Obituaries September 5, 2012

Arthur H. Blouin

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

Sandra Geratowski

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

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

Funeral services were held on September 4.

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

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

William R. Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Veronica Place

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

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

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

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

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

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 7 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Altar Society, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

Ruth M. Skinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Lewis Slaiby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Pam Crandall

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

James Cunningham

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

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

Death notices

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais

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

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

Hedy L. Carrier

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

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

A. Michael Richard

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

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

Donald W. Nutbrown

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

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

Colin C. Sheehan

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

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

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Obituaries August 29, 2012

Ann L. Allen

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

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

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

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

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

She was a member of the Sheriff’s Association.

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

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

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

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

William C. Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Clifton Avery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quinn P. Finnegan

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be private.

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

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

Michael Rosenfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucille Bernice Squires

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial services are being held privately, by her family.

 

Services

Art and Peggy Moran

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

John C. Rogers

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

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs

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

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

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

Death notices

Ruth M. Skinner

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

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

William Lewis Slaiby

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

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

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Obituaries August 22, 2012

Ronald Edmund Draper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margery M. Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ernest A. Pike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jean-Paul Pouliot

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held in Montreal.

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Obituaries August 15, 2012

Patricia Luella Allard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raymond D. Cloutier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger John Coleman Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph G. Connolly

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

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

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

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

Services are private for the family.

Eugene delaBruere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earle S. “Buddy” Holland Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bertha D. O’Keefe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sister Francis Patrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

To offer condolences, visit www.rossfuneral.com.

Lucille F. Prebish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Cameron Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerard R. Roy

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

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

In 1955, he married Germaine Paquette who survives him.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vera R. Stewart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Armand J. Young Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 8, 2012

Linda Mae Calloway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cody Alan Elwin Cole

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on August 2 in Newport.

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

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

Richard A. Harter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joyce M. Jenness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Mary Beattie Kambour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You have earned your rest, Mom.  Love forever.

Elizabeth “Betty” Frances Mosher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert M. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

To honor his wishes, there will be no service.

Leo E. Perron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Death notices

John Cameron Rogers

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

Memorial plans to be announced.

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith

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

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

Roger John Coleman Sr.

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

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

Vera R. Stewart

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

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

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Obituaries August 1, 2012

Brian Albert Goulet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theresa Agnes Gosselin Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Beverly V. McElroy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Chouinard Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries July 25, 2012

Reginald Jerry Aiken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russell Lee Cook Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Irving L. Kimball

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cary Jay Scher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristi Henault Wheeler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Dale M. Willey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard D. Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Amanda Sanborne Krieble

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

Bernard R. “Bernie” Henault

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

 

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Obituaries July 18, 2012

Charlotte Pamela Crandall

Charlotte Pamela “Pam” Crandall, 84, died on Friday, July 13, 2012, from congestive heart failure.

She was born in Bangor, Maine, to Charles P. Crandall and Martha Halling Crandall.  The family moved to Hardwick, where her father worked on the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad.  Her sisters, Sally Crandall Cromer and Joan Crandall Pierce, were born in Hardwick.

Ms. Crandall graduated from Hardwick Academy and the University of Vermont with a degree in English with some French thrown in.  In 1950, her teaching career began in Hyde Park.  Then she taught in Essex Junction, even before IBM.  In 1956, she joined the Department of Defense Schools in Europe where she taught high school English, French, and ancient history for 36 years in Rochefort, France, in Poitiers, France, in Wiesboden, Germany, and finally in Brussels, Belgium, from which she retired in 1992.  Her teaching career spanned 42 years in Vermont and Europe, during which times she made an amazing impact on her students.  She returned to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom to her beloved camp on Daniels Pond in Glover.

She spent her retirement reading, listening to classical music, and attending as many museums and theater events as possible.  She shared her unbounded love of the arts with all she met.  On Saturday mornings you could find her listening to “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR and she never missed the Sunday New York Times.

Predeceased by her sister, Joan Crandall Pierce, her zeal for life was with her for all of her 84 years and lives on in her sister, Sally Crandall Cromer, several nieces and nephews, and some very good friends.

A memorial party will be planned in the future in accordance with her wishes, where there should be no tears, for a wonderful life was lived.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington; the Hardwick Historical Society in Hardwick; or one’s local library.

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

Lucille E. Flynn

Lucille E. Flynn, 76, of Morgan, died on Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on March 29, 1936, in Lake Salem, New York, a daughter of Julian and Evelyn (LeClair) Wheeler.

She and her husband, Lyman, who predeceased her on December 17, 2009, owned and operated a dairy farm where they brought up their family.  She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston, and she was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Morgan for over 25 years.  She was a past member of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which presented her a plaque honoring her for 25 years of membership.

Mr. and Mrs. Flynn loved to dance, go snowmobiling, and travel.  She was especially proud of her grandchildren and she attended all of the games and events that they all participated in over many, many years, offering her love and support.  She also liked to cook much to the delight of her family especially when she made her homemade English muffins.  She was always willing to give a hand in the community and could always be counted on for her sense of humor.  She was a friend, mother and Nana to all.

She is survived by her children:  Timothy Flynn and his wife, Debbie, Laura Gobeil and her husband, John, and Cyndi Dane and her husband, Brian; her grandchildren:  Stephen Flynn and his wife, Pia, Levi Flynn and Cassandra, John and Rachel Adams, Bryant, Patrick and Erika Tuller, Holly Gobeil and her fiancé, Tom Manzo, John Gobeil Jr., Hope and Troy Dane, and “special son” Ric, and Tammy Pare; her great-grandchildren:  Aliyah Flynn, Isabella, Jacob and Daniel Flynn; her brother Robert Wheeler and his wife, Theresa; her sisters-in-law:  Ruby Flynn and Betty Flynn; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on July 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Clark Cemetery in Morgan.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center, care of 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.

Durward J. Gebbie

 Durward J. Gebbie, 89, of Glover and Mansfield, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Pines Rehabilitation Center in Lyndon following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born of Scottish descent on February 13, 1923, in Greensboro, the son of John and Beatrice (Fuller) Gebbie.  Mr. Gebbie graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1942, where he excelled in athletics, especially competitive skiing.  He enjoyed cross-country skiing to school.

In the fall of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served in the Middle Eastern Theater Campaign during World War II.  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Craftsbury and married Clemma Davis on June 30, 1946.  They moved to Mansfield, where he was employed by the University of Connecticut as the herdsman on the dairy farm.  Mr. Gebbie became an active member of the community and served as a Mansfield selectman in 1963.  He also coached baseball and was the manager of a bus line, driving commercial and school buses.  He enjoyed boating and fishing with his family in their cabin cruiser and traveling in their motor home.

In 1970, the Gebbies moved back to Vermont where they owned and managed Lyndonville Hardware.  In 1975 they expanded and opened St. Jay Hardware in St. Johnsbury.

Mr. Gebbie was an active member of the Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign War, the Masons and a Shriner.  He was a 65-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons and a member of Crescent Lodge #66.  After retirement the Gebbies enjoyed 20 years golfing, fishing and being with friends while wintering in their Port St. Lucie, Florida, home.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Clemma Gebbie of Glover; his seven children:  Darwin Gebbie and his wife, Priscilla, of Lebanon, Connecticut, Donna Clauson and her husband, Jack, of Mansfield, John Gebbie and his wife, Denise, of Waterford, Brad Gebbie and his wife, Debbie, of Glover, Brenda Semmelrock and her husband, Harold, of Gilman, Connecticut, Carol Shepherd and her husband, Ron, of Grantham, New Hampshire, and Linda Johnson and her husband, Chris, of Palm City, Florida; his 18 grandchildren; his three great-grandchildren; his two sisters:  Mavis Kowaliw of Hebron, Connecticut, and Ruth Luckey of Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania; his many nieces and nephews; and by many friends in the Northeast Kingdom, Port St. Lucie, and Mansfield.  He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Harry Gebbie; and by his grandson Gregory Gebbie.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crescent Lodge #66, P.O. Box 22, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

James “Jim” Joseph Raftery III

James “Jim” Joseph Raftery III, 33, died peacefully on Friday, June 29, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a long battle with cancer.

On that day our world suffered the loss of a kind and gentle soul, a young man with compassion, courage and a fearless love of life.

He was born on May 29, 1979, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and spent most of his youth in Orleans.  He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1998 where he stood out as a cross-country skier, and attended the University of Alaska at Anchorage.  He received an associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Arts Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2008.

After living in the Northeast Kingdom, Anchorage, Alaska, and Boston, Massachusetts, he settled in Fort Lauderdale where he was owner of PassionFood, a private chef and catering company.  He loved antiques, yoga, scuba diving, and standup paddle boarding.

He will be greatly missed by his partner of seven years, Michael Lenihan of Fort Lauderdale; his parents:  Joanie and Larry Austin of Orleans; his siblings:  Bobby Raftery of Brattleboro, Derek Austin and his wife, Jenn, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Kathryn Raftery of Culpeper, Virginia, and Chesley Austin and her partner, James Peverill, of Canton, Massachusetts; his grandparents, Lois and Warren Austin of Orleans; his aunts:  Karen Bennett and Ann Austin of Orleans; and by his baby nieces:  Chessa and Riley Austin of Chesapeake.  He also leaves his beloved miniature schnauzers, Chips and Lealea.  He was predeceased by his grandparents, Bob and Kitty Bennett; and by his sister, Molly Raftery.

A memorial service will be held at Orleans Federated Church on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Harvey Bartlett presiding.  A reception will follow at the church directly following the service.

If desired, donations in his memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dottie Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, 05860.

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Obituaries July 11, 2012

Dale Thomas Crews Sr.

Dale Thomas Crews Sr., 50, of Newport died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on April 13, 1962, in Hammond, Indiana.  On April 1, 1999, he married Patricia Place who survives him.

He enjoyed carpentry, working with crafts and wood burning.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially his grandchildren.  He loved to fish and take care of his dog, Bodie, and cat, Dylan.

He is survived by his wife Patricia “Patty” Place of Newport; by his children:  Dale Crews Jr. and his fiancée, Brittney Corrow, of Orleans, and Norman Crews of Newport Center; his stepsons:  Kevin Crews of Newport, and Logan Dupuis of Derby Line; and by his grandchildren:  Crystal, Jonathan, and Aron Crews.

Funeral services were held on July 9 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.

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

Leonore Gwendolyn Kiser

Leonore Gwendolyn Kiser, 85, of Newport died suddenly on Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on September 8, 1926, in Newport, a daughter of Myron and Lera (Channell) Clapper.  On October 19, 1947, she married Kenneth Kiser who predeceased her.

Mrs. Kiser was secretary for the M.H. Carter Paint and Paper Company, formerly of Main Street in Newport.  Her hobbies included knitting and spending time with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed being the secretary for the Newport Elementary School and participating in several activities and events for many years at the Elks Club with her late husband.  She most loved being a grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Kiser and his wife, Linda, of Derby, and Joan Butler and her husband, Hugh, of Fairbanks, Alaska; her grandchildren:  David and Emily Kiser and Ryan Butler; and by her sister-in-law Ruth Clapper of Massachusetts.  She was predeceased by her brother Charles Clapper.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport with the Reverend Tim Wilcox officiating.  Private interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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.

Kermit Annis Potter

Kermit Annis Potter, 86, died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, at his home in Lake Wales, Florida, after a long illness.

He was born in Barton to Gladys Willis Potter and Clyde Urban Potter on May 29, 1926.  He attended Barton Academy and served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.  After the service, he resided in Richmond, Virginia, where he was a truck driver for Carolina Freight.  He was a member of the Boulevard United Methodist Church in Richmond.  He enjoyed coin collecting, making jewelry, travel and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Potter; his sister, Arlene Hobbs of Glover; his daughters:  Jeanne Thomas and her husband, Philip, of Merseyside, England, Catherine Clement and Chuck Mathews of Lake Wales, Florida, and Maria Bernard and her husband, Michael Sr., of Middleburgh, New York; his sons:  Kermit Armlin Jr. and Joyce Rieff, and Christopher Duke of Middleburgh, New York; his granddaughters:  Sian Thomas and Gareth Knight, Ashley Clement, Kelly Bernard, Paulina Duke and Tori Parsons; his grandsons:  Gareth Thomas and his wife, Ali, and Michael Bernard Jr.; his two great-grandsons:  Owen Thomas and Harry Thomas; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Hughes, and by his second wife, Elizabeth Smith.

Funeral services will be graveside at Irasburg Cemetery in Irasburg on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Compassionate Care Hospice, 2393 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, Florida 33830.

Audrey Lois Wheeler

Audrey Lois Wheeler, 80, of Glover died on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on July 20, 1931, in Floral Park, New York, a daughter of Preston and Frances (Bedell) Wheeler.

She enjoyed working with arts and crafts, playing bingo, embroidering, and she always enjoyed giving everyone a hug.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews:  Nancy Davis of Tucson, Arizona, Robert Davis of Pasadena, California, Phyllis Braun of Holland, Bill Braun of West Glover, Michael Braun of Irasburg, and Philip Brooks of Glover; and by numerous other family members.  She is also survived by her extended families at Maple Lane Nursing Home and Union House Nursing Home.  She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Marjory Brooks; an infant sister, Ruthann; and by an infant brother.

Calling hours were held on July 6 in Barton.  Interment followed in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 1600 L Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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

Tribute to Penelope “Poppy” Gregory

by Ozzie Henchel

It’s taken me a few weeks since your obituary of Penelope Gregory (July 27) to write this.  Finding the right words to describe just about the most wonderful person you’ve every known takes a while.

Even now, the words just don’t measure up to the woman we all knew as “Poppy” who inspired so many during her 83 years, even right up the end.  And what an end it was.  She defied the doctors and lived a lot longer than they gave her.  She wasn’t done inspiring, I guess, and truly loved life to its fullest.  She planned her death as if it were a party, orchestrating every little detail.  The only missing part, she told everyone, was she “didn’t have the date.”

One detail, after having a simple wooden casket made by a friend, was to plop it down on her porch and have her two young grandchildren and some of their neighborhood pals paint it according to Poppy’s request.  It turned out to be a seascape, with boats and waves and such.

She loved music and movies and the Red Sox and food and anything Greek.  And, she loved to laugh!  Most especially she loved her two sons who stood by her so lovingly while she failed, not to mention her two grandchildren and daughters-in-law.

She loved the goodness in the world and those who stood up for what was right and spoke out against what was wrong.  She, therefore, had a strong tie to the Bread and Puppet Theater for over 40 years.  In the old circus days, she’d spend her vacation time cooking for the hoards of Puppeteers, and on circus weekends could be found in the little wooden info booth by the pine forest in her bonnet decorated with flowers.

She was well read and well informed, and your conversations with her could easily have been the kind you had with a 25-year-old — so young at heart and in thought.

Her house in Boston was like a hotel with countless friends from all over the world checking in.  Poppy’s was a place to stay when passing through, but the real attraction was hanging out with her.

I am so grateful to have known her, and to have spent so much time with her over the years.  I guess that lessens the pain of her loss.  She was truly an inspiration to me, my wife Judy, and so many others; an amazing woman, the rarest of finds.

Services

 Belinda Jean Percy

A committal service for Belinda Jean Percy will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Miranda J. Henry officiating.

Bernard F. Blake

A graveside service for Bernard F. Blake of Lyndonville, who died on May 14, 2012, will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in the family lot in the West Burke Cemetery in West Burke.  Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pearson Funeral Home in Lyndonville.  Friends and family are welcome to attend.

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Obituaries July 5, 2012

Grace Taylor Curtis

Grace Taylor Curtis, 92, of Morgan died on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

She was born on December 15, 1919, in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, to Leonidas E. and Edith (Grew) Taylor.  In 1936, she married Samuel D. Curtis Sr., who predeceased her in 1986.

With four small children in tow, Mrs. and Mr. Curtis pulled up stakes in Hartford, Connecticut, and headed north, eventually finding their way to Derby in the Northeast Kingdom in 1945.  After falling in love with this area, they settled in to raise their family.

Mrs. Curtis was especially fond of her flowers and her gardens, canning most everything she could harvest.  She always watched her cooking shows and was famous for trying out this new recipe or that new dessert, then exclaiming, “I don’t know if it’s any good, but I wanted to try it.”  Whatever she made was always the best.  Every December she would get out her gingerbread recipe and make one or two gingerbread houses, decorating not only the houses, but setting them into a wonderful winter holiday scene.  For the last five years the houses were donated to the Derby Elementary School for fund-raising, and she always received cards and letters from the children at the school thanking their “Grammy Curtis.”

She was also very proud of the fact that she, along with Helena Hicks and Flora Fountain, was one of the first policewomen in the state of Vermont, working out of the Newport City Police Department.  If anyone asked her, she was always up for going for rides, as she considered these to be new adventures.  She was always the first to spot the deer, or the turkey, or the bald eagle.

Foxwoods was one of her favorite places, even though she more often than not would come home empty handed.  How she loved to play the one-armed bandits!  Raising five sons, it was very easy for her to be involved in sports and hunting.  Hunting she did with her husband and sons, bagging her fair share of game; sports she did, following her son David and grandson James in their Little League years, and then her grandsons Justin and Taylor in their football playing years.  Any given Sunday would find her glued to the television, rooting on her favorite Patriots; then came the Bruins, and finally her beloved Red Sox.

She will be greatly missed and is survived by the following children:  Samuel D. Curtis Jr. and his wife, Helen, of Harlingen, Texas, Carol McMullen of Morgan, Paul Curtis and his wife, Joan, of Newport, Phillip Curtis and his wife, Susan, of Webster, Massachusetts, Nancy Green and her husband, Delwyn, of Derby, Craig Curtis and his friend, Laura Greenwood, of Holland, and David Curtis and his wife, Kristi, of Derby; the following grandchildren:  Douglas Curtis, Kathy Kross, Samuel D. Curtis III, James Millett, Cam Green, Robin Scott, Bud McMullen, Annie Christoni, Paul Curtis II, Phillip M. Curtis, Jon Curtis, Todd Curtis, Sarah Romanowski, Carolyn Curtis, Justin Curtis and Taylor Curtis; her 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Richard Taylor; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three sons:  Bruce and twins Richard and Robert who died in infancy; three sisters:  Natalie, Maude and Lucretia; and by three brothers:  Leonidas, Charles and Joseph.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A graveside ceremony will be held on July 21, at 1 p.m. at the Cargill Cemetery in Morgan.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

Charleen Ida (Wood) Bronson

Charleen Ida (Wood) Bronson, 63, of Morgan died peacefully on June 24, 2012, with her husband and family close by.

Her death was caused by complications related to cancer.

She was born on May 18, 1949, in Derby, daughter of the late Wilfred and Goldie Wood.  She married Arnold (Pete) Bronson in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1969.

For several years she worked for the U.S. Postal Service in many areas of Vermont.  She loved many things — biking, snowshoeing, hiking, gardening, all animals, bird watching, country music, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.  She was an active member of the Northeast Kingdom Rug Hookers.  But above all, she loved her family.

Mrs. Bronson was a quiet, caring woman, a wonderful mother and grandmother, a supportive wife, and loyal friend, a gentle soul that touched many lives.

She will be dearly missed by everyone.

She is survived by her husband Pete; her son Steve and his wife Christina (Dean) of Plattsburgh, New York, and their children:  Dillon and Steven; her daughter Jenny and her wife Kristen (Welch) of Chester, New Hampshire; her sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Joan Wood of Goffstown, New Hampshire, Bob Bronson of Rodgers, Arkansas, Tim Bronson and his wife Yolande (Morin), of Derby, Valerie Davis and her husband, Randy, of Stanstead, Quebec, Kimberly Martin and her husband, Michel, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Paul Bronson of St. Albans, Vermont; her special close friends:  Sue Maple and Janice Nichols; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two brothers:  Colbert and Laurier Wood; her sister-in-law Beverly Leitch (Bronson); and by two brothers-in-law:  Ross Leitch and Steve Rickard.

A private memorial service will be held at a future date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Carol Anne Christy

Carol Anne Christy, 68, a resident of Kendal at Granville in Granville, Ohio, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, after a six-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy.

She suffered her disease with remarkable serenity.

She was born the oldest child of R. Neil Christy and Doris Clevenger Christy on February 6, 1944, in North Hollywood, California.  She grew up in Marietta, Ohio.

Prior to her senior year at Marietta High School, she spent a summer in Denmark under the auspices of the American Field Service.  She graduated from Marietta High School in 1962 and enrolled at Duke University from which she graduated magna cum laude with an election to Phi Beta Kappa.  Her junior year at Duke was spent with the Smith College International Studies program in Geneva, Switzerland.  She also participated in a Duke summer program to live among and assist residents of Bluefields, Nicaragua.  She was rewarded a three-year fellowship at Ohio State University from which she received a master’s of science in 1972, and doctorate of philosophy in political science in 1980.

Her professional career of 30-some years was spent teaching political science at Ohio University — Lancaster where she attained the rank of full professor in 1988 and became emeritus professor in 2001.  She authored a book and a number of scholarly articles in her specialty field of women’s participation in politics around the world.  She was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who thrived among her students.  She attempted to involve students in local and statewide politics and campaigns, drawing on her own volunteer experiences in politics.  She would take students on tours of the Ohio State Legislature and the state headquarters of the two main political parties.

She had an enormous zest for life, a great determination, a wealth of interests, and an extraordinary sense of humor often hinted at by the sparkle in her eyes.  She loved to travel and visited all continents (but “alas,” not the poles).  Her favorite mode of transportation was the bicycle on which she toured parts of Ohio, Vermont, France, the Netherlands, and Australia, including Tasmania.  She also walked the Milford Sound track (“The finest walk in the world,”) in New Zealand.

She loved gardening, especially the challenge of changing a wilderness into a thing of beauty; her Granville garden was on display twice as part of charity events.  Her great love was opera; for years, during spring break, she would spend a week in New York, New York, and attend as many performances of the Metropolitan Opera as she could.

She volunteered her participation in nature or environmental projects wherever she lived.  In Ohio she volunteered at Dawes Arboretum and the Granville Recycling Center; in Vermont she checked for invasive plant species and counted loons in Lake Seymour; and in Florida (where she was a certified master naturalist) she volunteered as an interpreter for the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.  She also was an English tutor for the Indian River Literacy Council.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 25 years Adriaan “Arie” Janssens; and by her sister Janet and her husband, Terry Silvester, and their children:  Scott and his wife, Rebecca Manning, Christy and her husband, Joseph Patt, and Cynthia and her husband, VJ Stockdale.  A brother, Richard Neil Christy II, died at age 25 in the air over Cambodia during the Vietnam conflict.

Those who wish may contribute in her name to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 18 South Main Street, Granville, Ohio 43023; or to the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, P.O. Box 220, East Charleston, Vermont 05833; or to the Pelican Island Preservation Society, P.O. Box 781903, Sebastian, Florida 32978-1903.

Rita J. Maloney

Rita J. Maloney, 82, of Newport died peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2012, surrounded by dear family and friends.

She was born on December 9, 1929, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Yvonne and Alphee Gosselin.

She was a graduate of Derby Academy in the Class of 1948, and attended Fanny Allen Memorial Hospital in Winooski for the study of hospital medical library procedures.  She worked for many years in the Newport area as a medical secretary, bookkeeper and high school secretary.

Throughout her life, she was active in the Newport Women’s Club, the Ladies of St. Anne, St. Mary’s Parish, and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.  She was also a member of the Memphremagog Historical Society and a Justice of the Peace.  She was a dedicated volunteer for the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter and worked for many years to enrich the program.

She married Donnal Maloney on November 4, 1950.  They were married for 62 years.

Mrs. Maloney lived life to the fullest.  She was a constant comfort to her family and friends and always cheerful.  She will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her husband Donnal; her daughter Darin “Dari” and her husband, Norm; her grandchildren:  Seth, Hiata and her husband, Steffan, and Maia and her husband, Jess; her brother Andrew Gosselin and his wife, Wanda; her sister-in-law Pat Collins; and by a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews in New England, Florida and Quebec.  She also leaves behind many dear friends from all walks of life.  She was predeceased by her son Don in 2011; her brother Bob Gosselin in 2010; and by her grandson Ben in 1985.

A graveside memorial service will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line on Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m. Friends and family are invited at 12:30 p.m. at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, contributions may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, care of Betsy Hampton, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Madeline Eleanor Hill Newton

Madeline Eleanor Hill Newton, 90, of Newport died peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on August 23, 1921, in Newport, a daughter of Charles (Ed) and Stella (Dane) Hill.  She was married to Clifton Newton who predeceased her in 1993.  She graduated from Newport High School in the Class of 1939.

Mrs. Newton was co-owner, with her late husband, of Hilton Metered Gas until April of 1972.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #27 and she was past matron.  She was also a member of the United Church of Newport, and she ran the Eastern Star Home in Randolph until 1979.

She is survived by her children:  Edwin Newton and his wife, Nancy, of Newport, and Beverly Newton of Plymouth, New Hampshire; and by two grandchildren:  Charles and Amanda Newton.  She was predeceased by a sister, Norma Smith.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6, at the United Church of Newport with the Reverend Tim Wilcox and Susan MaGinness officiating.  Members of the Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on July 5, at the funeral home for an Eastern Star Service.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the United Church of Newport music fund, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Cecile C. Parenteau

Cecile C. Parenteau, 90, of Derby Line died peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2012, with her family at her side at Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby.

She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on April 13, 1922, the eldest daughter of Gedeon and Zelia (Dodier) Fortier.  She graduated from Valleyfield Normal College in Valleyfield, Quebec, in 1941.  She then started her teaching career in Sawyerville, Quebec, where she taught all elementary grades.  It was during that time that she met the love of her life, Theotime Parenteau, and they married on October 20, 1945.

Mrs. Parenteau left teaching after marriage to become a homemaker and made raising their family a priority.  She sewed all her children’s clothes, she loved to cook, and did canning, freezing and pickling from their large garden.  She liked to play cards with her friends.

She was a member and past president of St. Edward’s Altar Society, working on their activities, funeral meals and also involved with RSVP senior meals.

She is survived by her children:  Diane of Derby Line, Yvan and his wife, Linda (Carter), of Newport, and Helene Sykes and her husband, Richard, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Yvan Parenteau Jr. and his wife, Alicia (Ames), of Newport, Heather Parenteau of San Angelo, Texas, Daryk Sykes and his friend, Krista Perkins, of Newport, and Leslie Dunn and her husband, Greg, of Troy; her great-grandchildren:  Michelle Parenteau and her friend, Doug Runne, of Newport, Taylor Parenteau of Newport, Emma Parenteau of San Angelo, Texas, Kylee (Ames) Parenteau, Makenzie Parenteau, Jaxson Parenteau, and Ava and Logan Perkins all of Newport, and Abigail Dunn and Owen Dunn of Troy; a great-great-granddaughter, Paige Runne of Newport; her sister Pauline Bastonnais and her husband, Bertrand, of Ascot Corner, Quebec; her brother-in-law Lucien Parenteau and his wife, Simone, of Meriden, Connecticut; her sisters-in-law:  Pierrette Parenteau, Jeanette Parenteau, Therese Fortier, and Ghislaine Fortier, all of Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Theotime in 2002; her eldest son Michel in 1995; her brothers:  Emile, Raymond, Maurice, Robert and Armand Fortier; her sisters:  Denise and Francine Fortier and Isabelle Roy; and by her sister- and brother-in-law Renee Parenteau and Odila Gaudreau.

Funeral services were held on June 28 in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Derby Green Nursing Home, activities fund, 2853 U.S. Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Marc Anthony Provencher

Marc Anthony Provencher, 48, died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Derby Line.

He was born on May 27, 1964, in Newport, the son of Raymond and Genia (O’Brien) Provencher, who both have predeceased him.

Mr. Provencher was born with Down syndrome, but it never held him back.  He was so proud that he graduated from North Country Union High School.  He loved helping his brother Michael in the woods.  He had other jobs at Jimmy Kwik, North Country Union High School, working on farms, and he loved being at Al’s Snowmobiles.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, fishing, listening to music, and he was a Red Sox and Bruins fan.  He also enjoyed the company of his dog, Pongo.

Mr. Provencher loved people and they loved him.  He loved to go to the “back 40” where he could ride his ATV with his extended family.

He lived with his family in Barton until the age of 27.  He later moved to Derby Line, where he lived with the Patenaude family who became his extended family.

He is survived by his sisters:  Mary Ella of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Peggy Fairbrother and her husband, Raymond, of Orleans, and Denise Kimball of Temple, Texas; his brothers:  Terry Provencher and his wife, Judi “Cookie,” of Derby Line, and Michael Provencher and his wife, Dottie, of Irasburg; his extended family:  Mark Patenaude Sr. of Derby Line, and Jeannette Patenaude, his loving caregiver and best friend; his sisters:  Lynn Patenaude of Elmore, and Marie Patenaude and her friend, Ryan Greenwood, of West Glover; his brothers:  Mark Patenaude Jr. and his wife, Sonja, of Morrisville, and Derrick Patenaude and his wife, Megan, of Morrisville; and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on July 3 in Derby.

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; or to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Mark A. Sylvester

Mark A. Sylvester, 37, of Newport died suddenly on Monday, June 25, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on March 22, 1975, in Newport, a son of Mary (Hodgdon) Sylvester and the late Irving Sylvester Sr.

Mr. Sylvester enjoyed watching football and also his children playing with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his children:  Amber Sylvester of Bethel, Natasha Sylvester of Bethel, Danielle Sylvester of Northfield, Bucky Dennett of Lowell, Louise Dennett of Derby, Brandon Dennett of Newport, and Samuel Pitts of Newport; his mother Mary Sylvester; his brothers and sisters:  Rick Sylvester and his wife, Jeanne, of Texas, Irving Sylvester and his wife, Jessica, of Newport, Keith Sylvester and his wife, Heather, of Coventry, Tammy Simpson and her husband, Joe, of Newport, and Crystal and her husband, Henry Leclerc, of Coventry; his caregivers:  Robert Staples, Timothy Shearer, and Tanis Rich; and by nieces, nephews, many friends, and his soul mate, Martha Sylvester.

Calling hours were held on June 29 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the NEKCA Food Shelf, 273 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Service

Era Lou Barney Chapman

A graveside service for Era Lou Barney Chapman will be held on Monday, July 9, at 2 p.m., at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Death notice

 Dale Thomas Crews Sr.

Dale Thomas Crews Sr., 50, of Newport died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Danny Prue officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on July 9 from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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