Obituaries December 23, 2013

obit CargillLyle James Cargill

 Lyle James Cargill, 93, of Derby died on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on September 3, 1920, in Morgan, to Bernie and Ola (Elliott) Cargill.  He graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1938.  On June 22, 1944, he married Cleora Ewens, who predeceased him on May 8, 1961.  On October 19, 1963, he married Edith Nichols, who survives him.

He was a foreman for the State Highway Department.  He was also a dairy farmer and logger during his lifetime.

He was an avid fisherman and Boston Red Sox Fan.  He enjoyed playing cards, cutting firewood, making wooden toys and crafts and he loved his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Edith Cargill of Derby; his children:  Dwight Cargill of Fairfax, Duane Cargill and his wife, Linda, of Montana, Colleen Gray and her husband, Reginald, of Charlotte, and Brian Cargill and his wife, Marilyn of Bristol; his stepchildren:  Reginald Gray of Charlotte, Stuart Gray of Concord, and Gary Griffin of Brandon; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Everett and Clifton Cargill; his sister Florence Rivard; and by his brother-in-law Floyd Page.  He was also predeceased by two nieces:  Katherine Rivard and Sarah Cargill; and by his nephew Clifton Cargill Jr.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Morgan Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

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.

obit ColburnBrenda L. Colburn

Brenda L. Colburn, 70, of Barton died peacefully on December 12, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on April 5, 1943, in Franconia, New Hampshire, to Irvin and Winnie (Sanborn) Bickford.  On August 4, 1962, she married Terry Colburn, who predeceased her on December 31, 2012.

She was raised on the family farm in West Glover, which was very dear to her heart.  She graduated high school from Barton Academy in 1962.  She worked as a caregiver to many children and elderly throughout her life.

She also worked at the Barton Village Office as a village clerk and retired after 15 years.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, going to yard sales and auctions.  She also spent time camping with her husband in their camper.

One of her favorite hobbies was going to Bingo.

She was very passionate about her pets that she had throughout her life, especially her dogs.

She was a member of the West Glover Church and choir, and the West Glover Willing Workers.

She was the most loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Marvin Colburn and his wife, Rhonda, of Barton, Mark Colburn and his wife, Hope, of Glover, Kelita Colburn of South Carolina, and Konnie Perkins and her husband, Eric, of Westmore; her grandchildren:  Torre Colburn and David Meyer, Devin Colburn, Lauren Baker and her husband, Nicholas, and Brooke Perkins; her great-grandchild Karson Meyer; and by her brothers:  Roland Bickford and his wife, Sharon, of Barton, and Ronnie Ouellette of Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by three brothers and six sisters.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Donations in memory of Brenda Colburn can be made to the West Glover Church, care of Sarah Stevens, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

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

obit GillisBrian Gillis

Brian Gillis of Island Pond died suddenly on Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home, at the age of 56.

He was born in Newport on June 1, 1957, to Alice Ruth (Carr) Gillis and Archie Joseph Gillis.

He enjoyed kayaking, sailing, hiking, traveling, and working on his antique truck.

He attended North Country Union High School.  He worked in Dallas, Texas, as a prep cook after high school for several years.  He worked as an illustrator in Burlington, enjoyed working out doors at the Northwoods Stewardship Center, and at the state parks in Island Pond and Barton.

He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

He is survived by two sisters:  Betty (Gillis) Biggs and Donna Chesney and her husband, Roger, of Island Pond; two brothers:  David Gillis and his wife, Linda, of Yuma, Arizona, and Steve Gillis of Sterling, Alaska; and by eight nieces, six nephews, and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Archie Joseph and Alice Ruth Gillis; and by his brother Scott Allen Gillis.

There will be a service and burial to be announced in the spring.

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

Jeannine M. Marcotte

Jeannine (Lemay) Marcotte, 77, of Bellingham, Massachusetts, died on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Milford Regional Medical Center.

She was the beloved wife, for 59 years, of Gerald E. Marcotte.

Born in Island Pond, on November 22, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Pauline (Coe) Lemay.

She was a resident of Bellingham for 50 years, formerly of Barton, where she was raised.

She worked at Waters in Milford for 27 years until retiring in 2011.

She was an avid bingo player; a candlepin bowler, as was her father; an avid reader; and she enjoyed playing horseshoes.

Devoted to her family, she will be greatly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the loving mother of Diane Brogan and her husband, Jack, of Acton, Maine, Debbie Marcotte and her fiancé, Tom, of Bellingham, Darlene Kass and her husband, Joe, of Windham, Maine, Gerald G. Marcotte and his wife, Kelly, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Dana Ebbs of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  She leaves her cherished ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She was the sister of Paul Lemay of Vermont, Bernie Lemay of Missouri, Emily Morin of Tennessee, and Delores Lapierre of Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Eric Drive, Suite 101, Natick, Massachusetts 01760; or at www.lls.org/ma.

To sign a guest book, visit www.cartiersfuneralhome.com.

Yvette L. Retallick

Yvette L. Retallick, 65, of Newport died peacefully on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 31, 1948, in Waterloo, Quebec, to Gaston Marc-Aurele and Marie-Jeanne (Racicot) Marc-Aurele.  On October 25, 1969, she married John Retallick, who survives her.

She helped her husband on their farm in Richford.

She loved to walk her dogs, Willie and Feather, and getting to know all her neighbors.  Her hobbies included reading, cooking, fishing, and she was always willing to lend a hand and be there for everyone.

She is survived by her husband John Retallick of Newport; her children:  Mary Jane Fournier of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Gaston Retallick of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her sisters:  Helene Racicot and her husband, Alfred, of Weare, New Hampshire; and Gertrude Tetreault and her husband, Andre, of Lowell; her brother-in-law Real Gauvin of Lowell; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Gauvin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Marfan Syndrome, Lahey Clinic Foundation, Inc., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01805.

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

obit martinFrancis M. Martin Jr.

Francis M. Martin Jr., 84, of Barton died on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

He was born in Burlington on August 5, 1929, the son of Francis M. Martin Sr. and Helen E. (Sullivan) Martin.

He attended Cathedral schools in Burlington, and was in the Class of 1947.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September of 1949.  He served in Japan and Korea during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic, crew chief, and flight test engineer.  His final assignment was with the 10th Aerospace Defense Group/Squadron as a maintenance technician on nuclear-equipped Thor missiles at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Johnston Island Air Force Base.  He retired from the Air Force in October of 1971 as a master sergeant.

He later worked for many years in the engineering department at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, from where he retired again in 1989.

In his retirement, he did volunteer work at the VA Hospital, the Barton Public Library, and at North Country Hospital in Newport.  He was also a volunteer member of the Hartford fire department for several years.

He was a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church in Barton.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 in Barton and also Post #2571 and DAV Chapter 3, both of White River Junction.

He enjoyed all sports and played many in his youth.  He loved to fish, especially in the small rivers and brooks of his native Vermont.  He also enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, and visiting other parts of the United States.  He had a great interest in military history, particularly aircraft of World War II and the American Civil War battlefields, cemeteries, and other historic Civil War sites.  He enjoyed the stories and history of both Confederate and Union soldiers, with a special interest in the stories and fate of the Vermont soldiers of that time.

He leaves four daughters:  Corinne A. Martin of Burlington, Mary C. Martin of Lakewood, Colorado, Jacqueline G. Hanley and her husband, Phillip, of West End, North Carolina, Kathryn R. Higgins and her husband, Paul, of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons:  Francis “Matt” Martin III and his wife, Karen, of Sanford, North Carolina, and Thomas P. Martin and his wife, Rita, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; three brothers:  Charles V. Martin of Ripton, John P. Martin and his wife, Sue, of Bakersfield, and James F. Martin of Georgia; three sisters:  Mary Usher of Twentynine Palms, California, Patricia Laskowski of Milton, and Colleen Steen of Fairfax; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher J. Martin in 1988, and by his brother Robert J. Martin in 2013.

Funeral services were held on December 20, in Barton, with military honors.  Spring interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in White River Junction.

Should friends desire, contributions, in the memory of his son, Christopher J. Martin, may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit RiversEthel M. Rivers

Ethel M. Rivers, 96, of Island Pond died on December 16, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on June 27, 1917, in Windsor Mills, Quebec, a twin daughter of Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson.

The family moved to Island Pond on November 22, 1919, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

She married Edward Rivers on October 21, 1947.

She was a telephone operator for more than five years during the 1940s, at which time she stopped working when dial systems became popular.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles until she lost her sight.

Betsy Bumps, who was like a daughter to her, took her for rides and was a frequent companion.

She was a past Noble Grand of the Clyde River Rebekah Lodge, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She had the distinction of having a twin sister, triplet sons, and twin granddaughters.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Glasson of Island Pond, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of Island Pond, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of Madison, New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Gordon Sampson and his wife, Thora, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Rivers in 2010; her twin sister Elsie Bumps of Derby; her sons:  Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by her granddaughter Tracy Glasson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Ethel M. Rivers

Ethel M. Rivers, 96, of Island Pond died on December 16, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on June 27, 1917, in Windsor Mills, Quebec, a twin daughter of Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson.

The family moved to Island Pond on November 22, 1919, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

She married Edward Rivers on October 21, 1947.

She was a telephone operator for more than five years during the 1940s, at which time she stopped working when dial systems became popular.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles until she lost her sight.

Betsy Bumps, who was like a daughter to her, took her for rides and was a frequent companion.

She was a past Noble Grand of the Clyde River Rebekah Lodge, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She had the distinction of having a twin sister, triplet sons, and twin granddaughters.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Glasson of Island Pond, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of Island Pond, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of Madison, New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Gordon Sampson and his wife, Thora, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Rivers in 2010; her twin sister Elsie Bumps of Derby; her sons:  Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by her granddaughter Tracy Glasson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

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