Obituaries October 2, 2013

Phyllis B. (Morse) Greenwood

Phyllis B. (Morse) Greenwood, 87, formerly of Derby, died peacefully on September 24, 2013, in Barton, after a long illness.

She was born on March 21, 1926, in Newport, a daughter of Amos and Ida (Carson) Morse.

She was raised and attended schools in Newport.  On October 23, 1944, she married Glendon Greenwood, who predeceased her on June 2, 2010.

She loved to cook for and spend time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.  She will be remembered by her friends and family for her kindness to animals, taking in, caring for and feeding the many stray cats she encountered over the past years prior to her illness.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #798 and the American Legion Post #21 Auxiliary.

She is survived by two children:  Sharyn Blake of Derby, and Glenn (Bruzz) Greenwood and his wife, Deborah, of Bradenton, Florida; the following grandchildren:  Randy and Derick Blake, Bradley Blake and his wife, Suzie, all of Derby, Shelley and Charlie Lafoe, Allison and Cory Hildreth, and Brooke and Danny Robbins all of Bradenton; her 12 great-grandchildren; her four great-great grandchildren; her sister Isabelle Lavoie of Derby; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit guadagniSally Leah (Flood) Guadagni

Sally Leah (Flood) Guadagni, 74, of Newport Center died peacefully, at her home, on September 24, 2013.

She was born on October 2, 1938, in Burlington, to Don and Lee (Thomas) Flood.

She enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, cards and games, and researching family genealogy.

She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 51 years Charles “Chuck” Guadagni; her sons:  David, Donald and John Guadagni; her sister-in-law Penny Flood; and by her nieces:  Dawn, Heidi and Tina.

She was predeceased by her parents in 1967 and by her brother Ron Flood in 2010.

There will be no viewing, no funeral service, and interment will take place at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, any contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to PETS of the Kingdom.

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

obit PowersKenneth M. Powers

Kenneth M. Powers, 99, died on September 27, 2013, just months short of his hundredth birthday goal.

Although his passing leaves his family deeply saddened, the memories he created and the lives he shaped will remain as his legacy.

His life began on a cold winter’s morning in Charleston, on March 4, 1914.  The third of five children born to John and Etta (Labounty) Powers, his lifelong resilience was evident even in his childhood.  Following the divorce of his parents, he endured the hardship of living among various homes where he failed to receive the care and compassion he deserved.  Despite this, he emerged as a loving, dedicated man, who always put his family first, even when it meant noteworthy personal sacrifice.

In May of 1934, he married his cherished wife, Esther Davignon Powers, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage and seven children.  He spent endless days working as a farmhand and deep within the Vermont woods, even on the coldest New England days that left him nearly frozen.  Whether sick, bruised, or exhausted, his priority was to make sure that his family was well taken care of and loved.  His work ethic never waned and continued well into his nineties, as he busied himself puttering around, visiting garage sales, and tending his half-acre garden.

Although his formal education never reached beyond grade school, his innate wisdom and intellectual curiosity ensured that he learned to read and write better than most high school graduates today.  His love of reading, a gift that he passed on to his offspring, spanned nearly eight decades, with the Bible and his treasured Western novels serving as his all-time favorites.

His inherent talents extended well beyond reading.  His self-taught ability to play the spoons, harmonica, and guitar delighted his children and grandchildren, and made summer nights at camp on Brownington Pond unforgettable.  In addition, his athletic skills kept the grandkids occupied for hours.  In fact, there isn’t a grandchild who doesn’t affectionately remember intensely-fought badminton games that he refused to lose or the black eyes earned by those brave enough to challenge him to a game of catch.  In spite of his intense competitiveness and temperament, he always had some kind of candy available as a peace offering and a token of his unwavering love.

Heartbroken after his wife’s untimely death in 1983, Mr. Powers faltered in sadness until he met and later married his second wife, Lillian Flanders Powers, whose patience and love fortified him for 27 years until her death in 2010.

He was also predeceased by his grandson Dwight Powers in 1966, and his fourth child, Dale Powers, in 1989.

He is survived by his son Richard Powers and his wife, Eleanor, of Enosburg; his son Norman and his wife, Susan Powers, of Middletown, Connecticut; his daughter Charlotte Powers Webster of Las Vegas, Nevada; his son Larry and his wife, Jan Powers, of Newport; his daughter Jane Moulton of Orleans; his son Robert Powers of Rocky Mount, Virginia; 16 grandchildren; and by many great-grandchildren.

As he requested, a simple graveside memorial service, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating, will be held on Saturday, October 5, at 11 a.m., before his ashes are laid to rest beside his beloved Esther in the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Because he so dearly loved animals, including those whose companionship brightened his life over the many years, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, in lieu of flowers.

His family will carry their memories and love for “Dad” and “Grandpa” close within their hearts for years to come.  They will forever remain grateful for the talents, humor, and love that he shared with them, and which made their lives all that more special.  May he rest in eternal peace and watch over them from above until they reunite again one day.

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

Jeannette D. Randall

Jeannette D. Randall, 92, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with family by her side.

She was born on February 2, 1921, in Barton, a daughter of Israel J. and Delia I. Nault Sheltra.  She attended St. Paul’s Catholic School in Barton.  She married Clifford L. Randall on May 17, 1941, and he predeceased her on September 23, 2001.

She worked for many years as an oriental chef at the Smuggler’s Inn in Stowe.  She also enjoyed volunteering in the gift shop at Copley Hospital for 30 years.  She was an active member of the Holy Cross Parish and had served as a Eucharistic minister.  She was a member of the Charity Rebekah Lodge #38 and had presided as noble grand.  She was also a member of the Home Demonstration Club and the Friendship Club.  She was active in the Lamoille Grange #233.

She enjoyed going to the community dinners with her friends and liked to tend to her garden.  Most of all, she loved her family and enjoyed their family get-togethers.

She is survived by her children:  Dianne O’Connor and her husband, William, of Frisco, Texas, Sharon Ramos and her husband, David, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Marlene Swansiger and her husband, Richard, of East Hampton, Connecticut, Clifford H. Randall and his wife, Susan, of Morristown and Eric Randall and his wife, Mariah, of Mooresville, North Carolina; her grandchildren:  Randy, Tricia, Susan, SharaLee, Dean, Mark, Michael, Amy, Christopher, and Jeremy; her great-grandchildren:  Aleisha, Shane, Mackenzie, Lindsay, Cassie, Carl, Sebastian, Jake, Ryan, Demi, Kiley, Alivia, Theo, Uriah, and Sawyer; and her great-great grandchild Carmelo.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Clifford, she was predeceased by a brother, her sisters, and a great-grandson, Josh Peterson.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on  September 30, in Wolcott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wolcott Veterans Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 100, Wolcott, Vermont 05680; or to a favorite charity.

obit TetreaultRoger Tetreault Sr.

Roger Tetreault Sr., 84, of Derby died on September 27, 2013, in Derby.

He was born on October 4, 1928, in Bennington, to Joseph and Leonne (Martel) Tetreault.  On January 12, 1952, he married Yvette Bergeron, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II.  In Manchester, New Hampshire, he held many different jobs in various factories and plants including H.P. Hood and eventually drove tractor-trailer for them until they shut down.  Then moving to Lowell, he farmed for seven years.  He then gave up farming and took a job at Columbia Forest Products until he retired.

He loved hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798.

He is survived by his wife Yvette Tetreault of Derby; his children:  Roger Tetreault, Jr. and his wife, Marielle, of Westfield, Therese Dostie and her husband, Danny, of Lowell, Jeanne Lanctot and her husband, Alan, of New Boston, New Hampshire, and Colette Crowe and her husband, Stanley, of Troy; his 11 grandchildren; his 14 great-grandchildren; his brother Andre Tetreault and his wife, Gertrude, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Janine Doyon; and by two sisters:  Violet and Therese.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, October 4, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with Elaine Burnor officiating.  Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars 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.

Service

Margaret (LeClair) Brown

A hillside memorial service for Margaret Brown will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m., at the Brown Family Farm in Derby.  Family, friends and neighbors are invited to meet at the farmhouse at 1:30 p.m., to walk/ride up the hill together.

There will be a time of fellowship following the service at the East Side Restaurant in Newport.

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