March 9, 2011, Obituaries

Brenda J. Billado
Brenda J. Billado, 60, of Barton died suddenly on March 5, 2011, in Newport.
She was born June 8, 1950, in Enosburg Falls, a daughter of Orroson and Irene (Bergeron) Billado.
Ms. Billado was a production worker for MSA of Newport for several years.  She also worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing for over 30 years.
She loved all animals, especially horses.  She enjoyed cooking doughnuts and jellies, and she loved her work and also her friends at work.
She is survived by her sister Sandy Stone of Glover; by her brother David Billado and his wife, Sophie, of Barton; and by three nieces:  Stacey Tanner, Carmen Boudreau, and Danika Billado; by her nephew Scott Stone; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Hugh Stone Jr.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 08555.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Neil J. Horgan
Neil J. Horgan, 68, of Coventry died suddenly on February 27, 2011, in Newport.
He was born September 28, 1942, in Bronx, New York, a son of John and Mary Horgan.
On July 4, 1986, he married Tammy Whitcavitch who survives him.
Mr. Horgan was a diesel mechanic for the highway department of the state of New York for many years.
He enjoyed being outdoors watching the birds and squirrels coming to the bird feeder.  He enjoyed stamp collecting and working in his woodworking shop.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Horgan, of Coventry; two children Shawn Horgan of Coventry and Heather Horgan and her companion, Tom Cloney, of Newport Center; by his sisters Noreen and her husband, Frank; and Joanne and Sheila; by his adopted brother Paul Fortin of Derby; by several nieces and nephews; and by grandpuppy Munchkin.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Edgar William Kellaway
Edgar William Kellaway died peacefully on March 7, 2011, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
Born in Lyndonville on July 21, 1928, he was predeceased by his parents, Bertha Fowler  from Coaticook, Quebec, and William Edgar Kellaway from Beaminster, England.
He is survived by his sister Barbara Hudson of Lyndonville; son Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, of Derby; stepdaughters Loray Cote and her husband, John, of Newport, Robin Loveless and her husband, Ronald, of Rogers, Arkansas, and Lynn Rogers and her husband, Kimball, from Magnolia, Kentucky; and by the “apple of his eye,” granddaughter Charli Addison Kellaway.
After graduating from Lyndon Institute in 1945, where he was a standout in many sports, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served as a sonar specialist aboard the U.S.S. Cony during the Korean Conflict.  Upon leaving the Navy, he apprenticed for the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) in Lyndonville, Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Montreal, Quebec, eventually settling in Newport where he worked for the CPR as an electrician until he retired.
Mr. Kellaway proudly served as an alderman for the city of Newport, was a justice of the peace, worked on the city planning board, and also served as a lister for the city of Newport.  He was a former member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the VFW.  He was an avid golfer and a guiding force at the Newport Country Club for well over 40 years.
He had a strong sense of faith his entire life and belonged to the Episcopal church, both in Lyndonville and Newport.  He is, and will be, sadly missed by his family and friends.
A church service will be held at the Episcopal church in the spring in Newport, and a graveside service will follow at the Pine Bluff Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Newport Country Club’s Junior Golf Program.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
John Kennison

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John Kennsion, born September 5, 1930, a son of Arie and Myra Kennison, died on March 6, 2011, after a short illness.
His wife of 57 years, Jackqueline (Perron) Kennison, survives him.
He was a general supervisor of roads for the state of Vermont for 25-plus years and had enjoyed a fruitful and active retirement, as he enjoyed hunting, fishing, a little gambling and traveling.
He also enjoyed his family get-togethers with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the great Perron reunions.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children:  Gary Kennison and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell and Terry Kennison of Boonesville, New York, and Linda and her companion, Ron Sanville, of Marlboro, Massachusetts; by his grandchildren Jaime McAllister, Kevin McAllister and his wife, Jessica, Ben Kennison, Tom Kennison and his wife, Katrina, Luke Kennison, Julie, Sarah and Adam Kennison, Michelle Soqui and her husband, Michael; by his sister Ruth Damon; and by his great-grandchildren Issac, Justin, Kayla, Zachary, LaKota, Zada, Trevor, McKenna and Cadance.  He was predeceased by his brothers Melvin and Wayne Kennison and by two sisters, Barb Morse and Marie Nault.
Mr. Kennison was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army (Korean War) and he held memberships with the VFW Post #798 and the American Legion Post #21.
Graveside committal services will be held in the spring in the Irasburg cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 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.
Mildred “Millie” (Gentler) Kleinman
Mildred “Millie” Gentler Kleinman, 89, of Lake Worth, Florida, died on March 3, 2011, in Newport.
She was born July 22, 1921, in Bronx, New York, a daughter of Morris and Ida (Harris) Wasser.
She married Morton Gentler who predeceased her in 1975.  She later married Joseph Kleinman who predeceased her.
Mrs. Kleinman was an office manager for New Hope Guild in Brooklyn, New York, from which she retired.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and sewing.  She also loved the company of her family and friends.
She is survived by two children:  Howard Gentler and his wife, Vicki, of Irasburg and Rita Rossa and her husband, Richard, of Brooklyn, New York; by her grandchildren: Vicki Bender and her husband, Paul, of Reading, Pennsylvania, Marishine Gentler and her fiancé, Robert Dantona, of Tampa, Florida, and Evan Gentler and his wife, Tracy, of Boston; by great-granddaughter Gabriella Bender, of Reading; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Abraham Wasser.
A graveside service will be held at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Marion (Allen) Frizzell

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Marion Allen Frizzell, 89, of Newport died on February 28, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 21, 1921, in Irasburg, a daughter of Pearlie and N. Glee (Kennison) Wells.
On September 2, 1939, she married Leslie Allen who predeceased her.  On July 1, 1966, she married Benjamin Frizzell who also predeceased her on July 26, 2007.
Mrs. Frizzell was a receptionist for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans where she retired after 25 years of service.
Her hobbies included playing the piano and organ, knitting, dancing, swimming, and doing crossword puzzles.  She volunteered with second-grade reading at the Orleans Elementary School and both she and her late husband, Benjamin, volunteered at the Newport Chamber of Commerce.  She was an active member of the Orleans Federated Church and a clerk for Lake Region Union High School, and she was also a clerk for the union.
She is survived by her children:  Claudia Niles and her husband, Ray, of Hyde Park, and David Allen and his wife, Eileen, of Castleton; by her stepchildren:  Scott Frizzell and his wife, Lorraine, of Claremont, New Hampshire, Brenda LePage, and David and Holly Frizzell, all of Lyndonville;  by six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two sisters: Joyce Nietling of Las Vegas, and Persis Demick and her husband, Paul, of Palm City, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Nancy, and by her sisters Vera Lanou and Jean Bennett.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 5, at the Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Christina Findlay officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Irasburg cemetery.
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.
Adeline (Lipscomb) Phillips
Adeline Lipscomb Phillips, 84, formerly of Spartanburg, South Carolina, died on March 3, 2011, at Bel-Aire Center Nursing Home in Newport after a lengthy illness.
She was born July 10, 1926, in Spartanburg to Thomas W. Lipscomb Sr., and Lillie Fair (Sligh) Lipscomb.
She graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1944 and Mary Black Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked as a nurse at the Mary Black Hospital and in the office of local cardiac doctors Cohn and Williams, and surgeons Hastings and Hague.
On June 10, 1950, she married Jones Erwin Phillips who predeceased her on January 22, 1981.
Mrs. Phillips loved the members of the Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg and enjoyed volunteering for the many jobs that needed to be done in the community.  She was always ready to help the sick and those who needed a caring hand.
She is survived by her daughter Harriette Phillips-Hamblett and her husband, Doug, of Newport; her granddaughters Natalie Phillips-Hamblett and her husband, Mischa Redenbaugh, of Seattle, Washington, and Katherine Phillips-Hamblett of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; by siblings Theresa Black of Spartanburg, Mildred Steadman of Roebuck, South Carolina, Merlyn Willard and her husband, Stanley, of Spartanburg, and Mervin Lipscomb and his wife, Freda, of Spartanburg; as well as by many nieces and nephews.  Her brother Thomas Lipscomb Jr. predeceased her.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307, 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.
Suzanne Marie (Fontaine) Savoie
Suzanne Marie (Fontaine) Savoie, 63, born in Weedon, Quebec, on May 20, 1947, to Roger and Estelle (Racine) Fontaine, died on March 1, 2011.
The family immigrated to Vermont when Mrs. Savoie was 18 months old.  She was the first-born of five children:  Fernand, Gerard, Theresa, and Raymond.
She attended Greensboro Elementary and High School, graduating in 1966.  She entered the U.S. Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in July 1966 through October 1970 where she received clinical specialist training (LPN), served in the National Guard for three years during the Gulf War and was a member of the American Legion Post #76 in Barton.
She married Jerome Unnasch in 1970 and gave birth to two daughters, Carol Unnasch and Kathy Unnasch, who still reside in Houston, Minnesota.  She was married briefly to William Bandy.  In 1997, married the love of her life and best friend, Leon Savoie.  She enjoyed summers on Eligo Lake and winters in Florida for ten years with her husband, Leon.
Mrs. Savoie worked at CVH as an LPN for 13 years, loved to sing in church choirs, the Northeast Kingdom Chorus and the Bayley Hazen Singers led by Larry Gordon.  She enjoyed learning and playing accordion and loved gardening.  She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Bushnell, Florida, and of the Tri-County Parishes of St. Norbert’s in Hardwick, St. Michael’s in Greensboro Bend, and Lady of Fatima in Craftsbury.
Mrs. Savoie was predeceased by her mother, Estelle; her father, Roger Fontaine; her sister, Theresa Cruz; and her husband, Leon Savoie.  She is survived by her daughters Carol and her husband, Jamie Teale, Kathy Unnasch and her friend, David Dahle; granddaughters Nikki and Cheyenne Dahle; brothers Fernand and his wife, Laura, Gerard, Raymond and his wife, Claire; brother-in-law James Cruz; three stepgrandchildren; a step-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on March 5 with a Mass at St. Michael’s Church.
Arrangements by des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.
Mary Frances (Rumery) Taylor

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Mary Frances (Rumery) Taylor, 89, died in Newport on Friday, March 4, 2011.
She was born May 1, 1921, in Burlington, a daughter of Frank and Ethel (Badger) Guimond.
She attended Newport High School and the Powelson Institute in Syracuse, New York.  After school she returned to Newport and worked at the Montgomery Ward store.
She married Wesley H. Rumery on February 1, 1942, who predeceased her on November 16, 1970.  After their marriage Mrs. Taylor worked for American Maple Products.  In 1947, she and her family moved to Derby Line.  She lived there for 41 years.  She became secretary to the late Austin F. Foster, retired general counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation and Derby’s representative.  After he died, Mrs. Taylor substituted in Derby schools. Then she worked 14 years for Community National Bank and became assistant vice-president.
On February 14, 1988, she married Fred W. Taylor who predeceased her March 3, 1991.  They lived in Morgan.  After he died, Mrs. Taylor moved to Kingsbury Village in Derby, where she was the building manager for a brief time.
She was highly active in church, school, community affairs, and the Republican party.  She belonged to many clubs and organizations and she was on a few boards.  She worked hard for charity and did a great deal of volunteer work.  She also held a few public offices.
Mrs. Taylor once said, “It is not important what one does to keep busy but the true measure of a person is whether one is a good person or not.”
She was a good person.  She was a devoted wife and mother and she was a friend to all and a generous giver.  She was loved by many in the community and by all her children, and she will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her children:  Mary Jean Carbone of Derby Line, Richard Rumery of Newport Center, Frank Rumery of Enfield, Connecticut, George Rumery and his wife, Sue Davis, of Newport, Mark Rumery and his wife, Nancy, of Derby Line; by stepdaughter Anne Taylor Moore and her husband, David, of Derby; by 11 grandchildren; and by five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on March 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Line cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby United Church, 3064 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Newport Health Care Activities Fund, 148 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
John “Jack” A. Yetsko

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John “Jack” A. Yetsko, 63, of West Charleston died suddenly on February 28, 2011, in West Charleston.
He was born April 13, 1947, in Orange, New Jersey, a son of Alfred and Anne (Schmidt) Yetsko.
On May 31, 1977, he married Kristi Vanderzanden who survives him.
Mr. Yetsko entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He later retired from the military.
He was very much a family man and a great father and husband.  His hobbies included parachuting, working with computers, and he had an interest in automobiles.
He is survived by his wife, Kristi Yetsko, of West Charleston; two children:  John S. Yetsko and his wife, Michele, of Enfield, Connecticut, and Meagan Yetsko of West Charleston; by grandchildren Matthew and Joshua Yetsko of Enfield; by his brother Stephen Yetsko and his wife, Donna, of Sanibele, Florida; by his sister Denise Parry of Seven Hills, Ohio; and by several nieces and nephews.
Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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March 2, 2011 Obituaries

Margaret E. ( Dukett ) Abel

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Margaret Abel, 92, of Glover, formerly of Newport, died on Sunday, February 27, in Glover where she resided at the Union House Nursing Home for the past few years.
She was born on October 30, 1918, in Lunenburg, a daughter of Philip and Loretta (Hartshorn) Guillemette.
Her hobbies included reading, doing crossword puzzles, and enjoying her family and life in general.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her son Philip and his wife, Sharon Dukett; her daughter Darlene Rever and her husband, Gary, all of Newport; grandchildren Cathy and Scott Rever of Derby; Tracy Turner of Farmington, Connecticut, Lisa Reed of Newport, Leon Dukett of West Charleston, Amy Buck of Newport Center and Scott Gervais of St.   Johnsbury; by her great-grandchildren:  Tyler and Trevor Brown of Derby, Cady Polgroszek of St. Albans, Aidan Davis of Newport , Joshua and Natasha Buck of Newport Center; by great-great-grandaughter Emma Polgroszek of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, John Abel Sr.; by sons Thomas and Leon Dukett; stepdaughter Gloria Thomas; and by several brothers and sisters.
There will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Pine Grove Cemetary.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 302 Cornerstone 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.
 
 
Neil Carriere

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Neil Carriere, 55, of Underhill died on February 5 in Underhill.
He was born in St. Johnsbury on May 2, 1955, a son of Geraldine Carriere and Maurice Carriere.
He worked for the Visiting Nurses Association.  He had lots of hobbies, including fishing and doing a lot of different crafts.
He is survived by friend Tina Meacham; son Aaron Meacham; his mother, Geraldine Carriere, and her companion Donald Farnsworth; brothers Douglas and his wife, Diana, Peter, Tony and his wife, Melody; sisters Sharon and her husband, Kevin Sabens, and Carlene Perry; aunt and uncle Doris and Richard Meserve; aunt Alice Caswell, aunt Helena and uncle Dale Ewens; and lots of nieces and newphews.  He was predeceased by two wives; his father, Maurice Carriere; and a sister, Darlene Carriere Dixon.
A funeral will be held on May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Lyndon Center cemetery. .
Mary Dunn
Mary Alice (Hamil) Dunn, 87, died on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in New Harmony, Indiana.
She was born in Troy, New York, on October 20, 1923, the oldest of two children, to John and Elizabeth (O’Keefe) Hamil.
She was an Irish descendent of Mary Queen of Scots.  She married George Bernard Dunn Jr. in 1944 in Schenectady, New York.  They had three children, one daughter and two sons.  Mrs. Dunn was blessed with seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dunn had worked as a dental hygienist.  She was quite a seamstress and had made several wedding gowns, one for her daughter and several for friends.  She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and had made over 100 afghans, most of which were given away.  She was an avid collector of Hummel figurines, dishes and spoons. At Christmas time, Mrs. Dunn would make dozens of cookies to be enjoyed by family and friends.  She traveled to Switzerland and England.  She had lived in New York, Lynn, Massachusetts, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and recently in Mt. Vernon and Evansville, Indiana.  She had numerous friends in each place she had lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, George; and her brother, James Hamil.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Peg) Redwine, and her husband, James; sons James Dunn and his wife, Kathleen, and Gerald Dunn; grandchildren Heather Ricketts and her husband, Tony, Nichole Faulkner and her husband, Doug, James Ramsey, Eric Miller, Sarah Sidler and her husband, Adam, Hannah Dunn, Lieutenant Colonel James Redwine and his wife, Gina; great-grandchildren Alec and Adrian Ricketts, Kerstin Sutton, Paxton and Jonathan Faulkner, Bodie and Clea Miller, Cali and Aiden Sidler, Nick and Elyse Redwine; sisters-in-law Ann Hamil and Ellen Beaudoin and her husband, Albert; and by nephew Bob Brown and his wife, Rachel.
A funeral service was held on February 28 at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common.  Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Common cemetery.
Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.
Jacintha Ann (Faust) Lane
Jacintha A. (Faust) Lane, 30, of Johnson died at Copley Hospital in Morrisville on Thursday, February 24, 2011.
She was born in Newport, January 1, 1981, a daughter of Durwood Johnson and Marielle S. Faust.
On July 15, 2003, she married Michael D. Lane.
She loved everyone; especially her children and family.  She collected zebras, loved fishing, and was proud of her three-and-a-half-pound trout mounted on the wall.  She loved fried chicken and enjoyed a ride in a snowstorm.  Due to multiple sclerosis (MS) she was confined to her home for eight years.  For the last three, she was confined to her bed.
She leaves her loving and devoted husband, Michael; a son, Clinton Stevens, of Eden; daughter Makayla Stevens of Johnson; her mother, Marielle Faust, of Orleans; two brothers, Travis Terrell of Orleans and David Johnson of Maine; sister Kelly Robinson and her husband, David, of Newport Center; maternal grandparents Romeo and Alice Faust of Orleans; her father-in-law, Leslie Lane, of Laconia, New Hampshire; and sister-in-law Harriet Corbin and her husband, Bill, of Laconia.
A memorial serivce will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the White-Fiess Funeral Home in Morrisville.  Her final resting place will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton.
Arrangements by the White-Fiess Funeral Home.
Marjorie Webber
Marjorie Webber of Wharton, New Jersey, and Newark died on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover, New Jersey.
She was born on November 2, 1924.
Mrs. Webber was an executive secretary to the national director of distribution at RCA Records, Rockaway, until 1980.  She then worked in the patent law division of the legal office at Picatinny Arsenal until 1987, then at Cigna Healthcare in Rockaway as secretary to the director of finance from 1990 until 2000.
She was a member and past president of the Wharton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, president of the United Methodist Women of St. John’s Church, and a member of the Leisure Club of Sacred Heart Church in Dover.  She also attended the Newark Union Church and the Island Pond Congregational Church of Island Pond.
She was predeceased by siblings William Hubbard, Lenora Hubbard and Charles Hubbard.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Webber Jr.; by daughter Ginny Vanorskie and her husband, Lou, of Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey; by four sons:  James Hubbard and his wife, Ellen, William Webber III and his wife, Gail, and John T. Webber, all of Wharton, R. Gerald Webber and his wife, Kathy, of St. Johnsbury; by eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on February 25 at the funeral home.  Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, New Jersey, 40 East Church Street, Washington, New Jersey 07882-1485.
Offer condolences at www.BerminghamFH.com.

 

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February 23, 2011 Obituaries

Jaye Kent Berest
Jaye Kent Berest, 65, died February 19, 2011, in Durham, North Carolina.
She was born October 16, 1945, in Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter of Stanley and Margaret (Cabot) Berest.
She is survived by her three sisters:  Judy Fuller and her husband, George, of Newport, Jerry Greenwold and her husband, Larry, of Durham, and Joanne Markley and her husband, Tom, of Salem, North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Kerrigan, on July 3, 2010.
Services were held on February 21 at the Grace Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Helena (Freehart) Dudley 

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Helena Freehart Dudley, 93, of Orleans, died peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Newport Health Care Center in Newport.
She was born on August 18, 1918, in Irasburg, one of six children born to Enos J. and Betsy (Whipple) Freehart.
She grew up on the family farm, in the shadow of beautiful Butternut Hill in Irasburg, and attended graded school at the one-room schoolhouse located at the intersection of Route 58 and Guyette Road in Irasburg.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1936, where she was an all-star basketball player and member of the school’s championship team.  She graduated from Burlington College in 1938 and worked as a legal secretary for the law office of Paul Rexford in Newport during the 1940s.
She met and married her first husband, Donald Blodah, in Newport, who was later killed in action in Europe during World War II.  She met and married her second husband, Rawlston E. Dudley, in Orleans in 1946, where they made their home and raised their family.  Mr. Dudley predeceased her in 1975.  She later met her friend and companion, Stanley Kipp, in Orleans.  Together, they enjoyed traveling, dancing, golfing, and spending their winters in Haines City, Florida.  He predeceased her in 2009.
She was a devoted, lifelong member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.  She assisted her father in laying the foundation for the church at its present location.  She served on the Parish Council for many years and was also a dedicated CCD teacher.  She was a member and former chairman of the Ladies Guild for several years and helped to organize numerous events and functions for the benefit of the church.
Mrs. Dudley pursued many interests during her life.  In July 1945, she received her pilot’s license after completing her first solo flight out of Newport State Airport.  Her longest flight was to Burlington International Airport.  On occasion, for fun, she would “buzz” the family farm in her Piper Cub much to the consternation of her father (and the livestock).  She later gave up flying to raise her family.
She was also a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club and enjoyed golfing and socializing there.
Mrs. Dudley devoted much of her later life to preserving the family farm in Irasburg by maintaining the land and keeping it open for sportsmen and other outdoor activities.
Upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and experiencing failing health, she resided for the last five years at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.  She was greatly loved and enjoyed by the staff at the health care center.
Mrs. Dudley leaves two sons:  Jack Dudley and his wife, Dani, of Saco, Maine, and Jay Dudley and his wife, Nancy, of Orleans; a daughter, Jill Dudley, of Richmond; grandchildren:  Jody McFarland and her husband, Jessi, Laurel Dudley, Kevin Dudley, and Nathan Dudley, Jayme Dudley, and Angela Mandalinci and her husband, Ali; three great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Miranda, and Anthony; and two great-great-grandchildren, Katona and Gabe; and a sister, Ernestine Ronan.  She was predeceased by her two bothers, Enos Freehart Jr. and Wayne Freehart; and by two sisters, Irvina Banks and Christina Freehart.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670  Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Internment will take place at a later date at the family cemetery in Irasburg.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone 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.
Velma M. Grant

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Velma M. Grant, 88, of Derby Line died on February 16, 2011, in Newport.
She was born September 5, 1922, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, a daughter of Clifford and Isabelle (Larabee) Bingham.
She married Gordon Whittier who predeceased her in 1992.  In 1997 she married Deldon Grant who predeceased her on October 7, 2008.
Mrs. Grant graduated from Lyndon Normal School with a degree in teaching.  She taught for the West Charleston school system and others for 40 years.
She loved to garden with her husband and daughter, and she also enjoyed feeding the birds and bird watching.  She enjoyed her home and she always looked forward to family visits and organized many family visits and reunions at Gray’s camp on Lake Seymour.  She was extremely active making arts and crafts and enjoyed giving them away for gifts.  She also had horses for many years, and she enjoyed snowmobiling to camp on Unknown Pond.  She also liked to travel as she and Deldon wintered in Arizona for ten years.
Mrs. Grant will be dearly missed by her longtime friend Phyllis “Uncle Bill” Burbank.
She is survived by her children:  Linda Wilkie and her husband, Bruce, of Derby Line, Duane Whittier and his wife, Teena, of Derby Line; by her grandchildren:  Mathiew Whittier of Derby Line, Jenna Whittier of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Clifford Wilkie and his wife, Jennifer, of Maine; by a great-granddaughter, Olivia Mae Wilkie; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters: Evelyn Drew, Bernice Glasson, Frances Lumbra, and Alta Brown; and by her brothers Howard, Marshall, and Ralph Bingham.
Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on February19, 2011 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging—Meals on Wheels, 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.
Wayne I. Longley
Wayne I. Longley Sr., 74, of North Troy died on February 14, 2011, in Newport.
He was born August 20, 1936, in St. Albans, a son of Adelbert and Evelyn (Domina) Longley.
On April 7, 1984, he married Brenda Zapor who survives him.
In 1956, Mr. Longley served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  He was a truck driver for Starr’s Transportation in North Troy for several years.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Longley, of North Troy; by his two children:  Wayne Longley Jr. and his wife, Megan, of Jay, and Stacy Royea and her husband, Nicholas, of North Carolina; by a grandson, Blake; by his brother Tom Lowell and his wife, Fran, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley and Linda Brousseau.
Funeral services were held on February 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment with full military honors will be held in the spring in the North Troy cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Carolyn L. McMaster

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Carolyn L. McMaster, 92, of Craftsbury, formerly of Springfield, Massachusetts, died on February 19, 2011, in Newport.
She was born October 30, 1918, in Kirby, a daughter of Warren and Ruth (Brown) Ducham.
On September 6, 1947, she married Charles McMaster who predeceased her.
Her hobbies included playing bingo and collecting dolls and bells.  She was a member of the Monson, Massachusetts, Senior Center and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was active in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Women’s Club and the Junior Catholic Daughters of America.
She is survived by her children:  Mary Mastroianni and her husband, James, of Barton, Charles McMaster III and his wife, Mary, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Bill McMaster and his wife, Barbara, of East Charleston, and Bob McMaster and his wife, Doreen, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one brother, Ronald Ducham, and by four sisters:  Gertrude Wetherbee, Helen Learmonth, Hortense Brown, and Lois Dibble.
Funeral services were held on February 22 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, Massachusestts, with the Reverend John Shafer celebrating a Mass.  Spring interment will in Bethany Cemetery in Monson, Masachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826-9519.
 Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Geneva J. White

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Geneva J. White, 86, of Barton died on February 16, 2011, in Glover.
She was born September 3, 1924, in Sheffield, a daughter of George and Roseanne (Niquette) Blouin.
On December 23, 1940, she married Orra White who predeceased her in 1999.
She was devoted to her family and cherished time spent with them.
She enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking, country and western music, and reading.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton and the American Legion Auxillary.
She is survived by her children:  Elizabeth Garland and her husband, Ormond, of Orleans, Beverly Davis and her husband, Stan, of Derby, Jackie Gray and her husband, David, of Morgan, and Jim White and his wife, Helen, of Barton; by eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
At Mrs. White’s request, there will be no calling hours.  A celebration of her life will be held at the discretion of the family.  Graveside services will be held in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Nursing Home Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839-9701.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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February 16, 2011 Obituaries

Edwin Leland Bowman

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Edwin Leland Bowman, 69, of Derby, died at his home on February 7, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 23, 1941, in Newport Center, a son of Baxter and Evelyn (Wilcox) Bowman.
On April 19, 1962, he married Alice Mae Labounty who survives him.
Mr. Bowman graduated from Derby Academy in 1960 and later from St. Johnsbury Trade School in the automotive field.
He was a farmer for 26 years, and he was never afraid of a good day’s work.  He also worked for Bond Auto as a delivery man and more recently drove bus for Rural Community Transportation.  He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his lawn.  He was also a school bus driver for many years for Derby students who brought him much joy.  He cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren as well as vacations to Florida.  He loved the Lord, and his life was a true testament to his devotion to God and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Bowman, of Derby; by his four children:  Joann Lawson and her husband, Mark, of Coventry, Karen Thomas and her husband, John, of Wauchula, Florida, Steven Bowman and his wife, Kerry, of West  Charleston and Scott Bowman and his friend, Anita Tester, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Danielle Ingalls and her husband, Kyle, Shawn and Kevin Lawson, Sarah, Hannah, and Hayley Thomas, Ryan and Mariah Bowman, Ashley, Kylie, and Christopher Bowman, and Dylan and Sierra Tester; by eight brothers and sisters:  Marshall Bowman and his wife, Esther, of Coventry, Dennis Bowman and his wife, Velma, of Meredith, New Hampshire, Durward Bowman of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, Bernice Blair and her husband, George, of Bellevue, Washington, Joyce Rines and her husband, David, of Shirley, Massachusetts, Linda Yandle and her husband, Tony, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Louise Laravie and her husband, Ross, of Coventry, and Joan Swenson and her husband, Clifford, of Barton; by his sister-in-law Marion Bowman of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Jason Lawson and Nathan Bowman; by two brothers, Winston Bowman and his wife, Velma; and Gerald Bowman.
Funeral services were on February 11 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Glenn Saaman officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
David Reed Cowles
David Reed Cowles, 84, died on February 6, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minesota.
He was born December 4, 1927, a son of Sarah B. Cowles and Percival Cowles of Scarsdale, New York and Barton.  Summers were spent at the family estate on the east side of Crystal Lake.  In 1937, due to his father’s prolonged illness, the family moved to Barton permanently where David attended Barton Academy.  He graduated from New York Military Academy and the University of Vermont.
During the Korean War he joined the Army and was stationed in South Korea.  After his military service, to complete his education, he entered Yale University where he studied law.  Upon his graduation, he worked for the New York State Law Library until his retirement.  He and his family lived in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.  He was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Lucy.  Several years ago he entered a retirement home in Minneapolis to be near his son, Matthew Cowles, who survives him.  He is also survived by three step-children.  Burial will be in Old Greenwich at the convenience of the family.
Respectfully submitted by his cousin, Ann, at the request of his son, Matthew Cowles.
 
Lela Mae Fields

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Lela Mae Fields, 89, of Derby died on February 10, 2011, in Newport.
She was born May 3, 1921, in Derby, a daughter of Ora and Nina (Leach) Blake.
She married James Fields who predeceased her.
Mrs. Fields was employed by Tillotson Rubber Company in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
She was famous for cooking apple pies and doughnuts.  She also enjoyed going to yard sales, playing bingo, and cooking for her neighbors at the trailer park.  She also loved working in her garden.
She is survived by her sister Daphne Morse of Newport; by her niece Jane Kelley and her husband, David, of Derby Line; by her nephews, who were like her children:  Blake Hall of Newport, Arland Hall, and Roland “Peanut” Hall both of Glen Bernie, Maryland; and by her cousin Beatrice Gage of Barre.  She was predeceased by her sisters Edith Willey and Betty Collins, and by her nephew Terry Hall.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Nelson Ransome Lay Jr.

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Nelson Ransome Lay Jr. of Sutton died peacefully on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at the age of 85 in St. Johnsbury.
He was born on September 14, 1925, in Ft. Covington, New York, one of three children born to Nelson and Isabelle (Mayberry) Lay.
The family relocated to Island Pond where Mr. Lay’s father was employed as an engineer for the Canadian National Railroad.  The move to Island Pond introduced Mr. Lay to the joys of hunting and fishing, pastimes he enjoyed immensely for the entirety of his life, culminating in the bagging of a 13-point trophy buck at the tender age of 65. The buck garnered top prize for “most atypical rack” at the Vermont Sportsman Show and today hangs prominently in the family camp at Seymour Lake alongside another trophy buck and several antlers of other deer bagged by Mr. Lay over the many joyful seasons he spent hunting the woods of northern Vermont.
Following the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Lay left high school and joined the Navy at age 17.  He served in the Pacific theater as a radioman and gunner on a PBY Hedron Airframe.  After the war ended, he returned to Vermont and finished his high school studies, graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy.  He later attended the University of Vermont and received his associates degree from Champlain College.
Mr. Lay became one of the earliest Vermont State Police troopers, beginning his career in Bradford in 1949.  During the height of his active duty as a detective, he was recognized as the top homicide detective in Vermont.  He was a top marksman with a pistol and competed in national competitions.  Mr. Lay retired as a captain and troop commander of the St. Johnsbury barracks, Troop C, following more than 30 years of distinguished service.  Perhaps the best legacy of his tenure with the State Police was his belief that people, especially youngsters, were deserving of a second chance and were better served by a well-timed “talking to” than a ticket or permanent arrest record.
Mr. Lay married Shirley Carey in Montpelier on October 4, 1952, and together, they raised five children, living in multiple Vermont communities including Bradford, Rutland, Waterbury Center, and Sutton, moves necessitated by Mr. Lay’s career in the State Police.
After building their dream home in Sutton, Mr. Lay declined career moves that would necessitate relocation and on retirement from the State Police maintained his “gentleman’s farm” there.  In retirement, he served as a rural mail carrier, on the Sutton select board, and drove a school bus.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout his life, and with the help of good friends, built a summer camp for his family on Lake Seymour.  He spent many hours listening to the Boston Red Sox on the radio, especially the games against the Yankees.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley, of Sutton; five children:  Douglas Lay and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center, Maureen Russell Quechee, Theresa Lay-Sleeper and her husband, Ron, of Cabot, Daniel Lay and his wife, Staci, of Brunswick, Maine, and David Lay of Sutton; by eight grandchildren:  Devin and Derick Lay, Morgan Russell, Ethan, Orion, and Theron Lay-Sleeper, and Declan and Hannah Lay; by his sister Sherwood Riddell and her husband, Doug, of Denver, Colorado; by sisters-in-law Margaret Larned of Florida and Betty Blouin of Montpelier; and by many nieces and nephews throughout the country.  He was predeceased by his sister Norma Smith of Tacoma, Washington.
Friends may honor Mr. Lay by calling on the family at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Monday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.  On Tuesday, February 22, at 11 a.m., a Mass  will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lyndonville.  Interment will be in the Sutton Village Cemetery on May 28 at 1 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 49 Winter Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center (marked for the Employee Activity Fund), 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Memories and condolences may be expressed privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Florence “Sally” (Kipp) Leibold

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Florence Kipp Leibold, 84, a former resident of Orleans, died on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro.
She was born in Needham, Massachusetts, on February 26, 1926, a daughter of Frederic and Caroline (MacIntyre) Hawkins.
She grew up in Massachusetts with half-sisters.  She graduated from Newton High School and worked briefly in a children’s store.
She met her future hustand, Richard Kipp, who was serving in the Coast Guard, at a USO party for officers who had returned from their tour of duty in Australia and New Zealand.  They married in April 1946 and moved to Burlington while Mr. Kipp finished school then to Newark, New Jersey, where he taught biology.  They then decided to return to Orleans where he joined his father’s insurance agency.  They made their home in Orleans where they raised their family. Mr. Kipp died on March 2, 1988.
She later married Charles Leibold in January of 1992.  He died on October 26, 2002.  Her home with both husbands was in Orleans and she enjoyed winters in Haines City, Florida, with both as well.
Mrs. Leibold was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but pursued her many interests in spite of this.  She and Mr. Leibold were accomplished painters and enjoyed the art club in Florida.
She was a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club and loved golfing and socializing there.  She was an avid reader and member of the Book and Thimble Club; and enjoyed her bridge club.  She was also a member of the Orleans Federated Church.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and a great love of her family.
Upon failing health, she resided for a time at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in East Craftsbury and transfered to Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro in November of 2007.  She was very much loved and enjoyed by the staff at the nursing home.
Mrs. Leibold leaves a son, Steven Kipp, of Daytona Beach, Florida, and his friend, Charlene Cook, of Glover; a daughter, Martha Lanham and her husband, Paul, of Enola, Pennsylvania; a step-son, the Reverend Dr. Robert Leibold and his wife, Ilse, of Bayville, New York; a half-sister, Lois Rich of Malden, Massachusetts; grandchildren Greta Kipp of Irasburg, John Kipp of Orleans, Justin Kipp of Portland, Maine, Sergeant Trevor Lanham and his wife, Jessica, of Marina, California, Kipp Lanham of Washington, D.C.; newborn great-granddaughter Cora Lanham of Marina; sister-in-law Betty Thurber of Middlebury; and other extended family.  She was predeceased by both husbands, Richard Kipp and Charles Leibold; a son, Lawrence F. Kipp, who died September 10, 2010; a granddaughter, Brooke Kipp, who died March 2, 1998; and a sister, Lydia.
A funeral service was held on February 15 at the Orleans Federated Church in Orleans.  Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery will be in the spring.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, care of Department of Neurology, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be e-mailed to mrdavisfuneral@earthlink.net .
Donald M. McRae

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Donald M. McRae, 90, of Derby died on February 12, 2011, in Newport.
He was born May 20, 1920, in Groton, a son of Martin and Ada (French) McRae.
On December 29, 1945, he married Waneta Wagner who survives him.
Mr. McRae owned his own dairy farm in Island Pond with his wife for 50 years.  He loved his family very much and followed all the activities of his children and grandchildren with great interest.
He is survived by his wife, Waneta McRae, of Newport; by his three children:  Martin McRae and his wife, Barbara, of Morgan, Bruce McRae and his wife, Gisele, of Milton, and Vivian Spates and her husband, Douglas, of Derby; by his grandchildren:  Lia Greenwood and her husband, Chad, Jeff McRae and his wife, Erin McKenny, Andrea Carbine and her husband, Andrew, Elia Marquis and her husband, Corey, Alicia Messier and her husband, Rodney, Kate McRae, and Kyle McRae:  by his great-grandchildren:  Evan, Delia, and Erik Greenwood, McKenna, Cecelia, and Griffin Marquis, and Finnegan and Charles McRae; by his sister Raelene Wright and her husband, Dale, of Ryegate; by his brother Keith McRae and his wife, Pat, of Matteson, Illinois; and by special niece Bonnie Fontaine and her husband, Paul, of St. Johnsbury; as well as other nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Michael McRae; brother Neil McRae; by a sister, Hazel Hutchinson; and by his step-siblings Sam Darling, Wilson Darling, Newton Darling, and Shirley Randall.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday February 18 with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Lyndonville cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, or to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, 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.
Shirley (Ladd) Rochefort

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Shirley Ladd Rochefort, 91, of Newport died on February 9, 2011, in Glover.
She was born January 15, 1920, in Newport Center, a daughter of William and Charlotte (Collins) Turner.
In 1934 she graduated from Sacred Heart High School.
She married Forrest S. Ladd on December 25, 1942.  He predeceased her on November 30, 1966, and she later married Vincent Rochefort on October 10, 1981.  He predeceased her on April 5, 1992.
At the age of 16 she became a bookkeeper at the former Montgomery Ward store in Newport.  She and her husband raised their family in Connecticut and also in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, where she was an Avon representative.  They returned to Vermont after Mr. Ladd retired.  She moved back to Sunbury where she raised her two youngest children after her husband died.  She worked as a bookkeeper for a food distributor.
In 1974 she moved back to Vermont where she was a bookkeeper for a fuel oil distributor.  She retired after she married Mr. Rochefort.
She held memberships with St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport and the North Country Swingers.  Her hobbies included spending time with her family at camp A-Ladd-Inn on Lake Salem, traveling to see her children, and playing her piano and organ.  In her childhood she sang in the Turner family “No Name Band.”  She spent a few years at Michaud Manor in Derby Line which she enjoyed very much.  She also appreciated the staff at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
She is survived by her children:  Michael Ladd and his wife, Bonnie, of Glover, David Ladd and his wife, Maria, of Churchville, Maryland, Jon Ladd and his wife, Brenda, of Watervliet, New York, and William Ladd and his wife, Lynda, of Homasassa, Florida; by 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her stepchildren:  Lorraine Gaire of Stafford, New Hampshire, Jane Page and her husband, Sam, and Kathleen Murray and her husband, David, all of New Castle, New Hampshire, and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her daughters Jeanne Ladd Marsh and Cheryl Ann Ladd and by her sisters Arlene Rocheleau and Alice Hamlin.
Funeral services were held on February 14 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.  Spring interment will be in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839-9701, or to the Parkinson’s Association, 400 Mercer Street, #504, Seattle, Washington 98109.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Zelma L. Vigneau

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Zelma L. Vigneau, 94, of Derby died in Newport with her family at her side on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
She was born on a farm in Derby on May 15, 1916, the eldest of three daughters born to Eugene and Mathilda (Marois) Vigneau.
She attended Sacred Heart School where she graduated from a commercial course.  She worked at many of the businesses on Main Street in Newport at that time, including the former Railway Express, Searles Jewelry, W.T. Grant, Montgomery Ward, Needleman’s, The Franklin Store, and Endicott Johnson Shoe Company.  She was the manager of several of these stores.
Following retirement, she enjoyed traveling to Florida, Maine, and New Hampshire with her sister Tillie.  Together, they started an antique business called Fox Farm Antiques in the barn on Tillie’s farm in the 1980s.  It’s still in operation today.  The two sisters went to many flea markets and antique shows throughout northern New England, as well as Florida, searching for items to place in their shop.
Ms. Vigneau was a very kind, gentle, and generous person, well known for her good nature and optimism.  Over the years, her many customers and friends could rely on her honesty and sincerity.  During her vacations, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and taking them on road trips.  She and her sister also enjoyed many winters in Florida.  Her family will fondly remember her delicious chocolate fudge made for the holiday gatherings, as well as her creamy mashed potatoes.
Ms. Vigneau was a longtime member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Tillie Fugere, of Derby; by her loving nieces and nephews who affectionately called her Mamon: Louise Mathews and her husband, Ed, Joanne Fedele and her husband, John, and their daughter Alissa, Joseph Fugere and his wife, Patricia, and their children Genevieve and Gavin.  She was predeceased by younger sister Juliette, who died in infancy.
The family is having a private prayer service at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.  A Mass will be held at St. Mary’s in May followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital’s Palliative Care Fund, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or 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.
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February 9, 2011 Obituaries

Dorothy N. Baxendale

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

William Stanley Eisner

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

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

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

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

    

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


 
George Ernest Lantagne

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

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Pearl L. Norway, 96, of Newport Center died on January 20, 2011, in Barton surrounded by her loving family.
She was born September 7, 1914, in Coventry, a daughter of Aylmer and Birdena (Combs) Lawson.
On September 12, 1932, she married Cecil Norway who predeceased her in 1988.
Mrs. Norway was a very active member of the Newport Center Methodist Church.  She was an excellent cook and she crocheted many afghans for family members.  She was a very smart, capable, feisty, kind woman with a great sense of humor.
Survivors include her two children:  Patricia Walsh of Derby Line, and Robert Norway and his wife, Pete, of Barre; by five grandchildren:  Martin Walsh and his wife, Elia, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, Heidi Walsh and her husband, John Young, of Glover, Heather Walsh of Derby, Scott Norway of Barre, and Jeffrey Norway and his fiancé, Phoebe Lyon, of Barre; by the following great-grandchildren:  J.J. Raquel, Andrew, Charlie, and Samantha Norway, David Kennison and his fiancé, Heather Dobler, Brittany and Katie Walsh; by stepgrandchildren Emily and Sherwin Young; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by five brothers and by her son-in-law Terrence Walsh.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, at the Newport Center Methodist Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.  Friends may call at the church Thursday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Newport Center cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Newport Center, Vermont 05857, or to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
James Christopher Walton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Genia M. Provencher, 83, of Glover died on January 5, 2011, in Glover.
She was born August 5, 1927, in Orleans, a daughter of William and Maude (Nelson) O’Brien.
On February 6, 1946, she married Raymond Provencher who predeceased her on January 1, 1967.
Mrs. Provencher enjoyed bowling at the Candlepin, crocheting, and playing bingo.
She is survived by her children:  Sr. Mary Ella Provencher of Petersham, Massachusetts, Peggy Fairbrother and her husband, Raymond, of Orleans, Terence Provencher and his wife, Judi, of Derby Line, Denise Kimball of Killeen, Texas, Michael Provencher and his wife, Dottie, of Barton, and Marc Provencher of Derby Line; by 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; by a brother William; and by sisters Olive and Betty.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 368 Avenue D, #30, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
George H. Stone

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

Howard Kenneth “H.K.” Barrup

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

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

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

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

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

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Dorothy M. Willey, 95, of Newport died on January 11, 2011, in Newport.
She was born August 26, 1915, in Lakeport, New Hampshire, a daughter of Leslie and Alice (Smith) Thayer.
In 1932 she married Milton Willey who predeceased her in 1995.  Mr. and Mrs. Willey owned a farm on Pine Hill when they were first married.  After a few years they moved to a farm on the Troy Road which they owned for several years until Mr. Willey went to work for Ethan Allen in the late 1950s.  At that time they moved to Orleans for a year before moving to Newport.
They enjoyed taking trips to visit their children and Mrs. Willey enjoyed having family gatherings and always delighted in seeing the grandchildren and great- and great-great-grandchildren.  Her hobbies included crocheting, playing bingo and watching her favorite television shows.
She is survived by her children:  Diana Beaton and her companion, Ron Pepin, of Newport, Sharon McDonald and her companion, Richard Woodard, of Massachusetts, and June Lussier of Irasburg; by 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by five children:  Rodney, Kenneth, Betty, Jeannette and Norma; by a brother, Ivy Thayer; and by her son-in-law Jean Paul Lussier on January 3, 2011.
Funeral services were held on January 13 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Larry Wall officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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January 5, 2011 Obituaries

Georgia E. Collier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements by the Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.

Joan R. Duffy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Clifford C. Dyer Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Loella M. (Candy) Fillmore

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marianne Frances Hart

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her parents and husband.

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

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

 

Debra Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louis Philip Joyal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Marion LaRose

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

Muriel E. Turenne “Old Gram”

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