March 28, 2012 Obituaries

Betty Pierce Bishop
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Betty Pierce Bishop, 86, died on March 22, 2012, at Bel-Aire Center in Newport.
She was born on August 1, 1925, in Whiting, the daughter of Harry and Leta Pierce.
She graduated from her beloved Middlebury High School in 1943 and then entered nurses’ training at Rutland Hospital, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1947.
On October 17, 1948, she married Robert C. Bishop in Brandon.
She worked at the Mary Fletcher and Springfield hospitals and later at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport. Mrs. Bishop was always a consummate professional and enjoyed the trust and admiration of her colleagues. She was active in the First Congregational Church of Springfield, the Teachers Retirement Association in Newport, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and was a regular attendee at Middlebury High School Alumni functions.
Mrs. Bishop was known for her humor, intelligence, and devotion to friends and family. She enjoyed reading, classic movies, and swing jazz.
She is survived by her children: Carole O’Connell of Chicago, Illinois, Mary Bishop of Newport, and Robert Bishop and his wife, Leslie, of North Troy; by her grandchildren: Tara Parenteau of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and Travis Parenteau of Newport; and by her great-grandson Trent. She was extremely devoted to her husband, Bob, who predeceased her on February 8, 1994. Her parents, brother Harry Jr., and a sister, Jessie, also predeceased her.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Pauline “Polly” Caputo
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Pauline “Polly” Caputo, 86, of Newport, died on March 19, 2012, in Derby Line.
She was born on February 23, 1926, in Newport, the daughter of Arthur and Mildred (Gray) Palin.
She graduated from Derby Academy in 1945. She then attended the University of Vermont for two years before leaving school in 1947 to marry Larry Partridge, who predeceased her in August of 1954. She spent several years caring for her four children with the support of her family. Then in April of 1958, she married Bill Caputo who predeceased her in 1997.
She was a full-time mom until her oldest child went off to college. Because of her strong belief in the value of education, she went back to college for three years as an adult learner, earning her bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College the same week her daughter graduated from Castleton State College.
She taught school at Coventry Village School for one year before becoming the secretary for the North Country Union High School guidance office where she served for many years. She left the working world to selflessly care for her parents and then her husband.
She held memberships with the American Legion Auxiliary, the United Church of Newport, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and then, later in life, at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Derby. She also served for many years on the Newport City School Board. She was very supportive of her late husband Bill’s involvement with the Elks Club, traveling to state and national conventions, as well as his activities as an alderman and the mayor of Newport City.
She used her training as a cellist to accompany a number of musicals at North Country Union High School.
She loved summers at the family camp at Lake Seymour. She spent endless hours helping her children, their friends, and her nieces and nephews to enjoy the outdoors on the lake, swimming, skiing and fishing. Winters were also full of snowball fights and trips to the nearest sledding hill. She enjoyed keeping up with the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also known to be pretty handy with a hammer, enjoyed gardening and listening to music, especially Broadway musicals.
Mrs. Caputo is survived by her children: Judi Waterman and her husband, Don, of Wells River, Dr. John Partridge and his wife, Louise, of East Lansing, Michigan, Bob Partridge and his wife, Deb, of Derby, Mike Partridge and his wife, Patty, of Birchwood, Wisconsin, and stepson Bill Caputo of Burlington; by her former daughter-in-law Candy Caputo of Gainesville, Florida; and by the following grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jon Bouffard and his fiancée, Elizabeth Paterson, of St. Johnsbury, and his children: Briana and Andrew; Dana Seely and her husband, Keith, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and their children: Lee and Dan; Leslie Waterman and her partner, Joe Williams, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and their children: Joslin and Michael; Matthew Partridge of Seoul, South Korea; Sarah Partridge of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Leah Partridge of McLean, Virginia; Toby Partridge and his fiancée, Colleen Smedley, of Ambridge, Pennsylvania; Katelyn Partridge and her fiancé, Aaron Elzinga, of Grand Rapids; Ben Partridge and his fiancée, Michelle Bynum, of Derby; Riley Rhorer and her husband, Eric, of Beloit, Wisconsin; Larry Partridge of Birchwood; and Josh Caputo and his wife, Heather, of Gainesville, and their children: Kyle, Joey and Emily. She is also survived by her two brothers: Dean Palin and his wife, Janice, of Derby, and Douglas Palin and his wife, Emma, of Tallahasse, Florida; by her sister-in-law Mary Lou Palin of Sheldon Springs; by her brother-in-law Alan Partridge of Swanton; by her sister-in-law Mildred Bicknell of Westfield; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on March 26 in Derby. Interment will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Derby Line Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 748 Quarry Road, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Seymour Lake Association, P.O. Box 43, Morgan, Vermont 05853; or to the Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Alberta T. Taylor
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Alberta T. Taylor, 90, of Derby, died on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on March 18, 1922, in Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter of Harold and Hazel (Miller) Trumble.
She was a graduate of the Hartford School of Nursing in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Nurse and served in Europe during World War II. She went on to be a school nurse in Norwalk, Connecticut, and retired after 35 years. She was a member of the Alfred Pepin Post Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She and her husband moved to Derby in 1995 from Connecticut. Mrs. Taylor enjoyed cooking and loved to work in her flower garden. Over the years she had been an avid animal lover and enjoyed the companionship of her many different dogs.
She is survived by her husband Francis; by her daughter Pamela LaMonaca and her husband, Gilbert, of Pennsylvania, and their children: Michael and Danielle of Pennsylvania; by her stepson John Taylor and his wife, Darcy, of Connecticut, and their children: Julie, Jane and Erin; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her bothers: Jay and Bill.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Connecticut.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Donald L. Turgeon
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Donald L. Turgeon, 72, of Newport died suddenly on March 21, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on March 30, 1939, in Barton, a son of Archie and Dezilda (Rouleau) Turgeon. On April 23, 1960, he married Joyce Monfette who survives him.
During his lifetime he was employed by Indian Head Plywood, Canadian Pacific Railroad, Charlie Nadeau’s and the city of Newport.
He held membership with the Vermont National Guard. He loved working on small engines for all his family and friends and he also enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Turgeon of Newport; by his children: Jane Turgeon of Newport, Larry Turgeon and his wife, Kelly, of Irasburg, Thomas Turgeon and his wife, Jennifer, of Holland, Rose Turgeon of Newport, Billy Turgeon of Newport, and Bobby Turgeon and his wife, Cindy, of Newport; by his grandchildren: Amber, Joshua, Brittany, Justin, Jazmin, Sahara, Dakota, Melissa, Katelyn, Shania, and Martina; by the following brothers and sisters: Roland Turgeon and his wife, Mariette, of Newport, Gilbert Turgeon and his wife, Lise, of Newport, Norman Turgeon and his wife, Mary, of Newport, Gerald Turgeon and his wife, Irene, of Newport, Roger Turgeon and his wife, Bonnie, of Newport, Lorraine Choquette of Derby, and Anita Fournier and her husband, Jimmy, of Michigan; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers: Raymond and Bert Turgeon; and by his sister Bertha Cotnoir.
Funeral services were held on March 26 in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ilene Whelpley
Ilene Derick Whelpley, 90, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, died on Sunday, March 17, 2012, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Wayland, Massachusetts.
She was born in Orleans on June 15, 1921, and was raised there in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. She was the daughter of Kathleen Scholes Derick and well-known Vermont photographer Mack Derick. She was a graduate of Orleans High School and went on to graduate from Lasell Junior College in 1941.
She worked as an executive secretary at Metropolitan Life in Montpelier. She returned to Lasell to work with the dean of students and later she became the administrative assistant to the director of student services at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School.
Mrs. Whelpley and her husband, Dick, moved to Sudbury in 1948, living on Concord Road in Sudbury’s historic district. She hosted many a fourth of July party on her front lawn as Dick and their three children often marched in the parade, right past the house. She was known for keeping close friendships. She and Dick traveled to many high school reunions in Vermont. This past June was her seventieth reunion at Lasell, and the first that she was unable to attend in many years. Until her death, she was the longest standing member of Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury having joined in 1949. She loved her church community, enjoyed many years of committee service and was known to sit in the back pew so she could keep an eye on things.
Laurie, Mom, Grammy, Shortstop, and to some, Ilene, was a lover of life! She enjoyed entertaining her friends and her annual Christmas party was a big family tradition. She would also be happy playing cards and many board games. Notably, she was an avid reader, and Celtics and Red Sox fan.
She is survived by her daughter Judith W. Hawkins and her husband, Edward, and their children: Abigail and Shelley, all of Sudbury; by her son Richard F. Whelpley and his wife, Sharon, of Atlanta, Georgia; by her late daughter Sue’s partner, Brian Parrott, of Framingham, Massachusetts; by her niece Laura Crawford of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and by John Coffin of Peacham. She was predeceased by her husband Richard F. Whelpley; by her sister Dorothy Coffin of Orleans; and by her daughter Susan K. Whelpley of Framingham.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Mrs. Whelpley’s life on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m., at Memorial Congregational Church, 26 Concord Road, in Sudbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Congregational Church Memorial and Gifts Fund for music at the church. For additional information, tributes and guestbook, please visit www.ducket-waterman.com.
Karl Roger Wursthorn
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Karl Roger Wursthorn, PhD, 65, of Troy, died suddenly on March 23, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on September 21, 1946, in Newport, a son of Roger and Marie (Maxwell) Wursthorn.
On September 2, 1968, he married Vickey Murphy who survives him.
He graduated in 1964 from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, from St. Michael’s College in Burlington in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree, from the State University of New York in Albany with a PhD in 1976, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Wursthorn was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a chemist at Rohm and Haas in Pennsylvania. He loved his Caterpillar heavy equipment, sugaring, restoring vintage cars, helping his neighbors, spending time with his grandchildren and working with young people.
He is survived by his wife Vickey Wursthorn of Troy; by his daughter Karla Wursthorn and her husband, Ken Hutko, of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania; by his two grandchildren: Kenan and Karena; by his mother-in-law Esther Montgomery and her husband, Bryce, of West Danville; by his father-in-law Douglas Murphy of St. Johnsbury; by his sisters-in-law: Valli Smith and her husband, Donald, of Lyndonville, and Sandra Breen and her husband, Mark, of St. Johnsbury; by his brothers: Peter Wursthorn and his wife, Anne, of Marlborough, Connecticut, John Wursthorn and his wife, Lise, of Underhill, and David Wursthorn and his wife, Joanne, of Troy; and by his nieces and nephews: Mark, Valerie, Sara, Justin, Justin, Alissa, Clint and Brandy. He was predeceased by his son Ian on November 20, 1981.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Wilfred Alton Young Jr.
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Wilfred Alton Young Jr., 63, of Brownington died on March 21, 2012, at his home.
He was born on March 27, 1948, a son of Wilfred and Eva (St. Pierre) Young.
Mr. Young graduated from Orleans High School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a contractor for many years and had his own demolition business. He was extremely knowledgeable in the building and demolition trades and he was the man that others went to for an answer to any problem or situation. He loved hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He was in the process of remodeling his maternal grandparents’ home.
He is survived by his children: Patience Francis and her husband, Chad, of Burlington, Desmond Young of California, and Galen Young of Quebec; by his four grandchildren: Cody, Aaron, Nicholas and Dylan Francis all of Burlington; by the following brothers and sisters: Alfred Young and his wife, Anna, of West Charleston, John Young and his wife, Donna, of Barton, Albert Young of Lyndonville, Richard Young and his wife, Karen, of Florida, Robert Young and his wife, Betty, of Orleans, Don Young and his wife, Carmen, of Evansville, Leon Young and his wife, Valerie, of Barton, Marie Viens of Connecticut, Shirley Perry of Brownington, and Sharon Faust and her husband, Larry, of Brownington; and by the mother of his children, Laura Young. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Broe.
Funeral services were held in Brownington on March 27.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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March 21, 2012 Obituaries

Lida Rose Anne Darby
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Lida Rose Anne Darby, 96, formerly of Westfield died on March 13, 2012, in Newport, after a long illness.
She was born on August 29, 1915, a daughter of William and Ellen (Mossa) Gendreau. On June 15, 1931, she married George who predeceased her on July 11, 1971.
She worked for several years as an assistant dietician at the Gaylord Rehab Hospital in Connecticut. She was a very devoted Catholic and became a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Troy when she moved back to Westfield in 1978.
She loved gardening and baking, much to the delight of her family. She also loved the family gatherings and just having them stop by to see her for a visit.
She is survived by her daughter Ann Racicot and her husband, Andre; by her son Edward and his wife, Gertrude; by 11 grandchildren; by 16 great-grandchildren; by six great-great-grandchildren; and by her sister-in-law Rosa Gendreau. She was predeceased by her daughter Ellen and her husband, John Brault; by her brother Omer Gendreau; and by her sisters: Angelina and Marie Anne Gendreau.
Funeral services were held on March 19, in Troy. Spring interment will be at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard A. “Dick” Dresser Sr.
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Richard A. “Dick” Dresser Sr., 71, of West Burke died on Monday, March 12, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.
Born on January 6, 1941, in East Barnet, he was the son of Elwin and Lottie (Agon) Dresser. He grew up in Gilman.
He was employed as a roofer for Rodd Roofing in St. Johnsbury and also had worked at Gilman Paper Mill, East Burke Log Yard, and Roy’s Manufacturing in the past.
His pastimes included restoring old clocks, fishing, riding on his lawn tractor, being in the outdoors, and working on automobiles.
He will be remembered for helping other people in need. He just enjoyed life to its fullest and being with friends and family.
He is survived by his children: Don Dresser and his wife, Angel, of West Burke, Erica Dresser of Queensbury, New York, Richard Dresser Jr. of Utah, and June Dresser and Joan Dresser both of Gilman; by his siblings: Elwin Dresser of Gilman, Marg Dresser of St. Johnsbury, and Beverly Walker of Gilman; by his friends: Donna Gray of Newark, Tim Gilman of Newark, Moe Carr of Burke Hollow, Brenda Martin and her family of West Burke, Edward Brown of South Wheelock, and Kazuo Ota Cottrell of Lyndonville; and by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings: Pauline Dresser, Louise Wood, Howard Dresser, and Margret Williams.
Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, March 24, at Pearsons Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, in Lyndonville. A memorial gathering will also be held at a later date.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.
Elizabeth Gilpin
Elizabeth Gilpin, 92, of Williamstown, formerly of Newport and Coventry, died on March 16, 2012.
She was born in Cogan House, Pennsylvania, on December 27, 1919, the daughter of Elsie Carson Taylor and Jesse Taylor.
On October 6, 1946, she married Roger W. Gilpin and they began their married life in Richford. In 1952, they moved to Newport where they spent many years and where they raised their family, later moving to a small home in Coventry.
Betty, as she was better known, was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Newport where she was a member of the TUXIS club, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was choir director for several years. She also sang or played the organ at several weddings and funerals.
After moving to Coventry, she joined the Coventry Congregational Church where she was organist, a member of the church board and was instrumental for many church suppers.
She was well known in the community and had been a member of the Newport Women’s Club, and attended many senior citizens group activities and luncheons in Newport and Derby.
Mrs. Gilpin was a member of Lakeside Chapter Order of Eastern Star #27 of Newport for over 60 years. She went up through the chairs, being Past Matron on more than one occasion. She was organist for Lakeside Chapter, and held several offices.
She began her employment with the Newport Daily Express on a part-time basis, assisting her husband during town report time. She spent hours correlating the pages for town reports in order to get them out in time for Town Meeting. She was later employed full-time as proofreader at The Express where she spent many years before retiring along with Mr. Gilpin.
She accompanied her husband to Vermont Printers Association meetings and conventions becoming well known to many in the newspaper circle.
She and Mr. Gilpin spent winters in Florida after their retirement, where they made new friends and enjoyed winter golf and learning new crafts.
She loved to sing, cook, golf, sew, quilt, collect antiques, read and especially liked spending time with her family. She looked forward to family reunions and getting together with her friends.
She is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Marjorie and Delbert Cote of California, Susanna and Edward Hardy of Maine, and Mary and Avon Robertson of Montpelier. She is also survived by her grandchildren: William Cote, Michael Cote and his wife, Gina, and Jennifer Cote Ilusorio, all of California, John Hardy and his wife, Rebecca, of Derby Line, Jessica Hardy of Maine, Karin Barrup and her husband, Nelson, of Derby Line, and Shanna Moody and her husband, Rob, of New Hampshire; by a step-grandchild, Christopher Hardy of Orleans; by her great-grandchildren: Katie and Brooke Cote, Anna, Abigail and Alexander Ilusorio, Thomas and John Curtis Hardy, Breana and Paul Joseph Doherty II, Benjamin, Aaron, Hannah and Caleb Barrup, and Adam and Seth Moody; by her step-great-grandchildren: Ryan and Rebecca Hardy; by a brother, Alan Taylor of Pennsylvania; as well as by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Roger, and by a brother, Leon Taylor.
Mrs. Gilpin will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who walked by her side through her long and wonderful life. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
A memorial service will be held at The Gardens in Williamstown. A graveside service and interment at Coventry Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Guare & Sons Funeral Home of Montpelier.
Gerald Edward Glaser
Gerald Edward Glaser, 62, of Newport Center died on March 4, 2012, after a long illness.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on November 25, 1949. He lived in and loved Vermont for 25 years.
Mr. Glaser was a great carpenter and worked on many chalets and houses in Alpine Haven, Jay, and around the Northeast Kingdom. He led on roofs and brought up the rear with his fine finish work. He patiently mentored many young apprentices and a few older guys. Before he retired, he ran his own business and was a good boss. He worked unbelievably hard and had the talent to integrate recycled windows, doors, and wood into new structures. His beautiful work will stand strong for years to come.
Mr. Glaser absolutely loved skiing. He went downhill for many years but switched to backcountry in later years. His tracks could be found out his back door and all over the Northeast Kingdom hills and mountains. He skied with his friends Celia, Davey, and Jane, and Roger and Sue in Westfield and Balanced Rock.
He loved to visit Roger and his horses. He always enjoyed hanging out with his friend Chuck and enjoyed organizing apple pickings and making apple cider with the Hamels.
Mr. Glaser was a nurturer and enjoyed taking the whole family out to eat and enjoyed many ethnic cuisines. He used a cooler as a table and would serve Cabot cheese and snacks on skis. During his last couple years, he would invite a small group to his house for pizza and a movie.
He loved his family and traveling to see them when they needed him. He cared for his beloved mother in his home during her final years.
Mr. Glaser had a special place in his heart for his relatives in Ontonagon, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, where he spent many childhood days on Lake Superior.
He never forgot his in-laws in Colorado, including Wilma, Debbie, and his kindhearted sister-in-law Donna Marie Wolf, and her family. Remember Pike’s Peak?
Mr. Glaser had an extended adoptive family from Massachusetts to California that included Lucky, Celia, Dominic, and Amrita Parry, Naryan and Travis Rollins and their family, Penny Jensen, Bill Kelly, and many more.
He loved recording and listening to music. He loved the blues. He always played the Neville Brothers’ version of “Will the circle be unbroken, by and by, Lord, by and by? There’s a better home awaitin’ in the sky, Lord, in the sky. Undertaker, undertaker, won’t you please drive real slow. That’s my brother, that’s my brother, I hate to see him go.”
He is survived by his son Aaron Joseph Glaser; his brother Michael Glaser; and by his nephew Daniel Hecht. He was predeceased by his son Eric Glaser; his mother Mary W. Glaser; his father George Glaser; and by his sister Patricia Ann Hecht.
A graveside service at the Coventry Cemetery will be held in the spring.
Beverly Jane Labounty (Sheltra-Mason)
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Beverly Jane Labounty (Sheltra-Mason), 75, of Newport died on March 16, 2012, in Newport surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on January 13, 1937 in Barton, a daughter of Francis and Myrtie (Patrick) Labounty. On May 30, 1953, she married Ronald (Frog) Sheltra who predeceased her, and on February 20, 1970, she married Earl Mason Sr. who also predeceased her.
She was a very kindhearted person who loved to give to others. She also enjoyed writing cards, going to bingo and yard sales, and spending time with her grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by her six children: Peggy Poulin and her husband, Donald, of Derby, Ronald Sheltra, Joyce Hillis and her companion, Danny Hutchins, all of Brattleboro, Bradley Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Okeechobee, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Derby, and John Mason and his companion, Patty, of Derby; her stepchildren: Earl Mason Jr. of Florida, Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia, and Linda Mason of Brownington; by her grandchildren: Donald and his wife, Wanda, Jason and his wife, Crystal, LeShea and her husband, Taylor, Chris, Morgan, Dustin, Abbie, Justin, Blake, Derrick, Chad and his wife, Billie Jo, Lynn, Ryan, Derrick, and Tullia; and by 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Rachel Daigle, and her husband, Ronald, of Granville, New York; and by special friends: Caroline Elliott and Peter Thurston. She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Kenneth, Robert, Richard and Raymond Labounty, Marion Griffin, Pauline Shafey, and Dot Morgan; by her step-grandsons: Shawn and Dakota Mason; and by her special friends: Dennis Shannon and Beverly Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ronald L. Pepin
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Ronald L. Pepin, 70, of Newport died on March 16, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on November 25, 1941, in Newport, a son of Lewis and Bertha “Sally” Pepin.
Mr. Pepin was owner of a tool manufacturing company. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating, playing and listening to music, playing cribbage, nature in general and spending time with his cat, George.
He was secretary for the Newport Alumni Association as well as a substitute teacher for North Country Union High School for several years.
He is survived by his beloved companion Diana Beaton of Newport; by his children: Derick Pepin and his wife, Kathleen, of Maine, Darci LaCroix and her husband, Thomas, of Milton, Darin Pepin and his wife, Kristen, of Lake Tahoe, California, and Robin and Tammy Beaton of Irasburg; by his grandchildren: McKenzie and Rylee Pepin, Skyler, Spencer, and Josh LaCroix, and Autumn and Shaylyn Beaton; by his brother Larry Pepin and his wife, Laura, of Springfield; by his nephew Erroll Pepin and his wife, Laura, of New Hampshire; by the mother of his children, Jean Shepard of South Burlington; and by many friends, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services were held on March 20 in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, 55 Seymour Lane, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Dennis Henry Sheltra
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Dennis Henry Sheltra, 63, of Derby died suddenly on March 14, 2012, at his home.
He was born on December 9, 1948, in Lowell, a son of Henry and Christine (Bullis) Sheltra. On February 20, 1999, he married Rosemary Batchelder who survives him.
Mr. Sheltra graduated from Newport Center High School in the Class of 1966 and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Over the years he was a parts pro at several local businesses. He recently retired on January 27, as the commercial parts manager at Advance Auto after six years. He most recently worked part-time at South Bay Auto.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and he was president of the Derby Mobile Home Park Association and constable for the town of Derby.
He enjoyed spending Friday nights at jam sessions and his Sunday’s watching NASCAR with his wife, Rosemary, and cheering on Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace. He spent a lot of his time with his grandchildren just hanging out at home with them or going to their sporting events. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and going to the shooting range.
He is survived by his wife Rosemary Sheltra of Derby; by his children: Mathew Sheltra and his wife, Jessica, of Derby, and Andrew Sheltra and his wife, Ruth, of Derby Line; by his stepchildren: Tina Lucas and her fiancé, Shawn Mason, of Albany, Cassandra Dailey and her husband, Harry, of Woodbury, Becky Rice and her fiancé, Eric Miller, of Newport, Stanley John Crowe II of Morgan, and Kimberly Bingham and her husband, Jason, of Island Pond; by his sisters: Marilyn Siney and her husband, Phil, of Massachusetts, and Carol Laplume of North Carolina; by 18 grandchildren; by five great-grandchildren; by his sister-in-law Nickolet Simpson and her friend, David LaBelle, of Derby and West Charleston; by Joi Merritt and her husband, Rory, of Springfield; and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on March 19, in Newport. Spring interment will be at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, North Carolina 27317; or victoryjunction.org/donate or tonystewartfoundation.org. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Memorial service
A memorial service and musical tribute to honor Dr. James W. Chapman will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Newport. His sudden passing on December 24, 2011, was preceded by a long and inspired recovery from a massive stroke.
Dr. Chapman’s musical experience and background enabled him to make an indelible and notable mark on his students at North Country Union High School (NCUHS) and elsewhere. A university professor and administrator for 14 years, he taught at NCUHS for 17 of what he regarded “the best years.” He truly relished his work at NCUHS.
Dr. Chapman’s passing has been replete with sad responses from his students and the public at large. Some of his favorite music will be sung and played by friends and colleagues Melinda Ens and Ross Osman of Bishop’s University in Canada. Other musicians and students will come forward to participate. There will be a reception following.
A full obituary is available online at http://www.bartonchronicle.com/index.php/obituaries/obituaries-january-11-2012.html.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the NCUHS Band Fund for a music scholarship established in his name.
Death notice
Waneta Mary McRae
Waneta Mary McRae, 94, died on March 15, 2012, in Newport.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
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March 14, 2012 Obituaries

Mary E. Chase
Mary E. Chase, 79, died on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her home in Craftsbury, in the loving care of her family.
Mrs. Chase was born in Burlington on May 30, 1932, the daughter of Carl R. Fortune Sr. and Lois Hadley Fortune Lathe. She was a 1950 graduate of Craftsbury Academy and served her country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict era. While in the Army, she met and married Rodolph L. Chase. While her husband stayed in the Army, she was discharged and began their family but continued her work as a disbursing specialist for the Army as a civilian.
Mrs. Chase was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Morrisville. Over the years, she and her husband were stationed in many places and also traveled throughout Europe. While her focus was always on family, wherever they lived she also kept busy working; as a secretary and Avon lady in Texas, a librarian in Germany, a secretary in Virginia, a hot lunch cook at Craftsbury Academy, and a bookkeeper in Craftsbury for her husband’s and son’s refrigeration business, which she continued to do until recently. In 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Chase retired to their home in Craftsbury.
She enjoyed playing games, gardening and doing puzzles. She loved her home, being with family, and special get-togethers, including her infamous “garage” parties.
She leaves her husband, Rudy; her children: Rudy and his wife, Joanne Chase; twins Robin and her husband, George Stebbins, and Raymond and his wife, Joyce, all of Craftsbury; a brother, Carl “Chip” Fortune and his wife, Elaine, of Hyde Park; four sisters: Jeanne and her husband, Henry “June” Young, of Craftsbury, Barbara and her husband, Noel Lussier, of Hawthorne, Florida, Lois Charron of Craftsbury, and Charlotte and her husband, Clem Royer, of Morrisville; nine grandchildren: Karen and Valerie Mason, Nicholas Chase, Alex and Ben Stebbins, Kathleen, Julianne and Mykaela Chase and Andrea Phelps; four great-grandchildren: Aubriella, Olivia, Averie and Aliya; and 17 nieces and nephews including a special niece, Holly Charron.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Raymond Fortune; and by a brother-in-law, Dale Charron.
A memorial service was held on March 10, in Craftsbury. Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marcia L. Cota
Marcia L. Cota, 60, of Rutland died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on October 27, 1951, in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Wesley and Hazel (Rivard) Patnode. Mrs. Cota graduated from the Scituate High School in Rhode Island in 1969 and attended the Roger Williams School of Nursing.
She married Marvin Cota on July 27, 1974. Mrs. Cota had been employed as a benefits coordinator for the state of Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Rutland for 12 years, retiring in 2004 due to her failing health. Prior to that, she worked for six years as a peer advocate counselor for the Vermont Center for Independent Living.
She enjoyed her yard in the summer, decorating her home, and especially her puppy dogs, Lexie and Bradley. Mrs. Cota enjoyed helping people and was a fearless advocate for the disabled.
Survivors include her husband Marvin Cota of Rutland; a sister, Elaine Furtado, and a half-sister, Dorothy Finnerty, both of Hope, Rhode Island; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and by a brother, Wesley Patnode Jr.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at the Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main Street, in Rutland; and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at the United Church of Christ in North Troy, with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the North Troy Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Regional Ambulance Service Inc., 275 Stratton Road, Rutland, Vermont 05701. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Douglas C. Davis Sr.
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Douglas C. Davis Sr., 62, of West Charleston died on March 9, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on January 16, 1950, in Concord, New Hampshire, a son of Roger and Elsie (Paul) Davis.
Mr. Davis was a self-employed mechanic. He enjoyed working on cars and boats, and he loved the ocean.
He is survived by his children: Anthony Davis and his wife, Lisa, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Douglas Davis Jr. and his wife, Chris, of Orleans, Debra Davis of Orleans, Jacinda Hann and her husband, David, of West Charleston, and Anthony S. Davis of West Charleston; by 11 grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Davis of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Edmond Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Milton Dale Hammond
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Milton Dale Hammond, 87, of Newport Center died on March 5, 2012.
He was born on July 2, 1924, in Newport Center, a son of Earl and Marion (Colburn) Hammond. He farmed on his family farm for 33 years until 1957 when he married Phyllis Joy Sleeper from Scarsdale, New York. However, before that date, he had been gradually becoming an independent entrepreneur.
In 1947 he bought one of the first balers and then traded it for a second and used it until 1952 or 1953, then sold it to Earl Hammond, his dad.
In 1956 he bought a self-loading dump truck with which to draw gravel and in the spring of 1957 he bought a ton-and-a-half Chevy platform truck to haul milk.
In 1957 he started to build a garage and in March of 1958 he bought a new John Deere 420 Bulldozer for $3,500.
In 1961 he leased a MacLain sawmill in Derby for one year with the option to buy. In 1962 he bought the sawmill and operated it. After four years, Canadian Lumber began to enter this country at too low a price. He sold it.
From 1965 to 1967 he worked at the Veneer mill as a forklift operator. From 1967 to April of 1968 he worked for Herb March on the waterfront. From 1968 to April 1970 he worked for C. and O. Oil driving a fuel truck and in 1970 he started to work for Caulkins Cement Company driving a cement truck. In 1972 he logged on his own land during the winter and in the summer of 1973 he worked in Gordon Sleeper’s tree nursery. In 1974 he logged on Derby land in the winter and in March of 1974 he worked as a sawyer for Pelletier Lumber in Hardwick. In May of 1976 he became a sawyer in Charles Drown Mill in Coventry and left Pelletier so as not to have to drive so far each day. In 1983 he bought a shingle mill and in 1984 La Branche bought the Drown sawmill and Mr. Hammond continued as a sawyer there. In June of 1986 he retired from the mill but continued to go back to sharpening saw blades and chipper knives until he was over 80 years old.
At the time of his retirement, he and his wife, who was now an established artist, began to travel together in earnest. He joined his wife in Iceland for her first painting exhibition in 1990. They drove to Alaska four times, Newfoundland three times, and everywhere in between. He drove his wife to her exhibitions in Texas, Alberta, Canada, North Dakota, and was active at her many shows. However, the things he most loved were baling hay and making maple syrup every spring for over 40 years on the Lake Road, and his friends.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis Joy Hammond of Newport Center; by his brothers: David A. Hammond of Cleveland, Ohio, and Eric Hammond and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Priscilla Plante.
Funeral services were held March 9 in Newport. Spring interment will be held at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ruth Mary Paul Hunt
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Ruth Mary Paul Hunt, 87, died on February 17, 2012, in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, surrounded by her five children.
She was born on November 8, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the middle daughter of Leslie and Bertha (Bennett) Paul. When she was eight, her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she graduated from McKinley Technical High School. On June 25, 1943, she married Ralph Hunt of Rutland, who predeceased her in 2008. They celebrated a joyous fiftieth anniversary in 1993, with a renewal of vows ceremony and reunion of thirty-three members of their family.
During their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt lived in Newark, Belleville, Berkeley Heights and Upper Saddle River, all in New Jersey; Grantham, New Hampshire, and Newton, North Carolina. They enjoyed their summer cottage on Lake Bomoseen in Hydeville. They traveled to all 50 states, plus they toured Europe several times, including a trip to the Soviet Union. Their health declined following a severe automobile accident in November of 1993, but they remained upbeat and positive that they could accomplish more than others expected. They continued traveling back to the mountains of Vermont, despite their physical limitations. After Mr. Hunt’s death, Mrs. Hunt moved to South Carolina.
Mrs. Hunt was devoted to her large family, a busy homemaker working hard with sewing, cooking and mending to help make ends meet. She was deeply proud of everyone’s activities. She was an accomplished violinist, who was selected as concertmistress in her high school orchestra. She continued playing her beloved violin throughout her life, performing in churches, nursing homes and other locales, usually in duets with her husband, an accomplished pianist. In addition, she sang and rang hand bells in church choirs.
Mrs. Hunt is survived by her five children: Lawrence Hunt and his wife, Dorothy, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Carol Ruhle and her husband, William, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, Shirley Harris and her husband, Geoffrey, of Holland, Joyce Wetmore and her husband, Robert, of Lahore, Pakistan, and William Hunt and his wife, Jacqueline, of Fort Collins, Colorado; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister Grace Balee; her brother-in-law Billy of Wichita, Kansas; four nieces and two nephews and their families; and by a number of cousins. She was predeceased by her husband; her sister Margaret Hallberg; and her brother-in-law Frederick Hallberg.
A private service will be held later this year. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Goldfinch Funeral Home of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Douglas R. James
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Douglas R. James, 64, of Jay died suddenly on March 5, 2012, at his home.
He was born on November 8, 1947, in Vernon, a son of Winthrop and Madeline (Smead) James. He graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1965 and soon joined the Army and served until 1969. He later joined the Vermont State Police from which he retired as a sergeant after almost 30 years of service.
During that time, he was a member of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad. He was also actively involved in the area and was a retired Jay Peak Ski Patrol volunteer, a founding member and current chief of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, and a mentor to all his firefighters. He also enjoyed working on firework displays.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed his hunting trips and going to deer camp with Kurtis and Bruce, and four-wheeling with RJ and Lee. Mr. Hammond and his life partner, Peggy, liked to go on their annual trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, and to Florida to see his dad at Christmas time. They also enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner with camp members and their families.
He is survived by his life partner Peggy Loux of Jay; his father Winthrop James of Fort Myers, Florida; his brother Dennis and his partner, Michael Pereira, of Los Angeles, California; and by his sister Sandra of Seattle, Washington.
Funeral services were held on March 13 in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 116, Jay, Vermont 05859. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
J. George Kruegel
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J. George Kruegel, 90, of Newport Center died on March 11, 2012, in Newport.
He was born on January 27, 1922, in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of H. Albert and Dorothy (Christiansen) Kruegel. On July 17, 1948, he married Dorothea Rathjen, who predeceased him.
He was employed by Western Electric and then AT&T as a mechanical switchboard technician.
Mr. Kruegel retired in Vermont where he made many friends. He was a proud veteran of World War II and a member of the Tin Can Sailor’s Association. He also loved to play and watch baseball and he was an excellent swimmer.
He is survived by his children: Kenneth Kruegel and his wife, Patricia, of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, John Kruegel of Stone Mount, Georgia, Ellen Justin and her husband, Edward, of Elizabeth City, New Jersey, Joanne Burns and her husband, Bill, of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, and William Kruegel and his wife, Chris, of Union Beach, New Jersey; by 14 grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; by his son-in-law Robert Schaaf of Newport Center; by his sister Joan Kramer of Barnegat, New Jersey; by his brother-in-law Richard Parry of Pennsylvania; and by his sister-in-law Doris Kruegel of Florida. He was predeceased by his daughter Geralyn Schaaf on November 6, 2011.
Funeral services were held on March 13, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his 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.
Bonnie Kay Ladd
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Bonnie Kay Ladd, 67, of Glover died suddenly on March 4, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on January 23, 1945, in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, beloved daughter of Kathryn Baker. On December 26, 1962, she married Michael Ladd who survives her.
Mrs. Ladd was a stay-at-home Mom until her children were all in school and then she became secretary for the Glover School for 25 years. She was the Glover Church trustee for many years and a member of the Glover Church Women’s Union. She was a current member of the American Legion Post #76 Auxiliary.
She loved her antiques, decorating her home, and she enjoyed her collection of Elvis CDs and tapes. She also enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s sports events, dance recitals, and all school activities. She also loved family gatherings at the Ladd camp on Lake Salem and motorcycle riding with Mr. Ladd.
She is survived by her husband Michael Ladd of Glover; by her children: Michael Ladd Jr. and his wife, Beth, of St. Albans, Pamela Raymond and her husband, Wayne, of Stowe, and Matthew Ladd and his wife, Sheilah, of Glover; and by her grandchildren: Samuel, Kathryn, Isaiah, Ashley, Owen, Abigail, Jericho, and Cecilia. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and their spouses: Dave and Maria Ladd, Jon and Brenda Ladd, and William and Lynda Ladd; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Jeanne Ladd and by her mother-in-law Shirley Rochefort.
Funeral services were held on March 9 in Glover. Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Glover Community Church Steeple Fund, in care of Roland Woodard, 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.
Everett H. Miles
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Everett H. Miles, 72, of Derby died on March 6, 2012, in Lyndonville.
He was born on December 30, 1939, in Newport, a son of Harold and Mable (Messier) Miles. He married Annabelle Conley who predeceased him.
He entered the United States Army where he served in the reserves from 1959 to 1961. He worked on the C.P. Railroad in his younger years and then spent most of the rest of his life as an auto body repairman working, among others, at Vinton Motors, South Bay Body Shop, Fred Bugbee, Allen Boudreau, Mulkin Chevrolet, and Darel Randall.
He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, raising collie dogs, and going to the fairs around the area. He was former owner of the Shamrock Restaurant.
He is survived by his children: Harlan Miles of Barton, and Robert Royer and his wife, Cathy Shay, of St. Johnsbury; by his brother Sid Chamberlain of Lyndonville; and by his sister Joyce Lefaivre of Lyndon. He was predeceased by six brothers and sisters and by a stepson, Charles Royer.
Funeral services were held on March 12 in Derby.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Caledonia Home Health, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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March 7, 2012 Obituaries

Shawn Francis Chaput
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Shawn Francis Chaput, 32, of North Troy died suddenly on March 2, 2012, at his home.
He was born September 21, 1979, in Newport, a son of Francis and Debbie (Keement) Chaput.
Mr. Chaput was a great child who grew up into a great man and a very loving and caring person. He had a love for sports and a great love for his dogs, Lincoln and Max. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1998 where he played football the year they won the state championship. He was also chosen for the Shriner Bowl. While in high school, he worked at Grand Union with Dave Bouffard. When Mr. Bouffard purchased Derby Village Store, Mr. Chaput went to work for him there and worked many years for him.
Mr. Chaput leaves behind his parents: Francis and Debbie Chaput; his brother Matthew of Derby; his niece Aleah; his sister Amanda of North Troy; his nephews: Dylan, Cody, and Jordyn; his niece Larkyn; his brother Thomas of Florida; his sister Christina and her partner, Alan Coburn, of Newport; his nephews: Jayden and Tanner; and his niece Amaya. He also leaves behind his grandmothers: Sadie Watters and Ivah Chaput; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his grandfathers: Felix Chaput Sr. and John Keement Sr.
Mr. Chaput was truly one of a kind and will be dearly missed.
Funeral services were held on March 6, in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Faith Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 51 Alderbrook Road, Newport, Vermont 05855-8698. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Florence J. Clifford
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Florence J. Clifford, 86, died on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in her home in Lowell.
She was born January 1, 1926, in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Mrs. Clifford was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Parish in Lowell, and the Vermont Cursillo. She enjoyed a variety of crafts, particularly making Christmas ornaments and miniatures. She loved to watch birds and wildlife and reminisce of her days growing up on her island in Connecticut.
She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Clarke of Lowell; by her granddaughters: Erin Dutton and her husband, David, of Irasburg, Tara Clarke of Bennington, and Keri Willey and her husband, Ben, of Lowell; and by several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George and by her three sons: James, George and Richard Clifford.
Funeral services were held on March 2, in Lowell. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
S. Eleanor (Willard) Durfee
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S. Eleanor (Willard) Durfee died on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at The Meadows in North Andover, Massachusetts.
She was the widow of John A. Durfee, who predeceased her in 1989.
Born in Derby on April 16, 1917, she was the daughter of W.A. and Lillian (Swanson) Willard. Mrs. Durfee was a graduate of Derby Academy and Burlington Business College. She was a secretary at USDA Farm Security Administration in Barton and St. Johnsbury and also at Johnson Woolen Mills.
For more than 40 years, she resided in North Reading, Massachusetts, and was a member of Union Congregational Church, Delta Pioneers and Navy Grange in West Charleston.
She volunteered to play piano for sing-alongs and hymn sings at various community events. She could play any song she heard by ear, so sing-alongs with family were special.
Mrs. Durfee loved to sing, dance, play cards, garden, braid rugs, sew and collect vases and dolls. She wrote poems about her life and family.
She was an encouragement to everyone she met, with her smile and infectious laugh.
Mrs. Durfee is survived by her loving daughters: Diana and her husband, Rick Rush, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and Carol and her husband, Paul Michaud, of Wyoming, Rhode Island; by her brother Everett and his wife, Dorothy Willard, of Orleans; by her sister Carolyn MacLeay of Sylmar, California; by five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her siblings: May, Charles, Ernest and Frances (Willard) Thompson.
On Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., a memorial service will be held at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover, Massachusetts, where she resided for the past 14 years. A graveside service will precede the memorial that morning at Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.
Alice Gillis
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Alice Gillis, 83, of Island Pond died on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Alice Ruth Carr at the home of George and Clara (Langmaid) Carr on July 23, 1928, in Newark. She was the fourth and last remaining of eight children. She married Archie Joseph Gillis on February 2, 1952.
She was a loving mother of six children.
Mrs. Gillis enjoyed reading, knitting, quilting and spending time traveling to various parts of the country visiting family with Mr. Gillis. She also traveled to many exciting places with her friends from the Sunrise Manor. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Community Circle and volunteered for various organizations over the years. She enjoyed working at and retired from the senior meals site in Island Pond. She was adored by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by three sons: David Gillis and his wife, Linda, of Yuma, Arizona, Brian Gillis of Island Pond, and Steve Gillis and his wife, Laura, of Sterling, Arkansas; by two daughters: Betty Biggs of Barre, and Donna Chesney and her husband, Roger, of Island Pond; by 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Archie Gillis, and their son, Scott Allen Gillis; by four brothers: Alton, Earl, Merton and Robert Carr; and by three sisters: Thelma Cutting, Florence Meyette and Elaine Carr.
Funeral services were held on March 5, in Island Pond. Burial to be announced.
Donations may be made in her name 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.
Gary Alexander Hand
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Gary Alexander Hand, 61, of West Charleston died suddenly on February 25, 2012, in Newport.
He was born October 21, 1950, in Norwich, Connecticut, a son of Arnold and Esther (Hemel) Beaudoin. On November 15, 1984, he married Shirley Baker who survives him.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War. While in Korea, he was a personal driver for the Post Commander. He also was in the color guard and was a pallbearer for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s funeral service.
Mr. Hand was a maintenance man for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, and for Pine Knoll Nursing Home in Lyndonville. He was also a mechanic for small engine repairs. His hobbies included camping, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He loved his Kubota tractor and working on small engines.
He is survived by his wife Shirley Hand of West Charleston; by his children: Tammy Hand and Arnold Hand both of Montreal, Quebec; by his stepchildren: Allen Marsh and his companion, Hope, of Island Pond, Mark Marsh Sr. and his wife, Linda, of West Charleston, Todd Marsh and his companion, Patty Sargent, of North Troy, and Christopher Marsh and his wife, Ashley, of Island Pond; by his daughters-in-law: Sherry Marsh of Newport, and Kristi Powers of Orleans; by his 19 grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren. He had a special nickname for all his grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Cynthia Ashcroft and her husband, Ralph, of Johnstown, New York, Leroy Hand of Cincinnati, Ohio, Claire Hand of Columbia, Connecticut, Nancy Paradis of Willimantic, Connecticut, Paula McMannus and her husband, Tom, of Columbia, Connecticut, and Kevin Hand of Lebanon, Connecticut; by several nieces and nephews; and by his special friends: Denis and Cathy LaCourse of Wheelock, Tammy and Jim Wilkins, and their family, of Waterford, David Jr. and Rebecca Massey and their family of Brandford, Connecticut, Bob and Sheryl Devaney of West Charleston, Raymond and Connie Lindall of Westmore, and other friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral services were held on February 29, in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mary H. Joslyn
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Mary H. Joslyn, 85, died on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in The Converse Home in Burlington.
She was born in St. Johnsbury on May 11, 1926, the only child of Wilder Joslyn and Ruby (Dutton) Joslyn. She grew up in Orleans, always considering it her hometown, graduating from Orleans High School in 1944. She went on to graduate from Vermont Junior College in 1946, and she received her B.A. in 1948 and M.Ed. in 1949 from the University of Vermont, and in 1963 she received a master of art’s degree from Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
She began her teaching career at Windsor High School. She moved on to Hunt Middle School then Burlington High School, retiring in 1989 after 30 years with the Burlington school system. In 1988, students at Burlington High School recognized Ms. Joslyn’s energy and enthusiasm for teaching, with a yearbook dedication. They noted that her sense of humor, caring and dedication inspired them to live up to high standards.
A highlight of Ms. Joslyn’s life was when she attended Middlebury College’s writer’s conference and met Robert Frost. One of her favorite experiences after retirement was her extended trip to Ireland. Ms. Joslyn had a love of cats, gardening, and literature, especially mysteries.
She is survived by Ernest Emerson, as well as by several other cousins.
A funeral service will be held at Orleans Federated Church in the spring, the date to be announced. Corbin & Palmer Funeral and Cremation Service is in care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Converse Home, 272 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Larry Maurice Perry
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Larry Maurice Perry, 62, of Granbury, Texas, died Wednesday, February 22, 2012, surrounded by family.
He was born August 17, 1949, in Brownington, the son of Irene C. Perry and the late Maurice E. Perry. He was the oldest of seven siblings. He spent many loving years with his longtime partner, Jimmy Holliman, who predeceased him.
Mr. Perry was a founding member of the Trinity River Bears and an avid volunteer for the American Association of Retired Persons and Oak Trail Shores Home Owners Association.
He is survived by his four children and four grandchildren: James and Lynn Perry and their daughter, Jamie; Edmund and Pat Perry and their son, Alex; Ellen and Jacinto Gaona and their daughter, Kristen, and their son, Jacinto Jr.; and Shaun and Debbie Perry. He is also survived by his mother, Irene C. Perry; by his brothers: Michael, Andre, Roland, and Dennis; and by his sisters: Dianne and Louise.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at Celebration Community Church in Forth Worth, Texas.
Carolyn Barbara Swenson
Carolyn Barbara Swenson, 95, died on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, in Newport.
She was born March 25, 1916, to Lee Allen and Alice (Carlson) Allen. She attended Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, schools and continued her education at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. She operated her own kindergarten until she married Arthur Swenson on June 14, 1941. She was a school crossing guard for several years and also taught in the Head Start Program. Mrs. Swenson had a special love for children.
Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, jig saw puzzles, word finds and reading. She enjoyed time with her family and especially her great-grandchildren.
During Mr. and Mrs. Swenson’s retirement years, they lived in Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, in a home that Mr. Swenson had built. She enjoyed walking the beach and watching the birds. She was a member of a knitting club. After her husband’s death, she moved to Kingsbury Village in Derby to be closer to family. She had some “special friends” from the four and one-half years in Vermont.
She leaves her two sons: Clifford, and his wife, Joan, of Barton, and Alan of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; two daughters-in-law: Dorothy of Salisbury, New Hampshire, and Linda of Worcester, Massachusetts; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren: David and his wife, Tonya, and their two daughters: Annika and McKinley of South Whitley, Indiana; Paul and his wife, Ellen, and their three sons: Samuel, Hazen, and Noah of Newport Center; MyLinda Murray and her husband, Rob, of Grafton, Massachusetts; Thuri Swenson of Spencer, Massachusetts; Melissa Underhill and her three children: Brittany, Bryan, and Bradyn of Belmont, New Hampshire; and William Jr. and his two children: Michael and Jacoby of Salisbury. She also leaves one nephew, Howard Allen of Shrewsbury; and one niece, Elizabeth Waterhouse of Windsor, Connecticut. Mrs. Swenson was predeceased by her husband of 63 years in 2004; by her son, William Sr., in 1993; by her grandson, Eric, in 1997; and by two brothers: Dr. Roger Allen and Howard Allen.
There will be a private celebration of her life with family and close friends.
In her memory, contributions may be made to the Irasburg Grace Brethren Church Youth Ministries, P.O. Box 41, Coventry, Vermont 05825; or to Eric T. Swenson Scholarship, Merrimack Valley High School, 106 Village Street, Penacook, New Hampshire 03303; or to The American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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February 29, 2012 Obituaries

Carol Ann Alexander
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Carol Ann Alexander, 61, of Newport Center died suddenly on February 24, 2012, at her home in Newport Center.
She was born June 16, 1950, in Barton, the daughter of Wesley and Esther (Crawshaw) Lafoe. On May 31, 2008, she married John Alexander who survives her.
She graduated from Lake Region Union High School.
Mrs. Alexander was a wreath maker for many years. She enjoyed her trips to Connecticut, gardening, doing puzzles, canning and attending yard sales with her best friend, Sharon Crowe.
She is survived by her husband John Alexander of Newport Center; by her children: Gerri Hilliker and her husband, Adam, of Newport Center, Richard Whittier and his wife, Christine, of North Troy, and Travis Waterman and his companion, Laura Price, of Newport Center; by 17 grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; by her brothers: Ricky Gene Lafoe of North Troy, and Brian Craig Lafoe and his wife, Judy, of Orleans; by her stepchildren: Kimberly Cicio and her husband, Tim, of Coventry, John Alexander Jr. and his wife, Crystal, of Derby, and Laura Macken and her husband, Dan, of Vollentown, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Gary Lafoe, in 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 29, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Philip D. Demers
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Philip D. Demers, 68, of Derby died suddenly on February 21, 2012, in Newport.
He was born January 23, 1944, in North Troy, a son of Paul and Norma (Thomas) Demers.
Mr. Demers was a truck driver for Pike Industries for 30 plus years.
In his earlier years, he worked on several farms and for the former Natole Motor Company. He enjoyed going to Short Stop for coffee with the boys and spending time with Alexis and Clarissa, his beloved grandchildren. He also liked to go bowling and he also plowed snow for Foster Whipple and several yards for himself.
Mr. Demers was a member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his children: Doug Demers and his wife, Johanna, and their children, Alexis and Clarissa of Westfield, and his stepdaughter, Tammy Gilfillan, and her husband, Ron, of Holland. He is also survived by his mother, Norma Demers of Newport Center; by his stepgrandchildren: Jordan, Courtney, and Crystal; by a great-grandson, Cedar; by his brothers and sisters: James Demers of Derby, John Demers and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center, Mark Demers of Newport Center, Gail Demers of Newport Center, Dorothy Hemingway of Wyoming, Susan Hansen and her husband, Reginald, of North Troy, Shirley Santaw and her husband, Alfred, of North Troy, and Mary Blake of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Paul Demers; and by his brothers: Robert and baby George.
Funeral services were held February 25 in Newport. Interment will take place in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Halo Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Beverly May Scherber
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Beverly May Scherber, 75, of Lyndonville died Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at home, surrounded by her children.
She loved sewing, crocheting, working and spending time with family and friends. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all.
She is survived by her sister Della Lafleur of West Burke; by her children: Pellegrino D’Auria and his wife, Pamela, of Jewett City, Connecticut, Michele D’Auria and his wife, Dena, of Jewett City, Alan Scherber and his wife, Cara, of Windham, New Hampshire, and Annie Scherber and her fiancé, Richard John Jr., of Danville. She is also survived by her many grandchildren: Vincenzo D’Auria Jr., Nikko D’Auria, Jessica Berry, Shane Greene, and Jeremy Greene of Vermont; Pellegrino D’Auria Jr., Michele D’Auria Jr., David D’Auria and Jessica D’Auria of Connecticut; Mia Scherber, Ava Scherber and Micah Scherber of New Hampshire; and Stephen Scherber, Meagan McDowell, Michael John and Devon John of Vermont. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins of Vermont and Connecticut. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Vincenzo J. D’Auria, in 2006.
A celebration of her life was held on February 25, in Lyndonville.
Memorial donations may be made to Caledonian Home Health Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.
Linda Marie Vezina
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Linda Marie Vezina, 64, of Barton died Febuary 10, 2012, after a struggle with cancer.
She was born September 19, 1947, in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Catherine and Joseph Mascia of Waterbury.
Mrs. Vezina was a wonderful wife and mother. In 1983, She volunteered at Greenshire School in Cheshire, Connecticut, with children with special needs, then became a special education teacher for many years at Greenshire School. She then retired from the state of Connecticut and moved to her dream place, Vermont.
She then met her husband Romeo Vezina of Barton.
She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to feed her birds, nature, old books and reading.
She leaves behind her loving husband Romeo Vezina of Barton; and her five children and four grandchildren: Victoria Johnsbon of Woodbridge, Virginia, and her three children: Ashley Givens, Yasin Johnson, and Tianna Johnson; Richard Brochu of Waterbury; Donald Brochu of Walden; Theresa Bellerive and husband, Kevin, of Watertown, Connecticut; and Alice Magoon and her husband, Bob, of Walden and their son Corey. She also leaves behind her four stepchildren: Marie Breault of Glensfall, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Debbie Vezina of Irasburg, and Douglas Vezina of Derby.
A private ceremony is planned.
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February 22, 2012 Obituaries

Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau
Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau, 84, died on February 13, 2012, in Lowell.
She was born July 23, 1927, in Parsonsfield, Maine, daughter of Noble J. and Ethel (Warner) Craft.
She was married to Archie E. Powers until his early death in 1985. Together they raised four children and enjoyed many grandchildren.
Later she married Richard J. Boudreau of Florida, who died in 2010. They had returned to Vermont in 2005 to be closer to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Over her lifetime she was involved in and interested in much, but she surely did shine as a teacher. After retirement, she put that same enthusiasm into genealogy and once again she helped others by researching endlessly. Her hard work is now housed in the historical society in Barre.
She is survived by her four adult children: Ethel Chase, Robert Powers, Eloise Vittum, and Nanette Bonneau, and by their spouses and children; and by her great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Noble Craft of California; by her half-sisters: Cynthia Smith and Ruth Craft; by her stepdaughters: Janine and Nicole of Maine, and their families; as well by her nieces and nephews, and Debra Lamphere and her husband, “Larz,” who cared for Mrs. Boudreau during her illness. She was predeceased by her parents; by her two husbands: Archie and Dick; by an infant son in 1947; by her half-brother Rudy Craft; and by her stepson Brian Boudreau.
To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell at the time of interment, which will be at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Mountain View Cemetery, as she stated often that the upkeep of headstones is vital to genealogical research. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Clifton R. Kennison Jr.
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Clifton R. Kennison Jr., 82, of Westfield died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at his home, with several of his family members present.
He was born on December 28, 1929, in Westfield, a son of Clifton Sr. and Florence (Hackett) Kennison.
Mr. Kennison graduated from Newport Center High School in 1949. He married Erlah St. Onge, who survives him, on December 23, 1950.
Mr. Kennison was a past member of the Newport Elks and he was road commissioner for the town of Westfield for over 30 years until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and conversing with his many friends in the area and he always did so with his wonderful sense of humor. He was a man who liked his work both for the town and for his own construction business. He especially loved his family, their visits and the family gatherings at the pond.
He is survived by his wife Erlah Kennison of Westfield; by his children: Deborah Murphy and her husband, Michael, Dorothy Deslandes and her husband, Russell, and Larry Kennison; by his grandchildren: Tracy Roberts and her husband, Dennis, Kristy Ellis and her husband, Steve, Kate Murphy, Eric Kennison and his wife, Jess, Brad Kennison, Stacey Kennison, Nate Deslandes and his wife, Lisa, and Jamie Santaw and her husband, Mike; by his great-grandchildren: Miranda and Mariah Roberts, Manning and Zak Ellis, Kaiden Kennison, Adelle and Jacob Prue, Brianna, Emma, and Leah Deslandes, and Brooklyn and Destiny Santaw; as well by his brothers: Raymond Kennison of Lowville, New York, and Roger Kennison and his wife, Jeanine, of Troy.
A graveside service at the Westfield Cemetery will be held in the spring with the date and time to be announced.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Norma Gail (Miller) Lawrence
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Norma Gail (Miller) Lawrence, 67, of Canton, New York, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, of heart failure, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Ballston Spa, New York, on June 14, 1944, a daughter of Erwin H. and Ruth N. (Melander) Miller.
Her education began in Burnt Hills Elementary School in New York, and she graduated from Vestal Central High School in Vestal, New York, and received her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She worked for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and Utica, New York, and worked part-time for the village of Canton. She was a licensed private pilot and she had her New York State small water plant license for the Woodmere Community Water System.
Mrs. Lawrence married the love of her life, Kendall G. Lawrence of Albany, on September 16, 1972. Together they raised their incredible son Nathan and she deeply loved her daughter-in-law Sarah and beloved granddaughters Morgan and MacKenzie Lawrence. These have been the light of her life as devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She cherished living in Canton, New York, and raising her family in a community full of close friends with the same values and character that she held so dear. She loved her family, her wonderful dog, Dora Rose Lawrence, music, and she loved St. Lawrence hockey. She accompanied her husband to games, served at FFA fund-raisers, traveled on annual family vacations, hunting trips and to musical concerts. She treasured spending time with family and friends at their sugarhouse and at Black Lake.
Mrs. Lawrence is also survived by a sister, Shirley (Jeff) Riley; by a brother, Alan (Darlene) Miller; by her sisters-in-law: Lorraine (Mel) Barlow and Cindy (Gordon Lougee) Lawrence; by her cousins: David, Delia, Wendy, Dan and Mike; and by several beloved nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by all.
A memorial service was held on February 18, in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to Canton Rescue, Canton United Methodist Church, or the American Heart Association.
Madeleine (Trudeau) Marcoux
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Madeleine (Trudeau) Marcoux, formerly of East Charleston, died on February 13, 2012, after a long illness caused by cancer.
She was born in 1942, a daughter of Anatole and Rita Trudeau of East Charleston.
In her teenage years she worked at the East Charleston Country Store owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sloan, then went to work for several years at the Brown Company plant in North Stratford, New Hampshire. She married Jacques Marcoux in Derby Line. After her husband graduated in the pastoral field, they lived in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec.
She was a stay-at-home mom and is survived by her two children and her mother, Rita Trudeau, who is now 93 years old. She also has two brothers and five sisters all living in this country. She was predeceased by her father in 1990 and by a brother, John Paul, in 1956.
Funeral services will be held on February 25, at Église Le Portail in Laval, Quebec, at 3:30 p.m.
Evelyn M. McMahon
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Evelyn M. McMahon, 78, of Orleans died on February 18, 2012, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born June 25, 1933, in Coventry, a daughter of Alfred and Catherine (Gauthier) LaCourse.
Mrs. McMahon was a housekeeper for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton from 1971 to 2004.
Her hobbies included doing jigsaw puzzles, game shows, and she enjoyed fishing as she had her own fish store in Orleans called Pets Plus. She loved her dog, Fiona. She was a former seamstress for Slalom Skiwear and other companies.
She is survived by her son Patrick LaCourse and his wife, Marlene, of Lyndonville, and her daughter Amy Girard of Orleans. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Katie Vezina of Lyndonville, Amanda Girard of Orleans, and Benjamin Roberts of Orleans; by her brother Donald LaCourse and his wife, June, of Orleans; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Elsinore Lanoue, and a brother, Norbert LaCourse.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on February 22, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Senior Center, in care of Irene Lanoue, 23 Maple Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joey Rilley Robillard
Joey Rilley Robillard, beloved newborn son of Jacque and Kellie (Greer) Robillard of Brownington, died early on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in his parents’ arms at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born February 7, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Survivors include his parents and his sister, Cady of Brownington; his paternal grandparents: Paul and Darlene Robillard of Brownington; his maternal grandparents: Brian and Sandi Greer of East Burke; his paternal great-grandmother Gloria Robillard of Brownington; his maternal great-grandmothers: Virginia Greer of East Burke and Mona Blouin of Brownington; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.
A graveside service is planned for Thursday, May 3, at the Hillside Cemetery in West Burke.
Cards may be sent to Jacque and Kellie Robillard, P.O. Box 36, East Burke, Vermont 05832.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Development Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756. Please include in the memo: Neo Natal ICU Fund (4-22566).
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
Gerard R. “Jerry” St. Amand
Gerard R. “Jerry” St. Amand, 89, of Stanton, Delaware, died on Sunday, February 12, 2012.
Mr. St. Amand was co-owner of M&J Television Service in Marshallton, Delaware, for 38 years, retiring in 1987. Earlier in his career he worked for the National Radio Institute in Washington, D.C.
Mr. St. Amand served in the Army with General Patton in Europe and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of St. Matthew’s R.C. Church. He enjoyed square dancing with Circle Four and X 10’s. Mr. Amand also enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include his children: Richard G. St. Amand of Elkton, Maryland, Doria B. Grimes of Annandale, Virginia, George O. St. Amand of Hockessin, Delaware, Emile R. St. Amand of Milltown, Delaware, and Luke H. St. Amand of Newark, Delaware; his brother John St. Amand of Inwood, New York; his sister Margaret LeBlanc of Newport; his grandchildren: Juliette, Louis, Nicole, Janet, Douglas, Bernie, Shawn, Erika and Heather; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mr. St. Amand was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Laura L. (Lanoue) St. Amand, in 2003; by his grandson, Scott St. Amand; and by his sisters: Angela St. Amand of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Rollande Messier and Theresa LeBlanc.
Funeral services were on February 18 in Wilmington, Delaware.
The family suggests contributions in his memory to be made to St. Matthew’s Church, 1 Fallon Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19804. To send an online condolence, visit www.nicholsgilmore.com.
Helene B. Thibault
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Helene B. Thibault, 85, of Barton died on February 14, 2012, in Burlington.
She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Francois and Marguerite (Boucher) Bedard. On April 26, 1951, she married Rene E. Thibault who predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Thibault lived in Barton for nearly 50 years. She took great pride in raising her children. Her favorite saying was, “It is not what you have but who you are.”
In her younger years, she was an avid downhill and cross-country skier. She loved to read, listen to music and do puzzles. She encouraged her children to participate in sports and further their education, which they did. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. She also loved to chat with friends on her daily walks to the C&C Supermarket and the Post Office.
She is survived by her eight children and their spouses: Andree Hassell and her husband, Charles, of Ohio, Marguerite Samms of Newfoundland, Marc Thibault and his wife, Linda, of New Hampshire, Charles Thibault and his wife, Claudette, of South Burlington, Michele Delisle and her husband, Tom, of Essex Junction, Elise Forgues and her husband, Roger, of Fairfax, John Thibault and his wife, Victoria, of Glover, and Catherine Cote and her husband, Craig, of Milton; by 19 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and by her brothers and sisters all of Canada: Charles Bedard, Jean Bedard and his wife, Florence, Madeleine Darche and her husband, Jacques, Cecile Nadeau and her husband, Edwin, Catherine Nadeau, Marcelle Bedard, and Michelle Dion and her husband, Roger. She was predeceased by her siblings: Anne, Pauline and Leon.
Funeral services were held on February 18, in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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February 15, 2012 Obituaries

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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 8, 2012 Obituaries

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

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



Marie L. Smith
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Marie L. Smith, 76, died on Friday, January 27, 2012, at her home, after a long illness.
She was born on August 18, 1935, in Norwood, Massachusetts, a daughter of Napolean and Rose (Walker) Lacasse.
She and her husband, Bill, have lived in the Newport area for many years where they brought up their children. Mrs. Smith held different jobs but was very proud when she got her broker’s license and worked with Jetta Smith before becoming associated with Century 21, and between the two had over 20 years in real estate. She served in several different positions for the city of Newport for 20 years.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



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

Michael “Mike” J. Atwood
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Michael Jon Atwood, 49, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at his home in Craftsbury.
He was born in Bellows Falls on November 12, 1962, the son of Eugene “Jack” and Jeanette (Brown) Atwood. Mr. Atwood graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1981.
He then served with the U.S. Marines including service in the Beirut, Lebanon, action.
Mr. Atwood was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post #9653 in Morrisville.
He returned home to work on the family dairy farm. When he stopped farming, he continued to dabble in raising pigs and chickens, selling eggs under “Happy Hen Acres,” and assisting in helping and taking care of his parents.
Mr. Atwood enjoyed time with his son, Justin, whether it be when they were hunting, fishing, trapping, ice fishing or four wheeling together. He also coached baseball, basketball and was a big sports enthusiast for Craftsbury students, being a recipient with Janet Cote one year of the Friends of Education Award from Craftsbury Schools. He enjoyed Boy Scouts and was a big Yankee fan. He was a member of the Trapper Association.
He leaves his longtime fiancée of 26 years, Janet Cote; his son Justin Atwood; and his parents, Jack and Jeanette, all of Craftsbury; a sister, Vicki and her husband, Douglas Jasman, of Montpelier; two brothers: Eugene Atwood Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, of East Hardwick and Jeff Atwood and his wife, Diane, of East Albany; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many extended family and friends; and his two dogs: Jacklyn and Roxie.
The family will receive friends at the United Church of Craftsbury on the Common, in the dining hall, on Sunday, January 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rita Bowen
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Rita Bowen, 87, of Derby Line died on January 11, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on July 27, 1924, in Bristol, England, a daughter of Edward and Maude (Cowlin) Merrick. Ms. Bowen was a Certified Nurses Aide at a nursing home in Hanover, New Hampshire. She also worked at the Snag Proof Co. in Beebe, Quebec, for many years. She enjoyed attending the Cornerstone Church in Derby, going for rides with her friend Earl Laber, Sunday outings, making raspberry rhubarb pie, watching wildlife, playing bingo, traveling with her daughter Barb, reading, and listening to Bible verses.
Ms. Bowen is survived by her two daughters: Barbara Letourneau and her husband, Philip, of Derby Line and Carole Duquette and her husband, Raymond, of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren: Gerald Letourneau and his wife, Kelley, Deborah Pare and her fiancé, Martin, Jeanne Holmes and her husband, David, Philip Letourneau Jr. and his wife, Sandy, Penny Williams and her husband, Rod, Hiedi and Carson Williams, and Toby Lizotte and his friend, Darlene; her great-grandchildren: Kelley Letourneau, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare and his friend, Ginny, Joshua, Cole, and Logan Letourneau, Corey Holmes and his wife, Wendy, and Madison Letourneau; and also by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Maude Probert; by her brothers: Edward Cowlin and Philip Probert; and by a great-granddaughter, Angelica Letourneau.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28 at the Cornerstone Church, on Quarry Road in Derby, with the Reverend Glenn Saaman officiating. Friends may call on January 28 at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Carlton F. “Tink” Clark
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Carlton F. “Tink” Clark, 74, of Holland died on January 20, 2012, at his home in Holland, with several loving family members present.
He was born in Brattleboro, a son of Carlton and Mabel (Goodell) Clark. He spent most of his life in the southern Vermont area. He served in the United States Navy Air Dale Division from 1955 to 1958, where he was stationed in Guam. He married Frances Wright in 1959.
He worked for Fiber Mark, a paper manufacturing plant, for 27 years before retirement. He was also a well driller for Green Mountain Well in the ’60s, and he was involved in the drilling of a well on top of Mount Mansfield for the ETV antenna site. Later, he went on to earn his Vermont State Master Plumbing license and ended his career at Fiber Mark.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark vacationed in the Northeast Kingdom for several years before moving to their home in Holland in 2005, which he loved along with many of his neighbors and friends.
He was a tinkerer and could fix almost anything, much to the delight of family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, making several trips on top of Putney Mountain with his three grandchildren for a hot dog roast on a Sunday afternoon, and sugaring with his son and grandson. Mr. Clark was a member of the American Legion Post #21. He was a very good-natured man and never complained during his illness. One thing that he never missed was Fox News at 5 p.m. and Glenn Beck.
Besides his wife Frances Clark of Holland, he is survived by his son John L. Clark and his wife, Gail, of Vernon; his daughter Sheila Bartel and her husband, Russell, of Williamsville; by his grandchildren: Karyn Tyler and her husband, Dan, of Dummerston, Zachary Clark of Vernon, and William Bartel and his wife, Kristen, of Williamsville; by his great-grandson Hayden, also of Williamsville; by his sisters: Marion Grimes and her husband, Allen, of New Hampshire and Ellen Robinson and her husband, Patrick, of Newfane; by his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Lawrence Wright and his wife, Shirley, of Chester, George Wright and his wife, Elizabeth, of New Hampshire, and Karen Orchitt and her husband, Bruce, of Chester; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, Evelyn Howe.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date in southern Vermont.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Elsie Ann Fontaine
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Elsie Ann Fontaine, 82, of Newport Center died suddenly on January 16, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on May 26, 1929, to Chester and Candis (Shannon) Bean in Brownington.
On June 17, 1968, she married Gerald Fontaine who predeceased her.
Mrs. Fontaine loved to go to the casinos, gambling, playing bingo, and going fishing. She loved to do puzzles, go to yard sales, spend time with her grandchildren, and go to family gatherings, especially during the holidays. She was a member of the Veterans Post #798 of Newport Auxiliary.
She is survived by her five children: Connie Eastman and her husband, Richard, of Newport Center, Ann McAllister and her husband, Richard, of Newport Center, Roger Sheltra and his fiancé, Nadine Thomas, of Derby, Vickie LaClair and her husband, David, of Brownington, and Mary Perrault and her fiancé, Clif Martin, of Winooski; by 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her siblings: Donald Bean of Westfield, Lloyd Bean of Arizona, and Latheria Starr of Lowell. She was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Webb, and by her sister, Elila Bean.
Funeral services were held January 21 in Newport. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Patricia “Pat” Jean (Rushlow) Kilborn
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Patricia “Pat” Jean (Rushlow) Kilborn, 73, of Newport died on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
She was born in Newport on January 7, 1939, the daughter of Walter and Blanch (Norway) Rushlow.
On July 9, 1960, she married Lawrence D. Kilborn in Derby.
She was a devoted wife and a loving mother to her three children and will be greatly missed by all. Mrs. Kilborn was active in the Newport and Vermont historical societies and served many years as the treasurer of the Newport Historical Society. She loved to study history and researched genealogy for many families.
She was also an avid gardener, with a great love for roses which she shared and enjoyed with her family and friends.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Larry Kilborn; by her son Michael and his wife, Suzanne, and their sons Daniel and Sean, of St. Petersburg, Florida; by her daughter Karen Kilborn McBride and her husband, David, and their children Laura and Matthew, of Colchester; by her daughter Lisa Kilborn Rollins and her husband, Peter, and their sons Eli and Wyatt, of Burlington; by her sister Anita Sawyer; by her brother Edward Rushlow and his wife, Rosalie; by her sister Judy Schnupp and her husband, John; by her sister Veronica Griggs; by her brother Howard Rushlow; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Robert Rochleau.
Funeral services were held January 24 in Newport. Interment will be in the spring in Derby Cemetery.
In honor of her memory, contributions may be made to the Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport, 96 Stagecoach Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Guy Leblond
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John Guy Leblond, 77, of Orleans died on January 18, 2012, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 14, 1935, in St. Malachie, Quebec, a son of Joseph and Regina (Patoine) Leblond.
Mr. Leblond owned and operated his own farm in both Troy and Craftsbury for many years. He enjoyed working the farm and he also liked welding, which he did for four years in New Hampshire.
He is survived by his children: Veronica Wood and her husband, Michael, of London, England, Tina Leblond of Newport, Joseph Leblond and his wife, Yolanda, of San Antonio, Texas, and Rebecca Tatro and her husband, Gary, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; by his brother Ben Leblond and his wife, Rosalie, of Newport; by his sisters: Rejeanne Leblond of Derby Line and Suzanne Frizzell and her husband, Mike, of Newport; by his brother-in-law Fernand Campbell of Orleans; by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Daniel Leblond; two brothers: Andre Leblond and Robert Leblond; and by his sisters: Monique Campbell and Jacqueline O’Brien.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leonard “Pit” Monty
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Leonard “Pit” Monty, 84, of Newport died on January 17, 2012, in Newport.
He was born December 20, 1927, in Newport, a son of Archille and Antonia (Poirier) Monty. On July 15, 1955, he married Wilma Carter who predeceased him in 1997. He graduated from Newport High School in 1946 where he was vice-president of his class, and he entered the United States Navy where he was a first class fireman serving on the U.S.S. Wisconsin during World War II.
Mr. Monty owned and operated State Farm Insurance Company from 1971 to 1991. He was also an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Company and at one time he managed the sales department for the former Poutre Ford Company of Newport where he sold 13 cars in one day. He also ran the Punt, Pass and Kick children’s program for Ford for many years and he was captain of his high school football team. He also played baseball and basketball as a stand out player. Mr. Monty had a hole-in-one at the Newport Country Club and he was elected to the Orleans and Northern Essex Athletic Hall of Fame in July 2009. He loved to golf, play cards, dance, and he was a New York Yankees fan.
He held memberships with St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, Newport Country Club, Newport Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks #2155, and he was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his son Greg Monty and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Nicholas and Trevor Monty of Newport Center; his companion Irene Perry of Newport; his brother-in-law Gary Carter and his wife, Shirley, of Marshfield; his nephews: Brian Carter and his wife, Patricia, and Tom Carter and his wife, Melanie, all of Marshfield; and by special family friends Shirley Sumner and her husband, Bill, of Derby. He was predeceased by a grandson, Payton Monty.
Funeral services were held January 21 in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mary J. Morse
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Mary J. Morse, 65, formerly of North Troy, died on January 17, 2012, in Newport.
She was born November 6, 1946, in North Troy, a daughter of Eugene and Viola (Santaw) St. Onge. On June 4, 1966, she married Herbert Morse who predeceased her in 2006.
Mrs. Morse was employed at the North Troy Village School and Troy Elementary School in the maintenance department.
Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, and making quilts. She also loved to play bingo and take care of her family. She liked to visit her grandchildren and always had and enjoyed her cats. Mrs. Morse held membership with the American Legion Auxiliary of North Troy and she was a former member of The Order of the Eastern Star of North Troy.
She is survived by her children: Herbert Morse Jr. and his wife, Jana, of Newport, and Harold Morse of Derby; by six grandchildren; by a brother, Eugene St. Onge, and his wife, Ellie, of North Troy; and by the following sisters: Margo Hansen and her husband, Harold, of North Troy, Nellie Allen and her husband, Dave, of North Troy, Linda Smith of Newport Center, and Niada Beer and her husband, Donald, of Lyndon Center. She was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Maurice St. Onge.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Larry E. Perry
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Larry E. Perry, 84, died on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville, following a lingering illness, with his family at his side.
Born in Newport on April 1, 1927, he was a son of the late Martin and Vera (Vinton) Perry.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1947 and the Massachusetts Trades Shop School in Boston in 1948. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Perry was a master electrician and prior to his retirement was employed by Vermont Electric Co-op for over 40 years as an appliance technician.
Mr. Perry’s greatest enjoyment in life was the wonderful time he spent with his loving family. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed cutting firewood, working in the sugarbush and making maple syrup. Mr. Perry was a former Johnson selectman, a member of the United Church of Johnson, and a 60-year member, including Past Master, of Waterman Lodge #83 Free and Accepted Masons in Johnson.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Phyllis (Leach) Perry of Johnson; his three children and their spouses: Mary Jean Smith and her husband, Stephen, of Johnson, Mark Perry and his wife, Linda, of Bolton Landing, New York, and Steven Perry and his wife, Karen, of Lyndonville; a sister, Beverly Rollins, and her husband, Leslie, of Millbrook, New York; an uncle, Ernest Perry of Boise, Idaho; an aunt, Effie Robinson of Meridian, Idaho; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter.
To honor his request, there will be no funeral service. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Waterville at a later date.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Lamoille County Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Inc., P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657. Private condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.
Shirley V. Tousant
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Shirley Virginia Tousant, 86, of Greensboro Bend, formerly of Hardwick, died on January 20, 2012, at her home with her loving family at her bedside.
She was born October 20, 1925, in East Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Frederick and Ellen (Dawley) Salisbury. She graduated from East Hartford High School in the Class of 1944 and was then employed by Travelers Ins. Co. in Hartford.
On June 9, 1945, she married Ira “Penny” Tousant in East Hartford. They had a remarkable 56-year marriage, moving from South Windsor, Connecticut, to Stannard in 1952, where they managed a successful dairy farm together and raised four children.
During that time she was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Stannard and was a member of the Stannard Zoning Board, and served for 13 years on the Stannard School Board. After the children were in school, she was hired by the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union central office as the administrative assistant to the superintendent of schools. She retired from that position after 26 years. After she and Penny moved to Hardwick, she worked part-time in the Hardwick town clerk’s office under Jerry Hall. She was a member of the United Church of Hardwick and Circle #8 of that church. She was an avid Red Sox and University of Connecticut girls basketball fan. Some of her main interests were family gatherings, traveling, spending time visiting family and friends in Connecticut and Maine, playing cards and bingo (winning of course!), church activities, crocheting and family genealogy.
Mrs. Tousant had a strong sense of family. She was a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and liked nothing better than to have her loved ones around her.
She was a devoted and supportive aunt to her nieces and nephews and was a rock for her mother and mother-in-law in their elder years, and, as everyone knew, she was the social butterfly. Mrs. Tousant had a tight circle of friends who guaranteed her safety, enabled her emotional well-being, and prayed fervently for her health.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses: Jane Johns of Greensboro Bend, Bette Rochette and her husband, Philip, of Morrisville, James Tousant and his wife, Diana, of Greensboro Bend, and Gail Renaud and her husband, David, of Hardwick. She will be missed by eight extraordinary grandchildren, 14 very special great-grandchildren; and by many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins, and a very special friend of almost 50 years, Betty Dukette. She was predeceased by her husband, Penny, in 2002; four siblings: Robert Salisbury, Margaret Webster, Gertrude Hale, and Edith Swanson; and by her son-in-law Roger Johns.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm Street, in Hardwick. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m. at the United Church in Hardwick with the retired Pastor James Tousant and the Reverend Diana Tousant officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to the United Church of Hardwick, care of Cynthia Walker, P.O. Box 195, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements are under the direction of Northern Vermont Funeral Service.
Winston Wallace Warner
Winston Wallace Warner, beloved infant son of Douglas Warner Jr. and Laura Briggs, died on January 14, 2012, in St. Johnsbury.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sisters: Latisha Briggs, Tanisha Hook, and Shakira Warner. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents: Lawrence Briggs of Newark and Charlene Briggs of Lyndonville; and by his paternal grandparents: Douglas Warner Sr. of Lowell, Barbara Warner of Brownington, and Cecil Davison of Brownington.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport, with the Reverend James Gamble officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on January 27 from 5 p.m. until the hour of funeral. Spring interment will be held at the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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