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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October 21, 2009 Obituaries

Therese M. Bisaillon
Therese M. Bisaillon, 89, of Barton died suddenly October 16, 2009, at her home.
Ms. Bisaillon was born August 22, 1920, in Coventry, a daughter of Lawrence and Alberta (Tatreault) Bergeron.
She traveled all over the world with her former husband.  She moved to California, then to Miami, and back to Vermont to be with her family.  She loved plants, birds, and art.
She is survived by her daughter Helen White and her husband, James, of Barton; by her granddaughter Victoria White of Barton; by her great-granddaughter Anna of Barton; by her brother Lawrence Bergeron and his wife, Adree, of Burlington; and by nieces and nephews:  Michael Bergeron of Colchester, Sharon of Burlington, Lawrence and Mark Schegel of Connecticut, and David Schegel of Tennessee.  She was predeceased by her son George Bisaillon; by her brother Henry Bergeron; and by two sisters, Rita Schegel and Claire Bergeron.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Bisaillon’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Robert M. Brewster Sr.
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Robert M. Brewster Sr., 70, of East Albany died at Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center in Newport on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, following a long illness.
Mr. Brewster was born in Barton on February 25, 1939, a son of Charles and Sylvia (Sheltra) Brewster.
He attended school in Craftsbury and served with the Seabees in the U.S. Navy.
He lived in Mesa, Arizona, for 30 years where he had been a herdsman and a truck driver.  He drove double tankers of cream to Los Angeles and then drove for Ambassador throughout the western states.
He moved back east to Connecticut in 1985 and met and married Lisa Viel.  They moved to Vermont in the early 1990s.
Besides his wife, Lisa, he leaves two sons, Robert Brewster Jr. and his wife, Jonnie, of Westfield and Rodney Brewster of Irasburg; two daughters, Ronda Brewster of Derby and Sylvia Brewster of East Albany, who is attending Bay Path College in Massachusetts; brother Ray Brewster and his wife, Margaret, of Interlaken, New York; sister Marion “Kay” Goodridge and her husband, Gilbert, of Craftsbury; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and extended family members.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother Charles Brewster Jr. of Arizona.
A graveside service was held at the Albany Village Cemetery October 17 with the Reverend Rona Kinsley officiating.
Contributions in Mr. Brewster’s memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center, for its animal fund, Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Gloria J. Broe
Gloria J. Broe, 66, of Albany died peacefully October 14, 2009, in Albany.
Ms. Broe was born March 5, 1943, in Richford, a daughter of Bert and Ruby (Hughes) Broe.
In her younger years, she enjoyed working on puzzles, doing embroidery, watching Christian shows on television, listening to music, and talking on the telephone with her family.  Most of all, she enjoyed family visits.
She is survived by three brothers:  Larry Broe of Coventry, Bruce Broe of Chicago, Illinois, and Myron Broe of St. Johnsbury; by her sister Diane Champagne of Cocoa, Florida; by special niece and caregiver Rosemary Goodridge and her husband, Kevin, of Albany; and by several other nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; by three brothers:  David Sr., Norman, and Wayne Broe; and by sisters:  Charlene Kuchinskas and Annette and Veronica Broe.
Funeral services were held October 20 at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment followed in the West Charleston Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ms. Broe’s memory may be made to Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association, 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.

 

 

 

Doris C. (Ouellette) Eno
Doris C. (Ouellette) Eno, 79, of Lowell, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in Billerica, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Eno was born in Dracut, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1930, a daughter of Leo J. and Anna M. (Perras) Ouellette, founders of the Leo J. Ouellette and Son Funeral Home.  She shared ownership of the funeral home with the her beloved husband, N. George Eno Jr., and her brother Maurice L. Ouellette.
She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Louis de France Church in Swansea, Massachusetts.  She was active in the parish as co-chairman of the carousel, the Christmas fair, and the St. Louis Guild.  She attended St. Louis Grammar School and St. Louis Academy in Lowell.
She was an avid volunteer and active member of many clubs, including Jeanne Mance and the D’Youville Manor Ladies Guild.  She enjoyed attending plays at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  She loved to bowl with her Tuesday night league for years.
She worked as a medical technologist at the health department and the former St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She was manager of Canal Apartments for several years.  She worked at Catholic Charities in the grandparent program.
Her greatest happiness in her life was her family.
She leaves her daughters Michelle Webster and her husband, Stephen, of Pellham, New Hampshire, and Celeste Nelson and her husband, Donald, of Irasburg; grandchildren:  Taylor, Kyle, Curtis, and Casey Webster of Pellham and Meghan, Nicole, and Douglas Nelson of Irasburg; two sisters, Pauline Woodward and her husband, Rodman, of Florida and Therese Swanson of Billerica; sister-in-law Shirley Dalphond and her husband, Albert, of Dracut; and beloved pets:  Max, Webby, and Blondie.
She was predeceased by her parents; by her husband; and by her brother Maurice.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated October 10 at St. Francis Church in Dracut.  Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Donations in Mrs. Eno’s memory may be made to Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley, A Wing, 80 Boston Road, Billerica, Massachusetts 01862.
The McKenna-Ouillette Funeral Home of Lowell is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Damian M. Toupin Sr.

 

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Damian M. Toupin Sr., 72, of Newport died peacefully on October 14, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Toupin was born January 3, 1937, in Bound Brook, New Jersey, a son of Mark and Mary (Orlando) Toupin.
On July 30, 1955, he married Edith Hoffman, who survives him.
He entered the United States Navy on August 31, 1954, and was honorably discharged on November 27, 1957.  He served his country during the Korean War.
He was an office supervisor for Mack, Inc., in New Jersey, and he worked in the office of the adult learning center in Newport.
He enjoyed fishing, using computers, and doing crossword puzzles in the newspaper.
He is survived by his wife, Edith A. Toupin, of Newport; by five children:  Damian Toupin Jr. and his wife, Ann, of Morrisville, North Carolina, Kimberly Royer and her husband, Rene, of Irasburg, Scott Toupin and his wife, Peggy, of Barton, Chris Toupin and his fiancée, Julie Letourneau, of Derby, and Cheryl Dopp and her husband, Corey, of Irasburg; by 11 grandchildren:  Danielle, Joseph, Heather, Rene James, Brandon, Tyler, Josh, Brianna, Cassie, C.J., and Arion; by four great-grandchildren:  Ashlynn, Talea, Avery, and Cayden; by his sister Nerissa Worthers of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; by special aunt and uncle Tony and Emma Hathaway of Pittstown, New Jersey; by very special nieces Virginia Eustis of North Plainville, New Jersey, and Joanne Morse and her husband, Harold, of Jay; by several other nieces and nephews; and by a special friend, Helena Hicks, of Newport.  He was predeceased by daughter Robin Marie Toupin.
Funeral services with full military honors were held October 20 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with Ray Decelles officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Toupin’s memory may be made to his wife, Edith A. Toupin, 245 West Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Graveside service


Barbara R. Perkins
A graveside service for Barbara R. Perkins will be held Saturday, October 24, at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

 

 

 

Memorial Service


Clayton Markwell
A memorial service for Clayton Markwell, who died July 9, 2009, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, at his home at 1548 Twinbridge Road in Holland.  For information call (802) 895-4676 or (802) 895-4638.
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October 14, 2009 Obituaries

Paul Emile Blair

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Paul Emile Blair, 86, of Williston died and came to the end of his earthly life on September 18, 2009, following an extended period of declining health.
Mr. Blair was born November 23, 1922, near May Pond in Barton, a son of Edmund and Aldea Blair of Quebec.
In 1945, he married Helena Anderson, and they became dairy farmers in West Glover, Panton, and Williston at Taft’s Corners.
In 1960 the family pulled together after a devastating barn fire, from which they saved most of their cows.  A neighbor farmer leased them a barn while a new one was being built.
They sold their cows in 1978 and subsequently developed Blair Park, the first major commercial development in Williston.  He was president of the local branch of the National Farmers Organization.
He was an avid ice and lake fisherman and enjoyed hunting and maple sugaring.  He was a parish member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski.
He was the quintessential farmer, skilled in fixing anything at any time under any conditions and often better than the original manufacturer.
He is survived by his wife, Helena, of 64 years; by his children:  Francis, Ronald and his wife, Janet, Carol, Rose and her husband, Dan, Mark, Lawrence, and Michael and his wife, Kathy; by seven grandchildren; by five great-grandchildren; by his sister Simone Parenteau of Meriden, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents; by his daughter Corena; and by brothers:  Leo, Adrien, and Noel.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 23 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  Interment followed in East End Cemetery in Williston.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Champlain Community Services, earmarked for developmental disabilities, 512 Troy Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446; to Essex Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 8442, Essex, Vermont 05451; or to a charity of one’s choice.

 

 

Roland W. “Curt” Curtis

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Roland W. “Curt” Curtis, 86, died and went peacefully to Heaven to be with Velma, his beloved wife, on October 3, 2009.
Mr. Curtis was in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  Before and after the war he worked at Union Butterfields for 44 years.
He was a member of the Elks Club and the Derby Line Fire Department for 25 years.
He loved to fish, hunt, play cards, and read anything he could get his hands on.
One of the things he loved most was being a brother in the Golden Rule Lodge 5 in Stanstead, Quebec, where he was a member for 49 years.
He climbed Owl’s Head for more than 30 consecutive years.
He and his wife spent 16 winters in Florida.
His two beloved children, Laurel Cadieux of Derby and Richard Curtis of Pittsford, survive him.  He is also survived by five grandchildren:  Shawn, Sara, Scott, Bethany, and Ryan; by great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Mariah, Cameron, Cassandra, Christopher, Julia, Anne, Brittany, Nikia, Michaela, Julia, Riley, and Dylan; by his brother Don and his wife, Ferol; by sisters-in-law:  Gerry Barber and her husband, Louis, Phyllis Derick, Gertrude Cross, and Ruby Davies; and by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Walter Curtis; by his brother Lawrence; and by twin sisters, Doris and Joyce.
Funeral services will be held at the Derby Line Village Hall on Saturday, October 17, at 2 p.m.  A celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis’ lives will follow the service.  Refreshments will be served; please bring cookies to share.  Committal services for both Mr. and Mrs. Curtis will be in the Derby Line Cemetery.  The family requests no flowers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Derby Academy Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.

 

 

Lucille O. Drown

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Lucille O. Drown, 84, of Barton died October 10, 2009, in Glover.
Mrs. Drown was born June 12, 1925, in Newport Center, a daughter of Elmo and Alice (Sherlaw) Crandall.
In 1947 she married Grosvenor “Bud” Drown, who predeceased her in 1964.
She cooked for the hot lunch program at Barton Academy for many years and for Bonnie at the mini-mart in Barton.  She was a clerk at Cook’s Market in Orleans.
She loved to cook, garden, and knit to the benefit of her family, neighbors, and friends.  She was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.  She loved her family and enjoyed their visits as well as going to their homes to visit.
She is survived by three children:  Brent Drown of Barton, Bonnie Bousquet and her husband, Lou, of Florida, and Brian Drown of Barton; by grandchildren:  Jason and his wife, Suzanne, of St. Johnsbury, Jodi Morley and her husband, John, of Orleans, Joshua and Alice Drown of Orleans, Erin and Lyle McGee of Enosburg, and Deveney and Mike Wolfe of Ohio; by great-grandchildren:  Taylor, Brooke, Isaiah, Zeke, Zoe, Benny, Avery, and Dalton; by sister Patricia Amato and her husband, Mike, of Tennessee; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister Katherine Cota.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Drown’s memory may be made 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 Homes.

 

 

Anita “Babe” Guillette
Anita “Babe” Guillette, 81, of Newport died October 6, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Guillette was born February 16, 1928, in Irasburg, a daughter of Hulderic and Dorilla (Hebert) Girouard.
On June 26, 1948, she married Henry Guillette, who predeceased her on January 20, 2004.
She loved to dance, go to the Elks Club with her husband, and play piano.  She enjoyed following her son’s band, The Silver Eagles.
She spent most of her life working around the farm and raising her family.  In later years she especially delighted in having members of the family come to visit and was very proud of the grandchildren and their accomplishments.
She is survived by her children Marcel Guillette and his wife, Francine, of Derby and Armand Guillette and his wife, Teresa, of Derby; by grandchildren:  Anita McGowan and her husband, Jeremy, of Ohio, Marcy Guillette of Derby, René Picard and her husband, Nathan, of Derby, Brandon Guillette of Derby, Tonya Brown and her husband, Arnie, of Glover, Amanda Pepin and her husband, Mike, of Troy, and Armand Guillette and his wife, Jennifer, of Derby; by 11 great-grandchildren; by sisters Rose Desmarais of Orleans and Oda Fortin of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by an infant son, George; by seven brothers:  Lorenzo, Roland, Moise, Marcel, Ahren, Phil, and Louie; and by two sisters, Lucille and Rita.
Funeral services were held October 10 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 


Rachel C. Miner

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Rachel C. Miner, 89, of Omaha, Nebraska, died September 27, 2009, in Omaha.
Mrs. Miner was born November 9, 1919, in Troy.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard H. Miner.  She is survived by daughters Mary Ellen Duffack and her husband, Jim, and Fran Henton and her husband, Bob; by sons Rick Miner and his wife, Kathleen, and Rodney Miner and his wife, Susan; by sister Patricia Fiske of Burlington; by seven grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held October 12 at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Miner’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 172 North Main Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4124.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Anthony “Tony” Joseph Weisman

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Anthony Joseph Weisman, called Tony by friends and family, 65, died suddenly near his home in Seguin, Texas, on September 29, 2009.
Mr. Weisman was born May 31, 1944, in Hidalgo County, near the Mexican border, where his grandparents had a dairy farm.  His father became a ranch manager for the Oblate Order, thus he moved when very young to the Texas hill country near New Braunfels, Texas.
He is mourned by his wife, Sylvia Ann Manning, who knew him since their high school years in New Braunfels; by daughter Leecia Manning; by granddaughter Stella Manning; and by countless friends, colleagues, and family members.
Tony and Sylvia recently acquired a house in Barton, which was to be their retirement home.  With her, he began to visit Vermont, and thus had friends in Glover and Barton who he held in high regard.  He also had new friends in Quebec City.
He worked as a construction manager.  In 2008 he was designated a Leed accredited professional by the Green Building Certification Institute.  His hope was that through better practices and methods people would save their natural home.

 

 

Judith Dawn (Lacoss) Wilcox

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Judith Dawn (Lacoss) Wilcox, 63, of Newport died suddenly October 10, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Wilcox was born March 17, 1946, in Orleans, a daughter of Archie and Katherine (Johnson) Lacoss.
She was a lifestyle editor for the Newport Daily Express for 14 years.  She worked at one time for the American Red Cross and was secretary for the local sheriff’s office.
She enjoyed watching cooking shows, soap operas, American Idol, and Dancing With The Stars; listening to Elvis Presley music; and dancing.
She is survived by her children Tammy Smith and her husband, Michael, of Newport and Scott Prue and his wife, Donna, of Sutton; by her longtime friend Frank Mills of Newport; by four grandchildren:  Travis Prue, Samantha Holden, and Christian and Jorden Prue; by two great-grandchildren, Dylan Markum and Paradis Prue; by siblings:  Mike Lacoss and his wife, Betty, of Westmore, Robin Lacoss and his wife, Clair, of Newport Center, Reginald Lacoss and his wife, Shirley, of Irasburg, and Bonnie Chartier and her husband, Joe, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Archie and Katherine Lacoss; by her brother Rodney “Donnie” Lacoss; and by two sisters, Betty Moquin and Phyllis Vallier.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Ann Squire officiating.  Interment will take place at a later date in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Wilcox’s memory may be made to the family, in care of Tammy Smith, 115 Second Street, #1, 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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October 7, 2009 Obituaries

Elmer “Zitch” Anderson

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Elmer “Zitch” Anderson, 85, of Morgan died peacefully October 4, 2009, in Lyndonville, comforted by the compassion of his family and many health-care providers.
Mr. Anderson was born August 5, 1924, in Palmer, Massachusetts, a son of Anton and Anna (Groop) Anderson.
On July 27, 1952, he married Fay Hislop, who survives him.
He was a metallurgist with the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company for 30 years.  He traveled around New England inspecting cables and ropes at many ski areas.
He moved to this area 18 years ago.  He enjoyed carpentry work and furniture building.  He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.  In his earlier years, he loved to sing.
He proudly served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.  He was a member of the Thomas Lodge of Masons in Palmer, Massachusetts.
He is survived by his wife, Fay Anderson, of Morgan; by three children:  Elaine Anderson of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Sylvia Fjeld of Stowe, and Karl Anderson of Bondsville, Massachusetts; by three grandchildren:  Courtney Anderson, Paige Anderson, and Anderson James.  He was predeceased by five brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the funeral.  Interment will take place at a later date in South Cemetery in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Anderson’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

Wade D. Baker

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Wade D. Baker, 67, died Saturday morning, October 3, 2009, at his home in Hardwick in the loving care of his longtime partner, Louise Gallant.
Mr. Baker was born in Craftsbury on June 24, 1942, a son of Paul and Hazel (Tallman) Baker.
He attended school in Craftsbury and went out into the world of work at an early age.  He became a very successful logger who was a friend to many and was well respected.
He enjoyed his family and friends, the work he did in the woods of rural Vermont, and his sponsorship of Thunder Road racer Paul Hodgdon, and later his son Joel Hodgdon.
After his illness kept him out of the woods, he enjoyed riding around to his favorite spots and visiting with friends on the way.
He leaves his special friend and caregiver, Louise Gallant, of Hardwick; her children, who he loved as his own, Michael Gallant of Hardwick and Susan Seay of Zionville, North Carolina; Christopher and Travis Gallant, who he loved as his grandchildren; his sister Marcelene “Midget” Brown of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews; extended family members; and many friends.  He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Hazel Baker; by two sisters, Marion Lowell and Nadene Maskell; and 6 brothers:  Alger, Paul “Buster,” twins Clyle and Clyde, Leo, and Dayton Baker.
A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Craftsbury on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Alan Parker officiating.  Interment will be in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.  Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Baker requested contributions be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; Hope Lodge, 211 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

George L. Buzzell

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George L. Buzzell, 69, of Derby died in his home on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
Mr. Buzzell was born in Randolph on May 1, 1940, the oldest of three sons born to Glen and Marion (Harris) Buzzell.
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, Dorie.  After graduation, they married and moved to Montana where he attended graduate school.
In 1964, he and his wife returned to New England where he accepted a position with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.  He was appointed as the Vermont state forester for Orleans County in 1965.  He served the residents of the Northeast Kingdom in that capacity for 44 years before retiring on February 28.  His love of nature and inquisitive mind enabled him to serve as a brilliant forester, while his sharp wit and ready smile endeared him to those around him.
He was an avid lover of nature, animals, music, and the arts.  He was an accomplished cook who loved watching others enjoy good food that he prepared or provided.
He worked to earn money for guitar lessons as a boy and began performing formally in area establishments while still in high school.  He continued playing and singing for both audiences and family for much of his life.
He was always generous and loved to make those around him laugh.
He is survived by many family members including his brother Max Buzzell of Massachusetts; his children:  Roy Buzzell of Middlebury, Patricia and Robert Wood of Newport, New Hampshire, Paul and Monica Buzzell of Huntington, and Rebecca Brown of Newport; his grandchildren:  Christopher and Katherine Wood, Felicia, Justin and Sarah Buzzell, Mitchell, Aaron, and Samantha Brown, and Thomas and Kimberly Buzzell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place October 3 with a graveside service immediately following at the Derby Pond Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Buzzell’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

 

 

Rodney B. “Zeke” Dewey

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Rodney B. “Zeke” Dewey, 58, of East Haven died suddenly September 28, 2009, in St. Johnsbury.
Mr. Dewey was born in Saranac Lake, New York, on October 21, 1950, to Dorothy (Bush) Dewey and Robert Dewey.
On December 16, 1995, he married Catherine Ann Guy, who survives him.
He graduated from Benn High School in Bennington and entered the United States Air Force, where he was a sergeant, paratrooper, and a member of the Combat Control Team during the Vietnam War.
He was a lumber inspector for Mountain City Lumber Company in Mountain City, Tennessee, and Cersiumo Lumber in Brattleboro.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and working in the woods.  He was an at-large member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Ann Guy, of East Haven; by his mother, Dorothy Dewey, of Bennington; by his children:  Robin Dewey of Las Vegas, Nevada, Bambi Baca of Las Vegas, and Nadezda Dewey of Chugiak, Alaska; by two grandchildren, Orion and Meia Baca of Las Vegas; by stepson Jason Guy of Nashville, Tennessee; by stepdaughter Debbie Phipps and her husband, Jimmy, of Trade, Tennessee; by many very special friends; by siblings:  Ned Dewey and his wife, Colleen, of Bennington, Bobby Dewey and his wife, Patty, of Bennington, Sandra Sullivan and her companion, Lee Zimmer, of Rensselaer, New York, Brad Dewey and his wife, Cathy, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Debbie Kiernan and her husband, Rick, of Slate Hill, New York, and Julia Kraus and her husband, Andrew, of Westfield, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Robert B. Dewey.
Military honors were observed at his home October 3, followed by a celebration of his life at the Deweys’ Camp in East Haven.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Dewey’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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September 30, 2009 Obituaries

John Edward Coates

 

obit_j_e_coatesJohn Edward Coates with his son Holden Diesi.


John Edward Coates, 27, of Newport died suddenly September 23, 2009, in Burlington.
Mr. Coates was born August 2, 1982, in Washington Township, New Jersey, a beloved son of Alice S. Nicholson and stepfather Anthony K. Session and James N. Coates.
He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 2000 and had just started school at Vermont Technical College’s Williston campus, where he was extremely happy.
For six years he was a corrections officer at the Northwestern State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.
He loved computers and all technology.  He was a Life Scout from Boy Scout Troop 862 of Barton.
He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, and most of all with his son Holden.
He is survived by his son Holden R. Diesi of Vergennes; by his mother, Alice Nicholson, of Newport; by his dad Anthony K. Session of Dillon, South Carolina; by his father, James N. Coates, of Hastings, Florida; by his maternal grandmother, Caroline Nicholson, of Newport; by two aunts, Sharon Palestino and Connie Pavlik of Florida; by his uncle Ralph Nicholson Jr. of Florida; and by his best friends:  Jeff Mayo of Maine, Kenny LaBounty of Essex, Cole Montague of Newport, and Matt Bent of Norwich.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Ralph Nicholson, in 2002.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 2, at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Coates’ memory may be made to Vermont Technical College, for the John Edward Coates Fund, in care of Gay Gaston, development office, P.O. Box 500, Randolph Center, Vermont 05061; or to the Holden R. Diesi Trust Fund, in care of Alice Nicholson, 21 Pine Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Velma G. Curtis

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Velma G. Curtis, 84, beloved wife of Roland “Curt” Curtis, died September 23, 2009, in Rutland.
Mrs. Curtis lived most of her life in Derby Line and Derby.
She enjoyed working at J.J. Newberry’s for a few years, but her favorite job was working at Brown’s Drug Store in Derby Line, working for Roland “Buzzy” Roy.
She and her husband spent 16 winters in Zephyrhills, Florida.
She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting, singing in the choir, and playing cards.  She was well known for her homemade doughnuts.  She was a member of the Canusa Club.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Curt; by her children Laurel Curtis Cadieux of Derby and Richard “Rick” Curtis of Pittsford; by grandchildren:  Shawn Flynn and his wife, Anne, Sara Holst and her husband, James, Scott Flynn and his wife, Heidi, Bethany Barton and her husband, Chris, and Ryan Curtis and his wife, Becky; by great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Mariah, Cameron, Cassandra, Christopher, Julia Anne, Brittany, Nikia, Michaela, Julia, Riley, and Dylan; by sisters:  Gerry Barber and her husband, Louis, Phyllis Derick, Gertrude Cross, and Ruby Davies; by brother-in-law Don Curtis and his wife, Ferol; and by nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Effie and Glen Gray; and by her sister Vera.
Due to Mr. Curtis’ ill health, funeral services for Mrs. Curtis will be held in Proctor at the Union Church on Thursday, October 1, at noon.  Burial will be in the Derby Line Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
The family requests no flowers.
Condolences may be sent to Richard Curtis, 700 Corn Hill Road, Pittsford, Vermont 05763; or to Laurel Cadieux, 224 Shattuck Hill Road, C-8, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

 

John Hart

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John Hart died on Sunday, September 20, 2009, at his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, after a long illness.  He was 91.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beryl (Braithwaite) Hart, and a daughter, Robyn Proiette.
He is also survived, and will be sorely missed, by Beryl’s four brothers and sisters (including Chris Braithwaite of West Glover) and their descendants.  When he married Beryl in 1957, John brought a touch of the California sun and the glamour of Hollywood into her Canadian clan.
John tried his hand at just about everything during his long life.  He once confided this motto to his much younger brother-in-law, Colin Braithwaite:  “Don’t die curious.”
One of his last, and most surprising, accomplishments was a cookbook, published in 2000.  We dug up the review we published at the time, and reprint it here as a memorial to its author.

 

Cowboys in the Kitchen, by John Hart.  80 pages.
Reviewed by Chris Braithwaite
At the outset, the reader deserves to be told why someone who doesn’t cook in northeastern Vermont would review a book about cowboy cuisine that has been self-published by a man who lives in southwestern California.
John Hart is my brother-in-law, married to my big sister, Beryl.
But that doesn’t really explain it.  I have had a deep affection for and fascination with John Hart ever since he joined the clan late in the 1950s.  He was starring as Hawkeye in the television series Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, an American show that was shot in and around Toronto, Canada.  Beryl, fresh back from England and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, had a bit part in an episode of the series.  They have been together ever since.
John was born and raised in southern California, and spent two high school summers herding cattle on ranches in that surprisingly rural state.  (It must have been particularly rural when John was at South Pasadena High School, sometime between 1931 and 1935.  He will be 83 in December.)
By 1937 John had gone to work in Hollywood, where they pay people to fall off horses.  One way and another, as stunt man, actor, post-production technician, sound man, director, producer, writer and I’ve forgotten what else, he earned his living in the television and motion picture industry for more than half a century.
He has his star on Hollywood Boulevard, and a fine collection of black and white studio stills of himself as the Lone Ranger (he filled in for 52 television episodes), Hawkeye, the Phantom, and Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy.
And now John has a cookbook.
I must quickly confess that I have tried none of his recipes, since I don’t cook.
But I recognize some of them, and know them to be very tasty, indeed.  Among them are one of Beryl’s best dishes, imperial chicken, and a couple from the Braithwaite family archives:  Scott Young’s spaghetti sauce and grandpa’s mustard.
Of the latter, he complains mildly, “This recipe has been passed down through several generations of my wife’s family and I can’t get anyone to give me exact proportions.”  I’ve had the same problem.
Although it includes recipes for cowboy coffee, beef jerky and son-of-a-bitch stew, John’s choices cover a great deal of other territory.
Noting that the earliest cowboys spoke Spanish, he opens with a fascinating discussion of Mexican cooking, and offers recipes for making tortillas from scratch, chili rellenos and menudo (hominy soup).
Nor are the recipes strictly of the he-man variety.  John has a good deal to say about the virtues of alfalfa sprouts, French onion soup, and his lifelong affection for artichokes.
But the real flavor of this book lies less in the recipes than the yarns the author uses to string them together.
His recipe for a rib dish called miner’s bones is preceded by a very funny story about a starving prospector who eats his dog.  It concludes:
“A little later as Pete finished gnawing the last succulent bite and dropped the bone on the pile at his feet, he paused a moment.  The food had restored him; he looked down at the pile of bones and said loudly: ‘Dadgumit, Rover would a loved them bones.’”
That might serve as fair warning that anyone who dips into this book is in for the occasional surprise.
John begins with a careful disclaimer:  “I certainly don’t claim to be a gourmet cook, and regard myself as an over-enthusiastic amateur.  I started fooling around in the kitchen and driving my wife nuts rather late in life.  I’ve had so much fun doing it and so much fun talking about it with others who enjoy cooking that I’ve been encouraged to share my pleasure and enthusiasm.”
Pleasure and enthusiasm are two things John Hart shares very well, and with great generosity.
He is the quintessential California guy and his book carries the flavor, not only of a great many dishes that look tasty, easy and fun to try, but also of that distant sun-drenched state and the people who love it enough to live there.

 

 

 

Barbara E. Headrick
Barbara E. Headrick, 57, of Albany died suddenly on Friday, September 25, 2009, at her home.
Ms. Headrick was born January 28, 1952, in Manchester, Connecticut, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Saksa) Kusmik.
She came to Vermont in 2000 to enjoy this lovely state and all it has to offer.  She was an outdoors person who enjoyed going for walks with her dog and snowshoeing.  She delighted in seeing moose and bear in the Albany area.  She liked to bake and enjoyed making all kinds of jams, which were shared with her friends.
She loved her job at Craftsbury Community Care Center as a licensed nurse’s assistant, working with the residents and staff.  A few months ago she fulfilled her dream of taking a trip to Alaska.
She is survived by her sons Douglas Headrick and his girlfriend, Ingrid Mahler, and Jeff Headrick of Florida; by her daughter Laurie Headrick of Connecticut; by grandchildren:  Christopher and Justin Gillespie of Connecticut and Zane Headrick of Florida; by her brothers William Kusmik and his wife, Elaine, of Maryland and Joe Kusmik and his wife, Gloria, of Georgia; by her sister Kathy McCole and her husband, Mike, of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Bob.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Headrick’s memory may be made to Craftsbury Community Care Center, activities fund, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.
Online condolences way be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Anna V. (Labor) Johnson

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Anna V. (Labor) Johnson, 89, of Westmore and Oxford, Massachusetts, died peacefully in Westmore on September 25, 2009, with her family at her side.
Mrs. Johnson was born August 11, 1920, in Evansville, a daughter of William and Mary Adelaide (Bowden) Labor.
On March 3, 1948, she married Wilfred “Bill” Johnson, who predeceased her in December 1994.  They were married 45 years.
She and her husband built the Blue Anchor Cabins and Restaurant in Westmore in 1948.  The cabin business is still in operation after 61 years.  After closing the restaurant, they moved to Oxford, where they lived for more than 30 years; she and the boys spent summers in Westmore running the cabin business.  During the winters, she worked as a waitress in many excellent restaurants in the central Massachusetts area.
She moved back to Vermont in 1996 to be near her children.  She was a loving wife, mother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was a member of the Westmore Ladies Aid, the Order of the Eastern Star of central Massachusetts, Oxford Methodist Church, Orleans Country Club’s Ladies Twilight League, and numerous bowling teams over the years.
She is survived by two sons, Christopher Johnson and his wife, Loretta, of Swanton and Kimball Johnson and his wife, Penny, of Westmore; by grandchildren:  Erik, Tyler, and Chelsea Johnson; by two sisters, Gladys Shover of Barton and Bev Royer of Calais, Maine; and by her brother Maurice Labor of Morgan.  She was predeceased by her son David; by her parents; and by siblings:  Alice Vinton, Bessie Lundeen, Marge Lafoe, Harry Labor, Harold Labor, and Fred Labor.
Funeral services were held September 29 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Westmore.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Johnson’s memory may be made to the Westmore Ladies Aid Scholarship Fund, in care of Mildred Davis, Willoughby Lake 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.

 

 

 

James “Buddy” Loux

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James “Buddy” Loux, 63, of Jay died peacefully September 23, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Loux was born October 25, 1945, in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of James and Helene Loux.
On May 9, 1987, he married the love of his life, Carol Loux.  They began a lifelong journey of love and togetherness.  Their relationship embodied the idea of two becoming one.
He moved to Jay in 1969, at which time he owned and operated the Schneehutte Dorm and then the Inglenook Lodge.  During the off season he owned and operated his own foundation business and built ski lifts in New Hampshire and Vermont.  He went on to become lift maintenance supervisor at Jay Peak Resort.
He retired from Jay Peak Resort in November 2007 after 20 years.  Upon his retirement he was presented the Career Achievement Award from the Vermont Ski Areas Association.
Following his retirement, he and his wife started their next adventure with a scuba diving business on St. Maarten.  He received his dive master certification in June 2008.
Besides his love of diving, he enjoyed his time skiing at Jay Peak.  His favorite thought was “ski hard and dive deep.”  He enjoyed many years of traveling through the United States; he traveled in all 50 states.  He loved the time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.
He said that the luckiest parts of his life were the people he knew and that they allowed him to be part of their lives.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; by their children:  Cynthia Willis and her husband, Donald, John Corsano, and Joel Corsano and his wife, Brenda; by their grandchildren:  Garrett and Bria Willis, John and Anthony Corsano, Denver Corsano, Joel Corsano Jr., and Christopher Peters; by his brother Christopher Loux; by his niece Gabrielle; by nephews:  Jason, Jeff, Chris, and Ryan; and by many special friends.  He was predeceased by his parents, James and Helene Loux.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, October 3, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with Father Henry Mlinganisa officiating.
In lieu of flowers, he asked that people take an extra moment to hug the special people in their lives and make each moment together count.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Loux’s memory may be made to the Jay-Westfield Ski Foundation Program, Jay-Westfield Elementary School, 257 Revoir Flats, Jay, Vermont 05859; or to the emergency fund of the Cancer Support Program, Box 64700, Burlington, Vermont 05406.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Charles W. Wallace
Charles W. Wallace, 78, of Wolcott died Thursday, September 24, 2009, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
Mr. Wallace was born in Newark on April 15, 1931, a son of True Wallace and Gladys (Baker) Wallace Whitcomb.
He attended grade school in Craftsbury while working on the dairy farm of Joseph Houston.  After leaving the farm, he worked in sawmills in Wolcott, Hyde Park, and Johnson.
He enjoyed tinkering on cars and racing cars at the old track in Morrisville as well as old cars in general.  He was an ardent New York Yankees fan.
In his later years he spent 20 years in Charleston, Rhode Island, with his companion, Anona Burrell, and worked as a custodian at a nursing home.  He returned to Vermont after Anona’s death in 2004, and had made his home with his daughter Debra in Wolcott.
He recently resided at Clark’s Residential Home in Hyde Park until his death.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Wallace and his companion, Judy Latuch, of Hyde Park, and Richard Wallace of Johnson; five daughters:  Sue Grimes of Craftsbury, Carol Kellogg and her husband, Brian, of Morrisville, Laura Hoadley and her husband, John, of Hyde Park, Pamela Belknap and her husband, James Jr., of Hardwick, and Debra Davis and her husband, Frank, of Wolcott; two brothers, Everett Wallace of Hyde Park and Stanley Wallace of Johnson; half-sister Lena Baker of Montpelier; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother; by two sisters; and by his companion of 20 years, Anona Burrell.
A graveside service was held September 29 at the Hooper Cemetery in Hyde Park with the Reverend Alden Launer officiating.
The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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September 23, 2009 Obituaries

Aline DeLaBruere
Aline DeLaBruere, 73, of Stanstead, Quebec, died peacefully on September 20, 2009, at home.
Mrs. DeLaBruere was born November 2, 1935, in Newport, a daughter of Arcade and Alexandrine (Jacques) Fournier.
On November 24, 1956, she married Rene DeLaBruere, who predeceased her on April 1, 1999.
She and her husband owned and operated the Border Lake Campground in Stanstead; they retired in 1999.
She enjoyed reading, playing bingo and card games, doing puzzles, and spending winters in Florida.
She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Simmons and her husband, Mitch, of Crystal River, Florida, Ron DeLaBruere and his wife, Diane, of West Sand Lake, New York, Lise Vance and her husband, Reg, of Colchester, Marcel DeLaBruere of Derby, Monique Gathers and her husband, Max, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Denise Gaither and her husband, Tom, of Woodlawn, Illinois, and Lynn Aucoin and her husband, Jim, of Denham Springs, Louisianna; by her 17 grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; by her brothers:  Robert and his wife, Pauline, of North Troy, Leonard and his wife, Irene, of New York, Roger and his wife, Jeannette, of New York, Paul and his wife, Martha, of Irasburg, Gerard and his wife, Yvonne, of New Hampshire, and Dennis of Westfield; by her sisters Rita Deslandes of Troy and Evelyn Meunier of New York; by sister-in-law Margurite Fournier of West Palm Beach, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother Richard Fournier.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, at the Church of God in Derby with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment will follow at the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. DeLaBruere’s memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, 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.

 

 

 

Dolor O. Fontaine

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Dolor O. Fontaine, 85, of Newport died September 18, 2009, at his home with his family at his side.
Mr. Fontaine was born June 2, 1924, in Derby, a son of Bartholemi and Alice (Gaboriault) Fontaine.
On June 11, 1951, he married Florence Gaboriault, who survives him.
He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater where he was stationed in the Philippines and as part of occupation forces in Japan, where he served with the 25th Infantry Division.
He was a car man on the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 30 years, retiring in 1984.  He worked at the former M.H. Carter Store.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Fontaine, of Newport; by three children:  Richard Fontaine and his wife, Ann Palozzi, of Scarborough, Maine, Lisa Fontaine of Yarmouth, Maine, and Janet Fontaine of Newport; and by grandson Carlos Fontaine of New York City.  He was predeceased by six sisters:  Sister Edna Fontaine, Ann Barnard, Mariette Regets, and Fabiola, Yvette, and Theresa Fontaine; and by his brother Gerard Fontaine.
Funeral services were held September 22 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport with full military honors.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Fontaine’s memory may be made to St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 181 Claremont Terrace, 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.

 

 

 

Ronald A. Gardner

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Ronald A. Gardner, 77, of Whitefield, New Hampshire, beloved husband of D. Jeannine (Emerson) Gardner, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, following a long illness.
Mr. Gardner was born May 16, 1932, in Morgan, a son of Roy E. and Audrey H. (Powell) Gardner.  He was educated in Newport public schools until his senior year.  He graduated from Owego Free Academy in Owego, New York.
On April 8, 1951, he married Jeannine Emerson, who survives him.  Four children were born to them, three of whom survive:  Dana R. Gardner and his wife, Karen, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Laurel Gardner of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and Glenn R. Gardner and his wife, Lori Jo, of Littleton, New Hampshire.  His daughter Ronni Jean Fedele predeceased him in 2002.  He is survived by eight grandchildren:  Heather, Andrea, Allison, Jacklyn, Aaron, Isaac, Cassady, and Reannan; by four great-grandchildren:  Mia, Ronni Brynn, Brien, and Aaden; by his sister Juanita Fugere of Newport; and by many nieces and nephews.  Four brothers and a sister predeceased him:  Lyndon, Malcolm, Russell, Dorian (Huck), and Gwendolyn Mesler.
He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard from 1950 to 1952.  In 1956 he joined the U.S. Border Patrol, training at the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso, Texas.  Upon graduation, he was stationed at Laredo, Texas, for three years.  In 1959 he was transferred to Buffalo, New York, where he served as station senior for eight years.  In 1967 he transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and was stationed in Derby Line.  He also served at the Beebe Plain border station where he was well known and regarded, especially by the young people of the area who looked up to him and appreciated his interest in them as he counseled them to achieve their very best in life.
In 1986 he was selected to be area port director of immigration at stations on Interstate 91, Route 5 in Derby Line, Beebe Plain, Norton, and North Troy with his office at the Interstate 91 Derby Line port of entry.
He served with distinction, receiving awards for outstanding service until his retirement in 1994.  In 1992, he received the Commissioners Equal Employment Opportunity Award for encouraging and assisting employees to develop to their full potential as evidenced by successfully integrating women and people with disabilities into the unit.  He received this award at the commissioner’s annual awards ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona.
He always did his best and encouraged others to achieve excellence in all their endeavors.  His favorite admonition to others was to “Think, think, think — before you act.”
He was a master carpenter, having learned the trade as a teenager and young man helping his father build houses and barns in the Newport-Derby area.  He built his own home and barn on the Beebe Road (now Darling Hill Road) in 1968.
The family raised Angus beef cattle and boarded horses for several years. An accomplished horseman, he raised and trained his own registered palomino and enjoyed hours riding him.  He was an avid gardener, always having an enviable vegetable garden.  His first gardening love, however, was his prize rose bushes, 20 to 30 of them at any given time.  These and his vegetables he shared with many.
A memorial service will be held at the Community Baptist Church in Whitefield on Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m.  The Reverend Clifford Vendt, pastor, will officiate.  Interment will follow at a later date in the Gardner family plot in the Derby Center Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Mr. Gardner’s memory to the Community Baptist Church building fund, Box 27, Whitefield, New Hampshire 03598.
Arrangements are by the Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster, New Hampshire.
Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.

 

 

Pearl Madeline Gooley

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Pearl Madeline Gooley, 92, of Newport Center died September 12, 2009 at home.
Mrs. Gooley was born June 30, 1917, in Colebrook, New Hampshire, a daughter of Leroy and Mariette (Hodge) Henson.
On September 11, 1948, she married Russell Gooley, who predeceased her on July 25, 1991.
She was a florist and owner of the former Maple Valley Flower Shop, and she owned the former Horseshoe Restaurant in Newport Center.  She was a cook at one time at the Jay Village Inn.
Her interests were braiding and hooking rugs and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
She was a member of the Modern 49ers and 50-year member of the Women’s Christian Society of the United Methodist Church in Newport Center.  She also taught 4-H at her home.
She is survived by two children, Wayne Gooley and his wife, Becky, of Troy and Mary Lynne Hunter and her husband, Henry III, of Eddington, Maine; by three grandchildren:  Bobby Jo Rivard and her husband, Todd, of Newport, Tracy Gooley of Newport Center, and Henry J. Hunter IV of Eddington; by two great-grandchildren, Brandon Wells and Morgan Rivard; by one brother and one sister, Everett Henson and his wife, Lois, of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, and Nell Henson of Colebrook, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by siblings:  Willard Henson, Evelyn Lewis, Millie Stewart, Richard Henson, Howard Henson, Edith Henson, and Rena Henson.
A memorial service was held September 21 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Richard O’Hara officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Gooley’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane 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.

 

 

Sara A. Larabee
Sara A. Larabee, 96, of Barton died September 19, 2009, in Lyndonville.
Mrs. Larabee was born March 21, 1913, in Albany, a daughter of Harry and Winefred (Hyde) Duckless.
On September 27, 1932, she married Alvin Larabee, who predeceased her in 1966.
She was a former 25-year member of Maple Valley Grange in Albany.
She enjoyed farming and gardening, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children:  Vernon Larabee and his wife, Lauri, of Lyndon, Vernal Larabee and his wife, Luciene, of Albany, and Sally Bedard and her husband, John, of Albany; by her son-in-law Neil Goodwin of St. Johnsbury Center; by 12 grandchildren; by 27 great-grandchildren; and by numerous great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her daughter Vernice; by one brother; and by six sisters.
Graveside services were held September 22 at the Albany Village Cemetery with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Larabee’s memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood 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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Emma A. Morin
Emma A. Morin, 78, died August 23, 2009, in Edgewater, Florida.  A Mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Edward’s Parish in Derby Line at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, followed by her burial at the Derby Line Cemetery.
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September 16, 2009 Obituaries

Donna L. Grenier
Donna L. Grenier, 50, of Derby died suddenly on September 13, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Grenier was born March 25, 1959, in Newport, a daughter of Roy and Audrey (Crowe) Sanborn.
She was a seamstress for Slalom Ski Wear for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, doing crafts, camping, and tending to her plants.  She enjoyed being a homemaker for the last few years.
She is survived by her daughter Jennifer; by her brother Jeff Sanborn of Derby; and by her life partner, Michael Vigeant, of Derby.
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.
Bernard F. Grondin
Bernard F. Grondin, 89, of Barton died peacefully on September 4, 2009, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.
Mr. Grondin was born March 18, 1920, in Barton, a son of Fred and Clara (LaClair) Grondin.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country during World War II.
For all his life he lived in Barton and owned and operated a rubbish removal business.
He is survived by his cousins:  Josephine Jacks and her husband, Jack, of Kansas, Bertha Whitney and Helen Clark, both of Rhode Island, Elizabeth Valley of Barton, Mary Noyes of St. Johnsbury, and Roberta Hayward of Massachusetts.
Graveside services were held September 11 at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton with the Reverend Sixmund Nyabenda officiating.
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 W. Judd

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Leon W. Judd, 90, of Rutland died August 19, 2009, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Judd was born in Newport on May 14, 1919, a son of Arthur and Grace (Wheeler) Judd.
He was a 1938 graduate of Newport High School.
On November 25, 1944, he married Barbara E. (Armstrong) Judd, who died September 6, 2008.
He was employed by W.T. Grant Company in Newport and Rutland and at Maynard Auto Supply in Rutland, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of Memphremagog Lodge 65 of Free and Accepted Masons, the National Grange, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and the United Methodist Church of Rutland.
Surviving are his son Robert A. Judd of Allison Park, Pennsylvania; his brother Arthur A. Judd of Newport; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara; by his son Ronald L. Judd in 2002; and by two sisters, Helen Hedges and Evelyn Dunham.
Graveside services for both Mr. and Mrs. Judd were held September 15 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Arrangements are by Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

 

 

Lorrie (Moore) Pierce
Lorrie (Moore) Pierce, 51, of Newport died September 3, 2009, at her home.
Ms. Pierce was born June 17, 1958, in Island Pond, a daughter of Margaret (McQuire) Moore and Robert Moore.
She always opened her home to others.
She is survived by three children:  Robin Carmen and Molly Coulter, both of St. Johnsbury, and Justin Pierce of Anchorage, Alaska; by her mother, Margaret Moore, of Newport; by two brothers, William Moore of Florida and Brian Moore of Brownington; and by her sister Helen LeDoux of Manchester, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by her father, Robert; and by her brother Gary.
Funeral services were held September 11 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with the Reverend Frank Connors officiating.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Pierce’s memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 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.

 

 

 

 

Guy A. Vachon

 

Guy A. Vachon, 54, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, died Saturday, September 12, 2009, at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House in Concord, New Hampshire.

Born December 15, 1954, in Newport, Mr. Vachon was a son of Florian Vachon and Solange (Turcotte) Vachon.  He attended Sacred Heart School in Newport, from which he graduated in 1973.

He drove trucks most of his life, and at the time of his death worked in retail.

He loved to putt around the house and was a great cook.  He enjoyed listening to the Beach Boys and drinking a good beer.  He was a tender man who will be missed terribly and was loved by all.

He was the beloved husband of six years to Charlotte Vachon.  His children include Sara Musgrave of Opelika, Alabama, Guy Vachon of Coaticook, Quebec, and Nicole Vachon of Allenstown.  His three stepchildren from a previous marriage are Richard Langevin of Derry, New Hampshire, Colette Cusson of Hooksett, New Hampshire, and Cheryl Langevin.  His three stepchildren with his wife, Charlotte, are Sarah, Frank, and Christopher Halloran, all of Allenstown.  In addition, he leaves three brothers:  Serge Vachon and Mario Vachon, both of Newport, and Carl Vachon of Panama City, Florida; by 16 grandchildren; by two nephews; and by a niece.  He was predeceased by his parents.

Following cremation, burial will take place Thursday, September 17, at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

For those who wish, memorial donations should be made to the American Cancer Society, Northern New England Region, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, New Hampshire 03110.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit petitfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Service
Glen Strauch Elder
A memorial celebration for University of Vermont Associate Dean Glen Strauch Elder will be held on Friday, September 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel with a reception immediately following in Billings Student Center.
Mr. Elder is survived by his partner of 15 years, Michael Conley, of Derby; and by his father, Peter Elder, of Benoni, South Africa.
In remembrance of Mr. Elder, funds may be donated to support the Glen Elder Memorial Fund, which honors his lifelong commitments and interests in issues of social justice, sexuality, South Africa, and political geography.  Checks may be sent to the University of Vermont, development and alumni relations, 411 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 or may be made online at https://alumni.uvm.edu/giving/support.asp.
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September 9, 2009 Obituaries

Alfred J. Cushing

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Alfred J. Cushing, 69, of Albany died peacefully September 1, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Cushing was born December 27, 1939, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, a son of Mildred (Squires) Cushing.
On June 6, 1980, he married Claudette Cervone, who survives him.
He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service; he retired in 1995.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He enjoyed playing chess, and he organized chess clubs in the Albany and Brownington schools.
He is survived by his wife, Claudette Cushing, of Albany; by his son Daniel Cushing and his wife, Julie; and by his granddaughter Teagan Cushing.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Wanda Elizabeth Flynn

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Wanda Elizabeth Flynn, 67, of Derby died August 30, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mrs. Flynn was born February 26, 1942, in Concord, New Hampshire, a daughter of Frank and Virginia (West) Dennerly.
On October 11, 1958, she married David Flynn Sr., who survives her.
She attended Rumford Graded School, Parker Junior High School, Rundlett Junior High School, and Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire.
She worked for Cora’s Beauty Salon after school, doing errands and cleaning the beauty shop.  She worked beside her husband, David, farming for 25 years in Holland.
A year after their son David Flynn Jr., died she worked outside of her home to help cope with the stress of his death.  She worked for many doctors in the area, and then opened her own billing service on February 28, 2000.
She is survived by her husband, David Flynn Sr., of Derby; by children:  Hugh Flynn and his wife, Helen, of Holland, Scott Flynn and his wife, Lori, of Derby, and Karin Broadfoot and her husband, James, of Coventry; by six grandchildren:  Nicholas Flynn, Ashley LaGeorge, Ryan Lewis, Jordan Lewis, Hannah Flynn, and Kelly Flynn; by two sisters, Sandra Abbott and her husband, Brownlo, and Bette Stevens and her husband, Roger, all of Concord; and by her brother Wayne Dennerly and his wife, Rosie, of Concord.
Funeral services were held September 4 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Flynn’s memory may be made to support research in the Department of Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 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.

 

 

 

Joshua Scot Lancaster

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Joshua Scot Lancaster, 29, of Albany, New York, died Thursday, August 20, 2009, at Albany Medical Center as a result of diabetes.
Mr. Lancaster was born December 30, 1979, in Saint Johnsbury, a son of Robert M. Lancaster and Robyn Secor.
He is survived by his mother, Robyn Secor, of Rotterdam, New York; by his sister Sarah Kaminsky of Springfield, Massachusetts; by his half-sisters:  Elizabeth Secor of Galway, New York, Karen Hobbs of Lawton, Oklahoma, Kim Perkins of Henryetta, Oklahoma, and Jessica Lancaster of Bristol, Connecticut; by half-brothers Brandon Logan 
of Rotterdam and Robbie Lancaster of Santa Fe, Texas; by stepmother, Fahvrnissa Lancaster, of Derby; by grandparents:  Joseph and Diane Loubier of Valrico, Florida, and Lois Smith 
of Newport; by many uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews; and by his beloved partner of more than 11 years, Nicole Snell.  He was predeceased by his father, Robert Lancaster, of Derby in April.
He was
loved by all who knew him.  He will be missed.
Online condolences can be e-mailed to the family at www.dunnfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

Ralph Francis Loomis Sr.

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Ralph Francis Loomis Sr., 80, of Clarendon died peacefully, following a long illness, on September 6, 2009, at his home with his wife and children at his side.
Mr. Loomis was born October 10, 1928, in Albany, a son of Andrew and Hazel (Cochran) Loomis.  He had three sisters and a brother.
He married Gloria St. Onge on September 30, 1950.  They had six children.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1951 and was honorably discharged in November 1952.
In 1978 he and his wife established Walker Mountain Sales and Service in Clarendon, which he ran until the time of his death.
He helped to form the Green Mountain Coon and Cat Club and served as the president for many years.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, American Legion Post 31, the New England Coon and Cat Hunters Association, and the Green Mountain Snow Flyers where he served as president for many years.
He was an avid hunter and was well-known as “the long-legged hunter from Vermont” or as “lost Ralph.”  He loved to ride horses and snowmobile with his children.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Loomis, of Clarendon; two daughters, Gail Cowherd and her husband, Mike, of Cornwall and Geannine White and her husband, Charlie, of Tinmouth; four sons:  Ralph “Jinx” Loomis Jr. and his wife, Nancy, and Roy Loomis and his wife, Amy, all of West Rutland, and Roger Loomis and his wife, Kelly, and Ross Loomis and his wife, Wendy, all of Shrewsbury; by 18 grandchildren:  Sarah, Ashlee, Casey, Samatha, Cy, Jody, Jessie, Chelsea, Alexis, Kaylin, Brendon, Josh, Kiera, Ryan, Mitchell, Logan, Jordan, and Alyssa; and by six great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church in Wallingford.  Burial with military honors will follow in the East Clarendon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made by visiting the guest book at www.rutlandherald.com/obits or private condolences can be made by visiting www.aldousfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Regional Ambulance Employee Fund, 275 Stratton Road, Rutland, Vermont 05701.
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