February 15, 2012 Obituaries

Leo L. Barrett Jr.
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Leo L. Barrett Jr., 83, of Derby died on February 8, 2012, in Newport.
Mr. Barrett was born on June 6, 1928, in Medford, Massachusetts,the son of Leo Sr. and Annie Irene (Roach) Barrett. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Corrie Barrett.
He resided in Gloucester, New Bedford, Milton and Newburyport, Massachusetts, and later in Wilmington, Deleware, before moving to Vermont. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Alaska. He was an ordained Episcopal priest for 25 years, serving churches in Massachusetts and Delaware.
In 1980, he moved to Vermont and owned the General Store of Barton. In 1983, he began working as an alcohol and drug counselor for Northeast Kingdom Human Services. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. He loved boating and working with wood.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Corrie, of Derby; by his children: Leo Barrett III of Delaware, Nancy Turner and her husband, David, of Delaware, Christopher Barrett and his wife, Betty, of Newport Center, and Jonathan Barrett and his wife, Grace, of Delaware; by his grandchildren: Natalie, Audrey, Beth Ann, Samantha , and Matthew; and by his great-grandson, Matthew. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Elizabeth Cope and her husband, Joel, of Brighton, and James Landolt and his wife, Bess, of Virginia; and by his stepgrandchildren: Alex, Sam, and Ben. He was predeceased by a sister, Irene I. Barrett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, on Thursday, February 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will take place in Acushnet Cemetery, Acushnet, Massachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Northeast Kingdom Human Services, 154 Duchess Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Michalla “Micki” Bowen
Michalla “Micki” Bowen, 45, died on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with her family by her side.
She was born on March 8, 1966, in Newport, a daughter of Douglas Bowen and Sandra Rooney Bowen.
Ms. Bowen was a graduate of Peoples Academy. She worked for many years as a housekeeper at various resorts in the Stowe area. She enjoyed going to lawn sales and recently took up kayaking. She was very particular about keeping her home clean. Most of all she was dedicated to her family.
She is survived by her children: Scott A. Nelson and his fiancée, Tasha Lehouillier, of Hyde Park, and Hilary Braun of Morrisville; by her mother Sandra Bowen of Hyde Park; by her father and stepmother, Douglas Bowen and Ione Armstrong of Albany; by a sister, Penny Herman, and her husband, Michael, of Brownington; by her special grandmother, Josephine Bowen of Morrisville; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by a son, Corey Lee Nelson, in 1982.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 16, at 1 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home, 165 Brooklyn Street, in Morrisville. Interment will be in the spring in Coventry.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; or to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.



Marjorie Burdick
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Marjorie Ella Noe Rossier Burdick, 93, of Orleans died on Monday, February 6, 2012, in Glover.
Born May 3, 1918, in North Derby (what is now East Main Street in Newport), she was the middle child of Henry and Lucinda (Kinney) Noe.
She attended schools in Orleans and decided not to attend high school, so her mother had her take the eighth grade over again, a common educational practice of the time.
Her first husband was Bernard L. Rossier Sr. He was hurt in a severe accident at the Anderson Manufacturing Company in Orleans, and was hospitalized for the rest of his life. She then married Willard “Gus” S. Burdick, who died February 12, 1984.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Burdick enjoyed various clubs and activities in and around Orleans. She belonged to the Pythians, the Christmas Club, the bowling league (winning many trophies), and she was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #23 in Orleans, a job she held a few times.
One of her most favorite activities was bingo. She enjoyed it and played the game all over Orleans County, as well as at the Union House in Glover.
Baptized an Episcopalian, Mrs. Burdick belonged to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport, as well as Orleans Federated Church.
She is survived by her two sons: Everett “Nick” and his wife, Cora Ann, of Albany, and Lawrence and his wife, Gertrude, of Orleans; by her daughters-in-law: Eileen of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Susan of Brownington Center, and Tracey of Derby; by her 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, as well as by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and both of her husbands, she was predeceased by two daughters: Christine and Patricia; three sons: Bernard, Edwin, and Terrence “Terry”; two grandchildren, her big sister Dorothy, and her little sister Stella.
Funeral services were On February 11, in Orleans. Spring burial will be in the family lot at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to The Union House Nursing Home, care of the Activity Fund, Main Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Anita M. Hill
Anita M. Hill, 88, of Newport Center died on February 6, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on November 4, 1923, in Newport Center, a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Mason) Collins.  On February 12, 1941, she married Clarence Hill who predeceased her in 2006.
Mrs. Hill retired in 1985 after working as a cook at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home for 19 years. Her hobbies included making quilts, painting, doing jigsaw puzzles, going to yard sales and caring for her Great Dane dogs, in the past, which she truly loved. She was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends.
She is survived by her two sons: Gilbert Hill and his wife, Linda, of Lowell and Richard Hill and his wife, Claudette, of Newport Center; by her six grandchildren: Susan LeBlanc, Barbara Hill and her companion, Scott Gray, Lisa Pion and her husband, Frances, Mary Hill, Erin Oeschger and her husband, Scott, and Michael Hill; and by her 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence Hill, and by three brothers and three sisters.
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-converse-rushford.com.



Ruth Jackman
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Ruth Jackman, 85, of Lyndonville died on Monday, February 6, 2012, at her home in Lyndonville.
Born on June 10, 1926, in Sutton, she was the daughter of Clyde and Ruby Ethel (Davis) Jackman Bigelow.
Ms. Jackman graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1944. She was a school teacher for many years in Barton and Stowe. She knitted hats for the newborns at Copley Hospital for many years as well. She was a longtime member at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church.
She loved to make her own greeting cards, knit, scrapbook, go to the band concerts, read, play Yahtzee, put together puzzles and volunteer at her church. She also loved the trips that she made during the holidays to see her “adopted family.”
She leaves her “adopted family:” Mary and Michael Murray of Jericho, Brittany and Daniel Forthun and their son, Alex, of Essex, Eric Murray of Jericho, Michaela Murray of Jericho, Bruce and Ann Brooks of Navarre, Florida, Bob and Vicki Brooks of West Burke, Linda and Dick Brummel of Northfield, Illinois, and Raymond and Sigrid Brooks of Lyndonville. She also leaves her cousins: Lorraine and Joseph Millay of Springfield, Norma and Carl Hackett of Derby, Wayne and Fern Leland of Florida and Tillie Pierce of Massachusetts.
Funeral services were on February 11, in Lyndonville.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Lyndonville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 543, 100 Church Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Her online guestbook can be found at www.pearsonsfh.com.



Barbara Marsh
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Barbara Marsh, 80, of Orleans died on February 10, 2012, in her home.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Stanley Marsh, who died in 2007.
She is survived by her five daughters and one son, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She also has seven brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Marsh loved “mystery rides” and spending time with her family. She had a passion for life that was contagious to anyone who knew her.
At her request, there will be no services, but anyone who would like can honor her with a donation to their local animal shelter.



Dorothy A. Marsh
Dorothy A. Marsh, 92, of Winooski died on February 8, 2012, at her home in Winooski.
She was born October 3, 1919, in Unity, Maine, a daughter of George and Myrtle (Ward) Ashford. On October 5, 1945, she married Max Marsh who predeceased her in 1980.
Mrs. Marsh graduated from Unity High School in Unity in 1938. Her many hobbies included cooking, knitting, crocheting, working on puzzles and she was an avid cat lover.
She is survived by her son Leroy Marsh of Hendersonville, Tennessee; by her daughter Faye Brunelle and her husband, Stephen, of Huntington; by her two grandchildren: Adam of Hendersonville, and Max of Denver, Colorado; and by her nieces and nephew: Rae Rudisill of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Brian Clifford of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Brenda Booton of Port Orange, Florida, and Rita Ashford of Maine. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Ashford; by two sisters: Louise Lufkin and Evelyn Clifford; and by her daughter-in-law Patricia Marsh.
Funeral services were held February 13, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Disabled Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Marie B. McOsker
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Marie B. McOsker, 95, of Derby, formerly of Portland, Maine, died on February 12, 2012, in Derby.
She was born on December 14, 1916, in Peabody, Massachusetts, a daughter of Arthur and Ella (Martin) Henshaw. On April 21, 1939, she married Leo F. McOsker who predeceased her.
She graduated from Saltonstall High School in Salem, Massachusetts. Her hobbies included reading, knitting, and gardening.
She is survived by her children: Nancy Fontaine and her husband, Luke, of Derby, and Robert McOsker and his wife, Hue, of Vienna, Virginia. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Kevin, Coleen and Jennifer McOsker. She was predeceased by a son, William McOsker, and by two brothers: Arthur and Francis Henshaw.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Franz Austin Smith
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Franz Austin Smith, formerly of Newport, died on February 10, 2012, at his home in Lyndonville, after battling cancer.
Son of Raymond and Anna (Franz) Smith, he was born on August 21, 1927. He served for his country in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946 and again from 1950 to 1953. Mr. Smith worked as a tradesman while attending college. He graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959.
Following college, he worked as a school teacher from 1959 until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Smith taught his students as he lived his life, humorsome, methodical and caring.

Besides college, his accomplishments included a lifelong membership in the American Legion, owning a garage and service station in Lyndonville, obtaining a license in real estate, acquiring a lifetime membership of the Vermont Vocational Teacher Association, and past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an active member of the Football Association, the Lions Club, and the NRA.

His pastimes included hunting, fishing, and boating. He enjoyed his time as a ski instructor, Vermont State Police Auxiliary Trooper, Orleans County Deputy Sheriff and member of the Newport Police Department.

Mr. Smith was an accomplished entrepreneur and a beloved family man.

He is survived by his loving companion of 22 years, Beverly Tripp; and by his family: his son William Smith, his daughter Jetta (Smith) Grant, his five granddaughters and his nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Jetta (Ramsey) Smith; by his daughter Toni Smith; and by two sisters: Vivian Monahan and Delores Towle.

Graveside services will be held in the spring, with notification with time at a later date.

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

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February 8, 2012 Obituaries

Robert Marvin Cady
Robert Marvin Cady, 54, of Irasburg, a former resident of the St. Johnsbury, Morrisville and Orleans areas, died on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington.
He was born in Barre on March 31, 1957, the son of the late Cleon Cady Sr. and Nellie Richardson Cady of Hardwick.
Mr. Cady worked as a carpenter most of his life until failing health forced his retirement. He enjoyed his family, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by a son, Errol Cady of Littleton, New Hampshire; by his mother Nellie of Hardwick; by two brothers: Frank Cady of Hardwick and Richard Cady and his wife, Carol, of Coventry; by two sisters: Beverly Patrick and her husband, Vernon, of Hardwick and Lucille Foss of Albany; and by many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his father and two brothers: Cleon Cady Jr. and Raymond Cady.
Friends are invited to a time of remembrance on Saturday, February 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common. Spring interment will be in the Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerald M. Carpenter
Gerald M. Carpenter, 62, of Bristol, Connecticut, died on Monday, January 30, 2012, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Carpenter was born May 30, 1949. He was the son of Chester Carpenter and the late Wilma (White) Carpenter. He grew up in Newport, where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated high school. He continued his education and received his master’s degree in physical education. For many years, he had been a physical education teacher in the Bristol school system where he was very much loved and admired by his students and peers.
He and his late wife, Carol, were affectionately involved in the Special Olympics Program and had worked with many athletes through their involvement. Mr. Carpenter was a certified track and field official for the U.S. Olympics, with a concentration on the long jump and field events.
He was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Bennington. His strong abiding faith changed his life and helped to sustain him in the last months of his life.
He leaves his father Chester Carpenter of Newport; his sister Kathy Carpenter of Newport; his fiancée Roberta McLaughlin of Bennington; and his aunts and cousins.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Carpenter will be held February 18, at 11 a.m., at United Church of Derby in Derby.
Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to the United Church Food Shelf, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Bristol Special Olympics, care of David Levesque, 32 Collier Avenue, Bristol, Connecticut 06010; or to Missionary Alliance Church, Crescent Boulevard, Bennington, Vermont 05201. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Local arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
Era Louise “Lou” Barney Chapman
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Era Louise “Lou” Barney Chapman, 79, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, died on Monday, January 30, 2012, in Muskogee, with her loving family by her side.
She was born December 8, 1932, in Orleans, to Chester Barney and Ida Christine Falcon Barney. Mrs. Chapman attended Orleans High School, graduating with the Class of 1950. She furthered her education by attending Salem Hospital School of Nursing in Salem, Massachuetts, and Mass Memorial Hospital School of Radiology in Boston, Massachusetts. She advanced to the top of the x-ray department for the State Hospital of Vermont. Mrs. Chapman also worked as a property manager.
Mrs. Chapman met and later married Arch S. Chapman on December 10, 1955, in Orleans. They recently celebrated 56 years together.
Mrs. Chapman is survived by her husband, Arch S. Chapman; by her daughters: Kay Louise Chapman Stahly and her husband, Daniel, of Goshen, Indiana, and Kimber Rose Chapman of Fort Myers, Florida; by her son Kirby C.R. Chapman of Muldraugh, Kentucky; by her sister Evelyn Webster and her husband, Dick, of Tulare, California; by her grandchildren: Justin Robert Hinga of Norfolk, Virginia, J. Claypool of Fort Myers, and Kathryn Louise Hinga of Fort Wayne, Indiana; by her great-grandsons: Ethan William Hinga and Landon Wesley Hinga, both of Norfolk. She was predeceased by her parents; by her brother and sister-in-law, Ike and Ann Barney; and by her mother-in-law Maxine Chapman.
The family requests memorials to be made to the local area literacy council of your choice.
Memorial services were held February 2 at the Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Gerard L. DeLaBruere
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Gerard “Jerry” DeLaBruere, 83, of Derby died on Thursday, January 26, 2012, in Lake Worth, Florida, after a short illness.
He was born August 12, 1928, in Stowe, the son of the late Hector Boucher DeLaBruere and Florentine Lestage of Coaticook, Quebec. Mr. DeLaBruere married Cora Lavertue of Norton on August 23, 1947, who predeceased him after 63 years of marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. DeLaBruere worked together on their different dairy farms in West Charleston, East Burke and Newport Center where they raised their children. Upon retiring from farming, they settled in Westfield for over 26 years. While there, Mr. DeLaBruere was employed by the Benedictine sisters of the monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for 21 years as their custodian. He retired from that position and in 2003 moved to Derby where he vigilantly cared for his wife for seven years at home until she died in October 2010.
In his younger years, Mr. DeLaBruere was very active in his church in the Cursillo, Ultreya Movement and the Knights of Columbus. In his retirement he continued to participate and rely on his church community for strength and spiritual support. His great faith brought him through many difficult times and losses throughout his life. Not only was he a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather but he was a reliable neighbor and friend, always ready to help someone in need. He enjoyed playing cards, bingo and many other games. Mr. DeLaBruere will always be remembered for all the stories he had to tell. He was never at a loss for words.
Mr. DeLaBruere is survived by his ten children: Arlene and her husband, Daniel Fortin, of Derby Line, and their children: Julie and Greg; Suzanne and her husband, Deacon Malcolm Zellner, of Daphne, Alabama, and their children: Francis, Ashley, Rachael, Peter and Stephen; Daniel and his wife, Carol Lynn, of North Troy and their children: Anthony, Matthew, Daniel and Stephanie; Lucille and her husband, Marvin Kupperblatt, of Morgan; Rose and her husband, Colonel Gaston Bathalon of Maynard, Massachusetts, and their children: Amanda, Emilie, Phillip, and Jeffrey; Andrew and his wife, Kathy, of Derby and their children: Jessica, Rebecca and Joshua; Dennis and his wife, Aline, of Newport Center and their sons: Jason, Bradley, and Kevin; Peter of Methuen, Massachusetts, and his sons: Dominic, Paul and Michael; Patricia and her husband, Doncarlos Davis, of South Burlington and their daughters: Hilary and Tanya; and Marie of Colchester and her son, Isaac. He also leaves over 20 great-grandchildren, his three brothers and three sisters: Eugene and his wife, Maureen, of Newport Center, Giles and his wife, Christine, of West Charleston, John and his wife, Helena, of Newport, Helene Routhier of Lantana, Florida, Jeanne Harvey of Canaan, and Louise and her husband, Noel Boutin, of Sherbrooke, Quebec; his sister-in-law, Jeannette, and her husband, Michael McCoy, of Tucson, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. DeLaBruere was predeceased by two daughters: Rachel and Anne; his great-grandson Jeremiah; his brothers: Roland, Maurice, Roger and Rene; his sister Therese; and by many in-laws.
An hour of visitation at 10 a.m. will be held at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Derby Line on Friday, February 10. This will be followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. DeLaBruere’s name may be made to Hospice at the Orleans and Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Final arrangements were done under the care and direction of Avatar Cremation Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Alice Marie Duchesneau
Alice M. Duchesneau, 79, of Palm City, Florida, died on January 30, 2012, at the Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida, following a short illness.
Born December 15, 1932, in Auburn, New Hampshire, she had been a resident of Palm City for 19 years after moving from Barton.
While living in Barton, Mrs. Duchesneau helped her husband, Roland, operate the Blue Grill Restaurant. She also operated a daycare and she worked at the C&C Supermarket. For many years, she volunteered at the Barton Public Library. After moving to Palm City, she was employed at Walgreens.
Mrs. Duchesneau was a kind, gentle woman who was known for her love of nature which she shared with all of us. Her long walks in the evenings were her favorite part of the day. With her special call, the blue heron that frequented the small pond behind her Palm City home would come to her to be fed as well as the ducks that would come to the front door and wait for her.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 60 years, Roland Duchesneau of Palm City; by her sons: Mark Duchesneau of Providence, Rhode Island, David Duchesneau and his wife, Julie, of Williston, and Philip Duchesneau and his wife, Beverly, of Albany; by her daughter Annette Sparks and her husband, Doug, of Gladstone, Oregon; by her brothers: Joseph and Paul Houle of Manchester, New Hampshire; by her sister Anita Perkins of Milton, New Hampshire; as well as by her six grandchildren: Mark Jr., Kerry, Aaron, Katy and Jordan Duchesneau and Blake Sparks.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 901 Southeast Johnson Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34994. Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Homes Palm City Chapel. An online registry is available at www.foresthillspalmcityflorida.com.
When I Must Leave You
When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears and hug your sorrow to you through the years, but start out bravely with a gallant smile; and for my sake and in my name, live on and do all things the same, feed not your loneliness on empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways, reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near, and never, never be afraid to die, for I am waiting for you in the sky.
Harold Gabucci Jr.
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Harold Gabucci Jr., 58, of Westfield died on Friday, February 3, 2012, in Newport.
He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 2, 1953.
Mr. Gabucci spent most of his life in Connecticut before moving to Vermont with his wife in 1991. He was a former employee of the Hospital of St. Raphael for over ten years and he also worked as a real estate agent for several years. He graduated from the University of New Haven and he was a past member of the Marchegiana Club. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and caring for his horse, Ben.
Mr. Gabucci and his wife, Debora, loved to travel. Most memorable was their time spent in Alaska. He also enjoyed taking his daughter fishing.
He owned and operated Gabucci Rubbish Removal and he always enjoyed friendly visits with his customers as he went about his daily runs.
He is survived by his wife Debora Gabucci and by his daughter Danielle Gabucci of Westfield; by his parents, Terese and Harold Gabucci Sr. of Northford, Connecticut; by his brother Mark Gabucci and his wife, Joanne; by his sister Gina Gabucci and her partner, Nancy Gierwielaniec; by his mother-in-law Averil DeMichael; by his sister-in-law Sharon Lynn; by his brother-in-law Steven DeMichael; and by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will take place in Westfield Cemetery in Westfield.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in North Branford, Connecticut.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury,Vermont 05819. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gerard “Lucky” Marcel LaPlume
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Gerard “Lucky” Marcel LaPlume, 62, of Westfield died on February 4, 2012, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born March 3, 1949, in Newport, a son of Rosaire and Loretta (Cyr) LaPlume. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport.
Mr. LaPlume was a self-employed construction truck driver, dairy farmer and logger. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
His hobbies included Party Poker, NASCAR, with his favorite being Dale Earnhardt, wintering in Florida in his RV, camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with his dog, Abby, and his cats, Lily and Hemi. He also enjoyed his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner.
He held memberships with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7779 of Hyde Park.
He is survived by his children: Melissa Mount and her husband, James, of Westfield and Jason LaPlume and his wife, Julia Gregory, of Westfield; by his granddaughter Laura Lee Mount; by his fiancée Leona Burleson of Westfield; and by his brothers and sisters: Yvan LaPlume and his wife, Connie, of Westfield, Guy LaPlume and his wife, Rita, of Milton, Andre LaPlume and his wife, Jan, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, Yvette Sheltra and her husband, Paul, of Irasburg, and Rachel Exell of Independence, Louisiana; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by his lifelong friend Real Verdon of Wilburham, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
M. Louise Marsh
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M. Louise Marsh, 94, of Newport died on January 31, 2012, in Glover.
She was born January 1, 1918, in Meriden, Connecticut, a daughter of Clifford and Marguerite (Hoyt) White. On April 19, 1941, she married Maurice Marsh who predeceased her on December 26, 1986.
Mrs Marsh attended Derby schools, Goddard Seminary, Boston University and Burlington Business College. She held memberships with the Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Unit #21 Auxiliary where she was past president, the United Church of Newport where she was a member of the Circle of Friends, and she was a member of Community Circle. Mrs. Marsh was an avid reader, politically active and was always surrounded by her books.
She is survived by her children: Deborah Dillard of Suffolk, Virginia, Susan Barnett and her husband, Roy Jr., of North Troy, and Stephen Marsh and his wife, Alma, of Newport Center; by her four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; by her sisters- and brother-in-law: Ruth Marsh of Derby, Dorothy Marsh of Winooski, and Chester Carpenter Jr. of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Daniel in 2007, by her sister Wilma Carpenter, and by her brother Clifford White Jr.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Green Mountain Farm to School, 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Union House Nursing Home Activities Fund for Special Projects, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Belinda Jean “Bonnie” Percy
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Belinda Jean “Bonnie” Percy, 52, of Rutland died on Friday, January 27, with her loved ones by her side after a brief illness.
She was born April 3, 1959, a daughter of Lester and Jean Percy of North Troy.
Ms. Percy was in the care of Allison and Howard Grant for the past 30 years. She had many friends in the Rutland area including her special friends Linda and John Franzoni of Poultney. She loved visiting her Mom and Dad, Sweetie the cat, riding in the car, outings to see her friends, rocking, “eating,” going for walks, being near water, shopping, and music.
She is survived by her father and mother, Lester and Jean Percy; by her brother Dennis Percy and his wife, Pam, of Derby; by her sister Susan Henry and her husband, Chris, of Hinesburg; by her sister Cathy Hartley and her husband, Gerry, of Fairfax; by her brother Mike Percy and his wife, Rhonda, of Holland; by her many aunts and uncles: Dorcus and Bruce Jones of Derby, Betty and Dallas Curtis of Alabama, David and Donna Percy of Gilman, New Hampshire, Cynthia “Cindy” Smith of Newport, Donald Percy of Massachusetts, Delores and John Lussier of Massachusetts, Gary Percy of Newport, Debbie Lucas of Coventry, and Stanley “Sonny” and Cynthia Swett of Newport; and by her nieces and nephews: Melanie, Tara, Kelsey, Kyron, Joshua, Miranda, Caleb, Jasmine, Joe, Aubrey, April, Ashley, and Joshua. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, George and Georgia Percy; by her maternal grandparents, Harold and Honora Swett; and by her uncles and aunts: George Percy Jr., Roger Percy, Ron Percy, Harold Swett Jr., Dean Swett, her “special auntie” Virginia Wallace, Stanley Swett, Mary Swett, and Melvin Swett.
A celebration of her life will be at the discretion of her family.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to Special Olympics Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2S, Burlington, Vermont 05403. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Dustin Christopher Roberts
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Dustin Christopher Roberts, 16, of Newport Center died on February 3, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born December 12, 1995, in Newport, a son of Charles and Shannon (Lesperance) Roberts.
Dustin was a sophomore at North Country Union High School. His hobbies included hunting, ice fishing, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his father Charles Roberts of Newport Center; by his mother Shannon Lesperance of Brownington; by his brother Kaden Prue of Brownington; by his sister Alanna Prue of Brownington; by his maternal grandparents, Gordon and Carolyn Lesperance of Westfield; by his paternal grandparents, Steve and Marie Roberts of Newport Center; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Vermont Children’s Hospital, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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February 1, 2012 Obituaries

Sheila (Goss) Davis
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Sheila (Goss) Davis, 70, of Lyndonville died on Monday, January 23, 2012, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, surrounded by her family, after suffering a severe stroke.
She was born on February 10, 1941, in Burlington, the daughter of Burns and Katherine (Hately) Goss. She was a 1959 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy.
She was married to Eugene Carl Davis who predeceased her on April 25, 1969.
Following two years of  college, she was employed by the Caledonia County Department of Social Services until 1962, when she began her family. While raising her family, she was a Tupperware dealer and host in the area. After the family was raised, she worked for Murphy’s Electric for several years and for the past 15 years she was employed by Northern Petroleum (Dead River).
Her pastimes included knitting, going on bus tours, traveling with family and friends, photography, and watching NASCAR. She was a longtime member of TOPS and was a 26-year member of KOPS.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her longtime companion of 25 years, Larry Welch.
She is survived by a son, Kevin Davis, and his wife, Sandy, of Lyndon; a daughter, Tamela Hastings, and her husband, Edward, of Lyndonville; a brother, Lester Goss of Barnet; eight grandchildren: Jonathan Davis of Sutton, Michael Davis, Samantha Davis and Nicole Davis, all of Lyndonville, Amanda Amadon of Lyndonville, Joshua Hastings, Cassandra Hastings and Christopher Hastings, all of Lyndonville; a great-grandson, Matthew Duda of Lyndonville; her very close sister-in-law Vivian Fox; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the extended Welch family.
Funeral services were held January 26 in Lyndonville. Burial will be held in the Lyndon Center Cemetery in Lyndon.
To view an online guestbook, go to www.pearsonsfh.com.
Dorothy Mae (Herman) Emerson Lontine
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Dorothy Mae (Herman) Emerson Lontine, 77, died on January 23, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by her loving family.
On November 4, 1951, she married Wayne Emerson who predeceased her on May 19, 1977. In 1978 she married Roland Lontine who survives her.
Mrs. Lontine was a cook at the former Royal Restaurant, Frank’s Steak House, Miss Newport Diner, and the Prouty Inn. Her hobbies included playing bingo, word searches, making puzzles, and going for rides.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.
She is survived by her children: Shirley Lague and her husband, George, of Derby, Barbara Hammond and her husband, Eric, of Derby, William Emerson of Orleans, Beverly Coffey and her husband, John, of Ingleside, Ontario, Wayne Emerson and his wife, Lisa, of Troy, Deborah McTheeny and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Nancy Dewing and her husband, Brian, of Coventry; by 19 grandchildren; by 27 great-grandchildren; by her stepchildren: Richard Lontine of East Berkshire, Paul Lontine and his fiancée, Sonia Elwood, of Franklin, Bruce Lontine and his wife, Brenda, of Tennessee, Bobby Lontine and his wife, Sharon, of Swanton, Lynn Lontine and her friend, Dan Scott, of Newport, Steven Lontine and his friend, Melissa Smith, of Newport, and Roland Lontine Jr. and his fiancé, Dale Bartlett, of Franklin; by 19 step-grandchildren; and by 26 step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased her stepdaughter Lisa St. Francis in 2008, by her daughter-in-law Donna Lontine in 2008, and by her mother Pauline Green.
Funeral services were held January 27 in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Oliver J. Poginy
Oliver J. Poginy, 96, of Derby died on January 22, 2012, in Newport.
He was born November 8, 1915, in Newport, the son of Edward and Asilia (Labounty) Poginy. On October 7, 1947, he married Mary Marshall who predeceased him on June 20, 2007. He entered the United States Army and served his country during World War II. He farmed in Newport Center most of his life and then he worked at Union Butterfield’s in Derby Line until his retirement.
He is survived by his children: James Poginy and his wife, Natti, of Nagatucket, Connecticut, Jane Abbott of Lyndonville, Carolyn Heath and her husband, Jerry, of North Hyde Park, Barbara Fisher and her husband, Gordon, of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Jerry Poginy and his wife, Margie, of Newport; by seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; by several step-grandchildren; by his sister Marie McManus of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were held January 27 in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Marie L. Smith
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Marie L. Smith, 76, died on Friday, January 27, 2012, at her home, after a long illness.
She was born on August 18, 1935, in Norwood, Massachusetts, a daughter of Napolean and Rose (Walker) Lacasse.
She and her husband, Bill, have lived in the Newport area for many years where they brought up their children. Mrs. Smith held different jobs but was very proud when she got her broker’s license and worked with Jetta Smith before becoming associated with Century 21, and between the two had over 20 years in real estate. She served in several different positions for the city of Newport for 20 years.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made 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-converse-rushford.com.



Lucille M. St. Onge
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Lucille M. St. Onge, 87, formerly of Newport Center and Derby died on Friday, January 27, 2012, in Newport, after a long illness.
She was born January 3, 1925, a daughter of Lucius and Mable (Bowen) Davis in Island Pond.
Mrs. St. Onge was primarily a stay-at-home mom, but found time to be a supervisor of housekeeping at North Country Hospital from 1973 to 1978, and she also worked at Newport Plastics, Ames Department Store, and did a lot of knitting at home.
She and her husband, Ross, owned their own camper, which they enjoyed very much.
She enjoyed playing bingo, arts and crafts, cooking, including making many wedding cakes in the 1950s and ’60s. She especially enjoyed family gatherings.
Besides her husband, Ross, she is survived by her children: Bonnie Draper and her companion, Charles Brissette, Steven Rexford, and Gary St. Onge and his companion, Linda Robertson; by the following grandchildren: Michael Millette and his wife, Jodi, Michelle Moore, Darcy Rippon and her husband, Dale, Lisa McGinnis and her husband, Todd, Craig Rexford and his wife, Melissa, Tanya Searles and her husband, Lar, Dan Rexford and his fiancée, Jessica Clark, Todd Draper and his wife, Vikki, and Tara Wright and her husband, Shawn; by 16 great-grandchildren; and by her sister Priscilla Murphy. She was predeceased by her first husband, Francis Rexford; by two sisters: Norma and Joyce; by a son in-law, Reginald Draper; and by a daughter in-law, Gail Rexford.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home on Wednesday.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. St. Onge’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Chapter, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Activities Fund, care of Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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January 25, 2012 Obituaries

Michael “Mike” J. Atwood
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Michael Jon Atwood, 49, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at his home in Craftsbury.
He was born in Bellows Falls on November 12, 1962, the son of Eugene “Jack” and Jeanette (Brown) Atwood. Mr. Atwood graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1981.
He then served with the U.S. Marines including service in the Beirut, Lebanon, action.
Mr. Atwood was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post #9653 in Morrisville.
He returned home to work on the family dairy farm. When he stopped farming, he continued to dabble in raising pigs and chickens, selling eggs under “Happy Hen Acres,” and assisting in helping and taking care of his parents.
Mr. Atwood enjoyed time with his son, Justin, whether it be when they were hunting, fishing, trapping, ice fishing or four wheeling together. He also coached baseball, basketball and was a big sports enthusiast for Craftsbury students, being a recipient with Janet Cote one year of the Friends of Education Award from Craftsbury Schools. He enjoyed Boy Scouts and was a big Yankee fan. He was a member of the Trapper Association.
He leaves his longtime fiancée of 26 years, Janet Cote; his son Justin Atwood; and his parents, Jack and Jeanette, all of Craftsbury; a sister, Vicki and her husband, Douglas Jasman, of Montpelier; two brothers: Eugene Atwood Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of East Hardwick and Jeff Atwood and his wife, Diane, of East Albany; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many extended family and friends; and his two dogs: Jacklyn and Roxie.
The family will receive friends at the United Church of Craftsbury on the Common, in the dining hall, on Sunday, January 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rita Bowen
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Rita Bowen, 87, of Derby Line died on January 11, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on July 27, 1924, in Bristol, England, a daughter of Edward and Maude (Cowlin) Merrick. Ms. Bowen was a Certified Nurses Aide at a nursing home in Hanover, New Hampshire. She also worked at the Snag Proof Co. in Beebe, Quebec, for many years. She enjoyed attending the Cornerstone Church in Derby, going for rides with her friend Earl Laber, Sunday outings, making raspberry rhubarb pie, watching wildlife, playing bingo, traveling with her daughter Barb, reading, and listening to Bible verses.
Ms. Bowen is survived by her two daughters: Barbara Letourneau and her husband, Philip, of Derby Line and Carole Duquette and her husband, Raymond, of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren: Gerald Letourneau and his wife, Kelley, Deborah Pare and her fiancé, Martin, Jeanne Holmes and her husband, David, Philip Letourneau Jr. and his wife, Sandy, Penny Williams and her husband, Rod, Hiedi and Carson Williams, and Toby Lizotte and his friend, Darlene; her great-grandchildren: Kelley Letourneau, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare and his friend, Ginny, Joshua, Cole, and Logan Letourneau, Corey Holmes and his wife, Wendy, and Madison Letourneau; and also by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Maude Probert; by her brothers: Edward Cowlin and Philip Probert; and by a great-granddaughter, Angelica Letourneau.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28 at the Cornerstone Church, on Quarry Road in Derby, with the Reverend Glenn Saaman officiating. Friends may call on January 28 at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Carlton F. “Tink” Clark
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Carlton F. “Tink” Clark, 74, of Holland died on January 20, 2012, at his home in Holland, with several loving family members present.
He was born in Brattleboro, a son of Carlton and Mabel (Goodell) Clark. He spent most of his life in the southern Vermont area. He served in the United States Navy Air Dale Division from 1955 to 1958, where he was stationed in Guam. He married Frances Wright in 1959.
He worked for Fiber Mark, a paper manufacturing plant, for 27 years before retirement. He was also a well driller for Green Mountain Well in the ’60s, and he was involved in the drilling of a well on top of Mount Mansfield for the ETV antenna site. Later, he went on to earn his Vermont State Master Plumbing license and ended his career at Fiber Mark.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark vacationed in the Northeast Kingdom for several years before moving to their home in Holland in 2005, which he loved along with many of his neighbors and friends.
He was a tinkerer and could fix almost anything, much to the delight of family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, making several trips on top of Putney Mountain with his three grandchildren for a hot dog roast on a Sunday afternoon, and sugaring with his son and grandson. Mr. Clark was a member of the American Legion Post #21. He was a very good-natured man and never complained during his illness. One thing that he never missed was Fox News at 5 p.m. and Glenn Beck.
Besides his wife Frances Clark of Holland, he is survived by his son John L. Clark and his wife, Gail, of Vernon; his daughter Sheila Bartel and her husband, Russell, of Williamsville; by his grandchildren: Karyn Tyler and her husband, Dan, of Dummerston, Zachary Clark of Vernon, and William Bartel and his wife, Kristen, of Williamsville; by his great-grandson Hayden, also of Williamsville; by his sisters: Marion Grimes and her husband, Allen, of New Hampshire and Ellen Robinson and her husband, Patrick, of Newfane; by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Lawrence Wright and his wife, Shirley, of Chester, George Wright and his wife, Elizabeth, of New Hampshire, and Karen Orchitt and her husband, Bruce, of Chester; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, Evelyn Howe.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date in southern Vermont.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Elsie Ann Fontaine
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Elsie Ann Fontaine, 82, of Newport Center died suddenly on January 16, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on May 26, 1929, to Chester and Candis (Shannon) Bean in Brownington.
On June 17, 1968, she married Gerald Fontaine who predeceased her.
Mrs. Fontaine loved to go to the casinos, gambling, playing bingo, and going fishing. She loved to do puzzles, go to yard sales, spend time with her grandchildren, and go to family gatherings, especially during the holidays. She was a member of the Veterans Post #798 of Newport Auxiliary.
She is survived by her five children: Connie Eastman and her husband, Richard, of Newport Center, Ann McAllister and her husband, Richard, of Newport Center, Roger Sheltra and his fiancé, Nadine Thomas, of Derby, Vickie LaClair and her husband, David, of Brownington, and Mary Perrault and her fiancé, Clif Martin, of Winooski; by 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her siblings: Donald Bean of Westfield, Lloyd Bean of Arizona, and Latheria Starr of Lowell. She was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Webb, and by her sister, Elila Bean.
Funeral services were held January 21 in Newport. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Patricia “Pat” Jean (Rushlow) Kilborn
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Patricia “Pat” Jean (Rushlow) Kilborn, 73, of Newport died on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
She was born in Newport on January 7, 1939, the daughter of Walter and Blanch (Norway) Rushlow.
On July 9, 1960, she married Lawrence D. Kilborn in Derby.
She was a devoted wife and a loving mother to her three children and will be greatly missed by all. Mrs. Kilborn was active in the Newport and Vermont historical societies and served many years as the treasurer of the Newport Historical Society. She loved to study history and researched genealogy for many families.
She was also an avid gardener, with a great love for roses which she shared and enjoyed with her family and friends.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Larry Kilborn; by her son Michael and his wife, Suzanne, and their sons Daniel and Sean, of St. Petersburg, Florida; by her daughter Karen Kilborn McBride and her husband, David, and their children Laura and Matthew, of Colchester; by her daughter Lisa Kilborn Rollins and her husband, Peter, and their sons Eli and Wyatt, of Burlington; by her sister Anita Sawyer; by her brother Edward Rushlow and his wife, Rosalie; by her sister Judy Schnupp and her husband, John; by her sister Veronica Griggs; by her brother Howard Rushlow; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Robert Rochleau.
Funeral services were held January 24 in Newport. Interment will be in the spring in Derby Cemetery.
In honor of her memory, contributions may be made to the Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport, 96 Stagecoach Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Guy Leblond
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John Guy Leblond, 77, of Orleans died on January 18, 2012, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 14, 1935, in St. Malachie, Quebec, a son of Joseph and Regina (Patoine) Leblond.
Mr. Leblond owned and operated his own farm in both Troy and Craftsbury for many years. He enjoyed working the farm and he also liked welding, which he did for four years in New Hampshire.
He is survived by his children: Veronica Wood and her husband, Michael, of London, England, Tina Leblond of Newport, Joseph Leblond and his wife, Yolanda, of San Antonio, Texas, and Rebecca Tatro and her husband, Gary, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; by his brother Ben Leblond and his wife, Rosalie, of Newport; by his sisters: Rejeanne Leblond of Derby Line and Suzanne Frizzell and her husband, Mike, of Newport; by his brother-in-law Fernand Campbell of Orleans; by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Daniel Leblond; two brothers: Andre Leblond and Robert Leblond; and by his sisters: Monique Campbell and Jacqueline O’Brien.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leonard “Pit” Monty
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Leonard “Pit” Monty, 84, of Newport died on January 17, 2012, in Newport.
He was born December 20, 1927, in Newport, a son of Archille and Antonia (Poirier) Monty. On July 15, 1955, he married Wilma Carter who predeceased him in 1997. He graduated from Newport High School in 1946 where he was vice-president of his class, and he entered the United States Navy where he was a first class fireman serving on the U.S.S. Wisconsin during World War II.
Mr. Monty owned and operated State Farm Insurance Company from 1971 to 1991. He was also an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Company and at one time he managed the sales department for the former Poutre Ford Company of Newport where he sold 13 cars in one day. He also ran the Punt, Pass and Kick children’s program for Ford for many years and he was captain of his high school football team. He also played baseball and basketball as a stand out player. Mr. Monty had a hole-in-one at the Newport Country Club and he was elected to the Orleans and Northern Essex Athletic Hall of Fame in July 2009. He loved to golf, play cards, dance, and he was a New York Yankees fan.
He held memberships with St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, Newport Country Club, Newport Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks #2155, and he was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his son Greg Monty and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Nicholas and Trevor Monty of Newport Center; his companion Irene Perry of Newport; his brother-in-law Gary Carter and his wife, Shirley, of Marshfield; his nephews: Brian Carter and his wife, Patricia, and Tom Carter and his wife, Melanie, all of Marshfield; and by special family friends Shirley Sumner and her husband, Bill, of Derby. He was predeceased by a grandson, Payton Monty.
Funeral services were held January 21 in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mary J. Morse
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Mary J. Morse, 65, formerly of North Troy, died on January 17, 2012, in Newport.
She was born November 6, 1946, in North Troy, a daughter of Eugene and Viola (Santaw) St. Onge. On June 4, 1966, she married Herbert Morse who predeceased her in 2006.
Mrs. Morse was employed at the North Troy Village School and Troy Elementary School in the maintenance department.
Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, and making quilts. She also loved to play bingo and take care of her family. She liked to visit her grandchildren and always had and enjoyed her cats. Mrs. Morse held membership with the American Legion Auxiliary of North Troy and she was a former member of The Order of the Eastern Star of North Troy.
She is survived by her children: Herbert Morse Jr. and his wife, Jana, of Newport, and Harold Morse of Derby; by six grandchildren; by a brother, Eugene St. Onge, and his wife, Ellie, of North Troy; and by the following sisters: Margo Hansen and her husband, Harold, of North Troy, Nellie Allen and her husband, Dave, of North Troy, Linda Smith of Newport Center, and Niada Beer and her husband, Donald, of Lyndon Center. She was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Maurice St. Onge.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope 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-converse-rushford.com.
Larry E. Perry
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Larry E. Perry, 84, died on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville, following a lingering illness, with his family at his side.
Born in Newport on April 1, 1927, he was a son of the late Martin and Vera (Vinton) Perry.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1947 and the Massachusetts Trades Shop School in Boston in 1948. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Perry was a master electrician and prior to his retirement was employed by Vermont Electric Co-op for over 40 years as an appliance technician.
Mr. Perry’s greatest enjoyment in life was the wonderful time he spent with his loving family. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed cutting firewood, working in the sugarbush and making maple syrup. Mr. Perry was a former Johnson selectman, a member of the United Church of Johnson, and a 60-year member, including Past Master, of Waterman Lodge #83 Free and Accepted Masons in Johnson.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Phyllis (Leach) Perry of Johnson; his three children and their spouses: Mary Jean Smith and her husband, Stephen, of Johnson, Mark Perry and his wife, Linda, of Bolton Landing, New York, and Steven Perry and his wife, Karen, of Lyndonville; a sister, Beverly Rollins, and her husband, Leslie, of Millbrook, New York; an uncle, Ernest Perry of Boise, Idaho; an aunt, Effie Robinson of Meridian, Idaho; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter.
To honor his request, there will be no funeral service. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Waterville at a later date.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Lamoille County Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Inc., P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657. Private condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.
Shirley V. Tousant
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Shirley Virginia Tousant, 86, of Greensboro Bend, formerly of Hardwick, died on January 20, 2012, at her home with her loving family at her bedside.
She was born October 20, 1925, in East Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Frederick and Ellen (Dawley) Salisbury. She graduated from East Hartford High School in the Class of 1944 and was then employed by Travelers Ins. Co. in Hartford.
On June 9, 1945, she married Ira “Penny” Tousant in East Hartford. They had a remarkable 56-year marriage, moving from South Windsor, Connecticut, to Stannard in 1952, where they managed a successful dairy farm together and raised four children.
During that time she was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Stannard and was a member of the Stannard Zoning Board, and served for 13 years on the Stannard School Board. After the children were in school, she was hired by the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union central office as the administrative assistant to the superintendent of schools. She retired from that position after 26 years. After she and Penny moved to Hardwick, she worked part-time in the Hardwick town clerk’s office under Jerry Hall. She was a member of the United Church of Hardwick and Circle #8 of that church. She was an avid Red Sox and University of Connecticut girls basketball fan. Some of her main interests were family gatherings, traveling, spending time visiting family and friends in Connecticut and Maine, playing cards and bingo (winning of course!), church activities, crocheting and family genealogy.
Mrs. Tousant had a strong sense of family. She was a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and liked nothing better than to have her loved ones around her.
She was a devoted and supportive aunt to her nieces and nephews and was a rock for her mother and mother-in-law in their elder years, and, as everyone knew, she was the social butterfly. Mrs. Tousant had a tight circle of friends who guaranteed her safety, enabled her emotional well-being, and prayed fervently for her health.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses: Jane Johns of Greensboro Bend, Bette Rochette and her husband, Philip, of Morrisville, James Tousant and his wife, Diana, of Greensboro Bend, and Gail Renaud and her husband, David, of Hardwick. She will be missed by eight extraordinary grandchildren, 14 very special great-grandchildren; and by many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins, and a very special friend of almost 50 years, Betty Dukette. She was predeceased by her husband, Penny, in 2002; four siblings: Robert Salisbury, Margaret Webster, Gertrude Hale, and Edith Swanson; and by her son-in-law Roger Johns.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm Street, in Hardwick. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m. at the United Church in Hardwick with the retired Pastor James Tousant and the Reverend Diana Tousant officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to the United Church of Hardwick, care of Cynthia Walker, P.O. Box 195, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements are under the direction of Northern Vermont Funeral Service.
Winston Wallace Warner
Winston Wallace Warner, beloved infant son of Douglas Warner Jr. and Laura Briggs, died on January 14, 2012, in St. Johnsbury.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sisters: Latisha Briggs, Tanisha Hook, and Shakira Warner. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents: Lawrence Briggs of Newark and Charlene Briggs of Lyndonville; and by his paternal grandparents: Douglas Warner Sr. of Lowell, Barbara Warner of Brownington, and Cecil Davison of Brownington.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport, with the Reverend James Gamble officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on January 27 from 5 p.m. until the hour of funeral. Spring interment will be held at the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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January 18, 2012 Obituaries

Charmaine “Charlie” N. Adams
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Charmaine “Charlie” N. Adams, 69, of New London, Ohio, died on January 8, 2012, at her home in New London.
She was born on November 3, 1942, in Connecticut, a daughter of Antonin J. and Cecile (Diette) Hebert. In 1967 she married Ransom Adams who survives her.
Life for Mr. and Mrs. Adams has been an adventure with many changes of lifestyles from living in the city, to living on the water, to living on a farm. Mrs. Adams’ hobbies included bowling, knitting, boating, fishing, motorcycling, and spending time with her two dogs, but her favorite times were going to dinner with friends and family and playing cards. She loved to travel and spent three to four months a year in the RV on trips all over the U.S. Her favorite place was Prouty Beach in Newport, where she visited family and friends. Her biggest joy was the Hebert Family Reunion, which took place every two years, with the last one in 2011 having 156 attendees.
Mrs. Adams is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Ransom; her daughter Monica Stearns of Columbus; her son Patrick Stearns; her grandson Sean Stearns and Sean’s mother, Elizabeth Doyle, all of California; her brothers: Ronald and his wife, Ann, of New Hampshire, Michael and Margaret of Virginia, Phillip and Sallie of Montana, Rodney and Sue of California, Terry and Joyce of Newport, Dennis and Tammie of Derby, and Craig and Linda of Derby; her sister Pam Hebert of Newport; her brother-in-law Peter Adams and his wife, Linda, and their son, P.C.; her sister-in-law Frances Hutchins and her husband, Richard, and their children, Stafford and Corey; her 20 nieces and nephews; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many other relatives and good friends. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Bob.
Funeral services were held on January 16 in Newport. Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.
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-converse-rushford.com.
Otis Robert Doncaster
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Otis Robert Doncaster, 80, of Coventry died on January 10, 2012, in Coventry.
He was born August 29, 1931, in Derby, a son of Vernon and Annie (Aiken) Doncaster. On May 26, 1979, he married Shirley Riegel, the love of his life.
Mr. Doncaster was a machinist at Union Butterfield in Derby Line where he retired in 1988. He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #44 of Island Pond. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed bowling, listening to country music, dancing, working with his Christmas trees, and working in his vegetable and flower gardens. He also enjoyed his 1949 Ford 8N Tractor and the company of the family dogs.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of Coventry; by his son Robert Doncaster of Antrim, New Hampshire, along with his wife, Dawn, and their children, Ty and Karlee; by his son Rocky Lontine of Derby along with his wife, Gail, and their daughters Amber Lontine and her fiancé, Steve Moulton, of Bolton, and Andrea Lontine of Hyde Park; by his son Joseph Lontine of Coventry; by is his brother Wayne Doncaster and his wife, Bettie, of Irasburg; by his sister Vida Powers of West Charleston; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in-law. He was predeceased by a brother, Wendell Doncaster, and by two sisters: Vivian Austin and Joyce Jenness.
Funeral services were held January 14 in Newport. Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Donald C. Horn
Donald C. Horn, 76, of Newport Center died on January 12, 2012, in Newport.
He was born September 28, 1935, in North Troy, the son of Calvin and Evelyn (Gosley) Horn.
Mr. Horn was a night watchman for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years. His hobbies were hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his children: Diana Eaton and her husband, Mike, of Newport, Carol Coburn of Newport Center, Susan Merrill and her husband, Walter, of North Troy, James Horn and his wife, Linda, of Newport Center, and David Horn of St. Albans; by eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and by three brothers and two sisters: Maurice Horn of Weybridge, Richard Horn of Maine, George Horn and his wife of Danville, Alice Combs and her husband, Bob, of North Troy, and Linda Starr and her husband, Steve, of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley, and by a brother, Robert (Bob) Horn.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Irene Marie Lehoux
Irene Marie Lehoux, 89, of Newport died on January 9, 2012, in Newport.
She was born March 21, 1922, in L’enfant Jesus, Quebec, the daughter of Louis and Exilia (Archanbeault) Desroches. On August 31, 1952, she married Leopold Lehoux who survives her.
In 1972 she was employed by the former Newport Plastics, and in 1987 she retired from Slalom Ski Wear.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella.
She is survived by two daughters: Ginette Perry and her husband, Roland, of Lyndonville, and Claire O’Rourke and her husband, Michael, of Marion, Ohio; by her grandchildren: Jennifer Langer and her husband, Dave, of Portland, Oregon, Kevin Perry of Stowe, and Christopher Perry of Portland, Oregon; by a great-granddaughter, Aysha Langer; and by a sister, Sister Froncoise of Sherbrooke, Quebec. She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Theotime, Paul-Henri, Fernand, Cyrille, and Edward Desroches, and by Pauline Bachand, Angeline Chaput, and Monique Cote.
Funeral services were held January 14 in Newport. Interment will be in the spring in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.
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-converse-rushford.com.
Robert J. McCoy
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Robert J. McCoy, 80, died on Friday, January 6, 2012, at home with his loving wife of over thirty years, Keum Yie “Peggy” McCoy.
He was born on October 13, 1931, in Barton, a son of Raymond and Katherine (Gravel) McCoy. Mr. McCoy attended various schools in the Northeast Kingdom and at a young age hitchhiked to White River Junction where he worked at several places including as a bellboy at the Hotel Coolidge. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 to serve in the Korean War. He was wounded while in Korea and received a Purple Heart as well as a Bronze Service Star. After his discharge, Mr. McCoy worked at the Ward Baking Company’s Tip Top Bakery in White River Junction for 23 years, retiring in 1980. While at the bakery, he began purchasing rental properties and at one time owned over 140 units.
Mr. McCoy was a member of the Hartford Elks Lodge 1541, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2571, and the American Legion Post 26, all in White River Junction. He enjoyed stopping by to sign the book at the club each day and have a glass of orange juice.
He had a special love for animals, especially his Norwegian Elkhound Prince. He also enjoyed the bears and trains at Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire, but his favorite pastime was playing poker.
He leaves five daughters: Susie McCoy Hall of Parker, Colorado, Gail McCoy of Hartford, Janice McCoy Taylor of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Phyllis McCoy Jacien of Castleton, and Michele S. Basham of Poultney; 11 grandchildren: Kenneth and Justin Backus, Nathaniel, Adrian and Nicholas Luce, Tanya Domingue, Makaylah Jacien, Matthew and Phillip Hamm and Hunter and Hayden Hall; several great-grandchildren; three sisters: Mary Jane Bickford of Glover, Judy Ford of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Phyllis Messner of Maryville, Tennessee; five brothers: Ronald McCoy of Henderson, North Carolina, Raymond McCoy of West Burke, Alan McCoy of Wilder, Lawrence Parmenter of South Royalton, and James Parmenter of Wilder; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Vicki Backus; a granddaughter, Mandy Sue McCoy; a sister, Joyce Voghell; and two brothers: Walter Parmenter and Kenneth McCoy.
A memorial service was held in Wilder on January 14. Burial with military honors will take place in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the spring. Condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, Vermont 05763.
Augustin “Gus” Ernest Patenaude
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Augustin “Gus” Ernest Patenaude, 78, of Holland, died suddenly on January 13, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on November 8, 1933, in Holland, a son of Abel and Elise (Demers) Patenaude.
He married Solange Roberge Patenaude, who survives him, on June 13, 1955.
Mr. Patenaude dedicated his entire life to farming. After marrying Sally in 1955, they farmed in Beebe Plain for five years. He then purchased the family farm in Holland where he resided from 1960 until the present. His youngest son, Ronald, now operates the family farm, however, Mr. Patenaude has remained an active part of the day-to-day operations where he will be sorely missed. Although he enjoyed all aspects of farming, sugaring was his passion. He also took great pride in passing on his love of agriculture to his grandchildren.
He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, square dancing, camping, visiting casinos and traveling.
He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus #1157, an Elks member, and an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and Orleans County Sugar Makers, and was a former selectman for the town of Holland.
He is survived by his children: Pauline Bracey and her husband, Keith, of LeRay, New York, Robert Patenaude and his wife, Kathy, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Annette Moss and her companion, Craig, of Derby Line, Ted Patenaude and his wife, Shirley, of Parker, Colorado, and Ronald Patenaude and his wife, Jennifer, of Holland; his grandchildren: Katrina O’Kelly and her companion, Shawn, Kylie Powell and her husband, Jeremy, Amber Lantagne and her husband, Marv, Kristin Patenaude, Tory and Cody Ladue, Katelyn, Jacob, and Molly Patenaude; his great-grandchildren: Jesse James, Chad, Evan, and Hayden Lantagne, and Jenna and Anna Powell; his brothers: Alphonse Patenaude and his wife, Yvette, of Derby Line, Albert Patenaude and his wife, Berthe, of Derby Line, Maurice Patenaude and his wife, Denise, of Derby, and John Patenaude and his wife, Sue, of Derry, New Hampshire; his sisters: Theresa Roy and her late husband, Leo, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Anna Blalock and her late husband, Bob, of Texas; his brothers-in-law: Richard Roberge and his wife, Claire, of Enosburg, the late Roger Roberge and his wife, Judith, of Derby, and the late Jean Paul Roberge and his wife, Lorette, of Florida; his sisters-in-law: Jeanne Markut and her husband, Ted, of Bridport, Lise Fournier and her husband, Donald, of North Troy, and Suzanne Larkin and her husband, Charles, of Montpelier; and by his numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Members of the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus are requested to gather at the funeral home on Wednesday evening for prayers and honor detail for brother Gus. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, at the St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Spring interment will be held on May 26, at the St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Patenaude’s memory to Border Livestock 4-H Club, in care of Clara Nadeau, 3571 Gore Road, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leon “Lee” Seguin
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Leon “Lee” Seguin, 71, of Lynchburg, Virginia, died on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, after battling AML, an aggressive form of leukemia, with his former wife, Linda, by his side.
He was born in Island Pond on September 9, 1940, a beloved son and the eldest of seven children born to Richard Claude and Marjory (Currier) Seguin.
Mr. Seguin graduated from Brighton High School in 1958 and then attended the University of Vermont, earning a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the Air Force Reserve for six years in 1962 in conjunction with beginning his career as an electrical engineer for IBM and General Electric in Burlington, and Utica and Rochester, New York. He relocated to Lynchburg in 1972, joining Babcock and Wilcox as a quality assurance manager in the nuclear power division where he remained until 1989. He then worked freelance as a quality assurance consultant until 1998, after which he joined Courtside Fitness Center, and more recently, Centra Health, as a maintenance technician. Besides this full-time position, he started a part-time handyman business with many loyal customers. He held both jobs at the time of his cancer diagnosis. Although he enjoyed his work, he had planned to retire later this year.
Mr. Seguin was an avid sailor, having owned several sailboats throughout the years, and had been a member of the Virginia Inland Sailing Association on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. He also enjoyed sailing, on a smaller scale, at the family cottage on Seymour Lake in Morgan. In previous years he enjoyed motorcycling, scuba diving, and skiing. More recently, he enjoyed watching NASCAR and other sports.
In 1991, Mr. Seguin married Linda Cassada of Lynchburg. They divorced in 2004.
A hard worker all his life, Mr. Seguin enjoyed fixing anything mechanical or electrical. Everything he did was done methodically and to perfection. He was a loving son and husband, as well as a supportive and caring “big brother.” Anyone needing a helping hand could always count on Mr. Seguin. He is (and will always be) sorely missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many friends.
Survivors include his father Claude Seguin of of Newport and Morgan; his brothers and sisters: Robert Seguin and his companion, Debbie Cameron, of Island Pond and Palm Bay, Florida, Claudia Epstein and her husband, Richard (Dick), of Morgan, Dana Seguin of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Janella “Jan” Clarke and her husband, Michael, of Island Pond; a sister-in-law, Fernande Seguin, formerly of Morgan; five nieces; two nephews; eleven great-nieces and great-nephews; his former wife, Linda Seguin of Richmond, Virginia; two stepdaughters: Jane and Amy; three aunts; numerous cousins; and several special friends including: Walter Budrow, Sandra (Meredith) Nadeau, Ken Wright, Bob Weinberger, and Cydney Johnson. He is also survived by his longtime feline companion, Otis. He was predeceased by his mother, Marjory, in 1998, and by two teenage brothers: Timothy in 1965 and Bradley in 1967.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, January 12, in Lynchburg, with a reception to follow. A memorial service will be held in Island Pond at a later date (to be announced), probably in the spring.
If desired, a donation may be made in Mr. Seguin’s name to a local animal shelter, humane society, or a charity of one’s choice.
Carol Ann Stoddard
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Carol Ann Stoddard, 64, of Barton died on January 9, 2012, in Burlington, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
She was born January 31, 1947, in Irasburg, the daughter of Earl and Mae (Simino) Snyder.
On January 15, 1966, she married Donald Wayne Stoddard who survives her.
Mrs. Stoddard was employed at North Country Hospital for 25 years. She also mentored at Barton Graded School. Her hobbies included going to casinos “every chance she got,” crocheting, knitting, reading and traveling and being with her dog, Cory.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Stoddard, of Barton; her children: Donna and her husband, Richard LaClair Jr., of Glover, Laurie and her husband, John Young Jr., of Wilmore, Kentucky, and Tammy Stoddard of Barton; by her grandchildren: Lance, Grant, Katie, Cole and Brittney; by a sister, Louise Duquette, and her husband, Roger, of Irasburg; by her brothers-in-law: Bruce Stoddard and his wife, Keta, and Rick Stoddard and his wife, Dolores; and by her sisters-in-law: Pat Sykas and her husband, Paul, and Gloria Conley and her husband, John; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Mae Snyder; two brothers: Everett and Kenneth Snyder; and by two sisters: Sandra Corliss and Doris Kennett.
Funeral services were held on January 12 in Newport. Spring interment will be in Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the National Foundation for Transplants, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, Tennessee 38119. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Douglas Dean Worboys
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Douglas Dean Worboys, 75, of Newport, died on January 11, 2012, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born April 8, 1936, in West Charleston, son of Olga L. Worboys.
Mr. Worboys entered the United States Air Force, where he was in active duty from 1955 to 1959. He graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of science degree. He was a substitute teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport for several years.
Among his hobbies, he enjoyed playing basketball, and received the basketball hall of fame award. Mr. Worboys was very patriotic and was a Boston Celtics fan. He played the trumpet and loved jazz music. He was devoted to Jesus, and to his mother, Olga, and his aunt, Veda.
He is survived by his close friends: Jami Krause and David Husolo, both of Newport.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, January 19, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be held in the West Charleston Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, VAMROC, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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January 11, 2012 Obituaries

James W. Chapman Sr.
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James W. Chapman Sr. of Holland died on December 24, 2011.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1937.
Passionate and loving, he was the band director and music teacher at North Country Union High School for 17 years. He retired in March 2011 due to a massive stroke in August 2010, from which he had recovered quite well. In addition to teaching, his local activities included directing the Newport Community Band during those years, and he was the founder and conductor of the International Wind Symphony which evolved into a solid entity in the community.
He served in the Air Force and played in the Military Band. Returning to Vermont (he graduated from high school in Windsor) was the highpoint of Dr. Chapman’s teaching career, as he considered preparing young students for future success vital.
Early in his career, Dr. Chapman taught at Missouri Southern State College and was a visiting professor at other institutions. He held positions as professor and chairman of the Performing Arts Division of Alfred University in New York for about 13 years. During that time, he raised the Division to an impressive level, hiring noted artists to teach and perform.
While at Alfred University, he enhanced the function of the beloved old carillon and initiated the rebuilding of it to great success. It resulted in becoming a desirable venue for visiting carillonneurs of international renown. Single handedly, he designed and constructed a memorial park at the site and personally maintained it. That chapter of his life reflects the verve, determination and success of his endeavors, as did the chapters that followed.
Dr. Chapman was the founder, director and conductor of the Juilliard Summer Chamber Music Institute which he placed in residence at Alfred University for several years. At that time, he employed an acclaimed New York concert pianist, Pina Antonelli, whom he later married, and who survives him.
During his married life with Pina, he hosted a Sunday afternoon radio program in New York for several years, presenting big band music exclusively, especially that of Glenn Miller. He was regarded as an authority on the subject, giving lectures including one for the University of Vermont Osher Series. Also during that time, he wrote a weekly newspaper column, “Bravo,” for The Evening Tribune of New York, reporting on local events and visiting celebrities, another outlet for his vast knowledge.
Dr. Chapman held membership in many musical societies and served in administrative capacities as well. His educational background was broad and diverse which resulted in a unique approach to teaching, garnering excellent results. He held a master’s degree in music history from the University of New Hampshire, completed his doctoral studies in psychology of teaching young children at Temple University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in musicology from Alfred University.
His students at North Country assembled many of his classroom axioms and quips into booklet form for posterity and amusement, revealing a charming sense of humor. The students even had T-shirts emblazoned with “knowing things is good,” one of his favorite expressions. Dr. Chapman was truly loved and appreciated by them, receiving visits and letters of thanks from former students. They attributed much of their success to his love of teaching the “whole person,” as was evidenced by their seeking his advice on academic and personal problems.
While working toward his advanced degrees, he married Lorena Titcomb of Maine, who survives him. Both received their B.S. in music education from the University of Maine. They were married for 18 years and had three children. Their son, James W. Chapman Jr. of Florida, died suddenly in October 2011, leaving a wife, Angela, and their daughter and son.
Dr. Chapman is survived by his daughters: Lois Olds Crandell and her husband, Christopher, and her son, of Ohio, and Rebecca Chapman Cole, and her son, daughter, and companion, Mike Wilson, of Texas; by two brothers: John and his wife, Margaret, of Maine, and Joel and his wife, Ngam, of California and Thailand; a sister, Sarah Eastman, and her most recently deceased husband, Conrad, of Maine; and by several nieces and nephews, and five grandchildren. Dr. Chapman leaves his adoring wife of 27 years, Pina, with whom he shared musical performance and a life of inspiration and beauty. Dr. Chapman’s parents were Stuart and Lois (Olds) Chapman, who predeceased him.
His beloved children, grandchildren, students, friends and colleagues will feel the loss of a “Renaissance Man” but will remember and delight in what he left behind.
A memorial service with musical tribute to Dr. Chapman is being planned for March 2012.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Union High School Band Fund for a music scholarship to be established in his name.
Claudette Desrochers Chaput
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Claudette Chaput, 76, of Newport Center died on January 7, 2012, surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren, family and friends.
She was born on September 19, 1935, to Oscar and Yvonne Arel Desrochers in Newport Center.
She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, and married Leo Paul Chaput on September 1, 1956.
Mrs. Chaput will be remembered for many things but foremost the most important thing was her family and friends. She was able to spend her favorite holiday, Christmas, home with her family for several days. Oh, how she loved that. Any time anyone needed some help, she was there. She will be also be remembered for her home cooking which many people enjoyed. She could put a whole meal together for very large gathering in no time at all.
Her favorite past times were watching Boston Red Sox games and seeing them win the World Series, and she was especially excited that she attended a couple of the games in Boston. She enjoyed reading, especially her cooking magazines, and cutting out new recipes. You could always go to Mom’s and find her watching the cooking channel. If she could have a family gathering every day, she would have loved it. As many know, her greatest joy was working in her flowers and mowing the lawn. As recent as this summer, she was on her lawnmower with her baseball cap, going to her flower gardens. She was in heaven then. She would have woodchucks eating all of the flowers she planted and painstakingly tried to trap them. This was a running joke within the family.
She belonged to the Daughters of Isabella and was a member of the Community Circle. She loved to travel. She and her husband traveled extensively. Several of the places were Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Nashville, Tennessee, and overseas. She was also a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea parish. Her religion was a very important part of her life. She was employed for many years at Sacred Heart High School and then North Country Union High School as a cook.
She leaves behind her loving children: Reg and his partner, Kim, Diane, Mike, Brian and his husband, Jonathan, Roger and his wife, Nicole, and Caroline and her partner, Colleen; her cherished grandchildren: Derek Royer, Dustin Royer and his wife, Shawna, Danielle Weisz and her husband, DJ, Melissa, Miranda, Mallory, and Nathan Chaput, Megan Oxford and her husband, Justin, Cody, Logan and Adrianna Chaput, and Sasha Morton; three great-grandchildren: Aiden and Liam Oxford, and Hunter Royer; and by her siblings and her sister-in-law Connie Desrochers, Roland and his wife, June, Rita LeBlanc and her husband, Rejean, Real Desrochers and his wife, Denise, and Joe Desrochers and his partner, Donna. She also leaves behind her closest and dearest friends: Audrey Bean, Judy Bean, Harriet Trottier, and Judy Roberge. She will always cherish her “girls’ night out.” She was predeceased by her husband on September 2, 1994; her parents, her brother Claude, and by several brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Spring interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery on May 12, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dr. Ron Holland, North Country Hospital Dialysis Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Iva Josephine Labounty
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Iva Josephine Labounty, 100, of Newport died on January 5, 2012, in Lyndonville.
She was born on March 9, 1911, in Lowell, a daughter of Eldon and Agnes Besaw. She spent most of her life in the area and married her late husband, Alfred H. Labounty, on February 18, 1938. Mrs. Labounty was a former member of the Clermont Circle Daughters of Isabella and a past Regent. During her life, she was a former member and attended services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Edward’s Catholic Church. In her younger days, she liked to knit, crochet, play cards, do word puzzles, cook, and garden. She loved to go dancing with her husband or just go to where he was playing in his band, the Moonlighters, as well as to listen to the Newport Concert Band. Mr. and Mrs. Labounty owned the Labounty’s Jewelry Store on North Avenue in Newport for over 25 years.
Mrs. Labounty is survived by her son David Labounty and his wife, Gloria; her two granddaughters: Lisa Labounty and Brenda Carpenter and her husband, Bill; her two great-grandchildren: Thomas and Emma Carpenter; a sister, Gabrielle Turner; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Trudy Labounty; her brothers: Seldon, Roger, Elbridge, Maylon, and Lawrence Besaw; and by two sisters: Irene Roland and Lorene Gibney.
Friends may call on Thursday, January 12, from 9 to10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Funeral services will be held on January 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Clermont Circle Daughters of Isabella, care of Rosemary Hartley, 354 Memphremagog Views, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Janet Earl Miller
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Janet Earl Miller died on January 6, 2012, in Greensboro.
Born in 1913 in Oregon, she was raised in Iowa with her sister, Eleanor Earl, who predeceased her. Mrs. Miller enjoyed travels with her family, celebrations at the Indiana family homestead, The Elms, and her years at Duke University in North Carolina. Her upbringing inspired a lifelong love of travel and people’s stories.
Mrs. Miller and her husband, Cornwall “Cornie” Miller, raised their two daughters in Essex, Connecticut. They warmly welcomed a constant stream of visitors. Known for her gourmet cooking, Mrs. Miller hosted numerous parties whether at home or on board their beloved wooden boat, Happie. There was not even a protest when Cornie invited groups of children on the boat for blueberry pancakes, whether or not she had blueberries! Before Mrs. Miller became a full-time mother and hostess extraordinaire, she edited The Quaker Oats’ company magazine, taught dancing with Arthur Murray, and wrote radio Lone Ranger tales, among other pursuits.
Her first husband, Phil Ray, was her Clinton, Iowa, high school sweetheart and co-author of a book they wrote about that school. He died while in the army during World War II. Meeting Cornie in 1944 led to a whirlwind romance and 58 years of happy marriage, living in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. After his death in 2002, she spent time in East Haddam, Connecticut, with her daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Paul Varkala, and in Craftsbury Common with her daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and John Patterson. She enjoyed her grandsons, Peter and James Varkala, and Tim and Luke Patterson.
One of her earliest memories was of a parade at the end of World War I. Her father held her up and said to remember this celebration because there’d never be another war. Perhaps that vivid memory is why she followed news with passion and sometimes fury. She had a strong love and devotion for her family, but never lost sight of lives and events in the greater world.
Mrs. Miller’s daughters plan to have remembrance gatherings in Connecticut in July, and in Vermont in August. The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Mary Shelby Telford Paull
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Mary Shelby Telford Paull, 71, died on January 4, 2012.
She was born on August 23, 1940, in Fort Benning, Georgia, the daughter of Sidney Thompson Telford and Virginia Allen Telford.
Ms. Paull attended Derby Academy, graduated from Newport High School, and attended Burdett College in Boston.
She enjoyed living and traveling to many states and countries during her formative years.
In 1972, she returned to Newport and was employed by North Country Union High School, North Country Hospital, the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. She served two terms in the Vermont Legislature.
During her years in Vermont, she was a member of the Vermont Small Business Region I Advisory Council, the Vermont Aviation Council, the Newport Airport Commission, the Vermont Travel Information Council, the Orleans County Development Committee, the North Country Career Center Regional Advisory Board and the North Country Business and Cooperative Committees, the Vermont Interactive Television Committee, the Newport Rotary, the Border Crime Stoppers, the Newport City Charter Committee, and the Newport High School Alumni Committee.
Her survivors are her son James Paull of Malaysia; a niece, Rosanna Telford, of Costa Rica; a nephew, Andrew Telford, of California; and a niece, Carla Telford, of Virginia. Ms. Paull was pre-deceased by her parents and her brother, Sid Telford.
There will be no calling hours. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in her memory may be made to 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-converse-rushford.com.
Valmore Routhier
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Valmore “Val” Routhier, 93, of Lantana, Florida, died December 29, 2011, after a long illness.
He was born on February 8, 1918, in Stanhope, Quebec, the son of Joseph and Bertha Crete Fouthier.
On June 17, 1944, he married the love of his life, Helene De La Bruere. He operated his own dairy farm from 1945 to 1972 in Troy. The next phase of his life was to travel with their camper and spend many days at different campgrounds and eventually settle in sunny south Florida.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved to be surrounded by his family and friends. He participated in many sports such as playing cards, shuffle board, bowling, boating, etc. Not too many days went by that Mr. Routhier didn’t sing us a few songs, which always terminated with a beautiful smile. Even towards the end, he saved some energy for a last song. Your smile and kindness will be truly missed.
For many years he was a member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus.
His memory will be cherished by his loving and devoted wife, Helene, of 67 years; by his son Raymond and his wife, Colette, of Newport; his son-in-law Normand Prive and his wife, Noreen, of Morrisville; his six grandchildren: Lisa, Alan, Angela, Michelle, Josee, and Joel; his two step-grandchildren: Kim and Kathy; his 11 great-grandchildren; his two brothers: Bernard and his wife, Angele, of Bloomfield, and Maurice and his friend, France, of West Palm Beach, Florida; his three sisters: Marieange Sage of Burlington, Madeline Routhier of Troy, and Rejeanne and her husband, Arnold McAllister, of Lowell; his in-laws: Gerry De La Bruere of Derby, Eugene, Gilles, and John De La Bruere, all of Newport, Jeanne Harvey of Canaan, and Louise Boutin of Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was predeceased by three brothers: Lucien, Camille and Conrad; by two sisters: Lucienne and Mari Paul; and by his daughter Pierrette “Penny” Prive, who predeceased him in 1981.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Vermont this coming spring. Funeral arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, and Gary Panoch Funeral Home in Boca Raton, Florida.
John Simpson
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John A. Simpson, 45, of Sutton died on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndon, surrounded by his wife and family, following a long illness.
He was born on January 9, 1966, in St. Johnsbury, the son of Donald and Connie (Elliott) Simpson. He graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1984 where he played football.
On July 14, 1984, he married Daniele Kelley. They operated the Burke View Dairy Farm for many years in Sutton until Mr. Simpson’s illness forced him to retire. Working the land, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, shooting skeet, spending time with his family, and attending church brought him great pleasure.
Following Mr. Simpson’s illness, his nephew, Ryan Simpson, developed a special relationship with him and now operates the farm with his family and longtime employees.
Survivors include his wife Daniele Simpson of Sutton; four daughters: Jaclyn Simpson and her son, Brayden, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Amanda Simpson of Lyndon, Stephanie Simpson of Sutton, and Melissa Riendeau and her husband, Kevin, of Wheelock; his father Donald Simpson and his wife, Susan, of Sutton and Florida; two brothers: Tim Simpson and his wife, Dianna, of Sutton, and Bruce Simpson of Essex Junction; his friend Kathy Armstrong of East Burke; a sister, Karla Barrett, and her husband, Mark, of Sutton; his mother in-law Diane Kelley of Derby; two brothers in-law: Larry Kelley and his wife, Peggy, and Shawn Kelley and his fiancée, Chantel Robert, also of Derby; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his mother Connie Simpson in 1996, and a baby sister, Susan Simpson, in 1955.
Funeral services were held on January 7, in Sutton. Spring burial will be in Sutton Village Cemetery on Tuesday, May 22, at 2 p.m.
Donations made in his memory may be directed to Lyndon Institute, Football Program, care of Paul Wheeler, P.O. Box 127, Lyndon Center, Vermont 05850.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Merrill (Manny) Thompson
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Merrill (Manny) Thompson, 87, of Glover died on January 3, 2012, after a short illness in Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut, with family near.
He was born on May 13, 1924, in Glover, a son of the late Benjamin and Lillian Thompson.
After eighth grade, he attended the National Youth Administration Machine Shop Program in Barton from 1941 to 1942. This program was funded by the U.S. government to train individuals to produce products for war time use. He remained in the machine shop training others until he was called to active duty on May 16, 1943. Mr. Thompson was a veteran of World War II, European Campaign.
In 1946, he married Rachel Elizabeth McNamara of Orleans and they spent the next 24 years living in various locations while Mr. Thompson worked in heavy construction as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #98. In 1970, he returned home to Glover with his family, building their permanent home and eventually retiring. But he never really retired; he was always fixing or building something for someone. He looked forward to the Boy Scouts visiting his woodworking shop every winter to cut out the design for their cars for the derby.
Since the passing of his wife in 2003, he could be found most afternoons at Shadow Lake. He loved to be out on the lake in his pontoon boat fishing or relaxing in front of his camper on the deck, holding his dog, talking to friends. Sometimes the big one didn’t get away!
Survivors include his three sisters: Virginia Gray of Greensboro, Katherine Dean of St. Albans, and June St. Louis of Greensboro; his two daughters: Rebecca Twombly of Shelton, Connecticut, and Jacalyn Bennetta and her husband, Joseph, of Stratford, Connecticut; his three grandchildren: Judith Richard and her husband, Jeff, of Oxford, Connecticut, Chad Benjamin Twombly and his wife, Teresa, of Oxford, and Carolyn Murphy and her husband, Patrick, of South Burlington; six great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Brian Richard, Kaitlyn and Christopher Twombly, and Taylor and Colton Murphy; and by his numerous nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and -nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Rachel Elizabeth McNamara of Orleans.
Funeral services were held on January 7 in Barton.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Glover Community Church’s Steeple Fund, and can be sent to: Roland Woodard, care of Glover Community Church, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Cecil Wright
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Cecil Wright, 92, of Sanford, Florida, died on January 4, 2012, after a short illness at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.
He was born on July 31, 1919, in Newport Center, the son of the late Will and Lena (Davis) Wright. He grew up on the family farm with his two brothers, Milton and Kenneth, and attended Wright School District #4 near the farm. He learned to fly and kept an airplane on the farm, giving airplane rides to many locals. He volunteered into the U.S. Navy in March of 1941 before the war was declared. He served in the Pacific Theater until being honorably discharged in March of 1947. After spending six years in the Navy, Mr. Wright returned to the family farm in Newport Center where he furthered his education by receiving his A&P license to work on aircraft as well as upgrades in his pilot’s license to teach people to fly.
On September 24, 1949, he married Beverley LeBaron and they shared the last 62 years together. At the request of the Newport City fathers, Mr. Wright was asked to run the local city airport in Coventry. He ran the airport for 17 years and taught many people in the area how to fly. He also owned a successful airfreight business serving southern Quebec, northern New Hampshire, eastern New York, and most of Vermont for another 18 years. When he retired, he and his wife spent winters in Florida and summers in Vermont for many years. His love for aviation was always there. He rebuilt many aircraft in the big white house next to the airport drive and received an Aviation Maintenance Safety Award from the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association for many years and built a couple airplanes from plans. He continued his love of aviation after he moved to Florida by building a hangar and collecting several aircraft. He lived for the love of his family, the Lord, and aviation.
He is survived by his wife Beverley; and two children: Patty Ames and her husband, Terry, and Duane Wright, all living in Sanford, Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, Will and Lena Wright; two brothers: Milton and Kenneth Wright; and by his mother-in-law, Esther LeBaron.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Lake Region Senior Center, care of Irene Lanoue, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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January 4, 2012 Obituaries

Rachel M. Couture
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Rachel M. Couture, 44, of Newport, died suddenly on December 20, 2011, at her home.
She was born November 16, 1967, in Newport, a daughter of Damien and Lucille (Guillette) Couture.
Ms. Couture was a cosmetologist at Hairlines by Tracey in Derby. She was an active member of the Mater Dei Parrish of Newport, as well as the Blessed Sacrament Church in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she was a member for 20 plus years. She assisted with the Adoration Chapel as well as being a reader, cleaning the church, and doing God’s work.
She loved her family, which includes her many aunts, uncles, and especially her cousins of which there are many, as well as many friends.
She enjoyed gardening, working in many different areas of crafts, and she was always willing to give a hand to anyone including just listening.
She is survived by her sister Michelle Longtin and by Ms. Longtin’s two children: Abigail and Benjamin Longtin of Manchester; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Manchester.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 14 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03104. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
James Archie Cunningham
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James Archie Cunningham, 78, of Orleans died on December 24, 2011.
He was born on April 3, 1933, in St. Johnsbury, to Rose and John Cunningham.
Mr. Cunningham enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a kid at heart who knew how to joke around and put a smile on your face. He was a jack of all trades doing anything from road construction to farm work to working on trucks.
He is survived by two children: his son James Cunningham of Irasburg, and his daughter Tammy Cole and her husband, Terry, of Brownington; four loving grandchildren: Heather, Kassie, James and Amber Cunningham of Newport; four very special great-grandchildren: Jeremiah, Javan, Brooke, and Ella of Newport; his sister Viola Cunningham Parker, and her one son and three daughters, of New York; his ex-wife Phyllis McKinney of Orleans; and by many other friends and family members. He was predeceased by both parents: John Cunningham of Massachusetts and Rose Cunningham (Alma) of New York; and his siblings: Eddie Cunningham, Clara Cunningham, and Della Cunningham (Mitchell).
Services will be held at the convenience of the family some time in mid-spring. Cards to the family may be sent to P.O. Box 93, Newport Center, Vermont 05857. To make any other contributions in his memory, please call (802) 673-0313 to make arrangements.
Notes of condolence may also be sent to Phyllis McKinney at 25 Church Street, Apartment 2, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Mary L. (Safford) Curtin
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Mary L. (Safford) Curtin, 61, of Westerly, Rhode Island, died on December 20, 2011, in her home surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Curtin was born on July 16, 1950, in Hartford, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Madeline (Lake) and John D. Safford of Bloomfield, Connecticut. She was a graduate of Bloomfield High School.
For many years, Mrs. Curtin lived in East Charleston, before moving to Westerly over 20 years ago. She made friends everywhere she went and brightened lives with her kindness, compassion and constant understanding.
She especially loved sailing in the Virgin Islands with her husband, Geoff. And in the past couple years, nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her new grandson, Leo.
She leaves behind countless close friends in Vermont and Bloomfield, as well as in the Westerly area.
Mrs. Curtin was the beloved wife of Geoffrey Curtin of Westerly, a devoted mother to her daughter, Hannah Curtin, and a loving grandmother to her three-year-old grandson, Leonardo Paradise.
She is survived by her brothers: Duncan Safford of Derby Line, and Stewart Safford of Fort Myers, Florida; and by her stepdaughter Melanie Curtin of Washington, D.C.
A memorial service was held December 27, 2011, in Westerly. Burial took place December 28, 2011, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bradford Jonnycake Center, Inc., P.O. Box 273, Westerly, Rhode Island 02891.
Laura E. Decker
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Laura E. Decker, 88, of Orleans died on December 27, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on April 30, 1923, in Calais, a daughter of Vern and Minnie (Spraig) Wheeler. On August 29, 1942, she married Harry Decker who predeceased her on August 30, 2008.
Mrs. Decker was a member of the Orleans Federated Church and the Community Circle and she was also a Justice of the Peace for 36 years. Mr. and Mrs. Decker traveled a lot, after his retirement, with the Community Circle and enjoyed going to dances at the Elks Club. She made latch hook rugs for many of her family members. The most important events in Mrs. Decker’s life were family visits and gatherings which she thoroughly enjoyed, and secondly her many friends.
Mrs. Decker is survived by her two children: Terrence Decker of Newport and Lori Mayhew and her husband, Larry, of North Troy; six grandchildren: Christopher Decker and his wife, Deb, of South Carolina, Lance Decker of Newport, Daniel LaBarron and his fiancé, Stephanie Blouin, of Newport, Caitlyn LaBarron and her companion, Dennis Labbee, of North Troy, Megan Simpson and her husband, Devon, of North Troy, and Amanda Effrig and her husband, Mark, of Derby Line; by seven great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Megan LaBarron, in 1987; by her sister Mildred Davidson; and by her daughter-in-law Madeleine Decker.
Funeral services were held December 31, 2011, in Orleans. Spring interment will be held at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
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-converse-rushford.com.
Lorraine R. Gaire
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Lorraine R. Gaire, 71, died on December 23, 2011.
She was born in St. Albans on March 21, 1940, a daughter of Vincent and Irene Rushford. Ms. Gaire grew up in North Troy and Newport where she graduated from Sacred Heart High School. She moved to New York City to attend The College of Mount St. Vincent, and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry. She earned her master of arts in teaching degree at Montclair State College in New Jersey.
While raising her family, she served on the board of education in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and worked for the New Jersey State Board of Education. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Gaire worked for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and developed some of their most creative and groundbreaking tools in education testing and program design.
After retirement, she moved to Strafford, New Hampshire, where she made many friends and enjoyed many activities including: the Strafford Garden Club, hiking, book club, bridge, crossword puzzles, travel, yoga, and watching her favorite sports teams. The Strafford Garden Club recently honored her with their “Citizen of the Year” award. She served as vice-president, as well as co-chair of the plant sale, and planner of the River Birch Garden. She was very passionate about the environment and worked diligently on various committees as secretary of the Managed Growth Group, and an active member of Bear Paw Regional Greenways.
Ms. Gaire’s intelligence and wit were always an inspiration to her many friends and family.
She is survived by her daughters and her sisters and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Donations may be made to Bear Paw Regional Greenways, www.bear-paw.org; or to the Salvation Army in Rochester, New Hampshire, www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Carolyn D. Gray
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Carolyn D. Gray, 85, of Glover died on December 22, 2011, in Newport.
She was born April 21, 1926 in Barton, a daughter of John and Gertrude (Green) Baird. On May 15, 1946, she married Robert Gray who predeceased her on December 17, 2001.
She graduated from Heath Graded School in Barton.
Mrs. Gray’s first employment was with Progressive Furniture in Barton. Later in her life, she was a nurse’s aide at what is now Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
She was a member of the Glover Community Church and its Women’s Union. She was a member of the American Legion Post #76 Auxiliary and a longtime treasurer for the Perron Hill Home Dem Club in Glover. She was also a scorekeeper for the Glover Gustos women’s softball team. Her hobbies included embroidery, reading, playing bingo, and watching horse pulling.
She is survived by her sons: Donald Gray of Springfield and Ron Gray and his wife, Elaine, of Waterford; and by her grandchildren: Christopher and Meghan Gray; by her sister Cora Paquette of Bellows Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters: Dale Baird, Beverly Baird, and Barbara Gray; five half-sisters: Irene Brooks, Jenny Sanborn, Minnie Monier, Lena Hinton and Ila Davis; and by three brothers: Ray, Lyle, and Emery Baird.
Funeral services were held on December 28, 2011, in Glover. Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Union House Nursing Home Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Earlene Marie Ross
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Earlene Marie Ross, 75, of Newport, died on December 26, 2011, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born October 4, 1936, in Port Jervis, New York, a daughter of Rutherford and Lillian (Rogers) Ross. She graduated from Matamoras High School in Matamoras, Pennsylvania.
During her lifetime, she was employed as a seamstress by Anmore Company Manufacturing and as a cashier at the Grand Union Supermarket in Port Jervis.
She enjoyed crocheting, making Christmas ornaments, and she held membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars post #798 Auxiliary.
She is survived by her children: Florence May Robbins of Newport, Lawrence Calvin Robbins Jr. of Newport, Erin Earlene Robbins of Newport Center, and Shawn Michael Robbins of Newport; and by the following grandchildren: Shawn, Michael, Jessica, Tasha, Everett, Joshua, Christopher, Amber, Timothy, Katina, and Stacey; by her great-grandchildren: Brooke-lyn, Jayson, Logan, Alexander, Ashtin, Isabella, Benjamin, and Payton; by her brothers: Bill Ross and his wife, Linda, of Key West, Florida, Melvin Ross and his wife, June, of Rapid City, South Dakota, Clare Ross and his wife, Carol, of Chino Valley, Arizona, and Thomas Ross and his wife, Jennilyn, of the Philippines; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Charlotte Louise Morgan; by her sister Lillian Ross; and by her brother Rutherford Eugene Ross.
Funeral services were held on Friday December 30, 2011, in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joseph Albert Ryda
Joseph Albert Ryda, 66, of Lyndonville died on December 27, 2011, at his home.
He was born in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Adele (Kennedy) Ryda.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Mr. Ryda was a self-employed landscaper for many years. He also had worked at Joe’s Garage in Ludlow, Massachusetts, for a few years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and four-wheeling.
He is survived by his cousins: Thomas and Marlene Kennedy of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Brian and Deanna Kennedy of Jeffersonville, and Kimberly and Craig Kitovich of Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held at a later date at the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts. There are no calling hours.
Marjorie Post Toombs
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Marjorie Post Toombs, 86, of Monkton, and a summer resident of Island Pond, died on December 24, 2011.
Ms. Toombs was born on November 26, 1925, the daughter of William J. and Marjorie R. Post. She raised her family of four daughters in Massapequa, New York. Her life’s passions were dogs and Morgan horses.
Ms. Toombs leaves behind her daughters and their families: Leslie and James Bell of Saratoga Springs, New York, Patricia and Alan Cole of Westmore, and Joanne and Fred Doucette of Monkton; her brother W. Deane Post of Massapequa; and a son-in-law, Andrew Vessalico also of Massapequa.
She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth L. Toombs, and her daughter Nancy Parke Vessalico.
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December 21, 2011 Obituaries

Marjorie Blake
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Marjorie Blake, 94, of Orleans died on December 15, 2011, at her home in Orleans surrounded by her loving family.
She was born December 4, 1917, in Bedford, New Hampshire, a daughter of Glyde and Helena (Spencer) Fox. On September 16, 1939, she married Harley Blake who predeceased her in 1994.
She was a long time member of the Orleans Federated Church and honorary member of the book and thimble club of Orleans. Ms. Blake enjoyed cooking and caring for her family.
She is survived by her five children: Eleanor Willis and her husband, Stanley, of Orleans, Wayne Blake and his soul mate, Carol Temple, of Newport Center, Betty Racine and her husband, Paul, of Orleans, Linda Chadburn and her husband, Gordon, of Irasburg, and Harry Blake of Orleans; her grandsons: Randy Blake, Derick Blake and his wife, Ann Marie, Brad Blake and his wife, Sue, Ryan Racine and his wife, Joan, Jason Racine and his wife, Melissa, Jeremy and Jeff Blake, and Kyle Chadburn and his wife, Sarah; her 13 great-grandchildren, her two great-great-grandchildren; her cousins: Marion Aldrich of Brownington and Harold Fox of Cornish, New Hampshire; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Blake of Derby. She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Monica Blake; two sisters: Priscilla LaCivita and Pauline Fox; and by a nephew, Francis LaCivita.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Rick Menard officiating. Spring interment will be held at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Federated Church, School Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Orleans Senior Meal Site, care of Irene Lanoue, 23 Maple Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Robert “Bob” Burke
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Robert D. “Bob” Burke, 73, of Glover and Winter Haven, Florida, died on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, Florida, with his wife Brenda by his side, following a brief illness.
He was born January 18, 1938, in St. Johnsbury, the only child of Albert and Lois (Sheldon) Burke.
Mr. Burke graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School as Valedictorian in 1956. He then began a 48-year career with the Sears & Roebuck Co. in St. Johnsbury where he started in the service station and then transferred into the store as a salesman. He was known as “Mr. Sears.”
Mr. Burke was definitely a New Englander and a fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and NASCAR racing. He spent many good years at his summer home on Shadow Lake in Glover where he enjoyed fishing and riding on his pontoon boat with his family and many friends. Every summer he looked forward to a get-together with his former co-workers from Sears. He had spent the last 7 years wintering in Winter Haven with Brenda enjoying the warmer climate and people there. He was known as the fix-it man and did any kind of work for anyone in need. He will be missed by many including those in Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Brenda (Emery) Burke of Glover and Winter Haven; their two children: Robyn Baillargeon of St. Johnsbury, and David Burke and his wife, Judy, of Sheffield; three grandchildren: Jamie Warriner and her husband, James, of Center Barnstead, New Hampshire, Daniel Baillargeon and his wife, Meredith, of Lyndonville, and Christopher Burke of Sheffield; and two great-grandchildren: Abbygail Warriner and Lane Baillargeon. He was predeceased by his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 21, at 3 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville with Mr. John Sleeper officiating. Spring burial will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Donations made in his memory may be directed to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Glendon M. Goodwin
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Glendon M. Goodwin, 89, of Newport died suddenly on December 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 31, 1922, in Craftsbury, a son of Fred and Delia (Wells) Goodwin. On June 17, 1952, he married Ardys Smith who survives him.
He was an inspector for Agri-Mark. He held memberships with the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 and the Old Timers baseball team. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and he enjoyed ice fishing and going to hunting camp with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ardys Goodwin, of Newport; by his children: Karleen Lanoue of Barton, Kerry Goodwin and his wife, Carmen, of San Diego, California, Karen Goodwin of Newport, Kim Chamberlin and her husband, Ronald, of Albany, and Karl Goodwin of Newport; by his grandchildren: Andre Lanoue and his friend, Jessica, Amy Braun and her husband, Bill, Donnie Goodwin and his wife, Karen, Arthur Hull and his wife, Cindy, Nanette Duckless, Ryane Davis and partner, Tonya Davis, Thomas, Shane, and Cameren Goodwin; by his twelve great-grandchildren; by a brother, Philip Goodwin of Albany; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Geraldine Dwyer; by his brother Gayland Goodwin; by his grandson Billy Hull; and by his first wife Pearlene Mackres.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in the spring at the Albany Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Paul E. “Cubby” Goulet
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Paul E. “Cubby” Goulet, 84, of Island Pond died on December 13, 2011, in Newport, with family and friends at his side.
He was born August 17, 1927, in Rochester, New Hampshire, a son of Joseph and Ellen (Daley) Goulet. He graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond and attended one year at the University of Vermont. Mr. Goulet was a dispatcher for the Canadian National Railroad in Gorham, New Hampshire. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Brighton Post #80 and the Orleans Country Club where he was club champion for thirteen years. He was also a good basketball player, excellent golfer, and baseball player.
He is survived by his brother John Goulet of Canton, Michigan; six nieces and nephews and their spouses; ten grandnieces and -nephews; and two great-grandnieces and -nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Goulet.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Beverly Ann (Kaiser) Miller
Beverly Ann (Kaiser) Miller, 60, of Coventry and formerly of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, where she lived most of her life, died on December 15, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on October 23, 1951, in Brattleboro, a daughter of Joseph Howard and Alice Zada (Walker) Kaiser. Mrs. Miller graduated from Brattleboro High School in the Class of 1969.
On October 12, 1996, she married Charles Q. Miller who survives her.
She was a bookkeeper in the Keene, New Hampshire area and was a certified nurse’s aide. She was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #1034 in Brattleboro, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #23 in Orleans, and the Fraternal of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Aerie #4329 in Newport.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband Charles Miller of Coventry; a brother, Peter M. Kaiser of Farmington, New Hampshire; and a sister, Kathleen N. Foote of Rockwood, Maine. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Alice Kaiser; and a brother, Howard Walker Kaiser, who was killed in action in Vietnam.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Kathleen Mary Rediker
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Kathleen Mary Rediker, 68, died on Thursday, December 15, 2011, alone in her house at Mad Brook, a loosely knit collective in East Charleston where she had been living since its formation in the late sixties.
Ms. Rediker was born to Frederick and Elizabeth (Freeman) Rediker and attended King Jr. High in Portland, Maine.
In poor health for the last couple of years, her death was discovered by the people she counted as family, who looked in on her daily, and with whom she played Chinese checkers, a game she played avidly and often with wicked delight.
Among her friends she was known as a woman who wore many hats. From Kate the Red to Plant Lady, she had a steely inner strength. She was the first woman at Mad Brook to build her own house and tour the back roads in one of Toyota’s early four-wheel drives that looked like a Jeep. In the late seventies, she went back to college where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1981 from Lyndon State College.
In the papers left behind she listed the areas that she thought best defined her occupation: art, craft, education, human service, and herbalist-gardener. She took special pride in the herbs she grew, and toward the end of her life published a book, Northern Light Plants, a description of herbs and their medicinal uses. For years she was part of the crew that publishes the Green Mountain Trading Post.
Born in Presque Isle, Maine, Ms. Rediker often wore wide-brim hats that could make her appear like a transplanted Southerner. She wore the hats to protect her skin from the sun and she often dressed in outfits that would have looked familiar on the kind of no-nonsense dolls she might have played with as a kid. Whether summer or winter, she had a look of dressing in layers.
Quiet with a voice that rose not much higher than a whisper, Ms. Rediker possessed a laugh that was nobody’s business. A laugh that started off as a cackle, it came rolling out of her deep like from behind a barn door; it came on and on and on, wave after wave until, rising like an ocean swell breaking on the wharves in Portland, it affected everyone nearby, causing some to laugh deliriously, even if they didn’t have a clue. Making mirth was one of her exceptional charms.
“I keep trying to imagine the Madbrook mountainside without Kate’s laughter, low like Bessie Smith’s voice, her eye crinkling in ‘we understand each other’ way,” wrote an old friend from afar upon learning of her death.
Tiny, tough, independent Ms. Rediker who came to a rugged corner in Vermont with a degree in art education from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, fashioned a life of her own and endured. In instructions written in a neat hand and in a manner of someone who raised herbs in a ten-week garden, she advised her friends what to do with the “residue of my remains.”
She asked that her ashes be buried in her garden under the Hawthorne tree, and she was particular in advising how and when they were to be buried. To the last, she was all about taking care of business in the way someone might who was raised in Maine and lived out her life frugally in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
She leaves behind three sisters: Helen Rediker of South Portland, Maine, Ann Dillon of Portland, and Evelyn Kenny, address unknown. Her father died in 1978; her mother, 1987. She also lost two brothers: Freeman Rediker and Franklyn Rediker.
Ms. Rediker left her house in the hands of Mad Brook Farm. As instructed, her ashes will be buried in the spring.
Sergeant Scott Fraser West
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Sergeant Scott Fraser West, 53, of Albany died unexpectedly on December 10, 2011, at his home.
He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and the Vermont National Guard, having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005.
He was a graduate of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York.
He is survived by a son, Evan Hollis West of Johnson; his brother Greg West of Albany; his sister Victoria and her husband, Tony Bueti, of Mount Kisco, New York and Albany; his sister Christina W. Moir of Mapleton, Maine; his niece Kathleen Grow; and his nephews: John and Joe Moir. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Christina Buchanan West, formerly of Mount Kisco, New York, and Craftsbury Common.
There will be no service at this time. The family is planning a graveside military service to be held at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph and a family service at the family lot at the East Craftsbury Cemetery, both in the spring.
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December 14, 2011 Obituaries

Harold K. Davis
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Harold K. Davis, 77, of Orleans died on December 5, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on September 29, 1934, in Norton, a son of Preston H. and Glenna (Falconer) Davis. On June 27, 1964, he married Patricia Cook who survives him.
Mr. Davis was a saw operator at Ethan Allen where he retired after 35 years of service. He served in the Vermont National Guard for seven years.
He enjoyed trapping minks, raccoons and muskrats, and dancing with his wife, Patty. He was a former member and officer of the Grange, and the Orleans Order of the Eastern Star.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Patricia Davis of Barton; his two children: Gabriel Davis of Newport and Rebecca Baker and her husband, Shawn, of Concord, New Hampshire; two grandchildren: Phoebe Hazel and Olivia Rose Baker of Concord, New Hampshire; by his mother-in-law Alice Cook; by his brothers-in-law: Everett and Kevin Cook; by his sister-in-law Mona Bouler of Newport; by his niece Stephanie Hyland and her husband, Eric, of Connecticut; by his nephew Thomas Bouler and his wife, Tiphany; and their families, and by several cousins; and by his uncle Raymond Falconer of Canada.
Funeral services were held in Barton on December 9.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mary Anna Anita Forcier
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Mary Anna Anita , 79, of Newport died on December 5, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on March 20, 1932, in Montgomery Center, a daughter of Harland Arthur and Marie Rachel Aline (Richer) Guyette.
On June 2, 1952, she married Fernand Forcier Sr. who survives her.
Mrs. Forcier owned and operated the Country Shop in Newport where she baked assorted cakes. She was a cook at Wayne’s Snack Bar in Newport Center, the former Top Deck on Lake Road, and the Newport Hotel. Mrs. Forcier was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and Past Regent, Ladies of St. Anne, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and she also was a volunteer at the American Red Cross and the Cancer Society.
She is survived by her husband Fernand Forcier Sr. of Newport; her children: Fernand Forcier Jr. and his wife, Linda “Cookie” Nadeau Forcier, of West Charleston, and Lynn Forcier of Newport: her grandchildren: Shawn, Jeremy, Dawn Marie, Michael Forcier, Christianna Noelle Hurd, and Keira Lin Hurd; her great-grandchildren: Oliva Raven Sky, Donovan Vincent, Connor, Trinity Forcier, and Jay-Shawn Sinclair; her brothers: Leo Rene Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport, and Roland Victor Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; many nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Guyette, of Derby; and by special friends: Connie Daigle and her husband, Conrad, of Newport, Ann Berrio of Newport, Denise Wright of Barton, and Amelia and Frank Ormsbee of Newport. She was predeceased by two brothers: Clement Joseph Guyette and Joseph Arthur Guyette.
Funeral services were held on December 9 in Newport. Interment followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Irene L. Fortier
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Irene L. Fortier, 86, of Westfield died on December 2, 2011, in Derby.
She was born on December 6, 1924, in Manchester, New Hampshire to Albert and Florida (Baron) Allard. Mrs. Fortier married Roger E. Fortier, with whom she had five children in the early 1940s, three of whom survive her.
Mrs. Fortier had various jobs throughout her life including at the Manchester shoe shops and the Fuller Brush Company. She and her husband spent many years in Florida, living in Miami, St. Petersburg, and Ocala. She enjoyed cooking holiday meals, reading, and playing bingo. Mrs. Fortier was a grandmother to ten grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons: Leo Fortier and his wife, Terry, of Manchester and Bruce Fortier and his wife, Jill, of Westfield; by her daughter Alice Ranieri of Newport Center; and by her sister Alice Simard of Manchester. She was predeceased by her husband Roger E. Fortier in 1996; by two sons: Robert and Richard Fortier; and by three brothers: Wilfred, Arthur, and Leo Allard.
A private service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Westfield Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Kaylynne Mae Patricia Matten
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Kaylynne Mae Patricia Matten, 7, died suddenly on December 6, 2011, in Newport, after a short illness.
She was born September 9, 2004, in Newport, a beloved daughter of Justin and Nicole (Craig) Matten.
Kaylynne attended Barton Graded School. She loved all animals and especially enjoyed her chickens. Kaylynne was very sweet. She loved hugs and going hunting with her Dad. She also enjoyed four-wheeling, getting dirty, and making various crafts with her Mom.
She is survived by her parents, Justin and Nicole Matten of Barton; her sisters: Brooklynne and Alexandra Matten; by a brother, Nathaniel Slade-Matten, all of Barton; by her grandparents: Linda Kirk, Wendy and Michael Carter, Pete and Kathy Matten, Roger LeBlanc, and Joseph Craig; by her great-grandparents: Pauline Fairbrother, Andre and Wilma Therrien, Sonny Matten, and Romie and Berta Craig; by a special aunt, Carly Perron; and by many, many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Jayden Matten, and by her grandmother, Patricia Matten.
Funeral services were held December 13 in Newport. Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Kaylynne’s memory to Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Robert Cleon Wells
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Robert Cleon Wells, 52, of Keene, New Hampshire, died on November 29, 2011, in Keene.
Mr. Wells was born on October 7, 1959, in Hartford, Connecticut, a son of June (Hart) and Rene Wells Sr. Mr. Wells was a graduate of North Country Union High School Class of 1977. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and many of his friends. Mr. Wells also enjoyed being outdoors with wildlife and loved the ocean shore in Florida.
He is survived by his two children: Christopher Wells and his companion, Jamie Pell, of New Port Richey, Florida, and Geromy Wells of Newport; his grandchildren: Joshua, Brooke, and Jazmin Wells, and a future grandchild expected in June; his five brothers: Roy Wells of Derby Line, Richard Wells and his wife, Vicky, of Derby, David Wells of Newport, Wade Wells and his wife, Susan, of Lyndonville, and Mark Wells and his wife, Cindy, of Newport; a sister, Diane Lawson and her husband, John, of Derby; two brothers-in-law: Wilbur Baraw and Michael Paradis both of Newport; and by his aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers: Rene Wells Jr. and Wayne Wells; and two sisters: Gloria Paradis and Beverly Baraw.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating. Friends may call on December 16 at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Death notices
Scott F. West, 53, of Albany, formerly of Craftsbury Common, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at his home. A complete obituary will follow when arrangements are complete.
Florence M. (Swett) Guyette, 91, of Newport died on December 7, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Interment will be in the spring in Lowell.
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December 7, 2011 Obituaries

Harry L. Burnham
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Harry L. Burnham, 70, of Barton died on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at North Country Hospital in Newport following a brief illness.
He was born in Barton on January 19, 1941, the son of George Burnham and Annie Stone Burnham. He was raised by his mother, Annie, and her husband, Albert Mason. He attended school in Albany and served his country in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Burnham lived in Brookfield, Massachusetts, prior to returning to Albany in the late 1970s. He was employed at Barton Motors for many years as an auto mechanic. He then established his own business, Burnham Boat Slings, making and selling accessories for sculling boats, and later had a woodworking shop in Albany.
Mr. Burnham enjoyed the outdoors; if he saw a mountain he had to climb it. He loved tenting on the mountains with his sons, deer hunting, fishing, and in later years had worked for the state of Vermont as a guide for moose hunting and doing moose counts. He played men’s softball for several years, and in recent years enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. For the past few years, he had made his home at the senior apartments in Barton where he was blessed with loving and caring friends.
He leaves two sons: Michael and his partner, Gina Miller, of Holland, and Douglas and his wife, Mary, of Irasburg; a daughter, Paula Cote of Newport; two sisters: Carol Carey and her husband, Louis, and Gail Paquette and her husband, Tom, both of Massachusetts; eight grandchildren: Morgan and Eythan Burnham, Eric and Sarah Burnham, Robert and Jonathan Cote, and Alex and Benjamin Duranleau. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, George; and his daughter, Mellissa Tinker, who died October 22, 2011.
A graveside service was held December 4, at the Albany Village Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Barton Chamber Apartments, Activities, P.O. Box 248, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Dorothy Anna Doremus
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Dorothy Anna Doremus, 85, of Barton died on November 27, 2011, in Newport.
She was born May 11, 1926, in New York City, a daughter of Charles and Helen Kruger. She graduated from Bound Brook High School in Bound Brook, New Jersey.
On December 3, 1966, she married Harry Doremus who survives her. Mrs. Doremus was a Classification Officer for the Corrections Department for the state of New Jersey. She was also a secretary for Walden Harding Company of Somerset, New Jersey.
Her hobbies included knitting, and crocheting, and she gave her items away to the Federated Church in Orleans and special friends. She was also a doll collector and a former member of the Orleans Federated Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Bound Brook.
She is survived by her husband Harry Doremus of Barton; her children: Charles Miller and his wife, Sue, of South Bound Brook, New Jersey, Jeff Doremus and his wife, Karen, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Lynne Russell and her husband, Scott of Tunbridge, and Christine Doremus of Tunbridge; her six grandchildren; her two great-grandsons; her one great-great-granddaughter; her sister Helen Michalowski and her husband, John, of St. Augustine, Florida; her sister-in-law MaryAnn Kruger of South Bound Brook; her five nieces; her two nephews; and by close family friends: Michele, Karen, Richie, and Karl. She was predeceased by a daughter, Jeanne Flax, and by two brothers: Eugene and Edward Kruger.
Services will be held at a later date at her home. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Eleanor M. Griggs
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Eleanor M. Griggs, 77, of Craftsbury died on Thursday evening, December 1, 2011, at North Country Hospital, in Newport, following a long illness.
She was born in Eden on November 8, 1934, the daughter of Hughie and Beatrice (Ingalls) McLean.
She attended Eden Mountain, Paradise Valley and Eden Corners schools. She later attended Goddard College, just short of a bachelor’s degree in early education.
On November 30, 1952, Mrs. Griggs was married to Reginald L. Griggs at the parsonage in Craftsbury Common; 59 years were celebrated the day prior to her passing. They made their home on Collinsville Road in Craftsbury. Mrs. Griggs worked at the Ware Knitters in Hardwick, made Christmas wreaths and garlands, selling some across the nation as well as worldwide. Mrs. Griggs earned a Ford Foundation Grant in 1971 which was an honor bestowed to only seven at that time. She earned this grant to gather information from across the country to establish early education centers in Vermont. She sat on the National Board to establish educational television, including Sesame Street.
Mrs. Griggs enjoyed many years teaching vacation Bible school at the United Church in Craftsbury Common. She played the piano and guitar with the Eden Mountain Boys band for many years, playing and singing and calling square dances. She also was an artist, enjoying painting, drawing and crafts, including knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and needlepoint. She also loved the outdoors, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and made cakes, many wedding cakes. She mostly enjoyed time with her family and extended family. After retirement, she and Mr. Griggs spent winters in Florida.
She leaves her husband, Reginald Griggs of Craftsbury; her daughter Debra Lamphere and her husband, Larry, of Lowell; her brother John McLean and his wife, Virginia, of Eden; her sister Shirley McLean of Arcadia, Florida; her grandchildren: Germain and Joni Houle, Nichole Houle and Randy, Deija Burbank, Jessica Griggs, Jolene Griggs and Lucas Griggs; her great-grandchildren: Gage, Gerry, Exavier, Chance, Nacara, Samantha, Benjamin, Isaiah and Abbigail; her step-grandchildren: Larry, Jeremiah, Roxanne, Kaylynn and Forrest Lamphere and Patricia Drew; her daughter-in-law, Deborah Miller; as well as many step-great-grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many extended family members. Mrs. Griggs was also the mother of two bear cubs: Yogi and Smokey who were born in 1960 and placed back in the wild at around six months old. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers: James and William; her sister Beverly Clark; and her beloved son, Gerald “GG” Griggs, who died in 2007.
A funeral service will be held Friday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common on Thursday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Philippe William Guay
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Philippe William Guay, 52, of Island Pond died on November 27, 2011, in Burlington.
He was born March 11, 1959, in Newport, a son of Pauline (Elliott) Guay and the late Gerard Guay. Mr. Guay graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1977.
He was employed as a carpenter in Burlington, and he also at one time was employed by Lyndon Office Equipment. His hobby was photography.
He is survived by his children: Staff Sergeant William Monfette, United States Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jessica Monfette of Orleans, Jeffrey Monfette and his wife, Marijah, of Morgan, and Eric Guay of Island Pond; his mother Pauline Guay of Island Pond; his grandchildren: Alyssa Monfette, Kaitlyn and Logan Verge, and Chase Monfette; his sisters: Leesa Guay Timpson and her husband, Cliff, of Milton, and Denise Clough of Burlington; a step-brother, Richard Perry, and his wife, Gayle, of Danville; his companion Susan McNulla of Island Pond; his nephew Ian Clough; his step-nephew and -niece Travis and Angela Perry; and by Deborah and Shayne Monfette of Irasburg, the mother and adoptive father of William, Jeffrey, and Jessica Monfette. He was predeceased by his father Gerard Guay in 1983.
Funeral services were held December 1, in Island Pond. Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Earl E. Martin
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Earl E. Martin Sr., 75, of Island Pond died on November 30, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 4, 1936, in Coteau-Station, Quebec, a son of Daniel and Myrtle (Aseltine) Martin. On December 31, 1955, he married Ruth Wood who survives him.
Mr. Martin was an equipment operator for Green Mountain Mulch in Derby. Among his hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Martin of Island Pond; by his 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 Derby; by ten grandchildren: Lance, Corey, Adam, Cody, Dawn, Andrew, Aimee, Eric, Jessica and Martin; and by his great-grandchildren: Chance, Sarah, Taylor, Connor, Austin, Leo, Lucas, Brooklynn, Gracie, Corey, James, Austin and Paul; by his sister Beatrice Gentley of Compton, New Hampshire; by his sister-in-law Eva Martin of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers: Floyd and Daniel Martin; and by three sisters: Myrtle Morrisette, Louella Covey, and Blanche Giroux.
A graveside service was held December 5 at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Dr. Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport,Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Beatrice A. Whittier
Beatrice Ann Whittier, 65, of Barton died on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at her residence.
She was born June 30, 1946, in Barton, the daughter of the late Edson and Ethel (Paul) Basford. She attended Barton Academy. Following her education, she moved to Massachusetts, where she was employed as a waitress at Dunkin’ Donuts. She later was a caregiver to the elderly. Ms. Whittier retired in 1983. She enjoyed playing bingo, knitting and basketball.
Survivors include a daughter, Glory Anne Daignault of Shaftsbury; four sisters: Beverly Messier of Florida, Phoebe Kimball of Coventry, Gloria White of Greensboro and Lorraine Gillfillian of Nashua, New Hampshire; two granddaughters: Hannah and Hillary, both of Shaftsbury; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by five siblings: Myrna Brosseau, Barbara Isham, Charles Basford, Brian Basford and Bernard Basford.
To honor her request, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Death Notice
Jean Poppy Day died on December 4, 2011, at her home in Craftsbury, surrounded by loved ones.
A service will be planned for early summer of 2012. A complete obituary will follow in a future edition.
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