Obituaries August 15, 2012

Patricia Luella Allard

Patricia Luella Allard, 50, of Island Pond died on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 17, 1962, in Burlington, beloved daughter of Francis and Luwina (Dubois) Allard.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport in the Class of 1980.  She was employed as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at the Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, New Hampshire, and she was a paraeducator at the North Stratford, New Hampshire, elementary school.  She was also a bartender at the Groveton Legion in Groveton, New Hampshire.

Her hobbies included cooking, working in her flower gardens, decorating and she had a love for horses.

She is survived by her children:  Jennifer Doolan and her husband, Mitchell, of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and Ashley and Robert Bean of Island Pond; her parents, Francis and Luwina Allard of Island Pond; her grandchildren:  Layliah, McKenzie, Henry, Madison, Morgan, Sawyer, and Kamryn; her brother Edward Peter Allard and his fiancée, Tammie Perez, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; her nieces:  Sarah Allard, Nina Perez and Nicole Perez; her special friend Kathryn Manning of Portsmouth; and by many cousins and her dog Zoey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mater Dei Parish, for St. James Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Raymond D. Cloutier

Raymond D. Cloutier, 80, of San Ramon, California, died on Sunday, August 5, 2012, surrounded by his family after a one-year battle with cancer.

He was born on December 22, 1931, in Richford, and spent his childhood living in Barton with his parents, Severin and Rose Marie (Vandal) Cloutier, and his five brothers and three sisters.  He attended St. Paul’s School and graduated from Barton Academy in 1947 after which his wanderlust led him to a four-year stint in the Air Force where he served in the Korean War as flight crew on bombers.  He served his country with distinction for 11 years and received an honorable discharge.  He received the National Service Medal as well as numerous other awards and military honors.  He went on to serve in the California Air National Guard for an additional 15 years.

Mr. Cloutier traveled to sunny California where he attended Pasadena College and UCLA, and met, and fell in love, and married one of his private pilot students, Francine Kellerman of Beverly Hills, California.  They shared 49 years of marriage together.

He began his commercial airline pilot career in California and Hawaii, which lasted through many years, many countries and many airlines, including stints as the personal pilot to the President of Liberia.  He also worked as a commercial pilot instructor both in the U.S. and abroad.  He loved mentoring hundreds of his students in their love of flying big aircraft in the U.S., Russia and even Turkey and China.

Mr. and Mrs. Cloutier had two daughters who were the apples of their dad’s eye.  He loved visiting his eldest daughter Michele Cloutier-Valdez of Mount Shasta, California, and riding jet skis and snowmobiling with her and her husband, Daren.  He also loved visiting his daughter Suzanne Cloutier-VanDerwater of Sandy, Oregon, and helping her with “all of her projects” on her horse sanctuary.

Mr. and Mrs. Cloutier enjoyed traveling around the globe and enjoying different cultures.  Mr. Cloutier was a lifetime ski bum who was proud to still be sporting his leather ski boots on the slopes well into his 70s.

In his later years, he was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion in addition belonging to the National Association of Atomic Veterans.  He had a passion for genealogy and spent many years tracing his family history.  He was a founding member of L’Association des Cloutiers of North America.  He loved a good cup of Peet’s coffee and a maple bar as well as a good gin martini — with three olives, of course, for his “girls.”  He will be missed by many for his kind heart, giving nature and outstanding sense of humor.

His is survived by his brothers:  Robert, James and Gaetan; his sisters:  Martha and Rita; his wife, Francine; and by his daughters:  Michele and Suzanne.  He was predeceased by his parents, Severin and Rose Marie; his brothers:  Gaston and Regent; and by his sister, Bertha.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, California.

Donations to Hope Hospice in Dublin, California, are welcome, in lieu of flowers.

Roger John Coleman Sr.

Roger John Coleman Sr., 62, of Newport died on Monday, August 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on September 20, 1949, in Hanover, New Hampshire, a son of Winfield Coleman and Virginia Allen.

On February 15, 1975, he married Patricia Cahill who survives him.

Mr. Coleman was a carpenter in his younger years.  He enjoyed tinkering on cars, woodworking, and adored spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Coleman of Newport; five children:  Roger Coleman Jr. of Connecticut, Abby Hallock and her husband, Todd, of Jericho, Matthew Colemen Sr. and his wife, De, of Windsor, Evelyn Coleman and her husband, Edward Wheeler, of Montpelier, and Dakota Coleman of Newport; 16 grandchildren; his mother Virginia Allen of Windsor; five brothers and sisters:  Nancy Brooks of Barre, Peter Coleman of Windsor, Susan Coleman of Windsor, Richard Coleman of Windsor, and Patricia Williams of Arkansas; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and by a special friend, Ken Foster Sr., of Newport.  He was predeceased by his father Winfield Coleman; an infant daughter, Darlene Cahill; and by a brother, Billy Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the River of Life Church in Irasburg.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Joseph G. Connolly

Joseph G. Connolly, 83, of Barton died on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on February 24, 1929, in Groton, Massachusetts, son of Francis and Beatrice (Holly) Connolly.  On August 2, 1985, he married Clara Creighton who survives him.

Retired from contracting, the Connollys lived in New Hampshire for several years then in St. Johnsbury for four years and in the Barton area for the past five years.  They traveled extensively for many years in their motor home.  Mr. Connolly enjoyed playing cards with his family and he enjoyed winning.  He also loved farming and all outdoor activities.  He liked to joke and was kind and caring to all who came in contact with him.  He especially loved his family and enjoyed their visits.

He is survived by his wife Clara Connolly of Barton; his children:  Linda Parker and her husband, Jerry, and Timothy Connolly; his 11 stepchildren; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

Services are private for the family.

Eugene delaBruere

Eugene delaBruere, 74, died on Thursday, August 9, 2012, peacefully though unexpectedly in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the company of many family members.

He was born on October 22, 1937, in Canaan, the ninth of twelve children to Hector and Florentine (Lestage) deLaBruere.  While he had just a few years of formal education, he delighted in reminding us that “I went to school three days and the teacher never showed up…the fourth day (and thereafter) has been a learning opportunity…”

On October 6, 1956, he married Irene Deslandes, and to this happy marriage were born:  Francois and his wife, Sandy, and their children:  Shawn Lanoue and his wife, Sheena, and their children:  Madison, Logan and Gavan; and Lucien; Raymond, and his wife, Tina, and their children:  Tim and his spouse, Thomas, and Brent; Janet Gratton and her husband, Peter, and their children:  Jamie Petit and her husband, Eric, and their children:  Eli, Levi, and Ruth; and Nathan and Scott; David and his wife, Deborah, and their children:  Stephanie, Samantha, and Brian; Ivan and his wife, Nicole, and their children:  Joel and his partner, Sylvia, and their child, Estela; and Desirae, Regan, and Lianna; and Debra Hamilton and her husband, Reed, and their child, Landon.

Through the years, Mr. delaBruere worked in farming, in the woods, construction, factory work and then he found his passion for electrical work.  He was a loyal employee of Newport Electric for 16 years.  In early 1983 he and his wife established Gene’s Electric.  He welcomed his son, David, as a partner and he was always proud of the service and work Gene’s Electric provided.

He was a man who leaves a rich legacy of lessons for all of us.  His method of living was to teach by example:  hard work, loyalty and always letting us know that he loved us, were his principles.  In spite of numerous difficulties, he always made the best of what he had.  He encouraged living within your means and being satisfied with what you have.

Sadly, he lost his wife on July 14, 1988, following a hard fought battle with cancer.  During her illness, a special devotion to St. Anne was established.  He often enjoyed Mass and a picnic with family at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte. The Catholic faith was always dear to his heart.

Through the years, family was most important to him.  He celebrated and was proud of the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His sense of humor, pranks and jokes were an important part of who he was and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  He loved music whether it was singing or whistling and especially playing his guitars.  While he worked hard, he also made time for fun including cookouts especially the famous “corn roasts,” maintaining his pools, and horseshoes.  In more recent years he was able to enjoy the camper and boat at Seymour Lake — especially giving exhilarating tube rides.  He was delighted to mow a large lawn with his zero turn mower.  Snow plowing, snowmobiling, tending the pellet furnace and decorating for Christmas were a part of his winter pleasures.  He did enjoy traveling, especially when these adventures included additional family.

On November 25, 1989, he married Maureen McGuire and was warmly welcomed by the extensive McGuire clan.  He reminded us often that he had married two “Santa Clauses.”  This marriage also included her three horses.  While he preferred trail riding, he enjoyed caring for the expanded herd of horses as well as the dogs and cats that shared his home.  Additionally, he always supported and encouraged Maureen’s horse interests.

He is survived by his sisters:  Helen Routhier, Jeanne Harvey and Louise deLaBruere and her husband, Noel Boutin; and by his brothers:  Gilles and his wife, Christine, and John and his wife, Helena.  Additionally, he leaves his mother-in-law, Margaret McGuire; and Maureen’s siblings:  Sheila Johnson and her husband, Gary, Kathleen Dolan and her husband, Gregory, Monica, Thomas and his wife, Stephanie, Barbara, and Michael and his wife, Cynthia.  He is also survived by the Deslandes family:  Lorraine Brasseur, Norbert and his wife, Yvette, Roland and his wife, Bea, Lionel and his wife, Janice, Denise Corriveau and her husband, Bruno, and Michael and his wife, Sandra.  He also leaves many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews of the delaBruere, Deslandes and McGuire families.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Irene; his infant son, Paul; his granddaughter, Renee; his parents; and by siblings:  Roland, Maurice, Gerard, Roger, Therese and Rene.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport, followed by burial in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Relay for Life, NEK, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Anne’s Shrine, P.O. Box 280, Isle La Motte, Vermont 05463-0280.

Online condolences may be sent through www.curtis-britch.com.

Earle S. “Buddy” Holland Jr.

Earle Seymour “Buddy” Holland Jr., 73, of Morgan and Winter Haven, Florida, died on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Readsboro on October 23, 1938, to the late Earle S. Sr. and Thelma Berard Holland.  He attended Readsboro Central School, Drury High School, and Whitingham High School.

Prior to moving to Morgan and Winter Haven, he resided in Jacksonville for 44 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of Post #17 American Legion; Unity Lodge #89 Free and Accepted Masons, serving as master a couple of times and doing many benefit auctions each Labor Day weekend; Scottish Rites Valley of Brattleboro; past member of Readsboro Baptist Church and Jacksonville Community Church; Jacksonville Couples Club; and the Whitingham and Morgan historical societies.  At one time, he was quite active in the Windham County Republican Party.

He had many different jobs, starting at Deerfield Specialty Papers after being discharged from the service until his back surgeries forced him to change careers.  He decided to go to auctioneer school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and for a number of years ran Holland’s Auction Barn in Whitingham where he also held benefit dances and other fund-raisers.  For a few years he taught vocational education at Wilmington and Whitingham High Schools, mowed cemeteries and Whitingham School, was a school bus driver for Gerdes Transportation for nearly 20 years, and was a rural route mail carrier.  He was president of the village of Jacksonville for a number of years, the town of Whitingham’s health officer, zoning administrator, justice of the peace, and he served on the school board.  As justice of the peace, he performed many weddings in the area, over 100 in his first 15 years.  While master of the Masons he started doing the Masonic funeral service and went on to do many eulogies and funeral services in the Whitingham area and beyond.  He retired in November 2003 as Town Clerk for the Town of Whitingham.

For a number of years he performed with his brothers, Eric and Elwin, singing for benefits, bus tours, and nursing homes.  Together they did a recording of songs that were written by Buddy and Eric — Holland Brothers Sing.

His favorite past time since retiring was working on his land around his home in Morgan with his John Deere tractor and spending his winters in Florida, walking in the sun.  He enjoyed his time with family and friends.

He was married to Mildred Dix of Jacksonville on November 7, 1959.

Besides his wife, he leaves three children:  Monique Covey and her husband, Richard, of Wilmington, Angelique Colford and her husband, Mark, and a son, Earle III “Rusty,” of Jacksonville; four grandchildren:  Tyler and Corey Colford and Danielle and Nicole Covey; two great-grandchildren:  Gracelyn Moore and Aaryanna Rounds; a sister, Valerie Eldred, and her husband, Allen, of Franklin, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Brenda Holland, of Bennington; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his brothers:  Eric in March of 2006 and Elwin in May of 2006.

He was cremated and a memorial service was held on August 11 in Wilmington.  Burial followed at the Jacksonville Cemetery.  A reception was held at the Jacksonville Municipal Center following the burial.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Pool Learning Center, Guy Hawkins Cancer Fund; or a charity of one’s choice, care of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, Vermont 05363.

To send e-mail condolences to the family, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Bertha D. O’Keefe

Bertha D. O’Keefe, 81, died on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

With a last and longing smile on her face, her head held high, and a song in her heart, she left us to go on a new journey in the footsteps of the Lord.

She worked for the Island Pond Dress Factory until she moved on to work at the Ethan Allen Furniture Factory of Island Pond, which she retired from in 1995.

She loved doing things for her family including making holiday dinners, playing cards and also her favorite game, which was called “buttons.”  She was also a big fan of the game Bingo.  She loved trees and animals as well.

Mrs. O’Keefe was like a “Mother Goose” to all our friends growing up and still in the very end her door was always open to anyone who came past her threshold.

She was born on November 20, 1930, in Norton, to Fred and Inola Henry, both of whom have predeceased her.

Bertha had six siblings:  Cora Hill of Norton, Ted Henry of Lyndonville, Eva Martin of Island Pond, Rita Daniels of Island Pond, Shirley Adams of Milton, and her brother Ned Henry who predeceased her.

In 1949, she married Lawrence “Muscles” O’Keefe and they were married for 43 years before he died in 1992.  They had four children together who are all still living:  Michael O’Keefe and his girlfriend, Linda Deslandes, of Island Pond, Patrick O’Keefe and Lisa O’Keefe of Island Pond, Gary O’Keefe and Ginette O’Keefe of Island Pond, and Roger O’Keefe and Shawnda O’Keefe of Ferdinand; also, her daughter-in-law Vicky O’Keefe of Island Pond and her very special friend Camille Deslandes of Island Pond.  Also surviving are her grandchildren:  Thomas O’Keefe of Washington, D.C., Molly O’Keefe and her boyfriend, Lucian Ducharme, of Cranston, Rhode Island, Lucas O’Keefe of Island Pond, Jonathan O’Keefe and his fiancée, Crystal Tetreault, of Island Pond, Jeffrey Adams and Laurie Adams of Jericho, Keith O’Keefe of Island Pond, and and Jacob O’Keefe of Ferdinand; as well as numerous other nephews and nieces.

We will miss you and you will be forever in our hearts.  We will never forget you.  Love, all your family and friends.

Services will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond on Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m. where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends and family may feel free to stop at Mrs. O’Keefe’s house at any time as there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Mater Dei Parish, for St. James Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Please, no flowers, as per the wishes of Mrs. O’Keefe.

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

Sister Francis Patrick

Sister Francis Patrick, FCSCJ (S. Patricia Ann Dunn), a Daughter of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a long illness.

Patricia Ann Dunn was born on October 19, 1937, in Yorkville, New York.  She was the daughter of William Francis Dunn and Catherine Edna O’Hara.

She professed her vows with her religious congregation on December 27, 1982.  During her 30 years of religious profession, Sister Francis Patrick served in various missions in Newport and Rutland and in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Sister Francis Patrick was a dedicated educator for many years, but she also developed other skills and talents that benefitted many who were fortunate to encounter her.  Prior to joining the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she taught with the Sisters of St. Joseph at Mater Dei College in Ogdensburg, New York.  With the Daughters of the Charity, she initially taught at Sacred Heart School in Newport from 1982 to 1986.  She also wrote grants for Sacred Heart School during those years.  From 1986 to 1988, she practiced nursing at the Loretto Home in Rutland, and continued in that capacity from 1988 to 1989 at Mount Sacred Heart Infirmary in Littleton.  During her earlier years in Littleton, she also served Saint Rose of Lima Parish as adult education resource person.  In the year 1989 to 1990, she dealt with the beginning of her long-term health issues, but rebounded enough in 1990 to offer what turned out to be many good years of service to the people of the Rutland area:  first as professor at St. Joseph College, followed by guidance counselor at Christ the King School, then as parish secretary for Christ the King Parish.  In 2009, Sister Francis Patrick joined her sisters at Mount Sacred Heart, where she remained until a few days ago.

She is survived by her sisters in the religious community.  She was predeceased by her parents; five brothers who died at childbirth:  Timothy, James, Michael, Patrick, and Billy (her twin); and by aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel on August 13.  Interment took place in St. Mary Cemetery in Newport the same day.

To offer condolences, visit www.rossfuneral.com.

Lucille F. Prebish

Lucille F. Prebish, 87, of Newport died peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the Newport Health Care Center.

She was born on July 20, 1925, in Newport Center, a daughter of Ambroise and Eva (Tetrault) Tetreault.

On September 30, 1950, she married Stephen Prebish who predeceased her.

She was a nurse’s aide at the Pilgrim State Hospital in New York and she was also employed by Estée Lauder Company, also located in New York, for eight years, from which she retired.

She loved to play cards with her friends and relatives and gardening.  She also loved spending time with people she loved, always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need, and she enjoyed cooking, especially cakes and pies, and having her family and friends over for dinner.  She also adored her poodle.

She is survived by her brothers:  Bernard Tetreault of New Jersey, Denis Tetreault and his wife, Cecile, of Quebec, Albert Tetreault and his wife, Jacqueline, of Fairfield, and Norman Tetreault of New York; and by her sisters:  Marielle Tetreault of Quebec, and Helene Plante and her husband, Philipe, of France.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Germaine Willey; and by three brothers:  Ivan, Raymond and Jean Tetreault.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will take place in the Veteran National Cemetery in Randolph at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Michaud Manor, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

John Cameron Rogers

John Cameron Rogers, 72, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at his home in East Charleston.

Mr. Rogers graduated summa cum laude from the University of Harford with a BA in english literature and remained a dedicated reading enthusiast.  Along with careers as a leather craftsman and builder of houses, he founded the Green Mountain Trading Post, a bi-weekly classified ad publication whose motto is “no news is good news,” and which also features original art and local writing, for which he was the editor.  He relished this role and often wrote encouraging notes to the amateur poets and storytellers he published.

He was a singular man of great intellectual curiosity, caustic wit and empathy.  He was a natural leader and teacher, whose influence was felt by many.  His presence among us cannot be replaced and will be greatly missed.

Born in Bristol, Connecticut, he was predeceased by his father, Howard William Rogers of Plainville, Connecticut, and his mother, Helen Somers of Portland, Maine.  He is survived by a brother, Howard Rogers, and his sisters, Peg Wheeler and Mary Kirch, all of Bristol; a daughter, Shari Marshall, of Meriden, Connecticut; two granddaughters:  Jessi and Rachel Marshall; a great-granddaughter, Jaymi; and by several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by an extended family of friends and neighbors at Mad Brook Farm and throughout the Northeast Kingdom; and by his beloved dog Ranger.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Labor Day weekend.

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

Gerard R. Roy

Gerard R. Roy, 90, of Derby Line died on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on May 1, 1922, in Stanstead, Quebec, a son of Odila and Marie Louise (LaFlamme) Roy.

In 1955, he married Germaine Paquette who survives him.

Mr. Roy worked in construction for over 60 years including at Roger Dagesse Building among others.

He enjoyed woodworking, traveling many years to Lake Placid, Florida, where he worked part-time in a friend’s store.  He enjoyed going for coffee at McDonald’s both in Derby and Florida.

He is survived by his sister Georgette Carbonneau of Magog, Quebec; a sister-in-law, Therese Ledoux Paquette, of Magog; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers:  Haudier, Hector, Aldor, Alphonse, Henry and Robert; his sisters:  Juliette, Alice, Rachel, and Jeanne D’arc; and by sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Jeanne Fournier, Alberta Rivard, and Rodolphe Paquette.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Michaud Manor Activities Fund, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith

Edna (Nutbrown) Smith, 88, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at North Country Hospital in Newport, with family and friends close by her side.

She was born in Leeds Village, Quebec, on November 22, 1923.  She married Ernest Smith on July 3, 1943.

No one had a greater love of life than mom… she loved her home, her family and her friends.  She had the most amazing support group and circle of friends that hand carried her with love and encouragement.

Her favorite hobby was dancing, and she danced whenever her legs allowed.  When she was not dancing, she was making pickles and jams… all grown in her garden, or picked by her and her friends.  She was a pioneer living alone in an old farmhouse in Richmond, Quebec, and promising her worried children that she would soon move to town.

She was very involved in all the activities surrounding her home.  She belonged to many groups, but the Richmond Hill Women’s Institute was her true favourite, and this small group worked very hard to keep the Richmond Hill Institute afloat for this remarkable woman.

She is survived by her three daughters:  Judy and her husband, Donnie Johnston, Betty and her husband, Tom Horgan, and Alma and her husband, Stephen Marsh; six grandchildren:  Cindy and her husband, Gary, Scott and his wife, Kelly, Barbie, Sherry and her husband, Ron, Shelly and her husband, Jim, and Laurie; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  She was predeceased by her husband Ernest; her brother Alton; and by her sister Freda Raymond.

Funeral services were held on August 7 in Richmond.  Interment followed in St-Anne’s Cemetery in Richmond.

Donations may be sent to St-Anne’s Cemetery, care of Raymond Lancaster, Apartment 4, 273 Lorne, Richmond, Quebec, J0B 2H0.

Vera R. Stewart

Vera R. Stewart, 94, of Barton died peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on May 25, 1918, in Barnet, a daughter of Philip and Catherine (Russ) Adams.

She was very active in church and local politics.  She spent 20-plus years in Bradenton, Florida, where she was very active in the church there and visiting shut-ins.

She is survived by two daughters:  Josie Jean Lorimer and her family of Barton, and Jennifer Marie Deencan and her family of Turner, Maine.  She was predeceased by her loving husbands, Salvatore Joseph Frigilio and Robert Stewart.  She was also predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.

A graveside service was held on August 11 at the West Barnet Cemetery in West Barnet.

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

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

Armand J. Young Sr.

Armand J. Young Sr., 67, of Kirby died on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born on June 18, 1945, he grew up in Barton.

He was a graduate of Littleton High School in Littleton, New Hampshire, and shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam with the Seabees.

He was a well-known stonemason in the Northeast Kingdom and was known for his stone fireplaces.  He enjoyed his privacy and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He will be remembered as a person who would lend anyone a helping hand.

He is survived by his longtime companion Karlene Humphrey; his son Armand Young Jr. and his longtime companion, Stacie Clark; a daughter-in-law Katrina March; his grandchildren:  Amanda, Rachel, Cameron, and Patrick March, Trisha, Angelica, and Morgan Clark; a brother, Roy Young, and his wife, Mabel; his sister-in-law Beverly Young; and by many extended family and friends.  He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Young; a brother, Ray Young; and by his sisters:  Laura Faust, Caroline Marsh, and Hazel Powers.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville.  Calling hours will be held from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18 at the funeral home prior to the service.

For the online guestbook, visit www.pearsonsfh.com.

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