Obituaries February 26, 2014

obit BarryRonald Earle Barry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit BrownElwyn Lester Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Madeleine M. Degreenia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit HoweElena Coletti Howe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit mitchellDorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit NilesGeorge Bixby Niles

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

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

On October 9, 1948, he married Lorraine Davio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.

obit StevensPatricia A. Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit WeedCeline Florianne Weed 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Obituaries February 19, 2014

obit brousseauRaymond J. Brousseau

Raymond Brousseau of Lyndonville, formerly of Irasburg, died on Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at the age of 82.

Raymond Brousseau of Lyndonville, formerly of Irasburg, died on Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at the age of 82.

The Brousseaus moved to Lyndonville five years ago and made their home with their son, David, and daughter-in-law, Deb.  Mr. Brousseau had resided at The Pines for the past month.

He was born in Stanstead, Quebec, on January 23, 1932, one of 11 children born to Arthur and Josephine (LeBlanc) Brousseau.

On September 29, 1956, he and Charlotte Stuart were united in marriage.

He worked at the Ethan Allen plant in Orleans, retiring from there in the early 1990s.

He enjoyed camping, yard work, time spent at hunting camp, and blue grass music.  Over the years, he and his wife saw a lot of the country traveling to Florida, Texas, Prince Edward Island, and Yellowstone.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; their three sons:  Richard Brousseau and Toni of Hudson Falls, New York, David Brousseau and his wife, Deb, of Lyndonville, and Mitchell Brousseau and his wife, Dawn, of North Troy; eight grandchildren:  Patrick, Eric, Shane, Kaylin, Adam, Matthew, Kelley, and Kari; seven great-grandchildren; one surviving brother, Gerard; and by four surviving sisters:  Simone, Jeanne, Monique, and Rollande, and their families.

A gathering of friends and family was held in St. Johnsbury on February 17.  Committal services will be held in May at the Concord Cemetery.

Mr. Brousseau enjoyed the musical entertainment that came to The Pines.  Memorial contributions, marked for the Resident Activity Fund, may be directed to The Pines, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately with the family at

obit PoulinJeannine Marie Claire Poulin

Jeannine Marie Claire Poulin, 85, a resident of Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport died on February 13, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 11, 1928, in Irasburg, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Paquette) Williams.

She dedicated her life to caring for her family.

She retired from Columbia Forest Products after 28 years.  She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, where she served as regent; the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW #798, where she served as president; the Ladies of St. Anne; and as a volunteer for Rural Community Transport.

Her passions included Bingo, the Boston Red Sox, and family gatherings.  She enjoyed bowling, sewing, working with other people, making homemade items for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sharing her delicious fudge with those she cared about.  Jeannine enjoyed life as it was dealt to her.

She is survived by her seven children:  Marcel “Joe” Poulin Jr. and his wife, Henriette, of Newport, Frances Dewing and her husband, Raymond, of Orleans, Lucille Longley and her husband, Paul, of Westfield, Dennis Poulin and his wife, Lynn, of Newport, Suzanne Lucas and her husband, Michael, of Newport, Joanne Rousseau of Newport, and Tina Browne and her husband, Greg, of Clifton Park, New York.  She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren:  Carl, Amy, Raymond, Rhonda, Misty, Donald, Jonathan, Erik, Kelley, Angie, Amber, Laura, Jessica, Brent, and Ashley; 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

She was predeceased by her three brothers:  Germain, Sylvio, and Andre “Pit”; and by her sister Frances.

Funeral services were held on February 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bel-Aire Activity Fund in her name, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit SchneiderSylvia V. Schneider 

Sylvia V. Schneider, 78, of Derby died on February 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born on August 6, 1935, in Newport, to Euclide and Lena (Morin) Brien.

She was employed by the TSS Store in Long Island, New York, where she retired in 1986.

After her retirement, she moved back to Vermont where she enjoyed her home and cooking for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children:  Teri Kreps of Florida, Robert Schneider Jr. of Derby, Richard Schneider and his wife, Linda, of North Carolina, James Schneider of Derby, and William Schneider and his wife, Lori, of Irasburg; ten grandchildren:  Samantha, Jessica, Richard, Ashley and Josh, Christopher and Kaira, Tasha, Taylor, Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren:  Kaylee, Mykenna, Jacob, and Rhea; her siblings:  Gene Brien of Newport, Irene Corrow of Barre, Betty Cyr of Danbury, Jackie Foster of Connecticut, and Marion Fournier of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Leonard, Lawrence and Norbert Brien; and by her sisters:  Pauline and Vivian.

Calling hours were held on February 18, in Newport.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Janet Agnes Urie

Janet Agnes Urie of Glover died on February 13, 2014, in Greensboro.

She enjoyed her early years on the Beach Hill farm in West Glover, where she was born on March 2, 1925, to Foster and Bessie Stone Urie.

After graduating from Craftsbury Academy in 1942, she completed the wartime program at Lyndon Teachers College in a year and a half.  She and a female classmate hayed for a local farmer during their summer session and then she taught for one year in Craftsbury Village, and another year in East Craftsbury.

While completing her second year of teaching, she married Donald C. Urie on March 31, 1945.  Together they raised their family and shared the work indoors and out on Westview Farm in Glover.  After selling the farm to their son, Lowell, they were able to continue in the place they both loved until Mr. Urie’s death in 2002, and Mrs. Urie’s need for nursing home care in 2007.

Mrs. Urie was an elder of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.  She was very active in women’s organizations at all levels of the church, including in many ecumenical groups.  She was the first woman to serve as stated clerk of the Presbytery of Northern New England.

She was involved in several community organizations, serving on the boards of Craftsbury Academy, the Craftsbury Community Care Center, Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, Vermont Children’s Aid Society, the East Hill Preschool and the John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library.  Over the years, she served as president or secretary but most often as treasurer, once holding that office for seven groups simultaneously.

Being outdoors was a great pleasure for her; walking in the woods, gardening, snowmobiling, or helping in the fields.  Indoors, she enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting and making bobbin lace, frequently while watching the Red Sox or Patriots on television.  With her sisters, she visited all of Vermont’s towns as a member of the 251 Club, and with other family members traveled to many states including Hawaii.  A trip to England and Scotland also provided many happy memories.

She is survived by her sons:  Mason of Derby, and Lowell of Glover; her daughters:  Sherry of West Glover, Christine and her husband, Carmie Snider, of Bradenton, Florida, and Edith and her husband, Claude Comtois, of Derby; and her five grandchildren, seven great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter were a special joy to her.  She also leaves a brother, Robert Urie, of North Carolina; two sisters:  Jean Borland and Rachel Lafont, both of West Glover; and a large close-knit, extended family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; two sons:  Colin and Jason; and by a brother, Foster James Urie Jr.

A service of thanksgiving for her life will be held in the spring.

Memorial gifts may be made to the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 1097 Ketchum Hill Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to the Greensboro Nursing Home Activities Fund, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit valoisMarie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois

Marie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois of Sutton died on Saturday, February 1, 2014, with her children and caretaker, Deborah Baldwin, by her side.  She was 90.

She was born on January 7, 1924, in St. Gabriel, Quebec, Canada, to Joseph Paquin and Florida (Gauvin) Paquin.

She married the love of her life, Adolphe “Duffy” Felix Valois in 1949, and lived in Barton until they moved to the Underpass Road in Sutton, where she enjoyed being a homemaker, raising and taking care of her family.  She believed in family values and passed the lessons of love and family to her children.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  She had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile and always found the humor of any situation that arose.  She loved spending time with her caretaker, Deborah Baldwin, as they would often take little trips in the area, and these trips always ended with a stop at Ville Auto to see Mark and Lori and then on to the Lynburke Motel to visit with her daughter, Monique.

She loved gardening and took great pride in her cultivated berries and apples.  She loved spending time sitting on her porch with Dad, visiting with her neighbors and watching the Belangers hay the fields around the house.

She was very involved with the Catholic church and active in the Daughters of Isabella in Barton.  She also taught religion classes in Sutton School.

She is survived by her children:  Monique Valois-Ball and Chadwick Tibbetts of Lyndonville, Russell Ball of West Burke, and Mark Joseph Valois and his fiancée, Lori Phillips, of Lyndonville; her grandchildren:  Mark Hall and Jenn Brooks of Sutton, Christopher Hall of Sparta, Tennessee, Brielle Phillips and Kyle Phillips of Lyndonville, and Taryn and Tylor Brooks of West Burke; her great-granddaughter Trystin Bernadette Hall of Sutton; her sisters:  Adrienne “Addie” Brault of Athol, Massachusetts, Denise Valley of Barton, and Elizabeth “Betty” St. Onge of Wallingford; and by her brothers:  Patrick “Pat” Paquin of Mocksville, North Carolina, and Bernard “Ben” Paquin of Wallingford.

She was predeceased by her husband, Adolphe; her parents; her brothers:  Rene Paquin, Roland Paquin, Etienne “Eddie” Paquin, Roland Paquin, and William “Bill” Paquin; and by her sisters:  Germain Perron and Rose Campbell.

A memorial Mass was held on February 8, in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit van zileRobert D. Van Zile Sr.

Robert D. Van Zile Sr., 75, died unexpectedly on January 20, 2014, in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he was spending the winter months.  He was a long-term resident of Westmore.

“Bob” — a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather — was born in Tioga, Pennsylvania, on January 2, 1939.  He was a son of Benjamin and Marjorie (Jones) Van Zile.  He grew up in Gang Mills, New York, where he attended Painted Post High School and played sports such as football.  He enjoyed all sports, which he passed on to his children.  He coached and umpired Little League and the Babe Ruth baseball leagues.  He was very knowledgeable about all the rules and regulations for many sports.  He also attended many basketball and hockey games with his children at various high schools and at St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont.

He enjoyed many years of tent camping with his wife and children across the eastern half of the country.  He was always the most enthusiastic person in the bleachers, cheering on his children and grandchildren.  The best way to describe him was as a loving, dedicated and supportive “family man.”  His greatest joy was having his family around him.  He also enjoyed all types of fishing, especially with his children and brothers.  He would travel great distances just to go fishing.  When not fishing, he enjoyed reading.

Many people commented on his contagious smile that lit up his face.

He took great pride, joy and appreciation in the life he had with his wife of nearly 50 years, his four children and later with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was employed by General Electric and Green Mountain Power prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Theresa; his children:  Robert Jr. and his wife, Kelly Van Zile, of Georgia, Tracy and her husband, Bernard Houle, of Irasburg, Suzette and her husband, Alan Garey, of Georgia, and Bradley Van Zile of Westmore; his grandchildren:  Rennie, Christian, and Cody Van Zile of Georgia, Erica Houle and her fiancé, Robert Shangraw, of South Burlington, Courtney Bowen and her husband, Billy, of Enosburg Falls, Nicole Garey of St. Albans, and Ethan Garey of Georgia; his step-grandchildren:  Morgan and Skylar Gagne of St. Albans, Samantha Houle of North Troy, and Melissia Houle of Barton; his great-grandchildren:  Landon Domina, Harrison Shangraw and Jackson Bowen; his brothers:  Wesley and his wife, Pat Van Zile, of Warren, Pennsylvania, Eugene and his wife, Marlene Van Zile, of Addison, New York, Benjamin and his wife, Joyce Van Zile, of Millport, New York, Henry and his wife, Linda Van Zile, of South Burlington, and Larry and his wife, Gerrie Van Zile, of Addison; his sisters:  Delores Barlow of Brunswick, Georgia, Mary Van Der Mark of Elmira, New York, and Connie and her husband, Kent Greenfield, of Dundee, New York; his sister-in-law Clarabelle and her husband, Robert Jannetti, of Stony Creek, Connecticut; her brothers-in-law:  Reynold Choiniere of Newport, and Lionel and his wife, Doris Choiniere, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Marjorie (Jones) Van Zile; his brothers and stepbrothers:  Franklin Van Zile, Donald Gardner, Clifford Van Zile, and Donald Van Zile; and by his step-sisters:  Clara Sutton and Stella Gardner.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please submit donations to the Salvation Army in your own community.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on May 17, at 11 a.m., with interment at the Westmore Lake View Cemetery.


Obituaries February 12, 2014

obit GonyawPhilip B. Gonyaw

Philip B. Gonyaw, 68, a resident for more than 30 years of Westfield, died early Saturday morning, February 8, 2014, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.  His wife, Alice, was at his bedside.

He was born in Newport on August 18, 1945, son of Maynard and Erdine Gonyaw.

He attended school in Albany and graduated from Orleans High School in 1963.

He was married to Alice (St. Jacques) Vezina on July 6, 1974, in Albany.  They would have celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary later this year.

Mr. Gonyaw worked at the Ethan Allen plant in Orleans early in his career, farmed for a number of years in Westfield, worked at Jay Peak, was a salesman for Vermont Country Campers and later for DelaBruere Auto, and he owned and operated North Hill Self Storage with his wife.

He was a proud Army veteran having served in Vietnam, and was a longtime member of the Vermont National Guard, retiring with the rank of first sergeant in 2005.  He always made a special effort to reach out to returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan to thank them for their service and to let them know how appreciated they were.

Mr. Gonyaw unselfishly gave of his time and talents to many local groups.  He was a charter member of the Troy Area Lions Club and served as president of that organization three times.  As part of the Lions outreach, he volunteered each Thursday to help prepare and serve meals at the senior meal site in Westfield.  He also helped run weekly Lions bingo events with proceeds of these activities being used to financially support eye programs for youngsters, programs to test and assist hearing impaired individuals, and scholarships for college bound students.

He was a 30-year life member of Post #28 of the American Legion and served as its treasurer at one time.  He was a member of the American Legion Riders, a group that enjoyed motorcycling together.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7943 and was a fourth degree Knight and served as trustee.  He was a longtime and highly faithful member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of Troy, and he served on the church’s finance committee.

He was also serving as co-chairman of the town of Westfield’s Emergency Management Committee.

He enjoyed traveling, camping, motorcycling, the annual trek to the Fryeburg Fair, and good-natured bantering — activities all to be done with his many friends.  He also enjoyed his daily walks with his faithful dog, Zelda.

Apart from his humor, his smile and warm demeanor, he will most likely be remembered for being an extremely kind, caring, and compassionate person who would do whatever he could to help a friend or a family member in need.  He took time to listen and give counsel and guidance to those who might seek his advice.

He is survived his wife, Alice; and by his stepchildren:  Marie Breault of Glens Fall, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Debbie Vezina of Irasburg, and Douglas Vezina of Newport.  In addition, he is survived by 14 step grandchildren and 11 step great-grand children.  He is also survived by his sister Phyllis Bottamini and her husband, Bruce, of Adamant; his brother Ronald and his wife, Edith, of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Rose Blais of North Troy; his special friends:  Roland “Butch” and Jessie Barney of Island Pond; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His parents predeceased him.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, February 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Troy on Monday, February 17, at 11 a.m., where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will be in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Gonyaw may be made to the Troy Area Lions Club, P.O. Box 175, Westfield, Vermont 05874; or to Sacred Heart Church, for the Stained Glass Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Mr. Gonyaw perhaps can be best remembered by the following verse:

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on the ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye


obit goodwinArdys L. Goodwin

Ardys L. Goodwin, 82, of Newport died peacefully on February 1, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on July 13, 1931, in Albany, to Preston and Doris (Clegg) Smith.

On June 17, 1952, she married Glendon Goodwin, who predeceased her on December 12, 2011.

Mrs. Goodwin was a volunteer at North Country Hospital for many years.  She was a member of the Newport Women’s Club, Homedem, and she enjoyed attending the baseball and softball games of her children and grandchildren.

She enjoyed listening to music, singing and dancing.

She is survived by her children:  Karleen Lanoue of Barton, Kerry Goodwin and his wife, Carmen, of San Diego, California, Karen Goodwin of Newport, Kim Chamberlin and her husband, Ronald, of Albany, and Karl Goodwin of Newport; her grandchildren:  Andre Lanoue and his friend, Jessica, Amy Braun and her husband, Bill, Donnie Goodwin and his wife, Karen, Arthur Hull and his wife, Cindy, Nanette Duckless, Ryane Davis and her partner, Matt Lessard, Thomas, Shane, and Cameren Goodwin; 15 great-grandchildren; her sister Martha Hilliker of Newport; and by her brothers-in-law:  Philip Goodwin of Albany, and Waldo Potter of Albany.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Priscilla Goad and Beverly Potter.

A graveside service in the spring will be held at the Albany Cemetery with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit HarperWoodrow “Woodie” J. Harper

Woodrow “Woodie” J. Harper, 66, of Barton died on February 6, 2014, at his home.

He was the beloved husband of Rose Harper.

He was born on February 11, 1947, in Barton, the son of Alexander and Avis (Pike) Harper.

On July 13, 1968, he married Rose Mossa, who survives him.

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1965 and from Champlain College in 1967.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He owned and operated Barton Motor Company, a Ford dealership, in Barton for many years.  Recently, he was also a salesman for Hayes Ford in Newport and a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker All Seasons Reality.

He held memberships with the Orleans Country Club, the Newport Elks Club, the American Legion, and the Orleans Lions Club.  He was a member of the Barton Fire Department for 45 years and retired as fire chief.

Mr. Harper enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, cooking and playing cards with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Harper, of Barton; his children:  Sean Harper and his wife, Stephanie, and grandson Gavin, of Irasburg, and Alexis Harper of Barton and her significant other, Jonathon MacFarlane; his mother Avis Harper of Glover; a brother, Winston Harper, and his wife, Rachel, of Glover; a nephew, Jeff Harper, and his wife, Amanda, of Barton; and by his nieces:  Melissa Harper of St. Johnsbury, and DeeDee Lussier and her husband, Dan, of Barton.

He was predeceased by his father Alexander Harper; and by a sister, Michelle Harper.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, February 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on February 12, from noon until the