May 12, 2010 Obituaries

Marie J. Cyr

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Marie J.  Cyr, 84, of Newport died peacefully surrounded by her family on May 5, 2010, in Newport.
She was born May 7, 1925, in St. Magloeil, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Chaput) Gosselin.
She married Ludger R. Cyr, who predeceased her in 1977.
She is survived by her children:  Pierre Cyr and his wife, Louise, of Derby, Henri and Albert Cyr both of Newport, Pauline Laplume and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, Louise Provoncha of North Troy, Lillian Bowen and her friend Willey Bowen of Derby, and Rose Lyon and her husband, Robert, of Brownington; by the following grandchildren:  Alan Laplume and his wife, Rachel, Diane Laplume, Kelly Provoncha, Shawn Provoncha, Daniel J.K. Cyr, Katrina Lafoe, Ryan Cyr and his wife, Alyssa, Michael Cyr and his wife, Heather, Matthew Cyr, Brandy Robillard and her husband, Zachary, Christina Rowlins, Henri Cyr Jr., and Ashley Cyr;  by the following great-grandchildren:  Alan Laplume Jr., Zachary Laplume, Tyrell Morse, Austin Lynne Jones, Ethan Robillard and Nicholas Robillard.  She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Real Gosselin of Montreal, Quebec, Eugene Gosselin of St. Camille, Quebec, Lucette Couture of Ontario, Therese Prevost of Quebec City, Quebec, Rita Dubois of Quebec City, Fernend Gosselin of Quebec City, Gaetane LaBrecque of St. Camille, and Carmel Nadeau of New Haven, Connecticut.  She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Wayne Provoncha, and by a sister, Collette Gosselin, and by two brothers, Phillip and Joseph Gosselin.
Mrs. Cyr was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church of North Troy and a  past member of the Ladies of St. Anne.  She enjoyed and loved her family first and foremost.  She did all the usual cooking, sewing, mending, and made sure that they all attended church on Sunday. She and her husband made many trips to see her family members in Canada.  She also was a wonderful caregiver, and she always had dogs and cats around her but she especially enjoyed her cats.
Funeral services were held on May 10 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in Notre Dame Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont  05855.  On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Phyllis L. Glasson

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Phyllis L. Glasson, 88, of Island Pond died in Barton on January 9, 2010.
She was the widow of Russell Glasson, who she married in 1941.
Mrs. Glasson was born in Island Pond on September 22, 1921, a daughter of Edward and Ida (Legacy) Hawkins.
She was a teacher for 28 years and taught in Brighton elementary as well as Morgan and Holland schools.  She was principal of Brighton elementary for a few years.  She was secretary to the Brighton Alumni Association for about 30 years, and she held all elected posts of the Order of the Eastern Star and was also in the state and grand representatives of North Dakota.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband and went camping with her daughter Barb and her husband, Howard, including traveling to the West Coast.  She also enjoyed flower gardening, birding, sugaring, going to her camp, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma/Episolon Chapter, a lifetime member of the North Star Chapter of the Eastern Star, and the Island Pond Historical Society.  Mrs. Glasson was also a member of the Island Pond Congregational Church for many years and was very active on the church board as a trustee and deacon.  She was superintendent of Sunday School, as well as a teacher there, and she served as secretary of the church.
She is survived by her daughters:  Barbara Walker and her husband, Howard of Island Pond, and Lola Carpenter and her husband, Gary, of Spencer, Tennessee; by her grandchildren:  Wendy Walker and her husband, Charles Fleer Jr., of Olympia, Washington, and Justin Walker and his wife, Lisa, of  North Pole, Alaska;  her granddaughters:  Kelly Dodson and her friend Mickey Fisher of Spencer, Tennessee, and Kate Carpenter of Friendsville, Tennessee;  by great-grandchildren Ethan and Emma Dodson and Brianna Walker; by her sister Irene and her husband, Darrell Annis, of Island Pond; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Russell, on July 18, 1990; by an infant son, Roy Edward, on March 17, 1961: and by siblings Percy Hawkins, Pauline McKinney, and Junior Edward Hawkins.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery where services by members of Eastern Star will be held.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Earlah E. “Ruth” Ingalls
Earlah E. “Ruth” Ingalls, of Irasburg died peacefully at home on May 5, 2010.
She was born August 14, 1927, in Albany, a daughter of Jesse Farr and Hazel (Davis) Farr.
She leaves behind her loving husband of 66 years, Maurice T. Ingalls of Irasburg; her son Bill and his wife, Toni, of Irasburg; grandsons:  Jesse Ingalls and his wife, Sally, Russell Ingalls, Keith Ingalls and his wife, Mimi, and Kevin Ingalls; her great-grandson Jonathan; and her sister Odessa Sanville of Irasburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by daughters Marilyn, Susan, Paula, and Deborah, as well as a brother, Kenneth Farr, and by two sisters, Mary Potter and Madeline Kennison.
Mrs. Ingalls was born and raised on the family farm in Albany and attended Craftsbury Academy.  In her youth, she was a skilled horse rider, and was often seen riding her horse over hill and dale to school in Albany Center.
On February 1, 1944, she married Maurice who was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  She worked various jobs while keeping her home.  She was a frequent participant in most of the area bingo games and won her share of the jackpots.
Mrs. Ingall’s true love in life was her family.  She lived for her husband, son and grandsons.  Gram could always be counted on to impart gentle advice and encouragement to those she thought needed it, and no holiday get-together was complete without gram’s rolls.  She bravely suffered grave tragedy in her life with the loss of her four daughters.  Throughout all heartache, she showed a strength most would feel impossible to comprehend.  She always knew she would see the girls again, and now she has.  She leaves behind a shining example of how one should live, and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on May 9 at the Irasburg United Church with the Reverend Harvey Bartlett officiating.  Interment followed in Albany Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Irasburg United Church, Irasburg, Vermont  05845.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 


Michael G. Martel
Michael G. Martel, 47, of Colchester died unexpectedly this spring.
He was born November 14, 1962, in New Britain, Connecticut, the beloved son of Jerry Martel and the late Pauline Lesage.
He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1980 and later  from Eastern Michigan University.
Mr. Martel was a gifted artist and photographer.  He loved skiing and the outdoors.
He is survived by his father, Gerard Martel, and his wife, Judy, of Orleans; two children:  Christian Martel of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Mason Martel of Westford; two brothers, Robert Martel of Barton and Edward Tinker of Sydney, Australia; three sisters:  Lee-Anne Martin and her husband, Tom, of Moretown, Tracie Yindra and her husband, Chris, of Huntington, and Cindy Steele of Phoenix, Arizona; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Pauline, and by a brother, Paul.
Funeral services were held at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans on May 8 with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 


George Chalmers McKelvey Jr.

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George Chalmers McKelvey Jr., 85, of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, died on May 8, 2010, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, New Hampshire.
He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 28, 1924, a son of George Chalmers and Doris (Hird) McKelvey.
He graduated from Lowell High School in 1942.  While there, he was a member of the band and played at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939.  He attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and played solo trumpet with the UNH band.  In his sophomore year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he remained from 1943-1946.  After attending his basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, he was assigned to the Anti-Tank Company of the 326 Glider Infantry Regiment of the 13th Airborne Division in the European Theater. Later he marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City in the famous victory parade with the 82nd Airborne.  He completed his service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Upon his return to civilian life, he went back to UNH  where he received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1949 and a master’s degree in history in 1950.
From 1950-1952, Mr. McKelvey served as principal of the North Hampton Elementary School.  From 1952-1953, he taught at the Woodsville Elementary School in Woodsville.  The following year, he became the teaching principal there until 1969.  When the Woodsville and Haverhill school districts combined, he was appointed full-time principal of the then K-8 schools, Woodsville elementary and the James R. Morrill School in North Haverhill.  He remained at the two schools until retiring in 1980.
He enjoyed listening to and collecting big band music.  Traveling, golf, reading, and sports (especially the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins) were his passions, and his family meant the world to him.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary (Downs) McKelvey; their son George C. McKelvey III and his wife, Judy, of Newport; granddaughter Meredith of Boston, Masachusetts; his sister-in-law Eleanor Riordan of Dover, New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by four generations of the Kimball and Morrill families who have been best friends and neighbors for 54 years.
A funeral service was held on May 12 with Gerry Brooks officiating.  Burial followed at Horsemeadow Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cottage Hospital, P.O. Box 2001, Woodsville, New Hampshire 03785, or to the UNH Foundation, John S. Elliott Alumni Center, Durham, New Hampshire 03824.
To offer online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com.

 

 

 
Bertha Nora O’Gorman
Bertha Nora O’Gorman died on May 4, 2010, in Newport.
She was born on January 3, 1921, in St. Giles, Quebec, a daughter of Nicholas O’Gorman and Rose Bagley.  Her family moved to Island Pond in 1927 where Ms. O’Gorman attended St. Mary’s Academy, graduating in 1938.
Ms. O’Gorman worked 27 years for the A&P Company, first in its Island Pond store, then in Montpelier, Barre and Gorham, New Hampshire.  She completed her career as a bookkeeper at the Mountain View House in Whitefield, New Hampshire.
She was an active participant in numerous community organizations, among them the Brighton American Legion Auxiliary, Random Ladies Club, Catholic Daughters of America, and St. Mary’s Alumni.  She was renowned for helping others in any way she could.  Within her extended family, she was everyone’s “godmother.”
Ms. O’Gorman was predeceased by her parents and 11 siblings.  She leaves her sisters-in-law:  Muriel O’Gorman and Dorothy O’Gorman; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James the Greater in Island Pond on May 8 with burial at Lakeside Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Evelyn M. Petelle
Evelyn M. Petelle, 87, of Derby Line died in Newport on May 8, 2010.
She was born on November 11, 1922, a daughter of Henry and Octavia (Brooks) Valley.
On April 28, 1946, she married Raymond Petelle, who predeceased her.
Mrs. Petelle worked as a secretary for many years at Butterfields and the former Edwin Earle Insurance Agency.  She was an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and the Ladies Alter Society.  She was also an RSVP volunteer and helped out for several years in Joan Sbara’s third-grade class in that capacity.  She also enjoyed making arts and crafts and taking trips with her late husband.
Mrs. Petelle is survived by her son Russell Petelle and his wife, Anne Marie, of Derby Line; and by the following grandchildren:  Heidi Santaw and her husband, Shawn, Raymond Beauchesne and his wife, Vicki, Rebecca Petelle and her companion, Kevin Purcell, Regan Vaine and her husband, Jerry, Skyler Boushel, Paul and Hannah Chambers; and by the following great-grandchildren:  Abigail and T.J. Santaw, Joshua, Ryan, Alex, and Landon Beauchesne, Maddie and Daven Vaine.  She was predeceased by a son, Darrell Petelle, and by a daughter, Phyllis Beauchesne.
Funeral services were held on May 11 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Elementary Field Trip Scholarship Fund, Derby Line, Vermont  05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Raymond John Major
 
Raymond John Major, 79, died peacefully at his home in Newport on Saturday, May 1, 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Grenier Major; his son, Daniel Major; his daughters, Rachel Carr and her husband, Michael, of Bellingham, Washington, Loraine Bullis and her husband, David, of Barre, and Cynthia Gardyne and her husband, Scot, of Newport; by six grandsons:  Casey and Kyle Major, Douglas and Jeffrey Carr, and Shawn and Scott Bullis; three brothers:  Andrew Major, Paul Major, and John Major.  He was predeacesed by two brothers, Gilbert Major and Marcel Major; and one sister, Jeanine Gratton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Ron Holland Dialysis Center at North Country Hospital in Newport.
There will be no calling hours or public service.  Private interment will be held by the family at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
 
Committal services
The following commital services will be held:
Josephine LeMay on Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Gertrude Place on Saturday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Troy Village Cemetery.
David Graveline on Friday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Lori Beaudry Lawyer on Saturday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.
George Bonneau on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Newport.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Frances Boisvert on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Dorothy Hoadley on Saturday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the Brownington Center Cemetery.
Graveside services will be held for Mary Reed on Sunday, May 23, at 12:15 p.m. in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
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May 5, 2010 Obituaries

Richard I. Campbell
Richard I. Campbell, 87, of Derby died peacefully on April 27, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 29, 1922, in Granville, a son of Clyde and Bessie ( Manning) Campbell.
On January 19, 1972, he married Lorinda Yantz who survives him.
He entered the U.S. Navy where he was on the USS Enterprise and served during WWII in the Pacific Theater as a radar operator.
He enjoyed working with farm animals and retired as a dairy farmer from Routhier Farms in Bloomfield.
He is survived by his wife, Lorinda Campbell, of Derby; his son Matthew Campbell and his companion, Kim Roberge of Newport Center; by his granddaughter, Liza Campbell; by several nieces and nephews; and by his three dogs, three cats, and two birds.  He was predeceased by a brother and three sisters.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont  05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

 

James Charles Carpenter
James Charles Carpenter Sr., 77, of Newport died April 24, 2010, in Zepherhills, Florida.
He was born November 28, 1932, in Derby, a son of Charles and Winifred (Lemere) Carpenter.
On September 12, 1953, he married Sfa Flynn who predeceased him on September 16, 2005.
Mr. Carpenter was a dairy farmer and a truck driver for the former W.S. Mitchell.  He held memberships with the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 where he was a life member, and he was also a former member of the Grange.  He enjoyed camping.
He is survived by his children:  Steve Carpenter of Derby, Ken Carpenter and his wife, Paula, of St. Johnsbury, Sally Carpenter of East Bolton, and James Carpenter Jr. of Lake Worth, Florida; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers:  Harold  Carpenter and his wife, Lucille, of Dover, New Hampshire, Dale Carpenter and his wife, Sandra, of West Charleston, and Reginald Carpenter and his wife, Linda, of North Troy; his sisters-in-law Lois Carpenter of Derby and Diana Emmerson and her husband, Ernie, of Holland; brother-in-law David Flynn of Derby; his mother-in-law, Ruby Flynn, of Holland; and by his special friend, Sharon Jacobs of Newport.  He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Carpenter Jr.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermnt 05855, or to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Michael Todd Cole

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Michael Todd Cole, 44, beloved father, son, brother and friend to many, died on April 27, 2010, in Jericho.
He was born October 17, 1965, in Newport, a son of Lynda (Buchanan) Cole and the late Everett Cole.
He fought a valiant and courageous battle with cancer for over a year.  He did not give in and just lie on the couch but he got up and went nearly every day he could.  His miracle was that he had this inner strength to do things his way.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1983 and went to work for his dad at Cole and Webster, Inc., for many years.  For a short time he had his own used car business.  Then he worked at DeLabruere Auto Sales, and more recently he was employed by Courtesy car dealership.
Mr. Cole was predeceased by his father, Everett “Mike” Cole in 2007.  He is survived by his sons,  Joshua and Anthony, and their mother, Rhonda; by his mother, Lynda Cole, of Derby; his brother Tim Cole and his wife, Tina, of Jericho; his sisters Connie Montague and her husband, David, of  Charleston, Gayla Gosselin and her husband, Dan, of Derby, and Tracey Poulin and her husband, Jeff, of Derby; by special nieces and nephews:  Cole, Jennifer, Ashley, Lauren, Chad, Roger, Jake, Alyssa, Samantha, ZaKary and their families and partners; and by many many friends.
Funeral services were held on May 3 at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  In accordance with Mike’s wishes that his son Anthony receive a college education, and that he had been planning to help him reach his goal, a college fund has been established in Mr. Cole’s memory for Anthony Cole in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Audrey Edna Dutilly

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Audrey Edna Dutilly, 76, of Troy died May 2, 2010, in Newport with her family at her side.
She was born January 12, 1934, in Glocester, Rhode Island, a daughter of Frank and Vera (Taft) Howard.
On June 13, 1956, she married Gerard Dutilly who predeceased her in 1977.
Mrs. Dutilly was employed by Quill Pen Manufacturing in Cranston, Rhode Island, for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and making crafts.
She is survived by her children:  Charles Howard and his wife, Sherrie, of Derby, Paul Dutilly and his wife, Cathy, of Virginia, Beatrice Burke and her husband, Patrick, of Chepachet, Rhode Island, John Dutilly and his wife, Maria, of Danielson, Connecticut, and Christine Schneider and her husband, Timothy, of Cranston; by 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and her faithful companion, a dog named Belle.  She was predeceased by a son, Edward Dutilly, in 2001.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, at the Acotes Cemetery in Chepachet, Rhode Island.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Francis Archibald Lacombe

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Francis Archibald Lacombe died peacefully on April 19, 2010, in Newport at the age of 82, after a short but courageous struggle with cancer.
He was a son of the late Isabel McKinnon of Glen Sandfield, Ontario, and the late Archie Lacombe of Dalhousie, Quebec.
He leaves to mourn his beloved partner of 38 years, Bryan Bowers; his beloved sister, Gertrude Sheppard of Toronto, Ontario; and two dear members of his extended family:  Robert Knox of Montréal, Quebec, and Geegee Zaveson of Jay.  He will also be much missed by many other members of his extended family, including his nieces Gail Lacombe deGruchy and her husband, Larry, of Montreal, Beverlee Lacombe Chivers and her husband, Tom, of Washington, Lynn Sheppard of Vancouver, British Columbia, Michele Sheppard of Toronto, Frances Lacombe Burnel, Mary Lacombe Thiele and her husband, Harry, Linda Lacombe Hewitt and her husband, Ted, Ann Lacombe, Marguerite Lacombe Dennis and her husband, Tim; his nephews:  Lenny Lacombe, Kenny Lacombe, and Gordie Lacombe; very close cousins, Fred Forde of Toronto, John Lacombe of Rockwood, Ontario, Catherine (Mackinnon) Leroux of Ottawa, Ontario, and Dorothy Lacombe Wheeler of Coquitlam, British Columbia.  His many friends in both the United States and Canada with whom he shared a mutual love of music, skiing, playing bridge, gourmet meals, jogging, good conversation and kindness will also miss him.
Mr. Lacombe had a life full of wonderful experiences and unforgettable events.  He attended Belmont Elementary School, Loyola High School, and Loyola College, and received his degree in education at l’Université de Montréal in 1956.  He was a teacher at Canon O’Meara (Point St.Charles) and at Holy Cross (Ville Emard) elementary schools, and at Cardinal Newman High School.  He was assistant principal at John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel from 1964 through 1969, principal at Pius Ninth High School from 1969  through 1971, William Hingston High School from 1971 through 1981, and Thomas D’Arcy McGee High School from 1981 to 1983.  He retired in 1983 after 32 years in education with La Commission des Ecoles Catholiques de Montréal.
Other accomplishments included being honored with a medal from Queen Elizabeth II while he was at William Hingston High School, and working closely with Tony Walsh, the founder of Benedict Labre House until Mr. Walsh took his retirement many years later.  It was an exceptional life for an exceptional man.
Following his cremation, he will be interred at a later date at the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.  At his request, there will be no funeral service, but the family is planning a gathering to celebrate his wonderful life at a date and time to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hope Lodge, Lois McClure – Bee Tabakin Building, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

 

 

Abbie R. Warman

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Abbie R. Warman, 75, of Newport, died peacefully on April 27, 2010, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born February 5, 1935, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, a daughter of James and Abbie (Howlett) Roberts.
On April 21, 1963, she married Blair Warman who survives her.
Mrs. Warman was a registered nurse.  She was employed by the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts, from 1957-1989.  More recently she was employed by North Country Hospital in Newport, the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, and for the past ten years by Michaud Manor in Derby Line.
She enjoyed cooking, family and hospitality.  She held membership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Newport.
She is survived by her husband, Blair Warman, of Newport; two children: James B. Warman and his wife, Michelle, Donna (Warman) Luna and her husband, Jose; five beloved grandchildren:  Nathaniel Warman, Kaitlyn Warman, Lindsey Luna, Jose B. Luna, and Isabel Luna; a twin brother, Bud (Alfred) Roberts, and his wife, Edna, of South Lancaster, Massachusetts; and her brother-in-law Pastor William Dudgeon.  She was predeceased by a brother, James Roberts, and a sister, Jane Roberts Dudgeon.
A celebration of her life was held on May 3 at the Newport Baptist Church with Pastor Jose Luna officiating.  Interment was at the Holland Cemetery in Holland, Massachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Summer Camp Fund, Disciples of the Word Ministries, P.O. Box 47, Milford, New Hampshire 03055.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Matthew C. Young

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Matthew C. Young, 20, of Albany died suddenly on April 30, 2010, in Albany.
He was born October 10, 1989, in Newport, a son of  Donald Young and Sharon Pendexter.
He was self-employed.  He enjoyed the outdoors, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting, wrestling, and the company of his friends.
He is survived by his mother, Sharon Pendexter and his stepfather, Harry Pendexter, of East Conway, New Hampshire; his father, Donald Young, and his fiancé, Patricia, of Essex Junction; his sisters:  Valerie Hartman and her husband, David, of Barton, and Holly Lefebvre and her husband, Corey, of Irasburg; by his grandparents:  Clayton Richardson of East Fryeberg, Maine, and Howard and Judy Young of Conway, New Hampsire; and by the following nieces and nephews:  Daniel, Dylan, and Devin Sheltra, Aaron Lefebvre and Cadence Sheltra.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 7 from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at a later date in Denmark, Maine.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Committal Services
The following committal services will be held:
David Ostrout Jr. at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

 

Lee Holmes Jr. at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 7, at the Derby Center Cemetery with military honors.

 

Elwin Annis Jr. on Friday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at the Irasburg Cemetery.

 

Gertrude Drown at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Pine Grove Cemetery.

 

Priscilla and Carlton Plante at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the Lake Road Cemetery.

 

Marion Pratt at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

 

Margaret Lussier at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at St. John’s Cemetery in Albany.

 

Germaine Moeykens at 10 a.m. on Monday May 10, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
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April 28, 2010 Obituaries

Anne W. Adams

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Anne Warner Adams, born July 27, 1936, in Lowell, to Ralph and Elsie Preston, died on the evening of April 8, 2010, in Hanford, California.  She was in the presence of loved ones when she died.
Mrs. Adams is survived by a brother, Ralph “Bud” Preston; a sister, Margaret “Pres” Atwater; four children:  Karen Jones, Janis Young, Robert Adams and Susan Cardoza; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was a devoted mother who worked hard and made great sacrifices for her children; her greatest joy was in being a grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her remains will be cremated and laid to rest at Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.
Phyllis B. Amyot
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Phyllis B. Amyot, 83, died peacefully on April 24, 2010, at the Vermont Respite House in Wiliston.  She was born in Glover on September 8, 1926, a daughter of Philip and Gertrude Brooks.
In 1985 she married Vincent Amyot, and together they operated Amyot’s Inc. John Deere Dealership in Barton.
After retiring with her husband in 1992, they enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad.  Mrs. Amyot also enjoyed playing the organ and taking organ lessons at their Florida winter home.  She had a love for her flower gardens, birdwatching, all things craft-related.  She had extensive collections of Disney items, John Deere toys, and Shirley Temple dolls, books, and movies.
In her later years, you could almost always find her watching the Food Network or the home improvement channel, waiting for the mail to come or for someone to stop in to visit or take her for a ride to McDonald’s for a special treat.  During her latest illness, she received special care and comfort from her granddaughter Shelley and caretaker and friend Bonnie Poginy.
She is survived by three daughters:  Sondra Thomson of Colchester, Bonnie Currier and her husband, Raymond, of Glover, Stephanie Lesage and her husband, Peter, of Colchester; and by step-children Eric and Christina Amyot of Jackson, New Jersey, Deborah and David Brosseau of Lyndonville, Carmen and David Brown of Jappa, Maryland, and Jacque and Leah Amyot of Corinth, New York.  She is also survived by a sister, Mona Rivard of Colchester.  She will be sadly missed by 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her loving husband of 20 years, Vincent Amyot, and by her two brothers, Neil and Alton Brooks.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Barton with Father Dan Rupp officiating, a person who was of special comfort to Mrs. Amyot through both her own illness and her husband’s.  Internment will take place at Westlook Cemetery in Glover following the Mass.
Should friends and family desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home web site at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Gervaise Belanger

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Gervaise Belanger, 78, of Derby died April 17, 2010, in Newport surrounded by her family.
She was born April 21, 1931, in St. Gideon, Quebec, a daughter of Simeon and Victoria Quirion.
On June 18, 1949, she married Joachim Belanger who predeceased her on March 26, 2003.
She is survived by her children:  Diane Belanger of Derby, Andre Belanger and his wife, Charlene, of Polk City, Florida, Denis Belanger of Holland, Laurette Baraw and her husband, Kenneth, of Johnson, Francine Linn and her husband, Pete, of Eagle River, Alaska, and Manon Higginson and her fiance, Joe Cote, of Newport; by 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a brother, Ange Emile Quirion, of St. Robert, Quebec, three sisters:  Jeannette Nadeau of Newport, Jacqueline Lachance of St. George, Quebec, and Claudette Nadeau of St. Gideon, Quebec.  She was predeceased by two brothers:  Larry Quirion and Jean Noel Quirion, and by a sister, Claire Yvette.
Funeral services were held April 21 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was held.  Interment was in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Yvonne L. Bertolini

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Yvonne L. Bertolini, 82, of Barton died April 19, 2010, in Newport.
She was born July 7, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a daughter of Sidney and Pearl (Cheek) Heggerness.
Ms. Bertolini is survived by her best friend of 29 plus years, Tami Stone of Barton;  by Ms. Stone’s boys, Bruce Jr. and his wife, Melissa, Roy Stone and his fiancé, Liza, of Barton, and Logan Stone; Ms. Stone’s grandchildren:  Bruce III, Nicholas and Cheyanne; by her children:  John Willemsen Bertolini of Newport, Matthew Bertolini and his wife, Geneva, of Glover; her grandchildren:  Jeremy, Lucas, Lorenzo, Magon Bassett and her husband, Nate, Crystal Hancock and her husband, Scott, Sara Camber and Daniel Camber, Christina and Tabatha Bertolini; her great-grandchildren:  Danielle, Mary and Chloe Bassett and Justin Camber.  She also leaves a very good friend, Roger Menard, a special aunt, June; and by several nieces, nephews and aunts and uncles.  She was predeceased by her mother, Pearl Cheek, her father, Sidney Heggerness, her daughter Sharon Willemsen Bertolini Camber, her son Steven Willemsen and a son-in-law Daniel Camber.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) Exercise Program, 400 Quarry Road, Derby, Vermont  05829.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Edmond J. Boutin

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Edmond J. Boutin, 91, of Glover died peacefully on April 23, 2010, in Glover.
He was born March 10, 1919, in Williston, a son of Joseph and Rose (Bergeron) Boutin.
On May 17, 1942, he married Collette Talbot who survives him.
Mr. Boutin lived in Essex Center from 1920 to 1935.  He went to school eight years in Essex Center and moved to Barton on May 17, 1935, to a bigger farm with his parents.  He worked on the farm until he reported to service for the U.S. between October 15, 1941, and December 15, 1945.  He was stationed at Keesler Field, Mississippi, from January to August of 1942 where he served in the orthopedic ward in the hospital.  He went on to Gulf Port Field, Mississippi, until January of 1945 where he served as a carpenter in the maintenance department.  He went to the infantry at Camp Livingston, Louisiana, where he joined the engineers then left and went to Rufus, Oregon, for two weeks in March 1945.  This is when the Allies broke through German lines, and he returned to Camp Polk in Louisiana.  He was at this camp when President Roosevelt died in April of 1945.
He then went to Huma, Arizona, and built bridges across the Colorado River.  He was there when the first atomic bomb was tested in the desert.  The war ended, and Mr. Boutin went to Riverside, California, where he camped near the Pacific and built roads and tested wire mesh to help drive heavy equipment in sandy conditions.
He was honorably discharged and returned to Barton where he worked on the family farm until March of 1946 when he went to work for Webster Motors in Barton as a mechanic.  In 1949 he built a small garage in Barton called Ed’s Garage and owned and operated it until 1951.  He traded this building with John Talbot in 1951 when he moved to Glover to farm.  He dairy farmed until August 1973 when the Interstate 91 was built and split up some of the farmland.  He worked at Ethan Allen in Orleans in 1973 and operated a variable saw until retirement on March 31, 1984.
He held memberships with the American Legion Post #76 of Barton where he was a member for 50 years and also the Knights of Columbus.  After his retirement, he liked to tinker with all sorts of things.  He was a master carpenter and wood craftsman.
He is survived by his wife, Collette Boutin of Glover, eight children:  Michael Boutin of Burlington, Paul Boutin and his wife, Christal, of Glover, Denise Perron and her husband, Eric, of Carson City, Nevada, Susan Swift and her husband, James, of Glover, Nicole Blodgett and her husband, Andrew, of Underhill, Ronald Boutin and his companion, Sue Bacon, of Glover, Diane McGough and her husband, Larry, of Colorado, Springs, Colorado, and Mark Boutin and his wife, Jo, of St. Albans; by 16 grandchildren; by 15 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. ,He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Boutin, and by two brothers:  Antonio and Clement Boutin.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover with military honors.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Paul’s Catholic School in Barton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home web site at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Myrna M. Brosseau
Myrna May Brosseau, 67, of Hardwick died peacefully on April 20, 2010, at the Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington.
She was born March 27, 1943, in Sutton, a daughter of  Edson and Ethel (Paul) Basford.
She attended Barton public schools and Glover village school.
Mrs. Brosseau was a devoted mother, grandmother and caregiver.   She spent her life raising her children and was an avid seamstress, quilter, knitter and baker.  She treasured spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them to cook and sew, as well as playing cards and board games.  She was a member of the Hardwick Bible Baptist Church.
Survivors include her mother, Ethel Basford, of Glover; Robert Brosseau Sr., the father of her children; three sons:  Robert Brosseau Jr. of Derby, Joseph Brosseau of Hardwick, and André Brosseau of West Glover; two daughters:  Debbie Messier and her husband, Shawn, of Hardwick, and Theresa Quinlan and her husband, Dan, of Ellsworth, Maine; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; six sisters: Beverly Messier of Green Acres, Florida, Pheobe Kimball of Coventry, Barbara Isham of East Hardwick, Lorraine Gillifillan of Nashua, New Hampshire, Beatrice Whittier and Gloria White, both of Greensboro; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father, Edson Basford; three brothers, Charles, Brian and Bernard Basford; a brother-in-law, Irwin White; and a sister-in-law, Linda Basford.
A funeral was held April 23 at the United Church in Hardwick with the Reverend Judy Waible and pastor Matt Perkins officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Bible Baptist Church, Youth Camp Fund, 296 South Main Street, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.
Arrangements by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

 

 

Bruce O. Hansen

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Bruce O. Hansen, 74, of North Troy died peacefully on April 24, 2010, in Newport.
He was born January 2, 1936, in North Troy, a son of Reginald and Laura (Bocash) Hansen.
On May 17, 1958, he married Janice Denton who survives him.
He worked for many years for the town of Troy and later became town manager.  He also was employed at Orleans Manufacturing, Poulin Grain, and Jay Peak where he made many friends.
Mr. Hansen enjoyed sports.  He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Montréal Canadiens.  He also played softball, basketball, and baseball.  He bowled, and he could play a good game of horseshoes.
He was a great family man and enjoyed doing things with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Hansen, of North Troy; two children:  Jacqueline Hansen of North Troy and Mickey Hansen and his wife, Deborah, of Derby; a grandson, Jeffrey Hansen, of Derby; and by his cat Babe; by four brothers:  Philip Hansen of Connecticut, Harold Hansen and his wife, Margo, of North Troy, James Hansen and his wife, Ann, of Newport, Reginald Hansen and his wife, Susan of North Troy; by a sister Jane Morris of Maryland; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was very close to sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law:  Dorio Roberts, Rollie Denton and Karleen, Bernard  Denton and Sandy.
He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Hastings; brothers Roger and Harley; his in-laws Harriet and Edmund Garrett, Jeannette and Chet Wisneski and Geneva Roberts.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in North Troy Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Troy Cemetery Association, care of Donna Kennison, 92 Elm Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Lee C. Horn
Lee C. Horn, 66, of Greensboro died Monday, April 12, 2010, while on a cruise in the Caribbean after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr. Horn was born July 15, 1943, in Atlanta, Georgia, a son of William A. Horn Sr. and Ona C. Horn.
He was a graduate of Henry Grady High School and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
He married Malda Perry on June 26, 1992, in Herndon, Virginia.
A lifetime career in insurance and finance carried him from Atlanta to Chicago, Keene, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and finally to Galveston, Texas.  He and his wife dreamed of a retirement sanctuary in Vermont and were able to enjoy the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom for almost two years before he died.
Mr. Horn loved music — all kinds, but especially blues and jazz.  He played guitar and in college had his own band which played back-up to such greats as B.B. King, Mac Davis, and Chubby Checker.  He also enjoyed reading, camping, traveling and gardening.  He loved playing practical jokes and found humor in life each day, sharing his dry wit with others.
He was a loving caregiver for his mother and mother-in-law in earlier years and, in retirement, continued his compassion for others by volunteering for Meals on Wheels, driving residents to doctors’ appointments and serving on the board of trustees for the Craftsbury Community Care Center.
Survivors include his wife, Malda, of Greensboro; five sons:  Richard Godwin of Burlington, Iowa, Ronald, Kenneth and Matthew  of Denver, Colorado, and Bradford and his wife, Carmen, of Atlanta; step-daughter Dianne Stoehr and her husband, Dan, of Tacoma, Washington; stepsons Douglas Perry and his wife, Tina, of Southlake, Texas, and David Perry and his wife, Zoie, of Longview, Texas; step-son-in-law Bryan Venable of Stafford, Virginia; a brother, William Horn and his wife, Anna, of Norcross, Georgia; birth father Lee Gillespie and his wife, Teeny, of Gainsville, Georgia; half-sister Gail Turner and her husband, Bill, of Gainsville; half-brother Richard Gillespie of Cumming, Georgia; brother-in-law John von Steinbergs of Minnetonka, Minnesota; and 18 grandchildren.
Mr. Horn was predeceased by his father, William A. Horn, and step-daughter Deborah Venable.  His mother, Ona Horn, died four days after his death.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church in East Craftsbury.
Arrangements by the Malcom R. Davis Funeral Home.

 

 

Richard “Duke” LaPointe

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Richard Tommy “Duke” LaPointe, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones at Fletcher Allen Hospital on Friday, April 16, 2010, following complications from longstanding health concerns.
In his 56 years, Mr. LaPointe never stopped loving life or his friends and family, leaving a full legacy of touched lives and extraordinary memories.
He was born on February 8, 1954, in Claremont, New Hampshire, to Theresa and Donald “Red” LaPointe.  He grew up with his five siblings:  Donna Tewksbury, Karen Pore, Pamela Fairbanks, Rhonda Sharkey and Colan Lacroix.
He had two children, Alan LaPointe and Kristin LaPointe.  Four granddaughters, Samantha LaPointe, Ashli LaPointe, Sadie Witham-LaPointe, and Sara Witham-LaPointe were a source of love and pride.  He adored all ten of his nieces and nephews and watching their lives develop as they began their own families.
He met and married his best friend, Tami Raymond, in 1994. Together they traveled the world.  Mr. LaPointe loved the freedom that came from scuba diving with sharks and watching his wife enjoy much needed relaxation from farm life.  They often traveled with their dear and devoted friends, Stephen and Trudy Hurd.
Mr. LaPointe graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, New Hampshire, in 1972.  From there, he joined the Navy.  He developed a love for agriculture early in life, which led him to pursue an education at the University of New Hampshire in animal science.  At the same time, he would realize his dream of owning and operating his own dairy farm when he rented and eventually bought Kristal Farms in Holland.
Even though health issues would eventually leave him unable to continue his passion for dairy farming, Mr. LaPointe was never one to let problems stop him from living his life to the fullest. He made use of his newly found freedom to see the world, spend time with his friends and family, and help his wife turn the farm into a family oriented, successful equine establishment.
He lived his life with dignity, compassion, and purpose and will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives he helped shape.  Both Mr. and Mrs. LaPointe touched countless lives of children as they shared their love of livestock.
In acknowledgement of the remarkable care that Mr. LaPointe received from North Country Hospital, the family asks that anyone wishing to give toward his memory make a donation to the Ron Holland Community Dialysis Center at North Country Hospital in Newport or to the Border Livestock Plus 4-H Club, care of Clara Nadeau, 3571 Gore Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.
A celebration of Mr. LaPointe’s life will start at noon on May 15 at Kristal Farms, 905 Goodall Road, in Holland.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

 

Jane Little

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Jane Little, 91, died at her residence in Greensboro on April 18, 2010, with her caregivers, Andrea and Sandra McLeod, by her side.
She was born April 22, 1918, the daughter of G. Austin and Agnes (Kipper) Little.
She was a 1935 graduate of Woodbury High School and attended Wilson College in Pennsylvania where she majored in languages and political science.  She then attended Interboro Institute in New York and Pierce School in Philadelphia for secretarial training.  After a stint at Vermont Junior College as an instructor of modern languages, she attended Middlebury College for a summer advanced study of Spanish composition and conversation.
With the start of World War II, she attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and was commissioned ensign in the first women’s company to graduate from a men’s military training school.  She became the only SPAR (Coast Guard Women’s Reservist) selected to instruct in a training course for male officers.  She served as a communications instructor in several positions.  She was the only SPAR to serve as personnel officer in the Coast Guard training center for men after her recall to the service in 1951 at the start of the Korean Conflict.
Ms. Little moved on in 1954 to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia as dean of women, assistant dean of the college, then dean of student affairs, and finally assistant professor of Spanish.  She then was the director of student services and resident advisor at the International House in New York City, and in 1960 became the associate dean of students at State University of New York in New Paltz.  Later she attended Princeton Theology Seminar and became a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Kingston, New York.
Ms. Little was a motivated person, interested in people throughout her career — teaching, counseling and working with them through her church and personal life.  She was concerned with the environment and was active with the Nature Conservancy and Habitat for Humanity.  Through her efforts, land on the back side of Long Pond in Greensboro, is protected.  She worked in her younger days as a camp counselor in the Lake Fairlee area and during her short time at Vermont Junior College in Montpelier organized and instructed a riding club.  She held a pilot’s license and achieved many goals, too many to mention.
She leaves three nieces and six nephews, the children of her brother Robert Little and sister Agnes Little Ruhl who predeceased her.  She was also predeceased by her parents.
Ms. Little’s remains will be intered in the family plot in the Wenonah Cemetery in Wenonah, New Jersey, where a family service will be held later this spring.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

William “Jim” J. Marsh

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William “Jim” J. Marsh, 82, of Orleans died peacefully on April 22, 2010, in Burlington.
He was born July 8, 1927, in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, a son of Robert and Mildred (Davis) Marsh.
On December 27, 1949, he married Norine Stone who predeceased him in 1994.
Mr. Marsh was a veteran of World War II and held membership with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans.
He worked as a whitewash man for various farms throughout northern Vermont for many years.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, and lawn work.
He is survived by his children:  Danny Marsh and his wife, Yvette, of North Troy, Randy Marsh and his wife, Virginia, of East Wallingford, and Carol Marsh of Oregon; a son-in-law Harry Shover of Brownington; and by the following grandchildren:  Amy (Lee) Barrup, Christopher Marsh, Ashley Marsh, Courtney Marsh, and Danielle Shover; and by three great-grandchildren; a brother Robert (Eddy) Marsh and his wife, Sandra, of Barre; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Cindy Shover; and by sisters and brothers Mary, Clara, Leora, Rilma, Irene, Wilfred, George, and Durwood.
Funeral services were held on April 26 at a Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Christine Findlay officiating.  Interment followed in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans with military honors.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home Web site at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

Gary Maynard Osborne
Gary Maynard Osborne, 62, of Island Pond, the beloved husband of Janet Osborne, died unexpectedly on April 22, 2010, in Ferdinand.
He was born June 20, 1947, in Island Pond, a beloved son of the late Maynard and Gwendolyn (Bailey) Osborne.
On June 7, 1969, he married Janet Marquis.
Mr. Osborne graduated in 1969 from the University of Vermont with a degree in forestry.  He was a 1st lieutenant in the U. S. Army and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer from 1972 until 2007 when he retired.
Upon retirement, Mr. Osborne fulfilled his lifelong dream of establishing a 4,000-tap maple sugaring operation.  He and his family poured their hearts and souls into this project.
He was an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed hunting, gardening, biking, working in the vegetable and flower gardens, and especially being in the woods.  He was also a gifted carpenter and wood crafter.
Mr. Osborne held memberships with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, the Vermont Maple Sugar Association, and was the town tree warden and justice of the peace.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Osborne; two sons:  Jon Gary Osborne and his wife, Kate, of Elmore and Troy David Osborne and Molly Burger of West Danville; two grandchildren:  Eben and Linden Osborne; two sisters:  Barbara Boylan and her husband, Patrick, of Bellows Falls and Cynthia Gervais and her husband, Richard, of Island Pond; aunts and uncles:  Lynwood and Helen Osborne of Alabama, Lorraine Caouette of Island Pond, Joan and Don Hill of Oregon, Ruth Perrier of Florida, and Phyllis Bailey of Barton; his sister-in-law Marcia Sullivan and her husband, James, of North Carolina; his brother-in-law Allan Marquis and his wife, Barbara, of North Carolina; his cousin and best friend Butch Osborne of Island Pond; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Funeral services were held on April 27 at Christ Episcopal Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Brendan Whittaker officiating.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Island Pond Health Center, P.O. Box 425, Island Pond, Vermont  05846. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.osbornemaple.com/Guestbook.php.

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Joseph Albert Ganiere

Committal services for Joseph Albert Gagniere will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 30, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line with military honors.  Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

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Robert Gosselin Sr.

There will be a funeral Mass for Robert Gosselin Sr. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport on May 6 at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
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April 21, 2010 Obituaries

Alfred N. Diette
The Eagle and Vail valleys in Colorado lost a lot of character on March 22 with the loss of a valley favorite, Fred “Bullit” Diette, due to a stroke.
He left this world surrounded by a room full of equally big characters telling old-day Vail Ski Patrol tales.  “Bullit”, so nicknamed because of his famous speed down the hill while being probably one of the smallest men in the patrol, was well remembered for various colorful events – things that could have only happened in a bygone time when rules of the mountain were few.
Fred was born May 4, 1934, in Lowell, grew up on a farm, learned to ski at Jay Peak, became an instructor, and after a successful skiing career heading the ski school at Okemo and patrolling at the Camel Back Ski Area in Pennsylvania, he ventured to Colorado to join the young skiing community of Vail.  While he deeply loved this valley, he remained a staunch and real Vermonter through every part of him.
A good friend to many in the area, his closest friends were his hunting friends, those he worked with in construction, and his ski patrol and ski school comrades.  His stories almost always included all of them, as well as his fierce pride in being raised on a Vermont farm, developing a great love for tractors and draft horses that began as a young boy handling a team in the fields.  He held a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying for many years.  His beloved pets of many years were Choco (a lab) and his horse, Jim Beam.
He was also a chef, an expert at the grill, and took pride in being part of the annual elk steak barbecue held at patrol headquarters atop Vail Mountain in honor of President Gerald Ford who used to winter in Vail.
And loyal to the end, Fred’s wishes were that his ashes be returned to the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, where many of his family rest.  It was his wish that his funeral service be held there.
Fred is survived by his sisters, Connie Daigle and her husband, Conrad, of Newport, Claudette Hall and her husband, Tom Gleason, of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Poughkeepsie, New York, and Paulette (Vincent) Vitale of Moore, Oklahoma; a brother, Maurice Diette, and his wife, Sandra, of Colchester; a daughter, Patricia Miles; and a granddaughter, Madyson Taylor, of Connecticut, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Because of his love of children, donations may be made in his name to the Masonic/Greater Eagle Fire Toy Drive at P.O. Box 783, Eagle, Colorado 81631.
A memorial service will be held May 29 at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.  Burial will follow.

 

 

Gary Frank Rowe

 

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Gary Frank Rowe, 57, of Newport died suddenly on April 15, 2010, at his home.
He was born September 4, 1952, in Newport, a son of Frank and Rachel (Brault) Rowe.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971 and entered the U.S. Air Force where he was with the military police stationed in England and Italy.
For 20 years he was employed by North Country Hospital in Newport.
Mr. Rowe was a volunteer for the Newport Rotary Basketball Tournament and he was president of the Orleans County Babe Ruth/Softball Cal Ripken League.  He was a member of the North Country Football Booster’s Club, and he also volunteered for many kids’ sporting events.
He is survived by his sisters and brother:  Gail Rowe of Newport, Susan Roberge and her husband, Jacques, of Newport, Joyce Hilson of Newport, and Ricky Rowe of Newport; also by several nieces and nephews:  Cliff Roberge, Megan Hilson, Shelby Hilson, Jeremy Rowe, and Jessica Rowe; and by great nephews Owen Roberge and Carver Maxwell.  He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Rachel Rowe; by a sister Carolyn Rowe in 1967 and by his brother-in-law Don Hilson.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in  Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport with military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Little League, in care of Jared Gonyaw, 179 Northern Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements by Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Theresa M. Snider
Theresa M. Snider, 85, formerly of Derby and Lowell, died peacefully on April 14, 2010, in St. Albans.
Mrs. Snider moved to St. Albans to be with her daughter Dianna.
She was born February 15, 1925, in Lowell, a daughter of Willie and Rose (Comtois) Beaulieu.
On June 7, 1945, she married Raoul Snider who predeceased her on March 19, 2000.
Mrs. Snider’s hobbies were bowling, sewing, flower gardening, dancing, playing bingo and cards.
She is survived by her children:  Carmie Snider and his wife, Christine, of Bradenton, Florida, Dianna Baraby and her husband, John, of St. Albans, and Shermie Snider of Wichita Falls, Texas; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two brothers:  Leo and Phillip; and two sisters:  Mary Jane Ferland and Gracia Choquette.
Funeral services were held April 17 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Vermont and New Hampshire, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont  05641-4124.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Lawrence C. Thompson

 

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Lawrence C. Thompson Sr., 84, of Newport died peacefully April 11, 2010, at his home.
He was born August 27, 1925, in Newport, a son of Raymond and Nell (Clark) Thompson.
Upon graduation from Derby Academy in 1942, he joined the U.S. Marines Corp and attended officers candidate school at Duke University, earning the rank of 1st lieutenant.  While serving in WWII and the Korean War he moved to the rank of captain before his honorable discharge in 1954.
Mr. Thompson went on to pursue a career with Ethan Allen, Inc., moving from Orleans to Danbury, Connecticut, and retiring as an executive officer.
He and his wife, Eleanor, enjoyed many winters in Florida and summers in Vermont while taking time to travel the country and abroad.  Mr. Thompson was an avid golfer and bridge player, and he enjoyed antiquing and collecting banks.
On October 2, 1947, he married Eleanor Dean Wolcott who survives him.  He is also survived by his son Lawrence “Butch” Thompson Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Derby; his daughter Cynthia Paula and her husband, Ron, of Derby; by four grandchildren:  John and James Scott, Raymond Thompson and Jeffery Thompson and his wife, Maya; a great-grandson Kai Thompson; and by nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Pansy Morgan.  Graveside services were held on April 16 at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse’s Association and Hospice, Inc., at 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

Elizabeth A. Valley
Elizabeth A. Valley, 87, of Barton died peacefully on April 14, 2010, in Newport.
She was born July 29, 1922, in Glover a daughter of Charles and Rogean (LeClair) Robinson.
On June 8, 1942, she married Paul A. Valley who predeceased her.
She and her late husband owned and operated their farm in Westmore for more than 40 years until retirement in the 1980s at which time their son Terrance bought the farm.
Mrs. Valley was active in running the farm as well as bringing up the family, and she still found time to work at the Franklin Store in Barton for 26 years.  She always enjoyed having the family over to visit and especially enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She also enjoyed playing bingo and dominos.
She is survived by her children:  Kenneth Valley and his wife, Susan, of Connecticut and Florida, Donna Poginy and her husband, Peter, of Barton, and Terrance Valley and his wife, Allison, of Westmore; grandchildren Jeffrey Poginy and his wife, Jessica, Angela Poginy, Erica Ingalls and her husband, James, Derrick Poginy and his wife, Emily, Erin Dawson and her husband, Paul, Pamela Major and her husband, Chris, Megan and her fiancee, Kevin Choquette, Tyler, Morgan, and Jeremy Valley; and by great-grandchildren Noah and Nicole Dawson, Michaela and Aiden Poginy, Ciara Major, Bailey Ingalls, Jacob Poginy, Ava Clarkson, and Benjamin Choquette.  She is also survived by two brothers, Wayne Robinson and his wife, Lynn, of Maine, and Graydon Robinson and his wife, Virginia, of Maine; and a sister-in-law, Effie Robinson of Idaho.
She was predeceased by an infant son, Richard Dean Valley, a sister, Charlotte Gravel, and by a brother, Llewellyn Robinson.
Funeral services were held April 19 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda celebrating a Mass.  Interment for Mrs. Valley and her husband, Paul, followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.  Arrangements by the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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April 14, 2010 Obituaries

William A. Burgess

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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Phyllis Smith


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

 

 

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

Marilyn J. Duckless


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

 

 

Jack Gabriel Hannan


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

 

 

Donald Lee Keeler

 

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

 

 

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



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

 

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

 

 

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

Roland E. Coderre Sr.

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

 

 

Sandra Corliss

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Eugene Simeon Voyer

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

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

 

 

Arnold C. George

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

 

 

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

 

 

Paul L. Hunt

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

 

Joshua Robert McGowan

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

 

 

Barbara J. Poquette

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

Virginia Mary Altenhoff

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

 

 

Robert J. Gordon

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

 

 

William Lee Hackett

 

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

 

 

Sylvia Cullum Hunt

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

 

 

 

 

Herbert J. Washer

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

Ava C. Lawson

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

 

Claire M. Riendeau

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

 

 

 

 

Carol Cameron Smith

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

 


Thomas S. Steele

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

 

 

Kenneth L. Toombs

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