December 22, 2010 Obituaries

Michael Hall Anderson
Michael Hall Anderson of Sanibel Island, Florida, died on Tuesday, December 14, 2010.
He was born May 13, 1939, in Groton, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel C. and Margaret (O’Brien) Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Birdie Anderson; his daughter Kathleen McPartlan of Groton; and his sons and their wives:  Kristin and Michael Anderson Jr. of Newport and Dunstable, Massachusetts; David and Sara Anderson of Groton; and Christopher and Paula Anderson of Ayer, Massachusetts; by his sister Nancy Irvin of Fort Myers Beach, Florida; his brother N. Carl Anderson Jr. of Pine Island, Minnesota; by six grandchildren:  Francis, Katherine, and Megan McPartlan and Alexander, Elisabeth, and Christian Anderson; and two great-grandchildren. He was formerly married to Anita Friedrich Anderson of Groton, who is the mother of his children.
After high school, Mr. Anderson entered the GE tool and die maker apprentice program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, (one of the last of such appointments in the U.S.), then earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Lowell Technological Institute.  He was very proud of his apprenticeship and said it rivaled the honorary doctorate he was later awarded by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Mr. Anderson launched his business career as a salesman with IBM.  After 16 years with IBM, having attained the position of corporate director of strategy evaluation in White Plains, New York, his professional path took him to positions all over the world. He was president of the Japan based NEC and of Nixdorf Corporation of West Germany.  He ended his career as president, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Hogan Systems, in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Anderson retired to Sanibel Island and Rangeley, Maine.  He played as hard as he worked.  He loved golf, fishing, and sailing, but his passion was refurbishing old wooden boats and historic homes.  He liked to leave everything better than he found it.  He was so proud of his son Mike Jr.’s work ethic and dedication to his family.  He was equally proud of his Vermont grandchildren:  Alex, who graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, where he played football as Mr. Anderson had in the 1950s; Elisabeth, who graduated from Groton School, where Mr. Anderson’s parents had run the laundry for half a century; and Christian, who paved his own way to Holderness School.
Mr. Anderson served his community, too.  He was a selectman in Groton for many years, serving as chairman.  He also served as water commissioner and founder of the distinguished Hollis Street Racquet Club.  In Sanibel, he spent much of his time golfing with friends as a member of the prestigious Dewsweepers and commissioner of the Wolf Pack at the Sanctuary Golf Club.
A celebration of life was held on Sanibel Island on December 17.  Later tributes will follow in Groton and Rangeley.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mr. Anderson’s name to Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 349, Oquossoc, Maine, 04964, or to Rangeley Region Health Partnership, P.O. Box 722, Rangeley, Maine, 04970.

 

 



Charlotte J. Smigelski

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Charlotte J. (Rash) Smigelski, 93, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, died on Thursday, December 16, at Wingate at East Longmeadow surrounded by her loving family.

Born on May 28, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Carroll E. and Bessie K. (Converse) Rash.

She was a longtime resident of Longmeadow and most recently resided in East Longmeadow with her daughter Donna Cardwell and her husband, John.  She worked at the former Sickles in Chicopee.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, Felix P. Smigelski, in 2005.  She is survived by her daughters Marlene S. Coil and her husband, Larry, of Troy, and Donna C. Cardwell and her husband, John, of East Longmeadow; her brother-in-law Anthony Smigelski and his wife, Stella, of Agawam, Massachusetts; her sister-in-law Tess Monson of California; 12 grandchildren:  Wendy Kuhn and her husband, David; Laureen Jones and her husband, Keith, Cherylynne Lindsey, Jill Teague and her husband, Patrick, Charlene Leary and her companion, Anthony Trinceri, Aubrie Leary, John Cardwell Jr. and his wife, Angie, Ben Cardwell and his wife, Shannon, Grace Coller and her husband, Casey, Andrew Cardwell, Gretchen McDonough and her husband, David, and Christine Noel and her husband, Anthony; 17 great-grandsons; nine great-granddaughters; three great-great-grandsons; and three great-great-granddaughters.  Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Audrey Smigelski, in 2009.

A funeral ceremony was held on December 20 at the East Longmeadow United Methodist Church with burial in Hillcrest Park Cemetery in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Smigelski’s memory to the Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 280 Chestnut St. 6th Floor, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199.

Arrangements by the Byron Keenan Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center in Springfield.

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December 15, 2010 Obituaries

Yvelande Brasseur Chicoine Anderson

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Yvelande Brasseur Chicoine Anderson, 84, died on November 22, 2010, in Sun City, Arizona, surrounded by her children.
She was born on June 5, 1926, in Newport Center, a daughter of Oswald and Antonie Brasseur of Irasburg.
She married Leo Chicoine.  They moved to Connecticut, and later moved to warm Arizona to retire, where Leo predeceased her.
She later married Warren Anderson, who survives her.  She is also survived by her two children:  a son Robert Chicoine and his wife, Karen; by a daughter Linda Chicoine; grandchild Rhonda; a sister Lucille Martineau from St. Petersburg, Florida; three brothers:  Yves Brasseur and his wife, Yolande, from Irasburg, Martial Brasseur and his wife, Priscille, from Bristol, Connecticut, and Richard Brasseur and his wife, Lorraine, from Irasburg; and by numerous nephews and nieces from all over the country.
A private Catholic memorial Mass was celebrated at Richard and Lorraine Brasseur’s home, coinciding with the funeral Mass being celebrated in Arizona.

 

Donald Wayne Brown

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Donald Wayne Brown, 55, of Derby Line died on December 4, 2010, in Newport.  He was born May 3, 1955, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, a son of Sydney and Hazel (Clark) Brown.
Mr. Brown attended North Country Union High School in Newport.
He was employed at Newport Plastics for 12 years and Butterfields in Derby Line for five years.  He also was employed by the Burlington Free Press, Green Mountain Electric, and Magazine Merchandising with the Hudson RPM Distributors, LLC, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire.
On November 5, 1980, he married Rosalie Jacobs.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Brown, of Derby Line; by his stepchildren:  Kathy Flanders and her husband, David, of Derby, and Douglas Gray and his friend, Kathleen Pelletier, of Rutland; by his sisters Cheryl Labounty and her husband, Reginald, of Canaan, and Patricia Barry and her husband, Wendell, of Newport; by his nieces and nephews:  Betsey Pion, Mary Skidgel, Jody Barry, Jeffrey Broe, and John Barry; by several great-nieces and nephews; and by stepnieces and stepnephews Brandy Barry, Sara Pelletier, Derick Flanders, and Shawn Pelletier.  He was predeceased by his parents, Hazel and Sydney Brown, and by a brother, Ronnie.
Funeral services were held on December 9 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Daniels and the Reverend Paul Essaff officiating.   Spring interment will be in the Derby Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the  American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia, 22312.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Nancy Jo (Young) Chapdelaine

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Nancy-Jo (Young) Chapdelaine, 52, of Browninigton, died on December 9, 2010.
She was predeceased by her husband, James Chapdelaine.
She was born in Holden, Massachusetts, in 1958.  She grew up in Brookfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Tantasqua in 1976.  She moved to Vermont in 1981 where she spent the rest of her life.
She leaves behind a daughter, Amy-Jo Morse and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center; two sons:  Joshua Larocque and his fiancée, Jenn Davis, and Gary Larocque, all of Brownington; four grandchildren:  Parker and Emma-Jo Morse of Newport Center and Mackenzy-Jo and Dominic Larocque of Brownington; three stepchildren: Aaron and his wife, Emmi Chapdelaine, of Brownington, Spring Chapdelaine and Chris Nesbit of Enosburg, Eve Chapdelaine and Billy of Charlotte; five stepgrandchildren:  Ariel, Xavier, and Xander Chapdelaine of Brownington, Keiser Chapdelaine of Enosburg, and Freya Chapdelaine of Charlotte; three very special godchildren, Dawson, Laney, and Dillon Stebbins of Irasburg; two brothers:  Craig Young of Lake Havasu, Arizona, amd Michael Seery of Brookfield; a sister, Elaine Eldred of Albany;  and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother Gary in 1973; by her mother, Ethel Jo Seery, in 1996; her father, Edward Young, in 2004; and a stepfather, James C. Seery, in 2002.
The family will hold a remembrance gathering at a future date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Russell Robert Ross Jr.

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Russell Robert Ross Jr., 55, of Norton, and formerly of Salem, Massachusetts, and Raymond, New Hampshire, died on December 7, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a short illness.
He was born in Salem on February 10, 1955, a son of Russell Robert Ross Sr. and the late Nathalie (Abraham) Ross.
He was a scholar and veteran of the Submarine Service All Fleet.  He leaves his dearly loved wife, Dianna, and their children:  13-year-old triplets Joseph (Joey), Isaiah, and Bonnie, 21-year-old son Matthew, and 20-year-old daughter Rachael whom he loved with all his heart; two brothers, Mark of Essex, Massachusetts and Michael (Mickey) of Salem; a sister, Susan, of Wenham, Massachusetts, who he loved and was devoted to; and Bobby, Tommy, and Dick Romboli, and Mark Walkup whom he was particularly close to.
Mr. Ross also had a church family at Grace Brethren Church to which he was devoted.  He spent many years studying the Bible and had a deep faith in God and Christ.
Funeral services were held December 11 at the Grace Brethren Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Jake Kocis officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Grace Brethren Church, P.O.Box 432, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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December 8, 2010 Obituaries

Byron Charles Cady

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Byron Charles Cady, 60, of Morgan died peacefully on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at his home with his wife, Pamela, by his side.
He was born on December 21, 1949, in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of Ruth (Watson) and the late Charles Cady.
He graduated from Emerson College in Boston and received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
He entered the U.S. Navy on April 19, 1971, and was honorably discharged on April 18, 1975. He served in the Vietnam War while he was stationed on the USS Saratoga.
He was employed by Intel and IBM as an engineer at locations throughout the country, and he also was employed by North Country Engineering in Derby and for the Canadian Pacific Railroad until 2002.
Mr. Cady enjoyed photography, shooting his weapons, and all sorts of hand and power tools.  His passion was playing his guitar.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association.
He married Pamela Taylor of Morgan who survives him.  Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Brianne Nichols and her husband, Scott, of Brownington and Dani Davis and her husband, Ricky, of Barre; by the mother of his daughters, LeAnn Cady, of Orleans; by his mother, Ruth Cady, of Venice, Florida; stepchildren Tamieka Daigle and her daughter Cienna Grace, and Luke and Marshal Daigle both of Morgan; a brother, Phillip Cady, and his wife, Jean, of Maynard, Massachusetts; by nephew Charlie Cady, currently in the Armed Forces; and by his special cat Meow-Meow.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Delbert J. Cota

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Delbert J. Cota, 59, of Jay died suddenly on December 4, 2010, in Newport.
He was born August 9, 1951, in Newport, a son of Arnold Cota Sr. and Dale (Sargent) Cota.
On August 9, 1991, he married Ann Richardson who survives him.
Mr. Cota was a member of the Jay Fire Department for 25 years and the Missisquoi Ambulance Service.  He served in the U.S. Navy for three years.  He worked for the Christmas Loft for over 15 years.  He was most recently working for the town of Troy during the day, and he and his wife ran their own business, Cedarwood Resort of Jay, working nights.
He loved to camp with his wife, and he also enjoyed hunting, baseball, softball, and any other outdoor sport.  He loved to dance, and he really enjoyed his family and their conversations and visits.  He served as town constable and he was a great promoter of the town of Jay and the Jay area.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Cota, of Jay; by his children:  Amy and Keith Deavitt of South Burlington, Buffy and Marty Ardine of Loudon, New Hampshire, Heidi and Scott Rappold of Jay, Betsy and Mike Purvis of Chichester, New Hampshire, Melissa and Mike Scherer of Beebe Plain, and Meghan Gyles and her fiancé, Cory Peck, of Nashua, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Amber and Eric Mosher, Nick, Brenna, Sierra, Jacob, Ryan, Zachary, Ryliegh, Logan, and Rachel; by great-grandson Robbie; by two brothers, Arnold Cota Jr.  and his wife, Mary, of Jay, Terry Cota and Dorann Cota of St. Johnsbury; by his aunt Melba and uncle Howard Cota; by his mother- and father-in-law, Lee and Donna Richardson, of Jay; brothers- and sisters-in-law Jan and Jules Thibeault of Canaan and Nancee and Tom Gelinas of  Henniker, New Hampshire; by several nieces and nephews; and by special friend Doug.  He became a friend to almost everyone he met.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, with the Reverend Larry Wall officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jay Fire Dept, Jay, Vermont 05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Elizabeth A. Labrecque

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Elizabeth A. Labrecque, 65, of Glover died in Newport on December 3, 2010, after a long illness.
She was employed as an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for over 20 years until her retirement.
She enjoyed her animals, fishing on Lake Ontario, snowmobiling, working with special needs individuals, and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
She is survived by her son Robert Rockwell and his wife, Toni, of Farmington, New Hampshire; by her daughter Rhonda Ebelt and her husband, David, of Chatham, Virginia; by her grandchildren Ryan Mason of Virginia, Justin Ebelt of North Carolina, David Ebelt of Virginia, Crystal Hamnett of New Hampshire, and Jason Hamnett and his wife, Jessica, of New Hampshire; by her great-grandchildren Cameron Ebelt, Alexander Mason, and Tyler Seigen; by her brother Irving and sister Carol; sister-in-law Audrey Rockwell; brother-in-law Richard Rockwell; and by a dear friend Kevin Reil.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Rockwell, in 1976.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on December 8 from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Westlook 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.
Annetta L. Meinen
Annetta L. Meinen, 91, of Barton formerly of Reno, Nevada, died on November 24, 2010, peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 10, 1919, in Letts, Iowa, a daughter of William and Maude (Hidelbaugh) Furnas.
In 1947 she married Robert Meinen who predeceased her in 1969.
Mrs. Meinen received her bachelor’s degree in education and taught at Battle Mountain Elementary School in Nevada for many years.
She is survived by her children:  Anne Meinen Albrecq of Barton and Robert L. Meinen and his wife, Theresa, of Idaho; by the following grandchildren:  Heather Pfaff of Barton, Robert A. Meinen of Nevada, Matthew W. Meinen of Gallatin, Tennessee, Michael Meinen of California, and Scott Meinen of Idaho; by 12 great-grandchildren; and by a brother, Bill Furnas, of Iowa.
Funeral services were held on December 6 in Reno with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 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.
Julie A. Pion

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Julie A. Pion, 46, of Lowell died on December 3, 2010, in Newport surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 15, 1964, in Newport, a daughter of Shirley (Longley) and Roland Blanchard Sr.
On December 3, 1999, she married Jeremy Pion who survives her.
Mrs. Pion was secretary for Pion General Repair of Lowell.  She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and doing word search puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, Jeremy Pion, of Lowell; her two children:  Ryan Folgherait and his girlfriend, Ally Cota, of North Troy, and Amber Folgherait and her boyfriend, Tyler Wiesen, of Holland; her mother-in-law, Cindy, father-in-law, Albert Pion, of Lowell; her brother Roland Blanchard Jr. of Albany; two sisters:  Kenricka Blanchard and her boyfriend, Joseph, Rollo of North Troy, and Roxanne Major and her husband, Gary, of Albany; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, Shirley Blanchard, on September 12, 2010, and by her father, Roland Blanchard Sr., on October 10, 2010.
A graveside service was held on December 8 at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Pearl Mae Sanville

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Pearl Mae Sanville, 89, of Coventry died peacefully on November 28, 2010, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.
She was born on August 15, 1921, in Sheffield, a daughter of Harlow and Electer (Percy) Eastman.
On February 22, 1941, she married Lawrence Sanville who predeceased her in 2001.
Mrs. Sanville graduated from Lyndon State College where she received a bachelor of science degree.  She was an elementary school teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on the Collins Mill Road and a school on the Buzzell Road, both in Newport Center.  She was a substitute teacher for Jay and Newport Center elementary schools.
She is survived by her children:  Roger Sanville and his wife, Susan, of Coventry, Marion Brown, and Burton Sanville and his wife, Janice, all of Marlborough, Massachusetts; by eight grandchildren; by 18 great-grandchildren; by 11 great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by the following brothers:  Bud, Mahlon, Percy, and infant Howard Eastman.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport on December 4 with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.  Interment followed at the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Virginia M. Taylor

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Virginia M. Taylor, 75, of Coventry died on November 30, 2010, in Newport.
She was born on August 7, 1935, in Newport Center, a daughter of Damon and Leora (Rollins) Bowen.
On June 25, 1955, she married Chester Taylor who survives her.
Mrs. Taylor was the Coventry Village School lunch manager until she retired in 1997.  She was a life member of the Eureka Grange of Coventry.  She enjoyed cooking, working on her computer, sewing, and she was a great homemaker.  She was a leader in the community and supported many local schools, churches, clubs, organizations, and charities.
She is survived by her husband, Chester Taylor, of Coventry; her children:  Valerie and Brad Autry of Garland, Texas, Carleen and Mark Leonhardt of League City, Texas, Brian and Christine Taylor of Milton, and Steve Taylor and Sara Wright of Coventry; by the following grandchildren:  Evan and Tyla Autry, Courtney and Austin Leonhardt, Jenna and Jacob Taylor, David, Kaitlyn, and Anthony Wright; by sister-in-law Lorraine Bowen of Derby; and by several nieces, nephews and other relations.  She was predeceased by three brothers:  Roderick and Carlton Bowen, and Sidney Rollins.
A memorial and remembrance service will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made on behalf of her dog Colin to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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December 1, 2010 Obituaries

Elizabeth “Betty” Benner

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Elizabeth “Betty” Benner, 97,  of Derby died on November 23, 2010, in Newport.
She was born on July 14, 1913, in Derby, a daughter of Lewis Bates and Cora (Clough) Bates.
She graduated from Derby Academy in 1931 and Burlington Business College in 1932.  In 1934 she married Richard “Dick” Benner.  They owned and operated Dick’s Drive-In Diner located on the Derby-Derby Line Road.  She also worked for the city of Newport as assistant city clerk for 40 years.
Mrs. Benner was a very active person.  She was a member of the Derby United Church since 1928 and served as deacon, and she was a member and former treasurer of the Lakeside Chapter #27 Order of the Eastern Star, and also a member of the Navy Grange.  Her greatest pleasures were her many friends, who were dear to her, playing cards, sharing dinners, long conversations, going for a ride, and the comfort of their companionship.
She is survived by her sister Rebecca Corrow of Newport; by nieces Pauline Wallace of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Carol Fifield of The Villages, Florida; by nephews Philip Chaffee of Moultonboro, New Hampshire, Dave Lafoe and his wife, Sally, of Warren’s Gore, and Richard Lafoe and his wife, Ann, of Coventry.  She was predeceased by her husband, Dick Benner and by her sisters Ruth Lafoe and Rachel Chaffee.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Members of the Lakeside Chapter # 27 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a service at 5:15 p.m. on December 1 at the funeral home.  Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Derby Center cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Monica E. Blake

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Monica E. Blake, 54, of Orleans died suddenly on November 22, 2010, in Newport.
She was born September 13, 1956, in Newport, a daughter of  Georgiana (LaClair) Chaffee and Lloyd Chaffee and the late Paul Labrecque.
On February 23, 1974, she married Harry Blake who survives her.
Mrs. Blake was employed by Louis Garneau Clothing Manufacturing in Newport.  Her hobbies included reading, watching NASCAR on television, and listening to country music.  She went to Loudon, New Hampshire, to see her favorite NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
She is survived by her husband, Harry Blake, of Orleans; her sons Jeremy Blake of Milton and Jeff Blake of Orleans; her grandchildren Jeremy Blake and Shante Blake, both of Burlington; by the following brothers and sisters:  Mark Labrecque and his wife, Virginia, of Texas, Artie Chaffee and his wife, Jaime, of Island Pond, Lori Curtis and her companion, Frank Dwyer, of Sheffield, Faith Prescott and her husband, Quint, of Glover; sisters-in-law Eleanor Willis and her husband, Stan, of Orleans, Betty Racine and her husband, Paul, of Orleans, Linda Chadburn and her husband, Gordon, of Irasburg; by her brother-in-law Wayne Blake; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters Lisa Dwyer and Candy Schminkey.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on November 27 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment was in the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Donalda A. Fontaine

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Donalda A. “Memere” Fontaine, 95, of Derby died peacefully on November 25, 2010, at Rose and Fred LaBarron’s home in Derby surrounded by her family.  Mrs. LaBarron is her daughter.
She was born on October 31, 1915, in Compton, Quebec, a daughter of Josepha and Alma (Gilbert) Audet.
On June 25, 1938 she married Lucien Tetreault who predeceased her on May 11, 1946.  She later married Alphonse Fontaine on October 5, 1957, who predeceased her on March 10, 1968.
After her husband, Lucien, died, she raised and provided for her seven children.
She enjoyed visiting and family gatherings, playing bingo, card games, especially “31” with her grandchildren, cooking and canning, gardening, collecting owls, birdwatching, and singing in French.  She especially loved going to see her children.
She was a member of St. Benedict’s Labre Catholic Church in West Charleston.
She is survived by her daughters:  Dolores Letourneau and her husband, Andre, of East Charleston, Rose LaBarron and her husband, Fred, of Derby, and Cecile Dionne and her husband Leo (Rusty) of Chicopee, Massachusetts; by her cherished 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; by a sister Marie Lanctot of Hampton, Massachusetts; brothers Maurice Audet of Troy and Gille Audet of Sherbrooke, Quebec; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by following children:  Ronald Tetreault in 1990, Lucien Tetreault and Denise Schultz both in 1995, and Jean Paul Tetreault in 2008; by great-granddaughter Brianna Riopelle; son in-law Roger Plante; daughter in-law Carol Tetreault; and by the following brothers:  Artel, twins Camille and Adrienne, Henri-Louis, and Armand.
Funeral services were held November 27 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s cemetery in Newport at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Benedict’s Labre Catholic Church, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rhonda Elaine Libby

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Rhonda Elaine Libby, 44, of Barton died suddenly on November 22, 2010, in Newport.
She was born January 6, 1966, in Newport, a daughter of David and Jeannette (Shufelt) Libby.
Ms. Libby was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing for over 11 years.
She loved horseback riding, and she loved her dog Angel and her many other pets.  She enjoyed family gatherings and being with her many friends.  She was always the life of the party, and she very much enjoyed her job until health issues forced her to retire.
She is survived by her daughter Nina and her husband, Geoff Carpenter, of  Barton; by the following brothers and sisters:  Wayne Libby and his wife, Cindy, of Brownington Center, Darcy Libby and his companion, Pam Viens, of Brownington Center, Monte Libby and his wife, Nicole, of Newport, Deborah Libby and her companion, Paul Labrecque, of Brownington, Darlene Donna and her husband, Brian, of Newport Center, Randy White and his wife, Pam, of Westmore, and Lesa Johnson and her husband, Richard, of Sutton; her longtime companion Vernon “Skeet” Stauffeneker of Barton; her ex-husband Steve Sicard; her mother-in-law Shirley Sicard of Westmore; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, David and Jeannette Libby, and by a nephew Jason White.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Pastor George Lawson  officiating.  Interment will follow in the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marion F. (Smith) McInnis

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Marion F. (Smith), McInnis, 87, of Irasburg, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on November 25, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Coventry on March 25, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Edson and Glenda (Woodburn) Smith.
Mrs. McInnis attended graded school in Coventry and graduated from Nashua High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, class of 1942.  A World War II Navy veteran of the Waves, she served as a cable and radio censor in New York City.
She married Donald McInnis in Nashua on June 14, 1947.  The McInnis’ resided for many years on Caldwell Road in Nashua where they raised their family.
Mrs. McInnis had been employed by New England Telephone Company and Howard Johnson Hotels.  In retirement, the family moved to Irasburg and enjoyed many happy years together.
In her leisure time, Mrs. McInnis enjoyed knitting, quilting, baking, puzzles, and most importantly, spending time with her family.  She was a woman of great faith, and appreciated her dear friends and neighbors.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald, with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage; and by her two brothers, Russell and Edward Smith.  Members of her family include five children:  John and Maureen McInnis of Auburn, New Hampshire, James and Jacqueline McInnis of Cazenovia, New York, Brian McInnis of Nashua, Kathleen and Wesley Howard of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and Michael and Irma McInnis of Nashua; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four step-greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Arvilla (Billie) Houston and her husband, Jack, of Orleans, and Doris Pagliaroni of Waldwick, New Jersey; two sisters-in-law, Euphemia (Phemie) Richard of Nashua, and Pauline Smith of Forest Hill, California; and  numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on December 1.  Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson, New Hampshire, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Orleans-Essex Visting Nurses Assocation and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Rushford-Converse Funeral Homes.
Ann Z. Savola
Ann Savola, 93, an 11-year resident of Derby, died on November 22, 2010, following an extended period of declining health.
She was born on July 11, 1917, in New York City to the late Stephen Zwarych and Katherine (DeBaylo) Zwarych of Hackettstown, New Jersey.
She graduated from Hackettstown High School and Ryder College in Trenton, New Jersey.
She spent over 40 years as a resident of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where she lived with her loving husband of 43 years, William J. Savola, until his death in 1981.
For 25 years she worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at St. Mary’s Church in Longmeadow.  She loved the Lord and her life was a testament to that.  She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible and daily devotionals.  She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, and was known for her generous hospitality.
She is predeceased by her son William J. Savola Jr. of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and her brother Nicholas Zwarych of Great Meadows, New Jersey.  Surviving her are her daughter Jo Ann S. French and her husband, David H. French, of Derby; her daughter-in-law Deborah L. Savola of Wilbraham; her sister Olga Gawdun of New Smyrna, Florida; and her brother Stephen Zwarych and his wife Marilyn of Belvidere, New Jersey.
Mrs. Savola (Nanny) will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren:  Kimberlee French Strepka, her husband, David, and their daughter Madeline of East Longmeadow; by William J. Savola III and Lindsey Savola of Wilbraham; and by Ashley Savola Abel and her husband, Joshua, of Ludlow, Massachusetts.  She will also be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews and dear friends.
A funeral service was held on Monday, November 29, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hampden, Massachusetts.  Burial followed at the Hillcrest Park Cemetery
The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s organization.
Dennis Adelord Taylor

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Dennis Adelord Taylor, 56, of Nashville, Tennesee, died suddenly of a massive heart attack in Greenville, Texas, on October 17, 2010, while on tour with the Delbert McClinton Band.
He was born November 13, 1953, in Barton.
He graduated from Barton Graded School, Lake Region Union High School, and Johnson State College.  He also attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters.
His passion was music, and he was fortunate to be able to pursue this career until his untimely death.
He played with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble while living in Vermont, and he taught saxophone at Johnson State College before moving to New Orleans.  He joined the Gatemouth Brown Band and toured with them, also playing with local jazz and blues bands.  In 1985 he moved to Boston where he freelanced at local clubs.  In 1989 he and his wife, Karen Leipziger, moved to Nashville where they have lived for the past 222 years.
He has played with Buckwheat Zydeco, Michelle Shocked, Duke Robillard, and Shelby Lynn, and toured with Kenny Rogers’ Christmas Show and Brenda Lee, and for the last two and a half years played with Delbert McClinton.  He has also done numerous sessions with various artists.
He traveled all over the U.S., the lower provinces of Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia.  He had a great sense of humor and friends and family have many happy memories of him telling stories of his travels.
He had volunteered weekly at the W.O. Smith School of Music for the last 17 years, teaching saxophone to underprivilidged students.  He also had many private students.  He found he loved teaching and his students.  He was not only their teacher but also a friend and confidant.
He had also written six instructional books for saxophone for the Hal Leonard Publishing Company.
On October 21, a memorial service was held at the W.O. Smith School where friends, family and fellow band members shared their stories about Mr. Taylor, his music, his love and compassion for his friends and family, his great sense of humor, his ready smile, his encouragement to his friends, and his gentle nature, which will be greatly missed.
On November 7, a musical tribute was held at B.B. King’s club in downtown Nashville.  Over 400 people gathered to listen to the bands and performers.  Many traveled from out of state to pay their respects.  All who performed had either played with Mr. Taylor in various bands, or he had played on their recordings.  Their final salute was the playing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” by all the horn players in honor of his lifelong love of the Boston Red Sox.
Mr. Taylor had just completed a lifelong dream of recording his own CD.  He had finished all the tracks and now his wife is completing the project.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen Leipziger; his parents, Ad and Lois Taylor, of Barton; his sisters Kathy Trecartin and her husband, Doug, of Central Point, Oregon, Patricia Taylor and her spouse, Pam Skriletz, of Orleans; by his brother Daniel Taylor and his wife, Kelly, and their two sons, Benjamin and Joshua of St. Paul, Minnesota; his mother-in-law Evelyn Leipziger of New York City; and his sister-in-law Deidre Leipziger and her two children Izzy and Kiki of Brooklyn, New York.
There will be a graveside service at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in the spring.
Donations in his memory may be made to: Dennis Taylor Memorial Fund, W.O. Smith School of Music, 1125 8th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennesee 37203.
Erma Ethel Ticehurst
Erma Ethel Ticehurst, 92, a resident of Brownington for over 80 years, died at her home on Ticehurst Road in Brownington on her son Ron’s birthday — November 26, 2010 — surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 24, 1918, in Brownington, a daughter of William and Ethel (Mizner) Reid.  In 1954 she married Carl Ticehurst who predeceased her in 1982.  Prior to her marriage, she taught at a one-room schoolhouse in West Glover and also in surrounding towns.
Mrs. Ticehurst was a dairy farmer and ran a community home in Brownington for many years. She enjoyed cooking rolls and doughnuts, and she loved all her animals, especially her cats.
She is survived by her children:  Carla Ticehurst and her friend, Aurele (Beeb) Souliere, of Brownington, Colleen Cloutier and her husband, Ronald, of Barton, Reid Kilby and his wife, Regina, of Milton, and Dale Kilby of Glover; by the following grandchildren:  Becky Souliere of Brownington, Amanda Ticehurst of Burlington, Marsha Cloutier of Barton, Michael Cloutier of Barton, Odessa Hopkins and her husband, Bryant, of Grand Isle, Marlene Smith of Morrisville; by her great-grandchildren:  Alexandria Cloutier, Heather Fitzpatrick and her husband, Scott, William Henry Ticehurst-Groves, Joshua and Timothy Hopkins, and Christopher and Jeremy Wells; by great-great-grandchildren Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kenedi Fitzpatrick, Joshua, Brooke, and Jasmine Wells: and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by sons Robert and Ronald Ticehurst; stepdaughter Alberta Smith; and by three sisters:  Alice Lancaster, Doris Brigham, and Phyllis Lawes.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday December 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 3, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Brownington 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.
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November 24, 2010 Obituaries

Michael D. Atkin
Michael D. Atkin, 79, formerly of Derby Line, died peacefully after several years of failing health on November 5, 2010, at the Broadview Nursing Centre in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, Mr. Atkin graduated from the University of Manchester, studied Russian at Cambridge University as a member of the British Army’s Intelligence Corps, and worked for a time for the Bank of England in Egypt and Iraq.  He immigrated to Canada in 1956 and lived in Vermont from 1969 through 1982, where he worked for the Butterfield Division of Litton Industries.
He was a kind, gentle, scholarly man who loved his family, his pets, history (he was an active member of the local historical society in the towns in which he lived), reading, and his church.
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Jacqueline (DuBois) Atkin; three children:  Susan McGinn and her husband, John, of Texas, Jennifer Vinkler and her husband, Randy, of North Carolina, and Michael Atkin and his wife, Julie, of Ontario; six grandchildren:  Colin McGinn, Sarah McGinn, Brett Vinkler, Rachel Vinkler, Meagan Wychopen, and Aly Wychopen; and four siblings:  Mary Falvey, Tessie McSherrie, Monica Hill, and Francis Atkin.  He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Margaret Coyle.
A Mass was celebrated on November 23, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Smiths Falls, and burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario.
In memoriam donations to the Smiths Falls Historical Society, or to L.A.W.S. (Lanark Animal Welfare Society) would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements by the Blair and Son Funeral Directors in Smiths Falls.

 

Alice (Whitney) Beadle

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Alice Whitney Beadle, 93, of Derby Line died peacefully on November 16, 2010, in Newport.
She was born on January 9, 1917, in Springfield, a daughter of Philip and Sarah (Stafford) Whitney.
On June 29, 1946, she married Roger Beadle who predeceased her on May 15, 2003.
Mrs. Beadle graduated from Springfield High School, and in 1940 she graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of science degree in education.  She was a home economics teacher at the former Newport High School, Derby Academy, Hinesburg High School, North Troy and Newport Center High School.  She retired from North Country Union High School and North Country Union Junior High School.
She led a very active life and was a volunteer at North Country Hospital for over 20 years.  She also volunteered at the Derby Elementary School kindergarten class and at the Old Stone House Museum for several years.  Mrs. Beadle enjoyed sewing, gardening, downhill and cross-country skiing, and she was always cooking.  She enjoyed her family and friends very much.
She is survived by two children:  Keith Beadle and his wife, Diane, of Derby Line, and Janice Beadle of Troy; two grandchildren, Gregory Beadle and his wife, Jaime, of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jessica Dutter and her husband, Michael, of Negaunee, Michigan; by a great-granddaughter, Faith Dutter; by a brother, Donald Whitney, of Springfield; by a sister, Harriet Dodge, of Boca Raton, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Beadle, in 1968; a brother, Rollin Whitney; and by two sisters, Margaret “Peg” Bazenbrook and Mildred Massello.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on November 19, with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.
Interment followed in the Newport Center cemetery.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3323.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

John D. Sinon

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John D. Sinon, 85, of East Albany died peacefully in Morrisville with his family by his side early Sunday morning, November 21, 2010.
He was born February 7, 1925, to John J. and Ann (Dennison) Sinon.  He was the youngest of nine children and was born in the house in which he lived all of his life and where he raised his family.  He was a communicant of St. John of the Cross Church.
On June 26, 1952, he married “the girl next door,” Pauline Daniels, at St. John of the Cross, a church that he loved dearly.
Besides his wife of 58 years, he was blessed with four daughters who survive him:  Beverly Duchesneau and her husband, Phil, of East Albany, Donna Willoughby of Newport, Kathy Lay and her husband, Doug, of Newport, and Madelyn Sinon and her boyfriend, Mike Manning, of Morrisville.  He is also survived by five grandchildren:  Steven Martineau and his wife, Toni, of Virginia, Ann Gonyaw and her husband, Steve, of Derby Line, Heidi Willoughby of Alaska, Devin Lay of Newport, Derick Lay of Newport Center, and Aaron Duchesneau of Jericho; by two great-grandchildren:  Abigail and Benjamin  Gonyaw; brothers-in-law Paul Daniels and his wife, Nancy, and Alfred Daniels; sisters-in-law Marie Ferguson and Alice Locke; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, John J. and Ann Sinon; four brothers:  Charles, Ralph, Walter, and James Sinon; and by four sisters:  Alyce, Florence, Lena, and Madelyn and their spouses.
Although Mr. Sinon had to struggle daily for the last several years, he was a proud Irishman who lived a very rich and full life.  He worked hard and shared his wit, wisdom and Irish humor with everyone he met.  He often proclaimed, “I’m going to be buried in my dump truck.”
He was a strong pillar of his community.  He had more than enough love to share with everyone, including his many cherished friends.  Through the years, Mr. Sinon also “adopted” as family members Kevin Pope and Lucy Lahue.
He loved his homestead, traveling, which included going twice to Ireland, snowmobiling, driving along any unexplored back road, and sharing long visits with his many friends.
After many years on the family farm, he worked as an auto mechanic, insurance agent, milk truck driver for his brother, and a bulk syrup buying agent.  He ran his own excavating, plowing, and paving business for many years.
After retiring in 1980, he began a new hobby with a small fleet of school buses which he had  for eight years.  He held memberships with the 251 club, the 4-H camp board, an Orleans County fair director, a member of Tops, and the Creek Runners Snowmobile Club.
Some of Mr. Sinon’s proudest accomplishments were acquiring his GED as an adult, serving as treasurer of the Vermont Democratic Committee, receiving an invitation to President John Kennedy’s inaugural ball, and attending Governor Philip Hoff’s inaugurations. In recent years he enjoyed his winter home in Florida, but he was also always anxious each spring to come home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, at St. John of the Cross Church in East Albany with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda and the Reverend Charles Davignon celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. John of the Cross Cemetery in East Albany.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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November 17, 2010 Obituaries

Eric N. Colson Sr.

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Eric Norman Colson Sr., 65, of Stannard died peacefully at his residence on November 12, 2010, with his wife at his side.

He was born April 10, 1945, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, a son of the late Frank and Jean (Flint) Colson.  He attended Old Orchard public schools and Randolph High School in Randolph.

On August 24, 1964, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1968.

On October 23, 1965, he married Leslie Virginia Ryan in Michigan.

Mr. Colson worked for many years as a machinist.  He retired in 2007.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick and the zoning administrator for the town of   Stannard.

He enjoyed  hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, and walks through the woods.  Other enjoyments included Saturday night dances with family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Leslie; four children:  Janet Brooks of Ryegate, Marsha Biller of Barre, Corrinna Colson of Stannard, and Eric N. Colson Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Stowe;  nine grandchildren:  Robert Brooks, Nichole Brooks, Jennifer Verwey, Crystal Colson, Raymond Smith, Dallas Smith, Heaven Smith, Eric Colson III, and Gage Colson; four great-grandchildren:  Devan Death, Aaron Verway, Kordall Brooks, and Asialynn Brooks; nine siblings:  Sheila Compton of Alabama, and Michael Colson, Craig Colson, Sharon Upton, and Melissa McPhetres,  all of Randolph, Lita Jesse of Kentucky, Cathy Overshiner of Oklahoma, and Dana Colson and Judy Gadway, both of South Royalton; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kaitlin Colson, in 1995.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 11 a.m. at the  Hope Community Church in South Walden with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in the Stannard cemetery in Stannard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont  05657.

Arrangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.


Thurston C. Hodgeman
Thurston C. Hodgeman, 92, of Lowell died on November 10, 2010, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born November 23, 1917, in Lowell, the youngest of five siblings, and a son of Clarence and Edith (Lanpher) Hodgeman.
On September 14, 1940, he married Joyce Cutting who predeceased him on September 8, 2005.
Mr. Hodgeman was a dairy farmer for many years on the Hodgeman farm on the Hazen’s Notch Road in Lowell.  He was a farmer all of his life — from 1940 until the present time.  He was a lister for the Town of Lowell for 20 years.  He was a good, kind, and loving man, and he was a proud Vermont farmer.
He enjoyed maple sugaring, cutting Christmas trees, and logging.  His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his pride and joy as each one was special to him.
He is survived by his children:  Sherrill Gregoritsch and her husband, Albert, of South Burlington, Duane Hodgeman and his wife, Rebecca, of Williston, and Kevin Hodgeman and his wife, Anita, of Lowell; by daughters-in-law Joyce Hodgeman of Jericho and Susan Rivard of Derby; by the following grandchildren:  Albert III and his wife, Tia, Mark and his wife, Susan, Christopher and his wife, Stephanie, Gregory and his wife, Kamrie, William and his wife, Betsy, Angela, Abigail and her husband, Joseph, Victoria, Matthew, Daniel, and Michael; by his great-grandchildren:  A.J., Elizabeth, Justin, Kailianne, Brook, Lydia, Chance, Cooper, Caleb, and Isaac; and by several nieces and nephews, and many friends.  He was predeceased by a sister, Lilla Hodgeman, and by three brothers:  Elwin, Marshall, and Herbert Hodgeman.
Funeral services were held on November 13 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment followed in Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Town of Lowell, Playground Fund, Lowell, Vermont 05847.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Herbert A. Kinne
Herbert A. Kinne, 86, died on Sunday, October 24, 2010, at his home in Vergennes.
He was born July 3, 1924, in Newport, a son of Amasa and Elsie (Bartlett) Kinne.
He graduated from Newport Center High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from April 29, 1943, to April 6, 1946, as an aviation radioman, third class.  He was employed at New England Telephone for 36 years.  He married Joyce Hisman on July 27, 1962.  He was a member of the Masons and the Elks.
Mr. Kinne is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joyce Kinne, of Vergennes; two children, Rob Carter and Jan Carter; four grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Rachel Kinne Farrar and Joyce Kinne LeBlanc; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his brother Richard Kinne.
There will be no funeral services.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Addison County Home Healthcare and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.
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November 10, 2010 Obituaries

Frances Theresa (Gosselin) Alexander
Frances Theresa (Gosselin) Alexander, 81, of Broadalbin, New York, died peacefully on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York.
She was born in Newport on March 24, 1929, a daughter of Napoleon and Marion (Trahan) Gosselin.
She grew up there where she learned French in grammar school and had many fond memories of her time at Sacred Heart being a cheerleader and playing clarinet in the school band.  Mrs. Alexander attended St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Brighton, Massachusetts, graduating as a registered nurse, of which she was very proud.  She lived in Broadalbin for the past 42 years.
Mrs. Alexander worked for 44 years as a registered nurse, 28 of those at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, New York, providing attentive care to her patients and always advocating for them.  When her children grew older, she obtained a realtor’s license and sold real estate in the Fulton-Montgomery, New York, area for several years.
Mrs. Alexander was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Broadalbin and was dedicated to her Roman Catholic faith all her life.  Her actions spoke more than words ever could.
She was predeceased by her beloved son, David L. Alexander; a sister, Louise; and her infant brother, Eugene.
Survivors include her husband, Frederic A. Alexander, whom she married on December 29, 1956; daughter Susan Avondolio of Burnt Hills, New York; son Mark Alexander and his wife, Kelly, of Waterford, New York; a brother Lawrence Gosselin and his wife, Gerry, of Venice, Florida; a brother-in-law Robert Alexander and his wife, Roberta, of Craftsbury Common; sisters-in-law Janet Alexander and Jean Hinson, both of Rutland, and Marielle Gosselin of Barre; four grandchildren:  Stephen and Emily Avondolio of Burnt Hills and Meghan and Lauren Alexander of Rotterdam, New York; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She will also be missed by her beloved cat Bella.
A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 10, at St. Joseph’s Church in Broadalbin with the Reverend Thomas Morrette officiating.  Interment will be in the Irasburg cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Herbert J. Allen
Herbert J. Allen, 77, beloved husband of Mildred, died on Thursday, November 4, 2010, after a long illness.
He was born on May 5, 1933, a son of Leon and Lillian (Gilbeault) Allen of North Troy.
He spent all of his life in the North Troy area with the exception of his service time in the Army.
He married Mildred Mayhew in 1959.
“Hub” worked for the plywood mill in North Troy for several years and also for Butterfield’s and Tivoli for 32 years before retirement, at which time he drove for Rural Community Transportation and also worked for Sanel’s.
He loved fishing, hunting, and going camping with his wife in their motor home.  He also loved to cut wood and lay it up for the winter.  To the delight of his family, he always had a big garden.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons:  Danny and his wife, Joanne, and Mark “Boomer” and his wife, LaDon; four grandchildren:  Lee Allen and his companion, Courtney, Chantel Allen and her companion, Jesse, Heather and Nathan Allen and great-grandchild Abigail; a brother Lyle and his wife, Sue, of St. Albans; and sisters Lillian Willis of Newport, Albertine Woodard of Mansonville, Quebec, Pauline and her husband, Tom Haney, of Springfield, Massachusetts, Maxeline and her husband, Rick Mongeau, of Springfield, and Ernestine Monfette of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by nine brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral service. Interment will follow at the North Troy Village Cemetery with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital, care of 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.
Phyllis Gwendolyn Bailey

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Phyllis Gwendolyn Bailey, 88, of Barton, and formerly of Island Pond, died peacefully on November 2, 2010, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
She was born on January 7, 1922, in Albany, a daughter of Harry and Alice (McNamara) Wilder.
On December 13, 1939, she married Bernard Bailey who predeceased her in 1976.
Mrs. Bailey was a former member of the Rebekah’s and First Congregational Church in Island Pond.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching game shows, playing bingo and Scrabble, traveling and camping, volunteering at the Area Agency on Aging, and family gatherings.
She is survived by her daughters:  Joanne DeLaBruere and her husband, Claude, of Derby and Deborah Ahrens and her husband, Scott, of North Carolina; by daughters-in-law Eileen Bailey of Island Pond and Monique Bailey of Derby; by 11 grandchildren:  David and Laurie DeLaBruere and their children Justin and Neil; Susan and Richard Tetreault and their children Haley and Patrick; Daniel DeLaBruere and Jennifer Nelson and their children Ross and Henry; Dean and Monica DeLaBruere and their children Caleb, Gracie, and Luke; Sharon and Patrick Ryan; Amber Moore and her children Sophie and Alexis; Katie Ahrens and Chris Biggs; Jacob and Steve Bailey; Peter Bailey and his companion, Katie Schueitzer; Lise and David Lussier and their children Nathan, Jessica, Aron, and Tricia; Michael and Leslie Souliere and their children Garrett and Zachary; and by two great-great-grandchildren, Trent and Lucas Simpson.  She was predeceased by daughter Patricia and three sons, Jimmy, Donald, and Jeffrey; a granddaughter Courtney Ahrens; a brother Charles Wilder and his wife, Anna Mae, and her companion, Kenneth Barnes.
Funeral services were held November 6 at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, care of the Reverend Alan Magoon, 21 Middle Street Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at: www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
David B. Rollins

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David B. Rollins, 51, of Newport Center, the beloved father of Amy Rollins and Melissa Quarmby, died on Friday, November 5, 2010, at his home.
He was born on May 19, 1959, in Newport Center, a son of the late Melvin and Eleanor (Frissell) Rollins.
He worked for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for over 20 years.
He enjoyed taking scenic and wildlife pictures, liked to ride his four-wheeler and basically loved being outdoors.  He took great pride in his daughters and grandson and always enjoyed their visits.  He especially liked spending time with his friend Ed Sargent, the “brother” he never had.
He is survived by his daughters, Amy Rollins and her companion, Brandon Phillips, and their son Brandon Phillips II, and Melissa Quarmby and her husband, Dorian, all of Derby; by a cousin Colby Currier of North Troy; by his very good friend Ed Sargent and his wife, Michelle, of Newport Center.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will follow at the Newport Center cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Francis John Smith

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Francis John Smith, 39, of Orleans died on Thursday, November 4, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Smith was born March 16, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Irasburg in 1982.  He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1989.  He received his teaching certificate from Lyndon State College and a bachelor of science degree from Johnson State College.  He was a teacher at Lake Region Union High School in Orleans.
Mr. Smith loved fishing, hunting, and baseball, especially with his family.  He was in his element guiding in the Northeast Kingdom or coaching Cal Ripken baseball.  He and his father, David, ran their own guiding business, Northeast Kingdom Outfitters from 1994 through 2006.  In 2003 they were presented the “Guide of the Year Award” by the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association.  It was presented to them by Governor James Douglas.
Mr. Smith was the beloved husband of Charity Smith; father of Michael Hunter Smith and Jacqueline Marie Lovett; son of David and Rose Mary Smith; brother of Jennifer Marie Smith-Mayo; brother-in-law to Matthew Mayo; son-in-law to Lawrence and Gertrude Burdick; brother-in-law to Michael and Beth Burdick; longtime friends of Mark and Lynn Royer; and uncle to Zach, Noah, Mara-Audrey Royer, Sophie, Celia and Sidney Burdick.  He was a much loved nephew and cousin.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday November 9, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lake Region Youth Baseball, care of Kimico Perry, 1265 Creek Road, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Helen (Gray) Smith
Helen (Gray ) Smith, 92, of Burlington died on Sunday, October 31, 2010.
She was born on March 30, 1918, a daughter of Robert and Mamie (Uttin) Gray.
Mrs. Smith was educated in West Charleston, graduating from West Charleston High School in 1935.  In 1945, during World War II, she entered nursing school at Waltham Hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts, graduating as a registered nurse in 1948.
On October 17, 1948, she married Almon H. Smith of Newport, where they lived until moving to Burlington in 1957.
Mrs. Smith’s deep love and compassion for people blessed her with many good friends and provided her with ample opportunity to fulfill a lifelong desire to be of service to others.  Her many volunteer activities included work with Hospice, Meals on Wheels, serving on the visiting board of the Converse Home, and memberships in the American Association of Retired People and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church.  She loved music, poetry, knitting, and cooking, and was an avid collector of thimbles.
Mrs. Smith’s family was dearly loved.
She was predeceased by her husband, Almon, in 2003.  She is survived by son Larry A. Smith, and his wife, Penny, and their children:  James and his fianceé, Sarah Waterhouse, Jonathan and his wife, Lori, and Rebecca and her husband, Bob LeClaire; by another son, Evan J. Smith, and his wife, Priscilla, and their daughter Stephanie and her husband, Santiago Mallea; by three sisters: Thelma Jennings of Marlboro, New York, Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and Eleanor Tyler and her husband, Carl, of Newport; her brother Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Gelineau, in 1968.
A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church in Burlington on November 5.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Burlington, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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November 3, 2010 Obituaries

Richard J. Boudreau
Richard J. Boudreau, 70, of Lowell died on October 27, 2010, following a lengthy stay in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington.
He was born in Troy on August 21, 1940, a son of Wilfred Boudreau and Katherine Breault Boudreau.
He became a self-employed master finish carpenter, a marksman in the Maine State Guard, and a member of the National Rifle Association.  While living in Florida he worked as a prototype lead man at both Wellcraft and Marine Concepts.  In early retirement he continued this line of work from his home in Vermont.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Craft Powers Boudreau, of Lowell; his mother, Katherine (Brault) Boudreau, of Quinebaug, Connecticut; daughters Janine Flaherty of Lyman, Maine, and Nichole Tracy, and her husband, Scott, of Buxton, Maine; daughter-in-law Laurie Boudreau and her children Traci and Gary Stanley; grandchildren Jessica Flaherty of Biddeford, Maine, Renee Flaherty of Kennebunk, Maine, and Isaac Tracy of Buxton; two great-grandchildren Kylie Minini of Biddeford and Owen Fecteau of Kennebunk; a sister Connie Thomas and her husband, Bob, of Quinebaug; by several nieces and nephews; by stepchildren:  Ethel Chase and her husband, Lerry, Robert Powers, Eloise Vittum), and Nanette Bonneau and her husband, Steve;  by several step-grandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.  He was predeceased by his son Brian Boudreau of Waterboro, Maine, and his father, Wilfred Boudreau, of Quinebaug.
Funeral services will be held at the Curtis- Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m.  Calling hours will be prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m.  A graveside service will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.  Services will be conducted by the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa and the Reverend Lerry Chase.
Should friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joanne Sage Ceraso

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I look down the hill from the house to her garden and still see her form, bent over, pulling up the last of fall’s harvest and anticipating next year’s planting.  In the spring, we’ll plant again in her honor.
Joanne Sage Ceraso, 79, of West Glover, died on October 30, 2010, surrounded by her husband, four daughters, and newest grandson, at North Country Hospital.
Joanne, my mother, spent her life as a dedicated mother and grandmother, an unbelievable cook, a generous, caring person, and a committed advocate for peace and social justice.
Born in Milton, Massachusetts, on November 28, 1930, she attended Milton Academy, where her father was a faculty member.  She lost her father as a young girl.  She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, spent time after college helping to clear land in Finland as part of a Quaker-sponsored project to help rebuild war-torn Europe, and later earned an MSW from Columbia University, where she and her husband, John, met.  She worked as a family and school social worker in New Jersey for many years, and put in countless hours working for nuclear disarmament and various efforts for peace.
As a child, Mrs. Ceraso spent summers with her family in Greensboro.  She fell in love with the Northeast Kingdom and later returned with her husband and four daughters to stay at the Rodgers Country Inn in West Glover for family vacations.  That led Mr. and Mrs. Ceraso to buy a house for sale down the road.  From 1970 to 2004, they lived in Montclair, New Jersey, and spent every summer in West Glover.  In 2004 they retired year-round to the house on Rodgers Road.
Mrs. Ceraso is survived by her husband, John Ceraso; her four daughters:  Jane Ceraso of Acton, Massachusetts and West Glover, Laura Ceraso of Plainfield, Marion Ceraso of Madison, Wisconsin, and Karen Ceraso of West Glover; her six grandchildren: Sage and Rory Lowe of Acton and West Glover, Diego, Miguel, and Lucia Nieto of Madison, and her baby grandson Mateo Ceraso, with whom she was living until her death.  She was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth Simonoff, but is also survived by her sister’s husband, son and daughter, a loving sister-in-law and nephew, many cherished friends, and her beloved dog Patrick.
Mrs. Ceraso will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.  An informal memorial gathering is being planned by the family for November 28, which would have been her eightieth birthday.
For those who wish, donations in her honor can be made to the Glover Public Library, or New Jersey Peace Action (contact the family for details).
We could never have adequately prepared for losing her.  She will live forever with us in spirit and her annual garden. — submitted by Karen Ceraso.
Catherine E. Crosswaite
Catherine E. Crosswaite, 91, of Newport died on October 26, 2010, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born January 21, 1919, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Lyon) Dietz.
She spent most of her life in Cincinnati before moving to California.  She lived in Newport for over 20 years.  She enjoyed going for walks, eating out, and enjoyed life in general.
She is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Sparks of Newport and Gloria Correal and her husband, Ernie, of California; by great-nephews Robert Sparks Jr. and Ryan Cazares; by a niece Tammy Sparks; and a nephew Robert Sparks.
Funeral services were held on November 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel with Eric Worthington officiating.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Robert S. Curnane
Robert S. Curnane, 47, of Albany Village died on October 25, 2010, in Newport.
He was born May 14, 1963, in Sommerville, Massachusetts, a son of Mark and Joyce (Visconti) Hornbacher.
He was a hard-working man.  He did some recording and made videos of local bands and was known as Bobby the Camera Guy.  He toured with carnivals, and in the off season he worked with Bill Tester harvesting Christmas trees.
He is survived by two sons Robert Curnane of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Kevin J. Curnane of Albany; by his parents, Mark and Joyce Hornbacher, of Albany; by his maternal  grandmother, Marion Visconti, of Medford, Massachusetts; by a brother, Joseph Curnane, of Wakefield, Massachusetts;  by two sisters: Corinne McDonald and her husband, Michael, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Kathleen Kane-Parkinson and her husband, Gerald, of Grays Lake, Illinois; and by nine nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held  on October 30 at the Albany Village Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Priscilla Mae Goad

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Priscilla Mae Goad, 78, of Albany, died peacefully at the Bel Aire Nursing Home in Newport surrounded by her family on Wednesday morning, October 27, 2010.
She was born in Albany on October 6, 1932, a daughter of Preston and Doris (Clegg) Smith.
She graduated from Orleans High School.  On June 22, 1953, she married Percy L. Goad who died on June 9, 1999.  They made their home in Albany, where they raised their two daughters.
Mrs. Goad was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church.  She worked at the B&W in Orleans and a few years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.  She enjoyed her family, dancing, and visiting with friends and neighbors.
Mrs. Goad leaves a daughter Teena Parenteau of Derby Line; a granddaughter Melanie and her husband, Jason Marquis, of Newport Center; grandson Cory Wells of Newport; six great-grandchildren:  Bryanne, Shane, and Emma Marquis and Chelsea, Cody, and Nathan Wells; great-great-granddaughter Madison Tinker; three sisters:  Ardys Goodwin and her husband, Glen, of Newport, Beverly Potter and her husband, Waldo, of Albany, and Martha Hilliker and her husband, Archie, of Newport; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.  She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Percy; and a daughter Debbie Goad who died July 21, 2005.
A memorial service was held October 30 at the Albany United Methodist Church with Paster Nathan Strong officiating.  Final interment will be in the Albany Village Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
 
Ernest C. Valley Sr.

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Ernest C. Valley Sr., 60, of St. Albans died on October 30, 2010, at his home.
He was born August 2, 1950, in Barton, a son of Leon and Geneva (Sheltra) Valley.
Mr. Valley was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  During his lifetime he was a truck driver.
He is survived by his son Ernest Valley Jr. and his wife, Jamie, of Wasawa, Japan; by three grandchildren; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Richard Valley of Barton, Eddie Valley and his wife, Sandy, of Barton, Francis Valley and his wife, Nancy, of Barton,  David Valley of Barton, Maurice Valley and his wife, Ellen, of Barton, Priscilla Parsons and her husband, Jerry, of Athol, Massachusetts, Madelyn Krohn of New Port Richey, Florida, and Rachel Saulmon of Barton; by nieces and nephews; and by dear friend and companion, Norma Murray, of St. Albans.  He was predeceased by a brother Norman and a sister Lorraine.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American  Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston,Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.




Lawrence Erving Walker

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Lawrence Erving Walker, of Island Pond, died on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at the Bel Aire Nursing Home in Newport with family by his side.
He was born June 6, 1922, in Holland, a son of Homer and Ruth Walker, and moved with the family, including siblings Ruby, Joyce, and Harold, to Island Pond when he was about 13.
Mr. Walker reached the rank of U.S. Army master sergeant, serving in World War II and Korea, both campaigns in Europe, and retired from service in the National Guard.  He served in World War II for 100th Division, K Company, and endured 140 days on the front line as a runner “without a scratch.”  He was most proud of his combat infantry badge, and his two bronze stars, including one for valor.
Mr. Walker worked on the railroad, then started as a laborer, but retired after 30 years a foreman, at the Island Pond Agency of Transportation Garage, District 9.  Ever giving of his time and resources for veterans, he was former commander of VFW Random Post #2309, and was very active in the American Legion Brighton Post #80.  Mr. Walker led parades in Island Pond for 50 years — a tribute to the respect he held for veterans, Island Pond, and the U.S.  He served 25 years on the Brighton Volunteer Fire Department.  He was the first president of the Brighton Snowmobile Club, and continued on to pull drags and operate the groomer for the club in later years.
He loved to visit with his friends, and would sing to anybody who would listen or blush accordingly.  He worked his entire life, giving everything of himself for his family.  He never complained of hard times, cold times, or doing without, regardless of his childhood in the Depression, time on the front line, and a career of hard work.  He was always grateful for what he had, and enjoyed life for its relationships above the material goods.
Mr. Walker’s spirit now rests with his first wife, Arline (Riggie), son Robert, sister Ruby, and brother Harold,  He is survived by his daughter-in-law Connie; grandchildren Ryan, Kyle, and Stephanie; great-grandchildren Ella, Evelyn, Eliza; his wife Pauline (Haines), and her children Debbie, Jill, Susan, and Ronald; and by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with military honors was held October 30 at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Carol L. Winfield

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Carol L. Winfield, mom, grandma, great-grandma, friend, confidant, instigator of classy adventure, and inspiration to many — the 92-year-old wonder is gone.  She was a big presence in a tiny body.
A native of Tarrytown, New York, and Naples, Maine, and a graduate of Connecticut College, Mrs. Winfield approached people and the world with generosity, curiosity and enthusiasm.  As a young woman, she was a pilot of float planes in Maine and proudly flew one soldier to Boston from rural Maine during World War II.  Later, as a housewife and mother in suburban New Jersey, she was a Brownie and Cub Scout mom.  In the mid-sixties she became a hip, single, working woman in New York City.
In New York, she made lifelong friends from all walks of life, continued her education with comparative religion courses at Fordham University, and was also an active member of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.
For a short time she danced with Martha Graham and remained a lover of her art.  Mrs. Winfield talked and wrote her way into places and things, and the people she loved, and blossomed in the bustle and glamour of the city.  She was executive secretary for Rudolf Bing, director of her beloved Metropolitan Opera in New York.  She was also a public relations professional for many years at the Museum of Natural History in New York.  She was an avid traveler with friends from all over the world.
In the 1980s she followed her daughter and family to Newport.  At the age of 70, she went to Kripalu and became a yoga teacher, opened a bed and breakfast and yoga studio in Newport, and wrote for the local paper.  She continued to visit her beloved Echo Lake in East Charleston, where she indulged her love of (and skill in) swimming.
Then she chose Burlington as her favorite place, where she held court at the musicale/salon/gatherings in her apartment and served her renowned martinis.  She had her own radio show and became a well-known and well-loved frequenter of many local fine food and clothing establishments.  A member of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington, she offered yoga to both the “minimums” (ages three to six) and the “maximums” (over 55) in the congregation and community.
Her friendships were diverse and always fun.  Her adventurous spirit, broad experience, and sense of humor and sparkle inspired friends of all ages and from all walks of life.  A joyous spirit has left us and it is our job to keep her alive in our hearts and minds.
Mrs. Winfield leaves behind two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial celebration and potluck meal at Madeline Winfield’s home in West Charleston at 1487 Gratton Hill Road on Saturday, November 6, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Contributions in her memory can be sent to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are being made through Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service in Shelburne.
Katheryn Julia Young

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Katheryn Julia Young, 61, of Newington, Connecticut, died on Monday, October 18, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital.
She was the beloved wife of Edward Young Jr., for 41 years.
Born in Barton, a daughter of the late Robert Chapdelaine and Beverly (Barry) Chapdelaine of Irasburg, she lived in Newington for the last 43 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Young operated the Young farm in Newington for many years.  She was a member of the First Bible Baptist Church in Plainville, Connecticut.  She was actively involved in church ministries including the First Bible Youth Camp, the youth camp for kids with autism in Vermont, and participated in mission trips to Zambia and Romania.  She was born again into the family of God on April 29, 1980.
Besides her husband and mother, she leaves her son and daughter-in-law Edward Young III and Nancy of Tolland, Connecticut, and her daughter Cinnamon M. Young of Newington; grandchildren Julia Young and Edward Young IV; her brother Gerard Chapdelaine of Brownington; three sisters:  Iris Chapdelaine of Hardwick, Merri Lou Boisvert of Barton, and Shari Vasquez of San Jose, California; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three brothers, Wilfrid, Michael, and James Chapdelaine.
Her family is grateful to the Masonic Care Partners Hospice team and the Oncology Hospice care on the eighth floor of St. Francis Hospital for all the special care and compassion they gave Mrs. Young during her stay there.
Funeral services were held at the First Bible Baptist Church in Plainville with Pastor Thomas D. Benson officiating.  Burial was in West Meadow Cemetery in Newington.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Bible Baptist Church Children’s Ministries, P.O. Box 644, Plainville, Connecticut 06061.
To share a memory with her family, please visit www.newingtonmemorial.com.
Frank E. Zeigler

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Frank E. Zeigler, 83, of Newark died on October 28, 2010, at his home.
He was born October 25, 1927, in Bethlehem, Connecticut, a son of Fred and Elizabeth (Cook) Zeigler.
On May 3, 1945, he married Evelyn Radaskie who predeceased him on January 1, 1985.
He entered the U.S. Army where he was a veteran of World War II.  During his lifetime he was a machine operator for the New Milford Foundary in New Milford, Connecticut.
His hobbies included gardening, working on his property, and helping his neighbors.
He is survived by his six daughters:  Jane Thompson and her husband, Richard, of Barre, Susan Laplante of Clayton, North Carolina, Ruth White and her husband, Pat, of New Richie, Florida, Peggy (Marguerite) Marckres and her husband, Lyle, of Irasburg, Patricia Scott and her husband, Lonnie, of Texas, and Linda Hanwich and her friend, Robert, of Berlin, New Hampshire; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; by sisters Alice Walton of Colorado and Betty Notaro of Georgia; by very good friend Joyce Cross of Newark; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on November 2 at the South Cemetery in Bridgewater.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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Diana Elizabeth Howard Nicholson died on October 17, 2010, in Newport.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby.
The family asks that those who wish to remember her contribute to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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October 27, 2010 Obituaries

Lawrence G. Griggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Miner Hilliker

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Kenneth W. Rice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 
Paul I. Stone
Paul I. Stone Sr., 84, beloved husband of Ruth Stone of Troy, died on Friday October 22, 2010, in Burlington with many family members present.
He was born on December 10, 1925, in North Troy, a son of Perley and Agnes (Lahue) Stone.
Mr. Stone was a Navy veteran of World War II.  He delivered fuel oil for F.P. Davis for over 20 years before going to work as a truck driver for the Vermont Highway Department for 15 years prior to his retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Stone loved to travel.  They liked to trade cars.  Mr. Stone enjoyed good food especially when it was prepared by his wife.  He loved his family and enjoyed their visits.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Stone, of Troy; his children Elizabeth (Skip) Wright and her husband, James, of Bay City, Texas, and Paul Stone Jr. and his wife, Gaetane, of Newport Center; by eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; by two great-great-grandchildren; and by his dogs Max and Rosita who gave him many hours of enjoyment. He was predeceased by a sister Shirley.
Funeral services were held on October 26 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marion I. Varney
Marion I. Varney, 88, of Glover, formerly of Newport, died on October 25, 2010, in Newport.
She was born June 16, 1922, in Barton, a daughter of George and Florence (Edwards) Laythe.
In 1947 she married Walter Varney who predeceased her.  Mrs. Varney moved to Vermont from California in the early 1990s to be near family.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Clifton Laythe, Emerson Laythe, Beatrice Hamond, and Irene Beaudry.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Linda H. Wheeler
Linda H. Wheeler, 65, of Newport died peacefully at the home of her mother, Blanche Monfette, in Newport on October 17, 2010.
She was born on January 15, 1945, in Newport, a daughter of Blanche (Farrar) and the late Alfred Monfette.
She worked at various companies over the years including Columbia Forest Products in Newport, but she devoted the last five years of her life to taking care of her mother.
Ms. Wheeler is survived by her beloved son Jeff Wheeler; by a granddaughter Zoe; by her brothers and sisters Alfred E. Monfette and his wife, Maria, of Mims, Florida, Craig Monfette and his wife, Susan, of Newport, Dian Macintosh and her husband, Don, of Manassas, Virginia, and Darleen Grenier and her husband, Albert, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.  She was predeceased by her father, Alfred Monfette, and a brother Gary Monfette.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Wheeler’s memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, New England Division, 30 Speen Street, P.O. Box 9376, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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October 20, 2010 Obituaries

Roland E. Blanchard

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

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

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

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

Before gliding in spring’s breeze

On to earth’s everlasting recipe.

 

Last year you were on our maple

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

Then as if by magic a beautiful bright green leaf

Always faithful, contributing to a cool shade

Or a shelter in a sudden shower.

 

You chose gold for color in the fall

And I watched you mellow to a soft brown

One dawn, with the slightest sigh,

You floated to the ground, your work done

Soon snow came softly covering the resting place you found.

 

Now another spring has arrived

Though it is sad to see old leaves blow away

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

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

From beginning to end you have given

And always you have been so beautiful

Thank you old leaf, goodbye, goodbye.

Gordon D. Ladd
Gordon D. Ladd, 93, of Newport died on October 12, 2010, in Newport.
He was born November 6, 1916, in Norton, a son of George and Lottie (Daniels) Ladd.
He married Alberta Davio who predeceased him in 2001.
Mr. Ladd worked for Butterfields as a thread grinder for over 40 years until he retired in 1981.  He was instrumental in starting the union at Butterfields and was its first president.  He enjoyed the outdoors and looking for wildlife in the woods.  He and his wife, Alberta, roamed around Essex County looking for, and taking pictures of, moose.  He derived great comfort from his dog Katrina for several years.  He and his wife loved to dance and did so at all of the area dance halls during a period of over 30 years.
Mr. Ladd is survived by his son Loren Ladd and his wife, Patrice, of Island Pond.  He was predeceased by his wife and by a son, Gary Ladd, in 1966.
A graveside service will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on Wednesday, October 20, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Reginald Parker Leavens

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

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

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Diana Elizabeth (Howard) Nicholson, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2010, at the Bel-Aire nursing home in Newport.
Mrs. Nicholson was born in Burlington on March 8, 1917, the second child of Lenna (Humphrey) and Charles Howard.
She graduated from nursing school at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington in June of 1938 as a registered nurse, but her nursing career was short-lived.  She fell in love with University of Vermont student Elmer “Nick” Nicholson, married him in January of 1939, and began a 61-year trip “around the world” before her husband’s death in 1999.
While raising four children, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson moved frequently in pursuit of his insurance career.  They lived in Montpelier; Niagara Falls, New York; Newington, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Chicago, Illinois before retiring to Pinehurst, North Carolina for 20 years.  For more than 40 years, they made a summer pilgrimage to their cottage in Newport on Lake Memphremagog where they enjoyed the friendships of neighbors on Strawberry Acres Road.
Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Nicholson lived year-round in her beloved cottage with the assistance of caretakers until her failing physical health required residency at Bel-Aire.
Wherever the family lived, Mrs. Nicholson established a warm and welcoming home and was always a wonderful cook and gracious hostess.  A talented seamstress, she made her daughters’ wedding gowns and her own beautifully tailored clothes.  She was a loving grandmother, attending many of her grandchildren’s milestone events and sending them care packages across the country.
Mrs. Nicholson was predeceased by her husband as well as her sister Hope Jordan Stewart, and her brother Charles Howard.  She is survived by her children:  Carol and her husband, Jerry Fryberger, of Duluth, Minnesota, and their children Jeremy Fryberger and his wife, Mary Tess O’Sullivan, Lynn and her husband, Mark MacLean, Holly and her husband, Alex Sienkiewicz, and Sarah and her husband, Zachary Madison; Linda Goodman of Oakdale, Connecticut, and her sons Jay and his wife, Connie Tetschner, James and his wife, Jennifer O’Brien, and William and his wife, Hilary Robbins; David Nicholson and his wife, Deirdre, of Burlington, and their son Zachary; and Nancy Cekalla of Little Falls, Minnesota, and her sons Garrett and his wife, Tina, and Wyatt and Morgan.  She also leaves behind 14 great-grandchildren and two nephews Paul Jordan and John Howard.
A memorial service will be scheduled for early November.  The family requests that those who wish to remember Mrs. Nicholson make a contribution to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Urban Raymond Starr

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