Obituaries June 26, 2013

obit MarandolaRonald Romeo Marandola

Ronald Romeo Marandola, 64, of Newport died on June 15, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on August 7, 1948, in Orleans, the son of Leo and Sylvaine (Perron) Marandola.

During his lifetime, he was an electrician.  He entered the United States Army in 1969 and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was honorably discharged in 1971. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, American Legion Post #21, and the Eagles #5329.

His hobbies included fishing, bowling, and playing pool and darts.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews; his ex-wife Cora Marandola; and by his sisters-in-law:  Cheryl and Ruby Marandola, both of Newport.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Warner Marandola and Richard Marandola, both in 2006.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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

George Allen Nelson

George Allen Nelson, 79, of Albany died on June 20, 2013, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.

He was born on February 22, 1934, in Albany, the son of Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson.  On August 21, 1957, he married Janet Allen, who survives him.  He graduated from Orleans High School in 1952.

During his lifetime, he was a carpenter.  He helped build the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport, while employed for Malcolm Pickel.  He also built the Albany General Store in Albany.  His biggest project was building a large dairy barn for Connie Sherwin in Albany.  He later purchased the farm in 1971 and farmed until 1978.  He was then employed for 20 years for E.F. Wall General Contractor of Barre, until he retired in 1995.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, building furniture, and custom cabinetry.  He also enjoyed mowing the lawn and working in his blueberry patch.

He is survived by his wife Janet Nelson of Albany; his children:  Scott Nelson of Irasburg, Sonya Kittredge and her husband, Paul, of Albany, Shelly Morey and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Stacey Nelson of Essex Junction; his grandchildren:  Scott Nelson II and his wife, Tasha, Benjamin Kittredge and his wife, Molly, Matthew Kittredge and Jenna Morey; his great-grandchildren:  Maya and Trent; his brothers:  Carl “Tom” Nelson of Irasburg, and Roger Nelson and his wife, Bea, of Derby; his sister Ruth Lamotte of Mossy Rock, Washington; his sisters-in-law:  Sheryl Martin and Patty Martin, and their families, all of Craftsbury, and Marion Allen and her family of Burlington; a special niece, Joanne Johnson, and her husband, Gary, of Newport; and by several other nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common.  Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Green Mountain Farm to School Project, 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the FFA program at Lake Region Union High School, 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.

Gloria Jean Stevens

Gloria Jean Stevens, 72, of Portland, Texas, died peacefully on June 14, 2013, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born on June 7, 1941, in Albany, the daughter of Douglas and Sylvia (Sanville) Niles, who predeceased her.  On November 25, 1959, she married Bertram Smith Stevens, who survives her.

She loved traveling to Maine with her husband and two dogs.  She loved being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed listening to music, square dancing, bird watching, and camping.

She is survived by her husband Bertram Stevens of Portland; her children:  Howard Stevens of Raleigh, North Carolina, Keith Stevens and his wife, Bethany, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, and Valerie Dykes and her husband, Quanah, of Portland; her grandchildren:  Shawn Griffin and Jessica of Spencerport, New York, Cassandra Akey and her husband, Dean, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, Joshua Stevens of St. Johnsbury, Jessica Davis of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Lee Dykes and his wife, Alyssa, of Portland; her great-grandchildren:  Morgan Griffin, T.J. Twing, and Annabelle Stevens; her sisters and brothers:  Robert Niles and his wife, Irene, of East Charleston, Virginia Cochran and her husband, Carlton, of Morrisville, Sandy Gutzman and her husband, Walter, of Craftsbury, Shirley Kibbee and her husband, John, of Hardwick, Beverly Nadeau of Essex Junction, and Ronnie Niles of Albany; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and by her favorite aunt Mary Ingalls.

She was predeceased by her brother Reginald Niles.

A memorial service is being planned for June of 2014 in Craftsbury and in Wells Beach, Maine.

obit WatsonMarion Margaret Marie Watson

Marion Margaret Marie Watson, 79, of Newport died on June 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on January 7, 1934, in Newport, a daughter of Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

She lived all of her life in Newport.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed bowling, dancing, listening to country music, wearing her high heel shoes, and visiting her friends at the VFW.  She loved everyone.

She is survived by her sisters:  Henrietta Cromwell of Newport, and Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Albert, Edward, and Orloff Watson, Margaret Shattuck, Helena Domina, and Bettie Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  A luncheon will follow at the VFW, 141 Central Street in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the VFW 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.

obit willeyHarold O. Willey Jr.

Harold O. Willey Jr., 81, of Lowell died on June 22, 2013, in Derby.

He was born on April 23, 1932, in Derby, a son of Ella (Judd) and Harold Willey Sr.

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked for Blow and Cote in Morrisville as an equipment operator for 39 years.

Mr. Willey was an avid Red Sox fan.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding around with his companion of 12 years, Blondie, his shepherd mix dog.

He is survived by his children:  Shirleen Willey of Evansville, Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton, April Touchette and her husband, Andrew, of North Troy, Angela Willey of Lowell, and Eric Willey of Lowell; several grandchildren including Brendon and Devon Cote and Bryce and Tyler Touchette; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Curtis, and her husband, William, of Newport; five brothers:  Paul Willey and his wife, Mary, of North Adams, Massachusetts, Wayne Willey and his wife, Patricia, of Florida, Donald Willey of Massachusetts, Roger Willey and his wife, Deborah, of Lowell, and Brent Willey and his wife, Judy, of Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by four brothers:  Bruce, Dale, David, and Larry.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries June 19, 2013

obit GarneauLisa L. Garneau

Lisa L. Garneau, 51, died peacefully on June 13, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 21, 1962, in Newport, beloved daughter of Frances (Robbins) Taylor and the late Gardner O. Taylor.  On October 1, 1983, she married Roland Garneau, who survives her.

She was a cashier for the Irving Mini Mart in Derby Line.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed watching birds in her flower garden, doing crafts, scrap booking, watching NASCAR, and cheering for her favorite driver, Carl Edwards.  She loved the company of her dog, Moose.  She was always smiling, friendly, and absolutely loved visiting with her family and friends.  She especially enjoyed time spent playing with her granddaughter, Olivia.

She was certainly a stranger to no one.  She will be very dearly missed by all of her family and friends, near and far.

She is survived by her husband Roland Garneau of Derby Line; their children:  Matthew Garneau and his wife, Jennifer, of Derby, and Ashley Garneau of Derby Line; her granddaughter Olivia Garneau of Derby; her mother Frances Taylor of Derby; her sisters and brothers:  Scott Taylor of Derby, Ronald Taylor and his wife, Lynn, of Cookeville, Tennessee, Judy Parker and her husband, Keith, of Greer, South Carolina, Susan Call and her husband, David, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Patricia Gelo and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; and by many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, June 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call on June 19, at the funeral home, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Cecile G. Metras Gaboriault

Cecile G. Metras Gaboriault, 87, of Rensselaer, New York, died on May 30, 2013, after a short illness.

She was born in LaPraierie, Quebec, Canada, to the late Dalma and Marie (Moquin) Metras.  She has been a resident of Rensselaer for 58 years.  She was a homemaker and was a communicant of St. John The Evangelist and St. Joseph Church in Rensselaer, attending St. John’s Church for many years.  She was a member of St. John’s Rosary Altar Society.

She was the wife of the late Roger J. Gaboriault; mother of Paul Gaboriault and Marie Ann (Jessie) Holloway, both of Rensselaer; grandmother of Christopher Halloway; and sister of Ann Nichols, Eva Domijan, Jeanne Fortin, Theresa Metras, Lucie Metras, Rita Lantagne, Alice Metras McKinney, the late Rene Metras, Moise Metras, Irene Innie, Madeline Goodsell and Onil Metras.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in Rensselaer.

Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Greenbush, New York.

obit GlodgettJoshua L.L. Glodgett

Joshua L.L. Glodgett, 25, of Brownington died suddenly on June 11, 2013, in Brownington.

He was born on January 21, 1988, in Newport, beloved son of Michael Glodgett and Denise Viens.

He was a paver for Pike Industries.  His hobbies included four-wheeling, fishing and mechanics.

He is survived by his parents:  Michael Glodgett and his fiancée, Cheryl Eckel, of Brownington, and Denise Viens and her husband, John Wilson, of Concord, New Hampshire; his children:  Nicholas Michael Edward Glodgett and Braelynn Marie Glodgett, both of Brownington; his girlfriend Megan Mahoney of Rutland; his children’s mother Jessica Davis of Glover; his sisters:  Jessica Glodgett of Concord, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Glodgett of Brownington; by Ms. Eckel’s daughters:  Stacey and Jessica Eckel of Brownington; his paternal grandparents:  Louis and Marjorie Glodgett of Brownington; his maternal grandmother Carol Bancroft of Rabun Gap, Georgia; and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Roger Viens of North Troy.

A graveside service was held on June 15, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to his children in care of Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit PriveBeryl J. Prive

Beryl J. Prive, 86, of Newport died on her birthday, June 17, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born on June 17, 1927, in Newport, the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Cole) Webb.  On September 5, 1949, she married Raymond Prive, who predeceased her.

She was a full-time wife, mother, and homemaker.  She was a member of the Cheerful Card Company.  She was always taking care of family and relatives and was a great cook and baker, especially her homemade baked beans, homemade pickles and pies.

She had a lot of hobbies that she enjoyed through the years.  She was a big salt and pepper collector and loved collecting from each state and in Germany, with some help from her niece who was traveling throughout the different states.  She enjoyed playing Bingo at the Barton and Lyndonville fairs, picking strawberries and blueberries, going to many yard sales, putting puzzles together as well as doing crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, painting pictures, and most of all walking on her street with the Bobbin Mill girls over the years.  The Bobbin Mill girls were Beryl, Teresa (Lague) Coburn and Pauline Bouffard.

She is survived by her children:  Judith Gilman and her husband, Edward, of Newport, and Gary Prive of Newport; her sister Blendine Vance and her husband, Francis, of St. Johnsbury; her brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Arthur Prive and his wife, Jeanne, of Newport, Jeannette Thomas of West Haven, Connecticut, and Dorothy Prive of Gulfport, Mississippi; and by many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by special friends:  Pauline Bouffard and Marcella Gosselin.

She was predeceased by a brother, Arnold Webb; and by her brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Alberta and Rose Lamoureux, Cecile A. Prive, Cecile D. Prive and Martha Prive, Hector, Leo, Armand and Richard Prive, and Roland and Gerry Lamoureux.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call on June 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

obit reidDolores Carrier Reid

Dolores Carrier Reid, 83, died on May 12, 2013, in Ayr-Ayreshire, Scotland.

She was born on July 20, 1929, in Cookshire, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph Carrier and Lea Roy.  She was the youngest in a family of nine children, all of whom predeceased her, along with their spouses:  Helena and her husband, Alfred Beauregard, Louis, Sr. Lucienne of the Soeurs de la Charité de St. Louis-Lévis (SCSL), Sr. Marie-Reine of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Sr. Noella Carrier SCSL, Alphonse and his wife, Noella Turcotte, Jeanne and her husband, Fernand Bolduc, and Laurian and his wife, Therese Grenier.

She leaves behind her daughter Amy Bombard and her husband, Dave, of Underhill; her nephews, whom she thought of as sons:  Michel Bolduc and his wife, Elaine, of Universal City, Texas, Frank Bolduc of Miami Beach, Florida, and David Bolduc and his wife, Louise, of Orleans; her cousin Bernadette Carrier Brault of Cookshire; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends.

She lost her mother at the age of 11.  She pursued a nursing degree and graduated from Hotel-Dieu in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  She worked with Dr. Terrence Gage at the Orleans Medical Clinic for ten years, where she made many friends in the community.  She then went on to join the U.S. Army as a captain and served in Vietnam, where she worked at numerous bases caring for wounded soldiers.  She was very proud of her service and contributions to helping her fellow man.

She met her husband, Jim, in Spain and they were married on May 7, 1970.  They moved to London, England, and then to Ayr-Ayreshire, where they made their home and where she continued nursing until her retirement.  Her life was an inspiration to all whom she touched, both in sadness and in joy.

She really appreciated all those who were able to visit her in the last few years of her illness; in particular, her daughter Amy and her nephew Frank, and her niece Madeleine Carrier.

Gregory Alan Rossier

Gregory Alan Rossier, 48, died on April 23, 2013, in Indiana, following a lengthy illness.

Born on April 13, 1965, he was the second child of the late Reverend Dr. Bernard L. Rossier Jr. and Avis (Taylor) Rossier.

He attended schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, traveling with the family as his father traveled with his ministry wherever he felt “the call.”

He worked in many places as a chef, and later worked in a parts store.  At the time of his death, he had been employed by FedEx.

He is survived by his stepmother, Eileen Rossier, who came into his life when he was just five years old.  He is also survived by his brother Michael; his sister Wendy; and by his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, many cousins, and by a great-niece.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; his grandmother and grandfather Burdick (Willard “Gus” and Marjorie); his grandfather and grandmother Taylor; and by his grandfather Bernard L. Rossier Sr.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Burdick/Rossier family lot in the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, at a later date, at the convenience of the family.

Judy Elaine Sawyer

Judy Elaine Sawyer, 63, of Newport died on June 12, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 13, 1950, in North Conway, New Hampshire, the daughter of Ralph and Almira (Frost) Stone.  On September 14, 1968, she married Raymond A. Sawyer Sr., who survives her.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in 1997 and later from Johnson State College with a bachelor of liberal arts degree.

Her interests were cooking and family genealogy.

She is survived by her husband Raymond A. Sawyer Sr. of Newport; her sons:  Raymond A. Sawyer Jr. of Hardwick, and Tony Ray Sawyer and his wife, Kerri, of Weare, New Hampshire; four grandchildren:  Megan, Ryan, Jacob, and Krista; her brother George R. Stone and his wife, Shirley, of Conway, New Hampshire; her sister Raylene Gould and her husband, Ron, of Wakefield, New Hampshire; and by four nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

obit sheltraArnold A. “Arnie” Sheltra

Arnold A. “Arnie” Sheltra, 76, of East Hampstead, New Hampshire, died on June 4, 2013, at Parkland Hospital in Derry, New Hampshire, from complications of myasthenia gravis.

He was born on September 16, 1936, in Irasburg, son of the late Howard and Eleanor (Lathe) Sheltra.

He was raised and educated in Newport, graduating from Newport High School in the Class of 1952.  After graduation, he worked for five years as a milk tester for the United Farmers Creamery in Troy.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until the end of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, earning his drafting degree in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge.  He then worked as a drafting engineer at Western Electric/Bell Labs in North Andover, Massachusetts, for 32 years, retiring in 1996.

He was very involved with scouting for over 40 years.  He served as Cub Master for Pack #33 for over ten years, and as the district commissioner and commissioner for the remaining years.  He was also involved with Troop #33 in Hampstead, New Hampshire, and helped his son David and his grandson Zachary achieve the proud honor of Eagle Scout.  David and Zachary were the first father and son ever to become Eagle Scouts in Troop #33.  He found great pleasure in teaching scouts in their quest to earn merit badges.  In his retirement, he was able to spend more time in scouting.  He also enjoyed camping and loved all sports.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alma (Gagne) formerly of Troy.  One of his favorite jokes is that he took Alma straight off the farm from Troy.  He is also survived by his son David Sheltra and his wife, Carol, of Brentwood, New Hampshire; his grandsons:  Timothy Sheltra of Steamboat, Colorado, and Zachary Sheltra of East Hampstead, New Hampshire; his brother Stanley Sheltra of East Hampstead; his camping buddy and sister-in-law Gabrielle (Gagne) Page of Berwick, Maine, as well as her sisters:  Margaret Meunier and Marie and her husband, Roger Raboin, all of Newport Center; his brother-in-law Fernand Gagne of Wales, Massachusetts; and by many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery, with the Reverend George Lawson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to the Ron Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, in care of Wendy Franklin, development office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the charity of one’s choice.

obit StoneBernard Francis Stone

Bernard Francis Stone, 89, died suddenly on June 10, 2013, at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitatin Center at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

To all who knew him, he will remembered as larger than life in every sense of the word.  A gregarious man, he loved to laugh and made anyone he met feel like they were the most interesting person in the world.

An avid gardener, sharp crossword player, wonderful dancer, expert whistler and an okay poet, he lived life to its fullest.  He felt blessed to be in such great care at Windemere, where all the female staff were the “most beautiful women in the world” and they treated him like a king.

Born in Richford to Robert Hazen and Grace Carey Stone in 1924, he was the youngest of four children.  Living on a farm amongst the green mountains of Vermont, he had an ideal childhood.  As a teen he became a downhill ski racer, which led him to serve as a ski trooper in the elite 110th Mountain Division in World War II.  He later attended Northeastern University, where he received his degree in engineering.

As a civil engineer, he worked next to Igor Sikorsky building helicopters in Bridgeport, Connecticut, then became the town engineer in Weathersfield, Connecticut, then eventually started his own business, Bernard F. Stone and Associates, in Salem, Connecticut.

He married his boss’s daughter, Charlotte Mary Judd, during the construction of the Union Village Dam in Vermont in 1948.  They had three children:  John Carey, Charles Edward and Sandra Lee Stone.

He is survived by his son Charles Stone; his daughter Sandra Stone-Benjamin; his son-in-law Michael Benjamin; and by his grandchildren:  Charlotte Rose and Samuel Stone Benjamin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte; his son John; his sisters:  Carol Clark and Shirley Palone; and by his brother Bill Stone.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at the Haynes Room at Jay Peak Resort in Jay at 5:30 p.m.

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

Service

Gerald “Gerry” K. Spaulding Jr.

A service for Gerald “Gerry” K. Spaulding Jr. will be held on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m., at the United Church of Craftsbury on Craftsbury Common.  Relatives and friends will gather in fellowship to honor him and to share many wonderful memories.

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Obituaries June 12, 2013

obit CarsonFlorence S. (Fisk) Carson

Florence S. (Fisk) Carson, 89, of Tallmadge, Ohio, died on November 24, 2012.

She was born in Barton.  She moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1951.

Mrs. Carson trained as a cadet nurse at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire, on a scholarship from U.S. Health Service, a division of Nurse Education.  She worked at the Akron City Hospital as a registered nurse.  She was a member of the chapel.

She is survived by her husband Bruce I. Carson; her daughter Christine A. Lowry and her husband, Robert; her son Alan F. Carson; her sister Harriet Gaffney and her husband, Roy; and by a brother, William Fisk and his wife, Dorothy, both of Vermont.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  David and his wife, Jennifer, Chalan, Michael and his wife, Kristen, Elizabeth, and Ryan; and by three great-grandchildren:  Kai, Elsa, and Rocco.

A graveside service will take place at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton on Monday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of other remembrances, memorial donations may be made to “The Chapel” for missions, 135 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio 44304.

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

obit cummingsAnn Marie Cummings

Ann Marie Cummings of Brooklyn, New York, Tarrytown, New York, Westerly, Rhode Island, and Westmore died on June 5, 2013.

She was born on Sunday, May 22, 1932, to the late Julia Fogarty Cummings and John Cummings.

As an educator for the New York City Board of Education, Ms. Cummings was passionate about making a difference in the lives of students and colleagues.  Her work of many years has touched many lives.  As her nephew-in-law Matthew Kratz recently wrote, “Ann is a blessing to everyone she meets, and an inspiration to all on how to live, celebrate and love.”  Those she leaves behind will continue to embrace the legacy of her joy of life.

A superlative storyteller, a kind, generous and thoughtful person, some of her favorite things included:  children, music, any celebration, Willoughby Lake, and time spent laughing with loved ones.  She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her sister Julia Cummings Murphy; her dear friend Dolores Grieco; her sister-in-law Marylou Cummings; ten nieces and nephews; 11 grand-nieces and -nephews; and lifelong friends.

She was predeceased by her brother James Cummings, and her nephew Peter Murphy.

Funeral services were held on June 11, in Barton.  Interment followed in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Francis Breadline, 135 West 31st Street, New York, New York 10001.

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

Ruth B. Damon

Ruth B. Damon, 90, of Barton died on June 5, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 29, 1923, in Irasburg, a daughter of Arie and Myra (Denton) Kennison.  She was married to Howard Damon, who predeceased her in 1995.

She enjoyed traveling all over the world.  She liked to cook, knit for friends and family, do puzzles, play cards, and read.

She was a strong believer in keeping active and volunteered for numerous community activities, which helped her to live a long productive life.

She is survived by her children:  Terry Damon and his wife, Bonnie, of Newburg, Maryland, Marvin (Pete) Damon and his wife, Susan, of Vero Beach, Florida, and Karl Damon and his wife, Jo-Ann, of East Barre; her grandchildren:  Ann Marie Damon, Jennifer Luzier and her husband, David, Lindsay Damon-Cox, Amanda and Joe Starr, Adam Damon, Crystal Hudson and her husband, Steven, Howard Damon, Gillian Hoops, and Hatteras Hoops and his wife, Sheila; 12 great-grandchildren; and by a special, daughter-like niece, Elizabeth Cook, and her husband, Larry, and their children:  Jody Russell and her husband, Brian, and Kim Kelly and her husband, Brian.

She was predeceased by two daughters:  Nola Damon in 1960, and Lorilei Hoops in 2005.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 5, at a time to be specified later, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.  This will be followed by a celebration of the life of Ruth Damon at Pageant Park in Barton for family and friends.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Senior Center, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit degreeniaLyle G. Degreenia

Lyle G. Degreenia, 77, of Glover died on June 3, 2013, at his home in Glover.

He was born on December 29, 1935, in Sheffield, the son of Walter and Emma (Chamberlain) Degreenia.  He farmed and logged various places in Vermont and New Hampshire, and retired as a self-employed carpenter.  His hobbies included making woodcrafts, lawn ornaments, hunting and fishing.  He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the New Hampshire National Guard.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his longtime companion Wanda Reed of Glover; his children:  Terry Degreenia and his companion, Crystal Willis, of Brownington, Cathy Burns and her husband, Bill, of Florida, Carol Linscott and her companion, Richard, of Union, Maine, Walter Degreenia and his wife, Gail, of Union, Darrell Degreenia of Union, and Darren Degreenia and his wife, Gail, of Sheffield; 14 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his sister and brothers:  Leslie Degreenia and his wife, Patricia, of Northwood, New Hampshire, Phil Degreenia Sr. and his wife, Patty, of Sheffield, Jason Degreenia and his wife, Jossie, of Sheffield, and Georgia Newland and her husband, Harold, of Sheffield; his step-brothers:  Al MacEachern and his wife, Lise, of Barton, and Kevin Hill of Glover; his step-sister Barbara Stewart of Glover; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn Degreenia; and by his siblings:  Wallace, Harold, Ronnie, and George.

A celebration of his life was held on June 8 in Glover.  Interment took place in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Wanda Reed, P.O. Box 70, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit ThompsonEleanor J. Thompson

Eleanor J. Thompson, 91, of Newport died peacefully on June 5, 2013, at her home.

She was born on October 12, 1922, in Carman, Manitoba, Canada, daughter of Charles and Grace (Neal) Wolcott of West Charleston.

After graduation from Derby Academy, she married Lawrence Thompson and moved to Marine Corp bases in North Carolina and Virginia.  After her husband’s honorable discharge from the service, she enjoyed many years in Orleans, and then Connecticut, before returning to Vermont.  She and her husband lived many winters in Florida and summers in Vermont while taking time to travel the country and abroad.  She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golf, antiquing, and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Paula and her husband, Ron, of Newport; her son Lawrence (Butch) Thompson Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Derby; and by four grandchildren:  John Scott, and his wife, Coleen, and great-granddaughter Eva Noelle of San Diego, California, James Scott, and his wife, Alicia, and great-great-granddaughter Ariel of Salinas, California, Raymond Thompson and his wife, Susan (Maxwell) of Derby, and Jeffrey Thompson and his wife, Maya, and great-grandson Kai and great-granddaughter Annabel of Burlington; and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; her parents, Charles and Grace Wolcott; her sister Ina Worth and her husband, Delmond (Speed); her brother William (Billy) Wolcott; and by her son Johnny Reilly.

A private graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

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

obit GebbieMadeline G.  Gebbie

Madeline Ruth Greaves Gebbie, 93, a long time Greensboro resident, died peacefully on June 8, 2013, at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with her family at her bedside.

She was born on November 13, 1919, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of the late Clifton and Dorris (Barrows) Greaves.  She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville as Valedictorian of the Class of 1937.  She continued her education at the University of Vermont, graduating in the Class of 1941, also as Valedictorian, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.  She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and was chosen to join Omicron NU, the National Home Economics Society, in her senior year.

On June 28, 1944, she married Donald McLellan Gebbie in Morrisville.  They made their home in Greensboro and in 1952 they purchased the Gebbie Dairy Farm, which they owned and operated for more than 28 years.

Mrs. Gebbie was a teacher at Peoples Academy in Morrisville and later at Greensboro High School where she taught many subjects including:  home economics, English, French, Latin, chemistry, U.S. history and music.  She was a connoisseur of the English language.

She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ, where she served as organist and chair of the “cradle roll.”  She was also a member of the Caspian Lake Grange, Hazen Road Homemakers, Retired Teachers Association, and she served as a volunteer at the Waterbury State Hospital Remembrance Project, making sure no patient was forgotten.  She was a 4-H leader and librarian, organizing the library into the Dewey Decimal System, and director of the Kazoo Band for eight years.  They entertained at many functions including the Greensboro Nursing Home.  She was a correspondent for the Hardwick Gazette.  She was given the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1991 and the Greensboro Award in 1992 for 70 years of service.  She loved spending time with her family, the annual sugar-on-snow parties, and the Gebbie Ski tow, which has been running since 1960.

Survivors include a son, Peter Gebbie, and his wife, Sandra, of Greensboro; two daughters:  Patricia Mercier of Greensboro, and Susan Locke and her husband, Wilbur, of East Albany; a daughter-in-law, Aileen Gebbie, of Greensboro; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and two on the way; two sisters:  Betty Ingalls of Hyde Park, and Mary Jane McCuin of Virginia;  a sister-in-law, Betty Spring, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 1980; a son, Donald M. Gebbie II, in 2003; two brothers:  Mahlon Greaves and Perley M. Greaves; and by a son-in-law, Donald Mercier.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June16, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ, with the Reverend Anthony Acheson and the Reverend Alden Launer officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of her family in the Mitchell-McLaren Cemetery in Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Fire Department, P.O.  Box 83, Greensboro, Vermont  05841.

Shirley J. Nutting

Shirley J. Nutting died on May 27, 2013.

She was born on February 12, 1940.

Ms. Nutting worked for a time at the American Optical Company in Brattleboro, and lived in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.  After the company closed in 1981, she moved back to Enosburg.

She liked to visit Glover in the summer.

Funeral services were held on May 31 in Enosburg Falls.  Her final resting place is the Enosburg Center Cemetery.

obit paradisJoyce E. (Gibney) Paradis

Joyce E. (Gibney) Paradis, 69, of Laconia, New Hampshire, died on January 15, 2013.

She was born on October 2, 1943, in Newport City, the daughter of Grace (Sanville) Gibney and Malcolm E. Gibney.  Her early years were spent in North Troy.  She lived for years in the Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, area.

Survivors include her daughters:  Deborah Judkins of St. Johnsbury, and Cindy Carmen of Laconia, New Hampshire; her son Steve Carmen, of Clinton, Utah; her brother Jake Gibney of Bath, New Hampshire; her sister Betty Currie of Milford, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughters:  Roxie Carmen and Diane Mussen; her brothers:  Malcolm Jr. and Wendell Sanville; and her sister Linda Lemieux.

Graveside services were held on June 8 in North Troy.

obit  SwiftSusan Jane Swift

Susan Jane Swift of Barton died on June 6, 2013.

She was born in Enosburg on June 28, 1917, the daughter of Reverend Herbert and Pearl (Kinney) Campbell.

She was a resident of the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton and cared for by the dedicated staff for the past several years.  She lived in several Vermont towns while growing up and went to high school in Barre.  She later earned her degree as a registered nurse, and was employed at the Barre City Hospital in Barre.  She then served as a nurse at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, and as 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where she performed all general nursing duties in a paraplegic ward, and in a neurosurgical and orthopedic ward as supervisor.  She was decorated with the World War II victory medal.

After the war, she married Kenneth Swift on June 22, 1946.  They moved to Glover in 1947, purchasing and operating the general store.  They later purchased the “Shadow Lake Pavilion” dance hall and in 1963 purchased the Colonial House Nursing Home in Glover, with their friends Robert and Mazel Rogers, where Susan worked as a registered nurse.  Later, they also purchased and refurbished an apartment building in Glover, again with their friends Robert and Mazel Rogers.  She also loved to sing and was a member of the church choir at Glover Community Church.  She was also a member of the Barre Tones Chapter of Harmony, Inc., where she sang and performed with all the members in many locations around the New England Northeast.

She is survived by her son James and his wife, Susan, of Glover; her granddaughter Sarah and her husband, Steven Humphrey; her great-grandson Jonas of Boulder, Colorado; her granddaughter Laurie and her husband, Sam Allen, of Pittsboro, North Carolina; her son-in-law Bruce Baraw of Glover; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth; her daughter Donna Kay; her grandsons:  Scott and Randy Neil; as well as by her sisters and brother:  Margueritte, Joyce, Cora, Golda, Agatha, and Herbert.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m., at the Glover United Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.  Interment will follow at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with full military honors.

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

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson, 60, of Falls Church, Virginia, died on April 30, 2013, at the Georgetown University Hospital of complications from cancer.

He was born on October 30, 1952, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to William J. Thompson and Rose Mary (Dockmeyer) Thompson.  He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Strayer University in Virginia.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, and retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of various softball umpire associations in Virginia and Maryland and held board positions, including president, treasurer and commissioner.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paulette (Beaudry) Thompson, who grew up in Irasburg; his son Patrick and his wife, Mary, of Berryville, Virginia; and his daughter Amanda Ellerman and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; three grandsons:  Zachary and Nicholas Ellerman, and Joshua Thompson; his brother Tommy of Rockport, Indiana; two sisters:  Darlene May of Utica, Kentucky and her husband, Keith, and Lynda Edwards and her husband, Danny, of Calhoun, Kentucky; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers:  Chris, Franky and David Wayne; his granddaughter Addison Thompson; and by his great-nephew Colton Burden.

Services

Lois and Roger Morin

Graveside services for Lois and Roger Morin will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating.  Full military honors for Mr. Morin will be held.

Alice B. Hayes

A memorial service will be held in celebration of the life of Alice B. Hayes on June 29.  The service will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow at her late home at 537 Memphremagog Views in Newport.  All are welcome.

James McAllister

Committal services for James McAllister will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, at the Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Robert J. Cilley Jr.

Committal services for Robert J. Cilley Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Kermit Aiken

Committal services for Kermit Aiken will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, June 14, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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Dolores Carrier Reid

Dolores Carrier Reid, 83, died on May 12, 2013, in Ayr-Ayreshire, Scotland.

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Obituaries June 5, 2013

obit brownSteven Sanders Brown

Steven Sanders Brown, 70, of Glover died peacefully on May 29, 2013, in his home.

He was born on August 14, 1942, in Barton, the son of Frederick and Shirley (Sanders) Brown.

He was raised in Barton by his grandparents, Reta and Fred C. Brown, and attended Barton Academy.  He was selected as a legislative page and served daily in his seventh grade year at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  He also attended Champlain Business College in Burlington.

He married Isabelle Menard on November 25, 1961.  They owned and operated the Candlepin Restaurant, Brown’s Bowling Alley, and the Cave Dance Hall in Barton, and retired after 46 years in business.

He was a lifetime member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, NRA and NRA Golden Eagles Club, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of the Orleans Masonic Lodge #55.

He loved being with his family and their many gatherings celebrating holidays and birthdays.  He especially loved being with his grandchildren and attending their sporting, school and community activities.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed baseball and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees.  He also was a true Vermont steward of his land, planting trees, gardening, working in the woods, building stonewalls and haying the fields.  He raised Hereford cows for several years and enjoyed them grazing in the fields surrounding him.

He is survived by his children:  Diane Brown of Littleton, New Hampshire, Donna Perry and her husband, Anthony, of Barton, Lisa Brown and Pauline Frisina of Rye, New Hampshire, Ted Brown and his wife, Andrea, of Glover, and Carmen Brown and Jeremy Knights of Glover; his grandchildren:  Hannah Brown, Parker Brown, Dayna Knights, Kelby Knights, Rylee Knights and Gabriel Frisina-Brown; and by his sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Roland Menard, Rita and Bob Benoit, Denise Wilkins, Frank and Sue Menard, Patty Saum, Raymond Menard, Pierre Menard, Carol and Michael Coggio, and Pauline and Ralph Nault.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Isabelle Brown on February 12, 2004; and by two sisters:  Patricia Wheeler and Jacqueline Nattress.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Barton United Church, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.

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

obit CaplesRichard (Rick) C. Caples

Richard (Rick) C. Caples, 65, died unexpectedly on May 24, 2013, surrounded by his family, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction.

He was born in North Troy on June 5, 1947, the son of Edward Caples and Beverly (Bolio) Caples.

When he was young, he joined the military then worked at Jay Peak, Hayes Ford, Ethan Allen, Butterfields, and IBM.

He married Joyce (Jones) Caples on March 23, 1968.

He loved fishing, Bingo, and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; his two sons:  Richard Caples Jr. and Roy Caples and his wife, Naomi, all of Derby; his grandchildren:  Savannah and her husband, Jason Williams, Ross, Heather, Patrick, Johnny, and Nicholas; his great-grandchildren:  Emmett, Wrangler, and Denim; and by his ex daughter-in-law Althea Crocker.  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Linda and her husband, Steve Star, of Florida, and Diane and her husband, Tim Bleau, of Essex; his brothers:  Spike and his wife, Mary Caples, of Mississippi, and Chris Caples of North Dakota; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by both his parents and by a brother, Kirby Caples.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

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

 

obit chapdelaineMarguerite Chapdelaine

Marguerite Chapdelaine, 94, of St. Albans, died on May 27, 2013, in St. Albans.

She was born on August 13, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Langevin) Martel.  On February 21, 1944, she married Rene Chapdelaine, who predeceased her in 2004.

Among her hobbies, she enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, playing Bingo and watching westerns on television.

She is survived by her children:  Norman Chapdelaine of St. Albans, and Raymond Chapdelaine of Stowe; three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother Leo Martel; and by three sisters:  Germaine Belleville, Alexandra and Antoinette.

Funeral services were held on May 31, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Gertrude M. Fontaine

Gertrude M. Fontaine, 90, of Derby died on May 29, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 9, 1922, in Newport, a daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Gokey) Cheney.  On December 29, 1947, she married Lawrence Fontaine, who survives her.

Mrs. Fontaine was postmaster for the United States Postal Service in the town of Morgan, where she retired after 12 years of service.  She also worked as a telephone operator for several years in Troy.

She enjoyed cooking, much to the delight of her family and friends.  She knitted 11,000 pair of mittens for charity and formerly worked on upholstery.

She and Mr. Fontaine made several trips to Florida over many years during the winter months.  She was always willing to give a hand to her friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her husband Lawrence Fontaine of Derby; her children:  Stephen Fontaine and his wife, Patsy, of Beecher Falls, Dennis Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, of Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, and Laurie Fontaine of Derby; her grandchildren:  Melanie Walker and her husband, David, Stephen Fontaine and his wife, Lauren, Sarah Fontaine, Bryan Fontaine, and Adam Fontaine; her great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Jonathan, and Jessalyn Walker, and Tyler and Gavin Fontaine; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Sherman Fontaine; a grandson, Matthew Fontaine; and by the following siblings:  Earl Cheney, Nelson Cheney, Maynard Cheney, Edna Liberty, and Rita Berthiaume.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on June 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ron Holland M.D. Community Dialysis Center, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit hallTina Desneiges Coderre Hall

Tina Desneiges Coderre Hall died suddenly on June 1, in Newport.

She was born on August 4, 1967, in Ware, Massachusetts, beloved daughter of Alice (Peters) Coderre and the late Gaetan Coderre.

She loved her dogs, doing arts and crafts, going on Carnival cruises, gardening, listening to country music, dancing, and attending church with her mother.

She was a very giving and caring person who was always ready to give anyone a hand.  She was a mother who loved her children and her grandson and always treasured their time together.

She was a loving mom to her son Thomas Hall and his girlfriend, Cait Smith, of Derby, and her daughter Heather Hall and her boyfriend, AJ Stevens, of Orleans.  She loved and adored her wonderful grandson, Javein.  She will be deeply missed by her mother Alice Coderre of Derby; her brothers:  Sherman Coderre and his wife, Michelle, and Ed Coderre and his fiancée, Shirley Lawson, of Irasburg; and by her sisters:  Tealla Rodrigue and her husband, Roger, of Derby, and Trina Coderre and her fiancé, Doug LaBounty, of Lunenburg.  She will also be missed by her boyfriend Kevin Lee and his family of Newport Center; all her nieces and nephews:  Traci Rodrigue, Tasha Rodrigue and her boyfriend, Thomas Prevost, Gaetan Coderre II, Ridge Coderre, Kyle Rodrigue, and Ethan LaBounty; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Gaetan Coderre of Irasburg; and her ex-husband Lyndal Hall of Albany.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Theresa’s Cemetery.

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

Mary B. McGavic

Mary B. McGavic, 86, of St. Johnsbury died on May 27, 2013, at the Pines Nursing Home in Lyndonville.

She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on July 15, 1926, the daughter of Gupton and Ethel Barbee.

She had been a nurse’s aide for many years at the New Milford Hospital in New Milford, Connecticut.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, holidays, and birthday celebrations, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

She was married to Lawrence Douglas McGavic, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children:  Patsy Ann Tompkins and her husband, Casey, of Barton, Barbara Kay McGavic of New Milford, Mary Virginia Williamson of St. Johnsbury, Wayne Douglas McGavic and his wife, Libby, of Thomasville, North Carolina, and George David McGavic and his wife, Nancy, of New Milford; her grandchildren:  Alexander and Andrew McGavic of Thomasville, and Mary Roxanne Williamson of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; her great-granddaughter Mary Alice of Myrtle Beach; her grand dogs:  Keeley, Winnie and Bree; one brother, George Barbee of Clarksville; three sisters:  Marta Elizabeth and her husband, Chester, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Shirley McDaniel and her husband, Joseph, of Elgin, South Carolina, and Virginia Jordon of Florence, South Carolina; and by many nieces and nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her porch sitting buddies:  Pamela Decker of New Milford, Mary Overton of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Bob and Janet Tuthill of Sutton, who affectionately called her Elvira

Funeral services will be held at a later date in North Carolina.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, or the Barton Public Library, Main Street, Barton, Vermont 05822.

To view an online guestbook, go to www.pearsonsfh.com.

obit pageKenneth W. Page

Kenneth W. Page, 91, of Derby died on May 26, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on September 2, 1921, in Morgan, the son of Guy and Freda (Nichols) Page.  On April 7, 1950, he married Dorothy White, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a machinist at Linton Industries in Derby Line for many years.  His love was his appliance shop at his home in Derby, where he also enjoyed people coming to visit.

He was a member of the Church of God in Derby.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Page of Derby; his son David Page of Island Pond; his brother Bruce Page of Southwick, Massachusetts; his sisters-in-law:  Phyllis Page of Holland, and Anne Page of Florida; his brother-in-law Charles Moulton of Charleston; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Stanley Page, Floyd Page, Andrew Page, Ronald Page who was killed in action in World War II, and Ovis Page as an infant; his sister Maxine Moulton; his half-brother Ernest Wheeler; and by his half-sister Ella Grady.

A graveside service was held on May 31, at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, P.O. Box 245, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Holland Methodist Church, P.O. Box 681, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit PatenaudeYvette L. Patenaude

Yvette L. Patenaude, 77, of Derby Line, died on May 30, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on February 25, 1936, in Lowell, the daughter of Clovis and Albertine (Beausoleil) Ranville.

Mrs. Patenaude was a cook at the Holland and Derby Line elementary schools.  Her hobbies included canning, knitting, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, tole painting, and she had a precious angel collection.  She was a wonderful mother and meme.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Alphonse Patenaude of Derby Line; her children:  Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Louise Wilson and her husband, Tom, of Mooers, New York, Danny Patenaude and his wife, Rhonda, of Derby, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex Center, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe Plain; her grandchildren:  Erin, Monika, Whitney, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Taylor, Erin, Brandon, and Emma; and by her step-grandchildren:  Jena, Kati and Charlee.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Georgette Salafia and her husband, Henry, of Massachusetts, Priscilla Boucher and her husband, Phil, of Hudson, New Hampshire, Anna Gravel and her husband, Raymond, of Wolcott, and Laurette Beasley of Florida; and by her sister-in-law Georgette Ranville of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her son Michael Patenaude in 1958; five brothers:  Fernand, Roland, Leonard, Ivan, and Alfred Ranville; and by her brother-in-law John Beasley.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 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.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 880, care of Monique LaPlante, P.O. Box 195, Beebe Plain, Vermont 05823.

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

Brian J. Scully

Brian J. Scully of Newport Center, formerly of Colchester, died on May 29, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Healthcare in Burlington, following a short illness.

He was born on February 8, 1946, in Long Island, New York, and was the son of William and Grace Scully.

On October 3, 1970, he married Cathleen Carroll in St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz, New York.

He is survived by his wife Cathleen; his loving and faithful dog, Thunder Patrick; and by his longtime friends:  Jorg and Stephanie Augie of Burlington.

He was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law Nicholas Carroll; and by his loving dogs:  Michael Gregory and Riley O’Rourke.

Per his wishes, there will be no calling hours.  Burial will be private.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

For those who wish, memorials in his name may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Beigh me gra duit go deo (Gaelic)

“I will love you forever,” Tootles, Cathleen

obit sinonCharles P. Sinon

Charles P. Sinon, 77, of Meriden, Connecticut, died on May 27, 2013, after a brief illness, at the Meriden Center.

He was the beloved husband of 51 years of Carol Erardi Sinon.

He was born in Barton on November 3, 1935, the eldest son of the late Charles and Alice Pudvah Sinon, and had been a Meriden resident for many years.   He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and later was employed by Pratt and Whitney.  He was a former employee of Quest Diagnostics and Pro Health of Wallingford, Connecticut.  He was active in the Eagle’s Club and enjoyed reading, attending area car shows and relaxing by the water.  He enjoyed meeting people and had the gift of making them laugh.

In addition to his wife, Carol, he is survived by his sons:  Scott Sinon and his companion, Elizabeth Byless, of Bristol, Connecticut, and Stephen P. Sinon of Bronx, New York; his daughter Patti A. Bene of Franklin, New Hampshire; his four grandchildren:  Nicholaus and Andrew Sinon, and Brandon and Megan Bene; his sisters:  Barbara Crouse and her husband, Merle, of Enfield, Connecticut, Shirley Curley of Maine, and Mary Murray and her husband, Raymond; his brother John Sinon, all of Pleasant Valley, New York; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Wallingford on June 1.  Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave, Meriden, Connecticut 06450; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson, 60, of Falls Church, Virginia, died on April 30, 2013, at Georgetown University Hospital, of complications from cancer.

He was born on October 30, 1952, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to William J. Thompson and Rose Mary (Dockmeyer) Thompson.  He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Strayer University in Virginia.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, and retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of various softball umpire associations in Virginia and Maryland and held board positions, including president, treasurer and commissioner.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paulette (Beaudry) Thompson, who was raised in Orleans County; his son Patrick and his wife, Mary, of Berryville, Virginia; his daughter Amanda Ellerman and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; three grandsons:  Zachary and Nicholas Ellerman, and Joshua Thompson; his brother Tommy of Rockport, Indiana; two sisters:  Darlene May and her husband, Keith, of Utica, Kentucky, and Lynda Edwards and her husband, Danny, of Calhoun, Kentucky; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers:  Chris, Franky and David Wayne; his granddaughter Addison Thompson; and by his great-nephew Colton Burden.

Services

Linda Seguin and Sandra Buteau

Committal services for Linda Seguin and Sandra Buteau will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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Obituaries May 29, 2013

obit powersGerald Bert Powers

Gerald Bert Powers, 98, of Easthampton, Massachusetts, died peacefully on May 15, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on November 14, 1914, in Derby, to A. Thomas and Minnie Mae (Shannon) Powers.  He married the love of his life, Lucile Gardner, on July 12, 1938.  They enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage before her death in March of 2008.

His lifelong fascination with vehicles began on the family’s dairy farm, and he was hooked with the purchase of his first car, a 1928 Model T Ford, for $32.  He found his calling driving trucks, first working for George Demers out of Newport and then for St. Johnsbury Trucking.  He was the third person in Vermont to sign in for the Teamsters, and was a devoted union man for the rest of his life.

Mr. Powers served as a Private First Class in the U.S Army, Third Infantry Division, during World War II, driving as a messenger throughout central Europe.

Mr. and Mrs. Powers retired to Melbourne, Florida, in 1974, where he competed in shuffleboard tournaments and added to his collection of antique woodworking tools.

He is survived by four sons:  Dean, and Charlotte, of West Charleston, Richard of North Hero, William of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Keith of Easthampton.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, including Dean Powers Jr. of Morgan, Larry Powers of West Charleston, and Jennifer Allen of Derby; and by 15 great-grandchildren.

obit reidyMichael William Reidy

Michael William Reidy, 57, died on May 17, 2013, at his home in Jay, after a long illness.

He was born on October 18, 1955, and raised in Holden, Massachusetts.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.  Mr. Reidy, sometimes known as “Full Blast,” lived his life to the fullest.  He was captain of his fishing vessel The Valkyrie, a regatta-winning sailor, and a maritime adventurer.  The world was a better place with him in it.

He leaves his devoted wife Michelle; his stepmother Phyllis Handy; his children:  Nils, Hannah, and Shon Reidy Jr., Jess and Zander Melo, Missy Ruggles, Kevin and Bethany Bonneau; his siblings:  Timothy Reidy of Colorado and Carolyn Reidy-Ruberti, Joseph Reidy, and Susan Huntington, all of Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Reidy, who died in January of 2012; and his mother Ruth (Lynch) Reidy, who died in January of 1991.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m., at his home in Jay, at 135 Elm Drive, where he lived with his family.  Immediately following the celebration, he will be buried in the small town cemetery on Cemetery Road in Jay.

Anyone who would like to order flowers should contact Spates The Florist in Newport at 334-8330.  Donations are also welcome by the family to help defray expenses.

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

obit stoufferClair J. Stouffer

Clair J. Stouffer, 70, of Derby died suddenly on May 25, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 8, 1942, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Jean (Malseed) and Clair Stouffer Jr.  On June 15, 1982, he married Carolyn Rueckert, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree.  He was a teacher at West Point Prep School in Monmouth, New Jersey, for many years.  He was a member of the board of Vermont farmers’ markets and he and his dog, Eddie, were involved with Delta Pet Partner’s therapy dogs.  He loved to display at the various farmers’ markets.

He is survived by his wife, Linn Stouffer, of Derby; his children:  Jason C. Stouffer of Houston, Texas, and Ashley L. Stouffer of Newport; his brother T. Bradley Stouffer and his wife, Nancy, of Holland; his sister Charon Whitesell and her husband, Thomas, of Tequesta, Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

Richard “Dick” Ernest Webster

obit websterRichard (Dick) Webster, 77, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Newport Center, died suddenly on May 20, 2013, with his fiercely devoted and loving family by his side.

He was born on May 27, 1935, in Island Pond, the son of Ernest and Louisa Webster.  He attended and graduated from Brighton High School in 1954.  On September 13, 1959, he married his wife, Charlotte Elaine Powers.  Together they created a family, built their own home, and spent the next 54 years traveling through the entire United States, Canada and Mexico.

He worked all his adult life for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Prouty & Miller, North Country Hospital, and later on for Pick and Shovel.  In 1992, they moved to Las Vegas to be near their beloved daughter, her husband, and their grandchildren.  In later years, great-grandchildren joined the family.  The family loved to hear his stories and he taught everyone so much.

He was a friend to everyone and helped all he knew, from building homes, to baling hay.  He was an amazing, funny, selfless, hard working man, loved by all who knew him.  He puttered all the time, right up until he passed.  He was always building something.

He will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte and their loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services, as family will have a private ceremony honoring his memory at a place special to him and his family in Nevada.

Service

John Warner

Committal services for John Warner will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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Obituaries May 22, 2013

Therese A. Doyon

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Therese A. Doyon, 84, of Lowell died on May 19, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on October 4, 1928, in Winooski, the daughter of Leo and Aurore (Charpentier) Bonneau.
On August 16, 1949, she married Gaston Doyon, who survives her.

Mrs. Doyon and her husband farmed in Lowell for 29 years. She was a past member of the Ladies of Saint Anne and she taught catechism in Lowell for many years and she ran the kitchen at St. Ignatius Church. She was always ready to lend a helping hand in the community. She made cakes for different occasions and also ceramic arts and crafts.
She loved to have her family come for visits as she derived great pleasure from her family. She also enjoyed many activities with her husband including playing cards, Bingo, entertaining and traveling. She enjoyed bowling and going to music events with her husband and she was a diehard Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her husband Gaston Doyon of Lowell; and by her children: Madeleine Greenway and her companion, Gerry Green, of Lowell, Marielle Tetreault and her husband, Roger Jr., of Westfield, Marcel Doyon and his wife, Catherine, of Denver, Colorado, Maurice Doyon and his wife, Jacqueline, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Aline Bathalon and her husband, Guy, of Derby, and Paul Doyon and his wife, Pauline, of Westfield; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother Bernard Bonneau and his wife, Fernande, of North Troy; her sisters: Martha Limoges and her husband, Real, of Troy, and Celine Leblanc and her husband, Norman, of Jericho; and by her sister-in-law Mary Bonneau of Lowell.
She was predeceased by two children: Michael and Agnes; her granddaughter Sandra; her sister Maria Lamarche; and by three brothers: Jean Paul, Gerard, and Ange Marie.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell, with the Reverend Ladislaus Whelinde celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

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

Lillian Mary (Allen) Willis

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Lillian Mary (Allen) Willis, 85, died on Friday, May 17, 2013, in North Country Hospital in Newport, with her family by her side.

She was born on August 3, 1927, in Mansonville, Quebec, to Leon and and Erdine (Gibeau) Allen.
She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, holding many positions in the Troy, Newport and Island Pond chapters until she was no longer able to attend. She worked for many years as a waitress at the Green Valley Restaurant in Troy. She retired from Bogner of America in 1985. After retirement, she kept busy doing various sewing jobs and watching Tyler Paxman, from the time of his birth until he went to school. He became a very special “grandson” to her.

On May 10, 1947, she married Malcolm (Pete) Willis.

She is survived by the following family: four sons and their wives: Dennis and Linda Willis, Gary and Fay Willis, Keith and Jackie Willis, and Jim and Janet Willis; and seven grandchildren: Rick Willis and his partner, Terry Davis, Robbie Willis and his wife, Marnie, Carrie Lamadeleine and her partner, Justin Wright, Roy Willis and his partner, Athena Farrar, Jessie Willis, Melissa Laramie and her husband, Philip, and Lynn Willis and her partner, Joe Brooks. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-granchildren; her sisters: Pauline Haney and her husband, Tom, Ernestine Monfette, Albertine Woodard, and Maxlene Mongeau and her husband, Rick; her brother Lyle Allen and his wife, Sue; her sisters-in-law: Thelma Willis, Mildren Allen, Esther Allen, and Betty Allen; and by many nieces and nephews in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Quebec.
She was predeceased by her husband, Pete; her grandson David; her grandson Jason Lucier; her great-great-grandson Trevor; several brothers; one sister; and by several brothers- and sisters-in law.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-aire Activites 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.

Services

Mildred Major

Committal services for Mildred Major will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Robert Sheltra

Committal services for Robert Sheltra will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Robert Pomeroy

Committal services for Robert Pomeroy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Derby Center Cemetery.

John Curtis

Committal services for John Curtis will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Gerald Latouche

Committal services for Gerald Latouche will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

Rupert Webster Sr.

Committal services for Rupert Webster Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Evelyn Page

Funeral services for Evelyn Page will be held at 11 a.m. at the Holland Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, with full military honors.

Clarence Maker

Committal services for Clarence Maker will be held at 1 p.m. at the East Haven Cemetery in East Haven, with full military honors.

Glenn Bowen

Committal services for Glenn Bowen will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Philip Rowell

Graveside services for Philip Rowell will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at the Albany Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

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Obituaries May 15, 2013

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Joel Andress

Joel Max Andress

Joel Max Andress, 81, of Newport died on April 21, 2013, while visiting his son and daughter-in-law in Clarkdale, Arizona.

He was born July 1, 1931, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Ruth and Joseph Andress.  In 1988, he married Joanne R. “Sunnie” Andress, and they celebrated 25 years together shortly before his death.

As a young boy, his family lived for ten years on the family farm in Beebe, Quebec, where he had many happy times with his Canadian friends and with his uncle and aunt, Edwin and Eileen Earle, in Derby Line.  After moving to Wellesley, Massachusetts, he continued his schooling, graduating from Wellesley High School in 1949.  He was a veteran of the Coast Guard, serving aboard the Nantucket Lightship and also on Wake Island.  After his military service, he attended the University of the Pacific for his B.A. and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Andress joined the Central Washington University faculty in 1966 and taught classes in cartography, climatology, Asian studies and geography.

After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Vermont, a state he loved and remembered fondly from childhood.  He enjoyed being close once again to his Aunt Eileen and his much loved cousins, Nancy Earle, Lydia Bredemeier, Eileen Linzi and Peter Earle and their families.  He had an extensive knowledge of family history and enjoyed sharing his memories with family and friends.  He had a dry sense of humor and made a point of being a “Grandpa” who thought that each of his grandchildren and step-grandchildren should be a bit of a “scamp,” and that it was up to him to teach them.

He is survived by his wife Sunnie Andress of Newport; his children:  Peter Andress and his wife, Penny, Katy Fogg, Laura Andress, and Rebecca Reid and her husband, Ken; and by his grandchildren:  Zachery Andress, Evelyn Reid and Duncan Reid.  He is also survived by his step-children:  Kevin Henry, Tamara Wilson and Michelle Landis; and by his 18 step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have fond memories of “Grandpa Joe.”  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Ruth Andress of Wellesley, and Marcia Jester of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; two brothers:  Tom Andress of Camarillo, California, and David Andress and his wife, Jeannette, of Newberg, Oregon, and their families; his brother-in law, the Reverend Gary Rolph, and his wife, Jean; and by three nephews:  Matthew Rolph, Marcus Rolph and Micah Rolph, and their families.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org.

 Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneauobit Letourneau

Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneau, 87, of Holland died on May 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1925, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.  On May 28, 1949, he married Dolorese Roy, who survives him.

Mr. Letourneau owned and operated the family farm in Holland for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, maple sugaring, family gatherings, dancing, listening to music and working in his sugar woods.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling, as he was a part of the snow drifters club, and going with his wife to the Pick & Shovel on Sunday afternoons for ice cream.  Most of all he enjoyed life, his family and his friends.

He is survived by his wife Dolorese Letourneau of Holland; his children:  Bertrand Letourneau and his wife, Susie, of Holland, Yves Letourneau and his life partner, Ruth, and Richard, of Newport, and Cilla Letourneau and her wife, Lauri, of Essex; his grandchildren:  Patrick Letourneau and his wife, Sherry, of Vernal, Utah, Jennifer Martin and her partner, Joe, of Holland, Bobbi-Jo Letourneau of Holland, and Shawn Littlefield of Essex; his great-grandchildren:  Storm Lamarche of Westfield, Raven Letourneau of Vernal, Charlotte, Annabelle and Chloe-Emma (Pepe Poopoo), all of Holland; his siblings:  Paul Letourneau of Derby, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Dolores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barbara, of Derby, and Cecile Fortin of Holland; his sister-in-law Denise Bowen (Ray) of Newport; his sister-in-law Simone Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec; his brother-in-law Sylvia Piette of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine Letourneau; his grandsons:  Mathew Letourneau and Ben Martin; his brother Peter Letourneau; his sister Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; his sister Simone Piette; his brother Tony Letourneau; his brother Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange; his brother-in-law Henry Fortin; his sister-in-law Rena Letourneau; his mother- and father-in-law Dominique and Armosa Roy; his sister-in-law Fernande, and Laurent, Brault; and by his brother-in-law Armand Roy.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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

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

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6.  Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after.  It was a name he found amusing, his family said.  Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6. Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after. It was a name he found amusing, his family said. Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

 Marcel Joseph Roberts

Marcel Joseph Roberts, 70, of Newport, a well-known local businessman, died on May 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 15, 1943, in East Albany, the son of the late John and Angela (Choquette) Roberts.

On March 17, 1962, he married Stella French, who survives him.  He attended Champlain College in Burlington, and Riesch Auctioneer School.

He was a prominent auctioneer and real estate broker for most of his life.  He was also active in farming and livestock dealings.  He was former president of the Cattleman’s Association.

In his spare time, he enjoyed frequent visits from his poker buddies for a few hands of cards and the Friday night dinners with “the crew” at the East Side Restaurant.

He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329.  He enjoyed being part of the annual Orleans County Board of Realtors Christmas charity auction.  He was a past member of Newport Elks #2155.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Stella Roberts; three daughters:  Lori “Poopsie” Roberts of Derby, Diane “Tootsie” DeLaBruere of Monkton, and Sue “Suzie” Rhodes and her husband, Brent, of Derby; his only son Richard “Richie” Roberts and his fiancée, Peggy Lamonda, of Coventry; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special family friend and co-worker, Diane Parenteau of Derby Line.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Roger and Richard.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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.

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Alton Ryder

 Alton V. Ryder 

Alton V. Ryder, 78, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, died on April 29, 2013, at Bedford Hills in Bedford, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Portland, Maine, on December 15, 1934, the son of Ora A. and Adele (Owen) Ryder.  He was raised in Barton and graduated from high school in Plainville, Connecticut.  His stepfather Lelan Basford is remembered fondly for his guiding hand to Mr. Ryder’s upbringing.  Mr. Ryder studied physics at Brown University, graduating in the Class of 1956.

He made his home in Mont Vernon for the past 50 years.  He was curious and engaged in many things.  Work, community and hobbies were all embraced with gusto.  He had been employed as an engineer for Sanders Associates and Digital Equipment Corporation for many years where he contributed to the safety of our nation and the birth of modern computing.

He loved his community and worked tirelessly on various committees including as a cemetery trustee, supervisor of the checklist, study committee for the library and transfer station, and as a volunteer firefighter.  For several years, he served as director of the New Hampshire Cemetery Association.  For many years he could be found Easter morning in the church kitchen making pancakes and enjoying the company of his close friends.

He had hobbies — many hobbies.  A sample includes scout leader, radio-controlled model planes, beekeeping, and woodworking.  He deeply enjoyed working with the land and animals.  He kept horses, cows, pigs, poultry, and especially geese.  He had a voracious appetite for learning new things, which was an inspiration to many of his friends and acquaintances.

Family members include his wife of 55 years, Betty (Buschman) Ryder of Mont Vernon; two sons and a daughter-in-law:  Peter Ryder and Kathleen Conk Ryder of New Boston, New Hampshire, and Eric Ryder of Hillsborough, New Hampshire; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Stephen Hauser of Carlisle, Massachusetts; and five grandchildren:  Sarah Ryder, Ethan Ryder, Angus Godbout, Declan Godbout and Isaiah Hauser.

There are no visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., in Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon, to be followed by an informal gathering in the Round Room at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Joseph Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, New Hampshire 03055.

To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit www.smith-heald.com.

Services

 Fratia Marsh

Committal services for Fratia Marsh and William Marsh will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

 Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr. will be held on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 17, from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

 Margaret Caouette

Committal services for Margaret Caouette will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

 Pauline Turcotte Boncek

Funeral services for Pauline Turcotte Boncek will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in Troy Village Cemetery.

 Oscar Robitaille

Funeral services for Oscar Robitaille will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

 Paul Marcotte

Committal services for Paul Marcotte will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

 Ruth Young

Committal services for Ruth Young will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

 Richard Locke

Committal services for Richard Locke will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

 Dorothy Whipple

Committal services for Dorothy Whipple will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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Obituaries May 8, 2013

obit BartlauWiltrude “Trudy” Bartlau

Trudy Bartlau, 77, of South Burlington, died on April 29, at Burlington Health & Rehab.

She grew up during World War II in Himmelstadt, Germany, daughter of Karl and Margarete (Ritter) Post, and came to this country in 1955 to work as a lab technician at Jamaica Hospital in New York City.  Acquiring current medical knowledge was one of her lifelong passions.  In New York, she met and married a Prussian immigrant, Alfred Bartlau.

She and her husband moved to Vermont in 1962, first building their own little cabin in the wild in East Haven, then to Coventry to farm, forage, and live off the land on 274 acres.  Their love of ice fishing finally led them to the shores of Seymour Lake in Morgan Center.  Many will recall that she and her family owned the Morgan Country Store in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Mrs. Bartlau took real pleasure in the natural world.  She could make anything grow and loved nurturing animals in need, especially her beloved rabbit, Stretch.  Her children fondly remember her resourcefulness in creating something special from the gifts and bounty of nature.  She took great pride in these accomplishments.

Her surviving family include her husband of 54 years, Alfred Bartlau of Burlington; her daughter Monika Turner and her life partner, Jonathan Fenton, of South Burlington; her son Peter Bartlau of Westford; her son Walter Bartlau of Shelburne, whom Mr. and Mrs. Bartlau lived with for the past 12 years; and her son Werner Bartlau and his wife, Jennifer, of Cambridge; and by her grandchildren:  Joseph Turner, Thomas Bartlau, Katrina Turner, Elise Turner, and Morgan Bartlau.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the Vermont Wildlife Rescue Association, 57 Bouffard Lane, Westford, Vermont 05494.

Per her wishes, there will be no services.  Her ashes will be scattered privately at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer.

 

Madeline Elizabeth (Williams) Bezio

Madeline Elizabeth (Williams) Bezio, 99, of Newport died on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Barre on March 26, 1914, to Fred F. and Ivey (Clark) Williams.

She attended schools in Barre, Williamstown and Barre Town.

She was married to Henry F. Bezio in Washington on June 8, 1929; he predeceased her on April 29, 1979.  She lived nearly 50 years in Williamstown and served many years as a member of the Ainsworth Public Library board of directors.  She also wrote articles for the Times Argus.

She moved to Newport in June of 1981 and was active in the Seniors Center Group.  She loved gardening and flowers and couldn’t wait for the earth to warm every spring.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary (Bezio) Hundley, of McAlester, Oklahoma; a son, Charles, and Jean, of Newport and Texas; and one half-sister, Ivey (Williams), and Paul Myers of South Burlington.  Survivors also include eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry; one sister, Freda (Williams) Bogaczyk; one half-sister, May L. Williams; four half-brothers:  Edwin, Henry, Ernest, and Dolor Poulin; one son-in-law, Joe; one grandson, James Hundley; and two great-grandsons:  Erick Wahweah and C. Daniel Green.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ainsworth Public Library, care of treasurer, 2338 Vermont Route 14, Williamstown, Vermont 05679.

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

obit BowenArland J. Bowen Jr.

Arland J. Bowen Jr., 68, of Derby Line died on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 2, 1945, to Irma Bowen and the late Arland J. Bowen Sr.

On February 6, 1965, he married Dawn Bessette, who survives him.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1964 and from 1964 to 2005 he worked as a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He was on the Derby Line Ambulance Service for 30 years, the Derby Line Fire Department for 35 years, and he was an instructor for hunter safety for 40 years.  He loved to hunt and fish.  His family was the love of his life and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Dawn Bowen of Derby Line; and by his two sons:  Troy Bowen and his wife, Darlene, and Tracy Bowen and his wife, Kim.  He is also survived by his mother Irma Bowen; his grandsons:  Brandon and Joshua Bowen; his granddaughter Emma Bowen; his great-granddaughter Brookelyn Bowen; his step-grandchildren:  Darwin D. and Becca Dingman, Jason and Michelle Dagesse, and Darian and Samantha Stewart; his siblings:  Joyce McDonald, Terry Lumbra and her husband, Deforest, and Raymond Bowen and his wife, Denise; his brother-in-law Oscar Roberts; and by his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Arland J. Bowen Sr. in 1975.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 8, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

obit cassFreda Alice Cass

Freda Alice Cass, 91, of Morgan died on May 4, 2013, in Barton, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on August 1, 1921, in Magog, Quebec, the daughter of Arthur and Susan (Brill) Tryon.  On December 5, 1942, she married Carroll Cass, who predeceased her on September 14, 2002.

She was a member of the Morgan United Church, Charleston Church and Morgan Home Dem Group.  She worked as a cook for several years at a boarding house and for a doctor in Long Island, New York.  She and her husband both worked on the Morgan sugar-on-snow event, cutting ice in the winter and helping to serve the public in the summer.  Mr. and Mrs. Cass owned a farm and Cass Construction, and Mrs. Cass was the right hand “man” and together they were a hard-working pair and still found time to give to their community, family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Natalie Cass of Florida; Nancy Cass and her husband, Terrill Judd, of Newport; and Nada Parker and her husband, Ferris, of Maryland.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Amanda Jewell and her husband, John, of Derby, Michelle Cass Fortin and her husband, Edward, of Morgan, and Philip Parker.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren:  Sam Joyce of Derby and Marisa and Emily Fortin of Morgan; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Darcy Tryon and Nelson Tryon; and by two sisters:  Ruth Curtis and Mary Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call on May 11, at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in West Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan United Church Building Fund, 14 Meade Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

obit ColumbiaGordon C. Columbia

Gordon C. Columbia, 85, of Newport Center died on May 3, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 20, 1928, in Coventry, the son of Clyde and Budd (Wilcox) Columbia.  On July 16, 1949, he married Cecile Boisvert, who predeceased him on June 26, 2002.

He was a dairy farmer, and he owned and operated the family farm for most of his life.  He was also employed by the state of Vermont from 1955 to 1956.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He enjoyed antiques, gardening, hunting, listening to country music with Thelma, attending music jams and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons:  Larry Columbia and his wife, Sandra, of Newport Center, and Robert Columbia of Troy; his grandchildren:  Eric Columbia and his wife, Nicole, Bradley Columbia, Brock Columbia and his wife, Erin, Travis Columbia and his friend, Sami Johnson, Shawn Columbia and his wife, Carmen, Anthony Columbia and his partner, Sydney Bliven, and Christopher Columbia and his wife, Autumn; and by his great-grandchildren:  Nicole Columbia, Erica Columbia, Courtney Columbia, Brandon Columbia, Fayth Columbia, Trent Columbia, Tevyn Columbia, Sylas Columbia, Dylan Columbia, Michaela Columbia, Jesse and Dana Fournier, Shawna Columbia, Cassandra, Brooke and Hailey, Shawna and Madelynn, Brook-Lyn, Ashlyn, GGC, Colby, Brice, and Emmett.  He is also survived by his brother Ronald Columbia and his wife, Maria, of Norfolk, Virginia; his nephews:  Kevin, Michael and Joseph Columbia; and by his dear friends:  Thelma Jewett of Newport and Maria Parrish of Florida.

Funeral services were held on May 7 in Newport.  Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Fire Department, 86 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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

obit freehartHubert D. (Pin) Freehart

Hubert D. (Pin) Freehart, 86, of Orleans died on May 3, 2013, in Barton, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 3, 1926, in Barton.  On October 28, 1961, he married Patricia Nolan, who survives him.

He was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, where he retired after 40 years of service.  He and his wife enjoyed going for rides and stopping for ice cream in the summer time.  He would sit on the railing at the Old Howard National Bank in Orleans and wave and visit with people as they went by.  He was a friendly person to all and would always be ready to lend a hand.  Among his hobbies, he enjoyed detailing cars.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Freehart of Orleans; his children:  Tim Freehart and his companion, Shirley, of St. Johnsbury, and Linda Gregor and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; his grandchildren:  Shawn Chapdelaine and his companion, Linda Simonphone, of Massachusetts, and his step-daughter, Diamond, and Gerald and Lorraine Freehart; his great-great-grandson Shawn Chapdelaine Jr.; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister and several brothers.

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 maclureEllen Margaret (Berry) Maclure

Ellen Margaret (Berry) Maclure, 60, of Barton died on May 3, 2013, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on December 3, 1952, in Newport, daughter of the late John and Eileen Berry.  She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Johnson State College.  A teacher for nearly 30 years, she spent the majority of her career as a third grade teacher at Sacred Heart.  Her love for teaching and the children did not end after her retirement as she continued as a substitute teacher regularly in the local elementary schools.

She enjoyed the simple things in life:  spending time with her family, sitting on her front porch with her husband listening to the birds, taking walks, and spoiling her grand puppies.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Daniel, and their daughter Emily of Craftsbury, and their son Nicholas and his wife, Megan, of Derby.  She is also survived by her sister Kathy Berry Bergeron and her husband, Bob, of Jericho; her sister Patsy and her husband, Allen Clark, of Derby; her sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Joanne and her husband, David Wursthorn, of Troy, Yves and his wife, Maryellen Maclure, of Newport, Ron and his wife, Robin Maclure, of Palmer, Alaska, Guy Maclure and his partner, Kevin, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Ginette and her husband, Denny O’Day, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on May 7, in Newport.  Interment will followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network Inc., P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657-0038.

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

 

Henry “Hank” W. Pigeon

Henry “Hank” W. Pigeon, 75, of Rockville, Connecticut, husband of 53 years to June (Dickens) Pigeon, died on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, with his family at his side.

Born in North Troy, the son of the late Wilfred and Aurora (Gendron) Pigeon, he grew up and lived in North Troy before moving to Rockville in 1960.  Prior to his retirement, he was a custodian in the Vernon, Connecticut, school system for several years.  He was previously employed by the Amerbelle Corporation and the Rockville Reminder.  He was a U. S. Navy veteran.  He was a longtime devoted firefighter with the Rockville Fire Department where he served as Battalion Chief for the ladder company.  He was an advisor for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post #641 and was a Boy Scout Leader with Troop 815.

He enjoyed hunting, camping and was an avid fan of UConn women’s basketball.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children:  Beverly Crowley and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, Connecticut, and Edward Pigeon and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington, Connecticut; six grandchildren:  Jessica Crowley and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; four sisters:  Gabrielle Maguda and her husband, Donald, of Vernon, Connecticut, Anna Parker and her husband, David, of Newberry, Theresa Daigle and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Denise Pigeon of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Wilfred Pigeon Jr.

Funeral services were held on October 20, 2012, in Rockville.  Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville, with military honors.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, Connecticut 06460; or to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

 

June (Dickens) Pigeon

June (Dickens) Pigeon, 81, of Rockville, Connecticut, wife of 53 years to Henry “Hank” Pigeon, died on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Rockville General Hospital.

Born in Bermuda, the daughter of the late Frank and Gloria Dickens, she grew up and lived in Bermuda, and after she married Mr. Pigeon, they lived in North Troy, before moving to Rockville in 1960.  Prior to her retirement in 1993, she was employed by the former Acromold Products Corp. in Ellington, Connecticut, for many years.  She was previously employed by the former Roosevelt Mills.

She was an advisor for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post # 641 and was a Girl Scout Leader.  She enjoyed camping, knitting, traveling and was an avid UConn women’s basketball fan.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Beverly Crowley and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, Connecticut, and Edward Pigeon and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington, Connecticut; six grandchildren:  Jessica Crowley and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry Pigeon in October of 2012; and by two sisters:  Olive Dickens and Denise Kay.

Funeral services were held on January 14 in Rockville.  Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

 

obit wilcoxGene Charlie Wilcox

Gene Charlie Wilcox, 55, of Newport died suddenly on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 4, 1958, in Newport, the son of Marjorie (Jewett) Wilcox and the late Basil Wilcox.

He worked for Memphremagog Rentals of Newport, and also for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans when he was younger.

His hobbies included playing video games, fishing, watching science fiction movies, coloring and drawing and tinkering around the house.

He is survived by his children:  Amy Wilcox and her husband, Steve Woods, of Newport, Jennifer Bass and her fiancé, Justin Gamble, of Newport, Gene Wilcox and his wife, Ella of New York, Steven Wilcox and his wife, Melissa, of New York, and Reba and Brittany Wilcox of Newport; his mother Marjorie Wilcox and her companion, and Mr. Wilcox’s step-dad, Bud Graser, of New York; his six grandchildren:  Andrew, Kaleb, Terry, Vlad, Molly, and Eric; and by his best friend Doug Spates of Derby.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters:  Wayne Wilcox of Barton, Danny Wilcox and his wife, Mary, of Wyoming, Kirk Wilcox of Brownington, Max Wilcox of Enosburg Falls, Mark Wilcox and his wife, Lori, of Johnson, Beth Little and her husband, Pete, of Newport Center, Marsha Byers and her husband, Scott, of Brownington, and Kathy Coderre of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother David Wilcox; and by his sister Marie Wilcox.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend James Gamble officiating.

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

 

Services

Violet Rice

Committal services for Violet Rice will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Derby Line Cemetery.

Vernon Patrick

Committal services for Vernon Patrick will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Pauline Converse

Committal services for Pauline Converse will be held on Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Jerry Abbott

Committal services for Jerry Abbott will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Brownington Center Cemetery, with full military honors.

Suzanne Frizzell

Committal services for Suzanne Frizzell will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Richard Chase

Committal services for Richard Chase will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Florence King

Funeral services for Florence King will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

William Heinchon

Committal services for William Heinchon will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

R. Claude Seguin

There will be a memorial service for R. Claude Seguin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the congregational church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating. A committal service with full military honors will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery, also in Island Pond.

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Obituaries May 1, 2013

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Almeda Allen

Almeda M. Allen

Almeda M. Allen, 105, of Newport died on April 28, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on September 20, 1907, in Holland, the daughter of Fritz and Ida (Forbes) Osgood.  She married Howard C. Allen, who predeceased her in 1971.

Mrs. Allen was a sales clerk for the former Fishman’s Store and bookkeeper for the Montgomery Ward Store for over 30 years, retiring in 1971.  She loved to read, to go trout fishing, and deer hunting at their camp in Coventry.  She also enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, and traveling.

She is survived by her son Edward Allen of Newport; her daughter-in-law Donna Allen of Wyoming; her grandchildren:  Jill Mackey, Melody Toth and her husband, Rich, and James Allen and his companion, Tammy, all of Wyoming; seven great-grandchildren; and by several great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Howard C. Allen Jr.; her grandson Howard Allen III; her half-brothers:  Norman and Clayton Smith; her sisters:  Nettie Vancour and Amy Lamb; and by her half-sister Blanche Brooks.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 6, from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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

Bernadette Fortin

Bernadette Fortin

Bernadette Mary Fortin

Bernadette Mary Fortin, 89, of Derby, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on April 25, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on August 12, 1923, in Derby Line, the daughter of Cyril and Albertina (Lessard) Fortin.

She worked at the St. Johnsbury hospital as a nurse’s aide and Mt. Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire.  She also was a resident at Michaud Manor in Derby Line from 1994 to 2004, when she moved to Derby Green.  She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in St. Johnsbury, and also the Alter Society of the Church.

She is survived by her siblings:  Viateur Fortin and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Rita Peterson of Lyndonville, and Yolande Osowski of New Jersey; her sisters-in-law:  Melvidene Fortin of Derby, and Jeanne Fortin of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following siblings:  Maurice Fortin, Reginald Fortin, Alexander Fortin, and Sister Cecile Fortin.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call at St. Edward’s Parish Hall on May 13, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity of Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

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

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Rosalie Guyette

 Rosalie L. Guyette

Rosalie L. Guyette, 86, of Derby died peacefully on April 24, 2013, surrounded by her family, in Burlington.

She was born on March 18, 1927, in Derby, the daughter of Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens.  On November 30, 1950, she married Arthur Guyette, who predeceased her on May 22, 2011.

Mrs. Guyette graduated from the University of Vermont with a master’s degree in education.  She was a longtime teacher and started her career in the 1940s, where she taught in a one-room schoolhouse.  The majority of her career was at the Newport City schools.

She loved to travel to many locations in every continent except Antarctica.  She also lived in French Morocco, Africa, when she was newly-wed.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  John Guyette and his wife, Diane, Lisa Boskind and her husband, Scott, and Mary Oliver and her husband, Mike, all of Derby.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Joanne Guyette-Worth of Newport.  She is also survived by her loving grandchildren:  Robert Boskind and his fiancée, Kathy Dunn, and Sean Boskind, and Stephanie, Sean and Samantha Guyette; her siblings:  Elaine Reid of St. Johnsbury, Lucille Meunier of Newport, Harold Lippens of Florida, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeanine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by her brothers-in-law:  Leo Guyette and his wife, Joyce, of Newport, and Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes.  She is also survived by two dear friends:  Madeline Roy and Bev White.

She was predeceased by her son Steve Guyette; and by her siblings:  Leonard “Joe” Lippens, Madeline Nault, and by Paul and Pauline in infancy.

Funeral services were held on April 27, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 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.

Beatrice D. Lacroix

Beatrice LaCroix

Beatrice LaCroix

Beatrice D. Lacroix, 79, of Newport died peacefully on April 24, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 3, 1933, in Mansonville, Quebec, the daughter of Wallace and Henrietta (Libby) Julien.  On February 3, 1951, she married Gerard “John” Lacroix.

She attended the Ursaline Convent in Stanstead, Quebec.  She enjoyed crafts, painting, knitting, and crocheting.  She was very gifted and the most enjoyment to her was cooking and entertaining her family and friends.  She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, Community Circle, and Cercle Fermiere in Quebec.

She is survived by her husband Gerard Lacroix of Newport; her precious dog Cuddles, who gave her such joy and never left her side; and by her children:  Richard Lacroix and his wife, Francine, of Beebe, Quebec, and Annette Lantagne and her husband, Dennis, of Newport.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  David Lacroix and his companion, Annie, of Sherbrooke, Rachel Lacroix of Calgary, Canada, Charles Lacroix and his companion, Ariane, of Levis, Quebec, Crystal Haselton of Boulder, Colorado, Nathan Haselton of Colorado, and Katelyn Lantagne of Newport; and by her great-grandchildren:  Gabrielle, Elliott, Felix Antoine, Lohann, and Beatrice.  She is also survived by her siblings:  Pauline Gilbert of Beebe, Irene Royea of Beebe, and Murray Julien and his wife, Gladys, of Nova Scotia, Canada; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Wallace, Nelson, and Maurice Julien, and Esther Cormer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, for Team Raging Turtles, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; 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.

 Mollie Jane Murphy

Mollie Jane Murphy of Brunswick, Maine, died on April 19, 2013, embraced by her loving mother and father, Danielle and Sean Murphy.

She was born on April 19, 2013.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents:  Serge and Joanne Vachon of Newport, and Nancy C. Murphy of Brunswick; and by her great-grandparents:  Edith M. Bruneau of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, and John and Elsie Sumner of Newport.

A memorial service was held on April 28, in Brunswick.  A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.brackettfuneralhome.com.

obit nicely Margaret V. Nicely

Margaret V. Nicely, 72, of Newport died on April 20, 2013, at her home.

She was born on September 29, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1959, she married John W. Nicely, who predeceased her in 1978.

She graduated from Johnson State College with a bachelor’s degree.  She was a grant writer for NEKCA, retiring after 20 years, and she spent a few years as an English teacher in Russia.  She was an avid reader and a member of the Bread and Puppet Theatre.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Shannon Clark of Minnesota, and Christine Douglas of Florida; her grandchildren:  April Douglas of Florida, Jimmy McBride of Minnesota, and Jeff McBride of Florida; and by her great-grandchildren:  Elizabeth Boese, A.J. Radcliff of Florida, Caitlin McBride and Connor McBride of Newport.

She was predeceased by a brother, Jack Jr.

A memorial service was held on April 27 in Stannard.

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

Marcel Paquette

Marcel Paquette

 Marcel J. Paquette

Marcel J. Paquette, 53, of Amarillo, Texas, died suddenly on April 19, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was born on September 13, 1959, in Newport, the son of Reynold Paquette and the late Jeanne (Guillette) Paquette.  He enlisted into the U.S. Army for seven years.  On September 3, 1989, he married Regina Pietkiewicz, who survives him.  He was a postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service for many years.

He is survived by his wife Regina Paquette of Amarillo; his children:  Felicia and Allison Paquette, both of Amarillo; his father Reynold Paquette of Newport; his sisters:  Yvonne Steinhoff and her husband, Ernest, of Newport, Linda Keifer and her husband, Lloyd, of Clifton Park, New York, and Diane Tanguay of Newport; his sister-in-law Monique Paquette of Lyndonville; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Paquette, in 1995.

Funeral services were held on April 27, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

 Ross A. St. Onge

Ross St. Onge

Ross St. Onge

Ross A. St. Onge, 89, of Newport died on April 25, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 15, 1923, in Newport Center, the son of Clayton and Carrie (Angier) St. Onge.

Mr. St. Onge and his family were always active in playing music and as kids they were known as the United Farmers Kids and played Sundays on WDEV radio in Waterbury.  He and Lucille (Davis) St. Onge were married for 63 years.  Mrs. St. Onge predeceased him on January 27, 2012.  He and his wife farmed, owned a bowling alley, and were involved in many events in Newport Center where he also worked on the road crew before working for the state of Vermont.  They enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, horses, and the outdoors in general and family gatherings.  He loved playing his guitar, fiddle and banjo.

He is survived by his children:  Bonnie Draper of Troy, Steven Rexford of Colchester, and Gary St. Onge and his companion, Linda Robertson, of Pennsylvania; his grandchildren:  Michael Millette and his wife, Jodie, Michelle St. Onge, Darcy Rippon and her husband, Dale, Lisa McGinns, Craig Rexford and his wife, Melissa, Tanya Searles and her husband, Lar, Dan Rexford and his wife, Jessica, Todd Draper and his wife, Vikki, and Tara Wright and her husband, Shawn; his 16 great-grandchildren; his brother Neil St. Onge and his wife, Shirley, of Irasburg; his sisters:  Esther Donovan and her husband, Mike, of Newport Center, and Erlah Kennison of Westfield; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son-in-law Reginald Draper; his daughter-in-law Gail Rexford; and by his brother-in-law Clifton Kennison.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 4, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, in care of Althea Crocker, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Committals

Louise Dionne

 Committal services for Louise Dionne will be held on Friday, May 3, at the Newport Center Cemetery at 1 p.m.

 Marcel Lanoue

 Committal services for Marcel Lanoue will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

 Roger Ricard

 Committal services for Roger Ricard will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  Following committal services, a celebration of his life will be held at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

 Nancy Mathieu

Committal services for Nancy Mathieu will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

 Desneiges Geraw

Committal services for Desneiges Geraw will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

 Mary Ann Darling

Committal services for Mary Ann Darling will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at Brownington Village Cemetery.

 Myrna Nadeau

Committal services for Myrna Nadeau will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

 Penny Coderre

Committal services for Penny Coderre will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 6, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

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Obituaries April 24, 2013

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Norma Adams

Norma Chase Adams, 84, lifelong resident of White River Junction, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, while she was visiting at her daughter’s home in Doswell, Virginia.

She was born on March 21, 1929, in White River Junction, the daughter of Lawrence N. and Edith (Hazen) Chase.  She attended schools in White River Junction, graduating from Hartford High School in 1947.

She married Conrad F. Adams on February 15, 1948, in White River Junction.  Along with raising her five children, she also worked outside the home at various jobs.  She was remembered by many as the “TV Lady” at the former Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire.  She later was employed in the billing department at the hospital until she retired to spend more time with her husband.

She was always taking care of other people.  This trait started early in her life when her mother died when she was only seven years old.  She cared for friends and relatives her entire life.  She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in White River, the Order of the Eastern Star, and had volunteered at several community organizations including the Bugbee Senior Center.  At one time, she served as the “Welcome Wagon Hostess” for the town of Hartford, where she welcomed new community members.  She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family at their beloved camp on Seymour Lake in Morgan.

She is survived by two sons:  Philip Adams of Brownsville and Bradford, New Hampshire, and Steven Adams and his wife, Jean, of Hartland; three daughters:  Mary Lou Jillings and her husband, Bruce, of Hamilton, New Zealand, Melinda Kendzia and her husband, Tom, of Doswell, and Jennifer Tilden and her husband, Jeff, of Orford, New Hampshire; her grandchildren:  Paul Adams and his wife, Kelley, Forrest Adams, Joseph Adams, Erin Bianchi and her husband, Jared, Thomas Kendzia III and his wife, Chelsea, Timothy Kendzia, Tricia Kendzia, Christopher Adams, Loretta Adams, Sam Tilden, and Adele Tilden; two great-grandchildren:  Tess Adams and Riordan Adams; two sisters:  Eleanor Bradbury of South Burlington, and Elizabeth Stacy of Brattleboro; special family members:  Ann Adams Newcity of Hartford, Carol Conforti Adams of Bradford, amd Cathrine Turcotte of Brownsville; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband who died on December 30, 1994; a brother, Everett Chase; and by a son-in-law, Robert Willing.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in White River Junction, with the Reverends Sandy and Lory VanNorden co-officiating.  Burial will follow in the Hartford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The United Methodist Church of White River Junction, 106 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05001; or to the Seymour Lake Association, at P.O. Box 43, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

Denis Maurice Gray 

Denis Gray

Denis Gray

 

Denis Maurice Gray, 29, of Newport died on April 17, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on November 17, 1983, in Newport, the son of Ellis Gray Jr. and Laurie Jo Warner Makela.

He attended North Country Union High School and ROTC programs at the high school.

He loved playing video games, computers, cooking and being a stay at home dad for his daughter Kerrighan.

He is survived by his daughter Kerrighan Rose Gray of Newport; his fiancée Kari Maxham of Newport; his father Ellis Gray Jr. and his wife, Angie, of Derby; his dad Royce Naramore of Newport; and by his mother Laurie Jo Makela of Florida.  He is also survived by his paternal grandmothers:  Judy Gray of Derby, and Jane Booth of Coventry; his maternal grandparents:  Maurice and Alice Macie of Newport; his paternal step-grandfather Robert Brosseau of Derby; his brothers and sister:  Billy Naramore of Newport, Alan Gray of Ohio, Kristin Gray of Derby, Elliott Gray of Derby, Tim Gray of Derby, and Adam Gray of Derby; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother Ellis Gray III; his cousin Paul McKee; his grandfathers:  Ellis Gray Sr., Robert Naramore Sr., and Bruce Warner; and by his good friend Bruce.

Funeral services were held on April 23, in Newport.  Interment will follow in Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, the family has requested donations be sent to the Curtis-Britch Funeral Home Inc., 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, to defray funeral expenses.

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

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Paul K. Southouse, 87, of Glover died on April 17, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on June 28, 1925, the son of James W.K. and Florence Blanche (Tulley) Southouse.  He graduated from schools in Connecticut.

He was a United States Veteran having served during World War II.  He was honorably discharged on December 11, 1945, from Company A 313th Engineers.  He served in Italy with the 34th Division, 109th Engineer Battalion, landing on Anzio Beach and participating in battles in Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Appennines and Po Valley.

He retired as a sales manager for Prudential Life Insurance Company after 17 years of service.  He also worked at Vermont Tap and Die in the shipping department and Lyndon State College as a maintenance man at Burklyn Mansion and dorm father to 52 boys.

He was a member of the Anglican Church of America in Danville, Lay Reader and Senior Warden, he was a past master of the Crescent Lodge #66 Free and Accepted Masons in Lyndonville, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and American Legion, both of Lyndonville, and he also served on the Lyndon select board for several years.

He is survived by his wife Marie Southouse; one daughter, Ellen Ohina, and her husband, John; two step-sons:  Mark Rodgers and his wife, Dawn, and John Rodgers and his wife, Brenda; one step-daughter, Diane Rodgers, and her partner, Kelly Young; ten grandchildren:  Wendy and Shelby Williams, Megan Webster and her husband, Dan, Tyler, Jessica, Alexis, John, Derek, Violet and Ian Rodgers; three great-grandchildren:  Isadora and Ayden Carpenter and Noah Webster; and by special caregivers, Sue Demers and Tamieka.

He was predeceased by his first wife Ruth Baird Southouse; two brothers:  Thomas Southouse and James W.K. Southouse Jr.; and by one sister, Mary Beebe.

Graveside services will be held on June 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the family lot in the Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke.  The Crescent Lodge #66 Free and Accepted Masons will officiate.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

To view an online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.

 Ruth Esser Strong

Ruth Strong

Ruth Strong

Ruth Esser Strong, 86, of Craftsbury Common died on April 16, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1926, daughter of Ulrich and Ida Esser.  Her childhood included growing up on a boat on the Hudson River in New York City, later living in Washington, D.C., and graduating from Roosevelt High School.  From summers working on a farm in Vermont, she pushed to go to University of Vermont (UVM).  Getting a degree in agronomy with a minor in engineering, she was instrumental in getting an agricultural engineering degree program in place at UVM.

She met Horace Strong at UVM and they married at the College St. Congregational Church in Burlington.  Mr. and Mrs. Strong moved from there to raising five children on part of the Strong farm north of the Common.

She was a past member of Search Light and Ladies Union, and was a lead voice in keeping Craftsbury Academy independent.  She loved the outdoors and, with a large family in tow, was active in canoeing, hiking and camping.  Interests in land conservation, forestry, gardening and writing continued throughout her life.  There were few things she enjoyed more than following and participating in her kids’ adventures and careers, and her four-wheel-drive Toyota pickups, whether driving up to her garden with its expansive views, going for a swim at her beach on Big Hosmer, or on cross-country trips.  As a Christian, she was not shy of saying what the Lord had done for her in her life, and she was concerned about protecting the principles of individual liberty that she saw as the basis of America’s prosperity.  As organic a “granola cruncher” as the best of them, she saw this fitting perfectly with her strong conservative patriotism.

She is survived by her children:  Nancy J. West and her husband, Jim, of East Craftsbury, Nathan Strong and his wife, Vicki, of Albany, Russell Strong of Craftsbury Common, Lynn Calderwood and her husband, Ricki, of East Highgate, and Matthew Strong and his wife, Patty, of Stowe; her grandchildren:  Matthew L. Strong, Heather Strong, Charlotte (Calderwood) Martin, Rebekah Calderwood, Cicily Strong, and Isabelle Strong; and by her great-grandchild Noah Strong.

She was predeceased by her parents and a grandson, Marine Sargeant Jesse Strong, KIA Iraq 2005.

A graveside service will be held later in the spring.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org.

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

Committals

 Jeff Gerrow

Committal services for Jeff Gerrow will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Albany Village Cemetery.

 Gordon and Rose LaClair

Services for Gordon and Rose LaClair will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton.  Interment will follow in Sutton Village Cemetery with full military honors.

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