Obituaries October 2, 2013

Phyllis B. (Morse) Greenwood

Phyllis B. (Morse) Greenwood, 87, formerly of Derby, died peacefully on September 24, 2013, in Barton, after a long illness.

She was born on March 21, 1926, in Newport, a daughter of Amos and Ida (Carson) Morse.

She was raised and attended schools in Newport.  On October 23, 1944, she married Glendon Greenwood, who predeceased her on June 2, 2010.

She loved to cook for and spend time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.  She will be remembered by her friends and family for her kindness to animals, taking in, caring for and feeding the many stray cats she encountered over the past years prior to her illness.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #798 and the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary.

She is survived by two children:  Sharyn Blake of Derby, and Glenn (Bruzz) Greenwood and his wife, Deborah, of Bradenton, Florida; the following grandchildren:  Randy and Derick Blake, Bradley Blake and his wife, Suzie, all of Derby, Shelley and Charlie Lafoe, Allison and Cory Hildreth, and Brooke and Danny Robbins all of Bradenton; her 12 great-grandchildren; her four great-great grandchildren; her sister Isabelle Lavoie of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit guadagniSally Leah (Flood) Guadagni

Sally Leah (Flood) Guadagni, 74, of Newport Center died peacefully, at her home, on September 24, 2013.

She was born on October 2, 1938, in Burlington, to Don and Lee (Thomas) Flood.

She enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, cards and games, and researching family genealogy.

She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 51 years Charles “Chuck” Guadagni; her sons:  David, Donald and John Guadagni; her sister-in-law Penny Flood; and by her nieces:  Dawn, Heidi and Tina.

She was predeceased by her parents in 1967 and by her brother Ron Flood in 2010.

There will be no viewing, no funeral service, and interment will take place at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, any contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to PETS of the Kingdom.

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

obit PowersKenneth M. Powers

Kenneth M. Powers, 99, died on September 27, 2013, just months short of his hundredth birthday goal.

Although his passing leaves his family deeply saddened, the memories he created and the lives he shaped will remain as his legacy.

His life began on a cold winter’s morning in Charleston, on March 4, 1914.  The third of five children born to John and Etta (Labounty) Powers, his lifelong resilience was evident even in his childhood.  Following the divorce of his parents, he endured the hardship of living among various homes where he failed to receive the care and compassion he deserved.  Despite this, he emerged as a loving, dedicated man, who always put his family first, even when it meant noteworthy personal sacrifice.

In May of 1934, he married his cherished wife, Esther Davignon Powers, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage and seven children.  He spent endless days working as a farmhand and deep within the Vermont woods, even on the coldest New England days that left him nearly frozen.  Whether sick, bruised, or exhausted, his priority was to make sure that his family was well taken care of and loved.  His work ethic never waned and continued well into his nineties, as he busied himself puttering around, visiting garage sales, and tending his half-acre garden.

Although his formal education never reached beyond grade school, his innate wisdom and intellectual curiosity ensured that he learned to read and write better than most high school graduates today.  His love of reading, a gift that he passed on to his offspring, spanned nearly eight decades, with the Bible and his treasured Western novels serving as his all-time favorites.

His inherent talents extended well beyond reading.  His self-taught ability to play the spoons, harmonica, and guitar delighted his children and grandchildren, and made summer nights at camp on Brownington Pond unforgettable.  In addition, his athletic skills kept the grandkids occupied for hours.  In fact, there isn’t a grandchild who doesn’t affectionately remember intensely-fought badminton games that he refused to lose or the black eyes earned by those brave enough to challenge him to a game of catch.  In spite of his intense competitiveness and temperament, he always had some kind of candy available as a peace offering and a token of his unwavering love.

Heartbroken after his wife’s untimely death in 1983, Mr. Powers faltered in sadness until he met and later married his second wife, Lillian Flanders Powers, whose patience and love fortified him for 27 years until her death in 2010.

He was also predeceased by his grandson Dwight Powers in 1966, and his fourth child, Dale Powers, in 1989.

He is survived by his son Richard Powers and his wife, Eleanor, of Enosburg; his son Norman and his wife, Susan Powers, of Middletown, Connecticut; his daughter Charlotte Powers Webster of Las Vegas, Nevada; his son Larry and his wife, Jan Powers, of Newport; his daughter Jane Moulton of Orleans; his son Robert Powers of Rocky Mount, Virginia; 16 grandchildren; and by many great-grandchildren.

As he requested, a simple graveside memorial service, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating, will be held on Saturday, October 5, at 11 a.m., before his ashes are laid to rest beside his beloved Esther in the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Because he so dearly loved animals, including those whose companionship brightened his life over the many years, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, in lieu of flowers.

His family will carry their memories and love for “Dad” and “Grandpa” close within their hearts for years to come.  They will forever remain grateful for the talents, humor, and love that he shared with them, and which made their lives all that more special.  May he rest in eternal peace and watch over them from above until they reunite again one day.

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

Jeannette D. Randall

Jeannette D. Randall, 92, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with family by her side.

She was born on February 2, 1921, in Barton, a daughter of Israel J. and Delia I. Nault Sheltra.  She attended St. Paul’s Catholic School in Barton.  She married Clifford L. Randall on May 17, 1941, and he predeceased her on September 23, 2001.

She worked for many years as an oriental chef at the Smuggler’s Inn in Stowe.  She also enjoyed volunteering in the gift shop at Copley Hospital for 30 years.  She was an active member of the Holy Cross Parish and had served as a Eucharistic minister.  She was a member of the Charity Rebekah Lodge #38 and had presided as noble grand.  She was also a member of the Home Demonstration Club and the Friendship Club.  She was active in the Lamoille Grange #233.

She enjoyed going to the community dinners with her friends and liked to tend to her garden.  Most of all, she loved her family and enjoyed their family get-togethers.

She is survived by her children:  Dianne O’Connor and her husband, William, of Frisco, Texas, Sharon Ramos and her husband, David, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Marlene Swansiger and her husband, Richard, of East Hampton, Connecticut, Clifford H. Randall and his wife, Susan, of Morristown and Eric Randall and his wife, Mariah, of Mooresville, North Carolina; her grandchildren:  Randy, Tricia, Susan, SharaLee, Dean, Mark, Michael, Amy, Christopher, and Jeremy; her great-grandchildren:  Aleisha, Shane, Mackenzie, Lindsay, Cassie, Carl, Sebastian, Jake, Ryan, Demi, Kiley, Alivia, Theo, Uriah, and Sawyer; and her great-great grandchild Carmelo.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Clifford, she was predeceased by a brother, her sisters, and a great-grandson, Josh Peterson.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on  September 30, in Wolcott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wolcott Veterans Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 100, Wolcott, Vermont 05680; or to a favorite charity.

obit TetreaultRoger Tetreault Sr.

Roger Tetreault Sr., 84, of Derby died on September 27, 2013, in Derby.

He was born on October 4, 1928, in Bennington, to Joseph and Leonne (Martel) Tetreault.  On January 12, 1952, he married Yvette Bergeron, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II.  In Manchester, New Hampshire, he held many different jobs in various factories and plants including H.P. Hood and eventually drove tractor-trailer for them until they shut down.  Then moving to Lowell, he farmed for seven years.  He then gave up farming and took a job at Columbia Forest Products until he retired.

He loved hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798.

He is survived by his wife Yvette Tetreault of Derby; his children:  Roger Tetreault, Jr. and his wife, Marielle, of Westfield, Therese Dostie and her husband, Danny, of Lowell, Jeanne Lanctot and her husband, Alan, of New Boston, New Hampshire, and Colette Crowe and her husband, Stanley, of Troy; his 11 grandchildren; his 14 great-grandchildren; his brother Andre Tetreault and his wife, Gertrude, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Janine Doyon; and by two sisters:  Violet and Therese.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, October 4, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with Elaine Burnor officiating.  Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Service

Margaret (LeClair) Brown

A hillside memorial service for Margaret Brown will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m., at the Brown Family Farm in Derby.  Family, friends and neighbors are invited to meet at the farmhouse at 1:30 p.m., to walk/ride up the hill together.

There will be a time of fellowship following the service at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

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Obituaries September 25, 2013

Edward Coldren Bechtel

Edward Coldren Bechtel, 91, of Essex Junction died on August 22, 2013, at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.

He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 29, 1921, the son of Floyd and Helen (Coldren) Bechtel.

He graduated from Reading High School.  He enlisted in the army during World War II and served in the First Special Service Force and then the 82nd Airborne.  He met his wife, Theresa Bessette, when he was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen for training, and they married in 1946 and moved to Essex Junction in 1950.  He retired from the John Hancock Insurance Company.

He loved barbershop singing and was a longtime member of the Green Mountain Chorus and many barbershop quartets.  He was also a proud member of the VFW.

He is survived by his children:  Kathryn Converse and husband, David, of Newport, Carol Hathaway and her husband, Donald, of Essex Junction, Christina Gonillo and her husband, Joe, of Essex Junction, and Henry Bechtel and his wife, Sandy, of Colchester; his daughter-in-law Randy-Kay Lavalley of Burlington; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and by eight nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by Theresa, his wife of 65 years; his son Charles Edward Bechtel; and his sister Mary Gallagher of Philadelphia, Pennsylvnia.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Essex Junction.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Hall Rebuilding Fund, 4 Prospect Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452; or to Essex Rescue Inc., 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

obit DavisRita Davis

Rita Davis, 67, of Craftsbury died on September 20, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was born on August 24, 1946, in Hardwick, a daughter of Emile and Jeanne d’ Arc (Bellavance) Dufresne.

She was raised in Glover and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1964.  In her earlier years, she worked for National Life.  On April 1, 1967, she married her high school sweetheart, Ross Davis, after he returned from Vietnam.  Mr. and Mrs. Davis have resided in Craftsbury since 1968, where she was a stay-at-home mom and babysitter for many youngsters until being elected town treasurer in 1977.  She was also elected the Craftsbury town clerk in 1983, and held those positions until 1987, when she went to work for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, retiring from there in 2011 as their business manager.  Mrs. Davis held several positions as alumni association treasurer, Craftsbury trustee of public funds, Craftsbury Academy trustee and treasurer, Craftsbury selectman, and secretary and treasurer of the Salvation Army.  In 2004, she was honored by receiving the Craftsbury Academy Alumni Award.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and an honorary member of the Craftsbury Academy National Honor Society.

Her hobbies included knitting, her flower gardens, watching and feeding hummingbirds, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived her husband Ross Davis of Craftsbury; her two children:  Lynn Paradis and her husband, Ronald, of Franklin, and LTC Stephen Davis and his wife, Michele, currently stationed in Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania; her grandchildren:  Cody Paradis, Brian Paradis, Catherine Paradis, Brandi Paradis, Andrew Davis, Madison Davis, Sydney Durbin and her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Harlynn and Cecelia; her sisters:  Lorraine Tolman and her husband, Harold, Doris Voyer and her husband, Roland, Jeannine Young and her husband, Joseph, and Diane Leslie and her husband, Wallace; her brothers:  Leonel and his wife, Debbie, Lucien and his wife, Sandy, and Roger and his wife, Michelle; and by extended aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her loving parents as well as by her in-laws:  Malcolm and Catherine Davis; her sister Pauline Smith; and by her sister-in-law Paula Dufresne.

Funeral services were held on September 24, in Hardwick, with the Reverend Francis Prive celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery in Craftsbury.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Rita Davis Scholarship Fund, Craftsbury Schools, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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

Marjory “Dede” Glenn

Marjory “Dede” Glenn of Island Pond died on September 20, 2013.

She was born on May 13, 1922.

She leaves a sister, Virginia; her children:  Gregory, Bonnie, Robert, Bruce and Tim; and her grandchildren:  Heather, Kevin and Katherine.

Her family and friends mourn because they miss her, but they rejoice that she is now at home with Jesus.

obit MontminyForrest J. Montminy

Forrest J. Montminy, 76, of Barton died peacefully on September 20, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on September 14, 1937, in Glover, to Floyd and Myrtle (Ticehurst) Montminy.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He worked throughout his life at various plumbing businesses in the Northeast Kingdom.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR on television, and attending races at Loudon, New Hampshire.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his children:  Kathy Mensalvas and her husband, Andy, of Oahu, Hawaii, Terri Gay and her husband, Ronnie, of Woodbine, Georgia, Forrest Montminy Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Oregon City, Oregon, Carol Krohn of Sandy, Oregon, and Randy Montminy and his wife, Shelley, of Tuscon, Arizona; his grandchildren:  Leegabe, Kala, Alyssa, Travis, Brandon, Brittany, Alex, and Nicholas; his four great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Roy Montminy of Enfield, Connecticut, Joseph Montminy and his wife, Sandy, of Windsor, Connecticut, Cecile Brown and her husband, Dick, of Hardyville, Virginia, and Bruce Montminy of Brandon; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Montminy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton, with the Reverend Evelyn Coupe officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on September 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #76, P.O. Box 92, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Meals on Wheels, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Maple Lane Nursing Home, 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 stevensClinton G. Stevens

Clinton G. Stevens, 70, of Barton died peacefully on September 21, 2013, in Glover.

He was born on October 12, 1942, in Stowe, to Howard and Eliza (Patch) Stevens.  On July 26, 2003, he married Marion Hilliker, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He worked as a crane operator for Winterset and has been disabled for the past 18 years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He enjoyed hunting at his camp in Craftsbury for many years.  He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, and he liked the Yankees and Cowboys, and Mark Martin was his favorite NASCAR driver.  His hobbies also included playing cards, camping with his camper, and clown ministry.  He loved spending time with his family and he was loved by all.

He is survived by his wife Marion Stevens of Barton; his children:  Wendy Stevens of Pennsylvania, Cindy Morris and her husband, Bryan, of Virginia, Clinton J. Stevens of Lyndonville, Josiah Stevens of Lyndonville, Bradley Urie and his wife, Chastety, of West Glover, Amy Giroux and her husband, Mark, of Newport, Amanda Aiken and her husband, Tim, of Glover, Michael Hooper and his wife, Kimberly, of Johnson, Steven Hooper of New York, and Jason Hooper of Burlington; his many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; his brother Bertram Stevens of Texas; his nieces and nephews, and a special niece, Nancy Hale, and her husband, Dave, of Essex; and by his mother-in-law Gabrielle Hilliker of Newport.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, September 25, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on September 25, from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Project Matter, 25:40, Church of God, P.O. Box 245, 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 September 18, 2013

obit wheelerPauline (Simino) Wheeler

Pauline M. (Simino) Wheeler, 81, of Newport died on September 12, 2013, in Newport, a day after her birthday.  Her death comes after a few months of failing health following hip replacement surgery.

She was born in Irasburg on September 11, 1932, to Earl and Molly (Howell) Simino.  In her early years, she worked at Jay’s Snack Bar in Derby.  Memories created there lasted her a lifetime.  One of her most endearing memories that arose out of time at the snack bar was meeting a Newport boy named Wayne Wheeler in 1958.  They married on June 20, 1959.  Together they raised three sons and operated the Antenna Man, installing thousands of rooftop and satellite antennas during more than half a century of business.

Mrs. Wheeler took great pride in her role of wife and mother, but her greatest and most cherished role was that of grandmother — to both two-legged and four-legged grandchildren.  She gave her husband, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren, unconditional love.  She and her husband traveled near and far to attend their school and sporting events.  They also enjoyed numerous trips with Community Circle.

Gifted with a dry, Vermont wit and a quiet wisdom, she raised three sons, seldom raising her voice.

Although she never had a daughter of her own, she always treated her sons’ wives or partners as if they were her own daughters.  She found a daughter in her only granddaughter, Emily, her partner in mischief and misadventures.

Having been dealt a bad hand at a young age, she had every reason to be a bitter woman, but she wasn’t.  She found the best in everything and everybody.

While working in Massachusetts, her father met, fell in love, and married a young woman named Molly.  She was working there to send money back to her family in Newfoundland.  After Earl and Molly married, they moved back to Earl’s hometown of Irasburg.  The couple had three children:  John, Elizabeth (Scott), and Pauline,the youngest.  However, the love affair between this young Vermonter and the young woman from Newfoundland was short-lived.  Molly died on June 2, 1937, during a tuberculosis outbreak.  Pauline, who was four years old at the time, was left with no memories of her mother.  Her father never remarried.  John and Elizabeth, who are no longer with us, helped their father raise Pauline into the kind and compassionate soul we all knew and loved.  She was a 1950 graduate of Orleans High School.

She is survived by her husband Wayne, and their sons:  Jeffrey of Newport Center, Scott and his wife, Penny, of Derby, and Kevin and his wife, Tammy, of Orleans.  She loved her husband and sons, but the sun rose and set over her grandchildren:  Curtis Wheeler and his wife, Gabrielle, of Presque Isle, Maine, Nicholas Wheeler and his partner, Abby Iselborn, of Bangor, Maine, Emily Wheeler of Essex, Jordan and Aaron Wheeler of Orleans, and Jeffrey Hensley of Meriden, Connecticut.  She is also survived by a former daughter-in-law, April Wheeler.  In addition, she is survived by her cat, Mittens, and by the many wild birds, especially her cardinals, that she fed throughout the decades.

As we now have to say good-bye to our wife, mother, and grandmother, it’s unimaginable to think that we are going to walk the remainder of our lives without her, but without a doubt her quiet teachings are forever rooted in us.  And we have little doubt her spirit will forever gently guide us on our journey, the same way she guided us when she was with us.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  A celebration of her life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 20, at 10 a.m.  Internment will follow at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Being a lover of all animals, domestic and wild, people are encouraged to donate in her memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, at 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit TiceMaurice A. Tice Jr.

Maurice A. Tice Jr., 67, of Derby died on September 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born on January 5, 1946, to Anna (Lucas) Tice and Maurice Tice Sr.

He was a truck driver and had been since the young age of 17.  He had been driving truck for Pike Industries for the past 34 years.  His hobbies included spending time on Gore Mountain, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, gas and steam engines, antiques, restoring late model trucks, driving his John Deere tractor, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marion (Percy) Tice; his children:  daughter Tina (Percy) Miller and her husband, David, of Littleton, New Hampshire, daughter Angela Tice of Derby, and son Daniel Tice of New York City, New York; his grandsons:  Michael Miller and Matthew Miller of Littleton, and Akuei Tice of Derby; his mother Anna (Lucas) Tice of Derby Line; his brother Terrance Tice and his wife, Lorraine, of Holland; his sisters:  Nancy and her husband, John Pelletier, of North Troy, Diane Kenney of Derby Line, Gloria Willis of Newport Center, Sally Tice of Derby, Debra and her husband, Craig Shepard, of Holland, and Lorriane and her husband, Randy Griffin, of Morgan; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Maurice Tice Sr.; as well as by his grandsons, Albert Lyon and Benjamin Lyon.

In honor of Mr. Tice’s request, there shall be no funeral.  There will be a celebration of his life held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., with Kevin Deslauriers officiating for those that wish to celebrate his life with his 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 ShoverGladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover

Gladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover, 96, of Barton, formerly of Brownington, died peacefully on September 9, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on June 7, 1917, in Evansville, a daughter of William and Adelaide (Boydon) Labor.

She attended Evansville Graded School for eight years and then cared for her mother and baby sister.  In 1932 she attended high school in Orleans, graduating in 1936.  She then attended Burlington Business College, for a six month course.

She married Harold Shover of Westmore on June 7, 1938.  They had 53 years plus together before he died on October 29, 1992.  They purchased a home in Brownington Center in 1945 and two sons were born to this union:  Ronald James and Harry Clayton.

She was auditor for the town of Brownington, substitute and voted in from 1947 to 1968, when she assumed the position of treasurer, holding this office until 1983.  She was assistant town clerk for 23 years, retiring in 1991.  She was a former member of the Orleans Country Club where she enjoyed golfing, and she was also a member of the Brownington Center Church where she played the organ for many years.  She enjoyed cooking and reading.

She is survived by her sons:  Ronald Shover and his wife, Maria, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and Harry Shover and his wife, Julie, of Brownington; her grandchildren:  Veronica Ellis and her husband, Allen, of Front Royal, Virginia, Harold Shover and his wife, Gwen, of DeFuniak Springs, Harry Shover of DeFuniak Springs, and Danyelle Shover of Barton; and by her four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She is also survived by her brother Maurice Labor and his wife, Almeria, of Island Pond; her sister Beverly Royer of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Harry, Harold, and Fred; and by her sisters:  Bessie, Alice, Marjorie, and Anna.

A graveside service was held on September 14, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Center Church, 9 A Spirit Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Elmeria Labor

Elmeria Labor of Island Pond died peacefully on September 13, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in 1922 in Saint-Valere, Quebec, to Georges Geoffroy and Mary Anne (Mastha) Geoffroy.  At six weeks old, her family moved to Morgan, where the family farmed.  She attended graded school in Morgan and Stanstead, Quebec, and attended high school in Orleans for a time.

She married Maurice Labor of Evansville in 1943, and they began their married life in Derby Line, later moving to Beebe.

Mrs. Labor was an active member of St. Edward’s church, and a member of the Altar Society.  She and her husband moved to Auburn, Massachusetts, in early 1967, where her husband found further work in the tool and die industry.  While there, she continued with her love of homemaking, crafts, and gardening.  After retirement, she and her husband lived seasonally in Morgan and North Fort Myers, Florida, for 20 years.  Her most recent residence was at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 70 years, Maurice; her children:  Larry Labor and his wife, Pauline, of Morgan, and Cynthia Manning and her husband, George, of Campbellton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Mark and Anne Labor, Sarah and Roger Start, Steve Labor and Jeannie Labor, Laura and Christopher Comtois, Tim Weeks, and Dawn Veilhauer, and their families; her ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Valeda, George, Armand, Oscar, Mary, Antoinette, Mary Jeanne, John, and Cecile.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Internment will take place in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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.

Service

Tim A. Sanville

Committal services for Tim A. Sanville will be held on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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Obituaries September 11, 2013

obit tatumMartha Corinne Seaton Tatum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit royerPriscilla B. Royer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenna F. Murphy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit McNealJoan M. McNeal

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

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

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit FalconerMichael G. Falconer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Arthur Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries September 4, 2013

obit CyrIrene B. Cyr

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

William G. Buchanan

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit danielsWilliam Ray Daniels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roland Mathais Fortin

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

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

During his lifetime he was a dairy farmer.

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

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

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

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

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

obit frenchArthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French died on August 26, 2013.

“…these trees shall be my books

And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character;

That every eye which in this forest looks

Shall see thy virtue witness’d everywhere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit martinDonald I. Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit StokesKenneth Blair Stokes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Marcia B. Willet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 28, 2013

obit YoungConstance (Hathaway) Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit wellsDean “Dino” Edward Wells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit SanvilleTim A. Sanville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit PercyNancy Currier Percy

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on August 24, in Newport.

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

obit LaCossThelma Jean LaCoss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit harringtonTimothy J. Harrington

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

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

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

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

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

Carlton Dean Bickford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lorna C. Beaulieu

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

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

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

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

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

A service was held on August 23.

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

Death notices

Paul Arthur Curtis

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

A complete obituary will follow.

Arthur Palmer French

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 21, 2013

obit huntingtonPriscilla Huntington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norma Creart Belway

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit MarshSlayton Robert Marsh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit proctorKatherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jean de Boufflers

obit TromblyLeo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by a sister, Diane Trombly.

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

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

obit wigginSarah L. Wiggin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no services.

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

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Obituaries August 14, 2013

obit BarawFrank A. Baraw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald C. Bean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert L. Butterfield Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit EpplerAnna Lee Eppler

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her brother C. Thomas Eppler.

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

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

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

obit janciAnna B. Janci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit LamereDale Reginald Lamere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Death notices

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor

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

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

Richard R. Vallieres

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

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

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

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Obituaries August 7, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAColin Campbell Drown Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

His wife, Bet, died in 2006.

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

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

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

Mary A. Killian

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

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

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

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

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

obit LimlawHarriet Olive Limlaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joyce Miles Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit NeumayerRobert B. Neumayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit sicardDavid Sicard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Death notice

Constance H. Young

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

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

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Obituaries July 31, 2013

obit baileySusan Bailey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit CoburnRachel M. Coburn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit cookHarrison “Harry” Bearse Cook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sandra J. Doucette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit FarneyBertha K. Farney

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

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

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

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

obit HamelinLucille F. Hamelin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit lagueHenry E. Lague

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit LaMondaGreta A. LaMonda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit NeumayerRobert J. Neumayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit TetreaultRaoul J. Tetreault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herbert J. Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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