Obituaries July 23, 2014

obit BergeronGertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron

Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron, 95, of North Troy died on July 17, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1919, in Bennington, to Levi and Veda (McWain) Tifft.

On October 4, 1958, she married Clovis Bergeron, who survives her.

She was a fabulous cook, and she enjoyed knitting and putting puzzles together.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her husband Clovis Bergeron of North Troy; her children: Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas, and Kenneth Bergeron Sr. and his wife, Denise, of Derby; 21 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was married to her first husband, Robert Handy, on October 15, 1937. He predeceased her on August 13, 1957. She was also predeceased by her son Louis Handy; her brothers: Kenneth and Carroll Tifft; and by her sister Helen Gillis.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at the Troy Village Cemetery with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

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Helen L. Corliss

Helen L. Corliss, 74, of Island Pond died on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on August 16, 1939, in Portland, Maine. She was raised by Joseph and Bernice Daniels of Island Pond. She graduated from Brighton High School.

She was employed by Columbia Forest Products, where she retired after 39 years of work, in 2001.

She enjoyed Red Sox baseball, bowling, and she was an avid reader.

Surviving relatives are many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Joseph and Bernice Daniels; her sister Roena Daniels Gray; her brother-in-law Sonny Gray; her biological sister Florence Mancini; and by her lifelong friends: Marilyn Page and Sheila Joyal.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit farrowDavid L. Farrow

David L. Farrow, 67, of Canton, Massachusetts, formerly of Newport, died on July 5, 2014.

He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was the son of the late Martha (Davis) Fedele and stepson of the late Anthony “Tony” Fedele; beloved husband of Martina (Fahy); father of Robert A. and his wife, Missy, of Franklin, Massachusetts, David L. Jr. and his wife, Tracy, of Norwood, Massachusetts, Deborah Mancuso and her husband, Eric, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Mary E. Ambroceo and her husband, Bobby, of Walpole, Massachusetts; and grandfather to his ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Nancy L. Fedele of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and his brother Mark Fedele of Greenbelt, Maryland.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church in Canton on July 10. Burial was at Canton Corner Cemetery with full military honors.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher, 73, of Albany died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1941, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Robert and Marion (Fortunado) Visconti.

She graduated from Medford High School in Medford.

She married Mark Hornbacher, who survives her.

Among her interests, she enjoyed listening to music, gardening, and art.

She is survived by her husband Mark Hornbacher of Albany; her children: Joseph Curnane of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Corinne McDonald and her husband, Michael, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Kathleen Parkinson and her husband, Gerald, of Graylakes, Illinois; her eight grandchildren; and by two sisters: Janet Bohlin of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Roberta Cardello of Medford.

She was predeceased by her son Robert Curnane on October 25, 2010.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit RouthierMadeleine Carmen Routhier

Madeleine Carmen Routhier, 89, of Troy died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born at home on December 22, 1924, in Stanhope, Quebec, to Joseph and Bertha (Crete) Routhier.

She attended and graduated from Poestation Convent of Mary also in Stanhope.

She was a housekeeper for the late Dr. Mosher, Mrs. Needleman, and Mrs. Hope. She also did housekeeping for the church.

She always had a big smile and giving personality.

Her hobbies included ice-skating, skiing, riding draft horses, and love of animals. She also enjoyed listening to hockey games on the radio and eating Chinese food. She loved her family and friends.

She is survived by two brothers: Bernard Routhier and his wife, Angel, of Shelburne, and Maurice Routhier and his companion, France, of Florida; her two sisters: Marie-Ange Sage of Shelburne, and Rejeanne McAllister and her husband, Arnold, of Lowell; her sister-in-law Helen Routhier; her good friends: Madeleine Morrisette and Aurore Morin, both of Troy; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Luciene, Camille, Conrad, Valmore, Lucienne Lamoureux, Marie-Paule Columbe, and Lorraine Routhier.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on August 9, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be at St. Edmond’s Cemetery in Coaticook, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit searsRaymond A. Sears Sr.

Raymond “Ray Sears” A. Sears Sr. of Knoxville, Tennessee, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, died on July 3, 2014.

He was the essence of a Tennessee Volunteer, and a loyal and trusted friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was a “Ramblin’ Wreck,” dyed-in-the-wool U.S. Marine, and always the challenger who asked for more and better, whenever and wherever it was needed.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 29, 1928, Mr. Sears never quite lost his New York attitude. His mother, Margaret Callahan Sears, was first generation Irish and his father, Andrew M. Sears, hailed from Brooklyn. As a master plumber, Andrew’s work took him from New York to Birmingham, Alabama, where he was recruited to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project. Margaret also worked in the facility while Ray and his sister, Marilyn I. Sears, attended Oak Ridge High School (1944-1948).

His nickname was “Red” on the high school football team. His father, mother, and sister pre-deceased him.

Directly after graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1946, at the age 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and began a 42-year career where he earned several medals: the Good Conduct Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, in service to his country.

He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He was the project manager for the A6E-Intruder when he worked at Grumman Aircraft on Long Island, New York. Over the years, he worked on the F18, A10 and other jets at various corporations. In 1993, he retired from General Electric in Knoxville.

His commitment to volunteering as coach, Bingo caller, chaperone, genealogist for his family and also as a researcher for the East Tennessee Historical Society exemplified his generous spirit of giving. He is known throughout the state of Tennessee as a gifted genealogist serving as assistant editor of Tennessee Ancestors and researching contributor to First Families of Tennessee. The latest genealogical goal he achieved was the completion of his own Sears family tree, proving ancestry back to the American Revolutionary War.

He is survived by his wife Helen Keough Sears; his children: Patricia M. Sears and her husband, Steven Mason, Andrea C. Winter and her husband, Michael, Marilyn A. Swyers and her husband, Peter, Raymond A. Sears Jr., and his wife, Karla, and Timothy F. Sears and his wife, Kimberley, and their mother, Kathryn C. Sears; his grandchildren: Michael Claudio, Lauren Claudio, Justin Mason, Courtney Miernicki and her husband, Christopher, Sarah Swyers Parker and her husbamd, Brett, Melissa Pischl and her husband, Dan, Caitlin Winter, Zachary Winter, Matthew Sears, Timothy Winter, Riley Sears, Mallory Sears, Rhys Sears, Andrew Sears, and Liam Sears; his great-grandchildren: Christopher Miernicki III, Lucas Pischl, Michael Miernicki, and Eleanor Parker; Helen’s children: William S. Weathers Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Frank E. Weathers and his wife, Julienne, and Katherine G. Weathers; Helen’s grandchildren: Martin Weathers, Nathan Weathers, Emily Weathers, and Scott Weathers; and his sisters-in-law: Peggy Reich, Mary Whittemore and her husband, Terry, and Frances Guy and her husband, James.

Extremely patriotic in thought, word and deed, he requested his burial at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville.

While the world is different with Ray Sears passing away, through his family and friends there is a legacy of so many who have been touched and whose lives will carry on his spirit and his energy. Semper Fi.

Services were held on July 9.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901, or through; or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Random Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Random, Pennsylvania 19087, or through


Obituaries July 16, 2014

obit HuntIsaac Jacob Hunt

Isaac Jacob Hunt, 35, of Derby died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

He was born in Newport on April 24, 1979, and he grew up in Island Pond. He attended North Country Union High School.

He was a carpenter by trade for 17 years.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed stock car racing, watching the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, and watching the New York Giants. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children.

He is survived by his two children: Nicholas and Logan Hunt; the boys’ mother, Barbie Corey; his mother, Linda (Hunt) Davis; his father, Eugene Hunt; his stepmother, Sherry Hunt; his two siblings: David Hunt and his fiancée, Rebecca Brown, and Mary Hunt and her significant other, Ernest Hinton; his two half-siblings: Robert Knox and Megan Knox and her significant other, Levi Audet; and by many extended family members.

Services were held on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Isaac Hunt Memorial Fund at Passumpsic Savings Bank, to support Mr. Hunt’s childrens’ education.

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obit LordThomas W. Lord

Thomas W. Lord, 75, of Barton died on July 7, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1939, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to George and Mary (Thompson) Lord.

On October 14, 1985, he married the former Linda James, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Dalghren 12.

He was employed by Grossman’s Lumber Sales, where he retired after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the Barton Senior Center, and he was an avid golfer. He held membership with the Barton American Legion Post #76.

Mr. Lord loved all sports, especially the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed going to the casinos up and down the east coast. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf and bowling over the years. He loved family visits and he loved to watch NASCAR; his favorite driver was Tony Stewart. He enjoyed the companionship of his different cats over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda Lord of Barton; his children: Jay Touzin and his wife, Jessica Simoneau, Kerry Touzin, Leo Touzin, and Steve Touzin; his grandchildren: Dylan, Shyanna, Trey, Riley and Ethan; his sister Janet Blizzard; his sisters-in-law: Karen Lavsier, Barbara Hague, and Bernie Bourgue; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Lord.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit SogoloffLeonard M. Sogoloff

Leonard M. Sogoloff, the owner and founder of “Lennie’s on the Turnpike,” the iconic North Shore, Massachusetts, jazz club that introduced Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and an aspiring young comic named Jay Leno to local audiences, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Devereux House in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was 90.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Ann (Raby) Sogoloff, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, he was son of the late Samuel and Sonia (Sandler) Sogoloff, immigrants from Russia. He attended Peabody schools and was a graduate of Peabody High School Class of 1941. He briefly studied art at Boston University, before enlisting in the Army. He proudly served his country during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946.

He returned home to Peabody, and became a record salesman for Columbia Records. In 1951, he joined a friend, to open The Turnpike Club, a roadside bar on Route 1 North in West Peabody, Massachusetts. From a young age, he had a passion for jazz. He stocked the jukebox with the hottest artists of the era.

Two years later, he bought out his partner, renamed the venue “Lennie’s on the Turnpike, A Jazz Listening Room,” and introduced live music. Over the years, he brought the bespoke greatest names in jazz to the North Shore. The club became a destination, drawing audiences from throughout greater Boston, Massachusetts. The club operated until its closing in September of 1972.

Later, Mr. Sogoloff branched out by booking acts of other musical genres, such as America, Linda Rondstadt, and Bette Midler assisted by a piano player named Barry Manilow, as well as comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield and Flip Wilson.

In 1972, he hired Jay Leno, who lived in Andover, Massachusetts, to be his house comedian. It was the start of a long friendship. In 2009, as he prepared to step down as host of The Tonight Show, Mr. Leno performed at the Salem State University Speaker Series, at a benefit to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Barbara Ann Sogoloff. The event raised $100,000 for a scholarship, which now funds endowments in each of their names.

Mr. Sogoloff had previously donated his photographs and memorabilia from the club to be archived by Salem State University. He later received an honorary doctoral degree from Salem State University for enriching the cultural life of the North Shore.

After his club closed, Mr. Sogoloff worked as the manager of Empire Clothing Co. store in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, for over 20 years.

His passion for jazz never waned. In recent years, as a resident of the Devereux House nursing home, he delighted in booking local musicians to perform for residents.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all, he was the consummate family man. He took pride in the accomplishments of his children and enjoyed attending the sports games and activities of his five grandchildren.

He leaves three children: Leanne Desjardins and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Karen Gilman of Boston, and Adam Sogoloff and his wife, Janet, of Marblehead. He was the cherished grandfather to Nicole, Mathew, Jake, Bel and Maeve. He also leaves his brother Hyman Sogoloff of Peabody, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Morris Sogoloff, Rose Sogoloff, Minnie Segel, and Bertha Gross.

Memorial services were held in Salem on July 15. Burial was private.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to the Salem State University Foundation Lennie Sogoloff Scholarship, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.

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obit WillardEverett Anson Willard

Everett Anson Willard, 94, of Orleans died on July 7, 2014, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on November 2, 1919, in Derby, to W. A. Willard and Lillian (Swanson) Willard.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1937. He then partnered with his father and brother Ernest in Derby in their Green Mountain potato, dairy, and maple enterprise.

On September 4, 1949, he married Dorothy Domina of Orleans, who survives him. In 1953, they purchased a 300-acre dairy farm in Derby, where Mr. Willard served for many years as a selectman. Additionally, he was a director of the Co-operative Insurance Companies in Middlebury from 1963 to 2006.

He was a member of the agricultural fraternity, the Grange, for nearly 80 years. He served as master of the Vermont State Grange from 1962 to 1966. He and his wife co-directed the 7th Degree of the National Grange for nine years. At the time of his death, he was an officer of Navy Grange and Kingdom Pomona Grange.

He and his family moved to Montpelier in 1968, where he was employed for 25 years by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in several positions, including director of markets. He managed the Vermont Farm Show in Barre and the Vermont building at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a Vermont Trustee Emeritus of “The Big E” at the time of his death. Throughout his career, a main focus was maintaining the Vermont name as a symbol of excellence; for this dedication, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Maple.”

Recognitions accorded to Mr. Willard include: “Friend of Agriculture” from the New England Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, in 1985; the George D. Aiken Agriculturalist of the Year, in 1986; the Vermont Farm Bureau Wallace Award, jointly with his wife, in 1993; induction into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame in Crogan, New York, in 1996; and being honored as one of the eight inaugural members of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame, in 2003.

Mr. Willard embraced community service and public speaking. Throughout his life, he served his churches as a council member, auditor, lay speaker, and as the locally renowned master chef at the annual sugar-on-snow party.

Mr. Willard was known for his beautiful gardens, which brought pleasure to passersby. He was sociable, enjoying visits with friends and dancing. He was also known for his vast repertoire of stories about local events and people and his continued interest in the ever-changing dairy and maple industries.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; four children: Dr. Alan Lothrop Willard of Kensington, Maryland, Larry Dean Willard and his wife, Terri, of White House, Tennessee, Ann Willard Sullivan and her husband, Philip, of London, England, and Dr. Sally Willard Burbank and her husband, Nathan, of Nashville, Tennessee; and by six grandchildren: Derek Kevin Willard, Seth Everett Willard, Matthew Willard Sullivan, Erik Weireter Sullivan, Steven Nathan Burbank, and Eliza Lillian Burbank. He had one surviving sister, Carolyn Willard MacLeay, of Sylmar, California.

He was predeceased by his siblings: May Willard, Charles Willard, Eleanor Durfee, Ernest Willard, and Frances Thompson.

Funeral services were held on July 11, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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Leroy N. Hastings

A committal service for Leroy N. Hastings will be held at the Brownington Village Cemetery on Saturday July 19, at 11 a.m.


Obituaries July 9, 2014

obit BullisBeverly Bullis

Beverly Bullis, 78, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at home in Derby Line, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 11, 1935, in Orleans, the daughter of Roy and Violet Glodgett. She joined two brothers, Royce and Richard Glodgett.

She attended school in Brownington and Orleans.

On November 26, 1953, she married John “Jack” Bullis. They made their home in Derby Line, where they raised their four children.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, and family.

She worked at Newport Plastics, Slalom Skiwear and Bogner of America, before retiring in 1994.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John “Jack” Bullis of Derby Line; their children: Theresa and Edward Fortin, David and Lori Bullis, Debra and Richard Turner, and Thomas and Colleen Bullis; and by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the local cancer fund.

Graveside services will be at the Derby Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road, on Friday, July 11, at 1 p.m.

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obit GouletTheresa Lamothe Goulet

Theresa Lamothe Goulet, 85, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 2, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 29, 1929, in Newport, daughter of Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, as Salutatorian, in the Class of 1947.

She was a special and talented musician. Sacred Heart would not have achieved its prized musical standard had it not been for the hard work of Theresa and Sister Edmund, music director at Sacred Heart.

Besides taking time for numerous extra-curricular activities, Ms. Goulet was the church organist for the high school choir, conductor of the Sacred Heart Band and Orchestra, and a member of the Sacred Heart Girls Glee Club and Catholic Youth Club. Exceptionally talented in music, she devoted many hours of her time to mastering the principles of conducting bands and orchestras.

After graduation, she was accepted to The Juilliard School in New York City, but was not able to attend. She worked at the Orleans Trust Bank in Newport.

On July 4, 1953, she married the love of her life, Raymond H. Goulet of Island Pond.

Ms. Goulet worked at the Island Pond National Bank and Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 20 years.

She played the church organ at Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond for over 50 years and also helped to conduct the choir. Additionally, she played in the Dean King Orchestra for several years.

She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Brighton Post #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She enjoyed camping in Maine and snowmobiling.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Goulet of Island Pond; her sister Anita Salmon of Augusta, Maine; her three sons: Michael and his partner, Michael, of Richford, Mark and his partner, Marie, of Canton, Massachusetts, and David and his wife, Diane, of Milton; her daughter-in-law Paula Goulet of Milford, Massachusetts; her four grandchildren: Laura, Michelle, David and Matthew; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers: Roland, Rudy, Maurice “Pete,” and Roger “Pop” Lamothe.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit nilesBetty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles

Betty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles died on July 1, 2014, from a long battle with kidney disease.

She lived in Troy and Westfield before retiring to Pinellas Park, Florida.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on September 2, 1930. Her parents were Dawson E. Davis and Hazel A. (Jesmer) Davis. She attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She worked a number of years in the office of Ethan Allen in Orleans, and in the Vermont State Unemployment Office in Newport.

She married Rollo P. Lowe on May 8, 1948. They had two daughters, Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler.

She married Harry O. Niles Jr. on December 29, 1967. They lived in Troy for many years before moving to Westfield, and then retiring to Pinellas Park.

She enjoyed the horses they kept, gardening, playing cards, camping in their RV, and her cat, Coco.

She is survived by her husband Harry O. Niles Jr. of Seminole, Florida; her daughters: Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and her husband, Peter Sr., of Live Oak, Florida, and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler and her husband, Barry, of Largo, Florida; her stepchildren: Harry O. Niles III and his wife, Claire, of Brush Prairie, Washington, Frank Niles and his wife, Delores, of Newport Center, Stuart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts, and Patricia Anne Graves and her husband, Ronald Jr., of Waitsfield; her five grandchildren: Peter J. Kwiatkowski Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Lafayette, Colorado, Elke (Kwiatkowski) Day and her husband, John, of Live Oak, Sheryl (Nadler) Sheppard and her husband, Marc, of Clearwater, Florida, David Nadler of Largo, and Allison (Nadler) Lewis and her husband, Kevin, of Orlando, Florida; and by her 11 great-grandchildren: Cullen and Hallie Kwiatkowski, Jake, Kate, Nate and Grace Day, Logan and Aidan Sheppard, Benjamin and Gavyn Nadler and Isabella Lewis.

There will not be any public services. Her ashes will be buried in Vermont, as per her wishes. Her beloved cat, Coco, will reside with her daughter in Largo. He will have a loving home.

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

Mary Margaret Pechalonis

Mary Pechalonis of Lyndonville died on Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014, at the age of 83.

She was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, on August 6, 1930, daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Boguslawski) Retkowski.

The Pechalonis family resided on Daniels Pond in Glover for over 30 years before moving to Lyndonville in 2004.

Mrs. Pechalonis worked as a nurse’s aide at both the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center and at The Pines.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, gardening, knitting, fishing, and cruising in her and her husband’s antique vehicles.

She is survived by her husband Edward of Lyndonville; three daughters: Ellen Pechalonis and her husband, Kenneth Hurst, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Frances Ullmann and her husband, Joseph, of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, and Debra Towle and her husband, Dennis, of North Concord, and their son Ryan Towle and his wife, Jasmine, and their daughter Aylah Mae, of Montpelier; her two sisters: Jennie Kalinoski and her husband, Raymond, of Terryville, Connecticut, and Bernice Massart of Providence, Rhode Island; and by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held in Lyndonville on July 5. Burial followed at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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Frederick E. Doucette Sr.

A graveside service for Frederick E. Doucette Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.


Obituaries July 2, 2014

obit audetMaurice T. Audet

Maurice T. Audet, 89, of Troy died peacefully on June 25, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on March 7, 1925, in Compton, Quebec, to Josephat and Alma (Gilbert) Audet.

In 1947, he married Claire Cote, who predeceased him on May 19, 2010.

He worked at the Blair Veneer Mill in North Troy, and at Jay Peak for eight years. He farmed in Westfield for ten years, and he retired from Columbia Forest Products.

He and his wife enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and going on trips with community circle, and they enjoyed gardening and attending senior meal sights in Troy, North Troy, and Westfield.

Their family was the most important part of their lives.

He is survived by his children: Noella Berthiaume and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Roger Audet and his wife, Rita, of Westfield, Diane Roberts and her husband, Andre, of Troy, Carmen Bouchard and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Rejean Audet and his wife, Rebecca, of Newcastle, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: Vicky, Jennifer, Roger Jr., Jean, Robert, Denis, Patrick, Jessica, Johanna, Nicholas, Jonathan “Bobby,” Claire, and Teddy; and by his 17 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Scott F. Bailey

Scott F. Bailey, 51, of Clearwater Beach, Florida, died on June 23, 2014, in the arms of his family, after a long illness.

He was born to William and Donna Bailey in Hanover, Massachusetts. He grew up in Hanover and Duxbury, Massachusetts, before relocating to Shirley, Massachusetts, and graduating from Ayer High School in 1981. He majored in business at Mount Wachusett and Fitchburg State College, and served six years as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond. He lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and later Clearwater Beach, while pursuing a successful career in electronic sales.

As a youth, he excelled at skiing and hockey, representing Duxbury, Massachusetts, in the Bruins’ “Mini One on One,” and later in tennis as the MVP of Ayer High School’s tennis team.

As an adult, he was active and fun-loving. He enjoyed boating and golfing, and he hit a hole-in-one on his forty-first birthday. He was known for his generous heart and warm smile.

He is survived by his loving parents, William Bailey of Morgan and Donna Bailey of Onset, Massachusetts; his stepmother Darlene Bailey of Westford, and stepmother Francine Canton of Morgan; his two sisters and their husbands: Dawn and Bob Black of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Susan and Bruce Sullivan of North Leominster, Massachusetts; his stepbrother Eddy Boisvert; his beloved nieces and nephews: Rory, Lyndsay, Allison, Nick, and Sean; and by his great-nephews: Robbie and Brody.

A service was held on June 27, in Centerville, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.

obit bensonThomas Fitts Benson

Thomas Fitts Benson, 50, of White Mills, Pennsylvania, died at home on June 19, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer.

He was born on September 24, 1963, in Long Branch, New Jersey, son of Cyrus Jr. and Miriam (Fitts) Benson.

He grew up in Morgan, where he enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1981.

Mr. Benson was a carpenter who loved to fish and boat with his family and friends. He was a genuine, intelligent, strong, and loving person. He touched many with his kindness and caring. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandy Jean Stewart; his two daughters: Danielle Toms of White Mills, and Desiree Toms of Scranton, Pennsylvania; his son: Jacob Toms of White Mills; his parents Cyrus Jr. and Miriam Benson of Morgan; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Cyrus III and Jessica Benson of London, England, Robert Fitts and Juli Benson of Albany, New York, and William Fitts and Nancy Benson of Reading Massachusetts; his grandson Damien Carson of White Mills; and by his numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, who meant so much to him.

In honor of his wishes, there will be no services. An honorary, chartered fishing trip will be held for his family and friends at a future date.

Arianna Lynn Brault

Arianna Lynn Brault, beloved infant daughter of Deidreanna Wood-Bethke and Adam Brault, died on June 27, 2014, in Burlington.

She is also survived by her maternal grandmother Christin Lesprence; her step-grandfather Mike of Rutland; her paternal grandmother Lynn Lontine of Newport; and by her paternal grandfather Anthony Brault of Troy.

No services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Pediatric Care, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Arvid M. Deuse

Arvid M. Deuse, 97, of Derby died suddenly on June 18, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 7, 1917, in Chester, Connecticut, to Eldon and Alfreda (Lund) Deuse.

On January 25, 1943, he married Dorothy Julia Brooks, who predeceased him November 9, 2009.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

He was a machinist for M.S. Brooks & Son in Chester.

During his lifetime, he was very interested in antique engines. He loved his dogs and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed sight seeing.

He is survived by his children: Virginia Ziemba and her husband, Richard, of Tennessee, Thomas Deuse and his wife, Marcia, of Ivoryton, Connecticut, and Sally Nedobity and her husband, Frank, of Derby; his grandchildren: Richard Mislick and his companion, Summer Brunelle, Shelly Spurgeon and her husband, Carl, Thomas A. Deuse, Tamara Fahey and her husband, Brian, Frank A. Nedobity, and Paul Nedobity; and by several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Morton Deuse of California.

He was predeceased by his brother Daniel and his sister Roselyn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Mary A. (Espinola) Duma

Mary A. (Espinola) Duma, 93, of Newport, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts, died peacefully on June 24, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was the wife of the late William Duma.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 12, 1921, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cunha) Espinola. She attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.

She worked as an assembler at Western Electric for over 20 years until her retirement. She had been a member of the Methuen Senior Activity Center, where she helped with their Meals on Wheels program.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons: William J. Duma and his wife, Rose Marie, of Newport, and Joseph Duma and his wife, Cynthia, of Methuen; her four grandchildren: Tara, Eric, Ka