Obituaries December 26, 2012

Gordon Laclair

Gordon Laclair

 Gordon Everett LaClair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth Martin

Ruth Martin

Ruth Mae Martin

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Willmot.

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

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

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

Harry Porter

Harry Porter

Harry A. Porter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger Ricard

Roger Ricard

Roger H. Ricard

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his sister Rachel Ricard.

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

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

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

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson

Richard Kenneth Richardson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie Colburn Wilcox

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her brother Gordon in 1999.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

 

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Obituaries December 19, 2012

Maureen O’Donnell

Sharon Maureen O’Donnell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christine Beerworth

Christine Mary Beerworth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Burke

Robert A. Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andre Gaudreau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leo Paul Pare

Leo Paul Pare

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

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

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

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

He is survived by his children:  JoAnne Ellam and her husband, Craig, of Derby Line, Michael Pare and his wife, Tina, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ronald Pare and his wife, Karen, of Helena, Montana, Robert Pare and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Paul Pare and his wife, Kim, of Keene, New Hampshire, and Carole Rosario and her husband, Tony, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Jeffrey Ellam, Michael Pare Jr., and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chavez and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare, Meghan and Kristen Pare, and Morgan and Nicholas Pare; by his great-grandchildren:  Keara and KeAhna Chavez and Makaela and Zaidyn Pare; by his brother and sister-in-law Gaston and Rita Lefebvre; and by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

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

William Riggie

William Knost Riggie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wendell C. Rivers Jr.

Wendell C. Rivers Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries December 12, 2012

Henry Labrecque

Henry J. Labrecque

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darrell Maskell

Darrell Darwin Maskell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Obituaries December 5, 2012

Joseph Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lorene Liberty Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Desneiges Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcel Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Izola Magoon

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

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

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

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

There will be no local services.

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

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

Frederick Tourangeau

Frederick T. Tourangeau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Whitcomb

Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb

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

He was born on May 9, 1930.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 James M. Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Obituaries November 28, 2012

Helen L. Bernier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph E. Gibney

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

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

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

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

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

Roy Ingalls

Roy Ingalls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Gerhard Krieble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert J. Wright

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Tallman of Alaska.

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

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

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

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

Ruth Naomi Young

Ruth Naomi Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring interment will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

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

 

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Obituaries November 21, 2012

David B. Bradley

David B. Bradley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andre G. Geoffrey

Andre G. Geoffrey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Spencer Lawson

William Spencer Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie J. Provencher

Bonnie J. Provencher

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her son Jonathan.

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

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

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

Edith Ida Savoy Sloan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph J. Tinker

Ralph J. Tinker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries November 14, 2012

Michael P. Bartolomeo

Michael P. Bartolomeo

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Thibeault.

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

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

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

Ronald B. Simons

Ronald B. Simons

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brother Adam Simons in 1987.

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

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

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Obituaries November 7, 2012

Robert Castle

The Reverend Robert W. Castle Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Driver

David Errol Driver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne Haney

Wayne E. Haney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Obituaries October 31, 2012

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve A. Fournier

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

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

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

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

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

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries October 24, 2012

Frederick and Yvonne Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Germain “Jim” Fournier

Germain E. “Jim” Fournier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Audrey J. Libby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his son Mark in 2004.

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

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

David J. Murray

 David J. Murray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vivian E. Whipple

Vivian E. Whipple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marilyn J. Wade

 

 Marilyn J. Wade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Kil “Kim” Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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