July 21, 2010 Obituaries

Raymond R. Arel

 

Raymond R. Arel Sr., 69, of Norfolk, Connecticut, died at his home following an illness.
He was the husband of Ellen (Wilcox) Arel for 48 years.
He was born April 11, 1941, in North Troy, a son of Clovis and Alice (Davignon) Arel.
Mr. Arel, a carpenter by trade, founded Arel Building and Remodeling in 1984.  Although he officially retired at age 62, he continued to offer his expertise to his sons, who took over the business and operated it right up through last year.
He enjoyed camping and country music, but his passion was his family.  His wife, children, and grandchildren were what made him happy and content.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Arel is survived by his children and their families:  Tim and Karen Arel and their children Ben, Kevin, and Hannah Arel of North Canaan, Connecticut; Karen and Mark Kolasinski and their children James and Tamra D’Amico of Winsted, Connecticut; Craig and Heather Arel and their children Megan, Austin, Kelsey, Marissa, and Natalie Arel and Kaitlyn Weatherwax of Norfolk; and Raymond and Debbie Arel Jr. and their daughter Emily Arel of Winsted.  Mr. Arel also leaves his siblings Roger Arel of Derby; Gerard Arel of Torrington, Connecticut; Cecile Forand of Ocala, Florida; and Aurore Tetreault of West Charleston; and by his wife’s family, which he considered his own.  He was predeceased by brothers Albert Arel of Newport and Armand Arel of Nashua, New Hampshire; sisters Doris Douglas of Yorba Linda, California, Juliette Durocher of Coventry, and Jeanette Coderre of Lowell.
A memorial service was held on July 16 at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in Canaan, Connecticut.  Burial followed in the Norfolk Center Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Foothills Visiting Nurses Association, 32 Union Street, Winsted, Connecticut 06098.

 

 

 

Geraldine Irma Ashe

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Geraldine Irma (Anair) Ashe, 82, of Athol, Massachusetts, died on July 12, 2010, at the Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts.
She was born in Hardwick on December 30, 1927, a daughter of the late Perley and Irma (Dunn) Anair.
Mrs. Ashe was raised and educated in Hardwick.  She had lived in Barton and West Burke before moving to Winchendon, Massachusetts, many years ago.  In the 1980s, she worked as an assembler for Dis-Com Electronics in Westford, Massachusetts.  Mrs. Ashe was a resident of Athol for seven years and was a member of the Winchendon American Legion.  She was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed baking.  She also enjoyed singing and sang professionally with her sister many years ago.  She was an avid gardener and loved feeding and watching birds.  She was a great caretaker and a wonderful mother.
She leaves one son, Vergil R. Allen, of Athol; two daughters:  Irma A. Robinson and Tina L. Semler, both of Athol; a sister, Pauline Conley, of Vermont; five grandchildren:  Lisa Sargent of Athol, Norman Sargent of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Shawn Allen of Athol, Amanda Cooper of Gardner, Dustin Cooper of Athol; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Earl Malcom Ashe, in 1991; by her son Lloyd Q. Allen; by her daughter Liza Ashe, in 1963; and by her sister Leona Cote.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Winchendon American Legion Post #193 in Winchendon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.
To sign the online guest book, please visit www.fiskefuneralhome.com.

 

 

Shirley E. Carter

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Shirley E. Carter, 87, of North Troy died on July 18, 2010, at the Bel-Aire Center Nursing Home in Newport where she had lived since November 1999.
She was born September 23, 1922, in Troy, a daughter of Eben and Ardis (Norris) Wilcox.
She graduated from Newport Center High School in 1940 and was valedictorian of her class.
On July 24, 1941, she married Morris Carter who predeceased her on December 22, 2002.
She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, at-home carpentry, and watching baseball games, especially the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.
She is survived by her children:  Roger Carter and his wife, Theresa, of Athol, Massachusetts, James Carter and his wife, Phyllis, of West Charleston, and Diane Carter of Brownington; by five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and by a sister Ardis Sykes and her husband, Raymond, of Morgan.  She was predeceased by sisters Audrey Knight and Merna Ashman; and by five brothers:  Wendall Sr., Marshall, Basil, Kenneth, and Cecil Wilcox.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Troy Village 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.

 

 

Mark Paul Emile Choquette

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Mark Paul Emile Choquette, 45, of East Berkshire died on Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Mr. Choquette was born on August 11, 1964, in Newport, a son of Ernest and Louise (Robillard) Choquette.
He was a 1982 graduate of North Country Union High School where he was an active member of the Future Farmers of America.  On September 21, 1985, he married Lisa Morse.
Mr. Choquette had been a dairy farmer all of his life.  He first farmed in partnership with his parents in Newport Center.  In 1993, he moved to East Berkshire to operate his own farm.  He had a lifelong love of farming, especially of rotational grazing.  He was a communicant of All Saints Church in Richford and was serving as Grand Knight of St. Anthony’s Council # 2610, Knights of Columbus.  He served on the Berkshire school board for 11 years.  He especially enjoyed sugaring and snowmobiling.
In addition to his wife, Lisa, of East Berkshire and his parents of Newport Center, Mr. Choquette is survived by his children:  Adam Choquette and his wife, April, and their daughter Katherine, Paul Choquette, Andrew Choquette, and Elizabeth Choquette, all of East Berkshire; his brothers Jack Choquette and his wife, Susan, of Palo Alto, California, Fred Choquette and his wife, Sondra, of Concord, North Carolina, and Gary Choquette and his wife, Lorm, of Bangkok, Thailand; his sisters Lise Couture and her husband, Daniel, of East Montpelier, Jane Burroughs and her husband, Peter, of East Montpelier and Dr. Rose Kenney and her husband, Christopher, of Bend, Oregon; his sister-in-law Sara LeBlanc and her husband, Andre, of Lowell; his mother-in-law, Annette Morse, of Lowell; and by nieces and nephews.
The liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated on July 19 at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, gifts in Mr. Choquette’s memory may be made to the Mark Choquette Memorial Scholarship Fund for Agricultural Education, care of Knights of Columbus, attention John Chalifoux, 41 Wightman Hill Road, Richford, Vermont 05476.
Private e-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Marion Louise Buckland Coleman

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Marion Louise Buckland Coleman, 89, of Gainesville, Florida, died on Sunday, July 4, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Hawthorne, Florida.
She was born January 3, 1921, in Newport and lived and worked most of her life there.  She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire and completed graduate courses at Cornell University, the University of Vermont, Colorado State University, Florida State University, and the University of Florida.
She was employed 19 years at the University of Vermont as a county extension home economist (now called family and consumer sciences), serving families across the state.  She wrote a weekly column for 19 years in the Newport Daily Express, hosted a weekly radio show at WIKE, and also appeared in four TV shows a year for the university, showcasing various cooking tips and techniques.
In 1974, Mrs. Coleman moved to Gainesville and was employed at the University of Florida as a county extension home economist.  In Gainesville, she wrote a weekly column in The Gainesville Sun for four years and also appeared in several TV shows on WCJB providing household tips.  She is known in Gainesville for her outstanding service and leadership to many community organizations such as the Gainesville Women’s Club, the Gainesville Garden Club, and Shands at UF Auxiliary.
Mrs. Coleman was very proud to be an American and cherished her family heritage.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of Colonial Dames.  One of her favorite holidays was Independence Day, which happened to be the very day that she departed.
She loved to cook and entertain as well as develop recipes.  She created a maple dressing, which was sold nationally by Hickory Farms and other food stores under the label of Vermont Kitchens by American Maple Products.  She wrote a cookbook entitled Treasured Recipes for the Gainesville Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Mrs. Coleman loved music and played the electric organ and piano, often playing at special events for the organizations she served.  She told of times when she used to go out dancing to the big bands of the 1940s, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
She gladly served the Gainesville community in multiple organizations:  past president and member of the Shands at UF Auxiliary; past president and member of the Gainesville Women’s Club; past president and life member (Hall of Fame) of the Gainesville Garden Club; past chairman of the Amaryllis Circle, Gainesville Garden Club; past president of the Gainesville Business and Professional Women’s Club; past chaplain and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gainesville Chapter;  and a member and state music chairman of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.
In Vermont, Mrs. Coleman also served as past president of the Vermont Extension Home Economics Agents Association, and past chief of the Psi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi (Extension Honorary Society).
She received multiple achievements awards, such as a Shands Volunteer Service Award, for serving over 5,000 hours at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida; a Woman of Achievement award from the Gainesville Business and Professional Women’s Club; a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economics Agents; and she was listed in Who’s Who of Women.
Mrs. Coleman worshiped at Westside Baptist Church.  She was also a past member of the Tower Road Baptist Church, playing music for services and teaching a ladies’ Sunday school class.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles G. Buckland, and her second husband, Howard S. Coleman.  She is survived by her daughter Janet Lucas and her husband, Earl; by three grandchildren:  Daniel Lucas and his wife, Renee, Sarah Malphurs and her husband, Toby, and Andrew Lucas and his wife, Gina; and by four great-grandchildren:  Joshua Cook, Erik Lucas, Regan Lucas, and Joseph Malphurs.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida 32606.
Graveside funeral services were held July 20 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

 

 

Dennis B. Dillon

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Dennis B. Dillon, 49,  of North Troy died suddenly on July 11, 2010, in Newport.
He was born February 2, 1961, in Newport, a son of Clifford and Madeline (Santaw) Dillon Sr.
In 1997, he married Donna Miskimen who survives him.
He was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport for 34 years where he was a drag saw operator.  He was a member of the North Troy Fire Department, Newport Eagles, and American Legion Post #21, Sons of the American Legion.  He officiated at many area softball games, and he was a member of the ASA Softball Association.   He worked for several years at Jay Peak on the “village chair.”  He enjoyed playing horseshoes, and he was a New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.  He loved NASCAR racing, hunting, and going to the family camp.  He loved being with his wife, Donna, and their children and spending quality time together whenever possible.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Dillon, of North Troy; his children:  Joshua Dillon and his companion, Jamie, of Johnson, Jenna Dillon of Johnson, and Michael and Bobby Dillon of North Troy; by three brothers:  Clifford Dillon Jr. and his wife, Jackie, of Newport Center, Terry Dillon and his wife, Esther, of Newport Center, and Chris Dillon and his companion, Lori, of Newport; by his sister Linda Choquette and her husband, Richard, of North Troy; by several nieces and nephews: and by special friends Scott and Peggy Lamonda, Tiger and Jennifer Premont, Joyce and Howie Arzt, and Joe Bonneau.
Funeral services were held on July 16 with the Reverend Mike Descena officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Troy Fire Department, North Troy, Vermont  05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Helen G. Miller

 

Helen G. Miller, 97, of North Troy died peacefully on July 11, 2010, in Newport.
She was born January 19, 1913, in Newport, a daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Schwartz) Smith.
On May 29, 1937, she married Charles O. Miller who predeceased her on April 27, 2000.
Mrs. Miller was a member of the United Church of Christ in North Troy where she also sang in the choir.  For 43 years, she was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 where she was first- and second vice-president, chaplain, and historian.  She also loved to play bingo, enjoyed dancing, doing word puzzles, cooking, and working in her flower garden.
In her earlier years, she worked as a waitress, and she was a housekeeper in private homes.  She and her late husband, Charles, were active for many years working on dinners and bingo, and she continued to be active until 1994.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law:  Pauline Terwilliga of Fairfax and Ruth Judd of St. Albans; by dear friends Denise Pigeon and Walter and Tessie Smith, all of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters:  Evelyn, Walter, Everett, Leigh, Edna, William, and Robert.
Funeral services were held on July 16 at the United Church of Christ in North Troy with the Reverend Richard O’Hara and the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment followed in the North Troy cemetery.  Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 conducted a service at the church.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Post 28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Opal J. Randall

 

Opal J. (Larabee) Randall, 85, of Barton died on Friday, July 16, 2010, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born October 21, 1924, in Sutton, a daughter of Clarence and Bernice (Gray) Sylvester.  She loved crafts, sewing, playing cards, traveling, dancing, and music.  She worked in the kitchens of various nursing homes in the area.
She is survived by her children:  Judith Pace of Anaheim, California, Valvete Mason and her husband, Gary, of Albany, Crystel McFarland and her friend Bernie Boulay of Lyndonville, Melody Hackett and her husband, Wesley, of Burke Hollow, Ivan Larabee and his wife, Betty, of Ludlow, Beverly Ross and her husband, Dan, of Woodbury, Connecticut, Sandra Knight of Springfield; by a sister, Fayelene Hall of Orleans; several grand- and great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by the love of her life, Ike Larabee; by her parents; by children Jim, Rod, and Gail; and by her siblings Lila, Eula, Orene, Earlene, Ruby, Reginald (Bill), Roland, and Lloyd.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in West Burke.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Randall’s name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
Arrangements by Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

 

 

Death notice

 

Glendon Greenwood, 85, of Derby died at his home on June 2, 2010.  Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home following the service.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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July 14, 2010 Obituaries

Robert J. Blais

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Robert J. Blais, 70, of Newport died on July 7, 2010, after a long illness.
He was born on July 23, 1939, in Derby Line, a son of Albert and Ida (Carignan) Blais.
He always lived in the area, and after working on the railroad for a few years he became a carpenter and stone mason, working for many different contractors in the area on several major buildings .
Mr. Blais liked music, especially playing the guitar and harmonica.  He also loved to play cards with family and friends.  He was state single’s cribbage champion in the mid 1970s and doubles champion with his brother Armand.  He also enjoyed going to the family hunting camp in Holland.  The deer population was never affected by their presence.
Mr. Blais is survived by his children:  Shawn Blais and his wife, Heidi, of Washington, Keith Blais and his wife, Jennifer, of Kansas, Timothy Blais and his wife, Tammy of St. Albans, Regina Stockwell and her husband, Dan, of Texas, Diana Cole and her husband, Michael, of West Burke, Dawn Blake and her husband, Andre, of Barre, Tammy Blais of Oregon, and Tracy Lamarche and her husband, Andre, of Albany; by 18 grandchildren; by his brothers:  Russell Blais and his wife, Lucienne, of Newport, Armand Blais and his wife, Pat, of Newport and Florida, Guy Blais of Connecticut, Romeo Blais and his wife, Mary Lou, of Newport; by his sisters:  Gisele Kerner of Derby and Sister Carmen Blais of Littleton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Marcel Blais, and a sister, Rita.
Funeral services were held on  July 10 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Jeannette Carr

 

Jeannette Carr, 69, of West Burke died peacefully on Monday, July 5, 2010, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by many family and friends.
Born on August 12, 1940, in Orleans, she was a daughter of Maurice and Lois Barry.  She married Everett Red Carr.  They later divorced.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and listening to fish stories, “visiting with Bob,” playing dice, and watching nature shows.  She loved all and any type of animal, especially cats.  She was a night owl, bullshooter, and a turtle.
She is survived by four children:  Mark Carr and his wife, Lynn, and their son Joshua of Chesapeake, Virginia; Gary Carr and his wife, Sherry, of Maine and Newark, and their children, Nicole Carr, Kristen Carr and Daniel Carr; Cheri and her husband, Steven K. Allard, of East Haven and their daughters, Julia Allard and Jennifer Allard; Maurice “Moe” Carr and his wife, Janice, of West Burke and their children, Jessica Carr of St. Johnsbury, Samantha Carr of Lyndon, Jordan Lund, Jasmine Lund, and McKayla Carr of West Burke; by three great-grandchildren:  Jada Stevens, Caiden Stevens, and Brandi Carr; by siblings Robert Barry of York, Maine, Lillian Brown of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, and Beverly Chapdelaine of Barton; by her cats Bobby-Dink, Mee-Mee, Bratrick; and Smudge; her dog, Wolfman Carr; by special and “adoptive” friends Al “Buford” Austin, Deb “Mable” Reichert, Sherry “Polly” Carr, Kevin “Ima” Reichert, Heloise Snark Esquire, Donna Gray, Tim Gilman, and many other friends and relatives too numenous to mention.  A special thanks for the additional help and attention during her illness goes to Donna Gray, Sherry Carr, Deb Reichert, John Longe, and Ruth Allard.  She was predeceased by ex-husband Everett Red Carr; by her parents, Lois Magoon Hennesey Barry and Maurice Barry; by siblings Lura Little, Dean Barry, Lloyd Barry, and by infant sister Jackie.
Calling hours were held at Pearsons Funeral Home on July 9.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to either the American Humane Society, or to Lyndon Rescue P.O. Box 401, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Arrangements by Pearsons Funeral Home.

 

 

Spc. Ryan J. Grady

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Spc. Ryan J. Grady was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, July 2, 2010.
Mr. Grady was born May 30, 1985, in Marion, Kansas, a son of Deborah L. Bezdek and James A. Grady.  In Vermont he attended North Country Union High School as a freshman and Lake Region Union High School as a sophomore.  In 2003 he graduated from Thunderbird Military Academy in Oklahoma.
Mr. Grady immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army and began his active duty at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He served the Army for three years and received a purple heart for being wounded in action.  He later joined the Vermont National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.
He is survived by his six-year-old daughter Alexis Joleen Quisenberry who lives in St. Johnsbury; his father, James A. Grady, of West Burke; his mother, Deborah L. Hudacek, of Bristow, Oklahoma; his two brothers and their wives:  James and Lisa Grady of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Kevin and Sheli Grady of St. Johnsbury; a niece Selena Murphy; three nephews Dylan, Logan, and Joey Grady; and by aunts and uncles.
Visiting hours and funeral services will be held in St. Johnsbury at the North Congregational Church at 1325 Main Street.
Visiting hours will be Friday, July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to file by his flag-draped casket and then extend condolences and support to his family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17, at 10 a.m.  Chaplain James MacIntyre III will officiate.
The funeral procession will proceed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury where burial with military honors will follow at the Grady family lot.
Memorial contributions marked for “The Ryan Grady Memorial Fund” may be directed to Community National Bank, 857 Memorial Drive, Suite 2, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Condolences may be shared privately with his family at www.saylesfh.com.

 

 

Walter “Dick” Melcher

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Walter “Dick” Melcher, 88, of Littleton, New Hampshire, died on Thursday, July 1, 2010, after a brief illness.
He was born May 27, 1922, in Island Pond, a son of Violet (Leather) and stepfather George Bishop.
Mr. Melcher enlisted in the Navy in 1942.  He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  He served two tours of duty, one on the USS Hobson, another on the USS Oriskany as a first class petty officer, marine boiler maintainer.  During his tours of duty, he worked for the Canadian National Railroad as an engine dispatcher.
For several years after the Navy, he drove trucks out of Massachusetts before moving back to Island Pond where he owned and operated the Chevron filling station.  When the station sold, he drove truck for Caledonia Sand and Gravel and later became one of the first employees of McLure’s Honey and Maple Products in Littleton, where he worked until his retirement.
He is survived by his granddaughter Kimberly (Ash) King and her husband, Chris; their two daughters Brianna Ash and Macayla King of Bethlehem, New Hampshire; by Kim’s mother, Judy Ash, of Littleton; his Lakeside camping buddies Bruce and Nancy, David, Maynard, Pam, and Maurice of Colchester and Island Pond; and by his son Ric Melcher and family of Maine.
“Grampie” will be remembered for his sense of humor, his loving smile, and his ability to fix or rig anything!
A service of full military honors, provided by the Brighton American Legion Post #80, was held on July 10 at the Catholic cemetery in Island Pond.

 

 

Eugeniusz Milewski Sr.

 

Eugeniusz Milewski Sr., 79, of Barton died suddenly July 11, 2010, at his home.
He was born June 16, 1931, in Poland, a son of Joseph and Stephania (Siwiacka) Milewski.
He married Nina Kuderska, who predeceased him in 2009.
Mr. Milewski was a cabinet maker in Poland.  He moved here in 1995 from Poland to be near his son and family.  He loved growing his own vegetable and flower gardens.
He is survived by his son Eugene Milewski and his wife, Linda, of Barton; by seven grandchildren; by two brothers and two sisters, all living in Poland.  He was predeceased by one brother.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda 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.

 

 

 

Cecil Ray O’Keefe

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Cecil Ray O’Keefe, 74, of Island Pond died suddenly July 8, 2010, in Newport.
He was born December 6, 1935, in Island Pond, a son of Leon and Annie (Langmaid) O’Keefe.
He married Diane Sylvester who predeceased him.
Mr. O’Keefe was a lineman for the CNN Railroad and St. Lawrence Atlantic Railroad for many years.  He enjoyed fishing and coaching basketball, baseball, and softball.  He kept very active, and he would pick up metal all over the Northeast Kingdom.
He is survived by his son William Robert O’Keefe and his wife, Ma. Stefanella, of Island Pond, and by three grandchildren:  Timothy Robert O’Keefe, Aleasha Lynn O’Keefe, and Clairiane Stefanelle; by a sister-in-law Bertha O’Keefe of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters:  Vera Groupe, Doris Lafoe, Lawrence O’Keefe, Ruby Dowland, Leariche Jackson, Charolotte Hall, and David O’Keefe.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank O’Connor celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Roger B. Putnam

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Roger B. Putnam, 83, formerly of Westmore, died on April 8, 2010.
He was born in Arlington, Massachusetts.  The first of two children, (his sister Barbara was born 20 months later) he was quite precocious and curious about the world.  This attitude led him to hitchhike across the country to California with an older friend in 1943 when he was 16.  Along with these exploits, Mr. Putnam was avid about challenging himself in the outdoors, several times climbing Mt. Washington to ski Tuckerman’s ravine.
His interests included art, and he attended Pratt University in Brooklyn, New York, with a focus on fashion.  Upon graduating, he moved to Newport to work designing stretch ski pants for the company that would eventually become Slalom Skiwear.
He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War.  After he was discharged, he attended Colorado University where he studied art education and would meet Kathryn Gebhard.  The two would find many commonalities and would eventually marry in February 1956.
A year later they would welcome their first child, John, into their lives.  In June 1957, Mr. and Mrs. Putnam would be involved in a major auto accident while traveling from Denver to New Hampshire to teach at a summer camp.  Mr. Putnam’s leg was broken and during his hospitalization was infected, leading to multiple operations over the next three years.
Their second child, William, was born in 1958 and shortly thereafter Mr. Putnam turned to the teachings of Christ and wanted to share these with others.  Attending SF Theological Seminary he would follow his beliefs and graduate in 1965 after doing a 16 month externship in northern Montana.
The Putnams next moved to Watertown, New York, to be closer to Mr. Putnam’s ailing mother.  He had two small congregations, in Watertown and in the nearby village of Evan’s Mills.  In addition, he was instrumental in organizing the first Meals on Wheels program in the area for the benefit of the senior population and was active in bringing ministry to inmates at Jefferson County jail.
In 1970, Mr. Putnam would again return to school, this time earning a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University.  Before moving to Vermont full time in 1972, the Putnams  had purchased property in Westmore which they used as a vacation home.  While employed at Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, Mr. Putnam would also be quite involved with designing the renovation of  the 1860s farmhouse they owned,  one of his ongoing passions.
For many years, Mr. Putnam worked with the school districts throughout the Northeast Kingdom, providing guidance to school staff, students, and parents.  Eventually he established a private psychology practice and had offices in Derby and Westmore.
Mr. and Mrs. Putnam loved to travel.  Among their favorite adventures were spending time on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, during summer vacations.  They also enjoyed traveling to Europe, the Caribbean during the winters, and visiting friends and historical sites in New England and northern New York.  Mr. Putnam’s interest in art continued and evolved throughout his life, and spanned from oil painting, line drawings, and sculpture to photography and textiles.  History, and in particular the influence of the Putnam family on the evolution of American history, was also an interest.  Throughout his life, Mr. Putnam had a keen interest in current events, often following stories on local, national, and international levels.
In 2007, as health issues became a major concern, Mr. and Mrs. Putnam accepted Will’s invitation to move to Bend, Oregon, to be closer to medical care, their son and his wife.  They adapted to their new environment gracefully and met the challenges of starting a new chapter in their lives.  Following Mrs. Putnam’s death on August 6, 2009, Mr. Putnam chose to move into an assisted living facility.
There will be a memorial service at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, July 21, in the Fellowship Hall of the Westmore church to celebrate Mr. and Mrs. Putnam’s lives.  All are welcome to attend.  If you are unable to attend but would like to share an anecdotal story please send a brief account to Will Putnam, care of John Alexander, P.O. Box 247, West Burke, Vermont 05871.
Mr. Putnam will be remembered for his humor, concern for the welfare of others, passion for art and design, and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.

 

 

Ruth Myrtle Trefethen

 

Ruth Myrtle Trefethen, 87, of Barton died on July 12, 2010, in Whitefield, New Hampshire.
She was born October 4, 1922, in Barton, a daughter of Samuel and Myra (Leonard) Paul.
She married Loren Trefethen who predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Trefethen was a member of the Barton Baptist Church and volunteered at the Orleans Senior Center.  She was an avid reader.  She enjoyed cooking, writing poetry, and the company of animals and nature.
She is survived by her children:  Paul Trefethen and his wife, Linda, of Loudon, New Hampshire, Lorna Hodgman and her husband, Ralph, of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Joyce Hansen of Haverhill, New Hampshire; by eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters:  Ethel Basford of Glover, Edith DeGreenia of Webster, New Hampshire, and Rita French of Contoocook, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother William Paul; two sisters:  Rosa Champagne and Elsie Davis; and by one grandchild.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, with the Reverend Gary Ashton officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Orleans, Vermont  05860, or to the Barton Baptist Church, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Britta Y. Whitehouse

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Britta Y. Whitehouse, 81, of Derby Line died on July 7, 2010, in Newport.
She was born April 15, 1929, in Viby, Denmark, a daughter of Folmar and Anna Poulsen.
In 1951 she married James W. Whitehouse who survives her.
Mrs. Whitehouse spent her early years in Denmark.  She and her husband came to the U.S. in 1951.
Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, and knitting, and she enjoyed  the company of animals.  She and her husband were extensive world travelers.  Mrs. Whitehouse always enjoyed visits from her family and gatherings on Sundays over the years.  She was a loving, devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, James Whitehouse, of Derby Line; her children:  Annabella Wakefield of England, Gail Martin of West Charleston, James A. Whitehouse and his wife, Maria, of Huntington, and Eric Whitehouse and his wife, Joanne, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut; by15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held on July 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Denmark.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 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.

 

 

Death Notice

 

Helen G. Miller, 97, of North Troy died peacefully on July 11, 2010, in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at the United Church of Christ in North Troy with the Reverend Richard O’Hara and the Reverend  Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Troy cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Auxillary Unit 28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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July 7, 2010 Obituaries

Elaine D. Boulanger

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Elaine D. Boulanger, 82, of Orleans died at North Country Hospital in Newport on Thursday, July 1, following a stroke.
She was born on the family farm a couple of miles outside of Coventry Village on August 8, 1927, a daughter of Levi and Theda (Metcalf) Dean.
In 1948 she married her high school sweetheart, Raymond Boulanger, and together they built their house on Irasburg Street in Orleans in 1951.  It had been their home ever since.
Mrs. Boulanger graduated from Orleans High School in 1945 and began her working career as a secretary for the Orleans School District.  She then went to work for Central Savings/Howard Bank in Orleans (now TD Bank), a career that would last over 30 years with time out when her children were young.  She worked her way up to vice-president and manager of both the Orleans and Barton branches.  Upon retiring in 1989, she worked in the office of the family business, J.B. Colton Co., Inc., until the store was sold in 1999.
Mrs. Boulanger’s single-most purpose in life was her family.  She was steadfastly devoted to her parents, taking care of them in their senior years, and to her husband, Raymond, whom she cared for in their home following a brain aneurysm rupture in 2002 until his death in February of 2010.  She delighted in her two children and participated in all of their school, sports, and music activities throughout the years.  She especially enjoyed watching her son, Steve, play baseball and basketball, being his most loyal fan.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Rebecca, and her husband, Ballard Perry, of Derby; by her son Steve Boulanger and his wife, Margo, of Winchester, Massachusetts; grandsons Christian and Daniel Boulanger of Winchester; and brother Elwin Dean and his wife, Pat, of Derby Line; by brothers-in-law Francis, George, David, Leo, Joseph, and Richard Boulanger; sisters-in-law Rita Hilliard, Eveline Corey, and Catherine Bechert; many nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends Billie Houston, Midge Hunt, and Marion McInnis.  She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; her parents, Levi and Theda Dean; brothers Lyle, Merton, and Ray Dean; and sister Thelma Roberts.
Honoring Mrs. Boulanger’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or formal service.  Burial of Mr. and Mrs. Boulanger’s ashes, together, will take place at a future date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.

 

 

 

George R. Chapman

 

George R. Chapman, 87, of Newark died July 2, 2010, at his home of 45 years.
He was a son of the late Florence Pitts and Fred W. Chapman.
He is survived by his sister Bertha E. Brown of Wayland, Massachusetts; by his companion, Pauline Marsden, and her family; by several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
He is the brother of the late Fred W. Chapman, Willis J. Chapman, Virginia L. Wallace, and Lillian R. Rowe.
He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
There will be a private service on Friday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant View Cemetery in West Burke.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Charles H. Haney

 

Charles H. Haney, 72, formerly of Chicopee and Ludlow, Massachusettes, died peacefully on June 11, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Newport, a son of George Haney and Viola (Flanders) Haney.
He lived in Ludlow for 24 years before moving to Chicopee in 1991.
Mr. Haney served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955 and graduated from Springfield College in 1960.  He worked as a physical education teacher for 32 years in Chicopee, retiring in 1993.
He was an avid Red Sox fan and loved supporting his children and his grandchildren in various sporting events.  An athlete himself, Mr. Haney was the New England wrestling champion in 1959, competing as a junior in the 167-pound weight class of Springfield College.  He was a dedicated runner and completed his first marathon in 1982 at the age of 49.  He was a member of the Fairview American Legion Post #438 for 36 years and spent many years raising money for the Easter Seal Society.
Mr. Haney was the beloved husband of 48 years to the late Marie (Warriner) Haney; loving father to Theresa Gozdur and her husband, William, of Lakeland Florida, Steven Haney and his wife, Joan, of Ludlow, Mark Haney and his wife, Sharon, of Chicopee, Kathy Mangini and her husband, Mark, of Somers, Connecticut, Kenneth Haney Sr. and his wife, Kathy, of Chicopee, and Laura Haney of Lee, Massachusetts; a dear brother to Sandra Dunn and her husband, Pat, of Lowell, Norma Lyon and her husband, Howard, of Binghamton, New York, Gloria Haney of Newport, and to Marilyn Smith and her husband, Rodney, of Craftsbury, and Cyril Haney of Newport, who are deceased; a dear brother-in-law to Eunice Warriner, of Springfield, Massachusetts; cherished grandfather to 16; and great-grandfather to eight.  He will be dearly missed.

 

 

 

Margaret C. Kerrigan

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Margaret C. Kerrigan, 94, of Newport died on July 3, 2010, in Newport.
She was born December 1, 1915, in Claremont, New Hampshire, a daughter of Deane and Abigail (Hadley) Cabot.
On December 1, 1936, she married Stanley Stewart Berest who predeceased her.  She later married Earl Atkinson on November 23, 1974, and Robert Kerrigan on June 2, 1983, who both predeceased her.
She graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Fisher Secretary School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Kerrigan was a medical secretary for Dr. Charles Thompson in Newton, Massachusetts, for many years.
She was a member of the Morgan United Church where she had a special circle of friends.  Her spiritual life was very important to her.  She loved being around people, and she had a great sense of humor.  She became the official greeter at Bel-Aire Nursing Home where she was a resident.
Mrs. Kerrigan is survived by her children:  Jeraldine (Jeri) Greenwold and her husband, Larry, of Durham, North Carolina, Judith Fuller and her husband, George, of Newport, Joanne Markley and her husband, Tom, of Salem, South Carolina, and Jaye Berest of Durham; by seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.  She was predeceased by two half brothers Lawrence and John Cabot.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in her memory be made to the Bel-Aire Court Activity Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Muriel Pauline Labbee

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Muriel Pauline Labbee, 75, a longtime resident of  North Troy, died at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport on  July 1, 2010, with her loving family at her side.
She was born August 25, 1934, in North Troy, a daughter of Moise and Beatrice (Fournier) L’Etoile.
On August 30, 1952, she married Edmund Labbee who survives her.  They owned and operated the Labbee farm on the West Road in North Troy for many years.
Mrs. Labbee was a volunteer for the North Troy American Legion Bingo and a lifetime member of the Legion’s Auxillary.  She was also a member of Community Circle, the Jay Fire Department, and the senior meal site in Westfield.
She enjoyed reading and traveling on the Vermont Mystery Tour for over ten years.  She also enjoyed traveling with Community Circle and the friendships of Muriel Starr and her husband, Robert, and their children.   Mrs. Starr was like a sister to her.  They also enjoyed the company of their many friends.
She is survived by her husband, Edmund Labbee, of North Troy; her daughter Lillian Fortin and her husband, Joseph, of North Troy; her grandson Kevin Fortin of North Troy; and by her niece Donna Stevens of Merrimack, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by a sister Roberta Zilch and her husband, Norman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on July 8 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Ardell A. Perkins

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Ardell A. Perkins died peacefully on May 14, 2010, at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany, New York, surrounded by her loving children and family.
She was born August 2, 1930, in West Glover, a daughter of Fern and Ellen (Comer) Anderson.
She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd W. Perkins, who she married on February 1, 1951.
Mrs. Perkins was a substitute teacher for Minerva Central School for 25 years and also worked at Gore Mountain Ski Center in the ticket sales office for 23 years.
Spending time with her family was one of her greatest joys of her life.  She loved traveling, especially going to the ocean.  Her most recent trip was to the Riviera Maya.  Mrs. Perkins enjoyed her bowling group of special friends.  She also spent many hours creating masterpieces with her talented crocheting and knitting for Bridging People and Places.
She was a communicant of St. James Church North Creek.
Mrs. Perkins is the beloved mother of six children:  Anna M. Goodman, and her husband, Philip, of Johnsburg, New York, Donna L. Gross and her husband, Robert, of South Carolina, Terry F. Perkins, and his wife, Cynthia, of Chestertown, New York, Kathleen E. TenEyck and her husband, Richard, of Olmstedville, New York, Keith D. Perkins, and his wife, Valerie, of North Creek, New York, and Tamera L. Sponable and her husband, Brian, of North Creek; by her many precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved her so much; by her brothers and sisters:  Helena Blair, Billy W. Anderson, Kenneth F. Anderson, John A. Anderson, and Lenore Anderson.  She was predeceased by her brothers Irvin F. Anderson and Dean F. Anderson
The Perkins family wishes to thank a dear family friend, Dr. Calla Bassett, for her compassion and help with their mother’s care.  She was especially blessed to have the friendship and expertise of Dr. DeSantis, Dr. Gold, and Dr. Johnson at St.Peter’s Hospital whom she trusted dearly.
Memory donations may be made to St. James Church for perpetual care of St. James Cemetery.
Funeral services were conducted on May 18 at St. James Catholic Church with the Reverend John O’Kane officiating.  Committal followed in St. James Cemetery in North Creek.
Visit www.alexanderfh.net for an online guest book and to offer condolences.

 

 

Mary L. Pilsbury

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Mary L. Pilsbury, 47, formerly of Island Pond, died on  June 29, 2010 in Glover.
She was born December 11, 1962, in Pennsylvania.
She married Joseph Gibney, who survives her.
She is survived by special friends Marcel and Anita Gervais and Melinda Gervais of Island Pond; and by her friends at Sunrise Manor and the Brighton Baptist Church in Island Pond.
Ms. Pilsbury participated in all the activities at Sunrise Manor, and she was an active member of the Brighton Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on July 2 at the Brighton Baptist Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Roland Barney officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Richard Evans memorial service

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There will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Richard Evans on Saturday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Glover church.  Mr. Evans, who was from Glover, died on December 23, 2009.  Photo courtesy of the family

 

 

 

Tribute — Geraldine Friend Farnsworth
November 3, 1925-May 29, 2010

 

As I read my mother’s obituary, it states that she was a daughter, sister, wife, mother of four, grandmother of six, great-grandmother of six, a worker, and she died at the age of 84.
Although all of this is factual, her life was so much more than this.  She was raised on a farm where she was taught the importance of family, responsibility for one’s actions, and living according to the Golden Rule.  She loved all outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, playing ball, fishing, hiking, etc.  Although she was never one who acquired many worldly possessions, she could be found handing out popsicles, cookies, and Kool-Aid to the neighborhood kids.  A chance to play ball or listen to their adventures was a joy for her.  Her children and grandchildren were the passion of her life.  She cherished every moment she spent with us.
She could be seen walking the streets of Barton and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  She preferred flannel shirts and blue jeans which we all remember her wearing.
I moved away and started my own family, still she was always there for me, and the miles and years didn’t take away the fact that she had devoted her life to me and the rest of the family.  I was privileged to sit a nine-day bedside vigil with her, which I wouldn’t trade for anything.  Those nine days were filled with her grandchildren and others who loved her, spending time, sharing comfort, love, and memories.  As she began her journey to heaven, she was surrounded by love and appreciation from those of us who were blessed to have been part of her life.  My mother was a treasure to us all, and she is sadly missed and will live on in our hearts forever.
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June 30, 2010 Obituaries

Dorothy D. Barney

 

Dorothy D. Barney, 90, died in New Canaan, Connecticut, on April 4, 2010.
She was born on May 21, 1920, a daughter of Dr. Stilman G. Davis and Harriet (Gilbert) Davis.
She graduated from Nashua High School and earned her nursing degree at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  She met her husband, Maurice Barney, in Boston.  They were married in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1943, and had a wedding reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in East Charleston.
She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and later earned certification to teach quilting.
She is survived by her children:  Susan Bowers of Jackson, Ohio; Catherine Watson of New Canaan, Connecticut; Gerald Barney of Syracuse, New York; Dee Payfer of Groton, Connecticut; Bruce Barney of Portland, Oregon; and Christine Barney of White River Junction; by eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice Barney.
After retirement, the Barneys moved to Waldoboro, Maine, but spent many summers at their family camp on Echo Lake.  This was one of Mrs. Barney’s favorite locations of all the places they had lived.
A memorial service for Dr. and Mrs. Barney will be held July 3 at 2 p.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in East Charleston.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, or to the Charleston Historical Society.

 

 

 

Roland C. Denton Jr.

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Roland C. (Rollie) Denton Jr., 68, of North Troy, a well-known businessman, died suddenly on June 22, 2010, in Newport.
He was born on May 30, 1942, in Wolcott, a son of Roland Sr., and Bessie (Moodie) Denton.
On November 11, 1961, he married Karleen Haynes who survives him.
Mr. Denton was the owner and operator of the B&D Supermarket in North Troy from 1960 to 2009.  He was on the advisory board of the Troy branch of Community National Bank, a trustee and deacon of the First Congregational Church in North Troy, and on the board of civil authority of the town of Troy.  He was also a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) and the North Troy Village Cemetery Association.  He was inducted to the 2008 Orleans Northern Essex Athletic Hall of Fame for Basketball.
He coached boys and girls basketball at North Troy elementary and high school, and girls varsity basketball and boys baseball at North Country Union High School.  He was also a member of the Newport Country Club, and he enjoyed snowmobiling.  Mr. Denton was voted fan of the year for North Country Union High School in prior years.  He was dedicated to kids and helped them develop their skills.  He was an avid Yankees, Celtics, Detroit Lions, and Detroit Red Wings fan.  He played for the North Troy Townies softball team and the Border Bandits basketball team and played for the Ayers Cliff baseball team.  In high school, he tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team as a pitcher.
He loved his store and the customers who supported him, and he returned many favors.  He thoroughly enjoyed his family and had a special love for his cats.  Due to previous illnesses he appreciated every single day, living them to the fullest, and he had no problem expressing his feelings.  He greeted everyone with his warm and caring smile, which will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Karleen Denton, of North Troy; his children:  Cris Choquette and her husband, Randy, of North Troy, Terri Medley and her husband, Doug, of North Troy, and a special adopted son, Robert Moore, of Ohio; five grandchildren:  Monica and Bryan Choquette, and Aaron, Andrew, and Derek Medley; a brother Bernard Denton and his wife, Sandy, of South Burlington; a sister Janice Hansen of North Troy; a brother-in-law Dorio Roberts of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents, Roland and Bessie Denton; his in-laws Harold and Dorothy Haynes; three sisters:  Geneva Roberts, Harriett Garrett, and Jeannette Wisnieski; and by three brothers-in-law:  Edmond Garrett, Bruce Hansen, and Chester Wisnieski.
Funeral services were held on June 26 at the First Congregational Church in North Troy with Pastor Rick Shover officiating.  Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Troy Cemetery Association, care of Donna Kennison, Elm Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859, or to the First Congregational Church, Handicap Ramp Fund, care of Edna Cushing, P.O. Box 536, North Troy  05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Diane Diffenbacher

 

Diane Diffenbacher of Newport, formerly of Billerica, Massachusetts, died on June 23, 2010, in Newport.
She was born May 7, 1939, in Boston, Massachusetts.
On May 17, 1957, she married James Diffenbacher, who predeceased her on November 24, 2004.
She was a loving and devoted mother and dear friend and will be deeply missed.  She is survived by six children:  Jeanne Maciejewski and her husband, Brian, of Westford, Massachusetts; James Diffenbacher and his wife, Linda, of Dracut, Massachusetts; Janice McBride of Manchester, New Hampshire; Joyce Bailey and her husband, Gerard, of Manchester; Heidi Bennett and her husband, Alec, of Shirley, Massachusetts; and Brenda Babcock and her husband, Mark, of Tyingsboro, Massachusetts; by 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; by a brother Ernest Scurrah of Rochester, New Hampshire; by several nieces and nephews; and by cousin Emily Attardo of Ipswich, Massachusetts; as well as dear friends Foster Coburn, Marcel Gosselin, and Pauline Bouffard.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Raymond Lawrence Jacobs

 

Raymond (Pat) Lawrence Jacobs, 84, of Brownington and Enfield, New Hampshire, died peacefully at the Rowan Court Health Nursing and Rehab Center in Barre on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, with his youngest daughter, Vivian Giles, by his side.
He was born February 14, 1926, in Wolcott, a son of the late Edwin and Clara Jacobs.
He was predeceased by his sister Lillie Rowell; and his brothers Myron and Charlie Jacobs, all of Calais; and by his first wife, Vetaline V. LaClair, of Dade City, Florida.
Mr. Jacobs was employed as a head butcher at Dartmouth College until his retirement.  He volunteered at the White River VA Medical Center for many years.  He will be remembered as a person who liked to be punctual, honest as a day was long, and enjoyed people who were the same.  He enjoyed country western music and television shows.
Survivors include his wife, Rita M. Duhame, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; three daughters:  Janice Provoncha and her husband, Dennis, of Dade City; Norma Pellerin and her husband, Donald, of Dunnville, Kentucky; Vivian Giles and her husband, Dale, of Claremont, New Hampshire; his sister Dot Fellows of Hardwick; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews in the Calais area.
A memorial service will be held this summer at the convenience of the family at the Fairview Cemetery in East Calais.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

 

 

 

Florence Larocque

 

Florence Mardell Carter Beck Larocque, 93, of Derby, died on June 15, 2010.
She was born on December 17, 1916, a daughter of Dr. Frederick and Mrs. Mardell (Atkins) Carter, and lived most of her life in the Derby/Newport area.
She was a graduate of Derby Academy and Champlain Business College in Burlington, and she worked as a secretary.  She also served as organist at the United Church of Newport for many years.
She was married December 22, 1942, to Charles E. “Bud” Beck of Newport, who predeceased her on December 28, 1974.
She married John “Rocky” Larocque of Richford on January 22, 1977.  He also predeceased her on August 7, 1991.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Mary Price, who cared for “Grammy Flo” for many years, allowing her to continue to live in her home.
Mrs. Larocque is survived by her three children; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren:  son Lawrence Alton (Larry) Beck and his wife, Sammye, of Joplin, Missouri, and their three children: Adam Charles Beck and his wife, Becky, Adrian Ralph Beck, and Aaron John Beck, his wife, Heather, and their children Rowan Lawrence and Jillian Rose; son Dr. Frederick Allan (Fred) Beck I and his wife, Sally, of Greensboro, North Carolina, and their two children, Frederick Allan Beck II, his wife, Cindy, and their children Frederick Allan Beck III, Aaron Morgan Beck, Joseph Adrian Beck, and Sarah Catherine Beck, and Tracey Jane Beck Wray, her husband Bo Wray, and children Lindsey Michelle Douglas and Jamie Michelle Howell; and by daughter Barbara Ellen Beck Kendall and her husband, LTC (retired) Ray Kendall, M.D., and their children Amy Kristina Kendall and Ian David Kendall and his wife, Jodie.
Graveside services were held June 18 at the Derby Center Cemetery under the direction of  the Reverend Fred Beck.
Memorial donations may be made to the Derby Center Cemetery, P.O. Box 25, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Theresa M. LeBlanc

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Theresa M. LeBlanc, 80, of Newport died suddenly at her home on June 27, 2010.
She was born August 24, 1929, in Irasburg, a daughter of Arcade and Georgiana (Stewart) St. Amand.
On August 2, 1948, she married Valerien LeBlanc who predeceased her on April 2, 2000.
She and her late husband ran the “Veetee” family dairy farm in Barton for 30 years.  She was a member of  St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Senior Bowling League, and she volunteered at North Country Hospital.  She also enjoyed golfing with her friends.
She is survived by her children:  Suzanne Johnson and her husband, Kevin, of Colchester, Irene LeBlanc of Milton, Annette LeBlanc of Nashua, New Hampshire, Mariette Rice and her husband, Ronald, of Essex Junction, Daniel LeBlanc and his wife, Cecile, of Rutland; and by the following grandchildren:  Brendan and Cullen Johnson, JorDani LeBlanc, Jesse, Ronnell and Brady Rice, and Arielle LeBlanc; by a great-granddaughter Katarina Rice; two brothers:  Gerard St. Amand of Delaware, and John St. Amand of Long Island, New York;  a sister Margaret LeBlanc of Newport; by several nieces and nephews: and by family friend Louise Evans of Brownington.  She was predeceased by a daughter Angela LeBlanc.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday June 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Maurice Barney

 

Maurice Barney, 92, a son of Gerald B. Barney and Gladys (Piper) Barney died in New Canaan, Connecticut, on February 22, 2010.
He was born in East Charleston on June 24, 1918, and attended the Echo Lake School.
He graduated from Derby Academy in 1935, and earned a bachelor of science degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1939.  He earned his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston in 1943.  After completing his internship and residency at Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston, he entered the Army Air Corps where he served for two years.  He then became the director of the Frontier Nursing Services in Hyden, Kentucky.   He attended the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, to complete his training in obstetrics and gynecology.  Dr. Barney was a practicing obstetrician in Rochester until his retirement in 1984.
He was married in 1943 to Dorothy Davis, a nurse he met in Boston.  The Barneys had six children who survive him:  Susan Bowers of Jackson, Ohio, Catherine Watson of New Canaan, Connecticut, Gerald Barney of Syracuse, New York,  Dee Payfer of Groton, Connecticut, Bruce Barney of Portland, Oregon, and Christine Barney of White River Junction.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
After retirement, the Barneys moved to Waldoboro, Maine, but spent many summers at their family camp on Echo Lake.  This was his favorite location of all the places he had lived.
A memorial service for Dr. and Mrs. Barney will be held July 3 at 2 p.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in East Charleston.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bates College in Lewiston Maine, or to the Charleston Historical Society.

 

 

 

Wojciech Obarzanek

 

Wojciech Obarzanek, 63, of Barton died suddenly June 24, 2010, in Newport.
He was born July 17, 1946, in Poland, a son of Czeslaw and Wanda Obarzanek.
He married Grazyna Madej who predeceased him in 2005.  He and his late wife owned and operated the Ten Acres Lodge in Stowe for six years until 2005.  Among his hobbies, he loved to swim, and play the organ, piano, violin, and guitar.  He sang in operas in Poland.
He is survived by his daughter Lucille Obarzanek of New York City, and by a brother and sister in Poland.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, July 1, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Stephen Prebish Jr.

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Stephen Prebish Jr., 91, of Newport died on June 23, 2010, at his home.
He was born January 17, 1919, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a son of Stephen Sr. and Anna (Kolchak) Prebish.
On September 30, 1950, he married Lucille Tetreault, who survives him.
Mr. Prebish was a supervisor for water pollution control for the state of New York.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He enjoyed fishing on his boat in Long Island, New York, and watching sports on television.  His hobbies included playing golf, working in his garden, and building two houses.  He also enjoyed family visits, fishing on Lake Memphremagog, and cooking, especially making pizza.  Mr. Prebish loved his country and his  flag.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Prebish, of Newport; a sister Mary Cunningham of Pennsylvania; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sisters Cathryn and Anna, and by his brothers Joe and John.
Funeral services were held on June 26 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment will take place on Thursday, July 1, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center with military honors.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Ina Maud Worth

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Ina Maud Worth of Island Pond died in Newport on May 16, 2010, at the age of 88.
She was born in Carmen, Manitoba, Canada, on June 18, 1921, a daughter of Grace and Charles Wolcott.
Delmond Worth, her husband of 57 years, predeceased her in September 1997.  A son, Edward Worth, predeceased her in June of 2008.
Mrs. Worth belonged to Christ Episcopal Church of Island Pond, Eastern Star, Random Ladies, Ladies Auxiliary and Knights of the Round Table, and American Legion #80 of Island Pond.  She was one of the co-founders of the Island Pond Historical Society.
She taught second and third grades at Brighton Elementary School for several years.  Afterward, she enjoyed retired teachers’ meetings.  Her husband chauffeured her and her friends; all liked the variety of programs immensely.  She loved to play cards, laugh, and have a nice lunch.  She participated in an investment club.  She and her husband traveled to several destinations over the years.
She is survived by her son Barry Worth of Knowlton, Quebec; daughter Barbara Daniels and her husband, Dennis, of St. Johnsbury; by grandchildren:  Lillian Worth and Samuel Worth of Norwich; a sister Eleanor Thompson of Newport; a brother William Wolcott and his wife, Gerry, from Franklin, West Virginia; and sister-in-law Laura Worth of Island Pond.
Mrs. Worth will be remembered fondly by family and friends.  Funeral services were held on May 22 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Robert Castle and the Reverend Muriel O’Gorman officiating.  Interment followed in 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.
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June 23, 2010 Obituaries

Frank Buffi

 

Frank Buffi, 77, of Brownington died on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born May 14, 1933, in Providence, Rhode Island, he was a son of the late Victor and Jennie (Brunetti) Buffi.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
He married Goldie M. Barney, and together they raised two children.
Mr. Buffi was a very proud man and was honored to serve his country.  He loved people and company — the more the merrier.  He loved life and lived every day to the fullest.  A very strong-willed man, he made his choices to the very end.  His life was his family; nothing was more important to him.  He was motivated to build the family home by himself and landscape it.  He had a huge heart and would give away anything.  He was known most for his whistling.  To know him was to love him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Goldie; a daughter, Frankie, and a son, Lance, all of Brownington; by brothers-in-law Wayne Barney, Roland Barney and his wife, Jessie, of Island Pond; by sister-in -law Wanda Ovitt and her husband, Alan, of Lithia Springs, Georgia; by several nieces and nephews; and by some very close friends.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
To sign an online memorial, please go to the funeral home website at www.pearsonsfh.com

 

 

Arland A. Butler

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Arland A. Butler, 87, a lifelong area resident and businessman, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at his home in Barton in the loving care of his five daughters and family.
He was born in Irasburg, October 28, 1922, a son of Arthur W. and Glenna (Huntington) Butler. He attended graded school in a one-room school on Burton Hill in Irasburg.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1943 and served in the European theater during World War II in the cavalry until his discharge in February 1946.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport; the American Legion Post #76 in Barton; and Post #23 in Orleans.
Mr. Butler married Janice King on June 8, 1946, and together they raised five daughters in Irasburg and Barton.
He was always very proud of his family and their accomplishments.  He was a lifetime farmer, logger, maple producer, and schoolbus driver. With his wife, Janice, he established Butler’s Bus Service in 1967, which he operated until his retirement.
He was a well-known local bobcat, racoon and bear hunter, having also been a founding member of the Lyndon Cat and Coon Club.  He was also a past president of the Orleans Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid sportsman, having played town team baseball with his brothers and his father during the 1940s and early 1950s.  He also enjoyed a good game of cards.  He was a cribbage player and was well known for his perfect hand in cribbage on June 25, 1995.
Mr. Butler was a lifetime member of the Orleans Lions Club, and the Elks Lodge #2155 in Derby.  He also was a member of the Irasburg Lodge #62 and Barton Lodge #55 of the Masonic Temple, F&AM.  He was a respected member of his community, being the recipient of the 2007 Community Service Award from the Community National Bank.
He leaves his five daughters and their husbands:  Linda B. Choquette and Dennis of Glover; Barbara Smith-Shafer and Brent of Irasburg, Brenda Smith and Smitty of Wheelock, Dee-Dee Collette and Mark of Orleans, and Sheila Butler-Kepler and Sandy of West Glover; 11 grandchildren:  Carole Briere and her husband,
Scott, Tracie Stevens, Aaron Smith and his wife, Janet, Cristopher Butler-Smith and his wife, Shelley, Cory Smith and his friend, Missy Fontain, Atti Sequin, Eri Sequin, Tessa Collette and her friend, Shane Bluto, Sam Collette and his friend, Rachel Miltner, James Arland Kepler, Schuyler Kepler, and an honorary grandson, Erik Smith; eight great-grandchildren:  Oakley Stevens, Kristen and Erin Smith, Joshua, Jordan, and Katelynn Briere, MaKenzie and Bronson Arland Smith; a special friend, Judy Currier; and Cheyenne, his loyal canine companion.  He also leaves his siblings:  Bernard Butler of Barton; Florence Tillinghast and her husband, George, of York, Pennsylvania; Pauline Fernandez and her husband, Pepé, of White Sulfer Springs, West Virginia; Francis Butler and his wife, Phylis, of Hardwick, Massachusetts; and a brother-in-law, Donald King and his wife, Hariett, of West Glover.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Janice, in 2001; by his parents, Arthur and Glenna Butler; and by siblings Beatrice Kittredge, Stanley Butler, Shirley Smith, Annette Lapierre, and Fay W. Butler.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, at the West Glover Congregational Church.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Butler’s eight grandsons.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Bartonm Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Arrangments by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.

 

 

Rose Irene Choiniere

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Rose Irene Choiniere, 56, of Barton, died peacefully Tuesday night, June 15, 2010.
She was born on September 10, 1953, in Middlebury, a daughter of Wilamina Marie Blanche (Guinard) (Cousino) Clark and Lawrence Joseph Cousino.
On April 19, 1986 , she married Louis Joseph Choiniere.  They established a small family dairy farm together in Barton, where they raised three children.  Along with being a full-time, stay-at-home mom, she occupied herself with paralegal work and opening her own catering service.  She enjoyed doing things that made a difference in people’s lives.
She was known by many, but only a few really knew her.  She was always there with a smile and advice on what to do to solve life’s problems.  She loved to talk to anyone and everyone, and all she wanted was to be remembered for what that she has said and done. She enjoyed helping anyone whether they needed it or not, in whatever way that she could.  She was a wonderful and devoted mother, grandmother, and wife, who appreciated everyone for who they were and wanted the best for everyone.
She is survived by her loving husband, Louis Joseph Choiniere, of Barton; her son Joshua Luke Choiniere of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two daughters, Jessie Choiniere of Lyndonville and Tiffany Choiniere of St. Johnsbury; two grandchildren, Gabrielle Rose Choiniere and Lily Isabelle O’Kalani Choiniere; two brothers, Bruce L. Cousino and his wife, Toni, of San Bernardino, California, and Leo E. Cousino of Monkton; two sisters, Bernadette (Cousino) Cason and her husband, Donald, of Seffner, Florida, and Lorraine (Cousino) Perry of Williston; one niece; four nephews, several cousins, aunts and uncles.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence J. Cousino and Marie (Guinard)(Cousino) Clark, paternal grandparents Felix and Delia Cousino, and maternal grandparents Eleanor and Joseph Guinard.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton on June 22  with Father Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.
Should friends desire, contributions in her 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.

 

 

Esther Marie Flory

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Esther Marie Flory, 92, died at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on June 14, 2010.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 3, 1918, Mrs. Flory graduated from the University of Chicago School of Nursing, then served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Nurses.
She met and married Albert Flory Sr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, prior to embarking for service in the European theater.  After the war, the couple returned to Vermont.
Mrs. Flory worked part-time as an ICU nurse at North Country Hospital.  She worked tirelessly for the Newport Hospital Auxiliary, and the Vermont Chapter of the American Heart Association.  She was also a member of the Fortnightly Women’s Club and the Newport Country Club.  She was the happiest when enjoying her family, being of service to others, enjoying the natural beauty of the state, gardening, and playing the piano.
Mrs. Flory was predeceased by her parents, three sisters, and a brother.  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Albert Flory Sr.; by her children:  Albert Flory Jr. of Hanover, New Hampshire, Ann Marie Flory of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Haidee Flory of Westminster, Colorado, and Sally Field of Telluride, Colorado; and by five grandchildren.
A Mass was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Newport on June 21.  Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fair Haven.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Vermont Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 120, Williston, Vermont 05495, or online at www.alz.org/vermont/
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Melissa K. Jewett

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Melissa K. Jewett, 43, beloved daughter of Theodore and Mina Jewett of Burlington, died in Burlington on Thursday, June 17, 2010.
She was born on October 6, 1966, in Newport, a daughter of Ted and Mina (Carter) Jewett.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed outdoor sports, loved being around her nieces and nephews, and delighted in teaching her students in the third grade at South Burlington Central School for many years.
Ms. Jewett graduated from Moorestown High School in Moorestown, New Jersey, in 1984 after attending elementary school in Derby.  She also attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1990 and a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction in 1995.
She endured a 30-year struggle with type 1 diabetes with many complications.  She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and was a past member of the board of directors of the Stearns Center for Language and Learning, as well as a member of the state Education Standard Board.
She is survived by her parents; by brothers Matthew Jewett and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Brian Jewett of South Burlington; by a niece Elizabeth; by nephews Timothy and Cyrus Jewett; several aunts and uncles; by her grandmother Dorothy Carter; grandfather Bert Jewett and his wife; Ann.  She was predeceased by her grandfather Melvin Carter and grandparents Reginald and Elizabeth Sherman.
Funeral services were scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Second Street in Newport with the Reverend Rollin Norris officiating.  Interment was scheduled to follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Jewett’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, New York. 10004, or to the Chittenden County Visiting Nurses Association, care of Ann Irwin, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Leonora (Lee) Mordhorst

 

Leanora (Lee) Mordhorst died peacefully on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.  She was 87 years old.
Mrs. Mordhorst, who was born May 22, 1923, in Baldwin, New York, moved to Woodstock with her husband, Bob, in 1962.  In 1976, they moved to Florida.   She returned to Woodstock in 1996 after her husband’s death to be near her daughters.  In 2008 she became a resident of the assisted living facility at Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor.
She is survived by four children:  Robert and his wife, Lila, of Baltimore, Maryland, Roy and his wife, Judy, of Salem, South Carolina, Diane Rowlee and her husband, Harold, of  Holland, and Kathryn Tracy and her husband, Carl, of Grantham, New Hampshire; by seven grandchildren; and by five great-grandchildren. Three sisters pre-deceased her.
Mrs. Mordhorst was a devoted and loving mother and homemaker.  She acted as bookkeeper for her husband’s electrical contracting businesses in Long Island, New York and later in Woodstock.
She loved to garden, dance, bowl, play cards, and golf, and was known for her fastidious housekeeping.   She was involved in her children’s lives, serving as a Scout leader, PTA officer, and in many other capacities.  Through the years, she worked as a telephone operator, hospital aide, dental receptionist, office manager and real estate broker.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Mrs. Mordhorst’s memory may be made to the Historic Homes of Runnemede, 40 Maxwell Perkins Lane, Windsor, Vermont 05089.

 

 

Isabelle Catherine Roberts

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Isabelle Catherine Roberts, 92, died on June 16, 2010, in Newport.
She was born November 24, 1917, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her father, Theron Willard, of Derby, and her mother, Bridgett Clarke Willard, of Boston, returned to Vermont when Mrs. Roberts was four months old, and she grew up on the family farm in Derby.  She graduated from Derby Academy in 1936.
On December 23, 1938, she married Dwight Roberts, who predeceased her in 1996 after 57 years of marriage.  They made their home in Orleans for many years.
Mrs. Roberts helped organize the Ethan Allen Credit Union in the early 1960s and became its first treasurer.  She was a member of the Orleans Federated Church.  Lifelong friendships were formed when she joined the Sew-Cro-Knit Christmas Club.  Hobbies included flower gardening, knitting, quilting, and bowling.  She enjoyed birdwatching, her cats, and staying on top of current politics.  She was an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Red Sox.
She is survived by her children:  Rod Roberts of Sarasota, Florida, and Mona Gadwah and son-in-law Larry of Torrington, Connecticut; by grandchildren:  Shayne Roberts and Quinn Roberts of Florida, and Chris Gadwah of Connecticut; three great-grandchildren:  Nathan, Abbey, and Jack Roberts; a brother, Anson Willard of Newport; and a sister, Gertrude Whitehill of Kirby, with whom Isabelle lived before moving to Bel-Aire assisted living.  She also leaves behind the following nieces and nephews:  Loraine Limlaw, Scott Willard, Lisa Burke, Donna Whitehill, Cheryl McMahon, Bradley Whitehill, Helen Bicknell, Wayne Willard, Janice Sayers, Carol McGivern, Sharon Palmer, and Keenan Roberts, all of whom were very special to her throughout her life.
Mrs. Roberts was predeceased by grandson Bryce Roberts; by brothers Gordon Willard and Stanley Willard; a sister, Helen, at age 15; and by nephews Gary Whitehill and Duane Willard.
A graveside service was held on June 21 at 11 a.m at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont, or the Orleans Emergency Unit, in 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.

 

 

 

Karl G. Smith

 

Karl G. Smith, 85, a resident of Albany, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at North Country Hospital in Newport.
He was born in Morgan, March 2, 1925, a son of Charles H. and Florence L. (Sykes) Smith.
He attended Orleans High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He married Jeanette Fecteau on April 3, 1947, in Windsor.
He was a lab assistant in a Harvard and U.S. government owned research lab for several years.  He later returned to Vermont where he owned and operated a dairy farm in Charleston until his retirement.  In 1983, he and his wife moved to their home in Albany where they operated the Barn Door, a gift and discount store, for ten years.
Mr. Smith raised registered sheltie dogs and enjoyed gardening both vegetables and flowers.
He leaves his wife of Albany; a daughter, Karen Hedges and her husband, Daniel, of East Charleston; three grandchildren:  Robert Brooks, Michael Brooks, and Brett Hedges; four great-grandchildren:  Carter Brooks, Melina Brooks, Ty Brooks, and Courtney Rivers; and a great-great-granddaughter, Gracie Jean Martin.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; by five brothers:  Warren, Robert, Charles, George, and Rodney Smith; and by four sisters:  Jessie Scott, Agnes Murray, Gail Campbell, and Becky Weber.
There will be no service at this time.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, care of Merrilyn Barry, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Rena St. Pierre

 

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Rena M. St. Pierre, 81, of Brownington Center died peacefully on June 14, 2010, in Glover.
She was born October 4, 1928, in Brownington, a daughter of Albert and Mary (Niquette) St. Pierre.
Ms. St. Pierre enjoyed having company, reading, flowers, birds, TV soap operas, hand drawing, needlework, and listening to all music, especially country and harp music.
She was a resident of Brownington most of her life.
She spent her younger years caring for other people’s children and their homes in the Newport area.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Ms. St. Pierre spent her time being as caring, helpful, and useful as possible to others.  She loved life, children, and all of nature, birds, and animals.
She was grateful for the home health care she received while living alone at home in Brownington Center.  When it became necessary, she reluctantly left her home to become a resident at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.  There despite her suffering, she was cheerful and likeable, participating in the activities provided and very thankful for the wonderful care she received and the warm friendships she found.
Ms. St. Pierre was predeceased by her parents; her sister Eva Young; a brother, Delphis St. Pierre; a younger sister, Anita Bergeron; and a niece, Dorothy Young Broe.  She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Eva Young’s children:  Marie Viens of Uncasville, Connecticut, Alfred Young of West Charleston, Shirley Perry of Brownington, John Young of Barton, Albert Young of Lyndonville, Wilfred Young Jr. of Brownington, Richard Young of Florida, Robert Young of Orleans, Don Young of Evansville, Sharon Faust of Brownington, and Leon Young of Barton; and by numerous grand, great-grand, and great-great-grand nieces and nephews; by her sister Anita Bergeron’s children:  Paul Bergeron and his children and grandchildren, and Wayne Bergeron and his children.
Funeral services were held on June 18 at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.

 

 

Memorial and commital services

 

The family of Richard Evans of Glover invities friends to a memorial service on Saturday, July 10, at 2 p.m.  All are welcome. It will be at the Glover Town Hall.
Committal services for William Lockwood will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore with full military honors.
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June 16, 2010 Obituaries

Xantippie Helena Larose

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Xantippie Helena Larose, 27, of Newport Center died suddenly on June 8, 2010, as a result of a car accident with a moose.
She was born on October 5, 1982, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a daughter of Henry and Priscilla (Amesbury) Vezina.
She was a person who loved life and always saw the good that could be had in any situation.  Besides taking care of her family, she was employed as a licensed practical nurse at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center.
She enjoyed painting, playing the piano, and she was a very kind and caring person in her work, community, and with her family.  She was an excellent mother who deeply loved her children and spent as much time with them as possible.  She will be deeply missed by her loving husband and family.
Mrs. Larose is survived by her husband, Christopher Larose, of Newport Center; her children:  Kayana, Kaylene, and Kaydriene; her parents, Henry and Priscilla Vezina, of Barton; her father- and mother-in-law Clarence “Buzz” and Janice Larose of Barton; as well as several aunts, uncles, and extended family members from Florida, Connecticut, Vermont, and North Carolina.
A celebration of her life was held on June 14 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  A reception followed at the Barton United Church.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Xantippie Larose Memorial Fund for her children, in care of the Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont  05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

 

Frances L. Rice

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Frances L. Rice, 86, of Orleans died peacefully on June 12, 2010, in Barton.
She was born July 12, 1923, in Orleans, a daughter of Burton and Laura (Mailhot) Wright.
On February 10, 1941, she married Wayne Rice, who predeceased her in 1987.
At one time, Mrs. Rice was activities director for the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.  She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and was their state chairman.  She was also a member of the Orleans Christmas Club and the Orleans Federated Church.  She made crafts and displayed them at the Barton fair, and she enjoyed gardening and cooking for family and friends.  She also chaired the annual chicken pie supper for the Orleans Federated Church.
She is survived by her children:  Wayne Rice and his wife, Nancy, of Kennesaw, Georgia, Karl Rice and his wife, Kathleen, of Nashua, New Hampshire, Karen Blanchette and her husband, Brian, of South Burlington, Kevin Rice and his wife, Juanita, of Springfield, and Ronald Rice and his wife, Mariette, of Essex Junction; by 16 grandchildren; by 13 great-grandchildren; by a brother Ross Wright and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two sisters:  Geraldine and Elaine.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Christine Findlay officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane , Williston, Vermont  05495, or 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia M. Rumery

 

Patricia M. Rumery, 86, of Holland died on June 10, 2010, in Newport.
She was born March 17, 1924, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of Horace and Mary (McEwen) Cushing.
On August 19, 1944, she married Warren Rumery, who predeceased her on June 16, 2006.
Mrs. Rumery was a past member of the Derby United Church.  She loved to play bingo, go to yard sales, cook, shop, and go to Connecticut with her husband for family visits.
She is survived by her three daughters:  Melody Ricard and her husband, Andre, of Derby Line, Penelope Tice and her husband, Earl, of Holland, and Barbara LaBonte and her husband, Albert, of Newport; by her grandchildren:  Donna Cheney, Brian Ricard, Eric Ricard, Catherine Emery, Allen Tice, Laura LaBonte, Dawn Davis, and Tonya Woodward:  by 15 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a brother, Jack Hartley, and a sister, Jean Zeliff.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

 

Rose Emma Sanville

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Rose Emma Sanville, 91, died peacefully at Horizon Bay Assisted Living Facility in Altamonte Springs, Florida, on May 30, 2010.
She was born on August 31, 1918, in South Albany, a daughter of Edward and Josephine Gile.
She is survived by her son Sherwood and his wife, Cynthia; a grandson Mark; a granddaughter Renee Morris and her husband, Billy; by great-grandaughters Makenzie and Kayla Morris, all of Altamonte Springs.
She leaves behind the following siblings:  Marie Chiouitte, Margaret Wright, Bertha Shortsleeves, John Gile, Laura Gonyaw, Alice Voyer, Louise McElroy, and Rena Young.  She was predeceased by her brother Ernest Gile.
Mrs. Sanville worked at many vacation lodges throughout northern Vermont.  Her most talked about was the Trapp Family Lodge.  She got to know the whole family and spoke very highly of them.  While there, she also met the Kennedy family.  She had so many wonderful memories and stories to tell about all the people she had gotten to know while working at the different places.
She was a cook at the Trapp Family Lodge Gift Shop where she was known for her homemade soups.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, June 6, at Valencia Estates in Apopka, Florida, where she resided for 28 years.

 

 

Margaret T. Trommelen

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Margaret T. Trommelen, 96, of Marcus, Iowa, died on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa.
Margaret Thelma Pelt was born on June 10, 1913, in New York City, the sixth of 11 children born to Adam and Margaret (Schmeiser) Pelt.  The family moved to Michigan when Mrs. Trommelen was younger, and it was there that she received her education.  In 1928, they returned to New Jersey where she worked at various occupations.
On September 16, 1933, Mrs. Trommelen and William Epstein were united in marriage at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Woodcliff, New Jersey.   They had three children:  Richard, William, and Diane.
Mr. Epstein died in 1965.
On September 17, 1966, Margaret married Walter Trommelen at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newton, New Jersey.  They made their home in Belvidere, New Jersey.
Mr. Trommelen died in 1988.
In 1990, Mrs. Trommelen moved to Marcus to be closer to her daughter Diane.  For the past few years, she has resided at the Heartland Care Center.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son Richard Epstein and his wife, Claudia, of Morgan; by their son Brad; by Richard’s children:  Kathy, Karen, Kenneth, John, and Barbara; by son William Epstein and his wife, Patricia, of Bangor, Pennsylvania; by their children:  Aimee, Andrew, and William; by a daughter Diane Smith and her husband, Edward, of Marcus; and their children:   Dayna, Alexandria, Brad, and Susan; by 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and by a brother Charles Pelt and his wife, Helen, of Newton.  She was preceded by her parents; by grandson Ronald; and by her brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held on May 21 at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus, with the Reverend  James Gruber officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date at the Newton Cemetery in Newton.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.
Arrangements by the Earnest-Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus.

 

 

 

 

Committal services

 

Committal services for Claude Roberge will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19,  at the Morgan Center Cemetery.  Military honors will be held.
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June 9, 2010 Obituaries

Rosemary Bessent

 

Rosemary I. Bessent, 56, of Derby died on May 31, 2010, in Newport.
She was born February 16, 1954, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, a daughter of Lawrence Fogg and the late Patricia Facteau.
She was an active member of the Derby United Church.  She enjoyed quilting, and craft work.
She is survived by a son, Jason Bessent, and by a granddaughter, Ember Bessent, both  of  Windsor; by her father, Lawrence Fogg, of Derby; by the following brothers and sisters:  Vernon Fogg and his wife, Kim, Stanley Fogg, Matthew Fogg and his wife, Karen, all of West Hartford, Pamela Stanley and her husband, William, of West Virginia, Marjorie Brown and her husband, David, of Maryland, Josephine Fogg and Elizabeth Fogg of Morrisville; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was predeceased by three sisters:  Valarie Fogg, Sandra Fogg, and Christine Punt.
Funeral services were held on June 4 at the Derby United Church with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

John Henry “Running Deer” Brin

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John Henry “Running Deer” Brin died on April 28, 2010, after losing his battle with cancer.  He died peacefully at North Country Hospital in Newport, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Mr. Brin was born in Nova Scotia, a son of Helen (Fitzgerald) and Emil Brin, on March 30, 1924.  He was proud of his Canadian citizenship as well as his American citizenship.
He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Evelyn Carrara Brown, of Albany and Raynham, Massachusetts; his daughter Geraldine (Bruce) Keane, of Connecticut; two step-daughters,  Elaine Dun and Laurie Brown of Massachusetts; a brother, Steven, of Rhode Island; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, both in Canada and the U.S.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Lillian and Margaret; and his son Charles.
Mr. Brin spent most of his working life in the Attleboro, Massachusetts, area, in the chemical plating industry, rising to the level of plant manager with the Balfour Company.  He also took pride in the fact that he was a Boy Scout leader for over 50 years.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought during World War II.  He rose to the rank of sergeant.  He was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received in battle on Peleiu Island on November 6, 1944.  He was a radio operator with Company L, 321st Infantry Regiment.  He was also a member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23.
He was proud of his native heritage, and was know as Running Deer.  He was a chief of the Abenaki tribe, and also served as an elder and medicine person with the Wollomonuppoag Indian Council of Plainville, Massachusetts; Dighton Council Oak, of Dighton, Massachusetts; and was one of the three founders of the Algonquin Medicine Society of Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont.
Running Deer was laid to rest in native tradition at his family’s private cemetery.  He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and students the world over.
“You will be with us always in the Sacred Circle and in the wind.  Your love is always in our hearts.”

 

 

 

Geraldine Faye Farnsworth

 

Geraldine Faye (Friend) Farnsworth,84, died May 29, 2010, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
Mrs. Farnsworth was born in Barton on November 3, 1925, a daughter of Laura and George Friend.
She married Luther Farnsworth.
She worked at the bobbin mill in South Barton, then worked at the Barton dry cleaners.
She is survived by Donald Farnsworth, her son, and Geraldine Carriere;  by daughters Joanne Searles and Martha Farnsworth; by six grandchildren:  Katina, Chasity, Tracy, Jamie, Kevin, and William; by six great-grandchildren; a sister, Leslie Geware; and by nieces and nephews and extended family at the Union House.
She was predeceased by Luther Farnsworth, her son Thomas Farnsworth, and by several sisters and brothers.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at the South Barton Cemetery.

 

 

Glendon I. Greenwood

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Glendon I. Greenwood, 85, of Derby died suddenly on June 2, 2010, at his home.
He was born June 16, 1924, in Derby Line, a son of John and Lenora (Powers) Greenwood.
On October 23, 1944, he married Phyllis Morse, who survives him.
Mr. Greenwood entered the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II.
He was a roller man for the Pike Construction Company in Newport, and he also owned a used car dealership.
He held memberships with the American Legion Post #21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post  #798, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering on cars.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Greenwood;  two children:  Sharyn Blake of Derby and Glenn Greenwood and his wife, Debbie, of Bradenton, Florida; by the following grandchildren:  Randy Blake, Derrick Blake and his wife, Ann Marie, Bradley Blake and his wife, Susie, all of Derby, Shelley Lafoe and her husband, Charlie, Allison Hildreth and her husband, Cory, and Brooke Robbins and her husband, Danny, all of Bradenton; by his great-grandchildren:  Travis, Nicholas, Amanda, Shelby, Brittany, and Brady Blake, Caroline, Dax LaFoe, Judson, Elle Hildreth, Aubrey, and Karsyn Robbins; and by two great-great- grandchildren:  Ryder and Kolten; by a sister, Euleta Guertin, of St. Petersburg, Florida; sisters-in-law Hattie Greenwood of New Hampshire, and Isabelle Lavoie of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Gwen Poitras, and by three brothers:   Francis, Raymond, and Talcott.
Services will be held at a later date.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Evelyn Abbie Allyn McDonald

 

Evelyn Abbie (Allyn) McDonald, 91, of South Burlington died on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the St. Albans Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in East Charleston on January 8, 1919, the youngest child of Abner Edwin Allyn and Annie McLaughlin Allyn.  She was a descendant of Charleston’s first white settler, Abner Allyn.
She attended elementary school at Buck School in Charleston, a one-room schoolhouse, and Brighton High School in Island Pond, graduating in 1935 at age 16.  She attended the University of Vermont in Burlington and graduated in 1939 with a bachelor of arts degree in education.
Her first teaching job was in the Barre Town School District at Lower Graniteville.  She was a teaching principal at that school,  teaching grades six through eight.  Students from her first teaching position stayed in contact with her for her entire life.
She then taught in the Newport City south and west buildings, continuing to serve as a teaching principal.
On July 11, 1942, she married Donald Wilson McDonald at South Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury and settled in Island Pond where Mr. McDonald was a conductor for the Grand Trunk Railroad (later renamed the Canadian National Railroad) for 38 years.  She was a long-time resident of Island Pond until retiring to Burlington in 1994.
She returned to teaching at Brighton Elementary School, and concluded her teaching career at North Country Union Junior High School, retiring in 1977.
Mrs. McDonald was an active member of community organizations, including the Island Pond Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church of Burlington.  She also served five years on the school board in Island Pond.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband, as well as her sisters, Anna Jardus, Glenn Patterson, and Doris Chamberlain; and a brother, Ernest Allyn.  Survivors include a daughter, Marcia Ethier of North Reading, Masachusetts; a son, Allyn McDonald, of Swanton; and two grandsons, Justin Ethier of Baltimore, Maryland, and Jason Ethier of Acton, Massachusetts.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Burlington on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. McDonald’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church of Burlington, 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Arrangements by the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service.

 

 

Frances L. Newton

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Frances L. Newton, 73, of Orleans died on June 2, 2010, at her home in Orleans.
She was born December 8, 1936, in Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter of Frank and Florence (Hulse) Gately.
On October 3, 1964, she married Lynn Newton who survives her.
Mrs. Newton was an administrator-operator for North Country Hospital for 26 years.  She also worked for a time at Ethan Allen and the Orleans County Memorial Hospital.  She was also a past member of the Orleans Ambulance Service.
She enjoyed bingo, bowling, making crafts, and she was a member and secretary of the Orleans Senior Center and a member of the Newport VFW Ladies Auxillary.
She is survived by her husband, Lynn, of Orleans; three children:  John E. Ames Jr. and his wife, Julie, of Florida, Janet L. White and her husband, Wayne, of North Carolina, and William “Bill” Newton and his wife, Sandi, of Florida; her grandchildren:  Kristine Revis and her husband, John, Jaime Freeman of North Carolina, and Zachary Newton of Florida; by her great-grandchildren:  Gaby, Shavanna, Katelyn, Andrew, Tri, Alycia, Taylor, Dustin and Brianna; two brothers:  Eugene Alexander and his wife, Barbara, of Massachusetts and Robert Hulse and his wife, Beverly, of Texas; a sister, Leona Harding, and her husband, John; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother, Frank Hulse; a sister, Muriel Ernst; grandson Michael White; and great-grandsons Tyler Dutton and Brandon Freeman.
Funeral services were held on June 7 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Frances M. Philips

 

Frances M. Philips, 91, of Barton, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on May 21, 2010, in Barton.
She was born January 6, 1919, in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Devane and Ada (Flannigan) Sibly.
Mrs. Philips was a customer service representative for Verizon for 30 years.
She enjoyed reading, cross-country skiing, and had a love for Christmas.  She kept her Christmas tree up the whole year, and she loved every snowflake.  She was especially proud of her Scottish heritage.  She was a very patriotic woman, a conservative Republican, and a gun advocate.
She is survived by her son David Philips and his wife, Alice, of Baltimore, Maryland; by two grandchildren:  Scott Philips and his wife, Charlotte, and Carrie Ann Rusconi and her husband, Matthew; and by Cindy and Gordon Chaffee, who cared for her the last five years of her life.  She was predeceased by her son Charles Philips.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 10,  at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on June 10, from noon until the hour of the funeral.
Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Acitivities Fund, 60 Maple Lane Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Roger C. Simoneau

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Roger C. Simoneau, 65, a well known businessman in Newport, died June 2, 2010, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born December 22, 1944, in Waterbury, Connecticut, a son of Joseph and Medora (Racine) Simoneau.
He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1962.  He entered the U.S. Army on July 3, 1962, and was honorably discharged on July 2, 1965.
He owned and operated Border Appraisals where he was a commercial real estate appraiser.  He was a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks Lodge # 2155 and the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers.
He enjoyed square dancing and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by two children:  Ronda Fletcher and her husband, Danny, of Derby Line, and Brian Simoneau and his wife, Brook, of Charleston; by his grandchildren:  Allison Fletcher and Andrew Halpern, and Cody and Dylan Simoneau; by his friend and the mother of his children, Linda Bliss, of Newport; and by his caregiver, April Mead, of Charleston.  He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Simoneau, in 1971.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating.  Military honors will be held at the funeral home immediately following the service.
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 family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Milton E. Wing

 

Milton E. Wing, 91, of Derby died suddenly on June 1, 2010, in Newport.
He was born August 15, 1918, in Brighton, a son of Robert and Etta (Crandell) Wing.
On June 7, 1952, he married Lucille Lefevre who survives him.
He was a veteran of World War II.  Mr. Wing was a custodian for the U.S. government and in 1982 retired after 28 years of service.
He held memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798  and the American Legion Post #21, both  of Newport.
His hobbies included gardening, hunting, fishing, and working around the house.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Wing, of Derby; two sons:  Dan Wing of Winooski and David Wing and his wife, Sandi, of Houston, Texas; by five grandchildren:  Matthew, Adam, Trevor, Emily, and Derek Wing; and by several nieces and nephews.   He was predeceased by six  brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, Newport, Vermont  05855, or to the American Legion Post #21, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Committal Services

 

The following commital and interment services will be held.
Edward Plucas at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at the Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, Connecticut, with full military honors.
Earl Mosher at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
A ceremony of reinterment for Sylva and Julia Lussier and their daughter Rita Phelps will be held at the St. John of the Cross Cemetery in East Albany, at 11 a.m. on  Saturday, June 12.
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June 2, 2010 Obituaries

B. Glynn Bosley

 

B. Glynn (Archer) Bosley died on May 21, 2010, in Derby.
She was a daughter of Robert D. and Cora (Gage) Archer.
She attended East Charleston Elementary School, Charleston High School, and Lyndon Normal School.
On December 25, 1936, she married William O. Bosley and together they farmed in Holland for many years.  Mr. Bosley predeceased her on April 16, 1993.
Mrs. Bosley taught school for 32 years in Maidstone, Brighton, and Holland.  She retired in 1974 from the Holland school.  After her retirement from teaching, she drove school bus for the Holland school for a few years.
She belonged to the Retired Teachers Association, both local and state, the Plymouth Congregational Church, the Holland Ladies Aid, and she was active in the Grange for many years.
She leaves her daughter Carrie Carter and her partner, Theron Webster, of Hinesburg; two granddaughters, Christelle Plourde and her husband, Anthony, of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Coralee Keefer of Grand Isle; six great-grandchildren:  Bryhannah and Kiera Plourde of Farmers Branch, Jasmine, Madison, William, and Skylar Keefer of Grand Isle; a niece, Bonnie (Archer) McElroy, and family of Helena, Montana; and several cousins.  She was predeceased by her brother Verne and his wife, Dale, of Cody, Wyoming, and by her sister Faye.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, May 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Anne Squire officiating. Burial at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston followed the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Linwood “Pete” Chase

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Linwood “Pete” Chase, 84, died at his home in Irasburg on Friday, May 28, 2010, in the care of his son and friends.
He was born in Craftsbury, April 2, 1926, a son of the late Arthur and Lou (Chadburn) Chase.
He attended school in Craftsbury and had to take over the work of the farm as a young man when his father died.  He later entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II.
He married Rolinda “Dinny” Phillips in 1966, in Irasburg, where they made their home.
He was a truck driver for Hood Dairy for many years.  He later drove truck for Agway and then delivered truck parts in the Northeast Kingdom area until his final retirement.
Mr. Chase was a member of the American Legion Post #21 in Newport.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and used to go snowmobiling with his late wife and friends.
He leaves a son, Bradley Chase, of Irasburg; a grandson, Tanner Amyot, of Barton; two brothers-in-law, Ray Marckres of Stowe and Rod Phillips of Irasburg; and several nephews and nieces, as well as great-nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, “Dinny,” who died July 13, 2006; by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Chase, and his wife, Mary; three sisters:  Veda Marckres and her husband, Earl, Florence Marckres, and Edith Wells and her husband, Irvine; and his sister-in-law Marlene Phillips.
A funeral service will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Thursday, June 3, at 11 a.m., with Pastor George Lawson of the Brownington Center Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common on Wednesday evening between 7 and 9 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Cancer Way, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Kenneth M. McInnis

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Kenneth M. McInnis, 80, of Holland died peacefully on May 29, 2010, in Newport.
He was born September 17, 1929, in Lincoln, New Hampshire, a son of Kenneth and Kathleen (Mullaney) McInnis.
On June 15, 1968, he married Isabel Carter, who predeceased him on June 23, 2007.
Mr. McInnis was a truck driver for Desrochers Excavating.
He enjoyed his gun collection and his Oliver tractor.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children:  Kathleen McInnis of Windsor, Michael McInnis and his wife, Joy, of Bartlett, Tennessee, Pauline Hauver-Hussey and her husband, Dennis, of Newport Center, and Albert Hauver and his wife, Viola, of Holland; by his grandchildren:  Lance and his wife, Karen, Raymond and his wife, Tonia, Christopher, Sean, Rocco, Amy, and Brandi; by his great-grandchildren:  Nathan, Brittni, Larissa, Ronnie, Jeoffrey, Hunter, and Meadow.  He is also survived by sister-in-law Wanda McInnis of Lincoln; a nephew, Joseph, and a niece, Wendy, and her husband, Gill.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Holland Historical Society, Derby Line,Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Commital Services

 

The following commital and funeral services will be held:
Sanford “Sam” Brown at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Lyman Flynn at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at the Clark Cemetery in Morgan.
William Boudreau on Friday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Funeral services for Virginia Altenhoff will be held on Thursday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
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May 26, 2010 Obituaries

Claire T. Audet

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Claire T. Audet, 81, of Troy, died May 19, 2010, in Newport.
She was born March 23, 1929, in Martinville, Quebec, a daughter of Ovide and Blanche (Tetreault) Cote.
On September 27, 1947, she married Maurice Audet, who survives her.
Mrs. Audet was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy and a lifetime member of Notre Dame de Cape in Quebec.
She enjoyed knitting, gardening, spending time with her family, and playing bingo and cards.
She is survived by five children:  Noella Berthiaume and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Roger Audet and Rita of Westfield, Diane Roberts and her husband, Andre, of Huntington, Carmen Bouchard and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Rejean Audet and his wife, Rebecca, of Exeter, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren:  Jean Berthiaume, Robert Berthiaume, Denis Berthiaume, Victoria Prue, Jennifer Zelco, Roger Audet Jr., Jessica Roberts, Patrick Roberts, Johanna Demers, Nicholas Bouchard, Jonathan (Bobby) Bouchard, and Claire Audet;  by 16 great-grandchildren; by her brothers and sisters:  Nil Cote of Grandby, Massachusetts, Hugette Laplante of Rock Forest, Quebec, Marie Paul Fauteux of St. Ezedor, Quebec, Real Cote of Martinville, Quebec, Andre Cote of Grandby, Massachusetts, Monique Cote of Sherbrooke, Quebec; her sisters-in-law:  Donalda Fontaine of Derby, and Yvette Lantot of Hamden, Massachusetts, and by a brother-in-law, Gilles Audet of Sherbrooke; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Aline Chaput, and by a brother, Yvon Cote.
Funeral services were held on May 24 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4124.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

B. Glynn Bosley
B. Glynn (Archer) Bosley died on May 21, 2010, in Derby.
She was a daughter of Robert D. and Cora (Gage) Archer.
She attended East Charleston Elementary School, Charleston High School, and Lyndon Normal School.
On December 25, 1936, she married William O. Bosley and together they farmed in Holland for many years.  Mr. Bosley predeceased her on April 16, 1993.
Mrs. Bosley taught school for 32 years in Maidstone, Brighton, and Holland.  She retired in 1974 from the Holland school.  After her retirement from teaching, she drove school bus for the Holland school for a few years.
She belonged to the Retired Teachers Association, both local and state, the Plymouth Congregational Church, the Holland Ladies Aid, and she was active in the Grange for many years.
She leaves her daughter Carrie Carter and her partner, Theron Webster, of Hinesburg; two granddaughters, Christelle Plourde and her husband, Anthony, of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Coralee Keefer of Grand Isle; six great-grandchildren:  Bryhannah and Kiera Plourde of Farmers Branch, Jasmine, Madison, William, and Skylar Keefer of Grand Isle; a niece, Bonnie (Archer) McElroy, and family of Helena, Montana; and several cousins.  She was predeceased by her brother Verne and his wife, Dale, of Cody, Wyoming, and by her sister Faye.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, May 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Anne Squire officiating. Burial at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston followed the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Roger Neree Messier

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Roger Neree Messier, 77, former vice-mayor and longtime resident of Poquoson, Virginia, died with his family by his side on Friday, April 30, 2010, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Mr. Messier was born and brought up in Newport Center on the family farm.  He served as a page boy during the time his father was a representative in Montpelier.  He graduated from Newport Center High School, where he excelled in sports, in June of 1951.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict for four years.  He trained and apprenticed in the NASA four-year program and went on to being a member of the NASA-Houston space program team.
He received various awards throughout his career, including the NASA Exceptional Bravery Award for his exemplary and courageous handling of an emergency during the testing of the 15-meter hoop column antenna.  He was credited with preventing the loss of life and property as head of the System Development Support Section at Langley, Virginia.
He was part of the team that devised the soft landing gear for the moon.  He also told how the zero time was needed to set the computers for the moon landing.  The computers could not come up with the zero time that was needed.  He spoke of a man on the team who remembered time changes in the Bible.  After consulting the chapters on Joshua, the longest day and the incident of time adjustment of King Hezekiah, the computers were set for zero time.
He retired from NASA in December of 1989 after 38 years of service as branch chief of the Systems Engineering Division.
He served on the Poquoson City Council for 12 years, including six years as vice-mayor.  He was a member for six years of the Poquoson School Board, including three years as chairman.  He enjoyed volunteering for different classroom projects throughout the school system.
Mr. Messier was a member of the American Legion Poquoson Post #273, and served as department commander for the state of Virginia of the American Legion.  He also served many years as the master of ceremonies for the Virginia Boys State sponsored by the American Legion and held at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He was awarded the American Legion’s Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  He was also a member of the Poquoson Kiwanis Club and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Tabb, Virginia.
He lived his life serving his community and his church, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Messier was preceded in death by his parents, Laura and Leo Messier; a sister,Andrea Smith in Riverside, California, who died on October 7, 2009; and a brother Urgel Messier of Newport Center.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bettie (Evans) Messier; four daughters, Cheryl Warren of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Joan Fournier of Derby, Sallie Herbener, and Kristi Jackson and her husband, Eric, all of Poqouson;  eight grandchildren:  Lindsey White, Joe Fournier, Kyle Warren, Danielle Herbener, Ryan Herbener, Reilly Jackson, Cameryn Jackson, and Avery Jackson; a brother Renald Messier of Newport; three sisters:  Henriette Armstrong and her husband, Robert, of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, Marguerite Burrell of Alburquerque, New Mexico, and Claire Burlton and her husband, John, of Newport Center; and many other beloved relatives and friends.
The family received friends on Sunday at the Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson.  A Mass of the Resurrection was held at Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church.  A police escorted funeral procession followed to the Parklawn Memorial Park.  Burial was by Department Chaplain of the American Legion Dr. David F. Russell, with American Legion honors.

 

 

Mario R. Paul

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Mario R. Paul, 48, of Derby, a well-known local businessman, died on May 19, 2010, at his home in Derby, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 11, 1962, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a son of Jean and Germaine (Pinard) Paul.
On July 17, 2009 he married Marcy Degre, who survives him.
Mr. Paul was the proud owner and operator of Mario R. Paul Excavating in Derby for 22 years.  He enjoyed his work, camping, snowmobiling, NASCAR racing, hockey, and spending quality time with his family, friends and dog Baxter at the family ponds in Morgan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marcy Paul, of Derby; his two children, who were his pride and joy:  Abigail L. Paul and her fiancé, Jason Laramee, of New Hampshire, and Patrick R. Paul of Derby; his stepsons Ryan and Tyler Coulter of Derby; his parents, Jean and Germaine Paul, of Derby; his brothers:  Claude Paul and his wife, Tracey, of Derby, and Michael Paul and his wife, Kelly, of Morgan; his sisters:  Francine Heywood and her husband, Rolly, of Derby, and Lynn Joyal and her husband, Rob, of Derby; his brother-in-law Tracy Degre and his wife, Michelle, of Derby; his father-in-law, John Degre, of Albany; by several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and by his crew:  Larry Letourneau, Robert Pare, Casey Wheeler, Dan Allen, Dan Larose, Randy Fecteau, Bo Johnson; and his close friends Mike and Patty Rushford, and Eric and Carleen Starr.
Funeral services were held May 24 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Fund, care of Wendy Franklin, 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.
 

 


Christine G. Punt
Christine G. Punt, 57, of Coventry died on May 18, 2010, in Newport.
She was born January 30, 1953, in Hanover, New Hampshire, a daughter of Lawrence Fogg and the late Patricia (Facteau) Fogg.
On June 26, 1971, she married Ernest Punt, who survives her.
Mrs. Punt was a licensed practical nurse, and she was employed by Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
Among her hobbies, she enjoyed growing and taking care of flowers, quilting, going to fairs, and collecting porcelain dolls.  She also enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and having them come for visits.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Punt, of Coventry; her father, Lawrence Fogg, of Derby; her children:  Anthony Punt and his wife, Amy, of Coventry, Ernest Punt Jr. and his wife, Jessica, and Patricia Brown and her husband, Sebastian, of Coventry; her grandchildren:  Cassandra, Tia and Travis of Tufts, Alexandria and Michael Punt, and Isabelle and Rylee Brown; by her brothers and sisters:  Vernon Fogg and his wife, Kim, Stanley Fogg, Mathew Fogg and his wife, Karen, all of White River Junction, Pam Stanley and her husband, Bill, of Virginia, Rosemary Bessent of Derby, Marjorie Brown and her husband, David, of Maryland, Elizabeth Fogg and Josephine Fogg of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Fogg; by a grandson, Bradley; and a sister, Valerie.
Funeral services were held on May 22 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the ALS Northern New England Chapter, care of the Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Suite #428, Box 314, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Robert L. “Bob” Williamson Sr.

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Robert L. “Bob” Williamson Sr., 64, of Lyndonville, died on May 20, 2010, surrounded by his family at his home.
He was born March 28, 1946, in Abington, Massachusetts, a son of Joseph and Eleanor (Clark) Williamson.
He graduated from Abington High School in 1964.
In the mid 1970s, Mr. Williamson moved from Massachusetts to Lyndonville.  He worked in Westmore for Kimtek Corporation as a machinist and designer of emergency medical rescue equipment for nearly 20 years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
He was an active member of the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church, and was a member of the Tom Breslin Center in Lyndonville where he enjoyed many visits with his friends.
Mr. Williamson loved the outdoors, and his favorite pastimes included hunting, shooting, camping, cycling, kayaking, and spending time with his feline companion, Jerry.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia (Norris) Williamson, of Lyndonville; his mother, Eleanor Williamson, of Abington, Massachusetts; six children:  Robert Williamson Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Lyndonville, Kevin Williamson and his wife, Jennifer, of Port Charlotte, Florida, Eric Williamson of East Haven, Carla Sargent and her husband, Eric, of Port Charlotte, Debbie Williamson of Wheelock, and Cheryl Williamson and her companion, Sterling Denby, of Burke Hollow; two step-children, Seth Monfette of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Jaime Wales and her husband, Greg, also of Lake Havasu City; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marion Hammond and her husband, Gil, of Bradenton, Florida, and Sue Norton and her husband, Hal, of Abington; nieces, nephews; and many wonderful friends, including his employer, Kimball Johnson, of Westmore.
He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Williamson; and his infant son, Thomas Williamson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 29, at noon, at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church with the Reverend David Colwell officiating.
Friends may call on the family Friday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.
Donations made in his memory may be directed to:  Caledonia Home Health Inc., marked for “Hospice,” 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Arrangements by the Guibord Funeral Home.
Committal services
The following committal services will be held:
Jeanne Wade at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
William Hackett at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
Claire Riendeau at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Reginald Page at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
Bruce “Macky” Rivers and Edward Rivers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with military honors.
Marjorie Davis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Carroll E. Shatney at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the Shatney’s cemetery in North Greensboro on the Hillcrest Road.
Funeral services for Hector and Alfred Diette will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
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May 19, 2010 Obituaries

Glenn Eugene Chesney Jr.

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Glenn Eugene Chesney Jr., 76, of Sherwood, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, in his home.
He was born March 1, 1934, in Island Pond to Glenn Eugene Chesney Sr. and Hilma Amanda (Hobbs) Chesney.
He graduated from Brighton High School in 1952.
He worked briefly at General Electric in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, before enlisting in the Air Force in 1953.  He did basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in New York.  He served in the U.S Air Force for 23 years.
He married Jo Ann Baines of Dallas, Texas, in 1956.  He was stationed in many places during his military career.  Daughter Alta Lorraine was born in Tripoli, Libya; daughter Gayle Marie was born in San Antonio, Texas; and son Glenn Eugene III was born in the Panama Canal Zone.  Other duty stations were Japan, Korea, Morocco, and various stateside locations, including Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire.  He achieved a rank of master sergeant.  He retired while at Little Rock Air Force Base.  He and his family lived for many years in Cabot, Arkansas, where Mrs. Chesney died in 1982.
After the Air Force, Mr. Chesney worked at a variety of jobs, sometimes more than one at a time.  While at Franklin Electric, he met Wilma Lois Dahl, recently widowed.  They were married in 1987.  He finished out his working career by working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Little Rock.
“Bud,” as he was known to the Chesney side of the family, was always hard-working.  As a teenager, he peeled pulp in the summer for a cousin who worked in the woods.  He learned to drive doing farm work for several summers.  He and a cousin hauled building materials and even a small cast-iron cookstove to a camp near the top of Bluff Mountain.
Mr. Chesney was a very active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas, where he served as a deacon, a teacher, and a board member.  He was very involved with the senior citizen activities.  He enjoyed visiting and keeping up with the activities of his family and his wife’s family.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 22 years, Wilma Lois Pierce Chesney; his son Glenn and his wife, Melisa, of Lonoke, Arkansas; daughter Gayle  Bond of Senatobia, Mississippi; stepsons Harold Dahl and his wife, Linda, of Mount Vernon, Arkansas, and Dale Dahl and his wife, Gayla, of Batesville, Arkansas; step-daughter Connie Breckrenridge and her husband, Ronnie, of Burleson, Texas, sister Ardys Fisher and her husband, Lionel, of Addison; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents; by brothers Gordon Glenn Chesney of Island Pond and Herbert Adolphus Chesney of Los Alamos, New Mexico; his wife Jo Ann; and daughter Alta.
Funeral services were held on May 14 at the First Assembly of God of Jacksonville with burial  at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, or to Gideon’s International.
Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.
Kenneth J. Elliott

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Kenneth J. Elliott, 86, of Barton died on May 13, 2010, in Glover.
He was born February 19, 1924, in Newport, a son of Herbert and Ara (Reed) Elliott.
On June 12, 1947, he married Grace Urie, who survives him.
He entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Tenth Mountain Division.  In 1945, the division was sent to southern Italy to drive the German forces off the Apennine Mountains, helping to bring an end to World War II.
In June of 2009, the Vermont Ski Museum presented Mr. Elliott with a Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame Medal.
Mr. Elliott was a Barton village trustee for over 20 years, and a member of the Masonic F&AM Lodge #55 for over 60 years.
He enjoyed hunting and woodworking and made furniture.  He was also a Boy Scout leader and worked on the Orleans County Fair.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Elliott of Barton; a son, Raymond Elliott, of Essex Junction; and by a sister, Florence Hamilton, of Newport.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Hugh F. Frazier

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Hugh F. Frazier, 87, of Derby died on May 15, 2010, in Newport.
He was born March 17, 1923, in Berkshire, a son of James and Beatrice (Barup) Frazier.
On September 30, 1943, he married Elaine Earle, who survives him.
Mr. Frazier was employed by Slalom Ski Wear in Newport.  He retired in 1991.
He enjoyed watching baseball and wrestling on television, and he enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Frazier, of Derby; by two children:  Esther Searles and her husband, Glenn, of Barton and Darlene Whipple and her husband, Bruce, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Scott Whipple and his wife, April, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jason Whipple of San Francisco, California; by great-granddaughter Alice Whipple of Charlotte, North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Frazier; brothers Austin and Kenneth; and by a sister, Frances Jones.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport,Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Raymond G. Heath
Raymond G. “Babe” “Fuzz” Heath, 84, died Saturday, February 6, 2010, at his home in Essex Junction with his family at his bedside.
He was born on August 25, 1925, in Barton, the son of Clyde S. and Alice (Grant) Heath.
He graduated  early from Barton Academy in order to enlist in the U.S. Navy.  While in the Navy, he served as a radio operator in the Pacific theater of operations on the USS Gendreau.
After the war, he attended the University of Vermont (UVM), graduating in 1950 with a degree in business.  He was a member of the UVM baseball team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
After graduation, Mr. Heath worked briefly at Champlain Valley Fruit.  Soon after he was hired by General Electric and worked there until he retired in 1985.
Mr. Heath was an avid sportsman.  He continued to play baseball and participated in league bowling for many years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and televised sports of every kind.  His special passion was golf, and he was a member of the Orleans Country Club for over 40 years.
He was also very proud of his Navy years and attended yearly reunions with his USS Gendreau shipmates.  He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Heath is survived by his daughter Mary and her husband, John Stec, of St. Helens, Oregon; his sons Charles Heath and his wife, Maureen, of Bakersfield, and Jeff and Ray Heath of Essex Junction; grandchildren Jason and Justin Stec, Ryan Heath, Noelle Garvy, Robin Parker, and Shannon Heath; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and his sister Alice Celia and her husband, Fred, of Spring Hill, Florida.
In addition to his wife, Esther, he was predeceased by infant son Grant and brother Stanley Heath.
At Mr. Heath’s request, there will be no services.  Arrangements by Corbin and Palmer Funeral and Cremation Service.
Rose Malinowski
Rose Malinowski, 88, formerly of Morgan, died on May 4, 2010, in Santa Barbara, California, after a long bout with cancer.
She was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts, on April 10, 1922.  She  lived in Massachusetts until 1967 when she and her husband, Edward, who survives her, moved to Morgan Center.  They spent many happy years there until retirement, and then spent summers in Vermont and winters in Arizona.  In 2005, they moved to Goleta, California.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter Marjorie and her husband, Guenther, of Las Vegas; her son Peter and his wife, Teri, of Santa Barbara, California; a sister, Nancy Cavin, who lives in Massachusetts; and a brother Walter in Arizona.  She also leaves her two granddaughters, Susan Henrichs and Diane Hughes, and her great-granddaughter Isabelle Hughes.
She was a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club and the Circle of Friends in Morgan.
Anna Ceclia Taber

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Anna Cecilia Taber, 80, of Irasburg died peacefully at her home on May 13, 2010.
She was born January 18, 1930, in Akra, Karmoy, Norway, a daughter of Gabrielle Teadora (Kristensen) and Tonnes Hakonsen.
Mrs. Taber still has extensive family in Norway, who love and miss her dearly as she did them.  She arrived in America in the early 1950s.  She married and worked all her life at various jobs all over the country, until retiring in Vermont.
She was a fun-loving lady who loved to garden, knit, sew, bake, cook, and sing.  She traveled extensively, and she was extremely thoughtful, generous and charitable.  Her stories of growing up a young girl in Nazi-occupied Norway during World War II were amazing.  She made her family laugh and smile and feel special.
She is survived by two children:  Sonya Curtis and her husband, Leigh, of Irasburg, and Sven B. Oftedal and his wife, Patricia, of Eastport, Maine; her five beloved grandchildren:  Nigel Curtis of Irasburg and his very special girlfriend, Shatzitein Buck, Jaime Curtis and Scott Lane of Derby, and their son Liam; Shaun Curtis and his wife, Amber, of Irasburg and their son Kaden; Erik Oftedal of Livermore Falls, Maine; and Vicki Leary and her husband, Tom, of Burlington and their son Ronan.  She is also survived by her sister Margot Lantern.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her sister Hanna Fagerland; and by brothers Christen Hakonsen and Martin Hakonsen, all of Norway.
A celebration of her life will be held at her home in Irasburg with family and friends on Saturday, May 22, starting at noon.
Evelyn Mae Vieria

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Evelyn Mae Vieria, 80, formerly of Island Pond, died in Waverly, Virginia, on April 4, 2010.
She was born December 3, 1930, a daughter of Lillian Mae (Goff) Perry and Thomas Perry.
She married Richard Vieria in 1953.  They relocated from Massachusetts to Island Pond in 1972 to retire and to be close to Mrs. Vieria’s parents.
Island Pond is where she spent joyous days with their pet dog Buttons, numerous hours enjoying watching game shows on television, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and making crafts.  Her true love was playing bingo several times a week.  It was not uncommon for her granddaughters to spend several weeks of their summer vacation at Nana’s house joining in the bingo games, and learning to knit and make crafts.
Although it was a positive decision to relocate to the warmer climate in Florida in 2001, Mrs. Vieria found it difficult to be so far away from her family.  She looked forward to her visits with the great-grandchildren, as they were often well overdue.
After a near fatal surgery in 2004, it was necessary for her oldest daughter, Sandi, and her husband to relocate to Florida to care for her.  She relocated to Waverly, Virginia, in 2009 as she began her battle with cancer and spent her final days with other family.
She is survived by Richard Vieria of Zephyr Hills, Florida; daughters Sandra L. Kramer and her husband, Donald, of Smithville, Tennessee, Judith Cole and her husband, Raymond, of Waverly, Virginia; her grandchildren:  Tami Wesoja and her husband, Robert, of Irasburg, Heidi Provoncha of Newport, and Terry Cole of Waverly; by her great-grandsons:  Cody Whiting, Connor Gaboriault, Clint Provoncha, Casey Provoncha, and Corey Provoncha; by her only great-granddaughter, Caylin Lee-Mae Wesoja; by her sibling Ken Perry and his wife, Pat, of Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, and by her brothers Thomas Perry II and Edwin Perry.
At her request, there will not be any services held.

 

 

Patricia Voss

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Patricia Voss of Barton died on Sunday, May 2, 2010, after an unsuccessful struggle with cancer.  She died peacefully at home with members of her family around her.
Mrs. Voss was born on April 11, 1937, in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of five children of Marinus and Evelyn Feenstra.
She grew up in Redlands, California, where she graduated from Redlands High School in 1954.  She attended Hope College in Michigan for two years before marrying Howard Snyder with whom she had three children.  During the marriage she lived in several places including Hawaii, Virginia, and Northern California before returning to Redlands after her Air Force husband retired.
In 1981, she married David Voss.  They spent the first 15 of their 29 years together in California before moving to Christ Church, Virginia, in 2006.
Mrs. Voss is survived by her second husband; her two daughters, Holly and Kelly; her son, Philip; one granddaughter; four grandsons; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Ron and Kenneth; and her sister, Marilyn.
She will be best remembered for her involvement in quilting, which began as a hobby but grew into a lifetime of artistic expression.  Although she worked in several quilt stores where she taught quilting, she will be remembered for inspiring would-be quilters, many of whom became lifelong friends.  Her knack for blending colors and fabrics into traditional quilt patterns was truly amazing as was the prodigious number of quilts she completed, most of which were given away to family members and friends.  Several of her individually pieced and hand-quilted creations won prizes in quilt shows, but she was much more motivated to teach others to quilt than to win prizes.
A memorial service in her honor will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport, where she and her husband had been members since moving to Vermont.  Memorial contributions may be made on her behalf to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., without whom her peaceful and untroubled passing would have been impossible.
Committal services
The following committal services will be held:
Ava Lawson at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 21, at Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.
Margaret Lussier at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 21, at St. John’s Cemetery in Albany.
Pearl Britch at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.
Cyril Day at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport with military honors.
Hugh Pierce at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Derby Center Cemetery.
Donald Boomer at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Irasburg Cemetery with military honors.
Mariette Hamel at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Thelma Wilcox at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Bradley Thomas at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with military honors.
Graveside services for James Carpenter will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, at Derby Center Cemetery.
A funeral service will be held for Margaret Moore McGuire on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the Brownington Center Church.  Burial will follow at the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Graveside services for Josh McGowan will be held on Saturday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hardwick Street Cemetery.
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