Obituaries May 8, 2013

obit BartlauWiltrude “Trudy” Bartlau

Trudy Bartlau, 77, of South Burlington, died on April 29, at Burlington Health & Rehab.

She grew up during World War II in Himmelstadt, Germany, daughter of Karl and Margarete (Ritter) Post, and came to this country in 1955 to work as a lab technician at Jamaica Hospital in New York City.  Acquiring current medical knowledge was one of her lifelong passions.  In New York, she met and married a Prussian immigrant, Alfred Bartlau.

She and her husband moved to Vermont in 1962, first building their own little cabin in the wild in East Haven, then to Coventry to farm, forage, and live off the land on 274 acres.  Their love of ice fishing finally led them to the shores of Seymour Lake in Morgan Center.  Many will recall that she and her family owned the Morgan Country Store in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Mrs. Bartlau took real pleasure in the natural world.  She could make anything grow and loved nurturing animals in need, especially her beloved rabbit, Stretch.  Her children fondly remember her resourcefulness in creating something special from the gifts and bounty of nature.  She took great pride in these accomplishments.

Her surviving family include her husband of 54 years, Alfred Bartlau of Burlington; her daughter Monika Turner and her life partner, Jonathan Fenton, of South Burlington; her son Peter Bartlau of Westford; her son Walter Bartlau of Shelburne, whom Mr. and Mrs. Bartlau lived with for the past 12 years; and her son Werner Bartlau and his wife, Jennifer, of Cambridge; and by her grandchildren:  Joseph Turner, Thomas Bartlau, Katrina Turner, Elise Turner, and Morgan Bartlau.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the Vermont Wildlife Rescue Association, 57 Bouffard Lane, Westford, Vermont 05494.

Per her wishes, there will be no services.  Her ashes will be scattered privately at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer.

 

Madeline Elizabeth (Williams) Bezio

Madeline Elizabeth (Williams) Bezio, 99, of Newport died on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Barre on March 26, 1914, to Fred F. and Ivey (Clark) Williams.

She attended schools in Barre, Williamstown and Barre Town.

She was married to Henry F. Bezio in Washington on June 8, 1929; he predeceased her on April 29, 1979.  She lived nearly 50 years in Williamstown and served many years as a member of the Ainsworth Public Library board of directors.  She also wrote articles for the Times Argus.

She moved to Newport in June of 1981 and was active in the Seniors Center Group.  She loved gardening and flowers and couldn’t wait for the earth to warm every spring.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary (Bezio) Hundley, of McAlester, Oklahoma; a son, Charles, and Jean, of Newport and Texas; and one half-sister, Ivey (Williams), and Paul Myers of South Burlington.  Survivors also include eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry; one sister, Freda (Williams) Bogaczyk; one half-sister, May L. Williams; four half-brothers:  Edwin, Henry, Ernest, and Dolor Poulin; one son-in-law, Joe; one grandson, James Hundley; and two great-grandsons:  Erick Wahweah and C. Daniel Green.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ainsworth Public Library, care of treasurer, 2338 Vermont Route 14, Williamstown, Vermont 05679.

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

obit BowenArland J. Bowen Jr.

Arland J. Bowen Jr., 68, of Derby Line died on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 2, 1945, to Irma Bowen and the late Arland J. Bowen Sr.

On February 6, 1965, he married Dawn Bessette, who survives him.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1964 and from 1964 to 2005 he worked as a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He was on the Derby Line Ambulance Service for 30 years, the Derby Line Fire Department for 35 years, and he was an instructor for hunter safety for 40 years.  He loved to hunt and fish.  His family was the love of his life and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Dawn Bowen of Derby Line; and by his two sons:  Troy Bowen and his wife, Darlene, and Tracy Bowen and his wife, Kim.  He is also survived by his mother Irma Bowen; his grandsons:  Brandon and Joshua Bowen; his granddaughter Emma Bowen; his great-granddaughter Brookelyn Bowen; his step-grandchildren:  Darwin D. and Becca Dingman, Jason and Michelle Dagesse, and Darian and Samantha Stewart; his siblings:  Joyce McDonald, Terry Lumbra and her husband, Deforest, and Raymond Bowen and his wife, Denise; his brother-in-law Oscar Roberts; and by his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Arland J. Bowen Sr. in 1975.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on May 8, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

 

obit cassFreda Alice Cass

Freda Alice Cass, 91, of Morgan died on May 4, 2013, in Barton, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on August 1, 1921, in Magog, Quebec, the daughter of Arthur and Susan (Brill) Tryon.  On December 5, 1942, she married Carroll Cass, who predeceased her on September 14, 2002.

She was a member of the Morgan United Church, Charleston Church and Morgan Home Dem Group.  She worked as a cook for several years at a boarding house and for a doctor in Long Island, New York.  She and her husband both worked on the Morgan sugar-on-snow event, cutting ice in the winter and helping to serve the public in the summer.  Mr. and Mrs. Cass owned a farm and Cass Construction, and Mrs. Cass was the right hand “man” and together they were a hard-working pair and still found time to give to their community, family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Natalie Cass of Florida; Nancy Cass and her husband, Terrill Judd, of Newport; and Nada Parker and her husband, Ferris, of Maryland.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Amanda Jewell and her husband, John, of Derby, Michelle Cass Fortin and her husband, Edward, of Morgan, and Philip Parker.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren:  Sam Joyce of Derby and Marisa and Emily Fortin of Morgan; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers:  Darcy Tryon and Nelson Tryon; and by two sisters:  Ruth Curtis and Mary Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call on May 11, at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in West Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan United Church Building Fund, 14 Meade Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

obit ColumbiaGordon C. Columbia

Gordon C. Columbia, 85, of Newport Center died on May 3, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 20, 1928, in Coventry, the son of Clyde and Budd (Wilcox) Columbia.  On July 16, 1949, he married Cecile Boisvert, who predeceased him on June 26, 2002.

He was a dairy farmer, and he owned and operated the family farm for most of his life.  He was also employed by the state of Vermont from 1955 to 1956.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He enjoyed antiques, gardening, hunting, listening to country music with Thelma, attending music jams and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons:  Larry Columbia and his wife, Sandra, of Newport Center, and Robert Columbia of Troy; his grandchildren:  Eric Columbia and his wife, Nicole, Bradley Columbia, Brock Columbia and his wife, Erin, Travis Columbia and his friend, Sami Johnson, Shawn Columbia and his wife, Carmen, Anthony Columbia and his partner, Sydney Bliven, and Christopher Columbia and his wife, Autumn; and by his great-grandchildren:  Nicole Columbia, Erica Columbia, Courtney Columbia, Brandon Columbia, Fayth Columbia, Trent Columbia, Tevyn Columbia, Sylas Columbia, Dylan Columbia, Michaela Columbia, Jesse and Dana Fournier, Shawna Columbia, Cassandra, Brooke and Hailey, Shawna and Madelynn, Brook-Lyn, Ashlyn, GGC, Colby, Brice, and Emmett.  He is also survived by his brother Ronald Columbia and his wife, Maria, of Norfolk, Virginia; his nephews:  Kevin, Michael and Joseph Columbia; and by his dear friends:  Thelma Jewett of Newport and Maria Parrish of Florida.

Funeral services were held on May 7 in Newport.  Interment followed in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Fire Department, 86 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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

obit freehartHubert D. (Pin) Freehart

Hubert D. (Pin) Freehart, 86, of Orleans died on May 3, 2013, in Barton, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 3, 1926, in Barton.  On October 28, 1961, he married Patricia Nolan, who survives him.

He was a machine operator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, where he retired after 40 years of service.  He and his wife enjoyed going for rides and stopping for ice cream in the summer time.  He would sit on the railing at the Old Howard National Bank in Orleans and wave and visit with people as they went by.  He was a friendly person to all and would always be ready to lend a hand.  Among his hobbies, he enjoyed detailing cars.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Freehart of Orleans; his children:  Tim Freehart and his companion, Shirley, of St. Johnsbury, and Linda Gregor and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; his grandchildren:  Shawn Chapdelaine and his companion, Linda Simonphone, of Massachusetts, and his step-daughter, Diamond, and Gerald and Lorraine Freehart; his great-great-grandson Shawn Chapdelaine Jr.; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister and several brothers.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

 

obit maclureEllen Margaret (Berry) Maclure

Ellen Margaret (Berry) Maclure, 60, of Barton died on May 3, 2013, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on December 3, 1952, in Newport, daughter of the late John and Eileen Berry.  She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Johnson State College.  A teacher for nearly 30 years, she spent the majority of her career as a third grade teacher at Sacred Heart.  Her love for teaching and the children did not end after her retirement as she continued as a substitute teacher regularly in the local elementary schools.

She enjoyed the simple things in life:  spending time with her family, sitting on her front porch with her husband listening to the birds, taking walks, and spoiling her grand puppies.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Daniel, and their daughter Emily of Craftsbury, and their son Nicholas and his wife, Megan, of Derby.  She is also survived by her sister Kathy Berry Bergeron and her husband, Bob, of Jericho; her sister Patsy and her husband, Allen Clark, of Derby; her sisters- and brothers-in-law:  Joanne and her husband, David Wursthorn, of Troy, Yves and his wife, Maryellen Maclure, of Newport, Ron and his wife, Robin Maclure, of Palmer, Alaska, Guy Maclure and his partner, Kevin, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Ginette and her husband, Denny O’Day, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on May 7, in Newport.  Interment will followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, 1 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network Inc., P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657-0038.

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

 

Henry “Hank” W. Pigeon

Henry “Hank” W. Pigeon, 75, of Rockville, Connecticut, husband of 53 years to June (Dickens) Pigeon, died on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, with his family at his side.

Born in North Troy, the son of the late Wilfred and Aurora (Gendron) Pigeon, he grew up and lived in North Troy before moving to Rockville in 1960.  Prior to his retirement, he was a custodian in the Vernon, Connecticut, school system for several years.  He was previously employed by the Amerbelle Corporation and the Rockville Reminder.  He was a U. S. Navy veteran.  He was a longtime devoted firefighter with the Rockville Fire Department where he served as Battalion Chief for the ladder company.  He was an advisor for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post #641 and was a Boy Scout Leader with Troop 815.

He enjoyed hunting, camping and was an avid fan of UConn women’s basketball.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children:  Beverly Crowley and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, Connecticut, and Edward Pigeon and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington, Connecticut; six grandchildren:  Jessica Crowley and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; four sisters:  Gabrielle Maguda and her husband, Donald, of Vernon, Connecticut, Anna Parker and her husband, David, of Newberry, Theresa Daigle and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Denise Pigeon of North Troy; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Wilfred Pigeon Jr.

Funeral services were held on October 20, 2012, in Rockville.  Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville, with military honors.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, Connecticut 06460; or to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

 

June (Dickens) Pigeon

June (Dickens) Pigeon, 81, of Rockville, Connecticut, wife of 53 years to Henry “Hank” Pigeon, died on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Rockville General Hospital.

Born in Bermuda, the daughter of the late Frank and Gloria Dickens, she grew up and lived in Bermuda, and after she married Mr. Pigeon, they lived in North Troy, before moving to Rockville in 1960.  Prior to her retirement in 1993, she was employed by the former Acromold Products Corp. in Ellington, Connecticut, for many years.  She was previously employed by the former Roosevelt Mills.

She was an advisor for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post # 641 and was a Girl Scout Leader.  She enjoyed camping, knitting, traveling and was an avid UConn women’s basketball fan.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Beverly Crowley and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, Connecticut, and Edward Pigeon and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington, Connecticut; six grandchildren:  Jessica Crowley and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry Pigeon in October of 2012; and by two sisters:  Olive Dickens and Denise Kay.

Funeral services were held on January 14 in Rockville.  Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

 

obit wilcoxGene Charlie Wilcox

Gene Charlie Wilcox, 55, of Newport died suddenly on May 3, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 4, 1958, in Newport, the son of Marjorie (Jewett) Wilcox and the late Basil Wilcox.

He worked for Memphremagog Rentals of Newport, and also for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans when he was younger.

His hobbies included playing video games, fishing, watching science fiction movies, coloring and drawing and tinkering around the house.

He is survived by his children:  Amy Wilcox and her husband, Steve Woods, of Newport, Jennifer Bass and her fiancé, Justin Gamble, of Newport, Gene Wilcox and his wife, Ella of New York, Steven Wilcox and his wife, Melissa, of New York, and Reba and Brittany Wilcox of Newport; his mother Marjorie Wilcox and her companion, and Mr. Wilcox’s step-dad, Bud Graser, of New York; his six grandchildren:  Andrew, Kaleb, Terry, Vlad, Molly, and Eric; and by his best friend Doug Spates of Derby.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters:  Wayne Wilcox of Barton, Danny Wilcox and his wife, Mary, of Wyoming, Kirk Wilcox of Brownington, Max Wilcox of Enosburg Falls, Mark Wilcox and his wife, Lori, of Johnson, Beth Little and her husband, Pete, of Newport Center, Marsha Byers and her husband, Scott, of Brownington, and Kathy Coderre of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother David Wilcox; and by his sister Marie Wilcox.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend James Gamble officiating.

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

 

Services

Violet Rice

Committal services for Violet Rice will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Derby Line Cemetery.

Vernon Patrick

Committal services for Vernon Patrick will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Pauline Converse

Committal services for Pauline Converse will be held on Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Jerry Abbott

Committal services for Jerry Abbott will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Brownington Center Cemetery, with full military honors.

Suzanne Frizzell

Committal services for Suzanne Frizzell will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Richard Chase

Committal services for Richard Chase will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Florence King

Funeral services for Florence King will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

William Heinchon

Committal services for William Heinchon will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

R. Claude Seguin

There will be a memorial service for R. Claude Seguin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the congregational church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating. A committal service with full military honors will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery, also in Island Pond.

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