Obituaries June 26, 2013

obit MarandolaRonald Romeo Marandola

Ronald Romeo Marandola, 64, of Newport died on June 15, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on August 7, 1948, in Orleans, the son of Leo and Sylvaine (Perron) Marandola.

During his lifetime, he was an electrician.  He entered the United States Army in 1969 and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was honorably discharged in 1971. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, American Legion Post #21, and the Eagles #5329.

His hobbies included fishing, bowling, and playing pool and darts.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews; his ex-wife Cora Marandola; and by his sisters-in-law:  Cheryl and Ruby Marandola, both of Newport.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Warner Marandola and Richard Marandola, both in 2006.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

George Allen Nelson

George Allen Nelson, 79, of Albany died on June 20, 2013, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.

He was born on February 22, 1934, in Albany, the son of Allen and Marion (Hoyt) Nelson.  On August 21, 1957, he married Janet Allen, who survives him.  He graduated from Orleans High School in 1952.

During his lifetime, he was a carpenter.  He helped build the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport, while employed for Malcolm Pickel.  He also built the Albany General Store in Albany.  His biggest project was building a large dairy barn for Connie Sherwin in Albany.  He later purchased the farm in 1971 and farmed until 1978.  He was then employed for 20 years for E.F. Wall General Contractor of Barre, until he retired in 1995.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, building furniture, and custom cabinetry.  He also enjoyed mowing the lawn and working in his blueberry patch.

He is survived by his wife Janet Nelson of Albany; his children:  Scott Nelson of Irasburg, Sonya Kittredge and her husband, Paul, of Albany, Shelly Morey and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Stacey Nelson of Essex Junction; his grandchildren:  Scott Nelson II and his wife, Tasha, Benjamin Kittredge and his wife, Molly, Matthew Kittredge and Jenna Morey; his great-grandchildren:  Maya and Trent; his brothers:  Carl “Tom” Nelson of Irasburg, and Roger Nelson and his wife, Bea, of Derby; his sister Ruth Lamotte of Mossy Rock, Washington; his sisters-in-law:  Sheryl Martin and Patty Martin, and their families, all of Craftsbury, and Marion Allen and her family of Burlington; a special niece, Joanne Johnson, and her husband, Gary, of Newport; and by several other nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common.  Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Green Mountain Farm to School Project, 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the FFA program at Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Gloria Jean Stevens

Gloria Jean Stevens, 72, of Portland, Texas, died peacefully on June 14, 2013, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born on June 7, 1941, in Albany, the daughter of Douglas and Sylvia (Sanville) Niles, who predeceased her.  On November 25, 1959, she married Bertram Smith Stevens, who survives her.

She loved traveling to Maine with her husband and two dogs.  She loved being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed listening to music, square dancing, bird watching, and camping.

She is survived by her husband Bertram Stevens of Portland; her children:  Howard Stevens of Raleigh, North Carolina, Keith Stevens and his wife, Bethany, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, and Valerie Dykes and her husband, Quanah, of Portland; her grandchildren:  Shawn Griffin and Jessica of Spencerport, New York, Cassandra Akey and her husband, Dean, of Woodsville, New Hampshire, Joshua Stevens of St. Johnsbury, Jessica Davis of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Lee Dykes and his wife, Alyssa, of Portland; her great-grandchildren:  Morgan Griffin, T.J. Twing, and Annabelle Stevens; her sisters and brothers:  Robert Niles and his wife, Irene, of East Charleston, Virginia Cochran and her husband, Carlton, of Morrisville, Sandy Gutzman and her husband, Walter, of Craftsbury, Shirley Kibbee and her husband, John, of Hardwick, Beverly Nadeau of Essex Junction, and Ronnie Niles of Albany; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and by her favorite aunt Mary Ingalls.

She was predeceased by her brother Reginald Niles.

A memorial service is being planned for June of 2014 in Craftsbury and in Wells Beach, Maine.

obit WatsonMarion Margaret Marie Watson

Marion Margaret Marie Watson, 79, of Newport died on June 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on January 7, 1934, in Newport, a daughter of Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

She lived all of her life in Newport.  Among her hobbies, she enjoyed bowling, dancing, listening to country music, wearing her high heel shoes, and visiting her friends at the VFW.  She loved everyone.

She is survived by her sisters:  Henrietta Cromwell of Newport, and Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Albert, Edward, and Orloff Watson, Margaret Shattuck, Helena Domina, and Bettie Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.  A luncheon will follow at the VFW, 141 Central Street in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the VFW Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit willeyHarold O. Willey Jr.

Harold O. Willey Jr., 81, of Lowell died on June 22, 2013, in Derby.

He was born on April 23, 1932, in Derby, a son of Ella (Judd) and Harold Willey Sr.

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked for Blow and Cote in Morrisville as an equipment operator for 39 years.

Mr. Willey was an avid Red Sox fan.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding around with his companion of 12 years, Blondie, his shepherd mix dog.

He is survived by his children:  Shirleen Willey of Evansville, Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton, April Touchette and her husband, Andrew, of North Troy, Angela Willey of Lowell, and Eric Willey of Lowell; several grandchildren including Brendon and Devon Cote and Bryce and Tyler Touchette; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Curtis, and her husband, William, of Newport; five brothers:  Paul Willey and his wife, Mary, of North Adams, Massachusetts, Wayne Willey and his wife, Patricia, of Florida, Donald Willey of Massachusetts, Roger Willey and his wife, Deborah, of Lowell, and Brent Willey and his wife, Judy, of Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by four brothers:  Bruce, Dale, David, and Larry.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell.

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

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