May 11, 2011 Obituaries

Claudette C. Daigneault

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Claudette C. Daigneault, 63, of Newport died suddenly on April 27, 2011, in Sarasota, Florida.
She was born January 19, 1948, in Drummondville, Quebec, a daughter of Laurent and Alphonse (Lemieux) Lemaire.
On  July 1, 1968 she married Larry Daigneault who survives her.
Mrs. Daigneault owned a clothing boutique in Rock Island, Quebec.  She loved interior designing, and she was an aerobics instructor in Stanstead,Quebec.  She was also an accomplished oil and water color artist.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Larry Daigneault, of Newport; her two children: Steve Daigneault and his wife, Cindy, of Jay, and Julie (Daigneault) Newton and her husband, Tom, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; by four grandchildren:  Nick and Kristin Daigneault, Katelyn and Taylor Newton; and by one great-grandchild, Madison Daigneault.
Funeral services were held on May 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was celebrated.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Roy B. Laflin
Roy B. Laflin, 72, of Newport Center died on May 2, 2011, in Glover.
He was born February 7, 1939, in Jericho, a son of Milian and Ethel (Barber) Laflin.
On June 20, 1959, he married Theresa Parenteau who predeceased him.
Mr. Laflin was employed by Butterfields in Derby Line, retiring after 29 years of service.
He is survived by his daughter Joan Hallinan and her husband, Greg, of South Carolina; his grandson Joshua J. Hallinan of South Carolina; by his brothers, Lloyd Laflin of West Virginia and Vaughn Laflin of Underhill; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers:  Milian, Robert, and Elwood Laflin.
A graveside service was held on May 6 at the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy with the Reverend Henry Mlinganisa officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Joseph Leonard Lamphere
Joseph Leonard Lamphere Sr., 87, died on May 5, 2011, at his home in Lowell.
He was born on March 1, 1924, in Highgate, a son of Joseph Leonard and Bessie Mae (Sartwell) Lamphere.
He married Lettie Grace Kimball on March 16, 1948.  She predeceased him on March 18, 1996.
Mr. Lamphere was a longtime owner and operator of a dairy farm in Lowell.  He enjoyed working in the woods, cutting firewood, being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with his  family.
He is survived by two children:  Darlene Lamphere of Lowell and Joseph L. Lamphere Jr. and his companion, Krissy Johnson, and her daughter Alyssa Johnson of Lowell; by his niece Bonnie Langdell and her husband, Gary; by his nephews:  John Lamphere and his wife, Connie, Larry Lamphere and his wife, Debbie, Leo Shatney, Steve Shatney, and Christine, Arthur and Laurie, and Richard Smith and other family members.  He was predeceased by his brothers George and Jay Lamphere, and by three sisters:  Alice Gillian, Mary Smith, and twin sister Polly Shatney.
Funeral services were held on May 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend John Genco officiating.  Interment followed at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Berdena Arlene Maxwell

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Berdena Arlene Maxwell, 81, of Derby died on May 8, 2011, in Newport.
She was born April 17, 1930, in Irasburg a daughter of Gilbert and Olive (Coapland) Macie.
On June 28, 1953, she married Gordon Victor Maxwell who predeceased her on June 28, 2006.
Mrs. Maxwell ran the candy counter at the former W.T. Grant Company in Newport.  She also worked at the Coventry Store owned by Mildred Thayer, and she and her husband later purchased it.  They owned and operated the Coventry Diner, and they also owned the first redemption center in the area.  Her hobbies included going to yard sales, and playing bingo at the Derby Lions Club.
She is survived by two children:  Barry Maxwell of Derby and Kimberly Choquette and her husband, Dennis, of Derby; by the following grandchildren:  Ashley Hutchson and her husband, Eric, Lynsey Whipple, Ryan Whipple and his wife, Dana, Sean, Cody, and Jamie Maxwell, and Matthew and Derek Choquette; by several great-grandchildren; by a brother, Arland Macie, and his wife, Katherine, of Coventry and their children:  Sue and Joseph Simpson, Deborah Cobb, Terry Macie, and Rick Macie; and by several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by a daughter, Rhonda Whipple, and by a sister, Beverly Macie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Coventry Village Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Louis Garneau Relay for Life Team, care of Laurie Williams, 1352 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Larry McDonald
Larry McDonald, 68, died on March 28, 2011, at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 68.
He was born in Newport, on November 20, 1942, a son of Merle and Ethelwyn McDonald.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn; a son, Daniel, and his wife, Bonnie, and three daughters:  JoEllen Ellis and her husband, William, Jeralyn and Kim Mason, Jacilin Herrod, and Steve Polinsky; his mother-in-law Geraldine Moulton; his five grandchildren:  Kala and Derek Ellis, Tyler and Trent Herrod, and William Titara; by two brothers and two sisters: Ken and his wife, Joan, Dean, Shirley Carter and her husband, Gary, and Connie Carpenter; sister-in-law Linda McDonald; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Merle and Ethelwyn; brothers Reg and Gordon; daughter Billie Jo; and his father-in-law, Earl Moulton.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at the Echo Lake Farm.
Madeline Page

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Madeline Page, 96, of Needham, Massachusetts, died on April 26, 2011, in Needham.
She was born July 20, 1914, in Derby.
Mrs. Page led a long and rich life.  Devoted to her husband, family and community, she put the needs of others first.  She will be remembered affectionately for her personal strength, principled life, and commitment to learning and education.
She was the first child of John and Mary (Smith) Ainsboro.  She and her sister Isabel grew up enjoying their parents’ large families, maintaining lifelong ties to favorite cousins.  She studied violin and piano which nurtured a love of music throughout her life.
She graduated from the University of Vermont in l935 and became a high school home economics teacher at Brookline High School.  A favorite family story recounts her meeting a handsome Dartmouth man on a train to New York.  She married Robert Wellington Page in 1940 and a year later moved to Needham, where she lived for the next 70 years.  After caring for her young family, she returned to teaching at the Charles River School from 1960 to1977.
A member of the Congregational Church of Needham since 1941, Mrs. Page served as both leader and worker, from deaconess, organist, choir member, to the house committee, where she was known to keep the church oven cleaner than her own.   The church was her inspiration and her community of treasured lifelong friends.  She also volunteered for the Red Cross and assisted her husband on many projects for the Needham Exchange Club.
Family was everything to Mrs. Page, beginning with her husband, Robert, to whom she was married for 52 years.  She was enormously proud of her daughter Bonnie and her husband, Robert, of Littleton, Colorado; son Robert W. Page Jr. and his wife, Grace, of San Francisco, California; grandchildren Julie Roehner and her husband, Philip, of Saline, Missouri; Gregory Downing of Englewood, Colorado; and Nathaniel Thompson Page of San Francisco; and her great-granddaughter Makenzie Page Roehner.  She is also survived by her loyal brother-in-law Donald B. Page of Needham.
Private family services will be held at the Needham Congregational Church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Daily Memorial Library, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Arrangements by the Eaton Funeral Home.
Gillett Johnson Newfang Stowe

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Gillett Johnson Newfang Stowe died on May 4, 2011, in Derby at the age of 101.
She was born on March 14, 1910, in New York City, graduated from White Plains High School in New York in 1928, received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1932, and a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York city in 1934.
A quote from her college senior yearbook aptly describes her and captures her essence:  “Bewitching loveliness; captivating charm; rare versatility.  What would we ever do without Sunny — beauty, drama, music — all in one.”
She taught senior English and drama at White Plains and Mamaroneck high schools and enjoyed performing with the Scarsdale Wayside Players, a community theater organization.  It was there that she met Robert Wood Newfang who was later to become her husband.
After marrying in 1941, Mr. Newfang enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a lieutenant signal officer on the battleship U.S.S. Maryland.  During this time they had two daughters, Gail and Marcia.  In 1946, Mr. Newfang returned to his job at Canfield Paper Company in New York City where he later became president of the company.
During their 32 years of marriage, they resided in Mamaroneck and Scarsdale, New York.  They immensely enjoyed their summers at their summer home, Fourway Lodge, in Morgan.
Robert Newfang predeceased her in 1973.   In 1978, she married Smith Stowe of Cape Coral, Florida, who predeceased her in 1995.
Mrs. Stowe, known affectionately as Sunny to all, was an enthusiastic, committed Christian woman who was actively involved in the churches in her communities.
To her two daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, she has been an exceptional example of strength, joy, humor, love, and grace.  Her family finds comfort in the knowledge that her faith was in the Lord and that she is in His presence today.
She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Wood Newfang, and the late Smith Anderson Stowe.  She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Gail and Duncan Kilmartin and Marcia Gillett and Glenn Koponen; her grandchildren:  Courtney Gillett Kilmartin and her husband, Tom Williams, Sara Tyler and her husband, Ben Wyllie, Michael Kari and Brian Robert Koponen; and three great-grandchildren:  Cullen Duncan, Mora Gillett, and Kelsey Sara Wyllie.
A service, celebrating her life, will be held at the Morgan United Church on May 29 at 5 p.m.
Interment will be at the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.
The Kilmartin and Koponen families want to express their deep appreciation for the loving care given to Mrs. Stowe by the wonderful staff at Derby Green Nursing Home, and for the comforting visits from pastors John Genco and Fred and Carol Ann Barker.
Should friends wish, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.

 

Commital Services
Committal services for Doris LaCross will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday May 11, 2011 at the Newport Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Agnes Judd will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday May 13, 2011 at the North Troy Village Cemetery.
Committal services for Jean-Claude Sicotte will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Committal services for Gloria Geoffrey will be held at noon on Saturday, May 14, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.
Committal services for Donalda Fontaine will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Committal services for Cecile Fluet will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
A graveside service for Allen Lucas will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the  Derby Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Valeta Veto will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.
A graveside service for Elizabeth Benner will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at Derby Center Cemetery.
Committal services for Genia Provencher will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Committal services for Velma Grant will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery.
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