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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April 20, 2011 Obituaries

Duane Stanley Bicknell

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Duane Stanley Bicknell, 91, of Georgia, died on April 17, 2011, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 1, 1920, in Jericho, a son of Chauncey and Fannie (Hurlburt) Bicknell.
Mr. Bicknell was born and raised in Jericho on a dairy farm.  He graduated from high school and then went to the Vermont State Agricultural School where he also graduated.
Mrs. Bicknell was born in Ithaca, Michigan, and then her family moved to East Barre when she was three years old.  She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre and worked at Heaton Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell were married in 1941.  A year later, in 1942, Mr. Bicknell went into the Army serving with the 750th Tank Battalion during World War II in Europe.  He went through the Battle of the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and, at the conclusion of the war, the occupation of Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 1945.  Mrs. Bicknell worked in an airplane factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, until their first son was born.
After Mr. Bicknell returned from the war, he went into business with his father on the home farm where they had four more sons and one daughter.  Beginning in 1955, the Federal Land Bank and Farmers Production Credit Association employed him for30 years.  After retirement, he worked part time overseeing the operation of farms for a foreign investor.
Their family has now grown to add 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchilden.
Mr. Bicknell is survived by his wife, Mildred (Partridge) Bicknell, and their children and families:  his son Jim and his wife, Joan Bicknell, from Newark, Morgan, Lincoln, Cole, and Parker Mazzie, and Jericho Bicknell; his son Doug Bicknell from Burlington, and Kati and Will Sacks, Anna Bicknell, Erin Bicknell, and Luke Bicknell; his son Marvin and his wife, Helen Bicknell, Bridget, Brad, Makala, and Clay Erickson, Jesse, Monte, Caitlyn, Wesley, and Ryan Cassavant, and Ramon and Joyce Hunt; his son Stephan and his wife, Myrna Bicknell, from Montana, Melody and Jeremy Newmaster, Rebecca Bicknell, and Jennifer and Nick Eshleman; his son Raymond and his wife, Donna Bicknell, from Beebe, Jonathon Bicknell, Joshua Bicknell, and Kappas Emmons; and his daughter Nancy (Bicknell) Smith and her husband, David Smith, and their children Amanda Pruden and Thomas Smith.
Until the last couple of years, Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell enjoyed winters in the park in Sarasota, Florida, and summers at the cottage on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont.  Mrs. Bicknell is now at the Scenic View Community Care Home in Westfield.
Mr. Bicknell was a past member of MacDonough F&AM Lodge Order of the Masons.
A service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, Vermont on Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m.  Military honors will immediately follow the service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the VA Medical Center, (135) 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rudolph E. Dunn
Rudolph E. Dunn, 89, of North Troy died on April 13, 2011, in Glover.
He was born May 20, 1921, in North Troy, a son of Walter and Yvonne (Letourneau) Dunn.
On June 10, 1946, he married Shirley A. Webb who survives him.
Mr. Dunn was a self-employed dairy farmer in North Troy for several years.  He and his wife farmed two different farms that they owned for over 64 years.  He loved sugaring and traveling to Texas, Florida, and Canada.  He also loved hunting, trapping and  fishing after they sold the farm.  Mr. Dunn was a lister, constable, fence viewer, and selectman for several years in the town of Troy.  He started the first snowmobile club in North Troy called the Ridgeriders.  He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy and the Mt. Sinai Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dunn, of North Troy; three children:  Brian Dunn and his wife, Joanne, of Westfield, Deborah Dunn of North Troy, and Dennis Dunn and his wife, Susan, of Texas; by 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Harvey and Richard Dunn, both of North Troy; and by a sister, Madeline Poulin, of North Troy.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela, by a brother, Raymond Dunn, and by his beloved dog Mitzi.
Funeral services will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on April 21  from 1 p.m until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Members of Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy will conduct a Masonic service at the funeral home on April 21.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Stanley “Red” B. Prevost

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Stanley “Red” B. Prevost, 69, of Derby died suddenly on April 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born July 6, 1941, in Colchester, the only son of Romeo and Eunice (Wheelock) Prevost.
On November 29, 1974, he married Jennifer Poutre who survives him.
Mr. Prevost loved his farm and the work that went with it along with his small construction business and working in the woods.  He served in the U.S. Army in Thailand in the Army Corps of Engineers and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the Eagles Club.  He held membership with the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Prevost, of Derby; his son Thomas Prevost and dear friend Tasha Rodrigue of Derby, Traci Rodrigue (Tasha’s sister) of Derby, both of whom were like daughters to Stan; Kevin Before, a close friend who was like a son to Mr. Prevost; mother-in-law Betty Poutre, sisters and brothers:  Janet (Poutre) Lessard and her husband, Rejean, Marc Poutre and his wife, Mary, Kathy (Poutre) Blake and her husband, Jerry, Karen (Poutre) Morgan and her husband, Bernie, Martha (Poutre) Karpinski and her husband, Jim, Colleen (Poutre) Bullis and her husband, Tom; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and many close friends who he loved.
Funeral services were held on April 18 at St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory  may be made to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Anita E. Marcy-Wells
Anita E. Marcy-Wells, 56, of Waterville, died peacefully at the home of her son in Morrisville on Friday, April 15, 2011.
She was born April 10, 1955, in Morrisville, a daughter of Earl James Eldred and Barbara (Gonyaw) Wells.
She loved gardening and cherished the times she was babysitting for her granddaughter Violet.  She liked to cook and crochet and was an avid New York Jets fan.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Wells; her children:  Brandy Escamilla and her husband, Florencio, of Athens, Georgia, Benjamin Marcy and his wife, Desiree, of Morrisville, and Jacob Marcy and his girlfriend, Melinda, of Morrisville; by granddaughter Violet; by her mother, Barbara Wells, of Wolcott; her grandmother Evelyn Symonds Reynolds of Glover; her brother Keith Eldred and his wife, Amy, of Johnson; by sisters Stacey Foran and her husband, Michael, of Hardwick, and Melody Plante and her partner, Sarah Shirley, of Morrisville; by several step-children and step-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Earl Eldred.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home in Morrisville.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
Contributions in Mrs. Marcy-Wells’ memory may be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
Harold A. Whipple

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Harold A. Whipple of Monroe, Hew Hampshire, a retired real estate investigator for the Vermont Secretary of State, died on April 10, 2011, at the Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire.
Despite an uphill ten-year battle with various types of cancer, and having lost most of his eyesight, Mr. Whipple remained upbeat until the very end.
He was born in 1928 at the Whipple family farm on Whipple Hill in Lyndonville, a son of the late Henry and Hazel Whipple.  He attended the Fletcher School and Lyndon Institute.
In 1945 Mr. Whipple entered the U.S. Air Force where he obtained the rank of T/Sgt. as a flight engineer.  Flying supplies and wounded, he saw many parts of the world.  During his military career he obtained numerous medals and ribbons.  The highlight was obtaining his silver wings.  In 1953 he gave up his military career to aid his parents with the operation of the farm.  Later, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University studying real estate and banking which later became his passion and vocation.
Mr. Whipple and his wife of 55 years, Beverly, were married in Allston, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1955.  Together they owned and operated several businesses in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.  In 1975 they purchased a home in Monroe, New Hampshire, and Mr. Whipple became employed by the Time Sales Division of the Howard National Bank.  In 1976 he joined the Vermont Secretary of State as that office’s sole professional conduct investigator, covering the entire state of Vermont and parts of New Hampshire.  He became a member of both the state and national real estate investigators associations, receiving many certificates and diplomas and becoming deemed the authority on real estate practices in a court of law.  In June 1989 Yankee Homes Magazine, a division of Yankee Homes, featured an article about him, with his picture.
Mr. Whipple had a great sense of humor and compassion which yielded him many friends in his life and travels.  If one ever needed $5 and he had $10, he would give them the $10.  He had the pleasure of having three previous secretaries of state attend his state retirement party, which spoke volumes about the type of person he was as an employee and friend to all.
One of Mr. Whipple’s pleasures in life was his 1928 Model A Roadster automobile, which won many prizes.  He often provided it for parades and weddings or special occasion functions.
During his residence in Massachusetts he became a member of the Danvers Mosaic Lodge of Masons, the Middleton Lions Club, the Board of Trade, a Trustee of the Middleton Library, and a member of various other civic organizations.
For the past 11 years, Mr. and Mrs. Whipple made their winter home at the Twin Fountains Club in Lake Wales, Florida.
Mr. Whipple will be greatly missed and always remembered by his loving and devoted wife, Beverly, of Monroe, New Hampshire; his two children and their spouses:  son Daniel and his wife, Roberta Whipple, of Wallingford, and daughter Deirdre and her husband, Jonathan Gawne, of  Framingham, Massachusetts; two precious grandchildren, Gabriana and Nathaniel Whipple of Wallingford, who meant so much to Grampy as he learned of their day-to-day accomplishments; by two sisters:  Marion Sciarappa of Malden, Massachusetts, and Mildred Murtiff of St. Johnsbury; his sister-in-law Helen Fee of Florida who thought of him as a close brother; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, his infant son, his sister Marjorie Rexford, and his brother Henry Whipple of St. Johnsbury Center.
Services were held at the Ricker Funeral Home in Woodsville on April 15.
Remembrances may be sent to North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.
For more information, or to offer online condolences, please visit www.rickerfh.com
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April 13, 2011 Obituaries

Doris I. Andrews

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Doris I. Andrews, 94, of Coventry, died on April 4, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Care Center in Newport.
She was born June 18, 1916, in Templeton, Massachusetts, a daughter of Clarence F. and Orila N. (Perry) Kendall.
She was a graduate of Gardner High School in Gardner, Massachusetts, and received her education to be a licensed practical nurse at Peter Bent Brigham in Boston, Massachusetts.
She was a wonderful homemaker, an excellent cook, and she enjoyed gardening.  Her grandchildren remember her working in St. Albans as the last matron at the Warner Home for Little Wanderers, a home that cared for children of absentee parents.  It provided for children prior to any foster care programs in Vermont.
She leaves her husband, Victor Andrews, whom she married in December of 2000; a son, Arthur (Pete) Roby Jr. of Douglasville, Georgia;  daughter-in-law Kay Rundgren of Bremerton, Washington; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by husbands Joseph Rundgren, Arthur Roby Sr., Kenneth Atherton, and Adrian Lake; and by her sons John Rundgren, Ernest Rundgren, Conrad Rundgren, Ralph Rundgren, and Vernon Roby.
A memorial Mass was held April 8  at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.  Her final resting place will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans in June.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
Clarence “Junior” Ash
Clarence P. “Junior” Ash, 85, of Sheffield, died on April 7, 2011, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with his children at his side.
He was born May 27, 1925, in Irasburg, a son of Clarence and Emma (Taylor) Ash.
He attended Bickford School in Sheffield and Lyndon Institute.  He left school at the onset of World War II to help work the family farm in Sheffield.
Mr. Ash was a lister and fence viewer for the town of Sheffield.  He had been a substitute mail carrier for Dean McDowell and drove the “stage” from Lyndonville, Lyndon Center, Wheelock, and Sheffield for several years.  Later he worked for Laperle’s Construction in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a drill and dynamite operator.  He had also worked as a roller operator for various contractors.
In 1963 he purchased Charlie Chesley’s propane gas business and ran that until he suffered a stroke in 1999 and sold his business to Twombly Plumbing.
A generous man, Mr. Ash donated bottled gas to the Sheffield Federated Church, the Sheffield Town Hall, and the Sheffield Field Day cook shack, which was dedicated to him.  He enjoyed football, playing poker, fishing, and vegetable gardening.
Survivors include his three children:  Sharon Hubbard and her husband, Bernie, of Lyndonville, Patty Weglarz and her husband, Reg, of Wells River, and Bernard Ash and his wife, Laurie, of Sheffield; two granddaughters, Jamie Lee and her husband, Ben, of Hartford, Connecticut, and Sarah Hubbard of Lyndonville; three sisters:  Marvel Kittredge, Marlene Taylor and her husband, Don, and Muriel Nutter, all of St. Johnsbury; his former wife, Gladys Fisher, of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on April 12 at the Sheffield Federated Church with John Sleeper officiating.  Spring burial will be in William Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.
Donations in his memory may be directed to the Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department, P.O. Box 161, Sheffield, Vermont 05866.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Dorreen Devenger
Dorreen P. (Sanderson) Devenger, 84, longtime Sutton resident and town clerk, died suddenly early Tuesday morning on April 5, 2011, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.
She was born September 13, 1926, in Lyndon, the daughter of Daniel and Queenie (Libbey) Sanderson.  She was a 1944 graduate of Lyndon Institute.
On July 21, 1946, she married Willard “Stub” Devenger.  He predeceased her on January 6, 1984.
Mrs. Devenger was serving the town of Sutton as town clerk and was in her fiftieth year. She was devoted to her town and the people of Sutton.  She is remembered as having a good sense of humor, an amazing memory, and stood up for things that she believed in.
A loving mother and doting grandmother, she also rescued and loved her dogs and cats.  She was an avid reader, a member of TOPS, and enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, feeding and watching wild birds, and gardening.
Survivors include four children:  April Devenger Mast and her partner, Diane Jull, of St. Joseph, Missouri, Marlin “Chip” Devenger of Sutton and New York, Laurel Devenger Holmes and her husband, Reginald, of Sutton, and Jesse “Rusty” Devenger of St. Petersburg, Florida; two granddaughters, Jennifer Holmes Seymour and her husband, Alan, of Sutton, and Andrea Holmes Pariseau and her husband, Michael, of Richford; three great-grandchildren:  Kyle, Tasha, and Patrick Seymour of Sutton; a brother, Richard Sanderson, and his wife, Lorraine, of Emporium, Pennsylvania; six nephews; five nieces; her feline and canine companions who she loved dearly; and her Sutton community.  She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Stub; two brothers, David Sanderson in 2010, and Daniel “Joe” Sanderson; two sisters, Darlene “Gay” Clark Davis, and infant Corrine Sanderson; and her niece Catherine Sanderson.
Funeral services were held in Sutton on April 9 at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church with the Pastor David Colwell officiating. Spring burial will be in the Sutton Village Cemetery.
Donations made in Mrs. Devenger’s memory may be directed to either the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or to the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department, care of Dennis Parent, 79 Wheelock Road, Sutton, Vermont 05867.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Ruth Julia Durant

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Ruth Julia Durant, 91, died on March 31, 2011, at her home in Westmore.
She was the widow of Harold Thomas Durant. They had four children:  Lynda, Tom, Al, and another girl, also named Lynda, who died at the age of five.
They were dairy farmers and owned the Rainbow Farm and were also former owners of the Shell station in Barton.
Mrs. Durant was born to David and Julia Dukette on November 31, 1919, in North Adams, Massachusetts, and had four brothers and one sister, who are now deceased.
She leaves three children:  Lynda, Tom, and Al; six grandchildren:  Michelle, Wade, Tammy, Julia, Brannon, and Anthony; and five great-grandchildren:  Rebecca, David, Alix, Vinny, and Cody; as well as many nieces and nephews who also mourn her passing.
Mrs. Durant was a life member of the Catholic Church and had been a member of the Daughters of Isabella.  She was a steadfast friend to many and a devoted wife and mother.  She enjoyed many pastimes including working in her garden and doing projects around her home.  She got much pleasure looking at the beautiful flower garden each spring that her special friend Rodney Young designed especially for her.
She loved her two dogs, Chewy and Mabeline, and enjoyed giving them a special treat of toast each morning.  She had fond memories of the many trips that she and her husband, Harold, took during their retirement years to visit all their friends and family.
Mrs. Durant was especially grateful to her daughter Lynda Young, who loved and cared for her around the clock and made it possible to remain in her home during the last years of her life.  The home health care nurses that came to give her medical care throughout the years also became her very close friends.
Services will be held in early summer at St. Paul’s Cemetery and there will be a gathering afterwards.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gloria F. Geoffroy
Gloria F. Geoffroy, 80, of Lowell died on April 7, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Center in Newport.
She was born on January 15, 1931, in Lowell, a daughter of Asa and Gladys (Swett) Morse.
On July 22, 1946, she married Philip Geoffroy who predeceased her in 1983.
Mrs. Geoffroy was the treasurer for the town of Lowell for many years.  Among her hobbies, she loved bowling and was a very active member in the St. Ignatius Church.
She is survived by her three children:  Rachel Wright of Lowell, Raymond Geoffroy and his wife, Elaine, of Lowell, and Susan Geoffroy of Williston; ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six sisters:  Anita Cornish of Connecticut, Charlotte Fontaine and her husband, Leo, of Lowell, Eleanor Desrocher of New Hampshire, Shirley Clifford of Tennessee, Barbara McAllister of Newport Center, and Salley McAllister and her husband, Ronald, of Newport; her brother Robert Morse of Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Philip Geoffroy; a son Philip Geoffroy Jr.; two brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral services were held on April 11 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Spring interment will be at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lowell Historical Society, care of Daphne Christiansen, Route 100, Lowell, Vermont 05847.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Betty Joyce Gordon
Betty Joyce Gordon, 74, of Sutton, died on March 27, 2011, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, surrounded by her family.
She was born July 27, 1936, in Albany, a daughter of Percy and Doris (Ducklass) Griggs.
She was a 1954 graduate of Orleans High School.
On January 1, 1957, she married Carl “Joe” Gordon who followed her in death on April 3, 2011.
After high school Mrs. Gordon worked at The Caledonian Record where she met her husband-to-be.  She was then Mr. Gordon’s secretary at Northeastern Vermont Development Association.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon spent most of their married life working together.  They purchased antiques and had auctions in Burke, eventually opening Poke and Tote which was an antique shop.  They moved the business to Sutton and eventually switched it to a gift shop.  During this period they managed and operated the ski rental and clothing shop for Peter Glenn Shops at Burke Mountain.  After closing the business, Mrs. Gordon went to work for Reed Insurance Agency in St. Johnsbury, becoming an insurance agent.  When the Reeds retired Mrs. Gordon returned home and joined the last family business, Red Doors Kennels and Companion Green Pet Cemetery as co-owner, operator, and pet groomer.
Mrs. Gordon was a member of the United Methodist Church in West Burke and a past member of the Vermont Business and Professional Women in St. Johnsbury.
She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband, spending time with her family, working in her flower gardens, “her” New England Patriots, “her” Boston Red Sox, and reading — especially James Patterson.
Survivors include her daughter Carol Jay Ruggles and her husband, Kevin, of Sutton (P.O. Box 143, West Burke, Vermont  05871); two grandchildren:  Jamie Crooks of Lyndon Center and Jessica Crooks Williams and her husband, Justin, of Sutton; twin great-grandchildren Kain and Kara Crooks; sister Jane Rollins of Barton; brother Richard Griggs of Arizona; goddaughter Andrea Mathers of Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; sisters Persis Towne and her husband, Everest “Stub,” and Pearline Brita and her husband, John; brother Terry Griggs; sisters-in-law Norma Austin and her husband, Lawrence, Beverly Gordon, and Edna Mills; and brother-in-law William Rollins.
There will be no funeral services or calling hours per Mrs. Gordon’s request.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon will be buried in Companion Green in a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Gordon’s memory may be directed to Lyndon Dog Pound, P.O. Box 167, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851, or Companion Green Pet Cemetery, care of Carol Ruggles, P.O. Box 143, West Burke, Vermont 05871 to maintain the flower gardens that she loved so much.
Carl “Joe” Freeman Gordon
Carl “Joe” Freeman Gordon, 83, of Sutton, died on April 3, 2011, at The Pines Rehabilitation and Health in Lyndonville where he had been a resident since March 9, 2011, surrounded by his family.
He was born August 11, 1927, in Sutton, a son of Carroll and Eva (LaClair) Gordon.
He was a 1946 graduate of Lyndon Institute.
On January 1, 1957, he married Betty Joyce Griggs who predeceased him on March 27, 2011.
Mr. Gordon worked at Russell’s Men’s Shops in Lyndonville, in the fire tower on Mt. Monadnock, and for the New Hampshire and Vermont Extension services.  He was a reporter with The Caledonian Record where he met Betty.  Mr. Gordon  was executive director for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association where Mrs. Gordon was his secretary.  She and Joe spent most of their married life working together.  They purchased antiques and had auctions in Burke, eventually opening Poke and Tote which was an antique shop.  They moved the business to Sutton and eventually switched the business to a gift shop.  During this period they managed and operated the ski rental and clothing shop for Peter Glenn Shops at Burke Mountain.  After closing the business, Mr. Gordon went to work for Modern Woodmen of America as a life insurance agent.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon opened their last family business, Red Doors Kennels and Companion Green Pet Cemetery, where Mr. Gordon spent his final 35 years.  He was happiest when working with dogs.
Mr. Gordon enjoyed spending time with his family and loved bragging about his grandchildren.  He enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife, working in her flower gardens, and keeping his lawns looking perfect.  He spent a lot of time reading and especially loved his Old Farmers Almanac, referring to it daily.
Survivors include his daughter Carol Jay Ruggles and her husband, Kevin, of Sutton; two grandchildren, Jamie Crooks of Lyndon Center and Jessica Crooks Williams and her husband, Justin, of Sutton; twin great-grandchildren Kain and Kara Crooks; sister-in-law Jane Rollins of Barton; brother-in-law Richard Griggs of Arizona; goddaughter Andrea Mathers of Wyoming; godson Todd Crocker of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; by his sisters Norma Austin and her husband Lawrence, Beverly Gordon, and Edna Mills; sisters-in-law Persis and her husband, Everest “Stub” Towne, and Pearline and her husband, John Brita; and brothers-in-laws Terry Griggs and William Rollins.
There will be no funeral services or calling hours per Mr. Gordon’s request.  Mr. and Mrs. Gordon will be buried in Companion Green in a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Gordon’s memory may be directed to Lyndon Dog Pound, P.O. Box 167, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851, or Companion Green Pet Cemetery, care of Carol Ruggles, P.O. Box 143, West Burke, Vermont  05871 to maintain the flower gardens that Mrs. Gordon loved so much.
Algena “Jean” (Davis) Jordan

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Algena “Jean” (Davis) Jordan, 72, of South Woodstock and Essex Junction left to go skiing on April 6, 2011, and find new adventures.
She was born on August 18, 1938.
Jean, as her friends knew her, lived for many years in South Woodstock, a place she loved dearly.  She managed the Christmas Loft, creating beautiful trees, and making wonderful friends.  She was an amazingly creative person who was never far from her camera, a writing pen or her “doodle” pad.  She wrote wonderful stories from the point of view of the many pets that inhabited her life.  A motley crew but smart enough to know how good they had it.  She found beauty in the world around her, and captured much of it on film.
Ms. Jordan was a fiercely independent and strong woman who took on Mr. C, as she called it, with humor, and sometimes indifference.   She made sure that Mr. C knew he was not in command of her life.  She didn’t have cancer with a life on the side; she had a life with cancer on the side.  She could be heard to say many times:  “You might as well laugh.”
She takes with her pieces of the hearts of her great-grandson Kieran Coolidge; grandson Bradford Coolidge and his wife, Melissa; and daughter Cheri Robinson; along with her many dear friends.
As her adventures will leave no time for funerals and such, she has asked that her family and friends get together at a later date for a party to celebrate life.
We would love to include you and ask that you leave your contact information on the website www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.
Agnes (Aiken) Judd

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Agnes (Aiken) Judd, 97, of North Troy died in Newport on April 9, 2011.
She was born in Mansonville, Quebec, on July 14, 1913, a daughter of Ernest Aiken and Anna Mary McKeon.
On September 4, 1930, she married Leland J. Judd who predeceased her on April 24, 1982.
She is survived by the following nieces:  Caroline Brey, Sharon Zeros, Jeannine Judd, and Annette Ducharme; by nephew Richard Moulton, and by special friends Durward and Marjorie Cole, Denise Pigeon, Eric and Carleen Starr, and Bobby and Anita Starr.  She was predeceased by sisters Hazel Moulton and Gladys McKellar, and by two nephews Kenneth and Ronald McKellar.
Mr. and Mrs. Judd moved to Vermont to work for the Belair Veneer Mill in North Troy.  In the mid-fifties they purchased a dairy farm on the West Road in North Troy and enjoyed farming until their retirement.
Mrs. Judd was active in the United Church and a member of the Friendly Class.  She loved listening to country music and playing the piano.  She always looked forward to going to bingo with her neighbor Helen Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with Rick Shover officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral service.   Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ronald “Ronnie” Joseph Peter LaCourse

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Ronald “Ronnie” Joseph Peter LaCourse, 55, of Barton died unexpectedly on April 8, 2011, in Burlington.
He was born December 3, 1955, in Newport, a son of Evelyn (LaCourse) McMahon and the late Camille Plante.  He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1973.
Mr. LaCourse was a truck driver for IBM in Colchester, Blanchard Oil in Orleans, Burkewitz Trucking, and Orleans Candy Co.
He spent a lot of time with his grandmother Catherine LaCourse who he adored.
He enjoyed anything to do with automotives, and he was a fan of the Chicago Black Hawks and New York Yankees.
He is survived by his daughter Katie Vezina of Barton; his stepchildren:  Thomas Cloney of Irasburg, Karl Cloney of Newport, and Jessica Myotte of Evansville; by his mother, Evelyn McMahon, of Orleans; his stepgranddaughter Chelsea Lynn Cloney; his stepmother, Beverly Plante, of Bristol, Connecticut; and by his sisters and brothers:  Patrick LaCourse and his wife, Marlene, of Lyndon, Amy Girard of Orleans, Debbie Wojewoda and her husband, Eric, of Terryville, Connecticut, and Real Plante and his wife, Tracey, of Forestville, Connecticut; by his nieces Amanda Girard, Victoria Wojewoda, and Kristen Plante; by nephew Benjamin Girard; and by extraordinary friend Kim Whipple of Evansville.  He was predeceased by his father, Camille Plante, on July 31, 1967.
A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on April 14 from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family in care of Katie Vezina, P.O. Box 290, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Allen P. Lucas

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Allen P. Lucas, 92, of Newport died peacefully on April 6, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born January 8, 1919, in North Troy, a son of John and and Katherine (Jimmo) Lucas.
On January 25, 1941, he married Etta Horskins who survives him.
Mr. Lucas was employed as a dairy farmer for 15 years for the Harold Norris farm, and he then worked for 15 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing where he retired.
Among his hobbies he enjoyed repairing and collecting clocks, and working with wood.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Etta Lucas, of Newport; his three children:  Sandra Jean Lucas of Bradenton, Florida, Michael Lucas and his wife, Suzanne, of Coventry, and Anthony Lucas and his wife, Diane, of North Troy; by three grandchildren:  Curt Lucas and his wife, Amie, of Derby, Amy Brasseur and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Laura Lucas of Westford; by his great-grandchildren Angel Lucas, Olivia Lucas, Skyler Lizotte, Caleb Brasseur, and Zade Royce; by two sisters:  Doris Gray of Long Island, New York, and Anna Tice of Derby Line; by his sister-in-law Wyona Horskins of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by the following siblings:  Helen Patrick, Betty Theberge, Sally Pepin, Lillian Labounty, Roberta Lundy, Mary Harvey, Kenneth, Raymond, Harold, John Jr., and Robert Lucas.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the oncology department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Claire R. (Prue) Riel

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Claire R. (Prue) Riel, 81, of Palmer, Massachusetts, died peacefully on April 9, 2011, at Life Care Center of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Newport on July 25, 1929, a daughter of David and Idea (Landry) Prue and lived in Palmer since 1954.
She worked as a telephone operator for many years, at the Palmer Nursing Home, and then for Jarvis and Jarvis before retiring.  She had a strong religious faith and was a communicant of St. Thomas Church, and formerly the organist there.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella.
Among the many things Mrs. Riel enjoyed in her leisure were singalong songs with the piano, crocheting, and trying her luck with bingo and scratch tickets.  Her main love was her family.
She will be deeply missed by her five children:  Denise Coburn of Newport, Andrew and Robert II of Palmer, Michael and his wife, Darlene, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Jay and his wife, Cindy, of Thorndike, Massachussetts; by her ten grandchildren to whom she was lovingly referred to as “Memere”:  Melissa, Michael, Carrin, Bennett, Rachel, Kayla, Nicole, Jaymelee, Jake, and Jayce; two great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jayda; her in-laws, Roland Richer of Palmer and Sylvia Prue of Newport; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, her husband, Robert, preceded her in death in 2003, along with six sisters:  Sister Mary David, Irene, Blanche, Fedo, Yvonne, and Agnes; and her two brothers, David and Wilbrod.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 9 a.m. at the Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Church.  Burial will follow in St. Anne Cemetery in Palmer.
The family requests that donations be made in her memory to Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and  Hospice, Box 9058, Springfield Massachusetts, 01102, or Blinded American Veterans Foundation, P.O. Box 65900, Washington D.C. 20035, or Family Council at Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 2399 Boston Road, Wilbraham, Massachusetts 01095.
For the online guest book, please visit www.beersandstory.com.
Jean-Claude “Johnny” Sicotte

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Jean-Claude “Johnny” Sicotte, 78, of Derby died on April 8, 2011.
He was born in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, on June 8, 1932, a son of the late Auguste and Florina (Tetreault) Sicotte.
He moved to Westfield in 1940 where, along with family members, he operated a dairy farm.  The farm was sold in 1958, and he moved to Newport and worked for Barton Cleaners for many years.
He attended Sacred Heart High School while farming and later graduated with his G.E.D.
Mr. Sicotte with family members and friends started a band called “The Blue Stars” in the early 1950s and played at many functions.  In 1960 he started a new group called the “Downbeat Trio Plus One.”  He and his band members entertained audiences for many years.  Big Band music became his greatest love.  Mr. Sicard became a great entertainer and played at places in Vermont as well as the Canadian border.
In 1985 he bought the Pierre Motel in Barre. He operated the motel with his brother Lionel Sicotte of South Burlington.  The motel was sold in 2000 and he moved to Derby and worked at the Newport Country Club for eight years.
He was a devoted brother and uncle to his family, nieces and nephews, and an honorary member of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #2285 of Newport.  He enjoyed boating, fishing and camping at the lake.
Mr. Sicard is survived by his sister Jeannine Sicotte of Newport; his brother Lionel Sicotte of Derby; his nephews Richard Sicotte and his wife, Linda, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Raymond Sicotte of Colchester, Reynold Sicotte and his wife, Francine, of Newport, Marc Sicotte and his wife, Gail, of Lowell, and Sylvain Sicotte and his wife, Sandi, of Colchester; by 17 great-nieces and great-nephews; and by special friend Rose Marie Macie. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Suzanne Sicotte, his brothers and sisters-in law Albert and Helene Sicotte and Guy and Marie Jeanne Sicotte.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 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 Thursday April 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  Members of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus #2285 Gibbons Council of Newport are requested to meet for prayers for brother Johnny at the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening.  Spring interment will be held at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Valeta A. Veto

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Valeta A. Veto, 89, of Derby Line died on April 5, 2011, in Newport.
She was born December 15, 1921, in Rock Island, Quebec, a daughter of Moise and Albertine (Boulanger) Joyal.
She married Ralph Veto who predeceased her on December 4, 1974.
Mrs. Veto was a cake decorator in Fort Richie, Florida.  Upon retiring she moved back to Vermont to be closer to family.  She enjoyed tending to her nephews, great nephews and nieces.  She had a great love for Schnauzer dogs, and she enjoyed watching professional hockey, and loved a game of cards.
She is survived by her sister Florence Joyal of Rock Island, and by her sister-in-law Florence Joyal of Derby Line.  She was predeceased by the following siblings:  Bernadette Young, Marie Holmes, Albert, George, Andrew, Robert, Louis, and Leon Joyal.
Funeral services were held on April 9 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza #14, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Memorial Service
A memorial service for James C. Walton, of South Albany, who died January 15, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at his chapel in the woods in South Albany.
Friends are requested to omit flowers.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.
Arrangements by the Malcom R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.
 
Tribute to Caroline  Smith
by Elise A. Roessler
Carolyn Smith, my dear friend and colleague, was in the last few of her 29 years of teaching as I was just starting my teaching career in the seventies.  She taught art at Barton Graded School, and I was a teacher’s aide there while I went back to college to complete my teaching degree.
We actually met each other through Scouting in 1974.  We both joined the Barton Cub Scout Pack #66, as leaders.  I remember when the Cub Scouts had to march in our local parades, she’d made sure that every Cub Scout looked spiffy or else!  We were in scouting together for over 34 years.  Mrs. Smith earned the District Award of Merit, Den Leader Coach Award, and the Silver Beaver award, which is the highest award any adult can earn in a council, which in our case is the whole state of Vermont.
Mrs. Smith was a Sunday School superintendent for over ten years and she was also a church council member for many years, so in 1995 she was awarded the God and Country Award through Scouting and the Barton United Church.  One year for our Cub Pack #66, we made a large papier måché eagle with a Cub Scout hat on its head for a float; this was for a parade in Orleans.  We were driving the float down Route 5 to the parade in Orleans when all of a sudden the eagle took flight off of the float.  We finally used Cub Scouts to anchor down the eagle as we crept ever so slowly through the parade.  I believe we even won a Parade Creativity Award.
She volunteered for over 15 years with the Orleans County Fair Association.  Since 1974, Mrs. Smith worked diligently as the vice-president of the Barton Ladies Improvement Committee helping to beautify Barton; she belonged to the Crystal Lake Grange #411; and was an officer and a board member of the Barton Chamber Apartments, Inc.  She and Phil LaFontaine ran the Barton Youth Program at the Memorial Building Theater from 1974-1986, where twice on both Friday and Saturday nights, they’d show our kids wholesome G-rated movies.  She always made the popcorn, and was in charge of the concession stand.  Then between each movie show she’d supervise the cleaning of the theater.  Mrs. Smith was a stickler as she’d have us all get every piece of popcorn off the theater floor.
From 1980 she belonged to the Four Seasons Garden Club where she loved displaying centerpieces.  She had a passion for butterflies and would collect and reproduce them as pins, magnets, bookmarks, in floral arrangements, and also for Delta Kappa Gamma decorations.  In the 1970s while teaching art, Mrs. Smith ran a two-week exhibit of conservation through art at the State House, where over 1,000 students displayed their own art presentations on conservation.  Mrs. Smith was commissioned to paint Governor Emerson’s portrait for the Vermont State House, which she felt was one of her greatest achievements.  This portrait is now housed at the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Society Museum in Barton.
On May 1, 1969, Mrs. Smith was presented for membership to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International by Epsilon Charter member Irene Dudley; this was just the second group initiated into the Epsilon Chapter.  She was on the chapter legislative committee, the budget and finance committee from 1978-1991, chairman of the nominating committee, and the world fellowship committee, our chapter recording secretary from 1974-1976; and she served on the Alpha Lambda State Nominating Committee from 1986-1988.  We all enjoyed her artistic talents as she created beautiful favors for numerous Epsilon meetings; many of us still cherish her butterfly magnets which are displayed on our refrigerators at home.
Through her retirement years, Mrs. Smith loved reading her many daily newspapers, including completing the crossword puzzles; she was always knitting sweaters, mittens, and hats for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with items for military servicemen and needy children in the local schools.
Her family meant so much to her.  Her husband was a Barton postal worker until his sudden death in 1970.
She is survived by their daughter Melanie; two grandchildren, Andrew and Kerri, and their four children.
She would have been 97 years old on April 17.  She wouldn’t want any of us to shed any tears for her, because she was always thankful for being able to enjoy life to its fullest.  Mrs. Smith will be buried this summer at the family plot in Barton.  It has most assuredly been an honor and privilege to have been a close friend, Epsilon sister and a devoted member of Scouting with Carolyn Smith.  Thanks for the memories, Carolyn.
Mrs. Smith was born on April 17, 1914.  She died on February 25, 2011.
She married E. Elwood Smith on December 25, 1941.  She started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Sherburn in 1936, then moved to Barton where she taught grade five from 1939 to 1946.  She taught art from 1960 to 1979 in the Orleans Central district.
Whatever she attempted she carried through responsibly.  She searched constantly to enrich the lives of those she taught and with whom she worked.  Intellectual and professional growth was her constant goal.
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April 6, 2011 Obituaries

Hazel E. Allard
Hazel E. Allard, 81, a Newark resident, died on Friday, April 1, 2011, at her home with loving family members by her side.
She was born January 28, 1930, in Sutton, a daughter of the late William O. and Augusta M. (Falcon) Allard.
She attended Sutton schools.  She enjoyed spending lots of time in her garden, loved listening to country western music, going to the races when she was younger, and going to yard sales.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Ms. Allard is survived by her loving daughter, Terri Allard; her companion, David Gooden, of Littleton, New Hampshire; two granddaughters, Melissa Tinker and her husband, Scott, of Orleans, and Lacey Allard of St. Johnsbury; her sister Linda Allard of Newark; three sisters-in-law:  Joan Allard of Newark, Ruth Allard of East Haven, and Shirley Allard of Lakeland, Florida.
She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Richard Allard; two grandsons, Jeremy Allard and Jamie Lyford; her fiancé, Arthur Brown Sr.; five brothers:  Wayne, Kenneth, Dean, Ray, and Bernard; and her sister Marion Ferrin.
A graveside service will be held later in the spring in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Newark.
To sign an online memorial, please go to www.pearsonsfh.com.
Beverly Alice Baraw
Beverly Alice Baraw, 56, of Newport died suddenly on April 3, 2011, at her home.
She was born on June 9, 1954, in Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter of June (Hart) Wells and Rene Sr.
On September 22, 1973, she married Wilbur Baraw Sr. who survives her.
Mrs. Baraw had been an inspector for Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  Her hobbies included watching television, and she enjoyed being outside.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbur Baraw Sr., of Newport; her son Wilbur Baraw Jr. and his wife, Candy, of Craftsbury; her granddaughter Chelsy of Craftsbury; and by the following sister and brothers:  Roy Wells of Derby Line, Richard Wells and his wife, Vicky, of Derby, Robert Wells of Newport, Diane Lawson and her husband, John, of Derby, David Wells of Newport, Wade Wells and his wife, Susan, of Lyndonville, and Mark Wells of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Rene Wells Sr.; her mother, June Wells, on January 11, 2011; and by the following siblings:  Rene Wells Jr., Gloria Paradis, and Wayne Wells.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roy Lee Bond

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Roy Lee Bond, 88, of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on March 30, 2011, at the Rebecca Residence.
He was predeceased by his sister Wilma Sawyer of Iowa.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis E. Bond; his daughter Carol Rodgers and her husband, Thomas, of West Point, Utah; and his son Dennis L. Bond and his wife, Darlene, of York, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bond was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy as chief quartermaster on the destroyer escort ship USS Richard M. Rowell.  He was a life member of Elks Lodge #932 in Etna, Pennsylvania.  He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #100 in Burlington.
Mr. Bond worked for PPG Industries as manager of the field credit office until his retirement in 1982 after 36 years of service.  He earned the distinguished service award from PPG.
Mr. Bond spent his summers of retirement with his wife at their summer camp on the shores of Lake Salem in Derby and enjoyed his time there immensely.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Good Samaritan Hospice of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at (800) 720-2557, or to a favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements are being made with The King Funeral Home in Allison Park.
Alfred W. Fuller
Alfred W. Fuller, 87, of Craftsbury died on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Morrisville.
He was born April 15, 1923, to Francis S. Fuller and Louise B. Fuller.
He is survived by his wife, Joan D. Fuller; his children:  Timothy Fuller of East Hardwick, Sarah Fuller of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Jon Fuller and his partner, Jennifer Kane, of Chatham, Massachusetts, Hester L. Fuller of Craftsbury, Bradbury Fuller and his wife, Eileen D. Fuller, of Weybridge, Rebecca Fuller and her husband, Barry Forman, of San Francisco, California, and Jane (Calnan) Haynes and her husband Michael Haynes of Muncie, Indiana; and by many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Episcopal  Church in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Vermont Farm Fund, care of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, P.O. Box 451, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.
Marie Jeanne Holmes

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Marie Jeanne Holmes, 79, of Newport died on March 28, 2011, in Newport.
She was born May 10, 1931, in Rock Island, Quebec, a daughter of Moses and Albertine (Belanger) Joyal.
In June 1960 she married Lee H. Holmes who predeceased her on February 12, 2010.
Mrs. Holmes was a health care aid employed by the state of Maine.
She is survived by a daughter, Dianne Holmes, of Newport; by two sisters:  Florence Joyal of Canada and Valeda Veto of Newport; and by a dear friend, Gesil Houl, of Orleans.  She was predeceased by a son, Mark Holmes, in 2008 and by six brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Holmes enjoyed painting pictures, cooking, sewing, and betting on the horses.
Funeral services were held on April 1 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Robert Michael Kempton

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Robert Michael Kempton, 60, of Newport died on March 29, 2011, in Barton with his loving family at his side.
He was born November 17, 1950, in Laconia, New Hampshire, a son of Walter and Anita (Cadieux) Kempton.
He entered the U. S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.  As a hobby he enjoyed working with wood.
He is survived by his children:  Shawn Hildreth of Newport, Sherri Davis and her husband, Russell, of Belmont, New Hampshire, Brian Kempton of  Willimantic, Connecticut, Walter Kempton of  Westford, Massachusetts, Angela Birk and her husband, Chris, of Newport Center, and Sara Kempton, Krista Kempton, and Cynthia Dowland, all of Newport; by 14 grandchildren:  Trevor, Silas, Alec, Damon, Mercedes, Promise, Faith, Tala, Kayla, Destiny, Julianna, Heidi, Isaiah, and Lyllian; and by a sister, Phyllis Tower, of Tilton, New Hampshire.   He was predeceased by his sister Judy.
Funeral services were held on April 2 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with Pastor Paul Essaff officiating.  Military honors were held following the service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Doris Emma (Dow) LaCoss

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Doris Emma (Dow) LaCross, 90, of Newport Center died on April 1, 2011, in Newport.
She was born March 22, 1921, in Newport Center, a daughter of Harold and Jane (Hamblet) Dow.
On March 11, 1949, she married Lloyd C. LaCross who predeceased her on April 11, 1981.
Mrs. LaCross had been a loan supervisor for the former Chittenden Trust Company in Newport.  She retired in 1985.
She was a longtime member of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter #27.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother, Carlton Dow, in 1975, and sisters Carolyn Roland in 1986 and Hazel Brown on June 4, 2006.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Newport 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.
Raymond Y. Turgeon
Raymond Y. Turgeon, 75, of  Ocala, Florida, died on March 29, 2011, in Ocala.
He was born in Barton on January 27, 1936, a son of the late Archie and Dezilda (Rouleau) Turgeon.
He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was in Korea during 1957 through 1959.
He worked as assistant service manager with Dobles Chevrolet of Manchester from 1968 until retiring in 2004.  He was an avid NASCAR fan, and he enjoyed snow skiing and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee.  Mr. Turgeon grew up in a farm and always had a love for animals, especially feeding his horses daily before reporting to work.
Mr. Turgeon is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Nancy Turgeon, of Ocala; by the following children:  Tamara Brunnock and her husband, Sean, of Lakeland, Florida, Sharon Lefavor and her husband, Erik of Raymond, New Hampshire, and Todd Turgeon of Boston, Massachusetts; by step-children Laurie Williams of Farmington, New Hampshire, and Dale Raymond and his wife, Nikki, of Rochester, New Hampshire; by eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; eight siblings:  Anita, Lorraine, Norman, Gilbert, Donald, Roland, Roger, and Gerald; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife of 33 years, Laura Turgeon, and by siblings Bert and Bertha.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hiers-baxley.com.
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March 30, 2011 Obituaries

Jerome S. Clark

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Jerome S. Clark, 78, died peacefully on Saturday, March 12, in Cathedral City, California.
He was the only son of Irene Hebert Clark of Craftsbury Common and Roy Clark.  He will be buried with his parents in Craftsbury Village Cemetery in early May.  Some of his uncles, Joe, Charlie and Cyrus Hebert, of Craftsbury are also buried there.
His cousin Kathy Mangan, previously of Albany, had been with him for the past year.
Mr. Clark grew up in Binghamton, New York, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, and graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, in 1953 with a major in drama.  He was renowned for his performances in theatrical productions.
Mr. Clark worked his entire career for TWA —nearly 40 years — working both in reservations and at TWA’s headquarters in New York City.  In his primary role coordinating international charters, he flew with such prestigious customers as President Ronald Reagan.  He helped arrange the press charters accompanying President Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China, and he organized several papal charters bringing Pope John Paul II to and around the United States.  He traveled to countries around the world, experiencing various cultures, festivals and events.
Mr. Clark retired from TWA in 1992 and moved to Cathedral City, California, in 1999.  He held a Life Master Certificate from the American Contact Bridge League and played bridge weekly, a skill he learned from his mother.  He also enjoyed the theater and films. He will be best remembered for his ever present smile.

 

Allen R. “Country Al” Cochran

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Allen R. “Country Al” Cochran, 52, of Glover died Monday, March 21, at the North Country Medical Center in Newport.
He was born November 17, 1958, in Norwich, Connecticut, a son of Ronald M. and June (Barker) Cochran.
He graduated from Hartford High School in the class of 1977 where he was #78 on the varsity football team.  After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home where he worked for the state of Vermont Highway Department and later at the P&C warehouse in Hartford which became C&S Wholesale Grocer’s.
He was married to Tammy Fitzgerald April 14, 1990, in Hartland, and they lived in Windsor until 1997 when Mr. Cochran became disabled.
He was an avid hunter.  He enjoyed classic country music, dancing, playing the lottery, texting, and sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, and often asked, “How about them Cowboys?”  Most of all he enjoyed his time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his big, teddy bear heart and his wonderful sense of humor.
He leaves his wife, Tammy, of Glover; seven daughters:  Sarah Cochran-Day and her husband, Aaron, of Grafton, New Hampshire, Allison Cochran of Bradford, Tabitha Armstrong and her husband, Noah, of Glover, Lindsay Cochran and her partner, Jordan Choiniere, of West Hartford, Amanda Cochran and her partner, Zachary Labor, of Barton, Danielle Cochran of Glover, and Samantha Cochran of Glover; six grandchildren:  Mason and Kameron Day, Blaze Cochran, Autumn Blaisdell, Savannah, and Randi Lynn Labor; and two very close friends of the family, Skye and Fawn who were like children; a sister, Diane Cochran-Jenkins of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; a brother, Timothy Cochran, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his parents, his nephew Hunter Borneman, and Richard “Pat” Sargent.
A memorial service and funeral were held March 26 at the Knight Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the VA Hospital, care of Patient Services, 215 North Main Street, White River Jct., Vermont 05009, or the Vascular Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.
Alice L. Diette

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Alice L. Diette, 86, of Derby Line died on March 24, 2011, in Derby Line.
She was born November 22, 1924, in Barton, a daughter of Leonard “Leo” and Roseanna (Jutras) LeBlanc.
On June 19, 1948, she married Paul F. Diette who predeceased her in 1989.
Mrs. Diette had been the assistant town clerk for the town of Barton.  She was a past member of the Ladies Alter Society at St. Paul’s Church, and she was also treasurer for the church for several years.
She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, and knitting.  She was a Red Sox and Montreal Canadiens fan, and she especially enjoyed her many pets over the years.
She is survived by two sons:  Paul Diette and his wife, Becky, of Newport, and Jean Diette and his wife, Mary, of Ambler, Pennsylvania; by the following grandchildren:  Sean Diette and his wife, Sarah, of Maine, Amy DeJulio and her husband, Charles, of Pennsylvania, and Patty Sassaman and her husband, Jeremy, of Pennsylvania; and by two great-grandchildren:  Kayli Sassaman and Aiden DeJulio, both of Pennsylvania.
Funeral services were held on March 29 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass. Spring interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Diette’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Lucille E. Gamba

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Lucille Eatman Gamba, beloved wife of the late Dr. Carl L. Gamba, died on March 15, 2011, at the home of her daughter Nancy (Gamba) Hansen, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Gamba was born in Mantua, Alabama, to Viola Marlowe and Samuel Snoddy Eatman on August 6, 1914.  She was reared in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was a graduate of the University of Alabama.  She taught home economics and English in the Birmingham School District for nine years before her marriage in 1944 to Carl Lewis Gamba, M.D., then a captain in the Army.
She and Dr. Gamba moved to Wallingford, Pennsylvania, in 1950, where he opened a family medical practice and she established a home for their four children.  Mrs. Gamba was active in school, community, and church activites.  She served many years as a leader in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Parent Teacher Association and as a member of several medical auxiliaries.
Following his retirement from private practice, Dr. and Mrs. Gamba spent two years living and working in Guam, during which time they traveled extensively throughout the Far East.  Mrs. Gamba was one of the volunteers during Operation Babylift who met and cared for orphans being evacuated at the end of the Vietnam War.  They moved to Aiken, South Carolina, in 1979, where Dr. Gamba continued to practice medicine.
Mrs. Gamba and her husband were worldwide and adventurous travelers, making numerous trips to Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China, as well as enjoying extensive camping trips throughout the United States.  They also spent many quiet times at their beloved house on Edisto Island, which was the site of annual family gatherings for over 25 years.
Mrs. Gamba was a master bridge player, an avid reader, with her own decades-long listing and rating system for each book she’d read, and a serious follower of current events.  She and Dr. Gamba placed great emphasis on the value of higher education and the necessity of a solid work ethic.  Being an “accomplisher” was one of her highest compliments.  Above all, her abiding focus was on her family, both immediate and extended, and her many dear friends.  Even to the very end, her encyclopedic memory, dry wit, and healing touch brought joy and release to all who she loved.  Mrs. Gamba was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Her beloved husband, Carl, and two sisters, Gladys and Jane Ola, preceded her in death.  She is survived by her children:  Carl of Orleans,  Nancy and her husband, Jerry, of Aiken, David and his wife, Beverly, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Mark and his wife, Deborah, of North Augusta, South Carolina; by daughter-in-law Colleen O’Neill of Barton; by grandchildren Juliet, Vajra, Radha, Adam, Logan, Damon, Conner, Seth, Jay, Michael, Ashley, Heather, Jason, Jeremy, and Derek; by 18 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to Autism Ability Advocates, 470 Timberchase Lane, Aiken, South Carolina 29803.
For online condolences, visit the guest register at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com.
Paul R. Lucas
Paul R. Lucas, 82, of Beebe Plain, beloved husband of Catherine Lucas, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in North Troy.
He was born on February 19, 1929, in Island Pond, a son of Victor and Olive (Eddy) Lucas.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the U.S. Army.
He received his master’s degree in administration from the University of Maine.
On September 11, 1948, he married Catherine Millet who survives him.
Mr. Lucas was the athletic director at North Country Union High School from 1970 to 1980 and also taught history for several years.  More recently he retired as an officer for U.S. Customs.
He enjoyed duck hunting and fly-fishing with his son Steve.  He held memberships with the Memphremagog Masonic Lodge #65 F&AM, Newport Elks BPOE #2155, and the Boundary Rotary Club in Stanstead, Quebec, and was very active with the guardian ad litem program.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Catherine Lucas, of Beebe Plain; his children: Karen Crowe and her husband, Alan, of Charleston, Steve Lucas and his wife, Sherie, of Charleston, and Leslie Lucas of Barre; and by his nine cherished grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on March 29 at the United Church of Newport with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.  Spring interment will held at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lucas’ memory may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to 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.
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