May 4, 2011 Obituaries

John E. Bonneau
John E. Bonneau, 46, of Lowell died on April 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 20, 1964, in Newport, a son of Gerard and Mary (Murphy) Bonneau.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1982.
Mr. Bonneau loved being a carpenter and making things out of wood.  He was a member of the New Hope Bible Church of Lowell.  He also enjoyed bowling and carving wood.
He is survived by his sisters and brothers:  Sharon Fowler and her husband, Jack, of Morrisville, Diane Ostrout and her husband, Tom, of Inverness, Florida, Terry Bonneau of Inverness, and Stephen Bonneau and his wife, Nanette, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
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.
Roy E. Brewster
Roy E. Brewster, 74, of Albany died on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born in Island Falls, Maine, on July 4, 1936, a son of Eugene and Juanita (Main) Brewster.  He was raised by a foster mother and learned to be a hard-working and independant person.  He served in the Canadian Army during the Korean Conflict and in the U.S. Army in Panama.
He made his home in Maine, New Hampshire, and then in Florida where he worked as an auto mechanic.  He met and later married Arlene Foss on September 3, 1999, in North Carolina.  They moved north to Derby for about a year then made their home in Albany for the past ten years.
Mr. Brewster enjoyed gardening, walking (as he had been injured and was told by a doctor he would never walk), and nature and history, especially that of the Native Americans.  He was active in the Boy Scouts in Florida when his son was young, teaching him all about nature and camping, etc.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene, of Albany; a son, Roy Brewster, and his wife, Sherry Ann, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; grandson Edward Cross; stepdaughters Laurie Miller of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, Sherry Spraggins of Colchester, Tammy Horgan and Carol Cady of Coventry, and Kelly Wills of Greensboro Bend; stepson Michael Whitcavitch of Hardwick; two nieces, Denise and Roxanne; and three nephews, Clarence, David, and Roger Rairdon.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Kathrine Cross, who died in an auto accident at the age of 20, and a sister, Norma Rairdon.
No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Bruce Brown

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Bruce Brown, 65, died on April 28, 2011, at his family’s home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
He was born August 5, 1945, in Peabody, Massachusetts, a son of Carl and Corinne (Sheltra) Brown.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1964.  He served in the Army.  He married Lynn (Lawson) Brown in 1965.  They lived in Vermont until 1985 when they moved to Florida.
While living in Vermont, he was a member of the American Legion in North Troy.  He started Little League teams, and he was one of the first five people to start the Missisquoi Ambulance Service.
His interests included snowmobile racing, Nascar racing, and spending time with his family.
While living in Florida, he was a member of the West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 and the Lake Worth Moose Club #994.  He was an avid supporter of the Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Florida.
His work, which he absolutely loved, consisted of driving bus for tour companies and truck driving.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lynn (Lawson) Brown; three sons and their spouses:  Allen and Tammy Brown, Paul and Meredith Brown, Gordon and Annette Brown; one daughter and her spouse, David and Lori Williams; ten grandchildren:  Jason, Ashlie, Brittnee, Nicole, Ashley, Mitchell, Andrew, Trent, Dylan, and Alyssa; three great-grandchildren:  Jason Jr., Althea, and Jonathan; three brothers and one sister, Ronald Brown, Ross Brown, Larry Brown, and Linda (Brown) Fadden; sister-in-law Charlotte (Brown) Gill; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Laurie Anne; his son Joseph Lee; his brother Robert; his parents, Carl and Corinne Brown; his spouse’s parents, Gordon and Pearl Wheeler and Jack and Alice Lawson; and by brother-in-law Jim Fadden.
Calling hours will be on Friday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport where funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will follow in Coventry Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Florida Elks Youth Camp in his honor.  Make checks payable to Harry Anna Trust Fund, send donations to Florida Elks Charities Inc., P.O. Box 49, Umatilla, Florida 32784.  Please also write on the check that the donation is to go towards Elks Youth Camp.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Helen M. (Laramie) Burgess

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Helen M. (Laramie) Burgess, 88, of Newport died on April 28, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 2, 1922, in Brownington, a daughter of Bruce and Antoinette (Marc Aurele) Bouthillier.
On June 7, 1941, she married Florio Laramie who predeceased her on September 25, 1990.  On February 22, 2000, she married William Burgess Sr. who also predeceased her on April 5, 2010.
Mrs. Burgess was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies of St. Anne.
She was employed by the following businesses:  the former Kennett Restaurant, Border Motel restaurant, Eastside Pharmacy and Bogner of America.
Mrs. Burgess was an avid bingo player and she loved playing cards with her family.   She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially making meat pies, chicken pot pies, and doughnuts.
After her retirement, she and Mr. Laramie worked a small upholstery business out of  their home.  She later  taught a few upholstery  classes at North Country Adult Services.  While she was married to Mr. Burgess, she enjoyed summers at his camp on Seymour Lake in Morgan.
She is survived by her children:  Pauline Sheehan and her husband, Dick, of The Villages, Florida, Susan Monfette and her husband, Craig, of Newport, Raymond Laramie and his wife, Diane, of Newport; by stepson William Burgess Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Lebanon, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren:  Craig Monfette and his wife, Melba, of West Monroe, Louisiana, Brian Pulver and his wife, Sue, of Enfield, Connecticut, Michelle Lamothe and her fiancé, Tim Carty, of Swanton, Peter Pulver and his wife, Sue, of Newport, Danny Monfette and his wife, Sam, of East Burke, Philip Laramie and his wife, Melissa, of Newport, and Christopher Laramie and his fiancée, Kendra Hinchliffe, of Winooski; by 15 great-grandchildren; and  six great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by great-grandson Joey Monfette; great-great-granddaughter Alaina Monfette; and by the following siblings:  Tony, George, Tom, Lucille, Rose, Claire, Jeannette, Simone, and Raymonde.
Funeral services were held on May 2 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, Fletcher Allen Hospital, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401 where her granddaughter Michelle is receiving treatments.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Aline P.  Comtois
Aline P. Comtois, 83, of Ellsworth, Maine, and the Burlington area, the beloved wife of Arthur Comtois, died on April 27, 2011, at an Ellsworth, Maine Hospital.
She was born July 6, 1927, in Granby, Quebec, a daughter of Rodolphe and Alice (Simard) Deslandes.
Mrs. Comtois lived in Williston for 28 years before moving to Ellsworth to be closer to her family.  She enjoyed playing golf, duplicate bridge, and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband of 61 years, Arthur Comtois, of Ellsworth, she is survived by her daughter Dianne Goodenough and her husband, David Jonathan, of Birch Harbor; two grandsons, Adam Arthur Goodenough and his wife, Sujata Gupta, of San Francisco, California, and Ryan Thomas Goodenough and his wife, Emily Sandefer, of Albany, New York; one brother, Patrick Deslandes, of Magog, Quebec; one sister, Alice Charbonneau, of Burlington; two sisters-in-law, Rita Deslandes of Troy and Jeannette Deslandes of Newport; a special friend and Mr. Comtois’ sister, Lillian Tessier, of Burlington; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents she was predeceased by two brothers, Russell and Nelson.
A Mass was celebrated on May 2 with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Burial will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Claudette C. Daigneault
Claudette C. Daigneault, 63, of Newport, beloved wife of Larry Daigneault, died suddenly on April 27, 2011, from a motor vehicle accident in Sarasota, Florida.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday May 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennesee 38105.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
Lee Eugene Darling
Lee E. Darling, 86, of Morrisville, died on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
He was born in Wolcott on February 23, 1925, a son of Glen L. and Lillian (Marckres) Darling.
He attended graded school at the East Hill School in Wolcott, then in Eden.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On November 18, 1961, he married Theresa Morris, and they made their home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where Mr. Darling was a landscape gardener for several large estate homes.  He retired to Vermont in 1997 following the death of his wife.
He enjoyed fishing and some hunting though he was limited by his health conditions.  He loved family gatherings and outings.  His memories included working at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. during the time he was stationed in the area while serving in the Navy.
He leaves a brother, Donald Darling Sr., and his wife, Beryl, of Craftsbury; son-in-law Gary Wright of Eden; brother-in-law Winston Dezaine of Craftsbury; many nieces and nephews; and extended family.  He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa; two daughters, Kathleen Darling and Dorothy (Darling) Wright; two sisters, Lois Butler as well as her husband, George, and Dorothy Dezaine; and stepson Christopher Morris.
A graveside service will be held at the Plains Cemetery on Garfield Road in Hyde Park on Wednesday, May 11, at 11 a.m.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Lawrence A. Gleason Sr.
Lawrence A. “Larry” Gleason Sr., 76, of Barre died on Friday, April 22, 2011, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Born in Barton on May 10, 1934, he was a son of the late Olin and Laura (Gigure) Gleason.
Mr. Gleason attended schools in Barton.  He served his country in the U.S. Army in 1956 and 1957.  After the service he moved to Groveton, New Hampshire, where he was employed as a lumberjack.  He later worked as a farmhand helping farmers in his area.
On February 21, 1959, he married Elaine Hair in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, where they made their home for a short time before moving to Barre.  He retired in 1986 due to ill health.
He enjoyed watching TV, especially wrestling and western movies.  He also enjoyed the outdoors.  He liked to keep busy, doing yard work, reading, and painting houses.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elaine Gleason, of Barre; six children:  Laura Gleason of Orleans, Larry Gleason Jr. of Barre, Doris Royce of Washington, Denise Gleason of Barre, and Brian Gleason of Portland, Oregon; as well as 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by all of his brothers and sisters and by one son, Steven Gleason.
To honor his wishes there will be no funeral services or calling.  There will be a gathering May 21 in Holland.
Arrangements by the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home.
Helen (Emerson) Hayford
Helen (Emerson) Hayford died peacefully in her ninety-ninth year on April 16, 2011, in Starr Farm Nursing Center, lovingly surrounded by her family.
Being possessed of a strong love of music, art and history, she has gone to join the singers.
She was born August 17, 1912, in Groveton, New Hampshire, a daughter of Wesley O. and Mary Hight Emerson.  Her grandfather, Horace Emerson, fought with the 8th Vermont Regiment in the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864.
Mrs. Hayford graduated valedictorian of her 1930 class at Lyndon Institute, attended Lyndon Normal School, and graduated from Boston University.  For a $700 annual salary, she taught in a one-room school in Burke.  Other school positions included Passumpsic, East Barnet, Burr and Burton Academy, and Orleans High.
In 1964, after receiving her master’s degree in French from Middlebury College, she became head of the foreign language department at South Burlington High School, where she retired in 1973. Her love of French inspired her to make many sojourns to Paris.  She was a gentle, loving person with a strong independent spirit and a great enthusiasm for taking the road less traveled and forming new friendships.  Her home was always warm, welcoming and open, like her heart, to all who might enter it.
Helen and her husband, Jim, formed enduring friendships with many:  the Mosher, Keiser, Barrows, Yale, Craig, Collins, Eschholz, Sorrell, Bergeron, Chaffee, Bruce, Older, and many other families and individuals.  For 57 years, she was her husband’s sounding board for the poems he spun and his helper in the music done in schools and community and church choirs.  In her own right, she was a talented singer and teacher.  She especially enjoyed attending the Bread and Puppet Theater each summer in Glover with family.
To My Angel You,
Angel who have helped my verse,
Dear resident guardian and nurse,
Let me acknowledge you and take
My turn in time to do the same
For some touched inarticulate
Aspirant keeper of the flame
Whose warmth makes magic man’s estate. — James Hayford, 1963
She published two posthumous Hayford books, Notes Left Behind (poetry) and Recollecting Who I Was, with the help of Paul Eschholz, Arthur Cloutier and granddaughter Ellen Miller.
Mr. Hayford died in 1993, and her brother Clare in 1974.  She is survived by her son James (Jamie-Jim) and his wife, Lucy; her daughter Stephanie Pizzagalli; her son Curtis Brown; her ex-daughters-in-law:  Jean Anker and Deniele Hayford and her husband, David; her four grandchildren:  Cynthia Rock and her husband, Ron, Ellen Miller and her husband Tom, Emily Bisson and her husband, J.P., and Evan; her five great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; and nephew Wes Emerson and his wife, Judy.
Her smile will be missed by countless friends and former students.  Special thanks to the staff of Starr Farm and Cynthia Rock for their compassionate care.
A graveside memorial will be held this summer on a date yet to be determined.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, Vermont 05860.
Arthur Joseph Jordan Jr.
Arthur Joseph Jordan Jr., 65, of Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada, formerly of Newport, died on March 9, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer and its complications.
He was born April 29, 1945, a son of Emma and Arthur Jordan Sr.
He was the beloved husband of Lana O’Neil, a former teacher at North Country Union High School.
He is survived by several brothers and sisters, his mother, his in-laws, and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church in Ferryland with burial at the Holy Trinity Cemetery and a reception at the Legion Hall in Ferryland.
To express condolences online and sign the guest book, please visit www.faheyfuneralhome.ca.
Mr. Jordan came home to Ferryland to retire and build his dream home.  He did, and then he was “called home.”
Genevieve M. Lafleur

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Genevieve M. Lafleur, 79, of Orleans died on April 27, 2011, in Barton.
She was born on October 18, 1931, in Coventry, a daughter of Stanislaus and Irene (Hamel) Pollander.
She moved to Connecticut during the Great Depression.  She attended eighth grade at St. Joseph School in New London, Connecticut, in the class of 1947.  After school, she moved back to Brownington where the family farmed.
Mrs. Lafleur married Richard Lafleur on May 24, 1958.  He survives her.  After their marriage, the young couple moved to Orleans.  In 1959, they moved to Irasburg, to their first home on Route 58.  In 1972 the family grew and moved to the village of Irasburg.  Mrs. Lafleur and her husband sold the family home in 2007 and moved back into an apartment in Orleans where it all began.
Mrs. Lafleur was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, a former member of the Daughters of Isabella in Orleans, and was the past president of the Parent Teachers Association at the Irasburg Elementary School.   She liked building puzzles, knitting, playing bingo, and reading.  She loved her cat Kitty and animals in general.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Lafleur, of Orleans; her five children:  David Lafleur and his wife, Michele, of Glens Falls, New York, twins Paul Lafleur of Portland, Maine, and Wayne Lafleur and his wife, Cheryl, of Barton, Bryan Lafleur and his wife, Laura, of Cherokee, Iowa, and Colleen Doty of Lyndonville; by 15 grandchildren; her brother Philip Pollander and his wife, Barbara, of West Palm Beach, Florida; and by three sisters:  Joan Souliere of Newport, Pauline Ryan of Barton, and Nancy Creswell and her husband, Greg, of Newport Center.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Aldie and Francis Pollander, and by a sister Joanie Blay.
Funeral services were held on May 2 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed at the Irasburg Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Blanche E. (Clark) Marckres

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Blanche (Clark) Marckres, 93, died on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Copley Hospital with her family by her side.
She was the eldest daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Luther) Clark, born January 25, 1918. She was the last family member of her generation to pass.
She married Maynard Marckres on September 6, 1935.
She spent most of her life in Craftsbury and Morrisville as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.  Aside from enjoying time with her family, Mrs. Marckres spent many hours knitting and donating her work to people in need.  She and her husband enjoyed trips to Old Orchard with special friends Pat and Louise Gillen, and to Florida with family.
She leaves a daughter, Marilyn Bradley, and her husband, James, of Morrisville; a son, J. Fred Marckres, and his wife, Oleta, of Eden; eight grandchildren:  Rhonda Gilcris, Kevin Bradley, James Bradley, Julie Marckres, Jerri Hurlburt, Daniel Marckres, Michelle Fellows, and Jennifer Draper; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Maynard; her son Donald and his wife, Janet; her parents; her brother Newton Clark; her sister Frances Nichols; granddaughter Stacey Bradley; and great-grandson Justin Marckres.
A memorial service was held May 2 at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Raymond H. Powers

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Raymond H. Powers, 89, of Irasburg died suddenly on April 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born June 12, 1921, in Brownington, a son of Benjamin and Almeda (Gilbert) Powers.
On April 25, 1942, he married Anna R. (Becky) Fisher who survives him.
Mr. Powers entered the U.S. Army and served his country in Germany during World War II.
He was a self-employed trucker.  He held memberships with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.
Mr. Powers was an avid bingo player, and he enjoyed making lawn ornaments and sugaring.  He also raised many cats and dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Powers, of Irasburg; by four children:  Beverly Slack of Thetford Center, Stephen Powers and his wife, Carolyn, of Anderson, South Carolina, Rachel Powers of Tampa, Florida, and Sharon McCormick of Barton; seven grandchildren:  Elwyn Brooks, Carolyn Kanalos, Jeffrey Brooks, Jennifer Powers, Deborah McCormick, Cynthia Royer, and Susan Larose; by nine great-grandchildren; by a sister, Stella Barteau, of Northfield; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by a brother; two sisters; three half-brothers; and three half-sisters.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Irasburg Cemetery with the Reverend Harvey Bartlett officiating.  Military honors will be held.
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.
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Jeannette (Jean) R. Moquin

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Jeannette (Jean) R. Moquin, 90, died on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington.
A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Orleans with burial to follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

 

 
Marion Larose
Funeral services for Marion Larose will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass. Interment will follow in the Brownington Center Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
 
Donovan Seth Winston Warner
Committal services for Donovan Seth Winston Warner, beloved infant son of Douglas Warner Jr. and Laura Briggs will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday May 6, at the Brownington Center Cemetery with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
 
Zelma Vigneau
Funeral services for Zelma Vigneau will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on May 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.




Lyman Sprout Memorial

 

Lyman Sprout was a complex personality.  He was something special to everyone he met.  He was a husband, father, grandfather, postal employee, and friend.  He also was a fisherman who lived and breathed fishing the rivers around Orleans.  Hundreds of people knew him as the guy who had “TROUT” on his license plate.  Many of his friends knew him as one of the best fishermen on any river.

We will celebrate Mr. Sprout’s life on May 7 at 11 a.m. at the falls in Orleans where the rainbows jump.  A gathering will follow at Orleans American Legion Post #23 where stories and a toast will be offered.  Please plan on being there. — submitted by Ken Atkins for Kitty Sprout and the rest of Mr. Sprout’s family.

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April 27, 2011 Obituaries

Ralph W. Ainsworth

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Ralph W. Ainsworth, 66, of Hardwick, died peacefully at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Hardwick, January 29, 1945, a son of Paul E. and Arlene (Ross) Ainsworth.
He attended school in Woodbury and Hardwick and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict in Okinawa as a medic.  Following service in the Army, he joined the Vermont National Guard where he served another 22 years, retiring in March of 1992.
On May 22, 1971, he married Orise Dufresne in Hardwick.  Together they made their home and raised their children in Hardwick.  Mr. Ainsworth was a lifetime member of VFW Post #9653 in Morrisville, American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick, and also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #7 in Hardwick.  He had been a past member of the Hardwick Fire Department and had been active in the Cub Scouts when his boys were young.
Mr. Ainsworth had been employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, Whitcomb Furniture in East Barre, and he had purchased and operated an insulation company under the name of Four Seasons Insulation for many years until his recent retirement due to failing health.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at the family camp on East Long Pond in Woodbury, and loved his time with family, especially with his grandchildren.
He leaves his wife of just short of 40 years, Orise Ainsworth, of Hardwick; two sons, Scott and his wife, Karen, of North Monmouth, Maine, and Shawn of East Hardwick; a daughter, Laura, and her husband, Tony Rachatellelle, of Columbia, Missouri; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Chase of North Monmouth, Paige of East Hardwick, and Cody of Columbia; and an anticipated new baby boy; two brothers, Paul Ainsworth of Eden, and Wendell Ainsworth and his wife, Ann, of Hardwick; twin sisters Jean Mancini and her husband, Thomas, of Barre and Ann Brown and her husband, Richard, of Woodbury; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family.  He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Arlene Ainsworth, and his parents-in-law, Armand and Therese Dufresne, as well as sister-in-law Wanda Grassette Ainsworth.
A funeral service was held on April 26 at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick.  Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Wayland A. Baxter
Wayland Baxter, 68, of Glover, died at home after a long battle with cancer on April 23, 2011, surrounded by the love of those around him.
He was born in Barton on March 24, 1943, a son of William A. and Genevieve (Ferrin) Baxter.
Mr. Baxter took pride in his work.  He operated heavy equipment principally for SCI and J.A. McDonald.  Before returning home to Vermont, he had worked in the coal mines of Virginia.
He served in the Army in the early 1960s and was a member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23.  He especially enjoyed watching NASCAR races.  He had a love for the great outdoors and so enjoyed living where he lived on Shadow Lake.
He is survived by Pamela Peters, his soulmate of the past 16 years, and his beloved Labrador Brandy; also his children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law; sister-in-law; a couple of aunts, and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held later in May and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions, payable to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and marked for Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, may be sent to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, attention Jim Flynn, P.O. Box 905, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh/com.
Ellen M. Brault

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Ellen M. Brault, 78, of Westfield died on April 19, 2011, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born September 26, 1932, in Lowell, a daughter of Edward and Lida (Gendreau) Darby.
On November 12, 1951, she married John C. Brault Sr. who predeceased her.
She and her late husband purchased the Brault Meat Market from his parents in 1962 and they ran the store until they sold it to Tony in 1991.
Mr. and Mrs. Brault enjoyed traveling and they spent several winters in Florida.  Mrs. Brault enjoyed playing bingo and attending senior meal sites.
She loved her children and grandchildren very much and always delighted in their visits.  She also took care of her mother for over ten years with tremendous love and affection.
She is survived by her mother, Lida Darby; her children:  John Brault Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Texas, Carmen Menard and her husband, Rick, of St. Johnsbury, Kathy Couture and her husband, Jean, of Troy, Kim Smith of Massachusetts, and Tony Brault of Troy; by ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; by a brother, Edward Darby, and his wife, Gertrude, of Newport; and by a sister, Ann Racicot, and her husband, Andre, of Westfield.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road (Sias Avenue) in Newport with Pastor Rick Menard officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Relay for Life/Cancer Society, care of Carmen Menard, 453 Main Street St. Johnsbury, Vermont  05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joanne Keenan Casavant

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Joanne Keenan Casavant, 67, of Irasburg died peacefully on April 18, 2011, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a long battle with sarcoidosis.
She was born in Kingston, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1944, a daughter of Roger and Eva (Turcotte) Keenan.
On December 15, 1962, she married Keith (Casey) Casavant who survives her.
She was employed by the Irasburg school for 34 years before retiring.  Among her many hobbies, she enjoyed attending casinos, baking, bowling, dancing, traveling, and the company of her family.
Mrs. Casavant is survived by her husband, Keith (Casey) Casavant, of Irasburg: her daughters:  Laura Potter and her husband, Jeff, of Albany, and Corinne Royer and her companion, Gary Guyer, of Lyndonville; four grandchildren:  Justin Potter, Evan Royer, Mickayla Royer, and Connor Glass; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Roger and Eva Keenan; her brothers Ronald and Donald Keenan; and by a sister Connie McKennan.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport on April 23 with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.  Interment followed in the Derby Center Cemetery.
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.
Keith Alan (Grondin) Farrand

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Keith Alan (Grondin) Farrand, 44, a resident of Holland, died at his home on April 18, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 14, 1967, in Newport, a son of Dewey and Patricia (Walker) Farrand.
He was known by many knicknames:  Doggie, the Great Grondini, Uncle Grizzley, and Bub.  He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1985.
Mr. Farrand was a construction worker for Spates Construction and Audet Construction, both of Newport, and J&L Foundations of Fairfax.
He enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, four-wheeling, boating, and scootering with Barb.  He was always willing to give a hand to help anyone who needed it.  He enjoyed the many visits from his nephews.
He is survived by his soulmate, April Blouin, and her children Kacie Morrison and Donovan Blouin; by his brothers and sisters:  Michael Grondin and his wife, Carol, of Albany, Peter Grondin and his wife, Judith, of Newport, Terry Grondin and his soulmate, Katherine, of Morgan, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Daniel, of Derby Line, Barbara Fecteau and her husband, Randy, of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his fiancé, Tina, of East Concord; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Dewey and Patricia Farrand.
A celebration of his life was held on April 21 at the home of Vicky and Daniel Lewis in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756, or VFW Ladies Auxilliary Cancer Aid Research, P.O. Box 312, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Raymond Ernest Labbee

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Raymond Ernest Labbee, 81, of Newport Center died on April 19, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 12, 1929, in St. Odilon, Quebec, a son of Antonio and Armoza (Cloutier) Labbee.
On August 28, 1952, he married Yvette Mathieu who survives him.
For most of his life he and his wife owned a dairy farm in North Troy.  He most enjoyed spending time with his family and his cat Snoopy.  Prior to his illness he loved hunting, fishing, trapping, carpentry, spending time outdoors mowing his lawn, and taking care of the flowers with his wife.
Mr. Labbee is survived by his wife, Yvette Labbee, of Newport Center; a daughter, Raymonde Hill, and her husband, Allen, of Newport Center; a son, Marcel Labbee and his fiancé, Mary Blais, of North Troy; grandchildren:  Danny Pepin and his wife, Holly, of Troy, Mike Pepin and his wife, Amanda, of Troy, Lisa Sargent and her husband, Jason, of Newport Center, and Dennis Labbee and his companion, Caitlyn, of North Troy; great-grandchildren:  Darielle, Cadence, Kendra, and Trent Pepin, Travis and Ashley Pepin, and Taylor, Mercedes, and Kadia Labbee; a brother, Real Labbee, of St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec; twin brother Edmund Labbee of North Troy; sister Yolande Labbee of Quebec City, Quebec; sister-in-law Rachel Labbee of St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec; and by many nephews and nieces, all from Vermont and Quebec.  He was predeceased by a brother, Adrien Labbee; brother Laurent Labbee; and sisters-in-law Mariette Labbee and Muriel Labbee.
Funeral services were held on April 25 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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April 20, 2011 Obituaries

Duane Stanley Bicknell

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Duane Stanley Bicknell, 91, of Georgia, died on April 17, 2011, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 1, 1920, in Jericho, a son of Chauncey and Fannie (Hurlburt) Bicknell.
Mr. Bicknell was born and raised in Jericho on a dairy farm.  He graduated from high school and then went to the Vermont State Agricultural School where he also graduated.
Mrs. Bicknell was born in Ithaca, Michigan, and then her family moved to East Barre when she was three years old.  She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre and worked at Heaton Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell were married in 1941.  A year later, in 1942, Mr. Bicknell went into the Army serving with the 750th Tank Battalion during World War II in Europe.  He went through the Battle of the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and, at the conclusion of the war, the occupation of Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 1945.  Mrs. Bicknell worked in an airplane factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, until their first son was born.
After Mr. Bicknell returned from the war, he went into business with his father on the home farm where they had four more sons and one daughter.  Beginning in 1955, the Federal Land Bank and Farmers Production Credit Association employed him for30 years.  After retirement, he worked part time overseeing the operation of farms for a foreign investor.
Their family has now grown to add 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchilden.
Mr. Bicknell is survived by his wife, Mildred (Partridge) Bicknell, and their children and families:  his son Jim and his wife, Joan Bicknell, from Newark, Morgan, Lincoln, Cole, and Parker Mazzie, and Jericho Bicknell; his son Doug Bicknell from Burlington, and Kati and Will Sacks, Anna Bicknell, Erin Bicknell, and Luke Bicknell; his son Marvin and his wife, Helen Bicknell, Bridget, Brad, Makala, and Clay Erickson, Jesse, Monte, Caitlyn, Wesley, and Ryan Cassavant, and Ramon and Joyce Hunt; his son Stephan and his wife, Myrna Bicknell, from Montana, Melody and Jeremy Newmaster, Rebecca Bicknell, and Jennifer and Nick Eshleman; his son Raymond and his wife, Donna Bicknell, from Beebe, Jonathon Bicknell, Joshua Bicknell, and Kappas Emmons; and his daughter Nancy (Bicknell) Smith and her husband, David Smith, and their children Amanda Pruden and Thomas Smith.
Until the last couple of years, Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell enjoyed winters in the park in Sarasota, Florida, and summers at the cottage on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont.  Mrs. Bicknell is now at the Scenic View Community Care Home in Westfield.
Mr. Bicknell was a past member of MacDonough F&AM Lodge Order of the Masons.
A service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, Vermont on Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m.  Military honors will immediately follow the service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the VA Medical Center, (135) 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rudolph E. Dunn
Rudolph E. Dunn, 89, of North Troy died on April 13, 2011, in Glover.
He was born May 20, 1921, in North Troy, a son of Walter and Yvonne (Letourneau) Dunn.
On June 10, 1946, he married Shirley A. Webb who survives him.
Mr. Dunn was a self-employed dairy farmer in North Troy for several years.  He and his wife farmed two different farms that they owned for over 64 years.  He loved sugaring and traveling to Texas, Florida, and Canada.  He also loved hunting, trapping and  fishing after they sold the farm.  Mr. Dunn was a lister, constable, fence viewer, and selectman for several years in the town of Troy.  He started the first snowmobile club in North Troy called the Ridgeriders.  He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy and the Mt. Sinai Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dunn, of North Troy; three children:  Brian Dunn and his wife, Joanne, of Westfield, Deborah Dunn of North Troy, and Dennis Dunn and his wife, Susan, of Texas; by 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Harvey and Richard Dunn, both of North Troy; and by a sister, Madeline Poulin, of North Troy.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela, by a brother, Raymond Dunn, and by his beloved dog Mitzi.
Funeral services will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on April 21  from 1 p.m until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Members of Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy will conduct a Masonic service at the funeral home on April 21.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Stanley “Red” B. Prevost

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Stanley “Red” B. Prevost, 69, of Derby died suddenly on April 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born July 6, 1941, in Colchester, the only son of Romeo and Eunice (Wheelock) Prevost.
On November 29, 1974, he married Jennifer Poutre who survives him.
Mr. Prevost loved his farm and the work that went with it along with his small construction business and working in the woods.  He served in the U.S. Army in Thailand in the Army Corps of Engineers and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the Eagles Club.  He held membership with the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Prevost, of Derby; his son Thomas Prevost and dear friend Tasha Rodrigue of Derby, Traci Rodrigue (Tasha’s sister) of Derby, both of whom were like daughters to Stan; Kevin Before, a close friend who was like a son to Mr. Prevost; mother-in-law Betty Poutre, sisters and brothers:  Janet (Poutre) Lessard and her husband, Rejean, Marc Poutre and his wife, Mary, Kathy (Poutre) Blake and her husband, Jerry, Karen (Poutre) Morgan and her husband, Bernie, Martha (Poutre) Karpinski and her husband, Jim, Colleen (Poutre) Bullis and her husband, Tom; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and many close friends who he loved.
Funeral services were held on April 18 at St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory  may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Anita E. Marcy-Wells
Anita E. Marcy-Wells, 56, of Waterville, died peacefully at the home of her son in Morrisville on Friday, April 15, 2011.
She was born April 10, 1955, in Morrisville, a daughter of Earl James Eldred and Barbara (Gonyaw) Wells.
She loved gardening and cherished the times she was babysitting for her granddaughter Violet.  She liked to cook and crochet and was an avid New York Jets fan.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Wells; her children:  Brandy Escamilla and her husband, Florencio, of Athens, Georgia, Benjamin Marcy and his wife, Desiree, of Morrisville, and Jacob Marcy and his girlfriend, Melinda, of Morrisville; by granddaughter Violet; by her mother, Barbara Wells, of Wolcott; her grandmother Evelyn Symonds Reynolds of Glover; her brother Keith Eldred and his wife, Amy, of Johnson; by sisters Stacey Foran and her husband, Michael, of Hardwick, and Melody Plante and her partner, Sarah Shirley, of Morrisville; by several step-children and step-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Earl Eldred.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home in Morrisville.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
Contributions in Mrs. Marcy-Wells’ memory may be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
Harold A. Whipple

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Harold A. Whipple of Monroe, Hew Hampshire, a retired real estate investigator for the Vermont Secretary of State, died on April 10, 2011, at the Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire.
Despite an uphill ten-year battle with various types of cancer, and having lost most of his eyesight, Mr. Whipple remained upbeat until the very end.
He was born in 1928 at the Whipple family farm on Whipple Hill in Lyndonville, a son of the late Henry and Hazel Whipple.  He attended the Fletcher School and Lyndon Institute.
In 1945 Mr. Whipple entered the U.S. Air Force where he obtained the rank of T/Sgt. as a flight engineer.  Flying supplies and wounded, he saw many parts of the world.  During his military career he obtained numerous medals and ribbons.  The highlight was obtaining his silver wings.  In 1953 he gave up his military career to aid his parents with the operation of the farm.  Later, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University studying real estate and banking which later became his passion and vocation.
Mr. Whipple and his wife of 55 years, Beverly, were married in Allston, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1955.  Together they owned and operated several businesses in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.  In 1975 they purchased a home in Monroe, New Hampshire, and Mr. Whipple became employed by the Time Sales Division of the Howard National Bank.  In 1976 he joined the Vermont Secretary of State as that office’s sole professional conduct investigator, covering the entire state of Vermont and parts of New Hampshire.  He became a member of both the state and national real estate investigators associations, receiving many certificates and diplomas and becoming deemed the authority on real estate practices in a court of law.  In June 1989 Yankee Homes Magazine, a division of Yankee Homes, featured an article about him, with his picture.
Mr. Whipple had a great sense of humor and compassion which yielded him many friends in his life and travels.  If one ever needed $5 and he had $10, he would give them the $10.  He had the pleasure of having three previous secretaries of state attend his state retirement party, which spoke volumes about the type of person he was as an employee and friend to all.
One of Mr. Whipple’s pleasures in life was his 1928 Model A Roadster automobile, which won many prizes.  He often provided it for parades and weddings or special occasion functions.
During his residence in Massachusetts he became a member of the Danvers Mosaic Lodge of Masons, the Middleton Lions Club, the Board of Trade, a Trustee of the Middleton Library, and a member of various other civic organizations.
For the past 11 years, Mr. and Mrs. Whipple made their winter home at the Twin Fountains Club in Lake Wales, Florida.
Mr. Whipple will be greatly missed and always remembered by his loving and devoted wife, Beverly, of Monroe, New Hampshire; his two children and their spouses:  son Daniel and his wife, Roberta Whipple, of Wallingford, and daughter Deirdre and her husband, Jonathan Gawne, of  Framingham, Massachusetts; two precious grandchildren, Gabriana and Nathaniel Whipple of Wallingford, who meant so much to Grampy as he learned of their day-to-day accomplishments; by two sisters:  Marion Sciarappa of Malden, Massachusetts, and Mildred Murtiff of St. Johnsbury; his sister-in-law Helen Fee of Florida who thought of him as a close brother; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, his infant son, his sister Marjorie Rexford, and his brother Henry Whipple of St. Johnsbury Center.
Services were held at the Ricker Funeral Home in Woodsville on April 15.
Remembrances may be sent to North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.
For more information, or to offer online condolences, please visit www.rickerfh.com
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April 13, 2011 Obituaries

Doris I. Andrews

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Doris I. Andrews, 94, of Coventry, died on April 4, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Care Center in Newport.
She was born June 18, 1916, in Templeton, Massachusetts, a daughter of Clarence F. and Orila N. (Perry) Kendall.
She was a graduate of Gardner High School in Gardner, Massachusetts, and received her education to be a licensed practical nurse at Peter Bent Brigham in Boston, Massachusetts.
She was a wonderful homemaker, an excellent cook, and she enjoyed gardening.  Her grandchildren remember her working in St. Albans as the last matron at the Warner Home for Little Wanderers, a home that cared for children of absentee parents.  It provided for children prior to any foster care programs in Vermont.
She leaves her husband, Victor Andrews, whom she married in December of 2000; a son, Arthur (Pete) Roby Jr. of Douglasville, Georgia;  daughter-in-law Kay Rundgren of Bremerton, Washington; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by husbands Joseph Rundgren, Arthur Roby Sr., Kenneth Atherton, and Adrian Lake; and by her sons John Rundgren, Ernest Rundgren, Conrad Rundgren, Ralph Rundgren, and Vernon Roby.
A memorial Mass was held April 8  at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.  Her final resting place will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans in June.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
Clarence “Junior” Ash
Clarence P. “Junior” Ash, 85, of Sheffield, died on April 7, 2011, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with his children at his side.
He was born May 27, 1925, in Irasburg, a son of Clarence and Emma (Taylor) Ash.
He attended Bickford School in Sheffield and Lyndon Institute.  He left school at the onset of World War II to help work the family farm in Sheffield.
Mr. Ash was a lister and fence viewer for the town of Sheffield.  He had been a substitute mail carrier for Dean McDowell and drove the “stage” from Lyndonville, Lyndon Center, Wheelock, and Sheffield for several years.  Later he worked for Laperle’s Construction in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a drill and dynamite operator.  He had also worked as a roller operator for various contractors.
In 1963 he purchased Charlie Chesley’s propane gas business and ran that until he suffered a stroke in 1999 and sold his business to Twombly Plumbing.
A generous man, Mr. Ash donated bottled gas to the Sheffield Federated Church, the Sheffield Town Hall, and the Sheffield Field Day cook shack, which was dedicated to him.  He enjoyed football, playing poker, fishing, and vegetable gardening.
Survivors include his three children:  Sharon Hubbard and her husband, Bernie, of Lyndonville, Patty Weglarz and her husband, Reg, of Wells River, and Bernard Ash and his wife, Laurie, of Sheffield; two granddaughters, Jamie Lee and her husband, Ben, of Hartford, Connecticut, and Sarah Hubbard of Lyndonville; three sisters:  Marvel Kittredge, Marlene Taylor and her husband, Don, and Muriel Nutter, all of St. Johnsbury; his former wife, Gladys Fisher, of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on April 12 at the Sheffield Federated Church with John Sleeper officiating.  Spring burial will be in William Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.
Donations in his memory may be directed to the Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department, P.O. Box 161, Sheffield, Vermont 05866.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Dorreen Devenger
Dorreen P. (Sanderson) Devenger, 84, longtime Sutton resident and town clerk, died suddenly early Tuesday morning on April 5, 2011, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.
She was born September 13, 1926, in Lyndon, the daughter of Daniel and Queenie (Libbey) Sanderson.  She was a 1944 graduate of Lyndon Institute.
On July 21, 1946, she married Willard “Stub” Devenger.  He predeceased her on January 6, 1984.
Mrs. Devenger was serving the town of Sutton as town clerk and was in her fiftieth year. She was devoted to her town and the people of Sutton.  She is remembered as having a good sense of humor, an amazing memory, and stood up for things that she believed in.
A loving mother and doting grandmother, she also rescued and loved her dogs and cats.  She was an avid reader, a member of TOPS, and enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, feeding and watching wild birds, and gardening.
Survivors include four children:  April Devenger Mast and her partner, Diane Jull, of St. Joseph, Missouri, Marlin “Chip” Devenger of Sutton and New York, Laurel Devenger Holmes and her husband, Reginald, of Sutton, and Jesse “Rusty” Devenger of St. Petersburg, Florida; two granddaughters, Jennifer Holmes Seymour and her husband, Alan, of Sutton, and Andrea Holmes Pariseau and her husband, Michael, of Richford; three great-grandchildren:  Kyle, Tasha, and Patrick Seymour of Sutton; a brother, Richard Sanderson, and his wife, Lorraine, of Emporium, Pennsylvania; six nephews; five nieces; her feline and canine companions who she loved dearly; and her Sutton community.  She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Stub; two brothers, David Sanderson in 2010, and Daniel “Joe” Sanderson; two sisters, Darlene “Gay” Clark Davis, and infant Corrine Sanderson; and her niece Catherine Sanderson.
Funeral services were held in Sutton on April 9 at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church with the Pastor David Colwell officiating. Spring burial will be in the Sutton Village Cemetery.
Donations made in Mrs. Devenger’s memory may be directed to either the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or to the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department, care of Dennis Parent, 79 Wheelock Road, Sutton, Vermont 05867.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Ruth Julia Durant

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Ruth Julia Durant, 91, died on March 31, 2011, at her home in Westmore.
She was the widow of Harold Thomas Durant. They had four children:  Lynda, Tom, Al, and another girl, also named Lynda, who died at the age of five.
They were dairy farmers and owned the Rainbow Farm and were also former owners of the Shell station in Barton.
Mrs. Durant was born to David and Julia Dukette on November 31, 1919, in North Adams, Massachusetts, and had four brothers and one sister, who are now deceased.
She leaves three children:  Lynda, Tom, and Al; six grandchildren:  Michelle, Wade, Tammy, Julia, Brannon, and Anthony; and five great-grandchildren:  Rebecca, David, Alix, Vinny, and Cody; as well as many nieces and nephews who also mourn her passing.
Mrs. Durant was a life member of the Catholic Church and had been a member of the Daughters of Isabella.  She was a steadfast friend to many and a devoted wife and mother.  She enjoyed many pastimes including working in her garden and doing projects around her home.  She got much pleasure looking at the beautiful flower garden each spring that her special friend Rodney Young designed especially for her.
She loved her two dogs, Chewy and Mabeline, and enjoyed giving them a special treat of toast each morning.  She had fond memories of the many trips that she and her husband, Harold, took during their retirement years to visit all their friends and family.
Mrs. Durant was especially grateful to her daughter Lynda Young, who loved and cared for her around the clock and made it possible to remain in her home during the last years of her life.  The home health care nurses that came to give her medical care throughout the years also became her very close friends.
Services will be held in early summer at St. Paul’s Cemetery and there will be a gathering afterwards.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gloria F. Geoffroy
Gloria F. Geoffroy, 80, of Lowell died on April 7, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Center in Newport.
She was born on January 15, 1931, in Lowell, a daughter of Asa and Gladys (Swett) Morse.
On July 22, 1946, she married Philip Geoffroy who predeceased her in 1983.
Mrs. Geoffroy was the treasurer for the town of Lowell for many years.  Among her hobbies, she loved bowling and was a very active member in the St. Ignatius Church.
She is survived by her three children:  Rachel Wright of Lowell, Raymond Geoffroy and his wife, Elaine, of Lowell, and Susan Geoffroy of Williston; ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six sisters:  Anita Cornish of Connecticut, Charlotte Fontaine and her husband, Leo, of Lowell, Eleanor Desrocher of New Hampshire, Shirley Clifford of Tennessee, Barbara McAllister of Newport Center, and Salley McAllister and her husband, Ronald, of Newport; her brother Robert Morse of Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Philip Geoffroy; a son Philip Geoffroy Jr.; two brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral services were held on April 11 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Spring interment will be at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Historical Society, care of Daphne Christiansen, Route 100, Lowell, Vermont 05847.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Betty Joyce Gordon
Betty Joyce Gordon, 74, of Sutton, died on March 27, 2011, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, surrounded by her family.
She was born July 27, 1936, in Albany, a daughter of Percy and Doris (Ducklass) Griggs.
She was a 1954 graduate of Orleans High School.
On January 1, 1957, she married Carl “Joe” Gordon who followed her in death on April 3, 2011.
After high school Mrs. Gordon worked at The Caledonian Record where she met her husband-to-be.  She was then Mr. Gordon’s secretary at Northeastern Vermont Development Association.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon spent most of their married life working together.  They purchased antiques and had auctions in Burke, eventually opening Poke and Tote which was an antique shop.  They moved the business to Sutton and eventually switched it to a gift shop.  During this period they managed and operated the ski rental and clothing shop for Peter Glenn Shops at Burke Mountain.  After closing the business, Mrs. Gordon went to work for Reed Insurance Agency in St. Johnsbury, becoming an insurance agent.  When the Reeds retired Mrs. Gordon returned home and joined the last family business, Red Doors Kennels and Companion Green Pet Cemetery as co-owner, operator, and pet groomer.
Mrs. Gordon was a member of the United Methodist Church in West Burke and a past member of the Vermont Business and Professional Women in St. Johnsbury.
She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband, spending time with her family, working in her flower gardens, “her” New England Patriots, “her” Boston Red Sox, and reading — especially James Patterson.
Survivors include her daughter Carol Jay Ruggles and her husband, Kevin, of Sutton (P.O. Box 143, West Burke, Vermont  05871); two grandchildren:  Jamie Crooks of Lyndon Center and Jessica Crooks Williams and her husband, Justin, of Sutton; twin great-grandchildren Kain and Kara Crooks; sister Jane Rollins of Barton; brother Richard Griggs of Arizona; goddaughter Andrea Mathers of Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; sisters Persis Towne and her husband, Everest “Stub,” and Pearline Brita and her husband, John; brother Terry Griggs; sisters-in-law Norma Austin and her husband, Lawrence, Beverly Gordon, and Edna Mills; and brother-in-law William Rollins.
There will be no funeral services or calling hours per Mrs. Gordon’s request.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon will be buried in Companion Green in a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Gordon’s memory may be directed to Lyndon Dog Pound, P.O. Box 167, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851, or Companion Green Pet Cemetery, care of Carol Ruggles, P.O. Box 143, West Burke, Vermont 05871 to maintain the flower gardens that she loved so much.
Carl “Joe” Freeman Gordon
Carl “Joe” Freeman Gordon, 83, of Sutton, died on April 3, 2011, at The Pines Rehabilitation and Health in Lyndonville where he had been a resident since March 9, 2011, surrounded by his family.
He was born August 11, 1927, in Sutton, a son of Carroll and Eva (LaClair) Gordon.
He was a 1946 graduate of Lyndon Institute.
On January 1, 1957, he married Betty Joyce Griggs who predeceased him on March 27, 2011.
Mr. Gordon worked at Russell’s Men’s Shops in Lyndonville, in the fire tower on Mt. Monadnock, and for the New Hampshire and Vermont Extension services.  He was a reporter with The Caledonian Record where he met Betty.  Mr. Gordon  was executive director for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association where Mrs. Gordon was his secretary.  She and Joe spent most of their married life working together.  They purchased antiques and had auctions in Burke, eventually opening Poke and Tote which was an antique shop.  They moved the business to Sutton and eventually switched the business to a gift shop.  During this period they managed and operated the ski rental and clothing shop for Peter Glenn Shops at Burke Mountain.  After closing the business, Mr. Gordon went to work for Modern Woodmen of America as a life insurance agent.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon opened their last family business, Red Doors Kennels and Companion Green Pet Cemetery, where Mr. Gordon spent his final 35 years.  He was happiest when working with dogs.
Mr. Gordon enjoyed spending time with his family and loved bragging about his grandchildren.  He enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife, working in her flower gardens, and keeping his lawns looking perfect.  He spent a lot of time reading and especially loved his Old Farmers Almanac, referring to it daily.
Survivors include his daughter Carol Jay Ruggles and her husband, Kevin, of Sutton; two grandchildren, Jamie Crooks of Lyndon Center and Jessica Crooks Williams and her husband, Justin, of Sutton; twin great-grandchildren Kain and Kara Crooks; sister-in-law Jane Rollins of Barton; brother-in-law Richard Griggs of Arizona; goddaughter Andrea Mathers of Wyoming; godson Todd Crocker of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; by his sisters Norma Austin and her husband Lawrence, Beverly Gordon, and Edna Mills; sisters-in-law Persis and her husband, Everest “Stub” Towne, and Pearline and her husband, John Brita; and brothers-in-laws Terry Griggs and William Rollins.
There will be no funeral services or calling hours per Mr. Gordon’s request.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon will be buried in Companion Green in a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Gordon’s memory may be directed to Lyndon Dog Pound, P.O. Box 167, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851, or Companion Green Pet Cemetery, care of Carol Ruggles, P.O. Box 143, West Burke, Vermont  05871 to maintain the flower gardens that Mrs. Gordon loved so much.
Algena “Jean” (Davis) Jordan

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Algena “Jean” (Davis) Jordan, 72, of South Woodstock and Essex Junction left to go skiing on April 6, 2011, and find new adventures.
She was born on August 18, 1938.
Jean, as her friends knew her, lived for many years in South Woodstock, a place she loved dearly.  She managed the Christmas Loft, creating beautiful trees, and making wonderful friends.  She was an amazingly creative person who was never far from her camera, a writing pen or her “doodle” pad.  She wrote wonderful stories from the point of view of the many pets that inhabited her life.  A motley crew but smart enough to know how good they had it.  She found beauty in the world around her, and captured much of it on film.
Ms. Jordan was a fiercely independent and strong woman who took on Mr. C, as she called it, with humor, and sometimes indifference.   She made sure that Mr. C knew he was not in command of her life.  She didn’t have cancer with a life on the side; she had a life with cancer on the side.  She could be heard to say many times:  “You might as well laugh.”
She takes with her pieces of the hearts of her great-grandson Kieran Coolidge; grandson Bradford Coolidge and his wife, Melissa; and daughter Cheri Robinson; along with her many dear friends.
As her adventures will leave no time for funerals and such, she has asked that her family and friends get together at a later date for a party to celebrate life.
We would love to include you and ask that you leave your contact information on the website www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.
Agnes (Aiken) Judd

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Agnes (Aiken) Judd, 97, of North Troy died in Newport on April 9, 2011.
She was born in Mansonville, Quebec, on July 14, 1913, a daughter of Ernest Aiken and Anna Mary McKeon.
On September 4, 1930, she married Leland J. Judd who predeceased her on April 24, 1982.
She is survived by the following nieces:  Caroline Brey, Sharon Zeros, Jeannine Judd, and Annette Ducharme; by nephew Richard Moulton, and by special friends Durward and Marjorie Cole, Denise Pigeon, Eric and Carleen Starr, and Bobby and Anita Starr.  She was predeceased by sisters Hazel Moulton and Gladys McKellar, and by two nephews Kenneth and Ronald McKellar.
Mr. and Mrs. Judd moved to Vermont to work for the Belair Veneer Mill in North Troy.  In the mid-fifties they purchased a dairy farm on the West Road in North Troy and enjoyed farming until their retirement.
Mrs. Judd was active in the United Church and a member of the Friendly Class.  She loved listening to country music and playing the piano.  She always looked forward to going to bingo with her neighbor Helen Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with Rick Shover officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral service.   Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ronald “Ronnie” Joseph Peter LaCourse

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Ronald “Ronnie” Joseph Peter LaCourse, 55, of Barton died unexpectedly on April 8, 2011, in Burlington.
He was born December 3, 1955, in Newport, a son of Evelyn (LaCourse) McMahon and the late Camille Plante.  He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1973.
Mr. LaCourse was a truck driver for IBM in Colchester, Blanchard Oil in Orleans, Burkewitz Trucking, and Orleans Candy Co.
He spent a lot of time with his grandmother Catherine LaCourse who he adored.
He enjoyed anything to do with automotives, and he was a fan of the Chicago Black Hawks and New York Yankees.
He is survived by his daughter Katie Vezina of Barton; his stepchildren:  Thomas Cloney of Irasburg, Karl Cloney of Newport, and Jessica Myotte of Evansville; by his mother, Evelyn McMahon, of Orleans; his stepgranddaughter Chelsea Lynn Cloney; his stepmother, Beverly Plante, of Bristol, Connecticut; and by his sisters and brothers:  Patrick LaCourse and his wife, Marlene, of Lyndon, Amy Girard of Orleans, Debbie Wojewoda and her husband, Eric, of Terryville, Connecticut, and Real Plante and his wife, Tracey, of Forestville, Connecticut; by his nieces Amanda Girard, Victoria Wojewoda, and Kristen Plante; by nephew Benjamin Girard; and by extraordinary friend Kim Whipple of Evansville.  He was predeceased by his father, Camille Plante, on July 31, 1967.
A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on April 14 from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family in care of Katie Vezina, P.O. Box 290, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Allen P. Lucas

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Allen P. Lucas, 92, of Newport died peacefully on April 6, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born January 8, 1919, in North Troy, a son of John and and Katherine (Jimmo) Lucas.
On January 25, 1941, he married Etta Horskins who survives him.
Mr. Lucas was employed as a dairy farmer for 15 years for the Harold Norris farm, and he then worked for 15 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing where he retired.
Among his hobbies he enjoyed repairing and collecting clocks, and working with wood.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Etta Lucas, of Newport; his three children:  Sandra Jean Lucas of Bradenton, Florida, Michael Lucas and his wife, Suzanne, of Coventry, and Anthony Lucas and his wife, Diane, of North Troy; by three grandchildren:  Curt Lucas and his wife, Amie, of Derby, Amy Brasseur and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Laura Lucas of Westford; by his great-grandchildren Angel Lucas, Olivia Lucas, Skyler Lizotte, Caleb Brasseur, and Zade Royce; by two sisters:  Doris Gray of Long Island, New York, and Anna Tice of Derby Line; by his sister-in-law Wyona Horskins of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by the following siblings:  Helen Patrick, Betty Theberge, Sally Pepin, Lillian Labounty, Roberta Lundy, Mary Harvey, Kenneth, Raymond, Harold, John Jr., and Robert Lucas.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the oncology department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Claire R. (Prue) Riel

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Claire R. (Prue) Riel, 81, of Palmer, Massachusetts, died peacefully on April 9, 2011, at Life Care Center of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Newport on July 25, 1929, a daughter of David and Idea (Landry) Prue and lived in Palmer since 1954.
She worked as a telephone operator for many years, at the Palmer Nursing Home, and then for Jarvis and Jarvis before retiring.  She had a strong religious faith and was a communicant of St. Thomas Church, and formerly the organist there.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella.
Among the many things Mrs. Riel enjoyed in her leisure were singalong songs with the piano, crocheting, and trying her luck with bingo and scratch tickets.  Her main love was her family.
She will be deeply missed by her five children:  Denise Coburn of Newport, Andrew and Robert II of Palmer, Michael and his wife, Darlene, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Jay and his wife, Cindy, of Thorndike, Massachussetts; by her ten grandchildren to whom she was lovingly referred to as “Memere”:  Melissa, Michael, Carrin, Bennett, Rachel, Kayla, Nicole, Jaymelee, Jake, and Jayce; two great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jayda; her in-laws, Roland Richer of Palmer and Sylvia Prue of Newport; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, her husband, Robert, preceded her in death in 2003, along with six sisters:  Sister Mary David, Irene, Blanche, Fedo, Yvonne, and Agnes; and her two brothers, David and Wilbrod.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 9 a.m. at the Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Church.  Burial will follow in St. Anne Cemetery in Palmer.
The family requests that donations be made in her memory to Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and  Hospice, Box 9058, Springfield Massachusetts, 01102, or Blinded American Veterans Foundation, P.O. Box 65900, Washington D.C. 20035, or Family Council at Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 2399 Boston Road, Wilbraham, Massachusetts 01095.
For the online guest book, please visit www.beersandstory.com.
Jean-Claude “Johnny” Sicotte

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Jean-Claude “Johnny” Sicotte, 78, of Derby died on April 8, 2011.
He was born in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, on June 8, 1932, a son of the late Auguste and Florina (Tetreault) Sicotte.
He moved to Westfield in 1940 where, along with family members, he operated a dairy farm.  The farm was sold in 1958, and he moved to Newport and worked for Barton Cleaners for many years.
He attended Sacred Heart High School while farming and later graduated with his G.E.D.
Mr. Sicotte with family members and friends started a band called “The Blue Stars” in the early 1950s and played at many functions.  In 1960 he started a new group called the “Downbeat Trio Plus One.”  He and his band members entertained audiences for many years.  Big Band music became his greatest love.  Mr. Sicard became a great entertainer and played at places in Vermont as well as the Canadian border.
In 1985 he bought the Pierre Motel in Barre. He operated the motel with his brother Lionel Sicotte of South Burlington.  The motel was sold in 2000 and he moved to Derby and worked at the Newport Country Club for eight years.
He was a devoted brother and uncle to his family, nieces and nephews, and an honorary member of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #2285 of Newport.  He enjoyed boating, fishing and camping at the lake.
Mr. Sicard is survived by his sister Jeannine Sicotte of Newport; his brother Lionel Sicotte of Derby; his nephews Richard Sicotte and his wife, Linda, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Raymond Sicotte of Colchester, Reynold Sicotte and his wife, Francine, of Newport, Marc Sicotte and his wife, Gail, of Lowell, and Sylvain Sicotte and his wife, Sandi, of Colchester; by 17 great-nieces and great-nephews; and by special friend Rose Marie Macie. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Suzanne Sicotte, his brothers and sisters-in law Albert and Helene Sicotte and Guy and Marie Jeanne Sicotte.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday April 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  Members of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus #2285 Gibbons Council of Newport are requested to meet for prayers for brother Johnny at the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening.  Spring interment will be held at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Valeta A. Veto

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Valeta A. Veto, 89, of Derby Line died on April 5, 2011, in Newport.
She was born December 15, 1921, in Rock Island, Quebec, a daughter of Moise and Albertine (Boulanger) Joyal.
She married Ralph Veto who predeceased her on December 4, 1974.
Mrs. Veto was a cake decorator in Fort Richie, Florida.  Upon retiring she moved back to Vermont to be closer to family.  She enjoyed tending to her nephews, great nephews and nieces.  She had a great love for Schnauzer dogs, and she enjoyed watching professional hockey, and loved a game of cards.
She is survived by her sister Florence Joyal of Rock Island, and by her sister-in-law Florence Joyal of Derby Line.  She was predeceased by the following siblings:  Bernadette Young, Marie Holmes, Albert, George, Andrew, Robert, Louis, and Leon Joyal.
Funeral services were held on April 9 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza #14, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Memorial Service
A memorial service for James C. Walton, of South Albany, who died January 15, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at his chapel in the woods in South Albany.
Friends are requested to omit flowers.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.
Arrangements by the Malcom R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
 
Tribute to Caroline  Smith
by Elise A. Roessler
Carolyn Smith, my dear friend and colleague, was in the last few of her 29 years of teaching as I was just starting my teaching career in the seventies.  She taught art at Barton Graded School, and I was a teacher’s aide there while I went back to college to complete my teaching degree.
We actually met each other through Scouting in 1974.  We both joined the Barton Cub Scout Pack #66, as leaders.  I remember when the Cub Scouts had to march in our local parades, she’d made sure that every Cub Scout looked spiffy or else!  We were in scouting together for over 34 years.  Mrs. Smith earned the District Award of Merit, Den Leader Coach Award, and the Silver Beaver award, which is the highest award any adult can earn in a council, which in our case is the whole state of Vermont.
Mrs. Smith was a Sunday School superintendent for over ten years and she was also a church council member for many years, so in 1995 she was awarded the God and Country Award through Scouting and the Barton United Church.  One year for our Cub Pack #66, we made a large papier måché eagle with a Cub Scout hat on its head for a float; this was for a parade in Orleans.  We were driving the float down Route 5 to the parade in Orleans when all of a sudden the eagle took flight off of the float.  We finally used Cub Scouts to anchor down the eagle as we crept ever so slowly through the parade.  I believe we even won a Parade Creativity Award.
She volunteered for over 15 years with the Orleans County Fair Association.  Since 1974, Mrs. Smith worked diligently as the vice-president of the Barton Ladies Improvement Committee helping to beautify Barton; she belonged to the Crystal Lake Grange #411; and was an officer and a board member of the Barton Chamber Apartments, Inc.  She and Phil LaFontaine ran the Barton Youth Program at the Memorial Building Theater from 1974-1986, where twice on both Friday and Saturday nights, they’d show our kids wholesome G-rated movies.  She always made the popcorn, and was in charge of the concession stand.  Then between each movie show she’d supervise the cleaning of the theater.  Mrs. Smith was a stickler as she’d have us all get every piece of popcorn off the theater floor.
From 1980 she belonged to the Four Seasons Garden Club where she loved displaying centerpieces.  She had a passion for butterflies and would collect and reproduce them as pins, magnets, bookmarks, in floral arrangements, and also for Delta Kappa Gamma decorations.  In the 1970s while teaching art, Mrs. Smith ran a two-week exhibit of conservation through art at the State House, where over 1,000 students displayed their own art presentations on conservation.  Mrs. Smith was commissioned to paint Governor Emerson’s portrait for the Vermont State House, which she felt was one of her greatest achievements.  This portrait is now housed at the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Society Museum in Barton.
On May 1, 1969, Mrs. Smith was presented for membership to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International by Epsilon Charter member Irene Dudley; this was just the second group initiated into the Epsilon Chapter.  She was on the chapter legislative committee, the budget and finance committee from 1978-1991, chairman of the nominating committee, and the world fellowship committee, our chapter recording secretary from 1974-1976; and she served on the Alpha Lambda State Nominating Committee from 1986-1988.  We all enjoyed her artistic talents as she created beautiful favors for numerous Epsilon meetings; many of us still cherish her butterfly magnets which are displayed on our refrigerators at home.
Through her retirement years, Mrs. Smith loved reading her many daily newspapers, including completing the crossword puzzles; she was always knitting sweaters, mittens, and hats for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with items for military servicemen and needy children in the local schools.
Her family meant so much to her.  Her husband was a Barton postal worker until his sudden death in 1970.
She is survived by their daughter Melanie; two grandchildren, Andrew and Kerri, and their four children.
She would have been 97 years old on April 17.  She wouldn’t want any of us to shed any tears for her, because she was always thankful for being able to enjoy life to its fullest.  Mrs. Smith will be buried this summer at the family plot in Barton.  It has most assuredly been an honor and privilege to have been a close friend, Epsilon sister and a devoted member of Scouting with Carolyn Smith.  Thanks for the memories, Carolyn.
Mrs. Smith was born on April 17, 1914.  She died on February 25, 2011.
She married E. Elwood Smith on December 25, 1941.  She started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Sherburn in 1936, then moved to Barton where she taught grade five from 1939 to 1946.  She taught art from 1960 to 1979 in the Orleans Central district.
Whatever she attempted she carried through responsibly.  She searched constantly to enrich the lives of those she taught and with whom she worked.  Intellectual and professional growth was her constant goal.
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April 6, 2011 Obituaries

Hazel E. Allard
Hazel E. Allard, 81, a Newark resident, died on Friday, April 1, 2011, at her home with loving family members by her side.
She was born January 28, 1930, in Sutton, a daughter of the late William O. and Augusta M. (Falcon) Allard.
She attended Sutton schools.  She enjoyed spending lots of time in her garden, loved listening to country western music, going to the races when she was younger, and going to yard sales.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Ms. Allard is survived by her loving daughter, Terri Allard; her companion, David Gooden, of Littleton, New Hampshire; two granddaughters, Melissa Tinker and her husband, Scott, of Orleans, and Lacey Allard of St. Johnsbury; her sister Linda Allard of Newark; three sisters-in-law:  Joan Allard of Newark, Ruth Allard of East Haven, and Shirley Allard of Lakeland, Florida.
She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Richard Allard; two grandsons, Jeremy Allard and Jamie Lyford; her fiancé, Arthur Brown Sr.; five brothers:  Wayne, Kenneth, Dean, Ray, and Bernard; and her sister Marion Ferrin.
A graveside service will be held later in the spring in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Newark.
To sign an online memorial, please go to www.pearsonsfh.com.
Beverly Alice Baraw
Beverly Alice Baraw, 56, of Newport died suddenly on April 3, 2011, at her home.
She was born on June 9, 1954, in Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter of June (Hart) Wells and Rene Sr.
On September 22, 1973, she married Wilbur Baraw Sr. who survives her.
Mrs. Baraw had been an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  Her hobbies included watching television, and she enjoyed being outside.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbur Baraw Sr., of Newport; her son Wilbur Baraw Jr. and his wife, Candy, of Craftsbury; her granddaughter Chelsy of Craftsbury; and by the following sister and brothers:  Roy Wells of Derby Line, Richard Wells and his wife, Vicky, of Derby, Robert Wells of Newport, Diane Lawson and her husband, John, of Derby, David Wells of Newport, Wade Wells and his wife, Susan, of Lyndonville, and Mark Wells of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Rene Wells Sr.; her mother, June Wells, on January 11, 2011; and by the following siblings:  Rene Wells Jr., Gloria Paradis, and Wayne Wells.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roy Lee Bond

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Roy Lee Bond, 88, of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on March 30, 2011, at the Rebecca Residence.
He was predeceased by his sister Wilma Sawyer of Iowa.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis E. Bond; his daughter Carol Rodgers and her husband, Thomas, of West Point, Utah; and his son Dennis L. Bond and his wife, Darlene, of York, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bond was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy as chief quartermaster on the destroyer escort ship USS Richard M. Rowell.  He was a life member of Elks Lodge #932 in Etna, Pennsylvania.  He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #100 in Burlington.
Mr. Bond worked for PPG Industries as manager of the field credit office until his retirement in 1982 after 36 years of service.  He earned the distinguished service award from PPG.
Mr. Bond spent his summers of retirement with his wife at their summer camp on the shores of Lake Salem in Derby and enjoyed his time there immensely.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Good Samaritan Hospice of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at (800) 720-2557, or to a favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements are being made with The King Funeral Home in Allison Park.
Alfred W. Fuller
Alfred W. Fuller, 87, of Craftsbury died on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Morrisville.
He was born April 15, 1923, to Francis S. Fuller and Louise B. Fuller.
He is survived by his wife, Joan D. Fuller; his children:  Timothy Fuller of East Hardwick, Sarah Fuller of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Jon Fuller and his partner, Jennifer Kane, of Chatham, Massachusetts, Hester L. Fuller of Craftsbury, Bradbury Fuller and his wife, Eileen D. Fuller, of Weybridge, Rebecca Fuller and her husband, Barry Forman, of San Francisco, California, and Jane (Calnan) Haynes and her husband Michael Haynes of Muncie, Indiana; and by many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Episcopal  Church in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Vermont Farm Fund, care of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, P.O. Box 451, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Marie Jeanne Holmes

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Marie Jeanne Holmes, 79, of Newport died on March 28, 2011, in Newport.
She was born May 10, 1931, in Rock Island, Quebec, a daughter of Moses and Albertine (Belanger) Joyal.
In June 1960 she married Lee H. Holmes who predeceased her on February 12, 2010.
Mrs. Holmes was a health care aid employed by the state of Maine.
She is survived by a daughter, Dianne Holmes, of Newport; by two sisters:  Florence Joyal of Canada and Valeda Veto of Newport; and by a dear friend, Gesil Houl, of Orleans.  She was predeceased by a son, Mark Holmes, in 2008 and by six brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Holmes enjoyed painting pictures, cooking, sewing, and betting on the horses.
Funeral services were held on April 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Robert Michael Kempton

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Robert Michael Kempton, 60, of Newport died on March 29, 2011, in Barton with his loving family at his side.
He was born November 17, 1950, in Laconia, New Hampshire, a son of Walter and Anita (Cadieux) Kempton.
He entered the U. S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.  As a hobby he enjoyed working with wood.
He is survived by his children:  Shawn Hildreth of Newport, Sherri Davis and her husband, Russell, of Belmont, New Hampshire, Brian Kempton of  Willimantic, Connecticut, Walter Kempton of  Westford, Massachusetts, Angela Birk and her husband, Chris, of Newport Center, and Sara Kempton, Krista Kempton, and Cynthia Dowland, all of Newport; by 14 grandchildren:  Trevor, Silas, Alec, Damon, Mercedes, Promise, Faith, Tala, Kayla, Destiny, Julianna, Heidi, Isaiah, and Lyllian; and by a sister, Phyllis Tower, of Tilton, New Hampshire.   He was predeceased by his sister Judy.
Funeral services were held on April 2 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating.  Military honors were held following the service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Doris Emma (Dow) LaCoss

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Doris Emma (Dow) LaCross, 90, of Newport Center died on April 1, 2011, in Newport.
She was born March 22, 1921, in Newport Center, a daughter of Harold and Jane (Hamblet) Dow.
On March 11, 1949, she married Lloyd C. LaCross who predeceased her on April 11, 1981.
Mrs. LaCross had been a loan supervisor for the former Chittenden Trust Company in Newport.  She retired in 1985.
She was a longtime member of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter #27.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother, Carlton Dow, in 1975, and sisters Carolyn Roland in 1986 and Hazel Brown on June 4, 2006.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Newport Center Cemetery.
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.
Raymond Y. Turgeon
Raymond Y. Turgeon, 75, of  Ocala, Florida, died on March 29, 2011, in Ocala.
He was born in Barton on January 27, 1936, a son of the late Archie and Dezilda (Rouleau) Turgeon.
He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was in Korea during 1957 through 1959.
He worked as assistant service manager with Dobles Chevrolet of Manchester from 1968 until retiring in 2004.  He was an avid NASCAR fan, and he enjoyed snow skiing and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee.  Mr. Turgeon grew up in a farm and always had a love for animals, especially feeding his horses daily before reporting to work.
Mr. Turgeon is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Nancy Turgeon, of Ocala; by the following children:  Tamara Brunnock and her husband, Sean, of Lakeland, Florida, Sharon Lefavor and her husband, Erik of Raymond, New Hampshire, and Todd Turgeon of Boston, Massachusetts; by step-children Laurie Williams of Farmington, New Hampshire, and Dale Raymond and his wife, Nikki, of Rochester, New Hampshire; by eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; eight siblings:  Anita, Lorraine, Norman, Gilbert, Donald, Roland, Roger, and Gerald; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife of 33 years, Laura Turgeon, and by siblings Bert and Bertha.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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March 30, 2011 Obituaries

Jerome S. Clark

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Jerome S. Clark, 78, died peacefully on Saturday, March 12, in Cathedral City, California.
He was the only son of Irene Hebert Clark of Craftsbury Common and Roy Clark.  He will be buried with his parents in Craftsbury Village Cemetery in early May.  Some of his uncles, Joe, Charlie and Cyrus Hebert, of Craftsbury are also buried there.
His cousin Kathy Mangan, previously of Albany, had been with him for the past year.
Mr. Clark grew up in Binghamton, New York, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, and graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, in 1953 with a major in drama.  He was renowned for his performances in theatrical productions.
Mr. Clark worked his entire career for TWA —nearly 40 years — working both in reservations and at TWA’s headquarters in New York City.  In his primary role coordinating international charters, he flew with such prestigious customers as President Ronald Reagan.  He helped arrange the press charters accompanying President Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China, and he organized several papal charters bringing Pope John Paul II to and around the United States.  He traveled to countries around the world, experiencing various cultures, festivals and events.
Mr. Clark retired from TWA in 1992 and moved to Cathedral City, California, in 1999.  He held a Life Master Certificate from the American Contact Bridge League and played bridge weekly, a skill he learned from his mother.  He also enjoyed the theater and films. He will be best remembered for his ever present smile.

 

Allen R. “Country Al” Cochran

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Allen R. “Country Al” Cochran, 52, of Glover died Monday, March 21, at the North Country Medical Center in Newport.
He was born November 17, 1958, in Norwich, Connecticut, a son of Ronald M. and June (Barker) Cochran.
He graduated from Hartford High School in the class of 1977 where he was #78 on the varsity football team.  After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home where he worked for the state of Vermont Highway Department and later at the P&C warehouse in Hartford which became C&S Wholesale Grocer’s.
He was married to Tammy Fitzgerald April 14, 1990, in Hartland, and they lived in Windsor until 1997 when Mr. Cochran became disabled.
He was an avid hunter.  He enjoyed classic country music, dancing, playing the lottery, texting, and sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, and often asked, “How about them Cowboys?”  Most of all he enjoyed his time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his big, teddy bear heart and his wonderful sense of humor.
He leaves his wife, Tammy, of Glover; seven daughters:  Sarah Cochran-Day and her husband, Aaron, of Grafton, New Hampshire, Allison Cochran of Bradford, Tabitha Armstrong and her husband, Noah, of Glover, Lindsay Cochran and her partner, Jordan Choiniere, of West Hartford, Amanda Cochran and her partner, Zachary Labor, of Barton, Danielle Cochran of Glover, and Samantha Cochran of Glover; six grandchildren:  Mason and Kameron Day, Blaze Cochran, Autumn Blaisdell, Savannah, and Randi Lynn Labor; and two very close friends of the family, Skye and Fawn who were like children; a sister, Diane Cochran-Jenkins of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; a brother, Timothy Cochran, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his parents, his nephew Hunter Borneman, and Richard “Pat” Sargent.
A memorial service and funeral were held March 26 at the Knight Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the VA Hospital, care of Patient Services, 215 North Main Street, White River Jct., Vermont 05009, or the Vascular Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.
Alice L. Diette

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Alice L. Diette, 86, of Derby Line died on March 24, 2011, in Derby Line.
She was born November 22, 1924, in Barton, a daughter of Leonard “Leo” and Roseanna (Jutras) LeBlanc.
On June 19, 1948, she married Paul F. Diette who predeceased her in 1989.
Mrs. Diette had been the assistant town clerk for the town of Barton.  She was a past member of the Ladies Alter Society at St. Paul’s Church, and she was also treasurer for the church for several years.
She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, and knitting.  She was a Red Sox and Montreal Canadiens fan, and she especially enjoyed her many pets over the years.
She is survived by two sons:  Paul Diette and his wife, Becky, of Newport, and Jean Diette and his wife, Mary, of Ambler, Pennsylvania; by the following grandchildren:  Sean Diette and his wife, Sarah, of Maine, Amy DeJulio and her husband, Charles, of Pennsylvania, and Patty Sassaman and her husband, Jeremy, of Pennsylvania; and by two great-grandchildren:  Kayli Sassaman and Aiden DeJulio, both of Pennsylvania.
Funeral services were held on March 29 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass. Spring interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Diette’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Lucille E. Gamba

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Lucille Eatman Gamba, beloved wife of the late Dr. Carl L. Gamba, died on March 15, 2011, at the home of her daughter Nancy (Gamba) Hansen, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Gamba was born in Mantua, Alabama, to Viola Marlowe and Samuel Snoddy Eatman on August 6, 1914.  She was reared in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was a graduate of the University of Alabama.  She taught home economics and English in the Birmingham School District for nine years before her marriage in 1944 to Carl Lewis Gamba, M.D., then a captain in the Army.
She and Dr. Gamba moved to Wallingford, Pennsylvania, in 1950, where he opened a family medical practice and she established a home for their four children.  Mrs. Gamba was active in school, community, and church activites.  She served many years as a leader in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Parent Teacher Association and as a member of several medical auxiliaries.
Following his retirement from private practice, Dr. and Mrs. Gamba spent two years living and working in Guam, during which time they traveled extensively throughout the Far East.  Mrs. Gamba was one of the volunteers during Operation Babylift who met and cared for orphans being evacuated at the end of the Vietnam War.  They moved to Aiken, South Carolina, in 1979, where Dr. Gamba continued to practice medicine.
Mrs. Gamba and her husband were worldwide and adventurous travelers, making numerous trips to Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China, as well as enjoying extensive camping trips throughout the United States.  They also spent many quiet times at their beloved house on Edisto Island, which was the site of annual family gatherings for over 25 years.
Mrs. Gamba was a master bridge player, an avid reader, with her own decades-long listing and rating system for each book she’d read, and a serious follower of current events.  She and Dr. Gamba placed great emphasis on the value of higher education and the necessity of a solid work ethic.  Being an “accomplisher” was one of her highest compliments.  Above all, her abiding focus was on her family, both immediate and extended, and her many dear friends.  Even to the very end, her encyclopedic memory, dry wit, and healing touch brought joy and release to all who she loved.  Mrs. Gamba was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Her beloved husband, Carl, and two sisters, Gladys and Jane Ola, preceded her in death.  She is survived by her children:  Carl of Orleans,  Nancy and her husband, Jerry, of Aiken, David and his wife, Beverly, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Mark and his wife, Deborah, of North Augusta, South Carolina; by daughter-in-law Colleen O’Neill of Barton; by grandchildren Juliet, Vajra, Radha, Adam, Logan, Damon, Conner, Seth, Jay, Michael, Ashley, Heather, Jason, Jeremy, and Derek; by 18 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to Autism Ability Advocates, 470 Timberchase Lane, Aiken, South Carolina 29803.
For online condolences, visit the guest register at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com.
Paul R. Lucas
Paul R. Lucas, 82, of Beebe Plain, beloved husband of Catherine Lucas, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in North Troy.
He was born on February 19, 1929, in Island Pond, a son of Victor and Olive (Eddy) Lucas.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the U.S. Army.
He received his master’s degree in administration from the University of Maine.
On September 11, 1948, he married Catherine Millet who survives him.
Mr. Lucas was the athletic director at North Country Union High School from 1970 to 1980 and also taught history for several years.  More recently he retired as an officer for U.S. Customs.
He enjoyed duck hunting and fly-fishing with his son Steve.  He held memberships with the Memphremagog Masonic Lodge #65 F&AM, Newport Elks BPOE #2155, and the Boundary Rotary Club in Stanstead, Quebec, and was very active with the guardian ad litem program.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Catherine Lucas, of Beebe Plain; his children: Karen Crowe and her husband, Alan, of Charleston, Steve Lucas and his wife, Sherie, of Charleston, and Leslie Lucas of Barre; and by his nine cherished grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on March 29 at the United Church of Newport with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.  Spring interment will held at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lucas’ memory may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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March 23, 2011 Obituaries

Raymond J. Carrier
Raymond J. Carrier, 78, formerly of California, died at his home in Newport on March 20, 2011.
He was born February 10, 1933, in New Brittain, Connecticut, a son of Albert and Marie (Moore) Carrier.
On April 13, 1979, he married Louiselle  Carrier.
Mr. Carrier was manager for Ernie’s Liquor Store in Walnut Creek, California.  He entered the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Order of the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in California.  His hobbies included playing golf, fishing, hunting, and he enjoyed traveling with his wife in the U.S. and Canada.  He also loved the company of his cat Minette for the last several years.
He is survived by his wife, Louiselle Carrier, of Newport; four children; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother, Alcide Carrier.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ronald Owen Coffin
Ronald Owen Coffin, 61, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, died of bone cancer on March 15, 2011.
He was a 1969 graduate of Newport High School.
He was a licensed chemical spray technician and valued employee at Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort.
He is survivwed by his sisters JoAnn Troiano of Montpelier and Barbara Norton of Derby.
Mr. Coffin was always rescuing animals.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory should please send it to the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Daniel L. Meunier

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Daniel L. Meunier, 42, of Derby died on March 13, 2011, in Newport.
He was born December 10, 1968, in Newport, a son of Jean and Laurette (Lapalme) Meunier.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1991.  He enjoyed bowling, doing math and word puzzles and Special Olympics.
He is survived by his brother Roger Meunier and his wife, Deborah, of Newport Center; by his sister Denise Meunier and her companion, Joanne Singer, of Troy; and by two nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Jean and Laurette Meunier, and by a brother, Denis Meunier.
Funeral services were held on March 18 at the Sacred Heart Church in Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 368 Avenue D, Suite 30, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Northeast Mental Health Services, Developmental Services Department, Citizens Road, P.O. Box 724, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Victor Charles Pond
Victor Charles Pond of East Brighton died on Friday, March 18, 2011, at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born in East Brighton on December 2, 1924, a son of Mary (Colby) and Levi Pond.
He worked for many years on the Canadian Pacific Railroad from which he retired in 1984.  He loved the outdoors.  Hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling were things he truly enjoyed.  He was also a Vermont forest warden for 50 years, as well as a Shriner and lifetime member of the Masonic Union Lodge #44.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Helen, whom he married on December 15, 1949.  He also leaves his only son, Victor (Slugger), and his wife, Sandra, of Derby; his three daughters:  Goldie McPhaul and her husband, Richard, of Griswald, Connecticut, Donna Chrisomalis of Randolph, and Sheila Stinson and her husband, James, of Stratford, New Hampshire; his brother Robert of Utah; and his sister Vivian of Barton.  A daughter, Diane, predeceased him in 1987.
At Mr. Pond’s request, there will be no calling hours.
Donations may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Willard Brown Rowell Sr.

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Mr. Willard Brown Rowell Sr., 84, died on Sunday, March 13, 2011, in the Northwestern Medical Center with his loving family at his side.
A native of Albany, Mr. Rowell lived many years in the Fairfax community.  Following a stroke, he made his home with family in Highgate Falls.
Born in Albany on July 10, 1926, he was a son of the late Enoch John Rowell I and Mildred (Brown) Rowell.  He graduated from Craftsbury Academy and later attended Champlain College. On October 20, 1951, he married the former Mary Patricia McGue who survives him.
Mr. Rowell faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was assigned as a frontline infantryman in both the battle that took Berlin, West Germany, as well as the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.  He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and received his honorable discharge on July 31, 1946.  Locally, he was a member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Robert Glidden Post #758 of Saint Albans.
Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Rowell worked construction, building the New York State Thruway.  He later owned and operated a dairy farm in Albany for many years while at the same time working construction on Midwestern oil and gas pipelines.  In more recent years, he and his sons operated Green Mountain Forest Products, a large woodchipping operation based out of Highgate.  In earlier years he was a founding member and past chief of the Albany Volunteer Fire Department.  He was much attuned to state, national and international politics,  He enjoyed working with heavy equipment, loved cars and riding, and was especially known for his willingness to help anyone in need.
In addition to his wife, Mary, of nearly 60 years, Mr. Rowell is survived by his six children:  l and Nancy (Rollins) Rowell of Highgate, Brian and Tammy (Pilbin) Rowell of Highgate, Steven and Carmie (Maietta) Rowell of Hinesburg, Jane (Rowell) and Chuck Fisher of Irasburg, Carolyn (Rowell) and Stephen Powers of Anderson, South Carolina, and John and Tina (Reicker) Rowell of St. John’s  New Brunswick, Canada; by his grandchildren:  Elizabeth and Andrew, Matthew and Megan, Michael, Anthony, Emily and Jenoah and Anna, Patricia and Nathan, Jennifer, Nikkie and John, and Kristina, Joshua, and Jenna; by great-grandchildren Peyton, Xavier, Landon, Derek, Hayley, Asa, Jonathon, and Julia; by one brother, Phillip Rowell and his wife, Carolyn, of Albany; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Goodwin, and a brother, Enoch Rowell II.
Mr. Rowell’s family would like to offer their “sincerest thanks” to the staff of the Northwestern Medical Center, the members of Missisquoi Valley Rescue, Franklin County Home Health and those dedicated caregivers at his home for all of their care, compassion, and support.
A funeral service was held March 17 at the Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton with Pastor Bruce Patterson officiating.
Funeral services were also held March 18 at the Albany United Methodist Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Interment with military honors will take place in the spring at the Rowell family lot in the Albany Village Cemetery.
Gifts in Mr. Rowell’s memory may be made to the Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488, or to the charity of one’s choice.
To offer private online condolences please visit www.kiddermemorialhome.com.
Gail (Ridley) Schuffenhauer

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Gail (Ridley) Schuffenhauer, 73, of River Edge, New Jersey, died March 6, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Schuffenhauer was born on January 13, 1938, and was a resident of River Edge for 45 years before moving to Atlanta in 2010.  She had a lifelong love of doll collecting and miniatures.
In 1974 she began vacationing with her husband and family at their summer residence in Barton.  For the next 35 years she enjoyed summers in the Northeast Kingdom where she spent time antiquing and attending auctions.
Receiving an associate’s degree in art history in 1958 from Bradford Junior College in Massachusetts, she later attended Duke University.  She spent the majority of her working career at Abraham and Strauss department store, and later, Huffman Koos.
For 47 years she was the beloved wife of Herbert Schuffenhauer who predeceased her; the loving mother of Kenneth and his wife, Nora, of River Edge, and Glenn and his wife, Susan, of Decatur, Georgia; and the adored grandmother of Kelsey, Steven, and Anna.
Funeral services were held at Beaugard’s Funeral Home in River Edge.  She was interred in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey.
 
Brenda J. Billado Tribute

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Brenda J. Billado, 60, of Barton, was called home to her heavenly father unexpectedly on March 5, 2011.
She was born into the Billado family by her loving parents, Orson and Irene, of Enosburg Falls on June 8, 1950.
She is survived by her brother David Billado and his family in Barton, also by her sister Sandy Stone and her children and grandchildren of Glover.  She also is survived by many cousins who still remain in Enosburg Falls.
While growing up in the Northeast Kingdom she made a lifelong best friend, Karen Fontaine.  They enjoyed horseback riding together when they were younger and stayed close through the years of Brenda’s life.  She also enjoyed her neighbor Audrey Rockwell’s company.  Audrey helped Brenda with her gardening in the summers and was there to offer Brenda a helping hand at any given time.
She had worked at Ethan Allen for 30 years.  Then she went to work at MSA in Newport.  She was there several years and during that time had made some very close friends.  She loved to work and was very dedicated to her job.
Brenda struggled as a diabetic for the past ten years.  She had lost both her legs, but enjoyed her work so much she made it a goal to keep her job at MSA.  Through surgeries and therapy in September of 2009, and with determination, Brenda walked into MSA with two fake legs that carried her body.  There was no cane or wheelchair that she needed to depend on.  Her co-workers and bosses greeted her at the door with smiles and cheers for her great achievements she had accomplished.
Brenda couldn’t have come this far without her two closest friends working with her daily.  Shirleen Willey, one of her best friends and cousin, took care of her and didn’t let her give up on her goals.  She was there for Brenda during the hard times she faced in her life — the loss of parents and repeated surgeries that took place along with therapy.
Allan Rowell was also a very close friend to Brenda.  He, along with many other close friends, worked on her house in his free time with his kind, loving heart to help make her home suitable for her to live in.  She would share her thoughts, prayers, and concerns for her special friend Trudy who is suffering with an illness.  A special thanks to Ron, Jane, and Mel.  Also for the donated time and work to her home.
Brenda enjoyed rides over the mountain into Enosburg Falls to visit her family.  She spent her holidays and birthdays with Shirleen and her three children, Beth, Sara, Josh, and their children.  She always had a way of making them feel special and putting a smile on each of their faces.
Brenda was very important and touched many lives with her kind, gentle spirit.  Her friends know who they are, thank you all so much.  She always gave her honest opinion and support to the ones she loved.
She also loved her two dogs Mia and Isabella.  She enjoyed cards, dice, and baking for her church, family, friends and the young children who held a special place in her heart.  She will be missed by many.  We have made good memories with Brenda.  Until we meet again cousin and friend, we hold you dear to our hearts forever and always.
We love you always — Mia and Isabella, Sara, Paul, Ava, Beth, Levi, Austin, and Ryder, Josh and Sydney, Shir and Allan.
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March 16, 2011 Obituaries

Cecile Annette (Lamarche) Fluet

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Cecile Annette (Lamarche) Fluet, 90, of Derby Line died on March 9, 2011, in Newport.
She was born June 23, 1920, in St. Thomas d’Alfred, Ontario, a daughter of Joseph and Marie Laure (Charbonneau) Lamarche.
Mrs. Fluet farmed for Earl Hackett, worked at Indian Head Plywood, and retired from Butterfield’s in 1985.  She enjoyed cooking, making big meals for her family, dancing, playing cards, and working in her vegetable garden.  She also had a love for horses.
She is survived by her children:  Sue Gagne and her husband, Patrick, of Derby Line, Mary McCabe and her husband, Robert, of East Hartford, Connecticut, Andre Boissonnault and his wife, Ginette, of Springfield, Gerald Boissonnault of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Marcel Boissonnault and his wife, Darlene, of Cambridge, Bobby Boissonnault and his wife, Linda, of East Falmouth; by 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Marie Laure Lamarche; by husbands Roland Fluet, Romeo Meunier, and Paul Boissonnault; by her son Rene Boissonnault and his wife, Jeanne; and by four sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services were held on March 14 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 302 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Betty Glodgett
Betty Glodgett of Brownington died on March 10, 2011.  She left this world, as we know it, fighting, the last of five siblings.
She was a daughter of Dora (Stokes) Owen and Isac Edward Owen of Laurel Hill, Florida.
Born in 1936, she married U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Sergeant Royce Glodgett in 1954.  They made their home in Brownington.
She leaves four children:  William Glodgett of Brownington, John Glodgett and his wife, Susan, of Barton, Peggy Glodgett and Gary Ewen of Woodbury, and Nancy Sweeney and her husband, Carrol, of Albany; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be at the convenience of the family, graveside in Brownington Village.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brownington Village Cemetery Fund, care of Town of Brownington, Brownington, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Orison R. Hoadley Jr.

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Orison R. Hoadley Jr., 57, also known as J.R., of Derby died in the early morning hours of March 10, 2011, in Burlington surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Mr. Hoadley was the first child of the late Orison R. Sr. and Dorothy (Stevens) Hoadley.
On March 6, 1976, he married Judy Nason who survives him.  He grew up in Evansville and he enjoyed driving his cars, fishing, shooting guns, and chasing the girls.
He was a wholesaler for local auto dealerships.  He owned K and A Taxi Service in Newport, and he also had a scrap removal business.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Hoadley, of Derby; by daughters Kelly Turgeon and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg, and Annie Hoadley of Derby and her  former husband, Dale Crews Jr., of Orleans; by his grandchildren Melissa and Katelyn Turgeon; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Steve Hoadley and his wife, Robie, of Evansville, Ronald Hoadley and his companion, Theresa Bernier, of Evansville, Becky Gale and her husband, Bill, of Brownington, Barbara Warner and her friend, Cecil Davison, of Brownington; by half sister Mona Bent and her husband, Leonard, of Orleans; and by numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.  He was predeceased by infant son Orison John Paul Hoadley on September 1, 1985.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with Pastor Dan Prue officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his name may be sent to the family in care of Judy Hoadley, P.O. Box 71, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marielle Theresa Morin

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Marielle Theresa Morin, 79, of Derby died peacefully on March 11, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on June 14, 1931, in Holland, a daughter of Rufus and Dorilda (Lussier) Patenaude.
On August 6, 1951, she married Gaston Morin who predeceased her on August 2, 1973.
She and her husband farmed in West Charleston until he died and later moved to Derby where she established Morin Development.  Throughout the years she also had a childcare service.
Mrs. Morin enjoyed sewing, cooking, and working in her flower gardens.  She was very proud of her home and what it offered and loved being there.  She was also especially proud of her children and their accomplishments.  They were taught to work for what they wanted, to be considerate and respectful of others, and to be there for one another.  She was able to see these values passed on to her grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving children: Michael Morin and his wife, Gail, of Keene, New Hampshire, Claire Houghton and her husband, Burkett (Bubba), of Morgan, Denis Morin and his wife, Carole, of Windsor, Larry Morin and his companion, Fae Kerr, of Derby, Bobby Morin and his wife, Faye, of Derby, Linda Nadeau and her husband, Marc, of Newport, and Kathy Monty and her husband, Greg, of Newport Center; by her cherished (20) grandchildren:  Valerie, Marielle, Jonathan, David, Ryan, Gaston, Mitchell, Landen, Colby, Tiffany, Ashley, and Shelby Morin, Jacques and Hailey Nadeau, Nick and Trevor Monty, Deanna Clark and her husband, Samuel, Matthew Houghton and his companion, Alicia Wheeler, Daniel Houghton and his fianceé, Melissa Labor; and by her cherished great-grandchildren Olivia Houghton and Aurora Clark; by the following brothers and sisters: Raymond Patenaude of Newport, Joseph Patenaude and his wife, Lucille, of Derby, Leo Patenaude and his wife, Mercedes of Newport Center, Jeannie Lague and her husband, Bert, of Derby Line, Anita LaFleur of Orleans, Rose Gravel of Valcourt Quebec, Cecile Wheeler and her husband, Merle, of Derby, and Rita Gobeil and her husband, Raymond, of West Charleston; by sisters-in-law Carmen Morin of Newport, Simone Menard of Newport Center, and Agathe Morin of Holland; and by numerous nieces and nephew and great-nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Gaston Morin; by grandson Payton Monty; brothers Omer, Peter, and Larry Patenaude; and by brothers- and sisters-in-law John LaFleur, Jacques Gravel, Jean Paul Morin, Harvey Menard, Leonard Morin, Cecile Morin, Reginald Morin, Roger Morin, and Gisile Pepin.
Funeral services were held on March 15 at the St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be at the St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, to be scheduled in May.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Morin’s memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Jose R. Perrault

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Jose R. Perrault, 47, died on March 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on October 28, 1963, a son of Robert and Rose Ange (Lanctot) Perrault of Newport Center.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1982.  In school he joined DECA, the school board, and Newport Ambulance Service, becoming the youngest EMT at that time.  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in Navy hospitals in Naples, Italy, and Charleston, South Carolina.
He left the Navy in 1986 to work for his parents in the recycling business, operating in the St. Johnsbury company.  Then he joined UPS as a driver, moving up to become an international account executive.  In June of 1999 he earned his bachelor of arts degree from Norwich University. He left UPS for a job as a federal agent in the Federal Motor Carrier Administration where he worked until he died.
He also worked a secondary position as the bar manager for American Legion Post #21 of Newport which he was very active in.  He also held membership in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeries #4329.  He enjoyed cruising, returning  this past summer to Italy.  Mr. Perrault loved hanging out with his friends and family.  He had a great sense of humor that put a smile on everyone’s face.  He will be sadly missed.
He leaves his parents, Robert and Rose Ange Perrault, of Newport Center; his devoted partner of 20 years, Rick Besaw, of Newport Center; his brothers:  Carl Perrault and his wife, Sheryl, and Bruno Perrault and his wife, Theresa, all of Newport Center; his sister who was like his second mom and best friend, Manon Perrault and her husband, Sonny Sloan, of Newport Center; Mr. Besaw’s family; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts, and uncles, cousins and his many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Military honors will follow at the church.  A gathering and a luncheon will follow at the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Perrault’s memory may be made to the American Legion Post #21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Felicia (Flis) Woolsey

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Felicia (Flis) Woolsey, 59, of East Charleston died on March 7, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on July 11, 1951, in Manhattan, New York, a daughter of John and Mary Flis.
She received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont.
Ms. Woolsey was an educator who will long be remembered in her community for her sense of humor, storytelling ability, and love of life.  She was passionate about teaching her students life skills including how to write well, communicate ideas effectively, and enjoy good literature.  Former students often visited her to express their gratitude for the ways that she touched their lives and the lessons she imbued.
Even as Ms. Woolsey faced serious health problems, her courage and sense of humor always shone through.  Her insatiable curiosity transformed her medical issues into opportunities to learn and reflect on the complexities and beauty of life.  Her storytelling ability always highlighted the humor she saw in even her most trying experiences.  Above all, we will all miss the joy of being in her presence and the privilege of being a part of her narratives — as audience and actors.
She is survived by all those who loved her:  her husband, Bill Woolsey; brother John Flis; nieces Tatiana Flis and Ariana Nester; mother-in-law Dolores Woolsey, sisters-in-law Phyllis Triarsi and Susan Sova; her beloved dog Harris; and many many more.
A celebration of her life will be held this spring (her favorite season).
In lieu of flowers, and as a tribute to Ms. Woolsey’s charitable nature, donations can be sent in her memory to the Humane Society by going to www.humanesociety.org and making a Kindred Spirit memorial gift, or make checks payable to the HSUS, and send to:  The HSUS, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.
Or, people can donate to the Vermont Foodbank by going to www.vtfoodbank.org.  Make checks payable to Vermont Foodbank and send to:  Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.
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March 9, 2011, Obituaries

Brenda J. Billado
Brenda J. Billado, 60, of Barton died suddenly on March 5, 2011, in Newport.
She was born June 8, 1950, in Enosburg Falls, a daughter of Orroson and Irene (Bergeron) Billado.
Ms. Billado was a production worker for MSA of Newport for several years.  She also worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing for over 30 years.
She loved all animals, especially horses.  She enjoyed cooking doughnuts and jellies, and she loved her work and also her friends at work.
She is survived by her sister Sandy Stone of Glover; by her brother David Billado and his wife, Sophie, of Barton; and by three nieces:  Stacey Tanner, Carmen Boudreau, and Danika Billado; by her nephew Scott Stone; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Hugh Stone Jr.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 08555.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Neil J. Horgan
Neil J. Horgan, 68, of Coventry died suddenly on February 27, 2011, in Newport.
He was born September 28, 1942, in Bronx, New York, a son of John and Mary Horgan.
On July 4, 1986, he married Tammy Whitcavitch who survives him.
Mr. Horgan was a diesel mechanic for the highway department of the state of New York for many years.
He enjoyed being outdoors watching the birds and squirrels coming to the bird feeder.  He enjoyed stamp collecting and working in his woodworking shop.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Horgan, of Coventry; two children Shawn Horgan of Coventry and Heather Horgan and her companion, Tom Cloney, of Newport Center; by his sisters Noreen and her husband, Frank; and Joanne and Sheila; by his adopted brother Paul Fortin of Derby; by several nieces and nephews; and by grandpuppy Munchkin.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Edgar William Kellaway
Edgar William Kellaway died peacefully on March 7, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
Born in Lyndonville on July 21, 1928, he was predeceased by his parents, Bertha Fowler  from Coaticook, Quebec, and William Edgar Kellaway from Beaminster, England.
He is survived by his sister Barbara Hudson of Lyndonville; son Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, of Derby; stepdaughters Loray Cote and her husband, John, of Newport, Robin Loveless and her husband, Ronald, of Rogers, Arkansas, and Lynn Rogers and her husband, Kimball, from Magnolia, Kentucky; and by the “apple of his eye,” granddaughter Charli Addison Kellaway.
After graduating from Lyndon Institute in 1945, where he was a standout in many sports, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served as a sonar specialist aboard the U.S.S. Cony during the Korean Conflict.  Upon leaving the Navy, he apprenticed for the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) in Lyndonville, Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec, eventually settling in Newport where he worked for the CPR as an electrician until he retired.
Mr. Kellaway proudly served as an alderman for the city of Newport, was a justice of the peace, worked on the city planning board, and also served as a lister for the city of Newport.  He was a former member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the VFW.  He was an avid golfer and a guiding force at the Newport Country Club for well over 40 years.
He had a strong sense of faith his entire life and belonged to the Episcopal church, both in Lyndonville and Newport.  He is, and will be, sadly missed by his family and friends.
A church service will be held at the Episcopal church in the spring in Newport, and a graveside service will follow at the Pine Bluff Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Newport Country Club’s Junior Golf Program.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Kennison

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John Kennsion, born September 5, 1930, a son of Arie and Myra Kennison, died on March 6, 2011, after a short illness.
His wife of 57 years, Jackqueline (Perron) Kennison, survives him.
He was a general supervisor of roads for the state of Vermont for 25-plus years and had enjoyed a fruitful and active retirement, as he enjoyed hunting, fishing, a little gambling and traveling.
He also enjoyed his family get-togethers with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the great Perron reunions.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children:  Gary Kennison and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell and Terry Kennison of Boonesville, New York, and Linda and her companion, Ron Sanville, of Marlboro, Massachusetts; by his grandchildren Jaime McAllister, Kevin McAllister and his wife, Jessica, Ben Kennison, Tom Kennison and his wife, Katrina, Luke Kennison, Julie, Sarah and Adam Kennison, Michelle Soqui and her husband, Michael; by his sister Ruth Damon; and by his great-grandchildren Issac, Justin, Kayla, Zachary, LaKota, Zada, Trevor, McKenna and Cadance.  He was predeceased by his brothers Melvin and Wayne Kennison and by two sisters, Barb Morse and Marie Nault.
Mr. Kennison was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army (Korean War) and he held memberships with the VFW Post #798 and the American Legion Post #21.
Graveside committal services will be held in the spring in the Irasburg cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 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.
Mildred “Millie” (Gentler) Kleinman
Mildred “Millie” Gentler Kleinman, 89, of Lake Worth, Florida, died on March 3, 2011, in Newport.
She was born July 22, 1921, in Bronx, New York, a daughter of Morris and Ida (Harris) Wasser.
She married Morton Gentler who predeceased her in 1975.  She later married Joseph Kleinman who predeceased her.
Mrs. Kleinman was an office manager for New Hope Guild in Brooklyn, New York, from which she retired.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and sewing.  She also loved the company of her family and friends.
She is survived by two children:  Howard Gentler and his wife, Vicki, of Irasburg and Rita Rossa and her husband, Richard, of Brooklyn, New York; by her grandchildren: Vicki Bender and her husband, Paul, of Reading, Pennsylvania, Marishine Gentler and her fiancé, Robert Dantona, of Tampa, Florida, and Evan Gentler and his wife, Tracy, of Boston; by great-granddaughter Gabriella Bender, of Reading; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Abraham Wasser.
A graveside service will be held at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marion (Allen) Frizzell

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Marion Allen Frizzell, 89, of Newport died on February 28, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 21, 1921, in Irasburg, a daughter of Pearlie and N. Glee (Kennison) Wells.
On September 2, 1939, she married Leslie Allen who predeceased her.  On July 1, 1966, she married Benjamin Frizzell who also predeceased her on July 26, 2007.
Mrs. Frizzell was a receptionist for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans where she retired after 25 years of service.
Her hobbies included playing the piano and organ, knitting, dancing, swimming, and doing crossword puzzles.  She volunteered with second-grade reading at the Orleans Elementary School and both she and her late husband, Benjamin, volunteered at the Newport Chamber of Commerce.  She was an active member of the Orleans Federated Church and a clerk for Lake Region Union High School, and she was also a clerk for the union.
She is survived by her children:  Claudia Niles and her husband, Ray, of Hyde Park, and David Allen and his wife, Eileen, of Castleton; by her stepchildren:  Scott Frizzell and his wife, Lorraine, of Claremont, New Hampshire, Brenda LePage, and David and Holly Frizzell, all of Lyndonville;  by six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two sisters: Joyce Nietling of Las Vegas, and Persis Demick and her husband, Paul, of Palm City, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Nancy, and by her sisters Vera Lanou and Jean Bennett.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 5, at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Christina Findlay officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Irasburg cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Federated Church, 34 School Street Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Adeline (Lipscomb) Phillips
Adeline Lipscomb Phillips, 84, formerly of Spartanburg, South Carolina, died on March 3, 2011, at Bel-Aire Center Nursing Home in Newport after a lengthy illness.
She was born July 10, 1926, in Spartanburg to Thomas W. Lipscomb Sr., and Lillie Fair (Sligh) Lipscomb.
She graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1944 and Mary Black Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked as a nurse at the Mary Black Hospital and in the office of local cardiac doctors Cohn and Williams, and surgeons Hastings and Hague.
On June 10, 1950, she married Jones Erwin Phillips who predeceased her on January 22, 1981.
Mrs. Phillips loved the members of the Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg and enjoyed volunteering for the many jobs that needed to be done in the community.  She was always ready to help the sick and those who needed a caring hand.
She is survived by her daughter Harriette Phillips-Hamblett and her husband, Doug, of Newport; her granddaughters Natalie Phillips-Hamblett and her husband, Mischa Redenbaugh, of Seattle, Washington, and Katherine Phillips-Hamblett of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; by siblings Theresa Black of Spartanburg, Mildred Steadman of Roebuck, South Carolina, Merlyn Willard and her husband, Stanley, of Spartanburg, and Mervin Lipscomb and his wife, Freda, of Spartanburg; as well as by many nieces and nephews.  Her brother Thomas Lipscomb Jr. predeceased her.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307, 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.
Suzanne Marie (Fontaine) Savoie
Suzanne Marie (Fontaine) Savoie, 63, born in Weedon, Quebec, on May 20, 1947, to Roger and Estelle (Racine) Fontaine, died on March 1, 2011.
The family immigrated to Vermont when Mrs. Savoie was 18 months old.  She was the first-born of five children:  Fernand, Gerard, Theresa, and Raymond.
She attended Greensboro Elementary and High School, graduating in 1966.  She entered the U.S. Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in July 1966 through October 1970 where she received clinical specialist training (LPN), served in the National Guard for three years during the Gulf War and was a member of the American Legion Post #76 in Barton.
She married Jerome Unnasch in 1970 and gave birth to two daughters, Carol Unnasch and Kathy Unnasch, who still reside in Houston, Minnesota.  She was married briefly to William Bandy.  In 1997, married the love of her life and best friend, Leon Savoie.  She enjoyed summers on Eligo Lake and winters in Florida for ten years with her husband, Leon.
Mrs. Savoie worked at CVH as an LPN for 13 years, loved to sing in church choirs, the Northeast Kingdom Chorus and the Bayley Hazen Singers led by Larry Gordon.  She enjoyed learning and playing accordion and loved gardening.  She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Bushnell, Florida, and of the Tri-County Parishes of St. Norbert’s in Hardwick, St. Michael’s in Greensboro Bend, and Lady of Fatima in Craftsbury.
Mrs. Savoie was predeceased by her mother, Estelle; her father, Roger Fontaine; her sister, Theresa Cruz; and her husband, Leon Savoie.  She is survived by her daughters Carol and her husband, Jamie Teale, Kathy Unnasch and her friend, David Dahle; granddaughters Nikki and Cheyenne Dahle; brothers Fernand and his wife, Laura, Gerard, Raymond and his wife, Claire; brother-in-law James Cruz; three stepgrandchildren; a step-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on March 5 with a Mass at St. Michael’s Church.
Arrangements by des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.
Mary Frances (Rumery) Taylor

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Mary Frances (Rumery) Taylor, 89, died in Newport on Friday, March 4, 2011.
She was born May 1, 1921, in Burlington, a daughter of Frank and Ethel (Badger) Guimond.
She attended Newport High School and the Powelson Institute in Syracuse, New York.  After school she returned to Newport and worked at the Montgomery Ward store.
She married Wesley H. Rumery on February 1, 1942, who predeceased her on November 16, 1970.  After their marriage Mrs. Taylor worked for American Maple Products.  In 1947, she and her family moved to Derby Line.  She lived there for 41 years.  She became secretary to the late Austin F. Foster, retired general counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation and Derby’s representative.  After he died, Mrs. Taylor substituted in Derby schools. Then she worked 14 years for Community National Bank and became assistant vice-president.
On February 14, 1988, she married Fred W. Taylor who predeceased her March 3, 1991.  They lived in Morgan.  After he died, Mrs. Taylor moved to Kingsbury Village in Derby, where she was the building manager for a brief time.
She was highly active in church, school, community affairs, and the Republican party.  She belonged to many clubs and organizations and she was on a few boards.  She worked hard for charity and did a great deal of volunteer work.  She also held a few public offices.
Mrs. Taylor once said, “It is not important what one does to keep busy but the true measure of a person is whether one is a good person or not.”
She was a good person.  She was a devoted wife and mother and she was a friend to all and a generous giver.  She was loved by many in the community and by all her children, and she will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her children:  Mary Jean Carbone of Derby Line, Richard Rumery of Newport Center, Frank Rumery of Enfield, Connecticut, George Rumery and his wife, Sue Davis, of Newport, Mark Rumery and his wife, Nancy, of Derby Line; by stepdaughter Anne Taylor Moore and her husband, David, of Derby; by 11 grandchildren; and by five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on March 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Line cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby United Church, 3064 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Newport Health Care 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
John “Jack” A. Yetsko

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John “Jack” A. Yetsko, 63, of West Charleston died suddenly on February 28, 2011, in West Charleston.
He was born April 13, 1947, in Orange, New Jersey, a son of Alfred and Anne (Schmidt) Yetsko.
On May 31, 1977, he married Kristi Vanderzanden who survives him.
Mr. Yetsko entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He later retired from the military.
He was very much a family man and a great father and husband.  His hobbies included parachuting, working with computers, and he had an interest in automobiles.
He is survived by his wife, Kristi Yetsko, of West Charleston; two children:  John S. Yetsko and his wife, Michele, of Enfield, Connecticut, and Meagan Yetsko of West Charleston; by grandchildren Matthew and Joshua Yetsko of Enfield; by his brother Stephen Yetsko and his wife, Donna, of Sanibele, Florida; by his sister Denise Parry of Seven Hills, Ohio; and by several nieces and nephews.
Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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March 2, 2011 Obituaries

Margaret E. ( Dukett ) Abel

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Margaret Abel, 92, of Glover, formerly of Newport, died on Sunday, February 27, in Glover where she resided at the Union House Nursing Home for the past few years.
She was born on October 30, 1918, in Lunenburg, a daughter of Philip and Loretta (Hartshorn) Guillemette.
Her hobbies included reading, doing crossword puzzles, and enjoying her family and life in general.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her son Philip and his wife, Sharon Dukett; her daughter Darlene Rever and her husband, Gary, all of Newport; grandchildren Cathy and Scott Rever of Derby; Tracy Turner of Farmington, Connecticut, Lisa Reed of Newport, Leon Dukett of West Charleston, Amy Buck of Newport Center and Scott Gervais of St.   Johnsbury; by her great-grandchildren:  Tyler and Trevor Brown of Derby, Cady Polgroszek of St. Albans, Aidan Davis of Newport , Joshua and Natasha Buck of Newport Center; by great-great-grandaughter Emma Polgroszek of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, John Abel Sr.; by sons Thomas and Leon Dukett; stepdaughter Gloria Thomas; and by several brothers and sisters.
There will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Pine Grove Cemetary.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 302 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont  05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
 
Neil Carriere

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Neil Carriere, 55, of Underhill died on February 5 in Underhill.
He was born in St. Johnsbury on May 2, 1955, a son of Geraldine Carriere and Maurice Carriere.
He worked for the Visiting Nurses Association.  He had lots of hobbies, including fishing and doing a lot of different crafts.
He is survived by friend Tina Meacham; son Aaron Meacham; his mother, Geraldine Carriere, and her companion Donald Farnsworth; brothers Douglas and his wife, Diana, Peter, Tony and his wife, Melody; sisters Sharon and her husband, Kevin Sabens, and Carlene Perry; aunt and uncle Doris and Richard Meserve; aunt Alice Caswell, aunt Helena and uncle Dale Ewens; and lots of nieces and newphews.  He was predeceased by two wives; his father, Maurice Carriere; and a sister, Darlene Carriere Dixon.
A funeral will be held on May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Lyndon Center cemetery. .
Mary Dunn
Mary Alice (Hamil) Dunn, 87, died on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in New Harmony, Indiana.
She was born in Troy, New York, on October 20, 1923, the oldest of two children, to John and Elizabeth (O’Keefe) Hamil.
She was an Irish descendent of Mary Queen of Scots.  She married George Bernard Dunn Jr. in 1944 in Schenectady, New York.  They had three children, one daughter and two sons.  Mrs. Dunn was blessed with seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dunn had worked as a dental hygienist.  She was quite a seamstress and had made several wedding gowns, one for her daughter and several for friends.  She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and had made over 100 afghans, most of which were given away.  She was an avid collector of Hummel figurines, dishes and spoons. At Christmas time, Mrs. Dunn would make dozens of cookies to be enjoyed by family and friends.  She traveled to Switzerland and England.  She had lived in New York, Lynn, Massachusetts, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and recently in Mt. Vernon and Evansville, Indiana.  She had numerous friends in each place she had lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, George; and her brother, James Hamil.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Peg) Redwine, and her husband, James; sons James Dunn and his wife, Kathleen, and Gerald Dunn; grandchildren Heather Ricketts and her husband, Tony, Nichole Faulkner and her husband, Doug, James Ramsey, Eric Miller, Sarah Sidler and her husband, Adam, Hannah Dunn, Lieutenant Colonel James Redwine and his wife, Gina; great-grandchildren Alec and Adrian Ricketts, Kerstin Sutton, Paxton and Jonathan Faulkner, Bodie and Clea Miller, Cali and Aiden Sidler, Nick and Elyse Redwine; sisters-in-law Ann Hamil and Ellen Beaudoin and her husband, Albert; and by nephew Bob Brown and his wife, Rachel.
A funeral service was held on February 28 at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common.  Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Common cemetery.
Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.
Jacintha Ann (Faust) Lane
Jacintha A. (Faust) Lane, 30, of Johnson died at Copley Hospital in Morrisville on Thursday, February 24, 2011.
She was born in Newport, January 1, 1981, a daughter of Durwood Johnson and Marielle S. Faust.
On July 15, 2003, she married Michael D. Lane.
She loved everyone; especially her children and family.  She collected zebras, loved fishing, and was proud of her three-and-a-half-pound trout mounted on the wall.  She loved fried chicken and enjoyed a ride in a snowstorm.  Due to multiple sclerosis (MS) she was confined to her home for eight years.  For the last three, she was confined to her bed.
She leaves her loving and devoted husband, Michael; a son, Clinton Stevens, of Eden; daughter Makayla Stevens of Johnson; her mother, Marielle Faust, of Orleans; two brothers, Travis Terrell of Orleans and David Johnson of Maine; sister Kelly Robinson and her husband, David, of Newport Center; maternal grandparents Romeo and Alice Faust of Orleans; her father-in-law, Leslie Lane, of Laconia, New Hampshire; and sister-in-law Harriet Corbin and her husband, Bill, of Laconia.
A memorial serivce will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the White-Fiess Funeral Home in Morrisville.  Her final resting place will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton.
Arrangements by the White-Fiess Funeral Home.
Marjorie Webber
Marjorie Webber of Wharton, New Jersey, and Newark died on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover, New Jersey.
She was born on November 2, 1924.
Mrs. Webber was an executive secretary to the national director of distribution at RCA Records, Rockaway, until 1980.  She then worked in the patent law division of the legal office at Picatinny Arsenal until 1987, then at Cigna Healthcare in Rockaway as secretary to the director of finance from 1990 until 2000.
She was a member and past president of the Wharton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, president of the United Methodist Women of St. John’s Church, and a member of the Leisure Club of Sacred Heart Church in Dover.  She also attended the Newark Union Church and the Island Pond Congregational Church of Island Pond.
She was predeceased by siblings William Hubbard, Lenora Hubbard and Charles Hubbard.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Webber Jr.; by daughter Ginny Vanorskie and her husband, Lou, of Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey; by four sons:  James Hubbard and his wife, Ellen, William Webber III and his wife, Gail, and John T. Webber, all of Wharton, R. Gerald Webber and his wife, Kathy, of St. Johnsbury; by eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on February 25 at the funeral home.  Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, New Jersey, 40 East Church Street, Washington, New Jersey 07882-1485.
Offer condolences at www.BerminghamFH.com.

 

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