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.

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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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Obituaries April 15, 2015

obit ClarkRobert E. Clark

Robobit vets flagert E. Clark, 87, of West Glover died on April 5, 2015, in White River Junction.

He was born on September 4, 1927, in Barton, to Everett and Gladys (Masure) Clark.

On June 20, 1955, he married Gisele Champagne, who survives him.

He was an assessor for the state of Vermont and a veteran of the United States Navy.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton. He joined the post when he was still on active duty in both World War II and the Korean War, and has been an active member for over 68 years. He was a past commander of Post #76 and the post finance officer for over 49 years.

He has been a cemetery commissioner since 1999. He worked on the added Glover cemetery space, which led to the establishment of Westlook II. He was also a lister for the town of Glover.

Mr. Clark always had a smile on his face, was a friend to many, and was always willing to give a helping hand.

He and his wife enjoyed trips with Community Circle, spending winters in Florida, picking raspberries, ice skating, and helping friends sugaring and tasting the product. He was a very active member of St. Paul’s Church and helped with the school.

He is survived by his wife, Gisele Clark, of West Glover; his children: Michele Rose and her husband, Andrew, of Burlington, Daniel Clark of Hartford, and Robert Alan Clark of Williamson, New York; his granddaughter Sarah Rose of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Bill Clark; and by his half-sister Jeannette Lewis.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 10, in Barton. Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Jacklyn L. Durivage

Jacklyn L. Durivage, 68, of Newport died peacefully on April 2, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on August 25, 1946, in Morrisville, to Cecil and Katherine (Kellog) Stearns. She married Merrinott Durivage, who survives her.

She was employed by the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport as a supervisor for housekeeping for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Merrinott Durivage Sr., of Newport; her children: Merrinott Durivage Jr. of Newport, Desmond Durivage of Newport, and Deneen Tourangeau and her husband, Jimmy, of Sheffield; four grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and by her sister Gerri Stearns of Morrisville.

Private services will be at the convenience of the family.

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.

obit leachPatricia Center Leach

Patricia Center Leach of Barton died on Monday morning, April 6, 2015, in Lyndonville, at the age of 88.

She was born on March 17, 1927, in Rutland, the daughter of Walter F. and Aleathea (DeRosia) Center.

Her father died prior to her birth. At the age of five, her mother remarried, to Robert DeForge, and five children were born and raised in Montpelier. She spent her childhood summers in Danby, with her grandfather and Aunt Bertha Risdon.

In 1945 she graduated at the top of her class from Montpelier High School, where she was an avid basketball and baseball player. She was in all of the school plays and loved dancing. In the fall of 1945 she entered the University of Vermont (UVM) and graduated in 1948 with a bachelor of science in nursing. While in her last years of school at UVM, she affiliated at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Brooklyn State Hospital in New York City, and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. After receiving her RN, she went to Chicago for three years of college to obtain her degree in anesthesia at Norwegian American Hospital. In 1951 she became one of the first certified registered nurse anesthetists in the country. She practiced anesthesia at hospitals in Randolph, Brattleboro, and Burlington.

In 1952, she married Martin E. Leach of Waterville, and they had three children. At the time, Mr. Leach was a sergeant for the Vermont State Police, graduating from the Vermont State Police Academy in 1947. They moved to Barton in 1955 where she lived until her death. She was very active with Barton Academy while her children attended.

She worked as an RN at Newport Hospital from 1960 to 1974. After Mr. Leach died in 1969, she returned to UVM to further her education in coronary care and received her CCN in 1970. From 1976 to 1977 she was in charge of the coronary care unit at Hillside Hospital in San Diego, California, and then at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital upon her return to Vermont. She continued with college courses at UVM and the University of Minnesota through 1982.

She was active with the Republican Party for years and served as a delegate in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Leach, or “Peppermint Patty” as her sisters called her, loved to dance and had great memories of going to see the big bands with her husband in the 1950s and 1960s. Her favorite place was the Brown Derby in Montpelier where her husband proposed! She was an avid Red Sox fan and March Madness was her all-time favorite sports event of the year. She always miraculously picked the winner of the Kentucky Derby! She was always positive and derived a great deal of pleasure watching her children and grandchildren grow up and play sports.

She is survived by her children: Glenn Leach and his wife, Cheryl, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Gary and Melissa Leach of Lyndonville, and Jill Leach of Barton. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Zach and Breanna Leach of California; Beth and her husband, Chris Hibshman, and their children: Barrett and Brooklyn of Burke; Dallas and Lilly Leach of Lyndon; Erika Leach of Washington, D.C.; Amanda Leach Brocksmith and her husband, Richard, and son Chase of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Rachel Schuster and her husband, Nathan, and their children: Gavin and Bennet of South Portland, Maine; and Jessica and Colin Trahan and son Toby of Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by two brothers: Robert and his wife, Maggie DeForge, of Clinton, Massachusetts, and Jerome DeForge of Virginia; two sisters: Georgia Buck and her husband, Jim, of Leominster, Massachusetts, and Daphne Marhefka and her husband, Joe, of Clinton, Massachusetts; a sister in-law, Marilyn Center, of Clinton, Massachusetts; and by many nieces and nephews, and several good friends.

She was predeceased by her father; her mother; her husband; a sister, Norma Hancock; and by a brother, George Center.

A memorial service will be held in Lyndonville on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home with Mr. John Sleeper officiating. Friends may meet with the family one hour prior to the start of the service, beginning at 1 p.m.

Donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health Care, marked for hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately with the family at guibordfh.com.

obit lutherArdys Janet LaMonda Luther

Ardys Janet LaMonda Luther died peacefully at her home in East Hardwick on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

She was born on December 17, 1925, to Edith (Dewing) and Leon LaMonda at the Dewing family farm in Glover. She attended the little Mud Island School for eight years and graduated from Greensboro High School.

She was a registered nurse who received her degree from Brightlook Hospital School of Nursing in St. Johnsbury in 1946, where she was the youngest student. Later she completed the first nurse practitioner program at the University of Vermont and Mary Fletcher Hospital, where she was the oldest student.

After a fire destroyed their small farm in Glover, the LaMonda family moved to Riverside Farm in East Hardwick.

In February of 1945, she married Bradley Luther. She resided in East Hardwick for 75 years, with many winters enjoyed at their house in Hernando, Florida.

Mrs. Luther worked as a nurse at Hardwick Hospital, the Robbins Nursing Home in East Hardwick, the Darling Inn Nursing Home in Lyndonville, and in Dr. Russell’s office at Northeast Interns in St. Johnsbury. She was one of the first nurses to be hired at Caledonia Home Health and was involved in the inception of home nursing in Vermont. She also worked in the Luther’s family store, The East Hardwick Hardware Store.

She was active in her community in Vermont and in Florida. She loved to play her keyboard at the Greensboro Nursing Home and played with a kitchen band in Florida. She was a member of the Vermont Nursing Association, the First Congregational Church of East Hardwick, and the Caledonia Grange in East Hardwick.

Along with her husband, she loved to travel and explore the United States in their camper, including trips to California and a trip to Alaska in 1992. They also enjoyed camping at LaMonda family reunions on the farm in Glover and at Miles Pond gatherings with their family.

She is survived by her sister Lorraine and brother-in law Elwin Daniels Jr. of Craftsbury; her sister Janice and brother-in-law Wilbur Mower of New Mexico; her sister-in-law Calista Lawson of Florida. She is also survived by her four children and their families: Cheryl and Gary Michaels of East Hardwick and their children: PJ Jonesku of Salem, Massachusetts, and Nathan Bradley and Jennifer Michaels of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Edward and Pamela Luther of East Hardwick and their family: Nathan, Melissa, Tessa, and Ella Ardys Luther of East Hardwick, and Nicole, Bret, Grace, and Gavin Hodgdon of Jericho; Gail and David O’Brien of Shaftsbury and their family: Justin, Julie, Addison, and Hanna O’Brien of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and Erin, Adam, and Keva Wilson of Storrs, Connecticut; and Douglas and Elaine Luther and their daughters: Meghan and Emily of Walden.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bradley; her brother Warren and his wife, Denise (Brochu) LaMonda, of Stowe; her brother-in-law Burleigh Luther of Connecticut; and by her sister-in-law Gleigh (Luther) Richardson of Colorado.

The family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, to Caledonia Grange #9, P.O. Box 4, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836. Interment services will be held after the ground thaws and will be at Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick. At her request, there will be no visiting hours.

obit vets flagSidney A. Pixley Sr.

Sidney A. Pixley Sr., 81, died on Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home in Strafford, after a long illness.

He was born on June 7, 1933, in Randolph, son of Gerald L. and Marie (Mayberry) Pixley.

He attended school in Strafford. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Germany.

On September 25, 1955, he married Gloria Lower of Brownington. They lived most of their married life in Strafford. Mr. Pixley worked on Ralph Brown’s dairy farm in Strafford, at the Vermont Copper Mine in Strafford until it closed, and he drove milk truck for Richard Prescott for many years. For ten years, he and his wife lived in Glastenbury, Connecticut, where he was a foreman on a chicken farm. In 1968, they moved back to Strafford. For 28 years, he worked at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a warehouse clerk, before retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the Justin Morrill Drift Skippers Snow Machine Club and had been the vice-president of the Strafford Cemetery Association. He enjoyed taking bus tours with his wife, four-wheeling, snow machining, putting up firewood, and working on the trails for four-wheelers and snow machines to ride on.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Pixley, of Strafford; two sons: Sidney Pixley Jr. of Strafford, and Raymond Pixley of Waterbury, Connecticut; a daughter, Betty Benson, of South Royalton; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Rodney Pixley, of Strafford; a sister, Rose Perry, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Catherine Smith; and by two brothers: Clifford Pixley and Russell Pixley.

A funeral service was held on March 28, in Strafford. Spring burial will be in the Strafford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Strafford Fire and Rescue Associates, 241 Justin Morrill Highway, Strafford, Vermont 05072.

A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at boardwayandcilley.com.

obit vets flagDean G. Powers

Dean G. Powers Sr., 76, of West Charleston died peacefully on April 11, 2015, in Derby.

He was born on February 20, 1939, in St. Johnsbury, to Gerald and Lucille (Gardner) Powers.

On April 23, 1959, he married Charlotte R. Scott, who predeceased him on November 19, 2013.

Mr. Powers was employed for 38 years by Tivoly in Derby Line. He was a member of the Vermont National Guard. He also owned and operated Dean’s TV Service.

His hobbies included working on cars, going to the local races, and watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his children: Larry Powers and his wife, Sandra, of West Charleston, and Jennifer Allen and her husband, Daniel, of Derby; his grandchildren: Haley, Anthony, and Riley Allen; his brothers: Richard Powers of North Hero, William Powers of Tampa, Florida, and Keith Powers and his friend, Nancy, of North Hampton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit royJennifer Ellin Roy

Jennifer Ellin Roy, 42, died peacefully on April 12, 2015, after a short illness, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was a lifelong resident of Newport, and graduated from North Country Union High School. She was a loving mother to her two sons and a warm and thoughtful person to be around. Those who knew her will remember her as a kind and generous woman who delighted in giving little surprise gifts to those she loved.

She leaves behind her beloved son Todd Skinner and his fiancée, Alyssa Lamadeleine. She was so looking forward to celebrating the birth of her first grandson in early May.

Her second son, Cody Skinner, and her father, Edgar Roy, predeceased her.

She leaves behind her mother and step-father, Paula and Peter Conover; her siblings: Sharon Morin, Tracey Coburn-Burdick, Lori Coburn-Webb and Tim, Dan, Michael, and Tracy Roy. She is also survived by her uncle Charles Austin and his wife, Alice; her aunt Jean Poutre; her grandmother Ruth Austin, who is celebrating her one hundred and first birthday; her step-siblings: Kirsten, Stacy, and Bruce Conover and Rachel Conover Loreto; together with many nieces and nephews.

A June memorial service and interment is planned.

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Gilles Fugere

Committal services for Gilles Fugere will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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Obituaries April 8, 2015

obit ChaffeeIda Edna Chaffee

Ida Edna Chaffee, 91, of Albany died peacefully on April 3, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 16, 1923, in Albany to Mark and Ida (Keith) Honsinger.

On November 26, 1945, she married Dale Chaffee, who predeceased her on March 13, 2014.

She was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church. She enjoyed baking for the church dinners, tending to her flower gardens, knitting, and crocheting.

She is survived by her children: Ida Burdick and Mark Chaffee, both of Albany; her grandchildren: Willard “Andy” Burdick of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Jonathan Dale Burdick and his wife, Joanna, of Claremont, New Hampshire; her great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Peyton, Davan, Jacob, and Logan; her sister-in-law Beverly Chaffee of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by half brothers: Lynn, Charles, and Harry Rowell.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common on Wednesday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10, at the Albany United Methodist Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Spring interment will be in the Albany 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 CresswellGregory A. Cresswell

Gregory A. Cresswell, 67, of Newport Center died on April 1, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on June 10, 1947, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to Stephen and Martha (Confer) Cresswell.

On April 20, 1974, he married Nancy Pollander, who survives him.

He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He retired in 1999 as an environmental engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. He was a member of the National Guard in Connecticut.

He held memberships with the Exxon-Mobil Retirees Club, Penn State Alumni Association, OSHA Life Long Learning Group, and the North Country Swingers.

He enjoyed tending to his flower gardens, and frog hunting with his grandsons, daughter, and Bryan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, football, listening to country music with Leo, traveling, camping, snowshoeing, shoveling with his grandsons, and tending to his three aquariums.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Cresswell, of Newport Center; his daughter Desiree Cresswell and her companion, Bryan Elmer, of Coventry; his grandsons: Leo, Saige, and Travis; and by his brother Christopher Cresswell and his wife, Rita, of Longhorne, Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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 dalleyEthel Elizabeth Dalley

Ethel Elizabeth Dalley, 82, of Derby died peacefully on March 31, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 8, 1932, in Cambridge, New York, daughter of James and Florence (Gray) Hess. On October 4, 1950, in Johnson, she married Winfield Dalley Jr., who predeceased her in 2006.

During her younger years, she spent her time in Arlington and Johnson, graduating from Johnson High School with honors. After marriage, she spent her adult life living in Derby Line, Island Pond, Norton, and lastly in Derby. For many years, she was the bookkeeper for the famous Buck & Doe Restaurant. She kept herself busy volunteering in her communities holding town appointments, helping establish the Island Pond Medical Center, Home Health, working for the church suppers at the congregational church, and many hours for the Republican committee. She had very strong beliefs and shared them freely. She was the backbone of her family. Her greatest joy was helping so many during difficult times. She was extremely intelligent and a very giving person with a big heart, always thinking of others.

She loved living in the Northeast Kingdom, spending time with her family on the lake, skiing, and snowmobiling. She was known as the “White Tornado” on the snowmobile. She was an avid NASCAR fan. She enjoyed gardening and moving rocks. Mostly, she enjoyed time and talks with so many friends.

She will be deeply missed by her family: her son and his wife, Robert and Annette Dalley, of East Burke, and their two children: Jennifer Dalley of Breckenridge, Colorado, and Joshua Dalley and his wife, Ivy, of Mancos, Colorado; her daughter Denise Shannon of Plant City, Florida, and her children: Angel Shannon and Kaylan Murray of Rutland, Luis Shannon and Heather and Peter St. Onge of Plant City; and five great-grandchildren: Onnalise and Damon Shannon of Rutland, and Heavyn and Neese Shannon and Brynley St. Onge of Plant City. She also leaves her extended family, which includes these cherished children: Janice Wing of South Burlington; Al and Sharon Canfield of Milton and daughter Amie of South Hadley, Massachusetts; Speedo Deskins of Holland and his children: Damian and his wife, Abbie Deskins, and their daughters: Iliana of Holland and Anna Deskins and her daughter Kaya of Newport; and Steve Lontine of North Troy and his children: Ashley and Colby of Georgia. She also leaves many other special friends: Roberta “Tootie” Chesney of Island Pond and Donald Phillips of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law Randall Shannon on March 28, 2015; and by her two brothers: James Hess Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts, and Charles Hess of Morrisville.

obit DubeStephen J. Dube

Stephen J. Dube died on the first day of spring, on March 20, 2015, at home, with his family at his side.

He was born in Brattleboro on December 29, 1946, to Michael Angelo and Beulah Hefflon Dube. He moved to Connecticut with his family and later graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He then graduated from Bridgeport Engineering School and worked for Avco and Sikorsky Aircraft as a technical writer.

In 1980, he returned to Vermont and built his house on Willoughby Lake, where he lived for over 30 years. He made molds and cement statuary, particularly gargoyles and Buddhas. He brokered church salvage, especially stained glass windows and architectural elements. He loved nature, flowers, plants and animals. His wild birds were very special to him. He moved to Newfane two years ago.

He leaves a brother, Jack, and his wife, Jean; his sister Carol Courcier; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister “Babe” and brother “Mickey.”

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 25, at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

obit okeefeKeith O’Keefe

Keith O’Keefe, 27, of Newport died suddenly in Jay on April 3, 2015.

He was born on August 17, 1987, in Newport, to Roger O’Keefe and Kimberly Ovitt Henderson. He was employed at Jay Peak Ski Resort in the IT Services Department, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He lived life large and to the fullest. He had many friends who claimed him as a best friend. He always kept them on their toes with his sharp wit. He absolutely loved music and jamming with his friends. He loved to strum on his guitar and had recently discovered karaoke. He also loved writing. He will be missed by many although he is joining his beloved Grammy Bertha, whom he loved and missed dearly.

He is survived by his father Roger O’Keefe and his wife, Shawnda, of Ferdinand; his mother Kimberly Ovitt Henderson and her husband, Kevin Henderson, of Roanoke Alabama; his brothers: Matthew Gray and his wife, Sherry, and their daughter Adalee Grace of Delta Alabama, and Jacob O’Keefe of Ferdinand; his grandparents: Alan Ovitt and his wife, Wanda, of Lithia Springs, Georgia, Cathy Irvin and her husband, Pete Irvin, of Sylacauaga Alabama; his uncle Michael O’Keefe and his partner, Linda Deslandes, of Island Pond; his favorite uncle, Pat O’Keefe, and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond; his uncle Gary O’Keefe and his wife, Ginette, of Island Pond; his aunt Vicky O’Keefe of Island Pond; his aunt Vicki Ovitt Lyons of Roanoke; his aunt Heidi Irvin of Vincent, Alabama; his uncle Robert Leigh of Carrolton, Georgia; his cousin Jon O’Keefe and his wife, Crystal, of Island Pond; his cousin Laurie Adams and her husband, Jeff Adams, of Jericho; his cousin Tom O’Keefe of Silver Springs, Maryland; his cousin Molly Ducharme and her husband, Lucien Ducharme, and their daughter Alexis of Weathersfield; and his cousins: William Lyons and Romello Lyons of Roanoke.

He was predeceased by his grandmother Bertha O’Keefe; and by his grandfather Lawrence “Muscles” O’Keefe of Island Pond.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond. Friends may call at the funeral home on April 11, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at any Passumpsic Savings Bank branch for the Keith O’Keefe Memorial Fund.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit seubeHelen Seube

Helen Seube, 85, of Staten Island, New York, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Staten Island University Hospital.

She was a retired teacher, a beloved fixture in her West Brighton neighborhood community and a woman whose passions were singing, art and people.

The lifelong West Brighton resident was born Helen Lesch. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the former Notre Dame College, both in the Grymes Hill neighborhood in Staten Island. She received her master’s degree in education from Wagner College, also Grymes Hill.

Mrs. Seube embarked on her long teaching career at PS 20 in Port Richmond in Staten Island, where she taught art for over ten years. She then taught first-graders at PS 45 in West Brighton for 20 years, until retiring in 1994 to care for her husband, Laurent Sr., during his illness.

She started the PS 45 Retirees Club for teachers in 1996, and enjoyed catching up with colleagues and meeting newly retired teachers.

Growing up, she loved to play tennis and was a mainstay on the courts at Walker Park in Staten Island. She also loved music and singing, and with her brother Carl Lesch, the late well-known choral director and music teacher, sang at functions and venues all over the island. She was honored in 2009 at the St. Peter’s Girls and Boys Glee Club/Seton Chorale

Mrs. Seube’s creativity and artistic bent were expressed in the many original quilts she made. She loved going to her house in Vermont and spending time there. She vacationed at Willoughby Lake in Westmore for over 50 years, spending summers at her home there, “The Bug’s Ear.” And although she considered herself a bit shy, she was a true people person.

“She was one of the dearest, sweetest, most wonderful people. Everyone loved her, and she knew so many people from her teaching and singing, they would stop her on the street, and in her neighborhood. She was just remarkable,” said her daughter Cheryl LaBelle.

Mrs. Seube also enjoyed the companionship of her miniature poodle, Susie.

She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church in West Brighton, where she was a soloist in the choir and also counted the collections on Monday mornings.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl LaBelle and her husband, Mark, of Summit, New Jersey; her sons: Laurent Seube Jr. of Staten Island, and Mark Seube of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and by her two grandchildren: Katie and Mark Seube of Hamilton, New Jersey.

Laurent Seube Sr., her husband of 48 years, died in 2000.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services were held on April 1 in West Brighton. Burial will take place in the spring in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Marcel G. Therrien

Marcel G. Therrien, 70, died on March 30, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on January 17, 1945, in Newport Center, to Leo and Simone (Rondeau) Therrien.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, Mr. Therrien served in the U.S. Air Force as a C-141 aircraft mechanic.

On June 24, 1972, he married Janice Sargent, who survives him. They enjoyed traveling, especially going to Utah to visit their daughter and her family. In their younger years, they enjoyed going to dances. Mr. Therrien liked to tell stories and jokes and would carry on a conversation with anyone he came in contact with. He also enjoyed haying, mowing the lawn, and any activity that gave him the opportunity to drive a tractor. He always took pride in keeping his farm and property looking nice. He would readily lend a hand to family and friends when needed and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Derby; his two children: Evan Therrien and his wife, Fran, of Derby, and Meredith Hand and her husband, Joshua, of Hooper, Utah; three grandchildren: Serena and Kallie Hand of Hooper, and Samantha Smith of Derby; and by his brothers and sisters: Andre Therrien and his wife, Wilma, Francine Thayer and her husband, Ronald, Helene Suhr and her husband, Dean, Maria Osias and her husband, Paul, Roland Therrien and his wife, Joan, Gilles Therrien and his wife, Jeanette, and Julien Therrien. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Monique and Ken Washburn.

Funeral services were held on April 7, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Service Organization (USO), Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090; or to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

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Obituaries April 1, 2015

obit DavioAngeline M. Davio

Angeline M. Davio, 92, of Newport died on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 6, 1923, to James and Virginia Moyer in Newark, New York. On July 22, 1942, she married Elwood Davio, the former postmaster of Newport, who predeceased her on December 12, 2007.

She will be remembered as working at JJ Newberry’s and M.H. Fishman in Newport.

Mrs. Davio enjoyed reading, attending family events, and visiting friends and shut-ins.

She also attended St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her three children: Theresa Drake and her husband, Philip, of Derby, Cheryl Davio and Brandon Davio of Newport; four grandchildren: Paula Gratton and her husband, Ronnie, of Fairfax, Scott Drake and his companion, Jeremy Davis, of Saratoga, New York, Douglas Drake and his wife, Tammy, of North Troy, and Rhonda Drake and her companion, Dave Roy, of Fairfax; and by her great-grandchildren: Tia Drake and her companion, Tyler Judd, of Newport Center, Nathaniel Drake, and Emma Drake of North Troy.

At Mrs. Davio’s request, there will be no calling hours and the graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. Spring interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

obit FoyMarie Judith “Judy” (Tremblay) Foy

Marie Judith “Judy” (Tremblay) Foy, 92, of Island Pond died peacefully on the morning of February 26, 2015, while surrounded by family and loved ones at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Chandler, Quebec, on July 1, 1922, to Napoleon Narcisse and Marie Helene “Sarah” (Senechal) Tremblay.

On July 20, 1945, she married Albert Joseph Foy, and together they had six children. She had a deep belief in God and this served as the cornerstone of her life. Most of her life was spent raising her family and simply being present for everyone she came into contact with. She had a sincere, strong love for people, especially children, and as a result came to be known as “Grammy Judy.” Grammy Judy’s love was infectious, she always saw the best in everyone, and as long as she was around, no one went without love, attention, or food! She worked tirelessly to make anyone and everyone feel comfortable in her home, and she had a wonderful sense of humor that stayed with her until her passing. She will be missed by so many and the world will not be the same without her.

In past years, she worked for the Canadian National Railroad in Bryant Pond, Maine; The Brown Company in North Stratford, New Hampshire; and Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Island Pond. She was a former member of Island Pond American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, and was an active volunteer for many years at the Island Pond Senior Center. In April of 2006, she traveled to the Vermont State House in Montpelier where she proudly received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in Community Service from former Governor Jim Douglas. She was also a breast cancer survivor and she participated in several cancer walks, including one in 2014 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her six children: Margaret Morrill and her husband, Robert, of West Glover, David Foy and his wife, Paula, of Johnson City, Tennessee, George “Tony” Foy and his wife, Sue, of Island Pond, Fred Foy and his wife, Gina, of Morrisville, John “Charles” Foy of Plant City, Florida, and Kathleen Fitzgerald and her husband, Matthew, of Williston; two brothers: Roderick “Roddy” Tremblay of Quebec City, Quebec, and Rudolphe “Duffy” Tremblay of Chandler; two sisters: Marie-Anna “Mamie” Wall of Chandler, and Marie-Ange “Nonie” Urquhart of Sept Iles, Quebec; and by 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert; her parents; six brothers and six sisters; and by a great-grandson.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, with a celebration of her life following.

Donations in her name may be made to Island Pond Community Services, Inc., P.O. Box 446, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HawksworthBretton J. Hawksworth

Bretton J. Hawksworth, 15, of Newport Center died on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Newport, with his family by his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Newport on November 22, 1999, the beloved son of Jodi Hawksworth and James Hawksworth Jr.

He was a freshman at North Country Union High School in Newport. He was a young man with many interests including a love for country music, visiting hunting camps, baseball, hunting, fishing, camping at Will-O-Wood, playing video games, eating Chinese food, and spending quality time, including tractor pulls with his very special friends, the Roberts family.

He was a member of North Country Union High School’s JROTC program. Because of his interests in the military, in particularly the Green Berets, he was inducted into the organization by a group of Green Berets, who traveled from various locations to present him with this incredible honor of achievement.

He is survived by his mother, Jodi; his sister Brianna; his grandparents, Tom and Rachel Carr, “Grammie and Grampie”; his father, James, and his stepmother, Stacie Beauchemin; his stepbrother Christian; his stepsister Maddison; his grandmother Margaret Hawksworth, “Nanny”; his step-grandparents, Donna and Lester Jewer, “Meme and Papa Lester”; his aunts and uncles: Laura Deuso, Pete Cullinane, Paul Cullinane, Mike Cullinane and his wife, Sue, Shari Ryan and her husband, Sean, Kyle Hawksworth, and Troy Carr and his wife, Karen; and by a numerous amount of cousins who carried a special place in his heart.

He was predeceased by his grandfather James W. Hawksworth Sr., “Grampy Hawksworth”; and by his aunt Ginger Hawksworth.

Bretton was a very special young man. His witty sense of humor and one-line jokes kept us laughing right into his final days. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and also by his loveable cat Whiskers. We love you, bud. All our lives have been blessed by being with you.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., where services will be also be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

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 QuigleyJune M. Quigley

June M. Quigley, 82, born in Paris, Ontario, Canada, died peacefully on March 21, 2015.

She was born on May 15, 1932, to Harry and Hephzibah Firth.

She and her husband, Ronald E. Quigley, married in Toronto, Ontario, on July 24, 1954. They moved to the Northeast Kingdom in December of 1962. She loved northern Vermont and made it her adopted home, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. She was a committed volunteer and active leader in many groups — she was the troop leader of the junior and senior Girl Scouts of Derby Line; and artist and creative art teacher at North Country Union Junior High School; president, vice-president, and ways and means chairperson of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary; and founder of the Fairy Godmother group, supporting the premature babies of Orleans County. Her other activities included membership in the Four Seasons Garden Club of Orleans County, president of the Newport Women’s Club, vice-president of the Memphremagog Historical Society, member of the board of directors of the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, and she received distinction in the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Her love, creativity, theme parties, and apple pies will be deeply missed by her loving family, including her husband, Ron; her sisters: Sylvia Mitchell and Norma Sukornyk; her sisters-in-law: Margaret Quigley and Marion Quigley; her daughters: Valerie Strunjo and her husband, Tom, and Jennifer Lilly; her sons: Gordon Quigley and his wife, Jeane, and Bruce Quigley and his wife, Lisa; her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many dear friends both near and far. We will miss you, Mom!

The celebration of her life will be on April 11, with calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m. and the service to follow at the Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Ms. Quigley’s family very much appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105 Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Boundary Rotary Club, P.O. Box 662, Derby Line, Vermont 08530, or 4 Rue Principale, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E5.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WarnerMarguerite M. Snider Warner

Marguerite Warner, 94, died peacefully on March 20, 2015, in Lowell with her family at her bedside.

She was born on September 21, 1920, in Lowell, daughter of Harry and Mae Ducharme Snider.

On October 31, 1938, she was married to Alvin Warner and they raised six children.

For many years she was a member of the Lowell Congregational Church. While her children were young she stayed at home, being a devoted wife and mother. Also, during that time, she excelled at being a cook, seamstress, gardener and farmerette. When the children started college, she became a cook at Johnson State College.

In 1973 the family united forces and built Missisquoi Manor (a bowling alley, dance hall, roller skating rink and banquet center). She, with the help of family members, catered many wedding, anniversary, retirement, birthday, and other celebratory parties. She also worked in the kitchen during dances and assisted with bowling alley responsibilities.

After Missisquoi Manor was sold, she continued to be an avid gardener, and her home was surrounded by beautiful flowers. She continued to prepare meals for church events and made several dozen of her famous doughnuts for every jam session put on for the church. At her home there were always homemade goodies for children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and cousins and friends when they stopped to visit. She will always be remembered for her kindness to and concerns for everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Warner; and their six children: Albert Warner, Priscilla Matten, Delvin Warner, Lorin Warner, Arlon Warner, and Alden Warner and their partners. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral services at this time. Plans will be announced at a later date.

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

Online condolences may be given at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries March 25, 2015

obit BeginJames Begin Sr.

James Begin Sr., 64, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 26, 1950, in Concord, to Ludger and Mary (Whiting) Begin. He attended school at Coventry Graded School and attended Lake Region Union High School.

He was veteran of the United States Navy. He was owner and operator of Begin’s Small Engine Repair.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, Western clothing, music, books, movies, listening to Western music, woodworking, dancing at Warner’s in Lowell, drawing, and tinkering on things he could tear apart and put back together. He also enjoyed playing cowboys with his grandson Lance.

He was a supporter of the Veterans Administration.

He is survived by his sons: James Lee Begin and his wife, Shannon, of Stowe, James Eric Begin and his wife, Jackie, of Morrisville, Jason Begin and his wife, Jennifer, of Morrisville, Christopher Begin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and James Oliver Begin Jr. of Concord; his grandchildren: Diamond Rae, Cheyenne, James Eric Jr., Tieshia, Natasha, Ethan, and Lance; his brother Dennis Begin of St. Johnsbury; and by his sister Christine Begin of Alabama.

Funeral services were held on March 19, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family in care of James Begin Jr., P.O. Box 411, Concord, Vermont 05824.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BicknellMildred Partridge Bicknell

Mildred Partridge Bicknell, 92, of Newport died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 13, 1922, in Flint, Michigan, to Arthur and Ruth (Hood) Partridge. On September 27, 1941, she married D. Stanley Bicknell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2011.

She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre. She loved being around her children, and grandchildren, spending time at camp and their home in Sarasota, Florida, water skiing, and mountain climbing.

She is survived by her children: James Bicknell and his wife, Joan, of Newark, Douglas Bicknell of Seattle, Washington, Marvin Bicknell and his wife, Helen, of Franklin, Stephen Bicknell and his wife, Myrna, of Kalispell, Montana, Raymond Bicknell and his wife, Donna, of Beebe Plain, and Nancy Smith and her husband, David, of North Troy; her grandchildren: Morgan, Jericho, Kati, Anna, Erin, Luke, Bridget, Jessie, Ramon, Melody, Rebecca, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua, Kappes, Amanda, and Thomas; 16 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers: Alan, Maurice, Lawrence, and her twin brother Max.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Irasburg. Spring interment will be in Jericho Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, Attention Nancy Smith, 1 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Shirley Willis Collins

Shirley Willis Collins, 92, a native of Westfield who more recently lived in Swanton, died on March 20, 2015, at the Northwest Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Born in Westfield on April 1, 1922, she was daughter of the late Ray and Helen (Taylor) Willis. She attended Westfield and Troy graded schools and Newport Center High School. On February 24, 1940, she married Elroy H. “Tom” Collins, who predeceased her on April 22, 2001.

She was a lifelong parishioner of the Westfield Congregational Church. During her 30 years living in Lowell, she was an active member of the Lowell United Church Ladies Aide Society and the Lowell Graded School PTA. After moving to Morrisville, she became a member of the Copley Hospital Auxiliary and a longtime volunteer in the Copley Hospital Thrift Shop.

Survivors include two sons and their wives: Donald and Susan Collins of Swanton, with whom she made her home, and Russell and Therese Collins of Fairlee; her daughter Linda Jackman of Colchester; her grandchildren and their spouses: Stephanie and Patrick Phillips, Gary and Ammie Collins, Kristina and David Collins, Brian and Lourdes Collins, Greg and Jennifer Collins, and Tom and Sam Jackman; her great-grandchildren: Troy, Tara, McKenzie, Matthew, Alexis, Connor, Kennedy, Addison, Campbell, and Beckett Collins, as well as Kieran Phillips and Noella Jackman; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Marion Myott, Hilda and Yves Daigle, and Beverly and Everett Hisman; a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Annette Willis, all of Westfield; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 61 years, Tom, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Willis, in 1979.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at The Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton. The Reverend Charles Purinton, interim pastor of the Saint Albans Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will take place in the spring at the Collins family lot in the Westfield Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 27 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mrs. Collins’ memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at www.kiddermemorialhome.com.

obit dragesetLinda G. Drageset

Linda G. Drageset, 50, died on March 13, 2015, at her home in Irasburg, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 31, 1964, to Marcel and Pauline (Ducharme) Cotnoir in Newport. She married Andrew Drageset Sr. on May 13, 2002.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her kids and grandkids. She loved cooking for everyone as well. She was very artistic and had a love for drawing and refinishing furniture.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew; her mother, Pauline, of Florida; her children: Angelee Peck and her companion, Alain Pion, of Albany, Amber Wright and her husband, Wade, of Barton, and Andrew Drageset Jr. of Irasburg; her grandchildren: Ashten Peck and Axel Pion of Albany; her seven siblings, which includes brothers: Donald Cotnoir and his wife, Noella, of Coventry, and Richard Cotnoir and his wife, Dinah, of Irasburg; and by her sisters: Francine Cotnoir of Newport, Rejeanne McBreairty and her husband, Elby, of Brattleboro, Yvette Patenaude and her husband, Norman, of Newport Center, Doris Ryan of Newport, and Denise Royer and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A gathering was held in Irasburg on March 20.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FugereMathild “Tillie” V. Fugere

Mathild “Tillie” V. Fugere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1921, in Derby to Eugene and Mathilda (Marois) Vigneault. On June 1, 1948, she married Louis A. Fugere, who predeceased her in 1971.

She and her husband purchased the Fox Farm on Shattuck Hill over 60 years ago. In the early years, they raised beef cattle and chickens and any variety of farm animals in which their children were interested. As the good cook and seamstress that she was, Mrs. Fugere inspired her children to learn these basic skills as well. Gardening was one of her favorite past times, and she spent many hours tending both vegetable and flower gardens. She appreciated nature, and in her later years she enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture some of its beauty through artwork. For a number of years she was active in square dancing and enjoyed the new friendships it offered.

She was a bookkeeper for the former Chittenden Bank in Newport for over 30 years. Camaraderie with work colleagues endured throughout the years and she looked forward to her get-togethers with the “girls from the bank,” which continued regularly until recent months.

During her retirement, she and her sister Zelma operated the Fox Farm as an antique and used furniture business. Together, they enjoyed wintering in Florida for a number of years. In the summer months, they spent time antiquing in Maine and New Hampshire and participating in many antique shows and flea markets throughout northern New England. Among the collections of glassware she appreciated most are the “hens and chicks on the nest.”

She was a very faith-filled woman and devotion to the church was important to her. She was a devout parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. She was also a loving grandmother, “Memere,” to three grandchildren who will remember her well for the seemingly bottomless jar of homemade sugar cookies that greeted them upon every visit, and for grilled cheese sandwiches cut in a special way, in “little fingers.” The grandchildren will also tell you that Memere made the best doughnuts that can be found!

Her generous spirit, her unwavering devotion to her family and her faith, and her ability to live life joyfully will forever be an inspiration to those who loved her.

She is survived by her children: Louise Mathews and her husband, Ed, of Underhill Center, Joanne Fedele and her husband, John, of Newport Center, and Joseph Fugere and his wife, Patricia, of Hyattsville, Maryland; her grandchildren: Alissa Fedele of New Orleans, Louisiana, Genevieve Fugere and her fiancé, Stephen Hulick, of Washington, D.C., and Gavin Fugere also of Washington, D.C.; many nieces and nephews; and by her caregiver and companion, Bonnie Little.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters: Juliette in infancy, and Zelma Vigneau on February 9, 2011.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

It is the family’s wish that contributions in her memory be made to one of her favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders. Donations may be sent to the attention of Louise Mathews, P.O. Box 114, Underhill Center, Vermont 05490.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GrondinCarol J. Grondin

Carol J. Grondin, 58, of Albany died suddenly on March 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born on June 23, 1957, in Barre, to Dorothy (Hemp) Goodridge and the late Donly Goodridge Sr.

She was employed by North Country Hospital in the operating room and housekeeping department, and also at one time for the Vermont Teddy Bear company.

She enjoyed her yearly shopping with her sisters in North Conway, New Hampshire. She also enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, visits at her family camp “Beahive,” and spending time with her grandchildren.

On February 14, 1976, she married Michael Grondin, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Joshua M. Grondin and his wife, Casey, of Morrisville, and Monica Grondin of Albany; her grandchildren: Katlyn, Derek, Madalyn, Abigail, and Syrus Grondin; her siblings: Jean Bezio and her husband, Charlie, of Newport, Donly Goodridge Jr. of Eden, Susan Richardson and her husband, Jim, of East Albany, Gilbert Goodridge and his wife, Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of East Albany; several nieces and nephews; and by her sisters- and brothers-in-law: Peter Grondin, of Newport, Terry Grondin of Morgan, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Danny, of Derby Line, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Barbie Fecteau of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his wife, Tina, of Concord.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Keith Grondin.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GuyetteJames C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 11, 1954, in Newport to Merrill and Lois (Dunn) Guyette.

He was employed by Tivoly Inc. in Derby Line for over 30 years.

He found the best times were visiting antique stores looking for “treasures” or shopping all the craft stores for art supplies. Family and friends were always the most important thing to him. He was so proud of his two sons, Adam and Justin.

When he was given his diagnosis in November his only thought was to spend the last time he had with his family and friends as much as he could. He couldn’t think of anything else he really wanted to do. He enjoyed art, collecting telephones, porcelain ornaments and he liked to jog. He also cared for his partner Melinda’s kids and considered them part of his family, his children and his grandchildren.

Always smiling and happy no matter how much pain and suffering he was going through in life, he was a beacon that touched many lives. He will be forever missed, our lives will never be the same without him. He was definitely one of a kind. The world lost one of the best and it certainly was not fair….

He is survived by his sons: Adam Guyette and his girlfriend, Jackie DeRoehn, of Newport, and Justin Guyette of Jay; his mother Lois Guyette of North Troy; his partner of 15 years, Melinda Wood, of Derby Line; his siblings: Dave Guyette and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center, John Guyette and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, and Carol York of Hookset, New Hampshire; the mother of his two sons, Tina Thayer, and her husband, Oscar Thayer, of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by five half-brothers and -sisters and their families: Merrilyn Currier, Merrill Guyette Jr., Muriel “Mert” Dunn, Maurice “Mike” Guyette, and Mary Gagnon, all children of Ruby I. Waterman.

Funeral services were held on March 20, 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 HutchingsSteven Maurice Hutchings

Steven Maurice Hutchings, 61, of Orleans died on March 22, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on October 23, 1953, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to John and Mary (Doxter) Hutchings. He graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Massachusetts, in 1971.

He was a self-employed carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and he loved to play the drums. He liked to be surrounded by his friends and family.

He is survived by his children: Ian Hutchings of Bakersfield, and Meghan Rith and her husband, Daravann, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Zoey and Zahra Rith; his siblings: John “Jack” Hutchings Jr. of Rutland, Massachusetts, Susan Hutchings of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Donald Hutchings of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Mary Beth Hutchings and her husband, Ed, of Lancaster, Masschusetts; his companion, Ellen Bean, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Autism Society of Vermont, P.O. Box 978, White River Junction, Vermont 05001, or at www.asvermont.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup, 68, of Burlington died on March 14, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 27, 1947, in Newport to Walter and Gladys (Burns) Waters. On March 26, 1965, she married Richard Rivard.

She was a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance Company.

Her hobbies included listening to Irish music, playing bingo, and reading.

She is survived by her children: Tracie Rivard Higgins and her husband, Andy, of Fletcher, and Kerry Rivard and his wife, Tonya, of Winooski; her grandchildren: Krystina and her husband, Nick Cheshier, and Alyssa Higgins; her great-grandchild Rylan Cheshier; her brother Wayne Waters and her sister Kathy Waters, both of Buffalo, New York; and by a special aunt, Sadie Waters, of Newport.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Spring interment will take place in Moretown.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit jonesMarion Louise (Worthylake) Jones

Marion Jones of Craftsbury, St. Johnsbury, and most recently of Barnet died on Monday, March 16, 2015, surrounded by her daughters. She was 96 years old.

She was born in Medford, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1918, the second of five children born to James and Louise (Stannard) Worthylake. Her husband, Paul Stewart Jones, died in White Plains, New York, in 1981.

During World War II, she served as a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant, stationed at Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, from December of 1943 to November of 1945. She is honored on the World War II memorial in Malden, Massachusetts, and the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She was a longtime resident of White Plains, and an active member of the Women’s Club of White Plains. Retiring as an executive secretary at Ciba-Geigy, Inc., she moved to Rye, New Hampshire, where she volunteered at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Over 55 Club, the Rye Garden Club, the Rye Art Club, and the Rye Congregational Church.

She moved to Vermont, living on Webster Street in St. Johnsbury before residing for eight years at the Craftsbury Community Care Center and later with Cindy, Matt, and Paula on Kitchel Hill in Barnet. Her final months were spent as a resident at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.

She is survived by her three daughters: Meredith Jones of Albany, Paula Lawrence of Barnet, and Cynthia Spring-Burak and her husband, Matt, of Barnet; 14 grandchildren: Meredith’s six children: Kamael, John, Greta, Belle, Jean Marie, and Hannah; Paula’s daughter Samantha; Cynthia’s five children: Ezra, Lila, Jesse, Nathan, and Galen; and Matt’s two children: Heather and Kate; her great-grandchildren: Ethan, Rohan, Julia, Brody, Andrew, Sky, and a little girl on the way; Dale, Cheyenne, Zachary, and Noah; Riley, Parker, Natalie, and Baylee; and by her nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased two brothers: Ned and James Worthylake; and by two sisters: Ruth White and Louise Maines.

The family will observe their services privately.

Memorial contributions, marked in her name for the Resident Activity Fund, may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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

obit lussierBertrand L. Lussier

Bertrand L. Lussier, 87, died on Friday evening, March 20, 2015, at his home in Enosburg Falls.

He was born on May 18, 1927, at home in East Albany, son of the late Antonio and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier.

In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving during World War II on the USS Manchester in the Atlantic Theater. He received his honorable discharge in 1949. Following his discharge, he worked for a brief time at General Motors in Massachusetts and then returned to Vermont where he bought and sold farms throughout the state. He also was a logger, sugar maker, heavy equipment operator, salesman, land speculator, cattle dealer, and in his earlier years he owned and managed a Ford tractor dealership in Hardwick. He was best known around the state as an auction ring man. He also built the Pine Cone Snack Bar in East Berkshire, where he also built Berkshire’s first baseball fields.

He was an active member of the American Legion Post #42 in Enosburg Falls, where he served as the post service officer and in 2014 he was honored with a plaque on the legion “Wall of Honor.”

He is survived by his children: Parma Jewett and her husband, Duane, of Montgomery, Brent Lussier and his wife, Cindy, of Enosburg Falls, Sandra Lussier of Vancouver, Washington, Suzette Draheim of Brookings, Oregon, and Terrance Lussier and his wife, Debbie, of Redman, Oregon; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his companion of 35 years, Sandi Murphy, of Enosburg Falls, and her children: Matt and Luke Murphy; Sandi’s six grandchildren; his siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernard Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Beatrice Lussier of Berkshire, and Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews, including Larry and Bea’s children and their families, whom affectionately referred to Mr. Lussier as Uncle Pepe.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Laurent and Roger Lussier; and by his sisters: Marielle Stone and Lorraine Lussier.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held later this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion Post #42, P.O. Box 572, Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450; or to Camp Ta Kum Ta, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, Vermont 05486.

Online condolences at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn I. Messier

Marilyn I. Messier, 73, of Newport died on March 17, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 25, 1941, in Newport to Archie and Muriel (Ward) Leithead.

She was a sander for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.

Her hobbies included crocheting, fishing, visits from her grandchildren, and she enjoyed her many cats she had over the years. She was an avid Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.

She is survived by her children: Tina St. Onge of Arkansas, Robert Messier of Hartland, Bryan Messier and his wife, Delores, of Beebe Plain, and Mark Messier of Newport; her grandchildren: Christopher St. Onge and his wife, Christina, April Messier, Stephanie and Nicholas Messier, Natalie Birchfield and Jessie Smith, and Lucien St. Onge and his wife, Tricia; her great-grandchildren: Jesse, Jasmyne, Karson, Adam, Jeffrey, and Jacob; two great-great-grandchildren: Connor and Ethan; her siblings: John and Sylvia Ward of Newport, Bruce Leithead of Georgia, Douglas Leithead of Newport, and Lucille Hind and her husband, Jimmy, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother Pearl Leithead; and by her brothers: Edwin and Arthur.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery 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 ReynoldsGloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds

Gloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds died peacefully on March 22, 2015, in Newport, after several months of courageous battle with a rare form of disease affecting the kidneys and blood. Due to a recent fall, other complications set in.

She was born in Newport on August 10, 1940, to Floyd and Laura (Barber) Lontine.

She attended Sacred Heart High School then transferred to Newport High School, from where she graduated. She then attended Champlain College, where she obtained an associate’s degree in math. She loved to work with numbers.

She worked for Community National Bank, the Ames Department Store as assistant manager, then as executive director for the city manager of Newport, until she retired.

Her passion was her love of golf, until she suffered from a back injury. She especially liked Tiger Woods. She loved to play at the Orleans Country Club with Pat Hunt and other ladies. She then turned and devoted the rest of her life to helping veterans. She became a life member and got really involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She served as president and secretary of Post #798 in Newport. She then went through the chairs in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and was state president from 1994 to 1995. Then from 1998 to 2000, she was national councilwoman, covering District 2 Massachusetts and Vermont. She traveled extensively through the U.S. She was then approached by the Eastern States Conference to go through the chairs for national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), but decided not to go any farther. She has received numerous awards on the state and national levels. She later transferred her membership to the VFW Post #10038 Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans in Lyndonville. She is also a life member of Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary in Island Pond, and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #4329 in Newport. She was proud to watch her daughter Shari follow in her footsteps as she went through the chairs to be state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW department of Vermont from 2012 to 2013. She installed Shari as president and became Shari’s chief of staff during her term of office. They were the only mother and daughter to become state presidents in the department of Vermont.

Ms. Reynolds was always the life of the party and loved to sing and play her guitar. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She especially loved Mr. Reynolds, who was always with her and they always strived to make each other proud and happy. She also enjoyed her German shepherd Chermack, who was always by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Anita Rivard; her grandson Charlie Buckland Jr.; and her former husband who died in a tragic accident, Irwin Piper.

She and Mr. Piper had three children: Julie Dupree of South Carolina, Shari McAllister of Newport, and Jon Piper of North Carolina, as well as grandson Joshua McAllister of Barton.

She leaves her husband, Brad Reynolds, of Derby; four stepchildren: Mary Beth Belmore and her husband, Rick, of Island Pond, Kim Reynolds of Waterbury, Connecticut, Michael Reynolds and his wife, Germane, of Mulberry, Florida, and Jacquelyn LaCasse of Hooksett, New Hampshire; and by her sister-in-law Janice Fournier and her husband, Joseph. Between them, there are nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Lyndonville VFW Auxiliary Post #10038, in care of Bonita Before, P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RobishawBarbara M. Robishaw

Barbara M. Robishaw, 91, of Derby died peacefully on March 22, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born on November 23, 1923, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to James and Hazel (Smith) McCormack. On July 11, 1942 she married Philip L. “JoJo” Robishaw, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Robishaw moved here in 1985 after her husband retired. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1093. She volunteered for many different causes: North Country Hospital, the Old Stone House, and she was a caregiver for Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc. She was a member of the Garden Club, and she worked many years at the Ipswich Recreation Department.

In her younger years, she enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to the beach with her husband and children.

She is survived by her children: Joe L. Robishaw of Derby, and Nancy B. Simmons and her husband, Ronald, of Beverly, Massachusetts; 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard McCormack and his wife, Shirley, of New Hampshire, and James McCormack and his wife, Kay, all of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Ruth Stackhouse and Maryann Lincoln.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Burial will take place on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Ipswich. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich, on March 27.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit StebbinsEvelyn M. Stebbins

Evelyn M. Stebbins, 74, of Irasburg died on March 16, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 22, 1940, to Theodore and Yvonne (Tetreault) Grenier. In 1978, she married Raymond Stebbins, who predeceased her in 2002.

She loved to knit and was known for her Barbie doll clothes. She was also known by the community as “Gram.”

She was the number one fan for all of her grandchildren at all of their sports endeavors. She was especially family oriented and loved their visits and gatherings.

She liked visits from Dexter and Harley, and she loved going to the casino in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children: Deborah Monfette and her husband, Shayne, Cheryl St. Pierre and her husband, Bob, Priscilla Stebenne and her husband, Albert, William Lefevre and his wife, Becky, and Shane Stebbins; 17 grandchildren, three of whom she has raised as if they were her own; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Gervais and Jeanette Omaleski; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Walter.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Interment will take place at a later date at the All Hallows Cemetery in Moosup, Connecticut.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit UrieElaine Alexander Urie

Elaine Alexander Urie, 87, of West Glover died on March 17, 2015, at the Union House in Glover.

She was born in Glover on May 24, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Stone) Alexander. She married Bernard E. Urie on December 29, 1945.

She enjoyed many hobbies and activities. She greatly enjoyed children and made friends with many in West Glover and the surrounding area. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She created many quilts for people and clothing for children. She taught herself to draw and paint and to play the piano, organ, and accordion. She made baked goods including pies, which she shared with friends and neighbors at her “pie parties.” She loved giving to others.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Urie, of Barton; her daughter Kathryn Urie and her friend, Zane, of Manchester, New Hampshire; her daughter Elizabeth Bomberger and her husband, Glenn, of Hinesburg, and their daughter Annalise; her son Philip Urie and his wife, Frances, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, and their children: Allyson of Dickson City, Pennsylvania, Nathanael of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Calvin of Tunkhannock; and by her son Stuart Urie and his wife, Darlene, of Tampa, Florida; her son Michael and his wife, Claudia, and their children: Barbie and Sophie of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by her friends who were family to her: Tim and Elaine Mills of Irasburg, and their daughters: Janine of Brooklyn, Sherry of New York City, Michelle of Albany, New York, Lynn of Bristol, England, and Julianne (predeceased).  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard “Jake” Jacobson of South Burlington; her sister-in-law Martha Perron Alexander of Glover; and by her many nieces and nephews whose visits she enjoyed greatly.

She was predeceased by five siblings: Warren Alexander and his wife, Pearl, of Cabot, Eleanor Jacobson of South Burlington, Wayne Alexander of Glover, Rebecca Munson and her husband, Walter, of Colchester, and Richard Alexander and his wife, Lorraine, of Vernon.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Barton. Interment will take place at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the music program at the Glover Community School, 100 School Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Marguerite M. Warner 

Marguerite M. Warner, 94, of Lowell died on March 20, 2015, in Lowell.

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Obituaries March 18, 2015

obit AllenWolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen, 82, of Brownington died peacefully on March 8, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Allen was born on September 28, 1932, in Westfield, Massachusetts, to Charles Allen and Edith (Correll) Allen. He lived his first 21 years in Grandby, Connecticut, on the Allen homestead. He was the oldest of four children and the family raised tobacco.

In 1953 the family moved to Bradford, where he worked for his father on the Stonecliff Dairy Farm.

He married Doris McClintock in 1968 and had a daughter, Heather Elaine, and a son, Gregory Lorin. He was very proud of Gregory’s daughter Abigail.

After his father’s death he took over running the dairy farm.

In 1981, he married Catherine Nelson and had a son, Charles Edward. He was very proud of Charles’ daughter Rebecca.

In 1983, he and his mother sold the farm and they moved to Sheffield. They lived on a sugarbush and made the best maple syrup around. Mr. Allen also did some logging and sprayed dairy farms. In 2004, they moved to Brownington, where they took life easy and enjoyed their neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Allen, of Brownington; his sons: Greg Allen of Newbury and Charlie Allen and his fiancée, April Kelly, and her kids, Lucian and Kian of Sheffield; by his brothers: David and his wife, Ellie, of Somers, Montana, and Danny Allen and his friend, Shirley, of Kalispell, Montana; and by all his nieces and nephews and their children.

He was predeceased by his father and mother; by his niece Kathy Gardiner; his sister-in-law Roseann Allen; and by a sister, Marilyn Brown.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

OBIT CotaDorann G. Cota

 

Dorann G. Cota, 61, of Jay died on March 10, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on May 1, 1953, in Newport to Vernon and Dorothy (Buck) Prue.

She was employed by Slalom and Bogner of America for over 15 years.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, arts and crafts, and doing puzzles.  She loved all her cats and dogs over the years.

She is survived by Terry Cota of Jay; by her mother, Dorothy Prue, of Derby; by her siblings: Vernon Prue Jr., Ronald Prue and his wife, Grace, Donald Prue and his wife, Sue, Steven Prue, Marlene Marcotte and her husband, Roger, Anita Prue, Sandra Breeding, and Patricia Carter and her husband, Jimmy; and by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Vernon Prue; by her son Robert Cota; by her brother Robert Prue; by her sister-in-law Shirlene Prue; and by her brother-in-law Tom.

Funeral services were held on March 16, in Newport. Spring interment will be at the Jay Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland M.D. Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HouleLaurette Marguerite Houle

Laurette Marguerite Houle, 89, of Irasburg died peacefully at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on March 9, 2015, after a year of failing health.

She was born on October 19, 1925 in Farnham, Quebec, to Osias and Rose (Amande) Paquette. She and her family moved to St. Albans in 1928, and then her parents bought a dairy farm in Orleans in 1934.

On October 11, 1947, she married the love of her life, Adrien D. Houle, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. She and her husband operated the family dairy farm and produced maple syrup in Irasburg until they sold both operations to their son Ronald and his spouse, Colette, in 1994.

She attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Irasburg and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was an excellent baker who made thousands of doughnuts, cakes and pies over her lifetime. She took pride in her flower beds and huge vegetable garden. Canning and freezing vegetables and fruits filled hundreds of pints and quarts each year. She loved to embroider, sew, quilt, knit and crochet, which she lovingly taught to each of her daughters. Many happy hours were spent playing cards with family and friends. In later years she treasured the time she spent babysitting her grandchildren.

She is survived by Adrien, her husband of 67 years, and their children: Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernie, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ronald and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault) Houle, of Irasburg, and Denis and his spouse, Laura (Boomer) Houle, of Irasburg. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to Matthew Brasseur and his children, Noah and Keera, to Johnathon Brasseur and his spouse, Heather, and their children, Hailey and Tanner, Brian Baxter and his spouse, EmilyWren, Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle. She is also survived by two of her ten siblings: Rudolph Paquette and his spouse, Rena, of Florida, and Theresa Brunelle of Newport; her sisters-in-law: Claire (Houle) Roy of Spencer, Massachusetts, Terry (Houle) Poirier Johnson of Auburn, Massachusetts, Beverly Paquette of Essex Junction, and Theresa Paquette of Springfield, Massachusetts; her brothers-in-law: Donat Houle and his spouse, Gisele, of Orleans, and Daniel Robinson of Omaha, Nebraska; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her eldest son, the Reverend Wilfred Andre Houle; by four of her brothers: Origine, Paul, Andre, and Claude; and by four of her sisters: Rose Angel Faust, Yvette Lamarre, Bertha Turgeon, and Gervaise Lesperance.

A funeral Mass was held on March 12, in Orleans. Burial will be at St. John Vianney’s Cemetery in Irasburg in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John Vianney Building Fund, or the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HunterJohn G. Hunter

John G. Hunter, 74, of Holland died on March 12, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 26, 1940, in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Graydon and Edith (Lomas) Hunter.

He was veteran with the U.S. Marines. He was owner of the former Gantries Bar in Newport and he was a self-employed tile layer for many years.

He enjoyed playing checkers, sailing, and riding motorcycles.

He is survived by his son Daniel Webster and his wife, Megan, of Coventry; two grandchildren: Noah and Addie Webster; his brother David Hunter and his wife, Linda, of Newport Center; and by his caregivers: David and Cathy Godfrey of Holland, where he lived for five years.

A graveside service will be held in the spring with full military honors at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit peckJunnie Harry Peck

Junnie Harry Peck, 81, of Glover died on March 4, 2015 at his home.

He was born on May 14, 1933, in Newport to Harry and Earla (Corkins) Peck. On August 18, 1990, he married Nellie Irish, who survives him. His first wife, Frances Fay Duff, predeceased him in 1967, and his second wife, Beverly Wright, predeceased him in 1985.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He was a plumber and owned J.P.’s Home Maintenance. For 20 years he was a lineman for Seaward Construction in Kittery, Maine.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and wood crafts. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Peck, of Glover; by his daughter Linda Christine Potter and her husband, Jim, of Kentucky; by five grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Jessica, Justin and Jeremy; by his siblings: Terrance Peck and his wife, Esther, of Massachusetts, Bonnie Benway of Glover, and Dixie Vigario and her fiancé, Ben Moreau, of Newport; by his stepchildren: Wendy Graves and her friend, Steve Daggett, of Orange, Donald Boule and his wife, Bonnie, of Connecticut, Richard Bowley Jr. and his friend, Jennifer, of White River Junction, Raymond Bowley and his wife, Penny, of Greensboro, Scott Graves of St. Johnsbury, John Woods, and Dale Woods, both of Florida, and Peter Woods of Newport; and by many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a stepson, Kevin Greenwood; by his sister Mary Ida Morin; by his brother Lyman Peck; and by his brother-in-law Cecil Benway.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PrueDorothy E. Prue

Dorothy E. Prue, 92, of Derby died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on June 15, 1922, to Herman and Aurilla Buck.

On June 14, 1941, she married Vernon Prue Sr., who predeceased her.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 Auxiliary.

She enjoyed playing cards, reading, attending family events, and playing bingo.

She is survived by her children: Vernon Prue Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, Donald Prue and his wife, Sue, of New Milford, Connecticut, Ronald Prue and his wife, Grace, of Arcadia, Florida, Steven Prue of Tennessee, Marlene Marcotte and her husband, Roger, of New Mexico, Anita Prue of Phoenix, Sandra Breeding of Crossville, Tennessee, and Patricia Carter and her husband, James, of Newport; and by her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children: Robert Prue and Dorann Cota; and by her siblings: Olin, Henry, Stella, Gladys, and Helen.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on March 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RowleyAlma H. Rowley

Alma Harris Rowley, 95, a resident of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, died peacefully on March 13, 2015, with family at her bedside.

She was born on January 3, 1920, in Greenville, North Carolina, daughter of the late Marion Richard Harris and Mary Belle (Dudley) Harris. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1937 and continued her education at Kings Business School in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduating in 1938. After graduation, she was employed at S.G. Wilkerson & Sons Funeral Home in Greenville.

On July 4, 1943, she married Charles Erwin Rowley of Burlington, in El Paso, Texas. When Mr. Rowley shipped out for England with the Army Air Corps, she moved to Burlington to meet and live with her in-laws and worked for the Draft Board. After the war, she and her husband moved to Massachusetts, where they eventually resided in Northampton.

After Mr. Rowley’s death on October 22, 1966, she went to work in the theater department at Smith College, where she used her expert sewing skills to produce costumes. She returned to Vermont in 1967 and began working at the Bridal Shop in Burlington, where she found a good fit for her sewing skills and love of fabric.

In 1971, she returned to North Carolina, where she opened The Bridal Boutique in Rocky Mount, which she operated for four years. She later worked for an insurance company in Raleigh until retiring.

She retired to Vermont in 1982 and made her home in Greensboro at the Lauradon Apartments. She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ. With her daughter Bobbie, she founded the Senior Trotters in 1999, which continues to this day. In 2011, she moved to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, where she spent her remaining years.

The love of her life were her children and grandchildren and she will be remembered for her love of baking sweets for her children and friends, her excellent southern cooking, her beautiful hand needlework, her accomplished sewing skills, and her wonderful sense of humor.

Survivors include a son, William H. Rowley, and his wife, Sue, of Pembroke, Maine; three daughters: Pamela West of Orlando, Florida, Barbara Nisbet and her husband, Tim, of Greensboro, and Mary Beth Hall and her husband, Wayne, of Hardwick; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five siblings: Lillian Hart, Richard Harris, Carlton Harris, Claude Harris, and William Harris.

To honor her request, there will be no visiting hours. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro, with the Reverend Anthony Acheson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at the Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center.

obit TaylorJack R. Taylor

Jack R. Taylor, 81, of Charleston died suddenly on March 5, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on January 14, 1934, in Charleston to Herbert and Erema (Foster) Taylor. On July 8, 1972, he married Janice Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Taylor was a dairy farmer in Charleston for many years. He farmed and maple sugared all his life with his father. He attended the one-room Center School in Charleston. He enjoyed listening to country music, dancing, playing the guitar, going out to eat with his wife, riding on back country roads, and going to the local fairs.  He and Mrs. Taylor enjoyed watching horse pulling and attending the Charleston school jam sessions.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Charleston; by his brothers: Donald and his wife, Hazel, of Lyndonville, and Ira and his wife, Chris, of Idaho; by his sisters: Evelyn Bowen of Charleston, and Gladys Brome and her husband, Theodore, of St. Johnsbury; by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and by half brothers: Paul Sawyer and his wife, Jeanne, of Connecticut, and Richard Sawyer and his wife, Jan, of Newark.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WilsonBryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson of Craftsbury died on March 9, 2015, after living a long life of quiet dignity.

It is said that one cannot choose how to die, but one can choose how to live.

Mr. Wilson was born on August 4, 1934. He was a lifelong educator. His career in education spanned almost 40 years. After stops in Derby and Hardwick, he ultimately planted his roots in New Jersey, where he was employed by the Waldwick Board of Education for 34 years. As a guidance counselor, teacher and coach, he touched the lives of countless children. His calming manner will be remembered by all who came in contact with him. His subtle wit and wry sense of humor were his hallmarks.

In 1959, he and his wife, Audrey, moved to New Jersey settling in the picturesque Cupsaw Lake section of Ringwood. They raised four children, and upon retirement the couple returned to the family farm in Craftsbury and opened the Whetstone Brook B&B. Mr. Wilson’s wife could often be found in her kitchen telling the guests about her cherished AGA stove. Mr. Wilson would regale the guests with tales of his nine grandchildren, or the town history of Craftsbury, or pretty much anything else. He could converse with people from all walks of life.

Before his illness, he was an avid golfer. He played two or three times a week…and never got better at it. He had a love-hate relationship with the game. Several years ago, his clubs were, shall we say, mercifully liberated from the bed of his truck in the wee hours of the morning. He was quoted as saying, “I hope those clubs cause whoever took them as much trouble as they caused me!” Anyone who has ever played with him knows that would be pretty tough to do.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Audrey; his daughter Lisa Sedore and her husband, Tom, of Craftsbury; his son Terry and his wife, Ginger, of Palmer, Massachusetts; his daughter Karen Starr and her husband, David, of Highland Lakes, New Jersey; his son Jim of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; his grandchildren: Katie and her husband, Nick Meyer, Jessie and her husband, David Upson, Megan and her husband, Jon Amell, Lindsay Sedore, Shannon Wilson, Joseph Starr, Connor Starr, Jonathan Wilson, and Julie Anne Wilson; his great-grandchildren: Madison Amell and Henry Upson; his nephew Ian McMurray; and by his sister Ann Wilson and her husband, Warren Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018; or to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggie’s Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit rivardTheresa N. Rivard

Theresa N. Rivard, 87, of Newport died peacefully on March 10, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 27, 1927, in Glover to Lucien and Yvonne (Coté) Nicole. On June 18, 1955, she married Norman Rivard, who survives her.

Mrs. Rivard was a Daughter of Isabella for over 60 years and accepted offices over the years. She was a Brownie leader for a few years, and she was a volunteer at Bel-Aire Nursing Home for over ten years. She also did prayer services for the people there.

She was treasurer for St. Mary’s Cemetery Association for 30 years, and at one time she was treasurer for the Catholic Order of Foresters in Newport.

She was also a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and sang in the choir for over 50 years and also sang at funerals.  When AARP had meetings in Newport she was secretary.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, she was a bank teller for quite a few years.  She enjoyed playing cards with friends and knitting and crocheting.  She also enjoyed serving the public.

Mrs. Rivard is survived by her husband, Norman, of 60 years; her sister Simone Carreau of St. Johnsbury; her brothers-in-law: the Right Reverend Monsignor Roland Rivard of Burlington, and Maurice Rivard of Albany; her sister-in-law Sister Irene Rivard of Littleton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and by siblings: Jacques, Fernande, and Adelard.

A funeral Mass was held at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on March 13 with the Right Reverend Monsignor Roland Rivard.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Daughter’s of Charity of the Sacred Heart, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

James C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home.

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

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Obituaries March 11, 2015

Lucy S. Bousquet

Lucy S. Bousquet, 81, of Irasburg died peacefully on March 1, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 16, 1934, in Newport Center, to Claude and Ruth (Edmunds) Smith.

She was a bookkeeper for Desmarais Equipment for many years. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, and traveling. She was a big country music fan and loved jam sessions. In her retirement, she greatly enjoyed her work with the local Senior Companion Program.

She is survived by her children: Robin Orne and his wife, Karen, of Coventry, Kathleen Jaquish and her husband, Charles, of Irasburg, and Chad Orne and his wife, Kelly, of St. Johnsbury; her stepchildren: Gail Hurlbut and her husband, Don, of Albany, Wayne Marckres of Orleans, Lyle Marckres and his wife, Peggy, of Lyndonville, Marie Bolduc and her husband, Phil, of Bristol, and Rick Marckres of Orleans; her grandchildren: Kristopher Jaquish and his wife, Virginia, Jessica Jaquish, David Guay and his wife, Amy, Dennis Guay and his wife, Tina, Bob Ladouceur and his wife, Andrea, and Andrew Ladouceur; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sisters: Esther Watson of Maine, and Margaret Sheltra of Florida; many nieces and nephews including one special niece, Mary Trembly; and by one special step-grandson, Dana Lesperance.

She was predeceased by her three husbands: Karlton Orne, Winifred Marckres, and Omer Bousquet; her brother Wallace Smith; her sisters: Charlotte Bousquet and Helen Bessett; her children: Debra Guay and Kevin Orne; and by her stepchildren: Arlene Lesperance and Randy Marckres.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Irasburg United Church, care of Bev Johnson, P.O. Box 9, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CookAlice W. Cook

Alice W. Cook, 96, of Coventry died on February 27, 2015, in Newport.

She was born at the Webster Home in Coventry on December 17, 1918, to Percy and Hazel (Jackman) Webster. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1937.

In 1939 she went to Forest Hills off Long Island, New York, where she was a housekeeper and waiter for a family named Briggs. There in New York she was also a hand model for the Chevrolet Company and a photo of her hand was in a Saturday Evening Post commercial. But that lasted for one time because she was homesick and came back to Coventry.

In May of 1940 she married Kenneth Cook. They had three daughters: Mona, Patty, and Priscilla. At the time, they lived on a farm in Irasburg in the 1940s, but their little girl of 18 months, Priscilla, died and financial hardship discouraged them, and so Mr. Cook landed a job at the Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and he worked on the Nautilaus, the first atomic submarine.

Mr. Cook died in 1959 and Mrs. Cook moved back to Coventry where she brought up her two young sons, Everett and Kevin. She never remarried. In 1969, she became the head cook at the North Country Union High School cafeteria, from where she retired in 1979.

She loved the outdoors, and enjoyed walking in the woods where she enjoyed being one with nature, and she would pick wild berries. All of her family remembers her wild strawberry shortcake and wild raspberry sauce over homemade vanilla cake. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers. She enjoyed going to area restaurants for dinner until her health declined. When she could no longer go outside because of Parkinson’s disease she enjoyed word puzzles, embroidering, and knitting. She was a very giving mother right up to the very end.

She is survived by her children: Patty Davis of Barton, Mona Bouler of Sweet Water, Alabama, Everett Cook of Isle Lamont, and Kevin Cook of Coventry; her grandchildren: Gabriel Davis, Becky Baker, Tom Bouler, and Stephanie Highland; five great-grandchildren; and by her brother Frederick Webster of Coventry.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter Priscilla; her son-in-law Harold Davis; her brothers: Richard and Charles; and by her sister Bernice Moulton.

Funeral services were held on March 5, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Ruby (Gray) Davies

Ruby (Gray) Davies died on January 11, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

She was born in Holland to Glenn and Effie (Wheeler) Gray on June 30, 1918.

She was very proud to have graduated from Derby Academy in Derby in 1938, and she loved Vermont.

She leaves four children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the West. She is survived by three sisters: Gertrude Cross, Phyllis Derick, and Gerry Barber and her husband, Louis; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by one aunt, Vivian Geoffroy, in the United States.

She was predeceased by her husband; one grandson; two sisters: Vera and Velma and her husband, Roland Curtis.

obit MeredithScott Norman Meredith

Scott Norman Meredith, 64, of Island Pond died on March 1, 2015, at his home.

He was born on November 11, 1950, in Newport to Roland and Norma (Christie) Meredith.

On October 20, 2002, he married Katherine Kontoes, who survives him.

He attended North Country Union High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target practicing, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Meredith, of Island Pond; his children: Eli Meredith and his son Tyler of Twin Falls, Idaho, Emily Meredith and her finance, Chris Milam, and their three children, Aubrey, Sam, and Ryker, of Twin Falls; Ian Meredith of Boise, Idaho; and David Meredith and his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Aiden and Brandon, of New Bern, North Carolina; and by his siblings: Barbara Hodsden and her husband, Wayne, of Michigan City, Indiana, Sandra Nadeau of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Wayne Meredith of Island Pond, and Brenda Johnson and her husband, Paul, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Services will be held at the American Legion in Island Pond on May 2, 2015, at 1 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PatenaudeJoseph A. “Joe” Patenaude

Joseph A. “Joe” Patenaude, 87, of Derby died peacefully on March 3, 2015, in Newport.

He was surrounded by his loving family and is now gone to his heavenly father.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Holland, to Rufus and Dorillda (Lussier) Patenaude.

On August 21, 1948, he married Lucille Fontaine, the love of his life, who survives him.

He was a successful farmer in Holland until 1985. After selling his farm, he and his wife started Joe’s Laundromat in Newport and moved to Coventry.

In 2000, they moved to Derby and have enjoyed many happy times with family at their home on Main Street. He had a passion for composing songs and singing them. He truly enjoyed working with his workhorses in his earlier days on the farm and continued after with his daughter’s horses. He also loved his cows and enjoyed bird watching.

He had a strong faith and loved being with his family as well as traveling. He enjoyed dancing and family gatherings and enjoyed his French Canadian heritage.

He was a member of Agri-Mark, United Farmers, Yankee Milk, and Community Circle at Community National Bank.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Patenaude; his children: George Patenaude and his wife, Gale Hansen, of Richmond, Diane Forcier and her husband, John, of Colchester, Susan Letourneau and her husband, Bert, of Holland, Marcel Patenaude and his wife, Gaetane, of Holland, Joanne Aulis and her husband, Mike, of Franklin, New Hampshire, Christine Sykes and her husband, Gary, of Norton, Alan Patenaude of Rutland and Anna Hutchins and her husband, Jeff, of Westford; his 21 grandchildren: Aaron, Celestiane, Hannah Rose, Christian, Kim, Chad, Jill, Troy, Patrick, Jennifer, Bobbi-Jo, Andrew, Natalie, Matthew, Steven, Pamela, Stephanie, Rachel, Nicole, Jordan, Joanna, and their spouses; his 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Raymond Patenaude, Leo Patenaude, Jeannine Lague, Cecile Wheeler, Rita Gobeil, Anita Lafleur, and Rose LaChance, plus their spouses; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Larry, Peter, and Homer; his sister Marielle Morin; and by his son Adrien Patenaude on May 13, 2014. He also has many surviving and deceased family members of his wife’s (Fontaine) family.

Funeral services were held on March 7, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PetitZillah “Jiggs” Petit

Zillah “Jiggs” Petit, 83, of Coventry died peacefully in Newport, with her family at her side, on March 5, 2015.

She was born on March 10, 1931, in Mille Run, Maine, to Everett and Zillah (Newman) Rockwell.

On June 26, 1949, she married Robert Petit, who predeceased her on September 19, 2011.

From the time they were married, she and Mr. Petit owned and operated a large dairy farm until they retired. She was a lay pastor in several area churches and was very involved in many different areas of ministering, such as speaking to church groups, children’s camps, and performing weddings, etc. She and her husband also served in Haiti as ministers with both physical and financial support. They also served as foster parents for many years involving 56 children.

Beyond all else, their farm, family, and faith were the most important in their lives. She helped a lot of people in a variety of ways over her lifetime.

She is survived by her children: Lewis, Brenda Whitehill and her husband, Richard, Tom and his wife, Donna, Gary and his wife, Edna, Donna Heath and her husband, Bill, Everett and his wife, Laurie, Lisa Hurd, Sheldon, and Ernie; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her brothers: Everett, Paul, and Arthur and his wife, Donna; her brother-in-law Floyd Keniston; her sister-in-law Lois Rockwell; and by several dozen nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Colby and his wife, Mary Rockwell, and John Rockwell; and by her sisters: Ida Bacon and her husband, Charlie, and Evangeline Keniston.

Funeral services were held in West Charleston on March 9. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Free Will Baptist Church, 1028 Vermont Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit riceHester D. Rice

Hester D. Rice died in Montpelier on March 2, 2015, at the age of 95.

She was born on November 6, 1919, in Alburgh, to Herbert A. and Dorris E. (Willey) Rice.

The family moved when she was a year old to Derby Line, when her father was appointed deputy collector of customs at that port of entry to the United States from Canada.

She was educated at the Derby Line Elementary School, Derby Academy, and the University of Vermont, graduating from the latter in May of 1942, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

In June of 1942, she married Forrest W. Rice of Derby in Boise, Idaho, where he was stationed at Gowen Air Field. They subsequently lived in Casper, Wyoming, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where Mr. Rice was stationed at Army Air Force bases, and she at the civilian personnel offices. Later she worked at the Army Welch Convalescent Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. They returned to Vermont in 1946 and resided in Newport from then on.

A son, William Herbert, was born in 1953. After he became of school age, Mrs. Rice worked at Radio Station WIKE in Newport, taught third and fourth grades at the Newport Elementary School, and then for 30 years at Associated Insurance Agencies, Inc. in Newport.

She was an active member of the United Church of Newport, at various times teaching in Sunday School, serving on church committees and being a faithful member of the church choir for 55 years. As a volunteer in the community, Mrs. Rice worked in recruitment of donors in Newport City and other Orleans County towns during the earliest years of the Red Cross blood drawing program, for North Country Hospital from the time of its opening in 1971 until 2007, and at Newport’s Hillside School for several years with second-grade readers.

In December of 2007, Mrs. Rice moved from Newport to Westview Meadows in Montpelier to be closer to her family. While living at Westview she enjoyed taking part in the daily activities and social gatherings. Her greatest joy and achievement there were the summer days when she would walk as much as three miles in a day around the Westview property.

She is survived by her son William H. Rice and her daughter-in-law Gloria Kelley Rice of Calais; her grandson Warren E. Rice and his significant other, Anna Carpenter, of South Burlington; her granddaughter Caroline Rice Forni and her husband, Steven Forni, of West Springfield, Massachusetts; and by her sister-in-law Dorothy Rice McHenry of Williamsburg, Virginia.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Forrest W. Rice, of Derby; and by her sister-in-law Mary Cooper Kusik of University Heights, Ohio.

Funeral services were held on March 6, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the United Church of Newport; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, in care of Betsy Hampton, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit reidel 2George “Jersey” Riedel

George “Jersey” Riedel, 60, of Rockaway, New Jersey, died peacefully on February 21, 2015.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. He loved cooking — his clam chowder and “pig roasts.”

He liked hunting, and he enjoyed his hunting trips in Vermont.

Remember him when you’re partying — his infectious laughter and generous manner. “Clink those beer bottles together” in his memory.

He was so active and will be missed.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Nancy; his son George M.; his daughter Michelle and her husband, Andrew; and his cherished grandchildren, Liam and Elizabeth. He was a lifelong friend of Brian and Linda Hinton of Barton, and he’s had a long connection to this area.

Death notices

Marian Ruth Flanders Amadon

Marian Ruth Flanders Amadon of Orleans, wife of Kenneth E. Amadon, died unexpectedly on February 20, 2015.

A complete obituary will follow and will include information on a memorial service to be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor, 81, of Charleston, beloved husband of Janice Taylor, died suddenly on March 5, 2015, in Newport.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston. A full obituary will follow.

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen, 82, of Brownington died peacefully on March 8, 2015, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 Laurette Houle

Laurette Houle, 89, of Irasburg died on March 9, 2015, in Barton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on March 12, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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