Obituaries September 10, 2014

obit aronsonDouglas V. Aronson

Douglas V. Aronson, “The Ole Troll,” died peacefully at home in Woodbury on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Born January 23, 1935, to Harry and Iris Aronson in Hartford, Connecticut, he was one of four children.

Mr. Aronson attended public schools during early childhood in Hartford. With the onset of World War II, he was moved to Woodbury, to live with his grandparents and help work their family farm. At this time, he attended Woodbury Graded School. After WWII, he moved back to Hartford and finished high school. His love of the land and animals led him to continue his education at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, and then to Howell Cheney Technical College in Manchester, Connecticut, where he earned his AS in animal husbandry.

On July 7, 1974, he married Sandra (Trefren) Aronson in East Montpelier. They blended their families to raise a family of nine before having a child together. In 1975, after running a family dairy farm in Berlin, Mr. and Mrs. Aronson bought the Woodbury Country Store and moved to Woodbury. For years, the Woodbury Country Store thrived and diversified as an authentic general store by selling bait and tackle, and having a snack bar and deli. Customers fast became friends, as the store was a hub for the town. Mr. Aronson’s love of hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling was obvious to those who patronized the store. His fishing tips and advice soon turned into a radio show on WDEV known as the “The ‘Ole Troll.”

Mr. Aronson went on to do various jobs including as a meat cutter for Grand Union and in retirement he became a part-time delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts, Inc. Over the years, he served the town of Woodbury, in various capacities including serving on the volunteer fire department and as a justice of the peace. He helped organize the children’s Christmas and Halloween parties, and he worked tirelessly on the town skating rink. He was proud to be a Mason and enjoyed the camaraderie of his brothers.

Those close to Mr. Aronson never knew when they would be on the other end of one of his fun-loving pranks — as he loved to laugh, tell stories, pick on people he liked, party, and talk about his large family. He had a huge heart and would help anyone he could — he always found the good in someone no matter who they were.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Sandi Aronson of Woodbury; his sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Maria Aronson of Mt. Hood, Oregon, Carl and Marina Aronson and Scott and Tammy Aronson of Randolph; his daughters: Tammy Aronson of North Fort Myers, Florida, Karen Lilley of Berlin, Kim Aronson of Wilmington, and Ann and her husband, Mike Cookson, of Cabot; his stepchildren: Marilyn Ready of Bristol, Connecticut, Carlos Gomez of Kingman, Arizona, and Diana Lisevick of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and by his 25 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters: Dawna Stewart of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Althea Aronson of Woodbury.

He was predeceased by a brother, Clarence “Cal” Aronson.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Woodbury Methodist Church in the center of Woodbury Village 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, followed immediately by a graveside service at the South Woodbury Cemetery. The family encourages all to share a favorite memory at his service and invites people to join them directly after the graveside service for a luncheon at the Woodbury Town Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.

obit KelleyMaxine M. Kelley

Maxine M. Kelley, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on August 25, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Brownington.

She was born on August 15, 1923, in Barton, to Perley and Arline (Burdette) Ingalls.

On July 29, 1941, she married Elwin Kelley Sr., who predeceased her.

She was a clipper for Columbia Forest Products, from where she retired after 18 years of service.

She liked to dance, especially the Charleston. She also enjoyed playing darts, going for rides, and going out to eat. She spent many hours crocheting, as the family each received many of her works. She was an avid reader and was always very independent and lived next door to her daughter, Brenda, which enabled her to do so. She was a very big part of her family.

She always enjoyed her many cats and dogs over the years.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Simons and her husband, Earl, of Brownington, Dorine Lombarto of Florida, Wayne Kelley and his wife, Linda, of Quebec, and Dean Kelley and his wife, Pauline, of Alabama; her grandchildren: Kim and Tom Thompson, Terri and Jeff LaClair, Lynn Farrand, Kenni Ann and Joe Hawkesworth, Elwin and Shelley Kelley, Bobbie-Jo and Paul Beauregard, Lisa and Jeff Lanoue, Scott and Shelley Kelley, Chad Kelley, Kelly, Phillip, Sherry, Christine, Robin, Carmen, Tonya, Tammy, Christie, and Skylar; her great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Natalie, Dillon, Perry, William, Ethan, Sheyanne Thompson, Tom Thompson, Dustin, Alex, Caleb, Matthew and Derrick; her great-great-grandchildren: Jessie and Savanna Thompson, Aiden Farrand, Mikalya Farrand, and Kaya Moore; and by her sister, Marcella Dow and her husband, Dick, of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son, Elwin Kelley Jr., in 2008; her special grandson, Josh Simons, in 2011; and by five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on August 30, in Brownington. Interment followed at the Derby Line Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Peter T. Leck

Peter T. Leck, 62, of Glover, formerly of North Troy, died on August 22, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on October 12, 1951, in Yonkers, New York, to Charles and Marguerite (Farese) Leck.

He was a cook for the North Troy Inn.

During his lifetime, he enjoyed doing woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Marguerite Savio of North Billerica, Massachusetts; and by seven brothers and sisters: Philip, Richard, Charles, Kathy, Deborah, Elizabeth, and Karen.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles Leck, and by his brother, Michael.

A graveside service was held on August 30, at the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SykesArdis A. Sykes

Ardis A. Sykes, 85, formerly of Morgan, died on September 6, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on June 16, 1929, in Newport Center, to Eben and Carrie (Norris) Wilcox.

On April 4, 1949, she married Raymond Sykes, who survives her.

She was a helpmate to her husband on their dairy farm in Morgan for many years.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping her husband with the farm work.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Sykes of Newport; her children: Richard Sykes and his wife, Helene, of Newport, Kenneth Sykes and his wife, Denise, of Morgan, Randy Sykes and his wife, Sharon, of Derby Line, and Gary Sykes and his wife, Christine, of Norton; and by her 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Merna Ashman of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two infant sons; four brothers: Marshall, Wendall, Basil and Kenneth; and by two sisters: Shirley and Audrey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 12, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Ashley Marie Allard

Calling hours for Ashley Marie Allard of Derby will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Fred and Carol Ann Barker officiating.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.  A reception will follow at the Community Church of Derby, located at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 105 in Derby.

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Obituaries September 3, 2014

obit JanesMyrth E. Janes

Myrth E. Janes, 87, of Barton died peacefully on August 29, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on June 10, 1927, in Fairfield, to John and Grace (Lemnah) Morgan.

On September 1, 1978, she married Ralph J. Janes, who predeceased her in 2005.

She graduated from Montpelier High School in the Class of 1944.  She was an analyst for Digital Corporation in Williston for several years.

Her hobbies included crocheting afghans and donating them to the Winston Salem Hospital in North Carolina.  She also enjoyed reading and sewing.  Her major passion was her family and to go shopping with her sister, Myrle.

She is survived by her children:  Richard Douse and his wife, Abelina De La Rosa, of Barton, Rachel Douse of Milton, Jacqueline Douse of Milton, and David Douse and his wife, Gladys, of King, North Carolina; her seven grandchildren; her 13 great-grandchildren; her sister, Myrle Sylva of St. Albans; and by her special friend, Bill Torrisi of Barton.

She was predeceased by her siblings:  Boyd, Wade, Bruce, Phyllis, Faith, and June.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarchAndrew Sumner March

Andrew Sumner March, 90, Vermonter, Cape Codder, and retired corporate executive died on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was the husband of Elizabeth L. (Savage) March of Newport, progeny of Sandwich, Cape Cod founders Elizabeth and Edmund Freeman and cousin of early American patriot James Otis.

Mr. March graduated president of his high school class in Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 1943.  A World War II U.S. Army aviation cadet, he served in the Mediterranean Training Theater of Operations, earning three battle stars.

He is a life member of Alfred Pepin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport.

Mr. March graduated from Mount Union College in 1950.  His career identities culminated in international assignments at Curtiss-Wright Corporation where he had technical responsibility for subsidiary plants in the Eastern United States and Canada.

He may be remembered as deacon at the Union Congregational Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, elder at First Church of Christ in Simsbury, Connecticut, and parish visitor at First Church of Christ in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

He leaves, in addition to his beloved wife Elizabeth, his son, Andrew II of Ridgefield, Connecticut; his daughter, Susan Pelcher of Newport; his son, Douglas March in Warwick, Rhode Island; and his grandchildren:  Lindsay March-DaCosta, Whitney March and Corey Pelcher.

A graveside ceremony was held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on August 28.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit morseThomas J. Morse

Thomas J. Morse of Underhill died on August 16, 2014, at his home in Underhill.

He was born in Island Pond on March 2, 1937. He graduated Salutatorian of his class in 1954 from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond. In 1954, he joined the Air Force and served for four years in Savannah, Georgia.

In 1958, he was hired by General Electric as an armament technician and continued to work with all branches of the military, traveling worldwide installing new weapon systems. He actually had “Have Guns Will Travel” business cards. He is best known for his installation of weapons in the first gun ship, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” in Vietnam. Six months later, he was present at Wright Air Force Base, where 24 new gun ships and crews took their last training flight before going to Vietnam. Mr. Morse actually spent time with a Navy Seal floating in the Atlantic Ocean, when during bad weather they were thrown off their gunboat.

In 1961, he married Betty Anne Kane and they had one son, Matthew Thomas Morse. Mr. Morse was a native of Vermont, and established Green Mountain Foam Products (GMFP) in 1967, which for nearly 50 years acted as a resource center in Underhill for the upholstery, slip cover, drapery, automotive, and marine businesses. GMFP helped hundreds of people establish their own businesses by supplying all of the necessities.

He leaves his son; his grandson, Sammy; his brother, Carroll and his wife, Pat; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held in Underhill Center on August 20, followed by burial in the Park Street Cemetery in Underhill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Marcelle L. Viens

Marcelle L. Viens, 97, of Burlington died peacefully on August 16, 2014, at the Burlington Health and Rehab Center.

She was born on December 1, 1916, in Morgan, to Alfred and Paula (Marois) Viens.

She worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Massachusetts for nearly 30 years and for the State Street Bank in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was a devout Catholic and had been an active member of the St. John the Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed helping elderly people with their errands when she was still able.  Going for car rides gave her much enjoyment.  She liked coming back to Vermont for visits with family and finally moved to the Burlington area for her final years.  Burlington Health and Rehab gave her several years of total happiness, doing many things she had never been able to do.

She is survived by Tillie Fugere, her first cousin; her nieces and nephews:  Paul, Claire and Helene Rodrigues of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Pauline Robert and Howard Viens, Joanne Hornung, and Leonard Viens; and her second cousin, Louise Mathews, who had been her caretaker for several years.

She was predeceased by her brothers:  Joseph and Leonard Viens; and by her sisters:  Martha Rodrigues and Pauline Viens.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Burlington Health and Rehab Recreational Therapy Department, 300 Pearl Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries August 27, 2014

obit BernierPaul A. Bernier

Paul A. Bernier, 48, of Newport died suddenly on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 10, 1966, in El Paso, Texas, to Edward and Shirley (Farnam) Bernier.

He was a self-employed security fence installer.

On July 17, 1992, he married Cynthia Little, who survives him.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and he loved to fish and hunt and go camping with Cindy. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Taco.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bernier of Newport; his children: Kayla Bernier, Taylor Bernier and her companion, Ben St. Marie, of Troy, Brooklyn Bernier of North Carolina, and Lance Tabor of Derby; his grandchildren: Kylie and Ryah Tabor and Hailey St. Marie; his brothers: Roger Bernier and his wife, Paula, of St. Johnsbury, and Larry Lucas of Arkansas; his sisters: Sherry Lucas and her companion, Pete May, of Brownington, Lori Coburn of Glover, Maria Green and her husband, Walter, of Texas, and Shannon and her husband, Robert, of Williamson, Utah; his sisters-in-law: Jennifer Bowen and her companion, Buckley Duby, and Lisa Little; and by his brothers-in-law: Reginald and Mark Prue and Mike Little.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Cynthia Bernier, 75 Indian Point Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BlodgettVirginia (Larabee) Blodgett

Virginia (Larabee) Blodgett died in Newport, surrounded in love by her family, on August 10, 2014, at the age of 86.

She was born in Newport Center on September 14, 1927, daughter of Oscar and Fannie (Wilson) Larabee.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1945. On September 22 of that same year, she married Warren Blodgett, who survives her.

Together, Mrs. and Mr. Blodgett farmed in Waterford, then moved to a farm in Irasburg in 1959. They raised six children of their own, as well as opening their home to many foster children.

Mrs. Blodgett had many hobbies that she loved, including ceramics, painting, cooking, sewing and knitting. Any day that you went to the Blodgett home, you would be greeted with the delicious tastes and smells of baked goodies and homemade bread.

One of her greatest enjoyments in life was family gatherings. In July of this year she was thrilled to have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren from across the country at the Blodgett home for an early family birthday party for Warren.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Warren; her children: Barbara Blodgett Russell, Dennis Blodgett, Shirley Moulton and her husband, Dwight, Patricia Blodgett and her partner, Gary Crosby, David Blodgett and his partner, Susan Babineau, Neil Blodgett and his wife, Christine, and her daughter-in-law Cathy Blodgett; her nine grandchildren: Jason, Christopher, Scott, Todd, Cindy, Nicholas, Corinne, Nichole and Neil Jr.; and by several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her siblings; her son, Russell Blodgett; and by her daughter-in-law, Mildred Nault.

A memorial service was held on August 16, in Albany. A private burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Albany Methodist Church or the Vermont chapter of the American Heart Association.

obit brochuThe Reverend Gerard Brochu

The Reverend Gerard Brochu died in Statesville, North Carolina, on February 20, 2014.

He was born in Newport, son of Adelard and Irma (Desbiens) Brochu, on May 29, 1923.

He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Newport High School. He attended St. Thomas Seminary, St. Paul Seminary, and the University of Ottawa, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Edward F Ryan.

His priestly ministry began at Holy Family in Essex Junction, and ran from 1950 to 1954. He also served at St. Joseph in Burlington from 1954 to 1959, and at Notre Dame in St. Johnsbury from 1959 to 1961.

His first pastorate was at St. Teresa in Hyde Park, and ran from 1961 to 1972; at St. John in Johnson from 1961 to 1965; at St. John in Northfield from 1972 to 1984; at St. John in St. Johnsbury from 1984 to 1990; and at Sts. Donatian and Rogatian in Randolph from 1990 to 1995.

Diocesan responsibilities include the Ecumenical Commission for nine years, Liturgical Commission for three years, marriage encounter for four years, and Cursillo for six years. He also served for three years on the Hyde Park school board.

He retired in 1995 in Fort Myers, Florida, and later to Statesville. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, and he enjoyed visiting relatives and friends. He always enjoyed the Desbiens family reunions and was able to attend the last one in 2012.

He is survived by his sister Anita Brochu of Conway, New Hampshire; his nephew Kevin and his wife, Suzanna, and their children, Sabina and Livia of Williston; his nieces: Kim of Colchester, and Kara of Colorado; his sister-in law Louise Brochu of California; his aunt Jeanne Desbiens of Rhode Island; and by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his younger brother, John; and by his parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport on August 29, at 11 a.m. Committal will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

obit EmersonBeverly “Becky” R. Emerson

Beverly “Becky” R. Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died suddenly on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

She was born on August 12, 1959, in Putnam, Connecticut, to Charles and Beverly (Carey) Pezanko Sr.

She was employed at one time at Sel-Bar Weaving, Hedma, and Vermont Teddy Bear.

Her hobbies included, crocheting, four-wheeling, fishing, camping, playing cards, watching football and NASCAR, listening to country music, and she also enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and everyone around her.

She is survived by her parents: Charles Pezanko Sr. of Attawagan, Connecticut, Beverly Pezanko and Richard Pellerin of Brooklyn, Connecticut; her children: Christy Kirsch and her husband, Brian, of North Troy, and Jason Emerson and his wife, Nichole, of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Brian II and Christopher Kirsch, and Kaylee and Alexis Emerson; her brother, Charles Pezanko II of Killingly, Connecticut; her sister, Patricia Leclerc of Pomfret, Connecticut; her nephews: James Warner and his wife, Sarah, Charles Pezanko III, and Zachary Leclerc, all of Connecticut; her companion and life partner, Marc Pouliot of St. Petersburg and his son, Kyle; her dog, Tucker; and by her extended family and friends.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at The East Side Restaurant in Newport on Saturday, August 30, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions for a memorial garden for Ms. Emerson in the form of shrubs, trees, perennials, or gift cards would be greatly appreciated, in care of Christy Kirsch, 1758 U.S. Route 101, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FreehartPatricia Mae Freehart

Patricia Mae Freehart, 84, of Orleans died on August 24, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on May 9, 1930, in St. Johnsbury, to John and Alice Nolan.

On October 28, 1961, she married Hubert Freehart, who predeceased her on May 3, 2013.

She volunteered at the Orleans senior meals.

She loved to watch the hummingbirds come to her feeder as she sat on her porch. She loved life, people, and always brought joy to others with her great big smile.

She and her husband, Pin, liked to go for rides and stop at Tim & Doug’s for ice cream.

She is survived by her children: Tim Freehart and his companion, Shirley, of St. Johnsbury, and Linda Gregor and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Shawn Chapdelaine and Linda Simonphone of Massachusetts, Diamond Redding of Massachusetts, and Gerald and Lorraine Freehart; her great-grandson Shawn Chapdelaine Jr.; and by her sister Gloria Gambel.

She was predeceased by her sister Mary.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit limogesGerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges, 54, of Edgewater, Florida, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and family on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Born in Newport, Mr. Limoges, owner of a landscape business, moved to Florida in 1991 from Westfield.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and he enjoyed fishing, and he loved the beach.

Mr. Limoges enjoyed music and singing karaoke, known as “Gerryoke” by friends and family.

He was a devoted husband, and father to Adam, whom he adored.

Mr. Limoges is remembered by his son, Adam, as “strong, loving, impressive, kind throughout, always willing to help others. My strength, my teacher, taught me to be a caring man, taught me to be the best of men, like him.”

Survivors include his wife, Christine; his only son, Adam, and future daughter-in-law, Jaime Garrand, of Seattle, Washington; three brothers: Norman and his wife, Lyne, of Troy, Donald and his wife, Meredith, of Marietta, Georgia, and Michael of Wilton, New Hampshire; a sister, Nicole, and her husband, Jerry Pion, of Troy; his mother, Yvette Limoges of Troy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Roland Limoges.

The service will be postponed until October due to his son’s wedding and honeymoon. Prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3, at Settle-Wilder’s New Smyrna Beach chapel with Redemptorist Fathers, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating, followed by a celebration of life and refreshments from 7 to 8 p.m.

A Vermont celebration will be held in October, with the date to be announced later.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, Attention: Edgewater Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129.

Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com.

obit RenaudetteJeannine Y. Renaudette

Jeannine Y. Renaudette, 74, of Derby died peacefully on August 20, 2014, in White River Junction.

She was born on December 31, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Thomas and Helen (Poitz) Genoway.

In 1988, she married Stanley Renaudette, who predeceased her on September 11, 2005.

She entered the United States Marine Corps where she served her country during peacetime.

She loved spending time with her family.

She was a member of the VFW Post #798 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post #21 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children: William Barlow Jr. and his wife, Shannon, of Newport, George Barlow and his wife, Heather, of Moores, New York, and Jeannine Gilman and her husband, Bill, of Woodsville, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Raymond Barlow, William Barlow III and his wife, Ashley, Justin Barlow, Joshlynne Barlow, Ashley Williams, Amber Huntington, and Wayne Ledoucer; her great-grandchildren: Bailee, Aliyah, Tyrell, and Karter Barlow; her siblings: Antoinette Eves of Riverside, California, Thomas Peter Genoway of California, Kathleen Genoway of Missouri, Teri Genoway of Reno, Nevada, and Jerry Pete Genoway of Tucson, Arizona; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Rosalie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Newport. Friends may call at the church on August 27, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SheltraEverett Allen Sheltra

Everett Allen Sheltra, 72, of Newport Center died suddenly on August 19, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on December 7, 1941, in Lowell, to Theodore and Ellen (Caswell) Sheltra.

On July 13, 1963, he married June Sherlaw, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport Center High School in 1959.

He was employed by the following companies: Kraft Foods Inc. of Troy, Ethan Allen Manufacturing of Orleans, McAllister Construction of Orleans, The Converse Co. of Orleans, and as a custodian and bus driver for the Newport Center Elementary School for 27 years. He was also a school bus driver for North Country Union High School in Newport.

Mr. Sheltra was a former member of the Newport Center Fire Department. More recently he was sexton for the Newport Center Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, June Sheltra of Newport Center; his daughter Lynne Sheltra and her husband, Doug Matten, of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Michelle Matten of Newport Center, and Andrew Matten of Newport Center; his brothers and sisters: Wilfred Sheltra of Island Pond, Charles Sheltra of Voluntown, Connecticut, Phillip Sheltra and Karen of Westfield, Phyllis Sheltra of Colorado, Paul Sheltra and his wife, Yvette, of Irasburg, and Judy Blanton and her husband, Tim, of Morgantown, Kentucky; his mother-in-law Alena Sherlaw of Newport Center; his sister-in-law Edna Baraw and her husband, Frank, of Newport Center, Mary Price and her husband, Jeff, of Morgan; and by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on August 23, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Daniel J. Szatkowski

Daniel J. Szatkowski, 63, of Newport died suddenly on August 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 24, 1951, to Martha (Gurbacki) Szatkowski and the late John Szatkowski.

He received his master’s degree and was a highly skilled computer programmer who shared his knowledge with others.

He loved animals and cooking.

He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother Martha Szatkowski of Sloan, New York; his brother Norman Szatkowski; his sister Tammy Ernst and her husband, Michael, all of Sloan; and by his nephew Matthew.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Vivian Rita Trucott

Vivian Rita Trucott, 87, of Sheffield died peacefully on August 23, 2014, surrounded by her family at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center.

She was born on October 24, 1926, in Derby Line, to Gilson and Blanche (Monfette) Reynolds.

On September 15, 1941, she married Leo Trucott, who predeceased her in 1980. She was also predeceased by two sons and a grandson.

She worked as an LPN for many years, caring for people.

She enjoyed bingo, cribbage, cooking, sewing, and company stopping by to visit.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, with John Sleeper officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 27, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the residents’ activities fund, in memory of Vivian Trucott, St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center, 1248 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Obituaries August 20, 2014

obit BennettJessie T. Bennett

Jessie T. Bennett, 88, of North Troy died on August 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born on June 29, 1926, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Nicholas and Rosa (LaPiccarella) Tassielli.

She was a retired registered nurse.

She is survived by her children: Beverly Maxfield of North Troy, and Byron Wickham Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida; her grandchildren: Jay Wickham, Opal Stewart, and Jayson Maxfield; and by three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.

obit ColburnRichard Alden Colburn Jr.

Richard Alden Colburn Jr., 58, of East Charleston died suddenly on August 14, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on November 3, 1955, in Newport, to Richard Colburn Sr. and the late Alta (Allbee) Colburn.

On July 4, 1998, he married Diane Nielsen-Hogge, who survives him.

He retired from Ethan Allen Manufacturing after nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and a life member of the Charleston Historical Society. He was also sexton of the Charleston Cemetery, working with his dad for over 30 years, and a strong supporter of his wife’s dancing school, North Country School of Dance.

Mr. Colburn served as a fence viewer for the town of Charleston and as a past member of the East Charleston Fire Department.

He and his wife vacationed in Maine many times. He enjoyed gardening and was especially proud of his potato garden. An excellent marksman, he looked forward to deer season every year. He also repaired and sold chainsaws. He was an avid snowmobiler in the winter and enjoyed bike riding in the summer.

Always full of humor, he brought smiles and laughter to everyone he knew. A strong supporter of his big family, he always gave a helping hand, as a Good Samaritan to all. He loved to cut firewood and spend time in the forest.

He enjoyed his dogs, Hunter and Lulu, along with his cats. He took pride in maintaining his antique Mercury Montego.

He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Colburn of East Charleston; his children: Jennifer Turgeon and her husband, Tom, David Colburn and his wife, Alma, Jamie Colburn and her companion, Jason Brochu, and Sarah Leah Colburn and her companion, Damon Jones; his step-daughter, Krista Grenier; his father, Richard Colburn Sr. of East Charleston; his sister, Grace Frizzell of East Charleston; his mother-in-law, Marie Nielsen; his grandchildren: Martina and Shania Turgeon, Caden Colburn and Leo Colburn; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Cesare, and his brother-in-law, Julius Cesare; and by the following nieces and nephews: Amy and Fred Sherlaw, Dan and Alicia Frizzell, Mike and Marina Cesare, Mark and Jenn Cesare, and Matt and Patsy Cesare.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Kenneth Frizzell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at the Plymouth Congregational Church in East Charleston with the Reverend Stuart Brush officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Charleston Historical Society, or to the Charleston Fire Department, or to the Plymouth Congregational Church, all in care of Diane Colburn, 542 Twin Bridges Road, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtisWilliam “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr.

William “Bill” Bernard Curtis Jr., 78, of Newport died on August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1935, in Newport to William and Elizabeth (LaPlante) Curtis Sr.

On June 5, 1959, he married Marilyn Willey, who survives him.

He graduated from Newport High School in 1953 and entered the United States Army in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1957.

He was a self-employed mason contractor for over 45 years. He took great pride in his work and did projects all over Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa.

In 1974 he moved the entire family to Hartley and Spencer, Iowa, where they resided for two years. Upon his return to Vermont, he purchased the land that is now the Newport Car Wash and Poulos Insurance. He developed the car wash property mostly by himself and also had an ice cream stand at the current Poulos Insurance location for many years. He also established Northern Canoe, in which he took great pride in building canoes and kayaks.

Early in life he was a lineman and an auto body repairman. His last job was at the Jay Peak Resort, where he was a maintenance person.

His hobbies included hunting, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Curtis of Newport; his children: Clark Curtis and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Bernard Curtis of Newport; his grandchildren: Adam Curtis and his wife, Suzanne, of South Burlington, and Spencer Curtis and Faith Curtis, both of Newport. He was about to be a great-grandfather in a few weeks. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Monfette, and her husband, Paul, of Newport; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sisters: Vivian, Shirley, Alice, and Gladys “Red.”

Funeral services were held on August 18, in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit laroseRobert “Rocky” Gene LaRose

Robert “Rocky” Gene LaRose, 65, of Brownington died peacefully in the predawn hours of August 15, 2014.

Truly, there will never be another LaRock LaRose.

He was born on May 2, 1949, in Burlington to Gabriel Andrew LaRose and Flora Louise Shepard, who predeceased him.

Around eight years of age, he was removed from his home because he wasn’t safe, which began his 37-year odyssey of living in institutions and group homes. He attended school through the fourth grade, and was always proud to say he “never went in Brandon Training School.”

Just before his thirty-fifth birthday, while living in Colbyville, he was sent to the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Requesting an advocate, he met Bethany Knight, then the long-term care ombudsman for the Central Vermont Council on Aging in Barre. Thus began a lifelong friendship with Ms. Knight, her then four-year-old son, Elliot Kaiman, and their friends and family. In her family, Mr. LaRose found and returned great love.

When Ms. Knight and Thurmond Knight moved from Montpelier to Glover in 1994, Mr. LaRose hitchhiked to the Kingdom and declared he wanted his own apartment. After living in community care homes across central Vermont, he was ready to try independent living. Thanks to the courage and kindness of landlords Dr. Judy and Stan Dunklee, he moved into his first home on Elm Street in Barton. He lived a 20-year adventure in the Northeast Kingdom, well supported by the loyal staff at Northeast Kingdom Human Services, in particular, Deb Cogan and crew.

A few years later, Mr. LaRose was handed a box of markers and a pad of paper, and a natural folk artist was born. His earliest drawings were houses, perhaps to mark the significance of his finally having his own home. For several years, he sold his cards and posters at the Orleans County fairgrounds, using the profits to buy cowboy boots and Indian jewelry.

Sometime between the release of Rocky III and Rocky IV, Mr. LaRose announced he “was Rocky, and these hands are licensed.” A man with a rich imagination, he often created wonderful memories of a life he hadn’t lived; a practice that helped him transcend childhood pain and the absence of experiences. He was forever announcing he had adopted someone, warmly calling them “son, son-in-law, daughter, aunt” and so on. To be named friend or family by him was simply good karma.

When Elliot Kaiman joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997, Mr. LaRose also became a military man. With every advancement in rank that Mr. Kaiman earned, Mr. LaRose leapt ahead of him, until one day he announced to the staff at Pierce Pharmacy in Barton that he was now General LaRose. And as a general, he focused on protecting others and the community at large. He was often seen wearing a badge, and would sometimes refer to himself as a sheriff or a Social Security guard.

With the support of his mental health workers, Mr. LaRose took his first plane trip, spending a week in Orlando, Florida, and touring Disney World. He took other trips out of Vermont as well, participating in the Peer Counseling network.

He married twice and enjoyed his years as a husband. He especially liked the wedding ceremony, cake, and gift table. For several summers, he and his second wife held re-marriages at the Knights’ home, with Roger Greeley officiating. Many folks have wonderful memories of those lovely summer parties, with Mr. LaRose encouraging the guests to sing and make some remarks.

Other highlights in his life include calling upon his Cherokee heritage to track down a lost dog, vacationing in Maine and seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, winning numerous bowling trophies, having a fishing license in his wallet and occasionally catching a fish, staying overnight at the Knights’ in his self-titled Marine Coop, buying a washing machine, attending he law school graduation of his brother, Mr. Kaiman, in Massachusetts, and drawing elaborate scenes on all of the downstairs doors in the Knights’ home.

He was also a member of many churches, most recently the River of Life in Brownington and Life in Christ in Newport, where he always appreciated the fellowship, coffee, and doughnuts.

The last three years of his life, Mr. LaRose had the enormous good fortune of living with Marcia and the late Arthur Pepin of Brownington. Spending time with the Pepins’ beautiful draft horses gave him great purpose and pleasure. Ms. Pepin’s fine cooking and kind heart made his final days what he had always yearned for: living in a wonderful home with people who loved him.

He is survived by his adopted mother and father, Bethany and Thurmond Knight of Glover; his grandparents, Roger and Kay Greeley of Marquette, Michigan; his brother Elliot Kaiman and his wife, Alison Brodhagen, of Madison, Connecticut; his sister, Chelsea Knight of Brooklyn, New York; his nephews: Malcolm and Otto Kaiman; and by all the other fortunate folks he met throughout his life.

As per his wishes, his burial was at a small graveyard on the Knights’ property in Glover where his best friend, William Henry Legier, was buried in 2005.

A public celebration of his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on September 25, in the state conference room of the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport, prior to the weekly gathering of Global Campus. Mr. LaRose enjoyed being part of Global Campus, and could be counted on each year to give a talk on “How to Be a Great Bowler.”

To honor his memory, friends may make a contribution online at www.globalcampuses.org or by mail to Global Campus Foundation, 43 South Main Street, Suite 3, Randolph, Vermont 05060.

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine

Louisa Morse Dustan Levine, 99, of Craftsbury Common died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Morrisville.

She was born on October 21, 1914, in Craftsbury, to William and Helen (Paterson) Dustan.

In 1940 she married Emanuel Levine, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Levine graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1932 and in 1934 from the dental hygienist program at the University of Syracuse. She was a dental assistant at the Veterans Administration in Orange, New Jersey, where she retired in 1979.

She was a volunteer at the Craftsbury Public Library up until the time of her death. She was a voracious reader of American history, a splendid cook, and she enjoyed gardening, flowers, and life.

She is survived by her children: Charles Levine of Oceanside, California, and Laura Noble of Bay Village, Ohio; her grandchildren: Aron Tavakoli, David Levine, Sam Noble, and Hannah Noble; and by her great-grandson Henry Tavakoli.

Funeral services were held on August 11, on Craftsbury Common. Interment will take place at a later date at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Public Library, Attention: Susan O’Connell, P.O. Box 74, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MonfetteFrancis Oliver Monfette

Francis Oliver Monfette, 89, of Orleans died peacefully, with his family at his side, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 27, 1925, in Newport to Levi and Eva (Elie) Monfette.

On February 10, 1950, he married the love of his life, Florence (Picard) Monfette.

He was a man of all talents. As a young man, he worked many jobs, including working on the railroad, painting, and 25 years at Ethan Allen, from which he retired. He then went back following his retirement as a night watchman for many years.

He was a true family man and a very dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was the patriarch of the family.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Monfette of Orleans; his children: Brian Monfette and his wife, Rhonda, of Orleans, Debbie Monfette of Irasburg and her partner, Craig Hankins of Barton, and Steve Monfette of Orleans; his grandchildren: Sonya Sackett and her fiancé, Jason Hale, of Albany, Tosha Wilcox of Irasburg, Angela Carlin and her husband, Raymond, of Irasburg, Tonya Hackett and her husband, Richie, of Newport, and Renee Monfette of Orleans and her friend, Todd Larose, of Eden; his great-grandchildren: Shania Hayes and Zachary Hale of Albany, Breanne Silvestro of Barton, Hunter Carlin of Irasburg, and Donnie Kontoes Jr. of Irasburg; his sister Betty Keement and her husband, Anthony, of Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lori Ann Monfette; five sisters: Shirley Amyot, Evelyn Day, Gladys Kelley, Winifred Stevens, and Alfreda Bowen; and by his brother, Raymond Shackett.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-paradisClaire Paradis Proteau

Claire Paradis Proteau, 90, of Magog, Quebec, formerly of Newport, died on July 21, 2014.

She was born on January 28, 1924, in Lambton, Quebec.

On September 1, 1945, she married Roger Proteau, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Pierrette and her husband, Rob, Marc, Claudette and her husband, Bob, Andie and her husband, Reg, Muguette and her husband, Denis, Carolle, and John and his wife, Kathy; her 16 grandchildren; and her 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two daughters: Micheline and Jocelyne; and by one sister and six brothers.

For the first 15 years of their married life, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau lived in Canada with their growing family. On June 30, 1960, they pulled up roots with their seven children and moved to Newport, on a dairy farm. They had one more child a few years later.

Throughout her long life, Mrs. Proteau did many things; her talents were limitless. She loved to cook and bake, many times creating delicious meals from just a few simple ingredients. Her love of cooking was one of the many gifts that she passed down to her children. Mom could fix anything! She was very handy with tools and loved to make something new out of something broken. Her hands were never idle. She loved gardening and canning, proud that she had an abundance of vegetables for her family all winter long.

When their children were grown, Mrs. and Mr. Proteau began spending their winters in Florida, and would return to Newport for the summer.

As time went on, Mrs. Proteau’s health started to decline. She made the decision to move back to Canada where assisted living was a safer option for her. She lived there until the end of her life.

At her final request, a funeral Mass at St. Jean Bosco in Magog was celebrated on July 28. Her burial will take place on Friday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport. A celebration of her life will follow at the Gateway Center in Newport for family and friends.

obit TinkerDolores M. Tinker

Dolores M. Tinker, 75, of Orleans died on August 14, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Barton.

She was born on March 24, 1939, in Barnston, Quebec, to Ovide and Irene (Viens) Ducharme.

She liked to travel, cook, knit, crochet, and take care of her flowers. She especially enjoyed feeding the birds and watching wildlife around her home. Her family enjoyed her homemade strawberry-rhubarb pies.

She is survived by her children: Eugene Tinker and his significant other, Stephanie Gee, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Susan Cloutier and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Homer Tinker of Brownington; her significant other, Paul Montague of Orleans; her grandchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Chad Saari, Samantha Tinker, Zachary Tinker, Christopher Wells and his significant other, Jamie Pell, Geromy Wells, and Alexandria Cloutier; her great-grandchildren: Tommy, Geno and Paige Saari, Avah Frasca, Joshua, Brooke and Melanie Wells, and Jazmin Wells; her brother and sisters: Paul Ducharme of Leesburg, Florida, Lucille LeBlanc and her husband, Louis, of Clinton, Massachusetts, and Georgette Stratton and her husband, George, of Beebe, Quebec; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers: Gerard, Leo, and Claude Ducharme.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Andrew Eric Wright

Andrew Eric Wright, 46, died suddenly at his home in Littleton, New Hampshire, on August 6, 2014. He had been struggling with MS (multiple sclerosis) for the last 16 years.

He was born to Al and Nancy Wright and raised in Littleton.

Mr. Wright enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His pride and joy was his granddaughter, Arianna, and his motorcycle.

He is survived by his parents, Al and Nancy Wright; two brothers: Aldis Wright and his wife, Heather, and Anthony Wright, all of Littleton. He leaves the love of his life, Vanessa English; their daughter, Patricia, and son, Nick, and his stepson, Eric, and a very special granddaughter, Arianna. He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles: Edie Stevens of Orleans, Betty and her husband, Bob, Gravel of Woodbury, Harold Patrick of Kentucky, Bev Patrick of Hardwick, Hazen Wright and his wife, Alice, of Coventry, Mark Wright and his wife, Elaine, of Glover, Nancy Larose and her husband, Bob, of Glover, Kay Friend and her husband, Francis, of Pownal, and Milo Wright of Glover. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A beautiful celebration of his life was held on August 16, at the VFW in Littleton. This event was well attended by his family and friends.

Donations may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163; or to Vanessa English and family, 50 Lilac Lane, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

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Beverly Rebecca Emerson

Beverly Rebecca Emerson, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on August 3, 2014, in St. Petersburg.

A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 30, at the East Side Restaurant in Newport from 12 to 2 p.m.

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Obituaries August 13, 2014

Mahlon “George” Allen Jr.

Mahlon “George” Allen Jr. of Craftsbury died on August 7, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on December 8, 1960, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Mr. Allen was an avid hunter, golfer and horseshoe player. He enjoyed traveling to Florida, taking cruises, and spending time with close friends and family.

His love for his children and grandchildren was evident in their return of love and support during his life. He was known as a friendly and caring man, always willing to help anyone that asked or those that didn’t.

His life’s work of forestry management was one of his passions. Whether it was cutting firewood or working closely with a forester to help preserve the beautiful Vermont forests, it was hard and labor intensive but he was dedicated on even his worst days.

His custom baseball bats gave many professional athletes the opportunity to experience his craftsmanship.

He was a member of the AMVETS, NRA, and Copley Golf Association, where he mentored many young golfers during his time spent there, sharing his passion and expertise.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Keoppen of Leesburg, Florida; his sisters: Deby Lutterschmidt and her husband, Gabe, of Oakwood, Illinois, and Corrina Allen of Tampa, Florida; his sons: Jason Allen of Barre and Shaun Allen and his wife, Misty, of Craftsbury; six grandchildren: Matthew, Nicholas, Natalie, Lillian, McKenzie, and Devin Allen; several nieces and nephews; one great-nephew, Damien Burns; and by a special niece, Amber Martin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Claudette, in 2008; his father, Mahlon, in 1992; and Papa Neil in 2008.

Funeral services were held on August 9, 2014 in Craftsbury. Burial followed at the East Craftsbury Cemetery in East Craftsbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses and to provide a college fund for his grandchildren. Contributions may be sent to Shaun Allen, 451 Hines Road, Craftsbury, Vermont. 05826.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DesautelsLeo J. Desautels

Leo J. Desautels, 94, of Holland died peacefully on August 9, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on November 26, 1919, in St. Theodore d’Acton Vale, Quebec, to Omer and Yvonne (Dion) Desautels.

In 1950, he married the former Claire St. Amand, who predeceased him on July 8, 2006.

He was a carpenter during his lifetime and was employed by Union Local 397.

His hobbies included playing cards, and he enjoyed his garden and was very proud of it. He loved family gatherings. He built the first drive thru McDonald’s in Connecticut, and he was a big fan of professional wrestling.

He is survived by his children: Robert Desautels and his wife, Ginny, of Plainville, Connecticut, Richard Desautels and his wife, Carrie, of Morgan, Rita Landry and her husband, Jeannot, of Holland, and Ronald Desautels and his wife, Robin, of Lebanon, Maine; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his siblings: Gilles Desautels of Richford, Jean-Noel Desautels of Richford, Laurent Desautels of Texas, Albert Desautels of Enosburg Falls, and Germaine and Jacqueline, both of Canada; his half-sister Marthe of Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Florian, Marcel, Germain, and Andre, Yvette, Laurette, Laurencia and Lucienne.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, at the Church of God in Derby, with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FontaineLionel A. Fontaine

Lionel A. Fontaine, 74, of Barton died on August 9, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 4, 1940, in Weedon, Quebec, to Albini and Jeanne (Gauthier) Fontaine.

On October 20, 1962, he married Laurette LaMadeleine, who survives him.

He was employed for Rodd’s Roofing in St. Johnsbury for 42 years.

He loved watching NASCAR and his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. He liked to putter around the house and was always available to give a helping hand to family and friends.

He was a quiet person who had a charming smile that affected all who he came into contact with.

He is survived by his wife, Laurette Fontaine of Barton; his children: Lisa Hansen and her friend, Dave, Monica Menard and her husband, Tony, and Kim Blanchard and her husband, Rick; his daughters-in-law: Reene Fontaine and Tammi Hodgdon; his grandchildren: Billy Hansen and his friend, Becky, Samantha Fortin and her husband, Mark, Fawn Coderre and her husband, Roland, Michael Fontaine, Anthony Menard, Mark Fontaine, Alex Menard, Brianna Fontaine, Tyler Blanchard, Abigail Blanchard, and Isabelle Blanchard; his great-grandchildren: Alex, April, and Jason Coderre and Parker Fortin; his siblings: Gerard Fontaine and his wife, Helen, Ronnie Fontaine, Real Fontaine and his wife, Rose, Marcel Fontaine and his friend, Sharon, Noella Roy and her husband, Raymond, Peggy Collins and her husband, Lee, Aline LaMadeleine, and Diane Mudgett and her husband, Mark; and also by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sons, Michael Fontaine and Mark Fontaine; two brothers: Leonard and Alan Fontaine; and by his sister Nicole.

At his request, there will be no services.

Family and friends are welcome to visit his family at his home to share their memories and condolences.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit grayVirginia “Gene” B. Gray

Virginia “Gene” Bell Gray, 93, a 61-year resident of Greensboro, died on Monday July 7, 2014, in Tarpon Spring, Florida.

She was born on January 16, 1921, in Glover, daughter of the late Benjamin and Lillian (Chadburn) Thompson. She attended Parrish school in Glover.

On June 20, 1939, she married Roland David Gray in Glover.

Mrs. Gray stayed at home to care for her young children. In 1953, she and her husband purchased a dairy farm in Greensboro which they operated for more than 16 years. In 1969, when the farm was sold, they moved to Greensboro village. She worked at Hardwick Knitwear and became involved in the cottage industry knitting for Moriarty Hats.

She was one of several ladies to testify before a Congressional committee in 1985 in defense of the right to participate in a cottage industry without paying union dues to the International Ladies Garment Workers. The union felt that these women who were using knitting machines in their own homes to produce products for a distributor should be required to pay union dues. Congress subsequently passed a law protecting the right of those in cottage industries to do so without union interference

She was a member of the Hope Community Church in South Walden. She enjoyed sewing, dancing, flower gardening and spending the winter months in Florida.

One of her passions in life was children. In addition to her own family, she cared for many other children in town and was affectionately known as “Grammy Gene.”

She is survived by three children: Sherwood Gray and his wife, Barbara, of Boyd, Texas, Shirley Lyles and her husband, James, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Stewart Gray and his wife, Dianna, of Barre; seven grandchildren: David and Michael Lyles, Laurie Bean, Tammy Jernigan, Scott Gray, Scott Greene and Kim Greene; several great-grandchildren; her sisters: June St. Louis of Greensboro Bend, and Katherine Dean of St. Albans; her brother-in-law Roger Gray of Willimantic, Connecticut; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and her companion of many years, Kenneth Brown Sr.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Roland, in 2000; two sons: Sherman and Stanley Gray; a daughter, Priscilla Greene; a grandson, Keith Gray; and by six siblings including her brothers: Carroll, George, and Merrill Thompson, and her sisters: Lila Tyler, Ila Gray and Muriel Thompson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, at the Hope Community Church in South Walden with the Reverend Ernest Machia officiating. Burial will be in the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Fire Department, P.O. Box 83, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to the Hope Community Church in South Walden, care of the Reverend Ernest Machia, 855 Main Street, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842.

obit kaneJ. Paul Kane

J. Paul Kane, prominent Hartford, Connecticut, attorney and gritty Vermont gentleman farmer, died on July 24, 2014, at his home in East Burke. He was 78.

He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Throughout most of his adult life, he traveled back and forth on Interstate 91 between his career practicing law in Hartford, and his home and family in Vermont. A man of simple pleasures and humorous rituals, he often claimed he had a favorite rest stop midway between work and home where he would change out of his suit and back into his cut-off jeans. As an attorney, he was known for his competence and integrity; and as a regular skier on Burke Mountain, he was known for his silver beard, chairlift cigars, and classic alpine style.

He graduated from St. Michael’s College, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1959, and then received his law degree from Boston University Law School. In 1969, he became a founding partner in the law firm Michelson and Kane, now known as Michelson, Kane, Royster and Barger in Hartford.

Mr. Kane met Linda (Bucciarelli), an ER nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford. They married in 1968 and started a family in Broad Brook, Connecticut. Their enthusiasm for gardening and the outdoors quickly outgrew their Connecticut yard. While maintaining his career in Hartford, in 1977 they moved the family to East Burke, and built the house on Darling Hill Road where he lived for the rest of his life.

During their 40-plus years in the Northeast Kingdom, they raised their three children as well as many generations of sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, barn cats, horses, and llamas, and two dogs.

A charismatic storyteller and lifelong learner, Mr. Kane loved to tell and re-tell tales, and relay mostly accurate facts on any topic from the U.S. Constitution to the proper technique for stacking a cord of wood. He was in his best spirits skiing the east side of Burke Mountain, paddling a canoe on a river, or sipping a beer on the back deck with his wife, family, and lifelong friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, and their three children and their families: Bridget Kane, Michael Kane his wife, Kristine, and Cathleen Kane and her husband, Stefan, and his granddaughter Zora Kane-Tornquist, who adored her “Pa.” He also leaves cousins, several sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and a tight community of friends and extended family.

He was predeceased by his brother Howard Kane, and their parents, Howard and Norma (O’Melia) Kane.

In his memorial directions, his Yankee thrift and impish sense of humor were evident with his instructions, “If you elect to lay me out, don’t put me in a suit. Comfortable clothes please, but don’t waste a good sweater.”

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 23, at the Union Meeting House in Burke Hollow, with a “large and boisterous party” to follow, as per his last requests.

obit mangesRobert “Bob” Paul Manges

Robert “Bob” Paul Manges, 43, of Riverton, Wyoming, died suddenly on July 28, 2014, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, having sustained a traumatic brain injury from a fall while traveling with his beloved Arapaho sister, Alberta Little.

He was buried at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery on the Wind River Reservation following a traditional Native American mass and wake.

Robert (Little Crow) began his journey on February 7, 1971, with his Arapaho family. At one and a half years old, he was adopted by Indian Health Service physician Dr. John Manges and his wife, Carol. He and his new brother, Chris, moved to Vermont, where he loved tractors, trucks, the outdoors, and drawing. He grew up to be a determined cross-country runner at Lyndon Institute, an enthusiastic swimmer, and a fearless downhill skier. He enjoyed trout fishing and won awards for his forestry skills.

But more than anything, he was known for being big-hearted and loyal to his friends and family. His sense of humor was contagious! Those who loved him in Vermont always wished him well as he reconnected with his Arapaho roots and became a dedicated truck driver.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked on the Arapaho Ranch in Wyoming and as a Sho-Rap wildland firefighter. He received his CDL and heavy equipment training at Utah State University. As a driver with hazmat endorsements, he went on to a career with various long haul trucking companies including Dick Simon and, most recently, Wind River Transport.

He leaves behind his loving family and friends: his only son, John Luke Manges of St. Louis, Missouri; his mother Carol Krochak and his stepdad Mark Kilburn of Burke Hollow; his brother Chris Manges and his sister-in-law Desiree Hertz, and his nieces Kate and Erin O’Farrell of Burke Hollow; his sister Tayva and his brother-in-law Steve Young, and his nephew Nolan and his niece Norah Young of Derry, New Hampshire; his sister Breanna Kilburn and her fiancé, Joshua Barnes, and his niece Sycada of Danville; his uncle and aunt, Tom and Jackie Manges of West Burke; his cousins: Lindsey and Christian Gauderer of Burlington, and Jordan Manges of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; his aunt and uncle, Molly and Bill Boyle, and family, of Bristol, Tennessee; his aunt Marianne Koehler of Flanders, New Jersey; his cousin Karen Quinn and family of Galloway, New Jersey; his cousin Scott Schaefer and family of Succasunna, New Jersey; his stepmom Jeanne Desrochers and her husband John Miller of Coventry; his best buddy Joshua Doyle of Jericho; and many friends in the Northeast Kingdom and in Maine. He also leaves behind a large and loving Arapaho family on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

He was predeceased by his father Dr. John P. Manges Jr., formerly of Danville; his Arapaho birth parents, five siblings, and grandparents in Wyoming; and his adoptive grandparents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 31, at the Riverside School, at 30 Lily Pond Road in Lyndonville. A potluck feast will begin at noon.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to a fund for Arapaho schoolchildren, to be announced on August 31; or locally, to the Burklyn Arts Council, P.O. Box 1056, Lyndonville, Vermont 05871.

obit McMullenCarol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen, 75, of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by her family, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

She was a daughter of Samuel and Grace (Taylor) Curtis of Morgan. She was born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and moved to Vermont with her family when she was young, graduating from Newport High School in 1957.

She worked as a receptionist for 28 years at Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, retiring from there in 2002, and started working as a medical transcriptionist at North Country Hospital until her surgery in January of 2013.

She loved being with her children and grandchildren and made sure they knew they could rely on her for anything.

She enjoyed going to visit relatives in Cape Cod, going to baseball games, watching the Red Sox, fishing, shopping, gambling, knitting, baking, and feeding wildlife.

She is survived by four children: James Millett of Brownington, Cam Green and her partner, Ramiro, of Derby, Robin Scott and her husband, Ed, of Richmond, and Bud McMullen and his wife, Jocelyn, of Morgan; her precious grandchildren: Dylan Doane, Courtney Millett, JJ Millett, Sasha Green, Sawyer Green, Saigelyn Green, Christopher Martel, Ian Martel, Isabel Scott, Brooke McMullen and Autumn McMullen; one great-grandchild, Kaylee Farnsworth; her siblings: Bud Curtis and his wife, Helen, of Texas, Philip Curtis and his wife, Susan, of Massachusetts, Nancy Green, Craig Curtis, and David Curtis, and their spouses, all of Vermont; and by several cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends: Shirley Lutz, a cousin, of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Iola Barnard of Morgan, and Lisa Burke of Coventry.

She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Grace Curtis; and by a brother, Paul Curtis.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 1 p.m., at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, friends are welcome to donate to the Carol McMullen Memorial Fund, at Community National Bank, which contributes to her grandchildren’s college expenses.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Omission

In last week’s obituary for Claire Lyon of Brownington the family inadvertently left off the name of Mrs. Lyon’s surviving sister, Clemence LeBlond.

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Obituaries August 6, 2014

obit AldrichJames L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, of Derby died on July 27, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.

He was born on the family farm in Derby on August 25, 1935, to Ira and Beatrice (Coutts) Aldrich.

He married a local girl, Joyce French of Rock Island, Quebec, in 1964 and for the past 50 years, they have lived on the family farm.

Mr. Aldrich was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was very active in the local congregation as well as in their building construction program. He enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others and he especially liked talking about the future.

He was a “jack of all trades” and had a wide variety of interests such as farming, operating his sawmill, woodworking, gardening and sitting on the front porch with family and friends. He kept up with the “neighborhood news” and enjoyed having visitors and meeting new people.

He was the oldest of five children and leaves behind his daughter, Leah, and his siblings: Bob Aldrich and his wife, Betty, of Derby, Dean and his wife, Chris, of Orleans, and Beatrice Nelson and her husband, Roger, of Derby; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his younger brother Bill; his grand-dog Dakota; and by his wife.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Contributions may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ConnollyArthur Henry Connolly

Arthur Henry Connolly, 76, of Brownington died suddenly on August 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 11, 1938, in Sullivan, New Hampshire, to Henry and Emily (Bernier) Connolly.

On June 1, 1988, he married Marcia Jacobs, who survives him.

Mr. Connolly was a self-employed logger and farmer. He was an avid lover of horse pulling. He was a member of the Eastern Draft Pulling Association and the Northeast Kingdom Pulling Association. He enjoyed shooting his guns, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Connolly of Brownington; his children: Steven Connolly of Winchester, New Hampshire, and Lynn Bodo and her husband, Todd, of Moosup, Connecticut; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Roland Fontaine of Cannan, New Hampshire, Don Connolly of Northfield, and Henry Connolly and his companion, Jane Stone, of Brookfield, Pauline Menard and Deb Shambo, both of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mildred Henderson.

He was predeceased by a son, Arthur Connolly; and by three brothers: Ed, Bob, and Ron.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Barton fairgrounds on August 16, at the horse pulling arena starting at 3 p.m.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DeLaBruereGaetan Yvon De La Bruere

Gaetan “Gate” Yvon De La Bruere, 50, of Coventry died suddenly on August 2, 2014, in Derby.

He was born on September 7, 1963, in Newport, and was the beloved son of John and Helena (Perron) De La Bruere.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, and New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1983, he entered the family business and worked for his father as a Master Electrician at Newport Electric. In 1989, he left to formulate Gate’s Electric, Inc. with business partner Dennis Lantagne.

Outside of work, he enjoyed teaching, including classes for aspiring electricians at the North Country Career Center. He was also fond of the outdoors, spending most weekends on the lake or in the forest. A proud father, Mr. De Le Bruere never missed an opportunity to cheer on his children at the rink, on the track, or at the field.

He was happiest when he was helping people. His children called him “Superman” because he would always drop whatever he was doing to come to the rescue. When a friend or family member was in need, he was always the first person to call on. He always said his purpose in life was to lighten the burdens of others, and it was a purpose fulfilled.

Members of the community likely met Mr. De La Bruere on a late night call to restore power and to keep their families warm, or giving light to their new dream home. He brought warmth and light into every life he touched, and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his sons: Mitchell, Collin, and Spencer; the mother of his children, Carla; his beloved granddaughters: Gabrielle and Lily; his parents: John and Helena De La Bruere; his brothers: Alain and his wife, Irene, and their children: Alaina, Olivia, Donovan, and Aaron; Bert and his friend, Katrina, and his children: Kyle and Lori; and by his sister Louise Whipple and her husband, Don, and their children: Jonathan and Sydney. He had a special friendship with Robert Desrochers and Daniele Simpson, Richard and Louise Bouffard and their children, his business partner Dennis Lantagne and his wife, Annette, and his dear friend Sheila McFarlane.

Calling hours will be held at Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, on 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Derby Elks Club. He will be interred in a private family service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a trust for the benefit of his grandchildren at Passumpsic Savings Bank on 1 Gardner Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit graves 2Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves

Tonya A. (Marcoux) Graves, 37, of Island Pond died suddenly on July 31, 2014, in Morgan.

She was born on August 13, 1976, to Joseph and Lise (Archambault) Marcoux.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1995.

She worked at Tivoly in Derby Line and Poulin Lumber in Derby.

Her hobbies included drawing, camping, fishing, and playing music, especially the guitar and keyboard.

She is survived by her children: Zachary Hawkins of Island Pond, Julia Graves of Holland, Ethan Graves of Holland, and Noah Twofoot of Brownington; her mother Lise Archambault and her companion, Percy Lagasse, of Derby; her father Joseph Marcoux and his wife, Carol, of Newport Center; her brother Shannon Marcoux and his wife, Teresa, of Cabot; and by numerous, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Lise Archambault, in care of the Community Bank, P.O. Box 455, Derby Line, Vermont 05830, for a fund for her children.

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

obit LyonClaire C. Lyon

Claire C. Lyon, 89, of Brownington died on July 29, 2014, in Burlington, after a short illness.

She was the oldest of nine children of Ezekiel and Cecile (Dumont) Perry.

She had a longtime love of cooking, having been a chef at the East Side Restaurant in Newport for 25 years. She then worked at the Maple Lane Day Care Center for ten years.

She enjoyed making wedding cakes and birthday cakes for all her grandchildren. She also enjoyed making doughnuts for her family and friends.

The joys of her life were her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They made her face light up. She would always put others’ needs before her own.

On January 18, 1945, she married the love of her life, Harold A. Lyon. Together they had five children.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruby Thibault, and her husband, Michael, of Burlington; three sons: John Lyon and his wife, Lorraine, of Derby, Jessie Lyon and his wife, Connie, of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and Robert Lyon and his wife, Rose, of Brownington; several grandchildren: Aurie Thibault, Jed Thibault and his wife, Allie, Daniel Lyon and his wife, Jessica, Amanda Dagesse and her husband, Gerard, Melanie Munroe and her husband, Chris, Ryan Lyon and his wife, Kristan, Sarah Merrill and her husband, Ron, Jared Lyon, James Lyon, Brandy Robillard and her husband, Zachary, Michael Cyr and his wife, Heather, and Matthew Lyon; and by her great-grandchildren: Reese Thibault, Bethany Lyon, EmmaLou Lyon, Christopher Dagesse, Miles Munroe, Trevin Merrill, Sean Merrill, Ethan Robillard, Nicholas Robillard, and Hayden Robillard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Lyon; her parents; her daughter, Sally Lyon; and by several brothers and sisters: Blanche Coates, Maurice Perry, Loretta McCoy, Noel Perry, Francis Perry, Leon Perry, and Mary Ann Darling.

A memorial service will be held at the Brownington Congregational Church on Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Region Senior Center, Main Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.

obit QuirionMonique Prevost Quirion

Monique Prevost Quirion, 86, of Coventry died peacefully on July 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 10, 1928, in St. Victor de’Beauce, Quebec, to Benoni and Delina (Doyon) Prevost. On May 28, 1952, she married Marcel Quirion, who predeceased her on October 31, 1985.

They owned and operated the family dairy farm in Coventry and they also owned and operated the former Royal Restaurant in Newport and the Newport Redemption Center.  Mrs. Quirion was also a cook for Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for 11 years. She was an excellent seamstress and had many other hobbies: knitting, crocheting, gardening, embroidery, making all sorts of crafts, baking, and cooking.  Her entire life was devoted to the Lord and to her loving family. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella since 1954 and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Helene Chilafoux and her husband, Rance, of Coventry, Louis Quirion and his wife, Leigh, of New Haven, Connecticut, Luc Quirion and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Roger Quirion and his wife, Christine, of Holland, Julie Carrier and her husband, Peter, of Coventry, and Robert Quirion and his wife, Tracie, of Coventry; by her grandchildren: Alan Desroches and his wife, Lisa, of Coventry, Nicole Brewer and her husband, Jim, of North Troy, Gilles Gentley and his wife, Sarah, of Hardwick, Jeff Gentley and his wife, Angie, of Waterbury, Andrew Ouimette of Newport, Erica Ouimette of Newport, Erin Yarborough and her husband, Trey, of Michigan, Jennifer Davis and her husband, Jeremy, of Derby Line, Michael Quirion and his wife, Moira, of Newport, Kyle Quirion of Plymouth, New Hampshire, Alisha Clark and her husband, Drew, of Burlington, Ann Harnish and her husband, Joe, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Eric Carrier and his wife, Heather, of Lisbon, New Hampshire, Marc Quirion of Coventry, and Patric Quirion of Coventry; by numerous great-grandchildren; by her siblings: Leandre Prevost of St. Thomas Daquin, Quebec, Leonard Prevost of Beloeil, Quebec, Hugues Prevost of Longueil, Quebec, Theresa Plante of Newport, and Claire Charpentier of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; and by her son-in-law Rock Desroches and his wife, Judy, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by her son Gilles Quirion on July 13, 1974; her daughter Suzanne Desroches on December 30, 1998; by her son-in-law Roger Ouimette on April 24, 2004; and by her siblings: Alban Prevost, Jean-Marc Prevost, Gerard Prevost, Yolande Beaudoin, Marilouis Prevost, and Patrick Prevost.

Funeral services were held on August 1 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport where a Mass was.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495, or to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

obit RuggieriMary E. Ruggieri

Mary E. Ruggieri, 48, of West Charleston died on July 28, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on January 7, 1966, in Newport to Gilbert and Linda (Murphy) Hill. She graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1984 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Lyndon State College.

Ms. Ruggieri enjoyed doing craftwork, gardening, housekeeping, and collecting antiques.

She is survived by her children: Travis Bartley and his wife, Johanna, Logan Bartley and his fiancé, Mariah Goodell, and Drew Bartley, all of Derby; by her parents, Gilbert and Linda Hill, of Lowell; by her boyfriend, Randy Sheltra, of West Charleston; by her grandchildren Madyson, Colton, Denver, and Paislee; by her sisters Lisa Pion of Lowell and Erin Oeschger of Derby; and by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice 

Carol G. McMullen

Carol G. McMullen of Morgan died on August 1, 2014, in Burlington.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at 1 p.m.

Service

Patty A. Paige

A memorial service for Patty A. Paige will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the First Congregational Church in Orwell, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow.

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Obituaries July 30, 2014

obit bean BeanNiles A. L. “Sonny” Bean

Niles A. L. “Sonny” Bean, 81, of North Troy died suddenly on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 31, 1933, in Newport, to Niles and Constance (Rocheleau) Bean.

On October 13, 1956, he married Yolande Roberts, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a lineman for Citizens Utilities, from where he retired after 37 years of service.

Mr. Bean was a member of the North Troy American Legion Post #28 and the NRA. He loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and watching the birds come to his feeders.

He loved watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play sports and he followed their progress at award ceremonies for all sports as well as academics.

He is survived by his wife Yolande Bean of North Troy; his children: Robin Hamel of North Troy, Tina Pare and her husband, Michael, of Wyoming, Julie Healy and her husband, Michael, of Barton, and Kim Cole of Derby; his grandchildren: Josh and Travis Bean, Michael Pare Jr. and his wife, Lila, DeAnna Chaveze and her husband, Steven, Brian Pare and his wife, Tiffany, Courtney and Justin Healy, and Tabitha Cole; his sisters: Noami Chaffee, and Joyce Pray and her husband, Ronald; his sister-in-law Judy Bean; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Norman Bean.

Funeral services were held on July 28, in North Troy. Full military honors were held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Paint Fund, 18 North Pleasant Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit KinersonLucille M. Kinerson

Lucille M. Kinerson, 82, of Irasburg died on July 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 9, 1931, in Sheldon, to Albert and Ida (Jutras) Menard.

She was a supervisor for housekeeping at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton for many years.

She enjoyed her family and family gatherings. She loved to watch the Red Sox.

She is survived by her children: Michelle McCormick and her husband, Mac, of Barton, Jeff Roy of Irasburg, and James Roy and his wife, Susan, of Fairfax; her grandchildren: Amy and Steph of Warren, Chad and Amanda of Coventry, Brian and Karen of Orleans, Andrew and Michael of Montpelier, and Zachary and Michael of Fairfax; her great-grandchildren: Christopher, Keaton, Maggie, Graydon, and Bryce; her siblings: Gerald Menard of California, Daniel Menard of Fairfield, Ruth Brousseau of California, Hortence Vanslette of Highgate, and Anita Paradee of Enosburg; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sons: Stephen and Larry; two brothers: Furman and Pete; and by two sisters: Marion and Minnie.

Funeral services were held on July 25 in Enosburg. Interment followed in St. John’s Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LucasKaren Jayne Lucas

Karen Jayne Lucas, 57, died suddenly on July 26, 2014, at her home in Derby Line.

She was born on May 22, 1957, in Newport, to Stella Lorimer and Clive “Henry” McCormick.

She was a kind, caring, and selfless woman. Filled with compassion and kindness, she touched those around her. There is nothing she would not do for someone. Her generosity extended beyond those she knew and loved.

Her heart was full of love for her grandchildren. She loved watching her granddaughter Zoe perform. She was there opening night of Oliver and was blown away by how her beautiful granddaughter graced the stage.

She was so proud of the hardworking young man Andrew is becoming. She looked forward to the afternoons that she would sit and watch him mow her lawn then enjoy take out from China Moon.

She was Logan’s biggest fan at all his sporting events, always bragging about his athletic accomplishments and abilities.

She enjoyed taking her youngest grandchild, Lila, “shopping, shopping, shopping!”

Unlike so many in this world, she gave more than she took. We should all strive to make the world a kinder, more happy place, the way Ms. Lucas did.

She will be deeply missed by her co-workers at Revision.

She was a friend everyone wished they could have.

She is survived by two children: Rhonda Lucas of Derby Line, and Sara Merrill and her husband, Randy, of West Charleston; her siblings: John Wilson and his wife, Janis, of Newport, Joy Wallace and her husband, Danny, of Ontario, Canada, Dawn Perry and her husband, Kevin, of Derby, Danny and Kevin McCormick, both of Goshen, New Hampshire, and Terry McCormick of Swanzey, New Hampshire; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Janice Keet in 2001.

Her spirit is carried on by two daughters, four wonderful grandchildren and six siblings. She will be reunited with her father, mother, and sister Janice.

In life she was an example of what humanity can be and with her passing we must all spread kindness and love.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARonald Baker McKenny

Ronald Baker McKenny, 75, died on July 25, 2014, in Newport, following a long illness.

Son of Gordon and Dorothy (Baker) McKenny, he was born in Newport on October 30, 1938, and attended Newport schools. Upon graduation in 1956, he attended Tilton School, Mitchell College and the University of Vermont before joining the Vermont Air National Guard in 1962. After his training, he joined the two-family business of CS Emery & Company, Customs Brokers on the northern Vermont border.

In 1964, he married Sandra L. Haselton and they raised their family in Newport, where they lived together for most of their 49-year marriage.

Mr. McKenny was probably the longest continuous member of the Newport Country Club (NCC), from 1952 to 2013.

He was a young teenager when he began his lifelong love/hate relationship with the game of golf. As an adult, he served on the NCC board of directors and as president during the clubhouse reconstruction in 1993. He was honored in 2010, when they named him to NCC’s honor roll.

One of his favorite days of the year was the NCC Family Day, an annual golf tournament that was played every July Fourth. The original McKenny Team grew to an extended group of 15 to 20 “family” members over the years. He enjoyed the countless hours organizing the group, making sure that each of the family teams was balanced and fair.

In addition to being a golfer, he loved a great book and was a voracious reader. He read several novels each week and had previously been a trustee and board of director president of the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport for many years.

He was an avid and devoted Red Sox fan, going as far as listening to games on the radio while fishing and then later finishing up watching it at home on television after the fish were caught (or not!). Throughout his life he alternately cheered and lamented their annual journey toward the pennant race.

He possessed a great sense of humor and unique style of writing. He wrote many letters and later e-mails to newspapers, friends and family, always open and honest with a flair that was enjoyed by all.

Family was of utmost importance to him. Some of the highlights of his later life were the visits from his twin granddaughters. When they weren’t badgering him to read to them, they were beating him at cards. Rummy was a particular favorite. Annual trips with family and lifelong friends to the Wells Beach area of Maine for lobsters and steamers was the highlight of every summer, and was a tradition that he always looked forward to.

Upon Mr. McKenny’s retirement in 1993, he and his wife spent their winter months in Vero Beach, Florida, making many new friends, and enjoying the sunshine and new golf partners.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his daughters: Heather Menard and her wife, Sara LaBarre, of Milton, and Alicia Hanrahan and her husband, Doug, and their children: Serena and Bailey of Randolph; his brother Douglas McKenny and his wife, Sara, of Newport Town; his sister-in-law Jean McKenny of Derby; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Stanley McKenny.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in his memory to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 222 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Junior Golf Program at the Newport Country Club, 590 Mount Vernon Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit St. OngeMichael S. St. Onge

Michael S. St. Onge, 40, of Brockton, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, he was son of Joseph R. St. Onge of Lowell and Margaret A. (Turcotte) St. Onge of Brockton.

Michael was raised in Brockton and moved to Lowell at the age of 15. A graduate of North Country High School in Newport, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Brockton area and when living in Vermont was a chef at Hidden Country Restaurant for 15 years.

He was a very outgoing man who was friendly and kind with everyone. He was an outdoorsman who loved skiing, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

He was the brother of Rhonda Emmons and her husband, Robert, of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Mark St. Onge of Lowell, and Aimee St. Onge-Fadli and her husband, Azeddine, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He also leaves four nieces and nephews: Olivia and Jason Emmons and Amani and Amir Fadli.

A celebration of life was held in Brockton on July 24.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02130; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148.

Online condolences at www.conleyfuneralhome.com.

obit TetreaultGeorgette E. Tetreault

Georgette E. Tetreault, 84, of Derby died peacefully on July 26, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on August 12, 1929, in Newport, to Henry and Anna (Fecteau) Lessard.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1947.

Ms. Tetreault worked many years as a dental assistant in the area, which was very rewarding since she enjoyed meeting and helping people.

Her main joys in life were her children, family, and friends whom she kept close her entire life. They were all cherished by her.

Her hobbies included gardening, entertaining, cross-country skiing, traveling with her friends, picking apples in the fall, and cooking for family gatherings.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy, a former member of the Ladies Alter Society, Ladies First for Breast Cancer, and Home Dem. At one time, she taught CCD classes.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Laber and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Susan Keysar and her husband, Scott, of Derby, Thomas Tetreault and his wife, Mary, of Newport Center, Margaret Derick and her husband, Michael, of Newport, and Richard Tetreault and his wife, Susan, of Newport Center; her 12 grandchildren; her 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings: Norbert Lessard and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Sister Henriette Lessard of Littleton, New Hampshire, Eleanor Test and her husband, Gene, of Florida, and Jeannine Lessard of Morrisville; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers: Paul, Dominique, John, Philip, and Jules Lessard; and by two sisters: Laurence Lessard and Rita (Sister Rose Helen).

Friends may call on Friday, August 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 1, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ladies Alter Society, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

James L. Aldrich

James L. Aldrich, 78, formerly of Derby, died on July 27, 2014, in Glover.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on August 7, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Service

Wayne Badger

A graveside service for Wayne Badger will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 1, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with full military honors.

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Obituaries July 23, 2014

obit BergeronGertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron

Gertrude (Tifft) Handy Bergeron, 95, of North Troy died on July 17, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on April 29, 1919, in Bennington, to Levi and Veda (McWain) Tifft.

On October 4, 1958, she married Clovis Bergeron, who survives her.

She was a fabulous cook, and she enjoyed knitting and putting puzzles together.

She was a member of the American Legion Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her husband Clovis Bergeron of North Troy; her children: Richard Handy and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Troy, Helen Goodner of Iola, Kansas, and Kenneth Bergeron Sr. and his wife, Denise, of Derby; 21 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was married to her first husband, Robert Handy, on October 15, 1937. He predeceased her on August 13, 1957. She was also predeceased by her son Louis Handy; her brothers: Kenneth and Carroll Tifft; and by her sister Helen Gillis.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at the Troy Village Cemetery with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Helen L. Corliss

Helen L. Corliss, 74, of Island Pond died on July 20, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on August 16, 1939, in Portland, Maine. She was raised by Joseph and Bernice Daniels of Island Pond. She graduated from Brighton High School.

She was employed by Columbia Forest Products, where she retired after 39 years of work, in 2001.

She enjoyed Red Sox baseball, bowling, and she was an avid reader.

Surviving relatives are many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Joseph and Bernice Daniels; her sister Roena Daniels Gray; her brother-in-law Sonny Gray; her biological sister Florence Mancini; and by her lifelong friends: Marilyn Page and Sheila Joyal.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit farrowDavid L. Farrow

David L. Farrow, 67, of Canton, Massachusetts, formerly of Newport, died on July 5, 2014.

He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was the son of the late Martha (Davis) Fedele and stepson of the late Anthony “Tony” Fedele; beloved husband of Martina (Fahy); father of Robert A. and his wife, Missy, of Franklin, Massachusetts, David L. Jr. and his wife, Tracy, of Norwood, Massachusetts, Deborah Mancuso and her husband, Eric, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Mary E. Ambroceo and her husband, Bobby, of Walpole, Massachusetts; and grandfather to his ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Nancy L. Fedele of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and his brother Mark Fedele of Greenbelt, Maryland.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church in Canton on July 10. Burial was at Canton Corner Cemetery with full military honors.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher

Joyce Elizabeth Hornbacher, 73, of Albany died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on February 9, 1941, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Robert and Marion (Fortunado) Visconti.

She graduated from Medford High School in Medford.

She married Mark Hornbacher, who survives her.

Among her interests, she enjoyed listening to music, gardening, and art.

She is survived by her husband Mark Hornbacher of Albany; her children: Joseph Curnane of Wakefield, Massachusetts, Corinne McDonald and her husband, Michael, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Kathleen Parkinson and her husband, Gerald, of Graylakes, Illinois; her eight grandchildren; and by two sisters: Janet Bohlin of Wayland, Massachusetts, and Roberta Cardello of Medford.

She was predeceased by her son Robert Curnane on October 25, 2010.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RouthierMadeleine Carmen Routhier

Madeleine Carmen Routhier, 89, of Troy died on July 16, 2014, in Newport.

She was born at home on December 22, 1924, in Stanhope, Quebec, to Joseph and Bertha (Crete) Routhier.

She attended and graduated from Poestation Convent of Mary also in Stanhope.

She was a housekeeper for the late Dr. Mosher, Mrs. Needleman, and Mrs. Hope. She also did housekeeping for the church.

She always had a big smile and giving personality.

Her hobbies included ice-skating, skiing, riding draft horses, and love of animals. She also enjoyed listening to hockey games on the radio and eating Chinese food. She loved her family and friends.

She is survived by two brothers: Bernard Routhier and his wife, Angel, of Shelburne, and Maurice Routhier and his companion, France, of Florida; her two sisters: Marie-Ange Sage of Shelburne, and Rejeanne McAllister and her husband, Arnold, of Lowell; her sister-in-law Helen Routhier; her good friends: Madeleine Morrisette and Aurore Morin, both of Troy; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Luciene, Camille, Conrad, Valmore, Lucienne Lamoureux, Marie-Paule Columbe, and Lorraine Routhier.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy with the Reverend Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Friends may call at the church on August 9, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be at St. Edmond’s Cemetery in Coaticook, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit searsRaymond A. Sears Sr.

Raymond “Ray Sears” A. Sears Sr. of Knoxville, Tennessee, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, died on July 3, 2014.

He was the essence of a Tennessee Volunteer, and a loyal and trusted friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was a “Ramblin’ Wreck,” dyed-in-the-wool U.S. Marine, and always the challenger who asked for more and better, whenever and wherever it was needed.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 29, 1928, Mr. Sears never quite lost his New York attitude. His mother, Margaret Callahan Sears, was first generation Irish and his father, Andrew M. Sears, hailed from Brooklyn. As a master plumber, Andrew’s work took him from New York to Birmingham, Alabama, where he was recruited to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project. Margaret also worked in the facility while Ray and his sister, Marilyn I. Sears, attended Oak Ridge High School (1944-1948).

His nickname was “Red” on the high school football team. His father, mother, and sister pre-deceased him.

Directly after graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1946, at the age 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and began a 42-year career where he earned several medals: the Good Conduct Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, in service to his country.

He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He was the project manager for the A6E-Intruder when he worked at Grumman Aircraft on Long Island, New York. Over the years, he worked on the F18, A10 and other jets at various corporations. In 1993, he retired from General Electric in Knoxville.

His commitment to volunteering as coach, Bingo caller, chaperone, genealogist for his family and also as a researcher for the East Tennessee Historical Society exemplified his generous spirit of giving. He is known throughout the state of Tennessee as a gifted genealogist serving as assistant editor of Tennessee Ancestors and researching contributor to First Families of Tennessee. The latest genealogical goal he achieved was the completion of his own Sears family tree, proving ancestry back to the American Revolutionary War.

He is survived by his wife Helen Keough Sears; his children: Patricia M. Sears and her husband, Steven Mason, Andrea C. Winter and her husband, Michael, Marilyn A. Swyers and her husband, Peter, Raymond A. Sears Jr., and his wife, Karla, and Timothy F. Sears and his wife, Kimberley, and their mother, Kathryn C. Sears; his grandchildren: Michael Claudio, Lauren Claudio, Justin Mason, Courtney Miernicki and her husband, Christopher, Sarah Swyers Parker and her husbamd, Brett, Melissa Pischl and her husband, Dan, Caitlin Winter, Zachary Winter, Matthew Sears, Timothy Winter, Riley Sears, Mallory Sears, Rhys Sears, Andrew Sears, and Liam Sears; his great-grandchildren: Christopher Miernicki III, Lucas Pischl, Michael Miernicki, and Eleanor Parker; Helen’s children: William S. Weathers Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Frank E. Weathers and his wife, Julienne, and Katherine G. Weathers; Helen’s grandchildren: Martin Weathers, Nathan Weathers, Emily Weathers, and Scott Weathers; and his sisters-in-law: Peggy Reich, Mary Whittemore and her husband, Terry, and Frances Guy and her husband, James.

Extremely patriotic in thought, word and deed, he requested his burial at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville.

While the world is different with Ray Sears passing away, through his family and friends there is a legacy of so many who have been touched and whose lives will carry on his spirit and his energy. Semper Fi.

Services were held on July 9.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901, or through www.easttnhistory.org; or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Random Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Random, Pennsylvania 19087, or through www.theaftd.org.

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Obituaries July 16, 2014

obit HuntIsaac Jacob Hunt

Isaac Jacob Hunt, 35, of Derby died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

He was born in Newport on April 24, 1979, and he grew up in Island Pond. He attended North Country Union High School.

He was a carpenter by trade for 17 years.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed stock car racing, watching the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, and watching the New York Giants. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children.

He is survived by his two children: Nicholas and Logan Hunt; the boys’ mother, Barbie Corey; his mother, Linda (Hunt) Davis; his father, Eugene Hunt; his stepmother, Sherry Hunt; his two siblings: David Hunt and his fiancée, Rebecca Brown, and Mary Hunt and her significant other, Ernest Hinton; his two half-siblings: Robert Knox and Megan Knox and her significant other, Levi Audet; and by many extended family members.

Services were held on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Isaac Hunt Memorial Fund at Passumpsic Savings Bank, to support Mr. Hunt’s childrens’ education.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

obit LordThomas W. Lord

Thomas W. Lord, 75, of Barton died on July 7, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1939, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to George and Mary (Thompson) Lord.

On October 14, 1985, he married the former Linda James, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Dalghren 12.

He was employed by Grossman’s Lumber Sales, where he retired after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the Barton Senior Center, and he was an avid golfer. He held membership with the Barton American Legion Post #76.

Mr. Lord loved all sports, especially the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed going to the casinos up and down the east coast. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf and bowling over the years. He loved family visits and he loved to watch NASCAR; his favorite driver was Tony Stewart. He enjoyed the companionship of his different cats over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda Lord of Barton; his children: Jay Touzin and his wife, Jessica Simoneau, Kerry Touzin, Leo Touzin, and Steve Touzin; his grandchildren: Dylan, Shyanna, Trey, Riley and Ethan; his sister Janet Blizzard; his sisters-in-law: Karen Lavsier, Barbara Hague, and Bernie Bourgue; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Lord.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Full military honors will be held.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SogoloffLeonard M. Sogoloff

Leonard M. Sogoloff, the owner and founder of “Lennie’s on the Turnpike,” the iconic North Shore, Massachusetts, jazz club that introduced Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and an aspiring young comic named Jay Leno to local audiences, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Devereux House in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was 90.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Ann (Raby) Sogoloff, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, he was son of the late Samuel and Sonia (Sandler) Sogoloff, immigrants from Russia. He attended Peabody schools and was a graduate of Peabody High School Class of 1941. He briefly studied art at Boston University, before enlisting in the Army. He proudly served his country during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946.

He returned home to Peabody, and became a record salesman for Columbia Records. In 1951, he joined a friend, to open The Turnpike Club, a roadside bar on Route 1 North in West Peabody, Massachusetts. From a young age, he had a passion for jazz. He stocked the jukebox with the hottest artists of the era.

Two years later, he bought out his partner, renamed the venue “Lennie’s on the Turnpike, A Jazz Listening Room,” and introduced live music. Over the years, he brought the bespoke greatest names in jazz to the North Shore. The club became a destination, drawing audiences from throughout greater Boston, Massachusetts. The club operated until its closing in September of 1972.

Later, Mr. Sogoloff branched out by booking acts of other musical genres, such as America, Linda Rondstadt, and Bette Midler assisted by a piano player named Barry Manilow, as well as comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield and Flip Wilson.

In 1972, he hired Jay Leno, who lived in Andover, Massachusetts, to be his house comedian. It was the start of a long friendship. In 2009, as he prepared to step down as host of The Tonight Show, Mr. Leno performed at the Salem State University Speaker Series, at a benefit to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Barbara Ann Sogoloff. The event raised $100,000 for a scholarship, which now funds endowments in each of their names.

Mr. Sogoloff had previously donated his photographs and memorabilia from the club to be archived by Salem State University. He later received an honorary doctoral degree from Salem State University for enriching the cultural life of the North Shore.

After his club closed, Mr. Sogoloff worked as the manager of Empire Clothing Co. store in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, for over 20 years.

His passion for jazz never waned. In recent years, as a resident of the Devereux House nursing home, he delighted in booking local musicians to perform for residents.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all, he was the consummate family man. He took pride in the accomplishments of his children and enjoyed attending the sports games and activities of his five grandchildren.

He leaves three children: Leanne Desjardins and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Karen Gilman of Boston, and Adam Sogoloff and his wife, Janet, of Marblehead. He was the cherished grandfather to Nicole, Mathew, Jake, Bel and Maeve. He also leaves his brother Hyman Sogoloff of Peabody, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Morris Sogoloff, Rose Sogoloff, Minnie Segel, and Bertha Gross.

Memorial services were held in Salem on July 15. Burial was private.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to the Salem State University Foundation Lennie Sogoloff Scholarship, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.

Online condolences may be offered at www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.

obit WillardEverett Anson Willard

Everett Anson Willard, 94, of Orleans died on July 7, 2014, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on November 2, 1919, in Derby, to W. A. Willard and Lillian (Swanson) Willard.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1937. He then partnered with his father and brother Ernest in Derby in their Green Mountain potato, dairy, and maple enterprise.

On September 4, 1949, he married Dorothy Domina of Orleans, who survives him. In 1953, they purchased a 300-acre dairy farm in Derby, where Mr. Willard served for many years as a selectman. Additionally, he was a director of the Co-operative Insurance Companies in Middlebury from 1963 to 2006.

He was a member of the agricultural fraternity, the Grange, for nearly 80 years. He served as master of the Vermont State Grange from 1962 to 1966. He and his wife co-directed the 7th Degree of the National Grange for nine years. At the time of his death, he was an officer of Navy Grange and Kingdom Pomona Grange.

He and his family moved to Montpelier in 1968, where he was employed for 25 years by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in several positions, including director of markets. He managed the Vermont Farm Show in Barre and the Vermont building at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a Vermont Trustee Emeritus of “The Big E” at the time of his death. Throughout his career, a main focus was maintaining the Vermont name as a symbol of excellence; for this dedication, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Maple.”

Recognitions accorded to Mr. Willard include: “Friend of Agriculture” from the New England Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, in 1985; the George D. Aiken Agriculturalist of the Year, in 1986; the Vermont Farm Bureau Wallace Award, jointly with his wife, in 1993; induction into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame in Crogan, New York, in 1996; and being honored as one of the eight inaugural members of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame, in 2003.

Mr. Willard embraced community service and public speaking. Throughout his life, he served his churches as a council member, auditor, lay speaker, and as the locally renowned master chef at the annual sugar-on-snow party.

Mr. Willard was known for his beautiful gardens, which brought pleasure to passersby. He was sociable, enjoying visits with friends and dancing. He was also known for his vast repertoire of stories about local events and people and his continued interest in the ever-changing dairy and maple industries.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; four children: Dr. Alan Lothrop Willard of Kensington, Maryland, Larry Dean Willard and his wife, Terri, of White House, Tennessee, Ann Willard Sullivan and her husband, Philip, of London, England, and Dr. Sally Willard Burbank and her husband, Nathan, of Nashville, Tennessee; and by six grandchildren: Derek Kevin Willard, Seth Everett Willard, Matthew Willard Sullivan, Erik Weireter Sullivan, Steven Nathan Burbank, and Eliza Lillian Burbank. He had one surviving sister, Carolyn Willard MacLeay, of Sylmar, California.

He was predeceased by his siblings: May Willard, Charles Willard, Eleanor Durfee, Ernest Willard, and Frances Thompson.

Funeral services were held on July 11, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Service 

Leroy N. Hastings

A committal service for Leroy N. Hastings will be held at the Brownington Village Cemetery on Saturday July 19, at 11 a.m.

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Obituaries July 9, 2014

obit BullisBeverly Bullis

Beverly Bullis, 78, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at home in Derby Line, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 11, 1935, in Orleans, the daughter of Roy and Violet Glodgett. She joined two brothers, Royce and Richard Glodgett.

She attended school in Brownington and Orleans.

On November 26, 1953, she married John “Jack” Bullis. They made their home in Derby Line, where they raised their four children.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, and family.

She worked at Newport Plastics, Slalom Skiwear and Bogner of America, before retiring in 1994.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John “Jack” Bullis of Derby Line; their children: Theresa and Edward Fortin, David and Lori Bullis, Debra and Richard Turner, and Thomas and Colleen Bullis; and by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the local cancer fund.

Graveside services will be at the Derby Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road, on Friday, July 11, at 1 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GouletTheresa Lamothe Goulet

Theresa Lamothe Goulet, 85, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 2, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 29, 1929, in Newport, daughter of Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, as Salutatorian, in the Class of 1947.

She was a special and talented musician. Sacred Heart would not have achieved its prized musical standard had it not been for the hard work of Theresa and Sister Edmund, music director at Sacred Heart.

Besides taking time for numerous extra-curricular activities, Ms. Goulet was the church organist for the high school choir, conductor of the Sacred Heart Band and Orchestra, and a member of the Sacred Heart Girls Glee Club and Catholic Youth Club. Exceptionally talented in music, she devoted many hours of her time to mastering the principles of conducting bands and orchestras.

After graduation, she was accepted to The Juilliard School in New York City, but was not able to attend. She worked at the Orleans Trust Bank in Newport.

On July 4, 1953, she married the love of her life, Raymond H. Goulet of Island Pond.

Ms. Goulet worked at the Island Pond National Bank and Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 20 years.

She played the church organ at Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond for over 50 years and also helped to conduct the choir. Additionally, she played in the Dean King Orchestra for several years.

She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Brighton Post #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She enjoyed camping in Maine and snowmobiling.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Goulet of Island Pond; her sister Anita Salmon of Augusta, Maine; her three sons: Michael and his partner, Michael, of Richford, Mark and his partner, Marie, of Canton, Massachusetts, and David and his wife, Diane, of Milton; her daughter-in-law Paula Goulet of Milford, Massachusetts; her four grandchildren: Laura, Michelle, David and Matthew; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers: Roland, Rudy, Maurice “Pete,” and Roger “Pop” Lamothe.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Island Pond.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit nilesBetty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles

Betty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles died on July 1, 2014, from a long battle with kidney disease.

She lived in Troy and Westfield before retiring to Pinellas Park, Florida.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on September 2, 1930. Her parents were Dawson E. Davis and Hazel A. (Jesmer) Davis. She attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She worked a number of years in the office of Ethan Allen in Orleans, and in the Vermont State Unemployment Office in Newport.

She married Rollo P. Lowe on May 8, 1948. They had two daughters, Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler.

She married Harry O. Niles Jr. on December 29, 1967. They lived in Troy for many years before moving to Westfield, and then retiring to Pinellas Park.

She enjoyed the horses they kept, gardening, playing cards, camping in their RV, and her cat, Coco.

She is survived by her husband Harry O. Niles Jr. of Seminole, Florida; her daughters: Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and her husband, Peter Sr., of Live Oak, Florida, and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler and her husband, Barry, of Largo, Florida; her stepchildren: Harry O. Niles III and his wife, Claire, of Brush Prairie, Washington, Frank Niles and his wife, Delores, of Newport Center, Stuart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts, and Patricia Anne Graves and her husband, Ronald Jr., of Waitsfield; her five grandchildren: Peter J. Kwiatkowski Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Lafayette, Colorado, Elke (Kwiatkowski) Day and her husband, John, of Live Oak, Sheryl (Nadler) Sheppard and her husband, Marc, of Clearwater, Florida, David Nadler of Largo, and Allison (Nadler) Lewis and her husband, Kevin, of Orlando, Florida; and by her 11 great-grandchildren: Cullen and Hallie Kwiatkowski, Jake, Kate, Nate and Grace Day, Logan and Aidan Sheppard, Benjamin and Gavyn Nadler and Isabella Lewis.

There will not be any public services. Her ashes will be buried in Vermont, as per her wishes. Her beloved cat, Coco, will reside with her daughter in Largo. He will have a loving home.

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

Mary Margaret Pechalonis

Mary Pechalonis of Lyndonville died on Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014, at the age of 83.

She was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, on August 6, 1930, daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Boguslawski) Retkowski.

The Pechalonis family resided on Daniels Pond in Glover for over 30 years before moving to Lyndonville in 2004.

Mrs. Pechalonis worked as a nurse’s aide at both the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center and at The Pines.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, gardening, knitting, fishing, and cruising in her and her husband’s antique vehicles.

She is survived by her husband Edward of Lyndonville; three daughters: Ellen Pechalonis and her husband, Kenneth Hurst, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Frances Ullmann and her husband, Joseph, of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, and Debra Towle and her husband, Dennis, of North Concord, and their son Ryan Towle and his wife, Jasmine, and their daughter Aylah Mae, of Montpelier; her two sisters: Jennie Kalinoski and her husband, Raymond, of Terryville, Connecticut, and Bernice Massart of Providence, Rhode Island; and by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held in Lyndonville on July 5. Burial followed at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

Service

Frederick E. Doucette Sr.

A graveside service for Frederick E. Doucette Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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