April 14, 2010 Obituaries

William A. Burgess

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William A. Burgess Sr., 86, of Newport, died on April 5, 2010.
He was born in Bennington on February 29, 1924, the eldest son of Albert All Burgess and Julia (Connelly) Burgess.
He attended Bennington High School graduating in 1943.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in WWII in the 88th Division, 350th Infantry Regiment.  He served in Africa and Italy as a combat medic; received the combat infantry badge; combat medical badge, two bronze stars, a purple heart and several other decorations.  He received an honorable discharge in 1945.
After the war ended, he returned to Bennington.  In 1949, he married Ave Maria Colgan of Bennington.  They resided in Marshfield, Montpelier and Randolph.  They had one son, William A. Burgess Jr.
Mr. Burgess worked as superintendent of construction on several sections of the Interstate system in Vermont in the 1960s.  He went on to become the assistant director of public works for the city of Montpelier, leaving that position to become the town manager for Randolph from 1973 to 1985.  In his later life, he became a business partner with the James J. Lowe Company where he served as vice president until his retirement.
He was very active in the Vermont League of Cities and Towns where he held a variety of positions.  He served on the board of directors, the Unemployment Insurance Trust, the highway committee and as treasurer.  In 1978, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns honored him as Municipal Person of the Year.
In his younger life he worked on the crew that helped develop Maidstone Lake State Park.  His love of the Northeast Kingdom’s natural beauty eventually led him to Seymour Lake, in Morgan, where he summered with his family for nearly 50 years.  He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing and shared the joys of longtime friendships with many friends who returned to the lake over the years.
His first wife, Ave, predeceased him in December 1993, after more than 40 years of marriage.  In 2000, he married his second wife, Helen Laramie, of Newport who survives him.  He is also survived by his son, William Jr., and his wife of Lebanon, New Hampshire; a brother, John Burgess, and his wife and several nieces and nephews; a step-son Raymond Laramie and his wife of Newport; two step-daughters Susan Monfette and her husband of Newport, and Pauline Sheehan and her husband of Florida, and several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-nieces and -nephews.
A funeral service was held on April 10 at St. Mary’s, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport.  Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Burgess’ memory may be made to Seymour Lake Association, care of Janet Selby, P.O. Box 43, Morgan, Vermont 05853.
 
Raymond M. Coderre

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Raymond M. Coderre Sr., 62, of Barton died suddenly on April 6, 2010, in Newport.
He was born June 2, 1947, in Orleans, a son of Eddy and Fabiola (Vachon) Coderre.
On September 12, 1981, he married Tamie Ashline who predeceased him on August 13, 2009.
Mr. Coderre was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both of Orleans.
He is survived by two children:  Raymond Coderre Jr. and his fiancé, Jessie Bushey, of Orleans, and Tara-Lynn Coderre of Barton.  He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Donald Coderre of Lowell, Eugene Coderre of Orleans, Giselle Damon and her husband, Robert, of Morgan, Cecile Arel of Newport, Estelle Wheeler and her husband, Alfred, of Newport Center, Desneiges Geraw and her husband, Chester, of Glover; a sister-in-law, Alice Coderre, of Irasburg; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by brothers Lucien, Gaetan, Marcel and by sisters Jeannette Geraw and Rita.
Graveside services were held on April 12 at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda officiating.  Full military honors were held.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Hector J. Descheneau

 

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Hector J. Descheneau Jr., 57, of North Troy died peacefully April 6, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born October 29, 1952, in Newport, a son of Hector and Theresa (Bacon) Descheneau Sr.
On August 18, 1973, he married Cheryl (Pudvah) Descheneau.
He was owner of Hector Descheneau Transport.
He held memberships with the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 of Newport, the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy, and the North Troy Fire Department.
Mr. Descheneau enlisted in the Vermont National Guard.
Among his hobbies he enjoyed snowmobiling, NASCAR races and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Descheneau, of North Troy; two children:  Chris Descheneau and his wife, April, of North Troy, and Jeremy Descheneau and his wife, Katie, of Deering, New Hampshire; four grandchildren:  Aaliyah, Kloey, Wyatt J., and Ryder J; his mother, Theresa Descheneau, of Derby; three brothers:  Robert Descheneau and his wife, Marsha, of West Charleston, Richard Descheneau Sr.,  and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Dennis Descheneau and his wife, Kathy, of Newport Center; his mother-in-law, Matilda Pudvah, of North Troy; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was predeceased by his father, Hector J. Descheneau Sr., in 1993.
Funeral services were held on April 8 at a Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell with military honors by members of the American Legion Post #28.   Members of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 conducted an Elks service.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network through www.pancan.org.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Roger R. Fortin
Roger R. Fortin, 62, of Groton died on April 1, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
He was born on May 26, 1947, in Barton, a son of Jules and Albertine (Twofoot) Fortin.
Mr. Fortin was a self-employed logger for most of his life.  He enjoyed farming and the outdoors.
He is survived by his children:  Brian Fortin and his wife, Holly, of Berkshire, Jody Tilton of Fairfax, and Paula Tardiff of Cambridge; and by his brothers and a sister, Paul Fortin of Derby, Ernest Fortin and his wife, Rolande, of Enosburg, Dennis Fortin and his wife, Jackie, of Newport Center, Mary Haskins of Groton; a sister-in-law Judy Fortin of East Charleston; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Jules Jr., and a sister Linda Lucas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on April 17 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral service. Interment will follow at the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Fortin’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Harold Byron Nunn

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Harold Byron Nunn, 86, of Stannard, died on April 8, 2010, at his residence.
He was born March 17, 1924, in Hardwick, a son of the late Byron and Elizabeth (Porter) Nunn.
He attended Hardwick Academy and continued his education at radio school in Waterbury.
In July 1967, he married Mavis Winchester in Stannard.  She died December 3, 2009.
Mr. Nunn was a licensed ham radio operator.  He was an amateur philosopher, historian and anthropologist whose passion for the history of Native Americans in Vermont was relentless.
After retiring as a radio and television sales and serviceman in Hardwick, he and his wife moved to the Winchester family farm in Stannard.
Together they walked the land, hunted, gardened and sugared. As Mr. Nunn recently said, “Stannard was the perfect place to retire.”
His family, friends and neighbors will miss his stories of times and people gone by, as well as his warm and independent spirit.
Survivors include a step-brother-in-law, Stewart Daige, of Eden; a niece, Kelly Daige, of Eden and a nephew, Steve Daige, of North Carolina.
Burial was held on April 12, in the Stannard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Stannard Historical Society, care of Rachel Hexter, 41 Old Pasture Road, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.
Arrangements by Northern Vermont FuneralService.

 

 

Committal Service

 

 

Phyllis Smith


A graveside service for Phyllis Smith will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Troy Village Cemetery.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rsuhford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Memorial Service

 

Stephen G. Grant

 
A memorial service will be held for Stephen G. Grant on Saturday, April 24, at 6 p.m.  It will be at the Brownington Center Church in Brownington Center.
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April 7, 2010 Obituaries

Marilyn J. Duckless


Marilyn J. Duckless, 70, of Brattleboro died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness.
She was born May 18, 1939, in Barton, a daughter of Raymond A. and Mildred (Smith) Drew.
In 1957 she graduated from Newport City High School in Newport.  Later she graduated from the Writer’s Digest School.
On August 3, 1957, she married Robert H. Duckless who survives her.  They moved to Brattleboro in October of 1962.
She was a self-taught woman who prided herself on being a lifelong learner. She enjoyed discussing and debating issues and was strong in her convictions on political as well as cultural issues.
Among her many hobbies and interests were flower gardening, watercolor painting, dancing, traveling, and playing cards and playing piano.  She was also an avid reader, stamp collector and enjoyed entertaining in her home.
Over the years, she and her husband visited Hawaii twice, Bermuda, Portugal, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela and most all of the Caribbean Islands.
Mrs. Duckless loved cats, animals and oceans.  For 19 years she had a pair of registered Himalayan cats that were her pride and joy.
Organizations to which she had belonged or held office in over the years included:  Oak Grove Homemakers Club, River Valley Riders Motorcycle Club, Cheshire Fish and Game Club, the National Rifle Association, the board of directors of the Brattleboro Figure Skating Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies of the Moose, and she was a life member of the V.F.W. Carl Dessaint Post #1034 Ladies Auxiliary.
Her occupational history included secretary and receptionist for the Brattleboro Public Health Nursing Service, a telephone operator for Rounds Answering Service, four years at the Brattleboro Retreat where she worked in medical records and as a receptionist per diem.  She was a crossing guard for eight years, a receptionist in the offices of doctors Ambler and Kimball, and the last 11 years, before she retired, she substitute taught in the elementary grades at all the schools in the WSESU.
Besides her husband of 52 years, she is survived by a daughter, Vicki Flanders, and her husband, James, of Keene, New Hampshire; a son Allen Duckless of Brattleboro; one granddaughter, Ashley Moody, and her husband, Michael, of Keene; two great-grandchildren:  Briana and Logan Moody of Keene; two nieces:  Lori Royer and her husband, Paul, and their daughters, Andrea and Lisa, of Newport, and Julie Nelson and her husband, Michael, and their children, David and Danielle, of Orleans.
She was predeceased by a dear sister, Joyce Rowland of Newport.
Funeral services were conducted at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Inc. Burial was in the Newport Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Duckless’ name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.
Arrangements by the Atamaniuk Funeral Home in Brattleboro.

 

 

Jack Gabriel Hannan


Jack Gabriel Hannan lived for mountains.  Maybe it was the view of Mount Hood from the hospital in Portland, Oregon, where he entered this world on September 18, 1974, or perhaps the aura of Hood’s sister volcano to the north, Mount Adams, in whose shadow he spent his toddler years, but make no mistake, a passion for high places and the great outdoors became imbedded into his make-up from an early age.
As a four-year-old, after his unrepentant hippie parents had moved him to a teepee in the Idaho panhandle, he scampered to the top of his first summit —Clifty, a lovely 2,000-meter escarpment with a sweeping view of the Kootenai River valley below — a valley he and his family called home until answering the Green Mountains’ beckoning call in 1979.
Holland — as unpretentious a Vermont town as exists — its proximity to Jay Peak and a moderately obsessive, ski-patrol neighbor launched his skiing career with gusto.  Nearly every weekend morning saw the pre-dawn arrival of the neighbor who sipped thick, black coffee while Jack bundled into hand-me-down winter garb, gathered his well-used equipment and headed off in Bruce’s Datsun for Jay Peak.  For the next ten or so years, Jack was a fixture at Jay Peak, as much a part of the landscape as the Kitzbeuhel or the glades he helped pioneer — black diamond terrain.  Whether sipping hot chocolate at the Snow Job or as one of the youngest ski instructors ever, Jay was his home-away-from-home — or was that what Holland was to Jay Peak?
His nascent passion for mountains was never confined to the winter months.  By the time he was 18, he’d hiked Vermont’s Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada with his family.  He’d attended the Green Mountain Conservation Camp — twice.  He’d spent a summer doing trail and bridge work with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps on the side of Camel’s Hump; a season with the Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail Patrol and a long stint building trails for the U.S. Forest Service out of the Rochester Ranger District.
It’s said that skiing the ice of the East is better training for skiing the West’s powder than vice versa.  So a year or so after he graduated from North Country Union High School in 1992, the lure of the West’s deep powder and endless couloirs proved irresistible.  He aimed his tips toward Crested Butte, Colorado, and settled in for the next phase of his mountain love affair.  While he came back to Vermont for visits he never “looked back” – for the next 17 years he called Colorado’s Rockies and British Columbia’s Coast Range home.
Just as Jay Peak has been spared the glitter and hype of a Killington or Stowe, Crested Butte was the perfect analog for Jack to land at —serious about skiing and shunning the trappings of a “resort,” he found his niche.  Embodying the “work hard/play hard” ethos of his newfound community of friends he blossomed and grew on both fronts.  First as a landscaper and then as a carpenter, he managed to feed his mountain habits by following the annual rhythm of gathering enough financial acorns in good weather to ski all winter — to spend endless hours ripping remote lines on the back of “the Butte” and in the access-challenged peaks looming out of this bucolic valley.
There he also parlayed his fledgling Vermont hunting skills into standard fare for the dinner table in the form of regular success in harvesting Colorado’s elk.  Never one to take the easy path, he had stories of downing an 800-pound animal in a roadless area and packing out quarters on his back.  You could taste the effort in the gourmet homemade jerky he sent home to tantalize us here in Vermont.  In another era he might have been at home trapping beaver and hunting “Griz” with Jedediah Smith or Jim Bridger.
There too he embarked on a circuit that had its roots in Crested Butte — the world of “extreme skiing” competitions.  In the same way that a competitive diver who miscues slightly on a difficult dive might receive a higher score than a diver who nails an easy one, much of the scoring in extreme skiing hinges on the difficulty of the line chosen and the finesse with which the skier navigates that line.  No terrain in the East could qualify as an extreme competition setting, save perhaps the headwall at New Hampshire’s Tuckerman Ravine.  To say the format encourages “pushing the envelope” is an understatement —and push it Jack did.  His list of podium visits is impressive including perhaps his most gratifying moment when he took first in the 2003 U.S. Freeskiing Championships before the hometown crowd at Crested Butte.  But Kirkwood, Snowbird, Whistler and other venues saw Jack take honors as well.
In Crested Butte he also met his future bride — house painter, artist and fellow extreme competitor, Laura Ogden.  In 2005 she won the North American Freeskiing Tour, and in 2006 she took the World Freeskiing Tour in a clean sweep — woman aplenty to match Jack’s passions for sure!  Their tours on the circuit gave them a taste of elsewhere and British Columbia’s more consistent snow and proximity to Laura’s family in Tacoma, Washington, lured them northward.
In 2007 they moved full-time to Pemberton, British Columbia  — another bucolic, unspoiled valley with majestic Mount Currie for its backdrop.  In 2008 they wed in a backyard ceremony celebrated by extended and complex families and a host of friends.  Their wedded lives launched in grand style, Laura settled into nursing school while Jack rode the crest of a building boom related somewhat to the pending arrival of the Winter Olympics in nearby Whistler.
Hundreds of miles of untrammeled wilderness and un-skied peaks range north out of Pemberton.  Their thirst for competitive honors quenched, they channeled their zeal toward the shear joy of planning and executing first descents of peak after peak in this snowbound playing field.  Snowmachines, helicopters, crampons, ice axes, climbing skins and endurance all played parts in satisfying these urges.  Their skills attracted more than one film company and many photographers.  The Internet abounds with visual accounts of their triumphs.
While Jack and Laura ranged far and wide in pursuit of fresh lines, Mount Currie was their familiar haunt — it was “their” mountain.  Virtually in their backyard and with an available heli ride for themselves and two friends, it was to Mount Currie they headed on March 31, 2010.  It was a perfect powder day, fantastic weather and a memorable run was the result.  Stopping to put on skins for the rolling trek back to civilization, the serenity and satisfaction was interrupted by the freight-train sound of a Class 3 avalanche careening down the couloir they’d just skied.  All raced for the safety of nearby ledges; all but Jack made it.  It was over in seconds.  A Class 3 avalanche is defined as capable of crushing cars and small buildings – Jack’s life was likely snuffed before the snow settled.  His companions reached him in moments and had him extracted soon thereafter, but there was not life left to save.  These were among the most experienced and well-equipped backcountry skiers in the world.  They had avalanche beacons, avalanche probes, cell phones and thousands of hours of backcountry experience among them, but the suddenness of the tragedy proved to be a greater force than preparedness and skill.
Jack leaves behind his beloved Laura and her family on the West Coast, his mother, Carolyn Hannan and her husband, Peter Moskovites, of West Charleston, “the dad he grew up with,” Paul Hannan, his wife, Cornelia Carey, and their daughter, Jack’s sister, Adelaide Hannan of Calais; his brother, Cedar Hannan and his partner, Jennifer Linck, of Craftsbury; his birth father, George Reeves, and his wife, Roseann, and their sons Richard and Ian of Anacortes, Washington; and relatives far and wide.  More friends and admirers than there are ski lines in the Coast Range grieve his passing, with wonderful thoughts posted in various Internet venues to bear witness to that truth and to the humility and spirit that accompanied Jack’s accomplishments.
An Indian proverb speaks: “When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”  We all mourn Jack’s passing but there is no doubt that he should rejoice in a life well-lived. — from Paul Hannan.

 

 

Donald Lee Keeler

 

Donald Lee Keeler, 73, of Island Pond died Wednesday March 24, 2010, in Newport.
He was born on May 23, 1932, in Claverack, New York, a son of Adam and Etta Mae (Rightmyer) Keeler.
He attended Roeliff Jansen School in Hillsdale, New York.  He received an honorable discharge from the Army during the Korean War.  He lived in Colombia County most of his life moving to Castle Hill in Castleton, New York.  He retired to the Northeast Kingdom in Island Pond,
He had worked for Philip Orchards, Pitcher Auto Parts, Taconic State Parkway, Taghkanic and Colombia Diners, the Philmont Police and the Schodack School District.
His favorite hobby was growing his beard to play Santa.
He was a member of the St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown, a lifetime member of Minkler Seery American Legion Post #252 in Philmont and the Mellenville and Philmont Rod and Gun Clubs.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Carolyn Pearl (Decker) Keeler; a daughter, Pamela Jean (Keeler) Barber; son-in-law, Robert P. Barber, of West Charleston; son, Kenneth Adam Keeler; daughter-in-law Mary-Beth Winfield Keeler of Claverack, New York; stepsons Allen and Matthew Voorman; grandchildren: Regina Ann (Barber) Maier, Katrina Lynn Keeler and Kailynn Courtney Keeler; great-grandchildren:  Makaila Jordan Maier, Ethan Conrad Maier, and Jeremiah Lee Keeler.  He is also survived by a brother Ralph Keeler and a sister Alice Wood.
Mr. Keeler was predeceased by his parents; brothers Clinton, Duane, Arnold and Adam; and a granddaughter, Aimee Jeanne Barber.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Siskin, Celebrate Kidz, P.O. Box 1, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.
Mr. Keeler’s wife, Carolyn, is recovering from surgery, therefore a memorial service will be held at a future date.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Helen Irene Morrill
Helen Irene Morrill died quietly at home in Friday Harbor, Washington, on February 4, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A. Edwin Morrill, in 1995 and her son A. Edward (Nick) Morrill in 1992.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Lush and her husband, Terry, of Friday Harbor; five grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Morrill was born Helen Smith in Montpelier on June 16, 1922, and remained in her beloved Vermont until moving in 2002 from Barton to Friday Harbor to be close to her daughter and son-in-law.
Her love (and talent) for music began early, and for some time she played violin with a symphony. More recently, while in Friday Harbor, she enjoyed playing the piano several times a week.
In the 1950s and 1960s, she worked as a public accountant in Barton and St. Johnsbury.  In the 1970s, she used her interest in history and knowledge of antiques to manage a gift shop at the Bennington Battle Monument.
Being a serious animal lover, she turned the Morrill household into a bit of an animal shelter, finding new homes for dogs, cats, horses, parrots and even a monkey.
At a later time, Mrs. Morrill’s remains will be returned to Vermont for burial next to her husband of 54 years and son and five generations of family.
If you wish to share stories or thoughts, you may contact Linda and Terry Lush at Linda@sjihome.com or 47 Waypoint Road, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250.
Truman Peck



Truman Scott Peck, 69, of Island Pond died peacefully April 3, 2010, in Newport.
He was born November 24, 1940, in Sutton, a son of Elmer and Flossie (Facteau) Peck.
On August 7, 2005, he married Diane (DeLaBruere) Daniels who survives him.
He attended Lyndon Institute in 1958.  Mr. Peck entered the U.S. Army on November 25, 1960, and was honorably discharged on November 24, 1963.  He was an engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 32 years.
He enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, kayaking, biking, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, square dancing, building model airplanes and spending time with his family.  He wintered in Winter Haven, Florida, where he made many new friends and touched many lives.
Mr. Peck held memberships with the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, the Masonic Golden Rule Lodge #5 of Stanstead, and the square dance club and bowling league.
At one time, he was a licensed barber, and he owned and operated a body shop and built his own home, both located in Derby Line.
He is survived by his wife, Diane (Daniels) Peck, of Island Pond; his children:  Scott Peck and his companion, Tina, of West Charleston, Darrin Peck and his companion, Sarah Myers, of Essex Junction, and Jodie Peck of Albany; nine grandchildren:  Cory, Angelee, Danielle, Natasha, Desmah, Ayla-Kaid, Noah, Savannah, and Elizabeth; and by special family members Tammy and Dion.  He is also survived by a brother Stewart Peck and his friend, Audrey, of Enosburg; three sisters:  Shirley Ronan of California, Doreen Deos of Lyndon Center, Geraldine Deos of Long Island, New York; several nieces and nephews; his stepchildren:  Walter Daniels and his companion, Andrea Natal, of East Burke, Christine Jenks and her husband, Dusty, of East Burke, and Marie Routhier and her husband, Alan, of Essex; and by eight step-grandchildren:  Victoria, Allyssa, Jacob, Austin, Melena, Arianna, Tyler and Hailey.
Mr. Peck has joined his son Rance Peck who predeceased him  on April 22, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Elton Ovitt officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in East Haven Cemetery with full military honors.  Members of the Masonic Golden Rule Lodge #5 will conduct a Masonic service at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston,Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

John R. Smith
John “Jack” R. Smith, 78, of Coventry died March 20, 2010, at his home.
He was born February 21, 1932, in Nashua, New Hampshire, a son of Ellis and Margaret (McInnes) Smith.
He married Louise Richard who predeceased him in 1999.
He entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War.
He was owner and operator of the Heermansmith Farm Restaurant in Coventry for 25 years.
He is survived by a son John Smith of Florida; a sister Patricia Kemp and her husband, Richard, of Palm Harbor, Florida; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Al and Robert Smith.
A service of remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the Heermansmith Farm in Coventry.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

 

Commital Service
Committal services for Roland E. Coderre Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9 at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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March 31, 2010 Obituaries

Roland E. Coderre Sr.

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Roland E. Coderre Sr., 46, of Lowell died peacefully March 23, 2010, in Newport.
He was born June 19, 1963, in Newport, a son of Donald Coderre Sr. and the late Jeannette (Arel) Coderre.
On June 21, 2009, he married Kellie Tenney who survives him.
Mr. Coderre enjoyed making furniture and various craft items out of wood.  He liked to fish when he was in good health, and he always enjoyed being a farmer and the work that went with the job.  He was also the person who others could turn to for help, and they knew that he would give them a hand.  He was a strong-willed man who fought COPD for several years and worked as long as possible.
He was deeply loved and will be missed by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Kellie Coderre, of Lowell; his children:  Roland Coderre Jr. of North Troy, Tonya Coderre of Newport, Dillon, Christopher and Katie, all of Lowell; a granddaughter, Krystal Valenti; by his father, Donald Coderre Sr. and his companion, Victoria Pierce, of Lowell; a brother, Donald Coderre Jr., and his wife, Ellen, of Florida; two sisters:  Yvette and her husband, Derick, of Florida, and Anita and her husband, Brian, of Irasburg; his ex-wife, Kathy Coderre, of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Jeannette Coderre.
Funeral services were held at a Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on March 26 with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family for the children’s education in care of Kellie Coderre, 365 Irish Hill Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Sandra Corliss

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Sandra M. Corliss, 58, of Granby died peacefully with her family by her side on March 24, 2010, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born July 30, 1951, in Irasburg, a daughter of Earl and Mae (Simino) Snyder.
In 1969 she graduated from Lake Region Union High School.
She worked for several years at Hitchner Manufacturing in Littleton, New Hampshire, as an X-ray technician, checking parts for defects.  She also worked for Lydall Industries in St. Johnsbury, the Wooden Horse in St. Johnsbury, Quality Control Stitching in St. Johnsbury, Newport Plastics, and Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Motorcycling with her husband, Bob “Moose” Corliss, feeding and watching wild birds, family gatherings, and spending time with her grandchildren brought her much pleasure.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Corliss, of Granby; two sons, Edward Boutah of Barton, and John Boutah and his wife, Karen, of Passumpsic; five grandchildren, Tyler, Jaidhe, Skye, Brandon, and Marissa Mae; two sisters, Louise Duquette and her husband, Roger, of Irasburg, and Carol Stoddard and her husband, Donald, of Barton; nieces, nephews, and many close friends.
She was predeceased by her parents and her second husband, Peter Quirion, in 1986.
Funeral services were held March 26 at the Guibord Funeral Home with the Reverend Tim Pittman officiating.  Burial will be in the West Charleston Cemetery at a later date.
Donations made in her memory may be directed to Caledonia Home Health Inc., 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Arrengements are by the Guibord Funeral Home.

 

 

Stephen G. Grant
Stephen G. Grant, 56, of Brownington and formerly of Bridgeton, New Jersey, died March 22, 2010, at his home following a three-month battle with cancer.
He was born May 20, 1953, in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Robert H. Grant Sr. and Chrystal (Geiter) Grant.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. (Yahrling) Grant; his daughter Corrine E. Grant of Quinton, New Jersey; and his son Michael S. Grant of Montclair, New Jersey.  He is also survived by his father, Robert H. Grant Sr., of Carney’s Point, New Jersey; and brothers Harry G. Grant of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Robert H. Grant Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Carney’s Point, New Jersey, and Richard A. Grant and his wife, Patricia, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
His mother predeceased him in 2008.
He graduated from Penns Grove High School in Carney’s Point, New Jersey, in 1971.  He earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1976.
He worked as a pharmacist for Cumberland County, New Jersey, at the Cumberland Manor Nursing Home in Hopewell Township for 18 years followed by employment at various retail pharmacies most recently at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Newport.
He and his wife enjoyed the quiet companionship of each other. Mr. Grant liked reading, watching the History Channel, collecting antiques, and listening to “Prairie Home Companion.”  He also took pride in his daughter Corrie’s artwork and poetry and his son Michael’s theatrical performances.
A funeral service was held March 27 at the Freitag Funeral Home in Bridgeton, New Jersey, with Pastor Jamie Bagley of the Carlls Corner Community Fellowship Church officiating.
Interment was at the Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, New Jersey.
A memorial service will take place at a later date at the Brownington Center Church in Brownington.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Stephen’s memory to the charity of one’s own choice.
Arrangements by the Freitag Funeral Home.
Lauri G. Larabee
Lauri (Gaskin) Larabee, 51, of Lyndonville died suddenly early Friday morning March 26, 2010, at her home.
She was born January 15, 1959, in St. Johnsbury, the fifth child of Ernest and Gisele (St. Hilaire) Gaskin.
She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1977.  In 1979 she graduated from the New England Institute of Mortuary Science in Boston, Masachussetts.
She worked as a funeral director and embalmer in Boston, Montana and Bennington.  She returned home in 1981 and worked for French and Bean Wholesale Grocers.  That is where she met her husband to be, Vernon Larabee.  They were married on July 11, 1981.
Later, Mrs. Larabee became the produce manager for White’s Market on Depot Street in Lyndonville, a position she held for many years.
She was a caring, dedicated, hard-working woman who helped many people and was lovingly known as “Yah Yah” to her grandchildren.  She also was a gifted and talented artist making many kinds of crafts, braided rugs, quilts, Christmas decorations, and more.  Her home was a place of comfort to family and friends in need.
Mr. and Mrs. Larabee built a home together in Sutton.  They worked hard for many years planting beautiful gardens with flowers, vegetables and fruit which they shared with many.  Mrs. Larabee’s kindness and generosity will not be forgotten by those whose lives she touched.
She was predeceased by her husband, Vernon Larabee, in  2009; her mother-in-law, Sarah Larabee, in 2009; a sister-in-law, Vernice Goodwin; and her father, Ernest Gaskin in 1982.
Survivors include her daughter, Meagan Johnson, and her husband, Mat, of Concord; two grandchildren, Corbin and Caiden Johnson; her mother, Gisele Gaskin, of Lyndonville; three sisters and their husbands, Heidi and Reginald Lussier of Kirby, Joni and Scott Palmer of Danville, and Patti and Tom Barrett of St. Johnsbury; two brothers and their wives, Ernest and Darla Gaskin of Indiana, and Tim and Paula Gaskin of Lyndonville; her in-laws, Vernal and Luciene Larabee of Albany, Sally and John Bedard of Albany, and Neil Goodwin of St. Johnsbury; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and several close friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 31, at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville with the Reverend Patrick Forman officiating.  There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for the education of Mrs. Larabee’s grandchildren.  Donations may be directed to:  Community National Bank, P. O. Box 131, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Arrangements by the Guibord Funeral Home.
Donald James Lavoie Sr.

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Donald James Lavoie Sr., 88, of Manassas, Virginia, died at his residence on Sunday, March 28, 2010.
Mr. Lavoie was born September 27, 1921, in Orleans, a son of the late Louis and Helen (Labounty) Lavoie.
He served in the 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and participated in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign on Guadalcanal and New Guinea.
He was a member of American Legion Post 23 in Orleans and the 1st Marine Division Association.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Nila (Randall) Lavoie.
Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Florio and her husband, Tom, of Manassas, Virginia; a son Donald J. Lavoie Jr. and his wife, Jerri, of Stamford, Connecticut; four grandchildren:  Tina, Donnie “D.J.”, Thomas and Robert; and four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held March 31 at the Baker-Post Funeral Home and Cremation Center chapel in Manassas,Virginia, with the Reverend Jeffrey Wilson officiating.  Interment will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may take the form of a donation to Capital Hospice, 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 200, Manassas, Virginia; or a contribution of time or money to Sudley Elementary school, 9744 Copeland Drive, Manassas, Virginia; or a contribution to your local school.
Arrangements by the Baker-Post Funeral Home and Cremation Center,
George D. Macleay

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George D. MacLeay, formerly of Morgan, died on February 1, 2010, in Sylmar, California.
He was born May 9, 1922, in Montreal, Quebec, a son of Roderick and Jennie MacLeay.
He grew up in Montreal.
Because he was not accepted for Army service due to a hereditary bone condition, he joined the Norwegian Navy.
In 1937, after vacationing on Seymour Lake in Morgan for several seasons, Mr. MacLeay, his brother Bill, and his father Roderick bought a 247-acre farm that included lakeshore property and the cabin on Lake Seymour where they had vacationed.  The family moved to Morgan and began farming with milk cows, pigs, and chickens.  Mr. MacLeay also began working at Butterfields in Derby Line, where he worked for 38 years until he retired at the age of 62.
In 1947 he married Carolyn Willard.  They raised three children, two girls and a boy.  Starting in the 1970s Mr. and Mrs. MacLeay became foster parents to many children, some of them severely handicapped.
Darryl Sheldon, a nine-year-old boy, joined the family as a foster child.   Paul Hudson and Mary Lou West, also severely handicapped children, joined the family around the same time.  Mr. and Mrs. MacLeay took care of these three children for 33 years.
In that time, Mr. MacLeay never took a day off until he became ill and required skilled nursing care in July of 2009.
Mr. MacLeay was Paul’s favorite person.  He would hunt all over the house until he found his Dad’s hat and glasses, and Mr. MacLeay would gleefully oblige Paul by wearing his hat and glasses at all times!
When Mr. MacLeay’s two daughters developed an interest in horses it was his idea to haul his daughters and their ponies around to parades and horse shows where he waited patiently for hours while the ponies were shown or paraded.   He always proudly walked the Seldom Rest Farm banner in the parades.
It was common for Mr. MacLeay to get up in the middle of the night, hook on the horse trailer and travel hundreds of miles to pick up a horse they had bought at an auction.  He’d travel as far as California with trailer in tow to pick up horses.   On one of his horse-hauling trips from California to Vermont, at a truck stop in Ohio, he gained the reputation of “pony thief” after he was informed by his family that he’d picked up the wrong pony in California!
Mr. MacLeay was known as the “Good Will Ambassador of the Northeast Kingdom” because of his willingness to always lend.  He was constantly bringing strangers to his home if they were in trouble or needed a place to stay.
One night a stranger from Montreal broke down near his home.  Even though Mr. MacLeay was working all day at Butterfields and milking cows before and after his day job, he drove the stranger back to Montreal and would not take compensation for his time or gas.  He got back just in time to start milking the cows before going back to Butterfields.
Mr. MacLeay was a strong advocate for the Shriners organization.  He attended the Shriners game every year except  for the last year, and the Shriners recently awarded him an honorary lifetime membership.
He had a special interest in helping out young people from all walks of life.  Many years ago Mr. MacLeay worked with Governor Phil Hoff and Senator Patrick Leahy on a program to benefit black inner city youth from the New York City area who were brought from the city to spend time in the Vermont countryside.  Mr. MacLeay was especially proud to call Senator Leahy a personal friend.
He and his wife started running a program that brought troubled youth from the New York City area to the country to be with horses.  Mr. and Mrs. MacLeay ran an international summer riding program for 25 years.  Mr. MacLeay often found himself volunteering to run one of the campers to their home (about 400 miles) just so the camper could finish showing horses at the county fair.
Mr. MacLeay was a member of the Derby Congregational Church.  He was the founder of the Derby Line Credit Union.  He was past president of the union.  He was a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Shrine.
He was a fanatical golfer.  He belonged to the Newport Country Club.  He even managed to make front page news in the Newport Daily Express for getting a hole-in-one only three weeks after he had undergone successful three- vessel bypass surgery following a severe heart attack in1999.
Mary Louise Reed
Mary Louise Reed, 74, of Hardwick died March 24, 2010, at the Greensboro Nursing Home in Greensboro.
She was born in West Glover on March 15, 1936, a daughter of Fred and Stella (Eastman) Stevens.
She was a crafter, knitting and crocheting blankets and mittens for many people.  Other enjoyments were collecting teddy bears and having phone conversations with her many friends.   She enjoyed the Vermont countryside during fall foliage and seeing the flowers bloom in springtime.  She also enjoyed her family, and spending time together, especially during the holidays, was of great importance.
She had been previously married to Malcolm Reed.  For many years she lived with her companion, Edward Dodge Jr., who predeceased her.
Survivors include her children:  Terry and Sheila Reed of Duxbury, Wanda Reed and Lyle of Glover, and Malcolm Reed II of Wolcott; her siblings, Nancy L. Shatney of Wolcott and Judson Stevens of Arizona,  Charles Stevens and Linda Patrick predeceased her.   Surviving grandchildren are Brian Reed and Tara of Waterbury Center, and Andy Reed,  Joshua Reed, Tabby Reed and Lizzy Reed  all of Duxbury.
Lynn Reed predeceased her grandmother.  Also surviving is a great-grandchild, Brooke Reed, of Waterbury Center, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family received friends on March 30 at the des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick.  Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover at a time to be announced.
Arrangements by the des Groseilliers Funeral Homes.
Arnold Mahlon Tessier

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Arnold Mahlon Tessier, 73, of Newport died peacefully March 27, 2010, at North Country Hospital in Newport surrounded by his friends.
He was born January 11, 1937, in Newport Center, a son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Taylor) Tessier.
Mr. Tessier was a janitor for North Country Union High School for 19 years.
He loved all animals and adopted many cats during his lifetime.  He enjoyed spending time with Wally and Vicki Watson and family.  He also was a NASCAR fan, especially a fan of driver Jimmy Johnson.
He is survived by his friends Wally and Vicki Watson and family of Newport, and Marion Woods of Newport, and by an uncle Merrill Sheltra of Brattleboro.  He was predeceased by a brother Durwood Taylor and by his best friend Charles Goodenough.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Muriel O’Gorman officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home starting at 10 a.m. on April 1 until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will take place on May 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Roger J. Viens

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Roger J. Viens, 68, of North Troy died on January 23, 2010, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Viens was born on February 11, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Ernest (Romeo) and Blanche (Leroux) Viens, the youngest of three sons.
He enjoyed western movies, country music, the New York Yankees, his cats (Princess and Lucky), taking care of his roommate Sonny, coffee at Wilsy or Barb’s every day at 2 p.m. with good friends, talking with the guys down at the town garage, stopping by the farm to talk with Claude on his way home, chatting with Border Patrol, frequent telephone conversations with his childhood friend Mike Blackburn from Connecticut, or catching up on things with his longtime friend from Westmore, John Badger.
He would often reminisce about his life and spoke of all his children often.  He was proud of them and loved them dearly even if some of his life experiences and his stubbornness at times didn’t allow him to show it like he wanted to.  With his happy-go-lucky attitude and gift of gab he was always able to put a smile on someone’s face whether he knew them or not.  He joked with everyone no matter where he went and was remembered by many because of his unique personality.  He was admired and loved and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his children from three marriages:  Terry Hargis and her husband, Leo, of Franklin, North Carolina, Denise Wilson and her husband, John, of Concord, New Hampshire, Yvonne Viens-Curtis, her husband, Tony, and Yvette Hamel of East Burke, Kristopher and Jonathan Viens of Orleans, and Donna Folgherait of West Simsbury, Connecticut; his grandchildren:  Leo Hargis, Joshua, Jessica and Jennifer Glodgett, Alexander Hamel, and Ryan and Amber Folgherait; his great-grandchildren:  Kyler Hargis and Nicholas Glodgett; and his brother, Edmond Viens and wife, Judy, of Newington, Connecticut.
He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Roland Viens and his son William (Bub) Folgherait.
Should friends desire, donations may be made to support the Palliative Care Unit.  Please make checks payable to :  Palliative Care MHMH (with Roger Viens in memo line), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Office of Development, attention:  Michele Clark, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

 

Eugene Simeon Voyer

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Eugene Simeon Voyer, 91, of Bloomfield, Connecticut, died March 27, 2010, in Bloomfield with his sons and family at his side.
He was born April 7, 1918, in Lowell, a son of John and Gladys (Sheltra) Voyer.
On April 18, 1944, he married Theresa Gabrielle Voyer who predeceased him September 20, 2002.
Mr. Voyer moved to Bloomfield, Connecticut, in 1953 and dedicated 33 years to being a herdsman, working for A.C. Peterson’s Dairy Farms until retiring in 1986.  He moved to Newport Center where he lived with his wife until her death.  Shortly thereafter, he returned to Bloomfield, Connecticut.
He really enjoyed visiting his family in sunny Florida and South Carolina.  He was the oldest of 18.  Mr. Voyer will be most remembered for his sense of humor and devotion to his Catholic faith.
He is survived by his sons:  Roland Voyer of  Bloomfield, Albert Voyer and his wife, Janice, of Charleston, South Carolina, Roger Voyer and Virginia of West Hartland, Connecticut, Paul Voyer and his wife, Fran, of Saline, Michigan, Richard Voyer and his wife, Irene, of Simsbury, Connecticut, David Voyer and his wife, Ronna, of West Hartford, and Michael Voyer and his wife, Pauline, of Canton, Connecticut; 11 grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and by the following sisters and brothers:  Annette Royer of Newport, Jennie Hebert of Derby Line, Theresa Rivers of Zephyrhills, Florida, Rose Chimielecki of Irasburg, Gloria Desrocher of Fort Pierce, Germaine Beliveau of Morrisville, Jeannette Garrett of Orlando, Florida, Sister Elaine Voyer of Littleton, New Hampshire, Rosaire Voyer of Fort Pierce, Florida, Gerard Voyer of Essex Junction, and John Voyer of Waterbury.
He was predeceased by a sister, Sister Rosanna E. Voyer, and by the following brothers:  Louis, Lucien, Emile, Lawrence, and Arthur Voyer.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association, Health Care Hospice, Attention:  memorial gifts, 103 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06105.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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March 24, 2010 Obituaries

Ronald Charles Flood
Ronald “Ron” Charles Flood, 68, of Newport died peacefully March 18, 2010, in Newport surrounded by his loving family.
He was born October 27, 1941, in Concord, New Hampshire, a son of Donald and Lena (Thomas) Flood.
On January 26, 1968, he married Penny Pierce who survives him.
He graduated from St. Johnsbury Trade School and entered the U.S. Air Force where he served his country during peacetime.
He had worked as a sales clerk for J.B. Colton of Orleans, Lyndonville Hardware and Prouty and Miller.
He held membership with the Memphremagog Lodge #65 F&AM of Newport.
His hobbies included kayaking, camping, birdwatching and spending time with his grandchildren.  Mr. Flood will be remembered for his humor and for being a private person.
He is survived by his wife, Penny Flood, of Newport; his daughters:  Dawn Flood and her fiancé, Ron Dunn, of Holland, Heidi Gleason and her husband, Randy, of Holland, and Tina Hill and her husband, Mike, of Newport Center.  He is also survived by the following grandchildren:  Christine, Mike, Marc, Keagan, Steven, Randy Jr., Gabrielle, Jonathan, Alexa, Silas, and Mylah, and by one great-grandson, Mack.  He is also survived by his sister Sally Guadagni and her husband, Chuck, of Newport Center; his brother David Flood of St. Albans; his brothers-in-law Ken Pierce and his wife, Mary Jean, of Newport and David Pierce and his wife, Allison, of Northfield, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.
At Mr. Flood’s request, there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to IROC, P.O.Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

 

Arnold C. George

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Arnold C. George, 83, a former longtime resident of Windsor, died suddenly on Wednesday, March 17, at his home in Craftsbury.
He was born November 5, 1926, in Moscow, the son of Bernie M. and Freida (Whittemore) George.
He received his schooling in Stowe, where he graduated from Stowe High School in 1944.  He later attended Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Brown University and attended Vermont Technical College.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army.  Following his honorable discharge, he married Helen Hannah in Windsor on June 25, 1951.
Mr. George was employed as a tool design engineer at the former Cone Automatic Machine Tool Company in Windsor for many years, until his retirement in 1987.
He was a longtime member and eucharistic minister of the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor and a member and eucharistic minister of Our Lady of Fatima in Craftsbury.
He and his wife moved to Craftsbury in 1998.
Mr. George was a member of the Windsor Area Jay-Cees and the Windsor Lions Club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and feeding and watching birds.  He was also an avid reader and enjoyed puzzles and playing cribbage.  He was a New England sports enthusiast.  He and his wife enjoyed spending time at the ocean, attending Broadway musicals and traveling to Arizona.  He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family at the family camp in Craftsbury.  He and his wife especially enjoyed attending their grandchildren’s sporting events.
He was predeceased by a sister, Elaine Girard.
Survivors include his loving wife, Helen, of Craftsbury; three sons:  Stephen George and his wife, Holly, of Quechee, Mark George and his wife, Colleen, of Windsor, and Michael and his wife, Denise, of Windsor; seven grandchildren:  Matthew George, Sarah George, Bailey Olmstead, Clay George, Hannah George, Justin George and Emily Smith; three great-grandchildren:  Brady Olmstead, Marley Olmstead and Ian George; one sister, Arlene Deuso of Ludlow; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass was held on March 22 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor.  The Reverend Rene Butler was the celebrant.  The Reverend Paul Belhumuer was concelebrate.  Burial followed in the St. Francis Cemetery in Windsor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Windsor Food Shelf care of St. Francis Church, P.O. Box 46, Windsor, Vermont 05089, or the Hardwick Food Shelf care of Mae Chapin, P.O. Box 236, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Friends may express their condolences to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by Knight Funeral Homes.

 

 

Ruth Isabel Holbrook
Ruth Isabel Holbrook, 68, of Barre died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, where she had been admitted earlier in the week.
She was born August 11, 1941, in Evansville, the daughter of Myron Robert and Marjorie (Goodfellow) Skinner Sr.
She was a 1959 graduate of Orleans High School and had attended Lyndon State College.
On May 28, 1966, she married Kenneth Holbrook in St. Johnsbury where they made their home.  He predeceased her.
Mrs. Holbrook was a longtime employee of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Vermont, retiring in 2004.
Reading and attending country music and gospel concerts and ice shows with her sister Myra were her special interests.
She belonged to Rob Morris OES Chapter #24 in Montpelier and currently, Charity Chapter #57 of Williamstown.
Survivors include her sister Myra Gauthier, of Colchester; her nephew Paul Gauthier Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, and their children and the joys of her life, Erika and Curtis, all of Williamstown; and several cousins.  Also surviving are her aunt Alice Hilliker and her stepmother Ruth Skinner, both of Barton.
Besides her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Myron Skinner Jr. and her sister Mary Jane Skinner.
The Eastern Star memorial service and celebration of her life was held March 22 in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre.
Later interment will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

 

 

Paul L. Hunt

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Paul L. Hunt, 64, of Brownington died March 13, 2010, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.
He was born on June 21, 1945, in Barton.
He was a son of the late Percy and Beatrice (Hudson) Hunt.
Mr. Hunt was a logger for most of his life.   He was a New York Yankee’s number one fan.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding in the country, playing weekly poker with his friends, playing cribbage, watching old Westerns on television, and attending horse pulls at just about every fair in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
He will be deeply missed by his family, his longtime companion Becky Danforth, and last but not least, his dog Queen.
He is survived by his children:  Laurel Piermont and her husband, Edward, of Bolton, and Bernice Hunt of Rutland; by his girlfriend, Becky Danforth, of Brownington; by his grandchildren:  Kimberly, Kyann, Jade, Teedra, and Ralph; and by his sister Elizabeth Graves of Newport.
He was predeceased by his brothers:  Raymond, Richard, Charles, Ira and Ellis Hunt, and by sisters Rose Willard and Ruth Hunt.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

Joshua Robert McGowan

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Joshua McGowan, 30, of Derby Line died at his home in Derby Line in March of 2010.
He was loved by his family:  Robert and Judith McGowan of East Hardwick, Clay and Sue Lasher of Craftsbury, and beloved brother Sam Hazard of Lyndonville.  He was especially fond of his nephew Jeremiah Lasher of Craftsbury.
He was also survived by his devoted grandparents, James E. and Muriel V. McGowan, and his aunt Marcia McGowan, all of Watertown, Connecticut.  He also leaves his aunt Deborah Kirchberger of Sharon, Connecticut.
Mr. McGowan was a kind soul who felt deeply about many things.  He spent much time enjoying the natural beauty of Vermont.  He loved biking around the Derby-Newport area.  Music was another passion.  He and his brother Sam attended many concerts and Reggae fests throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  He had recently expressed interest in learning the bass guitar.
With his parents, he climbed Bluff Mountain in Island Pond, Mount Pisgah and Jay Peak.  Mr. McGowan was especially proud of his solo hike to the summit of Camel’s Hump.
He was active in all school sports.  After graduating from Hazen Union High School, he worked at Isle de France in Stowe as a dishwasher and prep cook.  He also did kitchen work at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe.  He was also employed by the Michaud farm in East Hardwick.  He had a pet goldfish and took good care of his house plants.  He was kind to animals.
At a later date, there will be a graveside gathering of his family and friends to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843, or to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1075, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick is assisting with arrangements.

 

 

Barbara J. Poquette

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Barbara J. Poquette, 70, of Troy died March 20, 2010, in Barton.
She was born July 8, 1939, in Shelburne, a daughter of Ervin and Beatrice (Gaskin) Jennings.
Mrs. Poquette was employed as a press operator for Rozelle Cosmetics in Troy until she retired in 2006.
She enjoyed bowling, bingo and buying scratch tickets.   She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children:  Timothy Poquette and his wife, Tammy, of Starksboro, Jeffrey Poquette, Randy Poquette of Troy, William Poquette and his wife, Tammy, of Shelburne and Tammy Nobaris and her fiancé, Brad Bothwell, of Newport Center.   She is also survived by 11 grandchildren:  Francis, Heather, Cody, Shawntell, Dillion, Bobbi, Nicholas, Anthony, Tyler, Casey, and Brady; three great-grandchildren:  Hunter, Tanner and Cayden; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Francis Jennings and his wife, Cookie, of Starksboro, Wendell Jennings and his wife, Jeannette, of Starksboro, Robert Jennings of Starksboro, Percy Jennings and his wife, Judy, of Bristol, Rachel Norris of Starksboro, Connie Hanson and her husband, Jeff, of Starksboro, Marsha Davis and her husband, Ralph, of Duxsbury; and by her companion of 22 years, Peter Morgan, of Troy.
She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Poquette, in 1988; a brother Dwayne; and a sister Beverly.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 at the First Baptist Church in Starksboro.  Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston,Vermont 05495.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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March 17, 2010 Obituaries

Virginia Mary Altenhoff

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Virginia Mary Altenhoff, 82, of Barton died March 10, 2010, in Newport.
She was born April 21, 1927, in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Bruno and Mary (Mankowski) Kwiatkowski.
On July 20, 1973, she married George Altenhoff who predeceased her on June 15, 2002.
Mrs. Altenhoff was a clerk for the former Ben Franklin Store in Barton.  She enjoyed having coffee at the Barton Pharmacy with the coffee group.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.
She is survived by two children:  Leonard Rock and his wife, Carol, of Barton; and Judy Hoyt and her husband, Rick, of Orleans; her step children:  George Altenhoff Jr. and his wife, Barb, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Rich Altenhoff of Crystal Lake, Florida; by her son-in-law, Joseph LaCoco Sr. of Huntly, Illinois.  She is also survived by a sister, Helen Jackson, and her husband, Bonnie, of Boca Raton, Florida; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Debra Rock; her step-daughter, Dianna LaCoco; by a sister, Jessie May; and by three brothers, Walter, Eddie and Joseph Kwiatkowski.
Funeral services will be held on June 3 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a mass of Christian burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Ronald Holland Renal Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.   Interment will follow in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery, Barton.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Robert J. Gordon

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Robert J. Gordon, 54, of Albany died at the Vermont Respite House in Williston on March 9, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Nyack, New York, the son of Frank and Theresa (Dombrowski) Gordon.
He attended Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, where he studied art.
In 1991 he married Lynn Roberts in Rock Tavern, New York.  They moved to Albany in 1995.
Mr. Gordon worked for Parkview Garage in Barton as an auto mechanic.
His favorite thing was to spend time with his wife, son and dogs.  He enjoyed working on projects with his son and was a lover of good food and automobiles.  He was a hard worker, everyone’s friend, and always willing to lend a hand.
He leaves his wife, Lynn, of Albany; two sons, Travis Gordon of Albany and George Venevia of New York; two brothers, Rony Gordon and Stephen Gordon, both of New York; three sisters, Priscilla Gordon, Pauline Gordon and Ellie Gordon, all of New York.
There will be no services.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the Community National Bank in Morrisville where a fund is being set up for his son Travis; or to the Frontier Animal Society, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

 

 

William Lee Hackett

 

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William Lee Hackett, 86, of Derby, died March 10, 2010, at his home.
He was born January 8, 1924, in Holland, a son of Lee and Carrie (Tree) Hackett.
On June 22, 1946, he married Jane E. Letourneau, who survives him.
Mr. Hackett always worked locally.  He worked for Geach Electric selling and servicing appliances until he founded his own TV and appliance store.  After he sold his share of that business, he worked for Montgomery Ward and Newport Cable.  He later worked for Seguin Music as a television technician.
He enjoyed traveling, liked visiting historic places, and spent many years working on the family tree.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Hackett, of Derby; his children:  Linda Gibson and her husband, Thomas, of Isle LaMotte; David Hackett and his wife, Lise (Limoge), of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; and Mary Anne Gratton and her husband, Daniel, of Essex Junction.  He also leaves seven grandchildren:  William Hackett and his wife,Tanya, of Bennington; Craig Hackett of Pownal; Jason Gibson of Isle LaMotte; Alex and Timothy Hackett of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Andrea and Allie Gratton of Essex Junction; and by two great-grandchildren:  Crystal and Mayka Hackett of Bennington.  He is also survived by a sister, Doris Haldorsen, and her husband, Hal, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and by his daughter-in-law, Irene Hackett, of Bennington.
He was predeceased by his son Richard Lee Hackett; a sister, Evelyn Simmons; and by a brother, Warren Hackett.
Funeral services were held March 15 at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with Pastor Christine Moseley officiating.
Spring interment will be held on May 28 at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont  05830, or to the V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Sylvia Cullum Hunt

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Sylvia Cullum Hunt, 93, of Derby, formerly of West Hartford, Connecticut, died March 6, 2010, at home in Newport.
She was born September 7, 1916, in London, England, a daughter of William Cullum and Margaret (Muir) Enterkin.
On December 5, 1942, she married Edward Earle Hunt, who survives her.
Mrs. Hunt was an accomplished pianist, organist, and painter.  She was active in the West Hartford Art League, and she was an author of the book, Caught In The Middle, A Portrait of Two Worlds.
She and her husband moved to Derby in 2006 to live with their son.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Hunt, of Derby; her son, Warren Hunt, and his wife, Helene Giroux, of Derby; her daughter, Deborah Hunt-Tolly, and her husband, James, of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, in  West Hartford, Connecticut.  Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Herbert J. Washer

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Herbert J. Washer, 79, of Berlin died March 12, 2010, at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.  His family was at his bedside.
He was born April 26, 1930, in St. Johnsbury, the son of Oscar and Ruth (Wheeler) Washer.
He graduated from Orleans High School in 1948 and received his bachelor of arts degree from Norwich University in Northfield in 1952.
He had been married to Cynthia Emerson, and they made their home in Barton.  They later divorced.  Since 1978, he made his home in Montpelier and more recently in Berlin.
For over 38 years, he worked for the Vermont Highway Department and then the Vermont Agency of Transportation.  He was a civil engineer in the construction division.  He also worked as a consultant to the agency.  He retired in 1992.
His memberships included the Brown-Johnson VFW Post 792 Men’s Auxiliary and the Elks Lodge 924, both of Montpelier.  He was also a Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to Orleans Masonic Lodge 55 of Barton, where he was a Past Master, and the Mount Sinai Shrine Temple 3 of Montpelier.
He enjoyed antique cars, following the New York Giants football team, and the New York Yankees baseball team, and traveling to Florida.  Trips to New York to watch his favorite teams were special times.
Survivors include his son Johnny Washer of Barton; his two daughters, Tanya Bradley and her husband, David, of Barton and Anne Plourde and her husband, Raymond, of Amherst, New Hampshire; and two grandchildren, Thomas Bradley and Tara Bradley.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son Terry Lee Washer; his sister Marie Washer; and his brother Newton Washer who was shot down over Italy during WWII.
Funeral services were held on March 16 at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre. Interment will take place at a later date in the Irasburg Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont  05641.
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March 10, 2010 Obituaries

Ava C. Lawson

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Ava C. Lawson, four months old, the beloved daughter of Annette Vallieres and Bradley Lawson, died suddenly on March 3, 2010, in Newport.
She was born November 2, 2009, in Newport. She is survived by her parents, Annette Vallieres and Bradley Lawson, of Troy; by her sister, Taylor Lawson of Coventry, and by her little cousins, Jordan Carpenter of Newport Center, Corine Carpenter of Newport Center, and Alex Vallieres of Illinois. She is also survived by maternal grandmother Doris Gibney of Newport; maternal grandfathers Cory Carpenter Sr., and his wife, Colleen, of Morgan and Richard Vallieres of  California; maternal grandmother Merle Lane Vallieres of Illinois; paternal grandmother Linda Lawson of Westfield; maternal great-grandmother Annette Vallieres of Derby, maternal great-grandfather Lucien Vallieres and his wife, Jeannine, of North Troy;  special grandfather Todd Skinner of West Charleston; by her uncles and aunts: Cory Carpenter, Jr.,  of California, Daniel Carpenter of Newport, John Lawson and Diane Benway of Derby, Katie Carpenter of Morgan, Charles Carpenter of Morgan, Aaron Vallieres of Illinois; and by several great aunts and uncles.
She was predeceased by maternal great-grandparents:  Charlotte and Dale Gibney, and her paternal grandfather, David Lawson.  A sister, Jordan Lawson, also predeceased her.
Funeral services were held March 8, at the Church of God, Crawford Road, Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.
Spring interment will be in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the memorial trust in Ava’s name, in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 127, Troy, Vermont 05868.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.  Arrangements are by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

Claire M. Riendeau

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Claire M. Riendeau, 95, of Newport died peacefully March 5, 2010, in Newport.
She was born November 17, 1914, in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, a daughter of Henry and Malvina (Beauregard) Cordeau.
On July 9, 1940, she married Adelard Riendeau who predeceased her in 1980.
Mrs. Riendeau was a seamstress for the former Newport Plastics Company of Newport.   She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Newport, the Daughters of Isabella, and  Community Circle where she enjoyed traveling.  She also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, gardening and cooking.  She is survived by her children:  Therese Auger and her husband, Normand, of Charlottesville, Virginia; Denise Desrochers and her husband, Real, of Newport Center; and Marc Riendeau of Newport.  She is also survived by the following grandchildren:  Diane Smith and her husband, Garrett, of Charlottesville, Virginia; Erik Auger and his wife, Laura, of  Lake St. Louis, Missouri; Michael Auger of Franklin, Indiana; Robert Desrochers and his wife, Carol, of Newport; Rene Desrochers and his companion, Penny Dubois; Randy Desrochers and his wife, Jessica, of Newport Center; Chantal Riendeau and her companion, Nicholas Bourassa, of Jay; Paul Riendeau and his companion, Jackie, of Tilton, New Hampshire; Marc Riendeau and his wife, Amber, of Marysville, California; and Robert Riendeau of Tilton, New Hampshire; 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by five brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  Spring interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont  05855 or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont  05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at http://www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

Carol Cameron Smith

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Carol Cameron Smith of  Greensboro died March 7, 2010, at the age of 91.
Born August 9, 1918, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to William Roberts Cameron and Narcissa Beal Cameron of Paoli, Pennsylvania, she married David B. Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1939, and they made their home in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they raised four children. They moved to Greensboro in 1954 to re-establish the Highland Lodge on Craftsbury Road as a summer resort.  Mrs. Smith was the principal chef for many years and Carol’s Cookbook is still a favorite of hungry Highland Lodgers.
Winters, they ran the Darling Farmhouse in Burke, the Hub in Jeffersonville, and Andersen’s in Stowe.
They served as guardians ad litem for children in need of care and supervision.  In 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Smith retired from the lodge.  They traveled to every state in the Union and spent many years with their friends in Pahrump, Nevada.
Mrs. Smith was a competitive diver and long-distance swimmer, golfer and tennis player, downhill and cross-country skier and loved walking the woods.  She was a constant supporter of the Episcopal Church, where she worked as a volunteer and made strong friendships.  She also loved being with, cooking for, and entertaining friends and family, singing the night away at bonfires on the beach, almost as much as dancing with her husband, Dave.  He died August 8, 2005.
She leaves their four children:  David B. Smith Jr. and his wife, Wilhelmina; Roberts Cameron Smith and his wife, Aloha; John Otey Smith and his wife, Nancy; Barbara Smith Cedarfield and her husband, David; nieces:  Narcissa Boyd Gomes; Judy Boyd Dales and her husband, Andy; Nancy Smith Smith and her husband, Jay; nephews:  Robert Ragsdale Smith Jr. and his wife, Theresa; Alexander Duff Murray and his wife, Jill; Cameron Murray and his wife, Connie; seven grandchildren: Alexander, Samantha, Coeli, Finnegan, Lincoln, Jeffrey and Matthew; and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her sisters Barbara Cameron Murray of Bellevue, Washington, and Narcissa Cameron Boyd of Greensboro.
There will be a memorial service honoring the life of Carol Smith at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick on Monday, March 29, for family only.  A larger gathering of all her friends who wish to celebrate her life will be announced later on.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the food pantry at the church.

 


Thomas S. Steele

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Thomas S. Steele 69, of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Derby, Vermont, died unexpectedly in Naples, Florida, on Saturday, March 6.
He was born on January 1, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a son of Margaret S. Steele and Wolcott L. Steele, both from Iowa.  He graduated from Frankford High School in June of 1959 and attended Temple University for two years in Philadelphia
He founded Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs in Philadelphia in 1966 after various stints as a disc jockey at radio stations in the Philadelphia area.  In 1974, he expanded the Frankford/Wayne operation into New York, New York, where he was the owner and chief Engineer until 1990 when he moved to Derby.  The New York operation was taken over by his daughter Tracy Lynn Steele.  In 1991 he built and founded WMOO-FM Radio in Derby, and was the radio station’s owner, chief engineer, manager and morning show personality until 2001 when he sold the stations (WMOO-FM and WIKE-AM) and retired.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie Ann Steele; his daughter, Tracy Lynn Steele-Mahoney; his grandson, Jackson Thomas Mahoney; his son-in-law, Paul Mahoney; his step-daughter, Chelsea Ann Pulver; his brother, Robert W. Steele; and his sister-in-law, Nancy Steele, as well as many close friends and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Steele’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10004

 

 

Kenneth L. Toombs

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Kenneth L. Toombs, 86,  died on Monday, March 1, 2010, at his home with his family.
Ken was born in Sheepshead Bay, New York, on February 7, 1924.  In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army while attending The Citadel. He was seriously injured in combat on November 18, 1944, in Germany while a member of the 102nd Infantry Division.
In 1946, he married Marjorie (Sister) Post, his wife of 63 years.  Together they raised four daughters in Massapequa, New York.  Ken operated the Charles E. Krohn Agency in Massapequa as an insurance agent for 40 years before retiring to Vermont in 1989.  He was a longtime summer resident of Island Pond.
He enjoyed motorcycles, his annual trips to Nassau, Bahamas since 1963, his Morgan horses, two dogs, (Zack and Matlock), and mowing his lawn!
Ken’s memory is cherished by his wife, Marjorie P. Toombs, and his three daughters:  Leslie and James Bell of Saratoga Springs, New York, Patricia and Alan Cole of Westmore, and Joanne and Fred Doucette of Monkton; and his brother-in-law, W. Deane Post of Massapequa, New York.  He also leaves 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Nancy Parke Vessalico, in 2006; his brother Girard S. Toombs; and most recently his sister, Viola Lottman-Radzow.
Contributions in Ken’s memory can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice. P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.
Arrangements have been made by Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service of Shelburne.
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March 3, 2010 Obituaries

Lloyd William Barry

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Lloyd William Barry, 74, of Newport died peacefully February 26, 2010, with his loving family by his side, at Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center in Newport.
Mr. Barry was born September 7, 1935, in Irasburg, a son of Maurice and Lois Magoon Barry.
On June 27, 1959, he married Olive “Ollie” Marilyn Lapierre, who survives him.
In 1955 he joined the United States Air Force.  He served for four years, three of which were spent in France as a weapons mechanic.  After returning from France he started working at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.  He worked in the cabinet and chair departments for 43 years before retiring.
He was a firefighter for more than 40 years with the Newport City Fire Department.  He loved being a member of the department and always could be found in the kitchen at the fire station helping prepare meals for events hosted by the department as well as for special awards banquets for firefighters.  He was a member of the Newport City Ambulance crew for a number of years.
He held membership with American Legion Post 23 of Orleans and St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport.  He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus.
His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, cooking for his family, and having cookouts.  He especially loved traveling with his wife, his sister Beverly, and his brother-in-law Bob on trips to Maine to visit his brother Bob and sister-in-law Dottie.
He enjoyed attending the annual fire convention with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, the late Emile and Annette Lapierre.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Olive “Ollie” Marilyn Lapierre, of Newport; by three sons:  James and his wife, Lori, of Derby, William and his wife, Puangpayom “Dee,” of Newport, and Thomas and his fiancé, Sheila Quinn, of Newport; by his daughter Suan Houghten and her husband, Todd, of Lowell; by 20 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; by several nieces and nephews; by his brother Robert Barry and his wife, Dottie, of Kittery, Maine; and by three sisters:  Beverly Chapdelaine of Irasburg, Lillian “Tillie” Brown and her husband, Cliff, of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, and Jeanette “Tiny” Carr of West Burke.  He was predeceased by his brother Dean Barry; by sisters Laura Little and Jacqueline as an infant; and by his special friend and brother-in-law Robert Chapdelaine.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Barry’s memory may be made to Newport Fire Department, Rick Craft Scholarship Fund, in care of Shelia Quinn, P.O. Box 536, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Diane Joyce Perkins Hazen

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Diane Joyce Perkins Hazen, 56, of Colchester died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 21, 2010, at home.
Ms. Hazen was born in Westmore on May 4, 1953, a daughter of Harvey and Catherine (Bowen) Perkins.  She was a 1971 graduate of Lake Region Union High School, where she loved to play softball with the girls.
She was an avid hunter, usually outdoing the boys.  One day during hunting season, she and all of the boys were walking out of the woods empty-handed when they saw a deer in the field.  The boys wanted her to have a chance to shoot at something, so they told her to go ahead and take a shot.  To their surprise, she dropped the deer with one shot.  They were also surprised to find out it was a four-point buck.  She showed them!
In her later life she became an avid fisherman, something she thought she would never do.  It’s funny how someone can go from buying jewelry to buying fishing lures.  She loved the game of golf and played on almost every course in the state.
She started her retail experience in a small store in Westmore, The Millbrook Store, where she worked all through high school.  After graduating, she went to work at the Grand Union in Newport.  After making her home in Colchester, she worked at the Hallmark store in the University Mall.
Twelve years ago, her dream of owning her own store came true when she became owner and operator of Merola’s Market.
She was a people person and loved a crowd.  She was always there to offer a helping hand when someone in the community was in need.  She was very active in the Burlington community, especially the New North End.  She touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.
She was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 916 and was elected as its first female exalted ruler from 2007 to 2008.  She was serving as lodge trustee and was very active with Silver Towers.  She was a member of Eagles Club 793.
One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her six grandchildren, taking them shopping, and being a big part of their lives.
She is survived by her companion, Mike Devin, of Burlington; by her two children, Jason H. Beaudoin of Champlain, New York, and Jennifer Louise Beaudoin of Burlington; by six grandchildren:  Cody, Sean, Zachary, Isaac, Isabella, and Morgan; by her mother, Catherine Perkins, of Westmore; by siblings:  Terry Perkins and his wife, Jeannette, of Coventry, Ronald Perkins and his wife, Valerie, of Westmore, Oscar Perkins and his wife, Cheryl, of East Burke, and Debbie Burkewitz and her husband, Timothy, of Irasburg; by many nieces and nephews; and by Amber the dog.  She was predeceased by her father, Harvey Perkins, in 1997.
A graveside service was held February 27 in New Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington.  A celebration of her life followed at the Elk’s Lodge.
Donations in Ms. Hazen’s memory may be made to Silver Towers Camp, in care of BPOE 916, 925 North Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05408.
Send online condolences at www.readyfuneral.com.
 
Jake Raymond Marsh

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 Jake Raymond Marsh, 54, of Island Pond died after a year-long fight with cancer on February 26, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Marsh was born August 30, 1955, in Rochester, New Hampshire, a son of Fred Marsh Sr. and Wanita (Hussey) Marsh.
He graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, New Hampshire, in 1973.  In his teens, he received his Federal Communications Commission radiotelephone with radar license.
He attended Franklin Pierce College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in its bachelor’s program in computer information systems.  He received certificates from the Sylvania Technical School in Waltham, Massachusetts, NRI Correspondence Schools, and the American Institute for Computer Science.
He was self-taught through many hours of study and reading countless volumes of books and magazines on a variety of subjects.  Yearly he attended educational seminars and evening courses pertinent to career advancement.
He was employed by the following businesses:  Corning Costar Corporation in Kennebunk, Maine, as an electronics and software engineer; Vermont Creative Software in Richford as the director of development; and the Goodrich Fuel and Utilities systems division in Vergennes as a systems software test engineer.  From 2003 to 2007 he was the founder, president, and chief technology officer of Island Pond Wireless.  He was director of northern operations for Great Auk Wireless in Brattleboro.  He was a radio network engineer and technical director for Ridgeviewtel in Longmont, Colorado, and he worked briefly for FairPoint Communications and My Row International, Inc.
He was a volunteer with the Brighton Rescue Squad and a groomer operator for the Brighton Snowmobile Club.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, organic gardening, working on computers, and programming.
He is survived by his partner in life and business and his best friend, Holly Bonville, of Island Pond; by two sons, Matthew Marsh of Farmington and Dylan Marsh of Saco, Maine; by two grandsons, Michael and Blake of Farmington; and by his siblings:  Wanda Badger of Corning, Iowa, David Marsh of New Hampshire, Dennis Marsh of Coos Bay, Oregon, Fred Marsh of Rochester, and Arlene Baker of Afton, Oklahoma.  He was predeceased by his daughter Krystina Marsh.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Marsh’s memory may be made to the Burlington Hope Lodge at www.cancer.org.
Online condolences may be sent at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Margaret McGuire
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Margaret McGuire, 80, of Newport died February 26, 2010, in Newport and is now at peace with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mrs. McGuire was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was a hard worker, and she loved people.  She was best known for her quick wit and charming personality.  She always had a cup of tea waiting for any guest who dropped by for a visit.
She was born September 5, 1929, in Chambley, Quebec, to Edward Clarke and Rose Blair Clarke.
She married Robert E. Moore and moved to Island Pond, where they raised their children.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Moore, and by her second husband, Frank McGuire.
She is survived by her children:  Helen Ledoux and her husband, David, of Manchester, New Hampshire, William Moore and his wife, Tamara, of London, England, and Brian Moore and his wife, Noni, of Brownington; by her brother Frank Clarke of Montreal; by her sisters:  Edna Clarke of Alberta and Claire Furlotte and Eleanor Clarke of Montreal; by 12 grandchildren; and by four great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two children, Gary Edward Moore and Lorrie Ann Pierce; by great-granddaughter Chelsea Gallien; by two sisters, Dorothy Moquin and Reina Cosenza; and by three brothers:  Ernest, Harold, and Edgar Clarke.
Services will be held in May at the family’s convenience.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. McGuire’s name may be made to River of Life Camp Ministries, 1145 Route 14, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Edward Thomas Plucas
Edward Thomas Plucas, 71, of Brownington died February 26, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Plucas was born July 1, 1938, in New Britain, Connecticut, a son of Mary Louise Smith Plucas and Edward J. Plucas.  He graduated from New Britain High School.
On August 5, 1959, he entered the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged on August 4, 1965.
He graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor of arts degree.
He was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Middletown, Connecticut, and he was a police officer with the Middletown Police Department for several years.  He retired from the Vermont Department of Corrections as a correctional officer.
He is survived by his children:  Bradley Plucas of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Beth Reid and her husband, Mark, of Naples, Florida, Robin Cooley of East Haddam, Connecticut, and Brittany Plucas and Augusta Plucas of Holland; by his mother, Mary Plucas, of New Britain; and by grandchildren:  Brooke Plucas, Brittany and Matthew Reid, and Taylor, Eric, Ryan, and Faith Cooley.  He was predeceased by his father; by his brother Francis J. Plucas; and by his grandson Alexander T. Reid.
Spring interment with full military honors will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Bradley A. Thomas Jr.

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Bradley A. Thomas Jr., 89, of Newport died in Newport February 23, 2010.
Mr. Thomas was born February 10, 1921, in Johnson, a son of Bradley Sr. and Marjorie (Post) Thomas.
He graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1939.  Shortly afterward he joined the Army and served in World War II in the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion as a driver.  He was in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe.
He married Simonne (Goulet) Whiteman on August 20, 1949.  She predeceased him in 1985.
He was department head for the former A&P Grocery Store in Newport for several years.
He was a member of American Legion Newport Post 21.
He was fond of the Big Band sound, and that music could be heard at any time upon entering his home.  He was an avid reader and especially liked mysteries, foreign intrigue, and war stories until his failing vision forced him to discontinue that activity as well as driving and playing golf.
Until his illness made it difficult, he tried to walk every day and joined the members of the Herb March coffee club at Wendy’s.  He often said that the teasing and joke telling that took place at those gatherings were the highlight of the day.  His great sense of humor largely contributed to the festive mood.
He is survived by his children:  Gary Thomas and his wife, Patty, of Derby, Karen Blais and Phil Sheltra of Westfield, and Brenda Giannino of San Diego, California; by his grandchildren:  Jaime (Blais) Comtois and her husband, Jon, of Newport, Anthony Blais of Troy, and Joanna Thomas and her friend, Drew Brinckerhoff, of South Burlington; by his great-grandson Ryan Blais of Troy; by his brother James R. Thomas of Burlington; and by his special friend of 23 years, Theresa Trotier.  He was predeceased by his sister Helen O’Connor.
Funeral services were held February 27 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment with full military honors will take place in the summer at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Thomas’ memory may be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs, attention voluntary services, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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February 24, 2010 Obituaries

Lester W. Anderson
Lester W. Anderson, 97, of Hyde Park died peacefully Friday, February 19, 2010, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville with his family by his side.
Mr. Anderson was born in Glover on September 20, 1912, a son of Clyde E. and Nina (Wylie) Anderson.
He was a graduate of Craftsbury Academy and Burlington Business College.  He was employed briefly by the Vermont Asbestos Mines before being employed by Lamoille County Savings Bank in Hyde Park where he became executive vice president.  He continued with the Franklin Lamoille Bank until his retirement in 1977 and remained on the board of directors until 1982.  He was president of the Vermont Bankers Association from 1969 to 1970.
He served in the 8th Army Air Force with a secret group call the Carpetbaggers.  A specially designed B-24 Liberator aircraft was used to parachute people who worked with the underground in France, Belgium, and other European countries.  Supplies were dropped to support those who were working in this effort.  This group was part of the 801st to 492nd Bombardment Group, based in England.  After his tour of duty of 30 missions, he returned to the United States where he was assigned to various bases before ending his service at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, air base.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Air Badge with three oak leaf clusters.
While in Sioux Falls he met his future bride, Arlene Strait.  They were married on May 20, 1945.
He volunteered his time to many organizations in the community.  He was a member of the Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Hyde Park, trustee of Craftsbury Academy for 35 years, trustee of the Sterling School, past president of the Morrisville Rotary Club, member of Morrisville Veterans of Foreign Wars 9653, 65-year member of American Legion Post 33, member of Mt. Vernon Lodge 8 of Free and Accepted Masons, and member of Bliss Lodge 44 of the International Order of Odd Fellows since 1940.
The village of Hyde Park dedicated its 1996 annual report to Lester and Arlene Anderson “for all of the work, time and service they have given to this community.”  The town of Hyde Park dedicated its 1998 annual report to him “in appreciation of his service to the town and community.”  The secretary of state presented him with a certificate of appreciation “in recognition of many years of service to the town of Hyde Park.”
Golf was his favorite pastime, and he continued to enjoy the game whenever it was possible.  He was a member of the Vermont Senior Golf Association.  He was an avid bowler and later in life enjoyed bowling with a regular group of friends.
He is survived by two sons, Gary of Hyde Park and David and wife, Sherry, of Morrisville; by grandsons Gregory Anderson and his wife, Mayerling, of Rutland and Matthew Anderson and his wife, Kari, of Merritt Island, Florida; and by great-grandchildren:  Diego, Alejandro and Zoey.  He was predeceased by his wife, Arlene, in 2001; by his brothers Clarence and Dwight; and by his sister Doris.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church in Hyde Park.  Interment will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Anderson’s memory may be made to the Second Congregational Church, P.O. Box 216, Hyde Park, Vermont 05655; or to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

 

 

Donald W. Boomer
Donald W. Boomer, 81, of Glover died peacefully February 22, 2010, in Barton.
Mr. Boomer was born January 17, 1929, in Keene, New Hampshire, a son of Lawrence and Marion (Baldwin) Boomer.
On November 17, 1950, he married Margaet Malloy, who survives him.
He was a veteran of the Korean War.
He was a machinist for Chamberlin Machine in Bellows Falls; he retired after 20 years of service.
He was an avid dear and turkey hunter, and he enjoyed fishing.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home, going from Maine to Florida and many spots in between.  He loved his family and friends and enjoyed their visits.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Boomer, of Barton; by his children:  Donald Boomer and his wife, Wanda, of Irasburg, Deborah Lowe and her husband, Richard Lobdell, of Chester, and Diane Laware and her companion, Christopher Gramling, of Sharon; by grandchildren:  Laura Houle and her husband, Denis, David Boomer and his wife, Amy, of Irasburg, Robert Lowe and his wife, Michelle, of Bellows Falls, and Heidi Ploof and her husband, Jeff, Jessica Wright and Heath Laware, all of Hartland; by nine great-grandchildren; and by sister-in-law Marceline Boomer of Campton, New Hampshire.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. on Friday until the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Boomer’s memory may be made to the Ronald Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Glover Ambulance Squad, in care of Suzanne Gibeault, secretary, P.O. Box 64, 48 Country Road, West Glover, Vermont 05875.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Hector D. Diette
Hector D. Diette, 91, of Easthampton, Massachusetts, died February 14, 2010, at Cooly Dickenson Hospital.
Mr. Diette was born in Lowell on October 22, 1918, a son of Wilfred and Josephine (Carl) Diette.  He grew up in West Glover and later moved to Massachusetts.
He was a factory worker and a farmer.  He retired from the Strong Bus Corporation in Easthampton as a bus driver for special needs individuals.
He is survived by his sisters Gertrude Sanville of Coventry and Theresa Taylor of West Glover; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents; by his brothers Albert and Ernest Diette; and by sisters:  Eva Diette in infancy, Corinne Before Reil, Beatrice Anderson, and Emma Phinney.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family and will take place in St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery in Lowell.

 

 

Keith Alan Fuller

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Keith Alan Fuller, 48, of Newport died suddenly February 15, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Fuller was born April 7, 1961, in Port Jarvis, New York, a son of Walter and Jean (Decker) Fuller.
On March 19, 1994, he married Claire Berard, who survives him.
He was a painter for Memphremagog Rentals in Newport.
His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and bowling.  He enjoyed spending time on his computer.  He loved spending time with his friends and being a mentor for the neighborhood children.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children:  Desiree of Charleston, Jasmin of Brownington, Christopher, who serves in the military, Brandi Lee of Warwick, New York, and Anne, Edna, and Eddie Staples of Derby; by his mother, Jean Fuller, of Port Jarvis; by four brothers:  Walter Fuller III, Mike Fuller, Mark Fuller, and Joseph Fuller of Port Jarvis; by his sister Daphne Fuller of Port Jarvis; by his special nephew Ryan; by many other nieces and nephews; by aunts and uncles, including Ed and Marge; by many grandchildren, including his special grandchildren Richie Theriault III and Timothy Staples; and by special friends Doug and Vivian Spates.  He was predeceased by his father, Walter Fuller, on December 18, 2007.
Funeral services were held February 20 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Fuller’s memory may be made to North Country Union High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, attention: CSM Lane, 209 Veterans Avenue, Box 725, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
David Clinton Graveline

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David Clinton Graveline, 52, of Newport died suddenly February 19, 2010, at home.
Mr. Graveline was born June 15, 1957, in Newport, a son of Norman Graveline and Ellen (Fairbrother) Graveline.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport in 1976.  He was part of the family business, Graveline’s Marina, located at Farrant’s Point for many years.  He was employed by the city of Newport and Columbia Forests Products for several years.
He was an avid fisherman and duck hunter.  He loved to snowmobile and ride motorcycles.  He loved his beloved cat Goldie and many other animals.
He is survived by two children, Jennifer Deyo and her husband, Zachary, of Orleans and David Nelson; by his parents:  his mother, Ellen Faribrother Graveline of Newport, his father Norman Graveline, and his stepmother Simone Graveline of Newport; by two brothers, James Graveline and his wife, Marie, of Concord and Duane Graveline and his wife, Jean, of Derby; by his niece Jaime Collins and her husband, Travis; by stepnieces and stepnephews:  Paul of Charlotte, North Carolina, John of Derby Line, and Matthew McVeigh of Derby; by great-niece Olivia Joy Collins; by a special friend, Delores; by his aunt Nancy McGivern of Westfield; by his uncle Dr. Duane E. Graveline and his wife, Suzanne, of Merritt Island, Florida; by his stepsister Monique Lanoue; and by his stepbrothers Bernie and Patrick Lanoue.  He was predeceased by his grandparents:  Edgar Graveline, Tina Graveline Hummers, and Marion and Clinton Fairbrother.
Funeral services were held February 22 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Graveline’s memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

Silas Milo Houghton Jr.

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Silas Milo Houghton Jr., 83, died peacefully at his home on Lake Salem in Derby on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.  His beloved caregiver and dear friend, Barbara Norton, held his hand as he died.
Mr. Houghton was born in Lyndon on August 8, 1926, to Silas Milo Houghton Sr. and Mary (Davidson) Houghton.
He attended the Red Village School, a one-room schoolhouse, and Lyndon Institute.
After graduation he joined the Navy and served until the end of World War II.
He met his first wife, Pearl M. Day of Newport, while she attended Lyndon State Teachers College.  They were married on Christmas Eve in 1945.
In 1948 he and his wife made their home on the shore of Lake Salem in Derby, a place they loved and where he requested that he spend his last days.
When first married he worked for a year as both a farmhand and gas station attendant in Derby Line.  He joined Butterfields Division of Litton Industries in 1947.  He began as a machine operator and retired in 1967 as plant manager.  In the inaugural year of North Country Union High School, he taught machine shop and mechanical drawing in the vocational education department.
After 26 years of marriage, Pearl Houghton died in 1972.
After her death, he left North Country to become a full-time, dorm-residing, 46-year-old student at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, where he earned an associate’s degree in civil engineering with honors in 1975.  He returned to North Country’s vocational education department.
In 1978, while teaching, he attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a bachelor of arts in education.
He met his second wife, Deane (Moore) Hamilton, at North Country; they were married in 1979.
He retired as director of vocational education in 1988.
After 25 years of marriage, Deane predeceased him in 2004.  After her death, he said that he had been blessed to have been married to two of the most wonderful women in the world.
He was generous with his time, serving as a literacy volunteer in the prison system, a guardian ad litem, a volunteer at the United Church of Newport food shelf, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Area Agency on Aging in Newport.  He was a member of the Derby Lions Club, serving as president for several years.
He was once a hunter and became a guy who loved to walk in the woods in deer season while carrying a rifle.  As a younger man he enjoyed curling and water-skiing, and he was quite the ping pong player.  He loved to fish, canoe, kayak, and hike, and he was a prodigious organic gardener.
After he retired he made high-quality furniture for Deane and their children.  For several years he operated his own maple sugarhouse in Lyndon on land he inherited from his parents.
He enjoyed travel, politics, playing bridge, chopping wood, and driving his tractor.
He was a lifelong resident of Vermont and a great storyteller who could tell a joke with what can only be characterized as a Vermont sensibility.
He is survived by his daughters M. Leslie Klisz and her husband, Stephen, of Marcellus, New York, and Carolyn Houghton and her husband, David Sodano, of Medford, Massachusetts; by his grandson Jeffrey Klisz of Marcellus; by his sister Carolyn Johnson and her husband, Ted, of Ascutney; by his brothers Walter “Joe” and his wife, Ruth, and Nathan and his wife, Fran, of Lyndonville; by stepchildren:  Frank and John Hamilton and Linda Oliver; by nieces:  Judy Block, Vicky O’Keefe, Robin Hartsock, Alison Raymond, Carmen Houghton, and Margaret Streeter; by nephews:  Burkett, Bruce, and Brian Houghton and Howard and Jonathan Day; by many beloved great-nieces and great-nephews; by stepgrandchildren:  Douglas, Andrew and Peter Oliver, Cory Whelihan, and Scott, Reese, Ruth, Troy, and Ben Hamilton; by many treasured great-grandchildren; and by his dear friend, Ingrid Christman.  His niece Penelope (Day) Yakubek and nephew Silas Houghton predeceased him.
A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at the United Church of Newport February 20.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Newport food shelf or the Salvation Army.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

William Ross Lockwood

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William Ross Lockwood, 85, of Westmore died February 17, 2010, in Barton, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Lockwood was born June 5, 1924, in Springfield, a son of Dexter and Alice (Ross) Lockwood.
On June 12, 1943, he married Willie Mae Connelly, who survives him.
He entered the United States Air Force, and he served his country during World War II.  He was a master electrician for Ethan Allen and factories in Springfield.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton and American Legion Post 23 of Orleans.  He was a 49-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
His hobbies included fishing and boating.
He is survived by his wife, Willie Lockwood, of Barton; by two daughters, Betsy Victoria Lockwood Fecteau of Holland and Linda Lockwood of Westmore; by grandchildren:  Corena Mae Parenteau, Raymond Paul Parenteau and his wife, Linda, Scott Dexter Parenteau, Linda Claire Parenteau, Michael Scheidt and his wife, Gigi, Steven Scheidt and his wife, Beverly, and James Hamel and his wife, Tina; by great-grandchildren:  A.J., Skye, Jade, Abbey, Casey, Steven, Jason, Michael, Konnor, Kristan, and Ponette; by four great-great-grandchildren; by his brother Dexter Bates Lockwood and his wife, Evelyn, of Proctor; by his sister Eris Lennerton of Burlington, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held February 22 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Westmore with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lockwood’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4124.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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February 17, 2010 Obituaries

Raymond L. Boulanger

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Raymond L. Boulanger, 82, of Orleans died at home on Saturday, February 13, 2010.
Mr. Boulanger was born in Orleans on April 5, 1927, a son of Joseph and Evelyn Gwen (Gilson) Boulanger.
In 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Dean, who survives him.
All of his life, he was a small-town boy.  The third of 11 children, he grew up on Maple Street during the Depression years and graduated from Orleans High School.  He left Orleans only to serve in the United States Navy in the final years of World War II.
Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home and began work at J.B. Colton Company in 1947, a career that would last 52 years.  In 1981 he purchased the company — a dream come true — and sold it in 1999.  He loved the hardware and building supplies business and always maintained the old-fashioned atmosphere of a small-town country store providing services to the community.  He especially appreciated the many loyal customers and friends who came into the store, and he enjoyed working with his dedicated employees.  Stories and laughter were always a part of Colton’s store.
In service to his town, he belonged to the Orleans Fire Department and Ambulance Service from 1953 to 1983, the “red phone years.”  He served as Orleans Village trustee from 1973 to 1982 and was a director of the Orleans Cemetery Association from 1989 to 2003.  He was a 63-year member of American Legion Post 23 in Orleans.
He was an avid outdoorsman and deeply valued his many good times fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling with his friends.  He especially enjoyed the wilds of Essex County and South America Pond camp, which he helped to build.
Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, spending time with his family, participating in all of his children’s activities, and always being ready to help.  Throughout his lifetime, he was generous to all of his family, friends, and community.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 and a half years, Elaine; his daughter Rebecca and her husband, Ballard Perry, of Derby; son Steven and his wife, Margo Boulanger, of Winchester, Massachusetts; and grandsons Christian and Daniel Boulanger of Winchester.  He is survived by brothers:  Francis, George, David, Leo, Joseph, and Richard Boulanger; by sisters:  Rita Hilliard, Eveline Corey, and Catherine Bechert; and by brother-in-law Elwin Dean.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother Philip Boulanger.
At Mr. Boulanger’s request, there will be no calling hours or formal service.  Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.
Sanford W. Brown

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Sanford W. Brown, 73, of Newport died February 10, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Brown was born July 19, 1936, in Newport, a son of Wells and Geneva (Wheeler) Brown.
In 1977 he married Georgette Grenier, who predeceased him in 1990.
He was a milkman for Elmwood Dairy; he retired after 30 years of service.
He and his wife enjoyed going fishing.  He coached Babe Ruth baseball for several years and supported his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was an avid deer hunter.  He always enjoyed the companionship of his cats over the years.  He was a bowler and a member of many teams over the years.  He was a member of the National Guard for four years.
He is survived by his brother Arthur Brown and his wife, Mary, of Derby; by his sister Bonnie Haas and her husband, David, of Stratham, New Hampshire; by nieces and nephews:  Ryan and his fiancée, Kristy Chung, of Brighton, Massachusetts, Stephen and his wife, Amy, and their daughter Anna Haas of Stratham, New Hampshire, and Roger Brown and his wife, Cheryl, of Stratham and their children, Zachary, Colby, and Nicholas; and by stepchildren:  Andre, Gilles, Lorette, Chantell, and Gaetane and their spouses and children.  He was predeceased by two stepchildren, Carroll Grenier and Richard Grenier.
Funeral services were held February 13 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Brown’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Guy Gerard Fortin

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Guy Gerard Fortin, 54, of Lyndonville died suddenly on February 13, 2010, while playing broom ball in Newport.
Mr. Fortin was born November 5, 1955, in Newport, a son of Viateur and Therese (Perreault) Fortin.
He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1975.
He was employed as a machinist at Tap and Dye in Lyndonville.  Prior to being a machinist, he operated and owned a family farm for 20 years.
He enjoyed working on his snow machine and drag racing on ice with his racing team.  He enjoyed playing horseshoes and broom ball and playing with his grandchildren.  More recently he became technologically savvy.
He is survived by his children:  Jennifer Robare and her husband, Jeremy, of Milton, Stephanie Cyphers and her husband, Troy, of South Hero, Stacey Hildreth-Fortin and her wife, Katherine, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Jeremy Fortin and his partner, Jessica Tetreault, of Brownington; by his friend and the mother of his children, Susan Wahl, of Brookfield, Connecticut; by four grandchildren:  Ava and Jacob Robare, Sawyer Cyphers, and Josephine Fortin; by his father, Viateur Fortin, and his wife, Rita, of Holland; by his mother, Therese Fortin, of Orleans; by siblings:  Cecile Gaboriault and her husband, Claude, of Barton, Annette Cross and her husband, Steve, of Derby, Richard Fortin of Island Pond, Marcel Fortin and his wife, Paula, of Underhill, Agnes St. Laurent and her husband, Mark, of Medford, Massachusetts, Mark Fortin and his wife, Sandra, of Phoenix, Arizona, Irene Champagine and her husband, Donnie, of Pittsford, Rachel Twofoot and her husband, Keith, of Brownington, and Robert Fortin and his wife, Kim, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Fortin’s memory may be made to Jennifer Robare, 123 Red Clover Way, Milton, Vermont 05468 for a heart defibrillator that will be donated to the Newport Recreation Department.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Joseph Albert Gagniere

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Joseph Albert Gagniere, 86, of Barton died February 10, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Gagniere was born January 17, 1924, in Biddeford, Maine, a son of Francis and Courana (Dubois) Gagniere.
In 1945 he joined the Merchant Marines and served for nine years.  He was a veteran of World War II and was involved in the D-Day invasion of France in 1944.
On December 26, 1955, he married Jeannette M. Vielleux, who survives him.
He was the owner of a Texaco service station in Derby Line.
He held memberships with St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798, and American Legion Post 21.
His hobbies included golfing and watching sports, especially hockey and baseball.  He traveled all over the world and spent the winter months in Florida.
He received a diploma for life experiences from North Country Union High School in 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Gagniere, of Deauville, Quebec; by his daughter Jeanne Gagniere-Hamblett of Barton; by his sister Rita Conley of Asbestos, Quebec; and by his sister-in-law Fabiene Lessard of Newport.  He was predeceased by four brothers:  Roger, Leo, Raoul, and Rene; and by his sister Bernadette Gagniere.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Gagniere’s memory may be made for ill members of his family to the Albert Gagniere Benefit Fund, in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Mariette M. Hamel

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Mariette M. Hamel, 92, of Coventry died peacefully on February 6, 2010, at home surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Hamel was born March 30, 1917, in Iberville, Quebec, a daughter of George and Lodia Menard.  Her mother died of influenza when Mariette was two years old.  Her father married Martha Dupuis and operated a farm on the River Road near the junction with Coventry Station Road.
She went to the one-room River Road graded school and attended Orleans High School.  She and her older sister Iselle, for a while, drove a horse and buggy to Orleans High School.
On June 30, 1936, she married Gerard Hamel, a dashing neighbor and farm boy from down the River Road.  They had six children while working on and operating farms on the Airport Road in Coventry and in Westchester, Connecticut, for four years.  They finally moved back to the home farm on Webster Road in 1945.  They owned and operated the home farm, originally owned by Felix Hamel, for 41 years.  The farmhouse has been in the family for more than 97 years.
She had great compassion for her farm animals. She worked tirelessly, caring for her family, cooking, and keeping the farmhouse and property clean and neat.  She spent many happy hours picking wild berries, apples, and butternuts on their farm.  Tending her vegetable garden, cooking, and canning were her pride and joy.
As a mother, her children were her life and meant the world to her.  She is survived by her children and their spouses:  Lawrence and Connie Hamel of Lyndonville, Gloria Menard of Craftsbury, Lucille and Dean Porter of Brattleboro, Brenda Hamel-Bissell of Underhill, and Jeanette and Terry Perkins of Coventry; by ten grandchildren; by 12 great-grandchildren; by four great-great-grandchildren; by her stepsister Ruth Perron and her husband, Leo, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States.  She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Gerard, in 2003; by her son Roger in 1951; by her sisters Iselle Goddard and Pauline Gaboriault; by her brother Laurent Menard; by her parents, George and Lodia Menard; and by her stepmother, Martha Pitt.
A private service was held by the family.  A graveside service will be held at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Lee H. Holmes Jr.
Lee H. Holmes Jr., 75, of Derby died peacefully on February 12, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Holmes was born February 26, 1934, in Derby Line, a son of Lee H. Sr. and Altie (Smith) Holmes.
On June 11, 1960, he married Marie Joyal, who survives him.
He entered the United States Air Force and served for 12 years.  He served during the Korean War.
During his lifetime he was a truck driver for the Red Ball and Admiral Moving Company in Windsor, Connecticut.
He enjoyed making jewelry and rosaries, which he sent to poor countries.
He took great care of his children, who both had epilepsy.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Holmes, of Newport; by his daughter Diane Holmes of Barton; and by his sister Joyce Carpenter of Burlington.  He was predeceased by his son Mark Holmes.
A graveside service will be held by a military chaplain in the spring in Derby Center Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Reginald L. Page

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Reginald L. Page, 92, of Holland died February 8, 2010, at home.
Mr. Page was born June 26, 1917, in Holland, a son of Harry and Anna (Judd) Page.
On June 12, 1948, he married Evelyn Alice Smith, who survives him.
He was a self-employed farmer all of his life.  He served as a state representative for one term.  He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge in Stanstead, and he was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Newport and the Holland Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Page, of Holland; by several nieces and nephews; and by many close friends.  He was predeceased by four brothers:  Maurice, Ira, Russell, and Dale.
A graveside service will be held at Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland in the spring.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Page’s memory may be made to the Holland Methodist Church, in care of Evelyn Page, 1401 Holland Pond Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Hugh Stanley Pierce

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Hugh Stanley Pierce, 83, of Orleans died Monday, February 8, 2010, with his family at his side.
Mr. Pierce was born June 21, 1926, in Newport, a son of Hubert S. and Marjorie (Patterson) Pierce.
He grew up in Newport and graduated from Newport High School in 1943.
He served in the U.S. Navy and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he enjoyed competing on the men’s ski team.
In his younger years he worked for Tidewater Oil Company as a salesman and then made his career at Ethan Allen in Orleans for more than 25 years.
He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed golfing, fishing, and watching any and all sporting events on television.
He was a member of the Orleans Country Club for 45 years, and after his retirement, he enjoyed many years working in the club’s pro shop.  He was a member of American Legion Post 23, where he shared many “happy hours” with his friends.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia “Ginger”; by four children:  Carol Boucher, Jane Horton and her husband, Bob, Bev Gage and her husband, Peter, and Jeffrey Pierce and his wife, Sally; by four granddaughters:  Meghan and Emily Boucher, Jessica Gage and her husband, Michael Day, and Molly Gage and her fiancé, A.C. Heyward; and by one stepgranddaughter, Bria Horton.  He was predeceased by his grandson Nicholas Gage; and by sisters:  Rosalie Keith, Barbara Searles, and Mary Mosher.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.
For those who wish to make donations in Mr. Pierce’s memory, the family suggests the Orleans Country Club course equipment fund, in care of Peter Lanoue, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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January 13, 2010 Obituaries

Jean Marie Amyot

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Jean Marie Amyot, 87, of North Troy died January 10, 2010, at her home.
She was born July 29, 1922, in Quebec, a daughter of Leon and Aldina (Roy) Morin.
On May 10, 1943, she married Andre Amyot, who predeceased her on August 11, 2005.
Mrs. Amyot was employed at North Troy Hauser and at North Country Hospital in the housekeeping department, where she retired in 1985.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 28 of North Troy, and she loved gatherings with her family and grandchildren.
Mrs. Amyot is survived by her children, Andre Amyot and his wife, Rolande, of Westfield, Robert Amyot and his wife, Shirley, of Southington, Connecticut, Denise Tetreault and her husband, Robert, of East Charleston, Rose Morse and her husband, Wayne, of Jay, Diane Cutting and her husband, Steve, of North Troy, Richard Amyot and his wife, Penny, of  North Troy, and Lisa Guyette and her husband, John, of North Troy; by 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; by a sister, Pauline St. Onge of Troy; and a sister-in-law, Aurora Morin of Troy. She was predeceased by a brother Maurice Morin.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 14, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, North Troy.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Amyot’s memory may be made to the Mississquoi Ambulance Service, P. O. Box 131, Troy, VT 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

William “Willie” J. Boudreau

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William “Willie” J. Boudreau, 93, of Barton died January 5, 2010, at home.
Mr. Boudreau was born December 27, 1916, in Warwick, Quebec, a son of Elzear and Rose (Willett) Boudreau.
He was a dairy farmer and a logger, and he produced maple syrup.  He was a salesperson of agriculture supplies and a self-employed artificial cattle breeder.
He is survived by his children:  Rene Boudreau of Florida, Yvette Petit of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and Lee Ann and Randy Tenney of Derby; by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his sister Jeannette Moquin of Burlington; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his former wife, Blanche Gosselin; by his companion of 47 years, Yvette Scott; by his infant daughter Rachel Boudreau; by brothers:  Conrad, Alfred, and Cyril; and by sisters:  Germaine Vezina, Cecile Gagnon, and Exilia Rivard.
Funeral services were held January 10 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon officiating.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Boudreau’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Harold Irving Carter

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Harold Irving Carter of Nelson Hill, Derby, died on January 9, 2010, at North Country Hospital, in Newport after a long illness.
Harold was born September 23, 1926, at Nelson Hill.  He was married January 30, 1943, to Julia Judd Carter, who survives him.
He was predeceased by his sister Fleda Judd, brother Sidney Carter, sister Helen Magill and sister Isabel McInnis.
He was a member of Mason #65 Memphremagog Lodge and the Derby Fish and Game Club.  He and other members built the original building that is on the Derby Fish and Game Club Road in Derby.  He was part of the hunter safety classes and enjoyed working with the participants for their field exercises.
Being an avid hunter and trapper, Harold was often called upon by the Fish and Game Department to trap pesky muskrat from culverts at the Eagle Point Farm in Newport and culverts in Holland.
He worked for Reed Leonard as a carpenter in the early 1950s and in his last years of life was able to sit and look out the window from his residence in Barton at a barn he built in those years.
In 1955 Harold went to work for Carl Hackett at Hackett’s Plumbing and Heating, where he started his career as a plumber and heater.  When Hackett’s Plumbing and Heating was sold to Fred’s Plumbing and Heating, he went along with the sale of the business.  He would work for Fred’s until his retirement.  At Fred’s he helped renovate the present office and showroom, built by many truck bodies for the business, did plumbing and heating calls, and enjoyed his time watching a young man, Fred, develop a thriving business into what is now Fred’s Plumbing, Heating and Propane.
He loved playing cards, cutting wood, hunting and trapping, and in later years, after his retirement, made a total of 13 patchwork quilts and many latch hook rugs for his family members.  Harold spent many wonderful years at Lewis Pond at his hunting camp trapping beaver, hunting deer and playing cards with his many friends.
Harold always was ready to lend a hand to family, friends, and neighbors.  He loved to work with wood, be it cutting firewood, lumber or making heirloom furniture pieces for all his children and grandchildren and nieces.  He was very fond of animals and had a constant companion named Bandit (his cat) with him at his home on East Albany Road in Barton.  He was cared for by his son Colin and wife, Evelyn Carter, and family in Barton after he became ill and was unable to live at home with his wife, Julia, on Nelson Hill.  He especially enjoyed many Wednesday morning breakfasts with his family and friends at Parson’s Corner in Barton, where he would join in on the conversations and share his life experiences.
He always put his family ahead of himself and unselfishly made the best of what life gave him.
He is survived by his daughter Velma Crowell of Chocorua, New Hampshire, his son Colin Carter and his wife, Evelyn, of Barton, son Alex Carter and his fiancé, Laura Greenwood, of West Charleston; granddaughter Sandie Sloan Diggs and her husband, Norman, of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, grandson Shaun Sloan and his wife, Song Hui, of Cambridge, granddaughter Christelle Plourde and her husband, Tony, of Farmers Branch, Texas, granddaughter Coralee Keefer and her husband, Tom, of Grand Isle, by step-grandchildren Paul Fontaine and his wife, Kim, of South Burlington, Bryan Fontaine and his wife Kim of St. Johnsbury, Roger Fontaine and his wife, Heather, of Lyndonville, Annette Jewell of Barnet, and their families. He is also survived by great-grandchilren Tara McGarry of South Gate, California, Shayna Diggs of Gales Ferry, Shauna Sloan of Cambridge, Jasmine, Madison, William and Skyler Keefer of Grand Isle, Bryhannah and Keirra Plourde of Farmers Branch, by great-great-granddaughter Jaidyn Lillie Juarez McGarry of South Gate, and one brother-in-law Ernest H. Judd and his wife, Martha, of Derby, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours and a spring interment will be held in Derby.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Carter’s memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, 67 Beech Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

 

 

Anthony van Dyke Chapin

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Anthony van Dyke Chapin, 83, of Austin Texas, died January 1, 2010, at home, of pulmonary fibrosis, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Chapin was born October 21, 1926, in Washington, Connecticut, a son of Henry and Paula van Dyke Chapin, and grew up on a farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
During and after World War II he served in the United States Merchant Marine.  He then earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University.
A man of many interests, his life and career took him to Aspen, Colorado; San Francisco, California; Paris, France; Stonington, Connecticut; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Clifton, Arizona; and Austin, Texas, as well as his beloved camp in Glover.
He worked as an architect, schoolteacher, art publisher, writer, labor journalist, public television producer, and bush-hogger.  Always locally involved, he volunteered and served as an emergency medical technician, counselor for mentally troubled people, campaign manager, film-series promoter, and town planning and zoning board member.
He was an outdoorsman, accomplished sailor and carpenter, enthusiastic chess and piano player, voracious reader, relentless rationalist, and devoted father and husband.
He was a lifelong conservationist, active in opposing development of marshlands and ridge lines.  In the 1970s he co-founded Connecticut Citizens for Protection and Conservation.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Daphne; by his sister Penney Hills; by sons:  Timothy, Nathaniel, Matthew, and Hugh Chapin; and by eight grandchildren:  Julian, August, Alabel, Jackson, Harrison, Hugh, Henry, and Daphne.  He was predeceased by his sister Charlotte Smith in 1996.
A memorial service will be held January 30 at his home in Austin at 11 a.m.

 

 

Robert Gosselin Sr.

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Robert N. Gosselin Sr., better known as Bob, 77, died at his home in Arcadia, Florida, on January 8, 2010.
Mr. Gosselin was born September 26, 1932, to Alphee and Yvonne Gosselin and was the youngest of three children.  He raised his family in Derby Line and worked at Butterfields (Tivoly) until he retired in 1992.  He coached Little League baseball for the Derby Line Dodgers for several years with the assistance of his wife, Polly.  He worked for the Derby Point Drive In, located where Poulin Lumber is today, for 20 years running the projectors.
Throughout his life, Mr. Gosselin enjoyed playing darts in the U.S. and Canada, for which he has many trophies.  He bowled on a league in Newport, enjoyed golfing in Vermont and Florida, card bingo, board games, horseshoes and pool.  He was a man who liked to joke around and was known for his one-liners.
He also enjoyed working with his hands and helped build his own home in Derby Line with the contractor he hired, as well as helping build homes for several friends and family in the area, including his three children’s homes.
He is survived by his brother Andrew and his wife, Wanda; sister Rita Maloney and her husband, Donnal (Dean).
He married Pauline Brien on on February 3, 1951.  She predeceased him on September 27, 1996.
He is survived by their children:  Robert Jr. and his wife, Valerie, Richard and his wife, Ann Marie, Gloria (GiGi) O’Connor and her husband, Anthony; by eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by their infant son Ronald.
A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, January 13, in Arcadia.  Funeral services will follow in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Gosselin’s honor to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238.
Arrangements are by Robarts Funeral Home, Arcadia, Florida.

 

 

Margaret Estelle Lussier
Margaret Estelle Lussier, 89, of Newport died January 5, 2010, in Newport, following a brief illness.
Ms. Lussier was born May 25, 1920, in Albany, a daughter of Pierre Napoleon Lussier and Marie Leah (Beauregard) Lussier.  She was the third youngest of 17 children to grow up on the family farm on the Creek Road in East Albany, and the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was educated in the former one-room schoolhouse in East Albany.
For many years, she worked at hotels and restaurants in Montpelier, Barre, and Stowe.  For much of her life, she lived in Newport.
She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, painting, and doing puzzles, listening to music.  She loved fresh flowers.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by family members, neighbors, and friends.
She leaves many nieces and nephews; her dear friends at Newport Place Apartments, Newport Health Care Center, and North Country Hospital; and caregivers including her nephew the Reverend Fern Gosselin, Sam Souliere, Sister Carm Souliere, and friends Mary Ellen and John Goodrow.
Funeral services were held January 11 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Spring interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery in East Albany.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Lussier’s memory may be made to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 304, Maryknoll, New York 10545.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Curtis L. “Bub” Sargent
Curtis L. “Bub” Sargent, 96, of Sutton died at home on Monday, December 28, 2009.
Mr. Sargent was born November 5, 1913, in Glover, the last surviving child of Richard and Mina (Drew) Sargent.
He graduated from Barton Academy in 1932 and was the last surviving member of his class.  He enjoyed attending many class reunions.  He later graduated from Lyndon Normal School with his teaching degree and taught school for a short time.  He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Ethan Allen and in the fall of 1936 was honorably discharged.
On August 28, 1937, he married Alice Mary McFarland.  During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.
He worked for Vermont Tap & Die Company in Lyndonville as a purchasing agent for many years.  He retired in 1976.
He truly enjoyed horses and timing harness racing for many years at the Orleans and Caledonia county fairs.  He is remembered for his huge vegetable gardens and roadside farm stand where he sold his produce and his prized gladiolas.
He attended and supported the West Burke Senior Meal Site in many ways, including donating some of his home-grown produce.  Active in his community, he had been a selectman and school board member in Sutton.  He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lyndonville Post.  Horses, reading, and playing cards brought him much pleasure.
He loved his family and spoke of his grandsons and great-grandchildren with love and pride.  He enjoyed dining out with his daughter Kathy Frye and her husband, Bill.
Survivors include his daughter Katherine Frye and her husband, William, of Barnet; his son-in-law Joe Martin of Brownington; three grandchildren:  Kirk Martin and his wife, Shelia, of Orleans, Michael Martin and his wife, Shelley, of Danville, and Tom Martin and his wife, Lee-Anne, of Moretown; five great-grandchildren:  Beth Martin of Orleans, Alex and Alisa Martin of Danville, and Lily and Meridith Martin of Moretown; special friends who were always there to help in any way:  Janet and Keith Wiess, Beulah Holden, and Lynanne Ott; a special niece, Barbara Aseltine, of Northfield; other nieces and nephews; and many close friends and neighbors.  He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Alice Sargent, in 1995; by their daughter Marilyn Martin in 2004; by an infant brother; and by three sisters:  Geraldine Moulton, Grace Ball, and Stella Wilson.
Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Donations made in Mr. Sargent’s memory may be directed to his beloved West Burke Senior Meal Site, P.O. Box 100, West Burke, Vermont 05871.
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home.

 

 

April Thibault
April D. Thibault, 41, of Derby died January 7, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  She was born April 18, 1968, in Newport, a daughter of Robert and Murline (Wells) Skinner.
She is survived by two daughters:  Alissa and Amanda, both of Derby; her parents, Robert and Murline Skinner of Derby; a brother, Todd Skinner of West Charleston; nephews Todd Skinner Jr. and Cody Skinner; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Thibault’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Priscilla H. Tobin


Priscilla H. Tobin, 92, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2010, at the Newport Health Care Center to join those who predeceased her:  her husband, Charles (Tobe), her mother and father, sister, and many dear friends.
Missing her in their lives will be her special caregiving niece, Judy Magoon, and her husband, Ken; her “boys,” grandnephews Ron Magoon and his wife, Arlene, and family, and Barry Magoon and his wife, Mary, and family; her faithful caring neighbors so dear to her; her beloved pet Zachery; and other relatives and friends who gave her happiness and comfort throughout her lifetime.
Private burial services will take place in the summer at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport at the convenience of her family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Jeanne C. Wade

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Jeanne C. Wade, 97, of Island Pond died and ended her earthly journey on January 5, 2010, in Glover.
Mrs. Wade was born November 23, 1912, in East Hereford, Quebec, the seventh of 13 children of George and Victoria (Pariseau) Bissonette.
On October 31, 1936, she married Nelson Wade.
She was an aide who helped senior citizens through the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont.  She was the first VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) worker in Island Pond.
She enjoyed traveling, quilting, sewing, knitting, and making many items for the family, specializing in wool socks.  She enjoyed working in the garden with her husband, and she helped set up the senior meal site in Island Pond.  She also wrote an autobiography for her family called, As I Remember.
She and her husband were great family people and enjoyed family gatherings, hosting several Bissonnette family reunions.
She is survived by her children:  Ann West and her husband, Paul, of Durham, New Hampshire, Lucinda Hill and her husband, Spencer, of Huntington, and William Wade and his wife, Kay, of Hiltons, Virginia; by her grandchildren:  Kimberly and Michael Drew, Deborah Stacey of Maine, Steven and Sandy West of New York, Kelly Hill and Maria Duryea of Vermont, Scott and Donna Wade of Virginia, and Stacey and Arjay Sarmiento of New York; by ten great-grandchildren:  Julie and Amanda Drew, Nichole and Jordan Stacey, Lexy Wade, Robby, Katie, and Michael West, and Becket and Helen Hill, and Abigail Sarmiento; by one great-great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Stacey; by sisters-in-law:  Louise Bissonnette of Beecher Falls, Shirley Wade Davis of Arundel, Maine, and Marilyn Wade of Island Pond; by one sister, Elizabeth Adams, of Berlin, New Hampshire; and by many nieces and nephews.
In 2009, there were 457 known Bissonnette descendants.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson Wade; by four brothers:  Albert, Edward, Alphonse, and Louis; and by seven sisters:  Rose, Bernadette, Yvonne, Gabrielle, Alice, Beatrice, and Therese.
Funeral services were held January 9 at St. James Fellowship Hall in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank Connor officiating.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond on May 28 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Wade’s memory may be made to St. James Catholic Church or to the Island Pond Health Center, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Thelma B. Wilcox

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Thelma B. Wilcox, 91, of Coventry died January 9, 2010, in Newport, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Wilcox was born January 25, 1918, in Coventry, a daughter of Hulcy and Hazel (Fairbrother) Barlow.  On January 1, 1937, she married Kenwood Wilcox, who predeceased her in November of 1994, after 57 years of marriage.
Mrs. Wilcox was town clerk of Coventry from 1974 to 1994, when she retired.  She was formerly a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, an active member of the Republican Party and president of the Orleans County Women’s Republican Group in the 1960s.  Mrs. Wilcox and her husband were active members of the North Country Mountaineers Snowmobile Club, which later became part of VAST. She was a dedicated and lifelong member of the Coventry Congregational Church and active in the many activities of the Coventry community.  She volunteered years of her time and provided valuable history to the Old Stone House Museum and the Orleans County Historical Society.  She enjoyed and used the IROC facility on a weekly basis with her friends.  She also took advantage of the great programs and trips available through the Community Circle for many years.
Among her hobbies she enjoyed gardening and baking and visits from her family in Connecticut.
She is survived by her son, Larry Wilcox and his wife, Sandra, of Orleans; a granddaughter, Jaclyn Hissick and her husband, John, of Cheshire, Connecticut; and by two great-grandchildren: Jillian and Jarrett.  She is also survived by the following nieces: Shirley Barlow of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Nancy Dew and her husband, Ben, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Norma McAllister and her husband, William, of Laconia, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by a brother, Roy Barlow.
Graveside services will be announced in the spring.  Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Wilcox’s memory may be made to Friends of IROC (Indoor Recreational of Orleans County), P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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