Obituaries March 25, 2015

obit BeginJames Begin Sr.

James Begin Sr., 64, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 26, 1950, in Concord, to Ludger and Mary (Whiting) Begin. He attended school at Coventry Graded School and attended Lake Region Union High School.

He was veteran of the United States Navy. He was owner and operator of Begin’s Small Engine Repair.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, Western clothing, music, books, movies, listening to Western music, woodworking, dancing at Warner’s in Lowell, drawing, and tinkering on things he could tear apart and put back together. He also enjoyed playing cowboys with his grandson Lance.

He was a supporter of the Veterans Administration.

He is survived by his sons: James Lee Begin and his wife, Shannon, of Stowe, James Eric Begin and his wife, Jackie, of Morrisville, Jason Begin and his wife, Jennifer, of Morrisville, Christopher Begin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and James Oliver Begin Jr. of Concord; his grandchildren: Diamond Rae, Cheyenne, James Eric Jr., Tieshia, Natasha, Ethan, and Lance; his brother Dennis Begin of St. Johnsbury; and by his sister Christine Begin of Alabama.

Funeral services were held on March 19, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the family in care of James Begin Jr., P.O. Box 411, Concord, Vermont 05824.

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obit BicknellMildred Partridge Bicknell

Mildred Partridge Bicknell, 92, of Newport died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 13, 1922, in Flint, Michigan, to Arthur and Ruth (Hood) Partridge. On September 27, 1941, she married D. Stanley Bicknell, who predeceased her on April 17, 2011.

She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre. She loved being around her children, and grandchildren, spending time at camp and their home in Sarasota, Florida, water skiing, and mountain climbing.

She is survived by her children: James Bicknell and his wife, Joan, of Newark, Douglas Bicknell of Seattle, Washington, Marvin Bicknell and his wife, Helen, of Franklin, Stephen Bicknell and his wife, Myrna, of Kalispell, Montana, Raymond Bicknell and his wife, Donna, of Beebe Plain, and Nancy Smith and her husband, David, of North Troy; her grandchildren: Morgan, Jericho, Kati, Anna, Erin, Luke, Bridget, Jessie, Ramon, Melody, Rebecca, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua, Kappes, Amanda, and Thomas; 16 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers: Alan, Maurice, Lawrence, and her twin brother Max.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Irasburg. Spring interment will be in Jericho Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, Attention Nancy Smith, 1 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Shirley Willis Collins

Shirley Willis Collins, 92, a native of Westfield who more recently lived in Swanton, died on March 20, 2015, at the Northwest Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Born in Westfield on April 1, 1922, she was daughter of the late Ray and Helen (Taylor) Willis. She attended Westfield and Troy graded schools and Newport Center High School. On February 24, 1940, she married Elroy H. “Tom” Collins, who predeceased her on April 22, 2001.

She was a lifelong parishioner of the Westfield Congregational Church. During her 30 years living in Lowell, she was an active member of the Lowell United Church Ladies Aide Society and the Lowell Graded School PTA. After moving to Morrisville, she became a member of the Copley Hospital Auxiliary and a longtime volunteer in the Copley Hospital Thrift Shop.

Survivors include two sons and their wives: Donald and Susan Collins of Swanton, with whom she made her home, and Russell and Therese Collins of Fairlee; her daughter Linda Jackman of Colchester; her grandchildren and their spouses: Stephanie and Patrick Phillips, Gary and Ammie Collins, Kristina and David Collins, Brian and Lourdes Collins, Greg and Jennifer Collins, and Tom and Sam Jackman; her great-grandchildren: Troy, Tara, McKenzie, Matthew, Alexis, Connor, Kennedy, Addison, Campbell, and Beckett Collins, as well as Kieran Phillips and Noella Jackman; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Marion Myott, Hilda and Yves Daigle, and Beverly and Everett Hisman; a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Annette Willis, all of Westfield; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 61 years, Tom, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Willis, in 1979.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at The Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton. The Reverend Charles Purinton, interim pastor of the Saint Albans Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will take place in the spring at the Collins family lot in the Westfield Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 27 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mrs. Collins’ memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vermont 05488.

Online condolences at www.kiddermemorialhome.com.

obit dragesetLinda G. Drageset

Linda G. Drageset, 50, died on March 13, 2015, at her home in Irasburg, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 31, 1964, to Marcel and Pauline (Ducharme) Cotnoir in Newport. She married Andrew Drageset Sr. on May 13, 2002.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her kids and grandkids. She loved cooking for everyone as well. She was very artistic and had a love for drawing and refinishing furniture.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew; her mother, Pauline, of Florida; her children: Angelee Peck and her companion, Alain Pion, of Albany, Amber Wright and her husband, Wade, of Barton, and Andrew Drageset Jr. of Irasburg; her grandchildren: Ashten Peck and Axel Pion of Albany; her seven siblings, which includes brothers: Donald Cotnoir and his wife, Noella, of Coventry, and Richard Cotnoir and his wife, Dinah, of Irasburg; and by her sisters: Francine Cotnoir of Newport, Rejeanne McBreairty and her husband, Elby, of Brattleboro, Yvette Patenaude and her husband, Norman, of Newport Center, Doris Ryan of Newport, and Denise Royer and her husband, Larry, of Irasburg; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A gathering was held in Irasburg on March 20.

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obit FugereMathild “Tillie” V. Fugere

Mathild “Tillie” V. Fugere, 94, of Derby died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on March 7, 1921, in Derby to Eugene and Mathilda (Marois) Vigneault. On June 1, 1948, she married Louis A. Fugere, who predeceased her in 1971.

She and her husband purchased the Fox Farm on Shattuck Hill over 60 years ago. In the early years, they raised beef cattle and chickens and any variety of farm animals in which their children were interested. As the good cook and seamstress that she was, Mrs. Fugere inspired her children to learn these basic skills as well. Gardening was one of her favorite past times, and she spent many hours tending both vegetable and flower gardens. She appreciated nature, and in her later years she enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture some of its beauty through artwork. For a number of years she was active in square dancing and enjoyed the new friendships it offered.

She was a bookkeeper for the former Chittenden Bank in Newport for over 30 years. Camaraderie with work colleagues endured throughout the years and she looked forward to her get-togethers with the “girls from the bank,” which continued regularly until recent months.

During her retirement, she and her sister Zelma operated the Fox Farm as an antique and used furniture business. Together, they enjoyed wintering in Florida for a number of years. In the summer months, they spent time antiquing in Maine and New Hampshire and participating in many antique shows and flea markets throughout northern New England. Among the collections of glassware she appreciated most are the “hens and chicks on the nest.”

She was a very faith-filled woman and devotion to the church was important to her. She was a devout parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. She was also a loving grandmother, “Memere,” to three grandchildren who will remember her well for the seemingly bottomless jar of homemade sugar cookies that greeted them upon every visit, and for grilled cheese sandwiches cut in a special way, in “little fingers.” The grandchildren will also tell you that Memere made the best doughnuts that can be found!

Her generous spirit, her unwavering devotion to her family and her faith, and her ability to live life joyfully will forever be an inspiration to those who loved her.

She is survived by her children: Louise Mathews and her husband, Ed, of Underhill Center, Joanne Fedele and her husband, John, of Newport Center, and Joseph Fugere and his wife, Patricia, of Hyattsville, Maryland; her grandchildren: Alissa Fedele of New Orleans, Louisiana, Genevieve Fugere and her fiancé, Stephen Hulick, of Washington, D.C., and Gavin Fugere also of Washington, D.C.; many nieces and nephews; and by her caregiver and companion, Bonnie Little.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters: Juliette in infancy, and Zelma Vigneau on February 9, 2011.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

It is the family’s wish that contributions in her memory be made to one of her favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders. Donations may be sent to the attention of Louise Mathews, P.O. Box 114, Underhill Center, Vermont 05490.

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obit GrondinCarol J. Grondin

Carol J. Grondin, 58, of Albany died suddenly on March 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born on June 23, 1957, in Barre, to Dorothy (Hemp) Goodridge and the late Donly Goodridge Sr.

She was employed by North Country Hospital in the operating room and housekeeping department, and also at one time for the Vermont Teddy Bear company.

She enjoyed her yearly shopping with her sisters in North Conway, New Hampshire. She also enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, visits at her family camp “Beahive,” and spending time with her grandchildren.

On February 14, 1976, she married Michael Grondin, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Joshua M. Grondin and his wife, Casey, of Morrisville, and Monica Grondin of Albany; her grandchildren: Katlyn, Derek, Madalyn, Abigail, and Syrus Grondin; her siblings: Jean Bezio and her husband, Charlie, of Newport, Donly Goodridge Jr. of Eden, Susan Richardson and her husband, Jim, of East Albany, Gilbert Goodridge and his wife, Kay, of Craftsbury, and Kevin Goodridge and his wife, Rosemary, of East Albany; several nieces and nephews; and by her sisters- and brothers-in-law: Peter Grondin, of Newport, Terry Grondin of Morgan, Vicky Lewis and her husband, Danny, of Derby Line, Pedro Grondin of Coventry, Barbie Fecteau of Holland, and Kevin Grondin and his wife, Tina, of Concord.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Keith Grondin.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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obit GuyetteJames C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 11, 1954, in Newport to Merrill and Lois (Dunn) Guyette.

He was employed by Tivoly Inc. in Derby Line for over 30 years.

He found the best times were visiting antique stores looking for “treasures” or shopping all the craft stores for art supplies. Family and friends were always the most important thing to him. He was so proud of his two sons, Adam and Justin.

When he was given his diagnosis in November his only thought was to spend the last time he had with his family and friends as much as he could. He couldn’t think of anything else he really wanted to do. He enjoyed art, collecting telephones, porcelain ornaments and he liked to jog. He also cared for his partner Melinda’s kids and considered them part of his family, his children and his grandchildren.

Always smiling and happy no matter how much pain and suffering he was going through in life, he was a beacon that touched many lives. He will be forever missed, our lives will never be the same without him. He was definitely one of a kind. The world lost one of the best and it certainly was not fair….

He is survived by his sons: Adam Guyette and his girlfriend, Jackie DeRoehn, of Newport, and Justin Guyette of Jay; his mother Lois Guyette of North Troy; his partner of 15 years, Melinda Wood, of Derby Line; his siblings: Dave Guyette and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center, John Guyette and his wife, Lisa, of North Troy, and Carol York of Hookset, New Hampshire; the mother of his two sons, Tina Thayer, and her husband, Oscar Thayer, of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by five half-brothers and -sisters and their families: Merrilyn Currier, Merrill Guyette Jr., Muriel “Mert” Dunn, Maurice “Mike” Guyette, and Mary Gagnon, all children of Ruby I. Waterman.

Funeral services were held on March 20, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit HutchingsSteven Maurice Hutchings

Steven Maurice Hutchings, 61, of Orleans died on March 22, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on October 23, 1953, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to John and Mary (Doxter) Hutchings. He graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Massachusetts, in 1971.

He was a self-employed carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and he loved to play the drums. He liked to be surrounded by his friends and family.

He is survived by his children: Ian Hutchings of Bakersfield, and Meghan Rith and her husband, Daravann, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; his grandchildren: Zoey and Zahra Rith; his siblings: John “Jack” Hutchings Jr. of Rutland, Massachusetts, Susan Hutchings of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Donald Hutchings of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Mary Beth Hutchings and her husband, Ed, of Lancaster, Masschusetts; his companion, Ellen Bean, of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Autism Society of Vermont, P.O. Box 978, White River Junction, Vermont 05001, or at www.asvermont.org.

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Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup

Lorena Waters Rivard Jessup, 68, of Burlington died on March 14, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 27, 1947, in Newport to Walter and Gladys (Burns) Waters. On March 26, 1965, she married Richard Rivard.

She was a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance Company.

Her hobbies included listening to Irish music, playing bingo, and reading.

She is survived by her children: Tracie Rivard Higgins and her husband, Andy, of Fletcher, and Kerry Rivard and his wife, Tonya, of Winooski; her grandchildren: Krystina and her husband, Nick Cheshier, and Alyssa Higgins; her great-grandchild Rylan Cheshier; her brother Wayne Waters and her sister Kathy Waters, both of Buffalo, New York; and by a special aunt, Sadie Waters, of Newport.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Spring interment will take place in Moretown.

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obit jonesMarion Louise (Worthylake) Jones

Marion Jones of Craftsbury, St. Johnsbury, and most recently of Barnet died on Monday, March 16, 2015, surrounded by her daughters. She was 96 years old.

She was born in Medford, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1918, the second of five children born to James and Louise (Stannard) Worthylake. Her husband, Paul Stewart Jones, died in White Plains, New York, in 1981.

During World War II, she served as a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant, stationed at Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, from December of 1943 to November of 1945. She is honored on the World War II memorial in Malden, Massachusetts, and the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She was a longtime resident of White Plains, and an active member of the Women’s Club of White Plains. Retiring as an executive secretary at Ciba-Geigy, Inc., she moved to Rye, New Hampshire, where she volunteered at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Over 55 Club, the Rye Garden Club, the Rye Art Club, and the Rye Congregational Church.

She moved to Vermont, living on Webster Street in St. Johnsbury before residing for eight years at the Craftsbury Community Care Center and later with Cindy, Matt, and Paula on Kitchel Hill in Barnet. Her final months were spent as a resident at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.

She is survived by her three daughters: Meredith Jones of Albany, Paula Lawrence of Barnet, and Cynthia Spring-Burak and her husband, Matt, of Barnet; 14 grandchildren: Meredith’s six children: Kamael, John, Greta, Belle, Jean Marie, and Hannah; Paula’s daughter Samantha; Cynthia’s five children: Ezra, Lila, Jesse, Nathan, and Galen; and Matt’s two children: Heather and Kate; her great-grandchildren: Ethan, Rohan, Julia, Brody, Andrew, Sky, and a little girl on the way; Dale, Cheyenne, Zachary, and Noah; Riley, Parker, Natalie, and Baylee; and by her nieces and nephews and their families.

She was predeceased two brothers: Ned and James Worthylake; and by two sisters: Ruth White and Louise Maines.

The family will observe their services privately.

Memorial contributions, marked in her name for the Resident Activity Fund, may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com.

obit lussierBertrand L. Lussier

Bertrand L. Lussier, 87, died on Friday evening, March 20, 2015, at his home in Enosburg Falls.

He was born on May 18, 1927, at home in East Albany, son of the late Antonio and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier.

In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving during World War II on the USS Manchester in the Atlantic Theater. He received his honorable discharge in 1949. Following his discharge, he worked for a brief time at General Motors in Massachusetts and then returned to Vermont where he bought and sold farms throughout the state. He also was a logger, sugar maker, heavy equipment operator, salesman, land speculator, cattle dealer, and in his earlier years he owned and managed a Ford tractor dealership in Hardwick. He was best known around the state as an auction ring man. He also built the Pine Cone Snack Bar in East Berkshire, where he also built Berkshire’s first baseball fields.

He was an active member of the American Legion Post #42 in Enosburg Falls, where he served as the post service officer and in 2014 he was honored with a plaque on the legion “Wall of Honor.”

He is survived by his children: Parma Jewett and her husband, Duane, of Montgomery, Brent Lussier and his wife, Cindy, of Enosburg Falls, Sandra Lussier of Vancouver, Washington, Suzette Draheim of Brookings, Oregon, and Terrance Lussier and his wife, Debbie, of Redman, Oregon; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his companion of 35 years, Sandi Murphy, of Enosburg Falls, and her children: Matt and Luke Murphy; Sandi’s six grandchildren; his siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernard Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Beatrice Lussier of Berkshire, and Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville; and many nieces and nephews, including Larry and Bea’s children and their families, whom affectionately referred to Mr. Lussier as Uncle Pepe.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Laurent and Roger Lussier; and by his sisters: Marielle Stone and Lorraine Lussier.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held later this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion Post #42, P.O. Box 572, Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450; or to Camp Ta Kum Ta, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, Vermont 05486.

Online condolences at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn I. Messier

Marilyn I. Messier, 73, of Newport died on March 17, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 25, 1941, in Newport to Archie and Muriel (Ward) Leithead.

She was a sander for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans for many years.

Her hobbies included crocheting, fishing, visits from her grandchildren, and she enjoyed her many cats she had over the years. She was an avid Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.

She is survived by her children: Tina St. Onge of Arkansas, Robert Messier of Hartland, Bryan Messier and his wife, Delores, of Beebe Plain, and Mark Messier of Newport; her grandchildren: Christopher St. Onge and his wife, Christina, April Messier, Stephanie and Nicholas Messier, Natalie Birchfield and Jessie Smith, and Lucien St. Onge and his wife, Tricia; her great-grandchildren: Jesse, Jasmyne, Karson, Adam, Jeffrey, and Jacob; two great-great-grandchildren: Connor and Ethan; her siblings: John and Sylvia Ward of Newport, Bruce Leithead of Georgia, Douglas Leithead of Newport, and Lucille Hind and her husband, Jimmy, of Kentucky; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother Pearl Leithead; and by her brothers: Edwin and Arthur.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit ReynoldsGloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds

Gloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds died peacefully on March 22, 2015, in Newport, after several months of courageous battle with a rare form of disease affecting the kidneys and blood. Due to a recent fall, other complications set in.

She was born in Newport on August 10, 1940, to Floyd and Laura (Barber) Lontine.

She attended Sacred Heart High School then transferred to Newport High School, from where she graduated. She then attended Champlain College, where she obtained an associate’s degree in math. She loved to work with numbers.

She worked for Community National Bank, the Ames Department Store as assistant manager, then as executive director for the city manager of Newport, until she retired.

Her passion was her love of golf, until she suffered from a back injury. She especially liked Tiger Woods. She loved to play at the Orleans Country Club with Pat Hunt and other ladies. She then turned and devoted the rest of her life to helping veterans. She became a life member and got really involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She served as president and secretary of Post #798 in Newport. She then went through the chairs in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and was state president from 1994 to 1995. Then from 1998 to 2000, she was national councilwoman, covering District 2 Massachusetts and Vermont. She traveled extensively through the U.S. She was then approached by the Eastern States Conference to go through the chairs for national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), but decided not to go any farther. She has received numerous awards on the state and national levels. She later transferred her membership to the VFW Post #10038 Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans in Lyndonville. She is also a life member of Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary in Island Pond, and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #4329 in Newport. She was proud to watch her daughter Shari follow in her footsteps as she went through the chairs to be state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW department of Vermont from 2012 to 2013. She installed Shari as president and became Shari’s chief of staff during her term of office. They were the only mother and daughter to become state presidents in the department of Vermont.

Ms. Reynolds was always the life of the party and loved to sing and play her guitar. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She especially loved Mr. Reynolds, who was always with her and they always strived to make each other proud and happy. She also enjoyed her German shepherd Chermack, who was always by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Anita Rivard; her grandson Charlie Buckland Jr.; and her former husband who died in a tragic accident, Irwin Piper.

She and Mr. Piper had three children: Julie Dupree of South Carolina, Shari McAllister of Newport, and Jon Piper of North Carolina, as well as grandson Joshua McAllister of Barton.

She leaves her husband, Brad Reynolds, of Derby; four stepchildren: Mary Beth Belmore and her husband, Rick, of Island Pond, Kim Reynolds of Waterbury, Connecticut, Michael Reynolds and his wife, Germane, of Mulberry, Florida, and Jacquelyn LaCasse of Hooksett, New Hampshire; and by her sister-in-law Janice Fournier and her husband, Joseph. Between them, there are nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80 Auxiliary, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Lyndonville VFW Auxiliary Post #10038, in care of Bonita Before, P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit RobishawBarbara M. Robishaw

Barbara M. Robishaw, 91, of Derby died peacefully on March 22, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born on November 23, 1923, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to James and Hazel (Smith) McCormack. On July 11, 1942 she married Philip L. “JoJo” Robishaw, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Robishaw moved here in 1985 after her husband retired. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1093. She volunteered for many different causes: North Country Hospital, the Old Stone House, and she was a caregiver for Orleans Essex Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Inc. She was a member of the Garden Club, and she worked many years at the Ipswich Recreation Department.

In her younger years, she enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to the beach with her husband and children.

She is survived by her children: Joe L. Robishaw of Derby, and Nancy B. Simmons and her husband, Ronald, of Beverly, Massachusetts; 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard McCormack and his wife, Shirley, of New Hampshire, and James McCormack and his wife, Kay, all of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Ruth Stackhouse and Maryann Lincoln.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Burial will take place on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Ipswich. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich, on March 27.

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obit StebbinsEvelyn M. Stebbins

Evelyn M. Stebbins, 74, of Irasburg died on March 16, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 22, 1940, to Theodore and Yvonne (Tetreault) Grenier. In 1978, she married Raymond Stebbins, who predeceased her in 2002.

She loved to knit and was known for her Barbie doll clothes. She was also known by the community as “Gram.”

She was the number one fan for all of her grandchildren at all of their sports endeavors. She was especially family oriented and loved their visits and gatherings.

She liked visits from Dexter and Harley, and she loved going to the casino in Connecticut.

She is survived by her children: Deborah Monfette and her husband, Shayne, Cheryl St. Pierre and her husband, Bob, Priscilla Stebenne and her husband, Albert, William Lefevre and his wife, Becky, and Shane Stebbins; 17 grandchildren, three of whom she has raised as if they were her own; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Gervais and Jeanette Omaleski; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Walter.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. Interment will take place at a later date at the All Hallows Cemetery in Moosup, Connecticut.

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obit UrieElaine Alexander Urie

Elaine Alexander Urie, 87, of West Glover died on March 17, 2015, at the Union House in Glover.

She was born in Glover on May 24, 1927, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Stone) Alexander. She married Bernard E. Urie on December 29, 1945.

She enjoyed many hobbies and activities. She greatly enjoyed children and made friends with many in West Glover and the surrounding area. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She created many quilts for people and clothing for children. She taught herself to draw and paint and to play the piano, organ, and accordion. She made baked goods including pies, which she shared with friends and neighbors at her “pie parties.” She loved giving to others.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Urie, of Barton; her daughter Kathryn Urie and her friend, Zane, of Manchester, New Hampshire; her daughter Elizabeth Bomberger and her husband, Glenn, of Hinesburg, and their daughter Annalise; her son Philip Urie and his wife, Frances, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, and their children: Allyson of Dickson City, Pennsylvania, Nathanael of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Calvin of Tunkhannock; and by her son Stuart Urie and his wife, Darlene, of Tampa, Florida; her son Michael and his wife, Claudia, and their children: Barbie and Sophie of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by her friends who were family to her: Tim and Elaine Mills of Irasburg, and their daughters: Janine of Brooklyn, Sherry of New York City, Michelle of Albany, New York, Lynn of Bristol, England, and Julianne (predeceased).  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard “Jake” Jacobson of South Burlington; her sister-in-law Martha Perron Alexander of Glover; and by her many nieces and nephews whose visits she enjoyed greatly.

She was predeceased by five siblings: Warren Alexander and his wife, Pearl, of Cabot, Eleanor Jacobson of South Burlington, Wayne Alexander of Glover, Rebecca Munson and her husband, Walter, of Colchester, and Richard Alexander and his wife, Lorraine, of Vernon.

Funeral services were held on March 21, in Barton. Interment will take place at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the music program at the Glover Community School, 100 School Street, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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Death notice

Marguerite M. Warner 

Marguerite M. Warner, 94, of Lowell died on March 20, 2015, in Lowell.

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Obituaries March 18, 2015

obit AllenWolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen, 82, of Brownington died peacefully on March 8, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Allen was born on September 28, 1932, in Westfield, Massachusetts, to Charles Allen and Edith (Correll) Allen. He lived his first 21 years in Grandby, Connecticut, on the Allen homestead. He was the oldest of four children and the family raised tobacco.

In 1953 the family moved to Bradford, where he worked for his father on the Stonecliff Dairy Farm.

He married Doris McClintock in 1968 and had a daughter, Heather Elaine, and a son, Gregory Lorin. He was very proud of Gregory’s daughter Abigail.

After his father’s death he took over running the dairy farm.

In 1981, he married Catherine Nelson and had a son, Charles Edward. He was very proud of Charles’ daughter Rebecca.

In 1983, he and his mother sold the farm and they moved to Sheffield. They lived on a sugarbush and made the best maple syrup around. Mr. Allen also did some logging and sprayed dairy farms. In 2004, they moved to Brownington, where they took life easy and enjoyed their neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Allen, of Brownington; his sons: Greg Allen of Newbury and Charlie Allen and his fiancée, April Kelly, and her kids, Lucian and Kian of Sheffield; by his brothers: David and his wife, Ellie, of Somers, Montana, and Danny Allen and his friend, Shirley, of Kalispell, Montana; and by all his nieces and nephews and their children.

He was predeceased by his father and mother; by his niece Kathy Gardiner; his sister-in-law Roseann Allen; and by a sister, Marilyn Brown.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

OBIT CotaDorann G. Cota

 

Dorann G. Cota, 61, of Jay died on March 10, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on May 1, 1953, in Newport to Vernon and Dorothy (Buck) Prue.

She was employed by Slalom and Bogner of America for over 15 years.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, arts and crafts, and doing puzzles.  She loved all her cats and dogs over the years.

She is survived by Terry Cota of Jay; by her mother, Dorothy Prue, of Derby; by her siblings: Vernon Prue Jr., Ronald Prue and his wife, Grace, Donald Prue and his wife, Sue, Steven Prue, Marlene Marcotte and her husband, Roger, Anita Prue, Sandra Breeding, and Patricia Carter and her husband, Jimmy; and by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Vernon Prue; by her son Robert Cota; by her brother Robert Prue; by her sister-in-law Shirlene Prue; and by her brother-in-law Tom.

Funeral services were held on March 16, in Newport. Spring interment will be at the Jay Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland M.D. Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HouleLaurette Marguerite Houle

Laurette Marguerite Houle, 89, of Irasburg died peacefully at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on March 9, 2015, after a year of failing health.

She was born on October 19, 1925 in Farnham, Quebec, to Osias and Rose (Amande) Paquette. She and her family moved to St. Albans in 1928, and then her parents bought a dairy farm in Orleans in 1934.

On October 11, 1947, she married the love of her life, Adrien D. Houle, at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. She and her husband operated the family dairy farm and produced maple syrup in Irasburg until they sold both operations to their son Ronald and his spouse, Colette, in 1994.

She attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Irasburg and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She was an excellent baker who made thousands of doughnuts, cakes and pies over her lifetime. She took pride in her flower beds and huge vegetable garden. Canning and freezing vegetables and fruits filled hundreds of pints and quarts each year. She loved to embroider, sew, quilt, knit and crochet, which she lovingly taught to each of her daughters. Many happy hours were spent playing cards with family and friends. In later years she treasured the time she spent babysitting her grandchildren.

She is survived by Adrien, her husband of 67 years, and their children: Elaine Baxter and her spouse, Thomas, of Geneva, Illinois, Diane Yunggebauer and her spouse, Fred, of Hartland, Lorraine Brasseur and her spouse, Bernie, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ronald and his spouse, Colette (Gaboriault) Houle, of Irasburg, and Denis and his spouse, Laura (Boomer) Houle, of Irasburg. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to Matthew Brasseur and his children, Noah and Keera, to Johnathon Brasseur and his spouse, Heather, and their children, Hailey and Tanner, Brian Baxter and his spouse, EmilyWren, Steven Baxter, Emily and Kaytlyn Houle, and Brandon Houle. She is also survived by two of her ten siblings: Rudolph Paquette and his spouse, Rena, of Florida, and Theresa Brunelle of Newport; her sisters-in-law: Claire (Houle) Roy of Spencer, Massachusetts, Terry (Houle) Poirier Johnson of Auburn, Massachusetts, Beverly Paquette of Essex Junction, and Theresa Paquette of Springfield, Massachusetts; her brothers-in-law: Donat Houle and his spouse, Gisele, of Orleans, and Daniel Robinson of Omaha, Nebraska; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her eldest son, the Reverend Wilfred Andre Houle; by four of her brothers: Origine, Paul, Andre, and Claude; and by four of her sisters: Rose Angel Faust, Yvette Lamarre, Bertha Turgeon, and Gervaise Lesperance.

A funeral Mass was held on March 12, in Orleans. Burial will be at St. John Vianney’s Cemetery in Irasburg in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John Vianney Building Fund, or the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HunterJohn G. Hunter

John G. Hunter, 74, of Holland died on March 12, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on March 26, 1940, in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Graydon and Edith (Lomas) Hunter.

He was veteran with the U.S. Marines. He was owner of the former Gantries Bar in Newport and he was a self-employed tile layer for many years.

He enjoyed playing checkers, sailing, and riding motorcycles.

He is survived by his son Daniel Webster and his wife, Megan, of Coventry; two grandchildren: Noah and Addie Webster; his brother David Hunter and his wife, Linda, of Newport Center; and by his caregivers: David and Cathy Godfrey of Holland, where he lived for five years.

A graveside service will be held in the spring with full military honors at the West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit peckJunnie Harry Peck

Junnie Harry Peck, 81, of Glover died on March 4, 2015 at his home.

He was born on May 14, 1933, in Newport to Harry and Earla (Corkins) Peck. On August 18, 1990, he married Nellie Irish, who survives him. His first wife, Frances Fay Duff, predeceased him in 1967, and his second wife, Beverly Wright, predeceased him in 1985.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He was a plumber and owned J.P.’s Home Maintenance. For 20 years he was a lineman for Seaward Construction in Kittery, Maine.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and wood crafts. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Peck, of Glover; by his daughter Linda Christine Potter and her husband, Jim, of Kentucky; by five grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Jessica, Justin and Jeremy; by his siblings: Terrance Peck and his wife, Esther, of Massachusetts, Bonnie Benway of Glover, and Dixie Vigario and her fiancé, Ben Moreau, of Newport; by his stepchildren: Wendy Graves and her friend, Steve Daggett, of Orange, Donald Boule and his wife, Bonnie, of Connecticut, Richard Bowley Jr. and his friend, Jennifer, of White River Junction, Raymond Bowley and his wife, Penny, of Greensboro, Scott Graves of St. Johnsbury, John Woods, and Dale Woods, both of Florida, and Peter Woods of Newport; and by many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a stepson, Kevin Greenwood; by his sister Mary Ida Morin; by his brother Lyman Peck; and by his brother-in-law Cecil Benway.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.

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obit PrueDorothy E. Prue

Dorothy E. Prue, 92, of Derby died peacefully on March 13, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on June 15, 1922, to Herman and Aurilla Buck.

On June 14, 1941, she married Vernon Prue Sr., who predeceased her.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 Auxiliary.

She enjoyed playing cards, reading, attending family events, and playing bingo.

She is survived by her children: Vernon Prue Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, Donald Prue and his wife, Sue, of New Milford, Connecticut, Ronald Prue and his wife, Grace, of Arcadia, Florida, Steven Prue of Tennessee, Marlene Marcotte and her husband, Roger, of New Mexico, Anita Prue of Phoenix, Sandra Breeding of Crossville, Tennessee, and Patricia Carter and her husband, James, of Newport; and by her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children: Robert Prue and Dorann Cota; and by her siblings: Olin, Henry, Stella, Gladys, and Helen.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on March 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RowleyAlma H. Rowley

Alma Harris Rowley, 95, a resident of the Craftsbury Community Care Center, died peacefully on March 13, 2015, with family at her bedside.

She was born on January 3, 1920, in Greenville, North Carolina, daughter of the late Marion Richard Harris and Mary Belle (Dudley) Harris. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1937 and continued her education at Kings Business School in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduating in 1938. After graduation, she was employed at S.G. Wilkerson & Sons Funeral Home in Greenville.

On July 4, 1943, she married Charles Erwin Rowley of Burlington, in El Paso, Texas. When Mr. Rowley shipped out for England with the Army Air Corps, she moved to Burlington to meet and live with her in-laws and worked for the Draft Board. After the war, she and her husband moved to Massachusetts, where they eventually resided in Northampton.

After Mr. Rowley’s death on October 22, 1966, she went to work in the theater department at Smith College, where she used her expert sewing skills to produce costumes. She returned to Vermont in 1967 and began working at the Bridal Shop in Burlington, where she found a good fit for her sewing skills and love of fabric.

In 1971, she returned to North Carolina, where she opened The Bridal Boutique in Rocky Mount, which she operated for four years. She later worked for an insurance company in Raleigh until retiring.

She retired to Vermont in 1982 and made her home in Greensboro at the Lauradon Apartments. She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ. With her daughter Bobbie, she founded the Senior Trotters in 1999, which continues to this day. In 2011, she moved to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, where she spent her remaining years.

The love of her life were her children and grandchildren and she will be remembered for her love of baking sweets for her children and friends, her excellent southern cooking, her beautiful hand needlework, her accomplished sewing skills, and her wonderful sense of humor.

Survivors include a son, William H. Rowley, and his wife, Sue, of Pembroke, Maine; three daughters: Pamela West of Orlando, Florida, Barbara Nisbet and her husband, Tim, of Greensboro, and Mary Beth Hall and her husband, Wayne, of Hardwick; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five siblings: Lillian Hart, Richard Harris, Carlton Harris, Claude Harris, and William Harris.

To honor her request, there will be no visiting hours. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro, with the Reverend Anthony Acheson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at the Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Craftsbury Community Care Center.

obit TaylorJack R. Taylor

Jack R. Taylor, 81, of Charleston died suddenly on March 5, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on January 14, 1934, in Charleston to Herbert and Erema (Foster) Taylor. On July 8, 1972, he married Janice Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Taylor was a dairy farmer in Charleston for many years. He farmed and maple sugared all his life with his father. He attended the one-room Center School in Charleston. He enjoyed listening to country music, dancing, playing the guitar, going out to eat with his wife, riding on back country roads, and going to the local fairs.  He and Mrs. Taylor enjoyed watching horse pulling and attending the Charleston school jam sessions.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Charleston; by his brothers: Donald and his wife, Hazel, of Lyndonville, and Ira and his wife, Chris, of Idaho; by his sisters: Evelyn Bowen of Charleston, and Gladys Brome and her husband, Theodore, of St. Johnsbury; by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and by half brothers: Paul Sawyer and his wife, Jeanne, of Connecticut, and Richard Sawyer and his wife, Jan, of Newark.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WilsonBryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson of Craftsbury died on March 9, 2015, after living a long life of quiet dignity.

It is said that one cannot choose how to die, but one can choose how to live.

Mr. Wilson was born on August 4, 1934. He was a lifelong educator. His career in education spanned almost 40 years. After stops in Derby and Hardwick, he ultimately planted his roots in New Jersey, where he was employed by the Waldwick Board of Education for 34 years. As a guidance counselor, teacher and coach, he touched the lives of countless children. His calming manner will be remembered by all who came in contact with him. His subtle wit and wry sense of humor were his hallmarks.

In 1959, he and his wife, Audrey, moved to New Jersey settling in the picturesque Cupsaw Lake section of Ringwood. They raised four children, and upon retirement the couple returned to the family farm in Craftsbury and opened the Whetstone Brook B&B. Mr. Wilson’s wife could often be found in her kitchen telling the guests about her cherished AGA stove. Mr. Wilson would regale the guests with tales of his nine grandchildren, or the town history of Craftsbury, or pretty much anything else. He could converse with people from all walks of life.

Before his illness, he was an avid golfer. He played two or three times a week…and never got better at it. He had a love-hate relationship with the game. Several years ago, his clubs were, shall we say, mercifully liberated from the bed of his truck in the wee hours of the morning. He was quoted as saying, “I hope those clubs cause whoever took them as much trouble as they caused me!” Anyone who has ever played with him knows that would be pretty tough to do.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Audrey; his daughter Lisa Sedore and her husband, Tom, of Craftsbury; his son Terry and his wife, Ginger, of Palmer, Massachusetts; his daughter Karen Starr and her husband, David, of Highland Lakes, New Jersey; his son Jim of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; his grandchildren: Katie and her husband, Nick Meyer, Jessie and her husband, David Upson, Megan and her husband, Jon Amell, Lindsay Sedore, Shannon Wilson, Joseph Starr, Connor Starr, Jonathan Wilson, and Julie Anne Wilson; his great-grandchildren: Madison Amell and Henry Upson; his nephew Ian McMurray; and by his sister Ann Wilson and her husband, Warren Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018; or to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggie’s Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit rivardTheresa N. Rivard

Theresa N. Rivard, 87, of Newport died peacefully on March 10, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 27, 1927, in Glover to Lucien and Yvonne (Coté) Nicole. On June 18, 1955, she married Norman Rivard, who survives her.

Mrs. Rivard was a Daughter of Isabella for over 60 years and accepted offices over the years. She was a Brownie leader for a few years, and she was a volunteer at Bel-Aire Nursing Home for over ten years. She also did prayer services for the people there.

She was treasurer for St. Mary’s Cemetery Association for 30 years, and at one time she was treasurer for the Catholic Order of Foresters in Newport.

She was also a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church and sang in the choir for over 50 years and also sang at funerals.  When AARP had meetings in Newport she was secretary.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, she was a bank teller for quite a few years.  She enjoyed playing cards with friends and knitting and crocheting.  She also enjoyed serving the public.

Mrs. Rivard is survived by her husband, Norman, of 60 years; her sister Simone Carreau of St. Johnsbury; her brothers-in-law: the Right Reverend Monsignor Roland Rivard of Burlington, and Maurice Rivard of Albany; her sister-in-law Sister Irene Rivard of Littleton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and by siblings: Jacques, Fernande, and Adelard.

A funeral Mass was held at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on March 13 with the Right Reverend Monsignor Roland Rivard.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Daughter’s of Charity of the Sacred Heart, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

James C. Guyette

James C. Guyette, 61, of Derby Line died peacefully on March 16, 2015, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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Obituaries March 11, 2015

Lucy S. Bousquet

Lucy S. Bousquet, 81, of Irasburg died peacefully on March 1, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 16, 1934, in Newport Center, to Claude and Ruth (Edmunds) Smith.

She was a bookkeeper for Desmarais Equipment for many years. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, and traveling. She was a big country music fan and loved jam sessions. In her retirement, she greatly enjoyed her work with the local Senior Companion Program.

She is survived by her children: Robin Orne and his wife, Karen, of Coventry, Kathleen Jaquish and her husband, Charles, of Irasburg, and Chad Orne and his wife, Kelly, of St. Johnsbury; her stepchildren: Gail Hurlbut and her husband, Don, of Albany, Wayne Marckres of Orleans, Lyle Marckres and his wife, Peggy, of Lyndonville, Marie Bolduc and her husband, Phil, of Bristol, and Rick Marckres of Orleans; her grandchildren: Kristopher Jaquish and his wife, Virginia, Jessica Jaquish, David Guay and his wife, Amy, Dennis Guay and his wife, Tina, Bob Ladouceur and his wife, Andrea, and Andrew Ladouceur; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sisters: Esther Watson of Maine, and Margaret Sheltra of Florida; many nieces and nephews including one special niece, Mary Trembly; and by one special step-grandson, Dana Lesperance.

She was predeceased by her three husbands: Karlton Orne, Winifred Marckres, and Omer Bousquet; her brother Wallace Smith; her sisters: Charlotte Bousquet and Helen Bessett; her children: Debra Guay and Kevin Orne; and by her stepchildren: Arlene Lesperance and Randy Marckres.

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Irasburg United Church, care of Bev Johnson, P.O. Box 9, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CookAlice W. Cook

Alice W. Cook, 96, of Coventry died on February 27, 2015, in Newport.

She was born at the Webster Home in Coventry on December 17, 1918, to Percy and Hazel (Jackman) Webster. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1937.

In 1939 she went to Forest Hills off Long Island, New York, where she was a housekeeper and waiter for a family named Briggs. There in New York she was also a hand model for the Chevrolet Company and a photo of her hand was in a Saturday Evening Post commercial. But that lasted for one time because she was homesick and came back to Coventry.

In May of 1940 she married Kenneth Cook. They had three daughters: Mona, Patty, and Priscilla. At the time, they lived on a farm in Irasburg in the 1940s, but their little girl of 18 months, Priscilla, died and financial hardship discouraged them, and so Mr. Cook landed a job at the Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and he worked on the Nautilaus, the first atomic submarine.

Mr. Cook died in 1959 and Mrs. Cook moved back to Coventry where she brought up her two young sons, Everett and Kevin. She never remarried. In 1969, she became the head cook at the North Country Union High School cafeteria, from where she retired in 1979.

She loved the outdoors, and enjoyed walking in the woods where she enjoyed being one with nature, and she would pick wild berries. All of her family remembers her wild strawberry shortcake and wild raspberry sauce over homemade vanilla cake. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers. She enjoyed going to area restaurants for dinner until her health declined. When she could no longer go outside because of Parkinson’s disease she enjoyed word puzzles, embroidering, and knitting. She was a very giving mother right up to the very end.

She is survived by her children: Patty Davis of Barton, Mona Bouler of Sweet Water, Alabama, Everett Cook of Isle Lamont, and Kevin Cook of Coventry; her grandchildren: Gabriel Davis, Becky Baker, Tom Bouler, and Stephanie Highland; five great-grandchildren; and by her brother Frederick Webster of Coventry.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter Priscilla; her son-in-law Harold Davis; her brothers: Richard and Charles; and by her sister Bernice Moulton.

Funeral services were held on March 5, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Ruby (Gray) Davies

Ruby (Gray) Davies died on January 11, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

She was born in Holland to Glenn and Effie (Wheeler) Gray on June 30, 1918.

She was very proud to have graduated from Derby Academy in Derby in 1938, and she loved Vermont.

She leaves four children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the West. She is survived by three sisters: Gertrude Cross, Phyllis Derick, and Gerry Barber and her husband, Louis; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by one aunt, Vivian Geoffroy, in the United States.

She was predeceased by her husband; one grandson; two sisters: Vera and Velma and her husband, Roland Curtis.

obit MeredithScott Norman Meredith

Scott Norman Meredith, 64, of Island Pond died on March 1, 2015, at his home.

He was born on November 11, 1950, in Newport to Roland and Norma (Christie) Meredith.

On October 20, 2002, he married Katherine Kontoes, who survives him.

He attended North Country Union High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target practicing, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Meredith, of Island Pond; his children: Eli Meredith and his son Tyler of Twin Falls, Idaho, Emily Meredith and her finance, Chris Milam, and their three children, Aubrey, Sam, and Ryker, of Twin Falls; Ian Meredith of Boise, Idaho; and David Meredith and his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Aiden and Brandon, of New Bern, North Carolina; and by his siblings: Barbara Hodsden and her husband, Wayne, of Michigan City, Indiana, Sandra Nadeau of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Wayne Meredith of Island Pond, and Brenda Johnson and her husband, Paul, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Services will be held at the American Legion in Island Pond on May 2, 2015, at 1 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PatenaudeJoseph A. “Joe” Patenaude

Joseph A. “Joe” Patenaude, 87, of Derby died peacefully on March 3, 2015, in Newport.

He was surrounded by his loving family and is now gone to his heavenly father.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Holland, to Rufus and Dorillda (Lussier) Patenaude.

On August 21, 1948, he married Lucille Fontaine, the love of his life, who survives him.

He was a successful farmer in Holland until 1985. After selling his farm, he and his wife started Joe’s Laundromat in Newport and moved to Coventry.

In 2000, they moved to Derby and have enjoyed many happy times with family at their home on Main Street. He had a passion for composing songs and singing them. He truly enjoyed working with his workhorses in his earlier days on the farm and continued after with his daughter’s horses. He also loved his cows and enjoyed bird watching.

He had a strong faith and loved being with his family as well as traveling. He enjoyed dancing and family gatherings and enjoyed his French Canadian heritage.

He was a member of Agri-Mark, United Farmers, Yankee Milk, and Community Circle at Community National Bank.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Patenaude; his children: George Patenaude and his wife, Gale Hansen, of Richmond, Diane Forcier and her husband, John, of Colchester, Susan Letourneau and her husband, Bert, of Holland, Marcel Patenaude and his wife, Gaetane, of Holland, Joanne Aulis and her husband, Mike, of Franklin, New Hampshire, Christine Sykes and her husband, Gary, of Norton, Alan Patenaude of Rutland and Anna Hutchins and her husband, Jeff, of Westford; his 21 grandchildren: Aaron, Celestiane, Hannah Rose, Christian, Kim, Chad, Jill, Troy, Patrick, Jennifer, Bobbi-Jo, Andrew, Natalie, Matthew, Steven, Pamela, Stephanie, Rachel, Nicole, Jordan, Joanna, and their spouses; his 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Raymond Patenaude, Leo Patenaude, Jeannine Lague, Cecile Wheeler, Rita Gobeil, Anita Lafleur, and Rose LaChance, plus their spouses; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brothers: Larry, Peter, and Homer; his sister Marielle Morin; and by his son Adrien Patenaude on May 13, 2014. He also has many surviving and deceased family members of his wife’s (Fontaine) family.

Funeral services were held on March 7, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 191 Claremont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PetitZillah “Jiggs” Petit

Zillah “Jiggs” Petit, 83, of Coventry died peacefully in Newport, with her family at her side, on March 5, 2015.

She was born on March 10, 1931, in Mille Run, Maine, to Everett and Zillah (Newman) Rockwell.

On June 26, 1949, she married Robert Petit, who predeceased her on September 19, 2011.

From the time they were married, she and Mr. Petit owned and operated a large dairy farm until they retired. She was a lay pastor in several area churches and was very involved in many different areas of ministering, such as speaking to church groups, children’s camps, and performing weddings, etc. She and her husband also served in Haiti as ministers with both physical and financial support. They also served as foster parents for many years involving 56 children.

Beyond all else, their farm, family, and faith were the most important in their lives. She helped a lot of people in a variety of ways over her lifetime.

She is survived by her children: Lewis, Brenda Whitehill and her husband, Richard, Tom and his wife, Donna, Gary and his wife, Edna, Donna Heath and her husband, Bill, Everett and his wife, Laurie, Lisa Hurd, Sheldon, and Ernie; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her brothers: Everett, Paul, and Arthur and his wife, Donna; her brother-in-law Floyd Keniston; her sister-in-law Lois Rockwell; and by several dozen nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Colby and his wife, Mary Rockwell, and John Rockwell; and by her sisters: Ida Bacon and her husband, Charlie, and Evangeline Keniston.

Funeral services were held in West Charleston on March 9. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Free Will Baptist Church, 1028 Vermont Route 105, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit riceHester D. Rice

Hester D. Rice died in Montpelier on March 2, 2015, at the age of 95.

She was born on November 6, 1919, in Alburgh, to Herbert A. and Dorris E. (Willey) Rice.

The family moved when she was a year old to Derby Line, when her father was appointed deputy collector of customs at that port of entry to the United States from Canada.

She was educated at the Derby Line Elementary School, Derby Academy, and the University of Vermont, graduating from the latter in May of 1942, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

In June of 1942, she married Forrest W. Rice of Derby in Boise, Idaho, where he was stationed at Gowen Air Field. They subsequently lived in Casper, Wyoming, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where Mr. Rice was stationed at Army Air Force bases, and she at the civilian personnel offices. Later she worked at the Army Welch Convalescent Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. They returned to Vermont in 1946 and resided in Newport from then on.

A son, William Herbert, was born in 1953. After he became of school age, Mrs. Rice worked at Radio Station WIKE in Newport, taught third and fourth grades at the Newport Elementary School, and then for 30 years at Associated Insurance Agencies, Inc. in Newport.

She was an active member of the United Church of Newport, at various times teaching in Sunday School, serving on church committees and being a faithful member of the church choir for 55 years. As a volunteer in the community, Mrs. Rice worked in recruitment of donors in Newport City and other Orleans County towns during the earliest years of the Red Cross blood drawing program, for North Country Hospital from the time of its opening in 1971 until 2007, and at Newport’s Hillside School for several years with second-grade readers.

In December of 2007, Mrs. Rice moved from Newport to Westview Meadows in Montpelier to be closer to her family. While living at Westview she enjoyed taking part in the daily activities and social gatherings. Her greatest joy and achievement there were the summer days when she would walk as much as three miles in a day around the Westview property.

She is survived by her son William H. Rice and her daughter-in-law Gloria Kelley Rice of Calais; her grandson Warren E. Rice and his significant other, Anna Carpenter, of South Burlington; her granddaughter Caroline Rice Forni and her husband, Steven Forni, of West Springfield, Massachusetts; and by her sister-in-law Dorothy Rice McHenry of Williamsburg, Virginia.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Forrest W. Rice, of Derby; and by her sister-in-law Mary Cooper Kusik of University Heights, Ohio.

Funeral services were held on March 6, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the United Church of Newport; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, in care of Betsy Hampton, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit reidel 2George “Jersey” Riedel

George “Jersey” Riedel, 60, of Rockaway, New Jersey, died peacefully on February 21, 2015.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. He loved cooking — his clam chowder and “pig roasts.”

He liked hunting, and he enjoyed his hunting trips in Vermont.

Remember him when you’re partying — his infectious laughter and generous manner. “Clink those beer bottles together” in his memory.

He was so active and will be missed.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Nancy; his son George M.; his daughter Michelle and her husband, Andrew; and his cherished grandchildren, Liam and Elizabeth. He was a lifelong friend of Brian and Linda Hinton of Barton, and he’s had a long connection to this area.

Death notices

Marian Ruth Flanders Amadon

Marian Ruth Flanders Amadon of Orleans, wife of Kenneth E. Amadon, died unexpectedly on February 20, 2015.

A complete obituary will follow and will include information on a memorial service to be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor, 81, of Charleston, beloved husband of Janice Taylor, died suddenly on March 5, 2015, in Newport.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston. A full obituary will follow.

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen

Wolcott “Wookie” Charles Allen, 82, of Brownington died peacefully on March 8, 2015, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 Laurette Houle

Laurette Houle, 89, of Irasburg died on March 9, 2015, in Barton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on March 12, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

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Obituaries March 4, 2015

obit AndersonJanice Lucy Anderson

Janice Lucy Anderson, 89, of Greensboro, formerly of Craftsbury, died on February 21, 2015, in Greensboro.

She was born on November 25, 1925, in Craftsbury, to Walter and Leona (Morey) Anderson.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1943 and in 1947 she graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of science degree in education. She taught first grade at the Hillside Elementary School in Newport.

Miss Anderson was an avid reader and she enjoyed reading to folks in nursing homes or their homes. She made quilts, worked in her garden, and walked for exercise.

She was a member of the United Church of Craftsbury Common, where she volunteered in many functions. She was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association and the Ladies Union of the Church.

She is survived by her sisters: Helen Bissell and her husband, Victor, of Palmyra, Maine, and Carolyn Rowell of Albany; her sister-in-law Jeanette Anderson of Craftsbury; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Robert Anderson; and by her sisters: Elaine Anderson and Esther Sweatt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the United Church of Craftsbury Common with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury Common, P.O. Box 46, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit belwayPriscilla (Bates) Belway

Priscilla (Bates) Belway of Bradenton, Florida, and Newport, died on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the age of 94.

She died at the Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor, surrounded by her two daughters, Deborah Smith of Chester and Donelle Wright, of Holden, Massachusetts.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on September 1, 1920, and lived most of her life in Newport before moving to Bradenton in her later years. She was a graduate of Derby Academy, in the Class of 1937, and Lyndon Normal School, in the Class of 1939. She taught elementary school for more than 30 years, retiring from the Newport City school department in 1983.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #21, the Mizpah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Vermont Retired Teachers Association.

She loved music, played the piano, and found enormous enjoyment from watching her children and grandchildren develop as musicians. She loved to travel. She and her husband saw much of the United States together in their RV. Later in life, she joined many tours seeing Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, and Eastern Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska. She loved her country, and was proud of both her husband’s and her grandson Ryan’s military service.

She is survived by four grandchildren: Laurel Dodge and her husband, Joe, of Rumney, New Hampshire, Ryan Smith and his wife, Melanie, of Penacook, New Hampshire, and Erin and Jana Wright of Holden; five great-grandchildren: Gretchen and Olivia Dodge, and Dominic, Victor, and Gavin Smith; her sister-in-law Marion Bates of Bradenton; and by three nieces, a nephew, and their families.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 39 years, Ted; and by her brother Philip Bates.

Services will be held in the spring with interment at the Derby Center Cemetery.

As a tribute to her patriotism, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Online condolences at www.stringerfh.com.

obit BoutinBarbara Boutin

Barbara Boutin, 69, of Derby died on February 17, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on February 2, 1946, in Newport to Armand and Althea (Blay) Sylvester.

She married Bruce Boutin, who survives her.

She was a cook at a restaurant in Connecticut. Her hobbies included crocheting tablecloths, towels, etc.

She is survived by her sister Darlene LaMadeleine of Derby; her nephews: John Crowley Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Massachusetts, Robbie Crowley and his wife of Connecticut, and Steven Haslam and his wife of Connecticut; her niece Cindy Persha and her husband, Sam, of Derby Line; and by several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Nancy Rahmann; and by her brother Irving Sylvester.

Services were held on February 21, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit duranleauAlex Duranleau

Alex Duranleau, beloved son of Richard Duranleau and brother of Ben Duranleau, left us sadly, abruptly, and much too early.

He was born 22 years ago on November 3, 1992, in Newport. He spent most of his childhood in that city, attending Newport City School, North Country Union Junior High School, and North Country Union High School. He graduated with honors with the Class of 2011, earning the Newport Rotary Club scholarship and various others. He was an active member in Junior ROTC all four years, earning the highest rank of lieutenant colonel, and was the commanding cadet during his senior year, marching at Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day parades, and many other community service and volunteer events.

Besides working in the pine forest with his uncle and learning carpentry, he was a crewmember at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center for three full summers, learning many leadership skills. He worked with the after-school program at Newport City school and the summer program there, loving his work with children. Entering Castleton State College in the fall of 2011, he majored in social work and interned at the Boys & Girls’ Club in Rutland. Transferring to Lyndon State College in 2013, he was a senior, pursuing his psychology degree and doing his internship once a week at Turning Points School in St. Johnsbury.

He was a smiling, cheerful, positive-thinking individual, helping his many friends, co-workers, day-care kids and classmates. Quiet, sincere and non-judgmental, he touched many lives and was a wonderful young father to his “little Lizzie.”

In addition to his father and brother, he leaves his grieving partner of five years, Ashley Keement, of Coventry, their 18-month-old daughter, Elizabeth Marie, and her parents, John and Kerry Keement; his grandparents, Penny and Robert Horner of Albany and Florida; his lifelong mentors, Aunt Kay and Uncle Allen Yale of Derby; his aunts: Paula Coty, Ruth Fearon and Helen Wasuck; his uncles: Doug and Mike Burnham; and many cousins.

His mother, Melissa Burnham Tinker, predeceased him in October 2011.

A celebration of his life will be held later in the spring. A notice of details will be sent out via the media.

Those wishing to give in his memory may send to the Elizabeth Duranleau Fund to Ashley Keement in care of John and Kerry Keement, 1644 Vermont Route 14N, Newport, Vermont 05855.

obit KrzyskoJozef Francis Krzysko

Jozef Francis Krzysko, 91, of Newport died on February 26, 2015, in Newport.

He was born in Amsterdam, New York, on July 31, 1923, one of eight children born to Andrew and Anna Krzysko.

His childhood and school years were spent in Amsterdam with his mom, brothers, and sisters. His father died when he was six. He attended both English and Polish schools.

On December 12, 1942, he enlisted in the regular Army, with basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Upon completion he was assigned as drill instructor in Miami, Florida, later in Greensboro, North Carolina, and then in Kearns, Utah.

He served two assignments in Germany as an intelligence specialist, a career field that continued throughout his 22 years of service with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Assignments also included hours at Mitchell Air Force Base in New York, Panama, Korea, and Otis Air Force Base (AFB) in Massachusetts, from where he retired as master sergeant USAF on November 30, 1963. After retirement, he worked for over 20 years at Chittenden Bank, from where he retired in 1986.

He enjoyed many dogs and cats over the years and they enjoyed traveling. He liked horse racing, and he enjoyed taking the kids to the rail yard and airport.

On December 27, 1959, he married Edyth Joan Mosher in Newport. They made their first home at Otis AFB, where both were serving in the Air Force. After retirement, they moved to Newport, where they built a home and raised a son, Lawrence Andrew Krzysko, of Newport, and a daughter, Joan Frances (Krzysko) Barragy, of Olive Branch, Missouri.

In addition to his wife and children he is survived by his son-in-law David J. Barragy; two grandchildren: Christopher, who is with the USAF in Oklahoma, and his wife, Brittany, and Amanda of Starkville, Missouri; his brother Frank Krzysko; his nephew Edmund Krzysko of Amsterdam; and by his sister-in-law Benita and her husband, Ronald Benson, and their daughters, Susan Groff and Rhonda Bullis, and their families, of Newport.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. There will be no calling hours.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MooreLois E. (Magoon) Moore

Lois E. (Magoon) Moore, 88, of Orleans died peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in the loving hands of her family.

She was born on October 26, 1926, in Newport, the daughter of Guy and Esther (Geer) Magoon.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1944 and worked at the Burns Theater where she met her future husband. She married the late John A. Moore Jr. on July 1, 1950.

She excelled in all her career choices: testing milk for HP Hood, working for Modern Woodmen Insurance, JJ Newbury’s, Associated Insurance, and the state of Vermont’s Department of Aging and Disabilities. She was intellectually curious, attending classes at Lyndon State College and numerous continuing education opportunities, studying the Bible, genealogy, local history, computer science, and following financial markets. She valued learning throughout her life.

Her passions were her family and travels with her husband to Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, Maine, New York, and Florida. They were members of the 251Club and always found the road less traveled.

She was a member of the Memphremagog Historical Society, the Grange, Rebekkahs, Eastern Star, and the United Church of Newport.

She is survived by her children: Carol Moore-Whitney of East Burke, and Betty Nollmann and her husband, Ed Nollmann, of Hudson, Florida; her grandchildren: Maya and Joleil Whitney of East Burke; two sisters-in-law: Judy Magoon of Newport, and Rachel Magoon of Waldorf, Maryland; several nephews; two close friends: Al and Becky Wood of Randolph; and by several good friends she made while residing at Michaud Manor in the last year.

She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Moore Jr.; her son-in-law Peter Whitney; and by her brothers: Alton Magoon, Richard Magoon, and Kenneth Magoon.

A springtime memorial service is planned at one of her favorite places, Magoon Park in Newport.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Memphremagog Historical Society, care of Barbara Malloy, 96 Stagecoach Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PlanteHelen Irene Plante

Helen Irene Plante, 93, of Derby died peacefully on February 28, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 15, 1922, in Holland, to Eugene and Hattie (Judd) Mosher. On November 20, 1948, she married Edmond Plante, who predeceased her.

She and her husband owned and operated the family trucking business for many years. She kept the books for it and tended to things at home while her husband and son Ronald were on the road.

She enjoyed playing cards, doing puzzles, and, in earlier years, she and her husband liked going to dances. She especially loved her family visits and she was always in touch with her siblings. She was kind, loving, and a friend to all.

She is survived by her son Ronald Plante and his wife, Darlene, of Derby; her grandchildren: Travis Plante and his wife, Sarai, of Newport, and Grady Plante and his wife, April, of Newport; her sister Beulah Paddleford and her family of West Charleston; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her two brothers: Earl and Reginald Mosher; and by her sisters: Kathleen Mosher, Audrey Dunn, and Regena Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on March 7, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SanvilleGertrude M. Sanville

Gertrude M. Sanville, 88, of Newport died on March 1, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on December 6, 1926, in Troy, to Wilfred and Josephine (Carl) Diette.

On September 10, 1945, she married Bernie Sanville, who predeceased her on May 22, 2000.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, reading, and going to bingo games. She was a member of the Orleans Senior Center.

She is survived by her son Philip Sanville and his wife, Marie, of Derby; her grandchildren: John Sanville and his wife, Jenn, of Derby, and Kerry Bowman and her husband, Steven, of West Charleston; her great-grandchildren: Josh, Kayla, and Zachary Sanville, and Ryan and Mariah Bowman; and by her sister Theresa Taylor and her husband, Richard, of West Charleston.

She was predeceased by her son Raymond Sanville; three brothers: Albert, Hector, and Ernest; and by three sisters: Emma Phinney, Bea Anderson, and Corine Reil.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit sinonScott C. Sinon

Scott C. Sinon, 52, loving companion of Elizabeth Bialas, died after a long illness on Friday, January 16, 2015, in New Britain, Connecticut.

He was born in Meriden, Connecticut, on September 3, 1962, the son of Carol Erardi Sinon of Meriden and the late Charles P. Sinon.

He was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School and worked on the Greenbacker Dairy Farm. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and later transferring to Plattsburg, New York. He had been employed by the Veterans Administrative Health Care System in Newington, Connecticut.

He enjoyed fishing, repairing cars, barbecue grilling, and his cats.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his two sons, Nicholaus S. Sinon of Wallingford, Connecticut, and Andrew J. Sinon of Florida; his grandson Andrew Sinon; his brother Stephen P. Sinon of Bronx, New York; his sister Patti A. Bene of Florida; and by his former wife, Deborah Wanat Sinon, of Wallingford. He is also survived by his Sinon aunts and uncles: Barbara (Sinon) Crouse, Shirley (Sinon) Curley, John Sinon, and Ray and Mary (Sinon) Murray, and a number of cousins.

He was also predeceased by his grandfather Charles Sinon; and by his grandmother Alice (Pudvah) Sinon.

Funeral services were held in Wallingford on January 24. Interment with military honors will be private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06450; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Dean Howard Urie

Dean Howard Urie, 86, of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly Lansing, Michigan, died peacefully in the early morning of Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Curry House in Cadillac.

Mr. Urie was born on February 12, 1929, in Craftsbury, one of four children to Walter Roland Urie and Marie Baker Urie.

A scientist at heart, he was a graduate of Craftsbury Academy and went on to receive a bachelor’s of science in forestry with distinction from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources; a master’s of science in agricultural soils from Oregon State College; and a doctor of philosophy in forestry from Michigan State University, where he also served as an adjunct professor.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant for serving during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Service Award, Mr. Urie was employed by the University of Vermont Forestry Department, followed by the United States Department of Agriculture in the Forest Service in Michigan.

He brought his amiable professionalism and expertise to forestry research and wastewater management projects in Michigan as well as in Pakistan and Poland.

Mr. Urie was involved in many activities in the communities where he lived.

He served on the Cadillac Board of Education, received the Scout Master of the Year Award for the Southern District Scenic Trails Council of the Boys Scouts of America, and the Yellow Merit Star Award from the National Ski Patrol System.

In retirement, he was a docent for 25 years at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, where, in addition to docent training, he shared his passion for conservation, especially regarding wolves, and he was frequently asked to assume the roll of Santa Claus.

Mr. Urie is survived by his sister Irene Vollbrecht of Fremont, California, and her daughters: Sarah Silber and Anne Moody, and their families; and by his sister-in-law Joan Urie and her children: Gene, Glenn, Gary, Grant, Geoffrey, and Tina Mastrianni and their families. He is also survived by his adopted family: Bob and Marcia Larsen of Lansing, and their daughters: Kim Koppi, Kelly, and Michael and their families. Mr. Urie leaves behind a legacy of lasting friendships made with his neighbors Ed and Ruth Bosworth of Cadillac; and his colleagues at the Forest Service and at the zoo. All will miss his wit, intellect, humor and common sense.

He was predeceased by his sister Velma Urie of Craftsbury; and by his brother Walter Urie of South Hero.

A celebration of his life will be held later this spring in Cadillac, and also in Vermont, where his remains will be interred at the family plot in the East Craftsbury cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, he requested donations be made in his name to the Potter Park Zoological Society, 1301 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48912.

An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.

Death notice

Alice W. Cook

Alice W. Cook, 86, of Coventry died on February 27, 2015, in Newport.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Spring interment will be in the Irasburg Cemetery.

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Obituaries February 25, 2015

obit ballMary Jean Ball

Mary Jean Ball, 69, of Newport died peacefully in her sleep on February 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 18, 1945, in Hanover, New Hampshire, to Harold and Regina (McCabe) Frost. She was raised by her mom and loved by her stepfather, Earl Thompson, who died on February 17, 2015.

In 1974, she married the love of her life, Edward Ball Sr., who predeceased her in 1982.

At one time, she was a very active member of the Montpelier branch of the Mormon church. She graduated magna cum laude from Vermont College in 1983 with an associate’s degree in nursing and became a registered nurse. She worked for a few years at Dumont Nursing home in Morrisville.

She was an outspoken advocate for people with mental illness. Recently, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, arts and crafts, writing, and baking. She had a kind soul and an extremely strong will to live. She loved her family immensely.

She was a proud mother of two children, her son Edward Ball II and her daughter Catherine Ball Becher, both of Broomfield, Colorado. She was known fondly as Grammy Ball by her three grandchildren: Grant, Burke, and Mara Becher.

She is also survived her son-in-law Dane Becher, also of Broomfield; and by her siblings: Harold and his wife, Bev Frost, of Sheffield, and Barb and her husband, Dave Mitchell, of Fair Haven, Massachusetts; an especially close nephew, Harry Frost, of Sheffield, as well as her nephew Matt Mitchell of Portland, Oregon; and by her niece Sara and her husband, Joan Cabañas, of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

She had many lifelong friends, but a few who were especially near and dear to her heart, who survive her, are Joan and Skip Lamere of Waterbury, and Harriet Beattie of Lancaster, New Hampshire. She also was grateful for her friendship with Nikki Carpenter of Johnson.

She lived her life with great determination and courage despite many serious physical health challenges. She once wrote, “When I look upon my final sunset I want to feel that inner peace that comes with having done my very best at life.”

At her request, there will be no ceremony. Later this year, her ashes will be interred next to her beloved husband at Green Mountain Cemetery in Montpelier.

Steven Keith Dentel

Steven Keith Dentel died on February 18, 2015, after a long struggle with prostate cancer, which he faced with his signature mix of humor and scientific analysis.

He was born on November 4, 1951, in Washington, D.C., to Keith and Marcene (Chudomelka) Dentel, and grew up in suburban Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University and master and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from Cornell University.

He was a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), where he was a teacher and researcher for over 30 years. He was well known in his field as an expert in water and biosolids treatment processes. He was instrumental in the creation of an undergraduate major in environmental engineering at UD and in 2006 became the faculty advisor for the newly formed Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at the university. Known as Dr. Steve to his EWB students, he traveled to Cameroon 11 times, working with EWB and community members to build water systems in two villages and was designated a “Prince and Village Notable” by the people of Bakang II, Bamendjou. His experience with Engineers Without Borders served as a catalyst for his research on water and sanitation issues in the developing world. Most recently, he received funding from the Gates Foundation to explore the use of water-permeable membranes in latrines as a means of limiting pathogens in ground water. This innovative treatment is currently being tested in India and, if successful, could have a significant impact on sanitation processes in the developing world.

He was a loving, funny, smart, adventurous man devoted to making the world a better place. As a member of the City of Newark Conservation Advisory Commission for 15 years, including ten years as chairman, he advocated for recycling, green energy, and passage of Newark’s anti-idling ordinance. He was also active in local Democratic politics and served as chairman of the twenty-fifth district for a number of years.

His passion for travel took him to more than 30 countries during his lifetime for both work and pleasure. He had a great love of beautiful places around the world, but perhaps his favorite place to be was spending time with family and friends at the family cottage on Lake Willoughby in Vermont.

He received recognition for his work over the years and most recently was awarded the Order of the First State, Delaware’s highest civilian honor, by Governor Jack Markell. In 2014, he was awarded the inaugural Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

He is survived by his partner in life of 34 years, Carol Post; two sons: Aaron Dentel-Post and Colin Dentel-Post; Colin’s wife, Crystal Woodford; and by his brother William Keith Dentel and his wife, Jan Kinney. He is also survived by a wide circle of friends, colleagues, and students who will deeply miss his quirky sense of humor, thoughtful analysis, and loving spirit.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Richard Keith Dentel.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. DuPont Music Building, at 100 Orchard Road at the University of Delaware, in Newark, Delaware 19711.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach endowment fund at www.aeespfoundation.org/content/aeesp-foundation-donations-memory-dr-steven-k-dentel; or to Engineers Without Borders at the University of Delaware. Checks may be made to University of Delaware with “Engineers Without Borders in Memory of Steve Dentel” in the memo line, and sent to the University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 East Main Street, Third Floor, Newark, Delaware 19716, or at www.udel.edu/makeagift (select “other” and fill in “Engineers Without Borders in Memory of Steve Dentel”).

To send condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com.

obit farnhamElwin Roy Farnham

Elwin Roy Farnham, 93, affectionately known as “Red” to his many friends, died on February 15, 2015, in Fairfax, Virginia, after a period of declining health.

He was born on January 29, 1922, in North Troy, to the late George Arthur and Eva May Willey Farnham.

He proudly served his country as a member of the Army Air Force in Natal, Brazil, during World War II.

In 1947, he married Muriel Benoit, also a native of North Troy. They settled in East Hartford, Connecticut, and later, Manchester, Connecticut, to raise their family.

He was employed for 35 years in Department 954 of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. In addition, he worked for Dzen Farms in South Windsor, Connecticut, for over 40 years. During his later years, he was known as the “Old Man” who loved to help families pick out their Christmas trees.

He leaves behind four children: Dana and his wife, Pamala Farnham of Normal, Illinois, Shelley and her husband, Jeffrey Hilber, of Vienna, Virginia, Mary and her husband, Harold Wong, of Dove Canyon, California, and Gregory and his husband, Christopher Varga, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. His legacy includes six grandchildren: Courtney and her husband, Todd Baker, Caitlin Hilber, Stephen Hilber and his fiancée, Alexandra Bullard, Maya Wong, Megan and Rachel Varga-Farnham; and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Barbara Rabun of San Diego, California; his brother Bruce Farnham of Richmond; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Muriel, in 2001; his brothers: Maurice and Lynn Farnham; and by his sisters: Wilma Farnham and Louise Farnham Sargent.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Vermont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online at Capital Caring, www.capitalcaring.org, or mailed to Capital Caring Resource Development-Donor Services, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

obit hebertMichael P. Hebert

Michael P. Hebert Sr., 67, of Norfolk, Virginia, died on February 20, 2015.

He was born in Barton. He was a 1965 graduate of Newport High School.

He served with the U. S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Robert A. Owens (DD827) based in Norfolk, and was a member of the Robert A. Owens Shipmates Association. After his naval service, he worked as an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) mechanic for 45 years and the last 19 years at Behrends Mechanical Inc.

His hobbies included gardening, estate sales, and collecting various items. He was an avid NASCAR fan, loved Westerns, movie classics, musicals, big band music, oldies, and dancing. He enjoyed going to his family’s reunions in Vermont.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Poynter Hebert; his daughter Kristie Johnson and her husband, Ricky, of Alexandria, Virginia; his son Michael P. Hebert Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his grandchildren: Reagan, Gabrielle, Marlena, Nicholas, and Katelynn; his brothers: Ronald Hebert and his wife, Anne, and Rodney Hebert of New Hampshire, Phillip Hebert and his wife, Sallie, of Montana, Terry Hebert and his wife, Joyce, Dennis Hebert, and Craig Hebert and his wife, Martha, all of Vermont; his sister Pam Hebert of Vermont; his brother-in-law Ransom Adams and his wife, Becky, of Ohio; and by many other loving family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Cecile and Antonin Hebert, of Newport; his sister Charmaine Adams of Ohio; and by a brother, Robert Hebert, of Virginia.

Funeral services with military honors were held on February 24, in Norfolk.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Please visit www.woodlawngroup.com to leave a message of condolence for the family.

obit JennessKenneth L. Jenness

Kenneth Leo Jenness, 95, died on February 20, 2015, at his home in Morgan, surrounded by four generations of his loving family.

He was one of eight children — two girls and six boys. He was born in Barton on December 9, 1919. He married Ruby Josephine Petelle of Holland on July 15, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He received a bachelor of science degree from Lyndon State College in 1967.

Mr. Jenness served in the United States Army in World War II with the 18th Airways Detachment, supporting the “Flying Tigers” at air bases in Kunming and Luliang, China. In the years following the war, he owned and operated the Morgan Corner Store and served as the town’s postmaster. In 1948, he joined the Vermont National Guard and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. After the National Guard was ordered to active duty, he served in the regular Army for three years with the 172nd Infantry Regiment in Germany and for three years as recruiting officer on Okinawa, Japan.

He also served two tours in Korea: one with the United Nations Military Armistice Command at Panmunjon (on the DMZ), and the second in Seoul as officer-in-charge, Pacific Stars and Stripes-Korea. He served three years with the infantry training center at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, and three years as the public information officer at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. On May 31, 1966, he retired with the rank of major. Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal with three overseas bars, the Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, the Army Combat Infantry Badge, the American Defense Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the Army, he built a large family home in Brattleboro and for 15 years taught at Brattleboro Union High School. For 12 of those years, he conducted an after-school driver’s education program at the Austine School for the Deaf. He also worked at the state level, developing an alcohol education program to be incorporated into the driver’s education curriculum. He retired from teaching in June of 1980.

Upon retirement from teaching, he built another large home, this time on Seymour Lake. He served the town of Morgan for many years as selectman and delinquent tax collector. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport and served two tours as commander. He was especially proud of his work to feed the homeless and indigent. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing for many years and traveled extensively around the world before settling down. Mr. Jenness enjoyed his woodworking projects, his raspberry patch, his woods, and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; six children: Sonia M. Stockard and her husband, Walter, of Alexandria, Virginia, Karen O. McCormack and her husband, Frank, of Pickens, South Carolina, Kenni E. Freire and her husband, Paul, of Clearwater, Florida, Michael J. Jenness and his wife, Barbara Peterson, of Palm Harbor, Florida, Krystal R. Jenness of Fairfax, and Matthew T. Jenness of Shelton, Connecticut; his sister Dorothy Dunn Parmalee of Tupper Lake, New York; as well as by 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister.

A wonderful person just left me on February 20 — I am his wife, Ruby. He was a loving husband in every way, a wonderful father to six whom he taught so much, a friend to many and a neighbor. He leaves me, the only promise he ever broke. I will miss him forever. Until we meet again.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on February 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LabountyAlpha Merl Labounty

Alpha Merl Labounty, 99, of Irasburg died on February 22, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on January 10, 1916, in Albany, to Harlow and Ora (Decker) Ingalls.

She married Karl Labounty, who predeceased her on July 11, 1985.

She loved gardening and growing strawberries and raspberries. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandson Karl and her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping with her late husband, watching soap operas, and going for drives through the countryside.

She was a member of the Community Circle of Community National Bank.

When she was 12 years old, she helped raise her brothers and sisters when her father died.

She is survived by her daughter Lorraine Adams of Newport; her grandson Karl Loukes and his wife, Christy, of Newport; six great-grandchildren: Holly, Cody, Alexis, Hannah, Kloie, and Karl Jr.; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Fortin. She is also survived by her brothers: Richard Ingalls and his wife, Mary, of Albany, Maurice Ingalls of Irasburg, and Harlow Ingalls of California.

She was predeceased by her daughter Ann Buttendorf; and by her siblings: Fern Ukrijs, Helen Sanville, Arlene Ingalls, and Patrick Ingalls.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MingWilliam H. “Bill” Ming

William H. “Bill” Ming, 86, of Island Pond died on February 19, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 29, 1928, in Island Pond to John and Alice Ming.

On May 28, 1949, he married Beth Moutlon, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was the owner of Ming’s Sales and Service in Island Pond for many years.

He loved his John Deere and Kubota. He enjoyed snowmobiling, grooming the trails, and was a founding member of the Brighton Snowmobile Club. He formally owned the Brighton Gas Service where he sold Polaris snowmobiles and four-wheelers. He enjoyed family time and working with the public.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Ming, of Island Pond; his children: Gary Ming and his wife, Phyllis, and Larry Ming and his wife, Sylvie, all of Island Pond; his grandchildren: Nicholas, Jenny, Jennifer, Brandy and Derek; and by eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Ming.

Funeral services were held on February 21, in Island Pond. Spring interment with full military honors will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brighton Fire Department, 102 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit thompsonYvette Elaine Thompson

Yvette Elaine Thompson, 69, of Derby died unexpectedly on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at her winter residence in Scottsdale Arizona.

She was born in Newport on July 14, 1945, to Aime and Gertrude-Gagne Parenteau. She was raised in Newport Center. She was married to Laurence Thompson on May 30, 1968, and they made their home in Derby. After retirement in 2010, they began wintering in the warmer climates of Arizona.

Being a wife and mother filled her life with an overwhelming love and joy, and she enjoyed all it brought to her life. She liked to stay active and worked at several local businesses over the years, including the Pick & Shovel’s pet shop. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, crafts such as wood and rock carving, travel, decorating, and going for walks. She was a great cook and a wonderful host. But what she loved most was the time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She attended their school and sports events when she could, and enjoyed things like taking the kids to visit the elk farm, picking strawberries, swimming in the pool, watching them play a spirited game of whiffle ball in the yard, and eating Sunday brunch at The East Side together.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Laurence Thompson of Derby; her son Todd Thompson and daughter-in-law Danielle of Enfield, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Sydney, Connor, and Zachary Thompson of Enfield; her brother Albert Parenteau of Plainfield, Connecticut; her sister Mary Jane Malouin and her husband, George, of Scottsdale, Arizona; her in-laws: Kenneth Thompson and his wife, Nancy, of Rutland, Susan Blair of Claremont, New Hampshire, Jane Thompson of Milton, Betty Thompson of Rutland, Lois Brock and her husband, Colin, of Newport, Carlton Thompson and his wife, Sandra, of Milton, Mary Choquette of North Clarendon, and Wanda Gosselin and her husband, Andrew, of Derby; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and family members. She was also fortunate to be surrounded by good friends and neighbors in both Vermont and Arizona.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Theresa Laflin; her mother- and father-in-law, Grace and Kenneth Thompson; her sister-in-law Yvette Parenteau; and by her brothers-in-law: Bruce Roy Laflin, Herbert Blair, and Philip Choquette.

All that knew her, loved her, and she will be dearly missed. The gift of her life and the memories shared are treasures that will last forever and live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

A celebration of her life was held at the Road Runner Lake Resort in Scottsdale on February 19. Memorial services in Vermont will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Ellen Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

obit UrieJohn R. Urie Sr.

John R. Urie Sr., 95, of West Glover died on February 22, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 17, 1919, in Glover to Ernest and Mae (Coumer) Urie.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was a dairy farmer for many years in West Glover.

He married Pearl Louis Richardson, who survives him.

He was a member of the American Legion in Barton, a former lister, selectman of Glover, in rural conservation and development, and director of Co-op Insurance Company of Vermont. He enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, fishing, dancing, partying, woodworking, sugar making, working in the woods, and he loved family gatherings, and he was a justice of the peace.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Urie, of Glover; his children: John Urie Jr. and his companion, Virginia Brown, of West Glover, Caroline Langmaid and her husband, Francis, of Bellows Falls, Bonnie Ingalls of West Glover, and Dennis Ingalls and his wife, Sherri, of West Glover; and by 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bernard Urie and his wife, Elaine; his sisters: Harriet King and her husband, Donald, and Beverly Grant; his sister-in-law Ellen Urie; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Yvonne; his daughter Gloria Urie; his brothers: Edwin and Howard; and by his sister Mary Ellen Knapp.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Fire Department and Ambulance Service, in care of Donna Sweeney, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit wrightGerald “Nick” Edward Wright

Gerald “Nick” Edward Wright, 45, of Warner, New Hampshire, died suddenly on February 18, 2015.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on April 29, 1969, the son of Russell H. Wright and Mary Ryan Wright.

He was a meat cutter at Market Basket in Warner and also worked for many years as a chef at Bricker’s restaurant in Claremont, New Hampshire, and Perry’s Boathouse in Newbury, New Hampshire.

He loved life and lived each day with a passion. He left a lasting impression on all those who met him. He enjoyed reading, fishing, bowling, going to movies and long conversations with his new found love, Ellen.

He is survived by his wonderful girlfriend, Ellen Manning of Warner; his uncle Michael Ryan and his family of Shaftsbury; his aunt Margaret “Peggy” Moulton and her family of Coventry; and by many cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ryan Wright, when he was three months old and his grandparents, who were his second parents, Gerald “Joe” and Veda Ryan of Derby.

Friends may call at the Chadwick Funeral Home in New London, New Hampshire, on Saturday, February 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. A service will be held at 3 p.m. with The Reverend Robert Biron, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London, officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warner Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 64, Warner, New Hampshire 03278.

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Obituaries February 18, 2015

obit DoncasterWayne E. Doncaster Sr.

Wayne E. Doncaster Sr., 89, of Irasburg died peacefully on February 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on April 7, 1925, in Derby, to Vernon and Annie (Aiken) Doncaster.

In 1952, he married Elizabeth Rhodes, who survives him.

As a young farmer on the home farm in Derby on Salem Lake, he milked cows by hand, worked with horses in the hayfield, and in the woods logging. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, and left high school early to work on the family farm with his mother while his father was away working as a master machinist. When tractors came to the area he was one of the first to have a hay baler and worked as a custom baler for many farmers. He ran a successful Christmas tree business with his father. After he married, he was hired as herdsman at Eagle Point Farm.

In 1956, he and his wife purchased Hillandale Farm and have lived and worked there ever since. He was an avid gardener and he loved music. He played the steel guitar, accordion, guitar, the bones, and piano. He loved calling square dances and playing music with family and friends. He also loved family gatherings, being outdoors, fishing as a young boy on Salem Lake, and he was a history buff, especially about World War II. Education was important to him. He earned his GED diploma, took a course in animal husbandry at the University of Connecticut, and studied music later on in life.

He was a member of the Vermont State Guard, Company B, 3rd Division. He was active in 4-H as a club leader, the Parent Teacher Association, the Grange, and he was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He was a maple sugar maker for many years. With his wife, they established Warebrook Kennel, during which time they bred champion St. Bernards. He had a robust sense of humor and was well known for his wisdom, patience, fairness, and generosity. He was an excellent herd manager and developed a registered herd of Jerseys that are descended from the original animals that came with Hillandale Farm. He took great joy in his farm — his cows, the land, and the historic buildings. He carefully retrofitted the 1875 barn for use as a modern dairy and was recognized by the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation and the Vermont Department of Agriculture with a “Barn Again” award for his work. Hillandale Farm and Waybee Jerseys will continue under the care of Wayne Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, and family.

Most of all, he was proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Doncaster, of Irasburg; his children: Colleen Goodridge of Albany, Rebecca Doncaster and her husband, Reginald Gilbert, of Maine, Barbara Ross and her husband, Warren, of Coventry, Sara Doncaster of Coventry, and Wayne Doncaster Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Irasburg; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Otis and Wendell Doncaster, Vida Powers, Vivian Austin and Joyce Jenness.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of his life will be held at Hillandale Farm this summer for extended family and friends (date to be announced).

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Respiratory Therapy, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit georgeRoy Eugene George

Roy Eugene George, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Orleans, on February 15, 2015, following a two and one-half year battle with cancer.

He was born in Cabot, on December 2, 1935, to the late Raleigh and Mary (Smith) George.

He was educated in Calais and Montpelier schools, entered the U.S. Marine Corps in January of 1954, and served during the Korean Conflict, until he was honorably discharged in 1957.

He married Deanna Davis of Northfield on September 7, 1957, in Washington, D.C., and it was there he began his life-long career in the plumbing and heating field, having worked as a journeyman plumber before becoming a master plumber. He worked for Wiggett Brothers Plumbing & Heating in Northfield Falls and Randolph for several years, as well as Gillespie Fuels of Northfield. He then went to work for Mahaney Company of Biddeford, Maine, as mechanical foreman on several hospitals and schools throughout Vermont. He was self-employed from 1972 to 1974, then he began a 20-plus year employment with Pizzagalli Construction Company of South Burlington as mechanical foreman and superintendent, working on various industrial jobs in Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, and South Carolina, before retiring in 1998.

He returned to Vermont in 2000 and made his home in the Northeast Kingdom. He was caretaker for several cottages at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and surrounding areas, and continued to enjoy his trade by doing occasional maintenance and repair work for several family and friends in the Northeast Kingdom, until his declining health forced him to retire completely. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Deanna; his sons: Michael George and his wife, Keri, of Warner Robins, Georgia, David George and wife, Lolita, of Orleans, and Allan George of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his daughter Rhonda Hernandez and her husband, Hugh, of Midlothian, Virginia; nine grandchildren: Tamara George of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Alexander Hernandez and his wife, Lindsay, of Lynchburg, Virginia, Sean George of Chelsea, Massachusetts, Matthew Hernandez of Citrus Heights, California, Kaitlyn George, Kyle George, and Kolby George of Orleans, Mitchell George of Oklahoma City, and Liam George of Warner Robins; his sister-in-law Andrea Goodrich of Northfield; his nieces: Judith Kellogg of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Barbara and Gary Brown of Northfield, and Shari Lokey and her companion, Jimmy Nowakowski, of Ware, Massachusetts; three great-grandchildren; several great-nieces and -nephews; as well as by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Betty Doney.

If there was a quote we were to attribute to him, it would be this one from Will Rogers: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” That, was Roy George.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, February 21, at 11 a.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield. Immediately following the memorial service, the family invites everyone to a gathering to continue the celebration at Sorrell-Maynard American Legion Post, on Depot Square, in Northfield. Stories and photos would be most welcome. A graveside service will be conducted in the spring in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with memorial donations to one of the many organizations furthering cancer research or helping United States veterans.

obit kennisonLouise Marilyn Kennison

Louise Marilyn Kennison, 76, of Newport died peacefully on February 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 11, 1938, in Newport, to Henry and Loretta (Rivard) Lunna.

On December 11, 1956, she married Donald Kennison, who predeceased her on November 13, 1995.

She was a librarian for 16 years for the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, from where she retired on June 12, 1999.

She was a member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, canning, spending time with her family, and she loved her dog Ginger.

She is survived by her children: Donna Annis and her husband, Tim, of Newport, John Kennison and his friend, Jeannette Pare, of Newport, Michael Kennison and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, and Donald Kennison of Kittery, Maine; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her siblings: Claire Wright of Orleans, Albert Lunna and his wife, Linda, of Bristol, and Henry Lunna and his wife, Sue Mary, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, at the Newport Center Methodist Church. Spring interment will be in Westfield Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LadueRaymond “Ray” W. Ladue Jr.

Raymond “Ray” W. Ladue Jr., 82, of Newport died peacefully on February 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 24, 1932, in St. Albans, to Raymond and Marion (Delaney) Ladue.

On August 27, 1954, he married Elsie Story, who survives him.

He attended elementary schools in Sheldon, and graduated in 1951 from BFA High School in St. Albans. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Johnson State College in 1955 and a master’s degree in administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, in 1963.

He taught and was a principal from 1955 to 1992. He started at South School, then West School and the junior high in Newport, math at North Country Union High School, and he was supervising principal at Newport City Elementary School.

He once belonged to the Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star, and he was a charter member of the Jaycees. He was on the Newport Recreation Committee for 18 years and he coached Little League. He was also a member of the local Retired Teacher’s Association and State Retired Teacher’s Association.

His great love was being a member of the Newport Elk’s #2155. He served as exalted ruler and later as state president and district deputy grand exalted ruler north, and Hoop School chairman for many years, and he was in charge of renting the Elks for functions for many years.

He enjoyed hunting, golfing with John D. and Rene P., and working on building projects until his decreased vision became an issue.

He and his wife spent many years camping and going to St. Martin’s with Dave and Donna.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elsie Ladue, of Newport; his son James Ladue of Newport; his sister Betty Hubbard of New York; his daughter-in-law Donna Ladue of Derby; his grandsons: Tory and Cody Ladue and Jamie Longley; and by his sisters-in-law: Leona Brook and Pearl Belanger.

He was predeceased by his dear son David in 2011; his parents, Ray and Marion Ladue; his brother Bob Ladue; his brothers-in-law: Mark Brook, Robert Belanger, and Clark Hubbard; and by his mother- and father-in-law, Delmar and Eschol Story.

Funeral services were held on February 14, in Derby. An Elks service was held on February 13, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Elks Silver Towers, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont 05766.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LormanCarolyn Edna Lorman

Carolyn Edna Lorman, 84, died peacefully in her recliner at home, on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

She struggled with pulmonary fibrosis for over three years. Even in her decline, she had a sweet spirit and never complained. Her dear friend was by her side.

She was born on June 7, 1930, to Beatrice (Neal) and Walter Lorman, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1948. She received her bachelor of science in physical education from Bridgewater State College, in Massachusetts, in 1952.

She began her distinguished career in Newburyport, Massachusetts, before moving to New York State, where she taught in Cooperstown and Saranac Lake. During that time, she earned her master’s degree at Cortland State College, in New York.

Her love of skiing (Killington) brought her back to Springfield in 1963. In 1970, she moved to Newport, to begin the physical education programs for the new school, North Country Union High School. She retired from there in 1992.

She was a member, and held offices, in the Association of Women in Physical Education of New York State, and the Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She was very active in these associations, planning conferences, workshops, and other programs for the advancement of women, and physical education in general. She was a former member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter, an organization for women in education.

She was well regarded by students and peers. She liked each and every student she ever had. Some of her greatest accomplishments and joys were her successful state championship field hockey teams. She also had good basketball and track and field teams. She loved her home on the lake, and enjoyed many wonderful rides as captain of her party boat. Skiing was her passion until she developed heart trouble in 1984. She had skied every challenging mountain in the East. She was first on and last off the mountain.

She loved people, a good party, laughter, and good stories. She loved her birds, and they loved her for feeding them! She spent 22 wonderful winters in Arizona to be near her sister Frances. Both were political junkies and had lively discussions. She loved her church friends in Arizona.

She was a devoted Baptist. The Lord had blessed her with a kind heart. The Lord blessed us with her presence in our lives. She will be missed. Now, the Lord is pleased with her life and has called her home to be with him and her family.

She is survived by her dear nieces: Andrea Dwyer of Newport, Rhode Island — she and Andie had fun in Arizona and shared a love of sports, especially the baseball games — and Sherry Hagearian of Acton, Massachusetts — where visits to see Auntie were welcome and so special, and York Beach, and her New York Giants versus Patriots, and Red Sox, and strong faith in common — Cynthia Murphy of Concord, Massachusetts, and Karen Wilbur; her nephews: David and Paul Wilbur, all of Jacksonville, Florida; several grand-nieces and –nephews; and by her brother-in-law Arthur Tiffany of Arizona. She is also survived by her good friend Jean, who was like a sister. They were longtime friends from way back in the 1960s. They enjoyed camping, boating, working in summer camps in Maine, including at York Beach, and maintaining their lake home.

She was predeceased by three beloved sisters: Frances Tiffany, Phyllis Doherty, and Charlotte Wilbur; as well as by her parents.

Per her wishes, there will be no service. The family will have an interment service in the spring at the family cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts. However, there will be a celebration of her life, open house, on Saturday February 21, at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary “Lorraine” Lussier

Mary V. Lorraine Bertha Lussier, 80, formerly of Hardwick, most recently of the Greensboro Nursing Home, died on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

She was born on August 26, 1934, in Albany, daughter of the late Antonio P. and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier. She attended East Albany public school.

She was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick. She loved animals and enjoyed training them, horseback riding, and long walks. Most of all she enjoyed music, playing records, dancing, and she had mastered the lost art of playing the spoons.

Survivors include five siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Noel Lussier of Greensboro, Bert Lussier of Berkshire, and Bernard Lussier of Craftsbury; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by three siblings: Muriel Stone, Laurent Lussier, and Roger Lussier.

Funeral services were held on February 16, in Hardwick. Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

obit nicholsJesse Brooks Nichols III

Jesse Brooks Nichols III, 80, longtime resident of the Pomfret Valley and Lake Seymour, died on February 3, 2015.

He loved the life he had and he lived it fully and well. To family and friends he had a large personality in a large frame and there was no doubt when you were in his presence.

Even as his health declined, he was never one to complain. There was no grief, no bouts of anger or denial. It was as if, for him, it would sound ungrateful given the life he’d led and the love he shared with his wife and family.

Lumberman, entrepreneur, specialty knife distributor and collector, railroad aficionado, cartoonist, lord of the limerick, storyteller, and consumer of big bellied fried clams at Tozier’s, he led a life of quiet accomplishment. When he was running Vermont Pacific, a veneer and plywood business, he was in his element in the company of loggers and the smell of freshly cut timber. Always on the prowl for a “new” diner, his all-time favorite was The Wasp. He was a skilled fly fisherman. It was a passion he shared with his family. He wet lines in the wild rivers of Alaska, Wyoming, and Canada, the bonefish and permit flats of the Bahamas and Mexico, as well as the rivers, lakes, and streams of his beloved Vermont.

On October 10, 1954, he married Lee Lonegren. They had five sons: Jesse IV and his wife, Amy, David, Brad and his wife, Dorothy, Stephen, and John. He has four grandchildren, Jesse V and his wife, Lorren, Benjamin, Mara, and Ella Nichols, who have been blessed with wonderful memories and the storytelling of “Poppie.” He leaves two brothers, Ashton Nichols and John Hopkins, and one sister, Suzie Hopkins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nikki Clifford.

On June 27, 1980, he married Janice Gramling, his loving and devoted wife. She was his selfless caregiver and best friend until his death. Dad would often say how blessed he was to have her in his life. With their four-legged fur ball Music, they were inseparable. Thank you, Janice, for loving our father.

Private memorial.

Donations may be made to Mertens House, 73 River Street, Suite 2, Woodstock, Vermont 05091.

obit PionHilda B. Pion

Hilda B. Pion, 83, of Lowell died on February 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 21, 1931, to Floyd and Mable (Snider) Norway.

In 1948, she married Anselme Pion, who predeceased her in 1996.

She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the St. Ignatius Ladies Society. She enjoyed knitting, much to the delight of her family and friends. She was very active in the Ladies Group, including working on meals for weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling with her husband.

She worked with her husband for over 40 years on their farm, including sugaring.

She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

She is survived by her children: Richard Pion and his wife, Sherry, of Lowell, Maurice Pion and his wife, Mary, of Lowell, Annette Baraw and her husband, Fred, of Newport Center, Armand Pion and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Albert Pion and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell, Laurette Palin and her husband, Jim, of Newport, Reginald Pion and his wife, Karen, of Lowell, Norman Pion and his wife, Missy, of Lowell, and Sam Pion of Lowell; 31 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Velma Colburn of Newport, Ami Gray and her husband, Lyle, of Coventry, Arlene Pettingill and her husband, Denny, of North Carolina, Flo Verge and her husband, Roger, of Coventry, Betty Farazzie and her husband, David, of Massachusetts, and Bruce Norway and his wife, Laurie, of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her son Ernest; her grandsons: Armand Pion Jr. and Tim Pion; her great-grandson Cody Cole; her sister Donna Norway; and by two brothers: Marvin and Edwin Norway.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, February 18. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 11 a.m., at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Ladies Society, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit van zileTheresa M. Van Zile

Theresa M. Van Zile, 70, died on January 23, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire after a courageous 13-year battle with cancer. She was a long-term resident of Westmore.

She was born in Newport on July 13, 1944. She was a daughter of Ulric and Clara (Laroque) Choiniere. She grew up in Brownington.

She was a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful, devoted, loving mother raising four kids, while working full time, going to college full time, and earning a master’s degree in education. Family was always very important to her. She was very involved with her children, and later her grandchildren, often attending many school events when she could. She loved to have her family around and every year she would plan and organize several gatherings, in which all her adult children, grandchildren, and, if able, other relatives, would attend. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed feeding people.

She worked at University of Vermont for over 25 years, where she started at the cashier’s office and worked her way up to become associate director of financial aid. Then she worked at Lyndon State College in the financial aid department, until she retired. While working at Lyndon State College, some of the employees donated their time off so that she could continue seeking cancer treatment in Florida during winter months. Throughout the years while working in financial aid, she made many lifelong friends. She was always very dedicated to helping students in any way she could.

She is survived by her children: Robert Jr. and his wife, Kelly Van Zile, of Georgia, Tracy and her husband, Bernard Houle, of Irasburg, Suzette and her husband, Alan Garey, of Georgia, and Bradley Van Zile of Westmore; her grandchildren: Rennie, Christian, and Cody Van Zile of Georgia, Erica Houle and her fiancé, Robert Shangraw, of South Burlington, Courtney Bowen and her husband, Billy, of Enosburg Falls, Nicole Garey of St. Albans, and Ethan Garey of Georgia; her step-grandchildren: Morgan and Skylar Gagne of St. Albans, Samantha Houle of North Troy, and Melissia Houle of Newport; her great-grandchildren: Landon Domina, Harrison Shangraw and Jackson Bowen; her sister Clarabelle and her husband, Robert Jannetti, of Stony Creek, Connecticut; her brothers: Reynold Choiniere of Newport, and Lionel and his wife, Doris Choiniere, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Van Zile Sr.; her parents, Ulric and Clara Choiniere; and by her brothers: Harvey, Victor, Alton, Alcide, Ovide, and Raymond.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on May 30 at 11 a.m., with interment at the Westmore Lake View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please submit donations to the Salvation Army in your own community.

obit WhitehouseJames W. Whitehouse Jr.

James W. Whitehouse Jr., 90, formerly of Derby, died on February 10, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on November 26, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to James and Gertrude (Hoffman) Whitehouse Sr.

In September of 1948, he married the former Britta Poulsen, who predeceased him in July of 2011.

He worked in England and Europe for the American Bureau of Shipping, where he also raised his family for many years, before moving to Connecticut and working for Castrol Oil Company. He then moved to Derby, to retire.

He loved hunting, fishing, and marquetry.

He graduated from Kings Point New York Merchant Marine Academy and was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his loving and devoted children: Annabella Wakefield of England, Gail Martin of West Charleston, James Whitehouse and his wife, Maria, of Huntington, and Eric Whitehouse and his wife, Joanne, of Freedom, New Hampshire; and by 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Black.

Funeral services were held on February 14, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries February 11, 2015

obit BenoitNorman “Jake” W. Benoit

Norman “Jake” W. Benoit, 88, of Barton died on February 2, 2015, in Barton. He died on his sixty-third wedding anniversary.

He was born on October 1, 1926, in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Theodore and Aimee (Harvender) Benoit.

On February 2, 1952, he married Elizabeth White, who predeceased him on January 22, 2015.

He owned and operated Benoit’s Garage, his own automotive shop, with his father, which started out as a blacksmith shop in North Brookfield, Massachusetts.

He was a veteran of World War II.

The family summered in Barton on Crystal Lake and he eventually moved here with his family in 1972. He was an avid fisherman, cribbage player, and he loved animals and going for rides with his son Norman.

He is survived by his children: Jeanne Tinker of Naples, Florida, and Norman D. Benoit and his girlfriend, Sarah Darling, of Orleans; his grandchildren: Franklin Miller Jr., Miranda Miller, Tyler Tinker, and Theodore Benoit; his great-granddaughter Jenna Bacon; his brother Joseph Benoit, and his sister “Teeney” Laflam, both of North Brooksfield; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Leigh Ann Benoit; and by three brothers and four sisters.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit harrnessShirley M. Harrness

Shirley M. Harrness, 66, died on Thursday, February 5, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Sheldon.

She was born in North Hampton, Massachusetts, on October 9, 1948, the daughter of the late Audrey (Finn) Daniels.

She grew up and attended schools in North Hampton, and South Royalton.

On September 5, 1969, she married Stephen M. Harrness of Randolph, and began the life of farming in Vermont. They worked side by side on their farms in Randolph, Grand Isle, and Enosburg Falls. They started milking 55 cows in Randolph, then grew to milking 100 in Grand Isle and they reached 900 in Enosburg Falls.

They have owned a house in Island Pond since 2002.

When in Grand Isle, Ms. Harrness became active with the children’s school and Parent Teachers Association, the Boy Scouts and 4-H Dairy. She was on the Vermont State 4-H Dairy Committee and she chaperoned 4-H Dairy trips to Vermont fairs as well as Eastern States for many years.

She leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Steve Harrness; and three sons: Thomas and his wife, Liza, of Sheldon, Lawrence and his wife, Mary Jane, of Berkshire, and Dennis of Sheldon. Her grandchildren were her life: Jonathan, Anthony, Perry, Ryan, Makayla, and Lawrence all survive her and she loved making her annual trips with them to the Great Escape, Santa’s Village, and other fun places. She never went a day without her grandchildren around her. She also leaves behind her siblings: Jean Jones and her husband, Bruce, and Audrey Frary and her husband, David, all of South Royalton, Roland Daniels and his wife, Wanda, of Meriden, New Hampshire, and Robert Daniels and his wife, Allison, of El Paso, Texas; her family in Bethel: Debbie and Bill Richards, and father-in-law Mitchell Harrness; her dear, loving friends: Mary Mason of Enosburg Falls, Brenda Dupont of East Haven, and Jackie Dragon of Franklin; Mary, Brenda and Jackie brought her laughter, joy, support, and beautiful friendship; and numerous nieces and nephews who she loved and enjoyed.

Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her siblings: Mary Thurston and her husband, Frank, Roberta Marcroft, Darlene Zonay, and Mark Daniels; her mother-in-law, Corrine Harrness; and her brother-in-law Gregory Harrness.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 13, at 11 a.m., at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls, with the Reverend Jason McConnell officiating. Friends are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will be held this spring in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Association, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vermont 05478; or to the Vermont Make-A-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

obit HeathWilliam C. Heath Sr.

William C. Heath Sr., 82, of Island Pond died on February 4, 2015, at his home.

He was born on February 2, 1933, in Island Pond, to Sherman and Mildred (Aldrich) Heath.

On January 2, 1953, he married Gleigh Gray, who survives him.

Mr. Heath was a self-employed dairy farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 of Island Pond, and Better Breathers. He was a former lister and a member of the zoning board in Island Pond and the farm bureau.

He liked woodworking, gardening, reading, and enjoyed family gatherings just about every Saturday night. As a jack-of-all-trades he was always giving a helping hand to family and friends. He was often called upon to chauffeur several of the white haired ladies of the family on shopping trips.

He is survived by his wife, Gleigh Heath, of Island Pond; his children: Shirley Mooney and her husband, Steve, of Barton, William Heath and his wife, Donna, of Plainfield, New Hampshire, Lorrie Heath of Island Pond, and Peggy Reed and her husband, Earl, of Newark; his grandchildren: Christopher Mooney, Scott Mooney, Amanda Mooney, Tamara Heath, and Troy Heath and his companion, Sarah Cram; his great-grandchildren: Alice Ball and Raelyn Pytka; his brother Milton Heath and his wife, Fay, of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Patricia Gray, Charlotte Gunn, Gunda Gray, Monique Gray, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan; several nieces and nephews; and by a special longtime family friend, Diane Brindley.

He was predeceased by his brothers- and sisters-in law: Earl “Sonny” Gray, Marilyn Wade, Anna Johnson, Glenn Gray, and Niles “Jody” Gray.

Funeral services were held on February 8, in Island Pond. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Better Breathers at the Cardio-Pulmonary Department, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr., 68, of North Troy died on January 31, 2015, in St. Johnsbury, to the loving arms of his parents, Georgette (Bacon) and Laurent Leblanc Sr.

He was currently greenskeeper at the Newport Country Club. He formerly worked at Jay Peak for many years.

He leaves three sisters: Lorraine Warner of Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rose-Marie Pepin of Meriden, Connecticut, and Rachel and her husband, Richard Powers, of Coventry; two nephews and three nieces; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins who mourn him. He is also survived by his special cousin and friend David and Candy Leblanc whom he enjoyed visiting with and were there for him; his special friend Terry Medley; and by his basketball buddy Pete Gonyer, who enjoyed the games.

At his request, there will be no services.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Special Olympics, which was dear to him.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-rowellGeorge Rowell

George Rowell, 85, died on January 15, 2015, in Crossville, Tennessee.

He was born on April 8, 1929, in South Albany. He was born and raised on a dairy farm, the oldest son of eight children of Harry and Helen (Urie) Rowell.

He was married to his first wife, Ruth McBride, on August 14, 1952. She died on January 11, 1980.

Mr. Rowell married Alta Jackson Wheeler in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on April 23, 1983.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. His college years were interrupted by his Korean War service. He also earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After serving active duty, he continued in the Air Force reserves, with reserve weekend trainings at Hanscom Air Force Base. He was liaison officer commander with the Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he went for five days, for 17 years. He retired as a colonel.

He began his 33-year engineering career with GE in Pittsfield, in ordnance division, and retired from GE in their Cincinnati, Ohio, office, aerospace division, in 1990. He also served as chairman of the Pittsfield Airport Commission for 15 years. He had a passion for flying and owned three small aircraft in his lifetime.

He was a member of the Linary Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Alta; his daughter Susan Hartloff of Ballston Spa, New York; his son, Brian and his wife, Laurie, of Saxtons River; three stepchildren: Laurie Gingras and her husband, Mark, of Pittsfield, Carol Boyer and her husband, Phil, of Nashville, Tennessee, and John Wheeler and his wife, Leisa, of Denver, Colorado; his sisters: Louise, Eunice, and Harriet; his brothers: Marvin, Morris, and Wilbur; 11 grandchildren; and by two great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Ruth; and by his brother Hollis.

There will be a memorial service in Saxtons River in the spring. A memorial service was held in Crossville, on January 19.

obit StebbinsRobin Mary Stebbins

Robin Mary Stebbins, 57, of Craftsbury died on February 3, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 24, 1957, in Petersburg, Virginia, to Rodolph and Mary (Fortune) Chase Sr.

On September 4, 1982, she married George Stebbins, who survives her.

She graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1976 and in 1980 received a bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science at the University of Vermont.

She was a medical transcriptionist for Med Quest.

Her hobbies included making crafts, sewing, needlepoint, gardening, and cooking.

She was a great mother, grandmother, sister, and very hard worker. She had a great sense of humor and liked playing practical jokes. She made the best dinner rolls in the county.

She is survived by her husband, George Stebbins, of Craftsbury; her sons: Alex Stebbins and his wife, Nicole, of Danville, and Benjamin Stebbins and his wife, Amanda, of Morrisville; her grandchildren: Bella and Chase Stebbins; her brothers: Rudy Chase Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Craftsbury, and by her twin brother, Raymond Chase, and his wife, Joyce, of Craftsbury; her nieces: Karen and Valerie Mason, Andrea Phelps, Katie, Julianne, and Mykaela Chase; and by her nephew Nick Chase. She loved her dogs, Sophie and Bailey.

Funeral services were held on February 8, on Craftsbury Common.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VanasseGilles Louis Vanasse

Gilles Louis Vanasse, 84, of Barton died on February 7, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on April 20, 1930, in Sainte Edwidge, Quebec, to Victor and Imelda (Cliche) Vanasse.

On June 21, 1952, he married Jeannette Couture.

He worked as an auto body repairman in various auto body shops before starting Vanasse Auto Body. He ran his business until age 52. After he sold his business, he worked as a carpenter with his son Daniel for ten more years, when he retired at age 62.

In the years before retirement he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and working in the woods. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeannette Vanasse, of Barton; his children: Helene Taylor and her husband, Francis, of West Glover, Paul Vanasse and his wife, Luanne, of West Charleston, Lucille Vanasse of Queensbury, New York, Bertrand Vanasse of Barton, Daniel Vanasse and his wife, Pauline, of Barton, and Gaetan Vanasse of Ocala, Florida; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leo Vanasse of Orleans, and Andre Vanasse of Quebec; his sister Monique Lebel of Quebec; and by several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by seven sisters and three brothers, all of Quebec.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 13, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit whitingLeora Lea J. Whiting

Leora Lea J. Whiting, 78, of Brownington died on January 31, 2015.

She was a beloved and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

She was born on July 18, 1936, to Lee and Alta (White) Barrup.

On March 24, 1956, she married Hazen Whiting, who predeceased her in 2000.

She was a rural route mail carrier for the U.S Postal Service for over 25 years, which she enjoyed until her retirement.

She enjoyed helping her husband, Hazen, with the family farm and spending time with her grandchildren. She was the pastor of the Zion Pentecostal Church of East Charleston for many years.

She is survived by her children: Donna Shelton of Brownington, Deborah Couture and her husband, Richard, of Addison, Maine, and Larry Vance and his wife, Janice, of North Woodstock, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Michel Lawson and his wife, Jena, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Debbie Willard and her husband, Luke, of Brownington, Nick Couture and his wife, Joanie, of Stratton, Maine, Brandon Couture of Middlebury, Larry Vance Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of New Hampshire, Brian Vance of New Hampshire, and Robert Vance and his wife, Mariah, of Newberry; 14 great grandchildren; her brother James Barrup of Brownington; her sisters: Rachel Pray and Sherry Barrup, both of Brownington; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hazen; her son Donald; her brother Everett Barrup; and by her sisters: Pearl Barrup and Ruth Curtis.

Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.

There was a celebration of her life on February 7, in West Charleston. Interment will take place in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Barton Ambulance, P.O. Box 364, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Althea Blair

A memorial service for Althea Blair, who died on December 10, 2014, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the American Legion in Island Pond, from 2 to 4 p.m., with Pastor Sue McKay officiating.

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Obituaries February 4, 2015

obit benoitElizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit

Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit, 82, of Barton, beloved wife of Norman W. Benoit, died on January 22, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 22, 1932, in Ryegate, a daughter of George and Anne (Tillison) White Sr.

On February 2, 1952, she married Norman W. Benoit, who survives her.

She was an animal lover and enjoyed watching and feeding birds.

She is survived by her husband, Norman W. Benoit, of Barton; her children: Jeanne Tinker of Naples, Florida, and Norman D. Benoit and his girlfriend, Sarah Darling, of Orleans; her grandchildren: Franklin Miller Jr., Miranda Miller, Tyler Tinker, and Theodore Benoit; her great-granddaughter Jenna Bacon; a brother, George White, and his wife, Pat, of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Carmen Sheldon, of Barre, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Leigh Ann Benoit.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit Chaplin RoySandra Chaplin-Roy

Sandra Chaplin-Roy, 65, of Derby Line died peacefully on January 29, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on August 4, 1949, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Leon and Darlene (Walker) Bednarczyk.

She married Roland “Buzz” Roy on January 2, 2015, after 38 years of courtship.

She worked as a paraprofessional for an early childhood program.

She was a member of the Memphremagog Yacht Club. She enjoyed sailing, scrap booking, reading, and she was a dance instructor for the Wellness Center for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Buzz Roy of Derby Line; her son Daniel Chaplin of Cedar Park, Texas; two grandchildren: Mia, and Alex Chaplin; two brothers: Edmund Bednarczyk and his wife, Nancy, of Washington, and Kevin Bednarczyk of Florida; a niece, Tara Bednarczyk, of South Carolina; and by her nephew Damian Bednarczyk of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to North Country Union High School, for the dance program, 209 Veterans Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Haskell Opera House, 93 Caswell Avenue, P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GaudreauJeanne Therese Gaudreau

Jeanne Therese Gaudreau died on Sunday, January 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born in Compton, Quebec, on May 11, 1922, to Yvonne (Thiverge) and George Theberge.

She married Lucien Gaudreau on October 28, 1944, in Stanstead, Quebec. They lived for many years in Connecticut until their retirement, and then they became snowbirds to Florida.

Mrs. Gaudreau was a professional businesswoman and held the position of office manager for Prudential Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut, for 20 years.

Several years after her beloved husband died, she decided she wanted to move closer to her roots, so she packed up, sold her home, and headed north. She resided at Michaud Manor for about six years until she transferred to Bel-aire Nursing Home.

Mrs. Gaudreau did not have children of her own, but was always surrounded by her many nieces and nephews who adored both her and her husband.

She had a wonderful spirit and a beautiful smile. She was a joy to have around, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends and those who cared for her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lucien; her brothers: Larry, Paul, and Andre Theberge; her sisters: Rita Day and Lucienne Waite; her sisters-in-law: Claudette Theberge, Cecile Gaudreau, Marcelle Gosselin, and Denise Gaudreau and her husband, John; and by her brother-in-law Rene Gaudreau.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stanstead.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GuyetteJoyce Guyette

Joyce Guyette, 83, of Newport died peacefully on January 31, 2015, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport, surrounded by her loving husband, Leo, and family by her side.

She was born in Coventry on October 29, 1931, to Laurence and Ola (Wells) Webster.

After a brief encounter when they were teens, she and her husband, Leo, started their lives together many years later on February 24, 1963, after each had been married with families. This union brought three more to the mix.

She enjoyed reading books, and knitting and crocheting, for friends and family. She made lots of baby blankets and dishcloths. Everyone who got married usually received a blanket and matching pillows. She loved being with family and friends and always enjoyed going to Florida in the winter once they were retired.

She was mostly a homemaker and mother but did lots of side jobs throughout her life. She sold Avon for many years, which Leo helped with as she didn’t drive, and she was a guardian ad litem for the family court system in Newport. She helped many families through difficult times. She also worked at the Glass Man, which she loved as she could watch her soaps in her living room and run through the hall when the bell rang in the shop.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Guyette, of Newport; her children: JoAnn Guyette and her husband, Mark, of Newport, Fay Willis and her husband, Gary, of Troy, Larry Davis and his wife, Barbara, of North Troy, Rita Johnson and her husband, Jim, of Canaan, New Hampshire, Brent Hodgdon of Hardwick, Rene Guyette and his wife, Linda, of Groveton, New Hampshire, Keith Guyette and his wife, Ellen, of Sebring, Florida, and Ann Jones and her husband, Rusty, of Derby; her stepdaughter Lorine Hines and her husband, Bob, and their family, of Dumfries, Virginia; her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn Cassavant and her husband, Leo, of Island Pond; her sister-in-law Laura Jean Webster of St. Johnsbury; her brother-in-law Roland Guyette and his wife, Sandra, of Vergennes; her special friends: Connie Knowles, and Raymond and Patty Jones and their family, as she considered all of them her family; her special homecare nurse, Ashley Shangraw, who is now part of the family; 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Wayne Davis; her brother Arthur Webster; her brother-in-law Arthur Guyette and his wife, Rosalie; her sister-in-law Anita Forcier and her husband, Fernand; her brother-in-law Joseph Guyette; and by a special friend, Joan McNeal (we can see them up in heaven gossiping now).

She fought through breast cancer 12 years ago, but it was Alzheimer’s that took her in the end. She fought as hard as she could but decided she had had enough. She was a special person to many and will be missed by all who knew her.

Per her request, there will be a service at the United Church in Newport on Wednesday, February 4, at 2 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the church downstairs.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Mom Supported Relay for Life Team, “Raging Turtles,” in care of Kathy Duckless, 827 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LeblancGaston Leonard Leblanc

Gaston Leonard Leblanc, 89, of North Troy died peacefully on January 30, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 10, 1927, in Jay, to Joseph and Leda (Audette) Leblanc.

On October 4, 1944, he married the former Maxalene Mead, who predeceased him on October 15, 2001.

As a young man he worked in the woods with his team of workhorses and later hauled milk and was employed at the mill in North Troy. He was also a well-known dairy farmer and later worked for the village and town of Troy, from where he retired.

He and his wife then enjoyed many years in Florida until her death.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 of Newport.

In his younger years he and his wife’s home was open to many children in town. They later became foster parents. He loved attending farm auctions, ski-dooing, and playing cards with the family and friends. He also liked gardening and growing blueberries, which he still did not long ago.

He is survived by his sister Juliette Bourne of Morrisville; his brother Leonard and his wife, Joyce, of Wesley Chapel, Florida; his children: Gaston Jr. and his wife, Christine, David and his wife, Candy, Roger and his wife, Patricia, Brian and his wife, Jane, Kathy and her husband, Dana, and Lori and Ali Hooshmand; his grandchildren: Todd, Kim, Eric, Shane, Heather, Holly, Marcie, Hope, Carrie, Vanessa, Bridgett, Brian Jr., Angie, Dana, Joshua, Michael and Loren; 23 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be announced in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 5452 U.S. Route 5, Suite A, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RobergeFelix R. Roberge

Felix R. Roberge, 98, of Derby died on January 28, 2015, in Derby.

He was born on April 7, 1916, in Bonsecours, Quebec, to Arense and Rose (Girouard) Roberge.

On October 27, 1945, he married Monique Tessier, who predeceased him on April 9, 2012.

Mr. Roberge owned and operated the family farm in Westfield for many years. He enjoyed going to Florida during the winter months with his wife for 27 years.

He was a jack-of-all-trades, adored his family and family get-togethers, and he enjoyed camping.

He is survived by his children: Rejean Roberge of Newport Center, Vivian “Connie” Verdon and her husband, Claude, of Newport Center, Ghislaine “GiGi” Lemay and her husband, John, of Derby, Etiennette Poutre and her husband, Donald, of Irasburg, Gaetane Stone and her husband, Paul, of Newport Center, Francine Guillette and her husband, Marcel, of Derby, Jean-Pierre Roberge and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center, Jean-Claude Roberge and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, Marianne Sanville and her husband, Brian, of Irasburg, and Robert Roberge and his wife, Shelly, of Derby; and by 90-plus grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Emile Roberge and his wife, Lucette, of Granby, Quebec; his sister Geralda Petit of Valcour, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Gerard and Raoul Roberge.

Funeral services were held on January 31, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Kathleen Frances Twofoot

Kathleen Frances Twofoot, 86, formerly of Island Pond died on January 30, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on October 13, 1928, in Rouses Point, New York, to Joseph and Margaret (Foy) Etheze.

She married Roland Twofoot, who predeceased her in 1964.

She was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and making scarves and mittens for her grandchildren. She also liked drawing and painting.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Worth of Waterville, Maine, Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joseph, of Morgan, Linda Twofoot of Island Pond, Dennis Twofoot and his wife, Linda, of Standish, Maine, and Mark Leavitt of New Hampshire; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her only surviving sibling, Helena Gagne Rogerson, of New Hampshire; her brother- and sister-in-law Wyman and Mary Twofoot, of Charleston; and by her sisters-in-law: Mary Twofoot of New Hampshire, and Vernice “Bunny” Payeur of Derby.

She was predeceased by her parents; her daughter Darlene Leavitt; her son Joe Twofoot; eight siblings; and by her brother-in-law Doland.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. James Catholic Church, in care of Mater Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Marcia M. Cubit

Marcia M. Cubit, 67, of Soldotna, Alaska, formerly of Albany, died unexpectedly on December 18, 2014.

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Obituaries January 28, 2015

obit BeckWilma Eva Beck

Wilma Eva Beck, 86, of Enfield, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on January 22, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on August 30, 1928, in Newport, to Gerald and Anna (Sarno) Sargent.

On September 20, 1946, she married Frederick J. Beck Sr., who predeceased her on April 8, 1995.

She was employed by American Maple Company and Indian Head Plywood.

She was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport. Her hobbies included playing bingo, knitting, crocheting, and she was an avid cribbage player. She had a very independent spirit.

She is survived by her children: Joan Kiessling of Pennsylvania, Frederick Beck Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Swanton, and James Beck and his wife, Suzette, of Enfield; her grandchildren: Heather Devost and her husband, Norman, of Swanton, Heidi Beck of New Hampshire, Tara Wood and her husband, John, of New Hampshire, Freddie, Stephen, and Stephanie Kiessling, of Pennsylvania; her great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her infant son Gerald; and by her brothers: Harry and Gerald Sargent.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 30, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend David Lisner officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on January 30 from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Derby Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FogleSuzanne Rachel Poirier Fogle

Suzanne Rachel Poirier Fogle, 50, of Irasburg died on January 19, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 18, 1964, in Newport to Doris (Blais) Poirier and the late Gerard Poirier.

On August 31, 2002, she married Michael Fogle, who survives her.

She graduated from Brushton Moira High School in 1982 in Brushton, New York. She received her master’s degree from Plattsburg State College in New York.

She was a teacher at North Country Union High School, Lake Region Union High School, Craftsbury Academy, Albany Community School, and Richford Junior and Senior High School where she touched many lives and saw the good in every child — not only a teacher, but a friend.

She had an unending love for her daughter EmmaLee. She had a great wit and was a mentor to many. She was a strong caring, kind, compassionate, loving, and humorous person who has touched and enriched the lives of everyone she has met.

“She loved her family, animals, helping others, and she especially enjoyed going on family vacations,” said EmmaLee. “She loved her home and ice cream.”

Ms. Fogle coached downhill skiing at North Country Union High School and was a part-time alcohol advisor at Peabody’s Bar in Plattsburg, New York, and also at the Newport Country Club.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Fogle, of Irasburg; her daughter EmmaLee Fogle of Irasburg; her stepson Duane Fogle and his wife, Mami, of Jacksonville, Florida; her granddaughter Grace; her mother, Doris Poirier, of Barton; and by her loyal pets: Callie cat and Patches, and Mr. Chester Morgan. She is also survived by her siblings: Denis Poirier and his companion, Tina, of Barton, Roland Poirier and his wife, Theresa, of Ottawa, Canada, Leo Poirier of Brandon, John Poirier and his wife, Tina, of Pennsylvania, Paul Poirier and his wife, Korena, of Albany, Ron Poirier and his wife, Danielle, of New York, Annette Roberts and her husband, Gilles, of South Carolina, and Elaine Johnson and her husband, Dan, of Tennessee; 22 nieces and nephews; and by nine great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Gerard Poirier.

A celebration of her life was held on January 24, in Irasburg.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661; or to the Community National Bank, for EmmaLee Fogle, 103 Church Street, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit GibsonCindy L. Gibson

Cindy L. Gibson, 54, of Glover died on January 9, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on June 1, 1960, in Montpelier, daughter of Arthur Soloski and Barbara (Taylor) Perkins.

She loved baking cakes, working on the computer, being out in the country, watching Big Bang Theory on television, and sports cars.

She is survived by her children: Aaron Taylor of Burlington, Jeremy Taylor of Glover, and Elisha Taylor of St. Johnsbury; her grandchildren: Justin, Jonathan, Kiara, and Emily; her mother, Barbara Perkins, of Glover; her siblings: Charles Taylor and his wife, Tracy, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Matthew Perkins of East Randolph, Mark Perkins and his wife, Nickie, of South Royalton, and Dwayne Perkins and his wife, Rose, of Canaan, New Hampshire; and by nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her wishes were for a private service with her family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RichardsStephen Richards

Stephen Richards of Westmore died on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on March 17, 1944, the son of Charles and Ann (Beatrice) Richards.

Just days after graduating from Framingham High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he was a parachute rigger. He said that the true test of whether he was good at his job came when he had to parachute from a plane using a parachute he had rigged!

Mr. Richards and his future wife, Deb, met in Boston, Massachusetts, and were married in January of 1974. They moved to “the Kingdom” in 1977 and have lived in Westmore since then.

Even though Mr. Richards was born and raised in Massachusetts, he was a true Vermonter at heart and in spirit. He loved being in the woods and especially so during hunting season. For several years, he enjoyed hosting his friends over Thanksgiving weekend at “camp” (actually his house, because he liked to have a hot shower every day).

He rediscovered his love for golf three years ago and he could be found every weekday teeing off at 7 a.m. at the Barton Golf Club, usually with Frank and David.

He spent ten years as manager of the C&C Supermarket in Barton. He left there and purchased a market just over the river in North Stratford, New Hampshire, where he and his wife worked for five years. He then went back to Barton to work for Comstock’s Smoked Meats. He traveled all over the state of Vermont selling the Comstock brands. When this position ended, he went to work selling real estate for All Seasons Realty and Jacques Roberge. He was currently retired.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Gage; and by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Mieke Richards, and their children: Jennifer and Christopher. In addition, he leaves behind other in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Frannie; and by his son Mark.

There will be a gathering in Westmore at the time of burial.

Donations in his name may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BeaumontSylvia P. Beaumont

Sylvia P. Beaumont, 76, of Coventry died on January 22, 2015, at her home, with her loving family at her side.

She was born on June 6, 1938, in Newport, to John and Ruby Scott.

On February 8, 1958, she married Louis Beaumont Jr., who predeceased her on April 1, 2009.

She worked as a splicer at Columbia Forest Products.

She enjoyed listening to country music, watching games shows, and attending family gatherings.

She is survived by her children: Dolores McKinney and her husband, Greg, of South Glenn Falls, New York, Pam Durocher, Darryl Beaumont and his wife, April, and Todd Beaumont, all of Coventry; and by ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister Adeline Camber.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WorleyBarbara B. Worley

Barbara B. Worley, 79, of Brownington died on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.

She was born on March 28, 1935, in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Isabelle (Gerhardt) and Clyde S. Delong Sr.

On April 24, 1965, she married John S. Worley, who predeceased her on December 12, 2001. After her husband’s passing, she volunteered at North Country Hospital.

She was a data entry typist and keypunch operator for Carpenter Steel, MilMark, Murray’s Steaks, and the United Parcel Service for many, many years.

She was a member of Sweet Adelines for several amazing seasons in Bowie, Maryland.

She is survived by her son John Worley of New York City.

She was predeceased by her brother Clyde S. “Billy” Delong Jr.

Because of her tremendous love of animals, the family would like, in lieu of flowers, for contributions to be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries January 14, 2015

obit CuttingLynette Kay Cutting

Lynette Kay Cutting, 71, of Irasburg died peacefully on January 10, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 4, 1943, in Bakersfield, California, to Wilfred and Lois (Perry) Hodgdon.

On November 10, 1961, she married Donald Cutting, who survives her.

She was a purchasing agent at Al’s Snowmobile in Coventry for many years.

She was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Coventry and played the organ in church for many years, as well as at area nursing homes where she donated many hours as a volunteer. She always liked her animals and the comfort they gave her. She also loved her family visits, going to the family camp, as well as the company of her many friends.

She had a great love for the Lord and relied on him for the strength to battle her illness.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Cutting, of Irasburg; her children: Allen Cutting and his wife, Sandra, of Irasburg, Paul Cutting and his companion, Michelle McManus, of Coventry, and Elaine Collins and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg; her grandchildren: Shannon and Derek Cutting, Kelsea Cutting, Michael Collins and his wife, Alicia, Robert Cutting, Melissa, Brad and Edmund Collins; several great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Douglas Hodgdon and his wife, Sharon, of Williamstown, Wilfred P. Hodgdon and his wife, Hong Yin, of Massachusetts, Bradley Hodgdon and his wife, Pauline, of Waterbury, Paula Rafferty and her husband, Scott, of Newport, and Lois Carbonneau and her husband, Lester, of Coventry.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 30, at the Coventry Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DentelMarcene Alyce Dentel

Marcene Alyce Dentel died on November 24, 2014, while comfortably accommodated at her apartment in Springfield, Virgina. The immediate cause was congestive heart failure.

She was born in Dodge, Nebraska, in 1922.

Growing up as Marcene Chudomelka, she learned the Czech customs and work ethic of rural Nebraska during the Great Depression, graduating from Dodge High School as Valedictorian of her class of eight. She completed secretarial school in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, where she obtained a secretarial position as World War II began.

A blind date with an aeronautical engineer, Keith Dentel, led to a wondrously happy marriage of 62 years. Mr. Dentel’s job relocated the couple to the Washington, D.C., area, where they established roots in northern Virginia, particularly through the Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia, and their home street, Devon Drive. Mrs. Dentel bore them three sons: Richard “Rick,” Steven, and William “Bill,” whom she raised conscientiously even when transporting them to piano lessons in a two-seat convertible sports car, in the rain. Her children were provided with a rich and stimulating environment without the trappings of battery-powered plastic. They learned that there is often a better way to accomplish a task if it is well analyzed. She was willing to disagree with Mr. Dentel about international policies, which led to thought-provoking dinner conversations, but her culinary skills assured that all meals ended contentedly.

The loss of Rick to cancer at age 25 was a tremendous blow to the family. Nonetheless, Mrs. Dentel loved all of her sons as individuals and valued Bill and Steve for their own qualities, and helped to hold the family together during times of considerable grief.

Through church friends, the family learned of Westmore and the beautiful Willoughby Lake region of northern Vermont. They purchased a lake house property, which provided them with many years of comfort, beauty, and family memories. Mrs. Dentel became an active member of the Westmore Community Church and made close friends in that community.

Mr. Dentel’s final years, with dementia of increasing severity, placed a considerable burden on her own health and resiliency that she often concealed. He died peacefully in 2004, and she then settled in Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield. Many of her connections were established through the Greenspring Village Chapel, again via the United Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sister Ardis Scheffel of Council Bluffs, Iowa; her sons: Steven Dentel and his wife, Carol Post, and William Dentel and his wife, Jan Kinney; and two grandsons: Colin and Aaron Dentel-Post.

Charitable donations in Mrs. Dentel’s memory may be sent to any of the three churches named above.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, at 1 p.m., at the Greenspring Village Chapel, at 7420 Spring Village Drive, in Springfield, Virginia. Friends may visit with the family at a reception immediately afterwards. Her ashes will join those of her husband, at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

obit jaworskiKathryn Ann “Kato” Jaworski

Kato Jaworski, 57, of Richmond, California, died peacefully on Sunday, December 28, 2014, after a seven-month struggle with ovarian cancer. She died at her home, surrounded by her family of close friends and her dogs.

Born in Richmond, she was the only child of Travis “Petey” and Walter Jaworski.

She was a talented artist and the education director at the Richmond Art Center. She embodied the egalitarian spirit of the art center and touched many lives, including those of the children who took classes at the center, many of whom came from underserved communities.

Her generosity of spirit is an inspiration to all those she left behind.

She was an inspired artist whose drawings of people and animals are cherished by all who have seen them. When not working, she loved to go on long hikes with her partner, PJ, and their three dogs, Oliver, Toby, and Neville.

Ms. Jaworski practiced both Qigong and Tai Chi. She had recently received her teaching certificate, which would have enabled her to instruct classes. These practices were instrumental in her daily life; she valued and embodied the virtues of Wild Goose Qigong: kindness, justice, politeness, wisdom, and trust.

Survivors include her partner, Patrice “PJ” Peterson, and PJ’s children, Kyle and Elise; her ex-partner and best friend of 34 years, Lia Roozendaal; many cousins in Minnesota; and a large community of friends and colleagues who will miss her tremendously.

She and Ms. Roozendaal lived in West Glover 15 wonderful years. Ms. Jaworski worked at the Chronicle in the advertising and art department for many of those years.

Among her last words were, “Here are the angels, but I’m a little too early.”

A public celebration commemorating her life will be held on Sunday, February 15, at the Richmond Art Center.

To commemorate her extraordinary life and her contributions, the Richmond Art Center and her family have set up the Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund, which will provide kids and teens with need-based scholarships to take classes and workshops. Donations can be made online at RichmondArtCenter.org/kato, by phone at (510) 620-6772, or by mail to Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, California 94804. Make checks payable to Richmond Art Center.

Dorothy D. Jones

Dorothy D. Jones, 88, of Hyde Park died peacefully, with her family by her side, on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Elmore, daughter of Reuben L. and Martha Wyman Draper.

She was a 1944 graduate of Peoples Academy.

She married Earl “Barney” Jones on February 20, 1947. Together they had five children and lived in Hyde Park. He predeceased her on November 7, 1992.

She worked as a chambermaid for many years. She enjoyed playing cards, going on picnics, and going on long rides to admire the foliage. Most of all, she enjoyed the many gatherings with her family!

She is survived by her children: Gary Jones of Holland, Pamela Lefevre of Johnson, Penny Millette and her husband, Peter, of Montpelier, and Debbie Randall and her husband, Darrell, of Holland; her special “son,” Wesley Felice, of Denver, Colorado; her grandchildren: Tippy Tilton and his wife, Lisa, Dulcie Rivers and her friend, Peter Neff, Chasity Fagnant and her husband, Dan, Ryan Nolan, Jake Randall, Jessie Randall, Teddy Randall, and Andrew Randall; her great-grandchildren: Matthew and Katie Tilton, Jordan and Sawyer Fagnant, Meaghan and Landon Nolan, Hayden Bishop, and Caleb Bickford; a sister, Reubena Worthington, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Earl “Skipper” Jones Jr.; a great-grandson, Casey Steen; her son-in-law Edward Lefevre; her brothers: Gustave Draper, Reuben Draper, Robert Draper, Delbert Draper, Max Draper, LeRoy Draper, and Frederic Draper; and by her sisters: Margaret Andrews and Minnie Gould.

Services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family, at the Randolph Road Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones suffered a stroke in 2008, and had since been a resident at Maple Lane Nursing Home, where she received amazing care and support.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Maple Lane Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.

obit PerreaultRose-Ange Lanctot Perrault

Rose-Ange Lanctot Perrault died on January 1, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in L’ange Gardien, Quebec, on November 16, 1930, daughter of Albert Lanctot and Maria Brodeur of Farnham, Quebec, in a family of 11 children — eight daughters and three sons.

She attended and graduated from Farnham Quebec Convent, with the Sisters of the Presentation of Marie.

She married Robert Perrault of Farnham on November 28, 1949. She moved to North Troy in 1957. She raised four children — three sons and one daughter.

She was a homemaker and a gourmet cook. She loved children.

For 30 years, she was the organist at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Perrault; her son Carl Perrault and his wife, Sheryl, her son Bruno Perrault and his wife, Theresa; her daughter Manon Perrault and her husband, Sonny Sloan Sr., all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Mathew Perrault and his wife, Rita, Nicholas Perrault and his wife, Melissa, Nathalie Perrault, Caleb Perrault, and Brittany Perrault; her great-grandchildren: Zachary, Sierra, Aspen, Machaela, Gabriel, and Olivia; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Jose Robert Perrault in March of 2011.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Saturday, January 24, at 11 a.m., with Father Michael Reardon officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, for the Tree of Life Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RoundVera Janet “Jan” Round

Vera Janet (Pelkey) Round of Newport died on Friday, January 9, 2015, after a short stay at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born in East Wallingford on January 8, 1924, the eldest daughter of Harold and Esther Pelkey.

She graduated from Wallingford High School in 1940, and attended business school in Rutland. During World War II, she worked at a torpedo factory in Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1949, she married Franklin P. Round, also of East Wallingford, who predeceased her in 2007 after 58 years of marriage.

She stayed busy raising five children while moving from Burlington to Bradford, and then Montpelier before finally arriving in Newport in 1960. She liked to garden, read, and do crossword puzzles when she found time outside of being a mom and a housewife. She worked for the state of Vermont for a number of years, and at Associated Insurance Company for 19 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Community Circle group, she volunteered at the chamber of commerce and North Country Hospital, and she was active in the United Church of Newport. One of her most important jobs was keeping the neighborhood supplied with brownies. Some of her favorite activities were boating, swimming, and fishing on Lake Memphremagog, especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: William H. and his wife, Sarah, of Newport Center, David F. of Newport, Robert E. and his wife, Linda, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and John S. and his wife, Laurie, of Bloomington, Illinois; her daughter Mary E. Roy and her husband, Michael, of Derby; and by her three granddaughters, five grandsons, and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her two sisters: Frances (Wade) and Phyllis (Smith); as well as by her grandson Jason Round.

The family wishes to honor her request for a simple graveside service at interment. Spring interment is planned at the Maple Grove Cemetery in East Wallingford.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to a favorite charity. She and her family would especially be honored if, in her memory, you simply took a mom to lunch.

Condolences may be mailed to 205 Farrant Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Norman Kenneth Wilson Jr.

Norman Kenneth Wilson Jr., 53, of Island Pond, died suddenly on December 28, 2014, in Danville.

He was born on June 8, 1961, in Bridgeton, New Jersey, to Norman and Janice (Fields) Wilson Sr.

He received his education at Southern Regional High School and Pinelands Regional High School in New Jersey.

He was a roofer by trade and received an honorable discharge from the Army National Guard.

He is survived by his children: Ashley Nicole Wilson and Kylee Anne Wilson, both of Massachusetts; four stepsons: Barry Wood, Rainey Wood, Josh Keenedy, and Daniel Keenedy; his granddaughter Liliaunna Maire Corbitt; his sister Cindy Salmons of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey; and by friends in the area.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Warm the Children, in care of the Chronicle, P.O. Box 660, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.

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