September 21, 2011 Obituaries

Kathryn Emily Blair

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Kathryn Emily Blair, 64, died on Saturday, September 17, at home surrounded by her family.

Ms. Blair was born in St. Johnsbury on September 21, 1946, to the late Wayne and Alice Blair. She was predeceased by her husband, William Engelmann, on May 21, 2011. Mr. Engelmann and Ms. Blair were the lights of each other’s lives, finding a perfect balance, partnership, and joining of families. Ms. Blair was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Ms. Blair spent her early years roaming the hills of East Lyndon, playing board games, the piano, and cooking. She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1964 and then attended Lyndon Teacher’s College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1968. She taught in Barton Graded School and later had the opportunity to fulfill her dream of teaching in the one-room school house she attended as a child. When the Red Village School closed, she continued her career at Lyndon Town School. Ms. Blair dedicated 40 years to her passion of teaching. She was a Special Olympics coach with her husband for several years where they later led the Caledonia County Olympians to new levels. She enjoyed many passions, including crafts, scrapbooking, knitting, antiquing, cooking, preserving family history, and hosting family gatherings.

Ms. Blair was blessed with her daughter, Jennie, and Mr. Engelmann’s children, Billy and Lori. Her children taught her the importance of unconditional love, exceeding expectations, and the joy of her own family. She was a dedicated and tireless mother. She opened doors for Jennie that children continue to benefit from today. Ms. Blair remained an advocate for people with special needs into her retirement.

Ms. Blair leaves behind her daughter Jennie E. Blair of Lyndonville; Mr. Engelmann’s children: William T. Engelmann II and his wife, Michelle, of Sutton, and Lori L. Robinson and her husband, Donald, of Steep Falls, Maine; four grandchildren: Rayne and Devin Engelmann of Sutton, and Olivia and Abigail Robinson of Steep Falls; her sister Deborah A. Gorham and her husband, Warren, of Kirby, and their children Cheri, Pam, Joani, and Brian; her brother Peter H. Blair of Lyndonville, and his children Holly, Cody and Merrill; Mr. Engelmann’s loving and supportive family, many special friends, and many who benefited from knowing Ms. Blair.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearson’s Funeral Home in Lyndonville. A celebration of Ms. Blair’s life will be held on Saturday, September 24, at 11 a.m. at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, on Church Street in Lyndonville. All are invited to join the reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ms. Blair’s memory may be sent to the Kathy Blair Youth Scholarship Fund, care of Debbie Gorham, 478 Barnes Brook Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

To sign an online memorial, please visit www.pearsonsfh.com.

Donald J. Dandanell

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Donald J. Dandanell, 70, of Albany died on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at his home in the loving care of his wife and family.

He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on January 25, 1941, a son of Elof and Marie (Dillon) Dandanell. He graduated from high school in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the New York School of Design.

On January 28, 1967 he married Janice Brokaw whom he had met at Sugarbush Ski Area. For a short while they had an Ayrshire Dairy Farm in Morgan, and later made their home in Warren, Connecticut, until 1999 when they moved to their home in Albany.

Mr. Dandanell was a member of the Northville Baptist Church in Connecticut and later of the Albany Church in Vermont. He worked many years in Connecticut as an iron worker and was a longtime member of the Ironworkers Local #424.

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, riding his four-wheeler, gardening, kayaking, and skiing. He also enjoyed woodworking and church activities.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; a son, Chris Dandanell of Glover; a daughter, Nissa Budrow and her husband, Chris, of Providence, Rhode Island; two grandchildren: Bethany Owens and Stephen Mattingly; a brother, Richard Dandanell and his wife, Mary, of Brookfield, Connecticut; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Olsen of Danbury, Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Barbara Seidler and her husband, John, of Charlottesville, Virgina; and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Robert Dandanell.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 24, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Methodist Church, with Pastor Nathan Strong officiating. Interment will follow in the Albany Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Upper Valley Hostel, 17 South Street, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755; or to Teen Challenge Vermont, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

Aline Marie-Rose (Desjardins) Guillette

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Aline Marie-Rose (Desjardins) Guillette, 95, of Derby died on September 17, 2011, in Newport surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Guillette was born in Canada on January 3, 1916, a daughter of Ovila and Florina (LaMarche) Desjardins.

Mrs. Guillette was a loving mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and she was very special to her family. Lovingly called “Memere,” she filled her home with smiles, hugs, and fresh-baked goods. She was always busy. She constantly had crafts that she enjoyed creating: beautiful handmade quilts, crocheted afghans, knitted mittens and slippers, and many, many other projects. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, and baking.

Most of all, she loved to play piano while her husband, Wilfred, played the violin. They made wonderful music together and she would accompany him whenever he played at schools or nursing homes. The Guillette home was always filled with food, music, and love.

On September 28, 1935, she married Wilfred Guillette, who predeceased her in 2004.

She is survived by her children: Denise Pateneaude and her husband, Maurice, of Derby, Robert Guillette and his wife, Germaine, of Derby, and Rachel Campbell and her husband, Maurice, of Island Pond; by 11 grandchildren, over 30 great-grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her in-laws: Theresa Beauchesne, Andre Guillette, and Irene Guillette. She was predeceased by her son, Raymond, and by her brothers and sisters: Lucien, Wilfred, Fernande, Simone, Ernest, and Laurette.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Guillette’s memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Susan M. Jarzyna

Susan M. Jarzyna died on Friday, September 2, 2011, at home in the company of her husband, son and cousin.

Ms. Jarzyna was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on February 16, 1954, the first child of Rose and Leo Jarzyna. Ms. Jarzyna grew up in proximity to her grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins, who shared birthday celebrations, holidays, particularly Christmas Eve dinners, Easter, and July 4th celebrations, and the joy and closeness an extended family brings.

A graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School, Ms. Jarzyna received a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, where she studied fine arts, weaving, and graphic arts. She was working as a graphic artist in Holyoke when she met her future husband, who was a columnist with the Transcript-Telegram newspaper.

Ms. Jarzyna married Ross Connelly on September 28, 1985, in the side yard at her parents’ home in Holyoke. They moved from that western Massachusetts town to Chatham, Massachuetts, on Cape Cod, where they lived before moving to Hardwick in 1986 when they bought The Hardwick Gazette.

As co-publishers, Ms. Jarzyna and Mr. Connelly took a newspaper that was an integral part of the community and led the Gazette staff to receive about 50 awards for excellence in journalism on the state, regional, national, and international levels. Ms. Jarzyna was committed to the newspaper but the Hardwick Historical Society was her passion. She was a trustee of the organization and found great satisfaction in designing many exhibits that are at the society’s home in the town’s old depot and were displayed over the years at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge.

She also pursued her interest in Hardwick’s history by collecting postcards of the town, which accompanied her ever-growing postcard collections of Holyoke and Martha’s Vineyard.

Ms. Jarzyna loved to travel, a trip to Egypt and Israel with one of her aunts being one of her fondest memories, and a trip to Colorado to take her son, Sawyer, to college in 2010 was one of her most meaningful. She, her husband, and her son spent many short breaks on Martha’s Vineyard, where Ms. Jarzyna loved to walk the island’s beaches and collect rocks, shells, driftwood and beach glass. She also loved the trips they took to visit Boston museums and the New England coast, where she took delight in helping her son develop an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. She enjoyed many day trips to towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts where she soaked up as much as she could of the local history.

Ms. Jarzyna enjoyed meeting people and was admired for her warmth by colleagues and people whom she knew only briefly. She was a strong, principled person who had a deep sense of justice, fairness, and a commitment to equality and inclusion. She was a person who cared deeply about others and put others above herself. She was generous in her giving to others and genuine in her appreciation of all. Ms. Jarzyna never lost her will to embrace life. She said she was not afraid of dying, having accomplished much and battled her disease for so long, but frustrated at knowing there were so many things she still wanted to do.

Ms. Jarzyna is survived by her husband, Ross Connelly, of Hardwick; their son, Sawyer Jarzyna Connelly, of Hardwick; by her mother, Rose Jarzyna, of Holyoke; her sister, Betsy Heigle and her husband, Tom, of Amissville, Virgina; her brother, Michael Jarzyna, of Holyoke; her sister-in-law, Janet C. Young, and her husband, Lowell, of Guilford; and by her many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ms. Jarzyna donated her body to the College of Medicine of the University of Vermont.

A celebration of Ms. Jarzyna’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at the Hardwick Town House, with a reception to follow at the Hardwick Depot.

Donations in Ms. Jarzyna’s memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or the Hardwick Historical Society, 47 Depot St., Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Donnal Dean Maloney

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Donnal Dean Maloney Jr., 60, of Beebe died on Saturday, September 17, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

During his final hours, Mr. Maloney was surrounded by his loving family, sharing many memories with them, including his beloved daughter, Maia (via cell phone), from London, England.

He was the beloved son of Dean and Rita Maloney, born in Newport on August 7, 1951.

Mr. Maloney was a passionate and gifted math and science teacher. During his teaching career, he taught middle school, high school, and college students in the Newport and Orleans area. His gift of teaching touched many students of all ages.

Mr. Maloney was a graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Columbia University in New York City and obtained his master’s degree from Johnson State College in Johnson.

He was a talented pianist and he was also an avid cyclist, mountain climber, skier, and traveler. One of his greatest trips was with his son Seth (the light of his life) to the beautiful southwestern United States.

Mr. Maloney leaves many loving relatives including his parents, Dean and Rita Maloney of Newport; his son Seth Maloney of Hardwick, his daughter Hiata and her husband, Steffan, of Duxbury, and his daughter Maia and her husband, Jess, of London, England. Mr. Maloney was predeceased by his son, Ben, in 1985. He also leaves behind his sister Darin (Dari) and her husband, Norm, of Monkton; his uncle Andy and his wife, Wanda, of Derby; his aunt Pat of Bradenton, Florida; his dear cousins: Skip and his wife, Val, of Coventry, Rick and Ann of Newport Center, Terry and his wife, Julie, of Burlington, Gigi and her husband, Tony, of Derby, Tonya and her husband, Jeff, of Ferrisburg, Tina and her husband, Harold, of Montpelier, and Jim and his wife, Sue, of Milton. He also leaves behind many close friends and colleagues throughout Vermont and the United States.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, in care of Rita Maloney, 90 Seymour Lane, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Andre A. Paquette

 

Andre A. “Andy” Paquette, 81, died August 20, 2011.

Born in Vermont, he was a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts over 50 years; and previously lived in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He was a U.S. Army peacetime veteran. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 20 years as a truck driver for H.P. Hood & Son in Agawam, Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Theresa (Choquette) Paquette; two sons: Gil Paquette of North Carolina and Gary Paquette of Wisconsin; three daughters: Susan Buckmaster and her husband, William, of Texas, Donna Bihler and her husband, Kurt, of East Longmeadow, and Monica Stechshulte and her husband, Nick, of Georgia; two brothers; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass was held in Springfield, Massachusetts in August. Interment followed in the Veterans’ Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0142.

Lloyd H. Paris

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Lloyd H. Paris, 87, of Pudding Hill in Lyndonville died on September 17, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Since February 2011 he’d been a resident of St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, battling a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Paris was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on February 25, 1924, a son of Robert and Mabel (Gero) Paris.

Mr. Paris loved his family and he loved farming. In 1956 he and his wife, Beverly, bought their farm on Pudding Hill where they built a life for themselves and their children. Together they created many fond memories that are cherished by the family to this day. Through the years he served as a fence viewer and lister for the town of Lyndon, as well as a member of the board of directors for Cabot Farmers Cooperative. He unconditionally put caring for his beloved family and his animals before himself. He loved all animals, large and small, and often referred to them as his silent friends.

Mr. Paris was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Naval Air Force in the South Pacific from October 1942 through the end of the war.

He is survived by his wife Beverly (Dopp) whom he married on March 3, 1948; their four children: Sharon Burnham of Danville, Cynthia McKnight and husband, Fred, of Peacham, Laurene Daniels and husband, Brian, of Brunswick, Maine, and Eric Paris and wife, Cathleen, of Lyndonville; nine grandchildren: Scott, Jason, and Kelly Burnham, Dylan and Tristan McKnight, Joseph Daniels and Meghan Cidlowski, Bonnie and Benjamin Paris; and his two great-grandsons, Hudson and Liam. He was predeceased by his parents and five brothers: Richard, David, Donald, Robert, and Harold.

The family will observe their services privately with burial at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lyndon Dog Pound, care of Cindy Cady, P.O. Box 211, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

Robert M. Pettee

 

Robert M. Pettee Jr., 58, of Coventry, Connecticut, formerly of Winthrop, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on September 9, 2011.

He was born the beloved son of Barbara M. and the late Robert M. Pettee Sr., and dear brother of Wayne Pettee and his wife, Michelle, of Winthrop and Brian Pettee of Simi Valley, California. Mr. Pettee was the beloved father of Robert M. Pettee III of Charlotte, North Carolina, and stepson Scott Blodgett of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Pettee is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will forever be remembered for his kind heart and loyal friendship.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 17, at the United Methodist Church in Winthrop.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Pettee’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, Massachusetts 02241-7005. Memories and condolences may be shared at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&;pid=153631989.

Pauline Irene (Bullis) Sourdiff

Pauline Irene (Bullis) Sourdiff, 100, died on Sunday, September 4, 2011.

She was born April 10, 1911 in Beebe, a daughter of Nelson and Ellen Elie. She married Albert Bullis on May 25, 1930 and started their family in Newport. Together they raised seven children until his death.

In October of 1977 she married Joseph Sourdiff and added his six children into her family.

Mrs. Sourdiff was predeceased by both Mr. Bullis and Mr. Sourdiff; a daughter, Arlene; her sons: Lawrence and Bruce; and by her stepdaughters: Leona and Arlene. She is survived by her daughters: Gloria and Beverly; her sons: Paul and Ronald; her stepdaughter, Pearl; her stepsons: Norman, Ronald, and Richard; and by several generations of grandchildren.

A funeral service was held in Essex Junction on September 9.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home, her friends and caregivers for all their love and support.

Chester E. Taylor

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Chester E. Taylor, 80, of Coventry died on September 14, 2011, in Newport.

He was born on January 14, 1931 in Irasburg, a son of Peter and Lena (Smith) Taylor. On June 25, 1955 he married Virginia Mae Bowen who died on November 30, 2010.

Mr. Taylor retired in 1995 after 38 years with the Vermont Department of Transportation where he served as the district supervisor. His civic contributions included Coventry Village Selectman from 1968 to 1970 and Water Commissioner from 1972 to 2009 (37 years). He was a lifelong member of the Eureka Grange of Coventry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being the village go-to man. Mr. Taylor took great pleasure in helping others, he was known by many, and respected by all.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his children: Valerie and Brad Autry of Garland, Texas, Carleen and Mark Leonhardt of League City, Texas, Brian and Christine Taylor of Milton, and Steve Taylor and Sara Wright of Coventry; his grandchildren: Evan and his wife, Allie Autry, Tyla Autry, Courtney and Austin Leonhardt, Jenna and Jacob Taylor, and David, Kaitlyn, and Anthony Wright; his brother Bernard Taylor of Newport; his sisters-in-law: Dorothy Taylor of Troy and Lorraine Bowen of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and other relations. He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Taylor and his sister Eula Desbiens.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. A memorial and remembrance service will be held at a later date.

Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, on behalf of his dog, Colin. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

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September 14, 2011 Obituaries

Mary Leontine Belisle
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Mary Leontine Belisle, 94, of Newport died on September 4, 2011, in Newport.
She was born April 1, 1917 in Newport Center, a daughter of William and Antoinette (Deslandes) Chaput. On August 17, 1937 she married Arthur Belisle who predeceased her.
She and Mr. Belisle worked the family farm in Coventry for five years before buying their own farm in Troy in 1942, which they later sold in 1970.
Mrs. Belisle enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, family gatherings, and she liked to play bingo. She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church in Troy and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.
She is survived by her children: Simone Graveline and her husband, Norman, of Derby, Jeannette Woods and her husband, William, of Florida, Armand Belisle of Derby, Lucien Belisle and his wife, Carmelita, of Colchester, Mary Ann Hogan and her husband, James, of Colorado, Pauline Comtois and her husband, Frank, of North Carolina, Lucille LaRose and her husband, Richard, of Derby, Evelyn Cottone of New York, Arlene Belisle of California, George Belisle of Derby, and Lisa Malloy and her husband, Marc, of Texas; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her sisters: Bernadette Belisle of Derby Line, Vivian Farrar of Newport, and Ida Rowe of New Hampshire; her daughter-in-law Debbie Belisle of Williston; her sisters-in-law: Claudette Chaput and Iva Chaput; and by nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.
She was predeceased by five sons: John, Arthur Jr., Larry, Joseph, and Emmanuel; two granddaughters: Christina Belisle and Henriette Lanoue; and by two sisters and six brothers.
Funeral services were held on September 8 in Newport. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105; or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Harry M. Higley
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Harry M. Higley, 86, of Lowell, died on September 8, 2011.
He was born January 8, 1925 in Guilford, a son of William and Bessie (Davis) Higley.
Mr. Higley graduated from Brattleboro High School and then served two years in the U.S. Navy. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Vermont, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and the Honorary Boulder Society. Mr. Higley was a builder and cabinet maker in the Brattleboro area for over 40 years. He was honored by the Vermont School Boards Association for 25 years of dedicated service to Windham Southeast Supervisory District schools. From a young age, he was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. In his retirement years he enjoyed golfing and his winters in Alabama.
His main love was his family, his wife of 58 years, Georgia (Anderson), formerly of Proctor, his five sons and their spouses: Paul Higley and his wife, Katherine Simon, of Keene, New Hampshire, Mark Higley and his wife, Catherine, of Lowell, Eric Higley of Jeffersonville, Brian Higley and his wife, Margaret Rasmussen, of Beacon, New York, and Kristian Higley and his wife, Emma, of Brattleboro; his one daughter, Allison White, of Guilford; and his 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He is survived by one brother, Herbert, of San Diego, California, and one sister, Wilma Higgins, of Guilford. He was predeceased by one half-brother, George, and two half-sisters, Lucy Higley and Evelyn Clark, all of Guilford.
A celebration of Mr. Higley’s life will be held Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Higley home, 275 Buck Hill Road, Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to any charity of choice. Condolences can be sent to P. O. Box 39, Lowell, Vermont 05847.
Thelma Mildred (Gray) Jennings
Thelma Mildred (Gray) Jennings, 91, died on July 12, 2011 in Highland, New York, after a long illness.
She was born April 24, 1920 in Derby, the second daughter of Robert E. and Mamie (Uttin) Gray. She attended school in Holland and West Charleston.
In 1945 Mrs. Jennings married Harold Colville of Newburgh, New York.
Mrs. Jennings was a licensed foster parent and the couple later adopted a five-day-old baby girl, Debra Mae. Mr. Colville predeceased Mrs. Jennings in 1959. She later married Idel Jennings Sr. After he died in 1979, she became a home caregiver, retiring in 1999.
Mrs. Jennings was a member of the Chapel Hill Bible Church, Star of Bethlehem Lodge #48, West Charleston Historical Society, and Jenny’s Garden Social Club.
She was gifted with a great sense of humor and was an avid reader and great storyteller.
She is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Barry Crego of Wallingford, Connecticut; her loving granddaughter, Annie Schneider of Connecticut; her grandson Chris Jennings of Newburgh, New York; her sisters: Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and Eleanor Tyler and her husband, Carl, of Derby; her brother Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; her nieces: Dianne and her husband, Richard Marceau, of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and Susan and her husband, Ron, of Springfield, Massachusetts; her nephews: Larry Smith and his wife, Penny, and Evan Smith and his wife, Priscilla, of Colchester; and her great-nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Jennings was predeceased by sisters Ruth Gelineau and Helen Smith, and her little dog Cuddles. Special mention of good friends Robert Savage and George and Bernadette Bush of Newburgh, New York.
Private graveside services were held at West Charleston Cemetery on August 24 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Richard George Natole
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Richard George Natole, 73, younger son of the late John and Marion Natole of Newport, died on September 6, 2011, at the Village Rest Home in Leominster, Massachusetts.
He was born in Newport on April 14, 1938. He has lived in Massachusetts since the age of six, receiving his training and care at the Dr. Franklin Perkins School in Lancaster, Massachusetts, until 1993 when he moved to Gardner, Massachusetts, in 2004. From October 2004 until now, he has resided in Leominster at the Village Rest Home where he was lovingly cared for by dedicated staff.
Mr. Natole was a very friendly and outgoing gentleman who enjoyed old and new friends. He loved going to work, shopping, eating out, and visits from Edyth Krzysko who was his friend since childhood and became his guardian when his mother could no longer care for him. He became a member of the Krzysko family and was visited often by them and the Benson family.
He was also a welcomed member of the Wayne and Marye McKenney family in Clinton, Massachusetts, who have known him since he was at Perkins School. He enjoyed many outings and visits with the family. He was also well cared for by respite workers Kathy, Lori, and George, among others, at DDS and Matson Community Service.
He is survived by his cousin, Nancy Hill Turner of Vista, California, and his adopted family in Newport.
He was predeceased by his father, John Natole, in 1966, his mother, Marion Hill Natole, in 1995, and his older brother John Jr. in 1952.
Mr. Natole is lovingly remembered by all who cared for him.
A graveside service was held on September 8 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Beacon of Hope, 62 West Street, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ray E. Shockley
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Ray E. Shockley, 89, of West Glover, died on August 21, 2011, at home and with his family at his side.
He was born July 3, 1922 in Boone, Colorado, a son of Clarence and Ruth (Rasmussen) Shockley. He married Helen Alley who predeceased him on February 12, 2010. He was a veteran of World War II.
During his lifetime he was a manager for Safeway retail groceries.
In 2003 he moved to Vermont to be near his son and daughter-in-law.
Among his hobbies, he enjoyed golfing.
He is survived by his son Douglas Duncan and his wife, Jane, of West Glover.
He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy.
Private 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.
Death notice
Franklin B. Forbes Jr. of Morgan died on August 22, 2011, of natural causes. There will be no calling hours. Interment date to be determined.
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September 7, 2011 Obituaries

John Raymond Bathalon
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John Raymond Bathalon, 33, of North Troy died suddenly on August 29, 2011 at his home in North Troy.
He was born on March 31, 1978, a beloved son of Raymond and Lillian (Letourneau) Bathalon.
On September 30, 2006 he married Jolene Tardif who survives him. He attended North Country Union High School.
Mr. Bathalon was employed as a carpenter for Piette Building Construction of Newport Center.
His hobbies included hunting, playing basketball, and he enjoyed attending his children’s sports activities and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a Red Sox fan.
Mr. Bathalon is survived by his wife Jolene Bathalon of North Troy; his parents, Raymond and Lillian Bathalon of Troy; by his children: Taylor McMann Bathalon, stepson Grant Andrew Blake, Mariah Ann Bathalon, stepson Gabriel Austin Blake, and Lacey Brooke Bathalon; by his maternal grandfather Paul Letourneau of Derby; and by his brothers and sisters: Marc Bathalon and his wife, Sheila, of Monroe, New Hampshire, Allan Bathalon and his wife, Karen, of North Troy, Gilles Bathalon and his wife, Kelly, of Lowell, Emily Bathalon of Westfield and her companion, Justin Carpenter; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his yellow labrador, Jaxon.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Rhina Letourneau and by his paternal grandparents: Ernest and Jeanne Bathalon.
Funeral services were held on September 2 in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the John Bathalon Trust, for his children, in care of Julie Willis, Community National Bank, P.O. Box 127, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard E. Bohannon
Richard E. Bohannon, 83, of Craftsbury, died on Friday, September 2, 2011, at his home in the tender care of his loving wife, Nancy, following a long illness.
He was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on September 24, 1927, a son of Earl L. and Anna W. (Ystrom) Bohannon. Mr. Bohannon’s mother died when he was only three, and he was raised by a wonderful grandmother and father to be a fine man. A 1945 graduate of Howe High School in Billerica, Massachusetts, he entered the U.S. Army in September 1946 to serve in Europe at the close of World War II. Following that service, he attended Tufts University and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1952.
Mr. Bohannon worked many years as a claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, living in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. He moved to Craftsbury in 2001 and married Nancy Marshall Richter in 2002.
Mr. Bohannon was a kind, loving and generous man. He cherished, most of all, his wife, his family and friends, his home, his dogs, his beautiful flower gardens, and his beloved Red Sox, being a fan since 1936. He was one of those rare, truly good people, gracious and kind at heart, working hard and giving throughout his entire life. His cheerful, positive spirit and warm, strong presence will be missed.
Mr. Bohannon is survived by his wife, Nancy; a step family who loved him very much; cherished birth family members; and many dear friends, including the Shaw family in Maine. His family is grateful for the generous support of those in the community, including especially his much loved niece Belinda Brown and husband, Phil Lovely, and his good friend Addison Merrick.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth Koerness Bohannon, and a half-brother, Earl L. Bohannon.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury with Reverend Alden Launer officiating. Private interment will be in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury, Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to Orleans-Essex VNA & Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Geneva M. “Jennie” Brault

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Geneva M. “Jennie” (Joseph) Brault, 87, of Island Pond died on August 28, 2011 in Newport.
She was born on September 7, 1923 in Island Pond, a daughter of William and Martha (Romanus) Joseph.
Mrs. Brault married Dr. Clement Brault who predeceased her on November 2, 2002. Mrs. Brault held memberships with the St. James Greater Church of Island Pond and the Women’s Parish Club. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 80 of Island Pond.
Mrs. Brault graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond and attended secretarial school in Hartford, Connecticut. At one time she was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut.
She is survived by her brother and sisters: Isabelle DiPaolo of Winston Salem, North Carolina; Alice Taves of Portsmouth, Virginia; Rose Marie Belisle of Island Pond; Raymond Joseph of Island Pond; and Joan Marie Franklin of Bronxville, New York; her stepchildren: Rose Marie Brault of Avon, Florida, Marguerite Overington of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Elizabeth Miller of Savannah, Georgia, Paul Brault of Williston, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sisters: Marion Joseph and Margaret Anton; and by two brothers: Joseph (Dodie) Joseph and Albert W. Joseph; and by a stepson, Dennis Brault.
Funeral services were held on August 31 in Island Pond. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made the St. James the Greater Church, P.O. Box 407, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Shirley M. Daniels
Shirley M. Daniels, 71, of Norton died on August 29, 2011 in Norton.
She was born on September 6, 1939 in Barnet, a daughter of Lewis and Thelma (Champigny) Hadley. During her lifetime she was an aide for area nursing homes and at one time she was employed by the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury as a dietician aide.
Her hobbies included watching NASCAR and other stock car races. She also enjoyed watching NFL football.
She is survived by three sons; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Hadley and his wife, Debra, of Bristol, Connecticut; by her sister, Marion McLam and her husband, Wendall, of Terryville, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on September 2 in Barnet.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Elaine A. Dunbar
Elaine A. Dunbar, 72, of Craftsbury, died on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at her home in the loving care of her family following a long battle with cancer.
She was born in Randolph on November 11, 1938, a daughter of Eugene and Evelyn (Conant) Squire. She received her degree in teaching from Johnson State College.
On July 7, 1961, she married Wayne G. Dunbar. They made their home in Greensboro until 1973 when they moved to the home farm in Craftsbury. Mrs. Dunbar was a member as well as Sunday school teacher at the Greensboro United Church for many years, a 50-year member of the Grange and long-time secretary of Caspian Lake Grange, a former member of the Home Demonstration Club, a former trustee of the John W. Simpson Memorial Library, and a former school board member in Craftsbury. She taught at the Creek Road School in Craftsbury for a year and a half, then in Walden. She helped her husband on the family farm and raised her children. She enjoyed reading (especially westerns), gardening (both her flowers and vegetables), and the cattle on the farm. She also enjoyed competing in primitive biathalons. She gave her maximum to her husband, children, and grandchildren, and when in doubt, she fed someone.
Mrs. Dunbar is survived by her husband, Wayne; two sons: Mark Dunbar and his wife, Tule Fogg, and Keith Dunbar, both of Craftsbury; two daughters: Sonia Dunbar, and Martha Dunbar and her husband, Theodore Lubicich, both of Albany; a brother, Eugene Squire Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, of Randolph Center; her grandchildren: John, Elaine, Sarah, and Lily Dunbar, and Seviah, Peter and Alexander Pitt; several nieces and nephews; as well as extended family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents and a daughter-in-law, Stephanie Dunbar.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 10, at 1 p.m. at the Greensboro United Church with Reverend Tony Acheson and Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Pauline P. Lucier

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Pauline P. Lucier, 82, died on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at her home in Newport Center with her loving family at her side.
She was born December 5, 1928 in Ways Mills, Quebec, a daughter of the late John and Vera (Kezar) Gledhill.
Mrs. Lucier was a longtime resident of Richford. For the past two years, Mr. and Mrs. Lucier have made their home in Newport Center with her son and daughter-in-law. Mrs. Lucier was a bank teller for Valley Trust in North Troy for several years and was also a bank teller for the Franklin Lamoille Bank in Richford, retiring after 27 years of employment there. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Martha Washington Chapter. She enjoyed swimming, camping, reading, and knitting.
Mrs. Lucier is survived by her husband, Norman Lucier; her son Rodney and his wife, Valerie, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Michael and Heather of Newport Center; her sister, Geraldine Peters of Dixville, Quebec; her niece, Valerie Cardyn and her husband, Paul; her nephew, Victor Peters and his wife, Ann; her brother-in-law, Duane Lucier and his wife, Frances, of Jay, and their children: Steve, Mark and Cindy.
In keeping with Mrs. Lucier’s wishes, she will be cremated and interred in the North Troy Cemetery in a private family ceremony. There will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in Mrs. Lucier’s memory may be made to the Richford First Baptist Church, 33 School Street, Richford, Vermont 05476; or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family online through www.spearsfuneralhome. Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls is assisting Mrs. Lucier’s family with arrangements.
Bernard Samuel Payeur

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Bernard Samuel Payeur, 90, of Derby died on August 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on March 26, 1921 in Island Pond, a son of Samuel and Alice (Thibodeau) Payeur. On October 9, 1946 he married Vernice Twofoot who survives him.
Mr. Payeur was a veteran of World War II. He was a supervisor for the Groveton Paper Company in Groveton, New Hampshire. He ran the Gilman Hotel until the paper mill closed. He was also a manager of the St. Michael’s College snack bar. He held memberships with American Legion Post 80 and Random VFW Post 2309, both of Island Pond. He was also a member of the Brighton Snowmobile Club.
His hobbies included snowmobiling, golfing in his younger years, singing in the choir at St. James Church, cooking, and woodworking. He loved his friends who have gone before him.
Mr. Payeur is survived by his wife Vernice (Bunnie) Payeur of Derby; his son David Payeur of Oregon; four grandchildren: Jennifer, Christopher, Samantha, and Tiffany; and by two great-grandchildren: Paul and Michael.
He was predeceased by two sons: Philip Payeur and Craig Payeur; a brother Gerald Payeur; and by two sisters: Bernandine Germaine and Geraldine Christie.
Funeral services were held September 2 in Island Pond. Interment with full military honors followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Paul M. Sicard
Paul M. Sicard, 52, of Derby died on August 29, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born on June 2, 1959 in Newport, a son of Mariette (Beaudette) Sicard and the late Edward R. Sicard.
On November 7, 1992 he married Bonita Sanville who survives him.
Mr. Sicard was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line. He was a former member of the Derby Fish and Game and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, race car driving, playing cards, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Sicard worked on the old game preserve Dav-Lin Acres, he enjoyed his television, NASCAR racing, and he was a New York Yankees fan.
He is survived by his wife Bonita Sicard of Derby; his mother Mariette Sicard of Derby; and by the following children: Anita Lepine and her companion, Carlton Billado Jr., of North Troy, Clinton Mihill and his fiancé, Corina Marcoux, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Shawn Sicard and his companion, Jessica Chauvin, of Northfield, Jodie Greenwood and her companion, David Mason III, of Lyndonville and Branford, Connecticut, and Ricky Sicard of Derby; by his grandchildren: Aaron and Gabriel Lepine, Brent Trudeau, Ryan Mihill, Donovan Sicard, Jonathan Sicard, and Levi Greenwood; by a brother, Denis Sicard, and his wife, Heidi, of Colorado; by his sisters: Helen Gagnon and her husband, Paul, of Derby Line; and Denise Bennett and her companion, Pete Baez, of Northfield; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held on September 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 87 McGregor St., #4100, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-3766.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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August 31, 2011 Obituaries

Maynard J. Greenwood

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Maynard J. Greenwood, 64, of Newport died suddenly on Friday August 26, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on November 21, 1946 in Holland, a son of Talcott and Erdene (Gray) Greenwood.
Mr. Greenwood graduated from Derby Academy and went on to serve in the Air Force. He was employed by Butterfield’s as a machinist for many years before eventually running his own business, Maynard’s Auto Sales, where he repaired and sold cars and trucks.
His many Simplicity tractors brought him great pleasure and he enjoyed working on them and keeping them running. He liked to be on his computer and used it as administrator of the Simplicity Tractor Club.
He was an active member of Disabled American Veterans and was its state commander from 2008 to 2009, and he was head of the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services.
Mr. Greenwood was a past member of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and a member and past esquire of the Newport Elks Club # 2155 for seventeen years.
He is survived by his wife Ann Marie; his sisters: Michaelene Greenwood Baker and her husband, Gaylord, of Newport; and Linda Greenwood Mitchell of Holland; and by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 1. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery with full military honors. An Elks service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on August 31 at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department, 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.
Kenneth W. Magoon

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Kenneth W. Magoon, 74, died on Friday, August 26, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a long illness.
He was born on October 16, 1936 in Newport, a son of Guy and Ester (Geer) Magoon. He graduated from Newport High School in 1955 and entered the Air Force shortly after for a four year enlistment including spending a year in Japan. After leaving the service, he joined the securities firm of Harris, Upham and Company, Inc. of Boston.
He married Judith Hill in 1960. In 1971 he worked for  Meddendorff, Colgate and Co., also located in Boston.
Mr. and Mrs. Magoon moved back to Vermont in 1973 and Mr. Magoon started working at Butterfield’s as an accountant and personal manager and eventually for Tivoly, from which he retired. Mr. Magoon was also a former member and past president of the Border Jaycees and former member of the Newport Elks Club.
He served the city of Newport as alderman from 1976 to 1980 and also as police commissioner, mayor from 1980 to1982, and city manager from 1995 to 1999. It was during these years that both the waste treatment plant and the fire station were built. Mr. Magoon was also very involved in MSA, coming to Newport for a couple of years which turned out to be a very big asset to the area. He also served as a side judge.
Mr. and Mrs. Magoon traveled to North Carolina several times to see their son and family and enjoyed stopping at the beaches up and down the coast. They also owned a cottage on Cousin’s Beach for over ten years and in general loved Vermont and the Newport area for all it had to offer. He also enjoyed riding his ATV and Kubota. He will be missed by the guys he met at lunch time at the Short Stop several days a week. But first and foremost, he was a family man who loved and enjoyed the many, many times they spent together.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Magoon, of Newport; by two sons: Ronald Magoon and his wife, Arlene, of Amherst, New Hampshire and Barrett (Barry) Magoon and his wife, Mary, of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina; by his grandchildren: Chrysann Magoon of New Hampshire; Caitlyn Folia and her husband, Eric, of New Hampshire; Marcel and his wife, Dot Chaput, of Michigan; and Jordan and Bailey Magoon of North Carolina; by three great-grandchildren; by his sister Lois Moore of Orleans; his sister-in-law Rachel Magoon of Maryland; and by his nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by his brothers Alton and Richard Magoon.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 3 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital Auxiliary, in care of Merrilyn Barry, 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.
Marie “Florence” Martin

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Marie “Florence” Gabriel Couture Martin, 86, died on August 22, 2011, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the Country Village Assisted Living Home in Casco, Maine.
She was born in Williamstown on November 18, 1924. She resided for many years in Orleans and Ballston Spa, New York.
She was very proud of raising her six children and told everyone about it. She enjoyed the outdoors, traveling with her husband, taking walks, swimming, and relaxing in the sun. Mrs. and Mr. Martin retired to their home in Craftsbury for the summer, and wintered in Port Charlotte, Florida. Mrs. Martin loved her home in Florida.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Donald Martin; her six children: Terry, and his wife, Ruth; Ronald and his wife, Susan; Stephen and his companion, Paula Lapham; Sharlene and her husband, Robert Spalding; Douglas and his wife, Paula; and Christopher and his wife, Janice; her 11 grandchildren: Asa, Chase, Jeffrey, Renee, Nicholas, Danielle, Mike, Evan, Arlyss, Ryan, and Hannah; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents: Zelia Roy Couture and Joseph Couture; her sisters: Lillian Foster and Bernadette Demers; her brother Bernard Couture; and ten of their siblings who died as children.
Service were held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury, on Sunday, August 28.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Country Village Assisted Living, Music Fund, P.O. Box 600, Casco, Maine 04015.
Leo-Paul Rondeau

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Leo-Paul Rondeau of Newport Center died on August 25, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on October 30, 1921 in St. Elizabeth de Warwick, Quebec, a son of Arthur and Alida (Labarre) Rondeau.
On August 23, 1945 he married Jeanne d’Arc Bolduc who survives him.
Mr. Rondeau owned a restaurant in Victoria Ville, Quebec, before he came to Vermont. He was a dairy farmer in Newport Center for many years, and more recently a truck driver. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed playing the harmonica when he was young, reading, and listening to music.
He is survived by his wife Jeanne Rondeau of Newport Center; his children: Jerome Rondeau and his wife, Darlene, of Troy; Jean Rondeau of Newport Center; Sr. Beatrice Francine Rondeau of Mont Tremblent, Quebec; Suzanne Bradley and her husband, Cecil, of Tallahassee, Florida; Jeremy Rondeau and his wife, Jessica, of Troy; and Kristina Bradley and her companion, Simon, of Boston; by two grandchildren: Levi and Gavin Rondeau; his brother Francois Rondeau and his wife, Gertrude, of Quebec City; by his sisters-in-law: Claire Rondeau of Warwick, Quebec, Germaine Rondeau of Warwick, and Monique Rondeau of Granby, Quebec; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son Joseph Pierre Rondeau.
Private 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.
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August 24, 2011 Obituaries

Annie Louise Barney

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Ms. Barney was born the tenth of 12 children in Irasburg to Ann and Will Scott. Ms. Barney grew up on the family farm during the Depression and World War II, working for neighbors and local businesses. Upon completing high school, she traveled across the country working various jobs. On February 22, 1953 she married her high school sweetheart, Ike Barney of Orleans. Ms. Barney was a faithful servant of God. She spent most of her life as a loving homemaker and mother. When the children left the nest, she helped with Ike’s artificial insemination business. They both retired in 2004.
Ms. Barney enjoyed gardening, painting, cooking, and spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Daisy.
Ms. Barney was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters and her husband of 55 years. She is survived by her children: Rob Barney, Rowe and Linda Barney, and Ryan Barney; her grandchildren: Ross and Lauren Barney, Rex Barney, Kayla Barney, Alexis Barney, R.J. Barney, Cori Barney, and Kirk Barney; brothers: Clair Scott and Walter Scott; and sisters: Thelma Karagines and Winnie Gallop.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Community Baptist Church. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans in the summer of 2012.
Peter Wilfred Boulanger

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Peter Wilfred Boulanger, 56, of Barton died on August 19, 2011 in Barton.
He was born on May 17, 1955 in Newport, a son of Paul and Jean (Madden) Boulanger. Mr. Boulanger lived life to the fullest and was a big joy to the residents and staff at the Maple Lane Nursing Home, where he resided for many years.
Mr. Boulanger is survived by his children: Heidi and Tiffany Boulanger; his grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Boulanger, and his wife, Wilma, of Newport; his sisters: Georgia Fournier of Troy, Ruth Forgues of Lyndonville, Ethel Rowell and her husband, Mitch, of Albany, Sharon Provencha and her husband, Dale, of Westfield, and Joan Therrien and her husband, Roland, of Derby.
He was predeceased by a sister, Patsy Hall.
Funeral services were held on August 23 in Newport. Interment followed at the Coventry Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Clarence A. Breault

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Clarence A. Breault, 60, of Newport died on August 21, 2011 in Newport.
He was born September 16, 1950 in Jay, a son of Mattieu and Doris (Morse) Breault. On September 25, 1969, he married Theda Thurston, who survives him.
Mr. Breault was a self-employed truck driver. His hobbies included working on cars, hunting, and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Theda Breault of Newport; his children: Rose Breault and Clarence G. Breault, both of Newport; his grandson, Shane Copp of Newport; his brothers: Rene Verge of Newport, and Ike Verge of Hartford, Maine; and by his sister, Donna Paul and her husband, Michael, of Brownington. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Allen Breault.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, with Deacon Russell Gardner officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 24 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Theda Breault, 48 Pond Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Martin Hans Walter Godau

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Martin Hans Walter Godau, affectionately known as “Opa”, died on August 5, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut.
He was born in Warsin Kreis Pyrtiz, Germany, on February 25, 1940, a son of Walter Gustav and Frieda (Rufer) Godau Krusel. Mr. Godau was educated in Germany as a machinist and toolmaker. He worked as a machinist, toolmaker, manufacturing engineer and estimator for Iseli Co. and Palladin Precision Products in Connecticut.
Mr. Godau moved to the United States in 1959, living in Wolcott, Connecticut, for 48 years. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judith; his sons: Brian Godau and his wife, Suzanne, of Bristol, Connecticut, and Kevin Godau, of Wolcott, Connecticut; and his daughter, Ellen Waldren and her husband, David, of Waterbury; his brothers: Hermann Godau and his wife, Traudel, and Artur Godau and his wife, Roswita, both of Munich, Germany; his grandchildren: Jessica Waldren, Joshua Waldren, Nicholas Godau, Annelise Godau, and Alexandra Godau.
Mr. Godau is predeceased by a son, Martin Hans Walter, Jr., and a brother, Hans Joachim Krusel.
Mr. Godau enjoyed traveling, especially to Echo Lake in East Charleston, where he was a seasonal resident for 37 years. Echo Lake was a very special place for Mr. Godau to enjoy spending time with his family. Soccer was also a big part of his life, playing goalie for the Waterbury Eagles when he came to the U.S. He was an avid fan of U.S. and German soccer teams.
Funeral services were held on August 9 at Snyder Funeral Home, in Waterbury. Interment followed at Edgewood Cemetery in Wolcott, Connecticut.
Dale Hudson Moulton

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Dale Hudson Moulton, 72, of West Charleston died on August 20, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in East Charleston on May 27, 1939. He was the sixth child born to Harley and Bertha (Hudson) Moulton. Mr. Moulton proudly served his country for over four years in the Navy. Mr. Moulton was an extremely talented machinist who retired from Metal Flex in 2004. He was an active member of the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston where he served many positions. He always put others before himself and would gladly help anyone in need. He was loved by all who knew him. Mr. Moulton was forever tinkering on something. He could often be found in his garage, working on a project and listening to country music. Mr. Moulton’s proudest day was when he became a Papa. He had an immeasurable amount of love to give.
Mr. Moulton was predeceased by his parents, Harley and Bertha (Hudson) Moulton; his sister, Beverly (Moulton) Bowen; and his brother, Harley Moulton Jr.
Mr. Moulton is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jane (Powers) Moulton of West Charleston; his sons: Dale Moulton Jr., Richard Moulton, Timothy Moulton, Scott Moulton, and Jared Moulton, and their families; two step-daughters: Tracy (Willard) Bianchi of Milton, and Betsy Willard of Derby, and their families; as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Moulton is also survived by his siblings: Marjorie (Moulton) Balch of Florida, Marilyn (Moulton) Hardy of Derby Line, Charlene (Moulton) Maxwell of Island Pond, Connie (Moulton) Basik of Connecticut, Ronald Moulton of East Charleston, and Pearl (Moulton) Wright of Montana, and their families.
Friends may call on Wednesday, August 24, at 1 p.m. for calling hours at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston with the funeral to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the cemetery in West Charleston with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Moulton’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011; or www.alz.org; or to the Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box West Charleston, Vermont 05872.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Hazel Dorothy Powers
Hazel Dorothy Powers, 82, died on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
Mrs. Powers was born on May 27, 1929 in Barton, a daughter of Forrest Horner and Dorothy Young.
She was married on July 22, 1978 to Richard Powers who survives her.
She was employed for many years at Natole Motors as a bookkeeper and was an avid reader.
She was predeceased by her sons: Frederick, Roger, and Carlton Jewett; her brother, Ray Young; and sisters: Caroline Marsh and Lauray Faust.
In addition to her husband Richard, she is survived by one granddaughter, two great-grandchildren; her brothers, Roy Young, and his wife, Mabel, of Williston, and Armand Young of Kirby; her sister-in-law, Beverly Young, of Glover; her father-in-law, Gerald Powers, of Tarpon Springs, Florida; brothers-in-law: Dean Powers and his wife, Charlotte, of West Charleston, and William Powers and his wife, Terry, of Tarpon Springs, and Keith Powers and friend, Nancy, of East Hampton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday August 24, at 1 p.m. in the Jerusalem Cemetery in North Hero.
Memorials in Mrs. Powers’ memory may be made to C.I.D.E.R., P.O. Box 13, South Hero, Vermont 05486; or to the Grand Isle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Grand Isle, Vermont 05458.
Online condolences may be made on www.minorfh.com.
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August 17, 2011 Obituaries

Ethel Olive Basford

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Ethel Olive Basford, 97, of Orleans died on August 9, 2011, in Glover.
She was born May 11, 1914 in Sheffield, a daughter of Samuel and Myra (May) Leonard Paul. On February 16, 1932 she married Edson Basford who predeceased her.
Mrs. Basford was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Her interests were raising plants, sewing, needlework, making handcrafts, cooking, and playing bingo.
She is survived by her children: Beatrice Whittier of Barton, Gloria White of Greensboro Bend, Lorraine Gilfillan of Nashua, New Hampshire, Beverly Messier of Florida, and Phoebe Noyes of Coventry. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Rita French of Concord, New Hampshire.
She was predeceased by her children: Barbara Isham and her husband, Rupert, Myrna Brosseau, Brian Basford and his wife, Linda, Bernard Basford, and Charles Basford; by her brothers and sisters: Edith DeGreenia, Elsie Davis, Ruth Trefethen, Rosa Champange, and William Paul; and by sons-in-law, Everett Kimball and Irwin White.
Funeral services were held August 13. Interment followed in Westlook Cemetery in Glover, and a luncheon was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, 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.
Joseph A. Gillis

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Joseph A. Gillis, 82, of Island Pond died in Rutland on August 8, 2011.
He leaves behind his former wife, Althea Gillis; and four children: Raymond Gillis Sr. and his wife, Darlene, of Howes Cave, New York, Richard Gillis Sr. of Winooski, Gary Gillis of Whittier, California, and Robin Giguere of Northboro, Massachusetts. He also leaves behind his 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow. He served in the Korean War and worked on the Grand Trunk Railroad for many years. His love for trains continued throughout his life. He also worked as an accomplished painting and wallpaper contractor until his retirement. He had a special love for animals and a kind heart for all who knew him.
Services were held at the St. James Catholic Church on August 12 in Island Pond. Graveside service followed at the Lakeside Cemetery, and a celebration of his life was held at the American Legion Island Pond.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Charles S. Gray

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Charles S. Gray of Derby died at his home, after a short illness, with his family at his side.
He was born on January 29, 1928 in Kingsford, Michigan, a son of Harrison and Lucille (Gilliand) Gray.
Mr. Gray served in the Navy and received a degree in engineering.  Later on, he received his LPN license and worked for over ten years at North Country Hospital as a respiratory therapist and he also worked part-time for the hospital in St. Albans.
He married Katie McGreevey in 2004, who survives him.  They liked to travel, especially to Maine, and they liked to sail.  He enjoyed building and fixing things and he built five houses during his lifetime.
Mr. Gray was an extremely social person and would strike up a conversation wherever he had a chance and no matter where he was.
He also liked to garden, go for rides around the area, and he enjoyed his cats Smudge, Shadow, and Chelsea.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his brother, Wayne Gray, and his wife, Helen, of Michigan; by his mother-in-law, Peggy McGreevey of Derby; by his brother-in-law, Chuck McGreevey, and his wife, Cindy, of Newport Center; and by his sister-in-law, Pam McGreevey of New Hampshire.
He was predeceased by two sisters: Eitha and Vida.
Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his 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.
Stephen M. Robarge
Stephen M. Robarge, 60, of Derby Line died suddenly on August 9, 2011, in Newport.
He was born July 9, 1951 in St. Albans, a son of Sidney and Phyllis (Montgomery) Robarge. Mr. Robarge was formerly employed by Yankee Tool Manufacturing and Century Arms Inc. in St. Albans. Mr. Robarge was brought up in the Burlington-Colchester area and moved to Derby, to be with his daughter, in 2009. He served in the United States Army and retired from the Vermont National Guard as a sergeant after 20 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion in Colchester. He enjoyed playing the drums, fishing, playing pool, and spending time with his dogs, Buffy and Bear.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Labounty, and her husband, David Labounty Sr. of Derby; two grandchildren: David Labounty Jr. and Danielle Labounty, both of Derby. He is also survived by two brothers: Michael Robarge and his wife, Sue, and Keith Robarge and his wife, Cathy, all of Richford; and by his nieces and nephews: Nathan, Cody, Jennifer, Christy, Scott, and Allan.
A graveside service was held on August 15 at the Hillside Cemetery in Richford, with full military honors.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Clayton E. Swafford
Clayton E. Swafford, 60, of North Troy died on August 9, 2011, in Newport with his family at his side.
He was born April 15, 1951 in Kingston, Rhode Island, a son of Mark and Pauline (Place) Swafford.
He is survived by his wife Constance Swafford of Norwich, Connecticut; and by his sons: Cory (Erin) Swafford of Waterbury, Curtis Swafford of Morrisville, and Chance Swafford of North Troy.
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.
Deane E. Wheeler

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Deane E. Wheeler, 85, former head of Vermont Job Service of the Department of Employment and Training, died on August 12, 2011, after an extended illness, surrounded by his family.
A life-long resident of Newport, he was born on August 25, 1925 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a son of Henry and Gladys (Churchill) Wheeler, both of Vermont.  He attended Newport schools and was a member of Newport High School’s Class of 1943.  During his early years, he studied piano and percussions and started playing drums professionally at age 15 in both the United States and Canada.  His musical career encompassed being music director for Newport Town School, teaching music at Stanstead College, and directing the Canadian Government Cadet Band.  He gave private lessons for almost 50 years.  He had many memorable experiences playing with jazz musicians in major cities in the U.S. and Canada.  He was instrumental in the 1950s, along with some ex-Newport bandsmen, in resurrecting the original Newport City Band.  They built the first bandstand where the present stand is now.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1945 after a short stint in the Military Police, and joined the 320th Army Band as a drummer at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.  His duties entailed playing for military functions, concert dances, Army shows, and parades.  He was honorably discharged from the 347th Army Band at Fort Custer, Michigan in 1947.
He married Ethel (Etts) Pechtel on February 15, 1947 and returned to Newport to employment at Wheeler’s Cut Rate Drug Store.  On July 5, 1960 he entered employment for the state of Vermont as an interviewer for the Vermont State Employment Service, moved on to become a vocational counselor and subsequently became office manager in 1965, retiring from service in 1988.  During this period, he attended St. Michael’s College for work-related studies.
During his lifetime, he was an avid sportsman and from an early age a professional fly tyer serving local and out-of-town fishermen.  After retirement, he devoted much time to this endeavor as well as fly-casting instruments, and guiding and fish rod repairs, under the name of Deano’s Custom Flies.  He served early on as a member of the Newport City Harbor Commission before becoming a director, and on the Northern State Correctional Facility advisory board.  He was appointed to the Orleans County Development Corps in 1965 and served many years as its vice president and president; at his death, he was a current director.
Mr. Wheeler belonged to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the American Legion, Trout and Ducks Unlimited, the United Fly Flyers, Derby Fish and Game Club, N.E. Conservation Group, and the Vermont State Retirement Association.  He was very family and church-oriented and enjoyed his grandchildren to a great extent.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel (Etts); his son, Kevin, and companion, Bernadette Dewing; his grandchildren, Maylo and Rance Wheeler; and cousins Concetta Cornforth and her husband, Richard, of St. Albans.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 19 at the United Church of Newport with Reverend Martha Peck and Reverend Steve Jungkeit officiating.  Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Trout Unlimited, 233 Mill Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont 05464.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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August 10, 2011 Obituaries

Nash Basom

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Nash Basom, 69, died at his home in Glover on August 3, surrounded by his family.
Born in 1942 in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Basom first fell in love with Vermont when he attended Farm and Wilderness Summer Camps as a youth in the 1950s. Later, he and his partner, Mariel Hess, moved to Vermont permanently, where they built a home in Glover and raised their daughters, Reeve and Kit.
Mr. Basom was passionate about racial equality, social justice, and education. In the 1960s, he was a civil rights worker in Mississippi. In the early 70s, he worked on relief efforts in Malawi and Tanzania and as a supporter of the Mozambique movement for independence. During his life in Vermont, Mr. Basom worked as the first director of Orleans County Court Diversion, as a member of the Newport Community Justice Center Steering Committee and Reparative Board, as a staff member at Farm and Wilderness and chair of the board of trustees, and as a selectman for the town of Glover. In his 25-year career as a guidance counselor at North Country Union High School in Newport, Mr. Basom was a valuable resource and mentor for thousands of young people and their families.
Mr. Basom found joy in hard work, rich conversation, and collaboration. He believed in the essential goodness of people and had a deep reverence for the natural world. One of Mr. Basom’s gifts was his ability to transform challenge into opportunity. He inspired and empowered us to build connections through the best in ourselves and each other.
Those wishing to celebrate Mr. Basom’s life are welcome to join the family at their home, 2980 Perron Hill in Glover, for a gathering at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.
Contributions in Mr. Basom’s memory can be made to the Farm and Wilderness Foundation or to a cause of one’s choice.
Bella M. Brochu

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Bella M. Brochu, 93, of Derby died in Newport on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 with her many loving  family members at her side.
She was born February 24, 1918 in Coaticook, Quebec, a daughter of Adelard and Dorilla (Charron) Bedard. She married Gerard Brochu on April 29, 1935. They spent several years on a farm before opening Belle’s Shoppe in Derby Line which they operated together until Mr. Brochu died in 1993. She then operated the business with the help of her son, Gerard, until 1999. Mrs. Brochu was an avid collector and had many different collections that she built up over the years.
She enjoyed yard sales, bird watching, bingo, going for rides with her daughters, “deer hunting,” her flower gardens, and teaching her grandchildren how to win at card games.
Over the years, Mr. and Mrs. Brochu traveled through all of the United States and Canadian Provinces, going to antique shows and stores.
But first and foremost, she especially loved and enjoyed her family and their visits, family reunions, and get-togethers.
She is survived by her children: Eva Brochu of Newport; Anna Sanville and her husband, Charles, of Newport Center; Clara Brochu of Ellsworth, Maine; Rita Choquette and her husband, Omer, of Derby; Maria “Pete” Buck and her husband, Charles, of Newport Center; Lea Cook and her husband, Ron, of Irasburg; Rene Brochu of Newport Center; Gerard “Jerry” Brochu of Newport; Stephen Brochu and his wife, Paula, of Derby Line; Martha DuPont of Florida; Alfred Brochu of Kentucky; Theresa (Tess) Round and her companion, Todd Morey, of Troy; Patricia Mann of New Hampshire; and John Brochu and his companion, Claire Tetreault, of North Troy. She is also survived by 42 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, her sisters: Alberta Oakes of New Hampshire and Leona Clowery of Coaticook, Quebec; and her six half-brothers and sisters: Bernadette, Bernard, Oliver, Lucille, Rosaire, and Roger.
Mrs. Brochu was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Madeleine Brochu; her brothers: Albert, Henry, and Noel; and by her sisters: Blanche Crowley, Aurare Poulin, and Delia Hamel.
Funeral services were held on August 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Silver Towers Camp for Exceptional Children in care of Frances Dewing, Newport Elks Club #2155, P.O. Box 888, Derby, Vermont  05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Thelma M. (Gray) Jennings
Thelma Mildred (Gray) Jennings of Newport, died on July 28 after a long illness.
Born April 24, 1920, she was the second child of Rober and Mamie (Uttin) Gray. She was educated at various schools in northern Vermont and later worked at General Electric and Springfield Rifle in Massachusetts.
In 1945, she married Harold Colvill of Newburgh, New York. Mrs. Jennings was a licensed foster parent and the couple later adopted a five-day-old baby girl, Debra Mae. Mr. Colvill predeceased Mrs. Jennings in 1959. She later married Idell Jennings Sr. After he died in 1979, she became a home care giver, retiring in 1999.
Mrs. Jennings was a member of the Chapel Hill Bible Church, Star of Bethlehem Lodge #48, West Charleston Historical Society, and Jenny’s Garden Social Club.
She is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Barry Crego of Wallingford, Connecticut; her loving granddaughter, Annie Schneider of Connecticut; her grandson, Chris Jennings of Newburgh, New York; her sisters: Marilyn Meleue of Ludlow, Massachusetts and Ellie Tyler of Newport; and her brother, Robert Gray of Newport.
She was predeceased by her sister Helen Smith of Burlington. Special mention to Robert Savage and George and Burnadette Bush of Newburgh.
Graveside services will be held at the family burial site in West Charleston in private.
Amanda Sanborne Krieble
Amanda Sanborne Krieble, 90, of Hanover, New Hampshire, and formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, died on August 1, 2011.
Born in New York City, she grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. In 1943, she married Jim Krieble and together they raised three children in Schenectady, New York, and Shaker Heights. Mrs. Krieble was an active volunteer in school, church, and community organizations, including the Westmore Association, Northfield Conference for Girls, PTA, Shaker Lakes Nature Center, Cleveland Art Museum, and the Middlebury College Alumni Association. She was a member of the Retired Teachers’ Association of Orleans County. For several years, she taught English at Hathaway Brown School and Laurel School in Ohio.
She was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren, and loved people of all ages. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family with a home-cooked meal, writing letters to stay in touch, and reading books. Throughout her life, she enjoyed summers in Westmore.
Survivors include her husband, James; her daughter, Cynthia, and son-in-law, Raeburn; her daughter, Elizabeth; her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Katherine; and her four grandchildren.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the Middlebury Scholarship Fund, 5 Court Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.
Joyce E. Lantagne

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Joyce E. Lantagne, 78, of Newport passed away on Wednesday August 3, 2011 in Newport.
She was born on July 14, 1933 in Newport, a daughter of Oliver and Edna (Lamere) Blanchard.
On January 13, 1950, she married Oliver Lantagne who predeceased her in 1996.
Mrs. Lantagne was a receptionist for NECKA in Newport and retired in 2007. She also worked as a customer service representative at Sears and The Pick and Shovel.
She enjoyed many trips with the Community Circle, going to Maine with her family, going to camp in Wenlock with the late Mr. Lantagne, and enjoying the family.  Mrs. Lantagne, in her last few months with us, always looked forward to starting her day with saying “Good morning” to Hannah, her great-granddaughter, and seeing her off to school.
Mrs. Lantagne was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #798 in Newport.
She is survived by her children: Wayne Lantagne and his wife, Joette, of Morgan and their children Shane and Stacie; Cheryl Kelley and her husband, Bob, and their son, Nathan, of Newport Center; David Lantagne and his wife, Robin, of Newport Center and their children Liberty, Daniel, Miranda, and Billy; Cathy Lantagne and her companion, Jerry Prue, of Newport, and her daughter, Trisha, of Newport; Kim Mathison and her husband, Randall, and their children, Nicole and Nicholas, of Newport Center; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on August 6 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Lantagne’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Craig Bernard Payeur
Craig Bernard Payeur, 64, of Port Charlotte, Florida and Island Pond died unexpectedly on June 21, 2011.
He was born on November 22, 1947 in Burlington to Bernard and Bunny Payeur. He graduated from Concord High School in Concord. He served 22 years in the Air National Guard.
Mr. Payeur is survived by his parents: Bernard and Bunny Payeur of Derby; his two children: Christopher Payeur of North Port, Florida and Jennifer Kemp of Burlington; a brother, David Payeur of Oregon; as well as four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother, Phillip Payeur, in 1991.
Mr. Payeur’s funeral will be at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond on Saturday, August 13, at 11 a.m. with Father Francis Conners as celebrant. Interment will be at Mr. Payeur’s parents’ plot at Lakeview Cemetery on Pleasant Street following the Mass.
The family will receive family and friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral.
Alexandra Maria Almeida-Perez
Little angel, Alexandra Maria Almeida-Perez, was born sleeping on July 31, 2011.
She will be sadly missed by her mommy and daddy, Corrina and Gaudencio Almeida-Perez, and her big sister, Jenssy; also by her maternal grandparents, Patty and Ed Rakowsky, and her memere, Alice Locke; by her paternal grandparents, Audomaro Almeida-Osorio and Maria Perez-Flores of Tabasco, Mexico. Alexandra will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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August 3, 2011 Obituaries

Diane Marie Bouthillier

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Diane Marie Bouthillier, 57, of South Daytona, Florida, died suddenly on July 18, 2011.
She was born October 15, 1953, in Newport, a daughter of Thomas and Shirley Ann (Hartley) Bouthillier.
She is survived by her two sons: Collin Snay, and his wife, Ann, of Newport Center, and Derrick Snay of Sheldon; her special grandchildren: Aiden and Jordan; her uncle and aunt: James and Rosemarie Hartley; her cousins: Jason and Ethan Hartley; her special cousin, Raymond Laramie; and her cousins of the Bouthillier family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Shirley Ann (Hartley) Bouthillier; her maternal grandparents, Henry and Luminee (Lou) Hartley; and her paternal grandparents, Bruce and Antoinette Bouthillier.
Ms. Bouthillier graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1971. She was a waitress for many years at the Brown Cow in Newport, and the Brick Oven in Burlington.
Ms. Bouthillier loved all animals, especially her dogs, Skooter and Wilson. She was loved by all who knew her.
A funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport on August 1 where a Mass was celebrated. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Donations in Ms. Bouthillier’s memory may be made to the 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.
Elaine Woodworth Welch Derry
Elaine Woodworth Welch Derry, 89, a lifelong resident of the Northeast Kingdom, died on Wednesday, July 27, surrounded by her family at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Born January 4, 1922, in St. Johnsbury, she was a daughter of Lyle S. and Ruby D. (Bowden) Woodworth.
Mrs. Derry graduated from Lyndon Institute, Class of 1940. She married Laurence S. Welch in December 1944. She met him while taking flying lessons. To this union, three children were born. She and Mr. Welch later divorced. She married Gerald E. Derry on October 28, 1968. He predeceased her on June 4, 2006.
Mrs. Derry worked for many area businesses, including as a receptionist at Brightlook Hospital, as a newspaper route driver for the Caledonian-Record, as a bookkeeper for Koppers Company, and later for J. and J. Lumber in East Burke. She and Mr. Derry owned and operated a bed and breakfast in East Burke for many years, accommodating skiers and snowmobilers. She enjoyed flowers (especially gladiolas) and birds (especially chickadees). She loved all animals and had several favorites through the years. She frequently spoke of Sandy, a quarter horse she owned many years ago. An artistic person, Mrs. Derry was often called upon to design and paint posters for community events. She was a strict grammarian who insisted her children learn often-overlooked subtleties of English language usage, including the proper verb tense and the difference between subjective and objective pronoun forms. She was an enthusiastic and very competent proofreader, and she delighted in both the discovery of the occasional double entendre and in the creation of her own.
Mrs. Derry is survived by her children and their spouses: Lauren “Joe” and Anne Welch of East Burke, Lyle “Jerry” and Lynn Welch of West Burke, Laurelie and Dennis Chapman of Fairbanks, Arkansas; two grandsons: Corey Welch of Waterbury and Jeffrey and Robin Welch of Scotts Mills, Oregon; three great-grandchildren: Austin Welch, Kyla Welch, and Carter Welch; two stepsons: Reginald and Kay Welch of Lyndonville, and Richard and Ruth Welch of East Burke; a sister, Shirley Renner, of Durham, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Woodworth of Lebanon, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her mother and father, Mrs. Derry was predeceased by two brothers, Dale and Donald Woodworth; a half-brother, Carlton Woodworth; and her stepmother, Lillian Woodworth.
A graveside service was held in the Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke on July 29 with the Reverend Christina Findlay officiating.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to either SAD/SAC, care of The Caledonian-Record, P.O. Box 8, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activity Fund, 6 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
To sign an online memorial, please go to www.pearsonsfh.com.
Olga Hallowell
Olga Hallowell, 90, of Albany, died on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, with her daughters by her side.
She was born on July 6, 1921, a daughter of John and Mary (Millick) Daniluk in Chester, Pennsylvania. She married George L. Hallowell on February 10, 1940. He predeceased her in 2007. They made their home in New Jersey before moving to Albany in 1980.
Survivors include her daughters: Catherine Sheehan and Patricia DiPietro, both of Albany; her sister, Catherine Lapiska of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and her many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hallowell was predeceased by her two sons-in-law, Alden Sheehan and Philip “Babe” DiPietro; her brothers Carl and John; and her sister, Elinor. Mrs. Hallowell was a generous and caring person.
Mrs. Hallowell worked at the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and for the A&P Grocery Chain in New Jersey. She volunteered at the Neighborhood Center in Camden, New Jersey and the Old Stone House in Brownington. For many years, she was an active member of the United Methodist Church in both New Jersey and Vermont.
A graveside service was held at the Albany Cemetery on July 29, officiated by the Reverend Walter A. Quigg of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and Lake Seymour, Vermont.
Those who wish to do so may make a memorial donation in Mrs. Hallowell’s name to the Neighborhood Center, 278 Kaighns Ave., Camden, New Jersey 08103
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Hoyt

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John Hoyt, 37, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, July 29, 2011, in Claremont, New Hampshire.
Mr. Hoyt was born in Claremont on February 2, 1974, a son of Sidney Hoyt and Linda Patch.
John was a graduate of Stevens High School in the Class of 1992.
At the time of his passing, he was working with the Valenti Modified Racing Series as their series director and had previously worked for Twin State Speedway. He had been involved in racing since he was in high school, working with the Valenti Modified Racing Series and Whelen Modifieds and Pro Stocks. He worked with Mike Brousseau, Ricky Miller, and many others. He also co-founded the Granite State Modified Series.
Mr. Hoyt enjoyed barbecues with family and friends, and having a good time at the trifectas.
Mr. Hoyt’s family includes his wife, Sue (Carignan) Hoyt; a son, Alexander Hoyt; three daughters: Ashlee Hoyt, Sammantha Hoyt, and Rose Hoyt, all of Claremont; his father, Sidney Hoyt of Claremont; two sisters: Cathy Pellerin and Tammy Lacasse; his aunt and uncle, Don and Lee Collins; and special friends: Mike Parks, Scott Miller, Jet Miller, and Jay Caruso.
He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Patch, on July 27, 2007; paternal grandmother, Rose Hoyt, on December 8, 2004; a nephew, Aaron Branch, on November 25, 2007; and an aunt, Lois Krim.
Friends and family gathered at the Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont on August 1, for his wake.
Graveside funeral services were held on August 2 at the West Claremont Burying Ground on Old Church Road in Claremont.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Stringer Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
Marvin James Kellogg
Marvin James Kellogg, 95, died on July 28, 2011, in Newport.
Mr. Kellogg was born March 3, 1916 in Crayton, Nebraska. He was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Mary Kellogg; his wife, Bernice Kellogg; and by his brothers: Leonard, Don, Leo, Bob, and Everett.
Mr. Kellogg, along with his five brothers, served in World War II. They all saw action and all came home alive. Mr. Kellogg served with the Army Air Corps on the islands of Guam, Saipan, and Tinian. He finished his career, retiring from McDonald’s Restaurant Corporation, working for a large franchise owner in Oakland, California.
He is survived by his four sisters: Nadine, Viola, Gatha, and Margaret Jean; one brother, Dick; sons, Don Kellogg, and his wife, Kathy, of Reno, Nevada and Gary Kellogg, and his wife, Kathy, formerly of Newport, now residing in Lake Hazasu City, Arizona; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Kellogg will be interred at a later date in Sioux City, Iowa.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Kellogg’s memory may be made to the Newport Rotary Club for their fine community projects, P.O. Box 166, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Edmond Adelord Labbee

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Edmond Adelord Labbee, 81, of North Troy, died on July 28, 2011, in Newport, with his daughter, Lillian, and her husband, Joseph, by his side.
He was born September 12, 1929 in St. Odlion, Quebec, a son of Antonio and Amoza (Cloutier) Labbee. On August 30, 1952, he married Muriel L’Etoile who predeceased him on July 1, 2010.
Mr. Labbee was a dairy farmer in North Troy for many years. He was a member of the American Legion North Troy, Jay Peak Post 28, and attended the senior meal site in Westfield. He was also  a volunteer with the Jay Fire Department.
He and his late wife enjoyed traveling with the Community Circle Group and with the Vermont Travel Tours for over ten years.
He is survived by his daughter, Lillian Fortin, and her husband, Joseph, of North Troy; a grandson, Kevin Fortin of North Troy; a brother, Real Labbee of St. Joseph de Beauce, Quebec; a sister, Yolande Labbee of Levis, Quebec; two sisters-in-law: Yvette Labbee of Newport Center and Rachel Labbee of St. Joseph de Beauce, Quebec; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a twin brother, Raymond Labbee, and by a brother, Adrien Labbee.
Funeral services were held on August 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetary in Lowell.
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.
Bertrand C. Lague

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Bertrand C. Lague, 75, of Herrick Road in Derby Line, died suddenly on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, with his immediate family at his side.
Mr. Lague was born in North Troy on February 21, 1936, a son of David and Florence Lague. He served in the United States Army as a chaplain’s assistant during the Korean War. He later went on to work for 30 years as a U.S. immigration inspector with the Immigration and Naturalization Service while also serving the local community with his tax preparation expertise as part of his business, LagTax. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Electric Co-op for 25 years, a position that he was very passionate about and enjoyed dearly.
Mr. Lague was a dedicated communicant of St. Edward Parish for most of his life. He was also an active member of VFW Post 798, American Legion Post 21, and a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus of Newport. He also served on the finance committee of St. Edward Parish.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jeannine (Patenaude) Lague. He leaves behind his legacy in his five children and 11 grandchildren: David and Wendy Lague and their four children of Concord, New Hampshire; Mark and Helene Somerville and their two children of Hooksett, New Hampshire; Matthew and Caroline Mosseau and their two children of Bedford, New Hampshire; Normand and Sonya Lague and their two children of Rouses Point, New York; and Jacques and Sherene Lague and their daughter of Atkinson, New Hampshire. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Norbert Lague, of St. Petersburg, Florida; sisters Andreanne St. Onge of Pierrefonds, Quebec, and Suzanne Grandpre of Travers City, Michigan; and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were on July 31 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, during which a vigil was held. A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 1 at St. Edward Parish in Derby Line with Father Michael Reardon as celebrant. Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery with full military honors, and a reception was held at the East Side restaurant in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Mr. Lague’s memory be made to Catholic Charities or to promote vocations in the Catholic church in your local community. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Death Notice
A graveside service for Timothy M. Brown, who died June 4, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be held Thursday, August 11, at 1 p.m. at the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury. Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
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July 27, 2011 Obituaries

Lois-Don Beard
Lois-Don Beard, 94, died peacefully on July 11, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Craftsbury.
She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 16, 1917, a daughter of John M. and Lois A. (Don) Clancy.  In 1939 she married H. Burnett Robinson, father of her three children and moved to Lexington, Kentucky.  There she raised her family and later married Clarkson Beard.
She served on the board of Shakertown and Frontier Nursing Service and was a member of Christ Church Cathedral.
She lived in New York City for ten years and volunteered for the Metropolitan Opera House regional auditions and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1979 she moved to New Harmony, Indiana, where she lived for 30 years.  She was a strong supporter of the arts and a docent at the Labyrinth.  She was a member of St. Stevens Church.  Over the years she deepened her lifelong interest in eastern and western spirituality and contemplative practice.  She was a longtime summer resident of Nantucket, Massachusestts, and more recently of Craftsbury.
She is survived by her daughter Amelia Robinson-Fritz and her husband, Tim, of Craftsbury; her son Don Robinson and his wife, Audrey, of Lexington; her grandchildren Ferran Robinson and his wife, Leslie, of Lexington, Katherine Molly Fritz Naylor and her husband, Brian, of Craftsbury and Jacob Fritz; and her great-grandchildren, Layla and Logan.  She was predeceased by a son, H. Burnett Robinson II.
She will be remembered as a strong, worldly, inspirational, and loving woman.
A memorial service will be held August 16 at 4 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Public Library, P.O. Box 74, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827, or Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Vivian Iva (Pond) Daniels

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Vivian Iva (Pond) Daniels, 85, of Island Pond died on July 17, 2011, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton surrounded by loved ones.
Mrs. Daniels was born on February 1, 1926, in Island Pond, a daughter of Levi F. and Mary E. Pond.  She married Ira E. Daniels on July 11, 1945.
She was a life member of the Brighton Ladies Auxiliary Unit #80 of Island Pond.  She enjoyed playing bingo, dancing, hunting, fishing with her boys, and singing to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a very involved and active member of her community, and enjoyed taking part in fund-raisers for many of the local organizations.  From poppy sales to raffle tickets, she was there with helping hands.  She was an amazing person who loved to help others with anything she could do no matter how big or small the task.  Mrs. Daniels believed strongly in the saying “Do unto others” and always had a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on.
Mrs. Daniels is survived by her brother Robert Pond; her sons Joseph Pond, Thomas Daniels Sr., and his life partner, Hazel Morrison, and Ira R. (Bobby) Daniels and his wife, Ivy; her 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Levi and Mary Pond; her husband, Ira E. Daniels; her daughter Juanita and son Stephen; her sisters Vera, Juanita, and Velma; and her brothers Vernan, Victor, and Gordon.
She was a special woman who left a great impression on all those whose lives she touched, and for that she will be forever loved, missed, and remembered.
Funeral services were held on July 22 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Brendan Whitaker and Muriel O’ Gorman officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attention Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Shirley (Simino) Lacoss
Shirley Lacoss, 74, of Irasburg died on July 20, 2011.
She was born September 21, 1936, in Irasburg, a daughter of Mary (Colburn) and Abraham Simino.  On August 15, 1957 she married the love of her life, Reginald Lacoss, who survives her.
Mrs. Lacoss graduated from Orleans High School in the Class of 1956.  She worked at Butterfields, Indian Head Plywood, and Newport Plastics.
For many years, she and her husband sold Christmas trees, wreath supplies, and pumpkins at their home.  They also serviced many area people during income tax season.  Mrs. Lacoss loved horses and rode in the Irasburg Church Fair for many years.  She also worked on the ice cream booth.  Together with her husband, she spent many days golfing at the Orleans Country Club and many nights dancing with their friends.  She was a loving caregiver in her home for her parents in their later years.
Mrs. Lacoss leaves behind her special dog, Tanner, and her horses, Star and Windy.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Reggie, of Irasburg; by her brothers Dean and Rose of Canandaigua, New York, Dale and his wife, Cheryl, of West Charleston, and Gary of Orleans; by brothers- and sisters-in-law Bonnie and Joe Chartier of Orleans, Mike and Betty Lacoss of Westmore, Robin and Claire Lacoss of Newport Center, and Merrilyn (Lacoss) Currier of Newport.  She leaves her very good neighbors Tammy and Steve Jewett; special niece Maxine and Harry Carbonneau: great-niece and nephew Brandie (her godchild) and Jason; and great-great nephews Jaden and Noah.  She was predeceased by her sister Gloria and her husband, Bill Bullis.
Funeral services were held on July 25 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment followed at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leanna Marie Merceri

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Leanna Marie Merceri, 70, of Albany died on July 19, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on July 17, 1941, a daughter of Norbert and Mary (Mann) Vohwinkel, Mrs. Merceri was a 44-year resident of Palmer, Massachusetts.
She worked various jobs including at Diamond International in Thorndike, Massachusetts, at Van Pool in Palmer, and lastly at Stetson School in Barre, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed meeting with her many friends over a cup of coffee and a game of cards.  All who knew her were drawn to her bright smile, listening ears and unending kindness.  She was a loving woman who adored her family and showered them with her love and affection which was returned to her a thousand fold.  As a person of deep faith and spirituality, Mrs. Merceri was an active member of Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton.  She leaves so many friends and she felt blessed to have them all as a part of her life.  Little did she know that it was us who were blessed.  She made others better by being a part of their lives.
Mrs. Merceri is survived by her loving husband, Andrew Merceri, of Albany; her siblings Lori Butt, Marjorie Geurts, Norbert Vohwinkel and Steven Vohwinkel of Wisconsin; her four children: Frederick, Marylee, Christopher, and  Steven; stepchildren Darrell and Kim; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Bonnie Peterson and her brother Chris Vohwinkel of Wisconsin.
She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and always remembered for her love and devotion to her family and church.
A ceremony celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, July 30, at 2 p.m. at Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton.  Another ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. at New Birth Christian Church in Thorndike.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Merceri’s name may be made to Solid Rock Assembly of God Church.
Dennis J. Nault

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Dennis J. Nault, 56, of Derby joined his beloved Mom and Dad, Marie and Ernest, and his brother Ronnie at their final resting place on July 19, 2011.
He was born on March 11, 1955. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the class of 1973, and served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1978 to 1982, having served in the Philippines.
After military service he held several jobs, but his passion for cars and making people happy started his 25-plus years at Hayes Ford, where he received numerous sales awards.
Mr. Nault wasn’t happy unless he was helping others, both people and pets.  He served on the board of directors for the Northeast Kingdom Spay and Neuter Program, assisted the Frontier Animal Society, and he was a supporter of the Lake Region Senior Center in Orleans.
He is survived by his sister Barb of Maine and by nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, numerous friends and neighbors, a special friend, Alma Marsh, and by his two feline roommates Tigger and Daisy-Mae.
Although his life was short on this Earth, he touched many and his quick wit and smile will be forever etched in our memories.  Do not grieve for his loss of life, but celebrate the numerous ways he gave to it.  He spent countless hours and personal funds to make sure that both his fellow man and pets alike had food, shelter and a better life.
Mr. Nault was laid to rest on July 25 at the Irasburg Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name.  Make checks payable to Community National Bank, and send to 3286 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857 as he wished for future care of the many animals at the Frontier Animal Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mark E. Shaw

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Mark E. Shaw, 84, died on Saturday, July 16, at home with his family in White River Junction.
He was born November 15, 1926, in Lyndon, a son of William and Lois (Hinton) Shaw.
He married Mary Pelletier on March 9, 1959, in Manchester, Connecticut.  They lived most of their married lives in the Northeast Kingdom, where Mr. Shaw worked at various jobs including as a boiler operator at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 16 years, retiring in 1992.  They lived in the Upper Valley for the past five years, most recently in White River Junction.
Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary J. Shaw, of White River Junction; their children Mark E. Shaw Jr. of Newport, Jeffrey J. Shaw of White River Junction, Susan M. Hutchinson of Springfield, Steven M. Shaw of Newbury, Linda Chase of Brownington, Edwin M. Shaw of Newport, and Joyce Ward of Orlando, Florida; and by several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
There will be no visiting hours or services at this time.
Condolences may be expressed at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Kenneth D. Williams Sr.
Kenneth D. Williams Sr., 86, of Barton died on July 21, 2011, in Barton.
He was born September 25, 1925.  He married Frieda Martindale who predeceased him.
Mr. Williams was a veteran of World War II. He was employed as a janitor for the Woburn School System in Woburn, Massachusetts.  He was formerly of Naples, Maine, and he moved to Vermont to be near his daughter and family.  Among his hobbies he loved fishing.
He is survived by his children:  Kenneth Williams and his wife, Diane, of  Gallatin Gateway, Montana, and Claudia Bryan and her husband, William, of Westfield; and by three grandchildren:  Owen Williams, Kiowa and Yaicha Bryan.
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.
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July 20, 2011 Obituaries

Margaret H. Boomer
Margaret H. Boomer, 84, died on July 16, 2011, in Newport.  She was born February 27, 1927, in Keene, New Hampshire, a daughter of Hugh and Florence (White) Malloy.
On January 17, 1950, she married Donald W. Boomer who predeceased her on February 22, 2010.
During her lifetime, she was a self-employed hairdresser and owner of Peggy’s Beauty Shop in Bellows Falls.
Mrs. Boomer was very devoted to her husband and family.  She and her family enjoyed camping and going to the ocean.
She is survived by her children:  Donald Boomer and his wife, Wanda, of Irasburg, Deborah Lowe and her husband, Richard Lobdell, of Chester, and Diane Laware and her companion, Chris Gramling, of Sharon; by the following grandchildren:  Laura Houle and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, David Boomer and his wife, Amy, of Irasburg, Robert Lowe and his wife, Michelle, of Bellows Falls, Heidi Ploof and her husband, Jeff, of Sharon, Jessica Wright of Hartland, and Heath Laware of Royalton; by nine great-grandchildren,  She was predeceased by her brother Robert Malloy, MIA, from the Korean War.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will follow in Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Diane Carter

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Diane Carter, 57, of Barton died in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Saturday, July 9, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born in Newport on January 30, 1954, a daughter of Morris and Shirley (Wilcox) Carter.
Ms. Carter spent most of her time in the Stowe and Morrisville area before moving to Barton a short time ago.  She graduated from Johnson State College and received her master of arts degree from Goddard College.  She was employed at Vermont Sports Today, C.H. Dana Company, and most recently as a self-employed freelance writer.
She had her three dogs:  Zack, Wagger, and Dodger, as well as her cat Wednesday that she loved dearly and considered her “babies.”  She always enjoyed fishing, biking, being outdoors, and caring for horses.  She was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan and watched and listened to as many games as she could regardless of air time.
Ms. Carter is survived by her brothers:  Jim and his wife, Phyllis, of Charleston and Roger and his wife, Therese, of Massachusetts, as well as by aunts, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the North Troy Village Cemetery on Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 552 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.
Geraldine “Gerry” Chaput
After a long illness, Geraldine “Gerry” Chaput, 78, of Derby Line, died on July 14, 2011.
She was born September 18, 1932, in Johnson, a daughter of Harold and Catherine (Brigham) Lanpher.
Mrs. Chaput graduated from Newport High School.  On June 20, 1953, she married Fernand Chaput who predeceased her on January 18, 2009.
Mrs. Chaput was a clerk for the former Ames Department Store in Derby for many years.  Her hobbies included traveling, needlework, and working in her flower garden.
She is survived by her mother, Catherine Hilliker, of Derby; by two children:  Debra Chaput of Orleans and Randall Chaput of Boston, Massachusetts; by her brother Harold Lanpher Jr. of Sparks, Nevada; her sister Patricia Foster of The Dalles, Oregon; by stepbrother Stephen Hilliker of Japan; stepsister Hazel Knox and her husband, Charles, of West Lynn, Oregon; and by sisters-in-law, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Reba Lanpher, brother-in-law Fred Foster, and several brothers and sisters-in-law from Mr. Chaput’s family.
A graveside service was held on  July 19 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity or a human rights organization of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Juliette B. Dane

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Juliette B. Dane, 96, of Newport died on July 16, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 19, 1915, in Derby, a daughter of George and Lillian (Collins) Morrill.  On September 30, 1946, she married Oliver Dane who predeceased her in 1986.
Mrs. Dane was employed by the former Labounty’s Jewelry Store, the former Petco Mini Mart, and she was assistant manager of the former M.H. Fisherman Store, all of Newport.  She was also employed by the former Forest Hills Department Store in Newport.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 Auxiliary of Newport.
She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her family during the holidays.  She crocheted many afghans which she gave to her family.
She is survived by her children:  Cheryl Keenan of West Charleston, Ronald O. Dane and his wife, Phyllis, of Derby, and Roger A. Dane of Newport; by two grandchildren:  Scott Keenan and his wife, Deanna, of Morgan, and Paula Keenan and her companion, Todd Crowe, of Morgan; by seven great-grandchildren:  Alisha, Ashley, Cody, Hady, Jesse, Morgan, and Tucker; by two great-great-grandchildren:  Logan and Donny; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Dean Morrill, and by her sister Theresa Mossa.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ruby P. (Stevens) Lidback
Ruby P. (Stevens) Lidback, 68, of Northwood, New Hampshire, and formerly of Westmore, died on May 4 at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire, in the company of her loving husband of 45 years, Keith W. Lidback.
After many years of ailments, she finally found peace at 3:05 a.m. that day.  She was born on September 23, 1943, in Barre to the late Millard and Martha (McCarty) Stevens.
The oldest of three children, Mrs. Lidback grew up on a farm in Westmore with her brother David “Hugh” and her sister Faye.  She graduated from Barton Academy and from the Elliott School of Nursing in Keene, New Hampshire, obtaining her license as a registered nurse.
Mrs. Lidback loved the outdoors and Vermont. She also loved her dogs and had many as a part of the family throughout her life.  She was an avid reader, crafter and painter, doing many drawings and paintings with her sister Faye.
Members of Mrs. Lidback’s family include her husband, Keith W. Lidback, of Northwood, New Hampshire; her son Adam Lidback and his wife, Joanna, of Westmore; her daughter Rebekah DeMaio of New Durham, New Hampshire; four and one-half grandchildren:  Bethany Hestbeck of Washington, Noah, Abraham and Katie DeMaio of New Durham, and one is on the way; her brother David Stevens and his wife, Juliette, of Westmore; her sister Faye Willey and her husband, Larry, of Barton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her grandson Isaiah DeMaio.
A memorial service was held on May 10 at the Bow Lake Baptist Church in Strafford, New Hampshire.  A funeral service was held on July 16 at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore with a graveside committal service following at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.
Pauline Marguerite (Chaloux) Marquis

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Pauline Marguerite (Chaloux) Marquis, 82, died peacefully at her home in Newport on July 15, 2011, after a long illness.
Mrs. Marquis was born in St. Edwidge, Canada, on July 4, 1929, a daughter of Hector and Florida Sylvain Chaloux.
In 1949 she immigrated to the U.S.  She married Gerard Adrien Marquis on October 16, 1948, and they had seven children.
In 1950 Mr. and Mrs. Marquis began a long business partnership by purchasing a dairy farm in Canaan.  They also had a logging business.  In 1960 they moved the family to another dairy farm in Newport Center.  They retired from farming in 1973 and moved to Newport.
Mrs. Marquis lost her husband of 32 years to cancer in 1980.  That was her greatest sorrow along with the tragic death of their first-born son, Denis, in 1972, shortly after he came back from his Army tour of duty.
She then found employment with McDonald’s where she worked until her retirement in 2006 after 25 years of service.
She was a hard worker and will be remembered in the community by many as the very friendly and helpful little French lady.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea parish in Newport since 1960 and was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella for over 25 years.  She enjoyed cooking and gardening, but her greatest joy was the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  On July 28, 2010, her great-great-granddaughter Madison, was born on what would have been Denis’ (Madison’s great-grandfather) sixty-first birthday.
Mrs. Marquis is survived by her children:  Venise and Richard Sevigny of Derby, Real and Caroline Marquis of Newport Center, Suzanne and Bernard Patenaude of East Fairfield, Bruno and Karen Marquis of Newport, Leo and Linda Marquis of Gorham, Maine, Marielle and Mark Demuth of Johnson, and special daughter-in-law Joanne and her husband, Leonard Hammond, of Newport Center; by her grandchildren:  Michael, Jody, Jason, Matthew and Karen, Danielle, Nicole, Marc and Julie, Aaron and Laurie, Corey and Christopher, Nathan and Scott, Bradley and Jeremy; by her great-grandchildren:  Justin, Andrew, Spencer, Samantha, Adam, Bryanne, Shane, Emma, Hannah, Libby, Josie, Christopher, Brent, Riley, Brody, Hunter, Cody, Logan, Adrianna, Mason, Jacob, Kadence, Camden, Adrian, Adam, Asa, Aidan, McKenna, Cecelia, Griffin, and Brooke; by her great-great-granddaughter Madison;  by her three sisters:  Rita Benoit of Barre, Lucille Provost of Barre, and Gisele Fontaine of Williston; by one brother, Maurice Chaloux, of Barre; and by over 100 nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by Gerard Marquis in 1980 at the age of 58; by her son Denis Marquis in 1972 at the age of 23; by great-granddaughter Elaina Rachel Marquis as a newborn infant; by her brothers Gerard Chaloux, Rene Chaloux, and Sylva Chaloux; and by her sisters Therese Ratte and Madelaine Allen.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on July 19 where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to 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.
Lawrence E. Maxwell

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Lawrence E. Maxwell, 78, formerly of Lake Placid, New York, died on July 8, 2011, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, New York, with his son by his side.
Born in Newport on September 8, 1932, he was a son of Roger and Mary (Joslyn) Maxwell.
Upon graduating from Orleans High School, Mr. Maxwell enlisted in the U.S. Army.  After serving two years, he returned to Vermont where he was employed at Bruneau’s sawmill and then later at Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  In 1973 he relocated with his family to Lake Placid, New York, to work for Henry Uihlein at Heaven Hill Farm until his retirement.  After retiring, he worked part-time at Last Chance Ranch and for Norman Aamodt.
Mr. Maxwell was well known for his baseball skills while in high school and later while playing for local ball teams.  He also coached Little League in Irasburg, boasting often of their winning record.  He enjoyed following his son Larry’s athletic accomplishments in baseball and golf.  He was also an avid lifelong Red Sox fan, having supported the team many times at Fenway.  When not at Fenway, he would attend Montreal Expo games sitting in his front row seat in right field at Jarry Park where he would talk ball with the players and managers, Gil Hodges being just one of his favorites in the National League.  Mr. Maxwell was also extremely proud of his family, especially his brother Maurice’s very successful dairy farm in Coventry where he helped out whenever he could.
He is survived by his son Lawrence P. “ Larry” Maxwell and his companion, Deborah Lester, of Gabriels, New York; his former wife, Sheila Sisco, of Derby; six brothers and sisters:  Maurice Maxwell and wife, Lois, of Newport, Lodoiska Kingsbury and her husband, Homer, of Bradford, Carl (Joe) Maxwell and his wife, Veanne, of Waits River, Judy Bupp and her husband, Ken, of Bedminster, Pennsylvania, Juanita French of Bradford, and Barbara Jean Maxwell of Elyria, Ohio; three sisters-in-law:  Jane, Jeanette and Margaret Maxwell; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother; four brothers and one sister-in-law, Alton, Dale, Darrell and Charles; and his wife, Dorothy Maxwell.
Funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends wishing to remember Mr. Maxwell may make memorial contributions to the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, in care of the funeral home.  Family and friends can also sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.
Rodney W. Nichols

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Rodney W. Nichols, 81, of Brownington died on July 16, 2011, in Barton.
He was born December 20, 1929, in Charleston, a son of Howard and Bertha (Lasond) Nichols.  He married Dorothy Iris Green who predeceased him.
Mr. Nichols was a case press operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 33 years.
He loved to snowmobile, kayak, fish, and camp with his wife, Iris.  Sonya Perkins was a caregiver for Rodney for several weeks and he was very proud and appreciative of all her efforts.
He is survived by two sons:  Steve Nichols and his companion, Sylvie Perkins, of Irasburg, and Wayne Nichols and his wife, Gail, of Arkansas; by his grandchildren:  Scott Nichols and his wife, Brianne, of Brownington, Jason, Jeremy, Jesse and Christy Nichols, Sonya and her companion, Robbie Cote, of Irasburg, and Michelle Perkins and her companion, Jay Powers, of Irasburg; by several great-grandchildren, for whom he had great pride and love; by his brother Rendall Nichols and his wife, Virginia, of Derby; by his sisters:  Edith Cargill and her husband, Lyle, of Derby, Marjorie Crouss of Connecticut, Ruth Sidel and her companion, Charlie, of Vermont; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Tom and by Maggie Green.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Brownington Village Cemetery with Pastor George Lawson officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, #14, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Claude Poginy

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Claude Poginy, 68, a lifelong resident of Barton, died peacefully at home on July 16, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 4, 1942, in Barton, a son of the late Leon and Laura (Poutre) Poginy.
After 20 years of farming, he semi-retired and was employed by NCMC and the Barton Chamber of Commerce as head of maintenance.  He was an active member of the community, serving as director of concessions for the Orleans County Fair, a former member of the Barton Fire Department, and a zoning officer for the town of Barton for seven years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Pam (Rives) Poginy; his sons and their wives: Randy and Gigi Poginy of Barton and Gary and Bonnie Poginy of Irasburg; by six grandchildren:  Jamie Royer, Becca Poginy, Chelsea and Whitney Poginy, Tyler Poginy, and Mikalah Poginy; by his sisters:  Dolores Rome of Westmore, Doria Cotter, and her husband, Tom, and Mariette Poginy, all of Greenfield, Massachusetts; by sister-in-law Barbara Poginy of Lyndonville; his brothers Rosaire Poginy and his wife, Kathy, of Barton, Peter Poginy and his wife, Donna, of Barton, Paul Poginy and his wife, June, of Seattle, Washington, John Poginy of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Denis Poginy, and his wife, Vickie, of Glover; and by numerous loving nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Norman Poginy and Andre Poginy and by his sister Sr. Mary Angela (Jeanine Poginy).
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Barton at 11 a.m. on Wednesday July 20, where a Mass will be celebrated.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mr. Poginy’s name to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport Vermont, 05855, or Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont, 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Michael David Randall Sr.

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Michael David Randall Sr., 57, of Derby Line died on July 16, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 19, 1953, in Newport, a son of Gertrude (Goulding) Place.  On May 5, 1973, he married Anne Marie Cote who survives him.
Mr. Randall was a fuel truck driver for Fred’s Plumbing and Heating in Derby.  He loved his family and his grandchildren.  He would always be asking them, do you want to go for a four-wheeler ride?  Mr. Randall always wanted to buy Michaela a bunny, but for some reason her father said it would end up being stew.  Michaela, Kollin, Izzy and Nicholas loved their Pepere.  Mr. Randall was very proud of this three sons and always wanted the best for them.  He loved his job, his bike and his “tractor.”
Mr. Randall was his happiest keeping busy.  He was always looking for projects around the house and yard and never happy being idle.  His mind was always looking for his next project before the one he was working on was even completed.  Roger Aiken was more than just a brother-in-law to him.  He was a special and dear friend who was always there for him, no matter what it was he needed.  Mr. Aiken was a great help to him during the last few months.  His hobbies included riding his motorcycle, and four-wheeling.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie Randall, of Derby Line; his children:  Michael Randall Jr., and his wife, Kelly, of Charleston, Jedediah Randall of South Burlington, and Jacob Randall and his wife, Amy, of Bossier City, Louisiana; by his grandchildren:  Michaela, Kollin, Isabelle, and Nicholas; by his sisters and brothers:  Evelyn Adams and her husband, Paul, of Milford, New Hampshire, Marion Arel and her husband, Gerard, of Connecticut, Marie Randall and her companion, John, of Westfield, Yvonne Hinton of Troy, Darlene Aiken and her husband, Roger, of Newport Center, Charlie Randall and his wife, Cecile, of Coventry, Jerry Randall and his wife, Barbara, of Jay, and Ralph Randall and his wife, Marilyn, of North Troy; by his brother-in-law Rene Brochu of Newport Center; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Gertude Place, by infant daughter Linda Lee Randall in 1974, and by a sister-in-law Madeleine Brochu.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 397, 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 Franchesca Sabino
Marie Franchesca Sabino, 56, of Island Pond, died on July 8 in Bethel in the arms of her beloved husband of two years, Michael Louis Roy.
She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and spent a substantial amount of time growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe due to her father’s career in the Air Force.
Ms. Sabino was a very life-giving person who enjoyed giving and receiving flowers, cooking, quality time with her husband, little children, gardening, outdoor activities, walking, a good joke, a good belly laugh, and keeping a clean house.  She was affiliated with the Catholic Church in Bethel.
Edward Hartley Seadale
Dr. Edward Hartley Seadale, 84, of Newfield, Maine, died suddenly at his home on July 2, 2011.
Dr. Seadale was born on April 26, 1927, in New York, New York.
In 1944, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Cadet Naval Air Program of the U.S. Naval Air Force where he served to the end of World War II. With the start of the Korean War, he was recalled back to the pilot training program of the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Seadale was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he became a bacteriologist-virologist research instructor, publishing many research papers.  In 1956, he entered McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry, in Montreal, Quebec.  He practiced dentistry for 30 years in Cohasset, Massachusetts.  During his practice he served as the president of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  He was also a brother at the Amherst, Massachusetts, Masonic Lodge, and a member of the American Legion.
Dr. Seadale is survived by his wife, Anne Chapman Seadale, his best friend with whom he shared 57 passionate years in a marriage of complete mutual devotion, compassion and unconditional love.  Dr. and Mrs. Seadale enjoyed many years of round dancing with many close and cherished friends as members of The B&B Dancers, Let’s Dance, and Mix ’n’ Mingle Square Dance Club.  Dr. Seadale often joked that he married the farmer’s daughter but he wasn’t a farmer.  However, he took great pleasure in tending his orchids.
In recent years, during frequent visits to Barton, Dr. Seadale had made numerous fond acquaintances over coffee at the lunch counter in The Parson’s Corner restaurant.
Dr. Seadale is also survived by his son Edward H. Seadale Jr. and his wife, Lorie, owners of The Parson’s Corner, of Barton; his daughter Lisa Healy of Franklin, Massachusetts; his pride and joy, granddaughter Kristen T. Seadale of Newark; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Seadale was predeceased by his parents, Gunner and Kathleen Seadale, and his brother Charles Seadale of West Palm Beach, Florida.
A funeral service was held on July 7 at the Carll-Heald and Black Funeral Home in Springvale, Maine.
Interment will be at a later date on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Those wishing to express sympathy are asked to consider a donation in Dr. Seadale’s name to:  The World War II Veterans Memorial Fund, care of The American Battle Monument Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766, or to McGill Faculty of Dentistry, Strathcona Anatomy and Dental Building, 3640 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A-2B2.
Edward Louis Verge

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Edward Louis Verge, 69, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 3, 2011, at North Country Hospital in Newport.
Mr. Verge was born in St. Johnsbury on December 19, 1941, a son of Napoleon L. and Helen M. (Lavature) Verge.
Mr. Verge attended St. Johnsbury schools and, upon graduating from St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1959, was awarded a job at General Electric.  Several years later he accepted employment at Essex Arms in Island Pond where he developed excellent machine skills and attention to detail.  Because of this he became known as an excellent gunsmith and for many years ran a gun business in Island Pond known as Lock, Stock and Barrel.
Later Mr. Verge worked for the railroad but his one real love was repairing and customizing guns.  Many of his friends can testify that he was an expert rifle and pistol shot and could tune a gun to shoot more accurately than it would from the factory.
Mr. Verge’s loves in life were family, friends, hunting, fishing and guns.  He was proud of his Native American heritage which gave him great respect for all living things.  Over the years he enjoyed tracing his heritage here in Vermont.  His friends at Paul’s camp can tell stories about his ability to get around the woods and his ability to locate wildlife.
He loved children and enjoyed teaching them how to respect nature, safe gun handling, gun care, marksmanship and the simpler things in life such as gardening and making birdhouses.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Glasson; his seven children:  Edward Allen of Lyndonville, Todd and his wife, Gloria of Raleigh, North Carolina, Daniel of St. Johnsbury, Aaron and his wife, Billie, of Island Pond, Kimberly of Sutton, Adam and his wife, Michele, of Island Pond, Angelina Hobbowicz and her husband, George, of Montgomery, Texas; by Lorraine’s three children:  Danielle Hunt and her husband, David of Derby Line, Terri of Morrisville, and Diana Kapusta of Morrisville; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandson; his five siblings:  David and his wife, Doris, of Danville, Poley and his wife, Cheryl, of Danville, Jaque Verge of Gilman, Donna and her husband, Fred Keenan, of Danville, and Paula Verge of Sandown, New Hampshire.  He was predeceased by his parents and most recently his sister Genie of Littleton, New Hampshire.
Mr. Verge will be deeply missed by his family and friends but his memory will always be carried in the hearts of those who knew him.
Contributions in his memory may be sent to North Country Hospital, Oncology Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Condolences may be sent to Lorraine Glasson, 336 Route 105, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Mary Jane Theresa Willis

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Mary Jane Theresa Willis, 78, of Lowell, died on July 16, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 15, 1932, in Montgomery, a daughter of Peter and Mellissa (Wright) Boucher.  On April 10, 1950, she married Clifton Don “Tip” Willis Sr. who predeceased her on July 10, 2006.
She was a member of St. Ignatius Church in Lowell where she taught catechism and kinder school. She was a great grandma who opened her house to all.  She was a great cook and she made sure everyone had plenty to eat, and no one left hungry.
Mrs. Willis is survived by her children:  Clifton Don Willis Jr. and his wife, Lorelei, of Troy, Rose Marie Shedd and her husband, Dean, of Hyde Park, Pamela Lontine and her companion, Patrick Malaney, of Lowell, Gail Girard of Lowell, and Melissa Pion and her husband, Norman, of Lowell; by her grandchildren:  Erik, Trevor, Dean, Heidi, Evan, Teiah, Nicole, Mary, Lisa, Marc, and Corey; by 11 great-grandchildren; by her brothers Maurice Boucher of Fairfax, and Henry Boucher and his wife, Betty, of Cuddybackville, New York; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by her cat, Baby Boy Kitty, who she loved.  She was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Pion, and by ten brothers and sisters.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday July 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.   Then there will be a reception at the St. Ignatius Parish Hall.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Needy Children of Lowell, in memory of Mary Jane Willis, care of Lorelei Willis, P.O.Box 32, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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