Obituaries June 5, 2013

obit brownSteven Sanders Brown

Steven Sanders Brown, 70, of Glover died peacefully on May 29, 2013, in his home.

He was born on August 14, 1942, in Barton, the son of Frederick and Shirley (Sanders) Brown.

He was raised in Barton by his grandparents, Reta and Fred C. Brown, and attended Barton Academy.  He was selected as a legislative page and served daily in his seventh grade year at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  He also attended Champlain Business College in Burlington.

He married Isabelle Menard on November 25, 1961.  They owned and operated the Candlepin Restaurant, Brown’s Bowling Alley, and the Cave Dance Hall in Barton, and retired after 46 years in business.

He was a lifetime member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, NRA and NRA Golden Eagles Club, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of the Orleans Masonic Lodge #55.

He loved being with his family and their many gatherings celebrating holidays and birthdays.  He especially loved being with his grandchildren and attending their sporting, school and community activities.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed baseball and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees.  He also was a true Vermont steward of his land, planting trees, gardening, working in the woods, building stonewalls and haying the fields.  He raised Hereford cows for several years and enjoyed them grazing in the fields surrounding him.

He is survived by his children:  Diane Brown of Littleton, New Hampshire, Donna Perry and her husband, Anthony, of Barton, Lisa Brown and Pauline Frisina of Rye, New Hampshire, Ted Brown and his wife, Andrea, of Glover, and Carmen Brown and Jeremy Knights of Glover; his grandchildren:  Hannah Brown, Parker Brown, Dayna Knights, Kelby Knights, Rylee Knights and Gabriel Frisina-Brown; and by his sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Roland Menard, Rita and Bob Benoit, Denise Wilkins, Frank and Sue Menard, Patty Saum, Raymond Menard, Pierre Menard, Carol and Michael Coggio, and Pauline and Ralph Nault.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Isabelle Brown on February 12, 2004; and by two sisters:  Patricia Wheeler and Jacqueline Nattress.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Barton United Church, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.

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

obit CaplesRichard (Rick) C. Caples

Richard (Rick) C. Caples, 65, died unexpectedly on May 24, 2013, surrounded by his family, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction.

He was born in North Troy on June 5, 1947, the son of Edward Caples and Beverly (Bolio) Caples.

When he was young, he joined the military then worked at Jay Peak, Hayes Ford, Ethan Allen, Butterfields, and IBM.

He married Joyce (Jones) Caples on March 23, 1968.

He loved fishing, Bingo, and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; his two sons:  Richard Caples Jr. and Roy Caples and his wife, Naomi, all of Derby; his grandchildren:  Savannah and her husband, Jason Williams, Ross, Heather, Patrick, Johnny, and Nicholas; his great-grandchildren:  Emmett, Wrangler, and Denim; and by his ex daughter-in-law Althea Crocker.  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Linda and her husband, Steve Star, of Florida, and Diane and her husband, Tim Bleau, of Essex; his brothers:  Spike and his wife, Mary Caples, of Mississippi, and Chris Caples of North Dakota; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by both his parents and by a brother, Kirby Caples.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

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

 

obit chapdelaineMarguerite Chapdelaine

Marguerite Chapdelaine, 94, of St. Albans, died on May 27, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was born on August 13, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Langevin) Martel.  On February 21, 1944, she married Rene Chapdelaine, who predeceased her in 2004.

Among her hobbies, she enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, playing Bingo and watching westerns on television.

She is survived by her children:  Norman Chapdelaine of St. Albans, and Raymond Chapdelaine of Stowe; three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother Leo Martel; and by three sisters:  Germaine Belleville, Alexandra and Antoinette.

Funeral services were held on May 31, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Gertrude M. Fontaine

Gertrude M. Fontaine, 90, of Derby died on May 29, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 9, 1922, in Newport, a daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Gokey) Cheney.  On December 29, 1947, she married Lawrence Fontaine, who survives her.

Mrs. Fontaine was postmaster for the United States Postal Service in the town of Morgan, where she retired after 12 years of service.  She also worked as a telephone operator for several years in Troy.

She enjoyed cooking, much to the delight of her family and friends.  She knitted 11,000 pair of mittens for charity and formerly worked on upholstery.

She and Mr. Fontaine made several trips to Florida over many years during the winter months.  She was always willing to give a hand to her friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her husband Lawrence Fontaine of Derby; her children:  Stephen Fontaine and his wife, Patsy, of Beecher Falls, Dennis Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, of Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, and Laurie Fontaine of Derby; her grandchildren:  Melanie Walker and her husband, David, Stephen Fontaine and his wife, Lauren, Sarah Fontaine, Bryan Fontaine, and Adam Fontaine; her great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Jonathan, and Jessalyn Walker, and Tyler and Gavin Fontaine; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Sherman Fontaine; a grandson, Matthew Fontaine; and by the following siblings:  Earl Cheney, Nelson Cheney, Maynard Cheney, Edna Liberty, and Rita Berthiaume.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on June 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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

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

obit hallTina Desneiges Coderre Hall

Tina Desneiges Coderre Hall died suddenly on June 1, in Newport.

She was born on August 4, 1967, in Ware, Massachusetts, beloved daughter of Alice (Peters) Coderre and the late Gaetan Coderre.

She loved her dogs, doing arts and crafts, going on Carnival cruises, gardening, listening to country music, dancing, and attending church with her mother.

She was a very giving and caring person who was always ready to give anyone a hand.  She was a mother who loved her children and her grandson and always treasured their time together.

She was a loving mom to her son Thomas Hall and his girlfriend, Cait Smith, of Derby, and her daughter Heather Hall and her boyfriend, AJ Stevens, of Orleans.  She loved and adored her wonderful grandson, Javein.  She will be deeply missed by her mother Alice Coderre of Derby; her brothers:  Sherman Coderre and his wife, Michelle, and Ed Coderre and his fiancée, Shirley Lawson, of Irasburg; and by her sisters:  Tealla Rodrigue and her husband, Roger, of Derby, and Trina Coderre and her fiancé, Doug LaBounty, of Lunenburg.  She will also be missed by her boyfriend Kevin Lee and his family of Newport Center; all her nieces and nephews:  Traci Rodrigue, Tasha Rodrigue and her boyfriend, Thomas Prevost, Gaetan Coderre II, Ridge Coderre, Kyle Rodrigue, and Ethan LaBounty; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Gaetan Coderre of Irasburg; and her ex-husband Lyndal Hall of Albany.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

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

Mary B. McGavic

Mary B. McGavic, 86, of St. Johnsbury died on May 27, 2013, at the Pines Nursing Home in Lyndonville.

She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Gupton and Ethel Barbee.

She had been a nurse’s aide for many years at the New Milford Hospital in New Milford, Connecticut.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, holidays, and birthday celebrations, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

She was married to Lawrence Douglas McGavic, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children:  Patsy Ann Tompkins and her husband, Casey, of Barton, Barbara Kay McGavic of New Milford, Mary Virginia Williamson of St. Johnsbury, Wayne Douglas McGavic and his wife, Libby, of Thomasville, North Carolina, and George David McGavic and his wife, Nancy, of New Milford; her grandchildren:  Alexander and Andrew McGavic of Thomasville, and Mary Roxanne Williamson of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; her great-granddaughter Mary Alice of Myrtle Beach; her grand dogs:  Keeley, Winnie and Bree; one brother, George Barbee of Clarksville; three sisters:  Marta Elizabeth and her husband, Chester, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Shirley McDaniel and her husband, Joseph, of Elgin, South Carolina, and Virginia Jordon of Florence, South Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her porch sitting buddies:  Pamela Decker of New Milford, Mary Overton of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Bob and Janet Tuthill of Sutton, who affectionately called her Elvira

Funeral services will be held at a later date in North Carolina.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, or the Barton Public Library, Main Street, Barton, Vermont 05822.

To view an online guestbook, go to www.pearsonsfh.com.

obit pageKenneth W. Page

Kenneth W. Page, 91, of Derby died on May 26, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on September 2, 1921, in Morgan, the son of Guy and Freda (Nichols) Page.  On April 7, 1950, he married Dorothy White, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a machinist at Linton Industries in Derby Line for many years.  His love was his appliance shop at his home in Derby, where he also enjoyed people coming to visit.

He was a member of the Church of God in Derby.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Page of Derby; his son David Page of Island Pond; his brother Bruce Page of Southwick, Massachusetts; his sisters-in-law:  Phyllis Page of Holland, and Anne Page of Florida; his brother-in-law Charles Moulton of Charleston; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Stanley Page, Floyd Page, Andrew Page, Ronald Page who was killed in action in World War II, and Ovis Page as an infant; his sister Maxine Moulton; his half-brother Ernest Wheeler; and by his half-sister Ella Grady.

A graveside service was held on May 31, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Holland Methodist Church, P.O. Box 681, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit PatenaudeYvette L. Patenaude

Yvette L. Patenaude, 77, of Derby Line, died on May 30, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on February 25, 1936, in Lowell, the daughter of Clovis and Albertine (Beausoleil) Ranville.

Mrs. Patenaude was a cook at the Holland and Derby Line elementary schools.  Her hobbies included canning, knitting, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, tole painting, and she had a precious angel collection.  She was a wonderful mother and meme.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Alphonse Patenaude of Derby Line; her children:  Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Louise Wilson and her husband, Tom, of Mooers, New York, Danny Patenaude and his wife, Rhonda, of Derby, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex Center, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe Plain; her grandchildren:  Erin, Monika, Whitney, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Taylor, Erin, Brandon, and Emma; and by her step-grandchildren:  Jena, Kati and Charlee.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Georgette Salafia and her husband, Henry, of Massachusetts, Priscilla Boucher and her husband, Phil, of Hudson, New Hampshire, Anna Gravel and her husband, Raymond, of Wolcott, and Laurette Beasley of Florida; and by her sister-in-law Georgette Ranville of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her son Michael Patenaude in 1958; five brothers:  Fernand, Roland, Leonard, Ivan, and Alfred Ranville; and by her brother-in-law John Beasley.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 880, care of Monique LaPlante, P.O. Box 195, Beebe Plain, Vermont 05823.

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

Brian J. Scully

Brian J. Scully of Newport Center, formerly of Colchester, died on May 29, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Healthcare in Burlington, following a short illness.

He was born on February 8, 1946, in Long Island, New York, and was the son of William and Grace Scully.

On October 3, 1970, he married Cathleen Carroll in St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz, New York.

He is survived by his wife Cathleen; his loving and faithful dog, Thunder Patrick; and by his longtime friends:  Jorg and Stephanie Augie of Burlington.

He was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law Nicholas Carroll; and by his loving dogs:  Michael Gregory and Riley O’Rourke.

Per his wishes, there will be no calling hours.  Burial will be private.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

For those who wish, memorials in his name may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Beigh me gra duit go deo (Gaelic)

“I will love you forever,” Tootles, Cathleen

obit sinonCharles P. Sinon

Charles P. Sinon, 77, of Meriden, Connecticut, died on May 27, 2013, after a brief illness, at the Meriden Center.

He was the beloved husband of 51 years of Carol Erardi Sinon.

He was born in Barton on November 3, 1935, the eldest son of the late Charles and Alice Pudvah Sinon, and had been a Meriden resident for many years.   He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and later was employed by Pratt and Whitney.  He was a former employee of Quest Diagnostics and Pro Health of Wallingford, Connecticut.  He was active in the Eagle’s Club and enjoyed reading, attending area car shows and relaxing by the water.  He enjoyed meeting people and had the gift of making them laugh.

In addition to his wife, Carol, he is survived by his sons:  Scott Sinon and his companion, Elizabeth Byless, of Bristol, Connecticut, and Stephen P. Sinon of Bronx, New York; his daughter Patti A. Bene of Franklin, New Hampshire; his four grandchildren:  Nicholaus and Andrew Sinon, and Brandon and Megan Bene; his sisters:  Barbara Crouse and her husband, Merle, of Enfield, Connecticut, Shirley Curley of Maine, and Mary Murray and her husband, Raymond; his brother John Sinon, all of Pleasant Valley, New York; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Wallingford on June 1.  Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave, Meriden, Connecticut 06450; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson, 60, of Falls Church, Virginia, died on April 30, 2013, at Georgetown University Hospital, of complications from cancer.

He was born on October 30, 1952, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to William J. Thompson and Rose Mary (Dockmeyer) Thompson.  He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Strayer University in Virginia.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, and retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of various softball umpire associations in Virginia and Maryland and held board positions, including president, treasurer and commissioner.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paulette (Beaudry) Thompson, who was raised in Orleans County; his son Patrick and his wife, Mary, of Berryville, Virginia; his daughter Amanda Ellerman and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; three grandsons:  Zachary and Nicholas Ellerman, and Joshua Thompson; his brother Tommy of Rockport, Indiana; two sisters:  Darlene May and her husband, Keith, of Utica, Kentucky, and Lynda Edwards and her husband, Danny, of Calhoun, Kentucky; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers:  Chris, Franky and David Wayne; his granddaughter Addison Thompson; and by his great-nephew Colton Burden.

Services

Linda Seguin and Sandra Buteau

Committal services for Linda Seguin and Sandra Buteau will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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Obituaries May 29, 2013

obit powersGerald Bert Powers

Gerald Bert Powers, 98, of Easthampton, Massachusetts, died peacefully on May 15, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on November 14, 1914, in Derby, to A. Thomas and Minnie Mae (Shannon) Powers.  He married the love of his life, Lucile Gardner, on July 12, 1938.  They enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage before her death in March of 2008.

His lifelong fascination with vehicles began on the family’s dairy farm, and he was hooked with the purchase of his first car, a 1928 Model T Ford, for $32.  He found his calling driving trucks, first working for George Demers out of Newport and then for St. Johnsbury Trucking.  He was the third person in Vermont to sign in for the Teamsters, and was a devoted union man for the rest of his life.

Mr. Powers served as a Private First Class in the U.S Army, Third Infantry Division, during World War II, driving as a messenger throughout central Europe.

Mr. and Mrs. Powers retired to Melbourne, Florida, in 1974, where he competed in shuffleboard tournaments and added to his collection of antique woodworking tools.

He is survived by four sons:  Dean, and Charlotte, of West Charleston, Richard of North Hero, William of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Keith of Easthampton.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, including Dean Powers Jr. of Morgan, Larry Powers of West Charleston, and Jennifer Allen of Derby; and by 15 great-grandchildren.

obit reidyMichael William Reidy

Michael William Reidy, 57, died on May 17, 2013, at his home in Jay, after a long illness.

He was born on October 18, 1955, and raised in Holden, Massachusetts.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.  Mr. Reidy, sometimes known as “Full Blast,” lived his life to the fullest.  He was captain of his fishing vessel The Valkyrie, a regatta-winning sailor, and a maritime adventurer.  The world was a better place with him in it.

He leaves his devoted wife Michelle; his stepmother Phyllis Handy; his children:  Nils, Hannah, and Shon Reidy Jr., Jess and Zander Melo, Missy Ruggles, Kevin and Bethany Bonneau; his siblings:  Timothy Reidy of Colorado and Carolyn Reidy-Ruberti, Joseph Reidy, and Susan Huntington, all of Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Reidy, who died in January of 2012; and his mother Ruth (Lynch) Reidy, who died in January of 1991.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m., at his home in Jay, at 135 Elm Drive, where he lived with his family.  Immediately following the celebration, he will be buried in the small town cemetery on Cemetery Road in Jay.

Anyone who would like to order flowers should contact Spates The Florist in Newport at 334-8330.  Donations are also welcome by the family to help defray expenses.

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

obit stoufferClair J. Stouffer

Clair J. Stouffer, 70, of Derby died suddenly on May 25, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 8, 1942, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Jean (Malseed) and Clair Stouffer Jr.  On June 15, 1982, he married Carolyn Rueckert, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree.  He was a teacher at West Point Prep School in Monmouth, New Jersey, for many years.  He was a member of the board of Vermont farmers’ markets and he and his dog, Eddie, were involved with Delta Pet Partner’s therapy dogs.  He loved to display at the various farmers’ markets.

He is survived by his wife, Linn Stouffer, of Derby; his children:  Jason C. Stouffer of Houston, Texas, and Ashley L. Stouffer of Newport; his brother T. Bradley Stouffer and his wife, Nancy, of Holland; his sister Charon Whitesell and her husband, Thomas, of Tequesta, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

Richard “Dick” Ernest Webster

obit websterRichard (Dick) Webster, 77, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 20, 2013, with his fiercely devoted and loving family by his side.

He was born on May 27, 1935, in Island Pond, the son of Ernest and Louisa Webster.  He attended and graduated from Brighton High School in 1954.  On September 13, 1959, he married his wife, Charlotte Elaine Powers.  Together they created a family, built their own home, and spent the next 54 years traveling through the entire United States, Canada and Mexico.

He worked all his adult life for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Prouty & Miller, North Country Hospital, and later on for Pick and Shovel.  In 1992, they moved to Las Vegas to be near their beloved daughter, her husband, and their grandchildren.  In later years, great-grandchildren joined the family.  The family loved to hear his stories and he taught everyone so much.

He was a friend to everyone and helped all he knew, from building homes, to baling hay.  He was an amazing, funny, selfless, hard working man, loved by all who knew him.  He puttered all the time, right up until he passed.  He was always building something.

He will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte and their loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services, as family will have a private ceremony honoring his memory at a place special to him and his family in Nevada.

Service

John Warner

Committal services for John Warner will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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Obituaries May 22, 2013

Therese A. Doyon

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Therese A. Doyon, 84, of Lowell died on May 19, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on October 4, 1928, in Winooski, the daughter of Leo and Aurore (Charpentier) Bonneau.
On August 16, 1949, she married Gaston Doyon, who survives her.

Mrs. Doyon and her husband farmed in Lowell for 29 years. She was a past member of the Ladies of Saint Anne and she taught catechism in Lowell for many years and she ran the kitchen at St. Ignatius Church. She was always ready to lend a helping hand in the community. She made cakes for different occasions and also ceramic arts and crafts.
She loved to have her family come for visits as she derived great pleasure from her family. She also enjoyed many activities with her husband including playing cards, Bingo, entertaining and traveling. She enjoyed bowling and going to music events with her husband and she was a diehard Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her husband Gaston Doyon of Lowell; and by her children: Madeleine Greenway and her companion, Gerry Green, of Lowell, Marielle Tetreault and her husband, Roger Jr., of Westfield, Marcel Doyon and his wife, Catherine, of Denver, Colorado, Maurice Doyon and his wife, Jacqueline, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aline Bathalon and her husband, Guy, of Derby, and Paul Doyon and his wife, Pauline, of Westfield; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother Bernard Bonneau and his wife, Fernande, of North Troy; her sisters: Martha Limoges and her husband, Real, of Troy, and Celine Leblanc and her husband, Norman, of Jericho; and by her sister-in-law Mary Bonneau of Lowell.
She was predeceased by two children: Michael and Agnes; her granddaughter Sandra; her sister Maria Lamarche; and by three brothers: Jean Paul, Gerard, and Ange Marie.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell, with the Reverend Ladislaus Whelinde celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

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

Lillian Mary (Allen) Willis

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Lillian Mary (Allen) Willis, 85, died on Friday, May 17, 2013, in North Country Hospital in Newport, with her family by her side.

She was born on August 3, 1927, in Mansonville, Quebec, to Leon and and Erdine (Gibeau) Allen.
She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, holding many positions in the Troy, Newport and Island Pond chapters until she was no longer able to attend. She worked for many years as a waitress at the Green Valley Restaurant in Troy. She retired from Bogner of America in 1985. After retirement, she kept busy doing various sewing jobs and watching Tyler Paxman, from the time of his birth until he went to school. He became a very special “grandson” to her.

On May 10, 1947, she married Malcolm (Pete) Willis.

She is survived by the following family: four sons and their wives: Dennis and Linda Willis, Gary and Fay Willis, Keith and Jackie Willis, and Jim and Janet Willis; and seven grandchildren: Rick Willis and his partner, Terry Davis, Robbie Willis and his wife, Marnie, Carrie Lamadeleine and her partner, Justin Wright, Roy Willis and his partner, Athena Farrar, Jessie Willis, Melissa Laramie and her husband, Philip, and Lynn Willis and her partner, Joe Brooks. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-granchildren; her sisters: Pauline Haney and her husband, Tom, Ernestine Monfette, Albertine Woodard, and Maxlene Mongeau and her husband, Rick; her brother Lyle Allen and his wife, Sue; her sisters-in-law: Thelma Willis, Mildren Allen, Esther Allen, and Betty Allen; and by many nieces and nephews in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Quebec.
She was predeceased by her husband, Pete; her grandson David; her grandson Jason Lucier; her great-great-grandson Trevor; several brothers; one sister; and by several brothers- and sisters-in law.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-aire Activites Fund, 35 Bel-aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Services

Mildred Major

Committal services for Mildred Major will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Robert Sheltra

Committal services for Robert Sheltra will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Robert Pomeroy

Committal services for Robert Pomeroy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Derby Center Cemetery.

John Curtis

Committal services for John Curtis will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Gerald Latouche

Committal services for Gerald Latouche will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

Rupert Webster Sr.

Committal services for Rupert Webster Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Evelyn Page

Funeral services for Evelyn Page will be held at 11 a.m. at the Holland Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Clarence Maker

Committal services for Clarence Maker will be held at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven, with full military honors.

Glenn Bowen

Committal services for Glenn Bowen will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Philip Rowell

Graveside services for Philip Rowell will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

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Obituaries May 15, 2013

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Joel Andress

Joel Max Andress

Joel Max Andress, 81, of Newport died on April 21, 2013, while visiting his son and daughter-in-law in Clarkdale, Arizona.

He was born July 1, 1931, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Ruth and Joseph Andress.  In 1988, he married Joanne R. “Sunnie” Andress, and they celebrated 25 years together shortly before his death.

As a young boy, his family lived for ten years on the family farm in Beebe, Quebec, where he had many happy times with his Canadian friends and with his uncle and aunt, Edwin and Eileen Earle, in Derby Line.  After moving to Wellesley, Massachusetts, he continued his schooling, graduating from Wellesley High School in 1949.  He was a veteran of the Coast Guard, serving aboard the Nantucket Lightship and also on Wake Island.  After his military service, he attended the University of the Pacific for his B.A. and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Andress joined the Central Washington University faculty in 1966 and taught classes in cartography, climatology, Asian studies and geography.

After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Vermont, a state he loved and remembered fondly from childhood.  He enjoyed being close once again to his Aunt Eileen and his much loved cousins, Nancy Earle, Lydia Bredemeier, Eileen Linzi and Peter Earle and their families.  He had an extensive knowledge of family history and enjoyed sharing his memories with family and friends.  He had a dry sense of humor and made a point of being a “Grandpa” who thought that each of his grandchildren and step-grandchildren should be a bit of a “scamp,” and that it was up to him to teach them.

He is survived by his wife Sunnie Andress of Newport; his children:  Peter Andress and his wife, Penny, Katy Fogg, Laura Andress, and Rebecca Reid and her husband, Ken; and by his grandchildren:  Zachery Andress, Evelyn Reid and Duncan Reid.  He is also survived by his step-children:  Kevin Henry, Tamara Wilson and Michelle Landis; and by his 18 step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have fond memories of “Grandpa Joe.”  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Ruth Andress of Wellesley, and Marcia Jester of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; two brothers:  Tom Andress of Camarillo, California, and David Andress and his wife, Jeannette, of Newberg, Oregon, and their families; his brother-in law, the Reverend Gary Rolph, and his wife, Jean; and by three nephews:  Matthew Rolph, Marcus Rolph and Micah Rolph, and their families.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org.

 Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneauobit Letourneau

Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneau, 87, of Holland died on May 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1925, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.  On May 28, 1949, he married Dolorese Roy, who survives him.

Mr. Letourneau owned and operated the family farm in Holland for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, maple sugaring, family gatherings, dancing, listening to music and working in his sugar woods.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling, as he was a part of the snow drifters club, and going with his wife to the Pick & Shovel on Sunday afternoons for ice cream.  Most of all he enjoyed life, his family and his friends.

He is survived by his wife Dolorese Letourneau of Holland; his children:  Bertrand Letourneau and his wife, Susie, of Holland, Yves Letourneau and his life partner, Ruth, and Richard, of Newport, and Cilla Letourneau and her wife, Lauri, of Essex; his grandchildren:  Patrick Letourneau and his wife, Sherry, of Vernal, Utah, Jennifer Martin and her partner, Joe, of Holland, Bobbi-Jo Letourneau of Holland, and Shawn Littlefield of Essex; his great-grandchildren:  Storm Lamarche of Westfield, Raven Letourneau of Vernal, Charlotte, Annabelle and Chloe-Emma (Pepe Poopoo), all of Holland; his siblings:  Paul Letourneau of Derby, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Dolores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barbara, of Derby, and Cecile Fortin of Holland; his sister-in-law Denise Bowen (Ray) of Newport; his sister-in-law Simone Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec; his brother-in-law Sylvia Piette of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine Letourneau; his grandsons:  Mathew Letourneau and Ben Martin; his brother Peter Letourneau; his sister Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; his sister Simone Piette; his brother Tony Letourneau; his brother Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange; his brother-in-law Henry Fortin; his sister-in-law Rena Letourneau; his mother- and father-in-law Dominique and Armosa Roy; his sister-in-law Fernande, and Laurent, Brault; and by his brother-in-law Armand Roy.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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.

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6.  Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after.  It was a name he found amusing, his family said.  Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6. Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after. It was a name he found amusing, his family said. Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

 Marcel Joseph Roberts

Marcel Joseph Roberts, 70, of Newport, a well-known local businessman, died on May 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 15, 1943, in East Albany, the son of the late John and Angela (Choquette) Roberts.

On March 17, 1962, he married Stella French, who survives him.  He attended Champlain College in Burlington, and Riesch Auctioneer School.

He was a prominent auctioneer and real estate broker for most of his life.  He was also active in farming and livestock dealings.  He was former president of the Cattleman’s Association.

In his spare time, he enjoyed frequent visits from his poker buddies for a few hands of cards and the Friday night dinners with “the crew” at the East Side Restaurant.

He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329.  He enjoyed being part of the annual Orleans County Board of Realtors Christmas charity auction.  He was a past member of Newport Elks #2155.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Stella Roberts; three daughters:  Lori “Poopsie” Roberts of Derby, Diane “Tootsie” DeLaBruere of Monkton, and Sue “Suzie” Rhodes and her husband, Brent, of Derby; his only son Richard “Richie” Roberts and his fiancée, Peggy Lamonda, of Coventry; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special family friend and co-worker, Diane Parenteau of Derby Line.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Roger and Richard.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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.

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Alton Ryder

 Alton V. Ryder 

Alton V. Ryder, 78, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, died on April 29, 2013, at Bedford Hills in Bedford, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Portland, Maine, on December 15, 1934, the son of Ora A. and Adele (Owen) Ryder.  He was raised in Barton and graduated from high school in Plainville, Connecticut.  His stepfather Lelan Basford is remembered fondly for his guiding hand to Mr. Ryder’s upbringing.  Mr. Ryder studied physics at Brown University, graduating in the Class of 1956.

He made his home in Mont Vernon for the past 50 years.  He was curious and engaged in many things.  Work, community and hobbies were all embraced with gusto.  He had been employed as an engineer for Sanders Associates and Digital Equipment Corporation for many years where he contributed to the safety of our nation and the birth of modern computing.

He loved his community and worked tirelessly on various committees including as a cemetery trustee, supervisor of the checklist, study committee for the library and transfer station, and as a volunteer firefighter.  For several years, he served as director of the New Hampshire Cemetery Association.  For many years he could be found Easter morning in the church kitchen making pancakes and enjoying the company of his close friends.

He had hobbies — many hobbies.  A sample includes scout leader, radio-controlled model planes, beekeeping, and woodworking.  He deeply enjoyed working with the land and animals.  He kept horses, cows, pigs, poultry, and especially geese.  He had a voracious appetite for learning new things, which was an inspiration to many of his friends and acquaintances.

Family members include his wife of 55 years, Betty (Buschman) Ryder of Mont Vernon; two sons and a daughter-in-law:  Peter Ryder and Kathleen Conk Ryder of New Boston, New Hampshire, and Eric Ryder of Hillsborough, New Hampshire; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Stephen Hauser of Carlisle, Massachusetts; and five grandchildren:  Sarah Ryder, Ethan Ryder, Angus Godbout, Declan Godbout and Isaiah Hauser.

There are no visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., in Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon, to be followed by an informal gathering in the Round Room at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Joseph Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, New Hampshire 03055.

To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit www.smith-heald.com.

Services

 Fratia Marsh

Committal services for Fratia Marsh and William Marsh will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

 Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr. will be held on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 17, from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

 Margaret Caouette

Committal services for Margaret Caouette will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

 Pauline Turcotte Boncek

Funeral services for Pauline Turcotte Boncek will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in Troy Village Cemetery.

 Oscar Robitaille

Funeral services for Oscar Robitaille will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

 Paul Marcotte

Committal services for Paul Marcotte will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

 Ruth Young

Committal services for Ruth Young will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

 Richard Locke

Committal services for Richard Locke will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

 Dorothy Whipple

Committal services for Dorothy Whipple will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries May 8, 2013

obit BartlauWiltrude “Trudy” Bartlau

Trudy Bartlau, 77, of South Burlington, died on April 29, at Burlington Health & Rehab.

She grew up during World War II in Himmelstadt, Germany, daughter of Karl and Margarete (Ritter) Post, and came to this country in 1955 to work as a lab technician at Jamaica Hospital in New York City.  Acquiring current medical knowledge was one of her lifelong passions.  In New York, she met and married a Prussian immigrant, Alfred Bartlau.

She and her husband moved to Vermont in 1962, first building their own little cabin in the wild in East Haven, then to Coventry to farm, forage, and live off the land on 274 acres.  Their love of ice fishing finally led them to the shores of Seymour Lake in Morgan Center.  Many will recall that she and her family owned the Morgan Country Store in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Mrs. Bartlau took real pleasure in the natural world.  She could make anything grow and loved nurturing animals in need, especially her beloved rabbit, Stretch.  Her children fondly remember her resourcefulness in creating something special from the gifts and bounty of nature.  She took great pride in these accomplishments.

Her surviving family include her husband of 54 years, Alfred Bartlau of Burlington; her daughter Monika Turner and her life partner, Jonathan Fenton, of South Burlington; her son Peter Bartlau of Westford; her son Walter Bartlau of Shelburne, whom Mr. and Mrs. Bartlau lived with for the past 12 years; and her son Werner Bartlau and his wife, Jennifer, of Cambridge; and by her grandchildren:  Joseph Turner, Thomas Bartlau, Katrina Turner, Elise Turner, and Morgan Bartlau.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the Vermont Wildlife Rescue Association, 57 Bouffard Lane, Westford, Vermont 05494.

Per her wishes, there will be no services.  Her ashes will be scattered privately at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer.

 

Madeline Elizabeth (Williams) Bezio

Madeline Elizabeth (Williams) Bezio, 99, of Newport died on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Barre on March 26, 1914, to Fred F. and Ivey (Clark) Williams.

She attended schools in Barre, Williamstown and Barre Town.

She was married to Henry F. Bezio in Washington on June 8, 1929; he predeceased her on April 29, 1979.  She lived nearly 50 years in Williamstown and served many years as a member of the Ainsworth Public Library board of directors.  She also wrote articles for the Times Argus.

She moved to Newport in June of 1981 and was active in the Seniors Center Group.  She loved gardening and flowers and couldn’t wait for the earth to warm every spring.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary (Bezio) Hundley, of McAlester, Oklahoma; a son, Charles, and Jean, of Newport and Texas; and one half-sister, Ivey (Williams), and Paul Myers of South Burlington.  Survivors also include eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry; one sister, Freda (Williams) Bogaczyk; one half-sister, May L. Williams; four half-brothers:  Edwin, Henry, Ernest, and Dolor Poulin; one son-in-law, Joe; one grandson, James Hundley; and two great-grandsons:  Erick Wahweah and C. Daniel Green.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ainsworth Public Library, care of treasurer, 2338 Vermont Route 14, Williamstown, Vermont 05679.

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

obit BowenArland J. Bowen Jr.

Arland J. Bowen Jr., 68, of Derby Line died on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 2, 1945, to Irma Bowen and the late Arland J. Bowen Sr.

On February 6, 1965, he married Dawn Bessette, who survives him.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1964 and from 1964 to 2005 he worked as a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He was on the Derby Line Ambulance Service for 30 years, the Derby Line Fire Department for 35 years, and he was an instructor for hunter safety for 40 years.  He loved to hunt and fish.  His family was the love of his life and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Dawn Bowen of Derby Line; and by his two sons:  Troy Bowen and his wife, Darlene, and Tracy Bowen and his wife, Kim.  He is also survived by his mother Irma Bowen; his grandsons:  Brandon and Joshua Bowen; his granddaughter Emma Bowen; his great-granddaughter Brookelyn Bowen; his step-grandchildren:  Darwin D. and Becca Dingman, Jason and Michelle Dagesse, and Darian and Samantha Stewart; his siblings:  Joyce McDonald, Terry Lumbra and her husband, Deforest, and Raymond Bowen and his wife, Denise; his brother-in-law Oscar Roberts; and by his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Arland J. Bowen Sr. in 1975.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 8, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

obit cassFreda Alice Cass

Freda Alice Cass, 91, of Morgan died on May 4, 2013, in Barton, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on August 1, 1921, in Magog, Quebec, the daughter of Arthur and Susan (Brill) Tryon.  On December 5, 1942, she married Carroll Cass, who predeceased her on September 14, 2002.

She was a member of the Morgan United Church, Charleston Church and Morgan Home Dem Group.  She worked as a cook for several years at a boarding house and for a doctor in Long Island, New York.  She and her husband both worked on the Morgan sugar-on-snow event, cutting ice in the winter and helping to serve the public in the summer.  Mr. and Mrs. Cass owned a farm and Cass Construction, and Mrs. Cass was the right hand “man” and together they were a hard-working pair and still found time to give to their community, family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Natalie Cass of Florida; Nancy Cass and her husband, Terrill Judd, of Newport; and Nada Parker and her husband, Ferris, of Maryland.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Amanda Jewell and her husband, John, of Derby, Michelle Cass Fortin and her husband, Edward, of Morgan, and Philip Parker.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren:  Sam Joyce of Derby and Marisa and Emily Fortin of Morgan; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Darcy Tryon and Nelson Tryon; and by two sisters:  Ruth Curtis and Mary Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call on May 11, at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in West Charleston Cemetery.

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

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

obit ColumbiaGordon C. Columbia

Gordon C. Columbia, 85, of Newport Center died on May 3, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 20, 1928, in Coventry, the son of Clyde and Budd (Wilcox) Columbia.  On July 16, 1949, he married Cecile Boisvert, who predeceased him on June 26, 2002.

He was a dairy farmer, and he owned and operated the family farm for most of his life.  He was also employed by the state of Vermont from 1955 to 1956.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He enjoyed antiques, gardening, hunting, listening to country music with Thelma, attending music jams and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons:  Larry Columbia and his wife, Sandra, of Newport Center, and Robert Columbia of Troy; his grandchildren:  Eric Columbia and his wife, Nicole, Bradley Columbia, Brock Columbia and his wife, Erin, Travis Columbia and his friend, Sami Johnson, Shawn Columbia and his wife, Carmen, Anthony Columbia and his partner, Sydney Bliven, and Christopher Columbia and his wife, Autumn; and by his great-grandchildren:  Nicole Columbia, Erica Columbia, Courtney Columbia, Brandon Columbia, Fayth Columbia, Trent Columbia, Tevyn Columbia, Sylas Columbia, Dylan Columbia, Michaela Columbia, Jesse and Dana Fournier, Shawna Columbia, Cassandra, Brooke and Hailey, Shawna and Madelynn, Brook-Lyn, Ashlyn, GGC, Colby, Brice, and Emmett.  He is also survived by his brother Ronald Columbia and his wife, Maria, of Norfolk, Virginia; his nephews:  Kevin, Michael and Joseph Columbia; and by his dear friends:  Thelma Jewett of Newport and Maria Parrish of Florida.

Funeral services were held on May 7 in Newport.  Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Fire Department, 86 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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

obit freehartHubert D. (Pin) Freehart

Hubert D. (Pin) Freehart, 86, of Orleans died on May 3, 2013, in Barton, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 3, 1926, in Barton.  On October 28, 1961, he married Patricia Nolan, who survives him.

He was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, where he retired after 40 years of service.  He and his wife enjoyed going for rides and stopping for ice cream in the summer time.  He would sit on the railing at the Old Howard National Bank in Orleans and wave and visit with people as they went by.  He was a friendly person to all and would always be ready to lend a hand.  Among his hobbies, he enjoyed detailing cars.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Freehart of Orleans; his children:  Tim Freehart and his companion, Shirley, of St. Johnsbury, and Linda Gregor and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; his grandchildren:  Shawn Chapdelaine and his companion, Linda Simonphone, of Massachusetts, and his step-daughter, Diamond, and Gerald and Lorraine Freehart; his great-great-grandson Shawn Chapdelaine Jr.; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister and several brothers.

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.

 

obit maclureEllen Margaret (Berry) Maclure

Ellen Margaret (Berry) Maclure, 60, of Barton died on May 3, 2013, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on December 3, 1952, in Newport, daughter of the late John and Eileen Berry.  She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Johnson State College.  A teacher for nearly 30 years, she spent the majority of her career as a third grade teacher at Sacred Heart.  Her love for teaching and the children did not end after her retirement as she continued as a substitute teacher regularly in the local elementary schools.

She enjoyed the simple things in life:  spending time with her family, sitting on her front porch with her husband listening to the birds, taking walks, and spoiling her grand puppies.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Daniel, and their daughter Emily of Craftsbury, and their son Nicholas and his wife, Megan, of Derby.  She is also survived by her sister Kathy Berry Bergeron and her husband, Bob, of Jericho; her sister Patsy and her husband, Allen Clark, of Derby; her sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Joanne and her husband, David Wursthorn, of Troy, Yves and his wife, Maryellen Maclure, of Newport, Ron and his wife, Robin Maclure, of Palmer, Alaska, Guy Maclure and his partner, Kevin, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Ginette and her husband, Denny O’Day, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on May 7, in Newport.  Interment will followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network Inc., P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657-0038.

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

 

Henry “Hank” W. Pigeon

Henry “Hank” W. Pigeon, 75, of Rockville, Connecticut, husband of 53 years to June (Dickens) Pigeon, died on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, with his family at his side.

Born in North Troy, the son of the late Wilfred and Aurora (Gendron) Pigeon, he grew up and lived in North Troy before moving to Rockville in 1960.  Prior to his retirement, he was a custodian in the Vernon, Connecticut, school system for several years.  He was previously employed by the Amerbelle Corporation and the Rockville Reminder.  He was a U. S. Navy veteran.  He was a longtime devoted firefighter with the Rockville Fire Department where he served as Battalion Chief for the ladder company.  He was an advisor for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post #641 and was a Boy Scout Leader with Troop 815.

He enjoyed hunting, camping and was an avid fan of UConn women’s basketball.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children:  Beverly Crowley and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, Connecticut, and Edward Pigeon and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington, Connecticut; six grandchildren:  Jessica Crowley and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; four sisters:  Gabrielle Maguda and her husband, Donald, of Vernon, Connecticut, Anna Parker and her husband, David, of Newberry, Theresa Daigle and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Denise Pigeon of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Wilfred Pigeon Jr.

Funeral services were held on October 20, 2012, in Rockville.  Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville, with military honors.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, Connecticut 06460; or to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

 

June (Dickens) Pigeon

June (Dickens) Pigeon, 81, of Rockville, Connecticut, wife of 53 years to Henry “Hank” Pigeon, died on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Rockville General Hospital.

Born in Bermuda, the daughter of the late Frank and Gloria Dickens, she grew up and lived in Bermuda, and after she married Mr. Pigeon, they lived in North Troy, before moving to Rockville in 1960.  Prior to her retirement in 1993, she was employed by the former Acromold Products Corp. in Ellington, Connecticut, for many years.  She was previously employed by the former Roosevelt Mills.

She was an advisor for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post # 641 and was a Girl Scout Leader.  She enjoyed camping, knitting, traveling and was an avid UConn women’s basketball fan.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Beverly Crowley and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, Connecticut, and Edward Pigeon and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington, Connecticut; six grandchildren:  Jessica Crowley and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry Pigeon in October of 2012; and by two sisters:  Olive Dickens and Denise Kay.

Funeral services were held on January 14 in Rockville.  Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

 

obit wilcoxGene Charlie Wilcox

Gene Charlie Wilcox, 55, of Newport died suddenly on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 4, 1958, in Newport, the son of Marjorie (Jewett) Wilcox and the late Basil Wilcox.

He worked for Memphremagog Rentals of Newport, and also for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans when he was younger.

His hobbies included playing video games, fishing, watching science fiction movies, coloring and drawing and tinkering around the house.

He is survived by his children:  Amy Wilcox and her husband, Steve Woods, of Newport, Jennifer Bass and her fiancé, Justin Gamble, of Newport, Gene Wilcox and his wife, Ella of New York, Steven Wilcox and his wife, Melissa, of New York, and Reba and Brittany Wilcox of Newport; his mother Marjorie Wilcox and her companion, and Mr. Wilcox’s step-dad, Bud Graser, of New York; his six grandchildren:  Andrew, Kaleb, Terry, Vlad, Molly, and Eric; and by his best friend Doug Spates of Derby.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters:  Wayne Wilcox of Barton, Danny Wilcox and his wife, Mary, of Wyoming, Kirk Wilcox of Brownington, Max Wilcox of Enosburg Falls, Mark Wilcox and his wife, Lori, of Johnson, Beth Little and her husband, Pete, of Newport Center, Marsha Byers and her husband, Scott, of Brownington, and Kathy Coderre of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother David Wilcox; and by his sister Marie Wilcox.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend James Gamble officiating.

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

 

Services

Violet Rice

Committal services for Violet Rice will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Derby Line Cemetery.

Vernon Patrick

Committal services for Vernon Patrick will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Pauline Converse

Committal services for Pauline Converse will be held on Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Jerry Abbott

Committal services for Jerry Abbott will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Brownington Center Cemetery, with full military honors.

Suzanne Frizzell

Committal services for Suzanne Frizzell will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Richard Chase

Committal services for Richard Chase will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Florence King

Funeral services for Florence King will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

William Heinchon

Committal services for William Heinchon will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

R. Claude Seguin

There will be a memorial service for R. Claude Seguin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the congregational church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating. A committal service with full military honors will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery, also in Island Pond.

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Obituaries May 1, 2013

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Almeda Allen

Almeda M. Allen

Almeda M. Allen, 105, of Newport died on April 28, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on September 20, 1907, in Holland, the daughter of Fritz and Ida (Forbes) Osgood.  She married Howard C. Allen, who predeceased her in 1971.

Mrs. Allen was a sales clerk for the former Fishman’s Store and bookkeeper for the Montgomery Ward Store for over 30 years, retiring in 1971.  She loved to read, to go trout fishing, and deer hunting at their camp in Coventry.  She also enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, and traveling.

She is survived by her son Edward Allen of Newport; her daughter-in-law Donna Allen of Wyoming; her grandchildren:  Jill Mackey, Melody Toth and her husband, Rich, and James Allen and his companion, Tammy, all of Wyoming; seven great-grandchildren; and by several great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Howard C. Allen Jr.; her grandson Howard Allen III; her half-brothers:  Norman and Clayton Smith; her sisters:  Nettie Vancour and Amy Lamb; and by her half-sister Blanche Brooks.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 6, from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

Bernadette Fortin

Bernadette Fortin

Bernadette Mary Fortin

Bernadette Mary Fortin, 89, of Derby, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on April 25, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on August 12, 1923, in Derby Line, the daughter of Cyril and Albertina (Lessard) Fortin.

She worked at the St. Johnsbury hospital as a nurse’s aide and Mt. Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire.  She also was a resident at Michaud Manor in Derby Line from 1994 to 2004, when she moved to Derby Green.  She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in St. Johnsbury, and also the Alter Society of the Church.

She is survived by her siblings:  Viateur Fortin and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Rita Peterson of Lyndonville, and Yolande Osowski of New Jersey; her sisters-in-law:  Melvidene Fortin of Derby, and Jeanne Fortin of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following siblings:  Maurice Fortin, Reginald Fortin, Alexander Fortin, and Sister Cecile Fortin.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call at St. Edward’s Parish Hall on May 13, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity of Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

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

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Rosalie Guyette

 Rosalie L. Guyette

Rosalie L. Guyette, 86, of Derby died peacefully on April 24, 2013, surrounded by her family, in Burlington.

She was born on March 18, 1927, in Derby, the daughter of Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens.  On November 30, 1950, she married Arthur Guyette, who predeceased her on May 22, 2011.

Mrs. Guyette graduated from the University of Vermont with a master’s degree in education.  She was a longtime teacher and started her career in the 1940s, where she taught in a one-room schoolhouse.  The majority of her career was at the Newport City schools.

She loved to travel to many locations in every continent except Antarctica.  She also lived in French Morocco, Africa, when she was newly-wed.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  John Guyette and his wife, Diane, Lisa Boskind and her husband, Scott, and Mary Oliver and her husband, Mike, all of Derby.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Joanne Guyette-Worth of Newport.  She is also survived by her loving grandchildren:  Robert Boskind and his fiancée, Kathy Dunn, and Sean Boskind, and Stephanie, Sean and Samantha Guyette; her siblings:  Elaine Reid of St. Johnsbury, Lucille Meunier of Newport, Harold Lippens of Florida, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeanine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by her brothers-in-law:  Leo Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport, and Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes.  She is also survived by two dear friends:  Madeline Roy and Bev White.

She was predeceased by her son Steve Guyette; and by her siblings:  Leonard “Joe” Lippens, Madeline Nault, and by Paul and Pauline in infancy.

Funeral services were held on April 27, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 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.

Beatrice D. Lacroix

Beatrice LaCroix

Beatrice LaCroix

Beatrice D. Lacroix, 79, of Newport died peacefully on April 24, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 3, 1933, in Mansonville, Quebec, the daughter of Wallace and Henrietta (Libby) Julien.  On February 3, 1951, she married Gerard “John” Lacroix.

She attended the Ursaline Convent in Stanstead, Quebec.  She enjoyed crafts, painting, knitting, and crocheting.  She was very gifted and the most enjoyment to her was cooking and entertaining her family and friends.  She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, Community Circle, and Cercle Fermiere in Quebec.

She is survived by her husband Gerard Lacroix of Newport; her precious dog Cuddles, who gave her such joy and never left her side; and by her children:  Richard Lacroix and his wife, Francine, of Beebe, Quebec, and Annette Lantagne and her husband, Dennis, of Newport.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  David Lacroix and his companion, Annie, of Sherbrooke, Rachel Lacroix of Calgary, Canada, Charles Lacroix and his companion, Ariane, of Levis, Quebec, Crystal Haselton of Boulder, Colorado, Nathan Haselton of Colorado, and Katelyn Lantagne of Newport; and by her great-grandchildren:  Gabrielle, Elliott, Felix Antoine, Lohann, and Beatrice.  She is also survived by her siblings:  Pauline Gilbert of Beebe, Irene Royea of Beebe, and Murray Julien and his wife, Gladys, of Nova Scotia, Canada; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Wallace, Nelson, and Maurice Julien, and Esther Cormer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, for Team Raging Turtles, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or 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.

 Mollie Jane Murphy

Mollie Jane Murphy of Brunswick, Maine, died on April 19, 2013, embraced by her loving mother and father, Danielle and Sean Murphy.

She was born on April 19, 2013.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents:  Serge and Joanne Vachon of Newport, and Nancy C. Murphy of Brunswick; and by her great-grandparents:  Edith M. Bruneau of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, and John and Elsie Sumner of Newport.

A memorial service was held on April 28, in Brunswick.  A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.brackettfuneralhome.com.

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Margaret V. Nicely, 72, of Newport died on April 20, 2013, at her home.

She was born on September 29, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1959, she married John W. Nicely, who predeceased her in 1978.

She graduated from Johnson State College with a bachelor’s degree.  She was a grant writer for NEKCA, retiring after 20 years, and she spent a few years as an English teacher in Russia.  She was an avid reader and a member of the Bread and Puppet Theatre.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Shannon Clark of Minnesota, and Christine Douglas of Florida; her grandchildren:  April Douglas of Florida, Jimmy McBride of Minnesota, and Jeff McBride of Florida; and by her great-grandchildren:  Elizabeth Boese, A.J. Radcliff of Florida, Caitlin McBride and Connor McBride of Newport.

She was predeceased by a brother, Jack Jr.

A memorial service was held on April 27 in Stannard.

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

Marcel Paquette

Marcel Paquette

 Marcel J. Paquette

Marcel J. Paquette, 53, of Amarillo, Texas, died suddenly on April 19, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was born on September 13, 1959, in Newport, the son of Reynold Paquette and the late Jeanne (Guillette) Paquette.  He enlisted into the U.S. Army for seven years.  On September 3, 1989, he married Regina Pietkiewicz, who survives him.  He was a postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service for many years.

He is survived by his wife Regina Paquette of Amarillo; his children:  Felicia and Allison Paquette, both of Amarillo; his father Reynold Paquette of Newport; his sisters:  Yvonne Steinhoff and her husband, Ernest, of Newport, Linda Keifer and her husband, Lloyd, of Clifton Park, New York, and Diane Tanguay of Newport; his sister-in-law Monique Paquette of Lyndonville; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Paquette, in 1995.

Funeral services were held on April 27, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

 Ross A. St. Onge

Ross St. Onge

Ross St. Onge

Ross A. St. Onge, 89, of Newport died on April 25, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 15, 1923, in Newport Center, the son of Clayton and Carrie (Angier) St. Onge.

Mr. St. Onge and his family were always active in playing music and as kids they were known as the United Farmers Kids and played Sundays on WDEV radio in Waterbury.  He and Lucille (Davis) St. Onge were married for 63 years.  Mrs. St. Onge predeceased him on January 27, 2012.  He and his wife farmed, owned a bowling alley, and were involved in many events in Newport Center where he also worked on the road crew before working for the state of Vermont.  They enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, horses, and the outdoors in general and family gatherings.  He loved playing his guitar, fiddle and banjo.

He is survived by his children:  Bonnie Draper of Troy, Steven Rexford of Colchester, and Gary St. Onge and his companion, Linda Robertson, of Pennsylvania; his grandchildren:  Michael Millette and his wife, Jodie, Michelle St. Onge, Darcy Rippon and her husband, Dale, Lisa McGinns, Craig Rexford and his wife, Melissa, Tanya Searles and her husband, Lar, Dan Rexford and his wife, Jessica, Todd Draper and his wife, Vikki, and Tara Wright and her husband, Shawn; his 16 great-grandchildren; his brother Neil St. Onge and his wife, Shirley, of Irasburg; his sisters:  Esther Donovan and her husband, Mike, of Newport Center, and Erlah Kennison of Westfield; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son-in-law Reginald Draper; his daughter-in-law Gail Rexford; and by his brother-in-law Clifton Kennison.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 4, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, in care of Althea Crocker, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Committals

Louise Dionne

 Committal services for Louise Dionne will be held on Friday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery at 1 p.m.

 Marcel Lanoue

 Committal services for Marcel Lanoue will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

 Roger Ricard

 Committal services for Roger Ricard will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  Following committal services, a celebration of his life will be held at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

 Nancy Mathieu

Committal services for Nancy Mathieu will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

 Desneiges Geraw

Committal services for Desneiges Geraw will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

 Mary Ann Darling

Committal services for Mary Ann Darling will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at Brownington Village Cemetery.

 Myrna Nadeau

Committal services for Myrna Nadeau will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

 Penny Coderre

Committal services for Penny Coderre will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 6, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

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Obituaries April 24, 2013

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Norma Adams

Norma Chase Adams, 84, lifelong resident of White River Junction, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, while she was visiting at her daughter’s home in Doswell, Virginia.

She was born on March 21, 1929, in White River Junction, the daughter of Lawrence N. and Edith (Hazen) Chase.  She attended schools in White River Junction, graduating from Hartford High School in 1947.

She married Conrad F. Adams on February 15, 1948, in White River Junction.  Along with raising her five children, she also worked outside the home at various jobs.  She was remembered by many as the “TV Lady” at the former Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire.  She later was employed in the billing department at the hospital until she retired to spend more time with her husband.

She was always taking care of other people.  This trait started early in her life when her mother died when she was only seven years old.  She cared for friends and relatives her entire life.  She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in White River, the Order of the Eastern Star, and had volunteered at several community organizations including the Bugbee Senior Center.  At one time, she served as the “Welcome Wagon Hostess” for the town of Hartford, where she welcomed new community members.  She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family at their beloved camp on Seymour Lake in Morgan.

She is survived by two sons:  Philip Adams of Brownsville and Bradford, New Hampshire, and Steven Adams and his wife, Jean, of Hartland; three daughters:  Mary Lou Jillings and her husband, Bruce, of Hamilton, New Zealand, Melinda Kendzia and her husband, Tom, of Doswell, and Jennifer Tilden and her husband, Jeff, of Orford, New Hampshire; her grandchildren:  Paul Adams and his wife, Kelley, Forrest Adams, Joseph Adams, Erin Bianchi and her husband, Jared, Thomas Kendzia III and his wife, Chelsea, Timothy Kendzia, Tricia Kendzia, Christopher Adams, Loretta Adams, Sam Tilden, and Adele Tilden; two great-grandchildren:  Tess Adams and Riordan Adams; two sisters:  Eleanor Bradbury of South Burlington, and Elizabeth Stacy of Brattleboro; special family members:  Ann Adams Newcity of Hartford, Carol Conforti Adams of Bradford, amd Cathrine Turcotte of Brownsville; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband who died on December 30, 1994; a brother, Everett Chase; and by a son-in-law, Robert Willing.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in White River Junction, with the Reverends Sandy and Lory VanNorden co-officiating.  Burial will follow in the Hartford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The United Methodist Church of White River Junction, 106 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05001; or to the Seymour Lake Association, at P.O. Box 43, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

Denis Maurice Gray 

Denis Gray

Denis Gray

 

Denis Maurice Gray, 29, of Newport died on April 17, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on November 17, 1983, in Newport, the son of Ellis Gray Jr. and Laurie Jo Warner Makela.

He attended North Country Union High School and ROTC programs at the high school.

He loved playing video games, computers, cooking and being a stay at home dad for his daughter Kerrighan.

He is survived by his daughter Kerrighan Rose Gray of Newport; his fiancée Kari Maxham of Newport; his father Ellis Gray Jr. and his wife, Angie, of Derby; his dad Royce Naramore of Newport; and by his mother Laurie Jo Makela of Florida.  He is also survived by his paternal grandmothers:  Judy Gray of Derby, and Jane Booth of Coventry; his maternal grandparents:  Maurice and Alice Macie of Newport; his paternal step-grandfather Robert Brosseau of Derby; his brothers and sister:  Billy Naramore of Newport, Alan Gray of Ohio, Kristin Gray of Derby, Elliott Gray of Derby, Tim Gray of Derby, and Adam Gray of Derby; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother Ellis Gray III; his cousin Paul McKee; his grandfathers:  Ellis Gray Sr., Robert Naramore Sr., and Bruce Warner; and by his good friend Bruce.

Funeral services were held on April 23, in Newport.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, the family has requested donations be sent to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, to defray funeral expenses.

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

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Paul K. Southouse, 87, of Glover died on April 17, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on June 28, 1925, the son of James W.K. and Florence Blanche (Tulley) Southouse.  He graduated from schools in Connecticut.

He was a United States Veteran having served during World War II.  He was honorably discharged on December 11, 1945, from Company A 313th Engineers.  He served in Italy with the 34th Division, 109th Engineer Battalion, landing on Anzio Beach and participating in battles in Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Appennines and Po Valley.

He retired as a sales manager for Prudential Life Insurance Company after 17 years of service.  He also worked at Vermont Tap and Die in the shipping department and Lyndon State College as a maintenance man at Burklyn Mansion and dorm father to 52 boys.

He was a member of the Anglican Church of America in Danville, Lay Reader and Senior Warden, he was a past master of the Crescent Lodge #66 Free and Accepted Masons in Lyndonville, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and American Legion, both of Lyndonville, and he also served on the Lyndon select board for several years.

He is survived by his wife Marie Southouse; one daughter, Ellen Ohina, and her husband, John; two step-sons:  Mark Rodgers and his wife, Dawn, and John Rodgers and his wife, Brenda; one step-daughter, Diane Rodgers, and her partner, Kelly Young; ten grandchildren:  Wendy and Shelby Williams, Megan Webster and her husband, Dan, Tyler, Jessica, Alexis, John, Derek, Violet and Ian Rodgers; three great-grandchildren:  Isadora and Ayden Carpenter and Noah Webster; and by special caregivers, Sue Demers and Tamieka.

He was predeceased by his first wife Ruth Baird Southouse; two brothers:  Thomas Southouse and James W.K. Southouse Jr.; and by one sister, Mary Beebe.

Graveside services will be held on June 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the family lot in the Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke.  The Crescent Lodge #66 Free and Accepted Masons will officiate.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

To view an online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.

 Ruth Esser Strong

Ruth Strong

Ruth Strong

Ruth Esser Strong, 86, of Craftsbury Common died on April 16, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1926, daughter of Ulrich and Ida Esser.  Her childhood included growing up on a boat on the Hudson River in New York City, later living in Washington, D.C., and graduating from Roosevelt High School.  From summers working on a farm in Vermont, she pushed to go to University of Vermont (UVM).  Getting a degree in agronomy with a minor in engineering, she was instrumental in getting an agricultural engineering degree program in place at UVM.

She met Horace Strong at UVM and they married at the College St. Congregational Church in Burlington.  Mr. and Mrs. Strong moved from there to raising five children on part of the Strong farm north of the Common.

She was a past member of Search Light and Ladies Union, and was a lead voice in keeping Craftsbury Academy independent.  She loved the outdoors and, with a large family in tow, was active in canoeing, hiking and camping.  Interests in land conservation, forestry, gardening and writing continued throughout her life.  There were few things she enjoyed more than following and participating in her kids’ adventures and careers, and her four-wheel-drive Toyota pickups, whether driving up to her garden with its expansive views, going for a swim at her beach on Big Hosmer, or on cross-country trips.  As a Christian, she was not shy of saying what the Lord had done for her in her life, and she was concerned about protecting the principles of individual liberty that she saw as the basis of America’s prosperity.  As organic a “granola cruncher” as the best of them, she saw this fitting perfectly with her strong conservative patriotism.

She is survived by her children:  Nancy J. West and her husband, Jim, of East Craftsbury, Nathan Strong and his wife, Vicki, of Albany, Russell Strong of Craftsbury Common, Lynn Calderwood and her husband, Ricki, of East Highgate, and Matthew Strong and his wife, Patty, of Stowe; her grandchildren:  Matthew L. Strong, Heather Strong, Charlotte (Calderwood) Martin, Rebekah Calderwood, Cicily Strong, and Isabelle Strong; and by her great-grandchild Noah Strong.

She was predeceased by her parents and a grandson, Marine Sargeant Jesse Strong, KIA Iraq 2005.

A graveside service will be held later in the spring.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org.

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

Committals

 Jeff Gerrow

Committal services for Jeff Gerrow will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Albany Village Cemetery.

 Gordon and Rose LaClair

Services for Gordon and Rose LaClair will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  Interment will follow in Sutton Village Cemetery with full military honors.

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Obituaries April 17, 2013

Robert Belida

Robert Belida

Robert C. Belida

Robert C. Belida, 65, of Jay died suddenly on April 6, 2013.

He was born on April 6, 1948, in Lowell, Massachusetts, son of the late Michael and Lorraine (Cockerline) Belida.  He was a graduate of Winchester High School and attended Tulane University.  He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard as well as a longtime member of the American Legion.

Mr. Belida worked as a self-employed electrical engineer and designer.  He was a co-founder and director of the Jay Athletic Association, and he was active with Little League coaching and umpiring while his children were involved, extending over ten years.  He was also district administrator for the Northeast region of Little League.

On July 4, 1976, he married Becky Mathieu.  A devoted husband of 36 years, father, and “Grampa,” he always found time to be with his family including attending sporting events that his children were involved in.  His love for his family and friends was apparent through his words and actions; he always spoke highly of his wife and children describing how proud he was of each of them.  He cherished the time he spent with his two grandchildren as they always brought a smile to his face and a joy to his heart.  He had a natural gift of interacting with children and could always make them laugh.  He was an avid Boston sports enthusiast and enjoyed spending time in the woods.

He is survived by his wife Becky Belida of Jay; his children:  Corey Belida and his wife, Erica, and their two children, Emerald and Ashton, of Fairfax, Kevin Belida and his wife, Rachel, of Portland, Oregon, and Nikki Belida of Fairfax; his brothers:  George Belida and his companion, Jonan Cacciola, of Woburn, Massachusetts, and Peter Belida and his companion, Geraldine Rossi, of Salem, Massachusetts; his mother-in-law Lorraine Mathieu of Williston; and by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Belida, and his wife, Pepper; and by a sister, Belinda Belida.

A private burial with family will be arranged at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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

 Rachel Lorraine Marcotte Bussiere 

Rachel Bussiere

Rachel Bussiere

Rachel Lorraine Marcotte Bussiere, 82, of Newport died on April 3, 2013, in Newport.

She was born November 7, 1930, in Magog, Quebec, a daughter of Jean and Malvina (Stebenne) Marcotte.

On July 22, 1947, she married Remi Bussiere, who predeceased her in 1997.

She was a strong woman who was a firm believer in God, human decency and love.  She raised us with morals, values and forgiveness.  She was a tower of strength both physically and mentally.  She instilled in us the power of our mind; she used to say, “you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it.”  Her love for us was deep.  Her first grandson, Benjamin Bussiere, said it best:  “Grandma, you lived a full life.  You made me laugh all the time when I go to visit.  You also spoiled me like crazy.  Your love was warm and heartfelt even though I took it for granted.  I’m happy your suffering is over and you can be with Grandpa forever.  Rest in peace, Grandma.  You shall be missed forever.”

She is survived by her children:  Dennis Bussiere and his wife, Barbara, of Norwalk, Connecticut, Michael Bussiere and his wife, Ruth, of Norwalk, James Bussiere and his wife, Laura, of Norwalk, L.C. Bussiere of Newport, Remi Bussiere and his wife, Jessica, of Newport, and Paul Bussiere and his wife, Hope, of Newport.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Real Marcotte of Canada, Norman Marcotte of Florida, Ben Marcotte and his wife, Jeannine, of Magog, Quebec, Rita of Florida, and Claire of St. Johnsbury.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Adult Day Care in care of Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Annelies Champagne

Annelies Champagne

Annelies E. Champagne

Annelies E. Champagne of Newport Center died on April 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Dresden, Germany, on May 24, 1927.  On February 7, 1956, she married Lawrence (Larry) Champagne who survives her.  She graduated from high school in Germany.

Mrs. Champagne operated her own variety store on East Main Street in Newport for many years.  She loved all animals, enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, and her nickname was “Annie Oakley,” as she was a sharp shooter.  She was a member of the National Rifle Association.

She is survived by her husband Larry Champagne of Newport Center; her foster children:  Sheila Rice of Michigan, Louis Greene of Michigan, Stewart Greene of Troy, and Kenneth Greene of Wisconsin; and by ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, and a sister during World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Newport Center, with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.

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

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

Jeff Ricky Gerrow 

Jeff Gerrow

Jeff Gerrow

Jeff Ricky Gerrow, 46, of Holland died suddenly on April 9, 2013, at his home in Holland.

He was born on October 10, 1966, in Newport, a son of the late Morris and Barbara (Blanchard) Gerrow.  He was a farm worker for Brian Champney in Holland.  He loved farming, fishing, playing horseshoes and attending family gatherings.

He is survived by his daughter Hannah Gerrow of Newport; his son Jeffrey Gerrow of Brownington; his brothers:  Bill Gerrow of North Troy, Tim Gerrow and his wife, Laura, of Jay, and Bryan Gerrow of Coventry; his cousin Roland Blanchard who was looked upon as a brother; and by his half-brother Larry Lagrow and his wife, Sally, of Fairfax.  He is also survived by his nephews:  Corey French, Ricky Gerrow, Tucker Gerrow, Ethan Shepard, Mike Gerrow, Nicholas Gerrow, Jessie Gerrow and Logan Gerrow; a great-niece, Amelia French; and by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Paul Prince officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Laura Gerrow in trust for Hannah Gerrow, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Jerry Henry Mason 

Jerry Mason

Jerry Mason

Jerry Henry Mason, 65, of Albany died on April 9, 2013, at his home.

He was born on May 27, 1947, in Barton, a son of Richard and Lois (Larocke) Mason.  On September 2, 1965, he married Huguette (Yogi) Tanguay, who survives him.

Mr. Mason was a driver for Wilbert Vault Company in Hardwick for many years, and later worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 13 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodcrafts.

He is survived by his wife Huguette (Yogi) Mason of Albany; and by his children:  Richard Mason and his wife, Cindy, of Coventry, Susan Ewert and her husband, Darrel, of Lees Summit, Missouri, and Paul Mason of Albany.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Richard Mason Jr. of Newport, Elizabeth Behena and her husband, Evelio, of Charleston, Daniel Behena of Dickenson, Texas, and Nathan, Cynthia, and Sophia Behena all of Charleston; a sister, Sarah Donofrio and her husband, Larry, of Kentucky; a special aunt, Helen Stacy, of Albany; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Sam and Mike Mason.

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.

 Brian Scott McGivern 

Brian McGivern

Brian McGivern

Brian Scott McGivern, 48, of Newport died in Williston.  He was pronounced dead on April 10, 2013.

He was born on June 3, 1964, in Newport, beloved son of Robert McGivern and Nancy (Fairbrother) McGivern.

He is survived by his mother Nancy McGivern of Westfield; his father Robert McGivern and his wife, Christine, of Lyndonville; his brothers:  Eric McGivern of Newport and Keith McGivern of Derby; his sister Rosalie Putnam of Coolville, Ohio, his nephew Christopher Putnam; and by his niece Amanda Monahan.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 Dorothy E. Metcalf

Dorothy Metcalf

Dorothy Metcalf

Dorothy E. Metcalf, 94, of Barton died on April 7, 2013, in Glover.

She was born on August 15, 1918, in Ticonderoga, New York, a daughter of Charles and Rose (Shelley) Varmette.  On February 14, 1935, she married Roy F. Metcalf of Irasburg, who predeceased her in 1971.

Mrs. Metcalf liked to travel and enjoyed visits with members of her family.  She also enjoyed outings with her friends.

She is survived by her son Donald W. Metcalf and his wife, Pauline, of Coventry, Connecticut; her daughter Janice Sanville and her husband, Dustin, of Irasburg and Daytona Beach, Florida; and by four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Irasburg Cemetery with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.

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

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

 Brooklyn E. Morale

Brooklyn E. Morale, beloved infant daughter of Kristen E. Pierce and Justin T. Morale, died on April 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 7, 2013, in Newport.

She is survived by her parents:  Kristen E. Pierce and Justin T. Morale; and by her sister Kallie Buck.  She is also survived by her maternal grandparents:  Tracy Davis Pierce and Carl Leroux, of Barton, and Ritchie Pierce and his fiancé, Sue Wilkins, of Barton; her paternal grandparents:  Kimiko Fitz and her fiancé, Todd Scelza, of Irasburg; her maternal great-grandparents:  Stanley and Beverly Davis of Derby; her paternal great-grandparents:  Gerald and Patricia Fitz of Lowell; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s 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.

Myrna R. Nadeau

Myrna R. Nadeau, 74, of Coventry died on April 11, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on September 14, 1938, in Newport Center, the daughter of Forrest and Lillian (Butler) Duckless.  On January 14, 1964, she married Charles H. Nadeau who survives her.

She was bookkeeper for Nadeau Auto Parts and Landfill.  She volunteered for many years for American Red Cross blood drives.  She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, doing puzzles, and traveling, especially to their home in Florida.  She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and Daughters of Isabella.  She loved her family dearly.

She is survived by her husband Charles H. Nadeau of Coventry; her children:  Kim Russell and her husband, Brian, of Derby, Christina Nadeau and her husband, Floyd Kelley, of Derby, and Kerry Keement and her husband, John, of Coventry; her grandchildren:  Douglas and Tracy Russell, Jennifer and Joshua Bowen, Jessica Pierpont and her husband, Ralph, and Ashley Keement; and by her great-grandchildren:  Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell, and Peyton Pierpont.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Harold Duckless and his wife, Lucille, of Newport Center, Robert Duckless of Brattleboro, and Elwood Duckless and his wife, Louise, of Newport Center; and by her brother-in-law Robert Nadeau and his wife, Priscilla, of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her infant daughter Tracy Ann Nadeau; her brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Louise Duckless; and by her sister-in-law Marilyn Duckless.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 Donald M. Funk 

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Donald M. Funk, who died on March 24, 2013, will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 12 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston.

Please come celebrate the life of a humble man who volunteered to help others throughout his life without any thought of himself.  Whether it was leading a Cub Scout pack, teaching guitar to whoever asked, fighting fires in his community, or his heroic saving of a two-year-old drowning victim, he never looked for praise.  He was also active with the Barre, Massachusetts, Rod and Gun Club, helping with the annual fishing derby, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas parties for the area children.  As part of the American Legion, he used his sound equipment for all their functions, making sure everything went off without a hitch.

Come share your stories of this funny, unassuming man.

 Richard V. “Dick” Swift 

Richard Swift

Richard Swift

Richard V. “Dick” Swift, 84, of Barre Town, died on April 4, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born to Ella (Richardson) Swift on February 13, 1929, in Worcester, Massachusetts.  At age five, and after her death, he was adopted by William and Ethel (Flanders) Swift.  He attended Matheson Elementary School in Barre and graduated from Thetford Academy in 1947.  Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy serving on the U.S.S. Macomb, minesweeping in the Mediterranean Sea.  After his discharge from the service in 1950, he attended Becker Junior College in Worcester, graduating in 1952.  While attending college, he was a member of Phi Theta Pi, an honorary business fraternity.

On April 26, 1952, he married the love of his life, Mabel Joyce Farnham, in Barre.  This made Mr. Swift a new member of the Farnham family.  He quickly became everyone’s favorite “Uncle Dick,” and many non-family members also knew him as “Uncle Dick” or “Swifty.”  Following their marriage, they lived in Springfield, Massassachusetts, Ware, Massachusetts, St. Johnsbury, and Littleton, New Hampshire (1954-1968), before moving to Barre Town in 1968.

In earlier years, he worked as a manager for the McClellan Retail Store in St. Johnsbury; as an insurance investigator for 21 years with the Retail Credit Co. and New York Life Insurance Co.; he owned and operated a bread business and a Thomas English Muffin sales route; was a school janitor at Spaulding High School in Barre; he served for many years as a senior enlisted man with the Vermont Army National Guard; he was employed by General Electric in Burlington; and he worked for Capitol Stationers in Barre.  In his late 60s, he became a substitute teacher at local schools.  At the age of 73, he became a full-time substitute teacher for Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, a job that he dearly loved.  He also was a part-time house painter.

While living in Littleton, he served as a Littleton park commissioner and was a member of the Littleton Lions Club where he had served as president.  After moving to Barre Town, he became a member of the Montpelier Lions Club and the Canadian Club and the American Legion Post #10, both of Barre.  He was also a member of the Democratic Party, Alcoholics Anonymous, where he was a sponsor and had reached 54 years of sobriety, the Sno-Bees, and he served as a commander in the Vermont Civil War Hemlocks group.

His interests were many and varied.  He enjoyed raising sheep and showing them at local fairs, fishing, hunting, skiing, and playing horseshoes and cards, which he took very seriously.  He liked to attend Thunder Road and enjoyed NASCAR racing, coaching and watching baseball, keeping the scoreboard for the American Legion Post #10 team, and calling bingo at the Canadian Club.  He had a deep love for children and took pleasure in playing Santa Claus during the Christmas season since 1967.  He really liked going to the Trow Hill Grocery Store for his coffee, ice cream floats and sharing jokes.  He was a passionate reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.  He also was a poet who wrote many beautiful and touching poems.

All of his interests aside, his number one passion was his family.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  His favorite thing was to gather with everyone for a birthday or holiday.  His family was fortunate to be able to be all together with him for Easter dinner.  It was a bittersweet celebration.  A niece also had a star named after him.

As the family has been going through his pictures and newspaper clippings, it appears that he may have been photographed more times than Elvis.  He certainly had more “five minutes of fame” than anybody the family knew, including his appearance on WCAX television as a “Super Senior.”  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all of the students whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife Mabel Farnham Swift; his children:  Sarah Carlyle and her husband, Robert, Peter Swift, and Candace Stewart and her husband, Randy, all of Barre; his grandchildren:  Kerri Hull and her husband, Cary, Brian Allain and his companion, Julie Barclay, Joshua Stewart and Holly Stewart, all of Barre; his great-grandchildren:  Monica, Madelyn and Ava; a sister, Joyce Isham, of Barre; a sister-in-law, Susan Swift, of Glover; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Devin Richard Swift; and by three brothers:  Dwight Swift, Ken Swift and Alan Swift.

A memorial service and life celebration was held on April 13 in Barre.  Interment will be in the Brook Haven Cemetery in Orange.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Dick Swift Scholarship Fund, Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, care of Principal Timothy Crowley, 70 Websterville Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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Obituaries: April 10, 2013

Irene Bond

Irene Bond

Irene Bond

 Irene Bond, 88, of Millerton, New York, formerly of Wingdale, New York, died on April 5, 2013, at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut.

Mrs. Bond was a therapy aide at Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale for 23 years, retiring in 1982.

Born on March 28, 1925, in Newport, she was a daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Olive Celia (Raymo) Bernard.  On December 7, 1974, in Dover Plains, New York, she married Richard Wilder Bond, who died on July 1, 2012.

Mrs. Bond was a great mother and grandmother and an avid bingo player.

She is survived by three sons:  Patrick Coburn and his wife, Angie, of Wingdale, Michael F. Coburn and his wife, Yvonne, of Millerton, and Kevin Coburn and his wife, Linda, of Wingdale; a daughter, Colleen Shepard, of Amenia, New York; a sister, Jeannette Royer of Irasburg; two step-sisters:  Laurette Touchton of Clearwater, Florida, and Harriet Trottier of Troy; eight grandchildren:  Donald Shepard Jr. and his fiancée, Shelly Boice, of Millerton, David, Dawn, and Kristine Shepard all of Amenia, Fred Coburn of Millerton, Mary Roepki and her husband, Sven, of New Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Drollette of Corinth, New York and Karen Coburn of Wingdale; and by 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Frederick W. Coburn; a brother, Edmund J. Bernard; her step-mother Elma Bernard; and by a brother-in-law, Emile Royer.

Funeral services were held on April 8 in Dover Plains.  Burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery in Dover Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

To send the family an online condolence, visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.

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James T. Harty

James T. Harty Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) James T. Harty Jr., 79, of Newport died on March 30, 2013.

He was born in Bellows Falls on April 13, 1933, the son of James and Rosemary (Bixby) Harty.  Graduating from Bellows Falls High School as class president in 1951, he went on to Norwich University and served in the Army National Guard for 33 years.  He worked as a sales representative for Colgate Palmolive for 29 years and he also worked for New England Power, John Hancock, and he was co-owner of Thomas Denton and also co-owner of Illuminations by William Patrick.

Mr. Harty was a member of the Elks in Newport, an honorary member of the VFW, and he was in charge of the Color Guard.  He was also National Commander of the 43rd Infantry Division for five years.  He was the president of Tall Timbers Mobile Home Park Association.  He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing at area nursing homes, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and at the VFW.  He loved to support his sons-in-law and grandchildren at their sporting events.  In retirement, he traveled on cruises with his wife and spent several winters living in Florida.  In 2001, they treated their children and grandchildren to a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, a cherished memory held by the entire family.  After his wife’s passing, he moved to Woodstock Terrace where he enjoyed the residents and staff who he often kidded and continued to entertain with his piano playing.

He is survived by his children:  Kathleen Rousselle and her husband, David, of Swanton, Terry Harty of Newport, Kim Pare and her husband, Paul, of Keene, New Hampshire, Mary Lou Harty of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Deborah DeLaBruere and her husband, David, of Newport, and William Harty of Quechee; his grandchildren:  Tim Rousselle, Morgan and Nicholas Pare, Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian DeLaBruere, and Bella and Kiersten Harty; and by his brothers:  Edward Harty and his wife, Lenore, of Bellows Falls, Robert Harty and his wife, Charlotte, of Florida, Bernard Harty of North Walpole, New Hampshire, and Maurice Harty and his wife, Diane, of North Walpole.

He is predeceased by his wife Patricia (Kiniry) Harty; his son Timothy Harty; and by his brother William Harty.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 6 in North Walpole.  Burial followed the service in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life, care of the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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Daphne Morse

Daphne Ellen Hall Morse

Daphne Ellen Hall Morse, 86, of Newport died on April 5, 2013, due to complications following surgery.

She was born on August 14, 1926, in Salem Derby, the daughter of Ora and Nina (Leach) Blake.  She was married to Josh Hall and Asa Morse, who both predeceased her.

She loved her antiques, going to yard sales and haggling over prices, collecting coin banks of all shapes and sizes and different types of jewelry.  She worked at Frank’s Steak House Restaurant and the Royal Restaurant in Newport for many years.  She liked to travel, going to Ireland, Hawaii, and visiting her niece in Spain and Alaska.  She wintered in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she pursued her passion for antiques.

She is survived by her sons:  Arland Hall and his children:  True, Jade, Josh, Jordan, and Taylor, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Brea and her husband, Glen Hunter, of Anderson, South Carolina, Roland (Peanut) Hall and his wife, Brenda, and their son Roland Jr. of Glen Burnie, and Blake Hall of Newport and his son Blake Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland; her grandchildren:  Brian Hall of Scottsdale, and Linda (Hall) Majors of Newport; her niece Jane Kelley and her husband, David, of Derby Line; and her cousin Beatrice Blake of Barre, whom she was close to.  She left several great-grandchildren and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Terry Hall of Scottsdale, and his son Mark Hall of Newport; her sisters:  Edith Willey, Betty Collins, and Lela Fields; and by her brother Glendon Leach.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service at this time.

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

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Evelyn S. Page, 92, of Holland died on April 2, 2013.

She was born on June 9, 1920, in Holland, a daughter of Harry and Hazel (Pocock) Smith.  On June 12, 1948, she married Reginald Page, who predeceased her February 8, 2010.

Mrs. Page entered into the United States Coast Guard during World War II and held the rank of Yeoman 1st Class YIC.  She was the Holland Town Clerk for twenty-five years.

She was a member and treasurer of the Holland Historical Society, the Holland United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star of Newport.  She was the oldest resident of Holland.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Marcia Waterman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Holland United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Holland United Methodist Church, care of Laurie Gray, P.O. Box 681, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Holland Historical Society, 120 School Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

John “Jack” P. St.Onge  

John St. Onge

John St. Onge

John “Jack” P. St.Onge, 57, died on March 31, 2013, in the comfort of his home and family.

Born in Newport on July 9, 1955, he was the son of Edith (Cameron) St.Onge and the late John C. St.Onge.  On December 2, 2010, he married Kimberly Peck in Wilder.  He was previously married to Patricia Campbell of Morrisville.

Mr. St.Onge was a 1973 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Newport.  He continued his education at the University of Vermont (UVM), graduating in 1977 with his bachelor of science degree in natural resources.  While attending UVM, he was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  Following graduation, he was hired as the county executive director in Lamoille County by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), now renamed the Farm Service Agency.

In the 1990s, he became an expert in digital aerial photography and pioneered USDA’s computerized mapping of farms throughout Vermont and later established a New England digitized mapping center in Morrisville.  He became a leader in farmland and water quality conservation practices, assisting with the establishment of hundreds of acres of forestland management improvements and several miles of the first cropland-stream buffers constructed to protect Vermont waterways.  His career spanned nearly 35 years with USDA, which earned him appreciation and respect from farmers, foresters, landowners, and colleagues in Vermont.  He was honored to receive the Master Conservationist award from the Lamoille County Natural Resource Conservation District in 2012.

He was a lifetime member and former president of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club and the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club.  He was also a member of the National Association of County Office Employees.  An avid outdoorsman, his passions were hunting, fishing, hiking, vegetable gardening and maple sugaring.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife, Kimberly Peck of Waterbury Center; his mother Edith Hebard of Barton; his daughters:  Emilie Rich and her husband, Daniel, of Wolcott, and Andrea Miller and her husband, Patrick A. Miller, of South Burlington; his sister Jeanne Sicard and her husband, Rick, of Barton; his brother Steven Saint Onge of Fairfield; his father’s widow, Rita St.Onge, of Enosburg; as well as by nieces, a nephew, and extended family.

His courageous spirit and quiet dignity gave enormous strength to those around him.  His witty sense of humor and ability to offer honest advice and guidance to family and friends was a comfort that will be missed.

As spring approaches take a walk in the woods and as you breathe in the fresh air and scent of the newly sprouted leaves let his calm spirit fill your heart and fond memories bring a smile to your face.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on April 12, at 2 p.m. at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Cambridge.

For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to The National Brain Tumor Society (www.braintumor.org) or the Ruffed Grouse Society (www.ruffedgrousesociety.org).

To send online condolences, visit www.perkinsparker.com.

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Harold Tardif

Harold A. Tardif, 81, of West Burke died suddenly on March 30, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Van Buren, Maine, on March 19, 1932, the son of James and Ida (Desjardins) Tardif.

On December 16, 1950, he married Martha Dufour.  They lived in Coventry, Connecticut, where Mr. Tardif started his own machine shop in Manchester.  In 1968, he moved his shop and equipment and joined Mardon Industries in Lyndon for a time before operating his own shop once again in Lyndonville and later in West Burke.  In the early 1970s, he sold his equipment to Vermont Tap and Die Co. and joined their team in Lyndonville and later retired from Northeast Tool Co. in Lyndonville.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, fishing, hunting in the U.S. and Canada, farming where he raised beef, pigs and had riding horses, and boating and fishing on area lakes.  He was a member of the West Burke Drift Skippers and in recent years he helped at the Riverside Life Enrichment Center in Lyndonville and the West Burke meal site.

Survivors include his four children:  Rena Eastman and her husband, Robert, of Lyndonville, Harold Tardif Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, of Clemmons, North Carolina, Laurie Maple and her husband, Tim, of West Charleston and Lisa Berry and her husband, John, of West Burke; eight grandchildren:  Aaron Carr and his wife, Chrissy, Chad Sterling, Maygan Holmes, Ashley and Kylie Maple, Justin Berry and his wife, Amanda, Michelle Corey and her husband, Travis, and Abigail Berry; his special companion, Theresa Stone, of Glover; his sister Bea McQuade of Pennsylvania; a sister in-law, Martha Tardif, of Long Island, New York; several brothers- and sisters-in-law from his wife’s family; and by many nieces and nephews including Charlie McQuade, who was like a son to Mr. Tardif.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Martha Tardif on September 1, 2004; his brother Ivan Tardif; and by his sister Dorilda Lister.

Funeral services were held April 6 in Lyndonville.  Burial in Hillside Cemetery in West Burke is planned for Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to the Burke Senior Meal Site Inc., 212 School Street, West Burke, Vermont 05871.

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Clair Umstead

Clair E. Umstead, 83, of Newport died on April 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 8, 1929, in Royersford, Pennsylvania, a son of Joseph and Mary (Druckenmiller) Umstead.  On August 18, 1951, he married Evangeline Smith, who predeceased him on December 6, 2008.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1951 from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, and then a master of divinity in 1954 from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.  In 1961, he received a master’s degree in music education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He pastored and was minister of music at several churches throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England areas.  He was also a college music professor and taught trumpet at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed gardening, playing softball, arranging sacred music, pastoral care, hiking around his home in Charleston and Arizona and playing the trumpet.  He helped build the Knollwood Church of the Nazarene in Dayton, Ohio, and Royersford Church of the Nazarene in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his children:  Craig Umstead and his wife, Maveret, of Augusta, New York, Joseph Umstead and his wife, Diane, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Carol Umstead of Newport, and Jonathan Umstead and his wife, Cathie, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren:  Ben Umstead, Erin Umstead, Josh, Leah, Seth, Rachel, and Timothy Umstead; and by a great-grandchild, Aiden.  He is also survived by a sister, Grace Detwiler, and her husband, Charles, of Spring City, Pennsylvania; his nephews:  Larry Detwiler and his wife, Cathy, of Pennsylvania, Mark Detwiler and his wife, Janet, of Pennsylvania, Tim Detwiler and his wife, Cindy, of Pennsylvania; his niece Beth Coudriet of Spring City; and by numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on April 6, in Royersford.  Interment followed in Fernwood Cemetery in Royersford.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Sun Valley Indian School, 8450 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, Arizona 86029.

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

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Obituaries April 3, 2013

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Pauline Converse

Pauline D. Converse

Pauline D. Converse, 83, of Newport died on March 27, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on December 24, 1929, in Claremont, New Hampshire, a daughter of David and Ruth (Martin) Donaldson.  On May 27, 1951, she married Mack Converse, who predeceased her on April 21, 2004.

She was a member of the United Church of Newport and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, where she volunteered and was co-chairman for ten years.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, playing bingo, knitting, family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren, the loves of her life.

She is survived by her children:  Sandra Wing and her husband, David, of Essex Junction, and David Converse and his wife, Kathy, of Derby; and by her grandchildren:  Kelli Converse and her companion, David McKinnon, of Newbury, New Hampshire, Kristin Wright and her husband, Mike, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Hazen Converse and his wife, Holly, of Thetford, Emily Wing of Colchester, Derek Wing of North Troy, Austin Wright of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Harlow Converse of Thetford.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Betty Donaldson of Florida, and Margie Donaldson of California; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  David and Harvey Donaldson; and by her sisters:  Jeannette Miller and Arlene Foster.

Funeral services were held on March 30 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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

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

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Rosalyn V. Cook

Rosalyn V. Cook, 59, of Newport died on March 26, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on March 28, 1953, in Newport, a daughter of Leon and Lorraine (Gray) Gage.

She enjoyed spending time with her family.  She also enjoyed keeping in touch with friends from Texas, caring for animals, sewing, and knitting.

She is survived by her daughter Corinna Lancaster and her husband, Royce, of Newport; her son Cory Spaulding and his wife, Nancy, of Derby; her grandchildren:  Hannah, Mallory, Royce Jr., Alex, Kamryn, Jordan, and Tara; her mother Lorraine and Herbert Blake of Newport; her brothers and sisters:  Harold Gage and his wife, Jocelyn, of Derby, Larry Gage and his wife, Pauline, of Derby, Lisa Desroches and her husband, Alan, of Coventry, and Donna Laplume and her companion, Joe, of Newport Center; her nieces and nephews; her stepsister Linda Hahn; and by her stepbrother Bobby Blake.

She was predeceased by her father Leon Gage.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

John Curtis

John Curtis

John Walter Curtis

John Walter Curtis, 84, of Brownington died on March 30, 2013, after a battle with cancer.

His family stood by him throughout his battle, and they were at his side as he headed out on his journey to join his beloved wife, Ruth, who died on October 11, 1998, and his son Lee, who died on August 29, 2004, and his son Robin, who died at birth.

A child of the Great Depression, he was born on August 4, 1928, in Derby, to Lee and Margaret Thelma Curtis.

He was a logger, a carpenter, a hunter and a fisherman — an all-around outdoorsman.  He found his greatest joy in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Blessed with a true Vermont wit and a twinkle in his eye, he loved spending time with his family, telling stories and creating memories.  He continued to laugh with them in his final days as they reminisced about some of their escapades they pulled throughout the years, and there certainly were many of them.

Mr. Curtis served in the Army during the Korean War.  Once his tour of duty was up he high-tailed it back to the land he loved, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  He married his wife, Ruth (Barrup) Curtis, on March 27, 1954.  He never stopped missing her after she died almost 15 years ago.

While some people yearn for retirement, Mr. Curtis had no desire to retire.  Even when battling cancer, he’d try to get out to the logging operations as often as he could.  A big deer hunter all of his life, he bagged his last buck, an eight-pointer, in November.

There is no doubt that he will be missed by many people, but he will live on in our memories and in his family.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and their families:  Benny and Karol Curtis of Brownington, and their children:  Cory and his wife, Ryan-Anne Curtis, and Casey and her husband, Andy Rowell; Lyle and Becky Curtis of Newport Center, and their children:  Kelly and her husband, Josh Randall, Karissa and her husband, Chris Vinal, and Marissa; and Penny and Scott Wheeler of Derby, and their children:  Curtis and his fiancée, Gabrielle, Nicholas and his girlfriend, Abigail, and Emily.  He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, along with their spouses:  Dallas and Betty Curtis of Alabama, June Williams of New York, Dick and Anna Curtis of New York and Vermont, Margaret and Donald Plantier of New York, Robert and Gerri Curtis of Florida, and Sherrill and Judy Curtis of New York.  He is also survived by a special friend, Billy Dyer, and his family, of Massachusetts; Mr. Curtis thought of Billy as a son.  He took it as a mission to attempt to transform Billy from a city boy into a Vermont country boy.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, with the Reverends Fred and Carol Ann Barker officiating.  Friends may also call at the funeral home on April 5, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

People wishing to donate in his name may either contribute to the United Church of Derby at P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Dr. Leslie C. Lockridge Cancer Caring Fund at P.O. Box 838, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Janet DeWitt

 Janet Taplin DeWitt

Janet Taplin DeWitt, 57, died on March 26, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Healthcare in Burlington, with her loving family by her side, after a three-year battle with cancer.

She was born on October 21, 1955, in Newport, the daughter of Robert and Marilyn Taplin.  She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1973 and attended Champlain College.

She found it a true honor to work for United States Senator Robert T. Stafford from 1978 until 1986, both on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and in his Vermont office in Burlington.  She then worked for Governor Richard Snelling on his U.S. Senate Campaign in 1986.  She also worked as an administrative assistant to Elbert “Al” Moulton when he was secretary of the Vermont Agency of Development and Community Affairs.

She was very fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom for several years after the birth of her second child.  She spent many days volunteering her time at Rick Marcotte Central School both in the classroom, on field trips, fund-raising, for book fairs and for many other activities.  When both children were in middle school, she returned to work.  She worked for five years for Dr. Wendy Everhart and Dr. Audra Pinto in their dental practice in South Burlington until her illness prevented her from continuing.

Her life was centered on her family and friends.  She and her partner, Bob, enjoyed spending weekends together in their yard, listening to music and talking for hours.  She enjoyed weekly Sunday night dinners with her family, summer trips to Peaks Island, Maine, bike riding and shopping trips with Katie and Emmy.  She also enjoyed yearly camping with friends Pat, Jeanne and Denise, and time spent with friends Cindy, Holly and Sue.

She is survived by her loving and supportive partner of 22 years, Bob Lafont; her daughters:  Katherine “Katie” DeWitt, and Emily “Emmy” DeWitt and her fiancé, Nick Fredette, all of Burlington; her stepson Jason Lafont and his fiancée, Michelle, and their son, Jackson, of Barton; her mother Marilyn Taplin, her brother Brian Taplin, and her sister-in-law Kathy Taplin, all of Derby; and by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Peter Dewitt of Maine; and by her sister-in-law Sarah DeWitt of Virginia.  Also important in her life, was Bob’s family:  Richard and Rachel Lafont, and Raymond and Jean Lafont, of West Glover; Ken and Marcia Therrien of East Burke; and Randy and Margaret Viens of Newport.

She was predeceased by her grandparents; her father Robert Taplin; her brother David Taplin; her stepson Robin Lafont; and by her sister-in-law Donna DeWitt.

A memorial service was held on March 30 in Burlington.

Per her wishes, a springtime interment will take place in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to the Breast Care Center, Medical Center Campus, Main Pavilion, Level 2, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

To send online condolences to the family, visit www.readyfuneral.com.

Marguerite Bean Fiske

Marguerite Bean Fiske

 Marguerite B. Fiske

Marguerite Bean Fiske, 97, of Dover, New Hampshire, died on March 24, 2013, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.

She was born in Glover on March 4, 1916, the youngest child of the late Samuel and Mamie (Hall) Bean.

A deep believer in education, she started school at the age of five on her own and her mother didn’t find out until three weeks later when the teacher complimented her mom about how well she was doing in school.

She graduated from the University of Vermont and taught grade school for four years.  In 1939, she married Lloyd W. Fiske, a dashing barnstorming pilot.  They raised four children.  Mrs. Fiske was a plane spotter during World War Two, a den mother until her first Cub Scouts graduated from high school, a Sunday school teacher, and she served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hampton Falls.

She helped form the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (SAPL), served many years for the FISH organization and was active in the communities she resided in.  Most recently, she was a resident of Saint Ann’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dover.  She also had lived in North Hampton, Hampton Falls, and Salisbury, all in New Hampshire; and Zephyrhills, Florida, and Burlington.

She had a light touch with people’s feelings and with pastry.  She was widely read, the family touchstone, was a tour guide in Zephyrhills, and was an elegant hostess for her sumptuous family meals.

Family members include her daughter Sherril Driscoll and her husband, Steven, of Hampton; two sons:  Dana Fiske and his wife, Nancy, of Dover, and Eric Fiske and his wife, Nancy, of Bow, New Hampshire; and 33 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd in 2001; and by her son Peter in 1970.

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Donald Funk

 Donald Malcolm Funk

Donald Malcolm Funk, 71, died unexpectedly on March 24, 2013, in his home.

He was born in Catskill, New York, on March 26, 1941.

He lived and worked in Massachusetts most of his life.  For a while, he worked for a carnival driving a motorcycle in the “sphere death” and ran stock cars for fun.  He joined the U.S. Navy in the 1960s and was honorably discharged in 1969.  He loved music from the 1950s, westerns, and action movies.  He played guitar and sang with friends at parties and small events.  His mother- and father-in-law, Frenchie and Rhoda Bedard, owned a cottage on Echo Lake, and this is how he found the place to which he wanted to retire.

He and his wife, Wendy, moved to Vermont in 2004, where he met some great friends.  He met his friend Ted Taft and started working for him during chopping season.  He worked for Mr. Taft for many years.  He joined the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department in 2004 and found his “niche.”  He lived and breathed for the action and camaraderie that it brought.  He became especially close to the fire chief, Duane Moulton, and his family.  They basically adopted him into their family.  They were very special to him.  Not a day went by that the Moulton family wasn’t mentioned.  Mr. Funk looked forward to card night at Kenny and Linda Jillsons’ camp on Saturday nights.  There was always a lot of laughter and hi-jinx.

He leaves his loving wife of 24 years, Wendy; his daughter Tara LaTraverse; and his grandchildren:  Garrett Michael, Cambre Danielle, and Jaqueline Sofia Colon, all of whom he thought the world of.  He also leaves his children from previous marriages:  Charleen Funk Sheets of Texas, and her four sons, and Tyson Funk of Westboro, Massachusetts.  He also leaves his sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Sandra Hodges of Derby, Leon Bedard of Brownington, Ethelinda “Nina” Thomas of Holden, Massachusetts, Edmond Bedard and his wife, Kaye, of Newport, and Rhoda Battey of Bolton, Massachusetts; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Donald, you are missed already, but I know you are not alone.  You were loved even when there was only silence.

There will be a memorial service held in Charleston in the near future.  Notification will be sent out.

In lieu of flowers, he would have liked contributions made to the Charleston Fire Department.

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

Reed J. Lagasse

Reed J. Lagasse, 72, of Derby died on March 10, 2013, at Mary Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He leaves a brother, Percy Lagasse; and his sisters:  Irene Riendeau, Ernestine St. Jarre, Jacqueline Frugale, Theresa Dumond, Bernice Deschaine, Verna Leblanc, and Omerine Clavette.

He was predeceased by a bother, Wilfred Lagasse.

Burial will be at the family’s convenience.

 Esther M. Lamothe

Esther M. Lamothe, 89, died peacefully on March 27, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Derby, the daughter of the late Tom and Minnie (Shannon) Powers.  She attended Derby schools and graduated from Derby Academy in 1942.  After graduation, she worked for five years as assistant manager at the Endicott Shoe Store in Newport.

On June 24, 1946, she married Rudy Lamothe, who predeceased her in 1995.  They lived their whole married life in Derby, where they owned and operated a television sales and service business.

She is survived by two daughters:  Sue Pulver and her husband, Pete, of Newport, and Gail Barry and her husband, Kyle, of Derby; a brother, Gerald, of East Hampton, Massachusetts; six grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Linda, in 1995; by a son, Jim, in 1993; by her sister Phyllis; and by a brother, Dale.

In respect of her wishes, there will be no calling hours.  Committal services will be held on May 3, at 3 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. 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.

 Nancy Lee (Durgin) Mathieu

Nancy Lee (Durgin) Mathieu, 76, of Coventry died on March 28, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on April 17, 1936, in Westmore, a daughter of Earl and Marion (Moulton) Durgin.  On August 4, 1956, she married Andre Mathieu.  They were married 49 years when he predeceased her on September 9, 2004.

Mrs. Mathieu was a past Boy and Girl Scout leader and a past member as a parent advocate with family in the court system.  She was a kindergarten through first grade teacher for Kinder School in Newport Center.  She also worked in the sewing industry for 35 years for Slalom, Sel Bar and Bogner, and she was past president of NEKCA for low-income groups.

She enjoyed camping with her husband, flower gardening, she was an avid reader, and she especially loved her pugs, Shellie and Hope.  She loved being with the family at many gatherings held throughout the years.

She is survived by her children:  Marion Robillard and her husband, Real, of Brunswick, Georgia, Rose Royer and her husband, Danny, of Newport Center, Tina Matten and her husband, Allen, of Newport Center, Andre Mathieu and his wife, Laurie, of Derby, and Philip Mathieu Sr. and his wife, Sylvie, of Coventry; her grandchildren:  David and Tracy Robillard, Megan and Joel Brown, Rachel and Greg Allen, AJ and Courtney Staples, Robert and Chelsea Staples, Jarid and Noah Mathieu, Philip Mathieu Jr. and his fiancée, Brittany Eldred, Nathan and Erin Mathieu, Abbie Matten, Tabitha and Brian Jones, and Devin Matten; her great-grandchildren:  Hailey Wegner, Yvon Robillard, Evan Mathieu, Benjamin Jones, and Tristan Desroches; her siblings:  Rachel Williams and her husband, Ronald, of Florida, Raymond Durgin of West Charleston, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg,  Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg, Dorothy Mason of Albany, Marjorie Annis of West Charleston, and Joyce Little and her husband, Rudy, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Charity Staples; and by her siblings:  Durward Durgin, Doris Haddock and Norma Mathieu.

Funeral services will be held on April 3, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will take place on May 6, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Make A Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 4, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Service:  Tammy Jean Simpson

A celebration of the life of Tammy Jean Simpson of Newport will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Coventry Community Center with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Following the service, there will be a potluck dinner and dishes are welcome.

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Arline Waldron

Arline F. Waldron, 91, of Barton died on March 28, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 20, 1922, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a daughter of Omar and Lena (Prescott) Bryant.  On January 13, 1947, she married Ralph W. Waldron, who predeceased her on April 1, 2004.

When she lived in Haverhill, she was a teller for the Haverhill Bank.  She was a receptionist at Ophthalmology Associates in St. Johnsbury from 1980 until 1995.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed knitting, rug hooking, and spending time with her family and granddaughters.  She was a people person and loved to talk to people.  She also enjoyed traveling to Pennsylvania to visit the Amish Country.

She is survived by her children:  Donald Waldron of Helena, Montana, and Valerie Barczak and her husband, Michael, of Haverhill; and by her grandchildren:  Michaela Barczak of Haverhill, and Amanda Waldron of Bozeman, Montana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the Barton United Church, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.  Interment will take place on Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m., at the Elmwood Cemetery in Bradford, Massachusetts.

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

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