Obituaries December 12, 2012

Henry Labrecque

Henry J. Labrecque

 Henry J. Labrecque, 84, of Barton, died suddenly on December 7, 2012.

He was born on April 24, 1928, in New Britain, Connecticut, a son of Jeremie Labrecque and Marie Anna (Morin) Labrecque.  On September 4, 1954, he married Jeannette Limoges of Newport Center, who survives him.  They raised their family on the family farm where Mr. Labrecque lived for the past 80 years.

Mr. Labrecque attended two one-room schoolhouses, the Devereaux School and the Fiske School, both in Barton.  During his high school years he would pick up milk cans from local farms and deliver them to United Farmers prior to attending school.  He graduated from Barton Academy in 1947.

He would commonly be seen driving his truck in Orleans County loaded with hay and sawdust for area farmers.  In the fall he would be seen with loads of Christmas trees and balsam brush headed to the lower New England states, as well as Pennsylvania and New York.

In the late 1980s, he began trucking gravel from his farm.  This business grew to become known as Labrecque Sand and Gravel.  He loved his “big toys,” loaders, backhoes, excavators and other construction equipment.  Most of all, he loved his 1978 green Mack truck, which he operated until his death.

Mr. Labrecque enjoyed the Willoughby Lake area, sugaring in the sugarhouse built by his uncle with lumber from trees felled by the hurricane of 1938.  He was well known for visiting with the neighbors and sharing his wisdom about the area with people from all over.  Most of all, he enjoyed his family and home.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, of Barton; his children Jeannine LaCoss of Lyndonville, Yvette and her husband, George Grenier, of Derby, Paul and his companion, Debbie Libby, of Brownington, Richard and his companion, Deana Cowles, of Barton, Gisele and her husband, John Miner, of Hyde Park, Georgette and her husband, Allen Griffin, of Barton, and Monique Paquette of Lyndonville; by 14 grandchildren:  Daniel LaCoss, Michelle Gilman, Renee LaCoss, Eric Grenier, Brent Grenier, Cole Labrecque, Lana Labrecque, Amanda Duffy, Michael Sanville, Raegen Phillips, Chance Griffin, Armand Paquette, Ronnie Paquette and Jeremie Paquette: by 13 great-grandchildren and three more expected.

He was predeceased by his parents, half brother of Canada, and son-in-law Michael Paquette.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, December 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday December 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm St. in Barton.  Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton on Thursday, December 13, at 11 a.m.  Father “Tim” Naples will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Building Fund, 85 St. Paul’s Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

To read a story Chris Braithwaite wrote about Henry Labrecque in September 2011, please click here.

Darrell Maskell

Darrell Darwin Maskell

Darrell Darwin Maskell, a lifelong resident of Craftsbury, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, December 6, 2012.  He fought a courageous 12-year battle with cancer.

He was born October 28, 1961, in Hardwick, a son of Calvin and Nadine Baker Maskell.

He married the love of his life, Candace Sue Wells, on October 24, 1987.  Together they had two children who were their pride and joy, Chelsea Ann and Kyle Dean.

He is also survived by his six siblings:  His sister Debra Chaffee and Claire of Albany, his five brothers:   Calvin “Butch” Maskell of Albany, Stephen Maskell and Julie of Eden, David Maskell and Penny Wells of North Wolcott, Dennis Maskell and Lisa of Hardwick, and Chet Chase of Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Chase.

He attended Craftsbury graded school and Craftsbury Academy.  He spent most of his life working as an iron worker or logging.

He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and he really enjoyed the rivalry between his New York family who were Yankee fans, especially the verbal rants between him and his nephew Alexander.  He enjoyed deer hunting with his children and friends.  He had an amazing talent for taking a raw piece of wood and crafting a beautiful item out of it.  He was an arm wrestling state champion.  He was a big collector of Coca Cola items.

Mr. Maskell was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle to his many nieces and nephews.  He had a special place in his heart for Steve and Patsy.  He had a big booming voice, which rivaled his huge, generous heart.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 14, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Johnson.  Visitation will be held Thursday, December 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the White-Fiess Funeral Home, 165 Brooklyn St., in Morrisville.  Interment will be in Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Maskell requested that donations be made to a charity that was very close to his heart and helped in his time of need:  The Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657.

 

 

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Obituaries December 5, 2012

Joseph Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis

 Joseph G. Bullis, 68, of Newport Center, died on November 27, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.

He was born December 27, 1943, in East Orange, New Jersey, a son of Percy and Mildred (English).  On June 15, 1968, he married Marlene Willis, who survives him.

Mr. Bullis was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens, and he loved to decorate his home at Christmas time, using thousands of lights and scenes.  He also loved having the grandchildren come to his home for a visit and attending family reunions that were held each year.  He was a wonderful husband and father.  His family always came first.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Bullis, of Newport Center; by his children:  Roy Bullis and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Karen Bullis of Derby Line, and Roxanne Couture and her husband, Christopher, of Newport; by his grandchildren:  Leanne Bullis, Samantha Bullis, Kyle Forcier, Blake Leighton, Justin Forcier, Lindsey Couture, and Christopher Couture; by his great-grandchildren:  Rylee Jones and Hannah Forcier; by his brothers and sisters:  Jack Bullis and his wife, Beverly, of Derby Line, Daniel Bullis and his wife, Sharon, of Newport, Dianne Bullis of Newport, Judith Bullis of Proctor, Mary Lou George and her husband, Wendall, of Derby, Craig Bullis and his wife, Diana, and Paula Marie Brochu and her husband, Steve, of Derby Line; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher Joseph Bullis and by three brothers:  Francis, William, and James Bullis.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center with the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.  Spring interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NEKCA food shelf, P.O. Box 724, 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.

Lorene Liberty Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis

 Lorene Anna Liberty-Curtis died suddenly on November 22, 2012, at her daughter’s home in East Highgate following a recent period of illness.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis was born to Lyndon and Merial (Stratton) Liberty on May 17, 1945.

She was predeceased by her parents, by her brother Byron Liberty, and by her beloved late husband, John Lee Curtis.

She is survived by her sisters Patricia Fudge and family of New York, Deanna Styggles and family of New Hampshire, brother-in-law, Durwood Styggles of Vermont, her sister Linda Oullette and family, her sister Kathy Benjamin and her family of Vermont, and her brother Michael Liberty and his family of New York.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis was a single mother of seven children, all of whom survive her:  daughter Deborah Williams of Flagstaff, Arizona, son Christopher Chicione and his wife, Karen, of Bakersfield, son, Patrick Chicoine and his wife, Tina, of Jacksonville, Florida, daughter Andrea Smith and her husband, Raymond, of West Charleston, daughter April Mathewson and her husband, Clint, of Sheffield, daughter Katrina Mallette and her husband, Carl, of East Highgate, and daughter Alicia Chicoine and her husband, Joey Glodgett, of Halifax, Massachusetts.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren:  Wesley Kahl, Raymond Smith Jr., Caitlin Smith, Calee Chicoine, Connor Chicoine, Joshua Elliott, Cheyenne Elliott, Timothy Elliott, Cassandra Elliott, Dakota Mallette, Hunter Mallette, Sierra Glodgett, and Haleight Glodgett; by two great-grandchildren; and by close friend Ralph Swett.

Ms. Liberty-Curtis worked for a short time with the Community College of Vermont teaching adults to read.  She met and married Patrick Chicoine Sr., and they had seven children together.  They divorced in 1976.  She became a migrant farm worker, working on farms in Shoreham, Highgate, and throughout Franklin County.  She was an extremely hard worker, and she instilled those values in her children as well.

She enjoyed antiques and auctions.  When she retired from farming, she graduated from a program called Step Up for women and learned the trade of finish carpentry.

She met and married John Lee Curtis in 1996 and settled in Brownington.  After she left carpentry, she became a store manager and historian.  She also participated in long rifle shooting competitions and pioneer camping.  She enjoyed Mr. Curtis’ enthusiastic hunting stories and hunted and fished with him.

Throughout her life, Ms. Liberty-Curtis was a professional quilter who made hand-sewn works of art that won many top awards in juried shows, accolades in magazines, and were sold all over the country.

She was a lover of books, gardening, and early American history.  She could do anything she set her mind to and did it well.  She had been recently chronicling her own family history.  She was a patron of many libraries and the Clan of the Hawk tribal group.

At Ms. Liberty-Curtis’s request, there will be no viewing.

A family gathering was scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at the Rice Hill United Methodist Church in Sheldon Springs.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made in her name to the Jones Memorial Library in Orleans, Vermont, or The Clan of the Hawk tribal group in care of Ralph Swett, Evansville, Vermont.

Desneiges Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw

 Desneiges J. Geraw, 67, of Glover died on November 27, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 22, 1945, in Craftsbury, a daughter of Eddy and Fabiola (Vachon) Coderre.  In 1971 she married Chester Geraw, who survives her.

Mrs. Geraw loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Chester Geraw, of Glover; by her sons:  Raymond Geraw and his wife, Lea, of Glover, and Eddy Geraw of Glover; by her grandchildren:  Vikki and Destiny Geraw, both of Glover; by her brother Donald Coderre of Lowell; by her sisters:  Gisele Damon and her husband, Robert, of Morgan, Estelle Wheeler and her husband, Alfred, of Newport Center, and Cecile Arel-Smith of Newport; by her sister-in-law Alice Coderre of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Freddy Geraw in 2005; by her grandson Michael Geraw in 2005; by her brothers:  Lucien, Marcel, Eugene, Gaetan, and Raymond Coderre; by her sisters:  Rita and Jeannette, by her brothers-in-law:  Albert, Wallace, and Charlie; and by her sisters-in-law:  Eva, Rosalie, Jeannette, and Tammy.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton on November 30 with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.  Spring interment will be in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

Marcel Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue

 Marcel M. Lanoue, 95, of Newport died on December 1, 2012, in Derby, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 15, 1917, in Newport Center, a son of Herve and Albina (Gaudreau) Messier.  After his mother’s death, he was raised by his aunt and uncle Euclide and Argentine Lanoue.  On October 22, 1960, he married Angele Frechette, who survives him.

Mr. Lanoue served his country during World War II, from 1941 through 1946.  He was stationed at the Island of Leyte in the Philippines where he was in charge of troop transport for incoming and outgoing troops, as well as inter-island transport.  He made his home in Newport, where he loved to be.  He was a devoted husband, father and family man as well as a devoted Catholic.

He was employed by his father, Euclide Lanoue, in North Troy, where he was a sales clerk and bookkeeper in a feed store.  He then went on to work at St. Onge’s cash store in Newport as a sales clerk.  After that he worked as a butcher for the Grand Union grocery store.  He also worked for many years at the Hilton Gas Company as a propane gas technician.  He retired as a custodian at North Country Union High School in 1994.  He raised two children and was a loving and caring father.

He is survived by his wife, Angele Lanoue, of Newport; and by his children:  Micheline Marcotte of Barton and Marc Lanoue and his wife, Amy, of Newport; by seven grandchildren:  Stephanie Waechter and her husband, Michael, Gabrielle Marcotte, Olivia Marcotte, Celine Marcotte, Avery Marcotte, Caleb Lanoue, and Daniel Lanoue.

He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence Messier; by his half-brothers Victor and Jean Marie Messier; by half-sister Marie Jeanne Theroux; by sister-in-law Marguerite Beaumier and her husband, Francis; and by his son-in-law Bradley Marcotte.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on December 6 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

Izola Magoon

 Izola Magoon, 78, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, died on November 23, 2012, at the Ledgewood Nursing Home

Born March 25, 1934, in Orleans, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Place from Orleans and Ruby Robbins from Milford, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Magoon owned and operated IKE, Inc.,  She lived in Merrimack for the past 40 years.

Survivors include:  Her son Kirk Carnahan and his wife, Kathy; two grandchildren:  Corey Carnahan and Christie Corey and her husband, Aaron; two great-grandchildren:  Hailey and Colton Corey; and nephew David Place.

There will be no local services.

Mrs. Magoon will be laid to rest in Orleans beside her late husband and many generations of her family.  As was her wish, there will be a small, private, family service in the spring.

The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements.

Frederick Tourangeau

Frederick T. Tourangeau

 Frederick T. Tourangeau, 75, of Newport died on November 26, 2012, with his loving family at his side.

He was born November 10, 1937, in Montgomery, a son of Arthur and Persis (Pelkey) Tourangeau.

On November 20, 1956, he married Ruth Woodcock, who survives him.

Mr. Tourangeau served in the U.S. Army.  He was a machinist at Tivoly in Derby Line.  He enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Tourangeau, of Newport; by his children:  Brent Tourangeau of Richardson, Texas, Leona Smith and her husband, Royal, of Lebanon, Maine, and Michael Tourangeau of Nashua, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren:  Jacob, Tonya, Trevor, Nicholette, Katherine, and Juliette; by his great-grandchildren:  Connor, Cullen, Layla, and Emily; by his brother James Tourangeau of Craftsbury; by his sisters:  Joyce Billado and her husband, Carlton, of Craftsbury, and Myrtle Lacroix and her husband, Tony, of Brunswick, Maine; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Billow, his sister Barbara Mason, and his granddaughter Elizabeth Tourangeau.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Bill Whitcomb

Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb

 Wilton (Bill) A. Whitcomb, 82, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

He was born on May 9, 1930.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Catherine (Mattson, Murphy) Whitcomb; three sons:  Wilton and his wife, Beth, of Windermere, Florida, Joseph and his wife, Judy, of Ft. Myers, Florida; and Preston and his wife, Beverly, of Sudbury, Massachusetts; by four stepchildren:  Deborah Duffy and her husband, Peter, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, David Murphy and his wife, Lynda, of Springvale, Maine, Daniel Murphy and his wife, Lorna, of Sunderland, Massachusetts, and Kristin Murphy of Johnson; by 11 grandchildren; by his only sister, Allayne (Kremp, Donlon) Whitcomb, of Ormond Beach; and by nieces Janice Dufour and her husband, Jeffrey, of Hopewell, New Jersey, and Joanne Pecca and her husband, Michael, of Cohasset, Massachusetts.

Mr. Whitcomb grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Hingham High School in 1948.  He had a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and he attended Harvard Business School.  After a stint serving in the U.S. Army overseas, he lived in Scituate, Massachusetts, for 25 years where he was active in Boy Scouts and youth baseball.

He was employed by Boston Edison in management for 30 years.  A career opportunity led him to spend six years in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where he was plant manager of a desalination plant for the Saudi government.  While in Arabia, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe.  They returned to the United States in 1988, locating in Newport where Mr. Whitcomb became the owner-operator of a boat marina on Lake Memphremagog.

After retiring, Mr. Whitcomb moved to Ormond Beach, spending his summers on Lake Salem in Derby.  He was an avid Boston sports fan and a lifelong lover of dogs.  He is remembered as a loving and devoted family man and generous friend.  He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Ormond Beach, the United Church of Newport, the Masonic Lodge of Newport, the Newport Planning Commission, and a board member of the Falls Association in Ormond, Beach.

In accordance with Mr. Whitcomb’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service.  A remembrance and graveside service, to be attended by family and close friends, will occur in the spring in Vermont.

Those who wish may send donations to the Golden Retriever Rescue Fund Mid Florida (see www.grrmf.org for details and the mailing address), or to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences can be shared through the Deware Funeral Home at www.dewarefuneralhome.com.

 James M. Young

 James M. Young, 81, of Newport died on December 3, 2012, in Newport.

He was born February 10, 1931, in Olde Town, Maine, a son of James Young and Ella (Fuller) Dubois.  On July 20, 1950, he married Katherine Yankus, who survives him.

Mr. Young was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1948 through 1950.  He was a salesman for AMP Inc., in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and more recently owned the Kingdom Koach Taxi Business in the Newport area.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Young of Newport; by his children:  Joyce Gooding and her husband, Daniel, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Patricia Young of Brownington, Janice Polsdorf and her husband, Scott, of Savannah, Georgia, James Young and his wife, Kathy, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, David Young and his wife, Diana, of Matthews, North Carolina, Christine Thomas of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; by 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by his sisters:  Florence Winter of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Joann Long and Helen Carlson of Clearwater, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Judith Pelleteri and by his brother Ralph Young.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 10, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Interment will follow in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscowen, New Hampshire, with full military honors.

Should friend desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day 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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Obituaries November 28, 2012

Helen L. Bernier

 Helen L. Bernier, 71, of Coventry died on November 19, 2012, at her home with her loving family at her side.

She was born June 29, 1941, in Newport, a daughter of Leo and Elsie (Sanville) Cheney Jr.

On January 14, 1961, she married Richard (Skip) Bernier, who survives her.  She graduated from Newport Center High School.

Mrs. Bernier was manager of the Vermont Department of Employment and Training in Newport where she retired after 30 years of service.  During this time she was also a military veterans’ representative for the state of Vermont.

She was an avid reader, and she also enjoyed gardening.  She loved her dogs Casey and Boss.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard Bernier, of Coventry; by her daughters:  Tina de la Bruere and her husband, Raymond, of Troy and Stacie L. Baker and her friend, Eric Desranleau, of Essex; by her grandsons:  Timothy de la Bruere and his spouse, Thomas, Brent de la Bruere, Jeret Baker and his wife, Kate; by her granddaughters:  Katie Baker and Emily Baker; and by her great-grandson Connor.

Private 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 Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Joseph E. Gibney

 Joseph E. Gibney, 61, of Glover died on November 15, 2012, in Glover.

He was born on December 12, 1950, in Troy, a son of Cecile and Irene Gibney.  He married Mary Pillsbury who predeceased him.

He is survived by his children:  Shelly Lavigne and Joseph Gibney Jr., both of Manchester, New Hampshire, Scott Gibney, Brian Gibney, and Jason Gibney; and by his stepdaughter Tracy Raymond.

Funeral 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.

Roy Ingalls

Roy Ingalls

 Roy Ingalls, 97, died on November 20, 2012, at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born November 19, 1915, in Irasburg, a son of the late Ivan and Jennie (Wells) Ingalls.

A lifelong resident of Irasburg, Mr. Ingalls owned and operated the family dairy farm until 1984.  He was very active in the community.  He served as selectman for the town of Irasburg for 47 years.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge #62 in Irasburg and a charter member of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST).  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and playing poker.  He was known for his common sense, his level-headedness, and his Yankee frugality.

Mr. Ingalls leaves his nieces and nephews:  Peter and his wife, Rita Martin, of Sheffield, Marianne and her husband, Mo Hall, of Richford, Paul Martin and his fiancée, Christine, of Richford, Ilene Elliott of Canaan, Linda Wignet of White River, and Ellen and her husband, Skip Swayse, of White River; and his favorite cousin, who was like a daughter to him, Rachel Todd, and her husband, Dean, of Irasburg.

Mr. Ingalls was predeceased by his beloved companion, Wilma Sargeant; his sisters and brothers-in-law:  Ada Ingalls Martin and her husband, Reuben, Lois Ingalls Winget and her husband, Earl, Avis Ingalls Clark Hinton and her husband, Ivers Clark, and Elvin (Jim) Hinton; a niece, Diane Mattoon; and nephews Ivers Clark Jr., Ward Clark, Lance Clark, and Bob Elliott.

Funeral services were held November 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery at a later date.  A Masonic service was held at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to VAST, 26 Vast Lane, Berlin, Vermont 05602.

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

James Gerhard Krieble

 James (Jim) Gerhard Krieble, 92, formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, died Tuesday, October 25, 2012, at Kendal in Hanover, New Hampshire.

He was born October 23, 1920, in Weehawkin, New Jersey.  He grew up in Union City, New Jersey, where he attended public schools, and then he spent a year at Lawrenceville Academy in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, before college.

Mr. Krieble was a graduate of Princeton University, where he earned a BS in chemical engineering in 1942, and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1949.  He married Amanda Sanborne in 1943.  They settled in Washington, D.C., where Mr. Krieble served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.  He worked in the U.S. Naval Laboratory as a process engineer in the chemical warfare and electrochemical sections.  After graduate school he worked for General Electric (GE) as a process engineer at the research laboratory in Schenectady, New York, where he was engaged in research and development in tungsten chemistry, the iodide process, and the electrolytic oxidation of metals. In 1957, Mr. Krieble moved to the GE lamp, metals, and components department in Cleveland, Ohio.  He became a plant manager and continued working on the development and economic evaluation of processes for refractory metals and gases used in lamps until he retired in 1983.

Mr. Krieble was active in charitable, social, and professional communities. He was a member of Sigma X, the General Electric Elfun Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society.  A former Eagle Scout, he served as a Boy Scout leader in New York and Ohio.  In retirement, Mr. Krieble served as the president of the Westmore Association in Westmore, and he also monitored the lake’s water quality for the state of Vermont for many years.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, and an active grandfather.  Mr. Krieble loved his summer vacations with his family on Lake Willoughby in Westmore where he hiked, gardened, managed the woods, and tended their property.  Later on, he and his wife spent six months there each year.

Mr. Krieble enjoyed reading and conversation with family and friends who appreciated his dry sense of humor.  Together with his wife, he was ever a gracious host.

He is survived by his children:  daughter Cynthia Krieble and son-in-law Raeburne Heimbeck of Ellensburg, Washington, daughter Elizabeth Krieble of Andover, Massachusetts, son John Krieble and daughter-in-law Katherine Getzels of Brooklyn, New York; and by four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Amanda S. Krieble.

Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation dedicated to Parkinson’s disease research.

Robert J. Wright

 Robert J. Wright, 66, of Craftsbury died at his home on November 21, 2012.

He was born August 25, 1946, in Stowe, a son of Robert and Annie (Martin) Wright, both predeceased.

He is survived by his sons Jasper (Jay) Wright and his wife, Sandy Stoddard, and their children Iva and Jesse of Craftsbury, Charley Wright of Craftsbury, and Brian Wright of North Carolina; by his Sister Linda (Wright) Prescott and her husband, Bruce, and their children Shawn Wright his wife, Fay, and their children, and Angel Prescott, all of Craftsbury; by his brother Gary Wright and his wife, Robin Wright, of Eden; and by loved nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Tallman of Alaska.

He was a farmer for many years and will be missed by many.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 30, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home, 1321 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury with Pastor Roland Green officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to 140 Scotts Lane, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, care of Jasper Wright.

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

Ruth Naomi Young

Ruth Naomi Young

 Ruth Naomi Young, 86, died peacefully at her home in Westfield on November 15, 2012.

She was born to Neoma Bean Whalen and Joseph Whalen on February 19, 1926 at the family farm in Irasburg.  In 1943 she married George L. Young of West Glover, and together they bought the farm from Mrs. Young’s mother.  There they raised three children and managed a dairy herd until 1969.

Mrs. Young was proud of the farm’s award-winning syrup (which she boiled herself), and she dedicated much of her time to promoting the maple industry in Vermont.

In the 1970s she began working at Young’s Green Mountain Nursery along with her husband and sons.  In 1978 the family bought out the nursery’s founder and moved it to Tree Corners where they ran the business for ten years.

Mrs. Young had a rich social life and was active in the Irasburg and later, New Port Richey, Florida, communities.  Whether she was at the Ladies Aid Society, Home Demonstration Club, the Grange, square dancing, the Barton fair, senior centers, or music jam sessions, she was always happiest when surrounded by friends.  She was especially active in the Irasburg United Church, and she liked to remember how she originated the idea for the Irasburg Church Fair (now in its sixth decade).  For many years, Mrs. Young made flower arrangements for the church every Sunday.

Following the death of her husband in May of 2009, Mrs. Young lived with her son Danny in Westfield where she continued to garden and make new friends.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Unwaveringly devoted to her family, she leaves fondest memories of her humor, generosity, wisdom, and work ethic.

She is survived by her children:  Danny Young, Wayne Young, and Priscilla Christopher; four grandsons:  Matthew Christopher, Aaron Young, Adam Young, Will Young, and their spouses; and three great-grandchildren:  Orion Bava Young, Dante Bava Young, Eliza Lily Knowlton-Young, and Bodhi Knowlton-Young.

She was predeceased by her siblings Pearl Whalen Alexander, Gerald Keith, Thelma Keith Shepherd, and Marion Kennison.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at the Irasburg United Church.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Spring interment will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Irasburg United Church, P.O. Box 177, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

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

 

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Obituaries November 14, 2012

Michael P. Bartolomeo

Michael P. Bartolomeo

 Michael P. Bartolomeo, 54, of Newport died on November 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on March 26, 1958, in Long Island, New York, a son of Dominick and Helen (Grossman) Bartolomeo.

Mr. Bartolomeo earned his GED and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Community College of Vermont.  He was a member of American Legion Post #21.  He enjoyed working on computers, drawing, watercolors, and most of all raising his daughter Demi.

He is survived by his daughter Demi Bartolomeo and her companion, Greg Crease Jr.; by his grandchildren:  Gregory Crease III and Colin Crease; by his sisters and brothers:  William Bartolomeo of Colorado, Janice Corkins of North Carolina, Joseph Bartolomeo of North Carolina, Patty Murray of North Carolina, Diane Scalzo of Vermont, Lori Catley of North Carolina, James Bartolomeo of New York, and Peter Bartolomeo of North Carolina.

He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Thibeault.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family care of Demi Bartolomeo, 56 Eastern Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ronald B. Simons

Ronald B. Simons

Ronald B. Simons, 46, of Coventry died suddenly on November 5, 2012, at his home.

He was born on September 11, 1966, in Sharon, Connecticut, a son of Earl and Joyce (Morey) Simons.

On May 1, 1999, he married Sarah Dunbar, who survives him.  Mr. Simons was a truck driver for Simons Logging Company.

He raised registered chickens and showed them along with his registered pigeons at various shows.  He loved his constant companion dog named Harley.  He enjoyed going to work, reading western novels, and watching television.  He especially loved his grandson and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Simons, of Coventry; by his parents, Joyce Simons of Barton and Earl Simons and his wife, Brenda, of Brownington; by his children:  Bruce Simons of Barton, Samantha Simons and her companion, Allan Bartelson Jr. of Coventry, and Carmen Simons and her companion, Justin Maloney, of Coventry; by grandson Wyatt Maloney; by his brothers:  Jay Simons and his wife, Julie, of Bolton and Lance Simons and his wife, Carolyn, of Claremont, New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his brother Adam Simons in 1987.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. at the Brownington Center Church in Brownington with the Pastor Dan Prue officiating.

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

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Obituaries October 31, 2012

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

Orloff “Sonny” Watson

 Orloff “Sonny” Watson, 76, of Derby Line died peacefully on October 20, 2012, in Derby.

He was born in Newport, a son of Mildred Daniels Watson and Orloff “Red” Watson Sr. on August 16, 1936.

Mr. Watson worked at various places, including Space Research, Indian Head, and, in his later years, Rural Community Transportation.  He was an active member of the North Troy Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years and was always willing to help out a friend and neighbor in need.  Being a native of the area, Mr. Watson was known and loved by many, and some of his most enjoyable times were spent hunting, fishing, and going to the races in Groveton, New Hampshire, with family and friends.

Mr. Watson is preceded in death by both of his parents, Mildred and Orloff Watson Sr.; his son Steven Watson; his brothers Albert and Eddie Watson; and his sisters Melda Watson, Betty Elliot, Margaret Shattuck, and Helena Domina.

He is survived by his daughter Tammy Watson Wiesen and her husband, Bard, of Derby; his sisters Henrietta Crowell of Newport, Shirley Elliot of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Marion Watson of Newport; his sister-in-law Joanne Watson of Island Pond; his grandsons Scott Wiesen and Tyler Wiesen; and by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

There was a graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery on October 27 at 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Northeast Kingdom Home Care, The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Steve A. Fournier

 Steve A. Fournier, born October 28, 1965, in Newport, died suddenly at the age of 43 on August 21, 2009.

Mr. Fournier spent his childhood in Derby, attended Derby Elementary School, and graduated from North Country High School in Newport.

He was proud to serve and train in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1988 with honors.  In 2005 he attended Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School and graduated with honors as a farrier.

His spirit lives on and will surely be missed with fond memories.

(Editor’s note:  Mr. Fournier’s mother submitted this obituary.  The date of death is correct.)

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill

Terry E. Hill, 66, of Fairfax died at his home on October 27, 2012, surrounded by his family and closest friends, following a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born Terrill Earl Hill in Barton on March 30, 1946, a son of Earl and Lucille Hill.

Mr. Hill was raised in Greensboro and spent his early years driving truck and working in the construction industry.  He was blessed with an outstanding mechanical aptitude, and for years he owned and operated Hill Service Center in Milton.  He also worked several years in the boat and snowmobile program with the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

In the early 1990s, he formally founded Terry Hill, Inc., which grew to be a nationally known and respected trucking and transportation company.  He dedicated his life to making it a successful business.  From its base at the Catamount Industrial Park in Milton, Terry Hill, Inc., hauled Vermont-based freight to points throughout the United States and Canada and from anywhere in the country back to Vermont.  At the company’s peak, Mr. Hill employed as many as 75 drivers and staff and owned and maintained a large fleet of tractor-trailers and dump trucks.

Terry Hill, Inc., was the culmination of business success in Mr. Hill’s life.  He devoted countless hours to guiding it to a company to be proud of.  Employees, associates and customers regarded him as a good friend, a true gentleman, and a man of his word.  He enjoyed the respect and friendship of his peers in the industry.

In 2009 Mr. Hill finally sold the company and retired to Craftsbury.  There he found the time to relax and develop a passion for snowmobiling.  He and his brother Lanny traveled extensively and often throughout the trails of the Northeast Kingdom.  Mr. Hill cherished those times.

When he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year he and his wife, Holly, returned to Fairfax.

Those who knew Mr. Hill will miss the kind and friendly gentleman who was devoted to his family, his extended family and his former employees.  His kindness and consideration can be measured by the countless acts of help and support he provided to everyone.  He will be remembered as a compassionate and true friend, a tireless worker, and an outstanding businessman.

Mr. Hill leaves his beloved wife, Holly (Chaffee) Hill; their daughter Marissa Menard of Burlington; his son Terry Dean Hill of Morrisville and his three children, Shawn, Brooke, and Stephaney; his daughter Michele Adams and her husband, Scott, and their children Randi and Michael of Hyde Park; step-children Michelle Raponi and her husband, David, of Hernando Beach, Florida, and Charles Menard of Roxbury; his brother Lanny, and his wife, Mary Jean, of East Hardwick; his sister Nancy Menard of Vergennes; and several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves old friend and former employee Lane Marshall of Richmond and longtime business associate, mentor, and close personal friend Ron Charlebois of South Burlington.

Following Mr. Hill’s wishes, there will be visiting hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, at the A.W. Rich Funeral Home, Fairfax Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at the United Church of Fairfax on Friday, November 2, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Elizabeth Griffin officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Irasburg Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495-1460.

Share memories and online condolences by visiting www.awrichfuneralhomes.com

 

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Obituaries October 24, 2012

Frederick and Yvonne Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs

 Yvonne Marion Briggs, 85, of South Burlington died at her home on October 15, 2012, with her loving family around her.

She was born on February 8, 1927, in North Troy, a daughter of Pierre and Marie Anne Cadieux.  Her early life was spent in North Troy, and the remaining years in South Burlington.  She married the love of her life, Frederick Smith Briggs, on June 25, 1955.

Mrs. Briggs worked at the Blair Veneer Co. in North Troy in the payroll department and continued employment there after it was known as Weyerhauser. When they moved to South Burlington, she worked at the Chittenden Bank in the bookkeeping department and the installment loan department, retiring in 1991.

She leaves her husband of 57 years, Fred; her daughter Carol Ann Hardy and her husband, Warren, of Colchester; her son Brendon Robert Briggs of Colchester; her grandchildren Kristopher and Olivia; her brother John Paul Cadieux and his wife, Ida, of Newport; her sisters Rejane Fuller and her husband, Clifford, of Bedford, Indiana, Germaine Palmer of Westminster, Juliette Harnois of Swanton, Mary Jane Gamache and her husband, Gerry, of Beebe Plain, and Anita Starr and her husband, Robert, of North Troy; also several nieces and nephews and a godchild, Penny Viens.

She was predeceased by her sisters Madeline Cushing and her husband, Nelson, and Valada Spooner and her husband, Willard; by her brother Laurent Cadieux and brothers-in-law Wayne Palmer and Herman Harnois.

Mrs. Briggs was proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed any time she spent with them.  She enjoyed when her sisters would visit and they would go shopping together around the holidays.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held on October 18 at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington.  Interment was to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery.

To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vermont Cares, 187 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Germain “Jim” Fournier

Germain E. “Jim” Fournier

 Germain E. “Jim” Fournier, 83, a former longtime resident of Windsor, died suddenly on October 15 in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he had lived for the past several years.

He was born March 13, 1929, in Newport, a son of Ephrem P. and Diana A. (Roy) Fournier.  He received his schooling in Newport.  He married Anita E. Turgeon at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on August 21, 1950. They moved to Windsor in 1952.

Mr. Fournier owned and operated Jim’s Shoe Repair in Windsor from 1952 until 1963 when he started Jim’s Paint and Wallpaper, which he operated until his retirement in 1993.  Following his retirement Mr. and Mrs. Fournier moved to Vero Beach, Florida.

He was a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Fontaine Council.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Ronald Fournier; his sister Estelle Schock; and his brother Bernard Fournier.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Anita Fournier; two daughters, Patricia Sottile and her husband, Frank, and Debra Quintana and her husband, Michael; two brothers, Lawrence Fournier and Raymond Fournier; four sisters, Yvette Armstrong, Jane Forcier, Andrea Bergeron, and Sister Theresa Fournier; and five grandchildren:  Michael “M.J.” Quintana, Peter Sottile, Emily Quintana-John and her husband, Eric, Stephanie Sottile Harris and her husband, David, and Melanie Sottile.

Friends may call at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor on Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday, October 26, beginning at 10 a.m.

A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor.  The Reverend Raphael Nyabenda will be the celebrant.  A reception for family and friends will follow in the church hall.

Committal services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family in the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Fournier to Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation at 1101 West University Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48307 or online at https://crittenton.thankyou4caring.org/Donate.

Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp

 Patrick Lee Krupp, 70, of Lowell, died after a long illness on October 1, 2012, in the loving arms of his daughter Patricia L. Krupp of Colchester, and her companion, Deane Douglas, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, Florida.

Mr. Krupp was born on February 1, 1942, a son of the late Francis S. and Dorothy G. (Muir) Krupp.

He married Nancy J. (Decarreau) Thompson on April 8, 1972, and they recently celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary together.  He was employed as a security guard for the University of Vermont, operated and maintained heavy equipment for Engineers Construction and Munson Earth Moving, and was a carpenter/foreman for multiple construction companies, including Nordic, Ashline, Bates, Robert E. Jennings, Kuzins, Cooley Wood Corporation, and for his dear friend Paul Kirby. He later became self-employed as a general carpenter, and in more recent years shared his creativity through Krupp’s Krafts in Lowell, selling handmade birdhouses, feeders, lawn shadows, clocks and wooden games.

Mr. Krupp grew up in Williston on his family farm and later built a house with his wife, Nancy, just two doors down.  They lived on the lake in Colchester and finally retired to the mountain home that Mr. Krupp built in Lowell.

He enjoyed racing snowmobiles and riding with friends, working on and driving stock cars at Catamount Raceway, tending to his garden, and cultivating the most beautiful rosebushes.  He was also an avid NASCAR fan, he loved animals, loved to cook, and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining his family and friends.  His intelligence, charm, witty sarcasm, stories, and smile will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Krupp is survived by four sons and their spouses:  Bruce and Katy Thompson of St. Albans, Tony Thompson and Carolyn Snyder of Jericho, Jerry and Ruth Thompson of Milton, and Kevin and Beth Thompson of California; by nine grandchildren:  Mikey, Matthew, Holly, Britney, Faustine, Katelyn, Benjamin, Derek, and Timothy; great-granddaughter Gracie; his brother Oscar Krupp and his wife, Nancy, of Williston; his sister Nancy Sharlow of Wauchula, Florida; his niece Laurie Radvar of New Hampshire; his niece and goddaughter Lisa Liberty of South Burlington; his cousin Jeanette and her husband, Ralph Leo, of Colchester; and three sisters-in-law:  Teresa, Pounie and Barbara.

A short memorial service and graveside service were scheduled to be held on October 20 in South Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, Florida 33870.

 Audrey J. Libby

 Audrey J. Libby, 71, died on October 15, 2012, at her home in Orleans, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 16, 1940, in East Burke, a daughter of Forest and Mildred (Willey) Rexford.  On October 19, 1962, she married Bickford Libby.

Mrs. Libby was retired from the Oil Supply Corp.  She loved sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bickford Libby; her children Connie McCoy of Brownington and Donna Driver and her husband, William Driver, of Troy; by five grandchildren:  Melissa Schwarm and her husband, Scott, of Coventry, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber, of Brownington, Timothy Marckres of Orleans, Jennifer Deyo and her husband, Zac, of Orleans, and Danielle Driver of Newport Center; by seven great-grandchildren:  Cody, Conner, Gabrielle, Madison, Sage, Noah, and Avery; by her sisters Phyliss Littleton and her husband, Hearl, of Lexington, Kentucky, Doris Lanoue and her husband, Yvon, of Westfield, Nancy Alger and her husband, David, of Lexington, and Joyce Coburn and her husband, Donald, of Orleans.

She was predeceased by her brothers Gordon Rexford and Norman Rexford.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Orleans/Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin

 Marcel G. Morin, 86, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died on Monday, October 8, 2012, at Manor on the Green in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He was born in Derby on April 30, 1926, a son of Joseph and Alice Morin.

He went to Sacred Heart High School and was drafted into the U.S. Navy.  Later he met his wife, Emma, who predeceased him in 2009.  Together they owned and operated the Border Motel and Dining Room in Derby for 21 years.  They later retired to Edgewater, Florida, where they resided for 25 years.  They owned and operated Big B Liquors, which son and daughter-in-law Michael and Sharon now own.  They always enjoyed working together and serving the public.

Mr. Morin is survived by his son Richard of South Daytona; his son Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Edgewater; and his daughter Carol of Key West; and by his grandchildren Amanda, Zackary, Ashley and Christopher.

He was predeceased by his son Mark in 2004.

A life celebration and committal will be held in Vermont in the spring.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website at www.BaldwinCremation.com.

David J. Murray

 David J. Murray

 A long-time resident of Dane Hill, West Charleston, David J. Murray died Saturday, October 20, 2012, in Newport.  He was 71.

He was the beloved husband of Betty (Lawson) Murray, who he married on August 24, 1963.

He was born on July 21, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut, to David L. and Inez (Pomerleau) Murray.  He was a graduate of Bulkley High School in Hartford in the class of 1959.  He graduated from Lyndon State College in 1963 with a B.S. in education.

He taught in Vermont schools in Westford, Winooski, Newport Center, Derby Line and Sacred Heart in Newport.  He and his wife also started the Morristown Christian School in Morristown, where they both taught.

In later years he worked at Ethan Allen in Island Pond, for the Vermont Department of Social Welfare in Newport, for North East Kingdom Mental Health in Newport, for the Vermont Department of Corrections in Newport, St. Johnsbury, and Windsor, and as a paraeducator at North Country Union Junior High School in Derby.

He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.  He was also very involved with his animals, especially his border collies, which he trialed in the North East Border Collies Association sheepdog trials.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty; by his children: Brian and his wife, Joyce, Darren and his friend, Amy, Sharon, David E. and his fiancé, Ashley.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Brianne, Brian Jr., Michael, Jenna, Mariah, David A. “Buddy,” Rebecca and Ryot.

He was a member of the Zion Pentecostal Church in East Charleston.

There will be no calling hours or funeral at his request.

Condolences may be sent to Betty Murray, 2792 Dane Hill, West Charleston, Vermont 05872. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino

 Frank C. Rubino of Derby died suddenly on Friday, October 19, 2012, in Newport.

Mr. Rubino was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 23, 1928, to Rosario and Joesphine (Crimi) Rubino.  He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Anthony and Joseph.

Mr. Rubino grew up in Lawrence.  He attended the John R. Rollins School and Lawrence High School; also Fitchburg State College.

Mr. Rubino joined the U.S. Navy and was sent abroad, serving on the USS Helena in the South Pacific.  He was a World War II disabled veteran.

Mr. Rubino was an avid golfer, getting a hole in one on July 15, 1977, on the Newport Country Club’s sixth hole and winning the Newport President’s Cup in August 1995.  A downhill skier, he skied every ski area in New England and Vermont.  He also skied on Mount Tremblant and Mount Sutton in Quebec, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.  He also enjoyed sailing, fly fishing and hunting.

Before retiring in 1988 Mr. Rubino worked for 30 years in the Lawrence School Department.  He retired as a supervisor of 73 custodians in 18 schools and facilities.

Mr. Rubino loved his best friend and faithful wife, Sharon.  He is also survived by a special cousin, Joseph (Fletcher) Rubino of Methuen, Massachusetts, and his family; by his wife’s nephew, Paul Tylee, and his children of Terrebonne, Quebec; by many good friends and his faithful dog, Champ.

As per Mr. Rubino’s wishes there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery on Saturday, October 27, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend David Lisner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Rubino’s memory may be made to Dr. Robert Primeau at the Island Pond Health Care Center, 82 Maple Street, Island Pond, Vermont  05846.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Vivian E. Whipple

Vivian E. Whipple

 Vivian E. Whipple, 86, long-time resident of Newport Center, joined the love of her life for eternity when she died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at North Country Hospital in Newport on October 18, 2012.

She was born on May 25, 1926, in Westfield, the daughter of Ralph Willis and Elsie Besaw.

Vivian Elsie Willis married Gilbert Whipple on December 29, 1943.  She loved him with her entire heart and soul, and she loved her life as a farmer’s wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and a great-great grandmother.  She found total joy from a life some might consider mundane and simple because she always understood there is no job title that holds greater prestige than that of wife, mother, and grandmother.

She raised her six children — and she helped raise many others who called her “Ma,” “Mom,” “Grammy,” and “Aunt Vivian.”  She could prepare a meal that would cause the world’s most famous chefs to nod in approval.  She could wake up in the morning and have a dozen pies cooling in the kitchen before 8 a.m.

She could plant a garden that would make people who were driving by stop their vehicle to take a closer look at the perfection and the bounty.  She could turn that garden into shelves full of pickles, jam, relish, and vegetables to share with friends and family throughout the winter.

She could convince her young grandchildren that there was no greater token of her love for them than the firm tap of a wooden cooking spoon on their behind to remind them of the importance of appropriate behavior.  She would drop whatever she was doing at a moment’s notice to go and help a neighbor in need.  She worked hard, she loved freely, and she touched many with her kindness.

Vivian and Gilbert Whipple lived a long and beautiful love story, and she was never able to get a mind’s eye picture of her life without him.  Her wealth was not defined in money, but she gave her family a gift that all the riches in the world cannot purchase — the gift of knowing she always stood beside them, and she always loved them without question.  She is greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Whipple leaves her six children:  Joyce Twing of Chelsea, Evelyn Kelley of Newport Center, Beverly Schinck and her husband, Denis, of Highwater, Quebec, Donna Whipple of Cranston, Rhode Island, Wayne Whipple of Wells River and his long-time friend, Arthur Hull, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ed Whipple and his wife, Kate, of Coventry; by eight grandchildren:  Shawn Twing and his wife, Collins, of Chelsea, Carmen McCammon of Newport, Carla Whipple of Cranston, Jeremy Schinck of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Vance Schinck of Fulford, Quebec, Ryan and Connor Fletcher of Coventry, and Brooke Thomas of North Troy; by her nine great-grandchildren:  Seth Demers of Newport, Trisha, Autumn, Deztyni, Marquis, and Vincent Whipple of Cranston, Kari Twing of Chelsea, and Macy and Cody Schinck of Fulford; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Emily Jane Demers of Newport; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2010, her mother in 1931, her father in 1960, her four brothers:  Richard Willis in 1953, Cecil Willis in 1992, Lawrence Willis in 1998, and Donald Willis in 2000, an infant son, Calvin, in 1951, and a son-in-law, Bruce Twing, in 1999.

Calling hours were scheduled on Wednesday, October 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4675 Darling Hill in Newport.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, at the Newport Center Advent Christian Church.

After the funeral, friends are invited to follow the hearse for Mrs. Whipple’s final tribute ride on the Number 12 Road past the farmstead and home she loved to her resting place beside her husband at the Newport Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you consider a contribution in Mrs. Whipple’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.  In lieu of flowers or monetary contributions, there would be no greater tribute to Mrs. Whipple’s memory than to simply perform a random act of kindness for someone in need.

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

Marilyn J. Wade

 

 Marilyn J. Wade

 Marilyn J. Wade, 79, of Island Pond died on October 17, 2012, in Lyndonville.

She was born on March 2, 1933, in Canaan, a daughter of Earl and Margaret (Edwards) Gray. She graduated from Canaan High School.  She was married to Edgar Leigh, who predeceased her in 1955, on January 3, 1952.  She later married Joseph A. Wade, who predeceased her in 1999.

Mrs. Wade is survived by her five sons:  Edgar T. Leigh of Newport, Earl E. Leigh and his wife, Wendy, of Holland, Sidney G. Leigh and his wife, Carol, of Island Pond, Joseph A. “Lonnie” Wade and his wife, Pam, of Derby, and Timothy M. Wade of Sumter, South Carolina; by her brothers and sisters:  Anna Johnson of Orleans, Gleigh Heath and her husband, William, of Island Pond, Patricia Gray and her friend, Diane Brindley, of St. Johnsbury, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond, and Niles “Jody” Gray and his wife, Monique, of  Coventry; by her sister-in-law Gunda Gray of Danville; by her grandchildren:  Felicia Farrow, Melissa Marcinkeviez, Jana and Gabriel Leigh, Laura Bixby, Serena and Chad Leigh, Joey and Justin Wade; and by many  great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Earl and Glen Gray, and a grandson, Joshua Leigh.

Mrs. Wade was employed as a secretary for the Navy Department in the early 1950s, and she was a longtime employee of Community National Bank in Island Pond.  She held memberships with the Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary Post #80 of Island Pond.  She enjoyed baking Sunday evening meals, crossword puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held on October 22 with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Island Pond with interment to follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Wade’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

 

Kil “Kim” Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler

 Kil “Kim” S. Wheeler, 53, of Morgan died at her home on October 15, 2012.

She was born on February 14, 1959, in Changhung-Kun, Korea, a daughter of Chu Pae Kim and Pok Im An.  She came to the United States in 1982 and lived in Kansas for two or three years before moving to New Hampshire where she lived until 1996.  She then came to Morgan.

Ms. Wheeler’s son and daughter gratefully appreciate all the many acts of kindness — visits, cooking, helping — from the members of the Morgan United Church, as well as from other friends during her six-year battle with cancer.

She is survived by her children:  John Moodie of Island Pond and Michelle Reynolds of Massachusetts; and her three grandchildren:  Makiyah Reynolds, Reya Berrios, and Angel Berrios, all of Massachusetts.

It was her wish that there be no ceremony and that her ashes be scattered at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Morgan United Church, 14 Meade Hill Road, Morgan, Vermont 05853, or to the Island Pond Health Care Center, P.O. Box 425, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

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Obituaries October 17, 2012

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Ramona A. Blouin

Ramona A. Blouin

 Ramona A. Blouin, 72, died on October 12, 2012, at her home in Brownington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 2, 1938, in Danville, a daughter of Floyd and Lena (Houghton) Griggs.  In 1980 she married Robert Blouin, who predeceased her on November 1, 1996.

Mrs. Blouin was self-employed.  She loved being outside gardening and tending to her heifers and goats, along with her dogs and cats.

She is survived by her children:  Kathi Greer of Rapidan, Virginia, Randy Perry of Newport, Debbie Leach and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Timothy and Michael Perry, both of Brownington; by her four stepchildren; her husband, Bob; her brother Kenneth Griggs and his wife, Jean, of Barre; by her sister Phyllis Lang of Woodsville, New Hampshire; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Carlton Griggs.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Special Olympics of Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Margaret (Peg) Mason Dwinell

Margaret (Peg) Mason Dwinell

Margaret (Peg) Mason Dwinell, died on October 12, 2012, in Burlington.

She was born at home on April 6, 1916, in Randolph to Edward H. and Mary M. Mason.  She was educated in Randolph schools and later graduated from Webber College with a degree in business.

She was employed at National Life in Montpelier when she met her future husband, Bancroft Dwinell.  They were married on August 19, 1939, in Randolph and made their home in Montpelier.  They had three children:  Bancroft Jr., James Mason, and Jane Bancroft.

Ms. Dwinell spent time in volunteer work, but her true avocation was as an artist.  She worked in many different mediums:  oil painting, stenciling, theorem painting, quilting, braided rugs, and hooked rugs.  In her final years she knitted hats and mittens for charity, keeping many children warm.  After her husband retired, they traveled extensively.  She visited 56 countries over the years.  Her husband died in 1994.

She is survived by her three children:  Bancroft Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Burlington, James of Norwich, and Jane and her husband, Sky Yardley, of Montpelier; her eight grandchildren:  Thomas Dwinell, Mason Dwinell, Ashley Clapp, Mary Beth Zabowsky, Dana Dwinell-Yardley, Sayer Dwinell-Yardley, Harry Dwinell, and Sophia Dwinell; and her seven great-grandchildren:  Allison, Jake, Lilly Skyler, Hayden, Michael Jr,, and Nyah.

A graveside service was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, or the First Universalist Parish, P.O. Box 454, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

 

 Madeleine Goodsell

 Madeleine (Metras) Goodsell, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, died peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, on Friday, August 31, 2012, with family by her side.  She was 69 years old.

She was the loving mother of Cindy Hollingsworth and her husband, Mark, Carroll and his wife, Cynthia, Brian and his wife, Jenny, Wendell Jr. and his wife, Connie, and Randy and his wife, Lisa; and the proud grandmother of Randie, Tyler, Ryan, Kaitlin, Ashley, Jesse, Amanda Mutch and Nathan, Danielle, Zack, Jake, Christopher, Bryan, and Caleb.  She is also survived by her sisters Anna Nichols, of Charlton, Massachusetts, Eva Domijan, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Cecile Gaboriault, of Rensselaer, New York, Jeanne Fortin of Farmington, Connecticut, Therese and Lucie of Coventry, Rita Lantagne, and her husband, Francis, of Newport, and Alice and her husband, Ron McKinney, of Lyndonville.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Wendell, and her parents, Delma and Alice Metras, of Derby; also by her brothers Moise, Rene, and Onil; and by her sister Irene.

She will always be remembered for her love of life and laughter.  She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Her funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Church in Harrowsmith, Ontario, on September 3.  There was a committal service on October 6 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Ryan Joseph Mason Roberts

Ryan Joseph Mason Roberts

 Ryan Joseph Mason Roberts, 21 months old, of South Fork, Pennsylvania, lost his battle with pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart defects on July 8, 2012, at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he had been since February 3.  Ryan was surrounded by many of his family members and friends who loved him.

He was born on September 12, 2010, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and was brought to Children’s right after.  He was not only a member of the CHD (congenital heart defect) family, he was also a loved member of the Down syndrome community.  Ryan had a smile that would light up a room and a personality to match.

He is survived by his parents, Erik and Diane Roberts of South Fork, and his siblings:  Shawn Roberts of Lawton, Oklahoma, Larissa Gaudette of Johnstown, Ashleigh and Zachary Gaudette, and Rhylea Roberts of South Fork.  He is also survived by his grandparents:  Arthur and Jane Shumski, formerly of Glover, and David and Diana Roberts of Oxford, Wisconsin; and aunts:  Candice Shumski of Williamstown, Vermont, Jennie and Marc Milski of Burlington, Wisconsin, Erin Moynihan of Burlington, Wisconsin, Justine and Nick Davis of Madison, Wisconsin, and Larisa Roberts of the United Kingdom.

In addition, the staff at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the CICU (cardiac intensive care unit) had come to be part of his family by being so loving and caring throughout his care.  Ryan received his early intervention through Beginnings of Johnstown.  His greatest achievement in life is being the most amazing and strong little boy that anybody could ever imagine.  While fighting his battle with CHD Ryan earned over 1,500 beads through the Beads of Courage program.

A celebration of Ryan’s life with family and close friends took take place at Cherry City Fire Hall in Pittsburgh on July 13.  Those who could not attend were asked to release a red balloon with a message written on it to send to Ryan and other loved ones.

 

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Obituaries October 10, 2012

George D. Fredericks

George D. Fredericks

 George D. Fredricks

 George D. Fredricks, 65, of Albany died on October 3, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a long illness.

Mr. Fredricks spent his latest and happiest years in Albany with Paul and Rita Martin.  He and his best friend, Peggy Thompson, shared many precious moments.  Their favorite activities were fishing local swimming holes, bowling, playing pool, four-wheeling, target shooting, and sightseeing.

Mr. Fredricks enjoyed spending time with the Martin family and grandkids, his many friends, his girlfriend, Elaine, and visiting with the locals at the Albany General Store.  He was a professional photographer and farmhand.

He is survived by his many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and his girlfriend, Elaine.

A celebration of life with a potluck meal will be held at Albany Community School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13.  A graveside service will be held in Wallingford.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted by the Albany Community School.  Mr. Fredricks loved children.  Donations can be sent to:  Albany Community School, Attention: Mary Cubit, 351 Main Street, Albany, Vermont 05820.

James Maurice Hill

 James Maurice Hill

James Maurice Hill, 73, of West Charleston died on September 30, 2012, in Orleans.

He was born May 7, 1939, in Montpelier, a son of Maurice and Helen (Kynoch) Hill.  He received an associate’s degree in pathology from Goddard College in Plainfield.  He was a lab tech at North Country Hospital in Newport for 18 years, and he was also a self-employed insurance examiner.  He was president of the Orleans Country Club for 12 years and a lister for the town of Charleston for ten years.  Golfing was the love of his life.

He is survived by his life partner of 23 years, Cheryl Demers, of West Charleston; by his children:  Thane Hill and his wife, Rhonda, of Virginia, Collin Hill and his wife, Julie, of Virginia, Jamie Hill and his wife, Debbie, of Virginia, and by Tami Hill and her husband, Jay, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; by several grandchildren; by his stepchildren:  Laurel Demers of California and Mandilyn Coderre of Newport, and their children; by his brother Phil Hill and his wife, Donna, of Maryland; by his sister Maureen Hill of Minnesota; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on October 5 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans Country Club, c/o Peter Lanoue, Water Street, Orleans, Vermont  05860.

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

James P. Madden

 James P. Madden

 James P. Madden, 69, died peacefully at his home in Derby with his family by his side on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

He was born on May 26, 1943, in St. Albans, a son of James R. and Isabel (Fuller) Madden.  After his father was killed in World War II, while Mr. Madden was a young child, his mother remarried and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Donald Bovat.

Mr. Madden graduated from Hartford High School Class of 1961 and attended Boston University for a time before entering the U.S. Navy.  He served in the Navy from 1965 until 1969, being discharged into the Navy Reserves as a cryptologic technician 3rd Class.  After his service in the Navy, he returned to Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in management in 1972.

He lived for many years in Hanover, Massachusetts, where he raised his family and worked as manager at Bandag and later Oxford Tire.  Before retiring, he worked briefly at Columbia Motors as a delivery driver.  In 2005 he moved to Derby with his companion, Cindy Lewis.

Mr. Madden will be remembered for his sense of humor and love of a good joke.  He was an avid New England Patriots fan and also enjoyed fishing, golf and, most of all, time with family, especially cookouts.  He was a member of the American Legion for the past 33 years and a past member of the Derby Lions Club.

He leaves his son Jim Madden and his companion, Jennifer Roy, both of Boston; his daughter Jenn Madden of Weymouth, Massachusetts; his companion, Cindy Lewis, and her children Trevor Lewis and Erika Lewis, all of Derby; as well as a large extended family, many friends, and his pals Matches and Tibbles.

Visiting hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home at 903 Hartford Avenue in White River Junction from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.  A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with burial and military honors in the Hartford Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to Jim’s family in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Patient Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

Jeannine Pare

 Jeannine M. Pare

Jeannine M. Pare, 80, of Derby Line died on October 7, 2012, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1932, in Stanstead, Quebec, a daughter of Joseph and Yvonne (Bisson) Veilleux.  Mrs. Pare married Leo Paul Pare, who survives her.

She was a devoted Christian and a lady who loved her family and their visits and gatherings.  She is survived by her husband, Leo Paul Pare of Derby Line; her six 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 ten grandchildren:  Jeffrey Ellam, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chavez and her husband, Steve, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Ashley Rice and her husband, Steve, Erik Pare, Meghan and Kristen Pare, Morgan and Nicholas Pare; by four great-grandchildren:  KeAhna and Keara Chavez, and Makaela and Zaidyn Pare; and by Rita and Gaston Lefebvre.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer Ellam, a brother, Marcel Veilleux, and by Laurette and her husband, Maurice Fortin.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Edward’s Ladies Alter Society, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Philip D. Place

 Philip D. Place, 82, of Derby Line died peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in Newport.

He was born on June 4, 1930, in Laurens, New York, a son of Whitfield and Carrie (Snyder) Place.  On November 9, 1952, he married Patricia Gueth, who predeceased him on September 2, 2012.

Mr. Place served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran and was also a career veteran.  After retiring from the Army, he received an associate’s degree in arts and vocational education and later became an electronics teacher at North Country Union High School.  He enjoyed woodworking.  He was also a volunteer for the Derby Line Ambulance Service.

He is survived by the following children:  Theresa Stokes and her husband, Nicholas, of Yorktown, Virginia, Elizabeth Place and her partner, Anthony Eastwood, of West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, Michael Place of Newport, Patricia S. Place of Newport, Margaret M. Place and her partner, Clifford Gaudette, of Pownal, and Mary Becker and her husband, Paul, of Bennington; by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Peter Place, and by a brother, Walter Place.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line where a Christian burial will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

Willie Ryan

 William C. (Willie) Ryan

William C. (Willie) Ryan, 63, lifelong resident of Craftsbury Common and beloved husband of Carolyn, died peacefully on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington with his wife and daughters at his side.

He was born on February 17, 1949, in Hardwick, a son of the late James and Alice (Cole) Ryan.  He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1968 and received an agriculture degree from Vermont Technical College in Randolph in 1970.  On July 31, 1971, he married Carolyn Harvey, who survives him.

Mr. Ryan farmed all his life and co-operated the Ryan Brothers Farm in Craftsbury.  He was president and a board member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau, an honorary member of the National Honor Society at Craftsbury Academy, and was town lister for over 30 years.  He served on the Future Farmers of America Foundation Board, the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District, and was the Craftsbury Planning Commission chairman.  He also coached girls basketball at all levels and was the assistant boys basketball coach at Craftsbury Academy.

He loved to watch NASCAR (his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr.), and he enjoyed attending Thunder Road in Barre.  Mr. Ryan had a strong love of basketball and could be found at any gym across the state of Vermont supporting local athletes.  He enjoyed listening to country music, especially Willie Nelson, and he was a New York Yankees fan.  He loved to read, and he enjoyed spending time with his family and close friends at camp on Greenwood Lake.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carolyn Ryan, of Craftsbury Common; his daughters:  Alison Blaney and her husband, Thomas, of Craftsbury and Jenapher Hipkiss and her husband, Seneca, of Exeter, New Hampshire; by his grandchildren Mackenzie and Ryan Blaney; and by the following brothers and sisters:  Ann Gilcris and her husband, Larry, of Natural Bridge, New York, Jeanne Locke and her husband, Paul, of Springfield, Mervin Ryan and his wife, Lois, of Craftsbury, Kathleen Ryan of Norwich, Laureen Ryan of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Paul Ryan of Craftsbury, and Anita Caraballo and her husband, Pedro, of North Kingstown; by his stepfather, William Heinchon, of Barton; and by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Alice (Cole) Ryan, and by his sister Nancy Martell and her husband, Al.

Funeral services were held at the Craftsbury United Church in the fellowship hall in Craftsbury Common on October 9 with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, care of Marjorie Urie, 2420 Shadow Lake Road, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827, or to the Craftsbury Academy Athletic Fund, for team seating in memory of Willie Ryan, care of Craftsbury Schools, Attention Jane Linck, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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

Bill Sackett

 William (Bill) Sackett

 Bill Sackett died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at his home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Originally from Island Pond, Mr. Sackett attended Lyndon State College before heading to Panama for military service in 1968.  He graduated from Castleton State College in the early 1970s and continued his life in Canada as a successful journalist and senior editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  He then ran his own successful business as a media consultant in Ottawa.

He is survived by his brother Donald Sackett of Island Pond; his children Sydney Sackett-Williams of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sandra Inutiq of Iqaluit, Canada, and Lawrence Inutiq-Sackett of Ottawa; his grandchildren Micah, Wee Walter, and Grace; his nieces Sonya and Jessi; his nephews Luke and Craig; his sister-in-law Allison Sackett; and his sons-in-law Jeffrey Williams and Walter Oliver.

Services will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with graveside services to follow.  Visiting hours will be announced during the service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries October 3, 2012

 Ashley Marie Allard

 Ashley Marie Allard, 25, of Derby died suddenly on September 24, 2012, in Eden.

She was born December 21, 1986, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the beloved daughter of Candice Lane Carter Allard and the late Gregory Lee Allard.  She was the mother of Kaylynn and Cayden.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 2005 and attended the Salon Professional Academy in Williston.

She went to Sacred Heart School and North Country Union High School.  She loved dance and participated in Tae Kwon Do for six years and in basketball.  She enjoyed music, dancing, traveling, and many outdoor activities.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her children.  Ms. Allard traveled to the nationals for Tae Kwon Do several times for three junior Olympics and won many many medals.

She leaves behind her children:  Kaylynn and Cayden; her mother, Candice Allard, and stepfather Bill Anthony; stepsister Becky Anthony and stepbrother Joe Anthony; her grandmother Iona Carter of Derby; her aunts and uncles: Rosemarie and Don Bowen, Patty and Jim Pierce, Reginald and Carolyn Carter, Ronald Carter, Paul Allard and his daughter Keecia; special cousins:  Troy Bowen and Heather, Victoria, Don and Ericka Bowen, Kyle, Nick and Kaylee, Angel Wright LaBerge, and Dave Laberge, Chelsey, Shelly, and Seiara, Amanda Wright, Jason Colburn, Tristin and Travon, Nathan Carter, Patrick Ushmann, Bill Carter, Robert Carter, Alyssa and Heather Colburn, and Johanna Bartley; and many, many special friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Gregory Allard, her grandfather Wayne Carter, and her grandmother Dorothy Allard.  May she rest in peace with God’s love.

Funeral services were held on September 28 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker and the Reverend Carol Ann Barker officiating.  A luncheon followed the service at the fellowship hall at the Derby United Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Cayden Gregory Thomas Trust Fund, in care of Community National Bank, P.O. Box 259, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

Phyllis C. Armstrong

 Phyllis C. Armstrong, 90, of Derby died on September 23, 2012, in Newport.

She was born August 31, 1922, in Holland, a daughter of Riley and Sadie (Judd) Worth.

On June 6, 1958, she married William C. Armstrong, who predeceased her, on August 19, 2012.  Her first husband, Sidney L. Perkins, died serving his country in active duty for the Air Force during World War II.

Always a hard worker, Mrs. Armstrong kept herself busy, balancing family, work, and community service.  She was a secretary for Union Butterfield in Derby Line, retiring in 1987.  She was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #21 and served for years as Martha in the Order of the Eastern Star.  Over the years she gave of her time freely, volunteering with different community organizations, first at the Derby Elementary School, next at the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and in recent years at North Country Hospital, along with her husband, Bill.  She was an active member of IROC and also a one-time president of the Community Circle.

As proud grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong made special trips to Massachusetts to help celebrate milestones in their grandchildren’s lives, often making the trip down and back in one day, as that was the only way to fit it into their busy schedules.  When not occupied with activities outside of the home, Mrs. Armstrong’s hobbies included sewing, knitting, hooking rugs, painting, and cooking.

She is survived by her children:  Paul Perkins and his wife, Daryl, of Moberly, Missouri, Dana Armstrong and his wife, Margaret, of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Jana Armstrong of Canton, Massachusetts; by her grandchildren:  Shelly, Chad, Jacob, Sariah, Eleanor, William, Amelia, Kashaun, and Trey; by four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abigayle, Beau, and Grace; by her sister Waneta W. Stone of Tallahassee, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Cydney Perkins; by her brother Cyril Worth; and by her sister, Janice Fox.

Visiting hours will be held at noon on Saturday, October 6, followed immediately by funeral services at 1 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to American Legion Post #21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Order of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter #27, 89 Severens Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Margareta Charron

 Margareta Elisabeth Charron

 Margareta Elisabeth Charron, 87, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and formerly of Newport, died on September 27 in Derby.

Church services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.   Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Mrs. Charron was born in Fendan, Germany, to Anna (Fendrich) and Phillip Nicklouse on April 19, 1925.  She lived in Meinz, Germany, until her arrival to the U.S. in 1956.  While in Vermont she worked at the American Maple Factory and Indian Head for a number of years.  She was involved in the Knights of Columbus, and Al-Anon, and was a passionate bingo player.  She also enjoyed crocheting and family holidays and get-togethers.

Mrs. Charron is survived by her children Hannelore Gaylor and her spouse, Bernard, Gunther Charron and his spouse, Susan, Jane Moulton and her spouse, Gary, Susie Lacroix and her spouse, John, Patrick Charron, and Michael Ballases; by her grandchildren Tammy Wiesen and her spouse, Bard, Tanya Dejesus and her spouse, Jose, Aaron Charron, Jennie Charron, Shauna and her spouse, Steven Betancourt, Lizsa Moulton and her friend, James Marcus, Stephanie Morse and her spouse, David, Sara Lacroix and her friend, Kevin Comeau, Shannon Lacroix and her friend, Cody Powell, Grant Moulton, Katrina Thompson, Anna Marie Charron, and Jaclyn Charron; and by her great-grandchildren Scott Wiesen, Tyler Wiesen, Jacob Marcus, Lexie Morel, Bradon Betencourt, Gavin Morel, Carson Comeau, and Kaela Betencourt.

Mrs. Charron was preceded in death by her first husband, Phillip Lunvenmeyer; her second husband, Roger Charron; her parents, Anna and Phillip Nicklouse; her grandson Steven Watson; and her brothers Helmut, Phillip, and Hantz.

Memorials may be given to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to North Country Hospital Oncology Department, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Tyler Collins

 Tyler A. Collins

 Tyler A. Collins, 16, of Newport Center died suddenly on September 24, 2012, in Coventry.

He was born January 30, 1996, in Newport beloved son of Betti (Thiboult) Collins and the late Bruce A. Collins.

Tyler was a junior at North Country Union High School in Newport.  He loved to go to deer camp and he was a good hunter.  He also enjoyed ice fishing, as well as brook and lake fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with his friends and dog.  Tyler was a very social individual who always had a smile and liked to joke and was always available to friends and relatives to give them a helping hand.

He is survived by his mother, Betti Collins, and stepfather, Jeff Santaw, of Newport Center; by his brothers and sister:  Shawn Collins and his fiancé, Kim Jones, Bryce Collins, Jennifer Collins-Hunt and her husband, Lynn, of New Hampshire; by his grandparents Ruth and Dale Santaw of Newport; by his nieces and nephews:  Jacob, Madison, Liam, Khole, Kiera, Selena, and Anthony; by his uncle Joe and Susie Thiboult of New Hampshire, and their children Morgan and Brian Connor, and Cody and fiancé, Melissa, also of New Hampshire; by his aunt Mary and Marty Gingras and their children, Jennifer and Kristen, of New Hampshire; and by his best friends:  Dylan Germaine and Johnny Crocker.

He was predeceased by his father, Bruce A. Collins, on April 4, 1999.

Funeral services were held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport on October 1 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.  Interment followed in the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

 Louise Josephine Lipinski

 Louise Josephine Lipinski, 96, a lifelong resident of Amherst, New York, died on September 25, 2012, in Newport.

Mrs. Lipinski was born January 13, 1916, in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of Chester and Maryanna (Smiereiak) Cichon.  She married Casimer E. Lipinski Sr., who predeceased her.

Mrs. Lipinski was a seamstress for Restwell Furniture Manufacturing in Tonawanda, New York.

She and her husband owned and operated their own furniture business.  She moved to Vermont from Amherst two years ago to be near her son.

She is survived by her son Edward Lipinski Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of North Troy; by her grandchildren:  Kim Griswold and her husband, Keith, of Suffield, Connecticut, Karin Lipinski Richard of Mansfield Center, Connecticut, and Ed Lipinski III of Grayling, Michigan; by two great-grandchildren:  Keith J. Griswold, and Ed Lipinski IV; and by her brother Walter Zawieruszynski of Seneca, New York.

Among her hobbies, Mrs. Lipinski crocheted tablecloths.  She loved her dog Holiday.

Funeral services were held on September 29 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy with the Reverend Whelinde Ladislaus celebrating a Mass.  Interment will take place in Cheektowaga, New York.

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

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

Laurence “Moose” Richard

 Laurence “Moose” Richard

Laurence “Moose” William Richard, 69, a lifelong resident of Walden, died on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Born in Hardwick, May 5, 1943, a son of the late Rocky and Marie Rose (Veillieu) Richard, he started in the work force at the age of 14, dropping out of school after eighth grade to help feed his brothers and sisters.  Born a farmer’s son, he had an amazing touch with gardens and grew vegetables to feed his large family.  He had many jobs, including farmer, ski lift operator, trucker, construction worker, lineman, custodian engineer, and a builder of train cars.

Mr. Richard was a longtime member of St. Michael’s Parish in Greensboro Bend.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a true friend to many many people and would go out of his way to help them.

The family wants to extend a thank-you to everyone on McClure 4 at FAHC for their exceptional care.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Day Richard, who he married in 1967; his children:  Rocky Richard and his wife, Catherine, Elaine Magnan and her husband, Matthew, Tim Richard, Rachael Shedd and her husband, Thad “Rusty,” Christopher Richard and his wife, Heidi, Edward Richard and his wife, Alyssa, and Jane Poole and her companion, Arthur Blevin; by grandchildren Lewis Cutter, who was raised by his grandparents, Anthony, Dominic and Zachary Stacey, Shannon, Tom, Maria, Isaiah, and Ezra Magnan, Wyatt, Eli and Tamyka Shedd, Joseph and Jackson Richard and Nathanial Richard; by two great-grandchildren, Julien and Jordon; and by many “inherited” children and grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Michael’s Church, P.O. Box 496, Hardwick, Vermont 05843, or to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

The Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

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Obituaries September 26, 2012

Howard Adams

Howard “Red” Adams

 Howard “Red” Adams, 92, a summer resident of Barton and a winter resident of Georgetown, Massachusetts, died peacefully on September 18, 2012, in Newport.

Mr. Adams was born on October 4, 1919, in Webster, Massachusetts, the only child of James Adams and Lillian Townsend Adams.  He grew up in nearby Uxbridge, graduated from Uxbridge High School, and later attended Worcester Trade School.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Coastal Patrol, stationed in Ellsworth, Maine, and later was a corporal and sharpshooter in the infantry of the 3rd Division, 7th Army under General George Patton.  He saw action in French Morocco, Italy, France, Austria and Germany, and was proud to have served on several missions with Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of that war.

Mr. Adams married Miriam Doane Stranger in 1948 and became stepfather to her two adult children, Marilyn Stranger and Walter Verne Stranger.  He and his wife moved from Ellsworth to Georgetown in 1950, and he began his career as a machinist at United Shoe Machinery in Beverly.

In 1954 they bought a summer cottage in a remote area of northern Maine where the hunting and fishing was excellent.  They replaced that cottage in 1977 with another at Crystal Lake in Barton where, following Mr. Adam’s retirement in 1982, they lived each year from May through October.

For most of his life, Mr. Adams was an avid fisherman and he was a longtime member of the Georgetown Fish and Game Association.  He also enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching baseball.

Mr. Adams always tried to be a good neighbor and friend and was fortunate to be surrounded by both.

In recent years in Barton, he especially enjoyed the camaraderie and card games at the Barton Senior Center.  In Georgetown, he looked forward every day to coffee, a muffin, and laughter with his many friends at Theo’s Restaurant.

Mr. Adams is survived by his four grandchildren:  Dale Manos of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Valerie Manos Lounsbury and her husband, Bill Collins, of Lost River, West Virginia, Pamela Stranger Longo and her husband, Bob, of Longs, South Carolina, and Dana Stranger and his wife, Pat, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; by his nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his “adopted family” in Barton:  Jack and Dorothy Ruggles, Lyndsay Ruggles Sykes and her husband, Barry, and their daughter Avery, and goddaughter Laura Ruggles Nye and her husband, Andrew.

Mr. Adams was predeceased by his beloved wife, Miriam, in 1990, his stepdaughter, Marilyn, in 2003, and his stepson, Walter, in 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 12 Elm Street in Barton.  Friends may visit at the funeral home on October 4 from 2 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Adams’ memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

Leopold Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux

 Leopold J. Lehoux, 92, of Newport died in Barton on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Mr. Lehoux was born on January 23, 1920, in Thetford Mines, Quebec, a son of Leonidas and Maria (Jolen) Lehoux.

In 1959 he moved to North Troy, where he owned and operated a dairy farm.  He married Irene Desroches on August 31, 1952.

Mr. Lehoux also worked as a carpenter for many years for several contractors.  In 1975 he went to work for Newport Furniture Parts and retired after 12 years.  He also served in the Canadian Army from 1941 to 1945.

Mr. Lehoux was a very active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and for several years helped as an usher and server of the alter.  He was past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Gibbons Council #2285 of Newport.

He is survived by his daughters:  Ginette Perry and her husband, Roland, of Lyndonville and Claire O’Rourke and her husband, Michael, of Marion, Ohio; by the following grandchildren:  Jennifer Langer and her husband, David, of Portland, Oregon, Christopher Perry of Portland and Kevin Perry of Stowe; by his great-granddaughter Aysha Langer of Portland; and by his brothers:  Raymond, Edouard, Marcel, and Lucius; and by his sisters:  Noella Desmaris and Eveline Therrien, all of Quebec.

He was predeceased by his wife on January 9, 2012, and by his brothers Alfred and Daniel and his sisters Cecile Lehoux, Eloise Delisle, and Denise Denoyner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Priest Benefit Fund, Charitable Fund, Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, in care of Katlyn Miller, P.O.Box 2226, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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

Ryan A. D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard

Ryan A.D. Leonard, 29, of Derby, died suddenly on September 18, 2012, in Burlington.  He was born July 8, 1983, in St. Johnsbury, a beloved son of Bruce and Lynda (Frost) Leonard.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 2003.  He entered the U.S. Army where he was deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2011 he married Melissa Whittemore, who survives him.

As a young man, Mr. Leonard learned the rewards of giving of himself.  He volunteered for several years to the American Legion Christmas for the Lonely Program by helping in the kitchen.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts, Newport Ambulance Explorer Post, the American Red Cross Disaster Team, and the Newport Church of the Nazarene youth group.  Mr. Leonard enjoyed fund-raising for these groups.  It was this drive and energy that empowered him to pursue his ultimate goal of deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his free time, Mr. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family and his children. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved hunting and hoped, one day, to shoot a ten-point buck.  He had fun fishing with his kids.  He loved his kids and he loved his truck.

Mr. Leonard loved all of his brothers-in-arms, whether they were ones he served with or ones he met in passing.

He loved helping his friends even if they didn’t ask for help.  He enjoyed being himself around his friends.

Mr. Leonard learned his passion for cooking from one of his best friends.  He was always willing to offer his opinion, was strong willed, and willing to fight for what he wanted.

He enjoyed bonfires and having small get-togethers with his friends and family.  He often watched the stars at night wondering what was out there.

He was greatly loved by almost everyone who knew him.  Mr. Leonard hated showing his sensitive side and he was always putting on the “I’m tough” attitude, but everyone who knew him, knew who he really was.

He wouldn’t want a teardrop shed, but instead would want the good times people had with him remembered, whether it be from childhood mischief to his adult life.

We all will remember and love him.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Melissa Leonard, of Derby; by his children:  Ryan J. Leonard, Natasha Leonard, Katie Whittemore-Leonard, Jonathan Whittemore, and Jacob Whittemore; by his parents, Bruce and Lynda Leonard of St. Johnsbury; by his ex-wife, Jennifer Birch-Leonard, and her son, Devon Birch, both of Newport; by his sisters: Amy Frost of North Troy, Melissa Ann Leonard and Samantha Leonard all of St. Johnsbury; by his many aunts, uncles, and grandparents from both sides of the family; by his brother and sister-in-laws; and by his best friend, Josh LaClair, and his mother, Edna LaClair-Petit.

He was predeceased, in 1986, by his brother, Hunter.

Funeral services for Mr. Leonard were held on September 24 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend James Gamble officiating. Mr. Leonard was interred at the Derby Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends wish, contributions in his memory may be made to Family Readiness Group, in care of SFC Urie, 540 Union Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ann Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick

Ann Marie Letrick, 87, of Island Pond died on September 18, 2012, in Newport.

Mrs. Letrick was born August 21, 1925, in Island Pond, a daughter of Michael Joseph Carbonneau and Zelma Marie (Hurley) Carbonneau.

She was predeceased by her husband, John George Letrick.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  In her early years she was a gifted athlete and loved the out of doors, actually swimming the length of Island Pond.  She graduated from Brighton High School and was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Mrs. Letrick lived in Drayton Plains, Michigan, for 27 years then moved back to her native Island Pond after raising her children.

She loved playing cards, playing Bingo, and watching her favorite game shows.  She took great pride in Island Pond and enjoyed helping her friends decorate the town for the holidays.  She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

A heartfelt thank you to all those who cared for Mrs. Letrick in her last years, especially her devoted sister, Patricia Carbonneau.  She had a most giving and loving heart and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children:  Patricia Pelletier-Jones and her husband, James, and William Pelletier and his wife, Beverly; by her grandchildren:  Janet, David, Aimee, Adriana, and Breea; and by her great grandchildren:  Zane, Ansel, and soon-to-be-born Nova; by her sister Patricia Carbonneau; by her brother, John Carbonneau, and his wife, Elaine; and by her former daughter-in-law, Patricia-Lichvar-Pelletier.

Mrs. Letrick will be cremated and a remembrance gathering 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.

Robert Picken

Robert A. Picken

 Robert A. Picken, 72, of Brownington died on September 19, 2012, at his home.

He was born November 9, 1939, in Wilder, a son of Arthur and Beatrice (Wheeler) Picken.  On April 9, 1960, he married Shirley Vance, who survives him.  Mr. Picken was employed as a truck driver for Mowers News in White River Junction, where he retired in 2002.

Among his hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and attending family gatherings.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley Picken, of Brownington; his children:  Alan Picken of South Royalton, Steven Picken and his wife, Cathy, of Sharon, and Elizabeth Picken of Brownington; by his grandchildren:  Michael Perkins, Robert Perkins, Jessica Picken, Alan Picken Jr., Andrew Picken, Steven Picken Jr., Megan Mae Picken, Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, and Jonah Rhodes; by his five great-granddaughters; by his brothers and sisters:  Norman Picken and his wife, Linda, of White River Junction, William Picken and his wife, Noreen, of Texas, Norma McClelland of White River Junction, and Saundra Koloski and her husband, Henry, of Quechee; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Johnson.

A gathering will be held at the Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Theodore Quintin

Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin

 Theodore “Ted” J. Quintin, 73, of Montgomery Center died on September 21, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Quintin was born September 5, 1939, in Houlton, Maine, a son of Romeo and Hilda (Norway) Quintin.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1957, and attended Norwich University.

He was honorably discharged as a reserve commissioned officer of the Army.  He was owner and operator of Granny Grunts, and the Grampa Grunts Lodge, Granny’s Too Restaurant, and the Thirsty Boot Bar and was a pillar of the community in Montgomery Center for 40 years.

Mr. Quintin was a member of the Jay Peak American Legion Post #28, and was the first paid ski patroller at Jay Peak.  He loved the action of playing cards, especially bridge, Texas hold ’em, and craps.  He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his children:  Jay Quintin and his girlfriend, Wara Cerretti, of Lake Tahoe, California, Brad Quintin and his wife, Greta, of Montgomery Center, Karie Quintin and her boyfriend, Travis Startwell, of Montgomery Center; by his grandchildren:  Brody, Kayden, and Mason Quintin; by his sister Carol Ann Temple and her companion, Wayne Blake, of Newport Center; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Dubois.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Friends may call at the funeral home on September 27 from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jay Peak American Legion Post #28, 254 Dominion Avenue, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Emile Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer

Emile P. “Skinny” Royer, 84, of Irasburg died suddenly on September 18, 2012, at his home in Irasburg.

He was born April 14, 1928 in Barton at the home of his parents, Clement and Melina (Poiré) Royer.  On April 11, 1953, he married Jeannette C. Bernard, who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was a self-employed logger and worked at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Orleans.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans and the VFW Post #798 in Newport, and DAV Post #22.  He was also a member of the Orleans Rod and Gun Club.  He was a parishioner of the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Irasburg.

Mr. Royer’s hobbies included hunting, and fishing, and listening to his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.  He also coached Little League baseball and the Irasburg Ranger softball team.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette C. (Bernard) Royer; by his sons:  Stephen A. Royer and his wife, Diane, of Irasburg, Michael J. Royer and his fiancé, Lisa Dubois, of Derby, Paul C. Royer and his wife, Lori, of Newport, Rene J. Royer and his wife, Kimberly, of Irasburg, Randy J. Royer and Sue Mitchell of Irasburg, Anthony (Tony) Royer of Barre, and Christopher Royer and his wife, Betsy, of Coventry; by his daughters:  Angela (Royer) Allard and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg, and Catherine M. Royer of Irasburg; by his grandchildren:  Steve, Monique, Tanya, Tasha, Tricia, Michael, Travis, Trevor, Kiana, Andrea, Lisa, Rene, Brandon, Tyler, Jenna, Jaime, Andrew, Meagan, Alicia, Randi, and Devin; by his great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Dominic, Dylin, Ariel, Michael, Rayven, Keagan, Ashlynn, Talea, Natalie, and Braelynn; by his brothers:  Ernest Royer and his wife, Virginia, Raymond Royer and his wife, Lucille, and Andrew Royer and his wife, Annette; by his sister-in-laws:  Priscilla Royer, Norine Royer and Irene Bond; by many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his beloved cat Lily.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Hector, Victor, Clairmont, Burton, Phillip Sr, by two sisters: Emma and Gertrude; and by his brother-in-law Richard Bond.

Funeral services were held on September 21 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass.  Interment followed in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822, to the Orleans Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 203, Orleans, Vermont 05860, to the American Legion Post #23, P.O. Box 72, Orleans, Vermont 05860, or to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Eileen Wigget

 

Eileen Wiggett

Eileen Alys Wiggett died peacefully on September 22, 2012, in Newport.

She was born January 26, 1932, to Florence and Edward Darby in Woodsville, New Hampshire.

She was full of life and love from an early age.  In high school she was a cheerleader, basketball player, editor of the school newspaper, the lead in the school musical her senior year, and earned the alumni award for leadership.  After graduation, she was trained as a Western Union clerk and worked in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.

She later graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor of arts in music education, and so began her lifelong passion for the arts.

She married Henry Roland Wiggett and they had five children together.  She was predeceased by Henry and two of her children:  Tracy and Michael.

She is survived by her three remaining children:  Danny, Susan, and Neil; and by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Some of her favorite pastimes were singing, playing the piano, dancing, reading, watching musicals, and painting. She devoted many faithful years of service to her church through various callings including pianist, Sunday school teacher, and stake missionary. She was a bright light and a beautiful spirit and she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Derby.  A private family burial will be held immediately following.

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

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

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