November 2, 2011 Obituaries

Timothy Wayland Cole
Timothy Wayland Cole, 50, died on Monday, October 24, 2011, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Cole was born in Townshend on October 20, 1961, the son of Francis and Elaine (Arms) Cole. He grew up in Brookline and attended schools in Townshend and Brattleboro. He made his home in Wardsboro, Wilmington, Brattleboro, and, finally, Hinsdale, New Hampshire. He was employed in the food service business, most recently for Sodexho at the Brattleboro Retreat and in the kitchen at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
Mr. Cole was an avid Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia fan. He loved the time he spent with his dad in the woods, hunting and enjoying nature, and he loved spending holidays and other anniversaries with his family in the Northeast Kingdom. He was baptized and joined the Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro in 2004, and he took great joy in being a part of this church community. Mr. Cole truly appreciated his friends and caregivers who helped him live a productive life. Missy, his cat, was the joy of his life.
Mr. Cole is survived by his parents, Francis and Elaine Cole of Derby; his sister Christine Cole of Newfane; his brother Kevin Cole of Townshend; and his sister Jennifer Cole of Newfane; as well as by numerous relatives. Mr. Cole was predeceased by his brother, Matthew Cole.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, in Brattleboro, with the Reverends Carra McFadden and Fred Barker officiating. Following this, there will be a reception and a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, 29 Elm Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301; or the Winston L. Prouty Center, 20 Winston Prouty Way, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301.

 

 

 

 

Leslie Rae Cornell

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Leslie Rae Cornell, 53, of Barton, died suddenly on October 22, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on November 19, 1957, in Willows, California, a daughter of Richard W. and Shirley L. (White) Mofield. On March 1, 1983 she married Stuart Cornell who survives her. Mrs. Cornell graduated from Oroville High School in California and also attended Chico State College in California. Mrs. Cornell was a very hard working woman and was the floor manager at the C&C Supermarket in Barton for seven years. She enjoyed making jewelry, gardening, decorative painting, traveling all over the world with her husband while he served in the United States Air Force, and spending time with friends and family which was very important to her. She was a very giving person helping anyone in need.
Mrs. Cornell is survived by her husband, Stuart Cornell of Barton; two children: Aaron J. and Jason R. Cornell of Barton; her parents: Richard and Shirley Mofield of Virginia; a sister, Diane Mofield, and her husband, John Milan, of Virginia; her nieces and nephews: Chris and Melissa Faust, and Melissa and Erik McCoy; and by her great-niece and nephew, Emily and Connor McCoy.
A celebration of her life was held on October 29, in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Cornell’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Elmer A. Hauver

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Elmer A. Hauver, 89, of Newport Center died on October 26, 2011, in Barton.
He was born August 10, 1922, in Newport, a son of  Elmer and Mabel (Goodall) Hauver. On May 24, 1947, he married Lillian Lahar who predeceased him January 28, 2004. December 19, 2005 marked his retirement from Columbia Forest Products after 13 years of service. He attended the East School in Newport and served in the U.S. Army 122nd Medic Corps where he was a cook feeding 500 to 1,000 soldiers. Mr. Hauver held his first job running hoist for the logs at Atlas Plywood, now Columbia Forest Products, for five years. He then was a foreman at H.P. Hood & Son in Newport for almost 30 years until the business closed in 1976. He then retired from the Litton Industries, now Tivoly, after working almost ten years as a tool maker. In 1992 he worked as a janitor for a few months at the Newport Health Care Center. He also painted many homes and businesses in Orleans and the surrounding areas. He joined Columbia on December 22, 1992, as a watchman, a position he held until his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Newport, and a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798. He also enjoyed gardening and playing cards.
He is survived by his children: Jane Provoncha and Mary Hauver, both of Newport; his grandchildren: Sheri Letourneau and her husband, Patrick, of Newport Center, and Clint Provoncha and his wife, Heidi, of Coventry; his great-grandchildren: Storm Lamarche, Raven Letourneau, Clint, Casey, and Corey Provoncha and Christina Stevens; his great-great-granddaughter Caitlin Stevens; his sister-in-law Cecile Colburn of Newport; his brother-in-law Richard Bernier and his wife, Helen, of Coventry; his special friends Barbara Boutin of Derby, and Jim and Connie Turner of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters: Harold and Earl Hauver, Ethel McClellan, and Dorothy Stevens.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leonard “Joe” Lippens

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Leonard “Joe” Lippens, 91, of Derby Line died on October 29, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 22, 1920, in Derby, a son of Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens. He graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1939 and later received an honorable discharge certificate from the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Lippens was a district representative for Citizens Utilities for 34 years and he was a key player in supplying power to many areas in the Northeast Kingdom and to the top of Jay Peak. In his retirement, he was a lister for the town of Derby. His hobbies included snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, carpentry, cutting wood, and he was known for his large, enviable vegetable garden on West Street in Derby. He was a member the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, county director of VAST, president of Drift Dusters, and a 69-year member of the Knights of Columbus. His favorite pastimes later in life were playing bridge and storytelling.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth (Powers) Lippens; his son Bruce Lippens and his wife, Karen, of Derby; his daughter Patricia Hunt and her husband, W. Perry, of Derby Line; his grandchildren: Jennifer (Lippens) Grillo and her husband, Peter, Christopher Hunt and his wife, Monique, and Timothy Hunt and his wife, Taryn; by his great-grandchildren: Sienna Grillo, Jonathan Hunt, Jackson Hunt and Emerson Hunt; and by his siblings: Elaine Reid, Rosalie Guyette, Lucille Meunier, Annette Trombly, Jeanine Martin, and Harold Lippens and their families. He was predeceased by his sister, Madeline Nault.
Funeral services were held November 1 in Newport. Interment followed in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Michaud Memorial Manor, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, care of Gary Lebaron, P.O. Box 448, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mellissa M. Tinker
Mellissa M. Tinker, 39, died suddenly on Saturday, October 22, 2011, in Newport.
She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, May 8, 1972, the daughter of Harry Burnham and Phyllis “Penny” (Joyner) Horner.
She and her family moved to Albany in her early years where she was raised. She attended Lake Region Union High School and had taken several college courses.
Ms. Tinker was talented both in music and in artistic venues. She played the flute and oboe and enjoyed music, dancing, decorating, and making jewelry. A very giving person, she will be missed by her many friends as well as her family.
She leaves two sons: Alex Duranleau of Castleton State College and Benjamin Duranleau of Newport; her mother, Penny, and her husband, Bob Horner, of Inverness, Florida; her father, Harry Burnham of Barton; a sister, Paula Cote of Newport; two brothers: Michael Burnham and his friend, Gina Miller, of Holland and Douglas Burnham and wife, Marry, of Irasburg; two step-sisters: Laurie Campbell and her friend, Burt Goodell, of Newport Center and Jackie-Lyn Horner and husband, Clifford Dillon, of Newport Center; a grandmother, Phyllis Joyner of Inverness; and her nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Private services were held for family at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Nate Strong officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Teen Challenge Vermont, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656-9600.
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October 26, 2011 Obituaries

Thelma M. Bly
Thelma M. Bly, 85, of Newport died on October 19, 2011, in Newport.
She was born September 23, 1926, in Derby, a daughter of Carlton and Alice (Wood) Brainard. In 1947, she married Edward F. Bly who predeceased her on March 15, 2008. Mrs. Bly was a bookkeeper for Community National Bank where she retired after 12 years of service. She and her late husband ran the family farm in East Charleston. Thelma enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She made many pairs of mittens for the schoolchildren as well as homemade applesauce for the school. Mr. and Mrs. Bly always had a big garden much to the delight of their family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Bill Bly and his wife, Myra, of South Hero, Valerie Spring and her husband, Ernie, of Hanover, New Hampshire, Beverly Devereaux and her husband, Vern, of Barton, and Sherry Clark and her husband, John, of Hartland; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Myron (Toby) Brainard and his wife, Dorothy, and Curtis Brainard and his wife, Betty, all of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Carlton Brainard Jr., and by two sisters: Phyllis Buchanan and Jeannette Goss.
A graveside service was held October 21 in East Charleston. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alma Elena Burlton

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Alma Elena Burlton, 73, of Newport died on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
She was born on July 24, 1938, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Allen and Lila (Davis) Polaski. She was brought up by her stepfather, Charles Wood.
On August 16, 1991, she married Arthur Burlton who predeceased her on February 2, 1995.
She was a housekeeper in the Lyndonville area for over 30 years.
She enjoyed collecting stuffed and ceramic cats, crocheting, going on sightseeing rides in the country, and stopping by old country general stores.
She is survived by a cousin, Elizabeth Littlefield, of Lyndonville, and by her long-time companion, Bill Hall, of Newport.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Burlton’s memory may be to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Charles B. Soucy
Charles B. Soucy, 81, of Newport, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
He was the beloved husband of Virginia D. (Poor) Soucy, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
Born on February 8, 1930, in Salem, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Joseph O. and Alberta (Voyer) Soucy. He was a 1947 graduate of Salem High School, a 1952 graduate of Babson College, and served in the U.S. Navy.
A well-known Salem businessman, Mr. Soucy was former president of C.B. Soucy Insurance Agency. Active in community affairs, he was former president of Salem Kiwanis Club and later served as district governor of Kiwanis, International. He also served as treasurer of North Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America, and was instrumental in the formation of Salem Troop #72. He also served on the boards of various other civic organizations.
Up until the time of his illness, he was an avid skier and skied at many resorts around the world. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling and golf. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five beloved children and their spouses: Deborah and Kevin Lawton of Swansea, Massachusetts, Charles and Susan Soucy of Boxford, Massachusetts, Paul and Cynthia Soucy of Boxford, Joan and Kevin Street of Essex, Massachusetts, and Janet and Lee Merrill of Wenham, Massachusetts; by his nine cherished grandchildren: Amy Lawton of Swansea, Michael Soucy of Boulder, Colorado, Ellen Reece and her husband, Cameron, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Laura Soucy of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Catherine and Andrew Soucy of Boxford, Massachusetts, and Melissa, Joseph, and Jacob Merrill of Wenham; and by his loving sister, Joan Garfield, of Lynn, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his beloved grandson, Matthew Lawton.

 

Services were private. Gifts in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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October 19, 2011 Obituaries

Michael Arland Cahill

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Michael Arland Cahill, 62, of Randolph, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born November 22, 1948, in Newport, the son of Arland H. and Beverly D. (Taylor) Cahill. He was raised in Island Pond, then served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Cahill had worked in construction in Florida, Houston, Texas, and Denver, Colorado before moving to Vermont in the 1980s, settling in Randolph in 1992. He worked as a paralegal for the Vermont State Office of Child Support in Rutland, and as a private investigator in Newport and Philadelphia. The last ten years he worked as a plumber, primarily for the Vermont Center for Independent Living Home Access Program. Mr. Cahill was married to Mary Anne Taggart in Braintree on August 16, 1997. He was a member of the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Kairos Prison Ministry, Tres Dias, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Randolph American Legion Post #9. He enjoyed storytelling, target shooting, dancing, reading, cribbage, and traveling to Ireland, and was an avid Boston Red Sox Fan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Cahill of Randolph; his daughter, Lilia Piette of Morgan; his mother, Beverly Person, and his step-father, Andrew Person, of Belvidere, New Jersey; his stepson, Josh Howe of Fort Myers, Florida, and his stepdaughter, Emily Howe of Colchester; his brothers: Patrick J. Cahill of Denver, Colorado and Timothy J. Cahill of Philipsburg, New Jersey; and his sisters: Julia E. Cahill of Mission, South Dakota, and Suzanne Rippley of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
Funeral services were held October 15 in Randolph.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Home Access Program, 111 East State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.
John P. Gile
John P. Gile, 88, of Albany died on October 11, 2011, at his home in South Albany where he lived all his life.
He was born January 30, 1923, in South Albany, a son of Edward and Josephine (Bo) Gile. He was a veteran of World War II.
He was a self-employed farmer and he also mowed the cemeteries in Albany for 35 years.
He is survived by his sisters: Laura Gonyaw of Barton, Louise McRoy of St. Johnsbury, Margaret Wright of St. Johnsbury, and Bertha Shortsleeve of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on October 15 at the South Albany Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany Cemetery Fund, Route 14, Albany, Vermont 05820. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Warren W. Higgons
Warren W. Higgons, 79, died on Sunday, October 16, 2011, after a brief illness, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born April 6, 1932, in Port Chester, New York, a son of Stanley and Marjorie (McLean) Higgons of Scarsdale, New York. He served his country during the Korean War as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He joined the Army reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Higgons attained a master’s degree in business administration and worked as an executive in financial services as well as in real estate.
He recently moved back to Vermont after ten years in North Carolina, having previously lived in Stowe and Mallets Bay. He recently had been enjoying life as a “Dock Rat” at the Newport Marina on Lake Memphremagog in Newport, residing in Craftsbury Common.
He was an avid sailor, golfer and skier, enoying life to the fullest.
He leaves his wife, Donna of Craftsbury Common; a sister, Laura (Peggy) Ginter of Boca Raton, Florida; his children: Michelle Knowlton and her husband, Ron, of Boca Raton, Florida, Wes Higgons and his wife, Lori, of Gainsville, Florida, and Doug Higgons and his wife, Shannon, of Chesapeake, Virigina; two stepchildren: Jon and Charlie Wilson; a sister-in-law, Gail Bonestell, of Woodstock, New York; and 13 beloved grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service was held October 18 in Craftsbury Common.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS), Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Loretta Christine (Burgess) Johnson

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Loretta Christine (Burgess) Johnson died suddenly on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at her home.
Ms. Johnson was born on September 15, 1955, to H. Elwin and Christine Burgess of Oxford, Massachusetts. She graduated from Oxford High School along with her husband in 1974. The couple married on May 20, 1978 after a long courtship.
Ms. Johnson was very active in her community. She belonged to the Oxford Women’s Club, where she performed in many plays, and was co-chairman of the building of the bandstand in the Oxford park. She was a member of the board of directors and volunteer extraordinaire for the Franklin County Humane Society of St. Albans, and the Scottish Terrier Club of America and the New England Scottish Terrier Club. She was well known for her grooming business, Waggin Tails, which she ran for 13 years in Swanton.
Her hobbies included piano and guitar playing, kayaking, snowshoeing, gardening, motorcycling, and breeding, raising, and showing Scottish Terriers. She was the proud owner of three champion Scotties.
She leaves her husband, Christopher V.; her two sons, Erik and Tyler; her older brother, Tom Burgess of Maine; three nieces: Barbara Morrison of Virginia, Lynn Beck of Oxford, Massachusetts, and Chelsea of Westmore; her nephew, Allen Bissonette; her sisters-in-law, Ruthie Bissonette and Penny; and her brother-in-law, Kimball Johnson. She also leaves her beloved dogs: Rose, Buddy, and Luna.
Ms. Johnson had many friends from many walks of life and she will surely be missed.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, in Swanton. The Reverend Anne Torrance Bachmann will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Committal services and interment will take place Sunday, October 23, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Lakeview Cemetery, Route 5A in Westmore, with family friend Father Charles Davignon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478; or to the New England Scottish Terrier Club “Scotty Rescue” league, care of Ray Rinaldi, Treasurer, Loretta Johnson Memorial Rescue, STCNE 92 Parklawn Drive, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708.
To offer online condolences, please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.
Charles Thomas Marr

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Charles Thomas Marr, 64, died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, on a sunny afternoon in Manchester, Kentucky while sitting outdoors in his favorite chair, visiting at the home of dear friends.
He lived in both Manchester and Chillicothe, Ohio. At the time of his death, he was the Tennessee and Kentucky land agent for Energy Associates, an oil and gas company. Walking the mountains and talking with landowners of those states was never work to him but instead, pure joy.
He loved spending time in the Newport area with his sister, Sarah Fitts, and her husband, Bob. He lived for hiking northern Vermont trails with his family and sailing and fishing in Lake Memphremagog. He always loved returning to Vermont for the weddings of his niece and nephews and just for working on projects with his brother-in-law.
Our dad was a kind and gentle man. His height could have intimidated, but it never did. Each time that we were together, we would begin to plan when and where the next time would be. His dreams were magical, and he made them real. He lives in us, in our children and in those he loved and who loved him. Nothing on this earth in the 64 years that he shared with us can ever take that from our hearts.
Our dad cared so deeply in this life. He served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Boston off the coast of Vietnam. He pretended to have no use for dogs or cats but loved having them follow him for a snack or a pat. He was comfortable with laughter and with tears. He wanted to fix whatever needed fixing, he was so skillful with his hands. He loved growing roses and tomatoes; finding rocks; eating Maine lobster and warm blueberry pie; driving narrow winding roads where ever he could find them and loving the adventure of not knowing where we would end up; watching the sunsets; living and working among the people and under the skies of Kentucky and Tennessee. But most of all, he loved us dearly. We did not want him to leave us on September 13, 2011.
His energy and joy in each day still shine in his mother, Sue B. Marr of Chillicothe; in us, his children: Kevin Thomas and Kami Marr of Greeley, Colorado, Juliana Marie and Dane Sprister of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Thomas Edward Marr II of Gallipolis, Ohio; in his sister, Sarah Fitts and her husband, Bob, of Newport Center; in his beloved companion, Linda Momirov Kramer of Chillicothe; and in his cherished grandchildren. His father and best friend, Dr. Thomas E. Marr, predeceased him in death.
A graveside memorial celebration of the man he was was held on September 19 at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, as we gathered among the red roses that he had planted on the graves of his father and grandparents. We joined with his Manchester, Kentucky, family of friends in a celebration of his life on September 20, 2011. — submitted by Juliana Marr Sprister.
Shawn C. Mason

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Shawn C. Mason, 34, of Eden, died suddenly on October 14, 2011, in Morrisville.
He was born December 17, 1976, in Newport, a beloved son of Kevin Mason and Joi (Batchelder) Merritt. He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1995. Mr. Mason was employed at The Shed Restaurant in Stowe and he was formerly a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed all sports and his favorite NASCAR driver was Matt Kenseth. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, and the Yankees. Mr. Mason always looked at the better side of life.
He is survived by his parents: Kevin Mason and his wife, Susan, of Newport News, Virginia, and his mother Joi Merritt and her husband, Rory, of Springfield; his girlfriend, Kellie Coderre of Eden; his sisters and brothers: Aaron Lanou and his wife, Chantell, of Clifton Springs, New York, Ryan Mason of Lynchburg, Virginia, Troy Metcalf and his wife, Rachel, of Roanoke, Virginia, Jessica Baker and her husband, Josh, of East Charleston, Jennifer Bergeron of Newport Center, Traci Farnsworth and her husband, Michael, of Springfield, and Amber Howard and her husband, Gene, of Newport News; by his special grandmother, June Lussier of Orleans; by two special aunts: Nickolet Simpson of Derby, and Rosemary Sheltra of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held October 18 in Newport. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg will be at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Cardiac Unit, Copley Hospital, 528 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or 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-converse-rushford.com.



Evelyn M. Reynolds

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Evelyn M. Reynolds, 96, formerly of Newport, died on October 10, 2011, in Glover.
She was born in Elmore on January 1, 1915, to Mary (Spaulding) and Thomas Symonds Sr., one of 14 children.
While living at the Governor’s Mansion in Newport, she developed a wonderful relationship with Sissy Broome and enjoyed all her help and company which she missed when she moved to Glover.
She was a past member of the Grange and the Newport Senior Center and she loved to play cards and bingo. In over nine years during the 1960s and ’70s, Mrs. Reynolds and her husband, Rhett Reynolds, provided foster care to over 60 children.
She is survived by her children: Barbara Wells of Wolcott, Lucy Brock and her husband, John, of Morgan, and Robert Reynolds and his wife, Nancy, of Derby; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters: Bertha Dodge of Morrisville and Mildred Choland of Hyde Park; and by several nieces, nephews, and by close friends: Dan Bryant and his son, Scott, and his wife, Dianna, and their two children. Ms. Reynolds was predeceased by her husbands, Emmanuel Gonyaw and Rhett Reynolds; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four sisters, and seven brothers.
Funeral services were held on October 13 in Newport. Interment followed in the Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Activities Fund at the Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Frank Harris Spates Jr.

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Frank Harris Spates Jr., 78, died on October 9, 2011, at his home in Derby, after more than ten years battling Multiple Systems Atrophy.
Mr. Spates, or “Sunny” as his brothers and sisters called him, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on September 14, 1933. He was a son of Frank H. Spates Sr. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates, both of whom have predeceased him. He was the second of five children. His siblings include his older sister, Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, Florida, his brother William Spates and his wife, Hilda, of Lynn, Massachusetts, his sister Joyce Stanwood and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and his brother Doug Spates and his wife, Vivian, of Derby. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, George Durkee.
Mr. Spates graduated from Newport High School in 1951 and was a member of the Newport State Champion football team. He was also on the baseball team and ski team. He served in the Marine Corps from June 9, 1953 until June of 1955 and also in the United States Army Reserve from June 1958 until his honorable discharge in July of 1972. At that time he had obtained a rank of Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers and was acting commander of the National Guard Unit of Putnam, Connecticut.
He married Jeannette Nault on January 1, 1955 in Newport. His military and engineering career took them to places like Camp Lejune, North Carolina; Albany, New York; Vernon, Connecticut; and back to Vermont for good in 1970 where they purchased a farm in Derby and resided ever since.
Mr. Spates graduated from the Unviersity of Vermont in 1960 with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering. He worked for the following: State of Vermont on Interstate 91, the Shell Oil Co. building service stations in Connecticut and Massachusetts, as a math teacher and football coach at Newport High School, for the Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut, as a dairy farmer in Derby, and he was the project engineer for the Wright and Morrisey building at North Country Hospital. In 1974 he started Spates Construction with his wife and he retired from it in 2001, seeing it grow from a small company to one of the area’s larger construction firms. Mr. Spates also served as a Derby Select Board member and he helped coach Little League as well as Legion Baseball. For many years he was in charge of the Legion Post 21 Scholarship program as well as commander of the Legion. He had also served on the Boosters for North Country football and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed many trips with his wife that included some with family members and others with friends from the Community Circle. Mr. Spates also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons, brothers, nephews, grandsons and granddaughters. He enjoyed boating for many years with Mrs. Spates on Lake Memphremagog.
Mr. Spates loved sports at both the local and professional level and when his health did not allow him to attend the local games, he followed the Boston Red Sox, the New York Giants, and the Montreal Canadians on television.
Besides his wife of the past 56 years, Jeannette (Nault) Spates, he leaves behind their four children: Valerie and her husband, Pat Gunn, of Spring City, Tennessee, Grant and his friend, Carol Brown, of Derby, Dana and his friend, Bria Horton, of Derby, and Lee and his wife, Lisa, of Derby; nine grandchildren: Rachel Spates and her husband, Ryan DiSantis, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Jerimiah Ovitt of Killington, Emily Spates of Hillsboro, Oregon, Sarah Spates and her fiancé, Chad Greenlaw, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Tristan Ovitt and his friend, Ashley Favreau, of Derby, Whitney Ovitz and her friend, Howie Lockamy, of Derby, Logan Spates of Derby, Mira Spates of Derby, and Sam Spates of Colchester and Derby; four great-grandchildren: Caleb Ovitz, Killie Ovitz, Cheyene Ovitt and Avalon Lockamy; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on October 15 in Newport. Interment followed with military honors at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his name may be made to Shy-Drager Syndrome/Multiple Systems Atrophy Support Group, 2004 Howard Lane, Austin, Texas, 78728. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Henry Turner Jr.

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John Henry Turner Jr., 74, of Brownington, died suddenly on October 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born November 8, 1936, in Groton, Massachusetts, a son of Gertrude (Desrosier) and John Turner Sr. He graduated from Saint Cecilia High School in Leominster, Massachusetts, and he also attended college in Attleboro, Massachusetts. On March 15, 1971 he married Anne Courtot who survives him.
He entered the United States Air Force and served his country during the Korean War.
During his lifetime he was a travel agent in Paris, France. Mr. Turner was an avid fisherman and hunter, and he loved traveling and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 in Paris.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Turner of Brownington; by his daughter, Laura Turner of Paris; by two grandchildren, Jasmine and Anais of Paris; by his sisters Jean Davidson and her husband, Gary, of Portland, Oregon, and Corrine Bergeron of Portland; by nephews: Michael, David, and Robert Jr.; by his niece, Patricia Bergeron; and by his grandnephews: Michael Jr., Andrew, and Mathew Bergeron.
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-converse-rushford.com.
Nancy Lee (Hill) Turner
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Nancy Lee (Hill) Turner, 86, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, with her family at her side.
Born in Orleans on November 23, 1924, Mrs. Turner lived a loving life of devotion to her family and service to others. Raised in northern Vermont and educated as a legal secretary, she married her high school sweetheart, Frederick Muer, and began her life with the Marine Corps, complete with its varied destinations and unique lifestyle. With the loss of Mr. Muer in Korea and the birth of her daughter, she returned to her parents’ home.
In 1953 she married Tom Turner and again became the wife of a Marine. They lived in numerous locations and she bore three sons: Tom Jr., Jim, and Sam, to round out the family. In every duty station, Mrs. Turner created a home in which all the children thrived and their friends were welcome and she volunteered in each community she lived in. In Japan, she had a special group of ladies she taught to knit; they taught her nuances of their culture. With Mr. Turner’s retirement in 1975, they returned to Vista, California, and made that community their permanent home.
Early in their retirement, they traveled throughout southern California by motorcycle, touring with a Japanese rescue dog in a basket on the back. Mrs. Turner worked in the registrar’s office at Palomar College for many years. Some 25 years ago, their cabin in Idyllwild, California, became a beloved second home.
In recent years, as a result of her personal challenges, Mrs. Turner became involved with the San Diego Center for the Blind in Vista. First as a student herself and then as a volunteer, she brought to bear her organizational and interpersonal skills and passion for the mission of the school. She also enjoyed working frequently at the Vista Senior Center.
Her hobbies have varied over the years, always creative — from painting, seashell design in Hawaii, to Japanese shadowboxes, watercolors, and knitting baby blankets. Her competitive nature was evident in basketball and marksmanship awards, bowling trophies and beating her grandkids in bocce ball. But her greatest skill was the gentle and cheerful grace with which she lived her life. She earned the admiration and love of all she knew.
She is survived by her daughter, Fritzi, and her grandson, Vincent; her son, Tom, and his wife, Jennifer, and their children: Elizabeth, Carrie and Will; her son, Jim, and his wife, Patti, and their children: Brock and Lauren and her husband, Travis; and by her great-grandson, Kaden.
A celebration of her life was held October 16 at her home in Vista.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the San Diego Center for the Blind, 1385 Bonair Road, Vista, California 92084.
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October 12, 2011 Obituaries

Koland Wayne Alling

Koland Wayne Alling, 76, died on September 3, 2011, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
He was born May 16, 1935, in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was the son of Koland G. Alling and Edith (Lattimer) Alling of Concord, New Hampshire.
Following service in the 540th Engineer Group of the U.S. Army, he spent his professional life in the area of lubrication of heavy construction equipment, a subject in which he attained a high level of expertise.
He is survived by a cousin, Patricia Weaver of Frederickton, Maryland; three nieces: Jane B. Greenwood of Brownington, Judith Jackson of Irasburg, and Ann Southard of Clarendon; a nephew, Harold Greenwood of Bethel; as well as many grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah Greenwood Alling, in 2005.
The family plans a private memorial service.




James J. Belmont Jr.

James J. Belmont Jr., 82, of Broomfield, Colorado, formerly of Derby, died on September 26, 2011.
He was born to James J. Belmont Sr. and Mildred Daily (of Haverhill, Massachusetts) in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Haverhill High School and went on to become a supervisor at Western Electric in Westminster, Colorado.
Mr. Belmont is survived by his daughter, Nancy McKee and her husband, Gary, of Broomfield; his grandsons: Sean McKee of Denver, Colorado, and Ryan McKee and his wife, Tyra, of Anchorage, Alaska; his great-grandson, Wyatt McKee of Anchorage, Alaska; his brother, Robert Belmont of Kingston, New Hampshire; and by his sister, Barbara Archambault, of Farmington, New Hampshire. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joan M. (Drummey) Belmont, whom he married in 1949 in Bradford, Massachusetts; and by one sister, Gloria Richardson.
A graveside service at Derby Center Cemetery in Derby will be held on Thursday, October 13, at 11 a.m., with military honors conducted by the Navy.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral  home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Calvin (Sonny) Bennett III

Calvin (Sonny) Bennett III, 57, of Irasburg died on October 8, 2011, in Hyde Park.
Mr. Bennett was born in Franklin, Massachusetts on June 21, 1954, and died, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife of 39 years, Stella Bennett of Irasburg; his son William Bennett and his wife, Christina, of Franklin, New Hampshire, and his daughter Robin Harvey and her husband, Scott, of Hyde Park; his grandchildren: Faith, Jacob, Ryan, Richie, Zackery, Destiny and Ashlee; his mother, Leila Bennett of Glover; his father Calvin Bennett II of Fork Kent Mills, Maine; his siblings: Clifton, Christine, Carolyn, Cathleen, Crystal, Cassandra, Lee, Lucinda and William; and his best friends, Jr., Jimmy and Dan.
Mr. Bennett will be remembered as being a son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend but most of all a brave and strong man.
Friends and family are invited to share in a potluck celebration of his life held at the Irasburg Town Hall on October 16 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.




Dale R. Charron

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Dale R. Charron, 75, died on October 3, 2011, at his home.
He was born in Lyndonville on November 13, 1935, a son of Francis and Florence (Walters) Charron. He graduated from Lyndon Institute, Lyndon State College, and went on to receive his master’s degree from the University of Vermont, pursuing a career in teaching. Mr. Charron worked in the St. Johnsbury school district where he was a principal and teacher for over 30 years, and from where he retired.
Mr. Charron served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He grew up in Lyndonville and married Lois Fortune of Craftsbury on September 5, 1959. They originally made their home in Lyndonville where he enjoyed volunteering and coaching for the Little League. When they later moved to Craftsbury approximately 35 years ago, he was instrumental in starting the Little League program. Mr. Charron was also a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and a former member of the Meridian Sun Lodge #30, Free and Accepted Masons.
Mr. Charron enjoyed gardening, cooking, horseshoes, playing cribbage, and doing crossword puzzles. He was an avid sports fan, supporting all of the New England teams, especially the Boston Bruins. When the Bruins won the Stanley Cup this past June, it brought him great joy. The love of sports was carried over to a hobby of writing as he spent many years as a sports reporter for the Hardwick Gazette and crafted his special-occasion poems for many family members and friends.
In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by his three children: William and his wife, Andrea, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Steven and his wife, Lisa, of Maynard, Massachusetts, and Holly Charron of Boston, Massachusetts; four grandchildren: Ashley and Zachary Charron of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Grace and Allison Charron of Maynard, Massachusetts; two brothers: Robert and his wife, Sylvia, and Rodney and his wife, Joanne; four sisters: Marilyn Weigel, Mary Farino and her husband, Benjamin, Dorothy Dudley, and Janet Charron; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers.
A memorial service was held on October 8, in Craftsbury. Interment followed in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Craftsbury Area Baseball/Softball Program, care of Micki Martin, Treasurer, 4842 Route 14 North, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to the Craftsbury Schools Athletic Program, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.




Cecile Irene DeLaBruere

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Cecile Irene DeLaBruere, 88, of Island Pond died on October 7, 2011, in Newport.
She was born December 16, 1922 in Coaticook, Quebec, a daughter of Donat and Adeline (St. Pierre) Ruel. On June 30, 1940 she married Roland DeLaBruere Sr., who predeceased her on December 6, 2003.
Mrs. DeLaBruere and her late husband wintered in Florida for many years. She was an accomplished oil painter and she enjoyed playing the harmonica for her grandchildren and the senior center in Island Pond. She fed her chickens daily and enjoyed watching and listening to the birds. She loved to cook and have family gatherings at the beach. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, flower gardening, singing and dancing, and knitting many things for her family.
She is survived by her children: Robert DeLaBruere and his wife, Betsy, of St. Johnsbury, Claude DeLaBruere and his wife, Joanne, of Derby, Armand DeLaBruere and his wife, Dawn, of Uniondale, New Jersey, Richard DeLaBruere and his wife, Lisette, of Oakhill, New York, Pauline Sage and her husband, Eugene, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, Diane Daniels Peck of Island Pond, Claire Fontaine and her husband, Raymond, of Island Pond, Yvette Hadlock and her husband, Gary, of Winter Haven, Florida, Yvonne Ovitt and her husband, Elton, of Haines City, Florida, Leonard DeLaBruere and his wife, Linda, of Island Pond, Roland DeLaBruere Jr., and his wife, Tammy, of Island Pond, and Katherine Maxwell and her husband, Brian, of Island Pond. She was loved by her 54 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, as well as her step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Lucienne Lamoureux of Wisconsin, Rita Trudeau of East Charleston, Yolande Brasseur and her husband, Yves, of Orleans; by her brothers: Ernest Ruel and his wife, Marina, of Lennoxville, Quebec, Gerald Ruel and his wife, Anita, of Coaticook, Quebec, Germain Ruel of Fort Myers, Florida, Omer Ruel and his wife, Rejeanne, of Southington, Connecticut, Donatien Ruel and his wife, Semida, of San Diego, California; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers: Alphonse, Roserio, Aime, Paul, and Roland Ruel; by her sons-in-law: Walter Daniels and Truman Peck; and by brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the Grace Brethren Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Jake Kocis officiating. Friends may call at the church on October 14 from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
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-converse-rushford.com.




June C. Hamel

June C. Hamel, 77, died on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at her home in Northfield.
She was born December 18, 1933, in Staten Island, New York, a daughter of Hugo and Edith (Ost) Forsell. She graduated from Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, valedictorian of the class of 1952. She continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at Potsdam and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York.
She married David F. Hamel in Staten Island on November 24, 1956.
Mrs. Hamel was a career music teacher having taught in the public schools in Long Island as well as private piano lessons. She worked with her daughter in an interior decorating business in New York and was featured on Good Morning America for some of their work.
She enjoyed sewing, interior design, piano, playing golf, and extensive travel with her husband.
Survivors include her husband, David Hamel of Lake Seymour and Northfield; two children: Dean Hamel of Waitsfield, and Lisa Anne Zarookian of Mission Hills, Kansas; one sister, Nancy Fohn of Wesley Chapel, Florida; five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In keeping with her wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of her life is planned next summer on Lake Seymour.

Eugene F. Lyon

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Eugene F. Lyon of Newport died on October 7, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.
Mr. Lyon was born in Newport, the only son of Paul and Simone (Turgeon) Lyon. Except for his military service, he spent most of his life in Newport, which he considered God’s special place.
Mr. Lyon loved sports and played baseball, football, and basketball for Newport High School; in adulthood, he coached Little League.
He joined the Navy in 1958 and was a proud Plank Owner (original member of the first crew of the newest ship commissioned) of the USS Little Rock, a guided missile cruiser that was commissioned on June 3, 1960. He was a gung-ho missileman and spent time in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Port Au Prince, Haiti, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Malta, Italy, France, Turkey, and Greece during his tour of duty.
After completing his military service, he returned to Newport and spent 30 years employed by Butterfield Division, UTD in Derby Line, retiring in 1996.
Mr. Lyon was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, which became his second home and where he spent countless happy hours playing cards and darts. He also endured lots of ribbing for being one of the few local fans of the hapless Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. He was passionate and extremely well informed on politics and was a walking encyclopedia of sports trivia and statistics, often engaging in heated debates on those two subjects at the Legion. His friendship with other legionnaires and their wives gave him immeasurable pleasure and the caring and concern shown by many of them when he became ill was a great source of comfort.
Although single for many years prior to his death, he had been married three times and remained on very friendly terms with his first wife, the former Marion Prue, whose son, Dana, he adopted. Mr. Prue was killed in a tragic snowmobile accident in January of 1997, at the age of 16, an emotional blow from which Mr. Lyon never fully recovered.
He is survived by his sisters: Marie Lyon Mack and her husband, Steve, of Summerville, South Carolina, and Simone Lyon Vitagliano and her husband, Joe, of Ocala, Florida; by two nieces: Tiffany Scott Apperson and her husband, Edmund, of Shorewood, Minnesota, and Bettina Judd Oeschger and her husband, Jeff, of Marietta, Georgia; by a nephew, Brian Judd of Morgan; by an aunt, Frances Phillips of Chesterfield, Virginia; and by cousins: Suzette Campbell, Jeannine Glynn, Sue Taylor, Sally Austin, Cora Marandola, Howard Lyon, Jay Lyon Jr., Joyce Raposa, and Rae Parenteau.
A brief memorial service will be held at the American Legion at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, which will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 911, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

 

Committal service

 There will be a committal service for Lawrence E. Maxwell on October 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Coventry Cemetery, officiated by Richard Whitehill.

 

Death notice

Michael Arland Cahill, 62, of Randolph, formerly of Island Pond, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Route 66 near I-89, in Randolph. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, at Green Mountain Gospel Chapel. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
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October 5, 2011 Obituaries

Lora H. Marckres Atherton

Lora H. Marckres Atherton, 103, died on Monday, September 26, 2011, at Central Vermont Hospital, in Berlin.

She was born in Craftsbury on April 15, 1908, a daughter of Will and Eva (Stratton) Marckres. She was a 1926 graduate of Craftsbury Academy, attended Johnson Normal School and began her teaching career in 1927.

On June 20, 1929, she married Bernie Atherton and they made their home on their farms overlooking Caspian Lake in Greensboro. She taught in Craftsbury, Wolcott, and Greensboro schools before retiring after 30 years. Mrs. Atherton went back to school at Lyndon State College in 1959 earning a bachelor’s of science degree. Upon retiring, she worked with the adult education program in northern Vermont.

After 40 years of farming, the Athertons moved to West Glover. Following the death of her husband in 1996, Mrs. Atherton moved to Newport and finally to her home in Barton.

Mrs. Atherton trained as a pilot and soloed prior to World War II. She loved gardening, painting, and fishing. For many years, Mrs. Atherton colorfully reported to the Lake Parker Association on the status of fishing.

She leaves a very special family including two nieces and six nephews and their families: Paul Atherton of Bradenton, Florida, and his children Nancy and Sandra, Guila Wynn of Glover and her children Robert, Stephen, Jerald, Allen, Denise, LouAnn and Carolyn, Debra Livingston of Rochester, New Hampshire, and her children Therese and John, Bruce Marckres of Hardwick, Robert Johnson of Enosburgh and his children Juli and Michael, Wayne and Linda Johnson of Carneys Point, New Jersey, and their children Tammy and Mark, Brian Johnson of Mojave, California, and Richard Johnson of Craftsbury and his children Korin and Richard Jr. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband in October 1996; her sisters: Genevieve Oligny in 1972 and Avis Johnson in 1991; two nephews: Thomas Johnson in 1972 and John Livingston in 1968; and a niece, Sandra Marshall, in 1977.

At Mrs. Atherton’s request, there will be no service.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Free Library, Children’s Collection, 53 Wilson Street, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to the Glover Ambulance Squad, 48 County Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

 

 

 

Madeleine A. Decker

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Madeleine A. Decker, 62, of Newport died on September 25, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born March 23, 1949 in Newport, a daughter of Marcel and Laurette (LaMadeleine) Girouard.

On July 4, 1970 she married Terrence Decker who survives her.

Mrs. Decker retired as a log clerk from Columbia Forest Products in Newport with over 30 years of service. She loved her family and derived great pleasure from her grandchildren. She and Mr. Decker enjoyed several trips together out of the country. She was an avid reader and she was justice of the peace for the town of Barton for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband Terrence Decker of Newport; her two children: Christopher Decker and his wife, Deborah, of Charleston, South Carolina, and Lance Decker of Newport; her two grandchildren, Zachary and Zoey Decker of South Carolina; her mother Laurette Cookson of Newport; her brothers: Ronald Girouard and his wife, Ghislaine, of Derby, and Raymond Girouard and his wife, Linda, of Coventry; her sister Susan Draper and her husband, Dan, of Fulton, New York; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends.

Funeral services were held on September 30 in Newport. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, 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-converse-rushford.com.

Thomas C. Hadden, Jr.

Thomas C. Hadden Jr., 93, of Craftsbury died on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home in the loving care of his wife, Kathryn, and his daughters, Peggy Ann Smith and Mary Kate Hadden.

Mr. Hadden was born in Yonkers, New York on June 1, 1918, a son of Thomas D. and Marjorie (Christopher) Hadden. He received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1941 and later a master’s degree in textiles from New York University in the early 1950s. Mr. Hadden served in the U.S. Army during WWII, attending Officer Candidate School in 1942-’43, in Maryland, then in the Mediterranean Theatre from 1943-’45. He was stationed in northern Africa and Italy. While in Italy, he climbed Mount Vesuvius to witness an eruption of the volcano. He was honorably discharged with meritorious service from the army in 1946.

Mr. Hadden married Kathryn Webster and they made their home in Pelham, New York. He worked as a purchasing agent for the Alderson Research Company in Stamford, Connecticut, for many years, then retired to his home in Craftsbury. During his retirement, he enjoyed his position in Craftsbury as the Town Grand Juror for many years. He was also an avid bridge player and a member of the coffee club at the Craftsbury Village Store. He also was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima in Craftsbury.

Besides his wife, Kathryn, he leaves his daughters: Peggy Ann Smith and her husband, Robert, and Mary Kate Hadden; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith, all of Craftsbury. He was predeceased by his parents.

A memorial Mass was celebrated October 1 in Craftsbury. Interment was in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

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

Cordelia A. Leimer

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Cordelia A. Leimer, 88, of Newport, died on October 2, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at North Country Hospital.

She was born on August 30, 1923, in New York City, to the late Peter and Helen (Blake) Andre. She was the eldest of three children. She spent her youth in New York City, and Pawtucket and Providence, Rhode Island.

Upon graduation, she studied briefly at Rhode Island School of Design and started a fashion design business called The Princess Shop, designing specialty women’s clothing. With the onset of World War II, she participated with the USO, eventually going to work as a secretary, relocating from New England to work at Earl Naval Base in Colts Neck, New Jersey, where she ultimately would meet her future husband, Charles A. Leimer.

She lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, for over thirty years, primarily in the Manasquan and Wall Township vicinity. “Connie,” as she was affectionately known, was the quintessential homemaker; she embraced the full meaning of artistry in motion. An avid reader, she was always learning something new. Her loving hands were always busy creating — from interior decorating, house design and architecture, to culinary delights, gardening, knitting, needlepoint, sewing, new techniques of stenciling, and ceramics. She knew the true meaning of joy when it came to beautifying the world around her family, friends and community. Her utmost favorite hobby, however, was “shop ’til you drop.”

As a member of the Manasquan Junior Women’s Club, she found her penchant for theater, directing award-winning entries for competitions and cultivating a life-long passion for the stage.

Mrs. Leimer became an active member in four New Jersey shore theatrical groups: Pine Tree Players, Red Oak Music Theatre, Seaview Players and Wagonwheel Players.

Her artistic pursuits encompassed a broad range of disciplines, from working at the landmark Steinbach photography studio in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to dabbling in oil painting studying with renowned painter Ted Goerschner. She was the epitome of the gracious hostess, a Martha Stewart ahead of her time. Her ability to take something ordinary and uniquely and modestly transform it into the extraordinary was her specialty.

Retirement drew the Leimers to Grand Isle, where Mrs. Leimer once again participated in her favorite pastime, theater, where she directed Bus Stop for the South Hero Players. After relocating to Red Rock in Burlington, she became stage manager for Vermont Rep with artistic director Robert Ringer. After another move and many years in Shelburne, the final relocation was made to be close to her daughter, Lynn, in Newport.

A devoted wife and mother, proud grandmother and loyal friend, she was an exceptional role model and a sought after mentor throughout her life. She brought her wit and wisdom to the Red Rompers Red Hat Society in the Northeast Kingdom and participated as the eldest member in the group. Her legacy will go down in history for coming up with the idea of the Red Hat Faux Nude Calendar to raise money for the North Country Hospital Dialysis Unit. She and her daughter were featured at the Haskell Opera House as the “May” maidens and the calendar gleaned over $10,000 for the hospital. She also served as a volunteer for North Country Hospital and enjoyed participating in the senior aerobics class at the Wellness Center.

With an adventurous spirit and the soul of a gypsy, she traveled the east coast discovering new and interesting family vacation spots, but it was East Boothbay, Maine that became her “go to” spot for refreshing the soul and renewing the spirit — her nepenthe, which is Greek for “a place with no sorrow.” Mrs. Leimer, who loved the ocean, loved to say “Give me the sunlight and the sea, and who shall take my heaven from me?” a quote from Alfred Noyes.

Mrs. Leimer was the ultimate “Dramaturge” for QNEK Productions. She was the assistant to the director, stage manager, costume designer, set designer, set decorator, makeup artist and of course, actress. Audiences will remember her in the world premiere of The Trial of Mrs. Rebecca Peak, as Marlene in Dearly Departed, as Mrs. Rose in Hello, Dolly, and as Madame Nelda in Dearly Beloved, to mention a few stellar roles. She worked tirelessly helping to develop QNEK Productions and brought to the organization the script of Nunsense, which would later become its signature show. Her proudest moment was when QNEK became the resident theatre company at the Haskell Opera House. The company members loved to call her the Queen Mum.

Mrs. Leimer was predeceased by her brothers: Joseph and Peter Andre; and by her husband of 49 years, Charles Leimer. She is survived by her loving and only child, Lynn Andrea Leimer Flint and her son-in-law, Douglas Flint; her grandchildren: Kristin Camp of Burlington, and First Petty Officer Charles Camp and his wife, Trishaa, of Hanford, California; her step-grandchildren: Heather Barnes-Flint and Elisabeth Barnes-Flint of Winooski; her great-grandchildren: Tevin and Tessie Camp, and Della, Josh and Jacqueline Crockett of Hanford, California; her in-laws, Joyce Flint and the late Alan Flint of Newport, Debra and Rick Gosselin of Newport, and Philip Gosselin of New York City.

There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, October 8, at 11 a.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Parish, 112 Main Street in Derby Line, officiated by Susan-Lynn Johns. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haskell Opera House, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Richard W. Mallary

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Former Congressman Richard Walker Mallary, 82, died on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at his home.

He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1929, a son of R. DeWitt and Gertrude Robinson Mallary. He moved to Vermont in 1942.

Mr. Mallary had a long and distinguished career in politics, business, and agriculture. From his election as chairman of the Fairlee Select Board at the age of 22 until his dedicated work in retirement on Vermont issues and public policy, he exhibited wisdom, a straightforward style and a dry wit. Mr. Mallary graduated from Bradford Academy in 1945 and received his degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1949, summa cum laude. His first career was in agriculture, owning farms in Fairlee and Bradford. In 1956 he became a partner with his parents in Mallary Farm in Bradford. That partnership thrived, with a herd of Holsteins that achieved national and international recognition. The partnership lasted until 1970 when the Mallary Farm herd was dispersed, in large part because of Mr. Mallary’s increasing role in public life.

He was first elected to the state legislature in 1960. In an unprecedented and historic turn of events, a group of young progressive legislators of which Mr. Mallary was a leading member — The Young Turks — took the reins of power in the House of Representatives. In just his second term, Mr. Mallary was appointed as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1966, serving in that role during the first session following the reapportionment of 1965. He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1968. In 1969 he served on the Commission on Administrative Coordination, redesigning government agencies and structure for the Deane Davis administration. In 1970 he left the Senate to become Davis’ Commissioner of Administration, becoming the first Secretary of Administration in 1971.

In September of 1971 United States Senator Winston Prouty died, and Congressman Robert Stafford was appointed to the Senate. Mr. Mallary won the special election to succeed Mr. Stafford in the U.S. House. He was reelected in 1972. He served during the tumultuous years of Watergate and Vietnam, building many national political relationships. In 1974, following the retirement of Senator George Aiken, Mr. Mallary ran for that seat, losing a close election to Patrick J. Leahy. Following his departure from Washington he worked for two years for the Farm Credit Bank in Springfield, Massachusetts, but then returned to serve again as Secretary of Administration, this time in the administration of Governor Richard Snelling.

Mr. Mallary’s career in business was focused on energy. He was executive vice-president at Central Vermont Public Service in the early 1980s, then owned his own geothermal company and finally served as president and CEO of the Vermont Electric Power Company from 1986 until his retirement in 1994.

Mr. Mallary served on many boards and commissions in and out of government including the Business Roundtable, the Howard Bank, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Snelling Center for Government, Gifford Medical Center, Shelburne Museum, Vermont Health Foundation, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Judicial Conduct Board and the Vermont Higher Education Planning Commission. Locally, among other duties, he was chairman of the Brookfield Planning Commission and Town Meeting moderator, a role he particularly enjoyed.

After twenty-five years Mr. Mallary returned to elective politics, elected in 1998 to the Vermont House as Representative from Randolph, Brookfield and Braintree. He served one term, defeated because of his steadfast support of the Civil Union Law. He also served as tax commissioner during the early months of the Douglas administration.

A lifelong and loyal Republican, Mr. Mallary was consistent in his core beliefs, moderate to conservative fiscally, and progressive in matters of social policy. Though born in Massachusetts, Dick Mallary was a real Vermonter, wearer of many hats, all of which he wore with a distinctive, thoughtful grace.

Mr. Mallary had a great love of the Vermont landscape. He loved logging and chopping wood. He enjoyed working his own local landscape, planting and gardening. He also had a passion for hiking, having climbed many of the most challenging peaks in the North Woods. He was a wicked poker player, loved foreign policy, and belonged to local groups that specialized in each.

Mr. Mallary was married to Mary Harper Coxe and they had four children: Richard of Westmore, Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah. They divorced in 1974, and in 1979 he was married to Jeannie (Loud) Brownell. He had three step-children: Jonathan, Lydia and Hayden, and between both families had many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mr. Mallary is also survived by his brother DeWitt and his wife, Vera. He loved all of them dearly.

A commemorative celebration is planned for October 29 at the State House in Montpelier, and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

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September 28, 2011 Obituaries

Larry G. Arel

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Larry G. Arel, 68, of Lowell died on September 20, 2011, at his home in Lowell with his loving family at his side.

He was born January 4, 1943 in St. Albans, a son of Maxwell and Alvira (Tevyaw) Arel. On January 24, 1997, he married Suzanne Symonds who survives him.

Mr. Arel was a dairy farmer on his own farm in Lowell for many years. He enjoyed reading western books and watching western movies on television. He loved his horses, dancing, hunting, fishing and working outside.

He is survived by his wife Suzanne Arel of Lowell; his children: Patrick Arel and his wife, Gina, of Lowell, Laura Staib and her husband, Lonnie, of Alaska, and Shannon Driver and her husband, Jason, of Jay; by his grandchildren: Jill Legacy and her husband, David, Andrew Arel and his wife, Jenna, Kylie and Holly Gelo, and Kortni and Olivia Driver; by his great-grandchildren: Lauren and Rebecca Lagacy; by his stepchildren: Wayne Symonds and his wife, Karen, Leslie Martin and her husband, Greg, Kathie Dewald and her husband, Mike; and by his step-grandchildren: Jessica and Andrea Symonds, and Sarah Maffett. He is also survived by his brother Charles (Chuck) Arel and his wife, Jackie, of Vergennes, and by his sister Carlotta Corcoran and her companion, Alan Stevens, of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father on December 1, 1979, and by his mother on September 11, 2011.

Funeral services were held on September 26 in Newport. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Helena Anderson Blair

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Helena Anderson Blair, 89, died on Friday, September 23, 2011, at Fletcher Allen Health Care surrounded in spirit and person by her loving family.

She was born in West Glover in 1921 to Ellen Josephine Comer and Fern Augustine Anderson. Raised on a hilltop farm at a time of horse drawn wagons and without electricity or plumbing, she began her trek in life.

She attended school in West Glover and graduated high school from Craftsbury Academy in 1939 and the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1943. At UVM, Mrs. Blair was involved with many student groups and organizations and was president of the Newman Club. She was a member of the Women’s Honorary Society, known as Mortar Board, comprised of women who were recognized for outstanding service, scholarship, leadership, character, and executive ability. She helped recruit Eleanor Roosevelt to speak at UVM and was inducted into “Who’s Who” among students in American universities and colleges.

After graduation, Mrs. Blair became a teacher and taught chemistry, biology and home economics at Hartford High School in White River Junction. After marriage, she taught children in the same one-room grade school she attended as a child, the Beach School in West Glover. Little did she know at that time that with the birth of her eight children she would have a one-room classroom of her own.

In 1945 she married Paul Emile Blair, a farmer, and together they owned farms in West Glover, Panton, and Williston at Taft’s Corner. This is where they settled to raise their children, to teach them the value of hard work, and the importance of religion with catechism every Saturday. As a family, they attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Williston.

In 1960, a devastating barn fire occurred. This catastrophe was extremely difficult to recover from. Since Mr. and Mrs. Blair both loved dairy farming and the farm family life for their children, they built a new loose-housing barn, and started anew. They became active members of the National Farmers Organization (NFO), whose goal was to bring fair pricing to all farmers. To help with the effort, they would pick up the calves and beef from local NFO farmers and transport them to a holding area at their farm where they would subsequently be sold to the buyer with the highest bid. In addition, Mrs. Blair became co-editor of the Vermont NFO News. She was a woman of action.

Years later in 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Blair stopped farming and auctioned the equipment and herd. Soon thereafter, Mrs. Blair was the driving force in the land development of the family farm. She attended countless local and state planning meetings to acquire the permits so the lots could be sold. The project came to be called Blair Park, the first major commercial development in Williston.

It was during those years that Mrs. Blair also became a landlady and enjoyed the work right up until her death. She worked tirelessly with joy as she felt fortunate to be able to provide folks a very nice and clean place to live — one that she herself would live in. One of her favorite mottos was “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show another human being, let me do it now and not defer it. For I shall not pass this way again.”

The same perseverance and indomitable character that propelled her though life as a teacher, wife, mother, dairy farmer, landlady, political activist, Blair Park developer, and human rights activist led to her involvement in the passage of Vermont’s historical civil union legislation. Beginning in the 1970s Mrs. Blair was a grassroots advocate of gay and lesbian rights. She mailed several letters to state legislators urging them to support the first of its kind, the proposed civil union law. Senator James Leddy chose one of them and read it on the Senate floor, which then became a news item that spread all across the country. It had an historical, emotional, and political impact and led to the passage of H.847, Vermont’s Civil Union Law. Within this same pursuit, she worked with Vermont Freedom to Marry.

Mrs. Blair is survived by her children: Francis, Ronald and his wife, Janet, Carol, Rose and her husband, Daniel, Mark, Lawrence, and Michael and his wife, Kathy; seven grandchildren: Scott, Lisa, Dalys, Becky, Meghan, Matthew, and Christy; and five great-grandchildren: Alex and Ellie, Tyler, Benjamin and Marina; her brothers: Bill, Kenneth, and John; her sister, Lenore; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Blair; her daughter, Corena; her brothers, Irvin and Dean; her sister, Ardell; and her nephew, Stephen.

Mrs. Blair was someone that many could identify with, always with a quiet strength, generous heart and dignity. She will always be remembered as being kind to the core, wise, generous, devoted to her beliefs and children, and with relentless humility and modesty.

She has left us with a profound sense of love and her presence here will never leave the hearts of those she touched.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 28, at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. Interment will follow at East End Cemetery in Williston, the second cemetery on the left.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Blair’s propitious church, Saint Francis Xavier Church, 3 St. Peter Street, Winooski, Vermont 05404; Committee on Temporary Shelter, 179 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; Gay and Lesbian Advocacy Defenders, 30 Winter Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108; or to a charity of one’s choice. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Blair would want people to buy flowers for a friend, fill out an organ donor card, or simply do a good deed for someone.

Tara L. (Beaudry) Devoid

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Tara L. (Beaudry) Devoid, 26, of St. Johnsbury died on September 19, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born March 30, 1985 in Newport, a daughter of Phillip and Sheila (Farrell) Beaudry. In 2009, she married Randell Devoid who survives her.

Ms. Devoid totally embraced life and her family. She loved to be outdoors hiking, canoeing, and several other activities.

She is survived by her husband, Randell Devoid of St. Johnsbury and their two children, Scenic and Horizon Devoid; a brother, Zach Beaudry and his fiancé, Sharon Fortin, of Albany, and their children, Maddox, Alex, and Luke; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Tina.

Funeral services were held on September 24 in Lowell Village. Interment will take place at a later date at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research 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-converse-rushford.com.


Charlena Mary Gosley

Charlena Mary Gosley, 92, of Newport died on September 21, 2011, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on February 1, 1919, in Irasburg, a daughter of Ellery and Eva Belle (Taylor) Sanville.

In 1940, Mrs Gosley married Wilfred Gosley who predeceased her in 1970. Mrs. Gosley was a housekeeper for the former Broadview Hospital in Newport.

She enjoyed playing bingo, cross stitching, and having friends, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren come for a visit, listening to gospel music, and listening to fiddler players at several contests in Orleans County that she helped organized.

She was a member of the VFW Post #798 Auxiliary in Newport.

She is survived by her children: Wayne Gosley and his wife, Lisa, of Newport, and Donna Gosley and her companion, Robert Johnson, of Florida; by six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ester Cutting and her husband, Larry, of Florida; a brother, Paul Sanville of Lyndonville; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Janice Gosley of New York, and by four brothers.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, at the North Troy Village Cemetery with Reverend Chris Barton officiating.

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

David D. Ladue

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David D. Ladue, 52, of Derby, died on September 22, 2011, in Springfield, Massachusetts, with his family by his side, after a long illness.

He was born on August 5, 1959, a son of Ray and Elsie (Story) Ladue.

After graduating from North Country Union High School, he started an automotive and stereo sales and repair shop, Dave’s Auto and Stereo. As the business grew, he partnered with Brent Rhodes and formed L&R Automotive, which Mr. Rhodes continues to run after Mr. Ladue sold it due to failing health in 2000.

On February 28, 1987, he married Donna Bowman who survives him.

Mr. Ladue was very involved with local summer softball leagues where he was an umpire and chief umpire in both men’s and women’s leagues. He also coached and refereed for high school and Border Hoop Basketball. He was an avid Red Sox and U-Conn Huskies fan. Mr. Ladue had a fondness for cats and especially loved Pookey whom he had for 17 years. He also enjoyed vacations with Ms. Bowman, especially to St. Martin with friends, as well as several trips with his parents. Mr. Ladue thought that he had the best neighbors that anyone could have, especially Brad, Susan, Brittney, and Brady. Mr. Ladue was very strong and determined as he met and dealt with his health problems over the years and earned the respect of many when he joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1993, which he never faltered from the program with his friend, Roger Opitz, being there with him through thick and thin.

Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by his brother, Jim Ladue, and his companion, Bernadette Sheltra; his stepson, Jamie Longley; his aunts; his cousins; his niece and nephews: Shaun and Rodney Messier, Tory and Cody Ladue, Dylan Fortin, Trevor and Austin Letourneau, and Gabrielle Granai; his great-niece, Baylee Messier; his mother-in-law Marion Bowman; and several relatives on the Bowman side including his brother-in-law, Larry Bowman, his sisters-in-law Gail Fortin and her husband, Roger, Cindy Letourneau and her husband, Gaetan, Carolyn Granai and her husband, George, and Rachel Hart and her husband, Paul. He was predeceased by his father in-law, Gerald Bowman, in 2008; his uncles: Mark, Bob, Clark, and Robert; and by his dear friend, Arthur Guyette.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, where a memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Lawrence Wall officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Ronald LeRoy Penharlow

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Ronald LeRoy Penharlow, 75, of Barton died suddenly on September 25, 2011, at his home in Barton.

He was born September 3, 1936, in Buffalo, New York, a son of Maurice and Elizabeth (Brown) Penharlow. On August 21, 1965 he married Susan Howard who survives him.

Mr. Penharlow was owner of the Barton True Value Hardware Store.

Mr. Penharlow was a past member of the Lake Region Union High School board and held several positions with the Barton United Church. He was a past Barton Selectman and was currently a trustee of the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. He was also a 50-year member of the Masons, Orleans Lodge # 106 Free and Accepted Masons. He served on the board of the Barton Chambers Apartments.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed golfing. He was also a master woodworker, a vintage boat restorer, and vintage car owner.

He is survived by his wife Susan Penharlow of Barton; his two children: Megan Bizzarro and her husband, Frank, of Hooksett, and Kimberly Penharlow of New York City; by his grandchildren, Deven and Melea Bizzarro of Hooksett, New Hampshire; his sister Carol Marino of Endicott, New York; his nephew Joseph Marino; and by a cousin, Mignon Burst, of Atlanta, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30 at the Barton United Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating. Interment will follow in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton United Church for the Deacon Fund, P.O. Box 306, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Barton Public Library, P.O. Box 549, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 352, Barton, Vermont 05822. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Robert Frank Petit

Robert Frank Petit, 82, of Coventry died on September 18, 2011, with his loving family at his side.

He was born March 13, 1929, in Newport to Laurier and Alice (Passinni) Petit. He graduated from Newport High School in 1947. On June 26, 1949, he married Zillah (Jiggs) Rockwell.

Mr. Petit spent most of his life working his Mapleside-R Farm where he started and grew his award-winning pure breed Holstein herd. In his forties, he accepted the Lord as his savior, and his focus moved to growing spiritually. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Newport and United Church of Derby. In the 1980s, he was a bus driver for North Country Union High School. He served the town of Coventry as a school board member, moderator, and lister, held memberships with the Holstein Friesian Association and Vermont Sugar Makers Association, and was a 4-H leader. He spent many a late night perfecting his gift for maple sugaring, and his many hobbies included fishing, hunting, carpentry, and taking missionary pictures. He was a man who spoke little but said a lot.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Zillah (Jiggs) Petit of Newport; by his children: Lewis Petit of Moretown, Brenda Whitehill and her husband, Richard, of Holland, Thomas Petit and his wife, Donna, of Derby, Gary Petit and his wife, Edna, of Coventry, Donna Heath and her husband, Bill, of Plainfield, New Hampshire, Everett Petit and his wife, Laurie, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Lisa Hurd and her husband, Sheldon, of Orleans, and Ernie Petit of Coventry; 18 grandchildren and their five spouses, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother Edmund Petit and his wife, Dolores, of Coventry; sisters and brothers-in-law; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Larry Petit in 1950, and his daughter-in-law Priscilla Petit on December 22, 2010.

Funeral services were held on September 23 in West Charleston. Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 148, West Charleston, Vermont 05872. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Beverly P. Queenin

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Beverly P. Queenin, 88, of Derby Line died on September 19, 2011, in Newport.

She was born on September 26, 1922 in Derby Line, a daughter of John E. and Daisy (Carr) Piatti. On May 24, 1946, she married Joseph Queenin who survives her. Mrs. Queenin was a wonderful grandmother who loved watching sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins, and volunteered at the North Country Hospital for many years. Mrs. Queenin was a former member of the Foster-Cosly A.M. Post Derby Line until it closed. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 21 for 65 years and also Stanstead South Church for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph Queenin of Derby Line; her son John Queenin and his wife, Penny, of Derby Line; and two grandsons: Joseph J. and Bob J. Queenin both of Derby Line. She was predeceased by great-grandchild Caidence Queenin in June 2010.

A celebration of her life was held on September 23 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acre Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Joanne Singer

Joanne Singer, 68, of Troy, died on Saturday September 24, 2011, at her home with her loving family members present, after a long illness.

She was born on October 21, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Theresa (Murray) and William Welsh, Sr.

Ms. Singer worked for many different companies doing a variety of jobs over the years including working for Irving Company. She enjoyed sitting around a campfire with relatives and friends, ocean fishing, and taking several trips with her dear friend and companion for over thirty years, Denise Meunier, to Foxwood.

Her daughters always felt that their mother was a very compassionate, caring, and loving mom. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Auxillary Jay Post #28.

Ms. Singer is survived by Ms. Meunier; her children: Penny Bellina and her husband, John, of Pennsylvania, Pattie Swanson and her husband, Del, of Arizona, and Pam Singer of Virginia; by nine grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; by her brothers: William and Thomas Welsh; her sisters: Dolores Raninski and her husband, Ted, and Maria Phy and her husband, Robert; as well as by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth Ruch and her husband, Frank, and by her sister-in-law, Marge Welsh.

Ms. Singer loved her family and the times they spent together and she will be deeply missed.

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-converse-rushford.com.

Grace Ann (Keane) Sybes

Grace Ann (Keane) Sybes of Glover, died on September 18, 2011, at home in the arms of her daughter, Gracie Maria Caslani, and John Aszklar.

Ms. Sybes was a gentlewoman born of humble Irish origins. She worked during her early years as a bookkeeper and contributed to the care of her family and her elder mom. She married her sweetheart, a Dutch mariner, and raised a son and daughter. Her long dedication and strengths as matriarch and great-grandmother is an inspiration to all who knew her.

Ms. Sybes is survived by her daughter, Gracie Maria Caslani; her son John and his wife, Karen; her dear friend John Aszklar; her grandchildren: Stephanie and her husband, Richard, of New York, Samantha Sybes of New York, Alan Ball and his companion, Jammie, of New York, and Stacey Ball and her companion, Ben Gould, of Illinois; and her great-grandchildren: Kaylie Ball of Illinois and Benjamin John of New York. She was predeceased by her husband, John Sybes; and by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held in private.

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September 21, 2011 Obituaries

Kathryn Emily Blair

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Kathryn Emily Blair, 64, died on Saturday, September 17, at home surrounded by her family.

Ms. Blair was born in St. Johnsbury on September 21, 1946, to the late Wayne and Alice Blair. She was predeceased by her husband, William Engelmann, on May 21, 2011. Mr. Engelmann and Ms. Blair were the lights of each other’s lives, finding a perfect balance, partnership, and joining of families. Ms. Blair was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Ms. Blair spent her early years roaming the hills of East Lyndon, playing board games, the piano, and cooking. She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1964 and then attended Lyndon Teacher’s College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1968. She taught in Barton Graded School and later had the opportunity to fulfill her dream of teaching in the one-room school house she attended as a child. When the Red Village School closed, she continued her career at Lyndon Town School. Ms. Blair dedicated 40 years to her passion of teaching. She was a Special Olympics coach with her husband for several years where they later led the Caledonia County Olympians to new levels. She enjoyed many passions, including crafts, scrapbooking, knitting, antiquing, cooking, preserving family history, and hosting family gatherings.

Ms. Blair was blessed with her daughter, Jennie, and Mr. Engelmann’s children, Billy and Lori. Her children taught her the importance of unconditional love, exceeding expectations, and the joy of her own family. She was a dedicated and tireless mother. She opened doors for Jennie that children continue to benefit from today. Ms. Blair remained an advocate for people with special needs into her retirement.

Ms. Blair leaves behind her daughter Jennie E. Blair of Lyndonville; Mr. Engelmann’s children: William T. Engelmann II and his wife, Michelle, of Sutton, and Lori L. Robinson and her husband, Donald, of Steep Falls, Maine; four grandchildren: Rayne and Devin Engelmann of Sutton, and Olivia and Abigail Robinson of Steep Falls; her sister Deborah A. Gorham and her husband, Warren, of Kirby, and their children Cheri, Pam, Joani, and Brian; her brother Peter H. Blair of Lyndonville, and his children Holly, Cody and Merrill; Mr. Engelmann’s loving and supportive family, many special friends, and many who benefited from knowing Ms. Blair.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearson’s Funeral Home in Lyndonville. A celebration of Ms. Blair’s life will be held on Saturday, September 24, at 11 a.m. at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, on Church Street in Lyndonville. All are invited to join the reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ms. Blair’s memory may be sent to the Kathy Blair Youth Scholarship Fund, care of Debbie Gorham, 478 Barnes Brook Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

To sign an online memorial, please visit www.pearsonsfh.com.

Donald J. Dandanell

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Donald J. Dandanell, 70, of Albany died on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at his home in the loving care of his wife and family.

He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on January 25, 1941, a son of Elof and Marie (Dillon) Dandanell. He graduated from high school in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the New York School of Design.

On January 28, 1967 he married Janice Brokaw whom he had met at Sugarbush Ski Area. For a short while they had an Ayrshire Dairy Farm in Morgan, and later made their home in Warren, Connecticut, until 1999 when they moved to their home in Albany.

Mr. Dandanell was a member of the Northville Baptist Church in Connecticut and later of the Albany Church in Vermont. He worked many years in Connecticut as an iron worker and was a longtime member of the Ironworkers Local #424.

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, riding his four-wheeler, gardening, kayaking, and skiing. He also enjoyed woodworking and church activities.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; a son, Chris Dandanell of Glover; a daughter, Nissa Budrow and her husband, Chris, of Providence, Rhode Island; two grandchildren: Bethany Owens and Stephen Mattingly; a brother, Richard Dandanell and his wife, Mary, of Brookfield, Connecticut; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Olsen of Danbury, Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Barbara Seidler and her husband, John, of Charlottesville, Virgina; and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Robert Dandanell.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 24, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Methodist Church, with Pastor Nathan Strong officiating. Interment will follow in the Albany Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Upper Valley Hostel, 17 South Street, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755; or to Teen Challenge Vermont, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

Aline Marie-Rose (Desjardins) Guillette

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Aline Marie-Rose (Desjardins) Guillette, 95, of Derby died on September 17, 2011, in Newport surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Guillette was born in Canada on January 3, 1916, a daughter of Ovila and Florina (LaMarche) Desjardins.

Mrs. Guillette was a loving mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and she was very special to her family. Lovingly called “Memere,” she filled her home with smiles, hugs, and fresh-baked goods. She was always busy. She constantly had crafts that she enjoyed creating: beautiful handmade quilts, crocheted afghans, knitted mittens and slippers, and many, many other projects. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, and baking.

Most of all, she loved to play piano while her husband, Wilfred, played the violin. They made wonderful music together and she would accompany him whenever he played at schools or nursing homes. The Guillette home was always filled with food, music, and love.

On September 28, 1935, she married Wilfred Guillette, who predeceased her in 2004.

She is survived by her children: Denise Pateneaude and her husband, Maurice, of Derby, Robert Guillette and his wife, Germaine, of Derby, and Rachel Campbell and her husband, Maurice, of Island Pond; by 11 grandchildren, over 30 great-grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her in-laws: Theresa Beauchesne, Andre Guillette, and Irene Guillette. She was predeceased by her son, Raymond, and by her brothers and sisters: Lucien, Wilfred, Fernande, Simone, Ernest, and Laurette.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Guillette’s memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Susan M. Jarzyna

Susan M. Jarzyna died on Friday, September 2, 2011, at home in the company of her husband, son and cousin.

Ms. Jarzyna was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on February 16, 1954, the first child of Rose and Leo Jarzyna. Ms. Jarzyna grew up in proximity to her grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins, who shared birthday celebrations, holidays, particularly Christmas Eve dinners, Easter, and July 4th celebrations, and the joy and closeness an extended family brings.

A graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School, Ms. Jarzyna received a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, where she studied fine arts, weaving, and graphic arts. She was working as a graphic artist in Holyoke when she met her future husband, who was a columnist with the Transcript-Telegram newspaper.

Ms. Jarzyna married Ross Connelly on September 28, 1985, in the side yard at her parents’ home in Holyoke. They moved from that western Massachusetts town to Chatham, Massachuetts, on Cape Cod, where they lived before moving to Hardwick in 1986 when they bought The Hardwick Gazette.

As co-publishers, Ms. Jarzyna and Mr. Connelly took a newspaper that was an integral part of the community and led the Gazette staff to receive about 50 awards for excellence in journalism on the state, regional, national, and international levels. Ms. Jarzyna was committed to the newspaper but the Hardwick Historical Society was her passion. She was a trustee of the organization and found great satisfaction in designing many exhibits that are at the society’s home in the town’s old depot and were displayed over the years at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge.

She also pursued her interest in Hardwick’s history by collecting postcards of the town, which accompanied her ever-growing postcard collections of Holyoke and Martha’s Vineyard.

Ms. Jarzyna loved to travel, a trip to Egypt and Israel with one of her aunts being one of her fondest memories, and a trip to Colorado to take her son, Sawyer, to college in 2010 was one of her most meaningful. She, her husband, and her son spent many short breaks on Martha’s Vineyard, where Ms. Jarzyna loved to walk the island’s beaches and collect rocks, shells, driftwood and beach glass. She also loved the trips they took to visit Boston museums and the New England coast, where she took delight in helping her son develop an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. She enjoyed many day trips to towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts where she soaked up as much as she could of the local history.

Ms. Jarzyna enjoyed meeting people and was admired for her warmth by colleagues and people whom she knew only briefly. She was a strong, principled person who had a deep sense of justice, fairness, and a commitment to equality and inclusion. She was a person who cared deeply about others and put others above herself. She was generous in her giving to others and genuine in her appreciation of all. Ms. Jarzyna never lost her will to embrace life. She said she was not afraid of dying, having accomplished much and battled her disease for so long, but frustrated at knowing there were so many things she still wanted to do.

Ms. Jarzyna is survived by her husband, Ross Connelly, of Hardwick; their son, Sawyer Jarzyna Connelly, of Hardwick; by her mother, Rose Jarzyna, of Holyoke; her sister, Betsy Heigle and her husband, Tom, of Amissville, Virgina; her brother, Michael Jarzyna, of Holyoke; her sister-in-law, Janet C. Young, and her husband, Lowell, of Guilford; and by her many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ms. Jarzyna donated her body to the College of Medicine of the University of Vermont.

A celebration of Ms. Jarzyna’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at the Hardwick Town House, with a reception to follow at the Hardwick Depot.

Donations in Ms. Jarzyna’s memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or the Hardwick Historical Society, 47 Depot St., Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Donnal Dean Maloney

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Donnal Dean Maloney Jr., 60, of Beebe died on Saturday, September 17, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

During his final hours, Mr. Maloney was surrounded by his loving family, sharing many memories with them, including his beloved daughter, Maia (via cell phone), from London, England.

He was the beloved son of Dean and Rita Maloney, born in Newport on August 7, 1951.

Mr. Maloney was a passionate and gifted math and science teacher. During his teaching career, he taught middle school, high school, and college students in the Newport and Orleans area. His gift of teaching touched many students of all ages.

Mr. Maloney was a graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Columbia University in New York City and obtained his master’s degree from Johnson State College in Johnson.

He was a talented pianist and he was also an avid cyclist, mountain climber, skier, and traveler. One of his greatest trips was with his son Seth (the light of his life) to the beautiful southwestern United States.

Mr. Maloney leaves many loving relatives including his parents, Dean and Rita Maloney of Newport; his son Seth Maloney of Hardwick, his daughter Hiata and her husband, Steffan, of Duxbury, and his daughter Maia and her husband, Jess, of London, England. Mr. Maloney was predeceased by his son, Ben, in 1985. He also leaves behind his sister Darin (Dari) and her husband, Norm, of Monkton; his uncle Andy and his wife, Wanda, of Derby; his aunt Pat of Bradenton, Florida; his dear cousins: Skip and his wife, Val, of Coventry, Rick and Ann of Newport Center, Terry and his wife, Julie, of Burlington, Gigi and her husband, Tony, of Derby, Tonya and her husband, Jeff, of Ferrisburg, Tina and her husband, Harold, of Montpelier, and Jim and his wife, Sue, of Milton. He also leaves behind many close friends and colleagues throughout Vermont and the United States.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, at St. Edwards Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, in care of Rita Maloney, 90 Seymour Lane, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Andre A. Paquette

 

Andre A. “Andy” Paquette, 81, died August 20, 2011.

Born in Vermont, he was a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts over 50 years; and previously lived in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He was a U.S. Army peacetime veteran. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 20 years as a truck driver for H.P. Hood & Son in Agawam, Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Theresa (Choquette) Paquette; two sons: Gil Paquette of North Carolina and Gary Paquette of Wisconsin; three daughters: Susan Buckmaster and her husband, William, of Texas, Donna Bihler and her husband, Kurt, of East Longmeadow, and Monica Stechshulte and her husband, Nick, of Georgia; two brothers; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass was held in Springfield, Massachusetts in August. Interment followed in the Veterans’ Cemetery in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0142.

Lloyd H. Paris

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Lloyd H. Paris, 87, of Pudding Hill in Lyndonville died on September 17, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Since February 2011 he’d been a resident of St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, battling a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Paris was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on February 25, 1924, a son of Robert and Mabel (Gero) Paris.

Mr. Paris loved his family and he loved farming. In 1956 he and his wife, Beverly, bought their farm on Pudding Hill where they built a life for themselves and their children. Together they created many fond memories that are cherished by the family to this day. Through the years he served as a fence viewer and lister for the town of Lyndon, as well as a member of the board of directors for Cabot Farmers Cooperative. He unconditionally put caring for his beloved family and his animals before himself. He loved all animals, large and small, and often referred to them as his silent friends.

Mr. Paris was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Naval Air Force in the South Pacific from October 1942 through the end of the war.

He is survived by his wife Beverly (Dopp) whom he married on March 3, 1948; their four children: Sharon Burnham of Danville, Cynthia McKnight and husband, Fred, of Peacham, Laurene Daniels and husband, Brian, of Brunswick, Maine, and Eric Paris and wife, Cathleen, of Lyndonville; nine grandchildren: Scott, Jason, and Kelly Burnham, Dylan and Tristan McKnight, Joseph Daniels and Meghan Cidlowski, Bonnie and Benjamin Paris; and his two great-grandsons, Hudson and Liam. He was predeceased by his parents and five brothers: Richard, David, Donald, Robert, and Harold.

The family will observe their services privately with burial at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lyndon Dog Pound, care of Cindy Cady, P.O. Box 211, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

Robert M. Pettee

 

Robert M. Pettee Jr., 58, of Coventry, Connecticut, formerly of Winthrop, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on September 9, 2011.

He was born the beloved son of Barbara M. and the late Robert M. Pettee Sr., and dear brother of Wayne Pettee and his wife, Michelle, of Winthrop and Brian Pettee of Simi Valley, California. Mr. Pettee was the beloved father of Robert M. Pettee III of Charlotte, North Carolina, and stepson Scott Blodgett of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Pettee is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will forever be remembered for his kind heart and loyal friendship.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 17, at the United Methodist Church in Winthrop.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Pettee’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, Massachusetts 02241-7005. Memories and condolences may be shared at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&;pid=153631989.

Pauline Irene (Bullis) Sourdiff

Pauline Irene (Bullis) Sourdiff, 100, died on Sunday, September 4, 2011.

She was born April 10, 1911 in Beebe, a daughter of Nelson and Ellen Elie. She married Albert Bullis on May 25, 1930 and started their family in Newport. Together they raised seven children until his death.

In October of 1977 she married Joseph Sourdiff and added his six children into her family.

Mrs. Sourdiff was predeceased by both Mr. Bullis and Mr. Sourdiff; a daughter, Arlene; her sons: Lawrence and Bruce; and by her stepdaughters: Leona and Arlene. She is survived by her daughters: Gloria and Beverly; her sons: Paul and Ronald; her stepdaughter, Pearl; her stepsons: Norman, Ronald, and Richard; and by several generations of grandchildren.

A funeral service was held in Essex Junction on September 9.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home, her friends and caregivers for all their love and support.

Chester E. Taylor

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Chester E. Taylor, 80, of Coventry died on September 14, 2011, in Newport.

He was born on January 14, 1931 in Irasburg, a son of Peter and Lena (Smith) Taylor. On June 25, 1955 he married Virginia Mae Bowen who died on November 30, 2010.

Mr. Taylor retired in 1995 after 38 years with the Vermont Department of Transportation where he served as the district supervisor. His civic contributions included Coventry Village Selectman from 1968 to 1970 and Water Commissioner from 1972 to 2009 (37 years). He was a lifelong member of the Eureka Grange of Coventry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being the village go-to man. Mr. Taylor took great pleasure in helping others, he was known by many, and respected by all.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his children: Valerie and Brad Autry of Garland, Texas, Carleen and Mark Leonhardt of League City, Texas, Brian and Christine Taylor of Milton, and Steve Taylor and Sara Wright of Coventry; his grandchildren: Evan and his wife, Allie Autry, Tyla Autry, Courtney and Austin Leonhardt, Jenna and Jacob Taylor, and David, Kaitlyn, and Anthony Wright; his brother Bernard Taylor of Newport; his sisters-in-law: Dorothy Taylor of Troy and Lorraine Bowen of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, and other relations. He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Taylor and his sister Eula Desbiens.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. A memorial and remembrance service will be held at a later date.

Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, on behalf of his dog, Colin. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

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September 14, 2011 Obituaries

Mary Leontine Belisle
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Mary Leontine Belisle, 94, of Newport died on September 4, 2011, in Newport.
She was born April 1, 1917 in Newport Center, a daughter of William and Antoinette (Deslandes) Chaput. On August 17, 1937 she married Arthur Belisle who predeceased her.
She and Mr. Belisle worked the family farm in Coventry for five years before buying their own farm in Troy in 1942, which they later sold in 1970.
Mrs. Belisle enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, family gatherings, and she liked to play bingo. She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church in Troy and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.
She is survived by her children: Simone Graveline and her husband, Norman, of Derby, Jeannette Woods and her husband, William, of Florida, Armand Belisle of Derby, Lucien Belisle and his wife, Carmelita, of Colchester, Mary Ann Hogan and her husband, James, of Colorado, Pauline Comtois and her husband, Frank, of North Carolina, Lucille LaRose and her husband, Richard, of Derby, Evelyn Cottone of New York, Arlene Belisle of California, George Belisle of Derby, and Lisa Malloy and her husband, Marc, of Texas; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her sisters: Bernadette Belisle of Derby Line, Vivian Farrar of Newport, and Ida Rowe of New Hampshire; her daughter-in-law Debbie Belisle of Williston; her sisters-in-law: Claudette Chaput and Iva Chaput; and by nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.
She was predeceased by five sons: John, Arthur Jr., Larry, Joseph, and Emmanuel; two granddaughters: Christina Belisle and Henriette Lanoue; and by two sisters and six brothers.
Funeral services were held on September 8 in Newport. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105; or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Harry M. Higley
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Harry M. Higley, 86, of Lowell, died on September 8, 2011.
He was born January 8, 1925 in Guilford, a son of William and Bessie (Davis) Higley.
Mr. Higley graduated from Brattleboro High School and then served two years in the U.S. Navy. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Vermont, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and the Honorary Boulder Society. Mr. Higley was a builder and cabinet maker in the Brattleboro area for over 40 years. He was honored by the Vermont School Boards Association for 25 years of dedicated service to Windham Southeast Supervisory District schools. From a young age, he was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. In his retirement years he enjoyed golfing and his winters in Alabama.
His main love was his family, his wife of 58 years, Georgia (Anderson), formerly of Proctor, his five sons and their spouses: Paul Higley and his wife, Katherine Simon, of Keene, New Hampshire, Mark Higley and his wife, Catherine, of Lowell, Eric Higley of Jeffersonville, Brian Higley and his wife, Margaret Rasmussen, of Beacon, New York, and Kristian Higley and his wife, Emma, of Brattleboro; his one daughter, Allison White, of Guilford; and his 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He is survived by one brother, Herbert, of San Diego, California, and one sister, Wilma Higgins, of Guilford. He was predeceased by one half-brother, George, and two half-sisters, Lucy Higley and Evelyn Clark, all of Guilford.
A celebration of Mr. Higley’s life will be held Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Higley home, 275 Buck Hill Road, Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to any charity of choice. Condolences can be sent to P. O. Box 39, Lowell, Vermont 05847.
Thelma Mildred (Gray) Jennings
Thelma Mildred (Gray) Jennings, 91, died on July 12, 2011 in Highland, New York, after a long illness.
She was born April 24, 1920 in Derby, the second daughter of Robert E. and Mamie (Uttin) Gray. She attended school in Holland and West Charleston.
In 1945 Mrs. Jennings married Harold Colville of Newburgh, New York.
Mrs. Jennings was a licensed foster parent and the couple later adopted a five-day-old baby girl, Debra Mae. Mr. Colville predeceased Mrs. Jennings in 1959. She later married Idel Jennings Sr. After he died in 1979, she became a home caregiver, retiring in 1999.
Mrs. Jennings was a member of the Chapel Hill Bible Church, Star of Bethlehem Lodge #48, West Charleston Historical Society, and Jenny’s Garden Social Club.
She was gifted with a great sense of humor and was an avid reader and great storyteller.
She is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Barry Crego of Wallingford, Connecticut; her loving granddaughter, Annie Schneider of Connecticut; her grandson Chris Jennings of Newburgh, New York; her sisters: Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and Eleanor Tyler and her husband, Carl, of Derby; her brother Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; her nieces: Dianne and her husband, Richard Marceau, of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and Susan and her husband, Ron, of Springfield, Massachusetts; her nephews: Larry Smith and his wife, Penny, and Evan Smith and his wife, Priscilla, of Colchester; and her great-nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Jennings was predeceased by sisters Ruth Gelineau and Helen Smith, and her little dog Cuddles. Special mention of good friends Robert Savage and George and Bernadette Bush of Newburgh, New York.
Private graveside services were held at West Charleston Cemetery on August 24 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Richard George Natole
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Richard George Natole, 73, younger son of the late John and Marion Natole of Newport, died on September 6, 2011, at the Village Rest Home in Leominster, Massachusetts.
He was born in Newport on April 14, 1938. He has lived in Massachusetts since the age of six, receiving his training and care at the Dr. Franklin Perkins School in Lancaster, Massachusetts, until 1993 when he moved to Gardner, Massachusetts, in 2004. From October 2004 until now, he has resided in Leominster at the Village Rest Home where he was lovingly cared for by dedicated staff.
Mr. Natole was a very friendly and outgoing gentleman who enjoyed old and new friends. He loved going to work, shopping, eating out, and visits from Edyth Krzysko who was his friend since childhood and became his guardian when his mother could no longer care for him. He became a member of the Krzysko family and was visited often by them and the Benson family.
He was also a welcomed member of the Wayne and Marye McKenney family in Clinton, Massachusetts, who have known him since he was at Perkins School. He enjoyed many outings and visits with the family. He was also well cared for by respite workers Kathy, Lori, and George, among others, at DDS and Matson Community Service.
He is survived by his cousin, Nancy Hill Turner of Vista, California, and his adopted family in Newport.
He was predeceased by his father, John Natole, in 1966, his mother, Marion Hill Natole, in 1995, and his older brother John Jr. in 1952.
Mr. Natole is lovingly remembered by all who cared for him.
A graveside service was held on September 8 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Beacon of Hope, 62 West Street, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ray E. Shockley
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Ray E. Shockley, 89, of West Glover, died on August 21, 2011, at home and with his family at his side.
He was born July 3, 1922 in Boone, Colorado, a son of Clarence and Ruth (Rasmussen) Shockley. He married Helen Alley who predeceased him on February 12, 2010. He was a veteran of World War II.
During his lifetime he was a manager for Safeway retail groceries.
In 2003 he moved to Vermont to be near his son and daughter-in-law.
Among his hobbies, he enjoyed golfing.
He is survived by his son Douglas Duncan and his wife, Jane, of West Glover.
He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy.
Private 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-converse-rushford.com.
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Franklin B. Forbes Jr. of Morgan died on August 22, 2011, of natural causes. There will be no calling hours. Interment date to be determined.
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September 7, 2011 Obituaries

John Raymond Bathalon
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John Raymond Bathalon, 33, of North Troy died suddenly on August 29, 2011 at his home in North Troy.
He was born on March 31, 1978, a beloved son of Raymond and Lillian (Letourneau) Bathalon.
On September 30, 2006 he married Jolene Tardif who survives him. He attended North Country Union High School.
Mr. Bathalon was employed as a carpenter for Piette Building Construction of Newport Center.
His hobbies included hunting, playing basketball, and he enjoyed attending his children’s sports activities and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a Red Sox fan.
Mr. Bathalon is survived by his wife Jolene Bathalon of North Troy; his parents, Raymond and Lillian Bathalon of Troy; by his children: Taylor McMann Bathalon, stepson Grant Andrew Blake, Mariah Ann Bathalon, stepson Gabriel Austin Blake, and Lacey Brooke Bathalon; by his maternal grandfather Paul Letourneau of Derby; and by his brothers and sisters: Marc Bathalon and his wife, Sheila, of Monroe, New Hampshire, Allan Bathalon and his wife, Karen, of North Troy, Gilles Bathalon and his wife, Kelly, of Lowell, Emily Bathalon of Westfield and her companion, Justin Carpenter; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his yellow labrador, Jaxon.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Rhina Letourneau and by his paternal grandparents: Ernest and Jeanne Bathalon.
Funeral services were held on September 2 in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the John Bathalon Trust, for his children, in care of Julie Willis, Community National Bank, P.O. Box 127, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard E. Bohannon
Richard E. Bohannon, 83, of Craftsbury, died on Friday, September 2, 2011, at his home in the tender care of his loving wife, Nancy, following a long illness.
He was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on September 24, 1927, a son of Earl L. and Anna W. (Ystrom) Bohannon. Mr. Bohannon’s mother died when he was only three, and he was raised by a wonderful grandmother and father to be a fine man. A 1945 graduate of Howe High School in Billerica, Massachusetts, he entered the U.S. Army in September 1946 to serve in Europe at the close of World War II. Following that service, he attended Tufts University and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1952.
Mr. Bohannon worked many years as a claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, living in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. He moved to Craftsbury in 2001 and married Nancy Marshall Richter in 2002.
Mr. Bohannon was a kind, loving and generous man. He cherished, most of all, his wife, his family and friends, his home, his dogs, his beautiful flower gardens, and his beloved Red Sox, being a fan since 1936. He was one of those rare, truly good people, gracious and kind at heart, working hard and giving throughout his entire life. His cheerful, positive spirit and warm, strong presence will be missed.
Mr. Bohannon is survived by his wife, Nancy; a step family who loved him very much; cherished birth family members; and many dear friends, including the Shaw family in Maine. His family is grateful for the generous support of those in the community, including especially his much loved niece Belinda Brown and husband, Phil Lovely, and his good friend Addison Merrick.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth Koerness Bohannon, and a half-brother, Earl L. Bohannon.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury with Reverend Alden Launer officiating. Private interment will be in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury, Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to Orleans-Essex VNA & Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Geneva M. “Jennie” Brault

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Geneva M. “Jennie” (Joseph) Brault, 87, of Island Pond died on August 28, 2011 in Newport.
She was born on September 7, 1923 in Island Pond, a daughter of William and Martha (Romanus) Joseph.
Mrs. Brault married Dr. Clement Brault who predeceased her on November 2, 2002. Mrs. Brault held memberships with the St. James Greater Church of Island Pond and the Women’s Parish Club. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 80 of Island Pond.
Mrs. Brault graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond and attended secretarial school in Hartford, Connecticut. At one time she was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut.
She is survived by her brother and sisters: Isabelle DiPaolo of Winston Salem, North Carolina; Alice Taves of Portsmouth, Virginia; Rose Marie Belisle of Island Pond; Raymond Joseph of Island Pond; and Joan Marie Franklin of Bronxville, New York; her stepchildren: Rose Marie Brault of Avon, Florida, Marguerite Overington of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Elizabeth Miller of Savannah, Georgia, Paul Brault of Williston, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sisters: Marion Joseph and Margaret Anton; and by two brothers: Joseph (Dodie) Joseph and Albert W. Joseph; and by a stepson, Dennis Brault.
Funeral services were held on August 31 in Island Pond. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made the St. James the Greater Church, P.O. Box 407, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Shirley M. Daniels
Shirley M. Daniels, 71, of Norton died on August 29, 2011 in Norton.
She was born on September 6, 1939 in Barnet, a daughter of Lewis and Thelma (Champigny) Hadley. During her lifetime she was an aide for area nursing homes and at one time she was employed by the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury as a dietician aide.
Her hobbies included watching NASCAR and other stock car races. She also enjoyed watching NFL football.
She is survived by three sons; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Hadley and his wife, Debra, of Bristol, Connecticut; by her sister, Marion McLam and her husband, Wendall, of Terryville, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on September 2 in Barnet.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Elaine A. Dunbar
Elaine A. Dunbar, 72, of Craftsbury, died on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at her home in the loving care of her family following a long battle with cancer.
She was born in Randolph on November 11, 1938, a daughter of Eugene and Evelyn (Conant) Squire. She received her degree in teaching from Johnson State College.
On July 7, 1961, she married Wayne G. Dunbar. They made their home in Greensboro until 1973 when they moved to the home farm in Craftsbury. Mrs. Dunbar was a member as well as Sunday school teacher at the Greensboro United Church for many years, a 50-year member of the Grange and long-time secretary of Caspian Lake Grange, a former member of the Home Demonstration Club, a former trustee of the John W. Simpson Memorial Library, and a former school board member in Craftsbury. She taught at the Creek Road School in Craftsbury for a year and a half, then in Walden. She helped her husband on the family farm and raised her children. She enjoyed reading (especially westerns), gardening (both her flowers and vegetables), and the cattle on the farm. She also enjoyed competing in primitive biathalons. She gave her maximum to her husband, children, and grandchildren, and when in doubt, she fed someone.
Mrs. Dunbar is survived by her husband, Wayne; two sons: Mark Dunbar and his wife, Tule Fogg, and Keith Dunbar, both of Craftsbury; two daughters: Sonia Dunbar, and Martha Dunbar and her husband, Theodore Lubicich, both of Albany; a brother, Eugene Squire Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, of Randolph Center; her grandchildren: John, Elaine, Sarah, and Lily Dunbar, and Seviah, Peter and Alexander Pitt; several nieces and nephews; as well as extended family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents and a daughter-in-law, Stephanie Dunbar.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 10, at 1 p.m. at the Greensboro United Church with Reverend Tony Acheson and Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Pauline P. Lucier

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Pauline P. Lucier, 82, died on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at her home in Newport Center with her loving family at her side.
She was born December 5, 1928 in Ways Mills, Quebec, a daughter of the late John and Vera (Kezar) Gledhill.
Mrs. Lucier was a longtime resident of Richford. For the past two years, Mr. and Mrs. Lucier have made their home in Newport Center with her son and daughter-in-law. Mrs. Lucier was a bank teller for Valley Trust in North Troy for several years and was also a bank teller for the Franklin Lamoille Bank in Richford, retiring after 27 years of employment there. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Martha Washington Chapter. She enjoyed swimming, camping, reading, and knitting.
Mrs. Lucier is survived by her husband, Norman Lucier; her son Rodney and his wife, Valerie, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Michael and Heather of Newport Center; her sister, Geraldine Peters of Dixville, Quebec; her niece, Valerie Cardyn and her husband, Paul; her nephew, Victor Peters and his wife, Ann; her brother-in-law, Duane Lucier and his wife, Frances, of Jay, and their children: Steve, Mark and Cindy.
In keeping with Mrs. Lucier’s wishes, she will be cremated and interred in the North Troy Cemetery in a private family ceremony. There will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in Mrs. Lucier’s memory may be made to the Richford First Baptist Church, 33 School Street, Richford, Vermont 05476; or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family online through www.spearsfuneralhome. Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls is assisting Mrs. Lucier’s family with arrangements.
Bernard Samuel Payeur

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Bernard Samuel Payeur, 90, of Derby died on August 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on March 26, 1921 in Island Pond, a son of Samuel and Alice (Thibodeau) Payeur. On October 9, 1946 he married Vernice Twofoot who survives him.
Mr. Payeur was a veteran of World War II. He was a supervisor for the Groveton Paper Company in Groveton, New Hampshire. He ran the Gilman Hotel until the paper mill closed. He was also a manager of the St. Michael’s College snack bar. He held memberships with American Legion Post 80 and Random VFW Post 2309, both of Island Pond. He was also a member of the Brighton Snowmobile Club.
His hobbies included snowmobiling, golfing in his younger years, singing in the choir at St. James Church, cooking, and woodworking. He loved his friends who have gone before him.
Mr. Payeur is survived by his wife Vernice (Bunnie) Payeur of Derby; his son David Payeur of Oregon; four grandchildren: Jennifer, Christopher, Samantha, and Tiffany; and by two great-grandchildren: Paul and Michael.
He was predeceased by two sons: Philip Payeur and Craig Payeur; a brother Gerald Payeur; and by two sisters: Bernandine Germaine and Geraldine Christie.
Funeral services were held September 2 in Island Pond. Interment with full military honors followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his 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-converse-rushford.com.
Paul M. Sicard
Paul M. Sicard, 52, of Derby died on August 29, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born on June 2, 1959 in Newport, a son of Mariette (Beaudette) Sicard and the late Edward R. Sicard.
On November 7, 1992 he married Bonita Sanville who survives him.
Mr. Sicard was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line. He was a former member of the Derby Fish and Game and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, race car driving, playing cards, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Sicard worked on the old game preserve Dav-Lin Acres, he enjoyed his television, NASCAR racing, and he was a New York Yankees fan.
He is survived by his wife Bonita Sicard of Derby; his mother Mariette Sicard of Derby; and by the following children: Anita Lepine and her companion, Carlton Billado Jr., of North Troy, Clinton Mihill and his fiancé, Corina Marcoux, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Shawn Sicard and his companion, Jessica Chauvin, of Northfield, Jodie Greenwood and her companion, David Mason III, of Lyndonville and Branford, Connecticut, and Ricky Sicard of Derby; by his grandchildren: Aaron and Gabriel Lepine, Brent Trudeau, Ryan Mihill, Donovan Sicard, Jonathan Sicard, and Levi Greenwood; by a brother, Denis Sicard, and his wife, Heidi, of Colorado; by his sisters: Helen Gagnon and her husband, Paul, of Derby Line; and Denise Bennett and her companion, Pete Baez, of Northfield; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held on September 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 87 McGregor St., #4100, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-3766.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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August 31, 2011 Obituaries

Maynard J. Greenwood

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Maynard J. Greenwood, 64, of Newport died suddenly on Friday August 26, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on November 21, 1946 in Holland, a son of Talcott and Erdene (Gray) Greenwood.
Mr. Greenwood graduated from Derby Academy and went on to serve in the Air Force. He was employed by Butterfield’s as a machinist for many years before eventually running his own business, Maynard’s Auto Sales, where he repaired and sold cars and trucks.
His many Simplicity tractors brought him great pleasure and he enjoyed working on them and keeping them running. He liked to be on his computer and used it as administrator of the Simplicity Tractor Club.
He was an active member of Disabled American Veterans and was its state commander from 2008 to 2009, and he was head of the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services.
Mr. Greenwood was a past member of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and a member and past esquire of the Newport Elks Club # 2155 for seventeen years.
He is survived by his wife Ann Marie; his sisters: Michaelene Greenwood Baker and her husband, Gaylord, of Newport; and Linda Greenwood Mitchell of Holland; and by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 1. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery with full military honors. An Elks service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on August 31 at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department, 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-converse-rushford.com.
Kenneth W. Magoon

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Kenneth W. Magoon, 74, died on Friday, August 26, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a long illness.
He was born on October 16, 1936 in Newport, a son of Guy and Ester (Geer) Magoon. He graduated from Newport High School in 1955 and entered the Air Force shortly after for a four year enlistment including spending a year in Japan. After leaving the service, he joined the securities firm of Harris, Upham and Company, Inc. of Boston.
He married Judith Hill in 1960. In 1971 he worked for  Meddendorff, Colgate and Co., also located in Boston.
Mr. and Mrs. Magoon moved back to Vermont in 1973 and Mr. Magoon started working at Butterfield’s as an accountant and personal manager and eventually for Tivoly, from which he retired. Mr. Magoon was also a former member and past president of the Border Jaycees and former member of the Newport Elks Club.
He served the city of Newport as alderman from 1976 to 1980 and also as police commissioner, mayor from 1980 to1982, and city manager from 1995 to 1999. It was during these years that both the waste treatment plant and the fire station were built. Mr. Magoon was also very involved in MSA, coming to Newport for a couple of years which turned out to be a very big asset to the area. He also served as a side judge.
Mr. and Mrs. Magoon traveled to North Carolina several times to see their son and family and enjoyed stopping at the beaches up and down the coast. They also owned a cottage on Cousin’s Beach for over ten years and in general loved Vermont and the Newport area for all it had to offer. He also enjoyed riding his ATV and Kubota. He will be missed by the guys he met at lunch time at the Short Stop several days a week. But first and foremost, he was a family man who loved and enjoyed the many, many times they spent together.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Magoon, of Newport; by two sons: Ronald Magoon and his wife, Arlene, of Amherst, New Hampshire and Barrett (Barry) Magoon and his wife, Mary, of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina; by his grandchildren: Chrysann Magoon of New Hampshire; Caitlyn Folia and her husband, Eric, of New Hampshire; Marcel and his wife, Dot Chaput, of Michigan; and Jordan and Bailey Magoon of North Carolina; by three great-grandchildren; by his sister Lois Moore of Orleans; his sister-in-law Rachel Magoon of Maryland; and by his nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by his brothers Alton and Richard Magoon.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 3 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital Auxiliary, in care of Merrilyn Barry, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marie “Florence” Martin

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Marie “Florence” Gabriel Couture Martin, 86, died on August 22, 2011, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the Country Village Assisted Living Home in Casco, Maine.
She was born in Williamstown on November 18, 1924. She resided for many years in Orleans and Ballston Spa, New York.
She was very proud of raising her six children and told everyone about it. She enjoyed the outdoors, traveling with her husband, taking walks, swimming, and relaxing in the sun. Mrs. and Mr. Martin retired to their home in Craftsbury for the summer, and wintered in Port Charlotte, Florida. Mrs. Martin loved her home in Florida.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Donald Martin; her six children: Terry, and his wife, Ruth; Ronald and his wife, Susan; Stephen and his companion, Paula Lapham; Sharlene and her husband, Robert Spalding; Douglas and his wife, Paula; and Christopher and his wife, Janice; her 11 grandchildren: Asa, Chase, Jeffrey, Renee, Nicholas, Danielle, Mike, Evan, Arlyss, Ryan, and Hannah; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents: Zelia Roy Couture and Joseph Couture; her sisters: Lillian Foster and Bernadette Demers; her brother Bernard Couture; and ten of their siblings who died as children.
Service were held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury, on Sunday, August 28.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Country Village Assisted Living, Music Fund, P.O. Box 600, Casco, Maine 04015.
Leo-Paul Rondeau

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Leo-Paul Rondeau of Newport Center died on August 25, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on October 30, 1921 in St. Elizabeth de Warwick, Quebec, a son of Arthur and Alida (Labarre) Rondeau.
On August 23, 1945 he married Jeanne d’Arc Bolduc who survives him.
Mr. Rondeau owned a restaurant in Victoria Ville, Quebec, before he came to Vermont. He was a dairy farmer in Newport Center for many years, and more recently a truck driver. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed playing the harmonica when he was young, reading, and listening to music.
He is survived by his wife Jeanne Rondeau of Newport Center; his children: Jerome Rondeau and his wife, Darlene, of Troy; Jean Rondeau of Newport Center; Sr. Beatrice Francine Rondeau of Mont Tremblent, Quebec; Suzanne Bradley and her husband, Cecil, of Tallahassee, Florida; Jeremy Rondeau and his wife, Jessica, of Troy; and Kristina Bradley and her companion, Simon, of Boston; by two grandchildren: Levi and Gavin Rondeau; his brother Francois Rondeau and his wife, Gertrude, of Quebec City; by his sisters-in-law: Claire Rondeau of Warwick, Quebec, Germaine Rondeau of Warwick, and Monique Rondeau of Granby, Quebec; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son Joseph Pierre Rondeau.
Private 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-converse-rushford.com.
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