Obituaries February 11, 2015

obit BenoitNorman “Jake” W. Benoit

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

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

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

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

He was a veteran of World War II.

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit harrnessShirley M. Harrness

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

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

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

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

They have owned a house in Island Pond since 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit HeathWilliam C. Heath Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Laurent C. Leblanc Jr.

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

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

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

At his request, there will be no services.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-rowellGeorge Rowell

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was a member of the Linary Church of Christ.

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

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

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

obit StebbinsRobin Mary Stebbins

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

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

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

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

She was a medical transcriptionist for Med Quest.

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit VanasseGilles Louis Vanasse

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

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

On June 21, 1952, he married Jeannette Couture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit whitingLeora Lea J. Whiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Service 

Althea Blair

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

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Obituaries February 4, 2015

obit benoitElizabeth A. “Betsy” Benoit

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by a daughter, Leigh Ann Benoit.

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

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

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

obit Chaplin RoySandra Chaplin-Roy

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

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

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

She worked as a paraprofessional for an early childhood program.

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

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

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GaudreauJeanne Therese Gaudreau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GuyetteJoyce Guyette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LeblancGaston Leonard Leblanc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be announced in the spring.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RobergeFelix R. Roberge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Kathleen Frances Twofoot

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

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

She married Roland Twofoot, who predeceased her in 1964.

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Marcia M. Cubit

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

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Obituaries January 28, 2015

obit BeckWilma Eva Beck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FogleSuzanne Rachel Poirier Fogle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her father, Gerard Poirier.

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

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

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Obit GibsonCindy L. Gibson

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

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

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

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

Her wishes were for a private service with her family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RichardsStephen Richards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit BeaumontSylvia P. Beaumont

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

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

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

She worked as a splicer at Columbia Forest Products.

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

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

She was predeceased by her sister Adeline Camber.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WorleyBarbara B. Worley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries January 21, 2015

obit allardReginald Rene Allard

Reginald Rene Allard, 81, of Madras, Oregon, died on December 4, 2014, after a long illness.

He was born in Lyndonville on August 18, 1933, to Rene Robert and Beatrice Matilda (Rousseau Brooks) Allard, one of seven children.

He grew up in the Newport area, attending and playing basketball at Sacred Heart High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, in 1951, re-enlisted in 1955, and served until 1960 with a rank of sergeant. He was stationed in Japan during part of the Korean War, and afterward at Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake, Washington, Ethan Allen Air Force Base in Burlington, in Portland, Oregon, as part of the Portland Air Defense Command, and finally at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

He was married in 1956 to Dorothy (Logan) Klingeman of Othello, Washington, with whom he had six children. They settled in Othello in 1960, where he worked at Broadway Lumber Co.

In 1971, he moved to Madras to manage the Copeland Lumber Yard.

In 1975, he remarried to Jeanette (Houston) Lane of Madras, Oregon. In 1986, he became the manager at Miller Lumber Co. in Madras, from where he retired in 2003.

Mr. Allard enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and working in the yard and garden. He was an avid football fan and food enthusiast. He also loved traveling and visiting his siblings in Vermont and Florida, and his children and grandchildren in both Oregon and Washington. He was active in the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Madras, and as a member of the local Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jeanette (Houston) Allard of Madras; his brothers: Armand Allard and his wife, Yvette, of Pinellas Park, Florida, Robert Allard and his wife, Audrey, of Clearwater, Florida, Donald Allard and his wife, Pauline, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Michael Allard and his wife, Monique, of Newport; his sister Therese Tanguay of Newport; his six children: Steven Allard and his wife, Pamela, of Madras, Mark Allard and his wife, Susan, of Othello, James Allard of Kirkland, Washington, Scott Allard and his wife, Saundra, of Culver, Oregon, Cheryl Latschaw of Orting, Washington, and Susan and her husband, Dan Huntzinger, of Othello; two stepsons: Jeff Lane of Prineville, Oregon, and Dan Lane and his wife, Colleen, of Lake Oswego, Oregon; and by eight grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial ceremony will be performed at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the American Heart Association, or to Cornerstone Baptist Church of Madras.

obit AshakGeorge H. Ashak

George H. Ashak, 89, of Newport died on January 16, 2015, after a brief illness.

He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on February 12, 1925, to Peter and Anna (Gokas) Ashak.

He was the husband to the love of his life, Julia (Chesnavich), who died in 1989.

He attended Thomaston High School and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Mr. Ashak worked at Southern New England Telephone Co., and retired from Southern Bell in Hollywood, Florida, before settling in Vermont.

He was a lifelong gardener, avid weight lifter, and loving father.

He is survived by five loving children: George Ashak and his wife, Lolita, of Hawaii, Cynthia Fretts and her husband, John, of Connecticut, Karen Delaney and her husband, John, of Florida, Janet Evans and her husband, Al, of Wisconsin, and Darlene Dahlin and her husband, Don, of Vermont; his daughter-in-law Sally Ashak of Vermont; 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his dear son, William Ashak; his brother John Ashak; and by his sister Ernestine Ford.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DuquetteLewis Alfred Duquette

Lewis Alfred (Dad, Duke, Big Duke, Dukey, Pepere, Mim) Duquette of Barton died on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the age of 76.

He was born on July 24, 1938, son of Lionel and Rachel (Labounty) Duquette.

He grew up on South Street in Orleans, along with everyone else who was born in Orleans. He graduated from Orleans High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served four years.

He met his wife-to-be, Nancy Talmadge, while serving at Tindale Air Force base in Panama City, Florida. He brought her home to Vermont, married her on June 3, 1961, and started a family, nine months and three days later.

He worked at Ethan Allen, hung and taped sheet rock for Harry Dayo around the Burlington area, and when there was nothing in the Burlington area, he became the farm manager for Vermont Farms Inc., owned by Doc Churchill and John Simons Sr., for 20 years. He went to work as a carpenter, and then worked for Barton Electric until his retirement.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #23 and was also a charter member of the American Legion Breakfast Club Crew, “Papa Pancake.”

Mr. Duquette was a master model railroader, spending thousands of hours on his layout building cars, buildings, painting scale figures, etc. He was obviously a very patient man, scrolling pieces of wood to make beautiful figurines and wall hangings, many that took tens of hours to finish.

Ultimately his real passion was his family and friends. Call him for help and he would be there. Playing pitch and having a few grogs at the Legion with some of his best friends was the best medicine for him when his health started to catch up with him. He really looked forward to spitting and sputtering over the card table with his good friends. Thanks, you guys.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Duquette; his children: Jim Duquette of Orleans, Beth Morin and her husband, Jim, of Westmore, Jeeni Duquette of Barton, and Ryan Duquette and his wife, Christie, of Orleans; his grandchildren: Matt Morin, Hunter Duquette, and Mara Duquette; his sister Gloria Whittemore of Glover; his sister-in-law Louise Duquette of Irasburg; and by his special family friends, Carole Hamel and Deb Chaput.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lionel and Rachel; his favorite uncle, Uncle Noke; his brother Roger; his son-in-law Michael Beemer; and by his great friend, Lyman Sprout.

There will be no calling hours or funeral, per his request, but he didn’t say we can’t all get together, have a few laughs, eat some food, have a toast, and celebrate. Join us on Saturday, January 31, at 2 p.m., at the American Legion Post #23 Orleans.

Donations may be made to Sons of the American Legion Post #23, Attention: Jim Duquette, 46 South Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit FecteauPaul Allen Fecteau

Paul Allen Fecteau, 63, of Holland died on January 13, 2015, at his home.

He was born on December 22, 1951, in Derby, to Albert and Ruby (Tice) Fecteau.

He was a logger and over the road truck driver for many years. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, ice fishing, and spending time outdoors.

He was Holland Road Commissioner for ten years.

He is survived by his wife, Suzette Fecteau, of Newport; ten stepchildren; his siblings: Dean Fecteau and his wife, Gail, of Coventry, Carol Poutre and her husband, Denis, of Irasburg, Bonnie Bowen of Stow, Massachusetts, Randy Fecteau and his wife, Barbara, of Holland, Donna Quinn and her husband, John, of Derby, Larry Fecteau of Glover, and Tonya Fecteau of Newport Center; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his former wife Vicky Fecteau of Holland.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

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obit FugereGiles H. Fugere

Giles H. Fugere, 90, of Newport died on January 13, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 24, 1924, in Montreal, Quebec, to Aime and Josephine (L’Hereault) Fugere.

On June 16, 1951, he married Antoinette (Toni) Leblanc, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #21 of Newport, and a past member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155.

He enjoyed his fishing camp on Newark Pond, hunting, and traveling with his wife to Florida for the past 13 years, and also visiting different states, and Australia.

He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and he enjoyed family gatherings, especially time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Toni Fugere, of Newport; his daughter Denise Robillard and her husband, Bernard, of Irasburg; his grandchildren: Irene and her husband, Chris Hughes, of Maine, Martine and her husband, Nick Antell, of Minnesota, Patrick Robillard and his fiancée, Cara Gannon, of Massachusetts, and Philip Robillard and his fiancée, McKenzie Vaughn, of New York; his great-grandchildren: Cameron Hughes, Nolan Hughes, and Mason Antell; his sister Agnes Brewer and her husband, Elwin, of Newport; and by his sisters-in-law: Mathilda and Juanita Fugere.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Gilberte Beaulieu, Theresa Mills, Marie Keroack, Jeannine Fugere, Aime Jr., Louis and Roger.

Funeral services were held on January 17, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, with full military honors.

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obit LaroseJanice A. Larose

Janice A. Larose, 60, of Barton died on January 12, 2015, at her home.

She was born on August 28, 1954, in Sacramento, California, to Raymond Daigle and the late Jeanne (Deamer) Daigle.

In 1981, she married Clarence “Buzzy” Larose.

She was currently secretary for Carl’s Equipment in Barton, where she worked for over 20 years.

She enjoyed going to the family camp on Crystal Lake and traveling to Maine for summer vacations. She enjoyed making crafts: stained glass, Christmas wreaths, Christmas gifts, and attending ceramic classes.

She was very friendly, always willing to lend a hand, and was very kind hearted. She loved her family and always put them first.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence “Buzzy” Larose, of Barton; her children: Christopher Larose of Newport Center, and Monica Larose of Burlington; her grandchildren: Dylan Poginy, Kayana Larose, Kaylene Larose, and Kaydriene Larose; her father, Raymond Daigle, of Connecticut; her siblings: Michael Daigle and his wife, Meghan, of Connecticut, Robert Daigle and his wife, Debbie, of Connecticut, John Daigle and his wife, Pam, of Connecticut, Anthony Daigle and his wife, Julie Stephenson Daigle, of Norwich, Brian Daigle of Florida, Susan Brousseau and her husband, Richard, of Connecticut, Kathy Blake of Connecticut, and Linda Petricola and her husband, Dennis, of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on January 17, in Barton.

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Obituaries January 14, 2015

obit CuttingLynette Kay Cutting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obit DentelMarcene Alyce Dentel

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

She was born in Dodge, Nebraska, in 1922.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit jaworskiKathryn Ann “Kato” Jaworski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorothy D. Jones

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

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

She was a 1944 graduate of Peoples Academy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.

obit PerreaultRose-Ange Lanctot Perrault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RoundVera Janet “Jan” Round

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norman Kenneth Wilson Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Obituaries January 7, 2015

obit BuckMaria B. Buck

Maria B. Buck, 73, of Newport Center died peacefully on December 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 3, 1941, to Gerard and Bella (Bedard) Brochu.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1959.

On January 9, 1993, she married Charles Buck, who survives her.

She worked as co-owner and bookkeeper for C&D Starter Shop, Inc., from where she retired in 2008. She was a member of the Bobbin Mill Players, where she was a singer for 12 years. Her hobbies included painting, collecting dolls, flower gardening, bird watching, singing, and doing word search puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Buck, of Newport Center; her children: Carmen Marie Doe and her husband, Earl, and Robin Jean Buck; her stepchildren: Alan Buck and his wife, Jodye, Eric Buck and his companion, Kathy, Keith Buck, and Aaron Buck and his wife, Donna; her grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, and Ravyn Bowen; her step-grandchildren: Sheena Lanoue, Shauna Book, Alan Buck II, Cheyenne Buck, Alicia Buck, Shawn Buck, Wyatt Buck, Meira Buck, Nicholas Buck, Ross Lowery, Aidan Lowery, Taylor Bressette, Logan Limoge, and Gavin Lanoue; her brothers and sisters: Rene Brochu, Gerard Brochu, Stephen Brochu, Alfred Brochu, John Brochu, Eva Brochu, Anna Sanville, Clara Brochu, Rita Choquette, Lea Cook, Martha Dupont, Theresa Round, and Patricia Mann; and by her extended family, Randall family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit BucklandCharles Scott Buckland Jr.

Charles Scott Buckland Jr., 31, died suddenly on December 18, 2014, at his St. Albans residence.

He was born on October 13, 1983.

Mr. Buckland loved life, children, family, and friends, young and old. Football was his favorite time of the year for sports. He was an avid Redskins fan. He could make anyone smile in an instant; and he always gave a helping hand no matter the conditions. He was a Christian and baptized in Jesus’ name. He was saved, thank you Lord. He had also accomplished his GED and high school diploma. He was a loving son, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his father, Charles Scott Buckland Sr., and stepmother Catherine Buckland of Lafayette Indiana; his mother, Shari McAllister, and her significant other, David Parenteau, of Newport; his stepfather Mark McAllister of Barton; his brothers: Josh McAllister and his wife, Casey Burke, Nathan and Max Motto of Indiana, and Pete Moore of New Mexico; his sisters: Carrie McAllister of Connecticut, Gretchen Garrison of Maine, Tara Patten of Derby, Summer, Savannah, and Shauna Agee of Missouri; his grandmother Gloria Reynolds and her husband, Brad, of Newport; his step-moms: Denise Jones of Missouri, and Maria Motto of Indiana; his aunts: Julie Piper of South Carolina, and Dorothy and her husband, Junior Blake, of Quebec, Canada; his uncles: Jon Piper of North Carolina, Craig and his wife, Becky Buckland, Ron and and his wife, Rochelle Moss, and Allen and his wife, Venyse Moss, all of Florida; and by his girlfriend, Megan Jefferson, and her daughter, Brooke.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, George Wright Buckland Sr. and Irwin Piper; his grandmother Jennie Buckland; and by his great-grandmother Laura Lontine.

A ceremonial celebration of his life will be shared at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Saturday, January 10, at 2 p.m. Bring a memory and expect a hug!

Donations in his name may be sent to 1003 Main Street, #3, Lafayette, Indiana, 47901; or on Charles Buckland Sr.’s Facebook donation page to help with the costs are greatly welcome.

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obit BusheyFrederick Armand Bushey

Frederick Armand Bushey, 83, of Newport Center died on December 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 30, 1931, in St. Albans, to Raymond and Elodia (Juneau) Bushey.

On June 11, 1955, he married the former Norma Partlow, who survive him.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1989 from the U.S. Customs Service as port director. He was a member of the American Legion of North Troy, Jay Peak Post #28, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport, and a former member of the Elks Club #2155 of Newport.

He enjoyed golfing, biking, cross-country skiing, and photography.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Bushey, of Newport Center; his daughter Deborah Poulin of Derby; his grandchildren: Joshua Poulin and his wife, Jen, of Derby, Jenna Poutre and her husband, Matthew, of Derby, and Jeret Bushey and his wife, Katelyn, of Irasburg; seven great-grandchildren: Mya, Star, Quinne, Hudson, Jaida, Henry, and Connor; his sister Marguerite Shoerlin of Ridge, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Frederick E. Bushey; his grandson Frederick Bushey II; and by three brothers: Clarence, Edmond, and Francis.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Societies, Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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obit CadieuxJohn Cadieux

John Paul Cadieux of Newport died peacefully on December 28, 2014, at age 90.

Born in Richford, the eldest of ten children of Pierre and Marie (Benoit) Cadieux, he was raised in North Troy. One day after his high school graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for three years in the Pacific Theater, including on Guam. He was always very proud of his service as a SeaBee.

Upon his return to North Troy in 1946, he noticed that his good friend Jack Starr’s little sister Ida had grown up quite a bit. Mr. Cadieux and Ida Mae Starr married that fall, and shared 68 years together.

He returned to work at the family business, Cadieux’s Grain Store, and upon his father’s untimely death, he became manager of the feed store at a young age.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and hiker and a charter investor in a new business in the area — Jay Peak Ski Area. He served on Jay Peak’s very first ski patrol.

After years of difficulty having a child, Mr. and Mrs. Cadieux adopted a baby boy, Peter John. Two years later, Mrs. Cadieux gave birth to daughter Barbara Jean, completing the young family. In 1962, after the sale of the feed and grain business, the family moved to Colebrook, New Hampshire, where Mr. Cadieux was hired as the manager of the Bailey feed store. Bailey was absorbed by Wirthmore, who kept him on. In 1968, Wirthmore was bought out by Agway, and Mr. Cadieux was named manager of their Newport store, meaning that he and the family could return to their beloved Northeast Kingdom, close to their large, extended families.

Mr. Cadieux remained in Newport the rest of his life; a hardworking, honest, well-respected business manager. Later, he also worked at, among other places, Space Research in Jay and, after retirement, part-time at Starr’s Transportation in North Troy.

He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver in recent years, Ida; his son Peter and his wife, Susan Brecht-Cadieux, of Plattsburgh, New York; his granddaughters Maria Cadieux of Plattsburgh and her boyfriend, Chris LeClair, Hana Cadieux of Yarmouth, Maine, and her fiancé, Scott McQuilkin, and Greta Gilmore of Melbourne, Australia, and her husband, Dylan Gilmore; numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws who have been very close; and by many friends and neighbors who have been special and helpful to him through a long and difficult decline.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Barbara; and by his siblings: Laurent “Peter” Cadieux, Madeline “Peanut” Cushing, Valida Spooner and Yvonne Briggs.

Memorial services were held on January 3, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice or the American Legion Post #28 in North Troy, where Mr. Cadieux was a continuous member for over 70 years.

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obit CushingClaudette Cushing

Claudette Cushing, 60, of West Glover died suddenly on December 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 30, 1954, in New York City, New York, to Dominick and Tatijana (Papedis) Cervone.

She married Alfred Cushing, who predeceased her on September 1, 2009.

Her hobbies included collecting cookbooks and recipes, and gardening.

She is survived by her son Daniel Cushing and his wife, Julie, of Island Pond; and by her fiancé, Rodney Libbey, of West Glover. She had many dear friends who she loved very much.

She was predeceased by one brother.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit DavisRoy Grover Davis

Roy Grover Davis, 89, of Derby Line died peacefully on December 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 25, 1925, in Heathton, Quebec, to Ernest and Elizabeth (Pomeroy) Davis.

On August 15, 1953, he married the love of his life, Shirley Canning, who survives him.

He attended school in Heathton, and he went to McDonald College in Montreal, Quebec, where he studied agriculture, and Cornell University, where he received his license to be an AI (artificial insemination) technician. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Derby Line, since 1959.

He served as a director for the National Resources Conservation Board, Agway, Eastern AI, and Cabot Creamery Co-op for 15 years. He was a member of the Order of Elks #2155 of Newport, and attended the Stanstead South United Church in Rock Island, Quebec. Most recently, he attended church at the Morgan Church in Morgan.

After his family, maple sugaring was his passion. He won “Best of Show” at the Barre Farm Show a few years ago and numerous class awards throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Davis, of Derby Line; his children: Bryan Davis and his wife, Susan, of Derby, Sharon Sykes and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line, Sherry Davis Wilson and her husband, Steve Wilson, of Wrentham, Massachusetts, and Debra Batista and her husband, Jose, of Derby; his grandchildren: Jeremy Davis and his wife, Jen, Brandy Flynn and her husband, Nick, Hillary Davis, Shaun Sykes and his significant other, Erica Page, Barry Sykes and his wife, Lyndsay, Joslyn Letourneau and her husband, Justin, Colin Sykes and his fiancée, Elisa Napolitano, Jarrett Wilson, Jessica Wilson, Grace Davis Wilson, Jonathan Batista and his fiancée, Kristine Capino, and Adam Batista; his great-grandchildren: Lauryn Flynn, Myra Davis, Lilly Letourneau, Avery Sykes, Oliver Sykes, Aiden and Brynn; his sister-in-law Mildred Davis of Westmore; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Helen, Avery, Ruth, Melville, Ernestine, Martha, Alfred, Harold, and Myra.

Funeral services were held on December 26, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit foster 2Elsie “Elsa” May Cross Foster

Elsa May Foster, 88, died peacefully at her home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on January 1, 2015.

She was born on May 26, 1926, in St. Johnsbury, the third of four children born to George Alba Cross and Mary Mathilda Jane Goings.

She attended school in Vermont, graduating high school from Barton Academy in 1944.

In August of 1945, she married Neil Lewis Cass. They had three children before divorcing in 1953.

In 1954, she married Calvin Taylor Bean, and three children were born from that union as well. They raised their children in various locations in Vermont and Maine before moving to Utah in 1976. Shortly thereafter, they divorced.

She then married William “Bill” P. Foster on February 25, 1983, and they were later sealed as eternal companions in the Salt Lake Temple. In the ensuing years, they lived in Salt Lake City, Roy, and Vernal, Utah, Elko, Nevada, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

She enjoyed being a mother and loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

She liked meeting new people and made friends easily. Once most of the children were grown, she ventured out into the workforce where she applied her many talents and abilities working in sales, marketing, office management, private home health care, and property management. She found great satisfaction and personal growth during this time.

She had a beautiful voice and loved singing and listening to music. She enjoyed her home, the beauties of nature — particularly plants, flowers and birds — and had a great love for her pets. Her favorite pastimes were traveling, reading and writing poetry and children’s stories. She will always be remembered for her sharp wit, humor, and contagious laugh.

She was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully for many years in various organizations including Primary, Sunday School, Relief Society, Singing Mothers, and as a Stake Missionary. She became a “second mother” to many sister missionaries who lived in her home during their missions in Salt Lake. While living in Vernal, she and Mr. Foster served as ordinance workers in the Vernal Utah Temple, which was the highlight of their service in the church.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Ralph Leland Cross; a sister, Betty Ruth Quinn; and, most recently, by a special niece, Melody Ann Barrett.

obit Foster 1She is survived by her loving husband, Bill; her children: Dolores Jean Hodgkin and her husband, Perley, of Saco, Maine, David Ralph Bean and his wife, Irene, of Biddeford, Maine, Linda Rae Mauer and her husband, James, of Spokane, Washington, Julie Anne Mecham and her husband, Rick, of Spring, Texas, Richard Calvin Bean and his wife, Diane, of North Salt Lake, Utah, and Brian Edmund Bean and his wife, Kathy, of Bartlesville; her two stepchildren: Monty Jake Foster and his wife, Sharon, of Springville, Utah, and Rosemarie Bialaski and her husband, Mike, of Livonia, Missouri; her sister Barbara Ellen Barrett of Mendon, Massachusetts; and by her 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Services were held on January 6, in Bartlesville. A graveside service will be held on January 8, at 2 p.m., at Rock Point Cemetery in Maeser, Utah.

obit GriffinDr. Ray Evan Griffin

Dr. Ray Evan Griffin died on December 21, 2014, at his home in Glover.

He was born in Newport Center on January 1, 1922, the fourth child of Grace Rogers and Ray Elwin Griffin.

At the age of four, he moved with his family to Albany, where he entered the Albany Village School. When he was seven, the family moved to Barton, where he entered Barton Academy and Graded School, from which he graduated in 1940. He continued his education, attending Lyndon Normal School until Pearl Harbor, when he left to take up the machinist trade at the old Merckland Plant in Barton. He then received employment at the Jones and Lamson Machine Company in Springfield, as an expediter.

On January 4, 1944, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force and attended radio operator mechanic school, graduating in June of 1945 at Scott Field, Illinois. His post graduation orders were to train on a B29 crew to go to the Pacific Theater. Those orders were ultimately cancelled with the dropping of the atomic bomb, and he was sent to the ETO (European Theater of Operations) in the occupation forces.

In the interim, he married his high school sweetheart, Olive Urie, RN, on September 22, 1945, at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church. They celebrated their sixty-ninth anniversary.

In Europe, Mr. Griffin served in the 61st Troop Service Squadron and then went on detached service to the U.S. Navy, serving as a radio operator on the private C47 of Res. Admiral William Glassford, commander of Naval forces in the ETO. During this service, he visited seven different countries and had the opportunity to attend the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany.

Mr. Griffin was discharged on May 25, 1946, from the Army Air Force and returned to the Jones and Lamson Machine Company for the next three years. In the fall of 1949, he was admitted to the University of Vermont (UVM), from which he graduated in 1953 with a B.A. degree, majoring in zoology, while taking the pre-dental curriculum. At UVM, he played on the varsity golf team and was a student assistant in the zoology lab. He qualified for the dean’s list in his final semester. While in college, he served in the Air National Guard from October of 1949 to January of 1951, when he was honorably discharged to continue his college education.

He was accepted to Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1957 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He also received the Harry E. Latchman Award for complete oral rehabilitation. He also received an honorary degree from Lyndon State College in May of 2013.

Dr. Griffin opened his practice in Bellows Falls in 1957 and with his family resided in Saxtons River. He retired in 1987 and in 1994 he and Mrs. Griffin moved to Tranquility Farm in West Glover, where they ran a bed, breakfast and birding inn for a few years and also maintained a tree farm.

Dr. Griffin was very active in sports. In grade school, he played on a PeeWee hockey team and in high school he lettered in basketball, baseball, and golf, winning the Vermont State High School Golf Championship his junior year. He played varsity basketball at Lyndon Normal School and played on the Jones and Lamson softball and basketball teams. He qualified for the Vermont Amateur Golf Tournament in 1949 and also played on the UVM golf team. He was very competitive in golfing circles, winning the Vermont Medical Dental and the Vermont Medical Dental Seniors and the Vermont Seniors. In 1970, he scored a hole in one on the ninth hole of the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield. He took up both downhill and cross-country skiing and skied for a number of years at Ascutney Mountain with his family. He coached Little League baseball in Bellows Falls and graded school basketball in Saxtons River.

He belonged to a number of churches throughout his lifetime including Barton Congregational, Springfield Congregational, Towson Presbyterian in Maryland, Christ’s Church in Saxtons River, and West Glover Congregational. At Christ’s Church, he taught Sunday School and served on numerous committees including council, building, trustees, outreach, Christian education, and investments.

Dr. Griffin was a trustee of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the Rotary in Bellows Falls, and he was a courtesy staff member and member of the Bellows Falls Chamber of Commerce and later the Barton Country Club. In Saxtons River he was chairman of fund-raising for the Boy Scouts of America, he delivered meals on wheels, transported dialysis and other patients, treated low-income patients, and was general dentist for Kurn Hattin Homes and the Vermont Academy. During the years of his practice, he was always available to lend a helping hand.

Dr. Griffin was a member of the American Legion Barton Post #76 and a charter member of the World War II Memorial. He was a life member of the Vermont Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He served on the State Dental Health and Ethics Committee and as director of the Vermont Delta Dental.

The Griffins took off bird-watching in 1979 and traveled extensively throughout the lower 48 states, sightseeing and searching for bird species, accumulating a bird list of 600-plus species before his search was cut short by health problems. They belonged to the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, Northeast Kingdom Audubon, the American Birding Association, the Brookline Bird Club, VINS Nature Conservancy, and other birding and conservancy groups.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Olive Urie Griffin, of West Glover; his children: Ronald of Brookville, Maryland, Robert and his wife, Kathy, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, Judy McKelvey and her husband, George, of Newport, and Becky Tobey of Woodstock. Marty Hammond, Pam Hinds, Peter Tobey, and Marsha Wilmot also survive him. He is survived by his grandchildren: Annaliese, Jennie, and Lauren Griffin, Benjamin and Adam Griffin, Ellen and Sarah Griffin, Meredith McKelvey and Evan, Eric, and Hannah Tobey; his only great-grandchild, Porter Juneseo Lee; his sisters-in-law: Joyce Hanson, Faye Valley, Shirley Urie, Janet Griffin, and Peggy Griffin; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Elwin, Everett, and Eldon; his sisters: Ruth Babcock, and Charlotte Cloutier; his brothers-in-law: Raoul Cloutier, Frank Babcock, Albert Urie, Alan Urie, and Larry Valley; his sister-in-law Marion Urie; and by his son Rodney Everett Griffin in 2011.

A memorial service was held on December 27, in West Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mount Ascutney Audubon Society, P.O. Box 191, Springfield, Vermont 05156; or to the Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society, 1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Glover Ambulance Service, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Spring interment will be in Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.

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obit KilburnPaul R. Kilburn Sr.

Paul R. Kilburn Sr., 66, of Barton died on January 1, 2015, at his home in Barton.

He was born on October 27, 1948, in Burlington, to Norman and Muretta (LaFrance) Stockwell.

On December 24, 2005, he married Barbara Merchant, who survives him.

He was employed at one time at Pearless Clothing in St. Albans.

He enjoyed hunting and watching old Western movies on television.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kilburn, of Barton; his children: Paul Kilburn Jr., AJ Kilburn, Kelly Flood and her husband, Glen, and Shane Percy; his grandchildren: Kelly, John, Dale, Alex, Nevaeh, and Katrina; his mother-in-law, Ethel Sweeney; and by his siblings: Bob, Steve, and Kevin Kilburn, Cheryl Lussier, Ida Westover, and Jane Darling.

He was predeceased by his brother Albert.

Calling hours were held in Baron on January 6.

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obit LeBlancYvette Campbell LeBlanc

Yvette Campbell LeBlanc, 90 of Newport died on January 4, 2015.

She was born in Newport on January 20, 1924, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. She was the fourth of seven children.

She attended Sacred Heart School.

On September 30, 1950, she married Wilfred LeBlanc. Together they owned a dairy farm in Westfield, and later owned an agricultural equipment business serving area dairy farmers.

She and her husband adopted twin sons Alfred and Anthony. Mrs. and Mr. LeBlanc worked together to build the house on the Lake Road in Newport, where they lived for many years.

In retirement, they enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards with friends and family, and they spent many winters in Florida in their motor home.

Mrs. LeBlanc loved gardening and preserving the produce that she grew by canning and freezing her fruits and vegetables. She loved her Doberman pinscher named Missy.

She was a devout Roman Catholic and a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’ s Star of the Sea in Newport. She was also a lifelong member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She enjoyed wonderful care in her final years, living at Michaud Manor in Derby Line, then later at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.

She is survived by her son Anthony Leblanc of Reno, Nevada; her brother John Campbell of Newport; her sisters: Carmen Sheltra of Indiantown, Florida, and Dolores Lantagne and her husband, Clarence, of Newport; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred; her son Alfred; her brother Ange-Emile Campbell; and by her sisters: Yolande Howe and Bibianne Lamarche.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Newport on Thursday, January 8, at 11 a.m. Friends may also call at the Curtis- Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, preceding the funeral Mass on January 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Spring internment will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Cemetery in Newport.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Mary Star of the Sea Tree of Life Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit macieArland Donald Macie

Arland Donald Macie of Orleans died on December 19, 2014, at the age of 86.

He resided at the Bel-Aire Health Care Center in Newport for the past two years.

He was born on January 1, 1928, in Irasburg. He was the oldest child of Gilbert Henry Macie and Lillian Olive Coapland. His younger sisters were Berdina (Macie) Maxwell, and Beverly Macie. He lived most of his life in Vermont and was known to say, “There is no better place to be than in Vermont.”

In 1947, Mr. Macie purchased a farm with his parents in Coventry. In 1952, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served in the Korean War. In the midst of the conflict, he ran communication wires for 21 months. He then remained in the Reserves for a few more years. Upon returning home, he renewed his friendship with the love of his life, Kathryn Janet Norris, whom he had met at the Eureka Grange 480 in Coventry.

They were married on June 28, 1953, and soon after they had four children. The most important values of Mr. Macie’s life were God, family, and friends. Matthew 22:37-39: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Mr. Macie lived this well.

Mr. Macie was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 30, 1963. Together with his wife and family, they were sealed together for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple in Utah in 1964. He served in many church callings throughout his membership. These are a few of the highlights: In June of 1998, with his wife, they served a mission in Texas and then toured the United States visiting many of the temples built at that time; in April of 2000, he was called as president of the Newport branch, to serve as a leader of the people he loved; and in 2002, he served as an ordinance worker for the Montreal, Quebec, temple. He enjoyed all of his callings and served willingly. But most of all he took his calling as a home teacher very seriously, for he visited individual families every month, faithfully, to see if their needs were met. Many times, he gave his time and love in furnishing firewood or by any other means he could.

Throughout his life, he was active in his community with his wife. To name a few, in the Grange, and in the Boy Scouts Parents Club. But one thing he loved more than most was to be a member of The North Country Swingers. He started dancing in 1973 and graduated in 1974. He danced until 2009, approximately. He would not miss a Monday night dance no matter how hard he had worked that day. He loved the people and good clean fun.

Most people knew Mr. Macie for his life of hard work. He loved Vermont and the land he owned and worked along with his beautiful wife. He was a farmer in addition to working at Ethan Allen and Indian Head. He retired from Newport Furniture Parts. He ran a chainsaw until he had a stroke two years ago. He would not let his wife get cold.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Janet (Norris) Macie of Coventry. The heritage he will be missed by includes his children and their spouses and families: his daughter Terry Ashman and her daughter Virginia; his daughter Debra Cobb and her children: Nathan, Arla, Deanna, Patience, and Justin; his son Richard and his wife, Linn Macie, and their children: Debbie, Heath, Jacob, Derrick, and Allison; his daughter Sue and her husband, Joseph Simpson, and their children: Alina, Desiree, and Logan; and by his 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings.

We honor your great example and will always love you. Till we meet again.

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

Carolyn Lorraine Marsh

Carolyn Lorraine Marsh, 73, of Derby Line, and recently of the Union House in Glover, died on December 22, 2014.

She was born on February 8, 1941, to the late Carmi and Dorothy Marsh.

She graduated from Newport High School and attended Lyndon State College.

She held several various employments but enjoyed retirement best. In recent years, she resided at the Union House Nursing Home and considered the people there to be her extended family and she was especially fond of Sally and Sharon.

She loved to read, and she became the historian of the family with her camera. She was very proud of her nieces’, nephews’, and great-nephews’ academic and athletic honors, telling everyone of their latest accomplishments.

She leaves her brother Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife of Derby Line; much-loved friend Pierrette; her sister Judith Hughes of Lyndonville; and several nieces, one nephew and one great-niece.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carmi and Dorothy Marsh; and by her brother-in-law Mark Hughes.

There will be no service at this time.

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

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obit MasonTerrill D. Mason Jr.

Terrill D. Mason Jr., 73, died peacefully at home in North Troy, on December 26, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in North Troy, to Terrill and Arline Mason, in 1941.

During his childhood and teens, he worked on local farms helping with haying and chores after going to school and during summers. He later worked for the Blair Veneer Mill, until he joined the U.S. Army in 1963. After doing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed in Korea for about 13 months. He ended up at the Atlanta Army Depot in Forest Park, Georgia.

On February 12, 1966, he married Elizabeth Jean Mason, in a ceremony at the Army base. When discharged from the U. S. Army in August of 1966, he went to work for Tri State Tractor Company in Atlanta, Georgia, as a heavy equipment mechanic until August of 1972, when the couple moved to North Troy, to be near his family.

Mr. Mason started working for Desmarais Equipment in September of 1972 as a mechanic and continued there until his retirement in July of 2002.

He was a great mechanic. He rebuilt a Massey Ferguson tractor from bottom to top so he could use it for tractor pulling at the fairs. His tractor has been admired by many people at the tractor pulls. If anyone had a question about tractors, they could just ask him. Many customers at Desmarais counted on him to get them going.

He has been a member of the American Legion in North Troy since moving to Vermont in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Mason, and his son Dean Mason, both of North Troy; his sister and her husband, Debbie and Roger Meunier, of Newport Center; his brother Charles Mason of North Troy; his nephews: Scott Meunier and his wife, Jule, of Jay, Marc Meunier of Troy, and David and Steven Tyburski of Massachusetts; his nieces in New York: Tammy Price, Karen Morehouse, and Vicky Loeven; and his brother-in-law James Mason and his wife, Ann, and his sister-in-law Cathy Pridgen and her husband, Doug, and their families, all of Mobile, Alabama.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Phyllis Tyburski; and by his brother Gilbert Mason.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Newport. Spring interment with full military honors will be in the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, 133 Vermont Route 243, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit MedorFrancis Paul Medor

Francis Paul Medor, 72, of West Glover died at his home on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Medor was born to Frank and Annette Medor on August 10, 1942, in Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated from Bergen Catholic School in Oradell, New Jersey.

He was self-employed as a public accountant for 40 years, first in Rutland, and later in West Glover. He was a member of the National Society of Public Accountants.

Mr. Medor was an active member of the Holy Trinity Parish and his faith in God was a very important part of his life and strength.

Mr. Medor married the love of his life, Sue Kennedy Medor, on November 16, 1985. From the moment they met, they worked side by side for 30 years. They spent many years following their adventurous spirit, by moving to live in Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma before settling in West Glover.

One of the enjoyments of his life was his love of sports, especially his beloved New York Giants. He always enjoyed his Ford trucks, riding horses, grandchildren visiting, his dogs, reading books, and building and taking care of his home. He loved his work and his ability to help people solve issues.

Survivors include his wife, Sue, of West Glover; a brother, Alan Medor, and his wife, Tammy, of Brandon; his children: Lisa Holihan and her husband, Thomas, of Massapequa, New York, Francis Medor and his wife, Andrea, of Phillipsburgh, New Jersey, and Bridget Jakubowski and her husband, Jake, of Rutland; and his four beautiful grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, on January 10, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, or in memory of Mr. Medor, may be made to the Glover Ambulance, P.O. Box 64, West Glover, Vermont 05875; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obi RiendeauBernard Alfred Riendeau Sr.

Bernard Alfred Riendeau Sr., 63, of Albany died on December 28, 2014, in Craftsbury.

He was born on May 23, 1951, in Barnston, Quebec, to Arsene and Alberta (Larochelle) Riendeau.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School.

On July 26, 1975, he married Paulette LeBlanc, who survives him.

He enjoyed farming, raising Alpacas, and playing his accordion and harmonica. He loved his church and church family with all his heart. He also helped anyone in need and enjoyed spreading the gospel to others.

He was owner of Black River Equipment, where he sold farm equipment and holistic medicine for animals. He was always agriculturally minded and was a charter member of the Barton Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Riendeau, of Albany; his children: David Riendeau of Craftsbury Common, Daniel Riendeau and his wife, Jennifer, of Albany, and Jeremy Riendeau of Albany; his siblings: Andre Riendeau of Quebec, Canada, Rene Riendeau and his wife, Gloria, of Connecticut, Richard Riendeau of Connecticut, Louise Riendeau of Quebec, Diane Riendeau of Quebec, and Danielle Couture and her husband, Norman, of Barre; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Bernard Riendeau Jr. on June 12, 1998; and by his sisters: Carmen Pouliot and Claire Inkel.

A funeral service will be held on May 9, at 10 a.m., at the Albany Elementary School gymnasium. Burial will follow at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Baptist Church for helping in the mission field, Route 16, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit rockwellRichard Rockwell

Richard Rockwell, 68, died peacefully on December 24, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice in Edgewater, Florida, lovingly surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 2, 1946, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Charles and Grace Marjorie Rockwell.

He married Georgette Perron on February 4, 1989, and resided in Barton, and more recently in Edgewater during the winter months.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood, Orleans Manufacturing, and Weymouth Auto Parts before developing his own business, Lakeside Auto. His love for cars and racing was seen through his work of refurbishing cars and teaching his son Charlie the trade. He took pride in helping his nephews build their dune buggies and was happiest when he had an antique car that he was rebuilding. His passion for cars was clear and came through in all parts of his life.

Mr. Rockwell enjoyed fishing and boating and spent much of his time at the dock with his wife and his family enjoying the view and life on Crystal Lake. He instilled his love for water and fishing to his daughter Angela, and his grandchildren, who all enjoyed fishing with him.

He is survived by his wife, Georgette; his son Charlie and his wife, Jamie, and their daughter Marina; his daughter Angela and her children, Ashley and Cameron; his sister Audrey Rockwell of Barton; his nieces and nephews: Rhonda, Robert Jr., Donald Jr., Wendy, Laura, Steven, and Kelly, and their families; his great-nieces and great-nephews: Garrett, Austin, Ryan, Justin, Dave, Megan, and Brandon; his aunts: Audrey Frank of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Luverne Rockwell of Longlake, New York; his dear friend Ricky Blanchard and his wife, Kim, and their children: Tyler, Abbie, and Isabelle, whom Richard nicknamed Bob; his in-laws: Becky Simino, Royce and Lillian Conley, Stan and Cynthia Swett, Erward and Claire Perron, Larry and Gloria Conley, Edward and Donna Perron, Larry and Theresa Janowski, Donald and Noella Cotnoir, Joslyn Perron and Joe Ouellette, Mark Perron, Lenwood and Tami Perron, and Michael and Regina Cole, and their families; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Donald Rockwell.

A celebration of his life will be held at the East Side Restaurant in Newport on Sunday, January 4, at 1 p.m., with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 8 South Barton Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit turgeon FinnRita Anne Turgeon-Finn

Rita Anne Turgeon-Finn, a graphic designer and communications professional, died unexpectedly on December 19, 2014, at the age of 46.

She was born and raised in Newport, and was a longtime resident of Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Turgeon-Finn worked with Ross Nutrition, a division of Abbott Laboratories, as a senior communications specialist, from 2001 through 2012, working on such campaigns as the Susan Komen Foundation’s Run for the Cure. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a freelance graphic artist and communications specialist, working most recently with Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.

She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, affiliated with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and recently achieved a degree from Columbus State Community College.

She embraced life through creative expressions in her art, photography, poetry, and her never-ending curiosity of the world around her. Examples of her work adorn the homes of many close friends and family, and her blog, phthalo-blue.blogspot.com.

She is survived by her mother, Lise L.M. Turgeon; her four sisters: Carol Castle, Marie Turgeon, Diane Boutin, and Loranne Turgeon; her two brothers-in-law: Paul Castle and Louis Boutin; and by her nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, William, and Grace Castle, and Shawnna and Tyler Jenks. Her father, Gilbert B. Turgeon, died on January 1, 2015. She is also survived by her husband of 11 years, John D. Finn, and his parents, James P. Finn and Susan D. Finn; and by her partner in life, Stephanie Albrecht.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Newport. A memorial was held on January 3, in Worthington, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, 4049 Williston Road, #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05493l, or at www.giv.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit TurgeonGilbert B. Turgeon

Gilbert B. Turgeon, 80, of Newport died at North Country Hospital in Newport, in the early hours of January 1, 2015.

He was born in Barton, to Archibald and Dezilda Turgeon.

His early years were spent on a dairy farm in Newport Center, where a strong work ethic was deeply instilled. He served two years in the United States Army during the German occupation from 1957 to 1959. Upon his return, in 1960, he married Lise Lea Lauzon.

For many years, he owned and operated a mechanic repair shop, and Oliver Tractor dealership, giving much of his time to helping the local farmers and small business owners in the region. He spent winters plowing local yards, and other seasons repairing tractors, trucks, cars, and equipment.

In later years, he enjoyed restoring antique tractors, and competing in the local tractor pulling events. He was part of a team who competed as “The Water Tower Outlaws,” which consisted of Gary Johnson, John Bliss, and Steve Roberts. He could often be found working on these tractors in his garage with his teammates, and good friends, Wendell Ellis and Foster Whipple.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed woodworking. He built many pieces of furniture, which are now cherished by many family members.

He is survived by his wife, Lise Turgeon; his daughters: Carol Castle, Marie Turgeon, Diane Boutin, and Loranne Turgeon. His youngest daughter, Rita Turgeon-Finn, recently died. He is also survived by his sons-in-law: Paul Castle and Louis Boutin; his grandchildren: Shawnna and Tyler Jenks, and Elizabeth, William, and Grace Castle; and by his siblings, and their spouses and families: Lorraine Choquette, Anita Fournier, Roger and Bonnie Turgeon, Roland and Mariette Turgeon, Gerald and Irene Turgeon, and Norman and Mary Turgeon.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Bert Turgeon, Bertha Cotnoir, Donald Turgeon, and Raymond Turgeon.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Newport. Viewing hours will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at the corner of Sias Avenue and Prouty Road. Reception to follow, place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. In this past year, Mr. Turgeon received much help and care from this giving organization, and the family would like to return their generosity.

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Joseph Twofoot

Joseph Twofoot, 58, of Island Pond died on December 29, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 17, 1956, in Newport, to Roland and Kathleen (Etheze) Twofoot.

He attended North Country Union High School and enlisted into the United States Army.

He enjoyed going for walks in the woods and he loved the ocean, especially at Cape Cod.

He is survived by his daughter Jamie Twofoot of Arizona; a brother, Dennis Twofoot, and his wife, Linda, of Standish, Maine; his sisters: Sherry Worth of Maine, Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joe, of Morgan, and Linda Twofoot of Island Pond; his brother-in-law Mark Leavitt; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his very close friends: Jim Parker, Lynn Worth, and Alphonse Stebenne.

He was predeceased by his son Eric several years ago; and by his sister Darlene Leavitt.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater-Dei Parish, St. James the Greater Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WhitehillCarlisle “Carli” Ann Whitehill

Carlisle “Carli” Ann Whitehill, beloved wife of Kenneth Whitehill, of Island Pond, died on January 2, 2015, at Derby Green Nursing Home, with her husband and her son Marty by her side.

She was born on November 11, 1931, in Newport, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Marquis Hildreth) Simons. She grew up in Newport, graduated co-valedictorian in her class from Newport High School in 1949, and then from the University of Vermont, Class of 1953.

On June 20, 1954, she married Marshall R. Frizzell of Woodstock. They had three children: Sharon, Randy, and Marshall. The family lived in several states in the Southeast while her husband was in the army. In 1965, they moved to Island Pond, when he was deployed to Vietnam, where he died in 1966.

She married Kenneth Whitehill of Morgan on December 9, 1967. The family remained in Island Pond.

Mrs. Whitehill taught elementary school in Norton and Morgan, and high school at North Country Union High School and St. Johnsbury Academy. After retiring from teaching, she continued to volunteer at the Brighton Elementary School as well as being a foster parent for over five years. She graduated from the master’s program at Lyndon State College in teaching.

She was a member of the Island Pond Congregational Church and the Random Ladies. She served on the zoning board and as a justice of the peace for the town of Brighton. She was also an avid genealogist,

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter Sharon Podlich and her husband, Chuck, of Orondo, Washington; her son Randy and his wife, Pam, of Delaplane, Virginia; her son Marshall and his wife, Sandy, of Island Pond; her nine grandchildren: Allison Podlich and her husband, Dan Harkey, Hannah Poush and her husband, Adam, Noelle Evans and her husband, Jeff, of Orondo, Laurel Podlich of Bozeman, Montana, Eric Frizzell of Richmond, Virginia, Ryan and Kyle Frizzell of Delaplane, Brittany Frizzell of Island Pond, and Fraser Frizzell of Essex; and by her four great grandchildren: Marshall, Eleanor, and Beckett Poush, and Mojo Harkey, all of Orondo.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 9, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon and the Reverend Richard Whitehill co-officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Adrien Joseph Bisaillon

Adrien Joseph Bisaillon, 93, of Barton died on December 28, 2014, in Barton.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Service

Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

A memorial Mass for Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, at Sacred Heart Church in Troy. A meal and refreshments will be available after Mass at the Parish Center.

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Obituaries December 23, 2014

obit BeaudryRachel Ann Beaudry

Rachel Ann Beaudry, 57, of Mooresville, North Carolina, died on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, North Carolina.

She was born on March 11, 1957, in Newport, to the late Romeo Beaudry and Irene Lathe Beaudry.

She was an accounts payable analyst for Ingersoll Rand.

She is survived by her son Jonas Illingworth; her sisters: Yvette and Doreen Beaudry; her brothers: Lucien, Phillip, Leo, Nelson Beaudry and Theodore Lathe; her niece Gabrielle Loux; and by her nephews Ryan and Zach Beaudry.

She was predeceased by two nieces: Tina Fontaine and Tara Beaudry.

A memorial service was held on December 22, in Mooresville. Services will be held in Vermont at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.cavin-cook.com.

obit BlairAlthea Rae Carr Blair

Althea Rae Carr Blair, 67, of Island Pond died peacefully on December 10, 2014, at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 26, 1946, to Alton and Marion (Damon) Carr.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville. She was a residential counselor at the Northeast Kingdom Human Services, from where she retired in 2011.

She is survived by her children: Carmen Gunn and her partner, Robert DeLaBruere, of Island Pond, Kelly Blair of St. Johnsbury, Holly Blair and her partner, Richard Cole, of St. Johnsbury, and Sarah Blair and her partner, Kyle Lowe, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Robyn Cogle and her husband, Jason, Emma Gunn and her partner, Zack Maxwell, Corey Gunn, Zach Blair, Travis Moulton and his partner, Sierra Phillips, Sierra Moulton, Erin Brunelle, Chelsey Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Kolby Blair, and Adrianna Cole; her great-grandchildren: Kayde Maxwell and Triton Moulton; her siblings: Carolyn Burrlington of Palmer, Texas, John Carr of Poultney, Wayne Carr and his wife, Susan, of East Burke, Mike Carr and his wife, Linda, of West Burke, and Paul Carr and his wife, Sally, of Westmore; several nieces and nephews; and by special, longtime friends: Marya Wing of Island Pond, and Sue MacKay of St. Johnsbury.

A celebration of her life at a later date will be announced. A memorial tree planting will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PionRaymond A. Pion

Raymond A. Pion, 87, of Lowell died on December 17, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on April 20, 1927, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion.

On September 3, 1949, he married the former Gilberte Cabana, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the former Seguin Oil Company, from where he retired after 35 years. He also worked for Kraft Foods, farmed for 20 years, and at one time was employed by the town of Lowell. He was also a logger and hauled milk.

He and his wife enjoyed their family get-togethers. He helped his wife with the family garden and she helped him with the farm work.

He held memberships with St. Ignatius Church in Lowell and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #1157 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Gilberte Pion, of Lowell; his children: Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, of Lowell, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, of Lowell, Denise Pothier and her husband, Andreo, of Newport Center, Robert Pion and his wife, Suzy, of Lowell, and Rejean Pion and his companion, Lorieann Lewiq; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; his brother Roger Pion and his wife, Annette, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 19, in Lowell. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Church, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Obituaries December 17, 2014

obit BonnellJeanne Bonnell

The saying, “When god made you, he broke the mold,” must have been written for Jeanne Bonnell, who was known by many as Jeannie B, Nana, Mom, Auntie, and Madame.

Ms. Bonnell died peacefully on Monday, December 8, 2014. She lived a fulfilling 83 years of life, spending 64 of them with her husband, Art.

They moved to the Northeast Kingdom 35 years ago, on a whim, from Montreal, Quebec, where they were both born and raised. Ms. Bonnell left a well-appointed job as the first female manager at IBM in Canada, which was something she never told people, because, to her, it was not a big deal. When moving to Newport they had no plans, no jobs, just the desire to enjoy life at an early age and to see where the cards would fall.

The cards never fell, they continued to build. Ms. Bonnell spent 27 years at the Community National Bank, where her official title was director of Community Circle, however, she was so much more than that to those she worked with: she was a mentor, a consultant, a shoulder to lean on, the funny lady at the bank, in the eyes of a child, and, quite frankly, to the adults as well.

Her grandson Evan’s post on Facebook summarizes how everyone who had the privilege of knowing Ms. Bonnell feels: “I don’t usually write these sorts of things but that lovely, spunky, funny, caring, and stubborn lady helped shape me into the man I am today. May you rest in comfort and peace and know that all of us down here thank you for everything you’ve done for us and taught us throughout your incredible journey on earth. I love you, Nana, to the end of the earth and back, and I’ll miss you dearly but know that every life you touched was that much better for you being a part of it. We’ll be seeing you, make sure you save us a seat up there ;)”.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; her son Garry and his wife, Lynda; her daughter Judy; her daughter Sandra and her husband, Walter; her granddaughter Amanda and her husband, Miguel; her grandsons: Evan, and Alex and his wife, Lauren; and her first great-grandchild, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Country Hospital Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Bonnell’s wishes were to have a gathering in the spring to celebrate her life. Details will be announced at a later date.

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obit BrownWarren Harding Brown

Warren Harding Brown, 94, also known as “Brownie” and CB handle Brown Mouse, formerly of Island Pond, died on December 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in Newport.

He was born on November 25, 1920, in Kingman, Maine, to Walter and Mary (Nelson) Brown.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, as a paratrooper instructor.

He also marched in President Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral.

During his lifetime, he was an auto mechanic for his father-in-law, Hill’s Garage in Island Pond, Harley Blake’s garage in Barton, Brighton Garage in Island Pond, and Albert Laliberty Farm Equipment in Island Pond. He also worked for Pike Industries and Caledonia Sand and Gravel and the Canadian National Railroad as a section foreman for ten years in Island Pond.

He was an antique picker, among other trades and talents. He held membership with the American Legion Brighton Post #80 of Island Pond.

He is survived by his children: Richard Brown and his wife, Anne, of Lyndonville, and Beverly Pepin and her loving companion, George “Russ” Russell, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Brown had a dear friend, Joyce Nougeim, of St. Johnsbury, and they had a daughter, Ellen Vigeant, who resides in Lyndonville with her fiancé, Jeffrey Charron, and her children: Michael and Katherine Ruggles, and Keisha Hall. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christine Boemig and her husband, Joe, of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Boucher and her husband, Bruce, of Lyndonville; his great-grandchildren: Gabriel Kelly of Maynard, Massachusetts, Mollie Kelly of West Burke, Hillary Kelly of Laconia, Elizabeth and Lane Sanderson of Lyndonville, and Emily Sanderson of East Burke; his great-great-grandchildren: Aiden and Stella Albright of West Burke, Jacob Bigelow of East Burke, and Rebecca Sanderson of Lyndonville; the children of Beverly and Raymond Pepin: Bernie Pepin and his companion, Michele, of Island Pond, David Pepin and his wife, Heather, of Island Pond, and Michele McNally of Barre; great-grandchildren: Paige McNally, and twins Haley and Emily, all of Barre, Tyler and Dylan Pepin of Island Pond, Brayden and Farrah Pepin of Island Pond; a great-great-grandson, Mayson Pepin, of Island Pond; step-great-great-grandchildren: KK and Brent of Island Pond; a special nephew, Alden Way, of Augusta, Maine; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by twin children in the 1950s; a grandson, Richard Pepin, in 1985; and by his siblings: Adian, Donald, Earl, Paul, Beverley, DeLose Brown, Vina Cushman, and Barbara Way, all of Maine; and by his former wife of 25 years, Theo Hill Brown.

A memorial service will be held on Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Brighton Post #80, care of Peggy Powers, P.O. Box 350, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit kittredgePreston L. Kittredge

Preston L. Kittredge, 77, of Barton died on December 10, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on June 14, 1937, in Barton, to Leigh and Beatrice (Butler) Kittredge.

He was employed for over 35 years at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he enjoyed many friendships he forged. He also worked many years on the family farm in Barton.

He loved to watch sports, NASCAR and his favorite driver, #88 Dale Earnhart Jr. He also enjoyed family get-togethers.

Mr. Kittredge was active in the community and was always there to bring a smile to everyone he met. His sense of humor would fill a room with laughter. He enjoyed holiday family dinners and spending time with his children and grandsons.

He is survived by his children: Keith Kittredge of Barton, John Kittredge and fiancée, Afton LeFebvre, of Irasburg, and Ann Usher and her husband, Paul, of Manchester, New Hampshire; his brother Gary Kittredge of Albany; his sisters: Dorothy Campbell of Barton, and Kathi Raymond and her husband, Slugger, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; two grandchildren: Michael and Nathan Kittredge; and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on January 9, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, from 1 to 2 p.m. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LamondaVirginia Myrtle Lamonda

Virginia Myrtle Lamonda, 78, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 2, 1936, in North Troy, to George and Myrtle (Sargent) Vincent.

On February 1, 1958, she married Felix Lamonda, who predeceased her on September 9, 2004.

She was a homemaker where she enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, and baking for others. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She held membership with the VFW Auxiliary Post #798 of Newport, and the American Legion Auxiliary Jay Peak Post #28 of North Troy.

She is survived by her children: Lawrence Lamonda of Newport, Danny Lamonda and his wife, Dianne, of Troy, Scott Lamonda of Newport, Ronnie Lamonda and his partner, John Vogt, of Newport, and Kelley Collins and her husband, Daniel, of Coventry; nine grandchildren; two step-grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; her siblings: Madeline Dingman and her husband, Darwin, of North Troy, and Maurice Vincent and his wife, Gloria, of North Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following brothers and sisters: Katherine Brooks in 2014, Irene Pudvah and her husband, Meril, Florence Robert and Lawrence, Roland Felix, and Henry Vincent.

At the family’s request, a barbecue will be held at her home in the summer of 2015.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LittlePatricia Ann Quinn Little

Patricia Ann Quinn Little, 71, of Irasburg died on December 8, 2014.

She was born on October 10, 1943, at home in Island Pond, the middle child of three daughters, to June (Cilley) Quinn and Edward Quinn, both deceased.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse for the first five years of her education prior to graduating from Brighton High School in 1961. From there, she went to the Fanny Allen School of Nursing, becoming an LPN. She worked at Brightlook Hospital, Darling Inn, Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she was an emergency room nurse at North Country Hospital. She then began working with Dr. Charles Schurman as his office nurse. Dr. Richard Beloin and Dr. James Holcomb joined that practice and she continued to work with them until her retirement.

In her retirement, she worked at many local schools as the school nurse, keeping her license active. She was an integral part of Border Hoop, along with Eugene Tessier, for many years. She was serving on the board of Northern Counties Health Care, representing Island Pond Health Care, at the time of her passing. She spent many hours at her beloved Island Pond campground, swimming and caring for her niece, nephews, and grandson.

She and her husband spent many years camping at Lakeside, making many friends and looking after people. She was always the nurse.

She is survived by her husband, Stewart; her son Jason and his wife, Kathy, and their son Jacob; her sister Kay Hopkins and her children: Cyndi White and her husband, Dan, and their sons: Jordan, and Jared and his wife, Kaity, and their son Wade, and Dale Newland and his wife, Carrie, and their sons: Billy and Joey; and by her nephew Ryan and his wife, Jennie, and their son Quinn.

She was predeceased by her younger sister Donna Nutting in 2002.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Jacob Ryan Little Scholarship Fund, care of Jason Little, 113 Endicott Court, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ReidMarie Elaine Courchesne Reid

Marie Elaine Courchesne Reid, 93, of Newport died peacefully on December 9, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on November 14, 1921, in Derby, to Edmond and Marie (Moeykens) Lippens.

She married Leo Courchesne on October 4, 1943, and he predeceased her in 1961.

On December 21, 1974, she married Jesse Reid, who predeceased her in 1983.

In 1940, she received her teacher’s certificate from Lyndon Teachers College and in 1968 she completed her bachelor’s degree in education from Lyndon State College. She was an elementary schoolteacher whose first year was in a one-room schoolhouse on Buck’s Flat in East Charleston. In 1980, she retired from Newport Elementary School.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and St. Mary’s Church of Newport and the Daughters of Isabella.

She is survived by her children: Susan Green of St. Petersburg, Florida, James Courchesne and his wife, Penelope, of St. Johnsbury, and Sara Williams and her husband, Jerry, of St. Johnsbury; her grandchildren: Travis and Trace Green, Ian, Payson, and Sean Courchesne, and Thomas and Jeremy Williams; her great-grandchildren: Robert and Madison, Sidney Green, Tea, Seth, Maya, Josh, Sean, Caitlyn, and Connor Courchesne; her siblings: Lucille Meunier of Newport, Harold Lippens and his wife, Patricia, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Annette Trombly of Derby Line, and Jeannine Martin of Bryan, Texas; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Paul and Pauline in infancy, Leonard Lippens, Rosalie Guyette, and Madeline Nault; her brothers-in-law: Arthur Guyette and Hazen Nault; and by her sisters-in-law: Ruth and Freda Lippens.

Funeral services were held on December 12, in Newport. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit RhodesCecil Philip Rhodes

Cecil Philip Rhodes, 74, died after a courageous battle with cancer on December 13, 2014, in Newport.

He received care from very compassionate, caring, and well trained personnel on the third floor at North Country Hospital.

He was the son of the late D. Emily (Peabody) and Cyrus Edwin Rhodes. He was born on May 18, 1940, at Orleans County Memorial Hospital in Newport.

He earned his high school diploma from Newport High School in 1958 and then earned his associate’s degree in engineering at Vermont Technical College in 1960. He served as a Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965 in South Korea, in the DMZ overseeing the Hawk Missile Battery. He was a member of the American Legion Post #21, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, both of Newport, and the Moose Club in Inverness, Florida.

He worked for the state of Connecticut and state of Vermont in drafting the design of the new interstates, then worked in the engineering department at Butterfield’s UTD Corp. in Derby Line, followed by working at the Canadian Pacific Railroad for 20 years, and then Bogner of America for 18 years.

Mr. Rhodes loved the outdoor sports of deer hunting, fall duck hunting, and most especially fishing on Lake Memphremagog. He could usually be seen in the spring into early summer cruising the lake after 5 p.m. and all weekend. He found great solace trolling on Lake Memphremagog as often as he could. He spent much time with friends and family at deer camp and in the duck blinds.

He and his wife enjoyed going to Florida for the past ten years. They spent time with good friends in a wonderful climate.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia L. (Stoddard) Rhodes, whom he married on September 24, 1965; his children: Raymond B. Rhodes and his wife, Linda, Kimberly A. Roberge and her significant other, Mike, Sharon Lea Rhodes-Duston and her husband, Steve, and Catherine Patricia Rossi and her husband, Joe; his grandchildren: Thomas J. Rhodes and his wife, Jamie, Dena Girard and her husband, Justin, Ashley Blais and her significant other, Casey, Ryan P. Roberge and his significant other, Jen, Jeremy J. Roberge and his fiancée, Emily, Cyrus, Mariah L. and Hallie N. Rhodes-Zoroufy, Alexa T. Rhodes-Duston, Charles W. Norton III, and Jenny Rossi; his great-grandchildren: Makenna Rhodes, Haven and Miah Girard and Cailyn Roberge; a sister, Elizabeth Doncaster and her husband, Wayne; two brothers: Edwin P. Rhodes and his wife, Sue, and Reginald L. Rhodes and his wife, Marte; a brother-in-law, Richard Stoddard; a sister-in-law, Sarah Foss; and by numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and the U.S.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Sunday, December 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Food Pantry,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 Second Street, Newport Vermont 05855; or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Obituaries December 10, 2014

obit carpenterRandy Carpenter

Randy Carpenter, 56, of Coventry died on November 30, 2014, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 24, 1958, in Newport, to Gardner and Madeline (Nutting) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter loved spending time with his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

He enjoyed watching Boston Red Sox games and NASCAR races, and visiting with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Jessica Peters and her husband, Tim, of Liberty, North Carolina, Jeffrey Carpenter of North Troy, Amy Gosselin and her husband, Matthew, of Irasburg, and Justin Carpenter of Newport Center; his grandchildren: Haley and Addison Carpenter and Hayden and Rya Gosselin; his brothers: Gardner Carpenter Jr. and Scott Carpenter; his sisters: Marlene Messier and Darlene Choquette; his aunt Dale Nutting; and by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline and Gardner; and by his brother Terry.

A memorial service was held in North Troy on December 4. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Randy Carpenter Memorial Fund, in care of Amy Gosselin, 588 Chilafoux Hill, Irasburg, Vermont 05845 or online at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-randy-carpenter-memorial-fund/271232.

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Beverly Ruth Harbec

Beverly Ruth Harbec, 88, of Barton died on November 28, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Orleans, to Grant and Heavenia (Davis) Hussey.

On September 1, 1967, she married Adrien Harbec, who predeceased her in 1988.

She was employed at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, Anderson Mills, and Barton Cleaners.

She loved to read, play cards, play board games, working on puzzles, and watching the birds.

She and her husband spent several winters in Florida and enjoyed other traveling as well as going for rides with family members.

She is survived by her children: Linda Chase of Brownington and her companion, Gerald Pray, Edwin “Buzz” Shaw of Newport Center, and Joyce Ward and her husband, Douglas, of Lutz, Florida; and by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Rebecca; and by her sisters: Marjorie, Flossie, Caroline, Velma and Bernice.

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

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obit McCarthyRaymond Francis McCarthy Jr.

Raymond Francis McCarthy Jr., 75, of Derby, formerly of Stow, Massachusetts, died suddenly on December 7, 2014.

He was born on April 13, 1939, in Concord, Massachusetts, to Dorothea (Tracey) and Raymond McCarthy Sr.

He graduated from the Stow, Massachusetts, high school, and Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

On February 14, 1981, he married Carolin Armstrong, who survives him.

He was a finance analyst for the United States Army for 26 years where he obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served in Germany and later retired from Raytheon in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

He held membership with the Masons, Shriners Scottish Rite and VFW in Massachusetts, American Legion Post #21 of Newport, Benevolent Order of the Elks #2155 of Derby, and Bentley Association in Waltham.

His hobbies included doing income taxes for people, reading, map reading, playing cribbage, and playing with his beloved dog Chip.

He is survived by his wife Carolin McCarthy of Derby; his children: Laura Bartlett and her husband, Gary, of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Rebecca Wade and her husband, Geoff, of San Diego, California, Steven McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kevin McCarthy of Worcester, Massachusetts; his stepchildren: Diane Marie Ryan and her fiancé, Michael Chaves, of Hudson, Massachusetts, and Thomas Ryan Jr. of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; his sisters: Faye McCarthy of Berlin, Massachusetts, Patricia Nading of Berlin, and Dorothea Paquette of Bolton, Massachusetts; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Byran McCarthy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on December 11, from noon until the hour of the funeral. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vearJohn A. Vear

John A. Vear, 77, of Eden Mills died on Monday, December 1, 2014, at his home.

He was born on March 7, 1937, in Morrisville, son of Clinton and Eleanor Hinds Vear. He graduated from the St. Johnsbury Trade School in 1955 and then joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1955, serving through June of 1959. He married Sandra Williams on January 7, 1961.

Mr. Vear spent most of his career working as a machinist, beginning with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, before moving on to positions with General Electric, Stinson Canning Company, and then Champion Paper in Maine.

He devoted much of his free time as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Hancock, Maine.

In 1996, he and his wife moved back to Vermont, where he became an active member of the Eden community. He served as a town lister, as well as a member of the Eden Cemetery Commission and Eden Town Beach Committee. He also quickly developed many close friendships through his and his wife’s regular attendance of the Wednesday jam sessions, which they helped organize following its relocation from the Bobbin Mill in Westfield and then to its current location in Lowell.

He is remembered by his family for his tireless dedication to improving the lives of those he loved, giving his undivided time, expertise, and advice. He would always take on projects that would better the lives of those around him. He would see what needed to be done and simply do it. His family relied and depended on him for his wisdom and generous support. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Williams Vear; their children: Wendy Vear of Eden Mills and Gary Vear and his wife, Anne, of Belgrave, Australia; his grandchildren: Nicole Vear Adams and her husband, Gregory Adams Jr., Jason Vear, Madeline Vear, Tyrone Vear, and Eleanor Vear; his great-grandchildren: Mya and Avah Adams; his sister June Howe of Dummerston; his brother Wayne Vear of Eden; his step-mother Virgie Kinney of Eden; and by his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his sister Elsie Vear Godin.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 10, at 3 p.m., at the United Church of Johnson. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 p.m. on Wednesday until the time of the service. Interment will be in the spring in the Eden Corners Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Northern Emergency Medical Service, 62 Wilson Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

OBIT VezinaRomeo Hector Vezina

Romeo Hector Vezina, 75, of Barton died on December 4, 2014, in White River Junction.

He was born on May 8, 1939, in Newport, to Leo and Germaine (Boudreau) Vezina.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1962 where he was stationed in north Africa.

Mr. Vezina was owner of Vezina Vacuum Sales and Service. He was a former officer of the American Legion Post #23 of Orleans, and a member of Masonic Lodge #62 of Irasburg. He invented the vacuum cleaner called the Vermonter, which was the only vacuum made of wood. He was a law enforcement officer for many years, working for the department of corrections, as constable, and sheriff’s officer.

He is survived by his children: Marie Breault of Fort Edward, New York, John Vezina of Belleview, Florida, Douglas Vezina of Derby, and Debra Vezina of Irasburg; 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leonel Vezina and his wife, Gloria, of Burlington, and Charlie Vezina and his wife, Lillian, of Barton; and by his sister Paulette Cooke and her husband, David, of Florida.

He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Marie Vezina.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Barton. A graveside service will be in the spring at St. Theresa’ s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Obituaries December 3, 2014

obit campbellFernand A. Campbell

Fernand A. Campbell, 83, of Orleans died on November 24, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on May 19, 1931, in Orleans, to Donat and Jeanne (Stewart) Campbell.

On September 6, 1958, he married Monique LeBlond, who predeceased him on July 5, 2011.

Mr. Campbell was born on the farm that he later owned and operated with his brother Raymond. Music was always such a big part of his life. He had a wonderful voice and played the guitar and a little piano. He always sang in the church choirs and would often sing solo. In his younger years, he had a small band and played music for weddings. In his later years he played music at area nursing homes. It was such a joy to hear him sing.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third Degree, and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans.

When he retired from farming, he traveled to Florida with family and friends in motor homes for part of the winter. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. He was hard to beat — he usually won. He loved all the family gatherings and visits.

After his wife died, he was cared for in his home by several caregivers. He was so pleased to be at home and he greatly enjoyed and appreciated his caregivers. He enjoyed them and cared about them.

He is survived by his children: Denise King and her husband, Wayne, of Williamstown, Carmen Riendeau and her husband, Reginald, of Orleans Louise Campbell and her husband, Norman Fortin, of Holland, and Francis Campbell and his companion, Rhonda Cole, of Newport Center; his 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his brother Raymond Campbell of Orleans; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on November 28, in Orleans. Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CoulterFloyd R. Coulter

Floyd R. Coulter, 87, of Westfield died on November 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 8, 1927, in Bennington, to Raymond and Rena (Montgomery) Coulter.

On November 26, 1949, he married Delpha Sheltra, who survives him.

Mr. Coulter was a veteran of World War II. During his lifetime, he was employed as a sander at Ethan Allen Manufacturing, where he was employed for 23 years.

He enjoyed playing cards, doing word books, watching the Red Sox with his wife, hunting, fishing, going for walks, and he enjoyed the company of his cats. His biggest joy was the various cars that he owned and giving them tender loving care.

He is survived by his wife, Delpha Coulter, of Westfield; his children: Susan Deuso and her husband, Dennis, of Montgomery Center, and Lynn Danforth and her husband, Rick, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Gerard Bouchard Jr. of Westfield, Christopher Bouchard of Richford, and Krystle Piette and her husband, Ross, of Essex; and by his great-grandchild Kaitlynn Bouchard of Westfield.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Laurissa Bouchard.

A military graveside service will be held in the spring at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

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Raymond E. Gravel

Raymond E. Gravel, 76, of Wolcott died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born on August 31, 1938, in West Glover, son of Raymond Noel Gravel and Margaret Lussier Gravel.

He married Anna Rainville in Troy, in 1958.

He was employed by Pizzagalli Construction for nearly 40 years as a construction foreman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Boivin Chapter, and had served as grand knight.

He enjoyed camping and his Yorkies. He liked to bowl in a local league with the Knights of Columbus and always looked forward to putting on his Fourth of July celebration at the family camp in North Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna; their children: Daniel, Edmund, Francis and Bernice; grandchildren: Amanda, Dawn, Michael, Shawn, Dylan, Joshua, Sky, and Avery; several great-grandchildren; his siblings: Roland, Robert, Jane, Arline, Lucien, Paulette, Norman, Hazel, Deborah, Marcel, and Edward; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Joseph; and by his sisters: Susan and Delores.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Morrisville. Visitation will be held Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faith Funeral Home in Morrisville. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery in Wolcott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Joyce (Durgin) Butler Little

Joyce Little, 80 of Irasburg, beloved wife of Rudy Little, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014, at her daughter Lynn’s home in Barre, after her courageous battle with cancer.

Her daughter and husband took very good care of her 24 hours a day after she was released from the hospital with Hospice care on October 28, 2014.

She was born to the late Earl and Bertha (Moulton) Durgin of West Charleston on August 11, 1934.

She loved to put puzzles together then donate them to the local nursing homes. She also loved to knit and make many, many mittens and hats for the local children who were in need, and for the WCAX-TV Channel 3 mitten tree.

She married Clayton W. Butler on October 20, 1952, where they lived in Albany.

She is survived by the five children they raised: Carol Currier and her husband, Colby, of Troy, Christine DeLaBruere and her husband, Gilles, of West Charleston, Clayton E. Butler of Irasburg, Anita Dion and her husband, David, of Irasburg, and Alan Butler and his wife, Darlene, of Irasburg.

Mr. Butler was struck with polio and died on November 29, 1965.

She then married Rudolph “Rudy” W. Little and they had just celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniversary on November 4. Together they had a daughter, whom she is survived by: Lynn Carter and her husband, Arland, of Barre.

She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Dot Mason and her late husband, Larry, of Albany, Marjorie Annis and her late husband, Austin, of North Carolina, and half-sisters Rachel Williams of North Carolina, Carla Chadburn and her husband, Wayne, of Irasburg, and Gail Cook and her husband, Charlie, of Irasburg; one half-brother, Raymond Durgin, of Morgan; and a special sister-in-law, Patricia Little, and her husband, Stuart, of Irasburg.

She was predeceased by three infant sons: Ronald, Ricky, and Wilbur Little; her sisters: Norma Mathieu and her husband, Jack, Nancy Mathieu and her husband, Ben, and Doris Haddock and her husband, Charles; and by a brother, Durward Durgin, and his wife, Tootsie.

There will be no calling hours or services as requested by Ms. Little, and respected by her family.

If friends and family wish to donate in her memory, please send your donations to CVMC National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, Vermont 05641. This cancer clinic was like no other, they took such good care of her. Dr. Daniel Fram would call on a regular basis and ask how she was doing through her radiation treatments. They were very kind, sincere people and they allowed her special four-legged friend, Walker, to come with her to the clinic. They treated him like he was family, and that’s what he is.

obit ProvostRichard “Pinky” F. Provost

Richard “Pinky” F. Provost, 92, died at home on November 25, 2014.

He was born on September 29, 1922, at home in Derby, to Louis and Bertha (Couture) Provost.

He attended school in Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby. It was in graded school where he was given the nickname “Pinky.”

On August 27, 1947, at Sacre-Coeur-de-Jesus in Stanstead, he married Regina Ferland, who survives him. After 67 years of marriage he still said his marriage was the best decision in his life.

He lived in Derby, and operated Hillside Farm, which included the original family farm and expanded over the years with additional neighboring farms. He also owned and operated a fertilizer business. It was until his late eighties that he continued to manage his gravel pit business. Retirement also included the purchase of a home in Lake Worth, Florida, where family and friends were welcomed to visit, play cards, and enjoy wonderful hospitality.

Mr. Provost served on the Derby board of selectmen, the Agway board of directors, he was a member of the Elks, Le Club Canadien Francais de Lake Worth, and the Antique Car Club of Newport.

Mr. Provost took a great deal of pride in his collection of Farmall tractors, which are now housed in Paquette’s International Farmall Museum in Leesburg, Florida. He very much enjoyed driving his 1940 Packard, with “Pinky” on the license plate. He was also an extraordinary and witty raconteur. He shared his colorful stories until his final hours.

In addition to his wife, Regina, he is survived by eight children: Maurice “Moe” Provost and his partner, Joan Poutre, of Derby, Lise MacDonald and her husband, John MacDonald, of Swanton, Ginette Provost and her husband, Tom Cyr, of Derby, Nancy Moore and her husband, John Moore, of Derby, Pauline “Poe” Provost of Underhill, Sylvia Provost and her husband, Jim Henderson, of White River Junction, Suzanne Provost and her husband, David Benway, of Underhill, and Cecile Provost and her husband, Gary Sexton, of Jericho; his 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Marguerite Smyrski of Montpelier; and by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews who enjoyed visiting their mon oncle Pinky.

He was predeceased by his son Henri Provost in 1981; his brothers: Roland, Romeo, Roger, George, and Paul; and by his sister Anita Curran.

Funeral services were held on November 29, in Derby. Burial followed at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Road, Suite 40, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to St. Edward’s Parish, 250 Main Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Audrie E. Wright

Audrie E. (Powers) Wright of Greensboro, formerly of Waterford, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was born in Waterford in October of 1929, the second youngest child of Glenn and Eva (Page) Powers. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy’s Class of 1947, and married Rolla Wright Jr. on her eighteenth birthday that year. They settled near their families’ farms in Waterford and together raised five children.

As a younger woman, Ms. Wright enjoyed reading, swimming, and fishing for brook trout. She and her husband taught their children to know and appreciate the wildflowers and animal life of the Northeast. Favorite places included the Old Swimming Hole beside the little red schoolhouse on Shadow Lake Road in Concord, Dodge Pond in Lyman, New Hampshire, and Long Sands Beach in York, Maine. Picnics, going out for ice cream, and listening to WSTJ and her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, created special memories. For many years she was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of St. Johnsbury.

She is survived by her children and their families: E. Lynne and her husband, Douglas Mitchell, of Fort Ann, New York, Kathryn Bennett of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Leonard and Lanette Wright of Danville, Lyle and Sheryl Wright of Princeton, West Virginia, and Amy Brill and Scott Brill of Sutton; her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sister and brother, Geneva Wright and Willard Powers, both of Waterford; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to the following organizations: Residents’ Activity Fund of Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841; or to Davies Memorial Library, P.O. Box 56, Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848.

Online condolences may be shared privately with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

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