmann and their daughter, Mollee, of Albany.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Thomas and his wife, Rocky, of Albany, and Sherman and his wife, Beverly, of Barre; by many nieces and nephews; and his best pal, Abby.  He was predeceased by his brother Rodney and his wife, Marie; his sister Carolyn; his infant daughter Tammy Lynn; and in-laws Nadine and Calvin Maskell.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Methodist Church.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Martha Coburn

Martha Coburn

Martha Poutre Coburn

Martha Poutre Coburn, 82, died on February 24, 2013, at her home in East Greenbush, New York.

She was born in Irasburg on October 28, 1930, the youngest daughter of Henry and Antoinia (Langevin) Poutre.

She graduated from Orleans High School in the Class of 1949.  She married William T. Coburn of Rensselaer, New York.  They had two sons:  William T. Coburn Jr. and Mark Coburn.

She was a private secretary for Bordman’s LTD in Albany, New York, for many years until she retired.

She will always be remembered for her love of family.  She was one classy lady!

She is survived by her beloved son William T. of East Greenbush; and by her granddaughter Gianna Marie of East Greenbush.  She is also survived by a dear friend, Otto Berggren of Vancouver, Washington; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband William; their son Mark; her parents; her brothers:  Maurice, Roland and Robert Poutre; and by her sisters:  Gertrude, Yvette (Rooney), and Rachel Sylvester.

Services were held in Rensselaer on February 27.  Burial will be in the spring.

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling

Mary Ann Darling, beloved wife, mother and friend to all, died on February 25, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends nearby.

She was born on December 19, 1946, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry, and was the youngest of nine children.  She is a 1964 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport.

She married Raymond Darling on September 29, 1967, and had one child, Nathan.

For several decades, she served her community at the Howard Bank, first in Barton, then in Orleans.  Throughout many name changes, she and the building were constants, always there, helping out those who needed it.

In her free time, she helped manage the family farm and provided a selfless example of how good a person could be.  She loved music, had a beautiful singing voice and played guitar.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Darling of Barton; her son Nathan Darling of Sacramento, California; her brother and sisters:  Leon Perry and his wife, Mary, of Brownington, Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Clarie Lyon of Brownington, and Lorestta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents Ezekiel and Cecile Perry of Brownington; her sister Blanche Cotes; and by her brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis.

Funeral services were held on March 2 in Orleans.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 375, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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

Dennis R. Hayes

Dennis R. Hayes, formerly of Derby Line died on February 20, 2013, in Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center in California, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 7, 1970, to the late Daniel F. Hayes Jr. and Elaine (Demir) Hayes.  In 1977, the family moved to Derby Line where Elaine still resides.  Mr. Hayes attended Derby Line Elementary, Sacred Heart and North Country Union High School.  After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1988, he took off on a journey ending in California where he worked as a manager and bartender for over 20 years.

His children were the lights of his life and he was deeply involved in their lives.  He coached their sports teams and encouraged them to do the best they could do in everything they did.

Serious when he needed to be, he was a fun-loving free spirit who brought happiness and laughter to all who knew him.

He was a die-hard Boston fan and always wore his Red Sox cap.  He was fortunate to have had a circle of friends, many of whom attended his funeral service in Santa Monica on February 23.

He is survived by the loves of his life, his children:  Madison, Matthew and Luke.  He is also survived by his mother, Elaine; his sisters: Colleen and Nichole (Nickie) and their families; his former wife, Sarah; and his girlfriend, Christine; as well as by his aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father Daniel Hayes Jr.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Vermont.

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones

Thomas Huntington Jones died on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Newport at the age of 82.

He was born in Montpelier on April 9, 1930, the first son of Burnham B. and Helen Barclay Jones.  He attended Montpelier schools and joined the U.S. Army in 1952, leaving with an honorable discharge in 1954, a veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He graduated from Bryant and Stratton Business College in 1956 and began his career with the State of Vermont in 1958 with the Department of Highways.  He also held positions with the departments of taxes and employment and training, retiring in 1992 with 34 years of service.

On December 14, 1968, he married Barbara J. Lague in Montpelier.  He and his wife enjoyed many years of outdoor camping at French’s Beach and Lakeview Campground in Eden, and at Char-Bo Campground in Derby until 1984.  They had many wonderful memories from their years of camping and meeting people from all over the U.S. and Canada.

After retirement, Tom and his wife continued to enjoy riding the back roads and picnics by a quiet stream in Montgomery.  They became members of the VT 251 Club in October 1992 and over the next three years visited all 251 towns in Vermont, collecting photos and memorabilia.

Also at that time, Tom established Huntington Crafts, a woodworking hobby.  He especially enjoyed his workshop and making crafts with his scroll saw.  He loved going to craft fairs during the year and enjoyed visiting with people.  Tom was an avid bass fisherman from the early 1950s and enjoyed his boats and fishing buddy, Reg Carpenter.  He also enjoyed daily conversation over coffee with friend Bill McCarthy.  Evening campfires with Armand Belisle and Betsy Bumps were special times for him.

Tom held memberships in the American Legion Newport Post and the “Herbert B. March Social Club,” whose members met daily at Wendy’s to discuss various topics over coffee. He also volunteered with the AARP income tax service.  Tom loved his kitties, especially JJ, Sammy, Pumpkin, Teakettle, Rascal and Tuco.

Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Derby; his son, Ronald; his brother, Douglas and wife, Virginia, of Montpelier; his sisters-in-law Christina Jones and Shirley Jones; and by cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, brother Stanley, sister Janice, and brother Carlton.

A gathering will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel, 37 Lake Road, Newport, on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the chapel.

Contributions may be made to: Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, Inc., 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855-9644; or to Dailey Memorial Library, in care of Barbara Whitehill, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont  05829.

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

Clarence E. Maker

Clarence E. Maker, 84, of Newport died on February 22, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on June 9, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Alan and Gertrude (Arland) Maker.  He married Cecile Young who predeceased him.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime, he was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and he was also a truck driver.

Mr. Maker was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and he attended the Meeting Place in Newport.  His hobbies included hunting and gardening.  He always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Powell of Asheville, North Carolina; his granddaughter Kayla Bernier of Asheville; his foster son Dennis Fields, state representative of Sanbornton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on May 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven with full military honors.

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

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Stuart Ross Sanville

Stuart Ross Sanville

Stuart Ross Sanville, 88, of Craftsbury died on Monday, February 25, 2013, at his home, in his favorite recliner with his wife and youngest son at his side.

He was born in East Albany on January 15, 1925, to the late Charlie Sanville and Theda (Long) Sanville.

Mr. Sanville attended Barton Academy and worked at farming from 1945 to 1955 and for the town of Albany.  He was employed at Anderson Manufacturing in Orleans for the next eight years, followed by 26 years at Ethan Allen Furniture in Orleans, until his retirement in 1990.  Following his retirement, he enjoyed his family, working around his home and grounds and assisting other more elderly neighbors with their daily chores.  For many years he was groundskeeper for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, keeping the walkways shoveled in winter, the grass mowed in summer and the general overseeing of the building and its working systems.

He married Lucille Lussier on June 16, 1945, and together they had nine children.

He is survived by Lucille, his loving wife of 67 years; eight children:  Ron and his wife, Diane, of Craftsbury, Roger and his wife, Pat, of Albany, Rick and his wife, Diane, of Essex, Rebecca of Essex, Ramona Dindo and her husband, Howard, of Chelsea, Regina Bailey and her husband, George, of Hardwick, Randy and his wife, Crystal, of Craftsbury, and Rhonda King and her husband, Greg, of Lyndonville; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ingalls of Albany; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Reginald; a brother, Sherwood; and by two sisters:  Sylvia Niles and Grace Sanville.

A funeral Mass was held on March 2 in Craftsbury Common.  Burial will take place in the spring at St. John of Cross Cemetery in East Albany.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Fatima’s Ladies of the Altar Society, 85 Creek Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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

Gerald Spaulding

Gerald Spaulding

Gerald Kaiser Spaulding Jr.

Gerald Kaiser Spaulding Jr. (Gerry), 64, died at Peace Health Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, surrounded by his family on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Gerry was born on May 11, 1949, the son of Gerald and Gladys (Wylie) Spaulding.  For many years the Spauldings lived in Craftsbury and St. Johnsbury.  Gerry attended grade school in Craftsbury, then graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1966.  He graduated from Lyndon College in 1971 with a BA in English.  He was editor of the college newspaper, The Critic.

On December 24, 1971, Gerry married Mary Barnett of St. Johnsbury and, as he had been drafted into the Army, he soon left for Scoffield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii, where he was editor of Army newspaper, The Tropic Lightning.  His wife joined him a few months later upon graduating from Lyndon College.

When his tour of duty was completed, Gerry worked for Vermont Forests and Parks as a park ranger in various parks in the state.  Later he worked for the Vermont Department of Corrections until his retirement.  Gerry and Mary had two children, Jessica and Travis, who learned to love the outdoors and camping much like their Dad.

After his retirement Gerry spent two winters in Florida then resided in Wolcott.  On January 11, 2013, Gerry moved to Camus, Washington, to be with his children and grandchildren.

Gerry loved his music:  piano, guitar and harmonica, and he could multi-task with these instruments.  He always looked forward to jamming with his friends.  He loved wildlife and one might say that he was a would-be ornithologist, as he could identify birds on the wing.

Gerry was an avid gardener, woodsman, hunter, also a friend and mentor to many young people.  Most of all he loved camping with his children and grandchildren, particularly at one of his favorite places, the coast of Maine.

Survivors include:  daughter Jessica Eva Spaulding of Crested Butte, Colorada; son Travis Spaulding and his wife, Rebecca Ribidoux Spaulding; grandchildren Philomena (Mena) Eve Spaulding and William Kaiser Spaulding of Camus; sister Roberta S. Alexander and her husband, Robert M. Alexander, of Craftsbury Common.

Gerry was predeceased by his parents, his companion, Maureen Horgan, and his faithful cat, Fred.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, at the Craftsbury Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Craftsbury at 11 a.m. with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.

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Obituaries February 27, 2013

Beverly Clark

Beverly Clark

Beverly Lucille Clark

The death of Beverly Lucille Clark, 92, of Derby on February 20, 2013, is announced with heavy hearts filled with happy memories.

Mrs. Clark was born in Glens Falls, New York, on February 28, 1920, the eldest daughter of the late Bernard and Lucille Moses.  On May 1, 1946 she married Charles Clark and had five children. Mr. Clark predeceased her in 1962.  Her longtime companion, Arthur Bacon, also predeceased her in 1982.

She is survived by her very close and special granddaughter Kelly Paul and family; her daughters Sandra Foster and Amy Varney; her sons Donald Clark and Gary Clark; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister Virginia Schies of New York and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Denis Clark and her sister Barbara Stranahan.

Mrs. Clark’s infectious laugh, beautiful smile, and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all.  She will be greatly missed by her loving and caring family at the Derby Green Nursing Home.

There will be no visiting hours.  A celebration of Mrs. Clark’s life will be held on Thursday, February 28, starting at 1 p.m. with family and friends and the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating a short service starting at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  A spring burial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Friends may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Clark to the Derby Green Nursing Home Activities Fund, P.O. Box 24, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Fred Cushing

Fred Cushing

Fred Pierce Cushing Sr.

 Fred Pierce Cushing Sr. of Jay died on February 21, 2013.

He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on November 17, 1931.  His father was Walter David Cushing, and his mother was Helen Emma (Pierce) Cushing.

He served his country in the U.S. Army before and during the Korean War.  He was a teacher at the Guided Missile School in Fort Bliss, Texas, and later helped establish the Eastern Air Defense Command.  After the service, Mr. Cushing worked for several large manufacturing corporations as a machinist, plant engineer, engineering manager, production manager, plant superintendent, and plant manager.

After retirement, he served his town of Jay, as town moderator, chairman of the listers, and zoning administrator for many years, which resulted in many sessions with Jay Peak for permitting process.  He was also a member of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

Mr. Cushing was very active at the North Troy Congregational Church, serving as a deacon, trustee, and head usher for several years.  He enjoyed playing cards, bus trips, and visiting with his many friends at the senior meal sites.

Fred is survived by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Edna Cushing, of Jay; by his six children and their families:  Mary and Bill Harris, Fred Pierce Cushing Jr., Nancy and John Sparacio, David and Kristine Cushing, Steve and Kim Cushing, and Chris and Kerri Cushing.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; his sisters:  Marge Vierra and Helen Cushing-Raum; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a baby brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the North Troy Congregational Church with the Reverend Richard O’Hara and the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  A luncheon will follow at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, beginning at 4 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Cushing’s memory may be made to the North Troy Congregational Church, P.O. Box 199, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Mahlon Gonyaw

Mahlon Gonyaw

Mahlon H. Gonyaw

Mahlon Gonyaw of St. Johnsbury died on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport at the age of 85.  He had suffered a stroke on December 6 last year and received wonderful care at the Bel Aire Nursing Home in Newport since mid-January.

He was born in East Albany on December 10, 1927, and grew up in Morgan where he attended school.  Mr. Gonyaw was the youngest of four children born to Mitchell and Sadie (Noyes) Gonyaw.  He married Madeline Driver of West Charleston on June 1, 1952.  She was the love of his life.

In his working days, Mr. Gonyaw was a well-respected dozer/backhoe operator and worked on the construction of area roads and much of Interstate 91.  He served in the Army Air Forces at the close of World War II and was a member of the American Legion post in Hardwick.  He and his wife were hard-working members of the Loyal Order of Moose #1779.

He is survived by his wife, Maddy; by five children:  Bryce Gonyaw and his wife, Debbie, of Danville, Clair Gonyaw and Judy of Concord, Dixie Vallie and her husband, R.J., of Williston, Diane Covell and her husband, Jim, of St. Johnsbury, and Vicki Langone and her husband, Rob, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; by three grandchildren:  Heather, Megan, and Adam; two great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Marvin, who lived in East Charleston, and Roland, who lived in Morgan, as well as a sister just a month ago, Mildred Major of Island Pond.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 2, at the Moose Lodge at 2388 Portland Street in St. Johnsbury.  The gathering will begin at 10 a.m.  At 11 a.m. there will be a commemorative service followed by a light luncheon.

Mr. Gonyaw loved animals and was concerned for their welfare.  Please consider making a memorial contribution to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport Vermont 05855; or to any animal shelter of your choice.

Sayles Funeral Home of St. Johnsbury is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

 Clarence E. Maker

Clarence E. Maker, 84, of Newport died on February 22, 2013, in Newport.

He was born June 9, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Alan and Gertrude (Arland) Maker.

He married Cecile Young, who predeceased him.  He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  He was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing, and he was also a truck driver.

Mr. Maker was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and he attended the Meeting Place in Newport.  His hobbies included hunting and gardening.  He always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his daughter Susan Powell of Asheville, North Carolina; by his granddaughter Kayla Bernier, also of Asheville; his foster son Dennis Fields, state representative from Sanbornton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on May 24 at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven with full military honors.

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

John Warner

John Warner

John (Jackie) (Jackson) William Warner

John (Jackie) (Jackson) William Warner of Lowell died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on February 23, 2013.

He was born September 29, 1933, in Lowell to Wallace and Lilis Warner.

Mr. Warner lived a full life, venturing into many endeavors.  As a young man, he worked with the family’s sawmill.  He served a short stint in the U.S. Air Guards.  He also worked at the asbestos mines.  In 1958 he attended a trade school in Chicago, Illinois, to become a radio and TV technician.

He was a lineman and master electrician and owned and operated Warner’s Electric.  He was also a truck driver.

Mr. Warner enjoyed working in his garden, and he owned his own plane.  He loved giving rides to anyone who wanted one.  He bowled for many years on a league with his son Shawn.

He leaves behind a large loving family, including his children:  Daniel Warner and his wife, Jeanie, of East Albany and their children Dakota and Jade Warner; Marcia Warner and her partner, Mardy Pratt, and her children:  Kevin and Stephine Uhlendorff and Caleb Warner; and Shawn Warner and his wife, Shannon, and their children Adam, Samantha, and Johnie.  He also leaves behind a granddaughter-in-law, Danielle LaRoe; two great-grandchildren:  Glycerine Uhlendorff and Gabriel LaRoe;  his former wife, Lois Starr, of North Troy; his sisters and brother:  Michael (Mickey) Warner of Lowell, Beth Potter and her husband, Brad, of Ryegate, and Shirleen Dolan of Morrisville; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by two brothers, Lawrence (Lonnie) Warner and Winston Warner.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Lowell Congregational Church with the Reverend David DiZazzo officiating.  Friends may call at the church on March 1 from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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

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

 

 

 

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Obituaries February 20, 2013

Richard Chase

Richard Chase

Richard C. Chase

Richard C. Chase, 80, of Newport died on February 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 24, 1932, in Barton, a son of Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase.  He married Grace Mary Davis, who predeceased him on December 24, 1996.

Mr. Chase was employed by Elmwood Dairy as a delivery man and mechanic for 23 years.  He enjoyed hunting, mechanic work, and woodworking.  He and his wife traveled to Florida, Ohio, and Long Island, New York, to visit relatives.

He is survived by his children:  Gary Chase and his wife, Corlene, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Douglas Chase of Derby; by his grandson Cody Chase; by his stepgrandchildren:  Jason, Celeste, Krystal, and Devin Messier, and Corbett Lee; by his brothers and sisters:  Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, Larry Chase and his friend, Beverly White, Phyllis Kennison, and Patricia Herman and her husband, Norman, all of Evansville.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

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

Barbara Helen Hudson

Barbara Helen Hudson, 86, passed away peacefully at the Union House Nursing Home on February 18, 2013.  She was born on June 19, 1925, in Lyndonville, the daughter of the late William Edgar Kellaway and Bertha (Fowler) Kellaway.

She attended graded school in Lyndonville and was a 1943 graduate of Lyndon Institute.  She resided for the majority of her life in Manchester Center and Berlin Corners with her late husband of 62 years, Noah Wallace Hudson.  They retired in 1998 and moved back to Lyndonville, where they both had a strong sense of community, loyal friends, and family.  A devout Episcopalian, she loved her family and lived her life very quietly for them.

Mrs. Hudson was pre-deceased by her brother, Edger William Kellaway.  She is survived by her nephew, Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, and daughter, Charli, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario.

There will be no calling hours or funeral.  There will be a spring internment at Pine Grove Cemetery with a date and time to be announced.
 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Society.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin, 81, of Jay died on February 12, 2013.  She survived her husband, Roger, of 62 years, by 27 days.

She was born on March 29, 1931, in Stamford, Connecticut, the daughter of John and Ruth Spielman.  She grew up in Connecticut with her six brothers and two sisters.  After high school, she married Roger and started a family.  They moved to Vermont in 1969, where they raised their six children.

Mrs. Morin took great pride in her family.  It was hard for any visitor to enter her house without being taken through her collection of pictures.  One by one, she would take you down the line of all six kids’ graduation pictures, and if you had the time it didn’t stop there, she would also take you through the pictures of the grand kids and great-grand kids. She loved little kids and adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Even in her later years, her face would light up at the sight of a baby and you often heard her say, “Now, who is this little one?” followed by, “Oh, isn’t he or she a cutie” and then a little giggle.  There is no denying her love of children.

She also loved playing cards of any kind and especially bingo.  She took great pride in her winnings no matter who the opponent may have been and was considered by many as an excessively lucky lady.  During her 40-plus years in Jay, she was involved with the Jay Volunteer Fire Department bingo and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She and her husband enjoyed their travels throughout the U.S. and Europe, including their many trips with Community Circle.

She is survived by her six children:  Jean Janci of Nashville, Tennessee, Donna Morin of Nashville, Kim Starr of Tucson, Arizona, Jo-Ann Chicoine of Suffolk, Virginia, Margaret Hartman and her husband, Bill, of Derby, and Roger (Chip) Morin Jr. of Troy.  She had 15 grandchildren:  Jennifer Royea, Aaron Janci, Meghan Janci, Carolyn Patenaude, Katie Holt, Amanda Trono, Chad Chicoine, Onalee Hopkins, Ashley Juliano, Lee-Ann Cotner, Mitchell Hartman, Tyler Starr, Nicholas Leithead, Hanna Morin, and Andrew Morin; and 14 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Robert and his wife, Lois, and Charles and his wife, Sylvia; her sisters-in-law:  Patricia and Mary Spielman; her brother-in-law Leo and his wife, Kathe Morin; her brother-in-law Albert Morin and his wife, Kathleen; and by her sisters-in-law:  Blanche Sullivan, Carmen Scofield, Patricia Valley and Leni Morin.  She was predeceased by her husband Roger; and by her brothers and sisters:  Bill, John, Richard, Jean, Evelyn and David.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, Martha Richardson, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the North Troy American Legion Post #28, Attention Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, 157 Revoir Flat Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

A combined graveside service will be held for both Mr. and Mrs. Morin on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Dale Douglas Paul

Dale Douglas Paul, 66, a retired educator at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, died on February 8, 2013, at the Northwestern Medical Center.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on July 29, 1947, she was the daughter of William Douglas and the late Jeannette (Ernst) Douglas.

She graduated from Syracuse University and advanced training in education at the University of New Hampshire.  She was a lifelong educator, who taught in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District in New York, and the Glover Community School and Barton Graded School in Vermont.  She moved to St. Albans in 1987 and then taught at Missisquoi Valley Union High School for 15 years.  Her special love for literature and learning inspired many of her students, and she also shared her gift for bringing stories to life with her family and friends.

Survivors include her father, William Douglas, of Marcellus, New York; her brother Bruce Douglas and his wife, Betsy, of Syracuse; their sons:  Andrew and Alex Douglas; and her cousins Alison Kelly and Grant Alpern of Atlanta, Georgia.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Private messages of condolence to the Douglas family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Roger Shaffer

Roger Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer, 74, of Barton died on February 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born on April 12, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of Wade and Georgeanna (Kidwell) Shaffer.

He married the former Dale Allen who predeceased him.

Mr. Shaffer was owner of the Hangman Frame Shop in Hardwick.  He worked for Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, where he created sets for stage productions.  He also worked for the Home Depot in Connecticut.  He moved to this area in 1990 where he was very involved with the restoration of the Barton Memorial Building theater.  He also created the Branford Festival in Branford, Connecticut.  As a young man, he and his first wife, Ursel, traveled cross-country showing the Batik paintings that they created.

He is survived by his children:  Erik Shaffer of Avon, Connecticut, and Wendy Shaffer of New Haven, Connecticut; by his grandchildren:  David and Sydney Shaffer; and by his stepchildren:  Laurel, Heather and Sam of Connecticut, and Jesse of New York.  He is also survived by his former wife, Ursel Shaffer, of Middletown, Connecticut.  He was predeceased by a brother, George Shaffer.

Funeral services were held on February 16 in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Memorial Building Restoration and Revitalization Committee, in care of Patsy Tompkins, 19 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

John Washburn

John Washburn

John E. Washburn

 John E. Washburn, 71, of Newport died on Monday, February 11, 2013, in Burlington.

The son of Jay and Aline Washburn, he was born on December 12, 1941, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mr. Washburn spent two years of his childhood in Saudi Arabia while his father worked for Saudi Aramco.  Boy Scouting was life-forming for Mr. Washburn; he became the first scout in his troop to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.  As the recipient of several science fair awards during his high school years, he had dreams of attending the California Institute of Technology to study aeronautics or nuclear chemistry.  However, while working at Borden Chemical as a chemist during his junior college years, a conversion experience changed the path of his life.  Subsequently, he completed his undergraduate studies at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and went on to graduate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1970 with a doctor of ministry.

Mr. Washburn thrived on designing creative Christian education for youths and adults.  He shared those skills at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate professor of Christian education, and on the staff of churches in Oklahoma City, Stillwater Oklahoma, and Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was always adventuresome, so when called to serve a church in Alaska, he drove a small U-Haul truck 4,000 miles to Fairbanks.  It was there that he took the first steps toward formal ordination; he was ordained in 1987 as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Doctor John Washburn served as the pastor of churches in Anchorage and Sitka, Alaska.

In 1988, he left church ministry to develop software.  His business, Software Sharing Ministries, catered to individual needs of churches and church schools.

He met Sheryl Marie Reinke in Sitka, and they were married on July 22, 1988.  Adventure and exploring continued as they lived in Tacoma Washington; Sterling, Colorado; Juneau, Alaska; Moscow, Idaho; and Newport.

Everyone who knew Mr. Washburn experienced his disarming whit and sense of humor.  He challenged the status quo and had a huge heart for the underdog.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl of Newport: his sister Jeane Avilla of Union City, California; and by his nephews:  Jimmie and Johnnie Harrison, also of California.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A service celebrating his life was held on February 16 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Road, Juneau, Alaska 99801; or to the charity of one’s choice.

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.  Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’”  — Revelation 14:13

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

Ruth Wright

Ruth Wright

 Ruth M. Wright

 Ruth M. Wright, 88, of Derby died on February 13, 2013.

She was born in Asbestos, Quebec, on August 6, 1924, to Walter and Sarah Carson McKeage.  When she was a small child her mother died, and she went to live with her uncle and aunt Ernest and Nellie Willey of Mt. Vernon Street in Newport.  She had two sisters, Barbara and Irene, who predeceased her.  She graduated from Newport High School.

She married William F. Wright in 1946.  Mr. Wright went into the service shortly after high school and Mrs. Wright went to work for the Bell Telephone switchboard.  She spent many years as a telephone operator.  She also worked at American Maple where she made great friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright had a daughter, Debra.  Mrs. Wright was the greatest mom in the world.  Debra married Reginald Judd, and they had a son, Jared, who was Mrs. Wright’s pride and joy.   Mrs. Wright was also known as Gram Ruth to the many children she took care of through the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, William, in 2000 and her son-in-law Reginald in 2001.

She leaves behind her daughter Deb Judd and grandson Jared and his wife, Jessica Judd, all from Derby; her niece Linda McCauley from Ontario; her nephew Bradley from Massachusetts; her great friend Sherry Labounty from Derby; and Deb and Jim Kinney from Derby Line, who have become part of the family.  She will be greatly missed and remembered with never-ending love.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, Mrs. Wright would appreciate donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or Pets of the Kingdom, care of Vicky Connor, 2907 Shilafoux Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

 

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Obituaries February 13, 2013

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Margaret L. Caouette

Margaret L. Caouette

Margaret L. Caouette, 89, of Holliston, Massachusetts, formerly of Island Pond, died on February 10, 2013, in Framingham, Massachusetts.

She was born January 8, 1924, in Brockville, New York, a daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Foy) Etheze.  On February 29, 1944, she married Bertrand Caouette, who predeceased her in 2002.

Mrs. Caouette was a resident of Island Pond for over 70 years.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #80 Auxiliary, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary in Newport.

She is survived by her children:  Thomas H. Caouette and his wife, Nancy, of Cordova, Maryland, Theodore Caouette and his wife, Louise, of Stark, New Hampshire, and George Caouette and his wife, Linda, of Holliston, Massachusetts; by eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by two sisters:  Kathleen Twofoot of Island Pond and Helene Gagne of Brentwood, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, at the St. James Parish Center in Island Pond where a Mass will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

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

Neil T. Drew

 Well known news reporter Neil T. Drew, 71, died on January 30, 2013, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.

He was born in Newport on February 24, 1941, a son of Milton W. and Pearl Tabor Drew.

In 2009 he married Darlene Wardner.  They divorced in 1990, but they remained lifelong friends.  She and her husband, Gene, reside in Shelburne.

Surviving are his ex-wife, Darlene; daughter Kimberly DeMattio; granddaughter Amanda DeMattio of Colchester; stepson Michael Dana of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; his brother Darryl Drew and his wife, Rita, of Scotia, New York; nephew Dennis Drew and his wife, Karen, and their son Leo of Rochester, New York; niece Laurinda Drew (Scott) and their children Bryan and Jennifer, all of Clifton Park, New York; his brother- and sister-in-law Lowell and Cherrill Tennyson of Malone, New York; and sister- and brother-in-law Margo Tennyson (Chris) Sttromer.

A private prayer service has been planned for the family.  The family received friends at the Spaulding Funeral home on February 8 and February 9.

Albert Flory

Albert Flory

Albert Arthur Flory Sr.

 Albert A. Flory Sr., 92, formerly of Newport, a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

He was born on March 13, 1920, in Fair Haven.

Mr. Flory was a 1938 graduate of Fair Haven High School.  He attended Norwich University, earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1942.  While attending Norwich, he developed an interest in horses, serving as captain of the riding team and being a member of the cavalry.  He was known as “Zeke” to his friends at Norwich.

Upon graduation, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, he served his country in the Signal Corps during World War II in England, France and Germany between 1943 and 1946.  Prior to being shipped to the European theater, he met and married second lieutenant Esther Flory, RN, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  They both served overseas.

Upon returning to the U.S. after the war, Mr. Flory became a captain in the Vermont Army Reserves.  From 1946 to 1953, he was employed as manager of the electrical division of the Vermont Marble Co. in Proctor.  He also served as a volunteer fireman in the town of Proctor.

Moving to Newport in 1953, Mr. Flory became district manager for Citizens Utilities Electrical Division.  For 33 years, he served his company and community with energy and dedication.

During his long tenure at Citizens, his local and state contributions included serving as president of Newport’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.  He served as a member of North Country Hospital’s board of directors and as president of the Newport Country Club.  Beyond his local community, he served as state president of the Vermont Electrical Association and president of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.  Most recently, he served as a volunteer for the radiology department at North Country Hospital before moving to Maple Lane Nursing Home.

A true Vermonter, Mr. Flory’s love of the Northeast Kingdom was equaled by his love of golf and his enjoyment of skiing.  His involvement with skiing led to his leadership in the modernization of the distribution of electricity to Jay Peak Ski Area.  He was actively involved with Jay Peak ski racing and ski instructors’ programs. He spent many weekends at Jay Peak skiing with family and friends.

Hunting, fishing and driving the back roads of Vermont were also favorite pastimes.  Upon retirement in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Flory enjoyed visiting family and vacationing in Florida.

Mr. Flory was predeceased by his parents, William and Melvina Flory; his sister Loraine Thompson; his brother Joseph Flory; and by his beloved wife, Esther Marie Flory.

He leaves four children:  Ann Marie Flory of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Haidee Flory of Westminster, Colorado, Sally Field of Telluride, Colorado, and Al Flory Jr. of Etna, New Hampshire.  Grandchildren include:  Lauren M. Wygant of Del Rio, Texas, Aaron Surprenant of Golden, Colorado, Alex Zarrouk of Westminster, Colorado, and Elizabeth and John Flory of Etna.

Some of Mr. Flory’s favorite sayings were, “It’s a great life,” and “It’s not how much you know but what you do with it that counts.” Remembering his words, may God grant him eternal peace.

A Mass was scheduled to be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Wednesday, February 13, at 10 a.m.  There will be no calling hours.  A reception for family and friends will take place after the service at the East Side Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vermont Chapter of the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

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Lawrence Mayhew

 Lawrence “Larry” R. Mayhew

 Lawrence “Larry” R. Mayhew, 54, of North Troy died on February 4, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on March 28, 1958, a son of Gordon and Theresa (Lafond) Mayhew.  On April 10, 1998, he married Lori Decker who survives him.

He was the maintenance supervisor at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.  He enjoyed hunting, maple sugaring, and watching NASCAR where his favorite driver was Tony Stewart.  He loved to joke around and was a jack of all trades. He also enjoyed carpentry and mechanic work.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Mayhew, of North Troy; his four children:  Megan Simpson and her husband, Devin, of North Troy, Amanda Effrig and her husband, Mark, of Derby Line, Daniel LaBarron and his wife, Stephanie, of Newport, and Caitlyn LaBarron and Dennis Labbee of North Troy; his grandchildren:  Elizabeth, Marissa, and Noah Simpson, Mark Jr. and Isaac Effrig, and Taylor, Mercedes, and Kadia Labbee; his brothers and sisters:  Roland Mayhew and his wife, Rosemary, of Troy, David Mayhew and his wife, Debbie, of North Troy, Robert Mayhew and his wife, Carla, of Kansas, Eugene Mayhew and his wife, Candy, of North Troy, Terry Decker of Newport, and Annette Brown and her husband, Gordon, of Coventry; and also by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Megan LaBarron; his parents Gordon and Theresa Mayhew; and by his nephew Jeremy Mayhew.

A celebration of his life was held on February 8 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Committee, 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.

Regena M. Petersen

Regena M. Petersen, 79, of Holland died on February 4, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1933, in Holland, a daughter of Eugene and Hattie (Judd) Mosher.

She loved to watch NASCAR racing and game shows.  She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who always enjoyed family visits and gatherings.

She and her first husband, Henry Camber, were married for 15 years.  She later married Robert Petersen.  They were married for 11 years, until his death in 2006.

She is survived by her children:  Robert Camber and his wife, Sara, of Holland, Edith Stabene and her husband, Harvey, of Barre, Mary Petersen of Westminster, Massachusetts, and Robert Petersen Jr. of Gardner, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, by her sisters:  Helen Plante of Derby, and Beulah Paddleford of West Charleston; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Earl Mosher and his wife, Arlene, Reginald Mosher, and Audry Dunn and Kathleen.

Funeral services were held on February 9 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan Church Building Fund, 14 Meade Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

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Clinton Sheehy

 Clinton P. Sheehy Jr.

Clinton P. Sheehy Jr., 75, of Orleans died on February 1, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on September 18, 1937, in Manhattan, New York, a son of Clinton and Margaret (Kulhken) Sheehy Sr.  He spent his younger years at Garden City, Long Island, New York, and enjoyed camping on Lake Panamoka at the lake house.

He was a purchasing agent for Columbia Forest Products for many years, then he was a courier for the Howard National Bank for several years.

Mr. Sheehy enjoyed the Vermont outdoors and was an avid fisherman off the bridge on Lake Memphremagog.  He really enjoyed ice fishing on Echo Lake.  While serving in the Marines, he specialized in meteorology, and after the service he continued that interest as a hobby for the rest of his life.

He is survived by his brothers:  Donald Sheehy and his wife, Peggy, and Bruce Sheehy and his wife, Madeline; and by his close friends Greg Tocci and his wife, Emily, and Marie Jax.

At his request, there will be no visitation or service, and his remains will be scattered on the Vermont soil that he loved so much.

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

Jerald E. Squires

Jerald E. Squires, 73, died on February 3, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Michigan.

Mr. Squires was born on April 2, 1939, in Barton, a son of the late Basil and Effie (Eastman) Squires.  He retired as a civil engineer from the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.

He is survived by three daughters:  Cindy Squires of Gwinn, Michigan, Debra Westhart and her husband, Greg, of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia and Vicky Sicotte of Gwinn; by nine grandchildren:  Jessica and Joshua Squires, Justin Batcheller, Donald and Edward Motley, Bryana Westhart, Jacquelyn McCoy, John Michael, and Jason Sicotte; by one great-granddaughter, Andriana Revord; by his brother David Squires and his wife, Susan, of Glover; and by niece Michelle Trottier and her husband, Jim, of Wheelock.

He was predeceased by his sisters Louise and Lucille and by his brother Roger.

A memorial service was held on February 8 in the chapel of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with the Reverend Ardy Johnson officiating.

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Helen Taylor

 Helen Catherine Taylor

Helen Catherine (Connor) Taylor, 85, of Meridian, Idaho, died on February 3, 2013, with her husband, Preston, by her side.

She was residing at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

She was born on June 19, 1927, in Newport, a daughter of the late Julia (Flanders) Connor Paquin, and the late George Connor.  She attended South School in Newport and graduated from Newport Center High School in 1945.

On October 2, 1944, she married Preston Augustus Taylor in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Winooski.  They made their home in Barton.  Through the years, they also lived in Barre and Montpelier, and in 1977 they moved and made their home in Meridian.

Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and a loving, devoted mother to her 12 children.  She enjoyed cooking, couponing, reading, gardening, sewing, and knitting.  She also enjoyed traveling and camping.  What she enjoyed most was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much.  She loved getting the family all together for birthdays, cookouts, or dinners.

She was a 4-H and Boy Scout leader.  She belonged to Home Dem, TOPS, Catholic Daughters, and most recently with the Meridian Senior Center, Young at Heart, and Morning Light Community.  She was a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church.

She worked for the Vermont Department of Education, enjoyed being a Tupperware dealer, and loved running a daycare with her husband.  She loved children and believed in education, always encouraging her children and grandchildren to attend college.  She attended Community College of Vermont and Castleton College, and graduated from Boise State College with a bachelor of arts degree in childhood development at the age of 50.

She is survived by her husband Preston; her children:  Marilyn (Taylor-Reynolds) Bisson, and husband, Rosaire, of Barre, James Taylor and his fiancée, Maureen Tomlin, of Nampa, Idaho, Wayne and his wife, Cathy, of Meridian, Gary and his wife, Jeanne, of Meridian, Joyce (Taylor) Dutil and her husband, Leo, of Barre, Michael and his wife, Debbie, of Boise, Idaho, Jeff and his wife, Yvonne, of Emmett, Idaho, Tim and his wife, Denise, of Meridian, Carole (Taylor) Tucker and her husband, Brent, of Boise, and Cathy (Taylor) Pruett and her friend, Chuck, of Emmett.  She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.  She also leaves her brother Robert Connor and his wife, Bernice, of Essex; and her sister Margaret Cushing of Barre; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children:  Joseph and William George Taylor.

A vigil and funeral Mass were held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; or please support the Giving Tree at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at Christmas in her memory.

Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.accentfuneral.com.

 

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Obituaries February 6, 2013

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Bernard H. (Bucky) Harris

Bernard H. (Bucky) Harris

Bernard H. (Bucky) Harris, 94, of Island Pond died on February 1, 2013, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born March 2, 1918, in Lyndonville, a son of Burton and May (Farrow) Harris.  On March 16, 1941, he married Eleanor Hurlbert, who predeceased him.  He graduated from Brighton High School and attended Syracuse University.  In 1941 he entered the United States Army where he served his country during World War II.  He was employed on the Canadian National Railroad where he was a conductor for 43 years.

He coached Little League and Babe Ruth, and he enjoyed playing golf and baseball in his earlier years.  He watched his favorite team, the Red Sox, on television.

Mr. Harris was a member of the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10137 in Bushnell, Florida, and he was a Masonic member in Virginia.  He was also local chairman of the United Transportation Union for several years.

He is survived by his children:  Greg Harris of London, Ohio, Scott Harris of Hilliard, Ohio, and Holly Vallieres of Island Pond; by eight grandchildren; and by five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sons, Stanley Harris in 1965 and Cary Harris in 1991.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 8, with Pastor Muriel O’Gorman officiating.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

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William “Bill” Edward Heinchon

William “Bill” Edward Heinchon

William “Bill” Edward Heinchon, 88, of Craftsbury died on Monday, January 28, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on August 16, 1924, in Brewster, New York, a son of Raymond and Blanche (Reed) Heinchon.

He married Pearl Williams, who predeceased him, and later married Alice Cole Ryan, who also predeceased him.  He graduated from Brewster High School in Brewster where he was an all-star baseball player.

Mr. Heinchon was a farmer all his life.  He farmed in Milltown, New York, and moved to Vermont in 1970, where he owned and operated a farm in Walden, now known as Walden Farms.  He later owned a farm in East Hardwick, now known as Hi Hope Farm, and he eventually moved to Craftsbury in the late ’80s, where he started the Hi Hope Greenhouse; it was there that he was known as the Tomato Man.  He was an avid sports fan and he especially followed the Boston Red Sox and Celtics.  He loved spending time with his family and he enjoyed bowling.

He is survived by his sons:  Richard Heinchon and his wife, Liz, of Techachapi, California, and Jamie Heinchon of Wheelock; stepchildren:  Ann Gilcris and her husband, Larry, of Natural Bridge, New York, Jeanne Locke and her husband, Paul, of Springfield, Marvin Ryan and his wife, Lois, of Craftsbury, Kathleen Ryan of El Prado, New Mexico, Laureen Ryan of N. Kingstown, Rhode Island, Paul Ryan of Craftsbury, and Anita Caraballo and her husband, Pedro, of N. Kingstown; his daughter-in-law Carolyn Ryan of Craftsbury; and by his 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister Elaine Johnson of Pawling, New York; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Donald Heinchon; his stepchildren:  William Ryan, and Nancy Martell and her husband, Al; his brother Raymond Heinchon; his sister Dorthea Walter; and by his brother-in-law Howard Williams.

Funeral services were held on February 1 in Craftsbury.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

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Violet J. Rice

Violet J. Rice

Violet J. Rice, 89, of Derby died on February 2, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born August 5, 1923, in Canada, a daughter of William and Jane (Duncan) Alexander.  On September 5, 1942, she married Kenneth Rice, who predeceased her on October 23, 2010.

Mrs. Rice was employed in the shipping department at Union Butterfield in Derby Line, where she retired in 1986.

She loved her dogs Buffy, Casey, and Cubby.  She also enjoyed reading and doing word puzzles.

She is survived by her daughter Wendy Corkins and her husband, Robert, of Derby; by her grandchildren:  Shari L. Hancock and her husband, Randy, of Coventry and Jennifer J. Daigle and her husband, Rene, of Troy; by her great-grandchildren:  Travis Letourneau and Ashley Daigle; and by her sister Ruby Falkner of Ontario, Canada.

She was predeceased by a sister, Helen Mosher, and by a half sister, Esther LeBaron.

Funeral services were held on February 5 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Frank Beaty officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Line Cemetery.

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

Norman E. St. Onge

Norman E. St. Onge, 52, died suddenly on Sunday, January 20, 2013, in Bentonville, Arkansas.

He was born in Newport on September 24, 1960, beloved son of Archie and Theresa St. Onge of Newport.  He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from North Country Union High School in 1978.  He worked for several years as a trucker for Ethan Allen in Orleans, and also for Walmart in Bentonville.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Tina, of Bentonville; his two sons:  Lucien and his wife, Tricia, of Brownington and Christopher and his wife, Christina, of Bentonville; by his two daughters:  April and her husband, Douglas Messier, of Bentonville, and Natalie and her husband, Rodney Birchfield, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; by his mothers- and father-in-law, Marilyn Messier and Bruce and Joanne Messier; and by his seven grandchildren:  Adam, Jeffrey, Jacob, Jesse, Jasmyne, Karson and Anna.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Denis of Stanstead, Quebec, George and his fiancée, Gloria, of Newport Center, Michael and his wife, Joanne, of Newport, and Roger and his fiancée, Tammy, of St. Paul, North Carolina; by his sisters:  Fran Bourassa and her husband, Norm, of Jay and Chris Bumps and her husband, Jim, of Newport; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Madeleine.

A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Saturday, February 9, at 11 a.m.

Eleanor “Ellie” C. Steuwe

 Eleanor “Ellie” C. Steuwe, 92, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire.

She was born October 25, 1920, in Jersey City, New Jersey, a daughter of William and Eleanor (Jasco) Lapham.

She attended Jersey City Teacher’s College in Jersey City and also attended Pace Institute in New York City.  She was married to Joseph B. Mathis III in Chico, California, in 1943.  Her husband was a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II and was killed in 1944.  In September of 1947 she married Arthur H. Steuwe of Jersey City, who was also in World War II in the Signal Corps.  He died in 1993.

When she lived in East Charleston, for 20 years, she was a volunteer in the East Charleston Elementary School; a member of the East Charleston School Board; trustee in the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston; and a volunteer at North Country Hospital in Newport.  Upon moving to Randolph in 1997, she became a volunteer at Gifford Memorial Hospital’s Thrift Shop, a deacon in the Bethany Congregational Church, a volunteer in the ELF Program at the Randolph Elementary School and a volunteer at the Randolph Area Senior Center where she also served on the board of directors.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting and reading.  She would like everyone to know that she very much loved the town of Randolph and all of her friends and co-workers.  She also leaves many friends behind in East Charleston.

She is survived by four sons:  Joseph Mathis of Forked River, New Jersey, Roy A. Steuwe of East Charleston, Arthur H. Steuwe Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Belmont, Michigan, and David J. Steuwe and his wife, Jane, of Rockingham; a daughter, Nancy Smith, and her husband, Kenneth “Smitty,” of Randolph; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a date and time to be announced later.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Randolph Area Senior Center, 6 Hale Street, Randolph, Vermont 05060.

Private online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.

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Obituaries January 30, 2013

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William Elgood

William Elgood, 90, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, previously of Dunedin, Florida, died on Monday, January 21, 2013.

He was born on October 26, 1922, in Richmond, Quebec, to Felix and Leslie (Ross) Elgood.  He grew up in Island Pond, where he graduated from Brighton High School in 1939.  After three years of service in the U.S. Maritime in World War II, he attended the University of Vermont, where he received a B.A. in 1950.  He then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he met and married Ann Drew.

Mr. Elgood earned his M.A. degrees in speech and library sciences from the University of Michigan.  He taught and coached debate at University of Michigan and General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) from 1952 to 1958.  From 1958 to 1979, he was a director of General Motors Institute’s Library.  In 1979, he retired and moved to Clearwater, Florida.  In April of 1988, he married Sylvia K. “Kathy” Barringer in Crystal Beach, Florida.

He is survived by three children and three step-children:  Ross Elgood of Victoria, Texas, Frances Elgood Luescher and her husband, Andreas, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Leslie Elgood of Albuquerque, Stevin Barringer of Crystal Beach, Barbara Grandchamp and her husband, Dave, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Lisa Tullius and her husband, Jim, of Crystal Beach; and by seven grandchildren:  Laura Elgood, Annabelle Luescher, Alex, Douglas and Lauren Grandchamp, and James and Rachel Tullius.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Island Pond Historical Society, P.O. Box 408, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Mease Manor Foundation, 700 Mease Plaza, Dunedin, Florida 34698.

Visit the online guest book for Mr. Elgood at www.frenchfunerals.com.

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Dean W. Hill Sr.

Dean W. Hill Sr.

Dean W. Hill Sr., 69, of Newport died suddenly on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 5, 1943, in Newport Center, a son of Clarence and Eva (Morse) Hill.  On November 24, 1982, he married Bobbie Kahlstrom who survives him.

Mr. Hill was a dairy farmer most of his life.  He was employed by local farms, and at one time he had his own farm.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Bobbie Hill of Newport; his children:  Dean Hill Jr. of Newport, Kevin Hill and his wife, Caroline, of Sheffield, William Hill of Sutton, Doreen Hill of Albany, Timothy Hill and his friend, Tassie, of Essex, Chuck Hill of Newport, Sharmin Hill of Newport, and James Begin of Stowe.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Joshua Davio, Samantha Hill, Sherri Vinal, Diamond Begin and Cheyanne Begin; his sisters:  Alena Sherlaw of Newport Center, June Stuart of Barre, and Dwanetta Bickford of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sisters:  Capitola Hill, Helen Rainey, Vanetta Collins, Eva Collins, Theresa Stuart, and Edna and Joan Hill; and by his brothers:  Clarence and Oliver Hill.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

Arlene Rita Hinton

Arlene Rita Hinton

Arlene Rita Hinton

Arlene Rita Hinton, 88, of Barton died peacefully on Monday evening, January 21, 2013, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on February 4, 1924, in South Barton to Perley and Eva Nault.  She married Earlton Hinton, in 1943, who predeceased her.

The name Arlene means “promise, pledge.”  She was a woman of promise.  Full of warmth, kindness, and hospitality, she touched the hearts and lives of many.

She had taught us that the simple and beautiful things in life are far more rewarding than riches.  That is a lesson we will hold in our hearts.  The simplicity of a warm summer porch was one of her favorite gathering places.  She would welcome family, friends, and anyone who stopped by with a warm meal and a warm home.

She enjoyed traveling to Maine with family, the challenge of a good puzzle, and caring for others.  For 18 years, she cared for others as a nurse’s aide at the Colonial Nursing Home, now the Union House in Glover.

She is survived by her five children:  Carolyn Malek and her husband, George, of East Barre, son Brian Hinton and his wife, Linda, of Barton, daughter Janice and her husband, Ken (Ducky) Larocque, of Barton, son Marlin (Paul) Hinton of Coventry, and son Dale (Moochie) and his wife, Val Hinton, of Brownington.  She was also a proud “Gram” to 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her sisters:  Esther Lacroix, Lorraine Lenton, and Vivian Durivage, as well as by one granddaughter.

She sparkled with joy.  Her kindness and warmth will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held on January 26 in Barton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s School, in care of the furnace fund, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Lawrence LaPierre

Lawrence LaPierre, 66, of Greensboro died on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born in Burlington on January 25, 1946, the son of Arlton and Marjorie LaPierre.  He grew up in Greensboro, attending St. Jay Trade School after graduation.  He married Melodyann Fellows of Groton in August 1991, having 7,815 perfect and joyful days together.

Mr. LaPierre was a talented finish carpenter.  He worked on many camps around beautiful Caspian Lake.  He donated his skills of working with wood to churches and many people.

He is survived by his wife Melodyann of Greensboro; a brother, Ernest (Jake), of Morrisville; a sister, Rachel, of Hardwick; his children:  Danielle, Michael and his wife, Virginia, of Greensboro Bend, Dominique LaRose of New Haven, Connecticut, Denise Savoie and husband, Henry, of Virginia, David LaRose Jr. of Maryland, and Dustyn and Douglas of St. Albans.  He is also survived by 22 grandchildren.  He was predeceased by one grandchild.

Mr. LaPierre loved his children equally.

Funeral services were held on January 26 in Hardwick.  Interment will be at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.

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Mildred Elizabeth Gonyaw Major

Mildred Elizabeth Gonyaw Major, 93, formerly of Island Pond, died on January 20, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was the widow of Rheal Major, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was born in Albany Center on August 30, 1919, the daughter of Michael (Mitch) and Sarah (Sadie) Noyes Gonyaw.

She enjoyed traveling with her late husband, sewing for family members, gardening, knitting, and crocheting.  She was a devoted housewife and mother and enjoyed working part time for the state of Vermont at the Brighton State Park for over ten years.

She is survived by her children:  Paulette Major of Barre, Patricia Oftedal and her husband, Sven, of Eastport, Maine, Lucian Major and his wife, Lucille, of Richmond, and Rene Major and his companion, Sharon Towne, of Colchester; her grandchildren:  Amy Moriarty and her husband, Tom, of Bennington, Christopher Major of Fairfax, and Diane Bouchard and her husband, Pierre, of South Burlington; and by her great-grandchildren:  Taytum and Haley Bouchard of South Burlington.  She is also survived by her brother Mahlon Gonyaw and his wife, Madeline; her sister-in-law Janet Major Doyon; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers:  Marvin and his wife, Donna, and Roland and his wife, Alice; and by her grandson Marc Major.

Funeral services were held on January 24 in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 162 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05676; or to The Vermont Chapter of The American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Philip Rowell

Philip Rowell

Philip Rowell

Philip Rowell died January 26, 2013, at the Newport Health Care Center with his wife, Carolyn, and his sons Joshua and Jonathan at his side.

He was born May 14, 1928, in Albany, the son of Enoch and Mildred (Brown) Rowell.  In 1958 he married Carolyn Anderson of Craftsbury and together they moved to their home in Albany Village and raised their two sons.

They bought the Roscoe Cowles farm and the Samuel Chaffee farm to complete their Jersey dairy operation in the village, which his sons continued to operate.

He had two brothers, Enoch and Willard Rowell, and a sister, Pauline Goodwin, who all predeceased him.

During his childhood he was educated at the Albany Elementary School and extended his education at Craftsbury Academy, where he graduated in the class of 1946.  He was a lifetime member of the Maple Valley Grange of Albany and the Meridian Sun Lodge # 20 of Craftsbury.  He was also a member of the Albany Historical Society and was instrumental in establishing the Albany Veterans Memorial.

After graduation he worked at logging, with New England Telephone doing line work out of St. Johnsbury, at Brow’s Potatoes in Albany, and at several farms as a hired hand.

He became an advocate for and loyal member of the Albany Fire Department, which was organized in 1958.  He was a selectman for the town of Albany, and a deputy game warden for the Vermont Fish and Game Department.

He also became interested in the Vermont Legislature, where he served as Albany’s representative from 1957 through 1959.  He entered the Vermont National Guard in 1947 and served during the Korean War as a top secret interpreter stationed in Stuggart, Germany.  He also worked at Ethan Allen manufacturing in Orleans, where he was a lumber dryer and a lumber buyer for 34 years, retiring in 1993.

He enjoyed working on the farm after his retirement, and taught his sons how to make a fence and run a chainsaw and farm equipment.  He also taught them to hunt deer and ducks.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Rowell; by his two sons, Joshua and Jonathan Rowell, and Jonathon’s wife, Carol, all of Albany; and by two granddaughters, Alora and Gratia Rowell.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins and by many friends.

A graveside service will be held at the Albany Village Cemetery in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany Fire Department, P.O.Box 300, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to the  charity of one’s choice.

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

Lynford Irving Roya

Lynford Irving Roya, 94, died on January 24, 2013, at Tampa General Hospital in Florida.

He was born on November 6, 1918, to William and Lena (Weeks).

He worked as a dairy farmer, carpenter, and construction superintendent for Wright and Morrissey Construction.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy Nineteenth Seabee Construction Battalion during World War II.

He is survived by two sons:  Steven Roya of Pine Island, Florida, and Bill Roya of Irasburg; one daughter, Debbie Roya, of Clearwater, Florida; his wife, Lucille, of Lecanto, Florida; one brother, Cleave Roya, of Barberville, Florida; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews, and stepchildren.

Donations may be made in Mr. Roya’s memory to the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, Florida 32064.

Cremation services are by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., of Inverness, Florida.

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Obituaries January 23, 2013

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Pauline Ruth Turcotte Boncek

Pauline Ruth Turcotte Boncek, 83, of East Charleston died on January 13, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 10, 1929, in Irasburg, a daughter of Perley and Grace (Smith) Chaplin.

On October 3, 1981, she married Edward Boncek who survives her.  She previously married Richard Turcotte and Lawrence Lumbra, both of whom predeceased her.

Mrs. Boncek was employed by the Newport Plastics Company of Newport.  She also worked at one time for the American Red Cross.

She enjoyed the company of her family and her cats, Iky and Kit Kit.  She also enjoyed her flower gardens and watching deer, moose and birds.

She is survived by her husband Edward Boncek of East Charleston; by her children:  Lawrence Lumbra and his wife, Janice, of Stafford, Virginia, Diana Villeneuve and her husband, Larry, of Newport, and Thomas Turcotte of Orleans; six grandchildren:  Tina, Kimberly, Lawrence, Jesse, Jeannine, and Chelsea; and by 12 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her half-brothers:  Earl Stewart of Troy, and Robert Chaplin and his wife, Doris, of Hardwick; and by her nephew Brian Chaplin and his wife, Judy, of Troy.  She was predeceased by a son, Steven Turcotte; her brother Kenneth Chaplin; and by her half-brother Ralph Chaplin.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Sean Quinn officiating.  Interment will follow in Troy Village Cemetery.

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

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

Penny L. Coderre

Penny L. Coderre

Penny L. Coderre

 Penny L. Coderre, 41, of Vergennes died on January 15, 2013, in Vergennes.

She was born May 10, 1971, in Cannan, a daughter of Eugene and Rosalie (Ashline) Coderre.

Ms. Coderre loved spending time with her son.  She had a heart of gold and was always willing to help anyone.

She is survived by her son Trevor Coderre of Vergennes; by her brothers:  Mitchell Coderre and his wife, Sylvia, and Eugene Coderre, all of Canaan.

She was predeceased by her sister Laurie.

Funeral services were held January 19 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Rebecca C. Corrow

 Rebecca C. Corrow, 101, of Newport died in Newport on January 18, 2013.

She was born September 20, 1911, in Derby, a daughter of Lewis and Cora (Clough) Bates.  On July 17, 1971, she married Leon J. Corrow, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Corrow taught school for a couple of years, worked in retail stores, and was a homemaker before going to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital where she was a secretary for 19 years.  She married her first husband, Harold L. Derusha, on March 13, 1937.  He died on August 25, 1954.

She and Mr. Corrow wintered in Florida for seven years.  She was a member of Community Circle and took many trips with them.  She was a volunteer for RSVP and had given over 1,000 hours of her time.

She is survived by her children:  Pauline Wallace and her husband, Leslie, of Florida and Carol Ann Fifield and her husband, Dawson, also of Florida; by her grandchildren:  Scott Wallace and his wife, Lori, of California, Kelly Rivoli and her husband, James, of Maine, Judith Langhans and her husband, James, of Vermont, Doreen Allen and her husband, Hudson, of Massachusetts, Kimberly White and her husband, David, of Florida, and Jay Fifield of Arizona;  by six great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Rufus; by her sisters:  Elizabeth Benner, Ruth Lafoe, and Rachel Chaffee; and by a stepson, Wayne Corrow.

Funeral services were held on January 22 at the Derby United Church with the Reverend Frank Beattie officiating.  Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.

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

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

Louise “Weedy” M. Dionne

 Louise “Weedy” M. Dionne, 69, of Orleans, died on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at her home.

She was born on July 28, 1943, in North Troy, a daughter of Blaine Calloway and Natalie (Armstrong) LeBlanc.

She enjoyed playing bingo, playing practical jokes and she loved to attend family cookouts, and she adored spending time with her family.  She also enjoyed playing games on her computer.

During her lifetime, she was employed at Newport Plastics in their sanding department and also at Columbia Forest Products.

She is survived by her son Rusty Dionne and his wife, Anne, of Newport; her good friend Norman Stevens of Orleans; her grandchildren:  Heather and Dustin Driver of Newport; her brothers:  Roger Calloway and his wife, Betty, of Newport, and Donald Calloway and his wife, Ilene, of Orleans; her sisters:  Priscilla Simpson of Orleans, and Linda Bennett and her husband, Norman, of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Betty Scott; and by her stepfather Alfred LeBlanc.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Unit at 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.

Paul A. King

Paul A. King

Paul A. King

Paul A. King, 79, of Island Pond died suddenly on January 14, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Island Pond on October 19, 1933, a son of John and Evelyn (Kehoe) King.  On November 27, 1959, he married Sylvia Cloutier, who survives him.

Mr. King was a supervisor for the Canadian National Railway.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

He served his town as a selectman, cemetery commissioner, and for the water department. After his retirement in 1989, he enjoyed reminiscing about his railroad days.  In his earlier years, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing at K-B-Dam.  He held membership with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond and was a member of the Masons.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia King, of Island Pond; by his children:  Tia Martin and her husband, Robert, of Bluewater Bay, Florida, Dawn King of Newport, Miriam King of Oxford, Massachusetts, and Sarah Gajus of Fayetteville, North Carolina; by his grandchildren:  Lance, Corey, Neil, Danae, and Steven; by his great-grandchildren:  Chance, Sarah, Corey James, and Austin; by his sister Ruth Driscoll and her husband, Jim, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a half brother, Ralph Stebennes, and by a half sister, Vera Brickett.

Funeral services were held on January 18 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion Post #80, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

Paul Edmond Marcotte

Paul Edmond Marcotte

Paul Edmond Marcotte

Paul Edmond Marcotte, 57, of New Britain, Connecticut, formerly of Newport, died on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in New Britain at the Hospital for Special Care.

He was born on December 22, 1955, in Newport, the son of Delwin and Dorothy (Bowen) Marcotte.  He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1974.

He was a train engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Pennsylvania.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, telling jokes, visiting with his family and friends and he enjoyed the company of his Great Danes.

He is survived by his daughter Brittany Marcotte Perrault of Derby; his sister Brenda Michaud and her husband, Jimmy, of Plainville, Connecticut; and by his nieces and nephews:  Kimberly Misluck, Kiley Michaud, Christopher Parker, and Corey Michaud.  He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Linda Parker; and by his brother Wendell Marcotte.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

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

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Roger Andrew Morin Sr.

A good man has died.  Roger Andrew Morin Sr. of Jay died on January 16, 2013, at the age of 83.  He shared 62 years with the love of his life, Lois.

Mr. Morin was born on June 5, 1929, in Williamstown, a son of Philibert and Melanie (Roy) Morin.  Growing up in the Northeast Kingdom, he worked with his brothers on the family farms operated by his father.  Mr. Morin fibbed about his age and joined the United States Army Air Force at the age of 17 where he was a sergeant and radar mechanic stationed in Alaska.  After his service, Mr. Morin moved to Westport, Connecticut, where he married, started a family, and owned and operated several gas stations, including Servicemen’s Oil Company.

He moved to Vermont in 1969 where he owned and operated several businesses, including Morin Real Estate in Jay for over 30 years.  During his years in Jay, Mr. Morin was a member of the American Legion and the Troy Area Lions Club.  He was a volunteer firefighter and later treasurer of the Jay Fire Department.  He volunteered at Jay bingo and at the North Troy American Legion and was active with the Troy Lions Club.  He served on many boards, including the Community National Bank’s.  He enjoyed working at the Westfield senior meal site, playing golf and cards with friends, and Texas hold ’em at the Lions Club.  Mr. Morin was very civic minded and was always ready to lend a hand.  Over the years he and Lois traveled throughout the U.S. and also to Europe.  They also enjoyed many trips through Community Circle.

In addition to his wife, Lois (Spielman) Morin, Mr. Morin is survived by his six children:  Jean Janci of Nashville, Tennessee, Donna Morin of Nashville, Kim Starr of Tucson, Arizona, Jo-Ann Chicoine of Suffolk, Virginia, Margaret Hartman and her husband, Bill, of Derby, and Roger (Chip) Morin Jr. of Troy; by 15 grandchildren:  Jennifer Royea, Aaron Janci, Meghan Janci, Carolyn Patenaude, Katie Holt, Amanda Trono, Chad Chicoine, Onalee Hopkins, Ashley Juliano, Lee-Ann Cotner, Mitchell Hartman, Tyler Starr, Nicholas Leithead, Hanna Morin, and Andrew Morin; and by 14 great grandchildren.  Mr. Morin had 12 brothers and sisters.  Of those, he is survived by Leo Morin and his wife, Kathe, Albert Morin and his wife, Kathleen, Blanche Sullivan, Carmen Scofield and Patricia Valley. He was predeceased by brothers Armand, Rene, Edward, Gerard, Robert, and John and by his sister Lucille Morin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Martha Richardson, Vermont Chapter — Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495), or the Troy Area Lions Club, P.O. Box 175, Westfield, Vermont 05874, or the North Troy American Legion Post #28, Attention:  Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859, or the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, Memo:  Roger Morin, 157 Revoir Flat Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

Friends are asked to join the family at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport on Thursday, January 24, between the hours of 4 to 8 p.m. in a celebration of Mr. Morin’s life.  A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lowell Town Cemetery.

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

Hervey Nadeau

Hervey Nadeau

Hervey Nadeau

Hervey Nadeau, 94, of Derby Line died on January 19, 2013, in Newport.

He was born January 6, 1919, in Lewiston, Maine, a son of Claudaire and Lydia (Nolet) Nadeau.  He married Mary Guillette, who predeceased him.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a cook in logging camps in Pittsburg, New Hampshire.  He held memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, American Legion Post #21, and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his daughters:  Patricia Marchesseault of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Mariann Letarte and her husband, Bill, of Dummer, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Renee Honeman and her husband, David, of Tilton, New Hampshire, Emanuell Borrowski and her husband, Mat, of Cooperstown, New York, Claudia Marchesseault of Laconia, New Hampshire, Louis Pilote of Gilford, New Hampshire, Jonathan Benoit of Hampton, New Hampshire, and Gabrielle Letarte of Dummer; by five great-grandchildren; by his sisters:  Doris Duhaut, Armande Gaudreau and Jean D’arc Gilles, all of Coaticook, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by nine brothers and four sisters.  Funeral services were held on January 22 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Spring interment will be 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.

Robert J. Sheltra

Robert J. Sheltra

Robert J. Sheltra

Robert J. Sheltra, 80, of Derby died on January 14, 2013, at his home.

He was born August 13, 1932, in Coventry, a son of Preston and Angelina (Bousquet) Sheltra.  In 1960 he married Mary Ruth Skeen, who survives him.

Mr. Sheltra was a self-employed equipment operator.  He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.  He lived in Florida for over 40 years.  Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to their home at Sunset Acres on Lake Memphremagog.  He loved to play golf, hunt with his brother-in-law, play cribbage, work outside in general, and also run his chainsaw and drive his John Deere tractor.  He played in the Newport Country Club Member Guest tournament for over 25 years.

Mr. Sheltra is survived by his wife, Mary Sheltra, of Derby; by his children:  Robert Sheltra and his wife, Tammy, of Florida, Roger Sheltra and his wife, Liz, of South Carolina, James Sheltra of Tennessee, and Sheila Marie Warren and her husband, Michael, of Tennessee; by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his sisters:  Marion Briere, Jeanette Besaw, Alice Edwards and her husband, Olin, Lucille Carter and her husband, Louis, and Laurette Cote; by his sister-in-law Doris and her husband, Don Truly; and by very best friends Ruth and Dean Sweeney.

He was predeceased by his son Allen Sheltra and by his brothers:  Reynolds, Raymond, Richard, Ronald, Roger, and Reginald.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses 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.

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Dorothy Blanche Boivin Webster Carabine

Dorothy Blanche Boivin Webster Carabine died in Medford, Massachusetts, on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

She was born in St. Albans on November 2, 1932, the youngest child of Charles Louis Boivin and Germaine Blanchette.  Dorothy’s father died when she was nine years old and her mother, Germaine, raised their seven children.

Uncountable stories have been shared of how everyone got through those early years, and of how close the family has always remained.  Dorothy attended Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, where she played on a basketball team that won the state championship.

Dorothy married Frederick Henry Webster Sr. on April 14, 1951, in St. Albans.  Although from the “city,” she quickly learned to drive a tractor and milk those cows and she was so proud of that! There wasn’t much Dorothy couldn’t do when she put her mind to it.  Children from this marriage were Frederick Jr., Paulette, Pamela, Anna, Peter, Valerie, Daniel, Sharleen, and Linda.

Dorothy next married William Alexander Carabine Sr. on December 29, 1972, in Boston.  She and “Bill” enjoyed many travels together and loved to visit at the Winthrop Yacht Club, where she worked for many years as bookkeeper.  Her youngest child, William Jr., was born of this marriage.  After nearly 16 years of marriage, Bill passed away. Dorothy always missed him.

Dorothy earned an associate’s degree at Ulster County Community College while the family was living in Coxsackie, New York. She worked for many years as an office manager for Rostine, Inc., in Woburn, Massachusetts.  After Bill died and as retirement neared she made a major life move to Las Vegas and lived with her brother Roger, sister Cecile and their mother, Germaine.  The four of them enjoyed each other’s company for many years.  Dorothy loved to knit — something one would always see her doing while watching television or just talking at home.  She loved to travel and would often talk about the trips she took in those early days with her mother and some of her siblings.  She loved going to bingo and loved Las Vegas and going to the casinos with family members.  And she loved her little dogs, especially Babe, who kept her company these past many years and who passed away just weeks after Dorothy entered the nursing home.

In 2005 Dorothy suffered a major stroke.  After rehabilitation she moved to Richmond, Virginia, to live with her daughter, Valerie Nuckols.  Later on she moved to Winthrop, Massachusetts, and lived with her son, Bill Jr., until this past summer, when she broke her leg and required rehabilitative care.  Valerie, Bill and their families cared for Dorothy with devotion that will always be appreciated.

Dorothy is survived by her sister and dear friend, Pauline Bushey.  Pauline’s children were always close and dear to Dorothy, and she appreciated their love and visits.  She is also survived by seven children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Dorothy was predeceased by her children Frederick Jr., Peter and Linda; by her great-granddaughter McKenzie; her brothers, Roger and Stanley; her sisters, Cecile, Lucille, and Leona; and her sons-in-law Lucien Blodgett, Robert Pettee and John Nuckols.

Dorothy will be cremated and later buried in Winthrop with Bill.

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Bruce L. Willson

Bruce L. Willson

Bruce Willson, 89, formerly of Waterford and Irasburg, died on Tuesday morning, January 15, 2013, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

He was born in Waterford on August 31, 1923, the youngest of eight children born to Pearl (Smith) and Sam Willson.

He and his wife Beryl (Harvey) Willson moved to Irasburg from Waterford; she passed away on January 26, 2002.

Mr. Willson worked on the Willson family farm in Waterford.  He then purchased and operated farms in St. Johnsbury Center, then in Waterford, then in Coventry, and his last farm was in Charleston.  He retired from farming in 1983.  He then was the sexton for the Waterford Cemeteries for fifteen years.  He also mowed cemetery lawns in Irasburg and enjoyed woodworking, making many crafts over the years.

He was very community minded.  He served as a lister for the town of Waterford and later he was a selectman for the town of Charleston.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Soil Conservation Service.

He is survived by his devoted partner Janet Lucas of St. Johnsbury, who cared for him until the end; four children:  Cheryl Simino and her husband, Dale, of West Charleston, Ronald Willson and his wife, Lisa, of Charleston, Susan Patneaude and her husband, Roy, of Inverness, Florida, and Sandra Keyser and her husband, Phil, of Eden; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents; his five brothers:  Hubert, Lincoln, Leland, Donald, and Dean Willson; and by his two sisters:  Nina Stone and Mildred Tripp.

Funeral services were held on January 18 in St. Johnsbury.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in lower Waterford on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health Care, for Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Frank A. Young

Frank A. Young of Marshfield died on December 23, 2012, at the age of 74.

He was the beloved husband of 48 years of Madeline “Sugar” (Marmai) Young and the loving father of Mark Young and his wife, Sandra, of Marshfield, of Joseph Young and his wife, Tara, of Plymouth, Ann-Margaret Gorham and her husband, William, of Marshfield, and Paul Young and his wife, Kate, of Marshfield.  He was also the loving grandfather of Ryan, Brianna, Megan, Emma, Nicholas, Mikayla, Joseph, Caitlyn, Ashley, Johnny, Travis and Wyatt and the dear brother of Henry, Robert, Fred, Claire and Joseph, all of Vermont.  He was the brother-in-law of Joseph Marmai and his wife, Christine, of Hanover, and a son of the late Henry and Margaret (Taylor) Young of Hardwick.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Young was born on September 4, 1938, in Craftsbury.  He graduated from Craftsbury Academy.  He had been a resident of Marshfield since 1957.

He served in the United States Army and Reserves during the Vietnam era.  Mr. Young belonged to the Marshfield Sons of Italy and was a member of the Disabled Veterans of Marshfield. He worked as a self-employed mason contractor.

A funeral was held on December 28 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Marshfield.

Contributions in Mr. Young’s memory may be made to South Shore Visiting Nurses Association, 100 Bay State Drive, Braintree, Massachusetts 02185, or to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360.

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Obituaries January 16,2013

Nicholas Bliven

Nicholas Bliven

Nicholas A. Bliven

 Nicholas A. Bliven, 29, beloved son of Laramie Bliven and George Bliven, was suddenly called to heaven to be a special angel on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

He was born in Miami, Florida, lived in Lowell as a child, and came home in February 2012 to start anew with his family in Derby Line.  Although Mr. Bliven had experienced many difficulties in his life, he remained strong, never gave up, and was determined to get well and have a happy life.

He was a kind, loving, gentle man who loved to cook and was hoping to attend the New England Culinary Institute and eventually own his own restaurant.  He also loved to draw and spent much of his time honing those skills.  He had a special connection with his niece Hailey, and they enjoyed playing Xbox, being artistic and just spending time together.

Mr. Bliven had four beautiful children who he loved dearly and two others who he also loved and embraced as his own.  His heart ached every day that he was not with them.  Unfortunately, he had to leave them in Tennessee to get well with the goal of providing them with a better life.  He loved the outdoors, had hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, and always wanted to return and complete the trail from start to finish.  Anyone who really knew him knew they were blessed that he was their friend.

Mr. Bliven is survived by his beautiful children:  Ryleigh, three months; Tristan, two years; Dante, four years; Jaelynn, six years; Trinidee, 13 years; and Andree, 14 years; by his partner, Sabrina Proffitt, of Morristown, Tennessee; by his mother, Laramie Bliven, of Derby Line; his father, George Bliven, and his wife, Cathy, of Port Angeles, Washington; two loving sisters:  Hilary Bliven and her partner, Courtney Forbes, of Homestead, Florida, Sydney Bliven and her partner, Anthony Columbia, of Newport Center; his special niece Hailey Bliven of Derby Line; his maternal grandparents Beryl and Clayton Foss of Sebastian, Florida; his paternal grandfather, Seth I. Bliven, of Sebring, Florida; his uncles:  Glenn Foss, Dale Foss, and Steve Greenbaum; his aunts: Chris Ellen Bliven and Margaret Gandee; his nieces:  Sanya and Gemyah Allen; his nephew Joshua Allen; and a few very special close friends.

There will be no calling hours and a private memorial will be held at a later date for the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Vermont (NAMI) 162 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05676-1519.

We will miss you until we meet again, but we are at peace knowing that you are at peace.  We know you will be watching over us from heaven.

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

obit bolducFernand O. Bolduc

 We have a lot to be thankful for.  After 95-plus good years, Dad died on the morning of January 3, 2013.

He was born on June 2, 1917.

Although his family was from Cookshire, Quebec, Canada, Dad was actually born in Auburn, Maine, on June 2, 1917.  His parents had come to the U.S. looking for work, leaving the family farm behind for now.  When our dad was approximately age two, they went back to the family farm in Cookshire.  There was one more trip back and forth within a couple of years, but only for a short time.  Dad left school in the seventh grade.  Like his father used say, “that was enough education and there was work to be done on the farm.”  So there was mostly farming in the warmer months and logging in the winter.  Dad even spent time logging in the U.S. over the years.

Sometime during this period of his life, the girl on the farm down the road, our mother Jeanne Carrier, must have caught his eye.  In the late thirties, he went to Hartford, Connecticut, to live with an uncle and work in a factory there.  While he was in Hartford, World War II broke out, he was drafted into the American Army in 1942, and was honorably discharged in 1946.  He didn’t waste time going back to Canada and finding our mother who had been working at a hotel cooking and waitressing.  They were married on June 24, 1946.

Our Mom working at a hotel must have given them the idea because that same year, they purchased a hotel in Lyndonville with another couple.  Within a year, they sold their share and purchased the Valley House Hotel, later called the Valley House Inn, in Orleans, in 1947.  Over the next 33 years, they build many lifelong friendships and memories too numerous to mention.  They would continue to play a part in the Valley House until it was destroyed in a tragic fire in January 1998.

While at the Valley House, they had three boys:  Michel, Frank, and David.  David and Frank would purchase the hotel from them in 1980 with David as manager and Frank as silent partner until its loss in 1998.  Dad and Mom moved back to her family farm in Cookshire and they lived in that area until their passing.  They made frequent trips to Orleans and to many places in Europe and the U.S. visiting their children and family over those retirement years.

Fern and Jeanne would spend 64 years together prior to Mom’s passing at the age of 92 in September 2010.  Both folks lived good lives right up to their passing, so we feel truly blessed.

Dad was predeceased by his brother Raymond and sister Therese.

He has one surviving brother, Noel, who lives in Sherbrooke.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dolores Reid, in Scotland.  He leaves behind his son Michel and daughter-in-law Elaine who live in Texas; their daughters Cynthia and Jessica, as well as Pamela; son Frank who lives in Florida; and son David and daughter-in-law Louise who live in Orleans; and their children Rance and Celeste.  He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass was celebrated on January 12 at St. Camille Catholic Church in Cookshire, Quebec, with plans to have a family gathering at the spring interment in celebration of their lives.

Glenn Bowen

Glenn Bowen

Glenn M. Bowen

Glenn M. Bowen, 80, of Newport Center died peacefully on Monday, January 7, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 30, 1932, in Newport Center, a son of Frederick and Asenath (O’Brien) Bowen.  In 1950, he graduated from Newport High School.

On July 2, 1955, he married Helen Armstrong, who survives him.

Mr. Bowen was a self-employed farmer for many years and he also drove a school bus for North Country Union High School.  He was a member of the Newport Center Methodist Church.  He loved gardening, maple sugaring, and in his younger years he enjoyed fishing, including ice fishing, camping, traveling, and tinkering around his home, and he did many projects for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Helen Bowen of Newport Center; by his children:  Jean Hammond and her husband, Charles, of Newport Center, and Debra M. Bowen and her fiancé, Steve Register, of Live Oak, Florida; by his grandchildren:  Jesse Hammond of North Troy, and Chris Hammond and his wife, Emily, of Newport Center; by his great-grandchildren:  Madison and Tyler; by his sisters:  Lois Rockwell of Newport Center, and Nelda Hodek and her husband, Hank, of Florida; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his sister, Eunice Koniezny.

Funeral services were held on January 12 in Newport.

Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery on May 25 at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, care of Charles Drown, 334 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857; or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses 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.

Niles Gray

Niles Gray

Niles O. Gray

Niles O. Gray, 67, of Coventry died peacefully on January 8, 2013, in White River Junction.

He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior in June 2012 and is now present with the lord.

He was born July 29, 1945, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, a son of Earl and Margarett (Edwards) Gray.

On February 10, 1990, he married Monique Boutin, who survives him.

He enlisted into the United States Army where he received the Purple Heart, serving his country during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Gray was an inventory clerk for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 35 years.

He enjoyed the small farm and the animals that were on it.  He really liked his tractor. He was a family man who enjoyed his children and grandchildren.  He was loved by everyone and always enjoyed the company of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Monique Gray, of Coventry; by his children:  Paul Gray and his wife, Kathy, of Island Pond, Travis Gray of Hawaii, Steve Belley and his companion, Danielle, of Quebec, Gaetan Belley and his wife, Trisha, of Quebec, and Johanne Collins and her husband, Cliff, of Newport Center; by ten grandchildren; by his sisters:  Gleigh Heath and her husband, William, of Island Pond, Anna Johnson of Orleans, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Ginny Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; by his sister-in-law Gunda Gray of Danville; by dear family friend Diane Brindley; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Wendy; by his brothers Earl and Glenn Gray; and by his sister Marilyn Wade.

Funeral services were held on January 11 at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the VA Medical Center for the Hospice Suite, Building 31, Ground Floor, 215 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.

 Award of the Army Commendation Medal

The following award is announced: US51546346 Private First Class E3 United States Army Company A 2d Battalion 18th Infantry; Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device August 1966: July 2, 1966: Gray-Niles

Republic of Vietnam

For Heroism: While conducting search and destroy operations in Loc Ninh Province near the Cambodian border, his unit was attacked by a numerically superior insurgent force armed with automatic weapons, small arms, grenades, rocket launchers and mortars.  During this action, he displayed outstanding valor and exemplary courage while inflicting heavy casualties upon the Viet Cong.  With complete disregard for his personal safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to intense hostile fire in order to place highly effective fire upon insurgent positions.  During the entire engagement, the only concern of this outstanding soldier was for successful completion of his mission.  The rapidity and aggressiveness with which he followed the orders of his superiors were in large measure responsible for his company’s achievement.  In repelling the repeated insurgent assaults, he gave material aid to the overwhelming success with which the 2d Battalion, 18th Infantry accomplished its mission. Private First Class Gray’s actions are keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.  By direction of Secretary of the Army, under the provisions of AR 672-5-1.

Fratia Marsh

Fratia and Bill Marsh

Fratia L. Marsh

 Fratia L Marsh, 84, of North Troy died on January 14, 2013.

She was born May 17, 1928, in North Troy to Melvin Dunn and Mary E. Dunn.

She graduated from North Troy High School and the University of Vermont School of Nursing.  She was a clinical instructor for UVM’s school of nursing before moving back to North Troy after marrying William “Bill” Marsh in July of 1955.

Mrs. Marsh was a nurse at the Orleans Hospital before becoming a school nurse responsible for the schools of North Troy, Troy, Jay, Lowell, Westfield, and Newport Center for many years.  She was also a longtime member of the Troy School Board.  She loved her job and cared deeply for her students and her community. She was always willing to help others in the community in any way she could.

She is survived by her son Peter and his wife, Eleanor (Evans) Marsh, of Huntington; her grandchildren Megan and Christopher also of Huntington; her sister Lois Guyette and children David, James, Carol, Robert, and John; her brother James Dunn and his wife; her sister-in-law Muriel Dunn and children Dennis, Cheryl, Robert, Terri, and Judy; several grandnieces and -nephews; her husband’s nephews and nieces Carolyn Marsh, Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife, Pierrette, and Judy Hughs.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, less than a week ago.  She stayed strong for him for many years but was ready to leave this earth with him.  Their bond was strong and apparent to all who knew them. Mrs. Marsh was also predeceased by four siblings:  Grover or “Buddy,” Dorothy, Roberta, and Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that contributions in Mrs. Marsh’s name be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Funeral services for both Mr. and Mrs. Marsh were scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday January 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

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

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William Marsh

 William K. “Bill” Marsh

William K. “Bill” Marsh, 89, of North Troy died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

He was born on July 23, 1923, in Morrisville, to Carmi R. Marsh and Louise E. Marsh.  He graduated from North Troy High School in 1941.  He was a member of the 1938 North Troy High School state baseball championship team.

Mr. Marsh enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served in the 268th Field Artillery Battalion.  He was wounded in Germany in 1944 and discharged in 1945.  He went on to graduate from the Boston University College of Business Administration in 1949.  He held several positions:  cost accounting clerk for Owens Illinois Plywood Company and Green Mountain Power Corporation; a comptroller for Owens Illinois Plywood Company; business manager for the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks; and he also served as Deputy Finance Commissioner and Director of Financial Operations for the state of Vermont from 1961 to 1978.  He retired in 1978 due to ill health.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife Fratia, who he married in 1955; his son Peter and his wife, Eleanor (Evans) Marsh, of Huntington; his grandchildren:  Megan and Christopher, also of Huntington; his nephews and nieces:  Carolyn Marsh, Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife, Pierrette, and Judy Hughs and husband, Mark; his sister-in-law Lois Guyette and her children:  David, James, Carol, Robert, and John; his brother-in-law James Dunn and his wife; his sister-in-law Muriel Dunn and her children:  Dennis, Cheryl, Robert, Terri, and Judy; and by several grandnieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers:  Frederick and Carmi W. Marsh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on January 16 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Mr. Marsh’s name be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to 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.

Ken Powers

Ken Powers

Kenneth John Powers

 Kenneth John Powers, 90, of Newport died peacefully on January 10, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 5, 1922, in Derby, a son of Claude and Lena (Ellis) Powers, and also of his stepfather, Ernest Baraw.

He was a veteran of World War II and served in Germany and France in an infantry unit, where he met and married the love of his life, Jacqueline.  They were married for 68 years.  He was an office manager for Nadeau’s Auto Parts and Salvage.  He was employed for H.P. Hood and Sons, and he retired from Waste USA.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, going to hunting camp with his son Richard and grandson Scott.  He was known as the Old Man of the Mountain.  He also enjoyed gardening, reading on his porch, taking care of his house, and visiting with family.  He would help anyone in need.  Mr. Powers held memberships with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Powers, of Newport; by his children:  Shirley McFadzean and her husband, Verne, of Alburg and Richard Powers and his wife, Rachel, of Coventry; by his grandchildren:  Julie Terrazzano of Georgia, Deanna McFadzean of St. Albans, Kathleen Shedd and her husband, Jay, of Fairfax, and Scott Powers of Atlanta, Georgia; by his great-grandchildren:  Garrett, Abby and Val, Jenna, Olivia, Ricky, Nichole and her husband, Landon, and Chloe; and by his great-grandson Brantley.

He was predeceased by an infant brother, John, and infant daughter, Linda Lee.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Vida Powers

Vida Powers

Vida Mary Powers

Vida Mary Powers, 84, died on Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013, in her home in the village of West Charleston, after a short battle with cancer.

She was surrounded by her family in her final weeks and did not suffer thanks to the services of the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice care, with her granddaughter Summer Brunelle serving as her care provider.

She was born on February 17, 1928, at the Doncaster farm on the shores of Little Salem in Derby.  Her parents were Vernon Doncaster and Annie (Aiken) Doncaster.

She grew up on the Doncaster farm on Little Salem in Derby, and often told stories from the old days of doing the farm chores, living off the land and attending the one-room schoolhouse.  A few of her favorite stories were about her father making her clean and eat Salem horn pout (which she hated), being tricked by her brother Wayne into doing his work, and how her brothers taught her to swim across the “neck” between Little and Big Salem by telling her to watch the dog and do as he did.

She lived in the village of West Charleston her entire adult life.  Her white house on the hill was known by most in the community and was a common gathering point for family and friends over the past many decades.  She loved gardening and working in her flowers every day, never resting if a weed or grub was in one of her beds.  She was the family matriarch who gladly opened her home as the focal point for the extended family and friends.  She was not shy about giving her family advice and often drilled the lessons of living frugally and within your means.  Many recall the traditional Sunday gatherings at the home place to gossip and play cards while enjoying her delicious culinary creations that became know as the “Sunday Special.”  She was proud of her associate’s degree in teaching that she earned at night while raising a family, making many long drives to New Hampshire to attend classes.  She enjoyed teaching Head Start in Island Pond and Newport for many years and often ran into her old students when she was out shopping or yard-saleing.  She discovered traveling when her son Gary moved away, and enjoyed many trips to Florida, Arizona and Indiana.

In recent years, she enjoyed getting back to Salem Lake to enjoy pontoon rides and family visits on the deck.  She also loved to go to the local restaurants with her daughter Beth, her husband, Clifford Crowe, and his mother, Kitty.

She is survived by her children:  Beth Crowe and her husband, Clifford, of West Charleston, Marsha Brunelle and her husband, Victor, of West Charleston, and Gary Powers and his wife, Jennifer, of Lafayette, Indiana; her brother Wayne Doncaster and his wife, Betty, of Irasburg; her seven grandchildren:  Jeffrey Powers, Summer Brunelle, Gabriel Brunelle, Megan Timmons, Casey Powers, Marshall Powers and Annie Powers; and by her great-grandchildren:  Kylie Monfett. Ricky Mislick, and Jacob Brunelle.  She also had many nieces and nephews, and was especially close to Cheryl Lawson, Keith Austin and Kathy Currie, whom she helped raise after her sister Vivian’s early passing.  She was predeceased by her husband Ray Powers in 2005; and by her siblings:  Wendell Doncaster, Vivian Austin, Joyce Jennesse and Otis Doncaster.

A memorial service was held on January 11 in Newport.

Memorial donations may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses 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.

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Richard Talbot

Richard D. Talbot

Richard D. Talbot, 76, of Jay, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at his home.

He was born on June 3, 1936, in Springfield, Massachusetts, a son of William and Ruth (Johnson) Talbot.  On June 14, 1962, he married Shirley Riendeau who survives him.  The couple celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2012.

Mr. Talbot entered the United States Marines, where he served his country during the Korean War.  During his lifetime, he was a traffic manager for General Instrument Corp., from where he retired.  He was an NRA patron member, PVA life member, DAV life member, and a member of the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy.  He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, and from the Hartford School of Criminology in Hartford, Connecticut.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and their visits.  He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, and carpentry.

He is survived by his children:  Luke Talbot of Island Pond, John Talbot and his wife, Kasey, of Newark, Matthew Talbot and his companion, Amber Lyon, of Westmore, Janelle Light and her husband, Robert, of Morrisonville, New York, and Beth Fitzgerald of Westfield, Massachusetts; his grandchildren:  Travis, Abel, Robert (R.J.), August, Molly, Savannah, and Kaeleigh; a great-granddaughter, Evelyn; and by several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his sisters:  Eleanor McNulty and Mary Agnes Funai and her husband, Fran.  He was predeceased by a son and daughter, and by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on January 12 in North Troy.  Spring interment will be in Jay Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114.

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

obit whippleDorothy E. Whipple

Dorothy E. Whipple, 83, of Newport died on January 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born October 3, 1929, in Orleans, a daughter of Elmer and Greta (Dunham) Hilliard.  In 1950 she married Leland Whipple, who predeceased her in 1986.

Mrs. Whipple worked as a nurse’s aid at the Maple Lane Nursing Home for over 20 years.  She also was employed at the soup kitchen at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.  She held memberships with the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries and the Orleans Senior Center.  Her hobbies included knitting, fishing, crocheting, doing puzzles, playing bingo, and attending to her houseplants.

She is survived by her children:  Barbara Jean Bushaw of Burlington, Bruce Whipple and his wife, Darlene, of Newport, Karen Conley and her husband, Jesse, of Barton, Kim Whipple and companion, Debbie, of Orleans, Mark Whipple and companion, Kerry, of Orleans, Chris Whipple and his wife, Kris, of California, and Colby Whipple of Brownington; by her 11 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers:  Warren, Clayton, Marvin, and Maynard (Stub); and by two sisters:  Verna Coburn and Verla Drake.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

A tribute:

Farewell to Merle Benway, an old friend

 by Roland K. Bickford

First of all, I would like to apologize for not speaking at Merle’s day of celebration.  Valerie asked me to speak, but I was speechless.

Yes, I could say a lot about Merle.  One thing he did was always give me a chance at things, like plowing and sanding Dexter Mountain with bald tires on the truck.  What an experience it was sliding down backwards three times.  Then he’d say, “Come with me, sonny,” and up the hill we’d go.  No problem.  He knew how to make them old town trucks plow and how to break them, too.

I’d like to thank his daughter Valerie and son-in-law Larry for calling Gary and I to go and see Merle for the last time, and also for everything they did for him until the end.

Merle and I had  our ups and downs, but whenever either one of us needed a helping hand we were always there for each other.

Farewell for now, Merle, until we meet again.

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries January 9, 2013

Marguerite Marie Emma Ames

Marguerite Marie Emma Ames

Marguerite Marie Emma Ames

 Marguerite Marie Emma Ames, 92, of Morgan passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family around her on January 6, 2013.  She was born on December 26, 1920, in Johnson, the daughter of Henry and Delores (Bergeron) Maynard, who predeceased her.  On July 5, 1939, she married Alton Frederick Ames Sr. who predeceased her in September 2004.

She loved traveling to Maine with her husband.  Mrs. Ames loved to cook, crochet, and spending time working on her rose bushes.  She also loved her Reader’s Digest and daily bread books, and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three children:  Anita Derosier of Newport, Alton Ames Jr.  of Swanton, and Arthur Ames of Morgan.  She was a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren:  Carol Derosier and her partner, Leo, of Newport, Ronald Derosier Jr. of Newport, Mary Higginson and her husband, Robert, of Morgan, Lisa LaBounty and her husband, David Sr. of Derby, Melissa Wilcox and her partner, Richard, of Newport, Alton Ames III of North Dakota, Octavia Ames of North Dakota, and Michael Ames and his wife, Holly, of Ohio.

She has ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She is also survived by two sisters and one brother and a special niece and her husband.

She was predeceased by her stepmother, Dorothy Maynard; by one sister and four brothers and her son-in-law, Hector Derosier Sr.

Graveside services will be held on July 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Clark Cemetery in Morgan.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent 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.

Donna F. Boisvert

Donna F. Boisvert

Donna F. Boisvert

Donna F. Boisvert, 55, of Newport died peacefully on January 5, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 9, 1957, in Springfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of O. Harry and Blanche (Prue) French.  On August 7, 1976, she married Larry Boisvert, who survives her.

Ms. Boisvert was secretary for the Border Lodge Credit Union.  She held membership with St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Boisvert, of Newport; by her children: Thomas Boisvert and his fiancé, Amanda Roberts, of Newport, and Andrew Boisvert and his wife, Corey, of North Troy; by her grandchild Shauna Boisvert; by her step-grandchildren:  Aaron Sheltra and Ashley Sheltra; by her sisters and brothers:  David French and his wife, JoAnn, of Newport, Robert French and his wife, Mary, of Springfield, James French and his wife, Patricia, of Springfield, Katherine French of Newport, Aileen Coulombe and her husband, Gerald, of Newport, and Julie Farioli and her husband, Dave, of Hampden, Massachusetts; by several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ms. Boisvert was devoted to her family, who always came first in her life.  Family was her joy, and she loved spending time with them at the lake, camping, and at frequent family gatherings.  She loved music and enjoyed it when everyone would sing, share love and laughter.  She treasured just being together, especially with her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed making all those around her happy and was always there for whatever her family needed.  She taught all how to love, laugh and cherish each other.  All are blessed with her genuine family spirit.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the HALO Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Terry M. Colburn

Terry M. Colburn

Terry M. Colburn

Terry M. Colburn, 68, of Barton died in Newport on December 31, 2012, with his family at his side.

He was born on July 13, 1944, in Barton, a son of Maurice and Blanche (Badger) Colburn.

On August 4, 1962, he proudly married his loving wife of 50 years, Brenda Bickford, who survives him.

Mr. Colburn had many jobs over the years but was known as a large equipment operator.  He worked many years for Calkins Sand and Gravel in Coventry.  He worked for area town highway departments.  He spent time logging, as well as running his own small engine repair shop.  He also worked several years at the Barton Graded School as a custodian.

He and his wife, Brenda, enjoyed camping with friends and family in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  Mr. Colburn enjoyed woodworking, tinkering on anything, and watching traffic from his front porch.  One of his favorite pastimes was watching sports on TV, especially college football and basketball.  He also loved his two dogs and their companionship.  He derived great pleasure from spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Colburn, of Barton; by his children:  Marvin Colburn and his wife, Rhonda, of Barton, Mark Colburn and his wife, Hope, of Glover, Kelita Colburn of Loris, South Carolina, and Konnie Perkins and her husband, Eric, of Westmore; by grandchildren Torre, Devin, and Lauren Colburn, and Brooke Perkins; by great-grandson Karson Meyer; by his brother Dick Colburn and his wife, Diane; his sisters Joyce Curtis and her friend, Dale, Gail Auger and her husband, Phillip, Cecile Randall and her husband, Charlie, Theresa Bonvouloir and her husband, Richard, and Beth Colburn.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Roy, and his sister Marilyn.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

Marcella M. Collette

Marcella M. Collette

Marcella M. Collette

On December 13, 2012, our mother left this earth.  Marcella M. Collette was born in Orleans on September 10, 1926, a daughter of Delphis and Juliette Souliere.

Growing up with ten brothers and sisters was a story within itself.  She leaves two younger sisters:  Sr. Carmel and Theresa and brother Beeb.

Mrs. Collette married the love of her life, Philip R. Collette. who predeceased her exactly six months to the day.  They celebrated their sixty-fifth anniversary in Florida where they had lived in harmony since 1980.  Their summers at Shadow Lake camp, “ Luvithere,” were many, and their family visited often to see their parents and grandparents  until the trips north proved to be too much.

Mrs. Collette had three sons:  Richard and his wife, Joyce, of North Carolina, David and Kathleen of North Carolina, and Mark and his wife, Dee-dee, of Orleans.  She was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her education was at Orleans and Sacred Heart High School, and her working life started at the local pharmacy, her father’s businesses and the Orleans Commission Sales for brother Joe.

For the next 20-plus years she was a partner with her husband, operating Phil Collette Plumbing and Heating in Orleans.  About 40 years ago, she was awarded a special honor from the Lions Club as Citizen of the Year as she was recognized for donating a kidney to her brother “Gassy,” which was quite a gift.  Putting others before herself reflected her strong faith in God, which helped her to be well prepared for her day of reckoning.  This inner strength was evident as her challenges were met every day for the last two years.

Mom was an awesome quilter and won many blue ribbons at the local fair.  Her quilts will be cherished by the family.  We admire our mother for many reasons but the fact that she accomplished so much throughout her life — a marriage that worked, a family to be proud of, over 30 years of retirement, returning to her home in Orleans with her independence just in time for Thanksgiving.  She didn’t ask for much — her own kitchen, laptop for her e-mails, and a lot of family and friends to share her remaining days back home, just taking care of business.  Many times we heard one of her favorite sayings:

“Yesterday is history

Tomorrow a mystery

Today is a gift

That’s why we call it the present.”

The care she received from her family, special friends, Home Health and the Visiting Nurse Association, professional health providers and many others was admirable and will always be remembered.

Funeral arrangements will be at the family’s earliest convenience.

At this time, any gifts offered in her memory could be directed toward the Orleans County home health, hospice and Visiting Nurse Association organizations.  Those people are indeed angels on earth who made the last days as comfortable as could be, special people indeed.  Thanks to all of you!

Mom is at peace with Phil, family and friends and her spirit will always be with us.  If anyone knows the words to an old Jimmy Durante song called “Side by Side,” the lyrics sum up her outlook of what is important in life. Wasn’t long ago we were singing it going down the road — she knew all the words.

Patrick Brien Corkins

Patrick Brien Corkins

Patrick Brien Corkins

Patrick Brien Corkins, 65, of Newport died suddenly on January 2, 2013, in Coventry.

He was born October 30, 1947, in Newport, a son of Rudolph and Vivian (Brien) Corkins.  On June 14, 1970, he married Jo-Anne DeJoseph, who survives him.  He graduated from Copaigue High School in 1965 in Long Island, New York.

Mr. Corkins was employed as a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He retired from there on November 1, 2012.

He was a member of the local 1829 Machinist Union and the Derby Lanes Bowling League and the softball league.  He loved to take his children and grandchildren fishing.  He also loved to watch western movies on television and buy scratch tickets.

He is survived by his wife, Jo-Anne Corkins, of Newport; by his children:  Patrick D. Corkins of Newport Center, Samantha L. Knight and her husband, Jeremiah, of Newport Center, and Cole Corkins and his wife, Samantha, of Newport Center; by his grandchildren:  Patrick T, and Olivia Corkins, Deven, and Mattisen Knight, and Sophie Mae Corkins; by a brother, Dennis Corkins, and his wife, Luann, of Gouldsboro, Maine; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Michael and Rudolph Corkins.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on January 8.  Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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

Amanda L. Coull

Amanda L. Coull

Amanda L. Coull

Amanda L. Coull, 32, of North Troy died suddenly on January 1, 2013, in Newport.

She was born April 23, 1980, in Springfield, a daughter of Wilmer McVinney and the late Anita (Fortin) McVinney.  She married Donald Coull, who survives her.

Ms. Coull enjoyed playing bingo and loved her children very much.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Coull, of Island Pond; by her children:  Taylor B. Coull and Corbin Coull, both of North Troy; by her father, Wilmer McVinney, of New York; and by her two brothers:  Patrick McVinney and his wife, Amanda, of New York, and Paul McVinney, also of New York.

She was predeceased by her mother, Anita McVinney, and by her sister Kathleen Malcolm.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Spring interment will be in Bellows Falls.

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.

Lorna May (Christie) Coutts

Lorna May (Christie) Coutts

Lorna May (Christie) Coutts

 Lorna May (Christie) Coutts, 89, of Boxborough, Massachusetts, died on December 30, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born in Melbourne, Quebec, Canada, on May 21, 1923, a daughter of the late Reuben and Madonna (Gereaux) Christie, and she was the wife of the late James Donald Coutts, who died in 2000, and the mother of the late Major James Bruce Coutts.

She moved to Island Pond at a young age and graduated from Brighton High School in Brighton.  She moved to Massachusetts and graduated from Mt. Auburn School of Nursing in Cambridge in 1942.  She then joined the U.S Army Nurse Corps as a first lieutenant in World War II, serving in Italy.  She was married in 1947 and had made her home in Boxborough since 1961.  Mrs. Coutts returned to Mt. Auburn Hospital as a supervisor of nursing for several years.  She later worked with her husband at their business, J. Coutts and Son Company, now operating as Coutts Specialty Foods.

Mrs. Coutts is survived by four daughters:  Lorna and her husband, Raymond Rush, of Littleton, Massachusetts, Alison Chateauneuf of Boxborough, Martha and her husband, Alfred Eisenberg, of Francestown, New Hampshire, and Janet L. Coutts of Westborough, Massachusetts; by two sisters:  Norma Meredith of Island Pond and Roberta Lybrand of Hollywood, Florida; by her brother Robert and his wife, Irene Christie, of Island Pond; by seven grandchildren:  Cydney Cotter, Wesley Rush, Cameron Chateauneuf, Graham Chateauneuf, Rachael Coutts, Stephanie Harris, and the late Evan Chateauneuf.  She had seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on January 4 at the Badger Funeral Home in Littleton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 70 Walnut Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481, or Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 1, Ayer, Massachusetts 01432.

Please see www.badgerfuneral.com.

Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

 Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr., 73, of Irasburg died suddenly on December 19, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Crouch was born at home on June 19, 1939, in North Haven, Connecticut, a son of the late Alan and Eleanor (Kripps) Crouch Sr.  He was a 1957 graduate of North Haven High School in North Haven, Connecticut.

He married Shirley Flagg on September 8, 1962.  A lifelong love story endured as Mr. and Mrs. Crouch recently celebrated their golden fiftieth wedding anniversary on September 8, 2012, with family and friends.

Mr. Crouch’s career as a heavy equipment crane operator brought him to nearly every city in the Northeast, building bridges, roadways, the World Trade Center twin towers in the 1960s, and most recently he completed work on the Ted Williams Tunnel as part of the Big Dig in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a proud member of the Teamsters Union and Local 4 International Union of Operating Engineers.

In his younger years, Mr. Crouch was a volunteer lieutenant with the North Haven Fire Department.  He enjoyed building things, and admired anyone who worked with their hands.  He loved tractor pulling, restoring antique John Deere tractors, and gardening.  He was also a comical storyteller who could make anyone laugh until they had tears in their eyes.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Crouch, of Irasburg; by his sons:  Robbie Crouch Jr. of Lyndonville and Peter Crouch and his wife, Lysa, of Loudon, New Hampshire; his daughter Amy Crouch of Washington, D.C.; by his grandchildren:  Brianna, Cody, Caroline and Thomas; by a brother, Ralph E. Crouch, and his wife, Maureen, of North Haven, Connecticut; and by his sister, Margaret Gunn and her husband, Frederick, of Wallingford, Connecticut.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  his oldest brother, Alan Crouch Jr., and his youngest brother, Donald Crouch Sr.  He leaves behind those two special sisters-in-law:  Linda Pyle Mastroianni of Wallingford, and Linda Lawlor Crouch of Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. on May 17, 2013, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call on Friday, May 17, 2013, at the funeral home at 5 p.m.

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

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

Sister Cecile M. Fortin

 Sister Cecile M. Fortin, FCSCJ (Sr. St. Reginald), a Daughter of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on December 30, 2012, at the Mount Sacred Heart Provincial House Infirmary in Littleton, New Hampshire, after a long illness.

She was born February 12, 1928, in Derby Line, a daughter of Cyrille Fortin and Albertina Lessard Fortin.

She professed her vows with her religious congregation on July 29, 1947. During her 65 years of religious profession, Sister Cecile served missions as an educator, religious formator, school administrator and congregational leader.  Her missions took her to Sherbrooke, Quebec, Newport, Burlington, and Barre; Champlain, Buffalo, and Plattsburgh, New York; Franklin, Colebrook, and Littleton, New Hampshire; Seekonk, Massachusetts; La Salle-de-Vihiers, France; and Crowley, Louisiana.

Sister Cecile had a passion for learning and teaching that was contagious, whether the subject was French, theology, spirituality, or literacy and GED mentoring.  Following 12 years on the congregation’s international leadership team, and having traveled the world, she readily gave herself to the challenge of working in proximity to the poor and underserved here in the U.S.

In her later years, Sister Cecile helped to establish the congregation’s presence in the Deep South, leaving St. Theresa Parish because of health reasons not long before hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita ravaged that area.  During these past few years of sharing life with the sisters at Mount Sacred Heart, Sister Cecile reveled in the beauty and cycles of nature, harvesting the fruit of the earth — berries, apples — and artistically arranging flowers picked from the fields and forests of the Mount Sacred Heart property.

Sister Cecile is survived by her brother Viateur and his wife, Rita; by sisters Bernadette, Rita Peterson, and Yollande Osowski; sisters-in-law Laurette, Jeanne, and Melvedine; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers Maurice, Alexandre, and Reginald; her brothers-in-law Allan Peterson and Walter Osowski; by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and her nephew Guy; and by her sisters in the religious community.

A Mass was celebrated in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel with interment to take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport in the spring.

To offer condolences, please visit www.rossfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in care of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561-4210, or make a donation to the charity of your choice whose mission it is to take care of the needs of the poor.

Alice Hayes

Alice Hayes

 Alice Hayes

 Alice Hayes, 87, died peacefully at home on December 17, 2012.

She was born August 5, 1925, in Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter of Oscar and Freda (Peterson) Benson.  She graduated from William Hall High School and worked at the probate court in Hartford, Connecticut.  In 1950 she married Mark John Hayes and moved to Enosburg Falls.   Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were blessed with six children.  They moved their family to Newport in 1971, upon establishing Hayes Ford.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, and her brother and sisters.

She is survived by her children and their families:  Mark and Eva of Newport, Michael and Ivette of Maryland, Ann and Bill McGurn of Colorado, Susan of California, Mary Beth and David Mooney of Colchester, and Peter and Diana of California; by her grandchildren:  Mike, Brock, Bryant and Sarah Hayes, Kit and Molly McGurn, David, Liz, Kyla and Liam Mooney, and Zach, Meagan and McKeena Hayes.

Mrs. Hayes enjoyed an abundance of friendships and made friends wherever she went.  She was a well-respected and active member of both the Enosburg and Newport communities.  She served on numerous boards and supported many charitable and community organizations.  A gift to a favorite charitable organization in her memory would be a fitting tribute in lieu of flowers.

A party, at her request, to celebrate her life will be announced in the spring.

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

Adrienne Kells

Pictured above, from left to right, in the first row are:  Donald Perron, Norman Perron, Rene Perron, and Roger Perron.  In the second row are:  Mamie Pudvah, Blanche Benway, and Adrienne Kells;  Noellia Morency Perron is in the front.  Photo courtesy of Valerie Benway Gaboriault

Pictured above, from left to right, in the first row are: Donald Perron, Norman Perron, Rene Perron, and Roger Perron. In the second row are: Mamie Pudvah, Blanche Benway, and Adrienne Kells; Noellia Morency Perron is in the front. Photo courtesy of Valerie Benway Gaboriault

When we got news that Aunt Adrienne (Kells) died in December I realized her death meant the end of a generation in our family.  Our grandfather immigrated to Vermont in 1921 with his wife and three oldest children — Rene, Mamie and Adrienne.  They bought a farm in Glover from Noble Clark on what was then known as Clark Hill. 

As the years passed, the family grew.  There were eight children born to Alfred and Noellia Perron.  One son, Ronald, died in a tragic accident when he was two.  The rest of the boys married and acquired farms in Glover.  Roger, Donald and Norman had farms on the former Clark Hill, now known as Perron Hill.  Rene acquired the farm on Route 16 with land bordering Perron Hill.  All lived within minutes of each other.  Mamie married and lived in Glover Village, and Blanche married and lived on Perron Hill.  Adrienne was the only Perron child to leave Glover.

Adrienne Lillian Perron Kells died on December 11, 2012, in Chester, Connecticut.

She was born March 4, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec.  She was the daughter of Alfred and Noellia (Morency) Perron.  She married Kenneth Kells on August 19, 1939.  They made their home in Branford, Connecticut, where she enjoyed her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Branford and was active in the women’s society there.  She and her family would travel to Vermont regularly.  Her visits were always looked forward to by her many nieces and nephews, who treasure their memories of Aunt Adrienne.

She is survived by her son James of North Branford, Connecticut; her daughter-in-law Judy Kells of Essex, Connecticut;  her sisters-in-law Dorothy Perron and Almy Perron of Glover; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ken Kells; her son Ken Kells Jr.; her brothers:  Rene, Roger, Donald, Ronald, and Norman Perron; and her sisters Mamie Pudvah and Blanche Benway.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 11 a.m., during her favorite time of year — when the daffodils bloom.   This will be at the First Baptist Church, 975 Main St., Branford, Connecticut.  Clancy Funeral Home of Branford is in charge of arrangements. — submitted by Valerie Benway Gaboriault

 Stacey B. Lafoe

 Stacey B. Lafoe of Concord, New Hampshire, and Key Largo, Florida, died peacefully on December 27, 2012. He was born on June 14, 1949, in Barton to Bernie L. Lafoe and Marjorie E. (Labor) Lafoe.

He spent most of his childhood in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy, after which he worked for Cabot Cheese and helped his dad deliver the products to various areas in New Jersey.

He raced cars in the NASCAR North Series when he began his collection of Dale Earnhardt memorabilia.  He also worked for Ethan Allen Furniture before moving to Concord to drive for his sister Jacqueline (Paul’s Quick Lunch Truck).  He also worked for Phoenix Construction driving heavy machinery, and retired from Graphic Packaging when the company moved to North Carolina.

He spent his retirement years working on and collecting antique cars, watching NASCAR races, sailing, boating, and fishing in the waters of Lake Winnipesauke, New Hampshire, and Key Largo.

He was a 23-year member of Orleans Sons of the American Legion squad No. 0023, past president of the Concord Fraternal Order of Eagles #613, a member of Concord VFW Post #1631, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Key Largo Lodge #2287.

He leaves his sister, Jacqueline Audet, nieces, aunts, and many cousins.

He will be missed for his quick smile, his seasonal toys, and his Donald Duck talk to all the children as well as adults he made smile.

Burial of his ashes by his family will take place in the spring.

Donations may be made to a charity of choice in his memory.

Gerald “Jerry” Latouche

Gerald “Jerry” Latouche

Gerald “Jerry” Latouche

 Gerald “Jerry” Latouche, 87, of Island Pond died while visiting the home of his daughter Rita and her husband, Gary, in Illinois.

He was born April 7, 1925, in Island Pond, a son to Alphonse and Minnie Latouche.  He was a World War II veteran and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Random Post #230 and the American Legion Brighton Post #80.  He retired as a machinist from Butterfields and as a foreman at Dartmouth Woolen Mills.

Mr. Latouche was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and card player.  He enjoyed watching and supporting the Red Sox and Patriots.  He truly enjoyed the family dogs and being around his family.

He is survived by five daughters and their spouses:  Joan and her husband, Lorne LeClaire, of Pittsburg, New Hampshire, Jean and her husband, Duane Graveline, of Derby, Phyllis and Gary Ming of Island Pond, Rita and her husband, Gary Major, of Zion, Illinois, and Rena and her husband, Mark Ellingwood, of Newark; by the following grandchildren:  Kirk and Jennifer, Paul, John, Matthew, Jennifer and Muzafar, Tiffany, and Thomas and Jennifer; by great-grandchildren: Kyle, Allison, Andrew, Kaleb, Brianna, Christian, Michelle, Alexandra, Ahmed, and Myah; by stepgrandchildren:  Jenny, Nick, Jenis and Joe, and Aimee; and by step great-grandchild Madison and special friend Jay; by siblings Jerry, Gladys and Richard, Betty, Lorraine, Roger and Dot, Claire and Jim, Rodney and Belle; and by several nieces and nephews from the Latouche and Michaud families.

His wife, Pauline, whom he had been married to for 55 years; his grandson Richard; his brother Richard; and step great-granddaughter Courtney predeceased him.

Contributions in his memory may be made to NEKCA Food Shelf, P.O. Box 430, 70 Cross Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846

Funeral services were held on December 31 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

Madeleine Lucia Lepage

Madeleine Lucia Lepage

Madeleine Lucia Lepage

 Madeleine Lucia Lepage, 93, of Newport died on January 2, 2013, in Derby.

She was born June 3, 1919, in Rimouski, Quebec, a daughter of Thomas and Alma (Leclerc) Vignola.  On July 7, 1937 she married Leonard Lepage, who predeceased her on March 25, 1980.

Mrs. Lepage was a self-employed seamstress.  She made wedding dresses, and did different types of upholstery.  She also enjoyed knitting.

She is survived by her son Robert Lepage and his companion, Joan Brunell, of Derby; by her grandchildren:  Carrie Switser and her husband, Elvin, of Sutton, Cory Lepage and his partner, Mario Gonzalez Jr., of Anchorage, Alaska, Lisa Lepage of Fairview, Tennessee, Brian Lepage and his wife, Kim, of Fairview, Tennessee; by her great-grandchildren:  Bryson and Emma Lepage and Christine-Rae Switser; by step-granddaughter Rhonda Patenaude and her husband, Danny, and their children:  Michael, Tyler and Taylor of Derby Line; by her sisters:  Jeanne Proux of Rimouski, Quebec, Sister Lorette Vignola of Salmon Lake, Quebec, and Giselle Chenard of Bic, Quebec; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by her special friends:  Raymond Patenaude of Newport and Christine Reed of Orleans.

She was predeceased by her sisters and brothers:  Raoul, Emanuel, and Narcisse Vignola, Martha Vignola, Blanche Brien and Jean d’Arc Vignola, Philomine Banville, and Alphonsine Vignola; and by her son Bertrand Lepage on June 10, 1993.

Funeral services were held on January 5 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea 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.

Lyman E. Locke Sr.

Lyman E. Locke Sr.

Lyman E. Locke Sr.

 Lyman E. Locke Sr. 88, beloved father, died on December 17, 2012, at the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro.

Mr. Locke was born on March 21, 1924, a son of Earl and Helen Locke of Pike, New Hampshire.  Mr. Locke graduated from Haverhill Academy in Haverhill, New Hampshire.  On September 15, 1942, he married Jean Rogers, who predeceased him.

Mr. Locke logged out of the Pike area and was a dairy farmer in Fairlee, Norwich, and Brandon.  After retiring in 1978 he moved to Albany, where he was part of the town water department.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, maple sugaring, and gardening.  In 2005 he moved to the Craftsbury Community Care Center with his wife, Jean.

He leaves behind his daughters:  Nina Brigham and her husband, Marshall, of Cleveland, Georgia, Judith Mello and her husband, Manning, of Dahlonega, Georgia, Rosalie Berkey and her husband, Kenneth, of Summerfield, North Carolina; a son, Lyman E. Locke Jr., and his wife, Deborah, of Albany; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  The newest addition to his family, born on October 31, 2012, was great-granddaughter Lily Jean Locke-McAllister, daughter of Angela M. Locke-McAllister and her husband, Ben McAllister of Albany, sister to great-grandaughter Emma and Seth Locke-McAllister.

Services will be held in the spring of 2013 in Haverhill.

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

James A. McAllister

James A. McAllister

James A. McAllister

 James A. McAllister Jr., 68, of Derby died on December 20, 2012, in Newport.

He was born March 29, 1944, in Lowell, a son of James and Delima (Therriault) McAllister Sr.

On July 12, 1968, he married Brenda Smith, who survives him.  Mr. McAllister was raised on a farm and served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Germany during the Vietnam War.  He moved to Connecticut for 17 years where he made and designed jewelry for Napier Company.  He returned to Vermont where he was employed for 17 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans before his illness.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, working with his hands, and getting together with friends and family.  He was a very quiet man who loved his family, his dog and his puzzle books.  He really appreciated the wonderful care he received from the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice and the doctors and nurses who came to his home when he could no longer travel.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda McAllister, of Derby; by his children:  Valerie Keith of Beebe Plain, Kathleen Patrick and her husband, Harold, of Newport, Sheila Baraw and her husband, Anthony, of Troy, and Peter McAllister and his wife, Peggy, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Cory, Aubrey, Christopher, Kytreana, Keira, Nicole, Brooke, Taylor, Abigail and Emily; by his sisters:  Christine Fippinger and her partner, Ed, of Torrington, Connecticut, Suzanna Ruokonen of Brookfield, Connecticut, Blanche Coulombe and her husband, Roger, of Essex Junction, Rose Philip and her husband, Bill, of Milton, Bertha Ostrowski of Meridianville, Georgia, and Virginia Raymond of North Creek, New York; sisters-in-law Barbara McAllister of Deltona, Florida, and Linda McAllister of Torrington, Connecticut; and by brothers-in-law Art McDonald and Vincent Brophy.

He was predeceased by a son, Jason; by his brothers Bill and Tom; and by the following sisters:  Catherine, Marie, Beatrice, and Jennie.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

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

Irene F. (Chic) Nager

Irene F. (Chic) Nager

Irene F. (Chic) Nager

 Irene F. (Chic) Nager, 76, of Newport died suddenly on January 4, 2013, in Newport.

She was born August 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Eugene and Irene (Scott) Dwyer.  She married Vincent Riccio, who predeceased her 15 years ago.

Mrs. Nager enjoyed reading and doing puzzles.  Her family was her greatest joy and she was a very giving mother, grandmother and aunt.  She was a police officer for the city of Sunrise, Florida, where she retired after 22 years of service.

She was employed for over 20 years at the former Snow Goose and Margie’s Hallmark in Newport, where she was very well liked by the customers.

She is survived by her children:  Jean Marie Riccio of Newport and Louis Riccio of Bellows Falls; by her grandchildren:  Sean Riccio of Seattle, Washington, and Adam Nager and his wife, Heather, of Florida; by her brother Eugene Dwyer and his wife, Kathy, of New York; by her sisters:  Elaine Cullen and her husband, Robert, of Illinois and Patricia Burke of Texas; and by many Irish nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Jane Donnelly.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes 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.

 Vernon Glenn Patrick

Vernon Glenn Patrick

 Vernon Glenn Patrick

 Vernon Glenn Patrick, 73, of Hardwick died on January 1, 2013, at his home in Hardwick, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 11, 1939, in Brownington, a son of Harold and Olive (Martin) Patrick.  He grew up in Brownington and joined the National Guard on February 25, 1963.  He served for three years, six months and 21 days.  Additionally, he performed eight weeks of basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Mr. Patrick was a hardworking man.  He worked at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe for many years.  After that, he worked at Squash Valley in Waterbury.  His largest impact was at his most recent position at People’s Academy in Morrisville.  There, he touched the lives of so many students and faculty they even dedicated the 2012 yearbook to him.

Mr. Patrick wed Linda Stevens in 1969.  They were happily married for 12 years, until she died in December of 1981.  They had four children: Duke, Paula, James, and Mike.  Mr. Patrick remarried in 1994 to Beverly (Cady) Patoine.  They were happily married for 18 years, but were together for many years prior.  Ms. Patoine brought two stepchildren into Mr. Patrick’s life:  Peggy and Joey.  Mr. Patrick was a family man.  He enjoyed helping his children in any respect that involved getting his hands dirty.  He enjoyed building things and being there for everyone in any way he could.  His smile could light up a room and his laughter will be missed.

Mr. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Olive; his brothers Glenn and Paul; and by a son, Vernon Patrick Jr., in 1973.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Patrick, of Hardwick; his mother-in-law Nellie Cady; his brother Pat of Kentucky; his sisters:  Betty Gravel and her husband, Robert, of Woodbury, Edie Stevens of Orleans, and Nancy Wright and her husband, Aldos, of Littleton, New Hampshire; by his children:  son Duke Patrick and his wife, Kathy, of Newport, daughter Paula Mallo and her husband, Gary Sr., son James Patrick and his wife, Etta, and son Michael Patrick and his wife, Jennifer, all of Hardwick; by a stepdaughter with his first wife, Linda: Ailiya who lives in Florida with her husband, David, and daughters Amanda, Megan, Morgan and Codie; and by grandchildren Michael, Michelle, Maddison, Erin, Sabrina, Makayla, Linda, Tiffany, Gary Jr., Christopher, Kytreana, Emma, Thomas, Gracie, Brian, Anthony, and Benjamin.  Mr. Patrick was even lucky enough to meet two great-grandchildren:  Chase and Connor.

Funeral services were held on January 5 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.

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.

Beverly A. Plante

Beverly A. Plante

Beverly A. Plante

 Beverly A. Plante, 72, of Bristol, Connecticut, died suddenly at her home on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

She was born on January 21, 1940, in Barton, a daughter of the late Albert and Pearl (Johnson) Blouin.

For years, Mrs. Plante worked in a machine shop in Forestville, Connecticut, buffing and polishing, and later in life she worked and retired from Harvest Investments Apartments.  She enjoyed playing Bingo, setback and cribbage, singing and dancing, and attended St. Gregory Church.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Real and Tracey Plante of Bristol; her daughter and son-in-law Debra and Eric Wojewoda of Terryville, Connecticut; her grandchildren, Kristen Plante of Florida, Victoria Wojewoda of Terryville and Katie Vezina of Vermont; her longtime companion, John Sawe, of Bristol; her sister and brother-in-law Betty and Armand Fontaine of Vermont; her sister-in-law Pat Blouin of Bristol; and her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Camille J. Plante; her stepson Ronnie LaCourse; and her brothers Robert and Raymond Blouin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mrs. Plante’s memory to:  Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, Missouri 64187-1847, or visit www.pkdcure.org

For online condolences, please visit www.obrien-funeralhome.com

Robert S. Pomeroy

Robert S. Pomeroy

Robert S. Pomeroy

Robert S. Pomeroy of Derby died on December 21, 2012, in Derby.

He was born December 24, 1927, in Newport, a son of Benjamin and Marjorie (Shorey) Pomeroy. On October 30, 1996, he married Corrine Bergmann, who survives him.

Mr. Pomeroy was a car inspector for the Canadian Pacific Railroad where he retired in 1987. He held membership with the Masonic Union Lodge #65 F&AM and he enjoyed all types of sports.  He loved to follow his grandson’s progress while he was playing for the Hershey Bear Hockey Team in Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife, Corrine Pomeroy, of Wausau, Wisconsin; by his children:  Linda Parsons of Derby, Susan Kane of Derby, Carole Emond and her husband, Carl, of Hyde Park, and David Pomeroy of Berkshire; by nine grandchildren:  Emily Morse, Ben Parsons and his wife, Tiffany, Maggie Parsons, Allie Parsons, Nathan Kane, Crystal Poulin and her husband, Jason, Graham Mink and his wife, Christina, Robert Mink, and Andrew Mink; by 11 great-grandchildren; and by two sisters:  Louise Devereaux of Lyndonville and Frances Parker of Traverce, Florida.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Pierrette Lamaire, in 1995; by his brother Paul Pomeroy; and by his sisters Josie Sherrer and Mildred Kendall.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Kidney Association, P.O. Box 244, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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

Oscar Robitaille

Oscar Robitaille

Oscar Robitaille

 Oscar Robitaille, 96, of Derby died peacefully on December 28, 2012, in Derby.

He was born October 16, 1916, in St. Thomas, Quebec, a son of Dominick and Victoria (St. Peter) Robitaille.  On December 17, 1940, he married Cecile Perrault, who predeceased him on April 17, 2008.

Mr. Robitaille entered the U.S. Navy where he served his country during World War II.  He lived most of his life in Connecticut where he was a painter and landscaper and retired to Vermont 24 years ago.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #21, both of Newport.

He is survived by his daughters:  Betty Smith and Barbara Evon, both of Waterbury, Connecticut; by his five grandchildren:  Fred Smith, Chris Smith, Shanna Wilkins, Scott Wilkins, and Jason Evon; by five great-grandchildren:  Alex Smith, Brandon Claudio, Ivan Claudio, Nadia Evon, and Paige Evon;  by his brother Harvey Robitaille and his wife, Beverly, of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son-in-law Earl Evon.

Funeral services and interment will take place in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport with full military honors.

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

Robert Preston Rollins

Robert Preston Rollins

Robert Preston Rollins

 Robert Preston Rollins, 73, of Hyde Park died on December 28, 2012, in Palm City, Florida, with his daughters at his side.

He was born to the late Leah (Thurston) and Mark Preston Rollins on January 16, 1939.

Mr. Rollins grew up on Crystal Lake in Barton.  He graduated from Barton Academy, going on to a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Vermont in 1960 and later completed a graduate program at Pace University in New York City.

In 1959, he and Polly Klemtner married and eventually settled in Stowe, where they raised their three daughters.  They enjoyed active participation in Stowe’s lively social, civic, and sporting activities.  Along with owning and expanding the Barrows, Mercia, and Rollins Insurance Agency of Morrisville, Mr. Rollins also served 29 years as a director on the board of the Union Bank of Vermont.  He joined his friends and colleagues in supporting and promoting community efforts in fund-raising for local charitable organizations.

In addition to his public efforts, Mr. Rollins, in a quiet and modest way, helped many in need.  For the past 15 years he made his home in Hyde Park, at his summer camp on Lake Memphremagog in Canada, and wintered in Florida.  An avid golfer, a happy hunter, and good fisherman, he also found time to enjoy the quieter sports of the card table and the cribbage board.  Of all of the sports, he enjoyed — boating, skiing, fishing, hunting — he seemed happiest when he was golfing, attending golf tournaments, or even watching golf on TV.  The sun and the golfing possibilities drew him to spending as much time in Florida as he could, first, in the Florida Keys where super fishing and golf competed for his time, and, then a little further north where living on the 16/17th fairway of his golf home in Palm City satisfied him greatly.

Mr. Rollins leaves three daughters:  Leslie Rollins of Naples, Florida, Karen Sherman Weeks and her husband, Tom Weeks, of Morrisville, and Donna Pentrack of Tarpon Springs, Florida; his friend and constant companion from many years ago, Jacquelyn Sheehan Schultz; five grandchildren:  Kyle Walker, Kristin Walker, Leah Sherman, Abby Sherman, and Meghan Pentrack; two great-granddaughters:  Charlotte Walker and Sequoia Primmer; sister-in-law Jane Rollins; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother William Rollins.

A memorial service was held on January 5 at the Second Congregational Church of Hyde Park followed by a gathering at the Stone Grill Pub in Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to Lamoille County Meals on Wheels, 24 Lower Main St., Morrisville, Vermont 05661 in Mr. Rollins’ name would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries December 26, 2012

Gordon Laclair

Gordon Laclair

 Gordon Everett LaClair

Gordon Everett LaClair, 76, died peacefully in his sleep on December 17, 2012, at his residence in Barton.

In June of 2008, he was predeceased by his wife, Rose (McCann), whom he shared many years with as they raised three children, primarily in Orleans County.

He met his wife while stationed at Greenham Common Air Force Base in England.  It was a quick courtship, and it did not take long for them to marry after meeting one another.  It was a partnership that lasted almost 50 years, until her death.

Mr. LaClair was a true “old school Vermonter.”  Even when he was a young boy, he had an amazing work ethic, happily helping his father farm.  Anything that involved the outdoors was where he loved to be, especially if it involved driving a tractor.  Milking cows, haying, plowing the fields,… He loved farming as he was growing up, and he loved his tractors right up until the day he died.

In his late teens, Mr. LaClair enlisted in the Air Force.  After his enlistment was finished, he served in the Army Guard for a short time, then transitioned to the Air National Guard, where he faithfully served in the Air Force and Air Guard for a total of 35 years, retiring as a master sergeant.

Mr. LaClair honed his skills as a chef during his military service, working at various establishments throughout the years, doing what he had an inbred knack for — cooking.  He loved to cook.  In latter years, he was employed in dining services at Lyndon State College.  He worked there approximately 20 years until his retirement.  Even on his days off, when he could rest from the kitchen, he still would often make elaborate meals for the family.

Anybody who personally knew Gordon, also knew that he was a diligent worker.  He was a man who had a very difficult time merely “relaxing.”  After his retirement, he kept himself busy by helping friends and neighbors with building projects and working on their gardens with the trusty old Ford tractor he inherited from his dad, which he lovingly kept painting and repairing for decades.  He once even sold his old Ford, but missed it so much that he bought it back. It was something his dad handed down to him, and he simply couldn’t permanently part with it.

Even though he bought himself a brand new tractor last year, Mr. LaClair still said that his old ’52 Ford was his favorite.  Nothing could replace it.

He was noted for his simplicity. There was nothing complicated or guileful about Mr. LaClair. He was a simple man who enjoyed a very simple life.

Throughout their lives, both Mr. and Mrs. LaClair had a collection of much-loved pets, which they doted on with great affection.  Mr. LaClair always had a collection of faithful dogs and cats, and along with his wife, treated all of his pets like they were favored grandchildren.

What Mr. LaClair loved even more than tractors and animals was his Catholic faith.  After he met his wife, he converted to Catholicism and practiced his faith with great devotion.  He could be seen at Mass every single week, and, along with other parishioners, faithfully prayed the rosary before the service.

He and Mrs. LaClair always made certain they said their daily prayers together before they started the day.  He helped clean the church, and passed the offering baskets at Mass, and made certain that his parish knew they could count on him for anything that was needed.  His spiritual faith played the greatest role in his life.

Mr. LaClair was a “people person.” He could be very outgoing and talkative.

He cared about almost everyone who had touched his life.  He was a frequent visitor to those he knew who were in the hospital or living in nursing homes.  He would put flowers on the graves of distant relatives who had died even if he hadn’t seen them in years, because as he would say, “It doesn’t matter that I haven’t seen them in 30 years.  You still remember people anyway.  This is important.”

Whatever Mr. LaClair did, he did with great sincerity and heart — or he wouldn’t do it at all. That summed up what he stood for:  He was simple and sincere.

Mr. LaClair was born on December 13, 1936, in Sutton to Ray and Avis (Knapp) LaClair.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Stanley, niece Cynthia LaClair-Stone, and brother-in-law Stanley Brill, along with many extended family members, including uncles and cousins and in-laws, also in Vermont, and throughout the United Kingdom.

He is survived by his three children:  Patrick of Apache Junction, Arizona, Jacqueline of Bradford, and Christina of Shelburne; by his daughter-in-law Diana LaClair and son-in-law Steven Butler; by his seven grandchildren:  Tabitha, April, Matthew, Katherine, Tameara, Tianna, and Steven; by his sister Shirley Brill of Sutton; and by many nieces, nephews, and in-laws throughout the United Kingdom and the United States.  Special recognition goes to Ann Farrand of Newport, who was a wonderful sister-in-law, and who remained close to Mr. and Mrs. LaClair throughout the years.

Mr. and Mrs. LaClair both had a great fondness for Shirley and Stanley’s children, and dearly loved Mrs. LaClair’s siblings and nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom.  Even after his wife died, Mr. LaClair made certain to keep in touch with his wife’s family overseas.  One of his last tasks was to make sure he sent out Christmas cards to some of those in Ireland, England and Scotland.  Quite an undertaking, considering that Mrs. LaClair was one of 13 children.

We might presume that Mr. LaClair was reunited with his favorite Irish lady, Rose, in heaven, where she no doubt was patiently waiting for him.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 29, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass.  Spring interment will be in the Sutton Village Cemetery in Sutton.

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

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

Ruth Martin

Ruth Martin

Ruth Mae Martin

Ruth Mae Martin, 72, of Island Pond died peacefully at her home on December 17, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 15, 1940, in East Charleston, a daughter of Frank and Irene (LaCourse) Wood Jr.  On December 31, 1955, she married Earl E. Martin Sr., who predeceased her on November 30, 2011.

Along with her late husband, Mrs. Martin created and operated Martin’s Redemption Center in Island Pond for several years.  At one time she was also employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Island Pond and Orleans and by the veneer mill in Stratford, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Martin enjoyed the company of her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She also loved cooking family dinners and spending time with her pets.

She is survived by her children:  Earl Martin, Jr. and his wife, Francine, of Island Pond, Robert Martin and his wife, Tia, of Niceville, Florida, Dale Martin of Nashua, New Hampshire, Denis Martin of Morgan, and Tammy Barrup of Island Pond; by her grandchildren:  Lance, Corey, Adam, Cody, Dawn, Andrew, Aimee, Eric, Jessica, and Martin; by her great-grandchildren:  Chance, Sarah, Taylor, Connor, Austin, Leo, Lucas, Brooklyn, Gracie, Corey-James, and Austin-Paul; by her brothers and sisters:  Alton Ward of Boca Raton, Florida, Marilyn Maxwell and her husband, Douglas, of Island Pond, Marion Wood of Newport, Marjorie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, Carl Wood of Alberta, Canada, Dorothy Rundle of Statesville, North Carolina, and Ruby Cook of Fort Myers, Florida; by her sisters-in-law:  Beatrice Gentley of Campton, New Hampshire, and Eva Martin of Island Pond; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Willmot.

Funeral services were held on December 19 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with the Reverend Jacob Kocis officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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.

Harry Porter

Harry Porter

Harry A. Porter

Harry A. Porter, 71, of Derby Line, died on December 15, 2012, at his home.

He was born March 16, 1941, in Derby Line, a son of Milton and Winifred (Drew) Porter.

He entered the United States Navy in 1962 and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mr. Porter was an electrician for Tivoly, Inc., in Derby Line and retired after 35 years.  He was a member of American Legion Post #21 of Newport and the Derby Fish and Game Club.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking, and making much of the furniture in his home.  He loved all animals, especially his dog, Lucky, who was his constant companion.  He also enjoyed traveling, including attending several Navy reunions and fishing up north.

He is survived by his brother Milton Porter and his wife, Diane, of Alamo, Texas, and by several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Mildred Graves and her husband, Jim.

Funeral services were held on December 22 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Line Cemetery.

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

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

Roger Ricard

Roger Ricard

Roger H. Ricard

Roger H. Ricard, 56, of Windsor, Connecticut, loving husband of 19 years to Lynn (Wolf) Ricard, died on Monday, December 17, 2012, at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Connecticut.

He was born in Newport, a son of the late John Paul Ricard and Avis (Lafont) Ricard.  He grew up and lived in Newport before moving to Windsor 20 years ago.  He was a graduate of North Country Union High School, and he was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing as a furniture repairman for many years.

Mr. Ricard enjoyed woodworking.  He was a loving and devoted husband, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters:  Theresa Ricard and Deborah Biron and her husband, Dale, all of Newport; a brother, John P. Ricard Jr., and his wife, Tammy, of Newport; his father- and mother-in-law, Reid and Mercedes Wolf, of Naples, Florida, and formerly of Windsor, Connecticut; four brothers-in-law:  Brian Wolf and his wife, Maureen, of Granby, Connecticut, Kevin Wolf of Salem, Massachusetts, Keith Wolf and his wife, Karen, of Windsor, and Lee Wolf and his wife, Diane, of Salem; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Rachel Ricard.

A Mass was held at St. Gabriel Church in Windsor on December 22. Burial will take place in the spring in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Ricard’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

For online condolences and the guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson, ten months, beloved son of Richard Quesnel and Kristi Richardson, died on December 17, 2012, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

Richard was known to his family as “Little Man” and “Baby Rich.”  At birth he had heart surgery at the Boston Children’s Medical Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Little Man loved to be rocked.  He woke up saying Mama and never called Grandma Tina; he called her “Nana.”  He was a very independent, good-natured, happy, fun-loving baby who died too soon.  He loved eating toast.

He is survived by his father and mother, Richard Quesnel and Kristi Richardson, of Jeffersonville; his maternal grandparents Ken and Tina Richardson of Lowell; paternal grandparents Rick and Rhonda Quesnel of North Troy; his maternal great-grandparents Jack and Margaret Richardson of Lowell; and by his uncles:  Michael and his wife, Bobbi, of Greensville, New Hampshire, and Jason and Matthew of Lowell.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on December 21 with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will be in the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his 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.

Marie Colburn Wilcox

Marie Colburn Wilcox, 80, died at her daughter’s home in Kissimmee, Florida, on November 22, 2012, after a long illness.

She was born on January 10, 1932, in Derby, a daughter of the late Carmi and Lena (Dunn) Benoit.  She married Roy Colburn, who predeceased her and then married Ken Wilcox of Derby, who also predeceased her.

Mrs. Wilcox graduated from Derby Academy and went on to work for New England Telephone and then for Sears on Main Street in Newport for several years.

She is survived by her daughter Deborah Rodgers and her husband, Leslie, of Kissimmee; her son Brian and his wife, Cindy, of Roanoke, Virginia; by five grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; by her brother Ronald of Georgetown, Massachusetts; and her sister-in-law Denise Benoit Cartner of Derby.

She was predeceased by her brother Gordon in 1999.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

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

 

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