January 27, 2010 Obituaries

Everett Bruce Bailey Sr.

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

 

 

George E. Bonneau

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

 

 

Marjorie A. Davis

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

 

 

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

 

 

Leonard Allen Lucas

 

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

 

 

Germaine (Champigny) Moeykens

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

 

 

Gertrude May Place

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

 

 

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

 

 

Robert P. Wells

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

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

 

 

Dale M. Harvey

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

 

 

 

Josephine M. LeMay

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

 

 

 

Leo Paul G. Sargent

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

 

 

 

Charlemagne “Charlie” J. Veilleux

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

 

 

 

Steven Edward Wagner

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

 

 

 

Stephen C. Willey

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

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

 

 

Lori Gale Beaudry Lawyer

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

 

 

 

Anna Conley Berwick

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

 

 

 

E. Frances Kelley Boisvert

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

 

 

 

 

Pearl Viola (Wheeler) Britch

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

 

 

 

 


Bruce “Macky” G. Rivers

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

Cyril Ora Day

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

 

 

 

 

Edward Eugene Rivers

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

 

 

 


Richard “Dick” “Riche” Evans

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

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Simone (Marc-Aurele) Gauvin

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

 

 

 

 

Cleo P. Mosher

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

 

 

 


Marion “Nana” Mildred Pratt

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

John Claude St. Onge

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

 

 

 

 

Ellsworth Frank Westney Jr.
Ellsworth Frank Westney Jr., 65, of Craftsbury died Wednesday, December 24, 2009, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
Mr. Westney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 13, 1944, a son of Ellsworth F. Westney Sr. and Mary Jane Westney Kinney.
He went on to the field of work at an early age.  He worked on dairy farms, at the paper mill in Putney, and at the Box Shop in Charlestown, New Hampshire.  He was brought up in Charlestown, and lived in the Brattleboro area, Townsend, Woodbury, Hardwick, and Greensboro Bend before making Craftsbury his home.
He was a 4-H leader for the units in Greensboro Bend and Hardwick and was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Barre.
He leaves five daughters:  Paula Beattie and her husband, Eric, of Morrisville, Susie Colbeth and her husband, Paul, of Greensboro Bend, Tasha Churchill and her husband, Joseph, of Cabot, Stephanie Westney and her fiancé, John Martin, of Greensboro Bend, and Melinda Westney and her boyfriend, Matt Lamarre, of St. Johnsbury; by ten grandchildren:  Caleb and Caisa Weglarz, Ellsworth Westney and his fiancée, Ashley Gale, Natasha, Cortney, Jessica and Jazzmen Colbeth, Evan Westney, Tyler Hopkins, and Jameson Lamarre; two brothers, Richard Westney and his wife, Susan, of Walpole, New Hampshire, and Kenneth Westney and his wife, Linda, of Charlestown; two sisters, Marlene DeCamp and Betty Jelly and her husband, Andy, all of Charlestown; his fiancée, Marlene Audet, of Morrisville; stepbrother Lawrence Kinney; stepsisters:  Dedra Dunham, Laura Lee Sage, and Violet Kinney; his dog Spike; and his former wife and mother of his children, Sharon Autry, and her husband, Harlen, of Greensboro Bend.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by his stepfather, Herman Kinney.
A memorial service was held at the Greensboro Bend United Methodist Church December 30.
Contributions in Mr. Westney’s memory may be made to the Craftsbury Fire Department, First Responder Squad, in care of Shawn Eklund, P.O. Box 79, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826 or to a local food pantry.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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December 22, 2009 Obituaries

Diane A. Buck
Diane A. Buck, 62, of Derby died peacefully December 18, 2009, at home.
Mrs. Buck was born July 15, 1947, in Ayers Cliff, Quebec, a daughter of Eugene and Gertrude (Drew) Bowen.
On December 13, 2003, she married Roger Buck, who survives her.
She was a seamstress at the Mine Safety Applicances helmet factory.
She enjoyed sewing, birdwatching, gardening, dancing, cooking for others, and attending cookouts.
She is survived by her husband, Roger Buck, of Derby; by two children, Tammy Page and her husband, Pierre Hebert, of Windsor, Quebec, and Timothy Page and his wife, Melanie, of Waterloo, Quebec; by two stepchildren, Carmen Doe and her husband, Earl, of East Montpelier and Robyn Buck of California; by five grandchildren:  Sabrina, Matthew, Alexander, Jeremy, and Madyson; by five stepgrandchildren:  Niki, Crystal, Josh, Tawni, and Ravyn; by her brother Ronald Bowen and his wife, Carol, of Ottawa; by two sisters, Maxine Adsit and her husband, Arthur, of Ontario and Judith Bowen of Ontario; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Buck’s memory may be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, office of development, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hamsphire 03756.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Lyman B. Flynn
Lyman B. Flynn, 79, of Morgan died suddenly December 17, 2009, at home.
Mr. Flynn was born June 24, 1930, in Holland, a son of Herbert and Sfa (Calkins) Flynn.
On June 26, 1954, he married Lucille Wheeler, who survives him.
He was an estimator for Pike Industries.  He was a member of the Morgan School Board for six years and was the town tree warden.
He enjoyed working in the woods, and loved following Boston Red Sox games on radio and television.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling and playing cards with friends and family.  In their younger years they loved to go dancing and enjoyed snowmobiling.  He loved his family and family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille, of Morgan; by three children:  Timothy Flynn and his wife, Debbie, of Morgan, Laura Gobeil and her husband, John, of Derby, and Cyndi Dane and her husband, Brian, of West Charleston; by his grandchildren:  Steven and Levi Flynn of Morgan, John and Rachel Adams, Bryant, Patrick and Erika Tuller of Morgan, Holly Gobeil of California, John Gobeil Jr. of Burlington, and Hope and Troy Dane of West Charleston; by his “special son” and his wife, Ric and Tammy Pare; by great-granddaughter Aliyah Flynn of Morgan; by several nieces and nephews; by sisters-in-law Ruby Flynn and Betty Flynn; and by brother-in-law Bob Wheeler and his wife, Theresa, of Florida.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 28, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until the service.  Spring interment will be in Clark Cemetery in Morgan.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Flynn’s memory may be made to Lucille Flynn, 481 Valley Road, Morgan, Vermont 05853; or to the Free Will Baptist Church, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Leopaul “Paul” C. Nadeau

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Leopaul “Paul” C. Nadeau, 72, of Essex died surrounded by his loving family and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 11, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Mr. Nadeau was born in Orleans on December 28, 1936, a son of Emmanuel and Celinde (Roberts) Nadeau.
On September 2, 1961, he married the love of his life, Beverly Niles, in Orleans.
He was a longtime member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Underhill Center and spent many hours volunteering his gift of craftsmanship.  He was a partner with his father and brothers in Nadeau Brothers Construction Company in Essex and the Nadeau Lumber Store in Jericho.  His most recent accomplishment was being general contractor for his daughter Lorrie and her husband, Phil, in the relocation and construction of Frontline Fire and Rescue of Essex Center.  He spent many hours there greeting and working with customers.
Anyone who ever met or knew him knows how much he loved life.  He always had a smile on his face and a deep compassion for people.  He was a great role model as a husband, father, and grandfather.
He would always say, “My family is my life, and they mean the world to me!”
His tremendous faith in God helped him endure the pain he suffered throughout his life.
In addition to his wife of more than 48 years, Beverly, he leaves behind his children:  Lorrie Noyes and her husband, Phil, of Essex Center, Debbie Bartlett and her husband, Shawn, of Underhill, Tracie Breton and her husband, Robert, of Underhill, and David Adams and his wife, Sherrie, of Underhill; his grandchildren:  Travis, Nicholas, and Hailee Bartlett, Cory and Jenna Noyes, Brianna Waters, Devin and Austin Breton, and Jessica, Kaitlyn and Meghan Adams; his siblings:  Armand Nadeau and his wife, Theresa, of Florida, Roger Nadeau and his wife, Diana, of Underhill, Cecile Auger of Essex, and Alice Locke of Irasburg; many nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Bill and Betty Darrah of Essex.  He was predeceased by his parents, Emmanuel and Celinde Nadeau; and by his brothers Maurice and Raymond Nadeau.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December 18 at St. Thomas Catholic Church.  Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.minorfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Mr. Nadeau’s memory to the American Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, D.C., 20077-7491; or to Feed the Children, P.O. Box 8, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-0008.

 

 

 

 

Catherine J. Shepard
Catherine J. Shepard, 46, of Holland died suddenly on December 13, 2009, at her home.
Mrs. Shepard was born August 29, 1963, in Newport, a daughter of David and Bonita (Cumby) Rice.
On December 29, 1995, she married Stuart Shepard, who survives her.
She loved to cook, crochet, and make arts and crafts, much to the delight of family and friends who received items as gifts.  She loved family get-togethers and her animals, especially her cats.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Stuart Shepard, of Holland; by her children Liza Delong of New York and Miranda Shepard of Holland; by her grandchildren:  Dawson, Laney, and Dillon Stebbens of Irasburg; and by her siblings:  David Rice Jr. and his friend, Jean Bombard, Donald Rice and his companion, Cathy Rever, of Derby, Christopher Rice and his partner, Travis Randall, of West Burke, Lori Puckett of South Carolina, and Debbie Crowe and her companion, Steven, of Barre; by special friends:  Randy, Lorraine, and Kyle Griffin, Yvon Quirion, and David Phaneuf; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Ryan Berry in 2003.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call from noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Glenys Lilian Tukis
Glenys Lilian Tukis, 65, of Newport Center died December 16, 2009, at her home.
Mrs. Tukis was born September 30, 1944, in Durham, England, a daughter of Charles and Sarah (Hogg) Scott.
On July 3, 1965, she married Wallace Tukis, who survives her.
She was a past member of the Royal Order of Moose.
She enjoyed doing puzzles and tending to her flower gardens.
She and her husband moved to Vermont in 1989 from Connecticut and to Newport Center in 1992.
In her younger years she liked to ride her horse, be with horses in general, and raise her dogs.
She is survived by her husband, Wallace Tukis, of Newport Center; by children Wallace Tukis Jr. and his wife, Kristy, of Oregon and Charles Tukis and his wife, Tabatha, of Newport Center; and by grandchildren:  Alex, Ethan, Isah, Roddi, Randy, and Andrea, all of Oregon, and Kristina Tukis of Newport Center.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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December 16, 2009 Obituaries

Earl Eugene Mosher

 

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Earl Eugene Mosher, 92, of Derby died December 9, 2009, and went to be with his Lord and Savior.
Mr. Mosher was born April 21, 1917.
He and his wife, Arlene, were longtime residents of Derby and members of the Church of the Nazarene in Newport since the late 1950s.  He and the first pastor, Cyril Palmer, built most of the initial church.
He worked on his father’s farms for many years in Derby and Holland.  In later years, he mastered the construction trades and worked as a home builder and finish carpenter for his own company and numerous companies throughout the Northeast Kingdom.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Arlene Margaret Mosher; by his father, Eugene W. Mosher; by his mother, Hattie B. Mosher; by sisters Audrey Dunn and Kathy Mosher; and by infant brother Reginald Mosher.
He is survived by his stepdaughter Rosalie Jane Brown and her husband, Donald, of Derby Line and their children Kathy and Douglas; by stepson D.R. Jacobs, his wife, Judy, and their daughter Margaret of Florida; by three sisters:  Helen Plante and her son Ronald of Derby, Regina Peterson and her son Robert of Derby, and Beulah Paddleford of West Charleston and her children:  Eugene, Gary, Milton, Karen, Timmy, and Billy of Derby; by nieces and nephews:  Mitchell, Gail, Wayland, Valerie, Cameron, Melody, Marland, Jimmy, and Tammy; and by his sister-in-law Pauline Roderer of Sun City, Florida, her children:  Brian, Mark, Gail, Karen, and Virginia Lawrence of Derby Line and her sons:  Patrick, Michael, and Andrew; by ten foster children:  Gary Bickford, Bruce Bradley, Allen Bradley, Paul Bradley, Bonnie Barrup, Susan Jacobs, Shirley Moulton, Shirley Osborne, Luna French, and Cyril Trombley; and by numerous foster grandchildren.
Funeral services were held December 15 at the Church of the Nazarene with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Spring interment will be announced at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 115 Elm Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
David Henry Ostrout Sr.
David Henry Ostrout Sr., 67, of Brownington died December 10, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Ostrout was born May 3, 1942, in Barton, a son of Frank and Katherine (Pope) Ostrout.
He is survived by his children:  David Ostrout Jr. of Morrisville, Richard Ostrout of Barre, Donna of Morrisville, Roland Ostrout of Morrisville, Gail of St. Johnsbury, and Joey of Morrisville; by 14 grandchildren; by his sister Dorothy Aiken of Newport; by three nephews:  Kenneth, Kermit, and Keith Aiken; and by his former wives Virginia Richardson of Morrisville and Mary Rushlow of Concord.  He was predeceased by his brother Kenneth Pope; and by his sister Shirley Ostrout.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.  Spring interment will be in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

 

Constance M. Parady
Constance M. Parady, 68, of Derby Line died peacefully on December 9, 2009, in Troy.
Mrs. Parady was born April 17, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Matthew and Eleanor (Tompkins) Carolan.
She married Larry K. Parady, who survives her.
She graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
She enjoyed collecting dolls and making dollhouses.  She also enjoyed the company of her dog and cats.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Parady, of Troy; by two sons, Matthew Lovell and his wife, Lale, of Longmont, Colorado, and Bernard Scott Lovell and his wife, Maureen, of Danielson, Connecticut; and by her brother Jack Carolan of Florida.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Howard W. “Junior” Payne Jr.

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Howard W. “Junior” Payne Jr., age three, died in a tragic car accident on December 1, 2009,
Junior was born January 30, 2006, the beloved son of Howard Payne Sr. of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Bonnie Page of Troy.
He loved to do all the things that three-year-old little boys love to do like playing in the park with his father, air hockey, and with trucks, running around, and playing with his little brother Charlie and baby sister Soule.
He was a pure joy to have around and could light up a room with his smile and big heart.  He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know and love him.
He is survived by his father, Howard W. Payne Sr.; by his mother, Bonnie Page; by little brother Charlie; by baby sister Soule; by paternal grandparents Thomas A. and Julia Payne of Manchester and Frances B. Abildnes of Swan Lake, New York; by maternal grandfather Robert Page of Troy; by paternal great-grandmother Irene Payne of Manchester; and by multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Sylvia Page.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.  A reception will be held at his aunt Barbara Payne’s home in Manchester on Sunday, December 20.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

Claude J. Roberge
Claude J. Roberge, 60, of St. Johnsbury died December 9, 2009, in St. Johnsbury, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Roberge was born June 19, 1949, in Bonsiecour, Quebec, a son of Raoul and Rejeanne (Gagnon) Roberge.
On February 3, 1968, he married Trudy Willis, who survives him.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 798 and American Legion Post 21 of Newport and was a second vice in the Legion.
He liked to hunt and ice fish and enjoyed watching his nephews play hockey.
He and his wife enjoyed traveling; they traveled to Florida several times.
He was a self-employed carpenter who built and worked on many projects in the area, until multiple sclerosis affected his ability to continue.
He will probably be remembered as the man people saw riding around Newport on his little red scooter with the flag on top.
He is survived by his wife, Trudy Roberge, of Derby Line; by siblings:  Bertrand Roberge and his wife, Gisele, of Stanstead, Jacques Roberge and his wife, Susan, of Newport, Omer Roberge and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Gaetan Roberge and his wife, Lori, of South Carolina, Guy Roberge and his wife, Faye, of Florida, Lise Hickey and her husband, James, of Florida, Claudette Starr and her husband, John, of North Troy, Pauline Routhier and her husband, Roger, of Newport, and Gaetane Patenaude and her husband, Marcel, of Holland; by his in-laws:  John Willis and his wife, Donna, of Florida, Duane Willis and his wife, Beverly, of Florida, Marlene Bullis and her husband, Joseph, of Derby, and Jody Cleveland and her husband, Mark, of Barton; by his mother-in-law, Thelma Willis, of Derby Line; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by his twin sister, Claudette, in 1949.
Funeral services were held December 14 at the Church of the Nazarene in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Spring interment will be in the Morgan Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Roberge’s memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Food Shelf, P.O. Box 346, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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December 9, 2009 Obituaries

Lois Mary Camley
Lois Mary Camley, 83, of Newport, formerly of East Hardwick, died  Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
Mrs. Camley was born April 6, 1926, in Calais, a daughter of Melburn and Cecilia (Shatney) Lowell.  She attended Wolcott public schools.
On June 24, 1957, she married Kenneth W. Camley in Craftsbury.
She stayed at home to care for her family.  She enjoyed taking long walks, visiting with family and friends, and playing cards.
Survivors include three sons:  Neil Lowell of Lyndonville, Kenneth Camley of East Hardwick, and Robert Camley of Newport; daughter Mary Camley of Eden; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Lowell of Danville and Philip Lowell of Lyndonville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her husband, Kenneth, on August 2, 1994; by her grandson David Camley; and by five siblings:  Edwin, Bernard, Franklin, and Neil Lowell and Cedilia Fairbanks.
A memorial service was held December 8 at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home.  Inurnment followed in the family lot in the Main Street Cemetery in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Camley’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G&H, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

 

 

Robert Edward Foss

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Robert Edward Foss, 80, of Tampa, Florida, died peacefully on November 24, 2009, in Tampa.
Mr. Foss was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on November 16, 1929, and raised in Island Pond.
He was valedictorian of the class of 1947 at Brighton High School and graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont.  He received his master’s degree in French from Middlebury College and furthered his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, for two years on a Fulbright Scholarship.  He later attended the Army Language School at the Presidio to learn Mandarin Chinese.
He served his country during the Korean War.  After his discharge, he taught in several U.S. schools, in Cambodia, and for more than 20 years in Beirut, Lebanon.
Since his retirement, he had lived in Tampa.  He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Island Pond Historical Society.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edmund and Marion Maroney Foss; and by his brother Raymond Foss.
He was of the Catholic faith, and religious services will be held at a later date.  Burial will take place in the family plot at Lakeside Cemetery is Island Pond.

 

 

Mavis E. Nunn
Mavis E. Nunn, 80, of Stannard died peacefully on Thursday, December 3, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Nunn was born July 11, 1929, in Stannard, a daughter of Clifford and Bernice (Day) Winchester.  She attended Stannard public schools and graduated from Greensboro High School in 1947.
In July 1967 she married Harold Byron Nunn at the church in Stannard.
In her earlier years she cared for young children in New York State.  She worked for the telephone company in Greensboro and was a cook at the Greensboro Nursing Home.  For 25 years she was a cook at Sterling College on Craftsbury Common.  She retired in the early 1990s.
She was a member of the Greensboro Bend United Methodist Church.  As a young woman she was a member of the Young Republican Club in St. Johnsbury.  She was one of several to earn a trip to Washington, D.C., which was a highlight in her younger years.
Survivors include her husband, Harold, of Stannard; stepbrother Stewart Daige of Eden; stepsister Sylvia Dopp of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents.
Funeral services were held December 6 at the Greensboro Bend United Methodist Church.  Burial was held in the family lot in the Stannard Cemetery on December 6.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Nunn’s memory may be made to the Greensboro Bend United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 813, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

 

 

Bernard R. Wilson

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Bernard R. Wilson, 82, of Island Pond died December 2, 2009, at his home in Island Pond.
Mr. Wilson was born July 30, 1927, in Island Pond, a son of Alvin and Elsie (Crowe) Wilson.
He married Sylvia (Woodard) Blake in 1954.  She predeceased him in 1986.
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps.
He worked on the railroad for 20 years, reopened the Clyde River Hotel, and ran it until he sold it in 2002.  He was cemetery sexton for 25 years.  He painted houses and bought and sold land.  He logged most of his life until two years ago.
He was very well known throughout the area and had many good friends.  He was always very friendly and was a generous man.  He always had to be busy doing something.  His greatest pleasures were his family and working in the woods.
He and his late wife always tended to their garden.
He was a life member of American Legion Post 80 of Island Pond.
He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his children and their spouses:  Jerry and Kathy Blake and Marcia and Walter Driscoll; by his grandchildren:  Lisa Trombly and her husband, Bruce, of Milton, Kelly Senesac and her husband, Dale, of Fairfax, Heidi Blake of Sarasota, Florida, Terry Blake and his companion, Emily Hilliker, of Island Pond, Heather Marcoux and her husband, Eric, of Island Pond, Ryan Driscoll and his companion, Jennifer Barnes, of Island Pond, and Erik Driscoll and his companion, Morgan Manzi, of Island Pond; by his stepgrandchildren Danielle and Derrick Dupuis; by his great-grandchildren:  Bradley and Danielle Trombly, Cameron, Corey, Faith, and Colby Marcoux, Grant and Gabe Blake, and Jaime, Dakotah and Owen Senesac; by his brothers Rodney Wilson of Bangor, Maine, and Lanny Wilson of Connecticut; by his sisters Gay Wilson Labell and Beverly Wilson, both of Connecticut; and by cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He was predeceased by his daughter Carol Blake in 1999; by three brothers:  Kenneth, John and Terry; by his sister Geraldine Wilson Keen; and by a special uncle, Irving Wilson.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Wilson’s memory may be made to any Island Pond church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Brian J. Woodard

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Brian J. Woodard, 18, of Troy died suddenly on December 1, 2009, in Troy.
Mr. Woodard was born January 15, 1991, in Hopewell, Virginia, son of Ernest Woodard and Renee Warner Woodard.
He liked to fish, work on cars, draw, and play with children.  He was looking forward to the skiing season and working at Jay Peak, where he had worked for a few previous seasons.  He always enjoyed his dog Duke.
He is survived by his mother, Renee Woodard, of Troy; by his stepfather, Kirk Wilcox, of Troy; by his father, Ernest Woodard, and his wife, Tina, of Mannheim, Germany; by his sister Cassandra Cota of Newport Center; by his fiancée, Bonnie Page, and her children Charles and Soule of Troy; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held December 8 with the Reverend David Lisner officiating at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Passumpsic Savings Bank, in care of the Brian Woodard Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855, for Bonnie Page and her children.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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December 2, 2009 Obituaries

Felicity Victoria Akin

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Felicity Victoria Akin, 65, of Rockport, Maine, died October 25, 2009, at Penobscot Bay Hospital in Rockport, following a determined 20-month battle against inflammatory breast cancer.
Mrs. Akin was born Felicity Ubbelohde on September 25, 1944, at home in Martin Coronado, La Plata, Argentina.  Her father was Belgian and German, and her mother is of English and Scottish descent.
In 1950 the family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, when Peron came into power.  Her father commuted to New York, where he continued to work in the family’s steel business.
She attended the New Canaan Country Day School, which was very accepting of foreign students and where she felt comfortable and enjoyed a positive atmosphere.  She followed her sisters to the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Noroton, Connecticut.
Before the start of her junior year, her parents returned to Argentina, and she attended school in Uruguay.
Following her senior year at the Convent of the Sacred Heart Noroton, she spent two years at the Duchesne Residence School in New York.
After her schooling, she moved to Paris to be with her family living there.  Returning to New York City in 1969, she worked in advertising at AC&R, a subsidiary of Ted Bates.
In 1971 she moved to Greensboro.  She worked as the assistant to the headmaster of a small private boys school before launching her career as a fiber artist.  She successfully operated the Wee Weavery for many years.  Knitting one-of-a-kind sweaters and vests with fine materials, she developed a small market for her unique designs.  Her work was carried by several boutiques, including ones in Chicago, Illinois, and Concord, Massachusetts, and the shops at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Top Notch in Stowe, and the Old Forge in East Craftsbury.
She first visited the coast of Maine and the Camden-Rockport-Blue Hill areas in 1979.  She was convinced then that Maine would be a good place to live.  She and her husband, John, acquired a second home in 2000 in Rockport.  The house required remodeling, a challenge she gladly faced.  She had many happy days in her little house with her husband and her West Highland white terriers.
When her disease had taken a firm hold, she was asked how she was feeling.  After a pause she said, “I really don’t know.  I have never died before.”
Fluent in three languages, she had a wide range of reading interests with a concentration on history and biographies.  One of her proudest moments was when she became a naturalized citizen of the United States.  She will be remembered for her strong belief in the foundations and ideals of her adopted country, her unshakable loyalty to her family and friends, her artistic talent, and the great affection she had for West Highland white terriers, of which she had five during a span of 37 years.
Besides her husband, John, to whom she would have been married 30 years in December, she is survived by her mother, Elster Cameron Patterson Ubbelohde, who is 100 years old and lives with her daughters in France.  Her father, Alberto Jules Ubbelohde, predeceased her in 1996 at age 90 in Courbevoie, France.
She is survived by her three sisters and their husbands of St. Pavace, Neuilly-sur-Seine,  Marcon, and Levallois, France; by her brother Father Jules Ubbelohde of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
A Mass conducted by her nephew Father Brice de Malherbe was held in Paris on November 28.  A celebration of her life will be held in Rockport during the summer.

 

 

 

Fay W. Butler


Fay W. Butler, 81, of Hardwick, Massachusetts, died peacefully on November 23, 2009, at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Butler was born in Irasburg, a son of Arthur and Glenna Butler.  He raised Angus beef and produced maple syrup for many years.
He opened a garage in 1956, and after building it by hand, opened his new location in 1959.  He had operated it for more than 50 years.
He enjoyed being an outstanding softball pitcher.  He served the town of Hardwick as fire chief, and he was a member of the Grange, a Boy Scout leader, and a Little League coach.
He leaves his daughter Margo Mallozzi and her husband, Nicholas Jr., of Barre; his sons:  Fay Butler and his wife, Phyllis, of Wheelwright, Arthur W. Butler II of Hardwick, and Arland Butler of Hardwick; his grandchildren:  Heidi Mallozzi, Henry Butler, and Steven Butler; his brother Francis and his wife, Phyllis, of Hardwick; many other brothers and sisters, north and south; and many nephews and nieces.
He will be missed by townspeople and by many folks from out of town.
His family will plan a memorial service to be held at a later date.
Charbonneau Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Myrtle Cameron
Myrtle Cameron, 94, died at the Manor Nursing Home in Morrisville on November 26, 2009.
Mrs. Cameron was born in Roxbury on November 27, 1915, to Henry W. and Dora M. (Howe) Webster.  The family moved to Northfield and later to Waitsfield, where she met her husband, Bert.
They married in 1939 and operated a small farm and sugaring operation on Turner Hill in Duxbury for about 30 years.  They sold the farm and moved to West Glover, where they lived until her husband’s death in 1981.
At that time she moved to Waterbury Center to live with her daughter and son-in-law and a year later to her own apartment in Waitsfield.
Because of failing health, in March 2002, she was admitted to the Manor, where she flourished until a merciful rapid decline.  Among her favorite activities there were bingo games, visits from baby goats that snuggled on her lap, and visits from her nephew’s dog Rusty.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Martha and Larry Ewell of South Duxbury; by sisters Pearl LaBarge of Farmington, New Mexico, and Marion Fisher of Spencer, Massachusetts; and by cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her loving stepmother Ida (Rich); by her husband, Bert; by sisters Evelyn Healy and Eva Graham; by her brother George Webster; and by brothers-in-law Kenneth Healy, Fred Graham, Joseph LaBarge Sr., and Woodrow Fisher.
At her request, there will be no funeral service or calling hours.  Burial will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in the spring.
Contributions in Mrs. Cameron’s memory may be made to the Manor, activities fund, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.
White-Fiess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Priscilla Joyce (Judd) Cheney

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Priscilla Joyce (Judd) Cheney, 75, of North Troy died and entered into the presence of the Lord and joined her husband and son on November 27, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Cheney was born February 24, 1934, in Hancock, a daughter of Frank and Mildred (Myott) Judd.
On April 19, 1952, she married Wayne Leslie Cheney, who predeceased her on March 23, 2006.
She was a helpmate to her husband with the daily operations of Wayne’s Fisherman Platter in Newport Center for many years.
While her husband was in the military, they traveled extensively throughout the world.
She enjoyed playing cards with the girls, and she loved baking and knitting for her family.  She was an avid reader.  She enjoyed spending time and going to luncheons with her family and friends.  She and her husband enjoyed dancing, especially the jitterbug and the twist.
She would take in friends of her children, and her home was their home away from home.
She will be fondly missed by her very dear friends:  Bev Glenn, Lorraine Bowen, and Pat Barber.
She is survived by her beloved children:  Candice LeBlanc and her husband, David, of North Troy, Sheryl Brown and her husband, Fred, Karen Marquis and her husband, Bruno, Michael Cheney and his wife, Laurie, Laurie Eastman and her husband, David, and Jodye Buck and her husband, Alan, all of Newport Center, and Lisa; by 13 grandchildren; by two stepgrandchildren; by 17 great-grandchildren; by two sisters, Shirley LaPlante of Newport and Theresa Smith of New Hampshire; by her brother Terrill Judd and his wife, Nanc, of Newport; by sister-in-law Joyce “Bunny” Judd of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne; by her son Brian; by her brother Leo Judd; and by her parents, Frank and Mildred Judd.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon officiating.  A dinner will be served immediately following the funeral at the funeral home.  Private interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Cheney’s memory may be made to the American Legion Post 21 Scholarship Fund, in care of Jerry Blais, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Joseph F. Michelin Jr.

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Joseph F. Michelin Jr., 69, of Barton died November 28, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Michelin was born January 1, 1940, in Amesbury, Massachusetts, a son of Joseph and Cecile (Lizotte) Michelin Sr.
He previously owned several auto sales and repair shops in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  He loved working on automobiles and ran the body shop in Haverhill, Massachusetts, for Regan Ford for many years.
He is survived by his children:  Joseph Michelin III of Manchester, New Hampshire, John Michelin of Salem, Massachusetts, James Michelin of Barton, Pattyann Kokaras of Seabrook, New Hampshire, and Diane Benson and her husband, Edward, of New Hampshire; by several grandchildren; by his mother, Cecile Michelin, of Merrimac, Massachusetts; by his sister Patricia Sanborn of Merrimac; and by his wife, Elizabeth Michelin, of Barton.
Funeral services were held December 1 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton with the Reverend Taurinus Muchunguzi officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Michelin’s memory may be sent to James Michelin, P.O. Box 118, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Carroll Earl Shatney
Carroll Earl Shatney, 98, died November 23, 2009, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Mr. Shatney was born March 3, 1911, in Greensboro Bend, a son of Arthur and Winona (Patch) Shatney.
In 1943 he married Anna Leona “Polly” Lamphere in Hardwick, and they were lovingly married for 65 years until she predeceased him in March 2008.
He was a gifted herdsman and raised champion cattle, first Ayrshire dairy cattle, and for the last 42 years Scotch Highland cattle, which he and his son Ray raised on their rocky, hillside farm on Route 16 in Greensboro Bend, now numbering nearly 90 head.
He procured his first Highland cow, Scottie, from South Dakota in 1967 and during the past four decades enjoyed watching his cattle on the farm, observing them through binoculars by the hour, particularly his prized bull, Lance of Gordon’s Fold.
He was a lifetime member of the American Highland Cattle Association, and in 2002 he and his wife, Polly, were inducted into the American Highland Cattle Association’s Hall of Fame, in recognition of the outstanding contributions they had made to the Highland breed, having sold their champion cattle all over the United States and in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
He was an avid trapper and fisherman and was well known and sought after for rounding up and catching farmers’ errant cattle, first on his own and then with the help of his loyal and well-trained pit bulls.  During his cattle catching days, spanning nearly 30 years from the 1940s through the 1960s, he caught 468 head of wild cattle in the state of Vermont, an accomplishment of which he was extremely proud.
He was an avid gardener and had fine blueberry bushes that yielded copious blueberries year after year.
He is survived by his sister Almy Perron of Glover; by his sons and daughters-in-law:  Earl and Wilma Shatney of East Hardwick, Leo Shatney of Greensboro Bend, Arthur and Laurie Shatney of Middlesex, Ray and and his partner, Janet Steward, of Greensboro Bend and Plainfield, and Steve and Christine Shatney of Greensboro Bend; by 12 grandchildren:  Kelly Foster and her husband, Matt, Stacey Stevenson and her husband, David, Sandy Thompson and her husband, Mike, Terrie Rich and her husband, Keven, Amber Davis and her husband, Scott, and Danny, Matt, Trevor, Mitch, Jeff, Heather, and Brent Shatney; and by 11 great-grandchildren:  Trey, Lillie, Nathan, Tyler, Riley, Ashley, Taylor, Philip, Hunter, Cole, and baby Scotty, just seven weeks old.  He was predeceased by his wife, Polly; by his sisters Ethel and Evelyn; and by his brothers Leslie and Elwin.
At Mr. Shatney’s request, there will be no services, and his ashes will be returned to his Route 16 farm, where they will be scattered among his beloved Highland cattle.
Contributions in Mr. Shatney’s memory may be made to the American Highland Cattle Foundation, 4701 Marion Street, Suite 200, Denver, Colorado 80216.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Neil Robert Stoddard

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Neil Robert Stoddard, 88, husband and husbandman, father and brother, logger and soldier, teacher and poet, died, laid down his tools, and went to his eternal rest on Saturday, November 27, 2009, in Morrisville.
Mr. Stoddard was born September 20, 1921, a son of the late Albin and Myrtle (Hall) Stoddard.
He received his grade school education in Craftsbury and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.  During the war he lost two of his brothers who were serving in the European Theater, Vernon and Clifton.
In 1942 he married Mavis Morey, in Temple, Texas, and they had been married 67 years.  Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to Craftsbury where he worked on the Morey farm for two years.  He purchased his own farm just down the hill, where he worked as a dairy farmer, maple syrup producer, and logger, and where he raised his family.
Mr. Stoddard, who enjoyed sports and reading, found his gift of poetry in his later years and was known as being very particular about his work.  Loving the woods, he often said he was “born with an axe in his hand.”
Besides his wife, Mavis, he leaves his son John and his wife, Jody, of Craftsbury; three daughters:  Jane of Craftsbury, Joyce Stenger and her husband, Bill, of Brunswick, Georgia, and Brenda Adams of Morrisville; by his brother Wayne Stoddard and his wife, Marjorie, of Craftsbury; by three granddaughters; by six grandsons; and by one great-granddaughter.  He was predeceased by his parents, Albin and Myrtle Stoddard; by three brothers:  Vernon, Clifton, and Kenneth Stoddard; and by his daughter Linda Usher.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 5, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.
Contributions in Mr. Stoddard’s memory may be made to the Manor Memorial Fund, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661, where funds will be used for the rehabilitation department per family wishes.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Ruby A. Stone

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Ruby A. Stone, 82, of Orleans died with her loving family surrounding her at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on Tuesday, November 24, 2009.
Ms. Stone was born in Granby, Connecticut, on April 17, 1927, to Clarence and Bernice (Gray) Sylvester of Sutton.
She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, doing puzzles, fishing, and partying.  She enjoyed flowers and birds and especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary 10038 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lyndonville and had worked at the Barton Cleaners for many years.
She is survived by Clifford “Jim” Pearo, her buddy and partner in crime; by her eight children:  David Patten and his wife, Lorraine, of Sutton, Joanne Root and her husband, Mike, of Brownington, Bruce Patten and his wife, Jackie, of North Carolina, Cindy Stone and Ron Boucher of Newport, Alice Couture and her husband, Peter, of Irasburg, Arty Stone and his fiancée, Nancy Gosselin, of Derby Line, Elwin Stone and his wife, Caroline, of North Troy, and Elaine McAdam and her husband, Kenny, of Brownington; by 17 grandchildren; by 23 great-grandchildren; and by sisters Opal Randall of Orleans and Fayelene Hall of Lyndonville.  She was predeceased by her parents; by sisters:  Lila, Eula, and Orene; and by brothers:  Reginald “Bill,” Roland, and Lloyd.
A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, December 4, at the Sutton Village Cemetery at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Don Vincent officiating.  A luncheon will follow at the Sutton Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, send contributions to the oncology department at North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Mckenzie Ann “Zee” Webster-Brown

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Mckenzie Ann “Zee” Webster-Brown, age six, of Colorado, daughter of Faith Webster and Jeremiah Brown, died and went flying to the brighter side on November 25, 2009.  She was much loved by so many.  For six years she rocked the world.
Mckenzie was born October 21, 2003.
She was predeceased by her Papa Tom Neuroth.  She is survived by her parents; by her sisters Shaelyn and Sadie; by stepdad, Cameron Cain; by Gramma Patti Neuroth and Meme Pamela Webster; by Grandpa Larry Brown; by Great-Grandpa Fred Webster and Grammy V of Coventry; by Grand Meme Dorothy Carabine; and by numerous aunts, uncle, cousins, and a multitude of friends who are close as family.
The account of her death is best told by her sister Shaelyn:
“Loss of Mckenzie Ann Webster-Brown!  This will be a sad story for all but also happy!  She died of an asthma attack last night.  We were at Aunt Eryn’s house at 7:15 at night.  With all the ways we were trying so hard to get her back alive.  We rushed her to the hospital, and mom was waiting for a long time when they walked in to see them rushing in trying to get her back to life.  They could not do much at all.  They rushed her to the children’s hospital in Denver.  By that time she was brain dead, and we had to let her go; we could not let her live like that.  She is obviously gone now, and we can get all the support.  We miss Mckenzie, and we will make her funeral happy and full of excitement.  It will be the best day of her memory!  We all had a great time with Zee.  We all miss you, and we will send whatever we can!  This event caused permanent brain damage.  She will never be here again, but we know she is in good hands!  The celebration is going to be sad then happy.  If you want to say something, then bring it to me or my mom!”
A celebration of her life was held November 29 at Kathryn Senor Elementary School in New Castle, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mckenzie Webster-Brown fund at any Alpine Bank branch.
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November 25, 2009 Obituaries

Lawrence A. Bullis
Lawrence A. Bullis, 74, of Williston died peacefully November 13, 2009, in Burlington.
Mr. Bullis was born September 27, 1935, in Newport, a son of Albert and Pauline Bullis.
He owned and operated Larry’s Vinyl Repair for 27 years.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Bullis Jr. and Randy Bullis and his wife, Cindy; by two stepsons, Roland Shattuck and Robert Shattuck; by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his mother, Pauline; by sisters Beverly Paquette and her husband, Claude, and Gloria Parker; by brothers Paul Bullis and Ronald Bullis and his wife, Mary; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his daughter Valerie; by his father, Albert; by his sister Arlene; by his brother Bruce; and by his stepfather, Joseph Sourdiff.
A memorial service was held November 19 at Eagle Crest in Williston.  Burial was held at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

 

 

 

Wanda Lou “Nana” Hastings

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Wanda Lou “Nana” Hastings, 49, of Barton died peacefully on November 18, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Hastings was born April 12, 1960, in Newport, a daughter of Leah Lorimer Kittredge and David Kittredge.
In 1996 she married Vernon Hastings, who survives her.
She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1978 and was a former Brownie and Cub Scout leader.
She enjoyed making ceramics, and she loved being with her grand babies.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon, of Newport; by her children:  August Button and her husband, Thomas, of Barton, David Rowell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Newport, New Hampshire, and stepson Jacob Williams of Barton; by four grandchildren:  Jonathan Nielsen, Chloe Nielsen, and Jesse Button, all of Barton, and Kentin Rowell of Newport, New Hampshire; by her mother, Leah Kittredge, of Beebe Plain; and by her sister Connie Butkovich of Beebe Plain.
A celebration of her life was held at the Derby United Church Fellowship Hall November 21 with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hastings’ memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Dorothy M. Hoadley

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Dorothy M. Hoadley, 77, of Orleans died November 18, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Hoadley was born May 8, 1932, in Burke, a daughter of John and Eunice (Labor) Stevens.
On September 22, 1952, she married Orison Hoadley Sr., who predeceased her.
She loved bingo, the Boston Red Sox, and NASCAR, with her favorite driver being Jeff Gordon.  She loved fishing, playing cards, going to Foxwoods Casino, and crocheting.
She is survived by her children:  Orison Hoadley Jr. and his wife, Judy, Ronald Hoadley and his wife, Theresa, Barb Warner and Cecil, Becky Danforth and Paul, and Stephen and Robie Hoadley; by grandchildren:  Lindsay, Brenda, Doug, Joe, Christina, David, Daniel, David, Ben, Ashley, Kelly, and Annie; by 15 great-grandchildren; by her brother Reginald “Joe” Stevens and his wife, Betty, of Kentucky; by special friend Irene; and by newfound friend Mary.  She was predeceased by an infant son, Casey; by grandson O.J.; and by her companion Gordon Sargent.
Funeral services were held November 22 with Pastor George Lawson officiating.  Interment will take place at a later date in Brownington Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hoadley’s memory may be made to the Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

E. Joan (Brown) Toll

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E. Joan (Brown) Toll, 71, of Derby, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died and peacefully left this world on November 18, 2009, with her husband and daughters by her side.
Mrs. Toll was born June 21, 1938, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, to Ernest and Elizabeth Brown, who predeceased her.
In 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Sidney Toll, and spent the next 53 years as his wife and companion.  They spent the early years of their marriage in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, moving to Vermont in 1972.  After her husband retired, they enjoyed spending the winter months in Fort Myers, Florida.
The most important thing in her life was her family, and she was devoted to them all, always offering her encouragement and support.
She had several secretarial jobs, but especially enjoyed the ten years she spent working as the office manager for Dr. William Peck.
She was a talented seamstress, and she created beautiful counted cross-stitch pieces and lovely quilts.  She discovered a hidden talent for painting during her last winter in Florida.
She loved animals, especially her dogs, and she had an expansive elephant collection.  She was an expert marksman on her high school rifle team, and she loved to fish and play cards.  One of the most exciting experiences of her life was when she met John Denver.
She was a member and past officer of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a member of the United Church of Newport, where she served as a mentor and played in the bell choir.  She had a deep faith in God that sustained her.
A 26-year breast cancer survivor, she was a strong and courageous woman.  She drew from her own struggles to support and guide others through their journeys with breast cancer.  She was recognized by the American Cancer Society in 2006 with the Terese Lasser Award in honor of her outstanding service.  In 2007 the society presented her with the Courage Award.
She is survived by her husband, Sid; by her daughters and their husbands:  Joy Toll-Chandler and Paul Chandler of Lake Placid, Florida, and Karen and John Boynton of Belfast, Maine; by her grandsons:  John Boynton IV, Adam Palmer, Brian Boynton, and Timothy Palmer; by her brothers-in-law and their wives:  Alvin and Gladys Toll and Phillip and Kathleen Toll; and by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her sister Ethel Reed; and by her grandson David Boynton.
A service celebrating her life was held November 22 at the United Church of Newport.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in her name be made to the Frontier Animal Society in Orleans, the United Church of Newport food shelf, or a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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November 18, 2009 Obituaries

Mary Jean Buck
Mary Jean Buck, 
87, died November 6, 2009, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mrs. Buck was born January 16, 1922, and was a resident of Derby Line from 1940 to 2008.
She is survived by her daughters Roxanna M. Casper of Williamston, North Carolina, and Joan Sylvia and her husband, Ron, of Cape Coral, Florida; by her sons:  Douglas Buck and his wife, Linda, of Omaha, Jack Buck and his wife, Angela, of San Antonio, Texas, and Daniel Buck and his wife, Sonja, of Omaha; by her sister Betty Graveline of Greenfield, Massachusetts; by nine grandsons; by five granddaughters; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Cordelia (Bovat) Raymond; by seven sisters; by four brothers; by her grandson Chuck Casper; and in 2000 by her husband, Daniel G. “Bing” Buck, after 60 years of marriage.
Her nieces and nephews and their families in the Derby Line area — Paula and Barry Thibodeau, Pam and Jim Bothwell, Todd and Julie Bedard — and several of her neighbors spent a great deal of time and effort enriching her life since her husband’s death.
A memorial service will be held at St. Edward’s Church on Saturday, November 21, at 11 a.m. followed by interment at St. Edward’s Cemetery and a luncheon at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

Beverly M. Cavanaugh
Beverly M. Cavanaugh of Williamstown, formerly of Newport, died in Berlin on November 13, 2009.
Ms. Cavanaugh was a daughter of Earl and Edna (Cheney) Liberty.  She attended Sacred Heart Schools and graduated from Champlain College with an associate’s degree.
She taught special education students at Lake Region Union High School and medical technology at Hartford Technical School.
She loved cats and dogs, and she and her companion, Jules Gokey, ran Mountain View Kennels for cats in Williamstown for several years.
She was a classic example of a workaholic, holding down several jobs at once, including selling real estate and working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, among other things.
She was always a happy person who made friends easily and enjoyed being around people.
She is survived by her companion, Jules; by her son Dennis Roberts and his wife, Bonnie, of Holland; by her daughter Mary Palmer and her husband, Paul, of New Hampshire; by her grandson Matt and his wife, Lacy, of Holland; by great-grandchildren Landon and Alexis; by her brothers Ken Liberty and his wife, Gail, of Florida and Charlie Liberty and his wife, Barb, of New Hampshire; by her sister Janice; and by several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Cavanaugh’s memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, Mekklesen Hill Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Clifford “Trim” Conklin

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Clifford “Trim” Conklin, 62, of Hyde Park died peacefully on November 7, 2009, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. Conklin was born March 4, 1947, to Dr. Clifford T. Conklin Jr. and Marjorie Ruth Brew Conklin of Thomaston, Connecticut.
He was the founder and president of Conklin Associates, a firm known for craftsmanship and construction of fine houses.  His core staff has been with the company for more than 20 years, most since its inception.
He was committed to service to his community and served terms as a member of Hyde Park’s elementary school board and planning commission and as a town lister.
Authentic and genuine, he touched all he met.  People left encounters with him feeling lucky to have just spent time in his company.
He was a passionate man — passionate about life, including the written word, music, film, art, food, and especially people.  In the words of his son Tai, “Everyone he met meant something to him.”
He touched all who knew him deeply and leaves his family and friends saddened but greatly appreciative of having him as part of their lives.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; by his son Tai Conklin and his wife, Ciree; by his daughter Chelsea Conklin; by three sisters:  Susan Cheffey and her husband, Dale, Christina Martin and her husband, Newell, and Sara Conklin; and by four very special grandchildren:  Eli, Roscoe, Jackson, and Georgia.  His parents predeceased him.
Calling hours will be held at the Webster Barn at 309 Webster Road in Hyde Park on 
Friday, November 20, from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m.  The family asks those who knew him to join them in a remembrance of his life at the Webster Barn on 
Saturday, November 21, at 3 p.m.  Dress warmly.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Lamoille Area Cancer  Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.
The White-Fiess Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

 

 

 

Dorothy J. Deuse
Dorothy J. Deuse, 87, of Derby died November 9, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Deuse was born January 25, 1922, in Middletown, Connecticut, a daughter of Howard and Lillian (Kurze) Brooks.
In 1943 she married Arvid Deuse, who survives her.
She enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking, and going to the beach.  She loved her dogs.  Her biggest joy in life was spending time with her children and great-grandchildren; she loved having them over for visits.
She is survived by her children:  Virginia Ziemba and her husband, Richard, of Tennessee, Thomas J. Deuse and his wife, Marcia, of Connecticut, and Sally Nedobity and her husband, Frank, of Derby; by her grandchildren:  Richard Mislick and his companion, Summer, of Derby, Shelly Sprurgeon and her husband, Carl, of Tennessee, Thomas A. Deuse of Rhode Island, Tamara Fahey and her husband, Brian, of Virginia, and Frank A. Nedobity and Paul S. Nedobity of Derby; by her great-grandchildren:  Richard Mislick and Susan, Cash and Lorelai Sprurgeon; and by niece Ellen M. Bush.  She was predeceased by her daughter Cynthia; by her granddaughter Susan Mislick; and by her sister Virginia Emily.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Deuse’s memory may be made to Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center, activities fund, Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Leon J. Letourneau

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Leon J. Letourneau, 77, of Irasburg died November 13, 2009, in Barton.
Mr. Letourneau was born February 20, 1932, in Newport, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.
On May 21, 1955, he married Solange Poulin, who predeceased him in 2005.
He helped organize area farmers to pick up their milk to go to Massachusetts for the best price at that time.
He loved his blueberry bushes and cultivated many plants over the years.  He enjoyed being with his family and attending family get-togethers.
He and Solange ran the farm together for many years, and it was always a showplace to look at when driving down Route 5.
He liked working in his shop and delighted in making sleds out of steel and wood that could be pulled behind four-wheelers, horses, and snow machinery.  He loved his dog Kazoo, his pet deer Bucky, and his ducks.
He is survived by his children and their partners:  Nelson and Judy Letourneau of Underhill, Gaetan and Cindy Letourneau of Irasburg, Nicole and Claude LaFleur of Orleans, France Letourneau and Peter Jarry of Orleans, Sylvie Perkins and Steve Nichols of Irasburg, and Carmen and Shawn Columbia of Coventry; by his grandchildren and their partners:  Pierre and Charlene Letourneau, Ronnie Letourneau, Becky, Travis, Sara, Trevor Letourneau, Austin Letourneau, Sean and Jocelyn LaFleur, Michael LaFleur and Ashley, Chantal Jarry and Will, Jonathan Jarry, Jesse Fournier and Agnes, Dana Fournier, Shawna Columbia, Sonya Perkins and Robbie, and Michelle Perkins and Jay; by his great-grandchildren:  P.J., Carly, and Brooklyn Letourneau, Kyle LaFleur, Alex Roussell, and one due in February; by his siblings:  Cecile Fortin, Reginald and Delores Letourneau, Joseph and Delia Letourneau, Laurent and Alicia Letourneau, Andre and Delores Letourneau, Phil and Barb Letourneau, and Paul Letourneau; by his sisters and brothers-in-law:  Sylva Piette, Charles and Sue Poulin, Allen and Gaetane Flanders, and Lucille Samson; and by his godchildren:  Louise Loubier, Jean Luc Flanders, Denise Poulin, and Sonya Perkins.
He was predeceased by his parents; by brothers Tony and Pierre; and by sisters Simone and Theresa.
Funeral services were held November 16 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Daniel Rupp celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Letourneau’s memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, 1161 Portland Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Edward Carroll Stevens

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Edward Carroll Stevens, 72, well-known local businessman, died November 14, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Stevens was born July 26, 1937, in Newport, a son of Frederick and Pearl (Stevens) Reynolds.
On January 16, 1961, he married Elizabeth Sessions, who predeceased him on March 11, 2008.
He graduated from Newport High School and Vaughn Barber College in Hartford, Connecticut.  He worked with his brother Morrillo at the City Barber Shop from 1962 until Morrillo’s death in 1990.  At that time he became sole proprietor.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He held memberships with American Legion Post 21 and Elks Club 2155, and he was a founding member of Herbert B. March Social Club.  He was president and “top banana” of the Vegetable Rights Association, through which he enjoyed spreading the “seeds of democracy” with political “pearody.”
He enjoyed watching Fox News.  He loved old cars and attending antique car shows.  He loved going to the ocean, and most of all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his children Rae-Kim Sheltra and her companion, Dennis Payette, of East Burke and Scott Stevens and his wife, Denise, of St. Johnsbury; by his daughter-in-law Maralena Stevens of Eden; by his grandchildren:  Aaron Pierce, Brandon Sheltra, and Zachary, Elizabeth, Caleb, Edward, and Jacob Stevens; by his brothers Carl Stevens of Hartford and Mac Stevens and his wife, Barb, of Deslandes, Florida; by sisters-in-law Gladys Stevens of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Madeline Stevens of Newport; by brother-in-law Dean Todd of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Eric Stevens; by his sister Evelyn Todd; and by brothers:  Ronald, Roland, Morrillo, Gordon, and Willard Stevens.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel on Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Daniels officiating.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday until the funeral.  Interment will follow in the Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.  A luncheon will follow the burial.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Stevens’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

John J. Sybes
John J. Sybes, 89, of Glover, beloved husband of Grace Keane Sybes, died November 7, 2009, in Glover.
Mr. Sybes was born in Rotterdam, Holland, on March 4, 1920, and came to the United States when he was 13 years old.  He grew up in New York.  He joined the Merchant Marines and spent many years on the oceans of the world before his retirement.
He was a jack-of-all trades who enjoyed going to yard sales and picking up and fixing various items.  He enjoyed life with his wife, Grace.  In his later years, he and Grace moved to Vermont to be close to their daughter.
He was a man who could strike up a conversation with anyone, no matter where he was, and he was always very friendly to everyone.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Grace, of Glover; by his daughter Gracie Caslani of Glover; by his son John Sybes and his wife, Karen, of New York; by his grandchildren:  Alan Ball and his companion, Jammie, of New York, Stacey Ball of Illinois, and Stephanie and Samantha Sybes; by great-granddaughter Kayli Ball of Illinois; and by his special friend Tonya, who is also a friend of his daughter’s.  He was predeceased by son-in-law Roger Caslani in 2008.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  His ashes will be scattered on the waters of his beloved oceans on which he spent so many years traveling.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

 

Kenneth G. “Ben” Webster
Kenneth G. “Ben” Webster, 88, died Friday, November 13, 2009, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
Mr. Webster was born August 21, 1921, in Melbourne, Quebec, a son of Ernest M. and Louise J. Samson Webster.  He graduated from Brighton High School in 1940.  He served three years in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.
On September 2, 1945, he married Maida B. Hinman in Newport.
He retired from the Canadian National Railway after 44 years of service, including his military time.
He was a past master of Island Pond Lodge 44 of Free and Accepted Masons, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maida; by his three sons and daughters-in-law:  Doug and Janet Webster of Morris, Connecticut, Bruce and Nancy Webster of Colchester, and Steve and Kathy Webster of New Gloucester, Maine; by six grandchildren; by ten great-grandchildren; and by brother and sister-in-law Richard and Charlotte Webster of Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Muriel Bly of Newport.
A memorial service in Mr. Webster’s honor will be held Saturday, November 21, at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.
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November 11, 2009 Obituaries

Doris M. Jordan
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Doris M. Jordan, 89, of Morgan died and went to be with the Lord in Heaven on November 7, 2009.
Mrs. Jordan was born December 30, 1919, in Watertown, New York, a daughter of Edwin M. and Esther Crosier Hughes.  She was raised in Utica, New York, and graduated from Utica Free Academy.  In 1983 she attended the New York State College of Home Economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
She was employed as a dietician at Utica Hospital until June 8, 1941, when she married Dr. Clarence A. Jordan.  They established a veterinary practice in Newport in August 1941.  She actively assisted him in his medical practice there for 21 years and for another 25 years after they moved to their farm in Morgan in 1962.
Her husband predeceased her on April 24, 1987.
She served as a 4-H leader of two Newport clubs for a number of years, teaching cooking, sewing, crafts, and leadership skills to many Newport area girls.
She was a member of the Morgan United Church and the Morgan Circle of Friends.
She especially enjoyed her family, her 11 grandchildren, and her 16 great-grandchildren.
An appreciation of music enhanced her life.  She occasionally served as organist at the Morgan United Church.  Some of her grandchildren have fond memories of her playing the piano and teaching them songs when they were children.
Her son James Jordan of Morgan and his wife, Sharlyn, survive her, and they operate the farm in Morgan.  She is survived by five daughters:  Carol Pare of Clearwater Beach, Florida, Janice Jordan Rosenberger of Newport, Kathleen Audet Provost and her husband, Donald, of Barre, Joan DuMoulin and her husband, Brian, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Jean Jordan of Morgan; and by her brother Orval Hughes of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at the Morgan United Church with the Reverend Mike Desena and the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Interment will take place in Blooming Grove Cemetery in North Greenbush, New York.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Jordan’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 565, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home web site at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Frederic “Fred ” Whitcher King

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Frederic “Fred ” Whitcher King, 87, died at his home in Lyme, New Hampshire, on Monday, November 2, 2009.
Mr. King was born in Barton on January 4, 1922, the eldest of six children of Walter and Doris (Whitcher) King.  He grew up in West Glover, where his elementary school years were completed at the Wright School.  After graduating from Barton Academy, he worked on the family farm.
He met his future wife, Catherine Doyle, when she started teaching at the Wright School.  They married July 6, 1943, in Albany.
He was employed by Clarence Young in West Glover and later by Hackett Farms in Derby Line.  While employed by Mr. Hackett, he had the opportunity to hone his carpentry skills and, after moving to West Burke, he started working for himself as a carpenter.  When work was hard to find in the Northeast Kingdom, the family moved to the Upper Valley where he found employment with Blair Construction and subsequently with Millard Uline.
In 1959, he started his own construction business and built numerous homes and barns in the area.  He was a selectman of Lyme from 1967 to 1973.
During his children’s growing years, he was a staunch supporter of their activities in music, sports, drama, and academics.  As his family expanded, he welcomed gathering the family for holiday celebrations and reunions.
He enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid snowmobiler for many years.  In 2002, the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association honored him with its Groomer of the Year Award in recognition of the hours he’d spent preparing trails for the enjoyment of other snowmobile enthusiasts.
He and his wife frequented many of the area’s town dances.  He enjoyed gardening, camping, exploring back roads, and playing card games with family and friends.  He appreciated being able to view deer, turkeys, and bear from the rural home where he resided for almost 60 years.
He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years in January; by his parents; and by his sisters:  Janice Butler, Barbara Perron Kinsley, Carolyn Perron, and Sherry Perron Muller.  He is survived by his children:  Nancy Fellows of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Martha Jones of Manassas Park, Virginia, Cynthia Baggett of Alexandria, Virginia, Sandra Simkulet of Andover, Kansas, Stephen King of Tolland, Connecticut, Colleen King of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Susan Unsworth of Sunapee, New Hampshire; by his 12 grandchildren; by eight great-grandchildren; by his brother and sister-in-law Donald and Harriet King of West Glover; and his brother-in-law Arland Butler of Irasburg.
In his memory, his family encourages sharing the enjoyment of a good story or the exploration of an unfamiliar roadway.
A funeral was held at the First Baptist Church of Lyme Center November 7 with burial to follow in the Highland Cemetery in Lyme.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, Vermont 05001-0976; or the West Glover Congregational Church, in care of Sarah Stevens, treasurer, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

 

 

 

Elizabeth “Betty” LaFountain
Elizabeth “Betty” LaFountain, 60, died peacefully at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on November 6, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. LaFountain was born at Cottage Hospital in Barton on September 17, 1949, a daughter of Winston and Ernestine (Wright) Dewing.
She is survived by her sisters:  Janice Conley and her husband, Bruce, of Glover, Mary Ann Landry and her husband, Ronald, of Orleans, Lorraine Reeves and her husband, Larry, of Canon City, Colorado, and Barbara Wing and her husband, Albert, of Madison, Florida; by her brothers Brian Dewing and his wife, Nancy, of Coventry and Stephen Dewing and his wife, Lori, of North Troy; by her stepfather, Jesse Conley Sr., of Orleans; by many nieces and nephews; and by her special friends Janet, Becky, Bev, and others.  She was predeceased by her parents.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

 

 

Donna J. Robishaw
Donna J. Robishaw, 58, of Derby died suddenly on Sunday, November 8, 2009, after a courageous fight against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema.
Mrs. Robishaw was born July 30, 1951, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a daughter of Louis E. Nadeau and Patricia Barber.
She graduated from Newport High School in 1969.  On July 7, 1977, she married Joseph L. Robishaw.
She worked for Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center for 12 years and then Northeast Kingdom Human Services, where she celebrated 20 years of service last year.  She was a dedicated person who loved what she did and excelled in her profession, which was more than just a career — it was her life’s mission.  Her fellow employees and the staff members she supervised respected and admired her.  More importantly, the individuals her program served loved her.
As a child she studied tap dance.  Her love for dance never ended, and she gained immense joy by watching her grandchildren, nieces, and friends at dance recitals.  For two years she took lessons at the North Country School of Dance and performed at its annual dance recital.
As a young woman she rode and showed horses in gymkhana competitions.  She was a very talented and successful horse rider.
As the children around her became interested in electronics, she purchased her own Nintendo 64, researched each game, and enjoyed being able to sit and really play with them.  She would spend hours with the kids, her husband, and best friend until she finally mastered each game.
She especially enjoyed gardening and had a special talent for making everything around her look beautiful.  Her flower gardens were the envy of all her neighbors.  She loved working outside in her gardens and sharing her perennials with friends and family.  She was an excellent cook and took great pride in knowing her grandchildren always looked forward to Grammy Donna’s kielbasa and banana bread at every family get-together.
Her true passion in life was spending time with her family.  She had hundreds of friends who were also considered family to her.  She was front and center at every hockey, soccer and basketball game, dance recital, school concert, and awards assembly.  She was their biggest fan and traveled miles and miles to watch every game.  She made it her life focus to ensure that everyone around her was happy and knew how important they were to her.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joseph; by their children:  Aimee Bonin of Derby, Joanna Robishaw of Derby, David Robishaw and his wife, Allison, of Newport, Pam Croft of Ohio, and Beth Corliss of Newport; by her grandchildren:  Jessica and Jennifer Robishaw, Ellis and Joseph Rushford, Michelle Provencher, Ashley Robishaw, Daniel Corliss, Rochelle, Nicole, Kayla, and Garrett Croft; by two great-grandchildren, Dezirae Brault and Braelynn Stevens; by her mother, Patricia Lezon, of Newport; by her stepmother, Marilyn Nadeau, of Coventry; by her stepgrandmother Alma Blay of Coventry; by her mother-in-law, Barbara Robishaw, of Derby; by her brother Richard Cook of Massachusetts; by her sisters:  Rachael Cook of Newport, Gina Kahlstrom and her husband, David, of Newport, Christina Montminy of Coventry, Ginny Gray and her companion, Nate Kelley, of Newport Center, and Tina Nadeau of Connecticut; by several special nieces, nephews, and great-nieces; and by special friends Deb Cogan, her husband, John, and their daughters Danielle and Gabrielle.
She was predeceased by her father, Louis Nadeau; by her brother Louis Nadeau II; by her grandson David “D.J.” Robishaw Jr.; and by her granddaughter Keisha Corliss.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, November 12.  Funeral services will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Friday at 10 a.m.  Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Global Campus Foundation, an organization with which she worked closely that benefits disabled individuals, in care of Deb Cogan, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, P.O. Box 724, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Lucy Annette Sample

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Lucy Annette Sample, 51, of Glover died peacefully on November 5, 2009, in Glover.
Mrs. Sample was born August 25, 1958, in St. Albans, the youngest daughter of Harlan and Gila (Fleury) Domina.
On June 23, 1979, she married Gary James Sample, who survives her.
She was a graduate of Enosburg High School.  She worked at Ethan Allen, where she met her husband.  She was a librarian at the Glover Public Library, and she enjoyed the After 5 Club and book discussion groups.
She enjoyed crocheting, going to the races with her husband, and spending time with her dog Daisy.
She is survived by her husband, Gary, of Glover; by her mother, Gila Domina, of Montgomery Center; by her brothers:  Michael Domina and his partner, Sal Vento, of Hull, Massachusetts, Kenneth Domina of Montgomery Center, and Dexter Domina and his partner, Charlene Fletcher, of St. Johnsbury; by her sister Ruth Smith of Barton; by her mother-in-law, Beverly (Kennison) Sample, of Concord, New Hampshire; by brothers-in-law Dennis Sample and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston and Brian Sample of Concord; by sister-in-law Susan Lee and her husband, Christopher, of Chichester, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her father, Harlan Domina.
Funeral services were held in Newport November 9 with the Reverend Janet Bishop officiating.  Interment followed in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Sample’s memory may be made to the Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
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