Obituaries October 16, 2013

Burton A. Baraw

Burton A. Baraw, 78, of Newport Center died on October 11, 2013, in Newport Center.

He was born on September 29, 1935, in Holland, a son of Joshua and Rosie (McKinney) Baraw.  He married Lillian Pope, who predeceased him.

He enjoyed his work as a mechanic for the state of Vermont Highway Department.

He is survived by his children:  Jackie Arel and her husband, Chuck, of Vergennes, Sherrill Sheltra of Newport, Judy Cornell of Newport Center, Steve Baraw of North Troy, Tim Baraw of Newport Center, and Penny Coe and her husband, Gary, of Newport Center; his 20 grandchildren; his brother David Baraw, and his wife, Joyce, of Newport Center; his two sisters:  Ruth Santaw and her husband, Dale, of Derby, and Irene Farrar of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Lillian Baraw, and by his stepson Gary Sheltra.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lowell, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Country Hospital renal dialysis unit, care of Wendy Franklin, Development Office, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 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 LamereDorothy E. Lamere

Dorothy E. Lamere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on October 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 23, 1919, in Coventry, to Harold and Etta (Bowley) Griffin.  She graduated from West Charleston High School in the Class of 1936.  On August 11, 1941, she married Walter J. Lamere, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Lamere was an office clerk and cashier for the Grand Union in Morrisville, Essex and Middlebury.

Her hobbies included playing bridge, cribbage, cooking, crocheting, knitting, and she was an avid Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her children:  Phyllis Robinson of Mt. Laguna, California, Richard “Skip” Lamere and his wife, Joan, of Waterbury Center, Walter E. Lamere of West Burke, and Jeannine Kneeland of Burlington; her grandchildren:  Kelly Stallings and her husband, Eric, of Manchester, Massachusetts, Jason Kneeland and his wife, Liz, of Fairfax, Virginia, Torrey Gallagher and her husband, Paul, of Quechee, and Jared Lamere and his wife, Anne, of East Montpelier; her seven great-grandchildren:  Andrew and Jacob Kneeland, Liam, Nara, and Tavi Gallagher, and Jackson and Austin Lamere; her sister Phyllis Russell-Goss of Orleans; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Donald, Dean, and Francis; her sons-in-law:  Roland Robinson, and James D. Kneeland; and by her daughter-in-law Nancy Lamere.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 17, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

obit pepyneEdward Walter Pepyne Sr.

Edward Walter Pepyne Sr., 87, of Derby and Ashfield, Massachusetts, died on October 4, 2013, in Derby.

Born December 27, 1925, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was the only child of Walter Henry and Francis A. (Carroll) Pepyne.

Lawyer, psychologist, and educator, he received his BA from American International College in Springfield in 1948, his MS from the University of Massachusetts in 1951, his professional diplomas from New York University in 1955 and the University of Connecticut in 1964, his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1968, and his J.D. from Western New England College in 1978.

As an educator, Dr. Pepyne was a public school teacher in Hardwick and West Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1948 to 1953; an instructor in the School of Education at New York University from 1952 to 1954; superintendent of schools on Block Island, Rhode Island, from 1954 to 1956; assistant professor of education at Michigan State University from 1956 to 1958; and director of pupil services in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, from 1958 to 1962, and Chicopee, Massachusetts, from 1965 to 1967.  In 1968, Dr. Pepyne began teaching in the College of Education at the University of Hartford, where he retired as professor and division director in 1985.

A licensed psychologist, he served as psychological examiner for the Norwalk, Connecticut Board of Education from 1964 to 1965, and hearing officer for the Connecticut State Board of Education, adjudicating issues related to the education of children with disabilities, from 1980 to 1999.

A member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals — First Circuit, U.S. District Court — Massachusetts District, U.S. Tax Court, and the Vermont Bar, Attorney Pepyne operated a general practice law office from his homes in Ashfield from 1980 to 1999, and in Derby from 2004 to 2005.

An early proponent of high school driver education, Dr. Pepyne was co-author of Better Driving (1958); associate editor of Highway Safety and Driver Education (1954); chairman of the editorial committee for Man and the Motor Car (fifth edition, 1945); and he made driver training films as an educational program consultant for Aetna Life & Casualty Co., in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1962 to 1974.

He was active in numerous professional, governmental, and civic organizations including the Massachusetts, Vermont, and Franklin County (Massachusetts) bar associations; the Connecticut Consortium on Law Related Education; the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association; the American Psychological Association; and the New England Educational Research Organization.  He served as chairman of the planning board, from 1979 to 1983, and town moderator, from 1980 to 1981, for the town of Ashfield; town counsel for Charlemont, Massachusetts, from 1983 to 1984; a member of the judiciary nominating council, Western Regional Committee, from 1993 to 1999; and a member of the Mohawk Trail Regional, in Massachusetts, school committee from 1999 to 2000.  He was a member of the Mt. Tom and Franklin County amateur radio associations, the program chairman of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from 2006 to 2007, and a long time member of the Elks, Kiwanis (serving as Division 12, Lieutenant Governor from 1991 to 1992), Masons, Shriners, and Phi Delta Kappa.

His story telling and sense of humor will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, of Derby; his nine children:  Deborah Daniels, Edward Jr., Susan Bressette, Byron, Shari Phillips, Randy Parker, David, Allison Millett, and Jennifer Code; his 15 grandchildren; and by his four great-grandchildren.

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 RobinsonPeter A. Robinson

Peter A. Robinson, 78, of Barton, formerly of Newport, died on October 12, 2013, at Maple Lane Nursing Home, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born on May 24, 1935, in New York City, to Curtis and Mary (Sears) Robinson.

He graduated from Black River High School in Ludlow, and attended the University of Vermont, where he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball with the #8 jersey.  He moved to Newport in 1967 to become Newport’s city manager, a position he held for 22 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, the Newport Rotary Club, the Black River-Lafayette Lodge #85 Free and Accepted Masons, and the Newport Country Club.

He later took up the game of golf and enjoyed playing it at the Newport Country Club.

He is survived by his children:  Glenda Garrow and her husband, Brent, of Enosburg, and Judy Robinson of Derby.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Kristopher and his wife, Nicky, Peter and his fiancée, Lisa, Curtis, Steven, Jocelyn and her fiancé, Stuart, and Tyler; his great-grandchildren:  Mason and Cyrus; and by his half-brother David Carlsen of Colorado.

He was predeceased by his daughter Patti Robinson Guyette.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., on Thursday, October 17, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Stetson officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 17, from 4 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit SouliereAime Roger Souliere

 Aime Roger Souliere, 57, of Newport died on October 10, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on December 20, 1955, in Newport, to Maurice Roger and Pauline (Binnette) Souliere.  He attended North Country Union High School in Newport.

Aime was a meat cutter for the former Memphremagog Meats with his father and step-mother Bettie, and with R.J.’s Friendly Market in Newport.  He also cut meat for many outdoorsmen.

He loved spending time with his son Caleb, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, being outside and hanging with his friends.  He was a member of the Walleye Association and a former member of the Sons of American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his son Caleb Souliere of Newport; his stepsons:  Troy Chapman of Virginia, and Travis Chapman of Burke; his step-mother Bettie Souliere of Derby; his brothers:  Dan Souliere of Derby, Brian and Dalton Souliere and Apopka of Portland, Oregon, Paul “Chipper” Souliere of Louisville, Colorado, and Jeff Souliere of Florida; his sister Sharon Smith of Derby; several nieces and nephews; and by a dear friend, Amanda Jensen, of Coventry.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Jennifer Souliere.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on October 16, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to the Passumpsic Savings Bank, for the Caleb Souliere Education Fund, P.O. Box 218, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Leo R. Spaulding

Leo R. Spaulding, 73, of West Charleston died on October 8, 2013, in Rutland.

He was born on February 25, 1940, in West Charleston to James and Jessie (Wilson) Spaulding.

He attended schools in Charleston and was a truck driver for West Charleston for many years.  He was an outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman.  He enjoyed watching deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife on and near his home.  He also loved his dog Penny very much.  Penny was his loyal companion throughout the years.

He is survived by his siblings:  Rose S. Flanders and Avis Rogers, both of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Beverly Spaulding of West Charleston; his nieces and nephews:  Huey Flanders and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Rose Dutil and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line, Dana Blanchard of Newport, Brenda Mannino and her husband, Len, of Wells, Maine, Duane Spaulding of East Fairfield, Donna Rogers of West Charleston, and Shirley Davis and her husband, Rod, of Derby; and by several great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Jessie Spaulding; his brothers:  Milton and Alton Spaulding; his sister Elva Blanchard; and by his brother-in-law Ted Flanders.

A private graveside service will be held at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Our House, 48 South Main Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701; 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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