Obituaries January 7, 2015

obit BuckMaria B. Buck

Maria B. Buck, 73, of Newport Center died peacefully on December 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 3, 1941, to Gerard and Bella (Bedard) Brochu.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1959.

On January 9, 1993, she married Charles Buck, who survives her.

She worked as co-owner and bookkeeper for C&D Starter Shop, Inc., from where she retired in 2008. She was a member of the Bobbin Mill Players, where she was a singer for 12 years. Her hobbies included painting, collecting dolls, flower gardening, bird watching, singing, and doing word search puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Buck, of Newport Center; her children: Carmen Marie Doe and her husband, Earl, and Robin Jean Buck; her stepchildren: Alan Buck and his wife, Jodye, Eric Buck and his companion, Kathy, Keith Buck, and Aaron Buck and his wife, Donna; her grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, and Ravyn Bowen; her step-grandchildren: Sheena Lanoue, Shauna Book, Alan Buck II, Cheyenne Buck, Alicia Buck, Shawn Buck, Wyatt Buck, Meira Buck, Nicholas Buck, Ross Lowery, Aidan Lowery, Taylor Bressette, Logan Limoge, and Gavin Lanoue; her brothers and sisters: Rene Brochu, Gerard Brochu, Stephen Brochu, Alfred Brochu, John Brochu, Eva Brochu, Anna Sanville, Clara Brochu, Rita Choquette, Lea Cook, Martha Dupont, Theresa Round, and Patricia Mann; and by her extended family, Randall family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit BucklandCharles Scott Buckland Jr.

Charles Scott Buckland Jr., 31, died suddenly on December 18, 2014, at his St. Albans residence.

He was born on October 13, 1983.

Mr. Buckland loved life, children, family, and friends, young and old. Football was his favorite time of the year for sports. He was an avid Redskins fan. He could make anyone smile in an instant; and he always gave a helping hand no matter the conditions. He was a Christian and baptized in Jesus’ name. He was saved, thank you Lord. He had also accomplished his GED and high school diploma. He was a loving son, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his father, Charles Scott Buckland Sr., and stepmother Catherine Buckland of Lafayette Indiana; his mother, Shari McAllister, and her significant other, David Parenteau, of Newport; his stepfather Mark McAllister of Barton; his brothers: Josh McAllister and his wife, Casey Burke, Nathan and Max Motto of Indiana, and Pete Moore of New Mexico; his sisters: Carrie McAllister of Connecticut, Gretchen Garrison of Maine, Tara Patten of Derby, Summer, Savannah, and Shauna Agee of Missouri; his grandmother Gloria Reynolds and her husband, Brad, of Newport; his step-moms: Denise Jones of Missouri, and Maria Motto of Indiana; his aunts: Julie Piper of South Carolina, and Dorothy and her husband, Junior Blake, of Quebec, Canada; his uncles: Jon Piper of North Carolina, Craig and his wife, Becky Buckland, Ron and and his wife, Rochelle Moss, and Allen and his wife, Venyse Moss, all of Florida; and by his girlfriend, Megan Jefferson, and her daughter, Brooke.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, George Wright Buckland Sr. and Irwin Piper; his grandmother Jennie Buckland; and by his great-grandmother Laura Lontine.

A ceremonial celebration of his life will be shared at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Saturday, January 10, at 2 p.m. Bring a memory and expect a hug!

Donations in his name may be sent to 1003 Main Street, #3, Lafayette, Indiana, 47901; or on Charles Buckland Sr.’s Facebook donation page to help with the costs are greatly welcome.

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obit BusheyFrederick Armand Bushey

Frederick Armand Bushey, 83, of Newport Center died on December 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 30, 1931, in St. Albans, to Raymond and Elodia (Juneau) Bushey.

On June 11, 1955, he married the former Norma Partlow, who survive him.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1989 from the U.S. Customs Service as port director. He was a member of the American Legion of North Troy, Jay Peak Post #28, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport, and a former member of the Elks Club #2155 of Newport.

He enjoyed golfing, biking, cross-country skiing, and photography.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Bushey, of Newport Center; his daughter Deborah Poulin of Derby; his grandchildren: Joshua Poulin and his wife, Jen, of Derby, Jenna Poutre and her husband, Matthew, of Derby, and Jeret Bushey and his wife, Katelyn, of Irasburg; seven great-grandchildren: Mya, Star, Quinne, Hudson, Jaida, Henry, and Connor; his sister Marguerite Shoerlin of Ridge, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Frederick E. Bushey; his grandson Frederick Bushey II; and by three brothers: Clarence, Edmond, and Francis.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Societies, Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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obit CadieuxJohn Cadieux

John Paul Cadieux of Newport died peacefully on December 28, 2014, at age 90.

Born in Richford, the eldest of ten children of Pierre and Marie (Benoit) Cadieux, he was raised in North Troy. One day after his high school graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for three years in the Pacific Theater, including on Guam. He was always very proud of his service as a SeaBee.

Upon his return to North Troy in 1946, he noticed that his good friend Jack Starr’s little sister Ida had grown up quite a bit. Mr. Cadieux and Ida Mae Starr married that fall, and shared 68 years together.

He returned to work at the family business, Cadieux’s Grain Store, and upon his father’s untimely death, he became manager of the feed store at a young age.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and hiker and a charter investor in a new business in the area — Jay Peak Ski Area. He served on Jay Peak’s very first ski patrol.

After years of difficulty having a child, Mr. and Mrs. Cadieux adopted a baby boy, Peter John. Two years later, Mrs. Cadieux gave birth to daughter Barbara Jean, completing the young family. In 1962, after the sale of the feed and grain business, the family moved to Colebrook, New Hampshire, where Mr. Cadieux was hired as the manager of the Bailey feed store. Bailey was absorbed by Wirthmore, who kept him on. In 1968, Wirthmore was bought out by Agway, and Mr. Cadieux was named manager of their Newport store, meaning that he and the family could return to their beloved Northeast Kingdom, close to their large, extended families.

Mr. Cadieux remained in Newport the rest of his life; a hardworking, honest, well-respected business manager. Later, he also worked at, among other places, Space Research in Jay and, after retirement, part-time at Starr’s Transportation in North Troy.

He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver in recent years, Ida; his son Peter and his wife, Susan Brecht-Cadieux, of Plattsburgh, New York; his granddaughters Maria Cadieux of Plattsburgh and her boyfriend, Chris LeClair, Hana Cadieux of Yarmouth, Maine, and her fiancé, Scott McQuilkin, and Greta Gilmore of Melbourne, Australia, and her husband, Dylan Gilmore; numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws who have been very close; and by many friends and neighbors who have been special and helpful to him through a long and difficult decline.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Barbara; and by his siblings: Laurent “Peter” Cadieux, Madeline “Peanut” Cushing, Valida Spooner and Yvonne Briggs.

Memorial services were held on January 3, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice or the American Legion Post #28 in North Troy, where Mr. Cadieux was a continuous member for over 70 years.

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obit CushingClaudette Cushing

Claudette Cushing, 60, of West Glover died suddenly on December 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 30, 1954, in New York City, New York, to Dominick and Tatijana (Papedis) Cervone.

She married Alfred Cushing, who predeceased her on September 1, 2009.

Her hobbies included collecting cookbooks and recipes, and gardening.

She is survived by her son Daniel Cushing and his wife, Julie, of Island Pond; and by her fiancé, Rodney Libbey, of West Glover. She had many dear friends who she loved very much.

She was predeceased by one brother.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit DavisRoy Grover Davis

Roy Grover Davis, 89, of Derby Line died peacefully on December 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 25, 1925, in Heathton, Quebec, to Ernest and Elizabeth (Pomeroy) Davis.

On August 15, 1953, he married the love of his life, Shirley Canning, who survives him.

He attended school in Heathton, and he went to McDonald College in Montreal, Quebec, where he studied agriculture, and Cornell University, where he received his license to be an AI (artificial insemination) technician. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Derby Line, since 1959.

He served as a director for the National Resources Conservation Board, Agway, Eastern AI, and Cabot Creamery Co-op for 15 years. He was a member of the Order of Elks #2155 of Newport, and attended the Stanstead South United Church in Rock Island, Quebec. Most recently, he attended church at the Morgan Church in Morgan.

After his family, maple sugaring was his passion. He won “Best of Show” at the Barre Farm Show a few years ago and numerous class awards throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Davis, of Derby Line; his children: Bryan Davis and his wife, Susan, of Derby, Sharon Sykes and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line, Sherry Davis Wilson and her husband, Steve Wilson, of Wrentham, Massachusetts, and Debra Batista and her husband, Jose, of Derby; his grandchildren: Jeremy Davis and his wife, Jen, Brandy Flynn and her husband, Nick, Hillary Davis, Shaun Sykes and his significant other, Erica Page, Barry Sykes and his wife, Lyndsay, Joslyn Letourneau and her husband, Justin, Colin Sykes and his fiancée, Elisa Napolitano, Jarrett Wilson, Jessica Wilson, Grace Davis Wilson, Jonathan Batista and his fiancée, Kristine Capino, and Adam Batista; his great-grandchildren: Lauryn Flynn, Myra Davis, Lilly Letourneau, Avery Sykes, Oliver Sykes, Aiden and Brynn; his sister-in-law Mildred Davis of Westmore; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Helen, Avery, Ruth, Melville, Ernestine, Martha, Alfred, Harold, and Myra.

Funeral services were held on December 26, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit foster 2Elsie “Elsa” May Cross Foster

Elsa May Foster, 88, died peacefully at her home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on January 1, 2015.

She was born on May 26, 1926, in St. Johnsbury, the third of four children born to George Alba Cross and Mary Mathilda Jane Goings.

She attended school in Vermont, graduating high school from Barton Academy in 1944.

In August of 1945, she married Neil Lewis Cass. They had three children before divorcing in 1953.

In 1954, she married Calvin Taylor Bean, and three children were born from that union as well. They raised their children in various locations in Vermont and Maine before moving to Utah in 1976. Shortly thereafter, they divorced.

She then married William “Bill” P. Foster on February 25, 1983, and they were later sealed as eternal companions in the Salt Lake Temple. In the ensuing years, they lived in Salt Lake City, Roy, and Vernal, Utah, Elko, Nevada, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

She enjoyed being a mother and loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

She liked meeting new people and made friends easily. Once most of the children were grown, she ventured out into the workforce where she applied her many talents and abilities working in sales, marketing, office management, private home health care, and property management. She found great satisfaction and personal growth during this time.

She had a beautiful voice and loved singing and listening to music. She enjoyed her home, the beauties of nature — particularly plants, flowers and birds — and had a great love for her pets. Her favorite pastimes were traveling, reading and writing poetry and children’s stories. She will always be remembered for her sharp wit, humor, and contagious laugh.

She was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully for many years in various organizations including Primary, Sunday School, Relief Society, Singing Mothers, and as a Stake Missionary. She became a “second mother” to many sister missionaries who lived in her home during their missions in Salt Lake. While living in Vernal, she and Mr. Foster served as ordinance workers in the Vernal Utah Temple, which was the highlight of their service in the church.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Ralph Leland Cross; a sister, Betty Ruth Quinn; and, most recently, by a special niece, Melody Ann Barrett.

obit Foster 1She is survived by her loving husband, Bill; her children: Dolores Jean Hodgkin and her husband, Perley, of Saco, Maine, David Ralph Bean and his wife, Irene, of Biddeford, Maine, Linda Rae Mauer and her husband, James, of Spokane, Washington, Julie Anne Mecham and her husband, Rick, of Spring, Texas, Richard Calvin Bean and his wife, Diane, of North Salt Lake, Utah, and Brian Edmund Bean and his wife, Kathy, of Bartlesville; her two stepchildren: Monty Jake Foster and his wife, Sharon, of Springville, Utah, and Rosemarie Bialaski and her husband, Mike, of Livonia, Missouri; her sister Barbara Ellen Barrett of Mendon, Massachusetts; and by her 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Services were held on January 6, in Bartlesville. A graveside service will be held on January 8, at 2 p.m., at Rock Point Cemetery in Maeser, Utah.

obit GriffinDr. Ray Evan Griffin

Dr. Ray Evan Griffin died on December 21, 2014, at his home in Glover.

He was born in Newport Center on January 1, 1922, the fourth child of Grace Rogers and Ray Elwin Griffin.

At the age of four, he moved with his family to Albany, where he entered the Albany Village School. When he was seven, the family moved to Barton, where he entered Barton Academy and Graded School, from which he graduated in 1940. He continued his education, attending Lyndon Normal School until Pearl Harbor, when he left to take up the machinist trade at the old Merckland Plant in Barton. He then received employment at the Jones and Lamson Machine Company in Springfield, as an expediter.

On January 4, 1944, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force and attended radio operator mechanic school, graduating in June of 1945 at Scott Field, Illinois. His post graduation orders were to train on a B29 crew to go to the Pacific Theater. Those orders were ultimately cancelled with the dropping of the atomic bomb, and he was sent to the ETO (European Theater of Operations) in the occupation forces.

In the interim, he married his high school sweetheart, Olive Urie, RN, on September 22, 1945, at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church. They celebrated their sixty-ninth anniversary.

In Europe, Mr. Griffin served in the 61st Troop Service Squadron and then went on detached service to the U.S. Navy, serving as a radio operator on the private C47 of Res. Admiral William Glassford, commander of Naval forces in the ETO. During this service, he visited seven different countries and had the opportunity to attend the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany.

Mr. Griffin was discharged on May 25, 1946, from the Army Air Force and returned to the Jones and Lamson Machine Company for the next three years. In the fall of 1949, he was admitted to the University of Vermont (UVM), from which he graduated in 1953 with a B.A. degree, majoring in zoology, while taking the pre-dental curriculum. At UVM, he played on the varsity golf team and was a student assistant in the zoology lab. He qualified for the dean’s list in his final semester. While in college, he served in the Air National Guard from October of 1949 to January of 1951, when he was honorably discharged to continue his college education.

He was accepted to Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1957 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He also received the Harry E. Latchman Award for complete oral rehabilitation. He also received an honorary degree from Lyndon State College in May of 2013.

Dr. Griffin opened his practice in Bellows Falls in 1957 and with his family resided in Saxtons River. He retired in 1987 and in 1994 he and Mrs. Griffin moved to Tranquility Farm in West Glover, where they ran a bed, breakfast and birding inn for a few years and also maintained a tree farm.

Dr. Griffin was very active in sports. In grade school, he played on a PeeWee hockey team and in high school he lettered in basketball, baseball, and golf, winning the Vermont State High School Golf Championship his junior year. He played varsity basketball at Lyndon Normal School and played on the Jones and Lamson softball and basketball teams. He qualified for the Vermont Amateur Golf Tournament in 1949 and also played on the UVM golf team. He was very competitive in golfing circles, winning the Vermont Medical Dental and the Vermont Medical Dental Seniors and the Vermont Seniors. In 1970, he scored a hole in one on the ninth hole of the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield. He took up both downhill and cross-country skiing and skied for a number of years at Ascutney Mountain with his family. He coached Little League baseball in Bellows Falls and graded school basketball in Saxtons River.

He belonged to a number of churches throughout his lifetime including Barton Congregational, Springfield Congregational, Towson Presbyterian in Maryland, Christ’s Church in Saxtons River, and West Glover Congregational. At Christ’s Church, he taught Sunday School and served on numerous committees including council, building, trustees, outreach, Christian education, and investments.

Dr. Griffin was a trustee of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the Rotary in Bellows Falls, and he was a courtesy staff member and member of the Bellows Falls Chamber of Commerce and later the Barton Country Club. In Saxtons River he was chairman of fund-raising for the Boy Scouts of America, he delivered meals on wheels, transported dialysis and other patients, treated low-income patients, and was general dentist for Kurn Hattin Homes and the Vermont Academy. During the years of his practice, he was always available to lend a helping hand.

Dr. Griffin was a member of the American Legion Barton Post #76 and a charter member of the World War II Memorial. He was a life member of the Vermont Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He served on the State Dental Health and Ethics Committee and as director of the Vermont Delta Dental.

The Griffins took off bird-watching in 1979 and traveled extensively throughout the lower 48 states, sightseeing and searching for bird species, accumulating a bird list of 600-plus species before his search was cut short by health problems. They belonged to the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, Northeast Kingdom Audubon, the American Birding Association, the Brookline Bird Club, VINS Nature Conservancy, and other birding and conservancy groups.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Olive Urie Griffin, of West Glover; his children: Ronald of Brookville, Maryland, Robert and his wife, Kathy, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, Judy McKelvey and her husband, George, of Newport, and Becky Tobey of Woodstock. Marty Hammond, Pam Hinds, Peter Tobey, and Marsha Wilmot also survive him. He is survived by his grandchildren: Annaliese, Jennie, and Lauren Griffin, Benjamin and Adam Griffin, Ellen and Sarah Griffin, Meredith McKelvey and Evan, Eric, and Hannah Tobey; his only great-grandchild, Porter Juneseo Lee; his sisters-in-law: Joyce Hanson, Faye Valley, Shirley Urie, Janet Griffin, and Peggy Griffin; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Elwin, Everett, and Eldon; his sisters: Ruth Babcock, and Charlotte Cloutier; his brothers-in-law: Raoul Cloutier, Frank Babcock, Albert Urie, Alan Urie, and Larry Valley; his sister-in-law Marion Urie; and by his son Rodney Everett Griffin in 2011.

A memorial service was held on December 27, in West Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mount Ascutney Audubon Society, P.O. Box 191, Springfield, Vermont 05156; or to the Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society, 1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Glover Ambulance Service, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Spring interment will be in Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.

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obit KilburnPaul R. Kilburn Sr.

Paul R. Kilburn Sr., 66, of Barton died on January 1, 2015, at his home in Barton.

He was born on October 27, 1948, in Burlington, to Norman and Muretta (LaFrance) Stockwell.

On December 24, 2005, he married Barbara Merchant, who survives him.

He was employed at one time at Pearless Clothing in St. Albans.

He enjoyed hunting and watching old Western movies on television.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kilburn, of Barton; his children: Paul Kilburn Jr., AJ Kilburn, Kelly Flood and her husband, Glen, and Shane Percy; his grandchildren: Kelly, John, Dale, Alex, Nevaeh, and Katrina; his mother-in-law, Ethel Sweeney; and by his siblings: Bob, Steve, and Kevin Kilburn, Cheryl Lussier, Ida Westover, and Jane Darling.

He was predeceased by his brother Albert.

Calling hours were held in Baron on January 6.

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obit LeBlancYvette Campbell LeBlanc

Yvette Campbell LeBlanc, 90 of Newport died on January 4, 2015.

She was born in Newport on January 20, 1924, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. She was the fourth of seven children.

She attended Sacred Heart School.

On September 30, 1950, she married Wilfred LeBlanc. Together they owned a dairy farm in Westfield, and later owned an agricultural equipment business serving area dairy farmers.

She and her husband adopted twin sons Alfred and Anthony. Mrs. and Mr. LeBlanc worked together to build the house on the Lake Road in Newport, where they lived for many years.

In retirement, they enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards with friends and family, and they spent many winters in Florida in their motor home.

Mrs. LeBlanc loved gardening and preserving the produce that she grew by canning and freezing her fruits and vegetables. She loved her Doberman pinscher named Missy.

She was a devout Roman Catholic and a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’ s Star of the Sea in Newport. She was also a lifelong member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She enjoyed wonderful care in her final years, living at Michaud Manor in Derby Line, then later at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.

She is survived by her son Anthony Leblanc of Reno, Nevada; her brother John Campbell of Newport; her sisters: Carmen Sheltra of Indiantown, Florida, and Dolores Lantagne and her husband, Clarence, of Newport; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred; her son Alfred; her brother Ange-Emile Campbell; and by her sisters: Yolande Howe and Bibianne Lamarche.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Newport on Thursday, January 8, at 11 a.m. Friends may also call at the Curtis- Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, preceding the funeral Mass on January 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Spring internment will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Cemetery in Newport.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Mary Star of the Sea Tree of Life Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit macieArland Donald Macie

Arland Donald Macie of Orleans died on December 19, 2014, at the age of 86.

He resided at the Bel-Aire Health Care Center in Newport for the past two years.

He was born on January 1, 1928, in Irasburg. He was the oldest child of Gilbert Henry Macie and Lillian Olive Coapland. His younger sisters were Berdina (Macie) Maxwell, and Beverly Macie. He lived most of his life in Vermont and was known to say, “There is no better place to be than in Vermont.”

In 1947, Mr. Macie purchased a farm with his parents in Coventry. In 1952, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served in the Korean War. In the midst of the conflict, he ran communication wires for 21 months. He then remained in the Reserves for a few more years. Upon returning home, he renewed his friendship with the love of his life, Kathryn Janet Norris, whom he had met at the Eureka Grange 480 in Coventry.

They were married on June 28, 1953, and soon after they had four children. The most important values of Mr. Macie’s life were God, family, and friends. Matthew 22:37-39: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Mr. Macie lived this well.

Mr. Macie was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 30, 1963. Together with his wife and family, they were sealed together for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple in Utah in 1964. He served in many church callings throughout his membership. These are a few of the highlights: In June of 1998, with his wife, they served a mission in Texas and then toured the United States visiting many of the temples built at that time; in April of 2000, he was called as president of the Newport branch, to serve as a leader of the people he loved; and in 2002, he served as an ordinance worker for the Montreal, Quebec, temple. He enjoyed all of his callings and served willingly. But most of all he took his calling as a home teacher very seriously, for he visited individual families every month, faithfully, to see if their needs were met. Many times, he gave his time and love in furnishing firewood or by any other means he could.

Throughout his life, he was active in his community with his wife. To name a few, in the Grange, and in the Boy Scouts Parents Club. But one thing he loved more than most was to be a member of The North Country Swingers. He started dancing in 1973 and graduated in 1974. He danced until 2009, approximately. He would not miss a Monday night dance no matter how hard he had worked that day. He loved the people and good clean fun.

Most people knew Mr. Macie for his life of hard work. He loved Vermont and the land he owned and worked along with his beautiful wife. He was a farmer in addition to working at Ethan Allen and Indian Head. He retired from Newport Furniture Parts. He ran a chainsaw until he had a stroke two years ago. He would not let his wife get cold.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Janet (Norris) Macie of Coventry. The heritage he will be missed by includes his children and their spouses and families: his daughter Terry Ashman and her daughter Virginia; his daughter Debra Cobb and her children: Nathan, Arla, Deanna, Patience, and Justin; his son Richard and his wife, Linn Macie, and their children: Debbie, Heath, Jacob, Derrick, and Allison; his daughter Sue and her husband, Joseph Simpson, and their children: Alina, Desiree, and Logan; and by his 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings.

We honor your great example and will always love you. Till we meet again.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery in Irasburg.

Carolyn Lorraine Marsh

Carolyn Lorraine Marsh, 73, of Derby Line, and recently of the Union House in Glover, died on December 22, 2014.

She was born on February 8, 1941, to the late Carmi and Dorothy Marsh.

She graduated from Newport High School and attended Lyndon State College.

She held several various employments but enjoyed retirement best. In recent years, she resided at the Union House Nursing Home and considered the people there to be her extended family and she was especially fond of Sally and Sharon.

She loved to read, and she became the historian of the family with her camera. She was very proud of her nieces’, nephews’, and great-nephews’ academic and athletic honors, telling everyone of their latest accomplishments.

She leaves her brother Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife of Derby Line; much-loved friend Pierrette; her sister Judith Hughes of Lyndonville; and several nieces, one nephew and one great-niece.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carmi and Dorothy Marsh; and by her brother-in-law Mark Hughes.

There will be no service at this time.

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

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obit MasonTerrill D. Mason Jr.

Terrill D. Mason Jr., 73, died peacefully at home in North Troy, on December 26, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in North Troy, to Terrill and Arline Mason, in 1941.

During his childhood and teens, he worked on local farms helping with haying and chores after going to school and during summers. He later worked for the Blair Veneer Mill, until he joined the U.S. Army in 1963. After doing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed in Korea for about 13 months. He ended up at the Atlanta Army Depot in Forest Park, Georgia.

On February 12, 1966, he married Elizabeth Jean Mason, in a ceremony at the Army base. When discharged from the U. S. Army in August of 1966, he went to work for Tri State Tractor Company in Atlanta, Georgia, as a heavy equipment mechanic until August of 1972, when the couple moved to North Troy, to be near his family.

Mr. Mason started working for Desmarais Equipment in September of 1972 as a mechanic and continued there until his retirement in July of 2002.

He was a great mechanic. He rebuilt a Massey Ferguson tractor from bottom to top so he could use it for tractor pulling at the fairs. His tractor has been admired by many people at the tractor pulls. If anyone had a question about tractors, they could just ask him. Many customers at Desmarais counted on him to get them going.

He has been a member of the American Legion in North Troy since moving to Vermont in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Mason, and his son Dean Mason, both of North Troy; his sister and her husband, Debbie and Roger Meunier, of Newport Center; his brother Charles Mason of North Troy; his nephews: Scott Meunier and his wife, Jule, of Jay, Marc Meunier of Troy, and David and Steven Tyburski of Massachusetts; his nieces in New York: Tammy Price, Karen Morehouse, and Vicky Loeven; and his brother-in-law James Mason and his wife, Ann, and his sister-in-law Cathy Pridgen and her husband, Doug, and their families, all of Mobile, Alabama.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Phyllis Tyburski; and by his brother Gilbert Mason.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Newport. Spring interment with full military honors will be in the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, 133 Vermont Route 243, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit MedorFrancis Paul Medor

Francis Paul Medor, 72, of West Glover died at his home on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Medor was born to Frank and Annette Medor on August 10, 1942, in Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated from Bergen Catholic School in Oradell, New Jersey.

He was self-employed as a public accountant for 40 years, first in Rutland, and later in West Glover. He was a member of the National Society of Public Accountants.

Mr. Medor was an active member of the Holy Trinity Parish and his faith in God was a very important part of his life and strength.

Mr. Medor married the love of his life, Sue Kennedy Medor, on November 16, 1985. From the moment they met, they worked side by side for 30 years. They spent many years following their adventurous spirit, by moving to live in Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma before settling in West Glover.

One of the enjoyments of his life was his love of sports, especially his beloved New York Giants. He always enjoyed his Ford trucks, riding horses, grandchildren visiting, his dogs, reading books, and building and taking care of his home. He loved his work and his ability to help people solve issues.

Survivors include his wife, Sue, of West Glover; a brother, Alan Medor, and his wife, Tammy, of Brandon; his children: Lisa Holihan and her husband, Thomas, of Massapequa, New York, Francis Medor and his wife, Andrea, of Phillipsburgh, New Jersey, and Bridget Jakubowski and her husband, Jake, of Rutland; and his four beautiful grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, on January 10, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, or in memory of Mr. Medor, may be made to the Glover Ambulance, P.O. Box 64, West Glover, Vermont 05875; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obi RiendeauBernard Alfred Riendeau Sr.

Bernard Alfred Riendeau Sr., 63, of Albany died on December 28, 2014, in Craftsbury.

He was born on May 23, 1951, in Barnston, Quebec, to Arsene and Alberta (Larochelle) Riendeau.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School.

On July 26, 1975, he married Paulette LeBlanc, who survives him.

He enjoyed farming, raising Alpacas, and playing his accordion and harmonica. He loved his church and church family with all his heart. He also helped anyone in need and enjoyed spreading the gospel to others.

He was owner of Black River Equipment, where he sold farm equipment and holistic medicine for animals. He was always agriculturally minded and was a charter member of the Barton Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Riendeau, of Albany; his children: David Riendeau of Craftsbury Common, Daniel Riendeau and his wife, Jennifer, of Albany, and Jeremy Riendeau of Albany; his siblings: Andre Riendeau of Quebec, Canada, Rene Riendeau and his wife, Gloria, of Connecticut, Richard Riendeau of Connecticut, Louise Riendeau of Quebec, Diane Riendeau of Quebec, and Danielle Couture and her husband, Norman, of Barre; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Bernard Riendeau Jr. on June 12, 1998; and by his sisters: Carmen Pouliot and Claire Inkel.

A funeral service will be held on May 9, at 10 a.m., at the Albany Elementary School gymnasium. Burial will follow at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Baptist Church for helping in the mission field, Route 16, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit rockwellRichard Rockwell

Richard Rockwell, 68, died peacefully on December 24, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice in Edgewater, Florida, lovingly surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 2, 1946, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Charles and Grace Marjorie Rockwell.

He married Georgette Perron on February 4, 1989, and resided in Barton, and more recently in Edgewater during the winter months.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood, Orleans Manufacturing, and Weymouth Auto Parts before developing his own business, Lakeside Auto. His love for cars and racing was seen through his work of refurbishing cars and teaching his son Charlie the trade. He took pride in helping his nephews build their dune buggies and was happiest when he had an antique car that he was rebuilding. His passion for cars was clear and came through in all parts of his life.

Mr. Rockwell enjoyed fishing and boating and spent much of his time at the dock with his wife and his family enjoying the view and life on Crystal Lake. He instilled his love for water and fishing to his daughter Angela, and his grandchildren, who all enjoyed fishing with him.

He is survived by his wife, Georgette; his son Charlie and his wife, Jamie, and their daughter Marina; his daughter Angela and her children, Ashley and Cameron; his sister Audrey Rockwell of Barton; his nieces and nephews: Rhonda, Robert Jr., Donald Jr., Wendy, Laura, Steven, and Kelly, and their families; his great-nieces and great-nephews: Garrett, Austin, Ryan, Justin, Dave, Megan, and Brandon; his aunts: Audrey Frank of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Luverne Rockwell of Longlake, New York; his dear friend Ricky Blanchard and his wife, Kim, and their children: Tyler, Abbie, and Isabelle, whom Richard nicknamed Bob; his in-laws: Becky Simino, Royce and Lillian Conley, Stan and Cynthia Swett, Erward and Claire Perron, Larry and Gloria Conley, Edward and Donna Perron, Larry and Theresa Janowski, Donald and Noella Cotnoir, Joslyn Perron and Joe Ouellette, Mark Perron, Lenwood and Tami Perron, and Michael and Regina Cole, and their families; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Donald Rockwell.

A celebration of his life will be held at the East Side Restaurant in Newport on Sunday, January 4, at 1 p.m., with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 8 South Barton Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit turgeon FinnRita Anne Turgeon-Finn

Rita Anne Turgeon-Finn, a graphic designer and communications professional, died unexpectedly on December 19, 2014, at the age of 46.

She was born and raised in Newport, and was a longtime resident of Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Turgeon-Finn worked with Ross Nutrition, a division of Abbott Laboratories, as a senior communications specialist, from 2001 through 2012, working on such campaigns as the Susan Komen Foundation’s Run for the Cure. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a freelance graphic artist and communications specialist, working most recently with Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.

She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, affiliated with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and recently achieved a degree from Columbus State Community College.

She embraced life through creative expressions in her art, photography, poetry, and her never-ending curiosity of the world around her. Examples of her work adorn the homes of many close friends and family, and her blog, phthalo-blue.blogspot.com.

She is survived by her mother, Lise L.M. Turgeon; her four sisters: Carol Castle, Marie Turgeon, Diane Boutin, and Loranne Turgeon; her two brothers-in-law: Paul Castle and Louis Boutin; and by her nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, William, and Grace Castle, and Shawnna and Tyler Jenks. Her father, Gilbert B. Turgeon, died on January 1, 2015. She is also survived by her husband of 11 years, John D. Finn, and his parents, James P. Finn and Susan D. Finn; and by her partner in life, Stephanie Albrecht.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Newport. A memorial was held on January 3, in Worthington, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, 4049 Williston Road, #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05493l, or at www.giv.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit TurgeonGilbert B. Turgeon

Gilbert B. Turgeon, 80, of Newport died at North Country Hospital in Newport, in the early hours of January 1, 2015.

He was born in Barton, to Archibald and Dezilda Turgeon.

His early years were spent on a dairy farm in Newport Center, where a strong work ethic was deeply instilled. He served two years in the United States Army during the German occupation from 1957 to 1959. Upon his return, in 1960, he married Lise Lea Lauzon.

For many years, he owned and operated a mechanic repair shop, and Oliver Tractor dealership, giving much of his time to helping the local farmers and small business owners in the region. He spent winters plowing local yards, and other seasons repairing tractors, trucks, cars, and equipment.

In later years, he enjoyed restoring antique tractors, and competing in the local tractor pulling events. He was part of a team who competed as “The Water Tower Outlaws,” which consisted of Gary Johnson, John Bliss, and Steve Roberts. He could often be found working on these tractors in his garage with his teammates, and good friends, Wendell Ellis and Foster Whipple.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed woodworking. He built many pieces of furniture, which are now cherished by many family members.

He is survived by his wife, Lise Turgeon; his daughters: Carol Castle, Marie Turgeon, Diane Boutin, and Loranne Turgeon. His youngest daughter, Rita Turgeon-Finn, recently died. He is also survived by his sons-in-law: Paul Castle and Louis Boutin; his grandchildren: Shawnna and Tyler Jenks, and Elizabeth, William, and Grace Castle; and by his siblings, and their spouses and families: Lorraine Choquette, Anita Fournier, Roger and Bonnie Turgeon, Roland and Mariette Turgeon, Gerald and Irene Turgeon, and Norman and Mary Turgeon.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Bert Turgeon, Bertha Cotnoir, Donald Turgeon, and Raymond Turgeon.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Newport. Viewing hours will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at the corner of Sias Avenue and Prouty Road. Reception to follow, place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. In this past year, Mr. Turgeon received much help and care from this giving organization, and the family would like to return their generosity.

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Joseph Twofoot

Joseph Twofoot, 58, of Island Pond died on December 29, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 17, 1956, in Newport, to Roland and Kathleen (Etheze) Twofoot.

He attended North Country Union High School and enlisted into the United States Army.

He enjoyed going for walks in the woods and he loved the ocean, especially at Cape Cod.

He is survived by his daughter Jamie Twofoot of Arizona; a brother, Dennis Twofoot, and his wife, Linda, of Standish, Maine; his sisters: Sherry Worth of Maine, Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joe, of Morgan, and Linda Twofoot of Island Pond; his brother-in-law Mark Leavitt; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his very close friends: Jim Parker, Lynn Worth, and Alphonse Stebenne.

He was predeceased by his son Eric several years ago; and by his sister Darlene Leavitt.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater-Dei Parish, St. James the Greater Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WhitehillCarlisle “Carli” Ann Whitehill

Carlisle “Carli” Ann Whitehill, beloved wife of Kenneth Whitehill, of Island Pond, died on January 2, 2015, at Derby Green Nursing Home, with her husband and her son Marty by her side.

She was born on November 11, 1931, in Newport, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Marquis Hildreth) Simons. She grew up in Newport, graduated co-valedictorian in her class from Newport High School in 1949, and then from the University of Vermont, Class of 1953.

On June 20, 1954, she married Marshall R. Frizzell of Woodstock. They had three children: Sharon, Randy, and Marshall. The family lived in several states in the Southeast while her husband was in the army. In 1965, they moved to Island Pond, when he was deployed to Vietnam, where he died in 1966.

She married Kenneth Whitehill of Morgan on December 9, 1967. The family remained in Island Pond.

Mrs. Whitehill taught elementary school in Norton and Morgan, and high school at North Country Union High School and St. Johnsbury Academy. After retiring from teaching, she continued to volunteer at the Brighton Elementary School as well as being a foster parent for over five years. She graduated from the master’s program at Lyndon State College in teaching.

She was a member of the Island Pond Congregational Church and the Random Ladies. She served on the zoning board and as a justice of the peace for the town of Brighton. She was also an avid genealogist,

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter Sharon Podlich and her husband, Chuck, of Orondo, Washington; her son Randy and his wife, Pam, of Delaplane, Virginia; her son Marshall and his wife, Sandy, of Island Pond; her nine grandchildren: Allison Podlich and her husband, Dan Harkey, Hannah Poush and her husband, Adam, Noelle Evans and her husband, Jeff, of Orondo, Laurel Podlich of Bozeman, Montana, Eric Frizzell of Richmond, Virginia, Ryan and Kyle Frizzell of Delaplane, Brittany Frizzell of Island Pond, and Fraser Frizzell of Essex; and by her four great grandchildren: Marshall, Eleanor, and Beckett Poush, and Mojo Harkey, all of Orondo.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 9, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon and the Reverend Richard Whitehill co-officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church.

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 at curtis-britch.com.

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Adrien Joseph Bisaillon

Adrien Joseph Bisaillon, 93, of Barton died on December 28, 2014, in Barton.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Service

Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

A memorial Mass for Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, at Sacred Heart Church in Troy. A meal and refreshments will be available after Mass at the Parish Center.

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Obituaries December 23, 2014

obit BeaudryRachel Ann Beaudry

Rachel Ann Beaudry, 57, of Mooresville, North Carolina, died on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, North Carolina.

She was born on March 11, 1957, in Newport, to the late Romeo Beaudry and Irene Lathe Beaudry.

She was an accounts payable analyst for Ingersoll Rand.

She is survived by her son Jonas Illingworth; her sisters: Yvette and Doreen Beaudry; her brothers: Lucien, Phillip, Leo, Nelson Beaudry and Theodore Lathe; her niece Gabrielle Loux; and by her nephews Ryan and Zach Beaudry.

She was predeceased by two nieces: Tina Fontaine and Tara Beaudry.

A memorial service was held on December 22, in Mooresville. Services will be held in Vermont at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.cavin-cook.com.

obit BlairAlthea Rae Carr Blair

Althea Rae Carr Blair, 67, of Island Pond died peacefully on December 10, 2014, at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 26, 1946, to Alton and Marion (Damon) Carr.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville. She was a residential counselor at the Northeast Kingdom Human Services, from where she retired in 2011.

She is survived by her children: Carmen Gunn and her partner, Robert DeLaBruere, of Island Pond, Kelly Blair of St. Johnsbury, Holly Blair and her partner, Richard Cole, of St. Johnsbury, and Sarah Blair and her partner, Kyle Lowe, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Robyn Cogle and her husband, Jason, Emma Gunn and her partner, Zack Maxwell, Corey Gunn, Zach Blair, Travis Moulton and his partner, Sierra Phillips, Sierra Moulton, Erin Brunelle, Chelsey Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Kolby Blair, and Adrianna Cole; her great-grandchildren: Kayde Maxwell and Triton Moulton; her siblings: Carolyn Burrlington of Palmer, Texas, John Carr of Poultney, Wayne Carr and his wife, Susan, of East Burke, Mike Carr and his wife, Linda, of West Burke, and Paul Carr and his wife, Sally, of Westmore; several nieces and nephews; and by special, longtime friends: Marya Wing of Island Pond, and Sue MacKay of St. Johnsbury.

A celebration of her life at a later date will be announced. A memorial tree planting will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PionRaymond A. Pion

Raymond A. Pion, 87, of Lowell died on December 17, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on April 20, 1927, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion.

On September 3, 1949, he married the former Gilberte Cabana, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the former Seguin Oil Company, from where he retired after 35 years. He also worked for Kraft Foods, farmed for 20 years, and at one time was employed by the town of Lowell. He was also a logger and hauled milk.

He and his wife enjoyed their family get-togethers. He helped his wife with the family garden and she helped him with the farm work.

He held memberships with St. Ignatius Church in Lowell and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #1157 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Gilberte Pion, of Lowell; his children: Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, of Lowell, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, of Lowell, Denise Pothier and her husband, Andreo, of Newport Center, Robert Pion and his wife, Suzy, of Lowell, and Rejean Pion and his companion, Lorieann Lewiq; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; his brother Roger Pion and his wife, Annette, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 19, in Lowell. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Church, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 17, 2014

obit BonnellJeanne Bonnell

The saying, “When god made you, he broke the mold,” must have been written for Jeanne Bonnell, who was known by many as Jeannie B, Nana, Mom, Auntie, and Madame.

Ms. Bonnell died peacefully on Monday, December 8, 2014. She lived a fulfilling 83 years of life, spending 64 of them with her husband, Art.

They moved to the Northeast Kingdom 35 years ago, on a whim, from Montreal, Quebec, where they were both born and raised. Ms. Bonnell left a well-appointed job as the first female manager at IBM in Canada, which was something she never told people, because, to her, it was not a big deal. When moving to Newport they had no plans, no jobs, just the desire to enjoy life at an early age and to see where the cards would fall.

The cards never fell, they continued to build. Ms. Bonnell spent 27 years at the Community National Bank, where her official title was director of Community Circle, however, she was so much more than that to those she worked with: she was a mentor, a consultant, a shoulder to lean on, the funny lady at the bank, in the eyes of a child, and, quite frankly, to the adults as well.

Her grandson Evan’s post on Facebook summarizes how everyone who had the privilege of knowing Ms. Bonnell feels: “I don’t usually write these sorts of things but that lovely, spunky, funny, caring, and stubborn lady helped shape me into the man I am today. May you rest in comfort and peace and know that all of us down here thank you for everything you’ve done for us and taught us throughout your incredible journey on earth. I love you, Nana, to the end of the earth and back, and I’ll miss you dearly but know that every life you touched was that much better for you being a part of it. We’ll be seeing you, make sure you save us a seat up there ;)”.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; her son Garry and his wife, Lynda; her daughter Judy; her daughter Sandra and her husband, Walter; her granddaughter Amanda and her husband, Miguel; her grandsons: Evan, and Alex and his wife, Lauren; and her first great-grandchild, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Country Hospital Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Bonnell’s wishes were to have a gathering in the spring to celebrate her life. Details will be announced at a later date.

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obit BrownWarren Harding Brown

Warren Harding Brown, 94, also known as “Brownie” and CB handle Brown Mouse, formerly of Island Pond, died on December 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in Newport.

He was born on November 25, 1920, in Kingman, Maine, to Walter and Mary (Nelson) Brown.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, as a paratrooper instructor.

He also marched in President Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral.

During his lifetime, he was an auto mechanic for his father-in-law, Hill’s Garage in Island Pond, Harley Blake’s garage in Barton, Brighton Garage in Island Pond, and Albert Laliberty Farm Equipment in Island Pond. He also worked for Pike Industries and Caledonia Sand and Gravel and the Canadian National Railroad as a section foreman for ten years in Island Pond.

He was an antique picker, among other trades and talents. He held membership with the American Legion Brighton Post #80 of Island Pond.

He is survived by his children: Richard Brown and his wife, Anne, of Lyndonville, and Beverly Pepin and her loving companion, George “Russ” Russell, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Brown had a dear friend, Joyce Nougeim, of St. Johnsbury, and they had a daughter, Ellen Vigeant, who resides in Lyndonville with her fiancé, Jeffrey Charron, and her children: Michael and Katherine Ruggles, and Keisha Hall. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christine Boemig and her husband, Joe, of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Boucher and her husband, Bruce, of Lyndonville; his great-grandchildren: Gabriel Kelly of Maynard, Massachusetts, Mollie Kelly of West Burke, Hillary Kelly of Laconia, Elizabeth and Lane Sanderson of Lyndonville, and Emily Sanderson of East Burke; his great-great-grandchildren: Aiden and Stella Albright of West Burke, Jacob Bigelow of East Burke, and Rebecca Sanderson of Lyndonville; the children of Beverly and Raymond Pepin: Bernie Pepin and his companion, Michele, of Island Pond, David Pepin and his wife, Heather, of Island Pond, and Michele McNally of Barre; great-grandchildren: Paige McNally, and twins Haley and Emily, all of Barre, Tyler and Dylan Pepin of Island Pond, Brayden and Farrah Pepin of Island Pond; a great-great-grandson, Mayson Pepin, of Island Pond; step-great-great-grandchildren: KK and Brent of Island Pond; a special nephew, Alden Way, of Augusta, Maine; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by twin children in the 1950s; a grandson, Richard Pepin, in 1985; and by his siblings: Adian, Donald, Earl, Paul, Beverley, DeLose Brown, Vina Cushman, and Barbara Way, all of Maine; and by his former wife of 25 years, Theo Hill Brown.

A memorial service will be held on Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80, care of Peggy Powers, P.O. Box 350, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit kittredgePreston L. Kittredge

Preston L. Kittredge, 77, of Barton died on December 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 14, 1937, in Barton, to Leigh and Beatrice (Butler) Kittredge.

He was employed for over 35 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he enjoyed many friendships he forged. He also worked many years on the family farm in Barton.

He loved to watch sports, NASCAR and his favorite driver, #88 Dale Earnhart Jr. He also enjoyed family get-togethers.

Mr. Kittredge was active in the community and was always there to bring a smile to everyone he met. His sense of humor would fill a room with laughter. He enjoyed holiday family dinners and spending time with his children and grandsons.

He is survived by his children: Keith Kittredge of Barton, John Kittredge and fiancée, Afton LeFebvre, of Irasburg, and Ann Usher and her husband, Paul, of Manchester, New Hampshire; his brother Gary Kittredge of Albany; his sisters: Dorothy Campbell of Barton, and Kathi Raymond and her husband, Slugger, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; two grandchildren: Michael and Nathan Kittredge; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 9, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 1 to 2 p.m. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LamondaVirginia Myrtle Lamonda

Virginia Myrtle Lamonda, 78, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1936, in North Troy, to George and Myrtle (Sargent) Vincent.

On February 1, 1958, she married Felix Lamonda, who predeceased her on September 9, 2004.

She was a homemaker where she enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, and baking for others. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She held membership with the VFW Auxiliary Post #798 of Newport, and the American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her children: Lawrence Lamonda of Newport, Danny Lamonda and his wife, Dianne, of Troy, Scott Lamonda of Newport, Ronnie Lamonda and his partner, John Vogt, of Newport, and Kelley Collins and her husband, Daniel, of Coventry; nine grandchildren; two step-grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; her siblings: Madeline Dingman and her husband, Darwin, of North Troy, and Maurice Vincent and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Katherine Brooks in 2014, Irene Pudvah and her husband, Meril, Florence Robert and Lawrence, Roland Felix, and Henry Vincent.

At the family’s request, a barbecue will be held at her home in the summer of 2015.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LittlePatricia Ann Quinn Little

Patricia Ann Quinn Little, 71, of Irasburg died on December 8, 2014.

She was born on October 10, 1943, at home in Island Pond, the middle child of three daughters, to June (Cilley) Quinn and Edward Quinn, both deceased.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse for the first five years of her education prior to graduating from Brighton High School in 1961. From there, she went to the Fanny Allen School of Nursing, becoming an LPN. She worked at Brightlook Hospital, Darling Inn, Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she was an emergency room nurse at North Country Hospital. She then began working with Dr. Charles Schurman as his office nurse. Dr. Richard Beloin and Dr. James Holcomb joined that practice and she continued to work with them until her retirement.

In her retirement, she worked at many local schools as the school nurse, keeping her license active. She was an integral part of Border Hoop, along with Eugene Tessier, for many years. She was serving on the board of Northern Counties Health Care, representing Island Pond Health Care, at the time of her passing. She spent many hours at her beloved Island Pond campground, swimming and caring for her niece, nephews, and grandson.

She and her husband spent many years camping at Lakeside, making many friends and looking after people. She was always the nurse.

She is survived by her husband, Stewart; her son Jason and his wife, Kathy, and their son Jacob; her sister Kay Hopkins and her children: Cyndi White and her husband, Dan, and their sons: Jordan, and Jared and his wife, Kaity, and their son Wade, and Dale Newland and his wife, Carrie, and their sons: Billy and Joey; and by her nephew Ryan and his wife, Jennie, and their son Quinn.

She was predeceased by her younger sister Donna Nutting in 2002.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Jacob Ryan Little Scholarship Fund, care of Jason Little, 113 Endicott Court, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ReidMarie Elaine Courchesne Reid

Marie Elaine Courchesne Reid, 93, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on November 14, 1921, in Derby, to Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens.

She married Leo Courchesne on October 4, 1943, and he predeceased her in 1961.

On December 21, 1974, she married Jesse Reid, who predeceased her in 1983.

In 1940, she received her teacher’s certificate from Lyndon Teachers College and in 1968 she completed her bachelor’s degree in education from Lyndon State College. She was an elementary schoolteacher whose first year was in a one-room schoolhouse on Buck’s Flat in East Charleston. In 1980, she retired from Newport Elementary School.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and St. Mary’s Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by her children: Susan Green of St. Petersburg, Florida, James Courchesne and his wife, Penelope, of St. Johnsbury, and Sara Williams and her husband, Jerry, of St. Johnsbury; her grandchildren: Travis and Trace Green, Ian, Payson, and Sean Courchesne, and Thomas and Jeremy Williams; her great-grandchildren: Robert and Madison, Sidney Green, Tea, Seth, Maya, Josh, Sean, Caitlyn, and Connor Courchesne; her siblings: Lucille Meunier of Newport, Harold Lippens and his wife, Patricia, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeannine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Paul and Pauline in infancy, Leonard Lippens, Rosalie Guyette, and Madeline Nault; her brothers-in-law: Arthur Guyette and Hazen Nault; and by her sisters-in-law: Ruth and Freda Lippens.

Funeral services were held on December 12, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m.

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 at curtis-britch.com.

obit RhodesCecil Philip Rhodes

Cecil Philip Rhodes, 74, died after a courageous battle with cancer on December 13, 2014, in Newport.

He received care from very compassionate, caring, and well trained personnel on the third floor at North Country Hospital.

He was the son of the late D. Emily (Peabody) and Cyrus Edwin Rhodes. He was born on May 18, 1940, at Orleans County Memorial Hospital in Newport.

He earned his high school diploma from Newport High School in 1958 and then earned his associate’s degree in engineering at Vermont Technical College in 1960. He served as a Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965 in South Korea, in the DMZ overseeing the Hawk Missile Battery. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport, and the Moose Club in Inverness, Florida.

He worked for the state of Connecticut and state of Vermont in drafting the design of the new interstates, then worked in the engineering department at Butterfield’s UTD Corp. in Derby Line, followed by working at the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 20 years, and then Bogner of America for 18 years.

Mr. Rhodes loved the outdoor sports of deer hunting, fall duck hunting, and most especially fishing on Lake Memphremagog. He could usually be seen in the spring into early summer cruising the lake after 5 p.m. and all weekend. He found great solace trolling on Lake Memphremagog as often as he could. He spent much time with friends and family at deer camp and in the duck blinds.

He and his wife enjoyed going to Florida for the past ten years. They spent time with good friends in a wonderful climate.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia L. (Stoddard) Rhodes, whom he married on September 24, 1965; his children: Raymond B. Rhodes and his wife, Linda, Kimberly A. Roberge and her significant other, Mike, Sharon Lea Rhodes-Duston and her husband, Steve, and Catherine Patricia Rossi and her husband, Joe; his grandchildren: Thomas J. Rhodes and his wife, Jamie, Dena Girard and her husband, Justin, Ashley Blais and her significant other, Casey, Ryan P. Roberge and his significant other, Jen, Jeremy J. Roberge and his fiancée, Emily, Cyrus, Mariah L. and Hallie N. Rhodes-Zoroufy, Alexa T. Rhodes-Duston, Charles W. Norton III, and Jenny Rossi; his great-grandchildren: Makenna Rhodes, Haven and Miah Girard and Cailyn Roberge; a sister, Elizabeth Doncaster and her husband, Wayne; two brothers: Edwin P. Rhodes and his wife, Sue, and Reginald L. Rhodes and his wife, Marte; a brother-in-law, Richard Stoddard; a sister-in-law, Sarah Foss; and by numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the U.S.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Sunday, December 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Food Pantry,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport Vermont 05855; or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Obituaries December 10, 2014

obit carpenterRandy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter, 56, of Coventry died on November 30, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 24, 1958, in Newport, to Gardner and Madeline (Nutting) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter loved spending time with his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

He enjoyed watching Boston Red Sox games and NASCAR races, and visiting with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Jessica Peters and her husband, Tim, of Liberty, North Carolina, Jeffrey Carpenter of North Troy, Amy Gosselin and her husband, Matthew, of Irasburg, and Justin Carpenter of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Haley and Addison Carpenter and Hayden and Rya Gosselin; his brothers: Gardner Carpenter Jr. and Scott Carpenter; his sisters: Marlene Messier and Darlene Choquette; his aunt Dale Nutting; and by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline and Gardner; and by his brother Terry.

A memorial service was held in North Troy on December 4. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Randy Carpenter Memorial Fund, in care of Amy Gosselin, 588 Chilafoux Hill, Irasburg, Vermont 05845 or online at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-randy-carpenter-memorial-fund/271232.

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Beverly Ruth Harbec

Beverly Ruth Harbec, 88, of Barton died on November 28, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Orleans, to Grant and Heavenia (Davis) Hussey.

On September 1, 1967, she married Adrien Harbec, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, Anderson Mills, and Barton Cleaners.

She loved to read, play cards, play board games, working on puzzles, and watching the birds.

She and her husband spent several winters in Florida and enjoyed other traveling as well as going for rides with family members.

She is survived by her children: Linda Chase of Brownington and her companion, Gerald Pray, Edwin “Buzz” Shaw of Newport Center, and Joyce Ward and her husband, Douglas, of Lutz, Florida; and by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Rebecca; and by her sisters: Marjorie, Flossie, Caroline, Velma and Bernice.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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obit McCarthyRaymond Francis McCarthy Jr.

Raymond Francis McCarthy Jr., 75, of Derby, formerly of Stow, Massachusetts, died suddenly on December 7, 2014.

He was born on April 13, 1939, in Concord, Massachusetts, to Dorothea (Tracey) and Raymond McCarthy Sr.

He graduated from the Stow, Massachusetts, high school, and Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

On February 14, 1981, he married Carolin Armstrong, who survives him.

He was a finance analyst for the United States Army for 26 years where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served in Germany and later retired from Raytheon in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

He held membership with the Masons, Shriners Scottish Rite and VFW in Massachusetts, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 of Derby, and Bentley Association in Waltham.

His hobbies included doing income taxes for people, reading, map reading, playing cribbage, and playing with his beloved dog Chip.

He is survived by his wife Carolin McCarthy of Derby; his children: Laura Bartlett and her husband, Gary, of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Rebecca Wade and her husband, Geoff, of San Diego, California, Steven McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kevin McCarthy of Worcester, Massachusetts; his stepchildren: Diane Marie Ryan and her fiancé, Michael Chaves, of Hudson, Massachusetts, and Thomas Ryan Jr. of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; his sisters: Faye McCarthy of Berlin, Massachusetts, Patricia Nading of Berlin, and Dorothea Paquette of Bolton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Byran McCarthy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 11, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vearJohn A. Vear

John A. Vear, 77, of Eden Mills died on Monday, December 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on March 7, 1937, in Morrisville, son of Clinton and Eleanor Hinds Vear. He graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1955 and then joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1955, serving through June of 1959. He married Sandra Williams on January 7, 1961.

Mr. Vear spent most of his career working as a machinist, beginning with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, before moving on to positions with General Electric, Stinson Canning Company, and then Champion Paper in Maine.

He devoted much of his free time as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Hancock, Maine.

In 1996, he and his wife moved back to Vermont, where he became an active member of the Eden community. He served as a town lister, as well as a member of the Eden Cemetery Commission and Eden Town Beach Committee. He also quickly developed many close friendships through his and his wife’s regular attendance of the Wednesday jam sessions, which they helped organize following its relocation from the Bobbin Mill in Westfield and then to its current location in Lowell.

He is remembered by his family for his tireless dedication to improving the lives of those he loved, giving his undivided time, expertise, and advice. He would always take on projects that would better the lives of those around him. He would see what needed to be done and simply do it. His family relied and depended on him for his wisdom and generous support. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Williams Vear; their children: Wendy Vear of Eden Mills and Gary Vear and his wife, Anne, of Belgrave, Australia; his grandchildren: Nicole Vear Adams and her husband, Gregory Adams Jr., Jason Vear, Madeline Vear, Tyrone Vear, and Eleanor Vear; his great-grandchildren: Mya and Avah Adams; his sister June Howe of Dummerston; his brother Wayne Vear of Eden; his step-mother Virgie Kinney of Eden; and by his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Elsie Vear Godin.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 10, at 3 p.m., at the United Church of Johnson. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 p.m. on Wednesday until the time of the service. Interment will be in the spring in the Eden Corners Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Northern Emergency Medical Service, 62 Wilson Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

OBIT VezinaRomeo Hector Vezina

Romeo Hector Vezina, 75, of Barton died on December 4, 2014, in White River Junction.

He was born on May 8, 1939, in Newport, to Leo and Germaine (Boudreau) Vezina.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1962 where he was stationed in north Africa.

Mr. Vezina was owner of Vezina Vacuum Sales and Service. He was a former officer of the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and a member of Masonic Lodge #62 of Irasburg. He invented the vacuum cleaner called the Vermonter, which was the only vacuum made of wood. He was a law enforcement officer for many years, working for the department of corrections, as constable, and sheriff’s officer.

He is survived by his children: Marie Breault of Fort Edward, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Douglas Vezina of Derby, and Debra Vezina of Irasburg; 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leonel Vezina and his wife, Gloria, of Burlington, and Charlie Vezina and his wife, Lillian, of Barton; and by his sister Paulette Cooke and her husband, David, of Florida.

He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Marie Vezina.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton. A graveside service will be in the spring at St. Theresa’ s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries December 3, 2014

obit campbellFernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 19, 1931, in Orleans, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell.

On September 6, 1958, he married Monique LeBlond, who predeceased him on July 5, 2011.

Mr. Campbell was born on the farm that he later owned and operated with his brother Raymond. Music was always such a big part of his life. He had a wonderful voice and played the guitar and a little piano. He always sang in the church choirs and would often sing solo. In his younger years, he had a small band and played music for weddings. In his later years he played music at area nursing homes. It was such a joy to hear him sing.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third Degree, and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

When he retired from farming, he traveled to Florida with family and friends in motor homes for part of the winter. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. He was hard to beat — he usually won. He loved all the family gatherings and visits.

After his wife died, he was cared for in his home by several caregivers. He was so pleased to be at home and he greatly enjoyed and appreciated his caregivers. He enjoyed them and cared about them.

He is survived by his children: Denise King and her husband, Wayne, of Williamstown, Carmen Riendeau and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans Louise Campbell and her husband, Norman Fortin, of Holland, and Francis Campbell and his companion, Rhonda Cole, of Newport Center; his 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his brother Raymond Campbell of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on November 28, in Orleans. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

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obit CoulterFloyd R. Coulter

Floyd R. Coulter, 87, of Westfield died on November 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 8, 1927, in Bennington, to Raymond and Rena (Montgomery) Coulter.

On November 26, 1949, he married Delpha Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Coulter was a veteran of World War II. During his lifetime, he was employed as a sander at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he was employed for 23 years.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing word books, watching the Red Sox with his wife, hunting, fishing, going for walks, and he enjoyed the company of his cats. His biggest joy was the various cars that he owned and giving them tender loving care.

He is survived by his wife, Delpha Coulter, of Westfield; his children: Susan Deuso and her husband, Dennis, of Montgomery Center, and Lynn Danforth and her husband, Rick, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Gerard Bouchard Jr. of Westfield, Christopher Bouchard of Richford, and Krystle Piette and her husband, Ross, of Essex; and by his great-grandchild Kaitlynn Bouchard of Westfield.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard.

A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

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Raymond E. Gravel

Raymond E. Gravel, 76, of Wolcott died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on August 31, 1938, in West Glover, son of Raymond Noel Gravel and Margaret Lussier Gravel.

He married Anna Rainville in Troy, in 1958.

He was employed by Pizzagalli Construction for nearly 40 years as a construction foreman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Boivin Chapter, and had served as grand knight.

He enjoyed camping and his Yorkies. He liked to bowl in a local league with the Knights of Columbus and always looked forward to putting on his Fourth of July celebration at the family camp in North Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna; their children: Daniel, Edmund, Francis and Bernice; grandchildren: Amanda, Dawn, Michael, Shawn, Dylan, Joshua, Sky, and Avery; several great-grandchildren; his siblings: Roland, Robert, Jane, Arline, Lucien, Paulette, Norman, Hazel, Deborah, Marcel, and Edward; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Joseph; and by his sisters: Susan and Delores.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Morrisville. Visitation will be held Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faith Funeral Home in Morrisville. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Joyce (Durgin) Butler Little

Joyce Little, 80 of Irasburg, beloved wife of Rudy Little, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014, at her daughter Lynn’s home in Barre, after her courageous battle with cancer.

Her daughter and husband took very good care of her 24 hours a day after she was released from the hospital with Hospice care on October 28, 2014.

She was born to the late Earl and Bertha (Moulton) Durgin of West Charleston on August 11, 1934.

She loved to put puzzles together then donate them to the local nursing homes. She also loved to knit and make many, many mittens and hats for the local children who were in need, and for the WCAX-TV Channel 3 mitten tree.

She married Clayton W. Butler on October 20, 1952, where they lived in Albany.

She is survived by the five children they raised: Carol Currier and her husband, Colby, of Troy, Christine DeLaBruere and her husband, Gilles, of West Charleston, Clayton E. Butler of Irasburg, Anita Dion and her husband, David, of Irasburg, and Alan Butler and his wife, Darlene, of Irasburg.

Mr. Butler was struck with polio and died on November 29, 1965.

She then married Rudolph “Rudy” W. Little and they had just celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniversary on November 4. Together they had a daughter, whom she is survived by: Lynn Carter and her husband, Arland, of Barre.

She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Dot Mason and her late husband, Larry, of Albany, Marjorie Annis and her late husband, Austin, of North Carolina, and half-sisters Rachel Williams of North Carolina, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg, and Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg; one half-brother, Raymond Durgin, of Morgan; and a special sister-in-law, Patricia Little, and her husband, Stuart, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by three infant sons: Ronald, Ricky, and Wilbur Little; her sisters: Norma Mathieu and her husband, Jack, Nancy Mathieu and her husband, Ben, and Doris Haddock and her husband, Charles; and by a brother, Durward Durgin, and his wife, Tootsie.

There will be no calling hours or services as requested by Ms. Little, and respected by her family.

If friends and family wish to donate in her memory, please send your donations to CVMC National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, Vermont 05641. This cancer clinic was like no other, they took such good care of her. Dr. Daniel Fram would call on a regular basis and ask how she was doing through her radiation treatments. They were very kind, sincere people and they allowed her special four-legged friend, Walker, to come with her to the clinic. They treated him like he was family, and that’s what he is.

obit ProvostRichard “Pinky” F. Provost

Richard “Pinky” F. Provost, 92, died at home on November 25, 2014.

He was born on September 29, 1922, at home in Derby, to Louis and Bertha (Couture) Provost.

He attended school in Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby. It was in graded school where he was given the nickname “Pinky.”

On August 27, 1947, at Sacre-Coeur-de-Jesus in Stanstead, he married Regina Ferland, who survives him. After 67 years of marriage he still said his marriage was the best decision in his life.

He lived in Derby, and operated Hillside Farm, which included the original family farm and expanded over the years with additional neighboring farms. He also owned and operated a fertilizer business. It was until his late eighties that he continued to manage his gravel pit business. Retirement also included the purchase of a home in Lake Worth, Florida, where family and friends were welcomed to visit, play cards, and enjoy wonderful hospitality.

Mr. Provost served on the Derby board of selectmen, the Agway board of directors, he was a member of the Elks, Le Club Canadien Francais de Lake Worth, and the Antique Car Club of Newport.

Mr. Provost took a great deal of pride in his collection of Farmall tractors, which are now housed in Paquette’s International Farmall Museum in Leesburg, Florida. He very much enjoyed driving his 1940 Packard, with “Pinky” on the license plate. He was also an extraordinary and witty raconteur. He shared his colorful stories until his final hours.

In addition to his wife, Regina, he is survived by eight children: Maurice “Moe” Provost and his partner, Joan Poutre, of Derby, Lise MacDonald and her husband, John MacDonald, of Swanton, Ginette Provost and her husband, Tom Cyr, of Derby, Nancy Moore and her husband, John Moore, of Derby, Pauline “Poe” Provost of Underhill, Sylvia Provost and her husband, Jim Henderson, of White River Junction, Suzanne Provost and her husband, David Benway, of Underhill, and Cecile Provost and her husband, Gary Sexton, of Jericho; his 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Marguerite Smyrski of Montpelier; and by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews who enjoyed visiting their mon oncle Pinky.

He was predeceased by his son Henri Provost in 1981; his brothers: Roland, Romeo, Roger, George, and Paul; and by his sister Anita Curran.

Funeral services were held on November 29, in Derby. Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Road, Suite 40, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Edward’s Parish, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Audrie E. Wright

Audrie E. (Powers) Wright of Greensboro, formerly of Waterford, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born in Waterford in October of 1929, the second youngest child of Glenn and Eva (Page) Powers. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy’s Class of 1947, and married Rolla Wright Jr. on her eighteenth birthday that year. They settled near their families’ farms in Waterford and together raised five children.

As a younger woman, Ms. Wright enjoyed reading, swimming, and fishing for brook trout. She and her husband taught their children to know and appreciate the wildflowers and animal life of the Northeast. Favorite places included the Old Swimming Hole beside the little red schoolhouse on Shadow Lake Road in Concord, Dodge Pond in Lyman, New Hampshire, and Long Sands Beach in York, Maine. Picnics, going out for ice cream, and listening to WSTJ and her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, created special memories. For many years she was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of St. Johnsbury.

She is survived by her children and their families: E. Lynne and her husband, Douglas Mitchell, of Fort Ann, New York, Kathryn Bennett of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Leonard and Lanette Wright of Danville, Lyle and Sheryl Wright of Princeton, West Virginia, and Amy Brill and Scott Brill of Sutton; her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sister and brother, Geneva Wright and Willard Powers, both of Waterford; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to the following organizations: Residents’ Activity Fund of Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to Davies Memorial Library, P.O. Box 56, Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848.

Online condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

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Obituaries November 26, 2014

obit AldrichMichael C. Aldrich

Michael C. Aldrich, 49, of West Charleston died on November 22, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on June 7, 1965, in Middletown, Connecticut, to Neta (Brooks) Aldrich and the late John E. Aldrich.

He was a cabinetmaker in Ocala, Florida, before moving to Vermont three years ago.

He loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Neta Aldrich, of West Charleston; his children: Ashlee Aldrich of Wells, and John Aldrich and Alicia Aldrich, both of Florida; his siblings: Ted Aldrich and his wife, Tammy, of West Charleston, David Aldrich and his wife, Sharon, of Haddam, Connecticut, and Wanda Folsom and her husband, Reginald, of Colchester; his stepbrothers: Tim, Rodney, and Ronald Aldrich; his grandmother Marion Aldrich of Jericho; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where a service of remembrance will be held. Interment will take place at a later date in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

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

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obit BreaultMarjorie L. Breault

Marjorie L. Breault, 83, of Newport died on November 21, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 9, 1931, in Island Pond, to John and Julia (Annis) Meehan.

On April 22, 1972, she married Alcide R. Breault, who survives her.

She enjoyed her family get-togethers and she was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Alcide Breault, of Newport; her children: Gregory Abbott, Wanda Abbott, and Julie Perry, all of Newport; 17 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and by her sister Elsie Keltz of Dalton, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by two children: Jerry Abbott and Penny Abbott; and by the following siblings: Irving, Harold, Neil and Clayton Meehan, and Joyce Martin.

Funeral services were held on November 24, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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obit HolmesIsabelle A. Holmes

Isabelle A. Holmes, 90, of North Troy died on November 19, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on October 20, 1924, in Newport to Joseph and Florence (Marandola) Lantagne.

She married George Frost Sr., Fred Westover, and Edward Holmes, who all predeceased her.

She was a homemaker who provided for her children. She loved her family and having them visit and she especially enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Joe Bedell and his wife, Lynn, of Ahwanee, California, Geraldine Morin and her husband, Mike, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Barbara Vigeant and her husband, Richard, of Newport, Gloria Frost of North Troy, George Frost Jr. and his wife, Rosalyn, of Newport Center, Lynda Leonard and her husband, Bruce, of Irasburg, and Amy Frost of Littleton, New Hampshire; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Lawrence Lantagne of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Antonio Lantagne and Janice Jacobs of Newport, and Anne Hansen and her husband, Jim, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers: Roland Lontine, Donald and David Lantagne; and by her grandson Sergeant Ryan Leonard.

Funeral services were held on November 25. Interment followed in North Troy Village Cemetery.

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obit IsabelleJacqueline Isabelle

Jacqueline Isabelle of Newport died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at the age of 92.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on August 2, 1922, the daughter of Alcide and Laura (Brunelle) Toussaint.

Her husband, J. Leo Isabelle, died on January 3, 2005.

The Isabelles were longtime residents of Newport and former residents of St. Johnsbury.

Mrs. Isabelle grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy. She worked at W.T. Grant’s in St. Johnsbury, and later for the Vermont State Employment Agency where she met the love of her life, Leo, after he returned from active duty in the Marine Corps.

Mrs. Isabelle was a stay-at-home mom who loved and nurtured her children and grandchildren. She was truly a role model for her family with her examples of her faith in the Lord and love of her family. She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by nine children: Christine Wolf and her husband, Phillip, of Brownington, Claudette Schoolcraft and her husband, Gary, of Peacham, Marc Isabelle and his wife, Deborah, of Hamilton, New Jersey, Bernard Isabelle and his wife, Crystal, of Underhill, Donald Isabelle of Pittsford, Brenda Isabelle of Derby, Brian Isabelle and his wife, Allyson, of Loveland, Colorado, Richard Isabelle and his wife, Constance, of Derby, and Suzanne Schmitz and her husband, James, of Beavercreek, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Leo’s three brothers and one sister, all of Barre: Hector Isabelle and his wife, Marilyn, Ellis Isabelle and his wife, Jacqueline, Romeo Isabelle and his wife, Yvonne, and Claire Carmell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Celeste, in 1976; a sister, Gloria Carlton; and by two brothers: Leo and Normand Toussaint.

Mrs. Isabelle was able to remain in her home with the help of her loving caregivers over the last several years. They became her extended family.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Friday, November 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Newport on Saturday, November 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in May at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Isabelle may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr.

Lewis R. Sarracco Sr., 75, of Newport died on November 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 15, 1939, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Pasquale and Elizabeth (Wagner) Sarracco.

On September 5, 1959, he married Susan Lewis, who predeceased him on May 5, 2014.

Mr. Sarracco was a machine operator for Pike Industries, from where he retired in 2000.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed candle pin bowling, watching hockey games, and spending time with his family. He loved his cats and his dog Tracer.

He is survived by his children: Donna Blais and her husband, Jim, of Newport, and Lewis “Butch” Sarracco and his wife, Teri, of Northfield; his grandchildren: Shanna Pinheiro and her husband, Paul, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Shaun and Jordan Sarracco of Northfield; his great-grandchildren: Haidyn Pinheiro and Milei Pinheiro, both of Dover, New Hampshire; his siblings: Jack Sarracco and his wife, Kristy, of Florida, Pat Sarracco and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut, Tom Sarracco of Connecticut, and Frank Sarracco and his wife, Penny, of Connecticut; his brother-in-law Mickey Lewis and his wife, Mona, of Newport; his sister-in-law Jeralyn Wolcott of West Virginia; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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 at curtis-britch.com.

obit StoddardMavis Stoddard

Mavis Stoddard, 91, of Craftsbury died on November 17, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on August 3, 1923, in Craftsbury, to Theodore and Ila (Parkhurst) Morey. She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the Class of 1942.

On December 19, 1942, she married Neil Stoddard, who predeceased her in 2009.

She worked along with her husband on their dairy farm for many years.

She enjoyed walking her cocker spaniels, cooking, reading, boiling sap, spending time outdoors, and her family was very important to her. In her earlier days, she was known to ride horseback to school.

She is survived by her children: Jane Stoddard of Morrisville, Joyce Stenger and her husband, Bill, of Brunswick, Georgia, John Stoddard of Craftsbury, and Brenda Adams of Morrisville; nine grandchildren; and by two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Linda Usher on March 24, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit tylerCarl A. Tyler

Carl A. Tyler, 75, of Derby died after a long illness on November 22, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 22, 1939, in Derby to Roland and Katherine (Marcotte) Tyler.

On April 10, 1987, he married Eleanor Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Tyler was custodian for Community National Bank, from where he retired in 2004.

He enjoyed doing yard work and helping people. He also enjoyed going for rides in the country. He will be remembered for his wonderful smile and great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Tyler, of Derby; his son Wayde Tyler and his wife, Diane, of Newport; his grandchildren: Ciera Tyler and her boyfriend, Brad Glodgett, of Newport Center, and Carl Tyler and his girlfriend, Chelsea Poginy, of Newport; his great-granddaughter Carlie Twofoot of Newport Center; his sisters: June Dorion of Glover, Mary Beardsley and her husband, Tom, of Waterbury, and Alice Lebel and her husband, Lucien, of Derby; his sister-in-law Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts; his brother-in-law Robert Gray and his wife, Peggy, of East Charleston; and numerous nieces and nephews and by his dog Chloe.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Evelyn Tino; and by his two brothers: Raymond and Roland Tyler.

At Mr. Tyler’s request, there will be no calling hours or service.

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 at curtis-britch.com.

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Fernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 28, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.

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Obituaries November 19, 2014

obit BakerFrank H. Baker III

Frank H. Baker III, 75, of Newport Center beloved husband of Gloria Baker, died suddenly on November 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 12, 1939, in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Rebecca (Rushton) Baker Jr. He was raised in Derry, New Hampshire, where he attended Pinkerton Academy until the twelfth grade when he left school to join the service.

Mr. Baker served his country in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 21, 1958.

On September 2, 1970, he married Gloria Goodbout, who survives him.

He spent his life working in the woods logging with his draft horses, and from 1986 to 1992 he farmed in Newport Center. His horses and hard work were his life’s passions. He also enjoyed boxing, playing, watching professional football, reading, music, and history. He also drove tractor-trailer for several years in the early 1970s.

Besides his wife of 44 years, Gloria, he is survived by his children: Tracey Baraw and her husband, Andy, of Derby, Heather Henderson and her husband, Randy, of Daytona, Florida, Frank Baker IV of Newport Center, and Joshua Baker and his wife, Jessica, of Holland; his grandchildren: Devon James and Hannah Baraw, and Jarrett and Kaitlyn Henderson, Jordan Lanou, Joshua Jr. and Jacob Baker; his sisters: Alys Cady of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Frances Bramhall of Grafton, Massachusetts; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters: June Graham and Christine Kelly.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit BevansJames William Bevans Jr.

The family of James William Bevans Jr., known as Bill, has gathered together to celebrate the life of their brother and father who died from cancer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on November 10, 2014.

Mr. Bevans’ wife and their children — Kelley, Heather, and Michael Bevans — have been joined by his brother John Patrick Bevans and sisters, Kathryn Mullervy and Margaret Jerger, for support and to share loving and happy memories.

Mr. Bevans was born on December 18, 1935. He and his wife, Judy, met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Elizabethan drama. His love for entertaining and theater led to a long career in helping people work together to achieve common goals.

He began his career in human resources while living in Baltimore, and later culminated 26 years as vice-president of organization development with General Foods USA.

When Mr. and Mrs. Bevans moved to Vermont, Mr. Bevans continued his career, working for organizations as a consultant and facilitator. He was a member of the OD Network.

He loved his home and his small conference facility, Coach Works Farm, and his family of pets — especially Tess, his Yorkshire terrier — the outdoors, and he enjoyed the gifts of the Vermont landscape. Cross-country skiing, hiking, and working to conserve our forests and water became his passion. He loved music, whether it was classical, jazz, or bluegrass.

He was an active member of Hannaford’s Volunteer Fyfe and Drum Corps.

He served on the board of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, both as a member and president. Being part of an organization that presented pathways for everyone, children and adults, exploring our natural heritage was one of his most meaningful experiences.

He is deeply loved and was ever deeply loving, laughing, and encouraging to everyone he met.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Northwood Stewardship Center, P.O. Box 220, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

At this time, there is no memorial service. A celebration of his life is being planned for the spring.

To Bill: L’chaim. Love you forever.

obit CarpenterCorey Adam Carpenter

Corey Adam Carpenter died suddenly on November 12, 2014.

He was born on February 14, 1987, in Newport.

Mr. Carpenter enjoyed working on cars and four-wheelers, and being outdoors. He also had a fondness for animals in need.

He is survived by his children, Brianna and Brogan Carpenter, of Collingswood, New Jersey; his mother, Beverly Miller, of Barton; his father, Gardner Carpenter, of Coventry; his brother Gary Miller of Lyndonville; his sister Pattie Dudley of Glover; and by his nieces and nephews: Robert Stringer of Andover, Massachusetts, Holly Loukes of Derby, Isaac Miller of Randolph, Rachelle and Alayni Miller of Glover, and Bailey Turner and Taylor Dudley of Glover.

Our hearts are broken by your sudden departure and we are left with questions that may never be answered. God called you to heaven for a reason. At this time we may hurt and not know why, but someday we will be together again my friend, brother, daddy, uncle, cousin, and son. Until then, may you save a place for us in heaven and we will save a place for you in our hearts.

A memorial of remembrance was held on November 18, in Barton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit coleAlfred C. Cole Jr.

Alfred Cole Jr., local grocery store entrepreneur, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Friday, November 14, 2014, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Barton.

He was the former owner and founder of several stores in the Northeast Kingdom including Cole’s Market in Orleans, C&C Supermarket in Barton, Cole’s Redemption in St. Johnsbury, and Lyndonville Redemption. He was 78.

He was born in Bloomfield on January 8, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Ada (Bennett) Cole. He graduated from Lyndon Institute (LI) in 1954 and maintained his pride in the school throughout his life; he especially loved rooting for the LI football team.

A member of the Hiking Club, Mr. Cole was a great hiker and had hiked the length of the Long Trail in Vermont. He loved his sports and all the Boston sports teams.

He is survived by his wife, Anita (Sheltra) Cole, whom he married on May 5, 1956; six children: Kathleen Martel and her husband, Richard, of Waterford, Jeffrey Cole and his wife, Diane, of Lyndon, Donna Gilman and her husband, Paul, of Lyndon, Tina Rivers and her husband, Dave, of Sheffield, Debra Newton and her husband, Luke, of Sutton, and Michael Cole and his wife, Regina, of Weare, New Hampshire; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Stuart Cole, of Newark; his sister-in-law Ruth Ann Cole, formerly of St. Johnsbury Center; Anita’s sister Lucille Belval of Lyndonville; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard “Babe” Cole.

A funeral service will be held in Lyndonville on Wednesday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Church. Burial will follow at the St. Elizabeth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions could be directed to Lyndon Institute, attention Melissa Hall, development director, P.O. Box 127, Lyndon Center, Vermont 05850.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

obit darlingRussell Frank Darling Jr.

Russell Frank Darling Jr. died on November 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Glover on March 29, 1941, to Ruth Hancock and Russell Frank Darling Sr.

After completing school, he went to basic training and joined the Vermont Army National Guard. He worked throughout his life as a machinist, mechanic, carpenter, jack-of-all-trades, and master of many.

He returned to the family farm on Dexter Mountain as a dairy farmer until the time of his retirement.

He married Marion English Adair on March 6, 1965, and together they raised five children.

Mr. Darling loved traveling to Florida with his wife during the winter months, always returning to the farm in the spring. He loved to attend the draft horse and pony pulls all around the Northeast Kingdom. He also enjoyed fishing and snorkeling in Florida.

He is survived by his children: Gerry English and his wife, Michelle, of Glover, Sherry Provencher of Newport, Pam Massey and her fiancé, Kevin Collins, of Barre, and Deborah Wease and her husband, Mike, of Glover; his grandchildren: Chris Provencher and his wife, Valerie, of Enosburg, Bill Stevens of Glover, Tina Provencher of South Carolina, Jon Provencher and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy, Gerry English II of West Glover, Ami English of Glover, Jessica Massey and her fiancé, Jason, of Barre, Amanda Atwood and her husband, Ethan, of Glover, Justin Darling of Glover, and Abigail Darling of Glover; his great-grandchildren: Emma, Lily, Brooklynn, Hayleigh, Jacob, Bryer, Annika, Jaxon, Lilian, Violet Bryson, and Alex; his brother Raymond Darling of Orleans; his sisters: Marion Cubit of Albany, Rachel Bean and her husband, Bob, of Concord, and Rona Bruneau and her husband, John, of Irasburg; and by many special nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion; his mother, Ruth; his father, Russell; and by his son Randy.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a gathering at the family farm in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orleans County Fair Pulling Association, P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822, in memory of Russell Darling.

Online condolence can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit gosselinMarc Edouard Gosselin

Marc Edouard Gosselin, 52, of Burlington died peacefully on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a short battle with cancer.

Son of the late Mathias and Blandine (Chaput) Gosselin, he was born on January 6, 1962, in Newport, and spent his childhood years on the family dairy farm in Barton. He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1980, and from Johnson State College in 1986.

Mr. Gosselin was a contemplative soul with a gentle spirit who loved and marveled at nature. His family has deep and fond memories of time spent with him while growing up and later in his adult years. He enjoyed music and took a special delight in seeing his nieces and nephew grow up.

Survivors include his brothers: Jacques and his wife, Marisa, of South Burlington, Luc and his wife, Theresa, of East Amherst, New York, and Pierre and his wife, Doris, of Quakenbruck, Germany; his sisters: Joanne Winter and her husband, Richard Codling, of South Burlington, and Christine Lazicki and her husband, David, of Underhill; his nephew Max of Germany; and his nieces: Megan Pelchat of Colchester, Erin Galinas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Anna Gosselin of Germany, and Celine and Solange Gosselin of East Amherst.

There will be no visiting hours. Services will be held on Friday, November 21, at 11 a.m. at the St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington, followed by a reception and luncheon at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory can be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.

obit GrenierArvilla “Evelyn” Grenier

Arvilla “Evelyn” Grenier, 83, of Clarksville, Tennessee, former longtime resident of Newport Center and Lyndonville, died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and kidney disease.

She was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, on April 8, 1931.

She and her husband enjoyed being part of the North Country Swingers Square Dance Club, panning for gold, golfing, bowling, and traveling. She enjoyed bingo, making crafts, and spending quality time with family.

She was an amazing inspiration to all who knew her with her fighting spirit and ability to face her illnesses with grace and courage. Her tender, caring personality and beautiful smile will be greatly missed.

She was a former member of the Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville.

She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Philippe “Pea Wee” Grenier, of Clarksville; three daughters and one son: Joyce Davis of Newport, Norma Sloan of Clarksville, who helped care for her over the past nine years, Brenda Lontine and her husband, Bruce Sr., of Barton, and Paul Grenier of Hoboken, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Vicki Custer of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Bruce Lontine Jr. of Limaville, Ohio, Shane Lontine of Coventry, Billy Grenier of Newport, Tammy Cornell of Newport, Christopher Prue of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Philip Prue of Statesville, North Carolina; 16 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Alton Porter Jr. and his wife, Pearl, of Colebrook, Alda Barnett and her husband, Melcom, of Errol, New Hampshire, Gloria Sweatt of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Lois Smith of Newport, Eva Byard and her husband, Terry, of Clarksville, and Mildred Pellitier of Swazy, New Hampshire; and by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Fenoff, of Lyndonville.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alton Porter Sr. and Arvilla (Sweatt) Porter; and by two brothers: Norman Porter and Wendell Porter.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill in Newport. Services will be held in the spring at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Lyndonville. Time and date to be announced.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

Ruth (Nelson) Lamotte

Ruth Lamotte died on October 26, 2014, at age 75, at her home in Mossyrock, Washington.

She was born in Barton on May 6, 1939, the daughter of Allen and Marion Nelson of Albany. Raised in Albany, she graduated from Craftsbury Academy. After graduating from Lyndon Teachers College in 1962, she taught in Lunenburg until 1964, when she married Phil Lamotte and moved to the West Coast.

While in Washington, she taught at the Onalaska School District and raised six children. When her children were all school age she went to work for DeGoede Bulb Farms for 37 years, until her passing.

She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities, Seahawks football games, Mariners baseball, doing puzzles of all kinds, and summer vacations at the beach with her family. Even though her family and friends were in Vermont, they were in her thoughts and a large part of her family stories.

She is survived by her six children: Shawn, Allen and his wife Michelle, Dan, Ramona Romine and her husband, Gary, Andy and his wife, Kathleen, and Renee Drake and her husband, Kevin; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; her brothers: Tom Nelson, Roger Nelson and his wife, Beatrice; and by her sister-in-law Janet Nelson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson; a grandchild, Morgan Romine; and by a brother, George Nelson.

There was a potluck celebration of life for Ms. Lamotte held November 8, in Mossyrock, and a private family burial.

obit ToddMaxine Melina Todd

Maxine Melina Todd, 77, of Orleans, beloved wife of Durwood Todd, died peacefully on Sunday, November 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on December 24, 1936, in Irasburg, a daughter of Emma Royer.

On April 24, 1955, she married Durwood Todd, who survives her.

She graduated from Orleans High School in 1955. She was a bookkeeper for Blanchard Oil in Orleans for several years.

She held memberships with the Quilters from Vermont State Police Barracks, and was very involved with the Orleans High School Roger Barton Scholarship Program.

She enjoyed quilting and attended many quilting seminars around the country, knitting and crocheting with others, spending time with her grandchildren, and doing things with her family and friends.

Besides her husband of 59 years, Durwood, she is survived by her children: Michele Todd of East Montpelier, and Mitchell Todd of O’Fallon, Illinois; her grandchildren: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Christopher, Jennifer, Jessica, Jamie, and Jeremy; and by several great-grandchildren, brothers, and a sister.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit WarnerJoAnne Warner

JoAnne Warner, 69, of Derby died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Joseph and Helen (Worthiem) Johnston in Burlington in 1945. After the death of her mom at a young age, she was raised by her great-grandmother Mary Worthiem and her companion, Irma Isham.

Upon graduating from nursing school, she met and married Stanley Warner of North Troy. They moved to the Newport-Derby area and proceeded to raise their two daughters.

Ms. Warner loved nursing and took care of her patients at the Newport Health Care Center with kindness and compassion for 32 years. She will be greatly missed by both the patients and staff of the Newport Health Care Center.

She loved skiing, skating, cross-stitching, and watching NASCAR. Her greatest joy was riding motorcycle with her husband, Stanley.

Along with her husband, Stanley, she is survived by her children: Lauri Bonneau Warner and her fiancé, Mike Place, of Newport, and Lisa Warner of Ithaca, New York; her grandchildren: Jay and Michelle Bonneau of Island Pond, Samantha and Caleb Gross of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and Benjamin Bonneau of Newport; two cousins who were like sisters to her: MaryAnn Tabor of Burlington, and June Giroux of Hinesburg; as well as by several other cousins and many dear friends.

A graveside service was held on November 14, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Activities Fund at the Newport Health Care Center, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries November 12, 2014

obit EasonKate Elizabeth Eason

Kate Elizabeth Eason, 32, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Born in Newport, she was the daughter of Douglass and Deborah Haselton.

She was a registered nurse at Carolina Bone and Joint Surgery Center.

She was a gentle soul and free spirit who touched everyone she met.

She loved to shop, especially for shoes and jeans, and always remained frugal. She wholeheartedly made the earth a better place. She loved her family and her husband.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher Lynn Eason, of Myrtle Beach; her parents; a brother, Kurt Douglass Haselton, and his wife, Michelle; her grandparents Grammy and PaPa Simoneau; her father-in-law, William Eason and his wife, Linda; her mother-in-law, Barbara Eason; her brother-in-law Michael Eason; two sisters-in-law: Michelle Sykes and her husband, Steve, and Lauri Springsteen and her husband, Eric; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, along with a great number of friends.

A celebration of life was held on November 8, in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LLS MA Chapter, 9 Erie Drive, Natick, Massachusetts 01760.

Sign a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

obit FortinColombe Rita (Faucher) Fortin

Colombe Rita (Faucher) Fortin, 85, of Newport died on November 2, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 12, 1929, in Magog, Quebec, to Ernest and Mariange (Cliché) Faucher.

On August 3, 1946, she married Roland Fortin, who predeceased her on August 28, 2013.

She is survived by her children: Rosaire and Brenda Fortin of Derby, Joseph and Lillian Fortin of North Troy, Reginald Smith of West Charleston, Francine and Earl Martin Jr. of Island Pond, Andre Fortin and his wife, Cathy, of Coventry, and Gilles and Mary Fortin of Chazy, New York; her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and by her sisters and brothers: Jean Rocke, Omer, Jean Claude, and Origene Faucher, Marie Berthe Faucher, Yolande Robert and her husband, Yves, and ReJeanne Bombardier all of Magog, Quebec;

She was predeceased by one daughter, Rolande Fortin, of West Charleston; two brothers: Emilien and Onario; and by two sisters: Marguerite and Suzanne.

Funeral services were held on November 8, in Derby. Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences can be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit GatesJames R. Gates

Peacefully surrounded by his family, James R. Gates died on November 4, 2014, after a courageous and strong willed two-plus-year battle with leukemia.

He was born on April 24, 1946, in Hardwick.

He proudly served his country in the Vermont Army National Guard.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Helen Gates; along with his children: Aaron and his wife, Amy Gates, of Brimfield, Massachusetts, Anthony Gates and Kara of Hyde Park, Amanda and her husband, Sam Gabaree, of Hardwick, and Alissa and her husband, Tracy Harvey, of Walden; her stepchildren: Cory and his wife, Jackie Rivard, of Newport, Joey and his wife, Susie Rivard, of Hardwick, and Tammie Rivard of Charlestown, Massachusetts; her siblings: Patricia Gates of Vero Beach, Florida, Reginald Gates of Hardwick, Barbara and her husband, Howard Keough, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Betty and her husband, Lynn Heney, of Port St. Lucie; his 13 grandchildren: Josh, Zack, Alleigh, Ryan, Russell, Tyler, Tanner, Tessa, Ethan, Avery, Piper, Tyler and Kelsie; and many nieces and nephews along with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Onis Gates; and by his siblings: Sheila, Bob, and Beverly.

He began working at Gates Salvage Yard in 1960 alongside his family members and he became sole owner in 1990. Since then he has owned and operated it making it one of the largest salvage yards in the state of Vermont. His other passions included racecar driving, driving truck, operating his equipment, hunting, fishing, farming, bowling, dancing, horseshoes, playing cards with his buddies, and above and beyond all, spending time with his grandchildren. Most recently his passion for outdoor recreation led him to open Buffalo Mountain Powersports in 2010.

Mr. Gates’ life lessons he would like to leave behind would be to work hard, waste nothing, and remember to dance.

Funeral services were held on November 7 in Hardwick. Committal followed at Lake Elmore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

obit GerawChester H. Geraw

Chester H. Geraw, 89, of Glover died peacefully on November 7, 2014, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on November 23, 1924, in Orleans, to Bert and Lydia (Mergs) Geraw.

In 1972, he married Desneiges Coderre, who predeceased him on November 27, 2012.

He was a janitor for the Canaan Elementary School and also worked at Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for several years.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching old Westerns on television.

He is survived by his children: Chester Geraw Jr. and his wife, Sheri, of Bristol, Connecticut, Raymond Geraw and his fiancée, Tammy, of Glover, and Eddie Geraw of Glover; his grandchildren: Vikki, Destiny and Dylan; and by his sisters: Eva Geraw of California, and Irene Forest and her husband, Gary, of Forest Dale.

He was predeceased by his son Freddie; by his grandson Michael; and by his brothers: Charlie, Peter, and Perley.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RiceLeona M. Rice

Leona M. Rice, 95, of Brownington died on November 3, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 28, 1919, in Brownington to Clyde and Mable (Marsh) Herman.

On March 21, 1936, she married Merrick M. Rice, who predeceased her in 1991.

When they were first married they ran a farm and when they were done farming she worked for several families in the area. At one time she cooked meals for hot lunches in schools.

She enjoyed going to Home Dem meetings and was a member of the Ladies Christian Club and also was a member of the Brownington Village Church.

She also enjoyed playing cards, making afghans, which made prize possessions for family members in addition to ones that she sold and others that she gave away. Along with everything else, she enjoyed playing board games and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her children: Linda Child, Robert Rice and his wife, Laurie, and Carla McCoy and her husband, Peter, all of Brownington; her grandchildren: Karen and Rick Marston of Naples, Maine, Wendy Child of Portland, Maine, Michael Child and his wife, Melissa, of Dover, New Hampshire, Sharey Rice and her friend, Joseph Lund, of Burke, and Adam Rice and his wife, Yuka, of Walden; her five great-grandchildren: Haley Hammond, Kasey Rice, Alexandria and Emily Child, and Cameron Rice-Lund; her brother Willard Herman and his wife, Nancy, of Collinsville, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Arnold; and by her sisters: Pauline Green and Velma Cook.

Funeral services were held on November 7, in Brownington. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Village Congregational Church, 126 Parker Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit stoneMargaret Bernice (Ford) Stone

Margaret “Maggie” Bernice (Ford) Stone of Richmond died peacefully on Thursday, November 6, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a long and beautiful life.

She was born in Compton, Quebec, on August 29, 1922. Her family moved to East Charleston in 1928 to live on the Tripp Hill farm and later moved to a farm on Echo Lake. She attended the one-room Echo Lake schoolhouse in her early years. She graduated from Orleans High School, and nursing school at Brightlook Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

During World War II, she worked at a hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she met Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt was an inspiration for her throughout her life.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, she taught nursing and, in later years, worked at Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington.

She married Fred Stone in 1950 and together they raised two daughters, Elaine and Dorothy.

She was an active volunteer for the Richmond Rescue, the VNA, and a devoted member of the Richmond Congregational Church. She loved her faith, her family, and her profession.

She returned every summer to her beloved Echo Lake. Many happy family times were had at her mother’s cottage and her own log cabin overlooking the lake. Though she lived in different towns in Vermont throughout her life, she always considered herself a country girl from the Northeast Kingdom.

She is survived by two daughters: Elaine and her husband, Greg Carpenter, of Fairfax, and Dorothy Stone and her partner, Zacciah Blackburn, of Richmond and Ascutney; her grandchildren: Amos Parker of Lee, New Hampshire, Ben Parker and his wife, Liz, of Montpelier, Caitlin and her husband, Michael Woodard, of Copper Mountain, Colorado, Elliot Smith and his partner, Carrie, of Nederland, Colorado, and Ian Carpenter of Fairfax; her great-grandchildren: Forrest and Fisher Woodard and George Parker; her brother Albert Ford of East Charleston; many nieces and nephews; and by two special cousins: Russell and Robert Nichols of Compton.

She was predeceased by three sisters: Mabel Schenk, Marion Petell, and Dorothy Farrell; and by her brother George Ford.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Congregational Church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Stowe at a later time.

Donations may be made in her name to Richmond Rescue, P.O. Box 404, Richmond, Vermont 05477.

obit willisJohn Melvin Willis

John Melvin Willis, 72, died in Inverness, Florida, on November 2, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on November 14, 1941, to Melvin and Thelma (Willey) Willis.

He worked for many years at Butterfield’s as a machinist, where he proudly served as union president. He later worked as bartender at the American Legion, where he made many lifelong friends.

Mr. Willis lived life fully and enjoyed hunting, politics, bocce ball, travelling, reporting the weather, and spending time with his family. In recent years, he enjoyed annual trips to St. Pete Beach with family. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Griffin) Willis; his children: Cathy and her husband, Dan Lowell, Lisa Spooner, and their mother, Rosemary Rowe, Chris Willis and his wife, Jamie, Adam Willis and his fiancée, Jessica Hastings, and their mother, Ruth-Ann Fletcher; his mother, Thelma (Willey) Willis; his grandchildren: Rob, Danny, Tom, Zach, Olivia, Emily, Natalie, Natalee, Trysten, Lily, and great-granddaughter Meka; his siblings: Duane “Red” Willis, Marlene Bullis, Trudy Roberge, and Jody Cleveland; and by his stepsons: Ben, Jason and Tyler Marcoux. He was joyfully anticipating the birth of a new grandchild. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was especially close to his brother and sister-in-law, Red and Bev; his nephew Todd and his wife, Cindy, and to his stepson Tyler. He will be sadly missed by many dear friends in Vermont and Florida.

He was predeceased by his father, Melvin Willis, in 1972.

As per his wishes, there will be no funeral.

Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida 34464.

Death notices

JoAnne Warner

JoAnne Warner, 69, of Derby, beloved wife of Stanley Warner, died on November 9, 2014, in Newport.

Graveside service will be held on Friday, November 14, at the North Troy Village Cemetery, at 11 a.m.

Maxine Todd

Maxine Todd, 77, of Orleans, beloved wife of Durwood Todd, died on November 9, 2014, in Newport.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans on November 14, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating. Interment will follow at Brownington Village Cemetery.

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Obituaries November 5, 2014

obit DeWittVinal A. DeWitt

Vinal A. DeWitt, 83 of Glover died peacefully on October 28, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on February 19, 1931, in Medford, Maine, to Arthur and Lyna (McGray) DeWitt.

Mr. DeWitt was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Armored Division as a mechanic on tanks after training at Fort Hood in Texas.

During his lifetime he was self-employed in Bucksport, Maine, owning and running two garages and a wrecker service for the area.

In 1969, he came to Vermont to work as a heavy equipment mechanic for SV Rossi on what is now I-91. At the completion of the highway, he became a mechanic for Calkins Sand & Gravel in Lyndonville, until his retirement in 1999.

Repairing heavy equipment, building and remodeling, and trips to Florida and Maine for vacation were his hobbies; but, farming was his passion. Mr. DeWitt was a proud member of The American Angus Association.

Besides his family in Maine, his main love was the Russell family and his associations with them for 40 years, especially his ownership in D&R Farms, where he and his ex-wife, Patricia Russell, raised Registered Angus Cattle, which they showed all over the country for 20 years.

He is survived by his grandchild: Brandi-Jo DeWitt of Bangor, Maine; his brothers and sisters: Ronald and his wife, Joyce Hopkins, Harold Hopkins and his life partner, Patricia Jordan, Keith DeWitt, Edwin DeWitt and his wife, Ellen, Kathy Hopkins and her daughter, Mandy Worden, and Dale DeWitt and his wife, Christine, all of Maine; several nieces and nephews; and by his ex-wife and friend, Patricia Russell, of Barton.

He was predeceased by his son Vinal DeWitt Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Don Vincent officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on November 6, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at Cedar Valley Cemetery in Charleston, Maine, at 1 p.m. on November 10.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Activities Fund at Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences can be made at curtis-britch.com.

obit DuquetteRoger Lionel Duquette

Roger Lionel Duquette, 78, of Irasburg died on October 31, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on February 21, 1936, in Orleans, to Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette.

On September 12, 1964, he married Louise (Snyder), who survives him.

During his lifetime, he was an electrician for Citizens Utilities, and he later worked for Columbia Plywood. More recently, he was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and working on his car.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Duquette, of Irasburg; his sons: Howard Duquette of New Hampshire, and Maurice Duquette of New Jersey; his brother Lewis Duquette and his wife, Nancy, of Barton; his sister Gloria Whittemore of Glover; his brother-in-law Donald Stoddard of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Wayne Whittemore.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Full military honors will be held.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Felines and Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit leblancPaul A. LeBlanc

Paul A. LeBlanc, 69, of Albany died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 3, 1945, in Barre, son of the late Emmanuel and Pauline (Guillette) LeBlanc.

He served in the Vermont Army National Guard and reserves in his early twenties. When his left the military, he worked for his father at E&E Tire. He was married for a short period and had four beautiful daughters. After leaving E&E Tire, he moved to Hardwick and began his own business, Paul’s Auto. When he closed his shop, he worked for Green Mountain Sanitation and then S.D. Griswald. He spent much of his life living in Hardwick, until making his home in Albany.

He was a member of the Hardwick Fire Department and a member of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed the friendships and comradeship when he was with his buddies.

On July 1, 1995, he married the love of his life, Joanne, and together they had a son. For the past 19 years, Mr. LeBlanc has enjoyed raising his son and making his home in Albany with his wife and two dogs, Bandit and Cuddles.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding a motorcycle, a four-wheeler, skeet and trap shooting, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved cooking, especially for family and friends, particularly when having a chicken barbecue. Time with his family and friends was his source of joy.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne (Patoine) LeBlanc; his children: Dana LeBlanc, Lori LeBlanc Dell’Amore, Elizabeth Hill, Nicole LeBlanc and Tamatha Clark; his grandchildren: Cassie Osgood, Heather Osgood, Acacia Hammel, Amber Boisvert, Aaron Clark, Megan Hill, Johnathan Hill, Julie Dell’Amore, Matthew Dell’Amore, Sarah Hill, and Gabriella Beaumier; his nine siblings: Arthur LeBlanc, Irene Hill and her husband, Warren, Rachael Williams and her husband, Gary, David LeBlanc and his wife, Gail, Albert LeBlanc and his wife, Robin, Anne LeBlanc, Diane LeBlanc, Denise Whitcomb and her husband, Rob, and Rita Griffen and her husband, Peter; and by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Hope Community Church in South Walden, with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

obit RowellEthel Marie Rowell

Ethel Marie Rowell, 57, of Albany died on October 28, 2014, at her home.

She was born on November 20, 1956, in Newport, to Paul and Jean (Madden) Boulanger.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1975.

On March 1, 1975, she married Mitchell Rowell, who predeceased her on December 13, 2013.

Ms. Rowell was a stitcher for both the former Bogner and Slalom Ski Wear.

Her hobbies were crocheting, and gardening, which included making strawberry beds and flower beds.

She is survived by her sons: Andy Rowell and his wife, Britta, of Heidelberg, Germany, and Cory Rowell and his wife, Desiree, of Essex; her grandchildren: twins Angela and Alyssa, and Caleb and Natalie; her siblings: Thomas Boulanger and his wife, Wilma, of Newport, Georgia Fournier of Troy, Ruth Forbue of Lyndonville, Sharon Provoncha and her husband, Dale, of Westfield, and Joan Therrien and her husband, Roland, of Derby; numerous nieces and nephews; and by one grand-grandniece.

She was predeceased by her sister Patricia Hall in 2008; her brother Peter Boulanger in 2011; and by her nephews: Timmy Verdon and Billy Joe.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at the Brownington Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on November 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries October 29, 2014

obit BaileyMarie D. Bailey

Marie D. Bailey, 77, of Island Pond died from natural causes during the early morning hours on October 22, 2014, at the home of her daughter Jennifer Hanlon, where she had lived, with her son-in-law Thomas and granddaughter May, since 2011.

Though she moved to Vermont late in her life, she always said she was proud to be a Vermonter, and especially enjoyed all things maple. She enjoyed summering with her family on the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York, and this past summer spent two very relaxing months “on the river” there with her beloved sister Judith and brother “Buzz.”

Marie Gertrude Derenberger was born on July 3, 1937, in Tracy, Minnesota. She was a daughter of Floy Mae Derenberger and William Derenberger.

The Derenberger family moved to Ogdensburg in 1940. Ms. Bailey was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Class of 1955, a graduate of St. Lawrence School of Nursing in the Class of 1958, and she received her B.A. at Plattsburgh State University.

She embarked upon her nursing career with the American Red Cross, followed by service at the Veterans Administration in Syracuse, New York, and as a school nurse in Peru, New York. She also was employed in the Ausable Valley School District for several years as a school nurse. She will be remembered by many for her gentle, compassionate spirit and her dedication to nursing and caring for those around her.

It was at Peru Central School that she met a teacher, George Arthur Bailey, of Keeseville, New York, whom she married in 1964. Though their marriage was short lived, she remained in the Keeseville area for many years, supporting her children and always opening her door to them and their friends.

She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and she enjoyed sharing recipes, cooking, and eating tasty food. She was an avid fan of the Enquirer and other tabloids, and could spend hours watching crime dramas on television. When she came to Vermont she began surfing the Internet and communicating via e-mail. She was always interested in current events on the local and national level, and always was sure to vote. She always had a strong faith in the Lord, and always found a reason to laugh and smile every day.

She is survived by four children: Jennifer and her husband, Thomas Hanlon, and granddaughter May Marie of Island Pond, Jeffrey Bailey of Keeseville, and Suzanne and her husband, Bret Leonhardt, of Kernersville, North Carolina; and by her grandchildren: Kyle, Ansley, and very specially loved grandson Seth, Sara and her husband, Jude Perkett, of Ausable Chasm, New York, and Ledge, Keene, Chasm, and Ridge. She is also survived by her siblings: William Derenberger of Moravia, New York, and Judith Derenberger of Winter Haven, Florida, along with her niece and goddaughter Cathy Giglio; and by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

She had many lifelong friends, including her beloved sister-in-law Mary Bailey of Port Kent, New York, who was like a second mother to her children. Many people often thought they were sisters or even the same person, since they were often seen with the same set of children. She also had lifelong friendships with Bernadette (Morrow) Kolonski and Barbara Wylie.

She was predeceased by her parents; her older sister Wilburna Derenberger Giglio; and by her brother Sargent LeRoy Derenberger.

During her lifetime she was referred to as “Sis” by her siblings and by those in the Ogdensburg region.

At her request, there will be no calling hours, and cremation will be provided by Curtis Britch Converse Rushford Funeral Home. An informal memorial dinner with her family will be held on November 8 in the Plattsburgh, New York, area, and the interment of her cremains will take place on Memorial Day in 2015, at the family plot in Ogdensburg, at the convenience of her family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ClapperJob Robert “Bob” Clapper

Job Robert “Bob” Clapper died on October 18, 2014, at his home in Holland, surrounded by his pets.

He was born on May 7, 1940, to Lawrence and Marianne Lathye Clapper.

He is survived by his life partner of 38 years, Rachael Pelletier; his daughter Lorri LePage; and by his son Lance Clapper. He also helped raise Rachael’s children: Kathlene Pelletier and David Pelletier. He loved those two as though they were his own. He is also survived by his brother Richard of Ausable Forks, New York.

Mr. Clapper was a Vermonter through and through. His parents had a camp on Salem and when his brother and he were growing up, they spent every summer carefree as can be, swimming and fishing. He loved to tell the stories about their always-leaky rowboats and catching baby skunks, squirrels and chipmunks, or how they used to steal their mother’s cigarettes and hide them in the woods so they could smoke them later.

All of his grandchildren were special to him, especially Sean who lived with the couple for five years before moving to Rutland with his mother. After that, along came Christopher and Josh, followed by Sara, Elizabeth, and then Amber and lastly followed by Skyler, Dillon and Deven. He had a great time with the grandchildren when they came to visit.

Mr. Clapper enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. He was a radioman on the U.S.S. Neptune and received an honorable discharge after completing his tour. After discharge, he went to work at Ethan Allen in Orleans. After nearly 20 years and working himself up to a supervisory position, he decided to return to attend college. He graduated magna cum laude from Johnson State College with a degree in elementary school education, K-8 with an additional specialization in special education. He worked for North Country Union High School in special education for a short time and decided it wasn’t for him.

Because of his involvement with special needs students, he decided to take a position with Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Services at the Group Home on the Bluffs. While working there he met a special client, Alan, and they developed a special relationship so Mr. Clapper decided to bring Alan into his and Ms. Pelletier’s home. Alan was with them through thick and thin, until Mr. Clapper was ready to retire at 62.

After retirement, he became a “house husband” and “kennel keeper” to many pets. He was especially fond of golden retrievers and did adopt several — the newest dog is Cooper, who slept with Mr. Clapper until the end. When his closest dog, Gabriel, passed, Mr. Clapper had him cremated so then when he passed, Gabe’s and his ashes could be mixed and spread together over the bridge between the two Salems.

Mr. Clapper was a volunteer for Orleans Essex Home Health for a few years. While Ms. Pelletier was involved with getting her increased education, Mr. Clapper was her typist with much gnashing of teeth because of her habit of actually cutting and pasting her papers. He never wanted to learn to use a computer, preferring a manual or electric typewriter.

As a religious man, one of his greatest wishes was to visit the holy land and he was able to do so before his health began to fail. While there, he was baptized in the Jordan River. Another great moment in his life was the day he participated in the great Cadillac parade through Barton. He was up before daylight to make sure he could get in line and managed to be number 34.

The past two years were very trying for Mr. Clapper, with one health care problem after another. We cannot wish him back, but can visualize him romping through heaven’s fields with his golden retrievers who have gone before him. He is at peace now.

Funeral services were held on October 25, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CollinsDurward P. Collins

Durward P. Collins, 89, of Westfield died suddenly on October 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1925, to Harley and Maud (Besaw) Collins.

On September 16, 1944, he married Rita Breault, who predeceased him on July 17, 2009.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

During his lifetime, he was a foreman for the Vermont Asbestos Group Mine in Lowell.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, walking and listening to country and bluegrass music.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, William Collins of Westfield, Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his son-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Pamela Niles; two grandchildren: Lisa Collins and “Little” Gerard Pion; his sister Florence Miclette; and by his brothers: Elsidor and Elroy.

Funeral services were held on October 24, in Lowell. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit durocherRichard Dennis Durocher

Richard Dennis Durocher, 53, of Vero Beach, Florida, and formerly of Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, died at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

He was born on March 27, 1961, in St. Johnsbury, son of Larry and Gloria Durocher.

He graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1979 and from Lyndon State College in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science in business.

He was a three-season athlete in high school, excelling in football, basketball, track and field, and he also played in the Lyndon Youth Baseball program for many years. As an adult, he is well known for his exceptional contributions to the Lyndon Youth Softball program, helping to lead numerous teams to state and regional competitions.

In Vermont, Mr. Durocher was employed as a territory sales merchandiser for 14 years at Hibbert & McGee out of East Barre, until his relocation with his wife, Lynn, four and a half years ago to Vero Beach.

He was a dedicated Red Cross blood donor over the last several decades. He enjoyed watching sports — an avid Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Vikings fan — golfing, motorcycle rides, family gatherings and dancing with his wife, Lynn. He took extreme pride in maintaining his home!

He his survived by his devoted wife of nine years, Lynn Daviault Durocher; his parents, Larry and Gloria Durocher; his siblings: Barbara and her husband, Maurice Chenette, Sandra and her husband, Randy Amadon, Robert and his wife, Rosemary Durocher, and Raymond and his wife, Kathleen Durocher; his sister-in-law Diane and her husband, Paul Rioux; his children: Gregory and his wife, Crystal Durocher, Eric Durocher, and Megan Durocher; his stepchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Dennis McCall, Scott and his wife, Jessica Brewer, and Benjamin and his wife, Dani Marie Brewer; his grandchildren: Sophia, Gemma, Isabella, Troy, and Jaxon; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Roger E. and Jeannette Blanchard Daviault.

Visiting hours will be held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Sunday, November 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lyndonville, on Monday, November 3, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, November 4, at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Lyndon Youth Baseball and Softball Program, care of Jon Prue, P.O. Box 1146, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the American Red Cross, Vermont and New Hampshire Region, Attention: Local Disaster Relief, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt, née Merle Ash, 94, of Glover died peacefully at the Union House in Glover on October 15, 2014.

She was born on March 11, 1920, in Sheffield, daughter of Warren and Bernice (Smith) Ash.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1938 and the University of Vermont in 1963.

She married Maurice Dutton of Brownington in 1939. He predeceased her in 1978. In 1985, she married John Vance Hewitt Jr., who died in 1997.

She taught in several schools in Burlington from 1958 until her retirement. Prior to this, she taught grammar school in the Northeast Kingdom. Following her retirement, she and Mr. Hewitt moved to Shingle Springs, California, to be with her daughter. After Mr. Hewitt’s death, she moved to Half Moon Bay, California, and from there she moved to Tampa, Florida, to live with her son Gilbert and his family, and then to John Knox. Her loving niece, Gwen Maynard, has cared for her for eight and one-half years in Glover.

She was active in CFO (Camps Farthest Out) and CFOI (CFO International). She attended many camps: Winni, New Hampshire; Silver Bay, New York (where she and Mr. Hewitt were married); Asilomar and Mount Shasta in California, among them. She had various positions in CFO and also attended JFO (Journey Farthest Out) Tahoe in Nevada. She was also active in CFOI, attending in several countries and serving on the CFOI Board.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Bradley of Shelburne, Gilbert Dutton and his wife, Bonnie, and their son Christopher and his wife, Janis, of Brandon, Florida, and Phillip Dutton of Shelburne; her sister-in-law June Winhold of Waitsfield; her niece Gwendolyn and her children: Pamela and her husband, Donald Clark, Patty Caron and her fiancé, Glenn Gage, Paula and her husband, Bill Chamberlain; her nephews and their wives: Connie Ash and Lynn Ash, Ruth and her husband, George Wells, Sandra and her husband, Hale Hemingway, MickiAnn and her husband, Ron Thomas, Tom, Ernie, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Maurice Dutton and John Hewitt; her brothers, sisters, and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Fern Ash, Ruby (Ash) Beadle, Velma (Ash) Eastman, Alice (Dutton) and her husband, Tom Emmerson, and Ernest Dutton; her parents, Warren and Beatrice Ash; and by Mr. Dutton’s parents, Gilbert and Ruth Dutton.

Interment and memorial services will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in early June.

obit LantagneJames L. Lantagne

James L. Lantagne, 36, of Newport died suddenly on October 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 2, 1978, in Newport, to Deborah Lantagne and the late Gilles Desroches.

He was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed hunting and going to the family hunting camp. He also enjoyed fishing, snowboarding, four-wheeling, kayaking, snowmobiling, listening to music, playing solitaire, joy riding and watching television which included the Discovery, History and Science channels. He was also very social and enjoyed visiting with people. He always had a smile and brought joy to all he came in contact with.

He always had a soft spot for animals. He especially loved being with family and friends and spent a lot of time with his son and grandmother.

He is survived by his son Nicholas Lantagne; his mother, Deborah Glodgett; his step-dad, Terry Glodgett; his grandmother Esther Lantagne; his companion, Melissa Stone, and her two sons: Bruce Stone III and Nicholas Stone; his siblings: Michelle Desroches and her companion, David Walker, Pamela Bedard and Dan Bedard, Cindy Dodds and her husband, Brian, Carmen Flynn and her husband, Kurk, Jane Perry and her husband, Leroy, Andrew Desroches and his wife, Jennifer, Ted Glodgett and his wife, Renee, John Glodgett and his wife, Tracy, Joey Glodgett and his wife, Alicia, and Steve Glodgett and his girlfriend, Lisa; his aunts and uncles: Gary and Adalene Lantagne, Rock and Judy Desroches, Jocelyne and Terry Gage, and Raymonde Mayhew; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins; and by the mother of Nicholas, Michelle Carbonneau.

He was predeceased by his father, Gilles Desroches; his grandfather Aristide Lantagne; and his best friend, Nicholas Blay.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Ave, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3323; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MurrayJoshua R. Murray

Joshua R. Murray, 29, of Newport died on October 20, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on December 31, 1984, in Newport, to Margaret Murray and Alan Shaw.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the Class of 2003.

He was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport.

He enjoyed playing magic, basketball, and anything with superheroes, especially Superman and Captain America. He was given an honorary black belt in tae kwon do.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy Murray, of Barton, and her boyfriend, Gene Rollins, of Barton; his brother John M. Baxter and his wife, Liz, of Watertown, New York; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 31, with Robert Trombly officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Margaret Murray, 327 Main Street #5, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PattenGlen M. Patten

Glen M. Patten, 59, of Derby died on October 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 8, 1955, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Jeannette (Rice) Patten and the late Kenneth Patten.

On January 26, 1973, he married Sharon Percy, who survives him.

He was owner and operator of Glen Patten Trucking Co.

His hobbies included playing chess, risk, going to auctions, antiquing, and talking politics.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Patten, of Derby; his children: Tammy Patten and her fiancé, Tracey Lamoureux, of Derby Line, Chad Patten and his wife, Renee, of Derby, Jeremiah Patten of Derby, and Adam Patten and his wife, Tara, of Derby; his mother, Jeannette Patten, of Coventry; his grandchildren: Nicholas Giroux, Hailey Lamoureux, Celina Patten, Ava Patten, Kayla and Isaiah Patten, Bailey Cloney, Caitlin and Treyton Patten, Austin Lamoureux, and Kirstein Lamoureux; his brothers: Keith Patten of Brownington, and Randy Patten and his wife, Christine, of Newport; his sisters: Nadine Cray and her husband, Robert, of Ohio, Terri Ryan and her husband, Frank, of Coventry, April Blake of Coventry, and Fern Wright and her husband, Byron, of Derby; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, Stewart Patten; and by his father, Kenneth Patten.

Funeral services were held on October 20, in Morgan. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Fund, 1071 Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit reedWalter E. Reed

Walter E. Reed, 76, of West Addison died on October 27, 2014, in Middlebury.

He was born in West Addison on February 28, 1938, the son of Charles Edward and Audrey (Wells) Reed.

He attended school in Addison before graduating from the St. Johnsbury Trade Academy in 1956.

In 1958, he married Margaret Bearor.

He was employed on the family farm before starting his own bulk milk hauling business, which he operated for many years. In later years, he worked for the Agency of Transportation and retired in 2012.

He was a past member of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department and a 35-year member of the Morning Sun Masonic Lodge in Bridport. He was also a member of the West Addison Methodist Church.

Mr. Reed loved his family above all; he enjoyed summer cookouts and holidays with his family. His true passion was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle; he was known to say he was going “around the block” and end up in Newport. He loved Tootsie Pops, going to Goodie’s for ice cream, and going to the King’s Inn for supper with family and friends. He loved a good party and was a genuinely fun-loving man.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of West Addison; two sons: Walter II and his wife, Joan, of West Ferrisburgh, and Todd and his wife, Dawn, of West Addison; his grandchildren: Kevin and his wife, Lindsey, Christopher and his wife, Erin, Kelsey and her husband, Kevin Bradford, and Jade and his friend, Emily; his great-grandchildren: Colton, Logan, Cooper, Eva, Kolby, Colin, and Joleigh; one great-granddaughter soon to be born; his brother Robert and his wife, Christine, of Orleans; his cat Harley; and by his best friend, Millard Flint, and his wife, Joan.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Anne; and by his sister Carole.

A memorial service will be held at the West Addison Methodist Church on Thursday, October 30, at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following in the Lake View Cemetery in West Addison. The Reverend Jill Robinson will officiate. Visiting hours will be held at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury on October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Addison Volunteer Fire Department, 811 Route 22A, Vergennes, Vermont 05491

Ride safe, Dad.

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