Kathryn Emily Blair
Kathryn Emily Blair, 64, died on Saturday, September 17, at home surrounded by her family.
Ms. Blair was born in St. Johnsbury on September 21, 1946, to the late Wayne and Alice Blair. She was predeceased by her husband, William Engelmann, on May 21, 2011. Mr. Engelmann and Ms. Blair were the lights of each other’s lives, finding a perfect balance, partnership, and joining of families. Ms. Blair was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Ms. Blair spent her early years roaming the hills of East Lyndon, playing board games, the piano, and cooking. She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1964 and then attended Lyndon Teacher’s College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1968. She taught in Barton Graded School and later had the opportunity to fulfill her dream of teaching in the one-room school house she attended as a child. When the Red Village School closed, she continued her career at Lyndon Town School. Ms. Blair dedicated 40 years to her passion of teaching. She was a Special Olympics coach with her husband for several years where they later led the Caledonia County Olympians to new levels. She enjoyed many passions, including crafts, scrapbooking, knitting, antiquing, cooking, preserving family history, and hosting family gatherings.
Ms. Blair was blessed with her daughter, Jennie, and Mr. Engelmann’s children, Billy and Lori. Her children taught her the importance of unconditional love, exceeding expectations, and the joy of her own family. She was a dedicated and tireless mother. She opened doors for Jennie that children continue to benefit from today. Ms. Blair remained an advocate for people with special needs into her retirement.
Ms. Blair leaves behind her daughter Jennie E. Blair of Lyndonville; Mr. Engelmann’s children: William T. Engelmann II and his wife, Michelle, of Sutton, and Lori L. Robinson and her husband, Donald, of Steep Falls, Maine; four grandchildren: Rayne and Devin Engelmann of Sutton, and Olivia and Abigail Robinson of Steep Falls; her sister Deborah A. Gorham and her husband, Warren, of Kirby, and their children Cheri, Pam, Joani, and Brian; her brother Peter H. Blair of Lyndonville, and his children Holly, Cody and Merrill; Mr. Engelmann’s loving and supportive family, many special friends, and many who benefited from knowing Ms. Blair.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearson’s Funeral Home in Lyndonville. A celebration of Ms. Blair’s life will be held on Saturday, September 24, at 11 a.m. at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, on Church Street in Lyndonville. All are invited to join the reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ms. Blair’s memory may be sent to the Kathy Blair Youth Scholarship Fund, care of Debbie Gorham, 478 Barnes Brook Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
To sign an online memorial, please visit www.pearsonsfh.com.
Donald J. Dandanell
Donald J. Dandanell, 70, of Albany died on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at his home in the loving care of his wife and family.
He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on January 25, 1941, a son of Elof and Marie (Dillon) Dandanell. He graduated from high school in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the New York School of Design.
On January 28, 1967 he married Janice Brokaw whom he had met at Sugarbush Ski Area. For a short while they had an Ayrshire Dairy Farm in Morgan, and later made their home in Warren, Connecticut, until 1999 when they moved to their home in Albany.
Mr. Dandanell was a member of the Northville Baptist Church in Connecticut and later of the Albany Church in Vermont. He worked many years in Connecticut as an iron worker and was a longtime member of the Ironworkers Local #424.
He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, riding his four-wheeler, gardening, kayaking, and skiing. He also enjoyed woodworking and church activities.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; a son, Chris Dandanell of Glover; a daughter, Nissa Budrow and her husband, Chris, of Providence, Rhode Island; two grandchildren: Bethany Owens and Stephen Mattingly; a brother, Richard Dandanell and his wife, Mary, of Brookfield, Connecticut; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Olsen of Danbury, Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Barbara Seidler and her husband, John, of Charlottesville, Virgina; and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Robert Dandanell.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 24, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Methodist Church, with Pastor Nathan Strong officiating. Interment will follow in the Albany Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Upper Valley Hostel, 17 South Street, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755; or to Teen Challenge Vermont, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.
Aline Marie-Rose (Desjardins) Guillette
Aline Marie-Rose (Desjardins) Guillette, 95, of Derby died on September 17, 2011, in Newport surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Guillette was born in Canada on January 3, 1916, a daughter of Ovila and Florina (LaMarche) Desjardins.
Mrs. Guillette was a loving mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and she was very special to her family. Lovingly called “Memere,” she filled her home with smiles, hugs, and fresh-baked goods. She was always busy. She constantly had crafts that she enjoyed creating: beautiful handmade quilts, crocheted afghans, knitted mittens and slippers, and many, many other projects. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, and baking.
Most of all, she loved to play piano while her husband, Wilfred, played the violin. They made wonderful music together and she would accompany him whenever he played at schools or nursing homes. The Guillette home was always filled with food, music, and love.
On September 28, 1935, she married Wilfred Guillette, who predeceased her in 2004.
She is survived by her children: Denise Pateneaude and her husband, Maurice, of Derby, Robert Guillette and his wife, Germaine, of Derby, and Rachel Campbell and her husband, Maurice, of Island Pond; by 11 grandchildren, over 30 great-grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her in-laws: Theresa Beauchesne, Andre Guillette, and Irene Guillette. She was predeceased by her son, Raymond, and by her brothers and sisters: Lucien, Wilfred, Fernande, Simone, Ernest, and Laurette.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Guillette’s memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Susan M. Jarzyna
Susan M. Jarzyna died on Friday, September 2, 2011, at home in the company of her husband, son and cousin.
Ms. Jarzyna was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on February 16, 1954, the first child of Rose and Leo Jarzyna. Ms. Jarzyna grew up in proximity to her grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins, who shared birthday celebrations, holidays, particularly Christmas Eve dinners, Easter, and July 4th celebrations, and the joy and closeness an extended family brings.
A graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School, Ms. Jarzyna received a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, where she studied fine arts, weaving, and graphic arts. She was working as a graphic artist in Holyoke when she met her future husband, who was a columnist with the Transcript-Telegram newspaper.
Ms. Jarzyna married Ross Connelly on September 28, 1985, in the side yard at her parents’ home in Holyoke. They moved from that western Massachusetts town to Chatham, Massachuetts, on Cape Cod, where they lived before moving to Hardwick in 1986 when they bought The Hardwick Gazette.
As co-publishers, Ms. Jarzyna and Mr. Connelly took a newspaper that was an integral part of the community and led the Gazette staff to receive about 50 awards for excellence in journalism on the state, regional, national, and international levels. Ms. Jarzyna was committed to the newspaper but the Hardwick Historical Society was her passion. She was a trustee of the organization and found great satisfaction in designing many exhibits that are at the society’s home in the town’s old depot and were displayed over the years at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge.
She also pursued her interest in Hardwick’s history by collecting postcards of the town, which accompanied her ever-growing postcard collections of Holyoke and Martha’s Vineyard.
Ms. Jarzyna loved to travel, a trip to Egypt and Israel with one of her aunts being one of her fondest memories, and a trip to Colorado to take her son, Sawyer, to college in 2010 was one of her most meaningful. She, her husband, and her son spent many short breaks on Martha’s Vineyard, where Ms. Jarzyna loved to walk the island’s beaches and collect rocks, shells, driftwood and beach glass. She also loved the trips they took to visit Boston museums and the New England coast, where she took delight in helping her son develop an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. She enjoyed many day trips to towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts where she soaked up as much as she could of the local history.
Ms. Jarzyna enjoyed meeting people and was admired for her warmth by colleagues and people whom she knew only briefly. She was a strong, principled person who had a deep sense of justice, fairness, and a commitment to equality and inclusion. She was a person who cared deeply about others and put others above herself. She was generous in her giving to others and genuine in her appreciation of all. Ms. Jarzyna never lost her will to embrace life. She said she was not afraid of dying, having accomplished much and battled her disease for so long, but frustrated at knowing there were so many things she still wanted to do.
Ms. Jarzyna is survived by her husband, Ross Connelly, of Hardwick; their son, Sawyer Jarzyna Connelly, of Hardwick; by her mother, Rose Jarzyna, of Holyoke; her sister, Betsy Heigle and her husband, Tom, of Amissville, Virgina; her brother, Michael Jarzyna, of Holyoke; her sister-in-law, Janet C. Young, and her husband, Lowell, of Guilford; and by her many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ms. Jarzyna donated her body to the College of Medicine of the University of Vermont.
A celebration of Ms. Jarzyna’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at the Hardwick Town House, with a reception to follow at the Hardwick Depot.
Donations in Ms. Jarzyna’s memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or the Hardwick Historical Society, 47 Depot St., Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Donnal Dean Maloney
Donnal Dean Maloney Jr., 60, of Beebe died on Saturday, September 17, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
During his final hours, Mr. Maloney was surrounded by his loving family, sharing many memories with them, including his beloved daughter, Maia (via cell phone), from London, England.
He was the beloved son of Dean and Rita Maloney, born in Newport on August 7, 1951.
Mr. Maloney was a passionate and gifted math and science teacher. During his teaching career, he taught middle school, high school, and college students in the Newport and Orleans area. His gift of teaching touched many students of all ages.
Mr. Maloney was a graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Columbia University in New York City and obtained his master’s degree from Johnson State College in Johnson.
He was a talented pianist and he was also an avid cyclist, mountain climber, skier, and traveler. One of his greatest trips was with his son Seth (the light of his life) to the beautiful southwestern United States.
Mr. Maloney leaves many loving relatives including his parents, Dean and Rita Maloney of Newport; his son Seth Maloney of Hardwick, his daughter Hiata and her husband, Steffan, of Duxbury, and his daughter Maia and her husband, Jess, of London, England. Mr. Maloney was predeceased by his son, Ben, in 1985. He also leaves behind his sister Darin (Dari) and her husband, Norm, of Monkton; his uncle Andy and his wife, Wanda, of Derby; his aunt Pat of Bradenton, Florida; his dear cousins: Skip and his wife, Val, of Coventry, Rick and Ann of Newport Center, Terry and his wife, Julie, of Burlington, Gigi and her husband, Tony, of Derby, Tonya and her husband, Jeff, of Ferrisburg, Tina and her husband, Harold, of Montpelier, and Jim and his wife, Sue, of Milton. He also leaves behind many close friends and colleagues throughout Vermont and the United States.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line.
In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, in care of Rita Maloney, 90 Seymour Lane, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Andre A. Paquette
Andre A. “Andy” Paquette, 81, died August 20, 2011.
Born in Vermont, he was a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts over 50 years; and previously lived in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He was a U.S. Army peacetime veteran. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 20 years as a truck driver for H.P. Hood & Son in Agawam, Massachusetts.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Theresa (Choquette) Paquette; two sons: Gil Paquette of North Carolina and Gary Paquette of Wisconsin; three daughters: Susan Buckmaster and her husband, William, of Texas, Donna Bihler and her husband, Kurt, of East Longmeadow, and Monica Stechshulte and her husband, Nick, of Georgia; two brothers; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A funeral Mass was held in Springfield, Massachusetts in August. Interment followed in the Veterans’ Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0142.
Lloyd H. Paris
Lloyd H. Paris, 87, of Pudding Hill in Lyndonville died on September 17, 2011, surrounded by his family.
Since February 2011 he’d been a resident of St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, battling a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Paris was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on February 25, 1924, a son of Robert and Mabel (Gero) Paris.
Mr. Paris loved his family and he loved farming. In 1956 he and his wife, Beverly, bought their farm on Pudding Hill where they built a life for themselves and their children. Together they created many fond memories that are cherished by the family to this day. Through the years he served as a fence viewer and lister for the town of Lyndon, as well as a member of the board of directors for Cabot Farmers Cooperative. He unconditionally put caring for his beloved family and his animals before himself. He loved all animals, large and small, and often referred to them as his silent friends.
Mr. Paris was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Naval Air Force in the South Pacific from October 1942 through the end of the war.
He is survived by his wife Beverly (Dopp) whom he married on March 3, 1948; their four children: Sharon Burnham of Danville, Cynthia McKnight and husband, Fred, of Peacham, Laurene Daniels and husband, Brian, of Brunswick, Maine, and Eric Paris and wife, Cathleen, of Lyndonville; nine grandchildren: Scott, Jason, and Kelly Burnham, Dylan and Tristan McKnight, Joseph Daniels and Meghan Cidlowski, Bonnie and Benjamin Paris; and his two great-grandsons, Hudson and Liam. He was predeceased by his parents and five brothers: Richard, David, Donald, Robert, and Harold.
The family will observe their services privately with burial at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lyndon Dog Pound, care of Cindy Cady, P.O. Box 211, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.
Robert M. Pettee
Robert M. Pettee Jr., 58, of Coventry, Connecticut, formerly of Winthrop, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on September 9, 2011.
He was born the beloved son of Barbara M. and the late Robert M. Pettee Sr., and dear brother of Wayne Pettee and his wife, Michelle, of Winthrop and Brian Pettee of Simi Valley, California. Mr. Pettee was the beloved father of Robert M. Pettee III of Charlotte, North Carolina, and stepson Scott Blodgett of Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Pettee is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will forever be remembered for his kind heart and loyal friendship.
A memorial service was held Saturday, September 17, at the United Methodist Church in Winthrop.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Pettee’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, Massachusetts 02241-7005. Memories and condolences may be shared at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&;pid=153631989.
Pauline Irene (Bullis) Sourdiff
Pauline Irene (Bullis) Sourdiff, 100, died on Sunday, September 4, 2011.
She was born April 10, 1911 in Beebe, a daughter of Nelson and Ellen Elie. She married Albert Bullis on May 25, 1930 and started their family in Newport. Together they raised seven children until his death.
In October of 1977 she married Joseph Sourdiff and added his six children into her family.
Mrs. Sourdiff was predeceased by both Mr. Bullis and Mr. Sourdiff; a daughter, Arlene; her sons: Lawrence and Bruce; and by her stepdaughters: Leona and Arlene. She is survived by her daughters: Gloria and Beverly; her sons: Paul and Ronald; her stepdaughter, Pearl; her stepsons: Norman, Ronald, and Richard; and by several generations of grandchildren.
A funeral service was held in Essex Junction on September 9.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home, her friends and caregivers for all their love and support.
Chester E. Taylor
Chester E. Taylor, 80, of Coventry died on September 14, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on January 14, 1931 in Irasburg, a son of Peter and Lena (Smith) Taylor. On June 25, 1955 he married Virginia Mae Bowen who died on November 30, 2010.
Mr. Taylor retired in 1995 after 38 years with the Vermont Department of Transportation where he served as the district supervisor. His civic contributions included Coventry Village Selectman from 1968 to 1970 and Water Commissioner from 1972 to 2009 (37 years). He was a lifelong member of the Eureka Grange of Coventry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being the village go-to man. Mr. Taylor took great pleasure in helping others, he was known by many, and respected by all.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his children: Valerie and Brad Autry of Garland, Texas, Carleen and Mark Leonhardt of League City, Texas, Brian and Christine Taylor of Milton, and Steve Taylor and Sara Wright of Coventry; his grandchildren: Evan and his wife, Allie Autry, Tyla Autry, Courtney and Austin Leonhardt, Jenna and Jacob Taylor, and David, Kaitlyn, and Anthony Wright; his brother Bernard Taylor of Newport; his sisters-in-law: Dorothy Taylor of Troy and Lorraine Bowen of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and other relations. He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Taylor and his sister Eula Desbiens.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. A memorial and remembrance service will be held at a later date.
Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, on behalf of his dog, Colin. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.