James W. Chapman Sr.
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
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
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
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
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 “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 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
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, 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.
Rachel M. Couture
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Robert “Bob” Burke
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
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.
Paul E. “Cubby” Goulet
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
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
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.
Harold K. Davis
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Harry L. Burnham
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
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
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
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.
Earl E. Martin
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.
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.
Robert Beerworth Sr.
Robert Beerworth Sr. of Jay died on November 24, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on December 11, 1931, in Newport to Alton and Bernice (Hazard) Beerworth, who predeceased him. Mr. Beerworth lived in North Troy and attended graded and high school in North Troy where he graduated in the Class of 1949.
In June of 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a high school airman recruit and had 18 months as an aviation machine mate. During the Korean conflict, he served in flight-testing new Navy fighter planes at Pawtuxet River, Maryland. At this same time, the eight astronauts were flying these test planes. Mr. Beerworth was honorably discharged from the Navy in April 1953.
For several years, he worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1955, he married the former Christine Gebler. They made their home in Rockville, Connecticut. In 1968, he moved his family to Jay. He was employed at Jay Peak for 28 years where he wore many hats, retiring in 1993. Mr. Beerworth served on the school board at North Country Union High School for twelve years and was chairman for two years. He was also a selectman for the town of Jay for several years and served as chairman for four years.
He leaves his wife Christine; his children: John Beerworth and his wife, Mary, of Shrewsbury, Susan Kopec, and Robert Beerworth, Jr., both of Jay; by the following grandchildren: Caeleigh and Connor Beerworth, and Kathryn, Candice, and Jonathan Kopec; his two brothers: Donald Beerworth and his wife, Dorothy, of Vernon, Connecticut, and Steve Beerworth and his wife, Mary, of Milton; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held on November 28 in North Troy. Interment followed in Jay Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Veronica Jeanne (D’Antonio) Finnegan
Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Jeanne Finnegan, 91, died on November 16, 2011, in Gardner, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Finnegan was born on March 30, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York, to James and Veronica (Murphy) D’Antonio, the eldest of their four children, and grew up in Queens, New York. She married John D. Finnegan in 1946 and moved to Burlington. In 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Finnegan moved to the Finnegan farm in Lowell where they raised seven daughters. After Mr. Finnegan’s death, Mrs. Finnegan moved from the farm to South Burlington and subsequently to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Mrs. Finnegan was a member of the first graduating class from the City of New York Queens College in 1941 where she earned a bachelor’s degree.
Mrs. Finnegan was a lifelong learner, keenly interested in civic affairs and current events. She enjoyed reading biographies, and historical accounts of the founding fathers and early U.S. Presidents and their wives. Mr. and Mrs. Finnegan enjoyed heated discussions on political issues, and believed it was their civic duty to form an educated opinion. Every election day, she voted, no matter the circumstances. Mrs. Finnegan served on the school board in Lowell, taught remedial reading in the elementary school for a few years, was a substitute teacher, and volunteered in the town library after her children were grown.
She cared deeply about individual rights and treated everyone with respect. She loved meeting new people of all ages and was eager to converse about their lives and interests. Her daughters’ extended families became her friends. Tiring of the Vermont winters, she moved to Virginia in 2003 where she owned a co-op apartment, enjoyed gracious retirement in a mild climate, and interacted with dozens of peers equally interested in lifelong learning and current events.
After her health declined, she moved to Gardner, Massachusetts in January 2010 to be near her daughter, Veronica, and family.
Mrs. Finnegan is survived by her brother James C. D’Antonio and his wife, Elizabeth; by countless nieces, nephews and cousins; by her seven devoted daughters: Alice Finnegan of Longmont, Colorado, Mary Rising and Peter of Brightwaters, New York, Elizabeth Ellis of Chinle, Arizona, Barbara Naramore of Suffolk, Virginia, Theresa Osborne and Bill of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Catherine Finnegan-Doyon and Marcel of Denver, Colorado, and Veronica Guay and Mario of Gardner; by her fifteen grandchildren: Sean Givens, Erika Grace and Melanie Sieger, Adalia, Badi, Ruhi, Vahid and Ruhiyyih Ellis, Justin Naramore, Mark and Blaire Osborne, Sara and Allison Finnegan-Doyon, and Joseph and Andrew Guay; and by nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John Finnegan; her brother John D’Antonio and his wife, Bernadette; her sister Elizabeth D’Antonio; and her dear son-in-law Bill Naramore.
Funeral services were held in Lowell.
In lieu of flowers, the families asks people to consider donating to Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc., care of Darlene Morrilly, executive director, MWCC Foundation, Inc., 444 Green Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440; or to City of New York Queens College Foundation, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Kiely Hall, Room 1306, Flushing, New York 11367.
Bonnie Jean Gendron
Bonnie Jean (Page) Gendron, 69, of Shorter, Alabama, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.
Mrs. Gendron graduated from North Troy High School in 1960. She loved the Red Sox and was a great fan of NASCAR. She also enjoyed cooking a lot.
Mrs. Gendron is survived by her husband Robert; her son Brian Gelo and his wife, Tuesday; her grandsons: Shawn and Jessie; her sisters: Marilyn Page and Sheila Joyal; her lifetime family friend Helen Corliss; her stepchildren: James Gendron, Robert Gendron, and Wendy Robere; her grandchildren: Bobby, Brian, and Christopher; her sisters-in-law: Gabrielle Page of Berwick, Maine, Racheal Page of Lakeland, Florida, and Susan Page of Traverse City, Michigan; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Evelyn Page; and by three brothers: Ronald, Dale and Jerry Page.
A celebration of both Mrs. Gendron’s life and her brother, Jerry, will take place in the spring with family and friends.
Contributions can be made to St. Jude for Children, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Harry Smith Royea Jr.
Harry Smith Royea Jr., 68, died suddenly on November 22, 2011, at his home in Derby.
He was born on July 27, 1943, in Newport to Teresa Snay and Harry Smith Royea Sr. Mr. Royea was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he was a helicopter mechanic stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He was employed for the last 21 years as a car man for CP Rail. He also worked for the state of Vermont Department of Corrections as a corrections officer and as a part-time night guard at North Country Union High School. Mr. Royea was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and of American Legion Post 21.
He loved playing his guitar, flying, and he loved trains.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his children: Bernie Royea and his wife, Tracey, of Derby, Sheryl Royea and her companion, Brad Fortin, of West Charleston, and Michelle Kelley and her companion, Pat Lanoue, of Derby; by his longtime companion, Holly Byers of Derby, and her children: Shawn, Tracy, and Christine Priest; his beloved dog, Mindy; the mother of his children, Roxanna Prue, of Newport; his sisters: Miriam Carr of Newport and Carolyn Elliott and her husband, Charles, of Newport; his grandchildren: Nicholas, Melissa, Brent, Michael, Justin, and Collin; his great-grandchildren: Aiden and Brooke; three nieces: Teresa Liberty, Melanie Elliott, and Courtney Elliott; and by his nephew Glenn Elliott. He is survived by his aunts: Joyce Bushaw of South Burlington and Phyllis Badger of Milton; his special friends, Maurice and Rhonda Besaw of Derby; and by his former sons-in-law: Kimball Kelley and George Kimball.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, with Reverend Laurence Wall officiating with military honors. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont, 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Royce Paul Wilson
Royce Paul Wilson, 87, a lifelong resident of Derby Line, died on November 25, 2011, in Newport.
Born in 1924, Mr. Wilson graduated from Derby Academy and worked for several years on the A.S. Palin Farm in Holland. He became employed by Caswell and O’Rourke, Inc. in 1951 and retired in 1989 after 38 years of service.
Mr. Wilson was an accomplished classical pianist and played the organ at the South United Church for many years. One of his hobbies was painting nature scenes in oil, pastel and water color. It was a proud moment for Mr. Wilson the day he was invited to display his artistic work for public viewing at the Haskell Free Library.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his twin sister Joyce Wilson of Denver, Colorado; his niece Lexie Rye and her husband, Arthur, of Fairfax; his nephews: Randy Bronson and his wife, Cindy, of Waterbury and Dale Wilson and his wife, Rachel, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; and by several grandnieces and -nephews as well as many lifelong friends including Mary, Bruce, Analesa and Eilish Muir of Derby Line. He was predeceased by his parents, Burns and Bessie (Monteith) Wilson; his sister Martha Bronson; and his brothers: Giles, his wife, Ruby, and Bernard.
Funeral services will be held in the spring at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating, followed by spring interment in Derby Line Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Wilson’s memory to the Haskell Free Library, care of Nancy Rumery, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may also be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Albert V. Collins
Albert V. Collins, 82, of Toms River, New Jersey, formerly of Verona, New Jersey, and Troy, died on November 11, 2011.
Mr. Collins was a decorated Korean War veteran, a life member of the VFW, and past VFW Post #6255 commander in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. He was a past officer of the Verona Ambulance Unit, a distinguished past president of the Montclair Kiwanis Club, a certified alcoholism counselor for the state of New Jersey, treasurer of the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, and chairman of the parish council of the Sacred Heart Church in Troy.
Mr. Collins graduated from Seton Hall University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He joined the Verona Trust Company in 1950, and retired from within as its vice-president in 1980. Mr. Collins joined the Mount Hebron Cemetery Association as its general manager and retired in 1991 to his home in Troy to pursue his love of animals on his “EZ Acres” farm. He performed the banking operations for student activity funds at North Country Union High School in Newport. In 2006, Mr. Collins relocated back to New Jersey to be near his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Collins is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Cecilia (Feeney); his children: Karen, Kathy, Albert, and Caroline; his 12 grandchildren; his two great-grandchildren; his brother Thomas Collins of Verona; and his sister Mary Jane O’Dea of Bloomfield, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his sisters Nancy and Patricia. He will be sadly missed by his family and countless friends in New Jersey and Vermont.
Entombment will be in the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Graymoor, P.O. Box 305, Garrison, New York 10524-0305.
Condolences may be sent to: The family of Al Collins, 73 Whitaker Drive, Toms River, New Jersey 08757.
Andre A. Garneau
Andre A. Garneau, 80, of Derby Line died on November 17, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on April 23, 1931, in St. Flavien, Quebec, a son of Alphonse and Marie-Ange (Paquet) Garneau.
On August 30, 1952, he married Jeannine Doyon, who survives him.
Mr. Garneau worked at Tivoli as a machinist until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working with wood, and reading westerns.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Garneau, of Derby Line; his five children: Marcel Garneau and his wife, Jeanie, of Derby Line, Carole Deroehn and her husband, James, of Derby, Giselle Garneau of Derby Line, Roland Garneau and his wife, Lisa, of Derby Line, and Carmen Garneau of Derby Line; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Therese Rodrigue, and her husband, Raymond, of Stanstead, Quebec. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held on November 22 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Hazen Gordan Niles
Hazen Gordan Niles, 88, died peacefully at home on Friday, November 18, 2011.
He was the second of three children born to the late Orrin and Maddie (Sanborn) Niles of Newport Center.
Mr. Niles graduated from Newport Center High School, then received his bachelor’s degree in education from Johnson State College and a master’s of education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where he was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi honor society.
His 45 years of work as both a teacher and school administrator were performed in Vermont and Texas. On Thanksgiving Day in 1969, he married Alice Schultz, an El Paso, Texas, teacher, with whom he enjoyed 33 years of marriage.
Mr. Niles is survived by his nephew and his wife, Larry and Lynn Messier, of Columbia, who cared for him in his declining years and with whom he made his home for the past 18 months. Other survivors include his nieces and nephews: Steve Messier of Enfield, Mike Messier of Columbia, Sue Blake of Delhi, New York, David Messier of Lebanon, and Debbie Robinshaw of Coventry, along with their children and grandchildren and his stepson John Schultz of Seattle, Washington. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; his parents, two sisters: Erma Horn of Vermont and Marion Messier of Mansfield; his nephew Todd Messier of Willington, Connecticut; his niece, Sheila Tenofsky of Keene, New Hampshire; and by his nephews Dayton Horn of Columbia and Lyndall Horne of Texas, whom he raised along with their brother, Darrell Horne of Poway, California, following his sister’s death.
He will be remembered fondly and with admiration for his generosity, kindness and commitment to family.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made in his name to the Saxton Free Library, care of Carol Kubala, 319 Route 87, Columbia, Connecticut 06237 to be used for the purchase of large print books, which he highly enjoyed reading, so that others can do the same.
There was a gathering on November 23 at the Potter Funeral Home in Willimantic, Connecticut, prior to the procession to a graveside service at the New Hebron Cemetery.
Please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com for the online memorial guest book.
Lucy Sparango, 94, of Newport Center died on November 18, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on February 17, 1917, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, a daughter of Ralph and Beatrice (Scotti) Sparango.
She was a clerk at the G.C. Murphy Co. in Pennsylvania. She was very much a dog lover.
She is survived by her niece Betty Barrett and her husband, Chris, of Newport Center. She was predeceased by seven brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will held in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Nora Alleyn, 77, died on November 13, 2011, in the company of her loving family.
She was born November 24, 1933. She owned homes in both Holland and Westmore, and was a frequent visitor to the area.
Out to sea
To seek a place to rest her precious soul.
She has left softly, in no pain
Surrounded by her so numerous loving friends and family.
There will be a screening of Jennifer Alleyn’s film, L’atelier de mon pere (“My Father’s Studio”), as a tribute to her aunt, Ms. Alleyn, on November 23 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts auditorium, 1379 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Family will receive condolences on Sunday, November 20, between noon and 3 p.m. There will be a ceremony in the chapel at 3 p.m. at the Complexe Funéraire Mont-Royal, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Québec [mountroyalcem.com; (514) 279-6540]. A reception will follow the ceremony.
Rebecca Lynn Bapp
Rebecca Lynn Bapp, 21, of Brownington died suddenly on November 12, 2011, at North Country Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was born on January 31, 1990, in Newport, to George and April (Chase) Bapp. Ms. Bapp graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 2008, as the valedictorian of her class. She earned her associate’s degree from Community College of Vermont in 2011 and was working on her bachelor’s degree at Johnson State College.
Ms. Bapp was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture at the Farm Service Agency in Newport and by the Community College of Vermont. She also worked occasionally at the Brownington Town Clerk’s office. Ms. Bapp spent most of her free time with her boyfriend, Dylan Dewing, and her cat, Mitzy. She also spent a lot of time with her family and loved them all dearly. Ms. Bapp enjoyed shopping and going to the movies with her sister and her mother. Her cousins, Chase and Dawson Walters, were more than just cousins. Rebecca, Hannah, Chase and Dawson enjoyed four-wheeling and camping together.
She is survived by her mother and father, April and George Bapp, and her only sister, Hannah Bapp, of Brownington; her boyfriend, Dylan Dewing, and his family; her great-grandmother, Beverly Harbec of Barton; her grandparents: Larry Chase and Beverly White of Brownington, and Linda Chase and Gerald Pray of Brownington, and Audrey Messier of Derby; her aunts and uncles: Eliza and Melvin Walters of Orleans, David and Julie Chase of Brownington, Charles and Diane Bapp of Barton, and Tammy and Steve Jewett of Irasburg; and her cousins: Chase and Dawson Walters of Orleans, Charlie, Heather and David Chase, Brent Bapp of Barton, Lance Bapp of Milton, and Lonnie Griffin of Irasburg. Ms. Bapp was predeceased by her grandfathers: Charles Bapp and Dale Messier.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, November 17, at the Brownington Center Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in her memory to the Rebecca Bapp Memorial Fund at any Community National Bank.
Glenn Andre Lanoue
Glenn Andre Lanoue, 56, of Orleans died on November 12, 2011, in Burlington.
He was born August 5, 1955, in Newport, a son of Irene (Carbone) Lanoue and the late Rouville Lanoue. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the Class of 1973.
On August 30, 1986, he married Carlene Mosher who survives him.
Mr. Lanoue was a masonry worker and for 17 years he was employed at the Orleans Country Club. He was a NASCAR fan of driver Jeff Burton, a New York Yankee fan, and he enjoyed fishing trips, golfing and horse racing with his good friend Lyman. He also enjoyed many adventurous road trips with his friends. He was a member of the Orleans Country Club.
Mr. Lanoue loved his family and friends dearly. He had a great sense of humor and liked to make people laugh.
He is survived by his wife Carlene Lanoue of Orleans; his two children whom he adored: Derek Lanoue of Orleans, and Kelley Lanoue and her friend, Eric Chadburn, of Concord; his mother Irene Lanoue of Orleans; his brother Peter Lanoue and his wife, Joanne, of Orleans; his nephews: Shawn Lanoue and his wife, Sheena, Jonathan Dimick, Brandon Campilango, Greg Perkins, and Christopher Mosher; his nieces: Barbara Rowell and her husband, E.J., and Lindsay Perkins and her friend, Derrick; his sisters-in-law: Crystal Perkins and her husband, Michael, of Irasburg, and Connie Campilango and her husband, Scott, of Saratoga Springs, New York; and by his brother-in-law Craig Mosher and his friend, Penny, of New York; and by many great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans with the Reverend Tim Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, November 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.
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.
Rouville S. Lanoue
Rouville S. Lanoue, 95, of Orleans died on November 9, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on September 10, 1916, in Brownington, a son of Polydor and Evelina (Choiniere) Lanoue. On April 19, 1953, he married Irene Carbone who survives him.
Mr. Lanoue was a veteran of World War Two. During his lifetime, he co-owned and operated Lanoue’s IGA Grocery Store in Orleans with his brother, Maurice (Pitt), and was also a mail carrier for the United States Post Office where he retired in 1979.
He was a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155, the American Legion Post #23 for 66 years, and was past post commander, and he was a charter member of the Orleans Lion’s Club where he received the Melvin Jones Award, its highest honor. Mr. Rouville was a past president of the Orleans Country Club. His hobbies included golfing and driving all over Northeast Kingdom. He loved being a Vermonter. He also was a woodworker and donated his crafts to the church.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Lanoue of Orleans; his sons: Peter Lanoue and his wife, JoAnne, and Glenn Lanoue and his wife, Carlene, all of Orleans; his grandchildren: Shawn and his wife, Sheena, Derick, Kelley, Barbara and her husband, E.J., and Jonathan; his great-grandchildren: Chelsea, Kristen, Austin, Cara, Madison, Logan, Gavan, and Enoch John V; his sister, Gesele Rinewalt, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers: John, Maurice, and Roland Lanoue; and by two sisters: Alice Gangemi and Yolande Banasiak.
Funeral services were held on November 15 in Orleans. Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Ella Iola (Powers) Nevens
Ella Iola (Powers) Nevens, 89, died on Sunday, November 6, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by family.
She was born in Elmore on May 19, 1922, the daughter of Alpheus W. and Eva (Stoddard) Powers.
She worked at Ware Knitters in Hardwick, the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, the Stowehof Inn in Stowe, and as a health care worker. She also sold Sarah Coventry jewelry and made many wreaths.
Mrs. Nevens moved to California in 1969 where she earned her GED and enrolled in a beauty school. She taught at a beauty school and went on to own her own beauty shop in Santa Ana, California. She also operated shops in several nursing homes before retiring and returning to Vermont in 1995.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing; also fishing, hunting and going to camp. She liked flowers and cooking, being with family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Johnson.
She leaves a son, John Phelps Jr., and his wife, Jeraldine, of Wolcott; a daughter, Marion Lawrence, and her husband, James, of Kuna, Idaho; six grandchildren: Jane Paine and her husband, Brent, of Morrisville, Jordon E. Phelps and his wife, Lynn, of Morrisville, Robert Lawrence and his wife, Maribel, of Colorado, Winona Lawrence and her husband, Dr. Chris Cusimano, of Idaho, Trisha Henderson of Michigan, and Andrew Lawrence of California; six great-grandchildren: Lauren Paine, Jordon M. Phelps, Zachary Phelps, Cheyanne Miller, Jesse Miller and Richard Wallace; two great-great-grandchildren: Matthew Lawrence and Cohen Ainsworth; a sister, Bessie Martin of Wolcott; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Robert Nevens, who died in 1985 in California; three brothers: Cecil, Elmer, and Marvin Powers; a sister, Clema Gates; and a great-grandson, Thomas Paine.
Private family services will be held in the spring at their convenience.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Johnson Food Shelf, P.O. Box 364, Johnson, Vermont 05656.
Joshua Dylan Pfenning
Joshua Dylan Pfenning, aka Pfinny, 35, died suddenly on Thursday, November 10, 2011, in Burlington.
Mr. Pfenning was born to Miranda Malcolm and Marcus Pfenning on November 6, 1976, in Middlebury.
Mr. Pfenning spent most of his childhood between Castleton and Westfield, where he attended elementary school and then moved on to North Country Union High School. Along the way, he made many bonds, always leaving a lasting impact on those he shared his life with. There were no strangers in his life because, to him, everyone was family.
Mr. Pfenning had a deep, everlasting love for his entire family. He played a large part in the guidance and upbringing of his siblings. His sacrifices, words of wisdom, and never-ending antics will continue to shape their characters and impact their decisions throughout life.
Mr. Pfenning had a passion for nature; he loved animals, hiking, camping, disc golf, and any other adventure he could pursue in the great outdoors. He was very well versed when it came to literature, and rarely went anywhere without a good book. He was an avid follower of sports, and a lifelong die-hard Yankees fan.
In February of 1998, Mr. Pfenning welcomed his darling daughter, Cassidy, into this world. In his eyes, there was never a prouder moment, or greater achievement, and from that moment on she was the light of his life.
He is survived by his mother, Miranda Malcolm; his maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Touchette; his beloved daughter, Cassidy; his siblings: Samantha Norman, Rachel Greeno, Willow Lafferty, Forrest Pfenning, Ian Kyhill, Iris Smith, and Taylor Kyhill; his step-parents: Steven and Teresa Kyhill, Shelly Pfenning, and Bob Rockwell; his close aunts and uncles: Sue and Roger Scott, Les Pfenning, and Vicky Lucier; as well as by many other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, six nephews and, of course, his innumerable friends. Mr. Pfenning was preceded in death by his father, Marcus Pfenning; his paternal grandparents, Phyllis Barnard and Wilbur Pfenning; and by his maternal grandfather, William Malcolm.
A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Wednesday, November 16, in Burlington. Attendants are encouraged to bring stories and photos to share.
In lieu of flowers, please send any monetary donations to Burlington’s AA District 2, P.O. Box 1212, Burlington, Vermont 05402.
Albert Pouliot, 90, of Newport died on November 11, 2011, in Newport.
He was born September 24, 1921, in St. Marguerite, Quebec, a son of Joseph and Lumina (Tardif) Pouliot. On June 24, 1946, he married Irene Goupil in Stanstead, Quebec. In 1952, he came to the Newport area to work for Earl Hackett Farms, and in 1958 he started his own business as a local painter until his retirement in 1983. During his lifetime he was a self-employed house painter. He held memberships with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport and the Curisillo Catholic Society.
Among his hobbies he enjoyed playing cards, bowling, gardening, and he was a coach for the softball league. He was also a fan of the Montreal Canadians.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Pouliot of Newport; his children: Laurent Pouliot of Middlebury, Nicole Poginy and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Jocelyn Pouliot and his wife, Barbara, of Newport Center, Clement Pouliot of Newport, Yvon Pouliot and his wife, Melanie, of Middlebury, Suzanne Coggeshall and her husband, Robert, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Joanne Allen and her husband, Danny, of North Troy; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; his two brothers: Reverend Fernand Pouliot, and Aristide Pouliot and his wife, Aline; his brothers-in-law: Paul Goupil and his wife, Carmen, Rene Goupil and his wife, Lucie, Denis Goupil and his wife, Bibianne, and Lionel Goupil; by his sisters-in-law: Rose Begin and her husband, Emilien, all of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Irene Goupil of Manchester; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers: Aime, Marielouis, Armand, and Adrien Pouliot; and by his sisters: Maria, Jeanne d’Arc, and Jacqueline.
Funeral services were held on November 14 in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Geralyn Tereasa (Kruegel) Schaaf (Jay)
Geralyn Tereasa (Kruegel) Schaaf (Jay), 49, of Newport died on Sunday, November 6, 2011, in Burlington, surrounded by her beloved husband, Robert Schaaf, her sons, Nicolas Robert and John Charles, and family and friends.
Born on July 18, 1962, she grew up in Union Beach, New Jersey, and moved to Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, residing in Newport in 2006.
She is survived by her father, George John Kruegel of Newport City; her brothers: Kenneth Kruegel of Spring Lake, New Jersey, John Kruegel of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and William Kruegel of Keyport, New Jersey; her sisters: Ellen Justin of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Joanne Burns of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy.
Funeral services were held on November 9 in Newport. Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.
Joshua A. Simons
Joshua A. Simons, 28, of Brownington died on Thursday, November 10, 2011, in Newport as the result of a tragic accident at his home.
He was born in Newport on April 27, 1983. Mr. Simons went to school in Irasburg and graduated from Lake Region Union High School. He was handicapped but in his own way he touched so many lives and he had many friends. He enjoyed music, being outdoors, swimming, horseback riding, and he loved big trucks.
He is survived by his mother, Kim Thompson, and her husband, Tom, and by his grandparents who adopted him, Earl and Brenda Simons. He is also survived by his sisters: Terri LaClair and her husband, Jeff, of Sutton, Lynn Farrand of Massachusetts, Kenni Ann Hawksworth and her husband, Joe, of Florida, and Shyanne Thompson and her friend, Benni, of Hardwick; his brothers: Thomas Thompson Jr. of Hardwick, Ronnie Simons and his wife, Sarah, of Coventry, Lance Simons and his wife, Carolyn, of New Hampshire, and Jay Simons and his wife, Julie, of Bolton; his great-grandmother, Maxine Kelley; his special cousin, Derrick Farrand of Newark; as well as by nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be especially missed by his special second family, Bill and Claudia Bryant and their family, who provided many hours and days of care, love, and affection which included taking him to Maine as well as several other trips.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, at the Brownington Center Church with the Reverend Dan Prue officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Cy Abdelnour, 64, of Holland, died on October 31, 2011, after a long illness.
Mr. Abdelnour was born on December 8, 1946, in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Moses and Ollie (Abraham) Abdelnour. His father predeceased him.
Mr. Abdelnour attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, where he played football, and graduated from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He deeply enjoyed sharing his love of football with youth, and was head coach of the North Country Junior Falcons for many years.
Mr. Abdelnour’s professional life included 30 years as a social worker with the state of Vermont Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS, now DCF). He assisted many children and families in difficult situations. He spent the last years of his career with SRS as an adoption social worker.
He is survived by his wife, Ines Abdelnour, also of Holland; by his children: Scott Ponce and his wife, Ingrid, of Coral Gables, Florida, Allison Ponce and her husband, Thomas Bontly, of New Haven, Connecticut, and Thomas Abdelnour of Hartford, Connecticut; his grandchildren: Isabel and Elijah Ponce, and Adeline Bontly; his mother, Ollie Abdelnour, of Jacksonville, Florida; his brother, Thomas Abdelnour, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; his sister, Cynthia Ramski of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; and by nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his dear aunt, Ida Davis, of Jacksonville.
A private, family funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Mr. Abdelnour’s memory and name may send them to The Manor — Making Dreams Happen Fund, care of The Manor, 177 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, attention: Laurie Shapleigh; or, to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, P.O. Box 829, Montpelier, Vermont 05601.
Roland A. Before
Roland A. Before, 88, formerly of Derby, died on November 3, 2011, at the Veterans Home in Bennington.
He was born on December 8, 1922, in Derby, a son of Edmund and Lumina (Labonte) Before.
He joined the U.S. Army in the mid-1940s and returned home to work for his father for over 30 years, and he was also a painter for about the same amount of time in both Florida and Washington state.
In his later years, he enjoyed driving to Washington in the summer to visit two of his sisters, and stopping off in the fall, and then continuing on to Florida to spend the winter with family there. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798 of Newport.
Mr. Before is survived by his brothers: Henry Before, and his wife, Marilyn, of Montana, and Vincent Before and his wife, Joyce, of West Burke; his sisters: Cecile Lebeau of Newport, Theresa Cox and her husband, Jim, and Carmen Harter, both of Spokane, Washington, and Rita Riley of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Josephine, and by an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund, Bel-Aire Nursing Home, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Terrence F. “Terry” Burdick
Terrence F. “Terry” Burdick, 59, of Derby died on November 1, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Burdick was born May 26, 1952, in Newport to Willard and Marjorie (Noe) Burdick. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School and continued his education at the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College. Mr. Burdick worked for many years at The Landing Restaurant. At the time of his death, he was employed at Coldwell Banker All Seasons Realty and Belisle-Viens Associates and served on the board of directors of the Northern New England Real Estate Network. He was the association executive and treasurer for the Orleans County Board of Realtors. Mr. Burdick was very proud to be a member of The Church of God. He was awarded his third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do on May 21, 2011. Mr. Burdick was also awarded Newport Chamber of Commerce’s “Man of the Year” award in 1987. He was appointed to serve on the Travel and Recreation Council in 1987 by Governor Madeline Kunin. He was awarded Realtor of the Year in 1995, 1999, and 2008.
Besides his wife of 27 years, Tracey Coburn-Burdick, he is survived by his two daughters and his son: Danielle and her husband, Lars, of Winooski, and Melissa and Jaden of Derby; two granddaughters: Annika and Stella Murdock; his mother, Marjorie Burdick; his brother, Everett Burdick and his wife, Cora, of Albany; his twin brother, Lawrence Burdick and his wife, Gertrude, of Orleans; his sister-in-law, Susan Burdick of Brownington; his sister-in-law, Sharon Morin and her husband, Michael, of Florida; his sister-in-law, Lori Coburn Webb and her husband, Michael, of New Hampshire; his sister-in-law, Jennifer Roy of Newport; his mother-in-law Paula Conover and her husband, Peter, of Newport; his mother-in-law Velma Coburn of Newport; and by many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father, Willard; his sisters: Christine and Patricia; his brothers: Bernard and Edwin; his father-in-law, Duane Coburn; and by his brother-in-law Rene Cote.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. A celebration of Mr. Burdick’s life will be held on Friday, November 11, at 3 p.m. at The Church of God, 295 Crawford Road in Derby.
Should friends wish to make a contribution in Mr. Burdick’s memory, donations may be made to the Orleans County Board of Realtors Scholarship Fund, in memory of Terrence Burdick, P.O. Box 632, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard F. Croudis
Richard F. Croudis, 94, of Auburn, Maine, died on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Clover Manor Health Care in Auburn with his loving family at his side.
Mr. Croudis was born in Yarmouth, Maine, July 21, 1917, a son of the late William F. and Elizabeth E. (Ordway) Croudis. He attended local schools graduating from North Yarmouth Academy in 1935. He then attended Boston University graduating in 1948, receiving his bachelor of arts degree in music.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army having served his country from 1942 to 1945 during WWII in north Africa and Italy. After returning from the war, he married the love of his life, Lillian Denham, on May 18, 1946. They then made their home in Newport where he worked in the school system as a music teacher. He was an active member of the United Church of Newport where he also served as its choir director. Mr. Croudis was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Vermont, the longest and oldest serving member of the Newport Rotary Club, the director of The North Country Music Festival in Newport for several years, and a member of the Vermont Music Educators. In his spare time, Mr. Croudis loved camping.
Mr. Croudis is survived by his daughter, Catherine Croudis, of Lewiston, Maine; his nephews: John Wallace, Richard Dunham, David Preble, and Jeffrey Preble; and his nieces: Denise Ireland and Eileen Horton. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Lillian, and his brother, Bernard Croudis.
A committal service was held November 5 in Yarmouth. Memorial services will be held at the United Church of Newport on November 20 at 1 p.m. Donations in Mr. Croudis’ name may be made to the Scholarship Fund at the Newport Rotary, P.O. Box 166, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Family and friends are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Mr. Croudis’ life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.
Lillian Anna Eastman
Lillian Anna Eastman, 88, of Newport died on November 3, 2011, in Derby, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 8, 1923, in Newport Center, a daughter of Richard and Gertrude (Hazard) Smith. On October 31, 1959, she married Mahlon “Red” Eastman who predeceased her on December 24, 1998.
Before moving to Vermont, she and her late husband lived in Hudson, Massachusetts, where she was employed by Koehler MFG. She was a former member of the Eagles Club in Hudson. She loved her cats and she enjoyed crocheting and attending the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her children: Kathleen Bowen and her husband, Winston, of Derby, Carolin McCarthy and her husband, Raymond, of Derby, and Willard Armstrong of Waltham, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Joyce, at the age of one; by two brothers: Elmer and Earl Smith; and by several stepsisters and stepbrothers.
Funeral services were held on November 8 in Newport. Interment followed in Newport 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. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Wayne Lawson died on Monday, October 31, 2011.
Born and raised in Vermont, Mr. Lawson graduated from Lyndon State College, Champlain College, and served in the U.S. Navy in his younger years. Mr. Lawson was a happy soul who laughed and enjoyed Thanksgiving dinners. He was a family man dedicated to his work and golf. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Kitima; his son Christopher of South Burlington; and his daughter Keri Ann of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Funeral services were held on November 4 in Burlington. Interment followed at the Coventry Village Cemetery in Coventry, with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 16 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Paul Joseph Leclerc
Paul Joseph Leclerc, 84, of Island Pond, formerly of North Andover, Massachusetts, died on October 31, 2011, in Newport.
He was born February 28, 1927, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Arthur and Bertha (Auger) Leclerc. He married Beverly Jerdrone, in 1956, who survives him. He was a veteran of World War II and a graduate of a Lowell trade school. He was employed by General Electric for 24 years as a Heliarc welder. He enjoyed singing in choirs and was a member of the Lowell Opera Company for many years. He loved sailing with his 25-foot sailboat, camping with his family and building model airplanes.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Leclerc, of Island Pond; by his children: Richard Paul Leclerc and his wife, Donna, of Methuen, Massachusetts, Robert Charles Leclerc of Salem, New Hampshire, Paula Marie Coates and her husband, William, of Island Pond, and Carol Ann Leclerc of Island Pond; by his grandchildren: Damian, Derek, Matthew, Benjamin, Catherine, Andrew, Callen and Joshua; by his two great-grandchildren: Zachary and Alea; by his brother Joseph Leclerc and his wife, Anne, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters: Annette Chaput and Lucille Aubin.
Funeral services were held on November 4 in Island Pond. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Romeo Leon Myott
Romeo Leon Myott, 82, of Westfield died on November 4, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Myott was born June 27, 1929, in Montgomery Center, the eldest son of Leon and Lizzie (Domina) Myott. He enlisted in the Army and later the Air Force where he served following World War II in Germany and received an honorable discharge. On February 3, 1951, he married Marion Willis. He worked as superintendent at the Vermont Asbestos Group in Lowell for 36 years and continued working in drilling and blasting until retiring in 2008. He also served as a volunteer fireman in Troy and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Westfield, and the Masonic Union Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons in Troy. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing weekly poker games at the Westfield Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife, Marion, with whom he shared 60 wonderful years of marriage; his son, Steven Myott, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Caleb Myott and his wife, Jennifer, of Kernersville, North Carolina, Lia Myott Gilleski and her husband, Daniel, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Michael Luke Myott of Wilmington, North Carolina; and by his great-grandchildren: Juna Mikayla, Macy, and Mia Myott, and Evan Charles Gilleski. He was predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters.
A private burial with full military honors will be held on Friday, November 11, in Westfield.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Myott’s memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Tiffany M. Wight