Robert Beerworth Sr.
Robert Beerworth Sr. of Jay died on November 24, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on December 11, 1931, in Newport to Alton and Bernice (Hazard) Beerworth, who predeceased him. Mr. Beerworth lived in North Troy and attended graded and high school in North Troy where he graduated in the Class of 1949.
In June of 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a high school airman recruit and had 18 months as an aviation machine mate. During the Korean conflict, he served in flight-testing new Navy fighter planes at Pawtuxet River, Maryland. At this same time, the eight astronauts were flying these test planes. Mr. Beerworth was honorably discharged from the Navy in April 1953.
For several years, he worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1955, he married the former Christine Gebler. They made their home in Rockville, Connecticut. In 1968, he moved his family to Jay. He was employed at Jay Peak for 28 years where he wore many hats, retiring in 1993. Mr. Beerworth served on the school board at North Country Union High School for twelve years and was chairman for two years. He was also a selectman for the town of Jay for several years and served as chairman for four years.
He leaves his wife Christine; his children: John Beerworth and his wife, Mary, of Shrewsbury, Susan Kopec, and Robert Beerworth, Jr., both of Jay; by the following grandchildren: Caeleigh and Connor Beerworth, and Kathryn, Candice, and Jonathan Kopec; his two brothers: Donald Beerworth and his wife, Dorothy, of Vernon, Connecticut, and Steve Beerworth and his wife, Mary, of Milton; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held on November 28 in North Troy. Interment followed in Jay Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Veronica Jeanne (D’Antonio) Finnegan
Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Jeanne Finnegan, 91, died on November 16, 2011, in Gardner, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Finnegan was born on March 30, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York, to James and Veronica (Murphy) D’Antonio, the eldest of their four children, and grew up in Queens, New York. She married John D. Finnegan in 1946 and moved to Burlington. In 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Finnegan moved to the Finnegan farm in Lowell where they raised seven daughters. After Mr. Finnegan’s death, Mrs. Finnegan moved from the farm to South Burlington and subsequently to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Mrs. Finnegan was a member of the first graduating class from the City of New York Queens College in 1941 where she earned a bachelor’s degree.
Mrs. Finnegan was a lifelong learner, keenly interested in civic affairs and current events. She enjoyed reading biographies, and historical accounts of the founding fathers and early U.S. Presidents and their wives. Mr. and Mrs. Finnegan enjoyed heated discussions on political issues, and believed it was their civic duty to form an educated opinion. Every election day, she voted, no matter the circumstances. Mrs. Finnegan served on the school board in Lowell, taught remedial reading in the elementary school for a few years, was a substitute teacher, and volunteered in the town library after her children were grown.
She cared deeply about individual rights and treated everyone with respect. She loved meeting new people of all ages and was eager to converse about their lives and interests. Her daughters’ extended families became her friends. Tiring of the Vermont winters, she moved to Virginia in 2003 where she owned a co-op apartment, enjoyed gracious retirement in a mild climate, and interacted with dozens of peers equally interested in lifelong learning and current events.
After her health declined, she moved to Gardner, Massachusetts in January 2010 to be near her daughter, Veronica, and family.
Mrs. Finnegan is survived by her brother James C. D’Antonio and his wife, Elizabeth; by countless nieces, nephews and cousins; by her seven devoted daughters: Alice Finnegan of Longmont, Colorado, Mary Rising and Peter of Brightwaters, New York, Elizabeth Ellis of Chinle, Arizona, Barbara Naramore of Suffolk, Virginia, Theresa Osborne and Bill of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Catherine Finnegan-Doyon and Marcel of Denver, Colorado, and Veronica Guay and Mario of Gardner; by her fifteen grandchildren: Sean Givens, Erika Grace and Melanie Sieger, Adalia, Badi, Ruhi, Vahid and Ruhiyyih Ellis, Justin Naramore, Mark and Blaire Osborne, Sara and Allison Finnegan-Doyon, and Joseph and Andrew Guay; and by nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John Finnegan; her brother John D’Antonio and his wife, Bernadette; her sister Elizabeth D’Antonio; and her dear son-in-law Bill Naramore.
Funeral services were held in Lowell.
In lieu of flowers, the families asks people to consider donating to Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Inc., care of Darlene Morrilly, executive director, MWCC Foundation, Inc., 444 Green Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440; or to City of New York Queens College Foundation, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Kiely Hall, Room 1306, Flushing, New York 11367.
Bonnie Jean Gendron
Bonnie Jean (Page) Gendron, 69, of Shorter, Alabama, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.
Mrs. Gendron graduated from North Troy High School in 1960. She loved the Red Sox and was a great fan of NASCAR. She also enjoyed cooking a lot.
Mrs. Gendron is survived by her husband Robert; her son Brian Gelo and his wife, Tuesday; her grandsons: Shawn and Jessie; her sisters: Marilyn Page and Sheila Joyal; her lifetime family friend Helen Corliss; her stepchildren: James Gendron, Robert Gendron, and Wendy Robere; her grandchildren: Bobby, Brian, and Christopher; her sisters-in-law: Gabrielle Page of Berwick, Maine, Racheal Page of Lakeland, Florida, and Susan Page of Traverse City, Michigan; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Evelyn Page; and by three brothers: Ronald, Dale and Jerry Page.
A celebration of both Mrs. Gendron’s life and her brother, Jerry, will take place in the spring with family and friends.
Contributions can be made to St. Jude for Children, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Harry Smith Royea Jr.
Harry Smith Royea Jr., 68, died suddenly on November 22, 2011, at his home in Derby.
He was born on July 27, 1943, in Newport to Teresa Snay and Harry Smith Royea Sr. Mr. Royea was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he was a helicopter mechanic stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He was employed for the last 21 years as a car man for CP Rail. He also worked for the state of Vermont Department of Corrections as a corrections officer and as a part-time night guard at North Country Union High School. Mr. Royea was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and of American Legion Post 21.
He loved playing his guitar, flying, and he loved trains.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his children: Bernie Royea and his wife, Tracey, of Derby, Sheryl Royea and her companion, Brad Fortin, of West Charleston, and Michelle Kelley and her companion, Pat Lanoue, of Derby; by his longtime companion, Holly Byers of Derby, and her children: Shawn, Tracy, and Christine Priest; his beloved dog, Mindy; the mother of his children, Roxanna Prue, of Newport; his sisters: Miriam Carr of Newport and Carolyn Elliott and her husband, Charles, of Newport; his grandchildren: Nicholas, Melissa, Brent, Michael, Justin, and Collin; his great-grandchildren: Aiden and Brooke; three nieces: Teresa Liberty, Melanie Elliott, and Courtney Elliott; and by his nephew Glenn Elliott. He is survived by his aunts: Joyce Bushaw of South Burlington and Phyllis Badger of Milton; his special friends, Maurice and Rhonda Besaw of Derby; and by his former sons-in-law: Kimball Kelley and George Kimball.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, with Reverend Laurence Wall officiating with military honors. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 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.
Royce Paul Wilson
Royce Paul Wilson, 87, a lifelong resident of Derby Line, died on November 25, 2011, in Newport.
Born in 1924, Mr. Wilson graduated from Derby Academy and worked for several years on the A.S. Palin Farm in Holland. He became employed by Caswell and O’Rourke, Inc. in 1951 and retired in 1989 after 38 years of service.
Mr. Wilson was an accomplished classical pianist and played the organ at the South United Church for many years. One of his hobbies was painting nature scenes in oil, pastel and water color. It was a proud moment for Mr. Wilson the day he was invited to display his artistic work for public viewing at the Haskell Free Library.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his twin sister Joyce Wilson of Denver, Colorado; his niece Lexie Rye and her husband, Arthur, of Fairfax; his nephews: Randy Bronson and his wife, Cindy, of Waterbury and Dale Wilson and his wife, Rachel, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; and by several grandnieces and -nephews as well as many lifelong friends including Mary, Bruce, Analesa and Eilish Muir of Derby Line. He was predeceased by his parents, Burns and Bessie (Monteith) Wilson; his sister Martha Bronson; and his brothers: Giles, his wife, Ruby, and Bernard.
Funeral services will be held in the spring at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating, followed by spring interment in Derby Line Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Wilson’s memory to the Haskell Free Library, care of Nancy Rumery, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may also be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Albert V. Collins
Albert V. Collins, 82, of Toms River, New Jersey, formerly of Verona, New Jersey, and Troy, died on November 11, 2011.
Mr. Collins was a decorated Korean War veteran, a life member of the VFW, and past VFW Post #6255 commander in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. He was a past officer of the Verona Ambulance Unit, a distinguished past president of the Montclair Kiwanis Club, a certified alcoholism counselor for the state of New Jersey, treasurer of the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, and chairman of the parish council of the Sacred Heart Church in Troy.
Mr. Collins graduated from Seton Hall University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He joined the Verona Trust Company in 1950, and retired from within as its vice-president in 1980. Mr. Collins joined the Mount Hebron Cemetery Association as its general manager and retired in 1991 to his home in Troy to pursue his love of animals on his “EZ Acres” farm. He performed the banking operations for student activity funds at North Country Union High School in Newport. In 2006, Mr. Collins relocated back to New Jersey to be near his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Collins is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Cecilia (Feeney); his children: Karen, Kathy, Albert, and Caroline; his 12 grandchildren; his two great-grandchildren; his brother Thomas Collins of Verona; and his sister Mary Jane O’Dea of Bloomfield, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his sisters Nancy and Patricia. He will be sadly missed by his family and countless friends in New Jersey and Vermont.
Entombment will be in the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Graymoor, P.O. Box 305, Garrison, New York 10524-0305.
Condolences may be sent to: The family of Al Collins, 73 Whitaker Drive, Toms River, New Jersey 08757.
Andre A. Garneau
Andre A. Garneau, 80, of Derby Line died on November 17, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on April 23, 1931, in St. Flavien, Quebec, a son of Alphonse and Marie-Ange (Paquet) Garneau.
On August 30, 1952, he married Jeannine Doyon, who survives him.
Mr. Garneau worked at Tivoli as a machinist until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working with wood, and reading westerns.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Garneau, of Derby Line; his five children: Marcel Garneau and his wife, Jeanie, of Derby Line, Carole Deroehn and her husband, James, of Derby, Giselle Garneau of Derby Line, Roland Garneau and his wife, Lisa, of Derby Line, and Carmen Garneau of Derby Line; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Therese Rodrigue, and her husband, Raymond, of Stanstead, Quebec. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held on November 22 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line. Interment followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Hazen Gordan Niles
Hazen Gordan Niles, 88, died peacefully at home on Friday, November 18, 2011.
He was the second of three children born to the late Orrin and Maddie (Sanborn) Niles of Newport Center.
Mr. Niles graduated from Newport Center High School, then received his bachelor’s degree in education from Johnson State College and a master’s of education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where he was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi honor society.
His 45 years of work as both a teacher and school administrator were performed in Vermont and Texas. On Thanksgiving Day in 1969, he married Alice Schultz, an El Paso, Texas, teacher, with whom he enjoyed 33 years of marriage.
Mr. Niles is survived by his nephew and his wife, Larry and Lynn Messier, of Columbia, who cared for him in his declining years and with whom he made his home for the past 18 months. Other survivors include his nieces and nephews: Steve Messier of Enfield, Mike Messier of Columbia, Sue Blake of Delhi, New York, David Messier of Lebanon, and Debbie Robinshaw of Coventry, along with their children and grandchildren and his stepson John Schultz of Seattle, Washington. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; his parents, two sisters: Erma Horn of Vermont and Marion Messier of Mansfield; his nephew Todd Messier of Willington, Connecticut; his niece, Sheila Tenofsky of Keene, New Hampshire; and by his nephews Dayton Horn of Columbia and Lyndall Horne of Texas, whom he raised along with their brother, Darrell Horne of Poway, California, following his sister’s death.
He will be remembered fondly and with admiration for his generosity, kindness and commitment to family.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made in his name to the Saxton Free Library, care of Carol Kubala, 319 Route 87, Columbia, Connecticut 06237 to be used for the purchase of large print books, which he highly enjoyed reading, so that others can do the same.
There was a gathering on November 23 at the Potter Funeral Home in Willimantic, Connecticut, prior to the procession to a graveside service at the New Hebron Cemetery.
Please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com for the online memorial guest book.
Lucy Sparango, 94, of Newport Center died on November 18, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on February 17, 1917, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, a daughter of Ralph and Beatrice (Scotti) Sparango.
She was a clerk at the G.C. Murphy Co. in Pennsylvania. She was very much a dog lover.
She is survived by her niece Betty Barrett and her husband, Chris, of Newport Center. She was predeceased by seven brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will held in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Nora Alleyn, 77, died on November 13, 2011, in the company of her loving family.
She was born November 24, 1933. She owned homes in both Holland and Westmore, and was a frequent visitor to the area.
Out to sea
To seek a place to rest her precious soul.
She has left softly, in no pain
Surrounded by her so numerous loving friends and family.
There will be a screening of Jennifer Alleyn’s film, L’atelier de mon pere (“My Father’s Studio”), as a tribute to her aunt, Ms. Alleyn, on November 23 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts auditorium, 1379 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Family will receive condolences on Sunday, November 20, between noon and 3 p.m. There will be a ceremony in the chapel at 3 p.m. at the Complexe Funéraire Mont-Royal, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Québec [mountroyalcem.com; (514) 279-6540]. A reception will follow the ceremony.
Rebecca Lynn Bapp
Rebecca Lynn Bapp, 21, of Brownington died suddenly on November 12, 2011, at North Country Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was born on January 31, 1990, in Newport, to George and April (Chase) Bapp. Ms. Bapp graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 2008, as the valedictorian of her class. She earned her associate’s degree from Community College of Vermont in 2011 and was working on her bachelor’s degree at Johnson State College.
Ms. Bapp was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture at the Farm Service Agency in Newport and by the Community College of Vermont. She also worked occasionally at the Brownington Town Clerk’s office. Ms. Bapp spent most of her free time with her boyfriend, Dylan Dewing, and her cat, Mitzy. She also spent a lot of time with her family and loved them all dearly. Ms. Bapp enjoyed shopping and going to the movies with her sister and her mother. Her cousins, Chase and Dawson Walters, were more than just cousins. Rebecca, Hannah, Chase and Dawson enjoyed four-wheeling and camping together.
She is survived by her mother and father, April and George Bapp, and her only sister, Hannah Bapp, of Brownington; her boyfriend, Dylan Dewing, and his family; her great-grandmother, Beverly Harbec of Barton; her grandparents: Larry Chase and Beverly White of Brownington, and Linda Chase and Gerald Pray of Brownington, and Audrey Messier of Derby; her aunts and uncles: Eliza and Melvin Walters of Orleans, David and Julie Chase of Brownington, Charles and Diane Bapp of Barton, and Tammy and Steve Jewett of Irasburg; and her cousins: Chase and Dawson Walters of Orleans, Charlie, Heather and David Chase, Brent Bapp of Barton, Lance Bapp of Milton, and Lonnie Griffin of Irasburg. Ms. Bapp was predeceased by her grandfathers: Charles Bapp and Dale Messier.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, November 17, at the Brownington Center Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in her memory to the Rebecca Bapp Memorial Fund at any Community National Bank.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Glenn Andre Lanoue
Glenn Andre Lanoue, 56, of Orleans died on November 12, 2011, in Burlington.
He was born August 5, 1955, in Newport, a son of Irene (Carbone) Lanoue and the late Rouville Lanoue. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the Class of 1973.
On August 30, 1986, he married Carlene Mosher who survives him.
Mr. Lanoue was a masonry worker and for 17 years he was employed at the Orleans Country Club. He was a NASCAR fan of driver Jeff Burton, a New York Yankee fan, and he enjoyed fishing trips, golfing and horse racing with his good friend Lyman. He also enjoyed many adventurous road trips with his friends. He was a member of the Orleans Country Club.
Mr. Lanoue loved his family and friends dearly. He had a great sense of humor and liked to make people laugh.
He is survived by his wife Carlene Lanoue of Orleans; his two children whom he adored: Derek Lanoue of Orleans, and Kelley Lanoue and her friend, Eric Chadburn, of Concord; his mother Irene Lanoue of Orleans; his brother Peter Lanoue and his wife, Joanne, of Orleans; his nephews: Shawn Lanoue and his wife, Sheena, Jonathan Dimick, Brandon Campilango, Greg Perkins, and Christopher Mosher; his nieces: Barbara Rowell and her husband, E.J., and Lindsay Perkins and her friend, Derrick; his sisters-in-law: Crystal Perkins and her husband, Michael, of Irasburg, and Connie Campilango and her husband, Scott, of Saratoga Springs, New York; and by his brother-in-law Craig Mosher and his friend, Penny, of New York; and by many great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans with the Reverend Tim Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, November 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rouville S. Lanoue
Rouville S. Lanoue, 95, of Orleans died on November 9, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on September 10, 1916, in Brownington, a son of Polydor and Evelina (Choiniere) Lanoue. On April 19, 1953, he married Irene Carbone who survives him.
Mr. Lanoue was a veteran of World War Two. During his lifetime, he co-owned and operated Lanoue’s IGA Grocery Store in Orleans with his brother, Maurice (Pitt), and was also a mail carrier for the United States Post Office where he retired in 1979.
He was a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155, the American Legion Post #23 for 66 years, and was past post commander, and he was a charter member of the Orleans Lion’s Club where he received the Melvin Jones Award, its highest honor. Mr. Rouville was a past president of the Orleans Country Club. His hobbies included golfing and driving all over Northeast Kingdom. He loved being a Vermonter. He also was a woodworker and donated his crafts to the church.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Lanoue of Orleans; his sons: Peter Lanoue and his wife, JoAnne, and Glenn Lanoue and his wife, Carlene, all of Orleans; his grandchildren: Shawn and his wife, Sheena, Derick, Kelley, Barbara and her husband, E.J., and Jonathan; his great-grandchildren: Chelsea, Kristen, Austin, Cara, Madison, Logan, Gavan, and Enoch John V; his sister, Gesele Rinewalt, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers: John, Maurice, and Roland Lanoue; and by two sisters: Alice Gangemi and Yolande Banasiak.
Funeral services were held on November 15 in Orleans. Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, 15 Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Ella Iola (Powers) Nevens
Ella Iola (Powers) Nevens, 89, died on Sunday, November 6, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by family.
She was born in Elmore on May 19, 1922, the daughter of Alpheus W. and Eva (Stoddard) Powers.
She worked at Ware Knitters in Hardwick, the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, the Stowehof Inn in Stowe, and as a health care worker. She also sold Sarah Coventry jewelry and made many wreaths.
Mrs. Nevens moved to California in 1969 where she earned her GED and enrolled in a beauty school. She taught at a beauty school and went on to own her own beauty shop in Santa Ana, California. She also operated shops in several nursing homes before retiring and returning to Vermont in 1995.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing; also fishing, hunting and going to camp. She liked flowers and cooking, being with family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Johnson.
She leaves a son, John Phelps Jr., and his wife, Jeraldine, of Wolcott; a daughter, Marion Lawrence, and her husband, James, of Kuna, Idaho; six grandchildren: Jane Paine and her husband, Brent, of Morrisville, Jordon E. Phelps and his wife, Lynn, of Morrisville, Robert Lawrence and his wife, Maribel, of Colorado, Winona Lawrence and her husband, Dr. Chris Cusimano, of Idaho, Trisha Henderson of Michigan, and Andrew Lawrence of California; six great-grandchildren: Lauren Paine, Jordon M. Phelps, Zachary Phelps, Cheyanne Miller, Jesse Miller and Richard Wallace; two great-great-grandchildren: Matthew Lawrence and Cohen Ainsworth; a sister, Bessie Martin of Wolcott; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Robert Nevens, who died in 1985 in California; three brothers: Cecil, Elmer, and Marvin Powers; a sister, Clema Gates; and a great-grandson, Thomas Paine.
Private family services will be held in the spring at their convenience.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Johnson Food Shelf, P.O. Box 364, Johnson, Vermont 05656.
Joshua Dylan Pfenning
Joshua Dylan Pfenning, aka Pfinny, 35, died suddenly on Thursday, November 10, 2011, in Burlington.
Mr. Pfenning was born to Miranda Malcolm and Marcus Pfenning on November 6, 1976, in Middlebury.
Mr. Pfenning spent most of his childhood between Castleton and Westfield, where he attended elementary school and then moved on to North Country Union High School. Along the way, he made many bonds, always leaving a lasting impact on those he shared his life with. There were no strangers in his life because, to him, everyone was family.
Mr. Pfenning had a deep, everlasting love for his entire family. He played a large part in the guidance and upbringing of his siblings. His sacrifices, words of wisdom, and never-ending antics will continue to shape their characters and impact their decisions throughout life.
Mr. Pfenning had a passion for nature; he loved animals, hiking, camping, disc golf, and any other adventure he could pursue in the great outdoors. He was very well versed when it came to literature, and rarely went anywhere without a good book. He was an avid follower of sports, and a lifelong die-hard Yankees fan.
In February of 1998, Mr. Pfenning welcomed his darling daughter, Cassidy, into this world. In his eyes, there was never a prouder moment, or greater achievement, and from that moment on she was the light of his life.
He is survived by his mother, Miranda Malcolm; his maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Touchette; his beloved daughter, Cassidy; his siblings: Samantha Norman, Rachel Greeno, Willow Lafferty, Forrest Pfenning, Ian Kyhill, Iris Smith, and Taylor Kyhill; his step-parents: Steven and Teresa Kyhill, Shelly Pfenning, and Bob Rockwell; his close aunts and uncles: Sue and Roger Scott, Les Pfenning, and Vicky Lucier; as well as by many other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, six nephews and, of course, his innumerable friends. Mr. Pfenning was preceded in death by his father, Marcus Pfenning; his paternal grandparents, Phyllis Barnard and Wilbur Pfenning; and by his maternal grandfather, William Malcolm.
A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Wednesday, November 16, in Burlington. Attendants are encouraged to bring stories and photos to share.
In lieu of flowers, please send any monetary donations to Burlington’s AA District 2, P.O. Box 1212, Burlington, Vermont 05402.
Albert Pouliot, 90, of Newport died on November 11, 2011, in Newport.
He was born September 24, 1921, in St. Marguerite, Quebec, a son of Joseph and Lumina (Tardif) Pouliot. On June 24, 1946, he married Irene Goupil in Stanstead, Quebec. In 1952, he came to the Newport area to work for Earl Hackett Farms, and in 1958 he started his own business as a local painter until his retirement in 1983. During his lifetime he was a self-employed house painter. He held memberships with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport and the Curisillo Catholic Society.
Among his hobbies he enjoyed playing cards, bowling, gardening, and he was a coach for the softball league. He was also a fan of the Montreal Canadians.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Pouliot of Newport; his children: Laurent Pouliot of Middlebury, Nicole Poginy and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Jocelyn Pouliot and his wife, Barbara, of Newport Center, Clement Pouliot of Newport, Yvon Pouliot and his wife, Melanie, of Middlebury, Suzanne Coggeshall and her husband, Robert, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Joanne Allen and her husband, Danny, of North Troy; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; his two brothers: Reverend Fernand Pouliot, and Aristide Pouliot and his wife, Aline; his brothers-in-law: Paul Goupil and his wife, Carmen, Rene Goupil and his wife, Lucie, Denis Goupil and his wife, Bibianne, and Lionel Goupil; by his sisters-in-law: Rose Begin and her husband, Emilien, all of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Irene Goupil of Manchester; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers: Aime, Marielouis, Armand, and Adrien Pouliot; and by his sisters: Maria, Jeanne d’Arc, and Jacqueline.
Funeral services were held on November 14 in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Geralyn Tereasa (Kruegel) Schaaf (Jay)
Geralyn Tereasa (Kruegel) Schaaf (Jay), 49, of Newport died on Sunday, November 6, 2011, in Burlington, surrounded by her beloved husband, Robert Schaaf, her sons, Nicolas Robert and John Charles, and family and friends.
Born on July 18, 1962, she grew up in Union Beach, New Jersey, and moved to Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, residing in Newport in 2006.
She is survived by her father, George John Kruegel of Newport City; her brothers: Kenneth Kruegel of Spring Lake, New Jersey, John Kruegel of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and William Kruegel of Keyport, New Jersey; her sisters: Ellen Justin of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Joanne Burns of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy.
Funeral services were held on November 9 in Newport. Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.
Joshua A. Simons
Joshua A. Simons, 28, of Brownington died on Thursday, November 10, 2011, in Newport as the result of a tragic accident at his home.
He was born in Newport on April 27, 1983. Mr. Simons went to school in Irasburg and graduated from Lake Region Union High School. He was handicapped but in his own way he touched so many lives and he had many friends. He enjoyed music, being outdoors, swimming, horseback riding, and he loved big trucks.
He is survived by his mother, Kim Thompson, and her husband, Tom, and by his grandparents who adopted him, Earl and Brenda Simons. He is also survived by his sisters: Terri LaClair and her husband, Jeff, of Sutton, Lynn Farrand of Massachusetts, Kenni Ann Hawksworth and her husband, Joe, of Florida, and Shyanne Thompson and her friend, Benni, of Hardwick; his brothers: Thomas Thompson Jr. of Hardwick, Ronnie Simons and his wife, Sarah, of Coventry, Lance Simons and his wife, Carolyn, of New Hampshire, and Jay Simons and his wife, Julie, of Bolton; his great-grandmother, Maxine Kelley; his special cousin, Derrick Farrand of Newark; as well as by nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be especially missed by his special second family, Bill and Claudia Bryant and their family, who provided many hours and days of care, love, and affection which included taking him to Maine as well as several other trips.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, at the Brownington Center Church with the Reverend Dan Prue officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 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.
Cy Abdelnour, 64, of Holland, died on October 31, 2011, after a long illness.
Mr. Abdelnour was born on December 8, 1946, in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Moses and Ollie (Abraham) Abdelnour. His father predeceased him.
Mr. Abdelnour attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, where he played football, and graduated from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He deeply enjoyed sharing his love of football with youth, and was head coach of the North Country Junior Falcons for many years.
Mr. Abdelnour’s professional life included 30 years as a social worker with the state of Vermont Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS, now DCF). He assisted many children and families in difficult situations. He spent the last years of his career with SRS as an adoption social worker.
He is survived by his wife, Ines Abdelnour, also of Holland; by his children: Scott Ponce and his wife, Ingrid, of Coral Gables, Florida, Allison Ponce and her husband, Thomas Bontly, of New Haven, Connecticut, and Thomas Abdelnour of Hartford, Connecticut; his grandchildren: Isabel and Elijah Ponce, and Adeline Bontly; his mother, Ollie Abdelnour, of Jacksonville, Florida; his brother, Thomas Abdelnour, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; his sister, Cynthia Ramski of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; and by nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his dear aunt, Ida Davis, of Jacksonville.
A private, family funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Mr. Abdelnour’s memory and name may send them to The Manor — Making Dreams Happen Fund, care of The Manor, 177 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, attention: Laurie Shapleigh; or, to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, P.O. Box 829, Montpelier, Vermont 05601.
Roland A. Before
Roland A. Before, 88, formerly of Derby, died on November 3, 2011, at the Veterans Home in Bennington.
He was born on December 8, 1922, in Derby, a son of Edmund and Lumina (Labonte) Before.
He joined the U.S. Army in the mid-1940s and returned home to work for his father for over 30 years, and he was also a painter for about the same amount of time in both Florida and Washington state.
In his later years, he enjoyed driving to Washington in the summer to visit two of his sisters, and stopping off in the fall, and then continuing on to Florida to spend the winter with family there. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798 of Newport.
Mr. Before is survived by his brothers: Henry Before, and his wife, Marilyn, of Montana, and Vincent Before and his wife, Joyce, of West Burke; his sisters: Cecile Lebeau of Newport, Theresa Cox and her husband, Jim, and Carmen Harter, both of Spokane, Washington, and Rita Riley of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Josephine, and by an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund, Bel-Aire Nursing Home, 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.
Terrence F. “Terry” Burdick
Terrence F. “Terry” Burdick, 59, of Derby died on November 1, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Burdick was born May 26, 1952, in Newport to Willard and Marjorie (Noe) Burdick. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School and continued his education at the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College. Mr. Burdick worked for many years at The Landing Restaurant. At the time of his death, he was employed at Coldwell Banker All Seasons Realty and Belisle-Viens Associates and served on the board of directors of the Northern New England Real Estate Network. He was the association executive and treasurer for the Orleans County Board of Realtors. Mr. Burdick was very proud to be a member of The Church of God. He was awarded his third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do on May 21, 2011. Mr. Burdick was also awarded Newport Chamber of Commerce’s “Man of the Year” award in 1987. He was appointed to serve on the Travel and Recreation Council in 1987 by Governor Madeline Kunin. He was awarded Realtor of the Year in 1995, 1999, and 2008.
Besides his wife of 27 years, Tracey Coburn-Burdick, he is survived by his two daughters and his son: Danielle and her husband, Lars, of Winooski, and Melissa and Jaden of Derby; two granddaughters: Annika and Stella Murdock; his mother, Marjorie Burdick; his brother, Everett Burdick and his wife, Cora, of Albany; his twin brother, Lawrence Burdick and his wife, Gertrude, of Orleans; his sister-in-law, Susan Burdick of Brownington; his sister-in-law, Sharon Morin and her husband, Michael, of Florida; his sister-in-law, Lori Coburn Webb and her husband, Michael, of New Hampshire; his sister-in-law, Jennifer Roy of Newport; his mother-in-law Paula Conover and her husband, Peter, of Newport; his mother-in-law Velma Coburn of Newport; and by many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father, Willard; his sisters: Christine and Patricia; his brothers: Bernard and Edwin; his father-in-law, Duane Coburn; and by his brother-in-law Rene Cote.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport. A celebration of Mr. Burdick’s life will be held on Friday, November 11, at 3 p.m. at The Church of God, 295 Crawford Road in Derby.
Should friends wish to make a contribution in Mr. Burdick’s memory, donations may be made to the Orleans County Board of Realtors Scholarship Fund, in memory of Terrence Burdick, P.O. Box 632, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard F. Croudis
Richard F. Croudis, 94, of Auburn, Maine, died on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Clover Manor Health Care in Auburn with his loving family at his side.
Mr. Croudis was born in Yarmouth, Maine, July 21, 1917, a son of the late William F. and Elizabeth E. (Ordway) Croudis. He attended local schools graduating from North Yarmouth Academy in 1935. He then attended Boston University graduating in 1948, receiving his bachelor of arts degree in music.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army having served his country from 1942 to 1945 during WWII in north Africa and Italy. After returning from the war, he married the love of his life, Lillian Denham, on May 18, 1946. They then made their home in Newport where he worked in the school system as a music teacher. He was an active member of the United Church of Newport where he also served as its choir director. Mr. Croudis was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Vermont, the longest and oldest serving member of the Newport Rotary Club, the director of The North Country Music Festival in Newport for several years, and a member of the Vermont Music Educators. In his spare time, Mr. Croudis loved camping.
Mr. Croudis is survived by his daughter, Catherine Croudis, of Lewiston, Maine; his nephews: John Wallace, Richard Dunham, David Preble, and Jeffrey Preble; and his nieces: Denise Ireland and Eileen Horton. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Lillian, and his brother, Bernard Croudis.
A committal service was held November 5 in Yarmouth. Memorial services will be held at the United Church of Newport on November 20 at 1 p.m. Donations in Mr. Croudis’ name may be made to the Scholarship Fund at the Newport Rotary, P.O. Box 166, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Family and friends are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Mr. Croudis’ life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.
Lillian Anna Eastman
Lillian Anna Eastman, 88, of Newport died on November 3, 2011, in Derby, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 8, 1923, in Newport Center, a daughter of Richard and Gertrude (Hazard) Smith. On October 31, 1959, she married Mahlon “Red” Eastman who predeceased her on December 24, 1998.
Before moving to Vermont, she and her late husband lived in Hudson, Massachusetts, where she was employed by Koehler MFG. She was a former member of the Eagles Club in Hudson. She loved her cats and she enjoyed crocheting and attending the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her children: Kathleen Bowen and her husband, Winston, of Derby, Carolin McCarthy and her husband, Raymond, of Derby, and Willard Armstrong of Waltham, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Joyce, at the age of one; by two brothers: Elmer and Earl Smith; and by several stepsisters and stepbrothers.
Funeral services were held on November 8 in Newport. Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 522 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.
Wayne Lawson died on Monday, October 31, 2011.
Born and raised in Vermont, Mr. Lawson graduated from Lyndon State College, Champlain College, and served in the U.S. Navy in his younger years. Mr. Lawson was a happy soul who laughed and enjoyed Thanksgiving dinners. He was a family man dedicated to his work and golf. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Kitima; his son Christopher of South Burlington; and his daughter Keri Ann of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Funeral services were held on November 4 in Burlington. Interment followed at the Coventry Village Cemetery in Coventry, with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 16 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Paul Joseph Leclerc
Paul Joseph Leclerc, 84, of Island Pond, formerly of North Andover, Massachusetts, died on October 31, 2011, in Newport.
He was born February 28, 1927, in Lowell, Massachusetts, a son of Arthur and Bertha (Auger) Leclerc. He married Beverly Jerdrone, in 1956, who survives him. He was a veteran of World War II and a graduate of a Lowell trade school. He was employed by General Electric for 24 years as a Heliarc welder. He enjoyed singing in choirs and was a member of the Lowell Opera Company for many years. He loved sailing with his 25-foot sailboat, camping with his family and building model airplanes.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Leclerc, of Island Pond; by his children: Richard Paul Leclerc and his wife, Donna, of Methuen, Massachusetts, Robert Charles Leclerc of Salem, New Hampshire, Paula Marie Coates and her husband, William, of Island Pond, and Carol Ann Leclerc of Island Pond; by his grandchildren: Damian, Derek, Matthew, Benjamin, Catherine, Andrew, Callen and Joshua; by his two great-grandchildren: Zachary and Alea; by his brother Joseph Leclerc and his wife, Anne, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters: Annette Chaput and Lucille Aubin.
Funeral services were held on November 4 in Island Pond. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Romeo Leon Myott
Romeo Leon Myott, 82, of Westfield died on November 4, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Myott was born June 27, 1929, in Montgomery Center, the eldest son of Leon and Lizzie (Domina) Myott. He enlisted in the Army and later the Air Force where he served following World War II in Germany and received an honorable discharge. On February 3, 1951, he married Marion Willis. He worked as superintendent at the Vermont Asbestos Group in Lowell for 36 years and continued working in drilling and blasting until retiring in 2008. He also served as a volunteer fireman in Troy and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Westfield, and the Masonic Union Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons in Troy. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing weekly poker games at the Westfield Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife, Marion, with whom he shared 60 wonderful years of marriage; his son, Steven Myott, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Caleb Myott and his wife, Jennifer, of Kernersville, North Carolina, Lia Myott Gilleski and her husband, Daniel, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Michael Luke Myott of Wilmington, North Carolina; and by his great-grandchildren: Juna Mikayla, Macy, and Mia Myott, and Evan Charles Gilleski. He was predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters.
A private burial with full military honors will be held on Friday, November 11, in Westfield.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Myott’s memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Tiffany M. Wight
Tiffany M. Wight, 22, of Island Pond died suddenly on October 31, 2011, in Island Pond.
She was born November 28, 1988, in St. Johnsbury, a daughter of Anthony Wight and Elaine (Hinton) Wight. Ms. Wight was a very devoted mother to her two babies. She enjoyed reading to them and taking them with her brother Kamren to the park to play.
She is survived by her children: Chase and Owen of Island Pond; her mother, Elaine Wight, of Island Pond; her father, Anthony Wight, of Enfield, New Hampshire; her fiancé, Troy Sheltra of Island Pond; her grandmother, Roberta Hinton of St. Johnsbury; her brothers: T.J. Wight of Buckfield, Maine, Brandon Wight of Buckfield, Nathan Wight of Enfield Center, New Hampshire, Justin Barlow of Island Pond, and Kamren Hinton of Island Pond; her sisters: Misty Wight of Nashua, New Hampshire, Amanda Wight of Island Pond, and Joshlynne Barlow of Island Pond; by her stepfather, George Barlow III, of St. Johnsbury; by her stepmother, Lori Burbank, of Maine; her step-grandfather, Bill Barlow Sr., of Island Pond; Mr. Sheltra’s mother, Ellen Sheltra, who treated her like a daughter; Mr. Sheltra’s grandparents, Frances and Donald Sheltra of Maine; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandmother, Barbara Butterfield.
Funeral services were held on November 4 in Island Pond. Interment will be at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Owen and Chase Trust Fund, in care of Passumpsic Savings Bank, 1 Gardner Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Timothy Wayland Cole
Timothy Wayland Cole, 50, died on Monday, October 24, 2011, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Cole was born in Townshend on October 20, 1961, the son of Francis and Elaine (Arms) Cole. He grew up in Brookline and attended schools in Townshend and Brattleboro. He made his home in Wardsboro, Wilmington, Brattleboro, and, finally, Hinsdale, New Hampshire. He was employed in the food service business, most recently for Sodexho at the Brattleboro Retreat and in the kitchen at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
Mr. Cole was an avid Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia fan. He loved the time he spent with his dad in the woods, hunting and enjoying nature, and he loved spending holidays and other anniversaries with his family in the Northeast Kingdom. He was baptized and joined the Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro in 2004, and he took great joy in being a part of this church community. Mr. Cole truly appreciated his friends and caregivers who helped him live a productive life. Missy, his cat, was the joy of his life.
Mr. Cole is survived by his parents, Francis and Elaine Cole of Derby; his sister Christine Cole of Newfane; his brother Kevin Cole of Townshend; and his sister Jennifer Cole of Newfane; as well as by numerous relatives. Mr. Cole was predeceased by his brother, Matthew Cole.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, in Brattleboro, with the Reverends Carra McFadden and Fred Barker officiating. Following this, there will be a reception and a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, 29 Elm Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301; or the Winston L. Prouty Center, 20 Winston Prouty Way, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301.
Leslie Rae Cornell
Leslie Rae Cornell, 53, of Barton, died suddenly on October 22, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on November 19, 1957, in Willows, California, a daughter of Richard W. and Shirley L. (White) Mofield. On March 1, 1983 she married Stuart Cornell who survives her. Mrs. Cornell graduated from Oroville High School in California and also attended Chico State College in California. Mrs. Cornell was a very hard working woman and was the floor manager at the C&C Supermarket in Barton for seven years. She enjoyed making jewelry, gardening, decorative painting, traveling all over the world with her husband while he served in the United States Air Force, and spending time with friends and family which was very important to her. She was a very giving person helping anyone in need.
Mrs. Cornell is survived by her husband, Stuart Cornell of Barton; two children: Aaron J. and Jason R. Cornell of Barton; her parents: Richard and Shirley Mofield of Virginia; a sister, Diane Mofield, and her husband, John Milan, of Virginia; her nieces and nephews: Chris and Melissa Faust, and Melissa and Erik McCoy; and by her great-niece and nephew, Emily and Connor McCoy.
A celebration of her life was held on October 29, in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Cornell’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Elmer A. Hauver
Elmer A. Hauver, 89, of Newport Center died on October 26, 2011, in Barton.
He was born August 10, 1922, in Newport, a son of Elmer and Mabel (Goodall) Hauver. On May 24, 1947, he married Lillian Lahar who predeceased him January 28, 2004. December 19, 2005 marked his retirement from Columbia Forest Products after 13 years of service. He attended the East School in Newport and served in the U.S. Army 122nd Medic Corps where he was a cook feeding 500 to 1,000 soldiers. Mr. Hauver held his first job running hoist for the logs at Atlas Plywood, now Columbia Forest Products, for five years. He then was a foreman at H.P. Hood & Son in Newport for almost 30 years until the business closed in 1976. He then retired from the Litton Industries, now Tivoly, after working almost ten years as a tool maker. In 1992 he worked as a janitor for a few months at the Newport Health Care Center. He also painted many homes and businesses in Orleans and the surrounding areas. He joined Columbia on December 22, 1992, as a watchman, a position he held until his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Newport, and a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798. He also enjoyed gardening and playing cards.
He is survived by his children: Jane Provoncha and Mary Hauver, both of Newport; his grandchildren: Sheri Letourneau and her husband, Patrick, of Newport Center, and Clint Provoncha and his wife, Heidi, of Coventry; his great-grandchildren: Storm Lamarche, Raven Letourneau, Clint, Casey, and Corey Provoncha and Christina Stevens; his great-great-granddaughter Caitlin Stevens; his sister-in-law Cecile Colburn of Newport; his brother-in-law Richard Bernier and his wife, Helen, of Coventry; his special friends Barbara Boutin of Derby, and Jim and Connie Turner of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters: Harold and Earl Hauver, Ethel McClellan, and Dorothy Stevens.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Leonard “Joe” Lippens
Leonard “Joe” Lippens, 91, of Derby Line died on October 29, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 22, 1920, in Derby, a son of Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens. He graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1939 and later received an honorable discharge certificate from the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Lippens was a district representative for Citizens Utilities for 34 years and he was a key player in supplying power to many areas in the Northeast Kingdom and to the top of Jay Peak. In his retirement, he was a lister for the town of Derby. His hobbies included snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, carpentry, cutting wood, and he was known for his large, enviable vegetable garden on West Street in Derby. He was a member the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, county director of VAST, president of Drift Dusters, and a 69-year member of the Knights of Columbus. His favorite pastimes later in life were playing bridge and storytelling.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth (Powers) Lippens; his son Bruce Lippens and his wife, Karen, of Derby; his daughter Patricia Hunt and her husband, W. Perry, of Derby Line; his grandchildren: Jennifer (Lippens) Grillo and her husband, Peter, Christopher Hunt and his wife, Monique, and Timothy Hunt and his wife, Taryn; by his great-grandchildren: Sienna Grillo, Jonathan Hunt, Jackson Hunt and Emerson Hunt; and by his siblings: Elaine Reid, Rosalie Guyette, Lucille Meunier, Annette Trombly, Jeanine Martin, and Harold Lippens and their families. He was predeceased by his sister, Madeline Nault.
Funeral services were held November 1 in Newport. Interment followed in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Michaud Memorial Manor, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club, care of Gary Lebaron, P.O. Box 448, Derby, Vermont 05829. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mellissa M. Tinker
Mellissa M. Tinker, 39, died suddenly on Saturday, October 22, 2011, in Newport.
She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, May 8, 1972, the daughter of Harry Burnham and Phyllis “Penny” (Joyner) Horner.
She and her family moved to Albany in her early years where she was raised. She attended Lake Region Union High School and had taken several college courses.
Ms. Tinker was talented both in music and in artistic venues. She played the flute and oboe and enjoyed music, dancing, decorating, and making jewelry. A very giving person, she will be missed by her many friends as well as her family.
She leaves two sons: Alex Duranleau of Castleton State College and Benjamin Duranleau of Newport; her mother, Penny, and her husband, Bob Horner, of Inverness, Florida; her father, Harry Burnham of Barton; a sister, Paula Cote of Newport; two brothers: Michael Burnham and his friend, Gina Miller, of Holland and Douglas Burnham and wife, Marry, of Irasburg; two step-sisters: Laurie Campbell and her friend, Burt Goodell, of Newport Center and Jackie-Lyn Horner and husband, Clifford Dillon, of Newport Center; a grandmother, Phyllis Joyner of Inverness; and her nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Private services were held for family at the Albany Village Cemetery with Pastor Nate Strong officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Teen Challenge Vermont, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656-9600.
Thelma M. Bly
Thelma M. Bly, 85, of Newport died on October 19, 2011, in Newport.
She was born September 23, 1926, in Derby, a daughter of Carlton and Alice (Wood) Brainard. In 1947, she married Edward F. Bly who predeceased her on March 15, 2008. Mrs. Bly was a bookkeeper for Community National Bank where she retired after 12 years of service. She and her late husband ran the family farm in East Charleston. Thelma enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She made many pairs of mittens for the schoolchildren as well as homemade applesauce for the school. Mr. and Mrs. Bly always had a big garden much to the delight of their family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Bill Bly and his wife, Myra, of South Hero, Valerie Spring and her husband, Ernie, of Hanover, New Hampshire, Beverly Devereaux and her husband, Vern, of Barton, and Sherry Clark and her husband, John, of Hartland; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Myron (Toby) Brainard and his wife, Dorothy, and Curtis Brainard and his wife, Betty, all of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Carlton Brainard Jr., and by two sisters: Phyllis Buchanan and Jeannette Goss.
A graveside service was held October 21 in East Charleston. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alma Elena Burlton
Alma Elena Burlton, 73, of Newport died on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
She was born on July 24, 1938, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Allen and Lila (Davis) Polaski. She was brought up by her stepfather, Charles Wood.
On August 16, 1991, she married Arthur Burlton who predeceased her on February 2, 1995.
She was a housekeeper in the Lyndonville area for over 30 years.
She enjoyed collecting stuffed and ceramic cats, crocheting, going on sightseeing rides in the country, and stopping by old country general stores.
She is survived by a cousin, Elizabeth Littlefield, of Lyndonville, and by her long-time companion, Bill Hall, of Newport.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Burlton’s memory may be to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Charles B. Soucy
Charles B. Soucy, 81, of Newport, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
He was the beloved husband of Virginia D. (Poor) Soucy, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
Born on February 8, 1930, in Salem, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Joseph O. and Alberta (Voyer) Soucy. He was a 1947 graduate of Salem High School, a 1952 graduate of Babson College, and served in the U.S. Navy.
A well-known Salem businessman, Mr. Soucy was former president of C.B. Soucy Insurance Agency. Active in community affairs, he was former president of Salem Kiwanis Club and later served as district governor of Kiwanis, International. He also served as treasurer of North Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America, and was instrumental in the formation of Salem Troop #72. He also served on the boards of various other civic organizations.
Up until the time of his illness, he was an avid skier and skied at many resorts around the world. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling and golf. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five beloved children and their spouses: Deborah and Kevin Lawton of Swansea, Massachusetts, Charles and Susan Soucy of Boxford, Massachusetts, Paul and Cynthia Soucy of Boxford, Joan and Kevin Street of Essex, Massachusetts, and Janet and Lee Merrill of Wenham, Massachusetts; by his nine cherished grandchildren: Amy Lawton of Swansea, Michael Soucy of Boulder, Colorado, Ellen Reece and her husband, Cameron, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Laura Soucy of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Catherine and Andrew Soucy of Boxford, Massachusetts, and Melissa, Joseph, and Jacob Merrill of Wenham; and by his loving sister, Joan Garfield, of Lynn, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his beloved grandson, Matthew Lawton.
Services were private. Gifts in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Michael Arland Cahill
Michael Arland Cahill, 62, of Randolph, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born November 22, 1948, in Newport, the son of Arland H. and Beverly D. (Taylor) Cahill. He was raised in Island Pond, then served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Cahill had worked in construction in Florida, Houston, Texas, and Denver, Colorado before moving to Vermont in the 1980s, settling in Randolph in 1992. He worked as a paralegal for the Vermont State Office of Child Support in Rutland, and as a private investigator in Newport and Philadelphia. The last ten years he worked as a plumber, primarily for the Vermont Center for Independent Living Home Access Program. Mr. Cahill was married to Mary Anne Taggart in Braintree on August 16, 1997. He was a member of the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Kairos Prison Ministry, Tres Dias, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Randolph American Legion Post #9. He enjoyed storytelling, target shooting, dancing, reading, cribbage, and traveling to Ireland, and was an avid Boston Red Sox Fan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Cahill of Randolph; his daughter, Lilia Piette of Morgan; his mother, Beverly Person, and his step-father, Andrew Person, of Belvidere, New Jersey; his stepson, Josh Howe of Fort Myers, Florida, and his stepdaughter, Emily Howe of Colchester; his brothers: Patrick J. Cahill of Denver, Colorado and Timothy J. Cahill of Philipsburg, New Jersey; and his sisters: Julia E. Cahill of Mission, South Dakota, and Suzanne Rippley of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
Funeral services were held October 15 in Randolph.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Home Access Program, 111 East State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.
John P. Gile
John P. Gile, 88, of Albany died on October 11, 2011, at his home in South Albany where he lived all his life.
He was born January 30, 1923, in South Albany, a son of Edward and Josephine (Bo) Gile. He was a veteran of World War II.
He was a self-employed farmer and he also mowed the cemeteries in Albany for 35 years.
He is survived by his sisters: Laura Gonyaw of Barton, Louise McRoy of St. Johnsbury, Margaret Wright of St. Johnsbury, and Bertha Shortsleeve of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on October 15 at the South Albany Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany Cemetery Fund, Route 14, Albany, Vermont 05820. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Warren W. Higgons
Warren W. Higgons, 79, died on Sunday, October 16, 2011, after a brief illness, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born April 6, 1932, in Port Chester, New York, a son of Stanley and Marjorie (McLean) Higgons of Scarsdale, New York. He served his country during the Korean War as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He joined the Army reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Higgons attained a master’s degree in business administration and worked as an executive in financial services as well as in real estate.
He recently moved back to Vermont after ten years in North Carolina, having previously lived in Stowe and Mallets Bay. He recently had been enjoying life as a “Dock Rat” at the Newport Marina on Lake Memphremagog in Newport, residing in Craftsbury Common.
He was an avid sailor, golfer and skier, enoying life to the fullest.
He leaves his wife, Donna of Craftsbury Common; a sister, Laura (Peggy) Ginter of Boca Raton, Florida; his children: Michelle Knowlton and her husband, Ron, of Boca Raton, Florida, Wes Higgons and his wife, Lori, of Gainsville, Florida, and Doug Higgons and his wife, Shannon, of Chesapeake, Virigina; two stepchildren: Jon and Charlie Wilson; a sister-in-law, Gail Bonestell, of Woodstock, New York; and 13 beloved grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service was held October 18 in Craftsbury Common.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS), Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Loretta Christine (Burgess) Johnson
Loretta Christine (Burgess) Johnson died suddenly on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at her home.
Ms. Johnson was born on September 15, 1955, to H. Elwin and Christine Burgess of Oxford, Massachusetts. She graduated from Oxford High School along with her husband in 1974. The couple married on May 20, 1978 after a long courtship.
Ms. Johnson was very active in her community. She belonged to the Oxford Women’s Club, where she performed in many plays, and was co-chairman of the building of the bandstand in the Oxford park. She was a member of the board of directors and volunteer extraordinaire for the Franklin County Humane Society of St. Albans, and the Scottish Terrier Club of America and the New England Scottish Terrier Club. She was well known for her grooming business, Waggin Tails, which she ran for 13 years in Swanton.
Her hobbies included piano and guitar playing, kayaking, snowshoeing, gardening, motorcycling, and breeding, raising, and showing Scottish Terriers. She was the proud owner of three champion Scotties.
She leaves her husband, Christopher V.; her two sons, Erik and Tyler; her older brother, Tom Burgess of Maine; three nieces: Barbara Morrison of Virginia, Lynn Beck of Oxford, Massachusetts, and Chelsea of Westmore; her nephew, Allen Bissonette; her sisters-in-law, Ruthie Bissonette and Penny; and her brother-in-law, Kimball Johnson. She also leaves her beloved dogs: Rose, Buddy, and Luna.
Ms. Johnson had many friends from many walks of life and she will surely be missed.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, in Swanton. The Reverend Anne Torrance Bachmann will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Committal services and interment will take place Sunday, October 23, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Lakeview Cemetery, Route 5A in Westmore, with family friend Father Charles Davignon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478; or to the New England Scottish Terrier Club “Scotty Rescue” league, care of Ray Rinaldi, Treasurer, Loretta Johnson Memorial Rescue, STCNE 92 Parklawn Drive, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708.
To offer online condolences, please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.
Charles Thomas Marr
Charles Thomas Marr, 64, died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, on a sunny afternoon in Manchester, Kentucky while sitting outdoors in his favorite chair, visiting at the home of dear friends.
He lived in both Manchester and Chillicothe, Ohio. At the time of his death, he was the Tennessee and Kentucky land agent for Energy Associates, an oil and gas company. Walking the mountains and talking with landowners of those states was never work to him but instead, pure joy.
He loved spending time in the Newport area with his sister, Sarah Fitts, and her husband, Bob. He lived for hiking northern Vermont trails with his family and sailing and fishing in Lake Memphremagog. He always loved returning to Vermont for the weddings of his niece and nephews and just for working on projects with his brother-in-law.
Our dad was a kind and gentle man. His height could have intimidated, but it never did. Each time that we were together, we would begin to plan when and where the next time would be. His dreams were magical, and he made them real. He lives in us, in our children and in those he loved and who loved him. Nothing on this earth in the 64 years that he shared with us can ever take that from our hearts.
Our dad cared so deeply in this life. He served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Boston off the coast of Vietnam. He pretended to have no use for dogs or cats but loved having them follow him for a snack or a pat. He was comfortable with laughter and with tears. He wanted to fix whatever needed fixing, he was so skillful with his hands. He loved growing roses and tomatoes; finding rocks; eating Maine lobster and warm blueberry pie; driving narrow winding roads where ever he could find them and loving the adventure of not knowing where we would end up; watching the sunsets; living and working among the people and under the skies of Kentucky and Tennessee. But most of all, he loved us dearly. We did not want him to leave us on September 13, 2011.
His energy and joy in each day still shine in his mother, Sue B. Marr of Chillicothe; in us, his children: Kevin Thomas and Kami Marr of Greeley, Colorado, Juliana Marie and Dane Sprister of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Thomas Edward Marr II of Gallipolis, Ohio; in his sister, Sarah Fitts and her husband, Bob, of Newport Center; in his beloved companion, Linda Momirov Kramer of Chillicothe; and in his cherished grandchildren. His father and best friend, Dr. Thomas E. Marr, predeceased him in death.
A graveside memorial celebration of the man he was was held on September 19 at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, as we gathered among the red roses that he had planted on the graves of his father and grandparents. We joined with his Manchester, Kentucky, family of friends in a celebration of his life on September 20, 2011. — submitted by Juliana Marr Sprister.
Shawn C. Mason
Shawn C. Mason, 34, of Eden, died suddenly on October 14, 2011, in Morrisville.
He was born December 17, 1976, in Newport, a beloved son of Kevin Mason and Joi (Batchelder) Merritt. He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1995. Mr. Mason was employed at The Shed Restaurant in Stowe and he was formerly a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed all sports and his favorite NASCAR driver was Matt Kenseth. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, and the Yankees. Mr. Mason always looked at the better side of life.
He is survived by his parents: Kevin Mason and his wife, Susan, of Newport News, Virginia, and his mother Joi Merritt and her husband, Rory, of Springfield; his girlfriend, Kellie Coderre of Eden; his sisters and brothers: Aaron Lanou and his wife, Chantell, of Clifton Springs, New York, Ryan Mason of Lynchburg, Virginia, Troy Metcalf and his wife, Rachel, of Roanoke, Virginia, Jessica Baker and her husband, Josh, of East Charleston, Jennifer Bergeron of Newport Center, Traci Farnsworth and her husband, Michael, of Springfield, and Amber Howard and her husband, Gene, of Newport News; by his special grandmother, June Lussier of Orleans; by two special aunts: Nickolet Simpson of Derby, and Rosemary Sheltra of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held October 18 in Newport. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg will be at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Cardiac Unit, Copley Hospital, 528 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 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.
Evelyn M. Reynolds
Evelyn M. Reynolds, 96, formerly of Newport, died on October 10, 2011, in Glover.
She was born in Elmore on January 1, 1915, to Mary (Spaulding) and Thomas Symonds Sr., one of 14 children.
While living at the Governor’s Mansion in Newport, she developed a wonderful relationship with Sissy Broome and enjoyed all her help and company which she missed when she moved to Glover.
She was a past member of the Grange and the Newport Senior Center and she loved to play cards and bingo. In over nine years during the 1960s and ’70s, Mrs. Reynolds and her husband, Rhett Reynolds, provided foster care to over 60 children.
She is survived by her children: Barbara Wells of Wolcott, Lucy Brock and her husband, John, of Morgan, and Robert Reynolds and his wife, Nancy, of Derby; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters: Bertha Dodge of Morrisville and Mildred Choland of Hyde Park; and by several nieces, nephews, and by close friends: Dan Bryant and his son, Scott, and his wife, Dianna, and their two children. Ms. Reynolds was predeceased by her husbands, Emmanuel Gonyaw and Rhett Reynolds; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four sisters, and seven brothers.
Funeral services were held on October 13 in Newport. Interment followed in the Riverbank Cemetery in Stowe.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Activities Fund at the Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Frank Harris Spates Jr.
Frank Harris Spates Jr., 78, died on October 9, 2011, at his home in Derby, after more than ten years battling Multiple Systems Atrophy.
Mr. Spates, or “Sunny” as his brothers and sisters called him, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on September 14, 1933. He was a son of Frank H. Spates Sr. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates, both of whom have predeceased him. He was the second of five children. His siblings include his older sister, Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, Florida, his brother William Spates and his wife, Hilda, of Lynn, Massachusetts, his sister Joyce Stanwood and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and his brother Doug Spates and his wife, Vivian, of Derby. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, George Durkee.
Mr. Spates graduated from Newport High School in 1951 and was a member of the Newport State Champion football team. He was also on the baseball team and ski team. He served in the Marine Corps from June 9, 1953 until June of 1955 and also in the United States Army Reserve from June 1958 until his honorable discharge in July of 1972. At that time he had obtained a rank of Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers and was acting commander of the National Guard Unit of Putnam, Connecticut.
He married Jeannette Nault on January 1, 1955 in Newport. His military and engineering career took them to places like Camp Lejune, North Carolina; Albany, New York; Vernon, Connecticut; and back to Vermont for good in 1970 where they purchased a farm in Derby and resided ever since.
Mr. Spates graduated from the Unviersity of Vermont in 1960 with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering. He worked for the following: State of Vermont on Interstate 91, the Shell Oil Co. building service stations in Connecticut and Massachusetts, as a math teacher and football coach at Newport High School, for the Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut, as a dairy farmer in Derby, and he was the project engineer for the Wright and Morrisey building at North Country Hospital. In 1974 he started Spates Construction with his wife and he retired from it in 2001, seeing it grow from a small company to one of the area’s larger construction firms. Mr. Spates also served as a Derby Select Board member and he helped coach Little League as well as Legion Baseball. For many years he was in charge of the Legion Post 21 Scholarship program as well as commander of the Legion. He had also served on the Boosters for North Country football and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed many trips with his wife that included some with family members and others with friends from the Community Circle. Mr. Spates also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons, brothers, nephews, grandsons and granddaughters. He enjoyed boating for many years with Mrs. Spates on Lake Memphremagog.
Mr. Spates loved sports at both the local and professional level and when his health did not allow him to attend the local games, he followed the Boston Red Sox, the New York Giants, and the Montreal Canadians on television.
Besides his wife of the past 56 years, Jeannette (Nault) Spates, he leaves behind their four children: Valerie and her husband, Pat Gunn, of Spring City, Tennessee, Grant and his friend, Carol Brown, of Derby, Dana and his friend, Bria Horton, of Derby, and Lee and his wife, Lisa, of Derby; nine grandchildren: Rachel Spates and her husband, Ryan DiSantis, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Jerimiah Ovitt of Killington, Emily Spates of Hillsboro, Oregon, Sarah Spates and her fiancé, Chad Greenlaw, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Tristan Ovitt and his friend, Ashley Favreau, of Derby, Whitney Ovitz and her friend, Howie Lockamy, of Derby, Logan Spates of Derby, Mira Spates of Derby, and Sam Spates of Colchester and Derby; four great-grandchildren: Caleb Ovitz, Killie Ovitz, Cheyene Ovitt and Avalon Lockamy; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on October 15 in Newport. Interment followed with military honors at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his name may be made to Shy-Drager Syndrome/Multiple Systems Atrophy Support Group, 2004 Howard Lane, Austin, Texas, 78728. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Henry Turner Jr.
John Henry Turner Jr., 74, of Brownington, died suddenly on October 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born November 8, 1936, in Groton, Massachusetts, a son of Gertrude (Desrosier) and John Turner Sr. He graduated from Saint Cecilia High School in Leominster, Massachusetts, and he also attended college in Attleboro, Massachusetts. On March 15, 1971 he married Anne Courtot who survives him.
He entered the United States Air Force and served his country during the Korean War.
During his lifetime he was a travel agent in Paris, France. Mr. Turner was an avid fisherman and hunter, and he loved traveling and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 in Paris.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Turner of Brownington; by his daughter, Laura Turner of Paris; by two grandchildren, Jasmine and Anais of Paris; by his sisters Jean Davidson and her husband, Gary, of Portland, Oregon, and Corrine Bergeron of Portland; by nephews: Michael, David, and Robert Jr.; by his niece, Patricia Bergeron; and by his grandnephews: Michael Jr., Andrew, and Mathew Bergeron.
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.
Nancy Lee (Hill) Turner
Nancy Lee (Hill) Turner, 86, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, with her family at her side.
Born in Orleans on November 23, 1924, Mrs. Turner lived a loving life of devotion to her family and service to others. Raised in northern Vermont and educated as a legal secretary, she married her high school sweetheart, Frederick Muer, and began her life with the Marine Corps, complete with its varied destinations and unique lifestyle. With the loss of Mr. Muer in Korea and the birth of her daughter, she returned to her parents’ home.
In 1953 she married Tom Turner and again became the wife of a Marine. They lived in numerous locations and she bore three sons: Tom Jr., Jim, and Sam, to round out the family. In every duty station, Mrs. Turner created a home in which all the children thrived and their friends were welcome and she volunteered in each community she lived in. In Japan, she had a special group of ladies she taught to knit; they taught her nuances of their culture. With Mr. Turner’s retirement in 1975, they returned to Vista, California, and made that community their permanent home.
Early in their retirement, they traveled throughout southern California by motorcycle, touring with a Japanese rescue dog in a basket on the back. Mrs. Turner worked in the registrar’s office at Palomar College for many years. Some 25 years ago, their cabin in Idyllwild, California, became a beloved second home.
In recent years, as a result of her personal challenges, Mrs. Turner became involved with the San Diego Center for the Blind in Vista. First as a student herself and then as a volunteer, she brought to bear her organizational and interpersonal skills and passion for the mission of the school. She also enjoyed working frequently at the Vista Senior Center.
Her hobbies have varied over the years, always creative — from painting, seashell design in Hawaii, to Japanese shadowboxes, watercolors, and knitting baby blankets. Her competitive nature was evident in basketball and marksmanship awards, bowling trophies and beating her grandkids in bocce ball. But her greatest skill was the gentle and cheerful grace with which she lived her life. She earned the admiration and love of all she knew.
She is survived by her daughter, Fritzi, and her grandson, Vincent; her son, Tom, and his wife, Jennifer, and their children: Elizabeth, Carrie and Will; her son, Jim, and his wife, Patti, and their children: Brock and Lauren and her husband, Travis; and by her great-grandson, Kaden.
A celebration of her life was held October 16 at her home in Vista.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the San Diego Center for the Blind, 1385 Bonair Road, Vista, California 92084.
Koland Wayne Alling
Koland Wayne Alling, 76, died on September 3, 2011, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
He was born May 16, 1935, in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was the son of Koland G. Alling and Edith (Lattimer) Alling of Concord, New Hampshire.
Following service in the 540th Engineer Group of the U.S. Army, he spent his professional life in the area of lubrication of heavy construction equipment, a subject in which he attained a high level of expertise.
He is survived by a cousin, Patricia Weaver of Frederickton, Maryland; three nieces: Jane B. Greenwood of Brownington, Judith Jackson of Irasburg, and Ann Southard of Clarendon; a nephew, Harold Greenwood of Bethel; as well as many grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah Greenwood Alling, in 2005.
The family plans a private memorial service.
James J. Belmont Jr.
James J. Belmont Jr., 82, of Broomfield, Colorado, formerly of Derby, died on September 26, 2011.
He was born to James J. Belmont Sr. and Mildred Daily (of Haverhill, Massachusetts) in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Haverhill High School and went on to become a supervisor at Western Electric in Westminster, Colorado.
Mr. Belmont is survived by his daughter, Nancy McKee and her husband, Gary, of Broomfield; his grandsons: Sean McKee of Denver, Colorado, and Ryan McKee and his wife, Tyra, of Anchorage, Alaska; his great-grandson, Wyatt McKee of Anchorage, Alaska; his brother, Robert Belmont of Kingston, New Hampshire; and by his sister, Barbara Archambault, of Farmington, New Hampshire. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joan M. (Drummey) Belmont, whom he married in 1949 in Bradford, Massachusetts; and by one sister, Gloria Richardson.
A graveside service at Derby Center Cemetery in Derby will be held on Thursday, October 13, at 11 a.m., with military honors conducted by the Navy.
Calvin (Sonny) Bennett III
Calvin (Sonny) Bennett III, 57, of Irasburg died on October 8, 2011, in Hyde Park.
Mr. Bennett was born in Franklin, Massachusetts on June 21, 1954, and died, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife of 39 years, Stella Bennett of Irasburg; his son William Bennett and his wife, Christina, of Franklin, New Hampshire, and his daughter Robin Harvey and her husband, Scott, of Hyde Park; his grandchildren: Faith, Jacob, Ryan, Richie, Zackery, Destiny and Ashlee; his mother, Leila Bennett of Glover; his father Calvin Bennett II of Fork Kent Mills, Maine; his siblings: Clifton, Christine, Carolyn, Cathleen, Crystal, Cassandra, Lee, Lucinda and William; and his best friends, Jr., Jimmy and Dan.
Mr. Bennett will be remembered as being a son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend but most of all a brave and strong man.
Friends and family are invited to share in a potluck celebration of his life held at the Irasburg Town Hall on October 16 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Dale R. Charron
Dale R. Charron, 75, died on October 3, 2011, at his home.
He was born in Lyndonville on November 13, 1935, a son of Francis and Florence (Walters) Charron. He graduated from Lyndon Institute, Lyndon State College, and went on to receive his master’s degree from the University of Vermont, pursuing a career in teaching. Mr. Charron worked in the St. Johnsbury school district where he was a principal and teacher for over 30 years, and from where he retired.
Mr. Charron served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He grew up in Lyndonville and married Lois Fortune of Craftsbury on September 5, 1959. They originally made their home in Lyndonville where he enjoyed volunteering and coaching for the Little League. When they later moved to Craftsbury approximately 35 years ago, he was instrumental in starting the Little League program. Mr. Charron was also a member of the United Church of Craftsbury and a former member of the Meridian Sun Lodge #30, Free and Accepted Masons.
Mr. Charron enjoyed gardening, cooking, horseshoes, playing cribbage, and doing crossword puzzles. He was an avid sports fan, supporting all of the New England teams, especially the Boston Bruins. When the Bruins won the Stanley Cup this past June, it brought him great joy. The love of sports was carried over to a hobby of writing as he spent many years as a sports reporter for the Hardwick Gazette and crafted his special-occasion poems for many family members and friends.
In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by his three children: William and his wife, Andrea, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Steven and his wife, Lisa, of Maynard, Massachusetts, and Holly Charron of Boston, Massachusetts; four grandchildren: Ashley and Zachary Charron of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Grace and Allison Charron of Maynard, Massachusetts; two brothers: Robert and his wife, Sylvia, and Rodney and his wife, Joanne; four sisters: Marilyn Weigel, Mary Farino and her husband, Benjamin, Dorothy Dudley, and Janet Charron; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers.
A memorial service was held on October 8, in Craftsbury. Interment followed in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Craftsbury Area Baseball/Softball Program, care of Micki Martin, Treasurer, 4842 Route 14 North, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to the Craftsbury Schools Athletic Program, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.
Cecile Irene DeLaBruere
Cecile Irene DeLaBruere, 88, of Island Pond died on October 7, 2011, in Newport.
She was born December 16, 1922 in Coaticook, Quebec, a daughter of Donat and Adeline (St. Pierre) Ruel. On June 30, 1940 she married Roland DeLaBruere Sr., who predeceased her on December 6, 2003.
Mrs. DeLaBruere and her late husband wintered in Florida for many years. She was an accomplished oil painter and she enjoyed playing the harmonica for her grandchildren and the senior center in Island Pond. She fed her chickens daily and enjoyed watching and listening to the birds. She loved to cook and have family gatherings at the beach. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, flower gardening, singing and dancing, and knitting many things for her family.
She is survived by her children: Robert DeLaBruere and his wife, Betsy, of St. Johnsbury, Claude DeLaBruere and his wife, Joanne, of Derby, Armand DeLaBruere and his wife, Dawn, of Uniondale, New Jersey, Richard DeLaBruere and his wife, Lisette, of Oakhill, New York, Pauline Sage and her husband, Eugene, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, Diane Daniels Peck of Island Pond, Claire Fontaine and her husband, Raymond, of Island Pond, Yvette Hadlock and her husband, Gary, of Winter Haven, Florida, Yvonne Ovitt and her husband, Elton, of Haines City, Florida, Leonard DeLaBruere and his wife, Linda, of Island Pond, Roland DeLaBruere Jr., and his wife, Tammy, of Island Pond, and Katherine Maxwell and her husband, Brian, of Island Pond. She was loved by her 54 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, as well as her step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Lucienne Lamoureux of Wisconsin, Rita Trudeau of East Charleston, Yolande Brasseur and her husband, Yves, of Orleans; by her brothers: Ernest Ruel and his wife, Marina, of Lennoxville, Quebec, Gerald Ruel and his wife, Anita, of Coaticook, Quebec, Germain Ruel of Fort Myers, Florida, Omer Ruel and his wife, Rejeanne, of Southington, Connecticut, Donatien Ruel and his wife, Semida, of San Diego, California; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers: Alphonse, Roserio, Aime, Paul, and Roland Ruel; by her sons-in-law: Walter Daniels and Truman Peck; and by brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the Grace Brethren Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Jake Kocis officiating. Friends may call at the church on October 14 from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
June C. Hamel
June C. Hamel, 77, died on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at her home in Northfield.
She was born December 18, 1933, in Staten Island, New York, a daughter of Hugo and Edith (Ost) Forsell. She graduated from Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, valedictorian of the class of 1952. She continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at Potsdam and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York.
She married David F. Hamel in Staten Island on November 24, 1956.
Mrs. Hamel was a career music teacher having taught in the public schools in Long Island as well as private piano lessons. She worked with her daughter in an interior decorating business in New York and was featured on Good Morning America for some of their work.
She enjoyed sewing, interior design, piano, playing golf, and extensive travel with her husband.
Survivors include her husband, David Hamel of Lake Seymour and Northfield; two children: Dean Hamel of Waitsfield, and Lisa Anne Zarookian of Mission Hills, Kansas; one sister, Nancy Fohn of Wesley Chapel, Florida; five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In keeping with her wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of her life is planned next summer on Lake Seymour.
Eugene F. Lyon
Eugene F. Lyon of Newport died on October 7, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport.
Mr. Lyon was born in Newport, the only son of Paul and Simone (Turgeon) Lyon. Except for his military service, he spent most of his life in Newport, which he considered God’s special place.
Mr. Lyon loved sports and played baseball, football, and basketball for Newport High School; in adulthood, he coached Little League.
He joined the Navy in 1958 and was a proud Plank Owner (original member of the first crew of the newest ship commissioned) of the USS Little Rock, a guided missile cruiser that was commissioned on June 3, 1960. He was a gung-ho missileman and spent time in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Port Au Prince, Haiti, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Malta, Italy, France, Turkey, and Greece during his tour of duty.
After completing his military service, he returned to Newport and spent 30 years employed by Butterfield Division, UTD in Derby Line, retiring in 1996.
Mr. Lyon was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, which became his second home and where he spent countless happy hours playing cards and darts. He also endured lots of ribbing for being one of the few local fans of the hapless Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. He was passionate and extremely well informed on politics and was a walking encyclopedia of sports trivia and statistics, often engaging in heated debates on those two subjects at the Legion. His friendship with other legionnaires and their wives gave him immeasurable pleasure and the caring and concern shown by many of them when he became ill was a great source of comfort.
Although single for many years prior to his death, he had been married three times and remained on very friendly terms with his first wife, the former Marion Prue, whose son, Dana, he adopted. Mr. Prue was killed in a tragic snowmobile accident in January of 1997, at the age of 16, an emotional blow from which Mr. Lyon never fully recovered.
He is survived by his sisters: Marie Lyon Mack and her husband, Steve, of Summerville, South Carolina, and Simone Lyon Vitagliano and her husband, Joe, of Ocala, Florida; by two nieces: Tiffany Scott Apperson and her husband, Edmund, of Shorewood, Minnesota, and Bettina Judd Oeschger and her husband, Jeff, of Marietta, Georgia; by a nephew, Brian Judd of Morgan; by an aunt, Frances Phillips of Chesterfield, Virginia; and by cousins: Suzette Campbell, Jeannine Glynn, Sue Taylor, Sally Austin, Cora Marandola, Howard Lyon, Jay Lyon Jr., Joyce Raposa, and Rae Parenteau.
A brief memorial service will be held at the American Legion at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, which will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 911, Newport, Vermont 05855.
There will be a committal service for Lawrence E. Maxwell on October 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Coventry Cemetery, officiated by Richard Whitehill.
Michael Arland Cahill, 62, of Randolph, formerly of Island Pond, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Route 66 near I-89, in Randolph. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, at Green Mountain Gospel Chapel. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
Lora H. Marckres Atherton
Lora H. Marckres Atherton, 103, died on Monday, September 26, 2011, at Central Vermont Hospital, in Berlin.
She was born in Craftsbury on April 15, 1908, a daughter of Will and Eva (Stratton) Marckres. She was a 1926 graduate of Craftsbury Academy, attended Johnson Normal School and began her teaching career in 1927.
On June 20, 1929, she married Bernie Atherton and they made their home on their farms overlooking Caspian Lake in Greensboro. She taught in Craftsbury, Wolcott, and Greensboro schools before retiring after 30 years. Mrs. Atherton went back to school at Lyndon State College in 1959 earning a bachelor’s of science degree. Upon retiring, she worked with the adult education program in northern Vermont.
After 40 years of farming, the Athertons moved to West Glover. Following the death of her husband in 1996, Mrs. Atherton moved to Newport and finally to her home in Barton.
Mrs. Atherton trained as a pilot and soloed prior to World War II. She loved gardening, painting, and fishing. For many years, Mrs. Atherton colorfully reported to the Lake Parker Association on the status of fishing.
She leaves a very special family including two nieces and six nephews and their families: Paul Atherton of Bradenton, Florida, and his children Nancy and Sandra, Guila Wynn of Glover and her children Robert, Stephen, Jerald, Allen, Denise, LouAnn and Carolyn, Debra Livingston of Rochester, New Hampshire, and her children Therese and John, Bruce Marckres of Hardwick, Robert Johnson of Enosburgh and his children Juli and Michael, Wayne and Linda Johnson of Carneys Point, New Jersey, and their children Tammy and Mark, Brian Johnson of Mojave, California, and Richard Johnson of Craftsbury and his children Korin and Richard Jr. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband in October 1996; her sisters: Genevieve Oligny in 1972 and Avis Johnson in 1991; two nephews: Thomas Johnson in 1972 and John Livingston in 1968; and a niece, Sandra Marshall, in 1977.
At Mrs. Atherton’s request, there will be no service.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Free Library, Children’s Collection, 53 Wilson Street, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to the Glover Ambulance Squad, 48 County Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875.
Madeleine A. Decker
Madeleine A. Decker, 62, of Newport died on September 25, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born March 23, 1949 in Newport, a daughter of Marcel and Laurette (LaMadeleine) Girouard.
On July 4, 1970 she married Terrence Decker who survives her.
Mrs. Decker retired as a log clerk from Columbia Forest Products in Newport with over 30 years of service. She loved her family and derived great pleasure from her grandchildren. She and Mr. Decker enjoyed several trips together out of the country. She was an avid reader and she was justice of the peace for the town of Barton for 15 years.
She is survived by her husband Terrence Decker of Newport; her two children: Christopher Decker and his wife, Deborah, of Charleston, South Carolina, and Lance Decker of Newport; her two grandchildren, Zachary and Zoey Decker of South Carolina; her mother Laurette Cookson of Newport; her brothers: Ronald Girouard and his wife, Ghislaine, of Derby, and Raymond Girouard and his wife, Linda, of Coventry; her sister Susan Draper and her husband, Dan, of Fulton, New York; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held on September 30 in Newport. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, 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.
Thomas C. Hadden, Jr.
Thomas C. Hadden Jr., 93, of Craftsbury died on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home in the loving care of his wife, Kathryn, and his daughters, Peggy Ann Smith and Mary Kate Hadden.
Mr. Hadden was born in Yonkers, New York on June 1, 1918, a son of Thomas D. and Marjorie (Christopher) Hadden. He received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1941 and later a master’s degree in textiles from New York University in the early 1950s. Mr. Hadden served in the U.S. Army during WWII, attending Officer Candidate School in 1942-’43, in Maryland, then in the Mediterranean Theatre from 1943-’45. He was stationed in northern Africa and Italy. While in Italy, he climbed Mount Vesuvius to witness an eruption of the volcano. He was honorably discharged with meritorious service from the army in 1946.
Mr. Hadden married Kathryn Webster and they made their home in Pelham, New York. He worked as a purchasing agent for the Alderson Research Company in Stamford, Connecticut, for many years, then retired to his home in Craftsbury. During his retirement, he enjoyed his position in Craftsbury as the Town Grand Juror for many years. He was also an avid bridge player and a member of the coffee club at the Craftsbury Village Store. He also was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima in Craftsbury.
Besides his wife, Kathryn, he leaves his daughters: Peggy Ann Smith and her husband, Robert, and Mary Kate Hadden; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith, all of Craftsbury. He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial Mass was celebrated October 1 in Craftsbury. Interment was in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Cordelia A. Leimer
Cordelia A. Leimer, 88, of Newport, died on October 2, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at North Country Hospital.
She was born on August 30, 1923, in New York City, to the late Peter and Helen (Blake) Andre. She was the eldest of three children. She spent her youth in New York City, and Pawtucket and Providence, Rhode Island.
Upon graduation, she studied briefly at Rhode Island School of Design and started a fashion design business called The Princess Shop, designing specialty women’s clothing. With the onset of World War II, she participated with the USO, eventually going to work as a secretary, relocating from New England to work at Earl Naval Base in Colts Neck, New Jersey, where she ultimately would meet her future husband, Charles A. Leimer.
She lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, for over thirty years, primarily in the Manasquan and Wall Township vicinity. “Connie,” as she was affectionately known, was the quintessential homemaker; she embraced the full meaning of artistry in motion. An avid reader, she was always learning something new. Her loving hands were always busy creating — from interior decorating, house design and architecture, to culinary delights, gardening, knitting, needlepoint, sewing, new techniques of stenciling, and ceramics. She knew the true meaning of joy when it came to beautifying the world around her family, friends and community. Her utmost favorite hobby, however, was “shop ’til you drop.”
As a member of the Manasquan Junior Women’s Club, she found her penchant for theater, directing award-winning entries for competitions and cultivating a life-long passion for the stage.
Mrs. Leimer became an active member in four New Jersey shore theatrical groups: Pine Tree Players, Red Oak Music Theatre, Seaview Players and Wagonwheel Players.
Her artistic pursuits encompassed a broad range of disciplines, from working at the landmark Steinbach photography studio in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to dabbling in oil painting studying with renowned painter Ted Goerschner. She was the epitome of the gracious hostess, a Martha Stewart ahead of her time. Her ability to take something ordinary and uniquely and modestly transform it into the extraordinary was her specialty.
Retirement drew the Leimers to Grand Isle, where Mrs. Leimer once again participated in her favorite pastime, theater, where she directed Bus Stop for the South Hero Players. After relocating to Red Rock in Burlington, she became stage manager for Vermont Rep with artistic director Robert Ringer. After another move and many years in Shelburne, the final relocation was made to be close to her daughter, Lynn, in Newport.
A devoted wife and mother, proud grandmother and loyal friend, she was an exceptional role model and a sought after mentor throughout her life. She brought her wit and wisdom to the Red Rompers Red Hat Society in the Northeast Kingdom and participated as the eldest member in the group. Her legacy will go down in history for coming up with the idea of the Red Hat Faux Nude Calendar to raise money for the North Country Hospital Dialysis Unit. She and her daughter were featured at the Haskell Opera House as the “May” maidens and the calendar gleaned over $10,000 for the hospital. She also served as a volunteer for North Country Hospital and enjoyed participating in the senior aerobics class at the Wellness Center.
With an adventurous spirit and the soul of a gypsy, she traveled the east coast discovering new and interesting family vacation spots, but it was East Boothbay, Maine that became her “go to” spot for refreshing the soul and renewing the spirit — her nepenthe, which is Greek for “a place with no sorrow.” Mrs. Leimer, who loved the ocean, loved to say “Give me the sunlight and the sea, and who shall take my heaven from me?” a quote from Alfred Noyes.
Mrs. Leimer was the ultimate “Dramaturge” for QNEK Productions. She was the assistant to the director, stage manager, costume designer, set designer, set decorator, makeup artist and of course, actress. Audiences will remember her in the world premiere of The Trial of Mrs. Rebecca Peak, as Marlene in Dearly Departed, as Mrs. Rose in Hello, Dolly, and as Madame Nelda in Dearly Beloved, to mention a few stellar roles. She worked tirelessly helping to develop QNEK Productions and brought to the organization the script of Nunsense, which would later become its signature show. Her proudest moment was when QNEK became the resident theatre company at the Haskell Opera House. The company members loved to call her the Queen Mum.
Mrs. Leimer was predeceased by her brothers: Joseph and Peter Andre; and by her husband of 49 years, Charles Leimer. She is survived by her loving and only child, Lynn Andrea Leimer Flint and her son-in-law, Douglas Flint; her grandchildren: Kristin Camp of Burlington, and First Petty Officer Charles Camp and his wife, Trishaa, of Hanford, California; her step-grandchildren: Heather Barnes-Flint and Elisabeth Barnes-Flint of Winooski; her great-grandchildren: Tevin and Tessie Camp, and Della, Josh and Jacqueline Crockett of Hanford, California; her in-laws, Joyce Flint and the late Alan Flint of Newport, Debra and Rick Gosselin of Newport, and Philip Gosselin of New York City.
There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, October 8, at 11 a.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Parish, 112 Main Street in Derby Line, officiated by Susan-Lynn Johns. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haskell Opera House, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard W. Mallary
Former Congressman Richard Walker Mallary, 82, died on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at his home.
He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1929, a son of R. DeWitt and Gertrude Robinson Mallary. He moved to Vermont in 1942.
Mr. Mallary had a long and distinguished career in politics, business, and agriculture. From his election as chairman of the Fairlee Select Board at the age of 22 until his dedicated work in retirement on Vermont issues and public policy, he exhibited wisdom, a straightforward style and a dry wit. Mr. Mallary graduated from Bradford Academy in 1945 and received his degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1949, summa cum laude. His first career was in agriculture, owning farms in Fairlee and Bradford. In 1956 he became a partner with his parents in Mallary Farm in Bradford. That partnership thrived, with a herd of Holsteins that achieved national and international recognition. The partnership lasted until 1970 when the Mallary Farm herd was dispersed, in large part because of Mr. Mallary’s increasing role in public life.
He was first elected to the state legislature in 1960. In an unprecedented and historic turn of events, a group of young progressive legislators of which Mr. Mallary was a leading member — The Young Turks — took the reins of power in the House of Representatives. In just his second term, Mr. Mallary was appointed as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1966, serving in that role during the first session following the reapportionment of 1965. He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1968. In 1969 he served on the Commission on Administrative Coordination, redesigning government agencies and structure for the Deane Davis administration. In 1970 he left the Senate to become Davis’ Commissioner of Administration, becoming the first Secretary of Administration in 1971.
In September of 1971 United States Senator Winston Prouty died, and Congressman Robert Stafford was appointed to the Senate. Mr. Mallary won the special election to succeed Mr. Stafford in the U.S. House. He was reelected in 1972. He served during the tumultuous years of Watergate and Vietnam, building many national political relationships. In 1974, following the retirement of Senator George Aiken, Mr. Mallary ran for that seat, losing a close election to Patrick J. Leahy. Following his departure from Washington he worked for two years for the Farm Credit Bank in Springfield, Massachusetts, but then returned to serve again as Secretary of Administration, this time in the administration of Governor Richard Snelling.
Mr. Mallary’s career in business was focused on energy. He was executive vice-president at Central Vermont Public Service in the early 1980s, then owned his own geothermal company and finally served as president and CEO of the Vermont Electric Power Company from 1986 until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Mallary served on many boards and commissions in and out of government including the Business Roundtable, the Howard Bank, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Snelling Center for Government, Gifford Medical Center, Shelburne Museum, Vermont Health Foundation, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Judicial Conduct Board and the Vermont Higher Education Planning Commission. Locally, among other duties, he was chairman of the Brookfield Planning Commission and Town Meeting moderator, a role he particularly enjoyed.
After twenty-five years Mr. Mallary returned to elective politics, elected in 1998 to the Vermont House as Representative from Randolph, Brookfield and Braintree. He served one term, defeated because of his steadfast support of the Civil Union Law. He also served as tax commissioner during the early months of the Douglas administration.
A lifelong and loyal Republican, Mr. Mallary was consistent in his core beliefs, moderate to conservative fiscally, and progressive in matters of social policy. Though born in Massachusetts, Dick Mallary was a real Vermonter, wearer of many hats, all of which he wore with a distinctive, thoughtful grace.
Mr. Mallary had a great love of the Vermont landscape. He loved logging and chopping wood. He enjoyed working his own local landscape, planting and gardening. He also had a passion for hiking, having climbed many of the most challenging peaks in the North Woods. He was a wicked poker player, loved foreign policy, and belonged to local groups that specialized in each.
Mr. Mallary was married to Mary Harper Coxe and they had four children: Richard of Westmore, Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah. They divorced in 1974, and in 1979 he was married to Jeannie (Loud) Brownell. He had three step-children: Jonathan, Lydia and Hayden, and between both families had many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mr. Mallary is also survived by his brother DeWitt and his wife, Vera. He loved all of them dearly.
A commemorative celebration is planned for October 29 at the State House in Montpelier, and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.