September 8, 2010 Obituaries

Hunter J. Blake

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Hunter J. Blake, 11 months old, died at his home in North Troy on August 31, 2010, after a long battle with Krabbe disease.  He was surrounded by his loving family.
Hunter loved being outside listening to the birds and to music.  He loved being held and cuddled.
He was born September 18, 2009, in Newport, a beloved son of Meagan Blake and Jeremy Brown.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Joshua Cloney, of North Troy; his maternal grandmothers, April Blake, of Coventry and Sherri Ingalls of West Glover; by his great-grandmothers Janette Patten of Coventry and Doris Brown of West Charleston; by his uncles Jamie Patten of Nashville, Tennessee, and Justin Blake of Coventry; by his aunt Tonya Brown of North Troy; and by several great-aunts, uncles and cousins and special cousins Samantha and Kayla Wright.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John F. Blake Jr.
Funeral services were held on Saturday September 4, 2010, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.  Interment followed in the Coventry Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hunter’s Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 643, 6368 West Quaker Street, Orchard Park, New York 14127.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Shirley Ann Blanchard

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Shirley Ann Blanchard, 68, of North Troy died suddenly on September 2, 2010, in Newport.
She was born September 9, 1941, in Addison, a daughter of Hugh and Marion (Nimblett) Longey.
On January 21, 1963, she married Roland Blanchard Sr. who survives her.
Mrs. Blanchard was a pharmaceutical inspector for Mylan Tech, and at one time she was employed by Kinney Drugs in St. Albans and Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  She graduated from Vergennes Academy in Vergennes.
Her hobbies included playing bingo, going to the senior center, shopping, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Roland Blanchard Sr., of North Troy; by her children:  Julie Pion and her husband, Jeremy, of Lowell, Roland Blanchard Jr. of  Lowell, Kenricka (Kricket) Blanchard and her companion, Joe Rollo, of North Troy, and Roxanne Major and her husband, Gary, of Lowell; by the following grandchildren:  Ryan Folgherait and Ally, Amber Folgherait, Kaitlynn King, Danielle King and Rob, Ashley Blanchard, Kayla Blanchard, Kelsey Blanchard-Rollo and Bryant, and Nicholas Hunt and Kristi Farrar; by two great-granddaughters, Jade Marie Tuttle and Emiley Farrar; by sister-in-law Pauline Sweet of Enosburg; brother-in-law Steven Blanchard of Enosburg; by many aunts, uncles and cousins; and by special friends Hilda Duprey, Marion Bruce, Nancy Pelletier, Bev Hisman, Liz Farley, and many others.  She was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Pudvah; sisters-in-law Bea Spencer, Barb Gerrow, and Mildred Blanchard; and brother-in-law Larry Blanchard.
A graveside service will be held at the Albany Village Cemetery on Friday, September 10, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
James E. DeLude

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James E. DeLude, 62, of Newport died on August 31, 2010, in Newport.
He was born May 23, 1948, in Northfield, a son of Edward and Flora (Phillips) DeLude.  He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1966 and attended UCLA Berkeley in California where he received a master’s degree in behavioral psychology.  He was a well known personal accountant.  He served time in the U. S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was an avid sports fan, and he enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing, and traveling.
He is survived by two daughters:  Jamie DeLude and her husband, Juan Aristizabal, of Malden, Massachusetts, and Jasmine DeLude of Lyndon Corner; by a granddaughter, Juliana Gentley; by his beloved companion of seven years, Normie Gagne, of Newport; by her two sons:  Alain and Donald Berube; by his two sisters:  Mary Clifford of Northfield and Diana DeLude of Montpelier; by his nieces April DeLude and Crystal Barrows; by his nephews Eric Clifford and Bryson DeLude; and by his dog Misty as well as several close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Verla Edith Drake

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Verla Edith Drake, 90, of Derby died on September 1, 2010, in Newport.
She was born April 23, 1920, in Orleans, a daughter of Elmer and Greta (Dunham) Hilliard.
On December 14, 1940, she married Phil Drake Sr. who predeceased her in 1996.
Mrs. Drake was a member of the Navy Grange and the American Legion Auxiliary where she was also past president.  She hooked and braided rugs, and she also hooked Currier and Ives pictures into rugs and sewed for many different people.  She enjoyed growing flowers, and she was a caregiver for several different family members.  She enjoyed her independence, including obtaining her driver’s license at the age of 70.  She was delighted with family gatherings and visits.
She is survived by her children:  Phil Drake and his wife, Theresa, of Newport, Marvin Drake and his wife, Barbara Strich, of St. Johnsbury, and Gary Drake and his wife, Alice, of Fletcher; by seven grandchildren:  Amanda Kennedy and her husband, Todd, of Virginia, Abbey Drake of Vermont, Paula Gratton and her husband, Ronald, of Vermont, Scott Drake of New York, Douglas Drake and his wife, Tammy, of North Troy, Rhonda Drake of Vermont, Zander Drake and his companion, Elizabeth Rowley, of New Hampshire; five great-grandchildren:  Tia Drake of Newport Center, Nathaniel Drake of North Troy, Emma Drake of North Troy, Paul Kennedy of Virginia, and Josephine Drake of Bethlehem, New Hampshire; and by a sister Dorothy Whipple of Newport.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Maynard and Warren Hilliard.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.   Interment followed in the Derby Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to PALS of Vermont, Association for the Blind, 60 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Gilberte Pauline Gagner

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Gilberte Pauline Gagner, 86, of Derby died on September 2, 2010, in Newport.
She was born June 25, 1924, in Kateville, Quebec, a daughter of Albert and Florence (Paquette) Mongeau.
On August 21, 1948, she married Armand Gagner who predeceased her in 2002.  Mrs. Gagner was very dedicated to her husband of over 50 years, and she loved caring for her family.
She is survived by her children:  Robert Gagner and his wife, Lisa, of Ascutney and Jocelyne Capron of Derby; by seven grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Gaston Mongeau and his wife, Wanita, of Quebec and Valdor Mongeau and his wife, Denise, of Stanstead, Quebec; by three sisters:  Claire Prince of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Aline Cloutier and her husband, Real, of North Carolina, and Fernande Langevin and her husband, Adrien, of Montreal, Quebec; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Mongeau, and by a sister, Realta.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on September 8 from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Hospital, care of Diana Hamilton, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Gloria Loomis

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Gloria June (St. Onge) Loomis, 80, of Clarendon died peacefully on September 4, 2010, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center with all her children and family members by her side, following a long illness.
She was born on June 3, 1930, in West Glover, a daughter of Roy and Anna (Diette) St. Onge.  She had three sisters and two brothers.
She went to Barton Academy.
She married Ralph Francis Loomis Sr. on September 30, 1950, and they had six children together.
In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. St. Onge established Walker Mountain Sales and Service in Clarendon.  For the past 18 years they worked side by side with their son Roger who will carry on the family business.
Mrs. Loomis loved sewing, making quilts, snowmobiling, and reading.  She had a passion for canning and for photo memories.  She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Church.  She loved and looked forward to family gatherings and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters:  Gail Foust and her husband, Calvin, of Jamestown, New York, and Geannine White and her husband, Charlie, of Tinmouth; four sons:  Ralph (Jinx) Loomis Jr. and his wife, Nancy, and Roy Loomis and his wife, Amy, all of West Rutland, Roger Loomis and his wife, Kelly, and Ross Loomis and his wife, Wendy, all of Shrewsbury; 18 grandchildren:  Sarah, Ashlee, Casey, Samantha, Cy, Jody, Jessie, Chelsea, Alexis, Kaylin, Brendon, Josh, Kiera, Ryan, Mitchell, Logan, Jordan and Alyssa; five great-granddaughters: Sadie, Lauren, Maddison, Lacey and Gavyn; one great-grandson, Hunter; with another great grandson Colton on the way; a sister Vi Adams of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband on September 6, 2009, also by two sisters Kay Sheehe and Edna Hill; two brothers Charles St. Onge and Fred St. Onge.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at the Rutland-Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main Street, Rutland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the St. Patrick’s Church in Wallingford.  Burial will follow in the East Clarendon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made through www.rutlandherald.com/obits on the guest book, or private condolences can be made through www.aldousfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Stanley R. Robbins
Stanley R. Robbins, 84, of Citrus Springs, Florida, died on September 1, 2010, at his home.
A native of Derby, he was born August 9, 1926, a son of Guy V. and Luella (Tice) Robbins.  He was a retired supervisor and machinist for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft.
Mr. Robbins served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 and was a life member of the Edward Penno VFW Post #4864 of Citrus Springs.  He was a 46-year member of American Legion Post #197 in Marlborough, Connecticut, and a member of LST 494 Organization of World War II Shipmates.
One of his great loves was golf, and he was a member of the Citrus Springs Golf and Country Club and a former member of the Chanticlair Golf Course in Colchester, Connecticut.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bertha H. Robbins, of Citrus Springs; his sons Randy G. Robbins of Citrus Springs, Alan D. Robbins and his wife, Linda, of Andover, Connecticut, and William S. Robbins and his wife, Laurel, of Marlborough; by a brother Milton Robbins and his wife, Beverly, of Meridianville, Alabama; by sisters Frances Taylor and Ruth Marsh, both of Derby, and Marion Bates of Bradenton, Florida; by seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by a son Gregg Robbins, in 1954, and a great-grandson Brandyn Robbins in 1999.
A memorial service will be held on September 13 at the Fero Funeral Home in Beverly Hills, Florida.
Lyman Payne Sprout

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With his family at his side, Lyman Payne Sprout, 84, died on August 29, 2010, at his home in Green Valley, Arizona, from congestive heart failure.
He was born July 23, 1926, in Winooski.
He married Kathleen (Kitty) Cook on June 19, 1954. They lived in Essex Junction and Morgan before retiring to Green Valley.
Mr. Sprout served in the Marine Corps in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years, ending his career as postmaster in Essex.
Mr. Sprout was a dedicated family man.  He spent many years coaching and supporting sports in the Essex Junction area.  His lifelong passion for trout fishing earned him many friends, especially along the banks of his favorite fishing river, the Willoughby.  He was a proud member of American Legion Post #23 of Orleans and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans of Orleans County #22.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Harriet; his brothers Frank and Charles; and his sisters Anne, Betty and Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Green Valley; his sons Greg and his wife, Donna, of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Jeffrey and his wife, Elizabeth, of Underhill; by daughter Cynthia of Tucson, Arizona; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special nephew Roger Elkins.
There will be a celebration of his life during the spring trout run on the Willoughby  River with details at a later date.
If friends should desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery of the Vermont Fish and Game Service.
Robert (Little Bobby) L. Wesoja III
Robert L. Wesoja III, 23, died unexpectedly at his home in Fairgrove, Michigan, on Monday, August 30, 2010.
He was born August 1, 1987, in Concord, New Hampshire, a son of Robert L. Wesoja Jr. and Shannon (Boudreau) Wesoja.
Mr. Wesoja made friends everywhere he went.  He spent many days, weeks, and sometimes months with Nana and Grampa Wesoja, and he enjoyed working for Gram and Pepe.  He loved being in Vermont but never could stay away from New Hampshire for very long.  Even after moving to Michigan with his mom and siblings, he consistently made trips back East.  He loved being with his friends, making new friends, dirt bike riding, listening to country music, and four-wheeling.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Robert and Tami Wesoja Jr.; stepbrothers Cody and Connor and sister Caylin of Irasburg; his mother, Shannon Boudreau Wesoja; his brother Thomas and sister Kylie of Fairgrove; paternal grandparents Sandy and Robert Wesoja Sr. of Webster, New Hampshire; maternal grandparents Gary and Dora Boudreau of Reese, Michigan; uncles Warren, Chris and Eddie Wesoja and Shaun Boudreau, all of New Hampshire; aunt Sara Boudreau of Michigan; and many close cousins throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Michigan who looked up to him and loved spending time with him, especially four-wheeling with Christopher and dirt biking with Clint, Michael, Casey and Corey.  Step-family members were considered family to him.
There will be a memorial service followed by social time and refreshments on Thursday, September 9, at 6 p.m., at the Irasburg Town Hall.
Condolences may be sent to Tami and Robert Wesoja Jr., 1915 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
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September 1, 2010 Obituaries

James Ronald Bothwell
James Ronald Bothwell Jr., 64, of Derby Line died on Sunday, August 22, 2010, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center from complications from cancer.
He was born in Burlington on September 3, 1945, a son of James Ronald Bothwell Sr. and Mary Ruth Haley.
Mr. Bothwell joined the Naval Reserves in 1963.  In 1964 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and served his country honorably. His bravery in the Vietnam War awarded him many decorations including two Purple Heart medals, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Rifle Sharpshooter Medal.
Upon his honorable discharge, he continued to serve his country as a U.S. Merchant Marine.  He also served with the Vermont National Guard and earned his degree in criminal justice.  In January 3, 2006, he retired from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after 26 years of service.  In those years he was a certified firearms instructor.
Mr. Bothwell enjoyed golfing, reading, mechanics, and family.  He and his wife RVed throughout the U.S. and spent the winter months in Florida.  He was a member of the DAV, the American Legion, VFW, and the Eagles.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Bothwell, whom he married on October 11, 1969; by his four children:  James Bothwell of Montpelier and his daughter Sadie, Brad Bothwell of Newport and his wife, Tammy, son Tanner and step-children Dillion, Bobbi, and Nick Nobaris, daughter Jennifer Lund of Bergen, Norway, and her husband, Christian, and their daughters Maia and Sofia, and son Chad Bothwell of New York City; by his sister Diane Ledoux of Burlington; his brother David Robert Bothwell of Savannah, Georgia; by his aunt Kay Lathrop and uncle Bobby King, both of Burlington; as well as several brother- and sisters-in-law, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line on August 28.  He was honored by both military and U.S. Customs.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society (for pancreatic research), 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont  05495, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria,Virginia 22312.
Dwight Willey Bowen

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Dwight Willey Bowen, 92, of the Newport Health Care Center and formerly of Holland, died on August 27, 2010, in Newport.
He was born March 4, 1918, in Newport Center, a son of Raymond and Myrtie (Pettingill) Bowen.
On November 4, 1945, he married Evelyn Graves who predeceased him on July 26, 2002.
Mr. Bowen served his country during World War II.  At one time, he was a driver for General Douglas MacArthur.
He loved fishing and hunting with his grandsons, and he very much enjoyed working with his son on his race car.
He worked at Butterfield’s Tap and Die for may years and for Newport Cablevision.  He also did carpentry work.
He is survived by five children:  Don Bowen and his wife, Rosemarie, of Orleans, Dolores Niles and her husband, Frank, of Newport Center, Deborah English of West Charleston, Winky Crowe of Derby, and Delsaye Bowen and her companion, Chris Hackett, of Derby Line; by 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Delight Sanville, on May 5, 1999; by his grandson Chad Crowe on December 30, 1993; by two brothers, Arland Bowen Sr. and Stanley Bowen; and by his sister Marjorie.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 4 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Military honors will be held immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Ruth (George) Brooks
Ruth (George) Brooks, 86, of Newport died on August 28, 2010, in Glover.
She was born May 30, 1924, the third child of Hawley and Marjory (Wheatley) George.
She attended Thetford Academy and Lyndon Normal School and taught in Glover and Westmore.
In 1947, she married Neil Brooks, who predeceased her in 1974.
Over the years, she worked various jobs.  In Glover, she worked at the Busy Bee, Cook’s Poultry, and at the store and post office.  She was also church treasurer, custodian of the church and town hall, and headed the neighborhood collections for flower memorials. She also worked in Barton at Moore’s Market.  After her husband’s death, she moved to Newport where she acquired more friends through her employment and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  In Newport she managed the senior meal site for many years.  She also managed the governor’s mansion while she lived there.  She was a volunteer driver for Rural Community Transportation, making house calls to shut-ins.
She enjoyed participation in the variety shows of old times and also the jam sessions with friends from Newport Place where she lived until she went to the Union House in Glover.  She looked forward to those after being in the nursing home.
She is survived by two children:  Donna Dopp and son-in-law Lawrence of Barton, and Penny Brooks of Plainfield, New Hampshire; by three grandchildren:  Kevin Dopp and his friend Cheryl of Derby Line, Corey Dopp Sr. and his wife, Cheryl, of Barton and Melissa Dopp of St. Johnsbury; by the following great-grandchildren:  Corey Dopp Jr., Arion Dopp, Ashley and Bradley Dopp, and Jeremy Buckland; and by grandcats Gladdie, Bert, and LoulouBob; and by granddog Tootsie.  She was predeceased by a son, Douglas Brooks, in 1989; by brothers Gordon and Ronald George; and by a sister, Dorothy Bacon.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 3, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover with the Reverend Joan Vincent officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Erma Laura (Gerhart) Foster

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Erma Laura (Gerhart) Foster died suddenly on August 26, 2010, in Holland.
She was the devoted wife of Robert, beloved mother of Pamela Sue and Laura Ann, cherished grandmother of Danielle Laura, and dear cousin of Marion Gilmour of Toronto.  She is survived by many friends and relatives in Canada.
Born January 5, 1932, Mrs.  lived most of her life in Buffalo, New York, and enjoyed many happy years at the family summer home on Thunder Bay, in Ridgeway, Ontario, where she was a member of the Lionesses and served on the board of the Fort Erie Figure Skating Club.
Mrs. Foster liked crossword puzzles, solitaire, gardening, and hummingbirds, and she particularly enjoyed spending time with her beloved granddaughter Danielle.
Services will be private.  Anyone choosing to make a contribution in her memory may send it to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Jamie D. Hisman

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Jamie D. Hisman, 24, of Newport Center died suddenly in Troy on August 29, 2010.
He was born September 13, 1985, in Newport, the beloved son of Karen Hisman and the late Dean Hisman.
He was employed as a grade foreman at the Vermont Site Works in Stowe.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling, and was generally an outdoors type of a guy.
Mr. Hisman liked to work but especially liked to play.  He was a very outgoing person who enjoyed family and friends and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone.
He is survived by his mother, Karen Hisman, of  Newport Center; two sisters:  Jennifer Poulin and her husband, Josh, of Derby, and Joanna Hisman and her companion, Paul Patenaude Jr., of Newport Center; by his grandparents Dick and Bev Hisman of Westfield; his girlfriend Shauna Buck; his aunts and uncles:  Gary and Laurie Hisman of North Troy, Larry Hisman of Westfield, Kevin Pope and his companion, Peggy Randall, of Michigan, Debbie Clark of Connecticut, and Jody Pope of Derby; and by two nieces, Mya and Star Poulin.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 2, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 3, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Memphremagog Ducks Unlimited, care of Steve Gendreau, 3214 Route 105, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Albert Dwight Kinney
Albert Dwight Kinney, 62, of Derby Line died on August 21, 2010, in White River Junction.
He was born July 29, 1948, in Newport, a son of William and Joyce (Tobin) Kinney.
On September 4, 1971, he married Diana Tice who survives him.
Mr. Kinney was employed as a mail clerk at the Derby Line Post Office for 20 years.  He retired in 2008.
He was in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War and received two Purple Hearts.  He held memberships with the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
His hobbies included fishing, reading, and working on his computer.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Kinney, of Derby Line; by his mother-in-law Anna Tice of Derby Line; by two children:  Johnathan Kinney and his wife, Andrea, of Derby and Kevin Kinney of Holland; by four grandchildren:  Victoria, Makayla, Jorja and Madison; and by three brothers:  Jimmy Kinney of New Hampshire, Robert Kinney of Beebe Plain, and Ricky Kinney of Lyndonville.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ernest V. Chompany Memorial Fund in care of Ernie Emmerson, 841 Trucott Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Steven Van Morrow
Steven Van Morrow, 72, of Newport died on August 4, 2010, in Newport.
He was born August 31, 1937, in Newport, a son of Earl and Everald (Stevens) Morrow.
Mr. Morrow was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Vermont.  He was employed by the state of Vermont and also the town of Peacham as a janitor.
He is survived by his son Daniel Morrow of Newport and numerous cousins in St. Johnsbury and the greater Newport area.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
 
Sylvia L. Moulton

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Sylvia L. Moulton, 96, of Morgan died on August 24, 2010, in Derby.
She was born November 8, 1913, in Irasburg, a daughter of Alfred and Martha (Newman) Curtis.
On September 28, 1932, she married Raymond Moulton who predeceased her in 1976.
She was a member of the Congregational Church in East Charleston and the Home Demonstration Club.  She enjoyed cooking, knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her children:  Charles Moulton of Morgan, Coralie Dow and her husband, Ted, of Bennington, Charlotte Poulin and her husband, Richard, of Austin, Texas, Clair Moulton and his wife, Marlene, of East Charleston, and Cary Moulton and his wife, Marylou, of East Ryegate; by five grandchildren:  Kim Wilkes, Laura Stacey, Paula Poulin, Lynn Huntington, and Susan Moulton; by nine great-grandchildren: Tyler, Tiegen and Cary Moulton, Dustin and Brandon Huntington, Molly and Laura Wilkes, Megan and Erin Cruickshank, Alicia McDonald, and Jerimiah Stacey. She was predeceased by a brother, Leo Curtis; by half-brothers Homer, Ed and Eugene; by half-sister Mary Catherine Hopkins; by her grandson Scott McDonald; and by daughter-in-law Maxine Moulton.
Funeral services were held on August 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment  followed in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Nursing Home, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to the Charleston Fire Department, 7113 Route 105, Charleston, Vermont 05833.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Helen Lydia Smith
Helen Lydia Smith, 84, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, died on August 30, 2010, in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
She was born August 26, 1926, in Hartford, a daughter of Charles and Rowena (Knapp) Preston.
She married Leigh S. Smith who predeceased her.
Mrs. Smith graduated from West Lebanon High School.
Her hobbies included making beaded jewelry, crocheting baby outfits, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.  She played in a country music band with her brother Paul for several years.
She is survived by her children:  Stanley E. Smith of Mont Vernon, Ellen S. Woodard of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Pamela J. Bonalumi of Las Cruces, New Mexico; by the following grandchildren:  Lori Doyle of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Kari Labrie of Cornish, New Hampshire, Jennifer Bonalumi of Las Cruces, and Wyatt Bonalumi of Las Cruces; by the following great-grandchildren:  Rossi Doyle, Riese Doyle, and Lukus Labrie; by a brother Paul Preston of Riverview, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a great-grandson Ryan Labrie.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Tristan H.A. Southworth

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Tristan Howard Altman Southworth, 21, of Walden, died on August 22, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in a battle in Afghanistan.
He was born on October 19, 1988, in Denville, New Jersey.  He moved to Walden in August of 1990 with his mom.  He went to Walden Elementary School and graduated from Hazen Union High School in 2007.  He played soccer, basketball, and baseball throughout high school.
He joined the Vermont Army National Guard during his junior year.  Upon graduation, he spent one year at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  In 2009, he was activated for deployment to Afghanistan.
Mr. Southworth enjoyed all aspects of life.  He loved to be around family and friends.  He was always willing to help anyone in need.  He loved children and German shepherds.  He had a special love for the game of baseball and a strong need to serve his country.
He is survived by his mom and dad, Julie and Michael Southworth; by brothers Matt and Robert Southworth; grandparents Zollie and Maren Altman of South Wheelock and Keith and Kathleen Southworth of West Pawlet; by aunts, uncles and cousins, who held a special place in his heart.  He also leaves behind his “brothers,” still deployed in Afghanistan.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 1, at 10 a.m. in the Hardwick Hazen Union gym.  Interment with full military honors followed in the Main Street Cemetery Hardwick.
Contributions in Mr. Southworth’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by des Groseilliers Funeral Homes in Hardwick.
Rhonda L. Whipple

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Rhonda L. Whipple, 55, of St. Johnsbury died on August 21, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born May 19, 1955, in Newport, a daughter of Gordon and Berdena (Macie) Maxwell.
She is survived by her companion and caregiver, Stephen Valeika; her children:  Ashley Hutchinson and her husband, Eric, of Missouri, Lynsey “Bryn” Whipple of San Francisco, California, and Ryan Whipple and his wife, Dana, of St. Johnsbury; her mother, Berdena Maxwell, of Derby; by her three grandchildren:  Anastasia, Bella and Ezekiel, all of Missouri; by her brother Barry Maxwell of Derby; her sister Kim Choquette and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; and by nieces and nephews Sean, Cody, and Jamie Maxwell, and Matthew and Derek Choquette.
Ms. Whipple loved her cat, and she had many special friends including Paulette Webster.  The one thing she loved the most were her children.  She was very proud of all of them.  She loved people and always wanted everyone to be happy.  She could find the good in everyone.  If  she’d been rich, she would have given a gift to everyone.
She did not have a lot of hobbies but she did love to yard sale.  She would find little treasures at all of them.  Knickknacks, stuffed animals — they were all precious to her.  The show Hoarder was probably created just for her.
Funeral services were held on August 31 at the New Beginnings Christian Church in St. Johnsbury with Pastor Rick Menard officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the New Beginnings Christian Church, 72 Moose River Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
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August 25, 2010 Obituaries

John T. Driscoll

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John T. Driscoll, 86, of Island Pond, formerly of New York, died on August 15, 2010, at his home in Island Pond.
He was born August 16, 1923, in Bronx, New York, a son of Walter and Martha (Lane) Driscoll.
He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in New York City.
On May 1, 1948, he married Patricia Farrell who survives him.  He was a traffic controller for Lone Star Industries in Maritime Nyack, New York.  He entered the U.S. Coast Guard where he served his country during World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #214 of Warwick, New York.
He enjoyed woodworking, playing golf, and working in his flower garden.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Driscoll, of Island Pond; by the following children:  Thomas Driscoll and his wife, Stephanie, of Cherry Valley, New York, Walter Driscoll and his wife, Marcia, of Island Pond, Kathleen Garulli and her husband, Mike, of Goshen, New York, Brian Driscoll and his wife, Jeannette, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Daniel Driscoll and his friend Michelle of Shohola, Pennsylvania, Donna Egan and her husband, John, of Shohola, Terence Driscoll of Island Pond, and John Driscoll Jr. and his wife, Liz, of Denver, Colorado; by 13 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters.
Services will be held in New York at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Island Pond Health Center, 82 Maple Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Rolande Rita Fortin
Rolande Rita Fortin, 60, of West Charleston died suddenly on August 5, 2010.
She was born on June 8, 1950, a daughter of Roland and Columbe (Faucher) Fortin.
She is survived by her parents, Roland and Columbe Fortin, of Derby; by her beloved companion, Reginald Smith, of West Charleston; her daughter Tammy Fortin of Texas; her son Gilbert Fortin and his wife, Erin, of Derby; her grandson Jeremiah Fortin, who was her pride and joy; and by her siblings Rosaire and his wife, Brenda; Joseph and his wife, Lillian; Andre and his wife, Cathy; Francine Martin and her husband, Earl; Gilles and his wife, Mary; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Norman.
There were no public funeral services.
 
Frank W. Hamilton

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Frank W. Hamilton, 90, of Indianapolis, Indiana, a longtime teacher and coach, died August 17, 2010.
Born in Newport on July 20, 1920, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and taught at Indianapolis area schools, including IPS Schools 55, 76, 79 and Washington High School and retired after 30 years from Speedway High School.  After retirement, he also taught and coached at schools in Newport and Burlington.
He was a graduate of Indiana University.  He received a master’s degree in 1947, a bachelor’s degree in 1946.  He graduated from Newport High School in 1937.  He also attended Green Mountain College in Poultney, Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.  In 1950-1951 he was an exchange teacher in Great Britain.   He was inducted into the Green Mountain College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
He was an active volunteer at area hospitals.  He was a member of Indiana University’s 1946 baseball team and organized and coached numerous youth athletic programs, including those at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, where he earned the Dawson Award for his dedication.  He coached baseball, softball, football, track, wrestling, and was an athletic trainer.   He was a longtime member and elder of the Speedway Christian Church.
He is survived by his two children:  his son, Bruce Hamilton (and wife Diana) of Coventry, and Holly Hamilton (and partner Marti Meeker) of Danville, Indiana; four grandchildren:  Nicholas and Matthew Hamilton of Bozeman, Montana, Katherine Hamilton of Irvine, California, and Samuel Hamilton of Newport; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Sam Hamilton and Kate Mildred Williams Hamilton; two brothers, Sam and James Hamilton; a sister, Helen Allen; and two wives, Mary Francis Parsons Hamilton and Betty Lou Neal Hamilton.
Frank had a special gift for maintaining and extensively chronicling lifelong relationships with friends, colleagues, family and former students.  This was evidenced by his penchant for social networking, excerpting articles and writing letters.  First and foremost, it was these relationships that he cherished and inspired him.
Services were on Sunday, August 22.  Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Newport.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
 
Milford Earl Lyon

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Milford Earl Lyon, 98, of Derby died on August 16, 2010, in Newport.
He was born August 21, 1911, in Brownington, a son of Oscar and Annie (Converse) Lyon.
On January 18, 1942, he married Estelle Foster who predeceased him on July 26, 2005.
He graduated from Barton High School and entered the U.S. Army where he served his country during World War II.  Mr. Lyon was employed for 25 years by the former B. F. Moore Co. of Newport.  He held membership with the National Rifle Association and the Rod and Gun club.
He is survived by two daughters:  Linda Provost and her husband, Arthur, of Jay, and Sandra Lee Shepard and her husband, Lawrence, of Essex Junction; by the following grandchildren: Scott Provost and his wife, Carolyn, of Bozarah, Connecticut, David Provost and his wife, Alicia, of Red Lodge, Montana, Kimberly Lindner of Newport, Erik Shepard  of Essex, Kelly Mills of  South Burlington; by 14 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a grandson Christopher Provost; by a brother Austin Lyon; and by a sister Annie Collette.
A graveside service was held August 20 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore with the Reverend Anne Squire officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Felix A. Turtur
Felix A. Turtur, 62, of Jay died on Friday, August 20, 2010, in Newport.
He had been a self-employed carpenter, and was a former co-owner of the Snowline Lodge in Jay until 1986 with his wife, Anne.
He was born on November 23, 1947, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a son of Felix and Liselotte (Lippmann) Turtur.
He graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, New Jersey, with a degree in education.  A Navy veteran, he married Anne Keenzel on February 9, 1974.
A devoted family man, Mr. Turtur was known to many of his friends as Phil.  He enjoyed skiing, surfing, camping, fishing, and doing carpentry work.  He had been an educator in Irvington, New Jersey, and Jay.  He had also worked at Agri-Mark in Troy and Franklin Foods in Enosburg.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jessica Turtur and Jacqueline Turtur; a brother Ronald Turtur and his wife, Marie, of New Jersey; a sister Karen Amann and her husband, George, of New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews.
There will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Wilma W. Tyler
Wilma W. Tyler, 94, of Jericho, formerly of West Charleston, died on August 23, 2010, in Barton.
She was born April 24, 1916, in Baldwins Mills, Quebec, a daughter of Herbert and Nellie (Bragg) Green.
On August 22, 1934, she married Fred C. Tyler who predeceased her on March 31, 1983.
Mrs. Tyler was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church and also the Ladies Guild at the church.  She was an avid reader, and she enjoyed doing word puzzles and going fishing with her late husband.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Sykes of Holland and Gail Nadeau of Jericho; by 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; by daughter-in-law Carole Tyler of North Stratford, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Clyde Tyler, on June 29, 2010, and by the following brothers and sisters:  Charlie Green, Earl Green, Pearl Peavey, Beatrice Trucott Wallace, Bert Green (Bucky), Bernice Hawse, Gwendolyne Benjamin, Vatvia McCarthy, Roland Green and Douglas Green.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in the West Charleston Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Committal service
Committal services for Cleo Mosher will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at the Irasburg Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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August 18, 2010 Obituaries

Kimberly R. Avona

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Kimberly R. Avona, 53, of Barton died August 16, 2010, at her home.  She was born April 2, 1957 in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, a daughter of William and Elaine (Binder) Bindrim.
In 2009 she married Joseph A. Avona.  Mrs. Avona was employed as an administrative assistant for North Country Hospital in Newport retiring after six years due to health.  Kimberly enjoyed reading, and traveling, including going on a trip to Europe with her daughter.
She was very spiritual and derived great peace and calm in this endeavor.  Kim was a source of strength and inspiration to others.  She loved her cats, and watching birds while enjoying her favorite hobby of sun bathing.
Kimberly is survived by her husband Joseph Avona of Barton; her children:  Brie Lawrence of Portland, Maine, and Colin Bacon of Bangor, Maine; her stepchildren:  Kelley Avona of Charlotte, and Joseph Avona of Derby; a brother, Mark Bindrim of Pennsylvania; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of her life, with an open house, will take place on Saturday, August 28, at her home, 895 LeBlanc Road, Barton, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Come as you are able.
Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Zachariah J. Brown

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Zachariah (Zach) J. Brown, 33,  died suddenly as a result of an accident in Newport Town on Friday, August 13, 2010.
Zach was born on April 13, 1977, in Burlington.
He loved to fish, hunt, go four-wheeling, ride snow machines, watch hockey, cook, gamble, and hang out with his friends.  He also enjoyed traveling and saw much of the United States.  Most of his family and friends at one time or another were recipients of his practical jokes.
He was a member of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group for several years.  Zach especially loved his Gram, Bessie Brown, and her home that he grew up in.  At the time of the accident, he was working for ADA Traffic Control as a flagger and prior to that had worked on several farms and other jobs.  He could always be depended on to give a helping hand to anyone who asked.  He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Zach is survived by his grandmother; his mother, Mary Brown; aunts and uncles, Willie Brown and friend Lillian Bowen of Derby, Barbara Waters and friend Jesse Swanson of Eden, Candy Brown and friend Rick MacDonald of Derby, James Brown and his wife Deborah of Derby; by several cousins; and his girlfriend, Rosalie Aiken of Derby; also by a special friends Gary and Kim Small and family of Newport Center, and Sis Rever and families.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.  Should friends desire, contributions in Zach’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, VT 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Rachel Ida Cercola
Rachel Ida Cercola, 68, of Spring Hill, Florida, died Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at Oak Hill Hospital after a short illness.
She was born in West Glover on December 30, 1941, a daughter of Camille and Edna (Collette) LaMadeleine.  She moved to Florida 21 years ago, living in Waterbury, Connecticut, prior to that.  She was retired from North American Phillips Corporation.
She is survived by Larry Cercola Sr. of Spring Hill; son Larry Cercola Jr. of Land O Lakes Florida; daughters:  Myra Furbish of Waterbury, Connecticut, Laura Jewett of Bristol, Connecticut, Geraldine Johnston of Thomaston, Connecticut, and Mary Dovidaitis of Wolcott, Connecticut; by three sisters:  Alice Russo and husband Matthew of Waterbury, Laurette Fontaine and husband Lionel of Barton, Helen Fontaine and husband Gerard of Barton; a brother, Ronald LaMadeleine, and his wife, Elaine, of Newport.
She was predeceased by brothers Andre, Edward, Leo, Denis and Gerard LaMadeleine; and a sister, Florence Bellemare.
Arrangements are by Brewers and Son Funeral Home of Spring Hill.

 

Edmund Hobbs

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Edmund Hobbs, 84, died at his home in Glover on Saturday, August 14, 2010.
He was born in New Perlican, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, on May 11, 1926, to Heber and Gertrude (Sooley) Hobbs.  Edmund immigrated to the United States in 1943 and in 1955, fulfilled his dream to become a U.S. citizen.
For many years he drove for Barton Cleaners in Newport, North Troy, Lyndonville, and Island Pond areas.  From 1969 to 1976 Edmund and his wife Arlene owned and operated the Franklyn Store in Barton.  Edmund also raised and trained Arabian and Morgan horses.
Edmund is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arlene (Potter) Hobbs; his daughter Barbara Hobbs of Barton and his daughter Susan Sisino of Chelsea; his son, Mark Hobbs of Moosup, Connecticut; by his sisters:  Elizabeth and Vera of Newfoundland and Evelyn Currie of St. Catherines, Ontario.
Edmund is also survived by two grandsons; John Sisino, U.S. Army currently posted in Fork Polk, Lousiana, and Edmund Sisino of Mammoth Lakes, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours or service and interment will occur at the discretion of the family.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation in his name be made to Orleans Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Richard C. Lowe
Richard C. Lowe Sr., 73, died Monday, August 9, at Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Mr. Lowe was born in Brattleboro on August 26, 1936, the son of George and Ruth (Knowlton) Lowe.
He worked at the cheese plant in Bellows Falls, at American Optical in Brattleboro, Unified Data in Grafton, and Basketville in Putney.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was proud of the ship he served on, the USS Benham.  Mr. Lowe was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He loved to hunt and fish around the Glover area.  In fact, he won the fishing derby of Orleans County Rod and Gun Club that took place on June 5, 2010, on the club grounds.
On October 6, 1960, he married Phyllis Hall.  He was later remarried to Giffard O’Connor on October 16, 1976.  She predeceased him.
Mr. Lowe leaves behind his sons:  Daniel Lowe of Westminster, Rick Lowe of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Jim Lowe of Barnett; his daughter, Debbie Fiske of Monroe, New Hampshire; five stepsons; his brothers: George Lowe of Barre, Michael Lowe of Westminster, Edward Lowe of Westminster West; his stepbrothers Kenneth and John Babbitt, both of Putney; his sister, Mary Mitchell of Westminster West; more than 30 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his son Charles Lowe, and his brothers James, William and Joseph Lowe.
Services were under the direction of Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Christian Church in Athens, Vermont.

 

Rachel Sylvester

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Our mother wanted no formal obituary.  She made that clear to my sister.  However, I was not present when the conversation took place.  She did not want to talk about how she loved all that she did.  She only wanted to be remembered as Dad’s wife, our mother, a grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Well, she so does deserve more.
Rachel Estelle was born October 19, 1925, in Irasburg, a daughter of Henry and Antonia Poutre.  She was the sixth child of the union.  Her parents owned and operated a dairy farm in Irasburg, which today is owned by the Poutres, Dennis and Carol, nephew of Rachel, grandson of Henry.  They raised their own food and the boys worked the fields and did barn work with their father, and the girls worked with their mother in the house and helped on the farm as needed.  Our grandfather made home brew and there was always some to sample.
She started school in Irasburg and later went to the convent in Newport.  She told us stories about when she would hide in the halls after being dared by her so-called friends.  They all wanted to see what was under the head cloths that the nuns wore.  Mom would be the one who pulled it off.  She said it was worth the punishment.  She was disciplined and later, after a series of events, she left this school and she and her younger sister went to Canada to school, where she learned to read and write in French.
Our mother was a great storyteller.  She recalled events of her childhood, her life growing up on the farm, her brothers and sisters, all the activity of living in Irasburg, and shared them with us.  She told us how in the winter they would roll the roads and they would ski from the farm down into the village.  After supper, they would all kneel in the dining room and recite the rosary together, and someone would have to leave because of behavior and receive discipline later.
During hay season, Mom would drive a wagon and a team of horses and at the end of the summer, she would receive a dollar for her work and take that dollar to the fair for a day full of activity and still come home with change.  Easter was Mom’s favorite holiday as a little girl.  They would celebrate the day by going to church and later relatives would all come to the farm, where there was a great feast.  Later, the furniture was moved, and the violin and piano were played and all would dance.  Because of the Lent season the men had abstained from smoking and drinking, so they were all able to taste the home brew again.
She met Percy Sylvester at a town hall dance.  When she needed a ride home, Dad said he would be happy to take her and invited her out on a date.  They went to see a movie, Sentimental Journey.  They were married on November 11, 1946.  They honeymooned in Montreal.  Returning home, there was a party in their honor in Irasburg with “so many people and so much beer,” said Mom.
They lived on School Street in Orleans and later bought the house on top of Water Hill, which still is the family home.  They had two daughters, Martha Jean and Suzanne.  In addition to their own children, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester also provided Ken Mason with a home and guidance during his high school years and beyond, treating him as they would a son and brother to their daughters from that time forward.
Mom and Dad had 39 years together and traveled to Dad’s dream — Alaska — in the summer and fall of 1985.  In December of that year, he died.  Mom said that was the saddest day of her life.  Some years later, she married Gabriel LeBlanc and had a few years with him until his death.
Last summer, with her daughters, she traveled to many places to meet new family members that Martha found on the Internet.   She was happy to go.  Here again, she was able to give them stories they had not heard. At the end of the summer we took her back to the family farm for a gathering of the Poutre cousins.  She told them tales of their parents that they had not heard.    Cousin Dennis and Martha Jean and her husband, Steve, rode with Mom in a utility vehicle all over the property, and they listened to her describing the homestead according to her eyes while she was growing up.
Rachel died with her family by her side on July 23 in Lebanon, New Hampshire,  She leaves her two girls; a son; and four grandchildren.  A granddaughter, Sarah, predeceased her in 1990.  She also leaves nine great-grandchildren; her youngest sister, Martha Coburn, from Washington State; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held on August 28 at the family farm in Irasburg. Family and friends are invited to join us at this special place to celebrate her life. — submitted by Suzanne Sylvester.

 

Graveside Service
Graveside services for Constance M. Parady who died on December 9, 2009, in Troy will be held at 11 a.m. August 20 at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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August 11, 2010 Obituaries

Armand L. Bonvouloir Jr.

 

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Doctor Armand L. Bonvouloir Jr., 83, died on Sunday, August 1, 2010, at his home in Newport.
He was born on July 6, 1927, in North Adams, Massachusetts, a son of Armand and Antoinette (Lemoine) Bonvouloir.
He attended Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He graduated in 1950 and was later inducted into their basketball hall of fame.  At 18, he interrupted his studies and entered the U.S. Navy where he remained until he was discharged at the end of war.  He attended medical school at the University of Montreal, and followed that with a year of internship in the Navy in Newport, Rhode Island, and a year in hospitals in Montreal, Canada.
On June 12, 1954, he married Monique Paquin in Montreal.  He trained in surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire.  In January of 1961, he joined the Orleans Medical Clinic and North Country Memorial Hospital.  He was a member of the American Board of Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Vermont Medical Society, and the Orleans County Medical Society.
He dearly loved his profession, and for nearly 30 years remained dedicated to caring for people of the community.  He was devoted to his family and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  His interests were many:  horseback riding in the countryside, landscaping, reading, and traveling.  After retiring, he became an avid wood carver of a wide variety of birds, and he joined the square-dancing club.
He leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Monique; his daughters:  Joanne and her husband, Dean Lawes, of South Burlington, Celine Ingalls and her special friend, Tim Riley, of South Burlington, Odette Bonvouloir and her husband, David McCullen, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his sons:  John and his wife, Annie, of Nederland, Colorado; Richard and his wife, Theresa, of Phoenix, Arizona; Jack (Claude) and his wife, Sandy, of Olympia, Washington; Paul and his wife, Claudia, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; his beloved grandchildren; three sisters:  Claire and her husband, Harry Wells, of Burlington, Antoinette and her husband, Bernard Garceau, of New Smyrna, Florida, and Louise and her husband, Edward Rougeau, of Dayton, Ohio.  A sister, Marcelle Van Vooren, predeceased him.
Mr. Bonvouloir’s sense of humor and genuine caring endeared him to many, and his kindness and compassion touched many lives.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans with the Reverend Charles Davignon celebrating a Mass.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to North Country Hospital Palliative Care, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Catherine A. Davis

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Catherine A. Davis, 89, a longtime resident of Albany, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at the Manor in Morrisville.
Mrs. Davis was born October 25, 1920, in Craftsbury, a daughter of Irish immigrants John and Mary (Johnson) Ryan.
She was a 1938 graduate of Craftsbury Academy and in 1941graduated from the DesGoesbriand School of Nursing in Burlington as a registered nurse.  She worked at the Corinth Hospital in Corinth, New York, for one year then at the Fafner Bearing Company in Bristol, Connecticut, for two years.  In later years, she worked at the Orleans Memorial Hospital in Newport and the Bel-aire Nursing Home in Newport.  She retired from the Greensboro Nursing Home in 1993 after 18 years as a part-time night nurse.
She was married on October 30, 1943, to Malcolm R. Davis, in Barton.  They made their home in Albany where they raised two sons, Ross and Bob Davis.  Mrs. Davis worked with her husband at the Davis General Store in Albany, which they owned and operated from 1959 to 1983, as well as at the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, which they purchased with their son Bob in 1966.
Mrs. Davis was a member of the Albany Historical Society, a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima in Craftsbury, and recently earned her 55-year pin for membership in the Maple Valley Grange. She was active in the care of friends and neighbors in Albany and Craftsbury who were in need of assistance for medical reasons or just for a batch of her famous rolls.  Her love was her family.  She dedicated her life to her family, she loved to go and watch a basketball game, even if she couldn’t bear to keep her eyes open for all of it.  She loved going for rides whenever she could, and taking care of others.  She will be missed by all who knew her.
She leaves her sons, Ross Davis and his wife, Rita, and Robert (Bob) Davis and his wife, Louise, all of Craftsbury; five grandchildren:  Lynn Paradis and her husband, Ron, of Franklin, Julie Marckres and her husband, Steven, of Craftsbury, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Davis and his wife, Michele, stationed in Germany; Valerie Adams and her husband, Karl, of Craftsbury Common, and Jeffrey Davis and his wife, Tammy, of Colchester; great-grandchildren Cody, Brian, Catherine, and Brandi Paradis, Kelly and Andrew Marckres, Sydney Flett, Andrew and Madison Davis, Kyle Adams, and Zachery and Anya Davis; two nieces, Frances Ferris Fredericks of East Hampton, Connecticut, and Rita Ryan Hill of Linden, Alabama; and their families and the extended Davis and Long families.
She was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm; her parents; a brother Leo Ryan; two sisters, Margaret Vincent and Madeline Ferris; nephew David Ferris: and great-nephew Alan Norris.
A Mass was celebrated on August 8 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury.  Interment followed in the Albany Village Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Albany Village Cemetery, care of Waldo Potter, P.O. Box 223, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to The Manor, Activities Fund, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home family and friends.

 

 

Roger E. Fletcher

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Pastor Roger E. Fletcher, 74, died on August 3, 2010.
He was born on January 30, 1936, in Orleans, a son of Lewis and Lila (Jewett) Fletcher.
He is survived by Frances Herman Fletcher, his wife of 54 years; by his children:  the Reverend Bruce Fletcher and his wife, Lisa, of Newington, Connecticut, Cindy and Norm Matthews of Bristol, Connecticut, Brian Fletcher and his wife, Amy, of Derby Line, Dan Fletcher and his wife, Rhonda, of Derby Line, David Fletcher and his wife, Denise, of Derby; by 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his brother and sisters-in-law Allan Herman and his wife, Linda, Norman Herman and his wife, Patricia, Wendall Herman and his wife, Nancy, Barbara Wright and her husband, Ross, and by Betty Blair.  He was predeceased by his son Douglas on July 3, 1979, and by his great-granddaughter Caidence Joy Queenin on June 12, 2010.
The Reverend Fletcher was a well-known minister in the Northeast Kingdom.   He served the Freewill Baptist Church in West Charleston for eight years and the Brighton First Congregational Church for 18 years.  He conducted over 1,000 weddings and as many funerals during his ministry career.  His ministry was not limited to the churches he served; he viewed the entire Northeast Kingdom as his place of ministry.
Pastor Fletcher was a cemetery commissioner for West Charleston and Island Pond, and he was a former member of the Kiwanis and Lions clubs and the Island Pond Congregational Church.  As a young man, he worked for several area farms as well as working in the woods for five years.  He especially enjoyed driving a school bus in the Derby-Charleston area for over 16 years.  He served with the Vermont National Guard for 23 years.  He was also a member of the Charleston Fire Department for over 20 years and a long-time Red Sox fan.
He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held on August 6 at the Derby United Church with the Reverend Bruce Fletcher, the Reverend Fred Barker, and the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Interment followed in West Charleston Cemetery with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Emeline MacFall Isselee

 

Emeline MacFall Isselee, devoted wife, daughter, and mother, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Wilton, Connecticut, at age 92.
She was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on August 27, 1917, a daughter of  Emma (Wilson) MacFall and David MacFall of Darien, Connecticut.
Mrs. Isselee graduated from Darien High School where she met her beloved husband, Ralph, who predeceased her on July 26, 2003. Following their marriage, they continued to live in Darien where they raised their family.
After retirement in 1977, Mr. and Mrs. Isselee moved to Westmore for 20 years before returning to Connecticut.
She spent her life devoted to family and friends.
Mrs. Isselee is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and David Hapke of Wilton and Susan and John Lange of Winsted, Connecticut; and a large extended family including sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.  She was loved as “Nonnie” by her seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton at noon on Saturday, August 28.  A reception for family and friends will follow the service.  Mrs. Isselee will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband at Hillside Cemetery in Westmore.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, Connecticut 06897.

 

 

Wendy Lee Judd

 

Wendy Lee Judd, 46, died at home in Sharon surrounded by her family on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, after a courageous six-year battle with breast cancer.
Mrs. Judd was born January 21, 1964, in Newport, a daughter of Duane and Beverly (Hardy) Willis.
She graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport in 1982 and later from the University of Vermont.  After her schooling, she moved to Wilder, where she began an accounting and bookkeeping business serving clients throughout the Upper Valley.  She later started and became co-owner of WAWECO auto repair in West Hartford with her brother and husband.  She remained committed to her businesses during her illness, even in the days before her death.
She was married to Colin P. Judd on March 16, 2003.  They lived in Sharon for the past four years.
She was an active bowler in the Upper Valley.  She was also an avid golfer as a member of the John P. Larkin Country Club in Windsor, where she served on the board of directors.   She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and traveling with her husband.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family especially at family functions.  She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend who had a smile for everyone and a commitment to her family until the last moments of her life.
She leaves her dedicated husband, Colin P. Judd, and her son Morgan D. Judd, both of Sharon; her parents, Duane and Beverly Willis, of Derby; her grandmother Thelma Willis of Derby Line; three brothers:  Wade Willis and his companion, Marilynn Scott, of West Hartford, Craig Willis and his wife, Christine, of Derby; Todd Willis and his wife, Cindy, of Derby; nieces Jessica and Abby Willis; nephews Kyle and Nicholas Willis; her mother-in-law Carol Anita Judd of Windsor; her father-in-law Arthur Judd and his wife, Carolyn, of Morgan; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  She was predeceased by her grandparents Ethel and Jonathan Hardy, and Melvin R. Willis.
A memorial service was held at the Sharon Congregational Church with the Reverend Millie Reynolds officiating.  Private committal followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sharon.
Condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

 

 

 

 

William “Bill” F. King

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William “Bill” King, 71, a resident of Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington, died Monday, August 2, 2010, following an extended battle with cancer.
He was born in Hardwick, August 20, 1938, a son of the late Millard and Margaret (MacDonald) King.  He was named after his grandfathers, William Grant MacDonald and Francis Eugene King.
A 1956 graduate of Craftsbury Academy, he also graduated from the Vermont State School of Agriculture in Randolph as its valedictorian in 1957.  He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps in North Carolina and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was honorably discharged at 23 to help on the family farm after his father died in 1961. He returned to the University of Vermont to complete his bachelor’s degree in agriculture education in 1965, and in 1972 received his master’s degree in agriculture education from UVM.  He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
Mr. King taught agriculture in North Troy and at Peoples Academy in Morrisville.  He was involved with the UVM Extension Service in the development of the Lamoille County Field Days.
He leaves his son Jeffrey King, and his girlfriend, Colleen McCarty, of Irvine, California; his former wife, Addie Lou King, of Craftsbury Common; brothers Haven King and his wife, Barbara, of Milton, and Steven King of Burlington; sisters Gayle Kroeger of Craftsbury Common, and Karey Young of Essex Junction; an uncle Gordon MacDonald of Thousand Oaks, California; as well as seven nieces; five nephews; two grand-nieces; two grand-nephews; and other extended family.  He frequently referred to himself as “Uncle Bill.”
He was predeceased by his parents and a baby sister Kathryn in 1941; by his infant daughter Jennifer, who died in 1972; and by nephew Tim Young in 2004.
A memorial service was held August 9 at the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common with Pastor Alan Parker officiating. Private interment was in the Craftsbury Common Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Salvation Army, 64 Main Street, 
Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Arrangements by the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common.

 

 

Death notice

 

Joseph John McBrine, 75, of Barton died on August 4, 2010, in Barton.  A graveside service was held on August 9 at the Newark Street Cemetery in Newark with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda officiating.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Ambulance, P.O. Box 364, Barton, Vermont 05822. Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Memorial service

 

John McLellan, 87, of Westmore, Sun City, Florida, and formerly of South Burlington, died in Florida on December 26, 2009.
A service of remembrance will be held at the Westmore Community Church lake property on Friday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Norman McFarlane officiating.
Mr. McLellan is the beloved husband of Mary McLellan who survives him.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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August 4, 2010 Obituaries

Valorie A. Bergeron

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Valorie A. Bergeron, 50, of North Troy died on July 28, 2010, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born March 25, 1960, in Newport, a daughter of Frederick and Gloria (Merrill) Blay.
She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1978, and she was employed as a splicer by Columbia Forest Products of Newport.
Among her hobbies, she enjoyed sewing, kayaking, and hiking, and she loved all her animals.
She is survived by her children:  Eliza Bergeron and Lance and Lydia Bergeron, all of Newport Center; by her mother, Gloria Blay, of North Troy; a brother Durwood Blay and his wife, Debbie, of Westfield; her fiancé, Robert Bonneau, and his son Brandon both of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Frederick, in 1992 and by a brother Eldon in 1978.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 1, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Melissa A. Chamberlin

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Melissa A. Chamberlin, 51, of Derby, the beloved wife of Roger Chamberlin, died peacefully on July 30, 2010, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
She was born on January 5, 1959, in Exeter, New Hampshire, a daughter of Roland Raymond and the late Estelle (Schwartz) Raymond.
She worked at Little G’s in Newport for many years.
She was the captain for Relay For Life and an ardent supporter of the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge, which she participated in since it started in Newport and also participated in later in Burlington.
She loved her family and derived great pleasure and comfort from her dogs Beau and Molly.  She enjoyed cooking and baking, much to the delight of her family and friends.  She also attempted to teach her husband the basics of her abilities.  She loved to play croquet with her Sunhouse friends, and she enjoyed kayaking with her son and nephews.
She is survived by her husband, Roger, of Derby; her father, Roland Raymond, of Derby; her children:  Jacob Raymond and his wife, Jill, of Newport and Linzy Vos of Colchester; by her sisters Teresa La Porte and her husband, David, and Vanessa Raymond, all of Coventry; her very good friend who just loved her spare ribs, Loretta Hunt; by several nieces and nephews; and by a very special little friend, Bailey.  She was predeceased by her brother Michael and her mother, Estelle Raymond.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Eldon M. Laclair

 

Eldon M. Laclair, 66, of Glover died on July 28, 2010, at his home in Glover.
He was born May 22, 1944, in Sutton, a son of Kenneth and Marion (Campling) Laclair.
Mr. Laclair ran his used car business in Glover for 40 years.  He enjoyed visiting with people and giving service to his customers, and he raised chickens for years as a hobby.  Mr. Laclair enjoyed the simple things in life and especially his home and the Glover area and visits from his family and friends.
He is survived by his children:  Jeffrey Laclair and his wife, Terri, of Sutton and Nicole Freehart and her husband, Eric, of Glover; by granddaughter Mikayla; by two brothers:  Ervin Laclair and his wife, Lorraine, of Hadley, Massachusetts, and Terry Laclair and his companion, Annette, of Lyndon; and by several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, August 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Renal Dialysis, care of Wendy Franklin, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Diane Mary Morin

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Diane Mary Morin, 60, of Troy died on July 28, 2010, at her home in Troy surrounded by her loving family.
She was born March 19, 1950, in Newport, a daughter of Hughbert and Beatrice (Todd) Jacobs.
On November 9, 1968, she married Roger J. Morin who survives her.
Mrs. Morin graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1970.  For 30 years she was a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Roger’s Auto Service of Troy.
Her hobbies included traveling, especially in the recreational vehicle, watching birds, collecting figurines, working in her flower garden, and she enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the Troy Area Lions Club and the American Legion Auxillary Jay Peak Post #28.
She is survived by her husband, Roger J. Morin, of Troy; her two children:  Lisa Grimes and her husband, Edward, of Albany, and Richard Morin and his wife, Jennifer, of Newport; by her grandchildren:  Ashley Parker, Jennifer and Jackie Grimes, Christopher, Riley, and Gabriel Morin; by her great-grandchildren:  Abigail, Destinee, and Payton; by her sisters:  Donna McMahon of Michigan, Janice Jacobs and her companion, Buddy Lontine, of Newport, and Marlene Percy and her husband, Rudolph, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters:  Lorraine Lamarre, Malcolm Jacobs, Martha Royer, Melvin Jacobs, Edwin Jacobs, and infants Sheila and Sanford Jacobs.
Funeral services were held on July 31 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont  05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

 

Evelyn F. Thompson

 

Evelyn F. Thompson, 79, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, formerly of Brownington, died on July 25, 2010, at her home in Chelmsford.
Ms. Thompson was employed at one time by the Brownington Elementary School as a hot lunch cook and bus driver.  She was also employed for a time by the former Poole’s Nursing Home in Barton.  After she moved to Massachusetts to be with her daughter, she was employed by the Whistler Corp. in Westford where she was an electronic technician.
She was a former member of the Brownington Grange and the Orleans American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed reading, traveling, and her many vacations in Florida.
She is survived by her daughter Gail Thompson of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; her sister Lennie Emerson of Orleans; and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on August 6 from noon until the hour of the funeral.
Interment will follow in the Brownington Center Cemetery.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Alden D. Walcott

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Alden D. Walcott, 81, of Essex Junction died on July 24, 2010, in Burlington.
He was born on March 21, 1929, in Glover, a son of the late Dale B. and Marjorie (Bean) Walcott.
Mr. Walcott had deep roots in Glover, where his father ran the general store.  He graduated from Barton Academy and the University of Vermont.  He earned a master’s degree from St. Michael’s College in 1969.
In 1952, he began a 39-year teaching career at the Essex Junction High School, serving as chairman of the science department for many years.  He also coached baseball, soccer, basketball, and golf and taught driver’s education for 25 summers.
Mr. Walcott married Marilyn (Rublee) Sharp in 1957. They shared a home together in Essex Junction for 51 years.  They spent summers at their cottage on Shadow Lake in Glover; after retirement, they spent winters in Venice, Florida.
Mr. Walcott enjoyed his family, skiing on a cold winter afternoon, traveling in the U.S. and beyond, gardening, and watching the patterns of nature.  He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor.  He served as president of local teachers’ associations and the Chittenden County Teachers’ Credit Union.  He was on the state Teachers Retirement Board for 16 years, serving as chairman for ten years.  He was committed to his students and was honored twice as an outstanding educator.  The greenhouse at the Essex High School was dedicated to him in May 2010.
He leaves his wife, Marilyn; his children:  Cindy and her husband, Michael Alger, of Grand Isle, Carlton and his wife, Laure, of Essex Junction, Stephen and his wife, Shari, of Fairfax, and Mary and her husband, Jonathan Lasher, of Columbia, Maryland; by grandchildren:  Asa and Emily Alger, Sarah Walcott, Keith Walcott and his wife, Kaitie, and Ashley Walcott, Kyle and Jack Gagnon, and Ben and Sophie Lasher; by great-grandchildren Kelcee and Reece Cadorette;  by his sister-in-law Leah (Rublee) Cramton; by his nephew Jeffrey Cramton of Springfield, Massachusetts; and by cousin Robert Bean and his wife, Diane, of Glover.  He was predeceased by his sister Charlotte Locke of Barton.
Remembrances may be made to the Shadow Lake Association, P.O. Box 135, Glover, Vermont 05839.

 

Committal Service

There will be committal service for Richard Dean LaBounty on Saturday, August 7, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Barton.

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July 28, 2010 Obituaries

Aline V. Custeau

 

Aline V. Custeau, 70, of Essex Center died peacefully on Wednesday evening, July 14, 2010, at the Burlington Health and Rehabilitaion Center in Burlington.
Mrs. Custeau was born January 9, 1940, in Barton, a daughter of the late Amri and Beatrice (Martel) Vezina.
She graduated from Barton Academy and Graded School on August 2, 1958.
She married James Joseph Custeau in St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton.  She was a nurse’s assistant for a short while at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.
Mrs. Custeau enjoyed reading, listening to music, and spending time with her sisters.  She was a resident of Essex Center for 45 years and most recently had moved to the Burlington Health and Rehabilitaion Center.  She was a caring homemaker who provided loving care for her in-laws for many years and later for her husband, Jim, in his last years of life.  She was especially proud of her family.  She deeply loved her husband, her children, and her grandchildren.  Her family was blessed in having such a good mother and grandmother.  She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Mrs. Custeau is survived by her sons:  Charles Custeau and his wife, Ruth, of Milton and Thomas Custeau and his wife, Pam, of St. Albans; by her daughter Michelle Duke and her husband, Richard, of Mebane, North Carolina; by her grandchildren:  Elizabeth, Heather, Kyle, Kevin, Conor, and Jessica; her sisters:  Jeannine Berard and her husband, Gilles, of Barton, Alice Cooke and her husband, Robert, of Milton, and Suzanne Kwiatkowski and her husband, Tim, of Barre; her brother Henry Vezina and his wife, Priscilla, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband on August 13, 1999.
A Mass was celebrated on  July 19, 2010, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Albans with Father Maurice Roy as celebrant.  Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.
Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com.

 

 

 

Germaine Marie Brault

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Germaine Marie Brault, 80, of Newport died on July 25, 2010.
She was born on August 9, 1929, in St. Jean de Matha, Quebec, a daughter of Leopold and Edouilda (St. Georges) Bonin.
Mrs. Brault and her family immigrated to Troy in 1946.  In 1949 she married Marc-Aurele Brault, also of St. Jean de Matha.  They moved to Connecticut shortly after to find work and raise their family.
Mrs. Brault worked as a seamstress out of her home for several years and later worked in a number of factories.  Later in life, she worked as a live-in nanny in East Hartford, Connecticut, taking care of two children.  In 1986, she moved back to Newport and worked as a live-in caretaker for a few years.
She enjoyed music, doing word search puzzles, and watching Animal Planet.  She loved looking at books of animals.
She is survived by three daughters:  Madeline Quirion and her husband, Norman, of Newport Center, Fran Sicotte and her husband, Reynold, of Newport, and Irene Daigle of Georgia; by seven grandchildren:  Christine Quirion and her husband, Christopher Rosol, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Karen Lane and her husband, Jonathan, of New Britain, Connecticut, Matthew Sicotte and his wife, Margaret, of Georgia, Corey Sicotte and his wife, Jessica, of Derby, Stephanie Sicotte and her fiancé, Daniel Higgins, of Newport, Emily Daigle and Erin Daigle, both from Georgia; by two great-grandchildren:  Aubrey Sicotte of Derby and Claire Sicotte of Georgia; by sister-in-law Marielle Bonin of Orleans; and by nieces and nephews in Vermont, Connecticut, and Quebec.  She was predeceased by her husband, Marc-Aurele, in 1981; her brother Germaine Bonin of Orleans; her sister Yvette Lavarierre of East Hartford; and by her son-in-law Paul Daigle of Georgia.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Mrs. Brault was an animal lover.  Therefore, should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Mildred F. Heath Coe

 

Mildred F. Heath Coe, 95, of Island Pond died on July 22, 2010, in Barton.
She was born April 23, 1915, in Newport Town, a daughter of  John and Almeda (Parsons) Aldrich.
During her lifetime she was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing.  She and her first husband, Sherman Heath, farmed for many years before she went out to work.  She married Alvin Coe five years after her first husband died.  Mr. Coe predeceased her in 1985.
She enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, and  doing crossword puzzles.  She was very family oriented and delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons:  William Heath and his wife, Gleigh, of Island Pond, and Milton Heath and his wife, Fay, of Newport; by her grandchildren:  Shirley Mooney and her husband, Steve, William Heath Jr. and his wife, Donna, Lorrie Heath, Peggy Reed and her husband, Earl, Robert Heath and his wife, Janet, Diana Beryle and her husband, Peter, Beverly Heath, John Heath, Stephen Heath and his wife, Tracy, Aaron Heath, Ann Marie Heath, Leslie Heath and his wife, Cindy, Joanne Young and her husband, Steve; and by 14 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son Sherman, a grandson Ricky, and by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held on July 20 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, in Island Pond with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Activities Fund at Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Rudolph A. Mossa

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Rudolph A. Mossa, 86, of Barton died on July 25, 2010, in Glover.
He was born May 6, 1924, in Newport, a son of Augustus and Grace (Bishop) Mossa.
On May 17, 1947, he married Leah Turcotte who predeceased him on December 31, 2005.
He entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II.  At one time, Mr. Mossa worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a freight agent.  He opened his own television sales and service business in 1955, which he operated for several years.  He also repaired electric fencers, which were sent to him from all over the U.S.
He and his wife played golf for many years, and he was past president of the Orleans Country Club.  He held membership with the Barton American Legion Post #76 and the Barton Bishop Ryan Council #2933.  Mr. Mossa enjoyed gardening and took great pride in having his property looking topnotch.
He is survived by his daughter Rose Harper and her husband, Woodie, of Barton; by his grandchildren:  Sean Harper and his fiancé, Stephanie Piette, of St. Albans, and Alexis Harper of Barton; by his sister-in-law Jeanne Perry of North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two half-brothers:  George and Kenneth Percy.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Rudy Mossa Memorial Bench Fund in care of the Orleans Country Club, Orleans, Vermont  05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Death Notice

 

Rachel Sylvester LeBlanc, 84, of Orleans, died on July 23, 2010.  A full obituary and services will be listed in the Chronicle next week.
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July 21, 2010 Obituaries

Raymond R. Arel

 

Raymond R. Arel Sr., 69, of Norfolk, Connecticut, died at his home following an illness.
He was the husband of Ellen (Wilcox) Arel for 48 years.
He was born April 11, 1941, in North Troy, a son of Clovis and Alice (Davignon) Arel.
Mr. Arel, a carpenter by trade, founded Arel Building and Remodeling in 1984.  Although he officially retired at age 62, he continued to offer his expertise to his sons, who took over the business and operated it right up through last year.
He enjoyed camping and country music, but his passion was his family.  His wife, children, and grandchildren were what made him happy and content.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Arel is survived by his children and their families:  Tim and Karen Arel and their children Ben, Kevin, and Hannah Arel of North Canaan, Connecticut; Karen and Mark Kolasinski and their children James and Tamra D’Amico of Winsted, Connecticut; Craig and Heather Arel and their children Megan, Austin, Kelsey, Marissa, and Natalie Arel and Kaitlyn Weatherwax of Norfolk; and Raymond and Debbie Arel Jr. and their daughter Emily Arel of Winsted.  Mr. Arel also leaves his siblings Roger Arel of Derby; Gerard Arel of Torrington, Connecticut; Cecile Forand of Ocala, Florida; and Aurore Tetreault of West Charleston; and by his wife’s family, which he considered his own.  He was predeceased by brothers Albert Arel of Newport and Armand Arel of Nashua, New Hampshire; sisters Doris Douglas of Yorba Linda, California, Juliette Durocher of Coventry, and Jeanette Coderre of Lowell.
A memorial service was held on July 16 at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in Canaan, Connecticut.  Burial followed in the Norfolk Center Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Foothills Visiting Nurses Association, 32 Union Street, Winsted, Connecticut 06098.

 

 

 

Geraldine Irma Ashe

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Geraldine Irma (Anair) Ashe, 82, of Athol, Massachusetts, died on July 12, 2010, at the Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts.
She was born in Hardwick on December 30, 1927, a daughter of the late Perley and Irma (Dunn) Anair.
Mrs. Ashe was raised and educated in Hardwick.  She had lived in Barton and West Burke before moving to Winchendon, Massachusetts, many years ago.  In the 1980s, she worked as an assembler for Dis-Com Electronics in Westford, Massachusetts.  Mrs. Ashe was a resident of Athol for seven years and was a member of the Winchendon American Legion.  She was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed baking.  She also enjoyed singing and sang professionally with her sister many years ago.  She was an avid gardener and loved feeding and watching birds.  She was a great caretaker and a wonderful mother.
She leaves one son, Vergil R. Allen, of Athol; two daughters:  Irma A. Robinson and Tina L. Semler, both of Athol; a sister, Pauline Conley, of Vermont; five grandchildren:  Lisa Sargent of Athol, Norman Sargent of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Shawn Allen of Athol, Amanda Cooper of Gardner, Dustin Cooper of Athol; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Earl Malcom Ashe, in 1991; by her son Lloyd Q. Allen; by her daughter Liza Ashe, in 1963; and by her sister Leona Cote.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Winchendon American Legion Post #193 in Winchendon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.
To sign the online guest book, please visit www.fiskefuneralhome.com.

 

 

Shirley E. Carter

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Shirley E. Carter, 87, of North Troy died on July 18, 2010, at the Bel-Aire Center Nursing Home in Newport where she had lived since November 1999.
She was born September 23, 1922, in Troy, a daughter of Eben and Ardis (Norris) Wilcox.
She graduated from Newport Center High School in 1940 and was valedictorian of her class.
On July 24, 1941, she married Morris Carter who predeceased her on December 22, 2002.
She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, at-home carpentry, and watching baseball games, especially the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.
She is survived by her children:  Roger Carter and his wife, Theresa, of Athol, Massachusetts, James Carter and his wife, Phyllis, of West Charleston, and Diane Carter of Brownington; by five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and by a sister Ardis Sykes and her husband, Raymond, of Morgan.  She was predeceased by sisters Audrey Knight and Merna Ashman; and by five brothers:  Wendall Sr., Marshall, Basil, Kenneth, and Cecil Wilcox.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in  her memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Mark Paul Emile Choquette

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Mark Paul Emile Choquette, 45, of East Berkshire died on Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Mr. Choquette was born on August 11, 1964, in Newport, a son of Ernest and Louise (Robillard) Choquette.
He was a 1982 graduate of North Country Union High School where he was an active member of the Future Farmers of America.  On September 21, 1985, he married Lisa Morse.
Mr. Choquette had been a dairy farmer all of his life.  He first farmed in partnership with his parents in Newport Center.  In 1993, he moved to East Berkshire to operate his own farm.  He had a lifelong love of farming, especially of rotational grazing.  He was a communicant of All Saints Church in Richford and was serving as Grand Knight of St. Anthony’s Council # 2610, Knights of Columbus.  He served on the Berkshire school board for 11 years.  He especially enjoyed sugaring and snowmobiling.
In addition to his wife, Lisa, of East Berkshire and his parents of Newport Center, Mr. Choquette is survived by his children:  Adam Choquette and his wife, April, and their daughter Katherine, Paul Choquette, Andrew Choquette, and Elizabeth Choquette, all of East Berkshire; his brothers Jack Choquette and his wife, Susan, of Palo Alto, California, Fred Choquette and his wife, Sondra, of Concord, North Carolina, and Gary Choquette and his wife, Lorm, of Bangkok, Thailand; his sisters Lise Couture and her husband, Daniel, of East Montpelier, Jane Burroughs and her husband, Peter, of East Montpelier and Dr. Rose Kenney and her husband, Christopher, of Bend, Oregon; his sister-in-law Sara LeBlanc and her husband, Andre, of Lowell; his mother-in-law, Annette Morse, of Lowell; and by nieces and nephews.
The liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated on July 19 at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, gifts in Mr. Choquette’s memory may be made to the Mark Choquette Memorial Scholarship Fund for Agricultural Education, care of Knights of Columbus, attention John Chalifoux, 41 Wightman Hill Road, Richford, Vermont 05476.
Private e-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Marion Louise Buckland Coleman

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Marion Louise Buckland Coleman, 89, of Gainesville, Florida, died on Sunday, July 4, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Hawthorne, Florida.
She was born January 3, 1921, in Newport and lived and worked most of her life there.  She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire and completed graduate courses at Cornell University, the University of Vermont, Colorado State University, Florida State University, and the University of Florida.
She was employed 19 years at the University of Vermont as a county extension home economist (now called family and consumer sciences), serving families across the state.  She wrote a weekly column for 19 years in the Newport Daily Express, hosted a weekly radio show at WIKE, and also appeared in four TV shows a year for the university, showcasing various cooking tips and techniques.
In 1974, Mrs. Coleman moved to Gainesville and was employed at the University of Florida as a county extension home economist.  In Gainesville, she wrote a weekly column in The Gainesville Sun for four years and also appeared in several TV shows on WCJB providing household tips.  She is known in Gainesville for her outstanding service and leadership to many community organizations such as the Gainesville Women’s Club, the Gainesville Garden Club, and Shands at UF Auxiliary.
Mrs. Coleman was very proud to be an American and cherished her family heritage.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of Colonial Dames.  One of her favorite holidays was Independence Day, which happened to be the very day that she departed.
She loved to cook and entertain as well as develop recipes.  She created a maple dressing, which was sold nationally by Hickory Farms and other food stores under the label of Vermont Kitchens by American Maple Products.  She wrote a cookbook entitled Treasured Recipes for the Gainesville Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Mrs. Coleman loved music and played the electric organ and piano, often playing at special events for the organizations she served.  She told of times when she used to go out dancing to the big bands of the 1940s, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
She gladly served the Gainesville community in multiple organizations:  past president and member of the Shands at UF Auxiliary; past president and member of the Gainesville Women’s Club; past president and life member (Hall of Fame) of the Gainesville Garden Club; past chairman of the Amaryllis Circle, Gainesville Garden Club; past president of the Gainesville Business and Professional Women’s Club; past chaplain and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gainesville Chapter;  and a member and state music chairman of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.
In Vermont, Mrs. Coleman also served as past president of the Vermont Extension Home Economics Agents Association, and past chief of the Psi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi (Extension Honorary Society).
She received multiple achievements awards, such as a Shands Volunteer Service Award, for serving over 5,000 hours at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida; a Woman of Achievement award from the Gainesville Business and Professional Women’s Club; a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economics Agents; and she was listed in Who’s Who of Women.
Mrs. Coleman worshiped at Westside Baptist Church.  She was also a past member of the Tower Road Baptist Church, playing music for services and teaching a ladies’ Sunday school class.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles G. Buckland, and her second husband, Howard S. Coleman.  She is survived by her daughter Janet Lucas and her husband, Earl; by three grandchildren:  Daniel Lucas and his wife, Renee, Sarah Malphurs and her husband, Toby, and Andrew Lucas and his wife, Gina; and by four great-grandchildren:  Joshua Cook, Erik Lucas, Regan Lucas, and Joseph Malphurs.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida 32606.
Graveside funeral services were held July 20 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

 

 

Dennis B. Dillon

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Dennis B. Dillon, 49,  of North Troy died suddenly on July 11, 2010, in Newport.
He was born February 2, 1961, in Newport, a son of Clifford and Madeline (Santaw) Dillon Sr.
In 1997, he married Donna Miskimen who survives him.
He was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport for 34 years where he was a drag saw operator.  He was a member of the North Troy Fire Department, Newport Eagles, and American Legion Post #21, Sons of the American Legion.  He officiated at many area softball games, and he was a member of the ASA Softball Association.   He worked for several years at Jay Peak on the “village chair.”  He enjoyed playing horseshoes, and he was a New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.  He loved NASCAR racing, hunting, and going to the family camp.  He loved being with his wife, Donna, and their children and spending quality time together whenever possible.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Dillon, of North Troy; his children:  Joshua Dillon and his companion, Jamie, of Johnson, Jenna Dillon of Johnson, and Michael and Bobby Dillon of North Troy; by three brothers:  Clifford Dillon Jr. and his wife, Jackie, of Newport Center, Terry Dillon and his wife, Esther, of Newport Center, and Chris Dillon and his companion, Lori, of Newport; by his sister Linda Choquette and her husband, Richard, of North Troy; by several nieces and nephews: and by special friends Scott and Peggy Lamonda, Tiger and Jennifer Premont, Joyce and Howie Arzt, and Joe Bonneau.
Funeral services were held on July 16 with the Reverend Mike Descena officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Troy Fire Department, North Troy, Vermont  05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Helen G. Miller

 

Helen G. Miller, 97, of North Troy died peacefully on July 11, 2010, in Newport.
She was born January 19, 1913, in Newport, a daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Schwartz) Smith.
On May 29, 1937, she married Charles O. Miller who predeceased her on April 27, 2000.
Mrs. Miller was a member of the United Church of Christ in North Troy where she also sang in the choir.  For 43 years, she was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 where she was first- and second vice-president, chaplain, and historian.  She also loved to play bingo, enjoyed dancing, doing word puzzles, cooking, and working in her flower garden.
In her earlier years, she worked as a waitress, and she was a housekeeper in private homes.  She and her late husband, Charles, were active for many years working on dinners and bingo, and she continued to be active until 1994.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law:  Pauline Terwilliga of Fairfax and Ruth Judd of St. Albans; by dear friends Denise Pigeon and Walter and Tessie Smith, all of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters:  Evelyn, Walter, Everett, Leigh, Edna, William, and Robert.
Funeral services were held on July 16 at the United Church of Christ in North Troy with the Reverend Richard O’Hara and the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment followed in the North Troy cemetery.  Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 conducted a service at the church.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Post 28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Opal J. Randall

 

Opal J. (Larabee) Randall, 85, of Barton died on Friday, July 16, 2010, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born October 21, 1924, in Sutton, a daughter of Clarence and Bernice (Gray) Sylvester.  She loved crafts, sewing, playing cards, traveling, dancing, and music.  She worked in the kitchens of various nursing homes in the area.
She is survived by her children:  Judith Pace of Anaheim, California, Valvete Mason and her husband, Gary, of Albany, Crystel McFarland and her friend Bernie Boulay of Lyndonville, Melody Hackett and her husband, Wesley, of Burke Hollow, Ivan Larabee and his wife, Betty, of Ludlow, Beverly Ross and her husband, Dan, of Woodbury, Connecticut, Sandra Knight of Springfield; by a sister, Fayelene Hall of Orleans; several grand- and great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by the love of her life, Ike Larabee; by her parents; by children Jim, Rod, and Gail; and by her siblings Lila, Eula, Orene, Earlene, Ruby, Reginald (Bill), Roland, and Lloyd.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in West Burke.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Randall’s name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
Arrangements by Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

 

 

Death notice

 

Glendon Greenwood, 85, of Derby died at his home on June 2, 2010.  Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home following the service.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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July 14, 2010 Obituaries

Robert J. Blais

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Robert J. Blais, 70, of Newport died on July 7, 2010, after a long illness.
He was born on July 23, 1939, in Derby Line, a son of Albert and Ida (Carignan) Blais.
He always lived in the area, and after working on the railroad for a few years he became a carpenter and stone mason, working for many different contractors in the area on several major buildings .
Mr. Blais liked music, especially playing the guitar and harmonica.  He also loved to play cards with family and friends.  He was state single’s cribbage champion in the mid 1970s and doubles champion with his brother Armand.  He also enjoyed going to the family hunting camp in Holland.  The deer population was never affected by their presence.
Mr. Blais is survived by his children:  Shawn Blais and his wife, Heidi, of Washington, Keith Blais and his wife, Jennifer, of Kansas, Timothy Blais and his wife, Tammy of St. Albans, Regina Stockwell and her husband, Dan, of Texas, Diana Cole and her husband, Michael, of West Burke, Dawn Blake and her husband, Andre, of Barre, Tammy Blais of Oregon, and Tracy Lamarche and her husband, Andre, of Albany; by 18 grandchildren; by his brothers:  Russell Blais and his wife, Lucienne, of Newport, Armand Blais and his wife, Pat, of Newport and Florida, Guy Blais of Connecticut, Romeo Blais and his wife, Mary Lou, of Newport; by his sisters:  Gisele Kerner of Derby and Sister Carmen Blais of Littleton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Marcel Blais, and a sister, Rita.
Funeral services were held on  July 10 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Jeannette Carr

 

Jeannette Carr, 69, of West Burke died peacefully on Monday, July 5, 2010, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by many family and friends.
Born on August 12, 1940, in Orleans, she was a daughter of Maurice and Lois Barry.  She married Everett Red Carr.  They later divorced.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and listening to fish stories, “visiting with Bob,” playing dice, and watching nature shows.  She loved all and any type of animal, especially cats.  She was a night owl, bullshooter, and a turtle.
She is survived by four children:  Mark Carr and his wife, Lynn, and their son Joshua of Chesapeake, Virginia; Gary Carr and his wife, Sherry, of Maine and Newark, and their children, Nicole Carr, Kristen Carr and Daniel Carr; Cheri and her husband, Steven K. Allard, of East Haven and their daughters, Julia Allard and Jennifer Allard; Maurice “Moe” Carr and his wife, Janice, of West Burke and their children, Jessica Carr of St. Johnsbury, Samantha Carr of Lyndon, Jordan Lund, Jasmine Lund, and McKayla Carr of West Burke; by three great-grandchildren:  Jada Stevens, Caiden Stevens, and Brandi Carr; by siblings Robert Barry of York, Maine, Lillian Brown of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, and Beverly Chapdelaine of Barton; by her cats Bobby-Dink, Mee-Mee, Bratrick; and Smudge; her dog, Wolfman Carr; by special and “adoptive” friends Al “Buford” Austin, Deb “Mable” Reichert, Sherry “Polly” Carr, Kevin “Ima” Reichert, Heloise Snark Esquire, Donna Gray, Tim Gilman, and many other friends and relatives too numenous to mention.  A special thanks for the additional help and attention during her illness goes to Donna Gray, Sherry Carr, Deb Reichert, John Longe, and Ruth Allard.  She was predeceased by ex-husband Everett Red Carr; by her parents, Lois Magoon Hennesey Barry and Maurice Barry; by siblings Lura Little, Dean Barry, Lloyd Barry, and by infant sister Jackie.
Calling hours were held at Pearsons Funeral Home on July 9.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to either the American Humane Society, or to Lyndon Rescue P.O. Box 401, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Arrangements by Pearsons Funeral Home.

 

 

Spc. Ryan J. Grady

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Spc. Ryan J. Grady was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, July 2, 2010.
Mr. Grady was born May 30, 1985, in Marion, Kansas, a son of Deborah L. Bezdek and James A. Grady.  In Vermont he attended North Country Union High School as a freshman and Lake Region Union High School as a sophomore.  In 2003 he graduated from Thunderbird Military Academy in Oklahoma.
Mr. Grady immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army and began his active duty at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He served the Army for three years and received a purple heart for being wounded in action.  He later joined the Vermont National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.
He is survived by his six-year-old daughter Alexis Joleen Quisenberry who lives in St. Johnsbury; his father, James A. Grady, of West Burke; his mother, Deborah L. Hudacek, of Bristow, Oklahoma; his two brothers and their wives:  James and Lisa Grady of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Kevin and Sheli Grady of St. Johnsbury; a niece Selena Murphy; three nephews Dylan, Logan, and Joey Grady; and by aunts and uncles.
Visiting hours and funeral services will be held in St. Johnsbury at the North Congregational Church at 1325 Main Street.
Visiting hours will be Friday, July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to file by his flag-draped casket and then extend condolences and support to his family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17, at 10 a.m.  Chaplain James MacIntyre III will officiate.
The funeral procession will proceed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury where burial with military honors will follow at the Grady family lot.
Memorial contributions marked for “The Ryan Grady Memorial Fund” may be directed to Community National Bank, 857 Memorial Drive, Suite 2, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Condolences may be shared privately with his family at www.saylesfh.com.

 

 

Walter “Dick” Melcher

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Walter “Dick” Melcher, 88, of Littleton, New Hampshire, died on Thursday, July 1, 2010, after a brief illness.
He was born May 27, 1922, in Island Pond, a son of Violet (Leather) and stepfather George Bishop.
Mr. Melcher enlisted in the Navy in 1942.  He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  He served two tours of duty, one on the USS Hobson, another on the USS Oriskany as a first class petty officer, marine boiler maintainer.  During his tours of duty, he worked for the Canadian National Railroad as an engine dispatcher.
For several years after the Navy, he drove trucks out of Massachusetts before moving back to Island Pond where he owned and operated the Chevron filling station.  When the station sold, he drove truck for Caledonia Sand and Gravel and later became one of the first employees of McLure’s Honey and Maple Products in Littleton, where he worked until his retirement.
He is survived by his granddaughter Kimberly (Ash) King and her husband, Chris; their two daughters Brianna Ash and Macayla King of Bethlehem, New Hampshire; by Kim’s mother, Judy Ash, of Littleton; his Lakeside camping buddies Bruce and Nancy, David, Maynard, Pam, and Maurice of Colchester and Island Pond; and by his son Ric Melcher and family of Maine.
“Grampie” will be remembered for his sense of humor, his loving smile, and his ability to fix or rig anything!
A service of full military honors, provided by the Brighton American Legion Post #80, was held on July 10 at the Catholic cemetery in Island Pond.

 

 

Eugeniusz Milewski Sr.

 

Eugeniusz Milewski Sr., 79, of Barton died suddenly July 11, 2010, at his home.
He was born June 16, 1931, in Poland, a son of Joseph and Stephania (Siwiacka) Milewski.
He married Nina Kuderska, who predeceased him in 2009.
Mr. Milewski was a cabinet maker in Poland.  He moved here in 1995 from Poland to be near his son and family.  He loved growing his own vegetable and flower gardens.
He is survived by his son Eugene Milewski and his wife, Linda, of Barton; by seven grandchildren; by two brothers and two sisters, all living in Poland.  He was predeceased by one brother.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Cecil Ray O’Keefe

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Cecil Ray O’Keefe, 74, of Island Pond died suddenly July 8, 2010, in Newport.
He was born December 6, 1935, in Island Pond, a son of Leon and Annie (Langmaid) O’Keefe.
He married Diane Sylvester who predeceased him.
Mr. O’Keefe was a lineman for the CNN Railroad and St. Lawrence Atlantic Railroad for many years.  He enjoyed fishing and coaching basketball, baseball, and softball.  He kept very active, and he would pick up metal all over the Northeast Kingdom.
He is survived by his son William Robert O’Keefe and his wife, Ma. Stefanella, of Island Pond, and by three grandchildren:  Timothy Robert O’Keefe, Aleasha Lynn O’Keefe, and Clairiane Stefanelle; by a sister-in-law Bertha O’Keefe of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters:  Vera Groupe, Doris Lafoe, Lawrence O’Keefe, Ruby Dowland, Leariche Jackson, Charolotte Hall, and David O’Keefe.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank O’Connor celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Roger B. Putnam

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Roger B. Putnam, 83, formerly of Westmore, died on April 8, 2010.
He was born in Arlington, Massachusetts.  The first of two children, (his sister Barbara was born 20 months later) he was quite precocious and curious about the world.  This attitude led him to hitchhike across the country to California with an older friend in 1943 when he was 16.  Along with these exploits, Mr. Putnam was avid about challenging himself in the outdoors, several times climbing Mt. Washington to ski Tuckerman’s ravine.
His interests included art, and he attended Pratt University in Brooklyn, New York, with a focus on fashion.  Upon graduating, he moved to Newport to work designing stretch ski pants for the company that would eventually become Slalom Skiwear.
He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War.  After he was discharged, he attended Colorado University where he studied art education and would meet Kathryn Gebhard.  The two would find many commonalities and would eventually marry in February 1956.
A year later they would welcome their first child, John, into their lives.  In June 1957, Mr. and Mrs. Putnam would be involved in a major auto accident while traveling from Denver to New Hampshire to teach at a summer camp.  Mr. Putnam’s leg was broken and during his hospitalization was infected, leading to multiple operations over the next three years.
Their second child, William, was born in 1958 and shortly thereafter Mr. Putnam turned to the teachings of Christ and wanted to share these with others.  Attending SF Theological Seminary he would follow his beliefs and graduate in 1965 after doing a 16 month externship in northern Montana.
The Putnams next moved to Watertown, New York, to be closer to Mr. Putnam’s ailing mother.  He had two small congregations, in Watertown and in the nearby village of Evan’s Mills.  In addition, he was instrumental in organizing the first Meals on Wheels program in the area for the benefit of the senior population and was active in bringing ministry to inmates at Jefferson County jail.
In 1970, Mr. Putnam would again return to school, this time earning a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University.  Before moving to Vermont full time in 1972, the Putnams  had purchased property in Westmore which they used as a vacation home.  While employed at Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, Mr. Putnam would also be quite involved with designing the renovation of  the 1860s farmhouse they owned,  one of his ongoing passions.
For many years, Mr. Putnam worked with the school districts throughout the Northeast Kingdom, providing guidance to school staff, students, and parents.  Eventually he established a private psychology practice and had offices in Derby and Westmore.
Mr. and Mrs. Putnam loved to travel.  Among their favorite adventures were spending time on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, during summer vacations.  They also enjoyed traveling to Europe, the Caribbean during the winters, and visiting friends and historical sites in New England and northern New York.  Mr. Putnam’s interest in art continued and evolved throughout his life, and spanned from oil painting, line drawings, and sculpture to photography and textiles.  History, and in particular the influence of the Putnam family on the evolution of American history, was also an interest.  Throughout his life, Mr. Putnam had a keen interest in current events, often following stories on local, national, and international levels.
In 2007, as health issues became a major concern, Mr. and Mrs. Putnam accepted Will’s invitation to move to Bend, Oregon, to be closer to medical care, their son and his wife.  They adapted to their new environment gracefully and met the challenges of starting a new chapter in their lives.  Following Mrs. Putnam’s death on August 6, 2009, Mr. Putnam chose to move into an assisted living facility.
There will be a memorial service at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, July 21, in the Fellowship Hall of the Westmore church to celebrate Mr. and Mrs. Putnam’s lives.  All are welcome to attend.  If you are unable to attend but would like to share an anecdotal story please send a brief account to Will Putnam, care of John Alexander, P.O. Box 247, West Burke, Vermont 05871.
Mr. Putnam will be remembered for his humor, concern for the welfare of others, passion for art and design, and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.

 

 

Ruth Myrtle Trefethen

 

Ruth Myrtle Trefethen, 87, of Barton died on July 12, 2010, in Whitefield, New Hampshire.
She was born October 4, 1922, in Barton, a daughter of Samuel and Myra (Leonard) Paul.
She married Loren Trefethen who predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Trefethen was a member of the Barton Baptist Church and volunteered at the Orleans Senior Center.  She was an avid reader.  She enjoyed cooking, writing poetry, and the company of animals and nature.
She is survived by her children:  Paul Trefethen and his wife, Linda, of Loudon, New Hampshire, Lorna Hodgman and her husband, Ralph, of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Joyce Hansen of Haverhill, New Hampshire; by eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters:  Ethel Basford of Glover, Edith DeGreenia of Webster, New Hampshire, and Rita French of Contoocook, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother William Paul; two sisters:  Rosa Champagne and Elsie Davis; and by one grandchild.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, with the Reverend Gary Ashton officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Orleans, Vermont  05860, or to the Barton Baptist Church, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Britta Y. Whitehouse

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Britta Y. Whitehouse, 81, of Derby Line died on July 7, 2010, in Newport.
She was born April 15, 1929, in Viby, Denmark, a daughter of Folmar and Anna Poulsen.
In 1951 she married James W. Whitehouse who survives her.
Mrs. Whitehouse spent her early years in Denmark.  She and her husband came to the U.S. in 1951.
Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, and knitting, and she enjoyed  the company of animals.  She and her husband were extensive world travelers.  Mrs. Whitehouse always enjoyed visits from her family and gatherings on Sundays over the years.  She was a loving, devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, James Whitehouse, of Derby Line; her children:  Annabella Wakefield of England, Gail Martin of West Charleston, James A. Whitehouse and his wife, Maria, of Huntington, and Eric Whitehouse and his wife, Joanne, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut; by15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held on July 10 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Denmark.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, Prouty Drive, Newport,Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Death Notice

 

Helen G. Miller, 97, of North Troy died peacefully on July 11, 2010, in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at the United Church of Christ in North Troy with the Reverend Richard O’Hara and the Reverend  Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in the North Troy cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Auxillary Unit 28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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July 7, 2010 Obituaries

Elaine D. Boulanger

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Elaine D. Boulanger, 82, of Orleans died at North Country Hospital in Newport on Thursday, July 1, following a stroke.
She was born on the family farm a couple of miles outside of Coventry Village on August 8, 1927, a daughter of Levi and Theda (Metcalf) Dean.
In 1948 she married her high school sweetheart, Raymond Boulanger, and together they built their house on Irasburg Street in Orleans in 1951.  It had been their home ever since.
Mrs. Boulanger graduated from Orleans High School in 1945 and began her working career as a secretary for the Orleans School District.  She then went to work for Central Savings/Howard Bank in Orleans (now TD Bank), a career that would last over 30 years with time out when her children were young.  She worked her way up to vice-president and manager of both the Orleans and Barton branches.  Upon retiring in 1989, she worked in the office of the family business, J.B. Colton Co., Inc., until the store was sold in 1999.
Mrs. Boulanger’s single-most purpose in life was her family.  She was steadfastly devoted to her parents, taking care of them in their senior years, and to her husband, Raymond, whom she cared for in their home following a brain aneurysm rupture in 2002 until his death in February of 2010.  She delighted in her two children and participated in all of their school, sports, and music activities throughout the years.  She especially enjoyed watching her son, Steve, play baseball and basketball, being his most loyal fan.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Rebecca, and her husband, Ballard Perry, of Derby; by her son Steve Boulanger and his wife, Margo, of Winchester, Massachusetts; grandsons Christian and Daniel Boulanger of Winchester; and brother Elwin Dean and his wife, Pat, of Derby Line; by brothers-in-law Francis, George, David, Leo, Joseph, and Richard Boulanger; sisters-in-law Rita Hilliard, Eveline Corey, and Catherine Bechert; many nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends Billie Houston, Midge Hunt, and Marion McInnis.  She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; her parents, Levi and Theda Dean; brothers Lyle, Merton, and Ray Dean; and sister Thelma Roberts.
Honoring Mrs. Boulanger’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or formal service.  Burial of Mr. and Mrs. Boulanger’s ashes, together, will take place at a future date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans.

 

 

 

George R. Chapman

 

George R. Chapman, 87, of Newark died July 2, 2010, at his home of 45 years.
He was a son of the late Florence Pitts and Fred W. Chapman.
He is survived by his sister Bertha E. Brown of Wayland, Massachusetts; by his companion, Pauline Marsden, and her family; by several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
He is the brother of the late Fred W. Chapman, Willis J. Chapman, Virginia L. Wallace, and Lillian R. Rowe.
He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
There will be a private service on Friday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant View Cemetery in West Burke.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Charles H. Haney

 

Charles H. Haney, 72, formerly of Chicopee and Ludlow, Massachusettes, died peacefully on June 11, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Newport, a son of George Haney and Viola (Flanders) Haney.
He lived in Ludlow for 24 years before moving to Chicopee in 1991.
Mr. Haney served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955 and graduated from Springfield College in 1960.  He worked as a physical education teacher for 32 years in Chicopee, retiring in 1993.
He was an avid Red Sox fan and loved supporting his children and his grandchildren in various sporting events.  An athlete himself, Mr. Haney was the New England wrestling champion in 1959, competing as a junior in the 167-pound weight class of Springfield College.  He was a dedicated runner and completed his first marathon in 1982 at the age of 49.  He was a member of the Fairview American Legion Post #438 for 36 years and spent many years raising money for the Easter Seal Society.
Mr. Haney was the beloved husband of 48 years to the late Marie (Warriner) Haney; loving father to Theresa Gozdur and her husband, William, of Lakeland Florida, Steven Haney and his wife, Joan, of Ludlow, Mark Haney and his wife, Sharon, of Chicopee, Kathy Mangini and her husband, Mark, of Somers, Connecticut, Kenneth Haney Sr. and his wife, Kathy, of Chicopee, and Laura Haney of Lee, Massachusetts; a dear brother to Sandra Dunn and her husband, Pat, of Lowell, Norma Lyon and her husband, Howard, of Binghamton, New York, Gloria Haney of Newport, and to Marilyn Smith and her husband, Rodney, of Craftsbury, and Cyril Haney of Newport, who are deceased; a dear brother-in-law to Eunice Warriner, of Springfield, Massachusetts; cherished grandfather to 16; and great-grandfather to eight.  He will be dearly missed.

 

 

 

Margaret C. Kerrigan

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Margaret C. Kerrigan, 94, of Newport died on July 3, 2010, in Newport.
She was born December 1, 1915, in Claremont, New Hampshire, a daughter of Deane and Abigail (Hadley) Cabot.
On December 1, 1936, she married Stanley Stewart Berest who predeceased her.  She later married Earl Atkinson on November 23, 1974, and Robert Kerrigan on June 2, 1983, who both predeceased her.
She graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts, and Fisher Secretary School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Kerrigan was a medical secretary for Dr. Charles Thompson in Newton, Massachusetts, for many years.
She was a member of the Morgan United Church where she had a special circle of friends.  Her spiritual life was very important to her.  She loved being around people, and she had a great sense of humor.  She became the official greeter at Bel-Aire Nursing Home where she was a resident.
Mrs. Kerrigan is survived by her children:  Jeraldine (Jeri) Greenwold and her husband, Larry, of Durham, North Carolina, Judith Fuller and her husband, George, of Newport, Joanne Markley and her husband, Tom, of Salem, South Carolina, and Jaye Berest of Durham; by seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.  She was predeceased by two half brothers Lawrence and John Cabot.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in her memory be made to the Bel-Aire Court Activity Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Muriel Pauline Labbee

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Muriel Pauline Labbee, 75, a longtime resident of  North Troy, died at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport on  July 1, 2010, with her loving family at her side.
She was born August 25, 1934, in North Troy, a daughter of Moise and Beatrice (Fournier) L’Etoile.
On August 30, 1952, she married Edmund Labbee who survives her.  They owned and operated the Labbee farm on the West Road in North Troy for many years.
Mrs. Labbee was a volunteer for the North Troy American Legion Bingo and a lifetime member of the Legion’s Auxillary.  She was also a member of Community Circle, the Jay Fire Department, and the senior meal site in Westfield.
She enjoyed reading and traveling on the Vermont Mystery Tour for over ten years.  She also enjoyed traveling with Community Circle and the friendships of Muriel Starr and her husband, Robert, and their children.   Mrs. Starr was like a sister to her.  They also enjoyed the company of their many friends.
She is survived by her husband, Edmund Labbee, of North Troy; her daughter Lillian Fortin and her husband, Joseph, of North Troy; her grandson Kevin Fortin of North Troy; and by her niece Donna Stevens of Merrimack, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by a sister Roberta Zilch and her husband, Norman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on July 8 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Ardell A. Perkins

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Ardell A. Perkins died peacefully on May 14, 2010, at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany, New York, surrounded by her loving children and family.
She was born August 2, 1930, in West Glover, a daughter of Fern and Ellen (Comer) Anderson.
She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd W. Perkins, who she married on February 1, 1951.
Mrs. Perkins was a substitute teacher for Minerva Central School for 25 years and also worked at Gore Mountain Ski Center in the ticket sales office for 23 years.
Spending time with her family was one of her greatest joys of her life.  She loved traveling, especially going to the ocean.  Her most recent trip was to the Riviera Maya.  Mrs. Perkins enjoyed her bowling group of special friends.  She also spent many hours creating masterpieces with her talented crocheting and knitting for Bridging People and Places.
She was a communicant of St. James Church North Creek.
Mrs. Perkins is the beloved mother of six children:  Anna M. Goodman, and her husband, Philip, of Johnsburg, New York, Donna L. Gross and her husband, Robert, of South Carolina, Terry F. Perkins, and his wife, Cynthia, of Chestertown, New York, Kathleen E. TenEyck and her husband, Richard, of Olmstedville, New York, Keith D. Perkins, and his wife, Valerie, of North Creek, New York, and Tamera L. Sponable and her husband, Brian, of North Creek; by her many precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved her so much; by her brothers and sisters:  Helena Blair, Billy W. Anderson, Kenneth F. Anderson, John A. Anderson, and Lenore Anderson.  She was predeceased by her brothers Irvin F. Anderson and Dean F. Anderson
The Perkins family wishes to thank a dear family friend, Dr. Calla Bassett, for her compassion and help with their mother’s care.  She was especially blessed to have the friendship and expertise of Dr. DeSantis, Dr. Gold, and Dr. Johnson at St.Peter’s Hospital whom she trusted dearly.
Memory donations may be made to St. James Church for perpetual care of St. James Cemetery.
Funeral services were conducted on May 18 at St. James Catholic Church with the Reverend John O’Kane officiating.  Committal followed in St. James Cemetery in North Creek.
Visit www.alexanderfh.net for an online guest book and to offer condolences.

 

 

Mary L. Pilsbury

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Mary L. Pilsbury, 47, formerly of Island Pond, died on  June 29, 2010 in Glover.
She was born December 11, 1962, in Pennsylvania.
She married Joseph Gibney, who survives her.
She is survived by special friends Marcel and Anita Gervais and Melinda Gervais of Island Pond; and by her friends at Sunrise Manor and the Brighton Baptist Church in Island Pond.
Ms. Pilsbury participated in all the activities at Sunrise Manor, and she was an active member of the Brighton Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on July 2 at the Brighton Baptist Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Roland Barney officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Richard Evans memorial service

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There will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Richard Evans on Saturday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Glover church.  Mr. Evans, who was from Glover, died on December 23, 2009.  Photo courtesy of the family

 

 

 

Tribute — Geraldine Friend Farnsworth
November 3, 1925-May 29, 2010

 

As I read my mother’s obituary, it states that she was a daughter, sister, wife, mother of four, grandmother of six, great-grandmother of six, a worker, and she died at the age of 84.
Although all of this is factual, her life was so much more than this.  She was raised on a farm where she was taught the importance of family, responsibility for one’s actions, and living according to the Golden Rule.  She loved all outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, playing ball, fishing, hiking, etc.  Although she was never one who acquired many worldly possessions, she could be found handing out popsicles, cookies, and Kool-Aid to the neighborhood kids.  A chance to play ball or listen to their adventures was a joy for her.  Her children and grandchildren were the passion of her life.  She cherished every moment she spent with us.
She could be seen walking the streets of Barton and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  She preferred flannel shirts and blue jeans which we all remember her wearing.
I moved away and started my own family, still she was always there for me, and the miles and years didn’t take away the fact that she had devoted her life to me and the rest of the family.  I was privileged to sit a nine-day bedside vigil with her, which I wouldn’t trade for anything.  Those nine days were filled with her grandchildren and others who loved her, spending time, sharing comfort, love, and memories.  As she began her journey to heaven, she was surrounded by love and appreciation from those of us who were blessed to have been part of her life.  My mother was a treasure to us all, and she is sadly missed and will live on in our hearts forever.
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