Obituaries June 24, 2015

obit BakerHilda May Baker

Hilda May Baker, 84, of Newport died peacefully on June 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 19, 1930, to Harry and Margaret (Bell) Manning.

On September 11, 1954, she married Robert Baker, who survives her.

She was interested in needlecrafts, gardening, visiting with her friends and family, and baking, as she was known for her whoopee pies.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Baker, of Newport; her children: Deborah Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Timothy, of Mobile, Alabama, Brad Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Robert, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Meghan Duquette, Jenna Hurd, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin; her siblings: Charles Manning of Stanstead, Quebec, Percy Manning of Canada, Harry Manning of Canada, Sally Schanze of Florida, Shirley Parenteau and her husband, Ed, of Derby, and Marion Coolbeth and her husband, Bernard, of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Kennison.

A graveside service was held on June 19, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit LamereBeverly Joyce Mason Lamere

Beverly Joyce Mason Lamere, 79, of Brownington died suddenly on June 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 24, 1935, in North Troy to Ira and Vera (Crandall) Mason.

She grew up in North Troy and Island Pond, where she attended schools. She married Frank E. Lamere Sr. and they had two sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and Danny L. Lamere. Her husband, Mr. Lamere Sr., died in 1981.

Mrs. Lamere moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1982, where she was a security guard at a college. She came back to Vermont in 1996, where she took care of the elderly until 2010.

She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary in St. Petersburg. She enjoyed bingo and the casino.

She is survived by her sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and his wife, Sharon, and Danny L. Lamere and his wife, Candy; her grandchildren: Kevin Lamere, Jamie Taft and her husband, Justin, Carl Lamere and his companion, Chelsey, Liza Lamere and her companion, Roy Stone, and Melanie Fontaine and her husband, Robbie; her great-grandchildren: Cheyann Stone, Kaitlan and Cody Lamere, Jasmin and Jordan Taft, Tyler Lamere, Kaylee Fontaine, Destany Fontaine, and Gavyn Fonatine; her brother Harley Mason and his wife, Marilyn, of Guildhall; her sister Esther Lantagne of Barton; her brother-in-law Mike Amato of Nashville, Tennessee; and by her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Patricia Amato and Sara Carbonneau; and by her special friend, Sylvio Williams, who for 30 years brought each other many good times going on trips and also their winter trips to Florida.

A graveside service was held on June 20, 2015 at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit NadeauMarilyn R. Nadeau

Marilyn R. Nadeau, 73, of Newport died suddenly at her home on June 21, 2015.

She was born on September 1, 1941, in Newport, to Percy Blay and Alma (Davio) Blay.

On April 17, 1971, she married Louis Nadeau, who predeceased her in 1980.

She worked in payroll services for Phoenix Engineering.

She was a past member and very involved with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries for many years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting, doing puzzles, and she was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Her family meant everything to her, and she always enjoyed their visits and family gatherings.

She is survived by mother, Alma (Davio) Blay of Newport; her children: Christina Montminy of Newport, and Ginny Lynn Gray and her partner, Nathan Kelley, of Newport Center; her stepdaughter Tina Nadeau of Enfield, Connecticut; her stepson-in-law Joseph Robishaw of Derby; her grandchildren: Nicole Montminy of Newport Center, Samantha Corey and her husband, Christopher, of Livermore, California, Drew Gray and Dylan Gray of Newport Center, David Robishaw of Newport, Aimee (Robishaw) Bonin of Broomfield, Colorado, and Joanna Robishaw of Derby Line; her brother Stanley Blay of Newport and his daughters: Britt Blay and Renee Rivard and their families; her great-grandchildren: Ava Grace Lefebvre, Ellis Rushford, Joey Rushford, Michelle Provencher, Jessica Robishaw, Jennifer Stevens and her husband, Dakota, and Ashley Robishaw-Morin; her five great-great-grandchildren; and also by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Nadeau; her father, Percy Blay; her stepson Louis Nadeau Jr.; her stepdaughter Donna Robishaw; and by her great-grandson David Robishaw Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service in Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Verna S. Thayer

Verna S. Thayer, 96, of St. Johnsbury, formerly of Newport Center, died on June 13, 2015, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on September 22, 1918, in Coventry to Clayton and Sadie (Temple) Brooks. On May 2, 1940, she married Merton Thayer, who predeceased her on March 6, 2013.

She was a former member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed making crafts, quilting, cooking, bowling, and playing golf.

She enjoyed attending events at the Elks Lodge with her late husband.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Rainville and her husband, Arnold, of Lyndonville, Roberta Ellis and her husband, Wendell, of Newport, and Rebecca Poulos of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Scott, Todd, and Shelly Rainville, and Chris Donovan; her great-grandchildren: Patrick, Brady, Emily, and Alex Rainville, and Kaitlyn, Jullian, and Riley Donovan; her sister Doris Hughes of Connecticut; and by her sister-in-law Tony Brooks of Montpelier.

She was predeceased by her brother Bernard Brooks; and by three sisters: Charlena Brown, Marion Renihan, and Gwen Crellen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Thayer’s memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Robert E. Clark

A graveside service for Robert E. Clark will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with military honors.

Roy George

Committal services for Roy George of Orleans will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, where full military honors will be accorded.

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Obituaries June 17, 2015

obit DesrochersFlorence H. Desrochers

Florence H. Desrochers, 82, of Sheffield died on June 8, 2015, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

She was born on June 7, 1933, in Sheffield, daughter of Everett and Evelyn (Gilman) Simpson.

She enjoyed watching old Western movies, going out to eat, and spending time with family (especially playing with Dominic, her great-grandson), and her cat.

She is survived by her daughter Debra Renaudette; her son Dale Johnson; her sister Ila Albright; four grandchildren: Christine, Samantha, Kolten, and Jasmine; three great-grandchildren: Brooklin, Alexianna, and Dominic; one soon-to-be great-granddaughter in July, Khrystaliah; several nieces and nephews; as well as Dawn Marshall, who was like a daughter, and her husband, Pete, Omi Larrabee, and Jadyn Newland.

She is predeceased by her siblings: Cora Heath, Shirley Simonds, John Simpson, Harry Simpson, and baby Everett; a son-in-law, Chris Renaudette; and by a nephew, Leslie Heath.

A graveside service was held at the Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield on June 13.

obit FrizzellMichael D. Frizzell

Michael D. Frizzell, 68, of Newport died suddenly on June 12, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on February 1, 1947, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, to Francis and Rowena (Brockney) Frizzell.

On October 4, 1969, he married Suzanne Leblond, who predeceased him on March 14, 2013.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He was supervisor for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.

He enjoyed gardening, the company of his black lab, and he loved being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters: Melissa Frizzell and Angela LaPlante and her husband, Dana, all of Newport; his brother Stephan Frizzell and his wife, Jeannie, of Antrim, New Hampshire; his sister Laurie Frizzell of Derby; his special companion, Terry Grenier; and by several nieces and nephews.

obit vets flagFriends may call on Thursday, June 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MacDonaldJessica L. MacDonald

Jessica L. MacDonald, 30, of Derby Line died suddenly on June 11, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 15, 1984, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Kim MacDonald Lague and Dominque Gervais.

Her life was spent caring for her three children, whom she adored with all her heart. She put all others ahead of her own needs and was always a pillar for everyone in her life to lean on and count on. Her kindness and compassion for all people knew no bounds and was a force that brought a special light into this world for us all.

She is survived by her parents: Kim MacDonald Lague and her husband, Ray, of Colorado, and Dominque Gervais and his wife, Donna, of Coventry; her children: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell; her longtime companion, Doug Russell, of Derby Line; her sisters: Melissa MacDonald of Missouri, and Jennifer Vitalis and her husband, Randy, of Connecticut; her brothers: Keith Gervais of Vermont and Christian Gervais of Newport Center; her grandparents: Gilbert Gervais of Connecticut, Josianne Downs of Kentucky, and Keith and Ann MacDonald of Missouri; her stepsisters: Holly Larose of North Carolina, and Meghan Gervais of Newport Center; and by Douglas Russell’s parents and sister: Brian and Kim Russell and Tracy Russell, all of Derby.

Funeral services were held on June 16, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Tracy Russell, 583 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, for her children.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary Ann Merrill

Mary Ann Merrill of Craftsbury, 66, died on April 23, 2015, in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

She was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Merrill.

After graduating in a class of ten students at Craftsbury Academy, she attended the University of Vermont. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1971.

For over 20 years she was a secretary at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Later, she did volunteer driving for senior citizens and was a private duty caregiver.

As a member of the fourth generation, she worked on the family farm. She spent many happy summers at her camp, which her father built.

She belonged to the United Church of Craftsbury, Ladies Union, and Homemakers.

She is survived by her sisters: Nancy Merrill and her partner, Robert Lambert, and Jane Linck and her husband, David; her niece Jennifer Linck and her partner, Cedar, and their daughters: Posey and Alice Hannan; her nephew Robert and his son Stig Linck, all of Craftsbury; her uncle and aunt, Everett and Phyllis Merrill of Cobleskill, New York; her aunt Beverly Merrill of LaCrescent, Minnesota; and by several cousins. She also leaves behind three very special longtime friends: Marjorie Stoddard, Fay Waterhouse, and Jean Anderson and their extended families.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Martha Jenkins; her uncle Leland Merrill; her uncle, aunt, and cousin: John, Jane Ellen, and Martin Wehncke.

A memorial service will be held on June 27 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury on Craftsbury Common.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury, care of Cheryl Bailey, Treasurer, 181 Collinsville Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit SmithMarilyn Bates Smith

Marilyn Bates Smith, 83, of Shelburne, formerly of Newport, died on June 13, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 13, 1932, in Morgan, to Carl and Marion (Mudgett) Bates.

She graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1950 from Newport High School. In 1954, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

On June 30, 1958, she married Robert Winfield Smith, who predeceased her on July 12, 2003.

She was a teacher in Randolph and Cabot, as well as a substitute teacher in Danville, St. Johnsbury, and Lyndon. She was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and an active member of the North Congregational Church. She loved cats and was a volunteer at the Frontier Animal Society.

She is survived by her children: Brian Carl Smith and his wife, Dawn, of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Alan Robert Smith and his wife, Susan, of South Burlington; her grandson Christopher Brian Smith and his wife, Krystle, and their three daughters: Zerviah, Matilda and Elphaba of Johnstown, New York; her two nieces: Sheri and Deborah; and by her five nephews: Jeff, Greg, Tom, Steven, and Craig.

She was predeceased by her sister Carleen Cummings.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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 urieRichard James Urie

Richard James Urie, 80, of Livingston, Montana, died on Friday, June 5, 2015, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born on March 31, 1935, in Albany, son of Leslie and Isabel (Anderson) Urie of Bonnie View Farm. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy and then earned a degree in agronomy from the University of Vermont. After college he worked for the Soil Conservation Service until he was drafted in 1958. He served two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Urie returned to Bonnie View Farm to work with his father. In December of 1965, he married Ellen Boyd and she joined him at Bonnie View Farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Urie enjoyed 29 years raising a family and farming together. He took great pride in the stewardship of the farmlands and improving their productivity. He also spent many hours teasing and playing with his four children, Wendi, Barb, Kelly, and Dan, and was well know for his sense of humor and enjoyment of a practical joke. The family’s “city cousins” and friends with summer homes all loved to visit the farm and to be part of the fun he created.

Mr. and Mrs. Urie retired from farming in 1994, traveled the country for a full year, and then settled in Asheville, North Carolina, where they lived for eight years. In 2003, they relocated to Livingston, to be closer to their daughters. Mr. Urie was immediately fascinated by Western farming and ranching, and especially irrigation. For a Vermont farmer the idea of not having enough water was completely foreign! Mr. Urie was also drawn to the mountain landscape and enjoyed hikes, bicycle rides, and snowshoe outings with his daughters and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Ellen; his favorite daughters: Barb and her husband, Jim Marshall, Kelly Elder, and Wendi and her husband, Mike Cimonetti; his siblings: Ellen Jane and her husband, Wes McGrew, Arthur, and Paul and his wife, Sue; and by his five grandchildren: Marissa, Jack, Abby, Hazen, and Caroline.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Isabel; his son Dan; and by his brother Andrew.

A celebration of his life was held on June 12, in Livingston. Interment will be at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to Park County Senior Center, 206 South Main Street, Livingston, Montana 59047.

obit wellsGeorge W. Wells

George W. Wells, 73, of South Burlington died at his home on Friday, June 12, 2015.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 11, 1942, son of the late Harland and Evelyn (Wallace) Wells.

Following high school, Mr. Wells entered into the U.S. Navy, starting a 20-year career, proudly serving his country on various submarines as Radioman Chief Petty Officer. He was a Vietnam veteran and was actively involved during the Cuban Blockade and Lebanon Crisis. His submarine duties included the USS Carp, USS Blenny, USS Entemedor, USS Seawolf, USS Kamehameha, USS Benjamin Franklin, USS Escape, and the USS Andrew Jackson. He was also a mortgage broker — he owned and operated Express Mortgage for ten years.

Mr. Wells was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He treasured time spent with his family. He took great pride in his brother, son, grandson, niece, and nephews, and swelled whenever he spoke of their service to our country. He enjoyed family hunting trips to Jay Peak, and salmon fishing in Pulaski or Anchorage, Alaska. He adored his grandchildren.  He was an avid Red Sox fan, enjoyed working in the yard, grilling, and “sharing” recipes, but not the grilling duties.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Ruth (Emmerson) O’Keefe-Wells of South Burlington; his children: Karol Leggett and husband, Creg, of Birmingham, Alabama, Karl Wells and his wife, Jeannie, of Beaufort, South Carolina, Timothy O’Keefe and his wife, Melissa, of Albany, New York, Kathleen O’Keefe of South Burlington, and Patricia Cutler and her husband, Matthew, of Albany, New York; his eight grandchildren: Richard Hunt, Daniel O’Keefe and his partner, Caitlyn Ribeiro, Zachary Wells, Ryan O’Keefe, Emma Leggett, Tessa Leggett, Emily O’Keefe, and Connor LeClair; a great-granddaughter and his pride and joy, Amelia O’Keefe; his brothers: Edward Wells and his wife, Joanne, Harland Wells and his wife, Carol, and Roger Wells and his wife, Barbara; his sisters-in law and brothers-in-law: Sandra Hemenway and her husband, Hale, Thomas Emmerson and his wife, Anna, Betty Emmerson, Ernest Emmerson and his wife, Diana Emmerson, and Micki Ann and Ronald Thomas; and by his very special aunt, June Windhold.

He was predeceased by his brother Richard Wells.

A celebration of life with reception to follow will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, at 5171 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Burial will be held later at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit wolfgramViolet Ruth Wolfgram

Violet Ruth Wolfgram died on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Artisan Assisted Living in DeForest, Wisconsin.

She was born on March 5, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Known as Peachy to her parents and siblings on Cape Cod, and as Ruth when she raised her children in Vermont, she became Ruthie and Grandma Ruthie as the days went by and she moved to Rotterdam, New York, and finally to Wisconsin.

Ms. Wolfgram always had an artistic flair and an entrepreneurial drive. Her artful creativity showed up in the form of charcoal and pencil sketches of family members, pets, and interesting strangers; she also dabbled in oil painting, created hundreds of dried flower arrangements that she called “beautifuls,” and later moved on to pressed flower, fern, and leaf pictures under glass.

Her entrepreneurial side found its expression in the world of sales. From her earliest married days, she worked with her husband, Dick, as a traveling saleswoman. Together they sold a variety of goods, but they particularly enjoyed and did well in the photography business. When they moved with their children Cory and Steve to Vermont in 1960, they ran a photography studio and Ms. Wolfgram started a sign painting business, G&W Signs, with Libby Garneau. The sign business allowed her to use her artistry and her sales abilities, and she and Ms. Garneau had a great time creating designs and painting everything from signs outside of businesses to school buses and oil delivery trucks.

The stories she told in her final years often focused on the time that she was living in Rotterdam, in the cute little house owned by her brother Gerry and his wife, Mac. She reminisced about her grandchildren, Chad and Erica, and her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Amber, Cierra, and Cydney. Some of her most animated stories came from her years as a salesperson for Under Cover Wear, the lingerie firm for which she conducted home parties. As part of her compensation as one of the top sales people in the nation, she won vacation trips to Australia, Rome, Hawaii, and Thailand. She was so successful that on many of her trips, she won two tickets and was able to take along a second person.

Told with eyes wide and arms flailing, she would joyfully recount how, on the trip to Australia while seated in first class, her guest and in-law, Ann Frost, told the flight attendant as they approached the equator crossing that they should have a glass of whiskey. The flight attendant brought Ms. Wolfgram and Ms. Frost the bottle, and left it. While she struck a more respectful tone when talking about her trip to Rome and looking up at the Pope from Vatican Square, her tales from Thailand were rollicking — from the locals staring and pointing at her bright red hair — she loved it — to the “mild” soup that set her mouth on fire, and finally to her riding the mother elephant while Cory rode the baby elephant.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters and their spouses: Gerry and Eleanor Pierce, David and Barbara Pierce, Eleanor and John Cunningham, and Carol and Willie Nobre. She is also survived by her two children and their spouses: Cory Wolfgram and John Burton and Steve and Jane Wolfgram; numerous nieces and nephews; her grandchildren: Andrew, Amber, Cierra, and Cydney Wolfgram, and Carter Webster and Kai Williams; her great-great-grandson Cayden Wolfgram; and by her former daughter-in-law Jo, who stayed in close touch with her over 40 years.

At her request, a simple family ceremony is being held on Cape Cod in the fall.

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Obituaries June 10, 2015

obit BrosseauGerald Roger Brosseau

Gerald Roger Brosseau, 63, of Derby died on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at his residence, following a period of declining health.

Born on June 5, 1951, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Orville Entiene and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau.

He graduated from Northeast High School, Class of 1969, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and subsequently Miami-Dade College in the field of funeral directing and embalming.

He was married to Margaret Ellen (Brundage) Brosseau on April 19, 1980.

He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in New Hampshire and Florida. He proudly served on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Funeral Directors’ Association for many years, holding the position of treasurer until his death.

He was the chief executive officer and a co-founder of Always On Call Answering Service, LLC, an award-winning company based in Concord, New Hampshire. In his position, he developed a niche to provide specialized services to funeral professionals as an extension of their business. Prior to becoming a funeral director, he was an accomplished chef, restaurateur, and writer, including being a radio announcer at WFTL Radio in his teenage years, earning the coveted Silver Mic Award at the age of 14. He also enjoyed his time as an owner of a successful dairy farm in Troy.

Mr. Brosseau was an ordained Christian minister and dedicated his life to helping others. He was recognized for many years as Santa Claus for the Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and for the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale.

His memberships included Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #249 of Sebring, Florida; Mahi Shiners of Miami, Florida; Orient of Florida — Scottish Rite of the Valley of Lake Worth; York Rite Bodies, Lauderdale Council No. 24 Royal and Select Masters of Fort Lauderdale; past watchman of shepherdess of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Judea Shrine No. 14, of Fort Lauderdale; Order of the Eastern Star, Tri-Gate Chapter No. 276, of Fort Lauderdale; Loyal Order of Moose; and the National Funeral Directors Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his sons: Gerald R. Brosseau II and his fiancée, Vicki Lopez, and son Braiden of Cape Coral, Florida, and George J. and his wife, Heather Brosseau, of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; his godson Dakota Brosseau of Jeffersonville; his sister Gisele Phipps of Maine; his brothers: Richard Brosseau of Vermont and George Brosseau of Texas; as well as by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Orville and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau.

Burial will be held in the Slatedale Cemetery in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 11, at 1 p.m.

The family has asked that memorial donations be sent in loving memory of Mr. Brosseau to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children — Tampa, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607-1460.

Online condolences at mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

John David Christensen

John David Christensen of West Glover, beloved son, father, brother, and uncle, died on the morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 2, 1951, to Christian Christensen and Marion Thornton.

He leaves behind a daughter, Kelsey Christensen; and a longtime partner, Roberta Ashe.

He was a professor and coordinator of online learning at the Community College of Vermont for over 25 years, consummately dedicated to learning and education in Vermont.

He will be missed by family, students, colleagues, and the community.

obit DemersNorma Demers

Norma Demers, 95, of Newport Center died peacefully on June 6, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 18, 1920, in Burlington, to John and Peninnah (Foss) Thomas.

She was employed at one time by Indian Head Plywood, Newport Plastics, and Ethan Allen Manufacturing.

She was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, politics, crossword puzzles, and going to Old Orchard Beach in Maine with her family.

She resided in Newport Center for 68 years. She had a special dog, “George W.,” and also several others in the past. She brought her family to see the stone house in Alburg where she lived as a child. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandson Gavin who was a special caregiver to her.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy Hemingway of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Susan Hansen and her husband, Reginald, of North Troy, Shirley Santaw and her husband, Alfred, of North Troy, Lisa Blanchette and her husband, Dennis, of Warwick, Rhode Island, Mary Blake of Newport Center, Gail Demers of Newport Center, James Demers of Derby, John Demers and his wife, Sue, of Newport Center, and Mark Demers of Newport Center; her 24 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and by 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by three sons: Robert and Philip Demers and by infant George; her brother John Thomas; and by her former husband Paul Demers in 2000.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend O’Hara officiating. Interment will follow in North Troy Village Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit roundBrian David Round

Brian David Round, 37, of Newport died unexpectedly on May 31, 2015, in Hillsboro, Florida.

He was born on February 15, 1978, in Newport to David and Theresa “Tess” (Brochu) Round.

Mr. Round graduated from North County Union High School in 1996. He played soccer, was a member of the alpine ski team, and he enjoyed other outdoor recreations. He went on to study at the University of Vermont.

He became a wonderfully talented chef who was at his best when he let his talents and creativity lead him to delicious experiments. He could improvise a five-star meal from whatever materials he had available. He worked in many locations, which included stops at the Hillsboro Club in Florida, Big Sky Ski Resort in Montana, Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, and Junior’s and McKee’s in Winooski. He was especially close and had great friendships with the staff at McKee’s. As he did his culinary travels, he enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new locations.

He had a love and compassion for animals. He loved his pets and enjoyed the company of Mikey the dog, Mary Jane the cat, and had a special pet cat, Walter, when he was a youngster.

He was an incredibly voracious reader, often absorbing a book or more per week. He was the kind of person who preferred holding a real book in his hands instead of electronic gadgetry. He read every topic, but especially enjoyed historical novels. His recall of movies and famous movie lines was epic.

Lately he had many fishing adventures in fresh and salt water. He spent many days on the slopes on his Montana trip, and golfed at Basin Harbor. Video games, comedy shows like Family Guy, and music were also pleasures he enjoyed. A particularly special time was spent one spring working in the sugarhouse with his mom and uncle Rene. In the fall he especially liked hunting adventures in Virginia with his dad and uncles at Fort Willey.

Mr. Round was a man of few words, but on the occasion when he articulated on a subject, one had better listen as he had a wealth of information to share on nearly any topic. A conversation with “Encyclopedia Round” would always conclude with new knowledge, learning that took place, and a fresh perspective on the horizon. In his usual quiet way, you would have to listen carefully to catch his extremely intelligent sense of humor.

He is survived by his father, David Round, of Newport; his mother, Theresa “Tess” Round, and her companion, Todd Morey, of Troy; and by his brother Torrie Round of Grand Isle. He had a large number of relatives on both sides of his family, and has numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly. He also leaves the following aunts and uncles: Eva Brochu, Rita and Omar Choquette, and William and Sarah Round of Newport, Anna and Charles “Sonny” Sanville, Charles Buck, and Rene Brochu of Newport Center, Gerard Brochu and Mary and Michael Roy of Derby, Steven and Paula Brochu of Derby Line, Lea and Ron Cook of Irasburg, John Brochu and Claire Tetreault of North Troy, Alfred Brochu of Kentucky, Robert and Linda Round of Virginia, Clara Brochu of Maine, Patricia “Patty” Mann of New Hampshire, Martha Dupont of Florida, and John and Laurie Round of Illinois.

There will be a private graveside committal service for the family at a date to be determined. He will be interred with his grandmother Vera “Jan” Round, who predeceased him in January. He was also predeceased by his grandfather Franklin Round; and by his aunts: Maria Buck and Madeleine Brochu.

In lieu of flowers or donations, his family would like those inclined to purchase a book to read with a child or spend a quality day with a youngster fishing, hunting, camping, or doing another outdoor activity.

obit SmithWalter Edwin Smith

Walter Edwin Smith, 84, of North Troy died on June 6, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on August 15, 1930, in Newport, to William and Minnie (Page) Smith.

He married Tessie Lahue on September 3, 1954. She predeceased him on June 17, 2011. Also, his son Albert Smith predeceased him on March 21, 2009.

Mr. Smith was a rural route letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 1994. He was a member of the North Troy High School Class of 1948. He was a veteran of the Korean War as well as a member of the Air National Guard of Vermont. He held memberships with the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 of Troy. He poured his heart and soul into Jay Peak Post #28. The members were his second family. He served as commander in the past as well as adjutant for many years up until he could no longer physically do the job. Many hours were also spent on fund-raisers for the club, the least of which was the weekly bingo. That kept him busy in his retirement.

As well as enjoying his family he enjoyed many years of camping, playing bingo, and the beloved board game Aggravation with his wife.

He is survived by his daughter Mary Cota and her husband, Arnold, of Jay, and their children: Susan Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of California and their son Luca, Karen Sheahan and her husband, Doug, of California, and Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, of Milton, and their son Aden, as well as Cindy’s children: Sabrina, Tyler, Andrea, and Mariah Rocque. He is also survived by his daughter Kathy Mayhew and her husband, Marcel, of Jay, and their daughter Angela Mead and her husband, James, of Newport Center and their children: Sierra and Tyler Mead of Newport Center, and Melinda Smith and her boyfriend, Chris Collier, and her son Mathieu of North Troy. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating. Interment will be on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m., in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

obit vets flagShould friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, care of Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service, 1375 Cross Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

He fought a hard battle until the end and will be missed by all. As in his famous good-bye words, we now say to him, with love and admiration, “catch you come later,” Dad, Grandpa, and friend.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit thompsonElliot Raymond Thompson Sr.

Elliot Raymond Thompson Sr. of Derby died peacefully at home in the early hours of January 16, 2015, after a long battle with illness. He was 86.

He was born on April 28, 1928, in Evanston, Illinois, to Ruth Elliot Thompson and Harold Thompson.

He received an engineering degree from Michigan Tech University in 1953. He served in the Air Force.

He married Betty Smith on August 21, 1949, in Petoskey, Michigan.

He worked for Metal Flex in Newport for 25 years. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and attended St. Mark’s in Newport, where he sang in the choir and served on the vestry. He was a member of the Golden M Club, an association for Michigan Tech alumni who had been alumni for 50 plus years.

He was an avid reader of history and mystery. He loved to jog, golf, fish, and to boat.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Smith Thompson; a brother, Walter George Thompson, and his wife, Betty, of Williamsburg, Michigan; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Smith and his wife, Carolyn, of Big Rapids, Michigan. He is also survived by his children: Sandra Pealer and her husband, Judson, of Rangeley, Maine, Elliot Thompson and his wife, Peg, of Garrettsville, Ohio, Walter Thompson of Chicago, Illinois, the Reverend Mark Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Scott K. Thompson and his wife, Tanya, of Parkton, Maryland. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Lauren and her partner, Kyle, Alissa, obit vets flagEmma, Connor, Sacha and her partner, Matt, Shawn and his wife, Catrina, Benjamin and his wife, Erica, Megan, Elliot Thompson III, Nathan, Sarah and Rachel; and six great-grandchildren: Daniel, Elliot, Lily, Everett, Daniel, and Teigan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Harold; and by his three children: Sherry and twins Matthew and Johnathan.

He will be buried in Derby Cemetery. A memorial fund request has been made for contributions to St. Mark’s Food Shelf, P.O. Box 125, Newport, Vermont.

obit TiceBrian L. Tice

Brian L. Tice, 49, of Derby died on June 5, 2015, in Newport, after a short fight battling cancer.

He was born in Newport on October 23, 1965.

He was currently a dairy farmer working for Nelson Farms of Derby.

He loved farming, mudding, fishing, four-wheeling, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jodi Tice, of Derby; his children: Chad Byers and his wife, Shannon, and Anthony Byers and his wife, Kristin, all of Irasburg; his grandchildren: Mariah, Steven, Aubrie, and Tyler Byers, and Logan and Bailey Martin; his mother Beverly Keenan-Kilby and stepfather John Kilby of Derby; his brother Gordon Tice and his wife, Billie, of Derby; his sister Rose Daigle and her husband, Jean, of Troy; his stepsiblings: Sarah, John Jr., and Tim Kilby and their families; his mother-in-law, Connie Carpenter, of Derby; his father-in-law, Reg Carpenter, of North Troy; his brothers-in-law: Richard Carpenter and his wife, Lucy, of Derby, and Randy Carpenter of Derby; his sister-in-law Sheila Carpenter of Derby; and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on June 9 in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Frank Medor

Committal services for Frank Medor will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Albert Lebeau

A graveside service for Albert Lebeau will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

Frederick S. Chatley

There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Frederick S. Chatley at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at the Westmore Community Church. The church is located on 27 Hinton Hill Road, near his beloved Lake Willoughby, in the town of Westmore. Please contact his daughter Megan McCrery at (484) 883-0526, if you have questions or need assistance.

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Obituaries June 3, 2015

obit AllenEsther M. Allen

Esther M. Allen, 90, of North Troy died peacefully on May 28, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 21, 1925, in Newport Center, to George and Mary (Horskins) Armstrong.

On May 8, 1948, she married Richmond Allen, who predeceased her on July 31, 1971.

During her lifetime she was a splicer operator for the Weyerhaeuser Mill in North Troy. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #28 of North Troy.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, attending adult day services in Newport and meal sites in North Troy, and doing activities with her grandchildren. She loved to walk with her little tagalongs.

She is survived by her children: Elizabeth Handy and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Mary Brown and her husband, Arthur, of Derby, Hazel Santaw and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Katherine Allen of Orleans; she was Gram to eight grandchildren: Kenneth Handy, Theresa Fortin and her husband, Marcel, Carrie and Kristy Santaw, Kevin Allen and his wife, Kelley, Karen Miller and her husband, Arjay, Cody MacFarlane, and Liza Campbell; 16 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son Roger Allen on September 13, 1971.

A graveside service was held on June 1 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit hartWilliam Hart Jr.

William Hart Jr. died on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 90 and had been in declining health in recent years.

He maintained his friendly and engaging personality to the end of his life.

He was born on July 11, 1924, in Leominster, Massachusetts, the youngest of five children of William and Katherine (Lilley) Hart. He grew up in Leominster and his family spent summers at Long Beach in Rockport, Massachusetts, which fostered a lifelong love of the seashore.

He graduated from Leominster High School in 1942 and started at Dartmouth College. World War II interrupted his college career and he joined the Navy V12 training program at Dartmouth. He received his commission in 1945 and served as a Naval officer in the Pacific on the U.S.S. DuPage, an attack transport. After the war, he returned to Dartmouth and graduated in 1949 with a degree in mathematics.

He married Ursula Anglim of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1949, and they lived in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Port Chester, New York, and Wyckoff, New Jersey, over the next 20 years.

He worked as an industrial engineer for Cluett Peabody and A.O. Smith. In 1961 he joined Southwestern Engineering Company (SWECO) as a sales engineer. Because of his gregarious nature and love of people, he was a very successful salesman and manager, and became the eastern regional manager.

After the death of his first wife in 1969, he married Mavis Perry Buchanan in 1971 and they settled in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He retired in 1989 and they moved to Coventry, where they spent many happy years in a house they built with a beautiful view of Lake Memphremagog. During his retirement, he was active in the Newport Rotary, the Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Service, and the United Church of Newport.

He is survived by his four children: daughter Susan and her husband, Gregory Schwarz, of Lebanon, New Hampshire; daughter Sara and her husband, Robert Demers, of Merrimack; son William Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire; and son Craig and his wife, Heather Hart, of Weymouth, Massachusetts. There are eight Hart grandchildren. He is also survived by his three stepchildren: stepson Norman and his wife, Ruth Buchanan, of Pomfret; stepson William and his wife, Sharon Buchanan, of Deerfield, New Hampshire; and stepson Paul and his wife, Martha Buchanan, of Weare, New Hampshire. There are seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Both wives and his four sisters predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Church of Newport in Newport.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/manh.

Online condolences at rickerfuneralhome.com.

Joshua Erlon Michaud

Joshua Erlon Michaud of St. Johnsbury died on April 16, 2015.

He was son of Gerald Michaud and Joanne Martin of Greenbush, Maine, born on May 3, 1977.

He is survived by his parents; his uncle Reggie Michaud of New Britain; his cousins; and by many friends who tried to provide for him these last few years.

His aunt Sheila Michaud of Glenburn, Maine, died the day after him.

He was predeceased by his uncles: George Michaud of New Britain, Connecticut, and Dennis Michaud of St. Johnsbury.

A memorial gathering will take place at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury on Sunday, June 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. A potluck meal will be shared.

Patricia Ann Morrill

Patricia Ann Morrill, 70, of Randolph, formerly of Barton, died on May 21, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on November 27, 1944, in Springfield, the daughter of Edward G. Morrill and Judith M. (Rash) Morrill-Billings.

While living in Ludlow, she attended schools for the developmentally disabled in Vermont and Massachusetts and participated in Special Olympics of Vermont for several years. She resided in Waterford for several years before relocating to Springfield in 1985, when she joined the Lincoln Street Inc. (LSI) group. She was employed by ThermaDyne in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, for more than 15 years and retired in 2009. She volunteered at the Good Neighbor Free Health Clinic and the Bugbee Senior Center, both in White River Junction.

She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed many hobbies along with biking, horseback riding, camping, hiking, and swimming. She loved history and traveled to many historical sites throughout New England and the United States. She had been a member of Global Campus Springfield since 2008. She was passionate in doing her research and enjoyed sharing her adventures with family and friends. Some classes she taught during her time with Global Campus included: Nelson Mandela, John Quincy Adams, 9-11, Paul Revere, and Queen Elizabeth. She was a life-member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #36 and Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1034.

She is survived by her mother; her siblings: Robert and his wife, Maria Morrill, of Naples, Florida, Susan and her husband, Norman Gagnon, and Kevin Morrill of Ludlow; two nephews: Norman Gagnon III and his family of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, and Retired Major Sean Gagnon and his family of Cibolo Texas; her 13 great-nieces and -nephews; her stepbrothers: Edgar Billings Jr. and his family of Baltimore, Jeffrey Billings and his family, and Timothy Billings of Ludlow, and Neil Billings of Castleton; and by her stepsister Kelley Billings of Ludlow.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward G. Morrill, of Ludlow in 1980; and by her brother David A. Morrill of Seattle, Washington, in 1990.

A graveside service was held on May 29, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow.

obit PerkinsMable J. Perkins

Mable J. Perkins, 92, of West Charleston died on May 22, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on September 16, 1922, in Morgan to Lester and Margaret (Vincent) Holmes.

On June 17, 1939, she married Ralph Perkins, who predeceased her on February 4, 2014.

She loved to cook not only as a job, but for family and friends. They were active in the Elks, loved to snowmobile, enjoyed family gatherings, their camp on Westmore Mountain, playing cards, dancing, and the company of their many friends.

She and her husband owned and operated a farm in West Charleston for many years. In addition to helping on the farm she also found time to work at Camp Winape, Selbar Weaving, JJ Newberry, and North Country Union High School.

She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston.

She is survived by her children: Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Myron, of Derby, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, of West Charleston, Gerald Perkins and his wife, Margaret, of West Charleston, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston; her grandchildren: Dawn Brainard and her husband, Tim, Ricky Brainard and his wife, Donna, Pam Brainard and her husband, Dennis, Lindsay Brainard and his wife, Nikole, Cindy Lewis, Cathy Etheze and her husband, Jim, Dwayne Bowen and his fiancée, TammyLee, Scott Perkins and his friend, Anick, Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, Tammy Kroyman and her husband, Phil, and Angel Graves; her 22 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Bertha Robbins; her sister-in-law Catherine Perkins; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins; two great-great-granddaughters: Rita and Tyra Ladue; her brothers: Gerald and Chester; and by her sisters: Muriel Turenne, Rena LaCoss, and Pearl LaCoss.

Funeral services were held on May 30, in Newport. Interment followed in West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Free Will Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 1028 Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ProvencherGladys I. Provencher

Gladys I. Provencher, 61, of Newport Center died suddenly on May 23, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 26, 1953, in Newport, to Phillip and Rosanna (Kelley) Provencher.

She enjoyed playing cards, poker, and crocheting blankets for her nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed attending The Meeting Place, she loved listening to country music, and spending time with her family at gatherings and cookouts and with her niece’s grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother Butch Provencher and his fiancée, Diane Graham, of Newport; her nieces and nephews: Kelley Robinson and her husband, David, of Newport Center, Tina Provencher of Williamstown, North Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, Christopher Provencher and his wife, Valerie, and David Johnson and his wife, Wendy, of Clinton, Maine; and by several nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased her sister Janice Sheltra Shepardson.

Funeral services were held on May 29, in Newport. Interment followed in Derby Line Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Judie L. Quick

Judie L. Quick, 70, of Newport Center died suddenly on May 25, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 16, 1945, in Fort Benning, Georgia, to Jack and Helen (Moss) Ingram.

She attended schools in Fort Benning and Clarksville, Tennessee.

Ms. Quick was a pet groomer most of her life and a professional dog breeder.

She loved all animals, traveling to the beach and the ocean, and caring for her horses. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was a member of the American Kennel Club.

She is survived by her children: Gary Quick and his wife, Monica, of Island Pond, and Tracey Quick of Newport; her grandchildren: Robert, Krystal, and Judy; her great-granddaughter Emma; her brother Donald Ingram of Tennessee; and by her lifelong partner, Steve Jackson, of Newport Center.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Jackie and Beverly Ingram.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RhyeBetty Lou Rhye

Betty Lou Rhye, 72, of Newport died peacefully on May 23, 2015, in Newport, with her loving husband at her side.

She was born on May 17, 1942, in Colchester, to Joseph and Glenna (Lafayette) Rotunda of Jericho.

On April 4, 1970, she married Ronald “Jack” Rhye of Newport, who survives her.

She loved reading romance novels, doing word puzzles, playing games on her computer, and spending all her time at home caring for her husband and second love of her life, her son Travis Rhye.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Jack Rhye; her grandson Nicholas Rhye of Newport; her sister Pauline Tomes of Deland, Florida; her brother Thomas Rotunda and his wife, Barbara, of Venice, Florida; her sister-in-law Marilyn (Teeney) Kozlowski of Jericho; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was predeceased by her son Travis; her parents; and by her brother Joe Rotunda.

Ms. Rhye and her son Travis were laid to rest on June 1, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, 830 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SweeneyEthel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 1, 1941, in St. Johnsbury, to James and Lillian (Cole) Bryant.

She married Charles Sweeney, who predeceased her.

She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. More recently, she was a cook at the senior center in Barton.

She enjoyed reupholstering furniture, hunting, going to yard sales, watching General Hospital on television, and reading mystery and suspense books.

She is survived by her children: Barbara Kilburn of Barton, Ricky Merchant of Connecticut, Mike Merchant and his wife, Diana, of Greensboro, and Ellis Merchant and his wife, Linda, of Barton; several grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; her stepdaughter Beverly Cleveland and her husband, Harvey, of Newport, and her stepson Raymond Sweeney and his wife, Donna, of Glover.

She was predeceased by her son John Merchant; her stepsons: Richard Sweeney, Donald Neil, and Robert Neil; her sister Gloria Bryant; her brother Clifton Carter and his wife, Ernestine; and by her son-in-law Paul Kilburn.

A graveside service was held on May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VreelandRichard Scott “Rick” (Papa) Vreeland

Richard Scott “Rick” (Papa) Vreeland, 53, of Brownington, beloved husband of Brenda, died suddenly on May 25, 2015, in Brownington.

He was born on September 20, 1961, in Sommerville, New Jersey, son of Dorothy and William (Gallagher) Vreeland Sr.

He served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1979 to 1980.

On April 12, 2003, he married Brenda Wheeler, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the Eustis Cable Enterprise for three years.

He enjoyed mowing his lawn, tinkering around the house, hanging out with his niece Melissa, ice cream and coffee, four-wheeling, riding motorcycles with his cousin George, and most of all his precious grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Vreeland, of Brownington; a daughter, Erica Garland, and her husband, Landon, of Florida; his step-children: Jessica Burns and her husband, Dustin, of West Charleston, Sarah Ray and her fiancé, Tyler Before, of Newport, Rebecca Prue and her husband, Matthew, of Brownington, and Johnathan Ray of Brownington; his precious grandchildren: Jasmine and Malcolm Garland, Nathan and Natilee Burns, Faith, Eligh, and Keira Before, and Avery Prue; a sister, Cynthia Vreeland, and her companion, Charlie Synder, of Florida; his brothers: Tracey Vreeland of Florida, and Marc Vreeland and his wife, Jacki, of Pennsylvania; his brother-in-law Joseph Jasniewicz of Pennsylvania; his cousins George and Dianne Vreeland of New Jersey; many other cousins, nieces, and nephews; his mother-in-law Sheila Sperry and her companion, Richard Flagg, of Massachusetts; and by two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, William Vreeland Jr.; and by a sister, Deborah Jasniewicz.

Funeral services, with full military honors, were held on May 31, in Newport.

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

Services

Jozef Krzysko

A graveside service for Jozef Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. Mr. Krzysko was a retired World War II veteran. Full military honors will be held. A luncheon to follow for family and friends.

Roy Davis

Committal services for Roy Davis will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Stephen Richards

A graveside service for Stephen Richards will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Helen Plante

Committal services for Helen Plante will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Jeanne Gaudreau

Funeral services for Jeanne Gaudreau will be held on Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Lois Moore

A celebration of life for Lois Moore will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Magoon Park in Newport.

Floyd Coulter

Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.

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Obituaries May 27, 2015

obit vets flagHarold Benjamin Sr.

Harold Benjamin Sr., 82, of Derby died peacefully, with his family by his side, on May 19, 2015.

He was born on April 22, 1933, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, son to Donald and Gwendolyn Benjamin.

He married Bettie Jane Taylor on March 2, 1957, who predeceased him on January 1, 1996. Together they had seven children.

When Mr. Benjamin was 16 he worked driving trucks for Earl Hackett. He then went on to serve in the military, where he took 16 weeks of basic training and then served 18 months in Korea.

He worked at Butterfields for 20 years, on nights as a superintendent, then on days as a quality control supervisor. He worked some in the woods and doing carpentry work. He started working at the Derby Cemetery and then his son Harold Jr. joined him in 1980. Harold Sr. retired in April of 1998.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, motorcycle riding, four-wheeling, bowling, horseshoes, and playing poker with his family and friends. He always kept his sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Vickie Martin and her husband, Bill, of West Glover and their son Tim Martin and his wife, Tanya, and their children, Guin and Noah; Katie Morrisette and her husband, Harvey, of Morgan, and son Jordan Benjamin of Morgan; Toni Benjamin and her fiancé, David Guillette, of Derby; Tara Benjamin and her fiancé, Kenny Greene, of St. Albans; his daughter-in-law Cara Benjamin of Holland and her son Harold Benjamin III and his girlfriend, Desiree Charron, of Maryland; his granddaughter Jennifer Martin of Holland; his great-granddaughters: Charlotte and Annabelle Martin of Holland; his sister Betty Jacobs of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Beverly Parsons and her husband, Andy, of New Jersey, and Francine Taylor of Derby; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his pets: his special buddy, Zoey, Baxter, and Nikeama.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bettie; his infant daughter Edie Jane; his son Harold Benjamin Jr.; his grandsons: Benjamin J. Martin and Davey Taylor Benjamin; his brother Anthony Benjamin; his sister Audrey Wells; his brothers-in-law: Gardner Taylor, Dean Wells, and Jim Jacobs; his parents; and by his mother- and father-in-law.

Per the wishes of Harold Benjamin Sr., there will be no calling hours and a private burial service with military honors will take place at a later date.

Donations in his name can be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CrowellHenrietta Watson Crowell

Henrietta Watson Crowell, 83, of Newport died peacefully on May 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 13, 1932, in Newport to Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

On September 13, 1975, she married Roy Crowell, who predeceased her in 2007.

She was a waitress for the former Frank’s Steak House in Newport and also for a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her hobbies included reading, playing bingo, cards, and dominos, and watching television.

She is survived by her children: Lorelei Willis and her husband, Cliff, of Troy, Wanda Lawton and her husband, Art, of Perth, Ontario, Lorena Buck and her husband, Ed, of Charleston, and Belinda Smith and her husband, John, of Lenoxville, Quebec; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; her sister-in-law Joan Watson of Island Pond; and by her brother-in-law Paul Domina of Chickopee, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Marion, Margaret, and Melda Watson, Orloff, Albert, and Edward Watson, Helena Domina, and Betty Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtinJames W. Curtin

James W. Curtin, 63, of Naples, Florida, and Derby died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015, in Derby.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 23, 1951, to Thomas and Anne (Johnston) Curtin.

On November 10, 1978, he married Regina M. dos Santos Lima, who survives him.

He graduated from Biscayne College. He was a border patrol agent and criminal investigator for the United States government, retiring in 2004.

He was a stamp collector and avid fisherman and he enjoyed spending time with his grandson Adam.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Curtin, of Naples and Derby; his children: Michael Curtin and his fiancée, Julie Davis, of Burlington, and Brian Curtin of Derby; his grandson Adam J. Curtin-Sykes of Brownington; and by his brother Thomas J. Curtin Jr. of Massapequa, New York.

He was predeceased by his brother Kevin Curtin in 2000.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DavisAl Davis

Al Davis, 86, of Derby Line died peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center, in the company of his loving family, on May 15, 2015.

He was born on September 10, 1928, at the Line Farm in Holland, the only son of Roy E. and Hazel (Hartley) Davis.

He attended Holland schools and graduated from Derby Academy.

On January 22, 1949, he married Rita C. Vachon, who predeceased him on July 26, 2001.

He was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and 1950 to 1951, serving in the Korean War. He was also a member of the Air Force Reserves. Upon his return, he was employed by Butterfields in Derby Line. In 1962, he began his career with the U.S. Customs Service, working at the border in Derby Line. In 1967, he was transferred to the Toronto international airport. He completed his career at the Burlington International Airport, retiring in 1988. Upon his retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and summers in Holland.

He is survived by his six children: Barbara Dauphin and her husband, Richard, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Lynda Carter and her husband, Rick, of Derby, John Davis and his wife, Joann, of Lutz, Florida, Jim Davis of Lyndonville, Debra Sicard of Colchester, and Brenda Davis and her partner, Kathy O’Donnell, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Melissa Carter, Kirsten Dauphin Riegler, Kylee Dauphin Charbonneau, Danielle Davis, Tyler Davis, Sullivan Davis, Matthew Sicard, Caitlin Sicard, Heather Tetrault-Millard, and Courtney Tetrault; his great grandchildren: Emerson, Wyatt, Ainsley, Deaglan, Savanna, Mason, Cameron, Logan, and Kinsley; his brother-in-law Roland Vachon and his children; his sister-in-law Denise Wright and her husband, Ron, and their daughters; his nephew David Flanders and his family of Derby; and by his special companion, Sue Jacobs, and her family.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his parents; his sister Iris Flanders and her husband, Raymond; his wife’s parents, Treffle and Marie Vachon; and by his sister-in-law Claire Vachon.

In honor of his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held in July.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dewittRichard H. DeWitt

Richard H. DeWitt, 66, of Holden, Massachusetts, died peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Worcester, he was son of Walter and Virginia (Johnson) DeWitt and lived several years in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, before moving to Holden in the late 1960s.

He graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in Holden and attended Worcester State College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He began his career working for the town of Holden’s Department of Public Works in 1971 at the age of 22. He worked his way through the ranks and held the position of highway foreman before being appointed Holden’s first director of operations for the Department of Public Works. He was an extremely effective leader and managed his department with a “no nonsense” style that earned him the respect of his staff and town officials. He took great pride in his work and empowered his staff to do the same with unwavering dedication and high standards. After his retirement in 2010, he was able to spend much deserved time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

In 1971, he also joined the Holden Fire Department as an on-call firefighter. He spent the next 43 years with his brother firefighters protecting their community with only one thought in mind, “the safety of others.” He served as a lieutenant for a period of time until his position at the Department of Public Works became overwhelmingly demanding.

He was thought of as “everyone’s friend,” and was always there to lend a hand. He looked forward to vacationing at his camp in Craftsbury, located on Jones Farm. He especially enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips in Vermont with the boys including his son Steve and closest friend, Jim Oberg, who died unexpectedly in February.

He leaves his wife and soulmate of 45 years, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; two sons: Christopher M. Angelo and his companion, Amy Quinlan, and her two children, Jack and Caroline, of Charlton, Massachusetts, and Steven H. DeWitt and his wife, Jennifer, of Holden; two daughters: Nicholette and her husband, Alvin Cunningham, of Fairfield, California, and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester, Massachusetts; a sister, Elaine Morrison, and her husband, John, of Charlton; nine grandchildren: Demetri, Danielle, and Noelle Angelo, Julieanne and Matthew Cunningham, Katelynn Wackell, and Ethan, Molly, and Owen DeWitt; and by a former son-in-law, Joseph Wackell, of Holden, and daughter-in-law Lisa Angelo of Worcester.

A brother, Steven DeWitt, predeceased him.

Funeral services were held on April 18, in Holden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Holden Fire Explorer Program, 1370 Main Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520.

Online condolences at milesfuneralhome.com.

obit GarfieldSharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

She was born on March 20, 1944, in Barton, to Victor and Winifred (Leclaire) Moquin.

On March 6, 1971, she married Donald Garfield, who predeceased her on June 12, 2002.

She enjoyed watching the birds and wild animals on her front lawn. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed puzzle books, cooking, fishing, and TV shows: Walking Dead, CSI, NCIS, Snap, Judge Judy, and other TV shows.

She is survived by her daughters: Cindy Thompson and her husband, Marc, of Colchester, and Sharon Martin and her significant other, Brian Mooney, of St. Johnsbury; her ex son-in-law James Jarvis and his fiancée, Melissa James, of Newport; her grandchildren: Hunter Thompson of Johnson, Courtney and Alex Mooney of Newport, Gerard LaMadeleine and his wife, Katie, of St. Johnsbury, and Jason and his significant other, Toni, of Westfield; her great-grandchildren: Brianna, Little Jason, Austin, Leo Gerard III, and Tie; her two sisters: Evelyn Brooks and her husband, Royce, of New York, and Lorraine Smith and her husband, David, of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Winifred Moquin.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolence at curtis-britch.com.

obit JuddLarry Judd

Larry Judd, of Upton, Massachusetts, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, with his family by his side.

He was born in North Troy on May 6, 1944, the son of the late Ralph Judd and Mona (Bradford) Choquette.

Upon graduation from North Troy High School, Mr. Judd entered the Air Force and served bravely in Japan and Vietnam. An electrician by trade, he held various positions as a facilities manager in Massachusetts prior to establishing his own business. He also served as Post Commander of the VFW in Upton.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed bass and trout fishing, winning numerous trophies in competitions over the years. He loved his family and was happiest when surrounded by his loved ones.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter, Cathryn Ste.Marie, and her husband, Peter, of North Troy; a son, David Judd, also of North Troy; his sister Donna Darling and her husband, Kenneth, of Ellington, Connecticut; his sister Sandra Burkard and her husband, Allen, of Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nieces; and by two nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Judd.

Funeral services with military honors were held on May 23, in Upton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Medical Development Office-Cancer Care, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit LebeauAlbert Lebeau

Albert Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on May 15, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 12, 1924, in Irasburg to Wilfred and Mary (Dionne) Lebeau.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was employed by Park View Garage in Barton for many years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and working on his car. As a young man he worked on the family farm for many years and he also enjoyed working for the Park View Garage.

He is survived by his nieces: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, and Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; six grand-nieces and -nephews; and by his sister-in-law Cecile Lebeau of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brother Henry; two nephews: Marcel and Robert Lebeau; and by a grand-nephew, Marc.

obit vets flagA graveside service will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SantawDale K. Santaw

Dale K. Santaw, 78, of Derby died peacefully on May 23, 2015, at his home in Derby, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 10, 1937, in Lowell.

On February 19, 1956, he married Ruth Baraw, who survives him.

He was a machinist at Tivoli Manufacturing in Derby Line, where he worked for 42 years.

He enjoyed working on small engines, golfing, hunting, fishing, shooting, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Santaw, of Derby; his children: James Santaw and his wife, Laura, of Lowell, Jeffrey Santaw of Newport, and Brenda Wesolow and her husband, Ed, of Lowell; his grandchildren: Nathan, Michael, and Anthony Santaw, Stacy, Melissa, and SFC Kevin Wesolow, Alan and Taylor Wesolow, and Bryce Collins; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Alice England of Attleboro, Massachusetts; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Jerry Santaw; his grandson Tyler Collins; and by his foster parents Pearl and Harley Taylor.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Montainview Cemetery in Lowell, with Pastor David Dizzazo officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Sharon Maxine Siamon

Children’s author Sharon Siamon of Sharbot Lake, Ontario, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on March 11, 1942, daughter of Max and Aileen (Treleaven) Braithwaite. She attended public schools in Streetsville and Orangeville, Ontario, and was a member of the first class to graduate from York University in Toronto in 1963. She married Jeff Siamon in Santa Barbara, California, in 1968.

She drew from the experiences of her growing family for her first books, including The Little Girl Who Hated Dinner, based on her daughter Kate; A Poolie Named Sandor, about a wayward family dog; and Bokelia, based on her encounter with a pig while visiting West Glover.

She went on to write many books for juvenile readers, particularly girls who loved horses as much as she did. Several series of such books, set in Western and Maritime Canada and the southwestern United States, were translated into many languages and sold more than a million copies around the world.

She is survived by her husband and their three daughters and five grandchildren: Amy Rolf von den Baumen of Oakville, Ontario, and her husband, Jeff, and their children: Emileah, Teagan, Jeffrey, and Kyleise; Kate Camara of Glover and her husband, Greg, and their daughter Ila; and Becky Siamon of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also survived by her four siblings: Beryl Hart of La Mesa, California, Chris Braithwaite of West Glover, Sylvia Braithwaite of Ottawa, and Colin Braithwaite of Toronto.

Her life will be celebrated at a private gathering of friends and family.

obit thibaultSister Lillian Thibault

Sister Lillian Thibault (Ste. Victoire) of Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Thursday, May 14, 2015, after a brief illness.

She had resided with the Mount Sacred Heart Community in Littleton since August of 2007.

She was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, on June 13, 1924, to Romeo and Yvonne (Grenier) Thibault. She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1946 and professed her vows on July 27, 1948. Her missions included nursing and care of the elderly, and hospice work in Newport, Derby Line, Rutland, and Littleton, and hospitality work in Augusta, Maine, Hudson, New Hampshire, and Littleton.

She is survived by her sister Therese; her sister-in-law Jeannine; and by several dear nieces and nephews: Francois, Sylvie, and Josette Dupuis, and Danielle, Pierre, Jean, Serge, and Luc Thibault in Quebec Province.

Her nieces and nephews were especially close to her, considering her generosity in giving her entire life to what she believed in — her mission. She likewise was very thoughtful and present to them all. Many dear ones kept in touch with her regularly, particularly families with whom she had connected through hospice in the Northeast Kingdom.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Marcel.

Funeral services were held on May 26 in Littleton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Condolences at www.RossFuneral.com.

Death notice

Ethel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Clyde Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Services

Ida Chaffee

Committal services for Ida Chaffee will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Leona Lucas

A graveside service for Leona Lucas will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

Lynette Cutting

A graveside service for Lynette Cutting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Coventry Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating. Following the graveside service, a meal and memorial service will be held at the Coventry Community Center.

Alpha Labounty

A graveside service for Alpha Labounty will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with Pastor George Lawson officiating. A memorial gathering will follow at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg at 1 p.m.

Joseph Patenaude

Committal services for Joseph Patenaude will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Louise Kennison

Committal services for Louise Kennison will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westfield Cemetery. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in North Troy.

Gaston LeBlanc

Funeral services for Gaston LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the North Troy Cemetery.

Joseph Krzysko

A graveside service for Joseph Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with military honors.

John Urie

Committal services for John Urie will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Rachel Beaudry, Tara Beaudry Devoid, and Tina Fontaine

Committal services for Rachel Beaudry, and a remembrance for Tara Beaudry Devoid and Tina Fontaine, will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the Albany Village Church at noon. Interment will follow at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery for all three (Ms. Beaudry Devoid and Ms. Fontaine are being relocated from Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans). Friends and family can then meet back at the church for a barbecue dinner.

Steven Hutchings

A celebration of life for Steven Hutchings will be held on Saturday, May 30, at his home at 20 North Avenue in Orleans, from noon on. Watch for signs on Main Street in Orleans, near the railroad tracks to find his home.

Bring memories and beverages.

Dean Howard Urie

A memorial service for Dean H. Urie of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly of Craftsbury, will be held at 11 a.m. on June 6, at the East Craftsbury Cemetery on Whetstone Brook Road. A reception and refreshments will follow the service in the vestry downstairs at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church at 1097 Ketchum Hill Road. In case of inclement weather, the service will also be held downstairs at the church.

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Obituaries May 20, 2015

obit BuckRoger A. Buck

Roger A. Buck, 79 of Derby died on May 14, 2015, at his home.

He was born on September 4, 1935, in Newport, to Harold and Helen (Bullis) Buck.

On December 13, 2003, he married Diane Bowen, who predeceased him on December 18, 2009.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was the former co-owner of B&B Repair, and worked for L&R Automotive, Pike Industries, and he helped build the upper Tram House at Jay Peak. More recently he was a mechanic for Moe’s Consignment.

He was a member of the Newport Order of the Elks Lodge #2155 and the Eagles Club of Newport.

He is survived by his children: Carmen Doe and her husband, Earl, of North Port, Florida, and Robyn Buck of Oceanside, California; his grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, Ravyn Bowen, and Sabrina Giroux; his great-grandchildren: Nicholas Buck, Taylor Bressette, Ross Lowery, and Aidan Lowery; his brother Charlie Buck of Newport Center; and by his sister Carmen Bartee and her husband, Jerry, of Tucson, Arizona. He is also survived by his extended family: the Randalls, the Jones family, Becky Miller, Becca and Caitlyn Rice, Kim, Jason and Nicholas Binghman, Dan and Sheila Green, DJ Green, Tim Sykes, Samantha Corkins, and Ashley Schnider.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, 3736 U.S. 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HuntGerry Hunt

Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while traveling in Spain and Portugal. His beloved wife, Elaine Lockwood, and brothers, sons, and their partners were at his side.

Known for his uncommon kindness, warm smile, and joi-de-vivre, he was a man of great intelligence, accomplishment, humility, and wide-ranging interests. He was blessed with charisma and the simple gift of making everyone around him feel important and loved. It was always easy for his children, his wife, and brothers to look to him for guidance.

Son of Pat Hunt and the late Paul Hunt, he was born in Burlington in 1952. He grew up in Island Pond and later Morgan, with his brothers Don and Andy. He enjoyed skiing at Burke Mountain, fishing in Island Pond and Lake Seymour, biking, and camping trips with the family. As a teenager, he met and fell in love with Ms. Lockwood during summers at the Orleans Country Club. Although they slowly lost contact when he went off to university, he would speak of her as his first real love.

In 1970 he graduated from St. Paul’s and continued on to serve as an intern for Vermont Senator Winston Prouty in Washington, D.C. After the internship, he enrolled at the University of Vermont (UVM) as a film major and was heavily involved in UVM theater as both cast and crew, a passion he later shared with his eldest son, Eli. During the 1980s he directed a number of plays in Woodstock. When UVM celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their Royal Tyler Theater in 2014, he helped organize the event including restoring the 1974 recordings of “The Contrast,” the first show performed in the theater, in which he had acted.

Mr. Hunt met the mother of his children, Faith Gaskell Hunt, at Vietnam War demonstrations in Washington, D.C. After graduation from UVM, they married and moved to Hartford to start a family. He worked at the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, and earned his MA in public administration from Antioch University.

He later redirected his career, entering the software industry, working for Houghton Mifflin and then Computer Microsystems Incorporated. There he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and along with two partners founded his first company, Netrights.

Netrights was eventually purchased by an Oregon-based company, causing him to uproot and move to Portland, Oregon, for several years before once again settling back in the Northeast Kingdom. Back home in Vermont, he started working with his brother Don on the financial services offerings tied to his mother’s business, Pat Hunt Incorporated. Along with his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt, they also started Northeast Kingdom Homecare (NEKHC), a business allowing their elderly clients to stay in their own homes, while still receiving the personalized care and companionship they need. Over time, NEKHC added an adult daycare offering and currently maintains over 60 employees.

In 2010, after 40 long years apart, Mr. Hunt reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Elaine Lockwood. Ms. Lockwood introduced him to the sport of diving and her love of African wildlife. Mr. Hunt shared a love of good food and his rather large family. Together they shared their joys in experiencing the world. He had shared these passions with his sons as they grew up, by taking each of them on travels of their own. He always enjoyed telling the stories of his adventures.

An avid reader, he also enjoyed writing, genealogy, and playing games. He was an amazing chef and loved to share foods inspired by the many places he had traveled. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was a wonderful singer who loved to play for family and friends. His children have fond memories of being sung to sleep.

Passionate about public service and citizens’ obligations to serve and shape our government and the local community, he had become focused on conservation and environmental issues. He recently created a nonprofit, Vermont Students to Africa, which plans to send six students to Africa to study conservation in 2016.

His parting words to his friends and family were: ”Work hard, reach farther. Do great things. I’ll be watching. Love to you all. — Gerry.”

Besides the love of his life and childhood sweetheart, Elaine, he leaves a legacy including his sons: Eli and his fiancée, Emily, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ezra and his partner, Anna, of Portland, Oregon, and Eben and his partner, Katharine, of Canaan, New Hampshire; and his stepchildren: Eliot Brooks and Grace Brooks. He is survived by his mother, Pat Hunt, and her longtime friend, Al Callahan, of Morgan; his brothers: Donald Hunt and his wife, Andrea, of Coventry, and Andy Hunt and his wife, Trish, of Vestal, New York; his uncle the Reverend Stuart Brush and his wife, Laura, of Woodbury, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceasing him were his father, Paul Hunt; his daughter Erin; and his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt.

The family asks that those who desire to contribute to his legacy donate to the Vermont Students to Africa, 136 Coche Brook Crossing, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LeMayConstance T. LeMay

Constance T. LeMay, 68, of Troy died peacefully on May 16, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 22, 1947, in Newport, to Frederick and Theresa (Lawson) Gosselin.

On April 22, 1966, she married Roger LeMay, who predeceased her in 1990.

She loved water skiing, dancing, cooking, mowing the lawn, sewing, quilting, her flower gardens, and most of all the company of her three children and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: Anthony LeMay and his wife, Dawn, of Troy, Robert LeMay and his wife, Cynthia, and Todd LeMay and his wife, Lucy, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Colby LeMay, Caleb LeMay, Elizabeth LeMay, Aidan LeMay, Christopher Varney, Catherine Smith and her husband, Michael, and Corinne Boone; her great-grandson Asher Smith; her siblings: Conrad Lawson and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Larry Lawson and his wife, Cheryl, of West Charleston, Sandra Snay and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center, Shirley Lawson of Irasburg, Gail Chaffee and her husband, Ron, of Newport, and Cheryl Lawson of Proctorsville; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow 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.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit millerAngele A. Miller

Angele A. Miller, 83, of Barton died peacefully on May 9, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 8, 1932, in Dixville, Quebec, to Adelard and Marie Anne (Theroux) Tanguay.

In 1994, she married Ernest Miller, who predeceased her in 1995.

After selling the family farm in Glover she worked for St. Paul’s School from 1980, and she retired from there in 1993. She helped her husband, Ernie, with his plumbing business for ten years.

She was a dedicated 50-year member of the Daughters of Isabella and she was also a member of St. Paul’s Ladies Guild. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and could be found working in them at any time during the day. She and her husband made many pilgrimages to Ste. Anne de Beaupre, to whom she had a great devotion.

She is survived by her children: Rachel Ducharme of Derby Line, Madeleine Robert of Franklin, New Hampshire, Gabrielle Ducharme of Burlington, Roger Ducharme and his wife, Donna, of Piasa, Illinois, Jeanne Snell of Tilton, New Hampshire, Rene Ducharme of Derby, Lorraine Ducharme of Rogers, Arkansas, and Denise Constant and her husband, Aaron, of Concord, New Hampshire; her stepdaughter Debbie Newsom and her husband, Kent, of Barton; her 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: her twin sister, Angeline Tanguay, of Coaticook, Quebec, and Therese Morin of Fort Edward, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Daniel Ducharme; her brothers: Norbert, Hermann, Rolland, Robert, Jean Claude, infant brother Rock, and infant sister Rachel.

Funeral services were held on May 15, in Barton. Interment followed in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit richardsonGailene I. Richardson

Gailene Iris Richardson, 74, a longtime East Hardwick resident, died suddenly on May 13, 2015, following a brief illness.

She was born on April 13, 1941, in Greensboro, daughter of the late Frank H. Brock Sr. and Iris R. (McIntyre) Brock. She attended public schools in Greensboro and Hardwick Academy.

On October 3, 1959, she married Maurice Henry Richardson at St. Anthony’s Church in Silver Lake, New York.

She was first employed as a secretary at Atkins Garage in Hardwick. She was a home knitter for several years and for more than 43 years she made electrical components for Sprague Electric (SBE) in Barre. She retired in 2013.

She was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who cared greatly for her family. She loved family gatherings and had an impressive green thumb, which allowed her to maintain a variety of houseplants. She was an avid cook and baker who also enjoyed knitting items for her family members. She also enjoyed watching the wildlife that frequently visited her backyard.

Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Maurice, of East Hardwick; four children: Maurice H. Richardson Jr. and his wife, Karan, of Barre, Michael Richardson and his wife, Amy, of Walden, Tammy (Richardson) Molleur of East Hardwick, and Marc Richardson and his companion, Billie Jo Nick, of Lowell; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: Frank H. Brock Jr. of Colchester and John W. Brock Sr. of West Charleston; two sisters: Harriet Phillips of Mendon and Carol Frafack of Stafford Spring, Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

A graveside service was held on May 21, in the Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Services

Yvette Elaine Thompson

Memorial services for Yvette Elaine Thompson of Derby will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at the Derby Community Church, with the Reverend John Genco and Pastor Josh Calmes officiating. Following the service, burial will take place at the Derby Center Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will follow at the American Legion on Veterans Avenue in Newport.

Arland Macie

Committal services for Arland Macie of Coventry will be held on May 30, at 11 a.m., at the Irasburg cemetery.

Floyd Coulter

Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.

Barbara Boutin

Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Gilles Vanasse

Committal services for Gilles Vanasse will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans.

William Heath

Committal services for William Heath will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.

Terrill Mason

Committal services for Terrill Mason will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at North Troy Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

Jack Taylor

Committal services for Jack Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Wilma Beck

Committal services for Wilma Beck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Elaine Urie

Committal services for Elaine Urie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.

Dr. Ray Griffin

Committal services for Dr. Ray Griffin will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Warren Brown

Funeral services for Warren Brown will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Friends may call at the church on May 25, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.

Sharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

John D. Mason

A graveside service for John D. Mason will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

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Obituaries May 13, 2015

Fernand Denis Joseph Alix

Fernand Denis Joseph Alix, 73, of Glencliff, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at the Glencliff Home for the Elderly on May 3, 2015, on Sunday evening, where he was residing.

His daughter Sherry lived near him in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

He was born on October 24, 1941, in Newport Center, to Antonio and Rose Marie (Cardin) Alix.

He was employed by Kraft Foods in Troy for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, walking, and hearing about his grandchildren and loved ones’ lives.

He is survived by his children: Jody Alix of Morgan, and Sherry Alix of Bethlehem; his grandchildren: Kortney Alix of New Britain, Connecticut, and Zachary Alix of Morgan; his siblings: Laurier Alix of Villages of Florida, Pauline Dagesse of Newport, and Gerard Alix of Lady Lake, Florida, and Newport Center; the following nieces and nephews: Gail, Mark, Linda, Todd, Trudy, and Corey; and by his former spouse, Priscilla Platt, of Whitefield, New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his niece Susan.

A graveside service was held on May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, any contributions in his memory may be made to the Glencliff Home for the Elderly, 393 High Street, Glencliff, New Hampshire 03238.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit AustinLois Drew Austin

Lois Drew Austin, 89, of Orleans, died peacefully at home, in the company of her family, on May 6, 2015.

She was born on October 29, 1925, in Ayers Cliff, Quebec, to Blanche and Roland Drew, the oldest of five children.

She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, knitting, cross-stitch, sewing, and going on cruises. When she was unable to carry on those pastimes she loved watching golf, the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins, and old movies on television. She also loved listening and dancing to big band music and playing cribbage with her husband.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Warren Austin; her son Richard Austin and his wife, Carol, of Delta Junction, Alaska; her son Larry Austin and his wife, Joanie, of Orleans; her daughter Ann Austin of Orleans; her grandchildren: Jenny, Kim, Chesley, Derek, Bob, Kathryn, and Jessica; her six great-grandchildren; and by her sister Marilyn Farr and her husband, Robert, of Leesburg, Florida.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Jacquelyn, Helen, and Robert; and by her grandchildren: James Raftery, Molly Raftery, and Rachel Dunlap.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans Federated Church on Saturday, May 16.

For those wishing, donations may be made in her honor to the Orleans Ambulance Service; or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DionNorman Francis Dion

Norman Francis Dion, 92, of Irasburg died peacefully on May 8, 2015, in Barton.

He was born in Irasburg on August 25, 1922, son of Frank and Sophronia (LaBounty) Dion.

On November 3, 1941, he married Marion Lacoss, who predeceased him on March 16, 2005.

He was a self-employed dairy farmer for many years, taking the farm over from his father at age 19. He was a foreman in road construction using his own water and dump trucks back when farming years were lean on the pocket book. He also served as postmaster in the Irasburg Post Office for one year. He retired from farming in 1973. Shortly after, he started a used furniture business and Dion’s Barn Sale was born. The barn sale became famous across the New England area and beyond.

Mr. Dion loved working outdoors, gardening, selling vegetables, selling firewood, maple sugaring, and he loved going to auctions throughout New England. He loved being with his large family on picnics, gatherings, and trips. His stories, practical jokes, and generous heart will be missed by family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his children: Ronald Dion and his wife, Martha, of Huntsville, Alabama, Dennis Dion and his wife, Denise, of Sheffield and Ellenton, Florida, Wayne Dion and his wife, Jennie, of Irasburg, Clarice Dion Boutin and her husband, Roland, of Tucson, Arizona, Linda Dion Chagnon and her husband, Pete, of Burlington, Alan Dion and his wife, Catherine, of Albany, David Dion and his wife, Anita, of Irasburg, and Charles Dion of Coventry. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

He was predeceased by his son Clare of North Concord; and by his sisters: Eleanor Smith, Doris King, and Veda Nichols.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. The funeral will be held on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with Father Timothy Naples officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activity Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Burlington, 56 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, or through tab at the top right of the homepage at CareNetBurlington.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DufourGeraldine A. Dufour

Geraldine A. Dufour, 86, of Island Pond died peacefully on April 16, 2015, in Marietta, Georgia.

She was born on August 28, 1928, in Island Pond to Clifton and Sylvia (Cross) Powers.

On May 3, 1950, she married John Dufour, who predeceased her on September 1, 1982.

In 1946, she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond.

She worked at the Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 26 years from 1962 to 1988, when she retired.

She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, where she was president for one year and treasurer for 33 years. She was also a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #2309 and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She was treasurer for the Essex County American Cancer Society for 20 years.

She is survived by her children: Mark and his wife, Kelly Dufour, of Watertown, Massachusetts, Eric Dufour and his partner, Andrew Sawyer, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, Christian and his wife, Marlys Dufour, of Westminster, Colorado, and Susan and her husband, Jonathan Steele, of Kennesaw, Georgia; her grandchildren: Marquelle Dufour of Watertown, Nicholette Davis of Leadville, Colorado, Andrew Dufour of Lawrence, Kansas, Erica Duckwall of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Cameron Steele of Vicenza, Italy, who is a specialist in the Army; her siblings: Marion Deslandes of Island Pond, Clifton Powers of Zephyrhills, Florida, Carol Dodge of Island Pond, and Duane Powers of Island Pond; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Nathleen Fortin.

Friends may call on Friday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, Children and Youth Fund, P.O. Box 170, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit foleyEdith Jean Foley

Edith Jean (Swanekamp) Foley, 80, died on March 16, 2015, in Gastonia, North Carolina.

She was born on November 15, 1934, in Cranford, New Jersey, to Frederick and Edith (Mainhart) Swanekamp. As a child, “Jeanie” loved to be outdoors and enjoyed summer vacations as well as working in many capacities at Camp Skyland on Lake Champlain, South Hero Island in Vermont. She was a graduate of Cranford High School and then attended Averett College in Danville, Virginia, in 1952, where she studied secretarial sciences. Upon graduation, she worked for a period of time at Federated Inc. in Springfield, New Jersey, where she met John Foley in 1956.

She married Mr. Foley on September 7, 1957. They raised eight children in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

She was active in the community for several years and was a member of the Junior Women’s Club, Republicans’ Club, and served as the president of the local Little League Association. She also went back to work in a part-time capacity. Then, in 1977, the family moved to Barton, where they owned and operated the Country Corner Store. She worked hard to make the store a success and helped where she could in the local community. In 1979 and 1980, she took a job working for the Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport. Later she would accept a job with the state social services of Vermont, where she would embark on a career as a secretary. She would work there until her retirement in 2003. Throughout this time she was a fixture on the Diversion Board for the city of Newport, where she diligently helped many of the youth in the city.

She was an avid gardener and her green thumb transformed many a property. She enjoyed cooking, especially her mother’s recipes from childhood, and was known for her clam dip. She was a voracious reader of mysteries and detective novels, and enjoyed puzzles later in life. Her favorite color was yellow, or gold as we referred to it, and she enjoyed incorporating it into her décor. She had also what we liked to call the “clean Jean” which some of us possess and some don’t. She also was an avid sports fan — she taught most of her children how to play baseball and appreciate all sports. She was very happy that the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

She loved singing, and fondly reminisced about her own mother’s lovely soprano voice.

She was very proud of her German heritage and often had to remind some of her children that we were half German as well!

Our mother was a formidable force when it came to work and family and always led by example, having overcome many adversities in life that affected her health, and other aspects, to which she took pride in overcoming. The very definition of mother was truly written in every sense of the word when describing her. Many called her a saint, queen, friend, colleague, neighbor, and Nana, but we were blessed in having been able to call her our mother.

She leaves behind a large family that will miss her dearly, including her children: Sharon Ader and her husband, Bruce, of Lowell, North Carolina, John J. Foley III of Jeffersonville, Greg Foley of Newport, Jennifer Foley and her husband, Uwe Hartmann, of Nashua, New Hampshire, Maryellen Foley of Jeffersonville, Michael Foley of Penacook, New Hampshire, and Steven Foley and his wife, Jennifer, of South Burlington; a brother, John Bernard Swanekamp, and his wife, Patricia, of Sunset Beach, North Carolina; her sister in-law Yolanda Swanekamp of West Palm Beach, Florida; her sister-in-law Margaret and her husband, Fred Gayder, of Bayville, New Jersey, her brother-in-law Thomas and his wife, Betty Foley, of Apex, North Carolina, her sister-in-law Virginia Giordano of Wrightstown, New Jersey, her brother-in-law Raymond and his wife, Jacklyn Foley, of Spring Lake, New Jersey; and by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. There are 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John J. Foley Jr., in 2008; a daughter, Laura Jean Foley, in 2012; and by her brother Frederick Swanekamp in 2001.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of her life on May 17, in Jeffersonville, at the 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery at 4 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Cards of condolence may also be sent to 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery, 158 Main Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont 05464.

obit MorinAgathe J. Morin

Agathe J. Morin, 87, of Holland died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 6, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born in Frampton, Quebec, on November 8, 1927, a daughter of Wilfred and Beatrice (Patoine) Audet.

On August 27, 1949, she married Leonard Morin, who predeceased her in 1999. She was also predeceased by her son Normand in 1978.

She enjoyed the family reunions, playing cards and checkers with her family, gardening, and cooking for her children.

She lived for her children: Claude Morin and his fiancée, Johanne, of Holland, Donald Morin and his wife, Bonnie, of Richmond, Gilles Morin of Holland, Richard Morin and his wife, Helen, of Morgan, Yolande Bronson and her husband, Tim, of Derby, Rene Morin of Holland, Marc Morin of Derby, Celine Rathe and her husband, Eddie, of Colchester, Gerald Morin and his wife, Carolyn, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Andre Morin and John Morin, both of Holland; 19 grandchildren: Whitney, Matthew, Danielle, Justin, Emily, Jennifer, Jonathan, Nathan, Christine, Anita, Jacqueline, and Chase Morin, Tim Bronson II, Tara, Gregory, and Christopher Bronson, and Anne, Ellen, and Benjamin Rathe; two great-grandchildren: Gillion Schutt and Xavier Mayhew; her siblings: Gregoire Audet of Framtpton, Richard Audet of Frampton, Celine Audet and her husband, Edgar, of Frampton, Denis Audet and his wife, Yvette, of Querillion, Quebec, Raynald Audet and Daniel Audet, both of Frampton; and by her sisters-in-law: Simone Menard and Carmen Morin.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters: Patricia and Francoise; and by her brother Normand.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WoodMarion Alice Wood

Marion Alice Wood, 68, died after failing health on November 29, 2014, in Newport, where she had resided for many years. Previously she resided in Rutland and Montpelier.

She was born on April 8, 1946, in Barton, to the late F. Herbert Wood Jr. and Irene (LaCourse) Wood. She was a twin to her sister, Marilyn.

She was most recently a resident of Newport Health Care for the past few years. Prior to her failing health, she lived independently while being a kind and generous person to many. She endured many challenges in her life but was strong throughout all of them.

She loved to play cards, visit with friends, and watch Western movies.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and Douglas Maxwell; her sisters: Marjorie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, and Ruby Cook of Fort Myers, Florida; and by her brother Carl Wood of British Columbia, Canada. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Wilmot, Ruth Martin, and Dorothy Rundle; and by her brother Alton “Bud” Wood.

A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston on Saturday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Services

Janice Anderson

Committal services for Janice Anderson will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Junnie Peck

Committal services for Junnie Peck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Beverly Harbec

Committal services for Beverly Harbec will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Barbara Boutin

Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Derby Center Cemetery.

Maria Buck

Committal services for Maria Buck will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Dorothy Prue

Committal services for Dorothy Prue will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Hilda Pion

Committal services for Hilda Pion will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Gertrude Sanville

Committal services for Gertrude Sanville will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

John Hunter

Committal services for John Hunter will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Marcel Therrien

Committal services for Marcel Therrien will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Derby Center Cemetery.

Gilbert Turgeon

Committal services for Gilbert Turgeon will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Alice Cook

Committal services for Alice Cook will be held on Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Mathild “Tillie” Fugere

Committal services for Mathild “Tillie” Fugere will be held on Monday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Helen Seube

Committal services for Helen Seube will be on Saturday, May 23, at 1 p.m., at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore. A brief coffee and cake get-together will follow at the Westmore Community Center.

Audrie Wright

Committal services for Audrie Wright will be held on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m., at the North Monroe, New Hampshire, cemetery on Route 135.

Ms. Wright’s children invite all who knew her and family friends to the service and a potluck to follow, to be held at the home of Leonard and Lanette Wright in Danville. For more information, contact the Wrights at 748-1125, or Amy and Scott Brill at 467-1176.

Death notice 

Gerry Hunt

Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while he was traveling in Spain and Portugal.

Services were held in Morgan on May 11. Full obituary to follow.

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Obituaries May 6, 2015

obit coutureLucille M. Couture

Lucille M. Couture, 80, formerly of Morgan died on April 30, 2015, in New Bedford, New Hampshire.

She was born on February 21, 1935, in Morgan, to Telesphore and Lucia (Plante) Guillette.

On June 11, 1966, she married Damien Couture, who predeceased her in 2005. She was also predeceased by her daughter Rachel in 2011.

She was a self-employed seamstress sewing drapes and upholstery.

She was a Eucharistic minister at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in West Charleston and enjoyed being a part of the church community. She also loved gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Michelle Couture of Manchester, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Abigail and Benjamin Longtin, both of Manchester; her siblings: Arthur Guillette and his wife, Linda, of Connecticut, Telesphore Guillette of Connecticut, Ernest Guillette and his wife, Sylvia, of Connecticut, and Cecil Card of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Leonard, Camile, and Henry; and by her sisters: Angela, Jean, Mary, Anable, and Yvette.

Funeral services were held on May 4, in Derby Line. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Annette G. Girouard

Annette G. Girouard, 93, of Orleans died on May 3, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on May 22, 1921, in Irasburg, to Maxime and Edwardina (Jubinville) Poirier.

On January 7, 1956, she married Alfredo Cappon, who predeceased her in 1982. She later married Moise Girourd, who died in 1991.

She was a supervisor for Pandora Clothing Manufacturing in Manchester, New Hampshire, for many years.

She enjoyed sewing and making dresses for the orphanages in Haiti. She also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her stepchildren: Celine Lafaille and her husband, Raymond, of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Lawrence Girouard of Forbestown, California, and Diane Choiniere and her husband, John, of Brownington; her grandchildren: Lynn Rae Allain, Norman Lafaille, Andrea Pope, and Adam and Joshua Choiniere; and by five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by six brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vets flagNorman Edmund Houle

Norman Edmund Houle, 79, of Acton, Massachusetts, died on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the E.N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, after a stoic battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Born in Merrimac, Massachusetts, he spent his formative years in Manchester, New Hampshire, the second child of the late Richard A. and Gertrude (Tremblay) Houle. He graduated from Manchester High School and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving honorably during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. Following his discharge, he graduated with honors from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, with a degree in mathematics, and later earned an advanced degree in mathematics from Boston College.

Mr. Houle taught math for many years at Bedford High School in Massachusetts, and enjoyed working summers driving tractor-trailer trucks. He left teaching to pursue a career at Raytheon Corp., where he was a manager in the transportation division at the time of his retirement.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Houle was a longtime active member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton. He enthusiastically encouraged his children in pursuing their interests and was the quintessential “hockey dad.” He was an avid reader of American and European history. He enjoyed spending time at and working on the family camp on Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and he was always up for a game of scrabble or dominoes.

Mr. Houle was the husband of Hiltrud G. “Hilli” (Spors) Houle, USAF Colonel, Retired, and was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (Gaudreau) Houle, who died in 1996. He is survived by their five children: Stephen P. Houle and his husband, Marc Ming Chan, of Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin J. Houle and his wife, Tracey, of Plattsburgh, New York, Maureen E. Houle of Acton, Gardena M. Abramowitz and her husband, Kris, of Acton, and Jeffrey TN Houle and his wife, Amy, of Maynard, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren: KJ, Tagan, Molly, Sydney, Ethan, Jake, Gram, Harry, Kate and Christopher; three brothers: Richard Houle and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Bedford, New Hampshire, Robert Houle of Hampton, New Hampshire, and Joseph Houle and his wife, Lynn, of Poulsbo, Washington; and by many nieces, nephews, and extended family including his sister-in-law Ursala (Spors) Calvert of Villa Grove, Illinois, and many of Hilli’s family. He was predeceased by his brother Paul Houle and his wife, Janice; and by his sister Simone Houle.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home in Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton, with military honors to follow at church. Interment in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the hospice program at the E.N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford via www.bedford.va.gov.

Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com.

obit KimballAnnemie Kimball

Annemie (März) Kimball died peacefully at North Country Hospital in Newport on April 29, 2015, at the age of 88.

She was born on April 4, 1926, in Neuenhain, Germany, to Martin and Else März.

She married Jesse Kimball, a military police officer (MP) in the Army, in 1948. Eventually they settled in Derby, where she worked as a housekeeper for North Country Hospital and her husband began farming.

She was a generous and witty individual who loved word searches and who was passionate about baking and chocolate. She took great pleasure in baking large amounts of desserts for her family, especially during the holidays. She was a wonderful great-aunt, whose great-nieces and -nephews adored her immensely.

She is survived by her sister Helga Geiss of Derby; and by her nephew Andreas Geiss and his wife, Lisa Geiss, of Newport, Vermont.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jesse Kimball, of Derby.

Funeral services were held on May 5, at 1 p.m. in Newport. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LemadelineRock J. Lamadeleine

Rock J. Lamadeleine, 74, a longtime resident of Barton, died peacefully on May 2, 2015, in Newport, on what would have been his mother’s birthday. His family feels as though a bright light has vanished from this world.

He was born on July 8, 1940, in Barton, son of Albert and Germaine (Tetreault) Lamadeleine.

He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School and worked on the family farm for many years. He learned to cook meals in the farmhouse with his mother. He liked animals, bowling, walking, and seeing his three nieces. He played harmonica with his brothers, Guy and Clement. One of his greatest joys was cooking for family, and listening to his mother, brothers, and sister play music on piano, violin, trumpet, spoons, and concertina. He simply enjoyed sitting with someone and listening while they spoke. He spent most of his life being pleasant to everyone who he came into contact with.

He had a strong faith in God and a sincere, heartwarming, and strong love for people, especially his family and friends. He had a way of seeing the best in people and despite the challenges in his life he always managed to smile, laugh, and persevere and helped others do the same.

He had a great memory with a knack for remembering people’s birthdays and names. He will truly be missed by the many people who knew him. He also enjoyed bowling, walking in the woods, playing cards, and visits from his family.

He is survived by his sister Therese Bonnette and her husband, George, of Barton; his brother Guy Lamadeleine of Barton; his sister-in-law Henriette Lamadeleine of Barton; his three nieces: Anne Gamble and her husband, Rob, of Bangor, Maine, Claire Beck and her husband, Gene, of Anderson, Nevada, and Dorothy Bonnette of Barre; and by his area cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Marie Anne; and by his brothers: Clement and Bernard.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarrotteJoshua D. Marrotte

Joshua D. Marrotte, 26, of Westfield died peacefully on April 29, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 10, 1989, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, a son of Elizabeth (Myers) and the late Wayne Marrotte.

He attended North Country Union High School.

He worked on the Roberge family farm in North Troy.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his daughter Destiny and family. He will be missed by his dog Mia. He loved life and always had a smile. He made friends easily. He also enjoyed tinkering around the house, and he was a very hard worker and willing to help others in need.

He is survived by his beloved daughter Destiny Marrotte of Westfield; his fiancée, Danielle Ahlquist, of Westfield; his mother, Elizabeth Myers-Parker, of Troy; his father Donald Parker, of Troy; his brothers: Erik Parker of Troy, Travis Calloway of Newport, Brandon Brewster of Newport, and Nathan Brewster of Colorado; his sisters: Courtney Parker of Troy, and Samantha Marrotte of Newport; his stepmother Brenda Marrotte of Newport; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Wayne Marrotte.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call from noon on Wednesday until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Interment to follow.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Destiny Marrotte Education Fund, care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit MasonJohn D. Mason

John D. Mason, 45 of West Charleston died on April 26, 2015, in Brattleboro.

He was born on June 26, 1969, in Newport, a son of Earl C. and Beverly (Labounty) Mason.

He loved to go fishing, wrestling, lifting weights, and being outdoors.

He is survived by his siblings: Ronnie Sheltra of Derby, Brad Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Ocachobe, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Newport, Joyce Hillis and her friend, Danny Hutchins, of Brattleboro, Linda Marsh of Derby, Earl Mason Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida, and Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia; his girlfriend, Priscilla Peret of North Hampton, Massachusetts; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by a half-sister, Peggy Poulin.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 22, at the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Barton, with Paul Essaff officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory be made to Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group, P.O. Box 207, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

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

Peggy J. Poulin

Peggy J. Poulin, 61, of Newport died peacefully on April 25, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 11, 1954, to Ronald and Beverly (Labounty) Sheltra.

On June 19, 1970, she married Donald Poulin Sr., who survives her.

She was family oriented and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and she loved all her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Poulin Sr., of Newport; her children: Jason and Donald Poulin Jr., both of Newport; her grandchildren: Natasha, Jasmine, Makalia, Bridgett, Maya, Avirex, and Tiana; her siblings: Ronnie Sheltra of Derby, Brad Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Ocachobe, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Newport, and Joyce Hillis and her friend, Danny Hutchins, of Brattleboro, Linda Marsh of Derby, Earl Mason Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida, Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia, and Cindy Willis and her husband, Todd, of Derby.

Her half-brother Johnny Mason died on April 26, 2015.

Services will be held 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 at curtis-britch.com.

obit PriceElizabeth A. Price

Elizabeth A. Price, 87, of Newport died peacefully on April 30, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport, with her family at her side.

She was born on November 14, 1927, in Bethel, a daughter of Edward D. and Ada E. (Pease) Hickey Sr.

In 1951, she married John Price, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 of Newport.

She enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, square dancing, going to the family camp on Holland Pond, hunting, and fishing, and she was always ready to give a hand to relatives and friends for any reason. She was a happy, giving, and loving person, especially to family members and also her many friends.

She is survived by her sons: Jeff Price and his wife, Mary, of Morgan, David Price of Derby, and Brian Price and his wife, Lucinda, of Ontario, New York; her grandchildren: Beth Price and her companion, George Reed, of Derby, Jason Prue and his wife, Kim, of Newport Center, Jennifer Cook and her husband, Brian, of Newport Center, Jeremy Prue and his wife, Jessica, of Virginia, Merranda Rae Price of Derby Line, Heather Dawn Moulton and her husband, Adam, of Newport Center, Tarin Elizabeth Pratte and her husband, Derek, of Derby Line, Tricia Price and her companion, Jake, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, Gillian Price of New York, and Jessica Lewis and her husband, Jordan, of Newport; her great-grandchildren: Bree Jewer, Jacquelyn and Hunter Prue, Addison Cook, Katelyn, Zoe, Isabella, Lawson, and Easton Prue, Dawson and Connor Oliver, Zoe Wheeler, Jonathan and Danyka Moulton, Quinn and Baylor Pratte, and Jakob and Rhilee Lewis; her sisters: Marion Lawrence and her husband, Donald, of Sharon, Kathy Spenser of South Carolina, Carol Labounty and her companion, Dick Colburn, of New Hampshire, and Cheryl Paradis and her husband, Ken, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Dave Hickey.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory made be made to the Bel-Aire Care Center, care of the Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Death notice

Roberta Margaret Francis

Roberta Margaret Francis, 78, of Newport died on April 29, 2015, in Newport.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

John Cadieux

Committal services for John Cadieux will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Theresa Rivard

Committal services for Theresa Rivard will be held on Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Marie Reid

Committal services for Marie Reid will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Bernard Riendeau Sr.

Funeral services for Bernard Riendeau Sr. will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Albany Elementary School gymnasium, with the Reverend Gary Ashton officiating. Interment will be at the Albany Village Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Albany Elementary School.

Raymond Pion

Committal services for Raymond Pion will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Dorothy Prue

Committal services for Dorothy Prue will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Helen Seube

Interment for Helen Seube will be on Saturday, May 23, at Overlook Cemetery in Westmore. The service is at 1 p.m.

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Obituaries April 29, 2015

obit BarrupMarilyn Lucille Barrup

Marilyn Lucille Barrup, 80, of Derby died peacefully on April 22, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born on August 11, 1934, in Newport, to Stuart and Helen (Livingston) Taylor.

On September 10, 1955, she married Rodney Barrup, who survives her.

She was a former member of the Stanstead United Church and the Ladies Canusa Unit. She was also a member of the Derby and Morgan United Churches. She was a member of Home Dem, and a strong supporter of United Christian Academy.

She and her husband, Rod, ran their farm and milk hauling business, Barrup Farms. They also owned and operated North Country Motors, and Green Mountain Mulch. She worked at Community National Bank as personal secretary to the late Lloyd Selby.

She graduated from Derby Academy, and the Vermont Junior College in Montpelier, with an associate’s degree in business.

She enjoyed playing the piano, going snowmobiling, spending time at their camp on Lake Seymour, and their home in Florida, as well as going shopping with Janet. She and her husband spent many enjoyable hours at the Elks parties, especially with their Derby friends.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney Barrup, of Derby; her children: Janet Barrup Slater and her husband, Robert Slater Jr., and Kevin Barrup and his partner, Pam Harmon, of Derby; her grandchildren: Taylor Gerhart and his partner, Ashley Vinal, Grant Gerhart and his wife, Brooklin, Eric Barrup and his partner, Renee Boudreault, Jessica Russell and her husband, Chris, and Martin Barrup and his wife, Carrie; her nine great-grandchildren; and by her special friend and caretaker, Velma Crowell, who made it possible for her to remain at home through her long battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on April 25, in Morgan.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit burdickEverett Willard “Nick” Burdick

Nick Burdick, 65, of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Vermont, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

He was the fourth child born to the late Willard “Gus” and Marjorie (Noe) Burdick, on June 20, 1949.

He enjoyed a normal childhood, attending Orleans Graded School, and graduating from Orleans High School.

One fond memory that he always enjoyed was the fact that his big brother Bernard, kid brother Eddie, and himself all had newspaper routes in Orleans. He and Eddie were lucky to have the Burlington Free Press routes and for a few years enjoyed trips to Boston (for a ball game, as long as it was the Red Sox playing!), and trips to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., as well as side trips to Mt. Vernan and Ford’s Theatre.

Mr. Burdick proudly served his country in the army, rising to the rank of sergeant.

After the service, he took a job at the Burlington Free Press, as district circulation manager, directing nearly 25 percent of the total circulation.

Mr. Burdick sold advertising for the Chronicle for five years, and it was here that he started writing. He then went on and finished his career at the Newport Daily Express.

He especially enjoyed writing his Kingdom Characters column, which was about local people and their lives. His sister Pat was the first person he wrote about, when she was the cook at the Orleans Senior Center.

On October 26, 1968, he married Ida Lyn Chaffee of Albany. Two sons, Willard Andrew and Jonathan Dale, were born to this union, which ended in divorce in 1986.

On July 3, 2001, after a long courtship, Mr. Burdick married the love of his life, Cora Ann Carpenter, in a private ceremony in Brownington, at the lookout tower on Prospect Hill. A large public gathering was held at the Albany Town Hall following the ceremony.

Mr. Burdick was a member of the American Legion for nearly 50 years, as well as the Disabled American Veterans (he hurt his left leg while firing a 155mm self-propelled Howetzer. He always told people after that not to fire the gun from the hip!).

He was a member of the Orleans High School Alumni Association, and served as its president for 18 years. He was always proud of the fact that he got the trophies back to Orleans, and helped with the building with a case to house them as well as the high school yearbooks. These cases were built by Ethan Allen Corp., when Wendall Herman, a fellow alumni, was manager there.

In 1973, at the direction of the late Doris Cubit, Mr. Burdick joined Maple Valley Grange #450 of Albany. He worked his way through the chairs, and joined the Prospect Pomona Grange, Vermont State Grange, and the National Grange. In 1980, he hosted the annual Vermont State Grange in Newport!

In 1994, sponsored by the late Roy Ingalls, Mr. Burdick joined Central Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons, in Irasburg. He worked his way through the “blue lodge” chairs, and was honored by his brothers when he was elected by the district to serve two years as the district deputy grand master for the tenth

Mason district of Freemasons of the Grand Republic of Vermont. This was indeed a great honor for him, and he did the best job he could possibly do.

He also joined the York Rite Bodies of Vermont, the Tenth Masonic District Past Masters Association, the National Sojourners, Inc. Green Mountain Chapter #527, and the Mount Sinai Shriners of Montpelier. This is the third oldest shrine in the world.

Mr. Burdick loved helping people, and for a number of years he worked with small, ten-man prison work crews from St. Johnsbury. In all, his crews were able to repair and paint the Albany Town Hall, the Albany Methodist Church, the old fire station, and the Grange hall on the way into town. They also cut brush around the outside edge of all the cemeteries (seven) in town. In Glover they did the church, the Town Clerk’s Office, the library, and brushwork. In Brownington they replaced the fence around the Village Cemetery, painted the Grange Hall, and cleared brush from all of the cemeteries. (In Brownington Center, the only prisoner to ever escape, walked away through the back of the cemetery. He surrendered!)

Many of the buildings at the Orleans County fairgrounds were also repaired and painted. What the prisoners enjoyed most were the cigarettes they got to smoke on break and lunchtime, the delicious meal every Friday to celebrate the week’s work, and Cora Ann’s homemade cookies just about every day.

With all of the activities, Mr. Burdick was always happiest spending time with his beloved Cora Ann, and his son Jonathan. Joining them was Jon’s wife, Joanna, and his six grandchildren: Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Payten, Davan, and Logan. These precious grandchildren were the apple of “Papa’s” eye!

He also leaves behind to mourn him, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews; 3,000,000 Masonic brothers worldwide; his sisters-in-law: Susan Eileen, Nancy, Mary, Connie, and Tracey; his brother-in-law Paul; and his three “special daughters”: Karen Karlovich, Donna Burdick, and Julie Lavine. He adopted them years ago. He also leaves behind two uncles and one aunt. Although he leaves many friends and family members behind, he leaves special friends: Waldo Potter of Albany, Darlene (Austin) Miles of North Troy and Ormond Beach, Rachel Rose of Barre, and Francoise and Daniel Milea, of Irasburg.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, his parents, his siblings, and a baby sister, as well as those already listed.

Friends and family will gather at Central Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons, on beautiful Irasburg Common, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 23, for a memorial Masonic service with Grand Chaplin Mike Ford officiating, followed by lunch provided by his brothers at the lodge. Burial, with full military honors, led by CMS Kenneth Johnson, USAF/Retired, will follow at the family lot in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans. Mr. Burdick’s nephews, Scott and Michael, will be the bearers of the urn.

For those wishing, donations in his honor may be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114. Please mark the donation. This hospital deals in prosthetics for children, as well as burns.

obit DonnellyBrendan Patrick Donnelly

Brendan Patrick Donnelly, 28, of Norwood, Massachusetts, formerly of Newport Center, died peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Born on May 27, 1986, he was a beloved son of John and Suzanne (Beaucaire) Donnelly of The Villages, Florida; loving brother of Conor Donnelly of Burlington and Garrett Donnelly of Newport Center; the husband of Katerina Donnelly; and the proud father of Joshua Brady Donnelly, both of Walpole, Massachusetts. He was a cherished grandson of Claire (Rogers) Donnelly, with whom he lived in Norwood, the late John Donnelly and the late Donald and Gertrude (Buschenfeldt) Beaucaire; adored nephew of Paula Donnelly and Scott Davis of Marina, California, Mark and Lynda Donnelly of Walpole, and Steven and Deborah Beaucaire of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts; and a dear cousin of Lily Donnelly, Brian Beaucaire, Kerri Besagi and her daughter, Kailyn.

Mr. Donnelly graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport with the Class of 2004, where he played soccer and hockey and was a member of the state championship team in 2001. He later graduated from Porter and Chester Institute. He worked in the electrical field for several years while pursuing his professional license. He loved New England sports, and was an especially avid Bruins fan.

For almost four years, he was a member of AA, where he actively helped others in their recovery, both in Massachusetts and Vermont. Anyone fortunate enough to have met him knows just how caring he was. Whether lifelong friends or new acquaintances, he always put others first. He had a big heart.

Funeral services were held on April 18 in Norwood. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Joshua Donnelly Education Fund via www.gofundme.com.

Online condolences at www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com.

Leona Catherine Lucas

Leona Catherine Lucas, 98, of St. Albans, formerly of Derby, died on April 22, 2015, in St. Albans.

She was born on October 8, 1916, in Derby, to Joseph and Roseanna (Boulet) Pepin.

On April 27, 1936, she married Arthur H. Lucas Sr., who predeceased her in 1988.

She graduated from Newport High School. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed working in her flower gardens, and feeding the birds.

She is survived by her children: Arthur Lucas Jr. and his wife, Crystal, of St. Albans, and Linda Sheltra of Richland, New York; her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her brother Andrew Pepin and his wife, Ernestine, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Alfred, Lewis, Theodore, and Arthur Pepin; and by her two sisters: Eva Parker and Grace Hummers.

A graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery on Friday, May 29, at 11 a.m.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit mccandlessLucille Margaret McCandless

Lucille Margaret McCandless, 90, of Orchard Park, New York, and formerly of Irasburg, died on March 7, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Orchard Park.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, on July 17, 1924, she lived there until 1994. She married George Thomas McCandless on June 10, 1947, and was married for 47 years.

She was one of the first female computer programmers in Connecticut. She moved to Irasburg in 1994, following the death of her husband.

She enjoyed many hobbies and activities and could be found gardening in her yard on Burton Hill in Irasburg as soon as the weather permitted. She opened her home to her family and friends, always creating a memorable time. She was an active member of the Irasburg United Church and the Irasburg Ladies’ Aid. She was a major contributor to the Irasburg Church Fair, donating her time and beautiful crafts.

She is survived by her three children: George T. McCandless Jr. of Buenos Aires, Argentina, his wife, Maria Rosa, and children: Micaela, Thomas, and Isabel; Sharon Reardon of Orchard Park and her husband, Michael, and children: Rebecca Gillis, Ben Garvey, and Sara Reardon; and Deborah Johnson of Irasburg and her husband, Gary, and children, Bjorn, Rowan, and Aelin Johnson. She was the great-grandmother of Jack, Grace, and Jacob Gillis, and Caelin and Ronan Garvey.

A memorial service of her active and joyful life will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Monday, July 13, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the home of Deborah and Gary Johnson.

obit MorrillEmelda “Millie” Morrill

Emelda “Millie” Morrill, 88, of Newport died suddenly on April 23, 2015, at her home.

She was born on January 24, 1927, in North Troy to Honore and Belle “Rose” (Benjamin) Roberts.

On November 17, 1947, she married Dean Morrill, who predeceased her on May 20, 2005.

She was a sales clerk for Sears and Roebuck in Newport for 25 years, from where she retired in 1986.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

She had many friends over the years. She enjoyed camping at their camp at Lake Salem and going on vacations with family and friends throughout the years. Her flower gardens brought her joy and were always beautiful. She also enjoyed the beauty of Lake Memphremagog and going to Cole’s Pond, dancing with her husband.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Tracy and her husband, Wayne, of Valrico, Florida, Barbara Donovan and her husband, Patrick, of Troy, Beverly Morrissette and her husband, Henry, of Troy, and Betty Lackie and her husband, Frank, of Westmore; her grandchildren: Derek and Jamie Racine of Valrico, Jennifer Young of Gardner, Massachusetts, Travis Degre and his wife, Christine, of Newport, Mari-Jo Urie of Newport, and Ashley Lackie of Westmore; and by several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Dorio Roberts of North Troy, Aldemand “Joe” Roberts of Connecticut, Maurice Roberts of Florida, Roger Roberts of Tennessee, Oscar Roberts of Newport Center, and Gabrielle Hilliker of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Yvette Parenteau and Jackie Hamilton; and by her brother Ranald Roberts.

Funeral services were held on April 28, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit rexfordElla J. Rexford

Ella J. Rexford of St. Johnsbury died on Friday, April 17, 2015. She was 83 years old.

She was born on November 21, 1931, in Morristown, New Jersey, daughter of Russell and Elgie (Paddleford) Williams.

She attended St. Johnsbury Academy and graduated in 1949 from Lyndon Institute. In 1950, she married Reginald Rexford.

She loved life, family, and friends. She had hobbies that included horses, and later camping with her husband, Reg. She always liked to read and knit. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and the Women’s Club.

She is survived by her three daughters: Wanda Waugh and her husband, William, of Lyndonville, Linda Pilotte and her husband, Doug, of Lyndonville, and Paula Carpenter and her husband, Ken, of St. Johnsbury; one step-brother, George Andrews, and his wife, Evelyn, of Glen Ellen, California; one sister, Marion Gero, of St. Johnsbury; 11 grandchildren: Matthew, Alexander and his wife, Marisa, Karen, Lisa, Mandy, Chad and his wife, Ashley, Meagan and her husband, Sam, Carrie and her husband, Geremy, Andrew and his wife, Erica, Kenneth Jr. and his wife Khadizhat, and Tara and her husband, Matt; 16 great-grandchildren; and by two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald Rexford, in 1999.

A memorial service was held on April 24.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in her name to the Canterbury Inn Activity Fund, 46 Cherry Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

obit RyanDoris T. Ryan

Doris T. Ryan, 52, of Newport died peacefully on April 19, 2015, in Newport, surrounded by those who loved her, after her battle with cancer.

She was born on December 14, 1962, in Newport, to Pauline (Cotnoir) Ducharme, and the late Marcel Cotnoir.

After she graduated from North Country Union High School she remained in Newport, where she raised her girls surrounded by family. She spent many years as a waitress at Martha’s Diner, where she served friends, family members, and many strangers. Her wonderful generosity and love for life, family, and friends as well as her strong faith, were present in everything she did until her last breath.

She is survived by her children: Katina Cotnoir and her fiancé, Dan Ortiz, Ashley Weikel, Miranda Ryan and her partner, David Morse, Chelsea Urie and her dad, Steve Urie, and her step-daughter Windee Young and her husband, John. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Enrique and Jaymyn Ortiz, Parish and Carter Weikel, and four step-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Johnathan, Matthew, and Andrew Young. She is also survived by her mother, Pauline DeLaBruere; her brothers: Donald and his wife, Noella Cotnoir, and Richard and his wife, Dinah Cotnoir; and by her sisters: Francine Cotnoir, Rejeanne and her husband, Elby McBreairty, Yvette and her husband, Norman Patenaude, and Denise and her husband, Larry Royer Jr.; members of the Ryan family; nieces and nephews; multiple cousins; special friends; and many brothers and sisters of the New Hope Bible Church.

She was predeceased by her father, Marcel Cotnoir; her sister, Linda Drageset; and by her former husband Bill Ryan.

Funeral services were held in Irasburg, on April 24.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SparrowEdward Grant Sparrow

Edward Grant Sparrow of West Glover died on April 23, 2015, after a short illness, with his wife by his side.

He was born in Paris, France, on July 28, 1929, the son of Edward Grant Sparrow and Catherine Groth Sparrow. His family returned to the United States when he was ten, and lived in New York City, where he attended Buckley School. After attending St. Mark’s in Southborough, Massachusetts, he went on to Harvard University, where he earned his baccalaureate and law degrees. Having decided to pursue a career in teaching, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College.

He married Lydia Huntington in 1953, and then joined the army, where was sent to West Germany as part of the U.S. occupying forces. Upon returning to the United States, he was hired as a tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. For 36 years, he taught the entire curriculum of great books. From 1964 to 1966, he was acting director of the integrated liberal arts curriculum at St. Mary’s College in California. He then returned to St. John’s College in Annapolis, and subsequently served as dean of the college from 1977 to 1982.

He married his present wife, Margaret Sparrow, in March of 1995.

A colleague and friend, Curtis Wilson, wrote of him, “We hold him in especial esteem for traits and accomplishments that are peculiarly his: his boldness, persistence, and courage in investigating the foundations of the liberal arts; his wisdom and judiciousness in guiding…the college polity; the generous hospitality that he and Lydia extended to members of the faculty and their families, and to countless students on innumerable occasions; the loyalty and public spiritedness with which he gave himself to the college…. We respect him as a man of principle; we admire him for his dashing and aristocratic style and for the great joie de vivre of his waltzing; and we deeply value his friendship.”

His conversion to Catholicism in 1957 was a profoundly important event in his life. He became an oblate of Mt. Savoir Monastery in Elmira, New York, in 1993, and his Catholicism and faith informed his writing.

Mr. Sparrow was a man of warmth and kindly spirit. He taught his students at St. John’s with a sense of wonder, which never left him. He loved literature, poetry, and classical and popular music and old time radio. He could deliver the lyrics to any Gilbert and Sullivan opera with verve and style. After he began to lose his eyesight, he memorized many, many beloved poems so that he would always have them “available.”

In his later years, he found a special happiness and peace in his second marriage. As his eyesight slowly failed, there came the quiet dawning of a new internal light; a broader vision; an ever greater forbearance, compassion, and respect for his fellow man. He was always learning. He learned to love dogs, or at least one dog; he learned to stack firewood and shovel snow; he learned to appreciate the simple peace of a summer day; he loved to hear the peepers in the spring and would sit outside, with his little kitty Willie on his lap, happily listening to the chorus of birds singing from the maple trees surrounding his home. He mellowed. May we all.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret, of West Glover; his former wife and friend, Lydia, of Concord, New Hampshire; his sister Helen Roosevelt of New York City; his seven children: Katherine, Sophie Sparrow and her husband, Christopher Eldredge, of Sunapee, New Hampshire, Bartholomew Sparrow and his wife, Polly, of Austin, Texas, Helen Sisk of Flagstaff, Arizona, Elizabeth Sparrow of Westbrook, Maine, Edward Sparrow and his wife, Cynthia, of Dallas, Texas, and Richard Sparrow and his wife, CJ, of Hong Kong, China; and by 12 grandchildren: Kai, Edward, Silas, Carl, Lucinda, Paula, Elinor, Alexandra, Nicholas, Jacquelyn, Edward, and Christopher.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Christopher Sparrow.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 4, at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. A reception will follow the service at the Barton United Church hall. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton at a later date.

Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Public Library, 100 Church Street, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit sussmanLeonard R. Sussman

Leonard R. Sussman died peacefully at his home in Craftsbury on March 29, 2015, at the age of 94, with his sons Mark and David and his caregiver Tina Maynard of Wolcott at his side.

Born and raised in Manhattan, he attended DeWitt Clinton High School, graduated from New York University (NYU), and attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

During World War II he served in the army in Puerto Rico and was awarded the Legion of Merit. After the war, he became the press secretary to the governor of Puerto Rico. He returned to New York and, after working for daily newspapers, went to work for the American Council for Judaism and eventually ran that organization. In 1967, he became the executive director of Freedom House, an institution devoted to promoting democracy and freedom around the globe. After leaving Freedom House, he taught press ethics at NYU and focused on his lecturing and writing, producing 18 books on international affairs and autobiographical subjects.

In the 1990s, he and his wife, Marianne Sussman, began visiting the Inn on the Common and they became regular summer guests. In 2001, they moved to Ketchum Hill Road in Craftsbury and adopted Craftsbury and its environs as their other home.

A passionate New Yorker, Mr. Sussman loved to walk the streets of the city. His wanderlust carried him to more than 75 countries. In his later, years he came to call Craftsbury, the community that welcomed him and his wife so warmly for two decades, his year-round home. He enjoyed watching the corn grow each season and photographing the landscape. He was a fan and supporter of Sterling College, the Art House, and the Craftsbury library.

His first marriage to Frances Rukeyser ended in divorce. In addition to his sons, he had a daughter, Lynne, who predeceased him in 1999.

He is survived by his grandchildren: Jane, Rebecca, Benjamin, Sam and Finn; by his son Mark’s wife, MJ Thompson; and by his daughter Lynne’s husband, Philip Hyde.

A memorial gathering to honor Mr. Sussman will be held at home in Craftsbury.

Services

Randy Carpenter

Committal services for Randy Carpenter will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at the Coventry Village Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Coventry Community Center.

Laurette Houle

Committal services for Laurette Houle will be held on Monday, May 4, at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Irasburg at 10:30 a.m.

Camille Deslandes

Committal services for Camille Deslandes will be held on Monday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Marjorie Breault

Committal services for Marjorie Breault will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m., at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Marilyn Messier

Committal services for Marilyn Messier will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

William Ming

Committal services for William Ming will be held on Friday, May 8, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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Obituaries April 22, 2015

Douglas Wayne Breault

obit BreaultDouglas Wayne Breault, 73, of Bushnell, Florida, died Friday, April 10, 2015.

He was born October 26, 1941, in Richford.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, and was retired from Metal Industries in Bushnell. He was a good husband, a good father, and a hard worker.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Murielle Harbec Breault of Bushnell; his son Jason Breault of Castine, Maine; his daughter Victoria Breault of Summerfield, Florida; three grandchildren; and his brothers: Charles Breault, Bruce Breault, Clinton Breault, and Mitchell Breault, all of New York.

To see more, visit http://purcell.beyersfuneralhomeandcrematory.com/tribute/details/5778/Douglas_Wayne_Breault/obituary.html#tribute-start.

 

obit ChatleyFrederick “Rick” Sinclair Chatley

Frederick Sinclair Chatley, 76, died on April 6, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on October 16, 1938, in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, to John Jr. and Ruth Sinclair Chatley. He spent the majority of his life in West Chester, Pennsylvania, graduating from West Chester Junior-Senior High School, in the Class of 1956. He earned a degree in secondary education from West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University) and went on to receive his master of psychology degree at Villanova University. He briefly taught elementary school before starting his 39-year career with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

During his retirement he enjoyed traveling, joining the wine harvest in France and serving as a guest ranger for the Vermont Park Service. He managed a shop on East Gay Street in West Chester, which he enthusiastically filled with antiques and uniques. In addition, he restored and lovingly tended to the gardens where he lived in Marshallton, Pennsylvania, on the grounds of the Bradford Friends Meeting. Mr. Chatley was a devoted member of the meeting for 40 years. He also served on the board of the Friends of Springton Manor in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, and volunteered in various capacities for the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department.

Vermont was a lifelong favorite locale. Mr. Chatley was fond of spending the summer and foliage seasons there, exploring the natural beauty of the state. With the help of family and friends, he built a home away from home outside of Island Pond, near his beloved Lake Willoughby. He returned to Chester and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania as the weather turned cooler, and for the past six years ventured to Florida in late winter to bask in the sunshine and explore the region with family. In addition to his work and travels, he was an avid birder, nature enthusiast, environmentalist, artist, photographer, and collector. He enjoyed meeting new friends with varied interests in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and wherever else he wandered around the world.

He is survived by his daughters: Megan Chatley McCrery and her husband, Albert McCrery IV, and Erin Sinclair Chatley Duffy; his granddaughter Avery Sinclair McCrery; his brother John Chatley III; and by his sister Marcia Chatley Gregory. In addition, he was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews, as well as a dear friend to an extensive network of cousins and acquaintances.

There will be a service to celebrate his life and spirit at the Bradford Friends Meeting in Marshallton on Sunday, May 31, at noon.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family wishes to honor his memory by asking others to recognize the beauty of nature that Mr. Chatley so enjoyed. He delighted in the simple gestures of placing a birdhouse or chime in a nearby tree and planting something special in the garden, and following his example would be a fitting tribute to his life.

 

 

obit DeslandesCamille Harold Ernest Deslandes

Camille Harold Ernest Deslandes, 57, of Island Pond died peacefully at his home on April 18, 2015, with his family and friends by his side.  He was born on May 13, 1957, in Newport.  He battled lung cancer for a year before dying.

Mr. Deslandes was a loving, helpful man who enjoyed traveling.  He would travel to Maine and New York almost every weekend to watch his nephew race horses.  He traveled to simulcast parlors in Scarsborough, Maine and Saratogoa, New York where he met many friends whom he enjoyed spending time with.  He loved taking care of his mother for 16 years after his father died.

He is survived by his mother, Marion Deslandes; his sisters: Nancy Roby and her husband, Norman, and Linda Bones and her husband, James; by his brother Clair Delsandes; his sister-in-law Linda Deslandes, all of Island Pond; by his brother Donald Deslandes and his wife, Candy, of Newport; by his brother Jeffrey Deslandes and his wife, Kinda, along with his horse racing idol Daniel and his little buddy Caden Deslandes of Sarco, Maine; and by his sister Gloria Collins and her husband, Doug, of Brownington; by several nieces and nephews; and by many friends and family.

He was predeceased by his father, Harold Deslandes, and brother Gary Scott of Island Pond.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday April 23, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Jacob Kosis officiating. There is a fund set up on line to help pay for funeral expenses on gofundme.com, and also a memorial is set up at the Passumpsic Savings Bank in memory of Mr. Deslandes.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit Leonard bwWilliam “Bill” A. Leonard Jr.

William “Bill” A. Leonard Jr, of Jay died peacefully on April 14, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on December 20, 1943, in Manchester, Connecticut, to William and Helen Leonard.

He was a machinist and carpenter.  He worked many years in Connecticut, and at Butterfields and Ethan Allen as a machinist. For ten years he was a carpenter building many homes in the area, including homes for both his daughters.

In retirement, he drove for Fisher Auto Parts and Green Mountain Electric.

He loved being with his family, and he enjoyed coin collecting, motorcycling, camping, NASCAR and being outside.

He was a founding member and firefighter of the Jay Fire Department.  He was a captain and lieutenant for 25 years.  He was also proud of his wife being the first woman firefighter in the area.  He was a member of Mutual Aid, a Jay forest warden for 25 years, and a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association for ten years.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra Leonard of Jay; by his daughters: Kathy Murphy and her husband, Dave, of Jay and Cindy Vincent Goodyear and her husband, Matt, of Jay; by his son William B. Leonard and his wife, Betty, of Newport Center; by his grandchildren: Dawn Waters and her husband, Lenny, of Glens Falls, New York, Steven Murphy and his friend, Kassy, of Jay, Seth Vincent and his fiancé, Mel Ryea, of North Troy, Brittany and Paige Leonard of Newport Center, and Jenna Vincent of Jay. He was awaiting the arrival of his first great-granddaughter in July.  He is also survived by his siblings: Edward Leonard and his wife, Vern, of New York, Clifford Leonard and his wife, Jackie, of Connecticut, Sandy Jones and her husband, Roger, of Connecticut, and Patty Archambo of Massachusetts; by his brother-in-law John Wilson and his wife, Rhonda, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.  He will be really missed by his best friend, his dog Ginger.

He was predeceased by his son-in-law Christopher Vincent in 2007; by his parents, William and Helen Leonard; and his special grandparents, William and Rose Leonard, all of Connecticut.

Funeral services were held on April 18 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will take place at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jay Fire Department, in care of Steve Murphy, 357 Partridge Hollow Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit magoonRonald Lee Magoon

Ronald Lee Magoon, 54, of Amherst, New Hampshire, husband of Arlene M. (Abrams) Magoon, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

A resident of Amherst for the past 30 years, Mr. Magoon was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 26, 1960, son of Judith (Hill) Magoon and the late Kenneth Magoon, who died August 26, 2011. Mr. Magoon lived in Newport during his youth and was a graduate of North Country Union High School, Class of 1978. He furthered his education in Ohio and was currently attending Southern New Hampshire University.

Mr. Magoon was employed as a supervisor and senior technician at Vectron International of Hudson, New Hampshire, for the past 15 years.

Members of his family include his wife, Arlene, whom he married in 1985; his mother, Judith Magoon, of Newport; three children: Chrysann Magoon of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Marcel Chabot and his wife Dorothy of Amherst, New Hampshire, and Caitlyn Folia and her husband, Eric, of Auburn, New Hampshire; four grandchildren: Alexa Rose, Travis Ronald, Ariana Matteline, and Charlotte Lee; his brother Barry Magoon and his wife, Mary, of North Carolina; a nephew and niece, Jordan Magoon and Bailey Magoon of North Carolina; his aunt Rachel Magoon of Waldorf, Maryland; and cousins Carol Moore of Vermont and Betty Nolin of Florida. In addition to his father, Ron was predeceased by an aunt, Lois Moore, of Derby Line.

A typical Saturday afternoon would find Mr. Magoon in the garage tinkering with his latest invention and sharing ideas with his stepson Marcel, who moved his family back from Michigan when Mr. Magoon was diagnosed with cancer. They live just three miles from the family home.

Mr. Magoon’s shared interest in travel with stepdaughter Caitlyn inspired travel adventures to Canada, North Carolina, California and Oregon. His youngest daughter, Chrysann, brought him great joy, especially during football season where they became the Patriots’ biggest “couch coaches.” Steaks on the grill and their humorous banter made any score a winner.

Mr. Magoon loved his motorcycle. He ventured on many trips with friends, touring New England. A motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia with his wife and friends was one of his favorite adventures.

Another of his favorite vehicles was his Kubota tractor. Several holes in the yard and many rocks have been rearranged by his maneuvering skills. On one Fourth of July, the Kubota was used to pull the family float in the Amherst parade. The float won most colorful.

Cancer was a challenge to be met. After diagnosis he brought a retriever puppy and named him Shiloh. During experimental treatments, chemo, and declining health, Shiloh was his compassionate pal, sharing the best and the worse days remaining at his side defying the odds.

Mr. Magoon’s final gift to this world came unexpectedly but is long lasting. On two occasions he was asked to speak to the medical community about palliative care from the patient’s point of view. Having never spoken in a public forum, he bravely stepped up and honestly spoke about cancer care. He made a difference.

Memorial visitation was held at the Farwell Funeral Home Nashua on April 18. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in his memory to Pediatric Cancer Foundation. http://fastercure.org/ (Guide Star Exchange affirms that 90% of donations are used toward programs dedicated to ending childhood cancer.)

Arrangements are in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service at www.farwellfuneral.com.

 

 

obit merceri bwAndrew “Andy” Merceri

Andrew “Andy” Merceri of Albany died peacefully on April 2, 2015, at the age of 79.

He was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, to Irene Tucker and Andrew Merceri.

He served in the Army before working for Diamond International Corporation for more than 40 years. Mr. Merceri was a lifelong resident of Palmer before retiring. Upon retirement, he moved to Vermont with his wife, Leanna to the small community of Albany where he especially enjoyed playing cards with friends.

Mr. Merceri was preceded in death by his wife, Leanna Merceri.

He is survived by his daughter Kim (Keene) Merceri; his son Darrell Merceri; his stepdaughter Marylee Foisy; his stepsons Frederick Shannon, Christopher Shannon and Steven Shannon; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at New Birth Christian Church in Thorndike, Massachusettts. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mr. Merceri’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Birth Christian Church.

 

 

Travis J. Rhye

Travis J. Rhye, 40, of Newport died suddenly on April 7, 2015, at his home.

He was born on December 17, 1974, to Ronald and Betty Lou (Rotunda) Rhye.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed skate boarding.

He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Betty Lou Rhye, of Newport, and by his son Nicholas Rhye.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

Helen Muriel Barnes Waterhouse Sim

Helen Muriel Barnes Waterhouse Sim, born September 28, 1923, in Island Pond, daughter of Cydney and Marjorie Barnes, died April 11 at her home in Isle La Motte.

She was the mother of two daughters, Marjorie Bertram and Joyce Tuck, both of Isle La Motte. She was also grandmother of six, great-grandmother of 12, and great-great grandmother of three. She married Rodney Waterhouse in April of 1944. She was a resident of Swanton for many years with her husband, Rodney, who predeceased her. She was active in the Swanton Congregational Church and a member of the First Club.

She married James Sim and made her home in Alburg. She attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Alburg where she was an active member until her death.

She graduated from Lyndon Normal School and taught in many one-room schools (the last being in Highgate), and she worked as a nurse at Kerbs and St. Albans hospitals for many years. She was a licensed NRA instructor, past president of the Vermont Folklore Society, a member of the writers workshop, and a member of the Penn Woman. She was a nationally published author and an artist. She served as a representative to the regional planning commission for Isle La Motte.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Isle La Motte Library or CIDER (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources, Inc).

 

 

obit warnerAlvin W. Warner

Alvin Warner, 96, died on April 19, 2015, in Lowell with family at his bedside.

He was born on July 30, 1918, in Lowell, a son of Vernon and Selma Crawford Warner.

On October 31, 1938 he was married to Marguerite Snider, who predeceased him by 30 days, on March 20, 2015. They were married for 76 years.

For many years, he was a member of, and trustee for, the Lowell Congregational Church.

He served as a state legislator, town moderator and selectman as well as a board member for the Vermont Electric Cooprative.  He owned and operated a farm, operated heavy equipment, and was a welder for the asbestos mines and the railroad.  He designed, created and operated a hydro power plant for several years in Lowell.  He, with his family, built and operated the Missisquoi Manor (a bowling alley, dance hall, roller skating rink and banquet center).

He is survived by his six children and their partners: Albert Warner, Priscilla Matten, Delvin Warner, Lorin Warner, Arlon Warner, and Alden Warner.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He lived life to the fullest.  He enjoyed playing and listening to music, dancing, traveling, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and bowling.  He was very creative with metal and built, among other things, tractors and many four-wheeler trailers for family and friends.  His happiness was extremely evident when family or friends stopped to visit, play music, have a snack or play cards, or all of the above.

There will be visiting hours to celebrate the lives of both Alvin and Marguerite Warner at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, April 22, from 5 until 8 p.m. There will be a double funeral, also at the funeral home, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, with the Reverend John Genco officiating. Burial will take place on May 11 at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit Whitcomb bwRichard Allen Whitcomb Sr.

obit vets flagRichard Allen Whitcomb Sr., 73, of Derby died on April 14, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on December 28, 1941, in St. Johnsbury to Myrle Davis Woodmansee and the late Urban Whitcomb.  He received his GED in June of 1988.

He married Barbara Jean (Villeneuve) Whitcomb, who predeceased him on October 7, 2007.

Mr. Whitcomb was a block guard for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.  He retired from the Vermont Army National Guard and obtained the rank of staff sergeant. He also was employed at one time at American Maple, Hood’s Creamery, and Moss Trucking, and he was a farmer, a truck driver and longtime bus driver.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling where he held the league high score of 297, a near perfect game! He also enjoyed boating, working on cars, and enjoyed the company of his dog “Crystal.”  He was a practical joker, an avid bowler and a softball champion. His CB radio handle was “Candyman.” He also loved to snowmobile, play horseshoes, fish, attend his son Mark Shelton’s concerts, and go on cruise vacations with Theresa. His favorite NASCAR drivers were Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. He loved the many dogs he had in his life.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Richard Whitcomb Jr. of Salem, Connecticut, Karen Whitcomb and James Trent of North Carolina, and David Whitcomb and his girlfriend, Lisa Hastings, of Norwich, Connecticut; by his many grandchildren, including: Barry, Johna, Mykhaila, Brandon, Adam, Vanessa, Meagan, Miranda, David Jr., and Dyllan; and great-grandchildren; by his mother, Myrle Leithead, of Lyndonville; by his stepson Mark Shelton and his wife, Lisa, of Derby; by his fiancé, Theresa Bowen, of Derby; and by her children: John Roy and his wife, Diane, of Holland, Debbie Grow and her husband, Dan, of Enosburg, Robin Nolan and his wife, Christina, of Derby, and Angel Girard and her husband, Eric, of Derby. He is also survived by his brother Bernard Whitcomb of California; his sisters Janet Fenoff and Jean Peck, both of Florida; and his half brothers and sister: Gary Fenoff of St. Johnsbury, Billy Whitcomb of Jay, and Judy Lamont of Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his baby girl Villeneuve in 1961, Baby Boy Whitcomb in 1965 and Barbara Jean Marie Whitcomb in 1978. He was also predeceased by his brother Walter Whitcomb.

Funeral services were held on April 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

Military honors were held following the service at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Memorial Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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