Obituaries January 9, 2013

Marguerite Marie Emma Ames

Marguerite Marie Emma Ames

Marguerite Marie Emma Ames

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Donna F. Boisvert

Donna F. Boisvert

Donna F. Boisvert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terry M. Colburn

Terry M. Colburn

Terry M. Colburn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcella M. Collette

Marcella M. Collette

Marcella M. Collette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Yesterday is history

Tomorrow a mystery

Today is a gift

That’s why we call it the present.”

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

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

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

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

Patrick Brien Corkins

Patrick Brien Corkins

Patrick Brien Corkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amanda L. Coull

Amanda L. Coull

Amanda L. Coull

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lorna May (Christie) Coutts

Lorna May (Christie) Coutts

Lorna May (Christie) Coutts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please see www.badgerfuneral.com.

Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sister Cecile M. Fortin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Hayes

Alice Hayes

 Alice Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adrienne Kells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Stacey B. Lafoe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerald “Jerry” Latouche

Gerald “Jerry” Latouche

Gerald “Jerry” Latouche

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madeleine Lucia Lepage

Madeleine Lucia Lepage

Madeleine Lucia Lepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Lyman E. Locke Sr.

Lyman E. Locke Sr.

Lyman E. Locke Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

James A. McAllister

James A. McAllister

James A. McAllister

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

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

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

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

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

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

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

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

Irene F. (Chic) Nager

Irene F. (Chic) Nager

Irene F. (Chic) Nager

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by a sister, Jane Donnelly.

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

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

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

 Vernon Glenn Patrick

Vernon Glenn Patrick

 Vernon Glenn Patrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beverly A. Plante

Beverly A. Plante

Beverly A. Plante

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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

Robert S. Pomeroy

Robert S. Pomeroy

Robert S. Pomeroy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oscar Robitaille

Oscar Robitaille

Oscar Robitaille

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Preston Rollins

Robert Preston Rollins

Robert Preston Rollins

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brother William Rollins.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries December 26, 2012

Gordon Laclair

Gordon Laclair

 Gordon Everett LaClair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth Martin

Ruth Martin

Ruth Mae Martin

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Willmot.

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

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

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

Harry Porter

Harry Porter

Harry A. Porter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger Ricard

Roger Ricard

Roger H. Ricard

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his sister Rachel Ricard.

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

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

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

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie Colburn Wilcox

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her brother Gordon in 1999.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

 

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Obituaries December 19, 2012

Maureen O’Donnell

Sharon Maureen O’Donnell

 Sharon Maureen O’Donnell died of cancer at her East Albany home on December 11, 2012, with her brother Brian and close friends by her side.  She died as courageously and intensely as she had lived.

She was born July 6, 1952, and was raised in Connecticut.

After a brief time in New York City performing and recording with The Radiators and other musicians, Ms. O’Donnell, or “Mo” to her friends, moved to the Northeast Kingdom in 1986, with her partner Nancy Lee Kathan, who had taken a job at Catamount Arts.  Ms. O’Donnell was a graduate of Goddard College and worked for a time as a film projectionist at Catamount Arts and as a press operator at Troll Press.  But she will be remembered by all who knew her as a talented and inspiring musician and performer with the BTUs and other local bands.

Ms. O’Donnell was a veritable one-woman band, as talented on vocals as she was on guitar, drums and keyboard.  In 2009, in her home studio in East Albany, she recorded and produced Rogue Element, a powerful and compelling CD of original music.  She not only composed the music and wrote all the lyrics, but also played all of the instrumentation herself.  She influenced and inspired many young musicians in the area.

Ms. O’Donnell was a spiritual person who found inspiration in the nature of the Northeast Kingdom.  She spent much time in meditation at the Buddhist center, Karme-choling.  She was also an ardent participant in Native American rituals and ceremonies.  A Native American pipe ceremony will be held for her at her home on the spring equinox in March.

Ms. O’Donnell was predeceased by her mother and father and brother Michael.

She is survived by her brother Brian and sisters Laura, Nina and Lisa, as well as cousins Lauren, Susan and Mark.

People wishing to honor and remember Ms. O’Donnell may do so by making a donation in her memory to the outreach hospice program and future residential home, Summer House of the Northeast Kingdom, care of Community National Bank,  Church Street, Barton 05822, or care of Donna Tatum, 9 High Street, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

Friends of Maureen are invited to attend a potluck winter solstice celebration in her honor on Friday, December 21, at the home of Susan Blackstone in Westmore from 4 to 8 p.m.

Christine Beerworth

Christine Mary Beerworth

Christine Mary Beerworth, 78, of Jay died on December 12, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on May 13, 1934.  Her parents, Charles and Susie (Connors) Gebler, predeceased her, as did her brother Charles and her husband, Robert W. Beerworth.

Mrs. Beerworth was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lived most of her young life in Rockville, Connecticut.  She graduated from Rockville High School in 1952 and the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing in 1955.

On November 5, 1955, she married Robert W. Beerworth.  They made their home in Rockville until 1968 when they moved with their three children to Jay.

Mrs. Beerworth was employed at North Country Hospital for 28 years, having served as director of nursing from 1978 to 1986.  In 1983 she went back to college at Castleton State College and completed the BSN program.  She retired in 2003 after serving as the school nurse at the Jay-Westfield Elementary School.

She was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy.  She enjoyed music and served as the church choir director for several years.  She also enjoyed many crafts, including her handcrafted Christmas ornaments, sewing, knitting, and needlepoint.

Mrs. Beerworth fulfilled her dream of owning a home in Florida with her husband.  She spent much of her time there on the beach collecting shells, while her husband, Bob, enjoyed his love for golf.

Mr. and Mrs. Beerworth had three children: John Beerworth and his wife, Mary, of Shrewsbury, Susan Kopec, and Robert Beerworth Jr., of Jay.  Mrs. Beerworth is also survived by her five grandchildren:  Caeleigh and Connor Beerworth, and Kathryn, Candice, and Jonathan Kopec.

Funeral services were held on December 15 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Ladislaus Mwelinde.  Interment followed in the Jay Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to N.O.R.D. for Restricted Funds for Stiff Person Syndrome, 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06810.

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

Robert Burke

Robert A. Burke

Robert A. Burke, 62, of Derby died on December 9, 2012, in Newport.

He was born August 8, 1950, in South Paris, Maine, a son of Omer and Kathleen (Murphy) Burke, who predeceased him.  On January 1, 1970, he married Anita Hunt, who survives him.

Mr. Burke graduated from Oxford Hills High School in South Paris and from Husson College in Bangor, Maine, with a bachelor of science degree.  He was case goods manager and accounting cost administrator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Danbury, Connecticut, for 34 years.  He was a former member of the Skowhegan, Maine, Lions Club from 1982 through 1986 before transferring to the Derby Lions Club.  During his 30-year-plus membership, he was a past president of the Derby Lions, Lion of the Year in 1992, and he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1999.  He was also treasurer from 2004 through 2012 and received his Chevron pin in 2012.

He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the United Church of Derby.  He was an avid golfer, a member of the Orleans Country Club, a NASCAR fan, and he enjoyed cooking.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Burke, of Derby; by his children:  Alan Burke and his wife, Nancy, of North Oxford, Massachusetts, Kathleen Burke-Worthley and her husband, Andrew, of Chelsea, Maine, and Amanda Montalbano and her husband, Ryan, of Smithfield, Rhode Island; by his grandchildren Benjamin and Jonathan Burke; by his brothers:  Omer Burke and his wife, Becky, of South Paris and Thomas Burke and his wife, Richa, of San Antonio, Texas; by an uncle, aunts and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at the Riverside Annex Cemetery in South Paris.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby United Church, 3064 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Andre Gaudreau

 Andre Gaudreau, 69, of St. Albans died at North Country Hospital in Newport surrounded by his family on December 11, 2012, following a long and courageous battle with kidney cancer.

Mr. Gaudreau was born on December 6, 1943, in Newport, the fourth child of Gervais and Germaine (Lamontagne) Gaudreau, who predeceased him in 2005 and 2001, respectively.

He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport.  He then attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, to pursue studies in philosophy.  He went on to earn a master’s of divinity degree at the University of St. Paul’s in Ottawa, Ontario.  He then served in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.  He subsequently obtained a teaching certificate in music and elementary education from Johnson State College.  Part of his music certification program included applied studies in pipe organ under Dr. James G. Chapman of UVM in Burlington.

After completing his studies in elementary education, he was employed as a bilingual educator in the Swanton/Highgate bilingual program.  His final employment was at IBM in Essex Junction until his retirement in 2008.

Mr. Gaudreau is survived by his five sisters:  Pierrette Paradis of Windsor, Connecticut, Denise Bouffard of Newport, Gabrielle Carr and her husband, Jim, of Newport, Lucille Gaudreau of Newport, and Suzanne Gaudreau of St. Albans. He also leaves his nieces and nephews:  Suzanne Paradis of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Mark Paradis of Windsor, Jane Bouffard of Stowe, Monica and her husband, Scott Libby, of Newport, Peter Bouffard and his wife, Debbie, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Thomas Bouffard of Pittsburg, California, and Julie Bouffard Vesely and her husband, Keith, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; and by five grandnieces:  Amanda Joubert, Sara Noyes, Michaela DiZazzo, and Laura and Anna Grace Libby.

He was predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Andre Paradis of Windsor and Paul Bouffard of Newport.

Mr. Gaudreau had a special interest in his French ancestry, history and genealogy, which impelled him to initiate extensive research into his family’s genealogical roots dating back to France.  This major project resulted in the creation of four genealogical volumes for his family.

Mr. Gaudreau consistently maintained a positive and courageous attitude throughout the course of his illness.  He relied on his unwavering faith and spiritual life for strength, inner fortitude and peace.  He was also devoted to his church and was a faithful and active communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in St. Albans.

A Mass was held at 11 a.m. on December 15 at Mater Dei Parish in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mater Dei Parish for St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Parish in Newport.

Leo Paul Pare

Leo Paul Pare

 Leo Paul Pare, 79, of Derby Line died on December 10, 2012, in Newport.

He was born June 18, 1933, in Rock Island, Quebec, a son of Alcide and Marie (Pomerleau) Pare.  On October 26, 1953, he married Jeannine Veilleux, who predeceased him on October 7, 2012.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Pare was a heavy equipment operator for 35 years, ending his career with Mario Paul.  Prior to working construction, he owned and operated a dairy farm for 12 years.

He enjoyed painting cars, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, sugaring, and traveling with his wife.  He was a member of Community Circle, and American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his 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 his grandchildren:  Jeffrey Ellam, Michael Pare Jr., and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chavez and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare, Meghan and Kristen Pare, and Morgan and Nicholas Pare; by his great-grandchildren:  Keara and KeAhna Chavez and Makaela and Zaidyn Pare; by his brother and sister-in-law Gaston and Rita Lefebvre; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Claude Pare, by his sister Gisele Paquin, and by his granddaughter Jennifer Ellam.

Funeral services were held on December 18 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the St. Edward’s Ladies Altar Shelter, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

William Riggie

William Knost Riggie

 William Knost Riggie, 82, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, died on December 9, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 7, 1930, in Newport.  He attended St. Mary’s School and Brighton High School in Island Pond.  Following his education, he entered the U.S. Navy (1954-1958).  Mr. Riggie was a proud veteran, serving as post commander of the American Legion Post #42 in 1966 and dedicating 58 years to American Legion membership.

He was employed by the New England Telephone Co. as a lineman supervisor, and he retired from AT&T with 31 years of service in 1985.  In early years of retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife, Paula.  In 1997 they moved from Henderson, Nevada, to their current residence in Land O’ Lakes.

Friends and family will remember Mr. Riggie for his wonderful sense of humor, his woodworking talent and his love of travel.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Paula Corologos Riggie; his sons:  William Riggie and his wife, Nancy, of Pensacola, Florida, Dana Riggie of Henniker, New Hampshire, Scot Riggie and his wife, Melissa, of Glover; and his daughter Paula Michelle Sweigart and her husband, Aaron, of Pensacola; by his granddaughter Lauren Chase and her husband, Ren, with great-grandchildren Isabelle and Jack Hammond, all of South Burlington; and his grandson Jason Sweigart of Biloxi, Mississippi.  Others mourning his passing are sisters-in-law Phyllis Riggie of Island Pond, Irene Abbott and her husband, Bob, of South Burlington, Judith Corologos of Randolph, and brothers-in-law Roger Sylvester of Juneau, Alaska, Paul Corologos and his wife, Sharon, of Venice, Florida, James Corologos of Mineola, New York, and Andrew Corologos and his wife, Toy, of South Burlington.

He was predeceased by grandchildren Andrea and Jessica Riggie; sisters Theresa Younce, Cleone Sylvester, and Thelma Pontbriand; and one brother, Dr. Brian Riggie.  He will also be mourned by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Riggie’s name to the Gulfside Regional Hospice at www.grhospice.org.

There will be a private family service only.  Arrangements are by Whitfield Funeral Home of Zephyrhills, Florida.  Interment will be at the Florida Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Wendell C. Rivers Jr.

Wendell C. Rivers Jr.

 Wendell C. Rivers, Jr., 61, of Albany, died at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington Tuesday evening, December 11, 2012, with his longtime partner, Cheryl Lafaso, by his side.

He was born in Newport on December 30, 1950, a son of Wendell C. Rivers Sr. and Nancy (Veglia) Rivers.  He attended school in Albany, where he resided most of his life.

Mr. Rivers was a talented musician, playing guitar and singing in many area bands.  He enjoyed wildlife and feeding the birds near his home.  He was a licensed ham radio operator, receiving recognition for relaying information in several rescue missions.

He leaves his son, Wendell C. Rivers III, of Coventry; his longtime partner, Cheryl Lafaso, and her son, Patrick Lafaso; his mother, Nancy (Veglia) Rivers; his brother, Richard Rivers and his wife, Billie Jean; and his sister Millie Seguin and her husband, Gary, all of Albany.  He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Mr. Rivers was predeceased by his father, Wendell C. Rivers Sr., as well as his great-nephew Adrien Mason.

A graveside service was held on Friday, December 14, at the Albany Village Cemetery with the Reverend Lawrence Wall and Pastor Tim Ingalls officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries December 12, 2012

Henry Labrecque

Henry J. Labrecque

 Henry J. Labrecque, 84, of Barton, died suddenly on December 7, 2012.

He was born on April 24, 1928, in New Britain, Connecticut, a son of Jeremie Labrecque and Marie Anna (Morin) Labrecque.  On September 4, 1954, he married Jeannette Limoges of Newport Center, who survives him.  They raised their family on the family farm where Mr. Labrecque lived for the past 80 years.

Mr. Labrecque attended two one-room schoolhouses, the Devereaux School and the Fiske School, both in Barton.  During his high school years he would pick up milk cans from local farms and deliver them to United Farmers prior to attending school.  He graduated from Barton Academy in 1947.

He would commonly be seen driving his truck in Orleans County loaded with hay and sawdust for area farmers.  In the fall he would be seen with loads of Christmas trees and balsam brush headed to the lower New England states, as well as Pennsylvania and New York.

In the late 1980s, he began trucking gravel from his farm.  This business grew to become known as Labrecque Sand and Gravel.  He loved his “big toys,” loaders, backhoes, excavators and other construction equipment.  Most of all, he loved his 1978 green Mack truck, which he operated until his death.

Mr. Labrecque enjoyed the Willoughby Lake area, sugaring in the sugarhouse built by his uncle with lumber from trees felled by the hurricane of 1938.  He was well known for visiting with the neighbors and sharing his wisdom about the area with people from all over.  Most of all, he enjoyed his family and home.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, of Barton; his children Jeannine LaCoss of Lyndonville, Yvette and her husband, George Grenier, of Derby, Paul and his companion, Debbie Libby, of Brownington, Richard and his companion, Deana Cowles, of Barton, Gisele and her husband, John Miner, of Hyde Park, Georgette and her husband, Allen Griffin, of Barton, and Monique Paquette of Lyndonville; by 14 grandchildren:  Daniel LaCoss, Michelle Gilman, Renee LaCoss, Eric Grenier, Brent Grenier, Cole Labrecque, Lana Labrecque, Amanda Duffy, Michael Sanville, Raegen Phillips, Chance Griffin, Armand Paquette, Ronnie Paquette and Jeremie Paquette: by 13 great-grandchildren and three more expected.

He was predeceased by his parents, half brother of Canada, and son-in-law Michael Paquette.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, December 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday December 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm St. in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton on Thursday, December 13, at 11 a.m.  Father “Tim” Naples will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Building Fund, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

To read a story Chris Braithwaite wrote about Henry Labrecque in September 2011, please click here.

Darrell Maskell

Darrell Darwin Maskell

Darrell Darwin Maskell, a lifelong resident of Craftsbury, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, December 6, 2012.  He fought a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

He was born October 28, 1961, in Hardwick, a son of Calvin and Nadine Baker Maskell.

He married the love of his life, Candace Sue Wells, on October 24, 1987.  Together they had two children who were their pride and joy, Chelsea Ann and Kyle Dean.

He is also survived by his six siblings:  His sister Debra Chaffee and Claire of Albany, his five brothers:   Calvin “Butch” Maskell of Albany, Stephen Maskell and Julie of Eden, David Maskell and Penny Wells of North Wolcott, Dennis Maskell and Lisa of Hardwick, and Chet Chase of Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Chase.

He attended Craftsbury graded school and Craftsbury Academy.  He spent most of his life working as an iron worker or logging.

He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and he really enjoyed the rivalry between his New York family who were Yankee fans, especially the verbal rants between him and his nephew Alexander.  He enjoyed deer hunting with his children and friends.  He had an amazing talent for taking a raw piece of wood and crafting a beautiful item out of it.  He was an arm wrestling state champion.  He was a big collector of Coca Cola items.

Mr. Maskell was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle to his many nieces and nephews.  He had a special place in his heart for Steve and Patsy.  He had a big booming voice, which rivaled his huge, generous heart.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 14, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Johnson.  Visitation will be held Thursday, December 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home, 165 Brooklyn St., in Morrisville.  Interment will be in Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Maskell requested that donations be made to a charity that was very close to his heart and helped in his time of need:  The Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.

 

 

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Obituaries December 5, 2012

Joseph Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis, 68, of Newport Center, died on November 27, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.

He was born December 27, 1943, in East Orange, New Jersey, a son of Percy and Mildred (English).  On June 15, 1968, he married Marlene Willis, who survives him.

Mr. Bullis was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens, and he loved to decorate his home at Christmas time, using thousands of lights and scenes.  He also loved having the grandchildren come to his home for a visit and attending family reunions that were held each year.  He was a wonderful husband and father.  His family always came first.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Bullis, of Newport Center; by his children:  Roy Bullis and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Karen Bullis of Derby Line, and Roxanne Couture and her husband, Christopher, of Newport; by his grandchildren:  Leanne Bullis, Samantha Bullis, Kyle Forcier, Blake Leighton, Justin Forcier, Lindsey Couture, and Christopher Couture; by his great-grandchildren:  Rylee Jones and Hannah Forcier; by his brothers and sisters:  Jack Bullis and his wife, Beverly, of Derby Line, Daniel Bullis and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Dianne Bullis of Newport, Judith Bullis of Proctor, Mary Lou George and her husband, Wendall, of Derby, Craig Bullis and his wife, Diana, and Paula Marie Brochu and her husband, Steve, of Derby Line; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher Joseph Bullis and by three brothers:  Francis, William, and James Bullis.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.  Spring interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NEKCA food shelf, P.O. Box 724, Newport, Vermont, 05855, or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Lorene Liberty Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis died suddenly on November 22, 2012, at her daughter’s home in East Highgate following a recent period of illness.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis was born to Lyndon and Merial (Stratton) Liberty on May 17, 1945.

She was predeceased by her parents, by her brother Byron Liberty, and by her beloved late husband, John Lee Curtis.

She is survived by her sisters Patricia Fudge and family of New York, Deanna Styggles and family of New Hampshire, brother-in-law, Durwood Styggles of Vermont, her sister Linda Oullette and family, her sister Kathy Benjamin and her family of Vermont, and her brother Michael Liberty and his family of New York.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis was a single mother of seven children, all of whom survive her:  daughter Deborah Williams of Flagstaff, Arizona, son Christopher Chicione and his wife, Karen, of Bakersfield, son, Patrick Chicoine and his wife, Tina, of Jacksonville, Florida, daughter Andrea Smith and her husband, Raymond, of West Charleston, daughter April Mathewson and her husband, Clint, of Sheffield, daughter Katrina Mallette and her husband, Carl, of East Highgate, and daughter Alicia Chicoine and her husband, Joey Glodgett, of Halifax, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren:  Wesley Kahl, Raymond Smith Jr., Caitlin Smith, Calee Chicoine, Connor Chicoine, Joshua Elliott, Cheyenne Elliott, Timothy Elliott, Cassandra Elliott, Dakota Mallette, Hunter Mallette, Sierra Glodgett, and Haleight Glodgett; by two great-grandchildren; and by close friend Ralph Swett.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis worked for a short time with the Community College of Vermont teaching adults to read.  She met and married Patrick Chicoine Sr., and they had seven children together.  They divorced in 1976.  She became a migrant farm worker, working on farms in Shoreham, Highgate, and throughout Franklin County.  She was an extremely hard worker, and she instilled those values in her children as well.

She enjoyed antiques and auctions.  When she retired from farming, she graduated from a program called Step Up for women and learned the trade of finish carpentry.

She met and married John Lee Curtis in 1996 and settled in Brownington.  After she left carpentry, she became a store manager and historian.  She also participated in long rifle shooting competitions and pioneer camping.  She enjoyed Mr. Curtis’ enthusiastic hunting stories and hunted and fished with him.

Throughout her life, Ms. Liberty-Curtis was a professional quilter who made hand-sewn works of art that won many top awards in juried shows, accolades in magazines, and were sold all over the country.

She was a lover of books, gardening, and early American history.  She could do anything she set her mind to and did it well.  She had been recently chronicling her own family history.  She was a patron of many libraries and the Clan of the Hawk tribal group.

At Ms. Liberty-Curtis’s request, there will be no viewing.

A family gathering was scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at the Rice Hill United Methodist Church in Sheldon Springs.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made in her name to the Jones Memorial Library in Orleans, Vermont, or The Clan of the Hawk tribal group in care of Ralph Swett, Evansville, Vermont.

Desneiges Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw, 67, of Glover died on November 27, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 22, 1945, in Craftsbury, a daughter of Eddy and Fabiola (Vachon) Coderre.  In 1971 she married Chester Geraw, who survives her.

Mrs. Geraw loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Chester Geraw, of Glover; by her sons:  Raymond Geraw and his wife, Lea, of Glover, and Eddy Geraw of Glover; by her grandchildren:  Vikki and Destiny Geraw, both of Glover; by her brother Donald Coderre of Lowell; by her sisters:  Gisele Damon and her husband, Robert, of Morgan, Estelle Wheeler and her husband, Alfred, of Newport Center, and Cecile Arel-Smith of Newport; by her sister-in-law Alice Coderre of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Freddy Geraw in 2005; by her grandson Michael Geraw in 2005; by her brothers:  Lucien, Marcel, Eugene, Gaetan, and Raymond Coderre; by her sisters:  Rita and Jeannette, by her brothers-in-law:  Albert, Wallace, and Charlie; and by her sisters-in-law:  Eva, Rosalie, Jeannette, and Tammy.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton on November 30 with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

Marcel Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue, 95, of Newport died on December 1, 2012, in Derby, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 15, 1917, in Newport Center, a son of Herve and Albina (Gaudreau) Messier.  After his mother’s death, he was raised by his aunt and uncle Euclide and Argentine Lanoue.  On October 22, 1960, he married Angele Frechette, who survives him.

Mr. Lanoue served his country during World War II, from 1941 through 1946.  He was stationed at the Island of Leyte in the Philippines where he was in charge of troop transport for incoming and outgoing troops, as well as inter-island transport.  He made his home in Newport, where he loved to be.  He was a devoted husband, father and family man as well as a devoted Catholic.

He was employed by his father, Euclide Lanoue, in North Troy, where he was a sales clerk and bookkeeper in a feed store.  He then went on to work at St. Onge’s cash store in Newport as a sales clerk.  After that he worked as a butcher for the Grand Union grocery store.  He also worked for many years at the Hilton Gas Company as a propane gas technician.  He retired as a custodian at North Country Union High School in 1994.  He raised two children and was a loving and caring father.

He is survived by his wife, Angele Lanoue, of Newport; and by his children:  Micheline Marcotte of Barton and Marc Lanoue and his wife, Amy, of Newport; by seven grandchildren:  Stephanie Waechter and her husband, Michael, Gabrielle Marcotte, Olivia Marcotte, Celine Marcotte, Avery Marcotte, Caleb Lanoue, and Daniel Lanoue.

He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence Messier; by his half-brothers Victor and Jean Marie Messier; by half-sister Marie Jeanne Theroux; by sister-in-law Marguerite Beaumier and her husband, Francis; and by his son-in-law Bradley Marcotte.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on December 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

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

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

Izola Magoon

 Izola Magoon, 78, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, died on November 23, 2012, at the Ledgewood Nursing Home

Born March 25, 1934, in Orleans, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Place from Orleans and Ruby Robbins from Milford, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Magoon owned and operated IKE, Inc.,  She lived in Merrimack for the past 40 years.

Survivors include:  Her son Kirk Carnahan and his wife, Kathy; two grandchildren:  Corey Carnahan and Christie Corey and her husband, Aaron; two great-grandchildren:  Hailey and Colton Corey; and nephew David Place.

There will be no local services.

Mrs. Magoon will be laid to rest in Orleans beside her late husband and many generations of her family.  As was her wish, there will be a small, private, family service in the spring.

The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements.

Frederick Tourangeau

Frederick T. Tourangeau

 Frederick T. Tourangeau, 75, of Newport died on November 26, 2012, with his loving family at his side.

He was born November 10, 1937, in Montgomery, a son of Arthur and Persis (Pelkey) Tourangeau.

On November 20, 1956, he married Ruth Woodcock, who survives him.

Mr. Tourangeau served in the U.S. Army.  He was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Tourangeau, of Newport; by his children:  Brent Tourangeau of Richardson, Texas, Leona Smith and her husband, Royal, of Lebanon, Maine, and Michael Tourangeau of Nashua, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Jacob, Tonya, Trevor, Nicholette, Katherine, and Juliette; by his great-grandchildren:  Connor, Cullen, Layla, and Emily; by his brother James Tourangeau of Craftsbury; by his sisters:  Joyce Billado and her husband, Carlton, of Craftsbury, and Myrtle Lacroix and her husband, Tony, of Brunswick, Maine; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Billow, his sister Barbara Mason, and his granddaughter Elizabeth Tourangeau.

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

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

Bill Whitcomb

Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb

 Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb, 82, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

He was born on May 9, 1930.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Catherine (Mattson, Murphy) Whitcomb; three sons:  Wilton and his wife, Beth, of Windermere, Florida, Joseph and his wife, Judy, of Ft. Myers, Florida; and Preston and his wife, Beverly, of Sudbury, Massachusetts; by four stepchildren:  Deborah Duffy and her husband, Peter, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, David Murphy and his wife, Lynda, of Springvale, Maine, Daniel Murphy and his wife, Lorna, of Sunderland, Massachusetts, and Kristin Murphy of Johnson; by 11 grandchildren; by his only sister, Allayne (Kremp, Donlon) Whitcomb, of Ormond Beach; and by nieces Janice Dufour and her husband, Jeffrey, of Hopewell, New Jersey, and Joanne Pecca and her husband, Michael, of Cohasset, Massachusetts.

Mr. Whitcomb grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Hingham High School in 1948.  He had a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and he attended Harvard Business School.  After a stint serving in the U.S. Army overseas, he lived in Scituate, Massachusetts, for 25 years where he was active in Boy Scouts and youth baseball.

He was employed by Boston Edison in management for 30 years.  A career opportunity led him to spend six years in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where he was plant manager of a desalination plant for the Saudi government.  While in Arabia, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe.  They returned to the United States in 1988, locating in Newport where Mr. Whitcomb became the owner-operator of a boat marina on Lake Memphremagog.

After retiring, Mr. Whitcomb moved to Ormond Beach, spending his summers on Lake Salem in Derby.  He was an avid Boston sports fan and a lifelong lover of dogs.  He is remembered as a loving and devoted family man and generous friend.  He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach, the United Church of Newport, the Masonic Lodge of Newport, the Newport Planning Commission, and a board member of the Falls Association in Ormond, Beach.

In accordance with Mr. Whitcomb’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service.  A remembrance and graveside service, to be attended by family and close friends, will occur in the spring in Vermont.

Those who wish may send donations to the Golden Retriever Rescue Fund Mid Florida (see www.grrmf.org for details and the mailing address), or to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be shared through the Deware Funeral Home at www.dewarefuneralhome.com.

 James M. Young

 James M. Young, 81, of Newport died on December 3, 2012, in Newport.

He was born February 10, 1931, in Olde Town, Maine, a son of James Young and Ella (Fuller) Dubois.  On July 20, 1950, he married Katherine Yankus, who survives him.

Mr. Young was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1948 through 1950.  He was a salesman for AMP Inc., in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and more recently owned the Kingdom Koach Taxi Business in the Newport area.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Young of Newport; by his children:  Joyce Gooding and her husband, Daniel, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Patricia Young of Brownington, Janice Polsdorf and her husband, Scott, of Savannah, Georgia, James Young and his wife, Kathy, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, David Young and his wife, Diana, of Matthews, North Carolina, Christine Thomas of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by his sisters:  Florence Winter of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Joann Long and Helen Carlson of Clearwater, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Judith Pelleteri and by his brother Ralph Young.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 10, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscowen, New Hampshire, with full military honors.

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

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

 

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Obituaries November 28, 2012

Helen L. Bernier

 Helen L. Bernier, 71, of Coventry died on November 19, 2012, at her home with her loving family at her side.

She was born June 29, 1941, in Newport, a daughter of Leo and Elsie (Sanville) Cheney Jr.

On January 14, 1961, she married Richard (Skip) Bernier, who survives her.  She graduated from Newport Center High School.

Mrs. Bernier was manager of the Vermont Department of Employment and Training in Newport where she retired after 30 years of service.  During this time she was also a military veterans’ representative for the state of Vermont.

She was an avid reader, and she also enjoyed gardening.  She loved her dogs Casey and Boss.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard Bernier, of Coventry; by her daughters:  Tina de la Bruere and her husband, Raymond, of Troy and Stacie L. Baker and her friend, Eric Desranleau, of Essex; by her grandsons:  Timothy de la Bruere and his spouse, Thomas, Brent de la Bruere, Jeret Baker and his wife, Kate; by her granddaughters:  Katie Baker and Emily Baker; and by her great-grandson Connor.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal 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.

Joseph E. Gibney

 Joseph E. Gibney, 61, of Glover died on November 15, 2012, in Glover.

He was born on December 12, 1950, in Troy, a son of Cecile and Irene Gibney.  He married Mary Pillsbury who predeceased him.

He is survived by his children:  Shelly Lavigne and Joseph Gibney Jr., both of Manchester, New Hampshire, Scott Gibney, Brian Gibney, and Jason Gibney; and by his stepdaughter Tracy Raymond.

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

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

Roy Ingalls

Roy Ingalls

 Roy Ingalls, 97, died on November 20, 2012, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born November 19, 1915, in Irasburg, a son of the late Ivan and Jennie (Wells) Ingalls.

A lifelong resident of Irasburg, Mr. Ingalls owned and operated the family dairy farm until 1984.  He was very active in the community.  He served as selectman for the town of Irasburg for 47 years.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge #62 in Irasburg and a charter member of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST).  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and playing poker.  He was known for his common sense, his level-headedness, and his Yankee frugality.

Mr. Ingalls leaves his nieces and nephews:  Peter and his wife, Rita Martin, of Sheffield, Marianne and her husband, Mo Hall, of Richford, Paul Martin and his fiancée, Christine, of Richford, Ilene Elliott of Canaan, Linda Wignet of White River, and Ellen and her husband, Skip Swayse, of White River; and his favorite cousin, who was like a daughter to him, Rachel Todd, and her husband, Dean, of Irasburg.

Mr. Ingalls was predeceased by his beloved companion, Wilma Sargeant; his sisters and brothers-in-law:  Ada Ingalls Martin and her husband, Reuben, Lois Ingalls Winget and her husband, Earl, Avis Ingalls Clark Hinton and her husband, Ivers Clark, and Elvin (Jim) Hinton; a niece, Diane Mattoon; and nephews Ivers Clark Jr., Ward Clark, Lance Clark, and Bob Elliott.

Funeral services were held November 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery at a later date.  A Masonic service was held at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to VAST, 26 Vast Lane, Berlin, Vermont 05602.

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

James Gerhard Krieble

 James (Jim) Gerhard Krieble, 92, formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, died Tuesday, October 25, 2012, at Kendal in Hanover, New Hampshire.

He was born October 23, 1920, in Weehawkin, New Jersey.  He grew up in Union City, New Jersey, where he attended public schools, and then he spent a year at Lawrenceville Academy in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, before college.

Mr. Krieble was a graduate of Princeton University, where he earned a BS in chemical engineering in 1942, and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1949.  He married Amanda Sanborne in 1943.  They settled in Washington, D.C., where Mr. Krieble served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.  He worked in the U.S. Naval Laboratory as a process engineer in the chemical warfare and electrochemical sections.  After graduate school he worked for General Electric (GE) as a process engineer at the research laboratory in Schenectady, New York, where he was engaged in research and development in tungsten chemistry, the iodide process, and the electrolytic oxidation of metals. In 1957, Mr. Krieble moved to the GE lamp, metals, and components department in Cleveland, Ohio.  He became a plant manager and continued working on the development and economic evaluation of processes for refractory metals and gases used in lamps until he retired in 1983.

Mr. Krieble was active in charitable, social, and professional communities. He was a member of Sigma X, the General Electric Elfun Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society.  A former Eagle Scout, he served as a Boy Scout leader in New York and Ohio.  In retirement, Mr. Krieble served as the president of the Westmore Association in Westmore, and he also monitored the lake’s water quality for the state of Vermont for many years.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, and an active grandfather.  Mr. Krieble loved his summer vacations with his family on Lake Willoughby in Westmore where he hiked, gardened, managed the woods, and tended their property.  Later on, he and his wife spent six months there each year.

Mr. Krieble enjoyed reading and conversation with family and friends who appreciated his dry sense of humor.  Together with his wife, he was ever a gracious host.

He is survived by his children:  daughter Cynthia Krieble and son-in-law Raeburne Heimbeck of Ellensburg, Washington, daughter Elizabeth Krieble of Andover, Massachusetts, son John Krieble and daughter-in-law Katherine Getzels of Brooklyn, New York; and by four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Amanda S. Krieble.

Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation dedicated to Parkinson’s disease research.

Robert J. Wright

 Robert J. Wright, 66, of Craftsbury died at his home on November 21, 2012.

He was born August 25, 1946, in Stowe, a son of Robert and Annie (Martin) Wright, both predeceased.

He is survived by his sons Jasper (Jay) Wright and his wife, Sandy Stoddard, and their children Iva and Jesse of Craftsbury, Charley Wright of Craftsbury, and Brian Wright of North Carolina; by his Sister Linda (Wright) Prescott and her husband, Bruce, and their children Shawn Wright his wife, Fay, and their children, and Angel Prescott, all of Craftsbury; by his brother Gary Wright and his wife, Robin Wright, of Eden; and by loved nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Tallman of Alaska.

He was a farmer for many years and will be missed by many.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 30, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home, 1321 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury with Pastor Roland Green officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to 140 Scotts Lane, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, care of Jasper Wright.

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

Ruth Naomi Young

Ruth Naomi Young

 Ruth Naomi Young, 86, died peacefully at her home in Westfield on November 15, 2012.

She was born to Neoma Bean Whalen and Joseph Whalen on February 19, 1926 at the family farm in Irasburg.  In 1943 she married George L. Young of West Glover, and together they bought the farm from Mrs. Young’s mother.  There they raised three children and managed a dairy herd until 1969.

Mrs. Young was proud of the farm’s award-winning syrup (which she boiled herself), and she dedicated much of her time to promoting the maple industry in Vermont.

In the 1970s she began working at Young’s Green Mountain Nursery along with her husband and sons.  In 1978 the family bought out the nursery’s founder and moved it to Tree Corners where they ran the business for ten years.

Mrs. Young had a rich social life and was active in the Irasburg and later, New Port Richey, Florida, communities.  Whether she was at the Ladies Aid Society, Home Demonstration Club, the Grange, square dancing, the Barton fair, senior centers, or music jam sessions, she was always happiest when surrounded by friends.  She was especially active in the Irasburg United Church, and she liked to remember how she originated the idea for the Irasburg Church Fair (now in its sixth decade).  For many years, Mrs. Young made flower arrangements for the church every Sunday.

Following the death of her husband in May of 2009, Mrs. Young lived with her son Danny in Westfield where she continued to garden and make new friends.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Unwaveringly devoted to her family, she leaves fondest memories of her humor, generosity, wisdom, and work ethic.

She is survived by her children:  Danny Young, Wayne Young, and Priscilla Christopher; four grandsons:  Matthew Christopher, Aaron Young, Adam Young, Will Young, and their spouses; and three great-grandchildren:  Orion Bava Young, Dante Bava Young, Eliza Lily Knowlton-Young, and Bodhi Knowlton-Young.

She was predeceased by her siblings Pearl Whalen Alexander, Gerald Keith, Thelma Keith Shepherd, and Marion Kennison.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at the Irasburg United Church.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Spring interment will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Irasburg United Church, P.O. Box 177, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

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

 

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Obituaries November 21, 2012

David B. Bradley

David B. Bradley

 David B. Bradley, 75, of Barton died on November 15, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton with his loving wife and daughter at his side following an illness.

He was born March 15, 1937, in London, England, where he lived until 1947.  He was a son of Thomas and Dorothy (West) Bradley.  On April 6, 1985, he married Tanya Washer Lamphere, who survives him.

Mr. Bradley graduated in 1954 from Phillips-Andover Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  In 1958, he graduated from Brown University with a degree in classics.  During his senior year, he was the editor of the Brown Daily Herald.  He later continued his education, earning an MBA from Plymouth State University in 1981.

During summer vacations from Brown, Mr. Bradley worked at Coca-Cola.  After graduation, he taught Latin and coached soccer at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts.  He later became a professor of business administration and accounting at Lyndon State College, retiring in 2007.  The graduating class of 1989 elected him to receive the second annual senior class award to faculty.  He also served as a member of the Barton Zoning Board, and on the planning commission and financial committee during the nineties.

Mr. Bradley was an avid reader.  He also loved golf, and was a member of the Barton Country Club.  In the late ’70s he owned Ashuelot Ridge Golf Course in Sullivan, New Hampshire.

He is survived by his wife, Tanya Bradley, of Barton; by his children:  David Bradley of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Mark Bradley and his wife, Maureen McBride, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Thomas Bradley and his wife, Bailey, of Winooski, and Tara Bradley of Burlington; by his grandchildren:  Rebecca Bradley, Michelle Alexander, and Derek Bradley; and by his brother John A.K. Bradley of New York City.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held at the Barton United Church on Wednesday, November 21, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Christine Finlay officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.  Immediately following the burial, a luncheon is to be held at he Barton United Church.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Faculty/Staff Scholarship Fund at Lyndon State College, 1001 College Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851, or the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Andre G. Geoffrey

Andre G. Geoffrey

Andre G. Geoffrey, 63, of Derby Line died suddenly on November 14, 2012, in Newport.

He was born April 20, 1949, in Newport, a son of George and Pauline (Sicard) Geoffrey.

He married Lucy Laframboise, who survives him.  He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1968.

Mr. Geoffrey was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad where he retired in 1998 after 20 years of service.  He enjoyed camping and going to summer camp in Island Pond, where he liked maintaining the property and clearing trees.

He was a president of the Border Line Ridge Riders, and he was instrumental in establishing trail systems for the group.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling and visiting many different areas of the country.

Mr. Geoffrey dedicated much of his time to music.  He was always looking for new songs to learn and play for his family and friends, as well as for weddings.  He was a member of the band Three Easy Pieces.  He also played for Derby Line Days and other functions, including playing for the residents of many area nursing homes on a regular basis.  He enjoyed jam sessions, playing as a solo guitarist, and with a karaoke machine.  He also enjoyed cribbage tournaments.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Laframboise, of Derby Line; by his son Chris Geoffrey of North Adams, Massachusetts; by his brothers and sisters and their families:  Florence and Jack Coogan of Schenectady, New York, Jeannine and Gene Besaw of Derby, Leo and Evelyn Geoffrey of Derby, Claire and George Lavoie of Derby, Raymond and Shirleen Geoffrey of Newport Center, and Marcel and Darlene Geoffrey of Newport; by his sister- and brothers-in-law: Diane Murray of Coventry, Rhode Island, Lorraine Shepard of Hope Valley, Rhode Island, Robert and Donna Laframboise and Guy and Lisa Laframboise of Santa Ana, California, and Joanne and Peter Moran of Lewiston, New York, and Newport.

Funeral services were held on November 20 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Unit 14, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

William Spencer Lawson

William Spencer Lawson

William Spencer Lawson, 73, lost his courageous battle with cancer and went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2012.

Mr. Lawson was born on November 30, 1938, in Coventry to Norman and Alice (Spencer) Lawson and attended Coventry Graded School and Orleans High School, Class of 1956.

He grew up on the family farm in Coventry and then married his wife, Barbara Irene (Cutting) Lawson on April 7, 1961.  They began farming on Burton Hill in Barton, then purchased the home farm on the Covered Bridge Road in Irasburg in 1969 where they continued to farm until Mr. Lawson’s retirement.

He served many years in community service on the Irasburg School Board, the Irasburg Fire Department, the Farm Service Agency Board, and the Soil Conservation Board.  He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.  He also loved to snowmobile and hunt, but what he enjoyed the most was drawing diagrams of his future woodworking projects.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara; his son Douglas and his wife, Manon, and their children:  Donna, Seth, and Emily, all of Irasburg; his son Mark and his wife, JoAnn, of Coventry and their children:  Kevin, Shawn, and Danielle and her husband, Kyle; his great-granddaughter Emma; very special niece Elaine and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg and their six children; his sister Nancy Newton and her husband, Edwin; his nephew Chuck and niece Amy; and by several other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandsons William and Jason in 1993.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on November 17 with Pastors Glen Saaman and David Lisner officiating.

Donations in his memory can be made to Hope House, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412, where he stayed before his surgery.

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

Bonnie J. Provencher

Bonnie J. Provencher

 Bonnie J. Provencher, 59, of Derby died at her home surrounded by her loving family on November 11, 2012.

She was born on August 24, 1953, in Troy, a daughter of the late Jack R. Armstrong and Beverly M. Collins.  She was employed at Ethan Allen as a ripsaw operator.

Ms. Provencher enjoyed going to Florida and Foxwood Casino in Connecticut with her companion, Ron, watching hummingbirds come to her feeders, and taking pictures.  She absolutely loved family gatherings and being with her grandchildren.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eagles and a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her children:  Shane Provencher and his wife, Nikki, of Troy and Terry Provencher and his wife, Amanda, of Derby; by her companion of 25 years, Ron Griffin, of Derby; by her mother, Beverly Collins Armstrong, and her friend, Raymond Lessard; by her grandchildren:  Paige, Haven, Jonas, Nicholas, Meia, Jonathan, Ashleigh, Coby, Dakota, and Averie Provencher; by her brothers:  Steven Armstrong and Terry Armstrong, both of White River Junction, and Brent Armstrong and his wife, Lynne, of Virginia; by her sister Barbara Meier and her friend, Dennis Demaris, of Barton; by her stepmother, Claudia Armstrong, of Derby; by Steven Griffin and his wife, Sybil, of South Carolina, Randall Griffin and his wife, Lorraine, of Morgan, Michael Griffin of Derby, Tanya Gregoire and her husband, Jason, of Swanton; by grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son Jonathan.

Funeral services were held on November 16 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Edith Ida Savoy Sloan

 Edith Ida Savoy Sloan, 91, died peacefully on November 10, 2012, at Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington.

Those who knew her will miss her, but after 25 years she was ready to rejoin the love of her life, Hubert Dustin Sloan.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Sloan was on born on October 21, 1921, in Montreal, Quebec, to Frank Savoy and Ida Maude Maxwell Savoy.  She married Hubert in 1939 at the Church of Notre Dame in Montreal.

She is survived by her four children:  Marcia Louise Sloan Quinn of Calgary, Alberta, Jeffrey Hubert Sloan of Richmond, John David Sloan, and Judy Sloan MacReynolds.

Though she lived the majority of her life in her beloved Island Pond, she moved, with her family, to Montreal, Couteau QC, and Portland, Maine, as the wife of a Canadian National Railway engineer.  She will be remembered as a woman of strength, resilience and as an amazing friend who loved a good laugh.  She was a loving mother who spent 91 years contributing her love, knowledge and generosity to all who knew her.

Funeral services were held on November 15 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Drive, Williston, Vermont 05495, or online at https://donate.americanheart.org.

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

Ralph J. Tinker

Ralph J. Tinker

 Ralph J. Tinker, 83, of Newport died on November 13, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on September 30, 1929, in Newport Center, a son of Floyd and Doris (Bowman) Tinker.  On February 26, 1955, he married Nancy Grow, who predeceased him on July 16, 2004.

Mr. Tinker was a veteran of the Korean War where he served on the front line.  For many years, he was a dairy farmer in Newport Center where he worked for Merton Thayer and Marty Before.  His hobbies included going camping with his children and grandchildren and working on his puzzle books.  He held membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798.

He is survived by his children:  Debra Young and her husband, Leland, of Albany, Sandra Benware and her husband, Larry, of Derby, Bernie Tinker and his wife, Betty, of Derby, Brian Tinker of Kentucky, Roger Tinker of Holland, Michael Tinker of Derby Line, and Diane McAllister and her husband, Scott, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Karen, Billy, Milo, Liza, Jaime, Jonathan, Eric, Meghan, Benjamin, Andrew, Aaron, Amanda, Kyle, Heather, Daniele, Marie, and Amy; by 32 great-grandchildren; by his brother Bruce Tinker of Barton; by his sister-in-law Betty Limlaw of Derby; by his nieces and nephews; and by very dear friends from Maine:  Betty and Garry Spencer, Blanche Ranger, and Lori and Marty Before.

He was predeceased by his brother Dale Tinker and by his granddaughter Tanya Lynn Tinker.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on November 15 with the Reverend Frank Beaty officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries November 14, 2012

Michael P. Bartolomeo

Michael P. Bartolomeo

 Michael P. Bartolomeo, 54, of Newport died on November 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on March 26, 1958, in Long Island, New York, a son of Dominick and Helen (Grossman) Bartolomeo.

Mr. Bartolomeo earned his GED and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Community College of Vermont.  He was a member of American Legion Post #21.  He enjoyed working on computers, drawing, watercolors, and most of all raising his daughter Demi.

He is survived by his daughter Demi Bartolomeo and her companion, Greg Crease Jr.; by his grandchildren:  Gregory Crease III and Colin Crease; by his sisters and brothers:  William Bartolomeo of Colorado, Janice Corkins of North Carolina, Joseph Bartolomeo of North Carolina, Patty Murray of North Carolina, Diane Scalzo of Vermont, Lori Catley of North Carolina, James Bartolomeo of New York, and Peter Bartolomeo of North Carolina.

He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Thibeault.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family care of Demi Bartolomeo, 56 Eastern Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ronald B. Simons

Ronald B. Simons

Ronald B. Simons, 46, of Coventry died suddenly on November 5, 2012, at his home.

He was born on September 11, 1966, in Sharon, Connecticut, a son of Earl and Joyce (Morey) Simons.

On May 1, 1999, he married Sarah Dunbar, who survives him.  Mr. Simons was a truck driver for Simons Logging Company.

He raised registered chickens and showed them along with his registered pigeons at various shows.  He loved his constant companion dog named Harley.  He enjoyed going to work, reading western novels, and watching television.  He especially loved his grandson and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Simons, of Coventry; by his parents, Joyce Simons of Barton and Earl Simons and his wife, Brenda, of Brownington; by his children:  Bruce Simons of Barton, Samantha Simons and her companion, Allan Bartelson Jr. of Coventry, and Carmen Simons and her companion, Justin Maloney, of Coventry; by grandson Wyatt Maloney; by his brothers:  Jay Simons and his wife, Julie, of Bolton and Lance Simons and his wife, Carolyn, of Claremont, New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his brother Adam Simons in 1987.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. at the Brownington Center Church in Brownington with the Pastor Dan Prue officiating.

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

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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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