July 20, 2011 Obituaries

Margaret H. Boomer
Margaret H. Boomer, 84, died on July 16, 2011, in Newport.  She was born February 27, 1927, in Keene, New Hampshire, a daughter of Hugh and Florence (White) Malloy.
On January 17, 1950, she married Donald W. Boomer who predeceased her on February 22, 2010.
During her lifetime, she was a self-employed hairdresser and owner of Peggy’s Beauty Shop in Bellows Falls.
Mrs. Boomer was very devoted to her husband and family.  She and her family enjoyed camping and going to the ocean.
She is survived by her children:  Donald Boomer and his wife, Wanda, of Irasburg, Deborah Lowe and her husband, Richard Lobdell, of Chester, and Diane Laware and her companion, Chris Gramling, of Sharon; by the following grandchildren:  Laura Houle and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, David Boomer and his wife, Amy, of Irasburg, Robert Lowe and his wife, Michelle, of Bellows Falls, Heidi Ploof and her husband, Jeff, of Sharon, Jessica Wright of Hartland, and Heath Laware of Royalton; by nine great-grandchildren,  She was predeceased by her brother Robert Malloy, MIA, from the Korean War.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will follow in Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Diane Carter

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Diane Carter, 57, of Barton died in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Saturday, July 9, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born in Newport on January 30, 1954, a daughter of Morris and Shirley (Wilcox) Carter.
Ms. Carter spent most of her time in the Stowe and Morrisville area before moving to Barton a short time ago.  She graduated from Johnson State College and received her master of arts degree from Goddard College.  She was employed at Vermont Sports Today, C.H. Dana Company, and most recently as a self-employed freelance writer.
She had her three dogs:  Zack, Wagger, and Dodger, as well as her cat Wednesday that she loved dearly and considered her “babies.”  She always enjoyed fishing, biking, being outdoors, and caring for horses.  She was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan and watched and listened to as many games as she could regardless of air time.
Ms. Carter is survived by her brothers:  Jim and his wife, Phyllis, of Charleston and Roger and his wife, Therese, of Massachusetts, as well as by aunts, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the North Troy Village Cemetery on Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 552 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.
Geraldine “Gerry” Chaput
After a long illness, Geraldine “Gerry” Chaput, 78, of Derby Line, died on July 14, 2011.
She was born September 18, 1932, in Johnson, a daughter of Harold and Catherine (Brigham) Lanpher.
Mrs. Chaput graduated from Newport High School.  On June 20, 1953, she married Fernand Chaput who predeceased her on January 18, 2009.
Mrs. Chaput was a clerk for the former Ames Department Store in Derby for many years.  Her hobbies included traveling, needlework, and working in her flower garden.
She is survived by her mother, Catherine Hilliker, of Derby; by two children:  Debra Chaput of Orleans and Randall Chaput of Boston, Massachusetts; by her brother Harold Lanpher Jr. of Sparks, Nevada; her sister Patricia Foster of The Dalles, Oregon; by stepbrother Stephen Hilliker of Japan; stepsister Hazel Knox and her husband, Charles, of West Lynn, Oregon; and by sisters-in-law, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Reba Lanpher, brother-in-law Fred Foster, and several brothers and sisters-in-law from Mr. Chaput’s family.
A graveside service was held on  July 19 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity or a human rights organization of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Juliette B. Dane

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Juliette B. Dane, 96, of Newport died on July 16, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 19, 1915, in Derby, a daughter of George and Lillian (Collins) Morrill.  On September 30, 1946, she married Oliver Dane who predeceased her in 1986.
Mrs. Dane was employed by the former Labounty’s Jewelry Store, the former Petco Mini Mart, and she was assistant manager of the former M.H. Fisherman Store, all of Newport.  She was also employed by the former Forest Hills Department Store in Newport.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 Auxiliary of Newport.
She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her family during the holidays.  She crocheted many afghans which she gave to her family.
She is survived by her children:  Cheryl Keenan of West Charleston, Ronald O. Dane and his wife, Phyllis, of Derby, and Roger A. Dane of Newport; by two grandchildren:  Scott Keenan and his wife, Deanna, of Morgan, and Paula Keenan and her companion, Todd Crowe, of Morgan; by seven great-grandchildren:  Alisha, Ashley, Cody, Hady, Jesse, Morgan, and Tucker; by two great-great-grandchildren:  Logan and Donny; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Dean Morrill, and by her sister Theresa Mossa.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ruby P. (Stevens) Lidback
Ruby P. (Stevens) Lidback, 68, of Northwood, New Hampshire, and formerly of Westmore, died on May 4 at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire, in the company of her loving husband of 45 years, Keith W. Lidback.
After many years of ailments, she finally found peace at 3:05 a.m. that day.  She was born on September 23, 1943, in Barre to the late Millard and Martha (McCarty) Stevens.
The oldest of three children, Mrs. Lidback grew up on a farm in Westmore with her brother David “Hugh” and her sister Faye.  She graduated from Barton Academy and from the Elliott School of Nursing in Keene, New Hampshire, obtaining her license as a registered nurse.
Mrs. Lidback loved the outdoors and Vermont. She also loved her dogs and had many as a part of the family throughout her life.  She was an avid reader, crafter and painter, doing many drawings and paintings with her sister Faye.
Members of Mrs. Lidback’s family include her husband, Keith W. Lidback, of Northwood, New Hampshire; her son Adam Lidback and his wife, Joanna, of Westmore; her daughter Rebekah DeMaio of New Durham, New Hampshire; four and one-half grandchildren:  Bethany Hestbeck of Washington, Noah, Abraham and Katie DeMaio of New Durham, and one is on the way; her brother David Stevens and his wife, Juliette, of Westmore; her sister Faye Willey and her husband, Larry, of Barton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her grandson Isaiah DeMaio.
A memorial service was held on May 10 at the Bow Lake Baptist Church in Strafford, New Hampshire.  A funeral service was held on July 16 at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore with a graveside committal service following at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.
Pauline Marguerite (Chaloux) Marquis

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Pauline Marguerite (Chaloux) Marquis, 82, died peacefully at her home in Newport on July 15, 2011, after a long illness.
Mrs. Marquis was born in St. Edwidge, Canada, on July 4, 1929, a daughter of Hector and Florida Sylvain Chaloux.
In 1949 she immigrated to the U.S.  She married Gerard Adrien Marquis on October 16, 1948, and they had seven children.
In 1950 Mr. and Mrs. Marquis began a long business partnership by purchasing a dairy farm in Canaan.  They also had a logging business.  In 1960 they moved the family to another dairy farm in Newport Center.  They retired from farming in 1973 and moved to Newport.
Mrs. Marquis lost her husband of 32 years to cancer in 1980.  That was her greatest sorrow along with the tragic death of their first-born son, Denis, in 1972, shortly after he came back from his Army tour of duty.
She then found employment with McDonald’s where she worked until her retirement in 2006 after 25 years of service.
She was a hard worker and will be remembered in the community by many as the very friendly and helpful little French lady.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea parish in Newport since 1960 and was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella for over 25 years.  She enjoyed cooking and gardening, but her greatest joy was the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  On July 28, 2010, her great-great-granddaughter Madison, was born on what would have been Denis’ (Madison’s great-grandfather) sixty-first birthday.
Mrs. Marquis is survived by her children:  Venise and Richard Sevigny of Derby, Real and Caroline Marquis of Newport Center, Suzanne and Bernard Patenaude of East Fairfield, Bruno and Karen Marquis of Newport, Leo and Linda Marquis of Gorham, Maine, Marielle and Mark Demuth of Johnson, and special daughter-in-law Joanne and her husband, Leonard Hammond, of Newport Center; by her grandchildren:  Michael, Jody, Jason, Matthew and Karen, Danielle, Nicole, Marc and Julie, Aaron and Laurie, Corey and Christopher, Nathan and Scott, Bradley and Jeremy; by her great-grandchildren:  Justin, Andrew, Spencer, Samantha, Adam, Bryanne, Shane, Emma, Hannah, Libby, Josie, Christopher, Brent, Riley, Brody, Hunter, Cody, Logan, Adrianna, Mason, Jacob, Kadence, Camden, Adrian, Adam, Asa, Aidan, McKenna, Cecelia, Griffin, and Brooke; by her great-great-granddaughter Madison;  by her three sisters:  Rita Benoit of Barre, Lucille Provost of Barre, and Gisele Fontaine of Williston; by one brother, Maurice Chaloux, of Barre; and by over 100 nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by Gerard Marquis in 1980 at the age of 58; by her son Denis Marquis in 1972 at the age of 23; by great-granddaughter Elaina Rachel Marquis as a newborn infant; by her brothers Gerard Chaloux, Rene Chaloux, and Sylva Chaloux; and by her sisters Therese Ratte and Madelaine Allen.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on July 19 where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to 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.
Lawrence E. Maxwell

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Lawrence E. Maxwell, 78, formerly of Lake Placid, New York, died on July 8, 2011, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, New York, with his son by his side.
Born in Newport on September 8, 1932, he was a son of Roger and Mary (Joslyn) Maxwell.
Upon graduating from Orleans High School, Mr. Maxwell enlisted in the U.S. Army.  After serving two years, he returned to Vermont where he was employed at Bruneau’s sawmill and then later at Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  In 1973 he relocated with his family to Lake Placid, New York, to work for Henry Uihlein at Heaven Hill Farm until his retirement.  After retiring, he worked part-time at Last Chance Ranch and for Norman Aamodt.
Mr. Maxwell was well known for his baseball skills while in high school and later while playing for local ball teams.  He also coached Little League in Irasburg, boasting often of their winning record.  He enjoyed following his son Larry’s athletic accomplishments in baseball and golf.  He was also an avid lifelong Red Sox fan, having supported the team many times at Fenway.  When not at Fenway, he would attend Montreal Expo games sitting in his front row seat in right field at Jarry Park where he would talk ball with the players and managers, Gil Hodges being just one of his favorites in the National League.  Mr. Maxwell was also extremely proud of his family, especially his brother Maurice’s very successful dairy farm in Coventry where he helped out whenever he could.
He is survived by his son Lawrence P. “ Larry” Maxwell and his companion, Deborah Lester, of Gabriels, New York; his former wife, Sheila Sisco, of Derby; six brothers and sisters:  Maurice Maxwell and wife, Lois, of Newport, Lodoiska Kingsbury and her husband, Homer, of Bradford, Carl (Joe) Maxwell and his wife, Veanne, of Waits River, Judy Bupp and her husband, Ken, of Bedminster, Pennsylvania, Juanita French of Bradford, and Barbara Jean Maxwell of Elyria, Ohio; three sisters-in-law:  Jane, Jeanette and Margaret Maxwell; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother; four brothers and one sister-in-law, Alton, Dale, Darrell and Charles; and his wife, Dorothy Maxwell.
Funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family.
Friends wishing to remember Mr. Maxwell may make memorial contributions to the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, in care of the funeral home.  Family and friends can also sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.
Rodney W. Nichols

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Rodney W. Nichols, 81, of Brownington died on July 16, 2011, in Barton.
He was born December 20, 1929, in Charleston, a son of Howard and Bertha (Lasond) Nichols.  He married Dorothy Iris Green who predeceased him.
Mr. Nichols was a case press operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 33 years.
He loved to snowmobile, kayak, fish, and camp with his wife, Iris.  Sonya Perkins was a caregiver for Rodney for several weeks and he was very proud and appreciative of all her efforts.
He is survived by two sons:  Steve Nichols and his companion, Sylvie Perkins, of Irasburg, and Wayne Nichols and his wife, Gail, of Arkansas; by his grandchildren:  Scott Nichols and his wife, Brianne, of Brownington, Jason, Jeremy, Jesse and Christy Nichols, Sonya and her companion, Robbie Cote, of Irasburg, and Michelle Perkins and her companion, Jay Powers, of Irasburg; by several great-grandchildren, for whom he had great pride and love; by his brother Rendall Nichols and his wife, Virginia, of Derby; by his sisters:  Edith Cargill and her husband, Lyle, of Derby, Marjorie Crouss of Connecticut, Ruth Sidel and her companion, Charlie, of Vermont; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Tom and by Maggie Green.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Brownington Village Cemetery with Pastor George Lawson officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his 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.
Claude Poginy

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Claude Poginy, 68, a lifelong resident of Barton, died peacefully at home on July 16, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 4, 1942, in Barton, a son of the late Leon and Laura (Poutre) Poginy.
After 20 years of farming, he semi-retired and was employed by NCMC and the Barton Chamber of Commerce as head of maintenance.  He was an active member of the community, serving as director of concessions for the Orleans County Fair, a former member of the Barton Fire Department, and a zoning officer for the town of Barton for seven years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Pam (Rives) Poginy; his sons and their wives: Randy and Gigi Poginy of Barton and Gary and Bonnie Poginy of Irasburg; by six grandchildren:  Jamie Royer, Becca Poginy, Chelsea and Whitney Poginy, Tyler Poginy, and Mikalah Poginy; by his sisters:  Dolores Rome of Westmore, Doria Cotter, and her husband, Tom, and Mariette Poginy, all of Greenfield, Massachusetts; by sister-in-law Barbara Poginy of Lyndonville; his brothers Rosaire Poginy and his wife, Kathy, of Barton, Peter Poginy and his wife, Donna, of Barton, Paul Poginy and his wife, June, of Seattle, Washington, John Poginy of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Denis Poginy, and his wife, Vickie, of Glover; and by numerous loving nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Norman Poginy and Andre Poginy and by his sister Sr. Mary Angela (Jeanine Poginy).
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Barton at 11 a.m. on Wednesday July 20, where a Mass will be celebrated.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mr. Poginy’s name to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport Vermont, 05855, or Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 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.
Michael David Randall Sr.

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Michael David Randall Sr., 57, of Derby Line died on July 16, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 19, 1953, in Newport, a son of Gertrude (Goulding) Place.  On May 5, 1973, he married Anne Marie Cote who survives him.
Mr. Randall was a fuel truck driver for Fred’s Plumbing and Heating in Derby.  He loved his family and his grandchildren.  He would always be asking them, do you want to go for a four-wheeler ride?  Mr. Randall always wanted to buy Michaela a bunny, but for some reason her father said it would end up being stew.  Michaela, Kollin, Izzy and Nicholas loved their Pepere.  Mr. Randall was very proud of this three sons and always wanted the best for them.  He loved his job, his bike and his “tractor.”
Mr. Randall was his happiest keeping busy.  He was always looking for projects around the house and yard and never happy being idle.  His mind was always looking for his next project before the one he was working on was even completed.  Roger Aiken was more than just a brother-in-law to him.  He was a special and dear friend who was always there for him, no matter what it was he needed.  Mr. Aiken was a great help to him during the last few months.  His hobbies included riding his motorcycle, and four-wheeling.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie Randall, of Derby Line; his children:  Michael Randall Jr., and his wife, Kelly, of Charleston, Jedediah Randall of South Burlington, and Jacob Randall and his wife, Amy, of Bossier City, Louisiana; by his grandchildren:  Michaela, Kollin, Isabelle, and Nicholas; by his sisters and brothers:  Evelyn Adams and her husband, Paul, of Milford, New Hampshire, Marion Arel and her husband, Gerard, of Connecticut, Marie Randall and her companion, John, of Westfield, Yvonne Hinton of Troy, Darlene Aiken and her husband, Roger, of Newport Center, Charlie Randall and his wife, Cecile, of Coventry, Jerry Randall and his wife, Barbara, of Jay, and Ralph Randall and his wife, Marilyn, of North Troy; by his brother-in-law Rene Brochu of Newport Center; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Gertude Place, by infant daughter Linda Lee Randall in 1974, and by a sister-in-law Madeleine Brochu.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 397, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marie Franchesca Sabino
Marie Franchesca Sabino, 56, of Island Pond, died on July 8 in Bethel in the arms of her beloved husband of two years, Michael Louis Roy.
She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and spent a substantial amount of time growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe due to her father’s career in the Air Force.
Ms. Sabino was a very life-giving person who enjoyed giving and receiving flowers, cooking, quality time with her husband, little children, gardening, outdoor activities, walking, a good joke, a good belly laugh, and keeping a clean house.  She was affiliated with the Catholic Church in Bethel.
Edward Hartley Seadale
Dr. Edward Hartley Seadale, 84, of Newfield, Maine, died suddenly at his home on July 2, 2011.
Dr. Seadale was born on April 26, 1927, in New York, New York.
In 1944, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Cadet Naval Air Program of the U.S. Naval Air Force where he served to the end of World War II. With the start of the Korean War, he was recalled back to the pilot training program of the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Seadale was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he became a bacteriologist-virologist research instructor, publishing many research papers.  In 1956, he entered McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry, in Montreal, Quebec.  He practiced dentistry for 30 years in Cohasset, Massachusetts.  During his practice he served as the president of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  He was also a brother at the Amherst, Massachusetts, Masonic Lodge, and a member of the American Legion.
Dr. Seadale is survived by his wife, Anne Chapman Seadale, his best friend with whom he shared 57 passionate years in a marriage of complete mutual devotion, compassion and unconditional love.  Dr. and Mrs. Seadale enjoyed many years of round dancing with many close and cherished friends as members of The B&B Dancers, Let’s Dance, and Mix ’n’ Mingle Square Dance Club.  Dr. Seadale often joked that he married the farmer’s daughter but he wasn’t a farmer.  However, he took great pleasure in tending his orchids.
In recent years, during frequent visits to Barton, Dr. Seadale had made numerous fond acquaintances over coffee at the lunch counter in The Parson’s Corner restaurant.
Dr. Seadale is also survived by his son Edward H. Seadale Jr. and his wife, Lorie, owners of The Parson’s Corner, of Barton; his daughter Lisa Healy of Franklin, Massachusetts; his pride and joy, granddaughter Kristen T. Seadale of Newark; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Seadale was predeceased by his parents, Gunner and Kathleen Seadale, and his brother Charles Seadale of West Palm Beach, Florida.
A funeral service was held on July 7 at the Carll-Heald and Black Funeral Home in Springvale, Maine.
Interment will be at a later date on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Those wishing to express sympathy are asked to consider a donation in Dr. Seadale’s name to:  The World War II Veterans Memorial Fund, care of The American Battle Monument Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766, or to McGill Faculty of Dentistry, Strathcona Anatomy and Dental Building, 3640 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A-2B2.
Edward Louis Verge

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Edward Louis Verge, 69, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 3, 2011, at North Country Hospital in Newport.
Mr. Verge was born in St. Johnsbury on December 19, 1941, a son of Napoleon L. and Helen M. (Lavature) Verge.
Mr. Verge attended St. Johnsbury schools and, upon graduating from St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1959, was awarded a job at General Electric.  Several years later he accepted employment at Essex Arms in Island Pond where he developed excellent machine skills and attention to detail.  Because of this he became known as an excellent gunsmith and for many years ran a gun business in Island Pond known as Lock, Stock and Barrel.
Later Mr. Verge worked for the railroad but his one real love was repairing and customizing guns.  Many of his friends can testify that he was an expert rifle and pistol shot and could tune a gun to shoot more accurately than it would from the factory.
Mr. Verge’s loves in life were family, friends, hunting, fishing and guns.  He was proud of his Native American heritage which gave him great respect for all living things.  Over the years he enjoyed tracing his heritage here in Vermont.  His friends at Paul’s camp can tell stories about his ability to get around the woods and his ability to locate wildlife.
He loved children and enjoyed teaching them how to respect nature, safe gun handling, gun care, marksmanship and the simpler things in life such as gardening and making birdhouses.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Glasson; his seven children:  Edward Allen of Lyndonville, Todd and his wife, Gloria of Raleigh, North Carolina, Daniel of St. Johnsbury, Aaron and his wife, Billie, of Island Pond, Kimberly of Sutton, Adam and his wife, Michele, of Island Pond, Angelina Hobbowicz and her husband, George, of Montgomery, Texas; by Lorraine’s three children:  Danielle Hunt and her husband, David of Derby Line, Terri of Morrisville, and Diana Kapusta of Morrisville; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandson; his five siblings:  David and his wife, Doris, of Danville, Poley and his wife, Cheryl, of Danville, Jaque Verge of Gilman, Donna and her husband, Fred Keenan, of Danville, and Paula Verge of Sandown, New Hampshire.  He was predeceased by his parents and most recently his sister Genie of Littleton, New Hampshire.
Mr. Verge will be deeply missed by his family and friends but his memory will always be carried in the hearts of those who knew him.
Contributions in his memory may be sent to North Country Hospital, Oncology Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Condolences may be sent to Lorraine Glasson, 336 Route 105, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Mary Jane Theresa Willis

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Mary Jane Theresa Willis, 78, of Lowell, died on July 16, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 15, 1932, in Montgomery, a daughter of Peter and Mellissa (Wright) Boucher.  On April 10, 1950, she married Clifton Don “Tip” Willis Sr. who predeceased her on July 10, 2006.
She was a member of St. Ignatius Church in Lowell where she taught catechism and kinder school. She was a great grandma who opened her house to all.  She was a great cook and she made sure everyone had plenty to eat, and no one left hungry.
Mrs. Willis is survived by her children:  Clifton Don Willis Jr. and his wife, Lorelei, of Troy, Rose Marie Shedd and her husband, Dean, of Hyde Park, Pamela Lontine and her companion, Patrick Malaney, of Lowell, Gail Girard of Lowell, and Melissa Pion and her husband, Norman, of Lowell; by her grandchildren:  Erik, Trevor, Dean, Heidi, Evan, Teiah, Nicole, Mary, Lisa, Marc, and Corey; by 11 great-grandchildren; by her brothers Maurice Boucher of Fairfax, and Henry Boucher and his wife, Betty, of Cuddybackville, New York; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by her cat, Baby Boy Kitty, who she loved.  She was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Pion, and by ten brothers and sisters.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday July 20, 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, July 21, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.   Then there will be a reception at the St. Ignatius Parish Hall.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Needy Children of Lowell, in memory of Mary Jane Willis, care of Lorelei Willis, P.O.Box 32, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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July 13, 2011 Obituaries

Marie H. Baird
Marie H. Baird, 84, of Newark, died Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2011, in Brownington, following a long illness, with her family by her side.
She was born March 13, 1927, in Peterbough, New Hampshire, a daughter of Sidney and Grace Ellsworth Bowler.
While attending Conval High School, Mrs. Baird had a love for basketball, being so talented at the sport, she was often called the Amazon Woman.  After graduating from Conval High School in Peterbough, she spent many years as a basketmaker at the Peterbough Basket Shop.
She married Donald Baird on April 27, 1946, and soon after they developed Baird Paving in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, where they ran the business for many years, leaving it to their son Harlan and his wife, Joyce Baird, in 1986.
Mrs. Baird loved sharing her time fishing, hunting, admiring the great outdoors with her grandchildren and friends, cleaning in her flower gardens, picking berries, riding her lawnmower with her dog Sassy, spending precious moments with her house birds, cats and dogs, watching and feeding wild birds and taking long country rides looking for wildlife.  She was a talented artist who taught painting, and ceramics and arts and crafts.  She spent years doing volunteer work, including making mittens and hats for the local Santa Fund.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1986, her parents, and her best friend, Sally Goodwin.
Mrs. Baird leaves behind her children:  Harlan and Joyce Baird of Jaffrey, Amber and Russell LaFleur of Newark, Marlene Baird of Brownington; eight grandchildren including:  Richard Baird, Jerome and Heather Baird, William and Teresa Debonville, Melanie and Richard Beauregard, Patrick Debonville, William and Prudence Helstein, David and Sarah Helstein, and Donald Baker; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many beloved friends.
A graveside service will be held for the family.
Donations made in her memory may be directed to:  Fresenius Dialysis Medical Care of St. Johnsbury, care of Patient Emergency Fund, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819 or Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Arrangements by the Guibord Funeral Home.
Lucile H. Buschman
Lucile H. Buschman, 93, of Derby Line, died on July 8, 2011, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after an accidental fall in Derby.
She was born on January 18, 1918, in Sheffield, a daughter of Ray and Leila (Barber) Wood.
In 1965 she married Donald Buschman who survives her.
Mrs. Buschman tried to keep herself physically fit and could often be seen walking in Derby Line where she lived with her husband.  She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. She graduated from Lyndon State Teachers’ College with a bachelor’s degree.
As a younger woman, she taught for several years in different towns including, Burke, Barton, Derby, and Derby Line.
Besides her husband, Donald Buschman, of Derby Line, she is survived by her children:  Linda Ryan and her husband, Ted, of Shelburne, and Jim Harper and his wife, Linda Knize-Harper, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; by her grandchildren:  Jennifer Ryan and her husband, Phillip, of Dupont, Washington, Stephanie Ryan of Four Oaks, North Carolina, and Eileen Harper of Colorado Springs; and by her great-grandson Schyler Ryan of Dupont, Washington.  She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Wood and her first husband, Jim Harper, in 1958.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on July 15 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Common Cemetery in Craftsbury.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Haskell Library and Opera House, 93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Monique C. Campbell

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At sunrise on July 5, 2011, Monique C. Campbell, 80, of Orleans died at her home.
She was born September 28, 1930, in St. Malachie, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Regina (Patoine) Leblond.
On September 6, 1958, she married Fernand Campbell who survives her.
She was a waitress and she also was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.  She was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and she was a former secretary for St. John’s the Baptiste Society.  She was also a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Ladies Guild.
Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, cooking, singing, and taking care of everyone’s needs in the family.
She is survived by her husband, Fernand Campbell, of Orleans; her children:  Denise Campbell and her fiancé, Wayne King, of Williamstown, Carmen and her husband, Reg Riendeau, of Orleans, Louise Campbell and her husband, Norman Fortin, of Holland, and Francis Campbell and his companion, Rhonda Cole, of Newport Center; by 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; by her brothers and sisters Benoit Leblond and his wife, Rosalie, of Newport Center, Jean-Guy Leblond of Orleans, Rejeanne Leblond of Derby Line, and Susan Frizzell and her husband, Michael, of Charleston.  She was predeceased  by two brothers, Robert and Andre Leblond, and by a sister, Jacqueline O’Brien.
Funeral services were held on July 7 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass. Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Alice L. Hilliker

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Alice L. Hilliker, 96, of Barton died in Newport on July 5, 2011.
She was born January 27, 1915, in Barton, a daughter of  George and Ellen (Healey) Goodfellow.
In 1941 she married Ronald Hilliker who predeceased her.
Mrs. Hilliker was a past member of the Mother’s Club, Home Dem, and Community Circle.  She is a member of the Eastern Star and the Orleans Federated Church.
She was a hairdresser for over 50 years in the Orleans area.  She also enjoyed cooking, playing cards with family and friends, playing bingo and she was a devoted Red Sox fan.
She is survived by her son Keith Hilliker and his wife, Jeannie, of Massachusetts; by her grandchildren:  Rhonda Colburn and her husband, Marvin, of Barton, Robert Jenne Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Irasburg, Sara Lee Kimball and her husband, Brian, of Derby, and Ann Marie Howell of Massachusetts; by her great-grandchildren Torre Colburn, Nicholas Jenne, and Michael and Jenna Letourneau; and by her son-in-law Robert Jenne Sr. and his wife, Colleen, of Barton.  She was predeceased by her daughter Patricia Jenne, and by several brothers and sisters.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, at the Irasburg Cemetery with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Federated Church, 34 School Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Theresa A. Simonu

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Theresa A. Simonu, 83, of Newport died on July 10, 2011, in Newport surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 17, 1927, in Beebe, Quebec, a daughter of Arthur and Alma (Corriveau) Duquette.
She married Joseph T. Simonu who predeceased her on July 16, 2003.
She and her late husband owned and operated the former J.B. Police Store on Main Street in Newport for many years.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed traveling, playing bingo and cards, and family get-togethers.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxillary Post 21.
She is survived by her children:  David Simonu and his wife, Lina, of Mansfield Depot, Connecticut, Patricia Cook and her husband, Darrel, of Hebron, Maryland, Nancy Roeber and her husband, Walter, of Alexandria, Virginia, Denise (Simonu) Stearns and her partner, Rusty Bartlette, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Michelle Tetreault and her husband, Camil, of Barton; by her grandchildren:  Gregory Allen and Rachel Robillard of Sutton, and Kelly Amyot and her wife, Ericka, of North Troy; by great-granddaughter Briana Allen; by her brother Arvelin Duquette of Calgary, Alberta; by her sister Irene Cronin of Magog, Quebec; and by many nieces and nephews.  She loved her cats, Duke and  Mr. Rogers.  She was predeceased by two sisters:  Dorothy Blouin and Beatrice Garneau.
Friends may call from 6-8  p.m. on Wednesday,  July 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 14.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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July 6, 2011 Obituaries

Charles Patterson Bailey
Charles P. Bailey, 89, who was born in Greensboro on October 19, 1921, a son of Herbert and Ruth (McLaren) Bailey, died in Hillsboro, Oregon, on April 29, 2011.
After graduation from Craftsbury Academy in 1939, he attended business school and enlisted in the U.S. Marines from 1943-1946, serving his country in World War II.  He then returned home to farm but chose to join the Air Force in 1949-1953, serving in the early stages of the Korean Conflict.  Following his honorable discharge from the service, he became a machinist and worked at several machine shops, mostly in Connecticut, until his retirement in 1983.
In 1978, at the age of 58, he was married for the first time to Genieva Treadway, who, according to Mr. Bailey, “was the nicest person I have ever met.”  Upon retirement, they lived in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oregon.  Mr. Bailey and his wife loved to camp out in state parks.
He is survived by his sister-in-law Ethel Bailey of Greensboro; by his five nieces and nephews:  Priscilla Eckl and family of Long Island, New York, Albert and Cindy Bailey and family of East Craftsbury, Stephen and Barb Bailey and family of Barkhamsted, Connecticut, Linda Audet and family of Plainfield, Connecticut, and Christina McGovern and family of Carver, Massachusetts; and by his stepchildren Harlen Treadway, Phyllis Thompson, Helen Tucker and Judy Goatley.
He was predeceased by his wife, Genieva, who died on March 17, 2010, and by his brother Lyndell, who died in May 1989.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 1 p.m. in the East Craftsbury Cemetery.
Please join in a celebration of his life.
Joanne Louise (Choquette) Dunn
Joanne Louise (Choquette) Dunn, 60, of Westfield died on June 29, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was born August 11, 1950, in Barton, a daughter of Raymond and Clair (Gilberte) Choquette.  She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the class of 1969.
On November 22, 1980, she married Brian Dunn who survives her.  Mrs. Dunn was employed at Butterworks Farm in Westfield, and at one time by Bogner U.S.A. as a seamstress.
Her hobbies included sewing and  cooking —she made the best beans — and she volunteered for the Westfield meal site where she was known for her homemade beans.
She is survived by her husband, Brian Dunn, of Westfield; her children:  Christopher Dunn and twins Katey and Cody Dunn, all of Westfield; by two brothers:  Dennis Choquette and his wife, Linda, of Glover and Richard Choquette of Glover; by her brother-in-law Henry Lague of Derby Line; Patricia Lancaster’s companion, Randy Tenney of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Clair Choquette, in 1994, and by her  sisters:  Patricia Lancaster in 1994 and Claudette Lague in 2005.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport on July 6 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Randolph James Dunn

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Randolph James Dunn, 69, of Newport died on July 1, 2011, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 25, 1941, in Burlington, a son of Harold and Doris (Sullivan) Dunn.
On July 23, 1960, he married Patricia Farrand who predeceased him.
Mr. Dunn was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 43 years.  His hobbies were hunting, fishing and bowling.
He is survived by his children:  Ron Dunn and his wife, Dawn, of Holland, John Dunn of Nashua, New Hampshire, Cindy Wilson and her husband, Michael, of Derby, and Tammy Dunn and her partner, Tom Lessard, of Newport; by his grandchildren:  Stacey and Mike Emerson, Melissa and Tim Poplin, Russell, Scott, Samantha and Ryan Lewis, and Keagan Dunn, and Christopher and Angie Birk; by his great-grandchildren:,  Liam, Ethan, Nathaniel, Madison, and Simon; by his sisters- and brothers-in-law Joyce Farrand of Newport, Helen Leno of Orleans, Shirley Dezotel of Newport, and Tom and Ann Farrand of Newport; by his nephews Gary and Timmy Dunn; and by his niece Rebecca Dunn.  He was predeceased by a brother, Harris Dunn.
A funeral service will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, with the Reverend Steve Jungkeit officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
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.
Casey Fortin

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Casey Fortin, 18, of Morgan, daughter of Carla Lempke and Denis Fortin, saw her first sun rise on September 1 1992.
She saw her sun set on June 24, 2011.
Casey attended E. Taylor Hatton School in Morgan and Stanstead College, where she participated in varsity rugby, soccer, basketball and music.  She graduated in 2009.
Casey aspired to be a psychologist working with young adults.  She was enrolled in Community College of Vermont.
She had a tremendous talent for art.  She would sketch for hours and complete beautiful pieces.  Casey enjoyed sitting on the dock reading, listening to music and spending time with her friends.  Family time was spent skating on the lake in Morgan, boating, hiking, and bonfires with s ’mores at night.  Casey had a love for animals, especially her dog, Buku.
Casey’s siblings are Chelsea Marie, 22; Brandon Taylor, 20; and Addie Rose, 15, who all reside in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania.  Casey’s grandparents are Raymond Fortin and the late Gloria Fortin of Derby, and the late Clarence Lempke and Doris Lempke of Trappe, Maryland.  Casey was part of a large family with lots of uncles, aunts and several cousins.
A service was held at Morgan United Church on July 2 at 10 a.m.
Lucille Pearl (Choquette) Guillette

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Lucille Pearl (Choquette) Guillette, 87, of Derby died peacefully in the arms of her daughters Priscilla, Lorraine, and Mary Jane as a ray of sunshine gently engulfed her and took her soul home to heaven on June 26, 2011, in Newport.
She was born on January 7, 1924, in Roxton Pond, Quebec, a daughter of the late Ernest and Delphine (Desrosiers) Choquette.
After leaving the Choquette family farm in Hardwick, Mrs. Guillette was hired as a cook at the St. Johnsbury Hospital.  During this time she wrote to, and patiently waited for, her one true love, John Guillette, to return from the war in the Pacific.
Upon his safe return, they married on January 28, 1946, and settled in West Charleston to start their family.  Soon they purchased a dairy farm in Derby and the children kept coming….  Mrs. Guillette ran the house and the business aspects of the farm, while still doing her share of the barn work.  Her cooking abilities came in handy to feed her brood and there was always extra for a passing friend, neighbor or visiting priest at the table.  Needless to say, between the kids and the cows, there was never enough time in the day, but she managed to say the rosary with her husband each night before bed.  Religion was important to them and getting ten children dressed and all in the car to go to church was a chore in itself.
With a love of nature, flowers and gardening, Mrs. Guillette grew her own seedlings for the flower and vegetable gardens every spring.  Sewing, quilting, canning and freezing the fruits of her labor to feed her growing family through each winter was a monumental task, yet she carried on, whistling and humming as the Maytag churned out yet another load.  She even found time to crochet afghans for each member of the family as they arrived.  Another talent included catering weddings and anniversaries for family, friends and neighbors.  Her wedding cakes, pies and homemade bread were loved by all.
The farm was sold in 1973, a very sad time for Mr. and Mrs. Guillette and their family as they watched their beloved animals being carted off.  It was time to rebuild their lives, build a new home and start anew, this time with two stories, two kitchens and, to everyone’s relief, two bathrooms.  Soon, with many of the children off on their own, and being a creature of hard work, Mrs. Guillette began housecleaning and caring for elderly clients, while Mr. Guillette did local carpentry work.  And the grandchildren started coming….  The entire family still gathered for Sunday family dinners.  This became tradition along with gathering for the holidays, and Mrs. Guillette thrived on the multitudes that enjoyed her cooking so very much.  Christmas day looked like dozens of talking heads in a sea of wrapping paper, with Mrs. Guillette sitting at the highest point holding the newest arrival with a very content smile.
Mr. and Mrs. Guillette purchased an RV and started to visit family in the South and in between.  Sadly, Mr. Guillette died unexpectedly with heart problems at age 69.  Devastated by the loss of her love, but ever strong-willed, Mrs. Guillette carried on steadfastly for the sake of her family and moved into a mobile home in Derby with additional rooms added by her sons to accommodate the large Sunday gatherings of her ever growing family.  Through all this time Mrs. Guillette was always there to help her children in any time of need, from taking care of her daughter Priscilla after a major accident to keeping house and cooking for her son Jack before he died from cancer.
Eventually the years of hard work and foot problems took its toll on her physically, and she moved in with Priscilla in a new home designed to allow her to live the rest of her life in comfort.  Unfortunately, her mobility, vision, hearing and speech continued to quickly decline.  Priscilla’s love and constant care was indeed a godsend for the family and continued for over seven years. Finally, her health failed and she could go on no more.  On a peaceful Sunday morning, Mr. Guillette, the love of her life, came as a ray of sunshine to take her in his arms and begin anew, together again at last.
She is survived by her children:  Louis Sr. and Gail Guillette of Derby, Ernest Guillette of Sarasota, Florida, Priscilla Guillette of Derby, Daniel Sr. and Louise Guillette of North Hero, Lorraine and Richard Honeywell of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mary Jane and David Hoadley of Lowell, Guy Guillette of Derby, David Guillette and his fiancé, Toni Benjamin, of Derby, and Mark Guillette and his partner, Rob Green, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; by 33 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; by her siblings:  Theresa and Andy Paquette of Springfield, Massachusetts, John Choquette of Dotham, Alabama, Rolland Choquette of Lyndonville, and Maurice and Cecile Choquette of Morrisville, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sons Norbert and Jack Guillette; her siblings Clairette Lefort, Yvette Boulais, Gertrude Beede, Irene Pelletier, and Roger, Conrad, Gerard and Marcel Choquette.
A Mass will be held at St. Edwards Church in Derby Line on Saturday, August 20, at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow in the Guillette family plot in St. Edwards Cemetery.  Following internment, there will be a gathering for family and friends at the St. Edwards Hall.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rosaire Stanislaus LaPlume

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Rosaire Stanislaus LaPlume, 93, of Westfield died on July 3, 2011, in Westfield.
He was born June 3, 1918, in St. Marcel, Quebec, a son of Marcel and Parmilie (Joyal) LaPlume.
On May 27, 1947 he married Loretta Cyr who predeceased him on April 27, 2003.
Mr. LaPlume was a dairy farmer on the family farm in Westfield all of his life.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7943 and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy.  His hobbies included playing cards with family and friends, word searching, and tinkering in his workshop.  He was a faithful communicant of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
He is survived by his children:  Gerald LaPlume of Westfield, Yvan LaPlume and his wife, Connie, of Westfield, Yvette Sheltra and her husband, Paul, of Irasburg, Rachel Exell of Independence, Louisiana, Guy LaPlume and his wife, Rita, of Milton, Cyril LaPlume and his wife, Linda, of Derby, and Andre LaPlume and his wife, Jan, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; by a brother, Adrien LaPlume, of Mansonville, Quebec; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters:  Lou Diana LaPlume, Yvonne Boulanger, Charles LaPlume, Armand LaPlume, Donat LaPlume, Lillian LaPlume, and by infant brother Rosaiffe LaPlume.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 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 Friday, July 8, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell. Members of the Knights of Columbus Council #7943 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the funeral home for prayers.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Westfield Senior Meal Site, 38 School Street, Westfield, Vermont 05874.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Mary E. Politano

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Mary E. Politano, 55, of Orleans died suddenly on June 26, 2011, at her home in Orleans.
She was born April 30, 1956, in Newark, New Jersey, a daughter of Jesse Conley and the late June (Palmer) Conley.
She married James Politano.  Mrs. Politano attended Barton Graded School and was a graduate of Lake Region Union High School, Class of 1974.
She is survived by her husband, James Politano, of Barton; her daughter Nealey Politano of Washington, D.C.; by the following brothers and sisters:  David Conley and his wife, Cheryl, of Island Pond, Jesse Conley Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Barton, James Conley and his fiancé, Debbie Rodrique, of Barton, John Conley and his wife, Gloria, of Barton, Jane Handley of Lisbon, New Hampshire, and Rose Terry and her husband, Pat, of Berlin, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, June Lewis, in 1994, her sister Anna Conley in 2009, and by her nephew Charles Royer in 2007.
Services will be private.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Jack B. Sloan

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Jack B. Sloan, 88, of East Charleston died at his home after a short illness on January 23, 2011.
He was born in Newport on January 14, 1923, a son of Gerald and Beatrice (Lalime) Sloan.
As a young man, he worked on the family farm and then served his country from 1943 to 1946 as a Navy Seabee.  He married his wife, Gloria Smith, in 1947.  She predeceased him in 2004.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge #44, Mt. Sinai #3, past executive officer of International Supreme Council Order of De Molay, a charter member of the East Charleston Fire Department, and Island x17 Navy Seabees Veterans of America.
Mr. and Mrs. Sloan owned and operated the general store in East Charleston for many years as well as being the town postmasters, retiring in 1981.  After they retired they ran a furniture refinishing business for several years, which their son Jim now does.  Mr. Sloan also was an auctioneer and conducted many all over the North Country.  He was also a deputy sheriff for Orleans County under sheriffs Bill Green and James Murphy.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling to many different places because of the organizations that he belonged to and for many years spent the winters in Florida, at their home in Hudson.
Mr. Sloan is survived by his children:  Gerald of North Carolina, Cherie Ann Sloan and her friend, Arland Stone Jr. of Glover, James Sloan and his wife, Kathryn, of East Charleston, and Jack Patrick and his companion, Marie Joseph, of Coventry; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine Tuminelle, of Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Marshall and Mark.
A memorial service will be held at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston with the Reverend Mike Ford of Jeffersonville presiding on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston with full military services as well as a Masonic service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Masonic Scholarship Fund, Masonic Lodge, Island Pond #44, care of J. Patrick Sloan, secretary, P.O. Box 63, Coventry, Vermont 05825. or Eastern Star Scholarship Fund, OES #25, in care of Candy Huseman, secretary, 224 Shattuck Hill Road, B-3, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Ulric Benjamin Wright Sr.

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Ulric Benjamin Wright Sr., 63, of Derby died suddenly on June 29, 2011, at his home.
He was born February 19, 1948, in Newport to Annette Wright of Derby and the late Ulric “Bob” Wright.
On July 8, 1967, he married Mary Wright, known to many as his better half, but to him his soul mate.  She recently predeceased him.
He and his wife owned and operated a dairy farm for several years and then owned and operated Mary’s Canteen for over 20 years where they attended auctions and gatherings all over the North Country.   It was taken over by their son Benjie and is now run in the name of Wright’s Catering.  Mr. Wright most recently established a metal recycling business that he enjoyed.  It will continue to be run by his sons.
Mr. Wright enjoyed his family, friends and any excuse to have a good time.  He could be seen almost anywhere wearing his contagious smile. He has been most recently called one of life’s most colorful characters, which for all who knew him is very fitting.  He enjoyed many pastimes.  One of his favorites was trap shooting.  He had a love for music and an appreciation for all of God’s creation especially the wilderness.  His passion for life will forever live on through his family.
He is survived by his mother, Annette Wright, of Derby; his 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; his grandchildren:  Paris, Camry, Addison, and Chase.  He was brother to Ronald Wright of Derby, Ernie and Donna Wright of Charleston, Walter and Carol Wright of Derby, Steve Wright of Derby, and Roy and Sue Wright of Derby.  He’s also survived by his sister Joyce and Fred Oeschger of Newport, his sister Faye and Bobbi Morin of Derby; also many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held on July 5 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in his memory 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.
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June 29, 2011 Obituaries

Stephanie S. Allen

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

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Jeannine Cecile (Pichette) Clarke, 81, of Island Pond died peacefully at North Country Hospital on June 21, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on October 19, 1929, a daughter of Clement and Annette (Ruel) Pichette.
As a young woman, Mrs. Clarke was proudly employed as a telephone operator and later promoted to manager of the Coaticook Phone Company in Coaticook, Quebec.  She married Richard Thomas Clarke of St. Albans in Coaticook on May 26, 1951.
She was a longtime member of St. James Parish and the American Legion Auxillary Unit, Brighton Post #80, as well as a member of the Brighton Random Ladies.  For many years she and her husband were members of the Orleans Country Club and were very active in Brighton Post #80 affairs.  After her husband’s retirement, they spent the winters in Florida. Besides golf, Mrs. Clarke loved to dance and garden, and was an excellent cook and baker.  She had great faith, was a strong Catholic, and was a believer in novenas.
After her husband’s death, Mrs. Clarke opened and operated the first bed and breakfast (B&B) in Island Pond.  She greatly enjoyed the B&B guests, many who returned year after year, and she even received an award for the best B&B of Island Pond in 1989.  She was  very proud of completing her GED in 1990 from North Country Union High School with her dear friends Anna Honan and Christine Manning.
Mrs. Clarke was a devoted wife, proud mother and grandmother, a loyal friend and matriarch of the Clarke family.  Family gatherings and reunions always brought out her fun-loving ways and humor. She especially loved her family coming to visit and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons:  G. Richard Clarke of Pristina, Kosovo, Michael Clarke and his wife, Jan, of Island Pond, Patrick Clarke and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond, and Darcy Clarke of San Francisco, California; her daughter Christine Clarke and her spouse, Aime DeGrenier, of Easthampton, Massachusetts; by grandsons Jason Clarke and his wife, Heather, of Brunswick, Georgia, Shane Clarke and his companion, Becky Morse, of Randolph, and Evan Clarke of Island Pond; granddaughters Melissa Gieler and her husband, Kevin, of Noblesville, Indiana, Stacey Cross and her husband, Joshua, of Essex Junction, Jamie Clarke of Essex Junction, and Arden and Ella Clarke-DeGrenier of Easthampton; great-grandchildren Peyton and Austin Clarke of Brunswick, Zachary Gieler of Noblesville, and Mia Ruby and Tanner Cross of Essex Junction; by numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends; by her sisters:  Dolores Pichette-LaCasse of Sherbrooke; Francoise Pichette and her husband, Bill Patterson, of Montreal, Quebec, Denise Pichette-St. Pierre of Coaticook, Quebec, Jacqueline Pichette and her husband, Gaston Berard, of Sherbrooke, Lise Pichette and her husband, Michel Carbonneau, of East Angus, Quebec, Nicole Pichette and her husband, Bertrand Lussier, of Sherbrooke; and by her brothers:  Denis Pichette and his wife, Margot Blais, of Sherbrooke, Jean-Marc Pichette and his wife, Louise Laroche, of Victoriaville, Quebec, and Daniel Pichette and his wife, Christiane Letourneau, of Sherbrooke.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 34 years, Richard T. Clarke; her daughter-in-law Janet (Perrier) Clarke; her sister Giselle Pichette-Baillargeon; and her brothers-in-law: Germain St. Pierre, Denis LaCasse, Fern Baillargeon, and Robert Corbeil.
Funeral services and a celebration of  life will be held at St. James the Greater Catholic Church of Island Pond on July 2 at 1 p.m. with Father Connors officiating.  A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.  There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity or organization of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Jeanette (Eisen) Horwich
Jeanette (Eisen) Horwich, 94, of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, died peacefully on Sunday, June 19, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Sidney Horwich; devoted mother of Benjamin R. Horwich, Nancy Vasilik, and Richard G. Horwich; proud grandmother of Michael (Charlene), Darren (Rose), Jennifer (David), Jeffrey, Tina, and Karrie; and great-grandmother of Michael, Lindsey, Katie, Madison, and Bryan.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her seven sisters and one brother, the late Bertha, Rachel, Dorothy, Lee, Adele, Davidine, Norma, and Leon.
Prior to her retirement in 1982, Mrs. Horwich was the owner of Edwin’s Sport Shop, located on Market Sreet in Paterson, New Jersey, for many years.  She enjoyed many summers with her family and friends at her summer home in Irasburg.
Services were held on June 21 in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.  Burial followed at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Totowa, New Jersey.
Memorial donations in memory of Mrs. Horwich may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Florence C. Jensen
Florence C. Jensen, 96, of Barton died on June 22, 2011, in Barton.
She was born on February 19, 1915, in Fairfax, a daughter of John and Minnie Mae (Hibbard) Elliott.
In 1947 she married Harry Jensen Sr. who predeceased her in 1971.
Mrs. Jensen was a dairy farmer along with her husband at their family farm in Brownington Center.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.
She is survived by her children:  Paul Jensen and his wife, Susan, of Inverness, Florida, Jerry Jensen of Stuart, Florida, Earl Jensen and his wife, Lorraine, of Newport, and Richard Jensen Sr. and his wife, Priscilla, of Brownington; by her sons-in-law:  Vernal Lafoe of Inverness and Ulric Wright of Derby; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by three children:  Alice Lafoe, Mary Ellen Wright, and Harry Jensen Jr.
Funeral services were held on June 25 at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in Brownington Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rena G. LaCoss
Rena G. LaCoss of Greensboro, 93, died peacefully on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Greensboro Nursing Home.
She was born September 27, 1917, in Morgan, a daughter of the late Lester and Margaret (Vincent) Holmes.
She attended public schools in Morgan and Charleston.  On August 14, 1934, she married LeRoy Joseph LaCoss in Derby.
In her earlier years she stayed home to care for her young children.  Later she was a caregiver to the elderly.  She and her husband lived in Connecticut for several years, and for more than 23 years she made her home in Florida before returning to Vermont in the early 2000s.
Mrs. LaCoss was a member of the Congregational Church in Citrus Spring, Florida.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking, flowers, family gatherings, and especially the time that she spent with her grandchildren.
Survivors include:  her daughter Geneva Hall of Hardwick; three sons, Richard LaCoss of Worcester, Rodney LaCoss, and LeRoy LaCoss Jr., both of Inverness, Florida; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha Robbins of Florida and Mabel Perkins of West Charleston; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband, LeRoy LaCoss Sr., in 1995; a son, Raymond LaCoss, in 2004; and four siblings:  Gerald Holmes, Chester Holmes, Muriel Turenne, and Pearl LaCoss.
To honor her request, there will be no public services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, Activity Fund, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.
Arangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.
Bernadette M. Nadeau

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Bernadette M. Nadeau, 76, of Derby Line died on June 22, 2011, in Derby.
She was born March 9, 1935, in Barnston, Quebec, a daughter of Aristide and Antoinette (Thibeault) Nadeau.
Mrs. Nadeau and her son Daniel started North East Maple Products in her home in Derby Line in 1999.  She also managed the Canned Goods Plus store in Derby and was formally employed by the Community National Bank in Derby Line for 18 years.
She is survived by her children:  Diane (Ducharme) Rocker of  Rougemont, North Carolina, Denis Ducharme and his wife, Paula, of Derby Line, and Daniel Ducharme and his fiancé, Crystal Choiniere, of Derby Line; by her grandchildren:  David and Danielle Rocker, Jacob Ducharme, Hunter Ducharme, Tanner Ducharme, and Devon Davis; and her longtime companion John Boudreau of Derby Line.
Funeral services were held on June 27 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Catholic Parishes of Northeast Vermont, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Allan C. Pickett
Allan C. Pickett, 56, of Brattleboro died suddenly on June 19, 2011, in Newport at the home of his daughter Jennifer Hodges.
He was born on June 9, 1955, in Brattleboro, a son of Leon and Dolly Pickett.
His hobbies included NASCAR and following the New England Patriots.
He is survived by his children:  Jennifer Hodges and her husband, Tim, of Newport and Elizabeth Pepe and her husband, Steve, of Hanford, California; by his grandchildren:  Brittany, Timothy Jr., Giada, Zylus, and Jordan.
Services will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Diabetes Clinic, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joseph Allen Provost

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

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

Paul A. Bouffard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harold Dean Griffin, 89, of Derby died on May 30, 2011, in Newport.
He was born on June 5, 1921, in Newport, a son of Harold W. and Etta (Bowley) Griffin.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.
Mr. Griffin hauled milk for 27 years for H.P. Hood and Sons in Coventry, St. Johnsbury, and Newport before going to work for the Vermont Highway Department from which he retired after 27 years in 1992.
He always enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing, and was a great baseball fan and liked to play for the town team in West Charleston.  He also liked to go to the highway garage and swap stories with the boys.
Mr. Griffin is survived by a daughter, Valerie Griffin, of Derby; two sisters:  Dorothy Lamere of Derby and Phyllis Russell of Orleans; sister-in- law Mary Griffin; his grandchildren Shawn and Heather Griffin of Eatonville, Washington; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Robert Griffin, in 2006, and  by two brothers, Donald and Francis Griffin.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rodney Everett Griffin
Rodney Everett Griffin died unexpectedly on May 24, 2011, at his brother- and sister-in-law’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
He was born August 14, 1950, in Burlington and spent his early childhood there and in Towson, Maryland.  He grew up in Saxtons River where he played graded school basketball, Little League, Babe Ruth, and Legion baseball and became a Life Scout.  Mr. Griffin graduated from Vermont Academy in 1968 and ran track and was captain of the cross-country team.
He graduated from UVM in 1972 and also earned a master’s degree in natural resource and regional planning from UVM.  He worked for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association in St. Johnsbury for many years and spearheaded such projects as the waterfront at Island Pond, the Barton Graded School gymnasium, and the Central Street revitalization in Newport, the Willoughby Lake beach, and many other projects.  Mr. Griffin later worked for Dufresne-Henry in Springfield, the state of Vermont and TD BankNorth in Barre.  He had a lifelong love of the Baltimore Orioles and the Indianapolis Colts.
He is survived by his former wife, Margaret Hammond, of Springfield; his three daughters:  Annaliese Griffin and her husband, Tom Mylan, of Brooklyn, New York, Jennie Griffin and her husband, Kwangwoo Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, and Lauren Griffin and her fiancé, Jacob Loiko, of Ridgwood, New York; by his parents, Dr. Ray E. and Olive Griffin, of West Glover; his brother Ronald Griffin and his wife, Pam Hinds, of Silver Spring; his brother Robert Griffin and his wife, Kathy, of Duxbury, Massachusetts; his sister Judy McKelvey and her husband, George, of Newport; his sister Rebecca Tobey and her friend, Ben Nazzaro, of Ludlow; his former wife Marsha Wilmot of Barre; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Griffin was predeceased by his uncle and namesake Everett Rodney Griffin on March 3, 1945, during World War II.
A memorial service will be held on June 18 at 2 p.m. at the West Glover Church.  Burial will be in the Andersonville Cemetery in Glover prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Griffin’s memory to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 381, Burlington, Vermont, or www.vermonthabitat.org, or Orioles Reach at http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com, or a charity of one’s choice.
Jean J. Messier

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

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

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

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

Lucienne Marguerite (Fortin) Blais

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank Arthur Brunelle

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

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

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

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