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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Obituaries May 28, 2014

obit DolanShirlene Warner Dolan

Shirlene Warner Dolan died on May 25, 2014, at the Manor in Morrisville, after suffering many years from Alzheimer’s.

She was born on March 12, 1923, in Lowell, the daughter of Wallace and Lillis Warner.

She was the eldest of seven siblings: Winston, Althea, Lawrence, and John, who are deceased, and her surviving sister, Beth, and surviving brother, Michael.

She received her education in Lowell and at Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

She worked in the war plants in Detroit, Michigan, during World War II as a “Rosie the Riveter.” After the war, she returned to Lowell and married Lloyd Dolan in 1945, with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006.

Her interests included reading, antiquing, genealogy, sewing, cooking, gardening, singing and drama.

For years she worked in the Jay and North Troy school systems. In later life she and her husband were instrumental in founding the Lowell Historical Society.

She is survived by their three children: Andrea Fournier and her husband, Philip, Daphne Christiansen and her husband, Keith, and Byron, all of whom live in the area. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Michael Dudley and his wife, Phyllis, Peter Dudley and his wife, Debbie, Erin Boxer and her husband, Andrew, and Kelly Ochs and her husband, Chris. She also had ten great-grandchildren.

A committal service is planned for a later date.

Online condolences may be sent through curtis-britch.com.

Bryan John Fontaine

Bryan John Fontaine, 45, of St. Johnsbury died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 17, 2014, with his son, Tyler, by his side.

He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on May 23, 1968, son of Raynald (Ronald) and Evelyn (Cox) Fontaine.  He was a 1988 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and recently joined the men’s auxiliary at VFW Post #793.

He was employed as a project superintendent with H.P. Cummings out of Woodsville, New Hampshire, for the past seven years.  Prior, he worked with Don-Vac Construction for ten years and before that spent eight years at EHV.

There really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or figure out.  He loved to play golf and go kayaking, hunting, playing around on the tractor, sitting in front of bonfires and enjoying the sweet summer air out on the deck.  The camp he shared with his little sister in North Danville on the Coles Pond Road was his favorite place.  He was whole-heartedly dedicated to his family and friends.  He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Kim of St. Johnsbury; his son Tyler Fontaine of Danville; his daughter Brittany Terhune of Hardwick; his mother Evelyn Carter and her husband, Colin, of Barton; his maternal grandmother Sarah Cox of East Lyndon; his two brothers:  Paul Fontaine and his wife, Kim, of South Burlington and Roger Fontaine and his wife, Heather, of Lyndonville; one sister, Annette Jewell, and Kris McAllister, of Passumpsic; his step-sisters:  Christelle Plourde of Dallas, Texas, and Corey Boardman of Swanton; Kim’s son, Alexander Belliveau; Kim’s parents, Fred and Pat Harris, each of St. Johnsbury; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held in North Danville at the family camp on Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m.  A gathering of friends and family was held in St. Johnsbury on May 20.

Given his love for the outdoors, memorial contributions, payable to Green Mountain Conservation Camp (run by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department) and marked in Mr. Fontaine’s name, may be mailed to Sayles Funeral Home at 525 Summer Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.  It is hoped these contributions might support a child or children wishing to attend camp this summer.

Memories and condolences may be expressed privately with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

Services

Phil Daigle

Funeral services for Phil Daigle will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Jeannine Poulin

Committal services for Jeannine Poulin will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 31, at St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Arlene Thompson

Committal services for Arlene Thompson will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Laurette Cookson

Committal services for Laurette Cookson will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Lyle Cargill

Graveside services for Lyle Cargill will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at the Morgan Center Cemetery.

Philip Gonyaw

Committal services for Philip Gonyaw will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with full military honors.

Etta Lucas

Graveside services for Etta Lucas will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 31, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Gloria Boulanger

Committal services for Gloria Boulanger were held on May 27, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Gloria Jean Stevens

A memorial service for Gloria Jean Stevens will be held on June 7, at 9 a.m., at the Craftsbury Church on the Common.

Agathe Boutin

Graveside services for Agathe Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at St. John’s in East Albany.

Death Notice

Beverly H. Ronk

Beverly H. Ronk, 87, of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on May 22, 2014, in Lake Worth.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the Morgan United Church with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

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Obituaries May 21, 2014

obit BenjaminHarold “Benny” Benjamin Jr.

Harold “Benny” Benjamin Jr., 53, of Holland died on May 12, 2014, at home, with his loving family by his side. He is finally at peace after a long, courageous, battle with cancer.

He was born on December 17, 1960, in Newport, a son of Harold Benjamin Sr., and the late Bettie (Taylor) Benjamin.

He was a loving husband of Cara (Guillette) Benjamin. They were wed on January 28, 1989.

He was also an amazing father, son, brother, uncle, friend, and acquaintance to anyone he met.

He took great pride in his work for the town of Derby during the winter, working in road maintenance, and the Derby Center Cemetery during the summer. He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery he worked. He began working there with his father, in high school, where he took gratification in its appearance, and had great respect for the deceased and their families.

When he wasn’t working hard, Mr. Benjamin enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, playing poker, cooking, gardening, puttering around the house, going to camp on Long Pond, and most of all, spending precious time with his family and friends.

His son was the pride and joy of his life. He was very proud of every accomplishment and achievement he made.

He is survived by his wife Cara; his son Harold “Ben” Benjamin III and his girlfriend, Desiree Charron; his father Harold Sr.; his sisters: Vicki Martin and her husband, Bill, and their son, Tim, Katie Morissette and her husband, Harvey, and her son, Jordan, Toni Benjamin and her fiancé, David Guillette, and Tara Benjamin and her fiancé, Kenny Greene; his loving father- and mother-in-law, Louis Sr. and Gail Guillette; his brothers-in-law: Alan and his wife, Christina Guillette, Louis Jr. and his wife, Tracy Guillette, Jerry and his wife, Madonna Guillette, and Ted and his wife, Amy Guillette; and by all of his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, who brought him great joy.

He was predeceased by his mother Bettie Benjamin; his grandparents: Donald and Gwen Benjamin, Ralph and Mable Taylor, Perry and Phostine Austin, and John and Lucille Guillette; his sister Edie Benjamin; and by his nephews: Benjamin Martin and David Benjamin.

His entire family will miss him greatly, and are incredibly proud of his outlook on life, even after being diagnosed with cancer. He never gave up, and Cara never gave up on him. Though he has now left us, his indomitable spirit still lives. Benny beat his cancer.

In lieu of flowers, people may donate to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, in his memory.

Funeral services were held on May 16, in Newport. Interment will take place at a later date in Derby Center Cemetery.

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

obit brownReynold Aurelle Brown

Reynold Aurelle Brown of Ivoryton, Connecticut, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at home.

He will be dearly missed by all.

He was born in Fort Kent, Maine, on October 28, 1934.

He was an avid fisherman and pilot. He loved to fly with his friends from the Chester Airport in Connecticut. He was also a former member of the Essex Sportsman Club and the former owner of Lower Valley Form Service-Middlesex Concrete Construction. He marveled at new technology and leaves behind his iPad instructor and little buddy, Dylan Brown, his grandson. He loved the outdoors and previously enjoyed his home, which he built himself in Vermont, where he could enjoy the mountains and take care of his little farm and sugar grove.

He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had full confidence in the resurrection hope.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alma Elizabeth (Donnelly) Brown; his brother Earl William “Brownie” Brown of Ivoryton; his son William Earl Brown and his wife, Patricia Brown, of Clinton, Connecticut; his son Michael Harry Brown of Ivoryton; his daughters: Lynn Marie (Brown) Beal of Glover, Linda Lee (Brown) Aldrich and her husband, Stephen, of Brownington, Nancy Brown-Denny and her husband, William, of Moodus, Connecticut; along with nieces, nephews, 12 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, all of whom he loved dearly.

He was predeceased by his father William Earl Brown; his mother Leda Marie (Therrieault), Brown; his brother Harry Brown of Houlton, Maine; his sister Patricia Marie Brewer of Mars Hill, Maine; and by his son-in law Rodney Victor Beal of Glover.

Funeral services will be privately held by the family.

To share a memory of Mr. Brown, or to send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.

obit carlesonMerle H. Carlson

Merle H. Carlson, 77, of Holland died on May 7, 2014, in Holland.

She was born on December 8, 1936, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Oscar and Helen (Seltsam) Carlson.

Merle attended high school in Bridgeport, and was a drummer in the high school band.  She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in wildlife management and she attended Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire.  She was very active in the Outing Club as an undergraduate in college.

She enjoyed the outdoors and was passionate about the environment.  She loved teaching others about nature.  She also enjoyed hiking, fishing, skiing, canoeing, camping, and gardening.

She raised Golden Retrievers for over 20 years and she loved horses.  She loved to sing in the church choir, square dance and listen to bluegrass music.

She is survived by her daughter Tamia Rudnicky and her husband, James, of Williamsburg, Virginia; her grandchildren:  Christopher and Meaghan Rudnicky, both of Virginia; her sisters:  Lois Martin and Barbara Nelson, both of Connecticut; and by her companion Morton Gellman of Holland.

Funeral services were held on May 20, in Derby.  Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the National Parks Conservation Association, 777 6th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20001 or online at http://www.npca.org.

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

obit ChaffeeRuth Chaffee

Ruth Chaffee of Albany died peacefully on May 7, 2014, at her home.

She was born in April of 1944, in the home owned by her Aunt Clara, a fact she was very proud of her entire life.  She spent her childhood years growing up first in Greensboro, and later in South Albany.  During those years, she attended elementary school in Greensboro Bend, and also the Bailey Hazen School in Greensboro.  In 1962, she graduated from Craftsbury Academy.

After graduation, she went on to enjoy a long and fulfilling life with family, friends and a great deal of travel.

She began her working career at National Life in Montpelier for a brief time before marrying Carl Chaffee on April 26, 1963, in Albany.  While they raised their three children in Albany, Ms. Chaffee worked for 34 years at Bogner of America before her retirement in 2009.

She was well known as a wonderful cake maker and a gifted cake decorator.  Her other hobbies and talents included knitting, crafts and gardening.  She also had the itch to travel.  She had many wonderful trips including vacations to Ireland, Costa Rica, where she first found her love of zip lining, Alaska, and many places throughout the United States.  In the summer of 2012, she spent nearly five weeks on a cross-country road trip with friends.

Ms. Chaffee was also committed to helping others.  Over the years, she donated many gallons of blood.  She was also a tireless supporter of the Lamoille Area Cancer Network for ten years, and was later a recipient of their kind support.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Carl Chaffee of Albany; her sons:  Keith Chaffee of Los Angeles, California, and Karl and Amber Chaffee of Morgan; her daughter Kelly, and Andrew Swett, of Brownington; three grandchildren:  Hilary, McKenna and Kaden of Brownington; her sisters:  Nancy, and Bob Ferland, of Barre, Sherry, and John Dudley, of Waterbury, and Rachel MacNeal of Barton; her brother Rod, and Darlene Sweeney, of Craftsbury; as well as by many cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Dolphis and Avis Sweeney, in 1987; and by her brother Ronald Sweeney in 2002.

In her final months, she showed everyone who was blessed to be around her the unique ability to accept death with a great sense of peace and dignity, while never giving up on life.

A celebration of life for Ms. Chaffee will be held at the Albany Community School on Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of sending flowers, please send donations in her name to any of the following:  Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; Hope Lodge, American Cancer Society, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit HaleRuth Hilton Hale

Ruth Hilton Hale, 65, of Albany died on May 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born on August 25, 1948, in Bath, Maine, to Fred and Marjorie (Quinn) Soule.

On June 22, 1968, she married Stuart W. Hale Sr., who survives her.

She graduated from Morse High School in Bath.

While a student at Johnson State College, she was awarded the Truman Scholarship, which enabled her to pursue her master’s degree in social work at Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts.

She started as a social worker at Casey Family Services in Waterbury, and later established her own family therapy practice in her home.

Her hobbies included going for rides with her husband, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, photography, and she was a painter of oil and pastels.

She is survived by her husband Stuart W. Hale Sr. of Albany; her children: Stuart Hale Jr. and his wife, Cathleen Shattuck, of Seattle, Washington, Adam Hale and his companion, Susan Bedusa, of New York, New York, Carol Hale Rowell and her husband, Tim, of Albany, and Jason Hale and his fiancée, Sonya Sackett, of Albany; her grandchildren: Gratia, Alora, Zac, JJ, Shania, Ramic and Courtney; her sisters: Jeanne Hamlin and her husband, John, of Florida, Jill Hunt and her husband, Joseph, of Maine, and Carol Oulton of Maine; and by her dear friend and mentee Stephanie Currier of Coventry.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Albany Methodist Church, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to NEKCA, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit hathawayErma M. Hathaway

Erma M. Hathaway, 103, of Barton, formerly of Walton, New York, died peacefully on May 12, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on August 30, 1910, in Downsville, New York, to George and Alice (Hunter) Bull.

On July 14, 1941, she married Orville Hathaway, who predeceased her in 1949.

She graduated from Downsville High School in Downsville, and Oneonta Normal School in Oneonta, New York, where she received her teaching degree.  She was employed part time for CPA in Walton and as a leader of the 4-H Club.  She was an elementary school teacher in Central, New York for many years.

She was a member of the Walton Methodist Church, assistant to the village clerk in Walton, and for many years school tax collector in Walton.

She loved to listen to music and she was a New York Yankees fan.

She is survived by her children:  David Hathaway and his wife, Dorothy, of Barton, and Jane Thorick and her husband, Philip, of Binghamton, New York; her grandchildren:  Christopher Hathaway of Shelburne, Michael Hathaway and his wife, Melissa, of Burlington, and Matthew Leete of Bangkok, Thailand; her great-grandchildren:  Reid, Iris, and Tyler; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Norris, Homer, Marvin, Raymond, and Milo Bull, and Elsie Wheat.

A celebration of her life was held on May 18, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit KelleyAlice R. Kelley

Alice R. Kelley, 93, of Newport died on May 15, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on April 8, 1921, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Mabel (Clark) Shea.

On December 17, 1941, she married Raymond Kelley Sr., who predeceased her in 1989.

She was a custodian for North Country Hospital in Newport for many years and she was also a waitress at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.  She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #798, where she was also past president.

Her hobbies included sewing and making crafts and she enjoyed her annual Fourth of July sale in Derby.  She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, working in her flower gardens and having a good time.

She is survived by her children:  Richard Kelley and his wife, Jean, of Newport, Kimball Kelley of Newport, and Lori Kelley of Newport; her 11 grandchildren:  Tina and Robert Favreau, Colleen and Lawrence Percy Jr., Mindy and Kevin Bowen, Melanie and Paul Perkins, Heidi and Scott Flynn, Richard Jr. and Amy Kelley, Ryan and Heather Kelley, Michael and Alyssa Kelley, Justin Kelley, Meagan Kelley and her companion, Aaron Lontine, and Bobbie Jo Kelley; many great- and great-great-grandchildren; her brother Charlie Shea and his wife, Marilee, of California; her sisters:  Midge Gill and her husband, Danny Sr., of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and Millie Carnett and her husband, Nick, of Derry, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Patricia Shea of Lowell, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Raymond Kelley Jr. on September 23, 2008; her brother Thomas Shea; and by her sisters:  Kay, Dorothy, Frances and Marion.

Funeral services were held on May 20, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

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

obit PatenaudeAdrien Rufus Patenaude

Adrien Rufus Patenaude of Newport died on May 13, 2014, at age 64.

He died peacefully at the Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington after a brief and courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  He is now gone to his heavenly father.

Mr. Patenaude was born in Newport on April 10, 1950, to Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude, and grew up on their farm in Holland.  He attended Holland Central Schools and North Country Union High School and graduated in the Class of 1970.  He attended the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

He had various jobs, and later had his own company, in the Burlington area, worked in Maine, and finally returned to run a business in his hometown area of Newport.

He was a very talented artist with many wonderful paintings and also produced many local signs.  He had a passion for nature and landscape scenes and sold paintings locally and internationally.  His paintings have been displayed in many different galleries all over New England and are also on display at Jay Peak and many other places.  His artwork will live on in all of his paintings.  He was a longtime member of the Saco Bay Artists in Maine.

He was very generous with donations of his paintings to many local worthy causes.  He was well known in Newport and the surrounding area.

His signature name was Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude because he loved yellow so much and put it in all of his paintings.  He recently finished illustrating a book for the famous poet and author, Jerry Johnson.  The name of the book is Noah’s Song and will soon have a special edition coming out in Mr. Patenaude’s memory.  There is also a CD with the book with “Noah’s Song” sung by Jon Gailmor.

He is survived by a son, Aaron Patenaude, who is stationed in Fort Drum, New York, and by Aaron’s mother, Carol Forbes, of Leland, North Carolina.  He is also survived by his loving girlfriend of 11 years, Patricia Warner of Newport, and her two children:  Steve Warner and his wife, Jean, with three children, of Springfield, and Loraine Warner, and her husband Gene Petrella, with two children, of Massachusetts.  He is also survived by his parents, Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude; three brothers and five sisters:  George Patenaude and his wife, Gale, of Richmond, Diane Forcier and her husband, and John, of Colchester, Susan Letourneau and her husband, Bertrand, of Holland, Marcel Patenaude and his wife, Gaetane, of Holland, Joanne Aulis and her husband, Michael, of Franklin, New Hampshire, Christine Sykes and her husband, Gary, of Norton, Alan Patenaude of Rutland, and Anna Hutchins and her husband, Jeff, of Westford; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his twin sisters, Faith and Hope, who died at birth in 1949.

Funeral services were held on May 17, in Derby Line.  Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FAHC Renal Home Program, 35 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403, in memory of Adrien Patenaude.

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

obit payeurDavid M. Payeur

David M. Payeur, 56, of Derby died on May 10, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on June 19, 1957, in Lancaster, New Hampshire, to Vernice (Twofoot) Payeur and the late Bernard Payeur.

Mr. Payeur was employed by Newport Furniture Parts.

He liked fishing and the outdoors.  He also enjoyed working on his trucks.

He is survived by his children:  Tiffany Payeur of Portland, Oregon, and Samantha Payeur of Plattsburg, New York; and by his mother Vernice Payeur of Derby.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Craig and Philip Payeur.

A graveside service was held on May 16, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

Services

Rodney V. Beal

A burial service for Rodney V. Beal will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m., at Westlook II Cemetery in Glover (go past Westlook Cemetery and turn left on Route 122; Westlook II is the first right).

Mayland Mason

Committal services for Mayland Mason will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Reynold Paquette

Committal services for Reynold Paquette will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Donald Griffes

Committal services for Donald Griffes will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Eva Vetter

Funeral services for Eva Vetter will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 25, at the Holland Methodist Church, with the Reverend John Genco officiating. Interment will follow in Clark Cemetery in Morgan.

Gloria Boulanger

Committal services for Gloria Boulanger will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, May 28, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Dale Chaffee

Committal services for Dale Chaffee will be held at noon on Saturday, May 24, at the Albany Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

George Niles

Funeral services for George Niles will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Christian Advent Church in Newport Center, with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the church.

Gerard and Beatrice Lacroix

Committal services for Gerard and Beatrice Lacroix will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Barbara Maxwell

Committal services for Barbara Maxwell will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Janet Urie

Funeral services for Janet Urie will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.

Mitchell Rowell

Committal services for Mitchell Rowell will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 23, at the Brownington Center Cemetery, with full military honors.

Ethel Rivers

Graveside service for Ethel Rivers will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 23, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Wilfred Houle

Committal services for the Reverend Wilfred Houle will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries May 14, 2014

Joyce Marion Aldrich

Joyce Marion Aldrich, 71, of Derby died on April 30, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side.

She was born on January 20, 1943, in Stanstead, Quebec, to James and Beatrice (Kenneson) French.

On November 6, 1964, she married James Aldrich of Derby and moved with him to the family farm. She enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker and worked side by side with Jim in the family business.

She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and it was an important part of her life. She enjoyed being active in the ministry, teaching people about the Bible and the positive message it contains. She had several hobbies, including sewing, cooking, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, James, of Derby; her daughter Leah and son-in-law Charlie Heath of Newport; and by special friends: Cindy Turner, Garri Favreau, Nancy Poston, and Chesley Stone.

She was predeceased by her parents, James and Beatrice French of Rock Island, Quebec; and by her sister Joan Perrault of Ottawa, Ontario.

A celebration of her life was held on May 10, in Derby.

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

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

David T. Barrett

David Thomas Barrett, 83, of Sherburne, New York, died on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the New York State Veterans’ Homes in Oxford, New York.

He was born on February 11, 1931, in Syracuse, a son of Mary Barrett.

He was a graduate of Sherburne High School in 1949.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July of 1950, serving with the First Shoran Beacon Unit in Korea, and he was honorably discharged in February of 1952.

On April 16, 1955, he married Agnes Teresa Blaszczyk at St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne.

He worked for Proctor & Gamble in Norwich, New York, and was a postal clerk at the Sherburne Post Office until his retirement. He had previously worked for the Utica Knitting Mill, T.A.C.O. and the Ontario and Western Railroad.

He was a communicant of St. Malachy’s Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post #876 of Sherburne.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Agnes; his daughter Denise L. Foster of Sheffield; two grandchildren: Teresa Foster-Jones of Norwich, New York, and Jason Foster of Beaufort, North Carolina; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on May 7, in Sherburne. Interment with military honors followed in St. Malachy’s Cemetery in Sherburne.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations in his memory be made to St. Malachy’s Food Pantry, P.O. Box 722, Sherburne, New York 13460.

To send a condolence, visit www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.

obit BlakeHerbert L. Blake

Herbert L. Blake, 90, of Newport died peacefully on May 10, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on January 11, 1924, in Newport, to Raymond and Julia (Leavens) Blake.

On December 24, 1966, he married Lorraine Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Blake was a veteran of World War II.

He was employed by Yankee Milk Co. in Troy for several years.

He loved his horses and attending horse shows and raising laying hens.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Blake of Newport; his children: Linda Hahn and her husband, Raymond, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Donna Laplume and her partner, Joe Desrochers, of Newport Center, Robert Blake of Florida, and Lisa Desroches and her husband, Alan, of Coventry; his stepchildren: Harold Gage and his wife, Jocelyne, of Derby, and Larry Gage and his wife, Pauline, of Newport; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by his sisters: Mary Jean Pierce and her husband, Ken, of Newport, and Hazel Fontaine of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brother Charlie Blake; his sisters: Marion Kerr and Lucille Lague; and by his stepdaughter Rosalyn Cook.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Norm Brown officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 18, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in West Charleston Cemetery, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association, in care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

obit collinsRaymond H. Collins Jr.

Raymond H. Collins Jr., 75, of Brownington died suddenly on May 9, 2014, at his home.

He was born on November 22, 1938, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Raymond and Emma (Besaw) Collins Sr.

Mr. Collins was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line, where he retired after 35 years of service.

He enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, telling jokes, hunting, fishing and camping. His favorite dog, Snoopy, died a couple of years ago but he recently had his dog, Bear.

He is survived by his beloved wife Birdena Collins of Brownington; his children: Mark Collins of Newport, Douglas Collins Sr. and his wife, Gloria, of Brownington, and Lori Collins and her fiancé, Roger Calloway Jr., of Derby; his grandchildren: Reginald Collins Jr., Travis Collins, Dereck Collins, Tonya Calloway, Doug Collins Jr., Amanda Collins, Jacob Calloway, Dakota Calloway, and Kevin Collins; his great-grandchildren: Olivia Collins, Iziah Allen and Ayriel Allen; his sister Beverly Armstrong of Florida; his daughter-in-law Debbie Collins of Newport; several nieces and nephews who would stop by and play cards with him; and by his special friend, George Greenwood of Brownington.

He was predeceased by his son Reginald Collins Sr.; his brothers: Wayne and Bruce Collins; and by his sister Marion.

A celebration of his life and potluck will be held at noon on Saturday, May 17, at his residence, at 3212 Willoughby Lake Road in Brownington.

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

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

obit hislopPatricia A. Hislop

Patricia Ann Hislop, 71, of Morrisville died peacefully on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born on May 15, 1942, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Howard and Ruth (Coolbeth) Salls. She attended Greensboro public schools.

On November 5, 1960, she married Donald Willey Hislop in Greensboro.

In her earlier years, she stayed at home to care for her young children. She later was employed for many years as a seamstress and inspector at Concord Manufacturing and until she retired she worked for Vermont Fleece, both in Morrisville.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, the Lamoille Grange #233, and the Morrisville Swingers Square Dancing Group.

She loved family gatherings and shared a love for auto racing with many friends and family. She loved camping, traveling, horses and family. She was a sincere and kind-hearted woman, full of life and love, and feisty by nature!

Survivors include her loving husband, Donald of Morrisville; a sister, Jennie Allen, of Rock Hill, South Carolina; one son, Daniel Hislop, and his wife, Lorilee, of Greensboro Bend; three daughters: Debora Cote and her husband, Brian, of Morrisville, Gwen Hislop of Morrisville, and Donna Hislop of Richford; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Edward Salls, in 1997.

To honor her request, there will be no public services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Robert James Pasho

Robert James Pasho, 78, of Derby died on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 21, 1936, to Marie (Longe) and Marce Peter Pasho, in Burlington, where he lived, attended schools and married Eunice Harper on October 14, 1957.

Mr. Pasho was a jack-of-all-trades, but his main passion was capturing the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom on paper, canvas and wood, using oils, acrylics, watercolors and pottery.

As a lifelong resident of Vermont, he never found another place that filled him with so much love and peace. It was his hope, that in some small way, he could help others take a second look at life around us and enjoy what we see, and know how wonderful nature really is.

He is survived by his wife of 56 and a half years, Eunice; three daughters: Joan White and her husband, Robert, of Underhill, Robyn and Tom LeFebvre of Milton, and Eloise Pasho of Huntington; six grandchildren: Chris, Sarah, Liza, Ryan, Corey and Kristy; one sister, Dorothy Cross, of Huntington; many nieces and nephews; and by many close and very special friends.

He was predeceased by his only son, Robert James Pasho II; his parents; his sisters: June Barron, Lorraine and Nancy Lee Pasho; one brother, William Pasho; and by many extended family members and friends.

There will be no services, as per his wishes. A Mass will be offered at a later date and place.

Roderick Charles Phillips

Roderick Charles Phillips, 78, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 12, 2014.

He was born on December 24, 1935, in Irasburg, to Clare and Barbara (Lanou) Phillips.

He went to Irasburg Graded School, graduated from Orleans High School in 1953, and attended Saint Johnsbury Trade School.

In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Division of the Navy and was stationed in Alameda, California, while spending time overseas patrolling the seas of Japan.

He married Marlene “Skeet” Lafoe in 1956. After 47 years of marriage, she predeceased him in 2003.

In 1959, he returned to Vermont, and he purchased the Gulf Service Station in Barton, where he and his wife made their home. They ran the business for 17 years which provided towing, snowplowing, and auto mechanic services. They sold the business in 1977 and he went to work for Barton Motors, where he was employed for 20 years. After retiring, he continued to keep busy by delivering parts for Sanel in the Northeast Kingdom in the summer, selling pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida, and then traveling west meeting up with fellow snowbirds in Arizona.

He traveled to every state with his fifth wheel camper, except Hawaii. All across America he made friends with all he met as he truly enjoyed people and loved to share his stories through his unique style and one could count on him to voice his opinion. In his spare time, he enjoyed snowmobiling, entertaining at camp, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He supported his community and belonged to the Barton Fire Department, the Orleans Legion Post #23, and the Orleans Lions Club, through which he received the Melvin Jones Fellow award.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Perron and her husband, David; his son Michael; his grandchildren: Phillip Perron and his wife, Laura, Elizabeth Perron and her fiancé, Bruce Thomas, Roy Phillips and his wife, Annie, and Courtney Phillips and her partner, Ryan Ovitt; his great-grandchildren: Willow, Ember, Colby, Claire, George, Jillian and Natalie; and his nephew Bradley Chase and his special lady friend, Mary Anne Lisk.

He was predeceased by infant sons, Mark and Carl; his parents, Clare and Barbara; his wife, Marlene “Skeet”; and by his sister Rolinda (Dinny) Chase.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, May 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Donald Vincent officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 21, from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. He will be laid to rest where he began his life, in Irasburg, with full military honors.

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

Sister Solange Poutré

Sister Solange Poutré, of Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sister Marie-Germain), died on May 7, 2014, at Mount Sacred Heart Provincial House Convent in Littleton, New Hampshire, after several months’ illness, at the age of 85.

Ms. Poutré was born on November 25, 1929, in Troy. She was the daughter of Alcide Poutré and Almida Choquette.

She professed her vows with her religious congregation on August 1, 1948. During her 66 years of religious profession, she served in various missions in Newport, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and Lyndonville in Vermont; Champlain and Rochester in New York; Portland, Maine; and Colebrook, Whitefield, and Littleton in New Hampshire.

She was a dedicated educator in schools and religious education resource centers for many years, turning to the nursing profession in 1980, and more recently as a volunteer for charitable organizations, and she worked in hospitality for groups seeking to make spiritual retreats or to meet for planning their benevolent organizations’ activities.

In July of 2013, due to her health, she joined her sisters at Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton. She was known for her spirit of generosity and diligent work ethic, and would enthusiastically support worthy causes. Her ready sympathy and sense of compassion made her a good advocate when someone needed practical help for surmounting their difficult personal or family circumstances.

She is survived by three brothers and one sister: Fabian and Beverly of Newport, Jean-Guy and Marielle of Plattsburgh, New York, Rejeanne and Paul McGee of Point Claire, Quebec, and Denis and Judy of Venice, Florida; many nieces and nephews; and by her sisters in the religious community.

She was predeceased by her parents and several relatives, including six sisters and brothers: Réal, Fernand, Sister Carmelle, Hermance, Gervais, and Germain.

Memorial donations in her name may be addressed to Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Funeral services were held on May 12, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Send a private note of condolence at www.rossfuneral.com or curtis-britch.com.

Susan F. Sarracco

Susan F. Sarracco, 74, of Newport died peacefully on May 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on June 21, 1939, in Newport, to Harold and Evangeline (Foster) Lewis.

On September 5, 1959, she married Lewis Sarracco, who survives her.

She enjoyed going to yard sales, playing golf, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and going for walks. She loved animals, especially her two cats, shopping with her granddaughter, and attending her grandson’s hockey games and her great-granddaughter’s basketball games.

She is survived by her children: Donna Blais and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Lewis “Butch” Sarracco and his wife, Teri, of Northfield; her grandchildren: Shanna Pinheiro and her husband, Paul, of New Hampshire, and Shaun Sarracco and Jordan Sarracco, both of Northfield; her great-grandchildren: Haidyn Pinheiro and Milel Pinheiro; her brother Mickey Lewis and his wife, Mona, of Newport; her sister Jeralyn Wolcott of Franklin, West Virginia; four step-sisters: Rita Fortin of Newport, Jeanne Bates of Florida, Annette Bliss of Rutland, and Terry L’esperance of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Cecile Lower; and by her brother-in-law Bill Wolcott.

Calling hours were held on May 8, in Newport. Interment will follow at the convenience of the family.

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

obit webbMuriel J. Webb

Muriel J. Webb, 80, of Island Pond died peacefully on May 8, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 13, 1934, in Berlin, New Hampshire, to Omer and Ruth (Hobbs) Lurvey.

On October 25, 1952, she married Elmer Webb, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Webb was tax collector for the town of Brighton.

She enjoyed maintaining her property and mowing the lawn. She loved flower gardening, playing the piano, bird watching, traveling throughout Vermont and making arts and crafts. She was also an avid reader.

She is survived by her children: Sharon Patenaude and her husband, Rene, of Newport Center, Susan Webb of Island Pond, James Webb of Island Pond, and Sandy Frizzell and her husband, Marty, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Shawn and Jason Patenaude, Celine Cote, Jimmy and Ashley Webb, and Brittany and Fraser Frizzell; her great-grandchildren: Dawson and Jordan Cote, Mya Patenaude, Elijah Patenaude, and Tyler Webb; her sisters-in-law: Shirley Dunn of North Troy, and Laura Morrissette of Johnson; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She loved her dog, Newt.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Wayne and Wendell Lurvey.

Funeral services were held on May 13, in Island Pond. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Funeral and committal services

Committal services for Woodie Harper will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Committal services for Robert Damon will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Committal services for Richard Dill will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the East Randolph Cemetery in East Randolph with full military honors.

Committal services for Clarice Messier will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Donald Lacourse will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors.

Funeral services for Eveline Wagner will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Committal services for Logan Blais will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. A gathering for family and friends will be held immediately following the service at the East Side Restaurant.

Funeral services for Marybeth Houghaboom will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Orleans Federated Church in Orleans. Interment will follow at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Committal services for Christopher Renaudette will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.

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Obituaries May 7, 2014

Jessie D. Beliveau

Jessie D. Beliveau, 91, formerly of North Troy, died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Bristol, Connecticut.

She was born on February 14, 1923, in Concord, to Will and Jennie (Williams) Dodge.

She married Ralph A. Wheeler Sr., who predeceased her in 1970.

Mrs. Beliveau attended high school in Concord. She was a cook at Lyndon Institute and also operated a dress store in Lyndonville. She was also a clerk at the May Store in Lyndonville at one time.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart League in Troy, and at one time a member of the Methodist Church in Lyndonville.

She later married Roger L. Beliveau on January 1, 1972. He predeceased her in 1998.

She is survived by her sons: Warren Wheeler of Southington, Connecticut, and Arthur Wheeler of Bristol; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews: Roland Beliveau and his wife, Judy, of Hyde Park, Monique Lafley and her husband, Douglas, of Morrisville, Andre Beliveau and his wife, Debra, of Wappingers Falls, New York, John Beliveau and his wife, Marie, of Westfield, Reginald Beliveau and his wife, Rita, of Swanton, Denise Bergeron and her husband, Kenneth, of Derby, Aline Breton and her husband, Dennis, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Alain Beliveau and his wife, Dorothy, of Clifton Park, New York, Anita Prouty and her husband, Peter, of Swanton, Paul Beliveau and his wife, Amanda, of Milton, Paulette Jones and her husband, Brian, of Hyde Park, Diane Ash of Bath, New Hampshire, Leonard Bowen of Derby, and Shirley Clark of North Carolina, and by many, many more. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Germaine Beliveau of Morrisville.

She was predeceased by her brother Ervin Dodge; her sister Bernal Bowen; her nephew Ray Bowen; and by her half-sister May Burlock.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place at a later date, at the Beliveau Family Cemetery in North Troy.

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

obit champlinHarriet “Hat” Champlin

Harriet “Hat” Champlin, 89, of Albany died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Mrs. Champlin was born in Lyme, Connecticut, on April 7, 1925, a daughter of Joseph and Rosa (Latham) Rand.

She graduated from Pratt High School in Essex, Connecticut.

A self-taught musician, she and her brother and sister formed a band, Ell’s Rand and Sister’s.  They played at the local Grange suppers, firehouse suppers, and even won a radio contract at a talent show.

She was a school driver for 50 years in Connecticut, Colorado, and Florida.

Moving to Albany after retirement, she and her sister, niece and grandnephew formed the Albany Hillbillies and entertained with their lively music at variety shows, nursing homes and churches.

She was an amazing cook and loved to invite family and friends to share.  She had artistic talent as well.  She painted many beautiful canvases.

She leaves a niece, Jacalyn Tollmann and her husband, Robert; a grandnephew, Chad Tollmann, and his wife, Jennifer; a great-grandniece, Mollee Tollmann; and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Richard Champlin.

She was laid to rest in the family lot in the North Lyme Cemetery in Hamburg, Connecticut.

obit coutureRuth S. Couture

Ruth Seguin Couture, 91, wife of the late Albert A. Couture, died on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Meriden Center in Meriden, Connecticut, after a brief illness.

She was born in Island Pond on August 24, 1922, daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Pelow Seguin.  She had resided in Meriden since 1962.

She was employed by Spartan Tool Manufacturing from 1969 through 1987.

She was a member of Family Living Worship Center in Meriden.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, doing puzzles, and reading.

She is survived by three daughters:  Alberta Roy of Meriden, Suzanne LeHerissier and her husband, Paul Larouche, of Meriden, and Laurie Collins of Meriden; two sons:  Donald Couture of Suffield, Connecticut, and Dennis Couture of Terryville, Connecticut; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Francesca “Anne” Jodrey of Gorham, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Greiser; two sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 16, 2013, in Meriden.  Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

For online condolences, visit www.jferryfh.com.

obit forcierFernand J. Forcier Sr.

Fernand J. Forcier Sr., 93, of Newport died on April 27, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on January 1, 1921, in Newport Center, to Oscar and Cornelie (Trudel) Forcier.

On June 2, 1952, he married Mary Anna Anita Guyette, who predeceased him on December 5, 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a truck driver for Worthmore Feeds of Newport for 40 years.  He was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 16 years, and after retiring from there, he was a driver for RCT for 17 years.

In his earlier years, he played tennis with the Azur boys.  He loved to “tinker” with many things, such as cars, TVs, radios, lawn mowers — basically anything he could “tinker” on.  He loved watching tennis on TV and enjoyed taking his daily walks, which allowed him to visit with his friends around town.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

He is survived by his children:  Fernand Forcier Jr. and his wife, Linda “Cookie,” of West Charleston, and Lynn Forcier of East Burke; his grandchildren:  Shawn and his wife, Tarrah, Jeremy, Dawn-Marie, Michael and his fiancée, Brittany, Keira Gann and her husband, Adam, and ChrisitannaNoelle Hurd; and by his great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Conner, Donovan, Trinity, Jay’Shawnand Payton.  He is also survived by his brothers-in-law:  Leo Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport, and Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Conrad and Morice Forcier; his sister Valeda Labrecque; his half-sisters:  Maryann Pelletier, Corona Lavoie, and Alice Chamberlin; and by his half-brothers:  Donat Dube, Joseph Dube, Valmore Dube, Julian Forcier, and Roland Forcier.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 16, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit KelleyRay “Skip” Kelley

Ray “Skip” Kelley, 61, of Derby died on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1952, in Newport, to Leona (Jewett) and Gordon Kelley Sr.

On September 22, 2012, he married Brenda White, who survives him.

He was an inspector for quality control at Tivoly in Derby Line, for 41 years.

He graduated from North Country Union High School where he played in the band.  He played the drums in the Newport Rotary Festival from 1968 to 1972.

He was formerly a member of the Newport Center Fire Department and was secretary and treasurer of the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center.  He attended the Church of God, played softball for Tivoly, enjoyed bowling, and he was an avid Red Sox fan.  He loved his church, singing, and he was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21.

He was also a member of the Cars of Yesteryear and he enjoyed traveling and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Kelley of Derby; his children:  Danielle Blake and her husband, Andy, of Morgan, Eric Trucott and his girlfriend, Paula Kimball, of Holland, and Craig Trucott and his fiancée, Samantha Shaw, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Taylor, Garrett, Chelsea, Brooke, Aidan, Amelia, Alden, and AraBella; his brothers:  Gordon R. Kelley Jr. and his fiancée, Brenda Turgeon, of Newport, and David Kelley of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and cousins.  He also survived by very supportive, special friends:  Paul and Bernie White, and Brian Kimball.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Cars of Yesteryear, 1680 Nelson Hill Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit KingDean Alexander King

Dean Alexander King, 90, of Island Pond died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 3, 1924, in Norton, to Alexander and Kathleen (Foster) King.

On July 24, 1949, he married Martha Boucher, who survives him.

He was employed for 40 years at the United States Post Office as a postal clerk.

For 30 years, played the saxophone, clarinet and drums in a seven-piece band with the Dean King Orchestra.

He held many positions for the town of Island Pond including town selectman.  He was also at one time on the board of North Country Union High School.

He is survived by his wife Martha King of Island Pond; his children:  Bexie Devost and her husband, Roland, of Alburg, Heather Goulet and her husband, Albert, of Island Pond, Brent King and his wife, Betty, of Seattle, Washington, and Ward King and his wife, Kelley, of Bozeman, Montana; his grandchildren:  Kristie, Tiffany and her husband, Craig Bertrand, Jamie and his wife, Brandy, Joshua and Ashley King, Austin and his wife, Katie, and Wesley; eight great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Brian King and his wife, Mary, of Barton, Gayle Currier and her husband, Vernon, of Media, Pennsylvania, Lois Webster of Enosburg, and Sherry Pinard of Littleton, New Hampshire; his sister-in-law Anita King of North Stratford, New Hampshire; his brother-in-law John Boucher and his wife, Suzanne, of Stanstead, Quebec; his many nieces, and nephews; and by his special friends:  John MacDonald and his wife, Allison.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Reid and James King; his sister Gloria Canario; his parents, James A. “Pop” King and Kathleen Foster King; his brothers-in-law:  Royce Pinard, Robert Webster and Edwin Bruhmuller; and by his sisters-in-law:  Evelyn Bruhmuller, Glenna King and Marion Boucher.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Anyone wishing to donate in his memory please send to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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

obit MartinDale Alan Martin

Dale Alan Martin, 53, of Nashua, New Hampshire, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born on October 13, 1960, in Newport, a son of Earl Sr. and Ruth (Wood) Martin.

He loved going to the movies, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, fishing, motorcycling and spending time in Vermont with his family.  He also enjoyed going to the Rockingham Track.

Mr. Martin was an electrician in the Nashua area and a carpenter by trade.  He enjoyed volunteering his time on many Nashua community projects.

He is survived by his two sons:  Adam Martin and Cody Martin, both of Derry, New Hampshire; his sister Tammy Barrup of Island Pond; three brothers:  Earl Martin Jr. of Island Pond, Robert Martin of Florida, and Denis Martin of Morgan; his special friend Nancy Dyer Clayman of Nashua; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his maternal grandmother Irene Woods; and by a special friend, Bonnie Stupak.

A graveside service was held on May 5, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit MayFred S. May

Fred S. May, 76, of Barton died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on September 20, 1937, and he always said, “I was a Chicago born Vermonter.”

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1955 and from the University of Vermont in 1959.  He received a Master’s in education from Bishop’s University.  He came back to teach at his alma mater, Barton Academy, and taught there until he started at Lake Region Union High School, where he was chairman of the math department.  He also coached soccer, basketball and baseball there.

With John St. Onge, they started Little League baseball in the Barton-Glover area.  He also coached soccer at Barton Academy and he was later the assistant principal and athletic director at Lake Region, where he left in 1980.  He worked at E.M. Brown & Son until his retirement.

He was a member of the Barton Fire Department for many years and was one of the original ambulance squad members.  He was in one of the first classes of EMTs that were trained at North Country Hospital in Newport.  He was also a member of the Barton Medical Clinic Board, which was responsible for creating the Barton Medical Clinic.  He was on the board of directors of North Country Hospital for 15 years and he served as chairman for a number of years.  Mr. May was elected to the Orleans Northeast Essex Athletic Hall of Fame.

He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, and golf.  After his retirement, he enjoyed working at the Barton Golf Club, which was built on the farm he grew up on.

He is survived by his wife Jane May of Barton; his children:  Mark and Christine May of Jacksonville, Florida, David and Lisa May of Canton, Georgia, Kathy and Steve Jones of Morrisville, and Peter and Sherry May of Brownington; his sisters:  Mary and her husband, Brian King, of Barton, and Dorothy and her husband, David Hathaway, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Nathan May and Kelsey Cochran, Ian Jones, Eric Haselton, and Steve Martin; and by three great-grandchildren:  Tyson, Nathan Jr., and Makayla.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Harold and Jessie May.

Funeral services were held on May 5, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Union High School Athletic Department, 317 Lake Region Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit PerronLeo A. Perron

Leo A. Perron, 86, of Newport died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1928, in Glover, to Ernest and Maria (Gagnon) Perron.

On March 29, 1948, he married Ruth Menard, who survives him.

He graduated from Berdett College in Massachusetts with a degree in accounting.

He enjoyed building camps with his wife and they also built their home together.

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

Mr. Perron started his career as an accountant and after 45 years he retired from Hayes Ford in Newport, in 2001.  He also enjoyed selling cars.

He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Perron of Newport; his children:  Jeannine Mislak and her husband, Jody, of Plainfield, and Joanne Lalime and her husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; his grandchildren:  Michael Mislak and his wife, Mandy, Stephanie Kevin and her husband, Matt, Jillian Gray and her fiancée, Tyler Cochran, and Jonathan Gray and his fiancée, Amy Williams; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his siblings:  Richard Perron and his wife, Marilyn, of Glover, Walter Perron and his wife, Dee, of Connecticut, Eddie Perron and his wife, Carol, of Glover, Nelson Perron and his wife, Ginni, of Arizona, Rita Haag of Colorado, Estelle Parmeter of Massachusetts, Martha Alexander of Glover, Yolie Chamberlain and her husband, Dale, of St. Johnsbury, and Cecile Davignon and her husband, Ernest, of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his son Leo Perron Jr.; and by four brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 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 May 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life, 209 Veterans Ave, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Linda R. Reick

Linda R. (Metcalf)Reick, 70, died on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois.

She was born in Irasburg on May 19, 1943.  She graduated from the Irasburg grade school, Orleans High School in Orleans, and Champlain College in Burlington.

She married John Reick on September 19, 1964, in Irasburg.

She began her career with Glenwood Medical Group in Joliet, and then she was office manager for Dr. Warren Wunderlich.  She also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Coventry.

She was a deaconess and former member of the Irasburg United Church in Irasburg.  She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Joliet.

She enjoyed quilting, antiques and traveling.  She was actively involved with the Orleans High School Class Alumni Committee.

She is survived by her husband John P. Reick; two sons:  Jon C. Reick and his wife, Andrea, of Peoria, Illinois, and Jeff R. Reick and his wife, Michelle, of Channahon, Illinois; four grandchildren:  Courtney, Jacob, Samantha and Curtis Reick; her sister Janine and her husband, Raymond LaMarche, of Coventry; her brother Brady Metcalf and his wife, Mariette, of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Dorothy Metcalf; and by a brother, Wayne Metcalf.

A memorial service will be held in Irasburg at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Irasburg United Church will be appreciated.

obit WhittemoreJessica J. Whittemore

Jessica J. Whittemore, 33, of Newport died suddenly on May 3, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 5, 1981, in Morrisville, to Dean and Sandra (Welch) Whittemore.

She was full of love and laughter.  She was an outstanding daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and companion.  She spoiled her nieces and nephews with all the love in the world.

Her contagious laughter and personality brightened every room.  The love she bestowed upon her family and friends will last forever.

Being the oldest of eight siblings meant she was a second mother, best friend, and a shoulder to lean on.

She was a dedicated LNA and worked at the Manor Nursing Home in Morrisville for 14 years.  The residents and her co-workers looked forward to seeing her smiling face.  She took pride in the care she provided.  There is a hole in the hearts and lives of everyone she left behind.

She also enjoyed traveling whenever she got the chance.

She will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her parents:  Sandra and David Rhodes of Derby, and Dean Whittemore Jr. of Morrisville; her siblings:  Daniel Whittemore and his fiancée, Jessica Jackson, and their daughter, Danica Whittemore, of Johnson, Timothy Whittemore and his significant other, Nicole Sykes, of West Charleston, Melissa Whittemore Leonard and her fiancé, Anthony Bolio, and her children, Jacob Whittemore, Jonathan Whittemore and Katie Whittemore-Leonard of Barton, Kristin Whittemore and her fiancé, Danny Green Jr., and their son, Warren Green, of Newport, Autumn Whittemore and her fiancé, Eric Smith, and her son, Clyde Ovitt, of Newport, Matthew Rhodes of Derby, Nicole Rhodes of Derby and her boyfriend, Jordan Brasseur; her step-siblings:  Jeffrey Rhodes of South Burlington, Jessica Lyon and her husband, Daniel, and their children, Bethany and Emma Lyon of Derby, and her significant other, David Crane, of Newport, and their beloved dog Priscilla; and by her grandparents: Dean Whittemore Sr. and Fonda Whittemore of Morrisville; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandparents:  Wilber and Sylvia Welch of South Ryegate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, May 8, at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Manor Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

Services

Marilyn Dickson

Committal services for Marilyn Dickson will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 9, at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Brian Gillis

A burial service for Brian Gillis of Island Pond will be held at the Catholic cemetery in Island Pond on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

Anyone wishing to share memories with the family may gather at the Gillis house at 691 Railroad Street at around 3 p.m.

Bruce Martin

Committal services for Bruce Martin will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Loretta McCoy

Committal services for Loretta McCoy will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at St. Theresa Cemetery in Orleans.

Georgette LeBlanc

Committal services for Georgette LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Perlie Jones Jr.

Committal services for Perlie Jones Jr. will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the North Troy Cemetery.

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Obituaries April 30, 2014

obit AllenWilma Marilyn Wallace Allen

Wilma Marilyn Wallace Allen, 93, of Newport died on April 25, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family members.

She was born on December 2, 1920, in Newport, to Earle and Elsie (Unwin) Wallace.

On September 5, 1943, she married David Allen, who predeceased her on June 13, 1999.

Upon graduating from Newport High School in 1938, she moved to California with her family where she studied fashion design. She returned to Vermont and was employed as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone. She then married Mr. Allen before he was deployed to the European Front during World War II.

While raising her children, Mrs. Allen was involved in many community activities such as the United Church Women’s Group, the Newport Women’s Club, Home DEM, the Parent Teacher Association, and as a Boy Scout den mother.

Throughout her life, she and her husband had many adventures: building one of the first ski lodges, the Jay Barn Village, in Jay; living in California for a time; and traveling to Hawaii. In retirement, they spent hot summer days at Echo Lake, cold winter days in Texas, and other seasons at their home in Newport.

She is survived by her children: Winsome Hamilton of Derby Line, Tom Allen and his wife, Nini, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, daughter-in-law Karen Allen of Ramsey, New Jersey, and Barry Allen and his wife, Anita, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Scott Hamilton and Diana Guillette, Reed and Deb Hamilton, Leeland Allen, Joselyn Allen, Sean and Kristin Allen, Ryan Allen, Wesley Allen, and Schuyler Allen; her great-grandson Landon Hamilton; and by her sister Winsome Wallace of Burlington.

She was predeceased by her son D. Michael Allen; and her brother Bernard Wallace.

Her wishes were expressed in a segment of an anonymous poem she gave to her daughter: “When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?”

A gathering for all those who would like to attend will be held at Barry and Anita Allen’s home at 267 Maple Ridge in Coventry, on Wednesday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, supporting the Children’s Room, at 202 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit DeMichaelAveril I. DeMichael

Averil I. DeMichael, 85, of Newport died peacefully on April 23, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 4, 1928, in Nice, France, to Ernest and Florence (Bates) Ingram.

On August 22, 1953, she married Nicholas C. DeMichael, who predeceased her in 2005.

Mrs. DeMichael loved her home, her family, watching the birds, gardening and her cats.

She and her late husband went camping with their children when they were young.

She was a member of the National Alliance on Mental Health in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children:  Steven DeMichael of Connecticut, Sharon Lynn of Florida, and Debbie Gabucci of Westfield; her grandchildren:  Carly Lynn, Jeremy Lynn, and Danielle Gabucci; and by her great-grandchildren:  Xavier Lynn, Kayla Lynn, and Giovanni Lynn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit hallFayalene Hall

Fayalene Hall, 78, of Barton died peacefully on April 22, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on October 27, 1935, in Sutton, to Clarence and Bernice (Gray) Sylvester.

She attended Lyndon Institute and worked as an LNA at the Greensboro Nursing Home.  She also sold Avon for many years.

Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing, growing plants and watching the birds.

She always looked forward to the annual family reunion held at her sister Ruby’s.  She so enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children:  Lawrence Paquette and his wife, Sue, of Lyndonville, and Tammy Gagnon and her husband, Sylvain, of Orleans; her stepchildren:  Nancy Sheltra, Larry Hall and his wife, Vickie, Kenneth Hall and his wife, Bev, Shirley McCormick and husband Ramon, Joanne Cleveland and her husband, Richard, James Hall, and Judith Rutunno; her grandchildren:  Hope Bonneau, Ann Bathalon, Christopher Grenier, Tiffany Paquette, Crystal Brigham, Michelle Gagnon, Kristen Gagnon, Bria-Tylynn Vigeant and Dakota Vigeant; her seven great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and by many special nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter Gabriel Grenier; her siblings:  Reginald Sylvester, Bill Sylvester, Roland Sylvester, Opal Randall, Ruby Stone, Lila Nolan, Orene Muzzey, Eula Freeman, and Erlene Sudman; and by a special companion, Sonny Salls.

Funeral services were held on April 26, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit RondeauBernard P. Rondeau

Bernard P. Rondeau, 84, of Newport died peacefully on April 21, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born to Joseph and Evelina (LeBlanc) Rondeau, the fifteenth of 18 children, and he grew up in Newport Center.

On August 21, 1954, he married Alice Hebert, and they would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this summer.

Mr. Rondeau was a dairy farmer for most of his life and was later employed by Yankee Milk and Tivoly.  He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  He was an avid square dancer for 28 years, and he greatly enjoyed all of the traveling he and his wife were able to do, primarily after retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Newport; his three children:  Catherine Comtois and her husband, Richard, of Derby, Deborah Cormier and her husband, Mark, of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Stephen Rondeau and his wife, Sheri, of Vashon, Washington; his nine grandchildren; his eight great-grandchildren; his sisters:  Noella Rondeau of Newport, and Sr. Lucienne Rondeau of Methuen, Massachusetts; his brothers:  George Rondeau of Columbia, Tennessee, and Paul Rondeau of Claremont, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; six sisters:  Simone Therrien, Jeanne Bathalon, Therese Laramee, Laurette Tweed, Lucille Brouillard, and Sr. Francoise Rondeau; and by his brother Gerard Rondeau.

A funeral Mass was held on April 25, in Newport.

Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

obit tennyFrancis B. (Frank) Tenny

Frank (Francis B.) Tenny died on April 5, 2014, at the retirement home, RiverWoods, in Exeter, New Hampshire.  He had developed dementia over the last years.  At 93, he had lived a long and satisfying life.

Mr. Tenny was probably destined for a life involved with Asia.  Born in Rochester, New York, on December 22, 1920, he was whisked off by his parents to Yokohama, Japan, at the age of three months.  Later on, he enjoyed his Japanese kindergarten, but he was always annoyed when his Japanese playmates slipped on their wooden geta and rushed out the door ahead of him while he had to wait to get his shoes tied.

He said, “I spent my early childhood in Japan where my father was founder and first president of Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama.  I attended the University of Rochester, but the Pearl Harbor attack took place the year I graduated and at age 21 I was drafted.

“Because of my knowledge of Japanese, I spent World War II in code breaking activities in the U.S. and New Delhi.  At the end of the war I was in China investigating Japanese code breaking efforts there.  I got an M.A. in Chinese at Harvard, and after a few years in a newspaper career, I joined the U.S. Information Agency, was later absorbed into the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Department of State, and had postings in Surabaya, Indonesia, Bangkok and Tokyo.

“When Henry Kissinger reopened cultural exchanges with China, I accompanied the Philadelphia Orchestra on their China tour during the Cultural Revolution.  Later I directed the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, established by Senator Javits.  I received the Order of the Rising Sun Class Three from Japan and also the Knowlton Award from the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps.”

Mr. Tenny and his wife, Robin, and daughter, Laura, moved from Virginia to Barton in 1983.

Mr. Tenny thrived on a life of farming in the morning and translating early twentieth century Japanese novels into English in the afternoon.  He enjoyed battling the raccoons for the peas and the corn (they usually won), driving the John Deere tractor into town, working with the Old Stone House Museum, getting to know Vermonters, going to concerts, and walking among the hills and lakes of this beautiful country.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Robin, and by his daughters, Carol and Laura.

He was predeceased by his son Charles Tenny.

Donations may be made in Mr. Tenny’s memory to the Charles Tenny Memorial Fund of the Japan-America Society of Vermont, which promotes cultural exchange between Japanese and Vermont high school students, care of the Japan America Society of Vermont, 123 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 306, Colchester, Vermont 05446; or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Orleans, Vermont, 05860; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services

Lorraine Maloney

Committal services for Lorraine Maloney will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Robert Picard

A graveside service for Robert Picard will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Harold Hansen

A graveside service for Harold Hansen will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

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Obituaries April 23, 2014

obit campbell webLeopold Donat Campbell

Leopold Donat Campbell, 88, of Newport died on Friday April 18, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Irasburg on September 24, 1925, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell. In 1947 he married Rachel Gaboriault, who predeceased him on February 3, 2007.

They lived on a farm in East Albany for 13 years before moving to Newport in 1961. He was employed at the Orleans Division of Ethan Allen, Inc., for 30 years before retiring.

Mr. Campbell was a communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport for many years. He was a man of unique wit and wisdom and often entertained people with his humorous thoughts on life, called “Leo- isms.” His quiet insight will be greatly missed.

He and Mrs. Gaboriault went on many cruises and traveled extensively to different areas of the United States. Mr. Gaboriault loved spending time with his family and playing cards with them as well as, for the last several years, with his sisters-in-law Florence Fontaine, Isabelle Pierce, and Noella LeBlanc.

He is survived by his son Philip Campbell and his wife, Suzanne, of Vernon, New York; by his daughters: Helen Ellsworth and her husband, Merritt, of St. Albans, Alice Drake and her husband, Gary, of Fletcher, and Patricia Campbell and George Eisenhardt of Addison; by nine grandaughters: Allison Ruhnke, Amy Tetreault, Sarah Devendorf, Kristina Spooner, Shannon Ellsworth-Padden, Amanda Kennedy, Abbey Drake, Emilie Rich, and Andrea Miller; and by nine great-grandchildren who enjoyed his famous grape jelly, meatballs, and numerous jokes. He is also survived by his brothers: Fernand and Raymond Campbell.

Besides his wife who predeceased him, he was predeceased by his sisters: Gilberte Lanoue and her husband, Roland, Jeannette Bentley and her husband, Rodney, and Theresa Campbell; also by his brother Romuald Campbell and his wife, Orilla.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, a caring organization that helps people and families deal with cancer, at 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Phyllis Irene Joyner

Phyllis Irene Joyner, 92, of Inverness, Florida, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

She was born March 4, 1922, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of Thomas and Lillian (Dansereau) Rawling.

She spent many summers with her daughter and son-in-law in Albany. She leaves her two daughters: Phyllis Horner and her husband, Robert Horner, of Inverness, formerly of Albany and Barbara Bradway and her husband, Walter, also of Inverness.

She considered Albany Methodist Church her church. She leaves six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

She was the best mom ever.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Randi Wright

Randi Wright

Randi A. Wright

Randi A. Wright Sr., 60, of Barton died on April 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 30, 1953, in New Britain, Connecticut, to Erwin and Ethel (Young) Wright.

On January 26, 1974, he married Edna French, who survives him

He was in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed woodworking, working on cars, and drawing.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Wright, of Barton; by his children: Bobbie Jo Lefebvre of Irasburg and Randi A. Wright Jr. of Barton; by his grandchildren: Samantha Lefebvre, Bethany Wright, Lillian Wright, Melanie Wright, Daisy, Riley, and Anthony Shaffer, and Kimberly, Doug, Joey, and Ashley Morrill.  He is also survived by his brother Russell Wright and his wife, Cindy, of Winstead, Connecticut, and by his sisters Wanda and Patricia.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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