Obituaries September 11, 2013

obit tatumMartha Corinne Seaton Tatum

Martha Corinne Seaton Tatum died peacefully on August 30, 2013, at home in Derby, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

She was born on December 28, 1919, in Topeka, Kansas, and grew up mostly in Kansas City.  As a girl, she was the best roller skater in her neighborhood and did not like school or schoolteachers.  Her favorite place was her grandmother’s farm in Burlingame.

She did excel, however, as a psychology major in her last two years in college, motivated in part by a desire to help a cousin.  During World War II, she interrupted her work for the war department to learn to fly in hopes of serving in the WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots), although as it turned out she was unable to gain enough weight to pass the physical.

She had a lifelong love for music, dance, and horses, and a later attachment for dogs (especially three German shepherds), undoubtedly heightened by her own accomplishments with each.  She also loved butterflies, birdcalls, and weaving, and was an expert knitter.  From her college days, she had a deep attachment for the Chesapeake Bay, where her parents kept a small log cabin that remains a gathering place for family to this day.  And her avid interest in architecture contributed to raising her family in an architect-designed house with a flat roof and glass walls in the woods of Connecticut.

A person of astonishing strength and gentleness, she always met the world with empathy, compassion, and kindness.  She was a person of great wisdom and extraordinary grace, steadfast and selfless in her central devotion to family and friends.

It is difficult to imagine a finer angel in God’s heaven than she was on this earth.

She is survived by her oldest son Liston and his wife, Donna, of Orleans, and Liston’s daughter, Shanti, and her family; her middle son Jesse of Derby; her youngest son’s wife, Miriam, and their two sons, Steven and Owen; and by her sister Jane Harrell of Atlantic Beach, Florida, and her four children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Liston Tatum, on May 5, 2012; and by her youngest son, Dr. Brent W. Tatum, on March 10, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Vermont Public Radio Classical, a touchstone of beauty for her in both bright and dark hours.

obit royerPriscilla B. Royer

Priscilla B. Royer, 91, of Derby Line died peacefully on September 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on August 27, 1922, in Newport, to Ernest and Malvina (Bernard) Leroux.  On June 2, 1941, she married Victor Royer, who predeceased on August 3, 1989.

She was a life member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella, where she held all of the officers’ positions.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a longtime member of the Forever Young Club and an honorary member of the North Country Swingers Dance Club.

She and her late husband, Vic, enjoyed traveling, going to area dances, and playing cards, especially cribbage.  They owned and operated Paul’s Market on Indian Point Street and later owned Royer’s Market on East Main Street for several years.

She is survived by her children:  David Royer and his wife, Diane, of Orleans, Jane Flynn and her husband, Urban Jr., of Derby, and Gerard Royer and his wife, Patricia, of Derby; her grandchildren:  Cathy Bell and her husband, Chad, of Orleans, Mark Royer and his wife, Lynn, of Orleans, Paula Hollander and her husband, Peter, of Ludlow, Peter Mason and his wife, Tonya, of Milton, Christopher Royer and his wife, Jamie, of Newport, and Adam Royer of Burlington; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, September 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

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

Glenna F. Murphy

Glenna F. Marie Murphy, 95, died on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on June 6, 1918, in Troy, to Edward and Ada (Place) Field.  On September 2, 1938, she married Francis Murphy, who predeceased her on October 29, 1981.

She graduated from North Troy High School and was a licensed nurse assistant at North Country Hospital and also spent many years working for the Orleans County Hospital.  She loved spending her time with her family, knitting, crocheting, gardening, snowshoeing, fishing, completing crossword puzzles, and cooking.  She also enjoyed teaching her grandchildren about life and she adored her pets.

She is survived by the following:  her daughter Carolyn Arel of Lowell; her grandchildren:  Patrick Arel and his wife, Gina, of Lowell, Laura Staib and her husband, Lonnie, of Alaska, and Shannon Driver and her husband, Jason, of Jay; her great-grandchildren:  Jill and David Legacy of Lowell, Andrew and Jenna Arel of Swanton, Kylie Gelo of Alaska, Holly Gelo and her fiancé, Jeff, of Pennsylvania, and Kortni and Olivia Driver of Jay; her great-great grandchildren:  Lauren and Rebecca Legacy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Marshall and James Field; and by her sisters:  Kathryn Squires and Alice Dunn.

A funeral service and interment were held at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell on September 9.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont, 05495.

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

obit McNealJoan M. McNeal

Joan M. McNeal, 76, of Newport, beloved wife of Brian McNeal of 57 years, died on September 2, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 24, 1937, in Newport, a daughter of Louis and Arlene (Turner) Rocheleau.  On February 4, 1956, she married Brian McNeal, who survives her.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School.

She was a licensed LNA and was employed by Bel-Aire Nursing Home.  She was also a substitute teacher at the Canaan School District in Canaan.

She was also a Sunday School teacher and was on the executive board of the Newport United Methodist Church.  Her hobbies included oil and water painting on canvases, playing the piano and taking care of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Brian McNeal of Newport; her children:  Timothy McNeal and his wife, Brenda, of Mobile, Alabama, Brian C. McNeal and his wife, Vicky, of Theodore, Alabama, Jodi Baker and her husband, Brad, of Newport, and Kelly Meunier and her husband, Andre, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Meghan, Jenna, Chelsey, Britney, and Rianna; and by her great-granddaughter Emma Jane.  She is also survived by her sister Jane Comtois and her husband, Marcel, of Rochester, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother William Louis “Roach” Rocheleau, and by her sister Juanita Rocheleau.

Funeral services were held on September 10, in Derby.  Interment followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit FalconerMichael G. Falconer

Michael G. Falconer, 45, of Brownington died peacefully on September 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on November 5, 1967, in Newport, to Fleurette (Dupuis) Falconer and the late Geoffrey Falconer Sr.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1986.  He was a sawyer at the Lamarre Sawmill in Evansville for over 25 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his nieces and nephews, and riding on country dirt roads with his chocolate lab Tucker.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and visiting with numerous neighbors.  He loved his job working side by side with Robert at the sawmill.

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Orleans.

He is survived by his mother Fleurette Falconer of Brownington; his brothers:  Geoff Falconer Jr. and his wife, Renee, and William Falconer and his wife, Angie, all of Brownington; nieces and nephews:  Tyler, Brittany, Michelle, Geoffrey, Kennedy, and Cameron; his paternal grandmother Emily Damon of Rock Island, Quebec; and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Geoffrey Falconer Sr. on June 20, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 13, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Tim Naples.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on September 13, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chris Grenier Scavenger Hunt for cancer, care of Jessie Davignon, 15 Able Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, Newport died on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in his home.

He enlisted in the Navy, after graduating from Newport High School.  He specialized in oceanography and received several awards for his accomplishments in this field.

Upon discharge, he opened Curt’s Autobody & Guns in Derby, with his father.  In 1978 they separated the business, and he opened Curtis Auto Repair Service in Newport.  In 1987 he migrated to Napa Auto Parts and worked as the outside salesman for several years, finally returning to carpentry and his own business of P.C. Enterprise and working as the superintendent of Pine Grove Cemetery Association.

He was an important member of his community.  Over the years, in his spare time, he was a member of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the Newport City Police Department, the Newport City Volunteer Fire Department, the board of civil authorities, the development review board, and the school board.  He was also a justice of the peace, and a certified diver for the Vermont State Police.  He was also crucial to the following community events:  The International Skate (1984), the Vermont dog sled races (1985 to around 1989), and the Newport Aquafest.

He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed such activities as hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.  He was also a member of the Vermont Handgunners Association as a law enforcement marksman, and enjoyed competing in the “shoots.”

He was a special man, and very giving of his time.  He gave everything for his family, and always treated his friends like family.  He was a cancer survivor of 20 years from melanoma in his eye.

He was one of seven siblings, born to Samuel D. Curtis and Grace T. Curtis.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Scott Curtis; his two children:  “Pete” Paul Arthur Curtis II and Annie Jane Curtis Christoni and her husband, Thomas J. Christoni; and by one granddaughter, Samantha Jane Christoni.

He will be so missed by all his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dr. Leslie Lockridge’s Let’s Care Lots Foundation, for cancer support services.  Dr. Lockridge was a huge part of Mr. Curtis’ life and he gave the family two years to enjoy life with him.  We are forever grateful.

Donations may also be sent to the American Cancer Society, Road to Recovery, in care of Tara Genzlinger, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Services will be at a later date at the discretion of the family and will be announced for the public.

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

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Obituaries September 4, 2013

obit CyrIrene B. Cyr

Irene B. Cyr, 71, of Newport died on August 26, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Newport Center.

She was born on September 2, 1941, in Newport, the daughter of Cleon and Alice (Prevost) Wells.

She was interested in arts and crafts, going to church, going for walks, fishing, and she enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren visits.

She is survived by her children:  Linda Wells and her companion, Robert Rivera, of Connecticut, Edward Cyr of Newport, Michael Cyr and his wife, Doris, of Brownington, and Angelina McAlister and her husband, Don, of Newport Center; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister Doris Johnson of Lancaster, New Hampshire; her very special niece Lisa Johnson Brown; and by her dog Lilly.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Manuel Cruz, and Edward Cyr Sr.; her brothers:  Rene, Gerald, and Don; as well as by several nieces and nephews that she thought a great deal of.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

William G. Buchanan

William G. Buchanan, 54, of Irasburg died on August 27, 2013, at his home.

He was born on May 5, 1959, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Janice (Flannery) Buchanan and the late William E. Buchanan.

He was a self-employed diesel mechanic.  He enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, snowmobiling, walking in the woods, riding on country roads, working on cars with his sons, and he loved horses.  He will be missed by his good friend Roy Stevens and his horse Image.

He is survived by his children:  Steven Buchanan and his wife, Rachelle, of Irasburg, and Brian Buchanan and his companion, Alicia, of Plymouth, Massachusetts; his two grandchildren:  Shaughn and David; his mother Janice Buchanan of Attelboro, Massachusetts; his life partner Kathleen Johnson of Irasburg and her sons:  Thomas and Andy Foren; his siblings:  Scott Buchanan and his wife, Donna, of Massachusetts, Michael Buchanan of South Dakota, Denise Sawicki and her husband, Edward, of Massachusetts, and Tara Buchanan and Matthew Zunagar of Rhode Island; and by many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his aunts:  Annie Wescom and her family of Vermont, Alice Marckres and her family of Vermont, and Virginia Donovan and her family of Massachusetts; his uncle Michael Flannery and his family of New York; and by his faithful canine companions, Bear and Nellie.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit danielsWilliam Ray Daniels

William Ray Daniels, 66, of Newport died suddenly, at home, on August 21, 2013.

He was born on April 12, 1947, to Elwyn J. Daniels Sr. and Bernice (La Rock) Daniels in Hardwick.

He graduated in 1965 from Hardwick Academy.  In 1968, he graduated from Champlain College.

Most of his life was spent living and working in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  However, for a time, he did leave, traveling to Wyoming, then Idaho and Washington.  In 1976, he returned to Vermont to work at the Sam Daniels Company for his brother where he stayed for many years.  He went west again for about seven years then returned to live in Brownington for many years, with his sister and family.  He worked in many places in the Northeast Kingdom.

As a youth, he was in the Boy Scouts of America.  He continued until he completed the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

For the last several years, he had lived in Newport.  He was an active member of the VFW auxiliary and served as president for several years.

He is survived by his brother Elwyn James Daniels Jr. and his wife, Lorraine, and their three grown children:  Jayne and her husband, Billy Collins, and Kevin and Michael; his nephew James Daniels and his wife, Donna, and their daughter, Abby; his niece Janice and her husband, John Guilmette; his sister Lesley D. Moore and her husband, Michael Moore, and their two sons:  Robert M. Moore and his wife, Kim M. Moore, and their daughter Michelle and their two sons, Dalton and Michael Moore, and James C. Moore and his three daughters:  Mariah Moore, Kristen Moore and Kayah Moore.

He was predeceased by his parents Elwyn and Bernice (La Rock) Daniels.

Calling hours will be held at the Holcomb-des Groseilliers Funeral Home, at 97 Church Street in Hardwick, on Wednesday, September 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A graveside committal service will be held at the Main Street cemetery in Hardwick, on Thursday, September 5, at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire to make contributions in his name, they may be sent to the Newport VFW.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through desgros@vtlink.net.

Roland Mathais Fortin

Roland Mathais Fortin, 89, of Derby died peacefully on August 28, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 23, 1924, in Holland, the son of Philippe and Merilda (Poulin) Fortin.  On August 3, 1946, he married Colombe Faucher who survives him.

During his lifetime he was a dairy farmer.

He is survived by his wife Colombe Fortin of Derby; and by his children:  Rosaire Fortin and his wife, Brenda, of Derby, Joseph Fortin and his wife, Lillian, of North Troy, Andre Fortin and his wife, Kathy, of Coventry, Francine Martin and her husband, Earl, of Island Pond, and Gilles Fortin and his wife, Mary, of Chazy, New York.  He is also survived by his son-in-law Reginald Smith of West Charleston; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children:  Norman and Rolande; and by the following siblings:  Jules, Gerald, Henri, Louis, Albert, and Joseph Fortin, and Jean Marie, Albertine Amyot, and Albina Brodeur Sr., Julienne Fortin and Candide Blais.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, September 6, at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Friday, September 6, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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

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

obit frenchArthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French died on August 26, 2013.

“…these trees shall be my books

And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character;

That every eye which in this forest looks

Shall see thy virtue witness’d everywhere.

As You Like It, act 3, scene 2, quoted by Mr. French in Gateway, Northfield Mount Hermon’s yearbook, in 1949.

Although born in New York City on May 9, 1929, Mr. French lived much of his life across from a glacial lake in Westmore.  Together with his identical twin brother Wayne, he attended a one-room school, learned to swim and fish in the summer, and ski and skate in the winter.  Living through the Depression, he remembered working lumber mills at Lake Willoughby and when ice was harvested for sale.  He and his brother posed for paintings by regionalist painter Paul Sample and cycled seven miles to Barton each week to participate in Boy Scouts.  He knew many local trails, leading hikes up Wheeler and Mount Pisgah when he worked at Camp Songadeewin near Willoughby’s North Beach.  As a teenager, he attended dances at the Westmore Community Hall and Shadow Lake Dance Hall.

In 1945 he left with his brother to attend Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, where he excelled in sports.  Winning letters for skiing, cross-country and track, he was later nominated for the Northfield Mount Hermon Athletic Hall of Fame.  He and his twin brother graduated in 1949 to enter the University of Vermont (UVM), where they continued to be involved in sports.  While on the ski teams at both Mount Hermon and UVM, the twins took pleasure in posing together for team photographs, a Rorschach mirror image with their identical faces and identical black and white reindeer sweaters placed side by side in the center.

During summers he worked at the Ethan Allen Furniture Mill in Orleans, where he met Mary Karlene Dawson.  They married in 1952, the same year Mr. French joined the Navy to study electronic communications.  His daughter Katherine was born in 1953 while he was stationed at Treasure Island near San Francisco, California.  Assigned for a two-year tour of duty to Japan, he took advantage of an available darkroom to become a gifted amateur photographer and traveled through the Japanese countryside as a tourist.  Pursuing youthful interests, he went skiing in Honshu and climbed Mount Fuji, purchasing the customary walking stick to obtain wood burned stamps to mark his progress on the way to the summit.  Returning to the United States, he and his family lived on Skaggs Island, California, a former center for top secret radio surveillance before coming back to Vermont.

Re-enrolled at UVM, he graduated in 1959 with a degree in agricultural economics and lived in Burlington for the next four years while working at General Electric.  His children Melanie, David and Daniel, were born in 1956, 1959, and 1962, respectively.  In 1963 the family moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where he found work at Sprague Electric and then for the state of New Hampshire in professional positions related to economics and statistical analysis.  However, vacations and many weekends were spent at the house where he’d grown up.  He taught his children to ski and took them on hikes, sometimes tracing locations described by Robert Frost.  Like many Vermonters, he loved the woods and went deer hunting.  His idea of a perfect vacation was to spend two weeks cutting enough wood to feed the cast iron stove that heated his house.

After suffering a second heart attack, he returned to Vermont in 1992 where he took retirement seriously as an active member of the Westmore community.  Serving at town lister and member of the zoning committee, he helped chart the exact location of the original county road, completed a geological survey with oversize aerial views, and amazed fellow listers with his ability to locate boundary markers.  As a volunteer at the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, he would greet visitors to explain about early tools and farm implements.  Interest in genealogy resulted in a well-documented family history that explored lines of immigration from Halstead in southern England during the 1500s, as well as his father’s service in the trenches of France during World War I.

Mr. French finished what he started and did so thoroughly.  Picking up a copy of Return of the Native at the Westmore Attic Auction, he regretted not completing the book in high school, and became a diligent Hardy scholar, reading not only the complete works, but also viewing every film inspired by the books.  Remembering a teacher reading aloud from Northwest Passage, he researched every piece of information he could find about Rogers Rangers, convinced that the party beat its retreat from Canada along Vermont Route 5A.  “They must have walked past the house,” he’d remark.  “But we can’t be sure.  I wasn’t home at the time.”

However, residents of Westmore observed that Mr. French was often at home, watching the sunset between hanging pots of red geraniums from the front porch of the house where he’d lived as a child.

Survived by Mary, his wife of 60 years, as well as his twin brother Wayne and his wife, Nancy, all of Westmore, he is also survived by his children:  Katherine French and Tim Hamilton of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Melanie French of Westmore, David and Jeannie French of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and Daniel French and Diane Curtin of Concord, New Hampshire; and by his grandchildren:  Mary Hamilton French of Cambridge, England; Leah Hamilton French of Houston, Texas, Ben Kindregan of Boston, Massachusetts, Billy and Matt French of Hopkinton, and Nicholas Curtin French of Concord.  He is also survived by his niece and nephews:  Steve and Kathy French, Tori and Ralph Fletcher, and Mike and Karyn French; and by his grandnieces and nephew:  Jason and Megan Fletcher and Tabitha French.

Funeral services were held at the Westmore Community Church on September 1.  Commemorative services and a celebration of his life will be held next summer, dates to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Arthur French may be made to the Westmore Community Church, Hinton Hill Road, Lake Willoughby, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit martinDonald I. Martin

Donald I. Martin, 86, died peacefully on on September 1, 2013, at the Country Village Assisted Living Home in Casco, Maine.

He was born in Plainfield in 1926.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He married Florence Couture in 1946, and they shared love and life until her death in 2011.  They lived for many years in Orleans, where he operated an auto repair business.  He was active in many local organizations, including scouting and the Lions Club.

In the mid-1960s they moved to Ballston Spa, New York, and Mr. Martin started a new career as an auctioneer.  He excelled in that profession working at auto auctions throughout the Northeast.  In 1970 he started, along with his sons, Martin and Sons Auction Sales and Service, Inc.  He continued to auctioneer into his 80s.  He was past president of the New York State Auctioneers Association, a lifetime member of the Vermont Auctioneer’s Association and a member of the New York State Auctioneers Hall of Fame.  He was known for his engaging chant, abundant charm and a bit of a playful mischievous streak.  Mr. and Mrs. Martin retired to their homes in Craftsbury and Port Charlotte, Florida.

Mr. Martin loved people, and talking to people.  He loved the woods, especially around their cabin in Craftsbury.  He enjoyed traveling, boating and any activity that involved his family, in particular bonfires at the cabin and venison feeds at camp.  Most of all, he loved Florence.

He will be deeply missed by his six children:  Terry and his wife, Ruth, Keeseville, New York, Ronald and his wife, Susan, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Stephen and his companion, Paula Lapham, of Plattsburg, New York, Sharlene and her husband, Robert Spalding, of Casco, Douglas and his wife, Paula, of Sandown, New Hampshire, and Christopher and his wife, Janice, of Buena Vista, Colorado.  He will also be missed by his grandchildren:  Asa, Chase, Renee, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Danielle, Mike, Evan, Arlyss, Ryan, and Hannah; his great grandchildren:  Lindsay, Jasmine, and Starr Lynn; his siblings:  Arlene Nelson, Janet Chadwick, Charles, Robert, and Jackie Jacquis; his nephews:  Bruce, Roger, Paul, and Randy Martin; and by numerous relatives and friends.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home, 1321 North Craftsbury Road on Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 7, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury, with the Reverend Claverlito Migrino celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Common Cemetery on Craftsbury Common, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Country Village Assisted Living Home, P.O. Box 600, Casco, Maine 04015.

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

obit StokesKenneth Blair Stokes

Kenneth Blair Stokes, 67, well-known journalist of Newport died suddenly on August 26, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 29, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Jone Clifford Stokes and Dorothy (Jewell) Stokes.  On August 9, 1967, he married Kateri Anne Laizer, who survives him.

He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.  He later entered the United States Air Force.

He was an avid amateur astronomer, a passionate photographer and a gifted writer.  He was an adventurer and explorer at heart.  He was a man of faith who sought to guide his children, family, and friends in ways of the Lord.

He retired from the Newport Daily Express, where he was employed for many years.

He is survived by his wife Kateri Anne Stokes of Newport; and by his children:  Jason C. Stokes and Carolyn J. Stokes Walker.  He is also survived by his five-year-old “grand puppy” Bowser.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Marcia B. Willet

Marcia B. Willet, 99, of Burlington, North Carolina, and formerly of Claremont, New Hampshire, died on August 16, 2013, at Peak Resources Care Facility in Graham, North Carolina, following a period of failing health.

She was born on June 30, 1914, in Danville, the daughter of the late Charles F. and Florence D. (Higgins) Burdick.  She had been a Claremont resident since 1940 before moving to North Carolina in 2006.

She had been employed as a hostess and front desk cashier in area hotels that include Colonial Hotel, King Arrow Hotel, Moody Inn, and Woodbine Cottages.  She was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.

She was a true Burdick in every way.  She was proud of the fact that three of her father’s brothers (one of them was his namesake) had fought in the Civil War.  She loved her family and loved it when her cousin, Nick Burdick, would tell her of what the “younger” family was doing.  From working with figures to a job with the state, to real estate, reporting, furniture making, computers, and truck driving, she decided the Burdick name was doing well.

She loved visiting and loved it when family stopped in.  She would fill her cousin Nick in on the family as she knew it, and would show pictures of long dead family members.  She was a dear, sweet lady who was very easy to talk with.

Members of her family include two nephews, one niece, eight grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins.

She was predeceased by three sons:  Jerry C. Willett, Raymond J. Downing, and Robert J. Downing; and by a brother, Marshall E. Burdick.

Graveside services were held on August 24, at the family lot in the Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont.

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Obituaries August 28, 2013

obit YoungConstance (Hathaway) Young

Constance (Hathaway) Young died on July 16, 2013, at the Manor in Morrisville.

She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on February 5, 1918, a daughter of the late Guilford C. and Nellie (Shirley) Hathaway.  She graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River and from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the Class of 1939.

She married Francis A. Young in 1943 in Fall River.  They later moved to Bethesda, Maryland, where they lived for the next 30 years, where Mr. Young worked as executive secretary for the International Exchange of Persons, an arm of the Fulbright Program.

Mrs. and Mr. Young began the move to Craftsbury upon Mr. Young’s retirement, and they became full-time residents in 1983.  They were involved in many community activities over the years, especially with St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick.

Mrs. and Mr. Young had no children of their own, so they took on the role of favorite aunt and uncle for the many nieces and nephews.  College students found their way smoothed by checks that seemed to arrive at critical times, and visitors to Washington always received a warm welcome and, very often, a guided tour of the sights, including some of the lesser-known institutions such as the Botanical Gardens.  After they moved to Craftsbury, their beautiful house and land became a favored destination and gathering place for friends and relatives.  Mrs. Young was a dedicated gardener, and flowers always graced the house in season.

She is survived by her niece Constance Rabin, and her nephew Elton Follett, by their children and by many nieces and nephews in the Young family.

She was predeceased by Mr. Young in 1995; and also by her sisters:  Ellen H. Follett, Emily A. Macomber, and Shirley H. Pope.

A memorial service will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Hardwick on September 9, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating, and ashes will be interred at 2 p.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Young Memorial Trust, the Francis A. Young Scholarship Fund, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, 14456; or to the memorial fund at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

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

obit wellsDean “Dino” Edward Wells

Dean “Dino” Edward Wells, 83, of Irasburg died on August 23, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 30, 1930, in Albany, the son of Ralph and Mattie (Demerritt) Wells.  On December 21, 1955, he married Audrey Jean Benjamin of Derby, who predeceased him.

Mr. Wells owned and operated a dairy farm in Irasburg since 1961.  He was a truck driver and logger, which was his life work for over 50 years.  When he was younger he loved riding motorcycles, and playing the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and piano.  His band played in several nightclubs in the area and produced two albums.  He loved going to the Tunbridge and Fryeburg fairs.  He was a very social person who had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and he also loved having a good time with his family and friends at his garage.  That garage in Irasburg was the site of many large corn roasts featuring live music from local artists and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Kenneth Lance Wells and his wife, Lori, of Orleans, Randall Layne Wells and his companion, Patricia Kilday, of Irasburg, Janis Leigh Patoine and her husband, Norbert, of Sutton, Holly Lynne Tremblay and her husband, Tony, of Brownington, Gayle Lynda Veilleux and her husband, Mark, of Westfield, and Dean Edward Wells II of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; his 12 grandchildren:  Brandon and Paige Wells of Orleans, Anni and Lance Wells of Irasburg, Denis Royer and Ernie and Matt Wells of Sutton, Sara Locke, Jim and Angie Davio, Chelsey and Ryan Vellieux of Westfield; his 12 great-grandchildren:  Emily, Ashton, Gavin, Leah, Audrey, Denis III, Mattie, Josie, Lily, McKenzie, Madison, and Morgan; and by his nephew Michael Wells of Albany.

He was predeceased by his brother Arland Wells; and by his nephew Gene Wells.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Thursday, August 29, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

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

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

obit SanvilleTim A. Sanville

Tim A. Sanville, 55, of East Ryegate died suddenly on August 21, 2013.

He was born on January 7, 1958, in Newport.

Mr. Sanville was a self-employed carpenter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and carpentry.

He is survived by his wife Tammy Cinnamond of East Ryegate; his children:  Joshua and Jeremy Sanville, both of North Troy, and Jennifer Sanville of Orleans; two stepchildren:  Adam and Ryan Hamrysky of East Ryegate; his eight grandchildren:  Cally, Caydence, Riley, and Morgan Sanville, Preston, Abigail, Makayla and Hazen Baraw; his brother John Sanville and his wife, Carol, of Coventry; his sister Bonnie Sicard of Beebe; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Dorothy (Mason) Sanville.

Funeral services were held on August 28, in Newport.  Interment will be at a later date in the Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to New Digs for Dogs, 538 French Pond Road, North Haverhill, New Hampshire 03774.

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

obit PercyNancy Currier Percy

Nancy Currier Percy, 70, of Newport died on August 20, 2013.

She was born on November 21, 1942, in Newport, the daughter of Lance and Marguerite (Ellsworth) Currier.  She graduated from Newport High School in Newport.  She married Ralph Percy, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was a fan of Elvis Presley and Chuck Norris.

She is survived by her daughter Stacey Shinske and her husband, Laurence, of Glenville, New York; her grandchild Danny Jackson Percy of Portsmouth, Virginia; her siblings:  Janice Currier Blais of Newport, Gerald Currier of Newport, Allen Currier and his wife, Lynn, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Timothy Currier and his wife, Sandie, of Island Pond, Robert Currier and his wife, Denise, of Newport, Brian Currier and his wife, Claudine, of Holland, Michael Currier and his wife, Lisa, of Windsor, and Loren Currier of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Scott; and by the following siblings:  Donald, Bruce, Thomas, and infants Paul, Paula, and Pamela Currier.

Funeral services were held on August 24, in Newport.

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

obit LaCossThelma Jean LaCoss

Thelma Jean LaCoss, 87, of Brownington Center died on August 24, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Forest Dale, the daughter of Dewey and Agnes (Dimick) Larock.  On June 9, 1951, she married Carlton B. LaCoss, who predeceased her on June 10, 2000.

She graduated from Brandon High School in Brandon, and also from nursing school in Vermont and Brooklyn, New York.  She was a registered nurse at the New Britain Memorial Hospital and the Bristol Hospital, both in Connecticut, and more recently she worked at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.  She was also a cadet nurse in the Army during the Korean War era.

She was a member of the Brownington Ladies Group and the Brownington Center Church.  She was a past member of the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a fan of horses, ponies, ox pulling, knitting, and making mittens and hats for the local children.  She was an avid reader and sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and the New England Patriots.

She is survived by her sons:  Douglas LaCoss of Stowe, and Tim LaCoss of Brownington; her granddaughter Tabitha LaCoss of Stowe; a brother, Maurice Larock, of Pittsford; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Arnold, Donald, and Roger Larock.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., on September 7, at the New Hope Bible Church in Brownington Center, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit harringtonTimothy J. Harrington

Timothy J. Harrington, 57, formerly a resident of Albany, was involved in a fatal accident this week.

Mr. Harrington earned his Gold Wings in 1983, which included over 1,000 recorded free fall jumps.  He brought his family to the Northeast Kingdom in 1989 for camping adventures and to escape the busy life of Connecticut.  He decided to build here in 1995, where he enjoyed raising his family.

His passions were building rock walls around his property, paddling the river during duck hunting season, smoking a good cigar, and talking politics with the boys.

He is survived by his sons:  Ryan, a U.S. Marine, Phillip, an engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Patrick, who will be graduating from Lake Region Union High School this year with the goal of becoming an electrical lineman.  He also leaves behind his mother Joan Harrington; and his sister Terrie Ouellette from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.

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

Carlton Dean Bickford

Carlton Dean Bickford, 76, of Glover died on August 23, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on March 15, 1937, in Glover, the son of George and Helen (Baker) Bickford.

In 1960, he married Mary Jane Bean, who survives him.

Mr. Bickford was an electrician.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #106 Free and Accepted Masons of Barton, and a past member of the Glover Fire Department.  He was a former director of the Barton Fair Association with his primary interest being the pulling events.  He loved to cut firewood, spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed his family, friends, sugaring, working in his vegetable garden, and the Vermont outdoors.  He loved the companionship of his dog, Buddy, and cat, Em.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Bickford of Glover; his children:  Stacey Lee Lemire and her husband, Denis, and Jeffrey Bickford and his wife, Nikki, all of Glover; his ten grandchildren; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Pauline Laughlin of Enfield, New Hampshire; his brothers:  Stanley Bickford and his wife, Louise, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Ernie Coolbeth and his wife, Beverly, of Lyndonville; his two special brothers-in-law:  Raymond McCoy of West Burke, and Ronald McCoy of North Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Community Church, care of Roland Woodard, P.O. Box 198, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

Lorna C. Beaulieu

Lorna C. Beaulieu, 76, of Hampton, Virginia, died peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at North Hampton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

She lived in Hampton for 45 years, where she enthusiastically supported her children’s sporting events, established and was president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #5500, and she enjoyed designing beautiful flower arrangements for all kinds of celebrations.  She always participated, supported and helped with VFW activities, parades and visits to the veterans at the Hampton Veteran Hospital.  She loved her country, the flag and for what it stood for, and was proud to have served in the United States Air Force.

She was born in Newport.  In 2007, she was reunited with her uncle Ted Carpenter, Kathy, and numerous other relatives, where she and Larry Mattera celebrated with all.  She loved her family and was blessed to be joined together again with each of them.

She is survived by her son Bruce Beaulieu and his wife, Cathy; her daughter Pamela Schy and her husband, Marty; six grandchildren:  Nathan and his wife, Emily, Emily and her husband, Matt, Levi, Rocki, April and her husband, Randy, and Casie; her great-grandchildren:  Nolan Schy, Tori, Joey and Thomas Chappell, Kaitlyn Pierce, Kendra and Johnneicia Thorn; and by her beloved friend and companion of 11 years, her Chihuahua, Sandy.

She was predeceased by her husband Omer (Frenchy); her parents:  Wilfred and Alice Carr; her great-grandson Matthew Chappell; a special companion, Bob Brewer; and by her soul mate Larry Mattera.

A service was held on August 23.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Newport News SPCA and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6.

Death notices

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, of Newport died peacefully on August 20, 2013, at his home.  He was the beloved husband of Joan Curtis.

A complete obituary will follow.

Arthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French, 84, of Westmore died on Monday, August 26, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on Sunday, September 1, at 1 p.m.  All welcome.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the church.

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Obituaries August 21, 2013

obit huntingtonPriscilla Huntington

Priscilla “Patty” T. Huntington, 90, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in her home of over 40 years.

She was the daughter of Edwin and Emma (Monteith) Towne, born on April 9, 1923, in Newport.  Growing up, she and her family lived on West End Avenue in Newport.  She graduated from Newport High School in 1941.  She also graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine.

In 1946, she married Perley “Pat” Huntington and was a supportive coach’s wife in Woodstock and Barre, as well as Paxton, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir while living in Woodstock and Paxton.  Her favorite hymns were “In The Garden,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Just As I Am.”

She worked for various companies including Mass Mutual and Liberty Mutual as an administrative assistant before retiring in 1982.  She spent several summers as an administrative assistant and tutor at Camp Winape on Seymour Lake in East Charleston.  She was a campaign manager for the American Red Cross membership drive’s Charlotte County chapter, a Sunday school teacher in Shrub Oak, New York, she volunteered at New York Hospital Auxiliary in Peekskill, New York, a Girl Scout leader in Ossining, New York, and a secretary for the New York Methodist Church Commission on Education and the Charlotte County Athletic Boosters Club in Punta Gorda.  She and her husband were an integral part of “Save Our Brick Streets” in historical Punta Gorda in the 1980s, and were featured on CNN.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, playing cards, card writing and rug braiding.

She also enjoyed Lake Memphremagog and loved spending her summers with her family, loved ones, and friends at “The Nutshell” on Farrant’s Point in Newport.  The highlight of the summer would be the Towne family reunion hosted at one of the Towne girl’s homes, where all six of the Towne girls and their families and friends would gather for fun with food, talk, music and play.  She also enjoyed the Derby Fourth of July celebration and Labor Day celebrations in the North Country.

She will be greatly missed by her children:  Stephen Huntington and his partner, Trevor Ngo, of San Jose, California, Donna Betts and her husband, Zane II, of Mount Dora, Florida, Cynthia Bazemore and her husband, Robert, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Punta Gorda, and Daniel Huntington and his wife, Kerstin, of Cape Coral, Florida; her grandchildren:  Jamie Bazemore and her partner, Tiffany Silsbee, Johanna and her husband, Kendall Showfety, Paulina and Katrina Huntington; her sister Phyllis “Pet” Gladding; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Pat Huntington; her parents; and by her sisters:  Shirley Olson, Edwina “Stubby” Sutphen, Beverly “Nonnie” Eldridge and Natalie “Billie” Blackmore.

No service is planned at this time.  Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Punta Gorda Historical Society, Tidewell Hospice, or any other hospice organization in your area.

Norma Creart Belway

Norma Creart Belway, 96, of Newport died peacefully on August 16, 2013, at Bel-Aire Center.

She was born on May 26, 1917, in Auburn, Maine, and lived there until her marriage to Albert Belway in 1945.  They moved to Newport in 1947.  Mr. Belway predeceased her in 1982.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Murial Belway of Kamus, Utah, and Beverly Hamblett and her husband, Timothy, of Newport.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Lydia Caise of Norco, California, and Christopher and his wife, Karen, and Gregory and his wife, Danielle, Hamblett of Newport; and by her great-grandchildren:  Zachary, Ashton, and Bryn Hamblett.

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

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a simple act of kindness be done to anyone who knew and loved Ms. Belway as a remembrance of her.

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

obit MarshSlayton Robert Marsh

Slayton Robert Marsh, 85, a nearly life long member of the Brownington Village community, and most recently of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died on August 12, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 20, 1928, in Brownington, a son of Robert and Blanche (Metcalf) Marsh.  He graduated from Orleans High School with many stories about his love of team basketball and working the woodlots with his FFA classmates.

On November 2, 1947, he married his love, Patricia Loveland, who survives him.

Mr. Marsh was an incredibly strong man with an equally strong work ethic.  Over the years he was employed for his carpentry skills, and later the J.B. Colton Co. where windows and doors were then being handmade.  Later, he took employment as an electrician for the village of Orleans, where he later served for many years as the village manager.

During his life in Brownington, Mr. Marsh was never still.  He truly enjoyed the countless hours spent remodeling the huge and beautiful family home, planting and working in his bountiful gardens of vegetables and berries, mowing the expansive lawns, painting and repainting the home he so loved, and somehow always finding time to entertain and play with his children, their friends, his grandchildren and their friends.  Nothing got in the way of the love and devotion he felt and showed to his family.  Hugs and smiles were his calling card.  He felt and showed the bond he held with his beloved Brownington and the community members he called friends.  His sense of pride in this community was often shown when he was either called upon or volunteered his time and talent in the form of carpentry and painting of the church, the cemetery fence, replacing blown fuses so the service could go on, building many church and ladies aid room fires, and always delivering a fresh, warm, homemade pie to any neighbor who might need one.  As the leader of his family, he could anticipate the need or want of each individual, and was always one step ahead of those needs.

He loved playing sports in all seasons.  Baseball, basketball in his barn court, hiking Mount Pisgah with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even at 80 years old, horseshoeing during his lunch breaks with Butch, hunting, fishing, after-dark hide-and-seek with his grandsons, and watching football and hockey on television, were all that made his life so fun.

He was a member of the Brownington Village Congregational Church and a former member of the Brownington Grange.

He is also survived by his two daughters:  Nancy Reynolds and her husband, Red, of Derby, and Holly Martel and her husband, Tom, of Irasburg; his grandchildren:  John Morley III and his wife, Jodi, of Orleans, Scott Morley and his wife, Sheila, of Coventry, Randy Morley and his partner, Kim, of Newport, E.J. Rowell and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans, Seth Rowell of Barton, and Mercy Martel of Irasburg; and by his great-grandchildren:  Taylor and Brooke Morley, Trisha and Mariah Morley, Chelsea, Kristen, Kara, and Enoch John Rowell V, Trevor and Avery Rowell, and step great-granddaughter Megan Prue;  He also leaves behind several cousins whom he cared about deeply.

He was predeceased by his two brothers:  Stanley and Herbert Marsh; and by his first child, his beloved daughter, “Vicki,” at the age of 20.

A graveside service was held on August 16, in Brownington.

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

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

obit proctorKatherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor

Katherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor, 62, of Newark died on March 4. 2013, after a love-filled, joyous, blessed, and enlightened life.

She was born on March 22, 1950, in Seaford, Long Island, New York, the fourth child of William Alexander and Helen Marion (Sudnick) Speckels.  After spending time working on a ranch in Montana, seeing some of the world out West, she came back East, and met and married Roger B. Cummings in 1973.  Together they created five children:  Grace, Nevada, Gabrel, Aurora, and Keresey.

In 1987, she married Mitchell D. Proctor, and completing this loving family, came Rachel, Mikal and Malachi.

She was first and foremost curious, a wandering spirit, a gypsy; in every aspect of life she would discover and pursue with inspiring enthusiasm the avenues of knowledge.  She loved babies, animals, plants, nature, reading, writing, dowsing, rocks, crystals, fairies, kayaking, camping, hiking, talking, singing, storytelling, laughing, and shared great conversations over delicious, percolated coffee.

She goes ahead of her children:  her daughter Grace and her husband, Peter Currier, and their sons:  Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus, of Lowell; her son Nevada and his fiancée, Karen, of Orange, New Hampshire; her son Gabrel and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; her daughter Aurora and her children, Maximillian and Ava, of Irasburg; her daughter Keresey of Asheville, North Carolina; her daughter Rachel and her husband, Glenn Towle, and their daughter, Minevera, of Fairbanks, Alaska; her daughter Mikal of Asheville; and her son Malachi of Asheville.  She is also survived by her brother Frederick Speckels and his wife, Helen, and their sons:  Paul, Stephen, and Christopher of Huntington, Massachusetts; and by her sister Judy Speckels of New Mexico.  She is also survived by her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister Christine (Speckels) Fontaine.

A private ceremony was held on her sixty-third birthday and a public interment will be held this summer, for which a notice will be published.

Should family or friends wish, condolences may be sent to Grace and Peter Currier, 417 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

If desired, contributions may be made to Newport City Grow A Neighborhood, in Ms. Proctor’s name, care of Jen Black, 153 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. 

Jean de Boufflers

obit TromblyLeo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr

Leo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr., 67, of Newport died on August 13, 2013, at the VA Hospice in White River Junction.

He was born on March 17, 1946, in Plattsburg, New York, the son of Leo and Doris (Rumph) Trombly Sr.

He graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville with an associate’s degree.  He was a corporal in the United States Marines in the Vietnam War as a communication specialist where he served two tours.  He was a truck driver for the civilian transport in Iraq.  He was also an auto salesman at Mulkin’s Chevrolet and Paquin Motors in St. Albans.

On September 5, 2009, he married Carol Ann Perry who survives him.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and camping in his motor home.  He also enjoyed gardening and cooking on the grill.  He was very patriotic, generous, and loved his animals.

He is survived by his wife Carol Ann Trombly of Newport; his children:  Myra Alix and her husband, Todd, of Jay, and Matthew Trombly and his wife, Kendall, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dakota, Phoenix, and Sage Alix, Korbin Trombly, Alexis Middleton, and Alea Waters; his pets:  Daisy Mae the cat, Patch the dog, Billy Bong the cat, and missing cat Tom Tom; his sisters:  Carol Sevigny and Patricia Rocha, both of Newport; his half-brothers:  Bill Trombly and his wife, Sharon, of Virginia, and Tom Trombly and his wife, Kelley, of New York; and by his half-sisters:  Sharon Sklarski and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Denise Dineen and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Mary Destromp of Massachusetts, and Pamela Trombly of Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by a sister, Diane Trombly.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home.

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

obit wigginSarah L. Wiggin

Sarah L. Wiggin, 87, of St. Johnsbury Center died on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The Wiggins had lived in the house they built on Chickadee Hill off Sanger Drive since 1957.

She was born in Orleans on August 7, 1925, the daughter of the late Colonel Orvis D. Mathews and Eva (Horner) Mathews.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1943, and from Penn Hall in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1945.

On December 20, 1952, she married Charles K. Wiggin.

She worked for the government while at the Federal Housing Administration, later worked at Passumpsic Savings Bank in St. Johnsbury, and retired as a caseworker at the St. Johnsbury office of the Vermont Department of Social Welfare.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles K. Wiggin; her son Richard Wiggin of Littleton, New Hampshire; her daughter Deborah W. Matthews of South Burlington; her grandson Joshua S. Packard and great-granddaughter Alexis Packard, both of St. Johnsbury Center; and by her great-granddaughter Raegan Monroe of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Mathews; and by a granddaughter, Brooke Allyson Wiggin.

There were no services.

Given her love for dogs, please consider a material contribution to the Lyndon Dog Pound, 6603 Memorial Drive, Lyndon, Vermont 05849.

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Obituaries August 14, 2013

obit BarawFrank A. Baraw

Frank A. Baraw, 52, of Newport died suddenly on August 8, 2013, at his home.

He was born on August 26, 1960, in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Albert Baraw of Jay, and the late Ludmilla (Hartman) Baraw.

Mr. Baraw was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy.  He was an ASE certified mechanic and worked at Hayes Ford in Newport for several years before he opened his own business.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends, especially his Harley-Davidson, and spending time with his kids.  He was a jokester that loved to keep everyone around him smiling.

He is survived by his children:  Shawn Baraw and his girlfriend, Angel Prescott, of Craftsbury, and Heather Baraw and her boyfriend, Josh Sargent, of Newport; his stepmother Norma Parker Baraw of Jay; his brother James Baraw of Northfield; his stepsisters:  Marjorie Sargent of Montreal, Quebec, and Carrie Turcott of North Troy; his special friend Lizette of Newport; his former spouse Lisa Sanville of Jay; and by several family members.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 23, at the Jay Cemetery.  Friends are asked, if they are able to, to please show up on a motorcycle.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Masonic Union Lodge #16, 76 South Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Donald C. Bean

Donald C. Bean, 86, of Westfield died on August 7, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on March 9, 1927, in Brownington, the son of Chester and Candice (Shannon) Bean.  He married Beatrice Miller, who predeceased him.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the United States Navy.

He was employed as a truck driver for Spector Freight Company in Massachusetts.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, working on old cars, and he enjoyed traveling with his wife on short trips around the state.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by a brother, Lloyd Bean, of Arizona; his sister Latheria Starr of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Leila Bean and Elsie Fontaine.

A graveside service was held on August 12, in Westfield, with full military honors.

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

Robert L. Butterfield Sr.

Robert L. Butterfield Sr. “Bud” of Mohawk, New York, died on August 8, 2013, at home, with his wife Ella by his side.

He was born on December 15, 1939, in Windsor, Massachusetts, the son of Robert and Dorothy Butterfield.  After Robert’s death in World War II, Dorothy married Earl Scott, who raised Mr. Butterfield as his son.

Mr. Butterfield moved to Adams, Massachusettsm in 1958, when he married his first wife, Patricia May (Ziemba), who died suddenly in 1979.  She and Mr. Butterfield were actively involved in 4-H Club work throughout Berkshire County.  He was employed as a welder for Kelly Lumber, owned a cattle and sawdust trucking business, and dairy farms in both Adams and Stark, New York.  After Mr. Butterfield and Ella sold their beloved herd of Jersey cows, he spent many years working for the Herkimer County (New York) Highway Department.  In retirement, he enjoyed creating and selling woodcrafts with Ella, as E-B Lawn Ornaments in Mohawk.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Ella (Cardinal); his children:  Bob and his wife, Liz, of Brownington, Tom and his wife, Roxanne, of South Dakota, Debbie Brewer and her husband, Jim, of Newport Center, Cindy McLain and her husband, Geoff, of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, and Kim Gardner and her husband, Ken, of Mohawk; 15 grandchildren:  Patrick and his wife, Erica, Justin and his wife, Erin, Ethan, Christopher, David, Jim and his wife, Nicole, Kate and her husband, Ryan, Matt, Colin, Colleen, Lucas, Emily, Jered, Jeoal and Jerald; eight great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara Whitaker and her children, Eddie and Becky; and by lifelong friend Steve Jayko of Missouri.

Besides his parents and his first wife, Patricia May (Ziemba), he was also predeceased by his close friend John Proctor of Jordanville, New York.

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

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr.

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr., 79, of Naugatuck, Connecticut, formerly of Seymour, Connecticut, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a 13-year, brave and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born on July 24, 1934, in Barton, son of the late Gertrude and Clyde Cassidy.  He proudly served in the Air Force, was stationed in San Francisco, California, and after an honorable discharge was a member of the National Guard.

He worked most of his life as a truck driver, most recently, until the time of his illness, by L.F. Powers in Waterbury.  He also worked for Petrol Plus, National Transportation Company, Easter Freightways and Oates Brothers Trucking Company.  He was a member of Teamster local #443.

Besides his beloved wife of 57 years and primary caretaker, Mary Lou (Mackstutis) Cassidy, he is survived by two daughters:  Diane M. Cassidy and Robin L. Cassidy, both of Naugatuck; two sons:  Robert H. Cassidy Jr., and his wife, Catherine Cassidy, of Oxford, Connecticut, and Wayde R. Cassidy and his wife, Dianne Cassidy, of Waterbury, Connecticut; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and by seven great-grandchildren.  Another great-grandchild will be born in November of 2013.  He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Pauline Cassidy, of Calais; as well as by several nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

He is predeceased by his brother Bernard Cassidy of Florida, and his sister Harriet Smith of Florida.

Funeral services and burial are private at a future date.  There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067; or to VITAS Hospice Service, 199 Park Road Ext., Middlebury, Connecticut 06762.

obit EpplerAnna Lee Eppler

 Anna Lee Eppler, 78, of Newport died peacefully on August 8, 2013.

She was born on August 30, 1934, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, daughter of O. Rudolph Eppler and Anna May (Rice) Eppler.

She graduated from Burlington City High School in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1952, and The Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1956.  Since then, she has worked in several hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont.  She also worked in nursing homes in Vermont.  After her retirement, she was a caregiver for Northeast Kingdom Home Service.

Her favorite activities included playing bells with the United Church Bell Choir, singing in the church choir, volunteering at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter cat clinic, and going out for dinner with her special friends Donna and Jenny.

She is survived by her sister Margaret (Peggy) Jordan of Newport; her nephew Alan Jordan and his wife, Karen, and their children, Katie and Christopher, of Charlotte; her nephew Mark Jordan and his wife, JoAnne, of Seattle, Washington; her niece Cynthia Jordan of Newport and her daughter Lily Markwell; and by her cousins:  Dan and Ruth Marquette, Sara Marquette, and Phillip Marquette and family.

She was predeceased by her brother C. Thomas Eppler.

A celebration of life service will be held in September at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Heater Fund of the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit janciAnna B. Janci

Anna B. Janci of Barton, former longtime resident of Craftsbury, died on July 30, 2013, after a long illness, at the William P. Clough Extended Care Center in New London, New Hampshire, where she had been a resident patient.

She was born on February 18, 1930, in New York City, where she studied fashion design and merchandising.  She had a lifelong interest in design, and in 1948 won the “Miss Arnold Constable” contest, sponsored by the legendary department store in New York City, for an outfit she designed and modeled.  She was an excellent and inventive seamstress, and often made clothes and costumes for her children.  Throughout her life, she maintained many other interests:  painting, crafting, antiques, cooking and gardening.  She was an avid “yard saler” who loved collecting.

While living in Connecticut, she spent summers in Morgan where the family had a converted schoolhouse in the Seymour Lake area.  She relocated to Vermont in 1967, operated a hunting lodge in Morgan known as Wildwood Valley, and eventually settled in East Craftsbury, where she lived until moving to Barton in 1986.

While living in Craftsbury, Mrs. Janci and her husband, Fred, owned the Fireside Restaurant in Hardwick, which they operated for nearly 20 years.  In Barton, she also owned a restaurant and provided home health care.  She was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, and supported the Ladies Auxiliary and the Girl Scouts.  She was also a member of the Hardwick Chamber of Commerce and catered meals at the Chronicle in Barton.

She is survived by four children:  Kenneth Kuhn of College Park, Maryland, Penelope Kuhn Davidson and her husband, David, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lana Elissa Bortolot of New York City, and Jocelyn Janci Bowen and her husband, Terry, of Lyme, New Hampshire; five siblings:  Kalliope Yfantopulos of Barton, Astelle Larson of Prescott, Arizona, Alfred Osias Jr. of East Charleston, Fawn Glasgow of Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, and Louis Hillman of Florida; ten grandchildren:  Cherie Lynn Case, Amie Sue, Kenny Joe, Christine and Michelle Kuhn, Kelly Barbes and Alex Kuhn Davidson, Nicholas and Christopher Bowen, and Meghan Janci; and by her nieces and nephews:  George Yfantopulos, Dora Thagouras, and Christopher, Melissa and Kevin Larson, David, Jason, and Simone Osias, and Kaelyn Glasgow.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Kenneth Kuhn Sr., and Roland Bortolot, and Frederick Janci.

Services will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent in her memory to the William P. Clough Extended Care Center, 273 County Road, or the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road, both in New London, New Hampshire 03257; or the Make-a-Wish Foundation at www.wish.org.

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

obit LamereDale Reginald Lamere

 Dale Reginald Lamere, 70, well known businessman of Island Pond, died suddenly on August 7, 2013, in Island Pond.

He was born on June 4, 1943, in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, the son of Reginald and Elizabeth Boutin Lamere.  He graduated from Brighton High School in 1961.

He was a building contractor and owned and operated Dale Lamere Building and Roofing in Island Pond.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He held memberships with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, where he was past commander and he was also an advisory board member of the Community National Bank.  He was an avid snowmobiler and loved boating on Island Pond where he loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, father-in-law, and friend to everyone.  He enjoyed tinkering around his home and was always willing to offer a helping hand.  He coached Little League baseball and was an active member of the community.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Worth Lamere, of Island Pond; his children:  Reg Lamere and his wife, Julie, of Newton, New Hampshire, Brian Lamere of South Burlington, and Lisa Lamere Niedzielski and her husband, Peter, of Georgetown, Massachusetts; his grandchildren:  Ila, Adele, Elsa, Lucy, Nicholas, and Andrew; his sister Sandra Philbrick and her husband, Jack, of Concord, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on August 12 in Island Pond.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

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

Death notices

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor, 62, of Derby Line and West Burke died on March 4, 2013, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Interment ceremony will be held at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line on August 24, at 11 a.m.  A Catholic Mass for the repose of her soul will be offered on August 25, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Benedict Labre Church in West Charleston.

Richard R. Vallieres

Richard R. Vallieres, 57, of Brattleboro died on July 7, 2013, in Brattleboro.

He was the son of Lucien Vallieres of Newport Center, and Annette Guyon of Barton.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 16, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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Obituaries August 7, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAColin Campbell Drown Sr.

Colin Campbell Drown Sr. was born on September 27, 1919, in Newport, and he died on August 1, 2013, at his home in Conway, New Hampshire.

After graduating from Newport High School in 1938, he went on to the University of Vermont where, along with accruing a degree in agriculture, he met Elizabeth Ann Corley.  They married soon after his graduation in 1942.  Almost immediately he was off to World War II as a bombardier in the 446th Bomb Group of the Army Air Corps.

When the war ended, he and his wife farmed for many years in Newport, where they raised their three children.  In the 1970s, he began working for the Farmers’ Home Administration (FmHA) in Newport.  In the mid-1970s, the FmHA saw fit to promote and transfer him to Conway, where he and his wife built a new home and settled in for life.

Mr. Drown was a fisherman and a hunter (there is no adjective heady enough to emphasize his love of fishing).  Annual trips to the fishing and hunting camps were de rigueur with his brother and “the gang” for most of his adult life.  In later years he shared those times with his nephew, Charlie, and two young protégés.

He loved the FmHA “girls” in Conway, the Conway Public Library folks, the people at Bea’s diner, Leavitts’ Bakery, Whitakers farm stand, and the Conway TD Bank branch.

He leaves behind his son Colin and his wife, Marina; his daughter Sarah and her husband, John; his daughter Maggie and her husband, Peter; his grandchildren:  Abrah, Adin, Tsalika, Valentin, Marisha, Igor, Fedor, and Danny; his great-grandchildren:  Clayton, Owen, Autumn, and Mila; his nieces and nephews:  Charlie, Ruthie, Linda, Mary, Cathy, Tom, Sue (deceased), Carol, Pat (deceased), and Elizabeth; many great-nieces and -nephews; and many steadfast and caring friends who regularly kept in touch with him.

His wife, Bet, died in 2006.

All his family and friends have much respect and love for the care daughter Sarah and son-in-law John gave him during his last months.  That same respect is extended to the attendance of Kathy and Deb, to the VNA-Hospice LNAs, to the VNs who made sure he was always comfortable, to the indomitable Donna, and to Dr. David Riss who unfailingly cared for and about both Mrs. and Mr. Drown.

There will be a Mass for him at Our Lady of Mountains Catholic church in North Conway, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 8, at 5 p.m.  Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, at noon on Saturday, August 10.

No flowers, please.  Anyone who would like to make a charitable donation, please consider the Carroll County VNA-Hospice.  And when you go fishing or take a hike or are simply enjoying the out-of-doors, give a wave to Colin.

Mary A. Killian

Mary A. Killian, also known as Mary A. Leipziger, of Auburn, Washington, died at age 84 on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on September 14, 1928, and grew up in Westport, Connecticut.  She graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended Bennington College and the University of Connecticut before graduating from the University of New Hampshire.

While living in Hollis, New Hampshire, in the late 1970s, she revived the town’s original newspaper, the Hollis Times, which had ceased printing in the early 1900s.  She published the newspaper for several years before selling the business.  The Hollis Times is still printed today.  She also ran an environmental consulting company, Birch Hill Associates, for many years.

She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Yankee Weimaraner Club, and a recent member of the Western Washington Weimaraner Club.  Her residences through the years included Saratoga Springs, New York, Harvard, Massachusetts, Hollis, New Hampshire, Morgan, Vermont, Seattle, Washington, and Auburn, Washington.

She is survived by her son F. Douglas Leipziger of Lowell, Massachusetts; her daughter Susan A. Leipziger of Seattle; and by her beloved dog Ch. Isle View It’s Gotta Be A Hemi (also known as Hemi).

obit LimlawHarriet Olive Limlaw

Harriet Olive Limlaw, 83, of Derby died on July 31, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1929, in Newport, the daughter of Orem and Hazel (Hayward) Morse.  On October 15, 1949, she married David Limlaw, who predeceased her on November 5, 1988.

She was employed by Bogner of America for 22 years as a serger, where she retired in 1995.  She was also a driver for RCT and she volunteered at the Dailey Memorial Library until she stopped for health reasons.

She was an avid reader and she loved traveling, family gatherings, tending to her flowers and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her children:  Donna Gray and her husband, Bradley, of East Charleston, Teresa Limlaw of Derby, Yvonne Tessier and her husband, Eugene, of Derby, and Crockett Limlaw and his wife, Loraine, of Derby; nine grandchildren:  Keith Gray and his wife, Teri, Jason Gray and his wife, Ann Marie, Emilee Labbe and her husband, Rick, Gene Tessier Jr., Jessica Menard and her husband, Arawn, Kelley Tessier and her partner, Patrick, Chad Limlaw and his wife, Julie, Amber Limlaw and her partner, Armand, and Josh Limlaw and his partner, Sarah; 11 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev; and by her beloved cat Chloe.

She was predeceased by her brother David Morse in 1988; her sister Charlotte Bishop in 2011; and by her great-grandson Jacob Gray in 1993.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, August 10, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Frank Beaty officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Joyce Miles Martin

Joyce Miles Martin, 77, one of the kindest, most loving and gentlest people in the world, died on July 29, 2013, at the Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

Those who knew her would describe her as an “angel.”  She was a rare person who was content with what she had in life and never wanted more.  She would rather see those around her happy and have the things they wished for — that was what made her happy.  She was devoted to her family.

She was born on August 21, 1935, in Albany, the daughter of Vernal O. and Mildred (Cleveland) Miles.  She grew up in Albany and attended the Albany Village School.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1953 and moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she attended business school and, following a year working in New Haven, she returned to Vermont.  She worked in Newport.  Following her father’s death, she and her mother moved to North Springfield in 1968, and Joyce went to work for Vermont Research in North Springfield.

She met Ronald “Bud” Martin in North Springfield and they were married on December 27, 1980, and she moved to his home near her home in North Springfield.  They enjoyed going dancing with friends at the VFW.  She began baking her famous apple pies for Wellwood Orchard in Springfield, which belonged to a member of the Martin family.  Her pies became a favorite of the local residents.  After her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida.  She enjoyed spending time playing games and doing crafts with her step-grandchildren, Seth and Sophie Martin, the children of Rusty and Barb Martin.  When her husband became ill, she cared for him full time for many years at home until his death in 2006.

She was a faithful member of the North Springfield Baptist Church for many years until she moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire, to live with her son, Kevin, in 2008.  She spent her last years in her new home where she was comfortable and happy.  She enjoyed helping the elderly and would often sit with them and read to those who could not read for themselves.  She also volunteered through the local community service.  She liked to knit and crochet as well as work on crossword puzzles and play card games.  Her son, Kevin, gave her an i-Pad for Christmas, which she found a bit of a challenge at first, but soon mastered it so that she and her sister, Elaine, e-mailed daily.  She enjoyed helping her son, Kevin, with the work in the garden and loved the fresh vegetables they grew.  She always loved animals, especially her son’s dog, Mocha, with whom she felt very safe when Kevin was away and she was alone.

She is survived by her son Kevin Miles of Charlestown; one sister, Elaine Miles Long, of Westport, Connecticut; and by many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and -nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters:  Alice Stone, infant Ada Miles, and Erma Cole; and by two brothers:  Harland Miles and Alvin Miles.

A funeral service was held on August 3, in Springfield.  Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit NeumayerRobert B. Neumayer

Robert B. Neumayer, 86, formerly of Paramus, New Jersey, died on August 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of John and Grace (Throne) Neumayer.  He married his high school sweetheart, Doris Von Atzingen, in September of 1947.  She and their son Robert predeceased him.

Mr. Neymayer joined the Navy after high school to support his country in World War II.  He returned home to start a family and worked as an electrical wholesaler with Franklin and Smith in New Jersey for many years.  He was a member of the Masonic Order as well as an active member of his church community.

In his free time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, and vacations with his family.  He was a die-hard New York Giants and Yankees fan and held Giants season tickets for many years.  He was a devoted Little League and Babe Ruth coach during his time in New Jersey.  After a lifetime in Paramus, he moved to Newport three years ago to be near his sons.

His eldest grandson, Kyle Neumayer, described his grandfather as a “humble, passionate, honest/loyal man,” who was “the ultimate husband, brother, dad, and granddad.”

He is survived by his son Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; and by his grandchildren:  Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts, Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado, Kristen Neumayer of Newport, and Michael Neumayer of Island Pond.

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit sicardDavid Sicard

David F. Sicard, 76, a resident of Bridport and Palmetto, Florida, died on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Born April 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Dorothy (Labor) Sicard.  He was a graduate of Barton Academy, Class of 1955, graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959, and completed his graduate work from Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Vermont.

He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  He found his calling in education and taught in several communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts before becoming the district superintendent of schools in Lyndonville.  He then presided as principal of Hinsdale Elementary School in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, from 1982 to 1993.

On May 30, 1991, he married Penny Dwyer at St. Joseph’s Church in Hinsdale.  After retiring, he and his wife wintered in Palmetto, Florida.

Mr. Sicard enjoyed many hobbies.  He delighted in owning racehorses and was an accomplished driver and trainer.  Other interests included gardening, genealogy, playing golf with family and friends, and watching his beloved Red Sox.  He also enjoyed traveling, recently having visited France to see the region from which his family hailed.

Surviving family members include two sons:  Thomas M. Sicard of New Jersey, and David L. Sicard of Alburg;  three daughters:  Nancy B. Sicard of Buxton, Maine, Amy Kutchukian, and Jennifer Sicard of Swanton; two stepsons:  Bertrand M. Galbreath of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and Zachary S. Galbreath of Saratoga Springs, New York; two brothers:  Michael Sicard of Bradenton, Florida, and Terry Sicard of Barton; five sisters:  Barbara Perkins of Orleans, Susan Sicard of Barton, Betsy Diette of Sutton, Patty Royea of Lyndonville, and Judy Fitzpatrick of Mooreville, North Carolina; and by nine grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers;  James and Lawrence Sicard; and by his sister Mary Sicard.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on August 6.  Burial with military honors took place at Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753; or to the American Cancer Society.

Death notice

Constance H. Young

Constance H. Young, 95, of Craftsbury died on July 16, 2013, in Morrisville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, September 9, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick, with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating.  Interment will follow at 2 p.m., at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

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Obituaries July 31, 2013

obit baileySusan Bailey

Susan S. Bailey, 67, of Westmore died peacefully at home on June 27, 2013, after a 15-year, hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born in Yonkers, New York, on July 23, 1945, beloved daughter of the late James T. and Edith R. Schofield of Westmore.  She attended public schools in Greenwich, Connecticut.  She received a full scholarship from Smith College, graduating in 1967.  She worked for over 35 years as a highly respected senior systems analyst and programmer, starting her computer career long before there was an Internet.

An avid reader, and NFL Patriots fan, she also enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Adventurous, avant-garde, an amazing woman with an incomparable sense of humor, she had both of her children in Latin America.  Her red hair was her crowning glory.  She will be missed by many for a very long time.

She is survived by her husband Ralph Bailey of Westmore; her daughter Lynn Witty of Newton Center, Massachusetts; her son Ken Bailey of Daniel Island, South Carolina; her five grandchildren:  Jacob, Luke, Ethan Henry, Caroline, and Lauren; and by her brother James F. Schofield of Santa Cruz, California.

A memorial service was held in Connecticut on July 1, at the Marlborough Congregational Church.  Interment was at the Lake View Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the MS Society or the Visiting Nurses Association.

obit CoburnRachel M. Coburn

Rachel M. Coburn, 72, of Barton died tragically on July 26, 2013, at her home.

She was born on May 27, 1941, in Newport,  the daughter of Arthur and Maria (Sheltra) Diette.  On January 14, 1989, she married Lewis Coburn, who predeceased her in 2003.

She and her late husband owned and operated Barton Cleaners until its closing in 2002.  She was currently employed with the Lake Region Union High School lunch program.

She loved spending time with her family and her many friends.  She loved being around people and wanted to make everyone around her happy.  She loved to take pictures of family and friends.  She had the most amazing smile that lit up an entire room.  She was an amazing woman who thought her purpose in this world was to make everyone around her happy.

She is survived by her children:  Valerie Young and her husband, Leon, of Barton, Laurie Poirier and her husband, Alan, of Barton, Scott Valley and his wife, Janice, of Swanton, and Marybeth Brochu and her boyfriend, Steven Coe, of Morrisville.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Chad Young and his wife, Angel, Krista Perkins and her boyfriend, Daryk Sykes, Jami Blair and her husband, Joe, Ashley Valley, Cameron Valley, Olivia Brochu, and Jacob Brochu; six great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her brother Armand Diette and his wife, Betsy, of Sutton, and by her sister Antoinette (Peanut) Makrianis of Springfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following brother and sisters:  Paul Diette, Cecile Hebert, Yvonne Urie, Irene Renault, Jenette Currier, and Pauline Gilfillan.

A candlelight service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m., at Lake Region Union High School.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, August 2, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lake Region Union High School, in care of Andre Messier, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit cookHarrison “Harry” Bearse Cook

Harrison “Harry” Bearse Cook, 98, of Manchester, Connecticut, formerly of East Albany, died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Manchester.

He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on July 12, 1915, to Florence and Edward.  He was raised on Cape Cod and lived most of his adult life in Connecticut.  He married his beloved Mary “Molly” Damon in 1939, and was married for 60 years before she predeceased him in January of 2000.  He was also predeceased by their only child, Ronald Damon Cook, in 1998.

Mr. Cook was a proud veteran of World War II, serving as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army.  Prior to retiring in 1977, he was employed by the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company for over 30 years.

He enjoyed gardening, listening to his old records, and was known as “Mr. Fix-it” in his old neighborhood on Chambers Street.

He is survived by his granddaughter Michele Reed and her husband, Bud, of East Albany.  He touched a number of lives and leaves many special people behind; his caregivers:  Lisa, Noble, and Dawn; his very good friend Bob Samuelson Jr.; his neighbors Yancy and Maxine Tarver; and his special friend Connie French.  He also has a grandson, Brian Cook, and his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Meghan, of Voluntown, Connecticut.

A funeral service was held July 27, in Manchester.  Burial with military honors followed in the East Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or at woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.

To leave a message for his family, visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com.

Sandra J. Doucette

 Sandra J. Doucette, 77, of Derby died on July 19, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on November 13, 1935, in Island Pond, the daughter of Thomas and Hazel (Chase) Crowe.  On July 12, 2003, she married Fred Doucette, who survives her.

She graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond, and entered the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958.

She previously worked at the Newport Daily Express and later at Northeast Kingdom Adult Education from November of 1978 through mid-2000.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond.  She was married to Harold (Bucky) McKee and Ray Norris, who both predeceased her.

She is survived by her husband Fred Doucette of Derby; her son Michael McKee of Georgia; her daughter Raven Moon of Brandon; her stepsons:  Fred Doucette Jr. and Geoffrey Doucette; her sister Mary Twofoot and her husband, Wyman, of Derby; her brother Bradley Crowe and his wife, Sharon, of Newport; a grandson, Ian Caran, and his wife, Meagan, of Hawaii; a great-grandson, Zachary; and by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held July 26, at the Eastside Cemetery in Newport.

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

obit FarneyBertha K. Farney

Bertha K. Farney, 103, of Derby died on July 26, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on July 22, 1910, in Ellington, Connecticut, a daughter of Ernest and Louise (Luginbuhl) Kupferschmid.  On June 6, 1942, she married Gerald S. Farney, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was a secretary at the Ellington Agway in Ellington.  She moved from Ellington to Vermont, and lived there for the past eight years to be near her children.

She is survived by her two children:  Roberta Pheiffer of Derby Line, and Mike Farney and his wife, Lisa, of Newport Center; her grandchildren:  Adam Pheiffer and his wife, Angela Gale, of Winooski, John Pheiffer of Troy, Matt Farney of Troy, and Ben Farney of Troy; and by a great-granddaughter, Ellie Pheiffer.

She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held on July 29, in Rockville, Connecticut.  Interment followed at the Ellington Cemetery in Ellington.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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

obit HamelinLucille F. Hamelin

Lucille F. Hamelin died quietly, surrounded by family, on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013, following a documented 23-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease, which began with symptoms ten years earlier.

She enjoyed a 53-year marriage with her husband, David F. Hamelin, beginning on June 18, 1960.

She was born the daughter of Napoleon (Paul) and Flore (Boulanger) Gendron, in North Troy on December 26, 1938, just a quarter mile from the home she made for her family with her husband, David, for the past 45 years.

This home was next door to her father’s brother, Philip, and sister, Georgette.

After she graduated from North Troy High School, she attended Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she obtained her secretarial degree.  She and her husband moved to Bennington and operated a service station for several years.  After returning to their hometown, they owned and operated a service station and convenience store.  When most of their children reached school age, Mrs. Hamelin went to work as a bookkeeper for Seguin Oil Service and then Dr. Thornton’s dental office in Newport.  A number of years later, she worked as an individual student aide at Troy School.  She was a devoted parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church and taught catechism classes for several years.

She was fond of planning family gatherings and was always ready with snacks and meals for visitors.  Get-togethers were extra special when her dearest friend, Sue, and Sue’s four sisters, which include her sister-in-law June, came to visit.  The annual summer arrival of neighbors, Dr. Eric and Ellen Young and their family, was an enjoyable part of the summer season for her.  She was an avid reader and loved recording family anecdotes and short stories.  Currently, her book, I Hope I Never Get Old, is in the process of being published.  She relished working with family photos and framed many collages.  Other favorite pastimes included jigsaw, crossword, and Sudoku puzzles.

She is survived by her husband and six children:  Kenneth, Lorie, Paul, John, Brian and Karen; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her brother Raymond and his wife, June; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother; her infant daughter Sheri; a grandson; a niece; and a great-nephew.

A Catholic Mass was held July 29, in North Troy.  Committal service followed in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Notre Dame Cemetery Maintenance Fund, care of Donald St. Onge, Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 621, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

obit lagueHenry E. Lague

Henry E. Lague, 73, of Derby Line died on July 28, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 17, 1940, in Morrisville, the son of Louis and Albina (Prive) Lague.  He married Claudette Choquette, who predeceased him in 2005.

He was employed by Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for 30 years.  He loved fishing, hunting at his deer camp, sugaring, and he loved life, the outdoors and partying.  He liked going for rides with his friend Gary.  He also loved to sing and play his guitar and listen to country music, especially Johnny Cash.

He is survived by his children:  Henry Lague of East Pointe, Michigan, and Ericka Gauvin and her husband, Ronney, of Derby Line; his grandchildren:  Jesse, Alec, and Courtney Gauvin, and Corey Lague; his brother Marcel Lague and his wife, Maria, of Virginia; and by his sisters:  Jeannine Taylor of St. Albans, Doris Austin of Virginia, and Dianne Mercy of New York.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Alicia Lague, in 1981; his brother Napoleon Lague; and by his sisters:  Pauline and Dorilda.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, August 2, at Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit LaMondaGreta A. LaMonda

Greta A. LaMonda of East Hampton, New York, formerly of Orleans, died on July 2, 2013, from heart failure resulting from an infection.  She had just celebrated her eighty-ninth birthday on June 16.

A native of Vermont, Mrs. LaMonda was the daughter of Harold and Pearl Lafoe of Brownington Center.  She moved to Long Island, New York, in the early 1950s with her husband, Harry, and their first four children.  While raising her children, Mrs. LaMonda had spent time as a waitress and spent many years employed by Sag Harbor Industries.  She also volunteered as a 4-H leader and was a longtime member of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies.  Never losing her love for Vermont, Mrs. LaMonda stayed in touch with her Orleans school classmates, attended class reunions, and continued making the regular annual trips north to visit family and friends.

Though flowers, plants, and gardens were a hobby and passion of Mrs. LaMonda’s, her love for family surpassed everything.  She was a sibling of six, survived by Vernal Lafoe of Inverness, Florida, Dooreen Roberts of Winter Park, Florida, and Louis Lafoe of Leesville, Lousiana.

She was predeceased by the following brothers:  Leon Gage and Thomas Lafoe.

Mrs. LaMonda and her husband, Harry, who survives her, were blessed with seven children:  Diana Darrell of East Hampton, New York, Mary Lou Zuchelli of North Massapequa, New York, Leslie LaMonda, who predeceased her, Sherrill Naster of Candler, North Caorlina, Louella LaMonda, who predeceased her, Harry J. LaMonda of Shirley, New York, and Pam LaMonda-Jaffie of Hicksville, New York; 16 grandchildren:  James, who predeceased her, Todd, Trevor, Eddie, Brian, Gene, Troy, Jason, Karen, Brice, Kelly, Kim, Kristin, Heather, Emily and Leslie; 24 great-grandchildren:  Tyler, Kaylee, Will, Ryan, Danny, Julianna, Marissa, Jack, Nicholas, Noah, Dylan, Colt, Zack, Alexis, Hannah, Ashlee, Kai, Finn, Austin, Micah, Asher, Giovanna, who predeceased her, Jordan, and Maddox; and one great-great-grandchild, Jayden; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

She also loved as if her own, her sons- and daughters-in-law:  Jimmy Darrell, Eddie Zuchelli, Barbara LaMonda, Dave Naster, Ruth LaMonda, and Harry Jaffie; and she loved and adored with all her heart, each spouse and/or partner of all her grandchildren, too.

At her request, no funeral service was held.  A celebration of her life took place on July 7, at the home of her grandson Trevor and his wife, Cynthia, and words were spoken by her granddaughter Kelly, an ordained minister.  At a future date, Mrs. LaMonda’s ashes will be placed in her final resting place at Brownington Center Cemetery in Brownington.

Her family has suggested memorial donations be made to Dominican Sisters Health Service, 103-6 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, New York 11946; or to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton, New York 11937.

obit NeumayerRobert J. Neumayer

Robert J. Neumayer, 64, of Morgan died on July 26, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 11, 1948, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Robert Neumayer and the late Doris (Von Atzingen) Neumayer.  He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  He was employed by Neto Weatherization.

About 35 years ago, he moved here from New Jersey and fell in love with the beauty of the mountains.  He was an active and fit man who enjoyed hiking, golfing, skiing, and snowshoeing with family and friends.  He was also an enthusiastic history and movie buff.

He is survived by his children:  Michael Neumayer of Island Pond, and Kristen Neumayer of Newport; his father Robert B. Neumayer of Newport; his brother Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; his nephew Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts; his niece Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado; his dear partner Bonnie Bashaw-Cole of Lunenburg; his former spouse Lynne Westin of Island Pond; his dear cousins, Jim Von Atzingen and Cheryl Duley; and by many other dear family and friends.

The family is planning a private celebration of his life in the future.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Mountain Club at http://www.greenmountainclub.org.

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

obit TetreaultRaoul J. Tetreault

Raoul J. Tetreault, 86, of West Charleston died on July 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1926, in Troy, the son of Leo Paul and Malida (Martel) Tetreault.  In 1946 he married Aurore (Arel), who survives him after 67 years of marriage.

Mr. Tetreault was a saw operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 14 years, from where he retired.  He was a past member of the Newport Elks #2155.  Mr. Tetreault and his wife ran their own farm for 13 years in Charleston.  Before buying the farm they lived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for 14 years, where he was a truck driver and worked in a tannery.  They liked to travel, going to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida, and several places in between.  They went on a seven-day cruise on their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  They loved family gatherings with over 40 immediate family members generally present, several times a year.

He is survived by his wife Aurore Tetreault of West Charleston; and by his children:  Irene Niles and her husband, Robert, of Charleston, Robert Tetreault and his wife, Denise, of Charleston, Annette Poulin and her husband, Lucien, of Charleston, Donald Tetreault and his wife, Kim, of Arizona, Camil Tetreault and his wife, Michelle, of Barton, and Jane Jacobs and her husband, Michael, of Island Pond.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and by his brother Leo Paul Tetreault and his wife, Rita, of Derby.

He was predeceased by his brother Wilfred Tetreault, and by his sister Cecile Peacock.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, August 1, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department, North Country Hospital, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Herbert J. Wood

Herbert J. Wood, 85, of Walpole, New Hampshire, died early Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire.

He was born in Walpole on September 13, 1927, the son of Herbert and Ruby (Smith) Wood.  He was a 1946 graduate of the Walpole Academy and worked on the family farm with his father until 1963.  He retired from Hubbard Farms in 1989.  He was a proud member of the Fall Mountain Archery Club and the National Rifle Association.  Mr. Wood loved hunting with his family and friends, tractors, and cutting firewood.

On October 25, 1950, he married Beverly A. Martin, who predeceased him in 2007.

He is survived by his son Ricky Wood and his wife, Beryl, of Walpole; his daughters:  Terry Tole and her husband, Paul, of Walpole, Robin Hurlburt and her husband, Richard, of Walpole, and Wanda Boomer and her husband, Don, of lrasburg; his son-in-law Bill Russell of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire; his brother Francis Wood of Acworth, New Hampshire; his sister Donna Ames and her husband, Harold, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several stepgrandchildren; his special nephew Wayne Bingham of Walpole; and by several other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Karen Russell; his brother Donald Wood; his sisters:  Althea Bingham and Priscilla Simas; and by two grandsons:  Mark and Martin Remick.

There was a memorial service on July 30, in Walpole.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Walpole Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 162, Walpole, New Hampshire 03608.

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Obituaries July 24, 2013

Gertrude Beaucaire

Gertrude Beaucaire

Gertrude E. Beaucaire

Gertrude E. Beaucaire, 86, of Newport Center died on June 24, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 2, 1926, in Worcester, Massachusetts, a daughter of Karl Sr. and Gertrude (Sieswerda) Buschenfeldt.

She graduated in 1944 from Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and from Brockton Business College in 1945.  On June 26, 1946, she married Donald A. Beaucaire, who predeceased her on September 4, 1986.  They lived in Easton, Massachusetts, for most of their 40 years together and moved to Halifax, Massachusetts, in 1984.

Mrs. Beaucaire started her career in the family business of Karl W. Buschenfeldt & Son, went on to become a legal secretary for many years, and retired from working at the probate court in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 2000.  After retirement she enjoyed several years working part-time at the YMCA in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Her family was most important to her.  She loved caring for her grandchildren, which included many sleepovers and following “her boys’” sporting events — hockey, soccer and baseball.  She drove long distances to make every game she could.  She was an avid Boston and New England sports fan.  She also enjoyed reading, going to the beach, lying in the sun, shopping, and collecting lighthouses.

She is survived by her loving children:  Suzanne B. Donnelly and her husband, John J., of Newport Center, Steven D. Beaucaire and his wife, Deborah A., of East Bridgewater; by her beloved grandchildren:  Brendan, Conor, Garrett, Brian, Kerri, and her husband, Christopher; and by her great-granddaughter Kailyn.  She is also survived by her siblings:  Theresa “Rae” Pierce of Brockton, Nancy Saunders and her husband, Lee of Cotuit, Masssachusetts; by her sisters-in-law Lois Beaucaire of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Evelyn Buschenfeldt of Mashpee, Massachusetts, and Shirley Beaucaire of Brockton; by several nieces and nephews; and by her many friends from Vermont and Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Downs; by her brothers:  Herman E. Buschenfeldt and his wife, Lois, Anton Buschenfeldt, Sergeant Karl Buschenfeldt Jr., who was killed in action in World War II, and Herbert Inman.

Her funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 3, at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 122 Canton Street (Route 27), Stoughton, Massachusetts.  Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in North Stoughton.  Visiting hours will be held prior to the funeral Mass from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sheehan, Lowe & Powers Funeral Home at 115 Monk Street in Stoughton.  All are welcome to attend.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, 100 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

John Anthony Ceraso

John Ceraso  Photo by Joseph Gresser

John Ceraso                                                                                                       Photo by Joseph Gresser

Remembering the summers my family spent in our country farmhouse in West Glover, I think of my father, John Ceraso, standing on the back porch playing his trumpet.  Neighbors would tell us they could hear his horn echoing across the valley.  Towards the end of August each year, he went to the back porch to play “The Last Rose of Summer,” an Irish poem set to music that brought extra sadness for us because it signaled we soon had to leave Vermont and return to New Jersey:

Tis the last rose of summer

Left blooming alone

All her lovey companions

Are faded and gone.

Years later, when my parents made the West Glover summer home their full-time residence, my father played that song less often at the end of summer.  He loved the Northeast Kingdom and no longer had to be sad about leaving.

John made many friends in the area, playing his trumpet with local bands, including Bread and Puppet, the Newport Community Band, and at informal jam sessions held in Glover and other towns around the Kingdom.  Some knew him for his love of music, some for his joke telling, but most of all I think he was loved for his kind heart and easygoing nature.

John Anthony Ceraso died suddenly July 17, 2013, at the age of 84.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, son of Angelo (Ralph) Ceraso and Lucia (Lucy) Vessa Ceraso, he grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  He met Joanne Sage Ceraso when they were both graduate students at the New School for Social Research in New York.  They married in 1958 and were married for 52 years until her death in October 2010.

John spent a long and distinguished career as a professor of psychology.  After earning his PhD in psychology from The New School for Social Research in 1959, he went on to teach, first at Yeshiva University and then Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, starting in 1967.  His teaching career with Rutgers lasted more than three decades.  As a professor and researcher, he contributed important theory and research to psychology in the areas of memory and perception.

John was among a group of four Rutgers psychology professors and their families who made summer homes near each other in the Northeast Kingdom and spent time together during the summer.  These families included the Feffers, the Hansens, and the Rocks.  John and Joanne first stayed in the area in the 1960s as guests of the Rodgers Farm (now known as the Rodgers Country Inn) in West Glover, and then bought the nearby home where the family spent many glorious summers.  After he and Joanne decided to brave the Vermont winters and move here year-round, neither expressed a moment of regret about that decision.

John thoroughly enjoyed playing with area bands, something that helped keep him going after losing Joanne.  He was known to share his love of music by giving instruments to friends and acquaintances, not for any special occasion but simply because he felt like it.

John’s family and friends will miss him dearly.  He is survived by four daughters:  Jane Ceraso of Acton, Massachusetts, and West Glover, Laura Ceraso of Plainfield, Marion Ceraso of Madison, Wisconsin, and Karen Ceraso of West Glover; six grandchildren:  Sage and Rory Lowe of Acton; and Diego, Miguel, and Lucia Nieto of Madison; and his youngest grandson, Mateo Ceraso, who lived with him in his home.  He is also survived by a sister, Rosemarie Schriefer, and her husband, Henry Schriefer, of Seminole, Florida; three nephews and nieces:  Russell Schriefer and Emily and Evan Simonoff; two sons-in-law:  Stephen Lowe of Acton and West Glover and Javier Nieto of Madison.  He is also survived by many beloved friends.

A memorial celebration of John’s life will be held at the family home in West Glover on August 12 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Musical instruments are welcome.  Please RSVP to Karen Ceraso at 525-3587.

Contributions in John’s memory can be made to help provide musical instruments to Lake Region Union High School students.  Contributions for this purpose can be made out to the Lake Region Music Program and sent to Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.  Please write “In memory of John Ceraso” on the bottom of the check and send to the attention of Tami, administrative office manager. — — Submitted by Karen Ceraso.

Merle Crouse

Merle Crouse

Merle E. Crouse Jr.

Merle E. Crouse Jr. of Enfield, Connecticut, died on July 1, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital, in Stafford, Connecticut.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, and raised in the Elmwood section of West Hartford, Connecticut, he was the youngest of six children of Merle E. Sr. and Beatrice Crouse.

A corporal in the U.S. Army, he was a veteran of the Korean War.  A very proud patriot, he and his ’67 Mustang were familiar fixtures for decades in the town of Enfield’s Memorial Day parade, the Fourth of July parade, and the Veterans Day parade. He worked alongside his father and brothers building houses in the Hartford, Connecticut, area before becoming the service manager at Van’s Leisure Living in East Hartford, Connecticut.  He later started his own business, Merle’s Mobile Home Repair Service.

A skilled craftsman, he built the recreation room, the three-car garage, and the wrap-around covered porch at the family’s Enfield home.  He built many decks, picnic tables and made shelving for his children’s homes.  He could fix anything — from electrical, plumbing, and HVAC problems, to repairing vehicles and lawnmowers.

His workshop in the garage was neat and orderly, with his tools laid out like those on a surgery tray.  He even installed a drain into the garage’s sloping floor so he could wash vehicles year-round.  He thoroughly enjoyed just “going for a ride,” or going out for breakfast with his longtime friends, Leo, Howie and Delbert, hanging out Thursday evenings with his antique car show buddies, and perusing the local auction houses for “treasures.”

To say he will be missed by his family and his many friends is an understatement.  He indeed broke the mold.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Sinon Crouse, formerly of East Albany; his daughter Linda Crouse and her husband, Carl Johnson; his son Jeffrey Crouse and his wife, Lisa Cadder Crouse; his daughter-in-law Odalis Crouse; and by his grandchildren:  Timothy, Jeremy, Danny, and Jillian Crouse.  He is also survived by his Sinon in-laws:  Shirley (Sinon) Curley, John Sinon, and Ray and Mary (Sinon) Murray.  He is also survived by his sister Muriel Jordan; his brother Horace Crouse; his sister-in-law Sara Crouse; and by a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Daniel Crouse, in December of 2011.  He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law Charles Patrick Sinon; his father-in-law Charles Sinon; his mother-in-law Alice Sinon; his two sisters:  Jeanne and Gwen; and by his brother Linwood.

Joseph Harry Denning

Joseph Harry Denning, 87, of Morgan died on July 14, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, from complications after breaking a hip in a fall.

He was married for 60 years to Elizabeth (Davignon) Denning, who survives him.

Born on December 20, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Harry H. Denning and Cecilia M. (Tennien) Denning, he grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and the University of Ottawa.

Lieutenant Denning served as an Army paratrooper in the Korean War between 1951 and 1953, and married Elizabeth Davignon at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans in 1953.  After working for one of Burlington’s early television stations, he trained as a language teacher at Middlebury College, and then taught French and Latin for many years, first at Black River High School in Ludlow, and then at Fallsburgh High School in Fallsburgh, New York.  He also worked regularly as a summer camp counselor and swimming instructor, including at Camp Holy Cross on Lake Champlain.

In his spare time, he established the Menthon St. Bernard kennel, raising and showing several champion show dogs; he served as president of the New England St. Bernard Club, and, later, as a dog show judge.  He was also an avid skier, qualifying for the National Ski Patrol, as well as serving as a ski instructor, and coach for the Fallsburgh High School ski team.

In the early 1980s, he retired with his wife to the home he built on the shores of Seymour Lake in Morgan, and was a regular at the Newport airport, flying his Mooney aircraft.  In recent years, he enjoyed boating on the lake, light carpentry, and, as a founder of the Ames Road Association, plowing snow.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children:  Michael of Guilford, Connecticut, Karen Fontana of Keystone Heights, Florida, and Cecilia; and by three grandchildren:  Nicholas Carby-Denning of Chicago, Illinois, Brandon Marsden, of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Brittany Fontana of Gainesville, Florida.

Funeral services were held on July 17, in Orleans.  Interment followed at St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name either to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or to the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 4103 Route 100, Westfield, Vermont 05874.

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

Evette R. Lamarre

Evette R. Lamarre, 90, of Orleans died on July 19, 2013, in Berlin.

She was born on May 24, 1923, in Farnham, Quebec, a daughter of Osias and Rose-Amande Paquette.

On May 17, 1943, she married Alfred Lamarre, who predeceased her on December 1, 2004.

Mrs. Lamarre was employed by Newport Plastics for many years.  She and her husband ran the family farm in Brownington until they sold it, then they purchased the Lamarre Saw Mill in Evansville.

She attended St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans and was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed playing bingo.

She is survived by her children:  Gertrude Cerutti and her husband, Maurice, of West Charleston, Rita Amidon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Robert Lamarre of Evansville; by her grandchildren:  John Amidon, Amanda Woolridge, Andrew Lamarre, and Joshua Miesner; by six great-grandchildren; by her siblings:  Rudolph Paquette of Florida, Claude Paquette and his wife, Beverly, of Essex Junction, Theresa Brunelle of Newport, and Laurette Houle and her husband, Adrien, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with the Reverend Charles Davignon officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, Vermont 05641.

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

Romeo Lemieux

Romeo Lemieux

Romeo N. Lemieux

Romeo N. Lemieux died on July 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, while at home with his family.

He was born in 1939 in Newport.  He and his twin brother, Bernard Jr., were the first of 11 children born to the late Bernard and Theresa Lemieux.  He was a graduate of Newport High School in 1958 and Champlain College in 1961, where he earned his degree in accounting.  He also served his country as a member of the Vermont National Guard.

On May 27, 1963, he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Fedele, and they had three children:  Dana, Deanna, and the late Craig.

His career began with the Brit store in Concord, New Hampshire; he eventually moved his family back to Newport and became manager and overseer of the organization which employed him in his youth, the John Police Store, commonly known to locals as “Grapefruit University.”  He spent the remainder of his career as a businessman with the former Fedele’s grocery store, and became an iconic member of both the store and the community.  He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and served as a longtime member of the zoning board.

Mr. Lemieux enjoyed the simple necessities of life, and his best days were spent working hard, sharing conversation with friends over a cup of coffee, and returning home to his wife, affectionately called “ma.”  He will be best remembered for his easygoing nature, kind heart, and wonderful stories.  He had an inquisitive nature and a genuine interest in others, and his sincere interest and ability to immediately put others at ease earned him a multitude of friendships, and a great deal of respect from those who had the pleasure to know him.  His place at the table will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Liz; his son Dana and his wife, Maureen, of Harvard, Massachusetts; his daughter Deanna Jannace and her husband, Jim, of Rangely, Maine; his grandchildren:  Brendan and Nicole Lemieux, and Daren and Olivia Jannace; and by his siblings:  Bernard and his wife, Lilianne, of Essex Junction, and Lorraine Elmore of Newport, Jeanne Whalen and her husband, Bill, of Illinois, John and his wife, Dottie, of Severna Park, Maryland, Joseph and his wife, Margaret, of Georgia, Andrea Cate and her husband, Richard, of Burlington, Antoinette Ingalls and her husband, Bill, of Irasburg, and Luke of California.  He was also a treasured uncle to 38 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Philip; his sister Christine; and his infant son Craig.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his lasting memory to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756-0001.

A Mass celebrating his life was held on July 19, in Newport.

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

obit McLean

Doris MacLean

 

Doris M. (Gagnon) MacLean

Doris M. (Gagnon) MacLean, 68, of Coventry died peacefully at her home on July 18, 2013.

She was born July 28, 1944, in Methuen, Massachusetts, a daughter of Joseph and Estelle (Lefebvre) Gagnon.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, and working on her home, doing craft work and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren — they were her “heart and soul” — and also with her close friends.  She also enjoyed Thanksgiving with her family, and she loved to help people.  She truly had a heart of gold.  She was a strong-willed, independent woman and expected nothing less from her son, daughters, granddaughters, grandsons and great-grandchildren.  Her passion in life was that when she believed in something she gave it her all and she could find something good in every day.  She knew the difference between giving a hand up and giving a hand out.  She had an incredible sense of humor, which she passed on to her family.

She is survived by her children:  Kimberly Bolton Green of Derby and Tricia MacLean of Coventry; by her grandchildren:  Julia Bolton and her fiancé, Dana Forbes, of Newport Center, Gabrielle Bolton and her fiancé, Derek Sanville, of Newport, Selena, Christopher, and Kaitlyn Green, all of Derby, and  Kristi and Brandon Baraw of Newport Center.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren:  Darion Forbes of Newport Center, and Collin, Caydence, and Connor Sanville.

She was predeceased by a son, Grant Thomas MacLean Jr.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Coventry Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the family at Kimberly Green, 244 Palin Farm Road, Derby, Vermont 05829 to help defray funeral expenses.

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

Robert Spence

Robert Spence

Robert Thomas “Tom” Spence

Robert Thomas “Tom” Spence, 67, of Moretown died in the comfort of his home and family on Friday evening, July 19, 2013.

Born in Waterbury on June 26, 1946, he was a son of the late Donald W. and Hazel (Cavanaugh) Spence.  On July 10, 1971, he married the former Jacklyn Labbe in Waterbury.

In 1966 Mr. Spence was a member of the last graduating class from Waterbury High School and then went on to serve with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Following his discharge from the service in 1970, he worked several years for the Rossignol Ski Company in Williston, for Benner Skis in Prince Edward Island, and then for Huntington Manufactured Homes in Orange, Massachusetts, where he was plant manager.

A desire for entrepreneurship and independence brought Mr. and Mrs. Spence to become the proprietors of what became TJ’s General Store in Waterbury Center, an eclectic mix of good food, staple groceries and the epicenter of local, state and national politics.  Mr. and Mrs. Spence partnered in this mainstay of Waterbury Center from April 1987 until October 2003.  Most recently, Mr. Spence worked for the Lamoille County Solid Waste District as the manager of all transfer stations.

He served the Waterbury community in many ways:  as a member, past president and EMT for the Waterbury Ambulance Service, a member and officer of the Waterbury Center Fire Department, as zoning administrator and a member of the town zoning board of adjustment, and a member of the recreation committee.  The identity of Waterbury Center as an integral part of the greater Waterbury community was very important to Mr. Spence.  He was instrumental in the development of the playground at Hope Davey Park, the gazebo in the Center Park, and Good Neighbor Day.  In addition, he took care of lighting the Christmas tree in Center Park and maintaining the skating rink in the center for many years, and he helped in the development of the disc golf course and walking path.

Mr. Spence‘s memberships included being a life member of the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club, VFW Post #10034, the Winooski Lodge #49 F&AM, and the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post #59 where he served many years as its finance officer.

In his leisure time he enjoyed the annual Lake Champlain International Tournament with his two daughters, his fishing trips to Lake Ontario, and moose watching with his wife in New Hampshire and Maine.

Mr. Spence is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jackie Spence, of Moretown; their daughters:  Nicole Spence and her companion, Jason Thurston, of Middlesex, and Gloria Bruce and her husband, Jonathan, of West Charleston; his granddaughter Ryleigh Bruce; his sister-in-law Nan Spence of Winooski; his father-in-law, Edwin Labbe, of Barre; his sisters-in-law Ann Labbe Merrill of Graniteville, Gloria Bilbrey of Barre, and Michelle Gingras and her husband, Brian, of Barre; and by nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  JoAnn O’Neill, Irene Whalley and Sarah Keefe; and by two brothers, William and Donald Spence.

Mr. Spence’s family invites friends and family to a time of visitation and light refreshments at the Hope Davey Recreation Shelter on Maple Street in Waterbury Center on Friday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Private interment with military honors will take place in the Waterbury Center Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted.  Instead, memorial gifts to the Waterbury American Legion Veterans Fund, P.O. Box 417, Waterbury, Vermont 05676 would be appreciated.

To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.

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Arlene M. Tice

Arlene M. Tice, 74, of Newport died on July 16, 2013, at her home.

She was born on September 11, 1938, in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the daughter of Herbert and Florence (Murray) Sears.  On September 18, 1982, she married Herbert Tice, who predeceased her on June 17, 2001.  Arlene was employed as a nurse’s aide for both the Newport Health Care Center and Bel-Aire Nursing Home.

She enjoyed watching television, reading her bible books, visiting with her family and her church family, and playing with her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Jehovah Witness of Newport.

She is survived by her children:  Henry Fillion and his wife, Kelly, of Massachusetts, Michael Fillion of Maine, Albert Bratti and his companion, Annette, of Newport, and Debbi Bratti and her husband, Rick LePage, of Newport.  She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Ricky Westgate; her grandchildren:  Tina Bratti, Nicole Bratti, and Eric Fillion; her daughter-in-law Connie-Jo Fillion; a brother, Eddie Sears; and by three sisters:  Beverly, Doris and Betty.

A graveside service for Ms. Tice, and a committal service for Tina Bratti, were held July 23 at the Derby Line Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Area Agency on Aging, 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul Augustus Turner Jr.

Paul Augustus Turner Jr., 70, of Westfield died suddenly on July 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born August 11, 1942, in Brockton, Massachusetts, a son of Paul Sr. and Dorothy (Rose) Turner.  He married Judith Weatherby, who survives him.

Mr. Turner was enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served his country during the Vietnam War and retired as a petty officer first class.  Among his hobbies he was a carpenter and enjoyed antiques.  He was a member of the Fleet Reserve.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Turner, of Westfield; by his children:  Paul, Kevin and Vicky Turner; by several grandchildren; by his mother, Dorothy Turner; and by two sisters, Irene and Mary.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 24, at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Worrier Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.

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

Services

 Norman H. LaCross

A committal service for Norman H. LaCross, with military honors, will take place on Friday, August 2, at 11 a.m., at the Danville Green Cemetery in Danville.

Mr. LaCross loved building and riding trikes (three-wheel motorcycles), and he asked that his final ride be on a trike with his best friend, Kevin Davis.  A motorcade from Westmore to Danville will gather at the Westmore Parish Hall parking lot, with plans to leave by 10 a.m.  All are welcome to join in Mr. LaCross’ motorcade with trikes, motorcycles, cars, and trucks.  The motorcade will return back to Westmore Parish Hall, and all are welcome to come and share a celebration of his life.

Marcel G. Morin

Funeral services and interment for Marcel G. Morin will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, at St. Edward’s  Parish in Derby Line. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Mr. Morin died in Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 8, 2012.

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Obituaries July 17, 2013

obit brownMargaret (Leclair) Brown

Margaret E. Brown, 93, of Derby died peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013, at home, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born on October 7, 1919, in Newport, the daughter of Gerald and Isabelle (Hill) Leclair.  As a girl, she lived in Newport and Montpelier, but returned to Newport as a young woman.  There she met Donald Brown and they were married on April 8, 1939.  They raised their family and worked on the family farm until they retired in 1981.

In the late 1950s, she took a job as a nurse’s aide (LNA) and worked the night shift at the hospital in Newport for over 30 years.  She will be remembered for her gentle caring for those in need.  If someone was sick or in need of a hot meal, Mrs. Brown was there to help.

Family was the center of her life, and she was always pleased to have folks drop by for a visit.

She is survived by her son Elwin Brown and his friend, Donna Higginson, of Mt. Dora, Florida; her daughter Elfrieda (Effie) Brown of Derby; ten grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and by four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Brown; her son Charles Brown; and by her grandson Jeffrey Lawson.

A hillside memorial service will be held at a later date on the Brown family farm.

Joseph Emmanuel Barker

Joseph Emmanuel Barker, infant son of Jonathan and Carolyn Barker, died on July 6, 2013, in Newport.

He is survived by his parents Jonathan and Carolyn Barker of Coventry; a sister, Clara Rose Barker, of Coventry; paternal grandparents:  the Reverend Dr. Frederick Barker and his wife, the Reverend Carol Ann, of Derby; maternal grandparents:  the Reverend Dr. Michael Stine and the Reverend Lisa Stine of Pennsylvania; his paternal great-grandmother Ann S. Barker of Stamford, Connecticut; his maternal great- grandparents:  Robert Feher and his wife, Alice, of Arizona; his aunt Stephanie Stine of Pennsylvania; and by his uncle Jeremiah Barker of Derby.

A funeral service was held on July 12, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater Dei Youth Program, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit ChaffeeEdward E. Chaffee

Edward E. Chaffee, 88, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on July 12, 2013, in Manchester.

He was born on February 14, 1925, in Newport, son of Walter and Flora (Shastany) Chaffee.  On July 19, 1956, he married Rita Goodenough who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II, and he received the European Campaign Medal.  He was employed for 43 years by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, from which he retired in 1986.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.  He enjoyed ice fishing and the company of his loving family.

He is survived by his wife Rita Chaffee of Manchester; his children:  Sonia Lund and her husband, David, of Roseville, California, Lynn Hare of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Heather Bollett and her husband, Keith, of Weare, New Hampshire, and Scott Chaffee of Manchester.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Bethany Labrecque, Brittany Labrecque, Michaela Ridenour and her husband, Matthew, and Christian Hare; and by his great-grandson Logan Ridenour.  He is also survived by his sister Priscilla Maslack of Essex Junction; his sisters-in-law:  Caroline Dopp of Derby, and Mary Chaffee of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Ted and Dick Chaffee; and by his sister Helen Chaffee.

Funeral services were held on July 16, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

obit CoutureLindsey M. Couture

Lindsey M. Couture, 19, of Keene, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died suddenly, on July 7, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident in Winchester, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 4, 1993, the daughter of Christopher Couture and Lisa Ross Couture, who predeceased her in 1996.

Ms. Couture loved art, her cats, and was a very social person who interacted very easily with others and loved spending time with her brother.  She was an active donor with the Red Cross blood program and volunteered for many different causes.

She is survived by her father Chris; her stepmother Roxanne Bullis Couture; her brother Christopher Couture Jr., all of Newport Center; her grandmothers:  Marlene Bullis of Newport Center, and Judy Ross of Newport, New Hampshire; and by her grandfather Ronnie Murgatroy.  She is also survived by her great-grandmothers:  Inez Couture of Peterborough, New Hampshire, and Thelma Willis of Newport; her fiancé Nick Dunton of Winchester, who is in critical condition at a Massachusetts hospital as a result of the same accident; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her grandfathers:  Joe Bullis and Everett Ross; her great-grandfather Melvin Willis; her uncle Christopher Joseph Bullis; and by her grandmother Sandra Matthews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 20, at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center with Pastor Chris Barton officiating.  Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Please omit flowers.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Advent Christian Church, 128 Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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

Rian Fabian Fried

Rian Fabian Fried of Stannard died on July 3, 2013.

He was the beloved son of Maurice and Enid Fried, and adored brother of Kim, Terry, Neal, Toby and Brett Fried.  He was the loving father of Dorigen Hofmann, and cherished husband of Rachel Hexter Fried.

Mr. Fried and Doug Fleer of Greensboro established the Clean Yield Asset Management in 1984, dedicated to socially responsible investing.  Mr. Fried, as president of the Clean Yield, in Norwich, took the trust his clients placed in him with solemnity and responsibility and he thoroughly enjoyed working to achieve his clients’ needs.  They, in turn, found in him a friend and adviser.

He also happily served in a variety of elected and appointed positions in his adopted town of Stannard.

There are no plans for a funeral.  His ashes will be interred in a private ceremony in the new Stannard Cemetery.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, MS J5-200, Seattle, Washington 98109; or to the Stannard Historical Society, care of the town of Stannard, P.O. Box 94, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.

Now may the grace of death
Be upon him, his spirit blessed
In deep song of the world
And the stars turning, the
seasons returning, and long rest.
Wendell Berry

obit GeorgeDavid “Kirk” George

David “Kirk” George, 65, of Barton died on July 11, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and caring friends.

He was born on February 24, 1948, in Nova Scotia, Canada, the proud son of David Lloyd and Doris (Kirk) George, current residents of Barton.

His hobbies included camping, playing poker, talking to people, being with friends and family, traveling, discussing current and past world events, herbalism, attending and promoting music tours, events, and festivals, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing the many local rivers and lakes each spring, and escaping to the Florida Keys for ocean fishing.  He loved to tell fish stories, had hints and bait advice, and knew the history of the waters he fished.  He passed this love onto as many people as he could, including his four children and seven grandchildren.  He traveled the world and spoke of Clyde River and the local attractions luring folks to camp on his family’s land, visit the schoolhouse, and enjoy Vermont’s beauty.

He went to elementary school in Sydney, Canada, and then moved with his parents to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he graduated high school.  He spent most of life in Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida, and Jamaica.  When his parents needed more assistance, he came home to take care of them in their home for several years before they moved to Maple Lane Nursing Home as Mr. George’s health declined.

He is survived by his children:  Arthur George of Waterbury, Celeste Jones and her husband, Robert, of Fayston, Jesse George of Morrisville, and Willow George and her husband, Michael Seely, of Denver, Colorado; his parents, David and Doris George, of Barton; and by his grandchildren:  Ezra, Ira, and Olivia Wickwire-George, Jada, Dylan and Ethan Jones, and Madelyn Lucas-George.  He had many cherished friends, among his closest were Tony Burns and Eva Kordosova-Verge.

A private burial service was held on July 15, at the Heath Cemetery in Barton.

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

obit MeredithNorma Alberta (Christie) Meredith

Norma Alberta (Christie) Meredith of Island Pond died on July 9, 2013, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, surrounded by several family members, members of staff and resident friends.

She was born on April 16, 1920, in Island Pond, the daughter of the late Reuben and Madona (Giroux) Christie.  Shortly after graduation from Brighton High School, she married Roland Meredith, to whom she was happily married for nearly 70 years.  He predeceased her in January of 2009.

She lived the majority of her life in Island Pond where she happily raised her children.  She was a devoted wife and mother who was always happiest when her children and their friends were at home.  Evident as far as her childhood, her inquiring mind lead her to achieving success in her home making, cooking and sewing endeavors.  Though she often emphatically declared her dislike for cooking, she made many people happy at her table.  Nobody ever left hungry!

She made most of the clothing her children wore while growing up.  Her creative sewing resulted in costumes for family members who participated in local parades over the years, her crowning achievement being the many costumes she made for the Bicentennial Parade, including the George Washington uniform proudly worn by her son, Wayne Meredith.

She was particularly passionate about American history, genealogy and snowmobiling.  Memberships she enjoyed over the years were with the Girl Scouts, the Young Adults Club at Congregational Church, the snowmobile club, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Since November of 2004, she was a resident at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover, where she enjoyed the staff, and their care and affections.  She befriended many residents and made them her extended family.  She readily participated in the activities offered such as trips to Wal-Mart, picnics, history and French classes, and the Barton fair.  She was an avid Bingo player, a game at which she was a constant winner.  She especially enjoyed the children who visited, sang and entertained.

She is survived by her five children:  Barbara and her husband, Wayne Hodsden, of Lodgeport, New York, Sandra and her late husband, Douglas Nadeau, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Wayne Meredith of Island Pond, Scott Meredith and his wife, Kathryn, of Island Pond, and Brenda and her husband, Paul Johnson, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts; a brother, Robert Christie, and his wife, Irene, of Island Pond; and by a sister, Roberta Lybrand, of Hollywood, Florida.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held on July 14, in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Island Pond Historical Society, P.O. Box 408, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

Reginald James Prue

Reginald James Prue, 73, died peacefully on July 10, 2013, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born on September 24, 1939, in Coventry, to the union of Ozias and Pearl (Barry) Prue.  They both predeceased him, along with his sister Shirley and his brothers, Sheridan and George.

He was a paint contractor and he cut and sold Christmas trees.  He liked wearing Western clothes.

He is survived by six sons:  Randy and Stacey of Pueblo West, Colorado, Craig of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Shawn and his wife, Michelle, of Freeport, Illinois, and Reginald and Mark of Newport.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Crystal and Ashley and her husband, Bill, of Illinois, Craig and McKenzie of Colorado, and Anna, Melissa, Tyler, Caleb, and Nicholas, all of Vermont; a great-grandchild, Jessica Camely, of Vermont; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

No services will be held.  Interment will take place in Coventry Cemetery.

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

obit RoyerErnest P. Royer

Ernest P. Royer, 84, died on July 12, 2013, at his home in Newport Center.

He was married for 65 years to Virginia (Limlaw) Royer, who survives him.

He was born on May 17, 1929, in Newport Center, a son of Clement and Melina (Poire) Royer.

He loved spending time with family and his grandkids.  He enjoyed playing with his best friend, Missy the poodle, playing cards, fishing, hunting, traveling to Florida, going out to eat, and cutting firewood.

He worked at Ethan Allen for over 15 years.  Later, he and his wife bought their farm in Coventry, which they ran for several years before building the garage, Royer’s Service Station, in Coventry, and the home where they lived.  He also did mechanic work at home.  After selling to his son, Larry, he was a familiar sight driving his truck all over the county, delivering firewood as his idea of retirement.

He is also survived by a son, Larry Royer Sr., and his partner, Lori Royea; his two daughters:  Sindy Souliere and her husband, Paul, and Sue Packet and her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Judy Desroches, and her husband, Rock; his grandchildren:  Kathy Leblanc and her partner, Bill, Larry Royer Jr. and his wife, Denise, Bonnie Poginy and her husband, Gary, Jessica Royer and her fiancé, Jared, Mellissa Stone and her partner, Jamie, Josh Souliere and his fiancée, Aimee, Karissa, Bria, and Dekota; his great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Katie, Missy, Larry III, Amanda, Isaac, James, Tyler, Mikalah, Kadin, Kiley, Bruce III, Nicholas, Erika, Blan, and Lexis; a great-great-granddaughter, Oliva; his brothers:  Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucy, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; his sisters-in-law:  Jeanette Royer, Noreen Royer, and Priscilla Royer; a very close friend to the family, Allan Rowell; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Ernest D. Royer; his daughter-in-law Martha Royer; his parents; his brothers:  Victor, Tom, Burton, Philip, Clarmont, Clement, and Emile Royer; and by two sisters:  Emma Thomas and Gertrude Curtis.

Funeral services were held on July 17, in Newport.  Interment followed in the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 911, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Rosanna Marie (Venuto) Stevens

Rosanna Marie (Venuto) Stevens, 49, of Morgan died on July 8, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a long battle with cancer.

She was born on June 30, 1964, in Brockton, Massachusetts, a daughter of Samuel and Blanche Venuto.  She graduated from White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield, New Hampshire, in 1982.  She had many varied interests, but especially enjoyed playing guitar and singing with family and friends.  At age 12, she performed with the Doc Williams show in Whitefield.  Also at age 12, she met Dean Stevens, and they were married in Whitefield on September 24, 1983, and their marriage was sealed in the Washington, D.C., temple in 1984.  She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many responsible positions in that church, including relief society president, primary president, and was involved with the young women’s program and missionary activities, to name a few.  She was also a leader in the Boy Scout program of the Newport branch of her church for many years.  Her four oldest sons each served two years as missionaries, and all six sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

She will always be remembered for her loving, giving heart, and her zest for life.

She is survived by her loving husband Dean Stevens of Morgan; and their eight children:  Joshua and his wife, Becca, of Island Pond, and their children:  Dakota and Neveah; Jonathan of Newport Center, and his son, Gunner; Brandon and his wife, Ashley, of Newport Center, and their children:  Brionna and Leila; Brian and his wife, Kirsten, of Taylorsville, Utah; Dylan of Highgate Springs; and David, Laura and Julia, who remain at home in Morgan.  She is also survived by her mother Blanche Venuto of West Charleston.  Brothers and sisters who survive her are:  Bonnie Sparks of Beaverton, Oregon, Warren Yeo of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Clifford Coughlin of Tyne Valley, PEI, Canada, and Gina Pingree of North Troy.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father Sam Ventuo, who died on July 8, 24 years ago; her sister Leila Price of Brockton, Massachusetts, who died in 1984; and by her brother John (Nick) Yeo of San Bernadino, California, who died in 1990.

Her memorial service was held on July 13, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, kindly send any contributions to the family of Dean J. Stevens, 144 Old McCabe Road, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

A tribute to a wonderful, Masonic friend
by Nick Burdick

With great sadness I read of Dick Hodge’s passing on June 27, 2013.  Admittedly, at the age of 89, he had lived a very productive life, and death is part of living.  However, the pain it causes is real and friends and family must endure it.

My memory of Dick is mostly through the Freemasons, although I think he was active with Boy Scout Troop #3, in Newport, when my sons were members there.  To them, he was the old man that was fun and easy to talk to.

Whenever I would go to a Masonic meeting, in Newport, in Barton for the Royal Arche, and other lodges in District #10, nine times out of ten Dick was there.  And you could count on a big smile and a firm handshake.  You could tell he was genuinely glad to see you.

Dick was active during the meetings.  If there was an issue he supported, you knew right off.  If there was an issue he didn’t support, you really knew it just as fast.

Most importantly, if you needed help with any Masonic project, Dick was there to help, with no reservation at all.  He had served Memphremagog Lodge #65, in Newport, twice as worshipful master.  Knowing that he had sat in the “hot seat,” he was one of the first people I would talk with concerning issues when I served as district deputy grand master of District 10.  I knew that his advice would be sound and for the best interest of Freemasonry, even if I didn’t like the advice at the time.  Given time, his advice was always correct.

In the second half of the master mason degree, the most sublime degree in Freemasonry, there are parts to be played, and Dick and I would always be the sea captain and the wayfaring man.  He loved every minute of the part, but mostly he loved the idea that yet another young man had chosen to better himself and his life by joining Freemasonry.

Well, Captain, all I can say is, well done.  Canada is better off because of your life.  The United States is better off because of your life.  And certainly Freemasonry is far better because of you.

Your loving wife, Irene, daughter Faye Ann, and son Christopher, and your grandchildren, can all take great pride in the legacy you leave for us.  It will cause the pain to be just a little less for them.  And your brother Masons can be happy with the fact that you were with us.

Rest easy, my friend.  You are now in the arms of “the great architect of the Universe.”  So mote it be.

Death notice

Romeo N. Lemieux

Romeo N. Lemieux died on July 12, 2013, after a long and courageous battle, while at home with his family.

Calling hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, July 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.  A Mass celebrating his life will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m.

Service

James Krieble

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Krieble will be held at the Westmore Community Church in Westmore on Friday, July 26, at 3 p.m.  The Reverend Martha Perry will officiate the service. Immediately following the service, a reception for friends and family will be held at the church.

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Obituaries July 10, 2013

obit dickinsonClarice Orene (Sprouse) Dickinson

 Clarice Orene (Sprouse) Dickinson of Irasburg died peacefully on July 2, 2013.

She was born on December 31, 1926, in Louisa, Virginia, to Richard and Isalene Sprouse.  Upon graduation from high school, she moved to the big city of Richmond to seek employment.  What she found was the love of her life, Wayne Dickinson.  They married after a six-week courtship; a marriage that lasted 52 years, ending at Mr. Dickinson’s death in 1999.  Mrs. and Mr. Dickinson were blessed with two children, Steve and Cheryl.  She was also predeceased by her son, Steve, in 1994.

One of Mrs. Dickinson’s greatest gifts was her ability to form deep and lasting friendships.  This served her well since Mr. Dickinson’s career as an aeronautical engineer took them to many places across the country.  She lived a deeply spiritual life and grounded herself in the local churches she encountered in her travels.  She served these congregations in many capacities, including becoming the first female Elder in the Mt. Healthy Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After Mr. Dickinson’s death, she moved to Vermont in 2000 to be near her family, Cheryl and Tom Stelter of Irasburg.  She made many friends and was active in the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary in Barton, the Barton Library Club and the Barton and Orleans senior centers.  She was an active member of the Irasburg United Church, serving on several committees.  Many remember her friendly smile as she sold quilt raffle tickets for the Irasburg Church Fair.

Her love for the Lord was evident to all she met.  Her gift of writing words of comfort, encouragement, and guidance was a blessing to all who received cards and notes from her.  She had a deep faith in Christ and believed in the power of prayer.  Throughout her life, she ministered to many people as an instrument of Christ.  She took special care of women and families in need, as well as many others.  She will be deeply missed.

She was a deeply devoted mother and grandmother.  Her pride and joy was her beloved family: her daughter Cheryl Stelter; her son-in-law Tom; and her grandchildren:  Leischen of Manassas, Virginia, and Grant and his wife, Summer (Rogers), of Colchester.  She was excited about her first great-grandchild, expected in November.  She also leaves her sister Cora Lee Rigsby; and her nephew Tim and his wife, Kim, and their son, Matthew, all of Savannah, Georgia.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Irasburg United Church in Irasburg on Friday, July 12.  Visitation with family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.  Immediately following the service, a fellowship reception will be held downstairs in the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Irasburg United Church Building Restoration Fund, care of Bev Johnson, P.O. Box 177, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

obit barrettAnnie M. Barrett

Annie M. Barrett, 68, of Glover died on June 29, 2013, in Glover.

She was born on October 22, 1944, in Haverhill, New Hampshire, the daughter of Mildred Stimson.

She was an LPN at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover for 25 years, from where she retired in 2008.

She enjoyed collecting stamps and post cards.  She also loved gardening and being a caregiver to others.

She is survived by her children:  Lloyd Powers and his wife Ann, of Troy, Jennifer Hinton and her husband, Robert, of Sutton, James Powers of Lyndonville, Timothy Powers and his wife, Melissa, of Sheffield, and Jana Morse and her husband, Herbert, of Derby Line; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brother Archie Stimson of Sutton; and by two stepsons:  Randy Barrett of Barton, and David Barrett and his wife, Mary, of Mississippi.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Barton.  Interment followed in the Sutton Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

Service

Dorothy Elizabeth Metcalf

A graveside service for Dorothy Elizabeth Metcalf will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 13, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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