Obituaries April 23, 2014

obit campbell webLeopold Donat Campbell

Leopold Donat Campbell, 88, of Newport died on Friday April 18, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in Irasburg on September 24, 1925, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell. In 1947 he married Rachel Gaboriault, who predeceased him on February 3, 2007.

They lived on a farm in East Albany for 13 years before moving to Newport in 1961. He was employed at the Orleans Division of Ethan Allen, Inc., for 30 years before retiring.

Mr. Campbell was a communicant of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport for many years. He was a man of unique wit and wisdom and often entertained people with his humorous thoughts on life, called “Leo- isms.” His quiet insight will be greatly missed.

He and Mrs. Gaboriault went on many cruises and traveled extensively to different areas of the United States. Mr. Gaboriault loved spending time with his family and playing cards with them as well as, for the last several years, with his sisters-in-law Florence Fontaine, Isabelle Pierce, and Noella LeBlanc.

He is survived by his son Philip Campbell and his wife, Suzanne, of Vernon, New York; by his daughters: Helen Ellsworth and her husband, Merritt, of St. Albans, Alice Drake and her husband, Gary, of Fletcher, and Patricia Campbell and George Eisenhardt of Addison; by nine grandaughters: Allison Ruhnke, Amy Tetreault, Sarah Devendorf, Kristina Spooner, Shannon Ellsworth-Padden, Amanda Kennedy, Abbey Drake, Emilie Rich, and Andrea Miller; and by nine great-grandchildren who enjoyed his famous grape jelly, meatballs, and numerous jokes. He is also survived by his brothers: Fernand and Raymond Campbell.

Besides his wife who predeceased him, he was predeceased by his sisters: Gilberte Lanoue and her husband, Roland, Jeannette Bentley and her husband, Rodney, and Theresa Campbell; also by his brother Romuald Campbell and his wife, Orilla.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass will be celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, a caring organization that helps people and families deal with cancer, at 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Phyllis Irene Joyner

Phyllis Irene Joyner, 92, of Inverness, Florida, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

She was born March 4, 1922, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a daughter of Thomas and Lillian (Dansereau) Rawling.

She spent many summers with her daughter and son-in-law in Albany. She leaves her two daughters: Phyllis Horner and her husband, Robert Horner, of Inverness, formerly of Albany and Barbara Bradway and her husband, Walter, also of Inverness.

She considered Albany Methodist Church her church. She leaves six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

She was the best mom ever.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Randi Wright

Randi Wright

Randi A. Wright

Randi A. Wright Sr., 60, of Barton died on April 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 30, 1953, in New Britain, Connecticut, to Erwin and Ethel (Young) Wright.

On January 26, 1974, he married Edna French, who survives him

He was in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed woodworking, working on cars, and drawing.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Wright, of Barton; by his children: Bobbie Jo Lefebvre of Irasburg and Randi A. Wright Jr. of Barton; by his grandchildren: Samantha Lefebvre, Bethany Wright, Lillian Wright, Melanie Wright, Daisy, Riley, and Anthony Shaffer, and Kimberly, Doug, Joey, and Ashley Morrill.  He is also survived by his brother Russell Wright and his wife, Cindy, of Winstead, Connecticut, and by his sisters Wanda and Patricia.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Obituaries April 16, 2014

obit bealRodney V. Beal

Rodney V. Beal, 64, of Glover, died on April 4, 2014, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, from a short illness.

He was born in Milbridge, Maine, to Nehemiah and Esther (Standwood) Beal.

He loved lobster fishing with his brothers in Maine, and hunting and fishing with his friends and family.

He is greatly missed by his sidekick, Victoria, his dog.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynn (Brown) Beal; his three daughters:  Geneva Bertolini and her spouse, Matt, Renee Dunbar and her spouse, Peter, and Jessica Sweeney and her spouse, Raymond, all of Glover; his six grandchildren:  Alex and Bradley Whipple, Camden and Ezra Dunbar, and Jacqueline and Trevor Sweeney; his three brothers:  Barney and his spouse, Linda, Jeffery and his spouse, Sandra, and Leland and his spouse, Lynda; his three sisters:  Ann West and her spouse, Clifford, Anita Merrit and her spouse, Paul, and Tamie Rhodes and her spouse, Steve; his in-laws, Reynold and Pat Brown of Ivoryton, Connecticut; his brothers-in-law:  Steve Aldrich and his spouse, Linda, of Brownington, Michael Brown of Ivoryton, and Bill Brown and his spouse, Pat, of Clinton, Connecticut; his sister-in-law Nancy Denny and her spouse, Bill; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Nehemiah and Esther Beal; and by a sister, Linda (Beal) Pinkham.

Graveside services will be held on May 24, at 2 p.m., at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

obit EmersonLennie Mae Thompson Emerson

Lennie Mae Thompson Emerson, 93, formerly of Brownington, died on April 8, 2014, at her home in South Portland, Maine.

She was born on June 14, 1920, in Irasburg, to George and Eliza (Stone) Thompson.

On February 29, 1936, she married Richard Ovis Emerson, who predeceased her.

She attended Brownington schools and Lyndon Institute.

She was a cook for the Derby Line Graded School, Orleans High School and Brownington schools for many years.  She was a member of the Grange and the Methodist Church where she served as secretary, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.

She was known as a caretaker to children and all others who needed care and attention, a fabulous cook, a talented woman who sewed, and she put up wallpaper and made amazing crafts.  She was a good, Christian woman who lifted her voice in singing to the Lord (and, boy, could she whistle), and she was a friend to all.

She is survived by her daughters:  Betty Ann Emerson Towle of Gray, Maine, and Mary-Lou Emerson Stenberg and her husband, Jan, of Greenville, South Carolina; her grandchildren:  Laurie Towle Grant and her husband, Peter, Jon Emerson Towle and his wife, Wendy, Stephen David Towle and his wife, Mazie, Sven Peter Stenberg, and Christine Stenberg Lites; her great-grandchildren:  Cory Towle, Krystal Towle, Margaret Towle, Lily Towle, Erica Brewster, Griffin Lites, Emerson Lites, Avery Lites, Tor Stenberg, and Val Stenberg; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Maleeya Towle, Brylee Poynton and soon-to-be-born Stella Severi on May 11; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Louis, Harry, Gerald, Merrill, Roland, Elwin and Ernest; and by her sisters:  Blanche, Rhoda, Josephine, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 50 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center, Maine 04201.

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

obit HandyLouis R. Handy

Louis R. Handy, 73, of North Troy died on April 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 31, 1941, in Bennington, to Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron and the late Robert Handy.

On August 15, 1970, he married Louise Jones, who survives him.

Mr. Handy was owner and operator of Handy’s Auto Repair in North Troy.  He was an active member of the Church of God in Derby.

His passion was to restore old cars.  He held memberships with the Troy Area Lions Club and he was a member of the Cars of Yesteryear.

He is survived by his wife Louise Handy of North Troy; his children:  Robert Handy of North Dakota, Lisa Duncan and her husband, Edward Jr., of Derby, Louis Handy Jr. of Nevada, Laurie White of Rhode Island, Leonard Carroll and his wife, Laura, of New Jersey, Bethany Harrington and her husband, Hilton, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and Ann Lamoureux of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; numerous grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his mother Gertrude Bergeron and his stepfather Clovis Bergeron of Troy; his brothers:  Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, and Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Denise, of Derby; his sister Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Handy; and by his daughter Linda St. Pierre.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 17, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.  Friends may call at the church on April 17, from 10 a.m., until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of God, Matthew 2540, 295 Crawford Road, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit HansenHarold R. Hansen

Harold R. Hansen, 73, of North Troy died on April 7, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on October 12, 1940, to Reginald and Laura (Bocash) Hansen.

On February 10, 1962, he married Margo St. Onge, and they were married for 52 years.

Mr. Hansen worked for the town of Troy for many, many years with his brother and father.  He was also a bus driver for Troy School where he retired in 2011 after many years.  He enjoyed all the many hours spent on the bus getting to know the children.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He loved being outside, camping, being in the water, and having cookouts.  He was a tell-it-like-it-is kind of man and loved to joke around.

He was a member of the North Troy Fire Department for over 40 years, 26 years of which he was the fire chief.  He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16 of Troy and the Order of the Eastern Star in North Troy.

He is survived by his wife Margo Hansen of North Troy; his children:  Craig Hansen of North Troy, and Laurie Hisman and her husband, Gary, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Isabella Hisman of Derby, Melissa Rollins of Newport Center, Amy Phillips and her husband, Brandon, of Derby, Thomas Hansen and his girlfriend, Nicole Pennington, of North Troy, and Tyler Hansen of Albany; his great-grandchild Brandon Phillips II of Derby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his siblings:  James and his wife, Ann, of Newport, Phillip Hansen of Bristol, Connecticut, Reginald Hansen Jr. and his wife, Susan, of North Troy, and Jane Morris of North Bethesda, Maryland; his sisters-in-law:  Janice Hansen of North Troy, and Pat Hansen of Illinois.

He was predeceased by his sister Joyce Hastings and her husband, Harry; and by his brothers:  Bruce, Roger, and Harley Hansen.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m., at the North Troy Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Rick Shover officiating.  A light luncheon will follow at the St. Vincent DePaul Church in North Troy.

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

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

obit klinkeOlivia Klinke

Olivia Klinke of Craftsbury died on April 11, 2014.

She was born on a beautiful summer day, on July 27, 1979.

Ms. Klinke had a lot of challenges in her life.  She had three amazing siblings and parents.  She thought she was the favorite, but knew her place in line.  She had a joyful life and loved playing with her nieces and nephew.  She will be missed by all.

She loved music, shopping and drinking her favorite soda, Coke, and eating chips.  Her favorite flower was the rose.  She was loved by all.

In her short life, she had many accomplishments.  She was a Girl Scout for 12 years, she received her silver and gold awards, and she was a camper at sleepaway Girl Scout camp.  She spearheaded the birth of a local Global Campus chapter, making the organization more accessible to others in her community.  She attended self-advocacy conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and shared her experience with her group.

She was an unpublished author, writing books appropriate for her nieces and nephew, having just finished her fourth book, a bilingual alphabet book for her nephew’s first birthday.  She loved doing for others, volunteering at the local Craftsbury library and she loved playing games with the residents at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.  She loved to travel, ride horses and accomplished things that defied what doctors expected and did more in her short lifetime than most people do in 80 years.

She is survived by her parents, Monica (née Ruszkiewicz) and Paul Klinke; her older and younger sisters, Sarah Klinke and Emily Klinke Rodriguez and her husband, Mario; her younger brother Jason and his partner, Ana; her four nieces:  Hannah, Ashlynn, Adriana and Cianni; and by one nephew, Mateo.

Funeral services were held on April 16 in Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or through www.phassociation.org; or to the Norris Square Neighborhood Project, 2141 N. Howard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, or through www.myneighborhoodproject.org.

obit LumsdenAdrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Retired Master Sergeant Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a veteran and longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his family at his bedside.

He was born on May 26, 1937, in Greensboro, the son of the late Donald B. Lumsden Sr. and Irene (Brown) Lumsden.

He attended public schools in Greensboro, East Hardwick, the Hardwick Center School, and he graduated from Hardwick Academy in the Class of 1955.

Mr. Lumsden was employed by his father, as a logger for a short time, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on November 28, 1955.  He was stationed in many locations including:  New York, Wyoming, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, North Carolina, the Philippines and Thailand.  He also served proudly during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Master Sargeant Lumsden retired from the military on November 30, 1975, returning to Stannard.

On October 29, 1956, he married Inez Rose Willey in Stannard.  Together they raised five children:  Adrian Jr., Willie, Rose, Ruth and Sue.

Upon his retirement from the military, he drove a school bus and was road commissioner for the town of Stannard.  He also owned and operated a private trucking business and he worked at two bowling centers — in Bangor, Maine, and Berlin — as a mechanical technician.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Hardwick, the Retired Enlisters Association and the Disabled American Veterans Association.

He enjoyed bowling, traveling and trips to casinos as well as being involved in his children’s various activities while they were growing up.

Survivors include his loving wife, Inez, of Stannard; a son, William “Willie” Lumsden and his wife, Carol, of Hardwick; three daughters:  Rose M. Lovejoy and her husband, Daryl, of Waterboro, Maine, Ruth J. Pickard and her husband, Steve, and Susan V. Thomas and her husband, Jay, all of Stannard; four grandchildren:  Jamie Lovejoy of Dayton, Maine, Justin Thomas and his wife, Jen, of Colchester, Connecticut, Elizabeth Lumsden of Hardwick, and Eric Lumsden of Baltimore, Maryland; and by his great-grandson Paxton Lovejoy of Dayton.

He was predeceased by a son, Adrian L. Lumsden Jr.; and by a brother, Donald B. Lumsden Jr.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in May at the Stannard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

obit MessierClarice Cecile Messier

Clarice Cecile Messier, 92, of Newport died on April 7, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 12, 1921, in Brownsburg, Quebec, to Albert and Donalda (Bellinguette) Lafleur.

On October 26, 1940, she married Lucien Messier, who predeceased her in 1976.

She was a member of the Forever Young Club of Newport.  During her lifetime she farmed, worked in the cafeteria at North Country Hospital in Newport, and for 18 years was a senior companion at the Area Agency on Aging.  She also enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her children:  Leo Messier and his wife, Marlene, of Coventry, George Messier and his wife, Maxine, of Barton, Claire Broe and her husband, Larry, of Coventry, and Lucille Young and her husband, Larry, of West Charleston; her grandchildren:  Kim, Adele, Michelle, Dan, Jennifer, Chad, Aaron, Anitra, John, and Theresa; her great-grandchildren:  Joshua, Danielle, Nicholas, Dominic and Haley; and by her step-grandchildren:  Melissa, Joni and Anthony.  She is also survived by her brothers:  Richard Lafleur of Irasburg and Maurice Lafleur; her sisters:  Delores Harbec of Derby and Gertrude Beauregaurd and her husband, Ernest, of Glover; her sisters-in-law:  Anita Lafleur of Orleans and Rejeanne LeBlond of Derby Line; and by numerous nieces and nephews and her special friends at the nursing home, especially Kelly.

She was predeceased by her infant son Ronald; her brothers:  Donald, Michael and John Lafleur; her sister Rose Lafleur; her sisters-in-law:  Geneva and Yvette Lafleur; and by her brother-in-law Andrew Harbec.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Derby.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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

obit MeunierMichael Andre Meunier

Michael Andre Meunier, 53, of North Troy died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Newport, after a courageous battle with a long illness.

He was born on March 8, 1961, in Newport, to Marcel and Jeannine (Fournier) Meunier.

On July 29, 2000, he married Linda Turgeon, who survives him.

He attended Sacred Heart Schools in Newport.

He was a skilled, self-employed carpenter.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda Meunier of North Troy; his mother Jeannine Meunier of Westfield; his stepchildren:  Douglas Aulis and his companion, Amy Blacketer, of Newport, and Krystal Collins and her husband, Patrick, of Glover; his grandchildren:  Dammieon, Giddieon, Pennelopea, Haley, Zackery, Dylan, and Porcha; his siblings:  Suzanne Jacques of Colchester, Rachel Turgeon and her husband, Dennis, of Balston Spa, New York, Suzette Pierson and her husband, Martin, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Laramee and her husband, Maurice, of Jay; his sisters-in-law:  Laurette Jones and her husband, Robert, of Holland, and Jo-Ann Barrup and her husband, Bradley, of Newport; and by his best friend, his dog Brie.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews:  Kitina, David Jr., Nicholas, Dawn, Karin, Christopher, Jaime and Adam; and by his aunts and uncles:  Roger Fournier of Newport, Donald and Lise Fournier of North Troy, and Aldea Kellogg and her husband, Charlie, of Connecticut.  He will be truly missed by his loyal friends and neighbors, Joseph and his wife, Lillian Fortin, of North Troy.

He was predeceased by his father Marcel Meunier Sr. in 2004; his brother Marcel Meunier Jr. in 1969; and by his brother-in-law David Jaques in 2012.

Funeral services were held on April 15, in Troy.  Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit MorinPatricia E. Morin

Patricia E. Morin, 81, of Newport Center died peacefully on April 12, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 5, 1932, in Newport, to Lionel and Marion (Loux) Mills.

On June 3, 1950, she married Homer Morin, who survives her.

She was a member of the women’s auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport.

She volunteered at the front desk at North Country Hospital in Newport for many years.

Her hobbies included cooking, doing arts and crafts and free hand drawing and painting.  Her joys were holidays and the annual family fish fry.

She is survived by her husband Homer Morin of Newport Center; her children:  Mike Morin and his wife, Monique, of Newport Center, Tim Morin of Troy, and Pam Starr and her husband, Gary, of Jay; her grandchildren:  Michelle Silva and her husband, Michael, Liza Morin, Shane Morin and his companion, Kara Campbell, Eric Morin, Melissa Zebrowski and her husband, Andrew, Robin Coulter and her husband, Tom, Angie Moore and her husband, Ryan, Andy Starr and his companion, Tonya Ashman, and Joseph Starr and his wife, Amanda; her brother Kenneth Mills of Texas; her sister Janice Poginy and her husband, Bernard, of Coventry; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

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

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

obit platoDavid A. Plato

David A. Plato, 46, of Newport died on April 6, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 9, 1966, in Vancouver, Washington, to Alfred and Irene (Kaszycki) Plato.

He was formerly a security guard in Arizona.

He enjoyed summertime barbeques, watching crime shows on television, growing plants, and he loved listening to rock and country music.

Mr. Plato was a genuinely nice and pleasant guy.

He is survived by his beloved friends:  Carl P. King, Jericho E. King, and Patty Place, all of Newport, and Joe Lewis of Hartford.  He is also survived by his two cats, Demon and Critter, who he considered his children.

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

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot

Lawrance “Laurent” Albert Pouliot, 66, of Middlebury died peacefully on April 8, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on April 17, 1947, in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, to Irene (Goupil) Pouliot and the late Albert Pouliot.

During his lifetime, Mr. Pouliot was a self-employed painter.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening, and doing arts and crafts work.  He had a unique sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother Irene Pouliot of Newport; his siblings:  Jocelyn Pouliot and his wife, Barbara, of Newport Center, Clement Pouliot of Newport, Yvon Pouliot and his wife, Melanie, of Middlebury, Nicole Poginy and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Suzanne Coggeshall and her husband, Robert, of New Hampshire, and JoAnne Allen and her husband, Danny, of North Troy; and by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his father Albert Pouliot on November 11, 2011.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

obit PrueFrederick Albert Prue Jr.

Frederick Albert Prue Jr., 95, of Irasburg died on April 11, 2014, in Barton.

He was born on May 6, 1918, in Newport, to Olive (Pelkey) and Frederick Prue Sr.

On July 26, 1939, he married Marjorie J. Rowland, who predeceased him on February 26, 2007.

Mr. Prue was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, where he retired after 40 years of service.

He enjoyed gardening, and he loved to go to the farmers’ market to sell his wife’s baked goods and vegetables.  He liked to play cards with his family and friends in a very quiet and subdued manner.  He loved to write music as well as play his guitar and he played with Doc and Chickie Williams on more than one occasion.  He, above all, loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his children:  Fred Prue, Val Royer and her husband, Richard, Brenda Stewart, Donna Jewer and her husband, Lester, Diana Poginy and her husband, David, Pam Prue and her friend, Pat Pine, Louie Prue and his wife, Collette, John Prue and his wife, Clare, Marjorie Morley and her husband, James, Danny Prue and his wife, Linda, Pearla Brown and her husband, Blaine, and David Prue and his wife, Barb; his daughter-in-law Roxanna Prue; his 33 grandchildren; his 62 great-grandchildren; his two great-great-grandchildren; his numerous stepchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Terry Prue on February 23, 2014; his daughter Janice; his brothers:  Vernon, Reginald, Kenneth, and Leonard; and by his sisters:  Madeline Collins, Doris Karabarus, Elaine Daniels, and Marion Lakin.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Grace Brethren Church, 3 Route 14, Coventry, Vermont 05825.

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

Remembering Arlene (Robinson) Thompson, 1929-2014

by Wanita S. Thompson

I wrote this tribute to my mother-in-law and read it at her funeral on March 28:

First let me begin by saying that I don’t believe my mother-in-law would be extra pleased to have folks fussing over her, even now, and maybe she wouldn’t be that happy about my tribute to her.  But, on the other hand, she didn’t say I couldn’t….

Arlene was a planner and she lived her life on her own terms.  She lived a life of service to others, caring for family members, educating three generations of students right here in Craftsbury, and contributing crafts and baked goods for school and community events.

She was a storyteller and a wonderful conversationalist.  At family gatherings, I would notice that she would visit with just about everyone, and usually asked the children about what they had been up to and how school was going (always a teacher, you know).  She kept track of the honor roll in the paper and often sent notes of congratulations or encouragement to relatives, friends, and former students.

Mrs. Thompson was a cheerleader!  If you have an image of someone in a short skirt with pom poms — wrong!  But, she was the greatest fan and supporter anyone could ask for.  Her son, Dave, would tell you that his parents went to all his basketball, soccer, and baseball games, and when our children were old enough to play T-ball, there they were, cheering them on all the way!  They attended all the games right up through high school as well as concerts, science fairs, award ceremonies, and anything else that Meghann and Derek participated in.  Of course, Gram cheered for all her students over the years, too, in whatever games, spelling bees, or other competitions they were involved in.  She rooted for us all in all our endeavors — sincerely.

Now, how would she want to be remembered?  She was a caring daughter who took special care of her parents, along with an older brother whom she loved dearly.  She was a devoted and loving wife, and an amazing mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a generous person who gardened and picked berries by the carload and always shared the vegetables and fruit with family, friends, and neighbors.

I’ll share a few stories now.  First, one from her childhood on the family farm in Irasburg.  Her family enjoyed many family get-togethers over the years.  Almost every Sunday, relatives would come over to enjoy a meal together and spend hours reminiscing or just chatting.  Christmas was a special holiday in the Robinson household and oftentimes extended family would come over for a feast and to celebrate.  One year an uncle who was quite a trickster brought a gift for the family and quickly put it under the Christmas tree.  Well, my mother-in-law’s father heard this scratching sound coming from under the tree, and he attempted to shoo that darn cat out from under it.  He could not find that cat anywhere!  The scratching was coming from the Christmas package — a live rooster was the gift inside the box from that dear uncle; how she laughed as she regaled us with that story and other of the fun Christmases she experienced in her youth, and I understand how important it was for her to bring that joy to her child and grandchildren.  Passing on traditions was very important to her.

When Dave was growing up, the family had a few snow machines and would oftentimes meet up with uncles, aunts, and cousins for some wonderful Sunday afternoon rides.  Dave’s mom didn’t always go out on the sleds, but this one particular Sunday she decided to go along with the gang.  Apparently, at some point, it was just Dave and his mom on the trail, each on their own machine, and returning home from a jaunt when they arrived at the foot of a very steep hill.  Dave stopped at the bottom of the hill and advised his usually slow and careful-driving mom that she would need to give the machine some gas if she was ever going to make it up the hill.  Otherwise she might get stuck.  So up the hill, Dave went.  Well, about halfway up the hill, he thought he better look back down to see how close to the bottom of the hill his mother still was, and he got the surprise of his life.  There she was right close behind him and almost about to run into him, full throttle!  He stepped on it and got out of the way just in time, but he never forgot the determination of his normally cautious mom to get up that hill!

Over the years, Gram and Grandpa have been fun and loving grandparents to Dave’s and my children.  When Meghann was about two years old, Gram had the idea that Meg would like a shopping cart to play with, so Gram, Grandpa, Meg, and I set out on a Saturday afternoon in search of this shopping cart.  When we arrived at the store, they had shopping carts, but it was a three-wheeler that took Meg’s eye.  She rode it all over the store and we weren’t sure we could get her off it long enough to pay for it.  For as you can tell, a three-wheeler is what we came home with!

Another time, Gram and Grandpa spent an entire day shopping just for the right sneakers for Derek.  They started in St. Johnsbury, but could not find shoes that would meet Derek’s approval there.  No such luck!  Then, off to Barre!  And there, they found just the right shoes.  I don’t know who was more pleased — Derek with his snazzy new sneakers or the grandparents who made sure he ended up with them.

Gram often said that it was a good trait to know what you like and not to just settle for any ol’ thing.

Well, they are always talking about our footprint that we leave behind.  Well, my mother-in-law has left a big footprint on my heart.  There are many jokes about them, and I know a lot of folks don’t think you’re supposed to like your mother-in-law, but I loved mine and I’ll miss her always as will our whole family.  I will end with a quote by Maltbie D. Babcock:

Life is what we are alive to do.

It is not length, but breadth…

Be alive to…goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.

Death notice

Randi A. Wright Sr.

Randi A. Wright Sr., 60, of Barton died on April 12, 2014, at his home.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries April 9, 2014

obit DaiglePhilippa “Phil” Daigle

Philippa “Phil” Daigle, 90, formerly of Newport, died at her son Jim’s home in Plainfield, New Hampshire, on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Highgate Hill, London, England, on July 25, 1923, to Agnes (Donovan) Bryant and James Bryant.

During World War II, she helped spot and put out fires caused by exploding bombs.  She had to hide underground (or refuse to!) during air raids, etc.

She met Bob Daigle when he was stationed in England as an American Marine, and married him at the end of the war, coming to Vermont as a “war bride.”

In later life, she became an excellent artist, working extensively with watercolors, but also in other media, including flower arrangements.  She was a founding lifetime member of the Four Season Garden Club and was always very active in its activities.  She painted the watercolor of Stone House Gardens that is still used by the club.  She also belonged to the “Birthday Club of 7” which met monthly.

She is survived by her two sons:  Mike and his wife, Nadine, and Jim and his wife, Ireen; Jim’s children:  Amanda Shyne and her husband, Andrew, and Alicia Dube and her husband, Sebastien; her great-grandchildren:  Theo Shyne, and Olivia and Toby Dube; many friends; several nieces and nephews including Tim Daley and Rosemary Claassen, whom she was especially close to.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in March of 1995.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Oncology Department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit GaboriaultHenry P. Gaboriault

Henry P. Gaboriault, 86, of Barton died on April 6, 2014, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on December 15, 1927, in Sawyerville, Quebec, to Henry and Arcilia (Jette) Gaboriault.

On August 8, 1959, he married Martine Laramee, who survives him, after being married for 55 years.

Mr. Gaboriault retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a section foreman after 45 years of service.  He enjoyed going to work and was not one to sit still.  He would still find time to play games with the family, which he enjoyed very much.  He was proud of his homes and his well-kept lawns.

He served his community as a past member of the Barton Fire Department and as an usher for St. Paul’s Catholic Church for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Martine Gaboriault of Barton; by his children:  Colette and her husband, Ron Houle, of Iraburg, Marianne and her husband, Peter Lussier, of Barton, and Richard Gaboriault and his wife, Lucie, of Barton; his grandchildren:  Jessica, Michelle, Kristi, Cierra, Nicholas, Justin, Emily, Paul-Martin, and Kaytlyn; and by his great-granddaughter Kadence.  He is also survived by four sisters, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Barton, with Father Tim Naples officiating.  A spring burial will be held at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit haneyJeannine T. Haney

Jeannine T. Haney, 82, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died on April 1, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Newport on June 6, 1931, she was the daughter of George and Frances (Bussiere) Demers.

She resided in Stratham, New Hampshire, for 30 years before moving to Manchester in 1996.

Mrs. Haney was a talented, self-employed seamstress for many years.

She was a communicant of Saint Marie Church in Manchester.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she enjoyed the pleasures of family life.

Surviving family members include four daughters:  Suzanne and her husband, Harry Ntapalis, of Manchester, Cheryl Bosch and her husband, Philip, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Lisa Cyr and her husband, Frederick, of Derry, New Hampshire, and Lori Sternberg and her husband, Kenneth, of Barrington, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren:  Seth, Benjamin, Jillian, Ryan, Andrew, Peter, and Kady; six brothers:  Leo, John, Fernand, Albert, Raymond, and George; two sisters:  Mary Nault and Helen Kinsella; and several nieces and nephews.

She was married 62 years to Wayne E. Haney.  He died on November 2, 2012.  She was also predeceased by her brother Richard Demers.

A Mass of Christian burial was held in Saint Marie Church in Manchester.  Burial took place in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Resident Activities Program Account, 400 Mast Road, Goffstown, New Hampshire 03045.

For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com.

Mavis L. Hart

Mavis L. Hart, 98, of Hanover, New Hampshire, died on March 30, 2014.

She was born in Barre on October 3, 1915, to Carl and Alice Crossett Perry.  She outlived her brothers, Robert Perry and Nelson Perry, and her sister, Jean Dolan.  Her sister-in-law Gene Perry lives in Florida.

She and William Hart Jr. married in 1971 and lived in Merrimack, then in Rossmoor, New Jersey, for a time with Mr. Hart’s job.

They bought land in Coventry, and started building their dream house overlooking Lake Memphremagog.  Ms. Hart was happy to live back in Vermont, close to her family.  They enjoyed traveling with Mr. Hart’s work and later for pleasure.

Ms. Hart was active in the United Church of Newport, doing volunteer work and with the PEO Foundation.

Many happy holidays and family gatherings were hosted in their home.  Ms. Hart was a wonderful cook and especially enjoyed the grandchildren visiting.  She took pleasure in reading, gardening, and she loved to watch and feed the birds.  She had a keen sense of humor.  She was a quiet, private woman who loved her family, nature, the water, and lived life with a positive attitude.

They reluctantly sold their home and moved into a condominium in Newport, which also had a beautiful view of the lake.  In 2007, they moved to Lebanon, New Hampshire, to be near family.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 42 years, William Hart Jr., of Hanover; and by her three sons:  Norman Buchanan and his wife, Ruth, of Pomfret, William Buchanan and his wife, Sharon, of Deerfield, New Hampshire, and Paul Buchanan and his wife, Martha, of Weare, New Hampshire.  There are seven Buchanan grandchildren and one great-grandson.  She is also survived by William Hart’s four children:  Susan Schwarz and her husband, Gregory, of Lebanon, William “Ty” Hart III of Manchester, New Hampshire, Sally Demers and her husband, Robert, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Craig Hart and his wife, Heather, of East Weymouth, Massachusetts.  There are eight Hart grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Norman L. Buchanan, who died in 1964 in Malden, Massachusetts.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784.

Messages of condolences may be expressed with the family through an online guest book by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

obit SchmittJoan Pender “Penny” Schmitt

Joan Pender “Penny” Schmitt, 75, of Craftsbury Common died on April 3, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on May 3, 1938, in New York City, New York, to Pender and Elizabeth (Van Tine) Eldredge.

On February 27, 1960, she married Michael A. Schmitt III, who predeceased her on March 15, 2004.

She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

After college she worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson and Geer Dubois Agency in New York City.

She and her late husband were owners of the Inn on the Common from 1974 to 2003.

Mrs. Schmitt was a trustee at Sterling College of Craftsbury Common, a member of the Old Home Day committee, the Craftsbury Common Village Improvement Society, and she was active politically.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing tennis and golf.  She also traveled and went on cruises, and watched tennis and golf on television.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Schmitt of Kansas City, Missouri; her two half-sisters:  Patricia Ward of Florida and Christine Lamarca of Ohio; her sister-in-law Kathie Woods of Minnesota; and by her loyal companion, her dog Chico.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 11, 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 Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827; or to the North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain Meadow Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit spauldingRichard “Dick” Spaulding

Richard G. Spaulding, 60, of Albany, a beloved husband, son, father, brother, educator, principal, mentor and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Born in Burlington September 30, 1953, he was a son of Walter and Phyllis (Buck) Spaulding.

On December 30, 2004, he married Lisa Daniels Dunlavey and became a loving and devoted father to her children and later their offspring.

Mr. Spaulding attended Cambridge Elementary School, graduated from Lamoille Union High School, and then received his bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees from Johnson State College.

He had a lifelong passion for education.  As an 18-year-old, he became the youngest school board member in the state of Vermont.  He started his early teaching career in Wolcott and then Berkshire.  Subsequently he served concurrently as principal and teacher in Belvidere, and later as principal of both Newport Center and Burke.  More recently, he was a responsive interventionist counselor at Cabot School.  Throughout his career he was a role model to both other educators and, most importantly to him, his students.

He was constantly expanding his deep understanding of geography, history and science, and was sharing his wealth of knowledge with all who would listen.  He was extremely eclectic in his interests, which ranged from hiking and wilderness exploring, to custom wood working and playing the harmonica.  He was an avid runner, cross-country skier, and cyclist.

Mr. Spaulding was selfless; he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it could help the current situation.  He played multiple roles in bettering many Vermont communities and the lives of others.  Recently he was team leader of an ecumenical outreach trip to Valdosta, Georgia, where over 350 young adults from all over America spent a week repairing and painting houses of people in need.

He leaves his beloved wife, Lisa Dunlavey-Spaulding; his mother, Phyllis Spaulding; his children:  Richard Spaulding Jr. and his wife, Kristy, Stephanie Spaulding, Tucker Dunlavey and his companion, Danielle Nelson, Brendon Dunlavey and his companion, Liza Jost, and Shannon Dunlavey; his grandchildren:  Elijah, Natalie, and Nicholas; a brother, Mike Spaulding; a sister, Beverly Minor, and her husband, Tom; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Daniels; his brothers-in-law:  Michael Jennings, David Daniels, and Marc Daniels and his wife, Marybeth; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Spaulding; and by his sister, Cindy Spaulding.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Church of God, at 295 Crawford Road in Derby.  A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m., at the Church of God, with the Reverend Nathan Strong and Pastor Lawrence Wall officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dick Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1558 Delano Road, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

Online condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Death notice

Adrian “Buzz” Lumsden

Adrian Lawrence “Buzz” Lumsden, 76, a longtime Stannard resident, died on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home, with his loving family at his bedside.

A full obituary will appear in a later edition.

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Obituary April 2, 2014

obit wilsonLouise (Patenaude) Wilson

Louise (Patenaude) Wilson, 53, of Chazy, New York, beloved wife of Thomas Wilson, died peacefully on March 24, 2014, at the Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington, after a long illness.

She was born on December 18, 1960, in Newport, a daughter of Alphonse and Yvette (Rainville) Patenaude.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport, in the Class of 1979.

On August 29, 1981, she married Thomas Wilson, who survives her.

She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband in their camper, playing cards, bird watching, and reading.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Wilson of Chazy; her father Alphonse Patenaude of Derby Line; her brothers and sisters:  Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Danny Patenaude and his wife, Rhonda, of Derby, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex Center, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe Plain; her beloved cats:  Miss Kitty and Theodore; her nieces and nephews:  Erin, Monika, Whitney, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Taylor, Erin, Brandon, Emma, Jena, Kati, and Charlee; her godchildren:  Kylie, Erica, Steve, Corry, and Taylor; her father-in-law Trevor Wilson of Ayers Cliff, Quebec; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother Yvette Patenaude on May 30, 2013; and by a brother, Michael Patenaude, in 1961.

Funeral services were held on March 31, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be held at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 29 Tafts Corners, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

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Elaine Nancy Gleason

A memorial service at graveside will be held for Elaine Nancy Gleason, who died on January 11, 2014, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Barton on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m.

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Obituaries March 19, 2014

obit BlaisRachel F. Blais

Rachel F. Blais, 81, of Derby Line died on March 12, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on October 1, 1932, in Frampton, Quebec, to Thomas and Rosanna (Audet) Ferland.

On September 7, 1957, she married Gilles Blais, who survives her.

She was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.

She traveled with her husband throughout the United States and she enjoyed family gatherings and playing cards.

She is survived by her husband Gilles Blais of Derby Line; her children:  Donald Blais and his companion, Francine Brandolino, of New York, Bernard Blais and his wife, Bernadette, of Randolph, New Jersey, Paul Blais and his wife, Diane, of South Burlington, David Blais and his wife, Dale, of Danville, New Hampshire, and Patrick Blais and his wife, Cynthia, of Hudson, Massachusetts; her grandchildren:  Brian, Brittany, Daniel, Benjamin, Molly, Samantha, Mark and Isabella; her siblings:  Gerard, Raymond, and Real Ferland all of Quebec, Rose Gagnon, Rita Bulduc and Rolande Tremblay and her husband, Roger, all of Quebec, and Regina Provost and her husband, Richard, of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law:  Gerry Blais, Doris Porier, Pauline Sanville, and Sylvia and Philip Lauzon.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Rosaire and Robert Ferland.

Funeral services were held on March 17, in Derby Line.  Spring interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vermont Chapter, 75 Talcott Road, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit ChaffeeDale Erton Chaffee

Dale Erton Chaffee, 95, of Albany died on March 13, 2014, in White River Junction.

He was born on January 11, 1919, in Greensboro, to Reuben and Josephine (Huntoon) Chaffee.

On November 26, 1945, he married Ida Honsinger, who survives him.

Mr. Chaffee grew up on a farm and after he married he worked as a carpenter.

He entered the United States Army where he served his country during World War II.

He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans, where he was a furniture inspector.

He held memberships and was a life member with the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and the Brown-Johnson VFW in Montpelier.  He was also past commander of the American Legion Post #23.  He was a member of the Albany Methodist Church where he was the church trustee emeritus.

His hobbies included reading, maple sugaring, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Ida Chaffee of Albany; his children:  Ida Burdick and Mark Chaffee, both of Albany; his grandchildren:  Willard “Andy” Burdick of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Jonathan Dale Burdick and his wife, Joanna, of Claremont, New Hampshire; his great-grandchildren:  Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Peyton, Davan, Jacob, and Logan; his sister-in-law Beverly Chaffee of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings:  Lee, Arland, Carroll, Captola, and Reuben Chaffee, and Myrtle Dunbar and Velma Hale.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common on Sunday, March 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.  A graveside service will be held in the spring in Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Legionaries Temporary Assistance Fund, care of Milt Willis Jr. (American Legion), 215 N. Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009.

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

obit cornellCheryl Cornell

Cheryl Cornell died in Newport, on March 9, 2014.

She was born on February 21, 1946, daughter of Charles A. and Myrtle Bacon of Derby Line, who are now deceased.

She graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1964, and attended Burdett College and the Community College of Vermont.

She worked in several states including Massachusetts, Delaware, California, and Arizona, but always returned to Vermont where for the last 30 years she has worked mainly as a bookkeeper.  Her most recent position was office assistant at Northeast Kingdom Homecare in Newport.

She enjoyed reading, gardening and local area history.  And when she wasn’t voicing her opinion in her famous letters to the editor, in the summers she could be found every weekend checking out yard sales in her little red sports car.

Survivors include her daughter Terri Anne Cortes and her boyfriend, Casey Wheeler, of Derby; her grandson Nicholas Brock; her sister Terry Sudol of Montpelier and her children and grandchildren; her brother Dale “Bart” Bacon of Jeffersonville and his children and grandchildren; as well as several cousins and special friends.  She is also survived by her two cats:  Emma and Bella.

According to her wishes, there will be no funeral service and burial will be private.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

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

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

obit DawberWinston Franklin Josef Dawber

Winston Franklin Josef Dawber, 71, of Barton died suddenly on March 12, 2014, at his home in Barton.

He was born on August 26, 1942, in Lyskeard, Cornwall, England, to Alexander and Constance (Davis) Dawber.  His adoptive parents were Philip and Gladys (Davis) Dawber.

Mr. Dawber grew up in Charlton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Charlton High School in 1961.

He worked at Charlton Woolen Mill until his family moved to New Hampshire and eventually Barton, where he started his own business, W.F. Dawber Insulation.  He also owned the Barton Mini-Mart and Barton Redemption.  After selling the mini-mart, he worked at Columbia Forest Products for several years, and then became a contractor for Memphremagog Rentals, where he was still enjoying working part time.

The world has lost a very special man, and heaven has gained one.  Dad was a man of integrity, honor, great kindness and generosity, and a quiet faith.  He was the man you could count on.  The man who kept his word.  The man who was ready to help family, friends, and strangers.  The man who did the right thing because it was the right thing to do.

He loved trains.  He loved woodworking, creating special projects for his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower garden.  He enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife around his home and taking care of the family alpacas.  He loved sugaring with Stacy and Wade.  He looked forward to taking road trips with Heather and Winston.  He didn’t miss his Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR and eating snacks with Sherry and Brian.  He was learning how to be a beekeeper from his nephew Jimmy.  He enjoyed his trips to visit his sister-in-law Jeanne.  However, he found the most joy, and was happiest in the time he spent, with his grandchildren, whether it was helping them with home projects, taking them camping, on vacations, or just visiting.  He was so full of love and pride for each of them.  He absolutely loved and adored his great-granddaughter Kennedy.

Dad was a family man in the truest sense.  He was happiest when he was with his children and grandchildren.  He was there for any event, big or small — “I wouldn’t miss it” is what he would say and he didn’t.

Dad is our hero.  Gramps is our hero.  Our greatest blessing is that God gave him to us to be our dad and grandfather.  Our greatest gift from him is the legacy of how he lived his life, that we would all do the same.  In our sorrow, we find the joy of being so loved by him.

He is survived by his three children:  Sherry and Brian Montminy of Glover, Stacy and Wade Wright of Barton, and Heather and Winston Dowland of Holland; his grandchildren:  Ashley Montminy and Justin St. Pierre of Essex Junction, Brian and Christie Montminy of Barton, Addie and Tanner Atwood of Albany, and Wade Jr. and Amber Wright of Barton; his great-granddaughter Kennedy Rose Atwood; the mother of his children Katie Labor; his special sister-in-law Jeanne Dawber; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the South Barton Cemetery on Nault Road.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114; or to the Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, 1461 Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

obit rinesStephen Wesley Rines

Stephen Wesley Rines, 58, of Derby died on March 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 6, 1955, in Waterville, Maine, to the Reverend Paul Wesley Rines and Maxine Russell Rines.

Mr. Rines was a gifted musician, and served as music director, and as an elder at the Lowell Congregational Church.  He began piano lessons at an early age from his mother at their home and brought his gift and love of music to his home, his friends and his community.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years.  He served as postmaster in Irasburg, Morgan and the last several years in Barton.

He was an avid sports enthusiast, and played soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball and enjoyed walking in quiet and beautiful places.

He graduated from Waconah High School in 1973, then attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1977, with a BA in religion.  He was an ordained minister and preached at the Newport Nazarene Church for several years.

He leaves behind his wife, Patricia; and his children:  Amy Jacobs and her husband, Bart, of Derby Line, Tara Chaffee and her husband, James, of Dover, New Hampshire, Jennifer Oney and her husband, Justin, of Centennial, Colorado, Stephen Paul Rines of Wesley Chapel, Florida, and Adrienne Haglin and her husband, Andrew, of Salem, New Hampshire; his mother Maxine Russell Rines; his brother Doug and his wife, Faith Rines, of Hartford, Maine; a sister, Sharon Baker, and her husband, Jim, of Largo, Florida; his six much-beloved grandchildren:  Nathan, Abby Rae, Noah, Molly, Sweet Baby James and Kai; as well by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and one nephew.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Church of God, at 295 Crawford Road in Newport, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 29.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Special Olympics, attention:  Wendy Kelley, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.  If checks are sent, be sure to put “Orleans/Essex Program” to be routed to the local chapter.

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Obituaries February 26, 2014

obit BarryRonald Earle Barry

Ronald Earle Barry, 81, of Derby Line and formerly of Arlington, Massachusetts, died on February 17, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by family, following a brief illness.

He was born on January 27, 1933, in Arlington, a son of Joseph Michael and Ruth Ester (Woodward) Barry.

On October 6, 1956, he married Joan Ellyn (Carlson), who predeceased him in 2009.

Mr. Barry moved to Newport in 1998 with his wife, to retire, after spending the majority of his life in Arlington.  They were greeted warmly, meeting kind neighbors and making many new friends.  They enjoyed a quiet, relaxing life for several years, which included daily breakfast at The Brown Cow and The East Side restaurants.  After his wife died, he became a resident of Michaud Manor and quickly bonded with Michaud staff and was helpful to the other residents.  However, it was evident to those who knew him closest that the loss of his wife had a significant effect on his overall happiness and well-being.

Mr. Barry had a deep love for music and had an extensive record collection.  He had a particular fondness for 1950s singer Joni James.  When you visited with him, music would always be playing and he would love to share stories of the various artists he was listening to.

For many years, his home was a gathering place for many weekend cookouts and parties and music was always a centerpiece of these gatherings.  Along with his wife and his two boys, music was his life!

He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served in Ethiopia for the Army during the Korean War.  Most of his working career was spent helping out the family business, which was a popular grocery, produce, and meat market in Arlington.  In later years, he worked as a case manager for Minuteman Home Care, where he provided in-home care and services for elderly residents in his community. He also worked several years for the Leahy Clinic, where he retired in 1998.

He is survived locally by his two children:  Raymond Barry of Newport and Craig Barry and his wife, Kristi, of Newport; a granddaughter, Madison Barry, his “princess,” of Newport; his in-laws:  Bill and Bonnie Wheeler of Derby Line, and sister-in-law Merrilyn Barry of Derby; his niece Kimberly Barry and her husband, Keith, of Troy; and by his nephews:  Kyle Barry and his wife, Gail, of Derby, and Kord Barry and his wife, Mary, of Derby.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to Michaud Manor, 47 Herrick Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to Newport Health Care, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit BrownElwyn Lester Brown

Elwyn Lester Brown, 93, of Newport Center died peacefully on February 17, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on July 15, 1920, in Newport, to Warren and Hazel (Percy) Brown.

On September 28, 1945, he married Hazel Dow, who predeceased him on June 4, 2006.

Mr. Brown was a lineman for the New England Telephone Company, where he retired in 1976.  He entered the U.S. Army Air Force, where he was a veteran of World War II.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, canning, gardening, playing cribbage and cards.  He also sold vegetables and furniture on his lawn and he enjoyed rototilling and maple sugaring.

He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #16 of Troy, the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and the telephone pioneers.

He is survived by his sons:  Glen Brown and his wife, Arlene, of Newport Center, and Fred Brown and his wife, Sheryl, of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Glen W. Brown and his wife, Tammy Szych, of Derby, and Sharon Eustace and her husband, Dillon, of St. Johnsbury; three great-grandchildren:  Brandon and Brooklyn Brown and Myah Eustace; and by a dear friend, Dorothy Bouton, of Middlebury.

Funeral services were held on February 22, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, in care of Charles Drown, 334 Cross Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857; or to the Masonic Union Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #16, P.O. Box 522, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

Madeleine M. Degreenia

Madeleine M. Degreenia, 88, of Newport died on February 18, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 24, 1926, in Irasburg, to Oscar and Georgette (Gaboriault) Fournier.

On October 25, 1950, she married H.E. Degrennia, who survives her.

She and her husband traveled extensively with his employment and they also traveled around the United States in their motor homes.

She is survived by her husband H.E. Degreenia of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Adrien, Joe and Lucien Fournier, and Yvonne Hoyt, Pauline Roy and Lucille Keefe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s 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 may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit HoweElena Coletti Howe

Elena Coletti Howe, a longtime resident of Newport, died peacefully on February 15, 2014, at her home in Newport.  She was 92 years old and the beloved wife for 62 years of the late Dr. Paul Howe.

She was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1921, a daughter of Angelina and Donato Coletti of St. Donato, Italy.  The story of her parents’ life in Italy, and her father’s artistic gifts, prompted her and her husband to travel to this small Italian village to meet friends and relatives of her parents.  Many fine examples of her father’s sculptures, artwork and reliefs are on display in museums and public buildings throughout the United States and Italy.

She married Dr. Paul Howe on April 28, 1946, and spent many years working in his office as secretary and bookkeeper.  They traveled extensively throughout Europe, enjoying skiing, golfing and visiting friends.  After Dr. Howe’s retirement, they divided their time between a winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, and Newport.  They always looked forward to returning to the Newport Country Club to resume golf and reunite with friends.

She is survived by her two sons:  Dr. James G. Howe and Gregory P. Howe and his wife, Billie.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  Emily Howe of Notre Dame, Indiana, Lindsay Howe of Boston, Massachusetts, Tanner Howe and his wife, Hillery, and their children, Chloe and Doon, of Brooklyn, New York, Justin Howe and his wife, Caroline, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Julia Howe Sullivan and her husband, Trevor, of Burlington, and Andrew Howe of Shelburne.

She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Paul Howe; her sisters:  Evelyn Fitzgerald, Loretta Filder, and Carmela Fitzgerald; a brother, Dr. Rudolph Coletti; and by her daughter-in-law Rita Howe.

There will be a private family Catholic service to celebrate her life.

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

obit mitchellDorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell

Dorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell, 100, of Merritt Island, Florida, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

She was born on December 19, 1913, to Hugh Bell and Grace (Twombly) Bell in Derby Line, in a house that was located half in the United States and half in Canada.

On August 18, 1934, she married Donald Lindsley.  Together they raised their family in Newport, until he died suddenly on September 1, 1958.

She was active in her children’s lives and in the community.  She was an excellent pianist and played for the Kiwanis Club, church youth groups, dance recitals, and the Girl Scouts.

In 1968, she married John Mitchell of Barre, where they resided until his death in 1973.

Moving to Florida in 1979, she became an active member in the Grace United Methodist Church.

She was a lifetime member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  She was also a member of several women’s groups and garden clubs.  She loved bridge, music, dancing, reading and playing the piano.

She is survived by her loving children:  Donald Lindsley and his wife, Eugenia, Diana Diamantas, Deborah Twiss, and Doreen and her husband, Earl Mahoney; her dear stepdaughter Betty Jean Baker; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister-in-law Gayla Rivard; her brother-in-law Russ Perkins; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Hugh and Grace; her brother Sid Bell; her sisters:  Margaret Perlman and Gwen Perkins; and by her son-in-law Bill Diamantas.

A graveside memorial service will be held this summer in Newport, where she will be laid to rest in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery.

obit NilesGeorge Bixby Niles

George Bixby Niles, 86, of Newport Center died peacefully on February 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 25, 1927, in Newport Center, to Harry O. Niles Sr. and June (Morrill) Niles.

On October 9, 1948, he married Lorraine Davio.

He was employed by Tivoly USA in Derby Line for many years.  In his earlier years, he worked with his dad on the family farm on Niles Road in Newport Center, until his marriage in 1948.

His hobbies included hunting, tinkering around the house, walking, following wrestling, and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Niles of Newport Center; his sons:  Douglas Niles of Newport Center, Raymond Niles and his wife, Edna, of Littleton, New Hampshire, Timothy Niles of Newport Center, and Kevin Niles and his wife, Julie, of Lockport, New York; his grandchildren:  Tammi Lantagne and her husband, Reg, of Newport Center, Tara Selby and her husband, Sean, of Morgan, Shane Niles of Randolph, Dana Niles and his wife, Nancy, of Walpole, Massachusetts, Timothy Niles Jr. of Maine, Darcel Niles and Yolande Niles both of Maine, Kate Schwanke and her husband, Matt, of Ocala, Florida, Bryce Niles and his wife, Tabi, of Eden, Jordan Niles, and Mitchel Niles of Lockport; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother Harry Niles Jr. of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and by his special friend, Sasha.

He was predeceased by three brothers:  Avery, Gardner, and Robert Niles; and by his sister Barbara Hosley.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the Advent Christian Church in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Center Advent Church, P.O. Box 136, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

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

obit StevensPatricia A. Stevens

Patricia A. Stevens, 77, of Coventry died on February 15, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1937, in Newport, to Evarest and Thelma (Stratton) Cote.

She graduated from Newport High School in the Class of 1957.

On September 7, 1957, she married Roy Stevens, who survives her.

She and her husband, Roy, own Blue Ribbon Carpet Cleaners and she formerly cleaned homes in the area.

Her interests were bowling, dancing and she loved all cats, dogs and horses.

She is survived by her husband Roy Stevens of Coventry; her children:  Greg Stevens and his wife, Kathy, of Enosburg, Alan Stevens of Spencer, Massachusetts, and Lori Stevens of North Concord; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; and by four step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Valarie Dawn; and by her brother Dean Cote.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

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

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

obit WeedCeline Florianne Weed 

Celine Florianne Weed, 73, of Newport died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at her home, in the presence of her family, after her fight against cancer.

She was born on June 5, 1940, in Montreal, Quebec.

She was a bartender and waitress at the VFW Post #798 of Newport for several years.

She always worked hard whether it was at a factory, waitressing, or bartending.

She liked to play darts, cards and bingo.  She looked forward to cribbage on Tuesday nights at the American Legion Post #21.  She loved Halloween as it was her favorite holiday.  She is well known for having some kind of crazy costume on and going around giving out candy.

Ms. Weed loved her cats as she was a huge cat lover and she enjoyed taking pictures — anyone who knew her also knew her camera wasn’t far.

She is survived by her daughter Laurie Eastman and her husband, David, of Newport; her son John Weed of Newport; her grandsons:  Zachery Lyonnais of Newport, and Sabastian Lyonnais and his fiancée, Amanda Royer, of Orleans; and by her step-grandson Zacheria Eastman of Portland, Maine.

In August of 2013, a “celebration of life” was held for her at the VFW Post #798 in Newport.  This is how she would want to be remembered, so there will be no services.

Anyone wishing to donate in her honor, please donate to the Mary Wright Halo Association, in care of Hilarie Wright, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries February 19, 2014

obit brousseauRaymond J. Brousseau

Raymond Brousseau of Lyndonville, formerly of Irasburg, died on Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at the age of 82.

Raymond Brousseau of Lyndonville, formerly of Irasburg, died on Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at the age of 82.

The Brousseaus moved to Lyndonville five years ago and made their home with their son, David, and daughter-in-law, Deb.  Mr. Brousseau had resided at The Pines for the past month.

He was born in Stanstead, Quebec, on January 23, 1932, one of 11 children born to Arthur and Josephine (LeBlanc) Brousseau.

On September 29, 1956, he and Charlotte Stuart were united in marriage.

He worked at the Ethan Allen plant in Orleans, retiring from there in the early 1990s.

He enjoyed camping, yard work, time spent at hunting camp, and blue grass music.  Over the years, he and his wife saw a lot of the country traveling to Florida, Texas, Prince Edward Island, and Yellowstone.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; their three sons:  Richard Brousseau and Toni of Hudson Falls, New York, David Brousseau and his wife, Deb, of Lyndonville, and Mitchell Brousseau and his wife, Dawn, of North Troy; eight grandchildren:  Patrick, Eric, Shane, Kaylin, Adam, Matthew, Kelley, and Kari; seven great-grandchildren; one surviving brother, Gerard; and by four surviving sisters:  Simone, Jeanne, Monique, and Rollande, and their families.

A gathering of friends and family was held in St. Johnsbury on February 17.  Committal services will be held in May at the Concord Cemetery.

Mr. Brousseau enjoyed the musical entertainment that came to The Pines.  Memorial contributions, marked for the Resident Activity Fund, may be directed to The Pines, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

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

obit PoulinJeannine Marie Claire Poulin

Jeannine Marie Claire Poulin, 85, a resident of Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport died on February 13, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 11, 1928, in Irasburg, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Paquette) Williams.

She dedicated her life to caring for her family.

She retired from Columbia Forest Products after 28 years.  She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, where she served as regent; the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW #798, where she served as president; the Ladies of St. Anne; and as a volunteer for Rural Community Transport.

Her passions included Bingo, the Boston Red Sox, and family gatherings.  She enjoyed bowling, sewing, working with other people, making homemade items for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sharing her delicious fudge with those she cared about.  Jeannine enjoyed life as it was dealt to her.

She is survived by her seven children:  Marcel “Joe” Poulin Jr. and his wife, Henriette, of Newport, Frances Dewing and her husband, Raymond, of Orleans, Lucille Longley and her husband, Paul, of Westfield, Dennis Poulin and his wife, Lynn, of Newport, Suzanne Lucas and her husband, Michael, of Newport, Joanne Rousseau of Newport, and Tina Browne and her husband, Greg, of Clifton Park, New York.  She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren:  Carl, Amy, Raymond, Rhonda, Misty, Donald, Jonathan, Erik, Kelley, Angie, Amber, Laura, Jessica, Brent, and Ashley; 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

She was predeceased by her three brothers:  Germain, Sylvio, and Andre “Pit”; and by her sister Frances.

Funeral services were held on February 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bel-Aire Activity Fund in her name, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit SchneiderSylvia V. Schneider 

Sylvia V. Schneider, 78, of Derby died on February 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born on August 6, 1935, in Newport, to Euclide and Lena (Morin) Brien.

She was employed by the TSS Store in Long Island, New York, where she retired in 1986.

After her retirement, she moved back to Vermont where she enjoyed her home and cooking for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children:  Teri Kreps of Florida, Robert Schneider Jr. of Derby, Richard Schneider and his wife, Linda, of North Carolina, James Schneider of Derby, and William Schneider and his wife, Lori, of Irasburg; ten grandchildren:  Samantha, Jessica, Richard, Ashley and Josh, Christopher and Kaira, Tasha, Taylor, Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren:  Kaylee, Mykenna, Jacob, and Rhea; her siblings:  Gene Brien of Newport, Irene Corrow of Barre, Betty Cyr of Danbury, Jackie Foster of Connecticut, and Marion Fournier of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Leonard, Lawrence and Norbert Brien; and by her sisters:  Pauline and Vivian.

Calling hours were held on February 18, in Newport.

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

Janet Agnes Urie

Janet Agnes Urie of Glover died on February 13, 2014, in Greensboro.

She enjoyed her early years on the Beach Hill farm in West Glover, where she was born on March 2, 1925, to Foster and Bessie Stone Urie.

After graduating from Craftsbury Academy in 1942, she completed the wartime program at Lyndon Teachers College in a year and a half.  She and a female classmate hayed for a local farmer during their summer session and then she taught for one year in Craftsbury Village, and another year in East Craftsbury.

While completing her second year of teaching, she married Donald C. Urie on March 31, 1945.  Together they raised their family and shared the work indoors and out on Westview Farm in Glover.  After selling the farm to their son, Lowell, they were able to continue in the place they both loved until Mr. Urie’s death in 2002, and Mrs. Urie’s need for nursing home care in 2007.

Mrs. Urie was an elder of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church.  She was very active in women’s organizations at all levels of the church, including in many ecumenical groups.  She was the first woman to serve as stated clerk of the Presbytery of Northern New England.

She was involved in several community organizations, serving on the boards of Craftsbury Academy, the Craftsbury Community Care Center, Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, Vermont Children’s Aid Society, the East Hill Preschool and the John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library.  Over the years, she served as president or secretary but most often as treasurer, once holding that office for seven groups simultaneously.

Being outdoors was a great pleasure for her; walking in the woods, gardening, snowmobiling, or helping in the fields.  Indoors, she enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting and making bobbin lace, frequently while watching the Red Sox or Patriots on television.  With her sisters, she visited all of Vermont’s towns as a member of the 251 Club, and with other family members traveled to many states including Hawaii.  A trip to England and Scotland also provided many happy memories.

She is survived by her sons:  Mason of Derby, and Lowell of Glover; her daughters:  Sherry of West Glover, Christine and her husband, Carmie Snider, of Bradenton, Florida, and Edith and her husband, Claude Comtois, of Derby; and her five grandchildren, seven great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter were a special joy to her.  She also leaves a brother, Robert Urie, of North Carolina; two sisters:  Jean Borland and Rachel Lafont, both of West Glover; and a large close-knit, extended family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; two sons:  Colin and Jason; and by a brother, Foster James Urie Jr.

A service of thanksgiving for her life will be held in the spring.

Memorial gifts may be made to the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 1097 Ketchum Hill Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to the Greensboro Nursing Home Activities Fund, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

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

obit valoisMarie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois

Marie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois of Sutton died on Saturday, February 1, 2014, with her children and caretaker, Deborah Baldwin, by her side.  She was 90.

She was born on January 7, 1924, in St. Gabriel, Quebec, Canada, to Joseph Paquin and Florida (Gauvin) Paquin.

She married the love of her life, Adolphe “Duffy” Felix Valois in 1949, and lived in Barton until they moved to the Underpass Road in Sutton, where she enjoyed being a homemaker, raising and taking care of her family.  She believed in family values and passed the lessons of love and family to her children.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.  She had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile and always found the humor of any situation that arose.  She loved spending time with her caretaker, Deborah Baldwin, as they would often take little trips in the area, and these trips always ended with a stop at Ville Auto to see Mark and Lori and then on to the Lynburke Motel to visit with her daughter, Monique.

She loved gardening and took great pride in her cultivated berries and apples.  She loved spending time sitting on her porch with Dad, visiting with her neighbors and watching the Belangers hay the fields around the house.

She was very involved with the Catholic church and active in the Daughters of Isabella in Barton.  She also taught religion classes in Sutton School.

She is survived by her children:  Monique Valois-Ball and Chadwick Tibbetts of Lyndonville, Russell Ball of West Burke, and Mark Joseph Valois and his fiancée, Lori Phillips, of Lyndonville; her grandchildren:  Mark Hall and Jenn Brooks of Sutton, Christopher Hall of Sparta, Tennessee, Brielle Phillips and Kyle Phillips of Lyndonville, and Taryn and Tylor Brooks of West Burke; her great-granddaughter Trystin Bernadette Hall of Sutton; her sisters:  Adrienne “Addie” Brault of Athol, Massachusetts, Denise Valley of Barton, and Elizabeth “Betty” St. Onge of Wallingford; and by her brothers:  Patrick “Pat” Paquin of Mocksville, North Carolina, and Bernard “Ben” Paquin of Wallingford.

She was predeceased by her husband, Adolphe; her parents; her brothers:  Rene Paquin, Roland Paquin, Etienne “Eddie” Paquin, Roland Paquin, and William “Bill” Paquin; and by her sisters:  Germain Perron and Rose Campbell.

A memorial Mass was held on February 8, in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online guestbook at www.pearsonsfh.com.

obit van zileRobert D. Van Zile Sr.

Robert D. Van Zile Sr., 75, died unexpectedly on January 20, 2014, in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he was spending the winter months.  He was a long-term resident of Westmore.

“Bob” — a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather — was born in Tioga, Pennsylvania, on January 2, 1939.  He was a son of Benjamin and Marjorie (Jones) Van Zile.  He grew up in Gang Mills, New York, where he attended Painted Post High School and played sports such as football.  He enjoyed all sports, which he passed on to his children.  He coached and umpired Little League and the Babe Ruth baseball leagues.  He was very knowledgeable about all the rules and regulations for many sports.  He also attended many basketball and hockey games with his children at various high schools and at St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont.

He enjoyed many years of tent camping with his wife and children across the eastern half of the country.  He was always the most enthusiastic person in the bleachers, cheering on his children and grandchildren.  The best way to describe him was as a loving, dedicated and supportive “family man.”  His greatest joy was having his family around him.  He also enjoyed all types of fishing, especially with his children and brothers.  He would travel great distances just to go fishing.  When not fishing, he enjoyed reading.

Many people commented on his contagious smile that lit up his face.

He took great pride, joy and appreciation in the life he had with his wife of nearly 50 years, his four children and later with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was employed by General Electric and Green Mountain Power prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Theresa; his 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; his 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; his step-grandchildren:  Morgan and Skylar Gagne of St. Albans, Samantha Houle of North Troy, and Melissia Houle of Barton; his great-grandchildren:  Landon Domina, Harrison Shangraw and Jackson Bowen; his brothers:  Wesley and his wife, Pat Van Zile, of Warren, Pennsylvania, Eugene and his wife, Marlene Van Zile, of Addison, New York, Benjamin and his wife, Joyce Van Zile, of Millport, New York, Henry and his wife, Linda Van Zile, of South Burlington, and Larry and his wife, Gerrie Van Zile, of Addison; his sisters:  Delores Barlow of Brunswick, Georgia, Mary Van Der Mark of Elmira, New York, and Connie and her husband, Kent Greenfield, of Dundee, New York; his sister-in-law Clarabelle and her husband, Robert Jannetti, of Stony Creek, Connecticut; her brothers-in-law:  Reynold Choiniere of Newport, and Lionel and his wife, Doris Choiniere, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Marjorie (Jones) Van Zile; his brothers and stepbrothers:  Franklin Van Zile, Donald Gardner, Clifford Van Zile, and Donald Van Zile; and by his step-sisters:  Clara Sutton and Stella Gardner.

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

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on May 17, at 11 a.m., with interment at the Westmore Lake View Cemetery.

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Obituaries February 12, 2014

obit GonyawPhilip B. Gonyaw

Philip B. Gonyaw, 68, a resident for more than 30 years of Westfield, died early Saturday morning, February 8, 2014, at the Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.  His wife, Alice, was at his bedside.

He was born in Newport on August 18, 1945, son of Maynard and Erdine Gonyaw.

He attended school in Albany and graduated from Orleans High School in 1963.

He was married to Alice (St. Jacques) Vezina on July 6, 1974, in Albany.  They would have celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary later this year.

Mr. Gonyaw worked at the Ethan Allen plant in Orleans early in his career, farmed for a number of years in Westfield, worked at Jay Peak, was a salesman for Vermont Country Campers and later for DelaBruere Auto, and he owned and operated North Hill Self Storage with his wife.

He was a proud Army veteran having served in Vietnam, and was a longtime member of the Vermont National Guard, retiring with the rank of first sergeant in 2005.  He always made a special effort to reach out to returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan to thank them for their service and to let them know how appreciated they were.

Mr. Gonyaw unselfishly gave of his time and talents to many local groups.  He was a charter member of the Troy Area Lions Club and served as president of that organization three times.  As part of the Lions outreach, he volunteered each Thursday to help prepare and serve meals at the senior meal site in Westfield.  He also helped run weekly Lions bingo events with proceeds of these activities being used to financially support eye programs for youngsters, programs to test and assist hearing impaired individuals, and scholarships for college bound students.

He was a 30-year life member of Post #28 of the American Legion and served as its treasurer at one time.  He was a member of the American Legion Riders, a group that enjoyed motorcycling together.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7943 and was a fourth degree Knight and served as trustee.  He was a longtime and highly faithful member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of Troy, and he served on the church’s finance committee.

He was also serving as co-chairman of the town of Westfield’s Emergency Management Committee.

He enjoyed traveling, camping, motorcycling, the annual trek to the Fryeburg Fair, and good-natured bantering — activities all to be done with his many friends.  He also enjoyed his daily walks with his faithful dog, Zelda.

Apart from his humor, his smile and warm demeanor, he will most likely be remembered for being an extremely kind, caring, and compassionate person who would do whatever he could to help a friend or a family member in need.  He took time to listen and give counsel and guidance to those who might seek his advice.

He is survived his wife, Alice; and by his stepchildren:  Marie Breault of Glens Fall, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Debbie Vezina of Irasburg, and Douglas Vezina of Newport.  In addition, he is survived by 14 step grandchildren and 11 step great-grand children.  He is also survived by his sister Phyllis Bottamini and her husband, Bruce, of Adamant; his brother Ronald and his wife, Edith, of West Charleston; his sister-in-law Rose Blais of North Troy; his special friends:  Roland “Butch” and Jessie Barney of Island Pond; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His parents predeceased him.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, February 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Troy on Monday, February 17, at 11 a.m., where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will be in the spring at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Gonyaw may be made to the Troy Area Lions Club, P.O. Box 175, Westfield, Vermont 05874; or to Sacred Heart Church, for the Stained Glass Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

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

Mr. Gonyaw perhaps can be best remembered by the following verse:

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on the ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye

 

obit goodwinArdys L. Goodwin

Ardys L. Goodwin, 82, of Newport died peacefully on February 1, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on July 13, 1931, in Albany, to Preston and Doris (Clegg) Smith.

On June 17, 1952, she married Glendon Goodwin, who predeceased her on December 12, 2011.

Mrs. Goodwin was a volunteer at North Country Hospital for many years.  She was a member of the Newport Women’s Club, Homedem, and she enjoyed attending the baseball and softball games of her children and grandchildren.

She enjoyed listening to music, singing and dancing.

She is survived by her children:  Karleen Lanoue of Barton, Kerry Goodwin and his wife, Carmen, of San Diego, California, Karen Goodwin of Newport, Kim Chamberlin and her husband, Ronald, of Albany, and Karl Goodwin of Newport; her grandchildren:  Andre Lanoue and his friend, Jessica, Amy Braun and her husband, Bill, Donnie Goodwin and his wife, Karen, Arthur Hull and his wife, Cindy, Nanette Duckless, Ryane Davis and her partner, Matt Lessard, Thomas, Shane, and Cameren Goodwin; 15 great-grandchildren; her sister Martha Hilliker of Newport; and by her brothers-in-law:  Philip Goodwin of Albany, and Waldo Potter of Albany.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Priscilla Goad and Beverly Potter.

A graveside service in the spring will be held at the Albany Cemetery with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit HarperWoodrow “Woodie” J. Harper

Woodrow “Woodie” J. Harper, 66, of Barton died on February 6, 2014, at his home.

He was the beloved husband of Rose Harper.

He was born on February 11, 1947, in Barton, the son of Alexander and Avis (Pike) Harper.

On July 13, 1968, he married Rose Mossa, who survives him.

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1965 and from Champlain College in 1967.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He owned and operated Barton Motor Company, a Ford dealership, in Barton for many years.  Recently, he was also a salesman for Hayes Ford in Newport and a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker All Seasons Reality.

He held memberships with the Orleans Country Club, the Newport Elks Club, the American Legion, and the Orleans Lions Club.  He was a member of the Barton Fire Department for 45 years and retired as fire chief.

Mr. Harper enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, cooking and playing cards with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Harper, of Barton; his children:  Sean Harper and his wife, Stephanie, and grandson Gavin, of Irasburg, and Alexis Harper of Barton and her significant other, Jonathon MacFarlane; his mother Avis Harper of Glover; a brother, Winston Harper, and his wife, Rachel, of Glover; a nephew, Jeff Harper, and his wife, Amanda, of Barton; and by his nieces:  Melissa Harper of St. Johnsbury, and DeeDee Lussier and her husband, Dan, of Barton.

He was predeceased by his father Alexander Harper; and by a sister, Michelle Harper.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, February 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on February 12, from noon until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Junior Golf Fund at the Orleans Country Club, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit houghaboomMary Elizabeth Houghaboom 

Mary Beth Houghaboom of Orleans died on February 2, 2014, at her home.  She was 90 years old.

Born on September 6, 1923, in Newport, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Jessie (Ferguson) Litchfield.  She was married to Lloyd B. Houghaboom for 43 years.

She greatly enjoyed her childhood years in Newport and graduated from Newport High School.  Many stories of Prouty Beach, Glenn Miller Band concerts and adventures with her late sister, Hazel, and late brother, Mark, were told and retold.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Farmington Teachers College, Ms. Houghaboom embarked on a 39-year career teaching home economics in Orleans, Newport, and at North Country Union High School.  Over the years, her dedication and commitment to her students touched hundreds of lives.  It was common for former students to stop her on the street with the “Do you remember me, Mrs. Houghaboom?” greeting.  She proudly recalled having a few young men request a cooking class with her while at Orleans High School.  This was an unheard of event in the early 1960s, but one she enthusiastically embraced.

On May 29, 1948, she married a young World War II veteran, Lloyd Houghaboom, and they made their move to a life and family in Orleans.  Here she was able to fulfill her final wish, to remain in her home of 60 years to the end.

She was a longtime and active member of the Orleans Federated Church, and will be remembered for her famous cream puffs, sold at many a church bazaar.  Her baking skills were unmatched and those memories remain with many nieces and nephews, as well as her immediate family.

She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd Burton Houghaboom; and by her daughter Joanne Elizabeth Houghaboom.

She is survived by her loving daughters:  Judith Hawkens and her husband, William, of Warwick, New York, Jean Perry and her husband, Dennis, of Brownington, and Janet Houghaboom and her husband, John Quackenbush, of Orleans; and by her granddaughters:  Jessica Cardella and her husband, Christopher, of Warwick, and Sarah Hendry and her husband, James, of Port Jervis, New York.  Four precious great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Ellyn Cardella, and Olive and Charles Hendry, will continue to hear stories of their loving Great Grammie.

A graveside service of death and resurrection will be scheduled for the spring at Pleasant View Cemetery.  Details will be made available at that time.

obit JonesPerlie G. Jones Jr.

Perlie G. Jones Jr., 84, of North Troy died peacefully on February 4, 2014, in Newport, surrounded by his family.

He was born on November 7, 1929, in Morrisville, to Perlie and Ila (Laird) Jones Sr.  On June 25, 1949, he married Frances Johnson, who survives him.

He worked at the Veneer Mill in North Troy and for many years at the House of Troy in North Troy and Morrisville, as well as a lift attendant for Jay Peak before retiring.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his earlier years and telling his many stories of hunting and fishing to his grandchildren and children.  He enjoyed spending time with his canine companion “Buddy.”

He is survived by his wife Frances (Johnson) Jones of North Troy; his children:  Sandra Spurling of Massachusetts, Louise Handy and her husband, Louis, of Troy, Pauline Bergeron and her husband, Roland, of Derby, Joyce Caples of Newport, Mary Jones of Eden, Barbara Davis and her husband, Larry, of North Troy, and Donald Jones of Newport; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Fred Jones and his wife, Judy, and Kenneth Jones and his wife, Gloria, all of Morrisville.

He was predeceased by his sons-in-law:  William Spurling and Richard Caples; and by his brothers and sisters:  Phillip, Maynard, Wayne and Elroy Jones, Marilyn Yandow and Shirley Jones.

A graveside service in the spring will be held in North Troy Cemetery.

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

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

obit LacroixGerard R. “John Ti-loup” Lacroix

Gerard R. “John Ti-loup” Lacroix, 83, of Newport died on February 8, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 13, 1930, in Beebe, Quebec, to Wilfred and Marie Louise (Bedard) Lacroix.

On February 3, 1951, he married Beatrice Julien, who predeceased him on April 24, 2013.

Mr. Lacroix was a master electrician in both Canada and the United States and was employed by Butterfields Union Twist in Derby Line for 45 years, where he retired in 1993.

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in his heart.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He also spent time in his workshops helping the women in his life with their projects.  He was always ready to help a friend or neighbor in need and he had a huge heart and smile to go with it.

He spent the last few years in the Newport Health Care Center where his extended family enjoyed his contagious smile on a daily basis.  His caregivers cared very much for him — he was blessed.

He is survived by his children:  Richard Lacroix and his wife, Francine, of Beebe, and Annette Lantagne and her husband, Dennis, of Newport; his grandchildren:  David Lacroix and his companion, Annie, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Rachel Lacroix of Calgary, Canada, Charles Lacroix and his companion, Ariane, of Levis, Quebec, Crystal Haselton of Boulder, Colorado, Nathan Haselton of Vermont, and Katelyn Lantagne of Newport; his great-grandchildren:  Gabrielle, Elliott, Felix Antoine, Lohann, and Beatrice; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters:  LeoPaul Lacroix of Stanstead, Quebec, Roger Lacroix and his wife, Delia, of Montreal, Quebec, Jeaninne Lacroix of Sherbrooke, and Yolande Lacroix of Stanstead.

He was predeceased by his sister-in-law Pauline Lacroix.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, February 14, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Health Care Center Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit MaxwellBarbara Smith Maxwell 

Barbara Smith Maxwell, 80, of Island Pond died peacefully on February 7, 2014, in Littleton, New Hampshire, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 2, 1933, in Georgia, to Lawrence and Eunice (Donna) Smith.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1951 and was married to Blaine Richard Maxwell on April 24, 1953.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Her passions revolved around her home and her family.  She loved gardening, sugaring, baking, and a variety of crafts.  She loved the Lord and was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Brighton.

She is survived by her husband and three children: a son, Ronald Blaine, and his wife, Debra Maxwell, of Bangor, Maine; daughters Linda Maxwell Sykes and her husband, David, and Sherry Lynn Kocis and her husband, Jacob, all of Island Pond; as well as by 16 grandchildren:  Crystal Maxwell and her fiancé, John Stewart, Carl Maxwell and his fiancée Merrit Neptune, Justin Maxwell and his wife, Leslie, Jessica Maxwell Bliss and her husband, Travis, Ryan Maxwell and his fiancée, Haley Donaghy, Kyle Sykes and his wife, Jessica, Erin Sykes and her friend, Chris Roese, Katie Sykes, Sarah Kocis Sanville and her husband, James, Rebekah Kocis Spicer and her husband, Joshua, Hannah Kocis, Ruth Kocis, Jacob Kocis, Josiah Kocis, Joshua Kocis and Jonathan Kocis; and by 17 great-grandchildren:  Brandon, Kellsea, Gasper, Zachery, Brendon, Justin, Aaron, Isabella, Abigail, Elizabeth, Lincoln, Lucy, Lacey, Carter, Emma, Isabella, and baby Sanville.

She was predeceased by her brother Lawrence Smith; and by an infant son.

A service celebrating her life was held on February 11, in Brighton.  Spring interment will be held at the Derby Pond cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to her church in her memory at 21 Middle Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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

obit PerkinsRalph Eugene Perkins

Ralph Eugene Perkins, 96, of West Charleston died peacefully on February 4, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 17, 1917, in Westmore, to Alvah and Carrie (Smith) Perkins.

On June 17, 1939, he married Mabel Jennie Holmes, who survives him.

Mr. Perkins was a dairy farmer in West Charleston for many years.  He also worked for the town of Charleston, Pratt & Whitney, and he drove school bus for Charleston and North Country Union High School.

He was a past member of the Newport Elks Club and he enjoyed cooking, snowmobiling, going to camp, playing cards, dancing the polka, practical jokes, and he was loved by all, and a friend to many.

He loved his dog and he always looked forward to spring and sugaring.

He is survived by his wife Mabel Perkins of West Charleston; his children:  Dorothy Brainard and her husband, Myron, Janice Bowen and her husband, Wayne, Gerald Perkins and his wife, Margaret, and Blaine Perkins and his wife, Norma; his grandchildren:  Dawn Brainard and her husband, Tim, Ricky Brainard and his wife, Donna, Pam Brainard and her husband, Dennis, Lindsay Brainard and his wife, Nikole, Cindy Lewis and her friend, Stuart, Cathy Etheze and her husband, Jim, Dwayne Bowen and his fiancée, TammyLee, Scott Perkins, Steven Perkins and his wife, Cresta, Tammy Kroyman and her husband, Phil, and Angel Graves; and by his 22 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Catherine Perkins; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins; two great-great-granddaughters:  Rita and Tyra Ladue; his brothers:  Gerald, Joe, Clifton, Randolph, Earl and Harvey; and by two sisters:  Thelma Cole and Eva Randall.

Funeral services were held on February 8, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in West Village Cemetery, in West Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Mary Wright Halo Fund, in care of Hilarie Wright, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

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Obituaries February 5, 2014

obit brownsteinDr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein

Dr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein, 85, of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, died in the Health Center at Phoebe Berks in Wernersville, just after midnight on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Daughter of Joseph Apfelberg and Clara (Jurgrau) Apfelberg, she was born in Ellenville, New York, on January 1, 1929.  She grew up on a farm in the Lake Huntington, New York, area and retained a love of rural life and a green thumb throughout her life.

Education for her was a lifelong pursuit.  She graduated from Evander Childs High School in New York City in 1946 at age 17, received a BA in biology from Brooklyn College in 1949, a master’s degree in education, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Akron in 1975, and her Ph.D. in education from Temple University in 1985, at age 56.

She was an enthusiastic promoter of science education, performed research for her Ph.D. dissertation in Tianjin, China, on multi-cultural methods for teaching science, served as chairwoman of the science department and as a chemistry teacher at both Lower Moreland High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and at Delran High School in Burlington County, New Jersey.  In retirement, she continued to work with local, regional and international science fairs as well as volunteering as a docent at the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, as a mentor with literacy volunteers in south New Jersey, and as a home tutor for children with AIDS and developmentally disabled adults.

Intellectual curiosity and a zest for life were ever present.  She played saxophone and recorder, wrote poetry, loved to knit sweaters, garden, can jams, jellies and dilly beans.  She was a voracious reader and hardly ever sat down without a book or newspaper on her lap.  She delighted in a wide range of musicians ranging from Pete Seeger to Stan Getz to Andre Sagovia.  Her places of residence included New York City, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Akron, Ohio, Daniel’s Pond in Glover, and Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Her international travels included Israel, Ireland, England, Germany, Czech Republic and China.

She was Jewish as well as a member of the Unitarian Universalist community.  This blending of faith traditions was symbolized by the silver Unitarian chalice affixed to a Jewish star, which she wore around her neck.  Both religious heritages nourished her involvement in social causes as a passionate activist for universal justice, world peace, racial equality, women’s rights and an advocate for the mentally ill.

As a devoted wife and nurturing mother, career and community interests were constantly interwoven with family activities.  She is remembered for watching television with the family, with a textbook for a course she was taking open before her and jumping up during commercials to move clothes from the washer to the drier.  She was deeply loved by family, colleagues and friends. Her kind smile, joie de vivre, and ever-present optimism will be sorely missed.

She is survived by Mel Brownstein, her husband of 58 years; her children:  Ted Brownstein, Carl Brownstein, Andy Brownstein and Ruth Brownstein; her sister-in-law Elizabeth “Liz” (Singer) Apfelberg; her nephew Michael Apfelberg; her niece Lisa (Apfelberg) Walton; her grandchildren:  Jessica Pogrund Choplin, Rachel Jepson, Gretchen Brownstein, Anna Kiliona, Sarah Brownstein and Ariel Brownstein; and by her great-grandchildren:  Isabella Jepson, Zack Pogrund Choplin, Lev Pogrund Choplin and Audrey Brownstein Carrillo.

She was predeceased by her brother Hershel Apfelberg.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Children’s Defense Fund or Doctors Without Borders.

obit Cullins webNorma D. Cullins

Norma D. Cullins, 75, of Brownington died peacefully on January 29, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 19, 1939, in Waterbury, to Warren and Elizabeth (Town) Elliott.

On January 25, 1986, she married Gene Cullins, who survives her.

She was formerly a long haul truck driver and waitress.  She loved traveling by car seeing the country.

She started her sewing business in 2007 and she was an active member of the Barton Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Gene Cullins of Brownington; her children:  Richard Bresky of Brownington, Sharon Calvert of Key Largo, Florida, Karla Carnarius and her husband, Michael, of Suwanee, Georgia, Laurene Jones and her husband, Cliff, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Belinda Townsend of Connecticut; her stepchildren:  Wanda Green of Middletown, Connecticut, Cindy Aston of Rhode Island, Beverly Volk and her husband, William, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott Cullins of Milldale, Connecticut, and Delma Smith of Florida; 15 grandchildren; and by 12 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Carol Hornik and her husband, Peter, of Danbury, Connecticut, Donna Elliott, Buffalo, New York, and Cathy Farnon, Pocono, Pennsylvania; her brother Mike Elliott of Waterbury; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Richard Elliott.

Funeral services were held on February 4, in Barton.

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

Lee M. Daubenschmidt

Lee M. Daubenschmidt, 82, of Island Pond died on January 18, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on March 4, 1931, in Colfax, Iowa.

On May 13, 1977, she married Albert Daubenschmidt, who survives her.

She was a secretary for the Medical College of VA.

She was predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit fieldsElizabeth J. Fields

Elizabeth J. Fields, 59, of Newport died suddenly on January 27, 2014, in Newport.

She was born December 13, 1954, in Glens Falls, New York, to Elizabeth (St. Amour) Delorme and the late Richard Baker.  She married Gerald Fields, who survives her.

Ms. Fields’ hobbies included fishing, shopping, and being with her family.

She is survived by her husband Gerald Fields of Newport; her children:  Lori Baker of Oregon, Tausha Baker of Newport, Virginia Tullis of Newport, Peter Coleman of Newport, and Melissa Benway of St. Albans; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her mother Elizabeth Delorme of Florida; her siblings:  Debbie Aldrich of Enfield, New Hampshire, and Linda Mossey Phoenix, Arizona, Mark Marshall of Newport, Jackie Mossey of Newport, Louis Mossey of Burlington, Richard Baker Jr. of Milton, Donna Mossey of Burlington, Beverly Sena of Burlington, Diane Baker of Florida, and Sandy Turco of Ludlow, and Joe Baker of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Theresa and Ruth.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonald Leon Griffes

Donald Leon Griffes, 82, of East Charleston died on January 30, 2014, at the Newport Health Care Center after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Beulah E. (Gardner) Griffes, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.

Born in Jackson, Michigan, he was son of the late Eddie and Elizabeth Griffes.

Mr. Griffes was an active member of his community serving as a Vermont state legislator in the late ’70s, as Orleans County Republican chairman for several years, on the state Republican Committee for many years, as a school board chairman, and as town moderator for a number of years.  He was an active member of the Nazarene Church, and served in a number of positions over the years.

Shortly after arriving in Vermont in 1970, he founded Northeast Vermont Sheet Metal, which he operated out of his garage in East Charleston.  His first major job, ironically, was working on the construction of the “new” Newport Health Care Center building, fabricating and installing the ventilation duct system.  In 1982, the business was moved to East Main Street in Newport, and later incorporated into NEVTEC.  In 1995, he retired and his son, Len, became president of the company, and moved NEVTEC to its current location on Airport Road, in 2005.

Before moving to Vermont, Mr. Griffes lived in Jackson, where he was a farmer, worked in the sheet metal trade, started two retail businesses, and taught sheet metal at Jackson Community College.

He loved fishing, hunting, and gardening and was known for the large vegetable gardens he planted and harvested each year.

He had a great love of family whom he prayed for daily and of the Lord Jesus Christ.  His greatest desire was to pass his Christian heritage onto his family that they, too, might be followers of Christ.  He has left a great legacy here.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children:  Shirley Walter and her husband, Jack, of the Bahamas, Michael Griffes and his wife, Debbie, of Alexandria, Virginia, Sharon Manchester and her husband, C.J., of Cambridge, Leonard Griffes and his wife, Donna, of Coventry, Jonathan “Jay” Griffes and his wife, Kim, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Sheryl Hosford and her husband, Gary, of Newport; 17 grandchildren:  Emily Bradley, Philip McCarrell, James Griffes, Caroline Hilliker, David Griffes, Jennifer Gabriel, Christopher Manchester, Sarah Manchester, Emily Griffes, Rebecca Griffes, Joshua Griffes, Kelsie Griffes, Alexander Griffes, Kristin Hosford, Megan Hosford, Calvin Hosford, and Cole Hosford; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Daniel Griffes of Burlington; as well as by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, February 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 8, at the Derby Community Church in Derby, at 11 a.m.  Interment will be in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery on Church Hill Road in East Charleston.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the East Charleston Church of the Nazarene, care of Beulah Griffes, 426 Farrant Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, care of Len Griffes, 227 Lane Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit leroy hastingsLeroy Nelson Hastings Jr.

After a lifetime of compassionate service, the Reverend Leroy N. Hastings, 92, died in Derby on January 27, 2014.

Roy (as he preferred to be called) often said he couldn’t distinguish his daily work from his recreation.  Such an attitude is clearly evidenced by his many friends, within, as well as beyond, the confines of his parishes.

The Reverend Hastings was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1921, a son of Leroy Sr. and Mary Jane (Brown) Hastings who, during their working lives, managed institutional farms.  His formal education began in the public schools of Worcester County and continued with his earning a bachelor’s degree, A.B. in social studies at Clark University in Worcester, Class of 1943.

After graduation, he taught history for four years at Groveland High School.  In 1948 he entered Hartford (Connecticut) Theological Seminary, earning a master’s degree in 1951.  Nineteen fifty-one also saw his marriage to fellow student Roseanne Walvoord of Edinburg, Ohio, his ordination to the Christian ministry by the Worcester South Association of the Massachusetts Conference of Congregational Churches, and a call to ministry of the three-point parish of East St. Johnsbury, Waterford, and Concord, Vermont.

In 1956, the Reverend Hastings began his tenure at the yoked parishes of Orleans, Brownington Village, Brownington Center, and Evansville.  In 1965 he moved to Chester, New Jersey, and in 1971, he began a 14-year charge at Whitman, Massachusetts.

Upon retirement, he made his residence with his wife in Brownington.  Dissatisfied with inactivity, he resumed service, first in Coventry, then Westfield, and later at the Newport United Church (a five-year co-ministry with the Reverend Martha Peck).  His work was honored with his being named pastor emeritus in the Whitman and Brownington churches.

In addition to his professional life, the Reverend Hastings enjoyed the out-of-doors and nature study, reading and Bible study, collecting U.S. stamps and coins, working in stained glass, calligraphy, and, most of all, being with his loving wife, Roseanne, who predeceased him in February of 2005.

He is survived by his son Mark and his wife, Kim, of Brownington; his son Timothy of Westmore; his grandchildren:  Jacob and Mary Alison Hastings, and Derek and Jamison Bell; and by his great-grandchildren:  Candence Ann Hastings and Derek Dakota Dean Bell.

He was predeceased by his wife, Roseanne; by his sister Beatrice Earnshaw of Hesperia, California; and by his daughter Sandra Bell of Fall River, Massachusetts.

A memorial service was observed on February 1 at the Brownington Congregational Church in Brownington Village.  Interment at Brownington Village Cemetery will follow in the spring.

It is the wish of the deceased and his family that contributions be made to the Brownington Congregational Church (UCC) for the church building fund, in care of Yvonne Mandeville, treasurer, Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit JohnsonAnna Irene Johnson

Anna Irene Johnson, 77, of Orleans died peacefully on January 27, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on April 14, 1936, in Canaan, to Earl and Margaret (Edwards) Gray.

On April 19, 1954, she married Robert H. Johnson Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed as a teller for the Howard Bank for many years, then as a clerk for the village of Orleans.

She was a past member of the Island Pond and Orleans American Legion auxiliaries, and a past Pythian Sister.

She liked to travel and attend family gatherings, especially on Saturday nights at the farm.  She was an avid reader, she enjoyed trips with Community Circle, and her biggest loves were her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter.

She also had an extensive lighthouse collection.

She is survived by her children:  Robert Johnson and his wife, Teresa, of Danville, Steven Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Orleans, and Kathy Reilly and her husband, Mark, of Milton; her grandchildren:  Erik and Brett Johnson, Justin and Samantha Johnson, and Kaitlin and Megan Reilly; and by her great-granddaughter Makayla Johnson.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Gleigh Heath and her husband, Bill, of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Pat Gray of St. Johnsbury, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; her sisters-in-law:  Norma Stahler of Wheelock, June Ellis of Gorham, New Hampshire, Gunda Gray of Danville, and Monique Gray of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased her sister Marilyn Wade; and by her brothers:  Earl “Sonny” Gray Jr., Glenn Gray and Niles “Jody” Gray.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on February 8, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

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

obit lucasEtta R. Lucas

Etta R. Lucas, 88, of Newport died peacefully on January 27, 2014, in Glover.

She was born February 18, 1925, in Newport Center to George and Harriett (Wescott) Horskins.  On January 25, 1941, she married Allen Lucas, who predeceased her on April 6, 2011.

Mrs. Lucas enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, flowers and plants.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Lucas and his wife, Sue, of Coventry, Anthony Lucas and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Sandra Lucas and her companion, Claudette Thibeau, of Bradenton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Curt Lucas and his wife, Amie, of Derby, Amy Brasseur and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Laura Lucas of Westford; her great-grandchildren:  Angel and her fiancé, Justin Brock, Olivia Lucas, Skyler Lizotte, Caleb Brasseur, and Zade Royce; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters:  Hazel Cass, Hilda Philips, and Lila Lucas; and by her brothers:  Adelbert and Enoch Horskins.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

obit montminyBruce W. Montminy Sr.

Bruce W. Montminy Sr., 73, of Brandon, formerly of Derby, died suddenly on January 29, 2014, in Calais.

He was born on August 10, 1940, in Glover, to Floyd and Myrtle (Ticehurst) Montminy.

He was a lineman and line extension coordinator for Citizens Utilities for over 30 years before retiring.

He enjoyed watching the Little Leaguers and NASCAR on television, playing cribbage with his children and friends, and doing handy work for others and himself.

He is survived by his children:  Tami Perron and her husband, Lenwood, of Glover, Brian Montminy and his wife, Sherry, of Glover, and Bruce Montminy Jr. of Glover; his girlfriend Judy Bruneau; his grandchildren:  Brandon Perron and his wife, Jennifer, Bridget Degreenia and her husband, Terry, Ashley Montminy, Brian Montminy and his wife, Christie, Olivia Montminy, and Siara Montminy; his great-grandchildren:  Caitlyne, Terri, Noah, Wyatt, Julia, and Dakota; his brothers:  Roy Montminy of Connecticut, and Joseph Montminy and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut; his sister Cecile Brown and her husband, Richard, of Virginia; the mother of his children Elizabeth Montminy of Glover; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Ralph Montminy and Forrest Montminy Sr.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Division, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to an animal shelter of one’s choice.

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

Michael P. Perkins Jr.

Michael P. Perkins Jr. 31, of Tunbridge died on January 23, 2014, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital after an almost ten-year battle with cancer.

He was born on July 30, 1983, to Michael Perkins Sr., currently of Hartford, and Elizabeth Picken of Brownington.

Michael was diagnosed with a glioblastoma at the age of 21, and at the time was expected to live only 18 months — but he never let that stop him.  Instead of living like he was dying, he lived like he was not.  He faced impossible odds and always strove forward with his head high.  He was a true survivor.  He had the heart of a warrior with a true passion for life.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him.  He was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and clinical trials.  He always said he would be forever indebted and grateful for the care that he received there and attributes the oncology team with giving him a chance at life.

It was because of that exemplary care that he married Emily Hackett of South Royalton in 2008, and with her had two daughters, Robyn, age five, and Alexandra, age four.

Mr. Perkins enjoyed being outdoors.  His favorite pastime was “hooking for lakers,” with his late grandfather Robert Picken, with whom he shared a deep bond.  Fishing was an activity that he also enjoyed sharing with his children.

In addition to his parents and family, he is survived by his grandmother Shirley Picken of Brownington; and by his siblings:  Robert “Bobby” Perkins, age 28, of Oakley Utah, Mary Rhodes, 16, of Brownington, and Jonah Rhodes, 13, of Brownington.

A memorial service will be announced in the spring at the convenience of the family.

obit tourangeauMichael Tourangeau

Michael Tourangeau, 48, died peacefully on January 23, 2014, with family and friends by his side.

He was born on February 10, 1965, in Keene, New Hampshire, to Ruth (Woodcock) Tourangeau and the late Fred Tourangeau.

Before moving to Nashua, New Hampshire, in 2003, he grew up and attended schools in Vermont.

He was a very sensitive and caring person.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking photographs of nature.

He is survived by his sons:  Jacob Tourangeau of Newport, and Trevor Foley of Jeffersonville; his mother Ruth (Woodcock) Tourangeau of Newport; his brother Brent Tourangeau of Richardson, Texas; his sister Leona and her husband, Royal Smith, of Lebanon, Maine; his nieces:  Tonya, Nicholette, Katherine of Maine, and Juliet of Texas; his aunt Myrtle and uncle Tony La Croix of Maine; his aunt Joyce and uncle Carlton Billado of Vermont; his aunt Patty and Gerald Corbett of New York; his uncle Jimmy Tourangeau of Vermont; and by several cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth; and by his father Fred Tourangeau.

Mr. Tourangeau was loved and taken care of by his companion, Jennifer Tarbox, of Nashua, New Hampshire, and her family; and by his longtime friends:  Uwe, John, Ron, Maryellen, Janice and Rachel.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries January 29, 2014

obit DarlingDonald A. Darling Sr.

Donald A. Darling Sr., 83, of Craftsbury died on January 22, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 18, 1930, to Glen and Lillian (Marckres) Darling.

On April 26, 1949, he married the former Beryl Williams, who survives him.

He was a supervisor for various companies where he was a blaster on road construction.  He was a town selectman and a judge at the local fiddlers contests.  He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and he loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Beryl Darling of Craftsbury; his children:  Loren Darling and his wife, Theresa, of Morrisville, Gary Darling and his wife, Julie, of Albany, Susan Waterhouse and her husband, David, of Craftsbury, Roy Darling of Craftsbury, Cheryl Bailey and her husband, Richard, of Craftsbury, Sarah Darling of Orleans, and Donald Darling Jr. and his wife, Sonja, of Craftsbury; 13 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Lee Darling; and by two sisters:  Dorothy Dezane and Lois Butler.

A graveside service will be held in the spring in Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.

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

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

obit FalconerLouise Bernice Percy Falconer

Louise Bernice Percy Falconer, 60, of West Charleston died on January 20, 2014, in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after complications from surgery, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Newport on August 26, 1953, to the late W.K. Percy and the late Alice Bishop Percy.

She loved to spend all the time she could with her grandkids who meant the world to her.  She loved to hit any and every yard sale she could always find, looking for that special treasure.  She also loved her flower gardens.  Many could see her picking flowers by the side of the road to expand her flower garden.  She was looking forward to doing some major work this summer to expand her garden.

She also loved to do arts and crafts; she was always making something for someone from a piece of something she found at a yard sale.  She loved her Christmas decorations and she was sure she never had enough and always looking for more to add to her collection.  She also loved Halloween.  You would never know what she was going to dress up as.  She would always make her own costumes and you would never recognize her when she came knocking at your door.  There was always a good laugh with that.

She would spend hours of her time just sitting doing puzzles, she so enjoyed them.

She was a one-of-a-kind person, always there to help someone.  She spent many hours selflessly taking care of others.  She loved to work with the elderly.  She was a true caregiver.  It would be nothing for her to pack up from her home and be gone for weeks if not months at a time to go to work and take care of people who either had surgery or who were suffering from Alzheimer’s or a case of dementia.  She had a special gift for this and she truly will be missed by many.

She is survived by the love of her life Robert McKinney of West Charleston; her daughter Rhonda Falconer; her son Chad Falconer and his wife, Dawn; her 5 wonderful grandchildren who she thought the world of:  Cody Glover, Cheyenne Falconer, Taylor, Conner and little Austin Falconer; her sisters:  Marion Tice, Jean Kelley, Shirley Percy, and Susan Vachon; her brothers:  Stewart Percy, Roland Percy and Rudolph Percy and their spouses; her very special nephews who thought the world of their Weez:  Michael and Matthew Miller of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Akuei Tice of Derby; and many more which include:  Tina Percy Miller, Angela and Daniel Tice, Rick and Ryan Kelley, Sheena Webster Sullivan, and Sonya Webster, Nicholas and Christopher Vachon, Ginger Percy Blow, Terri Percy Kasten, Tanya Percy Webster, Douglas Percy, and Larry and Pam Percy.

She was predeceased by her parents, Willey K. and Alice Bishop Percy; her brothers:  Richard, Ralph, and Lawrence Percy; and by her sister Joann Percy Monty.

Funeral services were held on January 26, in Newport.

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

obit LaCourseDonald Elmer LaCourse

Donald Elmer LaCourse, 82, of Orleans died on January 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in 1931, to Alfred and Catherine LaCourse.  In 1954, he married Brenda June Brannan in England, while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a decorated veteran achieving the rank of master sergeant, serving 21 years as a strategic Air Command Security Police Officer serving in England, Greenland, and numerous bases in the United States guarding presidents and dignitaries during his service.  He was also a mechanic.  After his discharge from the Air Force, he continued to work as a mechanic until his retirement.  With toolbox in hand he helped his children, grandchildren, relatives and friends repair their vehicles.  When unable to do the manual work, he advised them how to make the repairs themselves.

He was an avid hunter especially enjoying hunting in Vermont and South Dakota.  When able, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  He especially enjoyed watching Joe and David play hockey.

He would always lend a helping hand whether a friend or a stranger, and although his exterior was gruff he was extremely kind hearted.  He was a great storyteller whose big fish stories got bigger.

He is survived by his wife Brenda LaCourse of Orleans; his daughter Donna Bennett and her husband, Dave; his sons:  Scott LaCourse and his wife, Tina, and Glenn LaCourse; his grandchildren:  Windy and Jeff Currier, Joe and Becky Rollins, David and Jessie Bennett, Leigh and Kelly, and Brannan LaCourse, Marrissa LaCourse and Dale LaCourse; his great-grandchildren:  Brett, Paige, Kaylee, Amaya, Isaiah, Lyllian, Karyn, Dominic, Cede, Promise, Mia, Nicholas, Brie, Dyion, Shane, Blaze, and Harlie; several nieces, and nephews; and by his beloved dogs:  Dora, Trouble and Chip.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sons:  Paul and Dale LaCourse; his daughter Nicki Rollins; his brother Norbert LaCourse; his sisters:  Elsinore Lanoue, and Evelyn McMahon; and by his nephew Ronnie LaCourse.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on January 29, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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

obit MartinBruce Al Martin

Bruce Al Martin, 65, of Craftsbury died suddenly on January 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 28, 1948, in Newport, to Percy and Jeannette (Atwood) Martin Anderson.

On October 16, 1970, he married Sheryl Allen, who survives him.

He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1966 and later entered the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was a lifetime dairy farmer and logger.  He retired as the road commissioner for the town of Craftsbury in 1995.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Morrisville, the American Legion in Hardwick, and he was past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hyde Park.  He was a former member of the Craftsbury area school board and he coached sports of all ages and volunteered for many hours.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, logging, maple sugaring, haying, going to hunting camp, attending basketball games and watching his son Mike race on the weekends.  He was a New York Yankees fan and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl Martin of Craftsbury; two children:  Michelle Martin of Craftsbury, and Michael Martin and his wife, Francheska, of Craftsbury Common; his mother Jeannette Anderson of Craftsbury; and by two grandchildren:  Abigail and Stephen Martin.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Roger Martin and his wife, Patty, of Craftsbury, Paul Martin and his wife, Rita, of Albany, and Randy Martin and his wife, Micki, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law:  Janet Nelson of Albany, and Marion Allen of Burlington; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Percy Martin in 1963; and by his stepfather Robert Anderson in 2008.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, January 29, at the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, January 30, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Academy Sports Activities Fund, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

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

obit McCoyLoretta S. McCoy

Loretta S. McCoy, 83, of Orleans died peacefully on January 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born January 29, 1930 in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecil (Dumont) Perry.

On February 11, 1956, she married Dale C. McCoy, who survives her.

She was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office, where she retired after 20 years of service.

She was a member of St. Theresa’s Guild and she was always ready to give the church a hand.  She was an excellent cook much to the delight of her family.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers and bird watching especially cardinals, hummingbirds and chickadees.

Her family was the love of her life and she always looked forward to their visits, which brought her great comfort and joy.

She is survived by her husband Dale McCoy of Orleans; her children:  Harold D. McCoy and his wife, Andrea Brightenback, of Hardwick, David J. McCoy and his wife, Diane, of Walden, Julie A. McCoy and her partner, Gary Brown, of Hardwick, Timothy J. McCoy and his wife, Kathy, of Brownington, Steven A. McCoy and his wife, Sheryl, of Irasburg, Amy M. Morley and her husband, Michael, of Albany, and Laurie J. Rice and her husband, Robert, of Brownington.  She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Clemence LeBlond of Jay, and Claire Lyon of Brownington; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Ann Darling; and by her brothers:  Maurice, Noel, Francis, and Leon Perry.

Funeral services were held on January 25, in Orleans.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service, care of of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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

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