Obituaries September 18, 2013

obit wheelerPauline (Simino) Wheeler

Pauline M. (Simino) Wheeler, 81, of Newport died on September 12, 2013, in Newport, a day after her birthday.  Her death comes after a few months of failing health following hip replacement surgery.

She was born in Irasburg on September 11, 1932, to Earl and Molly (Howell) Simino.  In her early years, she worked at Jay’s Snack Bar in Derby.  Memories created there lasted her a lifetime.  One of her most endearing memories that arose out of time at the snack bar was meeting a Newport boy named Wayne Wheeler in 1958.  They married on June 20, 1959.  Together they raised three sons and operated the Antenna Man, installing thousands of rooftop and satellite antennas during more than half a century of business.

Mrs. Wheeler took great pride in her role of wife and mother, but her greatest and most cherished role was that of grandmother — to both two-legged and four-legged grandchildren.  She gave her husband, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren, unconditional love.  She and her husband traveled near and far to attend their school and sporting events.  They also enjoyed numerous trips with Community Circle.

Gifted with a dry, Vermont wit and a quiet wisdom, she raised three sons, seldom raising her voice.

Although she never had a daughter of her own, she always treated her sons’ wives or partners as if they were her own daughters.  She found a daughter in her only granddaughter, Emily, her partner in mischief and misadventures.

Having been dealt a bad hand at a young age, she had every reason to be a bitter woman, but she wasn’t.  She found the best in everything and everybody.

While working in Massachusetts, her father met, fell in love, and married a young woman named Molly.  She was working there to send money back to her family in Newfoundland.  After Earl and Molly married, they moved back to Earl’s hometown of Irasburg.  The couple had three children:  John, Elizabeth (Scott), and Pauline,the youngest.  However, the love affair between this young Vermonter and the young woman from Newfoundland was short-lived.  Molly died on June 2, 1937, during a tuberculosis outbreak.  Pauline, who was four years old at the time, was left with no memories of her mother.  Her father never remarried.  John and Elizabeth, who are no longer with us, helped their father raise Pauline into the kind and compassionate soul we all knew and loved.  She was a 1950 graduate of Orleans High School.

She is survived by her husband Wayne, and their sons:  Jeffrey of Newport Center, Scott and his wife, Penny, of Derby, and Kevin and his wife, Tammy, of Orleans.  She loved her husband and sons, but the sun rose and set over her grandchildren:  Curtis Wheeler and his wife, Gabrielle, of Presque Isle, Maine, Nicholas Wheeler and his partner, Abby Iselborn, of Bangor, Maine, Emily Wheeler of Essex, Jordan and Aaron Wheeler of Orleans, and Jeffrey Hensley of Meriden, Connecticut.  She is also survived by a former daughter-in-law, April Wheeler.  In addition, she is survived by her cat, Mittens, and by the many wild birds, especially her cardinals, that she fed throughout the decades.

As we now have to say good-bye to our wife, mother, and grandmother, it’s unimaginable to think that we are going to walk the remainder of our lives without her, but without a doubt her quiet teachings are forever rooted in us.  And we have little doubt her spirit will forever gently guide us on our journey, the same way she guided us when she was with us.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  A celebration of her life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 20, at 10 a.m.  Internment will follow at the Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Being a lover of all animals, domestic and wild, people are encouraged to donate in her memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, at 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit TiceMaurice A. Tice Jr.

Maurice A. Tice Jr., 67, of Derby died on September 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born on January 5, 1946, to Anna (Lucas) Tice and Maurice Tice Sr.

He was a truck driver and had been since the young age of 17.  He had been driving truck for Pike Industries for the past 34 years.  His hobbies included spending time on Gore Mountain, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, gas and steam engines, antiques, restoring late model trucks, driving his John Deere tractor, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marion (Percy) Tice; his children:  daughter Tina (Percy) Miller and her husband, David, of Littleton, New Hampshire, daughter Angela Tice of Derby, and son Daniel Tice of New York City, New York; his grandsons:  Michael Miller and Matthew Miller of Littleton, and Akuei Tice of Derby; his mother Anna (Lucas) Tice of Derby Line; his brother Terrance Tice and his wife, Lorraine, of Holland; his sisters:  Nancy and her husband, John Pelletier, of North Troy, Diane Kenney of Derby Line, Gloria Willis of Newport Center, Sally Tice of Derby, Debra and her husband, Craig Shepard, of Holland, and Lorriane and her husband, Randy Griffin, of Morgan; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Maurice Tice Sr.; as well as by his grandsons, Albert Lyon and Benjamin Lyon.

In honor of Mr. Tice’s request, there shall be no funeral.  There will be a celebration of his life held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., with Kevin Deslauriers officiating for those that wish to celebrate his life with his family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit ShoverGladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover

Gladys Myrtle (Labor) Shover, 96, of Barton, formerly of Brownington, died peacefully on September 9, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on June 7, 1917, in Evansville, a daughter of William and Adelaide (Boydon) Labor.

She attended Evansville Graded School for eight years and then cared for her mother and baby sister.  In 1932 she attended high school in Orleans, graduating in 1936.  She then attended Burlington Business College, for a six month course.

She married Harold Shover of Westmore on June 7, 1938.  They had 53 years plus together before he died on October 29, 1992.  They purchased a home in Brownington Center in 1945 and two sons were born to this union:  Ronald James and Harry Clayton.

She was auditor for the town of Brownington, substitute and voted in from 1947 to 1968, when she assumed the position of treasurer, holding this office until 1983.  She was assistant town clerk for 23 years, retiring in 1991.  She was a former member of the Orleans Country Club where she enjoyed golfing, and she was also a member of the Brownington Center Church where she played the organ for many years.  She enjoyed cooking and reading.

She is survived by her sons:  Ronald Shover and his wife, Maria, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and Harry Shover and his wife, Julie, of Brownington; her grandchildren:  Veronica Ellis and her husband, Allen, of Front Royal, Virginia, Harold Shover and his wife, Gwen, of DeFuniak Springs, Harry Shover of DeFuniak Springs, and Danyelle Shover of Barton; and by her four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She is also survived by her brother Maurice Labor and his wife, Almeria, of Island Pond; her sister Beverly Royer of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Harry, Harold, and Fred; and by her sisters:  Bessie, Alice, Marjorie, and Anna.

A graveside service was held on September 14, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownington Center Church, 9 A Spirit Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Elmeria Labor

Elmeria Labor of Island Pond died peacefully on September 13, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in 1922 in Saint-Valere, Quebec, to Georges Geoffroy and Mary Anne (Mastha) Geoffroy.  At six weeks old, her family moved to Morgan, where the family farmed.  She attended graded school in Morgan and Stanstead, Quebec, and attended high school in Orleans for a time.

She married Maurice Labor of Evansville in 1943, and they began their married life in Derby Line, later moving to Beebe.

Mrs. Labor was an active member of St. Edward’s church, and a member of the Altar Society.  She and her husband moved to Auburn, Massachusetts, in early 1967, where her husband found further work in the tool and die industry.  While there, she continued with her love of homemaking, crafts, and gardening.  After retirement, she and her husband lived seasonally in Morgan and North Fort Myers, Florida, for 20 years.  Her most recent residence was at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 70 years, Maurice; her children:  Larry Labor and his wife, Pauline, of Morgan, and Cynthia Manning and her husband, George, of Campbellton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Mark and Anne Labor, Sarah and Roger Start, Steve Labor and Jeannie Labor, Laura and Christopher Comtois, Tim Weeks, and Dawn Veilhauer, and their families; her ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Valeda, George, Armand, Oscar, Mary, Antoinette, Mary Jeanne, John, and Cecile.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Internment will take place in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

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.

Service

Tim A. Sanville

Committal services for Tim A. Sanville will be held on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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Obituaries September 11, 2013

obit tatumMartha Corinne Seaton Tatum

Martha Corinne Seaton Tatum died peacefully on August 30, 2013, at home in Derby, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

She was born on December 28, 1919, in Topeka, Kansas, and grew up mostly in Kansas City.  As a girl, she was the best roller skater in her neighborhood and did not like school or schoolteachers.  Her favorite place was her grandmother’s farm in Burlingame.

She did excel, however, as a psychology major in her last two years in college, motivated in part by a desire to help a cousin.  During World War II, she interrupted her work for the war department to learn to fly in hopes of serving in the WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots), although as it turned out she was unable to gain enough weight to pass the physical.

She had a lifelong love for music, dance, and horses, and a later attachment for dogs (especially three German shepherds), undoubtedly heightened by her own accomplishments with each.  She also loved butterflies, birdcalls, and weaving, and was an expert knitter.  From her college days, she had a deep attachment for the Chesapeake Bay, where her parents kept a small log cabin that remains a gathering place for family to this day.  And her avid interest in architecture contributed to raising her family in an architect-designed house with a flat roof and glass walls in the woods of Connecticut.

A person of astonishing strength and gentleness, she always met the world with empathy, compassion, and kindness.  She was a person of great wisdom and extraordinary grace, steadfast and selfless in her central devotion to family and friends.

It is difficult to imagine a finer angel in God’s heaven than she was on this earth.

She is survived by her oldest son Liston and his wife, Donna, of Orleans, and Liston’s daughter, Shanti, and her family; her middle son Jesse of Derby; her youngest son’s wife, Miriam, and their two sons, Steven and Owen; and by her sister Jane Harrell of Atlantic Beach, Florida, and her four children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Liston Tatum, on May 5, 2012; and by her youngest son, Dr. Brent W. Tatum, on March 10, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Vermont Public Radio Classical, a touchstone of beauty for her in both bright and dark hours.

obit royerPriscilla B. Royer

Priscilla B. Royer, 91, of Derby Line died peacefully on September 7, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on August 27, 1922, in Newport, to Ernest and Malvina (Bernard) Leroux.  On June 2, 1941, she married Victor Royer, who predeceased on August 3, 1989.

She was a life member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella, where she held all of the officers’ positions.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a longtime member of the Forever Young Club and an honorary member of the North Country Swingers Dance Club.

She and her late husband, Vic, enjoyed traveling, going to area dances, and playing cards, especially cribbage.  They owned and operated Paul’s Market on Indian Point Street and later owned Royer’s Market on East Main Street for several years.

She is survived by her children:  David Royer and his wife, Diane, of Orleans, Jane Flynn and her husband, Urban Jr., of Derby, and Gerard Royer and his wife, Patricia, of Derby; her grandchildren:  Cathy Bell and her husband, Chad, of Orleans, Mark Royer and his wife, Lynn, of Orleans, Paula Hollander and her husband, Peter, of Ludlow, Peter Mason and his wife, Tonya, of Milton, Christopher Royer and his wife, Jamie, of Newport, and Adam Royer of Burlington; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, September 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Glenna F. Murphy

Glenna F. Marie Murphy, 95, died on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on June 6, 1918, in Troy, to Edward and Ada (Place) Field.  On September 2, 1938, she married Francis Murphy, who predeceased her on October 29, 1981.

She graduated from North Troy High School and was a licensed nurse assistant at North Country Hospital and also spent many years working for the Orleans County Hospital.  She loved spending her time with her family, knitting, crocheting, gardening, snowshoeing, fishing, completing crossword puzzles, and cooking.  She also enjoyed teaching her grandchildren about life and she adored her pets.

She is survived by the following:  her daughter Carolyn Arel of Lowell; her grandchildren:  Patrick Arel and his wife, Gina, of Lowell, Laura Staib and her husband, Lonnie, of Alaska, and Shannon Driver and her husband, Jason, of Jay; her great-grandchildren:  Jill and David Legacy of Lowell, Andrew and Jenna Arel of Swanton, Kylie Gelo of Alaska, Holly Gelo and her fiancé, Jeff, of Pennsylvania, and Kortni and Olivia Driver of Jay; her great-great grandchildren:  Lauren and Rebecca Legacy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Marshall and James Field; and by her sisters:  Kathryn Squires and Alice Dunn.

A funeral service and interment were held at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell on September 9.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont, 05495.

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

obit McNealJoan M. McNeal

Joan M. McNeal, 76, of Newport, beloved wife of Brian McNeal of 57 years, died on September 2, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 24, 1937, in Newport, a daughter of Louis and Arlene (Turner) Rocheleau.  On February 4, 1956, she married Brian McNeal, who survives her.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School.

She was a licensed LNA and was employed by Bel-Aire Nursing Home.  She was also a substitute teacher at the Canaan School District in Canaan.

She was also a Sunday School teacher and was on the executive board of the Newport United Methodist Church.  Her hobbies included oil and water painting on canvases, playing the piano and taking care of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Brian McNeal of Newport; her children:  Timothy McNeal and his wife, Brenda, of Mobile, Alabama, Brian C. McNeal and his wife, Vicky, of Theodore, Alabama, Jodi Baker and her husband, Brad, of Newport, and Kelly Meunier and her husband, Andre, of Newport; her grandchildren:  Meghan, Jenna, Chelsey, Britney, and Rianna; and by her great-granddaughter Emma Jane.  She is also survived by her sister Jane Comtois and her husband, Marcel, of Rochester, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother William Louis “Roach” Rocheleau, and by her sister Juanita Rocheleau.

Funeral services were held on September 10, in Derby.  Interment followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or 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.

obit FalconerMichael G. Falconer

Michael G. Falconer, 45, of Brownington died peacefully on September 8, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on November 5, 1967, in Newport, to Fleurette (Dupuis) Falconer and the late Geoffrey Falconer Sr.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1986.  He was a sawyer at the Lamarre Sawmill in Evansville for over 25 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his nieces and nephews, and riding on country dirt roads with his chocolate lab Tucker.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and visiting with numerous neighbors.  He loved his job working side by side with Robert at the sawmill.

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Orleans.

He is survived by his mother Fleurette Falconer of Brownington; his brothers:  Geoff Falconer Jr. and his wife, Renee, and William Falconer and his wife, Angie, all of Brownington; nieces and nephews:  Tyler, Brittany, Michelle, Geoffrey, Kennedy, and Cameron; his paternal grandmother Emily Damon of Rock Island, Quebec; and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Geoffrey Falconer Sr. on June 20, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 13, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Tim Naples.  Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on September 13, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chris Grenier Scavenger Hunt for cancer, care of Jessie Davignon, 15 Able Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Paul Arthur Curtis

Paul Arthur Curtis, 72, Newport died on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in his home.

He enlisted in the Navy, after graduating from Newport High School.  He specialized in oceanography and received several awards for his accomplishments in this field.

Upon discharge, he opened Curt’s Autobody & Guns in Derby, with his father.  In 1978 they separated the business, and he opened Curtis Auto Repair Service in Newport.  In 1987 he migrated to Napa Auto Parts and worked as the outside salesman for several years, finally returning to carpentry and his own business of P.C. Enterprise and working as the superintendent of Pine Grove Cemetery Association.

He was an important member of his community.  Over the years, in his spare time, he was a member of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the Newport City Police Department, the Newport City Volunteer Fire Department, the board of civil authorities, the development review board, and the school board.  He was also a justice of the peace, and a certified diver for the Vermont State Police.  He was also crucial to the following community events:  The International Skate (1984), the Vermont dog sled races (1985 to around 1989), and the Newport Aquafest.

He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed such activities as hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.  He was also a member of the Vermont Handgunners Association as a law enforcement marksman, and enjoyed competing in the “shoots.”

He was a special man, and very giving of his time.  He gave everything for his family, and always treated his friends like family.  He was a cancer survivor of 20 years from melanoma in his eye.

He was one of seven siblings, born to Samuel D. Curtis and Grace T. Curtis.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Scott Curtis; his two children:  “Pete” Paul Arthur Curtis II and Annie Jane Curtis Christoni and her husband, Thomas J. Christoni; and by one granddaughter, Samantha Jane Christoni.

He will be so missed by all his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dr. Leslie Lockridge’s Let’s Care Lots Foundation, for cancer support services.  Dr. Lockridge was a huge part of Mr. Curtis’ life and he gave the family two years to enjoy life with him.  We are forever grateful.

Donations may also be sent to the American Cancer Society, Road to Recovery, in care of Tara Genzlinger, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Services will be at a later date at the discretion of the family and will be announced for the public.

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

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Obituaries September 4, 2013

obit CyrIrene B. Cyr

Irene B. Cyr, 71, of Newport died on August 26, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Newport Center.

She was born on September 2, 1941, in Newport, the daughter of Cleon and Alice (Prevost) Wells.

She was interested in arts and crafts, going to church, going for walks, fishing, and she enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren visits.

She is survived by her children:  Linda Wells and her companion, Robert Rivera, of Connecticut, Edward Cyr of Newport, Michael Cyr and his wife, Doris, of Brownington, and Angelina McAlister and her husband, Don, of Newport Center; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister Doris Johnson of Lancaster, New Hampshire; her very special niece Lisa Johnson Brown; and by her dog Lilly.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Manuel Cruz, and Edward Cyr Sr.; her brothers:  Rene, Gerald, and Don; as well as by several nieces and nephews that she thought a great deal of.

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.

William G. Buchanan

William G. Buchanan, 54, of Irasburg died on August 27, 2013, at his home.

He was born on May 5, 1959, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Janice (Flannery) Buchanan and the late William E. Buchanan.

He was a self-employed diesel mechanic.  He enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, snowmobiling, walking in the woods, riding on country roads, working on cars with his sons, and he loved horses.  He will be missed by his good friend Roy Stevens and his horse Image.

He is survived by his children:  Steven Buchanan and his wife, Rachelle, of Irasburg, and Brian Buchanan and his companion, Alicia, of Plymouth, Massachusetts; his two grandchildren:  Shaughn and David; his mother Janice Buchanan of Attelboro, Massachusetts; his life partner Kathleen Johnson of Irasburg and her sons:  Thomas and Andy Foren; his siblings:  Scott Buchanan and his wife, Donna, of Massachusetts, Michael Buchanan of South Dakota, Denise Sawicki and her husband, Edward, of Massachusetts, and Tara Buchanan and Matthew Zunagar of Rhode Island; and by many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his aunts:  Annie Wescom and her family of Vermont, Alice Marckres and her family of Vermont, and Virginia Donovan and her family of Massachusetts; his uncle Michael Flannery and his family of New York; and by his faithful canine companions, Bear and Nellie.

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 danielsWilliam Ray Daniels

William Ray Daniels, 66, of Newport died suddenly, at home, on August 21, 2013.

He was born on April 12, 1947, to Elwyn J. Daniels Sr. and Bernice (La Rock) Daniels in Hardwick.

He graduated in 1965 from Hardwick Academy.  In 1968, he graduated from Champlain College.

Most of his life was spent living and working in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  However, for a time, he did leave, traveling to Wyoming, then Idaho and Washington.  In 1976, he returned to Vermont to work at the Sam Daniels Company for his brother where he stayed for many years.  He went west again for about seven years then returned to live in Brownington for many years, with his sister and family.  He worked in many places in the Northeast Kingdom.

As a youth, he was in the Boy Scouts of America.  He continued until he completed the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

For the last several years, he had lived in Newport.  He was an active member of the VFW auxiliary and served as president for several years.

He is survived by his brother Elwyn James Daniels Jr. and his wife, Lorraine, and their three grown children:  Jayne and her husband, Billy Collins, and Kevin and Michael; his nephew James Daniels and his wife, Donna, and their daughter, Abby; his niece Janice and her husband, John Guilmette; his sister Lesley D. Moore and her husband, Michael Moore, and their two sons:  Robert M. Moore and his wife, Kim M. Moore, and their daughter Michelle and their two sons, Dalton and Michael Moore, and James C. Moore and his three daughters:  Mariah Moore, Kristen Moore and Kayah Moore.

He was predeceased by his parents Elwyn and Bernice (La Rock) Daniels.

Calling hours will be held at the Holcomb-des Groseilliers Funeral Home, at 97 Church Street in Hardwick, on Wednesday, September 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A graveside committal service will be held at the Main Street cemetery in Hardwick, on Thursday, September 5, at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire to make contributions in his name, they may be sent to the Newport VFW.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through desgros@vtlink.net.

Roland Mathais Fortin

Roland Mathais Fortin, 89, of Derby died peacefully on August 28, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on February 23, 1924, in Holland, the son of Philippe and Merilda (Poulin) Fortin.  On August 3, 1946, he married Colombe Faucher who survives him.

During his lifetime he was a dairy farmer.

He is survived by his wife Colombe Fortin of Derby; and by his children:  Rosaire Fortin and his wife, Brenda, of Derby, Joseph Fortin and his wife, Lillian, of North Troy, Andre Fortin and his wife, Kathy, of Coventry, Francine Martin and her husband, Earl, of Island Pond, and Gilles Fortin and his wife, Mary, of Chazy, New York.  He is also survived by his son-in-law Reginald Smith of West Charleston; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two children:  Norman and Rolande; and by the following siblings:  Jules, Gerald, Henri, Louis, Albert, and Joseph Fortin, and Jean Marie, Albertine Amyot, and Albina Brodeur Sr., Julienne Fortin and Candide Blais.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, September 6, at the Church of God on Crawford Road in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Friday, September 6, from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit frenchArthur Palmer French

Arthur Palmer French died on August 26, 2013.

“…these trees shall be my books

And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character;

That every eye which in this forest looks

Shall see thy virtue witness’d everywhere.

As You Like It, act 3, scene 2, quoted by Mr. French in Gateway, Northfield Mount Hermon’s yearbook, in 1949.

Although born in New York City on May 9, 1929, Mr. French lived much of his life across from a glacial lake in Westmore.  Together with his identical twin brother Wayne, he attended a one-room school, learned to swim and fish in the summer, and ski and skate in the winter.  Living through the Depression, he remembered working lumber mills at Lake Willoughby and when ice was harvested for sale.  He and his brother posed for paintings by regionalist painter Paul Sample and cycled seven miles to Barton each week to participate in Boy Scouts.  He knew many local trails, leading hikes up Wheeler and Mount Pisgah when he worked at Camp Songadeewin near Willoughby’s North Beach.  As a teenager, he attended dances at the Westmore Community Hall and Shadow Lake Dance Hall.

In 1945 he left with his brother to attend Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, where he excelled in sports.  Winning letters for skiing, cross-country and track, he was later nominated for the Northfield Mount Hermon Athletic Hall of Fame.  He and his twin brother graduated in 1949 to enter the University of Vermont (UVM), where they continued to be involved in sports.  While on the ski teams at both Mount Hermon and UVM, the twins took pleasure in posing together for team photographs, a Rorschach mirror image with their identical faces and identical black and white reindeer sweaters placed side by side in the center.

During summers he worked at the Ethan Allen Furniture Mill in Orleans, where he met Mary Karlene Dawson.  They married in 1952, the same year Mr. French joined the Navy to study electronic communications.  His daughter Katherine was born in 1953 while he was stationed at Treasure Island near San Francisco, California.  Assigned for a two-year tour of duty to Japan, he took advantage of an available darkroom to become a gifted amateur photographer and traveled through the Japanese countryside as a tourist.  Pursuing youthful interests, he went skiing in Honshu and climbed Mount Fuji, purchasing the customary walking stick to obtain wood burned stamps to mark his progress on the way to the summit.  Returning to the United States, he and his family lived on Skaggs Island, California, a former center for top secret radio surveillance before coming back to Vermont.

Re-enrolled at UVM, he graduated in 1959 with a degree in agricultural economics and lived in Burlington for the next four years while working at General Electric.  His children Melanie, David and Daniel, were born in 1956, 1959, and 1962, respectively.  In 1963 the family moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where he found work at Sprague Electric and then for the state of New Hampshire in professional positions related to economics and statistical analysis.  However, vacations and many weekends were spent at the house where he’d grown up.  He taught his children to ski and took them on hikes, sometimes tracing locations described by Robert Frost.  Like many Vermonters, he loved the woods and went deer hunting.  His idea of a perfect vacation was to spend two weeks cutting enough wood to feed the cast iron stove that heated his house.

After suffering a second heart attack, he returned to Vermont in 1992 where he took retirement seriously as an active member of the Westmore community.  Serving at town lister and member of the zoning committee, he helped chart the exact location of the original county road, completed a geological survey with oversize aerial views, and amazed fellow listers with his ability to locate boundary markers.  As a volunteer at the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, he would greet visitors to explain about early tools and farm implements.  Interest in genealogy resulted in a well-documented family history that explored lines of immigration from Halstead in southern England during the 1500s, as well as his father’s service in the trenches of France during World War I.

Mr. French finished what he started and did so thoroughly.  Picking up a copy of Return of the Native at the Westmore Attic Auction, he regretted not completing the book in high school, and became a diligent Hardy scholar, reading not only the complete works, but also viewing every film inspired by the books.  Remembering a teacher reading aloud from Northwest Passage, he researched every piece of information he could find about Rogers Rangers, convinced that the party beat its retreat from Canada along Vermont Route 5A.  “They must have walked past the house,” he’d remark.  “But we can’t be sure.  I wasn’t home at the time.”

However, residents of Westmore observed that Mr. French was often at home, watching the sunset between hanging pots of red geraniums from the front porch of the house where he’d lived as a child.

Survived by Mary, his wife of 60 years, as well as his twin brother Wayne and his wife, Nancy, all of Westmore, he is also survived by his children:  Katherine French and Tim Hamilton of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Melanie French of Westmore, David and Jeannie French of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and Daniel French and Diane Curtin of Concord, New Hampshire; and by his grandchildren:  Mary Hamilton French of Cambridge, England; Leah Hamilton French of Houston, Texas, Ben Kindregan of Boston, Massachusetts, Billy and Matt French of Hopkinton, and Nicholas Curtin French of Concord.  He is also survived by his niece and nephews:  Steve and Kathy French, Tori and Ralph Fletcher, and Mike and Karyn French; and by his grandnieces and nephew:  Jason and Megan Fletcher and Tabitha French.

Funeral services were held at the Westmore Community Church on September 1.  Commemorative services and a celebration of his life will be held next summer, dates to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Arthur French may be made to the Westmore Community Church, Hinton Hill Road, Lake Willoughby, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit martinDonald I. Martin

Donald I. Martin, 86, died peacefully on on September 1, 2013, at the Country Village Assisted Living Home in Casco, Maine.

He was born in Plainfield in 1926.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He married Florence Couture in 1946, and they shared love and life until her death in 2011.  They lived for many years in Orleans, where he operated an auto repair business.  He was active in many local organizations, including scouting and the Lions Club.

In the mid-1960s they moved to Ballston Spa, New York, and Mr. Martin started a new career as an auctioneer.  He excelled in that profession working at auto auctions throughout the Northeast.  In 1970 he started, along with his sons, Martin and Sons Auction Sales and Service, Inc.  He continued to auctioneer into his 80s.  He was past president of the New York State Auctioneers Association, a lifetime member of the Vermont Auctioneer’s Association and a member of the New York State Auctioneers Hall of Fame.  He was known for his engaging chant, abundant charm and a bit of a playful mischievous streak.  Mr. and Mrs. Martin retired to their homes in Craftsbury and Port Charlotte, Florida.

Mr. Martin loved people, and talking to people.  He loved the woods, especially around their cabin in Craftsbury.  He enjoyed traveling, boating and any activity that involved his family, in particular bonfires at the cabin and venison feeds at camp.  Most of all, he loved Florence.

He will be deeply missed by his six children:  Terry and his wife, Ruth, Keeseville, New York, Ronald and his wife, Susan, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Stephen and his companion, Paula Lapham, of Plattsburg, New York, Sharlene and her husband, Robert Spalding, of Casco, Douglas and his wife, Paula, of Sandown, New Hampshire, and Christopher and his wife, Janice, of Buena Vista, Colorado.  He will also be missed by his grandchildren:  Asa, Chase, Renee, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Danielle, Mike, Evan, Arlyss, Ryan, and Hannah; his great grandchildren:  Lindsay, Jasmine, and Starr Lynn; his siblings:  Arlene Nelson, Janet Chadwick, Charles, Robert, and Jackie Jacquis; his nephews:  Bruce, Roger, Paul, and Randy Martin; and by numerous relatives and friends.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home, 1321 North Craftsbury Road on Craftsbury Common.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 7, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury, with the Reverend Claverlito Migrino celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in the Craftsbury Common Cemetery on Craftsbury Common, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Country Village Assisted Living Home, P.O. Box 600, Casco, Maine 04015.

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

obit StokesKenneth Blair Stokes

Kenneth Blair Stokes, 67, well-known journalist of Newport died suddenly on August 26, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on December 29, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Jone Clifford Stokes and Dorothy (Jewell) Stokes.  On August 9, 1967, he married Kateri Anne Laizer, who survives him.

He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.  He later entered the United States Air Force.

He was an avid amateur astronomer, a passionate photographer and a gifted writer.  He was an adventurer and explorer at heart.  He was a man of faith who sought to guide his children, family, and friends in ways of the Lord.

He retired from the Newport Daily Express, where he was employed for many years.

He is survived by his wife Kateri Anne Stokes of Newport; and by his children:  Jason C. Stokes and Carolyn J. Stokes Walker.  He is also survived by his five-year-old “grand puppy” Bowser.

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.

Marcia B. Willet

Marcia B. Willet, 99, of Burlington, North Carolina, and formerly of Claremont, New Hampshire, died on August 16, 2013, at Peak Resources Care Facility in Graham, North Carolina, following a period of failing health.

She was born on June 30, 1914, in Danville, the daughter of the late Charles F. and Florence D. (Higgins) Burdick.  She had been a Claremont resident since 1940 before moving to North Carolina in 2006.

She had been employed as a hostess and front desk cashier in area hotels that include Colonial Hotel, King Arrow Hotel, Moody Inn, and Woodbine Cottages.  She was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.

She was a true Burdick in every way.  She was proud of the fact that three of her father’s brothers (one of them was his namesake) had fought in the Civil War.  She loved her family and loved it when her cousin, Nick Burdick, would tell her of what the “younger” family was doing.  From working with figures to a job with the state, to real estate, reporting, furniture making, computers, and truck driving, she decided the Burdick name was doing well.

She loved visiting and loved it when family stopped in.  She would fill her cousin Nick in on the family as she knew it, and would show pictures of long dead family members.  She was a dear, sweet lady who was very easy to talk with.

Members of her family include two nephews, one niece, eight grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins.

She was predeceased by three sons:  Jerry C. Willett, Raymond J. Downing, and Robert J. Downing; and by a brother, Marshall E. Burdick.

Graveside services were held on August 24, at the family lot in the Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont.

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Obituaries August 21, 2013

obit huntingtonPriscilla Huntington

Priscilla “Patty” T. Huntington, 90, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in her home of over 40 years.

She was the daughter of Edwin and Emma (Monteith) Towne, born on April 9, 1923, in Newport.  Growing up, she and her family lived on West End Avenue in Newport.  She graduated from Newport High School in 1941.  She also graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine.

In 1946, she married Perley “Pat” Huntington and was a supportive coach’s wife in Woodstock and Barre, as well as Paxton, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir while living in Woodstock and Paxton.  Her favorite hymns were “In The Garden,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Just As I Am.”

She worked for various companies including Mass Mutual and Liberty Mutual as an administrative assistant before retiring in 1982.  She spent several summers as an administrative assistant and tutor at Camp Winape on Seymour Lake in East Charleston.  She was a campaign manager for the American Red Cross membership drive’s Charlotte County chapter, a Sunday school teacher in Shrub Oak, New York, she volunteered at New York Hospital Auxiliary in Peekskill, New York, a Girl Scout leader in Ossining, New York, and a secretary for the New York Methodist Church Commission on Education and the Charlotte County Athletic Boosters Club in Punta Gorda.  She and her husband were an integral part of “Save Our Brick Streets” in historical Punta Gorda in the 1980s, and were featured on CNN.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, playing cards, card writing and rug braiding.

She also enjoyed Lake Memphremagog and loved spending her summers with her family, loved ones, and friends at “The Nutshell” on Farrant’s Point in Newport.  The highlight of the summer would be the Towne family reunion hosted at one of the Towne girl’s homes, where all six of the Towne girls and their families and friends would gather for fun with food, talk, music and play.  She also enjoyed the Derby Fourth of July celebration and Labor Day celebrations in the North Country.

She will be greatly missed by her children:  Stephen Huntington and his partner, Trevor Ngo, of San Jose, California, Donna Betts and her husband, Zane II, of Mount Dora, Florida, Cynthia Bazemore and her husband, Robert, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Punta Gorda, and Daniel Huntington and his wife, Kerstin, of Cape Coral, Florida; her grandchildren:  Jamie Bazemore and her partner, Tiffany Silsbee, Johanna and her husband, Kendall Showfety, Paulina and Katrina Huntington; her sister Phyllis “Pet” Gladding; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Pat Huntington; her parents; and by her sisters:  Shirley Olson, Edwina “Stubby” Sutphen, Beverly “Nonnie” Eldridge and Natalie “Billie” Blackmore.

No service is planned at this time.  Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Punta Gorda Historical Society, Tidewell Hospice, or any other hospice organization in your area.

Norma Creart Belway

Norma Creart Belway, 96, of Newport died peacefully on August 16, 2013, at Bel-Aire Center.

She was born on May 26, 1917, in Auburn, Maine, and lived there until her marriage to Albert Belway in 1945.  They moved to Newport in 1947.  Mr. Belway predeceased her in 1982.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Murial Belway of Kamus, Utah, and Beverly Hamblett and her husband, Timothy, of Newport.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Lydia Caise of Norco, California, and Christopher and his wife, Karen, and Gregory and his wife, Danielle, Hamblett of Newport; and by her great-grandchildren:  Zachary, Ashton, and Bryn Hamblett.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a simple act of kindness be done to anyone who knew and loved Ms. Belway as a remembrance of her.

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

obit MarshSlayton Robert Marsh

Slayton Robert Marsh, 85, a nearly life long member of the Brownington Village community, and most recently of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died on August 12, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 20, 1928, in Brownington, a son of Robert and Blanche (Metcalf) Marsh.  He graduated from Orleans High School with many stories about his love of team basketball and working the woodlots with his FFA classmates.

On November 2, 1947, he married his love, Patricia Loveland, who survives him.

Mr. Marsh was an incredibly strong man with an equally strong work ethic.  Over the years he was employed for his carpentry skills, and later the J.B. Colton Co. where windows and doors were then being handmade.  Later, he took employment as an electrician for the village of Orleans, where he later served for many years as the village manager.

During his life in Brownington, Mr. Marsh was never still.  He truly enjoyed the countless hours spent remodeling the huge and beautiful family home, planting and working in his bountiful gardens of vegetables and berries, mowing the expansive lawns, painting and repainting the home he so loved, and somehow always finding time to entertain and play with his children, their friends, his grandchildren and their friends.  Nothing got in the way of the love and devotion he felt and showed to his family.  Hugs and smiles were his calling card.  He felt and showed the bond he held with his beloved Brownington and the community members he called friends.  His sense of pride in this community was often shown when he was either called upon or volunteered his time and talent in the form of carpentry and painting of the church, the cemetery fence, replacing blown fuses so the service could go on, building many church and ladies aid room fires, and always delivering a fresh, warm, homemade pie to any neighbor who might need one.  As the leader of his family, he could anticipate the need or want of each individual, and was always one step ahead of those needs.

He loved playing sports in all seasons.  Baseball, basketball in his barn court, hiking Mount Pisgah with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even at 80 years old, horseshoeing during his lunch breaks with Butch, hunting, fishing, after-dark hide-and-seek with his grandsons, and watching football and hockey on television, were all that made his life so fun.

He was a member of the Brownington Village Congregational Church and a former member of the Brownington Grange.

He is also survived by his two daughters:  Nancy Reynolds and her husband, Red, of Derby, and Holly Martel and her husband, Tom, of Irasburg; his grandchildren:  John Morley III and his wife, Jodi, of Orleans, Scott Morley and his wife, Sheila, of Coventry, Randy Morley and his partner, Kim, of Newport, E.J. Rowell and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans, Seth Rowell of Barton, and Mercy Martel of Irasburg; and by his great-grandchildren:  Taylor and Brooke Morley, Trisha and Mariah Morley, Chelsea, Kristen, Kara, and Enoch John Rowell V, Trevor and Avery Rowell, and step great-granddaughter Megan Prue;  He also leaves behind several cousins whom he cared about deeply.

He was predeceased by his two brothers:  Stanley and Herbert Marsh; and by his first child, his beloved daughter, “Vicki,” at the age of 20.

A graveside service was held on August 16, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Village Congregational Church, 126 Parker Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

obit proctorKatherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor

Katherine Virginia Anne (Speckels) Cummings Proctor, 62, of Newark died on March 4. 2013, after a love-filled, joyous, blessed, and enlightened life.

She was born on March 22, 1950, in Seaford, Long Island, New York, the fourth child of William Alexander and Helen Marion (Sudnick) Speckels.  After spending time working on a ranch in Montana, seeing some of the world out West, she came back East, and met and married Roger B. Cummings in 1973.  Together they created five children:  Grace, Nevada, Gabrel, Aurora, and Keresey.

In 1987, she married Mitchell D. Proctor, and completing this loving family, came Rachel, Mikal and Malachi.

She was first and foremost curious, a wandering spirit, a gypsy; in every aspect of life she would discover and pursue with inspiring enthusiasm the avenues of knowledge.  She loved babies, animals, plants, nature, reading, writing, dowsing, rocks, crystals, fairies, kayaking, camping, hiking, talking, singing, storytelling, laughing, and shared great conversations over delicious, percolated coffee.

She goes ahead of her children:  her daughter Grace and her husband, Peter Currier, and their sons:  Sebastian, Isaiah, Anthony, Kaspian, Ivan, and Artemus, of Lowell; her son Nevada and his fiancée, Karen, of Orange, New Hampshire; her son Gabrel and his wife, Rita, of Troy, Michigan; her daughter Aurora and her children, Maximillian and Ava, of Irasburg; her daughter Keresey of Asheville, North Carolina; her daughter Rachel and her husband, Glenn Towle, and their daughter, Minevera, of Fairbanks, Alaska; her daughter Mikal of Asheville; and her son Malachi of Asheville.  She is also survived by her brother Frederick Speckels and his wife, Helen, and their sons:  Paul, Stephen, and Christopher of Huntington, Massachusetts; and by her sister Judy Speckels of New Mexico.  She is also survived by her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister Christine (Speckels) Fontaine.

A private ceremony was held on her sixty-third birthday and a public interment will be held this summer, for which a notice will be published.

Should family or friends wish, condolences may be sent to Grace and Peter Currier, 417 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

If desired, contributions may be made to Newport City Grow A Neighborhood, in Ms. Proctor’s name, care of Jen Black, 153 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. 

Jean de Boufflers

obit TromblyLeo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr

Leo “Lee” C. Trombly Jr., 67, of Newport died on August 13, 2013, at the VA Hospice in White River Junction.

He was born on March 17, 1946, in Plattsburg, New York, the son of Leo and Doris (Rumph) Trombly Sr.

He graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville with an associate’s degree.  He was a corporal in the United States Marines in the Vietnam War as a communication specialist where he served two tours.  He was a truck driver for the civilian transport in Iraq.  He was also an auto salesman at Mulkin’s Chevrolet and Paquin Motors in St. Albans.

On September 5, 2009, he married Carol Ann Perry who survives him.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and camping in his motor home.  He also enjoyed gardening and cooking on the grill.  He was very patriotic, generous, and loved his animals.

He is survived by his wife Carol Ann Trombly of Newport; his children:  Myra Alix and her husband, Todd, of Jay, and Matthew Trombly and his wife, Kendall, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dakota, Phoenix, and Sage Alix, Korbin Trombly, Alexis Middleton, and Alea Waters; his pets:  Daisy Mae the cat, Patch the dog, Billy Bong the cat, and missing cat Tom Tom; his sisters:  Carol Sevigny and Patricia Rocha, both of Newport; his half-brothers:  Bill Trombly and his wife, Sharon, of Virginia, and Tom Trombly and his wife, Kelley, of New York; and by his half-sisters:  Sharon Sklarski and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Denise Dineen and her husband, John, of Massachusetts, Mary Destromp of Massachusetts, and Pamela Trombly of Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by a sister, Diane Trombly.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Military honors will follow the service at the funeral home.

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

obit wigginSarah L. Wiggin

Sarah L. Wiggin, 87, of St. Johnsbury Center died on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The Wiggins had lived in the house they built on Chickadee Hill off Sanger Drive since 1957.

She was born in Orleans on August 7, 1925, the daughter of the late Colonel Orvis D. Mathews and Eva (Horner) Mathews.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1943, and from Penn Hall in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1945.

On December 20, 1952, she married Charles K. Wiggin.

She worked for the government while at the Federal Housing Administration, later worked at Passumpsic Savings Bank in St. Johnsbury, and retired as a caseworker at the St. Johnsbury office of the Vermont Department of Social Welfare.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles K. Wiggin; her son Richard Wiggin of Littleton, New Hampshire; her daughter Deborah W. Matthews of South Burlington; her grandson Joshua S. Packard and great-granddaughter Alexis Packard, both of St. Johnsbury Center; and by her great-granddaughter Raegan Monroe of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Mathews; and by a granddaughter, Brooke Allyson Wiggin.

There were no services.

Given her love for dogs, please consider a material contribution to the Lyndon Dog Pound, 6603 Memorial Drive, Lyndon, Vermont 05849.

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Obituaries August 14, 2013

obit BarawFrank A. Baraw

Frank A. Baraw, 52, of Newport died suddenly on August 8, 2013, at his home.

He was born on August 26, 1960, in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Albert Baraw of Jay, and the late Ludmilla (Hartman) Baraw.

Mr. Baraw was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy.  He was an ASE certified mechanic and worked at Hayes Ford in Newport for several years before he opened his own business.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends, especially his Harley-Davidson, and spending time with his kids.  He was a jokester that loved to keep everyone around him smiling.

He is survived by his children:  Shawn Baraw and his girlfriend, Angel Prescott, of Craftsbury, and Heather Baraw and her boyfriend, Josh Sargent, of Newport; his stepmother Norma Parker Baraw of Jay; his brother James Baraw of Northfield; his stepsisters:  Marjorie Sargent of Montreal, Quebec, and Carrie Turcott of North Troy; his special friend Lizette of Newport; his former spouse Lisa Sanville of Jay; and by several family members.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 23, at the Jay Cemetery.  Friends are asked, if they are able to, to please show up on a motorcycle.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Masonic Union Lodge #16, 76 South Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Donald C. Bean

Donald C. Bean, 86, of Westfield died on August 7, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on March 9, 1927, in Brownington, the son of Chester and Candice (Shannon) Bean.  He married Beatrice Miller, who predeceased him.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the United States Navy.

He was employed as a truck driver for Spector Freight Company in Massachusetts.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, working on old cars, and he enjoyed traveling with his wife on short trips around the state.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by a brother, Lloyd Bean, of Arizona; his sister Latheria Starr of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Leila Bean and Elsie Fontaine.

A graveside service was held on August 12, in Westfield, with full military honors.

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

Robert L. Butterfield Sr.

Robert L. Butterfield Sr. “Bud” of Mohawk, New York, died on August 8, 2013, at home, with his wife Ella by his side.

He was born on December 15, 1939, in Windsor, Massachusetts, the son of Robert and Dorothy Butterfield.  After Robert’s death in World War II, Dorothy married Earl Scott, who raised Mr. Butterfield as his son.

Mr. Butterfield moved to Adams, Massachusettsm in 1958, when he married his first wife, Patricia May (Ziemba), who died suddenly in 1979.  She and Mr. Butterfield were actively involved in 4-H Club work throughout Berkshire County.  He was employed as a welder for Kelly Lumber, owned a cattle and sawdust trucking business, and dairy farms in both Adams and Stark, New York.  After Mr. Butterfield and Ella sold their beloved herd of Jersey cows, he spent many years working for the Herkimer County (New York) Highway Department.  In retirement, he enjoyed creating and selling woodcrafts with Ella, as E-B Lawn Ornaments in Mohawk.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Ella (Cardinal); his children:  Bob and his wife, Liz, of Brownington, Tom and his wife, Roxanne, of South Dakota, Debbie Brewer and her husband, Jim, of Newport Center, Cindy McLain and her husband, Geoff, of Clarksburg, Massachusetts, and Kim Gardner and her husband, Ken, of Mohawk; 15 grandchildren:  Patrick and his wife, Erica, Justin and his wife, Erin, Ethan, Christopher, David, Jim and his wife, Nicole, Kate and her husband, Ryan, Matt, Colin, Colleen, Lucas, Emily, Jered, Jeoal and Jerald; eight great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara Whitaker and her children, Eddie and Becky; and by lifelong friend Steve Jayko of Missouri.

Besides his parents and his first wife, Patricia May (Ziemba), he was also predeceased by his close friend John Proctor of Jordanville, New York.

Private services will be held this fall at the convenience of the family.

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr.

Robert Harrison Cassidy Sr., 79, of Naugatuck, Connecticut, formerly of Seymour, Connecticut, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a 13-year, brave and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born on July 24, 1934, in Barton, son of the late Gertrude and Clyde Cassidy.  He proudly served in the Air Force, was stationed in San Francisco, California, and after an honorable discharge was a member of the National Guard.

He worked most of his life as a truck driver, most recently, until the time of his illness, by L.F. Powers in Waterbury.  He also worked for Petrol Plus, National Transportation Company, Easter Freightways and Oates Brothers Trucking Company.  He was a member of Teamster local #443.

Besides his beloved wife of 57 years and primary caretaker, Mary Lou (Mackstutis) Cassidy, he is survived by two daughters:  Diane M. Cassidy and Robin L. Cassidy, both of Naugatuck; two sons:  Robert H. Cassidy Jr., and his wife, Catherine Cassidy, of Oxford, Connecticut, and Wayde R. Cassidy and his wife, Dianne Cassidy, of Waterbury, Connecticut; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and by seven great-grandchildren.  Another great-grandchild will be born in November of 2013.  He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Pauline Cassidy, of Calais; as well as by several nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

He is predeceased by his brother Bernard Cassidy of Florida, and his sister Harriet Smith of Florida.

Funeral services and burial are private at a future date.  There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067; or to VITAS Hospice Service, 199 Park Road Ext., Middlebury, Connecticut 06762.

obit EpplerAnna Lee Eppler

 Anna Lee Eppler, 78, of Newport died peacefully on August 8, 2013.

She was born on August 30, 1934, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, daughter of O. Rudolph Eppler and Anna May (Rice) Eppler.

She graduated from Burlington City High School in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1952, and The Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1956.  Since then, she has worked in several hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont.  She also worked in nursing homes in Vermont.  After her retirement, she was a caregiver for Northeast Kingdom Home Service.

Her favorite activities included playing bells with the United Church Bell Choir, singing in the church choir, volunteering at the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter cat clinic, and going out for dinner with her special friends Donna and Jenny.

She is survived by her sister Margaret (Peggy) Jordan of Newport; her nephew Alan Jordan and his wife, Karen, and their children, Katie and Christopher, of Charlotte; her nephew Mark Jordan and his wife, JoAnne, of Seattle, Washington; her niece Cynthia Jordan of Newport and her daughter Lily Markwell; and by her cousins:  Dan and Ruth Marquette, Sara Marquette, and Phillip Marquette and family.

She was predeceased by her brother C. Thomas Eppler.

A celebration of life service will be held in September at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Heater Fund of the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or 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 janciAnna B. Janci

Anna B. Janci of Barton, former longtime resident of Craftsbury, died on July 30, 2013, after a long illness, at the William P. Clough Extended Care Center in New London, New Hampshire, where she had been a resident patient.

She was born on February 18, 1930, in New York City, where she studied fashion design and merchandising.  She had a lifelong interest in design, and in 1948 won the “Miss Arnold Constable” contest, sponsored by the legendary department store in New York City, for an outfit she designed and modeled.  She was an excellent and inventive seamstress, and often made clothes and costumes for her children.  Throughout her life, she maintained many other interests:  painting, crafting, antiques, cooking and gardening.  She was an avid “yard saler” who loved collecting.

While living in Connecticut, she spent summers in Morgan where the family had a converted schoolhouse in the Seymour Lake area.  She relocated to Vermont in 1967, operated a hunting lodge in Morgan known as Wildwood Valley, and eventually settled in East Craftsbury, where she lived until moving to Barton in 1986.

While living in Craftsbury, Mrs. Janci and her husband, Fred, owned the Fireside Restaurant in Hardwick, which they operated for nearly 20 years.  In Barton, she also owned a restaurant and provided home health care.  She was a member of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, and supported the Ladies Auxiliary and the Girl Scouts.  She was also a member of the Hardwick Chamber of Commerce and catered meals at the Chronicle in Barton.

She is survived by four children:  Kenneth Kuhn of College Park, Maryland, Penelope Kuhn Davidson and her husband, David, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lana Elissa Bortolot of New York City, and Jocelyn Janci Bowen and her husband, Terry, of Lyme, New Hampshire; five siblings:  Kalliope Yfantopulos of Barton, Astelle Larson of Prescott, Arizona, Alfred Osias Jr. of East Charleston, Fawn Glasgow of Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, and Louis Hillman of Florida; ten grandchildren:  Cherie Lynn Case, Amie Sue, Kenny Joe, Christine and Michelle Kuhn, Kelly Barbes and Alex Kuhn Davidson, Nicholas and Christopher Bowen, and Meghan Janci; and by her nieces and nephews:  George Yfantopulos, Dora Thagouras, and Christopher, Melissa and Kevin Larson, David, Jason, and Simone Osias, and Kaelyn Glasgow.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Kenneth Kuhn Sr., and Roland Bortolot, and Frederick Janci.

Services will be held at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent in her memory to the William P. Clough Extended Care Center, 273 County Road, or the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road, both in New London, New Hampshire 03257; or the Make-a-Wish Foundation at www.wish.org.

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

obit LamereDale Reginald Lamere

 Dale Reginald Lamere, 70, well known businessman of Island Pond, died suddenly on August 7, 2013, in Island Pond.

He was born on June 4, 1943, in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, the son of Reginald and Elizabeth Boutin Lamere.  He graduated from Brighton High School in 1961.

He was a building contractor and owned and operated Dale Lamere Building and Roofing in Island Pond.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He held memberships with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, where he was past commander and he was also an advisory board member of the Community National Bank.  He was an avid snowmobiler and loved boating on Island Pond where he loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, father-in-law, and friend to everyone.  He enjoyed tinkering around his home and was always willing to offer a helping hand.  He coached Little League baseball and was an active member of the community.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Worth Lamere, of Island Pond; his children:  Reg Lamere and his wife, Julie, of Newton, New Hampshire, Brian Lamere of South Burlington, and Lisa Lamere Niedzielski and her husband, Peter, of Georgetown, Massachusetts; his grandchildren:  Ila, Adele, Elsa, Lucy, Nicholas, and Andrew; his sister Sandra Philbrick and her husband, Jack, of Concord, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on August 12 in Island Pond.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

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

Death notices

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor

Katherine V. Speckels Proctor, 62, of Derby Line and West Burke died on March 4, 2013, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Interment ceremony will be held at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line on August 24, at 11 a.m.  A Catholic Mass for the repose of her soul will be offered on August 25, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Benedict Labre Church in West Charleston.

Richard R. Vallieres

Richard R. Vallieres, 57, of Brattleboro died on July 7, 2013, in Brattleboro.

He was the son of Lucien Vallieres of Newport Center, and Annette Guyon of Barton.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 16, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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Obituaries August 7, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAColin Campbell Drown Sr.

Colin Campbell Drown Sr. was born on September 27, 1919, in Newport, and he died on August 1, 2013, at his home in Conway, New Hampshire.

After graduating from Newport High School in 1938, he went on to the University of Vermont where, along with accruing a degree in agriculture, he met Elizabeth Ann Corley.  They married soon after his graduation in 1942.  Almost immediately he was off to World War II as a bombardier in the 446th Bomb Group of the Army Air Corps.

When the war ended, he and his wife farmed for many years in Newport, where they raised their three children.  In the 1970s, he began working for the Farmers’ Home Administration (FmHA) in Newport.  In the mid-1970s, the FmHA saw fit to promote and transfer him to Conway, where he and his wife built a new home and settled in for life.

Mr. Drown was a fisherman and a hunter (there is no adjective heady enough to emphasize his love of fishing).  Annual trips to the fishing and hunting camps were de rigueur with his brother and “the gang” for most of his adult life.  In later years he shared those times with his nephew, Charlie, and two young protégés.

He loved the FmHA “girls” in Conway, the Conway Public Library folks, the people at Bea’s diner, Leavitts’ Bakery, Whitakers farm stand, and the Conway TD Bank branch.

He leaves behind his son Colin and his wife, Marina; his daughter Sarah and her husband, John; his daughter Maggie and her husband, Peter; his grandchildren:  Abrah, Adin, Tsalika, Valentin, Marisha, Igor, Fedor, and Danny; his great-grandchildren:  Clayton, Owen, Autumn, and Mila; his nieces and nephews:  Charlie, Ruthie, Linda, Mary, Cathy, Tom, Sue (deceased), Carol, Pat (deceased), and Elizabeth; many great-nieces and -nephews; and many steadfast and caring friends who regularly kept in touch with him.

His wife, Bet, died in 2006.

All his family and friends have much respect and love for the care daughter Sarah and son-in-law John gave him during his last months.  That same respect is extended to the attendance of Kathy and Deb, to the VNA-Hospice LNAs, to the VNs who made sure he was always comfortable, to the indomitable Donna, and to Dr. David Riss who unfailingly cared for and about both Mrs. and Mr. Drown.

There will be a Mass for him at Our Lady of Mountains Catholic church in North Conway, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 8, at 5 p.m.  Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, at noon on Saturday, August 10.

No flowers, please.  Anyone who would like to make a charitable donation, please consider the Carroll County VNA-Hospice.  And when you go fishing or take a hike or are simply enjoying the out-of-doors, give a wave to Colin.

Mary A. Killian

Mary A. Killian, also known as Mary A. Leipziger, of Auburn, Washington, died at age 84 on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on September 14, 1928, and grew up in Westport, Connecticut.  She graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended Bennington College and the University of Connecticut before graduating from the University of New Hampshire.

While living in Hollis, New Hampshire, in the late 1970s, she revived the town’s original newspaper, the Hollis Times, which had ceased printing in the early 1900s.  She published the newspaper for several years before selling the business.  The Hollis Times is still printed today.  She also ran an environmental consulting company, Birch Hill Associates, for many years.

She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Yankee Weimaraner Club, and a recent member of the Western Washington Weimaraner Club.  Her residences through the years included Saratoga Springs, New York, Harvard, Massachusetts, Hollis, New Hampshire, Morgan, Vermont, Seattle, Washington, and Auburn, Washington.

She is survived by her son F. Douglas Leipziger of Lowell, Massachusetts; her daughter Susan A. Leipziger of Seattle; and by her beloved dog Ch. Isle View It’s Gotta Be A Hemi (also known as Hemi).

obit LimlawHarriet Olive Limlaw

Harriet Olive Limlaw, 83, of Derby died on July 31, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1929, in Newport, the daughter of Orem and Hazel (Hayward) Morse.  On October 15, 1949, she married David Limlaw, who predeceased her on November 5, 1988.

She was employed by Bogner of America for 22 years as a serger, where she retired in 1995.  She was also a driver for RCT and she volunteered at the Dailey Memorial Library until she stopped for health reasons.

She was an avid reader and she loved traveling, family gatherings, tending to her flowers and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her children:  Donna Gray and her husband, Bradley, of East Charleston, Teresa Limlaw of Derby, Yvonne Tessier and her husband, Eugene, of Derby, and Crockett Limlaw and his wife, Loraine, of Derby; nine grandchildren:  Keith Gray and his wife, Teri, Jason Gray and his wife, Ann Marie, Emilee Labbe and her husband, Rick, Gene Tessier Jr., Jessica Menard and her husband, Arawn, Kelley Tessier and her partner, Patrick, Chad Limlaw and his wife, Julie, Amber Limlaw and her partner, Armand, and Josh Limlaw and his partner, Sarah; 11 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bev; and by her beloved cat Chloe.

She was predeceased by her brother David Morse in 1988; her sister Charlotte Bishop in 2011; and by her great-grandson Jacob Gray in 1993.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, August 10, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Frank Beaty officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829; or 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.

Joyce Miles Martin

Joyce Miles Martin, 77, one of the kindest, most loving and gentlest people in the world, died on July 29, 2013, at the Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

Those who knew her would describe her as an “angel.”  She was a rare person who was content with what she had in life and never wanted more.  She would rather see those around her happy and have the things they wished for — that was what made her happy.  She was devoted to her family.

She was born on August 21, 1935, in Albany, the daughter of Vernal O. and Mildred (Cleveland) Miles.  She grew up in Albany and attended the Albany Village School.  She graduated from Orleans High School in 1953 and moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she attended business school and, following a year working in New Haven, she returned to Vermont.  She worked in Newport.  Following her father’s death, she and her mother moved to North Springfield in 1968, and Joyce went to work for Vermont Research in North Springfield.

She met Ronald “Bud” Martin in North Springfield and they were married on December 27, 1980, and she moved to his home near her home in North Springfield.  They enjoyed going dancing with friends at the VFW.  She began baking her famous apple pies for Wellwood Orchard in Springfield, which belonged to a member of the Martin family.  Her pies became a favorite of the local residents.  After her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida.  She enjoyed spending time playing games and doing crafts with her step-grandchildren, Seth and Sophie Martin, the children of Rusty and Barb Martin.  When her husband became ill, she cared for him full time for many years at home until his death in 2006.

She was a faithful member of the North Springfield Baptist Church for many years until she moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire, to live with her son, Kevin, in 2008.  She spent her last years in her new home where she was comfortable and happy.  She enjoyed helping the elderly and would often sit with them and read to those who could not read for themselves.  She also volunteered through the local community service.  She liked to knit and crochet as well as work on crossword puzzles and play card games.  Her son, Kevin, gave her an i-Pad for Christmas, which she found a bit of a challenge at first, but soon mastered it so that she and her sister, Elaine, e-mailed daily.  She enjoyed helping her son, Kevin, with the work in the garden and loved the fresh vegetables they grew.  She always loved animals, especially her son’s dog, Mocha, with whom she felt very safe when Kevin was away and she was alone.

She is survived by her son Kevin Miles of Charlestown; one sister, Elaine Miles Long, of Westport, Connecticut; and by many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and -nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters:  Alice Stone, infant Ada Miles, and Erma Cole; and by two brothers:  Harland Miles and Alvin Miles.

A funeral service was held on August 3, in Springfield.  Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit NeumayerRobert B. Neumayer

Robert B. Neumayer, 86, formerly of Paramus, New Jersey, died on August 1, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of John and Grace (Throne) Neumayer.  He married his high school sweetheart, Doris Von Atzingen, in September of 1947.  She and their son Robert predeceased him.

Mr. Neymayer joined the Navy after high school to support his country in World War II.  He returned home to start a family and worked as an electrical wholesaler with Franklin and Smith in New Jersey for many years.  He was a member of the Masonic Order as well as an active member of his church community.

In his free time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, and vacations with his family.  He was a die-hard New York Giants and Yankees fan and held Giants season tickets for many years.  He was a devoted Little League and Babe Ruth coach during his time in New Jersey.  After a lifetime in Paramus, he moved to Newport three years ago to be near his sons.

His eldest grandson, Kyle Neumayer, described his grandfather as a “humble, passionate, honest/loyal man,” who was “the ultimate husband, brother, dad, and granddad.”

He is survived by his son Thomas Neumayer and his wife, Valery, of Island Pond; and by his grandchildren:  Kyle Neumayer and his wife, Michelle, of Boston, Massachusetts, Allison Neumayer of Denver, Colorado, Kristen Neumayer of Newport, and Michael Neumayer of Island Pond.

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

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 sicardDavid Sicard

David F. Sicard, 76, a resident of Bridport and Palmetto, Florida, died on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Born April 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Dorothy (Labor) Sicard.  He was a graduate of Barton Academy, Class of 1955, graduated from Lyndon State College in 1959, and completed his graduate work from Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Vermont.

He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963.  He found his calling in education and taught in several communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts before becoming the district superintendent of schools in Lyndonville.  He then presided as principal of Hinsdale Elementary School in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, from 1982 to 1993.

On May 30, 1991, he married Penny Dwyer at St. Joseph’s Church in Hinsdale.  After retiring, he and his wife wintered in Palmetto, Florida.

Mr. Sicard enjoyed many hobbies.  He delighted in owning racehorses and was an accomplished driver and trainer.  Other interests included gardening, genealogy, playing golf with family and friends, and watching his beloved Red Sox.  He also enjoyed traveling, recently having visited France to see the region from which his family hailed.

Surviving family members include two sons:  Thomas M. Sicard of New Jersey, and David L. Sicard of Alburg;  three daughters:  Nancy B. Sicard of Buxton, Maine, Amy Kutchukian, and Jennifer Sicard of Swanton; two stepsons:  Bertrand M. Galbreath of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and Zachary S. Galbreath of Saratoga Springs, New York; two brothers:  Michael Sicard of Bradenton, Florida, and Terry Sicard of Barton; five sisters:  Barbara Perkins of Orleans, Susan Sicard of Barton, Betsy Diette of Sutton, Patty Royea of Lyndonville, and Judy Fitzpatrick of Mooreville, North Carolina; and by nine grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers;  James and Lawrence Sicard; and by his sister Mary Sicard.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on August 6.  Burial with military honors took place at Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753; or to the American Cancer Society.

Death notice

Constance H. Young

Constance H. Young, 95, of Craftsbury died on July 16, 2013, in Morrisville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, September 9, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick, with the Reverend Alfred Stefanik officiating.  Interment will follow at 2 p.m., at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

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Obituaries February 20, 2013

Richard Chase

Richard Chase

Richard C. Chase

Richard C. Chase, 80, of Newport died on February 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born June 24, 1932, in Barton, a son of Charles and Josephine (Thompson) Chase.  He married Grace Mary Davis, who predeceased him on December 24, 1996.

Mr. Chase was employed by Elmwood Dairy as a delivery man and mechanic for 23 years.  He enjoyed hunting, mechanic work, and woodworking.  He and his wife traveled to Florida, Ohio, and Long Island, New York, to visit relatives.

He is survived by his children:  Gary Chase and his wife, Corlene, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Douglas Chase of Derby; by his grandson Cody Chase; by his stepgrandchildren:  Jason, Celeste, Krystal, and Devin Messier, and Corbett Lee; by his brothers and sisters:  Robert Chase and his wife, Edith, of Long Island, Larry Chase and his friend, Beverly White, Phyllis Kennison, and Patricia Herman and her husband, Norman, all of Evansville.

He was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Barbara Helen Hudson

Barbara Helen Hudson, 86, passed away peacefully at the Union House Nursing Home on February 18, 2013.  She was born on June 19, 1925, in Lyndonville, the daughter of the late William Edgar Kellaway and Bertha (Fowler) Kellaway.

She attended graded school in Lyndonville and was a 1943 graduate of Lyndon Institute.  She resided for the majority of her life in Manchester Center and Berlin Corners with her late husband of 62 years, Noah Wallace Hudson.  They retired in 1998 and moved back to Lyndonville, where they both had a strong sense of community, loyal friends, and family.  A devout Episcopalian, she loved her family and lived her life very quietly for them.

Mrs. Hudson was pre-deceased by her brother, Edger William Kellaway.  She is survived by her nephew, Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, and daughter, Charli, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario.

There will be no calling hours or funeral.  There will be a spring internment at Pine Grove Cemetery with a date and time to be announced.
 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Frontier Animal Society.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin

Lois Morin, 81, of Jay died on February 12, 2013.  She survived her husband, Roger, of 62 years, by 27 days.

She was born on March 29, 1931, in Stamford, Connecticut, the daughter of John and Ruth Spielman.  She grew up in Connecticut with her six brothers and two sisters.  After high school, she married Roger and started a family.  They moved to Vermont in 1969, where they raised their six children.

Mrs. Morin took great pride in her family.  It was hard for any visitor to enter her house without being taken through her collection of pictures.  One by one, she would take you down the line of all six kids’ graduation pictures, and if you had the time it didn’t stop there, she would also take you through the pictures of the grand kids and great-grand kids. She loved little kids and adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Even in her later years, her face would light up at the sight of a baby and you often heard her say, “Now, who is this little one?” followed by, “Oh, isn’t he or she a cutie” and then a little giggle.  There is no denying her love of children.

She also loved playing cards of any kind and especially bingo.  She took great pride in her winnings no matter who the opponent may have been and was considered by many as an excessively lucky lady.  During her 40-plus years in Jay, she was involved with the Jay Volunteer Fire Department bingo and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She and her husband enjoyed their travels throughout the U.S. and Europe, including their many trips with Community Circle.

She is survived by her six children:  Jean Janci of Nashville, Tennessee, Donna Morin of Nashville, Kim Starr of Tucson, Arizona, Jo-Ann Chicoine of Suffolk, Virginia, Margaret Hartman and her husband, Bill, of Derby, and Roger (Chip) Morin Jr. of Troy.  She had 15 grandchildren:  Jennifer Royea, Aaron Janci, Meghan Janci, Carolyn Patenaude, Katie Holt, Amanda Trono, Chad Chicoine, Onalee Hopkins, Ashley Juliano, Lee-Ann Cotner, Mitchell Hartman, Tyler Starr, Nicholas Leithead, Hanna Morin, and Andrew Morin; and 14 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Robert and his wife, Lois, and Charles and his wife, Sylvia; her sisters-in-law:  Patricia and Mary Spielman; her brother-in-law Leo and his wife, Kathe Morin; her brother-in-law Albert Morin and his wife, Kathleen; and by her sisters-in-law:  Blanche Sullivan, Carmen Scofield, Patricia Valley and Leni Morin.  She was predeceased by her husband Roger; and by her brothers and sisters:  Bill, John, Richard, Jean, Evelyn and David.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, Martha Richardson, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the North Troy American Legion Post #28, Attention Richard Berthiaume, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department, 157 Revoir Flat Road, Jay, Vermont 05859.

A combined graveside service will be held for both Mr. and Mrs. Morin on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Dale Douglas Paul

Dale Douglas Paul, 66, a retired educator at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, died on February 8, 2013, at the Northwestern Medical Center.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on July 29, 1947, she was the daughter of William Douglas and the late Jeannette (Ernst) Douglas.

She graduated from Syracuse University and advanced training in education at the University of New Hampshire.  She was a lifelong educator, who taught in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District in New York, and the Glover Community School and Barton Graded School in Vermont.  She moved to St. Albans in 1987 and then taught at Missisquoi Valley Union High School for 15 years.  Her special love for literature and learning inspired many of her students, and she also shared her gift for bringing stories to life with her family and friends.

Survivors include her father, William Douglas, of Marcellus, New York; her brother Bruce Douglas and his wife, Betsy, of Syracuse; their sons:  Andrew and Alex Douglas; and her cousins Alison Kelly and Grant Alpern of Atlanta, Georgia.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Private messages of condolence to the Douglas family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Roger Shaffer

Roger Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer

Roger L. Shaffer, 74, of Barton died on February 12, 2013, at his home.

He was born on April 12, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of Wade and Georgeanna (Kidwell) Shaffer.

He married the former Dale Allen who predeceased him.

Mr. Shaffer was owner of the Hangman Frame Shop in Hardwick.  He worked for Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, where he created sets for stage productions.  He also worked for the Home Depot in Connecticut.  He moved to this area in 1990 where he was very involved with the restoration of the Barton Memorial Building theater.  He also created the Branford Festival in Branford, Connecticut.  As a young man, he and his first wife, Ursel, traveled cross-country showing the Batik paintings that they created.

He is survived by his children:  Erik Shaffer of Avon, Connecticut, and Wendy Shaffer of New Haven, Connecticut; by his grandchildren:  David and Sydney Shaffer; and by his stepchildren:  Laurel, Heather and Sam of Connecticut, and Jesse of New York.  He is also survived by his former wife, Ursel Shaffer, of Middletown, Connecticut.  He was predeceased by a brother, George Shaffer.

Funeral services were held on February 16 in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Memorial Building Restoration and Revitalization Committee, in care of Patsy Tompkins, 19 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

John Washburn

John Washburn

John E. Washburn

 John E. Washburn, 71, of Newport died on Monday, February 11, 2013, in Burlington.

The son of Jay and Aline Washburn, he was born on December 12, 1941, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mr. Washburn spent two years of his childhood in Saudi Arabia while his father worked for Saudi Aramco.  Boy Scouting was life-forming for Mr. Washburn; he became the first scout in his troop to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.  As the recipient of several science fair awards during his high school years, he had dreams of attending the California Institute of Technology to study aeronautics or nuclear chemistry.  However, while working at Borden Chemical as a chemist during his junior college years, a conversion experience changed the path of his life.  Subsequently, he completed his undergraduate studies at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and went on to graduate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1970 with a doctor of ministry.

Mr. Washburn thrived on designing creative Christian education for youths and adults.  He shared those skills at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate professor of Christian education, and on the staff of churches in Oklahoma City, Stillwater Oklahoma, and Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was always adventuresome, so when called to serve a church in Alaska, he drove a small U-Haul truck 4,000 miles to Fairbanks.  It was there that he took the first steps toward formal ordination; he was ordained in 1987 as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Doctor John Washburn served as the pastor of churches in Anchorage and Sitka, Alaska.

In 1988, he left church ministry to develop software.  His business, Software Sharing Ministries, catered to individual needs of churches and church schools.

He met Sheryl Marie Reinke in Sitka, and they were married on July 22, 1988.  Adventure and exploring continued as they lived in Tacoma Washington; Sterling, Colorado; Juneau, Alaska; Moscow, Idaho; and Newport.

Everyone who knew Mr. Washburn experienced his disarming whit and sense of humor.  He challenged the status quo and had a huge heart for the underdog.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl of Newport: his sister Jeane Avilla of Union City, California; and by his nephews:  Jimmie and Johnnie Harrison, also of California.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A service celebrating his life was held on February 16 in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Road, Juneau, Alaska 99801; or to the charity of one’s choice.

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.  Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’”  — Revelation 14:13

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

Ruth Wright

Ruth Wright

 Ruth M. Wright

 Ruth M. Wright, 88, of Derby died on February 13, 2013.

She was born in Asbestos, Quebec, on August 6, 1924, to Walter and Sarah Carson McKeage.  When she was a small child her mother died, and she went to live with her uncle and aunt Ernest and Nellie Willey of Mt. Vernon Street in Newport.  She had two sisters, Barbara and Irene, who predeceased her.  She graduated from Newport High School.

She married William F. Wright in 1946.  Mr. Wright went into the service shortly after high school and Mrs. Wright went to work for the Bell Telephone switchboard.  She spent many years as a telephone operator.  She also worked at American Maple where she made great friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright had a daughter, Debra.  Mrs. Wright was the greatest mom in the world.  Debra married Reginald Judd, and they had a son, Jared, who was Mrs. Wright’s pride and joy.   Mrs. Wright was also known as Gram Ruth to the many children she took care of through the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, William, in 2000 and her son-in-law Reginald in 2001.

She leaves behind her daughter Deb Judd and grandson Jared and his wife, Jessica Judd, all from Derby; her niece Linda McCauley from Ontario; her nephew Bradley from Massachusetts; her great friend Sherry Labounty from Derby; and Deb and Jim Kinney from Derby Line, who have become part of the family.  She will be greatly missed and remembered with never-ending love.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, Mrs. Wright would appreciate donations to the Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or Pets of the Kingdom, care of Vicky Connor, 2907 Shilafoux Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

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

 

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Obituaries February 13, 2013

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Margaret L. Caouette

Margaret L. Caouette

Margaret L. Caouette, 89, of Holliston, Massachusetts, formerly of Island Pond, died on February 10, 2013, in Framingham, Massachusetts.

She was born January 8, 1924, in Brockville, New York, a daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Foy) Etheze.  On February 29, 1944, she married Bertrand Caouette, who predeceased her in 2002.

Mrs. Caouette was a resident of Island Pond for over 70 years.  She was a member of the American Legion Post #80 Auxiliary, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and the North Country Hospital Auxiliary in Newport.

She is survived by her children:  Thomas H. Caouette and his wife, Nancy, of Cordova, Maryland, Theodore Caouette and his wife, Louise, of Stark, New Hampshire, and George Caouette and his wife, Linda, of Holliston, Massachusetts; by eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by two sisters:  Kathleen Twofoot of Island Pond and Helene Gagne of Brentwood, New Hampshire.

She was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, at the St. James Parish Center in Island Pond where a Mass will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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.

Neil T. Drew

 Well known news reporter Neil T. Drew, 71, died on January 30, 2013, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.

He was born in Newport on February 24, 1941, a son of Milton W. and Pearl Tabor Drew.

In 2009 he married Darlene Wardner.  They divorced in 1990, but they remained lifelong friends.  She and her husband, Gene, reside in Shelburne.

Surviving are his ex-wife, Darlene; daughter Kimberly DeMattio; granddaughter Amanda DeMattio of Colchester; stepson Michael Dana of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; his brother Darryl Drew and his wife, Rita, of Scotia, New York; nephew Dennis Drew and his wife, Karen, and their son Leo of Rochester, New York; niece Laurinda Drew (Scott) and their children Bryan and Jennifer, all of Clifton Park, New York; his brother- and sister-in-law Lowell and Cherrill Tennyson of Malone, New York; and sister- and brother-in-law Margo Tennyson (Chris) Sttromer.

A private prayer service has been planned for the family.  The family received friends at the Spaulding Funeral home on February 8 and February 9.

Albert Flory

Albert Flory

Albert Arthur Flory Sr.

 Albert A. Flory Sr., 92, formerly of Newport, a resident of Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, died at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

He was born on March 13, 1920, in Fair Haven.

Mr. Flory was a 1938 graduate of Fair Haven High School.  He attended Norwich University, earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1942.  While attending Norwich, he developed an interest in horses, serving as captain of the riding team and being a member of the cavalry.  He was known as “Zeke” to his friends at Norwich.

Upon graduation, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, he served his country in the Signal Corps during World War II in England, France and Germany between 1943 and 1946.  Prior to being shipped to the European theater, he met and married second lieutenant Esther Flory, RN, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  They both served overseas.

Upon returning to the U.S. after the war, Mr. Flory became a captain in the Vermont Army Reserves.  From 1946 to 1953, he was employed as manager of the electrical division of the Vermont Marble Co. in Proctor.  He also served as a volunteer fireman in the town of Proctor.

Moving to Newport in 1953, Mr. Flory became district manager for Citizens Utilities Electrical Division.  For 33 years, he served his company and community with energy and dedication.

During his long tenure at Citizens, his local and state contributions included serving as president of Newport’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.  He served as a member of North Country Hospital’s board of directors and as president of the Newport Country Club.  Beyond his local community, he served as state president of the Vermont Electrical Association and president of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.  Most recently, he served as a volunteer for the radiology department at North Country Hospital before moving to Maple Lane Nursing Home.

A true Vermonter, Mr. Flory’s love of the Northeast Kingdom was equaled by his love of golf and his enjoyment of skiing.  His involvement with skiing led to his leadership in the modernization of the distribution of electricity to Jay Peak Ski Area.  He was actively involved with Jay Peak ski racing and ski instructors’ programs. He spent many weekends at Jay Peak skiing with family and friends.

Hunting, fishing and driving the back roads of Vermont were also favorite pastimes.  Upon retirement in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Flory enjoyed visiting family and vacationing in Florida.

Mr. Flory was predeceased by his parents, William and Melvina Flory; his sister Loraine Thompson; his brother Joseph Flory; and by his beloved wife, Esther Marie Flory.

He leaves four children:  Ann Marie Flory of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Haidee Flory of Westminster, Colorado, Sally Field of Telluride, Colorado, and Al Flory Jr. of Etna, New Hampshire.  Grandchildren include:  Lauren M. Wygant of Del Rio, Texas, Aaron Surprenant of Golden, Colorado, Alex Zarrouk of Westminster, Colorado, and Elizabeth and John Flory of Etna.

Some of Mr. Flory’s favorite sayings were, “It’s a great life,” and “It’s not how much you know but what you do with it that counts.” Remembering his words, may God grant him eternal peace.

A Mass was scheduled to be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Wednesday, February 13, at 10 a.m.  There will be no calling hours.  A reception for family and friends will take place after the service at the East Side Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vermont Chapter of the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

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Lawrence Mayhew

 Lawrence “Larry” R. Mayhew

 Lawrence “Larry” R. Mayhew, 54, of North Troy died on February 4, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on March 28, 1958, a son of Gordon and Theresa (Lafond) Mayhew.  On April 10, 1998, he married Lori Decker who survives him.

He was the maintenance supervisor at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.  He enjoyed hunting, maple sugaring, and watching NASCAR where his favorite driver was Tony Stewart.  He loved to joke around and was a jack of all trades. He also enjoyed carpentry and mechanic work.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Mayhew, of North Troy; his four children:  Megan Simpson and her husband, Devin, of North Troy, Amanda Effrig and her husband, Mark, of Derby Line, Daniel LaBarron and his wife, Stephanie, of Newport, and Caitlyn LaBarron and Dennis Labbee of North Troy; his grandchildren:  Elizabeth, Marissa, and Noah Simpson, Mark Jr. and Isaac Effrig, and Taylor, Mercedes, and Kadia Labbee; his brothers and sisters:  Roland Mayhew and his wife, Rosemary, of Troy, David Mayhew and his wife, Debbie, of North Troy, Robert Mayhew and his wife, Carla, of Kansas, Eugene Mayhew and his wife, Candy, of North Troy, Terry Decker of Newport, and Annette Brown and her husband, Gordon, of Coventry; and also by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Megan LaBarron; his parents Gordon and Theresa Mayhew; and by his nephew Jeremy Mayhew.

A celebration of his life was held on February 8 in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made in his memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Committee, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Regena M. Petersen

Regena M. Petersen, 79, of Holland died on February 4, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1933, in Holland, a daughter of Eugene and Hattie (Judd) Mosher.

She loved to watch NASCAR racing and game shows.  She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who always enjoyed family visits and gatherings.

She and her first husband, Henry Camber, were married for 15 years.  She later married Robert Petersen.  They were married for 11 years, until his death in 2006.

She is survived by her children:  Robert Camber and his wife, Sara, of Holland, Edith Stabene and her husband, Harvey, of Barre, Mary Petersen of Westminster, Massachusetts, and Robert Petersen Jr. of Gardner, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, by her sisters:  Helen Plante of Derby, and Beulah Paddleford of West Charleston; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters:  Earl Mosher and his wife, Arlene, Reginald Mosher, and Audry Dunn and Kathleen.

Funeral services were held on February 9 in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan 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.

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Clinton Sheehy

 Clinton P. Sheehy Jr.

Clinton P. Sheehy Jr., 75, of Orleans died on February 1, 2013, in Barton.

He was born on September 18, 1937, in Manhattan, New York, a son of Clinton and Margaret (Kulhken) Sheehy Sr.  He spent his younger years at Garden City, Long Island, New York, and enjoyed camping on Lake Panamoka at the lake house.

He was a purchasing agent for Columbia Forest Products for many years, then he was a courier for the Howard National Bank for several years.

Mr. Sheehy enjoyed the Vermont outdoors and was an avid fisherman off the bridge on Lake Memphremagog.  He really enjoyed ice fishing on Echo Lake.  While serving in the Marines, he specialized in meteorology, and after the service he continued that interest as a hobby for the rest of his life.

He is survived by his brothers:  Donald Sheehy and his wife, Peggy, and Bruce Sheehy and his wife, Madeline; and by his close friends Greg Tocci and his wife, Emily, and Marie Jax.

At his request, there will be no visitation or service, and his remains will be scattered on the Vermont soil that he loved so much.

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

Jerald E. Squires

Jerald E. Squires, 73, died on February 3, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Michigan.

Mr. Squires was born on April 2, 1939, in Barton, a son of the late Basil and Effie (Eastman) Squires.  He retired as a civil engineer from the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.

He is survived by three daughters:  Cindy Squires of Gwinn, Michigan, Debra Westhart and her husband, Greg, of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia and Vicky Sicotte of Gwinn; by nine grandchildren:  Jessica and Joshua Squires, Justin Batcheller, Donald and Edward Motley, Bryana Westhart, Jacquelyn McCoy, John Michael, and Jason Sicotte; by one great-granddaughter, Andriana Revord; by his brother David Squires and his wife, Susan, of Glover; and by niece Michelle Trottier and her husband, Jim, of Wheelock.

He was predeceased by his sisters Louise and Lucille and by his brother Roger.

A memorial service was held on February 8 in the chapel of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans with the Reverend Ardy Johnson officiating.

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Helen Taylor

 Helen Catherine Taylor

Helen Catherine (Connor) Taylor, 85, of Meridian, Idaho, died on February 3, 2013, with her husband, Preston, by her side.

She was residing at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

She was born on June 19, 1927, in Newport, a daughter of the late Julia (Flanders) Connor Paquin, and the late George Connor.  She attended South School in Newport and graduated from Newport Center High School in 1945.

On October 2, 1944, she married Preston Augustus Taylor in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Winooski.  They made their home in Barton.  Through the years, they also lived in Barre and Montpelier, and in 1977 they moved and made their home in Meridian.

Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and a loving, devoted mother to her 12 children.  She enjoyed cooking, couponing, reading, gardening, sewing, and knitting.  She also enjoyed traveling and camping.  What she enjoyed most was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much.  She loved getting the family all together for birthdays, cookouts, or dinners.

She was a 4-H and Boy Scout leader.  She belonged to Home Dem, TOPS, Catholic Daughters, and most recently with the Meridian Senior Center, Young at Heart, and Morning Light Community.  She was a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church.

She worked for the Vermont Department of Education, enjoyed being a Tupperware dealer, and loved running a daycare with her husband.  She loved children and believed in education, always encouraging her children and grandchildren to attend college.  She attended Community College of Vermont and Castleton College, and graduated from Boise State College with a bachelor of arts degree in childhood development at the age of 50.

She is survived by her husband Preston; her children:  Marilyn (Taylor-Reynolds) Bisson, and husband, Rosaire, of Barre, James Taylor and his fiancée, Maureen Tomlin, of Nampa, Idaho, Wayne and his wife, Cathy, of Meridian, Gary and his wife, Jeanne, of Meridian, Joyce (Taylor) Dutil and her husband, Leo, of Barre, Michael and his wife, Debbie, of Boise, Idaho, Jeff and his wife, Yvonne, of Emmett, Idaho, Tim and his wife, Denise, of Meridian, Carole (Taylor) Tucker and her husband, Brent, of Boise, and Cathy (Taylor) Pruett and her friend, Chuck, of Emmett.  She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.  She also leaves her brother Robert Connor and his wife, Bernice, of Essex; and her sister Margaret Cushing of Barre; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children:  Joseph and William George Taylor.

A vigil and funeral Mass were held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; or please support the Giving Tree at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at Christmas in her memory.

Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.accentfuneral.com.

 

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Obituaries January 16,2013

Nicholas Bliven

Nicholas Bliven

Nicholas A. Bliven

 Nicholas A. Bliven, 29, beloved son of Laramie Bliven and George Bliven, was suddenly called to heaven to be a special angel on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

He was born in Miami, Florida, lived in Lowell as a child, and came home in February 2012 to start anew with his family in Derby Line.  Although Mr. Bliven had experienced many difficulties in his life, he remained strong, never gave up, and was determined to get well and have a happy life.

He was a kind, loving, gentle man who loved to cook and was hoping to attend the New England Culinary Institute and eventually own his own restaurant.  He also loved to draw and spent much of his time honing those skills.  He had a special connection with his niece Hailey, and they enjoyed playing Xbox, being artistic and just spending time together.

Mr. Bliven had four beautiful children who he loved dearly and two others who he also loved and embraced as his own.  His heart ached every day that he was not with them.  Unfortunately, he had to leave them in Tennessee to get well with the goal of providing them with a better life.  He loved the outdoors, had hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, and always wanted to return and complete the trail from start to finish.  Anyone who really knew him knew they were blessed that he was their friend.

Mr. Bliven is survived by his beautiful children:  Ryleigh, three months; Tristan, two years; Dante, four years; Jaelynn, six years; Trinidee, 13 years; and Andree, 14 years; by his partner, Sabrina Proffitt, of Morristown, Tennessee; by his mother, Laramie Bliven, of Derby Line; his father, George Bliven, and his wife, Cathy, of Port Angeles, Washington; two loving sisters:  Hilary Bliven and her partner, Courtney Forbes, of Homestead, Florida, Sydney Bliven and her partner, Anthony Columbia, of Newport Center; his special niece Hailey Bliven of Derby Line; his maternal grandparents Beryl and Clayton Foss of Sebastian, Florida; his paternal grandfather, Seth I. Bliven, of Sebring, Florida; his uncles:  Glenn Foss, Dale Foss, and Steve Greenbaum; his aunts: Chris Ellen Bliven and Margaret Gandee; his nieces:  Sanya and Gemyah Allen; his nephew Joshua Allen; and a few very special close friends.

There will be no calling hours and a private memorial will be held at a later date for the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Vermont (NAMI) 162 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05676-1519.

We will miss you until we meet again, but we are at peace knowing that you are at peace.  We know you will be watching over us from heaven.

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

obit bolducFernand O. Bolduc

 We have a lot to be thankful for.  After 95-plus good years, Dad died on the morning of January 3, 2013.

He was born on June 2, 1917.

Although his family was from Cookshire, Quebec, Canada, Dad was actually born in Auburn, Maine, on June 2, 1917.  His parents had come to the U.S. looking for work, leaving the family farm behind for now.  When our dad was approximately age two, they went back to the family farm in Cookshire.  There was one more trip back and forth within a couple of years, but only for a short time.  Dad left school in the seventh grade.  Like his father used say, “that was enough education and there was work to be done on the farm.”  So there was mostly farming in the warmer months and logging in the winter.  Dad even spent time logging in the U.S. over the years.

Sometime during this period of his life, the girl on the farm down the road, our mother Jeanne Carrier, must have caught his eye.  In the late thirties, he went to Hartford, Connecticut, to live with an uncle and work in a factory there.  While he was in Hartford, World War II broke out, he was drafted into the American Army in 1942, and was honorably discharged in 1946.  He didn’t waste time going back to Canada and finding our mother who had been working at a hotel cooking and waitressing.  They were married on June 24, 1946.

Our Mom working at a hotel must have given them the idea because that same year, they purchased a hotel in Lyndonville with another couple.  Within a year, they sold their share and purchased the Valley House Hotel, later called the Valley House Inn, in Orleans, in 1947.  Over the next 33 years, they build many lifelong friendships and memories too numerous to mention.  They would continue to play a part in the Valley House until it was destroyed in a tragic fire in January 1998.

While at the Valley House, they had three boys:  Michel, Frank, and David.  David and Frank would purchase the hotel from them in 1980 with David as manager and Frank as silent partner until its loss in 1998.  Dad and Mom moved back to her family farm in Cookshire and they lived in that area until their passing.  They made frequent trips to Orleans and to many places in Europe and the U.S. visiting their children and family over those retirement years.

Fern and Jeanne would spend 64 years together prior to Mom’s passing at the age of 92 in September 2010.  Both folks lived good lives right up to their passing, so we feel truly blessed.

Dad was predeceased by his brother Raymond and sister Therese.

He has one surviving brother, Noel, who lives in Sherbrooke.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dolores Reid, in Scotland.  He leaves behind his son Michel and daughter-in-law Elaine who live in Texas; their daughters Cynthia and Jessica, as well as Pamela; son Frank who lives in Florida; and son David and daughter-in-law Louise who live in Orleans; and their children Rance and Celeste.  He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass was celebrated on January 12 at St. Camille Catholic Church in Cookshire, Quebec, with plans to have a family gathering at the spring interment in celebration of their lives.

Glenn Bowen

Glenn Bowen

Glenn M. Bowen

Glenn M. Bowen, 80, of Newport Center died peacefully on Monday, January 7, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 30, 1932, in Newport Center, a son of Frederick and Asenath (O’Brien) Bowen.  In 1950, he graduated from Newport High School.

On July 2, 1955, he married Helen Armstrong, who survives him.

Mr. Bowen was a self-employed farmer for many years and he also drove a school bus for North Country Union High School.  He was a member of the Newport Center Methodist Church.  He loved gardening, maple sugaring, and in his younger years he enjoyed fishing, including ice fishing, camping, traveling, and tinkering around his home, and he did many projects for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Helen Bowen of Newport Center; by his children:  Jean Hammond and her husband, Charles, of Newport Center, and Debra M. Bowen and her fiancé, Steve Register, of Live Oak, Florida; by his grandchildren:  Jesse Hammond of North Troy, and Chris Hammond and his wife, Emily, of Newport Center; by his great-grandchildren:  Madison and Tyler; by his sisters:  Lois Rockwell of Newport Center, and Nelda Hodek and her husband, Hank, of Florida; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his sister, Eunice Koniezny.

Funeral services were held on January 12 in Newport.

Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery on May 25 at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, care of Charles Drown, 334 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857; or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses 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.

Niles Gray

Niles Gray

Niles O. Gray

Niles O. Gray, 67, of Coventry died peacefully on January 8, 2013, in White River Junction.

He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior in June 2012 and is now present with the lord.

He was born July 29, 1945, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, a son of Earl and Margarett (Edwards) Gray.

On February 10, 1990, he married Monique Boutin, who survives him.

He enlisted into the United States Army where he received the Purple Heart, serving his country during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Gray was an inventory clerk for Ethan Allen Manufacturing for 35 years.

He enjoyed the small farm and the animals that were on it.  He really liked his tractor. He was a family man who enjoyed his children and grandchildren.  He was loved by everyone and always enjoyed the company of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Monique Gray, of Coventry; by his children:  Paul Gray and his wife, Kathy, of Island Pond, Travis Gray of Hawaii, Steve Belley and his companion, Danielle, of Quebec, Gaetan Belley and his wife, Trisha, of Quebec, and Johanne Collins and her husband, Cliff, of Newport Center; by ten grandchildren; by his sisters:  Gleigh Heath and her husband, William, of Island Pond, Anna Johnson of Orleans, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Patricia Gray of St. Johnsbury, Ginny Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; by his sister-in-law Gunda Gray of Danville; by dear family friend Diane Brindley; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Wendy; by his brothers Earl and Glenn Gray; and by his sister Marilyn Wade.

Funeral services were held on January 11 at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the VA Medical Center for the Hospice Suite, Building 31, Ground Floor, 215 Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

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

 Award of the Army Commendation Medal

The following award is announced: US51546346 Private First Class E3 United States Army Company A 2d Battalion 18th Infantry; Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device August 1966: July 2, 1966: Gray-Niles

Republic of Vietnam

For Heroism: While conducting search and destroy operations in Loc Ninh Province near the Cambodian border, his unit was attacked by a numerically superior insurgent force armed with automatic weapons, small arms, grenades, rocket launchers and mortars.  During this action, he displayed outstanding valor and exemplary courage while inflicting heavy casualties upon the Viet Cong.  With complete disregard for his personal safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to intense hostile fire in order to place highly effective fire upon insurgent positions.  During the entire engagement, the only concern of this outstanding soldier was for successful completion of his mission.  The rapidity and aggressiveness with which he followed the orders of his superiors were in large measure responsible for his company’s achievement.  In repelling the repeated insurgent assaults, he gave material aid to the overwhelming success with which the 2d Battalion, 18th Infantry accomplished its mission. Private First Class Gray’s actions are keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.  By direction of Secretary of the Army, under the provisions of AR 672-5-1.

Fratia Marsh

Fratia and Bill Marsh

Fratia L. Marsh

 Fratia L Marsh, 84, of North Troy died on January 14, 2013.

She was born May 17, 1928, in North Troy to Melvin Dunn and Mary E. Dunn.

She graduated from North Troy High School and the University of Vermont School of Nursing.  She was a clinical instructor for UVM’s school of nursing before moving back to North Troy after marrying William “Bill” Marsh in July of 1955.

Mrs. Marsh was a nurse at the Orleans Hospital before becoming a school nurse responsible for the schools of North Troy, Troy, Jay, Lowell, Westfield, and Newport Center for many years.  She was also a longtime member of the Troy School Board.  She loved her job and cared deeply for her students and her community. She was always willing to help others in the community in any way she could.

She is survived by her son Peter and his wife, Eleanor (Evans) Marsh, of Huntington; her grandchildren Megan and Christopher also of Huntington; her sister Lois Guyette and children David, James, Carol, Robert, and John; her brother James Dunn and his wife; her sister-in-law Muriel Dunn and children Dennis, Cheryl, Robert, Terri, and Judy; several grandnieces and -nephews; her husband’s nephews and nieces Carolyn Marsh, Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife, Pierrette, and Judy Hughs.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, less than a week ago.  She stayed strong for him for many years but was ready to leave this earth with him.  Their bond was strong and apparent to all who knew them. Mrs. Marsh was also predeceased by four siblings:  Grover or “Buddy,” Dorothy, Roberta, and Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that contributions in Mrs. Marsh’s name be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Funeral services for both Mr. and Mrs. Marsh were scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday January 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

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

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William Marsh

 William K. “Bill” Marsh

William K. “Bill” Marsh, 89, of North Troy died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

He was born on July 23, 1923, in Morrisville, to Carmi R. Marsh and Louise E. Marsh.  He graduated from North Troy High School in 1941.  He was a member of the 1938 North Troy High School state baseball championship team.

Mr. Marsh enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served in the 268th Field Artillery Battalion.  He was wounded in Germany in 1944 and discharged in 1945.  He went on to graduate from the Boston University College of Business Administration in 1949.  He held several positions:  cost accounting clerk for Owens Illinois Plywood Company and Green Mountain Power Corporation; a comptroller for Owens Illinois Plywood Company; business manager for the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks; and he also served as Deputy Finance Commissioner and Director of Financial Operations for the state of Vermont from 1961 to 1978.  He retired in 1978 due to ill health.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife Fratia, who he married in 1955; his son Peter and his wife, Eleanor (Evans) Marsh, of Huntington; his grandchildren:  Megan and Christopher, also of Huntington; his nephews and nieces:  Carolyn Marsh, Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife, Pierrette, and Judy Hughs and husband, Mark; his sister-in-law Lois Guyette and her children:  David, James, Carol, Robert, and John; his brother-in-law James Dunn and his wife; his sister-in-law Muriel Dunn and her children:  Dennis, Cheryl, Robert, Terri, and Judy; and by several grandnieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers:  Frederick and Carmi W. Marsh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road, in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on January 16 from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Mr. Marsh’s name be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ken Powers

Ken Powers

Kenneth John Powers

 Kenneth John Powers, 90, of Newport died peacefully on January 10, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 5, 1922, in Derby, a son of Claude and Lena (Ellis) Powers, and also of his stepfather, Ernest Baraw.

He was a veteran of World War II and served in Germany and France in an infantry unit, where he met and married the love of his life, Jacqueline.  They were married for 68 years.  He was an office manager for Nadeau’s Auto Parts and Salvage.  He was employed for H.P. Hood and Sons, and he retired from Waste USA.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, going to hunting camp with his son Richard and grandson Scott.  He was known as the Old Man of the Mountain.  He also enjoyed gardening, reading on his porch, taking care of his house, and visiting with family.  He would help anyone in need.  Mr. Powers held memberships with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Powers, of Newport; by his children:  Shirley McFadzean and her husband, Verne, of Alburg and Richard Powers and his wife, Rachel, of Coventry; by his grandchildren:  Julie Terrazzano of Georgia, Deanna McFadzean of St. Albans, Kathleen Shedd and her husband, Jay, of Fairfax, and Scott Powers of Atlanta, Georgia; by his great-grandchildren:  Garrett, Abby and Val, Jenna, Olivia, Ricky, Nichole and her husband, Landon, and Chloe; and by his great-grandson Brantley.

He was predeceased by an infant brother, John, and infant daughter, Linda Lee.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses 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.

Vida Powers

Vida Powers

Vida Mary Powers

Vida Mary Powers, 84, died on Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013, in her home in the village of West Charleston, after a short battle with cancer.

She was surrounded by her family in her final weeks and did not suffer thanks to the services of the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice care, with her granddaughter Summer Brunelle serving as her care provider.

She was born on February 17, 1928, at the Doncaster farm on the shores of Little Salem in Derby.  Her parents were Vernon Doncaster and Annie (Aiken) Doncaster.

She grew up on the Doncaster farm on Little Salem in Derby, and often told stories from the old days of doing the farm chores, living off the land and attending the one-room schoolhouse.  A few of her favorite stories were about her father making her clean and eat Salem horn pout (which she hated), being tricked by her brother Wayne into doing his work, and how her brothers taught her to swim across the “neck” between Little and Big Salem by telling her to watch the dog and do as he did.

She lived in the village of West Charleston her entire adult life.  Her white house on the hill was known by most in the community and was a common gathering point for family and friends over the past many decades.  She loved gardening and working in her flowers every day, never resting if a weed or grub was in one of her beds.  She was the family matriarch who gladly opened her home as the focal point for the extended family and friends.  She was not shy about giving her family advice and often drilled the lessons of living frugally and within your means.  Many recall the traditional Sunday gatherings at the home place to gossip and play cards while enjoying her delicious culinary creations that became know as the “Sunday Special.”  She was proud of her associate’s degree in teaching that she earned at night while raising a family, making many long drives to New Hampshire to attend classes.  She enjoyed teaching Head Start in Island Pond and Newport for many years and often ran into her old students when she was out shopping or yard-saleing.  She discovered traveling when her son Gary moved away, and enjoyed many trips to Florida, Arizona and Indiana.

In recent years, she enjoyed getting back to Salem Lake to enjoy pontoon rides and family visits on the deck.  She also loved to go to the local restaurants with her daughter Beth, her husband, Clifford Crowe, and his mother, Kitty.

She is survived by her children:  Beth Crowe and her husband, Clifford, of West Charleston, Marsha Brunelle and her husband, Victor, of West Charleston, and Gary Powers and his wife, Jennifer, of Lafayette, Indiana; her brother Wayne Doncaster and his wife, Betty, of Irasburg; her seven grandchildren:  Jeffrey Powers, Summer Brunelle, Gabriel Brunelle, Megan Timmons, Casey Powers, Marshall Powers and Annie Powers; and by her great-grandchildren:  Kylie Monfett. Ricky Mislick, and Jacob Brunelle.  She also had many nieces and nephews, and was especially close to Cheryl Lawson, Keith Austin and Kathy Currie, whom she helped raise after her sister Vivian’s early passing.  She was predeceased by her husband Ray Powers in 2005; and by her siblings:  Wendell Doncaster, Vivian Austin, Joyce Jennesse and Otis Doncaster.

A memorial service was held on January 11 in Newport.

Memorial donations may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurses 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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Richard Talbot

Richard D. Talbot

Richard D. Talbot, 76, of Jay, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at his home.

He was born on June 3, 1936, in Springfield, Massachusetts, a son of William and Ruth (Johnson) Talbot.  On June 14, 1962, he married Shirley Riendeau who survives him.  The couple celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2012.

Mr. Talbot entered the United States Marines, where he served his country during the Korean War.  During his lifetime, he was a traffic manager for General Instrument Corp., from where he retired.  He was an NRA patron member, PVA life member, DAV life member, and a member of the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy.  He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, and from the Hartford School of Criminology in Hartford, Connecticut.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and their visits.  He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, and carpentry.

He is survived by his children:  Luke Talbot of Island Pond, John Talbot and his wife, Kasey, of Newark, Matthew Talbot and his companion, Amber Lyon, of Westmore, Janelle Light and her husband, Robert, of Morrisonville, New York, and Beth Fitzgerald of Westfield, Massachusetts; his grandchildren:  Travis, Abel, Robert (R.J.), August, Molly, Savannah, and Kaeleigh; a great-granddaughter, Evelyn; and by several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his sisters:  Eleanor McNulty and Mary Agnes Funai and her husband, Fran.  He was predeceased by a son and daughter, and by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on January 12 in North Troy.  Spring interment will be in Jay Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114.

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

obit whippleDorothy E. Whipple

Dorothy E. Whipple, 83, of Newport died on January 12, 2013, in Newport.

She was born October 3, 1929, in Orleans, a daughter of Elmer and Greta (Dunham) Hilliard.  In 1950 she married Leland Whipple, who predeceased her in 1986.

Mrs. Whipple worked as a nurse’s aid at the Maple Lane Nursing Home for over 20 years.  She also was employed at the soup kitchen at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.  She held memberships with the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries and the Orleans Senior Center.  Her hobbies included knitting, fishing, crocheting, doing puzzles, playing bingo, and attending to her houseplants.

She is survived by her children:  Barbara Jean Bushaw of Burlington, Bruce Whipple and his wife, Darlene, of Newport, Karen Conley and her husband, Jesse, of Barton, Kim Whipple and companion, Debbie, of Orleans, Mark Whipple and companion, Kerry, of Orleans, Chris Whipple and his wife, Kris, of California, and Colby Whipple of Brownington; by her 11 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers:  Warren, Clayton, Marvin, and Maynard (Stub); and by two sisters:  Verna Coburn and Verla Drake.

Services 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.

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

A tribute:

Farewell to Merle Benway, an old friend

 by Roland K. Bickford

First of all, I would like to apologize for not speaking at Merle’s day of celebration.  Valerie asked me to speak, but I was speechless.

Yes, I could say a lot about Merle.  One thing he did was always give me a chance at things, like plowing and sanding Dexter Mountain with bald tires on the truck.  What an experience it was sliding down backwards three times.  Then he’d say, “Come with me, sonny,” and up the hill we’d go.  No problem.  He knew how to make them old town trucks plow and how to break them, too.

I’d like to thank his daughter Valerie and son-in-law Larry for calling Gary and I to go and see Merle for the last time, and also for everything they did for him until the end.

Merle and I had  our ups and downs, but whenever either one of us needed a helping hand we were always there for each other.

Farewell for now, Merle, until we meet again.

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries December 19, 2012

Maureen O’Donnell

Sharon Maureen O’Donnell

 Sharon Maureen O’Donnell died of cancer at her East Albany home on December 11, 2012, with her brother Brian and close friends by her side.  She died as courageously and intensely as she had lived.

She was born July 6, 1952, and was raised in Connecticut.

After a brief time in New York City performing and recording with The Radiators and other musicians, Ms. O’Donnell, or “Mo” to her friends, moved to the Northeast Kingdom in 1986, with her partner Nancy Lee Kathan, who had taken a job at Catamount Arts.  Ms. O’Donnell was a graduate of Goddard College and worked for a time as a film projectionist at Catamount Arts and as a press operator at Troll Press.  But she will be remembered by all who knew her as a talented and inspiring musician and performer with the BTUs and other local bands.

Ms. O’Donnell was a veritable one-woman band, as talented on vocals as she was on guitar, drums and keyboard.  In 2009, in her home studio in East Albany, she recorded and produced Rogue Element, a powerful and compelling CD of original music.  She not only composed the music and wrote all the lyrics, but also played all of the instrumentation herself.  She influenced and inspired many young musicians in the area.

Ms. O’Donnell was a spiritual person who found inspiration in the nature of the Northeast Kingdom.  She spent much time in meditation at the Buddhist center, Karme-choling.  She was also an ardent participant in Native American rituals and ceremonies.  A Native American pipe ceremony will be held for her at her home on the spring equinox in March.

Ms. O’Donnell was predeceased by her mother and father and brother Michael.

She is survived by her brother Brian and sisters Laura, Nina and Lisa, as well as cousins Lauren, Susan and Mark.

People wishing to honor and remember Ms. O’Donnell may do so by making a donation in her memory to the outreach hospice program and future residential home, Summer House of the Northeast Kingdom, care of Community National Bank,  Church Street, Barton 05822, or care of Donna Tatum, 9 High Street, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

Friends of Maureen are invited to attend a potluck winter solstice celebration in her honor on Friday, December 21, at the home of Susan Blackstone in Westmore from 4 to 8 p.m.

Christine Beerworth

Christine Mary Beerworth

Christine Mary Beerworth, 78, of Jay died on December 12, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on May 13, 1934.  Her parents, Charles and Susie (Connors) Gebler, predeceased her, as did her brother Charles and her husband, Robert W. Beerworth.

Mrs. Beerworth was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lived most of her young life in Rockville, Connecticut.  She graduated from Rockville High School in 1952 and the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing in 1955.

On November 5, 1955, she married Robert W. Beerworth.  They made their home in Rockville until 1968 when they moved with their three children to Jay.

Mrs. Beerworth was employed at North Country Hospital for 28 years, having served as director of nursing from 1978 to 1986.  In 1983 she went back to college at Castleton State College and completed the BSN program.  She retired in 2003 after serving as the school nurse at the Jay-Westfield Elementary School.

She was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy.  She enjoyed music and served as the church choir director for several years.  She also enjoyed many crafts, including her handcrafted Christmas ornaments, sewing, knitting, and needlepoint.

Mrs. Beerworth fulfilled her dream of owning a home in Florida with her husband.  She spent much of her time there on the beach collecting shells, while her husband, Bob, enjoyed his love for golf.

Mr. and Mrs. Beerworth had three children: John Beerworth and his wife, Mary, of Shrewsbury, Susan Kopec, and Robert Beerworth Jr., of Jay.  Mrs. Beerworth is also survived by her five grandchildren:  Caeleigh and Connor Beerworth, and Kathryn, Candice, and Jonathan Kopec.

Funeral services were held on December 15 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy where a Mass was celebrated by the Reverend Ladislaus Mwelinde.  Interment followed in the Jay Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to N.O.R.D. for Restricted Funds for Stiff Person Syndrome, 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06810.

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

Robert Burke

Robert A. Burke

Robert A. Burke, 62, of Derby died on December 9, 2012, in Newport.

He was born August 8, 1950, in South Paris, Maine, a son of Omer and Kathleen (Murphy) Burke, who predeceased him.  On January 1, 1970, he married Anita Hunt, who survives him.

Mr. Burke graduated from Oxford Hills High School in South Paris and from Husson College in Bangor, Maine, with a bachelor of science degree.  He was case goods manager and accounting cost administrator for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Danbury, Connecticut, for 34 years.  He was a former member of the Skowhegan, Maine, Lions Club from 1982 through 1986 before transferring to the Derby Lions Club.  During his 30-year-plus membership, he was a past president of the Derby Lions, Lion of the Year in 1992, and he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1999.  He was also treasurer from 2004 through 2012 and received his Chevron pin in 2012.

He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the United Church of Derby.  He was an avid golfer, a member of the Orleans Country Club, a NASCAR fan, and he enjoyed cooking.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Burke, of Derby; by his children:  Alan Burke and his wife, Nancy, of North Oxford, Massachusetts, Kathleen Burke-Worthley and her husband, Andrew, of Chelsea, Maine, and Amanda Montalbano and her husband, Ryan, of Smithfield, Rhode Island; by his grandchildren Benjamin and Jonathan Burke; by his brothers:  Omer Burke and his wife, Becky, of South Paris and Thomas Burke and his wife, Richa, of San Antonio, Texas; by an uncle, aunts and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will take place at the Riverside Annex Cemetery in South Paris.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby United Church, 3064 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Andre Gaudreau

 Andre Gaudreau, 69, of St. Albans died at North Country Hospital in Newport surrounded by his family on December 11, 2012, following a long and courageous battle with kidney cancer.

Mr. Gaudreau was born on December 6, 1943, in Newport, the fourth child of Gervais and Germaine (Lamontagne) Gaudreau, who predeceased him in 2005 and 2001, respectively.

He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport.  He then attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, to pursue studies in philosophy.  He went on to earn a master’s of divinity degree at the University of St. Paul’s in Ottawa, Ontario.  He then served in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.  He subsequently obtained a teaching certificate in music and elementary education from Johnson State College.  Part of his music certification program included applied studies in pipe organ under Dr. James G. Chapman of UVM in Burlington.

After completing his studies in elementary education, he was employed as a bilingual educator in the Swanton/Highgate bilingual program.  His final employment was at IBM in Essex Junction until his retirement in 2008.

Mr. Gaudreau is survived by his five sisters:  Pierrette Paradis of Windsor, Connecticut, Denise Bouffard of Newport, Gabrielle Carr and her husband, Jim, of Newport, Lucille Gaudreau of Newport, and Suzanne Gaudreau of St. Albans. He also leaves his nieces and nephews:  Suzanne Paradis of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Mark Paradis of Windsor, Jane Bouffard of Stowe, Monica and her husband, Scott Libby, of Newport, Peter Bouffard and his wife, Debbie, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Thomas Bouffard of Pittsburg, California, and Julie Bouffard Vesely and her husband, Keith, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; and by five grandnieces:  Amanda Joubert, Sara Noyes, Michaela DiZazzo, and Laura and Anna Grace Libby.

He was predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Andre Paradis of Windsor and Paul Bouffard of Newport.

Mr. Gaudreau had a special interest in his French ancestry, history and genealogy, which impelled him to initiate extensive research into his family’s genealogical roots dating back to France.  This major project resulted in the creation of four genealogical volumes for his family.

Mr. Gaudreau consistently maintained a positive and courageous attitude throughout the course of his illness.  He relied on his unwavering faith and spiritual life for strength, inner fortitude and peace.  He was also devoted to his church and was a faithful and active communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in St. Albans.

A Mass was held at 11 a.m. on December 15 at Mater Dei Parish in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mater Dei Parish for St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Parish in Newport.

Leo Paul Pare

Leo Paul Pare

 Leo Paul Pare, 79, of Derby Line died on December 10, 2012, in Newport.

He was born June 18, 1933, in Rock Island, Quebec, a son of Alcide and Marie (Pomerleau) Pare.  On October 26, 1953, he married Jeannine Veilleux, who predeceased him on October 7, 2012.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Pare was a heavy equipment operator for 35 years, ending his career with Mario Paul.  Prior to working construction, he owned and operated a dairy farm for 12 years.

He enjoyed painting cars, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, sugaring, and traveling with his wife.  He was a member of Community Circle, and American Legion Post #21 of Newport.

He is survived by his children:  JoAnne Ellam and her husband, Craig, of Derby Line, Michael Pare and his wife, Tina, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ronald Pare and his wife, Karen, of Helena, Montana, Robert Pare and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Paul Pare and his wife, Kim, of Keene, New Hampshire, and Carole Rosario and her husband, Tony, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Jeffrey Ellam, Michael Pare Jr., and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chavez and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare, Meghan and Kristen Pare, and Morgan and Nicholas Pare; by his great-grandchildren:  Keara and KeAhna Chavez and Makaela and Zaidyn Pare; by his brother and sister-in-law Gaston and Rita Lefebvre; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Claude Pare, by his sister Gisele Paquin, and by his granddaughter Jennifer Ellam.

Funeral services were held on December 18 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass was celebrated.  Interment followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the St. Edward’s Ladies Altar Shelter, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

William Riggie

William Knost Riggie

 William Knost Riggie, 82, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, died on December 9, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 7, 1930, in Newport.  He attended St. Mary’s School and Brighton High School in Island Pond.  Following his education, he entered the U.S. Navy (1954-1958).  Mr. Riggie was a proud veteran, serving as post commander of the American Legion Post #42 in 1966 and dedicating 58 years to American Legion membership.

He was employed by the New England Telephone Co. as a lineman supervisor, and he retired from AT&T with 31 years of service in 1985.  In early years of retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife, Paula.  In 1997 they moved from Henderson, Nevada, to their current residence in Land O’ Lakes.

Friends and family will remember Mr. Riggie for his wonderful sense of humor, his woodworking talent and his love of travel.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Paula Corologos Riggie; his sons:  William Riggie and his wife, Nancy, of Pensacola, Florida, Dana Riggie of Henniker, New Hampshire, Scot Riggie and his wife, Melissa, of Glover; and his daughter Paula Michelle Sweigart and her husband, Aaron, of Pensacola; by his granddaughter Lauren Chase and her husband, Ren, with great-grandchildren Isabelle and Jack Hammond, all of South Burlington; and his grandson Jason Sweigart of Biloxi, Mississippi.  Others mourning his passing are sisters-in-law Phyllis Riggie of Island Pond, Irene Abbott and her husband, Bob, of South Burlington, Judith Corologos of Randolph, and brothers-in-law Roger Sylvester of Juneau, Alaska, Paul Corologos and his wife, Sharon, of Venice, Florida, James Corologos of Mineola, New York, and Andrew Corologos and his wife, Toy, of South Burlington.

He was predeceased by grandchildren Andrea and Jessica Riggie; sisters Theresa Younce, Cleone Sylvester, and Thelma Pontbriand; and one brother, Dr. Brian Riggie.  He will also be mourned by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Riggie’s name to the Gulfside Regional Hospice at www.grhospice.org.

There will be a private family service only.  Arrangements are by Whitfield Funeral Home of Zephyrhills, Florida.  Interment will be at the Florida Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Wendell C. Rivers Jr.

Wendell C. Rivers Jr.

 Wendell C. Rivers, Jr., 61, of Albany, died at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington Tuesday evening, December 11, 2012, with his longtime partner, Cheryl Lafaso, by his side.

He was born in Newport on December 30, 1950, a son of Wendell C. Rivers Sr. and Nancy (Veglia) Rivers.  He attended school in Albany, where he resided most of his life.

Mr. Rivers was a talented musician, playing guitar and singing in many area bands.  He enjoyed wildlife and feeding the birds near his home.  He was a licensed ham radio operator, receiving recognition for relaying information in several rescue missions.

He leaves his son, Wendell C. Rivers III, of Coventry; his longtime partner, Cheryl Lafaso, and her son, Patrick Lafaso; his mother, Nancy (Veglia) Rivers; his brother, Richard Rivers and his wife, Billie Jean; and his sister Millie Seguin and her husband, Gary, all of Albany.  He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Mr. Rivers was predeceased by his father, Wendell C. Rivers Sr., as well as his great-nephew Adrien Mason.

A graveside service was held on Friday, December 14, at the Albany Village Cemetery with the Reverend Lawrence Wall and Pastor Tim Ingalls officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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