Obituaries May 7, 2014

Jessie D. Beliveau

Jessie D. Beliveau, 91, formerly of North Troy, died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Bristol, Connecticut.

She was born on February 14, 1923, in Concord, to Will and Jennie (Williams) Dodge.

She married Ralph A. Wheeler Sr., who predeceased her in 1970.

Mrs. Beliveau attended high school in Concord. She was a cook at Lyndon Institute and also operated a dress store in Lyndonville. She was also a clerk at the May Store in Lyndonville at one time.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart League in Troy, and at one time a member of the Methodist Church in Lyndonville.

She later married Roger L. Beliveau on January 1, 1972. He predeceased her in 1998.

She is survived by her sons: Warren Wheeler of Southington, Connecticut, and Arthur Wheeler of Bristol; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews: Roland Beliveau and his wife, Judy, of Hyde Park, Monique Lafley and her husband, Douglas, of Morrisville, Andre Beliveau and his wife, Debra, of Wappingers Falls, New York, John Beliveau and his wife, Marie, of Westfield, Reginald Beliveau and his wife, Rita, of Swanton, Denise Bergeron and her husband, Kenneth, of Derby, Aline Breton and her husband, Dennis, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Alain Beliveau and his wife, Dorothy, of Clifton Park, New York, Anita Prouty and her husband, Peter, of Swanton, Paul Beliveau and his wife, Amanda, of Milton, Paulette Jones and her husband, Brian, of Hyde Park, Diane Ash of Bath, New Hampshire, Leonard Bowen of Derby, and Shirley Clark of North Carolina, and by many, many more. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Germaine Beliveau of Morrisville.

She was predeceased by her brother Ervin Dodge; her sister Bernal Bowen; her nephew Ray Bowen; and by her half-sister May Burlock.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place at a later date, at the Beliveau Family Cemetery in North Troy.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit champlinHarriet “Hat” Champlin

Harriet “Hat” Champlin, 89, of Albany died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Mrs. Champlin was born in Lyme, Connecticut, on April 7, 1925, a daughter of Joseph and Rosa (Latham) Rand.

She graduated from Pratt High School in Essex, Connecticut.

A self-taught musician, she and her brother and sister formed a band, Ell’s Rand and Sister’s.  They played at the local Grange suppers, firehouse suppers, and even won a radio contract at a talent show.

She was a school driver for 50 years in Connecticut, Colorado, and Florida.

Moving to Albany after retirement, she and her sister, niece and grandnephew formed the Albany Hillbillies and entertained with their lively music at variety shows, nursing homes and churches.

She was an amazing cook and loved to invite family and friends to share.  She had artistic talent as well.  She painted many beautiful canvases.

She leaves a niece, Jacalyn Tollmann and her husband, Robert; a grandnephew, Chad Tollmann, and his wife, Jennifer; a great-grandniece, Mollee Tollmann; and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Richard Champlin.

She was laid to rest in the family lot in the North Lyme Cemetery in Hamburg, Connecticut.

obit coutureRuth S. Couture

Ruth Seguin Couture, 91, wife of the late Albert A. Couture, died on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Meriden Center in Meriden, Connecticut, after a brief illness.

She was born in Island Pond on August 24, 1922, daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Pelow Seguin.  She had resided in Meriden since 1962.

She was employed by Spartan Tool Manufacturing from 1969 through 1987.

She was a member of Family Living Worship Center in Meriden.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, doing puzzles, and reading.

She is survived by three daughters:  Alberta Roy of Meriden, Suzanne LeHerissier and her husband, Paul Larouche, of Meriden, and Laurie Collins of Meriden; two sons:  Donald Couture of Suffield, Connecticut, and Dennis Couture of Terryville, Connecticut; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Francesca “Anne” Jodrey of Gorham, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Greiser; two sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 16, 2013, in Meriden.  Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

For online condolences, visit www.jferryfh.com.

obit forcierFernand J. Forcier Sr.

Fernand J. Forcier Sr., 93, of Newport died on April 27, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on January 1, 1921, in Newport Center, to Oscar and Cornelie (Trudel) Forcier.

On June 2, 1952, he married Mary Anna Anita Guyette, who predeceased him on December 5, 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a truck driver for Worthmore Feeds of Newport for 40 years.  He was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 16 years, and after retiring from there, he was a driver for RCT for 17 years.

In his earlier years, he played tennis with the Azur boys.  He loved to “tinker” with many things, such as cars, TVs, radios, lawn mowers — basically anything he could “tinker” on.  He loved watching tennis on TV and enjoyed taking his daily walks, which allowed him to visit with his friends around town.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

He is survived by his children:  Fernand Forcier Jr. and his wife, Linda “Cookie,” of West Charleston, and Lynn Forcier of East Burke; his grandchildren:  Shawn and his wife, Tarrah, Jeremy, Dawn-Marie, Michael and his fiancée, Brittany, Keira Gann and her husband, Adam, and ChrisitannaNoelle Hurd; and by his great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Conner, Donovan, Trinity, Jay’Shawnand Payton.  He is also survived by his brothers-in-law:  Leo Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport, and Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Conrad and Morice Forcier; his sister Valeda Labrecque; his half-sisters:  Maryann Pelletier, Corona Lavoie, and Alice Chamberlin; and by his half-brothers:  Donat Dube, Joseph Dube, Valmore Dube, Julian Forcier, and Roland Forcier.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 16, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit KelleyRay “Skip” Kelley

Ray “Skip” Kelley, 61, of Derby died on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1952, in Newport, to Leona (Jewett) and Gordon Kelley Sr.

On September 22, 2012, he married Brenda White, who survives him.

He was an inspector for quality control at Tivoly in Derby Line, for 41 years.

He graduated from North Country Union High School where he played in the band.  He played the drums in the Newport Rotary Festival from 1968 to 1972.

He was formerly a member of the Newport Center Fire Department and was secretary and treasurer of the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center.  He attended the Church of God, played softball for Tivoly, enjoyed bowling, and he was an avid Red Sox fan.  He loved his church, singing, and he was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21.

He was also a member of the Cars of Yesteryear and he enjoyed traveling and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Kelley of Derby; his children:  Danielle Blake and her husband, Andy, of Morgan, Eric Trucott and his girlfriend, Paula Kimball, of Holland, and Craig Trucott and his fiancée, Samantha Shaw, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Taylor, Garrett, Chelsea, Brooke, Aidan, Amelia, Alden, and AraBella; his brothers:  Gordon R. Kelley Jr. and his fiancée, Brenda Turgeon, of Newport, and David Kelley of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and cousins.  He also survived by very supportive, special friends:  Paul and Bernie White, and Brian Kimball.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Cars of Yesteryear, 1680 Nelson Hill Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit KingDean Alexander King

Dean Alexander King, 90, of Island Pond died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 3, 1924, in Norton, to Alexander and Kathleen (Foster) King.

On July 24, 1949, he married Martha Boucher, who survives him.

He was employed for 40 years at the United States Post Office as a postal clerk.

For 30 years, played the saxophone, clarinet and drums in a seven-piece band with the Dean King Orchestra.

He held many positions for the town of Island Pond including town selectman.  He was also at one time on the board of North Country Union High School.

He is survived by his wife Martha King of Island Pond; his children:  Bexie Devost and her husband, Roland, of Alburg, Heather Goulet and her husband, Albert, of Island Pond, Brent King and his wife, Betty, of Seattle, Washington, and Ward King and his wife, Kelley, of Bozeman, Montana; his grandchildren:  Kristie, Tiffany and her husband, Craig Bertrand, Jamie and his wife, Brandy, Joshua and Ashley King, Austin and his wife, Katie, and Wesley; eight great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Brian King and his wife, Mary, of Barton, Gayle Currier and her husband, Vernon, of Media, Pennsylvania, Lois Webster of Enosburg, and Sherry Pinard of Littleton, New Hampshire; his sister-in-law Anita King of North Stratford, New Hampshire; his brother-in-law John Boucher and his wife, Suzanne, of Stanstead, Quebec; his many nieces, and nephews; and by his special friends:  John MacDonald and his wife, Allison.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Reid and James King; his sister Gloria Canario; his parents, James A. “Pop” King and Kathleen Foster King; his brothers-in-law:  Royce Pinard, Robert Webster and Edwin Bruhmuller; and by his sisters-in-law:  Evelyn Bruhmuller, Glenna King and Marion Boucher.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Anyone wishing to donate in his memory please send to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MartinDale Alan Martin

Dale Alan Martin, 53, of Nashua, New Hampshire, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born on October 13, 1960, in Newport, a son of Earl Sr. and Ruth (Wood) Martin.

He loved going to the movies, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, fishing, motorcycling and spending time in Vermont with his family.  He also enjoyed going to the Rockingham Track.

Mr. Martin was an electrician in the Nashua area and a carpenter by trade.  He enjoyed volunteering his time on many Nashua community projects.

He is survived by his two sons:  Adam Martin and Cody Martin, both of Derry, New Hampshire; his sister Tammy Barrup of Island Pond; three brothers:  Earl Martin Jr. of Island Pond, Robert Martin of Florida, and Denis Martin of Morgan; his special friend Nancy Dyer Clayman of Nashua; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his maternal grandmother Irene Woods; and by a special friend, Bonnie Stupak.

A graveside service was held on May 5, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MayFred S. May

Fred S. May, 76, of Barton died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on September 20, 1937, and he always said, “I was a Chicago born Vermonter.”

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1955 and from the University of Vermont in 1959.  He received a Master’s in education from Bishop’s University.  He came back to teach at his alma mater, Barton Academy, and taught there until he started at Lake Region Union High School, where he was chairman of the math department.  He also coached soccer, basketball and baseball there.

With John St. Onge, they started Little League baseball in the Barton-Glover area.  He also coached soccer at Barton Academy and he was later the assistant principal and athletic director at Lake Region, where he left in 1980.  He worked at E.M. Brown & Son until his retirement.

He was a member of the Barton Fire Department for many years and was one of the original ambulance squad members.  He was in one of the first classes of EMTs that were trained at North Country Hospital in Newport.  He was also a member of the Barton Medical Clinic Board, which was responsible for creating the Barton Medical Clinic.  He was on the board of directors of North Country Hospital for 15 years and he served as chairman for a number of years.  Mr. May was elected to the Orleans Northeast Essex Athletic Hall of Fame.

He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, and golf.  After his retirement, he enjoyed working at the Barton Golf Club, which was built on the farm he grew up on.

He is survived by his wife Jane May of Barton; his children:  Mark and Christine May of Jacksonville, Florida, David and Lisa May of Canton, Georgia, Kathy and Steve Jones of Morrisville, and Peter and Sherry May of Brownington; his sisters:  Mary and her husband, Brian King, of Barton, and Dorothy and her husband, David Hathaway, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Nathan May and Kelsey Cochran, Ian Jones, Eric Haselton, and Steve Martin; and by three great-grandchildren:  Tyson, Nathan Jr., and Makayla.

He was predeceased by his parents:  Harold and Jessie May.

Funeral services were held on May 5, in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lake Region Union High School Athletic Department, 317 Lake Region Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PerronLeo A. Perron

Leo A. Perron, 86, of Newport died peacefully on May 1, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1928, in Glover, to Ernest and Maria (Gagnon) Perron.

On March 29, 1948, he married Ruth Menard, who survives him.

He graduated from Berdett College in Massachusetts with a degree in accounting.

He enjoyed building camps with his wife and they also built their home together.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Mr. Perron started his career as an accountant and after 45 years he retired from Hayes Ford in Newport, in 2001.  He also enjoyed selling cars.

He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Perron of Newport; his children:  Jeannine Mislak and her husband, Jody, of Plainfield, and Joanne Lalime and her husband, Mark, of Hyde Park; his grandchildren:  Michael Mislak and his wife, Mandy, Stephanie Kevin and her husband, Matt, Jillian Gray and her fiancée, Tyler Cochran, and Jonathan Gray and his fiancée, Amy Williams; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his siblings:  Richard Perron and his wife, Marilyn, of Glover, Walter Perron and his wife, Dee, of Connecticut, Eddie Perron and his wife, Carol, of Glover, Nelson Perron and his wife, Ginni, of Arizona, Rita Haag of Colorado, Estelle Parmeter of Massachusetts, Martha Alexander of Glover, Yolie Chamberlain and her husband, Dale, of St. Johnsbury, and Cecile Davignon and her husband, Ernest, of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his son Leo Perron Jr.; and by four brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Relay for Life, 209 Veterans Ave, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Linda R. Reick

Linda R. (Metcalf)Reick, 70, died on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois.

She was born in Irasburg on May 19, 1943.  She graduated from the Irasburg grade school, Orleans High School in Orleans, and Champlain College in Burlington.

She married John Reick on September 19, 1964, in Irasburg.

She began her career with Glenwood Medical Group in Joliet, and then she was office manager for Dr. Warren Wunderlich.  She also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Coventry.

She was a deaconess and former member of the Irasburg United Church in Irasburg.  She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Joliet.

She enjoyed quilting, antiques and traveling.  She was actively involved with the Orleans High School Class Alumni Committee.

She is survived by her husband John P. Reick; two sons:  Jon C. Reick and his wife, Andrea, of Peoria, Illinois, and Jeff R. Reick and his wife, Michelle, of Channahon, Illinois; four grandchildren:  Courtney, Jacob, Samantha and Curtis Reick; her sister Janine and her husband, Raymond LaMarche, of Coventry; her brother Brady Metcalf and his wife, Mariette, of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Dorothy Metcalf; and by a brother, Wayne Metcalf.

A memorial service will be held in Irasburg at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Irasburg United Church will be appreciated.

obit WhittemoreJessica J. Whittemore

Jessica J. Whittemore, 33, of Newport died suddenly on May 3, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 5, 1981, in Morrisville, to Dean and Sandra (Welch) Whittemore.

She was full of love and laughter.  She was an outstanding daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and companion.  She spoiled her nieces and nephews with all the love in the world.

Her contagious laughter and personality brightened every room.  The love she bestowed upon her family and friends will last forever.

Being the oldest of eight siblings meant she was a second mother, best friend, and a shoulder to lean on.

She was a dedicated LNA and worked at the Manor Nursing Home in Morrisville for 14 years.  The residents and her co-workers looked forward to seeing her smiling face.  She took pride in the care she provided.  There is a hole in the hearts and lives of everyone she left behind.

She also enjoyed traveling whenever she got the chance.

She will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her parents:  Sandra and David Rhodes of Derby, and Dean Whittemore Jr. of Morrisville; her siblings:  Daniel Whittemore and his fiancée, Jessica Jackson, and their daughter, Danica Whittemore, of Johnson, Timothy Whittemore and his significant other, Nicole Sykes, of West Charleston, Melissa Whittemore Leonard and her fiancé, Anthony Bolio, and her children, Jacob Whittemore, Jonathan Whittemore and Katie Whittemore-Leonard of Barton, Kristin Whittemore and her fiancé, Danny Green Jr., and their son, Warren Green, of Newport, Autumn Whittemore and her fiancé, Eric Smith, and her son, Clyde Ovitt, of Newport, Matthew Rhodes of Derby, Nicole Rhodes of Derby and her boyfriend, Jordan Brasseur; her step-siblings:  Jeffrey Rhodes of South Burlington, Jessica Lyon and her husband, Daniel, and their children, Bethany and Emma Lyon of Derby, and her significant other, David Crane, of Newport, and their beloved dog Priscilla; and by her grandparents: Dean Whittemore Sr. and Fonda Whittemore of Morrisville; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandparents:  Wilber and Sylvia Welch of South Ryegate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, May 8, at the Free Will Baptist Church in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Manor Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 577 Washington Highway, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Services

Marilyn Dickson

Committal services for Marilyn Dickson will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 9, at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Brian Gillis

A burial service for Brian Gillis of Island Pond will be held at the Catholic cemetery in Island Pond on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

Anyone wishing to share memories with the family may gather at the Gillis house at 691 Railroad Street at around 3 p.m.

Bruce Martin

Committal services for Bruce Martin will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Loretta McCoy

Committal services for Loretta McCoy will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at St. Theresa Cemetery in Orleans.

Georgette LeBlanc

Committal services for Georgette LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Perlie Jones Jr.

Committal services for Perlie Jones Jr. will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the North Troy Cemetery.

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Obituaries April 30, 2014

obit AllenWilma Marilyn Wallace Allen

Wilma Marilyn Wallace Allen, 93, of Newport died on April 25, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family members.

She was born on December 2, 1920, in Newport, to Earle and Elsie (Unwin) Wallace.

On September 5, 1943, she married David Allen, who predeceased her on June 13, 1999.

Upon graduating from Newport High School in 1938, she moved to California with her family where she studied fashion design. She returned to Vermont and was employed as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone. She then married Mr. Allen before he was deployed to the European Front during World War II.

While raising her children, Mrs. Allen was involved in many community activities such as the United Church Women’s Group, the Newport Women’s Club, Home DEM, the Parent Teacher Association, and as a Boy Scout den mother.

Throughout her life, she and her husband had many adventures: building one of the first ski lodges, the Jay Barn Village, in Jay; living in California for a time; and traveling to Hawaii. In retirement, they spent hot summer days at Echo Lake, cold winter days in Texas, and other seasons at their home in Newport.

She is survived by her children: Winsome Hamilton of Derby Line, Tom Allen and his wife, Nini, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, daughter-in-law Karen Allen of Ramsey, New Jersey, and Barry Allen and his wife, Anita, of Coventry; her grandchildren: Scott Hamilton and Diana Guillette, Reed and Deb Hamilton, Leeland Allen, Joselyn Allen, Sean and Kristin Allen, Ryan Allen, Wesley Allen, and Schuyler Allen; her great-grandson Landon Hamilton; and by her sister Winsome Wallace of Burlington.

She was predeceased by her son D. Michael Allen; and her brother Bernard Wallace.

Her wishes were expressed in a segment of an anonymous poem she gave to her daughter: “When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?”

A gathering for all those who would like to attend will be held at Barry and Anita Allen’s home at 267 Maple Ridge in Coventry, on Wednesday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, supporting the Children’s Room, at 202 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DeMichaelAveril I. DeMichael

Averil I. DeMichael, 85, of Newport died peacefully on April 23, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 4, 1928, in Nice, France, to Ernest and Florence (Bates) Ingram.

On August 22, 1953, she married Nicholas C. DeMichael, who predeceased her in 2005.

Mrs. DeMichael loved her home, her family, watching the birds, gardening and her cats.

She and her late husband went camping with their children when they were young.

She was a member of the National Alliance on Mental Health in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children:  Steven DeMichael of Connecticut, Sharon Lynn of Florida, and Debbie Gabucci of Westfield; her grandchildren:  Carly Lynn, Jeremy Lynn, and Danielle Gabucci; and by her great-grandchildren:  Xavier Lynn, Kayla Lynn, and Giovanni Lynn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit hallFayalene Hall

Fayalene Hall, 78, of Barton died peacefully on April 22, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on October 27, 1935, in Sutton, to Clarence and Bernice (Gray) Sylvester.

She attended Lyndon Institute and worked as an LNA at the Greensboro Nursing Home.  She also sold Avon for many years.

Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing, growing plants and watching the birds.

She always looked forward to the annual family reunion held at her sister Ruby’s.  She so enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children:  Lawrence Paquette and his wife, Sue, of Lyndonville, and Tammy Gagnon and her husband, Sylvain, of Orleans; her stepchildren:  Nancy Sheltra, Larry Hall and his wife, Vickie, Kenneth Hall and his wife, Bev, Shirley McCormick and husband Ramon, Joanne Cleveland and her husband, Richard, James Hall, and Judith Rutunno; her grandchildren:  Hope Bonneau, Ann Bathalon, Christopher Grenier, Tiffany Paquette, Crystal Brigham, Michelle Gagnon, Kristen Gagnon, Bria-Tylynn Vigeant and Dakota Vigeant; her seven great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and by many special nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter Gabriel Grenier; her siblings:  Reginald Sylvester, Bill Sylvester, Roland Sylvester, Opal Randall, Ruby Stone, Lila Nolan, Orene Muzzey, Eula Freeman, and Erlene Sudman; and by a special companion, Sonny Salls.

Funeral services were held on April 26, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit RondeauBernard P. Rondeau

Bernard P. Rondeau, 84, of Newport died peacefully on April 21, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born to Joseph and Evelina (LeBlanc) Rondeau, the fifteenth of 18 children, and he grew up in Newport Center.

On August 21, 1954, he married Alice Hebert, and they would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this summer.

Mr. Rondeau was a dairy farmer for most of his life and was later employed by Yankee Milk and Tivoly.  He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  He was an avid square dancer for 28 years, and he greatly enjoyed all of the traveling he and his wife were able to do, primarily after retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Newport; his three children:  Catherine Comtois and her husband, Richard, of Derby, Deborah Cormier and her husband, Mark, of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Stephen Rondeau and his wife, Sheri, of Vashon, Washington; his nine grandchildren; his eight great-grandchildren; his sisters:  Noella Rondeau of Newport, and Sr. Lucienne Rondeau of Methuen, Massachusetts; his brothers:  George Rondeau of Columbia, Tennessee, and Paul Rondeau of Claremont, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; six sisters:  Simone Therrien, Jeanne Bathalon, Therese Laramee, Laurette Tweed, Lucille Brouillard, and Sr. Francoise Rondeau; and by his brother Gerard Rondeau.

A funeral Mass was held on April 25, in Newport.

Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit tennyFrancis B. (Frank) Tenny

Frank (Francis B.) Tenny died on April 5, 2014, at the retirement home, RiverWoods, in Exeter, New Hampshire.  He had developed dementia over the last years.  At 93, he had lived a long and satisfying life.

Mr. Tenny was probably destined for a life involved with Asia.  Born in Rochester, New York, on December 22, 1920, he was whisked off by his parents to Yokohama, Japan, at the age of three months.  Later on, he enjoyed his Japanese kindergarten, but he was always annoyed when his Japanese playmates slipped on their wooden geta and rushed out the door ahead of him while he had to wait to get his shoes tied.

He said, “I spent my early childhood in Japan where my father was founder and first president of Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama.  I attended the University of Rochester, but the Pearl Harbor attack took place the year I graduated and at age 21 I was drafted.

“Because of my knowledge of Japanese, I spent World War II in code breaking activities in the U.S. and New Delhi.  At the end of the war I was in China investigating Japanese code breaking efforts there.  I got an M.A. in Chinese at Harvard, and after a few years in a newspaper career, I joined the U.S. Information Agency, was later absorbed into the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Department of State, and had postings in Surabaya, Indonesia, Bangkok and Tokyo.

“When Henry Kissinger reopened cultural exchanges with China, I accompanied the Philadelphia Orchestra on their China tour during the Cultural Revolution.  Later I directed the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, established by Senator Javits.  I received the Order of the Rising Sun Class Three from Japan and also the Knowlton Award from the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps.”

Mr. Tenny and his wife, Robin, and daughter, Laura, moved from Virginia to Barton in 1983.

Mr. Tenny thrived on a life of farming in the morning and translating early twentieth century Japanese novels into English in the afternoon.  He enjoyed battling the raccoons for the peas and the corn (they usually won), driving the John Deere tractor into town, working with the Old Stone House Museum, getting to know Vermonters, going to concerts, and walking among the hills and lakes of this beautiful country.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Robin, and by his daughters, Carol and Laura.

He was predeceased by his son Charles Tenny.

Donations may be made in Mr. Tenny’s memory to the Charles Tenny Memorial Fund of the Japan-America Society of Vermont, which promotes cultural exchange between Japanese and Vermont high school students, care of the Japan America Society of Vermont, 123 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 306, Colchester, Vermont 05446; or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Orleans, Vermont, 05860; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services

Lorraine Maloney

Committal services for Lorraine Maloney will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Robert Picard

A graveside service for Robert Picard will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Harold Hansen

A graveside service for Harold Hansen will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

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Obituaries April 23, 2014

obit campbell webLeopold Donat Campbell

Leopold Donat Campbell, 88, of Newport died on Friday April 18, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Irasburg on September 24, 1925, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell. In 1947 he married Rachel Gaboriault, who predeceased him on February 3, 2007.

They lived on a farm in East Albany for 13 years before moving to Newport in 1961. He was employed at the Orleans Division of Ethan Allen, Inc., for 30 years before retiring.

Mr. Campbell was a communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport for many years. He was a man of unique wit and wisdom and often entertained people with his humorous thoughts on life, called “Leo- isms.” His quiet insight will be greatly missed.

He and Mrs. Gaboriault went on many cruises and traveled extensively to different areas of the United States. Mr. Gaboriault loved spending time with his family and playing cards with them as well as, for the last several years, with his sisters-in-law Florence Fontaine, Isabelle Pierce, and Noella LeBlanc.

He is survived by his son Philip Campbell and his wife, Suzanne, of Vernon, New York; by his daughters: Helen Ellsworth and her husband, Merritt, of St. Albans, Alice Drake and her husband, Gary, of Fletcher, and Patricia Campbell and George Eisenhardt of Addison; by nine grandaughters: Allison Ruhnke, Amy Tetreault, Sarah Devendorf, Kristina Spooner, Shannon Ellsworth-Padden, Amanda Kennedy, Abbey Drake, Emilie Rich, and Andrea Miller; and by nine great-grandchildren who enjoyed his famous grape jelly, meatballs, and numerous jokes. He is also survived by his brothers: Fernand and Raymond Campbell.

Besides his wife who predeceased him, he was predeceased by his sisters: Gilberte Lanoue and her husband, Roland, Jeannette Bentley and her husband, Rodney, and Theresa Campbell; also by his brother Romuald Campbell and his wife, Orilla.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, a caring organization that helps people and families deal with cancer, at 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Phyllis Irene Joyner

Phyllis Irene Joyner, 92, of Inverness, Florida, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

She was born March 4, 1922, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of Thomas and Lillian (Dansereau) Rawling.

She spent many summers with her daughter and son-in-law in Albany. She leaves her two daughters: Phyllis Horner and her husband, Robert Horner, of Inverness, formerly of Albany and Barbara Bradway and her husband, Walter, also of Inverness.

She considered Albany Methodist Church her church. She leaves six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

She was the best mom ever.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Randi Wright

Randi Wright

Randi A. Wright

Randi A. Wright Sr., 60, of Barton died on April 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 30, 1953, in New Britain, Connecticut, to Erwin and Ethel (Young) Wright.

On January 26, 1974, he married Edna French, who survives him

He was in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed woodworking, working on cars, and drawing.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Wright, of Barton; by his children: Bobbie Jo Lefebvre of Irasburg and Randi A. Wright Jr. of Barton; by his grandchildren: Samantha Lefebvre, Bethany Wright, Lillian Wright, Melanie Wright, Daisy, Riley, and Anthony Shaffer, and Kimberly, Doug, Joey, and Ashley Morrill.  He is also survived by his brother Russell Wright and his wife, Cindy, of Winstead, Connecticut, and by his sisters Wanda and Patricia.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries April 16, 2014

obit bealRodney V. Beal

Rodney V. Beal, 64, of Glover, died on April 4, 2014, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, from a short illness.

He was born in Milbridge, Maine, to Nehemiah and Esther (Standwood) Beal.

He loved lobster fishing with his brothers in Maine, and hunting and fishing with his friends and family.

He is greatly missed by his sidekick, Victoria, his dog.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynn (Brown) Beal; his three daughters:  Geneva Bertolini and her spouse, Matt, Renee Dunbar and her spouse, Peter, and Jessica Sweeney and her spouse, Raymond, all of Glover; his six grandchildren:  Alex and Bradley Whipple, Camden and Ezra Dunbar, and Jacqueline and Trevor Sweeney; his three brothers:  Barney and his spouse, Linda, Jeffery and his spouse, Sandra, and Leland and his spouse, Lynda; his three sisters:  Ann West and her spouse, Clifford, Anita Merrit and her spouse, Paul, and Tamie Rhodes and her spouse, Steve; his in-laws, Reynold and Pat Brown of Ivoryton, Connecticut; his brothers-in-law:  Steve Aldrich and his spouse, Linda, of Brownington, Michael Brown of Ivoryton, and Bill Brown and his spouse, Pat, of Clinton, Connecticut; his sister-in-law Nancy Denny and her spouse, Bill; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Nehemiah and Esther Beal; and by a sister, Linda (Beal) Pinkham.

Graveside services will be held on May 24, at 2 p.m., at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

obit EmersonLennie Mae Thompson Emerson

Lennie Mae Thompson Emerson, 93, formerly of Brownington, died on April 8, 2014, at her home in South Portland, Maine.

She was born on June 14, 1920, in Irasburg, to George and Eliza (Stone) Thompson.

On February 29, 1936, she married Richard Ovis Emerson, who predeceased her.

She attended Brownington schools and Lyndon Institute.

She was a cook for the Derby Line Graded School, Orleans High School and Brownington schools for many years.  She was a member of the Grange and the Methodist Church where she served as secretary, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.

She was known as a caretaker to children and all others who needed care and attention, a fabulous cook, a talented woman who sewed, and she put up wallpaper and made amazing crafts.  She was a good, Christian woman who lifted her voice in singing to the Lord (and, boy, could she whistle), and she was a friend to all.

She is survived by her daughters:  Betty Ann Emerson Towle of Gray, Maine, and Mary-Lou Emerson Stenberg and her husband, Jan, of Greenville, South Carolina; her grandchildren:  Laurie Towle Grant and her husband, Peter, Jon Emerson Towle and his wife, Wendy, Stephen David Towle and his wife, Mazie, Sven Peter Stenberg, and Christine Stenberg Lites; her great-grandchildren:  Cory Towle, Krystal Towle, Margaret Towle, Lily Towle, Erica Brewster, Griffin Lites, Emerson Lites, Avery Lites, Tor Stenberg, and Val Stenberg; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Maleeya Towle, Brylee Poynton and soon-to-be-born Stella Severi on May 11; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Louis, Harry, Gerald, Merrill, Roland, Elwin and Ernest; and by her sisters:  Blanche, Rhoda, Josephine, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 50 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center, Maine 04201.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HandyLouis R. Handy

Louis R. Handy, 73, of North Troy died on April 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 31, 1941, in Bennington, to Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron and the late Robert Handy.

On August 15, 1970, he married Louise Jones, who survives him.

Mr. Handy was owner and operator of Handy’s Auto Repair in North Troy.  He was an active member of the Church of God in Derby.

His passion was to restore old cars.  He held memberships with the Troy Area Lions Club and he was a member of the Cars of Yesteryear.

He is survived by his wife Louise Handy of North Troy; his children:  Robert Handy of North Dakota, Lisa Duncan and her husband, Edward Jr., of Derby, Louis Handy Jr. of Nevada, Laurie White of Rhode Island, Leonard Carroll and his wife, Laura, of New Jersey, Bethany Harrington and her husband, Hilton, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and Ann Lamoureux of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; numerous grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his mother Gertrude Bergeron and his stepfather Clovis Bergeron of Troy; his brothers:  Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, and Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Denise, of Derby; his sister Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Handy; and by his daughter Linda St. Pierre.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 17, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on April 17, from 10 a.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, Matthew 2540, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HansenHarold R. Hansen

Harold R. Hansen, 73, of North Troy died on April 7, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 12, 1940, to Reginald and Laura (Bocash) Hansen.

On February 10, 1962, he married Margo St. Onge, and they were married for 52 years.

Mr. Hansen worked for the town of Troy for many, many years with his brother and father.  He was also a bus driver for Troy School where he retired in 2011 after many years.  He enjoyed all the many hours spent on the bus getting to know the children.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He loved being outside, camping, being in the water, and having cookouts.  He was a tell-it-like-it-is kind of man and loved to joke around.

He was a member of the North Troy Fire Department for over 40 years, 26 years of which he was the fire chief.  He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16 of Troy and the Order of the Eastern Star in North Troy.

He is survived by his wife Margo Hansen of North Troy; his children:  Craig Hansen of North Troy, and Laurie Hisman and her husband, Gary, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Isabella Hisman of Derby, Melissa Rollins of Newport Center, Amy Phillips and her husband, Brandon, of Derby, Thomas Hansen and his girlfriend, Nicole Pennington, of North Troy, and Tyler Hansen of Albany; his great-grandchild Brandon Phillips II of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his siblings:  James and his wife, Ann, of Newport, Phillip Hansen of Bristol, Connecticut, Reginald Hansen Jr. and his wife, Susan, of North Troy, and Jane Morris of North Bethesda, Maryland; his sisters-in-law:  Janice Hansen of North Troy, and Pat Hansen of Illinois.

He was predeceased by his sister Joyce Hastings and her husband, Harry; and by his brothers:  Bruce, Roger, and Harley Hansen.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  A light luncheon will follow at the St. Vincent DePaul Church in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit klinkeOlivia Klinke

Olivia Klinke of Craftsbury died on April 11, 2014.

She was born on a beautiful summer day, on July 27, 1979.

Ms. Klinke had a lot of challenges in her life.  She had three amazing siblings and parents.  She thought she was the favorite, but knew her place in line.  She had a joyful life and loved playing with her nieces and nephew.  She will be missed by all.

She loved music, shopping and drinking her favorite soda, Coke, and eating chips.  Her favorite flower was the rose.  She was loved by all.

In her short life, she had many accomplishments.  She was a Girl Scout for 12 years, she received her silver and gold awards, and she was a camper at sleepaway Girl Scout camp.  She spearheaded the birth of a local Global Campus chapter, making the organization more accessible to others in her community.  She attended self-advocacy conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and shared her experience with her group.

She was an unpublished author, writing books appropriate for her nieces and nephew, having just finished her fourth book, a bilingual alphabet book for her nephew’s first birthday.  She loved doing for others, volunteering at the local Craftsbury library and she loved playing games with the residents at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.  She loved to travel, ride horses and accomplished things that defied what doctors expected and did more in her short lifetime than most people do in 80 years.

She is survived by her parents, Monica (née Ruszkiewicz) and Paul Klinke; her older and younger sisters, Sarah Klinke and Emily Klinke Rodriguez and her husband, Mario; her younger brother Jason and his partner, Ana; her four nieces:  Hannah, Ashlynn, Adriana and Cianni; and by one nephew, Mateo.

Funeral services were held on April 16 in Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or through www.phassociation.org; or to the Norris Square Neighborhood Project, 2141 N. Howard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, or through www.myneighborhoodproject.org.

obit LumsdenAdrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Retired Master Sergeant Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a veteran and longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his family at his bedside.

He was born on May 26, 1937, in Greensboro, the son of the late Donald B. Lumsden Sr. and Irene (Brown) Lumsden.

He attended public schools in Greensboro, East Hardwick, the Hardwick Center School, and he graduated from Hardwick Academy in the Class of 1955.

Mr. Lumsden was employed by his father, as a logger for a short time, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on November 28, 1955.  He was stationed in many locations including:  New York, Wyoming, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, North Carolina, the Philippines and Thailand.  He also served proudly during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Master Sargeant Lumsden retired from the military on November 30, 1975, returning to Stannard.

On October 29, 1956, he married Inez Rose Willey in Stannard.  Together they raised five children:  Adrian Jr., Willie, Rose, Ruth and Sue.

Upon his retirement from the military, he drove a school bus and was road commissioner for the town of Stannard.  He also owned and operated a private trucking business and he worked at two bowling centers — in Bangor, Maine, and Berlin — as a mechanical technician.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, the Retired Enlisters Association and the Disabled American Veterans Association.

He enjoyed bowling, traveling and trips to casinos as well as being involved in his children’s various activities while they were growing up.

Survivors include his loving wife, Inez, of Stannard; a son, William “Willie” Lumsden and his wife, Carol, of Hardwick; three daughters:  Rose M. Lovejoy and her husband, Daryl, of Waterboro, Maine, Ruth J. Pickard and her husband, Steve, and Susan V. Thomas and her husband, Jay, all of Stannard; four grandchildren:  Jamie Lovejoy of Dayton, Maine, Justin Thomas and his wife, Jen, of Colchester, Connecticut, Elizabeth Lumsden of Hardwick, and Eric Lumsden of Baltimore, Maryland; and by his great-grandson Paxton Lovejoy of Dayton.

He was predeceased by a son, Adrian L. Lumsden Jr.; and by a brother, Donald B. Lumsden Jr.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in May at the Stannard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

obit MessierClarice Cecile Messier

Clarice Cecile Messier, 92, of Newport died on April 7, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1921, in Brownsburg, Quebec, to Albert and Donalda (Bellinguette) Lafleur.

On October 26, 1940, she married Lucien Messier, who predeceased her in 1976.

She was a member of the Forever Young Club of Newport.  During her lifetime she farmed, worked in the cafeteria at North Country Hospital in Newport, and for 18 years was a senior companion at the Area Agency on Aging.  She also enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her children:  Leo Messier and his wife, Marlene, of Coventry, George Messier and his wife, Maxine, of Barton, Claire Broe and her husband, Larry, of Coventry, and Lucille Young and her husband, Larry, of West Charleston; her grandchildren:  Kim, Adele, Michelle, Dan, Jennifer, Chad, Aaron, Anitra, John, and Theresa; her great-grandchildren:  Joshua, Danielle, Nicholas, Dominic and Haley; and by her step-grandchildren:  Melissa, Joni and Anthony.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Richard Lafleur of Irasburg and Maurice Lafleur; her sisters:  Delores Harbec of Derby and Gertrude Beauregaurd and her husband, Ernest, of Glover; her sisters-in-law:  Anita Lafleur of Orleans and Rejeanne LeBlond of Derby Line; and by numerous nieces and nephews and her special friends at the nursing home, especially Kelly.

She was predeceased by her infant son Ronald; her brothers:  Donald, Michael and John Lafleur; her sister Rose Lafleur; her sisters-in-law:  Geneva and Yvette Lafleur; and by her brother-in-law Andrew Harbec.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Derby.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MeunierMichael Andre Meunier

Michael Andre Meunier, 53, of North Troy died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Newport, after a courageous battle with a long illness.

He was born on March 8, 1961, in Newport, to Marcel and Jeannine (Fournier) Meunier.

On July 29, 2000, he married Linda Turgeon, who survives him.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools in Newport.

He was a skilled, self-employed carpenter.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda Meunier of North Troy; his mother Jeannine Meunier of Westfield; his stepchildren:  Douglas Aulis and his companion, Amy Blacketer, of Newport, and Krystal Collins and her husband, Patrick, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dammieon, Giddieon, Pennelopea, Haley, Zackery, Dylan, and Porcha; his siblings:  Suzanne Jacques of Colchester, Rachel Turgeon and her husband, Dennis, of Balston Spa, New York, Suzette Pierson and her husband, Martin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Laramee and her husband, Maurice, of Jay; his sisters-in-law:  Laurette Jones and her husband, Robert, of Holland, and Jo-Ann Barrup and her husband, Bradley, of Newport; and by his best friend, his dog Brie.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews:  Kitina, David Jr., Nicholas, Dawn, Karin, Christopher, Jaime and Adam; and by his aunts and uncles:  Roger Fournier of Newport, Donald and Lise Fournier of North Troy, and Aldea Kellogg and her husband, Charlie, of Connecticut.  He will be truly missed by his loyal friends and neighbors, Joseph and his wife, Lillian Fortin, of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his father Marcel Meunier Sr. in 2004; his brother Marcel Meunier Jr. in 1969; and by his brother-in-law David Jaques in 2012.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Troy.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MorinPatricia E. Morin

Patricia E. Morin, 81, of Newport Center died peacefully on April 12, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 5, 1932, in Newport, to Lionel and Marion (Loux) Mills.

On June 3, 1950, she married Homer Morin, who survives her.

She was a member of the women’s auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

She volunteered at the front desk at North Country Hospital in Newport for many years.

Her hobbies included cooking, doing arts and crafts and free hand drawing and painting.  Her joys were holidays and the annual family fish fry.

She is survived by her husband Homer Morin of Newport Center; her children:  Mike Morin and his wife, Monique, of Newport Center, Tim Morin of Troy, and Pam Starr and her husband, Gary, of Jay; her grandchildren:  Michelle Silva and her husband, Michael, Liza Morin, Shane Morin and his companion, Kara Campbell, Eric Morin, Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, Robin Coulter and her husband, Tom, Angie Moore and her husband, Ryan, Andy Starr and his companion, Tonya Ashman, and Joseph Starr and his wife, Amanda; her brother Kenneth Mills of Texas; her sister Janice Poginy and her husband, Bernard, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit platoDavid A. Plato

David A. Plato, 46, of Newport died on April 6, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 9, 1966, in Vancouver, Washington, to Alfred and Irene (Kaszycki) Plato.

He was formerly a security guard in Arizona.

He enjoyed summertime barbeques, watching crime shows on television, growing plants, and he loved listening to rock and country music.

Mr. Plato was a genuinely nice and pleasant guy.

He is survived by his beloved friends:  Carl P. King, Jericho E. King, and Patty Place, all of Newport, and Joe Lewis of Hartford.  He is also survived by his two cats, Demon and Critter, who he considered his children.

Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot, 66, of Middlebury died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on April 17, 1947, in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, to Irene (Goupil) Pouliot and the late Albert Pouliot.

During his lifetime, Mr. Pouliot was a self-employed painter.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening, and doing arts and crafts work.  He had a unique sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother Irene Pouliot of Newport; his siblings:  Jocelyn Pouliot and his wife, Barbara, of Newport Center, Clement Pouliot of Newport, Yvon Pouliot and his wife, Melanie, of Middlebury, Nicole Poginy and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Suzanne Coggeshall and her husband, Robert, of New Hampshire, and JoAnne Allen and her husband, Danny, of North Troy; and by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his father Albert Pouliot on November 11, 2011.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PrueFrederick Albert Prue Jr.

Frederick Albert Prue Jr., 95, of Irasburg died on April 11, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on May 6, 1918, in Newport, to Olive (Pelkey) and Frederick Prue Sr.

On July 26, 1939, he married Marjorie J. Rowland, who predeceased him on February 26, 2007.

Mr. Prue was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, where he retired after 40 years of service.

He enjoyed gardening, and he loved to go to the farmers’ market to sell his wife’s baked goods and vegetables.  He liked to play cards with his family and friends in a very quiet and subdued manner.  He loved to write music as well as play his guitar and he played with Doc and Chickie Williams on more than one occasion.  He, above all, loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his children:  Fred Prue, Val Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Stewart, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Pam Prue and her friend, Pat Pine, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, Marjorie Morley and her husband, James, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine, and David Prue and his wife, Barb; his daughter-in-law Roxanna Prue; his 33 grandchildren; his 62 great-grandchildren; his two great-great-grandchildren; his numerous stepchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Terry Prue on February 23, 2014; his daughter Janice; his brothers:  Vernon, Reginald, Kenneth, and Leonard; and by his sisters:  Madeline Collins, Doris Karabarus, Elaine Daniels, and Marion Lakin.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Grace Brethren Church, 3 Route 14, Coventry, Vermont 05825.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Remembering Arlene (Robinson) Thompson, 1929-2014

by Wanita S. Thompson

I wrote this tribute to my mother-in-law and read it at her funeral on March 28:

First let me begin by saying that I don’t believe my mother-in-law would be extra pleased to have folks fussing over her, even now, and maybe she wouldn’t be that happy about my tribute to her.  But, on the other hand, she didn’t say I couldn’t….

Arlene was a planner and she lived her life on her own terms.  She lived a life of service to others, caring for family members, educating three generations of students right here in Craftsbury, and contributing crafts and baked goods for school and community events.

She was a storyteller and a wonderful conversationalist.  At family gatherings, I would notice that she would visit with just about everyone, and usually asked the children about what they had been up to and how school was going (always a teacher, you know).  She kept track of the honor roll in the paper and often sent notes of congratulations or encouragement to relatives, friends, and former students.

Mrs. Thompson was a cheerleader!  If you have an image of someone in a short skirt with pom poms — wrong!  But, she was the greatest fan and supporter anyone could ask for.  Her son, Dave, would tell you that his parents went to all his basketball, soccer, and baseball games, and when our children were old enough to play T-ball, there they were, cheering them on all the way!  They attended all the games right up through high school as well as concerts, science fairs, award ceremonies, and anything else that Meghann and Derek participated in.  Of course, Gram cheered for all her students over the years, too, in whatever games, spelling bees, or other competitions they were involved in.  She rooted for us all in all our endeavors — sincerely.

Now, how would she want to be remembered?  She was a caring daughter who took special care of her parents, along with an older brother whom she loved dearly.  She was a devoted and loving wife, and an amazing mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a generous person who gardened and picked berries by the carload and always shared the vegetables and fruit with family, friends, and neighbors.

I’ll share a few stories now.  First, one from her childhood on the family farm in Irasburg.  Her family enjoyed many family get-togethers over the years.  Almost every Sunday, relatives would come over to enjoy a meal together and spend hours reminiscing or just chatting.  Christmas was a special holiday in the Robinson household and oftentimes extended family would come over for a feast and to celebrate.  One year an uncle who was quite a trickster brought a gift for the family and quickly put it under the Christmas tree.  Well, my mother-in-law’s father heard this scratching sound coming from under the tree, and he attempted to shoo that darn cat out from under it.  He could not find that cat anywhere!  The scratching was coming from the Christmas package — a live rooster was the gift inside the box from that dear uncle; how she laughed as she regaled us with that story and other of the fun Christmases she experienced in her youth, and I understand how important it was for her to bring that joy to her child and grandchildren.  Passing on traditions was very important to her.

When Dave was growing up, the family had a few snow machines and would oftentimes meet up with uncles, aunts, and cousins for some wonderful Sunday afternoon rides.  Dave’s mom didn’t always go out on the sleds, but this one particular Sunday she decided to go along with the gang.  Apparently, at some point, it was just Dave and his mom on the trail, each on their own machine, and returning home from a jaunt when they arrived at the foot of a very steep hill.  Dave stopped at the bottom of the hill and advised his usually slow and careful-driving mom that she would need to give the machine some gas if she was ever going to make it up the hill.  Otherwise she might get stuck.  So up the hill, Dave went.  Well, about halfway up the hill, he thought he better look back down to see how close to the bottom of the hill his mother still was, and he got the surprise of his life.  There she was right close behind him and almost about to run into him, full throttle!  He stepped on it and got out of the way just in time, but he never forgot the determination of his normally cautious mom to get up that hill!

Over the years, Gram and Grandpa have been fun and loving grandparents to Dave’s and my children.  When Meghann was about two years old, Gram had the idea that Meg would like a shopping cart to play with, so Gram, Grandpa, Meg, and I set out on a Saturday afternoon in search of this shopping cart.  When we arrived at the store, they had shopping carts, but it was a three-wheeler that took Meg’s eye.  She rode it all over the store and we weren’t sure we could get her off it long enough to pay for it.  For as you can tell, a three-wheeler is what we came home with!

Another time, Gram and Grandpa spent an entire day shopping just for the right sneakers for Derek.  They started in St. Johnsbury, but could not find shoes that would meet Derek’s approval there.  No such luck!  Then, off to Barre!  And there, they found just the right shoes.  I don’t know who was more pleased — Derek with his snazzy new sneakers or the grandparents who made sure he ended up with them.

Gram often said that it was a good trait to know what you like and not to just settle for any ol’ thing.

Well, they are always talking about our footprint that we leave behind.  Well, my mother-in-law has left a big footprint on my heart.  There are many jokes about them, and I know a lot of folks don’t think you’re supposed to like your mother-in-law, but I loved mine and I’ll miss her always as will our whole family.  I will end with a quote by Maltbie D. Babcock:

Life is what we are alive to do.

It is not length, but breadth…

Be alive to…goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.

Death notice

Randi A. Wright Sr.

Randi A. Wright Sr., 60, of Barton died on April 12, 2014, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries April 9, 2014

obit DaiglePhilippa “Phil” Daigle

Philippa “Phil” Daigle, 90, formerly of Newport, died at her son Jim’s home in Plainfield, New Hampshire, on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Highgate Hill, London, England, on July 25, 1923, to Agnes (Donovan) Bryant and James Bryant.

During World War II, she helped spot and put out fires caused by exploding bombs.  She had to hide underground (or refuse to!) during air raids, etc.

She met Bob Daigle when he was stationed in England as an American Marine, and married him at the end of the war, coming to Vermont as a “war bride.”

In later life, she became an excellent artist, working extensively with watercolors, but also in other media, including flower arrangements.  She was a founding lifetime member of the Four Season Garden Club and was always very active in its activities.  She painted the watercolor of Stone House Gardens that is still used by the club.  She also belonged to the “Birthday Club of 7” which met monthly.

She is survived by her two sons:  Mike and his wife, Nadine, and Jim and his wife, Ireen; Jim’s children:  Amanda Shyne and her husband, Andrew, and Alicia Dube and her husband, Sebastien; her great-grandchildren:  Theo Shyne, and Olivia and Toby Dube; many friends; several nieces and nephews including Tim Daley and Rosemary Claassen, whom she was especially close to.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in March of 1995.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit GaboriaultHenry P. Gaboriault

Henry P. Gaboriault, 86, of Barton died on April 6, 2014, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on December 15, 1927, in Sawyerville, Quebec, to Henry and Arcilia (Jette) Gaboriault.

On August 8, 1959, he married Martine Laramee, who survives him, after being married for 55 years.

Mr. Gaboriault retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a section foreman after 45 years of service.  He enjoyed going to work and was not one to sit still.  He would still find time to play games with the family, which he enjoyed very much.  He was proud of his homes and his well-kept lawns.

He served his community as a past member of the Barton Fire Department and as an usher for St. Paul’s Catholic Church for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Martine Gaboriault of Barton; by his children:  Colette and her husband, Ron Houle, of Iraburg, Marianne and her husband, Peter Lussier, of Barton, and Richard Gaboriault and his wife, Lucie, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Jessica, Michelle, Kristi, Cierra, Nicholas, Justin, Emily, Paul-Martin, and Kaytlyn; and by his great-granddaughter Kadence.  He is also survived by four sisters, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Barton, with Father Tim Naples officiating.  A spring burial will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit haneyJeannine T. Haney

Jeannine T. Haney, 82, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on April 1, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Newport on June 6, 1931, she was the daughter of George and Frances (Bussiere) Demers.

She resided in Stratham, New Hampshire, for 30 years before moving to Manchester in 1996.

Mrs. Haney was a talented, self-employed seamstress for many years.

She was a communicant of Saint Marie Church in Manchester.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed the pleasures of family life.

Surviving family members include four daughters:  Suzanne and her husband, Harry Ntapalis, of Manchester, Cheryl Bosch and her husband, Philip, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Lisa Cyr and her husband, Frederick, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Lori Sternberg and her husband, Kenneth, of Barrington, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Seth, Benjamin, Jillian, Ryan, Andrew, Peter, and Kady; six brothers:  Leo, John, Fernand, Albert, Raymond, and George; two sisters:  Mary Nault and Helen Kinsella; and several nieces and nephews.

She was married 62 years to Wayne E. Haney.  He died on November 2, 2012.  She was also predeceased by her brother Richard Demers.

A Mass of Christian burial was held in Saint Marie Church in Manchester.  Burial took place in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Resident Activities Program Account, 400 Mast Road, Goffstown, New Hampshire 03045.

For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com.

Mavis L. Hart

Mavis L. Hart, 98, of Hanover, New Hampshire, died on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Barre on October 3, 1915, to Carl and Alice Crossett Perry.  She outlived her brothers, Robert Perry and Nelson Perry, and her sister, Jean Dolan.  Her sister-in-law Gene Perry lives in Florida.

She and William Hart Jr. married in 1971 and lived in Merrimack, then in Rossmoor, New Jersey, for a time with Mr. Hart’s job.

They bought land in Coventry, and started building their dream house overlooking Lake Memphremagog.  Ms. Hart was happy to live back in Vermont, close to her family.  They enjoyed traveling with Mr. Hart’s work and later for pleasure.

Ms. Hart was active in the United Church of Newport, doing volunteer work and with the PEO Foundation.

Many happy holidays and family gatherings were hosted in their home.  Ms. Hart was a wonderful cook and especially enjoyed the grandchildren visiting.  She took pleasure in reading, gardening, and she loved to watch and feed the birds.  She had a keen sense of humor.  She was a quiet, private woman who loved her family, nature, the water, and lived life with a positive attitude.

They reluctantly sold their home and moved into a condominium in Newport, which also had a beautiful view of the lake.  In 2007, they moved to Lebanon, New Hampshire, to be near family.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 42 years, William Hart Jr., of Hanover; and by her three sons:  Norman Buchanan and his wife, Ruth, of Pomfret, William Buchanan and his wife, Sharon, of Deerfield, New Hampshire, and Paul Buchanan and his wife, Martha, of Weare, New Hampshire.  There are seven Buchanan grandchildren and one great-grandson.  She is also survived by William Hart’s four children:  Susan Schwarz and her husband, Gregory, of Lebanon, William “Ty” Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire, Sally Demers and her husband, Robert, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Craig Hart and his wife, Heather, of East Weymouth, Massachusetts.  There are eight Hart grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Norman L. Buchanan, who died in 1964 in Malden, Massachusetts.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784.

Messages of condolences may be expressed with the family through an online guest book by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

obit SchmittJoan Pender “Penny” Schmitt

Joan Pender “Penny” Schmitt, 75, of Craftsbury Common died on April 3, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on May 3, 1938, in New York City, New York, to Pender and Elizabeth (Van Tine) Eldredge.

On February 27, 1960, she married Michael A. Schmitt III, who predeceased her on March 15, 2004.

She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

After college she worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson and Geer Dubois Agency in New York City.

She and her late husband were owners of the Inn on the Common from 1974 to 2003.

Mrs. Schmitt was a trustee at Sterling College of Craftsbury Common, a member of the Old Home Day committee, the Craftsbury Common Village Improvement Society, and she was active politically.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing tennis and golf.  She also traveled and went on cruises, and watched tennis and golf on television.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Schmitt of Kansas City, Missouri; her two half-sisters:  Patricia Ward of Florida and Christine Lamarca of Ohio; her sister-in-law Kathie Woods of Minnesota; and by her loyal companion, her dog Chico.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 11, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit spauldingRichard “Dick” Spaulding

Richard G. Spaulding, 60, of Albany, a beloved husband, son, father, brother, educator, principal, mentor and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Born in Burlington September 30, 1953, he was a son of Walter and Phyllis (Buck) Spaulding.

On December 30, 2004, he married Lisa Daniels Dunlavey and became a loving and devoted father to her children and later their offspring.

Mr. Spaulding attended Cambridge Elementary School, graduated from Lamoille Union High School, and then received his bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees from Johnson State College.

He had a lifelong passion for education.  As an 18-year-old, he became the youngest school board member in the state of Vermont.  He started his early teaching career in Wolcott and then Berkshire.  Subsequently he served concurrently as principal and teacher in Belvidere, and later as principal of both Newport Center and Burke.  More recently, he was a responsive interventionist counselor at Cabot School.  Throughout his career he was a role model to both other educators and, most importantly to him, his students.

He was constantly expanding his deep understanding of geography, history and science, and was sharing his wealth of knowledge with all who would listen.  He was extremely eclectic in his interests, which ranged from hiking and wilderness exploring, to custom wood working and playing the harmonica.  He was an avid runner, cross-country skier, and cyclist.

Mr. Spaulding was selfless; he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it could help the current situation.  He played multiple roles in bettering many Vermont communities and the lives of others.  Recently he was team leader of an ecumenical outreach trip to Valdosta, Georgia, where over 350 young adults from all over America spent a week repairing and painting houses of people in need.

He leaves his beloved wife, Lisa Dunlavey-Spaulding; his mother, Phyllis Spaulding; his children:  Richard Spaulding Jr. and his wife, Kristy, Stephanie Spaulding, Tucker Dunlavey and his companion, Danielle Nelson, Brendon Dunlavey and his companion, Liza Jost, and Shannon Dunlavey; his grandchildren:  Elijah, Natalie, and Nicholas; a brother, Mike Spaulding; a sister, Beverly Minor, and her husband, Tom; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Daniels; his brothers-in-law:  Michael Jennings, David Daniels, and Marc Daniels and his wife, Marybeth; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Spaulding; and by his sister, Cindy Spaulding.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Church of God, at 295 Crawford Road in Derby.  A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m., at the Church of God, with the Reverend Nathan Strong and Pastor Lawrence Wall officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dick Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1558 Delano Road, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Death notice

Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Adrian Lawrence “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his loving family at his bedside.

A full obituary will appear in a later edition.

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Obituary April 2, 2014

obit wilsonLouise (Patenaude) Wilson

Louise (Patenaude) Wilson, 53, of Chazy, New York, beloved wife of Thomas Wilson, died peacefully on March 24, 2014, at the Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington, after a long illness.

She was born on December 18, 1960, in Newport, a daughter of Alphonse and Yvette (Rainville) Patenaude.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport, in the Class of 1979.

On August 29, 1981, she married Thomas Wilson, who survives her.

She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband in their camper, playing cards, bird watching, and reading.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Wilson of Chazy; her father Alphonse Patenaude of Derby Line; her brothers and sisters:  Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Danny Patenaude and his wife, Rhonda, of Derby, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex Center, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe Plain; her beloved cats:  Miss Kitty and Theodore; her nieces and nephews:  Erin, Monika, Whitney, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Taylor, Erin, Brandon, Emma, Jena, Kati, and Charlee; her godchildren:  Kylie, Erica, Steve, Corry, and Taylor; her father-in-law Trevor Wilson of Ayers Cliff, Quebec; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother Yvette Patenaude on May 30, 2013; and by a brother, Michael Patenaude, in 1961.

Funeral services were held on March 31, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be held at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 29 Tafts Corners, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Elaine Nancy Gleason

A memorial service at graveside will be held for Elaine Nancy Gleason, who died on January 11, 2014, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Barton on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m.

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Obituaries March 19, 2014

obit BlaisRachel F. Blais

Rachel F. Blais, 81, of Derby Line died on March 12, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on October 1, 1932, in Frampton, Quebec, to Thomas and Rosanna (Audet) Ferland.

On September 7, 1957, she married Gilles Blais, who survives her.

She was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.

She traveled with her husband throughout the United States and she enjoyed family gatherings and playing cards.

She is survived by her husband Gilles Blais of Derby Line; her children:  Donald Blais and his companion, Francine Brandolino, of New York, Bernard Blais and his wife, Bernadette, of Randolph, New Jersey, Paul Blais and his wife, Diane, of South Burlington, David Blais and his wife, Dale, of Danville, New Hampshire, and Patrick Blais and his wife, Cynthia, of Hudson, Massachusetts; her grandchildren:  Brian, Brittany, Daniel, Benjamin, Molly, Samantha, Mark and Isabella; her siblings:  Gerard, Raymond, and Real Ferland all of Quebec, Rose Gagnon, Rita Bulduc and Rolande Tremblay and her husband, Roger, all of Quebec, and Regina Provost and her husband, Richard, of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law:  Gerry Blais, Doris Porier, Pauline Sanville, and Sylvia and Philip Lauzon.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Rosaire and Robert Ferland.

Funeral services were held on March 17, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vermont Chapter, 75 Talcott Road, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit ChaffeeDale Erton Chaffee

Dale Erton Chaffee, 95, of Albany died on March 13, 2014, in White River Junction.

He was born on January 11, 1919, in Greensboro, to Reuben and Josephine (Huntoon) Chaffee.

On November 26, 1945, he married Ida Honsinger, who survives him.

Mr. Chaffee grew up on a farm and after he married he worked as a carpenter.

He entered the United States Army where he served his country during World War II.

He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, where he was a furniture inspector.

He held memberships and was a life member with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Brown-Johnson VFW in Montpelier.  He was also past commander of the American Legion Post #23.  He was a member of the Albany Methodist Church where he was the church trustee emeritus.

His hobbies included reading, maple sugaring, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Ida Chaffee of Albany; his children:  Ida Burdick and Mark Chaffee, both of Albany; his grandchildren:  Willard “Andy” Burdick of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Jonathan Dale Burdick and his wife, Joanna, of Claremont, New Hampshire; his great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Peyton, Davan, Jacob, and Logan; his sister-in-law Beverly Chaffee of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings:  Lee, Arland, Carroll, Captola, and Reuben Chaffee, and Myrtle Dunbar and Velma Hale.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common on Sunday, March 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.  A graveside service will be held in the spring in Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Legionaries Temporary Assistance Fund, care of Milt Willis Jr. (American Legion), 215 N. Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit cornellCheryl Cornell

Cheryl Cornell died in Newport, on March 9, 2014.

She was born on February 21, 1946, daughter of Charles A. and Myrtle Bacon of Derby Line, who are now deceased.

She graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1964, and attended Burdett College and the Community College of Vermont.

She worked in several states including Massachusetts, Delaware, California, and Arizona, but always returned to Vermont where for the last 30 years she has worked mainly as a bookkeeper.  Her most recent position was office assistant at Northeast Kingdom Homecare in Newport.

She enjoyed reading, gardening and local area history.  And when she wasn’t voicing her opinion in her famous letters to the editor, in the summers she could be found every weekend checking out yard sales in her little red sports car.

Survivors include her daughter Terri Anne Cortes and her boyfriend, Casey Wheeler, of Derby; her grandson Nicholas Brock; her sister Terry Sudol of Montpelier and her children and grandchildren; her brother Dale “Bart” Bacon of Jeffersonville and his children and grandchildren; as well as several cousins and special friends.  She is also survived by her two cats:  Emma and Bella.

According to her wishes, there will be no funeral service and burial will be private.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DawberWinston Franklin Josef Dawber

Winston Franklin Josef Dawber, 71, of Barton died suddenly on March 12, 2014, at his home in Barton.

He was born on August 26, 1942, in Lyskeard, Cornwall, England, to Alexander and Constance (Davis) Dawber.  His adoptive parents were Philip and Gladys (Davis) Dawber.

Mr. Dawber grew up in Charlton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Charlton High School in 1961.

He worked at Charlton Woolen Mill until his family moved to New Hampshire and eventually Barton, where he started his own business, W.F. Dawber Insulation.  He also owned the Barton Mini-Mart and Barton Redemption.  After selling the mini-mart, he worked at Columbia Forest Products for several years, and then became a contractor for Memphremagog Rentals, where he was still enjoying working part time.

The world has lost a very special man, and heaven has gained one.  Dad was a man of integrity, honor, great kindness and generosity, and a quiet faith.  He was the man you could count on.  The man who kept his word.  The man who was ready to help family, friends, and strangers.  The man who did the right thing because it was the right thing to do.

He loved trains.  He loved woodworking, creating special projects for his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower garden.  He enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife around his home and taking care of the family alpacas.  He loved sugaring with Stacy and Wade.  He looked forward to taking road trips with Heather and Winston.  He didn’t miss his Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR and eating snacks with Sherry and Brian.  He was learning how to be a beekeeper from his nephew Jimmy.  He enjoyed his trips to visit his sister-in-law Jeanne.  However, he found the most joy, and was happiest in the time he spent, with his grandchildren, whether it was helping them with home projects, taking them camping, on vacations, or just visiting.  He was so full of love and pride for each of them.  He absolutely loved and adored his great-granddaughter Kennedy.

Dad was a family man in the truest sense.  He was happiest when he was with his children and grandchildren.  He was there for any event, big or small — “I wouldn’t miss it” is what he would say and he didn’t.

Dad is our hero.  Gramps is our hero.  Our greatest blessing is that God gave him to us to be our dad and grandfather.  Our greatest gift from him is the legacy of how he lived his life, that we would all do the same.  In our sorrow, we find the joy of being so loved by him.

He is survived by his three children:  Sherry and Brian Montminy of Glover, Stacy and Wade Wright of Barton, and Heather and Winston Dowland of Holland; his grandchildren:  Ashley Montminy and Justin St. Pierre of Essex Junction, Brian and Christie Montminy of Barton, Addie and Tanner Atwood of Albany, and Wade Jr. and Amber Wright of Barton; his great-granddaughter Kennedy Rose Atwood; the mother of his children Katie Labor; his special sister-in-law Jeanne Dawber; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the South Barton Cemetery on Nault Road.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114; or to the Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit rinesStephen Wesley Rines

Stephen Wesley Rines, 58, of Derby died on March 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 6, 1955, in Waterville, Maine, to the Reverend Paul Wesley Rines and Maxine Russell Rines.

Mr. Rines was a gifted musician, and served as music director, and as an elder at the Lowell Congregational Church.  He began piano lessons at an early age from his mother at their home and brought his gift and love of music to his home, his friends and his community.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years.  He served as postmaster in Irasburg, Morgan and the last several years in Barton.

He was an avid sports enthusiast, and played soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball and enjoyed walking in quiet and beautiful places.

He graduated from Waconah High School in 1973, then attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1977, with a BA in religion.  He was an ordained minister and preached at the Newport Nazarene Church for several years.

He leaves behind his wife, Patricia; and his children:  Amy Jacobs and her husband, Bart, of Derby Line, Tara Chaffee and her husband, James, of Dover, New Hampshire, Jennifer Oney and her husband, Justin, of Centennial, Colorado, Stephen Paul Rines of Wesley Chapel, Florida, and Adrienne Haglin and her husband, Andrew, of Salem, New Hampshire; his mother Maxine Russell Rines; his brother Doug and his wife, Faith Rines, of Hartford, Maine; a sister, Sharon Baker, and her husband, Jim, of Largo, Florida; his six much-beloved grandchildren:  Nathan, Abby Rae, Noah, Molly, Sweet Baby James and Kai; as well by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and one nephew.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Church of God, at 295 Crawford Road in Newport, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 29.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Special Olympics, attention:  Wendy Kelley, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.  If checks are sent, be sure to put “Orleans/Essex Program” to be routed to the local chapter.

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Obituaries March 12, 2014

obit adamsMildred Adams

Mildred L. Adams of Brightview Commons in Wakefield, Rhode Island, formerly of Charlestown, Rhode Island, died on February 4, 2014, at South County Hospital in Wakefield, after a short illness.  She was 96.

She was the wife of the late Frank Adams, who predeceased her in 2001.  They were married for 59 years.  They traveled extensively visiting all 50 United States and 39 foreign countries.

Mrs. Adams was an avid golfer and a former member of The Surf Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Orleans Country Club in Orleans.  She also enjoyed knitting and crafts.

She is survived by three daughters:  Ann Anderson and her husband, Russell, of Ellington, Connecticut, Judy DenBleyker and her husband, Andy, of Charlestown, and Barbara Adams of Fall River, Massachusetts; and by five grandchildren:  Kevin Anderson, Marc DenBleyker, Karen Lisk, Steven DenBleyker, and Brooks Angelini.  She was the loving great-grandmother of Douglas Anderson, Joshua and Katelyn Lisk, Jason and Julia DenBleyker, Zachary and Addison DenBleyker, Jackk Angelini and Corey and Brady Anderson.

Interment will be held in North Myrtle Beach at a future date.  At the request of the family, there are no calling hours.

obit BoulangerGloria P. Boulanger

Gloria P. Boulanger, 87, of Newport died on March 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 4, 1926, in Barton, to Frank and Lena (Garey) Nault.

On February 19, 1966, she married Joseph W. Boulanger, who survives her.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1946.  She was an active Girl Scout leader for 18 years.  She worked at Ethan Allen, Inc., for nine years and the former Provost Gift Shop for 13 years.

She held membership with the American Legion Auxiliary.

She loved tending to her flower gardens, as well as doing and teaching craftwork.

She is survived by her husband Joseph W. Boulanger of Newport; her children:  Marjorie “Midge” R. Lane and her husband, Dennis, of Lexington, South Carolina, and Avalena “Chic” Gonyaw and her husband, Ric, of Morgan; her grandchildren:  Jason and Michael Gonyaw, Robert and Matthew Lane; her great-grandchildren:  Jason Jr., Jasmynn, Jaden, Maile, and Merrick Gonyaw; and by her siblings:  Donald Nault and his wife, Dorothy “Dee,” of Newport Center, Ralph Nault and his wife, Pauline, of Barton, Roy Nault and his wife, Donna, of Essex, Beverly Robitaille and her husband, Harvey, of Newport, and Millie Nault-Gero and her husband, Roy, of Barton.

She was predeceased by her son Frank Farrand in 1971; and by her sister Lucille Dowhen.

Funeral services were held on March 11, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Veleda Hubbard

Veleda E. (Taylor) Hubbard, 87, of Lyndon, died on Saturday morning, March 8, 2014, at the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndon.

She was born on November 15, 1926, in Brighton, daughter of Calvin and Jennie (Coville) Taylor.

On December 10, 1945, she married Calvin F. Hubbard.  They operated the Hubbard homestead farm in Lyndon for 34 years.  Upon retirement in 1979, they wintered in Titusville, Florida, where they enjoyed watching the space shuttles launch and land.

Mrs. Hubbard worked the farm with her family and enjoyed maple sugaring each spring.  She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge in Vermont and Florida.  She was also a life member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Vermont and Florida.

She loved children, people, dancing and traveling near and far with her family.

Survivors include two sons:  Bruce Hubbard and his companion, Helen Snow, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Bernard Hubbard and his wife, Sharon, of Lyndon; two daughters:  Darlene Hubbard and her spouse, Carla Mathers, of Hyattsville, Maryland, and Joyce Hubbard of Waterbury; five grandchildren:  Bambi Midkiff and her husband, Bob, Mingo Hubbard, Jamie Lee and her husband, Ben, Sarah Hubbard and Samuel LaClair; three great-grandchildren:  Lauri Midkiff, Jonathan Midkiff and Karson Hubbard; her in-laws:  Emma Barber of Lyndon and Frank Hubbard and his wife, Joanne, of St. Johnsbury; and her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Calvin in 1991; an infant son, Rodger; two brothers:  Dexter Taylor and Collan Taylor; and by two sisters:  Golden Burns and Joyce Taylor.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 6 p.m., at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville, with John Sleeper officiating.  Friends may meet with the family prior to the start of the service, beginning at 4 p.m., at the funeral home.  Spring burial in Lyndon Center Cemetery will be held on Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m.

Donations made in her memory may be directed to either the Austine School of the Deaf, 60 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301; or to the Lyndon Area Meal Site, 76 Depot Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

obit woodMatthew W. Wood

Matthew W. Wood, 87, died on February 23, 2014, in Fort Myers, Florida.

His happiest memories were the years he lived in West Glover.

He was born on December 23, 1926, in Bronx, New York, the first child of Sylvester and Margaret Wood.

He served in the U.S. Army and after the war he graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in finance.  He had a prestigious 50-year career in banking.

Together, he and his wife, Joyce, had seven children who survive him:  Kathleen Taylor, Matthew Wood Jr., Julie Richards, Christine Perry, Terri May, Timothy Wood and Marianne Carlson.  He also leaves 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his sisters Peggy Doyle, Marie Burns and Catherine Paparella also survive him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908.

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Elizabeth “Liz” Julia Morris Ferlazo

Elizabeth “Liz” Julia Morris Ferlazo died on Sunday morning, March 2, 2104, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, after complications following a stroke.

A complete obituary will follow in the next few weeks, with service arrangements.

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Obituaries March 5, 2014

obit ArchambaultSteve Albert Archambault

Steve Albert Archambault, 57, of Irasburg died on February 24, 2014, after a nearly three-year struggle with cancer.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Howell Cheney Technical High School and received an associate’s degree in art, humanities and social science from Clinton Community College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, separating at the rank of E-5.  Afterwards, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a master electrician and avid fisherman, a golfer, and he especially loved to be around his family.

He is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, Bonnie Stone, of Irasburg, and her family.  He leaves his two children:  Kevin Archambault, staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, and his wife, Marisa, of Vacaville, California, and Karisa Archambault of Honolulu, Hawaii; his three sisters:  Linda Gosselin of Coventry, Diane Archambault of East Hartford, and Louise Pisarski and her husband, Paul, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut; his five nephews:  Danny and Eddie Gosselin of Vermont, Michael Aukstolis and Adam and Ryan Pisarski of Connecticut; his aunts:  Estelle LaPolice of Quebec, and Loretta Turenne of Florida; along with many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Cecile Archambault of East Hartford; his brother-in-law Roger Gosselin; and many aunts, uncles and several cousins.

Funeral services were held on March 1, in Newport.  Spring interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtis-britch.com.

obit BouchardJean Francois Bouchard 

Jean Francois Bouchard, 88, of North Troy died on February 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on February 28, 1925, in Audet, Quebec, to Almas and Palmena (Paradis) Bouchard.

On August 18, 1949, he married Mariette Quirion, who predeceased him on August 23, 2006.

He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, both of Troy.  His hobby was woodworking as he worked as a carpenter in the family business for many years.

He is survived by his children:  Gerard Bouchard of Westfield, Theresa Quirion and her husband, Emile, of North Troy, and Jacques Bouchard and his wife, Carmen, of Troy; his grandchildren:  Michael and Jeff Sargent, Gerry, Jr. and Christopher Bouchard, Anne and Mark Quirion, Johanna, Nicholas, and Jonathan Bouchard; his great-grandchildren:  Clarissa, Alexis, Katelyn, Ethan, Evan, Benjamin, Bria, Ava, Emilie, and Spencer; and by his siblings:  Henri Louis Bouchard, Prosper Bouchard, Joseph Bouchard, and Anne-Marie Bouchard, all of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and Sister Therese Bouchard of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his daughter Renee Sargent in 1997; his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard; his sister Noella Bouchard Bolduc; and by his brother-in-law Roy Bouchard.

Services will be held in the spring.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit BoutinAgathe Valois Boutin 

Agathe Valois Boutin, 90, of Barton died on February 24, 2014, in Glover.

She was born on May 20, 1923, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Filix and Parmlie (Chalifoux) Valois.

In 1948, she married Clement Boutin, who predeceased her on March 27, 1996.

Mrs. Boutin was a seamstress most of her life.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching television and taking care of her grandchildren.

She was devoted to her church at St. Paul’s, and was there religiously when her health permitted.  Her life was her family.

She is survived by her sons:  Raymond Boutin of Barton, and Gerry Boutin and his companion, Joyce Simons; her grandchildren:  Tammy Royer and her husband, Richie, and Raymond Boutin Jr.; and by her great-grandchildren:  Alyssa Royer and Joshua Royer.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Adolph Valois, Didace Valois, Helen Guay, Theresa Casavant, and Calire Souliere.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. John’s Cemetery in East Albany.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Thomas A. Cass

Thomas A. Cass, 67, of Barton died suddenly on February 24, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 28, 1946, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Dale and Winnifred (Woodward) Cass.

He entered the United States Army, where he served in the Vietnam era, stationed in Germany.

He was employed in the maintenance department of NEKCA, where he retired in 2011.

Mr. Cass was very good to everyone he cared about.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing cards, traveling to the casinos, and spending time with his friends at the Orleans American Legion.  He loved dogs and was a Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his siblings:  Priscilla Rossier and her husband, Tony, of St. Albans, and Edward Cass and his wife, Gloria, of Hartland; his companion Jane Spaniol of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Cass.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 8, at the Orleans American Legion.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit decker sword smallerRobert K. Decker

Robert K. Decker, also known as K.O.E., 72, of Westmore, beloved husband of Beverly Decker, died on Valentine’s Day of 2014.

He passed peacefully surrounded by love and light; his body could no longer hold his spirit.

Their love was a star-matched, forever love that transcends time and space.  Together, they experienced two centuries of living in four decades of marriage.

He was a Grand Master to many, friend to more, and a special uncle to a precious few.  He empowered, inspired and more importantly loved every one of his family and honorary family members.  He shared pieces of wisdom such as:  “No matter what in life, always support your spouse and loved ones.  Never be the person to hold the other one back.  If there is something they want to do and love to do, support them every step of the way.”  That is what Mr. and Mrs. Decker gave to each other and was the pulse to what has been repeatedly called their “storybook marriage.”

Mr. Decker’s friendship was like a diamond — many faceted, dimensional, dynamically passioned and precious.  If you were an old friend, he greeted you with an infectious smile and spread out arms like you were the most important person on the planet.  If you were a new friend, he greeted you like an old friend.  He lived by the code, “life is good,” and he shared that vibe with everyone he met and spent time with.  Bonfires, music, watching meteor showers in a forest clearing, the roar of his Harley, kayaking with others, evenings of his marvelously cooked meals and fishing with his buddies — he embraced friends as he embraced life.

He was an eruption of enthusiasm and a river of passion.  His life was as diverse as it was beautiful.  His focus found meaning in his creativity, expressed through the activities of Tae Kwon Do, music, painting, carpentry, photography, and gardening among many other pursuits.  He was a true Renaissance man.

Music has been a thread throughout his life from childhood on.  He and his brother Don and sister Judy spent many hours playing instruments and harmonizing like the Everly Brothers.  It was a special connection.  He played music in high school and ended up forming bands called The Bolts and later Creative Image.  As Creative Image, Mr. Decker and band found fame when they signed a contract with RCA and even released a record.  He moved on to different and wonderful pursuits for many years until friend and past band member Randy Fisher visited in 2009 and pushed him to start composing and playing music again.  Within only a few years, four out of five of The Bolts members reunited and played in the Northeast Kingdom.  Shortly after, Randy Fisher, Richard Wagner and Bob formed The Union, and cut a CD, Passing Through.

He was an award-winning and published photographer as well.  His wife gave him his first camera for Christmas in 1973.  It took about two years before he began avidly using it and then a new business was eventually born in 1980.  His work appeared on magazine covers and advertisements, and hangs framed in many people’s homes.  Eventually he took his love of imagery to painting.  Again, he was self taught and created High Point Gallery, selling and showing his work.  People also commissioned his work.

Mr. and Mrs. Decker’s home is their canvas as well.  They literally cut the trees, mixed the cement, planted, designed and grew the property that would become a sacred place for both of them to express themselves and feel safe and joyful.  His interest in the garden grew in later years and became another passion and true labor of love.  Their home has been described as looking like something out of Lord of the Rings.  Visitors feel transported in the beauty of the home and gardens — some have even chosen to marry there.

Mr. Decker said there were several constants in his life and one was Tae Kwon Do.  His school, Blue Wave International, is the longest running Tae Kwon Do school in Vermont and still exists today under former student Christina Deslandes.  He worked on a national and international level in the field, even traveling to Korea.  He reached the level of Eighth Degree Black Belt and Grand Master, working with hundreds of students over about 40 years.  Students share that he had the ability to transform a simple martial arts principle into a life lesson.  He was much more than a highly skilled practitioner.  He was a remarkable teacher whose passion radiated the moment he entered a room.

Grand Master Decker was never afraid to speak up for what he believed in, insisted on fairness and keeping alive the traditions of his beloved art.  His integrity was unshakable, and he demanded the same of his students and close associates.  His friends in Tae Kwon Do and beyond are too numerous to count, and his legacy will live on forever.

He was writing this song, just days before his “journey” began:

 

Bob’s song; “Never Ending Journey”obit decker guitar smaller

Stay…stay with me tonight

The world may crumble before the light

Stay…let our world slip away

 

So many times in my life I turn my eyes

To the right

Looking out to the horizon

Wishing I could fly…

There’re so many places I haven’t been

So many people to see in my life

I need to see again

 

Breathe the air fresh and clean

Feel the rain fall down upon you from the sky

 

Hear the river flowing by…

Feel everything that’s good within your life

 

Hear your heart beat…feel the love…flowing

Through your body…from Heaven above

 

Here comes the sunshine…here comes the sunshine…here comes the sunshine

Shining upon your face, with light and grace.

 

Over the past months, he became a regular volunteer at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter’s spay/neuter clinics, spending hours helping cats gently come out of anesthesia after surgery.  He has been a life-long animal advocate. In view of this, family and friends could honor him by sending donations to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

His presence will be missed by the following family members:  his brother Don Decker; his nephew Brian and his wife, Jill; his niece Allison Watkins and her husband, Todd, and their children; his sister Judy and her husband, Tom Schwaber, and their sons, Kurt, and Mark and his fiancée, Ada; his brother-in-law Roy and his wife, Claire Perkins; his niece Penny and her husband, Kimball Johnson, and their daughter, Chelsea Cummings, and her husband, Dan; his nephew David Perkins and his son, Samuel; his sister-in-law Kathy and her husband, Larry Joseph, and their son, Ryan, and his significant other, Kacie, and their daughter, Jessica Douglas, and her husband, Jimmy, and their beautiful new baby, Gavin.

Eternal message from Beverly to Bob:  “I SEE YOU.”

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

 obit DiCenzaPaul F. DiCenzo

Paul F. DiCenzo, 75, of Stuart, Florida, died on February 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and attended Marlborough High School in the Class of 1956.

He has resided along Florida’s Treasure Coast for 45 years; he lived in Jupiter, Florida, for ten years, and in Florida’s Hobe Sound for 30 years, and he moved to Stuart five years ago.  He also was a summer resident of Newport for many years.

He was a retired beverage service manager and had worked for Jupiter Island Club, Jupiter Hills and Loblolly.

He attended St. Christopher Catholic Church and was a member of the Italian American Post #45 in Marlborough and Elks Lodge #2155 in Newport.

He was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Simonne Gauthier DiCenzo; his brother Richard DiCenzo, and Cathy Cook, of Woburn, Massachusetts; his sister Kathy Brenn and her husband, Ronnie, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his sisters-in-law:  Cecile Vickers of Stuart, Diane Valis and her husband, Joe, of Upton, Massachusetts, and Helen Gauthier of Tucson, Arizona; his brothers-in-law:  Donald Gauthier of Jensen Beach, Florida, Roland Gauthier, and Debbie Smith, of Lake Alfred, Florida, and Albert Gauthier and his wife, Karen, of Upton; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Umberto DiCenzo, of Marlborough; his mother and step-father, Margaret and Malcolm Wallace of Newport; his brother-in-law Louis Gauthier; and by his sisters-in-law:  Annette Brown and Claire Mallett.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on March 10, at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound.

A guest registry may be signed at www.youngandprill.com.

obit homer KingsburyHomer H. Kingsbury Sr.

Homer H. Kingsbury Sr., 84, died on March 1, 2014, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by loving family.

Born on December 22, 1929, in Wells River, he was a son of Robert and Florence (Minshull) Kingsbury.  He was a graduate of the Class of 1949 at Bradford Academy.

On October 16, 1949, he married the love of his life, Lodoiska Maxwell, in Bradford.  They had always made their home in Bradford.

He worked at Checkerboard Grain in earlier years and was a foreman for the State of Vermont Highway Department for 32 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Bradford Fire Department for 26 years and he and Mrs. Kingsbury operated the food booth in the pits at Bear Ridge Speedway for many years.  He coached Little League when his sons were young and was always happy to provide rides for their fellow teammates.

Family was the most important thing to him.  He attended as many of his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as he possibly could.  He spent many hours playing cards and was a hunter in his younger years.  He enjoyed playing Bingo and all the close friends he made there.  He was a New York Yankees fan, followed NASCAR and enjoyed going to yard sales and making trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, Foxwoods and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Survivors include his children:  Homer Jr. and Shirley of West Newbury, Terry and Rise of Topsham, Kay and Buddy Trojanowski of West Topsham, Paul and Christine of Bradford, Allan and Susan of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and Mark and Sharon of West Topsham; 19 grandchildren:  Tracey and Robert Gauthier, Jamie and Elizabeth Kingsbury, Evan Kingsbury, Willy and Jennifer Kingsbury, Buck and Suzanne Kingsbury, Tara and Steve Simpson, Billie Jo and Charlie Martin, Scott and Lindi, Eric and Amie Trojanowski, Tawnya Baker, Corey and Thelma Kingsbury, Jennifer Trojanowski and Doug Petterson, Kristina Kingsbury and Carmen Schoolcraft, Benjamin and Christina Kingsbury, Kelly Kingsbury, Elizabeth Kingsbury, Katlyn Kingsbury, Timothy and Felicia Kingsbury, and Tad Kingsbury and Vanessa Thurston; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert “Sonny,” and Joan Kingsbury; his sisters-in-law:  Freda Kingsbury, Barbara Jean Maxwell and her friend, and Judy and Ken Bupp; his brothers-in-law:  Maurice and Lois Maxwell, Carl “Joe” and Veanne Maxwell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years; his parents; a twin brother, John Kingsbury; five brothers-in-law:  Charles, Darrell, Lawrence, Dale and Alton Maxwell; and by one sister in law, Juanita French.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxbow Athletic Department, care of Oxbow High School, 36 Oxbow Drive, Bradford, Vermont 05033; or the Bradford Fire Department, 135 Carson Lane, Bradford, Vermont 05033; or to the Orange East Senior Center, 176 Waits River Road, Bradford, Vermont 05033.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 7, at Hale Funeral Home, at 187 Upper Plain in Bradford, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford.

To view an online guestbook go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.

obit lodoiska kingsburyLodoiska (Maxwell) Kingsbury

Lodoiska (Maxwell) Kingsbury, 84, died on February 27, 2014, at her home in Bradford, surrounded by loving family.

Born on January 14, 1930, in Brownington, she was a daughter of Roger and Mary (Joslyn) Maxwell.  She was a graduate of the Class of 1949 at Bradford Academy.

On October 16, 1949, she married the love of her life, Homer H. Kingsbury Sr., in Bradford.  They had always made their home in Bradford.

In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, she cleaned for local businesses and homes in earlier years and was the cook at Bradford Elementary School for 20 years until her retirement.

She had been a member of the Bradford Firemen’s Auxiliary and she and Mr. Kingsbury operated the food booth in the pits at Bear Ridge Speedway for many years.

Family was the most important thing to her.  She attended as many of her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as she possibly could.  Her passion was playing Bingo and she enjoyed all the close friends she made there.  She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, followed NASCAR, and enjoyed going to yard sales and making trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, Foxwoods and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Survivors include her children:  Homer Jr. and Shirley of West Newbury, Terry and Rise of Topsham, Kay and Buddy Trojanowski of West Topsham, Paul and Christine of Bradford, Allan and Susan of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and Mark and Sharon of West Topsham; 19 grandchildren:  Tracey and Robert Gauthier, Jamie and Elizabeth Kingsbury, Evan Kingsbury, Willy and Jennifer Kingsbury, Buck and Suzanne Kingsbury, Tara and Steve Simpson, Billie Jo and Charlie Martin, Scott and Lindi, Eric and Amie Trojanowski, Tawnya Baker, Corey and Thelma Kingsbury, Jennifer Trojanowski and Doug Petterson, Kristina Kingsbury and Carmen Schoolcraft, Benjamin and Christina Kingsbury, Kelly Kingsbury, Elizabeth Kingsbury, Katlyn Kingsbury, Timothy and Felicia Kingsbury, and Tad Kingsbury and Vanessa Thurston; 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Maurice and Lois, and Carl “Joe” and Veanne Maxwell;  two sisters:  Barbara Jean Wright and her friend, and Judy and Ken Bupp; her brother-in-law Robert “Sonny” and Joan Kingsbury; her sister-in-law Freda Kingsbury; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; five brothers:  Charles, Darrell, Lawrence, Dale and Alton; one sister, Juanita French; and by one brother-in-law, John Kingsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718; or to the Orange East Senior Center, 176 Waits River Road, Bradford, Vermont 05033.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 7, at Hale Funeral Home, at 187 Upper Plain in Bradford, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford.

To view an online guestbook, go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.

obit kennisonRichard Alan Kennison

Richard Alan Kennison, 66, of Thornton, New Hampshire, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on February 19, 1948, in Newport, son of Melvin B. and Alma E. (Walker) Kennison.

In 1968, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, earning the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Kennison loved fishing, hunting, and watching all sports.  He cherished time spent with his family and many friends.

He was a supervisor with the Sports Oil Coop., for many years.  He and his family relocated to New Hampshire over 25 years ago, so that he could open his dream business — a sports card and sports memorabilia shop called Dick’s Dugout, in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Nancy M. (Culleton) Kennison, of Thornton; his daughters:  Jacqueline Kennison of E. Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Kristen Kennison of Thornton; his stepmother Phyllis Kennison of Brownington; his siblings:  Marie Marrone of Dracut, Massachusetts, Bob Marrone of Irasburg, Nancy Cluff and her husband, Tom, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Shelia Martin and her husband, Kirk, of Orleans; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brothers:  Bill and Tom Kennison.

A committal service was held on March 3, in Boscawen, New Hampshire.  Interment followed in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Mr. Kennison received loving and compassionate care at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in St. Johnsbury; the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756-0001.

For online condolences, visit www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

obit LamadeleineBernard F. Lamadeleine

Bernard F. Lamadeleine, 82, died on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born in Glover on December 3, 1931, a son to the late Albert and Germain (Tetrault) Lamadeleine.

In 1943, his family moved from Glover to what became the Lamadeleine Family Farm on Duck Pond Road in Barton.

On August 24, 1968, he married Henriette Jarmier.  He continued to work the family farm until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Lamadeleine enjoyed hunting, listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, his cats, and spending time with his family.  He was especially proud of driving his Cadillac in the Guinness Book of World Record Cadillac parade in Barton.

He is survived by his wife, Henriette Lamadeleine; a sister, Therese Bonnette and her husband, George; two brothers:  Roc and Guy Lamadeleine; two special cousins:  Robert Tetrault and Ronald Lamadeleine; and by many other cousins and his nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a brother, Clement Lamadeleine.

There are no visiting hours.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury is assisting with arrangements.

obit LippensRuth Elizabeth (Powers) Lippens

Ruth Elizabeth (Powers) Lippens, 97, died on February 22, 2014, after several years of declining health.

She was born on April 29, 1916, on the home farm in Salem Derby, the daughter of William and Alice Burke Powers.

As a lifelong resident of Derby, she attended Derby schools and graduated in 1934 from Derby Academy.

In her younger years, she was a hairdresser.  She began her career working for Lena Murphy, then owned her own shop on Main Street in Derby.  She later worked for Gladys Carr.

On December 31, 1941, she married Leonard (Joe) Lippens, and they were married for 69 years until he predeceased her in 2011.

In retirement, Mrs. Lippens enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, playing bridge with the Gourmet Bridge Club, spending time with her grandchildren and most of all collecting treasures.  She was often seen at tag sales finding and adding new pieces to her multitude of collections.

She was never happier than when she sat under the apple trees in her yard, enjoying family and friends.

She spent the last several years of her life under the loving care of Dr. Denise Niemira and the dedicated staffs at Derby Green and Michaud Manor.

She is survived by a son, Bruce, and his wife, Karen, of Derby; a daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Perry, of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer Grillo and her husband, Peter, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Christopher Hunt and his wife, Monique, and Timothy Hunt and family, all of Derby; her great-grandchildren:  Sienna Grillo, and Jonathan, Jackson and Emerson Hunt; several sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Donald and Ray Powers.

A service will be held in the spring, with a notice to follow.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit LoiaconoLouis D. “Danny” Loiacono

Louis D. “Danny” Loiacono died on February 19, 2014.

He was born on May 6, 1937, beloved son of the late Ethel (Franco) Bressett and Matteo “Mike” Loiacono, and brother to Ronald R. Ross and James R. Bressett.

He is survived by his children:  Anthony R. Loiacono, Renee E. Agri, Anne Marie Deem, Daniel A. Loiacono, and Mark Loiacono; his 15 grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; and by his self-adopted son Eric Loiacono.  In addition, he is survived by his siblings:  Elvira L. Francour, Edward A. Loiacono, Warren V. Bressett, Dianne L. Miracick Frank J Bressett Jr., and Paul Loiacono; his uncle Luigi Loiacono; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and a dear friend, Paul Chicklis Sr.

There will be a remembrance in the celebration of his life at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 8, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on March 8, from 10:30 until the hour of the funeral.  A luncheon reception will follow at the American Legion at 60 Railroad Street in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of Louis “Danny” Loiacono to the National Emphysema Foundation, 128 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit PrueTerrill R. Prue

Terrill R. Prue, 70, of Newport died on February 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 3, 1943, in Newport, to Frederick Prue Sr. and the late Marjorie (Rowland) Prue.

He married Roxanna Stevens, who survives him.

Mr. Prue was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Sons of the American Legion, and the Vermont National Guard.  He was also a member of the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg.

He liked fishing, singing and traveling to Florida with his wife to their winter home in Brooksville.  He also enjoyed traveling to Maine and New York State.

He was a Red Sox and Patriots fan.  He enjoyed running his glass business and he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a very spiritual and happy man.

He is survived by his wife Roxanna Prue of Newport; his children:  Chad Prue and his wife, Victoria, Tisha LeBlanc and her husband, Raymond, and Teri Prue; his grandchildren:  Shawn McCarthy and his wife, Brandy, Ashley Autry and her husband, Daniel, Wyatt Prue, Seth Prue, Libby Prue, Samara Schneider, Zachary Schneider, Sasha Prue, Audry Houle, Mario Houle, and Myles Prue; his six great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Fred Prue, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, David Prue and his wife, Barbara, Valerie Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Prue, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Marjorie Morely and her husband, James, Pamela Prue, and Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine; his stepchildren:  Bernard Royea and his wife, Tracy, Sheryl Fortin and her husband, Brad, and Michelle Kelley; his step-grandchildren:  Brent Royea, Collin Royea, Nicholas Royea, Melissa Kimbal, Justin and Michael Kelley; his step great-grandchildren:  Aiden Lamoureux and Brooke Noel Kelley; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Shawn Prue; and by his mother Marjorie Prue.

Funeral services were held on March 1, in Irasburg.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, in care of Hilarie Wright, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit StrattonRobert “Bob” E. Stratton

Robert “Bob” E. Stratton, 79, of Morgan died on February 27, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 24, 1935, in Holland, a son of the late Earl Stratton and the late Grant and Ruth (Judd) Stratton Guerin.

In 1953, he married Barbara Farrell, who survives him.

Mr. Stratton liked working with animals and driving trucks.  He farmed for many years and then drove truck for Pike Industries for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stratton, of Morgan; his two children:  Reginald Stratton and his wife, Andree, of Derby, and Laurie Stratton of Morgan; and by his two granddaughters:  Shelly Starr and her son, Ethan, and Julie Rock and her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Owen and Olivia.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his son David Stratton.

As per Mr. Stratton’s request, there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 26, 2014

obit BarryRonald Earle Barry

Ronald Earle Barry, 81, of Derby Line and formerly of Arlington, Massachusetts, died on February 17, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by family, following a brief illness.

He was born on January 27, 1933, in Arlington, a son of Joseph Michael and Ruth Ester (Woodward) Barry.

On October 6, 1956, he married Joan Ellyn (Carlson), who predeceased him in 2009.

Mr. Barry moved to Newport in 1998 with his wife, to retire, after spending the majority of his life in Arlington.  They were greeted warmly, meeting kind neighbors and making many new friends.  They enjoyed a quiet, relaxing life for several years, which included daily breakfast at The Brown Cow and The East Side restaurants.  After his wife died, he became a resident of Michaud Manor and quickly bonded with Michaud staff and was helpful to the other residents.  However, it was evident to those who knew him closest that the loss of his wife had a significant effect on his overall happiness and well-being.

Mr. Barry had a deep love for music and had an extensive record collection.  He had a particular fondness for 1950s singer Joni James.  When you visited with him, music would always be playing and he would love to share stories of the various artists he was listening to.

For many years, his home was a gathering place for many weekend cookouts and parties and music was always a centerpiece of these gatherings.  Along with his wife and his two boys, music was his life!

He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served in Ethiopia for the Army during the Korean War.  Most of his working career was spent helping out the family business, which was a popular grocery, produce, and meat market in Arlington.  In later years, he worked as a case manager for Minuteman Home Care, where he provided in-home care and services for elderly residents in his community. He also worked several years for the Leahy Clinic, where he retired in 1998.

He is survived locally by his two children:  Raymond Barry of Newport and Craig Barry and his wife, Kristi, of Newport; a granddaughter, Madison Barry, his “princess,” of Newport; his in-laws:  Bill and Bonnie Wheeler of Derby Line, and sister-in-law Merrilyn Barry of Derby; his niece Kimberly Barry and her husband, Keith, of Troy; and by his nephews:  Kyle Barry and his wife, Gail, of Derby, and Kord Barry and his wife, Mary, of Derby.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to Michaud Manor, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Newport Health Care, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit BrownElwyn Lester Brown

Elwyn Lester Brown, 93, of Newport Center died peacefully on February 17, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 15, 1920, in Newport, to Warren and Hazel (Percy) Brown.

On September 28, 1945, he married Hazel Dow, who predeceased him on June 4, 2006.

Mr. Brown was a lineman for the New England Telephone Company, where he retired in 1976.  He entered the U.S. Army Air Force, where he was a veteran of World War II.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, canning, gardening, playing cribbage and cards.  He also sold vegetables and furniture on his lawn and he enjoyed rototilling and maple sugaring.

He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the telephone pioneers.

He is survived by his sons:  Glen Brown and his wife, Arlene, of Newport Center, and Fred Brown and his wife, Sheryl, of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Glen W. Brown and his wife, Tammy Szych, of Derby, and Sharon Eustace and her husband, Dillon, of St. Johnsbury; three great-grandchildren:  Brandon and Brooklyn Brown and Myah Eustace; and by a dear friend, Dorothy Bouton, of Middlebury.

Funeral services were held on February 22, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, in care of Charles Drown, 334 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857; or to the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16, P.O. Box 522, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Madeleine M. Degreenia

Madeleine M. Degreenia, 88, of Newport died on February 18, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 24, 1926, in Irasburg, to Oscar and Georgette (Gaboriault) Fournier.

On October 25, 1950, she married H.E. Degrennia, who survives her.

She and her husband traveled extensively with his employment and they also traveled around the United States in their motor homes.

She is survived by her husband H.E. Degreenia of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Adrien, Joe and Lucien Fournier, and Yvonne Hoyt, Pauline Roy and Lucille Keefe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HoweElena Coletti Howe

Elena Coletti Howe, a longtime resident of Newport, died peacefully on February 15, 2014, at her home in Newport.  She was 92 years old and the beloved wife for 62 years of the late Dr. Paul Howe.

She was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1921, a daughter of Angelina and Donato Coletti of St. Donato, Italy.  The story of her parents’ life in Italy, and her father’s artistic gifts, prompted her and her husband to travel to this small Italian village to meet friends and relatives of her parents.  Many fine examples of her father’s sculptures, artwork and reliefs are on display in museums and public buildings throughout the United States and Italy.

She married Dr. Paul Howe on April 28, 1946, and spent many years working in his office as secretary and bookkeeper.  They traveled extensively throughout Europe, enjoying skiing, golfing and visiting friends.  After Dr. Howe’s retirement, they divided their time between a winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, and Newport.  They always looked forward to returning to the Newport Country Club to resume golf and reunite with friends.

She is survived by her two sons:  Dr. James G. Howe and Gregory P. Howe and his wife, Billie.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Emily Howe of Notre Dame, Indiana, Lindsay Howe of Boston, Massachusetts, Tanner Howe and his wife, Hillery, and their children, Chloe and Doon, of Brooklyn, New York, Justin Howe and his wife, Caroline, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Julia Howe Sullivan and her husband, Trevor, of Burlington, and Andrew Howe of Shelburne.

She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Paul Howe; her sisters:  Evelyn Fitzgerald, Loretta Filder, and Carmela Fitzgerald; a brother, Dr. Rudolph Coletti; and by her daughter-in-law Rita Howe.

There will be a private family Catholic service to celebrate her life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit mitchellDorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell

Dorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell, 100, of Merritt Island, Florida, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

She was born on December 19, 1913, to Hugh Bell and Grace (Twombly) Bell in Derby Line, in a house that was located half in the United States and half in Canada.

On August 18, 1934, she married Donald Lindsley.  Together they raised their family in Newport, until he died suddenly on September 1, 1958.

She was active in her children’s lives and in the community.  She was an excellent pianist and played for the Kiwanis Club, church youth groups, dance recitals, and the Girl Scouts.

In 1968, she married John Mitchell of Barre, where they resided until his death in 1973.

Moving to Florida in 1979, she became an active member in the Grace United Methodist Church.

She was a lifetime member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  She was also a member of several women’s groups and garden clubs.  She loved bridge, music, dancing, reading and playing the piano.

She is survived by her loving children:  Donald Lindsley and his wife, Eugenia, Diana Diamantas, Deborah Twiss, and Doreen and her husband, Earl Mahoney; her dear stepdaughter Betty Jean Baker; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister-in-law Gayla Rivard; her brother-in-law Russ Perkins; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Hugh and Grace; her brother Sid Bell; her sisters:  Margaret Perlman and Gwen Perkins; and by her son-in-law Bill Diamantas.

A graveside memorial service will be held this summer in Newport, where she will be laid to rest in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery.

obit NilesGeorge Bixby Niles

George Bixby Niles, 86, of Newport Center died peacefully on February 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 25, 1927, in Newport Center, to Harry O. Niles Sr. and June (Morrill) Niles.

On October 9, 1948, he married Lorraine Davio.

He was employed by Tivoly USA in Derby Line for many years.  In his earlier years, he worked with his dad on the family farm on Niles Road in Newport Center, until his marriage in 1948.

His hobbies included hunting, tinkering around the house, walking, following wrestling, and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Niles of Newport Center; his sons:  Douglas Niles of Newport Center, Raymond Niles and his wife, Edna, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Timothy Niles of Newport Center, and Kevin Niles and his wife, Julie, of Lockport, New York; his grandchildren:  Tammi Lantagne and her husband, Reg, of Newport Center, Tara Selby and her husband, Sean, of Morgan, Shane Niles of Randolph, Dana Niles and his wife, Nancy, of Walpole, Massachusetts, Timothy Niles Jr. of Maine, Darcel Niles and Yolande Niles both of Maine, Kate Schwanke and her husband, Matt, of Ocala, Florida, Bryce Niles and his wife, Tabi, of Eden, Jordan Niles, and Mitchel Niles of Lockport; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother Harry Niles Jr. of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by his special friend, Sasha.

He was predeceased by three brothers:  Avery, Gardner, and Robert Niles; and by his sister Barbara Hosley.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Advent Church, P.O. Box 136, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www. curtis-britch.com.

obit StevensPatricia A. Stevens

Patricia A. Stevens, 77, of Coventry died on February 15, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1937, in Newport, to Evarest and Thelma (Stratton) Cote.

She graduated from Newport High School in the Class of 1957.

On September 7, 1957, she married Roy Stevens, who survives her.

She and her husband, Roy, own Blue Ribbon Carpet Cleaners and she formerly cleaned homes in the area.

Her interests were bowling, dancing and she loved all cats, dogs and horses.

She is survived by her husband Roy Stevens of Coventry; her children:  Greg Stevens and his wife, Kathy, of Enosburg, Alan Stevens of Spencer, Massachusetts, and Lori Stevens of North Concord; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; and by four step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Valarie Dawn; and by her brother Dean Cote.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit WeedCeline Florianne Weed 

Celine Florianne Weed, 73, of Newport died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at her home, in the presence of her family, after her fight against cancer.

She was born on June 5, 1940, in Montreal, Quebec.

She was a bartender and waitress at the VFW Post #798 of Newport for several years.

She always worked hard whether it was at a factory, waitressing, or bartending.

She liked to play darts, cards and bingo.  She looked forward to cribbage on Tuesday nights at the American Legion Post #21.  She loved Halloween as it was her favorite holiday.  She is well known for having some kind of crazy costume on and going around giving out candy.

Ms. Weed loved her cats as she was a huge cat lover and she enjoyed taking pictures — anyone who knew her also knew her camera wasn’t far.

She is survived by her daughter Laurie Eastman and her husband, David, of Newport; her son John Weed of Newport; her grandsons:  Zachery Lyonnais of Newport, and Sabastian Lyonnais and his fiancée, Amanda Royer, of Orleans; and by her step-grandson Zacheria Eastman of Portland, Maine.

In August of 2013, a “celebration of life” was held for her at the VFW Post #798 in Newport.  This is how she would want to be remembered, so there will be no services.

Anyone wishing to donate in her honor, please donate to the Mary Wright Halo Association, in care of Hilarie Wright, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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