Obituaries March 19, 2014

obit BlaisRachel F. Blais

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit ChaffeeDale Erton Chaffee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit cornellCheryl Cornell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit DawberWinston Franklin Josef Dawber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit rinesStephen Wesley Rines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries February 26, 2014

obit BarryRonald Earle Barry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit BrownElwyn Lester Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madeleine M. Degreenia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

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

obit HoweElena Coletti Howe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit mitchellDorothy Bell Lindsley Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit NilesGeorge Bixby Niles

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

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

On October 9, 1948, he married Lorraine Davio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit StevensPatricia A. Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

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

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

obit WeedCeline Florianne Weed 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries February 19, 2014

obit brousseauRaymond J. Brousseau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit PoulinJeannine Marie Claire Poulin

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

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

She dedicated her life to caring for her family.

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on February 18, in Newport.

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

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

obit SchneiderSylvia V. Schneider 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calling hours were held on February 18, in Newport.

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

Janet Agnes Urie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit valoisMarie Bernadette (Paquin) Valois

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online guestbook at www.pearsonsfh.com.

obit van zileRobert D. Van Zile Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries February 12, 2014

obit GonyawPhilip B. Gonyaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His parents predeceased him.

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

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

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

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

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on the ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye

 

obit goodwinArdys L. Goodwin

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

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

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

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

She enjoyed listening to music, singing and dancing.

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

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

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

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

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

obit HarperWoodrow “Woodie” J. Harper

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

He was the beloved husband of Rose Harper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit houghaboomMary Elizabeth Houghaboom 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit JonesPerlie G. Jones Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit LacroixGerard R. “John Ti-loup” Lacroix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit MaxwellBarbara Smith Maxwell 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit PerkinsRalph Eugene Perkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries February 5, 2014

obit brownsteinDr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her brother Hershel Apfelberg.

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

obit Cullins webNorma D. Cullins

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by her brother Richard Elliott.

Funeral services were held on February 4, in Barton.

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

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

Lee M. Daubenschmidt

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

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

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

She was a secretary for the Medical College of VA.

She was predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit fieldsElizabeth J. Fields

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

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

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

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

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Theresa and Ruth.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonald Leon Griffes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit leroy hastingsLeroy Nelson Hastings Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit JohnsonAnna Irene Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

She also had an extensive lighthouse collection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit lucasEtta R. Lucas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit montminyBruce W. Montminy Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael P. Perkins Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit tourangeauMichael Tourangeau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries January 29, 2014

obit DarlingDonald A. Darling Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit FalconerLouise Bernice Percy Falconer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services were held on January 26, in Newport.

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

obit LaCourseDonald Elmer LaCourse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit MartinBruce Al Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

obit McCoyLoretta S. McCoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries January 22, 2014

Rene A. Cloutier

Rene A. Cloutier of Essex Junction died suddenly on January 9, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born on August 1, 1942, in Barton, the son of Raoul and Charlotte (Griffin) Cloutier.

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1960, and also graduated from Champlain College.  He served his country in the Army as a paratrooper in the early 1960s.

He was employed with IBM for 39 years and was a resident of Underhill for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, skiing, theater, motorcycles, and he loved his dogs, whom always came from the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his seven brothers and sisters:  Victor Cloutier and his wife, Carol, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Ronald Cloutier and his wife, Colleen, of Barton, Gerald Cloutier and his wife, Sharon, of Colchester, Rosemary Cloutier Badeau of Barre, Jeanine Cloutier Kelley and her husband, Roy, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Aime Cloutier and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Carl Cloutier and his wife, Nancy, of Colchester; his stepdaughters:  Tara Bouchard of Fayetteville, New York, and Tracy Darcangelo of Badlinsville, New York; his stepsons:  Shawn Finnegan and his wife, Gail, of Gambrills, Maryland, and Patrick Finnegan and his wife, Martha, of Perth, Australia; and by many nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren, and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Mary Anne Cloutier; his brother Andre Cloutier; and by his special partner in life of recent years, Sheila Roberts.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to the Arthritis Foundation, 133 North Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22311.

obit DamonRobert “Bob” C. Damon

Robert “Bob” C. Damon, 86, of Morgan died on January 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 28, 1928, in West Burke, to Fenton and Mildred (Ball) Damon.

On May 1, 1954, he married Gisele Coderre, who survives him.

He entered the United States Army and served from 1950 to 1952.

He was employed as a machinist by Tivoli, where he retired in 1990.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, carpentry, gardening and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife Gisele Damon of Morgan; his children:  Rita Moulton of Newport Center, Suzanne Moulton and her husband, Jerry, of Holland, and Corrinne Moulton and her husband, Duane, of Charleston; his grandchildren:  Amanda Glover and her husband, Steve, Corydon Moulton, Brandy Moulton, Roxanne Moulton, Shontel Moulton, Abby Smith and her husband, Ian, Megan Longley and her husband, Wayne Jr., Matthew Moulton, and Andrea Moulton; ten great-grandchildren; his sister Betty Bowen of North Pomfret; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Marion, Louise, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on January 21, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in East Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Gisele Damon, 267 Mead Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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

obit DicksonMarilyn Annie Dickson

Marilyn Annie Dickson, 57, of Albany died on January 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 13, 1956, in Hardwick, a daughter of Ralph and Ada (Newcomb) Reed.

In 1975, she married Eugene Dickson, who survives her.

She was the secretary for Sterling Services in Morrisville, a Licensed Nursing Assistant for Genesis Nursing Home in Morrisville, and was also a volunteer for the Memorial Cancer Network for five years.

She held a membership at the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and also at the VFW Post #779 of Hyde Park.  She graduated from the Community College of Vermont with an associate of business degree.

She enjoyed dancing, crafts, traveling, going to lawn sales, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Eugene Dickson of Albany; her five daughters:  Sabrena Ducharme and her husband, William, of Walden, Della Hall and her husband, Ricky, of Greensboro Bend, Marilyn J. Gaudette of Newport, Dolida Kennison of Hardwick, and Marena Mead and her husband, Ken, of Hyde Park; her brothers and sisters:  Linda Clark and her husband, Joe, of Wolcott, Evelyn Perry and Larry Patoine of Hardwick, Lawrence Reed and his wife, Cindi, of Montpelier, and Lisa Dyke of White Falls, New Hampshire; several nieces and nephews; her grandchildren:  Timothy, Joshua, Troy, and Nicole Ducharme, Kyle and Roxanne Hall, and Jason, Jolene, Etta, Danielle, Daphne, and Gene; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Ada Reed; her stepfather Clyde Dyke; and by her brothers and sister:  Lenard Reed, George Dyke, and Florence Peck.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, from 1 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 22.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

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

obit DillRichard E. Dill

Richard E. Dill, 90, of Newport died on January 14, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on May 14, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Jay and Marie (Eccles) Dill.

On June 6, 1953, he married Claire Hebard, who predeceased him on March 4, 2000.

Mr. Dill was a World War II veteran, having served in combat in Patton’s army in southern Germany in the last three months of that war.  After being honorably discharged in 1946, he pursued studies at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949.  He continued his studies at Harvard Law School, earning a law degree in 1952.

He was a member of the Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire bars, practicing law in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for many years.  He was awarded a 50-years-of-practice plaque from the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Having become a member of the Vermont Bar in 1998, he opened his office in Island Pond and actively practiced law until his retirement in 2011, when he transferred his practice to his law partner, Dan Keenan.

Of special note, his main hobby was photography and, in particular, capturing steam locomotives in action.

He is survived by his children:  Charlton Dill and his wife, Lisa, of Lee, New Hampshire, Lauren Dill of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Melinda Birch and her husband, Scott, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Alden Dill and his wife, Catherine, of Deerfield New Hampshire, Carl Dill and his wife, Iscanyi, of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, Mark Dill and his fiancée, Dahlia Sawtelle, of Lee, Andy and his wife, Sarah Birch, of Addison, and Jared Birch of Derby; his great-grandchildren:  Charlotte and Emory Dill of Deerfield, and Aiden and Ian Dill of Sheppard Air Force Base; his nephew Robert Dill and his wife, Phoebe, of Newcastle, Delaware; his niece Karen and her husband, Gene, of Peaks Island, Maine; and his companion of ten years, Eileen Earp.

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Claire Dill; his infant son, Norman McConnell Dill; his brother, Jay Edwin Dill; and by his parents.

Funeral services were held on January 20, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit DoucetteFrederick E. Doucette Sr.

Frederick E. Doucette Sr., 81, formerly of Derby and Island Pond, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

He was born in Manhattan, New York, on April 28, 1932, a son of George and Edith (Holgate) Doucette.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and his dog Patches.  He also enjoyed farming when he was younger, and was an avid Yankees fan.  He liked to visit with family, friends, and even strangers.

Mr. Doucette was a judge for the state as well as New England Golden Gloves competitions.  He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 American Legion and was a 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus and past member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his sons: Frederick Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Monkton, and Geoffrey and his wife, Jennifer, of North Carolina; his daughter-in-law Ethel Steady of Maryland; his grandchildren:  Amy, Andrew, Graham and Reagan Doucette, and Renee Steady; his great-grandsons:  David Paul Steady of Maryland, and stepson Michael McKee of Augusta, Georgia; his brother George and his wife, Lois, of Rhode Island; his sister Ellen DeMarco and her husband, Carmen, of Connecticut; and by his sister-in-law Sylvia Doucette of Arkansas.

He was predeceased by his first wife Francelia in June of 2002; his second wife Sandra Crowe in July of 2013; his stepson David Steady; his granddaughter Christina Steady; and by a brother, Robert.

Services will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with date and time to be announced.

Contributions in his name may be made to The Newport Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, care of the activities fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit gleasonElaine N. Gleason

Elaine Nancy Gleason, 74, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Woodridge Health & Rehab Center in Berlin.

Born in Johnson, on September 1, 1939, she was the adopted daughter of the late William and Doris Haire.  Her birth mother was Mary Pease, who has also died.

In 1960, she married Lawrence Gleason Sr., who predeceased her on April 19, 2011.

Ms. Gleason worked as a farmhand for several years.  After moving to Barre, she worked for a short period of time at the Salvation Army Store.

She had many interests including collecting cow knickknacks, playing bingo and card games, going to church, doing word search puzzles, and reading newspapers, books, and magazines.  She was happiest when spending time with her children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons:  Larry Jr. of Barre, Randy of Holland, and Brian of Portland, Oregon; three daughters:  Doris Royce of Washington, Laura of West Charleston, and Denise of Barre; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; and by a son, Steven.

At her request, there will be no calling hours.  A private burial will be at the convenience of the family.  A family gathering is planned for the spring.

obit lussierRoger R. Lussier

Roger R. Lussier, 82, of Lyndonville died peacefully on Monday afternoon, January 13, 2014, at the Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndonville, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 21, 1931, in East Albany, the son of Antonio and Georgiana (Letourneau) Lussier.  On June 28, 1952, he married Evelyn Walker of Sheffield.

During his life, he was an astute businessman who undertook many endeavors including farming, auctioneering, sales, banking and real estate.

Personal interests included spending time with family and friends at the camps on Shadow Lake and Marl Pond, hunting, fishing, playing cards, casual dinners and many years piloting his own plane.  He was a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #88 of Guildhall and the Walden Club, where he enjoyed the fellowship of meeting new and old friends.

Mr. Lussier valued and understood strong work ethics and the meaning of a handshake.  He was a steward of the land and felt a strong connection to it as well as the people who worked it.  He also admired and respected the Native American way of life.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville (P.O. Box 192, 05851); four children:  Reginald Lussier and his wife, Heidi, of Kirby, Kathleen Pearl and her husband, Ronald, of Lyndon, Richard Lussier and his wife, Virginia, of Lyndon, and David Lussier and his wife, Lise, of Lyndon; three brothers:  Bert Lussier of Richford, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernie Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; three sisters:  Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, and Lorraine Lussier of Hardwick; a sister-in-law, Bea Lussier, of Berkshire; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Steven Lussier in 2011; a brother, Laurant Lussier; and a sister, Marielle Stone.

A memorial service was held on January 20, in Lyndonville.  Spring committal services are planned for Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m., at William-Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to The Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center, marked for the staff’s continuing education and training fund, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

Patty Paige

Patty Paige, 67, of Brownington died on Wednesday, January 15,2014, in Orwell, at the home of her brother, Peter.

She was born in Enosburg on November 23, 1946, a daughter of Ernest Paige and Glenna Pudvah.

She received her education in Richford.

She worked at various places until she found her niche in traffic control, retiring because of illness in October of 2013.

Her hobbies included gardening, where she took great pride in passing flowers from generation to generation, and bird watching.  A great lover of animals, she rescued many including her chicken, Bella.

Survivors include her sister Mary Greenwood and her husband, Norman, of Poultney; her brother Peter Paige and his wife, Joanne, of Orwell; her nieces:  Brenda Zajicek and Stacey Paige Guyette; her nephews:  Mike Greenwood and Joshua Paige; and many grand-nieces and -nephews.  She is also survived by her beloved four-legged friend, Manny.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Roger Casavant.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

obit philipsRoderick Charles Phillips

Roderick Charles Phillips, 78, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 11, 2014.

He was born on December 24, 1935, in Irasburg to Clare and Barbara (Lanou) Phillips.

He went to Irasburg Graded School, graduated from Orleans High School in 1953, and attended St. Johnsbury Trade School.

In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Division of the navy and was stationed in Alameda, California, while spending time overseas patrolling the seas of Japan.  He married Marlene (Skeet) Lafoe in 1956, who, after 47 years of marriage, predeceased him in 2003.

In 1959, he returned to Vermont and purchased the Gulf Service Station in Barton where he and his wife made their home.  They ran the business for 17 years which provided towing, snowplowing, and auto mechanic services.  They sold the business in 1977 and he went to work for Barton Motors where he was employed for twenty years.

After retiring, he continued to keep busy by delivering parts for Sanel in the Northeast Kingdom in the summer, selling pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida, then traveling west, meeting up with fellow snowbirds in Arizona.  He traveled to every state with his fifth wheel camper except Hawaii.  All across America he made friends with all he met as he truly enjoyed people and loved to share his stories through his unique style and one could count on him to voice his opinion.  In his spare time he enjoyed snowmobiling, entertaining at camp, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He supported his community and belonged to the Barton Fire Department, Orleans Lions Club (receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow award) and Orleans Legion Post #23.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Perron and her husband, David; his son Michael; his grandchildren:  Phillip Perron and his wife, Laura, Elizabeth Perron and her fiancé, Bruce Thomas, Roy Phillips and his wife, Annie, and Courtney Phillips and her partner, Ryan Ovitt; his great-grandchildren:  Willow, Ember, Colby, Claire, George, Jillian and Natalie; his nephew Bradley Chase; and by his special lady friend, Mary Ann Lisk.

He was predeceased by infant sons Mark and Carl; his parents, Clare and Barbara; his wife, Marlene (Skeet); and by his sister Rolinda (Dinny) Chase.

He will be laid to rest where he began his life, in Irasburg, in the spring.

obit PlanteDiane Plante

Diane Plante, 56, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Born in Newport on March 26, 1957, she was a daughter of Gille and Lillian (Dalisle) Plante of Orleans.

She was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and was a high school graduate of Lake Region Union High School.

As a little girl, she loved all her friends on the farm and would enjoy every moment with the ones she loved.  Lady Di was a free spirited woman with a joyous personality; those who knew her can recall her contagious laughter and smile.

Willoughby Lake and Crystal Lake were like her second home, as she loved the water and the great outdoors.  During her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, to make use of her impressive green thumb.  She had a huge heart and would always express her love for the people in her life.

She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Kelly Plante, and their two beautiful children, Berlynn and Brylee; her siblings:  Linda Plante of Orleans, and Robert Plante and his significant other, Marguerite Deschesneaux, of Irasburg; and by her nieces and nephews:  Jennifer Cote of Jay, Jonathan Charles of Tampa, Florida, Jillian Charles of Williston, Daniel Plante of Irasburg, and Andrew Plante of Williston.

Funeral services were held on January 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community National Bank, Attention:  Crystal Boutin, to benefit Berlynn and Brylee Plante, Barton, Vermont 05855

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtisbritch.com.

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn, of Greenville, Michigan, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Carson City, Michigan, with her family at her side.

She was born July 17, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry B. and Verna E. Priest, both natives of Irasburg.

She grew up in Verona, New Jersey, where her father taught English at Montclair High School for many years.

She graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1950, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  Later, after she and her husband had raised their family, she earned a Master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University and taught special education in the Farmington public schools for 17 years.  She had a great love for the children that she taught.

She especially enjoyed spending summers on beautiful Parker Pond in West Glover, at the summer camp that her parents built in 1937.  These summers held many special memories for her, and she has passed her love of Parker Pond on to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John M. Washburn III, whom she married on September 23, 1950; their children:  Christine Kohn and her husband, Thomas, of Greenville; David Washburn and his wife, Gail, of Ringwood, New Jersey, and Carol Keberly and her husband, Paul, of Plymouth, Michigan; her grandchildren:  Aaron Kohn and his wife, Katie, David Kohn and his wife, Kristen, Laura Kohn and her fiancé, Alexander, Jacqueline Washburn, Laura Sama and her husband, Andrea, Brian Washburn, Carolyn Rose and her husband, Jason, Jennifer Rasak, and Michael Rasak and his wife, Taylor; her great-grandchildren:  Madison and Payton Rose, Alyssa, Emily, and Daniel Kohn, and Noah and Charlotte Kohn; her sister Virginia Weston and her husband, Ralph; and by her sisters-in-law:  Jane Parker and Ann Samuels.

A graveside memorial service will take place this summer with interment in the Irasburg cemetery.

For those desiring to do so, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the John M. Washburn III and Carolyn P. Washburn Endowed Scholarship Fund at Alma College, 614 West Superior Street, Alma, Michigan 48801, or to the Old Stone House Museum, care of the Orleans County Historical Society, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

The family is being served by Hurst Funeral Home through which messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary January 15, 2014

 obit FieldDennis R. Field

Dennis R. Field, 69, of Tolland, Connecticut, died on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Lowell, son of the late Marshall Field and Lydia (Faucher) Hamel.

He retired after 39 years from United Technologies’ Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, having worked in process planning and as a machinist.

He enjoyed his family and friends, Red Sox baseball, his retirement, and his trips to the casino and Dunkin’ Donuts.

He loved the celebration of life, always had a smile on his face, and was a very kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 46 years, Patricia “Pat” D. (Veilleux) Field; two sons:  Kevin R. Field and his companion, Meli Currie, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Marc R. Field of Hillsborough, North Carolina; three brothers and sisters-in-law:  Emmanuel and Shirley Field, Leonard and Sally Field, and Reginald and Theresa Field, all of New Hampshire; his in-laws:  George and Theresa Murphy of New Hampshire, Gaytan and Linda Veilleux of Vermont, and Richard and Donald Veilleux of Vermont; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and          -nephews, whom he loved very deeply.

His funeral was held on January 11, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  Burial followed in South Cemetery in Tolland.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Care, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06105.

For online condolences, please visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries January 8, 2014

obit Witzmann-GraulJoan Witzmann-Graul

Joan Witzmann-Graul, 76, of East Charleston died on December 21, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 2, 1937, to parents Bee Bryan Howard and Fufil Carter.

She spent her first six years on a farm, where she developed a deep love of the earth.

At the age of six, she moved to San Diego, California, where, within months, she became a famous violin prodigy.  In her youth she performed many concerts as a violinist and organist.  She attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where she studied violin with Louis Persinger, who would later become her husband.  They were married in 1956, and they lived in Manhattan.  Their union brought four children, named Lendanya, Lionel, Lemont and Lestra, nicknamed the “Four LPs.”

In 1966, Mr. Persinger died, due to cancer, at the age of 79.

In 1969, she married saxophonist Frank Witzmann, and welcomed three stepsons into her life.  They moved to Vermont in 1978, where they established their home in Winape Hills in East Charleston.  Mr. Witzmann died in 1997, due to Parkinson’s disease.

In September of 2006, she married Russell Graul, who was also a talented musician.  He died in November of 2007.

She continued to live at her home in Winape Hills until she died.

When she moved to Vermont, she quickly became involved in many local organizations.  She was president of the following:  the North Country Concert Association, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra regional board, the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Charleston Historical Society, the Orleans County Historical Society, the Seymour Lake Homemakers, and the Seymour Lake Association.  She was vice-president of the following:  the Four Seasons Garden Club, and the Public Policy for the Orleans County Extension Homemakers Council.  She was a volunteer at North Country Hospital as art coordinator, a trustee of the Four Seasons Garden Club, a volunteer coordinator for public information for the Orleans County Historical Society, a volunteer for the Orleans County Extension Homemakers, a board member and freelance writer for the Newport Daily Express, and a volunteer gardener at North Country Hospital and the Old Stone House of Brownington.  She was also northern district director, state publicity chairman, and a board member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont.

In addition to the numerous organizations she participated in, she also ran a garden therapy program for approximately ten years at Maple Lane Nursing Home.  She was an editor for the Vermont Leaf, a state publication of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, sent nationwide.  She was also the recipient of many awards, including:  The Home Economics Award, from University of Vermont Extension Service; The Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Quality of Life Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the quality of life of long term care facility residents; the Community Service Award, from Community National Bank; and the Diamond Award for Outstanding Service, toward the betterment of our country.

She is survived by three of her children:  Lendanya Poetz and her husband, Mike, of Arizona, Lionel Persinger and his wife, Sue, of Burlington, and Lestra Seguin of Newport.  She is also survived by her three stepsons:  Alan, Chris, Terry and their families; and by her sister Eloise Duckworth of Hayti, Missouri.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and, many, many dear friends.  She also leaves her precious dog, Ollie, and her cat, Marbles, and also, her “other” pets:  Dolly, Tommy, and Oreo.

She was predeceased by her son Lemont in 1993; and by her brother Bryan Gale Howard.

She was a wonderful influence on many lives, was truly loved, and will be greatly missed by all.

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

obit whiteNeal P. White

The Reverend Neal P. White, 63, of Raymond, New Hampshire, died on Thursday, December 26, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire, with his loving family by his side.

He was born on November 9, 1950, in Burlington.  Raised in Orleans, he graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1968.  He attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, receiving his Bachelor of Science in social sciences in 1975.  In 1992, upon graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., he became an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church.  He then went on to receive a Master of Divinity (MDIV) from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1995.

Before joining the ministry in the 1980s, he held positions at Ethan Allen, Butterfield, and as a deputy sheriff.  He was also a tanker in the armored division of the Vermont National Guard.  One profession that he held throughout his entire adult life was firefighting.  He was a volunteer firefighter in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.  In 2007, after two decades of serving churches in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Downeast Maine, and Massachusetts, he began serving the United Methodist churches of Raymond and North Salem, New Hampshire, where he also held the position of Chaplain for the Raymond fire and ambulance squads.

He was a history buff who will be forever remembered for his telling and retelling of stories, his love of food and the railroad, his zany sense of humor, and his bravery and kindness.  He also loved music, and playing the drums was one of his favorite pastimes.

He leaves his beloved wife Sally (Vermette) and their cats; his children:  Laura Hurler and her partner, Russell, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Carol Scott and her husband, Jeremy, of Ware, Massachusetts, Tammy Baker and her husband, Bret, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, James White and his wife, Erica (Bischoff), of Granby, Massachusetts; his brothers:  Patrick White of Candia, New Hampshire, and Peter White of Hanover, New Hampshire; and by seven grandchildren who absolutely adored him.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Alfred White and Patricia (Johnson) Hodgdon.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, January 12, at the North Salem Methodist Church.  A 4 p.m. dinner will follow at the Raymond United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Home Health and Hospice Care in Merrimack, New Hampshire; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Francis R. Valley

Francis R. Valley, 68, of Barton died suddenly on December 19, 2013, in Eden.

He was born on August 13, 1945, in Barton, to Leon and Geneva (Sheltra) Valley.

On September 28, 1974, he married Nancy Fleury, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a flagger for the North Vermont Traffic Control.

He enjoyed fishing, working and spending time with all his grandchildren, especially Alexis.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Valley of Barton; his children:  Joey Valley and his wife, Katrina, of Barton, Barbara Young and her husband, Milo, of Albany, and Tom Valley of Barton; his grandchildren:  Alexis, Jasmin, Joey Jr., Jenna, Maria, Ashley, and Naomi; his siblings:  Eddie Valley and his wife, Sandy, of Barton, Richard Valley of Barton, David Valley of Irasburg, Priscilla Parsons and her husband, Gerard, of Athol, Massachusetts, Rachel Solomon of Barton, and Madeline Krohn of Florida; and by the extended Valley family.

He was predeceased by one sister and two brothers.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Nancy Valley, 574 LeBlanc Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit TurkTammey S. Turk

Tammey S. Turk, 48, of Graniteville died on December 27, 2013, in Burlington.

She was born on December 3, 1965, in New London, Connecticut, to Norman and Leah (Cookson) Turk.

She loved camping, fishing, visiting with family and friends, and helping people.  She was known as a very kind and loving woman.

She is survived by her children:  Belinda Turk and her fiancé, Isaiah Surdam, of North Troy, and Nathaniel Kingsley of Holland; her fiancé Donald Coull of Graniteville; her grandson Kolten Norman Harold Surdam of North Troy; her mother Leah Cookson of Graniteville; her brother Christopher Skinner of Graniteville; her stepbrother Michael Skinner of Barre; and by her sister Sandra Boutin and her husband, Donald, of Orleans.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Belinda Turk and Nathaniel Kingsley, 51 Railroad Street, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

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

obit rowellMitchel “Mitch” L. Rowell

Mitchel “Mitch” L. Rowell, 60, of Albany died on December 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 21, 1953, in Hardwick.

On March 1, 1975, he married Ethel Boulanger, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971.  On April 27, 1972, he entered the U.S. Marines infantry and served during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged on August 9, 1974.

His hobbies included lifting weights and drinking Bud on ice.  He loved helping other people, and he was known as “The Ridgerunner.”

He is survived by his wife Ethel Rowell of Albany; his children:  Andy Rowell and his wife, Britta, of Germany, and Cory Rowell and his wife, Desiree, of Essex Junction; his siblings:  Jimmy Rowell and his wife, Sue, of Brownington, Charlotte Cote of Hyde Park, Alan Rowell of Evansville, Harold Rowell and his wife, Pam, of Ashville, North Carolina, Rose Moodie and her husband, Armour, of Greensboro, Vivian Jones and her husband, Larry, of Chadsworth, Georgia, and Penny Herman and her husband, Mike, of Brownington; his foster mom Sadie Waters of Brownington; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Spring interment will be in Brownington Center Cemetery.

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

obit raboinAline Yvonne Raboin

Aline Yvonne Raboin, 51, of Newport, beloved wife of Maurice Raboin, died peacefully on December 23, 2013, in Newport, with her family by her side, after a long illness.

She was born on January 24, 1962, in Newport, a daughter of Rejean and Rita (Desrochers) LeBlanc.

On October 9, 1982, she married Maurice Raboin, who survives her.

She was a comptroller for Mulkin Automotive, and later Northpoint, for over 30 years.

She enjoyed camping with her husband, the children, extended family, and friends for over 16 years at Barrewood Campground.  Much to the delight of her family and coworkers, she enjoyed baking, especially desserts and buckeyes, and crafting.  She was the captain of several Relay For Life teams.

She is survived by her husband Maurice of Newport; her children:  Matthew Raboin of Newport, and Alissa Raboin and her husband, Ryan Heuser, of Morrisville; her parents:  Rejean and Rita LeBlanc of Lowell; her twin brother Alain LeBlanc and his wife, Laurie, of Lowell; her sister Joanne Bathalon and her husband, Robert, of Westfield; her father- and mother-in-law Robert and Rita (Choquette) Raboin of Lowell; her brothers-in-law:  Dennis Raboin of Lowell, and Michael Raboin and his wife, Carla, of Lowell; her sisters-in-law:  Claire Waterman and her husband, Mark, of Rutland, and Joanne Cyr and her husband, Mark, of Richmond; as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  A spring interment will be held at the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

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

obit PorterRobert Jay Porter

Robert Jay Porter, 45, of Lowell died on December 31, 2013, at his home.

He was born on July 25, 1968, in Mansfield, Connecticut.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and motor cross at Rider Hill.  He also enjoyed cookouts with his friends.

He was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Porter in 1989.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Pamela Ann Niles

Pamela Ann Niles, 60, of Shirley, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born on September 20, 1953, she was the daughter of Durward and Rita (Breault) Collins.  She was raised in Newport, attending local schools.

She was a kind-hearted woman who enjoyed the simple things in life and her greatest pleasure was spending time with family.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, Stuart B. Niles, of Shirley; her son Frankie Niles of Kentucky; her daughter Jessica Hatch and her husband, Robert, of Sandwich, New Hampshire; three grandchildren:  Bobby Jr., Ashley, and Kelly, all of Sandwich; her father Durward Collins of Westfield; her two brothers:  William Collins of Westfield, and Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport; her two sisters:  Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her mother Rita Collins in 2009.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Humane Society in your local area; or you can also donate to your local chapter of the ASPCA.

For online condolences, visit www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

obit masonMayland Israel Mason

Mayland Israel Mason, 90, of Newport died on December 19, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born on May 12, 1923, in Lowell, a son of Adolphus Benjamin Mason and Virginia Mae (Gonyer) Mason.

On August 4, 1947, he married Madeleine Carmen Camirand, who predeceased him on March 13, 1996.

In his early years, he lived and worked on farms in Lowell, Irasburg and Albany.  In the late 1940s, he met, fell in love with, and married Madeleine in Newport.  After a few jobs as a bus driver, he settled on a job in auto repair, first working for his father-in-law, Leo Camirand, learning the auto body repair trade, and a few years later becoming manager of Camirand’s Auto Body.  In 1962, the team, as he would call them, of Mayland and Madeleine opened their own auto repair shop, Mason’s Auto Body, which they ran together until 1987 when they sold the family business.

Beginning in 1963, the team owned and operated rental units.  This was a business that Mr. Mason found occupied his time and led to many good friendships over the years.  The team would also buy, trade and sell cars and trucks under the name M&M Auto Sales during the years from 1962 to 1987.  This was an activity in which Mr. Mason took especially great satisfaction, again for the friendships that developed from the enterprise.

He was a proud member of the Gibbons Council Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, and a member of Elks Lodge #2155.  He was appointed to and served on the local board of Area Office 001, Local Board 003, representing Orleans County for the Selective Service, for approximately ten years until August of 2003.

He is survived by his son Steven and his daughter-in-law Patricia Sears of Lowell; his grandson Justin Mason, and Justin’s mother Susan Reddan Westbrook; and by his very special great-granddaughter Kyla Ruth Mason, all of Marietta, Georgia.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Dorothy Mason of Albany; his brother-in-law Bruce Farnham of Richmond; and by many nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Nellie Buzzell, Mildred Mountain, and Elizabeth Peters; and by four brothers:  Harley, Ira, Maynard and Lawrence.

Of special note, he was also predeceased by his great horse Conga, and his loving dogs Rex, Tippy, Cookie, and Magnum, and his beloved dog friends Jersey, Snoopy, Blizzard, Tramp and Daisy, and all the crows he fostered over the many years.  Jeepers, if you knew him, you know how much they all meant to him.

Spring interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, for which there will be a public notice.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855-5000; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860-9028.

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

obit lindgrenAudrey Anne Lindgren

Audrey Anne Lindgren died peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Hervie and Laura Morissette on January 5, 1954, at the Newport hospital.

Most of her high school education took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, where her father was stationed in the military.  Her family returned home to the United States her senior year, and she graduated from North Country Union High School.

She married Jeffrey Lindgren on November 7, 1981.

After being out of school for 17 years, she attended Johnson State College and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.  Her family was extremely proud of this accomplishment.  She was a longtime employee of the state of Vermont, working for 16 years in a variety of roles.  Her most recent position was working for the Agency of Transportation in the commercial licensing division.

She was an incredible person who loved life, her family, pets and everyone she knew.  She was in turn loved by everyone because of her kind heartedness to all people and her incredible gift of accepting all individuals, and her deep appreciation of their unique characteristics.

She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Jeffrey Lindgren; her son Chad Lindgren of Eden; her brother Harvey Morissette and his wife, Katie, of Morgan; her mother Laura Morissette of Johnson; her aunts:  Shirley Dunn of North Troy, Muriel Webb of Island Pond, and Joan Desbiens of Schenectady, New York; and by her beloved grandchildren:  Ryan Lindgren and Kelsey Putvain of Eden.

She was predeceased by her father Hervie Morissette.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church in Johnson.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. on January 11, until the time of service at the church.

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

obit hamiltonGeorge M. Hamilton Jr.

George M. Hamilton Jr., 81, died on December 28, 2013, with his family by his side, at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

He was a longtime resident of Lenox, Massachusetts, and a faithful communicant of St. Ann Church.

He was born to Katherine A. (Walsh) and George M. Hamilton Sr. on September 10, 1932, in Framingham, Massachusetts.  After graduating from Medfield High School in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving three years during the Korean Conflict.  Honorably discharged, he then earned a Baccalaureate Degree from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in education from North Adams State College.

He and Cecilia E. (O’Sullivan), his loving wife of 57 years and constant companion, began their life together in Lenox at Pleasant Valley Audubon Sanctuary, where Mr. Hamilton worked as a nature teacher and day camp director.  He continued his teaching career in the Cheshire public schools and Crosby Junior High, and ultimately became a professor at Berkshire Community College (BCC) in 1967, where he founded the Environmental and Life Sciences Program.  Through his exceptional dedication to his students he earned their lifelong respect and admiration.  He was awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, for the promotion and advancement of environmental and conservation sciences.  After more than 25 years of service to BCC, he retired Professor Emeritus in 1995.

He volunteered his time to many national, regional, state and local organizations dedicated to improving both efforts in conservation and the quality of environmental education.  He is credited with starting the Conservation Club at BCC and established a recycling program before it was politically correct.  He was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and living off the land.  Among his numerous awards, he was most proud of being named Sportsman of the Year by the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen and the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council.  He was recognized as Person of the Year by the Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation and Development Organization in 1985 for his leadership in promoting conservation education and his efforts to enhance Camp Tracy as an outdoor living classroom.

He is survived by his beloved wife Cecilia.  One of their great joys was summering in Dennysville, Maine, where they treasured the time spent reconnecting with family and friends.  He is also survived by their four children:  Elizabeth and her husband, Robert Butterfield, of Brownington, George Hamilton III and his wife, Wendy, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Catherine Hamilton-Milne and her husband, Mark Milne, of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, and James Hamilton and his wife, Jennifer, of Lakewood, Colorado.  He was blessed with nine grandchildren:  Patrick and his wife, Erica, Justin and his wife, Erin, and Ethan Butterfield, Megan, Mitchell and Paige Hamilton, Mackenzie and Olivia Milne, and Connor Hamilton; and by four great-grandchildren:  Schuyler, Hadley, Lily and Sage.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Phyllis Francis, of Medfield.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Lenox.  Burial followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, both in care of Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240.

obit GrayJarrett “Jay” Lee Gray

Jarrett “Jay” Lee Gray, 45, of Newport died peacefully on December 20, 2013, in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Newport on August 8, 1968, son of Douglas and Pauline Gray.

He attended North Country Union High School and Champlain College in Burlington.  Following college, he returned home to help open and operate The East Side Restaurant.

Mr. Gray trumped all with his customer service skills and efforts while helping to build the family business.  He brought many business ventures into the community.  He opened a Newport office for Carmen’s Travel, Boxers Clothing Store for Men, and renovated and operated the Top of the Hills Inn and Motel.  Eventually taking over the Shops at The East Side, he added a clothing and tuxedo department.

In whatever field he was working, he left his mark.  Customers and business associates did not like Mr. Gray — they loved him.

He took immense pride in his sons Kendrick and Kaine Gray.  He traveled with them to many practices and sports camps throughout New England.  Attending their games was his greatest enjoyment.  The eldest son, Kendrick, is striving to achieve his father’s dream in Burlington.  As a sophomore at Rice Memorial High School, he is headlining the sports basketball news and is already being labeled Vermont’s top prospect for college recruit.  Kaine Gray attends North Country Union Junior High School.  He will move up the ranks in football and basketball and is already upholding the family tradition of business.  He prefers the country and can be spotted in big work boots and a Gray Farms and Transport jacket that he proudly claims has been earned not given.

Every one of us in life has a mission; every one of us has something to teach and something to learn.  Mr. Gray was one who had much to teach with not enough time.  He was born with a rare disease called cystinosis and was given a life expectancy of eight to 12 years.  He spent his younger years in and out of major hospitals enduring many procedures and surgeries.  Following a kidney transplant, he gained some valued time, time in which he impressed the lives of so many.  He kept his kidney for a remarkable 33 years and was the longest living cystinotic patient on record anywhere.

A medical miracle and message for all; Mr. Gray courageously entered each day with a love for life, a kind word for everyone, and a smile that made the day better.

He is survived by his two sons:  Kaine and Kendrick Gray; his mother Pauline (Deso) Gray; his father Douglas Gray Sr. and his wife, Barb; his sister Kathy Kellogg and her husband, Gary; his brother Douglas Gray Jr. and his wife, Darlene; his brother Keith Gray and his wife, Ruth; his sister Dena Gray and her husband, John Pierre Rancourt; his nieces and nephews:  Sarah, Emily and Adam Lang, Jillian and Jonathan Gray, Thomas Rhodes, Erica and Trevor Gray, Melissa and Cy Nelson, and Veronique, Elizabeth and John Samuel Rancourt; and by many grand-nieces and -nephews, aunts and uncles.  He also leaves his very close friends:  Antonio Rocho, Desiree Genco, Jay Antonelli, France Isabelle and Elizabeth Rivard.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., on Friday, January 10, at the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road in Derby.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jarrett Gray North Country Scholarship Fund, care of Kimico Perry, Community National Bank, 4811 U.S. Route 5 Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Ruth E. Ferlazo

Ruth Ferlazo of Crystal Lake in Barton, a former resident of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on Sunday morning, December 1, 2013, at the age of 92.

She was born on June 27, 1921, in Evansville.  She was the wife of Richard Earl Ferlazo, who predeceased her in 1991.

She was the youngest and last of the four girls born to Blanche Norris; Althea, Irma and Billy all predeceased her.

She grew up on a farm in Barton and talked about taking care of the cows and chickens, but she had to admit she didn’t like it.  During the war, she and Irma worked at the Washington Naval yard but was happy to return to St. Johnsbury and the Canor house, a boarding house which her mother owned, located where the present post office in St. Johnsbury is today.

She and her husband always enjoyed having the family come together for the holidays in St. Johnsbury, or to relax at the lake in Barton.

She worked for and retired from the State of Vermont Department of Libraries.  She first worked on the upper level of the Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury; later the library was moved out on the Danville Road, which has since been closed.  She was an avid reader all her life and would always be found with a book in hand.

Mrs. and Mr. Ferlazo enjoyed their camp at Crystal Lake, water skiing, sailing and swimming, and they spent their later years in the winter at Pompano Beach, Florida.  She supported the Barton Historical Society and never missed a class reunion for Barton Academy.

She is survived by two children:  Richard Earl Ferlazo Jr. of St. Johnsbury, and Robert Edward Ferlazo and his wife, Liz, of Barton and their two children:  Grant and Clint; a special niece, Mary Jane Smith, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the daughter of Althea, Ruth’s oldest sister, and Mary Jane’s two children:  Rick and Melissa and their families; and by her niece Judy Gochie of New Mexico, the daughter of Billy, Ruth’s next oldest sister.

Services were held on December 7, in St. Johnsbury.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Crystal Lake Historical Society, P.O. Box 148, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit CoteReed P. Cote

Reed P. Cote, 79, of Derby died on December 18, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on May 4, 1934, in St. David, Maine, a son of Zephirin and Denise (Dube) Cote.  He married Gertrude Violette, who predeceased him on May 30, 1994.

Mr. Cote served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He worked for John Russell Construction as a foreman.

He is survived by his four children:  Carl Cote of West Hartford, Connecticut, Wayne Cote of West Hartford, Delores Harosyko of Massachusetts, and Paula Brandy of Washington; five brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; and by his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 28, in West Hartford.  Interment was held at the Veteran Cemetery in West Hartford.

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

obit briereMarion Briere

Marion Briere, 90, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Alfred E. Briere.

She was born in Brownington, daughter of the late Preston and Angelina (Bousquet) Sheltra.  She was one of 14 children.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Alfred P. Briere and his wife, Elaine, and Jeanne Durand and her husband, William; four grandchildren:  Denise Martell, Scott Briere, Brian Durand and Jennifer Sousa; and by ten great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held on December 14, 2013, in Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian burial.  Burial was in Notre Dame Cemetery in Pawtucket.

obit bondPhyllis E. Bond

Phyllis E. Bond died on December 22, 2013, in Layton, Utah, with her daughter Carol and son-in-law Thomas at her side.  She passed quickly and peacefully.

She was born on April 18, 1923, in Beebe Plain, Quebec.

She resided in Derby Line until she married Roy L. Bond on December 7, 1943.  They were married 67 years, before his death.

She loved her camp on Salem Lake as did all the rest of her family.  She spent summers there every year.

She is survived by her daughter Carol Rodgers and her son-in-law, Deacon Thomas Rodgers, of West Point, Utah; and by her son Dennis L. Bond and her daughter-in-law, Darlene Bond, of Derby and York, Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by her father Carroll E. Salls, and by her mother Alma E. (Bennett) Salls, of Derby Line; and by her husband Roy L. Bond, who died on March 30, 2011.

Funeral services were held on January 4, in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.  Burial was in Bakerstown Presbyterian Cemetery in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania, next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make a donation to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans, in recognition of her love for pets.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to kingsfuneralhome.com.

obit blaisLogan Joseph Blais

Logan Joseph Blais, 2, beloved son of Anthony Blais and Heather (Hale) Sanchez, died on December 24, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on August 25, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He enjoyed watching Bubble Guppies, Sponge Bob Square Pants, playing Angry Birds, and playing with his brothers and sister.

He is survived by his parents:  Anthony Blais and Heather (Hale) Sanchez of Newport; his brothers:  Ryan Blais and Luis Sanchez; and by his sister Ariana Sanchez.  He is also survived by his maternal grandparents:  Mike and Laurie Desautels of Troy, and Valerie Tinker of Rockland, Massachusetts; his paternal grandparents:  Karen Blais and Phil Sheltra of Westfield; his maternal great-grandparents:  Diane and Richard Descheneau of North Troy, and Colby and Carol Currier of North Troy; his aunts and uncles:  Kyle Tinker of Derby, Noah Desautels of Troy, Ryder Desautels of Lowell, and Jaime and Jonathan Comtois of Newport; his numerous great-aunts and uncles; and by his cousins:  Gus Comtois, Maddison Tinker and Mia Tinker.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Rheal Blais, on December 11, 1999.

Funeral services were held on December 30, 2013, in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Boston Children’s Hospital, Cardiac Unit, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

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

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Obituaries December 23, 2013

obit CargillLyle James Cargill

 Lyle James Cargill, 93, of Derby died on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

He was born on September 3, 1920, in Morgan, to Bernie and Ola (Elliott) Cargill.  He graduated from Derby Academy in the Class of 1938.  On June 22, 1944, he married Cleora Ewens, who predeceased him on May 8, 1961.  On October 19, 1963, he married Edith Nichols, who survives him.

He was a foreman for the State Highway Department.  He was also a dairy farmer and logger during his lifetime.

He was an avid fisherman and Boston Red Sox Fan.  He enjoyed playing cards, cutting firewood, making wooden toys and crafts and he loved his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Edith Cargill of Derby; his children:  Dwight Cargill of Fairfax, Duane Cargill and his wife, Linda, of Montana, Colleen Gray and her husband, Reginald, of Charlotte, and Brian Cargill and his wife, Marilyn of Bristol; his stepchildren:  Reginald Gray of Charlotte, Stuart Gray of Concord, and Gary Griffin of Brandon; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Everett and Clifton Cargill; his sister Florence Rivard; and by his brother-in-law Floyd Page.  He was also predeceased by two nieces:  Katherine Rivard and Sarah Cargill; and by his nephew Clifton Cargill Jr.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Morgan Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Robert Cargill officiating.

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

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

obit ColburnBrenda L. Colburn

Brenda L. Colburn, 70, of Barton died peacefully on December 12, 2013, in Barton.

She was born on April 5, 1943, in Franconia, New Hampshire, to Irvin and Winnie (Sanborn) Bickford.  On August 4, 1962, she married Terry Colburn, who predeceased her on December 31, 2012.

She was raised on the family farm in West Glover, which was very dear to her heart.  She graduated high school from Barton Academy in 1962.  She worked as a caregiver to many children and elderly throughout her life.

She also worked at the Barton Village Office as a village clerk and retired after 15 years.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, going to yard sales and auctions.  She also spent time camping with her husband in their camper.

One of her favorite hobbies was going to Bingo.

She was very passionate about her pets that she had throughout her life, especially her dogs.

She was a member of the West Glover Church and choir, and the West Glover Willing Workers.

She was the most loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her children:  Marvin Colburn and his wife, Rhonda, of Barton, Mark Colburn and his wife, Hope, of Glover, Kelita Colburn of South Carolina, and Konnie Perkins and her husband, Eric, of Westmore; her grandchildren:  Torre Colburn and David Meyer, Devin Colburn, Lauren Baker and her husband, Nicholas, and Brooke Perkins; her great-grandchild Karson Meyer; and by her brothers:  Roland Bickford and his wife, Sharon, of Barton, and Ronnie Ouellette of Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by three brothers and six sisters.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Donations in memory of Brenda Colburn can be made to the West Glover Church, care of Sarah Stevens, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875.

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

obit GillisBrian Gillis

Brian Gillis of Island Pond died suddenly on Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home, at the age of 56.

He was born in Newport on June 1, 1957, to Alice Ruth (Carr) Gillis and Archie Joseph Gillis.

He enjoyed kayaking, sailing, hiking, traveling, and working on his antique truck.

He attended North Country Union High School.  He worked in Dallas, Texas, as a prep cook after high school for several years.  He worked as an illustrator in Burlington, enjoyed working out doors at the Northwoods Stewardship Center, and at the state parks in Island Pond and Barton.

He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

He is survived by two sisters:  Betty (Gillis) Biggs and Donna Chesney and her husband, Roger, of Island Pond; two brothers:  David Gillis and his wife, Linda, of Yuma, Arizona, and Steve Gillis of Sterling, Alaska; and by eight nieces, six nephews, and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Archie Joseph and Alice Ruth Gillis; and by his brother Scott Allen Gillis.

There will be a service and burial to be announced in the spring.

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

Jeannine M. Marcotte

Jeannine (Lemay) Marcotte, 77, of Bellingham, Massachusetts, died on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Milford Regional Medical Center.

She was the beloved wife, for 59 years, of Gerald E. Marcotte.

Born in Island Pond, on November 22, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Pauline (Coe) Lemay.

She was a resident of Bellingham for 50 years, formerly of Barton, where she was raised.

She worked at Waters in Milford for 27 years until retiring in 2011.

She was an avid bingo player; a candlepin bowler, as was her father; an avid reader; and she enjoyed playing horseshoes.

Devoted to her family, she will be greatly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the loving mother of Diane Brogan and her husband, Jack, of Acton, Maine, Debbie Marcotte and her fiancé, Tom, of Bellingham, Darlene Kass and her husband, Joe, of Windham, Maine, Gerald G. Marcotte and his wife, Kelly, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Dana Ebbs of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  She leaves her cherished ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She was the sister of Paul Lemay of Vermont, Bernie Lemay of Missouri, Emily Morin of Tennessee, and Delores Lapierre of Newport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Eric Drive, Suite 101, Natick, Massachusetts 01760; or at www.lls.org/ma.

To sign a guest book, visit www.cartiersfuneralhome.com.

Yvette L. Retallick

Yvette L. Retallick, 65, of Newport died peacefully on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on July 31, 1948, in Waterloo, Quebec, to Gaston Marc-Aurele and Marie-Jeanne (Racicot) Marc-Aurele.  On October 25, 1969, she married John Retallick, who survives her.

She helped her husband on their farm in Richford.

She loved to walk her dogs, Willie and Feather, and getting to know all her neighbors.  Her hobbies included reading, cooking, fishing, and she was always willing to lend a hand and be there for everyone.

She is survived by her husband John Retallick of Newport; her children:  Mary Jane Fournier of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Gaston Retallick of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her sisters:  Helene Racicot and her husband, Alfred, of Weare, New Hampshire; and Gertrude Tetreault and her husband, Andre, of Lowell; her brother-in-law Real Gauvin of Lowell; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Gauvin.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Marfan Syndrome, Lahey Clinic Foundation, Inc., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01805.

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

obit martinFrancis M. Martin Jr.

Francis M. Martin Jr., 84, of Barton died on December 16, 2013, in Newport.

He was born in Burlington on August 5, 1929, the son of Francis M. Martin Sr. and Helen E. (Sullivan) Martin.

He attended Cathedral schools in Burlington, and was in the Class of 1947.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September of 1949.  He served in Japan and Korea during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic, crew chief, and flight test engineer.  His final assignment was with the 10th Aerospace Defense Group/Squadron as a maintenance technician on nuclear-equipped Thor missiles at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Johnston Island Air Force Base.  He retired from the Air Force in October of 1971 as a master sergeant.

He later worked for many years in the engineering department at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, from where he retired again in 1989.

In his retirement, he did volunteer work at the VA Hospital, the Barton Public Library, and at North Country Hospital in Newport.  He was also a volunteer member of the Hartford fire department for several years.

He was a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church in Barton.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 in Barton and also Post #2571 and DAV Chapter 3, both of White River Junction.

He enjoyed all sports and played many in his youth.  He loved to fish, especially in the small rivers and brooks of his native Vermont.  He also enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, and visiting other parts of the United States.  He had a great interest in military history, particularly aircraft of World War II and the American Civil War battlefields, cemeteries, and other historic Civil War sites.  He enjoyed the stories and history of both Confederate and Union soldiers, with a special interest in the stories and fate of the Vermont soldiers of that time.

He leaves four daughters:  Corinne A. Martin of Burlington, Mary C. Martin of Lakewood, Colorado, Jacqueline G. Hanley and her husband, Phillip, of West End, North Carolina, Kathryn R. Higgins and her husband, Paul, of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons:  Francis “Matt” Martin III and his wife, Karen, of Sanford, North Carolina, and Thomas P. Martin and his wife, Rita, of Charlestown, New Hampshire; three brothers:  Charles V. Martin of Ripton, John P. Martin and his wife, Sue, of Bakersfield, and James F. Martin of Georgia; three sisters:  Mary Usher of Twentynine Palms, California, Patricia Laskowski of Milton, and Colleen Steen of Fairfax; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher J. Martin in 1988, and by his brother Robert J. Martin in 2013.

Funeral services were held on December 20, in Barton, with military honors.  Spring interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in White River Junction.

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

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

obit RiversEthel M. Rivers

Ethel M. Rivers, 96, of Island Pond died on December 16, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on June 27, 1917, in Windsor Mills, Quebec, a twin daughter of Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson.

The family moved to Island Pond on November 22, 1919, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

She married Edward Rivers on October 21, 1947.

She was a telephone operator for more than five years during the 1940s, at which time she stopped working when dial systems became popular.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles until she lost her sight.

Betsy Bumps, who was like a daughter to her, took her for rides and was a frequent companion.

She was a past Noble Grand of the Clyde River Rebekah Lodge, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She had the distinction of having a twin sister, triplet sons, and twin granddaughters.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Glasson of Island Pond, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of Island Pond, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of Madison, New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Gordon Sampson and his wife, Thora, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Rivers in 2010; her twin sister Elsie Bumps of Derby; her sons:  Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by her granddaughter Tracy Glasson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Ethel M. Rivers

Ethel M. Rivers, 96, of Island Pond died on December 16, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on June 27, 1917, in Windsor Mills, Quebec, a twin daughter of Archie and Gertrude (Paterson) Samson.

The family moved to Island Pond on November 22, 1919, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

She married Edward Rivers on October 21, 1947.

She was a telephone operator for more than five years during the 1940s, at which time she stopped working when dial systems became popular.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles until she lost her sight.

Betsy Bumps, who was like a daughter to her, took her for rides and was a frequent companion.

She was a past Noble Grand of the Clyde River Rebekah Lodge, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #80, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She had the distinction of having a twin sister, triplet sons, and twin granddaughters.

She is survived by her children:  Lorraine Glasson of Island Pond, Maynard Rivers and his wife, Pamela, of Island Pond, Gary Rivers and his wife, Sheryl, of Madison, New Hampshire, and Robert Rivers and his wife, Rita, of Island Pond; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and by three great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Gordon Sampson and his wife, Thora, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Rivers in 2010; her twin sister Elsie Bumps of Derby; her sons:  Bruce and Steve Rivers; and by her granddaughter Tracy Glasson.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Green Activities Fund, 2853 Route 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

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