October 27, 2010 Obituaries

Lawrence G. Griggs

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Lawrence G. Griggs, 80, died in the loving care of his family at his home in Craftsbury on Monday, October 18, 2010.

He was born December 11, 1929, in Bradwell, Saskachewan, Canada, a son of Gordon and Ethel Pearl (Howard) Griggs.  The family moved to Vermont in his early years, and he attended graded school in Eden.

Mr. Griggs served his country in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1951, stationed with the Arctic Test Branch in Big Delta, Alaska.  At the time of his discharge, he was in a training unit of the Massachusetts National Guard which was called to go to Korea.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick.

On June 29, 1955, he married Glenna Brown in East Craftsbury. They made their home in Craftsbury where they raised their family.

Mr. Griggs was proud to have earned his GED in his later years.  His life was his family and music as well as deer hunting and fishing. Those who remember the Craftsbury fiddlers’ contests will remember him with his fiddle and then the Craftsbury Banjo Contest with his banjo.  Of the two instruments, his favorite was the banjo.

He leaves his wife of 55 years, Glenna, of Craftsbury; two sons, Terrance (Terry) of Craftsbury, and Lawrence (Larry) of Eden; a daughter Colleen and her husband, Jubal Durivage, of Eden; three brothers:  Reginald Griggs and his wife, Eleanor, of Craftsbury, Donald Griggs and his wife, Violet, of Eden and Harold Griggs of Eden; three sisters:  Lillian Fay Waterhouse, Dorothy (Dottie) and her husband, Eugene Marckres, and Norma Waterhouse, all of Craftsbury; grandchildren Jamie Griggs of Craftsbury, Amy Griggs of Elmore, Brad and Bryant Griggs of North Hyde Park, Sarah Griggs of Burlington, Mindy Griggs of Georgia, Donald Griggs of Springfield, Erin Durivage of Essex, Owen Durivage of Eden, and Loren and Lindsay Cochran of Johnson; great-grandchildren Lenny, Ethan, Matthew, Daniel and Amber; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, infanta Kenneth and Alfred, a sister Geraldine Brown, as well as other family members.

A funeral service was held October 22 at the United Church of Craftsbury with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Interment will be in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.

Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.

Richard Miner Hilliker

 

Richard Miner Hilliker, 75, a well-known Newport businessman and the beloved husband of Christina (Curtis) Hilliker, died on October 24, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born December 26, 1934, in Riverside, California, a son of Alva Stanley Hilliker and Marion Janet (Miner) Hilliker.

On June 24, 1967, he married Christina Curtis who survives him.  He graduated from Newport High School in 1953 and attended Burdett Business College in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1953 and 1954.  He entered the U.S. Air Force where he served his country from 1954 to 1958.  He graduated from the Wilfred Academy Beauty School in Boston in 1959.  1n 1962, he became employed by the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a car checker and clerk. He retired in 1998.  Mr. Hilliker was owner and operator of Stanley’s Beauty Shop in Newport from 1959 to the present time.

His interests were watching television, motorcycling, traveling with his motor home to Florida, and spending time with his grandson Dakota.  He and his wife went on a cruise this past March while they were staying at the condo in Ormond Beach, Florida, where he loved being on the beach.  He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 and the Newport Elks Club  #2155.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Hilliker, of Newport; by three children:  Scott Hilliker and his wife, Peggy, of Endicott, New York, Tammy Hilliker and her boyfriend, Jed Bingham, of Williamsville, and Shelley Navari and her husband, Brent, of Colchester; and by his grandchildren:  Samantha and Tiffany Hilliker, Victoria Hilliker, Justin Morgan, Dakota Hunter, and Gunnar and Aspen Navari.  He was predeceased by his son Richard M. Hilliker in 2004 and by his sister Sheryl Hilliker in 1960.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery with military honors.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the 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.

Kenneth W. Rice

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Kenneth W. Rice, 89, of Derby, beloved husband of Violet Rice, died peacefully on October 23, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 8, 1921, in Island Pond, a son of Harry and Bessie (Tatro) Rice.  He graduated from Brighton High School, class of 1939.  He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army from 1942 through 1946 in the medical corps.

On September 5, 1942, he married Violet J. Alexander who survives him.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting.  He liked to stay home and work around his home.

Mr. Rice was a former member of the Island Pond Masonic Lodge #44 F&AM, and the Newport Elks Club #2155.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Violet Rice, of Derby; by his daughter Wendy Corkins and her husband, Robert, of Derby; by granddaughters Shari L. Hancock and her husband, Randy, of Coventry and Jennifer Jean Daigle and her husband, Rene, of Troy; by two great-grandchildren Travis R. Letourneau and Ashley T. Daigle; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother and sister Clarence and Edna Rice.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 27 from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow at the Derby Line cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the 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.

 
Paul I. Stone
Paul I. Stone Sr., 84, beloved husband of Ruth Stone of Troy, died on Friday October 22, 2010, in Burlington with many family members present.
He was born on December 10, 1925, in North Troy, a son of Perley and Agnes (Lahue) Stone.
Mr. Stone was a Navy veteran of World War II.  He delivered fuel oil for F.P. Davis for over 20 years before going to work as a truck driver for the Vermont Highway Department for 15 years prior to his retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Stone loved to travel.  They liked to trade cars.  Mr. Stone enjoyed good food especially when it was prepared by his wife.  He loved his family and enjoyed their visits.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Stone, of Troy; his children Elizabeth (Skip) Wright and her husband, James, of Bay City, Texas, and Paul Stone Jr. and his wife, Gaetane, of Newport Center; by eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; by two great-great-grandchildren; and by his dogs Max and Rosita who gave him many hours of enjoyment. He was predeceased by a sister Shirley.
Funeral services were held on October 26 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the 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.
Marion I. Varney
Marion I. Varney, 88, of Glover, formerly of Newport, died on October 25, 2010, in Newport.
She was born June 16, 1922, in Barton, a daughter of George and Florence (Edwards) Laythe.
In 1947 she married Walter Varney who predeceased her.  Mrs. Varney moved to Vermont from California in the early 1990s to be near family.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Clifton Laythe, Emerson Laythe, Beatrice Hamond, and Irene Beaudry.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Linda H. Wheeler
Linda H. Wheeler, 65, of Newport died peacefully at the home of her mother, Blanche Monfette, in Newport on October 17, 2010.
She was born on January 15, 1945, in Newport, a daughter of Blanche (Farrar) and the late Alfred Monfette.
She worked at various companies over the years including Columbia Forest Products in Newport, but she devoted the last five years of her life to taking care of her mother.
Ms. Wheeler is survived by her beloved son Jeff Wheeler; by a granddaughter Zoe; by her brothers and sisters Alfred E. Monfette and his wife, Maria, of Mims, Florida, Craig Monfette and his wife, Susan, of Newport, Dian Macintosh and her husband, Don, of Manassas, Virginia, and Darleen Grenier and her husband, Albert, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.  She was predeceased by her father, Alfred Monfette, and a brother Gary Monfette.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Wheeler’s memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, New England Division, 30 Speen Street, P.O. Box 9376, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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October 20, 2010 Obituaries

Roland E. Blanchard

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Roland E. Blanchard Sr., 74, of North Troy, died on October 12, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 27, 1935, in Albany, a son of William and Augusta (Peters) Blanchard.
On January 21, 1947, he married Shirley Longey who predeceased him on September 2, 2010.
Mr. Blanchard enjoyed tinkering on things and helping people.  He enjoyed fishing, family reunions, birdwatching, and wrestling.
He worked for the Jim Hubbard Farm and also for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans and the Old Mill in North Troy.
He is survived by his children:  Julie Pion and her husband, Jeremy, of Lowell, Roland Blanchard Jr. of Lowell, Kenricka (Kricket) Blanchard and her companion, Joe Rollo, of  North Troy, and Roxanne Major and her husband, Gary, of Lowell; by the following grandchildren:  Ryan Folgherait and Ally, Amber Folgherait, Kaitlynn King, Danielle King and Rob, Ashley Blanchard, Kayla Blanchard, Kelsey Blanchard-Rollo and Bryant, and Nicholas Hunt, Kristi Farrar; by two great-granddaughters Jade Marie Tuttle and Emiley Farrar; by a brother Steven Blanchard of Enosburg;  and a sister Polly Sweet of Enosburg.  He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Blanchard; a son Daniel Blanchard in 1972; a brother Larry Blanchard; and sisters Bea Spencer and Barb Gerrow.
A graveside service was held at the Albany Village Cemetery on October 16 with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Troy Senior Meals Site, care of Nancy Allen, P.O. Box 368, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Evelyn Geneva Blay

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Evelyn Geneva Blay, 75, died peacefully at North Country Hospital on October 11, 2010, surrounded by her family.
She was born on January 24, 1935, in Derby, a daughter of Dorothy Blay.
Ms. Blais lived with her guardian, Mary Sylvester, in Coventry.  She loved spending time with Ms. Sylvester and her caregivers Crystal LeClerc and Nick Simpson.  Her hobbies were coloring, shopping, going out to eat, doing crafts, and attending The Meeting Place in Newport three days a week.
She is survived by her aunt Phyllis Merrill of North Troy, and many cousins throughout Vermont.  She was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy Blay, in 1992, and a cousin Irving Sylvester Sr. in 2009.
Funeral services were held on October 19 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.  Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Melba E. Howland

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The Candlepin is open once again, but Melba Howland of Baron will no longer be at her favorite corner table  bantering with the regulars.
Surrounded by loving family, Mrs. Howland, died Friday afternoon, September 10, 2010, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire, gradually surrendering her tenacious grip on life.  She now joins her beloved grandson Trace, whose death at 14 several years before, nearly crushed her and from which she never quite recovered.
She leaves behind two much loved sons, Scott Barber of North Hyde Park, and Glen Barber of Englewood, Colorado; a sister Verne Nadeau of Florida; a brother Sheldon Locke and his wife, Maddy, of Quechee; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Chet Howland, and younger sister Almeda Bates, also of Florida.
Funeral services were kept very simple.  Visiting hours were at the Barton United Church on September 12, and burial was at the West Glover Cemetery near where she had lived for many years.  Placed with her ashes was a book by one of her favorite authors, Della T. Lutes.  A reception followed at the Barton United Church with food and service generously provided by former Candlepin crew members.
Born Melba Elouise Locke on May 7, 1933, to Tessie and Vernon Locke of Barton, she was named for a famed opera singer, Melba, of Australia.
Mrs. Howland progressed from the pocket-sized charmer and, oh, so cute little Barton Academy cheerleader, to a ten year tour of office work for the now defunct St. J. Trucking Company; to a loving, firm and protective mother; to an unsought position as the quintessential matriarch of a large extended family (lavish hostess, valued confidante, and all around little friend); and, finally to the senior lady of ready wit and hearty laugh holding court at the Candlepin.
A Gee Whiz kid, she grew up in hard times, wanting to believe in that fairy tale world of white knights and little elves and happy endings.  She had a huge, warm, and sunny heart, was sentimental, funny, and feisty (a careful male relative called her Mighty Mouse), and could be as stubborn as her Taurean birth sign.  She was faithful to the core to those she trusted, and expected others to be the same.  She liked to win arguments, no matter how long it took.
A morning person, she’d awaken with a mischievous grin, glowing all over, ready for the world.  Just as easily she could be reserved and guarding that secret inner core where few were allowed to go, that backbone of steel so tightly wrapped in all those insecurities.
She went about her life with equal measures of quiet grace and infectious exuberance.  While seldom petty, she delighted in bearing significant news.  An insatiable and careful shopper, she loved the little stuff, anything small — books, drawings, decorations, and knickknacks of all kinds, filling her house to overflowing with every imaginable kind of keepsake.
Most of all she loved being the Super Mom and grandmother, overindulging her precious sons and later grandson, and often any kid in sight with abundant love, carefully selected gifts, and entertaining, spontaneous stories.
An excellent cook (though possessive of her recipes) and fastidious homemaker, she created warm and comfortable living spaces where she loved to gather with friends and family for most any occasion.  At holidays those same folks would receive all kinds of goodies from Mrs. Howland’s prolific kitchen, carefully wrapped and delivered in person.
Modesty prevented her from seeing anything remarkable about her many talents:  artist, poet, psychic, and a woman with a fertile imagination for drama and stories.  Finding she was a published poet was a surprise to even close family members.  A great reader who owned many books, she was also addicted to the afternoon soaps and would often invent scripts superior to those of the pro writers and could be critical of those writers’ inability to see the possibilities in their own work.
An accomplished artist, she produced quantities of little pen and ink drawings of old barns and nature studies.  She would often predict mail arrival or visits of distant relatives.  One occasion she surprised the family by answering a jeopardy question before it was even asked.  Pages could be filled with strange and unexplainable but harmless happenings where she was involved.
Mrs. Howland had an incredible eye, could see deer in the shadows half a mile away, or from her full self-proclaimed height of four feet, 11 and a half inches, could spot two or three, four-leafed clovers some distance away.  Repeatedly told a couch would not fit where she wanted it in a space between a door and a corner, she triumphed at the exact fit and muttered, “Oh, you men, if it were left up to you, you would still be inside your mothers looking for a way out.”
She was a remarkable lady who seemed blissfully unaware of the considerable influence she had on her circle of friends and family, and her passing leaves a huge hole for those many folks.
Knowing these few lines can never fully express our affection and admiration and deep sense of loss we can only say,  “Goodbye Little Sunbeam, we loved you and we miss you…and always you have been so beautiful.”—submitted by Ken Barber.
Last Year’s Leaf
by Melba Howland

I saw you old leaf, skipping by my window one more time

Before gliding in spring’s breeze

On to earth’s everlasting recipe.

 

Last year you were on our maple

First, in nature’s wondrous form, a bud,

Then as if by magic a beautiful bright green leaf

Always faithful, contributing to a cool shade

Or a shelter in a sudden shower.

 

You chose gold for color in the fall

And I watched you mellow to a soft brown

One dawn, with the slightest sigh,

You floated to the ground, your work done

Soon snow came softly covering the resting place you found.

 

Now another spring has arrived

Though it is sad to see old leaves blow away

Indeed, you have such a short time in life’s minute,

I will not grieve, for you know you’re one of nature’s perfect schemes

From beginning to end you have given

And always you have been so beautiful

Thank you old leaf, goodbye, goodbye.

Gordon D. Ladd
Gordon D. Ladd, 93, of Newport died on October 12, 2010, in Newport.
He was born November 6, 1916, in Norton, a son of George and Lottie (Daniels) Ladd.
He married Alberta Davio who predeceased him in 2001.
Mr. Ladd worked for Butterfields as a thread grinder for over 40 years until he retired in 1981.  He was instrumental in starting the union at Butterfields and was its first president.  He enjoyed the outdoors and looking for wildlife in the woods.  He and his wife, Alberta, roamed around Essex County looking for, and taking pictures of, moose.  He derived great comfort from his dog Katrina for several years.  He and his wife loved to dance and did so at all of the area dance halls during a period of over 30 years.
Mr. Ladd is survived by his son Loren Ladd and his wife, Patrice, of Island Pond.  He was predeceased by his wife and by a son, Gary Ladd, in 1966.
A graveside service will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on Wednesday, October 20, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the 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.
Reginald Parker Leavens

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Reginald Parker Leavens, 98, of Derby died on October 15, 2010, at his home with his beloved wife, Doris, by his side.
He was born on August 2, 1912, in Morgan, a son of William and Margaret (Eley) Leavens.  He was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters, who have predeceased him.
On November 16, 1935, he married Doris Bradford who survives him.
Mr. Leavens was a lifelong farmer and carpenter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his summers at Lake Salem.
He is survived by wife of nearly 75 years, Doris Leavens, of Derby; by four children:  June Selby and her husband, Orry, of Underhill, William Bradford Leavens Sr. and his companion, Gloria Moulton, of Derby, Sherry Ann Rangel and her husband, Uvaldo, of California, and James Clair Leavens and his partner, Eric Perkins, of Arizona; by five grandchildren; by several great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roger H. Menard

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Roger H. Menard, 70, a lifetime resident of Barton, died suddenly at his home on October 10, 2010.
He loved his Lord and savior and was dedicated to his Bible study.  He enjoyed the company of his many dear relatives and friends.  He was known for his warm smile, hearty laughter, and winning games at bingo.  In his younger years, he traveled throughout the U.S. and had a story to share about all the places he visited.
He is survived by his siblings:  Pauline Nault and her husband, Ralph, of Barton, Roland Menard of Enfield, New Hampshire, Rita Benoit and her husband, Robert, of Barre, Patty Saum of Lake George, New York, Frank Menard and his wife, Sue, of Barton, Denise Wilkins and her husband, Paul, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Raymond Menard of Derby, Pierre Menard of Essex, and Carole Coggio and her husband, Michael, of Richmond; by his stepmother Simone Menard of Newport; sister-in-law Gloria Menard of Craftsbury; brother in law Steven Brown of Glover, VT.  He was predeceased by his father and mother, Hervey and Simone Menard; by siblings Terri Cotton, Benjamin Menard, Isabelle Brown; by  brother-in-law Harry Saum; sister-in-law Christina Menard and special friends Yvonne Bertolini and Madeline Freeheart.
He was an uncle to Dee Dee Simmes, Debbie Bacon, Donnie Cotton, Michael Cotton, Jamie Cotton, Jackie Tremblay, Benjamin Menard Jr., Rene Menard, Michael Nault, Jean Agusto, Chris Nault, Diane Brown, Donna Brown-Perry (Mr. Menard’s loving and dedicated caretaker), Lisa Brown, Ted Brown, Carmen Brown, Tony Menard, Tim Menard, Raechel McLeod, David Benoit, Michael Benoit, Daniel Benoit, Arawn Menard, Jon Menard, Nathan Menard, Chauntelle Powers, and Krystle Menard.  He also had many grand-nieces and -nephews, and a special friend, Tami Stone.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton on October 16 with the Reverend Daniel Rupp officiating at a Mass.  Interment followed at the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to Saint Paul’s Church in Barton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Diana Elizabeth (Howard) Nicholson

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Diana Elizabeth (Howard) Nicholson, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2010, at the Bel-Aire nursing home in Newport.
Mrs. Nicholson was born in Burlington on March 8, 1917, the second child of Lenna (Humphrey) and Charles Howard.
She graduated from nursing school at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington in June of 1938 as a registered nurse, but her nursing career was short-lived.  She fell in love with University of Vermont student Elmer “Nick” Nicholson, married him in January of 1939, and began a 61-year trip “around the world” before her husband’s death in 1999.
While raising four children, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson moved frequently in pursuit of his insurance career.  They lived in Montpelier; Niagara Falls, New York; Newington, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Chicago, Illinois before retiring to Pinehurst, North Carolina for 20 years.  For more than 40 years, they made a summer pilgrimage to their cottage in Newport on Lake Memphremagog where they enjoyed the friendships of neighbors on Strawberry Acres Road.
Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Nicholson lived year-round in her beloved cottage with the assistance of caretakers until her failing physical health required residency at Bel-Aire.
Wherever the family lived, Mrs. Nicholson established a warm and welcoming home and was always a wonderful cook and gracious hostess.  A talented seamstress, she made her daughters’ wedding gowns and her own beautifully tailored clothes.  She was a loving grandmother, attending many of her grandchildren’s milestone events and sending them care packages across the country.
Mrs. Nicholson was predeceased by her husband as well as her sister Hope Jordan Stewart, and her brother Charles Howard.  She is survived by her children:  Carol and her husband, Jerry Fryberger, of Duluth, Minnesota, and their children Jeremy Fryberger and his wife, Mary Tess O’Sullivan, Lynn and her husband, Mark MacLean, Holly and her husband, Alex Sienkiewicz, and Sarah and her husband, Zachary Madison; Linda Goodman of Oakdale, Connecticut, and her sons Jay and his wife, Connie Tetschner, James and his wife, Jennifer O’Brien, and William and his wife, Hilary Robbins; David Nicholson and his wife, Deirdre, of Burlington, and their son Zachary; and Nancy Cekalla of Little Falls, Minnesota, and her sons Garrett and his wife, Tina, and Wyatt and Morgan.  She also leaves behind 14 great-grandchildren and two nephews Paul Jordan and John Howard.
A memorial service will be scheduled for early November.  The family requests that those who wish to remember Mrs. Nicholson make a contribution to the 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.
Urban Raymond Starr

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Long time businessman and lifetime resident of North Troy Urban R. Starr Sr., 90 years young, died peacefully on Monday, October 11, 2010, surrounded by his loving family and special family members at his home in North Troy.
He was born on September 10, 1920, in North Troy, a son of George Edward Starr and Hazel (Hardy) Starr.
On October 25, 1947, he married ReJane “Jean” Martel, who predeceased him on May 26, 2006.
Mr. Starr is survived by special family member Denise Pigeon; by his six children:  Urban R. Starr Jr. of North Troy and friends Kellie and Charlie, Linda Starr Alberghini and Tom of Rochester, New Hampshire, Sally Starr McAllister and Tom of Bridgeton, Maine, Jane Starr Leblanc and Brian of Lakeland, Florida, George E. Starr of Wabash, Indiana, and David W. Starr and friend Heather of Tucson, Arizona; by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren:  Trevor and Marie Starr and Anthony, Kara and Keith Godfrey and Bailey, Bianca and Bryan Begin and Maxim and Malli, Jared Alberghini and his friend Karen, Dr. Stacey and Dr. Karson Clark and Taylor, Grace and Karson, Tabitha and Scott Noble and Brittany McAllister and Michaela Royea, Vanessa and Andy Rosenberger and Cody and Paige, Bridgitte and John Jones and Johnathan, Brian Jay Leblanc, George and Mindy Starr and Brandon, Cameron and Madison, Jenna Starr and Andy and Michael and Eva, Lee-Ann Starr and Jeremy, and Peyton and Parker, and Tyler Starr; by his sisters Ida Starr Cadieux and John of Newport, Dorothy Starr Westerberg of St. Johnsbury; by his brother Dr. Durward Starr and his wife, Lorraine, of North Troy; sister-in-law Ila Starr of North Troy; and by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his precious son Jay Starr in 1977; by his sister Barbara Starr Lynch; and his brothers Robert Starr and Jack Starr.
Mr. Starr graduated from North Troy High School in 1939.
He was an avid and very talented baseball and basketball player, and his teams won state championships in 1938 and 1939.  He went on to Randolph Technical College and continued as an outstanding athlete on the baseball and basketball teams.  After college, Mr. Starr worked with his father, George E. Starr, hauling pulp.  In the early 1940s, he founded Starr’s Transportation, which started with only one truck that needed many repairs that he made.  It eventually grew to a multi-million dollar corporation with trucks traveling all across the U.S. and Canada.
After retirement, he developed his land in Jay, utilizing his many skills and expertise to transform the land into a dynamic and spectacular showplace for his family to enjoy and have weddings and many other memorable family functions.
Mr. Starr was an honored member of Who’s Who of American Inventors in 1989 and had an inscribed U.S. patent plaque.  He invented the auxiliary suspension system for large transport trailers which was a safety device that kept trailers from tipping over if they had a fractured spring.
He loved parades and designed and built an electric powered bicycle that he drove in the parades through the years.  His grandchildren loved this invention.  Mr. Starr enjoyed developing and creating things to make life easier.
He was a distinguished member of the Vermont Truck and Bus Association as a director on the executive committee, and eventually became the president from 1987 to 1989.  He was also a member of the American Trucking Association and was a delegate to the national convention for many years.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 and the Newport Elks #2155.
On September 5, 2010, Mr. Starr was pleasantly surprised with a ninetieth birthday celebration at Tastings Restaurant in North Troy.  Approximately 50 to 60 family members helped him celebrate this delicious dinner and birthday milestone.
On September 11 he was inducted into the Orleans and Northern Essex Athletic Hall of Fame at the Newport Country Club in honor of his outstanding achievement in baseball.
The funeral was  held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on October 16.
Should friends desire, contributions in Urban’s memory may be made to the Jay Starr Scholarship Fund and should be sent to James Starr, Highland Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859 for the North Troy High School Alumni Association.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Dennis Adelord Taylor
Dennis Adelord Taylor, 56, of Nashville, Tennessee, died suddenly in Texas on October 17, 2010.
He was a son of Lois and Ad Taylor of Barton.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Leipziger, publicist and songwriter from Nashville; by his parents; by siblings Kathy Trecartin and her husband, Doug, of Central Point, Oregon, Patricia Taylor and her spouse, Pam Skriletz, of Orleans, and Daniel Taylor and his wife, Kelly, and sons Ben and Josh of St. Paul, Minnesota.
The following appeared in the Nashville newspaper The Tennessean:  “Dennis Taylor, a Nashville-based session and stage musician whose saxophone aided recordings by Delbert McClinton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Michelle Shocked, Buckwheat Zydeco, and many others, died suddenly in Greenville, Texas.”
Mr. Taylor was on tour with McClinton, in whose band he’d played for the past  two and a half years.  He had chest pains Sunday morning and was taken to a hospital, where he died at 1:04 p.m. after suffering a heart attack.
A professional saxophone player for more than 30 years, Mr. Taylor had just completed his first solo album with help from Kevin McKendree, also of McClinton’s band.
“Dennis had an old-school kind of tone that I don’t hear in anyone else’s playing anymore,” Mr. McKendree said.  “He knew how to make it sing, and he had a great sensibility for what was supposed to happen.  He knew what to play, and he knew what not to play.”
Mr. Taylor authored a series of instructional books in which he analyzed other players’ styles and offered tips for emulating and understanding work from the masters of the instrument.
“Pinpointing all these idiosyncratic elements in other players is essential in developing your own voice,” wrote Mr. Taylor, whose own sax “voice” could vary from a sensuous growl to the kind of buzzing, bluesy howl he employed on McClinton’s “People Just Love to Talk.”
“He was a free-spirited artist,” said singer-songwriter Todd Snider, who recently recorded an album that features Mr. Taylor on saxophone.  “His playing was so tasteful, and he was such a warm and good person to be around.  What a loss.”
Memorial details are incomplete at this time.
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October 13, 2010 Obituaries

Gwendolyn “Sallie” M. Blake
Gwendolyn “Sallie” M. Blake, 74, of Coventry died peacefully on October 10, 2010, at The Manor in Morrisville.  There will be no calling hours.
Mrs. Blake was born on May 13, 1936, in Barton, a daughter of Earl and Samira (Loukx) Ingalls.
On December 5, 1954, she married William D. Blake who predeceased her in October of 2002.
Mrs. Blake was a licensed practical nurse and a pharmacy technician for 23 years at North Country Hospital in Newport.
After retirement in 1994, she continued to volunteer at the hospital for many years.  She enjoyed cooking, making crafts, reading, traveling, but most of all, spending time with her family.
Mrs. Blake is survived by her beloved children:  Vicki Strobridge and her husband, Roger, of Worcester, Lori Stratton and her husband, Kelly, of Coventry, and William H. Blake and his wife, Gloria, of Underhill; by her much loved grandchildren:  Joshua Montague of Boulder, Colorado, Seth Cartee of Newport, and Cory and Abigail Blake of Underhill; by her cherished great-grandson Landyn Cartee; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother David E. Ingalls, and by her sisters Phyllis Willis and Gloria Allen.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Blake’s memory may be made to North Country Hospital, care of Gift Shop Fund-raiser, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Cora DeLaBruere

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Cora DeLaBruere, 81, after many years of living with Alzheimer’s disease, died peacefully on October 6, 2010, at her home in Derby with her family by her side.
Mrs. DeLaBruere was born March 29, 1929, in Norton.  She was a daughter of the late Laurent Lavertue and Claudia (Brousseau) Noel.
She married Gerard DeLaBruere on August 23, 1947.  Mr. and Mrs. DeLaBruere worked together on their farms in West Charleston, East Burke and Newport Center.  Upon retiring from farming, they settled in Westfield where they lived for over 26 years until they moved to their present home in Derby.  Mr. DeLaBruere vigilantly cared for his wife for years at home to the end with the help of the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice services, his family and friends.
Mrs. DeLaBruere was a strong woman of great faith.   She was active in her church, in the Cursillo and Ultreya movements, and in her women’s group.   She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She somehow found time in her busy schedule on the farm and while raising a family to garden, sew, dabble in quilting, and make Christmas ornaments for her children and grandchildren.
Alzheimer’s may have taken her life, but her spirit lives on in the memories and hearts of the family she leaves behind.
Mrs. DeLaBruere is survived by Gerard, her husband of 63 years; by her children:  Arlene and her husband, Daniel Fortin, of Derby Line, and their children Julie and Greg; by Suzanne and her husband, Deacon Malcom Zellner, of Daphne, Alabama, and their children Francis, Ashley, Rachael, Peter, and Stephen; by Daniel and his wife, Carol Lynn, of North Troy and their children Anthony, Matthew, Daniel and Stephanie; Lucille and her husband, Marvin Kupperblatt, of Morgan; Rose and her husband, Colonel Gaston Bathalon, of Maynard, Massachusetts, and their children Amanda, Emilie, Phillip, and Jeffrey; Andrew and his wife, Kathy, of Derby and their children Jessica, Rebecca and Joshua; Dennis and his wife, Aline, of Newport Center and their sons Jason, Bradley and Kevin; Peter of Methuen, Massachusetts, and his boys Dominic, Paul and Michael, Patricia and her husband, Don Carlos Davis, of South Burlington and their daughters Hilary and Tanya and Marie of Colchester and her son Issac.   She also leaves over 20 great-grandchildren; her sister Jeannette and her husband, Michael McCoy, of Tucson, Arizona; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mrs. DeLaBruere was predeceased by two daughters Rachel and Anne; her great-grandson Jeremiah; and her sisters Doris Carrier, Louisa Marshall, and Marie Claudette Betterly.
Starting at 10 a.m., an hour of visitation will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Saturday, October 16.  It will be followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. DeLaBruere’s name may be made to hospice at the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County), P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Final arrangements were done under the care and direction of the Reverend Kevin White of Green Mountain Direct Cremation Service.
Elwin (Winn) LaClair
Elwin (Winn) Rodolphe LaClair, 80, of Summerfield, Florida, died on October 1, 2010.
Mr. LaClair was born in Barton on December 29, 1929, and was the fifth child of the late Alfred and Maybell (Vallee) LaClair.
He grew up in Barton where he held various jobs.  He moved to Massachusetts in the late 1960s and went to work for K.J. Quinn.  He retired from Rohm Tech, formerly K.J. Quinn, in Malden, Massachusetts.  He spent his retirement years in Summerfield.
Mr. LaClair loved building model cars, visiting family and friends and mowing lawns.  He was an avid animal lover, and was often seen with his beloved dog Minnie by his side.
He is survived by his two daughters Brenda LaClair McEvoy and her husband, Christopher, of Methuen, Massachusetts, and Beth LaClair Mack and her husband, Hampton, of Bedford, New Hampshire; by four grandchildren:  Patrick and Emily Lynch, Brittany Thomas, and Connor Bishop; by three brothers and their wives:  Maurice LaClair of Barton, Earl LaClair and his wife, Margaret, of Barton, and Carroll LaClair and his wife, Doris, of Summerfield; by two sisters Dorothy Young of Tupper Lake, New York, and Alfreda Leonard of Newburyport, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers-in-law Nelson Leonard of Newburyport and Paul Young of Tupper Lake, and by a sister-in-law Jeanne LaClair of Barton.
Services will be held in the spring of 2011 in Barton.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a humane society.
Beverly Jean Marshall

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Beverly Jean Marshall, 63, of Morgan died on October 5, 2010, at her home in Morgan surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 16, 1947, in Portsmouth, Virginia, a daughter of Tommy and Marcella (McCune) Bryson.
On September 4, 1965, she married Brook Marshall who predeceased her on February 23, 1997.
She is survived by her children:  Kristina Smith and her husband, Brian, of Bangor, Maine, Geri Stevens and her husband, Craig, of Derby, Becky Cubit and her husband, Marston, of Morgan, Shane Marshall and his wife, Amy, of Tennessee, Peter Marshall and his wife, Dawn, of Lyndonville, Elizabeth Bryant and her husband, Scott of Morgan, Laurie Johnson and her husband, Brian, of Bethel, and Bethanne Marshall of Milton; by over 40 grandchildren; by her mother, Marcella Faye Bryson, of Norfolk; two brothers, Thomas Ray Bryson and his wife, Ella, of California, and Robert Bryson of Norfolk; and by nine nieces and nephews; and five grandnieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Tommy Bryson.
Mrs. Marshall was a loving, supportive grandmother.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She enjoyed playing games with her family and reading.  Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Newport on October 9.  Private interment followed at the Marshall family property in Morgan.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Marshall Family Cemetery, in care of Becky Cubit, 11044 Vermont Route 111, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Louise E. Sargent
Louise E. Sargent, 89, of Derby died peacefully on October 10, 2010, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
She was born on October 26, 1920, in North Troy, a daughter of George Arthur and Eva (Willey) Farnham.
On July 17, 1941, she married Hugh Sargent who predeceased her in 1994.
She graduated in 1939 from the North Troy High School.  She spent over 30 years in the Jay area and several years in Derby.
Mrs. Sargent was a member of the Derby Bible Baptist Church in Derby Line.  She enjoyed sewing and knitting.  Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the recipients of many pairs of mittens over the years.  She was also an excellent cook and loved to have the family come visit.  She especially enjoyed family gatherings.
She is survived by her ten children:  Wilma Therrien and her husband, Andre, of Newport Center, Jane Cardinal and her husband, Fred, of Georgia, Lance Sargent of Derby, Sandra Cousino and her husband, Frank, of Burlington, Larry Sargent and his wife, Lynn, of Tennessee, Bruce Sargent and his wife, Jeannette, of Newport Center, Janice Therrien and her husband, Marcel, of Derby, Merry LeJean and her husband, Dominique, of Milton, Edward Sargent and his wife, Michelle, of North Troy, and Lori Harrison and her husband, James, of Delaware; by her 34 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son Clark Jay Sargent in 1956 and by two grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 14, with the Reverend Richard Daniels officiating.  Interment will follow at the Jay Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Sargent’s name may be made to the Derby Bible Baptist Church, care of Reverend Richard Daniels, P.O. Box 268, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at: www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 


Eleanor Wilhemenia (Carlson) Walbert

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Eleanor Wilhemenia (Carlson) Walbert, 86, of Coventry died peacefully on October 6, 2010, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Mrs. Walbert was born March 6, 1924, in Springfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of Oscar and Ida Carlson.
She had been a housewife, secretary, and worked in retail for many years.  She was an active member of the American Legion, the Moose Club, and the Elks Club.  She was also an active member of the Barton chapter of the Red Hat Society and was a longtime attendee at The Meeting Place in Newport.
She was married to Theodore J. Walbert II for 54 years until he died in 2007.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Brown of Coventry; a son Theodore (Jay) Walbert III of Barton and his girlfriend, Jean Boyda; by three grandchildren:  Meagan Brown of Colchester, Kaylan Brown of McLean, Virginia, and Ryan Brown of Coventry; a special friend, Jamie Rappaport, of Coventry; by her brother Walter Carlson and his wife, June, of Largo, Florida; her sister Evelyn Auchter of Wilbraham, Massachusetts; and her many nieces and nephews:  Judi, Bob, Arlean, Russell, Cheryl, Tom, Barbara, Buzz, and their children.
A gathering in Mrs. Walbert’s honor was held in Coventry on October 9.  Interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Springfield at a date yet to be determined.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Walbert’s name may be made to The Meeting Place Adult Day Services, 100 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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October 6, 2010 Obituaries

Lawrence E. Baker Jr.
Lawrence E. Baker Jr., 56, formerly of Laconia, New Hampshire, died on September 6, 2010, in Franklin, New Hampshire.
He was born December 26, 1953, in Newport, a son of Lawrence Edward Baker Sr. and Laura Jean (Nelson) Baker.
Mr. Baker worked for Bob’s Flooring, restoring hardwood floors for many years.
He is survived by his children:  Barbara (Sissy) Reynolds, Eric Baker, Jessie Baker, Loretta Baker, Michael Baker, and Andrew Baker; stepchildren Donald Bouchard, Suzanne Stevens, and Marie Claire Garcia; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Blaine and Kerry Baker; and three sisters, Penny Paquette, Sandy McCormick, and Cindy Frazer. He was predeceased by Doris Mason, his wife of 17 years, and Audrey Haddock, his wife of one year.
A graveside service was held on September 16 at the Oakland Cemetery in Meredith Center.
Bette Ann Biron
Bette Ann Biron, 56, of Arlington, Texas, died on October 1, 2010, in Burlington.
She was born December 30, 1953, in Newport, a daughter of Hanford Biron and the late Nina (Bates) Biron.
Mrs. Biron worked in human services and then as a ticket agent for American Airlines for over 31 years.   She enjoyed traveling, sewing, attending ice-skating events, and watching skating on television.
She is survived by her father, Hanford Biron, of Derby; her brother Dale Biron and his wife, Debbie, of Newport; her sister Bonnie Birchard and her husband, Dean, of Newport Center; her nephews Devan Biron of Newport, and Matthew and Adam Birchard, both of Newport Center; by her aunts Betty Biron, Polly Wolf, and her husband, Gil, Pearl Brissette and her husband, Bernard; her uncle Clifford Biron; by numerous cousins; and by special friends Daren Chastain, Maureen Norris, and Elise Bannon all of Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 6 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place in Norton at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the U.S. Figure Skating Association, 20 First Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
James Charles Huntington

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James Charles Huntington, 71, of Barton died suddenly on September 29, 2010, at his home on Burton Hill.
He was born in Troy, New York, a son of Alvin and Iola Huntington.  He was employed by E & C Perron of Orleans for the past 13 years.  He spent most of life driving truck and logging.
He was an avid lover of nature and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He had a special appreciation for sunsets.  He took great interest in marksmanship and was a member of the National Rifle Association.  He took great pride in his family and friends and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving, dedicated wife, Sharon Huntington, of 33 years and his many children:  Pamela Lizotte and her husband, Michael Sargeant, of Essex, Tina Bowen of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kimberley Small and her husband, Gary, of Newport Center, Debbie Bianchi and her husband, Sean, of Derby Line, Tammy Goad and her husband, Timothy, of Barton, Carrie Helfant and her husband, John, of Brookfield, Naomi Bryant and her husband, Jerry, of Barton, Darla Kunsman and her husband, Wayne, Lisa Kazantzis and her husband, Doug, Laura Howard, Linda Arrow and her husband, Jonathan, and Brenda Keen and her husband, Chris; by his brother Bill Huntington of Texas; his sister Mary Prindle and her husband, Jack, of Glen Aubrey, New York; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by Cassidy Villeneuve and her husband, “Duffer,” Natosha, Bianca, and Cody Villeneuve, Skyler Lizotte, Ashley and Kristen Bowen, Jeremy Lucas, Amber Huntington, Megan Lagasse, Alishia and Tyler Goad, Brandon Huntington, Nikia, Kylie, Grace, James, and Caleb Helfant, Courtney, Chelsea, and Garrett Bianchi, Rebecca, Hannah, Alec, and Charlie Bryant, Timothy and Rachel Kunsman, Ryan and Leah Kazantzis, Emily, Lacey, Michael, and Jonathan Arrow, and Zachary Keen and Brandon Royer and many  special friends.
He is predeceased by his father and mother, Alvin and Iola Huntington, of Mechanicsville, New York; his son Timothy James; son-in-law Denniss Lizotte; and grandson Michael Lizotte.
Mr. Huntington’s greatest ambition in life was to serve the Lord and witness to others.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services were held at the Barton Baptist Church in Barton on October 2.  Graveside service will be private.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Cody Ellis Skinner

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Cody Skinner, 18, of Newport died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on September 26, 2010, after suffering serious injuries in a car accident which occurred in Morgan on September 18.
Cody put up a valiant fight against his injuries and was surrounded in love by family and many of his friends at the time of his death.
A 2010 graduate of North Country Union High School in Newport, Cody will be sorely missed by his many friends.  He was known as the type of friend who was always ready to lend a helping hand, and he always made sure those he cared about knew just how much they meant to him.  He was funny, smart, outgoing, and always had a ready smile and a friendly greeting for all.  Although not voluntarily an early riser, Cody loved being active with his friends.  He and his friends especially enjoyed skiing, camping, and fishing together.  He also loved animals and was an avid music fan.
Cody is survived by his mother, Jennifer Roy, and stepdad Kevin Dodge; by his father, Todd Skinner, and stepmom, Pamela Balint; brother Nikolas Vallieres and the older brother that he dearly loved, Todd Hayden Skinner Jr, all of Newport; by paternal grandparents Bob and Murline Skinner; maternal grandparents Paula and Peter Conover; stepsiblings Annette Vallieres, Dan Carpenter, Joseph T. Balint, Amanda Balint, Samantha Balint, and Justin Balint; cousins Alissa Skinner and Amanda Bartlett; and aunts Lori Coburn-Webb, Tracey Coburn-Burdick, Sharon Morin, and families.  These and countless other friends and relations will never forget Cody.
Donations in remembrance of Cody may be made to The Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Funeral services were held at the Derby church on October 2 and were followed by a social hour.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gilbert C. Whipple

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Gilbert C. Whipple, 90, lifetime resident of Newport Center, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, surrounded by his family at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
He was born on August 21, 1920, in Newport Center, a son of Charles Whipple and Etta Sweet Whipple.
Mr. Whipple was a simple man, yet a giant among men.  He loved his God, and he loved his church.  He loved his family, and he loved his life as a farmer.  He was a fifth-generation farmer on the Whipple Farm on the Number 12 Road in Newport Center.  He was born a farmer in his heart, and he farmed from the time he was old enough to walk to the barn until 1980 when a fire destroyed the barn and an award-winning herd of 65 registered Holsteins.  When he was no longer able to farm for himself, Mr. Whipple found great enjoyment in helping his neighbors, planting flowers and mowing the lawn at his home, and spending time with his family.
Few people live to be 90 years old.  Even fewer are able to say their life was perfect, and they would not change a thing.  Gilbert Whipple was not a rich man in his wallet, but he was the wealthiest of men where it counted — in his heart. He is greatly loved, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by the love of his life — his wife of 66 years, Vivian (Willis) Whipple.  He also leaves his six children:  Joyce Twing of Chelsea, Evelyn Kelley of Newport Center and her husband, Skip, of Derby, Beverly Schinck and her husband, Denis, of Mansonville, Quebec, Donna Whipple of Providence, Rhode Island, Wayne Whipple of Wells River and his longtime friend Arthur Hull of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ed Whipple and his wife, Kate, of Coventry; his eight grandchildren:  Shawn Twing and his wife, Collins, of Chelsea, Carmen McCammon of Newport, Carla Whipple and her fiancé, Robert Camara, of Providence, Rhode Island, Jeremy Schinck of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Vance Schinck and his wife, Amanda, of Fulford, Quebec, Ryan and Connor Fletcher of Coventry, and Brooke Thomas of North Troy; his nine great-grandchildren:  Seth Demers (currently serving with the Vermont National Guard in Afghanistan), and his girlfriend Christina Crowley of Newport, Trisha, Autumn, Deztyni, Marquis, and Vincent Whipple of Providence, Kari Twing of Chelsea, and Macy and Cody Schinck of Fulford, Quebec; and one great-great-granddaughter, Emily Jane Demers of Newport.
He was predeceased by his father in 1959; his mother in 1975; his brother Harry in 1930; an infant son Calvin in 1951; and a son-in-law Bruce Twing in 1999.
The funeral was held on Monday, October 4, at the Newport Center Advent Christian Church.
After the funeral, friends were invited to follow the hearse for Mr. Whipple’s final tribute ride on the Number 12 Road past the farmstead and home he loved to his interment place at the Newport Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 in appreciation for the many kindnesses they extended to him during his illness.
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 29, 2010 Obituaries

David “Beaner” Benjamin

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David “Beaner” Benjamin, 23, of Morgan died suddenly on September 26, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born on March 14, 1987, in Beverly, Massachusetts, a son of Toni Benjamin.
Mr. Benjamin worked for Jack Degre Construction.  He enjoyed almost any type of outdoor sports including four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing.  He was a happy-go-lucky guy who made friends easily.  He was willing to lend a helping hand and easily brought a smile to those he came in contact with. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Toni Benjamin; his father, David Guillette, of Derby; his maternal grandfather Harold Benjamin Sr.; paternal grandmother Lucille Guillette; stepbrother Andrew Guillette; stepsister Amanda Guillette; by several aunts, uncles, cousins; and by his girlfiend, Cari Crawford.  He is also survived by his dogs, Nikema, Burrus, and Baxter, and by a cat Zoey.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Bettie “Nannie” Benjamin; his  cousin Benjamin Martin; paternal grandfather John Guillette; uncle Jackie Guillette; and maternal great-grandparents Donald and Gwen Benjamin.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will be 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.
Wayne “Woody” Brown

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Woody Brown, 59, a lifelong resident of Wolcott, died in the loving care of his family and friends at his home on Tuesday, September 21.
Mr. Brown was born September 19, 1951, in Hardwick, a son of Philip Brown and the late Pauline Lamare Brown.
He married Gina Mazzitelli on October 3, 1970, in Morrisville, and together they made their home in North Wolcott.
He was an equipment operator for many firms in the area and was a self-employed excavator operator, logger and did some carpentry.  He had a passion for fishing, hunting, and a good game of poker.  His family was his greatest accomplishment in life, and his grandsons always brought a smile to his face and put a twinkle in his eye. Unknowingly, he taught that nothing is more important in life than family and friends and how to take care of each other.
He leaves behind his wife, Gina; a son Shane and his wife, Tammy; grandsons Joshua and Matthew; his dad, Phil Brown, all of Wolcott; sisters Linda Willey of Wolcott, and her friend, Stan, and Beverly Chaffee and her husband, Sherm, of Barre; his father-in-law, Robert VanOrnum Sr. and his wife, Linda, of Ocala, Florida; sisters-in-law Lisa Mazzitelli of Barre and her fiancé, Charles Alfano, of Highland, New York, Marybeth Perry of Hardwick, Bonnie Van Ornum of Newark, New Jersey, and Ann Brown of Springfield; brother-in-law Bobby VanOrnum and his wife, Sharon, of Jericho; uncle and aunt Alan and Tweed Maskell of North Wolcott; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other extended family.
He will be dearly missed by his “garage buddies.”
He was predeceased by his mother, Pauline Lamare Brown; a brother, Beanie Brown; mother-in-law Betty VanOrnum; sister-in-law Deborah Donaldson; and brother-in-law Dave Willey.
A memorial service was held on September 27 at the Lamoille Valley Church of the Nazarene in Johnson with the Reverend Al Lamos officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, or the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05757.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
 
Mary L. DeVries

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Mary L. DeVries, a former resident of Barton, died in Brattleboro, on September 12, 2010, following a long illness.
She was born May 11, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of  James and Ruby Thomas Lott.
She graduated in 1945 from Fort Hamilton High School.  That same year she married Justus J. DeVries, her high school sweetheart.
In 1969, the DeVries family moved from Wilton, Connecticut, to Dorset.  After her husband’s death in April 1976, Mrs. DeVries traveled widely.  She lived in several towns across New England, including Barton from 1996 to 2002, before moving to Brattleboro in 2007.
Mrs. DeVries’ loving and supportive family includes her four children: Lou Nelsen of Dummerston; Nancy DeVries of Barton, Justus DeVries Jr. of the Middlebury area, and Andrew DeVries of Dorset; their respective spouses Paul Nelsen, Colin Nickerson, fiancée Lynn Heffelfinger, and Amy Thebault; grandchildren Corin Nelsen and his wife, Michaella Warryn, Jessie Nelsen and her husband, P.J. Nelson, Westley DeVries, Torin DeVries, Chelsea DeVries, Trevor DeVries, and Sawyer DeVries; her great-grandaughter Zoe Nelsen; her sister Elizabeth Donnellan; her brother James Lott Jr.; and her brother-in-law Roy DeVries.  A sister Ruby Tucker predeceased her.  Mrs. DeVries’ extended family includes many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was an enthusiast, a person who pursued her interests with zeal and vigor.  Among her passions were hand weaving, quilting, long-distance bicycling, swimming, yoga, baking, and gardening.  She belonged to the Dorset Garden Club, worked as a Hospice volunteer, a Girl Scout leader and deaconess.  Her generosity towards her family and community extended to her support of many organizations, including the Long Trail School in Dorset, Hospice, Planned Parenthood, and various colleges and cultural organizations.  She was a member of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert.
The family celebrated Mrs. DeVries’ life at a memorial service at the United Church in Dorset on September 18.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Activities Fund, Thompson House, 80 Maple Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, or  to the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert.
Pauline E. MacLeod
Pauline E. MacLeod, 81, of Derby Line died on September 19, 2010, at her home in Derby Line.
She was born August 24, 1929, in Island Pond, a daughter of Romeo and Bernadine (Davis) Fortin.
On April 6, 1947, she married Lawrence MacLeod who predeceased her on February 1, 2003.
Mrs. MacLeod is survived by her children:  Linda MacLeod of Florida, Shirley Sumner and her husband, Bill, of Derby, Deborah Stratton and her husband, Wayne, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Scott MacLeod of Saratoga, New York; by 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one sister and one brother.
Funeral services were held on September 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Robert Castle officiating.  Interment followed in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont  05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joyce L. Sanford

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Joyce L. (Perron) Sanford, 74, of Granby, Massachusetts, died at her home on Friday, September 3, 2010.
She was born in Glover, a daughter of Archie and Marie Ann (Grenier) Perron.
She graduated from Barton Academy in Barton. Mrs. Sanford worked in the cafeteria for the Granby School for 30 years.
She liked to play bingo and garden and go to Foxwoods.  She was a former deaconess at the Church of Christ Conregational in Granby.
She was predeceased by five brothers:  Robert, John, George, Armand, and Lionel; and one sister, Rita.  She is survived by her husband, Reginald Sanford; her daughters Patricia Sullivan of Belchertown, Massachusetts; her grandchildren Linsey and Brett Sullivan; sisters Jackie Kennison and her husband, John, of Barton, and Maria Dickie of Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley, Massachusetts, followed by burial in West Cemetery in Granby.
Contributions can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institution, Division of Development, 10 Brookline Place, West Floor 6, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445-9924.

 

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Lisa M. Lamonda, 46, of Newport died on September 21, 2010, in Newport.
She was the beloved wife of Lawrence Lamonda.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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September 22, 2010 Obituaries

Leslie J. Baxter

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Leslie J. Baxter, 65, of Salem, New Hampshire, died on Sunday, September 19, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brave battle with cancer.
Mr. Baxter was born and educated in Vermont.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a heavy equipment operator and worked for George Merrill and Son, Inc., in Salem for 41 years.
He was a member of the VFW Post #8546 of Salem.  He enjoyed spending time with his family at Crystal Lake in Vermont.  He also enjoyed hunting, boating and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Pica) Baxter of Salem; his daughter Kerri and her husband, Scott Wilde, of Derry, New Hampshire; his brother Wayland Baxter of Glover;  his sister Sharon Bickford of Barton;  by three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Dawson, and Savanna Wilde; and by two nieces, Stephanie and Regina.
Calling hours will be on Friday September 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  There will be no funeral service.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1800 Elm Street, Unit D, Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
To send a message of condolence to the family, please vitist www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Francis Leroy Bennett Jr.

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Francis L. Bennett Jr., 73, of Derby, beloved husband of Joanne, died unexpectedly at his home, in his sleep, on September 17, 2010.
He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, a son of Francis and Mary (Marushak) Bennett.
He lived his life helping others through his vast knowledge of trucking and mechanics.
Mr. Bennett, known as “Bud” to all his friends, was retired and spent many days puttering at home doing odd jobs around the house.  He was a lifelong member of the American Legion in North Troy and was a member of the Teamsters Association.
Mr. Bennett loved to drive the “big trucks” and spent most of his life traveling up and down the highways and byways.  He worked at his father’s company, Bennett Petroleum Transportation in Wilton, Connecticut.  After leaving Connecticut and moving to Vermont, for many years he owned a garage in Lowell and then in North Troy.  He ended his trucking career at Ethan Allen.
Mr. Bennett always tried to put his family first.  He was a husband, father, and his most rewarding job, grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joanne (Atwood); his daughter Penni Pomeroy and her husband, Ted, from Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts; his son Michael and his wife, Cathy, of West Charleston; daughter Patricia from Derby.  His grandchildren Brandon, Amanda, Abby, Brian, and Sarah will miss him and have fond memories of their grandfather.  He also leaves behind his family in Connecticut and California.  He was predeceased by his parents.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roger E. Choquette
Roger E. Choquette, 71, of North Troy, the beloved husband of Gloria, died peacefully at his home on September 12, 2010, with his family at his side.
Mr. Choquette was a self-employed master carpenter and was very well known for his extreme quality workmanship for over 40 years.  He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club #2155.  In his early years, he was a member and assistant chief of the North Troy Fire Department.  Until recently, he was an avid snowmobiler and received numerous awards for his dedicated service to the local trail system.  Among these were the VAST state “Project of the Year” award for “The Trail to the Stars,” a scenic trail in the Jay/Richford mountain area that is enjoyed by many riders.  He enjoyed many travels and vacations with his wife, and took pleasure in fishing, hunting and working in his showpiece vegetable garden.
Mr. Choquette was a giving, caring and loving husband, father and grandfather who is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gloria (White); son Rand, and his wife, Cris, of North Troy; daughter Wendy of North Troy; granddaughter Monica, also known as “my favorite granddaughter”; grandson Bryan;  the following siblings:  Pauline of Derby Line, Omer and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Lucille Cadieux and her husband, Robert, of North Troy, and Richard and his wife, Darlene, of Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law Oliver.
A Mass was celebrated on September 18 with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.  Interment follwed in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Choquette’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or for Masses said in remembrance of him at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.
 
Elijah J. Goss

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Elijah J. Goss, 17, of Newport died suddenly on September 18, 2010, in Newport.
He was born on April 3, 1993, at North Country Hospital in Newport where his grandmother Nancy has worked for 20 years.  He was the beloved son of Stephanie Goss and Darrin Corkins.
Eli was a senior at United Christian Academy (UCA) in Newport where he attended school for eight years.  He was a member of the soccer and basketball teams and loved by his peers at UCA.  He was truly “raised Jay,” skiing his favorite mountain since he was three years old.  His mother worked there for 18 years.   He split his winters between skiing Jay and ice fishing on Lake Seymour with a close “crew” of friends.  He loved everything outdoors and would lend a hand with any family or farm in need.  On any given day, spring or summer, he would make his farm chore rounds before catching up with the “crew” at the Lake Seymour beach.  Eli had a gift of brightening any room he walked into with a dynamic smile and a joke, always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was also blessed to blend his time between his school friends and farm friends.
He is survived by his mother, Stephanie Goss, of Newport; his father, Darrin Corkins, of Newport; maternal grandmother Nancy Goss of Newport; paternal grandmother Dorothy Corkins of Newport; by his twin sister Ivy J. Goss of Newport; his other sisters Ashley and Brittney Corkins, both of Newport; his aunt Alyssa Delabruere of Newport; uncle Chris and aunt Brenda Goss of Stowe; and uncle Scott and aunt Jill Goss of Clarkston, Michigan.  Eli’s seven surving cousins, Jon, Chris and Amy Delabruere of Newport, Jasper and Ruby Goss of Stowe, and Molly and Joey Goss of Clarkston, will miss him dearly every day of their lives.  Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of the Corkins family who will miss Eli and the energy he brought to their family camp in Glover and the annual family reunion.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, S. Douglas Goss, and paternal grandfather, Harold Corkins.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, at the Cornerstone Evangelical Church on the Quarry Road in Newport where funeral services will also be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, with Pastor Glen Saaman and Pastor Mike Desena of the Morgan United Church officiating.  On Friday, September 24, the UCA boys varsity soccer team will dedicate their game to Eli on their home field at Gardener Park at 4 p.m.
Eli’s ashes will be layed to rest in a private family celebration of life ceremony at both the summit of Jay Peak and the shore of Lake Seymour.  In honor of Eli’s life, please remember to always buckle up!
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Christian Academy Sports Program, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com
Genevieve R. Greenman
Genevieve Rae (Fagan) Greenman, 88, died September 5, 2010, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
She was born on June 8, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Eva Louise Matheson and Michael Fagan.
She attended Atlantic Union College Nursing Program in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, and became a nurse like her mother.
She married Saul E. Greenman in September of 1943 and lived on the U.S. Naval Station in Key West, Florida, until the end of World War II.  They then moved to New York City where she had two children, Brenda Louise and Kenneth Michael.  She worked many years as a hospital nurse and retired from the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts, at the age of 62.
Mrs. Greenman continued as a volunteer in the hospital auxiliary and in her neighborhood health outreach clinics for seniors.  She loved bus trips all over New England and activities with her friends.  She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s company.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth and his wife, Nancy, of Highland, New York, and Brenda and her husband, Gabe, of Albany; by grandchildren Michael, Marie, and Joel and his wife, Andrea; her great-grandchildren Mia Louise and Landyn Jonathan; several dear cousins who she grew up with and considered as brothers and sisters:  James, Charles and Ethyle; her step-grandchildren Michael and Cara; and step-great-grandchildren Brandon and Brenna.  She was predeceased by her former husband, Saul, in December of 2000.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, at the Albany Methodist Church in Albany.  Burial will follow in the Newport Center Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Malolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
Delight L. Thibault Hood

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Delight L. Thibault Hood, 58, died on Friday, September 17, at her home in Hartland surrounded by her family.
She was born January 23, 1952, in Coaticook, Quebec, a daughter of Paul S. and Mona (Riendeau) Molloy.
After graduating from Canaan Memorial High School, she worked as a telephone operator in Canada and later assisted her father in operating the Norton Country Store.  She also worked for a time as a teacher’s aide at St. Albert’s School in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire.  Mrs. Hood was proud to be the first female certified logger in the state of Vermont, as she operated the family logging business after her first husband’s death.
She was a dedicated citizen of Norton and enjoyed serving her community in many ways, including volunteering at the Norton Village School and serving on the Norton School Board.  In recent years, she loved spending winters with her husband in Fort Myers, Florida.
She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband, Gaetan Thibault, and her West Highland Terrier Shamrock.
She is survived by her husband, Lee Hood, of Hartland; a son Steve Thibault and his wife, Kyla, of Norton; a daughter Josee Riendeau and her husband, Marc, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; stepsons Todd Hood and his wife, Michele, of Hartland and Darrell Hood of Windsor; five grandchildren; and a sister Shirley Flores and her husband, John, of Waldorf, Maryland.
A Mass was celebrated September 21 at 1 p.m at St. Bernard’s Church in Norton with burial in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, Vermont 05001-0976.
Robert F. LaBounty Sr.
Robert F. LaBounty Sr., 82, husband of the late Betty (Garrick) LaBounty, died on September 14, 2010, at MidState Medical Center.
He was born in Barton, a son of the late Francis LaBounty and Myrtie LaBounty Beaulieu.
He had lived in Meriden, Connecticut, for the past 46 years.  He was a graduate of Barton Academy and was employed by C.S. Margison Co. of Hartford for many years.  He was a peacetime veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy.  He loved to attend his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities.
He is survived by a daughter Debra Virgulto and her husband, Mark, of Meriden; a son Robert F. LaBounty Jr. of Meriden; eight grandchildren:  Paul, Joshua, Ashley, Mark, Brittany, Brianna, Arielle, and Jordan Virgulto of Meriden; three sisters Rachel Daigle and her husband, Ronald, of Granville, New York, Marion Griffin and Beverly LaBounty, both of West Glover; an aunt Ruth LaPlante of Farmington, Connecticut; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.  He was predeceased by three brothers, Kenneth, Richard and Raymond LaBounty, and two sisters, Dorothy Morgan and Pauline Shafer.
The funeral was held on September 18 at the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home in Meriden.  Burial with military honors followed.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Road, #105, Middletown, Connecticut 06457, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Teresa Nicole McDermut

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Teresa Nicole McDermut, 101, died on Saturday, September 18, 2010, at home in Jay with her loving family by her side.  She was formerly of Montvale, New Jersey.
Mrs. McDermut was born December 6, 1909, in New York City, the oldest of six children born to Giovanni and Marie Antoinette Rinaldi.  She grew up in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.  After graduating from Richmond Business College, she worked at McFadden Publishing Company in New York City.
She married Whitney B. McDermut, her beloved, on August 25, 1937.  He predeceased her on December 10, 2000.
The early part of her married life was devoted to raising her family which she excelled at.  She was a stylish lady with a natural gift for decorating.  She also assisted her husband in the family business.  She volunteered with numerous organizations.  She was  president of the Pascack Valley High School Parent and Teachers Association, served on the Girl Scout Council of Bergen City, New Jersey, and on the Jamie Shulman Foundation, and she delivered meals on wheels into her late seventies.  She was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne at St. Vincent de Paul Church of North Troy.  She was blessed with a generous heart.
She is survived by two children, Whitney B.  McDermut Jr. of Bombay, New York, and Irene McDermut of Jay; by granddaughters Heather Lee Moretti and her husband, Lawrence, and Tracy Lynn Pacio of California; by grandson Whitney B. McDermut III and great-granddaughter Sydney Moretti also of California; by one sister Marie Josephine Ford of Rhode Island; and by many nieces and nephews.  Mrs. McDermut is also survived by, and will be deeply missed by, many friends in the area who have come to love this wonderful lady.  She will be especially missed by her “special daughter” Jeannie Lawson, who cannot be thanked enough for her kindness and loving care over the last several weeks and for the time spent with her over the many years since she moved to the Jay area.  She was predeceased by three brothers:  John, Joseph, and Patrick Rinaldi, and by one sister Alvira Capuzzi.
Funeral services were held September 21 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.   Interment will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, at the George Washington Cemetery in Paramas, New Jersey.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Jay Food Shelf.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Duane V. Rowland
Duane V. Rowland, 76, of Barton, formerly of Newport, died on September 14, 2010, in Newport with his daughters at his side.
He was born March 10, 1934, in North Troy, a son of George and Mildred (Farrar) Rowland.
He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1975 as an SK-2.  At one time, Mr. Rowland was also employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, Bogner of America, and Rural Community Transportation.  He held membership with the Order of the Elks #2155.  He enjoyed playing bingo and stamp collecting.
He is survived by his daughters:  Lori Royer and her husband, Paul, of Newport and Julie Nelson and her husband, Michael, of Orleans; by four grandchildren:  Andrea, Lisa, David and Danielle; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by the following sisters and brothers:  George Rowland, Marjorie Prue, Eloise Chicoine, Windfield Rowland, and Viola Pollard.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Hill, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Blair H. Warman

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Blair H. Warman, 85, of Newport, beloved father and grandfather, died peacefully on September 18, 2010, in Newport.
He was born on May 24, 1925, in Cahoes, New York, and grew up in Bass River, New Brunswick, Canada.  He was the oldest son of Kenneth and Charlotte (Campbell) Warman.
On April 21, 1963, he married Abbie Roberts who predeceased him on April 27, 2010.
Mr. Warman was the director of Central Service for the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts, from 1969 through 1986, at which time he retired.  He and and his wife moved to Newport Center in 1989.
Mr. Warman loved spending time with his wife and children and especially his grandchildren.  He also loved his wife’s good cooking.  He enjoyed playing the omnichord and the guitar and listening to Appalachian folk and gospel music.  Mr. and Mrs. Warman looked forward to traveling to Bass River each year to spend a week with Mr. Warman’s cousin Jenny Ward and her family at their cottage and to visiting his family in town.  During these trips, he loved to get together with his cousins to sing and play music.  He was an inventor and a poet.  He wrote a book of poetry entitled Springs of Memories.
Church life was very important to him.  He served as an elder of the Newport Seventh Day Adventist church for many years and was a dedicated Bible student.  He was also an active board member for Voice in the Kingdom Radio, Inc. WJSY-LP, 96.1 FM, the low power radio station owned by his church.  In recent years he broadcasted many radio spots on WJSY called “Just thinking in Newport.”
He is survived by his son James Warman and his wife, Michelle, of Newport Center; his daughter Donna (Warman) Luna and her husband, Jose, of Milford, New Hampshire; by five beloved grandchildren:  Nathan, and Kaitlyn Warman, and Lindsey, Jose, and Isabel Luna; by two brothers, Gordon Warman and his wife, Joanne, of Bradenton, Florida, and Alvin Warman of Burnt River, Ontario;  by three brothers-in-law, Al Overbye of Elk River, Minnesota, and Alfred (Bud) Roberts and his wife, Edna, of South Lancaster, Massachusetts, and Pastor William Dudgeon of Buchanan, Michigan.  He was predeceased by his brother Gerald Warman in January 1999 and by his sister Doris (Warman) Overbye in February 2010.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, at the Newport Baptist Church in Newport with Pastors Jose Luna, William Dudgeon, and Octavian Poenaru officiating.
Mr. Warman will be laid to rest next to his wife in Holland, Massachusetts, on September 24 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Warman’s memory can be made to Voice in the Kingdom Radio, Inc., P.O. Box 1043, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
June Elizabeth (Cook) Young

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June Elizabeth (Cook) Young, 90, a lifetime resident of Glover, died Friday evening, September 17, 2010, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
Mrs. Young was born in Glover on Cook Hill (now Perron Hill) on January 8, 1920, a daughter of G. Tracy and Blanche (Paquette) Cook.
She attended graded school in Glover, graduated from Barton Academy, then attended UVM one year, followed by a year at Lyndon Teachers College where she obtained her teaching certificate.  In 1941, she taught four students at the Beach School in West Glover.
In 1942, she married Robert “Robbie” L. Young and together they operated a dairy farm in the Andersonville section of West Glover.  They were married 54 years, until his death in 1996.
Her faith and spiritual family at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church were important to her, and she was a member there for more than 65 years.
She especially loved spending time with her family. All were accepted and loved for who they are without judgment or advice.  With some help from family and friends, Home Health, and Meals on Wheels, she was able to live alone in her home until February of this year.  Even at the nursing home she remained interested in all that was happening in the lives of her family and friends, the farm, and neighborhood.
Mrs. Young was a lover of nature.  As long as she was able, she enjoyed early morning bird walks, and became an expert in their calls and identification.  Over the years, one of the things that gave her the greatest pleasure was feeding her birds and watching them from inside her home.
She learned to read before starting school at age five, and had a lifelong love of books and reading.  In later years she spent many happy hours listening to books on tape. She also enjoyed classical music.
She is survived by her four children:  James Young and his wife, Patricia, of West Glover, Jeannine Young of West Glover, Margaret Brewster and her husband, Ray, of Interlaken, New York, and Robert “Ted” Young and his wife, Rebecca, of West Glover; by ten grandchildren: Edwin Young and his friend, Sarah Russell, Beth Young, Tracey Young and her friend, Gustavo La Grave, Sam Young and his friend, Darcy Gagne, Lisa Feltner and her husband, Richard, Carla Lackey and her husband, Paul, Seth Brewster and his wife, Carman, Sarah Young-Xu and her husband, Yinong, Tello Young and his wife, Rebecca, and Joshua Young and his wife, Sandra; by three step-grandchildren:  Kathryn Carberry and her husband, John, Fletcher Christiansen and his wife, Amy, and Hans Christensen and his wife, Mary; by 13 great-grandchildren; by two step-great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, a grandson, Timothy Young, and her brothers, Vernon and David Cook.
There will be a memorial service at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 23, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Dennis Hett officiating.  A committal service will be held at Andersonville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Young’s memory may be made to the Glover Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 64, West Glover, Vermont 05875.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
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September 15, 2010 Obituaries

Edward A. Badali

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Edward A. Badali, 83, of Island Pond died suddenly on September 10, 2010, in Newport.
He was born on August 26, 1927, in New Haven, Connecticut, a son of Joseph Sr. and Mabel (Hayden) Badali.
On June 12, 1948, he married Theresa Levenduski who survives him.
Mr. Badali entered the U.S. Navy where he served his country during World War II.
He owned and operated E.& F. Electric Company in Hamden, Connecticut.  He held memberships with St. James Catholic Church of Island Pond, and the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.  Among his hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and he loved being on the water and attending family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Badali, of Island Pond; by his children:  Ellen Wasilewski and her husband, Daniel, of Chester, Connecticut, Jane Davis and her husband, Wade, of Durham, Connecticut, Linda Lombardi and her husband, William, of North Haven, Connecticut, and Cheryl Badali and her fiancé, Tyler Sabin, of Northfield; by nine grandchildren; and by seven great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother Joseph Badali Jr., and by his sister Elizabeth Brown.
Funeral services were held on September 13 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank Connor celebrating a Mass.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #80, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marie-Paule Coulombe

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Marie-Paule Coulombe, 93, of Troy died peacefully on September 7, 2010, at her home.
She was born December 18, 1916, in Dixville, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Crete) Routhier.
On September 23, 1937, she married Archie Coulombe who predeceased her.
Mrs. Coulombe was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne, the senior bowling league of Missisquoi Manor, and the community center of Westfield on Wednesday mornings.  She also enjoyed attending the Meeting Place.
At one time, she drove school bus in Troy, and she baked at the former Sonnenhof Inn in Jay.  She enjoyed bowling and scored a high single of 174 at the age of 93.  She also enjoyed dancing, gardening, baking homemade bread and pies, and playing cards.  She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her nine children:  Roger Coulombe and his wife, Blanche, of Essex Junction, Claudette Limoges and her husband, Art, of Troy, Susan Mismas and her husband, Leon, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Conrad Coulombe and his wife, Lise, of Colchester, Gerald Coulombe and his wife, Aileen, of Newport, Rena Abair and her husband, Michael, of Monument, Colorado, Patrick Coulombe and his wife, Peggy, of Jonesville, Cecile Coulombe Olden and her companion, Ron Wright, of Troy, and Mona Hartnett and her husband, Ed, of Houston, Texas; by 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; by the following brothers and sisters:  Valmore Routhier of Florida, Bernard Routhier of Bloomfield, Maurice Routhier of Florida, Lucienne Lamoureaux of Ottawa, twin sister Marie-Ange Sage of Burlington, Madeline Routhier of Troy, and Rejeanne McAllister of Lowel  She was predeceased by a son Leo Coulombe.
Funeral services were held on September 11 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.   Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 300 North Lee Street, Suite #50, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, or to the Sacred Heart Church, P.O. Box 109, Troy,Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gertrude M. Dane
Gertrude M. Dane, of Island Pond, formerly of West Charleston, died in Newport on Thursday, September 9, 2010.
She was born on March 19, 1914, in East Charleston, a daughter of Earl and Arvilla (Lewis) Willis.
She married Bernie Dane on June 22, 1933.
Mrs. Dane spent most of her time raising her family.  However, she did work several years at the Orleans County Memorial Hospital.  She was a member of the Navy Grange and the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston, and more recently attended the Brighton Baptist Church.
She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and cooking.  She was the recipient of the Lucy Smith Baking Award for four consecutive years at the Barton fair.
She also enjoyed traveling with the Community Circle, and the ten winters she spent in Florida.
Mrs. Dane loved her many friends at Sunrise Manor in Island Pond, the caring group of nurses and aides from the Visiting Nurses Association, and Dr. Robert Primeau and the staff at the Island Pond Health Clinic.  She was also grateful for the wonderful care she received at the Bel-Aire Center.
She is survived by her children:  Clair Dane and his wife, Charlotte, of Morgan, Marjorie Judd of Derby, Caroline White of Stephentown, New York; Sandra Brown and her husband, Robert, of Beverly, Massachusetts, and Deana Hallock and her husband, Greg, of Middlesex; by 16 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son Earl; by sons in-law Alan White and Kenneth Judd; a brother; and two sisters.
Funeral services were held on September 14 at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446, or the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marion Lillian Darling

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Marion Lillian Darling,73, died on September 8, 2010, at her home in Glover.
She was born in Upper Wards Creek, New Brunswick, on January 30, 1937.  She moved to the U.S. in 1956 where she began to raise her children.  She married Russell Darling on March 6, 1965, and moved to Glover in 1969.
Mrs. Darling worked for many years at the Candlepin restaurant in Barton before returning to work on the Darling farm on Dexter Mountain until she retired due to ill health.
She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed knitting, embroidering, and making cookies with Abigail.  She loved going to Florida in the winter in her RV and returning to Vermont in the summer for the horse and pony pulls at the Barton fair every August.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Darling, of Glover; by her children:  Gerry English and his wife, Michele, of Glover, Sherry Provencher and her husband, Butch, of Newport, Pamela Massey and her friend Kevin of Barre, Deborah Wease and her husband, Mike, of Glover, and daughter-in-law Lisa Darling of Glover; by the following grandchildren:  Amy English of Glover, Gerry English II of Glover, Jason and Ryan Larocque of Lyndonville, Bill Stevens of Glover, Chris Provencher of Virginia, Tina Provencher of North Carolina, Jon Provencher of North Troy, Jessica Massey of Barre, Amanda Darling of Glover, Justin Darling of Glover, and  Abigail Darling of Glover; by the following great-grandchildren:  Emma and Lily English of Glover, Adrienne and Autumn Larocque of Lyndonville, Bryer and Annika Provencher of North Troy, Lily and Violet Provencher of Virginia, and Brysian and Michael Provencher of North Carolina; by Tara, her cat, who was her constant companion.  She was predeceased by her sister Marie Gardner, and her son Randy Darling on August 15, 2007.
Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton on Thursday, September 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. for a celebration of her life.  Friends will gather afterwards at the family farm on Dexter Mountain Road.  Interment will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Glover Rescue Squad, care of Sue Medor, P.O. Box 64, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Garfield
John W. Garfield Sr., 59, also known as Chief Working Beaver, died on September 4, 2010, at his home in Island Pond surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 25, 1951, in Keene, New Hampshire .
He entered the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Garfield was a supervisor for Site Tech, Inc, Heavy Equipment Operations in Prospect, Connecticut.  He was an active member and chief of the Clan of Bear and a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He enjoyed carving and woodworking in Native American arts, and he was a wonderful husband, father and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Lorna Garfield, of Island Pond; his four children:  SFC John W. Garfield Jr. and his wife, Michela, of Kentucky, Billie-Jo Picard and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond, Sherrie-Shantel Testa and her husband, Nick, of Connecticut, and Mikey Garfield of Island Pond; by six grandchildren:  Scott, Savanna, Lars, Cheyenne, Robert, and Kayla.
Funeral services were held on September 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with Sister Rainbow officiating.  Immediately following the service, military honors wiere held.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Lawrence F. Kipp

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Lawrence “Larry” Kipp, 54, of Newport, a longtime insurance agent and agency principal, died on Friday, September 10, 2010, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his son Justin, two of his best friends, and his beloved girlfriend, Sarah.
He was born November 18, 1955, a son of Richard F. and Florence (Hawkins) Kipp.
He was raised in Orleans and was a 1973 graduate of Lake Region Union High School.  He received a business degree from Champlain College and joined the family insurance agency, which was started in 1928 by his grandfather Archie Kipp.  He later was a co-owner with his brother Steve until the sale of the agency in 2002. In 1998, he received an award as an outstanding agent from the state Insurance Agents Association.
Mr. Kipp loved sports.  He played basketball at Lake Region and had been a coach for the girls junior varsity basketball and soccer teams and his son’s Junior Hoop basketball team for three years.  He also was instrumental in starting the Orleans area youth soccer league.  He enjoyed fishing, especially ice and lake fishing at Willoughby Lake, hunting and golfing.  He was an avid Yankees fan.  He enjoyed sugarmaking and vegetable and flower gardening.  Mr. Kipp was known as a very grateful person, expressing sincere gratitude to all who had done anything for him.
He served Barton for a time as a school board member and also had been an emergency medical technician on the Barton Rescue Squad, as well as a previous officer.
He was a dedicated, loving and giving father and was greatly saddened by the death of his daughter Brooke in her seventeenth year.
Mr. Kipp leaves his mother, Florence “Sally” Kipp, of the Greensboro Nursing Home; his son Justin Kipp of Hanover; a brother Steven Kipp of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Irasburg; a sister Martha Lanham and her husband, Paul, of Enola, Pennsylvania; his girlfriend, Sarah Carpenter, of Newport; a niece Greta Kipp of Irasburg; three nephews:  John Kipp of Orleans, Trevor Lanham of Monterey, California, and Kipp Lanham of Washington, D.C.; an aunt Betty Thurber of Middlebury; as well as extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard Kipp, on March 2, 1988; and his beloved daughter, Brooke, on March 2, 1998.
A memorial service will be held, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans with Pastor David Lisner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Brooke Kipp Memorial Scholarship, care of Tim Chamberlin at Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Condolences to the family may be sent online through the Malcolm R Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common at mrdavisfuneral@earthlink.net .
Madalene Mary Teague Lemnah
Madalene Mary Teague Lemnah, 86, of St. Albans, formerly of Newport, died on September 7, 2010, in Burlington after a short illness.  She was able to remain until her son Mark returned from Afghanistan.
She was born May 6, 1924, in Fairfield, a daughter of Benjamin and Iva Pearl (Boomhower) Teague.
She graduated in 1942 from Cathedral High School.  Prior to her marriage, she was employed by Bell Telephone.  She married Carlton F. Lemnah of Fairfield on October 5, 1950.  She and her late husband moved to Newport in 1959, and she became very active within the community.  She was a longtime 4-H leader and taught sewing to many young 4-H youngsters.  Many a local member will have fond memories of the lessons they learned.
She is survived by her children:  Thomas Lemnah of St. Albans, Mark Lemnah and his wife, Francine, of Westford, Carla Lemnah-Warner and her husband, James, of Westfield, Massachusetts, Judith Hayes and her husband, C. Steven, of  Fairfax; by her grandson Derrick Lemnah and his son Stewart John Lemnah, along with Derrick’s partner, Melanie Bouchard, and her daughters Abbie and Madison; by granddaughter Renee Welchman and her husband, Kyle, and their daughter Emma; by granddaughter Katie Warner and her friend Eric McCutcheon of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Emily Warner of South Woodbury and her friend Ben Roy; by her granddaughers Mattie and Morgan Hayes of Fairfax and Jeffersonville; by her grandson Dustin Hayes of Fairfax; by her sisters:  Elizabeth Hatch of Belfast, Maine, and Ann Hale of East Hartford, Connecticut; by close sisters-in-law Polly Cosgrove, Rosalie Teague, Marion Reynolds, and Ruth Lemnah; by her brother- and sister-in-law Harold and Marlene Lemnah; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Lemnah; sister and brother-in-law Robert and Helen Teague; and by two brothers Raymond Teague and Thomas Cosgrove.
Mrs. Lemnah will be sorely missed by her close friends and Gricebrook Community members, and everyone at the St. Albans Senior Center, and especially by her card circle.  She was known for her generosity and kindness, but most especially for her love.
Funeral services were held on September 13  at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fairfield with the Reverend Leonidas Laroche celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fairfield.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Franklin County Senior Center, 75 Messenger Street, St. Albans, Vermont 05478 .
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Death notice
On September 10, 2010, Melba Barber-Howland, 77, of Barton died on September 10, 2010.
Calling hours will be on Friday, September 17, at the Barton United Church from 12 to 1:30 p.m. with burial at the West Glover cemetery at 2 p.m.  A celebration of her life will follow at the Barton United Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trace Santos-Barber Scholarship, Morristown School District, P.O. Box 340, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
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September 8, 2010 Obituaries

Hunter J. Blake

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Hunter J. Blake, 11 months old, died at his home in North Troy on August 31, 2010, after a long battle with Krabbe disease.  He was surrounded by his loving family.
Hunter loved being outside listening to the birds and to music.  He loved being held and cuddled.
He was born September 18, 2009, in Newport, a beloved son of Meagan Blake and Jeremy Brown.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Joshua Cloney, of North Troy; his maternal grandmothers, April Blake, of Coventry and Sherri Ingalls of West Glover; by his great-grandmothers Janette Patten of Coventry and Doris Brown of West Charleston; by his uncles Jamie Patten of Nashville, Tennessee, and Justin Blake of Coventry; by his aunt Tonya Brown of North Troy; and by several great-aunts, uncles and cousins and special cousins Samantha and Kayla Wright.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John F. Blake Jr.
Funeral services were held on Saturday September 4, 2010, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.  Interment followed in the Coventry Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hunter’s Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 643, 6368 West Quaker Street, Orchard Park, New York 14127.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Shirley Ann Blanchard

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Shirley Ann Blanchard, 68, of North Troy died suddenly on September 2, 2010, in Newport.
She was born September 9, 1941, in Addison, a daughter of Hugh and Marion (Nimblett) Longey.
On January 21, 1963, she married Roland Blanchard Sr. who survives her.
Mrs. Blanchard was a pharmaceutical inspector for Mylan Tech, and at one time she was employed by Kinney Drugs in St. Albans and Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  She graduated from Vergennes Academy in Vergennes.
Her hobbies included playing bingo, going to the senior center, shopping, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Roland Blanchard Sr., of North Troy; by her children:  Julie Pion and her husband, Jeremy, of Lowell, Roland Blanchard Jr. of  Lowell, Kenricka (Kricket) Blanchard and her companion, Joe Rollo, of North Troy, and Roxanne Major and her husband, Gary, of Lowell; by the following grandchildren:  Ryan Folgherait and Ally, Amber Folgherait, Kaitlynn King, Danielle King and Rob, Ashley Blanchard, Kayla Blanchard, Kelsey Blanchard-Rollo and Bryant, and Nicholas Hunt and Kristi Farrar; by two great-granddaughters, Jade Marie Tuttle and Emiley Farrar; by sister-in-law Pauline Sweet of Enosburg; brother-in-law Steven Blanchard of Enosburg; by many aunts, uncles and cousins; and by special friends Hilda Duprey, Marion Bruce, Nancy Pelletier, Bev Hisman, Liz Farley, and many others.  She was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Pudvah; sisters-in-law Bea Spencer, Barb Gerrow, and Mildred Blanchard; and brother-in-law Larry Blanchard.
A graveside service will be held at the Albany Village Cemetery on Friday, September 10, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
James E. DeLude

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James E. DeLude, 62, of Newport died on August 31, 2010, in Newport.
He was born May 23, 1948, in Northfield, a son of Edward and Flora (Phillips) DeLude.  He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1966 and attended UCLA Berkeley in California where he received a master’s degree in behavioral psychology.  He was a well known personal accountant.  He served time in the U. S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was an avid sports fan, and he enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing, and traveling.
He is survived by two daughters:  Jamie DeLude and her husband, Juan Aristizabal, of Malden, Massachusetts, and Jasmine DeLude of Lyndon Corner; by a granddaughter, Juliana Gentley; by his beloved companion of seven years, Normie Gagne, of Newport; by her two sons:  Alain and Donald Berube; by his two sisters:  Mary Clifford of Northfield and Diana DeLude of Montpelier; by his nieces April DeLude and Crystal Barrows; by his nephews Eric Clifford and Bryson DeLude; and by his dog Misty as well as several close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 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.
Verla Edith Drake

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Verla Edith Drake, 90, of Derby died on September 1, 2010, in Newport.
She was born April 23, 1920, in Orleans, a daughter of Elmer and Greta (Dunham) Hilliard.
On December 14, 1940, she married Phil Drake Sr. who predeceased her in 1996.
Mrs. Drake was a member of the Navy Grange and the American Legion Auxiliary where she was also past president.  She hooked and braided rugs, and she also hooked Currier and Ives pictures into rugs and sewed for many different people.  She enjoyed growing flowers, and she was a caregiver for several different family members.  She enjoyed her independence, including obtaining her driver’s license at the age of 70.  She was delighted with family gatherings and visits.
She is survived by her children:  Phil Drake and his wife, Theresa, of Newport, Marvin Drake and his wife, Barbara Strich, of St. Johnsbury, and Gary Drake and his wife, Alice, of Fletcher; by seven grandchildren:  Amanda Kennedy and her husband, Todd, of Virginia, Abbey Drake of Vermont, Paula Gratton and her husband, Ronald, of Vermont, Scott Drake of New York, Douglas Drake and his wife, Tammy, of North Troy, Rhonda Drake of Vermont, Zander Drake and his companion, Elizabeth Rowley, of New Hampshire; five great-grandchildren:  Tia Drake of Newport Center, Nathaniel Drake of North Troy, Emma Drake of North Troy, Paul Kennedy of Virginia, and Josephine Drake of Bethlehem, New Hampshire; and by a sister Dorothy Whipple of Newport.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Maynard and Warren Hilliard.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.   Interment followed in the Derby Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to PALS of Vermont, Association for the Blind, 60 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Gilberte Pauline Gagner

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Gilberte Pauline Gagner, 86, of Derby died on September 2, 2010, in Newport.
She was born June 25, 1924, in Kateville, Quebec, a daughter of Albert and Florence (Paquette) Mongeau.
On August 21, 1948, she married Armand Gagner who predeceased her in 2002.  Mrs. Gagner was very dedicated to her husband of over 50 years, and she loved caring for her family.
She is survived by her children:  Robert Gagner and his wife, Lisa, of Ascutney and Jocelyne Capron of Derby; by seven grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Gaston Mongeau and his wife, Wanita, of Quebec and Valdor Mongeau and his wife, Denise, of Stanstead, Quebec; by three sisters:  Claire Prince of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Aline Cloutier and her husband, Real, of North Carolina, and Fernande Langevin and her husband, Adrien, of Montreal, Quebec; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Mongeau, and by a sister, Realta.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on September 8 from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Hospital, care of Diana Hamilton, 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.
 
Gloria Loomis

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Gloria June (St. Onge) Loomis, 80, of Clarendon died peacefully on September 4, 2010, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center with all her children and family members by her side, following a long illness.
She was born on June 3, 1930, in West Glover, a daughter of Roy and Anna (Diette) St. Onge.  She had three sisters and two brothers.
She went to Barton Academy.
She married Ralph Francis Loomis Sr. on September 30, 1950, and they had six children together.
In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. St. Onge established Walker Mountain Sales and Service in Clarendon.  For the past 18 years they worked side by side with their son Roger who will carry on the family business.
Mrs. Loomis loved sewing, making quilts, snowmobiling, and reading.  She had a passion for canning and for photo memories.  She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Church.  She loved and looked forward to family gatherings and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters:  Gail Foust and her husband, Calvin, of Jamestown, New York, and Geannine White and her husband, Charlie, of Tinmouth; four sons:  Ralph (Jinx) Loomis Jr. and his wife, Nancy, and Roy Loomis and his wife, Amy, all of West Rutland, Roger Loomis and his wife, Kelly, and Ross Loomis and his wife, Wendy, all of Shrewsbury; 18 grandchildren:  Sarah, Ashlee, Casey, Samantha, Cy, Jody, Jessie, Chelsea, Alexis, Kaylin, Brendon, Josh, Kiera, Ryan, Mitchell, Logan, Jordan and Alyssa; five great-granddaughters: Sadie, Lauren, Maddison, Lacey and Gavyn; one great-grandson, Hunter; with another great grandson Colton on the way; a sister Vi Adams of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband on September 6, 2009, also by two sisters Kay Sheehe and Edna Hill; two brothers Charles St. Onge and Fred St. Onge.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at the Rutland-Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main Street, Rutland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the St. Patrick’s Church in Wallingford.  Burial will follow in the East Clarendon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made through www.rutlandherald.com/obits on the guest book, or private condolences can be made through www.aldousfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Stanley R. Robbins
Stanley R. Robbins, 84, of Citrus Springs, Florida, died on September 1, 2010, at his home.
A native of Derby, he was born August 9, 1926, a son of Guy V. and Luella (Tice) Robbins.  He was a retired supervisor and machinist for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft.
Mr. Robbins served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 and was a life member of the Edward Penno VFW Post #4864 of Citrus Springs.  He was a 46-year member of American Legion Post #197 in Marlborough, Connecticut, and a member of LST 494 Organization of World War II Shipmates.
One of his great loves was golf, and he was a member of the Citrus Springs Golf and Country Club and a former member of the Chanticlair Golf Course in Colchester, Connecticut.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bertha H. Robbins, of Citrus Springs; his sons Randy G. Robbins of Citrus Springs, Alan D. Robbins and his wife, Linda, of Andover, Connecticut, and William S. Robbins and his wife, Laurel, of Marlborough; by a brother Milton Robbins and his wife, Beverly, of Meridianville, Alabama; by sisters Frances Taylor and Ruth Marsh, both of Derby, and Marion Bates of Bradenton, Florida; by seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by a son Gregg Robbins, in 1954, and a great-grandson Brandyn Robbins in 1999.
A memorial service will be held on September 13 at the Fero Funeral Home in Beverly Hills, Florida.
Lyman Payne Sprout

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With his family at his side, Lyman Payne Sprout, 84, died on August 29, 2010, at his home in Green Valley, Arizona, from congestive heart failure.
He was born July 23, 1926, in Winooski.
He married Kathleen (Kitty) Cook on June 19, 1954. They lived in Essex Junction and Morgan before retiring to Green Valley.
Mr. Sprout served in the Marine Corps in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years, ending his career as postmaster in Essex.
Mr. Sprout was a dedicated family man.  He spent many years coaching and supporting sports in the Essex Junction area.  His lifelong passion for trout fishing earned him many friends, especially along the banks of his favorite fishing river, the Willoughby.  He was a proud member of American Legion Post #23 of Orleans and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans of Orleans County #22.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Harriet; his brothers Frank and Charles; and his sisters Anne, Betty and Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Green Valley; his sons Greg and his wife, Donna, of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Jeffrey and his wife, Elizabeth, of Underhill; by daughter Cynthia of Tucson, Arizona; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special nephew Roger Elkins.
There will be a celebration of his life during the spring trout run on the Willoughby  River with details at a later date.
If friends should desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery of the Vermont Fish and Game Service.
Robert (Little Bobby) L. Wesoja III
Robert L. Wesoja III, 23, died unexpectedly at his home in Fairgrove, Michigan, on Monday, August 30, 2010.
He was born August 1, 1987, in Concord, New Hampshire, a son of Robert L. Wesoja Jr. and Shannon (Boudreau) Wesoja.
Mr. Wesoja made friends everywhere he went.  He spent many days, weeks, and sometimes months with Nana and Grampa Wesoja, and he enjoyed working for Gram and Pepe.  He loved being in Vermont but never could stay away from New Hampshire for very long.  Even after moving to Michigan with his mom and siblings, he consistently made trips back East.  He loved being with his friends, making new friends, dirt bike riding, listening to country music, and four-wheeling.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Robert and Tami Wesoja Jr.; stepbrothers Cody and Connor and sister Caylin of Irasburg; his mother, Shannon Boudreau Wesoja; his brother Thomas and sister Kylie of Fairgrove; paternal grandparents Sandy and Robert Wesoja Sr. of Webster, New Hampshire; maternal grandparents Gary and Dora Boudreau of Reese, Michigan; uncles Warren, Chris and Eddie Wesoja and Shaun Boudreau, all of New Hampshire; aunt Sara Boudreau of Michigan; and many close cousins throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Michigan who looked up to him and loved spending time with him, especially four-wheeling with Christopher and dirt biking with Clint, Michael, Casey and Corey.  Step-family members were considered family to him.
There will be a memorial service followed by social time and refreshments on Thursday, September 9, at 6 p.m., at the Irasburg Town Hall.
Condolences may be sent to Tami and Robert Wesoja Jr., 1915 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
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September 1, 2010 Obituaries

James Ronald Bothwell
James Ronald Bothwell Jr., 64, of Derby Line died on Sunday, August 22, 2010, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center from complications from cancer.
He was born in Burlington on September 3, 1945, a son of James Ronald Bothwell Sr. and Mary Ruth Haley.
Mr. Bothwell joined the Naval Reserves in 1963.  In 1964 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and served his country honorably. His bravery in the Vietnam War awarded him many decorations including two Purple Heart medals, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Rifle Sharpshooter Medal.
Upon his honorable discharge, he continued to serve his country as a U.S. Merchant Marine.  He also served with the Vermont National Guard and earned his degree in criminal justice.  In January 3, 2006, he retired from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after 26 years of service.  In those years he was a certified firearms instructor.
Mr. Bothwell enjoyed golfing, reading, mechanics, and family.  He and his wife RVed throughout the U.S. and spent the winter months in Florida.  He was a member of the DAV, the American Legion, VFW, and the Eagles.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Bothwell, whom he married on October 11, 1969; by his four children:  James Bothwell of Montpelier and his daughter Sadie, Brad Bothwell of Newport and his wife, Tammy, son Tanner and step-children Dillion, Bobbi, and Nick Nobaris, daughter Jennifer Lund of Bergen, Norway, and her husband, Christian, and their daughters Maia and Sofia, and son Chad Bothwell of New York City; by his sister Diane Ledoux of Burlington; his brother David Robert Bothwell of Savannah, Georgia; by his aunt Kay Lathrop and uncle Bobby King, both of Burlington; as well as several brother- and sisters-in-law, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line on August 28.  He was honored by both military and U.S. Customs.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society (for pancreatic research), 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont  05495, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria,Virginia 22312.
Dwight Willey Bowen

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Dwight Willey Bowen, 92, of the Newport Health Care Center and formerly of Holland, died on August 27, 2010, in Newport.
He was born March 4, 1918, in Newport Center, a son of Raymond and Myrtie (Pettingill) Bowen.
On November 4, 1945, he married Evelyn Graves who predeceased him on July 26, 2002.
Mr. Bowen served his country during World War II.  At one time, he was a driver for General Douglas MacArthur.
He loved fishing and hunting with his grandsons, and he very much enjoyed working with his son on his race car.
He worked at Butterfield’s Tap and Die for may years and for Newport Cablevision.  He also did carpentry work.
He is survived by five children:  Don Bowen and his wife, Rosemarie, of Orleans, Dolores Niles and her husband, Frank, of Newport Center, Deborah English of West Charleston, Winky Crowe of Derby, and Delsaye Bowen and her companion, Chris Hackett, of Derby Line; by 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Delight Sanville, on May 5, 1999; by his grandson Chad Crowe on December 30, 1993; by two brothers, Arland Bowen Sr. and Stanley Bowen; and by his sister Marjorie.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 4 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Military honors will be held immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 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.
 
Ruth (George) Brooks
Ruth (George) Brooks, 86, of Newport died on August 28, 2010, in Glover.
She was born May 30, 1924, the third child of Hawley and Marjory (Wheatley) George.
She attended Thetford Academy and Lyndon Normal School and taught in Glover and Westmore.
In 1947, she married Neil Brooks, who predeceased her in 1974.
Over the years, she worked various jobs.  In Glover, she worked at the Busy Bee, Cook’s Poultry, and at the store and post office.  She was also church treasurer, custodian of the church and town hall, and headed the neighborhood collections for flower memorials. She also worked in Barton at Moore’s Market.  After her husband’s death, she moved to Newport where she acquired more friends through her employment and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  In Newport she managed the senior meal site for many years.  She also managed the governor’s mansion while she lived there.  She was a volunteer driver for Rural Community Transportation, making house calls to shut-ins.
She enjoyed participation in the variety shows of old times and also the jam sessions with friends from Newport Place where she lived until she went to the Union House in Glover.  She looked forward to those after being in the nursing home.
She is survived by two children:  Donna Dopp and son-in-law Lawrence of Barton, and Penny Brooks of Plainfield, New Hampshire; by three grandchildren:  Kevin Dopp and his friend Cheryl of Derby Line, Corey Dopp Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Barton and Melissa Dopp of St. Johnsbury; by the following great-grandchildren:  Corey Dopp Jr., Arion Dopp, Ashley and Bradley Dopp, and Jeremy Buckland; and by grandcats Gladdie, Bert, and LoulouBob; and by granddog Tootsie.  She was predeceased by a son, Douglas Brooks, in 1989; by brothers Gordon and Ronald George; and by a sister, Dorothy Bacon.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 3, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover with the Reverend Joan Vincent officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the 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.
 
Erma Laura (Gerhart) Foster

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Erma Laura (Gerhart) Foster died suddenly on August 26, 2010, in Holland.
She was the devoted wife of Robert, beloved mother of Pamela Sue and Laura Ann, cherished grandmother of Danielle Laura, and dear cousin of Marion Gilmour of Toronto.  She is survived by many friends and relatives in Canada.
Born January 5, 1932, Mrs.  lived most of her life in Buffalo, New York, and enjoyed many happy years at the family summer home on Thunder Bay, in Ridgeway, Ontario, where she was a member of the Lionesses and served on the board of the Fort Erie Figure Skating Club.
Mrs. Foster liked crossword puzzles, solitaire, gardening, and hummingbirds, and she particularly enjoyed spending time with her beloved granddaughter Danielle.
Services will be private.  Anyone choosing to make a contribution in her memory may send it to the 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.
 
Jamie D. Hisman

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Jamie D. Hisman, 24, of Newport Center died suddenly in Troy on August 29, 2010.
He was born September 13, 1985, in Newport, the beloved son of Karen Hisman and the late Dean Hisman.
He was employed as a grade foreman at the Vermont Site Works in Stowe.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling, and was generally an outdoors type of a guy.
Mr. Hisman liked to work but especially liked to play.  He was a very outgoing person who enjoyed family and friends and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone.
He is survived by his mother, Karen Hisman, of  Newport Center; two sisters:  Jennifer Poulin and her husband, Josh, of Derby, and Joanna Hisman and her companion, Paul Patenaude Jr., of Newport Center; by his grandparents Dick and Bev Hisman of Westfield; his girlfriend Shauna Buck; his aunts and uncles:  Gary and Laurie Hisman of North Troy, Larry Hisman of Westfield, Kevin Pope and his companion, Peggy Randall, of Michigan, Debbie Clark of Connecticut, and Jody Pope of Derby; and by two nieces, Mya and Star Poulin.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 3, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Memphremagog Ducks Unlimited, care of Steve Gendreau, 3214 Route 105, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Albert Dwight Kinney
Albert Dwight Kinney, 62, of Derby Line died on August 21, 2010, in White River Junction.
He was born July 29, 1948, in Newport, a son of William and Joyce (Tobin) Kinney.
On September 4, 1971, he married Diana Tice who survives him.
Mr. Kinney was employed as a mail clerk at the Derby Line Post Office for 20 years.  He retired in 2008.
He was in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War and received two Purple Hearts.  He held memberships with the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
His hobbies included fishing, reading, and working on his computer.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Kinney, of Derby Line; by his mother-in-law Anna Tice of Derby Line; by two children:  Johnathan Kinney and his wife, Andrea, of Derby and Kevin Kinney of Holland; by four grandchildren:  Victoria, Makayla, Jorja and Madison; and by three brothers:  Jimmy Kinney of New Hampshire, Robert Kinney of Beebe Plain, and Ricky Kinney of Lyndonville.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ernest V. Chompany Memorial Fund in care of Ernie Emmerson, 841 Trucott Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Steven Van Morrow
Steven Van Morrow, 72, of Newport died on August 4, 2010, in Newport.
He was born August 31, 1937, in Newport, a son of Earl and Everald (Stevens) Morrow.
Mr. Morrow was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Vermont.  He was employed by the state of Vermont and also the town of Peacham as a janitor.
He is survived by his son Daniel Morrow of Newport and numerous cousins in St. Johnsbury and the greater Newport area.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
 
Sylvia L. Moulton

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Sylvia L. Moulton, 96, of Morgan died on August 24, 2010, in Derby.
She was born November 8, 1913, in Irasburg, a daughter of Alfred and Martha (Newman) Curtis.
On September 28, 1932, she married Raymond Moulton who predeceased her in 1976.
She was a member of the Congregational Church in East Charleston and the Home Demonstration Club.  She enjoyed cooking, knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her children:  Charles Moulton of Morgan, Coralie Dow and her husband, Ted, of Bennington, Charlotte Poulin and her husband, Richard, of Austin, Texas, Clair Moulton and his wife, Marlene, of East Charleston, and Cary Moulton and his wife, Marylou, of East Ryegate; by five grandchildren:  Kim Wilkes, Laura Stacey, Paula Poulin, Lynn Huntington, and Susan Moulton; by nine great-grandchildren: Tyler, Tiegen and Cary Moulton, Dustin and Brandon Huntington, Molly and Laura Wilkes, Megan and Erin Cruickshank, Alicia McDonald, and Jerimiah Stacey. She was predeceased by a brother, Leo Curtis; by half-brothers Homer, Ed and Eugene; by half-sister Mary Catherine Hopkins; by her grandson Scott McDonald; and by daughter-in-law Maxine Moulton.
Funeral services were held on August 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment  followed in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Nursing Home, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Charleston Fire Department, 7113 Route 105, Charleston, Vermont 05833.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Helen Lydia Smith
Helen Lydia Smith, 84, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, died on August 30, 2010, in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
She was born August 26, 1926, in Hartford, a daughter of Charles and Rowena (Knapp) Preston.
She married Leigh S. Smith who predeceased her.
Mrs. Smith graduated from West Lebanon High School.
Her hobbies included making beaded jewelry, crocheting baby outfits, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.  She played in a country music band with her brother Paul for several years.
She is survived by her children:  Stanley E. Smith of Mont Vernon, Ellen S. Woodard of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Pamela J. Bonalumi of Las Cruces, New Mexico; by the following grandchildren:  Lori Doyle of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Kari Labrie of Cornish, New Hampshire, Jennifer Bonalumi of Las Cruces, and Wyatt Bonalumi of Las Cruces; by the following great-grandchildren:  Rossi Doyle, Riese Doyle, and Lukus Labrie; by a brother Paul Preston of Riverview, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a great-grandson Ryan Labrie.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Tristan H.A. Southworth

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Tristan Howard Altman Southworth, 21, of Walden, died on August 22, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in a battle in Afghanistan.
He was born on October 19, 1988, in Denville, New Jersey.  He moved to Walden in August of 1990 with his mom.  He went to Walden Elementary School and graduated from Hazen Union High School in 2007.  He played soccer, basketball, and baseball throughout high school.
He joined the Vermont Army National Guard during his junior year.  Upon graduation, he spent one year at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  In 2009, he was activated for deployment to Afghanistan.
Mr. Southworth enjoyed all aspects of life.  He loved to be around family and friends.  He was always willing to help anyone in need.  He loved children and German shepherds.  He had a special love for the game of baseball and a strong need to serve his country.
He is survived by his mom and dad, Julie and Michael Southworth; by brothers Matt and Robert Southworth; grandparents Zollie and Maren Altman of South Wheelock and Keith and Kathleen Southworth of West Pawlet; by aunts, uncles and cousins, who held a special place in his heart.  He also leaves behind his “brothers,” still deployed in Afghanistan.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 1, at 10 a.m. in the Hardwick Hazen Union gym.  Interment with full military honors followed in the Main Street Cemetery Hardwick.
Contributions in Mr. Southworth’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.
Rhonda L. Whipple

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Rhonda L. Whipple, 55, of St. Johnsbury died on August 21, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born May 19, 1955, in Newport, a daughter of Gordon and Berdena (Macie) Maxwell.
She is survived by her companion and caregiver, Stephen Valeika; her children:  Ashley Hutchinson and her husband, Eric, of Missouri, Lynsey “Bryn” Whipple of San Francisco, California, and Ryan Whipple and his wife, Dana, of St. Johnsbury; her mother, Berdena Maxwell, of Derby; by her three grandchildren:  Anastasia, Bella and Ezekiel, all of Missouri; by her brother Barry Maxwell of Derby; her sister Kim Choquette and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; and by nieces and nephews Sean, Cody, and Jamie Maxwell, and Matthew and Derek Choquette.
Ms. Whipple loved her cat, and she had many special friends including Paulette Webster.  The one thing she loved the most were her children.  She was very proud of all of them.  She loved people and always wanted everyone to be happy.  She could find the good in everyone.  If  she’d been rich, she would have given a gift to everyone.
She did not have a lot of hobbies but she did love to yard sale.  She would find little treasures at all of them.  Knickknacks, stuffed animals — they were all precious to her.  The show Hoarder was probably created just for her.
Funeral services were held on August 31 at the New Beginnings Christian Church in St. Johnsbury with Pastor Rick Menard officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the New Beginnings Christian Church, 72 Moose River Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
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 25, 2010 Obituaries

John T. Driscoll

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John T. Driscoll, 86, of Island Pond, formerly of New York, died on August 15, 2010, at his home in Island Pond.
He was born August 16, 1923, in Bronx, New York, a son of Walter and Martha (Lane) Driscoll.
He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in New York City.
On May 1, 1948, he married Patricia Farrell who survives him.  He was a traffic controller for Lone Star Industries in Maritime Nyack, New York.  He entered the U.S. Coast Guard where he served his country during World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #214 of Warwick, New York.
He enjoyed woodworking, playing golf, and working in his flower garden.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Driscoll, of Island Pond; by the following children:  Thomas Driscoll and his wife, Stephanie, of Cherry Valley, New York, Walter Driscoll and his wife, Marcia, of Island Pond, Kathleen Garulli and her husband, Mike, of Goshen, New York, Brian Driscoll and his wife, Jeannette, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Daniel Driscoll and his friend Michelle of Shohola, Pennsylvania, Donna Egan and her husband, John, of Shohola, Terence Driscoll of Island Pond, and John Driscoll Jr. and his wife, Liz, of Denver, Colorado; by 13 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters.
Services will be held in New York at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Island Pond Health Center, 82 Maple Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rolande Rita Fortin
Rolande Rita Fortin, 60, of West Charleston died suddenly on August 5, 2010.
She was born on June 8, 1950, a daughter of Roland and Columbe (Faucher) Fortin.
She is survived by her parents, Roland and Columbe Fortin, of Derby; by her beloved companion, Reginald Smith, of West Charleston; her daughter Tammy Fortin of Texas; her son Gilbert Fortin and his wife, Erin, of Derby; her grandson Jeremiah Fortin, who was her pride and joy; and by her siblings Rosaire and his wife, Brenda; Joseph and his wife, Lillian; Andre and his wife, Cathy; Francine Martin and her husband, Earl; Gilles and his wife, Mary; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Norman.
There were no public funeral services.
 
Frank W. Hamilton

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Frank W. Hamilton, 90, of Indianapolis, Indiana, a longtime teacher and coach, died August 17, 2010.
Born in Newport on July 20, 1920, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and taught at Indianapolis area schools, including IPS Schools 55, 76, 79 and Washington High School and retired after 30 years from Speedway High School.  After retirement, he also taught and coached at schools in Newport and Burlington.
He was a graduate of Indiana University.  He received a master’s degree in 1947, a bachelor’s degree in 1946.  He graduated from Newport High School in 1937.  He also attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.  In 1950-1951 he was an exchange teacher in Great Britain.   He was inducted into the Green Mountain College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
He was an active volunteer at area hospitals.  He was a member of Indiana University’s 1946 baseball team and organized and coached numerous youth athletic programs, including those at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, where he earned the Dawson Award for his dedication.  He coached baseball, softball, football, track, wrestling, and was an athletic trainer.   He was a longtime member and elder of the Speedway Christian Church.
He is survived by his two children:  his son, Bruce Hamilton (and wife Diana) of Coventry, and Holly Hamilton (and partner Marti Meeker) of Danville, Indiana; four grandchildren:  Nicholas and Matthew Hamilton of Bozeman, Montana, Katherine Hamilton of Irvine, California, and Samuel Hamilton of Newport; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Sam Hamilton and Kate Mildred Williams Hamilton; two brothers, Sam and James Hamilton; a sister, Helen Allen; and two wives, Mary Francis Parsons Hamilton and Betty Lou Neal Hamilton.
Frank had a special gift for maintaining and extensively chronicling lifelong relationships with friends, colleagues, family and former students.  This was evidenced by his penchant for social networking, excerpting articles and writing letters.  First and foremost, it was these relationships that he cherished and inspired him.
Services were on Sunday, August 22.  Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Newport.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
 
Milford Earl Lyon

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Milford Earl Lyon, 98, of Derby died on August 16, 2010, in Newport.
He was born August 21, 1911, in Brownington, a son of Oscar and Annie (Converse) Lyon.
On January 18, 1942, he married Estelle Foster who predeceased him on July 26, 2005.
He graduated from Barton High School and entered the U.S. Army where he served his country during World War II.  Mr. Lyon was employed for 25 years by the former B. F. Moore Co. of Newport.  He held membership with the National Rifle Association and the Rod and Gun club.
He is survived by two daughters:  Linda Provost and her husband, Arthur, of Jay, and Sandra Lee Shepard and her husband, Lawrence, of Essex Junction; by the following grandchildren: Scott Provost and his wife, Carolyn, of Bozarah, Connecticut, David Provost and his wife, Alicia, of Red Lodge, Montana, Kimberly Lindner of Newport, Erik Shepard  of Essex, Kelly Mills of  South Burlington; by 14 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a grandson Christopher Provost; by a brother Austin Lyon; and by a sister Annie Collette.
A graveside service was held August 20 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore with the Reverend Anne Squire officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, 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.
 
Felix A. Turtur
Felix A. Turtur, 62, of Jay died on Friday, August 20, 2010, in Newport.
He had been a self-employed carpenter, and was a former co-owner of the Snowline Lodge in Jay until 1986 with his wife, Anne.
He was born on November 23, 1947, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a son of Felix and Liselotte (Lippmann) Turtur.
He graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, New Jersey, with a degree in education.  A Navy veteran, he married Anne Keenzel on February 9, 1974.
A devoted family man, Mr. Turtur was known to many of his friends as Phil.  He enjoyed skiing, surfing, camping, fishing, and doing carpentry work.  He had been an educator in Irvington, New Jersey, and Jay.  He had also worked at Agri-Mark in Troy and Franklin Foods in Enosburg.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jessica Turtur and Jacqueline Turtur; a brother Ronald Turtur and his wife, Marie, of New Jersey; a sister Karen Amann and her husband, George, of New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews.
There will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Wilma W. Tyler
Wilma W. Tyler, 94, of Jericho, formerly of West Charleston, died on August 23, 2010, in Barton.
She was born April 24, 1916, in Baldwins Mills, Quebec, a daughter of Herbert and Nellie (Bragg) Green.
On August 22, 1934, she married Fred C. Tyler who predeceased her on March 31, 1983.
Mrs. Tyler was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church and also the Ladies Guild at the church.  She was an avid reader, and she enjoyed doing word puzzles and going fishing with her late husband.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Sykes of Holland and Gail Nadeau of Jericho; by 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; by daughter-in-law Carole Tyler of North Stratford, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Clyde Tyler, on June 29, 2010, and by the following brothers and sisters:  Charlie Green, Earl Green, Pearl Peavey, Beatrice Trucott Wallace, Bert Green (Bucky), Bernice Hawse, Gwendolyne Benjamin, Vatvia McCarthy, Roland Green and Douglas Green.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in the West Charleston Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Committal service
Committal services for Cleo Mosher will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at the Irasburg Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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