Obituaries November 7, 2012

Robert Castle

The Reverend Robert W. Castle Jr.

 Episcopal priest, coach, community organizer, storeowner, actor and lifelong champion for peace and justice, the Reverend Robert W. Castle Jr. died at home on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

“Bobby” was born on August 29, 1929, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the only child of Freda and Robert W. Castle.

Mr. Castle attended St. Lawrence University where he was named an all American quarterback.  He married Nancy Thomas in 1951.  He went on to attend divinity school at Berkeley/Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.

After divinity school, he became the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.  He led the community in the construction of a new church and established two other congregations in neighboring communities.

In 1960, he became rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.  That year he was named one of the Top Outstanding Young Men in America.  Father Castle was active against the Vietnam War and for the civil rights movement at a community and national level throughout the 1960s, even connecting with members of the Black Panther Party.

In 1971, the Castle family moved to the old farmhouse and land on Mead Hill in Holland.  Mr. and Mrs. Castle opened the East Charleston Country Store while Mr. Castle served as rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Island Pond and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.  Father Castle also coached football for many years at North Country Union High School and worked part-time for Northeast Kingdom Mental Health.

In 1983, Father Castle became director of Brookhaven Home for Boys in Chelsea for three years before returning to his urban roots when he moved to New York.  He served on the staff of Holy Trinity and provided outreach work for the Coalition for the Homeless.  He was called to serve as rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem in 1987.

Father Castle married Kate Betsch in 1987.  The early 1990s were a time when “Bobby” was reacquainted with his cousin, director Jonathan Demme, who helped launch Father Castle’s movie career after completing the documentary Cousin Bobby.  He had a number of short appearances in films with most notable roles in Philadelphia and Rachel Getting Married.

Father Castle retired as a full-time priest in 2000 and returned to Mead Hill Farm in Holland to be close to his family and share the land and home with them and many others.  He stayed active by serving Christ Church in Stanstead, Quebec, and other area churches.  He also remained resolute in his convictions for peace and justice and faithful to protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Father Castle leaves behind his wife, Kate; his daughter Jane, her three children, and her husband, Norm Lanman; son Paul and his wife, Carol, and their three children; son John and his wife, Jill, and their two children; seven great-grandchildren; and stepchildren William and Emily Betsch.  He was predeceased by his son, Robert W. Castle III.

A memorial service will be held at Mead Hill Farm in Holland at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Mark’s Food Shelf at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

David Driver

David Errol Driver

 David Driver, 72, of Derby died peacefully on November 2, 2012, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

He was born in Newport, a son of Weldon and Marion Driver on January 10, 1940.

Mr. Driver farmed for many years, drove milk truck, worked for the town of Charleston and the town of Derby.

Working with horses was his passion.  He also loved to help people and spend time reminiscing.  He also enjoyed watching the motocross races located across the road on his and his wife’s property.

Mr. Driver is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille Driver; his son Darryl Driver and his wife, Lisa, of Jeffersonville; his son Dalton Driver and his friend, Wanda Lawrence, of Derby; his daughter Deanna Keenan and her husband, Scott, of Morgan; grandchildren:  Dena Driver and her friend, Todd Poirier, Deseray Driver and her friend, Jason Fleming, Alisha Byrd and her husband, Shawn, Michael Kelley and his wife, Alyssa, Ethan Driver and his wife, Chelsea, Adam Driver, Ashley Keenan and her friend, Chris Perry, Travis Driver, Jesse Keenan, and Jonathon Driver; great-grandchildren:  Orion Tarr, Erica Ducharme, Dakota Byrd, Daen Tarr, Logan Comer, Jordan Ducharme, Olida Byrd, Donny Keenan, Brooke Kelley, Veronica Driver, and Mya Fleming.  Mr. Driver also leaves behind his siblings:  Everett Driver and his wife, Linda, James Driver, Mary Green, and Albert Driver and his wife, Jean.

He was predeceased by his parents, Weldon and Marion Driver; his son Michael Neal Driver; and his brother Marc Driver.

Calling hours are Friday, November 9, at the Morgan Church from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 10, at the Morgan Church at 1 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to:  Lucille Driver, 475 Fontaine Road, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Wayne Haney

Wayne E. Haney

 Wayne E. Haney, 86, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on November 2, 2012, at Hillsborough Country Nursing Home, after a period of declining health.

Born in Newport on January 14, 1926, he was a son of Edward and Doris (Chamberlain) Haney.  He was raised in Newport.  Later, he resided in Stratham, New Hampshire, before moving to Manchester in 1996.

During World War II, he served with the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Pasadena. His tour of duty included the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

In his early years, he was a mechanic with B&M Railroad.  Until his retirement, he worked at Milliken Industries in Exeter, New Hampshire, for 15 years.

He was a member and deacon of the Adventist Church in Newport.

Mr. Haney will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, whose family was the center of his life.  He was an avid reader of Navy and World War II stories.  He enjoyed building naval ship models as well as collecting stamps, coins, and old clocks.

Family members include his wife of 62 years, Jeannine (Demers) T. Haney of Manchester; four daughters, Mrs. Harry (Suzanne) Ntapalis of Manchester, Mrs. Philip (Cheryl) Bosch of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Mrs. Frederick (Lisa) Cyr of Derry, New Hampshire, and Mrs. Kenneth (Lori) Sternberg of Barrington, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Seth, Benjamin, Jillian, Ryan, Andrew, Peter, and Kady; and a sister, Patricia Kilpatrick, of Newport; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Tuesday, November 6, at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center with the Reverend Douglas Rickard officiating.

Burial with military honors will take place in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, Massachusetts 02062-5040.

For more information, or to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com.

 

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Obituaries October 31, 2012

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

 Orloff “Sonny” Watson, 76, of Derby Line died peacefully on October 20, 2012, in Derby.

He was born in Newport, a son of Mildred Daniels Watson and Orloff “Red” Watson Sr. on August 16, 1936.

Mr. Watson worked at various places, including Space Research, Indian Head, and, in his later years, Rural Community Transportation.  He was an active member of the North Troy Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years and was always willing to help out a friend and neighbor in need.  Being a native of the area, Mr. Watson was known and loved by many, and some of his most enjoyable times were spent hunting, fishing, and going to the races in Groveton, New Hampshire, with family and friends.

Mr. Watson is preceded in death by both of his parents, Mildred and Orloff Watson Sr.; his son Steven Watson; his brothers Albert and Eddie Watson; and his sisters Melda Watson, Betty Elliot, Margaret Shattuck, and Helena Domina.

He is survived by his daughter Tammy Watson Wiesen and her husband, Bard, of Derby; his sisters Henrietta Crowell of Newport, Shirley Elliot of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Marion Watson of Newport; his sister-in-law Joanne Watson of Island Pond; his grandsons Scott Wiesen and Tyler Wiesen; and by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

There was a graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery on October 27 at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Home Care, The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Steve A. Fournier

 Steve A. Fournier, born October 28, 1965, in Newport, died suddenly at the age of 43 on August 21, 2009.

Mr. Fournier spent his childhood in Derby, attended Derby Elementary School, and graduated from North Country High School in Newport.

He was proud to serve and train in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1988 with honors.  In 2005 he attended Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School and graduated with honors as a farrier.

His spirit lives on and will surely be missed with fond memories.

(Editor’s note:  Mr. Fournier’s mother submitted this obituary.  The date of death is correct.)

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill, 66, of Fairfax died at his home on October 27, 2012, surrounded by his family and closest friends, following a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born Terrill Earl Hill in Barton on March 30, 1946, a son of Earl and Lucille Hill.

Mr. Hill was raised in Greensboro and spent his early years driving truck and working in the construction industry.  He was blessed with an outstanding mechanical aptitude, and for years he owned and operated Hill Service Center in Milton.  He also worked several years in the boat and snowmobile program with the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

In the early 1990s, he formally founded Terry Hill, Inc., which grew to be a nationally known and respected trucking and transportation company.  He dedicated his life to making it a successful business.  From its base at the Catamount Industrial Park in Milton, Terry Hill, Inc., hauled Vermont-based freight to points throughout the United States and Canada and from anywhere in the country back to Vermont.  At the company’s peak, Mr. Hill employed as many as 75 drivers and staff and owned and maintained a large fleet of tractor-trailers and dump trucks.

Terry Hill, Inc., was the culmination of business success in Mr. Hill’s life.  He devoted countless hours to guiding it to a company to be proud of.  Employees, associates and customers regarded him as a good friend, a true gentleman, and a man of his word.  He enjoyed the respect and friendship of his peers in the industry.

In 2009 Mr. Hill finally sold the company and retired to Craftsbury.  There he found the time to relax and develop a passion for snowmobiling.  He and his brother Lanny traveled extensively and often throughout the trails of the Northeast Kingdom.  Mr. Hill cherished those times.

When he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year he and his wife, Holly, returned to Fairfax.

Those who knew Mr. Hill will miss the kind and friendly gentleman who was devoted to his family, his extended family and his former employees.  His kindness and consideration can be measured by the countless acts of help and support he provided to everyone.  He will be remembered as a compassionate and true friend, a tireless worker, and an outstanding businessman.

Mr. Hill leaves his beloved wife, Holly (Chaffee) Hill; their daughter Marissa Menard of Burlington; his son Terry Dean Hill of Morrisville and his three children, Shawn, Brooke, and Stephaney; his daughter Michele Adams and her husband, Scott, and their children Randi and Michael of Hyde Park; step-children Michelle Raponi and her husband, David, of Hernando Beach, Florida, and Charles Menard of Roxbury; his brother Lanny, and his wife, Mary Jean, of East Hardwick; his sister Nancy Menard of Vergennes; and several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves old friend and former employee Lane Marshall of Richmond and longtime business associate, mentor, and close personal friend Ron Charlebois of South Burlington.

Following Mr. Hill’s wishes, there will be visiting hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, at the A.W. Rich Funeral Home, Fairfax Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at the United Church of Fairfax on Friday, November 2, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Elizabeth Griffin officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Irasburg Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495-1460.

Share memories and online condolences by visiting www.awrichfuneralhomes.com

 

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Obituaries October 24, 2012

Frederick and Yvonne Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs, 85, of South Burlington died at her home on October 15, 2012, with her loving family around her.

She was born on February 8, 1927, in North Troy, a daughter of Pierre and Marie Anne Cadieux.  Her early life was spent in North Troy, and the remaining years in South Burlington.  She married the love of her life, Frederick Smith Briggs, on June 25, 1955.

Mrs. Briggs worked at the Blair Veneer Co. in North Troy in the payroll department and continued employment there after it was known as Weyerhauser. When they moved to South Burlington, she worked at the Chittenden Bank in the bookkeeping department and the installment loan department, retiring in 1991.

She leaves her husband of 57 years, Fred; her daughter Carol Ann Hardy and her husband, Warren, of Colchester; her son Brendon Robert Briggs of Colchester; her grandchildren Kristopher and Olivia; her brother John Paul Cadieux and his wife, Ida, of Newport; her sisters Rejane Fuller and her husband, Clifford, of Bedford, Indiana, Germaine Palmer of Westminster, Juliette Harnois of Swanton, Mary Jane Gamache and her husband, Gerry, of Beebe Plain, and Anita Starr and her husband, Robert, of North Troy; also several nieces and nephews and a godchild, Penny Viens.

She was predeceased by her sisters Madeline Cushing and her husband, Nelson, and Valada Spooner and her husband, Willard; by her brother Laurent Cadieux and brothers-in-law Wayne Palmer and Herman Harnois.

Mrs. Briggs was proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed any time she spent with them.  She enjoyed when her sisters would visit and they would go shopping together around the holidays.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held on October 18 at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington.  Interment was to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery.

To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vermont Cares, 187 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Germain “Jim” Fournier

Germain E. “Jim” Fournier

 Germain E. “Jim” Fournier, 83, a former longtime resident of Windsor, died suddenly on October 15 in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he had lived for the past several years.

He was born March 13, 1929, in Newport, a son of Ephrem P. and Diana A. (Roy) Fournier.  He received his schooling in Newport.  He married Anita E. Turgeon at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on August 21, 1950. They moved to Windsor in 1952.

Mr. Fournier owned and operated Jim’s Shoe Repair in Windsor from 1952 until 1963 when he started Jim’s Paint and Wallpaper, which he operated until his retirement in 1993.  Following his retirement Mr. and Mrs. Fournier moved to Vero Beach, Florida.

He was a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Fontaine Council.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Ronald Fournier; his sister Estelle Schock; and his brother Bernard Fournier.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Anita Fournier; two daughters, Patricia Sottile and her husband, Frank, and Debra Quintana and her husband, Michael; two brothers, Lawrence Fournier and Raymond Fournier; four sisters, Yvette Armstrong, Jane Forcier, Andrea Bergeron, and Sister Theresa Fournier; and five grandchildren:  Michael “M.J.” Quintana, Peter Sottile, Emily Quintana-John and her husband, Eric, Stephanie Sottile Harris and her husband, David, and Melanie Sottile.

Friends may call at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor on Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday, October 26, beginning at 10 a.m.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor.  The Reverend Raphael Nyabenda will be the celebrant.  A reception for family and friends will follow in the church hall.

Committal services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family in the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Fournier to Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation at 1101 West University Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48307 or online at https://crittenton.thankyou4caring.org/Donate.

Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp, 70, of Lowell, died after a long illness on October 1, 2012, in the loving arms of his daughter Patricia L. Krupp of Colchester, and her companion, Deane Douglas, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, Florida.

Mr. Krupp was born on February 1, 1942, a son of the late Francis S. and Dorothy G. (Muir) Krupp.

He married Nancy J. (Decarreau) Thompson on April 8, 1972, and they recently celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary together.  He was employed as a security guard for the University of Vermont, operated and maintained heavy equipment for Engineers Construction and Munson Earth Moving, and was a carpenter/foreman for multiple construction companies, including Nordic, Ashline, Bates, Robert E. Jennings, Kuzins, Cooley Wood Corporation, and for his dear friend Paul Kirby. He later became self-employed as a general carpenter, and in more recent years shared his creativity through Krupp’s Krafts in Lowell, selling handmade birdhouses, feeders, lawn shadows, clocks and wooden games.

Mr. Krupp grew up in Williston on his family farm and later built a house with his wife, Nancy, just two doors down.  They lived on the lake in Colchester and finally retired to the mountain home that Mr. Krupp built in Lowell.

He enjoyed racing snowmobiles and riding with friends, working on and driving stock cars at Catamount Raceway, tending to his garden, and cultivating the most beautiful rosebushes.  He was also an avid NASCAR fan, he loved animals, loved to cook, and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining his family and friends.  His intelligence, charm, witty sarcasm, stories, and smile will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Krupp is survived by four sons and their spouses:  Bruce and Katy Thompson of St. Albans, Tony Thompson and Carolyn Snyder of Jericho, Jerry and Ruth Thompson of Milton, and Kevin and Beth Thompson of California; by nine grandchildren:  Mikey, Matthew, Holly, Britney, Faustine, Katelyn, Benjamin, Derek, and Timothy; great-granddaughter Gracie; his brother Oscar Krupp and his wife, Nancy, of Williston; his sister Nancy Sharlow of Wauchula, Florida; his niece Laurie Radvar of New Hampshire; his niece and goddaughter Lisa Liberty of South Burlington; his cousin Jeanette and her husband, Ralph Leo, of Colchester; and three sisters-in-law:  Teresa, Pounie and Barbara.

A short memorial service and graveside service were scheduled to be held on October 20 in South Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, Florida 33870.

 Audrey J. Libby

 Audrey J. Libby, 71, died on October 15, 2012, at her home in Orleans, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 16, 1940, in East Burke, a daughter of Forest and Mildred (Willey) Rexford.  On October 19, 1962, she married Bickford Libby.

Mrs. Libby was retired from the Oil Supply Corp.  She loved sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bickford Libby; her children Connie McCoy of Brownington and Donna Driver and her husband, William Driver, of Troy; by five grandchildren:  Melissa Schwarm and her husband, Scott, of Coventry, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber, of Brownington, Timothy Marckres of Orleans, Jennifer Deyo and her husband, Zac, of Orleans, and Danielle Driver of Newport Center; by seven great-grandchildren:  Cody, Conner, Gabrielle, Madison, Sage, Noah, and Avery; by her sisters Phyliss Littleton and her husband, Hearl, of Lexington, Kentucky, Doris Lanoue and her husband, Yvon, of Westfield, Nancy Alger and her husband, David, of Lexington, and Joyce Coburn and her husband, Donald, of Orleans.

She was predeceased by her brothers Gordon Rexford and Norman Rexford.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Orleans/Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin, 86, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died on Monday, October 8, 2012, at Manor on the Green in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He was born in Derby on April 30, 1926, a son of Joseph and Alice Morin.

He went to Sacred Heart High School and was drafted into the U.S. Navy.  Later he met his wife, Emma, who predeceased him in 2009.  Together they owned and operated the Border Motel and Dining Room in Derby for 21 years.  They later retired to Edgewater, Florida, where they resided for 25 years.  They owned and operated Big B Liquors, which son and daughter-in-law Michael and Sharon now own.  They always enjoyed working together and serving the public.

Mr. Morin is survived by his son Richard of South Daytona; his son Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Edgewater; and his daughter Carol of Key West; and by his grandchildren Amanda, Zackary, Ashley and Christopher.

He was predeceased by his son Mark in 2004.

A life celebration and committal will be held in Vermont in the spring.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website at www.BaldwinCremation.com.

David J. Murray

 David J. Murray

 A long-time resident of Dane Hill, West Charleston, David J. Murray died Saturday, October 20, 2012, in Newport.  He was 71.

He was the beloved husband of Betty (Lawson) Murray, who he married on August 24, 1963.

He was born on July 21, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut, to David L. and Inez (Pomerleau) Murray.  He was a graduate of Bulkley High School in Hartford in the class of 1959.  He graduated from Lyndon State College in 1963 with a B.S. in education.

He taught in Vermont schools in Westford, Winooski, Newport Center, Derby Line and Sacred Heart in Newport.  He and his wife also started the Morristown Christian School in Morristown, where they both taught.

In later years he worked at Ethan Allen in Island Pond, for the Vermont Department of Social Welfare in Newport, for North East Kingdom Mental Health in Newport, for the Vermont Department of Corrections in Newport, St. Johnsbury, and Windsor, and as a paraeducator at North Country Union Junior High School in Derby.

He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.  He was also very involved with his animals, especially his border collies, which he trialed in the North East Border Collies Association sheepdog trials.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty; by his children: Brian and his wife, Joyce, Darren and his friend, Amy, Sharon, David E. and his fiancé, Ashley.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Brianne, Brian Jr., Michael, Jenna, Mariah, David A. “Buddy,” Rebecca and Ryot.

He was a member of the Zion Pentecostal Church in East Charleston.

There will be no calling hours or funeral at his request.

Condolences may be sent to Betty Murray, 2792 Dane Hill, West Charleston, Vermont 05872. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino of Derby died suddenly on Friday, October 19, 2012, in Newport.

Mr. Rubino was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 23, 1928, to Rosario and Joesphine (Crimi) Rubino.  He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Anthony and Joseph.

Mr. Rubino grew up in Lawrence.  He attended the John R. Rollins School and Lawrence High School; also Fitchburg State College.

Mr. Rubino joined the U.S. Navy and was sent abroad, serving on the USS Helena in the South Pacific.  He was a World War II disabled veteran.

Mr. Rubino was an avid golfer, getting a hole in one on July 15, 1977, on the Newport Country Club’s sixth hole and winning the Newport President’s Cup in August 1995.  A downhill skier, he skied every ski area in New England and Vermont.  He also skied on Mount Tremblant and Mount Sutton in Quebec, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.  He also enjoyed sailing, fly fishing and hunting.

Before retiring in 1988 Mr. Rubino worked for 30 years in the Lawrence School Department.  He retired as a supervisor of 73 custodians in 18 schools and facilities.

Mr. Rubino loved his best friend and faithful wife, Sharon.  He is also survived by a special cousin, Joseph (Fletcher) Rubino of Methuen, Massachusetts, and his family; by his wife’s nephew, Paul Tylee, and his children of Terrebonne, Quebec; by many good friends and his faithful dog, Champ.

As per Mr. Rubino’s wishes there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery on Saturday, October 27, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Rubino’s memory may be made to Dr. Robert Primeau at the Island Pond Health Care Center, 82 Maple Street, Island Pond, Vermont  05846.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Vivian E. Whipple

Vivian E. Whipple

 Vivian E. Whipple, 86, long-time resident of Newport Center, joined the love of her life for eternity when she died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at North Country Hospital in Newport on October 18, 2012.

She was born on May 25, 1926, in Westfield, the daughter of Ralph Willis and Elsie Besaw.

Vivian Elsie Willis married Gilbert Whipple on December 29, 1943.  She loved him with her entire heart and soul, and she loved her life as a farmer’s wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and a great-great grandmother.  She found total joy from a life some might consider mundane and simple because she always understood there is no job title that holds greater prestige than that of wife, mother, and grandmother.

She raised her six children — and she helped raise many others who called her “Ma,” “Mom,” “Grammy,” and “Aunt Vivian.”  She could prepare a meal that would cause the world’s most famous chefs to nod in approval.  She could wake up in the morning and have a dozen pies cooling in the kitchen before 8 a.m.

She could plant a garden that would make people who were driving by stop their vehicle to take a closer look at the perfection and the bounty.  She could turn that garden into shelves full of pickles, jam, relish, and vegetables to share with friends and family throughout the winter.

She could convince her young grandchildren that there was no greater token of her love for them than the firm tap of a wooden cooking spoon on their behind to remind them of the importance of appropriate behavior.  She would drop whatever she was doing at a moment’s notice to go and help a neighbor in need.  She worked hard, she loved freely, and she touched many with her kindness.

Vivian and Gilbert Whipple lived a long and beautiful love story, and she was never able to get a mind’s eye picture of her life without him.  Her wealth was not defined in money, but she gave her family a gift that all the riches in the world cannot purchase — the gift of knowing she always stood beside them, and she always loved them without question.  She is greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Whipple leaves her six children:  Joyce Twing of Chelsea, Evelyn Kelley of Newport Center, Beverly Schinck and her husband, Denis, of Highwater, Quebec, Donna Whipple of Cranston, Rhode Island, Wayne Whipple of Wells River and his long-time friend, Arthur Hull, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ed Whipple and his wife, Kate, of Coventry; by eight grandchildren:  Shawn Twing and his wife, Collins, of Chelsea, Carmen McCammon of Newport, Carla Whipple of Cranston, Jeremy Schinck of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Vance Schinck of Fulford, Quebec, Ryan and Connor Fletcher of Coventry, and Brooke Thomas of North Troy; by her nine great-grandchildren:  Seth Demers of Newport, Trisha, Autumn, Deztyni, Marquis, and Vincent Whipple of Cranston, Kari Twing of Chelsea, and Macy and Cody Schinck of Fulford; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Emily Jane Demers of Newport; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2010, her mother in 1931, her father in 1960, her four brothers:  Richard Willis in 1953, Cecil Willis in 1992, Lawrence Willis in 1998, and Donald Willis in 2000, an infant son, Calvin, in 1951, and a son-in-law, Bruce Twing, in 1999.

Calling hours were scheduled on Wednesday, October 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4675 Darling Hill in Newport.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, at the Newport Center Advent Christian Church.

After the funeral, friends are invited to follow the hearse for Mrs. Whipple’s final tribute ride on the Number 12 Road past the farmstead and home she loved to her resting place beside her husband at the Newport Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you consider a contribution in Mrs. Whipple’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.  In lieu of flowers or monetary contributions, there would be no greater tribute to Mrs. Whipple’s memory than to simply perform a random act of kindness for someone in need.

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

Marilyn J. Wade

 

 Marilyn J. Wade

 Marilyn J. Wade, 79, of Island Pond died on October 17, 2012, in Lyndonville.

She was born on March 2, 1933, in Canaan, a daughter of Earl and Margaret (Edwards) Gray. She graduated from Canaan High School.  She was married to Edgar Leigh, who predeceased her in 1955, on January 3, 1952.  She later married Joseph A. Wade, who predeceased her in 1999.

Mrs. Wade is survived by her five sons:  Edgar T. Leigh of Newport, Earl E. Leigh and his wife, Wendy, of Holland, Sidney G. Leigh and his wife, Carol, of Island Pond, Joseph A. “Lonnie” Wade and his wife, Pam, of Derby, and Timothy M. Wade of Sumter, South Carolina; by her brothers and sisters:  Anna Johnson of Orleans, Gleigh Heath and her husband, William, of Island Pond, Patricia Gray and her friend, Diane Brindley, of St. Johnsbury, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond, and Niles “Jody” Gray and his wife, Monique, of  Coventry; by her sister-in-law Gunda Gray of Danville; by her grandchildren:  Felicia Farrow, Melissa Marcinkeviez, Jana and Gabriel Leigh, Laura Bixby, Serena and Chad Leigh, Joey and Justin Wade; and by many  great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and Glen Gray, and a grandson, Joshua Leigh.

Mrs. Wade was employed as a secretary for the Navy Department in the early 1950s, and she was a longtime employee of Community National Bank in Island Pond.  She held memberships with the Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary Post #80 of Island Pond.  She enjoyed baking Sunday evening meals, crossword puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held on October 22 with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with interment to follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

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

 

Kil “Kim” Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler, 53, of Morgan died at her home on October 15, 2012.

She was born on February 14, 1959, in Changhung-Kun, Korea, a daughter of Chu Pae Kim and Pok Im An.  She came to the United States in 1982 and lived in Kansas for two or three years before moving to New Hampshire where she lived until 1996.  She then came to Morgan.

Ms. Wheeler’s son and daughter gratefully appreciate all the many acts of kindness — visits, cooking, helping — from the members of the Morgan United Church, as well as from other friends during her six-year battle with cancer.

She is survived by her children:  John Moodie of Island Pond and Michelle Reynolds of Massachusetts; and her three grandchildren:  Makiyah Reynolds, Reya Berrios, and Angel Berrios, all of Massachusetts.

It was her wish that there be no ceremony and that her ashes be scattered at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan United Church, 14 Meade Hill Road, Morgan, Vermont 05853, or to the Island Pond Health Care Center, P.O. Box 425, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

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Obituaries October 17, 2012

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Ramona A. Blouin

Ramona A. Blouin

 Ramona A. Blouin, 72, died on October 12, 2012, at her home in Brownington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 2, 1938, in Danville, a daughter of Floyd and Lena (Houghton) Griggs.  In 1980 she married Robert Blouin, who predeceased her on November 1, 1996.

Mrs. Blouin was self-employed.  She loved being outside gardening and tending to her heifers and goats, along with her dogs and cats.

She is survived by her children:  Kathi Greer of Rapidan, Virginia, Randy Perry of Newport, Debbie Leach and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Timothy and Michael Perry, both of Brownington; by her four stepchildren; her husband, Bob; her brother Kenneth Griggs and his wife, Jean, of Barre; by her sister Phyllis Lang of Woodsville, New Hampshire; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Carlton Griggs.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Margaret (Peg) Mason Dwinell

Margaret (Peg) Mason Dwinell

Margaret (Peg) Mason Dwinell, died on October 12, 2012, in Burlington.

She was born at home on April 6, 1916, in Randolph to Edward H. and Mary M. Mason.  She was educated in Randolph schools and later graduated from Webber College with a degree in business.

She was employed at National Life in Montpelier when she met her future husband, Bancroft Dwinell.  They were married on August 19, 1939, in Randolph and made their home in Montpelier.  They had three children:  Bancroft Jr., James Mason, and Jane Bancroft.

Ms. Dwinell spent time in volunteer work, but her true avocation was as an artist.  She worked in many different mediums:  oil painting, stenciling, theorem painting, quilting, braided rugs, and hooked rugs.  In her final years she knitted hats and mittens for charity, keeping many children warm.  After her husband retired, they traveled extensively.  She visited 56 countries over the years.  Her husband died in 1994.

She is survived by her three children:  Bancroft Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Burlington, James of Norwich, and Jane and her husband, Sky Yardley, of Montpelier; her eight grandchildren:  Thomas Dwinell, Mason Dwinell, Ashley Clapp, Mary Beth Zabowsky, Dana Dwinell-Yardley, Sayer Dwinell-Yardley, Harry Dwinell, and Sophia Dwinell; and her seven great-grandchildren:  Allison, Jake, Lilly Skyler, Hayden, Michael Jr,, and Nyah.

A graveside service was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, or the First Universalist Parish, P.O. Box 454, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

 

 Madeleine Goodsell

 Madeleine (Metras) Goodsell, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, died peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, on Friday, August 31, 2012, with family by her side.  She was 69 years old.

She was the loving mother of Cindy Hollingsworth and her husband, Mark, Carroll and his wife, Cynthia, Brian and his wife, Jenny, Wendell Jr. and his wife, Connie, and Randy and his wife, Lisa; and the proud grandmother of Randie, Tyler, Ryan, Kaitlin, Ashley, Jesse, Amanda Mutch and Nathan, Danielle, Zack, Jake, Christopher, Bryan, and Caleb.  She is also survived by her sisters Anna Nichols, of Charlton, Massachusetts, Eva Domijan, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Cecile Gaboriault, of Rensselaer, New York, Jeanne Fortin of Farmington, Connecticut, Therese and Lucie of Coventry, Rita Lantagne, and her husband, Francis, of Newport, and Alice and her husband, Ron McKinney, of Lyndonville.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Wendell, and her parents, Delma and Alice Metras, of Derby; also by her brothers Moise, Rene, and Onil; and by her sister Irene.

She will always be remembered for her love of life and laughter.  She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Her funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Church in Harrowsmith, Ontario, on September 3.  There was a committal service on October 6 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Ryan Joseph Mason Roberts

Ryan Joseph Mason Roberts

 Ryan Joseph Mason Roberts, 21 months old, of South Fork, Pennsylvania, lost his battle with pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart defects on July 8, 2012, at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he had been since February 3.  Ryan was surrounded by many of his family members and friends who loved him.

He was born on September 12, 2010, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and was brought to Children’s right after.  He was not only a member of the CHD (congenital heart defect) family, he was also a loved member of the Down syndrome community.  Ryan had a smile that would light up a room and a personality to match.

He is survived by his parents, Erik and Diane Roberts of South Fork, and his siblings:  Shawn Roberts of Lawton, Oklahoma, Larissa Gaudette of Johnstown, Ashleigh and Zachary Gaudette, and Rhylea Roberts of South Fork.  He is also survived by his grandparents:  Arthur and Jane Shumski, formerly of Glover, and David and Diana Roberts of Oxford, Wisconsin; and aunts:  Candice Shumski of Williamstown, Vermont, Jennie and Marc Milski of Burlington, Wisconsin, Erin Moynihan of Burlington, Wisconsin, Justine and Nick Davis of Madison, Wisconsin, and Larisa Roberts of the United Kingdom.

In addition, the staff at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the CICU (cardiac intensive care unit) had come to be part of his family by being so loving and caring throughout his care.  Ryan received his early intervention through Beginnings of Johnstown.  His greatest achievement in life is being the most amazing and strong little boy that anybody could ever imagine.  While fighting his battle with CHD Ryan earned over 1,500 beads through the Beads of Courage program.

A celebration of Ryan’s life with family and close friends took take place at Cherry City Fire Hall in Pittsburgh on July 13.  Those who could not attend were asked to release a red balloon with a message written on it to send to Ryan and other loved ones.

 

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Obituaries October 10, 2012

George D. Fredericks

George D. Fredericks

 George D. Fredricks

 George D. Fredricks, 65, of Albany died on October 3, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a long illness.

Mr. Fredricks spent his latest and happiest years in Albany with Paul and Rita Martin.  He and his best friend, Peggy Thompson, shared many precious moments.  Their favorite activities were fishing local swimming holes, bowling, playing pool, four-wheeling, target shooting, and sightseeing.

Mr. Fredricks enjoyed spending time with the Martin family and grandkids, his many friends, his girlfriend, Elaine, and visiting with the locals at the Albany General Store.  He was a professional photographer and farmhand.

He is survived by his many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and his girlfriend, Elaine.

A celebration of life with a potluck meal will be held at Albany Community School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13.  A graveside service will be held in Wallingford.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted by the Albany Community School.  Mr. Fredricks loved children.  Donations can be sent to:  Albany Community School, Attention: Mary Cubit, 351 Main Street, Albany, Vermont 05820.

James Maurice Hill

 James Maurice Hill

James Maurice Hill, 73, of West Charleston died on September 30, 2012, in Orleans.

He was born May 7, 1939, in Montpelier, a son of Maurice and Helen (Kynoch) Hill.  He received an associate’s degree in pathology from Goddard College in Plainfield.  He was a lab tech at North Country Hospital in Newport for 18 years, and he was also a self-employed insurance examiner.  He was president of the Orleans Country Club for 12 years and a lister for the town of Charleston for ten years.  Golfing was the love of his life.

He is survived by his life partner of 23 years, Cheryl Demers, of West Charleston; by his children:  Thane Hill and his wife, Rhonda, of Virginia, Collin Hill and his wife, Julie, of Virginia, Jamie Hill and his wife, Debbie, of Virginia, and by Tami Hill and her husband, Jay, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; by several grandchildren; by his stepchildren:  Laurel Demers of California and Mandilyn Coderre of Newport, and their children; by his brother Phil Hill and his wife, Donna, of Maryland; by his sister Maureen Hill of Minnesota; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on October 5 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Country Club, c/o Peter Lanoue, Water Street, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

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

James P. Madden

 James P. Madden

 James P. Madden, 69, died peacefully at his home in Derby with his family by his side on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

He was born on May 26, 1943, in St. Albans, a son of James R. and Isabel (Fuller) Madden.  After his father was killed in World War II, while Mr. Madden was a young child, his mother remarried and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Donald Bovat.

Mr. Madden graduated from Hartford High School Class of 1961 and attended Boston University for a time before entering the U.S. Navy.  He served in the Navy from 1965 until 1969, being discharged into the Navy Reserves as a cryptologic technician 3rd Class.  After his service in the Navy, he returned to Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in management in 1972.

He lived for many years in Hanover, Massachusetts, where he raised his family and worked as manager at Bandag and later Oxford Tire.  Before retiring, he worked briefly at Columbia Motors as a delivery driver.  In 2005 he moved to Derby with his companion, Cindy Lewis.

Mr. Madden will be remembered for his sense of humor and love of a good joke.  He was an avid New England Patriots fan and also enjoyed fishing, golf and, most of all, time with family, especially cookouts.  He was a member of the American Legion for the past 33 years and a past member of the Derby Lions Club.

He leaves his son Jim Madden and his companion, Jennifer Roy, both of Boston; his daughter Jenn Madden of Weymouth, Massachusetts; his companion, Cindy Lewis, and her children Trevor Lewis and Erika Lewis, all of Derby; as well as a large extended family, many friends, and his pals Matches and Tibbles.

Visiting hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home at 903 Hartford Avenue in White River Junction from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.  A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with burial and military honors in the Hartford Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to Jim’s family in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Patient Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

Jeannine Pare

 Jeannine M. Pare

Jeannine M. Pare, 80, of Derby Line died on October 7, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1932, in Stanstead, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Yvonne (Bisson) Veilleux.  Mrs. Pare married Leo Paul Pare, who survives her.

She was a devoted Christian and a lady who loved her family and their visits and gatherings.  She is survived by her husband, Leo Paul Pare of Derby Line; her six children:  JoAnne Ellam and her husband, Craig, of Derby Line, Michael Pare and his wife, Tina, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ronald Pare and his wife, Karen, of Helena, Montana, Robert Pare and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Paul Pare and his wife, Kim, of Keene, New Hampshire, and Carole Rosario and her husband, Tony, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; by ten grandchildren:  Jeffrey Ellam, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chavez and her husband, Steve, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare, Meghan and Kristen Pare, Morgan and Nicholas Pare; by four great-grandchildren:  KeAhna and Keara Chavez, and Makaela and Zaidyn Pare; and by Rita and Gaston Lefebvre.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer Ellam, a brother, Marcel Veilleux, and by Laurette and her husband, Maurice Fortin.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Ladies Alter Society, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Philip D. Place

 Philip D. Place, 82, of Derby Line died peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on June 4, 1930, in Laurens, New York, a son of Whitfield and Carrie (Snyder) Place.  On November 9, 1952, he married Patricia Gueth, who predeceased him on September 2, 2012.

Mr. Place served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran and was also a career veteran.  After retiring from the Army, he received an associate’s degree in arts and vocational education and later became an electronics teacher at North Country Union High School.  He enjoyed woodworking.  He was also a volunteer for the Derby Line Ambulance Service.

He is survived by 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; by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Peter Place, and by a brother, Walter Place.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line where a Christian burial will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 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.

Willie Ryan

 William C. (Willie) Ryan

William C. (Willie) Ryan, 63, lifelong resident of Craftsbury Common and beloved husband of Carolyn, died peacefully on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington with his wife and daughters at his side.

He was born on February 17, 1949, in Hardwick, a son of the late James and Alice (Cole) Ryan.  He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1968 and received an agriculture degree from Vermont Technical College in Randolph in 1970.  On July 31, 1971, he married Carolyn Harvey, who survives him.

Mr. Ryan farmed all his life and co-operated the Ryan Brothers Farm in Craftsbury.  He was president and a board member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau, an honorary member of the National Honor Society at Craftsbury Academy, and was town lister for over 30 years.  He served on the Future Farmers of America Foundation Board, the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District, and was the Craftsbury Planning Commission chairman.  He also coached girls basketball at all levels and was the assistant boys basketball coach at Craftsbury Academy.

He loved to watch NASCAR (his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr.), and he enjoyed attending Thunder Road in Barre.  Mr. Ryan had a strong love of basketball and could be found at any gym across the state of Vermont supporting local athletes.  He enjoyed listening to country music, especially Willie Nelson, and he was a New York Yankees fan.  He loved to read, and he enjoyed spending time with his family and close friends at camp on Greenwood Lake.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carolyn Ryan, of Craftsbury Common; his daughters:  Alison Blaney and her husband, Thomas, of Craftsbury and Jenapher Hipkiss and her husband, Seneca, of Exeter, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren Mackenzie and Ryan Blaney; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Ann Gilcris and her husband, Larry, of Natural Bridge, New York, Jeanne Locke and her husband, Paul, of Springfield, Mervin Ryan and his wife, Lois, of Craftsbury, Kathleen Ryan of Norwich, Laureen Ryan of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Paul Ryan of Craftsbury, and Anita Caraballo and her husband, Pedro, of North Kingstown; by his stepfather, William Heinchon, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Alice (Cole) Ryan, and by his sister Nancy Martell and her husband, Al.

Funeral services were held at the Craftsbury United Church in the fellowship hall in Craftsbury Common on October 9 with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, care of Marjorie Urie, 2420 Shadow Lake Road, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827, or to the Craftsbury Academy Athletic Fund, for team seating in memory of Willie Ryan, care of Craftsbury Schools, Attention Jane Linck, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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

Bill Sackett

 William (Bill) Sackett

 Bill Sackett died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at his home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Originally from Island Pond, Mr. Sackett attended Lyndon State College before heading to Panama for military service in 1968.  He graduated from Castleton State College in the early 1970s and continued his life in Canada as a successful journalist and senior editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  He then ran his own successful business as a media consultant in Ottawa.

He is survived by his brother Donald Sackett of Island Pond; his children Sydney Sackett-Williams of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sandra Inutiq of Iqaluit, Canada, and Lawrence Inutiq-Sackett of Ottawa; his grandchildren Micah, Wee Walter, and Grace; his nieces Sonya and Jessi; his nephews Luke and Craig; his sister-in-law Allison Sackett; and his sons-in-law Jeffrey Williams and Walter Oliver.

Services will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with graveside services to follow.  Visiting hours will be announced during the service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries October 3, 2012

 Ashley Marie Allard

 Ashley Marie Allard, 25, of Derby died suddenly on September 24, 2012, in Eden.

She was born December 21, 1986, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the beloved daughter of Candice Lane Carter Allard and the late Gregory Lee Allard.  She was the mother of Kaylynn and Cayden.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 2005 and attended the Salon Professional Academy in Williston.

She went to Sacred Heart School and North Country Union High School.  She loved dance and participated in Tae Kwon Do for six years and in basketball.  She enjoyed music, dancing, traveling, and many outdoor activities.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her children.  Ms. Allard traveled to the nationals for Tae Kwon Do several times for three junior Olympics and won many many medals.

She leaves behind her children:  Kaylynn and Cayden; her mother, Candice Allard, and stepfather Bill Anthony; stepsister Becky Anthony and stepbrother Joe Anthony; her grandmother Iona Carter of Derby; her aunts and uncles: Rosemarie and Don Bowen, Patty and Jim Pierce, Reginald and Carolyn Carter, Ronald Carter, Paul Allard and his daughter Keecia; special cousins:  Troy Bowen and Heather, Victoria, Don and Ericka Bowen, Kyle, Nick and Kaylee, Angel Wright LaBerge, and Dave Laberge, Chelsey, Shelly, and Seiara, Amanda Wright, Jason Colburn, Tristin and Travon, Nathan Carter, Patrick Ushmann, Bill Carter, Robert Carter, Alyssa and Heather Colburn, and Johanna Bartley; and many, many special friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Gregory Allard, her grandfather Wayne Carter, and her grandmother Dorothy Allard.  May she rest in peace with God’s love.

Funeral services were held on September 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker and the Reverend Carol Ann Barker officiating.  A luncheon followed the service at the fellowship hall at the Derby United Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Cayden Gregory Thomas Trust Fund, in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Phyllis C. Armstrong

 Phyllis C. Armstrong, 90, of Derby died on September 23, 2012, in Newport.

She was born August 31, 1922, in Holland, a daughter of Riley and Sadie (Judd) Worth.

On June 6, 1958, she married William C. Armstrong, who predeceased her, on August 19, 2012.  Her first husband, Sidney L. Perkins, died serving his country in active duty for the Air Force during World War II.

Always a hard worker, Mrs. Armstrong kept herself busy, balancing family, work, and community service.  She was a secretary for Union Butterfield in Derby Line, retiring in 1987.  She was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #21 and served for years as Martha in the Order of the Eastern Star.  Over the years she gave of her time freely, volunteering with different community organizations, first at the Derby Elementary School, next at the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and in recent years at North Country Hospital, along with her husband, Bill.  She was an active member of IROC and also a one-time president of the Community Circle.

As proud grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong made special trips to Massachusetts to help celebrate milestones in their grandchildren’s lives, often making the trip down and back in one day, as that was the only way to fit it into their busy schedules.  When not occupied with activities outside of the home, Mrs. Armstrong’s hobbies included sewing, knitting, hooking rugs, painting, and cooking.

She is survived by her children:  Paul Perkins and his wife, Daryl, of Moberly, Missouri, Dana Armstrong and his wife, Margaret, of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Jana Armstrong of Canton, Massachusetts; by her grandchildren:  Shelly, Chad, Jacob, Sariah, Eleanor, William, Amelia, Kashaun, and Trey; by four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abigayle, Beau, and Grace; by her sister Waneta W. Stone of Tallahassee, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Cydney Perkins; by her brother Cyril Worth; and by her sister, Janice Fox.

Visiting hours will be held at noon on Saturday, October 6, followed immediately by funeral services at 1 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to American Legion Post #21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Order of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter #27, 89 Severens Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Margareta Charron

 Margareta Elisabeth Charron

 Margareta Elisabeth Charron, 87, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and formerly of Newport, died on September 27 in Derby.

Church services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.   Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Mrs. Charron was born in Fendan, Germany, to Anna (Fendrich) and Phillip Nicklouse on April 19, 1925.  She lived in Meinz, Germany, until her arrival to the U.S. in 1956.  While in Vermont she worked at the American Maple Factory and Indian Head for a number of years.  She was involved in the Knights of Columbus, and Al-Anon, and was a passionate bingo player.  She also enjoyed crocheting and family holidays and get-togethers.

Mrs. Charron is survived by her children Hannelore Gaylor and her spouse, Bernard, Gunther Charron and his spouse, Susan, Jane Moulton and her spouse, Gary, Susie Lacroix and her spouse, John, Patrick Charron, and Michael Ballases; by her grandchildren Tammy Wiesen and her spouse, Bard, Tanya Dejesus and her spouse, Jose, Aaron Charron, Jennie Charron, Shauna and her spouse, Steven Betancourt, Lizsa Moulton and her friend, James Marcus, Stephanie Morse and her spouse, David, Sara Lacroix and her friend, Kevin Comeau, Shannon Lacroix and her friend, Cody Powell, Grant Moulton, Katrina Thompson, Anna Marie Charron, and Jaclyn Charron; and by her great-grandchildren Scott Wiesen, Tyler Wiesen, Jacob Marcus, Lexie Morel, Bradon Betencourt, Gavin Morel, Carson Comeau, and Kaela Betencourt.

Mrs. Charron was preceded in death by her first husband, Phillip Lunvenmeyer; her second husband, Roger Charron; her parents, Anna and Phillip Nicklouse; her grandson Steven Watson; and her brothers Helmut, Phillip, and Hantz.

Memorials may be given to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Tyler Collins

 Tyler A. Collins

 Tyler A. Collins, 16, of Newport Center died suddenly on September 24, 2012, in Coventry.

He was born January 30, 1996, in Newport beloved son of Betti (Thiboult) Collins and the late Bruce A. Collins.

Tyler was a junior at North Country Union High School in Newport.  He loved to go to deer camp and he was a good hunter.  He also enjoyed ice fishing, as well as brook and lake fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with his friends and dog.  Tyler was a very social individual who always had a smile and liked to joke and was always available to friends and relatives to give them a helping hand.

He is survived by his mother, Betti Collins, and stepfather, Jeff Santaw, of Newport Center; by his brothers and sister:  Shawn Collins and his fiancé, Kim Jones, Bryce Collins, Jennifer Collins-Hunt and her husband, Lynn, of New Hampshire; by his grandparents Ruth and Dale Santaw of Newport; by his nieces and nephews:  Jacob, Madison, Liam, Khole, Kiera, Selena, and Anthony; by his uncle Joe and Susie Thiboult of New Hampshire, and their children Morgan and Brian Connor, and Cody and fiancé, Melissa, also of New Hampshire; by his aunt Mary and Marty Gingras and their children, Jennifer and Kristen, of New Hampshire; and by his best friends:  Dylan Germaine and Johnny Crocker.

He was predeceased by his father, Bruce A. Collins, on April 4, 1999.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on October 1 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

 Louise Josephine Lipinski

 Louise Josephine Lipinski, 96, a lifelong resident of Amherst, New York, died on September 25, 2012, in Newport.

Mrs. Lipinski was born January 13, 1916, in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of Chester and Maryanna (Smiereiak) Cichon.  She married Casimer E. Lipinski Sr., who predeceased her.

Mrs. Lipinski was a seamstress for Restwell Furniture Manufacturing in Tonawanda, New York.

She and her husband owned and operated their own furniture business.  She moved to Vermont from Amherst two years ago to be near her son.

She is survived by her son Edward Lipinski Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of North Troy; by her grandchildren:  Kim Griswold and her husband, Keith, of Suffield, Connecticut, Karin Lipinski Richard of Mansfield Center, Connecticut, and Ed Lipinski III of Grayling, Michigan; by two great-grandchildren:  Keith J. Griswold, and Ed Lipinski IV; and by her brother Walter Zawieruszynski of Seneca, New York.

Among her hobbies, Mrs. Lipinski crocheted tablecloths.  She loved her dog Holiday.

Funeral services were held on September 29 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy with the Reverend Whelinde Ladislaus celebrating a Mass.  Interment will take place in Cheektowaga, New York.

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

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

Laurence “Moose” Richard

 Laurence “Moose” Richard

Laurence “Moose” William Richard, 69, a lifelong resident of Walden, died on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Born in Hardwick, May 5, 1943, a son of the late Rocky and Marie Rose (Veillieu) Richard, he started in the work force at the age of 14, dropping out of school after eighth grade to help feed his brothers and sisters.  Born a farmer’s son, he had an amazing touch with gardens and grew vegetables to feed his large family.  He had many jobs, including farmer, ski lift operator, trucker, construction worker, lineman, custodian engineer, and a builder of train cars.

Mr. Richard was a longtime member of St. Michael’s Parish in Greensboro Bend.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a true friend to many many people and would go out of his way to help them.

The family wants to extend a thank-you to everyone on McClure 4 at FAHC for their exceptional care.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Day Richard, who he married in 1967; his children:  Rocky Richard and his wife, Catherine, Elaine Magnan and her husband, Matthew, Tim Richard, Rachael Shedd and her husband, Thad “Rusty,” Christopher Richard and his wife, Heidi, Edward Richard and his wife, Alyssa, and Jane Poole and her companion, Arthur Blevin; by grandchildren Lewis Cutter, who was raised by his grandparents, Anthony, Dominic and Zachary Stacey, Shannon, Tom, Maria, Isaiah, and Ezra Magnan, Wyatt, Eli and Tamyka Shedd, Joseph and Jackson Richard and Nathanial Richard; by two great-grandchildren, Julien and Jordon; and by many “inherited” children and grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Michael’s Church, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843, or to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

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Obituaries September 26, 2012

Howard Adams

Howard “Red” Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leopold Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan A. D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We all will remember and love him.

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

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

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

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

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

Ann Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick

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

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

She was predeceased by her husband, John George Letrick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Picken

Robert A. Picken

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

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

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

He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Johnson.

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

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

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

Theodore Quintin

Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Dubois.

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

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

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

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

Emile Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eileen Wigget

 

Eileen Wiggett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries September 19, 2012

Raymond J. Adams Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merle Benway

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard “Dick” Powell Carr

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

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

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

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

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

He will be missed and remembered forever.

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

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

Louise A. Duckless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard B. Dudley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on September 13 in Orleans.

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

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

Andre J. Guillette

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, with full military honors.

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

David A. Jaques

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vivian L. Nash

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

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

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

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

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

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

Angeline Yvette Perrault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Emile Paul Royer

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

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

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Obituaries September 12, 2012

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hedy L. Carrier

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

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

She was currently employed at Parker Pie in West Glover.

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

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

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

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

Anita K. Hodges

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

Margaret G. (St. Amand) LeBlanc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Lehouillier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William A. Malshuk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald W. Nutbrown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anita Marie Pizza

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

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

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

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

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

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

“She made others happy.”

A. Michael Richard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivan J. Roberge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colin C. Sheehan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alison Theodore Stoddard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celon George Wheeler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duane I. Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment is at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

 

Death Notices

 Angeline Perrault

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

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

Richard “Dick” Dudley

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

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

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

 

Service

Ruth M. Skinner

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

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Obituaries September 5, 2012

Arthur H. Blouin

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

Sandra Geratowski

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

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

Funeral services were held on September 4.

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

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

William R. Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Veronica Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth M. Skinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Lewis Slaiby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Pam Crandall

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

James Cunningham

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

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

Death notices

Joseph Romeo Lionel Blais

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

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

Hedy L. Carrier

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

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

A. Michael Richard

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

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

Donald W. Nutbrown

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

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

Colin C. Sheehan

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

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

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