Obituaries August 6, 2014

obit AldrichJames L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, of Derby died on July 27, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.

He was born on the family farm in Derby on August 25, 1935, to Ira and Beatrice (Coutts) Aldrich.

He married a local girl, Joyce French of Rock Island, Quebec, in 1964 and for the past 50 years, they have lived on the family farm.

Mr. Aldrich was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was very active in the local congregation as well as in their building construction program. He enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others and he especially liked talking about the future.

He was a “jack of all trades” and had a wide variety of interests such as farming, operating his sawmill, woodworking, gardening and sitting on the front porch with family and friends. He kept up with the “neighborhood news” and enjoyed having visitors and meeting new people.

He was the oldest of five children and leaves behind his daughter, Leah, and his siblings: Bob Aldrich and his wife, Betty, of Derby, Dean and his wife, Chris, of Orleans, and Beatrice Nelson and her husband, Roger, of Derby; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his younger brother Bill; his grand-dog Dakota; and by his wife.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ConnollyArthur Henry Connolly

Arthur Henry Connolly, 76, of Brownington died suddenly on August 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 11, 1938, in Sullivan, New Hampshire, to Henry and Emily (Bernier) Connolly.

On June 1, 1988, he married Marcia Jacobs, who survives him.

Mr. Connolly was a self-employed logger and farmer. He was an avid lover of horse pulling. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Pulling Association and the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association. He enjoyed shooting his guns, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Connolly of Brownington; his children: Steven Connolly of Winchester, New Hampshire, and Lynn Bodo and her husband, Todd, of Moosup, Connecticut; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Roland Fontaine of Cannan, New Hampshire, Don Connolly of Northfield, and Henry Connolly and his companion, Jane Stone, of Brookfield, Pauline Menard and Deb Shambo, both of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mildred Henderson.

He was predeceased by a son, Arthur Connolly; and by three brothers: Ed, Bob, and Ron.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Barton fairgrounds on August 16, at the horse pulling arena starting at 3 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DeLaBruereGaetan Yvon De La Bruere

Gaetan “Gate” Yvon De La Bruere, 50, of Coventry died suddenly on August 2, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on September 7, 1963, in Newport, and was the beloved son of John and Helena (Perron) De La Bruere.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1983, he entered the family business and worked for his father as a Master Electrician at Newport Electric. In 1989, he left to formulate Gate’s Electric, Inc. with business partner Dennis Lantagne.

Outside of work, he enjoyed teaching, including classes for aspiring electricians at the North Country Career Center. He was also fond of the outdoors, spending most weekends on the lake or in the forest. A proud father, Mr. De Le Bruere never missed an opportunity to cheer on his children at the rink, on the track, or at the field.

He was happiest when he was helping people. His children called him “Superman” because he would always drop whatever he was doing to come to the rescue. When a friend or family member was in need, he was always the first person to call on. He always said his purpose in life was to lighten the burdens of others, and it was a purpose fulfilled.

Members of the community likely met Mr. De La Bruere on a late night call to restore power and to keep their families warm, or giving light to their new dream home. He brought warmth and light into every life he touched, and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons: Mitchell, Collin, and Spencer; the mother of his children, Carla; his beloved granddaughters: Gabrielle and Lily; his parents: John and Helena De La Bruere; his brothers: Alain and his wife, Irene, and their children: Alaina, Olivia, Donovan, and Aaron; Bert and his friend, Katrina, and his children: Kyle and Lori; and by his sister Louise Whipple and her husband, Don, and their children: Jonathan and Sydney. He had a special friendship with Robert Desrochers and Daniele Simpson, Richard and Louise Bouffard and their children, his business partner Dennis Lantagne and his wife, Annette, and his dear friend Sheila McFarlane.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Derby Elks Club. He will be interred in a private family service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a trust for the benefit of his grandchildren at Passumpsic Savings Bank on 1 Gardner Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit graves 2Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves

Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves, 37, of Island Pond died suddenly on July 31, 2014, in Morgan.

She was born on August 13, 1976, to Joseph and Lise (Archambault) Marcoux.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1995.

She worked at Tivoly in Derby Line and Poulin Lumber in Derby.

Her hobbies included drawing, camping, fishing, and playing music, especially the guitar and keyboard.

She is survived by her children: Zachary Hawkins of Island Pond, Julia Graves of Holland, Ethan Graves of Holland, and Noah Twofoot of Brownington; her mother Lise Archambault and her companion, Percy Lagasse, of Derby; her father Joseph Marcoux and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center; her brother Shannon Marcoux and his wife, Teresa, of Cabot; and by numerous, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lise Archambault, in care of the Community Bank, P.O. Box 455, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, for a fund for her children.

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

obit LyonClaire C. Lyon

Claire C. Lyon, 89, of Brownington died on July 29, 2014, in Burlington, after a short illness.

She was the oldest of nine children of Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.

She had a longtime love of cooking, having been a chef at the East Side Restaurant in Newport for 25 years. She then worked at the Maple Lane Day Care Center for ten years.

She enjoyed making wedding cakes and birthday cakes for all her grandchildren. She also enjoyed making doughnuts for her family and friends.

The joys of her life were her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They made her face light up. She would always put others’ needs before her own.

On January 18, 1945, she married the love of her life, Harold A. Lyon. Together they had five children.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Thibault, and her husband, Michael, of Burlington; three sons: John Lyon and his wife, Lorraine, of Derby, Jessie Lyon and his wife, Connie, of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and Robert Lyon and his wife, Rose, of Brownington; several grandchildren: Aurie Thibault, Jed Thibault and his wife, Allie, Daniel Lyon and his wife, Jessica, Amanda Dagesse and her husband, Gerard, Melanie Munroe and her husband, Chris, Ryan Lyon and his wife, Kristan, Sarah Merrill and her husband, Ron, Jared Lyon, James Lyon, Brandy Robillard and her husband, Zachary, Michael Cyr and his wife, Heather, and Matthew Lyon; and by her great-grandchildren: Reese Thibault, Bethany Lyon, EmmaLou Lyon, Christopher Dagesse, Miles Munroe, Trevin Merrill, Sean Merrill, Ethan Robillard, Nicholas Robillard, and Hayden Robillard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Lyon; her parents; her daughter, Sally Lyon; and by several brothers and sisters: Blanche Coates, Maurice Perry, Loretta McCoy, Noel Perry, Francis Perry, Leon Perry, and Mary Ann Darling.

A memorial service will be held at the Brownington Congregational Church on Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.

obit QuirionMonique Prevost Quirion

Monique Prevost Quirion, 86, of Coventry died peacefully on July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 10, 1928, in St. Victor de’Beauce, Quebec, to Benoni and Delina (Doyon) Prevost. On May 28, 1952, she married Marcel Quirion, who predeceased her on October 31, 1985.

They owned and operated the family dairy farm in Coventry and they also owned and operated the former Royal Restaurant in Newport and the Newport Redemption Center.  Mrs. Quirion was also a cook for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for 11 years. She was an excellent seamstress and had many other hobbies: knitting, crocheting, gardening, embroidery, making all sorts of crafts, baking, and cooking.  Her entire life was devoted to the Lord and to her loving family. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella since 1954 and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Helene Chilafoux and her husband, Rance, of Coventry, Louis Quirion and his wife, Leigh, of New Haven, Connecticut, Luc Quirion and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Roger Quirion and his wife, Christine, of Holland, Julie Carrier and her husband, Peter, of Coventry, and Robert Quirion and his wife, Tracie, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Alan Desroches and his wife, Lisa, of Coventry, Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, of North Troy, Gilles Gentley and his wife, Sarah, of Hardwick, Jeff Gentley and his wife, Angie, of Waterbury, Andrew Ouimette of Newport, Erica Ouimette of Newport, Erin Yarborough and her husband, Trey, of Michigan, Jennifer Davis and her husband, Jeremy, of Derby Line, Michael Quirion and his wife, Moira, of Newport, Kyle Quirion of Plymouth, New Hampshire, Alisha Clark and her husband, Drew, of Burlington, Ann Harnish and her husband, Joe, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Eric Carrier and his wife, Heather, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, Marc Quirion of Coventry, and Patric Quirion of Coventry; by numerous great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Leandre Prevost of St. Thomas Daquin, Quebec, Leonard Prevost of Beloeil, Quebec, Hugues Prevost of Longueil, Quebec, Theresa Plante of Newport, and Claire Charpentier of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; and by her son-in-law Rock Desroches and his wife, Judy, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by her son Gilles Quirion on July 13, 1974; her daughter Suzanne Desroches on December 30, 1998; by her son-in-law Roger Ouimette on April 24, 2004; and by her siblings: Alban Prevost, Jean-Marc Prevost, Gerard Prevost, Yolande Beaudoin, Marilouis Prevost, and Patrick Prevost.

Funeral services were held on August 1 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

obit RuggieriMary E. Ruggieri

Mary E. Ruggieri, 48, of West Charleston died on July 28, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 7, 1966, in Newport to Gilbert and Linda (Murphy) Hill. She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1984 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Lyndon State College.

Ms. Ruggieri enjoyed doing craftwork, gardening, housekeeping, and collecting antiques.

She is survived by her children: Travis Bartley and his wife, Johanna, Logan Bartley and his fiancé, Mariah Goodell, and Drew Bartley, all of Derby; by her parents, Gilbert and Linda Hill, of Lowell; by her boyfriend, Randy Sheltra, of West Charleston; by her grandchildren Madyson, Colton, Denver, and Paislee; by her sisters Lisa Pion of Lowell and Erin Oeschger of Derby; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice 

Carol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at 1 p.m.

Service

Patty A. Paige

A memorial service for Patty A. Paige will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the First Congregational Church in Orwell, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow.

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Obituaries July 30, 2014

obit bean BeanNiles A. L. “Sonny” Bean

Niles A. L. “Sonny” Bean, 81, of North Troy died suddenly on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 31, 1933, in Newport, to Niles and Constance (Rocheleau) Bean.

On October 13, 1956, he married Yolande Roberts, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a lineman for Citizens Utilities, from where he retired after 37 years of service.

Mr. Bean was a member of the North Troy American Legion Post #28 and the NRA. He loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and watching the birds come to his feeders.

He loved watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play sports and he followed their progress at award ceremonies for all sports as well as academics.

He is survived by his wife Yolande Bean of North Troy; his children: Robin Hamel of North Troy, Tina Pare and her husband, Michael, of Wyoming, Julie Healy and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Kim Cole of Derby; his grandchildren: Josh and Travis Bean, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chaveze and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Courtney and Justin Healy, and Tabitha Cole; his sisters: Noami Chaffee, and Joyce Pray and her husband, Ronald; his sister-in-law Judy Bean; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Norman Bean.

Funeral services were held on July 28, in North Troy. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Paint Fund, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KinersonLucille M. Kinerson

Lucille M. Kinerson, 82, of Irasburg died on July 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 9, 1931, in Sheldon, to Albert and Ida (Jutras) Menard.

She was a supervisor for housekeeping at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for many years.

She enjoyed her family and family gatherings. She loved to watch the Red Sox.

She is survived by her children: Michelle McCormick and her husband, Mac, of Barton, Jeff Roy of Irasburg, and James Roy and his wife, Susan, of Fairfax; her grandchildren: Amy and Steph of Warren, Chad and Amanda of Coventry, Brian and Karen of Orleans, Andrew and Michael of Montpelier, and Zachary and Michael of Fairfax; her great-grandchildren: Christopher, Keaton, Maggie, Graydon, and Bryce; her siblings: Gerald Menard of California, Daniel Menard of Fairfield, Ruth Brousseau of California, Hortence Vanslette of Highgate, and Anita Paradee of Enosburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons: Stephen and Larry; two brothers: Furman and Pete; and by two sisters: Marion and Minnie.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Enosburg. Interment followed in St. John’s Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LucasKaren Jayne Lucas

Karen Jayne Lucas, 57, died suddenly on July 26, 2014, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on May 22, 1957, in Newport, to Stella Lorimer and Clive “Henry” McCormick.

She was a kind, caring, and selfless woman. Filled with compassion and kindness, she touched those around her. There is nothing she would not do for someone. Her generosity extended beyond those she knew and loved.

Her heart was full of love for her grandchildren. She loved watching her granddaughter Zoe perform. She was there opening night of Oliver and was blown away by how her beautiful granddaughter graced the stage.

She was so proud of the hardworking young man Andrew is becoming. She looked forward to the afternoons that she would sit and watch him mow her lawn then enjoy take out from China Moon.

She was Logan’s biggest fan at all his sporting events, always bragging about his athletic accomplishments and abilities.

She enjoyed taking her youngest grandchild, Lila, “shopping, shopping, shopping!”

Unlike so many in this world, she gave more than she took. We should all strive to make the world a kinder, more happy place, the way Ms. Lucas did.

She will be deeply missed by her co-workers at Revision.

She was a friend everyone wished they could have.

She is survived by two children: Rhonda Lucas of Derby Line, and Sara Merrill and her husband, Randy, of West Charleston; her siblings: John Wilson and his wife, Janis, of Newport, Joy Wallace and her husband, Danny, of Ontario, Canada, Dawn Perry and her husband, Kevin, of Derby, Danny and Kevin McCormick, both of Goshen, New Hampshire, and Terry McCormick of Swanzey, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Janice Keet in 2001.

Her spirit is carried on by two daughters, four wonderful grandchildren and six siblings. She will be reunited with her father, mother, and sister Janice.

In life she was an example of what humanity can be and with her passing we must all spread kindness and love.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARonald Baker McKenny

Ronald Baker McKenny, 75, died on July 25, 2014, in Newport, following a long illness.

Son of Gordon and Dorothy (Baker) McKenny, he was born in Newport on October 30, 1938, and attended Newport schools. Upon graduation in 1956, he attended Tilton School, Mitchell College and the University of Vermont before joining the Vermont Air National Guard in 1962. After his training, he joined the two-family business of CS Emery & Company, Customs Brokers on the northern Vermont border.

In 1964, he married Sandra L. Haselton and they raised their family in Newport, where they lived together for most of their 49-year marriage.

Mr. McKenny was probably the longest continuous member of the Newport Country Club (NCC), from 1952 to 2013.

He was a young teenager when he began his lifelong love/hate relationship with the game of golf. As an adult, he served on the NCC board of directors and as president during the clubhouse reconstruction in 1993. He was honored in 2010, when they named him to NCC’s honor roll.

One of his favorite days of the year was the NCC Family Day, an annual golf tournament that was played every July Fourth. The original McKenny Team grew to an extended group of 15 to 20 “family” members over the years. He enjoyed the countless hours organizing the group, making sure that each of the family teams was balanced and fair.

In addition to being a golfer, he loved a great book and was a voracious reader. He read several novels each week and had previously been a trustee and board of director president of the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport for many years.

He was an avid and devoted Red Sox fan, going as far as listening to games on the radio while fishing and then later finishing up watching it at home on television after the fish were caught (or not!). Throughout his life he alternately cheered and lamented their annual journey toward the pennant race.

He possessed a great sense of humor and unique style of writing. He wrote many letters and later e-mails to newspapers, friends and family, always open and honest with a flair that was enjoyed by all.

Family was of utmost importance to him. Some of the highlights of his later life were the visits from his twin granddaughters. When they weren’t badgering him to read to them, they were beating him at cards. Rummy was a particular favorite. Annual trips with family and lifelong friends to the Wells Beach area of Maine for lobsters and steamers was the highlight of every summer, and was a tradition that he always looked forward to.

Upon Mr. McKenny’s retirement in 1993, he and his wife spent their winter months in Vero Beach, Florida, making many new friends, and enjoying the sunshine and new golf partners.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his daughters: Heather Menard and her wife, Sara LaBarre, of Milton, and Alicia Hanrahan and her husband, Doug, and their children: Serena and Bailey of Randolph; his brother Douglas McKenny and his wife, Sara, of Newport Town; his sister-in-law Jean McKenny of Derby; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Stanley McKenny.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in his memory to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Junior Golf Program at the Newport Country Club, 590 Mount Vernon Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit St. OngeMichael S. St. Onge

Michael S. St. Onge, 40, of Brockton, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, he was son of Joseph R. St. Onge of Lowell and Margaret A. (Turcotte) St. Onge of Brockton.

Michael was raised in Brockton and moved to Lowell at the age of 15. A graduate of North Country High School in Newport, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Brockton area and when living in Vermont was a chef at Hidden Country Restaurant for 15 years.

He was a very outgoing man who was friendly and kind with everyone. He was an outdoorsman who loved skiing, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

He was the brother of Rhonda Emmons and her husband, Robert, of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Mark St. Onge of Lowell, and Aimee St. Onge-Fadli and her husband, Azeddine, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He also leaves four nieces and nephews: Olivia and Jason Emmons and Amani and Amir Fadli.

A celebration of life was held in Brockton on July 24.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02130; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148.

Online condolences at www.conleyfuneralhome.com.

obit TetreaultGeorgette E. Tetreault

Georgette E. Tetreault, 84, of Derby died peacefully on July 26, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on August 12, 1929, in Newport, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1947.

Ms. Tetreault worked many years as a dental assistant in the area, which was very rewarding since she enjoyed meeting and helping people.

Her main joys in life were her children, family, and friends whom she kept close her entire life. They were all cherished by her.

Her hobbies included gardening, entertaining, cross-country skiing, traveling with her friends, picking apples in the fall, and cooking for family gatherings.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy, a former member of the Ladies Alter Society, Ladies First for Breast Cancer, and Home Dem. At one time, she taught CCD classes.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Laber and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Susan Keysar and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Thomas Tetreault and his wife, Mary, of Newport Center, Margaret Derick and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Richard Tetreault and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center; her 12 grandchildren; her 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Norbert Lessard and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Sister Henriette Lessard of Littleton, New Hampshire, Eleanor Test and her husband, Gene, of Florida, and Jeannine Lessard of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers: Paul, Dominique, John, Philip, and Jules Lessard; and by two sisters: Laurence Lessard and Rita (Sister Rose Helen).

Friends may call on Friday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 1, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ladies Alter Society, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

James L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, formerly of Derby, died on July 27, 2014, in Glover.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Service

Wayne Badger

A graveside service for Wayne Badger will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 1, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with full military honors.

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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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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 www.easttnhistory.org; or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Random Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Random, Pennsylvania 19087, or through www.theaftd.org.

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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.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences may be offered at www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

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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.

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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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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, Katherine, and Bethany; and by her several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on June 26, in Methuen. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested, in her honor, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

To send online condolences, visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com.

obit ShafeWinston Lee Shafe

Winston Lee Shafe, 61, of Newport died on June 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 9, 1953, to Frederick and Irene (Varnese) Shafe.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1971.

He worked for several area people including Dick Scott on the Bluff Road farm.

He enjoyed watching westerns on television and taking care of his cats. He also enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia.

He is survived by his brothers: Bill Clothier of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Herb Shafe and Reginald Shafe, both of Newport; and by his nephews and niece: Scott, Frederick, and Derek Shafe and Irene Oriani.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Wayne and Lionel Shafe.

Committal services were held on June 27, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Arnold R. Uttin

Arnold R. Uttin, 78, of Barton died on June 26, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on August 25, 1935, in Irasburg, the third child of Artie and Esther (Paye) Uttin.

He moved to Barton in 1940 and received his education at Barton Academy and Graded School. Throughout his lifetime he also took adult education classes along with correspondence courses, selecting subjects he enjoyed.

He was a licensed amateur radio operator, a hobby which enabled him the opportunity to communicate with people around the world as well as with people in space vehicles.

He enjoyed work and adapted well to any task he did.

He is survived by numerous cousins and a wide circle of friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.

It was his wish to be cremated with no services. Interment will be in the family lot in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vergeGayton V. Verge

Gayton V. Verge, 84, died on June 25, 2014, at his home in Morrisville.

He was born on November 29, 1929, in Westfield, son of George and Margaret Verge.

Mr. Verge had worked as a logger and carpenter for many years and also served as a deputy sheriff in Orleans County and as a mounted officer in Canada for 20 years. He was a long-time member of the Morrisville Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, baseball and hockey. He was an avid Yankees fan. He also liked playing dice and cards and playing the scratch-offs.

He is survived by his children: Leo Verge and his wife, Norma, of Brownington, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, of Newport, Roger Goodell and his wife, Christine, of Coventry, Burt Goodell and his companion, Laurie Campbell, of Newport Center, Marilyn Stevenson and her husband, Dave, of Barnet, Gayton Verge Jr. of North Troy, and Susan Robarge and her husband of Magog, Quebec; his brother Marshall Verge of White River Junction; his former wife, Beverly Cleveland, of Newport; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his siblings: Hector Verge, Adelore Verge and Isabelle Sargent.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

White-Fiess Funeral Home of Morrisville is assisting with arrangements.

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Obituaries June 25, 2014

Pierre H. Cotnoir

Pierre Henry Cotnoir, 54, of Poland, Maine, died suddenly after a brief illness on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He was born on September 26, 1959, in Newport, to Charles and Alice Cotnoir, of Derby.

On August 31, 1985, he married his best friend and soul mate, Susan J. Hill. During this time they had recently moved from Vermont to Maine, where they began to build a life together. In the blissful years to follow, they found out they would be unable to have children. While both felt sad and a little discouraged, Mr. Cotnoir grabbed onto her and shared with her the words of the circle of love, and that no matter, what they would always be together, and that they were. He was an honest and loving man who always tried his hardest to follow through with his words and actions. Despite the fact that he was always busy working on this and that or thinking up his next project, he would drop whatever he was doing to help anyone who needed a hand. He was also known as a very unique and intelligent individual, who always had wonderful advice to give anyone who had the time to listen.

He loved to spend time figuring out tough puzzles and playing challenging games of any kind. He also enjoyed fishing and four-wheeling with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife, Susie; his mother, Elaine Hill; his brothers: James and Ronald. Also his family: brothers Denis, Real, Claude, Luc, Yves and Rene Cotnoir; and sisters: Claudette Grenier and Lise Gleason.

Funeral services were held on June 20, in Lewiston, Maine, and at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Please send all donations to Susan Cotnoir, P.O. Box 1495, Auburn, Maine 04211.

obit DrownBrent E. Drown

Brent E. Drown, 59, of Orleans died suddenly on June 19, 2014, at his home in Orleans.

He was born on September 21, 1954, in Newport, to Grosvenor and Lucille (Crandall) Drown.

He was a part-time cook at McDonald’s Restaurant in Derby.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing, doing crossword puzzles and buying lottery cards.  He enjoyed working and seeing people.

He is survived by his children:  Joshua Drown and his wife, Alice, of Orleans, Erin McGee and her partner, Steve, of Enosburg, and Deveney Wolfe and her husband, Mike, of Ohio; his grandchildren:  Avery, Amelia, Isaiah, Zeke, Zoe, Benny, and Paulina; his brother Brian Drown of Barton; his sister Bonnie Bousquet and her husband, Lou, of Brownington and Florida; and by one niece and one nephew.

A private graveside service was held on June 23, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MassonBetty (Filby) Masson

Betty (“Elizabeth” and “Lizzy”) Madeleine (Filby) Masson died peacefully on June 13, 2014, among family, in Newport.

She was born in Ochre River, Manitoba, Canada, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1922. She was the daughter of Julia (Lepla) Filby Degroff (1891-1968) and Robert James Filby (1877-1947), who emigrated to Canada from Belgium and England respectively. Her mother, Julia, was one of 18 children who came to Canada to settle and farm.

Her mother and father had eight children.

She graduated from Ochre River high school, and afterward joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, where she met her husband, Sargent James Masson. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 1943 at the United Church in Ochre River, and enjoyed over 70 years of married life together.

Following World War II, they moved to McAdam, New Brunswick, where her husband was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1968, they moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec, for a short period of time and later to Newport, where the family settled for over 40 years.

During her lifetime, Ms. Masson worked in the retail industry. She was an active member of the Newport Baptist Church serving as treasurer, educational supply coordinator and choir member. Additionally, she was a member of the Community Circle and Forever Young Club.

She enjoyed sports, especially badminton, curling, dancing and bowling. She was a member of the Stanstad Border Curling and Ayers Cliff Club of Quebec, as well as Newport bowling leagues. She enjoyed playing card games, especially Skipboo and Uker, and cherished this special time with her grown up children, grandchildren, and friends.

She loved gardening and her children benefitted from fresh vegetables and berries, as well as home baked breads. Her other interests included crocheting, knitting, quilting, and sewing. She was proud of her quilt making and continued to create quilts throughout her lifetime.

She is survived by her children: Marlene and her husband, Angus Dalley, Lawrence, and Robert “Bob” and his wife, Betty Ann Yetter; five grandchildren: Robert Masson and his wife, Arla, Andrew Dalley and his wife, Cecilia, Jennifer Masson and her husband, Rick Morin, Michael Dalley and his wife, Alana, and Darlene Masson and her husband, Patrick Haugwitz; and by her 11 great-grandchildren: Hunter and Kaitlyn Masson, children of Robert; Maeve and Lydia Dalley, children of Andrew; Christopher, Riley and Gabriel Morin, children of Jennifer; Baron and Stuart Dalley, children of Michael; and Alex and Sophie Haugwitz, children of Darlene.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Cecil, Murray, Renee Meunier, Norman, and Bill. Her sister Amelia died at birth and her brother Roy died at age 41 in a train yard accident.

Funeral services were held on June 19, in Newport. Interment will take place at the cemetery in McAdam, New Brunswick, at a later date.

May heaven give you many happy days!

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Forever Young Club, in care of Lorraine Sargent, 3936 Lake Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit McConvilleThomas H. McConville

Thomas H. McConville, 69, of Newport Center died at the Veterans Hospital in White River Junction on June 17, 2014.

He was born on November 26, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to James and Edna (Condon) McConville.

On November 13, 1989, he married Jadwiga Wojdat, who survives him.

He was a high school graduate and received an associate’s degree in Chicago. He was a Vietnam War veteran and obtained the rank of sergeant first class while serving his second tour.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chicago, a past member of the American Legion in Bloomington, Illinois, and a member of the Disabled Veterans Association.

He was a great historian. He loved reading the history of World War II and the Civil War. He was very patriotic, loved his country, wildlife and being outdoors. Mr. McConville loved life and didn’t waste a moment.

He is survived by his wife JadwigaMcConville of Newport Center; his stepson Jaromir Baykowski of Poland; his stepdaughter Malgosia Baykowski and her friend, Christian, of Montreal, Quebec; his grandchildren: Ewa, Katie and Alexandre, all of Montreal; and by his special friends: John and Karen Stevens of Newport Center, Harmon Olmstead, George “Little G” Azur, Sherry Provencher, and Sue Prue, all of Newport.

Funeral services were held on June 20, in Newport. Interment followed in the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8540.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit strattonLori Stratton

Lori Stratton of Newport died peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of June 20, 2014, after a valiant, courageous, five-year battle with cancer.

She was born on March 14, 1959, the daughter of William “Bill” and Gwendolyn “Sally” Blake. She grew up in Orleans and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1977.

She possessed an indomitable, positive spirit that cancer could not take away. She dearly loved her family and friends, and she was a joy to spend time with. She touched the lives of many and she will be greatly missed.

On July 27, 1996, she married Kelly Stratton, who survives her.

Additional survivors include her son, Seth Cartee; her beloved grandbabies: Landyn, Bentley and Mekenna; her sister Vicki Strobridge and her husband, Roger; her brother William “Bill” Blake and his wife, Gloria; her brother-in-law Monte Stratton; her sisters-in-law: Becky Ladouceur and her husband, Craig, and Heidi Stratton; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

For 20-plus years, she worked at North Country Hospital in Newport where she developed a network of valued co-workers and friends she lovingly referred to as her “hospital family.” She also had a loving circle of friends from near and far, including those in her “Jasper’s family.”

In honor of her wishes, there will be no services. There will be a celebration of life at Jasper’s Tavern in Newport on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 1 p.m. She wanted family and friends to gather to remember her, the good times spent together, and the happy memories made. She wanted family and friends to remember her love and know that she’s left a little piece of her heart with everyone.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport Vermont 05855.

 

obit tribute valley 3A tribute to the best neighbor and friend forever

Words cannot express the feeling I had on December 19 when I received the call that Francis Valley had been taken away. It was a very bad car accident. You’re in shock. You’re not believing what you just heard.

Francis was truly the kindest, most caring, thoughtful, helping and loving neighbor anyone could ask for.

Francis and Nancy built their home in 1976. Then I built my home in 1977. So we basically all grew up together you might say.

Francis and Nancy had three wonderful children. The first being Joey, now married to Katrina with three children. Then came Barbara, married to Mylo with three children. And then there was Tommie with his companion, Katrina, with three children.

Francis had been a member of the National Guard in Lyndonville, for what seems to be all of my years knowing him. He so enjoyed the National Guard. I remember him getting packed to go for his two-week stay, which seemed to be most of the time at Fort Drum, New York. He would call himself a weekend warrior, and was so proud of his time helping serve his country. I always told him he looked so handsome in his uniform.

Francis was at one time a member of the Barton Fire Department, which he very much enjoyed. Then he and Nancy became active members of the Barton Ambulance Squad. You always knew when there was a call. You’d see Francis and Nancy take off with their lights going.

They were always willing to help anyone. They have done a lot of on-duty call at the Barton fairgrounds, during the fair. Francis would say he’d get to see a lot of family, a lot of people he worked with.

Francis and Nancy Valley.

Francis and Nancy Valley.

Francis spent a big share of his life working at Ethan Allen in Orleans. He also spent a short time working at the cheese factory in Cabot. Then he started working as a flagger. He most recently was working with NVT Control. He was able to pretty much make his own hours, which was great for him. And it never mattered when you called him. He was ready to go.

Francis and Nancy got into camping a few years ago, and absolutely loved it. They parked their camper around Littleton, New Hampshire. He loved the relaxing part of camping, taking rides to different areas. They enjoyed going out to restaurants all over.

Another big part of his life was he enjoyed hanging out with Eddie and Sandy playing cards and games — lots of laughs. Francis said you couldn’t help but laugh when Sandy was around. He also thought there was a little bit of cheating going on at times. But he loved every minute of it.

We talked about his mother, and all his brothers and sisters. He said he had a very big family.

Francis has done so much for me, from plowing, to mowing my lawn, to fixing things for me. He was always willing to come whenever I was having a crisis.

I miss him blowing his horn in the mornings. He would go to hang out with friends at the Candlepin Restaurant, then go to Pierce’s Pharmacy, and most recently at Parson’s Corner.

I asked him why he went to the restaurants one day. He said to get all the local gossip, get the newspaper and have a good cup of coffee. On occasion he also rescued me with two quarts of milk, or bread, whatever I needed.

Francis always told me he never wanted a funeral service. But he never told me I couldn’t write this article on how special a neighbor he was to me. I will so miss him coming up on his tractor with Little Miss Alexis — she loved riding on the tractor with Grampa.

The other day I went by the scene where the accident was, and there was a little building with a sign on it that says Ashley’s Garden of Eden.

obit tribute valley 1I can only imagine Francis is working hard planting a garden which he so loved, or mowing the lawn, building a garage or maybe just going for a ride on his tractor. Whatever he may be doing I know he’s doing it with a big smile, lots of laughter and, for sure, helping someone in need.

Francis Valley, you are so missed, in so many ways. I could talk forever about your kindness.

Leblanc Road just isn’t the same.

You take care, my bestest neighbor ever.

I will never forget your smile and your laugh.

You will always be in my memories and in my prayers.

Love you always, Francis

Your neighbor,

Karen Chaffee

 

Death notice

Arvid M. Deuse

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries June 18, 2014

MDaniel Belanger

Daniel Belanger, 57, of Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, died on June 2, 2014, after a very courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Stanstead on December 20, 1956, son of the late Evelyn (Winter) and Eugene Belanger.

Mr. Belanger supported many different activities to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and support, including Relay for Life and his own fund-raisers. He was an avid supporter of the Monique Dudley Memorial Golf Tournament, one of the most popular women’s golfing events in Vermont, which raises money to fight breast cancer. Every year he honors winners by having their names engraved on a plaque honoring his sister’s memory at the Orleans Country Club. This June is the thirtieth anniversary of the tournament, which is in its thirty-first year.

He was also known for his love of children, whether a “relative” or just a child he came across. He always took the time to make them feel important and special. He also could be counted on to be around to help out and to be there even when things were tough, with a big smile. He had a big heart, loved helping people, enjoyed the company of furry friends and most of all made life special for all who came in contact with him. He will be missed.

He is survived by his children: Emma Belanger and her boyfriend, Nasser, of Calgary, Canada; his son Greg Belanger and wife, Angela, of Stanstead; his grandson Zachary; and by his step-grandchildren: Jacob, Joey-Rejeanne, Alexander and Anderson. He is also survived by his relatives “south of the border”: his nephew Jonathan Dudley, who is Monique’s son, and his wife, Annie, of Whitsett, North Carolina; his brother-in-law Brad Dudley, who was Monique’s husband, and his wife, Cori; Brad’s mother Libby Dudley; and the entire Dudley clan. He was fondly known as “mon oncle” and was a cherished part of the Dudley family.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Monique and Suzanne; and by his brothers: Marc and Denis.

Funeral services were held on June 7. Donations were made in his name to Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The following was read at the service:

To Emma, Greg, and family — This is not best work, but I wanted to write something for Uncle Daniel and you. I suppose I had my own father in mind as well…. How could I not? I am sorry I was unable to attend the services; this is what I would have wanted to share, had I had the opportunity to do so:

An Angel Among Us

Parent, Father, Dad, Daddy,

Thought these are names that we classify them,

No one single name embodies how we fell.

 

These men led by example,

Are compassionate and selfless.

Family members admire and look up to them,

They lead with a quiet yet fierce determination.

 

One of these men is Daniel Belanger.

Whenever a family member is in crisis,

He is the first to pick up the phone

Or drive straight to the hospital.

His kind words and sense of wisdom

Infiltrate a room; people want to be near him.

 

His smile warms your heart

And always makes your day brighter

His love for his family always comes first.

 

A hero — one who is stoic, brave,

Courageous, selfless, and enduring —

Daniel, you are all of these qualities.

But a true hero never boasts of his strengths,

and that is indeed what you never did.

 

You will forever be missed;

A member of the Dudley family.

We know God welcomes you

With open arms.

Someday, we, too,

will also spread our wings.

 

Much love,

Tricia Dudley Doran

obit  CataniRichard F. Catani

Richard Francis Catani, 86, of Newport died peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

He was born in Athol, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1928.

He was the son of the late Ricardo Catani and Marguerite (Diricco) Catani. He was a brother to seven siblings, and was the oldest son.

He resided in Newport for the last 45 years.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran. He was a Seabee and Iron Man serving on the USS Rupertas and he completed his service with seven months in Normandy, France. After an honorable discharge, he served as an operations engineer and became an established welder and Journeyman’s pipefitter in the U.S. Plumbers and Pipefitters, covering throughout the United States and Canada. He contributed to significant projects, including work at IBM, nuclear power plants, and the construction of all of Interstate 91 from start to finish. He and his son, David, were lucky to have worked alongside each other for several years.

Mr. Catani enjoyed more than 20 years of retirement. Some of his greatest passions were enjoying nature, living on Lake Memphremagog, fishing, boating, skiing, golfing, gardening, reading, traveling, photography, and doing puzzles. He was an avid sports fan and he especially loved the Red Sox. He also enjoyed politics and playing Power Ball.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He extended a kindness and touched so many lives along his way.

He is survived by his brother Frank Catani of Kingston, Massachusetts; his sister Sandra Catani of Framingham, Massachusetts. He was the beloved father of Peggy Catani Rea, and son-in-law Salvatore Rea, of Doylestown Pennsylvania, Therese Catani-Brock of Plainville, Massachusetts, and David S. Catani of Atlanta, Georgia. Surviving grandchildren include Jennifer Pecor and Katlyn Santoro of Doylestown, Christopher Catani and Zachary Brock of Attleboro, Massachusetts, Stephen Catani of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Crystal Catani of Phoenix, Arizona; and by his great-grandson Benjamin Santoro of Doylestown. He is also survived by the mother of his children, former wife, Carol Catani Thebarge of Charlestown, New Hampshire. He is survived by his lifetime companion, Bernice Campbell, and by her children: Peter Campbell, and Sheila Taylor, David Campbell, and Nancy Baker, Bob and Joan Green, David and Janice Urie, Jim and Kim Campbell, and Bart and Karen Bacon, all of Newport; and by several grandchildren.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Joseph Catani, Gloria Carbone, Marguerite Carbone, Anita Seaman, and Marion Ablondi; his daughter Victoria Marie Catani; his granddaughter Tara Rae Keefe; and by Tyler Green, son of Bob and Joan Green.

Funeral services were held on June 16, in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ChurchillStanwood Bray Churchill

Stanwood Bray Churchill, DVM, of Orleans died on June 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 16, 1926, in Whitefield, New Hampshire, the son of Florence (Bray) and Benjamin S. Churchill.

He grew up in Whitefield, helping his parents run The Churchill Inn. After graduating high school, he attended Dartmouth College for a semester before enlisting in the Air Force during World War II. After serving two enlistments, one of which included being a member of the 691st Army Air Force Band, he returned home to finish his history degree from Dartmouth College.

On September 7, 1950, he married his sweetheart, Eleanor Hunt.

He attended the University of New Hampshire and then applied for admission to veterinary school at Cornell University, and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1957. Upon graduation, he and his wife moved to the Northeast Kingdom to set up his practice and raise their sons.

Mr. Churchill treated both large and small animals in his practice, which covered four counties, two states, and the occasional excursion into Quebec. In 1987, he downsized and began treating small animals only. Due to hi-tech regulations he chose retirement over computerization in 2012. During these years he also acquired many hobbies, which included disappearing overnight in 1960 and returning home with his first standard bred racehorse, Addison Hanover. For the next 36 years he bred, raised, raced and drove his beloved standard breeds from New York to Maine and Canada at the fairs and raceways. He and his childhood friend, John Simons Jr., went into partnership creating Vermont Farms, a business that owned two dairy farms — one in Brownington and one in Barton.

In addition to his full-time practice, horses, family, and friendships, he found time to be a chairman of the Lake Region Union School Board during its inception, a director of the Howard Bank, a stockholder and director of the Orleans County Fair, a longstanding member of the square dance club, North Country Swingers, a Mason, a member of the American Legion Post #23, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Orleans Federated Church.

A creature of habit, he could be found every day having his morning cup of coffee around town and reading his newspapers in order to be up-to-date on the standings of his cherished New England sports teams. He frequented the local library and he rarely missed listening or watching his sports teams play. He looked forward to Sunday breakfast with his family and enjoyed all family gatherings. His kindness and dry sense of humor will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by his family: Benjamin S. Churchill of Barton, George S. Churchill and his wife, Robyn, of Barton, and Terese Churchill of Barton; his grandchildren: George and Maggie Churchill of Alaska; and by his close friends: Maurice and Polly Bouchard, Amy Curtis, the Simons family including John, Dave, Kim and Bill, and Kim Brooks and Steve Vance.

He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor Hunt Churchill; and by his parents, Florence and Benjamin Churchill.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., at the Orleans Federated Church, with a private interment to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital in Newport, or to the Orleans County Fair Association Harness Racing Program, to help sustain harness racing.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ferlazoElizabeth Julia (Morris) Ferlazo

Elizabeth Julia (Morris) Ferlazo of Barton died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after complications from a stroke.

She was born on August 23, 1963, in Concord, New Hampshire, daughter of Robert and Dariel (Smart) Morris of White River Junction. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1981.

She worked for several years in the hospitality business including the Lake Morey Resort and Rhapsody, a family establishment in Bradford.

Shortly after moving to the Northeast Kingdom, she started a 12-year career with the Northeast Kingdom Human Resources. The most recent years she has worked as an independent homecare provider.

Her greatest joys were her two sons, Grant and Clint, and her husband, Bob. She loved to entertain and would spend hours selecting special recipes, shopping and preparing meals to be enjoyed by family and friends. She loved summers on Crystal Lake and the festivities of the season.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Ferlazo, of Barton; her two sons: Grant Peyronel, petty officer third class, stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, and his wife, Danielle, and Clinton Peyronel, who is studying for a degree in fitness training and also living in Jacksonville; a sister, Bobbie, and her husband, Paul, of Woodbury; and by a brother, Michael, and his wife, Cynthia, of Quechee and their children: Jenny and Mike Jr.

She was predeceased by her mother Dariel and her brother Blake.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the Barton Memorial Building, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Georgette Hackett

Georgette (Patient) Hackett died in the early morning hours of June 10, 2014, after a long illness.

Born on April 6, 1928, in St. Elie d’Orford, Quebec, she was the oldest daughter of a large French-Canadian family. As was the custom in those days, oftentimes the eldest stayed home to help care for siblings. She left school in the third grade to help her mother, who was blind, becoming a caregiver at an early age. She was proud that despite little formal education, her resourcefulness and desire to learn enabled her to read and write not only in French, but later also in English. Her level of competence was even more special for her because she was self-taught. You could often hear her say, “Not bad for someone who didn’t make it through third grade!”

She went on to marry Raymond Richard. They lived in border towns for several years, until moving to Orleans in 1958. He predeceased her in 1964 at the young age of 40, leaving her with three children to care for on her own. These children and their families survive her: Rejean and his wife, Francoise, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Marie Flood and her husband, Larry, of Lyndon, and Gilles, and his wife, Kim, of Lyndonville. This family provided her with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all who gave her great pleasure and of whom she was most proud: Karine Wilcox, and her daughter, Ashley; Melanie Richard; Shelly Noyes and her husband, Ryan, and their children: Delaney and Lucas; Jason Flood, and his wife, Sarah, and their children: Kaleah and Rowen, with another daughter expected on September 26, 2014; and Raymond Richard and his wife, Hannah, and their son, Tucker.

Later in life, she married Earl “Buck” Hackett, who predeceased her in 2011. After his retirement, they traveled to warmer parts of this country in the winters and returned to Vermont for the summers. They enjoyed their travels and the new friends they made along the way, many of whom still keep in touch to this day.

She was predeceased by all of her siblings with the exception of one sister, Marthe Filion, who resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention, who were very fond of “ma tante Georgette.” Many weekends were spent with extended family, forming a tight bond that is difficult to replicate today.

She was a very outgoing person who loved to socialize and entertain. She was strong-willed and determined. These traits served her well, but often frustrated those around her. These strengths, however, enabled her to navigate her oftentimes arduous life with the courage and strength she needed to push forward. Bingo and card games were her passion and these games helped keep her mind sharp until the end of her days.

At her request, there will be no services. We ask that you remember her with your prayers and fond memories; perhaps a particular event will cross your mind that will bring a smile to your face. Anyone wishing to make contributions in her memory could forward them to Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, Attention Hospice, Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

obit johnsonDavid D. Johnson

David D. Johnson, 73, of Newport died on June 8, 2014, surrounded by his family, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on September 4, 1940, in Hardwick, to Donald and Dorothy (Spaulding) Johnson.

On June 26, 1982, he married Constance Cook, who survives him.

He worked at IBM for 27 years in the microchip division as an engineer tech. More recently he was custodian for Craftsbury School and the United Church of Newport. He was in the National Guard for 17 years.

He loved the Red Sox and enjoyed watching the various members of his family as they grew up and participated in many different activities. He and his wife made several trips to the coast of Maine. He was one of the first to be inducted into the Orleans-Essex Sports Hall Of Fame. He loved being with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Connie Johnson of Newport; his children: Lori Somerville and her husband, Paul, of Colchester, Kevin Johnson of West Danville, Darryl Johnson and his wife, Holly, of Greensboro, Julie Lavalette and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, and Jim Slicer and his wife, Brandie, of Beebe Plain; his grandchildren: Patrick, Erin, and Emily Somerville, Kyle and Connor Johnson, Nick Allen and Sierra Johnson, Kevin, and Kaitlyn Lavalette, Christopher Hay, Ashleigh Watson, Haden Hebblethwaite, and Tristan and Katherine Slicer; his brother Douglas Johnson and his wife, Deanne; his sisters: Donna Long, and Darlene Johnson and her husband, Bruce; and by several nieces, nephews, and his cats, Molly and Mickey.

Funeral services were held on June 12, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the United Church of Craftsbury, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Roger Norbert Lamothe

Roger Norbert Lamothe, 79, of Derby died on June 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 21, 1934, in Newport to Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

On October 27, 1956, he married Joyce Galipeau, who predeceased him.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Mr. Lamothe was an executive with Travelers Insurance Co, of Hartford, Connecticut, for 30 years.

He loved spending time with good friends, caring for his family, and he was very devoted to his faith. He was loved for his generous heart and wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Gregory Lamothe and his wife, Shawna, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Judith Lamothe of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Cynthia O’Laughlin and her husband, Kelly, of Simsbury; his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters: Anita Salmon of Maine, and Theresa Goulet of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers: Roland, Maurice and Rudolph.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Most Holy Trinity Parish, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit starrGeorge E. Starr Sr.

George E. Starr Sr., 59, of Wabash, Indiana, formerly of North Troy, died suddenly on June 7, 2014, in Largo, Indiana.

He was born on April 28, 1955, in Newport, to Rejane (Martel) Starr and Urban Starr Sr.

He attended North Country Union High School where he was a member of the ski team and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1974.

He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. His family meant a great deal to him. Although he was not near, he always kept family close to his heart. His joys in life were spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Mr. Starr was a truck driver all of his life. During the summer months he enjoyed spending time at the campground with friends and riding his motorcycle. He was loved by all, was easy to talk to and a great friend to many. From his sense of humor, to his political views, people would always enjoy his company.

To say he will be missed is an understatement — he will never be forgotten and will always be carried in the hearts of many.

He is survived by his children: George Starr Jr. and his wife, Mindy, of Derby, and Jenna Nemeth and her husband, Andy, of Charleston; his grandchildren: Brandon, Kameron, and Madison Starr, and Michael, Eva, and Waylon Nemeth; his siblings: Urban Starr Jr. and his significant other, Carol, of North Troy, Linda Alberghini and her husband, Tom, of Rochester, New Hampshire, Sally McAllister and her husband, Tom, of Florida, Jane LeBlanc and her husband, Brian, of Lakeland, Florida, and David Starr and his significant other, Claudia, of Tucson, Arizona; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He is also survived by a long loved member of the family, Denise Pigeon of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother Jay Starr.

Funeral services were held on June 13, in Newport. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice 

Betty (Filby) Masson

Betty Madeline (Filby) Masson died peacefully on June 13, 2014, among family, in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the East Main Street Baptist Church in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Interment will take place at the cemetery in McAdam, New Brunswick, at a later date.

Services

Lennie Emerson

Committal services for Lennie Emerson will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Cheryl Cornell

Burial for Cheryl Cornell is private. A gathering for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Marylou’s house on Day Street in Derby Line.

Lillian Hoyt

Graveside services for Lillian Hoyt will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries June 11, 2014

obit bizzozeroDebra Lee Bizzozero

Debra Lee Bizzozero, 60, of Montpelier died on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin after a yearlong battle with cancer fought with all the spunk, perseverance, and determination she was well known for.

Born on December 15, 1953, in the Barre City Hospital, she was the daughter of Caroline (Sironi) and Aldo Bizzozero of Montpelier. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1971.

At the time of her diagnosis, she was working on her degree through the Community College of Vermont.

In 1972, she married Randolph Gonyaw Jr. in Montpelier and they later divorced. In 1983, she married William Snovich Jr., who predeceased her in 1988. Ms. Bizzozero met David Scott in 1991 and they have been together since, both enjoying many of their summer weekends at their camp on Shadow Lake in Glover.

Growing up in Montpelier, she worked for a number of local businesses and agencies including Vermont Legal Aid, National Life Insurance Company, attorney Mary Skinner, The Times Argus, and Fountains. Most recently, she had worked for the Community College of Vermont and the Law Offices of Theriault and Joslin.   She also worked as an area realtor.

Survivors include her partner of 23 years, David Scott of Montpelier, and their Lab, Petey; her two sons: Randolph Gonyaw III and his partner, Annabel, of Barre Town, and Kasey Gonyaw and his wife, Ashley, of Tucson, Arizona; two grandsons: Adam and Ryan of Tucson; a sister, Mary Maxfield, and her husband, Terry; a brother, Michael Bizzozero, and his wife, Rachel, all of Barre Town; and by many nieces and nephews. Very important to Ms. Bizzozero and not to be forgotten are her very close friends, affectionately known as “The Bitches.”

She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband, William Snovich.

Her bubbly smile and sharp wit will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on June 13, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Berlin Corners Cemetery at the convenience of her family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 Route 14, East Montpelier, Vermont 05651.

obit chapdelaineMerrilee Chapdelaine

Merrilee Catherine Lady Leimomikahokulani’alohapo’ina’ole Maalea Waikiki Chapdelaine, 39, of Cyril, Oklahoma, died on May 24, 2014.

She was born on November 9, 1974, in Wailuku Maui, Hawaii.

She is a former employee of Structural Dynamics and Pacific Electro-Mechanical Inc., both of Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband Wilfrid of Brownington; her mother Nellanet (Roy) Watanabe; her father Oliver (Ipo) Perreira; her four sisters: Melveen Maalea Turrieta, Waiola Perreira, Rachel Perreira-Shodahl, and Sandy Perreira; her four brothers: Clayton Waikiki, OJ, Kaimana, and Micah Perreira; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, Maui, on June 8. Burial followed the next day at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.

Colleen C. DeRoehn

Colleen C. DeRoehn, 82, of Derby died on June 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 30, 1932, in Derby, to Harris and Goldie (McDonald) Crowe.

On June 26, 1952, she married Walter DeRoehn, who predeceased her on January 15, 2006.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1950. She retired from the town of Derby as assistant town clerk.

She enjoyed knitting, cooking, baking and reading.

She is survived by her children: James DeRoehn and his wife, Carole, of Derby, William DeRoehn of Hyde Park, and Michael DeRoehn and his wife, Chastity, of Derby; and by six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Audrey Sanborn and Beverly Morse.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lucien Parenteau

Lucien Parenteau, 88, of Meriden, Connecticut, beloved husband of 63 years to Simone (Blair) Parenteau, died on June 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at his home.

He was born on November 7, 1925, in Beebe, son of the late Alzear and Clara (Laroche) Parenteau.

He retired as a machinist in 1988 from Pratt & Whitney in North Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons: George Parenteau and his wife, Fran, of Wallingford, Robert Parenteau and his wife, Doris, of California, and Claude Parenteau and his wife, Pat, of California; his daughters: Marie Parenteau of Meriden, and Mariette Riss and her husband, Robert, of Meriden; his beloved grandchildren: Keith Bouchard, Michael Parenteau, Mark Riss, Amy Parenteau, Shelley Riss-Conant, Karyn Parenteau, Sarah Parenteau, and Wyatt Parenteau; and by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Jeanette Parenteau, of Magog, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Theo Parenteau and his wife, Cecile, Irene Parenteau, and Odila Goudreau and her husband, Leo.

Funeral services were held on June 6, in Meriden. Interment followed in St. Laurent’s Cemetery in Meriden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

To leave a message of remembrance, visit www.bcbailey.com.

obit robinsonRena Robinson

Rena Lucienne (Chainey) Robinson of Calais died peacefully in the early morning hours of June 4, 2014, in her home, surrounded by family, after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

She was born on August 25, 1937, daughter of the late Lucien and Marie Chainey and was born and raised on a dairy farm in Morgan. After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, she made her way to Montpelier where she met and married Vaile Robinson on June 6, 1959.

She raised her six children in the home she and her husband bought in Calais. She was an avid gardener, cook, baker, and an all-around great homemaker. She was also a mother to many various and sundry stray animals.

When her children were all finally in school, she went to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles for many years, and then in her “retirement years,” she worked at Morse Farm, where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with visitors from all over the world.

Her memorial bench reads, “She laid hold on the word.” And she did. She had the spiritual support of very dear friends, Marilyn Wemitt, Betty and the late Bill Boisvert, and Sandy and the late Gene Raymond. Throughout her illness, she never complained once — about anything — and her faith never faltered.

After her husband died in 1997, she embraced life and fulfilled some of the dreams that she and her husband shared. Alone and knowing no one, she boarded a Christian cruise ship in Boston, Massachuetts, and sailed to Novia Scotia then down the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal, Quebec. On the cruise ship, she made many friends with whom she continued to cruise over the years to such places as Alaska and the Caribbean. She really loved these cruises and making new friends.

Many passersby stop to admire her lush flower gardens, her many hummingbird feeders alive with the buzz, and the seas of Forget-Me-Nots we will continue to mow around.

She is survived by six children: Kim Robinson of Oakland, California, Tim Robinson of Townsend, Kathy Robinson of East Barre, Tom Robinson of Marshfield, Kelly Robinson of Greensboro, and Karlyn Proulx of Calais. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren.

She would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Mitzvah Fund at Worcester Veterinary Care, 10 Elmore Road, Worcester, Vermont 05682.

obit Strong webHorace Warner Strong

Horace Warner Strong, 89, of Craftsbury Common died from an accident at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1925, and came with his parents to Vermont in 1928, just in time for the Great Depression.

Educated in the Craftsbury schools, he graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1943. He farmed for four years and then went to the University of Vermont, where he graduated in 1952, after taking a year off.

He taught an exploratory course in agriculture at Craftsbury for a year and farmed with his brother Burton until 1960. He then began teaching math and science in the Greensboro school. For a farmer to become a teacher required many summers of additional education. He then taught in Craftsbury where he established an industrial arts program and was instrumental in establishing the CAPE program of physical education. He finished out teaching his 15 years at Lamoille Union High School. Later, he taught part time for 15 years at Sterling College as a woodworking teacher.

In 1950, he married Ruth Esser. They had five children and enjoyed traveling and canoeing in the summers.

In 1964, he established Strong’s Canoe Yard, a shop that repaired, restored, and built cedar canvas canoes. The shop started with fiberglass canoes, but soon saw the light and made over 125 cedar canvas canoes. The shop also taught canoe building, offering more than 25 classes.

In 1986, he married Shirley Bruns of Latimer, Iowa. They worked together in the canoe shop, and teaching classes until Mr. Strong’s retirement in 1998. They traveled winters throughout the United States, finally wintering in Uvalde, Texas, in 1997, where they continued to live in their recreational vehicle during the winter months.

He leaves his wife Shirley of Craftsbury Common; his daughter Nancy West and her husband, Jim, of Craftsbury; his son Nathan Strong and his wife, Vicky, of Albany; his son Russell Strong of Craftsbury; his daughter Lynn Calderwood and her husband, Ricky, of Highgate; his son Matthew Strong and his wife, Patty, of Stowe; his stepsons: Steven Bruns and his wife, Karen; Mark Bruns and his wife, Debbie, of Iowa; his stepdaughter Dee Ann Arlow and her husband, Steven, of Alaska; his brother Burton and his wife, Irene, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Patty Rodemyer and her husband, Marvin, and LaDona Roelfs and her husband, Keith, of Iowa; his sister-in-law Jackie Campbell and her husband, Keith, of Alaska; and by his six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Shirley Strong; and by his grandson U.S. Marine Sergeant Jesse Strong.

Funeral services were held in Craftsbury on June 9, with a committal service at Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society or the Craftsbury Historical Society.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Ruth Lippens

Graveside services for Ruth Lippens will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Robert Stratton

Graveside services for Robert Stratton will be held at 10 a.m. on June 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Ardys Goodwin

Graveside services for Ardys Goodwin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Albany Village Cemetery with Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Patricia Morin

Committal services for Patricia Morin will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Louis Handy

Committal services for Louis Handy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Troy Cemetery.

Kasha Carrington

A graveside service for Kasha Carrington will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery, with a gathering to follow.

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Obituaries June 4, 2014

obit cooksonLogan Allan Cookson

Logan Allan Cookson of Cabot died on May 24, 2014.

He was born on May 11, 2004, in Berlin, the youngest child of Scott and Tammy Cookson of Cabot. He formerly resided in East Barre and attended Central Vermont Catholic School. The last two years, he attended Cabot School.

Logan touched many people in some small way throughout his short yet memorable life. His life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

He was a country boy at heart. He loved everything from exploring the woods, to hunting, camping, mowing the lawn, and stacking wood with his Dad. He always looked for something to fix or take apart. He also enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, hockey, and chess. Since moving to Cabot, he enjoyed guiding his mom through the woods, showing and teaching her the wonders of nature. Logan and his brother, Brock, mentor and best friend, were inseparable. They enjoyed animals, farming, and playing outside. He spent many hours on the floor playing with his Army men and wrestling figures. Logan also loved to talk on the phone. He had a passion for party planning. He would often make calls to family and friends to arrange get-togethers. Logan was especially proud of his greatest accomplishment, passing the hunter safety course.

Family members that live on to honor and remember Logan’s life include his parents, Scott and Tammy Cookson; his best friend and brother, Brock “Brockie”; his brother Shayne of Burlington; his sister Shantal Cookson of Barre; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth Allan Adams and Jacqueline Bissonnette Adams of Berlin; his paternal grandmother Connie Martin Murray of Waterbury; and his great-grandmother, Elva Martin of Waterbury. Aunts and uncles include Maureen Adams and her companion, Ron Lackey, of Stowe, Jody and Jaime Fewer of Barre Town, Andrew and Karen Adams of Cabot, Nancy McLaney of Crestview, Florida, John Cookson and his companion, Shannon Buziak, of Cabot, Dan Cookson of Waterbury, Tammy and Kevin Johnson of East Calais, Dawn Cookson of New Hampshire, and Angela and Gary Ward of Cabot; a nephew, Trenton Cookson, of Plainfield; and his cousins include Spencer, Camryn, Julia, and Seth Fewer of Barre Town, Karissa, Lindsay, and Kaden of Crestview, Courtney Cookson, Christopher, and Kyle Johnson of East Calais, and Garan Ward of Cabot.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Cookson. He also left behind his pets, three chickens and a bunny.

With Logan’s death, we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him every day, he will forever remain in our hearts. In his short ten years, we were able to create many wonderful memories and it has been a privilege and a blessing from God to be his parents.

A Mass of celebration in honor of Logan’s life was held on May 31, at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Barre.

Those who wish to make donations in Logan’s memory may contribute to the Cabot School, Main Street, Cabot, Vermont 05647; or to the Central Vermont Catholic School, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702.

obit cummingsWilliam J. Cummings

William “Bill” J. Cummings, 64, of East Albany died peacefully on Monday, May 26, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 10, 1949, in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of the late Harold and Pauline (Kampf) Cummings.

He graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 1972.

He worked at Ames Electric and Vermont Interactive Television.

He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States before settling down in Canaan to raise his family.  He recently wrote, “I truly believe that life is for learning and that is what I have experienced in my life.”  He lived what he believed, with interests in astronomy, the outdoors, planes, games, athletics, Star Trek, and everything else.

The last eight years of his life, he shared a loving home with Cherie Lowry and her daughter, Caroline, in East Albany.

He is survived by his two daughters, Kara Wildflower Cummings of Boston, Massachusetts, and Airole Sage Cummings and her fiancé, Justin Warden, of Canaan, and their mother, Roberta Bunnell of Canaan; his sister and brother-in-law, Betsey and Chuck Clarke; his niece Heather and her husband, Michael Anderson; his nephew Adam Clarke; and by his cousin Marie Fitzgerald.

He was predeceased by his favorite uncle, Gilbert Kampf.

A graveside service was held on May 31, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Norwich, Connecticut.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Summer House of Northeast Kingdom, Inc., care of Community National Bank, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit FontaineCharlotte Benware Fontaine

Charlotte Benware Fontaine, 81, of Lowell died on May 29, 2014, at her daughter’s home, with her loving family at her side.  She is finally at peace after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on October 28, 1932, in Lowell, to Asa and Gladys (Swett) Morse.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.

Her hobby was working in her flower garden and she was a member of the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.

She is survived by her husband Leo Fontaine of Lowell; her children:  Larry Benware and his wife, Sandra, of Derby, Roger Benware and his wife, Bonnie, of Lowell, Laura Santaw and her husband, James, of Lowell, Gordon Benware of Troy, and Roland Benware and his wife, Linda, of Coventry, Alan Benware and his wife, Janet, of Lowell, and Michael Benware and his wife, Judy, of Newport Center; her 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; her brother Robert Morse and his wife, Rita, of Derby; her sisters:  Anita Cornish of Connecticut, Eleanor Derocher of New Hampshire, Shirley Clifford of Tennessee, Barbara McAllister of Newport Center, and Sally McAllister and her husband, Ronald, of New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Annette Morse of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband Gordon Benware Sr., in 1981; her infant daughter Karen Lynn; her brothers:  Asa Morse Jr. and Roger Morse; and by her sisters:  Madeleine Laramee, Faye Stentson, Betty Verge, and Gloria Geoffroy.

Funeral services were held on June 3, in Lowell.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mississquoi Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GriffinValerie J. Griffin

Valerie J. Griffin, 62, of Derby died on May 30, 2014, at her home in Derby.

She was born on June 23, 1951, in Newport, to M. Jeanne (Chainey) Griffin and the late H. Dean Griffin.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in the Class of 1969.  She was in the first madrigal singing group started by Sister Edmund of Jesus.  She was also in the first folk group at St. Mary’s Church.  She was the concert pianist for many of the musicals at Sacred Heart School.

She attended nurses’ training at Fanny Allen in Burlington and later worked as an LPN at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for a few years and in the Tacoma, Washington, area for nearly 30 years.  Her nursing and compassion encompassed more than just in a working situation.  She took care of two young boys in Tacoma, while their mother was unable to care for them.  She loved animals and was always supplying them with food and care, especially chipmunks.

She moved back to the Derby in November of 2006 after the death of her brother, whom she cared for for ten years.  She joined the senior choir and folk group at St Mary’s Church until her lungs no longer allowed her to sing.  She organized the Sunday adorations and the veterans adorations with her best friend.  She was also co-founder of the Cenacle of Life group at St. Mary’s Church.  She was a Eucharistic minister for Mater Dei Parish and visited the sick, bringing them the holy Eucharist.

Cancer is a monster but Ms. Griffin never gave up helping others and doing the things she enjoyed the most.  She spent most of the summers along brooks fishing for trout with Neena.  She planted a blueberry, raspberry and strawberry patch on her land along with a small fruit tree orchard and still made time for a vegetable garden.

She is survived by her best friend Neena Gratton of Derby; her mother M. Jeanne Chainey of Hyde Park; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter Kellie Marie; her father H. Dean Griffin; and by her brother Robert Griffin.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 4, 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, June 5, at St. Mary’s Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport, with Monsignor Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the NEK Spay-Neuter Program, 172 Sias Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit karasinskiAlexander Karasinski

Alexander Karasinski died on May 29, 2014.

He was a peaceful, thoughtful man.

He was born on July 31, 1922, the son of John and Theresa Karasinski.

He served in the Navy and the Sea Bees.

He was a mechanic for many years at Healey’s in Connecticut, before retiring to Vermont with his wife, Anna.

He liked sports and he loved to fish.  He loved to talk about the world and how things work in the universe.  He was forever curious about the world.  He knew human nature.  He loved his family deeply and his family was devoted to him.

He is survived by his daughter Pam Micknak and her husband, Robert, and their children:  Susan Rivard and her husband, Joe, and Chris Micknak and his wife, Emily; and great-grandchildren:  Tyler and Kelsie, and Gage and Cayden.  He is also survived by his son Jim Karasinski and his wife, Leta, and his grandchildren:  Erin and Elizabeth; and his great-grandchild Presleigh.  He is also survived by his son John Karasinski and his wife, Cindy, and grandchildren:  Michael and Jared and his wife, Danielle.

His wife, Anna Sally Saroka Karasinski, predeceased him on May 30, 2002.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.  There are no calling hours.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit lagueAlbert E. Lague

Albert E. Lague, 69, of Derby died peacefully on May 26, 2014, at his home, after a long illness.

He was born on November 28, 1944, in Newport, to Thomas E. and Lucia (Tetreault) Lague.

On August 19, 1967, he married Wanda M. Willard, who survives him.

Educated at Sacred Heart Schools, he graduated in 1963.  After a stint in the National Guard, he was employed by C.H. Willard’s Plumbing and Heating, and Butterfields Corp. in Derby Line.  In 1966, he was hired by I.B.M. in Essex Junction and worked there until he took early retirement in 1995, retiring as a senior computer engineer.  He then worked for Orleans Office Products until he started his own business, Al’s PC repair, in 1996.

He enjoyed many things.  In the spring it was maple sugaring.  Summers were spent fishing, cutting wood, and tending his garden.  In the fall, everything stopped for hunting camp.  Winter, it was snowmobiling and ice fishing.  He loved to tinker on things, and he reloaded shells for lots of his friends and hunting buddies.  He served his community as both an usher and member of St. Mary’s Council for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda M. (Willard) Lague; his son Thomas C. Lague and his wife, Merry Jane E. (Emmons), of Derby; his daughter Michelle D. Whalen and her husband, Matthew, of Washington; his sisters:  Jane Triaureau and her husband, Patrice, of L’Epine, France, Lorraine Towle of West Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Anita Fleming and her husband, Jim, of Prescott, Arizona; his brother George H. Lague and his wife, Shirley, of Brownington; his sister Theresa Patenaude and her fiancé, Mike O’Malley, of Falmouth; his grandchildren:  Kedron and Keirstan Lague, Matthew, Lily, and Jamie Whalen; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on May 30, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Nongame Wildlife Fund, care of Charlee Drury, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit pageRachel Marie (Bonneau) Page

Rachel Marie (Bonneau) Page, 70, died on May 30, 2014, in Lakeland, Florida, following a sudden illness.

She was born on January 1, 1944, in Lowell the daughter of the late Ange Marie and Idel (McAllister) Bonneau.

During her husband’s career in the U.S. Navy, she lived in various locations in the U.S. and the Philippines.

She received a kidney transplant from her sister MaryAnn in July of 1975 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before returning to Vermont in 1978.  She relocated to Florida in 1990.

She retired after working many years in the retail field.

She loved to read, work jigsaw puzzles, cuddle with her cats, and enjoy a good laugh with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Page of Lakeland; her son James Page of Phoenix, Arizona; her sister MaryAnn Capetz and her husband, Larry of Lakeland; her brother Armand Bonneau of South Paris, Maine; her brother Leonard Bonneau and his wife, Rhoda, of Sheridan, Wyoming; her brother Martin Bonneau and his wife, Kathy, of Williston; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Dale Page; and by her brother Raymond Bonneau.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, followed by burial at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org; or to support organ donation at www.lifelinkfoundation.org or www.organdonor.gov.

obit ProvonchaHolly A. Provoncha

Holly A. Provoncha, 36, of St. Albans died on May 20, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on March 24, 1978, in Newport, to Victor and Margaret (Heath) Provoncha.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1997 and on May 17, 2014, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College. She had received two associate’s degrees before that from the Community College of Vermont.

Ms. Provoncha battled cystic fibrosis all of her life and she didn’t let it get her down as she always had a happy outlook on life.

Her hobbies included going fishing and riding ATVs.

She is survived by her parents, Victor and Margaret Provoncha of Newport; her brother Barry Provoncha of Troy; her fiancé Steven Lagasse of St. Albans; and by several aunts and uncles.

She was predeceased by her sister Cindy Provoncha; and by her brother Randy Provoncha.

Funeral services were held on May 25, in Newport. Interment will take place at a later date at Griffin Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G&H, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ronkBeverly Norton Ronk

Beverly Norton Ronk, 87, died on May 22, 2014, after a period of declining health, at her daughter Judy’s home in Lake Worth, Florida.

She was born on May 18, 1927, in East Liberty, Pennsylvania, to Winston and Roxie (Hall) Hunt of Morgan. She had one sister, Geraldine, who died at three months old.

She was first married to Robert Norton on May 18, 1949, and they had six children who they raised in Morgan: Charlie Norton of Morgan (his children are Charlie Jr., Tristan, and Julia), Robert Norton Jr. and Meredith of Parker of Colorado (their children are Christopher, Thomas, Jennifer, and Allison), Susan and Charles Leavitt of Newport (their children are Heather, Kevin, and Kristie), Debi and Brian Kerr of Morgan (their children are Fae, Ericka, and Tyrel), Johanna and Steve Millheiser of Naples, Maine (their children are Kyle and Kelley), and Judith and Pat Love of Lake Worth (their children are Hannah and Dylan). She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1947. She was one of the first phone operators and worked as one until her retirement. After she retired, she worked a few years per-diem at Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice because she liked to keep active and help others.

After her divorce, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. She ended up finding love again with someone she met at Bible study, Paul Ronk. They married on March 7, 1984, and later moved back to Vermont in 1990. Unfortunately, he died in 2008.

The last few years, she had the enjoyment of living with her daughter in Florida and then spending vacations at her daughter’s home in Morgan where she couldn’t wait to see every one of her grandchildren and to do something with them — shopping, or going out to eat. She was always on the go when she was still able to drive herself. You would almost have to schedule an appointment to see her.

She had many interests and hobbies, many activities and youth groups through church, and she liked painting, sewing, knitting, and shopping, but her grandchildren she loved deeply and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and loved researching her family tree. She said we should always be proud of who we were because we came from good stock — William Bradford from the Mayflower.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Erin Norton.

Funeral services were held on May 29, in Morgan. Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Heart Association, Vermont Affilitate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit TurbiniJoseph D. Turbini

Joseph D. Turbini, 85, died on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, after a period of failing health.

He was the husband of the late Linda L. (LeBeau) Turbini.

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, he was a graduate of Watertown schools.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict.

He was a resident of Stoughton for over 30 years.  He worked for Dole & Bailey in Massachusetts for over 40 years as a longtime salesman and he retired as the vice-president of purchasing, at age 65.  He later worked for the John Dewar Company in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Turbini was a longtime fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.  He enjoyed spending winters in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, summers in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and hunting and fishing at his home in Barton.  He loved to travel, spend time entertaining family and friends, and was the “Number One Meat Man.”

He is survived by his children:  Damien J. Turbini and his wife, Wendy, Victoria L. Turbini and her husband, Dean Hashimoto, and Laura M. Lafleur and her husband, Rene, all of Massachusetts, and Leonard L. Turbini and his partner, Judy Doyle, of New York; his sister Eda Doherty and her husband, Richard, of Massachusetts; and by his grandchildren:  Joseph Lafleur, Robert Lafleur, Gary Hashimoto, and Sachi Hashimoto.

Funeral services were held on May 31, in Stoughton.  Interment took place at VA National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, the family has asked that donations in his memory be made to the Care Dimensions Hospice, 70 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481.

obit WarnerMarie Gwendolyn Warner

Marie Gwendolyn Warner, 95, of Barton died on May 30, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 27, 1919, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Donald and Louise (Malo) MacKenzie.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1936.

On July 24, 1937, she married Melvin Warner, who predeceased her.

She was a custodian along with her husband for four years at the Lowell Elementary School.

Her hobbies included gardening, working in her flower beds, cooking, baking, and writing short stories for the Green Mountain Trading Post.  She and her husband loved to go to dances and bingo.

She is survived by her children:  Joanne Dawson of Bellows Falls, and Patrick Warner of Evansville; her daughter-in-law Greta Scott and her husband, Gaelen, of St. Johnsbury; her brother-in-law Lionel Carbonneau of Derby; her sister-in-law Eleanor (Penn) Mackenzie of Gardner, Massachusetts; and by her 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two children:  Janet Jones in 2009, and David Warner in 2006; and by her siblings:  Robert MacKenzie, Donald MacKenzie, Geraldine Higgins, and Elaine Carbonneau.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 4, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit wesenRuth Louise Mabon Wiesen

Ruth Louise Mabon Wiesen, 93, of Holland died peacefully at her home on May 27, 2014.

She was born on January 23, 1921, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

On June 1, 1943, she married her loving husband, George William Wiesen Jr.  Together they traveled to many destinations taking beautiful photos and making a lifetime of memories.

Ms. Wiesen enjoyed caring for others, traveling, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Kurt, and her son Bard and his wife, Tammy; her grandchildren:  Scott, Tyler, Matthew, Joshua and his wife, Brittany, and Nicole and her fiancé, Joe; and by her great-grandchildren:  Hayden, Aubry, and Reagan.

She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Leslie Glenn Mabon; her brothers:  Dick and Don; her sister Doris; and by her husband George.

Service arrangements for Ms. Wiesen will be made at a later date by her family.

Services

Aline Raboin

Committal services for Aline Raboin will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 7, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Michael Meunier

Committal services for Michael Meunier will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 7, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Brenda Colburn

Committal services for Brenda Colburn will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, June 8, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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