Obituaries December 11, 2013

obit chaseRodolph (Rudy) Lee Chase Sr.

Rodolph (Rudy) Lee Chase Sr., 81, of Craftsbury died on December 1, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on May 23, 1932, in Beaver Creek, North Carolina, to Paul and Laura (Jones) Chase.

He retired as a first sergeant in the United States Army, where he served for 22 years and two tours in Vietnam.  After retirement from the Army, he owned and operated the Craftsbury Village Store, and he worked for Sumner Farr, Refrigeration and Sales in Richmond.  He started his own refrigeration and appliance business in Craftsbury and later branched out in Morrisville and Hardwick.

On July 31, 1954, he married Mary Ellen Fortune, who predeceased him in 2012.

He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Craftsbury, the American Legion in Hardwick, and the VFW in Morrisville.  He was a member of the Refrigeration Engineers and Service Society.  His hobbies included gardening and landscaping.

He is survived by his children:  Rodolph (Rudy) L. Chase Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Craftsbury, twins Raymond Carl Chase and his wife, Joyce, of Craftsbury, and Robin Stebbins and her husband, George, of Craftsbury; his grandchildren:  Nicholas, Alexander, Benjamin, Kathleen, Julianne, Mykaela, Karen, Valerie, and Andrea; his great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Averie, Elexia, Aubriella, Chase, and Aliya; his brothers:  James Chase and his wife, Ella-Rae, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Douglas (Mack) Chase and his wife, Peggy, of Vaas, North Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Jimmie Chase, and by his sister Stella Baysden.

Funeral services were held on December 7, on Craftsbury Common.  Spring interment will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

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

obit Claude PaquetteClaude F. Paquette

Claude F. Paquette died peacefully on November 29, 2013, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston.

He was born in Irasburg on December 4, 1935, as the youngest son of Osias and Rose Amande Paquette.

He married his loving wife, Beverly E. Bullis, on October 16, 1954, who cared for him right up to the end of his life.

He enjoyed his family, puzzles, square dancing, bowling, listening to Burl Ives and watching America’s Funniest Home Videos.  He was a great provider as an exceptional crane operator for Cote Contractors, Pizzagalli Construction, and eventually his own trucking company.  He thoroughly enjoyed his work and the many miles up and down the East Coast.  He was also a longtime volunteer of the Essex Junction Fire Department.

He is survived by his loving family:  his wife of 59 years, Beverly; his daughter Shirley Fitzgerald and her husband, John, and their children:  Jennifer, Mary and John; his son David and his wife, Melissa (Mazza), and their children:  Shantel, Danielle, David Jr., Amy and MacKenzie; his son Bruce and his wife, Judy (Sorrell), and their children:  Sarah and Christina; his son Kenneth and his wife, Lisa (Sicard), and their children:  Ken Jr. and Chad; his daughter Sue-Ellen Kelly and her husband, Marty, and their children:  Mackenzie and Marty III; his sisters:  Theresa and Laurette; his brother Rudolph; along with his great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, and eight siblings.

A celebration of his life took place on December 6, in Essex.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

The family invites people to share memories by visiting www.awrfh.com.

obit DewingStephen D. Dewing

Stephen D. Dewing, 46, of North Troy died suddenly on December 5, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 21, 1967, to Winston and Ernestine (Conley) Dewing.  On June 7, 1986, he married Lori Lague, who survives him.

He worked as a board sawyer for several sawmills throughout his life.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, snowmobiling, tinkering on cars, and carpentry work as he built his own home.

He is survived by his wife Lori Dewing of North Troy; his children:  Leanne and Tyler Dewing of North Troy; his siblings:  Brian Dewing and his wife, Nancy, of Coventry, Janice Conley and her husband, Bruce, of Glover, MaryAnn Landry and her husband, Ronald, of Brownington, Lorraine Reeves and her husband, Larry, of Colorado, and Barbara Wing and her husband, Al, of Florida; his brothers- and sisters-in-law:  Randy Lague and his wife, Suzanne, of Johnson, Rick Lague and Debbie Cahill of Belvedere, Rene Lague and his wife, Cindy, of Troy, and Julie Klein and her husband, Michael, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Betty Lafountain.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

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

obit DionneAnne M. Dionne

Anne M. Dionne, 36, of North Troy died on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on February 12, 1977, in New Haven, Connecticut, a daughter of Raymond and Carol (Bousquet) Santaw.

On December 17, 1997, she married Rusty Dionne, who survives her.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and attending cookouts with them.

She is survived by her husband Rusty Dionne of North Troy; her mother Carol Santaw of Lyndonville; her two stepchildren:  Heather and Dustin Driver of Newport Center; her close friends:  Roy Nadeau and Mary Rhodes of North Troy; several brothers and sisters; and by a very close nephew, Joseph Santaw, of Newport.

She was predeceased by her father Raymond Santaw.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, in care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Marion Holland Hall

Marion Holland Hall, 93, of Newport died on December 5, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 1, 1920, in Athol, Massachusetts, to George and Annie (Hoyt) Holland.  On January 27, 1946, she married Blaine Hall, who predeceased her on November 24, 2003.

She was an excellent quilter and would donate them to many area charities.  She was a Civil War enthusiast.

She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

She is survived by her children:  Jeff Hall and his fiancée, Ana Fernandes, of Troy, and Jacqueline Mitchell and her companion, Clive Pratt, of Bronxville, New York.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Amy Caldwell and her husband, Tom, Christopher Mitchell and his wife, Anna, and Meghan Allen and her husband, Bill; her five great-grandchildren; her brother Milton Holland of California; her brother-in-law Richard Hall and his wife, Cynthia, of Newport; and by her sister-in-law Ellen Holland of Derby Line.

She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

At her request, no services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in her 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.

obit HouleFather Wilfred Andre “Andy” Houle

Father Wilfred Andre “Andy” Houle, beloved son, brother and friend, died on December 4, 2013.

Father Houle was born to Adrien and Laurette (Paquette) Houle on September 6, 1948, and spent his childhood years on the family’s dairy farm in Irasburg, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication.

He loved to travel as well as spend “down” time at his “cabin” in Starksboro.

Father Houle began his education at Sacred Heart Grade School in Newport, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1966.  He attended seminaries in Newark, New Jersey, and Barre.  He completed his bachelor’s degree at St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.  He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on November 9, 1974, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans.  He completed his Doctorate in adult education and faith formation, from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1985.  He also attended the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College at Vatican City in Rome, Italy.

Father Houle had the following assignments during his lifetime career in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont:  assistant pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middlebury, from November of 1974 until June of 1978; assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, from June of 1978 until June of 1980; assistant director at the Office of Religious Education in Burlington, from June of 1980 until June of 1982; director at the Office of Religious Education in Burlington, from 1982 until June of 1987; chaplain to the Sisters of Providence in Winooski, from June of 1980 until June of 1987; pastor at St. Patrick’s Parish in Fairfield, from June of 1987 until June of 1994; pastor at St. Peter’s Parish in Rutland, from June of 1994 until June of 2006; and pastor at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) Parish in St. Albans, from June of 2006 until December 7, 2009.  He retired due to health reasons on December 7, 2009.  Since then, he has lived his life with grace and dignity as his brain became ravaged by frontotemporal degeneration disease, which is a category within the Alzheimer’s illness.

He is survived by his parents of Irasburg; five siblings:  Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernard, of Cornish Flats, New Hampshire, Ronald Houle and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault), of Irasburg, and Denis Houle and his spouse, Laura (Boomer), of Irasburg.  Father Houle was the beloved uncle to Matthew and Johnathon Brasseur, Brian and Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle.  He is also survived by a number of aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Funeral services were held on December 9, in Orleans.

To honor his loving and compassionate spirit, donations may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087; or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.

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

obit powersCharlotte R. Scott Powers

Charlotte R. Scott Powers, 74, of Derby, beloved wife of Dean Powers Sr., died on November 19, 2013.

Mrs. Powers was born on April 14, 1939, a daughter of Silas Sr. and Mildred Bean Scott.

On April 23, 1950, she married Dean Powers Sr.

She is survived by her children:  Dean Powers Jr. and his wife, Brenda, Larry Powers and his wife, Sandy, and Jennifer Powers Allen and her husband, Dan; and by her grandchildren:  Hailey, Anthony and Riley.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Annabelle S. Dreher of Florida, Margaret S. Barnes of Florida, and Birdena Collins and her husband, Raymond Sr.; her brother-in-law Larry Dopp and his wife, Caroline; her husband’s brothers and their wives; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who loved Charlotte.  She will be missed by all.

She was predeceased by her parents; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Walter, Alice, George Sr. and Lura Simpson, Shirley S. Kocis, Silas Jr. and Betty Calloway, Margaret S. Barnes and Don, Goldie-Mildred S. Collins, Wilma S. Dopp and Maxine S. Cory.

Funeral services were held on November 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

obit Reynold PaquetteReynold L. Paquette

Reynold L. Paquette, 83, of Newport died peacefully on December 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on June 26, 1930, in Orleans, to Armand and Yvonne (Menard) Paquette.

On November 27, 1950, he married Jeanne Guillette, who predeceased him in 2000.

He was a self-employed logger and he also owned and operated Ray’s Christmas Trees.

He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, playing cards, hunting, maple sugaring, and wreath making.

He was a member of the Barton Fire Department and the 3rd Degree Barton and Orleans Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his daughters:  Yvonne Steinhoff and her husband, Ernest, of Newport, Linda Keifer and her husband, Lloyd, of Clifton Park, New York, and Diane Burke and her husband, Ronald, of Newport; his grandchildren:  Jonathan and Jeffrey Reed, Armand Paquette, John Drzewiczewski, Ronnie Paquette, Reanna Simpson, Felicia Paquette, Alan Tanguay, Jeremy Paquette and Allison Paquette; his great-grandsons:  Brody Tanguay and Liam Reed; his siblings:  Arlene Choquette and her husband, Bernard, of Cowansville, Quebec, Suzanne Dupries and her husband, Jacques, of Highgate Center, Joanne Turbide of Palm Harbor, Florida, Richard Paquette and his wife, Sherie, of Huntington Beach, Florida, and Claire Niles and her husband, Harry, of Brush Prairie, Washington; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sons:  Michael and Marcel Paquette; his brother Maurice; and by his godchild Rachel Couture.

Funeral services were held on December 7, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305.

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

obit ShattuckRoy K. Shattuck

Roy K. Shattuck of Derby, the son of Harold and Aline Shattuck, died peacefully on December 1, 2013, in his seventy-ninth year, surrounded by his loving family.

After attending school in the Derby and Newport area, Mr. Shattuck served honorably in the U.S. Army as a senior paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and later obtained prestigious Jump Master status while serving in Asia during the Korean War with the 101st Airborne Division.

He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW.

After leaving the Army, he became a Master Electrician.  He was a successful businessman; owning and operating Shattuck Electric in Derby for many years.  Later in his career, he was honored to join his son, Brad, in his automobile business, Shattuck Motors, in Newport.  Mr. Shattuck spent countless hours and was instrumental in the development of this 30-year-old company.

Mr. Shattuck was known to have a rebel spirit.  He enjoyed parachuting out of airplanes, fast cars, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also had a love of the water.  He enjoyed swimming, waterskiing and boating in the area lakes.  In addition, he enjoyed wintering in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

His greatest pride was his family.  He gave them the treasured gifts of his time and unconditional love.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 55 years, Beula-Jean (Jacobs); his son Brad and his wife, Bonnie Shattuck, of Derby; his daughter Brenda and her husband, John Pfeifer, of South Burlington; his daughter Susan Shattuck and her husband, Steven Bruhn, of Atlanta, Georgia; and by his beloved grandchildren:  Hannah Shattuck-Pfeifer, Leah and her husband, Jesse Nash, and Emma, Justin and Jonathan Shattuck.  Dad, Grampa, we love you best.  He is also survived by his sister Susan Shattuck of Idaho Falls, Idaho; his aunt Ruth Austin of Newport; and by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date with full military honors.

Per Mr. Shattuck’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, 67 Beech Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

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