December 9, 2009 Obituaries

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

 

 

Robert Edward Foss

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

 

 

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

 

 

Bernard R. Wilson

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

 

 

Brian J. Woodard

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

Felicity Victoria Akin

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

 

 

 

Fay W. Butler


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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Priscilla Joyce (Judd) Cheney

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

 

 

 

Joseph F. Michelin Jr.

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Neil Robert Stoddard

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

 

 

 

Ruby A. Stone

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

 

 

 

Mckenzie Ann “Zee” Webster-Brown

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

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

 

 

 

Wanda Lou “Nana” Hastings

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

 

 

 

Dorothy M. Hoadley

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

 

 

 

E. Joan (Brown) Toll

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

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

 

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

 

 

Clifford “Trim” Conklin

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Leon J. Letourneau

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

 

 

 

Edward Carroll Stevens

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Frederic “Fred ” Whitcher King

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Lucy Annette Sample

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Lucy Annette Sample, 51, of Glover died peacefully on November 5, 2009, in Glover.
Mrs. Sample was born August 25, 1958, in St. Albans, the youngest daughter of Harlan and Gila (Fleury) Domina.
On June 23, 1979, she married Gary James Sample, who survives her.
She was a graduate of Enosburg High School.  She worked at Ethan Allen, where she met her husband.  She was a librarian at the Glover Public Library, and she enjoyed the After 5 Club and book discussion groups.
She enjoyed crocheting, going to the races with her husband, and spending time with her dog Daisy.
She is survived by her husband, Gary, of Glover; by her mother, Gila Domina, of Montgomery Center; by her brothers:  Michael Domina and his partner, Sal Vento, of Hull, Massachusetts, Kenneth Domina of Montgomery Center, and Dexter Domina and his partner, Charlene Fletcher, of St. Johnsbury; by her sister Ruth Smith of Barton; by her mother-in-law, Beverly (Kennison) Sample, of Concord, New Hampshire; by brothers-in-law Dennis Sample and his wife, Norma, of West Charleston and Brian Sample of Concord; by sister-in-law Susan Lee and her husband, Christopher, of Chichester, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her father, Harlan Domina.
Funeral services were held in Newport November 9 with the Reverend Janet Bishop officiating.  Interment followed in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Sample’s memory may be made to the Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
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November 4, 2009 Obituaries

Anita Mae Bergeron
Anita Mae Bergeron, 79, died gracefully on October 26, 2009, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover after living a life of devout faith and rising above the challenges of multiple sclerosis for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Bergeron was born September 15, 1930, in Brownington Center, a daughter of Albert and Mary (Niquette) St. Pierre.
She is survived by her sons Paul D. Bergeron and his wife, Victoria, of Concord and Wayne Bergeron of Newport; by five grandchildren; by nine great-grandchildren; by her sister Rena St. Pierre of Glover; by many nieces and nephews and their families; and by her extended family of caregivers at Union House.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her brother Delphis St. Pierre; by her sister Eva Young and her husband, Wilfred; and by infant brother George St. Pierre.
Honoring Mrs. Bergeron’s wishes, there will be no services.  Interment at St. Theresa’s Cemetery will be private.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Bergeron’s memory may be made to Union House Nursing Home, earmarked for the activities fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

William Manley Naramore Jr.

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

 

 

 

Cecile Lachance Prive
Cecile Lachance Prive, 92, of Newport died peacefully on October 28, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Prive was born July 4, 1917, in Berlin, New Hampshire, a daughter of Frank and Mary Ann (Roy) Lachance.
On September 12, 1955, she married Hector D. Prive, who predeceased her on January 4, 2002.
She was a graduate of Berlin High School.
She was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport and the Veterans Railroad Terminal Association.
She enjoyed birdwatching, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and being with her family and children.  She enjoyed talking with her friends and family on the telephone, and she loved her daughter Lisa’s cat Pretty Girl.
She is survived by children Lisa Ann Prive of Newport and Leonard Prive of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Bernard Prive Sr.; by four sisters:  Simone Kline, Colette Moore, Madeline Lurvey, and Gerry Titeus; and by three brothers:  Frank, Sylvio, and Eddy Lachance.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Prive’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

William A. Seymour

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William A. Seymour, 84, of Derby died peacefully on October 31, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Seymour was born April 30, 1925, in Groveton, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Florence (Willey) Seymour.
On May 30, 1953, he married Gisele Camille, who survives him.
He was employed by the H.P. Hood Company for 35 years and Union Butterfields for ten years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during the Korean War.
He enjoyed flying radio control airplanes, boating, archery, and black powder shooting.
He held memberships with American Legion Post 21 of Newport and Alfred Pepin Post 78.
He is survived by his wife, Gisele Seymour, of Derby; by three children:  Gary Seymour and his wife, Brenda, of Newport, Nancy Dowling and her husband, Joe, of Newport News, Virginia, and Lolita Seymour of Newport; by three grandchildren:  U.S. Army Warrant Officer Ryan Dowling of Newport News, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Alan Dowling of Hawaii, and Eric Dowling of Newport News; and by a great-grandchild.  He was predeceased by half-brother Albert Willey; and by sister Lila Snay.
Funeral services were held November 3 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment with full military honors followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Seymour’s memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Doris C. Simpson
Doris C. Simpson, 82, of Northfield died October 30, 2009, in Northfield.
Miss Simpson was born March 13, 1927, in Evansville, a daughter of Orin and Flora (Cushman) Simpson.
She graduated from Lyndon Teachers College with a degree in elementary education in 1950.  She was employed by schools including the Worchester Elementary School.  She was a ward secretary at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
She enjoyed horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with animals.
She is survived by several cousins.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Miss Simpson’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Richard “Ricky” Edwood Westgate Jr.

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

Emerson Charles Lathe Sr.

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Emerson Charles Lathe Sr., 79, of Albany died October 21, 2009, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Lathe was born in Holland on November 17, 1929, a son of George and Florence (Edwards) Lathe.  He grew up on a farm in Holland and went to elementary school there.
He graduated third in the class of 1946 from Derby Academy; he also had the highest grade in 1946.
In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served until 1953 in Korea.  Upon his discharge he went to work at the Vermont State Hospital as an attendant.
In 1960 he moved to his father’s farm in Albany to help him with the farm work.  He and his brothers bought the farm, and he eventually purchased his brothers’ shares.
He worked from 1960 to 1989 at Ethan Allen in Orleans; sickness forced an early retirement.
On September 9, 1954, he married Nettie Irene Halsall, who predeceased him on March 24, 2002.
He is survived by his children:  Ronald George Lathe of Orleans, Emerson Lathe Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Newport, Linda Walther and her husband, Jay, of Utah, Lawrence Lathe of Morrisville, Lisa Hurd and her husband, Sheldon, of Orleans, Shirlene Lathe of St. Johnsbury, Donna Sherlaw of Eden, David Lathe and his companion, Dawn, of Eden, and Deborah-Jean Lathe of Newport; by 24 grandchildren; by ten great-grandchildren; by his sister Marion Inis Varney of Westfield; and by his brother Clifton George Lathe of Massachusetts.  He was predeceased by his daughter Florence Angelina Lathe in 1962; by two sisters, Beatrice Estella Hammond and Irene May Beaudry; and by his brother Carroll Lathe.
Funeral services were held October 24 with Brother Eric Worthington officiating.  Interment with full military honors followed in Albany Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lathe’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Project for Vehicle Programs, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, activities fund, 60 Maple Hill Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.

 

 

 

Wayland Delbert Smith

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

 

 

 

Arland Roy Stone Sr.

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

 

 

 

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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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