March 10, 2010 Obituaries

Ava C. Lawson

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

 

Claire M. Riendeau

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

 

 

 

 

Carol Cameron Smith

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

 


Thomas S. Steele

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

 

 

Kenneth L. Toombs

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

Lloyd William Barry

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Keith Alan Fuller

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

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

 

Silas Milo Houghton Jr.

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

 

 

William Ross Lockwood

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

Raymond L. Boulanger

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Reginald L. Page

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

 

 

Hugh Stanley Pierce

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

Jean Marie Amyot

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

 

 

William “Willie” J. Boudreau

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

 

 

Harold Irving Carter

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

 

 

Anthony van Dyke Chapin

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

 

 

Robert Gosselin Sr.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Priscilla H. Tobin


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

 

 

Jeanne C. Wade

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

 

 

Thelma B. Wilcox

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Thelma B. Wilcox, 91, of Coventry died January 9, 2010, in Newport, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Wilcox was born January 25, 1918, in Coventry, a daughter of Hulcy and Hazel (Fairbrother) Barlow.  On January 1, 1937, she married Kenwood Wilcox, who predeceased her in November of 1994, after 57 years of marriage.
Mrs. Wilcox was town clerk of Coventry from 1974 to 1994, when she retired.  She was formerly a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, an active member of the Republican Party and president of the Orleans County Women’s Republican Group in the 1960s.  Mrs. Wilcox and her husband were active members of the North Country Mountaineers Snowmobile Club, which later became part of VAST. She was a dedicated and lifelong member of the Coventry Congregational Church and active in the many activities of the Coventry community.  She volunteered years of her time and provided valuable history to the Old Stone House Museum and the Orleans County Historical Society.  She enjoyed and used the IROC facility on a weekly basis with her friends.  She also took advantage of the great programs and trips available through the Community Circle for many years.
Among her hobbies she enjoyed gardening and baking and visits from her family in Connecticut.
She is survived by her son, Larry Wilcox and his wife, Sandra, of Orleans; a granddaughter, Jaclyn Hissick and her husband, John, of Cheshire, Connecticut; and by two great-grandchildren: Jillian and Jarrett.  She is also survived by the following nieces: Shirley Barlow of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Nancy Dew and her husband, Ben, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Norma McAllister and her husband, William, of Laconia, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by a brother, Roy Barlow.
Graveside services will be announced in the spring.  Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Wilcox’s memory may be made to Friends of IROC (Indoor Recreational of Orleans County), P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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Februaury 10, 2010 Obituaries

Elwin Lee Annis Jr.

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Elwin Lee Annis Jr., 49, of Irasburg died suddenly on February 4, 2010, at home.
Mr. Annis was born June 30, 1960, in Newport, a son of Elwin Lee Annis Sr.
He was a pattern designer for Ethan Allen in Orleans for 22 years.  He retired in 1997 due to illness.
He enjoyed bowling and fishing, but most of all, he enjoyed playing with his nephews Robert Jr., Francis, Joseph, and Thomas Annis.
He is survived by his brothers:  Robert Annis Sr. of Irasburg, Brien Lemois Jr. of Irasburg, and Erik Murray and his fiancée, Alissa Fountaine, of Orleans; by his adopted mother Nancy Lemois of Irasburg; and by his best friend, Raymond Royer, of Orleans.  He was predeceased by his father, Elwin Lee Annis Sr.; by his adopted father Brien Lemois Sr.; and by his sister-in-law Barbara Annis.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport.  Spring interment will be held at the Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Annis’ memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Gertrude Mary Drown

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Gertrude Mary Drown, 93, died at her favorite place, home, on February 2, 2010, with her loving family by her side.
Mrs. Drown was born in Holland on February 18, 1916, a daughter of Harry and Mildred (Collins) Hall.
After attending Holland Graded School, she went to live with her aunt and uncle Ken and Thelma Somerville in Newport while she attended Newport High School.
There she met the love of her life, Jersey Drown.  After high school graduation she enrolled in the child-care program at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, following which, she was employed on Long Island, New York.
She married Warren “Jersey” Drown on December 10, 1938.  Together they made their home in several communities as her husband’s work required.  In 1940, they returned to Newport to live at his family homestead for the next 70 years.
First and foremost, she was a truly devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.
Her love of reading led her to be the assistant and later head librarian at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport for 13 years.
Later she worked in the library at Sacred Heart Graded School.  She enjoyed oil painting as well as collecting and refinishing antique furniture.
She enjoyed many happy times at Lake Salem, particularly when Gram and Gramp Jacobsen arrived from Connecticut and her dear and close nieces and nephews would visit.
She held memberships with the United Church of Newport, the Holland Historical Society, and the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her two children, Charles Drown Sr. and his wife, Virginia, of Newport Center and Ruth Richard and her husband, Mike, of Newport; by grandchildren:  Charles “Chuck” Drown Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Colorado, Michael Morey and his wife, Shelly, of Newport, Kristen Morey of Newport, and Sara Richard of Burlington; by one great-granddaughter, Jenna Morey; by her siblings:  Collins Hall of Irasburg, Mary Lou Wyman of Virginia, and Gilbert Hall of New York; and by many loved nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her loving husband, Warren “Jersey” Drown; and by siblings Joshua and Alfred Hall.
Funeral services were held February 5 at the United Church of Newport with the Reverend Martha Peck and the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Drown’s memory may be made to United Christian Academy, School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the United Church of Newport, food shelf, Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

William H. McCarthy

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William H. McCarthy, 88, of Derby died peacefully February 5, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. McCarthy was born September 29, 1921, in Bayonne, New Jersey, a son of Jerry and Ellen (Croghan) McCarthy.
On December 18, 1943, he married Dolores Kerman, who predeceased him in 2008.
He entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.
He was an electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3.
He moved to Derby about 20 years ago after his retirement in Cranford, New Jersey.
He held membership with St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where he was a deacon.  He loved hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his daughter Ellen McCarthy of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey; by his son Bill McCarthy and his wife, Robyn, of Newport; by six grandchildren:  Christopher, Elizabeth, Maggie, Catie, Taylor, and Kelsey; by one great-granddaughter, Grace Ellen; by two brothers, Harry McCarthy and his wife, Madeline, of New Jersey and Eddie McCarthy of Connecticut; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by four brothers.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 


Priscilla Jean Plante
Priscilla Jean Plante, 83, of Newport Center died peacefully February 7, 2010, at her home.
Mrs. Plante was born May 2, 1926, in Newport Center, a daughter of Earl and Marion (Colburn) Hammond.
She graduated from Newport High School.
She married Carlton Plante on May 23, 1963.  He predeceased her in 2004.
She was employed as a clerk for many years by the former W.C. Woolworth, W.T. Grant, Fedele’s Grocery Store, and RJ’s Friendly Market in Newport.
She enjoyed feeding the birds, deer and turkeys and working in her flower and vegetable gardens at her home.
She is survived by three brothers:  David Hammond and his wife, Elaine, of Cleveland, Ohio, Milton Hammond and his wife, Phyllis, of Newport Center, and Eric Hammond and his wife, Barbara, of Derby; by nieces and nephews:  Peggy Hammond, Robert Hammond and his wife, Patty, and Patty Blask and her husband, Ken, all of Cleveland, Bruce Hammond and his wife, Joyce, of Michigan, Ronald Plante and his wife, Darlene, of Derby, Laurie Hammond and her husband, Rick, of Derby, Linda Hancock and her husband, Richard, of Coventry, Michael Hammond and his wife, Amber, of Stanley, North Carolina, and Daniel Hammond and his wife, Shawna, of Newport Center; and by several great-nieces and -nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Jeanne Hammond in 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 12, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Spring interment will be in Lake Road Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Plante’s memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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February 3, 2010 Obituaries

The Reverend William “Padre” Reinhold Anderson

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The Reverend William “Padre” Reinhold Anderson, 94, of Newport died of natural causes on January 25, 2010, in his home, attended by family.
At the time of his death, Father Anderson was the oldest priest in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Mr. Anderson was born in Medford, Massachusetts, to William and Nora (Murphy) Anderson on November 29, 1915.  He graduated from St. John’s High School in Cambridge in 1936.  He attended Boston College and studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.
He was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church on May 1, 1942, at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston.  He served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston until his retirement on July 1, 1989.
He served the following assignments, all in Massachusetts, during his liturgical career:  1942 to 1944, St. Ann’s, Peabody; 1944 to 1945, St. Joseph’s, East Boston; 1946 to 1948, Academy of the Assumption, Wellesley; 1948 to 1949, Academy of St. Joseph, Brighton; 1949 to 1957, St. Margaret’s, Burlington; 1957 to 1958, St. Thomas More, Braintree; 1958 to 1959, St. Andrew’s, North Billerica; 1959 to 1968, St. Margaret’s, Burlington; 1968 to 1971, St. Ann’s, West Newbury; 1971 to 1976, St. Catherine’s, Charlestown; and 1976 to 1989, St. Camillus, Arlington.
He was predeceased by six siblings, most recently by Ruth Anderson and Alfred Anderson, with whom he resided during his early retirement in Plymouth and after moving to Newport in 1994.
He is survived by his brother Neil Anderson and his wife, Anne, of Sun City Center, Florida; by his niece Neila Anderson-Decelles and her husband, Paul, of Newport; by three nephews:  William J. Anderson and his wife, Kathleen, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Paul Anderson of Brewster, Massachusetts, and Sean Anderson of Pocasset, Massachusetts; by great-nieces and -nephews, in whose company he delighted:  Kyle, Andrew, Daniel, Emma, Cole, Lane, and Gabrielle; and by his Northeast Kingdom Homecare caregivers, for whom he was grateful, particularly Lee Anne, David, Tammy, Sue, Judy, Joy, Bonita, Kerrie, Angela, Amber, and the supervisors who managed his case.
Father Michael Reardon, pastor of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport, conducted a Catholic vigil for the deceased on January 31.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Camillus in Arlington February 1.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Paul E. Duquette
Paul E. Duquette, 82, of Morgan died January 25, 2010, in Glover.
He was born April 18, 1927 in Bloomfield a son of Eugene and Delina (Gosselin) Duquette.
Mr. Duquette was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Henry Rush Construction Company of York, Maine, for many years.
He enjoyed spending time at his camp in Bloomfield and visiting and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his daughter Paula Duquette of Rochester, New Hampshire; by two grandchildren, Lace Meattey of Rochester and Brian Meattey Jr. of Virginia; and by four great-grandchildren; and by his nephews Alfred Duquette and his wife, Janet, of West Charleston and Leonard Duquette and his wife, Davan, of Rochester.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Bloomfield Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Merrill G. Labor

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Merrill G. Labor, 71, of Derby died suddenly on January 25, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Labor was born October 23, 1938, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Harold and Madeline (Labounty) Labor.
He graduated from Newport High School in 1957 and entered the U.S. Navy for four years.
On July 14, 1962, he married Myrna Nutbrown, who survives him.
He was a technician for Lucent Technologies for many years.  He retired in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna Labor, of Derby; by his children:  Sue-Ane Mascaro and her husband, Tony, of Hampden, Massachusetts, Corey Merrill Labor and his wife, Kate, of Jericho, and Scott Alan Labor and his wife, Allison, of Wilmington, Massachusetts; by five grandchildren:  Antonia, Dominic, Owen, Madden, and Braeden; by his sister Anita Owen and her husband, Robert, of Beverly Hills, Florida; by his brother Merrick Labor of Newport; by his mother-in-law, Dolly Nutbrown, of Stanstead, Quebec; by his brother-in-law Donald Nutbrown and his wife, Betty, of Orleans; by six nieces; and especially by his beagle, Muffin.  He was predeceased by his parents.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Labor’s memory may be made to the Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
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January 27, 2010 Obituaries

Everett Bruce Bailey Sr.

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Everett Bruce Bailey Sr., 80, of Groveton, New Hampshire, died peacefully on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, New Hampshire, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Bailey was born December 25, 1929, in Derby, a son of Walter and Marjorie (Phillips) Bailey.  He was a 1948 graduate of North Troy High School.
He lived in Lancaster, New Hampshire, for several years before moving to Groveton in 1974.
He was a member of Orleans Masons Lodge 55 in Barton for 55-plus years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow machining, ice fishing, four-wheeling, and boating as well as cars, Mack trucks, and construction.
He worked as a mechanic from 1967 to 1980 and used to build and own stock cars.  He was a member of Winlock Camp, and he loved cats.
He was a heavy equipment operator, owning and operating Everett Bailey Construction for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Avis M. (Barber) Bailey, of Groveton; by two sons, Everett Bailey Jr. and his wife, Diane, of West Winfield, New York, and David Bailey of Burlington; by three stepsons:  Jack Barber and his wife, Marie, of Orange Park, Florida, Wayne Leno of Maryland and John Leno and his wife, Kathy, of Dalton, New Hampshire; by daughter-in-law Lori Bailey of Groveton; by brother Phillip Bailey and his wife, Corrine, of Glover; by sister Marjorie Anderson of Culpeper, Virginia; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents; by his son Alan Bailey; by his daughter Betty Bailey; and by his brother Clair Bailey.
Funeral services were held January 25 at Armstrong-Charron Funeral Home in Groveton with Pastor Aaron Cox of the Groveton United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be held in the spring in the Ridgewell Cemetery in Guildhall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Week’s Hospice, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, New Hampshire 03584; or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Way Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766.
Give condolences at www.armstrongcharronfuneralhome.com.

 

 

George E. Bonneau

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George E. Bonneau, 85, of Newport died suddenly January 22, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Bonneau was born January 31, 1924, in St. Ignace de Standbridge, Quebec, a son of Oliva and Bernadette (Boucher) Bonneau.
On October 14, 1952, he married Marie-Paule Leclerc, who survives him.
He farmed for 23 years in Newport Center, and he was a self-employed carpenter.
He was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport, and was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2285.
His hobbies included making birdhouses and bird feeders, working on puzzles, and playing cards with his family.  He was a member of the North Country Swingers.
He is survived by his wife, Marie-Paule Bonneau, of Newport; by three children:  Richard Bonneau and his wife, Marie, of Newport, Patricia Bonneau of Arlington, Virginia, and Carmen Vincent and her husband, Steven, of Newport; by three grandchildren:  Daniel Bonneau and his wife, Ashley, of California, Chantal Bonneau of Burlington, and Elizabeth Vincent of Saco, Maine; by his siblings:  Bernard Bonneau and his wife, Marie-Blanche, of Marieville, Quebec, Gerald Bonneau and his wife, Marie-Ange, of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Jacque Bonneau and his wife, Francine, of Farnham, Quebec, Francoise Robillard of Iberville, Quebec, Gisele Dupuis of Brassard, Quebec, Estelle Deslongchamps of Brassard, and Jeannine Maher of Montreal, Quebec; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Rosaire Bonneau and his wife, Flore, and Edeas Bonneau and his wife, Viola; and by brothers-in-law:  Floribert Robbilard, Claude Deslongchamps, and Real Dupuis.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 29, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport in the spring with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Bonneau’s memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Marjorie A. Davis

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Marjorie A. Davis, 103, of Derby died peacefully January 25, 2010, in Derby.
Mrs. Davis was born September 4, 1906, in Charleston, a daughter of Wilson and L. Adaline (Hudson) Hinton.
On February 20, 1937, she married William E. Davis, who predeceased her in 1964.
She went to business school, beautician school, and Vermont College.  She held several jobs including pastry chef, teacher, cook, and bank clerk.
She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was known as “Grammie” to everyone.  She loved to embroider and recite poetry.  She was always ready to give a helping hand to anyone who could use it.  She was very family driven and always enjoyed having her family around.
She is survived by her children:  Nancy Thompson and her husband, Kenneth, of Rutland, Norman Davis and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Carol Wright and her husband, Walter, of Derby; by her ten grandchildren; by 14 great-grandchildren; by one niece; and by two nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister Lois Ramdell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 29, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Dan Pierce officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the funeral on Friday.  Spring interment will be held in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Davis’ memory may be sent to Plymouth Congregation Church, in care of Richard Colburn Sr., East Charleston, Vermont 05833.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Bernadette G. Ewens
Bernadette G. Ewens, 88, died in Barton on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, after a long illness.
Mrs. Ewens was born March 26, 1921, in Sherbooke, Quebec, a daughter of Lawrence and Gertrude (Hayden) Greenland.
She spent many years keeping a lovely home for her husbands, George Goulet and Robert Ewens, who both predeceased her.
Her greatest pleasure in life was playing golf, and she was a member of the Orleans Country Club for many years.
She is survived by her brother Lawrence Greenland of Sherbrooke; by two sisters, Barbara Dion and her husband, Claude, of Lennoxville, Quebec, and Theresa Wilkins and her husband Harley of Sherbrooke; and by several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held in the spring.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Leonard Allen Lucas

 

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Leonard Allen Lucas, 71, of Newport died January 19, 2010, in Newport, following a long illness.
Mr. Lucas was born June 9, 1938, in Derby, a son of Kenneth and Rose (Conn) Lucas.
On May 16, 1959, he married Cecile Wood, who survives him.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1956.  He was employed as a machinist at Union Butterfield’s in Derby Line.  He retired in 1989.
He was a member of the Newport City Zoning Board for a number of years.
He enjoyed working in his yard, displaying many outdoor Christmas lights, playing cards (especially hearts), being with his family, and driving and cleaning his truck.
He is survived by his wife, Cecile Lucas, of Newport; by three children:  Terry Lucas and his wife, Sue, of Seattle, Washington, Sherry Walker and her husband, Reinhard, of Derby and Judy Lucas and Michael Mead of Derby; by seven grandchildren:  Greg and Rachel Lucas, Neil Walker, Amanda Leget, and April, Ashley and Samantha Mead; by five great-grandchildren:  Dayana and Breyniah Leget, Caden Lucas Walker, and Madison and Morgan Davio; by three brothers:  Albert Lucas and his wife, Sylvia, of Newport, Earl Lucas and his wife, Jackie, of Florida, and Percy Lucas and his wife, Linda, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, and uncles.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Pearl Favreau and Shirley Lucas.
Funeral services were held January 23 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.  Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lucas’ memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Germaine (Champigny) Moeykens

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Germaine (Champigny) Moeykens, 98, of Newport died January 25, 2010, at Newport.
Mrs. Moeykens was born April 11, 1911, in Kingsbury, Quebec, a daughter of Calixte and Exilper (Labonte) Champigny.
Mrs. Moeykens immigrated to Vermont at age five from Canada and was proud to become a U.S. citizen in 1963.  She was lovingly known as “Mama” to her children and “Mémère” to her grandchildren.
She was a longstanding member of the Ladies of Saint Anne and a faithful member of the congregation at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport.
She and her husband, Julius, raised 13 children, and she was a wonderful cook, baker, and homemaker.  She enjoyed picking wild berries and apples and baking pies and bread well into her nineties.  She loved being in the woods at hunting camp in Morgan, and she devoted “leisure” time to doing things for others and in prayer.  She was adept at many of the arts of country living, including vegetable gardening, canning, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and making soap, jams, pickles, and even wine.  She made many of the clothes her children grew up wearing, and taught all of her offspring the importance of making use of everything, being a role model for conservation all of her life.
With the help of her family, she was able to live in her own home until she was nearly 98 years old.
She is survived by three sisters:  Laura Ida Marineau of Montpelier, Juliette Boisvert of Newport, and Anita Folsom of Brownington.  She is survived by 11 children, their spouses, and their children:  Julius Moeykens of Tucson, Arizona, and his children Michael Moeykens of Tucson, Kathryn Lord of Barre, Sarah Brehm of Pembroke, New Hampshire, Cynthia Bresett of Williamstown, and Karen Cole of Chesapeake, Virginia; Lorette Moeykens of Newport; Marie Moeykens of Windsor and her children Paul and James Moeykens of Windsor, John Moeykens of Stanton, North Dakota, Peter Moeykens of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Mary Moeykens of Perkinsville; Marion Moeykens of Montpelier; Margaret Conroy of Newport and her children Teresa Holmes of South Berwick, Maine, Catherine Skrabacz of Chapman, Kansas, Sean Conroy of Burlington, Massachusetts, Jeffrey Conroy of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy Conroy of Riviera Beach, Florida; Phillip and Claudia Moeykens of Milton and their children Robert Moeykens of Salt Lake City, Utah, Patricia Dean of Southern Shores, North Carolina, Julie Siegfried of Essex, Matthew Moeykens of Heber City, Utah, and Mark Moeykens of Boston, Massachusetts; Leopold and Susan Moeykens of St. Albans and their children Janet Salvadore of Cumming, Georgia, Michael Moeykens of Cincinnati, Ohio, Christopher Moeykens of Morrisville, and Joseph Moeykens of Honolulu, Hawaii; Alice and Tom Mogavero of Kennebunk, Maine, and their children John Mogavero of Scarborough, Maine, Stephen Mogavero of Auburn, Maine, Jeanne Moen of Santa Rosa, California, and Susan Mogavero of Saco, Maine; Rena and David Stahler of Lyndonville and their children David Stahler of Wheelock, Daniel Stahler of Gardiner, Montana, and Nathan Stahler of Montpelier; Louise Dougherty of St. Albans and her children Laura Eppler and Lynn Moulton of Vernon, Connecticut, and Andrew Dougherty of Georgia; Andrew and Joanne Moeykens of Newport and their children Jennifer Karanian of Wethersfield, Connecticut, William Moeykens of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Christina Moeykens of Severn, Maryland, and Melissa DeLoureiro of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Barbara Moeykens and Clark Russell of Raleigh and their children Caleb Myott of Kernersville, North Carolina, Lia Gilleski of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Kelly Russell of Raleigh, and Charles Russell of St. Albans.  She is survived by 72 great-grandchildren; and by one great-great-granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her husband, Julius Robert Moeykens, in 1972; by her sons Norbert Edmond Moeykens in 1967 and Paul August Moeykens in 1992; by two grandchildren, Timothy Joseph Conroy in 1969 and Heather Lynn Moeykens in 1972; by her daughter-in-law Eleanor Moeykens in 2007; by siblings:  Wilfrid Champigny, Lillian Brien, Rosa Nadeau, Camille Champigny, Lena Jacques, Marie Champigny, and Pauline Champigny; by five brothers-in-law; by a sister-in-law; and by several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church on Saturday, January 30, at 11 a.m.  Calling hours will take place on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Mrs. Moeykens’ name to the Vermont Right to Life Committee, 73 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602-2944; or to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, Florida 33097-9005.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

 

Gertrude May Place

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Gertrude May Place, 82, of Westfield died peacefully January 18, 2010, in Newport.
Mrs. Place was born March 15, 1927, in Westfield, a daughter of Glenis and Harriet (Augusta) Goulding.
She married Lawrence Randall, who predeceased her in 1952.  She then married Winniford Place, who predeceased her in 1987.
She was a life member of the American Legion Jay Peak Post 28 Auxiliary and the Washington County 40&8 Club.
She is survived by her children:  Charles Randall and his wife, Cecile, of Coventry, Jerry Randall and his wife, Barbara, of Jay, Ralph Randall and his wife, Marilyn, of Troy, Michael Randall Sr. and his wife, Anne Marie, of Derby, Evelyn Adams and her husband, Paul, of Milford, New Hampshire, Marion Arel and her husband, Gerard, of Torrington, Connecticut, Marie Randall and her partner, John Beliveau, of Westfield, Yvonne Hinton and her husband, Paul, of Coventry, and Darlene Aiken and her husband, Roger, of Newport Center; by her step daughters:  Debbie Gleason and her husband, Arnold, Dianne Round and her husband, Ted, and Karleen Place, all of Vermont; by 29 grandchildren; by 27 great-grandchildren; by two sisters, Polly Gibeault of Westfield and Bessie Brown of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother John Goulding.
Funeral services were held in Newport January 21 with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Spring interment will be in the North Troy Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Place’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Susan E. Staples
Susan E. Staples, 59, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, died suddenly January 17, 2010, in Portsmouth.
Mrs. Staples was born February 8, 1950, in Newport, a daughter of Howard and Irene (Hand) Major.
She was a lifelong supporter and volunteer of the American Red Cross, including the Northern Vermont Chapter.  For the past three years she has held a position with AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America at the American Red Cross, Great Bay Chapter, in Portsmouth.  She was a member of the Newport Ambulance Service for many years.
She had a passion for arts and crafts such as quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and picture taking of her family.  She had many loving friends.
She is survived by her loving sister Kimberly Major of Newport; by her four children:  Scott Martin and his wife, Penny, of Derby, Judy Crowley of Maine, Matthew Martin and his girlfriend, Amy Descheneau, of Derby, and William Martin of Derby Line; and by 13 grandchildren:  Gregory, Rodney Jr., Macy, Christopher, Anthony, Abagale, Mickayla, Kody, Brittany, Olivia, Micheal, Kyle, and Dylan.  She was predeceased by her parents; and by her brother William James Major.
Funeral services were held January 22 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Staples’ memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Great Bay Chapter, 273 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Robert P. Wells

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Robert P. Wells, 89, a longtime resident of Craftsbury, died at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction on Saturday, January 23, 2010, with his daughter Roberta and her husband, Gary, by his side.
Mr. Wells was born in Craftsbury on September 28, 1920, a son of Peter Wells and Matilda Brow Wells Bibby.  He attended school in Craftsbury and moved to Connecticut in the early 1940s, where he worked many years as a salesman for Stanley Tool Company.
He married his wife, Caroline Church, on March 10, 1943, in New Britian, Connecticut, where they made their home until the late 1960s when they moved to his home of Craftsbury.
He was elected judge of probate for Orleans County in 1978 and served until his retirement.  He had served as a side judge for Orleans Country from 1975 until his election in 1978 and was a former justice of the peace and member of the state Republican Committee.
He was a proud Vermonter.  He led a very accomplished life for having only completed tenth grade.
He was a member of Meridian Sun Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Craftsbury.  He enjoyed a good game of golf and spending time with his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
He is survived by his daughter Roberta Hodgdon and her husband, Gary, of White River Junction; by his grandson Daniel Hodgdon of Brighton, Massachusetts; and by extended family members.  He was predeceased by his wife in February 2004; by his brother Cecil Howard “Pep” Wells; and by sisters Della and Mildred Wells.
A funeral service will be held Friday, January 29, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  The service will include Masonic prayers by Meridian Sun Lodge members.  Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Contributions in Mr. Wells’ memory may be made to the Craftsbury Fire Department, in care of Shaun Ecklund, P.O. Box 79, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to Meridian Sun Lodge, in care of Warren Williams, 258 The Ledges, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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January 20, 2010 Obituaries

Adeline E. Breault
Adeline E. Breault, 79, of Island Pond died peacefully January 12, 2010, at home.
She was born October 4, 1930, in Bartonsville, a daughter of Merle and Edith (Bushway) Taggart.
In 1976 she married Donald Breault Sr., who survives her.
She was a registered nurse and worked at the Manson State Hospital in Massachusetts for 14 years.  She retired in 1987.
She enjoyed crotcheting, tending her plants and flower gardens, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Breault Sr., of Island Pond; by four children:  Joanne Merrill and her husband, Donald, of East Dorset, Donald Breault Jr. of Houston, Texas, Cinthia Judd and her husband, David, of North Troy, and Tina Lafferty of Island Pond; by five grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; by her sister Agnes Dow of Manson, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and Dana Taggart; and by her sister Lillian Hammac.
Funeral services were held January 16 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank Connors celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Breault’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Dale M. Harvey

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Dale M. Harvey, 49, of Westmore died peacefully on Saturday afternoon, January 16, 2010, at home with his family by his side, following a courageous battle against cancer.
Mr. Harvey was born March 22, 1960, in St. Johnsbury, a son of Winston and Isabelle (Ewens) Harvey.  He was a 1978 graduate of Lyndon Institute.
He operated Dale’s Automotive in Lyndonville for 25 years.  In 2006 he began working in Newport for Columbia Forest Products, where he was a crew leader in the maintenance department.
He and his wife, Lynn (Johnson) Harvey, whom he married January 9, 1988, enjoyed building and living in their home in the hills of Westmore.  He loved being in the country.  His favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting, gardening, football (an avid Steelers fan), baseball, hockey, kayaking, skiing, and visiting his sister and brother-in-law on the outer banks of North Carolina.
Most important to him was the time he had with his family, his friends, and his pets.  A kind and loving man, he was always ready to help his friends and neighbors when in need.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lynn Harvey, of Westmore; four children:  Laura Lamonda and her husband, Scott, of Orleans, Dana Harvey and his wife, Tiffany, of Orleans, April Harvey and her fiancé, Todd Sumner, of Concord, and Kristen Harvey of Westmore; three grandchildren:  Isabella, Kyler, and Masyn; his sister Diane Pickett and her husband, John, of Poplar Branch, North Carolina; his mother- and father-in-law, Bob and Carol Williams, of Westmore; four brothers-in-law:  David Johnson and his wife, Lynn, of Topsham, Dan Johnson and his wife, Wendy, of Essex Junction, Ben Williams and his wife, Renee, of Lyndon, and Dustin Williams and his wife, Nancy, of Sutton; several nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles, and cousins, including his cousin Eileen “Missy” Beliveau of Lyndon, who was like a sister to him; and many good friends and neighbors, including his two best friends, Jim Cotter of Oregon and Peter Carlton of Sutton.  He was predeceased by his parents, Winston Harvey in 1993 and Isabelle Harvey in 1994.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home.  Private family services will be held this summer.
Donations made in Mr. Harvey’s memory may be directed to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Guibord Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Josephine M. LeMay

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Josephine M. LeMay, 90, of Derby died peacefully January 15, 2010, at home.
Mrs. LeMay was born March 17, 1919, in Newport, a daughter of Edmund and Lumina (Labounty) Before.
On June 25, 1940, she married Albert LeMay, who predeceased her on April 30, 1992.
She was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.  On Mondays she went to adoration at St. Edward’s, and she enjoyed traveling with the Community Circle and spending time with her family.  She was a member of the Forever Young Club, where she played cards and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by seven children:  Claire Wagner of West Charleston, Raymond LeMay and his wife, Patricia, of Troy, Mary Desjarlais and her husband, Gilles, of Troy, John LeMay and his wife, Gigi, of Derby, Marguerite Cross and her husband, Randall, of East Charleston, Shirley Cross and her husband, James, of Island Pond, and Pauline Hodgdon and her husband, Bradley, of Waterbury; by daughter-in-law Connie LeMay of Troy; by 17 grandchildren; by 20 great-grandchildren; by one great-great-grandchild; by three brothers:  Henry Before and his wife, Marilyn, of Montana, Vincent Before and his wife, Joyce, of West Burke, and Roland Before of Bennington; by four sisters:  Cecile Lebeau of Irasburg, Carmen Harter of Spokane, Washington, Theresa Cox and her husband, Jim, of Spokane, and Rita Riley of Florida; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her son Roger; and by two daughters, Rachel and Patricia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Wednesday, January 20, with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. LeMay’s memory may be made to the Forever Young Club, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Leo Paul G. Sargent

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Leo Paul G. Sargent, 38, of Newport died suddenly on January 15, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Sargent was born January 20, 1971, in Newport, a son of Betty Sargent and Robert Morse.
He was a self-employed auto mechanic.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and doing almost any other outdoor sport.  He liked to work on cars.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Shatney, and her husband, Edward, of Lyndon; by two children; by his brother Harry Sargent Jr. of Coventry; by sisters:  Nancy Pray of Lyndonville, Angel Verge of West Burke, Tammy Verge of Newport, Teresa Bryant of Burlington, Rachel Allen and her husband, Jerry, of Barnet, Samantha Shatney of Lyndon, and Kara Shatney and Brittney Shatney of Lyndon; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.  He was predeceased by his adoptive parents, Harry Sr. and Ruth Sargent.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Spring interment will be in the Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Sargent’s memory may be made to the Ronald Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Charlemagne “Charlie” J. Veilleux

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Charlemagne “Charlie” J. Veilleux, 94, of Newport died January 14, 2010.
Mr. Veilleux was born in St. Odilon, Quebec, on June 18, 1915, the oldest of four children born to Joseph and Albertine (Lessard) Veilleux.
Hoping to become a priest, he entered the Trappist Monastery at age 19, but due to illness left at 23 years old.
He worked various jobs during the Great Depression, including the foundries in Springfield.
In 1953, he married Yvonne Gonthier of Berlin, New Hampshire, moved to Newport, and worked as a store clerk for Roy Valley.  A few years later, he became the bookkeeper for Poutre Coal and Oil, Blue Seal Grain, and Newport Fuels.
He was an avid gardener and maintained a large garden on Herrick Street.
He and his wife were devoted to their family, caring for and opening their home when the need arose.  He and his wife and his sister Martha cared for Jeannette (Yvonne’s sister) and Albertine (Charlie and Martha’s mother) until they died.  Along with Tim Daley, a longtime family friend and personal care provider, he cared for Martha, who died of cancer in 2000, and for Yvonne, who died of respiratory failure in 2005.
Above all, he was a devout Catholic.  He was a member of Gibbons Council Knights of Columbus 2285 and a fourth-degree member of Gibbons Council 1157 as well as a recognized champion of the right to life movement.
Kindness, selflessness, and a willingness to help were the hallmarks of Charlemagne J. Veilleux.
He is survived by one sister, Gisele Lamoureux, of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts; by nieces and nephews; by his son Anthony “Tony” Veilleux and his companion, Donna Coburn, of Brownington; and by his daughter Corrine Desjardin and her husband, James, of Newport.  He was predeceased by his wife, Yvonne; by his sister Martha; and by his brother Roland Vayer.
Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; to Vermont Right to Life, P.O. Box 1079, Montpelier, Vermont 05601; or to Second Summer Productions, P.O. Box 1372, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Steven Edward Wagner

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Steven Edward Wagner, 18, of Newport died Friday, January 15, 2010, in Newport.  His life ended tragically.
Mr. Wagner was born May 21, 1991, in Newport.
He had a great love for the outdoors, and he could be found fishing on the causeway and in winter on the bay catching fresh perch for his family and friends.  Rain or cold weather did not deter him from his passion for fishing.  He loved the lake both for fishing and swimming.
Need assistance cutting or stacking wood?  He would be the first to volunteer, and he was someone people could always count on when help was needed.
Spring was a special time with the arrival of sugaring, and he assisted with gathering sap, filling the sugarhouse woodshed, and boiling, including hot dogs cooked in the boiling sap.
Summer fun included riding his bike around Newport and fishing on Lake Willoughby.
He was proud of his family, and he would make every effort to assist with housekeeping chores.
He was loved and will be sadly missed by his parents, Edna and Raymond Wagner Jr.; by five sisters:  Julie Wagner, Lisa Wagner, Christian Wilford, Donna Corkins, and Raya Conley; by his brother Raymond Wagner Jr.; by brother-in-law Wol James of West Hartford, Connecticut; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
He respected and enjoyed his meetings with James Martin, his attorney and friend, and he will be deeply missed by his Eagle Eye Farm family and the classmates with whom he interacted during the past several years.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport where a celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Wagner’s memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Stephen C. Willey

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Stephen C. Willey, 15, of Craftsbury died unexpectedly January 14, 2010.
Stephen was the beloved son of Jessica Locke and Anthony Boyce of Craftsbury and Kevin Willey and Shannon Daniels of Irasburg.  He attended Craftsbury Schools where he was a freshman.
He was an avid outdoorsman, whether it was hunting, fishing, trapping, or being at the racetrack.  His love for the game was undeniable.  He enjoyed working on the farm and loved to be out on his snowmobile with friends and family.
He is survived by his parents; by his dear sister Savanah Boyce; by his grandparents, who loved him dearly:  William and Judy Locke, Pam and Reg Allen, Nate and Mary Jo Willey, and Albert and Judy Boyce; by great-grandparents:  David and Audrey Reed, Everett and Alice Willey, Nancy and Gordie Eldreed, and Everett and Mary Boyce; by extended family members:  Aunt Nonna, Unc, Brandon and Blair Locke, Auntie Amanda and Matt, Uncle Wayne, Kristie, and Karina Willey, Dawn, Lucien and Matthew Mason, David Daniels, Amanda Daniels, Donna Daniels, and Chris Daniels; by his girlfriend, Nichole Cochran; by his best friend, Mike Menard, who will miss him dearly; and by many other family and friends who will not let him be forgotten.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, at the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.
Contributions may be made to the Stephen C. Willey Memorial Fund, in care of The Union Bank, P.O. Box 667, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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January 6, 2010 Obituaries

Catherine M. (King) Baker
Catherine M. (King) Baker, 78, of Morgan, formerly of Windsor, Connecticut, died December 26, 2009, at home.
Mrs. Baker was born to William and Catherine (Vedeski) King in Hartford, Connecticut.  She lived in Windsor most of her life before retiring with her husband, Leonard, to Morgan in 1987.
She will be remembered most for her keen and dry wit.  She enjoyed her lottery scratch tickets and cooking shows.  She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, doing puzzles, and making afghans for all the family, including grandchildren.  She and her husband enjoyed traveling with friends to the Caribbean on cruises.  She especially loved her family and their visits.
She was predeceased by her parents; by her sister Marion King; and by her brother William King.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Leonard Baker, of Morgan; by her children:  Catherine Davignon of Winchester, Connecticut, Debra Baker of Canaan, Connecticut, Lori Baker of Goshen, Connecticut, and Douglas Baker of Otis, Massachusetts; by four grandchildren; by five great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Baker’s memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Lori Gale Beaudry Lawyer

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Lori Gale Beaudry Lawyer, 47, of North Troy died December 30, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Lawyer was born March 1, 1962, in Newport, a daughter of Patricia (Horn) Beaudry and Robert Beaudry.
On June 30, 2004, she married Michael Lawyer, who survives her.
She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1980 and attended Champlain College in 1981.
She was employed by North Country Hospital in the billing and patient registration departments for ten years.
She enjoyed gardening, painting, and snowmobiling.  She was an equine enthusiast, loved her animals, and especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.
She was a member of the American Legion Post 28 Auxiliary of North Troy.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Lawyer, of North Troy; by three children:  Nedah Barrett of Lyndonville, Nabil Alanbar of Waterbury, and Kirstin Lawyer of Lyndonville; by her mother, Patricia Beaudry, of North Troy; by three grandchildren:  Cameron and Jasmine Barrett and Myles Alanbar; and by her brother Lawrence Beaudry and his wife, Lynne, of Hardwick.  She was predeceased by her father, Robert Beaudry, on December 17, 2008.
Funeral services were held January 2 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.
Donations to Save a Dog, Save a Cat (SADSAC) can be made in Mrs. Lawyer’s memory to the Caledonian-Record, Box 8, 190 Federal Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, attention Mark Smith.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Anna Conley Berwick

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Anna Conley Berwick, 45, of St. Johnsbury died unexpectedly on Monday, December 28, 2009.
Mrs. Berwick was born December 9, 1964, in Newport, a daughter of Jesse and June Conley.  She was predeceased by her mother, June Conley Lewis, on April 13, 1994.
She raised beautiful standard poodles and placed them all over the world.  She regularly took in abused, abandoned, and neglected dogs of all kinds, saw to it they got their shots, nurtured them back to health, and found them good homes.  The way she took care of her animals reflected her good and caring heart.
She was the mother of three sons, including Charles Royer of St. Johnsbury, who died of cancer on April 1, 2007.  She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by her sons Robert Royer and his fiancée, Cassie Shea, of St. Johnsbury and Harlan Miles, age 14, of St. Johnsbury.  She was like a second mother to Cassie.
She is survived by her father, Jesse Conley Sr., of Barton; by four brothers:  David Conley and his wife, Cheryl, of Island Pond, Jesse Conley Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Barton, James Conley and his friend, Debbie, of Barton, and John Conley and his wife, Gloria, of Barton; by three sisters:  Jane Handley and her friend, Ernie, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, Mary Politano of Orleans, and Rosemary Terri of Sanford, Maine; and by many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held January 3 at the North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury with the Reverend William Cotte officiating.
Memorial contributions could be directed to Umbrella, 1222 Main Street, Suite 301, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Anna Conley Memorial Fund, Passumpsic Savings Bank, in care of Tammy Simonds, 1242 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.  This fund will be used mainly for the support of her son Harlan.
Condolences and expressions of support may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com.

 

 

 

E. Frances Kelley Boisvert

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E. Frances Kelley Boisvert, 99, a longtime resident of Derby, died December 27, 2009.
Mrs. Boisvert was born June 19, 1910, in Holland to Lena (Hitchcock) and Orville Kelley.  As a young girl in elementary school in Holland she drove a horse and buggy to school.
After moving to Derby, she graduated as salutatorian from Derby Academy in 1928 and Lyndon Normal School, now Lyndon State College.  She was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on Pine Hill in Newport until the birth of her first child.
She and her husband, Robert, raised their three daughters on dairy farms in Derby for many years.
Her love of teaching did not stop when she left the classroom.  She taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren many lessons during her 99 years.
Her hobbies were playing card games, reading, crocheting, knitting, and cooking.  She passed many of her skills on to her family as well as her many, many friends.  She made many friends at the senior centers, especially Joe McDuff and Dorie Buzzell, who both took her out to eat and for rides in the country.  She could tell you who lived where on the back country roads more than 70 years ago.
She loved people and expressed it with her infectious smile, laughter, and Kelley sense of humor.
The piano was of great joy to her.  She would delight in playing for her family and friends as they gathered around singing songs of yesteryear.  She was the organist at the Derby United Church for many years.
She was active in the Parent Teacher Association, the Rebeckas, and the Christmas Club.
She was a very generous and thoughtful person.  If one of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren came to her home they never left empty handed.  If she gave to one, she gave to all even if it meant sending something in the mail to them.  She found great pleasure in being around her family that included three children, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by three husbands:  Robert Rowell in 1971, Gordon Rhodes in 1976, and Gerry Boisvert in 1991; by her daughter Rita Harrington; by brothers:  Stirling, Roland, and Paul Kelley; by sons-in-law:  Robert Taplin, Andrew Therrien, and Preston Harrington; and by her grandson David Taplin.
She is survived by her daughters Marilyn Taplin and Carolyn Judd and her husband, Arthur; by sister-in-law Iola Kelley; by her five grandchildren:  Janet Taplin DeWitt, Brian Taplin, Ken Therrien, Steve Therrien, and Lynda Therrien Graham; and by her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery in the spring with the Reverend Fred Baker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Boisvert’s memory may be made to the Derby United Church, P.O. Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Pearl Viola (Wheeler) Britch

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Pearl Viola (Wheeler) Britch, 88, of Newport died, surrounded by her loving family, on December 19, 2009, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Mrs. Britch was born January 28, 1921, in Newport, a daughter of Thomas and Goldie (Hartley) Wheeler.
On August 5, 1939, she married Francis Britch Sr., who predeceased her on December 29, 1989.
She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.
Her interests included the research and genealogy of her family.  She took great pride in her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
She is survived by her two children, Trina Gordon and her husband, Jim, of New Brunswick, Canada, and Francis Britch Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, of Newport; by four grandchildren:  Heather Gordon of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Sara Flaherty and her husband, Brian, of Tequesta, Florida, Scott Britch and his wife, Kim, of Newport Center, and Shawn Britch of Coventry; by three great-grandchildren:  Justin, Kristin, and Graeden Britch; by her brother Thomas Wheeler of Windsor, Quebec; and by sisters Gladys Ellis of Northboro, Massachusetts, and Beatrice Martin of North Hatley, Quebec.
Funeral services were held December 23 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with Christine Mosely officiating.  Spring interment will be held at the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Britch’s memory may be made to Maple Lane Nursing Home, palliative care unit, in care of Dusty Thompson, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 


Bruce “Macky” G. Rivers

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Bruce “Macky” G. Rivers, 57, of Island Pond died in Newport on January 1, 2010, after a long illness.
Mr. Rivers was born on May 25, 1952, in Newport, a son of Edward and Ethel (Samson) Rivers.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at the family camp.  He was a Marine, and proud of it, who served during the Vietnam War.  He was a member and past commander of both Island Pond American Legion Post 80 and Newport Alfred Pepin Post 798.
He was a triplet and is survived by his mother; by his brothers:  Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pam, of East Brighton, Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond, and Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of New Hampshire; by his sister Lorraine Verge and her husband, Ed, of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Steve in 2000; and by his niece Tracy Glasson in 1980.  His father, Edward Rivers, died January 2, 2010.
Funeral services for both Bruce and Edward Rivers will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the funeral.  Spring interment with full military honors will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Rivers’ memory may be made to Lyndon Rescue, in care of Alan Magoon, 21 Middle Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Beverly Jean Clark
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Beverly Jean Clark, 67, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 25, 2009, at her home in Craftsbury.
Mrs. Clark was born in Eden on February 8, 1942, a daughter of Hughie McLean and Beatrice (Hovey) McLean.
She graduated from high school in Waterville and later worked as a home care provider and as an aide for the Riverview Life Skills Center in Cambridge.  She also sold Avon and Melaleuca products.
She enjoyed crocheting, taking and collecting pictures, playing cards, doing puzzles, and cooking.  She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves her son James “Jimmy” A. Tourangeau Jr. and his girlfriend, Sharon Cleary, of Wolcott; three daughters:  Cindy Sanville and her husband, Ronald “Chip,” of Lyndonville, Angela Colaceci and her husband, Robert “Bob,” of Albany, and Rebecca Bryce and her husband, Todd, of Cambridge; her brother John McLean and his wife, Virginia, of Eden; two sisters, Eleanor Griggs and her husband, Reginald, of Craftsbury and Shirley McLean of Arcadia, Florida; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a special friend, John Leeper; and several nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Hughie and Beatrice McLean; by two brothers, James and William McLean; by grandson Jeremiah John Colaceci; and by father- and mother-in-law, Arthur and Persis Tourangeau.
A memorial service was held at the United Church of Craftsbury December 31 with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.
Contributions in Mrs. Clark’s memory may be made to the North Country Animal League, 3524 Lapote Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 


Arnold A. Cota Sr.
Arnold A. Cota Sr., 85, of Jay died December 28, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Cota was born December 7, 1924, in Newport Center, a son of Archie and Hazel (Morse) Cota.
He married Dale Sargent in 1944.  She predeceased him on October 24, 2007.
He was a charter member of the Jay Volunteer Fire Department.  He helped build the station and started and ran bingo for the department.  He played bingo for years and loved to dance with his wife.  He loved his family and enjoyed their visits.
He was a member of Troy Masonic Lodge 16.
He and his wife owned and operated the family farm from 1952 to 1987, and he was employed at Jay Peak for several years.
He is survived by his children:  Arnold Cota Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Jay, Terry Cota and his fiancée, Dorann, of St. Johnsbury, and Delbert Cota and his wife, Ann, of Jay; by grandchildren:  Susan Galofaro and her husband, Richard, of California, Dean Cota and his wife, Cindy, of Milton, Karen Cota and her companion, Douglas Sheahan, of California, Nikole Brainard and her husband, Lindsay, of Derby, Jamie Cota and his wife, Sandy, of New Mexico, Amy Deavitt and her husband, Keith, of South Burlington, Buffy Ardine and her husband, Martin, of New Hampshire, Heidi Rappold and her husband, Scott, of Jay, Betsy Purvis and her husband, Michael, of New Hampshire, Melissa Scherer and her husband, Michael, of Beebe, and Meghan Gyles and her fiancé, Cory Peck, of West Charleston; by 17 great-grandchildren; by one great-great-grandchild; by his brother Howard Cota and his wife, Melba, of Troy; by sisters-in-law Carol Cota and Louise Sargent; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his wife, Dale Cota; and by his brother Archie Cota Jr.
Funeral services were held December 31 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Spring interment will be held at the Jay Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Cota’s memory may be made to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, in care of Doug James, 197 Beadle Hill Road, Jay, Vermont 05859; or to Missisquoi Valley Ambulance, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Cyril Ora Day

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Cyril Ora Day, 88, of Newport died December 22, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Day was born May 18, 1921, in Newport, a son of Ora and Isabelle (Labounty) Day.
On July 1, 1946, he married Evelyn Monfette, who predeceased him.
He was a foreman for the milling department at Union Butterfields for 44 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.  He was the chief machinist mate and original plank owner of the USS Bunker Hill.
He was a member of American Legion Post 21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798, both of Newport.
He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture for family and friends and occasionally for sale.  He enjoyed fishing off his front lawn into the Clyde River, feeding the ducks when they came to the front of the house, working in his garden, and attending family get-togethers.  He loved his special dog Polly Anna.
He is survived by his children:  Cheryl Sargent and her husband, David, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Kim Collins and her husband, Eric, of Richford, Terrance Day and his wife, Cathy, of Waterville, Randy Day and his wife, Sue, of Ware, New Hampshire, Robin Day and his wife, Georgia, of Branford, Connecticut, and Chantelle Orlen and her husband, Josh, of Cornish, New Hampshire; by eight grandchildren:  Justin Day and his wife, Amy, Trevor Day and Meagan Bazin, Josh Day and Michelle Menard, and Heather, Timmy, Jason, and Lauren Day; and by two great-grandchildren, Noah Day and Bella Orlen.  He was predeceased by brothers Calvin and Lawrence Day; and by sister Priscilla Smith.
Funeral services were held December 28 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Day’s memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Edward Eugene Rivers

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Edward Eugene Rivers, 87, of Island Pond died January 2, 2010, in Newport.
Mr. Rivers was born in Island Pond on April 25, 1922, a son of Coral and Grace (Birch) Rivers.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in France and Germany with the 100th Division.
He worked for the Canadian National Railroad for 42 years, first at the former round house, then on the section where he retired as foreman in 1982.
As a hobby, he started snow plowing, which turned into a business.  A big winter snowstorm couldn’t come too early for him as he enjoyed plowing.
He always had a big garden that he shared with family, friends, and neighbors.  During the summer he would cut wood and sell it in the winter.  He liked to keep busy.  He built several trailers, which he sold to people in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  He enjoyed fishing.
He held memberships with American Legion Post 80 of Island Pond and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel (Samson) Rivers, of Island Pond; by his daughter Lorraine Verge and her husband, Ed, of Island Pond; by his sons:  Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of East Brighton, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; by his sister Thora Samson and her husband, Gordon, of Newport; by his brother Gordon Rivers of Derby; by nine grandchildren; by several great-grandchildren; by his aunt Sylvia Taylor; and by close friends Dick Melcher and his neighbor Jim Hinton.  He was predeceased by a son Bruce on January 1, 2010; by his son Steve in 2000; by his sister Lillian; and by his granddaughter Tracy Glasson.
Funeral services for both Edward and Bruce Rivers will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the funeral.  Spring interment with full military honors will be held in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Rivers’ memory may be made to Lyndon Rescue, in care of Alan Magoon, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 


Richard “Dick” “Riche” Evans

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Richard “Dick” “Riche” Evans, 85, formerly of Glover, died in Glover on December 23, 2009.
Mr. Evans was born in Paris, France, on June 26, 1924, to Paul and Marthe (Malot) Evans.  He attended Burlington High School and Philips Academy at Andover.
In 1942, after his freshman year at the University of Vermont (UVM), he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he proudly served in military intelligence and the French-speaking 8th Signal Center team in Cognac, France, during World War II.
After the war, he married Ruth Kimball Jordan in 1947 and graduated from UVM in 1948.
After graduation he took employment with General Motors Corporation (GM) Overseas Division, where he made his career until he retired in 1978.  While with GM, he served as supply manager in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and as staff director of European supply in London, England.
He and his wife enjoyed raising their seven children overseas and experiencing multiple continents, cultures, and languages.
After retirement he and his wife chose to settle in Glover, where they were among the founding members of the Glover Historical Society.  He served as a selectman for the town of Glover, board president of the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, and as general editor of The History of the Town of Glover, Vermont, published by the Glover Bicentennial Committee.  That committee gave rise to the Glover Bicentennial Scholarship, given annually to Glover students continuing on to college.
He and his wife traveled extensively and volunteered tirelessly in their community.  He became a poet in his later years, publishing two books of his work.  He very much enjoyed reading his poetry to his children and grandchildren, a tradition that will certainly continue on to the next generation.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth, in 1995; and by daughter-in-law Angela LeBlanc in 2003.  Survivors include his special beloved friend Marybeth Kemske and her family of Newark, Delaware; his brother Jean of Falls Church, Virginia; and by his seven children and their spouses:  Richard Evans and his wife, Laura, of Los Angeles, California, Michael Evans and his partner, Anne Cameron, of Williston, Martha Miller and her husband, Richard, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Peter Evans of Glover, Thomas Evans and his wife, Julie, of Newport, Louise Evans of Brownington, and James Evans of Barton.  He took delight in his nine grandchildren:  Lia Evans, Jenna and Joshua Cameron, Jordan and Joseph Miller, Joshua Evans, and Liam, Marika, and Aidan Mulroy.
He was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.  A celebration of his life will occur in the spring.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory is encouraged to support the Glover Bicentennial Scholarship, in care of the Glover town clerk, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Simone (Marc-Aurele) Gauvin

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Beatrice Simone (Marc-Aurele) Gauvin, 67, of Lowell, known to all as “Bea,” beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, after a long, courageous battle with cancer, on Friday, January 1, 2010.
Mrs. Gauvin was born in Bromont, Quebec, a daughter of Gaston and Mary (Racicot) Marc-Aurele, who both predeceased her.
She moved to Lowell in 1960 with her family.  She married Real G. Gauvin in 1962.
She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Sheldon for 17 years, where she operated her community care home for 13 years.
In 1990 they relocated to Newport, where they owned and operated a dairy farm for 14 years.
She loved sewing, including making wedding dresses.  To many she was known as a community seamstress, where no job was too big or too small.  She sewed at home for a variety of businesses such as Vermont Teddy Bear Company.
She enjoyed cooking and always had extra food on hand in case someone should stop by.  Everyone was welcome, and no one was turned away.
She had a love for all animals.  She especially loved the companionship of her dog Eddy.  She enjoyed watching the birds from her window.
She will be remembered for her dedication to her family and her unshakable loyalty to her husband, children and friends, as well as for her artistic talent and the great affection she had for everyone she met throughout her life.
She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years of marriage, Real G. Gauvin; by their four children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild:  Danny Gauvin and his fiancée, Kim Messier, of Coventry and their children Zachary of Coventry and Danielle of Highgate; David Gauvin, his wife, Shannon, and their children Kristina and Eric of Derby Line, Joshua of St. Albans, and Michelle O’Rourke and her fiancé, Steven Gleason, and their son Mack of Derby; Diane Simpson, her husband, Paul, and their child Meghan of Newport; and Ronney Gauvin, his wife, Ericka, and their children Jesse, Alec, and Courtney of Derby Line.  She is survived by three sisters:  Gertrude Tetreault and her husband, Andre, of Lowell, Yvette Retalick and her husband, John, of Newport, and Helen Racicot and her husband, Alfred, of Keene, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, January 7.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass of Catholic Burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Gauvin’s memory may be made to North Country Hospital, oncology department, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Cleo P. Mosher

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Cleo P. Mosher, 70, of Barton died in Newport after a short illness.
Mrs. Mosher was born September 9, 1939, in Newport, a daughter of Kleon and Bethleen (Tillotson) Kelley.
She married Colen Mosher in 1958.  He who predeceased her in 2004.
She was a hard-working woman who worked in the hot lunch program in Irasburg for many years.  She and her husband worked together for years taking care of, training, and racing their harness horses on the New England and northern east circuits.
She loved to dance, to listen to music of any kind, and to play the piano.  She learned to play the dulcimer and played it at area nursing homes to provide entertainment to the residents.  She loved to play cards with her family and friends and enjoyed all of her square dancing friends.
Most of all, she loved her family.  She was a very religious person and thought much of her church family.
She is survived by her children:  Carlene Lanoue and her husband, Glenn, of Orleans, Crystal Perkins and her husband, Michael, of Irasburg, Craig Mosher and his wife, Penny, of New York, and Connie Campilango and her husband, Scott, of New York; by her grandchildren:  Derek and Kelley Lanoue, Gregory and Lindsey Perkins, Christopher Mosher, Brandon James Campilango, and Ryan, Daren, and Ashlee; by great-grandson Cullin Michael Ward; by her twin sister, Barbara Hilliker, and her husband, Bill; by her sister Dawn Lamont and her husband, Loren; and by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held December 23 at the Irasburg United Church with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Spring interment will be held in the Irasburg Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Mosher’s memory may be made to River of Life, 1147 Route 14, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.
Online condolences way be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 


Marion “Nana” Mildred Pratt

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Marion “Nana” Mildred Pratt, 86, of Derby died January 2, 2010, in Barton.
Mrs. Pratt was born July 29, 1923, in Island Pond, a daughter of Dale and Ethel (Douglass) Morse.
On October 1, 1943, she married Howard Stephen Pratt, who predeceased her in 1985.
She worked at American Maple Products for many years and Vermont Beef Jerky for 11 years until she retired at age 82.
She loved watching the birds at her bird feeders and seeing all her flowers bloom.
She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Labounty and her husband, Raymond, of Derby and Lynda Davidson of Derby; by grandson Stephen Erwin-Davidson and his wife, Lisa, of Derby; by great-grandchildren:  Stephen Davidson of Derby, Michael Davidson of Orange, Massachusetts, and Karina Miller and James Miller of Derby; by a special little friend, Kaelin LaPlante; and by four nephews.  She was predeceased by two sisters, Beverly Appleby and Ruby Davis.
Burial will take place in the spring at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Pratt’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Hampshire and Vermont, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4124; or to Northeast Kingdom Community Action, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Ellis A. Richardson
Ellis A. Richardson, 85, of Hardwick died December 25, 2009, at his home in Inverness, Florida, with his family at his bedside.
Mr. Richardson was born March 10, 1924, in Calais, a son of Clyde and Myra (Dwyer) Richardson.  He attended Peoples Academy in Morrisville.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 17, 1943.  He served his country in India, China, and the jungles of Burma during World War II as one of Merrill’s Marauders.  Staff Sergeant Richardson returned to the United States and was honorably discharged at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on January 16, 1946.
On July 29, 1946, he married Lillian Alma Hill at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick.
He and his wife owned and operated the IGA Foodliner on Main Street in Hardwick for many years.  They purchased Smith’s Store in Greensboro Bend in the mid-1970s.  Later they sold that business to their daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Bill Thompson.  He retired in 1990.
He was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church and Brownson Council 1568 of the Knights of Columbus.  He was very active in the Hardwick community.  He served as village president and trustee, head of the electric department, chairman and member of the elementary school board, and life member of American Legion Post 7.
As an avid golfer, he was a member of the Orleans Country Club.  He loved the time that he spent with his family and enjoyed his winter home in Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lillian; six children:  Gale Squires and her husband, Dennis, of Inverness and Antim, New Hampshire, Brenda Bolieu, Dian Holcomb, Michael Richardson and his wife, Tanya, Gary Richardson and his companion, Cindy Moulton, and Mary Thompson and her husband, William “Bill,” all of Hardwick; his sister Edna Taylor of Essex; two brothers, Alton Richardson of Berlin and Burton Richardson of Montpelier; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by twin great-granddaughters; and by six sisters:  Mona, Iona, Anita, Joyce, Betty Ann, and Margaret.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated January 4 at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick with the Reverend Peter O’Leary celebrant.  Spring burial will be in the family lot in Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Richardson’s memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

 

 

 

 

John Claude St. Onge

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John Claude St. Onge, 78, of Enosburg Falls died unexpectedly on Friday evening, December 25, 2009, at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
Mr. St. Onge was born January 27, 1931, in St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, a son of Wilbrod and Rose (Vandette) St. Onge.
At the age of seven he moved with his family to Barton from Canada where he resided until 1972 when he moved to Enosburg Falls.
He worked at the Howard Bank for 25 years, retiring in 1982 as a bank supervisor.
He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War.  He was a member of American Legion Post 1 of Montreal and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Charles Daprato Post 778 of Swanton.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls.
He was a sports enthusiast.  As a young man he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball and then as an adult he refereed and umpired many youth basketball and baseball games.  He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics fan.  He enjoyed golfing.
He is survived by his wife, Rita (Dupre) St. Onge, of Enosburg Falls.  They married on January 1, 1982.
He is survived by his children:  John P. St. Onge and his friend, Kimberly Peterson, of Waterbury Center, Steven St. Onge of Fairfield, and Jeanne Sicard and her husband, Richard, of Barton; by his grandchildren:  Laurel Grenier, Nathan Sicard, Emilie Rich, and Andrea Miller; by one great-grandson, Caleb Grenier; by his brother George St. Onge and his wife, Evangaline, of Repentigny, Quebec; by two sisters, Marguerite Frechette of Burlington and Yolande Paquette and her husband, George, of Barton; and by several nieces, nephews, and friends.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother-in-law Roland Frechette; and by his niece Susan Pelkey.
Funeral services were held December 30 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls with the Reverend Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will take place next spring in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Mr. St. Onge’s memory may be made to the Enosburg Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450; or to the Enosburg Food Shelf, P.O. Box 614, Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450
Private condolences may be made online at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

Ellsworth Frank Westney Jr.
Ellsworth Frank Westney Jr., 65, of Craftsbury died Wednesday, December 24, 2009, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
Mr. Westney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 13, 1944, a son of Ellsworth F. Westney Sr. and Mary Jane Westney Kinney.
He went on to the field of work at an early age.  He worked on dairy farms, at the paper mill in Putney, and at the Box Shop in Charlestown, New Hampshire.  He was brought up in Charlestown, and lived in the Brattleboro area, Townsend, Woodbury, Hardwick, and Greensboro Bend before making Craftsbury his home.
He was a 4-H leader for the units in Greensboro Bend and Hardwick and was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Barre.
He leaves five daughters:  Paula Beattie and her husband, Eric, of Morrisville, Susie Colbeth and her husband, Paul, of Greensboro Bend, Tasha Churchill and her husband, Joseph, of Cabot, Stephanie Westney and her fiancé, John Martin, of Greensboro Bend, and Melinda Westney and her boyfriend, Matt Lamarre, of St. Johnsbury; by ten grandchildren:  Caleb and Caisa Weglarz, Ellsworth Westney and his fiancée, Ashley Gale, Natasha, Cortney, Jessica and Jazzmen Colbeth, Evan Westney, Tyler Hopkins, and Jameson Lamarre; two brothers, Richard Westney and his wife, Susan, of Walpole, New Hampshire, and Kenneth Westney and his wife, Linda, of Charlestown; two sisters, Marlene DeCamp and Betty Jelly and her husband, Andy, all of Charlestown; his fiancée, Marlene Audet, of Morrisville; stepbrother Lawrence Kinney; stepsisters:  Dedra Dunham, Laura Lee Sage, and Violet Kinney; his dog Spike; and his former wife and mother of his children, Sharon Autry, and her husband, Harlen, of Greensboro Bend.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by his stepfather, Herman Kinney.
A memorial service was held at the Greensboro Bend United Methodist Church December 30.
Contributions in Mr. Westney’s memory may be made to the Craftsbury Fire Department, First Responder Squad, in care of Shawn Eklund, P.O. Box 79, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826 or to a local food pantry.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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