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 Mosher with his wife, Arlene

 

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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November 4, 2009 Obituaries

Anita Mae Bergeron
Anita Mae Bergeron, 79, died gracefully on October 26, 2009, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover after living a life of devout faith and rising above the challenges of multiple sclerosis for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Bergeron was born September 15, 1930, in Brownington Center, a daughter of Albert and Mary (Niquette) St. Pierre.
She is survived by her sons Paul D. Bergeron and his wife, Victoria, of Concord and Wayne Bergeron of Newport; by five grandchildren; by nine great-grandchildren; by her sister Rena St. Pierre of Glover; by many nieces and nephews and their families; and by her extended family of caregivers at Union House.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her brother Delphis St. Pierre; by her sister Eva Young and her husband, Wilfred; and by infant brother George St. Pierre.
Honoring Mrs. Bergeron’s wishes, there will be no services.  Interment at St. Theresa’s Cemetery will be private.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Bergeron’s memory may be made to Union House Nursing Home, earmarked for the activities fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to 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 Homes.

 

 

 

Lillian L. (Wilde) Goodwin
Lillian L. (Wilde) Goodwin, 97, of Derby Line died November 2, 2009, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, where she had resided for the past year and a half.
Mrs. Goodwin was born July 11, 1912, in Avon, Connecticut, a daughter of Clair and Lena (Zaugg) Wilde.
On January 30, 1937, she married Ervin Reuben Goodwin, who predeceased her on March 30, 2008.  They made their home in Nepaug, Connecticut, until 1969, when they moved to Vermont to be closer to their children.
While living in Connecticut, she worked as a relief mailman and as a housekeeper to various families in the area.  She continued her housekeeping trade when she moved to Derby Line.
She was a seventh-degree member of the Grange and belonged to Eureka Grange 62 in New Hartford, Connecticut.
She spent summers at the camp on Holland Pond.  She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, watching the birds, and staging “mock” weddings and hat parties.  She was a past member of the Women’s Society of Stanstead South Church, the North Country Swingers, and the Holland Historical Society.
In later years she withdrew from outside activities so she could enjoy more family get-togethers and spend more time with her loved ones.
She is survived by two children, Brenda Goodwin Heath of Barton and Randolph Reuben Goodwin and his wife, Constance, on Antwerp, New York; by eight grandchildren:  Robert D. Heath and his wife, Rachel, of Chicester, New Hampshire, Robyn D.H. Churchill and her husband, George, of Barton, Randolph R. Goodwin Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, of Antwerp, Ervin E. Goodwin and his wife, Janellen, of Westfield, Deborah D. Goodwin of St. Johnsbury, Natalie N. Polizzo and her husband, Nicholas, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Lena L. Klock and her husband, Benjamin, of Statesville, North Carolina, and John J. Goodwin of Antwerp; by eight great-grandchildren:  Derrick A. Heath of Chichester, Kaitlyn Dutton of Antwerp, Noah Parker and Gretchen Goodwin of Westfield, Shawn and Lilly Polizzo of Clarksville, and Aliyah and Haley Klock of Statesville; by her grandpup Turtle; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and by her siblings Harold Wilde and Esther Brown.
Memorial donations may be made to the Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

 

 

William Manley Naramore Jr.

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William Manley Naramore Jr., 58, of Suffolk, Virginia, died Friday, October 30, 2009.
Mr. Naramore was born in Lowell on March 28, 1951, to Blanche Knowles and William Manley Naramore.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport in 1969 and studied architecture at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
He and his wife, Barbara, owned Naramore Construction Company, Incorporated, a custom design and remodeling firm, for more than 30 years in Fairfax County and Hampton Roads, Virginia, and in Chittenden County. He was a true craftsman who loved seeing clients’ dreams for their homes come to life through his work.
He loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  He loved spending time on the John Finnegan Farm in Lowell, where he and his friends recently constructed a bridge that crosses the Missisquoi River.
The essence of his life is captured through a near lifelong companionship with Barbara, his devotion to his son Justin, and an enduring love for his family, friends, and his work.
He shared his endearing and ever-present, dry sense of humor by delighting everyone with his eye-catching T-shirts, his Vermonter accent, and his insightful comebacks.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Barbara Finnegan; by his beloved son Justin; by sisters:  Mary Speroni of Williston, Nancy Naramore of Montpelier, and Sister M. Clare Naramore of Burlington; and by several brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and lifelong beloved friends.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by brothers Robert Naramore and Donald Naramore.
Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, in the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, followed by a reception at St. Ignatius Parish Hall in Lowell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Virginia Prostate Center, Department of Urology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, P.O. Box 1980, Norfolk, Virginia 23501-1980.

 

 

 

Cecile Lachance Prive
Cecile Lachance Prive, 92, of Newport died peacefully on October 28, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Prive was born July 4, 1917, in Berlin, New Hampshire, a daughter of Frank and Mary Ann (Roy) Lachance.
On September 12, 1955, she married Hector D. Prive, who predeceased her on January 4, 2002.
She was a graduate of Berlin High School.
She was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport and the Veterans Railroad Terminal Association.
She enjoyed birdwatching, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and being with her family and children.  She enjoyed talking with her friends and family on the telephone, and she loved her daughter Lisa’s cat Pretty Girl.
She is survived by children Lisa Ann Prive of Newport and Leonard Prive of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Bernard Prive Sr.; by four sisters:  Simone Kline, Colette Moore, Madeline Lurvey, and Gerry Titeus; and by three brothers:  Frank, Sylvio, and Eddy Lachance.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Prive’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.

 

 

 

Wayne William Richardson
Wayne William Richardson, 85, of Stannard died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 31, 2009, at home.
Mr. Richardson was born September 17, 1924, in Orange, a son of R. Henry and Katie M. (Richardson) Richardson.
He graduated from Bradford Academy in 1942 and continued his education at the Vermont State School of Agriculture in Randolph, graduating in 1943.
On June 15, 1948, he married Una Lou Hutchins at the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend.
In his earlier years, he was a herdsman for the Quinibeck Camp in Fairlee.  He was an artificial insemination technician and later a field man for the northern area of the New Hampshire-Vermont Breeding Association, which later became the Eastern Breeders’ Association.
In 1961 he and his wife purchased the family dairy farm in Stannard from her parents, Frank and Vera Hutchins.  In 1981 the livestock was sold, and Mr. Richardson drove a lumber truck until he retired in the mid-1990s.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend and the Touch of Grace Church in East Hardwick.  Other memberships include Orleans Lodge 55 of Free and Accepted Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star Orient Chapter 13, both of Barton, Riverside Grange of West Topsham, Crystal Lake Grange of Barton, and Caspian Lake Grange of Greensboro.
He was a longtime member of the Hazen Squares, which later became Buffalo Mountain Dancers, where he enjoyed square dancing and calling.  He was leader for the Greensboro Dairy 4-H Club for several years.  He enjoyed visiting with people, playing cards, and telling stories.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Una Lou; two daughters, Karen R. Miller and her husband, John, of Stannard and Diana Richardson of Plymouth, Massachusetts; three grandchildren:  Sarah Miller and her husband, Nathan Lamarre-Vincent, of Somerville, Massachusetts, Kristen Miller and her husband, Benjamin Carbonetti, of Vernon, Connecticut, and Matthew Miller of Athens, Georgia; one great-grandson, Cormac Lamarre-Vincent, of Somerville; and several cousins, including Kermit Richardson of Orange and Herma R. Clement of Barre.  He was predeceased by his parents.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend.  Burial will be in the family lot in the Stannard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Richardson’s memory may be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 813, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842; or to the Touch of Grace Assembly of God Church, 104 Vermont Route 16, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.

 

 

 

William A. Seymour

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William A. Seymour, 84, of Derby died peacefully on October 31, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Seymour was born April 30, 1925, in Groveton, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Florence (Willey) Seymour.
On May 30, 1953, he married Gisele Camille, who survives him.
He was employed by the H.P. Hood Company for 35 years and Union Butterfields for ten years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during the Korean War.
He enjoyed flying radio control airplanes, boating, archery, and black powder shooting.
He held memberships with American Legion Post 21 of Newport and Alfred Pepin Post 78.
He is survived by his wife, Gisele Seymour, of Derby; by three children:  Gary Seymour and his wife, Brenda, of Newport, Nancy Dowling and her husband, Joe, of Newport News, Virginia, and Lolita Seymour of Newport; by three grandchildren:  U.S. Army Warrant Officer Ryan Dowling of Newport News, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Alan Dowling of Hawaii, and Eric Dowling of Newport News; and by a great-grandchild.  He was predeceased by half-brother Albert Willey; and by sister Lila Snay.
Funeral services were held November 3 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment with full military honors followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Seymour’s memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or 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.

 

 

 

Doris C. Simpson
Doris C. Simpson, 82, of Northfield died October 30, 2009, in Northfield.
Miss Simpson was born March 13, 1927, in Evansville, a daughter of Orin and Flora (Cushman) Simpson.
She graduated from Lyndon Teachers College with a degree in elementary education in 1950.  She was employed by schools including the Worchester Elementary School.  She was a ward secretary at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
She enjoyed horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with animals.
She is survived by several cousins.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Miss Simpson’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 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.

 

 

 

Richard “Ricky” Edwood Westgate Jr.

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Richard “Ricky” Edwood Westgate Jr., 46, of Newport died peacefully on October 26, 2009, in Newport, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Westgate was born August 8, 1963, in Brockton, Massachusetts, a son of Arlene Tice and Richard Edwood Westgate Sr.
He was a carpenter and painter for Russwood Interior Design Company in Colchester.
He was a very sociable person, telling stories and jokes, being the life of the party, and making people laugh.  Most of all, he was proud of his family and friends and his Native American heritage.  He enjoyed watching the History Channel.
He is survived by his daughter Angela Westgate of Rockland, Massachusetts; by his granddaughter Mariah of Rockland; by his mother, Arlene Tice, of Newport; by his fiancée, Elaine Chagnon, of Newport; by brothers:  Michael Fillion and his wife, Connie-Jo, of Maine, Albert Bratti of Newport Center, and Henry Fillion and his wife, Kelly, of Rockland; by his sister Debbie Bratti and her husband, Ricky LaPage, of Newport; by many nieces and nephews; and by his many loving friends.  He was predeceased by his father, Richard Westgate Sr., in 2000; by his stepfather Herbert Tice in 2001; and by nieces Tina Bratti Chagnon in 2005 and Nicole Bratti on April 19.
Graveside services were held October 30 at the Derby Line Cemetery with Elder Robert Suprenault officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Westgate’s memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
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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October 28, 2009 Obituaries

Emerson Charles Lathe Sr.

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Emerson Charles Lathe Sr., 79, of Albany died October 21, 2009, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Lathe was born in Holland on November 17, 1929, a son of George and Florence (Edwards) Lathe.  He grew up on a farm in Holland and went to elementary school there.
He graduated third in the class of 1946 from Derby Academy; he also had the highest grade in 1946.
In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served until 1953 in Korea.  Upon his discharge he went to work at the Vermont State Hospital as an attendant.
In 1960 he moved to his father’s farm in Albany to help him with the farm work.  He and his brothers bought the farm, and he eventually purchased his brothers’ shares.
He worked from 1960 to 1989 at Ethan Allen in Orleans; sickness forced an early retirement.
On September 9, 1954, he married Nettie Irene Halsall, who predeceased him on March 24, 2002.
He is survived by his children:  Ronald George Lathe of Orleans, Emerson Lathe Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Newport, Linda Walther and her husband, Jay, of Utah, Lawrence Lathe of Morrisville, Lisa Hurd and her husband, Sheldon, of Orleans, Shirlene Lathe of St. Johnsbury, Donna Sherlaw of Eden, David Lathe and his companion, Dawn, of Eden, and Deborah-Jean Lathe of Newport; by 24 grandchildren; by ten great-grandchildren; by his sister Marion Inis Varney of Westfield; and by his brother Clifton George Lathe of Massachusetts.  He was predeceased by his daughter Florence Angelina Lathe in 1962; by two sisters, Beatrice Estella Hammond and Irene May Beaudry; and by his brother Carroll Lathe.
Funeral services were held October 24 with Brother Eric Worthington officiating.  Interment with full military honors followed in Albany Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lathe’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Project for Vehicle Programs, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, activities fund, 60 Maple Hill Road, 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.

 

 

 

Wayland Delbert Smith

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Wayland Delbert Smith, 91, of Bushnell, Florida, died October 16, 2009, at the Lane Purcell Hospice Center in Summerville, Florida, following a lingering illness.
Mr. Smith was born in Glover in 1918, a son of Mildred and Delbert Smith, who both predeceased him in 1985.  He graduated from Barton Academy in 1936, one of 32 in his class.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army from 1943 to 1945.  He was a medical clerk with the 127th Evacuation Hospital assigned to the 7th Army while stationed in Germany.  He was one of the first three medical soldiers to enter the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany following its liberation by the U.S. Army in 1945.  He processed concentration camp prisoners, assessing their health and helping to treat the thousands of emaciated prisoners before they were released for further medical attention outside the camp.  While touring the camp he found no English speaking prisoners of war.  All the prisoners were malnourished, but they were all happy to see their liberators.
“They smiled and waved at us,” Mr. Smith once relayed to family members, “and some prisoners asked for food and cigarettes.  But most of them were so weak they couldn’t say anything.  I had never experienced anything like that before.”
He lived and worked in Barton, where he raised his children with his first wife, Shirley Stiles Smith; they divorced in 1978, and she died in 1993.
He worked at the Barton Cleaners and Ethan Allen in Orleans until his retirement.
He was a member of the Barton United Church, where he sang in the choir, and he was a master Mason.  He enjoyed playing golf, raising a garden, and working on the family home in Barton.
He moved to Bushnell in 1980 with his wife, Monique, after their marriage in Barton.  While in Bushnell the couple became involved with the Moose Club where they both rose to the top of the club’s leadership ladder.  They enjoyed many trips together with members of the Moose, including Hawaii three times, Las Vegas, Nevada, Biloxi, Mississippi, Branson, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee, to name a few.  He worked part time for the Purcell Funeral Home in Bushnell for several years before retiring again.
He is survived by Monique Vanier Smith, his wife of 30 years; by his brother Arnold Smith and his wife, Marge, of Bushnell; by his three children:  Sharon Adams and her special friend, Ken Van Tassel, of New Port Richey, Florida, Dale Smith and his fiancée of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Carol Racine and her husband, Donald, of Derby Line; by three grandchildren:  Shelley Smith Tomaino of Milton, Sean Smith of Boston, Massachusetts, and Emily Racine Crawford and her husband, Merle Jr., of Barton; by great-grandson Joey Crawford of Barton; by his wife’s family:  Andrew Vanier and his wife, Sandi, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Dean Vanier and his wife, Shellie, of Canaan, New Hampshire, John Vanier of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Alan Vanier and his wife, Sue, of Newport Center.  He was predeceased by his older brother Raymond Smith of Orlando, Florida.
Graveside services were held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell October 23.  Military honors were rendered by the Spring Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Friends who wish may send memorials to Lane Purcell Hospice House, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Florida 32778.
Condolences may be left at www.purcellfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Arland Roy Stone Sr.

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Arland Roy Stone Sr., 75, of Glover, beloved husband of Shirley Stone, died October 22, 2009, at the Fanny Allen Medical Center in Colchester.
Mr. Stone was born November 3, 1933, in Glover, a son of Elwin and Alice (Drew) Stone.
On December 27, 1951, he married Shirley Neil, who survives him.
For most of his life he was a self-employed logger.  Logging was his life.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working with his farm animals and horses, working in the woods, and most especially, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Stone, of Glover; by his children:  Arland Stone Jr. of Glover, Brian Stone and his wife, Micheline, Bruce Stone, and Terry Stone and his wife, Rose, all of Barton, Gail Chase and her husband, Ron, of Colchester, Diane Landry and her husband, Clem, of Irasburg, and Candy Bacon and her husband, Doug, of Barton; by 16 grandchildren; by 17 great-grandchildren; by his siblings:  Dan Stone of Massachusetts, Owen Stone of Connecticut, Vanessa Shuffelt of Indiana, and Beckley Stone of Connecticut; by numerous nieces and nephews; by sisters-in-law Beverly Cleveland of Newport and Theresa Stone of Barton; and by brother-in-law Raymond Sweeney and his wife, Donna, of Glover.  He was predeceased by his parents; by brothers:  Hugh, Dean, Warner, Olen, and Gordon; and by his beloved dog Oddie.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, at the Church of the Nazarene in Newport with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.  Interment will follow at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover at 2:30 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Stone’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Death notice


Anita Mae Bergeron
Anita Mae Bergeron, 79, of Sutton died peacefully on October 26, 2009, at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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