February 15, 2012 Obituaries

Leo L. Barrett Jr.
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Leo L. Barrett Jr., 83, of Derby died on February 8, 2012, in Newport.
Mr. Barrett was born on June 6, 1928, in Medford, Massachusetts,the son of Leo Sr. and Annie Irene (Roach) Barrett. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Corrie Barrett.
He resided in Gloucester, New Bedford, Milton and Newburyport, Massachusetts, and later in Wilmington, Deleware, before moving to Vermont. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Alaska. He was an ordained Episcopal priest for 25 years, serving churches in Massachusetts and Delaware.
In 1980, he moved to Vermont and owned the General Store of Barton. In 1983, he began working as an alcohol and drug counselor for Northeast Kingdom Human Services. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. He loved boating and working with wood.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Corrie, of Derby; by his children: Leo Barrett III of Delaware, Nancy Turner and her husband, David, of Delaware, Christopher Barrett and his wife, Betty, of Newport Center, and Jonathan Barrett and his wife, Grace, of Delaware; by his grandchildren: Natalie, Audrey, Beth Ann, Samantha , and Matthew; and by his great-grandson, Matthew. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Elizabeth Cope and her husband, Joel, of Brighton, and James Landolt and his wife, Bess, of Virginia; and by his stepgrandchildren: Alex, Sam, and Ben. He was predeceased by a sister, Irene I. Barrett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport, on Thursday, February 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will take place in Acushnet Cemetery, Acushnet, Massachusetts.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Northeast Kingdom Human Services, 154 Duchess Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

Michalla “Micki” Bowen
Michalla “Micki” Bowen, 45, died on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with her family by her side.
She was born on March 8, 1966, in Newport, a daughter of Douglas Bowen and Sandra Rooney Bowen.
Ms. Bowen was a graduate of Peoples Academy. She worked for many years as a housekeeper at various resorts in the Stowe area. She enjoyed going to lawn sales and recently took up kayaking. She was very particular about keeping her home clean. Most of all she was dedicated to her family.
She is survived by her children: Scott A. Nelson and his fiancée, Tasha Lehouillier, of Hyde Park, and Hilary Braun of Morrisville; by her mother Sandra Bowen of Hyde Park; by her father and stepmother, Douglas Bowen and Ione Armstrong of Albany; by a sister, Penny Herman, and her husband, Michael, of Brownington; by her special grandmother, Josephine Bowen of Morrisville; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by a son, Corey Lee Nelson, in 1982.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 16, at 1 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home, 165 Brooklyn Street, in Morrisville. Interment will be in the spring in Coventry.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657; or to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.



Marjorie Burdick
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Marjorie Ella Noe Rossier Burdick, 93, of Orleans died on Monday, February 6, 2012, in Glover.
Born May 3, 1918, in North Derby (what is now East Main Street in Newport), she was the middle child of Henry and Lucinda (Kinney) Noe.
She attended schools in Orleans and decided not to attend high school, so her mother had her take the eighth grade over again, a common educational practice of the time.
Her first husband was Bernard L. Rossier Sr. He was hurt in a severe accident at the Anderson Manufacturing Company in Orleans, and was hospitalized for the rest of his life. She then married Willard “Gus” S. Burdick, who died February 12, 1984.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Burdick enjoyed various clubs and activities in and around Orleans. She belonged to the Pythians, the Christmas Club, the bowling league (winning many trophies), and she was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #23 in Orleans, a job she held a few times.
One of her most favorite activities was bingo. She enjoyed it and played the game all over Orleans County, as well as at the Union House in Glover.
Baptized an Episcopalian, Mrs. Burdick belonged to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport, as well as Orleans Federated Church.
She is survived by her two sons: Everett “Nick” and his wife, Cora Ann, of Albany, and Lawrence and his wife, Gertrude, of Orleans; by her daughters-in-law: Eileen of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Susan of Brownington Center, and Tracey of Derby; by her 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, as well as by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and both of her husbands, she was predeceased by two daughters: Christine and Patricia; three sons: Bernard, Edwin, and Terrence “Terry”; two grandchildren, her big sister Dorothy, and her little sister Stella.
Funeral services were On February 11, in Orleans. Spring burial will be in the family lot at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to The Union House Nursing Home, care of the Activity Fund, Main Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Anita M. Hill
Anita M. Hill, 88, of Newport Center died on February 6, 2012, in Newport.
She was born on November 4, 1923, in Newport Center, a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Mason) Collins.  On February 12, 1941, she married Clarence Hill who predeceased her in 2006.
Mrs. Hill retired in 1985 after working as a cook at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home for 19 years. Her hobbies included making quilts, painting, doing jigsaw puzzles, going to yard sales and caring for her Great Dane dogs, in the past, which she truly loved. She was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends.
She is survived by her two sons: Gilbert Hill and his wife, Linda, of Lowell and Richard Hill and his wife, Claudette, of Newport Center; by her six grandchildren: Susan LeBlanc, Barbara Hill and her companion, Scott Gray, Lisa Pion and her husband, Frances, Mary Hill, Erin Oeschger and her husband, Scott, and Michael Hill; and by her 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence Hill, and by three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral 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-converse-rushford.com.



Ruth Jackman
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Ruth Jackman, 85, of Lyndonville died on Monday, February 6, 2012, at her home in Lyndonville.
Born on June 10, 1926, in Sutton, she was the daughter of Clyde and Ruby Ethel (Davis) Jackman Bigelow.
Ms. Jackman graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1944. She was a school teacher for many years in Barton and Stowe. She knitted hats for the newborns at Copley Hospital for many years as well. She was a longtime member at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church.
She loved to make her own greeting cards, knit, scrapbook, go to the band concerts, read, play Yahtzee, put together puzzles and volunteer at her church. She also loved the trips that she made during the holidays to see her “adopted family.”
She leaves her “adopted family:” Mary and Michael Murray of Jericho, Brittany and Daniel Forthun and their son, Alex, of Essex, Eric Murray of Jericho, Michaela Murray of Jericho, Bruce and Ann Brooks of Navarre, Florida, Bob and Vicki Brooks of West Burke, Linda and Dick Brummel of Northfield, Illinois, and Raymond and Sigrid Brooks of Lyndonville. She also leaves her cousins: Lorraine and Joseph Millay of Springfield, Norma and Carl Hackett of Derby, Wayne and Fern Leland of Florida and Tillie Pierce of Massachusetts.
Funeral services were on February 11, in Lyndonville.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Lyndonville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 543, 100 Church Street, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.
Her online guestbook can be found at www.pearsonsfh.com.



Barbara Marsh
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Barbara Marsh, 80, of Orleans died on February 10, 2012, in her home.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Stanley Marsh, who died in 2007.
She is survived by her five daughters and one son, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She also has seven brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Marsh loved “mystery rides” and spending time with her family. She had a passion for life that was contagious to anyone who knew her.
At her request, there will be no services, but anyone who would like can honor her with a donation to their local animal shelter.



Dorothy A. Marsh
Dorothy A. Marsh, 92, of Winooski died on February 8, 2012, at her home in Winooski.
She was born October 3, 1919, in Unity, Maine, a daughter of George and Myrtle (Ward) Ashford. On October 5, 1945, she married Max Marsh who predeceased her in 1980.
Mrs. Marsh graduated from Unity High School in Unity in 1938. Her many hobbies included cooking, knitting, crocheting, working on puzzles and she was an avid cat lover.
She is survived by her son Leroy Marsh of Hendersonville, Tennessee; by her daughter Faye Brunelle and her husband, Stephen, of Huntington; by her two grandchildren: Adam of Hendersonville, and Max of Denver, Colorado; and by her nieces and nephew: Rae Rudisill of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Brian Clifford of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Brenda Booton of Port Orange, Florida, and Rita Ashford of Maine. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Ashford; by two sisters: Louise Lufkin and Evelyn Clifford; and by her daughter-in-law Patricia Marsh.
Funeral services were held February 13, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 522 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Disabled Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Marie B. McOsker
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Marie B. McOsker, 95, of Derby, formerly of Portland, Maine, died on February 12, 2012, in Derby.
She was born on December 14, 1916, in Peabody, Massachusetts, a daughter of Arthur and Ella (Martin) Henshaw. On April 21, 1939, she married Leo F. McOsker who predeceased her.
She graduated from Saltonstall High School in Salem, Massachusetts. Her hobbies included reading, knitting, and gardening.
She is survived by her children: Nancy Fontaine and her husband, Luke, of Derby, and Robert McOsker and his wife, Hue, of Vienna, Virginia. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Kevin, Coleen and Jennifer McOsker. She was predeceased by a son, William McOsker, and by two brothers: Arthur and Francis Henshaw.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.



Franz Austin Smith
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Franz Austin Smith, formerly of Newport, died on February 10, 2012, at his home in Lyndonville, after battling cancer.
Son of Raymond and Anna (Franz) Smith, he was born on August 21, 1927. He served for his country in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946 and again from 1950 to 1953. Mr. Smith worked as a tradesman while attending college. He graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959.
Following college, he worked as a school teacher from 1959 until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Smith taught his students as he lived his life, humorsome, methodical and caring.

Besides college, his accomplishments included a lifelong membership in the American Legion, owning a garage and service station in Lyndonville, obtaining a license in real estate, acquiring a lifetime membership of the Vermont Vocational Teacher Association, and past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an active member of the Football Association, the Lions Club, and the NRA.

His pastimes included hunting, fishing, and boating. He enjoyed his time as a ski instructor, Vermont State Police Auxiliary Trooper, Orleans County Deputy Sheriff and member of the Newport Police Department.

Mr. Smith was an accomplished entrepreneur and a beloved family man.

He is survived by his loving companion of 22 years, Beverly Tripp; and by his family: his son William Smith, his daughter Jetta (Smith) Grant, his five granddaughters and his nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Jetta (Ramsey) Smith; by his daughter Toni Smith; and by two sisters: Vivian Monahan and Delores Towle.

Graveside services will be held in the spring, with notification with time at a later date.

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

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