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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February 23, 2011 Obituaries

Jaye Kent Berest
Jaye Kent Berest, 65, died February 19, 2011, in Durham, North Carolina.
She was born October 16, 1945, in Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter of Stanley and Margaret (Cabot) Berest.
She is survived by her three sisters:  Judy Fuller and her husband, George, of Newport, Jerry Greenwold and her husband, Larry, of Durham, and Joanne Markley and her husband, Tom, of Salem, North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Kerrigan, on July 3, 2010.
Services were held on February 21 at the Grace Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Helena (Freehart) Dudley 

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Helena Freehart Dudley, 93, of Orleans, died peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Newport Health Care Center in Newport.
She was born on August 18, 1918, in Irasburg, one of six children born to Enos J. and Betsy (Whipple) Freehart.
She grew up on the family farm, in the shadow of beautiful Butternut Hill in Irasburg, and attended graded school at the one-room schoolhouse located at the intersection of Route 58 and Guyette Road in Irasburg.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1936, where she was an all-star basketball player and member of the school’s championship team.  She graduated from Burlington College in 1938 and worked as a legal secretary for the law office of Paul Rexford in Newport during the 1940s.
She met and married her first husband, Donald Blodah, in Newport, who was later killed in action in Europe during World War II.  She met and married her second husband, Rawlston E. Dudley, in Orleans in 1946, where they made their home and raised their family.  Mr. Dudley predeceased her in 1975.  She later met her friend and companion, Stanley Kipp, in Orleans.  Together, they enjoyed traveling, dancing, golfing, and spending their winters in Haines City, Florida.  He predeceased her in 2009.
She was a devoted, lifelong member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.  She assisted her father in laying the foundation for the church at its present location.  She served on the Parish Council for many years and was also a dedicated CCD teacher.  She was a member and former chairman of the Ladies Guild for several years and helped to organize numerous events and functions for the benefit of the church.
Mrs. Dudley pursued many interests during her life.  In July 1945, she received her pilot’s license after completing her first solo flight out of Newport State Airport.  Her longest flight was to Burlington International Airport.  On occasion, for fun, she would “buzz” the family farm in her Piper Cub much to the consternation of her father (and the livestock).  She later gave up flying to raise her family.
She was also a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club and enjoyed golfing and socializing there.
Mrs. Dudley devoted much of her later life to preserving the family farm in Irasburg by maintaining the land and keeping it open for sportsmen and other outdoor activities.
Upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and experiencing failing health, she resided for the last five years at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.  She was greatly loved and enjoyed by the staff at the health care center.
Mrs. Dudley leaves two sons:  Jack Dudley and his wife, Dani, of Saco, Maine, and Jay Dudley and his wife, Nancy, of Orleans; a daughter, Jill Dudley, of Richmond; grandchildren:  Jody McFarland and her husband, Jessi, Laurel Dudley, Kevin Dudley, and Nathan Dudley, Jayme Dudley, and Angela Mandalinci and her husband, Ali; three great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Miranda, and Anthony; and two great-great-grandchildren, Katona and Gabe; and a sister, Ernestine Ronan.  She was predeceased by her two bothers, Enos Freehart Jr. and Wayne Freehart; and by two sisters, Irvina Banks and Christina Freehart.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670  Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Internment will take place at a later date at the family cemetery in Irasburg.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 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.
Velma M. Grant

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Velma M. Grant, 88, of Derby Line died on February 16, 2011, in Newport.
She was born September 5, 1922, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, a daughter of Clifford and Isabelle (Larabee) Bingham.
She married Gordon Whittier who predeceased her in 1992.  In 1997 she married Deldon Grant who predeceased her on October 7, 2008.
Mrs. Grant graduated from Lyndon Normal School with a degree in teaching.  She taught for the West Charleston school system and others for 40 years.
She loved to garden with her husband and daughter, and she also enjoyed feeding the birds and bird watching.  She enjoyed her home and she always looked forward to family visits and organized many family visits and reunions at Gray’s camp on Lake Seymour.  She was extremely active making arts and crafts and enjoyed giving them away for gifts.  She also had horses for many years, and she enjoyed snowmobiling to camp on Unknown Pond.  She also liked to travel as she and Deldon wintered in Arizona for ten years.
Mrs. Grant will be dearly missed by her longtime friend Phyllis “Uncle Bill” Burbank.
She is survived by her children:  Linda Wilkie and her husband, Bruce, of Derby Line, Duane Whittier and his wife, Teena, of Derby Line; by her grandchildren:  Mathiew Whittier of Derby Line, Jenna Whittier of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Clifford Wilkie and his wife, Jennifer, of Maine; by a great-granddaughter, Olivia Mae Wilkie; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters: Evelyn Drew, Bernice Glasson, Frances Lumbra, and Alta Brown; and by her brothers Howard, Marshall, and Ralph Bingham.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on February19, 2011 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging—Meals on Wheels, 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.
Wayne I. Longley
Wayne I. Longley Sr., 74, of North Troy died on February 14, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 20, 1936, in St. Albans, a son of Adelbert and Evelyn (Domina) Longley.
On April 7, 1984, he married Brenda Zapor who survives him.
In 1956, Mr. Longley served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  He was a truck driver for Starr’s Transportation in North Troy for several years.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Longley, of North Troy; by his two children:  Wayne Longley Jr. and his wife, Megan, of Jay, and Stacy Royea and her husband, Nicholas, of North Carolina; by a grandson, Blake; by his brother Tom Lowell and his wife, Fran, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley and Linda Brousseau.
Funeral services were held on February 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment with full military honors will be held in the spring in the North Troy cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 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.
Carolyn L. McMaster

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Carolyn L. McMaster, 92, of Craftsbury, formerly of Springfield, Massachusetts, died on February 19, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 30, 1918, in Kirby, a daughter of Warren and Ruth (Brown) Ducham.
On September 6, 1947, she married Charles McMaster who predeceased her.
Her hobbies included playing bingo and collecting dolls and bells.  She was a member of the Monson, Massachusetts, Senior Center and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was active in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Women’s Club and the Junior Catholic Daughters of America.
She is survived by her children:  Mary Mastroianni and her husband, James, of Barton, Charles McMaster III and his wife, Mary, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Bill McMaster and his wife, Barbara, of East Charleston, and Bob McMaster and his wife, Doreen, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one brother, Ronald Ducham, and by four sisters:  Gertrude Wetherbee, Helen Learmonth, Hortense Brown, and Lois Dibble.
Funeral services were held on February 22 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, Massachusestts, with the Reverend John Shafer celebrating a Mass.  Spring interment will in Bethany Cemetery in Monson, Masachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826-9519.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Geneva J. White

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Geneva J. White, 86, of Barton died on February 16, 2011, in Glover.
She was born September 3, 1924, in Sheffield, a daughter of George and Roseanne (Niquette) Blouin.
On December 23, 1940, she married Orra White who predeceased her in 1999.
She was devoted to her family and cherished time spent with them.
She enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking, country and western music, and reading.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton and the American Legion Auxillary.
She is survived by her children:  Elizabeth Garland and her husband, Ormond, of Orleans, Beverly Davis and her husband, Stan, of Derby, Jackie Gray and her husband, David, of Morgan, and Jim White and his wife, Helen, of Barton; by eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
At Mrs. White’s request, there will be no calling hours.  A celebration of her life will be held at the discretion of the family.  Graveside services will be held in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Nursing Home Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839-9701.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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February 16, 2011 Obituaries

Edwin Leland Bowman

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Edwin Leland Bowman, 69, of Derby, died at his home on February 7, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 23, 1941, in Newport Center, a son of Baxter and Evelyn (Wilcox) Bowman.
On April 19, 1962, he married Alice Mae Labounty who survives him.
Mr. Bowman graduated from Derby Academy in 1960 and later from St. Johnsbury Trade School in the automotive field.
He was a farmer for 26 years, and he was never afraid of a good day’s work.  He also worked for Bond Auto as a delivery man and more recently drove bus for Rural Community Transportation.  He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his lawn.  He was also a school bus driver for many years for Derby students who brought him much joy.  He cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren as well as vacations to Florida.  He loved the Lord, and his life was a true testament to his devotion to God and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Bowman, of Derby; by his four children:  Joann Lawson and her husband, Mark, of Coventry, Karen Thomas and her husband, John, of Wauchula, Florida, Steven Bowman and his wife, Kerry, of West  Charleston and Scott Bowman and his friend, Anita Tester, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Danielle Ingalls and her husband, Kyle, Shawn and Kevin Lawson, Sarah, Hannah, and Hayley Thomas, Ryan and Mariah Bowman, Ashley, Kylie, and Christopher Bowman, and Dylan and Sierra Tester; by eight brothers and sisters:  Marshall Bowman and his wife, Esther, of Coventry, Dennis Bowman and his wife, Velma, of Meredith, New Hampshire, Durward Bowman of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, Bernice Blair and her husband, George, of Bellevue, Washington, Joyce Rines and her husband, David, of Shirley, Massachusetts, Linda Yandle and her husband, Tony, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Louise Laravie and her husband, Ross, of Coventry, and Joan Swenson and her husband, Clifford, of Barton; by his sister-in-law Marion Bowman of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Jason Lawson and Nathan Bowman; by two brothers, Winston Bowman and his wife, Velma; and Gerald Bowman.
Funeral services were on February 11 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Glenn Saaman officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
David Reed Cowles
David Reed Cowles, 84, died on February 6, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minesota.
He was born December 4, 1927, a son of Sarah B. Cowles and Percival Cowles of Scarsdale, New York and Barton.  Summers were spent at the family estate on the east side of Crystal Lake.  In 1937, due to his father’s prolonged illness, the family moved to Barton permanently where David attended Barton Academy.  He graduated from New York Military Academy and the University of Vermont.
During the Korean War he joined the Army and was stationed in South Korea.  After his military service, to complete his education, he entered Yale University where he studied law.  Upon his graduation, he worked for the New York State Law Library until his retirement.  He and his family lived in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.  He was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Lucy.  Several years ago he entered a retirement home in Minneapolis to be near his son, Matthew Cowles, who survives him.  He is also survived by three step-children.  Burial will be in Old Greenwich at the convenience of the family.
Respectfully submitted by his cousin, Ann, at the request of his son, Matthew Cowles.
 
Lela Mae Fields

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Lela Mae Fields, 89, of Derby died on February 10, 2011, in Newport.
She was born May 3, 1921, in Derby, a daughter of Ora and Nina (Leach) Blake.
She married James Fields who predeceased her.
Mrs. Fields was employed by Tillotson Rubber Company in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
She was famous for cooking apple pies and doughnuts.  She also enjoyed going to yard sales, playing bingo, and cooking for her neighbors at the trailer park.  She also loved working in her garden.
She is survived by her sister Daphne Morse of Newport; by her niece Jane Kelley and her husband, David, of Derby Line; by her nephews, who were like her children:  Blake Hall of Newport, Arland Hall, and Roland “Peanut” Hall both of Glen Bernie, Maryland; and by her cousin Beatrice Gage of Barre.  She was predeceased by her sisters Edith Willey and Betty Collins, and by her nephew Terry Hall.
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.
Nelson Ransome Lay Jr.

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Nelson Ransome Lay Jr. of Sutton died peacefully on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at the age of 85 in St. Johnsbury.
He was born on September 14, 1925, in Ft. Covington, New York, one of three children born to Nelson and Isabelle (Mayberry) Lay.
The family relocated to Island Pond where Mr. Lay’s father was employed as an engineer for the Canadian National Railroad.  The move to Island Pond introduced Mr. Lay to the joys of hunting and fishing, pastimes he enjoyed immensely for the entirety of his life, culminating in the bagging of a 13-point trophy buck at the tender age of 65. The buck garnered top prize for “most atypical rack” at the Vermont Sportsman Show and today hangs prominently in the family camp at Seymour Lake alongside another trophy buck and several antlers of other deer bagged by Mr. Lay over the many joyful seasons he spent hunting the woods of northern Vermont.
Following the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Lay left high school and joined the Navy at age 17.  He served in the Pacific theater as a radioman and gunner on a PBY Hedron Airframe.  After the war ended, he returned to Vermont and finished his high school studies, graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy.  He later attended the University of Vermont and received his associates degree from Champlain College.
Mr. Lay became one of the earliest Vermont State Police troopers, beginning his career in Bradford in 1949.  During the height of his active duty as a detective, he was recognized as the top homicide detective in Vermont.  He was a top marksman with a pistol and competed in national competitions.  Mr. Lay retired as a captain and troop commander of the St. Johnsbury barracks, Troop C, following more than 30 years of distinguished service.  Perhaps the best legacy of his tenure with the State Police was his belief that people, especially youngsters, were deserving of a second chance and were better served by a well-timed “talking to” than a ticket or permanent arrest record.
Mr. Lay married Shirley Carey in Montpelier on October 4, 1952, and together, they raised five children, living in multiple Vermont communities including Bradford, Rutland, Waterbury Center, and Sutton, moves necessitated by Mr. Lay’s career in the State Police.
After building their dream home in Sutton, Mr. Lay declined career moves that would necessitate relocation and on retirement from the State Police maintained his “gentleman’s farm” there.  In retirement, he served as a rural mail carrier, on the Sutton select board, and drove a school bus.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout his life, and with the help of good friends, built a summer camp for his family on Lake Seymour.  He spent many hours listening to the Boston Red Sox on the radio, especially the games against the Yankees.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley, of Sutton; five children:  Douglas Lay and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center, Maureen Russell Quechee, Theresa Lay-Sleeper and her husband, Ron, of Cabot, Daniel Lay and his wife, Staci, of Brunswick, Maine, and David Lay of Sutton; by eight grandchildren:  Devin and Derick Lay, Morgan Russell, Ethan, Orion, and Theron Lay-Sleeper, and Declan and Hannah Lay; by his sister Sherwood Riddell and her husband, Doug, of Denver, Colorado; by sisters-in-law Margaret Larned of Florida and Betty Blouin of Montpelier; and by many nieces and nephews throughout the country.  He was predeceased by his sister Norma Smith of Tacoma, Washington.
Friends may honor Mr. Lay by calling on the family at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Monday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.  On Tuesday, February 22, at 11 a.m., a Mass  will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lyndonville.  Interment will be in the Sutton Village Cemetery on May 28 at 1 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 49 Winter Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center (marked for the Employee Activity Fund), 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Memories and condolences may be expressed privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Florence “Sally” (Kipp) Leibold

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Florence Kipp Leibold, 84, a former resident of Orleans, died on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro.
She was born in Needham, Massachusetts, on February 26, 1926, a daughter of Frederic and Caroline (MacIntyre) Hawkins.
She grew up in Massachusetts with half-sisters.  She graduated from Newton High School and worked briefly in a children’s store.
She met her future hustand, Richard Kipp, who was serving in the Coast Guard, at a USO party for officers who had returned from their tour of duty in Australia and New Zealand.  They married in April 1946 and moved to Burlington while Mr. Kipp finished school then to Newark, New Jersey, where he taught biology.  They then decided to return to Orleans where he joined his father’s insurance agency.  They made their home in Orleans where they raised their family. Mr. Kipp died on March 2, 1988.
She later married Charles Leibold in January of 1992.  He died on October 26, 2002.  Her home with both husbands was in Orleans and she enjoyed winters in Haines City, Florida, with both as well.
Mrs. Leibold was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but pursued her many interests in spite of this.  She and Mr. Leibold were accomplished painters and enjoyed the art club in Florida.
She was a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club and loved golfing and socializing there.  She was an avid reader and member of the Book and Thimble Club; and enjoyed her bridge club.  She was also a member of the Orleans Federated Church.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and a great love of her family.
Upon failing health, she resided for a time at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in East Craftsbury and transfered to Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro in November of 2007.  She was very much loved and enjoyed by the staff at the nursing home.
Mrs. Leibold leaves a son, Steven Kipp, of Daytona Beach, Florida, and his friend, Charlene Cook, of Glover; a daughter, Martha Lanham and her husband, Paul, of Enola, Pennsylvania; a step-son, the Reverend Dr. Robert Leibold and his wife, Ilse, of Bayville, New York; a half-sister, Lois Rich of Malden, Massachusetts; grandchildren Greta Kipp of Irasburg, John Kipp of Orleans, Justin Kipp of Portland, Maine, Sergeant Trevor Lanham and his wife, Jessica, of Marina, California, Kipp Lanham of Washington, D.C.; newborn great-granddaughter Cora Lanham of Marina; sister-in-law Betty Thurber of Middlebury; and other extended family.  She was predeceased by both husbands, Richard Kipp and Charles Leibold; a son, Lawrence F. Kipp, who died September 10, 2010; a granddaughter, Brooke Kipp, who died March 2, 1998; and a sister, Lydia.
A funeral service was held on February 15 at the Orleans Federated Church in Orleans.  Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery will be in the spring.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, care of Department of Neurology, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be e-mailed to mrdavisfuneral@earthlink.net .
Donald M. McRae

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Donald M. McRae, 90, of Derby died on February 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born May 20, 1920, in Groton, a son of Martin and Ada (French) McRae.
On December 29, 1945, he married Waneta Wagner who survives him.
Mr. McRae owned his own dairy farm in Island Pond with his wife for 50 years.  He loved his family very much and followed all the activities of his children and grandchildren with great interest.
He is survived by his wife, Waneta McRae, of Newport; by his three children:  Martin McRae and his wife, Barbara, of Morgan, Bruce McRae and his wife, Gisele, of Milton, and Vivian Spates and her husband, Douglas, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Lia Greenwood and her husband, Chad, Jeff McRae and his wife, Erin McKenny, Andrea Carbine and her husband, Andrew, Elia Marquis and her husband, Corey, Alicia Messier and her husband, Rodney, Kate McRae, and Kyle McRae:  by his great-grandchildren:  Evan, Delia, and Erik Greenwood, McKenna, Cecelia, and Griffin Marquis, and Finnegan and Charles McRae; by his sister Raelene Wright and her husband, Dale, of Ryegate; by his brother Keith McRae and his wife, Pat, of Matteson, Illinois; and by special niece Bonnie Fontaine and her husband, Paul, of St. Johnsbury; as well as other nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Michael McRae; brother Neil McRae; by a sister, Hazel Hutchinson; and by his step-siblings Sam Darling, Wilson Darling, Newton Darling, and Shirley Randall.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday February 18 with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Lyndonville cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the 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.
Shirley (Ladd) Rochefort

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Shirley Ladd Rochefort, 91, of Newport died on February 9, 2011, in Glover.
She was born January 15, 1920, in Newport Center, a daughter of William and Charlotte (Collins) Turner.
In 1934 she graduated from Sacred Heart High School.
She married Forrest S. Ladd on December 25, 1942.  He predeceased her on November 30, 1966, and she later married Vincent Rochefort on October 10, 1981.  He predeceased her on April 5, 1992.
At the age of 16 she became a bookkeeper at the former Montgomery Ward store in Newport.  She and her husband raised their family in Connecticut and also in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, where she was an Avon representative.  They returned to Vermont after Mr. Ladd retired.  She moved back to Sunbury where she raised her two youngest children after her husband died.  She worked as a bookkeeper for a food distributor.
In 1974 she moved back to Vermont where she was a bookkeeper for a fuel oil distributor.  She retired after she married Mr. Rochefort.
She held memberships with St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport and the North Country Swingers.  Her hobbies included spending time with her family at camp A-Ladd-Inn on Lake Salem, traveling to see her children, and playing her piano and organ.  In her childhood she sang in the Turner family “No Name Band.”  She spent a few years at Michaud Manor in Derby Line which she enjoyed very much.  She also appreciated the staff at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
She is survived by her children:  Michael Ladd and his wife, Bonnie, of Glover, David Ladd and his wife, Maria, of Churchville, Maryland, Jon Ladd and his wife, Brenda, of Watervliet, New York, and William Ladd and his wife, Lynda, of Homasassa, Florida; by 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her stepchildren:  Lorraine Gaire of Stafford, New Hampshire, Jane Page and her husband, Sam, and Kathleen Murray and her husband, David, all of New Castle, New Hampshire, and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her daughters Jeanne Ladd Marsh and Cheryl Ann Ladd and by her sisters Arlene Rocheleau and Alice Hamlin.
Funeral services were held on February 14 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839-9701, or to the Parkinson’s Association, 400 Mercer Street, #504, Seattle, Washington 98109.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Zelma L. Vigneau

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Zelma L. Vigneau, 94, of Derby died in Newport with her family at her side on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
She was born on a farm in Derby on May 15, 1916, the eldest of three daughters born to Eugene and Mathilda (Marois) Vigneau.
She attended Sacred Heart School where she graduated from a commercial course.  She worked at many of the businesses on Main Street in Newport at that time, including the former Railway Express, Searles Jewelry, W.T. Grant, Montgomery Ward, Needleman’s, The Franklin Store, and Endicott Johnson Shoe Company.  She was the manager of several of these stores.
Following retirement, she enjoyed traveling to Florida, Maine, and New Hampshire with her sister Tillie.  Together, they started an antique business called Fox Farm Antiques in the barn on Tillie’s farm in the 1980s.  It’s still in operation today.  The two sisters went to many flea markets and antique shows throughout northern New England, as well as Florida, searching for items to place in their shop.
Ms. Vigneau was a very kind, gentle, and generous person, well known for her good nature and optimism.  Over the years, her many customers and friends could rely on her honesty and sincerity.  During her vacations, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and taking them on road trips.  She and her sister also enjoyed many winters in Florida.  Her family will fondly remember her delicious chocolate fudge made for the holiday gatherings, as well as her creamy mashed potatoes.
Ms. Vigneau was a longtime member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Tillie Fugere, of Derby; by her loving nieces and nephews who affectionately called her Mamon: Louise Mathews and her husband, Ed, Joanne Fedele and her husband, John, and their daughter Alissa, Joseph Fugere and his wife, Patricia, and their children Genevieve and Gavin.  She was predeceased by younger sister Juliette, who died in infancy.
The family is having a private prayer service at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.  A Mass will be held at St. Mary’s in May followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital’s Palliative Care Fund, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to 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.
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February 9, 2011 Obituaries

Dorothy N. Baxendale

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Dorothy N. Baxendale, 90, of North Troy formerly of Louisa, Virginia, died on January 31, 2011, in Newport.
She was born March 29, 1920, in New Jersey the daughter of Nels and Laura (Ulfstam) Nelson.
In 1944 she married Lester H. Baxendale who predeceased her in 1995 after more than 50 years of marriage.
During her lifetime she proudly worked for the Bell Telephone Company and for Arlington Printers and Stationers in Arlington, Virginia.  Her hobbies included knitting, sewing, gardening, yard sales, antiquing, and feeding the birds.  She especially loved being with her family, traveling, hummingbirds, and living on the water.  She was a daily example of grace, dignity, kindness, warmth, joy in life, compassion, spunk, humor, independence, and strength of spirit.  We were so blessed by her life and her presence in our lives.
She is survived by her daughters:  Holly S.  Wyllie and her husband, James, of North Troy, and Judith Sutherland of Charlottsville, Virginia; by three grandchildren:  Wesley Siler and his wife, Nessie, Heather and Nicholas Sutherland; by three stepgrandchildren:  Andrew Wyllie,  Benjamin Wyllie and his wife, Tyler, and Betsy Wyllie Johnson and her husband, Matt; and by several great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her beloved son Jon N. Baxendale, in 2002.
Services will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gail A. Besaw
Gail A. Besaw, 66, of Morgan died on February 4, 2011, in Newport.
She was born December 6, 1944, in Island Pond, a daughter of Roger and Bernadine (Puyer) Germain.
On September 25, 1965, she married Roland Besaw who survives her.
Mrs. Besaw was a nurse at North Country Hospital in Newport for several years.  She also taught anatomy and physiology at Community College of Vermont for two years.  Her hobbies included caring for horses, cross-stitching, doing trivia and word games, and she was a Mary Kay consultant.
She is survived by her husband, Roland, of Morgan; by her three children:  Laurie Wilson and her husband, Steve, of Sylva, North Carolina, Kelly Rockwell of Eastover, North Carolina, and Michael Besaw and his wife, Jenny, of Ellington, Connecticut;  by five grandchildren:  Kendall, Connor, Chase, Logan, and Hunter; by her best friend, Theresa Lafoe, of Morgan; by her aunt and uncle Bunnie and Bernard Puyer of Derby; by her sister Judy Moulton and her husband, Ronald, of East Charleston; by nieces and nephews; and by her caregivers Jessica Lyon of Morgan and Holly Poor of St. Johnsbury.
Graveside services will be held in the spring in Clark Cemetery in Morgan.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Romeo Bonin
Romeo J. Bonin, 73, of Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec, died on January 26, 2011, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
He was born June 4, 1937, a son of Wilfred and Rosa (Dauphin) Bonin.
He was very active in his church, and loved helping other people.
He leaves behind six brothers: Jean-Claude and, his wife, Ghislaine, of Barre, Leopold and his wife, Gervaise, of Southington, Connecticut, Yves and his wife, Huguette, of Danville, Gerard and his wife, Angela, of Newport Center, Antonio and his wife, Solange, of Troy, and Armand and his wife, Doris, of Newport Center; also his nephews Glenn and Marc Bonin from this area; nieces Jeanne Bonin, Suzan Bonin Fisk, and Audrey Bonin Lafleur.  From Canada he leaves a brother-in-law, Edgar Jardy, from Ayer’s Cliff; two sisters-in-law, Antoinette Bonin from Granby, and Pauline Marcotte Bonin from Magog; and many nephews and nieces.  He was predeceased by three sisters, Simone, Leontine, and Sister Anita Bonin; and by two brothers, Laureat and Joseph (Joe) Bonin.
Funeral services were held at the Ayer’s Cliff Catholic Church.

 

 
Edward Malinowski
Edward Malinowski, 89, died on January 18, 2011, in Santa Barbara, California.
He was born in Massachusetts on October 24, 1920.
He and his wife, Rose, who died in May of 2010, lived many happy years in Morgan Center.· They were both longtime members of the Orleans Country Club.
Survivors include his daughter, Marge Feil and her husband, Guenther, of Las Vegas, Nevada; his son Peter Malinowski and his wife, Teri, of Santa Barbara; two granddaughters, Susan Henrichs and Diane Hughes; and great-granddaughter Isabelle Hughes, all of Santa Barbara.

 

 
Dorothy (Starr) Westerberg
Dorothy (Starr) Westerberg of North Troy died on February 3, 2011.
She was born August 27, 1922, in Troy to George and Hazel Hardy Starr.  She was raised on a dairy farm in North Troy.
She married Ernest T. Westerberg of Simsbury, Connecticut, on May 11, 1944, in Lyndonville.  They lived in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Syracuse, New York, before returning to Vermont in the 1950s.
Mrs. Westerberg is survived by her daughter Susan W. Pekala and husband Stanley of Danville; granddaughter Lynne Pekala Manley and her husband, James, of Milton; grandson Joseph Pekala and his wife, Kristin, of Lyme, New Hampshire; and five great-grandchildren:  Owen Ernest Manley, Katherine Starr Manley, Maisy Bain Pekala, Ingrid Elizabeth Pekala, and Burke Oden Pekala; by her brother Durward Starr and his wife, Lorraine, of North Troy; her devoted sister Ida Cadieux and her husband, John, of Newport; her sister-in-law Ila Starr of North Troy; by 30 nieces and nephews; and by special family friend Denise Pigeon.  Mrs. Westerberg was predeceased by her husband, Ernest, of 54 years; infant son Ernest II, her sister Barbara Lynch and her husband, Jack, of Lyndonville; her brother Robert Starr and his wife, Muriel; her brothers Jack and Urban Starr and Urban’s wife, Jean; by nephew Jay Starr; and niece Barbara Jean Cadieux.
Mrs. Westerberg worked for the U. S. Postal Service from 1954 to 1986 and was postmaster in North Troy from 1980 to 1986.  She was active in many organization including the North Troy Alumni Association, the Rand Memorial Library, the North Troy United Church, and the North Troy Historical Society.
Mrs. Westerberg loved the outdoors.  She enjoyed brook trout fishing, hiking, and gardening. She was a lifelong antique and stamp collector.  She enjoyed local sports, and also her beloved Red Sox.
She and her husband opened a ski lodge in the early days of Jay Peak Ski Area.  They remained in touch with several of their former guests through the years.  In the summer, they enjoyed their cottage at Eagle Point on Lake Memphremagog.  Mrs. Westerberg loved politics and participated in many Democratic functions.  She took great pride in her extended family.  She attended the Starr family reunion in Jay on July 18, 2009 along with 175 relatives.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, in North Troy  with Rick Shover officiating, on Saturday, February 12, at 11 a.m.  There will be no calling hours.  A reception will follow the service at the American Legion Hall on Dominion Avenue in North Troy.
Spring interment will be held at the North Troy Village Cemetery.  A date has not been announced.
Contributions may be made in Mrs. Westerberg’s memory to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the First Congregational Church in North Troy, 14 Main Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Wayne S. Whittemore

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Wayne S. Whittemore, 70, of North Troy died on February 2, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born April 9, 1940, in Orleans, a son of Clyde and Phyllis (Smith) Whittemore.
In 1960 he entered the U.S Air Force and was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He was honorably discharged in 1964.
On May 27, 1961, he married Gloria R. Duquette who survives him.
Mr. Whittemore graduated from Orleans High School and later from Champlain College in Burlington where he received an associates degree.  He was owner and operator of A Cleaner Globe Dry Cleaning Company in St. Johnsbury, retiring in 2007.
He also was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport for 22 years.  He and the Burns family started the B&W snack bar in Orleans during the late 1960s.
Mr. Whittemore was a big Boston Celtics fan and he attended many games at Boston Gardens.  He loved tractor pulling at the Barton fair and enjoyed riding his John Deere tractor.  His other hobbies included collecting antique tractors and making birdhouses.
He volunteered at the Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Irasburg Church fairs.  He was very devoted to the care of his beloved wife, Gloria.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; by his three children:  Lance Whittemore and his wife, Jane, of Powhatan, Virginia, Lisa Sullivan and her husband, Chris, of Montgomery, and Laurie Grenon and her husband, Bob, of North Troy; and by numerous cousins and extended family members.
Funeral services were held February 5 at the Orleans Federated Church in Orleans with the Reverend Christina Findlay officiating.  A potluck lunch followed at the Orleans American Legion.  Spring interment in the Irasburg cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family  through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 
Fay A. Young
Fay A. Young, 80, of Lyndon, died peacefully Monday morning, January 31, 2011, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He was born November 22, 1930, in Lyndon, a son of Fay and Carrie (Hodges) Young.
He graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1948 and from the Vermont School of Agriculture in Randolph Center in 1949.
On September 16, 1957, he married Esther Coffey.· He was a dairy farmer in Lyndon until 1966.· He then became a full-time real estate broker for United Real Estate and was still active up until his death.
He was a founding member of the Vermont and New Hampshire Christmas Tree Association, a member of the Landowners Steering Committee, a director for Lyndonville Savings Bank, a member of the Northeast Kingdom Skeet Club, and the Lyndon Historical Society.· He was an avid supporter of private property owner rights.
Mr. Young’s family and his genealogy were always important to him.· He was active in the Scottish clan Young.· He is remembered as an avid fisherman, gardener, and at every Easter time he made sugar on snow for his entire family.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Esther Young, of Lyndon (P O. Box 1128, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851); five sons:· Michael Young and his wife, Jaye, of Concord, Steve Young and his wife, Robin, of Lyndon, Allen Young and his wife, Tami, of Lyndon, Mark Young of East Hampton, Massachusetts, and Matt Young and his wife, Tiffany, of Lyndon; a daughter, Julie Murphy, and her husband, Peter, of St. Johnsbury; by 22 grandchildren who loved Grampie dearly; several cousins; and his wife’s family with whom he was quite close.· He was predeceased by his parents.
Funeral services were held on February 5 at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church with the Reverend Barbara Dwyer officiating.· Burial in Lyndon Center Cemetery is planned for Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m.
Donations made in his memory could be directed to Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, Attention Lory Grimes, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Arrangements by the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
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February 2, 2011 Obituaries

William Stanley Eisner

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William Eisner Sr. of Greensboro died peacefully on January 28, 2011, at the age of 89, surrounded by his family.
He was born in South Orange New Jersey, on October 2, 1921, to Stanley J. and Babette (Kaufman) Eisner, one of five children.
He began spending spending his summers in Greensboro in the 1920s.  He attended high school in New Jersey and then went on to study at Lehigh University.  World War II put his education on hold for four years.  He studied communications in Great Britain and saw combat in France and Germany, bringing his accordion with him.  In 1946, after his discharge from the Army, he completed his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at Lehigh.
He married Margaret Vera Wallace in 1947.  They were married for 54 years and had three boys, Bill Jr., Jim, and Pete.
Mr. Eisner was employed in the paper industry for almost 50 years, finishing his career teaching graphic arts at Rochester Institute of Technology.  He retired to his home in Greensboro in 1992.
He loved playing golf, bridge, his piano, accordion, and organ.  He enjoyed brook trout fishing and swimming in Caspian Lake.  He always kept active in the community, working with the Greensboro Free Library, the Congregational Church in East Hardwick where he served as the organist, Mountain View Country Club, the Kazoo Band, and many community projects.
He is survived by his loving companion, Alice Rivers; his sister Alice Berd; his children, Bill Jr. and his wife, Jeanne MacLeod Eisner, Jim and his wife, Beverley, and Pete and his fiance, Lori.  He has five beloved grandchildren:  Carrie Eisner, Babette Edy, Megan Eisner, Caitlin Fisch, and William Eisner, and two great-grandchildren, Danica Dube and Benyamin Fisch.  Another great-grandchild, the baby Edy, is expected in April. He was predeceased by his wife in 2001; by three of his sisters:  Edie Marzani, Kathryn Redfern, and Lila Morris; and by Pete’s baby Edie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the First Congregational Church of East Hardwick, P.O. Box 142, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836.
A memorial service is planned for June 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro.
Arrangements by the des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.
Shirley Jane Greger
Shirley Jane Greger, 84, of North Troy died at home on January 24, 2011.
She was born May 29, 1926, in Waterbury, Connecticut, a daughter of William and Belle (Slocum) Robillard.
Mrs. Greger worked for the State of Connecticut with the developmentally delayed.  Her hobbies included cooking, antiquing, square dancing in her younger years, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children:  Anthony Yitchinski of North Troy, Sandra Sargent and her husband, Richard, of Plainville, Connecticut, Marie Greger and her husband, David, of Hamden, Connecticut, and Eugene Greger and his wife, Delia, of New Britain, Connecticut; by the following grandchildren: Antoinette, Anthony Jr., Marie-Lynn Yitchinski, Richard and Tammy Sargent, Karey, Christina, and  Kelley Greger, Max, Lucy and Paige Greger-Moser; by many great-grandchildren; and by a brother, Donald Robillard, of Wallingford, Connectict.  She was predeceased by her grandson Louis Yitchinski; a sister, Barbara Cogle; by her brothers Irving, Vernon, Kenneth, Richard, and Wolfred Robillard; and by her foster mother of eight years, Iva Barney.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
Aldea B. LaBree
Aldea Blanche LaBree, 103, of Greensboro, formerly of Hardwick, died on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at the Greensboro Nursing Home.
She was born December 10, 1907, in Berlin, New Hampshire, a daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Dumas) Marceau.  She attended Walden public schools.
On October 25, 1925, she married Eugene Paul LaBree at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick.
In her earlier years she stayed at home to care for her young children.  She later was employed by Avon Atkins at the Village Motel, Mary Mercier at the Village Diner, and Anna Janci at the Fireside Restaurant, all in Hardwick.
Mrs. LaBree was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary in Morrisville.  She donated many years of her time working at bingo at St. Norbert’s Church and bingo at the VFW.   She enjoyed crafts, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery.  She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for her tasty baked foods.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Gates, of Hardwick; two sisters, Margaret Jackson of Lakeland, Florida, and Janine Bissonette of Daniels, Connecticut; a brother, Albert Marceau, of Clover, South Carolina; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene, in 1970; a daughter, Margaret Thompson; a granddaughter, Jeanette Matzke; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and six siblings:  Ovila, Frank, Paul, Ralph, and Robert Marceau and Yvonne Mercier.
A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick.  Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Mary Queen of All Saints Church, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.
Gilbert “Gil” Tabor

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Gilbert “Gil” Conrad Tabor, 73, of Derby Line died on January 28, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  Mr. Tabor had waged, and lost a courageous battle with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He was born August 25, 1937, in Randolph, a son of Kenneth and Elsie (McGee) Tabor.
On December 29, 1955, he married Jane Jacobs, who survives him.
Mr. Tabor’s family and friends describe him as being wise and personable, with a dry wit, a real man’s man.  His passions were hunting, fishing, trapping, and enjoying all that Vermont had to offer in the great outdoors.  He was a native Vermonter and Korean War veteran, who devoted more than 26 years to public service.
After serving four years with the U.S. Navy, Mr. Tabor received his discharge (honorable), returned to Vermont, and spent the next two years studying at the University of Vermont.  He subsequently joined the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, from which he retired in 1993.  While there, Mr. Tabor developed a new concept for the timely handling of all applications for alien benefits, which led to his founding and directing the Vermont Service Center in 1981. Having started out in the basement of the local federal building and experiencing rapid growth, a newly built service center was opened in 1987 in St. Albans.  In 1993, the facility was officially dedicated, and in his honor, named the Gilbert C. Tabor Complex.
Mr. Tabor was a member of the American Legion Post #21, of Newport, the Vermont Trappers Association, and he was a life member of the National Rifle Association.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and cutting wood.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Tabor, of Derby Line; his children:  Gilbert C. Tabor Jr. of Derby Line, Shayne Cadieux and her husband, Rick, of Swanton, and Andrea Allen and her husband, Dean, of Derby Line; by grandchildren:  Cassie, Kylie, R.D., Amanda, Owen, Courtney, Brittney, and Kassidee; by four great-grandchildren:  Noah, Jared, Ryker, and Miss Eden Mae; by two brothers:  Kenneth Tabor of Idaho and Church Tabor of Brookfield; by his sister Nathalie Whitney and her husband, Roland, of Ascutney; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Betty Ann Tabor and Gerry Davis.
As were Mr. Tabor’s wishes, there will be no wake, no memorial, nor a funeral service.  However, a celebration of his life will be held at 2  p.m. on February 10 at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.  All family and friends are invited to join in.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in his memory, do so by contributing to:  Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052,West Falmouth, Massachusetts 02574.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
James Christopher Walton

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James Christopher Walton, 70, of South Albany died on January 15, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on October 12, 1940, in Newton, Massachusetts, a son of James Clement and Alice McNamara Walton.
He graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester with a degree in American studies in 1963 and went to work for the Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan, where he held positions in marketing, sales, applications engineering and technical services.  He left Dow Corning in 1965 to start his own firm, Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc., in Hudson, Massachusetts.  The company served the automobile and aircraft industry, including the NASA Space Shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope projects, with 40 percent of sales exported, primarily to European countries.  In 1987, while still managing Chase-Walton, Mr. Walton created and served as president of the SF Medical Corporation, an FDA registered company providing research, development, and finished products for the hospital, medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  Products were sold globally.  In 1995, while serving as chairman of his two companies, Mr. Walton and his wife, Jackie, started a UK holding company, JSJ International.  A year later, he purchased a Croydon, UK company, G&K Precision Engineering, that provided metal goods and tooling to the aerospace industry in Europe and the U.S.
Mr. Walton was president and owner of Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc. and subsidiaries until his retirement in 2005.  He was also a part-time police officer in Hudson and Sterling, Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Hudson Rotary, and Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and received the Hudson and Maynard Area Chamber of Commerce Presidential Plaque for Outstanding Service and a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate for 50 years of outstanding business in Hudson.  He was also a member of the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society, and a Freemason of the Meridian Sun Lodge #20 of Craftsbury.
Mr. Walton and the love of his life, Jacqueline, wife of 49 years, enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world.   Mr. Walton was a music lover, had a strong desire to serve his community, and was an outdoor and history enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Menard) Walton of South Albany; his son, attorney Christopher James Walton, and his wife, Linda Sattler Walton, and grandchildren Jacqueline Ann Walton, James Allan Walton, and Julia Bliss Walton; his daughter Michelle Walton Majewski, and her husband, attorney Gregory J. Majewski, and grandchildren Matthew Gregory Majewski, William James Majewski; and his aunt Rachel Kinne Farrar; and cherished friends Doug and Maria Downes.
He was an inspirational, compassionate, and extraordinary man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A private family service will be held.
Carlton Perry Hunt
Carlton Perry Hunt, 89, died on January 25, 2011, in Newport.
He was born in North Troy on December 22, 1921, the second son of Oliver Hazard Perry and Anna Goodwin Hunt.
On August 23, 1944 he married Beverly Gardner who predeceased him in February 1994.
He spent most of his life in the North Troy and Newport Center area.  During this time he worked as an auto body repairman at many Newport businesses until the time he opened Hunt’s Auto Body.  He later worked at, and retired from, Kraft Foods in Troy.
One of his proudest accomplishments was being a veteran and serving in WWII in Germany where he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.  This time was often the topic of many stories.  He was also an early and life member of the BPOE #2155, the North Troy-Jay Peak Post #28, and the Disabled American Veterans.
Since 1992 Mr. Hunt resided at Michaud Manor in Derby Line and then the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.  He enjoyed sharing stories of camping, spending time at the “camp” on the Collins Mill Road, fondly called God’s Little Acre, and the Vermont transit tours he and his wife went on.
Mr. Hunt is survived by a son, W. Perry Hunt, and his wife, Patricia, of Derby Line; his grandson Christopher and his wife, Monique, and their son Jonathan; and his grandson Timothy and his wife, Taryn, and their twins Emerson and Jackson; by his brother Reginald Hunt; his sister Barbara Fauchs; and by nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Bertran.
Funeral services were held on January 29 at the Newport Center Methodist Church with Rick Shover officiating.  Spring interment will be in the North Troy Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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