Obituaries December 5, 2012

Joseph Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis, 68, of Newport Center, died on November 27, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.

He was born December 27, 1943, in East Orange, New Jersey, a son of Percy and Mildred (English).  On June 15, 1968, he married Marlene Willis, who survives him.

Mr. Bullis was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens, and he loved to decorate his home at Christmas time, using thousands of lights and scenes.  He also loved having the grandchildren come to his home for a visit and attending family reunions that were held each year.  He was a wonderful husband and father.  His family always came first.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Bullis, of Newport Center; by his children:  Roy Bullis and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Karen Bullis of Derby Line, and Roxanne Couture and her husband, Christopher, of Newport; by his grandchildren:  Leanne Bullis, Samantha Bullis, Kyle Forcier, Blake Leighton, Justin Forcier, Lindsey Couture, and Christopher Couture; by his great-grandchildren:  Rylee Jones and Hannah Forcier; by his brothers and sisters:  Jack Bullis and his wife, Beverly, of Derby Line, Daniel Bullis and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Dianne Bullis of Newport, Judith Bullis of Proctor, Mary Lou George and her husband, Wendall, of Derby, Craig Bullis and his wife, Diana, and Paula Marie Brochu and her husband, Steve, of Derby Line; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher Joseph Bullis and by three brothers:  Francis, William, and James Bullis.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.  Spring interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NEKCA food shelf, P.O. Box 724, Newport, Vermont, 05855, or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Lorene Liberty Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis died suddenly on November 22, 2012, at her daughter’s home in East Highgate following a recent period of illness.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis was born to Lyndon and Merial (Stratton) Liberty on May 17, 1945.

She was predeceased by her parents, by her brother Byron Liberty, and by her beloved late husband, John Lee Curtis.

She is survived by her sisters Patricia Fudge and family of New York, Deanna Styggles and family of New Hampshire, brother-in-law, Durwood Styggles of Vermont, her sister Linda Oullette and family, her sister Kathy Benjamin and her family of Vermont, and her brother Michael Liberty and his family of New York.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis was a single mother of seven children, all of whom survive her:  daughter Deborah Williams of Flagstaff, Arizona, son Christopher Chicione and his wife, Karen, of Bakersfield, son, Patrick Chicoine and his wife, Tina, of Jacksonville, Florida, daughter Andrea Smith and her husband, Raymond, of West Charleston, daughter April Mathewson and her husband, Clint, of Sheffield, daughter Katrina Mallette and her husband, Carl, of East Highgate, and daughter Alicia Chicoine and her husband, Joey Glodgett, of Halifax, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren:  Wesley Kahl, Raymond Smith Jr., Caitlin Smith, Calee Chicoine, Connor Chicoine, Joshua Elliott, Cheyenne Elliott, Timothy Elliott, Cassandra Elliott, Dakota Mallette, Hunter Mallette, Sierra Glodgett, and Haleight Glodgett; by two great-grandchildren; and by close friend Ralph Swett.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis worked for a short time with the Community College of Vermont teaching adults to read.  She met and married Patrick Chicoine Sr., and they had seven children together.  They divorced in 1976.  She became a migrant farm worker, working on farms in Shoreham, Highgate, and throughout Franklin County.  She was an extremely hard worker, and she instilled those values in her children as well.

She enjoyed antiques and auctions.  When she retired from farming, she graduated from a program called Step Up for women and learned the trade of finish carpentry.

She met and married John Lee Curtis in 1996 and settled in Brownington.  After she left carpentry, she became a store manager and historian.  She also participated in long rifle shooting competitions and pioneer camping.  She enjoyed Mr. Curtis’ enthusiastic hunting stories and hunted and fished with him.

Throughout her life, Ms. Liberty-Curtis was a professional quilter who made hand-sewn works of art that won many top awards in juried shows, accolades in magazines, and were sold all over the country.

She was a lover of books, gardening, and early American history.  She could do anything she set her mind to and did it well.  She had been recently chronicling her own family history.  She was a patron of many libraries and the Clan of the Hawk tribal group.

At Ms. Liberty-Curtis’s request, there will be no viewing.

A family gathering was scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at the Rice Hill United Methodist Church in Sheldon Springs.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made in her name to the Jones Memorial Library in Orleans, Vermont, or The Clan of the Hawk tribal group in care of Ralph Swett, Evansville, Vermont.

Desneiges Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw, 67, of Glover died on November 27, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 22, 1945, in Craftsbury, a daughter of Eddy and Fabiola (Vachon) Coderre.  In 1971 she married Chester Geraw, who survives her.

Mrs. Geraw loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Chester Geraw, of Glover; by her sons:  Raymond Geraw and his wife, Lea, of Glover, and Eddy Geraw of Glover; by her grandchildren:  Vikki and Destiny Geraw, both of Glover; by her brother Donald Coderre of Lowell; by her sisters:  Gisele Damon and her husband, Robert, of Morgan, Estelle Wheeler and her husband, Alfred, of Newport Center, and Cecile Arel-Smith of Newport; by her sister-in-law Alice Coderre of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Freddy Geraw in 2005; by her grandson Michael Geraw in 2005; by her brothers:  Lucien, Marcel, Eugene, Gaetan, and Raymond Coderre; by her sisters:  Rita and Jeannette, by her brothers-in-law:  Albert, Wallace, and Charlie; and by her sisters-in-law:  Eva, Rosalie, Jeannette, and Tammy.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton on November 30 with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

Marcel Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue, 95, of Newport died on December 1, 2012, in Derby, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 15, 1917, in Newport Center, a son of Herve and Albina (Gaudreau) Messier.  After his mother’s death, he was raised by his aunt and uncle Euclide and Argentine Lanoue.  On October 22, 1960, he married Angele Frechette, who survives him.

Mr. Lanoue served his country during World War II, from 1941 through 1946.  He was stationed at the Island of Leyte in the Philippines where he was in charge of troop transport for incoming and outgoing troops, as well as inter-island transport.  He made his home in Newport, where he loved to be.  He was a devoted husband, father and family man as well as a devoted Catholic.

He was employed by his father, Euclide Lanoue, in North Troy, where he was a sales clerk and bookkeeper in a feed store.  He then went on to work at St. Onge’s cash store in Newport as a sales clerk.  After that he worked as a butcher for the Grand Union grocery store.  He also worked for many years at the Hilton Gas Company as a propane gas technician.  He retired as a custodian at North Country Union High School in 1994.  He raised two children and was a loving and caring father.

He is survived by his wife, Angele Lanoue, of Newport; and by his children:  Micheline Marcotte of Barton and Marc Lanoue and his wife, Amy, of Newport; by seven grandchildren:  Stephanie Waechter and her husband, Michael, Gabrielle Marcotte, Olivia Marcotte, Celine Marcotte, Avery Marcotte, Caleb Lanoue, and Daniel Lanoue.

He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence Messier; by his half-brothers Victor and Jean Marie Messier; by half-sister Marie Jeanne Theroux; by sister-in-law Marguerite Beaumier and her husband, Francis; and by his son-in-law Bradley Marcotte.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on December 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Izola Magoon

 Izola Magoon, 78, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, died on November 23, 2012, at the Ledgewood Nursing Home

Born March 25, 1934, in Orleans, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Place from Orleans and Ruby Robbins from Milford, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Magoon owned and operated IKE, Inc.,  She lived in Merrimack for the past 40 years.

Survivors include:  Her son Kirk Carnahan and his wife, Kathy; two grandchildren:  Corey Carnahan and Christie Corey and her husband, Aaron; two great-grandchildren:  Hailey and Colton Corey; and nephew David Place.

There will be no local services.

Mrs. Magoon will be laid to rest in Orleans beside her late husband and many generations of her family.  As was her wish, there will be a small, private, family service in the spring.

The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements.

Frederick Tourangeau

Frederick T. Tourangeau

 Frederick T. Tourangeau, 75, of Newport died on November 26, 2012, with his loving family at his side.

He was born November 10, 1937, in Montgomery, a son of Arthur and Persis (Pelkey) Tourangeau.

On November 20, 1956, he married Ruth Woodcock, who survives him.

Mr. Tourangeau served in the U.S. Army.  He was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Tourangeau, of Newport; by his children:  Brent Tourangeau of Richardson, Texas, Leona Smith and her husband, Royal, of Lebanon, Maine, and Michael Tourangeau of Nashua, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Jacob, Tonya, Trevor, Nicholette, Katherine, and Juliette; by his great-grandchildren:  Connor, Cullen, Layla, and Emily; by his brother James Tourangeau of Craftsbury; by his sisters:  Joyce Billado and her husband, Carlton, of Craftsbury, and Myrtle Lacroix and her husband, Tony, of Brunswick, Maine; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Billow, his sister Barbara Mason, and his granddaughter Elizabeth Tourangeau.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Bill Whitcomb

Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb

 Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb, 82, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

He was born on May 9, 1930.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Catherine (Mattson, Murphy) Whitcomb; three sons:  Wilton and his wife, Beth, of Windermere, Florida, Joseph and his wife, Judy, of Ft. Myers, Florida; and Preston and his wife, Beverly, of Sudbury, Massachusetts; by four stepchildren:  Deborah Duffy and her husband, Peter, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, David Murphy and his wife, Lynda, of Springvale, Maine, Daniel Murphy and his wife, Lorna, of Sunderland, Massachusetts, and Kristin Murphy of Johnson; by 11 grandchildren; by his only sister, Allayne (Kremp, Donlon) Whitcomb, of Ormond Beach; and by nieces Janice Dufour and her husband, Jeffrey, of Hopewell, New Jersey, and Joanne Pecca and her husband, Michael, of Cohasset, Massachusetts.

Mr. Whitcomb grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Hingham High School in 1948.  He had a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and he attended Harvard Business School.  After a stint serving in the U.S. Army overseas, he lived in Scituate, Massachusetts, for 25 years where he was active in Boy Scouts and youth baseball.

He was employed by Boston Edison in management for 30 years.  A career opportunity led him to spend six years in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where he was plant manager of a desalination plant for the Saudi government.  While in Arabia, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe.  They returned to the United States in 1988, locating in Newport where Mr. Whitcomb became the owner-operator of a boat marina on Lake Memphremagog.

After retiring, Mr. Whitcomb moved to Ormond Beach, spending his summers on Lake Salem in Derby.  He was an avid Boston sports fan and a lifelong lover of dogs.  He is remembered as a loving and devoted family man and generous friend.  He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach, the United Church of Newport, the Masonic Lodge of Newport, the Newport Planning Commission, and a board member of the Falls Association in Ormond, Beach.

In accordance with Mr. Whitcomb’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service.  A remembrance and graveside service, to be attended by family and close friends, will occur in the spring in Vermont.

Those who wish may send donations to the Golden Retriever Rescue Fund Mid Florida (see www.grrmf.org for details and the mailing address), or to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be shared through the Deware Funeral Home at www.dewarefuneralhome.com.

 James M. Young

 James M. Young, 81, of Newport died on December 3, 2012, in Newport.

He was born February 10, 1931, in Olde Town, Maine, a son of James Young and Ella (Fuller) Dubois.  On July 20, 1950, he married Katherine Yankus, who survives him.

Mr. Young was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1948 through 1950.  He was a salesman for AMP Inc., in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and more recently owned the Kingdom Koach Taxi Business in the Newport area.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Young of Newport; by his children:  Joyce Gooding and her husband, Daniel, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Patricia Young of Brownington, Janice Polsdorf and her husband, Scott, of Savannah, Georgia, James Young and his wife, Kathy, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, David Young and his wife, Diana, of Matthews, North Carolina, Christine Thomas of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by his sisters:  Florence Winter of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Joann Long and Helen Carlson of Clearwater, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Judith Pelleteri and by his brother Ralph Young.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 10, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscowen, New Hampshire, with full military honors.

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

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

 

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