Obituaries June 11, 2014

obit bizzozeroDebra Lee Bizzozero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit chapdelaineMerrilee Chapdelaine

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

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

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

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

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

Colleen C. DeRoehn

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

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

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

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

She enjoyed knitting, cooking, baking and reading.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lucien Parenteau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit robinsonRena Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit Strong webHorace Warner Strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Ruth Lippens

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

Robert Stratton

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

Ardys Goodwin

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

Patricia Morin

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

Louis Handy

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

Kasha Carrington

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

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Obituaries June 4, 2014

obit cooksonLogan Allan Cookson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit cummingsWilliam J. Cummings

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

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

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

He worked at Ames Electric and Vermont Interactive Television.

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his favorite uncle, Gilbert Kampf.

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

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

obit FontaineCharlotte Benware Fontaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GriffinValerie J. Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at St. Mary’s Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport, with Monsignor Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit karasinskiAlexander Karasinski

Alexander Karasinski died on May 29, 2014.

He was a peaceful, thoughtful man.

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

He served in the Navy and the Sea Bees.

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit lagueAlbert E. Lague

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit pageRachel Marie (Bonneau) Page

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

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

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

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

She retired after working many years in the retail field.

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

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

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

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

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

obit ProvonchaHolly A. Provoncha

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

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

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

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

Her hobbies included going fishing and riding ATVs.

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

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

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

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

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ronkBeverly Norton Ronk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Erin Norton.

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

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

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

obit TurbiniJoseph D. Turbini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit WarnerMarie Gwendolyn Warner

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

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

She graduated from Newport High School in 1936.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit wesenRuth Louise Mabon Wiesen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Aline Raboin

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

Michael Meunier

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

Brenda Colburn

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

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Obituaries May 28, 2014

obit DolanShirlene Warner Dolan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A committal service is planned for a later date.

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

Bryan John Fontaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Phil Daigle

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

Jeannine Poulin

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

Arlene Thompson

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

Laurette Cookson

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

Lyle Cargill

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

Philip Gonyaw

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

Etta Lucas

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

Gloria Boulanger

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

Gloria Jean Stevens

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

Agathe Boutin

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

Death Notice

Beverly H. Ronk

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

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

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Obituaries May 21, 2014

obit BenjaminHarold “Benny” Benjamin Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit brownReynold Aurelle Brown

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

He will be dearly missed by all.

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be privately held by the family.

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

obit carlesonMerle H. Carlson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit ChaffeeRuth Chaffee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit HaleRuth Hilton Hale

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

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

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

She graduated from Morse High School in Bath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit hathawayErma M. Hathaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit KelleyAlice R. Kelley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit PatenaudeAdrien Rufus Patenaude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit payeurDavid M. Payeur

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

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

Mr. Payeur was employed by Newport Furniture Parts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Rodney V. Beal

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

Mayland Mason

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

Reynold Paquette

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

Donald Griffes

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

Eva Vetter

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

Gloria Boulanger

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

Dale Chaffee

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

George Niles

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

Gerard and Beatrice Lacroix

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

Barbara Maxwell

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

Janet Urie

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

Mitchell Rowell

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

Ethel Rivers

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

Wilfred Houle

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

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Obituaries May 14, 2014

Joyce Marion Aldrich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David T. Barrett

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

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

He was a graduate of Sherburne High School in 1949.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit BlakeHerbert L. Blake

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

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

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

Mr. Blake was a veteran of World War II.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit collinsRaymond H. Collins Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit hislopPatricia A. Hislop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert James Pasho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roderick Charles Phillips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sister Solange Poutré

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Susan F. Sarracco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit webbMuriel J. Webb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral and committal services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries May 7, 2014

Jessie D. Beliveau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit champlinHarriet “Hat” Champlin

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

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

She graduated from Pratt High School in Essex, Connecticut.

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her son Richard Champlin.

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

obit coutureRuth S. Couture

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

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

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

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

She enjoyed her grandchildren, doing puzzles, and reading.

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

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

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

For online condolences, visit www.jferryfh.com.

obit forcierFernand J. Forcier Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit KelleyRay “Skip” Kelley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit KingDean Alexander King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

obit MartinDale Alan Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit MayFred S. May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on May 5, in Barton.

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

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

obit PerronLeo A. Perron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

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

Linda R. Reick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit WhittemoreJessica J. Whittemore

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

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

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

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

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

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

She also enjoyed traveling whenever she got the chance.

She will never be forgotten.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services

Marilyn Dickson

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

Brian Gillis

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

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

Bruce Martin

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

Loretta McCoy

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

Georgette LeBlanc

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

Perlie Jones Jr.

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

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Obituaries April 30, 2014

obit AllenWilma Marilyn Wallace Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit DeMichaelAveril I. DeMichael

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit hallFayalene Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on April 26, in Newport.

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

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

obit RondeauBernard P. Rondeau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit tennyFrancis B. (Frank) Tenny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his son Charles Tenny.

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

Services

Lorraine Maloney

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

Robert Picard

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

Harold Hansen

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

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Obituaries April 23, 2014

obit campbell webLeopold Donat Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Irene Joyner

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

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

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

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

She was the best mom ever.

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

Randi Wright

Randi Wright

Randi A. Wright

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Obituaries April 16, 2014

obit bealRodney V. Beal

Rodney V. Beal, 64, of Glover, died on April 4, 2014, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, from a short illness.

He was born in Milbridge, Maine, to Nehemiah and Esther (Standwood) Beal.

He loved lobster fishing with his brothers in Maine, and hunting and fishing with his friends and family.

He is greatly missed by his sidekick, Victoria, his dog.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynn (Brown) Beal; his three daughters:  Geneva Bertolini and her spouse, Matt, Renee Dunbar and her spouse, Peter, and Jessica Sweeney and her spouse, Raymond, all of Glover; his six grandchildren:  Alex and Bradley Whipple, Camden and Ezra Dunbar, and Jacqueline and Trevor Sweeney; his three brothers:  Barney and his spouse, Linda, Jeffery and his spouse, Sandra, and Leland and his spouse, Lynda; his three sisters:  Ann West and her spouse, Clifford, Anita Merrit and her spouse, Paul, and Tamie Rhodes and her spouse, Steve; his in-laws, Reynold and Pat Brown of Ivoryton, Connecticut; his brothers-in-law:  Steve Aldrich and his spouse, Linda, of Brownington, Michael Brown of Ivoryton, and Bill Brown and his spouse, Pat, of Clinton, Connecticut; his sister-in-law Nancy Denny and her spouse, Bill; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Nehemiah and Esther Beal; and by a sister, Linda (Beal) Pinkham.

Graveside services will be held on May 24, at 2 p.m., at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

obit EmersonLennie Mae Thompson Emerson

Lennie Mae Thompson Emerson, 93, formerly of Brownington, died on April 8, 2014, at her home in South Portland, Maine.

She was born on June 14, 1920, in Irasburg, to George and Eliza (Stone) Thompson.

On February 29, 1936, she married Richard Ovis Emerson, who predeceased her.

She attended Brownington schools and Lyndon Institute.

She was a cook for the Derby Line Graded School, Orleans High School and Brownington schools for many years.  She was a member of the Grange and the Methodist Church where she served as secretary, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.

She was known as a caretaker to children and all others who needed care and attention, a fabulous cook, a talented woman who sewed, and she put up wallpaper and made amazing crafts.  She was a good, Christian woman who lifted her voice in singing to the Lord (and, boy, could she whistle), and she was a friend to all.

She is survived by her daughters:  Betty Ann Emerson Towle of Gray, Maine, and Mary-Lou Emerson Stenberg and her husband, Jan, of Greenville, South Carolina; her grandchildren:  Laurie Towle Grant and her husband, Peter, Jon Emerson Towle and his wife, Wendy, Stephen David Towle and his wife, Mazie, Sven Peter Stenberg, and Christine Stenberg Lites; her great-grandchildren:  Cory Towle, Krystal Towle, Margaret Towle, Lily Towle, Erica Brewster, Griffin Lites, Emerson Lites, Avery Lites, Tor Stenberg, and Val Stenberg; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Maleeya Towle, Brylee Poynton and soon-to-be-born Stella Severi on May 11; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Louis, Harry, Gerald, Merrill, Roland, Elwin and Ernest; and by her sisters:  Blanche, Rhoda, Josephine, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 50 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center, Maine 04201.

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

obit HandyLouis R. Handy

Louis R. Handy, 73, of North Troy died on April 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 31, 1941, in Bennington, to Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron and the late Robert Handy.

On August 15, 1970, he married Louise Jones, who survives him.

Mr. Handy was owner and operator of Handy’s Auto Repair in North Troy.  He was an active member of the Church of God in Derby.

His passion was to restore old cars.  He held memberships with the Troy Area Lions Club and he was a member of the Cars of Yesteryear.

He is survived by his wife Louise Handy of North Troy; his children:  Robert Handy of North Dakota, Lisa Duncan and her husband, Edward Jr., of Derby, Louis Handy Jr. of Nevada, Laurie White of Rhode Island, Leonard Carroll and his wife, Laura, of New Jersey, Bethany Harrington and her husband, Hilton, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and Ann Lamoureux of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; numerous grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his mother Gertrude Bergeron and his stepfather Clovis Bergeron of Troy; his brothers:  Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, and Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Denise, of Derby; his sister Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Handy; and by his daughter Linda St. Pierre.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 17, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on April 17, from 10 a.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, Matthew 2540, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit HansenHarold R. Hansen

Harold R. Hansen, 73, of North Troy died on April 7, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 12, 1940, to Reginald and Laura (Bocash) Hansen.

On February 10, 1962, he married Margo St. Onge, and they were married for 52 years.

Mr. Hansen worked for the town of Troy for many, many years with his brother and father.  He was also a bus driver for Troy School where he retired in 2011 after many years.  He enjoyed all the many hours spent on the bus getting to know the children.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He loved being outside, camping, being in the water, and having cookouts.  He was a tell-it-like-it-is kind of man and loved to joke around.

He was a member of the North Troy Fire Department for over 40 years, 26 years of which he was the fire chief.  He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16 of Troy and the Order of the Eastern Star in North Troy.

He is survived by his wife Margo Hansen of North Troy; his children:  Craig Hansen of North Troy, and Laurie Hisman and her husband, Gary, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Isabella Hisman of Derby, Melissa Rollins of Newport Center, Amy Phillips and her husband, Brandon, of Derby, Thomas Hansen and his girlfriend, Nicole Pennington, of North Troy, and Tyler Hansen of Albany; his great-grandchild Brandon Phillips II of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his siblings:  James and his wife, Ann, of Newport, Phillip Hansen of Bristol, Connecticut, Reginald Hansen Jr. and his wife, Susan, of North Troy, and Jane Morris of North Bethesda, Maryland; his sisters-in-law:  Janice Hansen of North Troy, and Pat Hansen of Illinois.

He was predeceased by his sister Joyce Hastings and her husband, Harry; and by his brothers:  Bruce, Roger, and Harley Hansen.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  A light luncheon will follow at the St. Vincent DePaul Church in North Troy.

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

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

obit klinkeOlivia Klinke

Olivia Klinke of Craftsbury died on April 11, 2014.

She was born on a beautiful summer day, on July 27, 1979.

Ms. Klinke had a lot of challenges in her life.  She had three amazing siblings and parents.  She thought she was the favorite, but knew her place in line.  She had a joyful life and loved playing with her nieces and nephew.  She will be missed by all.

She loved music, shopping and drinking her favorite soda, Coke, and eating chips.  Her favorite flower was the rose.  She was loved by all.

In her short life, she had many accomplishments.  She was a Girl Scout for 12 years, she received her silver and gold awards, and she was a camper at sleepaway Girl Scout camp.  She spearheaded the birth of a local Global Campus chapter, making the organization more accessible to others in her community.  She attended self-advocacy conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and shared her experience with her group.

She was an unpublished author, writing books appropriate for her nieces and nephew, having just finished her fourth book, a bilingual alphabet book for her nephew’s first birthday.  She loved doing for others, volunteering at the local Craftsbury library and she loved playing games with the residents at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.  She loved to travel, ride horses and accomplished things that defied what doctors expected and did more in her short lifetime than most people do in 80 years.

She is survived by her parents, Monica (née Ruszkiewicz) and Paul Klinke; her older and younger sisters, Sarah Klinke and Emily Klinke Rodriguez and her husband, Mario; her younger brother Jason and his partner, Ana; her four nieces:  Hannah, Ashlynn, Adriana and Cianni; and by one nephew, Mateo.

Funeral services were held on April 16 in Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or through www.phassociation.org; or to the Norris Square Neighborhood Project, 2141 N. Howard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, or through www.myneighborhoodproject.org.

obit LumsdenAdrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Retired Master Sergeant Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a veteran and longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his family at his bedside.

He was born on May 26, 1937, in Greensboro, the son of the late Donald B. Lumsden Sr. and Irene (Brown) Lumsden.

He attended public schools in Greensboro, East Hardwick, the Hardwick Center School, and he graduated from Hardwick Academy in the Class of 1955.

Mr. Lumsden was employed by his father, as a logger for a short time, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on November 28, 1955.  He was stationed in many locations including:  New York, Wyoming, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, North Carolina, the Philippines and Thailand.  He also served proudly during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Master Sargeant Lumsden retired from the military on November 30, 1975, returning to Stannard.

On October 29, 1956, he married Inez Rose Willey in Stannard.  Together they raised five children:  Adrian Jr., Willie, Rose, Ruth and Sue.

Upon his retirement from the military, he drove a school bus and was road commissioner for the town of Stannard.  He also owned and operated a private trucking business and he worked at two bowling centers — in Bangor, Maine, and Berlin — as a mechanical technician.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, the Retired Enlisters Association and the Disabled American Veterans Association.

He enjoyed bowling, traveling and trips to casinos as well as being involved in his children’s various activities while they were growing up.

Survivors include his loving wife, Inez, of Stannard; a son, William “Willie” Lumsden and his wife, Carol, of Hardwick; three daughters:  Rose M. Lovejoy and her husband, Daryl, of Waterboro, Maine, Ruth J. Pickard and her husband, Steve, and Susan V. Thomas and her husband, Jay, all of Stannard; four grandchildren:  Jamie Lovejoy of Dayton, Maine, Justin Thomas and his wife, Jen, of Colchester, Connecticut, Elizabeth Lumsden of Hardwick, and Eric Lumsden of Baltimore, Maryland; and by his great-grandson Paxton Lovejoy of Dayton.

He was predeceased by a son, Adrian L. Lumsden Jr.; and by a brother, Donald B. Lumsden Jr.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in May at the Stannard Cemetery.

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

obit MessierClarice Cecile Messier

Clarice Cecile Messier, 92, of Newport died on April 7, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1921, in Brownsburg, Quebec, to Albert and Donalda (Bellinguette) Lafleur.

On October 26, 1940, she married Lucien Messier, who predeceased her in 1976.

She was a member of the Forever Young Club of Newport.  During her lifetime she farmed, worked in the cafeteria at North Country Hospital in Newport, and for 18 years was a senior companion at the Area Agency on Aging.  She also enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her children:  Leo Messier and his wife, Marlene, of Coventry, George Messier and his wife, Maxine, of Barton, Claire Broe and her husband, Larry, of Coventry, and Lucille Young and her husband, Larry, of West Charleston; her grandchildren:  Kim, Adele, Michelle, Dan, Jennifer, Chad, Aaron, Anitra, John, and Theresa; her great-grandchildren:  Joshua, Danielle, Nicholas, Dominic and Haley; and by her step-grandchildren:  Melissa, Joni and Anthony.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Richard Lafleur of Irasburg and Maurice Lafleur; her sisters:  Delores Harbec of Derby and Gertrude Beauregaurd and her husband, Ernest, of Glover; her sisters-in-law:  Anita Lafleur of Orleans and Rejeanne LeBlond of Derby Line; and by numerous nieces and nephews and her special friends at the nursing home, especially Kelly.

She was predeceased by her infant son Ronald; her brothers:  Donald, Michael and John Lafleur; her sister Rose Lafleur; her sisters-in-law:  Geneva and Yvette Lafleur; and by her brother-in-law Andrew Harbec.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Derby.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

obit MeunierMichael Andre Meunier

Michael Andre Meunier, 53, of North Troy died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Newport, after a courageous battle with a long illness.

He was born on March 8, 1961, in Newport, to Marcel and Jeannine (Fournier) Meunier.

On July 29, 2000, he married Linda Turgeon, who survives him.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools in Newport.

He was a skilled, self-employed carpenter.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda Meunier of North Troy; his mother Jeannine Meunier of Westfield; his stepchildren:  Douglas Aulis and his companion, Amy Blacketer, of Newport, and Krystal Collins and her husband, Patrick, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dammieon, Giddieon, Pennelopea, Haley, Zackery, Dylan, and Porcha; his siblings:  Suzanne Jacques of Colchester, Rachel Turgeon and her husband, Dennis, of Balston Spa, New York, Suzette Pierson and her husband, Martin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Laramee and her husband, Maurice, of Jay; his sisters-in-law:  Laurette Jones and her husband, Robert, of Holland, and Jo-Ann Barrup and her husband, Bradley, of Newport; and by his best friend, his dog Brie.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews:  Kitina, David Jr., Nicholas, Dawn, Karin, Christopher, Jaime and Adam; and by his aunts and uncles:  Roger Fournier of Newport, Donald and Lise Fournier of North Troy, and Aldea Kellogg and her husband, Charlie, of Connecticut.  He will be truly missed by his loyal friends and neighbors, Joseph and his wife, Lillian Fortin, of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his father Marcel Meunier Sr. in 2004; his brother Marcel Meunier Jr. in 1969; and by his brother-in-law David Jaques in 2012.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Troy.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit MorinPatricia E. Morin

Patricia E. Morin, 81, of Newport Center died peacefully on April 12, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 5, 1932, in Newport, to Lionel and Marion (Loux) Mills.

On June 3, 1950, she married Homer Morin, who survives her.

She was a member of the women’s auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

She volunteered at the front desk at North Country Hospital in Newport for many years.

Her hobbies included cooking, doing arts and crafts and free hand drawing and painting.  Her joys were holidays and the annual family fish fry.

She is survived by her husband Homer Morin of Newport Center; her children:  Mike Morin and his wife, Monique, of Newport Center, Tim Morin of Troy, and Pam Starr and her husband, Gary, of Jay; her grandchildren:  Michelle Silva and her husband, Michael, Liza Morin, Shane Morin and his companion, Kara Campbell, Eric Morin, Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, Robin Coulter and her husband, Tom, Angie Moore and her husband, Ryan, Andy Starr and his companion, Tonya Ashman, and Joseph Starr and his wife, Amanda; her brother Kenneth Mills of Texas; her sister Janice Poginy and her husband, Bernard, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

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

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

obit platoDavid A. Plato

David A. Plato, 46, of Newport died on April 6, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 9, 1966, in Vancouver, Washington, to Alfred and Irene (Kaszycki) Plato.

He was formerly a security guard in Arizona.

He enjoyed summertime barbeques, watching crime shows on television, growing plants, and he loved listening to rock and country music.

Mr. Plato was a genuinely nice and pleasant guy.

He is survived by his beloved friends:  Carl P. King, Jericho E. King, and Patty Place, all of Newport, and Joe Lewis of Hartford.  He is also survived by his two cats, Demon and Critter, who he considered his children.

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

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot, 66, of Middlebury died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on April 17, 1947, in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, to Irene (Goupil) Pouliot and the late Albert Pouliot.

During his lifetime, Mr. Pouliot was a self-employed painter.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening, and doing arts and crafts work.  He had a unique sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother Irene Pouliot of Newport; his siblings:  Jocelyn Pouliot and his wife, Barbara, of Newport Center, Clement Pouliot of Newport, Yvon Pouliot and his wife, Melanie, of Middlebury, Nicole Poginy and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Suzanne Coggeshall and her husband, Robert, of New Hampshire, and JoAnne Allen and her husband, Danny, of North Troy; and by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his father Albert Pouliot on November 11, 2011.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 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.

obit PrueFrederick Albert Prue Jr.

Frederick Albert Prue Jr., 95, of Irasburg died on April 11, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on May 6, 1918, in Newport, to Olive (Pelkey) and Frederick Prue Sr.

On July 26, 1939, he married Marjorie J. Rowland, who predeceased him on February 26, 2007.

Mr. Prue was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, where he retired after 40 years of service.

He enjoyed gardening, and he loved to go to the farmers’ market to sell his wife’s baked goods and vegetables.  He liked to play cards with his family and friends in a very quiet and subdued manner.  He loved to write music as well as play his guitar and he played with Doc and Chickie Williams on more than one occasion.  He, above all, loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his children:  Fred Prue, Val Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Stewart, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Pam Prue and her friend, Pat Pine, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, Marjorie Morley and her husband, James, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine, and David Prue and his wife, Barb; his daughter-in-law Roxanna Prue; his 33 grandchildren; his 62 great-grandchildren; his two great-great-grandchildren; his numerous stepchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Terry Prue on February 23, 2014; his daughter Janice; his brothers:  Vernon, Reginald, Kenneth, and Leonard; and by his sisters:  Madeline Collins, Doris Karabarus, Elaine Daniels, and Marion Lakin.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Grace Brethren Church, 3 Route 14, Coventry, Vermont 05825.

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

Remembering Arlene (Robinson) Thompson, 1929-2014

by Wanita S. Thompson

I wrote this tribute to my mother-in-law and read it at her funeral on March 28:

First let me begin by saying that I don’t believe my mother-in-law would be extra pleased to have folks fussing over her, even now, and maybe she wouldn’t be that happy about my tribute to her.  But, on the other hand, she didn’t say I couldn’t….

Arlene was a planner and she lived her life on her own terms.  She lived a life of service to others, caring for family members, educating three generations of students right here in Craftsbury, and contributing crafts and baked goods for school and community events.

She was a storyteller and a wonderful conversationalist.  At family gatherings, I would notice that she would visit with just about everyone, and usually asked the children about what they had been up to and how school was going (always a teacher, you know).  She kept track of the honor roll in the paper and often sent notes of congratulations or encouragement to relatives, friends, and former students.

Mrs. Thompson was a cheerleader!  If you have an image of someone in a short skirt with pom poms — wrong!  But, she was the greatest fan and supporter anyone could ask for.  Her son, Dave, would tell you that his parents went to all his basketball, soccer, and baseball games, and when our children were old enough to play T-ball, there they were, cheering them on all the way!  They attended all the games right up through high school as well as concerts, science fairs, award ceremonies, and anything else that Meghann and Derek participated in.  Of course, Gram cheered for all her students over the years, too, in whatever games, spelling bees, or other competitions they were involved in.  She rooted for us all in all our endeavors — sincerely.

Now, how would she want to be remembered?  She was a caring daughter who took special care of her parents, along with an older brother whom she loved dearly.  She was a devoted and loving wife, and an amazing mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a generous person who gardened and picked berries by the carload and always shared the vegetables and fruit with family, friends, and neighbors.

I’ll share a few stories now.  First, one from her childhood on the family farm in Irasburg.  Her family enjoyed many family get-togethers over the years.  Almost every Sunday, relatives would come over to enjoy a meal together and spend hours reminiscing or just chatting.  Christmas was a special holiday in the Robinson household and oftentimes extended family would come over for a feast and to celebrate.  One year an uncle who was quite a trickster brought a gift for the family and quickly put it under the Christmas tree.  Well, my mother-in-law’s father heard this scratching sound coming from under the tree, and he attempted to shoo that darn cat out from under it.  He could not find that cat anywhere!  The scratching was coming from the Christmas package — a live rooster was the gift inside the box from that dear uncle; how she laughed as she regaled us with that story and other of the fun Christmases she experienced in her youth, and I understand how important it was for her to bring that joy to her child and grandchildren.  Passing on traditions was very important to her.

When Dave was growing up, the family had a few snow machines and would oftentimes meet up with uncles, aunts, and cousins for some wonderful Sunday afternoon rides.  Dave’s mom didn’t always go out on the sleds, but this one particular Sunday she decided to go along with the gang.  Apparently, at some point, it was just Dave and his mom on the trail, each on their own machine, and returning home from a jaunt when they arrived at the foot of a very steep hill.  Dave stopped at the bottom of the hill and advised his usually slow and careful-driving mom that she would need to give the machine some gas if she was ever going to make it up the hill.  Otherwise she might get stuck.  So up the hill, Dave went.  Well, about halfway up the hill, he thought he better look back down to see how close to the bottom of the hill his mother still was, and he got the surprise of his life.  There she was right close behind him and almost about to run into him, full throttle!  He stepped on it and got out of the way just in time, but he never forgot the determination of his normally cautious mom to get up that hill!

Over the years, Gram and Grandpa have been fun and loving grandparents to Dave’s and my children.  When Meghann was about two years old, Gram had the idea that Meg would like a shopping cart to play with, so Gram, Grandpa, Meg, and I set out on a Saturday afternoon in search of this shopping cart.  When we arrived at the store, they had shopping carts, but it was a three-wheeler that took Meg’s eye.  She rode it all over the store and we weren’t sure we could get her off it long enough to pay for it.  For as you can tell, a three-wheeler is what we came home with!

Another time, Gram and Grandpa spent an entire day shopping just for the right sneakers for Derek.  They started in St. Johnsbury, but could not find shoes that would meet Derek’s approval there.  No such luck!  Then, off to Barre!  And there, they found just the right shoes.  I don’t know who was more pleased — Derek with his snazzy new sneakers or the grandparents who made sure he ended up with them.

Gram often said that it was a good trait to know what you like and not to just settle for any ol’ thing.

Well, they are always talking about our footprint that we leave behind.  Well, my mother-in-law has left a big footprint on my heart.  There are many jokes about them, and I know a lot of folks don’t think you’re supposed to like your mother-in-law, but I loved mine and I’ll miss her always as will our whole family.  I will end with a quote by Maltbie D. Babcock:

Life is what we are alive to do.

It is not length, but breadth…

Be alive to…goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.

Death notice

Randi A. Wright Sr.

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries April 9, 2014

obit DaiglePhilippa “Phil” Daigle

Philippa “Phil” Daigle, 90, formerly of Newport, died at her son Jim’s home in Plainfield, New Hampshire, on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Highgate Hill, London, England, on July 25, 1923, to Agnes (Donovan) Bryant and James Bryant.

During World War II, she helped spot and put out fires caused by exploding bombs.  She had to hide underground (or refuse to!) during air raids, etc.

She met Bob Daigle when he was stationed in England as an American Marine, and married him at the end of the war, coming to Vermont as a “war bride.”

In later life, she became an excellent artist, working extensively with watercolors, but also in other media, including flower arrangements.  She was a founding lifetime member of the Four Season Garden Club and was always very active in its activities.  She painted the watercolor of Stone House Gardens that is still used by the club.  She also belonged to the “Birthday Club of 7” which met monthly.

She is survived by her two sons:  Mike and his wife, Nadine, and Jim and his wife, Ireen; Jim’s children:  Amanda Shyne and her husband, Andrew, and Alicia Dube and her husband, Sebastien; her great-grandchildren:  Theo Shyne, and Olivia and Toby Dube; many friends; several nieces and nephews including Tim Daley and Rosemary Claassen, whom she was especially close to.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in March of 1995.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit GaboriaultHenry P. Gaboriault

Henry P. Gaboriault, 86, of Barton died on April 6, 2014, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on December 15, 1927, in Sawyerville, Quebec, to Henry and Arcilia (Jette) Gaboriault.

On August 8, 1959, he married Martine Laramee, who survives him, after being married for 55 years.

Mr. Gaboriault retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a section foreman after 45 years of service.  He enjoyed going to work and was not one to sit still.  He would still find time to play games with the family, which he enjoyed very much.  He was proud of his homes and his well-kept lawns.

He served his community as a past member of the Barton Fire Department and as an usher for St. Paul’s Catholic Church for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Martine Gaboriault of Barton; by his children:  Colette and her husband, Ron Houle, of Iraburg, Marianne and her husband, Peter Lussier, of Barton, and Richard Gaboriault and his wife, Lucie, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Jessica, Michelle, Kristi, Cierra, Nicholas, Justin, Emily, Paul-Martin, and Kaytlyn; and by his great-granddaughter Kadence.  He is also survived by four sisters, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Barton, with Father Tim Naples officiating.  A spring burial will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

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

obit haneyJeannine T. Haney

Jeannine T. Haney, 82, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on April 1, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Newport on June 6, 1931, she was the daughter of George and Frances (Bussiere) Demers.

She resided in Stratham, New Hampshire, for 30 years before moving to Manchester in 1996.

Mrs. Haney was a talented, self-employed seamstress for many years.

She was a communicant of Saint Marie Church in Manchester.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed the pleasures of family life.

Surviving family members include four daughters:  Suzanne and her husband, Harry Ntapalis, of Manchester, Cheryl Bosch and her husband, Philip, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Lisa Cyr and her husband, Frederick, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Lori Sternberg and her husband, Kenneth, of Barrington, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Seth, Benjamin, Jillian, Ryan, Andrew, Peter, and Kady; six brothers:  Leo, John, Fernand, Albert, Raymond, and George; two sisters:  Mary Nault and Helen Kinsella; and several nieces and nephews.

She was married 62 years to Wayne E. Haney.  He died on November 2, 2012.  She was also predeceased by her brother Richard Demers.

A Mass of Christian burial was held in Saint Marie Church in Manchester.  Burial took place in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Resident Activities Program Account, 400 Mast Road, Goffstown, New Hampshire 03045.

For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com.

Mavis L. Hart

Mavis L. Hart, 98, of Hanover, New Hampshire, died on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Barre on October 3, 1915, to Carl and Alice Crossett Perry.  She outlived her brothers, Robert Perry and Nelson Perry, and her sister, Jean Dolan.  Her sister-in-law Gene Perry lives in Florida.

She and William Hart Jr. married in 1971 and lived in Merrimack, then in Rossmoor, New Jersey, for a time with Mr. Hart’s job.

They bought land in Coventry, and started building their dream house overlooking Lake Memphremagog.  Ms. Hart was happy to live back in Vermont, close to her family.  They enjoyed traveling with Mr. Hart’s work and later for pleasure.

Ms. Hart was active in the United Church of Newport, doing volunteer work and with the PEO Foundation.

Many happy holidays and family gatherings were hosted in their home.  Ms. Hart was a wonderful cook and especially enjoyed the grandchildren visiting.  She took pleasure in reading, gardening, and she loved to watch and feed the birds.  She had a keen sense of humor.  She was a quiet, private woman who loved her family, nature, the water, and lived life with a positive attitude.

They reluctantly sold their home and moved into a condominium in Newport, which also had a beautiful view of the lake.  In 2007, they moved to Lebanon, New Hampshire, to be near family.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 42 years, William Hart Jr., of Hanover; and by her three sons:  Norman Buchanan and his wife, Ruth, of Pomfret, William Buchanan and his wife, Sharon, of Deerfield, New Hampshire, and Paul Buchanan and his wife, Martha, of Weare, New Hampshire.  There are seven Buchanan grandchildren and one great-grandson.  She is also survived by William Hart’s four children:  Susan Schwarz and her husband, Gregory, of Lebanon, William “Ty” Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire, Sally Demers and her husband, Robert, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Craig Hart and his wife, Heather, of East Weymouth, Massachusetts.  There are eight Hart grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Norman L. Buchanan, who died in 1964 in Malden, Massachusetts.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784.

Messages of condolences may be expressed with the family through an online guest book by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

obit SchmittJoan Pender “Penny” Schmitt

Joan Pender “Penny” Schmitt, 75, of Craftsbury Common died on April 3, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on May 3, 1938, in New York City, New York, to Pender and Elizabeth (Van Tine) Eldredge.

On February 27, 1960, she married Michael A. Schmitt III, who predeceased her on March 15, 2004.

She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

After college she worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson and Geer Dubois Agency in New York City.

She and her late husband were owners of the Inn on the Common from 1974 to 2003.

Mrs. Schmitt was a trustee at Sterling College of Craftsbury Common, a member of the Old Home Day committee, the Craftsbury Common Village Improvement Society, and she was active politically.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing tennis and golf.  She also traveled and went on cruises, and watched tennis and golf on television.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Schmitt of Kansas City, Missouri; her two half-sisters:  Patricia Ward of Florida and Christine Lamarca of Ohio; her sister-in-law Kathie Woods of Minnesota; and by her loyal companion, her dog Chico.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 11, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit spauldingRichard “Dick” Spaulding

Richard G. Spaulding, 60, of Albany, a beloved husband, son, father, brother, educator, principal, mentor and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Born in Burlington September 30, 1953, he was a son of Walter and Phyllis (Buck) Spaulding.

On December 30, 2004, he married Lisa Daniels Dunlavey and became a loving and devoted father to her children and later their offspring.

Mr. Spaulding attended Cambridge Elementary School, graduated from Lamoille Union High School, and then received his bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees from Johnson State College.

He had a lifelong passion for education.  As an 18-year-old, he became the youngest school board member in the state of Vermont.  He started his early teaching career in Wolcott and then Berkshire.  Subsequently he served concurrently as principal and teacher in Belvidere, and later as principal of both Newport Center and Burke.  More recently, he was a responsive interventionist counselor at Cabot School.  Throughout his career he was a role model to both other educators and, most importantly to him, his students.

He was constantly expanding his deep understanding of geography, history and science, and was sharing his wealth of knowledge with all who would listen.  He was extremely eclectic in his interests, which ranged from hiking and wilderness exploring, to custom wood working and playing the harmonica.  He was an avid runner, cross-country skier, and cyclist.

Mr. Spaulding was selfless; he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it could help the current situation.  He played multiple roles in bettering many Vermont communities and the lives of others.  Recently he was team leader of an ecumenical outreach trip to Valdosta, Georgia, where over 350 young adults from all over America spent a week repairing and painting houses of people in need.

He leaves his beloved wife, Lisa Dunlavey-Spaulding; his mother, Phyllis Spaulding; his children:  Richard Spaulding Jr. and his wife, Kristy, Stephanie Spaulding, Tucker Dunlavey and his companion, Danielle Nelson, Brendon Dunlavey and his companion, Liza Jost, and Shannon Dunlavey; his grandchildren:  Elijah, Natalie, and Nicholas; a brother, Mike Spaulding; a sister, Beverly Minor, and her husband, Tom; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Daniels; his brothers-in-law:  Michael Jennings, David Daniels, and Marc Daniels and his wife, Marybeth; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Spaulding; and by his sister, Cindy Spaulding.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Church of God, at 295 Crawford Road in Derby.  A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m., at the Church of God, with the Reverend Nathan Strong and Pastor Lawrence Wall officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dick Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1558 Delano Road, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Death notice

Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Adrian Lawrence “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his loving family at his bedside.

A full obituary will appear in a later edition.

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