February 9, 2011 Obituaries

Dorothy N. Baxendale

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

William Stanley Eisner

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

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

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James Christopher Walton, 70, of South Albany died on January 15, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on October 12, 1940, in Newton, Massachusetts, a son of James Clement and Alice McNamara Walton.
He graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester with a degree in American studies in 1963 and went to work for the Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan, where he held positions in marketing, sales, applications engineering and technical services.  He left Dow Corning in 1965 to start his own firm, Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc., in Hudson, Massachusetts.  The company served the automobile and aircraft industry, including the NASA Space Shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope projects, with 40 percent of sales exported, primarily to European countries.  In 1987, while still managing Chase-Walton, Mr. Walton created and served as president of the SF Medical Corporation, an FDA registered company providing research, development, and finished products for the hospital, medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  Products were sold globally.  In 1995, while serving as chairman of his two companies, Mr. Walton and his wife, Jackie, started a UK holding company, JSJ International.  A year later, he purchased a Croydon, UK company, G&K Precision Engineering, that provided metal goods and tooling to the aerospace industry in Europe and the U.S.
Mr. Walton was president and owner of Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc. and subsidiaries until his retirement in 2005.  He was also a part-time police officer in Hudson and Sterling, Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Hudson Rotary, and Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and received the Hudson and Maynard Area Chamber of Commerce Presidential Plaque for Outstanding Service and a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate for 50 years of outstanding business in Hudson.  He was also a member of the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society, and a Freemason of the Meridian Sun Lodge #20 of Craftsbury.
Mr. Walton and the love of his life, Jacqueline, wife of 49 years, enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world.   Mr. Walton was a music lover, had a strong desire to serve his community, and was an outdoor and history enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Menard) Walton of South Albany; his son, attorney Christopher James Walton, and his wife, Linda Sattler Walton, and grandchildren Jacqueline Ann Walton, James Allan Walton, and Julia Bliss Walton; his daughter Michelle Walton Majewski, and her husband, attorney Gregory J. Majewski, and grandchildren Matthew Gregory Majewski, William James Majewski; and his aunt Rachel Kinne Farrar; and cherished friends Doug and Maria Downes.
He was an inspirational, compassionate, and extraordinary man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A private family service will be held.
Carlton Perry Hunt
Carlton Perry Hunt, 89, died on January 25, 2011, in Newport.
He was born in North Troy on December 22, 1921, the second son of Oliver Hazard Perry and Anna Goodwin Hunt.
On August 23, 1944 he married Beverly Gardner who predeceased him in February 1994.
He spent most of his life in the North Troy and Newport Center area.  During this time he worked as an auto body repairman at many Newport businesses until the time he opened Hunt’s Auto Body.  He later worked at, and retired from, Kraft Foods in Troy.
One of his proudest accomplishments was being a veteran and serving in WWII in Germany where he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.  This time was often the topic of many stories.  He was also an early and life member of the BPOE #2155, the North Troy-Jay Peak Post #28, and the Disabled American Veterans.
Since 1992 Mr. Hunt resided at Michaud Manor in Derby Line and then the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.  He enjoyed sharing stories of camping, spending time at the “camp” on the Collins Mill Road, fondly called God’s Little Acre, and the Vermont transit tours he and his wife went on.
Mr. Hunt is survived by a son, W. Perry Hunt, and his wife, Patricia, of Derby Line; his grandson Christopher and his wife, Monique, and their son Jonathan; and his grandson Timothy and his wife, Taryn, and their twins Emerson and Jackson; by his brother Reginald Hunt; his sister Barbara Fauchs; and by nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Bertran.
Funeral services were held on January 29 at the Newport Center Methodist Church with Rick Shover officiating.  Spring interment will be in the North Troy Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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January 26, 2011 Obituaries

Roxie Lyle (Woodward) Beard
Roxie Lyle (Woodward) Beard, 90, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, died in Newport on Monday, January 17, 2011.  She joins her husband, Burnell, of 66 years at the big fishing hole in the great beyond.
Mr. and Mrs. Beard knew all the greatest fishing places in Vermont and New Hampshire. Mr. Beard taught her how to fish when she became determined not to become a fisherman’s widow.  She won a state championship for landing the largest lake trout.  One of the couple’s greatest joys was when they visited their daughter in Island Pond where a tiny guest house accommodated their needs.  They towed their old boat to all the nearby lakes and ponds and especially loved the sunsets over Echo Lake.  Mrs. Beard also loved quilting and won a blue ribbon at the Orleans County Fair.  She made many quilts, which  she gave away, donated to nursing homes, or sold.  She enjoyed going bottle digging with her sisters and liked playing cards, Scrabble, and doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.  She liked baking pies and making jelly.  Putting up pickles and berrying were her highlights.  She was an avid swimmer up to the last.
She leaves two sons:  George Thomas Beard and wife, Louise, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, and his five grown children:  Thomas Homer Beard, his wife, Milissa, and their five-year-old son Donald Thomas; also two stepchildren of Gaffney, South Carolina; a daughter, April Hudson, of Island Pond and Waid.
Mrs. Beard was born and brought up in Lebanon where she met her lifelong love, Burnell, a Vermonter.  He predeceased her on December 7, 2004.  Mrs. Beard moved to South Carolina and lived with her son Tommy for 14 months, enjoying visits to flea markets, car shows, and restaurants. For the last five years, Mrs. Beard has been in the loving care of her only daughter, April Hudson, and Waid in Island Pond.
She leaves April’s daughters, a devoted granddaughter, Tina Stevens, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Lisa Judd; great-granddaughter Mindy Tobin in Columbia, South Carolina; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Penny Palmer and Joyce Coull.  She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas W. Woodward and Julia A. Bartlett; by brothers Harry of Tennessee and Leon from Lebanon and his band, Woody and the Ramblers.  Sisters predeceasing her are Evelyn Parady, a Lebanon antique dealer; Dorothy Woodward, an area seamstress; Georgianna Nugent, a longtime sewer for Carters, and Elaine Quimby, antique bottle collector.  She leaves brothers Robert Woodward, living on the family homestead, and Earl, a resident of Genesis Rest Home, both of Lebanon.
Donations, if desired, may be made to The Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
A funeral was held at the Ricker Funeral Home and Crematory on January 21 with the Reverend Dale Edwards officiating.  Burial followed in the Valley Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ricker Funeral Home and Crematory of Lebanon.

    

 
Jean L. Lague
Jean L. Lague, 82, formerly of South Glens Falls, New York, died on January 14, 2011, at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs, New York.
She was born on March 10, 1928, in Barre, a daughter of the late Oscar and Aurore (Lalande) Laviolette.
Mrs. Lague graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Newport and the Bishop DeGosbriand Nursing School in Burlington.  She married Raymond J. Lague on October 25, 1952, and they lived in Derby.
She was charge nurse at North Country Hospital from 1958 to 1971, until her husband predeceased her on April 16, 1971.  She moved to Burlington with her son Robert and her daughter Lynn, where she continued as charge nurse at the Green Mountain Nursing Home.  In 1980 she moved to Derby to care for her father while being a full case nurse for Home Health until his passing in 1987. She then moved to Saratoga Springs where she worked at the hospital as a surgical nurse and then the Glens Falls hospital as charge nurse.  Later on, she was charge nurse at Our Lady of Hope Nursing Home in Latham, New York, and at Indian River Nursing Home in Granville, New York.
In addition to being a devoted and dedicated registered nurse, Mrs. Lague enjoyed oil painting, sewing and her trips to Florida.  She volunteered at the Moreau Community Center and helped deliver meals-on-wheels.
Survivors include her four children:  Joan Allyn Collins, Nancy White and her husband, Bill, of Florida, Robert Lague and his wife, Christian, of Georgia, and Lynn Graham and her husband, Jim, of South Glens Falls; her 11 grandchildren:  Casey and Mikki, Christopher, Halsey and Kimberly, Lynn and Robert, Derek, Corey, Emily and Nicolas; several great-grandchildren; her sister Rita Cook of Connecticut; her brother Roger Laviolette of Alaska; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Lague was also predeceased by her brothers Roland and Fernand, and her sisters Hermine Fitzgerald, Alice Lorenz, and Mary Lovely.
At Mrs. Lague’s request, there will be no calling hours.
Graveside services will be conducted in the spring in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.
To send online condolences, please visit the funeral home website at www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.


 
George Ernest Lantagne

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George Ernest Lantagne, 81, of Newport died on January 17, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born February 22, 1929, in Newport, a son of Clarence and Mathilda (Huppa) Lantagne.
On March 24, 1950, he married Josephine Hart who survives him.
Mr. Lantagne was employed for many years at the former Pete Logan’s gas station in Newport and then by Reed’s Mobil where he retired.
His hobbies included tinkering around the house, fixing things, helping his brother with projects, and he loved the company of his dog Ace.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Lantagne, of Newport; his son-in-law Harold Ford of Woodsville, New Hampshire; his two grandchildren: Anthony Ford and his wife, Holly, of Newport and Cassie Ford of Burlington; and by his great-granddaughter Kayla Ford; by his brother Clarence Lantagne and his wife, Dolores, of Newport; his sister Margaret Demers and her husband, John, of Worcester, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his daughter Beverly Ford; his two sisters, Jeannette Reed and Cecile Gunthier; and by his four brothers:  Arestide, Roland, Oliver, and Joseph.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.   Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
Pearl L. Norway

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Pearl L. Norway, 96, of Newport Center died on January 20, 2011, in Barton surrounded by her loving family.
She was born September 7, 1914, in Coventry, a daughter of Aylmer and Birdena (Combs) Lawson.
On September 12, 1932, she married Cecil Norway who predeceased her in 1988.
Mrs. Norway was a very active member of the Newport Center Methodist Church.  She was an excellent cook and she crocheted many afghans for family members.  She was a very smart, capable, feisty, kind woman with a great sense of humor.
Survivors include her two children:  Patricia Walsh of Derby Line, and Robert Norway and his wife, Pete, of Barre; by five grandchildren:  Martin Walsh and his wife, Elia, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, Heidi Walsh and her husband, John Young, of Glover, Heather Walsh of Derby, Scott Norway of Barre, and Jeffrey Norway and his fiancé, Phoebe Lyon, of Barre; by the following great-grandchildren:  J.J. Raquel, Andrew, Charlie, and Samantha Norway, David Kennison and his fiancé, Heather Dobler, Brittany and Katie Walsh; by stepgrandchildren Emily and Sherwin Young; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by five brothers and by her son-in-law Terrence Walsh.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, at the Newport Center Methodist Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Friends may call at the church Thursday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Newport Center, Vermont 05857, or to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 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.
James Christopher Walton

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James Christopher Walton, 70, of South Albany died on January 15, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on October 12, 1940, in Newton, Massachusetts, a son of James Clement and Alice McNamara Walton.
He graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester with a degree in American studies in 1963 and went to work for the Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan, where he held positions in marketing, sales, applications engineering and technical services.  He left Dow Corning in 1965 to start his own firm, Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc., in Hudson, Massachusetts.  The company served the automobile and aircraft industry, including the NASA Space Shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope projects, with 40 percent of sales exported, primarily to European countries.  In 1987, while still managing Chase-Walton, Mr. Walton created and served as president of the SF Medical Corporation, an FDA registered company providing research, development, and finished products for the hospital, medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  Products were sold globally.  In 1995, while serving as chairman of his two companies, Mr. Walton and his wife, Jackie, started a UK holding company, JSJ International.  A year later, he purchased a Croydon, UK company, G&K Precision Engineering, that provided metal goods and tooling to the aerospace industry in Europe and the U.S.
Mr. Walton was president and owner of Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc. and subsidiaries until his retirement in 2005.  He was also a part-time police officer in Hudson and Sterling, Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Hudson Rotary, and Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and received the Hudson and Maynard Area Chamber of Commerce Presidential Plaque for Outstanding Service and a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate for 50 years of outstanding business in Hudson.  He was also a member of the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society, and a Freemason of the Meridian Sun Lodge #20 of Craftsbury.
Mr. Lantagne and the love of his life, Jacqueline, wife of 49 years, enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world.   Mr. Lantagne was a music lover, had a strong desire to serve his community, and was an outdoor and history enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Menard) Walton of South Albany; his son, attorney Christopher James Walton, and his wife, Linda Sattler Walton, and grandchildren Jacqueline Ann Walton, James Allan Walton, and Julia Bliss Walton; his daughter Michelle Walton Majewski, and her husband, attorney Gregory J. Majewski, and grandchildren Matthew Gregory Majewski, William James Majewski; and his aunt Rachel Kinne Farrar; and cherished friends Doug and Maria Downes.
He was an inspirational, compassionate, and extraordinary man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A private family service will be held.
Donovan Seth Winston Warner
Donovan Seth Winston Warner, beloved infant son of Douglas Warner Jr. and Laura Briggs, died on January 20, 2011, in Newport.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sisters:  Latisha Briggs, Tanisha Hook, and Shakira Warner; by maternal grandparents Lawrence Briggs of Newark and Charlene Briggs of Lyndonville; and by paternal grandparents Douglas Warner Sr. of Lowell, Barbara Warner of Brownington, and Cecil Davison of Brownington.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home that day from 4 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Donovan’s name may be sent to the March of Dimes, National Office, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
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January 22, 2011 Obituaries

Wayne L. Hazard
Wayne L. Hazard, 61, of Villa Grove, Illinois, formerly of North Troy, died on January 4, 2011, after a four-year battle with leukemia and a bone marrow transplant in October.
He was the son of Lyndon and Lillian (Leblanc) Hazard who both predeceased him.
He is survived by daughter Kristy Burdo and grandson Kayne Burdo, both of the Burlington area; by brother and sister-in-law Dale and Myrna Hazard of Villa Grove; by a sister and brother-in-law Darlene and Jerome Rondeau of Troy; by nephews Dr. Kevin and Mindy Hazard and family of Springfield, Illinois, Korey Hazard of Villa Grove, and Jeremy and Jessica Rondeau and family of Troy.
As per his wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no calling hours or funeral.
Carl Frederick Larose

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Carl Frederick Larose of Barton, died at his Florida home on January 4, 2011.
He was born on December 27, 1927, in Sutton, a son of Henry and Alma (Spoor) Larose.
He leaves behind his wife, Sharon; children Carlene Larose of Barton and Connecticut, Donna Baginkski and her husband, Paul, of Punta Gorda, Florida, Betty Larose of Barton, Buzzy Larose and his wife, Janice, of Barton, and Susan Larose of Fort Myers, Florida; stepdaughters Deborah McCormick of Newport and Cynthia Royer of Barton; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Robert Larose and his wife, Nancy, of Glover; and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.
Mr. Larose’s passions were fishing and automobiles.  He was a well-known, local entrepreneur who started out with a small Esso gas station in Barton.  After a few years, he moved to the Shell garage in Barton, where there was room to do body work and all aspects of auto repair.  This is where he started his used car business, as well as pulp and tree trucking.  He later bought the John Deere establishment and built a large farm and industrial equipment business, along with the new used car business, currently operating as Carl’s Equipment, Inc., of Barton.
He was well known for his hard work ethics and dedication to helping others in need.
He will be so missed by his family.
Jean Paul L. Lussier

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Jean Paul L. Lussier, 70, of Irasburg died on January 3, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 27, 1940, in Orleans, a son of Leonard and Rose (Phoenix) Lussier.
In 1989 he married June Willey who survives him.
Mr. Lussier was employed as a sander at Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Orleans.
He enjoyed riding the back roads with his wife and seeing all the wonderful sights that the Green Mountains have to offer.  He also loved to have the family come to visit, including several grandchildren who came every day.  Mr. Lussier enjoyed the companionship of his dog Bear, and he played card games with his mother-in-law Dorothy Willey.
He is survived by his wife, June (Willey) Lussier; by his children:  John Allen, Tina Lacourse and her husband, Scott, Paul Lussier and his wife, Belynda, Laurie Cheney and her husband, Mike, Norma Rush, Terry Corr, Milton Woodard and his wife, Jody, Tim Aldrich and his companion, Cathleen Bailey, Rodney Aldrich and his wife, Evelyn, and Ronald Aldrich and his companion, Donna Bishop; by 30 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three brothers:  Richard Lussier and his wife, Janet, Red and Larry Lussier; by sisters Gert Burdick and her husband, Larry, and Patty Dunham and her husband, Les; by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Willey; sisters-in-law Diana Beaton and her companion, Ron Pepin, and Sharon McDonald and her companion, Richard Woodard.  He was predeceased by his brothers Terry and Marcel Lussier, and by his sister Shirley.
A graveside service will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service, care of Dot Collier, Treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Jessie S. (Wilson) Meyette

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Jessie S. (Wilson) Meyette, 86, of Essex Junction died on January 7, 2011, at The Converse Home in Burlington from complications following a heart attack and stroke in April of 2010.
She was born in Graniteville, Quebec, on September 20, 1924, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Trainer) Wilson who had emigrated to Canada from Dalbeattie, Scotland.
She was educated in Canada, and moved to Vermont where she married and raised her family and always remained proud of her Scottish heritage.  She worked for many years at Linton Industries in Derby Line, and later in life she and her husband spent a great deal of time in Florida.
Mrs. Meyette was an avid reader (fiction, nonfiction, weekly news magazines, and newspapers).  The Brownell Library in Essex Junction was one of her favorite places.  She kept up on local and world news, with a special interest in politics.
She was a kind and giving person known to be generous in all ways to friends and family.  She touched many lives, and was rewarded with their love, respect, and admiration.  For years, Mrs. Meyette kept a journal of her thoughts and activities, closing daily with her shorthand signature, “nite.”  These journals demonstrate her intellect, wit, humor, and especially love of family.
She was a great cook, and loved to prepare meals for her family.  One of her special talents was the ability to create a tasty dish at seemingly a moment’s notice.  This earned her the title of “best short order cook in town” by her two grandsons.
She is survived by her son Larry and his wife Lise of Essex Junction; two grandsons:  Eric of Danbury, Connecticut, and Justin and his wife, Vasanthi of Essex Junction; by three great-grandchildren:  Madeleine, daughter of Eric, and Shyam and Roshan, sons of Justin and Vasanthi; by two sisters, Hazel Laberee and Alice Rediker both of Stanstead, Quebec; by two sisters-in-law: Marianne Meyette of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Marilyn Meyette (beloved sister-in-law and best friend) of Waitsfield; by several nieces and nephews; and by a very dear friend, Sharon Senor, of Warren.  She was predeceased by a son, Reginald, in 1964 and her husband, Edwin, in 1990.
A special thanks from the family to the kind and caring staff at The Converse Home.
At Mrs. Meyette’s wish, there will not be visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the family’s convenience.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Andrea Maria Miesner
Andrea Maria Miesner, 53, of Brownington died on January 4, 2010, at home after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.
She was born on November 6, 1957, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Magdelana (Manitsas) and the late Herbert Miesner.
After high school, Ms. Miesner attended nursing school and graduated with her BSN from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, Maryland, in 1984.  She worked at York Hospital, St. Joseph’s Retired Nuns of Notre Dame, Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, and at the Albany and Irasburg schools.  She also taught LNA classes at Bel-Aire Nursing Home.
Her great pleasures in life came from spending time with Josh and her family and friends, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  She had a love for good food that she loved to prepare and enjoy with the company of family and friends in an evening of fun and games.
She is survived by her son Joshua Miesner; her mother, Magdelana; her stepfather, Peter Manitsas; her brother Frank and his wife, Elizabeth, and their children:  Rachel and her husband, Rex Romer, Benjamin, Jonathan and his wife, Melanie, Samuel, Timothy and Abigail; and by aunts, uncles and cousins who live in Maryland and Germany.
A celebration of life was held on January 8 at the New Hope Bible Church of Brownington Center.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Big City Mountaineers, or Mercy Ships.
Jeannette (Jean) R. Moqouin

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Jeannette (Jean) R. Moquin, 90, died on January 5, 2011, at Starr Farm Nursing Center.
She was born in Greensboro on November 10, 1920, a daughter of Elzear and Rose (Willett) Boudreau.
She was married on June 10, 1939, in Barton to the love of her life, Charles Moquin, who predeceased her on February 27, 1969.
Together they made their home in Orleans, where they proudly raised their family and owned and operated Moquin’s Market for over 25 years until Mr. Moquin’s death.
She was a member of the Orleans Country Club where she enjoyed golfing and socializing.  For 37 years, her winter residence was in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She enjoyed dancing, bowling, and playing cards.  The friends she made along the way were very dear to her and an important part of her life.
She will be remembered for her quick wit, compassion, fighting spirit, and tremendous determination.  Every day she wanted to be free of her wheelchair and return to her sunny condo in Florida.  Well, she is there now.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Robert Karp and the staff at Starr Farm Nursing Center for the loving care and kindness given to their mom.
She is survived by her four children:  Charles Moquin and his partner, June Cook, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Rene Moquin and his wife, Joanne, of Estes Park, Colorado, Jane Ready of South Burlington, and Judy Delage and her husband, Wil, of Georgia; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass will be celebrated in the spring at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Orleans with burial to follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be sent to the Founders Affiliate of American Stroke Association, care of Memorial Donations, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, Massachusetts 02241-7005.
Arrangements by the Ready Funeral and Cremation Services.
For online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.
Arnold Martin Pray
Arnold Martin Pray, 70, of Brownington died on January 3, 2011, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 14, 1940, in Tunbridge, a son of Herbert and Alice (Martin) Pray.
On December 2, 1960, he married Rachel Barrup who survives him.
Mr. Pray was a machinist at Tivoly U.S.A. where he retired in 2002.  His hobbies included four-wheeling and spending time at camp and with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel Pray, of Brownington; four children:  Chris Pray of Brownington, Michael Pray and his wife, Jeannie, of Beebe Plains, Marie Struss and her husband, Robert, of Brownington, and Paula Hall and her husband, Romain, of Brownington; by the following grandchildren:  Michael Pray and his wife, Amanda, of Newport, Brandon Pray of Newport, Amber Morse and her friend, Kenny Saltzmann, of Newport, Trevor Morse and Jamie Morse of Brownington, Jeffrey Gerrow of Brownington, Brittany Turgeon and fiancé Pat Geoff of Montgomery, and Justin Hall of Brownington; by the following great-grandchildren:  Jonathan, Cassady, and Cameron Pray, William and Alex Saltzmann, and Autumn and Destiny Gerrow; by the following brothers and sisters:  Richard Pray and his wife, Cappy, of Albany, Roger Pray of Albany, Gerald Pray and his friend, Linda Chase, of Brownington, Carl Pray of Albany, Judy Valley of Albany, and Ronald Pray and his wife, Joyce, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport on January 7 with Pastor Daniel Prue Jr. officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Genia M. Provencher

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Genia M. Provencher, 83, of Glover died on January 5, 2011, in Glover.
She was born August 5, 1927, in Orleans, a daughter of William and Maude (Nelson) O’Brien.
On February 6, 1946, she married Raymond Provencher who predeceased her on January 1, 1967.
Mrs. Provencher enjoyed bowling at the Candlepin, crocheting, and playing bingo.
She is survived by her children:  Sr. Mary Ella Provencher of Petersham, Massachusetts, Peggy Fairbrother and her husband, Raymond, of Orleans, Terence Provencher and his wife, Judi, of Derby Line, Denise Kimball of Killeen, Texas, Michael Provencher and his wife, Dottie, of Barton, and Marc Provencher of Derby Line; by 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; by a brother William; and by sisters Olive and Betty.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 368 Avenue D, #30, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Union House Activities Fund, 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.
George H. Stone

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George Howard Stone, 70, of Sheffield died on January 6, 2011, at the Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lyndonville.
He was born April 27, 1940, in Barre, a son of Freda (Maynard) Stone and the late Howard M. Stone.  He attended Cabot public schools.
Mr. Stone entered the Vermont Army National Guard in December 1961 and was honorably discharged in December 1967.
On January 4, 1969, he married Ida Mae Carr in Cabot.
In his earlier years, he was employed at the Cabot Creamery.  He was a dairy farmer for many years and was employed by the state of Vermont in a liquor warehouse.  He later worked for Platt Fence in Lyndonville, E.T.S. and Lydell.  He retired in 2008.
He loved tractors, especially the Minneapolis Moline.  He enjoyed farm machinery auctions, dickering, and visiting with people.
Survivors include his mother, Freda Leonard, of St. Johnsbury; his loving wife, Ida Stone, of Sheffield; daughter Becky Hubbard and her husband, Scott, of Sheffield; sons Howard Stone and his wife, Heather, of Sheffield and Jay Stone and his wife, Kimberly, of Newark; sister Barbara Ailes and her husband, Glenn, of St. Johnsbury; four grandchildren:  Savanna Clark and her husband, Rick, George Stone, Jasmine Hubbard, and Jessica Hubbard; one great-grandchild, Bailey Clark; four aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in the Cabot Plains Cemetery in Cabot.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495-4420.
Arrangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.
Allen Wing
Allen Wing, 72, of Quebec and Florida died on January 6, 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Lucy Gray Wing; by his mother, Rita Wing, of Beebe, Quebec; by his children:  Andre, and his wife, Robin, Nancy and her husband, Chris, and Tracy; by stepchildren Melanie and David; by 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and by brothers Doug and Michael.
He will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Florida United Methodist Children’s home, P.O. Box 6299 Deltona, Florida 32728-9988.
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January 19, 2011 Obituaries

Howard Kenneth “H.K.” Barrup

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Howard Kenneth “H.K.” Barrup, 85, of Newport, well known as Mr. Fix It, died on January 10, 2011, in Newport.
He was born June 21, 1925, in West Charleston, a son of Mark and Kathleen (Daggett) Barrup.
On July 21, 1951, he married Patsy Turner who predeceased him on June 12, 2008.
Mr. Barrup was dedicated to creating and restoring antique cars, and gas and steam engines.  He was a wealth of knowledge and often problem-solved mechanical issues.  He always had the time to discuss the inner workings of his creations, or philosophically debate the meaning of life.  He enjoyed life and found humor in all of its conundrums.  He was a member of the Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Association, the Granite State Gas and Steam Engine Association, and Eastern Townships Antique Machinery Association.  Mr. Barrup founded Barrup’s Fix It Shop, and was formerly employed by Natole Motors and North Country Motors.
He is survived by his children:  Steven Barrup and his wife, Sue, of Newport Center, Stuart Barrup and his wife, Bonnie, of West Charleston, and Bradley Barrup and his wife, Joanne, of Newport; by his grandchildren:  Melissa, Gretchen, Thomas and Adam Barrup, and Jaime Roy; by his great-grandchildren Alexis and Ashlyn Janci and Bella Barrup; by his sister-in-law Pat Barrup of Florida; nieces Pam and Wanda; and by cousins.  He was predeceased by his brother Wayne Barrup.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on January 15 with the Reverend Alfred Nelson officiating.  Spring interment will be in the West Charleston Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ila Mae Coapland

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Ila Mae Coapland, 92, of Orleans died on January 14, 2011, in Newport.
She was born July 20, 1918, in Lowell, a daughter of Stephen and Mary (Shover) Sheltra.
On July 20, 1969, she married Clifford Coapland who predeceased her in 1978.
She retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing and also Newport Manufacturing as a seamstress.  Mrs. Coapland was a member of the Community Circle, and RSVP in which she was very active, to the tune of volunteering over 8,000 hours, and the Forever Young Club.  Her hobbies included going to yard sales, attending many community dinners, and taking care of her friends.
She is survived by nine nieces:  Elizabeth Azur of Newport, Melba Collins of Newport, Helen Perron of Connecticut, Patricia Thompson of Derby Line, Janice Taylor of West Charleston, Diana Colburn of Westfield, Isabelle Sheltra of Eden, Louise Jones of Morrisville, and Grace Cleary of Morrisville; by sister-in-law Dorothy Metcalf of Barton; by several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; by many Sheltra cousins; and by her special friends Gwen Chouniard of Orleans and Becky Corrow of Newport.  She was predeceased by five brothers:  Nelson, Leland, Alphis, Philip, and Harold Sheltra, and by half sister Maude Kilby.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, with the Reverend Rick Menard officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Irasburg cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John A. (Jack) DiZazzo

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John A. (Jack) DiZazzo, 72, of West Charleston died on January 11, 2011, at his home in West Charleston.
He was born on July 3, 1938, in Stonehain, Massachusetts, a son of Carmine John and Ann  Elizabeth (Russo) DiZazzo.
He married Geraldine Noel Whitcomb in 1959. She predeceased him in October of 2006.
He attended Wakefield High School in Wakefield, Massachusetts.  Mr. DiZazzo was self-employed and had a business selling firewood for the past 30 years.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a longstanding member of Life in Christ Fellowship of Newport.
Mr. DiZazzo is survived by his three sons:  Pastor John C. DiZazzo and his wife, Judy, of Wichita, Kansas, Pastor Lawrence A. DiZazzo and his wife, Jane, of Peabody, Massachusetts, and the Reverend David A. DiZazzo and his wife, Rebecca, of West Charleston; by five grandchildren:  Lawrence (Tony) DiZazzo,  Joseph DiZazzo, Cynthia DiZazzo, Caleb DiZazzo, and Elizabeth DiZazzo; one great-grandchild, Katana DiZazzo; and by nieces and  nephews Patty Munn, Thomas Munn, James Munn, and Lisa (Munn) Haynes.  He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine Noel DiZazzo, and his sister Joan Munn.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on January 18 with the Reverend Janet Bishop officiating.  Spring interment will be held at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Eleanor (Taylor) Waller

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Eleanor (Taylor) Waller, 98, of Barton and St. Petersburg, Florida, died on January 12, 2011, in St. Petersburg.
She was born on August 23, 1912, in Earlville, New York.
Mrs. Waller was a graduate of Syracuse University.  Following retirement, she and her husband, Fletcher C. Waller, moved to St. Petersburg and Fish Creek, Wisconsin, where they summered until 1974.  In that year they returned to the Northeast Kingdom, home of Mr. Waller’s forebears including his father, Halle Templeton Waller, and uncles Percy Waller Templeton, and Chester and Arthur Waller, all of Irasburg.  The Wallers were drawn back to the area by fond memories of making the rounds with Dr. Percy Templeton and, in Mr. Waller’s case, being taught to fish by “Pa” Beauclerk on May Pond.
The Wallers bought acreage from Anatole Duquette with help from realtor Paul Doyle and enjoyed the property on Doyle Lane together until Mr. Waller’s death in 1983 in Barton just prior to the couple’s fiftieth wedding anniversary.  Over the years they created a “paradise” of their own design and benefited from the excellent local craftsmen and builders who helped realize their dreams.  Mrs. Waller continued to summer there and was a Friday volunteer with the public library until 2009 and played Wednesday bridge at the Orleans Country Club.
The last of her generation, Mrs. Waller is survived by her children:  Fletcher C. Waller of Seattle, Washington, Carol Youmans of Annapolis, Maryland, and Adrien W. Helm of Saint Petersburg;  their spouses; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, as well as four nephews and their families.
A summer memorial gathering and interment in the family plot in Irasburg is being planned. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Barton Public Library.
June B. Wells

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June B. Wells, 78, of Newport died on January 11, 2011, in Derby.
She was born June 27, 1932, in Newport, a daughter of Roy and Marion (Clough) Hart.
Her hobbies included playing bingo, going to yard sales, going for rides touring the countryside, and being with her family.  She was an Elvis Presley fan.
She is survived by her children:  Roy Wells of Derby Line, Beverly Baraw and her husband, Wilbur, of Newport, Richard Wells and his wife, Vicky, of Derby, Robert Wells of Newport, Diane Lawson and her husband, John, of Derby, David Wells of Newport, Wade Wells and his wife, Susan, of Lyndonville, and Mark Wells and his wife, Cindy, of Newport; by 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; by her brothers and sisters:  Roy Hart and his wife, Mary, of Maryland, Josephine Lontine and her husband, George, of Newport, Hilda Gleason of Newport, Brenda Little of Newport, Avis Collins of Newport, and Rowena Doherty of Scarborough, Maine.  She was predeceased by her sons Rene and Wayne Wells, by her daughter Gloria Paradis, and by her sister Eleanor Blouin.
Funeral services were held on January 13 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Derby Green Activities Fund, P.O. Box 24, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Dorothy M. Willey

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Dorothy M. Willey, 95, of Newport died on January 11, 2011, in Newport.
She was born August 26, 1915, in Lakeport, New Hampshire, a daughter of Leslie and Alice (Smith) Thayer.
In 1932 she married Milton Willey who predeceased her in 1995.  Mr. and Mrs. Willey owned a farm on Pine Hill when they were first married.  After a few years they moved to a farm on the Troy Road which they owned for several years until Mr. Willey went to work for Ethan Allen in the late 1950s.  At that time they moved to Orleans for a year before moving to Newport.
They enjoyed taking trips to visit their children and Mrs. Willey enjoyed having family gatherings and always delighted in seeing the grandchildren and great- and great-great-grandchildren.  Her hobbies included crocheting, playing bingo and watching her favorite television shows.
She is survived by her children:  Diana Beaton and her companion, Ron Pepin, of Newport, Sharon McDonald and her companion, Richard Woodard, of Massachusetts, and June Lussier of Irasburg; by 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by five children:  Rodney, Kenneth, Betty, Jeannette and Norma; by a brother, Ivy Thayer; and by her son-in-law Jean Paul Lussier on January 3, 2011.
Funeral services were held on January 13 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Larry Wall officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
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.
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January 5, 2011 Obituaries

Georgia E. Collier

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Georgia Ellen Collier, 93, of Greensboro died on Thursday, December 23, 2010, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton with her loving family at her bedside.

She was born September 12, 1917, in Concord, a daughter of the late George and Alice (Streeter) Damon.

She graduated from Danville High School in the class of 1935.  She continued her education at Brightlook Nursing School in St. Johnsbury, graduating in the class of 1938.

On February 13, 1943, she married Lester Alfred Collier in Greensboro.  He died in 1982.

She was a registered nurse working in several area hospitals including:  the Greensboro Hospital, Brightlook Hospital, Hardwick Hospital and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.  She drove school bus for the town of Greensboro for ten years and in 1997 she retired from the Greensboro Nursing Home.

Mrs. Collier was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hardwick.  She enjoyed gardening and helping people.

Survivors include son Charles Collier and his wife, Joyce, of Cookeville, Tennessee; two daughters, Linda Hatch and her husband, Earle “Butch” Hatch, of Greensboro and Mary LeBlanc and her husband, Ernest, of Barre; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private spring services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 120, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Arrangements by the Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.

Joan R. Duffy

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Joan R. Duffy, 69, of Lowell died on December 23, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born July 31, 1941, in Newport Center, a daughter of Merle and Vandetta (Hill) Collins.

On August 21, 1976, she married Edmund Duffy who predeceased her in 1991.

Mrs. Duffy was a self-employed nanny.  Prior to her retirement, she worked as a secretary for the Duffy brothers.

She spent almost 50 years in Massachusetts before retiring back to Vermont in 2008 where she dearly loved being near her family and her dog Missy.  She particularly enjoyed sitting on her own porch and her brother Oliver’s porch to relax and watch the wildlife.  She was a very loving and caring person to all of the family and derived great pleasure from their visits.  She also was ready to give a hand to her many friends if they needed help.

She is survived by her children:  Dave C.H. Collins of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Danielle Grimm and her husband, Marcus, of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire; by her sister Margaret Collins of New York; by the following brothers:  Oliver Collins and his wife, Elaine, of Irasburg, Robert Collins and his wife, Simone, of Lowell, Merle Collins and his wife, Rose, of Connecticut; sister-in-law Lou of Newport; by brothers-in-law Robert and Norman Duffy; sister-in-law Marie; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Merle and Vandetta Collins, and three brothers Gordon, Russell, and Clifford Collins.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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

 



Clifford C. Dyer Sr.

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Clifford C. Dyer Sr., 78, of Derby died on December 22, 2010, in Newport.

Mr. Dyer was born on September 18, 1932, in Sharon, a son of Frank and Emma (Durkee) Dyer.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War.  On April 9, 1955, he married Sarah Hannah who survives him.

He was owner and operator of Dyer’s Welding in Caanan, New Hampshire.  He belonged to the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

Mr. Dyer loved hunting, fishing, camping with his wife, gardening, mowing his lawn, and having his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren visit him.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Dyer, of Derby; his children:  Robert Rudder and his wife, Dianna, of Canaan, Iris Guyer and her husband, Russell, of Morgan, Clifford Dyer Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Grantham, New Hampshire, Janice Charbono of Canaan, Pam Boyles and her husband, Mike, of Windsor, Missouri, and William Dyer and his wife, Lorine, of Canaan; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his faithful friends Gretchen the dog and Howie the cat; his two brothers James Dyer of Sharon and Ted Dyer of Claremont, New Hampshire; and sisters Alice Chase of Pomfret and Barbara Ormond of Spring Hill, Florida.  He was predeceased by two brothers, one sister, and son-in-law Jerome Charbono.

Funeral 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.

Loella M. (Candy) Fillmore

 

Loella M. (Candy) Fillmore, 61, of West Charleston died on January 2, 2011, in Newport.

She was born November 27, 1949, in Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter of Thomas and Violet (McLaughlin) Cummings.

On August 19, 1990, she married John Fillmore who survives her.

Mrs. Fillmore was a member of, and vice-president of, Habitat for Humanity in the 1980s, and she was vice-president of the United Tech Design and a member of the Christians for Urban Justice.  She was also a counselor for the Boston Tent City.

Mrs. Fillmore is survived by her husband, John Fillmore, of West Charleston; her stepfather, Chester Lightbody, of Foxborough, Massachusetts, by the following children:  Violet Walker of Guilmington, New Hampshire, Jonathan Fillmore and his wife, Sharalee, of North Providence, Rhode Island, Joshua Fillmore and his wife, Erin, of Burlington, Massachusetts, and Rachel Harrison and her husband, Edward, of Block Island, Rhode Island; by the following nine grandchildren:  Joshua, Justin, and Lexia Wheeler, Gwen, Brady, Shannon, and Jonathan Fillmore and Ethan and Aden Harrison; by a brother John McLaughlin of Plainville, Massachusetts, and by the following sisters:  Jeannie, Beverly, Ann, and Virginia.  She was predeceased by her parents and by an uncle, John McLaughlin of Lyndonville.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Marianne Frances Hart

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Marianne Frances Hart died on December 22, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 23, 1932, in the Bronx, New York, to James and Viola (Weaver) Lancaster.

She graduated from Hudson Falls High School in Hudson Falls, New York, and went on to nursing school to earn her RN degree from St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York.

She married her best friend, Richard “Dick” Hart, on August 8, 1953.  They lived in Hudson Falls, El Paso and Laredo, Texas, Derby Line, and finally Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mrs. Hart worked as a nurse in all the places she lived.  She was a lifelong, loving caregiver as hundreds of people can attest.

She enjoyed playing bridge, bingo and poker.  She was an excellent cook and winner of a state cooking contest in Vermont.  She loved cats and volunteering at the cat shelter in Sloan, Nevada.  Most of all she loved being together with family and friends, and her home was always open to all.

She leaves behind her daughters and their spouses:  Colleen and Richard Mayhew and Shannon and Tom Healy; grandchildren Adam Healy and his wife, Anna, of Springfield, Virginia, and Morgan Healy of Cleveland, Ohio; “adopted” daughter Betty Belknap of Las Vegas; in-laws Linda Hart and Jane and Jimmy Brayman of South Glens Falls, New York; nieces and nephews; and many beloved friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and husband.

A memorial Mass was held on December 27 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a favorite animal shelter.

 

Debra Hunt

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Debra Hunt of Morgan, died on Christmas day, December 25, 2010, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after a long illness.  She was 45 years old.

She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on April 23, 1965.

She attended high school in Saskatoon and received her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Saskatchewan.  She worked in Yellow Knife, Northwest Territories, and subsequently as a senior writer for the government of British Columbia in Victoria.

She married Gerry Hunt of Morgan in 1996, and the couple lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Portland, Oregon.  In 2002 they returned to Vermont where she worked for The Chrysallus Center and Newport Pediatrics.  In 2004, she was a founder of Northeast Kingdom Homecare and The Meeting Place, and she was president of the company at the time of her death.

Mrs. Hunt loved animals, and her household included horses, dogs and cats.  Her Jack Russell, Maddie, was a constant companion.  When she lived in Oregon she became an accomplished glass artist with her work sold in a variety of art galleries.  Debra Hunt Glass was shown at The Portland Saturday Market, a large artisan fair that attracted thousands of people every weekend.

Mrs. Hunt is survived by her husband, Gerry Hunt; stepsons Elias and Eben of Cornish, New Hampshire, and Ezra of Portland, Oregon; her mother-in-law, Pat Hunt, of Morgan; brother Scott Hardy of Winnipeg, Alberta, and by brothers- and sisters-in-law Donald and Andrea Hunt of Newport and Andrew and Patricia Hunt of Vernal, New York.  Her parents, Robert and Lora Hardy, predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held at the Curtis- Britch-Converse-Rushford  Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 21.

Mrs. Hunt’s work with the aging can continue through donations in her memory to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Unit #14, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Louis Philip Joyal

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Louis Philip Joyal, 84, of Derby Line, died on December 22, 2010, in Newport.

He was born December 5, 1926, in Rock Island, Quebec, a son of Moise and Albertine (Boulanger) Joyal.

On June 18, 1955, he married Florence Jacobs who survives him.

Prior to his marriage, Mr. Joyal was in the Merchant Marine in Canada.  He was also a self-employed carpenter and owner and operator of Joyal Construction which his son Rick is now carrying on.

He enjoyed attending horse and dog races, hunting, fishing, playing poker, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Joyal, of Derby Line; his two sons:  Rick Joyal and his wife, Bonnie, of Derby, and Robert Joyal and his wife, Lynn, of Derby; by his four grandsons:  Jason, Derek, Dana and Sean Joyal; by great-grandson Carson Joyal; by three sisters:  Florence Joyal, of Rock Island, Valeda Veto of Derby Line, and Mary Jane Holmes of Newport.  He was predeceased by five brothers:  Albert, George, Andrew, Robert, and Leon; and by a sister, Bernadette Young.

Funeral services were held on December 28 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

 

 

Marion LaRose

 

Marion LaRose, 100, formerly of Barton, died in Newport on Saturday, December 18, 2010.

She was born in Brownington on April 5, 1910, a daughter of Edward “Phil” and Lizzie (Magoon) Roberts.

She married Francis J. LaRose in 1932.  He predeceased her several years ago.  She was also predeceased by her sisters Twilla, Theda, Verla, and Verna, and brothers Vernon, Sherman, Forest, and Maurice.  She is survived by several nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law Evelyn Jenne of Orleans.

Funeral services will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in the spring.  Services will be announced at that time.

Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Reginald Morin
Reginald Morin, formerly of Newport, died at the age of 71 in Sun City West, Arizona, on December 22, 2010.
He worked in the dairy industry for 38 years until he retired in 1994.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Faye Kendall Morin; two daughters, Debbi Neff and her husband, Richard, and Vickie Erickson and her husband, Douglas; a brother, Raymond Morin and his wife, Emily; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be in Vancouver, Washington, at the convenience of the family.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association.
Michael Plaskonos
Michael Plaskonos, 87, of Derby, died on December 19, 2010, in the Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania.
He was the husband of Ann C. (Courtney) Plaskonos, whom he married on May 26, 1956.
Born in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Teodore and Martha (Snihur) Plaskonos.
He was a 1941 graduate of McAdoo High School, a 1949 graduate of Albright College, and a 1955 graduate of Bucknell University.
Mr. Plaskonos was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II. He was a participant in D-Day and fought in the European theater.
He taught English and social studies for 25 years in Columbus, Ohio, until his retirement in 1985.
Mr. Plaskonos was an avid sports fan.  In high school, he was a three-sport athlete and named to the all state football team as well as the Ukrainian All American team in 1942.  He continued to play football at Albright where he was captain of the team his senior year.
He was a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church in Shillington, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children:  Martha (Marti) and her husband, Robert Spezialetti, of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, and Kristi Plaskonos and her husband, Eric, of Fairfield, Connecticut; his sister Ann Plaskonos of Drums, Pennsylvania, and his brother Anthony M. Plaskonos of Langhorne, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren:  Matthew Spezialetti, Benjamin Spezialetti, Bryn Spezialetti, Blanche Plaskonos, and Henri Plaskonos.  He was predeceased by five siblings:  Mary Mashack, Paul Plaskonos, Stephen Plaskonos, Olga Carfora, and Wasil Plaskonos.
A Mass was celebrated December 22 in St. John’s Church.  Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LaSalle Academy, 440 Holland Street, Shillington, Pennsylvania 19607, or Holy Name High School, 955 East Wyomissing Boulevard, Reading, Pennsylvania 19611.
The Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., of West Reading was in charge of arrangements.
Lee Ann Ranalli

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Lee Ann Ranalli, 48, died unexpectedly in Burlington on December 10, 2010.
A memorial Mass was held on December 18 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line.
She leaves her parents, Robert Ranalli and Carole Estey; her sister Lisa Ranalli; the parents of her heart Richard Westlake, (who predeceased her in 1996) and his wife, Marie Westlake.  The relatives of her heart included her brother Daniel Westlake and his wife, Joan, of Wakefield, Massachusetts; her sisters Lisa Fay and her husband, Jon, of Carlisle, Massachusetts, and their two children Brittany and Brendon; Kathleen Westlake of Aviano, Italy, Patricia Westlake of Wakefield, and Mary Westlake of Newport.  A much loved “Auntie Lee” is going to be missed by Jade, Gracie, Amanda, and Vanessa Westlake.  Marcel Ruell and his wife, Kathy, held a special place in their hearts for Lee Ann and she for them.  Her loss is unimaginable.
She was employed by Saylor Enterprises, better known as Miracle Ear, for a number of years.  She will be sadly missed by her fellow co-workers.
A graveside service will be held in the spring.
Robert John Theriault

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Robert John Theriault, 68, of Brimfield, Massachusetts, died at Wing Memorial Hospital on December 24, 2010.  Constantly at his side were his wife, Nancy, and stepdaughter Tracey Stankus.
Born on May 9, 1942, in Lowell, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late Edgar and Helen (Deisek) Theriault, previously of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where Mr. Theriault lived for most of his life.
He graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1960 and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force.  He worked as an electrician for various companies in eastern and western Massachusetts, his last job being the head electrician at Monson Developmental Center.
The love of Mr. Theriault’s life was his granddaughter Jessica, who came to spend summers and every Christmas with him.
He leaves his wife of 22 years along with two children, Renee Theriault of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Robert Theriault Jr. of Ludlow, Massachusetts, as well as stepdaughters Tracey Stankus and her husband, Joe, of Holden, Massachusetts, Julie Hutchinson and her husband, Robert, of Sanford, Florida, and Kelley Soland and her husband, Terry, of Augusta, Wisconsin.  Mr. Theriault will be missed by many including his grandchildren Sonya, Ray, Randy, Jessica, Michael, Logan, Sabrina, and Mark, as well as several nieces and nephews and siblings David Theriault and his wife, Patty, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, and Carol Mahoney and her husband, Kevin, of Chelmsford.
A memorial service will take place on January 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Beers and Story Palmer Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to  the Wing Hospital Building Fund.  For more information and to sign a memorial guest book, please visit www.beersandstory.com

 

Muriel E. Turenne “Old Gram”

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Muriel E. Turenne, 96, died peacefully on January 1, 2011, in West Glover.
She was born May 24, 1914, in Orleans, a daughter of Lester and Margaret Holmes.
She married Paul Turenne who predeceased her in 1995.
She moved to West Glover three years ago to live with her granddaughter Norine. She loved to travel around and she loved her scratch tickets and playing cards.  She loved her grandchildren and family and she looked forward to her morning coffee and a doughnut from Brad as well as frequent visits from Bretton and Nolan and spending time with her neighbors Ron and Tress Cote.
She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Orsini and her significant other, Robert Bourque, Lyle Stearns, and Robin Lameriand; by grandchildren Norine Phillips, James Westover Sr. and his wife, Betty, Chris Stearns, Kevin Stearns, Richard Stearns, Ralph Stearns, and Debra Stearns; by the following great-grandchildren:  Bradford Phillips and Brittany Braun, Brandon Phillips and Amy Rollins, Barry Phillips, Bethany Phillips and Joe Maher, Gary Shepard, James Westover II, Michael Westover, Lisa Malloy, Nicole Malloy and Michelle Malloy; by great-great-grandchildren Gary Shepard Jr., Madison Westover, Brandon Phillips II, Nolan Marsh, and Bretton Phillips; by three sisters: Mabel Perkins and her husband, Ralph, Rena LaCoss, and Bertha and Stanley Robbins; by several nieces and nephews; and by her loving dog Annie.  She was predeceased by a son Wayne Stearns; two granddaughters Cindy Malloy and Delores Stearns; two brothers Chet and Gerald Holmes; and by a sister Pearl LaCoss.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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December 22, 2010 Obituaries

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

 

 



Charlotte J. Smigelski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 15, 2010 Obituaries

Yvelande Brasseur Chicoine Anderson

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

 

Donald Wayne Brown

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

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

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

Byron Charles Cady

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

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

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Elizabeth A. Labrecque, 65, of Glover died in Newport on December 3, 2010, after a long illness.
She was employed as an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for over 20 years until her retirement.
She enjoyed her animals, fishing on Lake Ontario, snowmobiling, working with special needs individuals, and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
She is survived by her son Robert Rockwell and his wife, Toni, of Farmington, New Hampshire; by her daughter Rhonda Ebelt and her husband, David, of Chatham, Virginia; by her grandchildren Ryan Mason of Virginia, Justin Ebelt of North Carolina, David Ebelt of Virginia, Crystal Hamnett of New Hampshire, and Jason Hamnett and his wife, Jessica, of New Hampshire; by her great-grandchildren Cameron Ebelt, Alexander Mason, and Tyler Seigen; by her brother Irving and sister Carol; sister-in-law Audrey Rockwell; brother-in-law Richard Rockwell; and by a dear friend Kevin Reil.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Rockwell, in 1976.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on December 8 from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Annetta L. Meinen
Annetta L. Meinen, 91, of Barton formerly of Reno, Nevada, died on November 24, 2010, peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 10, 1919, in Letts, Iowa, a daughter of William and Maude (Hidelbaugh) Furnas.
In 1947 she married Robert Meinen who predeceased her in 1969.
Mrs. Meinen received her bachelor’s degree in education and taught at Battle Mountain Elementary School in Nevada for many years.
She is survived by her children:  Anne Meinen Albrecq of Barton and Robert L. Meinen and his wife, Theresa, of Idaho; by the following grandchildren:  Heather Pfaff of Barton, Robert A. Meinen of Nevada, Matthew W. Meinen of Gallatin, Tennessee, Michael Meinen of California, and Scott Meinen of Idaho; by 12 great-grandchildren; and by a brother, Bill Furnas, of Iowa.
Funeral services were held on December 6 in Reno with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Julie A. Pion

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

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

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

Elizabeth “Betty” Benner

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

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

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

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

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

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Dennis Adelord Taylor, 56, of Nashville, Tennesee, died suddenly of a massive heart attack in Greenville, Texas, on October 17, 2010, while on tour with the Delbert McClinton Band.
He was born November 13, 1953, in Barton.
He graduated from Barton Graded School, Lake Region Union High School, and Johnson State College.  He also attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters.
His passion was music, and he was fortunate to be able to pursue this career until his untimely death.
He played with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble while living in Vermont, and he taught saxophone at Johnson State College before moving to New Orleans.  He joined the Gatemouth Brown Band and toured with them, also playing with local jazz and blues bands.  In 1985 he moved to Boston where he freelanced at local clubs.  In 1989 he and his wife, Karen Leipziger, moved to Nashville where they have lived for the past 222 years.
He has played with Buckwheat Zydeco, Michelle Shocked, Duke Robillard, and Shelby Lynn, and toured with Kenny Rogers’ Christmas Show and Brenda Lee, and for the last two and a half years played with Delbert McClinton.  He has also done numerous sessions with various artists.
He traveled all over the U.S., the lower provinces of Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia.  He had a great sense of humor and friends and family have many happy memories of him telling stories of his travels.
He had volunteered weekly at the W.O. Smith School of Music for the last 17 years, teaching saxophone to underprivilidged students.  He also had many private students.  He found he loved teaching and his students.  He was not only their teacher but also a friend and confidant.
He had also written six instructional books for saxophone for the Hal Leonard Publishing Company.
On October 21, a memorial service was held at the W.O. Smith School where friends, family and fellow band members shared their stories about Mr. Taylor, his music, his love and compassion for his friends and family, his great sense of humor, his ready smile, his encouragement to his friends, and his gentle nature, which will be greatly missed.
On November 7, a musical tribute was held at B.B. King’s club in downtown Nashville.  Over 400 people gathered to listen to the bands and performers.  Many traveled from out of state to pay their respects.  All who performed had either played with Mr. Taylor in various bands, or he had played on their recordings.  Their final salute was the playing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” by all the horn players in honor of his lifelong love of the Boston Red Sox.
Mr. Taylor had just completed a lifelong dream of recording his own CD.  He had finished all the tracks and now his wife is completing the project.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen Leipziger; his parents, Ad and Lois Taylor, of Barton; his sisters Kathy Trecartin and her husband, Doug, of Central Point, Oregon, Patricia Taylor and her spouse, Pam Skriletz, of Orleans; by his brother Daniel Taylor and his wife, Kelly, and their two sons, Benjamin and Joshua of St. Paul, Minnesota; his mother-in-law Evelyn Leipziger of New York City; and his sister-in-law Deidre Leipziger and her two children Izzy and Kiki of Brooklyn, New York.
There will be a graveside service at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in the spring.
Donations in his memory may be made to: Dennis Taylor Memorial Fund, W.O. Smith School of Music, 1125 8th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennesee 37203.
Erma Ethel Ticehurst
Erma Ethel Ticehurst, 92, a resident of Brownington for over 80 years, died at her home on Ticehurst Road in Brownington on her son Ron’s birthday — November 26, 2010 — surrounded by her loving family.
She was born August 24, 1918, in Brownington, a daughter of William and Ethel (Mizner) Reid.  In 1954 she married Carl Ticehurst who predeceased her in 1982.  Prior to her marriage, she taught at a one-room schoolhouse in West Glover and also in surrounding towns.
Mrs. Ticehurst was a dairy farmer and ran a community home in Brownington for many years. She enjoyed cooking rolls and doughnuts, and she loved all her animals, especially her cats.
She is survived by her children:  Carla Ticehurst and her friend, Aurele (Beeb) Souliere, of Brownington, Colleen Cloutier and her husband, Ronald, of Barton, Reid Kilby and his wife, Regina, of Milton, and Dale Kilby of Glover; by the following grandchildren:  Becky Souliere of Brownington, Amanda Ticehurst of Burlington, Marsha Cloutier of Barton, Michael Cloutier of Barton, Odessa Hopkins and her husband, Bryant, of Grand Isle, Marlene Smith of Morrisville; by her great-grandchildren:  Alexandria Cloutier, Heather Fitzpatrick and her husband, Scott, William Henry Ticehurst-Groves, Joshua and Timothy Hopkins, and Christopher and Jeremy Wells; by great-great-grandchildren Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kenedi Fitzpatrick, Joshua, Brooke, and Jasmine Wells: and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by sons Robert and Ronald Ticehurst; stepdaughter Alberta Smith; and by three sisters:  Alice Lancaster, Doris Brigham, and Phyllis Lawes.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday December 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 3, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Brownington Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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