Obituaries December 11, 2013

obit chaseRodolph (Rudy) Lee Chase Sr.

Rodolph (Rudy) Lee Chase Sr., 81, of Craftsbury died on December 1, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on May 23, 1932, in Beaver Creek, North Carolina, to Paul and Laura (Jones) Chase.

He retired as a first sergeant in the United States Army, where he served for 22 years and two tours in Vietnam.  After retirement from the Army, he owned and operated the Craftsbury Village Store, and he worked for Sumner Farr, Refrigeration and Sales in Richmond.  He started his own refrigeration and appliance business in Craftsbury and later branched out in Morrisville and Hardwick.

On July 31, 1954, he married Mary Ellen Fortune, who predeceased him in 2012.

He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Craftsbury, the American Legion in Hardwick, and the VFW in Morrisville.  He was a member of the Refrigeration Engineers and Service Society.  His hobbies included gardening and landscaping.

He is survived by his children:  Rodolph (Rudy) L. Chase Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Craftsbury, twins Raymond Carl Chase and his wife, Joyce, of Craftsbury, and Robin Stebbins and her husband, George, of Craftsbury; his grandchildren:  Nicholas, Alexander, Benjamin, Kathleen, Julianne, Mykaela, Karen, Valerie, and Andrea; his great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Averie, Elexia, Aubriella, Chase, and Aliya; his brothers:  James Chase and his wife, Ella-Rae, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Douglas (Mack) Chase and his wife, Peggy, of Vaas, North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Jimmie Chase, and by his sister Stella Baysden.

Funeral services were held on December 7, on Craftsbury Common.  Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

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

obit Claude PaquetteClaude F. Paquette

Claude F. Paquette died peacefully on November 29, 2013, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston.

He was born in Irasburg on December 4, 1935, as the youngest son of Osias and Rose Amande Paquette.

He married his loving wife, Beverly E. Bullis, on October 16, 1954, who cared for him right up to the end of his life.

He enjoyed his family, puzzles, square dancing, bowling, listening to Burl Ives and watching America’s Funniest Home Videos.  He was a great provider as an exceptional crane operator for Cote Contractors, Pizzagalli Construction, and eventually his own trucking company.  He thoroughly enjoyed his work and the many miles up and down the East Coast.  He was also a longtime volunteer of the Essex Junction Fire Department.

He is survived by his loving family:  his wife of 59 years, Beverly; his daughter Shirley Fitzgerald and her husband, John, and their children:  Jennifer, Mary and John; his son David and his wife, Melissa (Mazza), and their children:  Shantel, Danielle, David Jr., Amy and MacKenzie; his son Bruce and his wife, Judy (Sorrell), and their children:  Sarah and Christina; his son Kenneth and his wife, Lisa (Sicard), and their children:  Ken Jr. and Chad; his daughter Sue-Ellen Kelly and her husband, Marty, and their children:  Mackenzie and Marty III; his sisters:  Theresa and Laurette; his brother Rudolph; along with his great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and eight siblings.

A celebration of his life took place on December 6, in Essex.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

The family invites people to share memories by visiting www.awrfh.com.

obit DewingStephen D. Dewing

Stephen D. Dewing, 46, of North Troy died suddenly on December 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 21, 1967, to Winston and Ernestine (Conley) Dewing.  On June 7, 1986, he married Lori Lague, who survives him.

He worked as a board sawyer for several sawmills throughout his life.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, snowmobiling, tinkering on cars, and carpentry work as he built his own home.

He is survived by his wife Lori Dewing of North Troy; his children:  Leanne and Tyler Dewing of North Troy; his siblings:  Brian Dewing and his wife, Nancy, of Coventry, Janice Conley and her husband, Bruce, of Glover, MaryAnn Landry and her husband, Ronald, of Brownington, Lorraine Reeves and her husband, Larry, of Colorado, and Barbara Wing and her husband, Al, of Florida; his brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Randy Lague and his wife, Suzanne, of Johnson, Rick Lague and Debbie Cahill of Belvedere, Rene Lague and his wife, Cindy, of Troy, and Julie Klein and her husband, Michael, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Betty Lafountain.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

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

obit DionneAnne M. Dionne

Anne M. Dionne, 36, of North Troy died on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on February 12, 1977, in New Haven, Connecticut, a daughter of Raymond and Carol (Bousquet) Santaw.

On December 17, 1997, she married Rusty Dionne, who survives her.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and attending cookouts with them.

She is survived by her husband Rusty Dionne of North Troy; her mother Carol Santaw of Lyndonville; her two stepchildren:  Heather and Dustin Driver of Newport Center; her close friends:  Roy Nadeau and Mary Rhodes of North Troy; several brothers and sisters; and by a very close nephew, Joseph Santaw, of Newport.

She was predeceased by her father Raymond Santaw.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Marion Holland Hall

Marion Holland Hall, 93, of Newport died on December 5, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 1, 1920, in Athol, Massachusetts, to George and Annie (Hoyt) Holland.  On January 27, 1946, she married Blaine Hall, who predeceased her on November 24, 2003.

She was an excellent quilter and would donate them to many area charities.  She was a Civil War enthusiast.

She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

She is survived by her children:  Jeff Hall and his fiancée, Ana Fernandes, of Troy, and Jacqueline Mitchell and her companion, Clive Pratt, of Bronxville, New York.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Amy Caldwell and her husband, Tom, Christopher Mitchell and his wife, Anna, and Meghan Allen and her husband, Bill; her five great-grandchildren; her brother Milton Holland of California; her brother-in-law Richard Hall and his wife, Cynthia, of Newport; and by her sister-in-law Ellen Holland of Derby Line.

She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

At her request, no services will be held.

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

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

obit HouleFather Wilfred Andre “Andy” Houle

Father Wilfred Andre “Andy” Houle, beloved son, brother and friend, died on December 4, 2013.

Father Houle was born to Adrien and Laurette (Paquette) Houle on September 6, 1948, and spent his childhood years on the family’s dairy farm in Irasburg, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication.

He loved to travel as well as spend “down” time at his “cabin” in Starksboro.

Father Houle began his education at Sacred Heart Grade School in Newport, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1966.  He attended seminaries in Newark, New Jersey, and Barre.  He completed his bachelor’s degree at St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.  He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on November 9, 1974, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.  He completed his Doctorate in adult education and faith formation, from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1985.  He also attended the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College at Vatican City in Rome, Italy.

Father Houle had the following assignments during his lifetime career in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont:  assistant pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middlebury, from November of 1974 until June of 1978; assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, from June of 1978 until June of 1980; assistant director at the Office of Religious Education in Burlington, from June of 1980 until June of 1982; director at the Office of Religious Education in Burlington, from 1982 until June of 1987; chaplain to the Sisters of Providence in Winooski, from June of 1980 until June of 1987; pastor at St. Patrick’s Parish in Fairfield, from June of 1987 until June of 1994; pastor at St. Peter’s Parish in Rutland, from June of 1994 until June of 2006; and pastor at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) Parish in St. Albans, from June of 2006 until December 7, 2009.  He retired due to health reasons on December 7, 2009.  Since then, he has lived his life with grace and dignity as his brain became ravaged by frontotemporal degeneration disease, which is a category within the Alzheimer’s illness.

He is survived by his parents of Irasburg; five siblings:  Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernard, of Cornish Flats, New Hampshire, Ronald Houle and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault), of Irasburg, and Denis Houle and his spouse, Laura (Boomer), of Irasburg.  Father Houle was the beloved uncle to Matthew and Johnathon Brasseur, Brian and Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle.  He is also survived by a number of aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Funeral services were held on December 9, in Orleans.

To honor his loving and compassionate spirit, donations may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087; or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.

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

obit powersCharlotte R. Scott Powers

Charlotte R. Scott Powers, 74, of Derby, beloved wife of Dean Powers Sr., died on November 19, 2013.

Mrs. Powers was born on April 14, 1939, a daughter of Silas Sr. and Mildred Bean Scott.

On April 23, 1950, she married Dean Powers Sr.

She is survived by her children:  Dean Powers Jr. and his wife, Brenda, Larry Powers and his wife, Sandy, and Jennifer Powers Allen and her husband, Dan; and by her grandchildren:  Hailey, Anthony and Riley.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Annabelle S. Dreher of Florida, Margaret S. Barnes of Florida, and Birdena Collins and her husband, Raymond Sr.; her brother-in-law Larry Dopp and his wife, Caroline; her husband’s brothers and their wives; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who loved Charlotte.  She will be missed by all.

She was predeceased by her parents; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Walter, Alice, George Sr. and Lura Simpson, Shirley S. Kocis, Silas Jr. and Betty Calloway, Margaret S. Barnes and Don, Goldie-Mildred S. Collins, Wilma S. Dopp and Maxine S. Cory.

Funeral services were held on November 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

obit Reynold PaquetteReynold L. Paquette

Reynold L. Paquette, 83, of Newport died peacefully on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on June 26, 1930, in Orleans, to Armand and Yvonne (Menard) Paquette.

On November 27, 1950, he married Jeanne Guillette, who predeceased him in 2000.

He was a self-employed logger and he also owned and operated Ray’s Christmas Trees.

He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, playing cards, hunting, maple sugaring, and wreath making.

He was a member of the Barton Fire Department and the 3rd Degree Barton and Orleans Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his daughters:  Yvonne Steinhoff and her husband, Ernest, of Newport, Linda Keifer and her husband, Lloyd, of Clifton Park, New York, and Diane Burke and her husband, Ronald, of Newport; his grandchildren:  Jonathan and Jeffrey Reed, Armand Paquette, John Drzewiczewski, Ronnie Paquette, Reanna Simpson, Felicia Paquette, Alan Tanguay, Jeremy Paquette and Allison Paquette; his great-grandsons:  Brody Tanguay and Liam Reed; his siblings:  Arlene Choquette and her husband, Bernard, of Cowansville, Quebec, Suzanne Dupries and her husband, Jacques, of Highgate Center, Joanne Turbide of Palm Harbor, Florida, Richard Paquette and his wife, Sherie, of Huntington Beach, Florida, and Claire Niles and her husband, Harry, of Brush Prairie, Washington; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sons:  Michael and Marcel Paquette; his brother Maurice; and by his godchild Rachel Couture.

Funeral services were held on December 7, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305.

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

obit ShattuckRoy K. Shattuck

Roy K. Shattuck of Derby, the son of Harold and Aline Shattuck, died peacefully on December 1, 2013, in his seventy-ninth year, surrounded by his loving family.

After attending school in the Derby and Newport area, Mr. Shattuck served honorably in the U.S. Army as a senior paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and later obtained prestigious Jump Master status while serving in Asia during the Korean War with the 101st Airborne Division.

He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW.

After leaving the Army, he became a Master Electrician.  He was a successful businessman; owning and operating Shattuck Electric in Derby for many years.  Later in his career, he was honored to join his son, Brad, in his automobile business, Shattuck Motors, in Newport.  Mr. Shattuck spent countless hours and was instrumental in the development of this 30-year-old company.

Mr. Shattuck was known to have a rebel spirit.  He enjoyed parachuting out of airplanes, fast cars, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also had a love of the water.  He enjoyed swimming, waterskiing and boating in the area lakes.  In addition, he enjoyed wintering in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

His greatest pride was his family.  He gave them the treasured gifts of his time and unconditional love.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 55 years, Beula-Jean (Jacobs); his son Brad and his wife, Bonnie Shattuck, of Derby; his daughter Brenda and her husband, John Pfeifer, of South Burlington; his daughter Susan Shattuck and her husband, Steven Bruhn, of Atlanta, Georgia; and by his beloved grandchildren:  Hannah Shattuck-Pfeifer, Leah and her husband, Jesse Nash, and Emma, Justin and Jonathan Shattuck.  Dad, Grampa, we love you best.  He is also survived by his sister Susan Shattuck of Idaho Falls, Idaho; his aunt Ruth Austin of Newport; and by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date with full military honors.

Per Mr. Shattuck’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 67 Beech Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

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Obituaries December 4, 2013

obit CallowayRoger W. Calloway Sr.

Roger W. Calloway Sr., 72, of Newport died on November 28, 2013, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 8, 1941, in Newport Center, a son of Blaine and Natalie (Armstrong) Calloway.  On June 18, 1960, he married Betty Hardy, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for Gray’s Paving.  He loved watching NASCAR, wrestling, going camping, hunting, having family cookouts, and telling stories.

Mr. Calloway was a member of the American Legion Post #28 in North Troy.

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Betty Calloway of Newport; his children:  Darlene Gaudette of Orleans, Roger Calloway Jr. and his fiancée, Lori Collins, of Derby, Dwayne Calloway and his fiancée, Tracy Archer, of Newport, Debbie Perry of Derby, and Donna Malshuk and her husband, Dennis, of Newport; his grandchildren:  Dwayne Jr., Scott Perry, Travis Calloway, Amber Perry, Tonya Calloway, Jacob Calloway, Desiree Malshuk, Dakota Calloway, and Mykayla Malshuk; his five great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Calloway Sr., and his wife, Ilene, of Orleans; a sister, Priscilla Simpson, of Orleans; a stepbrother, Russell Calloway, of Ottawa; his special niece Linda Bennett and her husband, Norman, of Coventry; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, John Pelletier, of North Tory; and by his beloved dog, Buddy.

He was predeceased by Betty Scott and Louise Dionne, and by a special friend, Hillary Baker.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 2 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Paul Prince officiating.

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

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

obit maloneyLorraine J. Maloney

Lorraine J. Maloney, 84, of Newport Center died early Friday morning, November 29, 2013, at Bel-Aire Nursing Home after a very long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on April 19, 1929, in Newport, the only child of the late Herbert and Florence (Selby) Tute.  She grew up in Newport Center and graduated from Newport Center High School, Class of 1947, as valedictorian.

She enjoyed playing piano, throughout her life.  She taught piano lessons for students for many years.  She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport for many years and an organist there for 25 years.  She grew up in her home with her parents, where the U.S. Postal Office was located.  She had firsthand knowledge of the postal service and eventually became a postal clerk.  In 1975, she was sworn in as postmaster in Newport Center.  She retired in 1992.  She was very active with the National League of Postmasters, and the Retired League of Postmasters.

Mrs. Maloney was an active citizen in Newport Center.  She was on the zoning and planning boards, and she was an auditor and a justice of the peace for many years.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter in Troy and later in Newport.  She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Newport.  She enjoyed traveling, camping, reading, arts and crafts, playing darts, and animals.

In her retirement years, she was a volunteer for many organizations, including:  RSVP, North Country Hospital, Traffic Safety One, and Compassionate Friends.  She was very instrumental in forming the Victim’s Assistance Program.  Mrs. Maloney had a big heart and a great smile.  She would help anyone who was in need, and she really enjoyed visiting with people.

One of her favorite jobs was bookkeeping.  She enjoyed working with numbers.  She was a bookkeeper for a few years with building contractor Malcolm Pickel, and in earlier years for the Edwin Earl Insurance Co.

She was married on October 27, 1947, to Daniel Maloney.  They had two children:  Thomas of Newport and Betty of Newport Center.  A son, Michael Maple, died in 1973.  Mr. Maloney died in 1989.

Her parents, and a very special aunt, Rotha Schayltz, and family friend Larry Allard also predeceased her.  She had many friends through the years, which included Thelma Moulton, Betty Murphy, and Marilyn Forbes, as well as her retired postmaster friends:  Betty Olsen, Carletta Legacy, Millie Fournier, and Sylvia Cramer, to name a few.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 4, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.  Spring interment will be held at the Newport Center Cemetery.  A reception will follow the service at the Elks Lodge in Derby.

Mrs. Maloney had a great love for animals, especially her beloved cat Buster.  Flowers are nice, but her wish was for contributions to be made to the Friends of Felines Foundation, P.O. Box 1316, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit raffertyBrenda J. Rafferty

 Brenda J. Rafferty, 57, of Derby died suddenly on November 24, 2013, in Newport.

She was born September 18, 1956, in Newport, to Howard and Joyce (Perkins) Blanchard.

Ms. Rafferty was a former member of the Barton EMT, and she volunteered for the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, North Country Hospital and Northeast Kingdom TV.

She is survived by her children:  Jessica Poirier and her husband, Jeff, of Glover, Christy Loukes and her husband, Karl, of Newport, Jason Rafferty and William Rafferty of Newport; her grandchildren:  Holly, Cody, Alexis, Hannah, Mitchell, Chantal, Kloie, and Karl Jr.; and by her siblings:  Eugene Childers and his wife, Jean, of Brandon, Michael Blanchard of Orleans, and Susan Mugford and her husband, Craig, of East Montpelier.

Funeral services were held on December 2 at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg, with Pastor George Lawson officiating.

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

Death notices

Rodolph L. Chase Sr.

Rodolph L. Chase Sr., 81, of Craftsbury died on December 1, 2013, in Burlington.

Services will be held at a later date.

Reynold L. Paquette

Reynold L. Paquette, 83, of Newport died on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., on Friday, December 6, 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 Saturday, December 7, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries November 27, 2013

obit HendershotCharles T. Hendershot Sr.

Charles T. Hendershot Sr., 70, of Holland died on November 10, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 15, 1943, in Somerset, New Jersey, to Elwood and Marie (Hagan) Hendershot.  On July 8, 1967, he married Mary Marrolli, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Hendershot was employed by North Country Union High School, where he retired after eight years of service.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, going for rides in the area, football, and NASCAR, especially watching Jeff Gordon.  He loved having his grandchildren come for visits and watching them grow up.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #100 of Montpelier, and a lifetime member of the Sergeantville, New Jersey, Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hendershot, of Holland; his children:  Lisa Martin and her husband, Luc, of Island Pond, and Charles T. Hendershot Jr. and his wife, Melissa, of Georgia; his grandchildren:  Joshua, Jonathan, Fallon, Domini, Jacob, Theodore, and Nicole; and by the following nieces and nephews:  Tracey, Donald E., Dawn, Alicia, Donald Jr., Michael and Luisa; and by his brother-in-law Donald Marrolli and his wife, Maria.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Hendershot.  He is being missed by his granddog, Millie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on December 7, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.  Full military honors will be held immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to his daughter Lisa Martin, P.O. Box 502, Derby, Vermont 05829, for family assistance to cover expenses.

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

 Lillian (Ethel) Hoytobit hoyt

Lillian (Ethel) Hoyt, lifelong resident of Orleans, died at her home on November 18, 2013, at the age of 104.

She was born on July 9, 1909, in Orleans, a daughter of Elwin and Ethel (Elkins) Wheeler.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1928, and in June of this year attended the Orleans High School Alumni Banquet and celebrated her eighty-fifth year.  Following high school she worked at the Derick Photography Studio, which was located on the upper floor of the Austin Drug Store building in Orleans.

On September 17, 1932, she married Darrell Hoyt, who predeceased her in January 2002.

After her five children were grown, she worked as librarian at the Jones Memorial Library for many years.

Mrs. Hoyt was a marvelous cook.  Home baked bread, rolls, and doughnuts were among her favorite things to cook and share with family and neighbors.

She is survived by four children:  Shirley and her husband, Dwane Austin, of Jericho, Bob of Orleans, Rick and his wife, Judy, of Orleans, and Mary Lou and her husband, Edward Wood, of California; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Hoyt is also survived by a special friend of many years and, over the last few years, her caregiver, Pauline Fairbrother, of Orleans, who made it possible for her to stay in her home until her death.  For her love, help, and friendship, we are forever grateful.

A son, Ross, predeceased her in 1974.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Emergency Unit, care of Dot Collier, treasurer, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.  There are no immediate services planned.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.

obit LeBlancGeorgette S. Leblanc

Georgette S. Leblanc, 92, of Troy died on November 22, 2013, in Newport.

She was born January 14, 1921, in Jay to Delphis and Rose (Fortin) Bacon.  On September 28, 1942, she married Laurent Leblanc, who predeceased her in 2007.

Mrs. Leblanc was employed at the Newport Plastic Factory for several years and retired from Indian Head Plywood after 20 years.

She was very active in the Elks and the American Legion.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed playing bingo and cards.  She loved to work in her flower garden and huge vegetable garden.  We shall miss her cooking, her homemade doughnuts, pies and her famous baked beans.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #28 of North Troy, and the Ladies of Ste. Anne of Troy.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Warner of Locust Grove, Virginia, Rose Marie Pepin of Meriden, Connecticut, Laurent Leblanc, Jr. of North Troy, and Rachel Powers and her husband, Richard, of Coventry; by her grandchildren:  Jamie, Jacqueline, Stephanie, Tara, and Scott; by eight great-grandchildren; by her sisters:  Theresa Descheneau of Derby Line and Lucille Viens of Claremont, New Hampshire; by her sisters-in-law Julie Bourne of Morrisville and Yvette Leblanc of Newport; by her brothers-in-law Gaston Leblanc of North Troy and Leonard Leblanc and his wife, Joyce, of Tampa, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

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

Constance R. Moore-Lamphere

Constance R. Moore-Lamphere, 59, of Brownington died suddenly on November 16, 2013, at her home.

She was born on March 24, 1954, in Newport, to Constantine and Gertrude (Twombley) Fotiou.

On December 24, 1985, she married John Moore-Lamphere Sr., who survives her.

Her family was her life.  She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and she liked to cook and feed a crowd of people.  She also enjoyed gardening and she was always ready to give a helping hand to anybody who needed her.

She cooked in several of the area restaurants including the Valley House in Orleans, which she ran for over a year.  She also worked at Ethan Allen for about 12 years.  She was always a hard worker.

She is survived by her husband John of Brownington; her children:  Travis Horton of Douglas, Wyoming, Kevin Horton of Westmore, John Moore-Lamphere Jr. of Brownington, and Peter Moore-Lamphere of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and her grandchildren:  Samantha, Molly, Jordan, Jonathan, Trystan, Alexandra, Krista, and Gabrielle; her sister Susan Charron and her husband, Gunther, of Florida.  She will be missed by her ever-present, four-legged companion, Luna.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

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

Bonita Patricia (Cumby) Riceobit rice

Bonita Patricia (Cumby) Rice, 70, of West Charleston died peacefully on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

She was born in Hopeall, Newfoundland, Canada, on August 2, 1943, daughter of the late Arthur and Mina Cumby.

She grew up in Hopeall.  At the age of 16, she met her lifelong companion, David Rice, who she married three months later, on August 28, 1960, and who survives her.

Mr. Rice was in the Navy and stationed in Argentia, Newfoundland, when they met.  Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Mrs. Rice moved back to the Rice family farm in Holland.  She helped on the family farm where the first of their six children was born in 1963.  After leaving the family farm, they lived in several locations around the Derby area but finally settled in their home of 40 years in West Charleston.

Mrs. Rice loved tending to her flower gardens, with her favorite flower being the geranium.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren who brought her great joy.  She will be remembered for her home cooked meals and the pride she took in preparing for large family gatherings.

She is survived by her sister Grace Cumby and her companion, West Canning, of Greens Harbour, Newfoundland; her sister Jean Moore and her husband, Eddie, of Blaketown, Newfoundland; her sister Cindy Cumby and her companion, Charlie Hottot, of Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada; her brother Wayne Cumby of Kelligrews, Newfoundland; her brother Derrick Cumby and his wife, Jackie, of Paradise, Newfoundland; her son David Rice Jr. of Springfield; her daughter Lori Puckett and her fiancé, Buddy Johnson, of South Carolina; her son Donald Rice and his companion, Cathy Rever, of Derby; her son Christopher Rice and his companion, Travis Randall, of Burke; her daughter Deborah Gilbert and her husband, Stephen, of East Montpelier; her 19 grandchildren; and by her 13 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Mina Cumby; her sister Velma Allen; her brothers:  Vic and Howard Cumby; her grandson Ryan Berry; and by her daughter Catherine Shepard.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 30, at the Freewill Baptist Church in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Freewill Baptist Church of West Charleston.

To view an online memorial and to send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.rand-wilson.com.

obit rodgersJewel “Judy” E. Rodgers

Jewel “Judy” E. Rodgers, 74, of Glover died on November 17, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 6, 1939, in Teaneck, New Jersey, to Gordon and Jessie (Bennett) Ehrlich.  On August 3, 1994, she married John W. Rodgers, who survives her.

She loved her dogs, Ziggy and Zoey, gardening, sewing, and hooking rugs.  She was very artistic and enjoyed creating things.  She loved people and traveling to Florida every winter where she had many friends.

She is survived by her husband John W. Rodgers of Glover; her children:  Lori Halsey and her partner, Bob Montgomery, of Derby, Nancy Lewis and her fiancé, Jim Flasck, of East Lansing, Michigan, and Lee Perry and her husband, Andrew, of Rochester, New York; her stepchildren:  Nikki, John S. Rodgers and his wife, Brenda, of Glover, Diane and Kelly Young-Rodgers of Montpelier, and Mark Rodgers and his wife, Dawn, of Glover; her grandchildren:  Augie, Lindsay, Jeffrey, Alex, Katie, Annie, Jewel, Jake, Jess, Tyler, Megan, John Finley, Derek, Violet, Ian, Jesse and Alexis; and by her two great-grandchildren:  Noah and Nina.

Funeral services were held on November 22, in Barton.

Should friends or family desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G. Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.  This was very close to her heart.

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

A tribute to Lillian Hoyt:  Orleans loses an icon

by Nick Burdick

With the same quiet dignity that she has always been noted for, on November 18, Lillian Hoyt took her last breath, closed her eyes, and entered eternity.  She was in her own bed on School Street with her daughter Mary Lou, and Lillian’s constant companion, Pauline Fairbrother, at her side.

Four years after graduating high school, Lillian’s life would change drastically.  Darrell Hoyt, a young man seven years her senior, had spotted her and they dated.  Then, in 1932, right in the middle of the Depression, they married, and Lillian stopped working so she could raise a family.  They were blessed with Ross (who died a few years ago), Shirley, Bob (Robert), and Rick.  Then came the baby, the last of the clan, Mary Lou.  With a smile, because Lillian loved all of her children like there was no tomorrow, she was quoted saying that after Mary Lou, she just knew it was time to stop!

Anyone who lived in Orleans within the last 90 years or so has known the Hoyt family.  Darrell was the first mail carrier in Orleans and retired from that position after walking more than 150,000 miles around Orleans Village.  He also played the organ at the Orleans Federated Church for 50 years or so.  He died in 2002.

Lillian’s love of children was well documented.  After her own children were grown and gone, she took a job as one of the librarians at the Jones Memorial Library and continued there for many years.  She would gladly help you find whatever book you needed, and she just as quickly would let you know you were making too much noise.  Other than the holidays, when family always gathered around the matriarch, Lillian also loved June, when Mary Lou would fly home from California to stay with her for about six weeks.

Mary Lou would bring Nancy Lavoie with her, and Martha Jean Sylvester would join them.  This last summer, when the girls were having great fun, Lillian told them they laughed as much as they did when they were in high school.

Lillian would also remind them of things they did as children, such as when Mary Lou and Randy Smith picked all of the tulips at the Manse, where Randy’s grandparents, the Reverend and Mrs. Jack Filler lived.  They picked off all the cups and left the stems.  Or the time that she and Mary Lou went to church one Sunday and then Mary Lou told her she couldn’t go to church anymore because it made dinner too late.

Darrell had left word that he didn’t want a church funeral as he had been to enough of them.  He wanted a graveside service and that was all.  It happened in June of 2002, at the family lot in Pleasant View Cemetery, in Orleans.  Lillian had left the same instructions, adding that she wanted to be buried in June, the same as Darrell.  That will happen this coming June, and family and friends will gather to say a final goodbye.

This family has touched Orleans in many ways.  Darrell loved to tell people that he wasn’t born in Orleans, he was born in Barton Landing.  The name was changed to Orleans just after he was born.  Their house was always open to anyone, and you could walk in and talk about anything and they loved it.

Lillian was as sharp as a tack, right up to the day she died.  After she got to where she didn’t go out much, she still kept track of her community.  Right up until my mother died last February, Lillian sent her a small note every week to say “hi” even knowing that mother’s dementia had reduced her to not knowing anyone or anything.  Lillian sent notes each week to many other people she had known.

After 104 years, Lillian Wheeler Hoyt has laid down her head and gone to be with Darrell and Ross.  But her memory will live on in Orleans and in the hearts of her family and friends for another 104 years or longer.

Rest easy, dear sweet lady.  You have earned it and we, who knew you, know that you rest in the Master’s hands.  We love you.

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Obituaries November 20, 2013

obit brennanTom L. Brennan Jr.

Tom L. Brennan Jr., 83, of Newport died on November 8, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on January 9, 1930, in Jay, to Tom and Alice (Magoon) Brennan Sr.  On July 4, 1954, he married Edith Hamelin, who predeceased him on September 2, 1997.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  During his lifetime he was a hydro operator for Citizens Utilities where he retired after 20 years of service.

He was a former owner of the B&D Market in North Troy and the Hotel Reba.

He loved to hunt, fish, golf, and garden.  He loved almost any sport and to go out to eat.  He loved to see his grandchildren and have them for visits and the whole family at holidays and other gatherings.

He held memberships with the American Legion of North Troy, where he was a life member, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and he was a former member of the Masons.

He was a man of few words but when he spoke people generally listened and respected what he said.  His grandson Dillon is attending Norwich, which he was extremely proud of.

He is survived by his children:  Rebecaa Morton and her husband, Stan, of Tennessee, Kathy Descheneau and her husband, Dennis, of Newport Center, and Jeffrey Brennan and his wife, Paula, of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Amy Martin and her husband, Matt, of Derby, Bridgett Wiggitt and her husband, Sam, of Newport Center, Dennis Descheneau Jr. of Newport, Jacob Morton of Tennessee, Dillon Brennan of Newport Center, and Colin Brennan of Newport Center; his great-grandchildren:  Brittany and Olivia Clogston of Derby, and Kody Martin of Derby; his sister Dorothy Portghese of California; and by his dear friend Joanne.

He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on November 15, in Newport.  Interment took place in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 08555.

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

Lucille K. Bresse

Lucille K. Bresse, 99, of Island Pond died on November 14, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 23, 1914, in Island Pond, to Herbert and Rose (Devlin) Aldrich.  In 1935, she married Ernest Bresse, who predeceased her in 1989.

Mrs. Bresse was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Circle and past regent of Island Pond.

She loved to cook and supported area bake sales to the delight of all who bought her donuts and cakes.  She also liked to embroider and did so for many years.  She also canned from the many vegetables that her husband grew in their large garden.  She also assisted the teachers during lunchtime for several years.

She is survived by her children:  Thomas Bresse and his wife, Barbara, of Natick, Massachusetts, William Bresse and his wife, Meg, of Newcaney, Texas, and Margaret Perkins and her husband, Gerald, of West Charleston; her daughter-in-law Doris Bresse of Lochmere, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and by her sister Geraldine Percy of Titusville, Florida.

She was predeceased by a son, Edmund Bresse; her brother Donald Aldrich; and by her granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins.

Funeral services were held on November 18, in Island Pond.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Matre Dei Parish, 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 BuchmanBetty Rose Buchman

Betty Rose Buchman, 88, of Island Pond died on November 10, 2013, in her home that she shared with her son, Scott Buchman.

She was born on January 25, 1925, in Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Cecil and Goldie (Murphy) Ordiway.

After graduating from Mount Jewett High School in June of 1942, she moved to Washington, D.C., to assist in the war effort, working with the Army Map Service.

On November 7, 1946, she married Erich Eugene Buchman, a private in the U.S. Air Force, in Tucson, Arizona.  They went on to raise four children, eventually retiring in Island Pond, where they spent more than 30 years.  Her husband predeceased her in April of 2009.

She enjoyed a long and loving life as a mother and homemaker.  She was an avid birdwatcher, and she loved animals, gardening, and the outdoors.

She is survived by three children:  her daughter Doreen Lee Buchman, and her son-in-law William Lammers, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, her son Avery Scott Buchman of Island Pond, and her daughter Lisa Kerstine (Buchman) Presutto, and her son-in-law Patrick Presutto, of Parkertown, New Jersey, as well as her daughter-in-law Peggy (Peltz) Buchman of Fern Glen, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by five grandchildren:  Nicole Rose Ozgul and her husband, Aytac, of Beach Haven West, New Jersey, Kyra Lee Lammers of St. Paul, Minnesota, Erica Maxine Lammers of Kutztown, Gregory Peltz of Lighthouse, Pennsylvania, and Brian Peltz of Pine Hill, New Jersey; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Craig Lane Buchman, of Vincentown, New Jersey; as well as by five siblings:  Audrey Jane (Ordiway) Burns of Tampa, Florida, Verle Norman Ordiway of Franklin, Pennsylvania, Ralph Elbert Ordiway of Tampa, Alice Virginia (Ordiway) Owen of Mount Jewett, and Erda Kathryn (Ordiway) Flanigan of Dover, New Hampshire.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 23, at 2 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond.  A reception hosted by the family will be held at the Island Pond American Legion immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860-9028.

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

Faye R. Cher

Faye Rose Cher, 67, of Bethel, Connecticut, formerly of Glover and Wheelock, died on Friday, November 15, 2013, in Danbury, Connecticut.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Downs Hickok, in 1991.

Born in Danbury on January 10, 1946, daughter of the late Joseph Cher and Evelynne Fay (Terpening) Cher Barrett, she was a 1963 graduate of Bethel High School.  She moved to Vermont, retired from the Department of Social Welfare after 30 years of service, and pursued her passion for country folk art, painting on anything she could find, and marketing her talents under the name of “Cherwares.”

She enjoyed sharing her work at various local establishments and was an active member of the Peacham guild of artists for many years.

She is survived by her partner David Gruenig of Wheelock; her daughter Tonya F. Hickok Cher and her significant other, Brian Houghton, of Barre; a brother, Stanley R. Cher, and his wife, Barbara, of Woodbury, Connecticut; her sister Laura Cher Homa and her husband, Joseph, of Bethel; her granddaughter Kristen N. Howell; her great-grandson Kameron Cher; as well as by nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of her lifetime of giving to others through her work and art, the family asks that you practice a random act of kindness.

Per her request, there are no calling hours or services.

Information and online condolences are at hullfuneralservice.com.

obit DaggettBurton Kenneth Daggett

Burton Kenneth Daggett, 70, best known as “Joe,” died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, of natural causes related to multiple sclerosis.

He lived in Holland with his wife, Vicki.

He was born on August 21, 1943, in Newport, the son of Bernard Fred Daggett and Thelma Willey Daggett.  He grew up on the Daggett family farm in Holland, and he graduated from Derby Academy in 1962.

Shortly after graduating, he left the family farm and bought a dump truck.  He was very proud of the work he did to help build the Northern Vermont segment of Interstate 91 in the mid-1960s.

On June 15, 1968, he married Vicki Cowens, the love and angel of his life.  He sold his dump truck in 1970 and built a home on his Uncle Ted’s farm on the Morgan Road in Derby.

He and his wife lived there for 25 years and raised their two children, Andrew and Jennifer, before they moved back to Holland in 1995.

He loved animals and had many beloved pets in his lifetime, including his beloved dog, Virgil, who served as his faithful companion once he was no longer able to drive.

After selling his dump truck, Mr. Daggett went to work for Pike Industries as a heavy equipment mover in 1970.  He worked for Pike for 15 years before making a change to driving milk truck in the mid-1980s.  He worked as a milk truck transport driver for the balance of his trucking career.

He loved the open road and he loved to drive truck.  He was meticulous with the care of his vehicles and took a great deal of pride in keeping his trucks spotless, inside and out.  He was also a very capable mechanic and could identify and fix any problem he ever encountered with any motorized vehicle that he ever drove.  In addition, he possessed a very keen, analytical and innovative mind and was often sought out for solutions to problems.  After retiring from trucking in the early 1990s, he served as selectman for the town of Holland and volunteered many hours with the town road crew.  He found a great deal of pleasure serving in these civic roles.

He realized his greatest enjoyment in life from spending time with the people that he loved.  He was an extremely devoted family man.

He and his family will forever be grateful to his many caregivers over the last 20 years of his life.  He was most blessed by the unconditional, unwavering, selfless care of his wife, whose complete devotion allowed him to live within his home with as much quality of life as possible throughout the duration of his illness.

Mr. Daggett was a model man, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

He had an incredibly strong work ethic and admirable sense of honor and integrity.  He was selfless, determined, and would always do more for others than he would ever do for himself.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and a strong sense of purpose.  Ironically, his strength was never more evident than throughout the course of his disease.  As his physical body failed, his resolve and resilience strengthened.  He was a remarkable example of strength through adversity.

He is survived by his wife Vicki; his son Andrew and his wife, Erin, of Brookfield, New Hampshire; his daughter Jennifer and her husband, Ronald Patenaude, of Holland; and by his grandchildren:  Katelyn, Jacob, and Molly Patenaude, and Autumn, Audrey, and Andrea Daggett.  In addition, he is survived by one brother, Gordon “Bub” Daggett of Holland; one half-sister, Alice Daggett of Newport; and by his nephew Steve and his wife, Jenny.

He was predeceased by a half-brother, Michael Daggett; a sister-in-law, Colleen; and by his special father- and mother-in-law, John and Mollie Cowens.

Per Mr. Daggett’s request, there will be no official memorial services.  Folks are very welcome to visit his wife and family at his home in Holland at any time.

Cards and remembrances may be mailed to his family at 3045 Valley Road, Holland, Vermont 05830.  Please include specific memories.

Donations in his memory may be made to Clara Nadeau, Border Livestock Plus 4-H, Gore Road, Holland, Vermont 05830.  These donations will be used to support agricultural youth education and character development, which Mr. Daggett valued deeply.

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

obit GriffinMary E. Griffin

Mary E. Griffin, 89, died peacefully on November 12, 2013, at her home in West Charleston, where she lived for 70 years.

She was born on March 8, 1924, in Derby, to Wilfred J. and Lena (Duval) Gendreau.

Mrs. Griffin graduated from Derby Academy in 1943.  On November 8, 1943, she married Francis Griffin.

She was a cook for the Charleston Elementary School and served on the North Country Union High School board for 23 years.  She was also a 4H leader and cook at Coutts-Moriarty 4H camp.  She was member of St. Benedict’s and more recently the Mater Dei Parish council.

Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Simoneau; her grandchildren:  Timothy and Tammy Simoneau, Michelle and Joey Hall, and Diane and Michael Pettengill; her great-grandchildren:  Samantha, Korrie, Morgan, Riley, Madison and Jayden Simoneau, and Katelyn, Gwen and Abigail Pettengill; her great-great-grandchild Penelope Long; her daughter Joanne Grassette; her grandchildren:  David Bean, Robert and Monica Bean, Heather and Jim Buttonow, and Christopher Bean; her great-grandchildren:  Haley and Griffin Bean, Brandon and Heather Bean, and Madison and Samuel Buttonow; her daughter Sally Brochu and her husband, Edward; her grandchildren:  Christine and Brian Wichert, Philip and Lynn Brochu, and Daniel Brochu; her great-grandchildren:  Isaiah and Owen Brochu; her daughter Dorothy Myers and her husband, Barry; her grandchildren:  Andrew and Danielle Myers, and Baylee Myers; her great-grandchildren:  Ruby and Ava Myers; her son Earl Griffin; her daughter Donna Willis and her husband, John; her grandchildren:  Benjamin and Angela Marcoux, Jason Marcoux, and Tyler Griffin-Marcoux; her daughter Anne Griffin; her grandchildren:  Melissa Currier, Trevor and Jennifer Currier, and Jonathan and Janine Currier; her great-grandchildren:  Jonathan, Christopher, Nicholas and Daniel Carpenter, Trevor Jr., Janie and Isabella Currier, Kiana, Kayla, Andrew and Matthew Currier; her son Francis “Tommy” Griffin; her grandchildren:  Jessica and Michael McQuaig, Kylee Griffin, and Cody Griffin; her great-grandchildren:  Connor and Trevor McQuaig; her daughter Jane Lueders and her husband, Carl; her grandchildren:  Emma, Luke and Page; her daughter Susan Broadbent and her husband, Joseph; and her grandchildren:  Bethany and Matthew.

She was predeceased by her husband Francis Griffin; her children:  Nancy, Diane and Timothy Griffin; her parents, Wilfred and Lena Gendreau; her sister Irene Gendreau; her grandchildren:  Adam Myers and Matthew Sinclair; and by her great-grandchild Milo Jewett.

Funeral services were held on November 15, at St. Benedict Labre Catholic Church in West Charleston.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

The family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Mater Dei Parish, Youth Group & Family Formation, in care of Annie Gonyaw, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 1, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

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

Julia C. Hood

Julia Claire Hood, 89, formerly of East Hardwick, died peacefully at the Greensboro Nursing Home on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, with her foster daughter Barbara L. Smith at her bedside.

She was born on May 18, 1924, in Swanton, the daughter of Walter and Bernice (Martin) Laraby.

She had several jobs during her working years which included working as a waitress at Ray & Lucy’s Restaurant in Hardwick, as an assembly line lacer at the shoe factory in Littleton, New Hampshire, as a gas station attendant and as a manager of the Darling Inn, both in Lyndonville.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time.

She was a very private person.  The love of her life were her two cats, Snow and Baby.  She always found great comfort having at least one cat living in her home.

Along with her many friends, she will be missed by her foster daughter Barbara L. Smith of East Ryegate.  Barbara went to live with Ms. and Mr. Hood when she was six months old.

She was predeceased by her parents and her ex-husband, Wendell Hood, whom she had taken care of for the last two years of his life.

To honor her request, there will be no funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

obit lawrencePauline M. Lawrence

Pauline M. Lawrence, 91, of Troy died suddenly on November 11, 2013, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1922, in Troy, to Arsene and Armande (Bessette) Brault.

She married Robert Lawrence, who predeceased her in 1992.  She attended Sacred Heart School.

Mrs. Lawrence was postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Troy from 1967, retiring after 22 years of service.

Her hobbies included playing music, birdwatching, and gardening.  She loved her faith and family.  She was past choir director and organist for Sacred Heart Parish for 48 years.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia and her husband, Raymond LeMay; her grandchildren:  Mark LeMay and his wife, Barbara, of Troy, Maria LeMay Companion and her husband, James, of Florida, and Melissa LeMay and her fiancé, Luke White, of Texas; her great-grandchildren:  Melina and Michael LeMay, Chantal Companion and her husband, Brian Knudsen, and Marcia Piper; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Hayden and Jacoby.  She also leaves her sisters:  Cecile Harold and her companion, Carl Mowery, and Yolande Lahue and her husband, Marvin.

She was predeceased by her sisters:  Theresa, Fernande, Rachel, and Estelle; and by her brothers:  Albert and John.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Troy, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jay Food Shelf, 1036 Route 242, Jay, Vermont 05859.

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

obit masonDustin Joseph Mason

Dustin Joseph Mason, 25, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

He was born on July 21, 1988, in Burlington, the son of Monte and Shirley Deuso Mason.  He was a 2006 graduate of Peoples Academy and the automotive program at Green Mountain Tech Center.

He had worked at several garages over the years and was currently employed by the town of Morristown’s road crew.  He took great pride in his work.

He loved hockey, beginning with several years in the Stowe youth league and was a member of the first Peoples Academy team.  He was an avid Bruins fan.  He was a three-time state arm wrestling champion and at one time was ranked sixth in New England.  He enjoyed hunting and was recently involved with building the family camp in Craftsbury.  He liked doing side jobs with his tractor and was always very particular with his work.  He was always just a call away if anyone was in need of help.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.  He was a great friend and dedicated family man.

He is survived by his wife Amanda Machia Mason; a daughter, Kaileigh Mason; a son expected to be born in March; his parents, Monte and Shirley Mason of Morristown; his mother-in-law Shirley Machia of North Hyde Park; his father-in-law James Machia of Waterville; his brother-in-law Jason Machia of Waterville; his aunts and uncles:  Ron and Liz Gamble, Elessia and Roger Audet, Rebecca Ross of Albany, Donna and Eddie Skinner of Albany, and Charlotte and Richard Holt of Tucson, Arizona; his cousins:  Mona Allen of Tucson, Tim and Brenda Hall and family, Diana and Ben LeRiche and family, Tammy Gamble and family, Kevin Mason and Angela Ross and family, and Ken and Sherry Ross and family; his special friends:  Kyle, Scott, Mike B., Chris, Dean, and the town of Morristown road crew; and by many other friends too numerous to mention.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and Douglass Mason; and by his grandparents, Esslyn Mason and Chelsia Mason.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Morrisville. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund being established for the benefit of his children and may be sent to:  Shirley Mason, 1264 Stagecoach Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Edwin Ovitt

Edwin Ovitt, 60, of Orleans died suddenly on November 15, 2013.

He was born on May 15, 1953, in Charleston, to Regena Ovitt (Moulton) and Herbert Ovitt.

He was a longtime logger, and recently worked for Tivoly.

He enjoyed fishing and playing poker with his friends and family.

He leaves behind a loving fiancée, Stella Bennett; and four children:  Patrick Bennett, Kevin Ovitt, Lilah Ovitt, and Laurel Ovitt.  He will be sadly missed by his brothers:  Rock, Kean, Rustin, and Dustin; his sisters:  Regena, Valerie, Brenda, and Debra; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Lori Powers.

A celebration of life will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall from 12 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 24.

obit PepinElaine Edith Davis Pepin

Elaine Edith Davis Pepin, 70, of Derby died unexpectedly early on Saturday morning, November 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 19, 1942, daughter of Jerry and Natalie Davis.

She attended schools in Derby and was a proud, active alumna of Derby Academy.  In 1961, she attended Champlain Business College, then completed an associate’s degree in business through the Community College of Vermont in 1980.  She recently returned to membership in the Northstar 25 Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and was a new member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was an active member of the Community National Bank Community Circle and the Vermont 251 Club, which she very much enjoyed.

A compassionate senior companion and caregiver with an infectious laugh, she was a generous and loving woman adored by many people.  A volunteer at the Derby Historical Society, she was also the author of numerous articles for the Northland Journal, including many about Jay’s Snack Bar.

She was an avid scrapbooker, researcher of family genealogy and collector of cookbooks who published several cookbooks of her own.  She lived for dancing, music, cooking, her dog, Missy, and the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, and by her ex-husband Paul Pepin, previously of Brownington.

She is survived by her long-time partner and loving companion, Joel “Papa Joe” Howes of Derby; her four children:  Theresa Pepin of Eden Mills, Dianne Pepin of Laconia, New Hampshire, Jerry Pepin and his wife, Sonja, of Brownington, and Christine Favreau and her husband, Mark, of Sheldon; her grandchildren:  Heidi Cyr, Jeannie Powers, Michelle Pepin, Geralyn, Gerin and Jaemin Fortin Pepin, Ryan Pepin, and Madison Favreau; her great-grandchildren:  Cole Phillips and Hunter Carlton; her sister Linda Dumond and her friend, Richard Roberts of Canaan; her brother Kenneth Davis and his partner, Sheila Dickerman, of Brandon; her brother Harvey Davis and his wife, Joan, of Bethel; her brother Craig and his wife, Jean, of West Charleston; as well as by many beloved nephews and nieces.  She loved her sisters- and brothers-in-law, including Irene Leblanc, the late Allen LeBlanc, Armand Pepin, Lorraine Pepin, Raymond Pepin, Beverly Pepin, Edward Pepin and Linda Pepin.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, November 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Academy Alumni Association, P.O. Box 757, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit SmithPeter Scott Smith

Peter Scott Smith, 50, of Newport died on Friday, November 8, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, after a long battle with muscular dystrophy.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4, 1963, and grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York.

He leaves behind his beloved six-year-old son Jayden, the light of his life; his parents:  Ronald and Irene Smith; his brothers:  Ronald Lee Smith and Christopher Smith; his sister Jacqueline Wilson and her husband, Jamie; his nieces:  Jonnie Michelle Brewster and Julia Payson; his grandniece Michelle McElroy; his nephews:  Matthew Smith, Alexander Smith and Jericho Wilson; his aunts and uncles, Catherine Meade, Theresa and Dennis Rosadio, and Frank Manchester; and many cousins.  He will be dearly missed by all his friends in Vermont and Rockaway Beach.

There will be no calling hours.  A Mass 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 WilleyAmanda Lynn Willey

Amanda Lynn Willey, 30, of Derby died suddenly on November 14, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on November 18, 1982, in Newport, to Jeffery and Julie (Stone) Willey.

She was a people person and was always willing to give a hand to anyone.  She loved to go to the beach with her kids.  Her children meant the world to her.

She leaves her son Tyler Dagesse and her daughter Madison Dagesse, both of Barton.  She is survived by her father Jeff Willey and Vickie of Westmore; her mother Julie Willey of Barton; her special niece Brianna Cotnoir of Barton; her aunts and uncles:  Peggy Bly and Tom of Derby, Tammi Hodgdon of Newport, Shirleen Willey and her friend, Alan, of Evansville, Lois Menard of Glover, Joan Willey and her husband, Eric, of North Hyde Park, Harley Stone and his wife, Cathy, of Craftsbury, Dale Stone and his wife, Audrey, of West Burke, John Willey and his wife, Nan, of Evansville, and Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton; her grandmother Avis Billado of Enosburg; and by several cousins.

She was predeceased by her sister Amy Willey in 2002; her maternal grandparents, Hugh and Blanche Stone; and by several uncles.

A gathering will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, on Thursday, November 21, from 10 to 11 a.m.

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

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

obit WilsonDorothy Leigh Wilson

Dorothy Leigh Wilson, 81, of Newport died peacefully, with her loving husband and children at her side, on November 15, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on February 1, 1932, in Andulsia, Alabama, to John and Gladine (Wissenhaunt) Merriman.

On September 28, 1957, she married Charles Wilson, who survives her.

She is survived by her husband Charles Wilson of Newport; her children:  Joyce Norrie and her husband, David, of St. Johnsbury Center, Jonathan Wilson and his wife, Marti, of Brownington, and Joseph Wilson and his wife, Penny, of Irasburg; her grandchildren:  Marissa Gadapee and her husband, Corey, Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, Jamie Wilson, Danny Gosselin and his fiancée, Amanda Gamble, Tiana Gosselin and her fiancé, Dakota Moses, Skyla and Naula Wilson, and Tucker Wilson; her great-grandchildren:  Damyin, Kiare, McKenzie and Axel; her brothers and sisters:  Houston Merriman of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Charles Merriman of Mountain Center, California, William Merriman of Carrollton, Texas, Louise Davis of Judsonia, Arkansas, Ima Green of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Lorraine Miller and her husband, Allan, of Eustis, Florida, and Betty-Faye Haskew of Mobile, Alabama; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Obituaries November 13, 2013

Robert Wayne Ciechanowicz

Robert Wayne “Bob” Ciechanowicz, 67, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born in Morristown on September 29, 1946, son of Antoni and Geraldine (Kimball) Ciechanowicz.  He grew up in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1969, also serving in Vietnam.  A graduate of Johnson State College, he had a long and distinguished career in information technology, working for the state of Vermont and Ben and Jerry’s.

In retirement, he most enjoyed cooking, fine wine and being with his family.

He leaves his wife of 17 years, Marge of Jericho; two daughters:  Jennifer of St. Albans, and Karen, and her son Tyler, of Burlington; his brother Joe of West Charleston; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and a nephew who will miss him greatly.  He is also survived by his first wife, Bonnie Lynn of Jericho.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m. at the Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, at 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction.

Gifts in his memory may be made to a local animal shelter or charity of one’s choice.

 

obit KennedyThelma Lee Kennedy

Thelma Lee Kennedy, 85, of Newport died on November 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on December 7, 1927, in Delhi, Louisiana, to Nate and Mary (Ellis) Lee.

She married James Thomas Kennedy, who predeceased her on July 30, 1995.

Her hobbies included sewing and she enjoyed instrumental music.

She is survived by her daughters:  Rever Kennedy, Grace Palmer and Diane C. Venezia, all of Newport, and Linda M. Pate of Pageland, South Carolina; her sons:  Milton H. Anthony of Jericho, Michael B. Cheney of Newport Center, and Nathan Edmonds of Barton; her sisters:  Otha Griffin of Louisiana, and Dorothy Wilson of Las Vegas, Nevada; her twin brother John Wilson of Las Vegas; her twelve grandchildren; a host of friends and relatives in Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, and California; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Leon Washington and L.T. Wilson.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at a later date in Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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

 

obit MeunierRobert “Rob” Paul Meunier

Robert “Rob” Paul Meunier, 47, of Newport Center died suddenly while on a hunting trip in Ontario, just after shooting an eight-point buck, on November 5, 2013.

He was born in Newport on October 18, 1966, son of Paul and Jeanette Meunier.  On September 23, 1989, he married his one and only true love, DeAnn Desrochers.

He so very much loved life and enjoyed each and every day.  He took such great pride in his two children, Ben and Kate, who he loved and adored beyond words.  There is not one thing that they said or did that he was not totally interested in.  They, along with his father, Paul “Wally,” were truly his best friends.

Mr. Meunier was so proud of the hunting camp that he owned and built with his dad and brother-in-law.  He looked so forward to those two weeks in November that they spent there — good times, good stories, good friends, good food.  How many suppers did he plan and cook for many of his friends at Big Buck Lodge!  And, of course, we can’t forget the ice fishing in the winter on Lake Memphremagog.  He spent many hours with DeAnn, Ben, and Kate in the ice shack fishing for perch.  He enjoyed people stopping by for a visit at the shack so much, he so looked forward to that.  He drilled many holes for his family and friends looking for that “hot spot” where the fish were hiding.  There was the famous chart in his basement that kept track daily and yearly of how many fish were caught each day, not to mention who caught the most fish, he or DeAnn.

He was an extraordinary human being with an endless supply of caring and compassion for anyone that he crossed paths with.  He was a great son, husband, father, brother, and uncle.  He was a great friend to so many people.  He will be missed by so very many people.

He was also so dedicated to the business he ran with his parents, Meunier Construction.  He worked so diligently to make sure each and every customer was happy and satisfied.

He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, their two children:  Benjamin and Katelyn and her companion, Justin Shattuck; his parents:  Paul and Jeanette Meunier; his sisters:  Sue Perkins and her husband, Rob, and Amy and Brian Fletcher; his mother-in-law Vivian “Connie” Desrochers; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law:  Denise and Jim Daigle; his brother-in-law Dennis Desrochers; his grandmother Simone Meunier; and by his nieces and nephews:  Kyle and Lauren Perkins, Riley and Alex Fletcher, Nicholas Daigle and his fiancée, Sheena Brown, James “J.D.” Desrochers, and David Desroches and his companion, Amber Roberge.  He had a special bond with each one of them and thought of them as his own.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Roger Daigle and Tony LeMay; and his very loyal employees:  Rene Daigle and Jimmy Brown.  He is also survived by many aunts and uncles and so very many special and close friends.

Funeral services were held on November 11, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.  Interment followed in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children for their education and future, in care of Denise Daigle, 217 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Ernest H. Punt Sr.

Ernest H. Punt Sr., 72, of Coventry died on November 5, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 17, 1941, in Springfield, to Horace and Rose Mary (Koloski) Punt.  On June 26, 1971, he married Christine Fogg, who predeceased him on May 18, 2010.

He enjoyed farming, playing cribbage with family and friends, going to area fairs and fishing with his grandchildren.  He loved family visits and he enjoyed going to his grandchildrens’ sporting events.

He is survived by his children:  Jessica and Ernie Punt Jr., Anthony Punt, and Patricia Brown and Sebastian, all of Coventry; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and by his brothers:  David Punt and his wife, Marie, of New York, and Wayne Punt of White River Junction.

A celebration of his life will take place on November 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at his son Ernie’s house.  Call 754-6577 for directions.  Burial will take place at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center, in care of 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.

 

Barbara H. Ransom

Barbara H. Ransom, 90, of Burlington died peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the Starr Farm Nursing Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 9, 1923, in Bennington, the youngest daughter of Marjorie and Frank Hayes.  She attended Bennington schools, and spent many hours exploring the Bennington area woods and fields.  After graduating from St. Joseph’s Business College, where she proudly typed 123 words per minute on a manual typewriter, she worked initially as a secretary at Bennington College, and then as the administrative assistant for the Bennington Superintendent of Schools.

In 1946, she married her childhood companion, Earle N. Ransom, and they moved to Burlington.  Mr. Ransom attended the University of Vermont and Mrs. Ransom worked as a secretary at GE until the birth of their first child.  From then on, she stayed at home raising her family.  She volunteered for over 20 years at C.P. Smith Elementary School, tutoring students in math and reading.  The school community recognized this service by presenting her with The Golden Apple Award.

Throughout her life, she shared her love and knowledge of nature with generations of family, friends and neighbors.  She was an active member of the Heineberg Senior Center, where she enjoyed playing the piano, becoming a pool shark, and where she joined the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her daughters:  Laura and her husband, Stephen DeMaroney, of South Burlington, Kathleen Getty of Williston, and Beth Hale and her companion, Gilbert Tabor Jr., of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer DeMaroney and her partner, John Ste. Marie, Karen DeMaroney, Amanda Getty and Jared Benedict, Michael Getty, Frank Lee Hale III and his fiancée, Tanya Murray, and Jededia Hale; her great-grandchildren:  Klyer Hale and Frank Lee Hale IV; her sister Dr. Janice Hayes of Ormond Beach, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by a special neighbor, Toni Taginski, who called Barbara her second mother.

She was lucky to have Nancy Dinkel as her caregiver, and Nancy has become part of her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Earle, in 1985; her parents; her sister Alison McLaughlin; and by a family friend, Laura Govoni.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, November 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, at 71 South Union Street in Burlington.  A service honoring her life will be held at Corbin and Palmer at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

 

obit RobertsDorio P. Roberts Jr.

Dorio P. Roberts Jr., 54, of North Troy died on November 9, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on November 11, 1958, in Newport, to Dorio Roberts Sr. and the late Geneva (Denton) Roberts.

He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, cooking, and working in his garden.  He was a very jolly, good-humored person, and was known in the area as “Little Doe.”  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, bowling, softball, and playing various card games.

He was an excellent carpenter and mechanic.  He loved to tinker and work with his hands.

For 24 years he lived in Mashpee, Massachusestts, with his ex-wife Gena Roberts, the mother of his son, before moving back to North Troy six years ago.

He is survived by his son Ryan Dorio Roberts of Mashpee; his father Dorio P. Roberts Sr. of North Troy; his brothers and sisters:  Danny Roberts and his wife, Frances, of California, Dennis Roberts and his wife, Tracy, of North Troy, Darlene Potvin and her husband, Arnold, of Newport Center, Donna Kennison and her husband, Michael, of North Troy, Denise Roberts of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Devin Ryan of Roxbury; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Geneva Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, November 13, at the North Troy Congregational Church.  Interment will be at a later date at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

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

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Obituaries November 6, 2013

obit BoschPhyllis (Treadwell) Bosch

Phyllis (Treadwell) Bosch, 83, of Bolton, Massachusetts, died on October 24, 2013, at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts.

She was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, on August 11, 1930, daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Galeucia) Treadwell.

She was the wife of the late F. Michael Bosch.

She grew up in Tewksbury, graduating from Lowell Nursing School and Mass Memorial Nursing School, where she earned her RN.  She worked as a nurse at All Saints Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts, and in Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital, both in Connecticut.

She was married in 1952 and made her home in Watertown, Billerica, Concord, and Harvard, all in Massachusetts.  After a brief stay in Wilton, Connecticut, she lived in Bolton from 1985 until her death, spending summers in Morgan.

She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, a hospice nurse, and served in a widow-to-widow program.  She gave to many charitable organizations and was an active member of the church.

She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and cross-stitching.  She especially enjoyed doll collecting and reading.  She played piano all her life and learned the organ in the 1980s.

Her survivors include her children:  Steve M. Bosch of Beverly, Massachusetts, Carol J. Bosch and her husband, John Willett, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, and David A. Bosch and his wife, Penny Schnee-Bosch, of New York, New York; and three grandchildren:  Michael K. Bosch, Matthew A. Bosch-Willett, and Thomas J. Bosch-Willett.  She is also survived by a great-grandson, Nathaniel J. Bosch.

A celebration of her life was held November 2, in West Acton, Massachusetts.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Save The Children at www.savethechildren.org.

 

obit ChristoniThomas J. Christoni

Thomas J. Christoni, 51, of Derby died suddenly, at home, on October 31, 2013.

He loved the Northeast Kingdom and all things related to it.  He was an avid ice fisherman, and enjoyed any kind of salt water or fresh water fishing opportunities.  He loved hunting in the fall with friends and family, and always enjoyed the fruits of his hunts and fresh fish.

He was an avid sports fan — golf was his main passion — and he played very well for having just begun.  Any game that was on, he would be watching.  Baseball, football, basketball and hockey were continually hearing his voice yelling at the television.

He worked for many years at Vermont Aerospace in Lyndonville.  He loved his work there as a machinist, engineer and IT man. He was an extremely dedicated worker, who would never miss a day of work.  He loved all his co-workers — Ken Bean, Joe P., Ed Bedard and Roxanne were just a few that he spoke of daily.

He was a friend to many, and his philosophy was that friends and family were the most important thing.  Nobody should fight and not make up as life was short and you must get along.  His love for his daughter was everlasting and huge — there was not a thing that he would not do for her, his Samantha.

He is survived by his wife Annie; his daughter Samantha; his mother Kay Christoni; his brother John Christoni; his nephew Logan Biscornet; and by his mother-in-law Joan Curtis.  There are too many family members and friends to write.  He was well loved.

He was predeceased by two of his favorite people in the world:  Paul Curtis, his father-in-law, and his brother Jimmy.  The deaths of those men took a hard toll on him, and he missed them dreadfully.  He always said that Paul was his best friend in the world.  And now he can be with them both.

Our world was a better place because of his being here in it for a short time.  He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Rock on, Thomas — we will miss you horribly.  Nothing will be the same.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on November 9, from 11 a.m., until the hour of the funeral.  A reception will follow at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.  All are welcome.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Samantha Christoni Education Fund, Passumpsic Savings Bank, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

 

Carol Allbee Gouin

Carol Allbee Gouin, 83, a lifelong resident of Bow, New Hampshire, died on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the CRNA Hospice House.

She was the daughter of Hiel and Margaret (Dalziel) Allbee.  She was a graduate of Concord High School in the Class of 1948.

She owned and operated the Bow Beauty Shop for over 40 years.

She was a lifelong member of the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, the Bow Heritage Commission, the Bow Conservation Commission, the New Hampshire Cosmetology Association, candlepin bowling leagues, the New Hampshire Sports Car Club and the Sports Car Club of America.  She enjoyed spending summers at Crystal Lake in Barton, fishing with friends.

She is survived by her daughter Marcia LaPierre and her husband, Stephen, of Chazy, New York; her daughter Susan Libby-Andrews and her husband, Wayne Andrews, of Bow; a son, Mark E. Goodwin, and his wife, Brenda, of Bow; a stepdaughter, Louise Carr, and her husband, Byron, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; her grandchildren:  Matthew E. LaPierre, Lisa A. Goodwin, and Heather A. LaPierre; three great-granddaughters; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Zoel A. Gouin; a granddaughter, Erika Goodwin; a great-granddaughter, Sarrah Beth Rabideau-LaPierre; and by her sisters:  Pearl Painchaud and Jane Lindquist.

Graveside services were held November 1, at the Evans Cemetery in Bow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Messages of condolences may be offered at http://www.bennettfuneral.com/.

 

obit hermanGeorge A. Herman

George A. Herman, 74, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, died on October 12, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 14, 1939, in Boxford, Massachusetts, and was the son of the late Bernard and Hazel (Fuller) Herman-Morrison.  He attended schools in Boxford and Andover, Massachusetts.

He worked as an arborist for over 20 years at Valley Tree Service of Groveland, Massachusetts.  He later moved on to Avco Systems Division in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and later retired as a facility maintenance technician from Presidential Gardens of Bradford, Massachusetts.

His favorite hobby was fishing with his sons and grandsons, along with trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, or Foxwoods with his wife, Lorraine.  His life was centered around his loving family and watching the Red Sox!  He was a handy man, who had the knack to be able to fix anything.  He also enjoyed playing cards and working on cars.

He is survived by the love of his life, and wife of 53 years, Lorraine E. (Poore) Herman; and by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren:  his son George and his wife, Donna, of Derry, New Hampshire, and their six children:  Scott, Christopher, Patrick, Matthew, George, and Adam and his girlfriend, Sheena, and her two kids:  Dezirae and Zakary; daughter Dyana and her husband, Oscar Figueroa, and their two children:  Christian and Noah; son David and wife, Sandrah, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, and their two children:  Devin and Caitlyne; son Michael of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and his daughter, Amber, of Nashua, New Hampshire; daughter Lori and her husband, Paul Smith, of Chester, New Hampshire, and their three children:  Ryan, Tyler, and Kayla, and her son, Evan; and son Timothy of Lawrence, and his two sons:  Andrew and Nicholas of Lincoln, New Hampshire.  He is also survived by his sister Sylvia Lancaster of Brownington; and by many nieces and nephews, and his relatives in the Vermont area.

He was predeceased by his sister Sally Gill of Peabody, Massachusetts.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, Inc., 5 Mountain Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803.

Condolences may be made at www.pollardfuneralhome.com.

 

obit kinseyFrederick Cornelius Kinsey

Frederick C. Kinsey, 87, of Albany, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died on October 29, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, from complications from an undiagnosed collapsed lung, which he got cutting wood.

He was born on December 18, 1925, to Frederick C. Kinsey Sr. and Geneva (Whitcher) Kinsey, at their home on the family farm in Barton.  After his father left, he and his brothers, David and Bob, helped their mother run the farm.  For years they ran a milk route in town.  He graduated in 1944 from Barton Academy where he was in the Future Farmers of America (FFA).  He even traveled to the 1946 FFA convention in St. Louis, where he was named an American Farmer.  He tried to join the armed forces after graduation, but his knees and necessary farm work kept him on the home front.

He and his brother Bob were outstanding athletes at Barton Academy and both were involved in town-team baseball for years after the war.  He had caddied at the Barton Country Club since his youth, and had a lifelong love of golf.

Mr. Kinsey married Louise Rowell on June 7, 1947.  They soon started a farm raising chickens, and had Helen, Leland, and Blaine while on the South Albany farm.  In 1952, they moved to County Road and started their dairy farm.  Natalie and Kyle were born there.  Brother Bob married Louise’s sister, Eunice, and also farmed, and they all ran almost joint operations for years.

Fred and Louise kept farming until 1968, and they continued to live in their home even after the animals and much of the land were sold.

Fred took a job at E.M. Brown & Son in Barton, delivering grain and building supplies, and often even unloading railroad cars of grain with a scoop shovel.  He also had side businesses of lawn care in summer, cutting and selling firewood year-round, and running the family sugaring operation.  When he retired from E.M. Brown, his other work only increased.  As part of his lawn care, he kept the Barton Fire Department grounds, and the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, where he and Louise were members, and the Manse grounds, mowed and trimmed gratis.

As a young man, he had played drums in local bands at dance halls and street dances, playing his loved swing music.  His musical ability led him to be a member of the church choir for much of his adult life.

Natalie and her husband, Tom, were able to take him and his family to Scotland a number of times.  He was always interested in history, particularly the Civil War, in which his great-great-grandfather had fought, and been captured, and survived the steamship Sultana explosion while returning prisoners-of-war, which killed 1,900.

He was a participant in the local Civil War Roundtable, and had traveled with groups and family to many of the battlefields of that war, and the terrible prison where his ancestor had been held.

All those who knew him will miss his ready wit and smile.

Private burial in Andersonville Cemetery, where his eldest daughter, Helen, and infant son, Nolan, are also buried.  A service of resurrection was held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association of Barton, of which he was a member for years; or ECHO, an anti-hunger organization, 17391 Durance Road, North Fort Meyers, Florida, 33917.

 

obit MooreBarbara Moore

Barbara Moore, 78, of Newport died on November 2, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Newport on March 15, 1935, to Leonard and Mamie (Snider) Moore.

Miss Moore spent most of her life in the Newport area except for several years when she became a nun.  At the age of 58, she went back to school, taking courses in liberal arts, and received a bachelor of arts degree from Johnson State College, which she was very proud of.

She also enjoyed crocheting and making ceramics.

She was predeceased by her brother Ronald Moore in 2002.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, November 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

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

 

obit tylerLouis Otis Tyler

Louis Otis Tyler, 87, of Island Pond died on Thursday evening, October 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born in Oakdale, Connecticut, on April 25, 1926, to Henry and Ida (Parker) Tyler.

He joined the Navy in 1948, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, serving on the U.S.S. Sierra.  He was honorably discharged on November 12, 1952.

He retired from the James River/AMPAD Corporation paper products mill in North Stratford, New Hampshire, during the mid-to-late-1980s, as a maintenance technician.

He enjoyed motorcycling, playing games on his computer, riding his lawnmower, and driving his car.  He could fix almost anything, especially if it was electrical.  He was quite proud of his cooking skills and sewing abilities.

He is survived by one brother, Harry Tyler, of Uncasville, Connecticut.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, three sisters, and a dear friend, Ernestine Currier.

He will be dearly missed by his friends and neighbors in Island Pond.

No public calling hours or services are planned.

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Obituaries October 30, 2013

obit AllisonGeorge E. Allison

Commander George E. Allison, United States Navy retired, 88, beloved husband and father, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from a heart attack, in Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

He was born on October 8, 1925, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to Clyde and Hazel Allison.  On completion of high school he entered the V12 program and attended Missouri State Teachers College in Kansas, and the University of Southern California.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1959.  After flight training at Pensacola and Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida, his first assignment was at Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

In 1948, he married Jan Blanchard of Newport.

Mr. Allison enjoyed an illustrious career as a Naval aviator, including duty as a flight desk officer on attack aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid (from 1959 to 1961) and executive officer of F8 (Crusader) squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia (from 1962 to 1964).  From 1964 to 1968, he served in the National Command Center in the Pentagon as area operations officer and briefer for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  And in 1968, he served as Naval representative to U.S. and NATO commanders, to the joint coordination center, Europe, outside London, England.  His last assignment was as assistant Naval representative NAVPRO at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.  After 31 years, he retired from the U.S. Navy.  After retirement, he worked for a short time as office manager for Children’s Eye Center.

He was committed to volunteer work and helping others. He spent many years volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Samaritan’s Suicide Prevention Hot Line, and the early efforts to restore the Connecticut River through the Connecticut River Recapture Project.  He was a devout and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 40 years, serving on various boards and participating in the church renovation.

He was a wonderful father to his two daughters, Lauren and Cynthia, and a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Jan.

In his early years, he enjoyed tennis, chess, driving his TR3 sports car, and in later years relished his summers at their cottage on Lake Memphremagog in Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughters Lauren Allison Fisher and her husband, Stephen, of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Cynthia Allison Miezis and her husband, Ron, and their children, Aleksandra and Grant, of Olney, Maryland; his sister Mary Hulbert of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania; his niece Linda Tomkinson; and by his nephews: the Reverend David and Daniel Miller and their families.

Funeral services were held on October 28, in Vernon, Connecticut.  A private family interment will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 20 Meadowlark Road, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

For online condolences and a guestbook, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com, or www.curtis-britch.com.

obit bemisGlendon Evart Bemis

Glendon Evart Bemis, 92, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

He had been visited by loved ones that day and shared some beautiful memories with his sons and family friends.

He was born on January 1, 1921, in Cavendish, to Harry and Ina Bemis.

He lived his life with a passion for the simple things.  He was of the last graduating class from Black River Academy, and was part of the junior league high school basketball champion team in 1938.  He joined the military by means of the Army shortly thereafter and was quickly sent to participate in World War II.  He returned home after the war and then married Constance Knudsen (Bemis) in 1962.

Of his greatest enjoyments in life that he shared with everyone he loved, his most enjoyed was trout fishing at one of his favorite places, Knapp Pond in Cavendish, and also Crystal Lake in Barton, where he spent 21 years living in his cabin on the lake.  He was also an avid partridge hunter and trapping enthusiast and imparted that passion on to his two sons and granddaughter alike.

He loved high school basketball (Indiana) and major league baseball as a St. Louis Cardinals fan since he was a child.

He saw the good in everyone and everything and was always welcomed with a smile from everyone he saw.  As a man of great strength and perseverance, he showed everyone what life is really about just by living it the way he saw fit and he enjoyed a wonderful long run on this earth.  He was and is an asset to his small family and we will miss him dearly day in and day out.

He is survived by his two sons:  Glendon Scott Bemis Jr. of Chester, and Shawn Bemis of Tyson; his granddaughter Meagan Cobleigh of Chester; his sister-in-law Helen Bemis of Rutland; and by his former wife Constance Bemis of Ludlow.

He was predeceased by his brother Wallace Bemis.

A graveside service was held on October 26, at the Cavendish cemetery.  A celebration of his life followed at American Legion Post #36 in Ludlow, of which he was a 60-year member, with military honors.

obit CadyFrancis “Frank” Charles Cady

Francis “Frank” Charles Cady, 72, of Hardwick died peacefully on October 25, 2013, at his home, in the care of Eric and Julie, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on July 15, 1942, in Woodbury, to Nellie (Richardson) and Cleon Cady Sr.

He was a logger during his lifetime.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, listening to country music, baseball, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children:  Duane Blair, David Cady, James Cady, Lisa Small, Julie Upton, Eric Cady, and Aaron Cady; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his mother Nellie Cady of Hardwick; his brother Richard Cady; his sisters:  Beverly Patrick and Lucille Foss; and by many extended family members.

He was predeceased by his son Francis Blair; and by his brothers:  Cleon Cady Jr., Raymond Cady, and Robert Cady.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, November 3, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, with Pastor Al Lamos officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on November 3, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Inc., 198 Demars Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit MarkwellFlorean R. Markwell

Florean R. Markwell, 83, of Derby died on October 23, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on August 28, 1930, in Canada, to Edward and Tessie (Gardyne) Washburn.  On July 29, 1950, she married Raymond Markwell, who survives her.

She was a member of the Baptist Church in Beebe, Quebec.  Her hobbies included cooking, doing puzzles, and she enjoyed going to church.  She liked to ride around the back roads in the area and she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was very close to her sister Esther.

She is survived by her children:  Norman Markwell of Newport, Catherine Bennett and her husband, Mike, of West Charleston, Diane Galeucia and her husband, Gordon, of Texas, Keith Markwell and his wife, Denise, of Derby, and Susan Humes of Newport; her grandchildren:  Leo, Tim, Anthony, Gloria, Andrew, Phillip and Sarah; and by nine great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister Esther and her husband, Clarence, of Beebe.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Jennifer; two sons:  John and David; and by three sisters.

Funeral services were held on October 28, in Newport.  Interment followed in Griffin Cemetery in Griffin Corners, Quebec.

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

obit MarsdenPauline June Marsden

Pauline June Marsden, 72, of Island Pond died suddenly on October 23, 2013, in Morgan.

She was born on June 18, 1941, in Waltham, Massachusetts, to Steve and Marguerite (Hodsden) Fournier.  On June 28, 1955, she married Rodney Marsden, who predeceased her on June 30, 2004.

Her family was her life and she always enjoyed their visits.  She also enjoyed going to Foxwood and Mohegan casinos.  She liked to work in her garden, cook for family and friends, decorate her home, and more recently, travel with her companion, Dale Stewart.  She loved life and enjoyed helping the elderly and others in the community.

She is survived by her children:  Stephen Marsden and his wife, Chris, of Connecticut, Diana Marsden and Joseph Siok of Connecticut, Todd Marsden and his companion, Janice, of Connecticut, Mark Marsden of Vermont, Denise Marsden and her husband, Ron Pelletier, of Connecticut, Kimberly Burdo and her husband, Peter, of Missouri, and Cynthia Marsen and her fiancé, Tom Philipps, of Connecticut; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her sisters:  Beatrice Castrogiovani of Island Pond, and Lorraine Farley of Derby; her sister-in-law Priscilla Morin of Massachusetts; her companion Dale Stewart of Derry, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers:  Stan, Robert and Ted; and by her sister Mary Ellen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, October 30, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at a later date at Lakeside Cemetery.

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

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

obit PerraultFrank A. Perrault

Frank A. Perrault of Westford died peacefully on October 22, 2013, at home, after a lengthy illness.

He was born on July 1, 1934, a son of Queen Allard and Albert Perrault of Newport.

During his childhood, he enjoyed playing board games and sports with friends.  Later in his teen years, he met the love of his life, Jan Langevin, who eventually became his wife of 59 years.  The couple spent their first two married years in Panama while Mr. Perrault served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.  Shortly after, he enrolled as an accounting major at the University of Vermont.

He spent his professional career as a comptroller serving higher education accounting and finance departments at Trinity College, St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont (UVM).  He later served as vice-president of finance/treasurer at McAuliffe’s Office Products, Vermont Copier, and Copytek, after he served as comptroller at House Mouse Designs.

Upon his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Perrault enjoyed a cross-country adventure trip.  Soon after, they spent over ten years in selfless devotion while caring for their elderly parents in their home.

Mr. Perrault was an avid New England Patriots, Red Sox, and UVM hockey fan.  He enjoyed sharing season tickets with his grandchildren.

Surviving family members include his loving and devoted wife, Jan; his son Kyle of Buena Vista, California; and his daughter and son-in-law, Candis and Don Kjelleren, of Charlotte.  His grandchildren include:  David, Jenna, Steven, Perry and Hayden Kjelleren.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Constance Landry; and by his in-laws, Frank and Candis Langevin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  There will be no calling hours.

Those wishing to contribute in his memory may send donations to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

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

obit perryMark Noel Perry

Mark Noel Perry, 54, of Brownington died on October 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on November 13, 1958, in Newport, a son Noel and May (Folson) Perry.  He attended Lake Region Union High School and later worked for Ethan Allen as a machine operator for 37 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, walking, gardening with his beloved Sheila, and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a jack-of-all-trades, an exceptional mechanic and driver, and he also was a soccer coach for St. Paul’s School.

He was past president of the men’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #798, Knights of Columbus of Orleans, former Soap Box Director, and a member of the St. Paul’s School Board Fund-raising Committee.

Mr. Perry is survived by his children:  Miranda LaPierre of Callowhee, North Carolina, Nicholas Perry and his fiancée, Meagan Marsh, of Derby, and Benjamin Perry of Randolph; a grandson, Devon LaPierre; his mother May Fortin and her husband, Rene, of Holland; his fiancée Sheila McFarlane of Orleans; his brothers and sisters:  Noni Moore and her husband, Brian, of Brownington, Linda Perry and her friend, Bill Crowley, of Holland, Luke Perry and his wife, Trisha, of Newport, Dean Perry and his wife, Lindy, of Brownington, Rosa Hathaway and her husband, Rick, of Florida, Neal Perry and his wife, Rebekah, of Brownington, and Brian Perry and his friend, Candy Hansen, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut; his numerous nieces and nephews; Sheila’s three sons:  Travis, Josh, and Joel; and he loved all the grandchildren:  Melody, Travis Jr., Braden, Mercedes, and Jonathon.

He was predeceased by his father Noel Perry on April 25, 1976.

Funeral services were held on October 25, in Orleans.  Interment will take place at a later date at the Brownington Village Cemetery in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Soap Box Derby, care of Dr. Norman Turcotte, 45 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit prattMardy Pratt

Mardy Pratt of Johnson, formerly of Lowell, died on October 18, 2013, following a long illness.

He enjoyed fishing and camping with family, especially teaching his stepson Caleb how to fish.  He will be greatly missed.

He lived in Lowell from 2006 to 2012.

He leaves behind his fiancée Marcia Warner; his stepson Caleb Warner; and granddaughter Glycerine Ulendorff.  He also leaves behind a sister, Kelly Pratt, of Calais; and a brother, Robert Pratt, of Las Vegas, Nevada.  He also leaves his nieces and nephews, including Joshua, the oldest nephew who considered Mardy a father-figure.

The family will have a potluck on Saturday, November 2, at 12 p.m., at the Lowell Congregational Church, as a celebration of his life.

obit scelzaRichard J. Scelza

Richard J. Scelza, 60, of East Charleston, died peacefully, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on January 14, 1953, to the late Angelo “Bromo” and Jeanne (Marcotte) Scelza of White River Junction.

He was known for his artistry in stone masonry.  His talents will warm many homes for generations to come.

He was employed by Eagle Eye Farm, where he took his job to heart and thought of his co-workers and clients as part of his family.

Among his many talents and knowledge, he was a master at gardening and sugarmaking.  One could say he was a passionate sugarmaker.  His business was called Willoughby Lake Sugarmakers.  He enjoyed teaching the art of sugarmaking to his children and grandson Brendan.

He was a dedicated husband, father, brother, and grampy.

Brave is a word that best describes Richard.  He fought a tough battle with cancer and one thing was for sure, he did it his way.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; their son Scott Scelza and his wife, Cally Moulton, and their children, Brendan, Emma, and Gracie; his son Jeffrey Scelza and his fiancée, Jessica Welch, and their daughter, Allayna; his sister Carol and her husband, Greg Stevens, of Tunbridge; his brother Tom Scelza of Orleans; his sister-in-law Joan of White River Junction; his sister Mary Lou Scelza of White River Junction; and by his brother Michael of White River Junction.  He also leaves behind his aunt Connie Lenard of Windsor; his aunt Anna Scelza of North Hartland; along with many cousins, and his nieces and nephews who considered him their favorite uncle.  He will also be missed by his in-laws:  Rikki and Anthony Zarbo of Fenton, Missouri; and Debbie and Brian Yacks of New Baltimore, Michigan.  He also leaves behind many friends who knew him as R.J.

He was predeceased by his brother Gary of White River Junction.

There will be a gathering at the Westmore Town Hall in Westmore on Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m.  The town hall is near Willoughby Lake, where he loved to be on his boat.  Please come share a story or two about him while we celebrate his life.

Albert Vaart

Albert Vaart died on October 26, 2013, at his home in Jay, just short of 96 years of age.

He was born on November 5, 1917, in Tartu, Estonia.

He had been a resident of the Northeast Kingdom since 1989, arriving from New Jersey soon after his retirement.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a pilot for the Estonian Air Force and then the German Air Force on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union.  He was shot down in February of 1945, but he parachuted to safety.  Badly injured, he was found by German forces and transported to a hospital near Munich.  Over many months, he was restored to health.

He emigrated to New York City in 1951, where he was reunited with his wife, Hedvig, and their young son, Andres, who had arrived in America the year before and whom he had not seen since Andres’ birthday late in 1944.

In New York City, Mr. Vaart went through a dozen years of night school, eventually earning a PhD in civil engineering.  He found work in the design and manufacture of paper goods, developing and deploying new computer design systems with the West Virginia Paper and Pulp Company.

His avocation and love was music.  In the New York City area, he sang in and led choirs in the Estonian community and in the Estonian Russian Orthodox Church.

After his retirement at 70, and widowed, he moved to the Northeast Kingdom, buying a home near Troy.  The location reminded him of his native Estonia, and he wanted to be near a flight school comrade living nearby in Canada.  Amazingly, Mr. Vaart returned to flight school in Newport.  At the age of 75, he soloed again for the first time since the war.

Helping him build his Vermont life was a local resident, Clemence Leblond, who had sold him his house near Troy.  The two developed a deep friendship and love.  Clem’s love and loyalty sustained Albert through numerous illnesses and the growing weakness of his later years.  They traveled together, ate together, and sang and played together at Albert’s electronic organ.

He left behind Clem and the many members of her family that supported the two — they were a second family to him.  Along with them, surviving are Andres and his wife, Tracy, of Reston, Virginia; and Albert’s grandson, Ryan, and his wife, Lynn, of Arlington, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 31, at 3 p.m., at the Brownington Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

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

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Obituaries October 23, 2013

obit campbellPhyllis W. Campbell

Phyllis W. Campbell, 86, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on Monday, October 7, 2013, at her home in Solomons, Maryland.

Born Phyllis Louise Wendling, on December 11, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from Lakewood High School and earned a BA from the University of Michigan with a concentration in classical piano.  She married Earl, a mechanical engineer for General Electric working in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1951.

The hard working, ambitious young couple settled in North East, Pennsylvania, where they physically built their own home with great pride.  After his job moved the family to Broomall, Pennsylvania, in 1967, she earned her master’s in library science from Villanova University while raising three teenagers.  Throughout the rest of her life, she enjoyed working as a librarian and archivist in many different settings.  In recent years, she worked at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Mrs. and Mr. Campbell retired in Newport to be near their daughter Jean’s family in 1987, after living in Burtonsville, Maryland, for seven years.  During the winters, they began spending time in Chesapeake Beach, near Carol’s family.  It was there that Mr. Campbell died in 1990.  For the next 20 years, Mrs. Campbell made annual winter visits to Maryland, joining and actively participating in the communities of both Newport and Chesapeake Beach.  While living in Newport, she sang in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church choir, was a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club, enjoyed Gourmet Bridge, volunteering in the school libraries that the grandchildren attended, and at the North Country Hospital library, participating in Community Circle trips, the Derby Stock Company, and the Ladies League at the Newport Country Club.  In 2010, she permanently relocated to the Asbury Community in Solomons.

While she loved her books, volunteering, gardening, and travel, her passion was music.  She spent her life playing classical piano, singing in choirs, attending concerts and shows, and performing in and supporting local theater.  Each member of her family felt surrounded by her love and support, and every community she lived in was enriched by her boundless energy, talents and passion for life.  She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters:  Jean Holcomb and her husband, Dr. James Holcomb, of Newport, and Carol Donovan and her husband, Fred, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; and by her son Donald E. Campbell and his wife, Cynthia, of Chalfont, Pennsylvania.  She was incredibly proud of each of her eight grandchildren:  Sarah Summerton and her husband, Scott, Elizabeth Holcomb, James Holcomb and his wife, Summer, Meghan Holcomb, Rachel Holcomb, Kathryn Krische and her husband, Tom, Anne Donovan, and Ryan Earl Campbell; as well as by her great-grandsons:  Campbell and Jameson Summerton.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Earl D. Campbell; and by her brother Robert E. Wendling and his wife, Trudy.

A memorial Mass was held in Solomons, on October 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678.

Michael L. Daggett

 Michael L. Daggett, 64, of Holland died on October 17, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 31, 1949, in Holland, a son of Bernard and Gertrude (Tice) Daggett.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He formerly worked for the City of Newport, building the sidewalks around town with his polka dotted hat.

He is survived by his son John Daggett of Newport; his companion of 19 years, Rebecca Buchholz, of Holland; and her children:  Jessica and Veronica Mott of Newport; a sister, Alyce Daggett, and her daughter, Shelbi Favreau, of Newport; numerous grandchildren, to whom he was known as Grump and Papa Daggett; and also by his close friends:  Amy, Jennifer, and Ellie.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit DurocherAlfred A. Durocher

Alfred A. Durocher, 50, of Coventry died on October 14, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on January 13, 1963, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a son of Alfred and Juliette (Arel) Durocher.  On December 24, 1995, he married Pamela Beaumont, who survives him.

Mr. Durocher was a truck driver for Dan St. Onge Trucking for eight years.  He enjoyed watching sports, especially football on television, going to the barn with his brother-in-law Darryl to help with the chores, and also going with him to farm auctions, and he loved being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Durocher of Coventry; his two children:  Pauline Beaumont and her boyfriend, Mike Hale, of Coventry, and Michael Durocher and his girlfriend, Aubrey Keith, of Derby; three grandchildren:  Dylan and Juliette Perkins of Coventry, and Dakota Durocher of Derby; a mother-in-law, Sylvia Beaumont, of Coventry; his nephew James Vigeant and his wife, Chelsie, of Northfield; two brothers-in-law:  Darryl Beaumont and his wife, April, of Coventry, and Todd Beaumont of Coventry; his sister-in-law Dolores Mckinney and her husband, Greg, of New York; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Juliette Durocher; a sister, Claudette Lauzon; a brother-in-law, Albert Lauzon; and by his father-in-law Louis Beaumont Jr.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

Oda R. (Girouard) Fortin

Oda R. (Girouard) Fortin, 88, formerly of Howe Village, Massachusetts, died on September 27, 2013, at Quaboag Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

She was the wife of Leo Fortin, who died in 1984.

Born in Irasburg, she was the daughter of Ulderic and Dorilla (Herbert) Girouard.

She was a printing clerk for Aucoin Printing in Spencer, Massachusetts, for 25 years, retiring in 2008.

She was a member of the Former St. Mary’s Church where she was a member of its St. Anne’s Sodality and Women’s Guild.

She enjoyed bingo, trips to the casino, crocheting, knitting and dancing.

She leaves two sons:  Robert L. Fortin and his wife, Jeanne, of Milford, Massachusetts, and Philip G. Fortin and his wife, Annette, of West Brookfield; four daughters:  Candy O. Donohue and her husband, James, of Spencer, Yvette R. Durell and her husband, Douglas Sherwin, of Westminster, Linda S. Worthington and her partner, Mark Sablack, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and Lisa E. Lapierre and her husband, Peter, of Spencer; her sister Rose Desmarais of Orleans; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by ten brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on September 30.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary, Queen of the Rosary Food Pantry, 60 Maple Street, Spencer, Massachusetts, 01562.  www.morin-morrison.com.

obit lontineRoland W. “Red” Lontine

Roland W. “Red” Lontine Sr., 84, of Newport, died on October 20, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 6, 1929, in Newport, a son of Joseph Alexander and Florence (Marandola) Lontine.  In 1952 he married his first wife, Velma “Peggy” Levick, who predeceased him in 1974.  In 1982 he married Dorothy Herman, who predeceased him in 2012.

Mr. Lontine was a carpenter for Larry Rivard and helped build Johnson State College.  He also worked for the city of Newport’s maintenance department for 14 years until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  He also enjoyed mechanic work, horseshoes, and loved his family and grandkids.

He is survived by his children:  Richard Lontine of Berkshire, Paul Lontine and his fiancé, Sonya, of Lowell, Bruce Lontine and his wife, Brenda, of Barton, Robert Lontine and his wife, Sharon, of St. Albans, Lynn Lontine of Derby, Steven Lontine of Newport, and Roland W. Lontine Jr. and his fiancé, Dale Barratt, of Sheldon; by 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters:  Isabelle Holmes of North Troy, Francis Lantagne and his wife, Rita, of Newport, Melvin Lantagne and his wife, Jean, of Newport Center, Lawrence Lantagne and his friend, Alice Coderre, of Newport, Bud Lontine and his wife, Janice, of Newport, and Ann Hansen and her husband, James, of Newport; his stepchildren:  Shirley Lague and her husband, George, of Derby, Barbara Hammond and her husband, Eric, of Derby, William Emerson of Orleans, Beverly Coffey and her husband, John, of Ontario, Canada, Wayne Emerson and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, Deborah McTheeny and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Nancy Dewing and her husband, Brian, of Coventry; his 19 stepgrandchildren; his 27 stepgreat-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa St. Francis, in 2000; two brothers:  Donald and David Lantagne; daughter-in-law Donna Lontine; and by a nephew, Alan Jacobs.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, at 11 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call on Thursday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport following the funeral.

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

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

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Obituaries October 16, 2013

Burton A. Baraw

Burton A. Baraw, 78, of Newport Center died on October 11, 2013, in Newport Center.

He was born on September 29, 1935, in Holland, a son of Joshua and Rosie (McKinney) Baraw.  He married Lillian Pope, who predeceased him.

He enjoyed his work as a mechanic for the state of Vermont Highway Department.

He is survived by his children:  Jackie Arel and her husband, Chuck, of Vergennes, Sherrill Sheltra of Newport, Judy Cornell of Newport Center, Steve Baraw of North Troy, Tim Baraw of Newport Center, and Penny Coe and her husband, Gary, of Newport Center; his 20 grandchildren; his brother David Baraw, and his wife, Joyce, of Newport Center; his two sisters:  Ruth Santaw and her husband, Dale, of Derby, and Irene Farrar of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Lillian Baraw, and by his stepson Gary Sheltra.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital renal dialysis unit, care of Wendy Franklin, Development Office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 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 LamereDorothy E. Lamere

Dorothy E. Lamere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on October 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1919, in Coventry, to Harold and Etta (Bowley) Griffin.  She graduated from West Charleston High School in the Class of 1936.  On August 11, 1941, she married Walter J. Lamere, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Lamere was an office clerk and cashier for the Grand Union in Morrisville, Essex and Middlebury.

Her hobbies included playing bridge, cribbage, cooking, crocheting, knitting, and she was an avid Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her children:  Phyllis Robinson of Mt. Laguna, California, Richard “Skip” Lamere and his wife, Joan, of Waterbury Center, Walter E. Lamere of West Burke, and Jeannine Kneeland of Burlington; her grandchildren:  Kelly Stallings and her husband, Eric, of Manchester, Massachusetts, Jason Kneeland and his wife, Liz, of Fairfax, Virginia, Torrey Gallagher and her husband, Paul, of Quechee, and Jared Lamere and his wife, Anne, of East Montpelier; her seven great-grandchildren:  Andrew and Jacob Kneeland, Liam, Nara, and Tavi Gallagher, and Jackson and Austin Lamere; her sister Phyllis Russell-Goss of Orleans; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Donald, Dean, and Francis; her sons-in-law:  Roland Robinson, and James D. Kneeland; and by her daughter-in-law Nancy Lamere.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, 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, October 17, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

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

obit pepyneEdward Walter Pepyne Sr.

Edward Walter Pepyne Sr., 87, of Derby and Ashfield, Massachusetts, died on October 4, 2013, in Derby.

Born December 27, 1925, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was the only child of Walter Henry and Francis A. (Carroll) Pepyne.

Lawyer, psychologist, and educator, he received his BA from American International College in Springfield in 1948, his MS from the University of Massachusetts in 1951, his professional diplomas from New York University in 1955 and the University of Connecticut in 1964, his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1968, and his J.D. from Western New England College in 1978.

As an educator, Dr. Pepyne was a public school teacher in Hardwick and West Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1948 to 1953; an instructor in the School of Education at New York University from 1952 to 1954; superintendent of schools on Block Island, Rhode Island, from 1954 to 1956; assistant professor of education at Michigan State University from 1956 to 1958; and director of pupil services in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, from 1958 to 1962, and Chicopee, Massachusetts, from 1965 to 1967.  In 1968, Dr. Pepyne began teaching in the College of Education at the University of Hartford, where he retired as professor and division director in 1985.

A licensed psychologist, he served as psychological examiner for the Norwalk, Connecticut Board of Education from 1964 to 1965, and hearing officer for the Connecticut State Board of Education, adjudicating issues related to the education of children with disabilities, from 1980 to 1999.

A member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals — First Circuit, U.S. District Court — Massachusetts District, U.S. Tax Court, and the Vermont Bar, Attorney Pepyne operated a general practice law office from his homes in Ashfield from 1980 to 1999, and in Derby from 2004 to 2005.

An early proponent of high school driver education, Dr. Pepyne was co-author of Better Driving (1958); associate editor of Highway Safety and Driver Education (1954); chairman of the editorial committee for Man and the Motor Car (fifth edition, 1945); and he made driver training films as an educational program consultant for Aetna Life & Casualty Co., in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1962 to 1974.

He was active in numerous professional, governmental, and civic organizations including the Massachusetts, Vermont, and Franklin County (Massachusetts) bar associations; the Connecticut Consortium on Law Related Education; the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association; the American Psychological Association; and the New England Educational Research Organization.  He served as chairman of the planning board, from 1979 to 1983, and town moderator, from 1980 to 1981, for the town of Ashfield; town counsel for Charlemont, Massachusetts, from 1983 to 1984; a member of the judiciary nominating council, Western Regional Committee, from 1993 to 1999; and a member of the Mohawk Trail Regional, in Massachusetts, school committee from 1999 to 2000.  He was a member of the Mt. Tom and Franklin County amateur radio associations, the program chairman of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from 2006 to 2007, and a long time member of the Elks, Kiwanis (serving as Division 12, Lieutenant Governor from 1991 to 1992), Masons, Shriners, and Phi Delta Kappa.

His story telling and sense of humor will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, of Derby; his nine children:  Deborah Daniels, Edward Jr., Susan Bressette, Byron, Shari Phillips, Randy Parker, David, Allison Millett, and Jennifer Code; his 15 grandchildren; and by his four great-grandchildren.

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 RobinsonPeter A. Robinson

Peter A. Robinson, 78, of Barton, formerly of Newport, died on October 12, 2013, at Maple Lane Nursing Home, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born on May 24, 1935, in New York City, to Curtis and Mary (Sears) Robinson.

He graduated from Black River High School in Ludlow, and attended the University of Vermont, where he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball with the #8 jersey.  He moved to Newport in 1967 to become Newport’s city manager, a position he held for 22 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, the Newport Rotary Club, the Black River-Lafayette Lodge #85 Free and Accepted Masons, and the Newport Country Club.

He later took up the game of golf and enjoyed playing it at the Newport Country Club.

He is survived by his children:  Glenda Garrow and her husband, Brent, of Enosburg, and Judy Robinson of Derby.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Kristopher and his wife, Nicky, Peter and his fiancée, Lisa, Curtis, Steven, Jocelyn and her fiancé, Stuart, and Tyler; his great-grandchildren:  Mason and Cyrus; and by his half-brother David Carlsen of Colorado.

He was predeceased by his daughter Patti Robinson Guyette.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., on Thursday, October 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Stetson officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 17, from 4 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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

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

obit SouliereAime Roger Souliere

 Aime Roger Souliere, 57, of Newport died on October 10, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on December 20, 1955, in Newport, to Maurice Roger and Pauline (Binnette) Souliere.  He attended North Country Union High School in Newport.

Aime was a meat cutter for the former Memphremagog Meats with his father and step-mother Bettie, and with R.J.’s Friendly Market in Newport.  He also cut meat for many outdoorsmen.

He loved spending time with his son Caleb, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, being outside and hanging with his friends.  He was a member of the Walleye Association and a former member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his son Caleb Souliere of Newport; his stepsons:  Troy Chapman of Virginia, and Travis Chapman of Burke; his step-mother Bettie Souliere of Derby; his brothers:  Dan Souliere of Derby, Brian and Dalton Souliere and Apopka of Portland, Oregon, Paul “Chipper” Souliere of Louisville, Colorado, and Jeff Souliere of Florida; his sister Sharon Smith of Derby; several nieces and nephews; and by a dear friend, Amanda Jensen, of Coventry.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Jennifer Souliere.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 16, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to the Passumpsic Savings Bank, for the Caleb Souliere Education Fund, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Leo R. Spaulding

Leo R. Spaulding, 73, of West Charleston died on October 8, 2013, in Rutland.

He was born on February 25, 1940, in West Charleston to James and Jessie (Wilson) Spaulding.

He attended schools in Charleston and was a truck driver for West Charleston for many years.  He was an outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman.  He enjoyed watching deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife on and near his home.  He also loved his dog Penny very much.  Penny was his loyal companion throughout the years.

He is survived by his siblings:  Rose S. Flanders and Avis Rogers, both of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Beverly Spaulding of West Charleston; his nieces and nephews:  Huey Flanders and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Rose Dutil and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line, Dana Blanchard of Newport, Brenda Mannino and her husband, Len, of Wells, Maine, Duane Spaulding of East Fairfield, Donna Rogers of West Charleston, and Shirley Davis and her husband, Rod, of Derby; and by several great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Jessie Spaulding; his brothers:  Milton and Alton Spaulding; his sister Elva Blanchard; and by his brother-in-law Ted Flanders.

A private graveside service will be held at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Our House, 48 South Main Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries October 9, 2013

Joan Carolyn Armstrong

Joan Carolyn Armstrong, 72, died on August 22, 2011, in Marysville, Washington.

She was born on May 18, 1939, in Troy.  She was the daughter of Orfice C. Armstrong and Gertrude M. Reed.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse for many years in Vermont and California.  She later went back to school and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She is survived by her sister Jean Tousant and her husband, Gordon; and by her six children:  Kim Cota-Anderson and her husband, Jeff, of Marysville, Keenan Cota of Milton, Sherry Cota and Sheryl Cota of Burlington, Pamela Cota of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Archie Cota of Montgomery; and by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will return to Vermont and be laid to rest with her parents on October 11, at 1 p.m., at the Troy Village Cemetery in Troy.

 

obit CollinsReginald L. Collins

Reginald L. Collins, 52, of Brownington died suddenly on October 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on April 23, 1961, in Newport, to Raymond and Berdina (Scott) Collins.  On July 4, 1988, he married the love of his life, Deborah Hackett, who survives him.

He was employed by Newport Furniture Parts in Newport.

He and his wife enjoyed hunting and fishing together and going to the family camp in Lowell.  They entered cars together at the demo derby at the Barton fair.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, #48 Jimmy Johnson.  He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Deborah Collins of Brownington; his children:  Reginald Collins Jr. and his companion, Cassandra Wheeler, of Brownington, Travis Collins and his wife, Jaime, of Barton, Melissa Chapple and her husband, Justin, of New Hampshire, and Nicole Jankowski of Massachusetts; his parents:  Raymond and Berdina Collins of Brownington; his grandchildren:  Mason, Carter, and Jarret Chapple, all of New Hampshire, and Olivia Collins of Barton; his siblings:  Douglas Collins and his wife, Gloria, of Brownington, Mark Collins of Newport, and Lori Collins of Derby; his mother-in-law Ann Hackett of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law Charles Hackett Sr.

Friends and family are invited to a potluck in his memory at his parent’s place, Raymond and Berdina Collins’ home in Brownington, on Route 5A, on Saturday, October 12, at 12 noon.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Deborah Collins, 2951 Willoughby Lake Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

 

obit deyoEleanor Deyo

Eleanor J. Deyo, 93, a former resident of Brattleboro, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in the comfort of her son Marvin’s home in Sheffield, where she had been living since August.

Mrs. Deyo was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1920, the daughter of Ernest and Vera (Lee) Green.  She was raised and educated in Orleans, and had attended Orleans High School.

With her husband, she owned and operated several restaurants in the area that included the former A&W Rootbeer on Putney Road, the former Harmony Café on Elliot Street, and the former Vermont Chef in Wilmington, which the couple operated seasonally during the winter months.  Additionally, the Deyos owned the former Puritan Diner in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  During World War II, she had been employed at the former Estey Organ Company.

She was a very colorful person who loved dressing up and decorating for every holiday.  She loved dancing and was known to be out every Saturday night kicking up her heels.  She really enjoyed going out to breakfast with her friends at Walmart and McDonalds.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband Harry.  She was also known for her excellent cooking.

She was an active volunteer for several years at the Brattleboro Senior Center until the age of 90 and was a life member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, and the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5.

With her husband she had attended St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

On November 16, 1940, in Brattleboro, she was married to Harry N. Deyo, who predeceased her on June 21, 1995.

Survivors include three sons:  Norman and his wife, Kaye Deyo, of Boise, Idaho, Michael and his wife, Mary Deyo, of East Dorset, and Marvin Deyo and his partner, Lucille, of Sheffield; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by one son, Malvin Deyo, who was Marvin’s twin; two sisters:  Marion and Elizabeth; and by two brothers:  Harold (Zeke) and Harry Green.

In accordance with Mrs. Deyo’s final wishes, there are no formal funeral services scheduled.

Interment will take place in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery in Brattleboro, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.

To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence, please visit www.atamaniuk.com.

 

Lawrence E. Gallant

Lawrence E. Gallant, 89, of Hyde Park died on September 28, 2013, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

He was a former resident of Barton.  He was born in Newark, and was the postmaster at Derby Line for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean MacDonald Gallant; two daughters:  Jan Kuhn and Jill Jupen; three grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

 

obit PerryLeon Andre Perry

Leon Andre Perry, 74, of Brownington died peacefully on October 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on July 26, 1939, in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.  On August 9, 1986, he married Mary E. Carpenter, who survives him.

He was a longtime farmer of the Stone House Farm in Brownington.  He was a lifetime lover of animals big and small, including nationally recognized Ayrshire and Guernsey cows, which earned him recognition in the hall of fame at the Vermont Eastern States Exposition building.  From his champion bull merit “Noble Boss” to his varied breeds of show chickens and registered collies, he very much enjoyed showing and judging cattle.

After farming he pursued a longtime interest in antiques — perhaps his favorites were his Sawyer prints and hens on a nest.  He could often be seen at various flea markets looking to buy, sell, swap or just tell a joke.

He is survived by his wife Mary Perry of Brownington; his children:  Kathy and Stan Robinson, Gina and Steve Gracie, and Steve and Tammy Mitchell; his siblings:  Clemence LeBlond of Troy, Claire Lyon of Brownington, and Loretta McCoy and her husband, Dale, of Orleans; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who fondly referred to him as “Uncle Leon” and “Grandpa Leon”; and by his brother-in-law Raymond Darling of Barton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ezekiel and Cecile Perry; his sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Darling; and by his brothers:  Maurice, Noel and Francis Perry.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, October 9, 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, October 10, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans County Fair, “The Children’s Room,” P.O. Box 580, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

 

obit RoyerVirginia Theresa Royer

Virginia Theresa Royer died on October 3, 2013, at her home in Newport Center.

She was married for 65 years to Ernest Royer, who predeceased her on July 12, 2013.

She loved spending time with family and grandkids, playing with her poodle, Missy, playing cards, fishing, hunting, traveling to Florida, going out to eat, watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, gardening, and cutting firewood with her husband.  For many years, they farmed in Coventry and then built a garage where Mr. Royer repaired vehicles and Mrs. Royer did the bookkeeping.

After selling to their son, Larry, they were a familiar sight driving his truck all over the county delivering firewood as their idea of retirement.  In her younger years, she worked at both the Governor Prouty Inn and the Valley House in Orleans as a housekeeper and cook.

She is survived by a son, Larry Royer Sr., and his partner, Lori Royea; her two daughters:  Sindy Souliere and her husband, Paul, and Sue Paquette and her husband, Larry; a daughter-in-law, Judy Desroches, and her husband, Rock; her grandchildren:  Kathy Leblanc and her partner, Bill, Larry Royer Jr. and his wife, Denise, Bonnie Poginy and her husband, Gary, Jessica Farrar and her husband, Jared, Melissa Stone and her partner, Jamie, and Josh Souliere and his fiancée, Aimee; her great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Katie, Missy and her husband, Dan, Larry III, Amanda and her fiancé, Sebastian Lyonnais, Isaac, James and his fiancée, Michelle, Tyler, Mikalah, Kadin, Kiley, Bruce III, Nicholas, and Erika; a great-great-granddaughter, Oliva; a brother, Robert Limlaw, and his wife, Betty; her three sisters:  Christina Williams, Marion Corbitt and her companion, Roger Fournier, and Marilyn Gray and her husband, Brian; her brothers-in-law:  Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucy, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Royer; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Ernest D. Royer; her brothers:  Gardner, David, and Walter Limlaw; and by her daughter-in-law Martha Royer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m., at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow at the St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

 

obit spatesWilliam “Bill” F. Spates

William “Bill” F. Spates, 67, of Lynn, Massachusetts, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Hilda L. (Riley) Spates, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates.  He was raised in Newport, attended Newport schools, and was a graduate of the former Cambridge Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He made his residence in Lynn for 48 years.

He served as a lieutenant for 12 years in the Army National Guard.  Together with his wife and three sons, they owned Bass Associates Inc., supplying commercial construction companies with architectural metals.  He was a member of East Baptist Church in Lynn, and was also a member of Gannon Golf Club.  He was an avid hunter and golfer, and also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family.

He was a guy who lived life to the fullest.  He always had a broad smile, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, and a good word.  He loved his children and his grandchildren beyond reason.

He had a gift for always building up the underdog.  And the only time he looked down at someone, was to give them a hand up.  He wanted you to always look up for your help, and would never mind raising a cold one in his honor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons:  Adam M. Spates and his wife, Maria Boverini, of Lynn, Sean D. Spates and his wife, Amy, of Lynn, and Graham C. Spates and his wife, Elyse, of Lynn; his five grandchildren:  MacKenzie, Christian, Jack, Sydney and Collin Spates, all of Lynn; his two sisters:  Joyce Stanwood and her husband, Jay, of Newport, and Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, Florida; one brother, Douglas Spates, and his wife, Vivian, of Derby; one sister-in-law, Robin Bradley, and her husband, Kevin, of Lynn; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Frank Spates Jr.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 10 a.m., from the Solimine, Landergan And Richardson Funeral Home, at 426 Broadway (Route 129), in Lynn, followed by a funeral service in East Baptist Church at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Visiting hours are Friday, October 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations are preferred to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in honor of Dr. David Steensma, Dr. John Koreth, Sarah Cahill, Melissa Houston, Mary Delaney and “The Gang,” 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

Directions and a guestbook may be found at www.solimine.com.

 

Sandra L. Wells

Sandra L. Wells, 54, of Irasburg died suddenly, at her home, on October 1, 2013.

She was born on March 10, 1959, to Donald and Margurite (Soraghan) Wells.

She loved running her own yard sales, loved her seven cats and loved her home.  She will be remembered for her big heart.

She is survived by her loving companion Elias Richard Green of Irasburg; her siblings:  Steven Wells of Franconia, New Hampshire, and Sharon Doyle of Weymouth, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on October 5, at her home in Irasburg.

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

 

obit WilleyPaitlynn Harley Willey

Paitlynn Harley Willey, beloved infant daughter of Amy LePage and Jedd Willey, died on September 30, 2013.

She was born on September 11, 2013, in Newport.

She is survived by her parents, Amy LePage and Jedd Willey of North Troy; her siblings:  Brooke and Fawn Roberge; her maternal grandparents:  Wayne and Lisa Emerson of North Troy, and Robert and Lori LePage of Derby; her paternal grandmother Melanie Willey of Jay, her paternal great-grandmother Helen Corey of Texas; her maternal great-grandparents:  Alfred and Shirley Santaw of North Troy, and Robert and Carole Flystra of Wayne, Maine; her maternal great-great-grandmother Norma Demers of Newport Center; her aunts and uncles:  Wayne LePage of Newport, Nicholas LePage of Derby, Brent McClure and Sasha Prue of Newport Center, Max Bly and Sarah Lang of Newport, and Jessica Bly of Massachusetts; her great-aunt and uncle, Kathy and Shelly Sheltra of Newport Center; and by her cousins:  Kayanna McClure, Joseph and Justin Turcotte, Kallie and Jalen Rojas both of Massachusetts, and Brianna Bly of Newport.

She was predeceased by her grandfather George Willey; and by her great-great-grandfather Paul Demers.

A graveside service was held on October 7, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American S.I.D.S. Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110.

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

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