June 29, 2011 Obituaries

Stephanie S. Allen

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Stephanie S. (Zabierek) Allen, lifelong resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, died on June 22, 2011, with her family by her side.
Born at home in Chelmsford, on May 17, 1920, Mrs. Allen was the daughter of the late Walter and Helena (Wazocha) Zabierek.  She was a graduate of Chelmsford High School, class of 1937.
Mrs. Allen was the beloved wife of the late Calvin P. Allen with whom she shared 60 years of marriage.
She was a diligent worker, with a number of employers.  Her longest tenure and fondest memories came from working at the Millipore Corporation for over 21 years before retiring in 1982.  During her retirement she enjoyed spending summers at Lake Willoughby with her husband, Calvin.  Her passions included baking cookies, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her daughter Marjorie J. Linstad of Chelmsford, along with seven grandchildren:  Bruce A. Linstad of Harvard, Massachusetts, Stephen M. Beliveau and his wife, Angela, of Royalston, Massachusetts, Brian S. Linstad and his wife, Debra, of Orange, Massachusetts, Heather F. Lindstad of Vernon, Connecticut, Russell H. Linstad Jr. and his wife, Allyson, of Massena, New York, Robert C. Allen and his wife, Angela, of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Sean W. Allen and his wife, Dawn, of Groton, Massachusetts.  In addition, Mrs. Allen was loved by 15 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her youngest brother Roy Zabierek and his wife, Ruth, of Fort Myers, Florida, along with her daughter-in-law Diane Allen of Dunstable, Massachusetts, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Robert C. Allen, her brothers Thaddeus Zabierek, Julien Zabierek, and Henry Zabierek and her sister Helen George.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Blake Funeral Home in Chelmsford.  Her funeral service will be on Thursday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will immediately follow at the Pine Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Mrs. Allen’s memory to the Henry Zabierek Scholarship Fund at the Chelmsford High School Alumni Association, 200 Richardson Road, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01863, or Friends of Mel Foundation, 20 Pond Park Road, Suite 107, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043, or www.friendsofmel.org.
Richard E. Banker
Richard Banker, 79, of Summerfield, Florida, and Newport died on June 13, 2011, after battling lung cancer for ten weeks.  Mr. Banker died peacefully two days prior to his eightieth birthday while under hospice care in his home surrounded by family in Summerfield.
Born Richard Elbridge Banker in Thetford Center on June 15, 1931, to Charles and Hilda Banker, Mr. Banker graduated from Thetford Academy in 1949 and immediately joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War conflict.  During his active and reserve service, he was a decorated Marine, earning several honors.
Mr. Banker married Priscilla Bond on May 17, 1952.  They recently celebrated their fifty-ninth anniversary.
Mr. Banker started his own plumbing and heating business and remained in the Hanover and Thetford area until his retirement in 1989.  He specialized in both residential and commercial projects and completed work on several Dartmouth College, large mall, office building, and hospital projects.  He also owned and operated a plumbing, heating and paint store in East Thetford along with an apartment complex.
Mr. Banker was a true Vermont sportsman, enjoying coaching youth teams, baseball, golf, and hunting and fishing while also becoming involved in environmental initiatives.
Survivors include his wife, Priscilla; sons Blair and Brett; sisters Jeannie Buzzell and Nancy Piper; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews who adored Uncle Snooky.  He was predeceased by one brother, James; and two sons, Brian and Gregory.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30, at the Thetford Center Church at 2 p.m.  A memorial reception will be held immediately after at Thetford Academy’s Anderson Hall.
Donations may be made in Mr. Banker’s memory to Thetford Academy, P.O. Box 190, Thetford, Vermont 05074, care of Alumni Office.
Jeannine Cecile (Pichette) Clarke

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Jeannine Cecile (Pichette) Clarke, 81, of Island Pond died peacefully at North Country Hospital on June 21, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on October 19, 1929, a daughter of Clement and Annette (Ruel) Pichette.
As a young woman, Mrs. Clarke was proudly employed as a telephone operator and later promoted to manager of the Coaticook Phone Company in Coaticook, Quebec.  She married Richard Thomas Clarke of St. Albans in Coaticook on May 26, 1951.
She was a longtime member of St. James Parish and the American Legion Auxillary Unit, Brighton Post #80, as well as a member of the Brighton Random Ladies.  For many years she and her husband were members of the Orleans Country Club and were very active in Brighton Post #80 affairs.  After her husband’s retirement, they spent the winters in Florida. Besides golf, Mrs. Clarke loved to dance and garden, and was an excellent cook and baker.  She had great faith, was a strong Catholic, and was a believer in novenas.
After her husband’s death, Mrs. Clarke opened and operated the first bed and breakfast (B&B) in Island Pond.  She greatly enjoyed the B&B guests, many who returned year after year, and she even received an award for the best B&B of Island Pond in 1989.  She was  very proud of completing her GED in 1990 from North Country Union High School with her dear friends Anna Honan and Christine Manning.
Mrs. Clarke was a devoted wife, proud mother and grandmother, a loyal friend and matriarch of the Clarke family.  Family gatherings and reunions always brought out her fun-loving ways and humor. She especially loved her family coming to visit and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons:  G. Richard Clarke of Pristina, Kosovo, Michael Clarke and his wife, Jan, of Island Pond, Patrick Clarke and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, and Darcy Clarke of San Francisco, California; her daughter Christine Clarke and her spouse, Aime DeGrenier, of Easthampton, Massachusetts; by grandsons Jason Clarke and his wife, Heather, of Brunswick, Georgia, Shane Clarke and his companion, Becky Morse, of Randolph, and Evan Clarke of Island Pond; granddaughters Melissa Gieler and her husband, Kevin, of Noblesville, Indiana, Stacey Cross and her husband, Joshua, of Essex Junction, Jamie Clarke of Essex Junction, and Arden and Ella Clarke-DeGrenier of Easthampton; great-grandchildren Peyton and Austin Clarke of Brunswick, Zachary Gieler of Noblesville, and Mia Ruby and Tanner Cross of Essex Junction; by numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends; by her sisters:  Dolores Pichette-LaCasse of Sherbrooke; Francoise Pichette and her husband, Bill Patterson, of Montreal, Quebec, Denise Pichette-St. Pierre of Coaticook, Quebec, Jacqueline Pichette and her husband, Gaston Berard, of Sherbrooke, Lise Pichette and her husband, Michel Carbonneau, of East Angus, Quebec, Nicole Pichette and her husband, Bertrand Lussier, of Sherbrooke; and by her brothers:  Denis Pichette and his wife, Margot Blais, of Sherbrooke, Jean-Marc Pichette and his wife, Louise Laroche, of Victoriaville, Quebec, and Daniel Pichette and his wife, Christiane Letourneau, of Sherbrooke.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 34 years, Richard T. Clarke; her daughter-in-law Janet (Perrier) Clarke; her sister Giselle Pichette-Baillargeon; and her brothers-in-law: Germain St. Pierre, Denis LaCasse, Fern Baillargeon, and Robert Corbeil.
Funeral services and a celebration of  life will be held at St. James the Greater Catholic Church of Island Pond on July 2 at 1 p.m. with Father Connors officiating.  A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.  There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity or organization of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Jeanette (Eisen) Horwich
Jeanette (Eisen) Horwich, 94, of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, died peacefully on Sunday, June 19, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Sidney Horwich; devoted mother of Benjamin R. Horwich, Nancy Vasilik, and Richard G. Horwich; proud grandmother of Michael (Charlene), Darren (Rose), Jennifer (David), Jeffrey, Tina, and Karrie; and great-grandmother of Michael, Lindsey, Katie, Madison, and Bryan.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her seven sisters and one brother, the late Bertha, Rachel, Dorothy, Lee, Adele, Davidine, Norma, and Leon.
Prior to her retirement in 1982, Mrs. Horwich was the owner of Edwin’s Sport Shop, located on Market Sreet in Paterson, New Jersey, for many years.  She enjoyed many summers with her family and friends at her summer home in Irasburg.
Services were held on June 21 in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.  Burial followed at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Totowa, New Jersey.
Memorial donations in memory of Mrs. Horwich may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Florence C. Jensen
Florence C. Jensen, 96, of Barton died on June 22, 2011, in Barton.
She was born on February 19, 1915, in Fairfax, a daughter of John and Minnie Mae (Hibbard) Elliott.
In 1947 she married Harry Jensen Sr. who predeceased her in 1971.
Mrs. Jensen was a dairy farmer along with her husband at their family farm in Brownington Center.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.
She is survived by her children:  Paul Jensen and his wife, Susan, of Inverness, Florida, Jerry Jensen of Stuart, Florida, Earl Jensen and his wife, Lorraine, of Newport, and Richard Jensen Sr. and his wife, Priscilla, of Brownington; by her sons-in-law:  Vernal Lafoe of Inverness and Ulric Wright of Derby; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by three children:  Alice Lafoe, Mary Ellen Wright, and Harry Jensen Jr.
Funeral services were held on June 25 at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in Brownington Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to 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.
Rena G. LaCoss
Rena G. LaCoss of Greensboro, 93, died peacefully on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Greensboro Nursing Home.
She was born September 27, 1917, in Morgan, a daughter of the late Lester and Margaret (Vincent) Holmes.
She attended public schools in Morgan and Charleston.  On August 14, 1934, she married LeRoy Joseph LaCoss in Derby.
In her earlier years she stayed home to care for her young children.  Later she was a caregiver to the elderly.  She and her husband lived in Connecticut for several years, and for more than 23 years she made her home in Florida before returning to Vermont in the early 2000s.
Mrs. LaCoss was a member of the Congregational Church in Citrus Spring, Florida.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking, flowers, family gatherings, and especially the time that she spent with her grandchildren.
Survivors include:  her daughter Geneva Hall of Hardwick; three sons, Richard LaCoss of Worcester, Rodney LaCoss, and LeRoy LaCoss Jr., both of Inverness, Florida; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Robbins of Florida and Mabel Perkins of West Charleston; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy LaCoss Sr., in 1995; a son, Raymond LaCoss, in 2004; and four siblings:  Gerald Holmes, Chester Holmes, Muriel Turenne, and Pearl LaCoss.
To honor her request, there will be no public services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, Activity Fund, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.
Arangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.
Bernadette M. Nadeau

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Bernadette M. Nadeau, 76, of Derby Line died on June 22, 2011, in Derby.
She was born March 9, 1935, in Barnston, Quebec, a daughter of Aristide and Antoinette (Thibeault) Nadeau.
Mrs. Nadeau and her son Daniel started North East Maple Products in her home in Derby Line in 1999.  She also managed the Canned Goods Plus store in Derby and was formally employed by the Community National Bank in Derby Line for 18 years.
She is survived by her children:  Diane (Ducharme) Rocker of  Rougemont, North Carolina, Denis Ducharme and his wife, Paula, of Derby Line, and Daniel Ducharme and his fiancé, Crystal Choiniere, of Derby Line; by her grandchildren:  David and Danielle Rocker, Jacob Ducharme, Hunter Ducharme, Tanner Ducharme, and Devon Davis; and her longtime companion John Boudreau of Derby Line.
Funeral services were held on June 27 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Catholic Parishes of Northeast Vermont, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Allan C. Pickett
Allan C. Pickett, 56, of Brattleboro died suddenly on June 19, 2011, in Newport at the home of his daughter Jennifer Hodges.
He was born on June 9, 1955, in Brattleboro, a son of Leon and Dolly Pickett.
His hobbies included NASCAR and following the New England Patriots.
He is survived by his children:  Jennifer Hodges and her husband, Tim, of Newport and Elizabeth Pepe and her husband, Steve, of Hanford, California; by his grandchildren:  Brittany, Timothy Jr., Giada, Zylus, and Jordan.
Services will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Diabetes Clinic, 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.
Joseph Allen Provost

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MSG Joseph Allen Provost, 45, died on June 20, 2011, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, due to injuries he received while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Mr. Provost was born on March 1, 1966, in Burlington, a son of Donald P. and Theresa E. (Bergevin) Provost.  He was a graduate of Colchester High School and received his bachelor’s degree while serving in the Army.
On December 28, 2003, he married the former Naomi Wright of Barton.
He was a gifted carpenter, loved mowing his lawn, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and his big, hairy golden retriever, Missey, who will continue to wait for him under the tree as she always did whenever he was away.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Dean Provost of Barton; his daughters Jennifer Provost of Burlington and Michelle Provost of Shelburne; his stepdaughter Tonya Locke of Orleans; stepsons Ronnie Dean and Christopher Dean of Orleans; several grandchildren; his mother, Theresa Provost, of Colchester; his sister Deborah Latulippe of Williamstown; his brothers William Provost of Burlington and Edward Provost of Jericho; his sister Donna Stearns and her husband, Rod, of Charlotte; his father- and mother-in-law George C. and Linda M. Wright of Barton; and by many nieces and nephews, extended family, and his military family.  He was predeceased by his father, Donald P. Provost, and sister-in-law Robin Provost.
A memorial service was held  on June 28 at the Ready Funeral Services South Chapel in Burlington.  Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on June 29 in St. Thomas Cemetery in Underhill.
Donations in Mr. Provost’s memory may be sent to the American Legion, Post #23, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Send online condolences to www.readyfuneral.com.
Barbara “Babs” (Clemente) Tucker
Barbara “Babs” (Clemente) Tucker, 87, died on May 10, 2011.
She was born on May 1, 1924.
A resident of Westmore, “Babs,” her older sister Bernice and her younger brother Bill, Lieutenant Commander, USN, spent summers at Pisgah Lodge boarding house, which was located near the south beach of Willoughby Lake.
In 1932, when Mrs. Tucker was eight years old, her father, Lieutenant Colonel William J. Clemente, and her mother, Barbara Clemente, purchased the old white farmhouse with the red tin roof on Long Pond Road in Westmore.
Mrs. Tucker and her late husband, “Hap” Tucker, were born in East Rockaway, New York.  They lived there during the winter months until 1995.  Then they moved to Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.  After her husband died Mrs. Tucker lived with their youngest daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Tucker, in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, and throughout the Southwest, where Mrs. Tucker died peacefully at home in New Mexico, surrounded by family and friends.
Willoughby Lake was always her true love and she felt at home there in the mountains from May through October.
As a young girl, Mrs. Tucker spent time in her father’s heavy wooden rowboat floating and rowing from one end of the lake to the other.  She traveled every back road she could find, making new friends with everyone in her path.  Digging up wildflowers, stopping at every curve in the road, and then drying the flowers was one of her favorite pastimes.  Painting old sap buckets and choosing pictures from old magazines to cut and paste was something else she really enjoyed.  Also braiding rugs and knitting — just anything homemade was her joy.  She never pased a farmstand, or barn sale, or auction.  She never missed a holiday parade or a Bread and Puppet event.
Every bend in the road in the Northeast Kingdom is engraved in her heart, as she is in all of our hearts, forever.  Mrs. Tucker will rest with Hap at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore, overlooking their log cabin on the North Beach of Willoughby Lake.  Mr. and Mrs. Tucker had six children, eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery on July 5.  Please join family and friends at the cemetery at 10 a.m.  A reception will immediately follow at 379 North Beach Road log cabin.
Mary Eleanor Yetter

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Mary Eleanor Yetter, 87, of Newport died on June 26, 2011, in Newport.
She was born September 30, 1923, in Rock Island, Quebec, a daughter of Archiebald and Margaret (Davy) Webb.
On October 2, 1940, she married Stanley Ernest Yetter Sr. who predeceased her on December 24, 1978.
Mrs. Yetter was a floor supervisor at Spencer Support in Rock Island and a clerk for the former J.J. Newberry Store in Newport for many years.  She loved music, tap dancing, singing, cooking, knitting, and she received awards for her penmanship.
She is survived by her children:  Stanley Ernest Yetter Jr. and his wife, Shirley, of Trenton, Ontario, Sharon Ann McNeal of Reno, Nevada, Judy Lynn Leckie and her husband, Bernard, of St. Augustine, Florida, and Susan Elizabeth Schwartz of Wasilla, Alaska; by her grandchildren:  Nathan Stanley Yetter of Kingston, Ontario, Anthony Wade Yetter of Ottawa, Matthew and Sean McNeal of Reno, and Kimberly Leckie of the U.S. Army; by her great-grandchildren:  Evan, Owen, and Maleah Yetter and Juliana and Jesalya McNeal; by stepgrandson Anthony E. Ruff; and by a sister, Barbara.  She was predeceased by three brothers: Donald, Floyd, and Henry; and by a sister, Margaret Webb.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with Christine Mosley officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Graveside Service
A graveside service for John E. Bonneau will be held on July 9 at 11 o’clock in Lowell at St. Ignatius Cemetery.
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June 22, 2011 Obituaries

Paul A. Bouffard

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Paul A. Bouffard, 81, died on Friday, June 17, 2011, following a long and difficult, yet courageous, battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born October 10, 1929, in Newport to the late Aristide and Antoinette (Vigneault) Bouffard.
He attended Sacred Heart High School and then joined the U.S. Navy where he served on the aircraft carrier the USS Leyte.  After his discharge from the Navy, he was in the Naval Reserves for six years while also working as a meat manager for the A&P grocery company.  In 1951, he and his brother Edmund Bouffard opened Bouffard Brothers Market in Newport.
On June 10, 1961, he was united in marriage to Denise Gaudreau at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line.  This past June 10, they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
In 1962, Mr. Bouffard and his wife bought the Newport City Motel, which they owned and operated until 1982.  He also owned and operated the Long Branch Restaurant and several other businesses in the Newport area, including a car wash, and a small construction business.  He also had apartment houses.  In addition, he was the former mayor of Newport City in 1968 and also served as an alderman for several years.
Mr. Bouffard was a communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and past member of the parish council and the advisory board at Sacred Heart schools.  In addition, he was a 60-year member of the Knights of Columbus, past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge of Newport, as well as chairman of the building committee for North Country Hospital and the sisters’ residence at Sacred Heart.  He was also a lifetime member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Mr. Bouffard had a passion for life and living it to the fullest.  The first love of his life was his family.  He loved spending time with his wife and children, his siblings and in-laws.  He loved family gatherings filled with outdoor activities, story-telling, music, good food and spirits, and much laughter and fun.  His second passion was fishing on his boat on Lake Memphremagog.  He spent countless hours trolling for lake trout and salmon, often bringing his fishing buddy, “Pumpkin,” also known as his daughter Julie.
He loved the outdoors — driving construction equipment, snow-blowing the yard, working in the woods, boating, hunting with his brothers and sons, golfing, or simply washing the cars. He enjoyed flying and going to air shows.  He got his pilot’s license at age 16 and loved to fly his plane.
Mr. Bouffard loved music.  He loved to play his drum set, as well as “boogie woogie” on the piano.  He loved big band music and was involved with booking famous musicians such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Glenn Miller at the Elks Club in Newport.
Mr. Bouffard is survived by his wife, Denise; his daughter, Jane Bouffard of Stowe and Gary Lambert of Burlington; his daughter Monica Libby and her husband, Scott, of Newport; his son Peter Bouffard and his wife, Deborah, of Lincoln, Nebraska; his son Thomas Bouffard and Michael Willis of Pittsburg, California; and his daughter Julie Vesely and her husband, Keith, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; by five grandchildren:  Amanda Libby, Sara (Libby) Noyes and her husband, Craig, Michaela Libby, Laura Libby, and Anna Libby of Newport; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and several in-laws, including Rita Bouffard, Pauline Bouffard, Pierrette Paradis and her daughter Suzanne Paradis and son Mark Paradis, Gaby Carr and her husband, Jim, Andre Gaudreau, Lucille Gaudreau, and Suzanne Gaudreau.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his five brothers:  George, Eugene, Francis, Edmund, and Gerard; and his five sisters:  Sister Helen of St. Joseph, Sister Aimee, Sister Louise, Sister Rose Angeline, and Bernadette Butler.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 24, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Calling hours for relatives and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, June 23.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or online at stmarynewport@myfairpoint.net , or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780, or online at info@michaeljfox.org .
The family of Mr. Bouffard would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Bel-Aire Nursing Home for their great care.  In addition, a special thank-you to Father Michael Reardon for his visits and prayers.  Thanks also to the staff from Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport for their support.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alan Slater Flint

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Alan Slater Flint, 89, longtime resident of Newport, died peacefully on June 18, 2011, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born March 4, 1922, in Randolph to the late Harold and Ann (MacDougal), he was the eldest of four children.  He spent his youth in Randolph graduating from Randolph High School in 1940.
Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1940 and served as master sergeant in World War II stationed all over U.S. as well as Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean and Brazil, South America.  Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Flint continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves while pursuing a variety of interests and vocations.
His fascination with photography led to employment at the Purdie’s Photography Studio in Boston in 1946 and 1947.
On June 15, 1946 he married the former Joyce Washburn of Orford, New Hampshire.  This year they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.
He transitioned vocations, fine-tuning his craftsmanship, working at the Furniture Mill, then Lamsons Furniture Store until 1953.
His career took a new direction when he became a U.S. Customs agent in 1953 stationed in Canaan, Beecher Falls, and Norton.  He was transferred to Montreal in 1960 through 1967, working at Dorval Airport.  He later returned to the states, settling in Newport and working on the Canadian border at Derby Line and Beebe until 1975.  He was transferred to Toronto for pre-clearance and served as a firearms instructor until his retirement in 1982.
Little known facts:  Mr. Flint revealed his potential for architecture when he purchased the old Customs house in Canaan and physically moved it down the street, remodeling it into the family residence.  It still stands today as a symbol of his ingenuity and uniqueness.
He was a vital participant in all of the communities he lived in.  His civic affiliations included firefighter’s and sheriff’s departments in Randolph; serving on the Newport Zoning Board, working at the Newport Welcome Center, and as president of the Lakemont Association.  He held fraternal memberships in both the Freemasons and Promise Keepers.
An excellent skier and skater, Mr. Flint ran the Randolph Skating Rink and served on the Jay Peak Ski Patrol for many seasons.
His passion for flying translated into a successful business venture when he founded Kingdom Air Photo, taking aerial photographs of many properties in the Northeast Kingdom. Holding a pilot’s license helped him enjoy an ardor for soaring through the skies in his favorite mode of travel, the Stearman Biplane; subsequently his liaison with the Newport Airport was extensive. The only drawback was the necessity to land, as flying was the epitome of freedom.
After retirement, he and his wife spent many winters in Florida, residing in Branford, Venice, Englewood, and Zephyrhills.
Mr. Flint embodied the full meaning of a Renaissance man.  Limitless in his capacity for development and knowledge, he embraced life, learning, and knew the true meaning of joy.
His first love was his wife and family.  A devoted husband, proud father and grandfather and loyal friend, he was an exceptional role model and thoughtful man. Family reunions and holiday gatherings always brought out his fun-loving spontaneity and exceptional humor.  His quick wit was his trademark.  But it was his wisdom and insight that underscored his authenticity.
His penchant for creating spanned a vast array of disciplines.  An avid fisherman, he was an expert at carpentry, knowledgeable as an electrician, plumber, tailor, enjoyed being a hobbyist, collector, car enthusiast, mentor, and theatrical performer.  He loved music of all genres, and dancing, and was an active member of the North Country Swingers Square Dancing for years in both the U.S. and Canada.
He constructed a plethora of sets, props, and costumes for QNEK Productions and became part of the acting company with his debut in Dearly Departed.  But it was his cameo appearance in Forever Plaid and the memorable featured role as Mr. Rose in Hello, Dolly that gleaned him accolades on stage.
Mr. Flint is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Flint; son Douglas Alan Flint and his wife, Lynn Leimer Flint, and daughter, Debra Jean (Flint) Gosselin and her husband, Richard Gosselin, all of Newport; by grandchildren, Philip Gosselin of New York City, Heather Barnes-Flint of Burlington, and Elisabeth Barnes-Flint of Winooski; by step-grandchildren Kristin Camp of Burlington and First Petty Officer Charles Camp and his wife, Trishaa Camp, of Hanford, California; by several nieces, nephews, and stepgreat-grandchildren; and by sisters Marjorie Johnson of Englewood, Florida, and Lake Champlain and Betty and Sherman Salter of Randolph, by his brother, Dean Flint and his wife, Betsy, of Provo, Utah, by in-laws Horton and Jerry Washburn of Orford, New Hampshire, and by Laura and Herb Verry of Orford.  He was predeceased by sister-in-laws Jeanne (Washburn) Chase and Lucille (Washburn) Brookes.
Mr. Flint’s legacy will continue because he lived with an overwhelming generosity of spirit, was sharing and compassionate, and deliberate and succinct in thought, word and deed.  In the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:  “A life well lived will exhibit the following:  To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Alan Flint succeeded.  He embodied a successful life well lived, well loved, and will be well remembered and dearly missed.  An ordinary man who fashioned an extraordinary life, he can finally experience the freedom to fly forever on angel wings.
The family of Alan Flint would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the staff of Bel-Aire Nursing Home for their superb care and concern. Thank you to the staff of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford for the expertise and support.
There will be a celebration of his life at the United Church of Newport, Third Street, on June 22 at 11 a.m. officiated by the Reverend Steven Jungkeit.  A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be no calling hours.  Interment will be in Randolph at the Veterans’ Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Haskell Opera House, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at:  www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Kate (Calhoun) Lewis
Kate (Calhoun) Lewis, 79, of Derby Line died peacefully on June 13, 2011, at home after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 15, 1932, in Dover, New Jersey, a daughter of George and Belle (Coley) Calhoun.
She attended, and graduated from, Roxbury High School in Roxbury, New Jersey.
On July 2, 1950, she married Herbert C. Lewis at her parents’ home in Mount Arlington, New Jersey.
She was the beloved wife of 61 years of Herbert C. Lewis, and the beloved mother of:  Dave Lewis and his wife, Denise, of Budd Lake, New Jersey, Sharon Lewis of Derby Line, Daniel Lewis and his wife, Vicky, of Derby Line, Bob Lewis and his wife, Cheryl, of Oakridge, New Jersey.  She is also survived by the following grandchildren:  David J. Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Sydny Carter, Nicholas Lewis, Rebecca Lewis, Brandon Lewis, and Noelle Lewis.  She was the sister of Robert Calhoun of Island Pond, James Calhoun of Athens, Pennsylvania, and George Calhoun of Confluence, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.  She was predeacesed by a brother, David Calhoun, of Morgan.
Mrs. Lewis was a friend to everyone, and welcomed all with a loving and accepting heart.  She spent her years as a devoted and loving wife, mother, and homemaker.
She was an avid, accomplished, and professional knitter and crocheter, she shared her beautiful handiwork with many.  She also applied herself extensively, and was devoted to, her ministry as one of Jehovah’s witnesses.  Mrs. Lewis was a true matriarch of her family who always provided ongoing support, guidance, love and friendship.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
A memorial service in her honor was held on June 17 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newport.  A gathering for refreshments and fellowship followed.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Newport Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, care of Ken Newfield, P.O. Box 395, Derby Line, Vermont.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Steven Lussier

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Steven R. Lussier Sr., 57, of West Burke, died suddenly at his home Wednesday afternoon June 15, 2011.
He was born May 9, 1954, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Roger and Evelyn (Walker) Lussier.
He was a graduate of Lyndon Institute’s class of 1972 where he played football and basketball.
He owned and operated Blair’s Mobil Homes in Lyndon for over 20 years.  He also created a housing development located in Sheffield. Following the sale of Blair’s Mobil Homes, he worked for Vermont Aerospace for several years.  He then worked for Kennemetal Industries in Lyndonville for several years as well.  Recently he had worked with his father, Roger, and his son Robert in land development and construction in Vermont and New York.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Lussier played many sports, including softball, horseshoes, bowling, and golf.  Hunting and fishing were also some of his favorite pastimes.  He was a member of the Tom Breslin Center in Lyndonville and is remembered as having a nice personality.  He will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his two sons, Steven Lussier Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of Fairfax, and Robert Lussier of Lyndonville; his granddaughter Emma Lussier who was his pride and joy; his parents, Roger and Evelyn Lussier, of Lyndonville; his sister Kathleen Pearl and her husband, Ronald, of Lyndon; three brothers and their wives:  Reginald and Heidi Lussier of Kirby, Richard and Virginia Lussier of Lyndon, and David and Lise Lussier of Lyndon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were held in Lyndonville on June 20 at the Guibord Funeral Home with the Reverend Father Fernand Gosselin officiating. Burial followed at the William-Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in Mr. Lussier’s memory may be directed to the Lyndonville Fire Department, P. O. Box 126, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Private online condolences and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Mary Louise Marsh

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Just shy of her ninety-first birthday, Mary Louise Marsh of West Ferrisburgh died on June 13, 2011, in the ARCH Hospice Room at Helen Porter in Middlebury, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Shuteville Mountain in Albany, on June 17, 1920, one of ten children born to Lewis and Elvia (Shatney ) Mason.  She was educated at the Brown School in Albany. On November 2, 1936, she married Dale B. Marsh.
Because of Mr. Marsh’s construction jobs, they lived all over the state before moving to the DAR State Park in Addison where Mrs. Marsh became the first park caretaker.  They settled at Button Bay State Park when Mr. Marsh became maintenance supervisor for the Department of Forests and Parks and continued to live at Button Bay for the rest of her life.  Before retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Marsh served as the first park rangers for Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh.
One of Mrs. Marsh’s favorite memories was serving as hostess for the 1962 Girl Scout Round-Up at Button Bay, where she welcomed girls from all over the world in her backyard.  She was known for her twinkling blue eyes, radiant smile, kind and gentle way, and her soothing voice that would make any bad situation better.   She was a wonderful cook and made the best apple pies and fried bread dough around.
Mrs. Marsh was the epitome of a mother, the “best grammy in the world,” the matriarch of five generations and a loyal friend.  She loved children and children loved her.  She loved to rock babies, sing, and tell bedtime stories.  She loved having company, and no one ever left her home hungry.  She enjoyed camping, deer hunting, and fishing with her husband, driving around in her white convertible, drinking tea with her friends, sharing a box of chocolates, having Kahlua and milk on special occasions, going out to eat and attending VUHS basketball games.  She was as generous as she was kind, always making sure her family and friends came first.
Through the years she was a member of the Vergennes United Methodist Church, UMW, Christian Women’s Club, home dem, and garden club.
Mrs. Marsh is survived by her son, Stewart Marsh and his friend, Patty Fuller, of Vergennes; daughter Elaine Horner and her friend, David Poutry, of Albany; daughter Joan Marsh-Reed and her husband, Walter, of Button Bay; and daughter-in-law Claudia Marsh of Vergennes.  She also leaves grandchildren Joanne Chase and her husband, Rudy, Lauren Michaud and her husband, Carl, Paige Horner, Jessica Kimball, Jason Marsh and friend, Jamie Rainville, Coty Dayton Marsh, Jade Reed and his wife, Kayla; great-grandchildren:  Karen, Valerie, Nick, Troy, Ben, Desmah, Ayla, Devon, Casey, Jordan and Tyler; great-great granddaughters Olivia and Averie; many nieces, nephews and friends; and her cat, Bob.  She was predeceased by her husband, Dale, in 1991; two daughters, Audrey and Madge; son-in-law Marcel Horner; and siblings Leonard, Mitchell, Chelsia, Roger, Abner, Desmah, Hilda, Sidney, and Jesse.
A celebration of life was held on June 16 at the Vergennes United Methodist Church with the Reverend Gary Lewis officiating.  Burial was at the Albany Village Cemetery in Albany.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Marsh’s name may be made to the ARCH Room, Ltd., P.O. Box 953. Middlebury, Vermont 05753.
Mrs. Marsh would want everyone to remember to say “thank you,” as she did right up until the end, and to be kind to others, as she has always been.  No one is perfect but she was as close as one could get.
Arrangements by the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.
Tessie E. Smith
Tessie E. Smith, 81, of North Troy died at her home on Friday, June 17, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born in Troy on September 17, 1929, a daughter of Albert and Belle (Peters) Lahue.
As a young woman, she worked at the mill in North Troy and married Walter Smith on September 3, 1954.
She was a 40-year member of the American Legion Auxillary Unit Jay Peak Post # 28.  For many years she and her husband enjoyed camping.  Also, she loved to play bingo, knit and play the game Aggravation with family members and did not like to lose.  So the game’s name matched her mood on those occasions — “very aggravated.”  She especially loved her family coming to visit and family get-togethers.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Cota and her husband, Arnold, and their children:  Susan Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of California, Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, and their son Aden of Milton as well as Cindy’s children Sabrina, Tyler, Andrea, and Mariah Rocque, and Karen Cota and her fiancé, Doug Sheahan, of California; also by her daughter Kathy Mayhew and her husband, Marcel, of Jay and their daughter Angela Mead and her husband, James, and their children Sierra and Tyler Mead all of Newport Center, Melinda Smith and her son Mathieu of Jay; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Albert in 2009; by her brothers Arthur, Howard, and Ralph; and by sisters Mable Clark, Roberta Clark, Alberta Lahue, Pearl Greenham, and Mildred Macie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, June 23, from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at a later date in North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport,Vermont 05855, to the Ladies Auxillary Post #28, care of Clara Mayhew, North Troy American Legion, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859, or to Missisquoi Valley Ambulance, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alan David Sophrin

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Alan David Sophrin, 90, died on May 12, 2011, at the Central Vermont Medical Center.  His daughter Gail was with him.
Born on July 28, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Sophrin grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  His father, Michael, was Jewish.  His mother, Mary, was Irish Catholic.
Mr. Sophrin attended college at Case Western Reserve and at Kent State.  A law student at Ohio State in December 1941, “Stringbean” Sophrin joined the Army Air Force, gaining just enough weight to pass the enlistment physical on his second try.  In a Stearman open cockpit biplane, he learned to fly.
On November 15, 1943, he married Virginia Margaret Looker at the Alliance Army Airfield in Nebraska.  On June 6, 1944 his troop carrier squadron crossed the English Channel in the first minutes of D-Day, dropping paratroops into Normandy.  Later Mr. Sophrin carried paratroops and towed gliders into the south of France, into Holland, to Bastogne, and on March 24, 1945, into Germany.
After the war, Mr. Sophrin practiced law in Cuyahoga Falls.  On the Republican ticket, he was elected city solicitor.  He held three elective offices.  He preferred political philosophy to politics, though, and writing to practicing law.  He favored the constitutional separation of church and state. He opposed Joseph McCarthy.  Ultimately, he took up the defense of Dr. Hyman Lumer, a labor activist accused of violating the Taft-Hartley Act. He lost the high-profile case.
In 1960 Mr. Sophrin left the law and moved his family to Vermont.  In Burlington he worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.  He wrote two books for young people:  Quiet Rebel (John Day, 1967), and The Newcomer (John Day, 1968).  He wrote on smaller scales, too.  When a reviewer in Burlington complained that the Champlain Shakespeare Festival‘s Richard III was so long it had “made me seat-weary,” ticket sales dwindled. He wrote a letter to the editor.  He praised the fine production.  He regretted that it had “made the reviewer seat weary.”  Ticket sales resumed.
In 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Sophrin moved to Brandon.  They worked for many years at the training school.  Mr. Sophrin continued to write, and to do things his way.  When an administrator forbade school residents to visit Texas Falls without a lifeguard, Mr. Sophrin renewed his Red Cross lifeguard certification.  He was 53.  At the Community College of Vermont’s Middlebury campus, he moonlighted as instructor in effective speaking.  His texts — audio recordings where possible — included Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream.”  His students adored him.
Mrs. Sophrin died in 1985.  During the last months of her life, Mr. Sophrin cared for her at home.  In 1986 he bought ten acres of wilderness in Ames Park on Seymour Lake in Morgan.  Living at first in a tent with his dog, Helga, he built an unprepossessing cottage commanding one of the finest views on the lake.  Knowing only the rudiments of house building, he read books on the subject as he worked.  He became a part of the community of neighbors on Ames Road and in Winape Hills on Echo Lake in Charleston.  He met Constance Colligan, a local artist.  On November 25, 1989, Mr. Sophrin and Ms. Colligan married.
Mr. Sophrin resumed writing his newspaper column, “From This Angle.”  With titles like “Takeover” (Mr. Sophrin’s plan to buy General Motors on credit); “Newt Speaks Frankly” (“ . . . a political leader who has the courage to come right out and say he speaks frankly”) and “Terrorism Readiness Advice” (“Blue Alert:  Drink one double martini . . .”), the column’s pointed satire won both fans and detractors.  When the column was discontinued, a reader recounted to Mr. Sophrin her conversation with the editor of the Bennington Banner:  “I told her that as far as I was concerned your range was from brilliant to very brilliant, and I did not think I would renew my subscription.”  Mr. Sophrin composed his columns in pencil on a yellow legal pad.  In defense of the pencil and in defense of thinking, he contributed an essay to Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club (Pushcart Press, 1996).  Fellow essayists included Russell Baker and Henry Thoreau.
Mr. Sophrin served as a director of the Seymour Lake Association.  He worked on the newsletter.  He chaired the personal watercraft committee, fighting to limit the use of jet skis. Well into his eighties, he loved to swim.  To maintain his once flawless front crawl, he swam at Stanstead College in the winter.  For his eighty-fifth birthday, he wanted a kayak.
Selectively quoting Lord Byron, Mr. Sophrin wrote in his high school yearbook, “Let us have mirth and laughter.”  The excellent staff at Rowan Court in Barre, where he moved in October 2008, will attest that Mr. Sophrin never relinquished his sense of humor.  Nor his habit of reading.  Nor his sense of fairness:  By agreement with his friend Richard, a medic in the Pacific in WWII and a fellow resident at Rowan Court, Mr. Sophrin took credit only for winning the war in Europe.  In the Pacific, Richard won.
In Charleston Mr. Sophrin leaves his wife, Constance, and her son, Steve.  In New York he leaves Constance’s daughters Christine and Margaret, and her son Robert.  He leaves his daughters Gail, of Barre, and Helene, of Ithaca, New York, and Helene’s stepdaughter Susanna Porte, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A gathering to celebrate Mr. Sophrin’s life will be held at Seymour Lake in July.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, online or at 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Alabama 36104.
Eleanor Clarissa Stoughton
Eleanor Clarissa Stoughton died at her home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on  June 8, 2011, at the age of 92.
She was born on June 1, 1919, in Orleans.
Mrs. Stoughton was predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Frank Latham Stoughton; a brother, Franklin Elliott Skinner; a daughter, Laura Russo; and a son, Elliott Stoughton.  She is survived by her daughter, Helen Anderson of Ipswich, and her sons:  Frank Stoughton of Hampton, New Hampshire; Preston Stoughton of Columbia, Maryland; and David Stoughton of Gaithersburg, Maryland; by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, who are living in Haverill, Massachusetts, Hudson, New Hampshire, Somerville, Massachusetts; Burlington, North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Silver Spring, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado.
Mrs. Stoughton’s parents were Hazel Cinderella and Preston Carlos Skinner of Orleans.  She graduated from Orleans High School and from Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts.  Following her marriage to Frank Latham Stoughton in 1941, her family moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1947 where she served as homemaker for her husband, their six children and Mr. Stoughton’s father, Harrison David Stoughton.  She was also active in Bethany Congressional Church.
In 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Stoughton moved to Newport Beach, California, and subsequently Costa Mesa where she was an active member of the women’s Club.  Following her husband’s death in 1987, Mrs. Stoughton moved to Laguna Beach and later Laguna Niguel, California.  While residing in Laguna Beach, she became an accomplished shuffleboard player and served as president of the Laguna Beach Shuffleboard Club.  In 2004, she moved to Ipswich.
Mrs. Stoughton worked many jobs including bank teller, grocery store clerk, and assistant manager of a clothing boutique.  All of her life she was a sports enthusiast.  In her early years she was an avid tennis player, skier and golfer.  She loved baseball and was an ardent fan of the California Angels and the Boston Red Sox.
The family has planned a private memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Stoughton’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston at www.hns.com, or by mail to 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923, or to the First Congressional Church of Rowley, by mail to P.O. Box 364, Rowley, Massachusetts 01969.
Committal Services
Committal services for Alice Diette will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, at the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Committal services for Dorothy Willey will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
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June 15, 2011 Obituaries

Timothy Marshall Brown
Timothy Marshall Brown, 53, died on June 4, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He was born on March 13, 1958, on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
Mr. Brown came to Craftsbury Common in 1961, from Wood, South Dakota, with his adopted family.  He attended Craftsbury Academy, where he was an outstanding three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and baseball.  He represented Vermont in the Vermont-New Hampshire Twin State Soccer Match.  He was a student at Tulketh School in Preston, England, for one year and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1976.
Mr. Brown attended Springfield College and Lyndon State College, where he played soccer.  After leaving college, he traveled west on a successful search for his family of origin.  He and his entire family are proud of his ancestry and his direct descension from both Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.
He worked in building trades for many years in the Southwest and was a highly skilled finish carpenter.  He settled in Albuquerque to raise his sons.
Mr. Brown will be long remembered for his sportsmanship and skill as an athlete, his kind and caring spirit, his affection for all children, love of animals, and his deep love and devotion to his family.
He was predeceased by his mother, Judith Marshall Brown; his birth father and mother, William Red Bear and Eileen Mercy High Elk; and his brother Christopher Marshall Brown; by his two sons, Zachary Marshall Brown and his girlfriend, Rianne Hatch, and Joshua Dylan Brown; their mother, Cathy Augustine-Brown; his stepsons Brandon Augustine and Eric Miller; his grandsons, Zachary Jr. and Benjamin; his special friend Virginia King and her family, all of Albuquerque; by his father, the Reverend Arnold Marshall Brown of Craftsbury; the Red Bear and High Elk family of South Dakota; his sisters Belinda Brown and Phillip Lovely of Craftsbury Common and Gretchen Brown-Boudreau and Peter Boudreau of Portland, Oregon; by his nephews and nieces:  Bobby, Diana, and Elizabeth Brown of Long Beach, California, and Kate, Benjamin and Molly Boudreau of Portland, Oregon.
Memorial services for Mr. Brown will be held in New Mexico, South Dakota, and Vermont.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Marshall Brown Scholarship Fund at Craftsbury Academy, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.
Wowahwala Asnikeye, Rest in Peace.
Rosemary E. Norris

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Rosemary E. Norris, 52, of Orleans died suddenly on June 10, 2011, at her home in Orleans.
She was born November 30, 1958, in Newport, a daughter of Maurice Blair and the late Elizabeth Lapre.
On June 11, 1986, she married Robert Norris who survives her.  Mrs. Norris was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 27 years.
She very much loved her grandchildren and she enjoyed camping, hunting and the outdoors.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Norris, of Orleans; her father, Maurice Blair, of Orleans; and by the following children:  Ira Martel of Orleans, Fawn Norris of Barton, Dawn Norris of Newport, Robert Norris of North Troy, Tammy Lamadeleine and her husband, Daniel, of West Charleston, Lucien Norris of Brownington, and Liza Silvestro and her husband, Chris, of Barton; by several grandchildren; by her brothers and sisters:  Maurice Blair and his wife, Sharon, of Orleans, Bruce Blair and George Coupe of Troy, Pat Thomas and her husband, Henry, of Orleans, and Joanne Peart of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Jeremy Martel and by her mother, Elizabeth Blair.
Funeral services were held on June 14 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Northern New England Branch, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Audrey L. Reed

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Audrey L. Reed, 84, died at her home in Craftsbury on Thursday, June 9, in the loving care of her family.
She was born in Hardwick, December 2, 1926, a daughter of Myron and Jessie (Cross) Ainsworth.
After moving with her family to Springfield for work during the war, she graduated from Springfield High School.  The family returned to Hardwick following the war and on June 12, 1948, she married David Reed.
Mr. and Mrs. Reed purchased a farm in Craftsbury where they worked and raised their family and operated a maple sugaring operation.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #7 in Hardwick, a former president of the Mouses and Spouses in Craftsbury, and had been secretary of the North Country Survivors of Iwo Jima.  She also was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury where she sang in the choir for many years, and she was a member of the Craftsbury Ecumenical choir.  She was also well known for her crafts, including the sweaters she knit and sent to Knit for Kids, an organization under the Guidepost magazine which forwarded them to disadvantaged kids throughout the world.
She leaves her husband of nearly 63 years, David; children Pamela Allen and her husband, Reginald, Scott and his twin sister, Sharon, all of Craftsbury; two grandchildren, Wayne Willey and Kevin Willey; a great-granddaughter, Karina Willey; and sisters-in-law Sybil Ainsworth of Hardwick, and Marjorie Long and her husband, Albert, of Sterling, Massachusetts.  She was predeceased by her sisters:  Myrtlyn Clark, Iola Badger, and Patricia Longe; her brother Leslie Ainsworth; and great-grandson Stephen Willey.
A funeral service was held on June 12 at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common, with the Reverends Alan Parker and Ben Thurber officiating.  Interment followed in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
Arrangments by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Glenava Simons

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Glenava Simons, 93, of Derby died on June 7, 2011, in Derby.
She was born January 5, 1918, in Barton, a daughter of Leonard and Nellie (Coville) Stevens.
On September 16, 1936, she married Russell Simons who predeceased her.
During her lifetime she was a housekeeper for Wassaic State School in Wassaic, New York.  She loved cats and collecting cat memorabilia.  She also enjoyed collecting spoons, costume jewelry, and attending family gatherings.
She is survived by her children:  Doreen Cleveland and her husband, Ernest, of Orleans, and Francis Simons and his wife, Betty, of Middlebury; by her grandchildren:  Rhonda Reisman and her husband, David, Roxanne Bedard and her husband, Andrew, Steven Simons and his wife, Renee, Paula Simons, Brent Simons and his wife, Heather, Kevin Simons and his wife, and Greta Roed; and by her great grandchildren:  Zachary and Saige Twombly, Sarah Bedard, Daniel and Benjamin Simons, and Molly and Tucker Simons.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Judith, two brothers, and two sisters.
Graveside services were held on June 11 at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Nursing Home, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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June 8, 2011 Obituaries

Kim Christiansen Erikson
Kim Christiansen Erikson of Denver, Colorado, died on Friday May 27, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She left this earth with dignity and grace and leaves behind many friends and family members.
Ms. Erikson was born December 4, 1957, in Berlin, New Hampshire, and attended school in West Campton, New Hampshire.
She leaves behind her son Wayne, her daughter Heidi, and her grandson Owen, all of Denver.  She is also survived by her twin brother, Kurt, of Tucson, Arizona; her sister Sherry of Rio Vista, California; her brother Allyn of Concord, New Hampshire; her brother Owen James of Nashua, New Hampshire; and her brother Eugene of Rouses Point, New York;  as well as several neices and nephews; and her very special friends, Kim, Wolf, and Michael.  She was predeceased by two brothers:  Terry Lee of Thornton, New Hampshire, and Arthur of Plymouth, New Hampshire; her mother, Arlene Jesseman; her father, Clarence Christansen; and her stepfather, Elmer Jesseman.
There will be no calling hours and at Ms. Erikson’s request, her ashes will be spread near a lighthouse in northern California at a later date.
Arrangements by DeWitt and Tabler Funeral Home.
Harold Dean Griffin

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Harold Dean Griffin, 89, of Derby died on May 30, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on June 5, 1921, in Newport, a son of Harold W. and Etta (Bowley) Griffin.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.
Mr. Griffin hauled milk for 27 years for H.P. Hood and Sons in Coventry, St. Johnsbury, and Newport before going to work for the Vermont Highway Department from which he retired after 27 years in 1992.
He always enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing, and was a great baseball fan and liked to play for the town team in West Charleston.  He also liked to go to the highway garage and swap stories with the boys.
Mr. Griffin is survived by a daughter, Valerie Griffin, of Derby; two sisters:  Dorothy Lamere of Derby and Phyllis Russell of Orleans; sister-in- law Mary Griffin; his grandchildren Shawn and Heather Griffin of Eatonville, Washington; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Robert Griffin, in 2006, and  by two brothers, Donald and Francis Griffin.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his 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.
Rodney Everett Griffin
Rodney Everett Griffin died unexpectedly on May 24, 2011, at his brother- and sister-in-law’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
He was born August 14, 1950, in Burlington and spent his early childhood there and in Towson, Maryland.  He grew up in Saxtons River where he played graded school basketball, Little League, Babe Ruth, and Legion baseball and became a Life Scout.  Mr. Griffin graduated from Vermont Academy in 1968 and ran track and was captain of the cross-country team.
He graduated from UVM in 1972 and also earned a master’s degree in natural resource and regional planning from UVM.  He worked for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association in St. Johnsbury for many years and spearheaded such projects as the waterfront at Island Pond, the Barton Graded School gymnasium, and the Central Street revitalization in Newport, the Willoughby Lake beach, and many other projects.  Mr. Griffin later worked for Dufresne-Henry in Springfield, the state of Vermont and TD BankNorth in Barre.  He had a lifelong love of the Baltimore Orioles and the Indianapolis Colts.
He is survived by his former wife, Margaret Hammond, of Springfield; his three daughters:  Annaliese Griffin and her husband, Tom Mylan, of Brooklyn, New York, Jennie Griffin and her husband, Kwangwoo Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, and Lauren Griffin and her fiancé, Jacob Loiko, of Ridgwood, New York; by his parents, Dr. Ray E. and Olive Griffin, of West Glover; his brother Ronald Griffin and his wife, Pam Hinds, of Silver Spring; his brother Robert Griffin and his wife, Kathy, of Duxbury, Massachusetts; his sister Judy McKelvey and her husband, George, of Newport; his sister Rebecca Tobey and her friend, Ben Nazzaro, of Ludlow; his former wife Marsha Wilmot of Barre; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Griffin was predeceased by his uncle and namesake Everett Rodney Griffin on March 3, 1945, during World War II.
A memorial service will be held on June 18 at 2 p.m. at the West Glover Church.  Burial will be in the Andersonville Cemetery in Glover prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Griffin’s memory to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 381, Burlington, Vermont, or www.vermonthabitat.org, or Orioles Reach at http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com, or a charity of one’s choice.
Jean J. Messier

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Jean J. Messier, 84, of Derby died on May 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 14, 1926, in Enosburg Falls, a son of Norbert and Laura (Beauchairme) Messier.
On December 14, 1944, he married Madeline Guillette who predeceased him on May 28, 2008.
He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.
During his lifetime he was a heavy equipment operator for Tomasso, Inc., in New Britain, Connecticut, for 30 years.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Gibbons Council #2285 of Newport.
He is survived by several nieces, nephews, godchildren, and by special friends Priscilla Fortin and Bill Gilding.  He was predeceased by two children:  David and Joanne Messier; his sisters Mary Jane, Olive, Marion, and Edna Marie; and by his brothers Elphege, Lucien, Rosaire, Andrew, and twin brother Paul Messier.
Funeral services were held on June 3 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alan Roger Myers

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Alan Roger Myers, 76, of Coventry died suddenly at his home on June 4, 2011.
He was born August 22, 1934, in Burlington, a son of Harris and Helen (Lavalley) Myers Sr.
On January 7, 1972, he married Mary Chesney who predeceased him on May 29, 2008.
Mr. Myers was a member of the Vermont Air National Guard.  He worked at Northeast Kingdom Mental Health in Newport, was a machinist at Union Butterfield in Derby Line, and he was employed at one time at Sears in Burlington and Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Island Pond.
He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #44 of Island Pond and a past member of the Brighton Rescue Squad as an EMT.  He enjoyed camping, square dancing, and building cradles, bookcases, picture frames, and toys for the grandchildren.
He is survived by his children:  David Myers and his wife, Shelle, of Georgia, Carolyn Palmer and her partner, Walter Hausermann, of Hinesburg, Steven Myers and his wife, Amy, of Shelburne, Angela Myers of Burlington, Alfred Myers and his wife, Karen, of Ferrisburgh, and Stacey Davis and her partner, Christopher Peck, of Georgia; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his sisters Elaine Neary and her husband, Chuck, of South Burlington and Janet Baker of Tennessee; his sister-in-law Jean Myers of New Hampshire; brothers-in-law Ron Chesney and his wife, Roberta, of Island Pond and Bruce Chesney and his wife, Lora, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers:  Bruce Myers and Harris Myers Jr.
Funeral services will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Island Pond on Thursday, June 9, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Brendan Whittaker officiating.  Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Richard C. Rives

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In loving memory of our beloved father and husband, Richard C. Rives Sr., who died on May 23, 2011.
He was born in Barton on June 21, 1940.  He was 70 years old.
He leaves behind his wife, Ana Maria Rives; his son Richard C. Rives Jr.; daughter-in-law Patricia Rives; son Christopher Wright Rives; stepdaughter Claudia Rodriguez-Diaz; son-in-law Jaime Diaz; three grandchildren; his sister Mary Rives Emmerson LaBranche; and his brother Christopher Rives.
We loved him very much.  May he be at peace with God.
Raymond R. Rogers
Raymond R. Rogers, 93, died on Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.
He was born July 1, 1917, in Glover, a son of Richard H. and Effie M. (LaFont) Rogers.
He attended school in Barton, graduating in 1935 from Barton Academy.  He attended the University of Vermont and graduated in 1939 with a degree in science.
On August 8, 1939, he married his high school classmate Gerry Mooney in Barton.  They lived in Bradford for the first five years of their marriage where Mr. Rogers taught vocational agriculture at the high school, and Mrs. Rogers worked in the school office.  They moved to Chelsea in 1944 when Mr. Rogers became the Orange County agricultural agent.
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers’ marriage lasted 66 years, until Mrs. Rogers’ death on July 26, 2005.
Mr. Rogers taught for many years at the Chelsea High School where he was also the Future Farmers of America advisor and the assistant principal.  He worked at People’s National Bank in Barre as the farm loan supervisor and for the Vermont Department of Agricultural before retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the Orange County and Vermont Farm Bureau, the George Washington Lodge #51 F&AM, the Chelsea Fish and Game Club, and the United Church of Chelsea, all of Chelsea.  He had been a lister, school board member, and auditor for the town of Chelsea.  He was a founding member of the Chelsea Health Center and on the board of directors for the Chelsea Co-op where he served as its treasurer.  He enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting, fishing, and flower and vegetable gardening.  When asked a few years ago how he would like to be remembered, he answered, “I would like to be remembered as a good provider, a good teacher, and a guy who thought a lot of his family”.
He is survived by three daughters:  Nancy Button and her companion, Frank Keene, of Chelsea, Peggy Ackerman and her companion, Dean Leanard, of Rutland, and Susan Rogers of Vershire; a son, Richard Rogers, and his wife, Betty Rogers, of Chelsea; seven grandchildren:  Pamela Cantrell and her husband, Ronald, of New London, New Hampshire, Richard Button and his wife, Patty, of Highgate, Lori Stever and her husband, Kevin, of Fairlee, Gary Ackerman and his wife, Lynn, of West Rutland, Laura Ackerman of Balston Spa, New York, Fay Goettsche and her husband, Oliver, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Shawn Rogers and his wife, Karlyce, of Plainfield, New Hampshire; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandsons; a sister, Arlene Bickford, and her husband, Bill, of Essex Junction; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife, Gerry; a grandson, Jeffrey Ackerman, of Mechanicsville, New York; a son-in-law, Roger Ackerman, of Rutland; and a sister, Rena Blodgett, of Barton.
A memorial funeral service was held on June 4 at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea with Pastor Tom Harty officiating.  A Masonic committal service was held immediately following the service at the Riverside Cemetery in Chelsea.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Branch Ambulance, Inc., P.O. Box 74, Chelsea, Vermont 05038.
Arrangements by the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home.
Franklin Elliott Skinner
Franklin Elliott Skinner, 90, died on May 16, 2011, at his daughter’s home in South Acworth, New Hampshire.
He was born in Barton, on July 5, 1920, a son of Preston C. Skinner and Hazel C. (Elliott) Skinner.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1938 and attended Becker Business College in Worcester, Massachusetts, then worked as a page and driver for Governor George Aiken in Montpelier.
Mr. Skinner enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 20, 1940, and was honorably discharged on September 22, 1945, after serving nearly four years with the 172nd Battalion, Army 44th Infantry.  He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Star.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Skinner, along with his wife, Madeline, and their two children moved to Stowe, where they operated a ski lodge, The Brick ’N Ell, for over 20 years.  He had a deep love of the Northeast Kingdom where, with his family, he spent nearly 91 summers fishing, swimming, boating, picking blueberries, antiquing, and telling stories.  He loved the outdoors and was a great fly fisherman and gardener, especially for his beloved raspberries.  He always ate well and kept himself in good shape, doing 100 pushups a day well into his eighties
Survivors include his wife, Madeline Gray Skinner; his daughter, Randa Tenney, and his son, Robert Skinner, all of Acworth; a sister, Eleanor Stoughton, of Ipswich, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren:  Jim, Kyle, Sarah, Gray, Micah, Whit, and Paige; many nieces and nephews:  Terry, Carol, Paula, David, Preston, Helen, Frank, Sharon, Dara, Carl, Patty, Danny, Barbara, Jackie, Robin, and Jay; and two great-grandchildren:  James and Matthew.
A celebration of Mr. Skinner’s life will take place on July 3 at Willoughby Lake in Westmore.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:  The Antrim Girls Shelter, P.O. Box 531, Antrim, New Hampshire 03440.
Pauline Mary St. Onge

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Pauline Mary St. Onge, 85, of Troy died on June 4, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 5, 1925, in Barton, a daughter of Leon and Aldina (Roy) Morin.
On May 10, 1941, she married Phillip St. Onge who predeceased her in 1998.
Mrs. St. Onge was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Troy.  Her hobbies were gardening, traveling, playing bingo, cooking for her family, and attending the area senior citizens meal site.
She is survived by her children:  Michael St. Onge of  Coventry, Margaret Cole of Lyndonville, and Rachel Gladu and her husband, Bernard, of Lyndonville; by her grandchildren:  Kevin Cole and his wife, Fallon, of Lyndonville, Paul Gladu and his wife, Candace, of North Carolina, Paula Morabito of Connecticut, and Tyler and Ryan St. Onge of Coventry; by her great-grandchildren:  Emma, Chandler, and Avari Gladu of North Carolina, Madeline and Nichlos Morabito of Connecticut, and Lilly and Gabe Cole of Lyndonville; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Maurice Morin, and by a sister, Jean Amyot.
Funeral services were held on June 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Committal Services
A committal service for Doris Andrews of Coventry, who died April 4, 2011, will be held  Wednesday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.
Committal services for Russell  R. Ross Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Alice Hunt Cemetery with military honors.
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June 1, 2011 Obituaries

Lucienne Marguerite (Fortin) Blais

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Lucienne Marguerite (Fortin) Blais, 79, died on May 24, 2011, in Derby Line.
She was the beloved daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Fontaine) Fortin.
She is survived by her husband, Russell, of Newport.  They recently celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary.  She is also survived by six children:  Rachel Rollins McComiskey and her husband, James, of Rhode Island, Diane Malvar and her husband, Victor, of Florida, Marc Blais and his wife, Gayla, of Nebraska, Lisa Johansen and her husband, Chris, of Newport, Richard Blais of Derby Line, and Lawrence Blais and his wife, Linda, of New Hampshire.  She was a sister to Lionel, Lucien, Rene, Raymond and Germaine Gosselin.  Her sisters Rita Dagesse and Yvonne LaCroix predeceased her.
She was the best “Memere” to Jessica and Derek Rollins, Lindsay Chavez, Brendan and Timothy Stanley, Rebecca, Katie, Tyler and Sawyer Blais.  She is also survived by four great-grandchildren:  Timothy and Marion Stanley and Nathalia and Elliana Chavez.
Mrs. Blais spent all of her life caring for her husband, six children, and ten grandchildren, but was known to care for anyone, especially children if they needed her.  She managed the help center in Newport for ten years.  She has left an empty space that cannot ever be filled.
Funeral services were held on May 27 at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Dean James LeVasseur

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Dean James LeVasseur, 79, died peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at his home in Lower Cabot.
He was born July 13, 1931, in Millinocket, Maine, a son of the late Onesim and Winifred (Freeman) LeVasseur.
He attended schools in Millinocket and Jackman, Maine, and later attended the St. Johns School in Watertown, Connecticut.
As a young man he helped with his parent’s restaurant, Dean’s Restaurant, in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  His skills in mechanics led him to a profession as a master machinist, working in shops in Waterbury, Woodbury, and eventually retiring from Seth Thomas Clocks in Thomaston, Connecticut, in 1985.
On August 31, 1959, he married Jeanne Helen Galvin in Waterbury, Connecticut, and raised his family of daughters, first in Cedarland and Southbury, Connecticut and later in Morris, Connecticut.
He was a humble man and a loving father and husband.
Mr. LeVasseur enjoyed his family, the outdoors, animals, and fixing anything.  He took yearly summer trips with his family to Maine —Chesooncook, Greenville, Millinocket and Eagle Lake.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing potatoes, and mowing lawns, which he did on the side on and off over the years.  He was a constant tinkerer on engines, lawn mowers, tractors and especially clocks, of which he had quite a collection.
Mr. Lavasseur is survived by his wife, Jeanne LeVasseur, of Cabot; his seven daughters and several son-in-laws:  Sharon Philbert of Florida, Annette Casilla of Winnemucca, Nevada, Cia Considine and husband, Thomas, of Cabot, Judith LeVasseur and her partner, Darrell Telke, of Terryville, Connecticut, Mary Turner of Alice Springs, Australia, Liz Herron and her husband, John, of Leadville, Colorado, and Kathleen Doychak and her husband, Rick, of Torrington, Connecticut; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Patrick LeVasseur, and his wife, Wanda, of Joppa, Maryland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his brother Nelson LeVasseur and by two sisters:  Ruth and Clodys LeVasseur.
A private gathering will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. LeVasseur’s memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.
Arrangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.
David “Chief” Miner

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David “Chief” Miner died at his home in Westmore on May 24, 2011, at the age of 87.
He was born on April 3, 1924, in Evanston, Illinois.  He was the son of the Reverend Theodore Miner and Marion (Potts) Miner.
He received his bachelor of science degree from New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University and his master’s of education from Worcester State College.  From 1952 to 1975 he was the director of Wildwood Nature Camp for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  It was there that he brought a love of, and respect for, the natural world to thousands of campers and staff.  He then went on to finish his career as a guidance counselor at schools in the North Brookfield School System.  He was a master gardener in Massachusetts and a veteran of World War II.
He had a great sense of humor and found joy in so many activities during his life, including his church, traveling, camping, flying kites, watching football games, taking photographs, reading, fishing, tending to his gardens, cooking and canning, eating ice cream, hearing from friends and following the activities of his children and grandchildren.  He died surrounded by packets of seeds and plans for his summer’s vegetable garden.  He was just waiting for the rain to stop.
He leaves behind his children:  Bradford and Ginger Miner of Warren, Massachusetts, Brian Miner of Petersham, Massachusetts, Cheryl Williams of Craftsbury, and Alison and Terry Valley of Westmore; his grandchildren Anne Jarek of Charleston, Massachusetts, Marco and Sarah Quina of Waltham, Massachusetts, Edward and Kate Tagai of Craftsbury, Christopher Williams of Craftsbury, Megan Valley and Kevin Choquette of Westmore, Tyler, Morgan, and Jeremy Valley of Westmore; great-grandson Benjamin Choquette of Westmore; his brother Norman Miner; and sisters-in-laws Jane, Sally, and Ollie Miner; Holly Jarek of Groton, and Priscilla Wall of Saugus whom he considered his daughters.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sylvia Tyler Miner; his parents, Theodore and Marion Miner; his brothers Teddy, Paul, and Don; and his son-in-law Stephen Williams.
A memorial service will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in his memory and treat yourself to a sundae at Tim and Doug’s.  According to his final wishes, his ashes will be joined with those of his wife and he is sending his family on one final road trip to spread them at various locations that held special meaning to them.  He will be missed.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Beverly C. Potter

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Beverly C. Potter, 76, of Albany, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, on May 25, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Albany on August 30, 1934, a daughter of Preston and Doris (Clegg) Smith.
She attended graded school in Morrisville and Albany and graduated from Orleans High School in 1952.  On October 18, 1958, she married Waldo Potter and they made their home on the family farm in Albany Village.
Mrs. Potter was employed a couple of years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans and helped her husband on the farm.  In 1969 she and her husband purchased and operated the B&W Snack Bar on the Barton-Orleans Road until 1989.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Albany, as well as the Maple Valley Grange.
Mrs. Potter was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves her husband, Waldo Potter; a daughter, Billie Jean Rivers, and her husband, Richard, of Albany; two sons, Gary Potter  and Jeff Potter and his wife, Laura, all of Albany; grandchildren Julie Lavine and her husband, Jeffrey, Nicholas Rivers and his wife, Amanda, Jesse, Emily and her friend, Tyler Hacking, Justin and Karen Potter; great-grandchildren Joshua and Jamison Lavine and Paislee and Lydia Rivers; two sisters, Ardys Goodwin and her husband, Glen, and Marty Hilliker and her husband, Archie, all of Newport; brother-in-law Bruce Potter and his wife, Pat; and sister-in-law Carlene Pierce and her husband, Maurice; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and extended friends and family.  She was predeceased by her parents; her father- and mother-in-law, Hugh and Mary Potter; a sister, Priscilla Goad, and her husband, Percy; and a niece, Debbie Goad.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 4, at the United Methodist Church in Albany with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Interment will follow in the Albany Village Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.
Virginia S. Wallace
Virginia S. Wallace of Barton died on May 26, 2011, with her family at her bedside.
She was a woman of deep faith and a person whose family meant the most to her.  She spent the majority of her life caring for her husband, her children, and her home.
She was born on March 23, 1925, to Harold and Honora (Morse) Swett in Newport.
On October 24, 1942, she married Albert Wallace of Island Pond.  He died in 1998.
Mrs. Wallace’s family includes her children David Wallace and his fiancé, Dao Phuong, of Milton, Donna Wallace and her partner, Audrey Kowalski, of Conway, New Hampshire, and Diana Fielder and her husband, Malcolm, of East Montpelier; her sister Jean Percy and her husband, Lester, of North Troy; her brother Stanley Swett of Newport; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Wallace; her son Douglas; her parents; and her brothers Harold, Dean, Stanley, and Melvin and an infant sister, Mary.
A graveside service was held on May 31 at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Contributions to honor her charitable work may be made to The Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, Vermont  05641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Committal Services
Committal services for Geneva White will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 3, at Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
Committal services for Donald Brown will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Derby Center Cemetery.  Fellowship will follow at the Derby Line Town Hall.
Committal services for Wayne Whittemore will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Irasburg Cemetery.
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May 25, 2011 Obituaries

Lillian Edith Baraw
Lillian Edith Baraw, 84, of Newport Center died peacefully on May 17, 2011, at the Newport Health Care Center.
She was born on January 18, 1927, in Lowell, a daughter of Sternie and Myrtle (Hoadley) Pope.
She married Burton Baraw who survives her.
She enjoyed her home, cooking for the family, making crafts, going for rides to get ice cream, and she especially enjoyed her little companion “Crickett.”
Besides her husband, she is survived by six children:  Jackie Arel and her husband, Chuck, of Vergennes, Sherrill Sheltra of Newport, Judy Cornell of Rochester, Steve Baraw of Westfield, Tim Baraw of Newport, and Penny Coe and her husband, Gary, of Newport Center; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Gary Sheltra; and three sisters:  Marjorie, Katherine, and Eleanor.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Stan Busby

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Stan Busby of Westmore died at the age of 79 on May 6, 2011, of an apparent heart attack attack while participating in one of the activities he had a deep commitment to — working with the North Country Union High School  boys golf team at the Newport Country Club.
He was born Stanford Lee Busby in Chicago, Illinois, on September 27, 1931.  He began his professional life as an English teacher and then took those skills overseas to Turkey, where he taught English to officers of the Turkish Air Force and studied and learned Turkish.
It was in Turkey that he met Evelina, his wife of 45 years.  She recalls that, “Whatever he did, people would say to me, ‘your husband is a fine man,’ whether it was the Air Force officers or the kids he taught English.”  He remained in Turkey when he was offered the position of director of the Turkish American Association in the capacity of cultural officer in the Foreign Service.  As such, he promoted American culture including literature, music and sports.  Mrs. Busby also recalled that one of the comments she would get regularly from people in Turkey was, “I wish you would send us more people like your husband.”  He had a certain dignity which they appreciated.
In addition to his background in English, Mr. Busby also acquired a degree in communications that he put to use as a broadcaster for the Voice of America which broadcasts in English and 42 world languages.  His broadcasts were transmitted worldwide from Eastern Europe to Africa and many other countries, including Cambodia and China.  During this time, he developed programs for Special English — a Voice of America program aimed at condensing the English language for use by foreign speakers.  While not well known in the United States, (since Voice of America did not broadcast in the States), Mr. Busby was quite well known around the world.  Often foreign dignitaries — while visiting Washington, D.C., where he worked — would want to tour the VOA studios.  Mrs. Busby related how the Cambodian crown prince and his entourage arrived for just such a tour.  “They pulled up with their limousines.  The crown prince said, “I want to see Mr. Stan Busby.  I am a student and devoted listener.  I’ve told all my friends and relatives that if they want to hear a fine man, listen to Mr. Stan Busby.’” Mrs. Busby said the crown prince exclaimed, “Mr. Busby, my teacher!” upon meeting him.  She said these types of situations were not unusual for her husband.
Mr. Busby’s love of golf spanned many years.  He won the 1971 Foreign Service Worldwide Championship that was open to all the U.S. Embassy teams from around the world, representing the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.  When the Busbys retired to Westmore 12 years ago he began sharing his love and knowledge of golf with young people, working with the North Country Union boys golf program and the Junior Golf Program at the Newport Country Club.  He also became involved in planning a youth golf program in California this past winter.  He loved teaching the boys not only about golf but also about life.
Mr. Busby’s other interest was music, and he contributed his talent and passion in this field to the community in numerous ways.  He organized a barbershop quartet known as The Harmonists for many years.  He also participated in choirs of the Brownington and Westmore Congregational churches, the Old Stone House concerts, and the Westmore variety shows.  He also sang in many Vermont Family Theater productions, including Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, and Beauty and the Beast and with other music groups in the Northeast Kingdom, such as Pumpkin Hill Singers and Northsong.  He also assisted in organizing the joyful holiday programs put on at NorthWoods Stewardship Center.  Mr. Busby was also working on the Sentinel Rock State Park Committee in Westmore, with the hope that one of the uses of the park could be as a venue for musical presentations.
In addition to his beloved wife, Mr. Busby is survived by his daughters:  Katherine Busby of Gaitherburg, Maryland, and Mary Busby of Los Angelos, California; his sister Peggy Busby of Dallas, Texas; his brother Howard Busby; and his sister-in-law Sue Busby of Solena Beach, California.
A private family service was held and a concert in celebration of Stan Busby’s life is being planned in Westmore this summer.
Arthur Joseph Guyette

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Arthur Joseph Guyette, 81, of Derby died on May 22, 2011, in Glover.
He was born on June 2, 1929, in Lowell, a son of Harland and Aline (Richer) Guyette.
On November 30, 1950, he married Rosalie Lippens at the St. Mary’s Church in Newport.
Mr. Guyette attended Newport High School where he was a pitcher for the baseball team.  After high school he served in the U.S. Navy in the construction battalion for four years.  During his enlistment, he reached the rank of 1st class construction electrician.  He attended two military schools (electrical) in Ansbach, Germany, and Port Hueneme, California.  After boot camp, he got married and he and his wife moved to French Moroco, Africa.
Mr. Guyette had a lengthy electrical career spanning 36 years, beginning at Newport Electric and ending at Citizen’s Utilities as the superintendent of lines and facilities.  He built a home for his family on Lake Salem where he enjoyed boating, fishing, water-skiing, and numerous family bonfires on the beach.
After retirement, he devoted his time to his carpentry skills —  building homes, making signs and helping friends and family.  He also took great pride in his home and his family.  He loved people and his greatest joy was derived from helping others.  At the end, he and his friend David Ladue enjoyed going to McDonald’s for morning coffee.
Mr. Guyette held membership at the Elks, American Legion, VFW, and North Country Swingers.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Guyette, of Derby; three children:  John Guyette and his wife, Diane, of Derby, Lisa Boskind and her husband, Scott, of Derby, and Mary Oliver and her husband, Michael, of Derby; five grandchildren:  Robert and Sean Boskind, and Stephanie, Samantha, and Sean Guyette; two brothers:  Leo Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport and Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; a sister, Anita Forcier, and her husband, Fernand, of Newport; two brothers-in-law: Leonard Lippens and his wife, Ruth, of Derby and Harold Lippens and his wife, Patricia, of Florida; four sisters-in-law:  Elaine Reid of St. Johnsbury, Lucille Meunier of Newport, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeanine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Steven Guyette; his brother Clement Guyette; and his sister-in-law Madeline Nault.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 25, at 11 a.m. at the St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Robert F. Rowe

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Robert F. Rowe, 68, died in Newport on May 19, 2011, after a long illness.
He was born on February 23, 1943, a son of Stanley and Ester (Suprenant) Rowe.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964.  His health required him to take an early retirement, after 35 years, as a machinist at Butterfields Tivoly.
Mr. Rowe was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.  He was also a member of, and on the board of directors of, Derby Fish and Game for many years.  He was an avid outdoorsman and his passion for hunting brought him to Montana every fall for many years.  His dedication to fishing resulted in winning several fishing derbies on Lake Memphremagog.  He also enjoyed trap and target shooting.
Upon retirement he and his wife liked to travel all over the country.
Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife, Rosemary; their children Cathy Lowell and her husband, Daniel, and Lisa Spooner; grandchildren Robin, Thomas, and Dan Lowell, and Zachary and Olivia Spooner; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He shared a special closeness with his nephew Jason.  He will be sadly missed by his Montana buddies:  Stan Wright, Red Willis, and Tony Malshuk.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Derby Fish and Game Club, care of Mr. O’s, 1670 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Roard in Newport where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 1, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Mike De Senna officiating.  Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery with full military honors.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Committal Services
Committal services for Pearl Norway will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Newport Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Marion Griffin will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Committal services for Carl Larose will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton with military honors.
Committal services for Donovan Warner will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Committal services for John Kennison will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, at the Irasburg Cemetery with military honors.
Committal services for Shirley Rochefort will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, at Derby Center Cemetery with a luncheon to follow.
Committal services for Dorothy Westerberg will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Committal services for Marielle Morin will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
Committal services for Orison Hoadley Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Dennis Taylor will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.  Join friends and family for lunch and reminiscing at the Glover church vestry after the services.
A committal service for Elwin LaClair will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
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May 18, 2011 Obituaries

Frank Arthur Brunelle

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Frank Arthur Brunelle, 72, of Barton died on May 10, 2011, in St. Johnsbury.
He was born February 5, 1939, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Alfred and Viola (Bean) Brunelle.
On August 23, 1958, he married Lorraine Giguere who survives him.
Mr. Brunelle graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1957 and attended one year at the University of Vermont.
He was a merchandiser for Nabisco for 20 years.  He was also a manager for the A&P in Barton, the Grand Union and Shop and Save stores in St Johnsbury and Newport, and the former Butson store in Lancaster, New Hampshire.  He also worked at Shaw’s in Lebanon, and Littleton, New Hampshire.  More recently he was working part-time for Price Chopper in Derby.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Barton Bishop Ryan Council #2933 of Barton.  He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorraine Brunelle, of Barton; his children:  Frances Marie Sargent and her husband, William, of Christianburg, Virginia, and Michael Brunelle of Barton; by his grandchildren:  Christopher  Sargent of Madisonville, Kentucky, and Andrea Farmer of San Diego, California; and by his great-grandchildren:  Jazzelle Roberts, Donovan Farmer, and Michael and Anthony Sargent.
Funeral services were held on May 16 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Dwight Baker celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Cecile Bussiere
Cecile Bussiere, age 91, and previously of Stratford, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
She was the devoted wife of the late Gaston Bussiere.  Mrs. Bussiere was born in Canada September 1, 1919, daughter of the late George and Marie Ann (Mastae) Geoffroy.
She enjoyed gardening and was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church in Stratford, and later St. Margaret Mary Church in Shelton.
She was the beloved mother of Shirley E. Orfino and her husband, Philip, Rachel Harper and her husband, Winston, Georgette Mackey, Lucille Zeglen, and her husband, Ronald, and the late Robert Bussiere.  She was the sister of Oscar Geoffroy, Emilia Labor, and Jean Perkins.  She also leaves several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held on April 24, 2011, in Shelton, Connecticut.  At the request of her family, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, Connecticut 06037.  Please visit www.riverviewfh.com to leave condolences for the family.
Harold James Cahill
Harold Cahill, 81, died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Orleans.  He was born on May 14, 1929, in Island Pond.  He was predeceased by ten siblings, six brothers and four sisters and was the last surviving son of John and Katherine (McNamara) Cahill.
Mr. Cahill was also predeceased by his wife, Barbara, of Island Pond and their son James Cahill, of Brockville, Ontario, who fought a valiant battle with ALS.  He is survived by a second son, Sean Cahill, and a daughter, Catherine Brouwer, both of Brockville, Ontario.  He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Lanie Gerkin-Cahill, seven nieces and four nephews.
During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Cahill discovered that his acute hearing and perfect vision often got him chosen to lead night patrols.  “I didn’t realize being fit could be that dangerous,” he said.  Following his military service in 1951, he became a fireman on CNR-Grand Trunk New England line railroad.  The consummate railroad man, Mr. Cahill worked his way up and eventually became an engineer in Montreal, Quebec, Pembroke, and Brockville, Ontario.
“I’d been riding on trains for fifteen years,” he said.  “I decided I wanted to drive one.”  Drive them he did.  Not only did he drive one of the last passenger trains into Island Pond for a foliage tour, he was proud to be chosen to bring the last train into Island Pond, May of 1989, which ended 136 years of continual Portland to Island Pond train service by the Grand Trunk Railway.  He was the last Grand Trunk locomotive engineer on the Portland to Island Pond line who had experience operating both diesel and the old steam engine.  This not only marked his retirement but also the era of steam know-how became history.
Mr. Cahill loved to travel and made a number of trips to Ireland tracking down his heritage.  He constantly entertained family audiences with stories embellished with Irish facts.  With his steel blue eyes and rugged good looks, combined with his clever wit and Irish humor, he continued to be a popular figure at the many social events he attended.
An interment ceremony will be held at the Island Pond Lake Side Cemetery on Pleasant Street on May 28 at 2 p.m.  An informal celebration of his life will follow at the American Legion.  All are welcome.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of choice plus a toast in his memory would be appropriate.
Eugene A. Coderre Sr.
Eugene A. Coderre Sr., 70, of Orleans died May 12, 2011 in Newport.
He was born May 19, 1940, in North Troy a son of Eddie and Fabiola (Vachon) Coderre.  On October 1, 1960 he married  Rosalie Ashline who predeceased him on February 5, 1981.
He was a construction worker for Blow and Cote Construction Company.  He was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.
He is survived by his children: Eugene Coderre Jr. of Canaan, Mitchell L. Coderre of Canaan, Penny Coderre of Irasburg; five grandchildren; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Marcel Coderre of Irasburg, Donald Coderre of Lowell, Gisele Damond of Morgan, Cecile Damond of Newport, Estelle Wheeler of Newport, and Desneiges Geraw of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a daughter Lorraine; two brothers Gaetan Coderre and Raymond Coderre; and by two sisters Jeannette Geraw and Rita in infancy.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport.  Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Norma Jean Elie

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Norma Jean Elie, 65, of Lowell died on May 9, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born on July 29, 1945, in Burlington, a daughter of George and Marilyn (Pecor) Granai.
Ms. Elie was the president and the founding member of the Orleans County Foster Parent Association and past president and vice-president of the Vermont Foster Parent Association.  She enjoyed hunting and gardening.  She loved going to the ocean and delighted in seeing the dolphins, and going to Foxwood.  She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and seemed to spoil them just a little every chance she had.
She was a foster parent to over 400 children after raising children of her own, and she gave them the same amount of love as she did her own children.
Ms. Elie is survived by the love of her life, Merrill Crawford Sr. of Troy; her five children:  Kimberly Rappold and her husband, Mark, of Troy, Timothy Elie and his wife, Dana, of Georgia, Perry Elie and his wife, Amanda, of Troy, Mickey Judd and her husband, Glenn, of Holland, and Merrill Crawford Jr. and his wife, Emily, of Barton; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers:  Bruce Granai and his wife, Sandi, of Florida, George Granai and his wife, Carolyn, of Coventry, and Robert Granai and his wife, Theresa, of Georgia; three sisters:  Elvira LaBlond of Lowell, Laura Durkee of New York, and Sherry White and her husband, Brian, of Derby.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 13, at the funeral home with the Reverend Larry Wall officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans County Foster Parent Association, 100 Main Street, Suite 230, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Hilda J. (Weber) Morrison
Hilda J. (Weber) Morrison of Watertown, Massachusetts, died at her home on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at age 79.
Born in Kentucky, she was raised and educated in Louisville and lived in Tampa, Florida, and Newport before moving to Watertown ten years ago.  Before retiring she worked as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The beloved wife of the late Donald L. Morrison, she was the loving mother of Donna J. Morrison of Milton, Massachusetts, Michael S. Morrison and his wife, Peggy, of Tampa, and Laura L. Morrison and her husband, Richard Pels, of Newton, Massachusetts; dear grandmother of Zoe and Bob, Caleb and Sophie, Anna and Brian, and Sarah; and great-grandmother of Connor and Molly.
A burial service was held on May 21 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.
Donations in Mrs. Morrison’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
David Edward Phinney
David Edward Phinney, 54, died unexpectedly on May 5, 2011, at Exeter Hospital after a sudden illness.  He was from Exeter, New Hampshire.
He was born December 15, 1956, in Taunton, Massachusetts, a son of the late Edward and Emma (Diette) Phinney.
Mr. Phinney grew up in Taunton, and received his bachelor of music degree with a specialization in composition and education from the University of Lowell in 1979.  He was a vocalist and could play any instrument, but specialized in woodwinds and brass.  He taught music in public schools as well as private lessons in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire for more than 25 years and composed 19 pieces for instrument and voice.  He founded the Seacoast Wind Ensemble in 1984 and was a member of the Exeter Brass Band and Vocalocity.
Mr. Phinney was a diehard Red Sox fan, an avid reader, and a talented woodworker.
His children and family meant the most to him and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Stead) Phinney; a sister, Debra Phinney of Newport; his three children:  Elisabeth Phinney, Benjamin Phinney, and Christian Phinney; their mother, Melody Chartier; two stepchildren; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VH1’s Save the Music Foundation at www.vh1savethemusic.com/donation to help keep music in the schools.
To sign the online guest book, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Conrad Valentino Taber

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Conrad Valentino Taber, 84, of Westport, Massachusetts, died peacefully in Fall River, Massachusetts, on May 13, 2011.
Born March 7, 1927, in Westport, he was a son of the late Elliot H. and Alberta L. (Sherman) Taber.  A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the United States Navy upon the U.S.S. Wasp.
Mr. Taber was a self-employed stone-wall builder, working every day up to 80 years of age.  He had also been a master carpenter and roofer.  He enjoyed gardening, traveling and the ocean, putting out his own lobster pots, digging quahogs and fishing.  An extremely strong man, physically and personality wise, he was sure to catch people’s attention wherever he went — a bit of a devil with a big soft heart.  The stories he told from a lifetime of adventures were guaranteed to amaze and amuse.
Including his wife, Constance P. (Beliveau) Taber, he is survived by a daughter, Sonya Curtis and her husband, Leigh, of Irasburg, and their son Nigel Curtis of Brownington; a son Shaun K. Curtis, and his wife and son, Amber and Kaden, of Irasburg; and a daughter Jaime L. Curtis and her companion and son, Doug and Liam, of Sheffield.  He is also  survived by a stepdaughter Lori L. Medeiros of Fall River, two brothers, Donald L. Taber of Bradford and Elliot H. Taber Jr. of Westport, a sister Patricia C. DeAndrode of Assonet, Massachusetts, and several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in Vermont and Massachusetts.
He was predeceased by his son Wayne Taber and brother of the late Evelyn (Peggy) L. Cornell.
A celebration of his life will be held in Westport at a later date, at the convenience of the family.
Mary Ellen Wright

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Mary Ellen Wright, 62, of Derby died on May 9, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born September 7, 1948, in Orleans, a daughter of Florence (Elliott) Jensen and the late Harry Jensen.
She graduated from Orleans High School and on July 8, 1967, she married Ulric Wright Sr. who survives her.
She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for several years and then owned and operated Mary’s Canteen for over 20 years.  They attended auctions and gatherings all over the North Country until their son Benjie took over. The business is now run in the name of Wright’s Catering.  Mr. and Mrs. Wright enjoyed several trips to different locations and had many pleasant memories.
Mrs. Wright enjoyed cooking and was famously known for her whoopee pies.  She also enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.  Among the things that she derived great pleasure from was her little dog, who she loved dearly.
She is survived by her husband, Ulric Wright, Sr. of Derby; her mother, Florence Jensen, of Barton; her children:  Benjie Wright of Derby, Chad Wright and his wife, Amanda, of Monkton, Todd Wright and his wife, Hilaire, of Derby, and Matthew Wright and his companion, Cassy Moulton, of  Derby; her grandchildren:  Paris, Camry, Addison, and Chase; by half brothers Nicky Jensen and his wife, Priscilla, of Brownington, and Earl Jensen of Newport.  She was predeceased by her half sister Alice Lafoe.
She is the beloved daughter-in-law of Annette Wright of Derby and the late Ulric “Bob” Wright; sister-in-law and dearest friends Joyce and Fred Oeschger of Derby; sister-in-law to Ronald Wright of Derby, Ernie and Donna Wright of Charleston, Walter and Carol Wright of Derby, Steve Wright of Derby, Roy and Sue Wright of Derby, Faye and Bobbi Morin of Derby and aunt of many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held on May 12 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, care of the Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829.  The foundation will benefit Orleans County area residents who are caring for sick or terminally ill family members during their time of need.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Graveside Service
Spring graveside services for George H. Stone, 70, of  Sheffield, who died January 6, 2011, will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 2 p.m. in the Cabot Plains Cemetery in Cabot with the Reverend Robert Sargent officiating.
Committal Notices
Committal services for Muriel Turenne will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011, at noon at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
A graveside service for Margaret Abel will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Committal services for Elizabeth Labrecque will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011 at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Committal services for Carlton Hunt will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011, at North Troy Village Cemetery with military honors.
Committal services for Brenda Billado will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Committal services for Ila Coapland will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Irasburg Cemetery.
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May 11, 2011 Obituaries

Claudette C. Daigneault

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Claudette C. Daigneault, 63, of Newport died suddenly on April 27, 2011, in Sarasota, Florida.
She was born January 19, 1948, in Drummondville, Quebec, a daughter of Laurent and Alphonse (Lemieux) Lemaire.
On  July 1, 1968 she married Larry Daigneault who survives her.
Mrs. Daigneault owned a clothing boutique in Rock Island, Quebec.  She loved interior designing, and she was an aerobics instructor in Stanstead,Quebec.  She was also an accomplished oil and water color artist.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Larry Daigneault, of Newport; her two children: Steve Daigneault and his wife, Cindy, of Jay, and Julie (Daigneault) Newton and her husband, Tom, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; by four grandchildren:  Nick and Kristin Daigneault, Katelyn and Taylor Newton; and by one great-grandchild, Madison Daigneault.
Funeral services were held on May 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roy B. Laflin
Roy B. Laflin, 72, of Newport Center died on May 2, 2011, in Glover.
He was born February 7, 1939, in Jericho, a son of Milian and Ethel (Barber) Laflin.
On June 20, 1959, he married Theresa Parenteau who predeceased him.
Mr. Laflin was employed by Butterfields in Derby Line, retiring after 29 years of service.
He is survived by his daughter Joan Hallinan and her husband, Greg, of South Carolina; his grandson Joshua J. Hallinan of South Carolina; by his brothers, Lloyd Laflin of West Virginia and Vaughn Laflin of Underhill; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers:  Milian, Robert, and Elwood Laflin.
A graveside service was held on May 6 at the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joseph Leonard Lamphere
Joseph Leonard Lamphere Sr., 87, died on May 5, 2011, at his home in Lowell.
He was born on March 1, 1924, in Highgate, a son of Joseph Leonard and Bessie Mae (Sartwell) Lamphere.
He married Lettie Grace Kimball on March 16, 1948.  She predeceased him on March 18, 1996.
Mr. Lamphere was a longtime owner and operator of a dairy farm in Lowell.  He enjoyed working in the woods, cutting firewood, being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with his  family.
He is survived by two children:  Darlene Lamphere of Lowell and Joseph L. Lamphere Jr. and his companion, Krissy Johnson, and her daughter Alyssa Johnson of Lowell; by his niece Bonnie Langdell and her husband, Gary; by his nephews:  John Lamphere and his wife, Connie, Larry Lamphere and his wife, Debbie, Leo Shatney, Steve Shatney, and Christine, Arthur and Laurie, and Richard Smith and other family members.  He was predeceased by his brothers George and Jay Lamphere, and by three sisters:  Alice Gillian, Mary Smith, and twin sister Polly Shatney.
Funeral services were held on May 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Interment followed at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Berdena Arlene Maxwell

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Berdena Arlene Maxwell, 81, of Derby died on May 8, 2011, in Newport.
She was born April 17, 1930, in Irasburg a daughter of Gilbert and Olive (Coapland) Macie.
On June 28, 1953, she married Gordon Victor Maxwell who predeceased her on June 28, 2006.
Mrs. Maxwell ran the candy counter at the former W.T. Grant Company in Newport.  She also worked at the Coventry Store owned by Mildred Thayer, and she and her husband later purchased it.  They owned and operated the Coventry Diner, and they also owned the first redemption center in the area.  Her hobbies included going to yard sales, and playing bingo at the Derby Lions Club.
She is survived by two children:  Barry Maxwell of Derby and Kimberly Choquette and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; by the following grandchildren:  Ashley Hutchson and her husband, Eric, Lynsey Whipple, Ryan Whipple and his wife, Dana, Sean, Cody, and Jamie Maxwell, and Matthew and Derek Choquette; by several great-grandchildren; by a brother, Arland Macie, and his wife, Katherine, of Coventry and their children:  Sue and Joseph Simpson, Deborah Cobb, Terry Macie, and Rick Macie; and by several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by a daughter, Rhonda Whipple, and by a sister, Beverly Macie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Coventry Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Louis Garneau Relay for Life Team, care of Laurie Williams, 1352 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Larry McDonald
Larry McDonald, 68, died on March 28, 2011, at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 68.
He was born in Newport, on November 20, 1942, a son of Merle and Ethelwyn McDonald.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn; a son, Daniel, and his wife, Bonnie, and three daughters:  JoEllen Ellis and her husband, William, Jeralyn and Kim Mason, Jacilin Herrod, and Steve Polinsky; his mother-in-law Geraldine Moulton; his five grandchildren:  Kala and Derek Ellis, Tyler and Trent Herrod, and William Titara; by two brothers and two sisters: Ken and his wife, Joan, Dean, Shirley Carter and her husband, Gary, and Connie Carpenter; sister-in-law Linda McDonald; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Merle and Ethelwyn; brothers Reg and Gordon; daughter Billie Jo; and his father-in-law, Earl Moulton.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at the Echo Lake Farm.
Madeline Page

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Madeline Page, 96, of Needham, Massachusetts, died on April 26, 2011, in Needham.
She was born July 20, 1914, in Derby.
Mrs. Page led a long and rich life.  Devoted to her husband, family and community, she put the needs of others first.  She will be remembered affectionately for her personal strength, principled life, and commitment to learning and education.
She was the first child of John and Mary (Smith) Ainsboro.  She and her sister Isabel grew up enjoying their parents’ large families, maintaining lifelong ties to favorite cousins.  She studied violin and piano which nurtured a love of music throughout her life.
She graduated from the University of Vermont in l935 and became a high school home economics teacher at Brookline High School.  A favorite family story recounts her meeting a handsome Dartmouth man on a train to New York.  She married Robert Wellington Page in 1940 and a year later moved to Needham, where she lived for the next 70 years.  After caring for her young family, she returned to teaching at the Charles River School from 1960 to1977.
A member of the Congregational Church of Needham since 1941, Mrs. Page served as both leader and worker, from deaconess, organist, choir member, to the house committee, where she was known to keep the church oven cleaner than her own.   The church was her inspiration and her community of treasured lifelong friends.  She also volunteered for the Red Cross and assisted her husband on many projects for the Needham Exchange Club.
Family was everything to Mrs. Page, beginning with her husband, Robert, to whom she was married for 52 years.  She was enormously proud of her daughter Bonnie and her husband, Robert, of Littleton, Colorado; son Robert W. Page Jr. and his wife, Grace, of San Francisco, California; grandchildren Julie Roehner and her husband, Philip, of Saline, Missouri; Gregory Downing of Englewood, Colorado; and Nathaniel Thompson Page of San Francisco; and her great-granddaughter Makenzie Page Roehner.  She is also survived by her loyal brother-in-law Donald B. Page of Needham.
Private family services will be held at the Needham Congregational Church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Daily Memorial Library, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Arrangements by the Eaton Funeral Home.
Gillett Johnson Newfang Stowe

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Gillett Johnson Newfang Stowe died on May 4, 2011, in Derby at the age of 101.
She was born on March 14, 1910, in New York City, graduated from White Plains High School in New York in 1928, received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1932, and a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York city in 1934.
A quote from her college senior yearbook aptly describes her and captures her essence:  “Bewitching loveliness; captivating charm; rare versatility.  What would we ever do without Sunny — beauty, drama, music — all in one.”
She taught senior English and drama at White Plains and Mamaroneck high schools and enjoyed performing with the Scarsdale Wayside Players, a community theater organization.  It was there that she met Robert Wood Newfang who was later to become her husband.
After marrying in 1941, Mr. Newfang enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a lieutenant signal officer on the battleship U.S.S. Maryland.  During this time they had two daughters, Gail and Marcia.  In 1946, Mr. Newfang returned to his job at Canfield Paper Company in New York City where he later became president of the company.
During their 32 years of marriage, they resided in Mamaroneck and Scarsdale, New York.  They immensely enjoyed their summers at their summer home, Fourway Lodge, in Morgan.
Robert Newfang predeceased her in 1973.   In 1978, she married Smith Stowe of Cape Coral, Florida, who predeceased her in 1995.
Mrs. Stowe, known affectionately as Sunny to all, was an enthusiastic, committed Christian woman who was actively involved in the churches in her communities.
To her two daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, she has been an exceptional example of strength, joy, humor, love, and grace.  Her family finds comfort in the knowledge that her faith was in the Lord and that she is in His presence today.
She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Wood Newfang, and the late Smith Anderson Stowe.  She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Gail and Duncan Kilmartin and Marcia Gillett and Glenn Koponen; her grandchildren:  Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and her husband, Tom Williams, Sara Tyler and her husband, Ben Wyllie, Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen; and three great-grandchildren:  Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie.
A service, celebrating her life, will be held at the Morgan United Church on May 29 at 5 p.m.
Interment will be at the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.
The Kilmartin and Koponen families want to express their deep appreciation for the loving care given to Mrs. Stowe by the wonderful staff at Derby Green Nursing Home, and for the comforting visits from pastors John Genco and Fred and Carol Ann Barker.
Should friends wish, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Commital Services
Committal services for Doris LaCross will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday May 11, 2011 at the Newport Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Agnes Judd will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday May 13, 2011 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Committal services for Jean-Claude Sicotte will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Committal services for Gloria Geoffrey will be held at noon on Saturday, May 14, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Committal services for Donalda Fontaine will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Committal services for Cecile Fluet will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
A graveside service for Allen Lucas will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the  Derby Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Valeta Veto will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
A graveside service for Elizabeth Benner will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at Derby Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Genia Provencher will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Committal services for Velma Grant will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
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May 4, 2011 Obituaries

John E. Bonneau
John E. Bonneau, 46, of Lowell died on April 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 20, 1964, in Newport, a son of Gerard and Mary (Murphy) Bonneau.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1982.
Mr. Bonneau loved being a carpenter and making things out of wood.  He was a member of the New Hope Bible Church of Lowell.  He also enjoyed bowling and carving wood.
He is survived by his sisters and brothers:  Sharon Fowler and her husband, Jack, of Morrisville, Diane Ostrout and her husband, Tom, of Inverness, Florida, Terry Bonneau of Inverness, and Stephen Bonneau and his wife, Nanette, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Private 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, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roy E. Brewster
Roy E. Brewster, 74, of Albany died on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born in Island Falls, Maine, on July 4, 1936, a son of Eugene and Juanita (Main) Brewster.  He was raised by a foster mother and learned to be a hard-working and independant person.  He served in the Canadian Army during the Korean Conflict and in the U.S. Army in Panama.
He made his home in Maine, New Hampshire, and then in Florida where he worked as an auto mechanic.  He met and later married Arlene Foss on September 3, 1999, in North Carolina.  They moved north to Derby for about a year then made their home in Albany for the past ten years.
Mr. Brewster enjoyed gardening, walking (as he had been injured and was told by a doctor he would never walk), and nature and history, especially that of the Native Americans.  He was active in the Boy Scouts in Florida when his son was young, teaching him all about nature and camping, etc.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene, of Albany; a son, Roy Brewster, and his wife, Sherry Ann, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; grandson Edward Cross; stepdaughters Laurie Miller of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, Sherry Spraggins of Colchester, Tammy Horgan and Carol Cady of Coventry, and Kelly Wills of Greensboro Bend; stepson Michael Whitcavitch of Hardwick; two nieces, Denise and Roxanne; and three nephews, Clarence, David, and Roger Rairdon.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Kathrine Cross, who died in an auto accident at the age of 20, and a sister, Norma Rairdon.
No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Bruce Brown

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Bruce Brown, 65, died on April 28, 2011, at his family’s home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
He was born August 5, 1945, in Peabody, Massachusetts, a son of Carl and Corinne (Sheltra) Brown.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1964.  He served in the Army.  He married Lynn (Lawson) Brown in 1965.  They lived in Vermont until 1985 when they moved to Florida.
While living in Vermont, he was a member of the American Legion in North Troy.  He started Little League teams, and he was one of the first five people to start the Missisquoi Ambulance Service.
His interests included snowmobile racing, Nascar racing, and spending time with his family.
While living in Florida, he was a member of the West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 and the Lake Worth Moose Club #994.  He was an avid supporter of the Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Florida.
His work, which he absolutely loved, consisted of driving bus for tour companies and truck driving.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lynn (Lawson) Brown; three sons and their spouses:  Allen and Tammy Brown, Paul and Meredith Brown, Gordon and Annette Brown; one daughter and her spouse, David and Lori Williams; ten grandchildren:  Jason, Ashlie, Brittnee, Nicole, Ashley, Mitchell, Andrew, Trent, Dylan, and Alyssa; three great-grandchildren:  Jason Jr., Althea, and Jonathan; three brothers and one sister, Ronald Brown, Ross Brown, Larry Brown, and Linda (Brown) Fadden; sister-in-law Charlotte (Brown) Gill; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Laurie Anne; his son Joseph Lee; his brother Robert; his parents, Carl and Corinne Brown; his spouse’s parents, Gordon and Pearl Wheeler and Jack and Alice Lawson; and by brother-in-law Jim Fadden.
Calling hours will be on Friday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport where funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will follow in Coventry Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Florida Elks Youth Camp in his honor.  Make checks payable to Harry Anna Trust Fund, send donations to Florida Elks Charities Inc., P.O. Box 49, Umatilla, Florida 32784.  Please also write on the check that the donation is to go towards Elks Youth Camp.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Helen M. (Laramie) Burgess

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Helen M. (Laramie) Burgess, 88, of Newport died on April 28, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 2, 1922, in Brownington, a daughter of Bruce and Antoinette (Marc Aurele) Bouthillier.
On June 7, 1941, she married Florio Laramie who predeceased her on September 25, 1990.  On February 22, 2000, she married William Burgess Sr. who also predeceased her on April 5, 2010.
Mrs. Burgess was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies of St. Anne.
She was employed by the following businesses:  the former Kennett Restaurant, Border Motel restaurant, Eastside Pharmacy and Bogner of America.
Mrs. Burgess was an avid bingo player and she loved playing cards with her family.   She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially making meat pies, chicken pot pies, and doughnuts.
After her retirement, she and Mr. Laramie worked a small upholstery business out of  their home.  She later  taught a few upholstery  classes at North Country Adult Services.  While she was married to Mr. Burgess, she enjoyed summers at his camp on Seymour Lake in Morgan.
She is survived by her children:  Pauline Sheehan and her husband, Dick, of The Villages, Florida, Susan Monfette and her husband, Craig, of Newport, Raymond Laramie and his wife, Diane, of Newport; by stepson William Burgess Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Lebanon, New Hampshire; by her grandchildren:  Craig Monfette and his wife, Melba, of West Monroe, Louisiana, Brian Pulver and his wife, Sue, of Enfield, Connecticut, Michelle Lamothe and her fiancé, Tim Carty, of Swanton, Peter Pulver and his wife, Sue, of Newport, Danny Monfette and his wife, Sam, of East Burke, Philip Laramie and his wife, Melissa, of Newport, and Christopher Laramie and his fiancée, Kendra Hinchliffe, of Winooski; by 15 great-grandchildren; and  six great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by great-grandson Joey Monfette; great-great-granddaughter Alaina Monfette; and by the following siblings:  Tony, George, Tom, Lucille, Rose, Claire, Jeannette, Simone, and Raymonde.
Funeral services were held on May 2 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, Fletcher Allen Hospital, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401 where her granddaughter Michelle is receiving treatments.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Aline P.  Comtois
Aline P. Comtois, 83, of Ellsworth, Maine, and the Burlington area, the beloved wife of Arthur Comtois, died on April 27, 2011, at an Ellsworth, Maine Hospital.
She was born July 6, 1927, in Granby, Quebec, a daughter of Rodolphe and Alice (Simard) Deslandes.
Mrs. Comtois lived in Williston for 28 years before moving to Ellsworth to be closer to her family.  She enjoyed playing golf, duplicate bridge, and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband of 61 years, Arthur Comtois, of Ellsworth, she is survived by her daughter Dianne Goodenough and her husband, David Jonathan, of Birch Harbor; two grandsons, Adam Arthur Goodenough and his wife, Sujata Gupta, of San Francisco, California, and Ryan Thomas Goodenough and his wife, Emily Sandefer, of Albany, New York; one brother, Patrick Deslandes, of Magog, Quebec; one sister, Alice Charbonneau, of Burlington; two sisters-in-law, Rita Deslandes of Troy and Jeannette Deslandes of Newport; a special friend and Mr. Comtois’ sister, Lillian Tessier, of Burlington; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents she was predeceased by two brothers, Russell and Nelson.
A Mass was celebrated on May 2 with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Burial will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Claudette C. Daigneault
Claudette C. Daigneault, 63, of Newport, beloved wife of Larry Daigneault, died suddenly on April 27, 2011, from a motor vehicle accident in Sarasota, Florida.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday May 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennesee 38105.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
Lee Eugene Darling
Lee E. Darling, 86, of Morrisville, died on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
He was born in Wolcott on February 23, 1925, a son of Glen L. and Lillian (Marckres) Darling.
He attended graded school at the East Hill School in Wolcott, then in Eden.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On November 18, 1961, he married Theresa Morris, and they made their home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where Mr. Darling was a landscape gardener for several large estate homes.  He retired to Vermont in 1997 following the death of his wife.
He enjoyed fishing and some hunting though he was limited by his health conditions.  He loved family gatherings and outings.  His memories included working at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. during the time he was stationed in the area while serving in the Navy.
He leaves a brother, Donald Darling Sr., and his wife, Beryl, of Craftsbury; son-in-law Gary Wright of Eden; brother-in-law Winston Dezaine of Craftsbury; many nieces and nephews; and extended family.  He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa; two daughters, Kathleen Darling and Dorothy (Darling) Wright; two sisters, Lois Butler as well as her husband, George, and Dorothy Dezaine; and stepson Christopher Morris.
A graveside service will be held at the Plains Cemetery on Garfield Road in Hyde Park on Wednesday, May 11, at 11 a.m.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Lawrence A. Gleason Sr.
Lawrence A. “Larry” Gleason Sr., 76, of Barre died on Friday, April 22, 2011, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Born in Barton on May 10, 1934, he was a son of the late Olin and Laura (Gigure) Gleason.
Mr. Gleason attended schools in Barton.  He served his country in the U.S. Army in 1956 and 1957.  After the service he moved to Groveton, New Hampshire, where he was employed as a lumberjack.  He later worked as a farmhand helping farmers in his area.
On February 21, 1959, he married Elaine Hair in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, where they made their home for a short time before moving to Barre.  He retired in 1986 due to ill health.
He enjoyed watching TV, especially wrestling and western movies.  He also enjoyed the outdoors.  He liked to keep busy, doing yard work, reading, and painting houses.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elaine Gleason, of Barre; six children:  Laura Gleason of Orleans, Larry Gleason Jr. of Barre, Doris Royce of Washington, Denise Gleason of Barre, and Brian Gleason of Portland, Oregon; as well as 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by all of his brothers and sisters and by one son, Steven Gleason.
To honor his wishes there will be no funeral services or calling.  There will be a gathering May 21 in Holland.
Arrangements by the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home.
Helen (Emerson) Hayford
Helen (Emerson) Hayford died peacefully in her ninety-ninth year on April 16, 2011, in Starr Farm Nursing Center, lovingly surrounded by her family.
Being possessed of a strong love of music, art and history, she has gone to join the singers.
She was born August 17, 1912, in Groveton, New Hampshire, a daughter of Wesley O. and Mary Hight Emerson.  Her grandfather, Horace Emerson, fought with the 8th Vermont Regiment in the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864.
Mrs. Hayford graduated valedictorian of her 1930 class at Lyndon Institute, attended Lyndon Normal School, and graduated from Boston University.  For a $700 annual salary, she taught in a one-room school in Burke.  Other school positions included Passumpsic, East Barnet, Burr and Burton Academy, and Orleans High.
In 1964, after receiving her master’s degree in French from Middlebury College, she became head of the foreign language department at South Burlington High School, where she retired in 1973. Her love of French inspired her to make many sojourns to Paris.  She was a gentle, loving person with a strong independent spirit and a great enthusiasm for taking the road less traveled and forming new friendships.  Her home was always warm, welcoming and open, like her heart, to all who might enter it.
Helen and her husband, Jim, formed enduring friendships with many:  the Mosher, Keiser, Barrows, Yale, Craig, Collins, Eschholz, Sorrell, Bergeron, Chaffee, Bruce, Older, and many other families and individuals.  For 57 years, she was her husband’s sounding board for the poems he spun and his helper in the music done in schools and community and church choirs.  In her own right, she was a talented singer and teacher.  She especially enjoyed attending the Bread and Puppet Theater each summer in Glover with family.
To My Angel You,
Angel who have helped my verse,
Dear resident guardian and nurse,
Let me acknowledge you and take
My turn in time to do the same
For some touched inarticulate
Aspirant keeper of the flame
Whose warmth makes magic man’s estate. — James Hayford, 1963
She published two posthumous Hayford books, Notes Left Behind (poetry) and Recollecting Who I Was, with the help of Paul Eschholz, Arthur Cloutier and granddaughter Ellen Miller.
Mr. Hayford died in 1993, and her brother Clare in 1974.  She is survived by her son James (Jamie-Jim) and his wife, Lucy; her daughter Stephanie Pizzagalli; her son Curtis Brown; her ex-daughters-in-law:  Jean Anker and Deniele Hayford and her husband, David; her four grandchildren:  Cynthia Rock and her husband, Ron, Ellen Miller and her husband Tom, Emily Bisson and her husband, J.P., and Evan; her five great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; and nephew Wes Emerson and his wife, Judy.
Her smile will be missed by countless friends and former students.  Special thanks to the staff of Starr Farm and Cynthia Rock for their compassionate care.
A graveside memorial will be held this summer on a date yet to be determined.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, Vermont 05860.
Arthur Joseph Jordan Jr.
Arthur Joseph Jordan Jr., 65, of Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada, formerly of Newport, died on March 9, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer and its complications.
He was born April 29, 1945, a son of Emma and Arthur Jordan Sr.
He was the beloved husband of Lana O’Neil, a former teacher at North Country Union High School.
He is survived by several brothers and sisters, his mother, his in-laws, and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church in Ferryland with burial at the Holy Trinity Cemetery and a reception at the Legion Hall in Ferryland.
To express condolences online and sign the guest book, please visit www.faheyfuneralhome.ca.
Mr. Jordan came home to Ferryland to retire and build his dream home.  He did, and then he was “called home.”
Genevieve M. Lafleur

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Genevieve M. Lafleur, 79, of Orleans died on April 27, 2011, in Barton.
She was born on October 18, 1931, in Coventry, a daughter of Stanislaus and Irene (Hamel) Pollander.
She moved to Connecticut during the Great Depression.  She attended eighth grade at St. Joseph School in New London, Connecticut, in the class of 1947.  After school, she moved back to Brownington where the family farmed.
Mrs. Lafleur married Richard Lafleur on May 24, 1958.  He survives her.  After their marriage, the young couple moved to Orleans.  In 1959, they moved to Irasburg, to their first home on Route 58.  In 1972 the family grew and moved to the village of Irasburg.  Mrs. Lafleur and her husband sold the family home in 2007 and moved back into an apartment in Orleans where it all began.
Mrs. Lafleur was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, a former member of the Daughters of Isabella in Orleans, and was the past president of the Parent Teachers Association at the Irasburg Elementary School.   She liked building puzzles, knitting, playing bingo, and reading.  She loved her cat Kitty and animals in general.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Lafleur, of Orleans; her five children:  David Lafleur and his wife, Michele, of Glens Falls, New York, twins Paul Lafleur of Portland, Maine, and Wayne Lafleur and his wife, Cheryl, of Barton, Bryan Lafleur and his wife, Laura, of Cherokee, Iowa, and Colleen Doty of Lyndonville; by 15 grandchildren; her brother Philip Pollander and his wife, Barbara, of West Palm Beach, Florida; and by three sisters:  Joan Souliere of Newport, Pauline Ryan of Barton, and Nancy Creswell and her husband, Greg, of Newport Center.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Aldie and Francis Pollander, and by a sister Joanie Blay.
Funeral services were held on May 2 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed at the Irasburg Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Blanche E. (Clark) Marckres

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Blanche (Clark) Marckres, 93, died on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Copley Hospital with her family by her side.
She was the eldest daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Luther) Clark, born January 25, 1918. She was the last family member of her generation to pass.
She married Maynard Marckres on September 6, 1935.
She spent most of her life in Craftsbury and Morrisville as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.  Aside from enjoying time with her family, Mrs. Marckres spent many hours knitting and donating her work to people in need.  She and her husband enjoyed trips to Old Orchard with special friends Pat and Louise Gillen, and to Florida with family.
She leaves a daughter, Marilyn Bradley, and her husband, James, of Morrisville; a son, J. Fred Marckres, and his wife, Oleta, of Eden; eight grandchildren:  Rhonda Gilcris, Kevin Bradley, James Bradley, Julie Marckres, Jerri Hurlburt, Daniel Marckres, Michelle Fellows, and Jennifer Draper; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Maynard; her son Donald and his wife, Janet; her parents; her brother Newton Clark; her sister Frances Nichols; granddaughter Stacey Bradley; and great-grandson Justin Marckres.
A memorial service was held May 2 at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Raymond H. Powers

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Raymond H. Powers, 89, of Irasburg died suddenly on April 28, 2011, in Newport.
He was born June 12, 1921, in Brownington, a son of Benjamin and Almeda (Gilbert) Powers.
On April 25, 1942, he married Anna R. (Becky) Fisher who survives him.
Mr. Powers entered the U.S. Army and served his country in Germany during World War II.
He was a self-employed trucker.  He held memberships with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.
Mr. Powers was an avid bingo player, and he enjoyed making lawn ornaments and sugaring.  He also raised many cats and dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Powers, of Irasburg; by four children:  Beverly Slack of Thetford Center, Stephen Powers and his wife, Carolyn, of Anderson, South Carolina, Rachel Powers of Tampa, Florida, and Sharon McCormick of Barton; seven grandchildren:  Elwyn Brooks, Carolyn Kanalos, Jeffrey Brooks, Jennifer Powers, Deborah McCormick, Cynthia Royer, and Susan Larose; by nine great-grandchildren; by a sister, Stella Barteau, of Northfield; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by a brother; two sisters; three half-brothers; and three half-sisters.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Irasburg Cemetery with the Reverend Harvey Bartlett officiating.  Military honors will be held.
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.
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Jeannette (Jean) R. Moquin

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Jeannette (Jean) R. Moquin, 90, died on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington.
A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Orleans with burial to follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

 

 
Marion Larose
Funeral services for Marion Larose will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass. Interment will follow in the Brownington Center Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
 
Donovan Seth Winston Warner
Committal services for Donovan Seth Winston Warner, beloved infant son of Douglas Warner Jr. and Laura Briggs will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday May 6, at the Brownington Center Cemetery with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
 
Zelma Vigneau
Funeral services for Zelma Vigneau will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on May 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.




Lyman Sprout Memorial

 

Lyman Sprout was a complex personality.  He was something special to everyone he met.  He was a husband, father, grandfather, postal employee, and friend.  He also was a fisherman who lived and breathed fishing the rivers around Orleans.  Hundreds of people knew him as the guy who had “TROUT” on his license plate.  Many of his friends knew him as one of the best fishermen on any river.

We will celebrate Mr. Sprout’s life on May 7 at 11 a.m. at the falls in Orleans where the rainbows jump.  A gathering will follow at Orleans American Legion Post #23 where stories and a toast will be offered.  Please plan on being there. — submitted by Ken Atkins for Kitty Sprout and the rest of Mr. Sprout’s family.

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April 27, 2011 Obituaries

Ralph W. Ainsworth

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Ralph W. Ainsworth, 66, of Hardwick, died peacefully at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Hardwick, January 29, 1945, a son of Paul E. and Arlene (Ross) Ainsworth.
He attended school in Woodbury and Hardwick and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict in Okinawa as a medic.  Following service in the Army, he joined the Vermont National Guard where he served another 22 years, retiring in March of 1992.
On May 22, 1971, he married Orise Dufresne in Hardwick.  Together they made their home and raised their children in Hardwick.  Mr. Ainsworth was a lifetime member of VFW Post #9653 in Morrisville, American Legion Post #7 in Hardwick, and also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #7 in Hardwick.  He had been a past member of the Hardwick Fire Department and had been active in the Cub Scouts when his boys were young.
Mr. Ainsworth had been employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, Whitcomb Furniture in East Barre, and he had purchased and operated an insulation company under the name of Four Seasons Insulation for many years until his recent retirement due to failing health.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at the family camp on East Long Pond in Woodbury, and loved his time with family, especially with his grandchildren.
He leaves his wife of just short of 40 years, Orise Ainsworth, of Hardwick; two sons, Scott and his wife, Karen, of North Monmouth, Maine, and Shawn of East Hardwick; a daughter, Laura, and her husband, Tony Rachatellelle, of Columbia, Missouri; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Chase of North Monmouth, Paige of East Hardwick, and Cody of Columbia; and an anticipated new baby boy; two brothers, Paul Ainsworth of Eden, and Wendell Ainsworth and his wife, Ann, of Hardwick; twin sisters Jean Mancini and her husband, Thomas, of Barre and Ann Brown and her husband, Richard, of Woodbury; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family.  He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Arlene Ainsworth, and his parents-in-law, Armand and Therese Dufresne, as well as sister-in-law Wanda Grassette Ainsworth.
A funeral service was held on April 26 at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardwick.  Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Wayland A. Baxter
Wayland Baxter, 68, of Glover, died at home after a long battle with cancer on April 23, 2011, surrounded by the love of those around him.
He was born in Barton on March 24, 1943, a son of William A. and Genevieve (Ferrin) Baxter.
Mr. Baxter took pride in his work.  He operated heavy equipment principally for SCI and J.A. McDonald.  Before returning home to Vermont, he had worked in the coal mines of Virginia.
He served in the Army in the early 1960s and was a member of the Orleans American Legion Post #23.  He especially enjoyed watching NASCAR races.  He had a love for the great outdoors and so enjoyed living where he lived on Shadow Lake.
He is survived by Pamela Peters, his soulmate of the past 16 years, and his beloved Labrador Brandy; also his children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law; sister-in-law; a couple of aunts, and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held later in May and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions, payable to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and marked for Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, may be sent to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, attention Jim Flynn, P.O. Box 905, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh/com.
Ellen M. Brault

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Ellen M. Brault, 78, of Westfield died on April 19, 2011, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born September 26, 1932, in Lowell, a daughter of Edward and Lida (Gendreau) Darby.
On November 12, 1951, she married John C. Brault Sr. who predeceased her.
She and her late husband purchased the Brault Meat Market from his parents in 1962 and they ran the store until they sold it to Tony in 1991.
Mr. and Mrs. Brault enjoyed traveling and they spent several winters in Florida.  Mrs. Brault enjoyed playing bingo and attending senior meal sites.
She loved her children and grandchildren very much and always delighted in their visits.  She also took care of her mother for over ten years with tremendous love and affection.
She is survived by her mother, Lida Darby; her children:  John Brault Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Texas, Carmen Menard and her husband, Rick, of St. Johnsbury, Kathy Couture and her husband, Jean, of Troy, Kim Smith of Massachusetts, and Tony Brault of Troy; by ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; by a brother, Edward Darby, and his wife, Gertrude, of Newport; and by a sister, Ann Racicot, and her husband, Andre, of Westfield.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road (Sias Avenue) in Newport with Pastor Rick Menard officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Relay for Life/Cancer Society, care of Carmen Menard, 453 Main Street St. Johnsbury, Vermont  05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joanne Keenan Casavant

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Joanne Keenan Casavant, 67, of Irasburg died peacefully on April 18, 2011, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a long battle with sarcoidosis.
She was born in Kingston, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1944, a daughter of Roger and Eva (Turcotte) Keenan.
On December 15, 1962, she married Keith (Casey) Casavant who survives her.
She was employed by the Irasburg school for 34 years before retiring.  Among her many hobbies, she enjoyed attending casinos, baking, bowling, dancing, traveling, and the company of her family.
Mrs. Casavant is survived by her husband, Keith (Casey) Casavant, of Irasburg: her daughters:  Laura Potter and her husband, Jeff, of Albany, and Corinne Royer and her companion, Gary Guyer, of Lyndonville; four grandchildren:  Justin Potter, Evan Royer, Mickayla Royer, and Connor Glass; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Roger and Eva Keenan; her brothers Ronald and Donald Keenan; and by a sister Connie McKennan.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport on April 23 with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.  Interment followed in the Derby 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.
Keith Alan (Grondin) Farrand

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Keith Alan (Grondin) Farrand, 44, a resident of Holland, died at his home on April 18, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 14, 1967, in Newport, a son of Dewey and Patricia (Walker) Farrand.
He was known by many knicknames:  Doggie, the Great Grondini, Uncle Grizzley, and Bub.  He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1985.
Mr. Farrand was a construction worker for Spates Construction and Audet Construction, both of Newport, and J&L Foundations of Fairfax.
He enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, four-wheeling, boating, and scootering with Barb.  He was always willing to give a hand to help anyone who needed it.  He enjoyed the many visits from his nephews.
He is survived by his soulmate, April Blouin, and her children Kacie Morrison and Donovan Blouin; by his brothers and sisters:  Michael Grondin and his wife, Carol, of Albany, Peter Grondin and his wife, Judith, of Newport, Terry Grondin and his soulmate, Katherine, of Morgan, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Daniel, of Derby Line, Barbara Fecteau and her husband, Randy, of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his fiancé, Tina, of East Concord; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Dewey and Patricia Farrand.
A celebration of his life was held on April 21 at the home of Vicky and Daniel Lewis in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756, or VFW Ladies Auxilliary Cancer Aid Research, P.O. Box 312, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Raymond Ernest Labbee

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Raymond Ernest Labbee, 81, of Newport Center died on April 19, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 12, 1929, in St. Odilon, Quebec, a son of Antonio and Armoza (Cloutier) Labbee.
On August 28, 1952, he married Yvette Mathieu who survives him.
For most of his life he and his wife owned a dairy farm in North Troy.  He most enjoyed spending time with his family and his cat Snoopy.  Prior to his illness he loved hunting, fishing, trapping, carpentry, spending time outdoors mowing his lawn, and taking care of the flowers with his wife.
Mr. Labbee is survived by his wife, Yvette Labbee, of Newport Center; a daughter, Raymonde Hill, and her husband, Allen, of Newport Center; a son, Marcel Labbee and his fiancé, Mary Blais, of North Troy; grandchildren:  Danny Pepin and his wife, Holly, of Troy, Mike Pepin and his wife, Amanda, of Troy, Lisa Sargent and her husband, Jason, of Newport Center, and Dennis Labbee and his companion, Caitlyn, of North Troy; great-grandchildren:  Darielle, Cadence, Kendra, and Trent Pepin, Travis and Ashley Pepin, and Taylor, Mercedes, and Kadia Labbee; a brother, Real Labbee, of St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec; twin brother Edmund Labbee of North Troy; sister Yolande Labbee of Quebec City, Quebec; sister-in-law Rachel Labbee of St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec; and by many nephews and nieces, all from Vermont and Quebec.  He was predeceased by a brother, Adrien Labbee; brother Laurent Labbee; and sisters-in-law Mariette Labbee and Muriel Labbee.
Funeral services were held on April 25 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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