Obituaries March 5, 2014

obit ArchambaultSteve Albert Archambault

Steve Albert Archambault, 57, of Irasburg died on February 24, 2014, after a nearly three-year struggle with cancer.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Howell Cheney Technical High School and received an associate’s degree in art, humanities and social science from Clinton Community College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, separating at the rank of E-5.  Afterwards, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a master electrician and avid fisherman, a golfer, and he especially loved to be around his family.

He is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, Bonnie Stone, of Irasburg, and her family.  He leaves his two children:  Kevin Archambault, staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, and his wife, Marisa, of Vacaville, California, and Karisa Archambault of Honolulu, Hawaii; his three sisters:  Linda Gosselin of Coventry, Diane Archambault of East Hartford, and Louise Pisarski and her husband, Paul, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut; his five nephews:  Danny and Eddie Gosselin of Vermont, Michael Aukstolis and Adam and Ryan Pisarski of Connecticut; his aunts:  Estelle LaPolice of Quebec, and Loretta Turenne of Florida; along with many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Cecile Archambault of East Hartford; his brother-in-law Roger Gosselin; and many aunts, uncles and several cousins.

Funeral services were held on March 1, in Newport.  Spring interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit BouchardJean Francois Bouchard 

Jean Francois Bouchard, 88, of North Troy died on February 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on February 28, 1925, in Audet, Quebec, to Almas and Palmena (Paradis) Bouchard.

On August 18, 1949, he married Mariette Quirion, who predeceased him on August 23, 2006.

He held memberships with the Knights of Columbus and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, both of Troy.  His hobby was woodworking as he worked as a carpenter in the family business for many years.

He is survived by his children:  Gerard Bouchard of Westfield, Theresa Quirion and her husband, Emile, of North Troy, and Jacques Bouchard and his wife, Carmen, of Troy; his grandchildren:  Michael and Jeff Sargent, Gerry, Jr. and Christopher Bouchard, Anne and Mark Quirion, Johanna, Nicholas, and Jonathan Bouchard; his great-grandchildren:  Clarissa, Alexis, Katelyn, Ethan, Evan, Benjamin, Bria, Ava, Emilie, and Spencer; and by his siblings:  Henri Louis Bouchard, Prosper Bouchard, Joseph Bouchard, and Anne-Marie Bouchard, all of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and Sister Therese Bouchard of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his daughter Renee Sargent in 1997; his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard; his sister Noella Bouchard Bolduc; and by his brother-in-law Roy Bouchard.

Services will be held in the spring.

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

obit BoutinAgathe Valois Boutin 

Agathe Valois Boutin, 90, of Barton died on February 24, 2014, in Glover.

She was born on May 20, 1923, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Filix and Parmlie (Chalifoux) Valois.

In 1948, she married Clement Boutin, who predeceased her on March 27, 1996.

Mrs. Boutin was a seamstress most of her life.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching television and taking care of her grandchildren.

She was devoted to her church at St. Paul’s, and was there religiously when her health permitted.  Her life was her family.

She is survived by her sons:  Raymond Boutin of Barton, and Gerry Boutin and his companion, Joyce Simons; her grandchildren:  Tammy Royer and her husband, Richie, and Raymond Boutin Jr.; and by her great-grandchildren:  Alyssa Royer and Joshua Royer.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Adolph Valois, Didace Valois, Helen Guay, Theresa Casavant, and Calire Souliere.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. John’s Cemetery in East Albany.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Thomas A. Cass

Thomas A. Cass, 67, of Barton died suddenly on February 24, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 28, 1946, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Dale and Winnifred (Woodward) Cass.

He entered the United States Army, where he served in the Vietnam era, stationed in Germany.

He was employed in the maintenance department of NEKCA, where he retired in 2011.

Mr. Cass was very good to everyone he cared about.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing cards, traveling to the casinos, and spending time with his friends at the Orleans American Legion.  He loved dogs and was a Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his siblings:  Priscilla Rossier and her husband, Tony, of St. Albans, and Edward Cass and his wife, Gloria, of Hartland; his companion Jane Spaniol of Barton; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Cass.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 8, at the Orleans American Legion.

Should friends desire, contributions in his 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 decker sword smallerRobert K. Decker

Robert K. Decker, also known as K.O.E., 72, of Westmore, beloved husband of Beverly Decker, died on Valentine’s Day of 2014.

He passed peacefully surrounded by love and light; his body could no longer hold his spirit.

Their love was a star-matched, forever love that transcends time and space.  Together, they experienced two centuries of living in four decades of marriage.

He was a Grand Master to many, friend to more, and a special uncle to a precious few.  He empowered, inspired and more importantly loved every one of his family and honorary family members.  He shared pieces of wisdom such as:  “No matter what in life, always support your spouse and loved ones.  Never be the person to hold the other one back.  If there is something they want to do and love to do, support them every step of the way.”  That is what Mr. and Mrs. Decker gave to each other and was the pulse to what has been repeatedly called their “storybook marriage.”

Mr. Decker’s friendship was like a diamond — many faceted, dimensional, dynamically passioned and precious.  If you were an old friend, he greeted you with an infectious smile and spread out arms like you were the most important person on the planet.  If you were a new friend, he greeted you like an old friend.  He lived by the code, “life is good,” and he shared that vibe with everyone he met and spent time with.  Bonfires, music, watching meteor showers in a forest clearing, the roar of his Harley, kayaking with others, evenings of his marvelously cooked meals and fishing with his buddies — he embraced friends as he embraced life.

He was an eruption of enthusiasm and a river of passion.  His life was as diverse as it was beautiful.  His focus found meaning in his creativity, expressed through the activities of Tae Kwon Do, music, painting, carpentry, photography, and gardening among many other pursuits.  He was a true Renaissance man.

Music has been a thread throughout his life from childhood on.  He and his brother Don and sister Judy spent many hours playing instruments and harmonizing like the Everly Brothers.  It was a special connection.  He played music in high school and ended up forming bands called The Bolts and later Creative Image.  As Creative Image, Mr. Decker and band found fame when they signed a contract with RCA and even released a record.  He moved on to different and wonderful pursuits for many years until friend and past band member Randy Fisher visited in 2009 and pushed him to start composing and playing music again.  Within only a few years, four out of five of The Bolts members reunited and played in the Northeast Kingdom.  Shortly after, Randy Fisher, Richard Wagner and Bob formed The Union, and cut a CD, Passing Through.

He was an award-winning and published photographer as well.  His wife gave him his first camera for Christmas in 1973.  It took about two years before he began avidly using it and then a new business was eventually born in 1980.  His work appeared on magazine covers and advertisements, and hangs framed in many people’s homes.  Eventually he took his love of imagery to painting.  Again, he was self taught and created High Point Gallery, selling and showing his work.  People also commissioned his work.

Mr. and Mrs. Decker’s home is their canvas as well.  They literally cut the trees, mixed the cement, planted, designed and grew the property that would become a sacred place for both of them to express themselves and feel safe and joyful.  His interest in the garden grew in later years and became another passion and true labor of love.  Their home has been described as looking like something out of Lord of the Rings.  Visitors feel transported in the beauty of the home and gardens — some have even chosen to marry there.

Mr. Decker said there were several constants in his life and one was Tae Kwon Do.  His school, Blue Wave International, is the longest running Tae Kwon Do school in Vermont and still exists today under former student Christina Deslandes.  He worked on a national and international level in the field, even traveling to Korea.  He reached the level of Eighth Degree Black Belt and Grand Master, working with hundreds of students over about 40 years.  Students share that he had the ability to transform a simple martial arts principle into a life lesson.  He was much more than a highly skilled practitioner.  He was a remarkable teacher whose passion radiated the moment he entered a room.

Grand Master Decker was never afraid to speak up for what he believed in, insisted on fairness and keeping alive the traditions of his beloved art.  His integrity was unshakable, and he demanded the same of his students and close associates.  His friends in Tae Kwon Do and beyond are too numerous to count, and his legacy will live on forever.

He was writing this song, just days before his “journey” began:

 

Bob’s song; “Never Ending Journey”obit decker guitar smaller

Stay…stay with me tonight

The world may crumble before the light

Stay…let our world slip away

 

So many times in my life I turn my eyes

To the right

Looking out to the horizon

Wishing I could fly…

There’re so many places I haven’t been

So many people to see in my life

I need to see again

 

Breathe the air fresh and clean

Feel the rain fall down upon you from the sky

 

Hear the river flowing by…

Feel everything that’s good within your life

 

Hear your heart beat…feel the love…flowing

Through your body…from Heaven above

 

Here comes the sunshine…here comes the sunshine…here comes the sunshine

Shining upon your face, with light and grace.

 

Over the past months, he became a regular volunteer at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter’s spay/neuter clinics, spending hours helping cats gently come out of anesthesia after surgery.  He has been a life-long animal advocate. In view of this, family and friends could honor him by sending donations to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

His presence will be missed by the following family members:  his brother Don Decker; his nephew Brian and his wife, Jill; his niece Allison Watkins and her husband, Todd, and their children; his sister Judy and her husband, Tom Schwaber, and their sons, Kurt, and Mark and his fiancée, Ada; his brother-in-law Roy and his wife, Claire Perkins; his niece Penny and her husband, Kimball Johnson, and their daughter, Chelsea Cummings, and her husband, Dan; his nephew David Perkins and his son, Samuel; his sister-in-law Kathy and her husband, Larry Joseph, and their son, Ryan, and his significant other, Kacie, and their daughter, Jessica Douglas, and her husband, Jimmy, and their beautiful new baby, Gavin.

Eternal message from Beverly to Bob:  “I SEE YOU.”

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

 obit DiCenzaPaul F. DiCenzo

Paul F. DiCenzo, 75, of Stuart, Florida, died on February 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and attended Marlborough High School in the Class of 1956.

He has resided along Florida’s Treasure Coast for 45 years; he lived in Jupiter, Florida, for ten years, and in Florida’s Hobe Sound for 30 years, and he moved to Stuart five years ago.  He also was a summer resident of Newport for many years.

He was a retired beverage service manager and had worked for Jupiter Island Club, Jupiter Hills and Loblolly.

He attended St. Christopher Catholic Church and was a member of the Italian American Post #45 in Marlborough and Elks Lodge #2155 in Newport.

He was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Simonne Gauthier DiCenzo; his brother Richard DiCenzo, and Cathy Cook, of Woburn, Massachusetts; his sister Kathy Brenn and her husband, Ronnie, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his sisters-in-law:  Cecile Vickers of Stuart, Diane Valis and her husband, Joe, of Upton, Massachusetts, and Helen Gauthier of Tucson, Arizona; his brothers-in-law:  Donald Gauthier of Jensen Beach, Florida, Roland Gauthier, and Debbie Smith, of Lake Alfred, Florida, and Albert Gauthier and his wife, Karen, of Upton; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Umberto DiCenzo, of Marlborough; his mother and step-father, Margaret and Malcolm Wallace of Newport; his brother-in-law Louis Gauthier; and by his sisters-in-law:  Annette Brown and Claire Mallett.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on March 10, at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound.

A guest registry may be signed at www.youngandprill.com.

obit homer KingsburyHomer H. Kingsbury Sr.

Homer H. Kingsbury Sr., 84, died on March 1, 2014, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by loving family.

Born on December 22, 1929, in Wells River, he was a son of Robert and Florence (Minshull) Kingsbury.  He was a graduate of the Class of 1949 at Bradford Academy.

On October 16, 1949, he married the love of his life, Lodoiska Maxwell, in Bradford.  They had always made their home in Bradford.

He worked at Checkerboard Grain in earlier years and was a foreman for the State of Vermont Highway Department for 32 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Bradford Fire Department for 26 years and he and Mrs. Kingsbury operated the food booth in the pits at Bear Ridge Speedway for many years.  He coached Little League when his sons were young and was always happy to provide rides for their fellow teammates.

Family was the most important thing to him.  He attended as many of his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as he possibly could.  He spent many hours playing cards and was a hunter in his younger years.  He enjoyed playing Bingo and all the close friends he made there.  He was a New York Yankees fan, followed NASCAR and enjoyed going to yard sales and making trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, Foxwoods and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Survivors include his children:  Homer Jr. and Shirley of West Newbury, Terry and Rise of Topsham, Kay and Buddy Trojanowski of West Topsham, Paul and Christine of Bradford, Allan and Susan of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and Mark and Sharon of West Topsham; 19 grandchildren:  Tracey and Robert Gauthier, Jamie and Elizabeth Kingsbury, Evan Kingsbury, Willy and Jennifer Kingsbury, Buck and Suzanne Kingsbury, Tara and Steve Simpson, Billie Jo and Charlie Martin, Scott and Lindi, Eric and Amie Trojanowski, Tawnya Baker, Corey and Thelma Kingsbury, Jennifer Trojanowski and Doug Petterson, Kristina Kingsbury and Carmen Schoolcraft, Benjamin and Christina Kingsbury, Kelly Kingsbury, Elizabeth Kingsbury, Katlyn Kingsbury, Timothy and Felicia Kingsbury, and Tad Kingsbury and Vanessa Thurston; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert “Sonny,” and Joan Kingsbury; his sisters-in-law:  Freda Kingsbury, Barbara Jean Maxwell and her friend, and Judy and Ken Bupp; his brothers-in-law:  Maurice and Lois Maxwell, Carl “Joe” and Veanne Maxwell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years; his parents; a twin brother, John Kingsbury; five brothers-in-law:  Charles, Darrell, Lawrence, Dale and Alton Maxwell; and by one sister in law, Juanita French.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxbow Athletic Department, care of Oxbow High School, 36 Oxbow Drive, Bradford, Vermont 05033; or the Bradford Fire Department, 135 Carson Lane, Bradford, Vermont 05033; or to the Orange East Senior Center, 176 Waits River Road, Bradford, Vermont 05033.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 7, at Hale Funeral Home, at 187 Upper Plain in Bradford, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford.

To view an online guestbook go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.

obit lodoiska kingsburyLodoiska (Maxwell) Kingsbury

Lodoiska (Maxwell) Kingsbury, 84, died on February 27, 2014, at her home in Bradford, surrounded by loving family.

Born on January 14, 1930, in Brownington, she was a daughter of Roger and Mary (Joslyn) Maxwell.  She was a graduate of the Class of 1949 at Bradford Academy.

On October 16, 1949, she married the love of her life, Homer H. Kingsbury Sr., in Bradford.  They had always made their home in Bradford.

In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, she cleaned for local businesses and homes in earlier years and was the cook at Bradford Elementary School for 20 years until her retirement.

She had been a member of the Bradford Firemen’s Auxiliary and she and Mr. Kingsbury operated the food booth in the pits at Bear Ridge Speedway for many years.

Family was the most important thing to her.  She attended as many of her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as she possibly could.  Her passion was playing Bingo and she enjoyed all the close friends she made there.  She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, followed NASCAR, and enjoyed going to yard sales and making trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, Foxwoods and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Survivors include her children:  Homer Jr. and Shirley of West Newbury, Terry and Rise of Topsham, Kay and Buddy Trojanowski of West Topsham, Paul and Christine of Bradford, Allan and Susan of Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and Mark and Sharon of West Topsham; 19 grandchildren:  Tracey and Robert Gauthier, Jamie and Elizabeth Kingsbury, Evan Kingsbury, Willy and Jennifer Kingsbury, Buck and Suzanne Kingsbury, Tara and Steve Simpson, Billie Jo and Charlie Martin, Scott and Lindi, Eric and Amie Trojanowski, Tawnya Baker, Corey and Thelma Kingsbury, Jennifer Trojanowski and Doug Petterson, Kristina Kingsbury and Carmen Schoolcraft, Benjamin and Christina Kingsbury, Kelly Kingsbury, Elizabeth Kingsbury, Katlyn Kingsbury, Timothy and Felicia Kingsbury, and Tad Kingsbury and Vanessa Thurston; 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers:  Maurice and Lois, and Carl “Joe” and Veanne Maxwell;  two sisters:  Barbara Jean Wright and her friend, and Judy and Ken Bupp; her brother-in-law Robert “Sonny” and Joan Kingsbury; her sister-in-law Freda Kingsbury; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; five brothers:  Charles, Darrell, Lawrence, Dale and Alton; one sister, Juanita French; and by one brother-in-law, John Kingsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718; or to the Orange East Senior Center, 176 Waits River Road, Bradford, Vermont 05033.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 7, at Hale Funeral Home, at 187 Upper Plain in Bradford, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at the Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford.

To view an online guestbook, go to www.halefuneralhomes.com.

obit kennisonRichard Alan Kennison

Richard Alan Kennison, 66, of Thornton, New Hampshire, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on February 19, 1948, in Newport, son of Melvin B. and Alma E. (Walker) Kennison.

In 1968, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, earning the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Kennison loved fishing, hunting, and watching all sports.  He cherished time spent with his family and many friends.

He was a supervisor with the Sports Oil Coop., for many years.  He and his family relocated to New Hampshire over 25 years ago, so that he could open his dream business — a sports card and sports memorabilia shop called Dick’s Dugout, in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Nancy M. (Culleton) Kennison, of Thornton; his daughters:  Jacqueline Kennison of E. Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Kristen Kennison of Thornton; his stepmother Phyllis Kennison of Brownington; his siblings:  Marie Marrone of Dracut, Massachusetts, Bob Marrone of Irasburg, Nancy Cluff and her husband, Tom, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Shelia Martin and her husband, Kirk, of Orleans; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brothers:  Bill and Tom Kennison.

A committal service was held on March 3, in Boscawen, New Hampshire.  Interment followed in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Mr. Kennison received loving and compassionate care at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in St. Johnsbury; the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756-0001.

For online condolences, visit www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

obit LamadeleineBernard F. Lamadeleine

Bernard F. Lamadeleine, 82, died on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born in Glover on December 3, 1931, a son to the late Albert and Germain (Tetrault) Lamadeleine.

In 1943, his family moved from Glover to what became the Lamadeleine Family Farm on Duck Pond Road in Barton.

On August 24, 1968, he married Henriette Jarmier.  He continued to work the family farm until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Lamadeleine enjoyed hunting, listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash, his cats, and spending time with his family.  He was especially proud of driving his Cadillac in the Guinness Book of World Record Cadillac parade in Barton.

He is survived by his wife, Henriette Lamadeleine; a sister, Therese Bonnette and her husband, George; two brothers:  Roc and Guy Lamadeleine; two special cousins:  Robert Tetrault and Ronald Lamadeleine; and by many other cousins and his nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a brother, Clement Lamadeleine.

There are no visiting hours.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury is assisting with arrangements.

obit LippensRuth Elizabeth (Powers) Lippens

Ruth Elizabeth (Powers) Lippens, 97, died on February 22, 2014, after several years of declining health.

She was born on April 29, 1916, on the home farm in Salem Derby, the daughter of William and Alice Burke Powers.

As a lifelong resident of Derby, she attended Derby schools and graduated in 1934 from Derby Academy.

In her younger years, she was a hairdresser.  She began her career working for Lena Murphy, then owned her own shop on Main Street in Derby.  She later worked for Gladys Carr.

On December 31, 1941, she married Leonard (Joe) Lippens, and they were married for 69 years until he predeceased her in 2011.

In retirement, Mrs. Lippens enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, playing bridge with the Gourmet Bridge Club, spending time with her grandchildren and most of all collecting treasures.  She was often seen at tag sales finding and adding new pieces to her multitude of collections.

She was never happier than when she sat under the apple trees in her yard, enjoying family and friends.

She spent the last several years of her life under the loving care of Dr. Denise Niemira and the dedicated staffs at Derby Green and Michaud Manor.

She is survived by a son, Bruce, and his wife, Karen, of Derby; a daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Perry, of Derby Line; her grandchildren:  Jennifer Grillo and her husband, Peter, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Christopher Hunt and his wife, Monique, and Timothy Hunt and family, all of Derby; her great-grandchildren:  Sienna Grillo, and Jonathan, Jackson and Emerson Hunt; several sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Donald and Ray Powers.

A service will be held in the spring, with a notice to follow.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit LoiaconoLouis D. “Danny” Loiacono

Louis D. “Danny” Loiacono died on February 19, 2014.

He was born on May 6, 1937, beloved son of the late Ethel (Franco) Bressett and Matteo “Mike” Loiacono, and brother to Ronald R. Ross and James R. Bressett.

He is survived by his children:  Anthony R. Loiacono, Renee E. Agri, Anne Marie Deem, Daniel A. Loiacono, and Mark Loiacono; his 15 grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; and by his self-adopted son Eric Loiacono.  In addition, he is survived by his siblings:  Elvira L. Francour, Edward A. Loiacono, Warren V. Bressett, Dianne L. Miracick Frank J Bressett Jr., and Paul Loiacono; his uncle Luigi Loiacono; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and a dear friend, Paul Chicklis Sr.

There will be a remembrance in the celebration of his life at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 8, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on March 8, from 10:30 until the hour of the funeral.  A luncheon reception will follow at the American Legion at 60 Railroad Street in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of Louis “Danny” Loiacono to the National Emphysema Foundation, 128 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

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

obit PrueTerrill R. Prue

Terrill R. Prue, 70, of Newport died on February 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 3, 1943, in Newport, to Frederick Prue Sr. and the late Marjorie (Rowland) Prue.

He married Roxanna Stevens, who survives him.

Mr. Prue was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Sons of the American Legion, and the Vermont National Guard.  He was also a member of the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg.

He liked fishing, singing and traveling to Florida with his wife to their winter home in Brooksville.  He also enjoyed traveling to Maine and New York State.

He was a Red Sox and Patriots fan.  He enjoyed running his glass business and he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a very spiritual and happy man.

He is survived by his wife Roxanna Prue of Newport; his children:  Chad Prue and his wife, Victoria, Tisha LeBlanc and her husband, Raymond, and Teri Prue; his grandchildren:  Shawn McCarthy and his wife, Brandy, Ashley Autry and her husband, Daniel, Wyatt Prue, Seth Prue, Libby Prue, Samara Schneider, Zachary Schneider, Sasha Prue, Audry Houle, Mario Houle, and Myles Prue; his six great-grandchildren; his siblings:  Fred Prue, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, David Prue and his wife, Barbara, Valerie Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Prue, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Marjorie Morely and her husband, James, Pamela Prue, and Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine; his stepchildren:  Bernard Royea and his wife, Tracy, Sheryl Fortin and her husband, Brad, and Michelle Kelley; his step-grandchildren:  Brent Royea, Collin Royea, Nicholas Royea, Melissa Kimbal, Justin and Michael Kelley; his step great-grandchildren:  Aiden Lamoureux and Brooke Noel Kelley; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Shawn Prue; and by his mother Marjorie Prue.

Funeral services were held on March 1, in Irasburg.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, in care of Hilarie Wright, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit StrattonRobert “Bob” E. Stratton

Robert “Bob” E. Stratton, 79, of Morgan died on February 27, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 24, 1935, in Holland, a son of the late Earl Stratton and the late Grant and Ruth (Judd) Stratton Guerin.

In 1953, he married Barbara Farrell, who survives him.

Mr. Stratton liked working with animals and driving trucks.  He farmed for many years and then drove truck for Pike Industries for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stratton, of Morgan; his two children:  Reginald Stratton and his wife, Andree, of Derby, and Laurie Stratton of Morgan; and by his two granddaughters:  Shelly Starr and her son, Ethan, and Julie Rock and her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Owen and Olivia.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his son David Stratton.

As per Mr. Stratton’s request, there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his 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.

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