Obituaries August 1, 2012

Brian Albert Goulet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theresa Agnes Gosselin Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Beverly V. McElroy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Chouinard Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries July 25, 2012

Reginald Jerry Aiken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russell Lee Cook Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Irving L. Kimball

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cary Jay Scher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristi Henault Wheeler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Dale M. Willey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard D. Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Amanda Sanborne Krieble

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

Bernard R. “Bernie” Henault

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

 

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Obituaries July 18, 2012

Charlotte Pamela Crandall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucille E. Flynn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Durward J. Gebbie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James “Jim” Joseph Raftery III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries July 11, 2012

Dale Thomas Crews Sr.

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on July 9 in Newport.

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

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

Leonore Gwendolyn Kiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kermit Annis Potter

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

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

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

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

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

Audrey Lois Wheeler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tribute to Penelope “Poppy” Gregory

by Ozzie Henchel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

 Belinda Jean Percy

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

Bernard F. Blake

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

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Obituaries July 5, 2012

Grace Taylor Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charleen Ida (Wood) Bronson

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

Her death was caused by complications related to cancer.

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

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

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

She will be dearly missed by everyone.

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

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

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

Carol Anne Christy

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

She suffered her disease with remarkable serenity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rita J. Maloney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madeline Eleanor Hill Newton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cecile C. Parenteau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marc Anthony Provencher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on July 3 in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Mark A. Sylvester

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

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

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

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

Calling hours were held on June 29 in Newport.

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

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

Service

Era Lou Barney Chapman

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

Death notice

 Dale Thomas Crews Sr.

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

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

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Obituaries June 27, 2012

Philip Romeo Collette

Philip Romeo Collette, 88, died on Friday, June 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving family in Punta Gorda, Florida, at Peace River Regional Hospital.

Up until then, he had been living in Port Charlotte, Florida, where he and his perfect match — Marcella, whom he married 66 years ago — have been enjoying retirement for over 32 years.  He passed without much discomfort after dealing with failing health for the last few years.

He was born in Orleans on March 20, 1924, to his father, Ernest, and mother, Laura Blair.  His siblings were Laurette (Leblanc) and Maurice Collette.

Mr. and Mrs. Collette’s comfortable home was their pride and joy; with beautiful gardens, fruit trees and vegetables that the neighbors envied for many years.  His family will miss him and the trips to Florida with their children — the Collette vacation always had a “project” that involved everyone in some way.  He would build a gambrel roof barn to protect his tools and toys and soon thereafter, a neighbor would ask if he could build one for them.  Florida was a nice place to winter, but his heart was always back in Vermont.

Mr. and Mrs. Collette enjoyed their awesome “camp” at Shadow Lake in Glover for many years.  We could never describe the thought and labor that was expended through the efforts of Mr. Collette, Mrs. Collette, his family and friends to develop such an inviting place to share.

Mr. Collette’s life was one of hard work.  The reality of the Great Depression era always loomed while influencing his attitude toward the importance of working hard, family values and providing whatever he could for his family.

His working life started on the farm at May Pond, his father’s machine shop, the railroad, the feed store, and the Converse Company.  In 1960, he set out with his life partner, Marcella, to establish his own plumbing and heating business which he successfully developed for over 20 years.  If there was any time for family and recreation it would involve camping, fishing, traveling to Ohio, Canada and beyond.  He always loved nature, hunting, more fishing, and especially the creation of the “South America Pond Camp” in 1961.  It would be hard to find anyone who knows of this place who would not want to have their name on the original plaque hanging today above the front door.  Camp is camp — ’nuff said .

His social life was more personal than by affiliation:  the Lions Club, the country club, the Elks, and his trade organizations were important to him as a citizen but the work and his family always came first.  His spiritual guidance was from the support of the Catholic faith and St. Theresa’s Parish in Orleans.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Marcella; Richard and Joyce Collette of Beaufort, North Carolina; David and Kathy Collette of Topsail Island, North Carolina; Mark and Diana Collette of Orleans; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and by his close friend, Neveah (Heaven), their cat from the Humane Society.  He was predeceased by his parents, siblings, and his first grandchild, Billy, the loss of which was a hardship endured forever.

Respecting his written wish of several years ago, his friends will meet for a service with his spirit and ashes at a soon to be announced date in Orleans at St Theresa’s Catholic Church.  Commitment will follow at the family lot at St Theresa’s Cemetery.  A proper celebration of his life will follow with music and cheer.

Penelope Gregory

 Penelope Gregory, 83, known to one and all as Poppy, died on Thursday, June 21, 2012, in her home in Somerville, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving family.

Her death ended a two-year bout with pancreatic cancer, which she bore resolutely and with grace.

She was born on July 29, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her parents, Basil and Andromache (Padis) Despotes, were immigrants from Greece.  She attended the Belmont Day School and Radcliffe College.  She married Dr. Gregory and they had two sons, Robert and Nicholas.  She worked for many years as a secretary at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory with many prominent astrophysicists.

She was a great lover of music in general and of Sacred Harp in particular.  For several decades she held regular sings in her home, and her Christmas music gatherings drew many friends, musicians and composers from the greater New England music world.

She learned to know Bread and Puppet Theater in the early 1970s during their performances at the Emmanuel Church in Boston, in which Sacred Harp played a prominent role.  She visited the theater in Glover for the Domestic Resurrection Circuses, and, as the summer company grew in size, she became the main cook, delighting everyone with delicious Greek dishes.  Over many years she opened her home to the touring Bread and Puppet Company, and housed and fed hordes of puppeteers.  Her warm and gracious hospitality will be remembered by many.

Over more recent years, her regular visits have included the springtime gathering of dandelion greens.

She is mourned and missed by many members and former members of the Bread and Puppet Theater and by the Schumann family.

Last rites were held in the Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington, Massachusetts, on June 24.  She will be buried in the New Westlook Cemetery in Glover on June 27.

Ellen Ruth (Stone) Hommel

Ellen Ruth (Stone) Hommel, 90, of Orleans died on May 25, 2012, at Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby surrounded by her loving family and the caring staff.

She was born on July 24, 1921, in Orleans, the second daughter of George Harrington Stone II and Ella Almeida Allard Stone.

She married J.G. Desmond Hommel on June 16, 1940, from whom she was later divorced and who predeceased her in February of 1979.

Mrs. Hommel graduated from Orleans High School in the Class of 1938, and subsequently had to assist her mother in raising her four younger siblings after the death of her father shortly after her graduation.

She then started working for Bray Wood Heel Company as office staff person later in 1938.

After a few years, she started her accounting career with Amico in Orleans, concurrently working for the Orleans High School in their business office.  In 1954, Mrs. Hommel commenced her long time career with Ethan Allen, Inc., where she held her position as plant accountant for the next 44 years until her retirement in 1998.

In her retirement years, and before, Mrs. Hommel enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, visiting such locations as Colorado, Texas, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Maine, Florida, St. Maarten, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Washington D.C. to enjoy local landmarks, museums, local attractions and more.  She liked taking day trips with her friends to golf, see summer playhouse productions, or just to enjoy a luncheon out at local restaurants.

She was a supporter of the Orleans Country Club where she was the clerk for many years as well as organizer for State Days.  She spent much time golfing with friends and her two grandsons.

Mrs. Hommel spent an enormous amount of quality time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings and cousins — she thoroughly enjoyed participating in family events and family adventures, as well as watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and participate in all their different activities.

She enjoyed time spent throughout her lifetime at her family’s camp on Echo Lake, fishing, swimming, watching the ducks, skating, canoeing and summer barbeques.  She and her sisters would enjoy winters cross-country skiing from Orleans to Barton where they would enjoy lunch and a glass of wine to celebrate yet another successful trek, well into their 60s and 70s.

In her younger years, Mrs. Hommel had a go at horseback riding and her love of horses and other animals carried her through her retirement years as she enjoyed spending time with her four-legged and fuzzy “grandchildren.”

Mrs. Hommel is survived by her sister Glenn A. (Stone) Dow and her husband, Arthur, of Newport; her daughter Barbara E. Mason of Morgan; her son Richard D. Hommel and his wife, Alida, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; her grandchildren:  Kristin E. Mason and her partner, Ron Roberge, of Morgan, Korey A. Mason and his wife, Amy, of Williamsburg, Virginia, Richard C. Hommel and his wife, Lisa, of Waterbury Center, and Tracy L. (Hommel) Ferreira and her husband, David, of Milford, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren:  Lindsay and Ryan Mason of Williamsburg, RJ Hommel, Samantha and Eli Winters of Waterbury Center, and Carly and Jake Ferreira of Milford; and by her very special niece and nephews in Washington, Texas, Virginia and Vermont.  She was predeceased by her parents; George Harrington Stone II; Ella Almeida Allard Stone; her sister Beryl Macdonald; her sister Virginia Gregory; her sister Norine Marsh, her brother A. Allyn Stone; her brother George H. Stone; her granddaughter Kimberly Mason; and her beloved son-in-law Kenneth A. Mason.

A graveside service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Vermont Chapter of the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Cecile Catherine Kinney

 Cecile Catherine Kinney, 86, of Derby Line died on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on November 2, 1925, in Lynn, Massachusetts, a daughter of John and Stasia (Matchieska) Kowalski.  In 1946, she married Foster C. Kinney who predeceased her in 1986.

Mrs. Kinney was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21.  She enjoyed extended visits with Kristi and family in Florida during the winter, playing bingo and going for rides with Jim and Debbie.  She also enjoyed joining the McDonald’s coffee group in the mornings and she was a person who loved her home and the Derby Line area and having her family and friends come for a visit.  She made her home with Jim and Deb for the past eight years and loved to make mention of “The Three Musketeers.”

She is survived by her children:  James Kinney and his wife, Debra, of Derby Line, and Joan Collins and her husband, Richard, of Melbourne, Florida, and Derby; her grandchildren:  Kristina Dupre and her husband, Paul, of Melbourne, Richard J. Collins of Brewerton, New York, and Catherine Kinney of Asheburham, Masschusetts; her great-grandchildren:  Zachary Dupre, Shelbi Dupre, Tawnee Collins and Taylor Collins, Sierra Foster and Tyler Frasco; a sister, Blanche Faton, of Natick, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, John; and by three sisters:  Jennie Juskavitch, Genevieve Bourassa, and Josephine Jasukonis and her husband, Albert.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 29 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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

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

Madeleine St. Onge

Madeleine “Maddie” St. Onge, 50, died on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey, after a short courageous battle with cancer.

Through it all, she never lost her sense of humor and ability to make others laugh.

She was born on February 8, 1962, in Newport to Archie and Theresa St. Onge of Newport.  She attended Sacred Heart High School and earned her GED.

She moved to New Jersey in 1982 where she worked at Air Cruisers Company in Wall for 16 years.  Prior to her illness, she worked in the restaurant business.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to craft shows and flea markets, cooking, gardening, concerts, and watching her favorite sports teams:  the Giants, the Mets, and the Devils.  She will forever stay in our hearts and memories.

She is survived by her partner of 28 years, June McManus of Brick; her parents; the following brothers and sisters:  Denis St. Onge of Standstead, Qubec, George St. Onge and Gloria of Newport Center, Francine Bourassa and Norman of Jay, Christianne Bumps and James of Newport, Norman St. Onge and Tina of Bentonville, Arkansas, Michael St. Onge and Joanne of Newport, and Roger St. Onge and Tammy of St. Paul, North Carolina; and by many aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces, and by her beloved dog, Abbie.  She is also survived by her partner’s family:  mother Lynn Thomson; sisters:  Janet Thomson and Jennifer Kling; niece Jessica Kling; and nephew Joseph Kling, all of Lakewood, New Jersey.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s church in Newport on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m.

Carol C. Wheatley

 Carol C. Wheatley, 85, of Glover died on May 25, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on October 2, 1926, in Glover, a daughter of Leslie and Bernice (Davis) Clark.

On July 11, 1948, she married Donald Wheatley who survives her.

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of science degree.

Mrs. Wheatley was a teacher at the Glen Carlyn School and the Arlington, Virginia, School System.  She was a member of the Glover Community Church and she was an ordained deacon of the Southern Baptist Church in Arlington.

Among her hobbies she enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and attending family gatherings.  Mrs. Wheatley was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Barton, the Retired Teachers Association, and Windjammer Cruises.

She is survived by her husband Donald Wheatley of Glover; her children:  Kathleen Wheatley and her husband, Steve McHenry, of San Diego, California, and Clark Wheatley and his wife, Heather, of Weston, Florida; her grandchildren:  Sarah, Loretta, Hillary, Caitlin, Davis, Cameron, Jenna, and Margaret; her great-grandchildren:  Ariel, Addie, Hannah, and John; and by her sister-in-law Harriet Riggs of Richmond.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 12 Elm Sreet, in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the Glover Community Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating. Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Glover Community Church Steeple Fund, in care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

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June 20, 2012 Obituaries

Cecil E. Benway

Cecil E. Benway, 84, of Glover died on June 10, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on February 3, 1928, in Newport, a son of Cecil and Nellie (Hartley) Benway. On June 30, 1973, he married Bonnie Peck who survives him.
Mr. Benway entered the United States Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged.
He was a truck driver for Pierce Leather in Raymond, New Hampshire. He moved from Raymond to Glover four years ago.
Among his hobbies, he enjoyed fishing, listening to country music, watching baseball and wrestling on television and putting puzzles together.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie Benway of Glover; by his children: Stephen Lorimer of Barton, Deborah Smith of Irasburg, Shane Benway and his wife, Linda, of West Charleston, Brian Benway and his wife, Kelley, of Derby, and Bruce Lorimer of Barton; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Webb.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery with Pastor David Dizazzo officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Jason Anthony Berard

Jason Anthony Berard, 28, died on May 28, 2012.

He was born on September 27, 1983, in Burlington to adoring parents Roger Ernest and Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard de Barquin.

He was baptized at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, New York, with his godparents Maria del Pilar Barquin Deraney and Pablo Barquin.  He was an altar boy for the Holy Angels Church where he received his confirmation.

He joyfully attended the Hinesburg Community School and Champlain School Essential Early Education programs and the Munchkinland Montessori School in Swanton for preschool to kindergarten with his siblings.  He was a proud graduate of the Saint Albans City Elementary School, a president’s award recipient, a Boy Scout, and band member playing the clarinet.  As an aspiring athlete, he confidently raced on the St. Albans City Recreation Sharks swimming team and White’s Green Mountain Bikes team.  He was a reliable paperboy for the St. Albans Messenger, riding his mountain bike through the hill section of the community neighborhoods.  He served as a Vermont Youth Conservation Corp member for over four years and an Americorp VISTA volunteer for the American Red Cross.  He loved spending his summers outdoors managing Vermont State Parks in Silver, Emerald and Elmore Lakes.

He was a 2002 graduate of the Bellows Free Academy High School in St. Albans where he pursued the Technology Connections career track at the Northwest Technical Center.  He was a member of the cross-country team, Nordic skiing team, track and field team, and he was in the National Technical Honor Society and the National Honor Society.  His passion was pole-vaulting under the tenacious guidance and expertise of his friend and coach, Bob Corey.  Mr. Berard and his friends founded the first BFA Mountain Bike Club.  Adventurous rides took them to uncharted trails together.

He proudly received his Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary engineering and management with certification for technical marketing and sales track from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, in 2007.  He was a member of the varsity Nordic ski team.  It was here that he also developed his passion for rowing with the Clarkson varsity crew team guided by his beloved coach, Boris Jukić and profoundly loyal teammates.  He proudly joined the Professional Hispanic Engineers Society, celebrating his Cuban heritage.

Mr. Berard moved to Albany, New York, with his best friends from college.  He accumulated an impressive resumé with Pace Analytical and Dynamic Systems Incorporated.  His work included the Hudson River Superfund Clean Up.  He took great pride with his analytical reports and a fun work environment.  He valued being a member of the team that opened the first L.L. Bean Store in Albany.  He tirelessly worked full-time and part time on weekends, always giving his all to do his best, always with a bright smile.

In 2011, he found his love and followed Megan Janke to Saint Louis, Missouri, where she pursues her doctorate at Washington University, researching a cure for leukemia.  They shared an adventurous spirit for mountain biking, running, hiking and playing chess.  Ms. Janke taught him how to roll a kayak and was devoted to his happiness.  He was hired at FedEx Ground Saint Louis to begin work and “join the brotherhood” as he joked with his father, a 17-year veteran of FedEx Express.

He leaves his loving brothers:  Roger August and Lucas Adrian; sister Sophia Anastasia; paternal grandparents:  Gilles Richard and Jeannine Blanche Berard of Barton; maternal grandparents:  Maria Luisa Barquin de Olagorta of New York, New York, and Maria Luisa Blanco Barquin of Coral Gables, Florida; dedicated aunts and uncles:  Dr. Paul Berard, Lynne Marie Berard of Barton, Maria Luisa and Richard Arratia of Venice, California, Pedro and Betty Barquin of Key West, Florida, Maipi and Ritche Deraney of Glen Rock, New Jersey, Jose and Lana Barquin of Florham Park, New Jersey, Maria Teresa and Alan Brace of St. Albans, Pablo Barquin of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Cathy Martzloff of Cranbury, New Jersey; cherished cousins:  Christopher and Devin Deraney, Victoria Barquin, Ari Arratia, and Tristan, Gabriella and Alesio Barquin.  He was predeceased by his grandfather Pedro Barquin in 2004.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on June 2.  A private family committal will be held at the Mount Calvary Cemetery.

On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, we lost an honest man, a kind and gentle soul, a lover of laughter with a courageous will, compassionate heart with a fearless love for life.  That very same day, we gained a saint and archangel who has soared to the highest heights where Jason dreams big.

The Dream Big Memorial Fund has been created to fulfill Mr. Berard’s vision of “looking to positively impact a new environment,” support living in health and fighting debilitating conditions.  His memorial will fully contribute to mountain bike programs at BFA, St. Albans City School and St. Albans Recreation Department along with a scholarship in his name for a BFA high school graduate pursuing engineering with ideals that mirror his spirit for the core values of his life.  The designated nonprofit organization managing the Dream Big Memorial Fund is Franklin County Caring Communities, 67 Fairfield Street, St. Albans 05478.

Elmer J. Donovan

 Elmer J. Donovan, 86, of Derby died on June 12, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on March 14, 1926, in Norton, a son of Henry and Blanche (Routhier) Donovan.  On October 5, 1996, he married Madeleine Sage who survives him.

He entered the United Sates Army and served his country during World War II.  During his lifetime, he was a machine tender for the Groveton-Wausau paper mill in Groveton, New Hampshire.  Among his hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, the outdoors and going to camp with Phil Oaks.  He held memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 and the American Legion Post #23, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife Madeleine Donovan of Derby; his children:  Richard Donovan and his wife, Berta, of Enfield, Connecticut, Janine Donovan of South Windsor, Connecticut, Kathleen Kelly and her husband, Edward, of West Simsbury, Connecticut, Sharlene Reeve and her husband, Daniel, of Conway, South Carolina, Chris Binette and his wife, Diane, of Beebe Plain, and Carol Binette and her husband, Larry, of Sarasota, Florida; his grandchildren:  Andrew and his wife, Beth, Thomas Donovan, Dana, Natalie and Nathan Kelly, and Pamela and Eric Binette; a brother, Paul Donovan, and his wife, Armande, of Stratford, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Cecile Breton, on June 18, 1993, whom he married in 1948.  He was also predeceased by his parents; two brothers:  Wilfred and Frank; and by a sister, Vivian Gadwah.

Funeral services were held on June 16 in Newport.  Interment followed in Stratford, New Hampshire.

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; or to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs, 95, of Island Pond died peacefully in West Lafayette, Indiana, on June 6, 2012.

She was born on June 14, 1916, in Germany.   She married Oscar Gibbs of Woodstock, who died in 1997.  They lived in Woodstock for some 40 years.  In the mid-1980s, they retired to Island Pond, the place Mrs. Gibbs treasured for the deep friendships she developed.

For many years she worked at the Mary Hitchcock and VA hospitals as an EEG and EKG technician, jobs in which she found great satisfaction.

She loved many things — animals, gardening, needlework, books, puzzles, people, and rousing discussions and debates.

But above all, she loved her family.  She is survived by her daughter Inge Erickson of West Lafayette; her grandchildren:  Cassandra Erickson and her partner, Jackie Weller, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Catherine Toon and her husband, Brian, of Colorado Springs; and by her great-grandchildren:  Veronica, Rachel and Robert Toon.

She will be missed very much, but she rests in the loving comfort of the Lord.

Arrangements are pending.

Bertha E. Hart

 Bertha E. Hart, 98, of North Troy died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on September 27, 1913, in Coaticook, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Regina (Prive) Godin.

On May 17, 1932, she married Raymond M. Hart who predeceased her on April 11, 2001.

Mrs. Hart was always there for her family and friends, taking care of several of them during illness and also in their later years.  She was well known for her baking abilities, making many, many wedding cakes, graduation cakes, and cakes for many other occasions.  She worked in area restaurants for over 40 years.  She loved her flower gardens and plants in her house, and had a great “green thumb.”  She did some family traveling but basically loved her home and visiting with family and friends and she always enjoyed visitors.

She is survived by her children:  Virginia “Ginny” Drown and her husband, Charles, of Newport Center, Gloria Vincent and her husband, Maurice, of North Troy, and a special son, John L. Perkins, and his wife, Pat, of Missouri; her grandchildren:  Steven Vincent and his wife, Carmen, of Newport, Brian Vincent and his wife, Nicole, of Newport, Dennis Vincent and his wife, Sandra, of Troy, and Charles Drown Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Colorado, her granddaughter-in-law Cindy Vincent, Dan and Donna Hart, and Doug Hart, Sherry, Larry, and John Perkins II; her great-grandchildren:  Nathan Vincent and his wife, Andrea, Elizabeth Vincent, Chad Vincent, Brooke Gosselin and her husband, Roger, Zachary Vincent, Seth, Jenna and Shanelle Vincent, Danielle and Matt Hall, John Wesley Hart, and Shannon Hart; her great-great-grandchildren:  Maggie Sue, Jaxson, and Zoe Vincent, and Macey and Miley Hall; her brother Leo Godin of Orange, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews, and her special sweet little nurse Melinda Royea.  She was predeceased by a son, Raymond Max Hart, in 2009 and his wife, June, in 2005; her grandson Christopher Vincent in 2007; her two brothers:  Henry and Albert; and by her four sisters:  Cordelia Allain, Gladys Fecteau, Grace LaFlam and Theresa Smith.

Funeral services were held on June 18 in North Troy.  Interment followed in St. Isadore Cemetery in Montgomery Center.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the oncology department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont, 05855, in loving memory of her son.

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

Richard W. B. Jesser

 Richard W. B. Jesser, a summer resident of Barton and Westmore, died on December 17, 2011, in the University Medical Center of Princeton, New Jersey, after a brief but devastating illness.

He was born in 1927, in New York, New York, the third son of Arthur Edward Jesser and Vera Benn Jesser.  He grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey.

During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy pilot training programs and was sent to Union College in Schenectady, New York, receiving a degree in civil engineering followed by a master’s at Harvard University.  A professional engineer, he was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In 1959, he married Sallie Willis of Princeton, and soon after traveled to Jordan and from there to Bolivia.  Ten years later he returned to Princeton with his wife and three children and continued his engineering career on numerous projects in the United States as well as abroad.  He was well known to local officials as he worked to make his towns safe and efficient.

He was a member of Nassua Presbyterian Church; the Community Church of Westmore, where he was married; the Old Guard of Princeton; the Contract Bridge League; and the Princeton Middle East Society.

An avid skier, having met his wife in the Montclair, New Jersey, ski club, he had the opportunity to ski in the United States and many other countries of the world.  A skilled sailor, he cruised with his family and on many charters with the Princeton Ski and Sail club.  His tennis skills peaked in 1961 when he and his Canadian partner won the men’s doubles championship of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  The time he spent working in Africa, Europe, and North, South and Central America gave him a truly global point of view and sensitivity to the needs and problems of people everywhere.  He was a devoted father, designing and building a home for them in Princeton and following their careers and those of his grandchildren with interest.

He is survived by his wife, Sallie; his children:  his son Richard Jr. and wife, Christine, of Eugene, Oregon; Vera Lawson and her husband, Army Chaplain Kenneth Lawson; and Nancy Jesser and her husband, Hugh Urban, both of the University of Ohio at Columbus; and by seven grandchildren.

A committal service will be held on Thursday, June 28 at noon in the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Maurice Hugh Phillips

 Maurice Phillips, 90, of North Troy and Newport died peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington.

He was born in North Troy on February 13, 1922.

He joined the war effort in 1944.  In August of that year, he married his sweetheart of several years, Beatrice Ball of Bristol.  He proudly served in the sixty-third infantry division, blood and fire.  He was stationed in Germany and awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

He was employed for many years at Columbia Forest Products as an engineer, retiring in 1986.

He was a deacon of the Congregational Church in North Troy and a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge #16 of Troy.

Mr. Phillips was a quiet, fun-loving, caring man, a wonderful father, supportive husband and loyal friend.  A gentle soul who touched many lives, he lived his life with integrity.  His family meant a great deal to him.  Annual family camping trips were a highlight of every summer.

He had a passion for landscape painting that became more than a hobby after he retired.  He exhibited in local venues and his work was enjoyed by many.

An avid hunter from his youth, he never missed a season at Wenlock Hunting Camp.

Upon his move to Newport in 2009, he became very active in the Association for the Blind, enjoying many new friendships and activities.

He is survived by five children:  Hazel and John Hong of Colchester, Fred and Marianne Phillips of Huntsville, Alabama, Nancy and William Nash of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, Diana and Peter Poulin of Newport, and Hope Ann and Ken Ferris of Montpelier; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice Ball.

A celebration of his life was held in North Troy on June 15.

Donations in honor of his life may be given to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired at VABVI Development Office, 60 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to the First Congregational Church, Main Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Harry G. “Money” Sargent Jr.

 Harry G. “Money” Sargent Jr., 59, of Coventry died suddenly on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Newport.

He was born in Newport on September 12, 1952, a son of Ruth (Mackey) and Harry Sargent Sr.  He lived all of his life in the area and enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching wrestling, and working on cars and just about anything mechanical.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.

He worked at LaBranche Lumber in Coventry, formerly Drown’s Lumber, for over 15 years.

He was a very devoted dad and grandfather.

He is survived by his children:  Amanda Farley and her husband, John, of North Troy, Jesse Sargent and Tiffany Prive of Coventry, Charla Nadeau of Island Pond, and Alana Sargent of Newport; his grandchildren:  Christian Gregoire Jr., Caleb and Alexis Farley, Gabriel, Jaiden and Isabella Sargent, Jordan Sargent, and Abigail and Sarah Nadeau; his sisters:  Betty Sargent, Shirley Sargent and Nancy Pray; his niece Megan Gero; his nephew Brian Pray; and by his ex-wife Cathy Fortin and her husband, Andre.  He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Linda Carroll; his brother Leo; and by his granddaughter Courtney Sargent-Ming.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with interment to follow in the Coventry Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Amanda Farley, 142 Pine Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Merrill Alphis Sheltra

 Merrill Alphis Sheltra, 90, died on June 10, 2012, at his home.

He was born on October 19, 1921, in Lowell to Ethel Hoadley Sheltra and Alphis Sheltra.

He attended schools in Lowell.  On July 26, 1941, he married Arlene Taylor in Newport Town.  They were married for 65 years when she predeceased him on October 23, 2006.

He was a devoted and loving husband, committed to her daily care for the several months while she was in a nursing home.

He honorably served his country and the world, when he joined the Navy’s infamous Construction Battalion or “SeaBees” on July 20, 1944, in Newport.  His service in the Pacific earned him the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal.  He was honorably discharged on February 6, 1946.

In 1948 he moved his family to southern Vermont where he was employed as a herdsman at Poly Meadows in Shaftsbury.  He was a herdsman and manager at Beaver Brook Farm in Wilmington, and a herdsman and manager of the Brattleboro Retreat Farm from 1961 to 1989, where he semi-retired in November of 1989; he continued on a part-time basis.  He enjoyed volunteering at Linden Lodge Nursing Home, where he served as bus driver for the residents, drove them for hay rides in the farms wagon, and he occasionally volunteered for bingo at the home.

The Sheltras purchased a home in Guilford and moved there after retiring.  Three years later they purchased a home at 117 Fuller Drive and returned to Brattleboro.

His Masonic orders were Brattleboro Lodge #102 and Scottish Rites where he served as Past Thrice Potent Master of Webster Lodge of Perfection; Past Sovereign Prince of William Vinton Council; and Past Most Wise Master of Marsh O. Perkins Chapter of Rose Croix.

He was a thirty-second degree Mason and received the Meritorious Service Award in June of 1983 in Burlington.

He is survived by two of his three children:  Sharon Adams and her husband, Bill, of Wilmington, and Douglas Sheltra and his wife, Doreen, of Guilford; eight grandchildren:  Gregory and his wife, Brenda, Christopher (Kip) and Tina, Steven and his wife, Amy, all of Wilmington, and Jill of Stratton, Melissa Bacon of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, Heidi Sheltra and Mark of Cavendish, and Sarah Stockwell and her husband, Fred, of Putney, and Rose of Guilford; 15 great-grandchildren:  Tessa, Kevin, Lauren, Ryan, Olivia, Charlotte, Jacob, Cooper, Tyler, Alex, Anna, Katie, Sophie, Kyliegh, and Eli; and by one great-great-grandson Emmett.  He was predeceased by a son, Bradley, who died in 1961 at 2-1/2 years of age.

Funeral services were held on June 16 in Newport.  Internment followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.  A celebration of his life was held on June 17 in Wilmington.

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

Sylvio J. Williams

 Sylvio J. Williams, 91, of Brownington died on Friday, June 15, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on April 2, 1921, in Irasburg, a son of Joseph and Laura (Paquette) Williams.

Mr. Williams was a veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime, he was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railroad and after his retirement from the railroad he was a custodian for U.S. Customs in North Troy.  More recently he was a security officer in Tampa, Florida.

He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.  He was also a Knights of Columbus third and fourth degree Gibbons Council member.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, helping his family and traveling all over the United States.

He is survived by his children:  Armand Williams of Morrisville, and Theresa Mason and her husband, Brian, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Jill Chase and her husband, Ryan, of Morrisville, Jennifer Kinney and her husband, Kevin, of Derby, and Heather Mason of Derby; his great-grandchildren:  Alex and Gracie Chase, Tisha Bailey, Mya Bailey; his stepgreat-granddaughter Madison Kinney; his sister Jeanne Poulin of Newport; his special close friend Beverly Lamere of Brownington; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers:  Andre and Germain.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Brownington Center Cemetery with full military honors.

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

Services

Valmore Routhier

Committal services for Valmore Routhier will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Marilyn Page

Graveside services for Marilyn Page will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Rachel M. Couture

Funeral services for Rachel M. Couture will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Internment will be at a later date in St. Henry’s Cemetery in Aurora, Kentucky.

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June 13, 2012 Obituaries

Jean Poppy Day

Jean Poppy Day, 92, died peacefully on December 4, 2011, with her daughter, step-daughter and close friends by her side, in her home on Lake Eligo in Craftsbury.
She was born Jean Poppy Spice in Sydney, Australia, on January 14, 1919, to Irene Raymond and William Spice.
Mr. Spice was a circus artist and vaudeville performer and would occasionally run away to the circus with his beloved daughter.  Thus her talent and love for performing became evident at a young age.
Ms. Day’s outlook on life was positive.  Her artistry masked an intensely private person, a realist who deeply loved her family and took a “long view” in all matters of life.  A disciplined artist, she rose early each day to do her dance exercises, a practice that she sustained until her very last days.  She performed well into her 80s.  Until a few months before her death, she was choreographing, teaching and taking young dancers under her wing.
Her career in dance under the name of Jean Raymond began in earnest when the formidable Austrian dancer and choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser welcomed her into her company in Sydney.  Madame, as Ms. Day called her, was a pioneer of the new “modern” dance.  Madame Bodenwieser was the foremost exponent of “Ausdrucks Tanz” or “expression dance.”  Ms. Day easily moved into her new and dramatic form of storytelling, imaginative costumes, fully theatrical expression and innovative movements and she quickly became beloved to Madame Bodenwieser and to their audiences across the globe.  Ms. Day was possessed of a special radiant energy and adorned with enormous green eyes, which seemed to her fellow dancers “to hold mysteries,” but also suited her unexpected gift for comedy and mime.  When Madame Bodenwieser took the company “on tour,” the world opened to her dancers as they traveled to Australian cities, New Zealand, India, South America, and South Africa.  Ms. Day assisted Madame with public relations, and advertising.  She was also always ready to help and comfort anyone who needed it with a deep knowledge of herbs and healing energy that she had learned from her mother.
After nine years with Madame Bodenwieser’s company, Ms. Day went on to dance the leads in classical ballets in Shanghai.  Later, she moved to New York, New York, where she trained with Martha Graham and other greats of the day.
Dedicating her life to the performing arts remained important, and all prospective husbands lost out — until she met the painter Lucien Day, her “renaissance man” of the SoHo art movement.  She and Mr. Day were married in 1959, when they had a glorious honeymoon “round the world.”  In 1961, they welcomed their daughter Margot.  And from that time, Ms. Day succeeded in combining a stellar career with a rich and loving family life.
When the couple moved into a farmhouse in Craftsbury, Ms. Day resumed her interest in dance, teaching children at the Craftsbury Academy, and reviving the then empty Hardwick Town House for their recitals.  Later, she taught adult dance and fitness.  Mr. Day, an accomplished pianist, played for all of his wife’s classes and sometimes painted scenes of Ms. Day’s dancing children.
Overjoyed by the return of her family to Craftsbury, Ms. Day instilled in her granddaughters the highest ideals of breath, line, stage presence and feeling for the dance, thus realizing the true aspirations of early modern dance.  For many years, the Lake Eligo farmhouse was a center of artistic nurture for everyone who had the good fortune to cross its threshold.  Together, old and young thrived in a rich life of stories, painting, dance, bridge, music and magical formal teas in costume.
Ms. Day’s legacy continues in her daughter Margot Day Mellett’s music, poetry, and performing; her granddaughter Julifer Day Mellett’s prodigious talent for acting; and in her granddaughter and protégé Morgana Rose Mellett, who currently dances in New York City as a member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Company.
She is survived by her daughter Margot and her husband, Kurtis; her two granddaughters:  Julifer and Morgana; her younger sister Betty; her stepchildren:  Sarah and Felicity; and by her cousins in Australia.  She was predeceased by her husband Lucien Day; her stepson Chris; her brother Alan; and her sister May.
She is dearly missed.
Everyone is welcome to the memorial service for Ms. Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Greensboro United Church in Greensboro.  There will be a private reception by invitation only for family and close friends.

Polly A. Gibeault

Polly A. Gibeault, 92, of Westfield died on Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on November 20, 1919, in Troy, a daughter of Glenis and Augusta (Wright) Goulding.  On November 2, 1935, she married Adrien Gibeault who predeceased her on May 21, 1989.
Mrs. Gibeault joined her husband in the daily chores of their farm in Westfield, which she loved.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed gardening, watching birds, and attending family gatherings.  She was a former school bus driver in Westfield.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #28 of North Troy.
She is survived by her children:  Pauline Crete and her husband, Leander, of Higganum, Connecticut, Roger Gibeault and his wife, Beverly, of Westfield, Rollande Amyot and her husband, Andre Jr., of Westfield, Rachel Carr and her husband, Thomas, of Newport Center, Shirley Amyot and her husband, Bob, of Southington, Connecticut, and Dianne Starr and her husband, Jack Jr., of Bristol, Connecticut; her sister Bessie Brown of Derby; her daughter-in-law Jan Gibeault of Phelan, California; her sister-in-law Irene Goulding of New Hampshire; and by many loved grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two sons:  Paul Gibeault in 1962, and Ernest Gibeault in 2012; a brother, John Goulding; and by a sister, Gertrude Place.
Funeral services were held on June 12 in Newport.  Interment followed in Westfield Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Doris Isabel Grimm

Doris Isabel Grimm, 91, of Newport died peacefully on June 4, 2012, in Newport.
She was born in East Orange, New Jersey, the daughter of the late William and Ruth Bowman Pryce.
She was married to Walter J. Grimm of East Orange, New York, who predeceased her.  They spent many years living in Europe and in the U.S. while Mr. Grimm served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mrs. Grimm loved to be around people, most especially her family with whom she had lived for the past six years.  She had an infectious smile that endeared her to all she met.  She was an active member of Newport Baptist Church, the Newport Senior Center and Forever Young Club and attended The Meeting Place Adult Day Program offered by Northeast Kingdom Homecare.  Prior to moving to Newport in 2006, she lived in Barre, where she was a member of The Christian Alliance Church and Resurrection Baptist Church.  She lived in the Brick, New Jersey, area for many years before moving to Vermont to be near her family.
She is survived by her son Brian W. Grimm and his wife, Laurie, of Newport; and her grandchildren:  Brianna and Nathan Grimm.  She was predeceased by her daughter Lynnea Grimm Bingham.
Funeral services were held on June 10 in Newport.  Interment will be held at the Hollywood Memorial Park in Union, New Jersey, alongside her husband, parents and daughter, on Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Bernard R. “Bernie” Henault

Bernard R. “Bernie” Henault, 69, of Island Pond died on Monday, June 4, 2012, at his home, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on July 30, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of Charles and Marion (Conroy) Henault.  On July 17, 1976, he married Sharon Ryan who survives him.
Mr. Henault enjoyed politics and was an advocate for the poor.  Through the years he was involved with NEKCA and The Mini Olympics.  He was a member of many organizations and he served for years on the board of North Country Union High School.  He was one of the founding members of the Northern Community Investment Corporation, which developed a grant for the Newport Call Center.
Family was very important to Mr. Henault.  In his last few months he especially enjoyed his time with Jaelyn, his great-granddaughter, and Peter, his brother.  Mr. and Mrs. Henault had the joy of raising their granddaughters, Samantha and Calista.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Henault of Island Pond; his mother Marion M. Conroy of Norfork, Virginia; his children:  Donna Marie Sanville and her husband, Adam, of Coventry, and David R. Henault of Barre; his grandchildren:  Samantha Henault and Calista Dunnings, both of Island Pond, Justice Savole of Vergennes, Taiya and Stormie Sanville, and David Henault Jr. of Barre; his great-grandchild Jaelyn Ryan Henault; his brothers and sisters:  David Henault of Norfolk, Tom Sprague and his wife, Becky, of Suffolk, Virginia, Mike Sprague and his wife, Kathy, of Suffolk, Jeannie Conn of Texas, Peter Sprague and his wife, Liliane, of Island Pond; his brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Nelle and Neil Knapp of Arlington, Michelanne and Bill Sylvester of Arlington, and Patrick Ryan and his wife, Karen, of Keene, New Hampshire; and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on June 8 in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Verna M. Moore

Verna M. Moore, 102, of Glover died on Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Glover.
She was born on August 31, 1909, in Contoocook, New Hampshire, a daughter of Ernest and Emma (Cookson) Morrill.  In 1927, she married Ralph Moore who predeceased her in 1985.
Mrs. Moore was a bookkeeper for Barton Motors where she worked from 1941 until her retirement in 1978.
Among her hobbies, she loved playing the piano and teaching piano lessons.  She also enjoyed playing cards, knitting, and seeing her great-great-granddaughters Kaylee and Desteny.  She also sang in the church choir.  Her other interests were being with her family, teaching Sunday school, golfing, playing bingo, and bowling in the women’s league in Barton.
She held membership with the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Barton United Church and Ladies Society.
She is survived by her grandchildren:  Karen Fontaine and her husband, Marcel, Kristi Curtis and her husband, David, Sandy Smith and her husband, Barry, Steve Rollins and his wife, Laura, and Tim Rollins and his wife, Stephanie; her great-grandchildren:  Robby and Melanie Fontaine, Chad and Catherine Fontaine, Justin and Taylor Curtis, Brett Smith and his family, Jason Smith and his family, David Rollins and his family, Derrick Rollins and his family, and Christopher Rollins; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Kaylee and Desteny Fontaine, Olivia Carpenter, Ethan Carpenter, Michaela Clark, and Tyler Lamere.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two children:  Marilyn Gates and Dorothy Rollins; two brothers:  Wayne and Sheldon; and by five sisters:  Dot, Ruth, Audrey, Annie, and Lois.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Barton United Church, P.O. Box 306, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Union House Nursing Home Activity Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Eleanor Marcella Sparks

Eleanor Marcella Sparks, 84, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Newport, with her son Robert by her side.
She was born on October 7, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Lyon) Dietz.
She was an active member of the Newport branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She worked as a cook and waitress for many years in California and Vermont, having moved here in 1990 with her husband Floyd who predeceased her in 1996, and her sister Catherine Crosswaite who predeceased her in 2010.
She always worked but found time to give to her children, going for rides, amusement parks and going to Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband and children.
She is survived by her son Robert and his wife, Joan, of Cambridge; her daughter Tammy Sparks and her companion, Miguel Cazares, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Robert F. Sparks and Brianna Buck of Oregon, and Ryan F. Cazares of Oregon; her great-grandchildren:  Madison, Lilyanna and Ariella Buck of Oregon; and by her sister Gloria Correll and her husband, Ernest, of California.  She was predeceased by three brothers, and by her sister Dorothy Dietz.
Funeral services were held on June 12 in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Death notices

Cecil E. Benway

Cecil E. Benway, 84, of Glover, beloved husband of Bonnie Benway, died on Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Newport.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the Newport Center Cemetery with Pastor David Dizazzo officiating.

Merrill Alphis Sheltra

Merrill Alphis Sheltra, 90, of Brattleboro died suddenly on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home.
A complete obituary will follow.

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs

Frieda Neubauer Gibbs, 95, of Island Pond died on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Arrangements are pending.

Maurice Hugh Phillips

Maurice Hugh Phillips, 90, of North Troy and Newport died on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington.
Calling hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.  A celebration of his life will be held at the First Congregational Church in North Troy at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15.

Services

Paul “Cubby” Goulet

Funeral services for Paul “Cubby” Goulet will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 14 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond.  Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with full military honors.  A reception will follow the burial at the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond.

Alice Gillis

Committal services for Alice Gillis will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15 at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Franz Smith

Committal services for Franz Smith will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport with full military honors.

Royce Wilson

Funeral services for Royce Wilson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on June 16 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Derby Line Cemetery.

Audrey Kendel Betz

A memorial service for Audrey K. Betz will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common with Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

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June 6, 2012 Obituaries

Charlotte M. Barker

Charlotte M. Barker, 73, of Newport died suddenly on May 28, 2012, at her home.
She was born on August 20, 1938, in Portland, Oregon, a daughter of Harry and Marjorie (Brearey) French.  On May 27, 1960, she married Charles Barker who survives her.
Mrs. Barker sold Avon products for 25 years in both Maine and New York.
She enjoyed cooking, especially making pies, and the company of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Charles Barker of Newport; by her sons:  Charles Barker III and his wife, Judith, of Morrisville, North Carolina, and David Nitsch and his wife, Sharon, of Avon, New York; and by the following grandchildren:  Eric, Ryan, Kevin, Alex, Christine, and Matthew.  She is also survived by her brother Paul Brearey of Kentucky; by her sister Joanne Brearey of Syracuse, New York; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Richard Nitsch.
Services will be held at a later date in Avon.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Marcel K. Black

Marcel K. Black, 87, of Hewitt, New Jersey, died on Thursday, May 17, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
His death ended a 21-month battle with lung cancer, which he fought with grace, dignity, humor and acceptance.
His talent for writing served his career as a technical writer, but also entertained and enlightened family and friends with his essays, letters and poetry.  His love of reading, coupled with his amazing memory, lasted his entire life.
He made great use of the struggles in his own life by supporting and accepting the brokenness in others.  His children try to emulate his calm approach to unexpected troubles, and the faith that all will work out.
He loved the road, driving great distances and spending time with loved ones around the USA and Canada, even traveling to Uganda in 2009 with his church mission group.
Born the youngest of seven siblings (Wendell, Catherine, Thelma, Frances, Tom, Madeline) in Coleman, Michigan, on January 18, 1925, to Archibald F. Black and Janet McFee Black, he grew up in Michigan and attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  There he met the love of his life, Dorothy.  They were married on August 19, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, after their graduation.
Mr. Black and his wife, strong and faithful Catholics, raised their family, numbering 11 children, in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey.  All surviving Mr. Black, they are Rosemary and her husband, Steven Lopez, of Pleasantville, New York, Chris and his wife, Pamela, of South Orange, New Jersey, Maryellen and her husband, Jeff Albanese, of Goshen, New York, Janie and her husband, Denny Powers, of Scarborough, Maine, Peggy and her husband, Glenn Savage, of South Orange, Dorothy and her husband, Tim Barnes, of Hewitt, Nancy and her husband, Ron Tompkins, of Annandale, New Jersey, Paul and his wife, Joanne, of Newton, New Jersey, John and his wife, AraLyn, of Takaka, New Zealand, Barbara and her husband, Steve Price, of Scarborough, and Betsy Black of Maplewood, New Jersey.
After raising their children, they relocated to their beloved Highland Lakes, New Jersey, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Mrs. Black, an accomplished lawyer, died suddenly in 1996, after which Mr. Black remained the glue binding his family together.
On September 20, 2003, he married Huguette (Desjardins) McA’Nulty of Orleans.
He is survived by Ms. McA’Nulty and her children:  Debbie and her husband, Paul Cianciulli, Celeste and her husband, David Molnar, Andrew McA’Nulty, Matthew and his wife, Catherine, and James McA’Nulty.  He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on May 22 in Highland Lakes.  Interment followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Hardyston Township, New Jersey.
Should friends desire, memorial gifts may be sent to the American Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, Virginia 22038.  Condolences may be found at www.fergusonvernonfuneralhome.com.

Andru Dell “Andy” Johnson

Andru Dell “Andy” Johnson, 29, of East Charleston died suddenly on May 27, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on November 27, 1982, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 2001 and later completed an electrical journeyman course and became a licensed electrician.
He enjoyed building things, tinkering around the house and he played soccer during his school years.
He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, kindness, striving for sense of peace and dedication to everything he did.  We love you darling, your family.
He will be missed more than the heart can bear by his parents:  Debi and Neil Mead; and by his precious daughter Rabecka.  Sharing in profound grief are his brothers and their families:  James, Philip and Bo Johnson; his maternal grandparents:  Brenda and Bob Thomas; his stepbrothers:  Christopher and Joseph Mead; and his nieces and nephews:  Kaydence and Blane Johnson, Lauren, Jacqueline, Caroline, Joey, and Owen Mead.  He was dearly loved by his aunts and uncles and their families:  Kristin and Terry Webb, Dale Mead, Mike and Judy Mead, Sarah and James Moulton, and Ida and Bob Davio.  He will also be mourned by his dear friend Andrea Royer and her family; and by his many dear friends.
Funeral services were held on June 2 in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Fire Department, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Gerald H. (Jerry) LeMoine

Gerald H. (Jerry) LeMoine died on May 29, 2012, in Glover.
He was a resident of Union House Nursing Home in Glover for the past four months.  He died peacefully with friends at his side.
Mr. LeMoine was born in St. Johnsbury in 1918, son of Fred and Ruth (Wheeler) LeMoine.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served on the U.S.S. Massachusetts until he was wounded and was honorably discharged in October of 1945.
He worked in New Haven, Connecticut, at the Winchester Repeating Arms and also at Goodyear Tire.  He also worked as a maintenance and painting contractor at Jay Peak and for Francis McDowell, a painting contractor in St. Johnsbury.
He married Charlotte Hall who predeceased him.  They had two sons:  Forrest and Bradley.
He married Carol on October 1, 1992, the love of his life, so he used to say.  They took many trips to Wells, Maine.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, his friends and rides in the country.  He loved making people laugh, especially his caregiver Bonnie.
He leaves his wife Carol; his sons:  Forrest LeMoine and his wife, Melanie, of Shelburne, and Bradley LeMoine and his friend, Debbie Lawrence, of Greensboro; by his stepchildren:  Joe Hall of Waltham, Massachusetts, Ginny Perry and her husband, Wilfred, of Brownington, Jon and Jane Hall of Pennsylvania, and Beatrice and Bill Boyden of Townsend, Massachusetts; by his grandchildren: Jeremy LeMoine and Lucas and his wife, Rose, of Florida, Marisha of Shelburne, Lilly, Bailey and Zoe of Brownington, Aislin, Elisabeth and Riley of Townsend, Tref Hall of Marion, Pennsylvania, and Ceilidgh, and Devany of Massachusetts; and a very dear friend and care giver, Bonnie Young.  He is also survived by a niece, Carol, and her husband, Bernie, of Tolland, Connecticut, and by many friends.  He was predeceased by a sister, Alene.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Lyndonville Cemetery in Lyndonville on Saturday, June 16, at 1:30 p.m., with the Reverend Donald Vincent officiating.  A luncheon will follow at the Glover Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Union House Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

John P. Murphy

John P. Murphy of Craftsbury Common died on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, after a 20-year fight with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1927, to John and Mary Murphy.
Mr. Murphy went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University (’50), a master’s degree from Yale University (’63), and professional master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School (’63).  He began his banking career at First National Citibank in 1951, going on to become a distinguished international banker, holding executive positions throughout Latin America, Australia, Europe, Canada, New York and Florida until retiring to Vermont in 1985.
Mr. Murphy remained active, serving on a number of boards and working on his land.  His orchard was a source of particular pride and gave him immense pleasure.
While working in Santiago, Chile, during the 1950s, Mr. Murphy met his wife of 57 years, Lucia Anwandter with whom he had five children:  Peter, Kathleen, Clare, Anthony (who is now deceased), and Anne; and eight grandchildren.  He is survived by his sister Kathleen; and by many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on May 26.  Interment followed in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136-1494.

Service

Florence (Swett) Guyette

Committal services for Florence (Swett) Guyette will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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May 30, 2012 Obituraries

Charles Cavan Meese

Charles Cavan Meese, 57, known to all as “Chuck,” died suddenly on May 20, 2012, at his home in West Glover.
His death was caused by complications related to his diabetes.
Mr. Meese was born on January 18, 1955, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He was the second child and only son of Nelson and Rose Meese.  He spent his early childhood in suburban Harrisburg, near the Susquehana River, where he learned to fish with his dad.  When he was 11, the family moved to Warner Robins, Georgia.
Mr. Meese graduated from Warner Robins High School in 1972, where he was senior class president and active in the high school debate team.  He attended Valdosta State College in Valdosta, Georgia, on a debate scholarship.  During 1976 to 1977, he attended San José State University in San José, California, where he studied children’s theater.  After his return to Georgia, he co-founded Nacoochee Scrap Theater, based near beautiful Lake Burton in the mountains of northeast Georgia.
He moved to Vermont in 1986.  He quickly began to make his mark as an accomplished musician, actor, and puppeteer in the state’s artistic community.  Performances eventually numbered in the thousands.  Mr. Meese has performed with all of his three sons, first with Cavan and Noah, as Chuck Meese and Sons, beginning in 1984, and later with Jan, who from an early age began playing a variety of string instruments beside his father.
In 1994, Mr. Meese co-founded Red Wing Puppet Theater, which traveled widely throughout Vermont and New England, bringing original puppet shows and musical virtuosity to schools, libraries, and community theaters.
He will be remembered by many as the guitar playing, joke-cracking, master of the theater at The Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, a summer program for Vermont teenagers, where he has served as faculty for over 20 years.  He had great love for this project in particular and the many people, young and old, that he was able to teach and learn from.
Mr. Meese performed in the Bread and Puppet Theater’s Domestic Resurrection Circuses from 1979 to 1998, and he toured extensively with Bread and Puppet during the mid-80s and early 90s.  From 1994 until 1996, he was technical director of the Fine Arts Center at Castleton State College.  He has also performed with Sara Peattie’s Puppet Coop for many years.
Many other Vermont groups and organizations have benefited from Mr. Meese’s talents.  Over the years he has performed with the Vermont Stage Co., as Still Friends with Geof Hewitt and Dennis Murphy, and with the Vermont Young Playwrights Project, with whom he also taught hundreds of playwriting workshops in elementary and high schools throughout the state.
He is survived by his three beloved sons:  Cavan Meese, 34, of West Glover, Noah Meese, 31, of Waterbury, and Jan Meese, 16, of Brookline, Massachusetts.  He is also survived by his only sister, Anne Pacosa, and her husband, John, of Warner Robins, Georgia; his nephew Josh Pacosa, and his wife, Sarah, of Asheville, North Carolina; and by many friends who were like family to him.
Mr. Meese was active, enthusiastic, and prolific until his untimely death.  He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service was held on May 27 in Calais.  Please watch for an announcement this summer of an event to further celebrate his life.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chuck Meese Memorial Fund, a fund established to support Jan in furthering his education.  Donations may be sent to Chuck Meese Memorial Fund, TD Bank, 424 Main Street, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Chuck Meese in eight acts
by Joseph Gresser

When Chuck Meese acquired a quatro, a Latin American version of a ukulele, it inspired this piece of silliness, which he performed at the Northeast Kingdom Music Festival in 2008. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Chuck Meese was a consummate showman.  His satisfaction came from building a performance that worked for its audience, rather than looking for applause for himself.
He did whatever was necessary to make a show work, whether that meant running lights, coaching other performers or taking the stage himself.
Chuck was a superb guitarist, but he never played to show off.  He knew that sometimes plunking a single string and then staring down the audience would get more of an effect than playing a dazzling passage.

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Chuck and his first wife, Stephan, ran a theater in Georgia, and with their two children Cavan and Noah, came to Vermont to visit, and then joined the Bread and Puppet Theater.
Their theater mixed puppetry, music and stilt dancing, among other styles, so they were a perfect fit.
Chuck adored Cavan and Noah, and when he came along, Jan.  He created acts for them when they were very young and continued to perform with them whenever he could.  All three are exceptional performers, although Noah retired early from the stage.

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Even though his long hair and scraggly beard hid most of it, Chuck’s face was extraordinarily expressive.  He had piercing eyes and used them well in his show.  When he worked with a partner, such as his good friend, the poet Geof Hewitt, he would gaze raptly as if to demand that the audience share his admiration.
Other times his gaze, coupled with a sardonic smile, sharpened a joke.  He had a long-running gig playing and singing at a Montpelier dive called Charlie O’s.  Chuck once told me of his satisfaction with the reception he got there by singing the Sacred Harp song, “Idumea.”
He’d sing the line describing “a land of deepest shade, unpierced by human thought,” and slowly look around the dimly lit room.  It always brought the house down, Chuck said.

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Chuck was easy going and, in general, great fun to tour with.  But everyone who ever went out on the road with him knows that he had one crotchet.  He insisted that it was uncool to be seen after a show in the Bread and Puppet’s white stage outfit.
As soon as a show ended, Chuck disappeared and changed into his street clothes.  Now, by no stretch of the imagination was Chuck a Beau Brummell.  But somehow it always took him exactly as long to get dressed as it took everyone else to strike the show and pack it onto the bus.
Chuck would then show up, look around with satisfaction and say, “Let’s go back to the hotel and watch the crap out of the TV.”  Of course, he didn’t say crap.

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A small quirk like that was easy to tolerate because Chuck was really generous with his time and talent.  At one point, when the company really was in desperate need of a bass drummer, he undertook to tutor me.
Chuck played the snare drum in the Bread and Puppet band.  He wore a civil war style drum fitted with a little high hat, that he wore slung off his hip and rocked with an offhand air.
He very patiently explained the basic duties of a bass drummer, and played his snare as I tried to follow his instructions.  We played together a few times, until he found someone competent to take my place.
When we did play, I would look over at him to see his eyes fixed on me with a look of intense pity.

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Chuck wasn’t afraid of simplicity.  With Shelley Valfer, another of his close friends, he put together a little show extolling the virtues of wooden as opposed to plastic cutting boards.
The show was punctuated by the singing of a little ditty:  “Plastic or wood?  Plastic or wood?  Plastic is bad.  Wood is good.”
I know someone who saw that show as a child and still sings that tune often.

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The company traveled to Brazil in 1994.  On that trip a bunch of us took a bus ride across the expanse of Sao Paulo to visit a friend who lived in that city.
Chuck had his guitar, and a couple of guys from Sao Paulo figured out he was from the U.S. and began pestering him to play them some Elvis Presley tunes.  Chuck obliged and we drove through the darkened streets of Sao Paulo listening to Chuck’s custom jukebox.
It was on that trip that Chuck met Graciela, who he soon married.  Their son Jan started playing professionally before he reached his teens, and gravitated to many of the same tunes Chuck played through that Brazilian evening.

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I ran into Chuck one day in St. Johnsbury just before the start of a street show.  He was painting a ping-pong ball with rubber cement.  He didn’t explain, but smiled when I asked what he was up to.
Soon he was surrounded by a crowd of children and their parents.  He sang, performed with his puppets, and in general kept the crowd firmly in the palm of his hand.
Toward the end of the show he took out the ball and threw it high into the air and caught it on the end of his nose.  With his arms held out he made a big show of balancing it and when the crowd roared its approval he bowed deeply.
The ball stayed firmly in place, stuck to the rubber cement with which he had coated his nose.
I walked away thinking that it was a clever trick.  I was a couple of blocks away before I realized that getting the ball to land on his nose really was a trick.
Chuck was willing to hide what must have been days of practice, just to get the laugh.

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It was probably possible to dislike Chuck, but it would have taken effort.  I never met anyone willing to work that hard.
It was much, much easier to love him.

Clifton C. Cargill

Clifton C. Cargill, 81, beloved husband of Mary Cargill of Derby, died on May 24, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on March 22, 1931, in Newport, a son of Clifton E. and Mary S. (Shasteny) Cargill.  On June 11, 1955, he married Mary Brainard who survives him.
Mr. Cargill served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.  Mr. Cargill enjoyed camping, playing baseball and bocce, woodworking, tinkering, and attending his daughter’s softball games.
Mr. Cargill was known for being a handyman.  He was a former member of the Morgan Center baseball team and the “Old Timers’ League” in Newport.
He is survived by his wife Mary Cargill of Derby; five children:  Debbie Gendreau and her husband, Steve, of Derby, Michael Cargill of Lyndonville, Clifton John Cargill and his wife, Penny, of West Charleston, Sarah Anne Cargill Donovan and her husband, Jim, of Newport Center, and Casey Cargill of Derby; five grandchildren:  David Gendreau, Anne Bouchard and her husband, Nick, Jessica Maxwell and her husband, Eric, Casey “CJ” Cargill, and Hunter Cargill; five great-grandchildren:  Ben and Bria Bouchard, Harlee Hannux, Jaden Gendreau, and Mackenzie Maxwell; a brother-in-law, John Brainard of Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Virginia Lepporoli, of Dummerston; an uncle, Lyle Cargill, and his wife, Edith, of Derby; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Cargill.
A graveside service was held on May 29 at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Derby Line Ambulance, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Gordon Gerald Harlow

Gordon Gerald Harlow, 78, longtime resident of Essex, died unexpectedly on May 6, 2012, while on vacation in Florida with his wife and best friend, Jenny.
Mr. Harlow was born on March 2, 1934, in Irasburg, the son of the late Gerald Arthur Harlow and Madeline Rose Philips.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1952, and was presently serving as vice-president of his sixtieth reunion committee.
Quiet and strong in every role of his life — son, nephew, grandson, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend — these are the qualities we remember most.  His legacy is his wry smile, his integrity, his love of golf, dancing, baseball and fishing.  He serviced his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960.  He was instrumental in laying out the runway at Edwards Air Force Base that was used for the B-52 and then ultimately as a landing site for the Space Shuttle.  His proudest moment in the service was pitching for the Air Force baseball team in a championship game in Hawaii.  He was a perfectionist, but in an endearing way.  We will miss his way of doing things, and his filing and keeping records and finding just the right box for whatever you needed; there is love in order.
He retired from Pizzagalli Construction Company.  He was proud of his 25 years there as chief field engineer.  He loved being a land surveyor; he was licensed in five states and was president of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors.
He is survived by the love of his life and partner in marriage for 55 years, Jenny Colleen (Marcotte) Harlow; four children:  Julie and her husband, George Abraham, of Westbrook Connecticut, Jerry of Harrison, New York, Cathy and her husband, Bill Corbin, of Underhill, and Jim and his wife, Elizabeth, of Milton; his sister Gloria Riley of Orrington, Maine; nine grandchildren:  Jackie, Gordy, Kevin, Sam, Cam, Jamie, Casey, Chase and Leah; several nieces and nephews; and by many, many friends.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, in Essex Junction.
Donations in his name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163.
To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

Roger L. Perkins

Roger L. Perkins, 76, of Mansfield, Connecticut, formerly of Lebanon, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, quietly at home with his family at his side, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
He was born in Westmore on November 21, 1935, the son of the late Clifton and Greta Perkins of Westmore.  He was in the U.S. Air Force.
He met his late wife Barbara R. Roberts and they were married on December 19, 1959.  They were married for 48 years.  She passed away in 2008.  After they were married they moved to Connecticut where Mr. Perkins worked on the Strauss Dairy farm in Lebanon for 25 years.  It was a hard living but the family had a lot of good times.  They would go iceskating, snowmobiling, and they played in the Ten Mile River as kids.
After leaving farming, Mr. Perkins did a lot of different jobs.  He enjoyed working with his hands.  He made a waterfall that came down to his fish pond.  He had a beautiful flower garden.  He enjoyed being a prankster, picking on people and his family.  He enjoyed gardening and enjoyed his family.
He is survived by his son Ronald Holmes and his wife, Kathy, of Westmore; a daughter, Randi Henry, and her husband, Michael, of Lebanon; a daughter, Lisa Bussiere, and her husband, Thomas, of Pratt, Kansas; a daughter, Tami Simonds, and her husband, Sean, of Mansfield; a daughter, Carri Hunting, and her husband, Karl, of Ashford, Connecticut; a brother, Larry Perkins, and his wife, Judy, of Westmore; a sister, Pauline Simmons, and her husband, Bob, of Claremont New Hampshire; a sister, Avis Elliott, and her husband, Earl, of Danville; a sister, Betty Simmons, and her husband, Frances, of Middlebury; a brother-in-law, Charles Roberts, of Barton; and by a sister-in-law, Nancy Roberts-Schweitzer, and her husband, Albert, of Lebanon.  He also leaves 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; parents-in-law; his brothers:  Alvah, Clifton, and Raymond; and a sister, Arlene.
His family will have a remembrance on Saturday, June 9, at the American Legion Hall in Lebanon from noon to 5 p.m.  His burial will be in Westmore at Lake Willoughby Cemetery on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m..
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.
For an online memorial guest book, visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Rene Perron

Ronald Rene Perron, 70, of Haddam Neck, Connecticut, husband of Helen (Sheltra) Perron, died on May 20, 2012, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut.
Born on September 6, 1941, in Barton, he was the son of Almy (Shatney) Perron and the late Rene Perron of Glover.
He lived in Haddam Neck for 50 years.  He graduated from Barton Academy and Vermont Technical College, and then worked for the Connecticut Highway Department for 35 years.  He was also a licensed real estate broker and a landlord.  He was an original member of the Haddam Neck Volunteer Fire Department and a former deacon at the Haddam Neck Congregational Church.
Mr. Perron traveled extensively and was a great sports enthusiast and an avid hunter.  He loved visiting with people, sharing stories and telling jokes.
Besides his wife, he leaves his mother Almy (Shatney) Perron; a son, Neal Perron of Cromwell, Connecticut; a daughter-in-law, Tammy Perron of Cromwell; five sisters and brothers-in-law:  Linda and Michael Bradford of Orange, Connecticut, Marlene and Bill Dennen of Colchester, Connecticut, Donna and Rick Godbout of Southport, North Carolina, Diane and Ed Blodgett of Barre, and Bonnie and Don Morin of Richmond; two grandchildren:  Dharma and Sophie Perron; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held in Haddam Neck on May 24.  Interment was at the Rock Landing Cemetery in Haddam Neck
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Glover Community Church Steeple Fund, in care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.

David E. Provencher Sr.

David E. Provencher Sr., 73, of Newport Center died on May 21, 2012, in Newport.
He was born in 1938 in Gorham, New Hampshire, a son of Joseph and Mary (Goodno) Provencher.  In 1959, he married Cecile LaFlamme who survives him.
Mr. Provencher worked for Columbia Forest Products in Newport from 1969, and retired in 1996.  He was greatly involved in bringing the computer age to Columbia Forest Products both in the office and in the manufacturing area.
He enjoyed spending time with his family at his camp in Maine and collecting and trading antiques. He was a member of the Elks, the Fostoria Glass Society, and the historical societies of Memphremagog, Greenwood, Maine, and Gorham, New Hampshire.
He is survived by his wife Cecile Provencher of Newport Center; three children:  Denise Piette and her husband, Real, of Newport, Donna Young and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and David Provencher Jr., MD, of Tampa, Florida; his grandchildren:  Amanda and Jason Piette, Elizabeth, Jacqueline, Rebekah, and Victoria Young; his great-granddaughter Abigail Brand; and by three brothers and sisters:  Phyllis Baillargeon of Dover, New Hampshire, Joan Bennett of Gorham, New Hampshire, and Richard Provencher of Waterbury.  He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Provencher.
Funeral services were held on May 25 in Newport.  Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Avenue, second floor, New York, New York 10001-5004; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Death notices

Carol C. Wheatley

Carol C. Wheatley, 85, of Glover, beloved wife of Don Wheatley, died on May 25, 2012, in Newport.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the Glover Community Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Ellen R. Hommel

Ellen R. Hommel, 90, of Orleans died on May 25, 2012, in Derby.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Services

Glen Goodwin

Committal services for Glen Goodwin will be held on Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Cemetery.

Patricia Kilborn

Committal services for Patricia Kilborn will be held on Friday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Philip Demers

Committal services for Philip Demers will be held on Friday,June 1, at 2 p.m. at the North Troy Cemetery.

Otis Doncaster

Committal services for Otis Doncaster will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Rita Bowen

Committal services for Rita Bowen will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Marlington Center Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Thomas S. Ballou

A celebration of life for Thomas S. Ballou will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the American Legion in Newport.

Michael J. Atwood

A celebration of the life of Michael J. Atwood will be held at the field by his home off the Creek Road in Craftsbury, on Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Friends may bring a finger food to share at the table.

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