Obituaries May 15, 2013

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Joel Andress

Joel Max Andress

Joel Max Andress, 81, of Newport died on April 21, 2013, while visiting his son and daughter-in-law in Clarkdale, Arizona.

He was born July 1, 1931, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Ruth and Joseph Andress.  In 1988, he married Joanne R. “Sunnie” Andress, and they celebrated 25 years together shortly before his death.

As a young boy, his family lived for ten years on the family farm in Beebe, Quebec, where he had many happy times with his Canadian friends and with his uncle and aunt, Edwin and Eileen Earle, in Derby Line.  After moving to Wellesley, Massachusetts, he continued his schooling, graduating from Wellesley High School in 1949.  He was a veteran of the Coast Guard, serving aboard the Nantucket Lightship and also on Wake Island.  After his military service, he attended the University of the Pacific for his B.A. and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Andress joined the Central Washington University faculty in 1966 and taught classes in cartography, climatology, Asian studies and geography.

After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Vermont, a state he loved and remembered fondly from childhood.  He enjoyed being close once again to his Aunt Eileen and his much loved cousins, Nancy Earle, Lydia Bredemeier, Eileen Linzi and Peter Earle and their families.  He had an extensive knowledge of family history and enjoyed sharing his memories with family and friends.  He had a dry sense of humor and made a point of being a “Grandpa” who thought that each of his grandchildren and step-grandchildren should be a bit of a “scamp,” and that it was up to him to teach them.

He is survived by his wife Sunnie Andress of Newport; his children:  Peter Andress and his wife, Penny, Katy Fogg, Laura Andress, and Rebecca Reid and her husband, Ken; and by his grandchildren:  Zachery Andress, Evelyn Reid and Duncan Reid.  He is also survived by his step-children:  Kevin Henry, Tamara Wilson and Michelle Landis; and by his 18 step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have fond memories of “Grandpa Joe.”  He is also survived by his two sisters:  Ruth Andress of Wellesley, and Marcia Jester of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; two brothers:  Tom Andress of Camarillo, California, and David Andress and his wife, Jeannette, of Newberg, Oregon, and their families; his brother-in law, the Reverend Gary Rolph, and his wife, Jean; and by three nephews:  Matthew Rolph, Marcus Rolph and Micah Rolph, and their families.

Donations in his memory may be sent to the Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org.

 Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneauobit Letourneau

Reginald Joseph “Reg” Letourneau, 87, of Holland died on May 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on October 10, 1925, in Holland, a son of Napoleon and Albertine (Ouimette) Letourneau.  On May 28, 1949, he married Dolorese Roy, who survives him.

Mr. Letourneau owned and operated the family farm in Holland for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, maple sugaring, family gatherings, dancing, listening to music and working in his sugar woods.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling, as he was a part of the snow drifters club, and going with his wife to the Pick & Shovel on Sunday afternoons for ice cream.  Most of all he enjoyed life, his family and his friends.

He is survived by his wife Dolorese Letourneau of Holland; his children:  Bertrand Letourneau and his wife, Susie, of Holland, Yves Letourneau and his life partner, Ruth, and Richard, of Newport, and Cilla Letourneau and her wife, Lauri, of Essex; his grandchildren:  Patrick Letourneau and his wife, Sherry, of Vernal, Utah, Jennifer Martin and her partner, Joe, of Holland, Bobbi-Jo Letourneau of Holland, and Shawn Littlefield of Essex; his great-grandchildren:  Storm Lamarche of Westfield, Raven Letourneau of Vernal, Charlotte, Annabelle and Chloe-Emma (Pepe Poopoo), all of Holland; his siblings:  Paul Letourneau of Derby, Andre Letourneau and his wife, Dolores, of East Charleston, Joseph Letourneau and his wife, Delia, of Derby, Laurent Letourneau and his wife, Alicia, of Derby, Philip Letourneau and his wife, Barbara, of Derby, and Cecile Fortin of Holland; his sister-in-law Denise Bowen (Ray) of Newport; his sister-in-law Simone Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec; his brother-in-law Sylvia Piette of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Napoleon and Albertine Letourneau; his grandsons:  Mathew Letourneau and Ben Martin; his brother Peter Letourneau; his sister Theresa Fortin and her husband, Albert; his sister Simone Piette; his brother Tony Letourneau; his brother Leon Letourneau and his wife, Solange; his brother-in-law Henry Fortin; his sister-in-law Rena Letourneau; his mother- and father-in-law Dominique and Armosa Roy; his sister-in-law Fernande, and Laurent, Brault; and by his brother-in-law Armand Roy.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Derby Line.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6.  Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after.  It was a name he found amusing, his family said.  Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

Marcel Roberts, real estate agent, developer, auctioneer, businessman, and iconic Northeast Kingdom character, died on Monday, May 6. Here he is at a daughter’s wedding looking much like Boss Hogg, the TV character he was nicknamed after. It was a name he found amusing, his family said. Photo courtesy of Jena Stewart

 Marcel Joseph Roberts

Marcel Joseph Roberts, 70, of Newport, a well-known local businessman, died on May 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 15, 1943, in East Albany, the son of the late John and Angela (Choquette) Roberts.

On March 17, 1962, he married Stella French, who survives him.  He attended Champlain College in Burlington, and Riesch Auctioneer School.

He was a prominent auctioneer and real estate broker for most of his life.  He was also active in farming and livestock dealings.  He was former president of the Cattleman’s Association.

In his spare time, he enjoyed frequent visits from his poker buddies for a few hands of cards and the Friday night dinners with “the crew” at the East Side Restaurant.

He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4329.  He enjoyed being part of the annual Orleans County Board of Realtors Christmas charity auction.  He was a past member of Newport Elks #2155.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Stella Roberts; three daughters:  Lori “Poopsie” Roberts of Derby, Diane “Tootsie” DeLaBruere of Monkton, and Sue “Suzie” Rhodes and her husband, Brent, of Derby; his only son Richard “Richie” Roberts and his fiancée, Peggy Lamonda, of Coventry; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special family friend and co-worker, Diane Parenteau of Derby Line.

He was predeceased by two brothers:  Roger and Richard.

Funeral services were held on May 10, in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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.

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Alton Ryder

 Alton V. Ryder 

Alton V. Ryder, 78, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, died on April 29, 2013, at Bedford Hills in Bedford, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Portland, Maine, on December 15, 1934, the son of Ora A. and Adele (Owen) Ryder.  He was raised in Barton and graduated from high school in Plainville, Connecticut.  His stepfather Lelan Basford is remembered fondly for his guiding hand to Mr. Ryder’s upbringing.  Mr. Ryder studied physics at Brown University, graduating in the Class of 1956.

He made his home in Mont Vernon for the past 50 years.  He was curious and engaged in many things.  Work, community and hobbies were all embraced with gusto.  He had been employed as an engineer for Sanders Associates and Digital Equipment Corporation for many years where he contributed to the safety of our nation and the birth of modern computing.

He loved his community and worked tirelessly on various committees including as a cemetery trustee, supervisor of the checklist, study committee for the library and transfer station, and as a volunteer firefighter.  For several years, he served as director of the New Hampshire Cemetery Association.  For many years he could be found Easter morning in the church kitchen making pancakes and enjoying the company of his close friends.

He had hobbies — many hobbies.  A sample includes scout leader, radio-controlled model planes, beekeeping, and woodworking.  He deeply enjoyed working with the land and animals.  He kept horses, cows, pigs, poultry, and especially geese.  He had a voracious appetite for learning new things, which was an inspiration to many of his friends and acquaintances.

Family members include his wife of 55 years, Betty (Buschman) Ryder of Mont Vernon; two sons and a daughter-in-law:  Peter Ryder and Kathleen Conk Ryder of New Boston, New Hampshire, and Eric Ryder of Hillsborough, New Hampshire; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Stephen Hauser of Carlisle, Massachusetts; and five grandchildren:  Sarah Ryder, Ethan Ryder, Angus Godbout, Declan Godbout and Isaiah Hauser.

There are no visiting hours.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., in Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon, to be followed by an informal gathering in the Round Room at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church.

Donations in his memory may be made to St. Joseph Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, New Hampshire 03055.

To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit www.smith-heald.com.

Services

 Fratia Marsh

Committal services for Fratia Marsh and William Marsh will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

 Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Everett Crouch Sr. will be held on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 17, from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

 Margaret Caouette

Committal services for Margaret Caouette will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

 Pauline Turcotte Boncek

Funeral services for Pauline Turcotte Boncek will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in Troy Village Cemetery.

 Oscar Robitaille

Funeral services for Oscar Robitaille will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

 Paul Marcotte

Committal services for Paul Marcotte will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

 Ruth Young

Committal services for Ruth Young will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

 Richard Locke

Committal services for Richard Locke will be held on Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

 Dorothy Whipple

Committal services for Dorothy Whipple will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

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